“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.”

-Marianne Williamson

I read this quote in Phileena Huertz’s book, Pilgrimage of the Soul. I highly recommend the book.


Poem by Maria Rilke

How surely gravity’s law

strong as an ocean current,

takes hold of even the smallest thing

and pulls it toward the heart of the world.



Each thing-

each stone, blossom, child –

is held in place.



Only we, in our arrogance,

push out beyond what we each belong to

for some empty freedom.



If we surrendered

to earth’s intelligence

we could rise up rooted, like trees.



Instead we entangle ourselves

in knots of our own making

and struggle, lonely and confused.



So, like children, we begin again

to learn from the things,

because they are in God’s heart;

they have never left him.



This is what the things can teach us:

to fall,

patiently to trust our heaviness.

Even a bird has to do that

before he can fly.