One of my favorite books is “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. While I can’t find my copy of A Return to Love anywhere, I recalled this week that I did copy some parts that resounded with me in my journal.
As I’ve been re-reading these thoughts from A Return to Love about faith, they have resounded with me and I hope they will resound with you, too.
Here’s an excerpt from A Return to Love:
What if we truly believed there is a God–a beneficent order to things, a force that’s holding things together without our conscious control? What if we could see, in our daily lives, the working of that force? What if we believed it loved us somehow and cared for us and protected us? What if we believed we could afford to relax?
The phyical body is at work every moment, an array of mechanisms with a brilliance of design and efficiency our human efforts have never begun to match. Our hearts beat, our lungs breathe, our hears hear, our hair grows. And we don’t have to make them work–they just do. Planets revole around the sun, seeds become flowers, embryos become babies, and with no help from us. Their movement is built into a natural system. You and I are integral parts of that system, too. We can let our lives be directed by the same force that makes flowers grow–or we can do it ourselves.
To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary. Faith is believing that the universe is on our side and that the universe knows what it’s doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions. Our attempts to direct this force only interferes with it. Our willingness to relax into it allows it to work on our behalf. Without faith, we’re frantically trying to control what is not our business to control, and fix what is not in our power to fix. What we’re trying to control is much better off without us, and what we’re trying to fix can’t be fixed by us anyway. Without faith, we’re wasting time.
Externally, the universe supports our physical survival. Photosynthesis in plants and plankton in the ocean produce the oxygen that we need in order to breathe. It is important to respect the laws that rule the phsical universe because violation of these laws threatens our survivial. When we pollute the oceans or destroy plant life, we are destroying our support systems and so are destroying ourselves.
Internally, the universe supports our survival as well–emotionally and psychologically. The internal equivalent to oxygen, what we need in order to survive, is love.
–Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Have you read A Return to Love or any of Marianne Williamson’s work before?