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"We routinely live with yesterday's stress on the mind
and on the heart."
transform the world around us is at the
heart of Marianne's messages of peace.
She is the founder of The Peace Alliance, a
grassroots campaign supporting legislation
currently before Congress to establish a
United States Department of Peace. She
is also the founder of Project Angel Food,
a meals-on-wheels program that serves
homebound people with AIDS in the Los
Not only does she stress the import-
ance of encouraging peace between
nations and governments, but creating
inner peace within ourselves, our homes
and the communities in which we live.
But for many of us it can, understandably,
be a challenge. While we want to be
kinder and more compassionate, we often
find ourselves on life's treadmill -- keeping
up with relationship issues, financial
worries, children's health -- unable to
keep the work and home balance right.
But Marianne says we can be more true
to our heart's desire through meditation,
particularly in the morning.
"When you wake up in the morning and
go directly to the news on the television or
radio or newspaper and you add caffeine,
you are immediately at the effect of the
thought forms of the world. We routinely
live with yesterday's stress on the mind
and on the heart," she says.
"All of the great religious and spiritual
traditions emphasise the importance of
the morning -- you've had sleep, your
spirit has had the chance to work on
your thought forms -- you can really be
at the affect of your own higher thought
"But if you immediately lower yourself,
you are immediately at the affect of those
things and people are surprised why they
Feeling powerless to make any
positive change is also what many people
feel about their body image and weight
issues, something that Marianne strives
to counteract in her new book, A Course
in Weight Loss. The main aim of her latest
work is to help people root out their fear
and replace it with "inestimable love,"
as she believes fear plays a big role in
people's issues with weight gain or
While an ambitious goal, Marianne
believes it is nevertheless achievable.
The key steps, she says, are: "Prayer, to
achieve peace; forgiveness, to release the
past; meditation, to open the heart and
surrender, to unburden the mind."
Regardless of world events and harsh
life situations we find ourselves in, it
helps to spend time coming home to our
centre. When we quiet the mind and let
go of the stresses and tensions of our day,
we will find that by tuning into ourselves
and listening to the messages from spirit
we will find the comfort we seek in a
Marianne Williamson will be appearing
live at I Can Do It! 2011 in Sydney and
Melbourne. For details and tickets visit
hayhouse.com.au or call 02 9669 4299
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