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I Will Prevail - A Poem Inspired by "Our Deepest Fear" by Marianne Williamson

Updated on September 23, 2011

These 2 poems were inspired by Marianne Williamson's "Our Deepest Fear" (in A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles), who's words were quoted by Nelson Mandela in 1994, during his Presidential Inauguration Speech.

I wrote them in the months after separating from a violent partner, to help keep me focused on the bigger picture instead of my fears.

Post-separation, the abuse continued. He stalked me and attempted to manipulate and control me. He minimized or out right denied his abuse of me and the children by blatantly lying and even counter-accusing me (mirroring) to shift focus away from his own appalling behavior... He also made lots of threats about what he would do if I went to court.

The poems helped me to stay strong, and to remain focused on doing what I needed to do instead of getting stuck in the "What if?" world.

I read them to myself often for inspiration...

I Will Prevail!


I wish I did not understand the quantum physics behind certain things;
It makes me fear other things even more...
On the other hand, knowledge is power:
Enlightened, I can liberate myself and mine from those fears,
And with that freedom, the brilliance that lies within us shall manifest.
As our gifts of intelligence, empathy, creativity, compassion,

Adaptability, passion and wisdom start to show,
Our Light will shine more and more brightly,
And our love for each other will be all we need

To ensure it never dims again,
But only grows brighter.
How bright will their Light shine...

If I do this right?
May our Light become a beacon

To others who are lost in the Darkness.
May it help them to find their own Light.
There is no choice between Darkness & The Light.
Darkness is but the absence of Light.
My Light will never again be dimmed,
I will prevail!

The Power Within!

Never forget the quantum physics behind it all.

Do not live in the Darkness of the past,

Or let fear stop you from creating your own future.

You have the knowledge to liberate yourself from those fears,

And the Light of your brilliance can shine once again.

So take responsibility for your own happiness,

And be the author of your own destiny.

There is no choice between Darkness & Light,

Darkness is but the absence of Light.

And how boring would the nothingness of Darkness be,

Compared to the Light of Creation,

In a Universe of infinite possibilities?

You have the Power, now use it!

(Inspired by "Our Deepest Fear", written by Marianne Williamson and spoken by Nelson Mandela in 1994, during his Presidential Inauguration)

Our Deepest Fear

by Marianne Williamson

from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“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 is 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 are liberated from our own fear,

"Our presence automatically liberates others.”

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    gabgirl12 6 years ago

    Our deepest fear is really very inspirational. Deep down every Child of God has to confront it and know that once they do they will never be the same, and that's a good thing. Thanks for sharing!! I hope to see more of your work.

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    benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Thank you for your very encouraging and uplighting poem for others. I truly can appreciate and relate to you, I have been there and done exactly that. Let your light continue to shine for others to see. Godspeed. creativeone59

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    Mel Stewart 7 years ago from Western Australia

    h4thw - yes I agree, and thanks for the feedback.

    I also love seeing the look of pride on my kids' faces when they have done their best and done well. My boy is starting to find out how good it feels to do the right thing without being told, and also how good it feels to help others...

    i always tell him "treat others as you would like them to treat you".

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    heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

    This is so true..."shine, as children do!" There's nothing like hearing a child filled with laughter:)

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    Mel Stewart 7 years ago from Western Australia

    Hi Q. Thanks for your honest feedback.

    Religion and "God" mean a lot of things to a lot of people, I know...

    I'm not really religious in the traditional sense, but I do have faith. I believe that "God" is really the mind of the universe, and that quantum physics is more than just science!

    And I love M.Williamson's "Our Deepest Fear"....

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    qwark 7 years ago

    let people know that you are writing poetry in prose form.

    Your mention of this god thing threw me and turned me away from the poem.

    I have to be honest...:-)

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    Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    I dare say I gravitated more toward your poem a little more than "Our Deepest Fear"...