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How to Elevate Your Spiritual Intelligence

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

In this TEDx Talk, Marianne Williamson discusses how the ways we perceive the world we’re experiencing have tremendous influence on what we will then experience. She dives into some of the world’s greatest challenges and the concept of how our global society is experiencing a global mutation. The points she makes will motivate you to think of what we can do—and think—as a collective unit, to overcome society’s challenges, heal our spiritual malignancies, and thrive through this global shift.

After you watch this video, you’ll be inspired to step up to heal the planet and those who share it, and tune into your natural and spiritual intelligence.

WHEN WISDOM IS THE SOURCE OF OUR POWER ~ Marianne Williamson

I heard ISIL described earlier today as “an international association of sadists.” Whether one chooses to go that far or not, we clearly have a problem on our hands.

America is endangered, however, not just because there is a powerful, armed enemy arrayed against us; we are endangered also because our spiritual defenses are weak. Spiritually, we are unarmed. We need a “mantle of protection” that we do not now have.

America has undoubtedly been blessed, yet we have taken that blessing for granted in a way that has diminished its power. The blessing upon us was not due to some special dispensation from God, but to the fact that we claimed for ourselves the role of blessing unto the world. We set out to be a blessing, and as with all cause and effect, it was the blessing we were to others that magnetized so much blessing to us.

Over time, however, we have become much more concerned with enjoying our blessings than with adding to their storehouse. We have chosen the ways of war over the ways of peace, the ways of mean-spiritedness over the ways of compassion, the ways of separation over the ways of unity so many times, with such an accumulation of hard-hearted, mercenary policies, as to dim the light that so illumined our past.

We need now, more than anything, to shore up our blessings by once again assuming for ourselves the role God has assigned to all people and all nations: that we be the change, that we demonstrate love, that we not be selfish, that we be the keepers of His kingdom rather than hoarders within our own. We cannot ultimately protect our worldly kingdom unless we tend to God’s.

Some would argue that this would make us weak, that we cannot afford to put our defenses down. But spiritual defenselessness does not necessarily mean a lack of material defense. Indeed at this point, with elements such as ISIL active in the world today, questions as to what constitutes a just war are both relevant and appropriate. Still, no matter what we do — how much war we fight, or even how successful we are at it — until we come to understand the metaphysics of war and peace, we will doom not only ourselves, but also our children, to war without end. This will satisfy no one but those who make their fortunes upon it.

Whether we are sending guns or we are sending prayers, as a nation we must surround ourselves with a spiritual dome to stave off the arrows of hatred now coming our way. America needs enlightenment, not necessarily as a path to pacifism but as a path to power.

America has a lot of work to do, to reclaim the mantle of mercy and protection that has previously been as a light around us. We need that light, or we will not prevail. God has not shone upon us because we’re somehow special; He has shone upon us because we have shone. And now, we must atone for the dimming of our light. We need to atone for past mistakes – from slavery to wars of aggression; we need to admit our character defects – from racism to militarism; and we need to open our hearts to the poor among us – from immigrants to our own children. Only when we once again embrace a true vision of brotherhood, justice and democracy – not just in word, but in vibrant and vigorous deed – will we replenish our storehouse of blessings so needed now.

At times such as these, understanding the powers of the spirit is as important as understanding the powers of the world. The meek shall inherit the earth because, in the end, they are smarter.

A tale from Buddhist mythology speaks to the power of the spirit in matters of war:

“Mara, the evil one, had arrayed a huge army to defeat Siddhartha. But according to Sarthavaha, one of Siddhartha’s chroniclers, “Mere numbers do not make the strength of an army…If wisdom is the source of his power, a single hero can defeat countless soldiers.

He continued speaking to Siddhartha’s enemies, “You think he is mad because he meditates; you think he is craven because he is calm. It is you who are madmen, it is you who are cowards. You do not know his power; because of his great wisdom he will defeat you all. Were your numbers as infinite as the grains of sand on the banks of the Ganges, you would not disturb a single hair of his head. And you believe you can kill him! Oh, turn back! Do not try to harm him; bow before him in reverence. His reign has come….”

But Mara, the Evil One, vowed to defeat the hero. And before attacking him, he sought to frighten him. Mara’s army was a fearful sight. It bristled with pikes, with arrows and with swords; many carried enormous battle-axes and heavy clubs. Then the Evil One even summoned the rains. They fell with great violence, submerging cities and scarring the surface of the earth, but the hero never moved; not a single thread of his robe was wet.

Mara roused against him the fury of the winds. Fierce gales rushed toward him from the horizon, uprooting trees, devastating villages, shaking mountains, but the hero never moved; not a single fold of his robe was disturbed.

The Evil One made blazing rocks and hurled them at the hero. They sped through the air but changed when they came near the tree, and fell, not as rocks, but flowers.

Mara then commanded his army to loose their arrows at his enemy, but the arrows, also, turned into flowers. The army rushed at the hero, but the light he diffused acted as a shield to protect him; swords were shivered, battle-axes were dented by it, and whenever a weapon fell to the ground, it, too, at once changed into a flower.

