I remember the first time I heard Marianne Williamson speak these words. This piece changed my life. It would be many years before I truly stopped hiding but the door was opened upon hearing her wisdom.

Words, whether written or spoken, have the power to shift the way we see ourselves and what is possible for us. When we listen to the wisdom of others we can be reminded that we are born with everything we need to have everything we want. It’s in not believing this truth that keeps us from getting there.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

It is not just in some; it is in everyone.”