On Friday night, after a long week of exams and minimal sleep and too much stress, I came home from my lab meeting, took a one hour nap, and headed to my church to hear Marianne Williamson speak.
About this time last year, I started working with a spiritual mentor, who opened my eyes to a whole new world and was instrumental in helping me heal a lot of old wounds. She had me read a lot of books and several of them were Marianne’s, including A Woman’s Worth and A Return To Love. I’ll always be grateful to that mentor for introducing me to Marianne’s work.
Over the summer, I joined a church that welcomes and accepts all faiths, religions, and lifestyles. We don’t see any one religious path as better than another, but instead admit they all have merits and in the end all lead us to the same place. I also love that they are completely accepting of the LGBTQ community, which is important to me since many of my close friends are part of that community.
I also love that this church has amazing speakers like Dr. Eben Alexander (Proof of Heaven), who I got the chance to meet in July (or August, I can’t remember), and on Friday, Marianne Williamson herself!
Marianne came to discuss her new book, The Law of Divine Compensation, which I’m almost finished reading. The main idea is that we can activate the Law of Divine Compensation when there is any sort of lack in our lives, whether it is financial, personal, health, etc.
Marianne is a powerful, dynamic speaker and empowered woman who just electrifies the room. She’s also very beautiful and radiates love and compassion, and I think most beautifully, humility. Hearing her speak was so moving spiritually, but she’s also incredibly intelligent and articulate, which appealed to my inner bookworm.
Though I got a lot of important messages, I think the most important one I took away from her talk was that the Universe is like a GPS, and when we make a wrong turn, it will correct itself.
In my own life, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between pain and suffering and that saying that “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” It’s so true and yet so difficult to actually embody! The concept is simple but putting it into action is quite the challenge, though a worthwhile one.
In the book, she discusses how forgiveness is related to this, and forgiving those who have hurt us (whether in business or elsewhere) helps us activate miracles in our own lives.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning the behavior, but it means we love ourselves enough to move past someone else’s mistake, remember their humanity as well as the divine within them, and allowing the Universe to bring us something better.
“When we’re willing to see the innocence in another person even when he or she has behaved without love toward us, we activate the Law of Divine Compensation.
Then the flow of miracles automatically begins. The flow will come in whatever form best compensates for the original error” –Marianne Williamson
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But what if it were true? What if I acted in my life as if this is how the Universe (or God, Spirit, whatever word suits your beliefs best) functions? How would my life (and your life) be different?
I can tell you one thing, believing that the Universe is conspiring for my ultimate good and will compensate me for the wrongs done to me if I’m willing to forgive sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
It means I can let go of the resentment and anger that tends to eat at me when I believe I’ve been unfairly hurt. It means I can stop worrying about justice and move on with my life. It means that I can keep on rocking and enjoying the good things that come my way instead of focusing on the bad ones.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have miracles over bitterness.
After her talk, Marianne did a Q&A session for a while and then did a book signing. I was glad to be 3rd in line and got a chance to have all 3 books of hers that I own signed and get a few pictures with her. She was so kind and humble even one-on-one and it made me love her even more.
I was riding such a high when I left that night and it reminded me that I want to be one of those people who leaves others with a good feeling.
I know it doesn’t always happen, but for the most part, I want others to feel better after having spoken to me than they did before. Even if it means a smile, a wave, a genuine compliment, or a ‘Have a nice day!’, I think we often forget to recognize the humanity of others.
This week, I will make a concerted effort to be a little lighter in my interactions, to not take life so seriously, and to remember that most of us are fighting a battle at one point or another.
Will you join me? How can you help make others feel good and yourself in the process?
Have you read any of Marianne Williamson’s books?