Politics is hell. Marianne Williamson has walked into hell for a heavenly cause. The cause is Williamson’s belief that our existence as human beings has a higher purpose than we are living. She believes the way back on track is to live the very thing we seek. Love.
Williamson is hoping to unite the millions, yes millions, of us who know we are lost and in trouble as a culture and a nation. She also hopes that in the process she can awaken as many others as possible to the same realization. Her message is simple to understand and difficult to put into action. We need to stop looking outside ourselves for love, go within to self-source truth and be the love that is the essence of who we each are.
Love is the cornerstone of all creation. We are all connected by this truth. To help one is to help all. To harm one is to harm all. There is only one of us. It’s an admittedly spiritual/metaphysical message but it’s been around a long time. It’s at least 2000 years old. Older, perhaps. So are its detractors.
In every generation since recorded human history there have been those who felt called, or compelled, to speak truth to power and shine a bright light on the path out of slavery. Opposing those who have been called to awaken humanity have been those whose desire is keeping the power of control within the hands of a select few. The goal of the forces opposing freedom is always the same: servitude to overlords.
Servitude comes in many forms and guises. All of them demand tribute to slave masters. History is replete with examples but so is the present moment. We who are living in the first half of 21st century United States are enslaved. The current form has all the earmarks of those which preceded it: corruption, greed, favoritism, excessive taxation and injustice. These are the markers along the evolutionary road of humanity’s consciousness that indicate just how far off the main road we now find ourselves.
Williamson has been motivated for decades by a book titled A Course in Miracles. I happened to read the book about three decades ago. I don’t recall how or why I came to be in possession of it. What is vivid in my mind is that I began to read it on a Friday afternoon and pretty much didn’t stop (but for food and sleep) until Sunday evening. The book was so filled with inspiration, and what felt to me to be inherent truths, that I was gripped by the power of it. I still have my copy to this day. Unlike Williamson, the ensuing decades of my life were not structured around the book. Williamson became a devotee of the Course and then the most well-known teacher of its content.
Now, all these years later, I find that she and I have arrived at the same place and the same conclusion. She and I are not alone.
We as a nation are suffering from an identity crisis. It’s much more serious than that but it’s the simplest way to describe the underlying dysfunction as evidence by all the apparent symptoms. We are stressed, angry, frustrated, oppressed and, above all, fearful of what the future holds. That fear has been, and continues to be, deliberately fueled by those who hold the power and oppose the truth.
All our suffering is the result of having forgotten who we really are and of what we are truly capable.
So, here comes Marianne Williamson. She is the bearer of what we have forgotten. We have forgotten that we are Love. This is her message, along with its corollary that Love does no harm and, rather than frightening and enslaving, Love liberates and uplifts.
There will be those, like Stephen Colbert, who will seize the moment for cheap and easy laughs and attempt to diminish Williamson’s message with jokes about saving the world with “crystals and bee pollen.” But here’s the thing. The bearers of truth always suffer the slings and arrows of those who seek to silence them; yet, those bearers come in every generation and during times when they are most needed. We are living in such a time.
Whether Marianne Williamson is Presidential material, whether she is even in the right arena, is not nearly as important a question as whether we are smart enough to know truth when we hear it and courageous enough to stand side by side with the woman who has been called to speak it.