A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" – Bilb-weil.de

This book is the source of the famous quote which is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us I mostly read the book because it was the source of this famous quote Overall it was a good book there were some interesting ideas and engaging anecdotes to illustrate them However, I didn t give it five stars because I felt that it This book is the source of the famous quote which is often misattributed to Nelson Mandela, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us I mostly read the book because it was the source of this famous quote Overall it was a good book there were some interesting ideas and engaging anecdotes to illustrate them However, I didn t give it five stars because I felt that it was somewhat repetitive and a tad wandering I didn t feel that the organizational scheme was especially strong Also, I was a little irritated by her continual shifting in the way that she referred to God Sometimes she referred to him as a person, but sometimes she referred to him as this mystic love force that is in all of us It s interesting that she is sometimes very aligned to LDS thought such as in her idea that we have been alive and will be alive forever since life extends beyond the body yet some of her other ideas are very unaligned If you can overlook some of her new age mumbo jumbo one part that is especially controversial is her suggestion for victims of aids cancer to write letters to the disease then you might enjoy the book.Now that I ve given you the caveat, let me share some of the interesting things about the book Basically the whole book is based on her perspective on love and how we need to change the world by letting God s love shine through us She calls this being a miracle worker I would say her biggest premise is that we are not hurt by love that we are denied, but we are hurt by love that we deny others I think it s often true forgiveness brings healing She also asserts that the opposite of love is fear, the only moment that matters is the present moment, what people say or do is not who they are p 96 , and we need to surrender to God by giving up attachment to results p 56.Actually one of my favorite quotes from the book isn t the famous one She says, The experience of love is a choice we make, a mental decision to see love as the only real purpose and value in any situation Until we make that choice, we keep striving for results that we think would make us happy But we ve all gotten things that we thought would make us happy, only to find that they didn t This external searching looking to anything other than love to complete us and to be the source of our happiness is the meaning of idolatry Money, sex, power, or any other worldly satisfaction offers just temporary relief for minor existential pain 57 This reminds me of Moroni 7 46 If we don t have charity we have nothing I think that scripture isn t just Heavenly Father chastising us and telling us that if we are not charitable we are bad people and we are cast out He s saying that everything else of this world will fall away as Marianne Williamson would say everything else is an illusion but only charity is lasting and will bring true happiness.One of my favorite anecdotes is a good way to sum up the book She shares the story from another book Quantum Healing by Dr Deepak Chopra For a research experiment in the 1970 s rabbits were fed a toxic diet to study the effects of high cholesterol However, the researchers noticed that one group of rabbits was inconsistent and experienced fewer negative symptoms It was discovered that the only difference was that the student feeding those rabbits liked to take them out of the cages and pet them The point is that love can have effects unexplained by science which is something I believe The idea sort of ties into the next book I am reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde This is my go to book for hope in life If this quote from the book doesn t get you, then it isn t for you Although I first read it 20 odd years ago, it still gives me a smile on a cloudy day Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous Actually, who are you not to be You are a child of God This is my go to book for hope in life If this quote from the book doesn t get you, then it isn t for you Although I first read it 20 odd years ago, it still gives me a smile on a cloudy day Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous Actually, who are you not to be You are a child of God Your playing small doesn t serve the world There s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won t feel insecure around you We are all meant to shine, as children do We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us It s not just in some of us, it s in everyone And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others There are a handful of good tidbits in here learn to forgive people, for example Always a useful tip God is love also useful, especially for people who have trouble with the concept of God The rest of the book is an egotistical tromp through Ms Williamson s philosophies This is not A Course in Miracles This is her interpretation of ACIM, which is something completely different She comes across as hugely impressed with her own wit, without actually providing solid advice She justifi There are a handful of good tidbits in here learn to forgive people, for example Always a useful tip God is love also useful, especially for people who have trouble with the concept of God The rest of the book is an egotistical tromp through Ms Williamson s philosophies This is not A Course in Miracles This is her