Like the 9/11 attacks on the United States, last Friday’s tragedy in Paris has changed the world. As on that awful day almost fourteen years ago, nothing will ever again be quite the same. But unlike on that day, we are far more aware now of what’s going on, who is behind the attacks, and what their ultimate intentions are.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. The mortal plane itself, in the words of Buddha as well as A Course in Miracles, is not what it appears to be; the three-dimensional realm is but a mere veil of illusion obscuring a truer truth behind it. But metaphysical principle is not meant to distract us from our mission of transforming the world; it’s a tool to guide and aid us in transforming the world. As spiritual seekers, our job is not to deny the horror of what happened in Paris this week, except in a positive sense: we are to deny its ultimate power before the love of God.

Spiritual seekers should not be infantilized, fuzzy-brained, naive observers merely standing on the sidelines with nothing to contribute but loving hashtags while the world community faces an unprecedented crisis. Quite the opposite, we should be major factors in healing the crisis. Understanding the spiritual dimensions of the problem, we can contribute to the spiritual dimensions of its solution. Given that any reasonable person can recognize the absolute inadequacy of purely rationalistic thinking to strategize a genuine solution to the problem of ISIL and the Islamist fundamentalist jihad, spiritual insight is not only essential – it is pivotal – to providing an answer to the problem.

According to A Course in Miracles, “there is no order of difficulty in miracles.” There is no worldly problem too big or too complicated for Spirit to solve, because the effects of love are maximal. While the problems of the world can be extremely complicated, the miracle represents a divine intercession from a thought system beyond our own, and is absolute in its power. Love takes precedence over the illusions of the world. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.

According to A Course in Miracles, “prayer is the medium of miracles.” In praying for a miracle, we are praying for a shift in our own thinking. Praying for a shift in consciousness, we are praying for breakthroughs that cannot be accomplished by the mortal mind alone. By placing the seemingly intractable situation of ISIL’s declared war against us in the hands of God, we are asking that our thoughts about the situation be guided from fear to love. Since the Law of Cause and Effect is the building block of the universe, as our thinking (cause) is shifted, then our experience (effect) will shift automatically. What is placed on the altar is then altered.

A Course in Miracles says that “miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.” The most powerful thing we can do as Americans right now is to purify our hearts. And that is not just words; it means taking a brutally honest look at ourselves. We cannot just bring light to the darkness; we must bring our darkness to the light. God Himself will not intercede between our thinking and its effects. There is no returning to God without atoning for our thoughts that were not of Him.

America, we have some atoning to do. We didn’t cause all of what’s happening now with ISIL, but our part in creating this disaster is enormous.

We can atone in our hearts for the part that our own country played, through deeply misguided foreign policy, in destabilizing the Middle East. We can atone in our hearts for the huge amount of suffering and death caused by attacking a country that had not attacked us, our own Security agencies having expressed doubts at the time about the veracity of claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We can atone for having so casually gone along with a thinly veiled propaganda campaign, waged by our own government and practically unquestioned by the American press, surrendering so easily to the war fever then taking hold of the American mind. On behalf of our country, we can atone for the sin of an astonishing arrogance, shallow thinking on almost all our parts about something as deeply serious as war, and our almost unquestioning assent to the use of violence against those who had done no violence to us.

God is merciful, but He is not mocked. Only in atoning for our errors are we released from their karmic consequence. Until then, there are no guns, no bombs, no worldly force whatsoever that can save us from the effects of our own thoughts and actions. Abraham Lincoln’s words in declaring a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer in 1864 reach across the ages to us today in 2015. Don’t let the old-fashioned language fool you.

“… It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

… We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

How can we ask God to save us from violence now, when we have countenanced so much of it done so irresponsibly in our name? The Invasion of Iraq unleashed a storm in the Middle East that has done inestimable damage. It has caused and continues to cause immeasurable suffering. It has maimed and killed thousands of our own brave servicemen, and maimed and killed thousands of more people from another part of the world. Until we understand this, allow ourselves to truly feel the horror of it and humbly ask for forgiveness, then there will be no miracle. For only when we re-align ourselves with God will miracles occur.

