Marianne Williamson’s Politics of Love
During my recent visit to New York, I sat down with Marianne Williamson to hear about her presidential campaign and better understand her Politics of Love.
If you follow US politics, you’ll know that they’re in the midst of stormy times. You may also know that there are more people running for the Democratic nomination than any other presidential campaign in US history. Marianne Williamson is far from the usual presidential candidate and has received her share of mockery. Yet she has marched on with her message of unleashing the power of love to overcome what she calls “the dark psychic voices of collectivized hatred.”
I’m not partisan in my politics as I believe that the best outcomes are always arrived at by vigorous and civil debate between those with different perspectives (Abraham Lincoln invited his political opponents to sit in his cabinet). So regardless of your political ideology, I encourage you to listen to our conversation.
Marianne’s political ideologies and policy ideas may be very different to your own, but she is incredibly insightful and she brings a very different paradigm to addressing the most pressing problems not just in America, but in the world. It’s why she feels so passionately that the career politicians whose paradigms and mindset let to the current situation are not those best suited to lead America out of it.
One of the things Marianne said which resonated most was that the heart of great leadership (and excellent public policy) is putting the heart of people first; giving all people the opportunity to truly thrive in every aspect of their lives.
Thrive is a word I’ve used a lot myself over the years (including in the subtitle of my book Brave: Fifty Acts of Courage To Thrive In Work, Love and Life) because let’s face it, isn’t that what matters above all else? That we each have the opportunity, education, health care, and sense of belonging required to enable us to thrive – to use our gifts and live our lives fully?
I believe that putting the heart of others at the heart of what we do is as important at the highest levels of leadership as it is in our everyday lives… rising to the nobler places within us and not letting the low order behaviors of those around be an excuse for our own.
“We must put the heart of people at the heart of what we do.”– Marianne Williamson
Please take a listen to our conversation. I hope it inspires you to own your power as a change agent in the world around you, beginning in the world within you. As Marianne wrote in A Return To Love many years ago:
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’s 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’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.