A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, with tears in his eyes, “Doctor, I am afraid to die, please tell me what is on the other side?”
Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know”
“You don’t know?” said the sick man, “How come you don’t know what is on the other side?”
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 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 doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.