What We’re Really Scared of Is Kinda Surprising

Years ago I heard a quote about fear that totally rocked my world. I loved it so much that I printed it out, framed it, and walked by it a million times a day soaking in its Light.  Chances are you’ve also heard this amazing quote (often misattributed to Nelson Mandela) by Marianne Williamson. This week I wanted to simply offer these beautiful words as food for thought. Each sentence packs its own amazing punch of inspiration and strung together they declare a beautiful call to action; acknowledge and claim your Light, shine that Light, and inspire others to do the same.


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.


As always I’m sending buckets of love and appreciation your way, Sunshine.

Got a favorite quote you’d like to share? Plop it in the comments below and share the love!

Love you, love-bug….




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3 comments on “What We’re Really Scared of Is Kinda Surprising

  1. katrin jud on

    hi vanessa
    thank you for posting this quote, with which you ended a lot of your yoga classes in winterthur (switzerland) and i was thinking about it a lot. is it true, that we are more frightened of our light, not our darkness??? i always thought the opposite… but, i was wondering if sharing your deepest, maybe dark thoughts with others, is kind of honoring them in a way with your honesty and therefore could also mean “shining your light”??
    just a thought besides the obvious meaning of the quote
    love, katrin

    • Vanessa Wenninger on

      Hi Katrin…. Thank you so much for sharing! It means so much to hear from you:) Please send my love to the ‘yoga girls’ and the studio.

      In a lot of ways I think you’re right; we tend to think that the darkest parts of ourselves are the parts that we avoid the most and are the most scared to confront. The dark places in ourselves are not very pretty and are uncomfortable to acknowledge. We can shy away from those dark places because we are scared to own up to what they say about who we are. In the same way, though, we can also have a similar experience with those parts of ourselves that are fabulous, beautiful and unique. It can be just as hard to stand in our Truth and acknowledge our personal strength and beauty. Have you ever been uncomfortable in receiving a compliment from a friend or struggled to talk about your best qualities openly and confidently? Those are the moments when fear can creep in and ask us to stay small and simple. It takes courage to whole-heartedly accept a compliment and know that you deserve and are worthy of praise. It can also be scary to speak well of ourselves because we’re worried that people may think we’re stuck up or full of ourselves.

      I also think that you’re 100% right about “sharing your deepest, dark thoughts”. That takes absolute courage! We most certainly shine and show strength and beauty when we are willing to be real and acknowledge our weaknesses with humility.

      The quote offers a whole lot to think about doesn’t it?! What I take away most is the call to be ‘stop hiding’ the beauty of who we are. I like that Marianne is urging us to be kind to ourselves, give ourselves credit for all the right reasons, and be brave in claiming our Divinity.

      It’s definitely taking yoga off the mat, right? Sending so much love to you, friend…..V


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