The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

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Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author (Return to Love, Healing the Soul of America), a world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important inspirational thinkers of our time. In The Law of Divine Compensation, she reveals the spiritual principles that help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. A guru to anyone interested in spirituality, Williamson's words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God's promise of prosperity for all, we need never ...

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Overview

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author (Return to Love, Healing the Soul of America), a world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important inspirational thinkers of our time. In The Law of Divine Compensation, she reveals the spiritual principles that help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. A guru to anyone interested in spirituality, Williamson's words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God's promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.

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In her latest tome, the author of Age of Miracles and A Return to Love elucidates a law of divine compensation that teaches us that making love our bottom line makes sense in several ways.

Gaiam TV Blog
“Marianne conveys her principals in such a way that makes my brain simultaneously jolt to life with excitement and my soul sigh with deep, profound relief.”
Spirituality & Health magazine

“Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers.”

Spirituality and Practice
The Law of Divine Compensation assures us that everything will be all right since the universe is set up to work for us. … We are challenged to believe that miracles do happen and what is lacking can become abundant.”
Edge Magazine
In The Law of Divine Compensation, the New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson provides a unique perspective on our financial condition,… revealing a path to abundance by way of a powerful spiritual principle called the Law of Divine Compensation.
Huffington Post
“Williamson focuses on what defines meaningful work and how our jobs can be an extension of our spirituality. As she teaches … the sense of endless possibility to reshape our lives unfolds.”
Law of Attraction magazine
“If you have trouble allowing money to flow abundantly into your life, by all means, pick up a copy of Marianne Williamson’s new book The Law of Divine Compensation. … This wonderful book… will help you shift your perceptions around money, work, and wealth.
Booklist
“Williamson’s easy, caring writing style makes almost anything seem possible, and here it is used to best advantage.”
Spirituality and Health magazine
“Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers.”
Spirituality and Practice
“The Law of Divine Compensation assures us that everything will be all right since the universe is set up to work for us. … We are challenged to believe that miracles do happen and what is lacking can become abundant.”
Law of Attraction magazine
“If you have trouble allowing money to flow abundantly into your life, by all means, pick up a copy of Marianne Williamson’s new book The Law of Divine Compensation. … This wonderful book… will help you shift your perceptions around money, work, and wealth.
Spirituality and Health Magazine
"Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers."
Law of Attraction Magazine
"If you have trouble allowing money to flow abundantly into your life, by all means, pick up a copy of Marianne Williamson’s new book The Law of Divine Compensation. … This wonderful book… will help you shift your perceptions around money, work, and wealth.
Publishers Weekly
Williamson (A Return to Love) may be the most renowned spiritual activist and author teaching spiritual principles based on A Course in Miracles. The Course, as it is fondly referred to, presents in lesson format spiritual understandings in Christian language. This latest book by Williamson, as with all Course-based books, addresses how we should perceive things, using one pivotal principle: love is the all-encompassing reality of God, and love (or remembering God) is the only eternal truth. It addresses the ways we attract miracles or deflect them (anger, guilt, a negative sense of self), with a focus on the particular attitudes that will pave the way to material abundance. What Williamson calls the Law of Divine Compensation is the deeper realization that "to whatever extent your mind is aligned with love, you will receive divine compensation for any lack in your material existence." Since internal abundance is ultimately the source of our external abundance, a shift in thinking from fear to love is the miracle, one that allows us to become a willing channel for the infinite creative energy of the universe. Agent: Ellis Levine
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Spirituality and Health Magazine
"Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers."
Law of Attraction Magazine
"If you have trouble allowing money to flow abundantly into your life, by all means, pick up a copy of Marianne Williamson’s new book The Law of Divine Compensation. … This wonderful book… will help you shift your perceptions around money, work, and wealth.
Library Journal
Williamson (A Return to Love) is a continuing puzzle—a beloved spiritual leader and interpreter of messages thought to have been transmitted by Jesus himself, but also, to some, a petty tyrant and pop phenomenon. For all that, her new book is unobjectionable—and unremarkable. Williamson urges her readers to think positively, to trust God, to be thankful, and to learn from yesterday, all of these ideas presented in language that could offend almost no reader or faith. VERDICT Williamson's unsurprising meditations—a melange of ecumenical, unchurched, Unity Church-flavored, and nonsectarian—will doubtless delight her many dedicated readers, but may baffle or bore the rest.
Kirkus Reviews
"Finance is just one of the many areas where an increasingly obsolete, materially based worldview is proving inadequate to the challenges of the times in which we live," writes spiritual activist, teacher and author Williamson (A Course in Weight Loss, 2010, etc.), whose concern about the country's fragile financial state has her procuring alternative pathways toward a fulfilling livelihood. Structured around uplifting Catholic dogma, the author provides useful if basic advice certain to reinforce the power of promoting positivity and goodness. To Williamson, qualities as simplistic as an affirmative mindset (inside and outside of the workplace) and self-love can release "an infinite number of possibilities." The beneficial byproducts of love, self-assurance, faith and a blind allegiance to the universe's cause-and-effect harmony will surely promote financial and professional success and stability, she writes, while defusing anger, guilt, fear and negativity is the key to moving forward ("miracles will follow"). Williamson refers constantly to A Course in Miracles, a spiritually transformative book series she helped popularize. This, combined with her New-Age enlightenment, results in an ecclesiastical amalgam of magical thinking, great expectations and the kind of fanciful awareness already calcified throughout the author's best-selling oeuvre. Williamson also presents healing prayers and patented themes of hope and faithful devotion toward becoming financially and professionally sound by following a "path to material abundance through immaterial means." Though tribes of believers will again take the author's classic soothsaying to heart, it's essentially the same song with slightly different lyrics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062205421
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,376,060
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books include A Return to Love, The Law of Divine Compensation, The Age of Miracles, A Course in Weight Loss, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, and The Gift of Change. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose.

