A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Marianne Williamson
- Genre: Christian Self Help, Spiritual Self-Help, Personal Transformation Self-Help
- Publish Date: 15 March 1996
- Size: 1 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
“There is no place for hell in a world whose loveliness can yet be so
intense and so inclusive it is but a step from there to Heaven.”
Those passages with double quotation marks are quoted directly from
A Course in Miracles. Those passages with single quotation marks
are paraphrased interpretations of that book. A complete listing of
citations to A Course in Miracles appears beginning on p. 301.
1. THE DARKNESS
“The journey into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have
gone deep into it.”
What happened to my generation is that we never grew up. The problem isn’t
that we’re lost or apathetic, narcissistic or materialistic. The problem is we’re
A lot of us know we have what it takes—the looks, the education, the
talent, the credentials. But in certain areas, we’re paralyzed. We’re not being
stopped by something on the outside, but by something on the inside. Our
oppression is internal. The government isn’t holding us back, or hunger or
poverty. We’re not afraid we’ll get sent to Siberia. We’re just afraid, period.
Our fear is free-floating. We’re afraid this isn’t the right relationship or we’re
afraid it is. We’re afraid they won’t like us or we’re afraid they will.
afraid of failure or we’re afraid of success. We’re afraid of dying young or
we’re afraid of growing old. We’re more afraid of life than we are of death.
You’d think we’d have some compassion for ourselves, bound up in
emotional chains the way we are, but we don’t. We’re just disgusted with
ourselves, because we think we should be better by now. Sometimes we
make the mistake of thinking other people don’t have as much fear as we do,
which only makes us more afraid. Maybe they know something we don’t
know. Maybe we’re missing a chromosome.
It’s become popular these days to blame practically everything on our
parents. We figure it’s because of them that our self-esteem is so low. If only
they’d been different, we’d be brimming with self-love. But if you take a
close look at how our parents treated us, whatever abuse they gave us was
often mild compared to the way we abuse ourselves today. It’s true that your
mother might have said repeatedly, “You’ll never be able to do that, dear.”
But now you say to yourself, “You’re a jerk. You never do it right. You blew
it. I hate you.” They might have been mean, but we’re vicious.
Our generation has slipped into a barely camouflaged vortex of selfloathing. And we’re always, even desperately, seeking a way out, through
growth or through escape. Maybe this degree will do it, or this job, this
seminar, this therapist, this relationship, this diet, or this project. But too
often the medicine falls short of a cure, and the chains just keep getting
thicker and tighter.
For More Read Download This Book