Marianne Williamson

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When you understand spiritual law, then you realize that everything you give, good or bad, will in fact come back to you tenfold and that's just the way it is. You give someone flowers and the person you are ultimately giving to is yourself.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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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.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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The solution to low self-esteem is to get over yourself and get a higher purpose.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Self Esteem
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Until we see love as the meaning of life, life seems to have no meaning at all. The sense of meaninglessness produces chaos, and the chaos produces fear. There is only one way out of this, and that is to see every moment and every situation as an invitation to love.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Meaning Of Life
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My hope is that I'm getting better and wiser. With every book, I have more of myself to pour onto the page.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Book
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When you are dealing with a serious compulsion or addictive pattern, then by definition self-will, self-discipline, and any other machinations of the conscious mind are not enough by themselves to handle the problem. It is like a breaker switch in your brain is simply flipped. Anybody who has had this kind of a problem knows that it doesn't matter how intelligent you are. Sigmund Freud said, "Intelligence will be used in the service of the neurosis."
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Collection: Intelligent
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To the extent we are perceiving anyone's guilt -choosing to focus on the errors of their personality rather than the eternal innocence of their spirit - we're closing our hearts, deflecting a miracle and causing our own inevitable suffering.
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Collection: Inspirational
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No matter what is happening now, events will ultimately bend toward love the way a flower bends toward sunlight.
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Collection: Flower
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If a train doesn’t stop at your station, it’s simply because it’s not your train. Don’t try to flag down the conductor and convince them to stop there, even if their own map says that they should just keep going. You may not realize it, but there’s another train trying to come toward you, unable to get into your station because a train that doesn’t even belong there is being delayed there by your intensity.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Trying
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A hero is someone who stands in the community and speaks their hopes and speaks their passion. That's almost an act of heroism nowadays because higher consciousness is so trivialized.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Hero
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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.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Recovery
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There is no amount of money, time or energy too great to spend on our children. They are our angels, our future. In failing them, we are failing ourselves.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Children
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It's been fascinating over the last few years, watching the high and mighty in business and politics fall precipitously-not because their plans didn't work, but because their character flaws undercut those plans. Whether the microphone caught them making racist comments or their greed overcame their common sense, who they were as people made all the difference-more than their résumés, their degrees, or even their past successes. If you fail at the art of being human and staying human, you recklessly court disaster.
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Collection: Art
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God's truth is literal truth. The illumined mind has more operative cells. In reclaiming the mystical, we take back our whole selves. Formerly barren mental lands spring to new life through the planting of spiritual seeds.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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To appeal to God is to appeal to the action of universal love. Love never fails to come when we call to it, but it will always seem to fail us when our bidding is self-centered. The most powerful prayers are simply for God's will to be done, because God's will is healing for all living things.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Prayer
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Relationships are our primary teacher. They are the context in which we either grow into God consciousness, or deny ourselves and others the opportunity to do so.
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Collection: Teacher
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Since our peace lies in loving as God loves, we must strive to love everyone. The only love that completes us is the love of God, and the love of God is the love of everyone.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Lying
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You can live in your total potential creative capacity in an instant-with your heart open to give and receive love.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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Yes, we see that there are problems in the world. But we believe in a universal force that, when activated by the human heart, has the power to make all things right.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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So it is that a new politics centers around the arousal of that power, using prayer and meditation to create a force field of transformation.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Prayer
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I fell in love with the thought that a human life could be a priestly conduit, a connecting link between earth and sky. As I grew and stumbled and, most important, as I began to love and be loved, I realized that the ultimate priest is the lover inside us
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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Governments move armies, but only individuals can move hearts. And with every act of love that emanates from any of us, we are activating miracles, adding to a spiritual ocean that in time will purify our planet of all vestiges of fear. Love alone can triumph over hate, and if we give it the chance, it will.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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The universe is a multi-dimension al creative process, constantly forming new facets of possibility for you and all living things. Expanding our awareness of the process, we allow ourselves to experience more of it. Every moment we can remember that ANYTHING is possible in a realm of endless possibility.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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Imagine that anything is possible, and name the most amazing thing that could happen in 2013.
