Marianne Williamson

From Hay House author page

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Birthdate: July 8, 1952

American author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson came on the scene with her first book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles". Oprah Winfrey loved the book and interviewed her. She continues to be a wise interpreter of the concepts found in A Course in Miracles, as well as an advocate for peace, non-violence and humanitarian causes.

 

Organizations and Projects

 

Her website

Check out Marianne's website to read her blog, access information on her lectures and events and sign up for her email newsletter. Her products and new releases are there, of course, and also some interviews to listen to and some recent articles to read.


Marianne's Facebook Page

Marianne's Facebook page is where she comments regularly about what she's up to and her fans comment on her postings.

 

The Peace Alliance website

Marianne is the founder of The Peace Alliance and organization that supports legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace. This website provides information on how this organization is pursuing this mandate.

 

Project Angel Food website

Project Angel Food, according to their mission statement... " Project Angel Food's mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait."


Books

 

A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever - Marianne Williamson 2012

Amazon Synopsis: "If your 'weighty thinking' does not change, then even if you lose weight you'll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. It's less important how quickly you lose weight, and more important how holistically you lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all 'lose weight.' 

Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is simply recycling outward for a while but is almost certain to return. It's self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thought-forms that initially produced it and now hold it in place." - Marianne Williamson

What is the connection between spirituality and weight loss? Best-selling author Marianne Williamson is about to answer that question for you in her groundbreaking new book, bringing you 21 spiritual lessons to help you surrender your weight forever. These lessons form a holistic paradigm for weight loss, addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as "conscious weight loss." If you are a food addict, a compulsive eater, or someone who for any reason sees food as the enemy, this book is for you.

A Course in Weight Loss addresses the true causal root of your weight-loss issues: a place within you where you have forgotten your divine perfection. This forgetfulness has confused not only your mind but also your body, making you reach for that which cannot sustain you . . . and reject that which does. As your mind reclaims its spiritual intelligence, your body will reclaim its natural intelligence as well.

The 21 lessons in this book will take you on a deep, sacred journey. One step at a time, you will learn to shift your relationship with yourself-and your body-from one of fear to one of love. And you will begin to integrate the various parts of yourself-mind, body, and spirit-to become, once again, and in all ways, the beautiful and peaceful person you were created to be.

As Williamson writes: "When it comes to your enjoyment of eating, your best days are not behind you but ahead of you!" So get ready to begin a new relationship with food . . . and with yourself.

 

The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife by Marianne Williamson 2009

Amazon Synopsis: The need for change as we get older—an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another—is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives—not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood—when it’s time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born.

The purpose of this book by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening.

In our ability to rethink our lives lies our greatest power to change them. What we have called “middle age” need not be seen as a turning point toward death. It can be viewed as a magical turning point toward life as we’ve never known it, if we allow ourselves the power of an independent imagination—thought-forms that don’t flow in a perfunctory manner from ancient assumptions merely handed down to us, but rather flower into new archetypal images of a humanity just getting started at 45 or 50.

What we’ve learned by that time, from both our failures as well as our successes, tends to have humbled us into purity. When we were young, we had energy but we were clueless about what to do with it. Today, we have less energy, perhaps, but we have far more understanding of what each breath of life is for. And now at last, we have a destiny to fulfill—not a destiny of a life that’s simply over, but rather a destiny of a life that is finally truly lived.

Midlife is not a crisis; it’s a time of rebirth. It’s not a time to accept your death; it’s a time to accept your life—and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived.

 

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" - Marianne Williamson 1996

Amazon Synopsis: Back by popular demand -- and newly updated by the author -- the mega-bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.

Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives. Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practicing love we can make our own lives more fulfilling while creating a more peaceful and loving world for our children.

 

A Woman's Worth - Marianne Williamson 1994

Amazon Synopsis: With A WOMAN'S WORTH, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice--and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A RETURN TO LOVE-- to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today. Drawing deeply and candidly on her own experiences, the author illuminates her thought-provoking positions on such issues as beauty and age, relationships and sex, children and careers, and the reassurance and reassertion of the feminine in a patriarchal society. Cutting across class, race, religion, and gender, A WOMAN'S WORTH speaks powerfully and persuasively to a generation in need of healing, and in search of harmony.

 

Christmas Prayers (Mini Books) - Marianne Williamson 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Celebrate the essence of Christmas with renowned author Marianne Williamson, who has composed five original prayers that speak to the tradition of Christmas and its importance in our lives. These prayers for Love, Hope, Giving, Family, and Peace give a contemporary interpretation that makes the holiday relevant to the lives we live today.

 

Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships - Marianne Williamson 2001

Amazon Synopsis: Three of Marianne Williamson's previous bestsellers -- A Return to Love, A Woman's Worth, and Illuminata -- explored the issue of relationships. Now, in this deeply personal collection of essays, prayers, and self-reflection, she turns to romantic love.