interpretation of ACIM, which is something completely different She comes across as hugely impressed with her own wit, without actually providing solid advice She justifies anger and advocates using prayer in lieu of personal responsibility particularly for one s health Worst of all, she presents dozens of flighty concepts that seem lovely on the surface, but which provide no real, tangible resultsof course, she doesn t follow up any of the stories with results, which only makes it easier to see that it s all conceptual and not tangible, anyway Here are some of the best examples I could find to explain the above.Best example of trying to disguise her self absorption as something witty A giflrfriend once told me she had broken up with her boyfriend Why I asked Because he didn t call me for five days I didn t say anything He knows I need verbal reassurance on a daily basis, she continued So I set my limits Don t you think that s good No, I said I thnk it s childish I paused Have you considered accepting him as he is Well, thanks for the support, she said I responded, You re welcome Ed note scene ends there Follows on the heels of advice to be compassionate Best example of horrible advice, or advice likeliest to go terribly awry A man mentioned to me recently that when he was a child, his father never gave him presents I suggested that a healing would come from his sending his father lots of presents now Ed note this section was not followed up with any results of the man s attempt to heal his relationship with his father by overcompensating for his own deprivation Best example of not actually answering someone s question Once when I was lecturing in New York, a young man stood up and asked me about affirmations At the time, Hill Street Blues was a popular TV show He said, I ve been writing down fifty times before I go to sleep at night, I have a regular part on Hill Street Blues, I have a regular part on Hill Street Blues Are you telling me I shouldn t do that I said, You can write those affirmations fifty times before you go to bed at night, and chances are good you ll pull in a part on Hill Street Blues because the mind is very powerful But for all you know, a year will pass, an important director will be wanting you for the lead in a major feature film, but they won t be able to get you because you re under contract for a little part in Hill Street Blues ed note cue audience laughter Scene ends without follow up Best example of lovely New Age advice with no follow up, therefore disallowing her readers to see any tangible results I told my politician friend that the key to a successful campaign would be to surrender the campaign to the Holy Spirit and ask that it be used as an instrument of His peace My friend said that sounded great, but he needed to figure out how to do that I told him he didn t have to figure out anything All you have to do is to be willing, I told him, and the Holy Spirit will enter where He is invited You ll be brilliant You ll be charismatic Don t try to figure out your message just ask God what He would have you say Step back and let Him lead the way ed note that s it No conclusion as to whether this guy s campaign was actually successful Hm, I wonder why IMO, she s just a another sham with a big picture of herself on the cover And yes, I realize I m about 15 years behind the times but every other yoga teacher I know seems to love her, so I had to check it out eventually There is something peculiar and paradoxical about New Age spirituality and that is fully embodied and exemplified by the personality of Marianne Williamson Who is this famous Marianne of www.marianne.com Daughter of an immigration lawyer in Texas, she went to the Claremont colleges in California but apparently did not graduate with a degree Instead, she experimented with sex, drugs, rock n roll Rather than getting a regular professional career in law or medicine, she became a single mother There is something peculiar and paradoxical about New Age spirituality and that is fully embodied and exemplified by the personality of Marianne Williamson Who is this famous Marianne of www.marianne.com Daughter of an immigration lawyer in Texas, she went to the Claremont colleges in California but apparently did not graduate with a degree Instead, she experimented with sex, drugs, rock n roll Rather than getting a regular professional career in law or medicine, she became a single mother, a bookstore manager, and then a spiritual teacher Eventually, she published A Return to Love around 1992, made it to Oprah, and skyrocketed to NY Times bestselling author status Now she is one of Oprah s best friends and teaches her interpretation of New Age spirituality on cruise ships, very much like the character Elizabeth Costello in J.M Coetzee s novel by that name She hobnobs with the rich and famous and is very wealthy herself She has founded charities but has also garnered tremendous criticism for her temper and judgmental qualities She is sexy for her age and dressesthan well when she goes in front of her rapt audiences Her lectures, however, are all variations on the same material she published in her first book A Return to Love In fact, her jokes are canned, as in this one she told a couple of years ago, which in fact came from her first book published in the 1990 s I studied with an Indian guru, but I wondered to myself what does he know about life when he doesn t even date As Marianne herself repeatedly states, A Return to Love is Cliff Notes to A Course in Miracles, which is often considered the scripture of the New Age However, because the Course is a channeled text that sees Christ in everyone and forgiveness as the sole