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The Law of Divine Compensation


By Marianne Williamson

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2012 Marianne Williamson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-220541-4


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CHAPTER 1

The Law of Divine Compensation


Some people walk into a room and the word "winner" is written all over them. You don't necessarily know what their secret is, but you wish you had it. Was it their childhood programming? Family connections? Some amazing talent?

As many successful people as there are in the world, there are that many reasons for success. But one kind of material abundance derives from an almost other-worldly charisma, a sense of magic some people carry around with them like an aura of destiny. They may or may not have had the past experiences one normally associates with material success; their success seems almost to have come from something else.

This book is about that "something else" and the power that it gives us. It's about a spiritual zone that has nothing to do with where we've been, how or whether we've been educated, or whether we've succeeded so far or have failed miserably. It's about the ultimate success and perfection of God, potential in all of us whether made manifest or not, yet always available for full expression. Each of us is pregnant with the manifestation of that perfection, for that is who we are.

By aligning yourself with thoughts of infinite love for yourself and others, you gain dominion over the lower thought forms of the world.

This way is not a substitute for any worldly path to success so much as an inner way that informs all others. It is a path to material abundance through immaterial means, and a set of spiritual keys to worldly power. The ways of spirit are not the ways of sacrifice, but rather a way of opening yourself fully to the infinite glories of the universe.

The glories are there. They merely await your acceptance. What follows is an explanation of what they are, how they operate, and how you can tap into them. The universe is set up to work on your behalf.

The world is not a giant, uncaring, random expression of biological processes, but rather a living, breathing reflection of love for all living things. The universe itself is miraculous.

You do not have to believe this, of course. It might not feel that way to you at all.

But spiritual laws aren't called "the good news" for nothing. Spiritual truth is always at work, beyond what the eye can see. It describes an invisible "other world" that exists in a realm beyond our mortal circumstances. Our interaction with the spiritual world is governed by our thoughts. When we know this truth and consciously align our thoughts with it - sometimes even despite how we feel - we activate its spiritual power. We transform our mortal circumstances by bringing our thoughts about them into alignment with a world that lies beyond.

If you think of yourself as being at the effect of a random universe that does not care about you, then you will experience your life that way. If you think of yourself as being at the effect of a loving universe that does care about you, then you will experience your life that way.

No matter what is happening in our lives, we choose how we wish to think about it. And the greatest gift we give ourselves is often our willingness to change our minds. Despite what might seem to be the saddest and most intractable situation, we have the power to believe that something else is possible, that things can change, that a miracle can happen.

This simple shift in how we think can make all the difference in what happens next. How we think releases an infinite number of possibilities that could not have occurred had we not believed that they were possible. Such is the power of our thoughts to attract as well as deflect miraculous breakthroughs.

Free will means you can think whatever you want to think. You cannot, however, make untrue what is true or true what is untrue. The universe does care about you. The universe is set up to work on your behalf. And the universe is capable of bringing miraculous transformation to any situation of brokenness or lack. Regardless of what has happened in your life, the universe is able and prepared to bring you comfort and repair.

You are loved, and your purpose is to love. From a mind filled with infinite love comes the power to create infinite possibilities. We have the power to think in ways that reflect and attract all the love in the world. Such thinking is called enlightenment. Enlightenment is not a process we work toward, but a choice available to us in any instant.

Enlightenment is the answer to every problem. In any situation where you seem to be at the effect of forces over which you have no control, remember that God dwells within your mind, and there are no forces over which He has no control. Therefore, through His power within you, there are no mortal conditions over which you are powerless. Whenever your good is obscured by the appearances of a nonloving world, the universe is programmed to lift you out of that condition and return you to an abundant state.