In Illuminata, Williamson wrote that "we experience God to the extent to which we love, forgive, and focus on the good in others and ourselves." Now, in Enchanted Love, she writes that "enchanted partnership begins with the conscious understanding, on the part of two people, that the purpose of their relationship is not so much material as spiritual, and the internal skills demanded by it are prodigious." High romance, she says, "is not about past or future. It is not about practicality. It is not about society or worldly routines. It is an audacious ride to the center of what is, at the heart of every person. It is a bold and masterful inquiry into what two people really are and how we might become, while still on earth, the angels who reside within us."

 

Everyday Grace - Marianne Williamson 2004

Amazon Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Illuminata comes a book about everyday peace, everyday purpose, everyday hope, everyday love, and everyday grace.

In these pages, author and lecturer Marianne Williamson acts as a guide back to the spiritual source, exploring the ways to nurture a thriving soul in a harsh world. The large and small difficulties of our days challenge us to open our hearts and minds. With an attitude of hope, a call to forgive, and a celebration of miracles, Williamson helps readers to find sacred footing on ordinary ground. For no matter what, there is always an opportunity to be happy. Everyone is entitled to the pleasures of everyday grace.



The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life - Marianne Williamson 2006

Amazon Synopsis: Every Change Is a Challenge to Become Who We Really Are.

 

The Healing of America - Marianne Williamson 1997

Amazon Synopsis: Noting a spiritually motivated political activism now emerging in America, Marianne Williamson claims that traditional political activists increasingly look to spiritual wisdom for inspiration while spiritual contemplatives are increasingly eager to extend their service to the world into political realms. The convergence of the two impulses forms what Williamson calls a "holistic politics."

With the publication of "The Healing of America," Williamson becomes a powerful voice for social conscience in American society. While citing the virtual abandonment of social justice as a dominant political theme since the 1960's, Williamson notes historian Arthur Schlesinger's contention that Americans express renewed political interest every thirty years. This is a time, according to Williamson, for Americans to return once again to our first principles -- political and spiritual. In this landmark work, Williamson draws plans for the transformation of American political consciousness and the re-emergence of powerful citizen involvement in a genuine healing of American society.

 

Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens - Marianne Williamson Feb 28, 2000

Amazon Synopsis: Healing That Reaches Beyond the Self.

In this landmark work, Marianne Williamson reminds us that there is a point in everyone's spiritual journey where the search for self-awareness can turn into self-preoccupation. All of us are better off when contemplation of holy principles is at the center of our lives. But it is in applying those principles in our lives that we forge the true marriage between heaven and earth.

In the compassionate but clear-eyed prose that has won her so many avid readers, Williamson shows us that the principles which apply to our personal healing also apply to the healing of the larger world. Calling on Americans to turn the compassion in our hearts into a powerful force for social good, Williamson shows us how to transform spiritual activism into a social activism that will in turn transform America into a nation seriously invested in the hope of every child and in the potential of every adult.

 

Illuminata: A Return to Prayer - Marianne Williamson 1995

Amazon Synopsis: Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

 

Illuminated Prayers - Marianne Williamson and Claudia Karabaic Sargent 1997

Amazon Synopsis: "I think of prayer as a spiritual lifeline back to where I most want to be," Marianne Williamson writes in this new book of universal prayers. Prayer is a powerful force that can lift spirits, guide journeys, and heal the heart. Illunimanted Prayers is a small volume of spiritual wisdom to bring the power of prayer into our daily lives.

Illustrated in the manner of an illuminated manuscript, Illuminated Prayers offers a treasured keepsake of the power and enduring relevance of Williamson's message: Prayerilluminates our souls, and with prayer we can change the world.

 

The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles - Marianne Williamson 2012

Amazon Synopsis: In The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles the #1 New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson provides a unique perspective on our financial condition through the lens of A Course in Miracles. She reveals a path to abundance by way of a powerful spiritual principle called the Law of Divine Compensation. The Law says that when we lack faith in our higher selves and focus on the negative, we create and perpetuate our own negative circumstances; conversely, when we have faith in God and in love and all that can go right in our lives, we open ourselves to receive the miracles the universe is holding for us.

While millions have suffered heartbreaking and seemingly intractable financial woes, every one of us possesses the power to believe that something else is possible, that our destinies can change, that a miracle can happen. This simple shift in how we think can have a monumental effect on what happens next.

In The Law of Divine Compensation you will discover how the power of your thoughts can attract—or deflect—miraculous breakthroughs in your life. Williamson reveals that the Law is not about hoping, dreaming, or wishing we'd win the lottery; rather it is about faith as a mental and emotional muscle we must exercise in order to benefit from. This powerful spiritual principle will us help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. If we have faith in God's promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.



CDs

 

Advancing Your Spirit 4-CD Set: Finding Meaning In Your Life's Journey - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Dr. and Marianne Williamson 2008

Description: Listen as Wayne Dyer and Marianne Williamson address vital questions like these, along with some of the most important issues of our day. This is a rare opportunity to hear two luminaries from the field of self-development together for the first time on an audio program.

