New Instant Access MP3 Format Lectures from Marianne Williamson
We are pleased to announce that five more titles from the Marianne Williamson Lecture Series recorded live in Los Angeles are now available. These include a fantastic talk given on June 1 titled "Spirituality & the Oil Spill" in which Marianne talks about our country's addiction to oil and applies the tenets of the 12-Step Program to this troubling situation. This unique view of the disaster is enlightening and heart-breaking, yet hopeful in offering us a roadmap of what we as Americans and individuals need to do to heal from this catastrophe and how we can better relate to each other and the rest of the world.
New Lectures from Marianne Williamson with Free Previews:
Excerpt from "Your Universe and You" with Edgar Mitchell
There is a fundamental original design for all of this. A priori knowledge that the universe was constructed in thought a priori and laid out in all its glory, and we are just following a plan. That isn’t the evidence either. The evidence is that we’re in an evolving, creating, self-organizing, learning universe. And the consciousness that is us is a part of the consciousness that is creating it all along. And that, instead of being passive participants in this play, we are the major actors and have been all along. We just forgot who and what we are. So the ancient question can be rephrased only slightly, to give us a better picture of what it is that we are dealing with. Virtually all of our systems of the past have talked about our physicality; we’ve expressed ourselves as physical beings yearning for a spiritual experience. And if we turn that around and say that the alternative is that we are eternal conscious beings creating a physical experience, I think we have it closer to being right. The problem is that it is very difficult for us to experience that.
How many have heard Deepak Chopra, Dr. Deepak Chopra? Quite a few of you. Good. Some haven’t. Dr. Chopra is an Indian by birth. Not an American Indian -- the real type. Trained in the west. Family of physicians. On the staff at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Hospital and at this point dedicated to bringing some of the ancient wisdom of the ayurvedic medical techniques into western medicine. And he speaks of these subjects, virtually the same as I do, but from the point of view of medical scientist and practitioner. And he gives a wonderful little analogy that I like so much from his native county and it’s called precognitive commitment. It is the notion that you take a young elephant and tie them with a small green vine in their youth, and then as they grow up -- I mean you always tether them with a small green vine -- but when they grow up they may be able to break a chain tied around their leg but they can’t break a small green vine. Because they are precognitively committed to that which confines them. If you take insects and put them in a closed jar, and keep them alive in there for awhile and then take the lid off, very, very few will escape. They are precognitively committed to their environment.
We have become precognitively committed to the idea that we are physical first and spiritual second when it is really the other way around.
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Excerpt from "Way of the Spiritual Warrior" with David Gershon
The seven qualities of the spiritual warrior. First quality is the quality of courage, or bravery. Let me read a quote. “It requires courage to come out, reach out, and effect positive change in ourselves and in the larger institutions we serve. It requires courage to love. It requires courage to accept that we ourselves can push the universe into higher states of order.” That’s a quote from Jim Channon, Evolutionary Tactics. Another quote: “For the warrior, the experience of the tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness; it comes from letting the world into your heart. You are willing to open up without resistance and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others. Without the tenderness, the bravery is brittle like a china cup.” From Rick O’ Shea, How to Be a Warrior. And one last quote, before we get into actually talking about courage and bravery: “The warrior’s way is not invulnerability but vulnerability -- to the world, to life, and therefore to the presence”. That’s from a book called, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
So what are the qualities of courage and bravery? First quality that I see of courage and bravery is the willingness to say the difficult things. The willingness to say the difficult things, to be vulnerable. I found in my life, that to achieve is not that hard. But what really became scary for me was to share what made me vulnerable, which was in fact that I might be thought of as less than in the eyes of the world. That is my self-esteem; when that was put into play when that was what was really at stake, that’s where I found my vulnerability or where indeed had fear. The way I came to know about that was through my wife, who is one of my mentors for better or worse.
Excerpt from "Science and the Inner Experience" with Edgar Mitchell
Move out now further into space. See the shape of the earth as a sphere. Let’s move on out until we see the earth about as we would see it -- the size of a ball, a baseball held at arms length. Look at that magnificent little planet blue and white, peaceful. The turmoil that goes on underneath that layer of atmosphere and those clouds is not evident to us here. We recognize it as a haven of life, our home, our planet. As far as we know for sure, the only haven of life in our galaxy, but as we suspect, probably not the only one. But a beautiful little planet in the immensity of space and set in the background, billions and billions of points of light. Far more so -- ten times more than we can possibly see from the surface of the earth. Representing stars, galaxies, galactic clusters, billions and billions of such points of light, and our tiny little planet about the size of a ball held at arms length. A beautiful peaceful haven for life. And in the immensity of the universe all of a sudden you feel connected.
We are all apart of the same thing. There is a connection. There is intelligence. There is a feeling of oneness, an extension of self. And it’s a joyous and wonderful experience. As I experienced it at this point coming back from the moon and looking at the earth, suddenly I recognized that our scientific description of reality of this universe was far from complete. Our model was not yet filled out, and on the other hand our religious descriptions of ourselves, of creation, of the universe -- all of them were somewhat flawed and incomplete as well. In other words, our knowledge of who and what we are. How we got here. Where we came from and where we are going is very inadequate at this point in history, and yet there is a feeling of intelligence, of peace, of abundance, of process, that gives one comfort and joy in observing this magnificent universe of which we are a part. Contemplate that for a moment. See this little planet from that perspective, and see if you experience it as I did.