Marianne Williamson

"The following is an excerpt from [Marianne Williamson's 1992 book 'A Return To Love']. It's not related to dance, but its message - how we feel about ourselves and how it affects others - really resonated with me and touched that part of me that is the self-critic/criticizer. I keep it taped to the inside of the makeup kit that I take to performances. Before each performance, I always take a minute to sit quietly, *breathe*, and read it aloud to myself." --Alizah
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 brillant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?'

Actually, who are you *not* to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us. It's in everyone, and, as we let our 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.

Last Modified: 15 Jun 1997
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