purpose of life, it can be hard to decipher for the average reader This is where Marianne comes in as the interpreter She uses her own experiences to illustrate Course lessons and readers love her not only because they can better appreciate the Course after reading her but they must also share her foibles, as they are known to laugh at her jokes, despite them having been told countless times Her best quote Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous Actually, who are you not to be You are a child of God Your playing small does not serve the world There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won t feel insecure around you We are all meant to shine, as children do We Her best quote Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous Actually, who are you not to be You are a child of God Your playing small does not serve the world There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won t feel insecure around you We are all meant to shine, as children do We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us It s not just in some of us it s in everyone And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles I normally don t rate books that I finish as one star but I simply had to with this nonsense The author is clearly clueless about the real world I did limp to the end of this but it was a truly painful experience and I was tempted to throw the book against the wall, and or light it on fire several times. Back by popular demand and newly updated by the author the mega bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peaceWilliamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practicing love we can make our own lives fulfilling while creating a peaceful and loving world for our children As anyone who s seen my frequent updates on here could probably tell, A Return to Love was a gut check and affirmation of so many things I ve been feeling, experiencing, and processing lately It s been on my list for a while, but reading it now felt like divine timing given the other things occurring in my life at the moment The book essentially stresses the importance of going into any and every situation with love at the forefront Williamson does use Christian symbols and figures throughout As anyone who s seen my frequent updates on here could probably tell, A Return to Love was a gut check and affirmation of so many things I ve been feeling, experiencing, and processing lately It s been on my list for a while, but reading it now felt like divine timing given the other things occurring in my life at the moment The book essentially stresses the importance of going into any and every situation with love at the forefront Williamson does use Christian symbols and figures throughout the text, but because the foundation from which they re coming is so focused on love, it doesn t feel like a Christian conversion ploy like some other books may I connected the most with passages from the Relationships and Work chapters because those are places I was actively working on before and while reading this book However, the whole book has gems on gems on gems It s definitely for those with an open mind, but perhaps it can also be the text to open one s mind I initially borrowed this book from the library, but I ll definitely be adding this to my collection sooner rather than later The subjects explored and tackled are things I know I ll be grappling with and addressing for the length of my life and I look forward to having this text to help me through it all Ok, this book is what every confused cristian needs to read LOL This book is too amazing to write a short review so I will try to sum it up We all are born into a certain religion but sometimes we don t know exactly what to believe We follow certain rules our belief system has set up but not enough to be considered a good cristian, or a faithful catholic, etc So I think that a lot of us end up giving up on religion and God Big mistake God is Love, that is what I learned through this book Ok, this book is what every confused cristian needs to read LOL This book is too amazing to write a short review so I will try to sum it up We all are born into a certain religion but sometimes we don t know exactly what to believe We follow certain rules our belief system has set up but not enough to be considered a good cristian, or a faithful catholic, etc So I think that a lot of us end up giving up on religion and God Big mistake God is Love, that is what I learned through this book Yes..you ve heard that a million times before but after re learning it through this book you will finally comprehend just what that means We are not bad people, no matter what we ve done We are made to the image of God who is Love When life goes wrong and we are wounded some of us act in a wrongful way out of fear the Ego and seperate further and further from our starting point Love but we can return to love whenever we d like.by shifting our perceptionby not giving in to the ego s illusionsby not allowing our mind to be controlled by fear It is so much deeper than I could ever summarize but the lesson to be learned is one that will stick with you for the rest of your lifeif you trully grasp this concept and put it into practice you will not see your world the same ever againyou will discover where it is that you have to go when you are at your worst, lowest, and weakest moments in life Words could never explain how grateful I am to have read this book at my ageit avoided many years of wandering through life feeling confused, lost, and alone This is, quite simply, one of the best books on spirituality and self help ever written I cannot recommend it highly enough.