Marianne Williamson

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There is simply too much unnecessary suffering in our world. And we should see that as a national security risk, by the way. Given enough time, desperate people will tend to do desperate things. At a certain point you won't be able to build enough prisons or enough bombs to eradicate the effects of all that violence inside so many hearts.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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The role of a leader is not to rule over other people, but to hold a space for their own genius.
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Collection: Space
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What is happening in politics today is a similar process to what happened in the medical world a few decades ago: realizing that there's more to healing than just addressing symptoms. Primary paradigm when it comes to dealing with political and social disease is allopathic: Pass a law, lock someone up, engage in warfare. And the state of the world today makes it clear that such allopathic measures have not exactly brought peace to all.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Healing
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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.
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Collection: Enlightenment
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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.
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Collection: Spiritual
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I had an experience that probably is shared by many parents. When my daughter was born, I felt viscerally connected to generations before and after me in a way that took me by surprise.
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Collection: Daughter
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Living in this world, under the dominance of the ego mind, is difficult. That's the struggle.
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Collection: Struggle
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You're not to wallow, but if you don't process your regrets, then they remain emotional underground toxins.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Regret
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If you did something in 1975 that you deeply regret and that you now can recognize as having been profoundly irresponsible, for example, the only way to be lifted out of deep regret and the pain over it is through atonement - through the kind of remorse that leads to genuine atonement, the making of amends, and forgiveness of self and others.
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Collection: Pain
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The number of nuclear bombs on the planet today - the sheer quantity of weapons of mass destruction in the possession of people and governments throughout the world - along with the fact that the use of brute force and militarism is an almost knee-jerk way of problem-solving on the planet today, makes the eradication of war the great moral issue of this generation.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: War
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Generation after generation can't just be loaded with more and more nuclear weapons and not ultimately dance to that music.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Generations
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The reason we don't often confront the larger question of whether or not war is survivable is because of a failure of imagination. We honestly cannot imagine having reached a state in our own evolution in which we do not fight.
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Collection: War
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The only antidote to chaos is peace itself.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Chaos
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I have hope, because I believe in miracles.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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I believe the universe presents more options to a more loving mind.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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Imagine any problem you have to be a huge, locked door standing in front of you. Now see yourself taking a golden key out of your pocket. You brought the key here with you when you arrived on this planet, but you sometimes forget to use it. See yourself putting it into the keyhole, then watch the door swing open. On the key are inscribed these words, "Unconditional Love."
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Unconditional Love
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Choosing joy involves spiritual surrender, and sometimes we would rather hold on to the pain than surrender our egos.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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Real intimacy; real love has to do with a joining of the mind, a joining of the spirit, a joining of the heart.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Real
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During times of challenge, what you have faith in is what determines what the challenge will turn into. Have faith in the reality of the challenge, and it will birth more challenges. Have faith in the reality of miracles, and the challenge will transform into something else.
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Collection: Reality
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Like a great athlete, we must have a very clear vision of what we want to accomplish before we make a move. Vision, in preparation for an action, is as important as the action itself.
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Collection: Moving
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17,000 children starve on this planet every single day. That fact alone should blow any conscious person out of their chair. You know, my mother used to say that a woman’s most important job is taking care of her children and her home. I laughed at that when I was younger, but I don’t laugh at it anymore. I just realize now that every child on the planet is one of our children, and the earth itself is our home.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Mother
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There is nowhere you need go to find God, for God is within you. There is no one you need ask if you are good enough, for He has already established He is exceedingly well pleased.
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Collection: Needs
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The holy child is waiting to be born in every instant, not just once a year.
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Collection: Spiritual
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As long as there are ways we can serve, then we have a job to do.
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Collection: Jobs
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When you realize that the real breakthroughs come from levels of higher consciousness, then you also realize that the achievement of maturity and wisdom is the most powerful generator of new beginnings possible.
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Collection: Powerful
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The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It's when it begins
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Collection: Life Is
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I don't think pain is a prerequisite for growth, but on the other hand, most of us choose very painful ways to learn.
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Collection: Pain
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The bottom line in love is not whether someone loves you, but whether someone chooses you.
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Collection: Love You
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We give up what we want to give up and keep what in some way we still want to keep. There are payoffs for holding on to small, weak patterns. We have an excuse not to shine. We don't have to take responsibility for the world when we're spending all our time in emotional pain. We're too busy. The truth that sets us free is an embrace of the divine within us.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Giving Up
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Where there is lack, God’s abundance is on the way. Hold on. Have faith. It’s coming.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Have Faith
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The key to intimacy is the commitment to honesty and to the radical forgiveness necessary in order for honesty to be safe.
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Collection: Honesty
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The right tends to posit that the market fuels social good. The left tends to posit that the government fuels social good. At bottom, democracy claims that citizens drive social good, but there is currently no container for a political force-field that stakes claim to the unbelievable resources now virtually untapped in every man, woman, and child in our society.
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Collection: Children
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It is your thoughts and your thoughts alone that determine what's possible for you now.
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Collection: Determine
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I don't think that anyone can age in a conscious way and not experience grief.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Grief
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Next time you're about to judge someone, attempt to understand them instead.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Judging
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Healing works through a kind of detox: things have got to come up in order to be released. That is true of our personal issues, and also our collective issues. We can't just push the darkness down, pour pink paint over it and then pretend it's not there. We have to look at it, accept that it exists and then release it for healing.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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Whatever we focus on is bound to expand. Where we see the negative, we call forth more negative. And where we see the positive, we call forth more positive. Having loved and lost, I now love more passionately. Having won and lost, I now win more soberly. Having tasted the bitter, I now savor the sweet.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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We don't ask God for too much; in fact, we ask for too little. Turn to Him for everything. Give everything to God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Giving
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Imagine the week ahead unfolding in an ever-increasing flow of miracles. Allow the image to sink into your heart. Receive it with a big yes!
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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Usually we try to figure out what we think would make us happy, and then try to make those things happen. But happiness isn't circumstance-de pendent. There are people who have every reason in the world to be happy who aren't. There are people with genuine problems who are. The key to happiness is the decision to be happy.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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Part of forgiving people is releasing them from our own agendas.
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Collection: People
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Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others we are withholding from ourselves.
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Collection: Love Is
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The change we are looking for is always a change within ourselves. And the change will come. I've noticed that as long as I'm willing to be different, something or someone arrives to show me how.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
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Collection: Inspiring
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The worlds of Truth (love) and illusion (fear) are like parallel universes; with every thought we make a choice which one to inhabit
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Collection: Choices
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Enlightenment is the only real antidote to the world's despair.
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Collection: Real
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God picks you up. You don't pick yourself up. You're the one who knocked you down or even if somebody else knocked you down, your willingness to believe that what they said had value, was your conspiring with them, with their effort to knock you down - I've never been able to get myself up and I've noticed that every time I ask God to pick me up - he does.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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The only way the past can drag you back is if you choose to bring it with you into the present.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Past