Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest anxiety is that we arepowerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We talk to ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented, and incredible? Really, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing smaller does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other persons will not feel insecure all around you.We are all meant to shine, as young children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us it is in anyone and as we allow our individual light shine, we unconsciously give many others permission to do the same. As we areliberated from our possess concern, our presenceautomatically liberates many others.
– A Return to Love: Reflections on the Ideas of “A Course in Miracles”, Ch. 7, Portion 3 (1992), p. 190.