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Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles
Marianne Williamson

1 "As it is written in the Bible, 'What man has intended for evil, God intends for good.' Even the most horrific situations can increase within us our capacity to love."

2 "I am always at choice: experience the miracles of life as they come to me or blind myself to them, with the audacity to believe that God ever, ever, ever did not know what He was doing."

3 "We must see with total clarity that what is not love is fear. And we must understand that every negative emotion therefore derives from fear."

4 "Compassion is not just emotion; it is force. It is an aspect of the infinite power of God. Humanity's next great leap in consciousness will be the realization that love is a power to be applied – no less than the power of steam, the power of electricity, or the power of the atom."

5 "Essentially, our greatest hope has already been realized. Heaven is here and now, in our capacity to realize our oneness."

6 "Think of the news as humanity's prayer list. How different the world would be if everyday's newspaper reports were met with prayers for healing from its readers! And that will happen, when the modern mind realizes the power of spirit. Prayer itself will emerge from the constricting limitations of religious doctrine, to become a spontaneous call of the soul to the higher power from whence we came."

7 "Building genuine connection and deep community among the peoples of the world is the historical task of our generation."

8 "Now, in an extraordinary moment of global transformation, we will do more than just love: We will join our love and harness our love. We will pool our resources of forgiveness and imagination and grace, and in time we will collectively experience what physicists call 'phase lock', a phenomenon in which individual oscillating rhythms – here, the beats of many, many hearts around the world – fall into a deep pattern of energetic resonance. We will form a community of consciousness – a collective love – that is humanity's next step on our evolutionary journey."

9 "The resurrection of Jesus, Buddha's enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, and the deliverance of the Israelites to the promised land are not fairy tales; they are messages from God. Their point is not what we should hope for, but rather what we should consider done, the miracles we can lean on because they were accomplished for all eternity. God has built into the structure of Creation that everything dark will turn light again."

10 "We must make love the center of all our enterprises – collective as well as individual. When harmlessness toward life becomes a personal, social, economic, and political imperative, we will be on our way at last to the restoration and regeneration of our civilization."

11 "'Dear God, please make me an instrument of your peace….' is one of the most famous lines of prayer. And there is good reason for that. We know it speaks to something profoundly practical and real that will, if we allow it to, overcome all the darkness and hatred in the world."

12 "We must all come to accept that thought forms of separation and fear – with their inevitably violent results – have no place on this planet anymore; they are too dangerous to the survival of the species."

13 "Each of us has an inner room where we can visit to be cleansed of fear-based thoughts and feelings. This room, the holy of holies, is a sanctuary of spiritual light."

14 "We were created as one and we remain as one. The Golden Rule is so fundamental because what we do to others, we literally are doing to ourselves."

15 "Today, we know there is love in our hearts, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of how we can use it to restore and transform our world. It is the task of our generation to turn love into a social force. The most significant development of the twenty-first century will be the harnessing of the social potential of love."

16 "The resurrective tendency of the universe is always at work in our personal trials and in our collective challenges. God, in His awesomeness and infinitude, has provided a solution to every problem, the moment the problem occurs. The part that any of us can play in providing that solution is etched on our hearts."

17 "A life of magnitude does not just happen; it is consciously chosen. Living is an endlessly creative process in which we work on achieving the life we want through our willingness to be who we would like to be."

18 "There is nothing and no one outside us, so much as there are mirrors everywhere. Every person is a part of us, and we are a part of every person."

19 "No matter what the circumstance, we can choose to infuse it with light."

20 "Love is literally the power of God alive on earth. It is a transformative, alchemical, miraculous force."

21 "Fear melts away when we refuse to affirm its ultimate reality. When we see beyond fear, it dissolves."

22 "Because all minds are joined, deep peace cultivated anywhere is a blessing on people everywhere."

23 "Still, the offer to love instead of fear remains. We can choose again, at any moment."

24 "The moment a mistake – any deviation from love – occurs, a perfect, all-knowing God has already planned a correction. All we have to do is ask that it be revealed to us."

25 "The universe is holographic, which means the whole is present in every piece."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite