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Let your own light shine.

Mon Apr 21, 2008, 12:45 PM
  • Listening to: spring-singing birds
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: My dog snore
  • Playing: Footsie with myself
  • Eating: fresh mozzarella
  • Drinking: far too much water

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"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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' 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 people won't feel insecure around you. 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 all of us. And when 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."
Nelson Mandela.

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dnordstrom Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Artist
One of my favorite quotes, brings back memories. I believe I saw it for the first time at a gym somewhere on Santa Monica Blvd, maybe 5-10 blocks from The Promenade (effectively putting it around 8-13th street). I distinctly remember biking from my 21st St for just a few minutes, and then getting pulled over. Biking. As in just a bike. Apparently you still need to respect both speed limits and stop signs.

(Dismantled the situation by pulling off my boldest Swedish accent to date: "but Sir, Ai didd nott now diss becose Aim nott from Amerika! Verry sorry!" A strict warning was delivered, but LAPD—or SMPD—are good people.)
Molotono Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Hello Beeteecee...
This phrase was not written by Nelson Mandela... It was written by Marianne Williamson
I hope you don't get mad for the comment...
thuggiardo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
someone at work asked me top5 people i would meet if i had a time machine.
just off the top of my head i said:
1. marlene dietrich (dunno why really)
2. sun ra (musician, leader of men and june tyson)
3. either of my bio-parents
4. pablo picasso
didnt really have a 5. how about...
da vinci, mozart, zhwan-zhi (cant speel in chineese), sir francis bacon (the one who translated the king james bible), uh... edward/edgar cayce (what's it?), jayne mansfield, rasputin, nostradamus...

and you, who do you wanna meet?
ChrisJaeckle Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
One of my favorite quotes, which I had completely forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder! :)
Drusila333 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
I absolutely Love this quote and think its one of the most uplifting thought one can let sink in! Beautiful! :thumbsup:
luciaaguirre Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Our deepest fear (spanish)
Nuestro miedo más profundo no es que seamos inadecuados.
Nuestro miedo más profundo es que somos poderosos sin límite.
Es nuestra luz, no la oscuridad lo que más nos asusta.
Nos preguntamos: ¿quién soy yo para ser brillante, precioso, talentoso y fabuloso?
En realidad, ¿quién eres tú para no serlo?
Eres hijo del universo.
El hecho de jugar a ser pequeño no sirve al mundo.
No hay nada iluminador en encogerte para que otras personas cerca de ti no se sientan inseguras.
Nacemos para hacer manifiesto la gloria del universo que está dentro de nosotros.
No solamente algunos de nosotros: Está dentro de todos y cada uno.
Y mientras dejamos lucir nuestra propia luz, inconscientemente damos permiso a otras personas para hacer lo mismo.
Y al liberarnos de nuestro miedo, nuestra presencia automáticamente libera a los demás.
Nelson Mandela
CarelessDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Inspiring quote and inspiring gallery…sure am glad I dropped by
ajrwolf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
- Not Mandela's words -

Nelson Mandela is an amazing man. He has said many inspiring things. But the words you quote are not his. They are by Marianne Williamson. Have a look here:

HUMAD Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
I understand the sentiment and it is beautiful but I find it hard to see a man who was willing to take human life being venerated in this way. Modesty is not a sin but I am pretty sure murder is. Sorry to be a wet blanket but someone had to say it.
abazou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
u should start writing again ;)
TatharAmandil Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
i have always preferred "harmony" instead of "liberty". and fear is just a container like other emotions. it is only important how you fill it. the fear itself is already brought Mr. Mandela to his "Nelson Mandela". "the global fear of captivity" it is not wise to struggle with someting that will always be there. the events and happennings are not important. only how you behave is important. wise is the only one who is able to draw the enemies by his/her/its side. there is not a "God" in us. it is just an escape from responsibility. as i am pretty sure that there is "A God" i am also sure that we are different. if there were even a little piece of "God" in me. the whole universe would worship me. that is already an idea/dream of the mankind. this is the real point that we all eager to ignore. the words are so nice to read but they are not practical and, what a pity, they are only temporary.

thanks for respecting another kind of view.
rebekahlynn Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
I've always been in love with that quote. I find it more and more true with each passing day. Thanks for posting this for everyone.
blurhead Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this Betcee,
very thought provoking.
Should be printed out and framed.
joepresko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
You are a beautiful soul, Betcee. Thank you for sharing.
agapetos Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wise words! Thanks for sharing!
artistforhire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Thank you!
1PixArt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
am sucker for smart models. get inspired in so many ways :)
Bysmariann Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
“You must be your own lamp and refuge. Take refuge in nothing outside yourself.
Hold firm to the Truth as a lamp and a refuge, and do not look for anything as refuge besides yourself.”

betceemay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
Thank you for sharing love from Buddha. : )
Bysmariann Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome Betcee, though I'm not religious - just believe in having to rely on one's own talents to get by. No one owes us a thing…
cerqueiro Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
God! This is powerful stuff...always thought like this. I see Mandela also ;).

Great posting..I knew you were more than a cute face ;)
Griffin73 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Make your mark while you can, I guess.
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