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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.

1 "We know there is a world of love that lies beyond what we see, and we were born to make it manifest. If we apply ourselves body and soul to the task, then one day – right here on earth – we will experience an illumined world."

2 "Through prayer we can work miracles in our lives. We have so much more power than we are using yet – to heal disease, repair relationships, reconcile nations, protect our cities, and transform our world."

3 "Whether or not a particular religion is our personal path, its core mystical teachings apply to everyone."

4 "Look at the spokes of a bicycle wheel. At the rim, each spoke is separated from all the others. At the hub, each spoke is one with all the others. Each of us is like one of those spokes, connected with all the others at the center, at our spiritual hub."

5 "Who we really are is a power bigger than all our problems, both personal and collective. And when we have remembered who we are, our problems – which are literally nothing other than manifestations of our forgetfulness – will disappear."

6 "The conversion to Christ need not entail a conversion to the Christian religion. The word is a symbol for the Child of God within us, our true identity and a space of remembrance of all that is divine. To be His disciple is to take on the mantle of His ministry by refusing to acknowledge the ultimate reality of any walls that divide us."

7 "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!'"

8 "When we mentally identify with the realm of the spirit, we see endless love, unlimited possibility, and the oneness of all things."

9 "There is no unit of time or space, nor element of life, about which the Author of All Things is not actively concerned. He loves you because He loves everything and everyone. He who is Love cannot not love."

10 "The truth is that every stage of our lives is perfect, if we allow ourselves to really live in it. If we concentrate on the present, contributing and showing up for it as fully as we can, then any moment can have its blessings, and the future will unfold in the direction of ever greater good."

11 "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."

12 "If we're deeply, truly honest with ourselves, we know we're longing to be pregnant with God."

13 "Obedience to God means a willingness to follow the dictates of love; thoughts and behavior prescribed for us by a force that wants only our happiness and good."

14 "Many point their fingers critically at other people, not realizing that the pointed finger itself is the source of all evil. It is the concept of enemy that is our greatest enemy of all."

15 "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."

16 "Every point in life's journey is inherently preparing us for our future in ways the rational mind cannot possibly comprehend."

17 "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."

18 "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."

19 "Ever-unfolding good is actually the natural order of the universe."

20 "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."

21 "The real you is an expanded self, literally one with the entire world."

22 "Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego's state of separation)."

23 "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.'

24 "A new commitment to love is rising up from the depths of our humanity, and its power is changing us on fundamental levels. Our mind has been opened to a liberating truth, and we feel this truth like an alchemical substance that bathes our cells and transforms our thinking."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite