We Are All Meant to Shine!

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

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, talented, 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 that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson


Ya Haqq!


10 Responses to We Are All Meant to Shine!

  1. annie says:

    i have been a fan of marianne williamson for years. she’s wise in a very earthy easy-to-relate-to way

  2. Merryweather says:

    wow! I am so touched. I think I need to make a diary of my favourite quotes and poems or inspiring words… and this should definetely be a part of it ! Beautiful! :)

  3. Maithri says:

    Dear brother,

    This is one of my all time favourite quotes… I first heard Nelson Mandella recite it..

    Thank you for sharing it here…

    And thank you for the person you are,

    For embodying the light,

    Blessings of peace and love, Maithri

  4. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters and Brother:

    Thank you for the kind comments :) The quote is often attributed to Nelson Mandela, but here is the information I found on it.

    The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela. The quote was on one of his websites, underneath his photo, as if it were from him….. However, it appears that when he said it in his inaugural address, (and several times afterward), it was thought to be his own….. and apparently the error has never been corrected entirely . On the positive hand, at least he used it for the good! About the misattribution Williamson said, “Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.”

    But God works in mysterious ways, and these true and poignant words were spread far and wide, so Alhamdulillah!

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Raza Rumi says:

    Brilliant – this is so powerful

  6. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum
    Dear Irving Darvish and ALL
    SHINE SHINE SHINE, and go SHINE some more!!!
    and polish the heart so it reflects THE SHINE ever more!
    Wassalamu alaikum

  7. Shahrzad says:

    It is so true. I believe when we want something 100%, we will take it. Sure..

  8. Shahrzad says:

    And something else:
    I read somewhere, when a person asks you :”How are you?” and you answer “so so” you dont give him the true energy. But when you answer:”Am fine, thank you so much.” you give lots of energy to other side.
    There is a theory in physics, a proof that every person transmit waves from himself. It happen that we meet a person and suddenly get happy and joyful. Or we meet a person and suddenly feel worry and sadness. I think this beautiful piece has explained this theory very well.. :)

  9. seeker94 says:

    This is very beautiful. I’ve not heard of Marianne Williamson before this. Thanks for sharing. I shall certainly be on the lookout for her other works as well.

  10. mshahin says:

    This is my first time reading a poem by Williamson, and I’m impressed – I liked the message here: we all have a light within us, which God has bestowed on all of His creation, and we should let it shine instead of dimming it out. Beautiful! I’m going to seek more work from her.

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