In an expansive Democrat field for the 2020 primary, one underdog has a larger following and more exposure than some of Governors and Congressmen. Marianne Williamson is a New York Times bestselling author who has been Oprah, Bill Maher, Good Morning America and more. It is undeniable that Marianne Williamson knows how to maintain attention when on camera. And her new age religious message has touched figured in Hollywood. A dated list of celebrity guests at her lectures include Anthony Perkins, Lesley Ann Warren, Tommy Tune, Cher, and Roy Scheider, according to the LA Times.
“Spiritual Growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.” The Law of Divine Compensation
It’s rare to see in a presidential candidate depicted in a 1992 article, in such a way that provides understanding to their current worldview and political formidability as a candidate. The LA Times in February of 1992 penned a report about Marianne Williamson is what seemed like her apex as a New Age guru. She was on Oprah and after reading her book A Return to Love, Oprah claimed to have experienced 157 miracles. Miracles is a theme of Williamson’s theology. She pioneered a lecture series called “The Course of Miracles” which is the launching point for numerous books. Of the twelve books listed on her website, six have the word “miracles” in the title or subtitle. Her best seller A Return to Love is her most famous work.
“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 is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” A Return to Love
“We are depressed collectively.
This collective depression is so huge, so all-pervasive that few even recognize how strange it is.
And just as enlightenment is the antidote to individual despair, it is the antidote to our collective despair as well. The spiritual journey is not limited to the path of the individual. We’re challenged not just as individuals, but as nations, as groups, and ultimately as a species to become the embodiment of our more loving selves.” From Tears to Triumph
In none of her quotations that she presents, to sell her books, is Jesus mentioned, only the vague self-determinable notion of a god that is loving and powerful. A lot of quotes by her are not, on their face, heretical per Christian orthodoxy, but the foundational premises are. For instance, her new age religious beliefs foundationally believe that human nature is inherently good. While there is acknowledgement of evil and even personal responsibilities, paints a dichotomy that is fear vs love, instead of sin and salvation. Yet in removing these foundational doctrines, this new age faith still promotes forgiveness, loving other people and seeking purpose in one’s life. Our purpose is to be our best selves, living out our potential intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and every aspect of their lives. We live to make the world a more beautiful place. Her faith is mystical, polar opposite of legalistic
“Like ancient priestesses at Delphi, let us summon all our powers of multi-dimensional knowing, emerge from the narrow and shallow casing of a mechanistic worldview, throw off the chains of a rationalistic approach to life, and remember we are co-creators of our future.” December 13, 2017
Invocations of Jesus
The name of Jesus is used scarcely and more in reference to a historical or literary figure. Following the Las Vegas Shooting that most in the media have forgotten about, Marianne Williamson talked wrote about Jesus overturning the money changers in reference to politicians refusing to take money from the NRA. A prior reference in September of 2018. In the Christmas season of 2015, Marianne Williamson wrote that Jesus and what he stood for is born in our hearts through our actions like giving and we can do what Jesus can do.
According to A Course in Miracles, he doesn’t have anything we don’t have; he simply doesn’t have anything else. He is in a state that is still potential in the rest of us. The image of Jesus has been so perverted, so twisted by institutions claiming to represent him. As it’s stated in the Course, “Some bitter idols have been made of him who came only to be brother to the world.” But beyond the mythmaking, doctrine and dogma, he is a magnificent spiritual force. And one doesn’t have to be Christian to appreciate that fact, or to fall on our knees with praise and thanks at the realization of its meaning.
Jesus was a wise teacher but not the messiah or God. He is one-natured, a perfect or near perfect one-natured being of the past. He is not our salvation and some people, those who claim he is make him a bitter and scornful judge, pervert his memory. This is what Marianne Williamson is saying. It’s almost exactly like Islam, though Marianne Williamson is not claiming Christ will return to judge the Christians. Though even following the terrorist attacks in Paris, a place of significance for her, her language in addressing Islamic terrorism was nonexistent. She denies that ISIS terrorists are actually Muslims.
Perhaps what best sums up Marianne Williamson’s theology is pantheism. This is a mystical notion that there is no one right answer. Another way of wording it is Universal Unitarianism, believing everything and nothing simultaneously. A more pop cultural comparison is the Force in Star Wars with all of the confusions of the latest trilogy. This force is love, not the biblical notion of love but the unfulfilling pagan notion of love that plagues our society.
In being a thought leader for the new age pantheistic faith, Marianne Williamson has increased her activism from charitable causes such as AIDS activism and feminism to more overtly political causes. In 2014, she ran for the Congress in the 33rd District of California. She was not successful finishing fourth out of sixteen candidates. She ran on an extremely far left platform for 2014 politics. That platform has since become more mainstream. She has expressed passed support for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, out of the closet socialists. She is advocating her actual thoughts, not parroting some leftists on social media. For instance, she wrote in 2018, in the Washington Post, a passionate plea for reparations before it became a plank on the Democrat primary debate.
An apology does not constitute a true amends, and to truly heal our racial divide, we cannot stop there. Germany didn’t just apologize for the Holocaust; it has paid out $89 billion in reparations.
Her platform on her campaign website is a standard socialist platform that is very detailed to the point of lack of concision. Climate crisis, abortion, tax hikes, halting all fossil fuel projects, gun control, and a plethora of other leftist causes.
Marianne Williamson has a campaign that appeals to watchers of Oprah, therefore has some capacity to be a flash in the pan candidate in the Democrat primary. More importantly is how widely believed her worldview is in American society. She was a NYT bestseller at the top of the charts on multiple occasions. She fills new age megachurches. She would not have profited from her religious beliefs without a demand for God without Jesus. “Ye be like God.”
The practice of Satanism is not worshiping the literal Satan, it’s a philosophy of self-worship. That is essentially what Marianne Williamson spent a career preaching with her self-help spirituality. Know the source of her worldview; it’s not God, it’s one of the legion of manifestations of Baal. Seeing her worldview, it should come as no surprise that the result of spiritual depravity leads to an inclination towards socialist policies.