As you absorb the information on these four CDs, you’ll find that you can transform your challenges and concerns into spiritual triumphs; learn the keys to empowering yourself in the midst of change, chaos, and complexity by understanding and applying spiritual principles to your life; and discover the deeper meaning inherent in your daily experiences and see your life as a blueprint for growth and personal evolution.

 

Letting Go and Becoming - Marianne Williamson 2004

Description: This beautiful 4-CD collection by Marianne Williamson is based on A Course in Miracles. It will uplift, enlighten, and bring healing energy into your life. The 4-pack includes: Letting Go/Becoming Your Potential; Spiritual Victory/The Power of Forgiveness; Balancing Masculine/Feminine; Love Is Real, Nothing Else Is/Praying for Changes.

 

Meditations for a Miraculous Life CD- Marianne Williamson 2007

Description: Jump-start your spiritual progress and experience an abiding sense of peace by listening to this 2-CD program by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson. Honor your need to cultivate quiet and become grounded in deeper serenity by practicing these customized meditations for different aspects of your daily life: work, finances, health, relationships, and more. When you start and end your day with positive energy and spiritual reflection, you’ll find that your life will truly change for the better.

Marianne guides and inspires you to bring your healing spirit to bear as you release stress, anger, and pain; find fulfillment through your work and forgiveness in your relationships; and feel the deep, enduring love that is your birthright. The more you practice these empowering meditations, the more you’ll become attuned to your inner self. From there, the possibilities for self-growth and a uniquely miraculous life are infinite.

 

Meditations For Weight Loss - Marianne Williamson 2011

Description: Surrender your weight forever! If you are a food addict, a compulsive eater, or someone who for any reason sees food as the enemy, Meditations for Weight Loss will set you free.

With this CD, Marianne Williamson provides a new beginning—one that will alter your patterns of self-sabotage and allow you to release feelings of failure, self-hatred, and regret.

These meditations and reflections on conscious weight loss will put you in touch with the deepest, strongest parts of yourself; and when you focus your attention on the spirit within you, you shift your relationship with yourself—and your body—from one of fear to one of love. The more you practice these empowering meditations, the more you will become attuned to the wisdom of your spirit . . . and your body will regain its natural intelligence as well, leading to a new perspective on food and weight . . . and a joyful sense of serenity.

 

The Spirit of Success: Consciousness and the Economy Audiobook – Marianne Williamson & Deepak Chopra 2010

Amazon Description:  New York Times bestselling authors Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra team up in this live recording of The Spirit of Success seminar!

In this powerful and unique program recorded live in front of a sold-out audience, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Deepak Chopra will take you through an in-depth understanding of consciousness as a field of infinite possibilities, infinite creativity, infinite energy and infinite abundance. Marianne will first teach you how to tap into the Law of Divine Compensation – the power of love to compensate for any limitations in the material world. Through devotion, prayer, meditation, forgiveness and compassion for self and others, you will activate your miraculous power to turn limited probabilities into unlimited possibilities. Then, using a combination of techniques involving silent brain-storming, mind-mapping, and finding creative opportunities in perceived problems, Deepak will take you through an updated experience of the spiritual laws that create success in all its forms.

 

Children's Book

 

Emma and Mommy Talk to God - Marianne Williamson and Julia Noonan 1996

Amazon Synopsis: 3 and up. "Mommy," said Emma, "who is God?" "God is all the love in the world," said Mommy. "He's in you and in me and in everybody everywhere."

Internationally acclaimed author and philosopher Marianne Williamson and her daughter, Emma, share their own experiences talking about God in this gentle and inspirational picture book. Emma isn't quite sure who God is and what it means to believe in Him, but her loving talks with her mother help her to realize that God is always with her to help her find her way.

Julia Noonan's glowing paintings infuse this intimate story with warmth and light. Emma & Mommy Talk to God is a unique resource that will guide and inspire both children and adults alike. Each day, Emma and her mommy praytogether and say thank you to God. When Emma asks her mommy to tell her about God, she teaches Emma that she is never alone because God is always with her, and God is all the love in the world. This touching and uplifting story from renowned author and philosopher Marianne Williamson will help children and adults alike begin an exploration of their relationship with God and each other. Stunning illustrations by Julia Noonan lovingly capture the gentle moments between mother and child.

Each day, Emma and her mommy pray together and say thank you to God. When Emma asks her mommy to tell her about God, she teaches Emma that she is never alone because God is always with her, and God is all the love in the world. This touching and uplifting story from renowned author and philosopher Marianne Williamson will help children and adults alike begin an exploration of their relationship with God and each other. Stunning illustrations by Julia Noonan lovingly capture the gentle moments between mother and child.




The Famous Speech that Nelson Mandela

Never Gave

"...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? 
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
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 were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
        

- Marianne Williamson,  A Return To Love 1992




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