An economic system created by men when women had little or no voice in the public square does more to protect corporate profits than protect our children. Now that women have found our voice, the protection of our children — of all children — should become our new bottom line. Learn more at marianneforamerica.com. Link in bio.
Once we recognize a situation is an emergency, the mind automatically gathers its forces to deal with it. So it is with America’s emerging consensus that climate change is an emergency, with no time left to tarry. The biggest problem has been our slowness in awakening to the problem. The American psyche has an interesting characterological dynamic: We’re often slow to awaken to a crisis, but then we slam it like nobody’s business once we do. Having fallen so far into darkness on so many issues, millions are ready to rise up now and light up the sky. For we are beginning to see that which we had not seen before. The genesis of our environmental crisis was the transition from a sanctified to a desanctified universe. The 20th century embrace of a mechanized worldview left us with so sense of reverance or awe before the mysteries of nature, and from there it was a short jump to crimes against it. An amoral economic system is a sociopathic phenomenon that feels no ethical responsibility toward people or to planet; it has already wreaked untold havoc on the lives of millions and on the planet itself. All violence, whether against people or against nature, is a spiritual malfunction. Only on that deeper level of cause will we find the fundamental solutions to the crises that confront us, for it was an absence of reverence that caused them all and only the presence of love will solve them. Love is not passive; it blesses and protects. It wasn’t until the 20th century that we had a mainstream concept of crimes against humanity; in the 21st-century, we should embrace the concept of crimes against nature. And they should be held to account just as rigorously, for a crime against the environment is a crime against us all.
NEW! Online, On-Demand Seminar: STARTING OVER — A Guide to New Beginnings. As one year draws to a close and a new one dawns, it’s the perfect time of year to declutter old energies, release all thoughts of limitation and fear, and stand boldly in our power to create anew. This on-demand seminar was originally produced as a New Year’s Eve weekend in 2017. Special Holiday Sale: $99. Limited time. (Regularly $249). Details at http://Marianne.com
If ... Someone was unkind. Let it be. Something hurts. Let it be. You had a fight with someone you love. Let it be. You feel hopeless. Let it be. You are scared. Let it be. You are lonely. Let it be. The world is harsh. Let it be. They don’t understand. Let it be. You are broke. Let it be. You feel broken. Let it be. You are failing. Let it be. You are embarrassed. Let it be. You are desperate. Let it be. You are crying. Let it be. This too shall pass. Let it be. (Photo @bbbatz
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Whether you’re an individual or nation, until you have a goal of something that is genuinely worthwhile than all the mental energy that would have gone into accomplishing it goes in another direction instead. In ACIM it says “You can misuse your mind but you cannot diminish its power.” And that is what today’s world is: a reflection of too much misused energy. The point of knowing spiritual principle, having morals, having values, is that they channel our energy in a positive direction. If our only guide to thought and action is the question “How do I get what I think I want?” then we are on a path to chaos. “All men are created equal” (by the way, today is the anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, abolishing the institution of slavery in the United States) and “God gave all men...unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” - these are the principles, the mental pillars, that hold up the temple of American democracy. But they can only guide our country if they guide our thinking. All of our transgressions (slavery, genocide, oppression of women, white supremacy, segregation, criminal and economic injustice, voter suppression, corporatocracy) have resulted from ignoring those principles. And all of our progress (Abolition, women’s suffrage, Civil Rights, and the various ways Americans have created good and resisted injustice throughout our history) have resulted from a return to them. It is time for a Great Returning of the American mind to the principles on which we stand. It is not enough that our First Principles be written in our founding documents or inscribed on marble walls; they must be inscribed on our minds and enshrined in our hearts, generation after generation, in order that we too, in our time, might do our part to further them. Life is always on the move; we are either moving forward or we are moving backward. America has been going backwards in many ways and it is time to reset our intentions, to remember who we are, to reach for the ideals that are great and important and essential to who we are. Let us go higher now, that we might go forward. And then there will be peace. Www.MarianneforAmerica.com
I’m looking forward to returning to the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles (8440 Wilshire Blvd) on Monday, December 10, at 7:30pm for my next monthly talk. More details at http://Marianne.com/upcoming-events
I’m speaking live in New York City Tuesday December 4, at Marble Collegiate Church (W29th at 5th Ave) at 7:30pm. Join me live or via free livestream. The livestream replay remains available for 72 hours. Details at http://Marianne.com
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, a holiday that celebrates - as many religious stories do - God overriding the laws of time and space in order to save us. According to Jewish tradition, when the Jews rose up against their oppressors and had only enough oil to burn for one day in the Temple, miraculously the oil burned for eight days and nights. Lighting the Hanukkah menorah commemorates that miracle, and the blazing light of God’s temple in our hearts. Religious ritual can have a profound influence on us when we allow ourselves to enter into it from a deeper place than mere externalities. These rituals remind us of the power of God’s light that is within us now. They reconnect us to other members of our religion, whether past, present or even future. All the great religions of the world reach back for thousands of years, and nights like tonight remind every Jew of our ancient beginnings. Unlike the birth of Christ or the teachings of Mohammed or the enlightenment of the Buddha, in Judaism there is no one person or event that defines our beginnings. Figures such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are our tribal forebears, but the beginning of the religion itself is shrouded in mystery. I have always felt at home with a sense of spiritual mystery, and appreciate the way that Judaism allows for it. May the mystery of God’s presence be bright within every heart tonight, as it is within the heart of the Jew. Happy Hannukah, everyone! May God’s Light burn bright for all of us.
There is a new mean-spiritedness in the public square today, with some showing no apparent mercy for anyone who doesn’t agree with them or their politics or their interpretation of history. It’s like they are holders of some perfect standard and if anyone doesn’t meet it, then he or she deserves the venom of these righteous paragons of truth. My politics are Left wing, but my deep humanity has no political affiliation. I think we can call out evil systems without demonizing individuals. I think we can debate with honor and not stoop to personal attack. And we can remember that none of us is perfect, and all of us have a 24 hour job monitoring and purifying our own hearts without presuming to think we understand what’s in the heart of another. What good does it do to support more compassionate policies if we ourselves are so lacking in compassion? We can be truth tellers without being mean. We can challenge the status quo with a moral outrage born of love, not hate. I know Franklin Roosevelt had anti-Semites in his administration, that they turned back ships of Jews who were trying to escape the Holocaust and had reached all the way to the Statue of Liberty, and then those same people refused to bomb the train tracks leading to Aushwitz. But I can still appreciate the New Deal, and recognize that Roosevelt was a great president nonetheless. I can know that Jefferson had slaves and still recognize the genius of the Declaration of Independence. I do not look at every person in history and place my judgments before my capacity to receive the gift of their contribution. Many today who cry “Fie, fie, revisionism!” about certain things in history are themselves the revisionists. It’s as though we don’t have to read books anymore, all we have to do is read one article on the Internet and we think we are a scholar on a subject. We are tempted to lose all sense that reflection, thinking deeply about something, truly processing the dimensions of an issue matters anymore. But it does. How we do something is as important as what we do. And if we can’t do something kindly, we haven’t yet reached the sweet spot. In politics, or in life.
I’m speaking Friday Night at the National Cathedral in Washington DC as part of their women’s conference. So excited by all the various vortexes of spiritual strength rising up throughout the world. I feel light ascending. So glad to be out there...