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Collection: Names
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The past doesn't determine your future unless you carry it with you into the present. Forgiving yourself and others, you free the universe to begin again at any moment.
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Collection: Past
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In a choice between love and fear, choose love.
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Collection: Inspirational
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Love is insistent on its own continuation. Every fraction of a second, someone somewhere falls in love, a former enemy becomes a friend, and a newborn baby is born into the world.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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Love has a way of showing you to yourself, whether through satisfaction or humiliation. It hovers over you like a magnifying glass you cannot escape, intensifying the slightest feelings of either delight or shame. No other experience makes so obvious the realities of both heaven and hell.
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Collection: Inspirational
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We are always pregnant with a truer version of ourselves.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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No matter what I go through today, I need not fear. For God is all-powerful and God is here. I am never separate from the One who created me. There is nothing I can do to make Him turn his face away from me. I am loved, I am cared for, and I am totally safe in the arms of God.
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Collection: Powerful
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Without nourishing our own souls, we can't nourish the world, for we cannot give what we do not have. As we attend to our souls, we emanate invisibly and involuntarily the light we have received.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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If you want to have a nonmiraculous day, I suggest that newspaper and caffeine form the crux of your morning regimen. Listen to the morning news while you're in the shower, read the headlines as you are walking out the door, make sure you're keeping tabs on everything: the wars, the economy, the gossip, the natural disasters. . . But if you want the day ahead to be full of miracles, then spend some time each morning with God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: God
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Every moment is an invitation to live out of your weakness or to live out of your strength.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Weakness
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I personally am not a total pacifist. I do believe there is such a thing as a just war. I believe, for instance, the effort to destroy the Nazi regime militarily was justified military action.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Military
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I feel that if your soul was branded by the sixties, you never lost the brand. It's like going into a nightclub and having your hand stamped so that you don't have to come back but you can come back.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Hands
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A primary goal of the spiritual life is to learn to quiet the mind through prayer and meditation, through spiritual practice, so that we can hear what in both Judaism and Christianity, is called the small, still voice within.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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I try to be self-disciplined with my thoughts. It’s our thoughts that matter most, and all the rest falls into line behind that: if I remember who I really am and why I’m on the earth, then I more naturally want to treat my body like a temple and so forth.
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Collection: Fall
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If you allow yourself to deepen with midlife, your experience of everything deepens, including your experience of God.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Midlife
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The religious stories, the religious truths, the spiritual principles - obviously, they don't change. But as you get older and you experience more, you recognize the applicability, the profundity, and the fundamental truths of spiritual principles in ways that you couldn't when you simply were living a less dimensional life.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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I don't think of spiritual principle as a struggle. I think of life lived without spiritual principles as a struggle.
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Collection: Spiritual
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Once you get to your forties or fifties in this society, very few people haven't had at least one body blow - financial, bankruptcy, divorce, relationship disaster, addiction, trouble with a child, trouble with a parent. Most people take some blow.
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Collection: Children
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To me, that's the important issue about spiritual principle: that you recognize it as both that which saves you from the self-sabotaging mind and that which heals you and lifts you up when you succumb to it and attract whatever personal disaster you attract.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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When you understand the law of divine compensation, you realize that in the presence of spiritual consciousness, there is more than enough compensation for any diminishment in materiality.
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Collection: Spiritual
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I do think that every generation has its unique story.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Unique
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I do know middle age can bring greater depth, greater wisdom, greater capacity for love, greater capacity for relationship, greater consciousness and desire to serve and awareness of the fate of mankind - all these wonderful things, yes. And I know I'm getting there.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Fate
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At midlife, you're pregnant with the best self you can be - someone who has learned enough from both successes and failures to add up to a fine human being.
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Collection: Self
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I don't believe the United States is going through a midlife crisis. The United States is going through an adolescent crisis.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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The teenager begins to realize he or she really does want to be part of a community, really does want to have good relationships with others, really does want to create something truly good with his or her life. The teenager comes to understand just being smart and just being privileged are not enough.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Smart