Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Living in Harmony

When our minds move in harmony and love, 
though forgiveness, or prayer, or the simplest tender thought,
then mountains move and the universe shifts. 
~Marianne Williamson

I really love this quote. It’s giving me a lot to think about this morning. 

I have always enjoyed Marianne’s books and teachings, but over the years I have come to realize that I do not always agree with her politics. Sadly though, I have seen how hateful people can be towards her when she says anything about what is going on in the world. Recently she was attacked on Instagram for sharing a picture and kind words on a very polarized political figure. This confuses me a bit because I would think that those who follow her, believe in her teachings.  Apparently this is not the case. 

Yes, I disagree with her politics, but her opinions in that area do not negate her teachings or her character in my eyes.  As a hugely popular spiritual teacher and the most widely recognized face of A Course in Miracles, a person who strives to share God’s love, and a beacon of light and compassion, her political opinions will not stop me from sharing her quotes, reading her books, and following her work. I have faced my own storms when it comes to politics, but it’s often been through her teachings that I have learned to be more accepting of people who believe differently than I do. 

I sometimes openly share my own political opinions (personally), but I try to do so in a peaceful and non-threatening way. Sometimes I fall short in the behavior I want to see from myself, and disappointed in the behavior of others, but I have learned that you can always find your way back if you are willing to move forward without judgement.  And just because my political position is different than hers, and perhaps yours, it does not make me less compassionate, less loving, less capable of empathy, less giving or less understanding. It does not make me selfish or single minded, or blind to the suffering of others.  I can believe what I believe and still want to find ways to help and give back. 

The bottom line is that I can disagree with you, but that does not mean I hate your or want harm to come to you. It simply means I disagree with you, and that’s okay. And truly, even though I know that there will always be areas where the population is very firmly divided, I do hope that people will learn to accept and work together for a common good, rather than stand firm on one side on the other and refuse to even try.  

#MarianneWilliamson #Love #Acceptance #Harmony #Understanding #Forgiveness #ACourseInMiracles #AReturnToLove

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