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The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life
Marianne Williamson
Williamson delves deeply into the powerful role of change in our lives today. Far from being something to fear and avoid, she says, every change - even the most difficult - gives us an opportunity to receive the divine gift of personal, and ultimately global, transformation.

1 "The conversion to Christ need not entail a conversion to the Christian religion. The word is a symbol for the Child of God within us, our true identity and a space of remembrance of all that is divine. To be His disciple is to take on the mantle of His ministry by refusing to acknowledge the ultimate reality of any walls that divide us."

2 "Through prayer we can work miracles in our lives. We have so much more power than we are using yet – to heal disease, repair relationships, reconcile nations, protect our cities, and transform our world."

3 "When we mentally identify with the realm of the spirit, we see endless love, unlimited possibility, and the oneness of all things."

4 "The truth is that every stage of our lives is perfect, if we allow ourselves to really live in it. If we concentrate on the present, contributing and showing up for it as fully as we can, then any moment can have its blessings, and the future will unfold in the direction of ever greater good."

5 "The moment the World Trade Centers fell, the complete solution to the problem that then confronted us was created full-blown within the Mind of God. The solution is a plan involving every human being, to the extent to which we make ourselves available to Him."

6 "There is a plan for our lives – God's plan – and it oversees exactly where we are and where we need to be going."

7 "Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego's state of separation)."

8 "This new mind awaits us in this next stage of our evolutionary journey. We are being challenged by the forces of history to grow into this mind, to mutate, as it were, in order for our species to survive. Jesus had the new mind, called in him the Christ Mind, as did Buddha and others. It is the mind when it is overshadowed by God, our mind when it has become one with His, when we have touched the heavenly light and been permanently altered by it. This state of enlightenment is the exaltation of our existence, the uplifting of our human consciousness to such a high place that we manifest, at last, as the children of God we truly are."

9 "If we're deeply, truly honest with ourselves, we know we're longing to be pregnant with God."

10 "Love is the only absolute reality, which never changes and never dies. Dwelling in that which does not change, while things around us are changing all the time, is our key to inner peace."

11 "The notion that a great wave of love will be the salvation of the human race is an idea whose time has come. And our willingness to be part of that wave gives a transcendent purpose to our lives."

12 "There are only two core emotions: love and fear. And love is to fear as light is to darkness; in the presence of one, the other disappears. As we shift our perceptions from fear to love – sometimes in cases where it's not so hard and ultimately in cases where it takes spiritual mastery to do so – we become miracle workers in the truest sense. For when our minds are surrendered to love, they are surrendered to a higher power. And from that, all miracles follow."

13 "Whether or not a particular religion is our personal path, its core mystical teachings apply to everyone."

14 "The real you is an expanded self, literally one with the entire world."

15 "The present is holy ground – the only place where eternity meets linear time."

16 "Many point their fingers critically at other people, not realizing that the pointed finger itself is the source of all evil. It is the concept of enemy that is our greatest enemy of all."

17 "Look at the spokes of a bicycle wheel. At the rim, each spoke is separated from all the others. At the hub, each spoke is one with all the others. Each of us is like one of those spokes, connected with all the others at the center, at our spiritual hub."

18 "Together, we will form a unified field of resurrective possibility, an opening that does not just bless our own lives but the entire world. And that is what is occurring on the planet today. People are feeling the pain of the world, almost like an inoculation. We are hurrying to rise up so we can create a higher field for everyone."

19 "Our mistakes are not sins God wants to punish but rather errors He wants to correct."

20 "Every situation represents a choice: do we prefer to stay with ego-based patterns of thought and behavior, or do we choose to play life in a higher, more loving way? Will we tread the path of limitation and fear, though that path has grown painful and boring and old, or do we choose to give birth to a higher mode of expression?"

21 "Since all minds are joined, conflict between any two of us contributes to war, and reconciliation between any two of us takes us closer to world peace. Our smallest judgment adds to war, and our smallest forgiveness adds to peace….The butterfly's wing in South America affect the wind patterns at the North Pole, and thoughts of true peace in Idaho affect plans for peace in Palestine. What an extraordinary opportunity as well as responsibility we have, to try to get it right."

22 "In any given instant, there is more love we could see and more love we could express. And as we do, we will heal the world."

23 "A new commitment to love is rising up from the depths of our humanity, and its power is changing us on fundamental levels. Our mind has been opened to a liberating truth, and we feel this truth like an alchemical substance that bathes our cells and transforms our thinking."

24 "When we reach for the highest within ourselves, people around us feel called to their highest. And that is the beacon for which every soul is looking."

25 "God has a blueprint for creating peace on earth. It's not a physical blueprint, but rather a plan that exists in His Mind, pieces of it ready to be downloaded into the mind of anyone who asks to receive his or her part. Each of us carries maximal potential to be used by God to heal the world. He has a plan. And it cannot not work."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite