"Our Deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...."
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON (born July 8, 1952 in Houston, Texas) is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of the The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She has been characterized as "an ex-cabaret-singing Jew from Texas", and is sometimes associated with an urban myth concerning Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration speech as president of South Africa.
The press has referred to her as a modern-day shaman, a Mother Teresa for the '90sand Hollywood's answer to God, and failed to credit her for working with dying AIDS and cancer patients and the homeless on L.A.'s streets. Williamson founded the Centers for Living, an organization dedicated to providing home delivered care for people with life-threatening diseases and has participated in fund raising activities for charitable causes.
Williamson's monthly lectures were not strictly Christian and that has been the central core of her appeal. She addresses both established Christianity and Judaism in statements such as "You've committed no sins, just mistakes." She teaches love and common sense as all religions do, but she does so in the irreverent language of the Seventies. Her earliest renown was for her talks on A Course in Miracles, a step-by-step method for choosing love over fear. A passage from Williamson's book, A Return to Love, has become popular as an inspirational quote and has been used, amongst other places, in the 2005 film, Coach Carter and the 2006 film, Akeelah and the Bee. It is often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela; Williamson herself is quoted as saying, "As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people."The quote is:
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