Marianne Williamson

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Thought is cause: experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Life
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No matter what is happening in our lives, we choose how we wish to think about it. And the greatest gift we give ourselves is often our willingness to change our minds. Despite what might seem to be the saddest and most intractable situation, we have the power to believe that something else is possible, that things can change, that a miracle can happen.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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Everything we do is either an act of love or a cry for help.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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Speak from your mind and people will hear you with their mind. Speak from your heart and people will hear you with their heart.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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Once you know that every moment and every person and every situation has something to teach you, you're a student all day. You know it's the depth of your observation that is the issue - not how much the world has to show you.
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Collection: Issues
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The universe is wired with the electricity of God, & each of us is a lamp. It doesn't matter the size or shape of the lamp; it only matters that the lamp is plugged in. With every prayer, every thought of forgiveness, every meditation, every act of love, we plug in. The more of us who plug in, to more the darkness of the world will be cast from our midst. Today, let's all increase love's wattage!
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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Sometimes when we're feeling sad, it's important just to feel the sadness. Like a snake shedding its skin, old feelings of remorse and regret and hurt and anger often have to come up in order to be released. On the other side we're a better person, capable of a happier life...who we are when we're no longer burdened by the buried feelings that weighed us down, or the self - defeating patterns that the pain produced.
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Collection: Inspirational
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No one is any more or any less important than you are.
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Collection: Inspirational
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Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
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Collection: Life
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...you're on this earth with a divine purpose: to rise to the level of your highest creative possibility, expressing all that you are intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically in order to make the universe a more beautiful place.
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Collection: Beautiful
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You get to decide what energy you choose to download in any moment. No one but you gets to decide who you wish to be.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Wish
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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.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love
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The wise person doesn't ask, "What have I achieved?" but rather, "What have I contributed?"
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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If you know what changes a heart, you know what changes the world.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Heart
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Behind every dark cloud there is an every-shining sun. Just wait. In time, the cloud will pass.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Optimistic
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A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love-from a belief in what is not real, to faith in that which is. That shift in perception changes everything.
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Collection: Real
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In any moment, in any circumstance, a miracle will occur when we align ourselves with truth.
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Collection: Miracle
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Let's forgive the past and who we were then. Let's embrace the present and who we're capable of becoming. Let's surrender the future and watch miracles unfold.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Past
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Living meaningfully is what brings joy.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Joy
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Consider the possibility of infinite possibility.
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Collection: Infinite
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Take a good look at your life right now. If you don't like something about it, close your eyes and imagine the life you want. Now allow yourself to focus your inner eye on the person you would be if you were living this preferred life. Notice the differences in how you behave and present yourself; allow yourself to spend several seconds breathing in the new image, expanding your energy into this.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Life
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The choice to follow love through to its completion is the choice to seek completion within ourselves. The point at which we shut down on others is the point at which we shut down on life. We heal as we heal others, and we heal others by extending our perceptions past their weaknesses. Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who that person is. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is. Forgiving others is the only way to forgive ourselves, and forgiveness is our greatest need.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Past
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Forgiveness is the choice to see people as they are now. When we're mad at people, we're angry because of something they said or did before this moment. By letting go of the past, we make room for miracles to replace our grievances.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Forgiveness
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You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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In every heart there is an inner room, where we can hold our greatest treasures and our deepest pain.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Pain
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We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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There is a point at which we begin to receive a diminishing return on the accumulation of sacred knowledge unless we use it to at least try to improve the world.
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Collection: Trying
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Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. When you choose to love, you choose to work miracles.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Love You
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My biggest sorrow, when looking back on my youth, is how much of it I somehow missed. Now, looking at my life today, I don't want to make the same mistake. I don't want to miss this. As Bonnie Raitt sang like she was singing it for all of us, "Life gets mighty precious when there's less of it to waste."
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Mistake
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I really got into Osho's books. I have always loved his books. They were top notch.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Book
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Sex should be a deepening of communication, not a substitute for it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Sex
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There is no they, only us. We are part of a large fellowship called the human race. We all hurt the same. We all love the same. We all bleed the same. We all need understanding and care. We can't separate ourselves from one another. We are all part of the same vast sea of love, one indivisible divine mind.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Hurt
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Think of the mystical three days between the crucifixion and the resurrection as the time it takes for a situation to change once spirit has infused our consciousness. As we come to look at an experience differently, in time in begins to transform.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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Some people think it's naive to think we can make love our new bottom line. What I believe is naive is thinking human civilization as we know it will survive another two hundred years if we do not.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Believe
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With every thought we think, we either summon or block a miracle.
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Collection: Block
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Surrender doesn't obstruct power; it enhances it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Acceptance
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I think that's what we all want on this earth - to feel that at some level we have connected with other human beings.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Thinking
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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.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Spiritual
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There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Insecure
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[God is] an all-encompassing love that is the source of all, the reality of all, and the being through which I am.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Reality
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Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can't buy. It's an invisible energy with visible effects.
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Collection: People
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The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Life
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The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela. About the misattribution Williamson said, "Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Fear
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God is the water, and you are the faucet.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Water
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The masculine DOES while the feminine IS. Major in the feminine, but minor in the masculine.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Doe
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Putting love first means knowing that the universe supports you in creating the good, the holy, and the beautiful. It means knowing that you're on the earth for a purpose, and that the purpose itself will create opportunities for its accomplishment.
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Collection: Beautiful
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Whatever outrageous dream keeps flowing across your mind, allow it to live inside you. Don't deflect it, diminish it, invalidate it or come up with some excuse for why it can't happen. This will allow it to explain itself to you - why it's there, what it means, and what if anything you should do about it.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Inspirational
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Every heart has a divine intelligence and natural guidance system. With every prayer, every meditation and every thought of love, we tune in to ours.
- Marianne Williamson
Collection: Prayer