Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. Her latest
Age of Miracles hit #2 on the New York Times
Bestseller list. Among her other 9 published books, four of them --
Return to Love - were #1 New York TimesA
Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New
Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest
fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure" - often misattributed to Nelson Mandela's
Inaugural address - is considered an anthem for a contemporary
generation of seekers.
She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose.
Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also co-founded The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a U. S. Department of Peace.
In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. According to Time magazine, "Yoga, the Cabala and Marianne Williamson have been taken up by those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity."
Marianne is the author of the following quote often attributed to Nelson Mandela:
'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
----from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.