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    Your playing samll...shrinking

    Does "shrinking" refer back to "playing small"?

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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 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
    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.


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    Re: Your playing small....

    Yes, it does.

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    Re: Your playing samll...shrinking

    Yes- they're related.

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    Re: Your playing samll...shrinking



    One thing that remains puzzling to me:

    The writer says at the beginning: "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure./It is our light, not our darkness/That most frightens us. " Yet she continues to say that (we should have no fear)"let our own light shine."

    Does the writer mean that we humans are self-contradictory creatures?

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    Re: Your playing small....

    She is saying don't be afraid to let your light shine. Discover your talents. Develop them.

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    Re: Your playing small....

    It sounds that she is saying "Our deepest fear is that we bury, rather than let it shine, our power that is beyond measure"?

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    Re: Your playing small....

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    It sounds LIKE she is saying "Our deepest fear is that we bury, rather than let it shine, our power that is beyond measure"?
    You have a question mark there, but that is not in the form of a question.

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    Re: Your playing small....

    Our deepest fear is that if we let our light shine, we will be powerful beyond measure.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your playing small....

    "We are all meant to shine."

    The most important thing is that you understand the overall message. The above quote, in my opinion, sums it all up.

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    Re: Your playing small....

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Our deepest fear is that if we let our light shine, we will be powerful beyond measure.
    You need to reread the quote.

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