Suddenly, filled with terror at the sight of these prodigies, the soldiers of the Evil One fled.

Mara wrung his hands in anguish, and he cried:

“What have I done that this man should defeat me? For they are not a few, those whose desires I have granted! I have often been kind and generous! Those cowards who are fleeing could bear witness to that.”

The troops that were still within hearing answered:

“Yes, you have been kind and generous. We will bear witness to that.”

“And he, what proof has he given of his generosity?” continued Mara. “What sacrifices has he made? Who will bear witness to his kindness?”

Whereupon a voice came out of the earth, and it said:

“I will bear witness to his generosity.”

Mara was struck dumb with astonishment. The voice continued:

“Yes, I, the Earth, I, the mother of all beings, will bear witness to his generosity. A hundred times, a thousand times, in the course of his previous existences, his hands, his eyes, his head, his whole body have been at the service of others. And in the course of this existence, which will be the last, he will destroy old age, sickness and death. As he excels you in strength, Mara, even so does he surpass you in generosity.”

And the Evil One saw a woman of great beauty emerge from the earth, up to her waist. She bowed before the hero, and clasping her hands, she said: “O most holy of men, I bear witness to your generosity.”

Then she disappeared.

And Mara, the Evil One, wept because he had been defeated.””*

So whether or not barbarians truly are at the gate — and no matter what we do about it — we must become an enlightened nation, or the problem that has now become all too familiar will remain with us and grow. The problem itself emerged from our minds; make no mistake about it, our misadventures contributed to the creation of the monstrous situation that we have on our hands. And it is in our minds as well – through the correction of our thinking and the purification of our hearts — that the problem will ultimately be solved. In the short term, it might be solved by armies. In the long term, it will only be solved by love.

* The Life of Buddha, by A. Ferdinand Herold, tr. by Paul C. Blum [1922]

Source: Marianne Williamson

Rising Women Rising World: Unleashing Our Voices, Values and Vision to Shape the Future

Rising Women Rising World: Unleashing Our Voices,
Values and Vision to Shape the Future
A Free Online Global Gathering
To Celebrate International Women’s Day

Jean Houston

Marianne Williamson

Claire Zammit


Join Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson, and Claire Zammit
for our first-ever, online gathering in honor of
International Women’s Day.

Being Your Purpose in Life: A Chat With Marianne Williamson

by Lisa Aisling Montagu: I first saw Marianne Williamson speak when she had a profound conversation with Eckhart Tolle about what she called “midwifing the new consciousness,”

and she talked about all of the ways in which we can connect with presence in our everyday lives. In this interview, I was able to speak with Marianne about discovering our unity with and relatedness to others, and coming to accept the light of our true being so that we can find our true purpose in life.

You’ve spent many years founding and running non-profit and social enterprises. How did you find your own sense of purpose in serving the community around you?

I don’t think of purpose as something we “find,” I think of it as something we “are.” Language is a limitation here, tempting us to think that our purpose is something separate from, somehow outside our being. As I see it, a human being is both a particle and a wave, both a noun and a verb.

I’ve tried, more and less successfully at different moments of my life, to simply be the highest manifestation of myself. And we’re never at our highest manifestation if we’re thinking only of ourselves. How can someone look at all the suffering in the world, then not give a damn, not get involved, and still go around trying to “find their purpose?” We all have the same purpose: to love and be loved, to be the light that casts out darkness, wherever we are in whatever way we can. It’s not something given to us, but rather something we give the world. It’s not something revealed to us; it’s something revealed by us and through us.

When you spoke with Eckhart to share your teachings, it provided an opportunity for communities of like-minded people to come together. How can building connections to others contribute to finding inspiration?

No cell in the body is intended to exist on its own. Every cell is created to be part of a collaborative matrix, in which it is naturally guided to work with other cells to foster the health of the organ they’re part of. The fullest actualization of any one cell is its relationship to other cells. A cell that has forgotten this — that has been disconnected from its natural guidance system and simply goes off to do its own thing — is called cancer. And that image, that pattern, is what has happened to the human race. We’ve contracted a spiritual malignancy: a forgetfulness that we’re here to collaborate, a sick thought that we’re just here to do whatever we want without regard to a larger whole. And of course that is a diseased condition, whether in the body or in a civilization.

It says in A Course in Miracles not to look to ourselves to find ourselves, because that’s not where we are. Our true being lies not in the reality of our separated, isolated existence, but in our unity with and relatedness to others. So community is simply our natural state. We seek it not only to find others but to find our true selves.

Why do you think that we often repeat the same patterns of struggle in our lives?

Because the ego — the loveless mind — is powerful, insidious, and active within us.

In speaking with Eckhart, you said that “we are a perfect idea in the mind of God”. Knowing this, how can we use this knowledge in our daily lives?

