Powerful Beyond Measure

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Paul Johnson
May 17th 2011
Writing 121
Academic Writing

Our Deepest Fear
Marianne Williamson was a spiritual activist, author and founder of the Peace Alliance, which established the United State Department of Peace. The passage that is being written about comes from Mrs. Williamsons book Return to love. did not read the book to have found this poem, I first heard the poem in a movie known as Coach Carter, and later in a you tube video. The poem touches me and leaves me with a feeling of achieving a higher greatness. The poem is just this.

“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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. 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. 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.”

There is going to be given a break down on this poem, not a summary but explanation of what she means in each phrase giving the reader a better understanding; so that they can have the same feeling as some do.

Williamsons say “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.” she means that in this verse, what we are most afraid of is not that we will come up short, not that we will fail but that “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” She means our deepest fear what we are most afraid of is having that power of being great, achieving that power to where no one can stop you. It scares us most because you are not sure if you have the...
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