Excerpt from the Marianne Williamson Lecture "Pure Potentiality"
In this talk titled "Pure Potentiality" -- part of Marianne Williamson's Lecture Series recorded live in Los Angeles -- Williamson tells us that we are 100% responsible for everything in our lives. Following is a transcribed excerpt from this compelling lecture.
...we are 100% responsible for everything in our lives. Now that’s huge. I know that is very tempting for me. I don’t know how you feel, but it is very tempting for me to hang out at I’ll take responsibility for 96%. But they did this, or they did that, or I couldn’t help it because the system does this, or whatever. But the Course in Miracles says that we pay a very high price for not taking full responsibility for everything that happens in our lives. If we don’t take full responsibility for what has happened, then the Course in Miracles tells us you cannot change what has happened. Yes, they might have done blah, blah, blah, but you know what? You probably made it real easy for them. Yes, the system might have blah, blah, blah, but you know with the energy like you were carrying, you were very vulnerable to that attack or whatever. Does that make sense?
The Course in Miracles makes us on one hand extremely… there is a rigor to this. A rigor to taking full responsibility, but there is also a great liberation in knowing that in taking great responsibility, all we have to do is change our minds and that changes our lives. The Course in Miracles makes it very clear that every thought produces form on some level. Every single thought creates form on some level, and as we’ve already said, that which is not used to create form that is positive moves in the direction of the manifestation of form which you might not like so much. And so what it means is that we become rigorous in witnessing and taking responsibility for our own thoughts. Now tonight I want to talk to you about this idea of living at a ten. What keeps us at seven? What keeps us at six or five? What keeps us at eight? What keeps us from moving all the way into ten?
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