Book Review | A Return to Love

22 November 2016

 A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Some parts I loved! And others really did not resonate with me.  Definitely a hit and miss book but still worth it!   Below are my favorite excepts from it.

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We're like the spokes of a wheel, all radiating out from the same center.  If you define us according to our position on the rim, we seem separate and distinct from one another.  But if you define us according to our starting point, our source--the center of the wheel--were a shared identity.

The word "sin" means loveless perception.  It is an archery term.  I means "you missed the mark."  So God isn't angry at our sins because they're not really happening.  He doesn't see sins, but only errors in perception.

There are people who have lived on the earth, and perhaps there are people living her now, whose minds have been completely healed by the Holy Spirit.  They have been purified of fearful thoughts and only love remains within their minds.  Enlightened beings don't have anything we don't have.  They have perfect love inside, and so do we.  The difference is that they don't have anything else.  

There's a myth that some people are more faithful than others.  A truer statement is that in some areas, some of us are more surrendered than others.

To place something in the hands of God is to give it over, mentally, to the protection and care of the beneficence of the universe.  To keep it ourselves means to constantly grab and clutch and manipulate. 

When we love, we are automatically placing ourselves within an attitudinal and behavioral context that leads to an unfoldment of events at the hightest level of good for everyone involved.

 Our greatest tool for changing the world is our capacity to change our mind about the world.

Past, present, and future are not continuous unless you force continuity upon them.

That is why so much anger is often aroused in our closest relationships.  We're projecting onto someone else the rage we feel against ourselves for cutting off our own love.

Five minutes spent with Him in the morning (doing serious practice of prayer or mediation) guarantees that He will be in charge of our thought forms throughout the day.

We achieve so little because we have undisciplined minds:  we instinctively go into paranoid or judgmental, fearful reactions instead of loving ones.  Meditation disciplines the mind.  When we meditate, our brains literally emit different brain waves.  We receive information at a deeper level than we do during normal waking consciousness.

Spiritual growth is not about becoming more metaphysically complicated, but rather it is about growing simpler, as these very basic principles begin to permeate more and more deeply into our thought system.

Spiritually powerful people are not necessarily people who do so much, as they are people around whom things get done. 

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