When I’m in a bad mood, I’m not being God’s image of me. When I’m acting like a jerk, I’m not being God’s image of me. When I’m negative or angry or defensive, I’m not being God’s image of me. And knowing that God has a perfect image of me — that my true being is a perfect idea in His mind — enables me to more easily say to myself, “You know, Marianne. This is not who you are. This neurotic woman you’re play acting right now is not the real you. You are lost right now, but God’s image of you remains perfect and changeless behind the dark clouds of your confusion. If you will go into your heart right this second, for one Holy Instant, and pray to be returned to your true Self, you will be shown the path to forgiveness and love.” That’s not theory; it’s a practical tool. And of course it’s a miracle as well.

What practical tools or processes do you suggest to support the awakening process?

Morning practice. Most people get up in the morning and wash their bodies because they don’t want to take yesterday’s dirt with them into the new day. But it’s just as important to wash yesterday’s stress off our minds. A Course in Miracles says miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first. We need to purify ourselves of the fear, the attack thoughts, the defensiveness fostered by our mortal experience, in order to be truly empowered. “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love;” we need to release the fear in order to get to the love.

You have said that “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” Why do you think this is the case? Where does that fear come from?

The light of our true being is terrifying to the ego because it is the death of the ego. So whenever we’re approaching the truth, the ego goes, “No! No!” It’s simply trying to preserve itself. Yet it has to die in order for us to truly live.

It literally comes from nowhere, because it doesn’t actually exist. It’s just an illusion of who we are. It’s simply the hallucination of a separate self, what A Course in Miracles calls our “detour into fear.”

What can you recommend on the process of finding forgiveness for people who have brought negativity into one’s life?

I try to remember that if I were in a perfect state myself, then they wouldn’t bother me. That doesn’t always get me right into a non-reactive, enlightened state, mind you – but it starts the process. The work is never about anyone else; it’s always about ourselves. We weren’t created to be at the effect of anyone else’s negativity, so if we are, then it’s not about them but about us.

What are your recommendations on how can people with restricted incomes strive to practice?

Spirituality is an inside job. Forgiveness does not cost money, meditation does not cost money, prayer does not cost money, and love does not cost money. And all of them, by the way, save time.

Where do you think that your spiritual path is taking you next?

Hopefully to greater inner peace on a more consistent basis. I get there, but I want to get there and always stay there.

Why did you decide to get more deeply involved in the political world? What was your inspiration?

A new paradigm, holistic perspective now saturates many areas of our society — from education to business to medicine to spirituality — but our politics seem to be outside its reach. And we can’t afford to turn away from politics; we might not touch it, but it certainly touches us. The increasingly calcified thought forms that dominate it today — based more on the past than the present, more on fear than on love, and more on economic than humanitarian values — threaten to sabotage so much of what makes life beautiful.

I don’t think electoral politics can be left out of the equation when it comes to a serious effort to transform the world. How can we talk about love as it applies to everything except politics? People say they’re trying to be conscious and awake about everything else, but we can’t be selective about what we’re conscious about and still call ourselves conscious! I think that if you know how to transform one life then you know how to change the world, because the world is simply a huge group of people. And that’s why our community should be the last people sitting out the political process. We’re withholding our gifts if we withhold our conversation.

Source: The Huffington Post

When Wisdom Is the Source of Our Power ~ Marianne Williamson

I heard ISIL described earlier today as “an international association of sadists.” Whether one chooses to go that far or not, we clearly have a problem on our hands.

America is endangered, however, not just because there is a powerful, armed enemy arrayed against us; we are endangered also because our spiritual defenses are weak. Spiritually, we are unprepared. We need a “mantle of protection” that we do not now have.

America has undoubtedly been blessed, yet we have taken that blessing for granted in a way that has eroded its power. The blessing upon us was not due to some special dispensation from God, but to the fact that we claimed for ourselves the role of blessing unto the world. We set out to be a blessing, and as with all cause and effect, it was the blessing we were to others that magnetized so much blessing to us.

Over time, however, we have become much more concerned with enjoying our blessings than with adding to their storehouse. We have chosen the ways of war over the ways of peace, the ways of mean-spiritedness over the ways of compassion, the ways of separation over the ways of unity so many times, in such accumulated layers of hard-hearted, mercenary policies, as to dim the light that has so illuminated our past.

We need now, more than anything, to shore up our blessings by once again assuming for ourselves the role God has assigned to all people and all nations: that we be the change, that we demonstrate love, that we not be selfish, that we be the keepers of His kingdom rather than hoarders within our own. We cannot ultimately protect our worldly kingdom unless we tend to God’s.

Some would argue that this would make us weak, that we cannot afford to put our defenses down. But spiritual defenselessness does not necessarily mean a lack of material defense. Indeed at this point, with elements such as ISIL active in the world today, questions as to what constitutes a just war are both relevant and appropriate. Still, no matter what we do — how much war we fight, or even how successful we are at it — until we come to understand the metaphysics of war and peace, we will doom not only ourselves, but also our children, to war without end. This will satisfy no one but those who make their fortunes upon it.

