Our Deepest Fear is…[not terrorism]

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 and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~Marianne Williamson
in Return to Love

3 Comments

  1. Jefferson

    February 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Can’t agree with this one.
    Easter Hicks likes to tell us that we were all thinking pretty much the same way before we were born, but then we all started behaving differently and wanting different things after we were born. Does that make sense to you? It makes no sense to me at all. Assuming that we have spirits or souls that had awareness in a non-physical realm prior to this lifetime, an idea that does make sense to me, then it makes sense that our beliefs varied greatly prior to birth, just as they do today in our physical lives. She is attempting to whitewash the fact the quality of spirits varies greatly. There are good spirits, evil spirits, and all kinds of spirits in between. A valid spiritual or religious teaching should teach us the difference between good and evil, and also encourage us and teach us methods whereby we can increase the good and reduce the evil in our lives. This video is clearly attempting to get us to drop our guard and to offer no resistance to evil. The only possible purpose of this is to make it easier for evil spirits to take advantage of good spirits. It has been claimed that Lucifer is the arch deceiver. If that description is accurate, then Easter Hicks organization are Luciferian in nature.

  2. sherry

    February 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    It’s funny you should say all this…

    I only wanted a feel-good picture or video to accompany the quote which I LOVE…and frankly, didn’t give it much thought. I can appreciate you being suspicious of Esther Hicks, but just because we may not embrace some of her beliefs, must we reject everything she says? We are all flawed after all, wouldn’t you agree?

    Did I understand correctly that you believe that the Hicks’ message I included in this post is Luciferian?

    I really don’t think so…

    As you are probably aware, Calvinists (which comprised most of the Puritans who in no small part formed our nation’s underlying principles) would agree that “we were all thinking pretty much the same way before we were born, but then we all started behaving differently and wanting different things after we were born.” Unfortunately, they believed that we were ALL born equally depraved, thus ALL needing Christ’s salvation. This of course, while I may not subscribe to it, it is in my mind at least, certainly not a Luciferian notion… I will assume you would agree that the Calvinists are Christian…

    Isn’t your comment, and my disagreement with it, in essence–whether you are Christian or …ANYTHING…just a classic “nature vs. nurture” argument?

    One thing is for certain, and it is this that we can agree…Lucifer is the deceiver. But the question would remain, if someone says something that is incorrect, or even ‘deceptive’, would it follow that they are Luciferian? I think that would be a stretch.

    Ironically, you seem to believe in Calvinist doctrine of predestination and reprobation–that the souls are predetermined to be good or bad/saved and unsaved and thus can not be changed –so that even if you stood guard against evil spirits, but (under the Calvinist doctrine) it was predetermined which camp of good or evil you were born into, you would still have no hope.

    Again, that is ironic as the post was only intended to offer an all too elusive gift of… hope.

    Maybe I should put my efforts toward finding a better one today…thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I’m sorry if I misunderstood any of them…

  3. Jefferson

    February 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Umm, maybe Luciferian is “strong” word. It conjures up different images for different people. But with that said, as inocence as this small snippet of “The Secret” appears, it is more or less a trailer for Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and the Law of Attraction. I could argue this from a non-religious view point as well, but since we are going in that direction this is why I said that.

    According to Byrne all things in the universe (which is always capitalized and usually synonymous for “God” in the book) vibrate on a particular frequency. When a person thinks in harmony with the frequency of something, that person attracts it to themselves. If a person thinks about wealth, that person will receive wealth. If a person thinks instead about their debt, the person will receive more debt. You attract what you think about; your thoughts determine your destiny.

    The law of attraction is restated by Byrne in various ways:
    - “Nothing [good or bad] can come into your experience unless you summon it through persistent thoughts” (p. 28).
    - “Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything” (p. 33).
    - “Your current reality or your current life is a result of the thoughts you have been thinking” (p. 71).

    Other quotes:
    - “You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You. You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all wisdom. You are all intelligence. You are perfection. You are magnificence. You are the creator, and you are creating the creation of You on this planet” (p. 164).

    - “The earth turns on its orbit for You. The oceans ebb and flow for You. The birds sing for You. The sun rises and it sets for You. The stars come out for You. Every beautiful thing you see, every wondrous thing you experience, is all there for You. Take a look around. None of it can exist, without You. No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life. And now you know The Secret” (p. 183). [Here the author thinks all of this should be said to the person in the mirror. It is the heresy of heresies. Her big "Secret" is nothing less than Satan's original lie in the Garden of Eden, "You will be like God" (Genesis 3:5).]

    - “no one will stand in judgment of [your life], now or ever” (p. 177).

    The author absolutely promises: “There isn’t a single thing that you cannot do with this knowledge…. The Secret can give you whatever you want” (p. xi). By it “you will come to know how you can have, be, or do anything you want” (p. xii).

    No wonder Eve was so easily enticed. I would be too, if I wasn’t aware of what this really is. But each must draw their own conclusion. I would just suggest everyone read the book before making that determination. I in no way want to dim even slightest glimmer of hope, but I honestly don’t believe this is that glimmer. Love is certainly the answer, but also a wonderful disguise of the opposite.

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