Posted by: hmchang | August 22, 2010

Thought: Our Deepest Fear

This is indeed a great and thought-provoking quote from “A return to love“, (thanks Yi-Chu!)

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 doesn’t 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.

This year, I felt hurt partly because I felt that I hurt others’ feeling. Some of these thoughts may be true, some are not. Regardless of what the fact is, I have been trying to play small so that I don’t harm others. Even though I do care about others, I want to connect with others, I love to know what my friends have been doing, how they spend their days, what are some new and interesting stuffs they recently have, I am afraid that I would bother them. As a result, I tried to be quite, I don’t contact or interact with others actively, and, in turn, I gradually felt miserable for myself as no one would contact or care about me either …

It was my fear to get rejected. It was my fear to fail. It was my fear to irritate or hurt my friend and family. This fear, mostly coming from my own imagination,  stop me from being me, and stop me from helping those who are in need of help.

I am still looking for answers, but this quote is indeed thought provoking.



  1. I found the second half of this blog entries more valuable than the first half. 🙂

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