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.
"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."
"The moment the World Trade Centers fell, the complete solution to the problem that then confronted us was created full-blown within the Mind of God. The solution is a plan involving every human being, to the extent to which we make ourselves available to Him."
"The present is holy ground – the only place where eternity meets linear time."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This new mind awaits us in this next stage of our evolutionary journey. We are being challenged by the forces of history to grow into this mind, to mutate, as it were, in order for our species to survive. Jesus had the new mind, called in him the Christ Mind, as did Buddha and others. It is the mind when it is overshadowed by God, our mind when it has become one with His, when we have touched the heavenly light and been permanently altered by it. This state of enlightenment is the exaltation of our existence, the uplifting of our human consciousness to such a high place that we manifest, at last, as the children of God we truly are."
"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."
"Each of us is an infinitely creative being, endowed by God with extraordinary potential that He would have us make manifest."
"Love extended is the key to happiness; love withheld is the key to pain."
"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."
"There is a plan for our lives – God's plan – and it oversees exactly where we are and where we need to be going."
"It's my responsibility to remind myself how blessed I am and to extend that blessing to others."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Every point in life's journey is inherently preparing us for our future in ways the rational mind cannot possibly comprehend."
"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."
"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."
"The real you is an expanded self, literally one with the entire world."
"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."
"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."
"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."