What’s in it for me? Learn how you can let God take the wheel.
A Return to Love Marianne Williamson Summary – The musician Lenny Kravitz once said that we “gotta let love rule.” The message that Marianne Williamson has for us is similar. If we let the idea of a pure and all-powerful love, otherwise known as God, guide our life, we’ll experience far more happiness, satisfaction, and meaning.
This isn’t a message that applies to any particular religion. All it takes is an understanding of the collective unconscious that Carl Jung and other philosophers have theorized about. These blinks explain why, if you can learn how to give yourself over to a non-denominational higher power, you’ll experience liberation and joy.
In this article, you’ll also discover
- how the “sea of love” is more than just a classic 1950s tune;
- how to find your divine mission in life; and
- how gift giving can help you forgive and move on in life.
All of our unhappiness stems from fear.
We all know there are bad things in the world. But it’s also important to understand that whether our unhappiness stems from sickness, death or just feelings of guilt and anxiety, all these bad things are rooted in fear.
Sadly, many people, especially those of us in Western cultures, are raised to fear everything and everyone.
You could even say that society indoctrinates us with fear. In school, we’re taught that getting good grades is more important than being kind to our fellow pupils. And since students are compared to one another and graded competitively, we’re introduced to fear and contempt at a very young age.
After school, the competition continues as we become part of a fear-based economy, where we battle it out for the best jobs, limited resources and our own little piece of the pie. Every step of the way, we can be filled with fear about job security, home security and being able to continue providing for ourselves and our families.
As you can tell, fear is a vicious circle, and it’s compounded by the individualism that is popular in Western cultures, which teaches us that only naive people are kind and loving.
We’re told that if we’re nice to others, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be hurt or taken advantage of. So we set up emotional barriers that prevent us from being capable of platonic or romantic love. According to all the warnings we’re given, even an average member of the public is dangerous. So we’re told to lock all doors and to cross the street at night if we see someone on the sidewalk behind us.
These endless potential dangers, and the availability of bad news around the clock, turn fear into an everyday habitual thought.
In fact, there’s a good chance you don’t have a lot of real negativity in your life. But the more time you spend thinking negative thoughts, the more misery you will believe there to be.
The good news is, we can break this cycle. And, reject fear for good, as we’ll see in the blinks ahead.
We are all connected through a powerful force of love, which some call “God.”
Even though the fearful modern world tries to cover it up, the reality of life is that we’re surrounded by love. In fact, you could say that we’re all part of a gigantic sea of love.
For millennia, people have been searching for the right words to describe this sea of love, and many cultures have called it God. Whatever name it goes by, it all starts with everyone being part of the same mind.
The influential psychologist, Carl Jung, is just one person who believed that we all share the same mind, and he coined the term collective unconscious to describe it. According to Jung, our physical bodies are responsible for the misconception that we’re all separate individuals.
However, while our bodies may keep us feeling separated, there’s no reason to believe that our minds are disconnected. Throughout the ages, mystics have compared our lives to a drop in the ocean or a grain of sand on a beach. This speaks to their understanding that people are less like separate beings and more like parts of a much bigger whole. Something like a single collective mind.
For centuries now, some people have taken to calling this connective concept “God”. But we could also call it “love.” There’s a good chance you’ve heard the expression “God is Love”. But this is more of an attempt at a definition than it is a metaphor. Since you could also logically say that “Love is God.” These are interchangeable synonyms – two words for the same thing.
Interestingly enough, many people get uncomfortable around the word “God”. Due to some of the negative associations that surround organized religions. But you don’t need to be religious to believe in God, all you have to do is believe in love.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you want to call it. The important thing is to be aware of it. And as we’ll explore, there are great benefits to be had by surrendering yourself to this force.
Surrendering to a higher power isn’t an act of weakness, it offers comfort and guidance.
If you’re familiar with the stories of recovering alcoholics or drug addicts. You’ve probably heard about someone who reached rock bottom and found God…