On Monday, I was ecstatic to attend Marianne Williamson’s weekly lecture in Beverly Hills, during a long layover on my way to Mexico. I had just flown in that morning from Melbourne, and hired a car to explore all that LA has to offer (mostly the incredible Abbot Kinney). For months I kept saying to myself “I need to get to LA on a Monday to see Marianne”, and here I miraculously was, for an unplanned 12-hour layover on a Monday. Of course, her topics couldn’t have been more suitable – as always. I certainly don’t believe in coincidences.
If you’re not familiar with Marianne, she is a long-time teacher of A Course in Miracles. In fact, I think you could say she is face of it – she’s even recording the entire course in audio.
Here are some key points I collected from her one-hour talk, and one-hour Q&A afterwards:
Life is Like a GPS
If we take a wrong turn (i.e. what you may consider “made a mistake”) the universe just reroutes you. You can’t NOT get to where your heart wants to get. Just keep going.
I can completely relate to this with my dreams to be a presenter on a travel show. I used to say that constantly growing up while I was following my heart in performing. Once I hit college, I then pursued my “real career” in marketing, and set the TV aspirations aside, while still keeping my big toe in the industry with a little flicker of hope. It was then through my corporate marketing job at Crown Casino that I fell into poker, and now here I am as a presenter, traveling the world. I believed it was possible, and my GPS wasn’t getting this gal lost!
Love and Leaning
The soul naturally leans, and it’s meant to lean in toward your inner guidance. Instead, when we are in states of disconnect, we lean on other people, or on things – which just leads to unhealthy relationships and addictions. (Adding from an earlier lecture of Marianne’s) when we aren’t leaning on someone, it allows us to WANT them, rather than NEED them – and there’s a big difference. Being in a state of want allows you to freely enjoy and play, rather than cause chaos when the person doesn’t fulfil all your leaning needs (which they won’t, because only you can fulfil yourself fully!)
Knock, Knock, You’re In There!
Michelangelo famously said that his statue of Pieta already existed as a creation of god, and that it was just his job to remove the excess marble. With us, our “perfect” isn’t something that we have to create, it’s already there – it’s the love within us. We just need to break down the fearful blocks that we have surrounded it with, just like the marble.
Have No Agenda
When going into a meeting that may involve possible conflict, have no agenda. Eliminate the idea of having everything all planned out about what you’re going to say and how it’s going to be solved. You’d just be getting in your own way of allowing miracles to happen. Go in with nothing more than love. Rather than reveal a string of “you did this, you did that”, ask things with love, such as what the other person would like. It will break down that person’s defensive wall, and help the two of you come to a rational conclusion together without the stress. In fact, in situations that Marianne has done this, she’s noticed that all those points she did want to make, all came out naturally within the course of the loving conversation.
Surrender, But Still Show Up
A person in the audience asked about his laziness. He’s been a big believer in “everything happens for a reason“, which has been great on his stress levels, just chilling his way though life, but it’s done nothing for his ambition and success. Marianne’s response was that the term “everything happens for a reason” has done more harm than good. It doesn’t mean you just sit back and wait for things to fall in your lap without doing anything. You still need to show up and do the work. Allow yourself to get in touch with what makes you feel alive, and then run toward your urge, but surrender enough that you’re not trying to control the outcome.
PS – if you’ve never been to one of Marianne’s Monday night lectures, and thought they were just small… Think again! This is just one half of the theatre… EVERY week!