Jewish Journal

My luncheon with Marianne Williamson

by Sima Cohen

January 15, 2014 | 4:56 pm

I have been a student of NY TIMES best selling author (and a close friend of Oprah) Marianne Williamson for over a decade now.  Marianne is one of the most impactful transformational teachers in my life. She has had a lot of positive influence on my spiritual journey, and I have to say that she's been on my bucket-list of people I must meet in this lifetime. Her wisdom and teachings have taught me what words can’t describe; how to tap into my soul and find answers to some of life's greatest challenges: relationships, money, self-worth, career, fear and love. I watch Marianne’s videos, attend her online seminars, and read and recommend all of her books to my clients and friends. I underline almost every paragraph and then I go back and re-read them again. It’s just that good! Her words are truly food for the soul. I am grateful for her wisdom, teachings, and for all of the wonderful things she has done and continues to do for everyone around the world. I teach my clients that there are only three things in life we can control: what we eat, what we drink and what we think. However, I never imagined that if I could only train my mind as much as I much as I train my body, that I could live a life full of miracles, abundance and bliss. "Before Marianne," I was one of those people who always felt as if I had to go, go, go ...do, do, do. Before Marianne, it was always about more, bigger, better. Before Marianne, there were some life lessons that I’d struggle to overcome. Every time I thought I’d grasped an understanding of them, I’d discovered that I was always missing something. But now, "after Marianne," something seems to have clicked. I feel that I have achieved a better awareness and deeper understanding due to her teachings; I've learned how to be…just be. I’ve learned to be who I am, to celebrate who I am, and to honor the unique individual that I was and will be. I have learned that fear is not real; love is. We are born with love, but fear is learned. Love is energy... almost like an electrical charge when you enter a room. There's no amount of money in the world that can buy it.

I feel blessed to have met Marianne this month, and to have had the opportunity to sit down and have lunch with her. I actually had to pinch myself to remind me that this was really happening. In addition to Marianne and myself, we also had with us the beautiful ladies of JNF (http://www.jewishnationalfund.com). Among the many topics of conversation we discussed were life, politics and where our country is headed. We also were privy to the greatest news: Marianne will be running for congress in 2014! You defiantly have my vote my dear mentor. I look forward to many more miraculous meetings with her. I typically do not get excited about anyone like this, but she truly changed my life. Just as an aside, I would like to add that I do not get paid or endorsed whatsoever for recommending Marianne’s books. These are my true, honest and heartfelt feelings about her. It is just something I felt like sharing with all of you. Quotes from interviews with Marianne: "As far as spirituality is concerned, I believe everyone’s on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it. The spiritual path is simply the movement of the heart from fear to love, and everyone learns to walk that path whether they learn it through pain or through joy. One way or the other, life has a way of teaching us what we’re here for. The spiritual path is simply a way of learning it consciously." From Oprah.com: "Over time, the clothes have changed and the haircuts have changed, but the yearning in our hearts has not changed. All of us have experienced a lot in 20 years. But as my mother used to say, "Some things don't change."  A Return to Love is my reflection on the principles in a set of books titled A Course in Miracles, and the Course is about truths that are eternal: how love is real, how forgiveness heals us and how there's another way to live our lives than in fear and anger and suffering. Throughout time—20 years from now, and even 20 years after that—spiritual truths will remain current and true. Future generations will find amazement and joy at the message they bring, and some—like Oprah and myself—will have the profound privilege of sharing the news..."

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