The American government has swerved from its democratic center, putting the majority of our resources at the disposal of a small
sector of our society at the expense of the common good. Looking to the political status quo to fix that is pretty naïve given that
they’re the ones who created the problem. If there’s going to be a
pattern interruption, it’s going to come from the people ourselves.
Every individual has to ask ourselves, “What can I do? What
should I do? What is love calling me to do to?”
It’s hard to know where to start…
Is that really true, or do we just say it’s true? Name any issue you
care about, and is it really so hard to Google it—to research the issue, to look up who’s doing the best work on the problem, and to
become involved with the solution? Sometimes we just act powerless because it’s become a habit to act powerless. Start anywhere.
Start where you are. Cultivate an attitude of service, and watch
Marianne, many people look to you as a teacher. What do you
feel is the role of a teacher in our society today?
To teach is to demonstrate. We are teaching all the time, in everything we say and do. As far as worldly teaching goes, in A
Course in Miracles, it says that a teacher is someone who is half a
step ahead in time. Your yoga teacher can do moves you can’t do
simply because she has been at it longer. That is all. It’s a lateral
thing. A teacher is just a little bit ahead in time.
How do you plan to continue your role as a teacher?
I am continuing my A Course in Miracles talks on Monday nights
in LA. And I think my Congressional campaign is the continuation of my teaching, because teaching is demonstrating. I’ve been
talking about how it’s time for all of us to step up, to move beyond our comfort zones, to reach for what we know in our hearts
represents our highest level of service to the world. I felt that if I
didn’t make this move, I wasn’t really doing what I was asking
others to do.
The world is not going to be transformed because any one woman
is sent to Congress. What we need is a populist revolution of the
heart, where everybody wakes up and participates at a higher level.
We need to move from allopathic politics (“Let the politicians
handle the problem.”) to an integrative politics (“Let’s all of us
handle the problem.”) We need to move from an old transactional
politics (“I’ll give you this if you vote for me.”) to transformational politics (“Let us together create something beautiful for America and for the world.”) We need to move, in the words of JFK,
from the Republican or Democratic answer, to the right answer.
We need a new American conversation, unfiltered by anyone’s
dogma. We need a level of political maturity that takes us beyond
“me getting mine” to “us creating ours.” That is what I hope my
campaign stands for; I want it to be a collective act of love, and a
stand for possibility within a domain that is sad, and weary, and
dominated by calcified thought forms. That’s my intention and my
commitment, and I hope that others will join me.
It’s a beautiful vision and very inspired. What intentions would
you encourage people to set in the new year?
We all just need to be more loving. Every moment is an invitation
to show more compassion, to be a better version of ourselves. It’s
simple enough, of course, but not always easy. Any moment we get
it right, though, is a moment when we help enlighten the world.
Marianne Williamson is a candidate for the U. S. House of
Representatives from California’s 33rd District.
For more information on Marianne’s candidacy, please visit:
Zoë Kors is the Managing Editor of LA YOGA Magazine.
I BELIEVE THE LEGALIZED CORRUPTION
THAT NOW EXISTS REPRESENTS
THE DISMANTLING OF DEMOCRACY.
Marianne Williamson has published 10 books,
six of which have been New York Times
Bestsellers; four of these have been #1 on that list.
A Return to Love is considered a must-read
of The New Spirituality. This paragraph from
that book is considered to be an anthem
for a contemporary generation of seekers:
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
doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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’re liberated from our own
fear, our presence automatically liberates others.