Audrey Hope interviews Marianne Williamson, July 2012. They discuss Love as the greatest power behind radical change and radical peace. As Gandhi said, we must be the change we want to see in the world.
From her amazing book, A Return to Love:
“There is no coming to consciousness without forgiving our parents. Whether we like it or not, our mother is our primary image of an adult woman, and our father is our primary image of an adult man. If we hold grievances against our mother, then if we are a man, we will not be able to escape the projection of guilt onto other adult women who come into our lives; and if we are a woman, we will not be able to escape self-condemnation as we grow into our womanhood. If we hold grievances against our father, then if we are a woman, we will not be able to escape projection of guilt onto other adult men who come into our lives; and if we are a man, we will not be able to escape self-condemnation as we grow into our manhood.”
“That’s it. … Healing occurs in the present, not the past. We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”
Marianne Williamson was interviewed by Alan Gregg to discuss her work in general and particularly her book, Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power of Intimate Relationships. The book was released ten years ago, but the insight is timeless.
“The problem with most intimate relationships is that they are not romantic. They do not involve a deeper knowing, and thus there is diminished possibility of sacred, transformative sharing. To be truly seen, in all our innocence and glory, is to be truly healed. What we salute in one another, we call forth in one another.” - Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love
Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” - Matthew 7:12
Islam: “None of you truly believes, until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself.” - Prophet, Muhammad
Hinduism: “Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” - Mahabharata 5:1517
Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” - Udana-Vargas 5.18
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary.” - Talmud, Shabbat 21a
I learned a lot about love, forgiveness and miracles from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love, so I was really happy to find this interview on youtube. She’s talking about her newer book, The Gift of Change, so I guess I should read it soon. Watch the interview below. There’s also a partial transcript here.
In 2009, the Dalai Lama gave an amazing talk, which happened to be filmed, at the University of California in Santa Barbara. The intro speaker says the Dalai Lama is great is because “he embodies what he teaches.”
“Ethics for Our Time” summary from UCtelevision:
“In this talk His Holiness turns to one of his favorite themes: the importance of compassion. Far from being a uniquely Buddhist concern, the Dalai Lama explains why caring for others can be the basis for a rich and rewarding life for all people. Whether one is a Buddhist or not, whether one is religious or not, a concern for the welfare of others is just good common sense. Compassion changes egotism into empathy, and transforms fear into freedom. It is the basis for both personal and communal peace.”
Endless thanks to UCtelevision for sharing this wonderful talk on youtube! You can watch it here or save the mp4 video.
Osho says Love and Hate are two sides of the same coin. Watch here (thanks to Osho International).
“The society is afraid of your wild nature. It is afraid of your naturalness. So, from the beginning, it starts cutting your wings. And the most dangerous thing in you is the possibility of love. Because if you are possessed by love, you can go even against the whole world.” – Osho
Here is another great lesson from the Dalai Lama. This talk is from April 25, 2009, at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, and is titled “Peace Through Compassion.” There are subtitles, even though his English is pretty good.