Marianne Williamson

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No true search for enlightenment ignores the suffering of other sentient beings. Ever. We simply need to create a way to address that suffering while remaining in a blissful center.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Suffering Of Others
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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."
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Collection: Couple
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The power to be at peace - not because of anything your physical senses perceive, and sometimes in spite of what your physical senses perceive - is the power to help heal this world miraculously.
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Collection: World
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Once we reach a certain age, we tend to recalibrate our expectations. We expect less from the world once we've seen it up close.
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Collection: Expectations
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There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people
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Collection: People
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We are here to repair the world. I grew up thinking that was what everybody was trying to do.
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Collection: Thinking
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I believe we are shown the path that is right as soon as we ask for it. Then we must live in the world and in some way express what we have learned.
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Collection: Believe
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Dear God, I give this time of quiet to You. Please dissolve my thoughts of stress and fear And deliver me to the inner place Where all is peace and love. Amen.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Stress
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Relationships never end, because they're of the mind; only bodies can separate. When you're missing someone, know it just means that on a soul level they've come to visit.
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Collection: Missing Someone
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Nothing that happened before this moment has any power over you whatsoever, except to the extent to which you carry it into this moment. Dwell in the present with full forgiveness of yourself and others, and your life will be lifted to divine right order...perfection, prosperity and peace.
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Collection: Order
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Looking for Mr. Right leads to desperation, because there is no Mr. Right. There is no Mr. Right, because there is no Mr. Wrong. There is whoever is in front of us and the perfect lessons to be learned from that person.
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Collection: Lessons To Be Learned
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It's funny, I see Wendy Kaminer herself as a kind of guru - a guru of the fashionably cynical set. Yet she uses the term "guru" to minimize my career, to marginalize my thoughts and to trivialize my work, as well as those of others.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Careers
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I feel that people who haven't read my books and haven't heard me lecture - who don't in fact know what my work is about - have been very hard on me. There is an expression in Alcoholics Anonymous called "contempt prior to investigation." I feel many people practice contempt prior to investigation.
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Collection: Book
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When you look at obesity in the United States, clearly it is not a bunch of stupid people. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Sometimes people who are dealing with issues of obesity and compulsive eating know more than I will ever know about nutrition, metabolism, and exercise, because they have studied it. But clearly the real problem, and therefore the real solution, is on another level of consciousness, and that is where the spiritual work comes in.
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Collection: Spiritual
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These are very serious times, and serious people need to be doing some serious thinking.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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The U.S. incarcerates more of its people than any nation in the world, or any nation in history.
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Collection: People
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We must seek to be intellectually inclusive, just as we seek to be culturally inclusive. Ideas come and go - that's what makes a free society so vital.
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Collection: Ideas
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Gender or skin color does not of itself determine the nature of a person's thinking.
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Collection: Thinking
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We need more than a new politics; what we need is a new worldview. We need a fundamentally different bottom line.
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Collection: Different
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We need to shift from an economic to a humanitarian organizing principle for human civilization. And women, en masse, should be saying so.
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Collection: Civilization
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Our challenge is to not look away, but rather to transform the field; to create a new political conversation, our own conversation, out of which we can speak our truth in our own way.
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Collection: Political
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Fear is a psychic tyrant that has no intention of letting its slave go free. It will say whatever it needs to say to confuse your thinking... It will always seek to preserve itself.
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Collection: Thinking
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Who we are, not just the services and products we provide, creates money.
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Collection: Who We Are
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What emerges from the silence is the deafening sound of an old world disintegrating.
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Collection: Inspirational
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The beauty of personal authenticity can compensate for the lost beauty of our youth.
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Collection: Beauty
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The body IS a miracle, after all.
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Collection: Miracle
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Things don't spiral out of control when we surrender them; they spiral out of control when we try to control them!
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Collection: Trying
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Personal growth can be painful, because it can make us feel ashamed and humiliated to face our own darkness. But our spiritual goal is the journey out of fear-based, painful mental habit patterns, to those of love and peace.
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Collection: Spiritual
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The ego is always looking to find something. The Spirit can see what's already there.
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Collection: Ego
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We are always impacting the world...through our presence, energy, interactions - what kind of impact are we having?
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Collection: Impact
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A certain desperation is usually necessary before we're ready for God... Until your knees finally hit the floor, you're just playing at life, and on some level you're scared because you know you're just playing. The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It's when it begins
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Collection: Levels
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Faith doesn't mean you don't have to do the work; it just means you're absolutely certain the work will pay off.
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Collection: Mean
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We are so trained in the thought system of fear and attack that we get to the point where natural thinking - love - feels unnatural and unnatural thinking - fear - feels natural. It takes real discipline and training to unlearn the thought system of fear.
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Collection: Real
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Depression might have chosen you, but you don't have to choose it back. Sometimes happiness comes with bootstraps, but so what? Pull 'em up. Choose joy.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Joy
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Spirituality is an inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls. The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center. The purpose of the religious experience is to develop the eyes by which we see this inner flame, and our capacity to live its mystery. In its presence, we are warmed and ignited. When too far from the blaze, we are cold and spiritually lifeless. We are less than human without that heat. Our connection to God is life itself.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Religious
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The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center.
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Collection: Journey
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God is a peaceful ground of being. He is the energy of nonviolence. To ask Him to help is to ask Him to turn us into profoundly peaceful people.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Peace
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If we do not like what we see in the world, we must face what we don't like in ourselves. As we change, the world will change with us.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Growth
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Spiritual growth is like childbirth: you dilate, then you contract, you dilate, then you contract again. as painful as it all feels, it's the necessary rhythm for reaching the ultimate goal of total openness.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Sometimes sadness is appropriate. Not something to run from, not something to numb...just something to feel.
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Collection: Running
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Truth will always reassert itself, given a symbolic three days. Three days represents the time it takes between the crucifixion and the resurrection, between an open-hearted response to hurt and the experience of rebirth that will always follow.
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Collection: Hurt
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The spiritual commitment is to make every situation an object of devotional connection.
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Collection: Spiritual
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God, please use me" is the most powerful affirmation we can say for an abundant career. It is the miracle-worker's prayer. Everybody wants a great job. Accept that it's already been given you. The fact that you're alive means a function has been assigned to you: open your heart to everyone and everything. That way you're a vessel of God. Don't worry about what to say or what to do. He'll let you know.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Jobs
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When we think with love, we are literally co-creating with God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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The Light in you is the unalterable truth of who you are. You can deny it and obscure it, but you cannot uncreate it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Light