Recognizing this is hardly naïve. Quite the opposite: what’s naïve is to believe that anything less will change the deeper trajectory by which America is now reaping some horrible seeds that we ourselves have sowed.

Something else that’s naïve, however, is to doubt for a moment the murderous intent of those who have now declared war upon what they call the “infidels.” The infidels, according to them, are not only Western nations but also any Muslims who do not follow the dictates of Islam as they define them. In A Course in Miracles, it says that anger is not justified; but it does not say military action is not justified. Spiritual seekers are not inherently pacifists. Each and every one of us must decide for ourselves, according to the dictates of our own conscience, whether or not to support military action against ISIL, and if so, what. Yet until we have atoned in our hearts for our almost casual acquiescence to an immoral war, we will not be able to hear God’s guidance regarding whether or not war at this point is correct action or not. I do not believe it was immoral to stop Hitler; I believe it would have been immoral not to. But no one – no governmental leader, no general, and no politician — really knows what to do about ISIL now. Only God knows. And He will speak into our ears once we have spoken from our hearts, and preferably on our knees, to Him.



Dear God,
Please send Your angels to the city of Paris.
Pour forth Your love upon all her people.
Bless those who suffer and those who died.
Work miracles in Paris, dear God,
and everywhere.

Dear Friends,

With ISIL having claimed responsibility for the attacks, the world has entered into a full state of global crisis. Nothing will ever again be the same for our generation.

The question before us now — as seekers, as global citizens, as lovers of the world — is not just what do we need to do, but who do we need to be in order to do it? We have before us a challenge that only the most evolved civilization can meet effectively, calling each of us to fast, to meditate, to pray, to do whatever it is we need to do to ready ourselves, to purify ourselves, and surrender ourselves fully to the task at hand.

Each of us will be assigned our part, how we ourselves can help uplift the energy and prepare the ground, heal broken hearts and work the miracles that will bring down the Light that disperses darkness. And darkness, in time, will be no more.

To our friends in France, to each other, and for the sake of our grandchildren not yet born, let us send our love and salute the God within us all.

With the bruised heart that all of us feel today, and all the love that flows from it,




David didn’t defeat Goliath by normal means; he defeated him by hitting him in the Third Eye. Goliath has one Achilles’ heel, and that is that he has no conscience. The only thing more powerful than hate gone viral is love gone viral, and that is what we must make happen now. The problem we face cannot be healed by normal allopathic means. This is not an operable cancer that we are dealing with; simply suppressing and eradicating symptoms will not be enough to heal the sickness. What we are dealing with is a cancer that has already metastasized, and we need an holistic, integrative approach to deal with it. Think of yourself, in your own life, as an immune cell in the body of humanity. Every thought you think, every prayer you pray, every time you meditate, think of yourself as pouring forth into the body politic the medicine that will heal the world.



Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. Their effects are maximal. They work within a quantum realm beyond the normal confines of time and space. They affect situations the rational mind cannot comprehend, affecting situations we will never know about. They represent a divine intercession from a thought system beyond our own, carrying with them the power to dissolve and dismantle that which is not love.

As I watched news of the events in Paris, I began to cry. I realized that while in the state of my despair, completely powerless before my tears, my heart felt softened and expanded somehow. I remembered the line “that every problem comes bearing its own solution.” Our global cry fest is leading us somewhere. It’s opening us up to who we need to be now.

How many of us have been fortunate enough to fall in love in Paris, and now it’s inviting us to fall in love again. It took the hit that would pierce all our hearts, so all of us would remember that love is all there is. In that remembrance lies our power to work miracles, and those miracles will save the world.


