MARIANNE WILLIAMSON is one of this generation’s most influential teachers. She began her career as a lecturer in Los Angeles in 1983 and since then has published 10 books,
several of which are considered staples of a spiritual literary diet.
Marianne has been a force for social justice. She founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area and
co-founded The Peace Alliance, promoting legislation to establish a US Department of
Peace. In November of 2011 and 2012, she produced conferences called SISTER GIANT:
Women, Non-Violence and Birthing a New American Politics.
Leading by example, she has inspired many on the path of both inquiry and action.
Marianne sat down with us to talk about being a teacher and a student as well as her
most recent example of taking spiritual action: her current independent candidacy for
You have said, “Our ability to change anything lies within our ability to reframe it.”
How do you plan to reframe our current system and bring about necessary transformation?
It isn’t our government that needs to be reframed so much as our own relationship to
it—our own thinking and experience of citizenship. Politics has become a spectator sport;
this is very unhealthy for democracy because it has shifted the power from the people to
relatively small and materially empowered forces in our country. There has been a lockout, but we have conspired with the lockout by allowing ourselves to be disengaged and
by dissociating ourselves from the process.
We have chosen an attitude of selective consciousness, which is not conscious. It is not
enough to just be conscious about food, body, relationships…everything but politics.
Whether we like it or not, politics is a powerful expression of our collective self. I think
the first thing that needs to be reframed is our thinking about ourselves in relationship to
politics and to society as a whole. >
OF THE HEART
Of the People. By the People.
For the People.
BY ZOë KORS
PHOTOS BY DAVID YOUNG-WOLFF