This quote is framed and hanging on a wall in my home.
But it wasn’t until recently that I was able to build context around it.
Only now am I beginning to be able to ‘unpack’ its application in my own life.
Achieving our freedom is linked to self-actualization.
But as we draw closer to this self-actualization, so our anxiety increases.
We often run form this feeling of anxiety.
When we do this, we deny ourselves the achievement of full potential.
And so, we give up our freedom.
Enough is enough. It’s time to take our freedom back.
Let’s help each other to find our courage!
Below is the rest of the quote from Marianne Williamson. Before I ask you to read any further. I want you to have read the quote below so that you trust my words and trust my intent.
“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 frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and 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 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, From ‘A Return to Love’
“The emergence of individual’s freedom is closely connected with anxiety; indeed, the possibility of freedom always arouses anxiety, and how the anxiety is met will determine whether the freedom is affirmed or sacrificed by the individual.”
“By fleeing for this anxiety, people not only limit their freedom but also their chance to grow in an authentic way. By avoiding the responsibility to grow they might be temporarily relieved from anxiety, but they risk leading a meaningless life. In fact, they might have traded the anxiety of realizing one’s potential for guilt and death anxiety in the end.”
My Hope for You and For Me:
I support you as you discover who you are, why you are here, and what you are called to be and to give in your life.
May you provide the same support to me.
May we find our peace in the doing.
Enough reading, writing and reflection for the moment.
Don’t just sit there.
Get on it!