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Marianne Williamson connects spirituality with politics

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Spiritual guidance is everywhere. It moves with us, around us and through us. It inspires thoughts and feelings all in an effort to communicate. From this ever present guidance, we feel the intuitive nudge to make a move, speak up, take a step, initiate a movement, or simply recognize our deep inner knowing. However, only some of the time do we listen to the guidance that is trying to get through to us.

In today's society we are bombarded with messages that tell what and how we should think; leaving little validation to what is felt and what is deeply known.

Herein lies our earthly challenge.

Your higher self is continually trying to emerge. It wants to live through you, but the world you have created makes this difficult. The world we have created makes this difficult; not impossible, but difficult.

All that resonates with your heart is an attempt of your higher self to re-connect with your earthly self. It is a reminder of what lies beneath the fear, doubt and worry. You know who you are and more importantly, you know who you want to become.

Perhaps it's time you get out of the way of yourself and allow the re-connection to occur. Maybe it's time to pay attention to the inner prompting and move in the direction of your pull.

Marianne Williamson has decided to do just that. With her current independent candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 33rd District, Williamson has decided to start where she is and combine spirituality with inspired political action.

Here is an excerpt from Williamson's interview with Zoe Kors:

How do you plan to re-frame our current system and bring about necessary transformation?
"We have chosen an attitude of selective consciousness, which is not conscious. It is not enough to just be conscious about food, body, relationships...everything but politics. Whether we like it or not, politics is a powerful expression of our collective self. I think the first thing that needs to be re-framed is our thinking about ourselves in relationship to politics and society as a whole."
"We should look at the public sphere with the same level of consciousness as when we look at personal relationships-not shouting at someone else about what we think, but being open to hearing why they think; monitoring our own hearts for where we are self-righteous and judgmental; remembering that no one has a monopoly on truth. That kind of consciousness is central to personal transformation and societal transformation as well."

What would you like to influence in Washington?
"There are many arrows in the quiver, but our ultimate goal should be a constitutional amendment determining that money will not have undue influence on our political functioning. That is a big task-but abolition was a big task, women's suffrage was a big task."

What is our biggest spiritual challenge as a nation?
"Spirituality is the path to finding one's heart and living according to its dictates. Our economic system, at this point, is basically sociopathic because it operates without any heart at all. I think that the health and well-being of our children, our planet, and of our society should be our bottom line. That to me is spiritual."
"We can talk all we want about spirituality, but if I'm not doing anything about the fact that a child is hungry, then how am I living on a path to spirituality?" How can someone say that they are on the path of love, yet not address the fact that 17,000 children starve on this planet every day? No serious spiritual path gives anyone a pass on addressing the unnecessary suffering of other sentient beings."

How do you plan to continue your role as a teacher?
"I've been talking about how it's time for all of us to step up, to move beyond our comfort zones, to reach for what we know in our hearts represents our highest level of service to the world. I felt that if I didn't make this move, I wasn't really doing what I was asking others to do."

Williamson encourages every individual to ask, "What can I do? What should I do? What is love calling me to do?" Remember, "love is a participatory which we ground ourselves into a deeper state of being, so we can soar into a higher state of doing."

This interview can be read in full in LA Yoga magazine's Dec/Jan 2014 issue.



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