Blog Post: Blessing Is As Blessing Does

God doesn’t love one person more than He loves another, or one nation more than He loves another. It is true that we have been a blessed nation, but only because our national creed has been a blessing on the world. The moment our blessing on others stops, so will our experience of being blessed.

America is on a very perilous course politically because we are on a perilous course spiritually. We are acting as though by some divine right Americans matter more than others do; that while putting ourselves first is clearly considered selfishness in the life of an individual, for some reason it should now be considered virtuous in the life of a nation; that building walls to divide us is somehow more righteous than the work of tearing them down.

I understand how important it is to protect American workers, and I support any changes in policy that do that. But a ban on Muslims, a ban on refugees, a wall against Mexicans, the demonization of the press….where does all this meanness come from? And by what reasoning do we think that any of this will bode us well? The Biblical injunction that “God shall not be mocked” means He ISN’T. And karma simply is.

We are proactively causing unnecessary human suffering when our spiritual mission is to ameliorate such suffering. Innocent men, women and children are in pain and despair right now, as we speak, their lives thrown into chaos because of policies that do not reflect the higher mind or moral conscience of the American people. These are policies that reflect the workings of an unstable mind, not the convictions of a courageous heart.

May God help those whose lives have been cast into unnecessary chaos today. May all of us help Him help them.

Blog Post: On Casting Out the Stranger

When I was a little girl, my father used to point out that the entire concept of national boundaries was made by man and not by God. He would have us look at an atlas, or a globe, in which the boundary lines weren’t present and see what the world actually looks like geographically. God didn’t draw a line between France and Spain, or the United States and Mexico. The whole idea of national boundaries is simply a man-made material category.

National sovereignty has its place in our material functioning: but it should be used to organize us, not to divide us. The modern concept of nation-state has done as much to create violence as to create peace in the world. In the Middle East, for example, for centuries tribes wandered around and among each other representing different religions and ethnicities and things were in many ways much better than they are now.

Most Americans can’t relate to the idea of being a refugee with nowhere to go, though in many cases that was the plight of our own ancestors . In both the Old and New Testament, we are told to greet the stranger with respect and with an open heart. Now, however, we are allowing our hearts to close, our moral compass to be driven off course, and our minds to be propagandized with the notion that Muslims, for instance, are our enemy from whom we must be protected. No. It is simply untrue. Islam is one of the great religions of the world. It is an Abrahamic religion. It is not our enemy.

Are there radical, insane people using Islam as a cover for their death cult? Yes. But we simply play into their hands by taking the position currently promulgated by the Trump administration. Make no mistake about it: such policies will only make us less safe. And we must resist this.

Michael Weiss will be speaking brilliantly about this issue at SISTER GIANT. I hope you will be there to contribute your energy to the field of conscience now emerging. We must educate ourselves. And we must take a stand, for a politics of conscience and compassion and love. www.sistergiant.com

Blog Post: On Public Morality

1/28/2017

Traditionally, conservatives have focused on issues of private morality and liberals have focused on issues of public morality. But over the last few decades the Left has become overly secularized, rationalistic, corporatized in its conversation. We will argue things on an economic basis but have acted as though words like “morality” are almost beneath us. In fact, not all moral issues are relative and some things are simply right or wrong. At the very least, the debate over moral issues is worthy.

Now, policies that strike at the heart of the moral core of our nation are confronting us, and we need to reclaim the moral argument in order to challenge them most effectively. Mass incarceration, for instance, is not unwise only because it is an absurd waste of money. Mass incarceration is unwise because it is WRONG. It is evil. It morally diminishes who we are as a nation.

Similarly, the issue of torture is not about “whether or not it works;” the problem with torture is that it is simply WRONG. And we can go down the list. Economic justice is a moral issue. Environmental sustainability is a moral issue. Immigration is a moral issue. For decades we have bought into the evil lie that if something appears to make economic sense, or appears to be effective in terms of sheer brute force, then somehow it should be seen as our highest good. But in fact, such arguments are often reflective of our basest instincts. And anything that tears at the moral fabric of our nation will in fact weaken us, not strengthen us. It is in God and God only that we are strong, and God is Love. The line “God shall not be mocked” means that He will not be. It is the sheerest form of arrogance to think we will not reap what we sow, as a nation as well as as individuals. And each of us has a part to play in proclaiming a higher good.

Video: The Birth of Holiness

Enjoy Marianne’s Holiday Talk on video, The Birth of Holiness, recorded live on December 6, 2016.

This Week’s ACIM Talk Topic: The Birth of Holiness

Make the Holidays Holy

Our holiness means our whole mind; it is our mind when it is aligned with its oneness with God. That alignment, which is pure unconditional love, is a field of consciousness from which miracles emerge naturally.

