Books: Marianne Williamson’s “Luminous Mind Workshop”, as reviewed by Pranada Devi
The Course in Miracles owes much of its current fame to bestselling novelist Marianne Williamson, who popularized it in her 1992 book “A Return to Love”. Since then, many people have embraced the wisdom of the Course as well as the “Cliffs Notes” version put forward in “A Return to Love”, including luminaries like Gabby Bernstein. While the Course in Miracles and accompanying materials, said to be transcribed from the teachings of Jesus Christ himself, runs to about 1100 pages of spiritually charged material that can’t be skim-read, Williamson takes the principles of the Course and presents them through these concepts:
What is real and what is illusion?
What is the relationship of love to fear?
What is our true identity as children of God?
What is our true relationship to God and to each other?
What is forgiveness and how does it free us?
What is a miracle and how do we work them?
And how do we achieve inner peace?
Marianne Williamson is a New York Times bestselling author with 12 books under her belt. Based on the time she continues to spend with the Course in Miracles, she invites people to remember the luminosity and love that are our divine nature, underlying all illusion. Yet, she is no secluded contemplative or placid New Age wallflower.
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 founded the Department of Peace Campaign, a grassroots campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace. In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named her one of the fifty most influential baby boomers.
She actively participates in political discussion. She ran for Congress in 2012, seeking to use her influence as a New Age leader to bring a new voice to the political scene. While she was not successful, she managed to change the conversation.
Her most recent offering is an audiobook under the BetterListen label, four hours in length, from a seminar she gave in Esalen, California called “The Luminous Mind Workshop”. This interactive workshop combines spiritual talks, meditations, prayers and exercises for participants to explore their potential and return to what she calls a “Serene Center”. In so doing, we can find the courage to look at ourselves in a new and “luminous” light and explore the unlimited possibilities that exist in our lives and our world.
The exercises are accompanied by therapeutic music. Marianne’s voice is conversational and engaging, with a slight drawl from her native Texas, and a fiery sense of presence and enthusiasm for the work. If you are looking for an accessible way in to an understanding of the Divine without distorted focus on judgement or condemnation, consider spending time with the Luminous Mind Workshop.
Pranada Devi is a communications professional living in Toronto, Canada. She is the Managing Editor of Parvati Magazine, and serves as an advisor on marketing communications for Parvati’s various projects. She is the editor for Parvati’s new book “Confessions of a Former Yoga Junkie”, which has sold out out its first two printing runs.