Whether we are sending guns or we are sending prayers, as a nation we must surround ourselves with a spiritual dome to stave off the arrows of hatred now coming our way. America needs enlightenment, not necessarily as a path to pacifism but as a path to power.

America has a lot of work to do in order to reclaim the mantle of mercy and protection that has previously been as a light around us. We need that light, or we will not prevail. God has not shone upon us because we’re somehow special; He has shone upon us because we have shone. And now, we must atone for the dimming of our light. We need to atone for past mistakes — from slavery to wars of aggression; we need to admit our character defects — from racism to militarism; and we need to open our hearts to the poor among us — from immigrants to our own children. Only when we once again embrace a true vision of brotherhood, justice and democracy — not just in word, but in vibrant and vigorous deed — will we replenish our storehouse of blessings so needed now.

At times such as these, understanding the powers of the spirit is as important as understanding the powers of the world. The meek shall inherit the earth because, in the end, they are smarter.

A tale from Buddhist mythology speaks to the power of the spirit in matters of war:

“Mara, the evil one, had arrayed a huge army to defeat Siddhartha. But according to Sarthavaha, one of Siddhartha’s chroniclers, “Mere numbers do not make the strength of an army…If wisdom is the source of his power, a single hero can defeat countless soldiers.
He continued speaking to Siddhartha’s enemies, “Fools! You think he is mad because he meditates; you think he is craven because he is calm. It is you who are madmen, it is you who are cowards. You do not know his power; because of his great wisdom he will defeat you all. Were your numbers as infinite as the grains of sand on the banks of the Ganges, you would not disturb a single hair of his head. And you believe you can kill him! Oh, turn back! Do not try to harm him; bow before him in reverence. His reign has come….”

But Mara, the Evil One, vowed to defeat the hero. And before attacking him, he sought to frighten him. Mara’s army was a fearful sight. It bristled with pikes, with arrows and with swords; many carried enormous battle-axes and heavy clubs. Then the Evil One even summoned the rains. They fell with great violence, submerging cities and scarring the surface of the earth, but the hero never moved; not a single thread of his robe was wet.

Mara roused against him the fury of the winds. Fierce gales rushed toward him from the horizon, uprooting trees, devastating villages, shaking mountains, but the hero never moved; not a single fold of his robe was disturbed.

The Evil One made blazing rocks and hurled them at the hero. They sped through the air but changed when they came near the tree, and fell, not as rocks, but flowers. Mara then commanded his army to loose their arrows at his enemy, but the arrows, also, turned into flowers. The army rushed at the hero, but the light he diffused acted as a shield to protect him; swords were shivered, battle-axes were dented by it, and whenever a weapon fell to the ground, it, too, at once changed into a flower.

Suddenly, filled with terror at the sight of these prodigies, the soldiers of the Evil One fled.
Mara wrung his hands in anguish, and he cried:
“What have I done that this man should defeat me? For they are not a few, those whose desires I have granted! I have often been kind and generous! Those cowards who are fleeing could bear witness to that.”

“And he,” he said, pointing at Siddhartha, “what proof has he given of his generosity? What sacrifices has he made? Who will bear witness to his kindness?”

Whereupon a voice came out of the earth, and it said:
“I will bear witness to his generosity.”

Mara was struck dumb with astonishment. The voice continued:
“Yes, I, the Earth, I, the mother of all beings, will bear witness to his generosity. A hundred times, a thousand times, in the course of his previous existences, his hands, his eyes, his head, his whole body have been at the service of others. And in the course of this existence, which will be the last, he will destroy old age, sickness and death. As he excels you in strength, Mara, even so does he surpass you in generosity.”

And the Evil One saw a woman of great beauty emerge from the earth, up to her waist. She bowed before the hero, and clasping her hands, she said: “O most holy of men, I bear witness to your generosity.”
Then she disappeared.

And Mara, the Evil One, wept because he had been defeated.” *

So whether or not the barbarians truly are at the gate — and no matter what we do about it — we must become an enlightened nation, or the problem that has now become all too familiar will remain with us and grow. The problem itself emerged from our minds; make no mistake about it, our misadventures contributed to the creation of the monstrous situation we now have on our hands. And it’s in our minds, through the correction of our thinking and the purification of our hearts, that the problem will ultimately be solved. In the short term, it might be solved by armies. In the long term, it will only be solved by love.

* The Life of Buddha, by A. Ferdinand Herold, tr. by Paul C. Blum [1922]


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Wisdom 2.0 2013: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marianne Williamson, Congressman Tim Ryan, Soren Gordhamer

Marianne Williamson: “Creativity, Leadership, and Divine Compensation”, Talks at Google


“Bestselling author (Return to Love, Healing the Soul of America), a world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important inspirational thinkers of our time, Marianne shares the spiritual principles on creativity and leadership.

