What can I say about Marianne Williamson? If you have not read her books or listened to her motivational seminars then you have missed a great opportunity to know a woman who is uniquely spiritual in a non-religious way. She has paid the dues of growing up in the 1960s and 70s amidst the rebellion, protesting, and ‘experimenting’, found her way to the sanity of sober-living in a drunken, crazy world. She has remained grounded in her personal faith walk through the same challenges and travails which we all encounter. Humbly and graciously Marianne leads others to an understanding of what the world needs to do to ensure the earth’s survival in these tumultuous times.
Her prayers speak to and for a hurting, broken world system seemingly intent on self-destruction. The verses address the realities of hatred, intolerance, greed, racism and xenophobia. The answers are always the same – humility, self assessment and surrender to a power beyond earthly restraints. We do not have the resources within ourselves to address the depths of our depravity. Only a Higher Power can look upon us with enough love and forgiveness to change humanity’s destructive course. Call that power God, Love, Spirit, Enlightenment, Source, Oneness – it is universal and available to all mankind.
Read with me now excerpts from Marianne’s prayer for America. (this was published in 1994 in her book ILLUMINATA)
“……We give thanks in our hearts for the founding of this country. We give thanks for and bless the souls of those who came before us to found this nation, to nurture and save it.
…..May this nation be forgiven its transgressions, against the African-American, Native American, and any and all others. May our lives be turned into instruments of resurrection, that the sins of our fathers might be reversed through us. May the beauty and the greatness of this land burst forth once more in the hearts of its people.
…..May this country once again become a light unto the nations of hope and goodness and peace and freedom. May violence and darkness be cast out of our midst. May hatred no longer find fertile ground to grow here.
…..May we be repaired, may we be forgiven, may our children be blessed, may we be renewed.” Amen
Marianne Williamson has declared her candidacy for President of the United States. My initial reaction was shock and disbelief. She’s too nice, she’s too honest, she’s too spiritual….she’s too easy a target for all the slanderous, devious, spiteful, dishonest rhetoric which we have learned to accept from the political world. She’ll never survive the hatred.
But, she’s a perfect candidate! Who better to neutralize the quasi-religious element of Christianity posing as America’s savior? Who better to return a sense of decency and decorum to our nation’s capital? Who better to restore our standing in the world as a people with an unmovable moral compass? Who better to heal America’s soul sickness? Who better to resurrect the Lady in the harbor?
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
In Marianne’s world miracles happen. Mine too. She’s not a polished politician, just a decent human being. Let’s have the audacity to be kind, to be loving, to be great as a nation. Let’s wage peace.
A DEEPER LOOK AT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MARIANNE WILLIAMSON