4min readPolitics 05 August 2019
Marianne Williamson is certainly the most unique competitor to join the campaign trail with a mission of bringing love into politics. While we often hear her plans for transforming America, E! News surveyed the presidential candidate on what has helped transform her into the powerful, revolutionary woman she is today.
The 2020 presidential campaign has seen an outstanding lineup of candidates from all walks of life vying for their party's nomination. While they're usually seen hashing it out on the debate stage, offering up their political stances in effort to persuade the American people, E! News got more down to earth with the candidates to find out who they are through the lens of today's pop culture. While most shared some not too surprising details about what their motivations and interests are, one candidate certainly stuck out the most with some unique responses.
Whether or not you have familiarized yourself with her work, there is no denying that her vision for our country, and humanity, is unlike any we've seen on the political stage thus far. As an activist, entrepreneur, New York Times best seller and most recently, Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential elections, Marianne Williamson has extensive, well-rounded experience and knowledge on an array of topics ranging from wellness to politics.
In a survey conducted by E! News, Williamson revealed an interesting ritual she practices before public speaking which is to pray for the happiness of the audience. While the other candidates typically practice a ritual that calms their nerves or better prepares them for their speech, Williamson takes the selfless route in wishing others well rather than turning her focus inward. While her personal ritual is intriguing in and of itself, such a selfless act is unsurprising of Williamson, who has dedicated her life's work to spreading love and deepening our commitment to world peace. Positive thinking and prayers of happiness have been a longstanding ritual for the activist. In a 2012 interview with her friend Oprah Winfrey, Williamson shared that before a meeting, job interview, or any event in life, it is important to send love in our minds to the situations and people involved. She expressed, "the only thing going on here is, I am going to bless that person, they are going to bless me. I don't know if I'm supposed to get that job. My only agenda is that God's will be done."
There's no doubt Williamson's approach to politics and presidency is far from that of our current president. In fact, her mission for this campaign has been to bring love into politics by falling in love with what America can mean. In an interview with Carrolspaper, she stated, "Trump has turned fear into a political force. We must turn love into a political force." She strives to achieve this by bolstering the awakening in American consciousness to overcome the Trump administrations reign of fear with love, as opposed to combating hatred with hatred.
In addition to her ritual, Williamson shared that A Course In Miracles , scribed by Dr. Helen Schuman, was the book that made the most lasting impact on who she has become. The three-volume religious text serves as a "complete self-study spiritual thought system" that teaches universal love and peace. Unlike an autobiography or traditional written work that the other candidates favored, A Course in Miracles requires readers to transform into more conscious beings who knit love into the framework of their beliefs and actions. Not only has this book inspired Williamson to lead a better life, but inspired her to become an author and teach her understanding of the text to others on a global scale. The lessons learned from A Course in Miracles have laid the foundation for Williamson's current political platform and have set the tone for how she believes the country must be run and where it must be led in order to be successful in functioning for the greatest good of all.
Williamson's selfless acts and wishes for our country is certainly a refreshing break from the negative banter between the current presidential cabinet and the public. Rather than focusing solely on temporary results, Williamson's hope is to encourage spiritual growth among the American people, restore our connection to nature, and equip us with the tools needed to fulfill our life's purpose.
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We are living in a time when women are rising to new heights which means they are regularly being confronted with the fear of being "too much". For women in business this is pervasive and costly.
A few ways women can be perceived as "too much" are:
Speaking up about their successes and achievements.
Sharing one too many photos of their cute kids.
Telling one too many people about that date night.
Looking a little too good in that swimsuit.
These can lead to being publicly attacked on social media or privately slandered which in turn leads to women dimming their light and walking on egg shells in hopes of avoiding conflict and judgement.
The minute a woman feels it's unsafe to shine she will begin to overthink, worry, and fear how she shows up in the world.
Forgetting to announce the book is done and the interview is live.
Choosing to focus on what's still on the to-do list rather than what's been checked off.
Many female entrepreneurs are subconsciously altering their behavior in an attempt to not attract too much attention to themselves, rather than focusing on allowing authenticity and magnetism to attract their ideal clients and community.
Women are afraid of being criticized, ostracized, and abandoned by other women for simply being who they are. This leads to quite the quantum when being who you are is simplest way to accelerate the growth of your business.
New research shows men are far more comfortable with self promotion than women are. Researchers found that men rate their own performance 33 percent higher than equally performing women. What we know is that self promotion pays off and this is where women are missing the boat.
The world needs more women to step into leadership roles and no longer be intimidated about creating six and seven figure careers.
Here are five ways to release the fear of being "too much":
1. Approve of yourself.
While it feels good to receive outside validation it will never be enough if you don't first appreciate yourself. The key to having a healthy support system is to make sure you are part of it. Being your biggest critic is what your mother's generation did. It's now time to be your biggest cheerleader. Becoming aware of self talk will reveal what belief is ready to be re-wired. Create a simply mantra that affirms how incredible capable you are.
2. Connect deeply to those you serve.
One powerful way to shift out of people pleasing behavior is to get clear on who actually matters to the wellbeing and success of your life and business. Leadership is not about being the most popular, instead it's a decision to be brave for those who can't be. Take a few minutes each day to visualize and meditate on those your business serves and supports. See your future clients moving toward you every time you choose to stand in your power and use your authentic voice.
3. Remember the legacy you wish to leave.
Having your life purpose and legacy in writing is one of the most transformational exercises you can do. Reading this often will keep you focused on what matters. Knowing what you wish to leave in the hearts of those you love most is incredibly grounding. You didn't come here to keep your mouth shut, dilute your truth, or dim your light-you came here to make a difference.
4. Forgive those who have been unsupportive in the past.
The past has a way of informing the future in a negative way when there is unresolved pain. Take a few minutes to get quiet and ask yourself who you have unforgiveness towards or maybe their name came to mind as you read this article. Listening to a forgiveness meditation or writing a letter to the person you are ready to forgive are both simple and effective ways to process and heal.
5. Be part a community of bright, successful women.
Meaningful relationships with others who have similar aspirations is what will keep you out of isolation and playing small. These connections can happen in a networking group, online community or a local Meetup. Thriving in every area of life is depend on you knowing where you belong and being celebrated there. Don't wait to be invited, go actively seek out people and places that support your dreams and desires.
6. Accept you can have it all.
Women have been fed a lie for generations that says, you can have love or money. Decide you can have it all and allow it to flow to you. You can have a successful career and an amazing mother. You can balance motherhood and loving marriage. Don't let anyone write the rules for you. This is the time to create the life you desire on your terms.
7. Celebrate everything!
The fastest way to leave the haters in the dust is to celebrate everything! At the end of each day lay in bed and recall the best moments. At the end of each week, publicly acknowledge and celebrate what's good in your life. Once a month, have a celebration dinner and share it with those who have helped you in the journey. If there's something good happening, talk about it with everyone who will listen!
May you be a woman who chooses to shine so that others may be reminded of all they can be and do.