February 4th, 2008 11:27 EST
Chase Von Publicly Apologizes To Marianne Williamson
Not too long ago, I wrote a myspace bulletin and called it "Chase Von Wakes, Rambling Holiday Thoughts!" I also included some of my favorite quotes and short stories which I wanted to share with people because it was the Holiday Season. I find all of them to be inspirational, insightful and inspiring. I also shared it with someone here on the SOP and they suggested I post it as an article here as well. So I did just that.
Now the story really begins. I received a request for friendship the other day and, interestingly enough, this woman goes by the name "Chase," as well. I was looking over her myspace page when I came across the same quote I had shared, and that has been on my own myspace page for years. I also felt I had to "educate" my new friend and that, in the process, she would be grateful. The opposite is what ended up taking place. And because she has researched this so thoroughly, I am including it in its original format with her permission.
I also want to thank Lesley (Chase) Barton and also apologize to the very talented Marianne Williamson for myself and on behalf of the Student Operated Press, for mistakenly giving credit in a public forum to someone else for something that she wrote. We all make mistakes and I am quite sure that there are going to be others who thought just as I had. But I can't leave it at that since I now have the correct knowledge. So I again thank Lesley (Chase) Barton and offer my sincerest apologies to Marianne Williamson, although it does nothing to take away from the greatness of the man.
I will be correcting my myspace page, as well as having the editor here not remove the article, but definitely making it reflect and give credit where credit is due. As you will read, Marianne Williamson is more than incredible in her own right.
A letter from Chase to Chase.
I feel awful about having to disagree, correct, and prove you to be the mistaken one sweetheart (I too thought the magnificent Nelson Mandela had said/wrote it until I found out otherwise), but please read all of the below and follow the web sites which are sited throughout the internet in the most respectable of sources. You are the first one to correct me, because a number of the people of the community even thanked me for using Marianne Williamson's quote. I am very thorough when citing quotes because I have seen so many that are incorrectly cited and it does trouble me. I also researched this to no end due to being certain myself "Our Deepest Fear" was written by Nelson Mandela when my friend Marshall McCabe reminded me of the quote. I too found out that I was indeed mistaken and that the incomparable Mr. Nelson Mandela only said two speeches (links to both of them are included down below in the second or third siting) in 1994 and he "did not" speak or write these words in either of them or any of his speeches in their entirety. He also didn't quote Marianne Williamson's "Our Deepest Fear" from her book "A Return To Love" copy righted in "1992" which was a New York Times Bestseller. I promise you this is no conspiracy but the absolute truth. Marianne Williamson is a dear friend to Oprah Winfrey as is Mr. Nelson Mandela and it is the truth...I am so sorry!!!
"Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. She has published nine books, four of which - including the mega bestseller "A Return to Love" and "Everyday Grace" - have been #1 New York Times Bestsellers. Her titles also include "Illuminata", "A Woman's Worth", and "Healing the Soul of America." She also edited "Imagine: What American Could Be in the 21st Century", a compilation of essays by some of America's most visionary thinkers.
Marianne has been a popular guest on numerous television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose. Marianne's quotation, 'Our Deepest Fear...' is recognized internationally, and is often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela.
She is a native of Houston, Texas, and has lectured professionally since 1983. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily.
Marianne serves as President of the Board of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a U.S. Department of Peace.
Her book "Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness and Making Miracles", was published by Riverhead Books (Nov 2002) and quickly reached #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List (Dec 2002). Her newest book, "The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life", is available at bookstores everywhere in hardback and paperback.
Marianne's newest professional venture is her own radio show, airing on the new XM Radio block called 'Oprah and Friends'.
In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers.
Marianne's newest book, "The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife", will be published by Hay House in January 2008."
Another siting in wikiquotes:
"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." (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])
* The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela. About the misattribution Williamson said, "Several years ago, this paragraph from "A Return to Love" began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inaugural address. 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 film Akeelah and the Bee includes this quotation without citing its source. Some viewers have inferred that the source is W.E.B. Du Bois. There is a later scene in the movie in which Akeela reads a passage from "The Souls of Black Folk" written by Du Bois ("He began to have a dim feeling that, to attain his place in the world, he must be himself, and not another”).
* The film Coach Carter includes a variation of this quote: “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. 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. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
You can just visit this site to see it also discussed in the wikipedia only encyclopedia.
A Return to Love
Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
This quote has been incorrectly attributed to
Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech of 1994.
He never spoke these words in his speeches that year.
You can read Nelson's actual inaugural speeches at these links:
"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, and 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 are 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."
^^ Authored and published by Marianne Williamson ^^
Our thank you to Chris Ehren Life, author of Reflections on Physical Immortality, for informing us that Nelson Mandela did not use this quote in an inaugural speech.
You can visit Chris's web site at: http://ropi.net
Further references, and a quote from Marianne Williamson on this :
A Return to Love
Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Last site for you but there are hundreds more sweetie ;-):
Until November 4, 2006 this glyph was titled: "Our Greatest Fear, by Marianne Williamson, quoted by Nelson Mandela"
Email received on November 2, 2006:
Your website [explorersfoundation.org] correctly attributes the "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate..." passage to Marianne Williamson, but inaccurately states that it was quoted by Nelson Mandela in a 1994 speech. This is a misapprehension that I think arose as people tried to explain why the passage was so frequently attributed to him. Actually, the passage appears nowhere in either of his two 1994 speeches ...
The writer recommended
for further information. This site includes a note from the ANC saying that they could find nothing in Mandela's speeches that quoted "Our Greatest Fear". Perhaps this was quoted by Mandela in conversation. Further information received with interest. —leif smith
I am sorry!!!
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