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Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles
Marianne Williamson

1 "Today, we know there is love in our hearts, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of how we can use it to restore and transform our world. It is the task of our generation to turn love into a social force. The most significant development of the twenty-first century will be the harnessing of the social potential of love."

2 "'Dear God, please make me an instrument of your peace….' is one of the most famous lines of prayer. And there is good reason for that. We know it speaks to something profoundly practical and real that will, if we allow it to, overcome all the darkness and hatred in the world."

3 "Still, the offer to love instead of fear remains. We can choose again, at any moment."

4 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world."

5 "We were created as one and we remain as one. The Golden Rule is so fundamental because what we do to others, we literally are doing to ourselves."

6 "As it is written in the Bible, 'What man has intended for evil, God intends for good.' Even the most horrific situations can increase within us our capacity to love."

7 "Essentially, our greatest hope has already been realized. Heaven is here and now, in our capacity to realize our oneness."

8 "Because all minds are joined, deep peace cultivated anywhere is a blessing on people everywhere."

9 "A life of magnitude does not just happen; it is consciously chosen. Living is an endlessly creative process in which we work on achieving the life we want through our willingness to be who we would like to be."

10 "Now, in an extraordinary moment of global transformation, we will do more than just love: We will join our love and harness our love. We will pool our resources of forgiveness and imagination and grace, and in time we will collectively experience what physicists call 'phase lock', a phenomenon in which individual oscillating rhythms – here, the beats of many, many hearts around the world – fall into a deep pattern of energetic resonance. We will form a community of consciousness – a collective love – that is humanity's next step on our evolutionary journey."

11 "No matter what the circumstance, we can choose to infuse it with light."

12 "Compassion is not just emotion; it is force. It is an aspect of the infinite power of God. Humanity's next great leap in consciousness will be the realization that love is a power to be applied – no less than the power of steam, the power of electricity, or the power of the atom."

13 "We must make love the center of all our enterprises – collective as well as individual. When harmlessness toward life becomes a personal, social, economic, and political imperative, we will be on our way at last to the restoration and regeneration of our civilization."

14 "The moment a mistake – any deviation from love – occurs, a perfect, all-knowing God has already planned a correction. All we have to do is ask that it be revealed to us."

15 "Our hope is born of participation in hopeful solutions, for, ultimately, the only way to feel hope is to give hope to someone else. And then we see that it is all around us. The world should feel hopeful because YOU are here. You ARE the hope, because God is in you."

16 "The human race now stands on the brink of a historic transformation, with new eyes, new ears, new minds, and new hearts emerging from the cosmic drama of human evolution. As an embryo becomes a baby, we are becoming a new, more spiritualized version of ourselves."

17 "The world is a reflection of humanity's collective consciousness, and each of us has access to the collective through the auspices of our own mind."

18 "A human being is a part of the whole called the 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty." Albert Einstein

19 "We must all come to accept that thought forms of separation and fear – with their inevitably violent results – have no place on this planet anymore; they are too dangerous to the survival of the species."

20 "We must see with total clarity that what is not love is fear. And we must understand that every negative emotion therefore derives from fear."

21 "A God who created the world as one perceives it as one and loves it as one. That which is love cannot withhold love. His hand is in the tiniest details, whether they're a million miles away or right at the tip of my nose. His creation is a panoply of radiant genius reaching from the smallest wildflower to the mystery of quarks."

22 "I am always at choice: experience the miracles of life as they come to me or blind myself to them, with the audacity to believe that God ever, ever, ever did not know what He was doing."

23 "It's the beginning of your day. You awake and look around you, finding perhaps a joyful expectation, or perhaps an awful dread. No matter which, remember this: God loves you with an infinite love."

24 "The resurrective tendency of the universe is always at work in our personal trials and in our collective challenges. God, in His awesomeness and infinitude, has provided a solution to every problem, the moment the problem occurs. The part that any of us can play in providing that solution is etched on our hearts."

25 "The universe is holographic, which means the whole is present in every piece."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite