The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life Marianne Williamson Williamson delves deeply into the powerful role of change in our lives today. Far from being something to fear and avoid, she says, every change - even the most difficult - gives us an opportunity to receive the divine gift of personal, and ultimately global, transformation.
"Our mistakes are not sins God wants to punish but rather errors He wants to correct."
"We can live in fear, or we can live in love. And every moment, we decide. The greatest power God has given us to change the world is the power to change our thoughts about the world. And as we do, the world transforms."
"Whether or not a particular religion is our personal path, its core mystical teachings apply to everyone."
"Love is the only absolute reality, which never changes and never dies. Dwelling in that which does not change, while things around us are changing all the time, is our key to inner peace."
"When we reach for the highest within ourselves, people around us feel called to their highest. And that is the beacon for which every soul is looking."
"In the Christmas carol where we sing, 'Do you see what I see?' there is a deeper question being asked than whether someone sees a physical child in a manger. 'Do you see what I see?' refers to a question of consciousness, as in, do you see that spiritual reality? Do you grasp it, can you imagine it? For if you do, you can have it. The possibility exists."
"When we're not thinking with love, we're actually not thinking at all. We're hallucinating."
"When we mentally identify with the realm of the spirit, we see endless love, unlimited possibility, and the oneness of all things."
"Nations, like individuals, emerge spiritually from the Mind of God….and He is love."
"Many of us think God has a plan, and we believe – still – that its name is love. Not a silly love. Not a childish love. But a powerful love, an awesome love so aligned with God that it will change all things."
"Each of us has the opportunity now to grow into the fullness of our divine potential in order to take our place in God's plan. The plan exists in the Mind of God, and to the extent to which we surrender our thinking to Him, we take our part. Our primary function is to stand in the light of who we are and become the people we are capable of being. From that, all good will follow."
"Every point in life's journey is inherently preparing us for our future in ways the rational mind cannot possibly comprehend."
"There IS a larger plan of unfolding good, a will-to-healing that is built into the workings of the universe. We will be told everything we need to know and shown everything we need to see. The Whole (Holy) Mind (Spirit) of God impresses itself upon us when we pray and meditate and seek to follow spiritual principles. As we open ourselves to receive His guidance, our thoughts and feelings fall into patterns that lead all things within and around us to realms of divine right order."
"The real you is an expanded self, literally one with the entire world."
"There are only two core emotions: love and fear. And love is to fear as light is to darkness; in the presence of one, the other disappears. As we shift our perceptions from fear to love – sometimes in cases where it's not so hard and ultimately in cases where it takes spiritual mastery to do so – we become miracle workers in the truest sense. For when our minds are surrendered to love, they are surrendered to a higher power. And from that, all miracles follow."
"The notion that a great wave of love will be the salvation of the human race is an idea whose time has come. And our willingness to be part of that wave gives a transcendent purpose to our lives."
"Love is not just a feeling; it is a force. And it is a force that is ultimately more powerful than violence of any kind.'
"Now, in our time and through our efforts, we are called to a great vision: to think the thoughts of a world at peace, infused with total love….Years from now, when we ourselves are no longer remembered, people will live on a peaceful planet, not knowing whom to bless, not knowing whom to thank. Children will ask their parents, 'Is it true that there was once a time when people had wars?' And the parents will say, 'Yes, there was such a time. But a very long time ago. Wars don't happen anymore.' And when that happens, surely on some level our souls will receive the blessing we gave. We will lift our glasses to the heaven we are already in, and with both tears and laughter we will howl, 'We did it!'"
"In any given instant, there is more love we could see and more love we could express. And as we do, we will heal the world."
"If we're deeply, truly honest with ourselves, we know we're longing to be pregnant with God."
"We're like sunbeams thinking we're separate from the sun or waves thinking we're separate from the ocean. But sunbeams can't BE separate, and waves can't BE separate of course. The idea of our separation is nothing but a vast hallucination."
"Since all minds are joined, conflict between any two of us contributes to war, and reconciliation between any two of us takes us closer to world peace. Our smallest judgment adds to war, and our smallest forgiveness adds to peace….The butterfly's wing in South America affect the wind patterns at the North Pole, and thoughts of true peace in Idaho affect plans for peace in Palestine. What an extraordinary opportunity as well as responsibility we have, to try to get it right."
"Each of us is an infinitely creative being, endowed by God with extraordinary potential that He would have us make manifest."
"God has a blueprint for creating peace on earth. It's not a physical blueprint, but rather a plan that exists in His Mind, pieces of it ready to be downloaded into the mind of anyone who asks to receive his or her part. Each of us carries maximal potential to be used by God to heal the world. He has a plan. And it cannot not work."
"There is a plan for our lives – God's plan – and it oversees exactly where we are and where we need to be going."