September 26, 2015
The second American Revolution has begun. This one didn’t start with bullets, thank God. There was and is no Lexington and Concord. This is a revolution of the mind. It has been stirring within the consciousness of Americans for years, as we’ve slowly awakened to the chronic and systematic dismantling of the democratic foundations without which we are no longer anything even approaching who we say we are.

Revolutions are not easy. Old systems do not fold willingly, particularly when they control gargantuan amounts of wealth and power. But like empires of old — from the Romans to the Hapsburgs to the colonial British — even the largest do fall. And there is no question but that these are revolutionary times in America; the empire is already lumbering under the weight of its own false power. The question before us now is whether or not this shall be a peaceful revolution. For many people around the world and even to some extent at home, the empire is already a deliverer of much internal and external violence — from unwarranted invasions internationally to income inequality and mass incarceration at home.

No further evidence need be gathered. The decisive moment is here, and the future is ours to decide. In the words of John F Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Now, in our day, his line is best updated: those who do not commit fully to peaceful revolution make violent revolution inevitable, by surrendering our power to the forces of chaos and acquiescing to the demands of a cushy though now legally corrupt political establishment.

The run-up to the revolution is over; there is no further grace period during which we can afford the luxury of standing on the sidelines. This year — not next year or the year after that — each and every one of us is called upon to put aside the unimportant and get about the work at hand. We will save American democracy now, or it will fall into the dustbin of history. Empires always have the hubris to think they are indestructible, when in fact they are always unsustainable.

Politically, Bernie Sanders is the only Presidential candidate who articulates the foundational principles of the new revolution. We are at a point in our history where such a voice as his would arise, and where a voice such as his could gain the kind of momentum it has. It remains to be seen, however, whether we have arrived at a point where Americans are willing to do what it takes — repudiating the institutional forces that will oppose him with all its might — to send Sanders to the White House. Whether or not we do so will indicate whether or not we are prepared to wage the political revolution in the absence of which the most beautiful aspects of who we are as a nation will whither away and die.

The main obstructions to the second American Revolution, as well as to Sanders winning the Presidency, are not external but internal. They are the thoughts that anyone is inherently unelectable, the Establishment knows what it’s doing, you can’t beat the system, and it’s all sewn up so we may as well not even try. If we’re not careful, we will be defeated by our own failure of imagination. And as Americans, we should specialize in imagination. There was a time when George Washington would have been deemed unelectable, and George III would have been deemed unbeatable. The American mind has gotten soft in many ways, and it’s time to muscle up. When Thomas Paine said “we have it in our power to begin the world over again,” he got that right. We should listen to him now. Some of the greatest guides to the new American Revolution are the people who articulated the first one. They understood the concept that enough is enough. As their revolutionary heirs, so should we.

Such are the times in which we live. The hour is at hand. Game on.


Dear Friends,
The spiritual journey is often a tough road, and some areas of life are more difficult than others. For some of us, the hard lessons are around forgiveness… for some of us, around love…for some of us, around work…for some of us, around health … and so forth. None of us escape the lessons that accompany our journey to enlightenment.
For me, my path as a woman trying to integrate the differing areas of life has been the hardest journey of all. As someone whose path was forged in many ways by the Women’s Movement of the 1970’s, I have felt to my core the empowerment of its message: that I could do anything that a man could do, and be anything that a man could be. That might seem self-evident now – but believe me, it wasn’t then! Like millions of other women, my life has been completely different than it would have been had that Movement never existed.
But like others also, I experienced a disconnection from my feminine self as I strove to actualize the masculine within me. Finding the complementary relationship between my inner and outer self has been a life-long effort. Many women have the psychic scars to show for the struggle, feeling that while we might have succeeded in some areas, we failed at others. I am living testimony to the fact that it can take many years to fit all the pieces together.
I know what it’s like to be so exhausted from work that you don’t have time or energy for a relationship. I know what it’s like to feel that the very things that make you successful at work can make you a failure with your own family. I know what it’s like to feel that there simply isn’t enough time in the day to do all of it well. And I know what it’s like to feel that while I could succeed at one thing, it seemed always to be at the expense of something else.  

