When I was at a difficult turning point in my life, I was guided to my divine teacher, Marianne Williamson (New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love). It is because of Marianne that I became a student of the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles. Her lectures and books demystified the principles of the Course so that I could apply the life-changing lessons in my own life. I am endlessly grateful for Marianne’s impact on me—and the world.
In this interview Marianne shares about her experience with A Course in Miracles and offers up advice to people who are new to the text. Enjoy my conversation with Marianne Williamson.
GB: What was going on in your life when you found ACIM?
MW: I wasn’t the happiest person, that’s for sure. Kind of muddling through my 20’s at the time. When I first saw the book, the language was way too intense for me. But when it appeared in my life a year later, I was drawn to it like to some mysterious force. Which it is, of course!
GB: For the reader who is new to ACIM, please help them understand the difference between what is real and what is an illusion.
MW: You know how sometimes you have a fight with someone and then when it’s finally over, one of you says, “I love you” and the other one says, “I love you too” and maybe you hug and feel all emotional…? That’s what it means. It means we have to go through all the he-said, she-said, you-said, I-said, all the craziness and arguing and triggering each other just to get to the point at the very end where there’s only forgiveness and understanding and you say “I love you” and they say “I love you” too.
The love is what’s left at the end because it’s the bedrock, fundamental reality that gets hidden all the time, but never really goes away. What happened before that was just mutual projection and hurt and anger and blame, but in the end it wasn’t real. It felt real, but it was just energy…issues…illusion, really.
Love is who we are, and when we deviate from that love we’re deviating from our ultimate, essential, eternal reality. Only God’s Thoughts — or love — is actually real. So when we separate ourselves from that love, we’re actually not thinking at all: we’re hallucinating. And that’s what illusion is. Feels real, even more real than love does sometimes. But the love is who we really are.
GB: What’s your process of surrendering your fears to the Holy Spirit?
MW: Pretty simple. “Dear God, I feel this or that fear, this or that anxiety, this or that anger, this or that judgment, this or that neediness, this or that whatever. Please take it from me. Amen.”
GB: Is there a workbook exercise that you love the most?
MW: Into His presence would I enter now. Though Creation’s gentleness is all I see runs a close second.
GB: What is your favorite prayer from ACIM?
MW: Where would You have me go? What would You have me do? What would You have me say, and to whom?
GB: Right on. That’s my favorite too!
GB: How do you work miracles?
MW: By changing your mind, using it differently. Recognizing where you’re thinking thoughts of fear, and replace them with thoughts of love. Simple actually, though God knows not always easy. What’s hard is getting over our resistance to doing it.
GB: How can we best apply the principles of ACIM in our daily lives?
MW: By starting each morning doing the workbook. My mother taught me that if you make chile with too much cayenne pepper, all you have to do is put a raw potato in it and that will suck up all the excess hot pepper. That’s how I feel about my workbook lesson each day: it helps to suck up my excess neurotic thinking.
GB: Tell us about your forthcoming course on A Return to Love.
MW: My book A RETURN TO LOVE is like “The Cliff Notes” of A COURSE IN MIRACLES. It takes the basic ideas of the Course and breaks them down into “Principles” and “Practice.” Here’s the idea, then here’s the practical application. Here’s the idea, then here’s the practice.
It was mind-blowing for me reading the Course in the 1970’s. And it’s mind-blowing for me reading it today. When you really allow yourself to think about the ideas, and even try just a little bit to apply them in your lives, then nothing is ever really the same again. It really is a miracle. It really is.
I’ll be doing a video each week for six weeks that will present a spiritual curriculum on shifting our perceptions from fear to love. There will be six live question and answer sessions during which I’ll respond to questions posed by people taking the seminar. And we’ll have a private online community where students will be able to share their experiences with others taking the course – and I’ll play an active role here too. All videos and Q & A calls will remain available on our private course page enabling participants to review the material as often as they’d like. I think it will be fun for all of us. You can check out the details here.
Sat Nam Spirit Junkies! This week I’m sharing a clip from my Miracles in LA lecture. In this video I discuss how stress blocks us in every area of life. Watch this video and follow the guided meditation on how to eradicate your ego, release stress and powerfully activate your energy. Practice this meditation daily and your life will begin to flow.
When we fall in love, it can be easy to lose ourselves. New relationships can be blissful and exciting, but if we get carried away they can feel scary and out of control. In this vlog I share tips on how to maintain your power and your sense of self when you fall in love. For more on this topic join me in September for my 3-week course on Fearless Relationships workshop.
So much of the anxiety, stress and inner-turmoil that we experience comes from our lack of faith in the Universe. We believe that we need to make everything happen and control every detail in order to feel safe. We live our lives controlled by outcomes and future plans. In fleeting moments we reconnect with the flow of the Universe. Maybe on a meditation pillow or in a yoga class. Fleeting moments of connection remind us of our truth. But what would life be like if we always remembered that we were being guided? Watch this video for more on the topic.
Do you often see 11:11 show up on your clock? Or maybe there’s another sequence of numbers that shows up for you often. In this vlog I explain why repeating numbers show up and what we can learn from them. For additional information on this topic, check out Doreen Virtue’s book, Angel Numbers: The Meaning of 111, 123, 444 and other number sequences.
Watch the video and learn more…
My summer began with a series of retreats and live events. I kicked off retreat season with a debut appearance at Wanderlust Festival in Vermont. As a new yoga teacher it was an honor to be invited to share my work with the Wanderlust community of hardcore yogis.
As I drove up the mountain toward the festival entrance, I felt a rush of energy pass through my body. It was a familiar experience–the same feeling I had each summer as I arrived at sleepaway camp. Throughout my whole life I’ve gotten high off large-scale gatherings of like-minded people. Wanderlust was my new camp!
The next morning I journeyed into the main festival tent to get mic’d for my talk. I felt the energy of the community as hundreds of high-vibe yogis entered into the space. I hit the stage and a power greater than me took over before I even said a word. That lecture was the highlight of my summer (so far), and I’m psyched to share it with you.
Enjoy the video from my Speakeasy talk at Wanderlust Vermont:
More pics from Wanderlust!
When we embark on a spiritual journey, so many awesome shifts begin to happen. It’s easy to become overly enthusiastic about them and want to share every detail with your loved ones. But the new developments in your life may not be easy for people to understand, especially if they’re not on a spiritual path of their own. In this video I offer up tools for how to handle people who don’t support your spiritual path.