Ok, so this has been on of the worst weeks of this year. It’s perhaps even the worst week of our still-new presidency. A lot of my friends and associates are depressed, despondent, unsure of what to do or where to turn next. It does’t matter where you stand politically, whether Republican or Democrat or Independent. When the President openly defends Nazis and white supremacists, it can make you feel like things are falling apart and that your world is coming crashing down on you. We’re left searching for a miracle which can change the course of things dramatically.
In times like this, I find that the only thing to do is to turn inward, to practice intense self-care. Take time to breath and be good to yourself. I have never been the sort of person to seek help externally, from self-help gurus, philosophers and the like, I am a skeptic at heart. However, I found myself at this Marianne Williamson talk a few nights ago in NYC, and I found her take on the status quo, while not exactly a miracle, both helpful and uniquely interesting, and I thought it might help some if you, so here I am sharing it with with you.
Who’s Marianne Williamson?
In case you don’t know Marianne Williamson is, she is a spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. Marianne has been a guest on television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose and Real Time with Bill Maher. In December 2006, a Newsweek magazine poll named her one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. Williamson bases her teaching and writing on a set of books called A Course in Miracles, a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy, based on universal spiritual themes. A quote from her book A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure,” is one of the most oft-quoted passages of our time.
To me, Marianne here speaks what I often find to be insightful truths. And in this lecture from earlier this week in New York, she provides some useful direction. This might help us all in to how to deal with what the world is presenting us. Both with currently with this president, in the U.S., and in the world.