Our Deepest Fear, my Inspiration

There is a poem called Our Deepest Fear, written by Marianne Williamson and inspired by A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

For many year, this poem has been my inspiration for every significant thing I do, as well some of the inspiration for my Art.

I confess, that working through the book 'A Course in Miracles' is somewhat heavy going for me and my Sparkly brain. There is though a much easier option...

Marianne has written various book (also available on Audible, my preferred learning style), including A Return to Love - Reflections on the principles of A Course in Miracles. It's this glorious book, written back in 1992, in its accessible style that has inspired so many in subsequent decades.

Let me share with you the poem -

Our deepest fear is not that we are in adequate.
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*.   *change word to suit
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's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
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.


Own your Light

Claim and Own your Light lovely one. 

What makes you different, unique and wonderful?

Own your 'youness' and let it shine.  It might just light the way for others.

What's your inspiration?

We all need something to lift us up when we stumble.  Something bigger than us. Something that feels worth pushing out of our comfort zone for.  

What's your inspiration?

If you don't already have something, I recommend you ask your yourself, your light, what it is for you.


I was the youngest child of much older parents, with even older styles of parenting. They believed children should be seen and not heard, shouldn't express themselves and must always do everything to receive the approval of their elders.

Bottom line was, I never felt I was good enough in any way. Much, much later in life I realised that approval was never going to come from mum (dad died in my early 20's), so I may as well start approving of myself and living for me.

I gave myself permission to shine my light, to be me in all of my quirky me-ness.

There are times when I shrink back into my shell, then I remember the lines of this poem.  If my shining my light inspires just one other person even a little bit, it's all worthwhile.

What's you Inspiration?

I'd love to hear what lights you up and lifts you at tricky times. Tell me in the comments below.

Sue xx

Sparkly brain

Why do I say I have a Sparkly brain?  I'm dyslexic, its my superpower and I'm proud of it. I see and process the world differently to others. Reading books is rather like trying to swim through treacle for me.

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