Our Deepest Fear

The speech delivered by Timo Cruz (Rick Gonzalez), the insecure troublemaker whose life is turned around in Coach Carter (2005), was written by inspirational author and lecturer Marianne Williamson. It comes from her 1992 book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles.” You can find it quoted all over the Web, but here’s the text:

“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 doesn’t serve the world. 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.”

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