1. Marianne Williamson on Crossing the Bridge in the Gift of Change. 2. Spiritual Death and Rebirth

Marianne Williamson on Crossing the Bridge in the Gift of Change (ACIM) – i3

What does it mean to cross the bridge in the Gift of Change? “The bridge from one world to another is the bridge of perception.” “The fact that we can change our minds is the greatest gift that God has given us.” Stop projecting our ego based sub selves.

Marianne Williamson on Spiritual Death and Rebirth in the Gift of Change (ACIM) – i6

Marianne Williamson interview on Spiritual Death and Rebirth in relation to spiritual awakening. “We are trained to live such smaller lives than we are capable of. It’s like little pieces of us die.” “If you were told you were not smart; you didn’t become less smart, but you fell asleep to the knowledge that you are smart.”

Marianne Williamson – Wisdom from A Course in Miracles


Published on Oct 22, 2013

Excerpt from the Hay House World Summit 2013

A Year of Miracles : Daily Devotions and Reflections By Marianne Williamson

In A Year of Miracles, Marianne Williamson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the classic A Return to Love and world-renowned teacher, offers a daily devotional that helps us develop a positive, loving mindset and encourages us to live our best selves to bring miracles into our lives.

Williamson has taught millions around the world the simple yet profound lesson that has helped them tap into the divine within themselves and lead a happier, more fulfilled existence: How we think determines how we live. If you change your thoughts, you can change your reality. If you strive to put your best self forward, the universe responds, actively helping you, creating miracles that allow you to flourish.

A Year of Miracles is her collection of 365 spiritual readings, including prayers, meditations, declarations, and affirmations—one for each day of the year—that offer guidance, support, and enlightenment to focus your thinking. With this thoughtful meditative devotional, you can stay mindful, hopeful, and centered every day, producing miracles in your life.

Combining wisdom drawn from her bestselling books as well as fresh insight, A Year of Miracles helps enhance your spiritual journey and opens your eyes to see God acting through the universe to provide all that you need.

Marianne Williamson in Congress: A Vision of Possibility

Published on Nov 20, 2013

Best-selling author and activist, Marianne Williamson, joins Barnet and Freeman for a dynamic and powerful conversation about her vision of becoming a Congresswoman. This visionary leader holds a sense of possibility that is distinctly different from the current trajectory our country is heading in. She shares her ideas, along with her reason for running for public office, in this compelling episode of Cutting Edge Consciousness.

For more information about Marianne’s work and her bid for Congress, please visit: http://www.marianne.com/

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Marianne Williamson – Living a Happy and Abundant Life – Best Video on Spirituality and Happiness


This is one of the best videos you can find on the area of living a happy, fullfilled, abundant life! Spiritual Leader and Political Inspiration, Marianne Williamson talks about the important things in order to live a happy life and joyous life!

Marianne Williamson announced her run for Congress at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA on October 20th, 2013. She is running for the U.S House of Representatives, California District 33. Photo courtesy of Marianne Williamson for Congress.

Marianne Williamson, beloved spiritual teacher and author of the bestselling “A Return to Love” and “Healing the Soul of America,” announced on Sunday in Los Angeles her run for the United States Congress. She’ll be running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 33rd District, a seat currently held by 74-year old Democrat Henry Waxman, one of the most longstanding members of Congress. (He has held the seat for 38 years.)

While Marianne has been a lifelong Democrat, she is running this race as an Independent. “I believe that a wave of independent candidates, all committed to a huge course-correction, is necessary to turn our ship around. I feel my campaign, and most importantly my win, can help inspire such a movement,” says Marianne.

Marianne is no stranger to the needs of Americans and to the needs of our political system. For 30 years, she has worked intimately with people in crisis. From her work as a spiritual advisor and meal provider to those living with HIV/AIDS, to providing non-medical support to those living with life-challenging illnesses, to being a teacher of A Course in Miracles for those suffering from addictions, Marianne has demonstrated a long history of willingness to go into the trenches and be of service to those in greatest need.

Stand Up, Speak Out!: Marianne Williamson at TEDxTraverseCity

A Conversation with Marianne Williamson: Powerful pioneer in new thought and spirituality

Interview: Maranda Pleasant Founder, ORIGIN Magazine.
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Maranda Pleasant: What are the things that make you come most alive?

Marianne Williamson: I can’t say that there are “things” that make me come alive. There are thoughts that make me come alive. Those are thoughts that take me beyond myself; that remind me that there’s a bigger game going on on this planet than simply my own existence; that love works miracles, and how much we need them now.

MP: What are things or thoughts that make you feel vulnerable?

MW: Intimacy. I think that’s true for everyone. Both the gift and the burden of real closeness with another human being.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain when it comes in?

MW: I surrender it to God, knowing that the pain itself is a product or a reflection of how I am interpreting whatever it is that is causing me pain. Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief. I try to be kinder to myself. I give myself time to move through and to process whatever is making me sad.

There are other kinds of emotional pain that emerge from our own mistaken thinking. As we surrender that pain, we are inviting into our thought system a guide who will lead us to different thoughts. It’s like the song “Amazing Grace”: I was blind and now I see. Often on a journey of spiritual transformation, that is ultimately what heals the pain: the veil is removed from in front of our own eyes and we see where we had been thinking thoughts that would inevitably lead to pain. Until we change those thoughts, the pain will remain.