As an expression of divine perfection, the universe is both self-organizing and self-correcting. To whatever extent your mind is aligned with love, you will receive divine compensation for any lack in your material existence. From spiritual substance will come material manifestation. This is not just a theory; it is a fact. It is a law by which the universe operates. I call it the Law of Divine Compensation.

Just as there are objective, discernible laws of external phenomena, so there are objective, discernible laws of internal phenomena. The law of gravity, for instance, is not just a "belief." It is true whether or not you believe it. Spiritual laws are not just beliefs, either; they are descriptions of how consciousness operates.

Once we know this law - that there is a natural tendency of the universe to improve all things - then we lean naturally into the arms of God and allow Him to lift us up. We surrender our thoughts, then He uplifts our thoughts, then our experiences change.

The practical issue is whether we choose thoughts that activate or deactivate the Law of Divine Compensation. We activate it with every loving thought. We deactivate it when we give more credence to the reality and power of the material world than to the reality and power of love. If our circumstances tempt us to think thoughts such as, "I must not be good enough," "I will never have another chance," "It will take forever for this to right itself," or "I hate whoever is to blame for this," then miracles, though they are programmed into the nature of the universe, cannot make their way into our awareness. With every thought we think, we either summon or block a miracle.

It is not our circumstances, then, but rather our thoughts about our circumstances, that determine our power to transform them.

The Law of Divine Compensation applies equally to all situations, but in this book we will focus on its application to money and the lack thereof. In a time of economic uncertainty - when circumstances make it particularly tempting to believe in the scarcity of the material plane over the abundance of the spiritual - our capacity to think differently is the miracle-worker's edge. Bills stare you in the face. Foreclosure looms.

Credit is wrecked. Jobs aren't available. And with all that comes chaos on many fronts. Who doesn't need a miracle then?

If you identify only with your body and its reality, rather than with your spirit and its reality, then you're tempted to think that diminished material assets somehow diminish who you are. But you are not merely a being of the material world; you are a being of unlimited spirit. And in spirit there is no lack. You are not lacking just because your circumstances are.

If your core belief is "I lack" and you carry that belief with you, then you will subconsciously perpetuate or create the circumstances that reflect the belief. But your circumstances are completely malleable: they simply reflect the dictates of your mind.

Regardless of what limits exist in your material world, your immutable truth is that you are an unlimited spiritual being. By remembering this, you summon the Law of Divine Compensation.

You are a loving idea in the Mind of God. Circumstances should not and need not tempt you to believe otherwise. The universe showers you with love not because of what you have done or not done, but because of who you are. Think of the universe itself as a personal love note from God to you. God is love, and in sharing His love you share His power. By aligning yourself with thoughts of infinite love for yourself and others, you gain dominion over the lower thought forms of the world.

In a material sense, your situation might indeed be bleak. You might have been given a raw deal, even been betrayed by others. You yourself might have made a huge mistake. Still, what matters is what you think now: Are you lingering in the past, or are you allowing for a miracle in the present? Are you blaming yourself and others, or blessing yourself and others? Are you clinging to your faith in the reality of the disaster, or opening your mind to the possibility of a miracle? Realign your thoughts with the thoughts of God, and in any given instant the universe is ready to begin again. The laws of time and space are more malleable than we think.

Mistakes and wrong turns need not throw us off. The capacity for correction is built into the universe, just as it is into the workings of a GPS. If you've programmed an address into your GPS but then take a different turn than it recommends, the GPS automatically creates a new route. And so does the universe.

Perhaps you thought you'd get to where you wanted to be financially through achieving a certain credential, doing a particular job, or making a particular investment. But then something happened: the economy worsened, you made a mistake, or someone else did. The Law of Divine Compensation gives us the assurance that the universe will simply create a new route.

What is lacking shall become abundant, and what is wounded shall be healed. From "out of the blue" - or miracle-mindedness - miracles will flow forth naturally. Why? Because perfection is your eternal home, to which the universe is programmed to return you whenever you have deviated, for whatever reason, from the thoughts that get and keep you there.

That is how loved you are.
(Continues...)


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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Law of Divine Compensation 1

2 The Power of Faith 11

3 Making Love the Bottom Line 23

4 Transforming a Negative Sense of Self 31

5 Releasing Anger 43

6 Beyond Guilt 53

7 Facing Our Prejudice 63

8 Spiritual Surrender 77

9 Transcending Fear 87

10 Positivity 97

11 Job vs. Calling 117

12 Embracing Abundance 129

13 Meditation 143

14 Prayer 153

15 Creating Wealth Through Purity of Heart 161

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