An evening with Marianne Williamson
Last night I went to see Marianne Williamson near Russell Square in London (30th May 2018). The event title was ‘An evening with Marianne Williamson’. I’ve heard about her a lot and got interested in what her message is. For some reason, she tends to be quite active in the US but not in the UK. It is the first time when I heard that she is in London so I decided to go for it and take part. I need to say that I looked her through the eyes of a person who doesn’t know much about her. I’m yet to do my homework and read about her but I will do this after the blog is completed. For now, I want to keep a perspective of a newbie. Since not everyone might have known about the event or was able to join it, I decided to share some key highlights with you.
A perfect stage personality
The first thing that I spotted is her confidence which I really liked. On stage, she acts like a fish in the water, and that is something I strive for, so I admire her. I also noticed that she has an interesting voice range, which she uses really well in order to keep the audience interested and even to different express emotions. I was amazed. Moreover, she tends to be a little theatrical, and I wondered if she had any acting training or experience. It seems likely to me, and I admired that also. I found her to be a perfect personality for the stage.
In your country and in mine
She also did something that interested me from stakeholder management point of view. She kept very respectfully referring to situations ‘in your country and in mine’, which was a very skilful way to build a bridge between the UK and the US. As she was doing it, I found it hard to think anything along the lines of: ‘Yeah, that may be the case in America but certainly not here”. She brought a lot of unity to the audience, who was very international in any case. Doing so made me feel that we are all one. And, of course, one of her messages is that we are all innocent children of God. Apart from this technique being a lovely solution for the talk, I think that it may also be a convenient tool for any stakeholder management situations in the workplace too.
The Course in Miracles
She talks a lot about God, and I really liked it too. It seems a bit surprising to me that she has such a deep faith simply because I’ve not come across that in the US. However, I’ve had limited exposure to that country, so I need to recognise that my knowledge is not very representative. Her knowledge of the Bible is, and she was able to quote left, right, centre. She seemed very knowledgeable overall, including history facts from across centuries. What an inspiring, wise woman! Love her!
She mentioned the Course in Miracles multiple times. I have come across it before but never purchased it. She was quoting from it from memory all the time, and I had a feeling that she really knows it by heart. I’m now very keen to read this book at last and be sure to check this space for the book summary within the next few months. She also kept referring to her latest book, I believe, which is titled “A return to love’. The best witness of this book was a gentleman who quietly sat in an audience and stood up with a comment during the Q&A session. He shared that eight years ago he was a drug addict who got arrested for possession of drugs. Since then he started fighting his addiction, and it took him three years of a major effort. Then he came across Marianne’s book ‘A return to love’. He said that it was so profound to him that he has been clean ever since reading it. And this was the most powerful statement to me.
Marianne’s key messages
Some of Marianne’s key points, which most spoke to me personally, covered important issues such as:
The questionable greatness of Industrial Revolution
An industrial revolution was supposed to give us great solutions for issues that humanity was facing at the time, all of which were expected to be resolved through mechanisation. Some of it certainly was helpful in many ways but it also disconnected us from our source and our spiritual side. We concentrated on industrialization and the external world so much that we forgot about our internal selves and got ourselves into a spiritual disconnection. Perhaps now is the time to face this issue and reconnect through spiritual education and expansion so we can regain some balance between the human and the spiritual worlds.
Women’s role in the spiritual transformation
Women are an important part of this spiritual transformation and need to realise their role in this process but also their significance. It is time for women to stop the silence and to speak up at last. We should not think that we are less or that we are weak because we are more emotional for example. Instead, being emotional and feeling more is our blessing and our asset, and this is how we should perceive it. It is time for women to reconnect with their greatness and to ‘kick ass’! (citing Marianne here, believe or not!)
Numbing difficult emotions
All those changes create a lot of anxiety, stress, fear and other feelings, which are difficult to feel sometimes. She criticised the trend of prescribing drugs to anyone who feels anxious or stressed or depressed. She is of an opinion that these are all human feelings, which we must feel and not numb, calling them disorders of all sorts. Emotions are there to guide us, and they serve an important function. By medicating the society, we lose the ability to fee and therefore be human. We desensitise and therefore de-humanise ourselves. She referred to drug addition being present in the US, even among children, which is slightly worrying, considering the large scale of this phenomena.
From words to actions
Each of us is God’s tool for change. We need to stop finding excuses for not being perfect, not being ready yet, being too tall, too short, too this, too that…. Each of us is perfect the way we are, with all our experiences and all our failures. We need to be human to be able to connect to other humans and serve God’s mission that he has for each of us. She suggests that a morning meditation is a great start to the day and that we should ask God for what he has in store for us each day. We should ask how can we best serve Him today and then listen to what signs we receive. We should signal the willingness to commence our mission and start delivering what we have been brought here to deliver.
Being like a lamp
I loved her metaphor of each person is like a lamp. Not like a light but specifically like a lamp. Lamps can be of various sizes, weights, colours, origins. The only thing that matters is whether a lamp is connected and switched on or not. If it is, it offers light. Some may be able to offer more light, some other will provide less. Some lamps might shine brighter than others. The point, however, is that each lamp can provide light. Hence the connection and being switched on makes the whole difference, no matter what lamp it is.
Marianne lecture was followed by a short meditation, which she led, asking God for showing us how we may best serve his plans. I loved listening to her meditation because it felt to me as if she was being guided right then. The meditation was followed a female singer and guitarist who sang a beautiful song on stage. After that, there was the Q&A time.
Handling difficult questions
That is when some personal experiences were shared. What I was surprised by was how willingly people shard their most personal stories with her even though there was a large audience at the event. Secondly, it was clear to me that Marianne’s intention was not to give people what they want to hear. Instead, she’d say what she was guided to say, even though it was sometimes hard for an individual to accept. But she wasn’t willing to let anyone talk over her. She’d stick to what she had to share, and she was pretty good at delivering messages, which might not be easiest to hear. I admire it also because often the trick is not to say what people want to hear, which might not always be welcome.
Were you there?
Were you at this event as well? What were your key takeaways from it? What are your thoughts about Marianne Williamson and her message?