MP: Is there a practice that you have for maintaining your center, for maintaining balance in the middle of chaos?

MW: I’m a student of A Course in Miracles, so I do the workbook every day. I also do Transcendental Meditation. If I am disciplined about either of those on any given day, I have a far greater probability of remaining peaceful, at least until dinner.

MP: [laughing] It seems like every person I’m talking to is doing TM now.

MW: I’ve had a TM mantra since 1973.

MP: I need to start. Let’s talk about what in you wanted to be born or said in your book, The Law of Divine Compensation. It talks about money and work and love. What is special about this book?

MW: That was born of circumstances that are anything but special; it was born of circumstances that are quite distressing. And that’s that this last recession really pummeled people. A level of anxiety and tension and outright fear that so many people have felt, not only during the recession but during this slow economic recovery since. This made me very much want to up the conversation about how miracle-minded thinking applies to that area of life. In A Course in Miracles, it says you think you have many different problems, but you really only have one, and that is your separation from God, which means your separation from loving thought. We are dominated on this planet by a fear-based rather than a love-based thought system. Enlightenment involves relinquishing the thought system based on fear and instead accepting a thought system based on love.

In the area of work and money, we have one of the most intense gaps between fear-based and love-based thought. It’s not that a miracle mindset applies to work and money any more than it applies to anything else; rather, it applies there no less than anywhere else. The world we live in pictures a pie with only so many pieces, and if other people have more you have less, and you have to compete with other people in order to try to get ahead. You have to sell yourself at every available opportunity. The shift, the enlightened shift, has to do with a movement from competition to collaboration, from sales to service, from ambition to inspiration, and to a belief in scarcity to a belief in abundance as an eternal spiritual quality.

The Law of Divine Compensation posits that this is a self-organizing and self-correcting universe: the embryo becomes a baby, the bud becomes a blossom, the acorn becomes an oak tree. Clearly, there is some invisible force that is moving every aspect of reality to its next best expression. And the universe is not only self-organizing, it is also self-correcting. The embryo becomes a baby; the baby is born; its lungs continue to breathe—not only were they created but then they continue to breathe. The heart is not only created but it continues to breathe. If there is injury and disease that becomes present within the body, the body is also equipped with an immune system to correct that.

The metaphysical notion here is that that self-organizing and self-correcting imprint is on all aspects of reality. So not only was your body formed by this invisible hand, not only does your body continue to work by this invisible hand, but every aspect of your life—emotionally, physiologically, and spiritually—is also programmed to thrive, is also programmed for self-organization and self-correction. Now, if we only identify with the mortal world, then we identify with a level of scarcity and lack and brokenness, and that will be our experience. But if we shift our experience of self-identification—and this is what enlightenment is—from the body-self to the spiritual-self, then we place ourselves under an entirely different set of possibilities and probabilities. And we can invoke spiritual compensation when we find ourselves in situations of material lack. In other words, what happens for most of us is that we are tempted and we are taught, we are trained as it were, to meet limited circumstances with limited thought. If we lose a job, we are easily tempted into thoughts like, “Ain’t it awful? There aren’t any jobs out there. This is terrible. It’ll be awhile before the economy comes back. Even if they’re hiring someone, they’re not hiring someone my age with my resume.” And that’s really what causes the crash and burn. The fact is, there are Fortune 500 companies that have been founded during recessions.

The issue of spiritual power is to meet the limited mortal circumstance with unlimited thought. As in, “Yes, this is a temporary deviation from love’s flow, but it is only happening on the mortal plane; love itself compensates for any diminishment. Much like a GPS, love re-calibrates itself if you’ve made a wrong turn.” As long as you identify with the universe—which is perfect and can correct material conditions to bring them back into alignment with that Divine perfection—as long as that is where your mind is aligned, it’s as though there were two parallel universes. You decide with every thought you think which one you’re going to inhabit. Two parallel universes of experience, as it were. I think with the economy having moved into the dark tunnels of our current situation, this is information which is helpful for a lot of people.

MP: What is your biggest struggle that is reflected in the book?

MW: I wouldn’t say it’s my biggest struggle, but my biggest past mistakes have been when I made decisions out of ego rather than spirit. When I acted too quickly. When I wasn’t contemplative or reflective or prayerful enough, and I ended up making what I would only later see to be unwise decisions. That’s what the journey is about—the thinking of the world leads us to think shallowly and act too quickly. The spiritual journey has to do with learning to think more deeply and take as long a time as we need. That’s the path to wisdom.

When it comes to our money and work lives, most of us have had our challenges, our valleys. Most of us have a couple of files in our head. One, I name “It was my own damn fault.” And the other one I name, “I don’t know how I will ever forgive those bastards.” Forgiving ourselves for all the woulda-shoulda-couldas in life, and sometimes forgiving others for actions that we feel undercut or undermine our good, can be very challenging. But forgiveness of the past and mistakes, our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others, is imperative if we are to dwell fully in the present and experience the miracles that are only available to the forgiving and loving mind.

