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Marianne Williamson – The Gift of Change

Marianne WilliamsonDo you recognise this quotation? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves : Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

This quote is often ascribed to Nelson Mandela from his Inauguration Speeches as State President of South Africa on 9 May 1994 in Cape Town and 10 May 1994 in Pretoria – but that is not true : it is from Marianne Williamson’s book “A Return to Love – Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”.

“A Course in Miracles” is a massive workbook and manual published by the Foundation for Inner Peace and the only book on personal development I never finished reading : for me it is totally overwhelming. But Marianne Williamson has been a student and lecturer of this self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy since 1978 and her books are strongly influenced by these principles.

I have just finished reading her book “The Gift of Change” and it is truly inspiring and thought provoking : she explores the powerful role of change in our lives, which most of us fear and avoid. But every change, although it may be difficult or even painful, gives us an ideal opportunity for personal transformation.

She says that the only real failure in life is the failure to grow from what we go through. Of course we want to avoid the pain, but by doing so we inevitably cause more of it. We live in times that are more difficult than a lot of people seem willing to admit, and cope with intense amounts of chaos and fear.

The speed of change today is faster than the human psyche seems able to handle, she observes : the most important thing to remember during these times is to fix our eyes anew on the things that don’t change – they become our compass, binding us emotionally to a steady and firm course.

We are being challenged by world events, the tides of history, to develop a more mature consciousness – who we become as individuals is intimately and causally connected to how the world will change over the next few years, of course.

Things we thought were stable and secure seem less so, things we thought were distant possibilities have become strangely close, she continues. Birth, death, divorce, relocation, aging, career change – many people feel right now like they’re jumping out of their skin.

For many of us, it’s gone way past uncomfortable into a haunting sense that we might be living a lie. Who doesn’t feel displaced at times? And how do we make the world more aligned with who we are, instead of always having to struggle to align ourselves with the world?

These are sentiments that I share, and there is much more. “The Gift of Change – Spiritual Guidelines for a Radically New Life” is an honest and powerful book that I highly recommend you read if the above samples ring true.

Marianne Williamson spells out what most of us can’t quite put a finger on or don’t admit to ourselves – it literally has the gift to change our view of the world.

Please also go to her website to find out more about her work : there is a lot of interactive material on offer you might like to participate in.

Until next time, all the best from : Berend

Friday, 18 August 2006 - Posted by | 1. COMPASS eNewsletter

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