Obviously the world we live in is not an unalloyed expression of love, but rather too often a reflection of our having separated ourselves from it. Our return to the Love that is the Source of our true being is the journey that both heals the minds and redeems our lives on earth.

This season let us claim the holiness that is the spiritual essence of the holidays. Let’s reject the illusions of separation that deflect the miracles available to us. The miracles of the season are not metaphor but actual alchemical realities, available to all of us when we are willing to embody the love in our hearts.

Such is meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ into the world. Join me this Tuesday and next as we seek to deepen our experience of the holiday season.

Trump’s First Few Days: We Must Be Nothing If Not Watchful

November 12, 2016
President-elect Trump was great at his meeting with President Obama at the White House this week, but then went paranoid 12-year-old again when he tweeted that night about protesters being “very unfair.” On any given day we simply don’t know what we’ll be getting; we must be nothing if not watchful.

We have reasons to be hopeful, and we have reasons to be disturbed. Information is now coming in about members of the transition team, and the kind of people being gathered to form the new administration. This is not a time to look away. Already the lobbyists, the corporate chieftains, the very types Trump said he would drain from the swamp are gathering like a swarm of locusts to constitute the new team. From new environmental chieftains who are mouthpieces for the oil industry, to communications chieftains who are known for their opposition to net neutrality, to economic chieftains who are champions of the banks, we have handed our government to the economic royalists.

Trump’s children, meanwhile, are the executive team who will oversee the transfer. and they will do so while still running their family empire. The conflicts of interest are preposterous.

In a way, I feel sorry for Donald Trump. His aides say he was shocked he won and I’ll bet that he was. He knows deep down that he is in way over his head, and I think he was being sincere when he said he would be calling on President Obama for counsel. I bet he wishes he could call him and simply ask him what to do! Call him Donald, call him! I’d rather he ask Obama what to do than the gang of Alt Righters who are now whispering in his ear.

I have no doubt that the lies Trump told on the campaign trail will come crashing back at him in karmic retribution.

Each of us will be guided as to the part we can play to save our country from this awful mess. We will grieve, we will freak out, and we will look at the painful facts very squarely in the eye. But if we put our upset in the hands of God — most particularly, if we remember that we are all going through this together — then a miracle will happen even here. Pray first of all for Trump himself, that he be healed of his mental dysfunctions. If God can heal a physical ailment, and I believe He can, then he can heal a mental ailment as well. The paranoia, the narcissism, the grandiosity, the bigoted and angry personality — dear God, please heal them all.

I have no doubt that the lies Trump told on the campaign trail will come crashing back at him in karmic retribution. The problem we have now is that we don’t want them crashing back on us. We have to hold the painful juxtaposition of what seem at the moment to be conflicting truths: that a deeply problematical and unprepared politician has won the presidency, yet we must pray for him and his administration in order to protect our government, our country, and ourselves from ruin. And we can do that. Martin Luther King Jr. once said how grateful he was that God didn’t say he had to like his enemies; he only had to love them.

Donald Trump is an innocent child of God, and the democratically chosen president-elect of the United States. We must deeply bow before the first and deeply respect the second. But we are also citizens of the United States, and in many cases our prior disengagement is what got us into this mess to begin with. We must not be disengaged now, nor in denial about the far Right takeover of the United States government now rapidly taking place in front of our eyes. Pray for Trump’s sanity and clarity, because his power to cause real damage to our country is enormous. The very idea that at this point in history the next President of the United States does not believe in climate change and has vowed to dismantle as much as he can of the Environmental Protection Agency, alone should cause all of us deep concern. But we will get through this. We are awakening from our sleep, and hopefully so will he.

Prayer of Apology to African Americans

On behalf of myself, and on behalf of my country, to you and all African Americans, from the beginning of our nation’s history, in honor of your ancestors and for the sake of your children, please hear this from my heart…
I apologize,
please forgive us.

With this prayer I acknowledge the depth of evils that have been perpetrated against black people in America.
From slavery, to lynchings, to white supremacist laws, to the denial of voting rights, to all the ways both large and small, that abuses have occurred — all of them evil, all of them wrong.
For all the oppression and all the injustice…
I apologize,
please forgive us.

For the denial of human and civil rights, for inequities in criminal justice, for instances of police brutality, for the denial of opportunity, for economic injustice, for all ways that racism has fostered these wrongs…
I apologize,
please forgive us.

With this prayer I acknowledge the beauty and genius of your culture, the power and genius of those who came before you, of your children and all your descendants. With this prayer we pray that you, your children, and especially your men be blessed and protected.
May your men be blessed and protected.
May your men be blessed and protected.

May all your men, women and children be surrounded by angels at this time.