MP: I want to ask you with your time with Oprah and “Super Soul Sunday.” Is there anything particularly special to you about that exchange?

MW: It was special because that particular interview was about my book, Return to Love, which came out twenty years ago. Oprah having the book on her program when it first came out catapulted it to success in a way that would absolutely not have occurred otherwise. She opened up fields of possibility and experience for me, professionally, that I will be eternally grateful for. She reran a couple of interviews from twenty years ago, and we both had a good laugh about the hairdos and shoulder pads. It was very fun and very funny.

MP: Aww, the shoulder pads. Love you both. Really excited about your new book.

[To be continued]

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Marianne Williamson 1. On Moving Forward 2. On the word Love 3. On Reversing War

Marianne on Moving Forward

Marianne on the Word Love

Marianne on Reversing War

PROfile: Marianne Williamson – Department of Peace Interview


Published on Jul 5, 2013

THE PEACE ALLIANCE Advocates for evidence-based peace building legislation and policies that will enhance capacity to reduce violence through prevention and intervention — building sustainable peace both domestically and internationally. Working to greatly increase peace building infrastructure and investment. Advocacy for a U.S. Department of Peace, The Youth PROMISE Act, and greater funding for U.S. Institute of Peace are a few examples of the policies being championed.
http://www.thepeacealliance.org

Department of Peace Campaign

Azim Khamisa, Marianne Williamson and others discuss violence in our culture and what solutions might be available through a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence

The Ten Bridges of Transformation: Spiritual Guidance for Radically New Life by Marianne Williamson

Make a radical shift toward a more peaceful, powerful, purposeful life!

In The Ten Bridges of Transformation, world-renowned spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson addresses 10 universal human challenges that act as gulfs, separating us from all the things we most want and need in life. When they rear their head – as they quite frequently do – we are rendered paralyzed by them, powerless and incapable of true movement.

In response, Marianne offers 10 radical new ways of encountering these inevitable challenges. These “bridges” will enable you to recognize the challenges and transitions of life as incredible opportunities for growth and enlightenment. Each one will carry you instantly from a specific challenging circumstance – anxiety, living in the past and future, focusing on guilt, negative thinking, and many more – to its positive alternative.

The 10 bridges are an eternal compass that guides us along the path to spiritual wholeness. Anytime you are lost, confused, frustrated, doubtful, fearful, even hopeless, you can use these 10 active principles to immediately reorient yourself toward love, peace, and fulfillment.

The Ten Bridges of Transformation includes several live segments, recorded at Marianne’s renowned workshops. These segments will infuse and ignite you with the incredible energy and enthusiasm of Marianne’s live events. As anyone who has heard or witnessed Marianne Williamson live can tell you, there’s nothing quite like it.

Without question, Marianne Williamson is one of the most profound, insightful, globally important spiritual teachers of our time. People who hear Marianne are invariably stunned by her incredible energy, but most of all by the absolute illusion-shattering truth of what she says.

The Ten Bridges of Transformation is absolutely essential listening for every Marianne Williamson fan, and anyone who wants to discover how to transform life’s changes, challenges, and hardships into miraculous opportunities for growth.

Marianne Williamson is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love, A Woman’s Worth, Healing the Soul of America, Enchanted Love, and Illuminata. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have inspired spiritual seekers the world over.

Contents:

disc 1. Bridge #1: from forgetting who we are to remembering who we are —
disc 2. Bridge #2: from negative thinking to positive thinking —
Bridge #3: from anxiety to atonement —
disc 3. Bridge #4: from asking God to change the world to asking God that He change us —
Bridge #5: from living in the past and future to living in the present —
disc 4. Bridge #6: from focus on guilt to focus on innocence —
Bridge #7: from separation to relationship —
disc 5. from spiritual death to rebirth —
disc 6. Bridge #9: from your plan to God’s plan —
disc 7. Bridge #10: from who we were to who we are —
disc 8. Walking the bridges: forgiveness and service.

The Law of Divine Compensation On Work, Money, and Miracles By Marianne Williamson [ Updated March 31, 2013]

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Four of her eight books, including A Return to Love, and, Everyday Grace, have been No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Her most recent book is The Law of Divine Compensation. She also founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves over 1000 homebound people in the Los Angeles area daily, and co-founded the Global Renaissance Alliance (GRA), a worldwide network of peace activists.

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author (Return to Love, Healing the Soul of America), a world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important New Age thinkers of our time. In The Law of Divine Compensation, she reveals the spiritual principles that help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. A guru to anyone interested in New Age spirituality, Williamson’s words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God’s promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.

