There’s a lot we can learn from Marianne Williamson’s entrepreneurial, political and spiritual journey. She’s the author of 13 books including seven that have made The New York Times bestseller list (and four that have made number one!), was a regular guest with and served as a spiritual guide to Oprah Winfrey, co-founded the Peace Alliance, and recently ran for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.
Marianne is a powerhouse committed to creating a kinder and more commonsensical world. These quotes taken from her iconic books teach us all how we can play a part in doing that too.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”
“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong’.”
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in 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.”
“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.”
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.”
“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
“Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.”
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.”