In Conversation With Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson has a long list of accolades to her name, from multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author, political activist, spiritual thought leader as well as spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey.
South Pacific Private director, Fleur Wood recently caught up with Marianne to talk about using love to create a force for good in all aspects of our lives.
Marianne, we’re so excited that you are heading to Australia after two long years without travel, we know so many people will be excited to see you. What will you be talking about while you’re here?
Well, we’re in a historic phase transition, with all the usual challenges and disturbances that accompany such a time. The energy that’s going to carry us through this and ultimately create something new, something better, is coming from deep within the psyche of humanity. It isn’t relegated to a particular group or part of the world. Its emergence is a global conversation.
Tell us about the concept of the heart possessing as much intelligence as the brain? Does it possess a different kind of intelligence?
Neurosurgeon Dr James Doty has written about how they’re discovering more of a partnership between brain and heart than there has previously been assumed, as the two work together to direct the body.
So would you say that the heart, is the spiritual centre of the body?
Technically there’s no “spiritual centre” of the body because spirit is not physical. What is spiritual is recognising that we are not our bodies, which then counterintuitively allows the body to align itself with greater health. Over identification with the body puts unnecessary stress on it. A load that our body just isn’t meant to carry.
At South Pacific Private, one of the most important things we hope our clients walk away with is some kind of spiritual experience and connection with a higher power. You’ve said that love has the power to transform the world – can you tell us more about that?
The world we live in is dominated by a thought system based on fear, which is counter to our true identity. Our true identity is love, we cannot feel safe or secure in a world that is constantly at odds with who we are. Freud defined neurosis as “separation from self,” and that’s exactly what it is. Connection with a higher power is a remembrance of who we actually are.
So how do we walk the walk, and truly harness love to be a force for good?
The most powerful thing we can do for ourselves is to spend at least five minutes every morning in some kind of meditation or prayer practice. It doesn’t do any good to clean yesterday’s dirt off your body if you’re not cleaning yesterday’s stress off your mind.
The dominant stimulus of the world, based in fear, is an assault on our nervous system. You can tell yourself to be more loving, more forgiving, more generous and all of that. But if you haven’t aligned your nervous system with those energies when you first wake up in the morning it’s going to be harder to get there (and stay there) throughout the day.
Lastly, can love ‘cure’ us?
The Real You does not need to be cured because it is unalterable perfection. As you remember who you really are your identification with the wounded you falls away. That is ultimately the answer to every problem: to remember who we really are.
Marianne, thanks so much for speaking to us, with everything going on in the world right now your words and wisdom seems more important than ever.