For me, the Holy Grail has been uniting within myself the spiritual seeker, worldly achiever, and woman who wants to love and be loved. Is it possible to joyfully connect to God, and to work, and to romantic love? I believe it is, but not without working through some very tough internal barriers often cultivated by our worldly thinking.
Whether you see your spiritual journey as the core of your romantic search, or rather see it as completely at odds with it; whether you don’t know how to attract love, you can attract it but can’t sustain it, or have failed so many times you don’t even want to make the effort anymore; whether the love-work-spirituality nexus is happy for you or leaves you in emotional shambles – the path to self-actualization can be exhausting
I invite you to join with me for THE APHRODITE TRAINING on October 23-25 in Los Angeles or via Livestream, as I share any wisdom I’ve gained as I’ve walked the path of womanhood through the vicissitudes of life and love. Together, let’s climb the sacred mountain to where you know that you can have it all because you are willing to be it all.
Please join me for a FREE LIVE INTRODUCTORY CALL on Tuesday, September 8, to hear more about THE APHRODITE TRAINING [SIGN UP HERE]. With two weeks left before the Early Bird pricing ends, I want you to have a very clear sense of what the week-end will offer and how it might serve you on your path.
Let’s forge a new wave of holistic feminism in which all of who we are, not just some of who we are, is permitted to rise and shine its light on the world. I look forward to working with you in cultivating your most glorious self.
With love for all of us,


Dear Friends,

There’s a wall that keeps millions of women from experiencing the fullness of joy and creativity we most long for. This wall is not made of external varieties of oppression, but rather of internal varieties of fear. At THE APHRODITE TRAINING on October 23-25, 2015, we’re going to blow a hole in that wall. And we will all be blessed because of it.

We will deeply dive into the mysteries, the blockages, and the glory of our divine feminine selves. Together we will integrate the too often scattered pieces of our lives, bringing together our work and play and professional and romantic and physical desires into a garden of beauty within and without. I look forward to the ways we will discover spiritual gold, the true self, too often trapped buried beneath the falseness of our worldly confusion.

On top of all that we will have fun, too!

This excerpt is from my book A Woman’s Worth:

When a woman has owned her passionate nature, allowing love to flood her heart, her thoughts grow wild and fierce and beautiful. Her juices flow. Her heart expands. She has thrown off crutch and compromise. She has glimpsed the enchanted kingdom, the vast and magical realms of the Goddess within her. Here, all things are transformed. And there is a purpose to this: that the world might be mothered back to a great and glorious state. When a woman conceives her true self, a miracle occurs and life around her begins again.

Please join me for a powerful seminar. You will walk away more prepared to receive the miracles that are everyone’s due.

With love,



Dear Friends,

Shortly  after I started lecturing on A Course in Miracles in Los Angeles in1983, the AIDS crisis emerged full-blown. And Los Angeles was hit hard. It took a while for the medical community as well as organized religious institutions to be able to provide much comfort, and at that time a diagnosis of HIV meant almost certain death. It was a devastating period  for everyone whose life was affected.

Many gay men came to my lectures at that time, eager to hear of a God who loved them no matter what… to learn about miracles… to join with others in working those miracles as they walked through a very dark valley in their lives. And out of our community arose not only prayers, but also action. One of those actions was the formation of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program to deliver nutritious food to those who are homebound. We did not just deliver food; we delivered food that was laced with love.

It has now been 25 years since Project Angel Food started, and having served 9 million meals already it continues its extraordinary legacy. Project Angel Food now serves 1,200 meals a day to people for whom this is often the only meal they will eat all day, while they themselves are going through life challenging illness and its accompanying hardships. I could not be prouder of how the organization has moved through time, guided lovingly year after year by those who have felt the call to continue its mission.

