Seekers Unite! by Vanessa Finnigan
A Day with Marianne Williamson
She had us at hello!
Actually I felt I was being ‘worked on’ before I arrived for the one day experience, as I didn’t sleep well the night before (which is unusual for me) and didn’t eat much breakfast in the morning (also a rare thing).
However, when my partner and I arrived at the Brisbane Convention Centre and found our seats, I felt a serene energy permeating the room which remained there for the whole day. I was curious about what would unfold and just so damn grateful to be there!
The energy created in the room, allowed a lot of things to surface and a large number of people in the audience felt safe to share, ask questions and transform. Marianne referred many times to ‘A Course in Miracles’ and quoted a variety of spiritual teachers. She read the energy of every situation and connected with everyone in the room in an honouring way, so it was quite extraordinary to watch her speed of response and the care and wisdom behind it. She looked ageless.
Marianne’s view is simple, there are only two emotions: fear and love, and the type of love that has no opposite, is all that is real, and is who we all really are. When we are connected to love, God, Source whatever you like to call it, life becomes a flow and an ease…miracles occur! She said, “Enlightenment is not a learning- it’s unlearning the thoughts of fear this realty has taught us.”
So it’s been a few days since the event, and I’ve noticed any ‘petty’ thoughts that enter my head just seem to fade away more quickly. My partner and I have reflected on different parts of Marianne’s talk quite frequently, which is so amazing to share together…there was a lot covered in one day, but we were not left overwhelmed or tired, it was more like being nourished on all levels.
All I am left with is, please Universe keep showing me the truth of who I am, in every moment…and then it’s my job to choose it!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” From Marianne Williamson’s “A Return to Love” also previously quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela.
A huge thank-you to Claire and Jono the founders of Wake Up Project, who did a phenomenal job of bringing Marianne to Brisbane and created a smooth and effortless event. Marianne will also be talking in Melbourne on the 4th July and Sydney on the 5th July. For more information about Wake Up Project go to: www.wakeupproject.com.au
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. Six of her eleven published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality.