Fear, Love, and Inadequacy

Greetings from Israel!  I know it’s been a while since my last post, but just wanted to share something with everyone from what I’ve currently been reading.  A few of these quotes from Marianne Williamson, my sister from a different mister, have really struck me this week.  All of these are excellent, and I saved my favorite one for last in this entry. Hope everyone gets as much out of these as I did!

“Love is what we are born with, fear is what we learn.  The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.  To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.  Our meaning does not lie in things.  Meaning lies in us.”

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “all that could go wrong.”

We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”

“Our greatest 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 frightens us.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, 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 others won’t feel insecure around us.  We are all meant to shine as children do.  We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us, it’s in every one of us.  And as we let our light shine we give others permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

–Marianne Williamson, Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course on Miracles 

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