An Evening with Marianne Willamson

My Top Quotes from The LOVE AMERICA TOUR

 Marianne and I - all I could say was, "Thank you so much for your work."

Marianne and I - all I could say was, "Thank you so much for your work."

Recently, I had the great pleasure of hearing renowned metaphysician, self-help author, and powerhouse speaker Marianne Williamson give a talk in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I’ve devoured Marianne’s books and talks for several years - she is someone I admire and appreciate for both her spiritual and intellectual contributions to the world. While Marianne would say that the light I admire in her is merely a reflection of my own light; I couldn’t help but feel a little like a fangirl as she took the stage as part of her Love America tour, aimed at encouraging the spiritual community to get involved in political conversations and causes.

While I encourage you to take the opportunity to join Marianne on her tour, or attend her upcoming series of Sunday night “Democracy Calls” (beginning February 11th - join her email list to learn more), here are a few of my favorite quotes from her talk (don’t worry, I took fervent notes the entire time):

Here, anybody should be able to make their dreams come true, to self-actualize, and to soar according to their God-given abilities.
The idea of natural intelligence, from a spiritual perspective, is that that same natural intelligence and divine order of things, is also in work within each and every one of us. And that we, too, are programmed to become the highest version of creative manifestation and possibility in our lifetime. When we are following our highest natural intelligence, we are led to collaborate with each other. When we know who we are, we know that we are not just here for ourselves.
Democracy is like any other relationship, you can’t just take it for granted. You have to tend the garden.
 Marianne taking the stage (and looking awesome in a sequin kimono).

Marianne taking the stage (and looking awesome in a sequin kimono).

If I don’t wake up in the morning and consciously surrender my energy to be used for purposes of light, and goodness, and compassion, and love those energies will be used for the purposes of my own neurotic patterns. That’s whether you’re talking about an individual or about a nation.
A meaningful life is not a popularity contest. If everything you’re doing is getting applause, you’re probably not yet doing the right things.
You have a power in you, but not of you, that makes moving mountains small compared to what you can do.
Let’s pray deep, let’s meditate hard, and kick ass.