Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Reflecting on one of my favourite quotes

On 13 Jan 2007, I have posted on my blog one of my favourite quotes.

...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...

- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (New York: Harper Collins, 1992)


The above verses struck me most deeply.

Many questions came to my mind: What if we are powerful beyond measure? How have our fears hold us back? What will be the possibilities that are available but we have yet to realise? How can we use our power wisely and appropriately?

The night is dark, and I am feeling sleepy, but I shall leave the thoughts to the back-burner.

Do share your thoughts on the above verses with me.

6 comments:

Simple American said...

I always remember James Herbert's Dune series. One of the prevalent themes was "Fear is the mindkiller" in all of the stories. At least all I read.

For some reason that thought came to mind as I read your post.

But I had not read your quote before. I must agree with it though. I think we fear success, for is that not the light. What happens to us if we are successful?

mistipurple said...

this is obviously not my forte. i can't deal with success. i have a problem i know.

Cool Insider said...

I don't know whether this is related but there is a saying from Star Wars Episode One (Phantom Menace) by Jedi Master Yoda. It goes like this:

"Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering"

The context behind this shows that absolute power - if not managed well - may corrupt absolutely.

laymank said...

perhaps, most of the time it is during the peak of our success that our true color began to reveal.

having infinite power has the tendency to bring a man to haugtiness and eventually self destruction.

how to yield for good, that part of self control, i guess it's only by grace.

just my thought.

eastcoastlife said...

Think TT Durai, Saddam, Bush... etc.

Power in the wrong hands is destructive. If I have power, there are some people whom I would make disappear forever from this world.muahahaha......

oceanskies79 said...

SA: After reading your comments, I was pondering over "I think we fear success, for is that not the light. What happens to us if we are successful?"

Misti: Well, it is a good place to start resolving a problem when you are aware of the existence of the problem. *Winks*

Cool Insider: Welcome, my rare commentor. I concur with you on power not managed well can be a problem.

Laymank: Welcome to my blog. Maybe we are afraid whether we can use our power appropriately?

Eastcoastlife: The real power lies with people who can learn to use their power wisely. er....I am not sure if the power to make certain people disappear from the face of the Earth would be an appropriate use of power? :P