I’m very moved that at this year’s Angel Awards, Project Angel Food has chosen to celebrate its 25th anniversary by honoring me and others on our founding team. I hope you will join me in making this a magnificent celebration of what’s possible, contributing in whatever way you can to an organization that was born in love, and continues to extend  love,  in a way that touches individual lives every single day. It would mean the world to the organization, and it would mean the world to me.

I hope to see you there.

Many thanks and much love,

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June 26, 2015

Abolition didn’t just happen; people made it happen. Women’s suffrage didn’t just happen; people made it happen. Civil Rights legislation didn’t just happen; people made it happen. And marriage equality didn’t just happen; people made it happen.

Americans can be proud today that despite the mistakes and wrong turns we have made in our history we do over time tend to course-correct where necessary. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing…after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”

This week it’s appropriate that we breathe in this latest, historic civil rights victory, honoring the memory of all those over the years who have suffered homophobic treatment under the law and celebrating particularly within the LGBT community those who struggled and worked so hard to bring this victory about.

Then once the celebratory rituals have ended and we’re all settled into this new, more enlightened reality for our LGBT fellow citizens, let’s turn our attention to our next great generational calling: the most powerful response possible to the new oligarchic order now threatening our democracy. For this one, we won’t be able to turn to the Supreme Court, because unfortunately the Supreme Court got us here. For this, we need the only Constitutional route that overrides the Court: a Constitutional Amendment establishing public funding of all federal elections.

Nothing short of that will override Citizens United. Nothing short of that will amount to real campaign finance reform. Nothing short of that will triumph over the nefarious ways that money now exerts such an undue influence on our government, and such a destructive effect on our democracy.

There will be no sane gun control as long as the NRA can use money to influence so many politicians; there will be no fundamental environmental sanity as long as fossil fuel companies can use money to influence so many politicians; there will be no serious peace-waging efforts as long as the military industrial complex can use money to influence so many politicians; there will be no universal health care as long as health insurance and pharmaceutical companies can use money to influence our politicians. And the list goes on and on. It’s time for this generation of Americans to decide, for ourselves and for our descendants, who America belongs to. For at this point, our government isn’t “of the people, by the people, and for the people” any longer. It’s “of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.” And that — like the inequities of slavery, segregation, marriage inequality or any others — will not change until we, the people, decide to change it.

The LGBT community waged a brilliant strategic campaign and won a well-deserved victory in America this week. May their win be a blessing on all the citizens whose lives will be improved because of this expansion of their democratic freedoms, and an inspiration to all of us for the work that still lies ahead. None of us are free unless all of us are free, none of us are equal unless all of us are equal, and none of us are free as long as the money we can spend on elections is the determiner of just how equal we are.

— Marianne Williamson


HONORING APHRODITE Many people complain these days that romance hasn’t come their way. Often however, we see that if romance were to be likened to a visitor, it hasn’t arrived yet because we ourselves are like a town where there’s no place for it to stay. We keep saying we want love, but don’t truly prepare for its arrival. Why would it come to a place where there’s no real welcome past the initial “So glad you’re here!”?

Many contemporary women now embody the Greek Goddess Athena, while craving a visit from Aphrodite. Yet the gods only come to where they are fully embodied. Embodying Athena, we attract worldly achievement; embodying Aphrodite, we attract love. What’s exciting about being a Western woman today is that we’re allowed to embody as many and whatever goddesses we choose. For those who seek a deeper romance, it serves to embody the goddess Aphrodite, for she is the goddess of romantic love. In order to become her, however, we must approach her with reverence and love.

“Aphrodite’s temple” is a real psychic vortex, as is any divine space, with steps to be climbed in order to enter. There are both external and internal steps to climb before entering Aphrodite’s temple, and all of them can be learned.

EXTERNAL STEPS To the Temple of Aphrodite

l) Get all exercise equipment and office work out of your bedroom. Aphrodite is a temple, not a workspace.

