Marianne Williamson has been lecturing on metaphysics and spirituality since 1983. She is the author of the bestselling A Return to Love and A Woman's Worth. She speaks to packed houses around the country and abroad.
Illuminata: Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passageby Marianne Williamson
Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to
Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.
Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.
Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?
Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.
"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."
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Ever at a loss for words that may describe what you are thinking or feeling? Illuminata can help put words to the feelings and thoughts that many of us experience, through prayer. I have many friends that question their Christianity. They have truly enjoyed this book, as it has helped them put their God into perspective.
This book help me take the first steps down the unfamiliar road of finding my faith. Her words are beautifully and insightfully written, and five years after my friend shared her copy with me, I still use my own copy on a daily basis.