Dear God, may a great healing occur.
We place in your hands the relationship between black and white Americans.
May we be lifted high above the walls that divide us.
May our hearts be awakened to our truth of our oneness.
May racism and prejudice be no more.
May they dissolve in the presence of Your love.
Please come upon us and heal our hearts.

To you, my African American fellow citizen, please accept my apology on this day. It is to you and your grandparents, and their grandparents before them, and their grandparents before them.

May the screams that were not allowed, be allowed now.
May the cries that were never heard be heard now.
May the tears that were never heard be heard now.
And may the healing begin.

In this sacred container, may the healing begin.
May the Light of love now heal us all.
Amen

Watch Marianne’s Full Lecture, Including the Prayer Live Here:

Blog Post: July 17, 2016

All of us are innocent children of God, and deserve to be honored and cherished as such. Neither our color nor our profession nor anything else about our material circumstances adds or detracts one iota from how much God loves us, and asks us to love each other.

A spiritual perspective eschews an “us versus them” mentality; that only adds to the polarization, and thus to the violence. Today we pray for everyone. The way to bring forth light is first and foremost by surrendering our own darkness, consciously giving up any judgments we have of anyone. Reject all violence, particularly in your own heart. Let us hold to the middle, in our hearts and in our minds: A golden middle that reflects the truth of who we are, and where all of us are one. As each of us holds to this, thinks of this, and prays for this, it will become a great and glorious light that dissolves all darkness from our midst.

Blog Post: July 11, 2016

In A Course in Miracles it says there is a limit beyond which we cannot miscreate. What this means is that when we are using our minds in a loveless, i.e. miscreative way, it will only be so long before the whole thing falls apart.

Modern civilization is in many ways predicated on miscreative thought, the realities of love and brotherhood and justice and mercy far too often pushed to the side by our blind obeisance to principles of greed and domination. In that sense, nature has needed to rebalance itself. It was an illusion to think things could continue as they were.

What we are experiencing now are signs of a reckoning, which of itself is neither good nor bad. If we place this period in a sacred context, enough of us rising to the occasion of co-creating miraculous possibilities wherever we are, then this will one day be looked back on as the time when humanity began to wake up. If, on the other hand, we allow ourselves to use contemporary dramas to simply bolster the ego, tempting enough of us to keep crouching within the self-created cages of our narrowness and fear, then this will one day be looked back upon as a time when humanity lost its mind.

If you’re wondering where the leaders are, then that’s a sign you are to rise up and be one. If you’re wondering what the Answer is, that’s a sign you are to answer Love’s call. If you’re wondering where the love is, that’s a sign you’re being called upon to look inside your heart.

The world is falling apart in many ways, because humanity has not cleaved to love. And in our modern arrogance, we thought we could get away with that. Alas we cannot, and the time has come when the moral order of the universe will re-assert self — with or without our cooperation. Denial and distraction can numb you to the revolution, but they can no longer protect you from the revolution. On the level of consciousness, it has already begun. There are only two choices for any individual: to join the revolution of love, or endure the revolution of fear.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re imbued with a mission: to be the presence of the Alternative, the uplifter of energy, the worker of miracles, a conduit of love. No one but you can determine whether you will accept this mission. But the time has come. Nothing is more important now than that we commit more deeply, and support each other, in doing our best to go all the way… to join our forces in co-creating with God the massive wave of cosmic love that will dissolve our fear and purify our hearts, that tears shall be no more.

The light within is the light of a new horizon, if it’s the light we choose to follow now. The outer eye reveals all kinds of trouble, but the eye within reveals trouble’s end. As God said to Joshua, “Do not be terrified, do not lose hope, for I go with you wherever you go.”

The New York Primary

April 19, 2016

If New Yorkers didn’t declare that they were Democrats or Republicans by October 9, they were not allowed to vote in yesterday’s primary. 27% of all eligible voters in the state were not allowed to cast their ballots because they are Independents. This process is so rigged, and the people of the United States can see it. It serves us to remember that political parties are not even mentioned in the founding documents of our country,and George Washington actually warned us about them in his farewell address. His predictions regarding the potential of political parties to negatively influence our democracy have come to pass.

In effect, the two major political parties now write the rules for our democracy. And no one gets to overrule them. This cannot and will not lead to anything good, because 47% of eligible voters now consider themselves Independent.

It has all become little more than theater, I’m afraid — produced by a shadowy elite for the entertainment more than the actual empowerment of the electorate. This is a sad and trying time for those who love democracy, and who fear for what will happen in this country if we continue to degrade it. All I know for sure is that we should not look away. We should not distract ourselves or divert our eyes. We should not pretend that if we disengage, the problem will take care of itself. It will not. But as we continue to recognize what’s happening, and hold in our hearts the vision of possibility that is still yet the essence of America, then answers will come. We will reclaim democracy for the people it was intended to serve — and that means all of us, not just some.

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