2) Make your living environment, clothes (even undergarments), and personal behavior a magnet for romantic vibrations. Your own manifestation must match her frequency in order to attract her.

3) Study books, take seminars, attend support groups, go to therapy — anything to avail yourself of all opportunities to learn greater mastery in romantic relationships. Some barriers to Aphrodite are simply mental, emotional and behavioral patterns that we learned, and can now unlearn. All negative energy, when surrendered to God for healing, can be transmuted and transcended through grace.

INTERNAL STEPS To the Temple of Aphrodite

1) Take an honest look at how you view relationships. Do you value them less than other areas of life, judging them as somehow trivial? Do you truly give yourself emotional permission to fall in love and stay there? Do you hold covert, or even overt, judgments against men or women as romantic partners? Such judgments must be recognized and consciously surrendered for healing, or they remain subconscious forces that sabotage our chances for love.

In my own generation, there was a strain of what I call “flawed feminism” which, while it created a huge space of opportunity for women, also subtly and not-so-subtly made a woman feel like a romantic desire was less important than say, our desire for worldly accomplishment. This put us at odds with our own emotional and in some cases even biological propensities, causing unnecessary havoc and sorrow. Aphrodite in fact competes with no one and nothing. She is not trying to take anyone else’s temple space. She is not a threat to worldly achievement; if anything, she is a boon to it because a deeply happy woman is a more energetic woman. Healthy sex and romance realign our nervous systems. They do not weaken us; rather they strengthen us. But we must be willing to admit to ourselves that it’s something we truly, deeply desire. Aphrodite doesn’t come to a place where she doesn’t feel desired, for in essence she is desire.

2) Take an internal scan of your psychological, spiritual, emotional and physical landscape. Are you emotionally available? Are you physically prepared? Are you ready to be gentle with a man, or at times of fear might you be demeaning, or impatient, or angry? Are you yet kind and giving enough for love? Are you juicy, and erotic, and honoring of real sexual desire? Are you ready to welcome a partner, to serve his or her growth that you might participate together in a great romantic journey? Combining the sacred and the erotic is a high adventure; Aphrodite is both goddess and lover. We must approach the gods, and love, with reverence if we’re to receive their blessings.

3) Surrender to God all barriers you hold against love’s coming. It’s not that we need to seek for love, for love is all around us. What we must consciously seek out, however, are all the ways we chronically keep it at bay. From sarcasm to anger, from a controlling nature to a covert contempt for men, we often put out energy that on the level of subtle vibrations keeps Aphrodite at a distance. Many times, having not had love, we create defenses and personality mechanisms that might have served us at one time, but now need to whither away if Aphrodite is to approach. A woman might say, for instance, “You damn right I’m tough! I’ve had to be! I didn’t have a man taking care of me!” Yes, but now, if you are to attract a man, you might want to consider being not so tough. While it might be commendable and to your credit that you’ve created so much on your own, the mental and emotional habit patterns of someone who’s flying solo are quite different from those of someone who is partnered. It’s important to be independent, in order to hold on to your identity in a relationship. Unless we’re independent first, we can’t partner in interdependence. But once we are independent, we must be willing to give up our aloneness in order to attract Aphrodite. The goddess of love is not just interested in self-love; she is interested in the deepest, most romantic joining with another.

Even those who feel that they have failed at love can receive the blessing of Aphrodite’s touch. For she does not just reward those who are willing and ready to love; she also heals those who come to her weakened in the wars of love, now ready to make peace with the parts of themselves that have tried and failed at love, shown up and been rejected, had the chance and blown the opportunity. When we are ready to forgive our selves and others, ready to humbly ask for guidance in love, ready to rise above the resistance to love, then we are ready for Aphrodite’s blessing. Once we are ready for her, she is ready for us; and once joining with her, we embody her. Then love arrives on angel’s wings, for gods can do what only gods can do. And love surrenders to their slightest command.

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