Marianne Williamson quotes page 2
We can't look to the world to restore our worth; we're here to restore our worth to the
The world outside us can reflect our glory, but it cannot create it. It cannot crown us. Only
God can crown us, and he already has.
To be a princess is to play at life. To be a queen is to be a serious player. The purpose of life
as a woman is to ascend to the throne and rule with heart.
Always seek less turbulent skies. Hurt - fly above it. Betrayal - fly above it. Anger - fly above
it. You are the one who is flying the plane.
What's difficult in life is to stay centered when somebody does or says something that
tempts us to close our hearts because their heart was closed. That is hard. But that is also
how we grow. We go through those circumstances in order to evolve into people who can
hold to our loving center no matter what the world throws us.
Where there is peace, there cannot be chaos; the two cannot coexist at the same time.
It takes courage... to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take
the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is
the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. 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.
We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your
life, or you can focus on what's right.
The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center.
Usually, when we think of power, we think of external power. And we think of powerful people
as those who have made it in the world. A powerful woman isn't necessarily someone who has
money, but we think of her as someone with a boldness or a spark that makes her manifest in
a dramatic way. When we think of a powerful man, we think of his ability to manifest
abundance, usually money, in the world. Most people say that a powerful woman does best
with a powerful man, that she needs someone who understands the bigness of her situation, a
man who can meet her at the same or even greater level of power in the world. Now this is
true, if power is defined as material abundance. A woman often faces cultural prejudice when
she makes more money than a man, as does he. A woman who defines power by worldly
standards can rarely feel totally relaxed in the arms of a man who doesn't have it. If power is
seen as an internal matter, then the situation changes drastically. Internal power has less to
do with money and worldly position, and more to do than with emotional expansiveness,
spirituality and conscious living… I used to think I needed a powerful man, someone who could
protect me from the harshness and evils of the world. What I have come to realize is that…
the powerful man I was looking for would be foremost, someone who supported me in keeping
myself on track spiritually, and in so maintaining clarity within myself, that life would present
fewer problems. When it did get rough, he would help me forgive. I no longer wanted
somebody who would say to me, "Don't worry honey, if they're mean to you I'll beat them up
or buy them out." Instead, I want someone who prays and meditates with me regularly so that
fewer monsters from the outer world disturb me, and who when they do, helps me look within
my own consciousness for answers, instead of looking to false power to combat false power.
There's a big difference between a gentle man and a weak man. Weak men make us nervous.
Gentle men make us calm.
Spiritual progress is like a detoxification.
Accepting people as they are has the miraculous effect of helping them improve. Acceptance
doesn't prohibit growth; rather, it fosters it.
We cannot give what we do not have: We cannot bring peace to the world if we ourselves are
not peaceful. We cannot bring love to the world if we ourselves are not loving. Our true gift to
ourselves and others lies not in what we have but in who we are.
Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called "All the things that
could go wrong."
I feel that as women we've allowed ourselves to be deluded by certain ideas that hold us
back, such as the over- glorification of masculine consciousness. To me, liberation doesn't
mean that I can think just like a man. Real liberation means that I can think, act, and be like
a woman and receive equal respect, honor, and compensation. Liberation also means that
even though I'm a woman I have masculine parts of my temperament which I can safely
explore and integrate into my experience. In the same way, real liberation for men means that
they can explore and integrate their feminine aspects of consciousness.
When I went to college in the1970's, the Women's Liberation movement was all the buzz.
Women's "consciousness raising groups" were growing up everywhere, as women shared with
each other their secrets - and anger - that they, their mothers and their great, great
grandmothers had held tight to their chests for centuries. Feminists of the time were right
about some things, but wrong about others. On one hand, there's no underestimating the
explosion of formerly unavailable choices that became ours at last as a consequence of the
Women's Movement. Sisterhood truly meant something then; we realized that none of us
would succeed in life unless all of us were allowed to. And it became unequivocally clear that
women could think as well as men, work as well as men, and deserved the opportunity to do
whatever it was that we wanted to do. It's almost hard to believe that that was still
somewhat of a radical proposition only forty years ago, but it was.
Miracle workers learn to keep their own counsel. Something that's important to know about
spiritual wisdom is that, when spoken at the wrong time, in the wrong place, or to the wrong
person, the one who speaks sounds more like a fool than a wise one.
The Biblical line "There is only one begotten Son" is interpreted by traditional Christians to
mean that Jesus was the only one, but to the metaphysical among us the line means
something different. It is not an exclusive but rather an inclusive statement. "There is only one
begotten Son" means that there is only one of us here. Just as Swiss psychologist Carl Jung
posited the notion of the collective unconscious - mental imagery he called archetypes that we
all share - the spiritual notion of the Divine (or Christ) Mind takes things one step further: if
you go deep enough into your mind and deep enough into mine, there is something deeper than
just shared imagery. If you go deep enough into all our minds, we share the same Mind. We
share one source point, or true identity, and that is love. For that reason alone, the Golden
Rule is a good idea. For if there is only one of us here, then what we do unto others, we do
unto ourselves. It may seem to take time for things to show up that way: the person we do
whatever we do to may or may not be the person to slap us or hug us back, but someone will.
The realization that there is only one of us here is both an illumined realization and the wisest
guide to behavior. For if I realize that whatever I give I give to myself, then I'm a whole lot
more careful about what I give. They say karma's a bitch, but in fact it's a blessing. The point
is to use it well.