February 09, 2019

My Deepest Fear Is Not Being Eaten By An Angry Group of Sharks

By Kate Ward
My Deepest Fear Is Not Being Eaten By An Angry Group of Sharks
When I was going through my certification courses to become a yoga teacher, Bridget, one of my mentors, asked me what my deepest fear was. Being eaten by an angry group of sharks? Being kidnapped by a demonic clown? Losing my family in a car crash?

Then she had me read the following chapter in Marianne Williamson’s book entitled, “A Return To Love" and I was jolted with this new perspective. So much so, that I still periodically print it out and tape it to my mirror to get me back on track. In this month of inauthentic, forced “love” I wanted to share with you a beautiful, inward suggestion of how to love ourselves. I’m going to shut it for a minute and let you read a part of her essay below.

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 does not serve the world. There's 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
© Marianne Williamson, 1992*

Whether you found this blog because I asked you to read it (thanks Dad!), or because a friend recommended it, or because you simply enjoy reading it, I am grateful for you and the energy that you are sending back to Saints of June as you interact with our company. Go flip your internal light “On” and have a great weekend!


Kate + Saints of June

*Found in "A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles" Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.

1 comment

  • Beth Johnson on August 05, 2019

    Great post!

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