Book Excerpt: The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson

Chapter Three: Making Love the Bottom Line

We carry a lot of misconceptions about love. Putting love first isn’t a life of “sacrifice,” for example, as many have been taught. In fact, putting love first means knowing who you are, which means accepting the fact that you’re entitled to miracles. Putting love first means knowing the universe supports you in creating the good, the holy, and the beautiful. It means knowing you’re on the earth for a purpose, and that the purpose itself will create opportunities for its accomplishment.

Making love your bottom line doesn’t make you “lose.” Putting love first is ultimately the way you inevitably gain. For what you give, you shall receive; and what you withhold will be withheld from you. Most of the world’s religions share this core idea. Or, as a friend of mine once described the idea to me, the universe keeps a perfect set of books. You give love; you get love.

Making love the bottom line doesn’t mean you have to give everything away or that you’ll never charge for your services. The principle of fair exchange gives love to both giver and receiver.

Making love the bottom line doesn’t mean you’re compelled to do anything anyone ever asks you to do. Love always gives the loving response, but sometimes the loving response is “No.”

But it does mean that we take seriously the idea that we are on the earth to do as Love would have us to do. I know from personal experience that when I’ve done this, I’ve gained financially as well as in other ways. And when I have not done this, I’ve lost.

The path of love might not lead to an immediate, short-term bundle of cash. That is not how the Law of Divine Compensation works. But following the path of love leads to trust, deeper relationships, and therefore greater probability of further good. Our internal abundance is ultimately the source of our external abundance. Who we are, not just the services we provide, creates money.

Someone who is positive and energetic when they show up for work; are they or are they not the person most likely to be promoted? Someone who is kind and helpful when you walk into their store; do they or do they not have a business to which you’re more likely to return? Someone who inspires genuine trust and faith in the excellence of their work; are they or are they not the person you are more likely to hire for your next project? You know that line about how nice guys finish last? It’s a lie.

Yet at times we fear that if we give ourselves to love, we will somehow devolve into a puddle of weakness—that love will make us vulnerable to hurt or to being less effective in the world. We think God can have our spiritual lives, but we better not hand over our finances! A woman once told me, “I don’t mind giving God my money, but if it’s over $200,000, I think I better handle it myself.” And here is what makes that such a joke: it is often in the area of our finances where we need miracles the most!

Love is our sanity. It does not lead us to unwise behavior. It does not lead us to give our money away frivolously when there is a need to save it and provide for our family. It does not lead us into a lack of respect for principles of money management or the appropriate laws of commerce. It does not lead us into unreasonable or immoderate behavior. Love doesn’t ruin things; love makes all things right, by aligning mortal events with the natural patterns of an intentional and creative universe.

Love makes us wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and a flow of creative ideas. Love floods our nervous system with positive energy, making us far more attractive to prospective employers, clients, and creative partners. Love fills us with a powerful charisma, enabling us to produce new ideas and new projects, even within circumstances that seem to be limited. Love leads us to atone for our errors and clean up the mess when we’ve made mistakes. Love leads us to act with impeccability, integrity, and excellence. Love leads us to serve, to forgive, and to hope. Those things are the opposite of a poverty consciousness; they’re the stuff of spiritual wealth creation.

In 1992, I published a book called A Return to Love. At the time, I was bit naive—I had never spent time thinking about things like book contracts, bestseller status or book royalties. I was excited to be able to live off the suggested donations at my lectures on A Course in Miracles, and while writing the book I don’t think I even thought about how well it might sell. In fact, due largely to the enthusiasm of Oprah Winfrey, it was the fifth bestselling book in America that year.

I had a strong sense at the time that the money hadn’t really come directly from the book—that it had come through it. It felt like the money was divine payment for something more than the book, particularly the charitable work I had been doing for years before, for no money at all. It was payment for how I had been trying to live my life, cleaning up any mess from my past and trying to be of service to others. The seeker isn’t looking to “get money,” but to exchange energy. And when the energy we’re putting out is filled with the consciousness of love, then the energy flowing back to us comes in whatever form most serves our good. I figured that if I lived a good life and worked hard, then I’d be taken care of somehow.

There was a level of naiveté to the life I was living before my book was published. It wasn’t that I was so pure or anything, so much as blessedly unaware of the more sophisticated principles by which wealth is supposedly created. There’s no way in the world that my activities during those years would have been thought to be good for business, because there was no business! But I was, in my own way, about my Father’s business. And then, when the book was published, I saw what I had done for love came back to me a thousand fold and more.

Such is the Law. Spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson says the golden rule of giving and receiving is part of a greater divine order.
Excerpted from THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION by Marianne Williamson with permission by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2012.

Marianne Williamson on THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION

Marianne Williamson reflects on her newest book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION.

The Law of Divine Compensation with Marianne Williamson

Published on Feb 8, 2013

A wide-ranging and very timely interview with internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer Marianne Williamson. Leading off from her new book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION, we discuss the nature of miracles and the perceptual shift we need to make to manifest them in our lives.

To hear the full audio interview click HERE

Marianne Williamson Interview

Marianne talks new book, the universe, philosophy to live by and more!

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