This inspiring quote from a book called A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson was quoted by Nelson Mandela in his first speech for 27 years when he was released from prison in 1990, so many people think he wrote it.
But his subsequent words and actions showed that he was clearly deeply influenced by it as he practised forgiveness and reconciliation to heal some of the wounds over 40 years of apartheid had caused in South African society.
Marianne Williamson's book was her reflection on another book called A Course in Miracles, which is quite possibly the most profound 'spiritual' book ever written and certainly the most comprehensive text explaining what true forgiveness is and how anyone can practise it in their daily life to live in a miraculous rather than fearful way.
So, the ideas contained in the Course (as it's students affectionately call it) were responsible for the miraculously peaceful transfer of political and economic power to another ethnic group, something that had never happened before. And we enjoyed a few years of relative freedom, peace and prosperity when Mandela was president that are now a distant memory for those who lived in South Africa during those halcyon years.
What's happened since Mandela retired in 1999? Why does the country now find itself mired in political corruption, economic stagnation and a lockdown that denies its citizens many of the freedoms that Mandela and his colleagues fought so long and hard to achieve?
The answer, in a nutshell, is a failure by its leaders since then to follow the spiritual principles that Mandela embraced and expressed in his leadership of the country. (In case you're not South African, the same could be said of almost every country currently in lockdown.)
Why am I telling you all this and how is this relevant to your life, you well be asking yourself.
Well, you may not be able to do anything about the situation in your country and the world, but you can do a lot about how you perceive and respond to it. In fact, that's the only power you really have in the face of any difficult situation - you can always change the way you think and feel about it.
If you're feeling worried about the future, angered by the current impositions on your freedom or any other form of negative emotion in reaction to what's happening in the world right now, I'd like to invite you to join me for a Deep Dive into understanding and living by the same miraculous principles that Mandela held dear and which helped him transform a nation.
Starting next Sunday (the 24th of January), I'll be facilitating a 6-Week Online Course based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles designed to teach you...
How to Let Go of Any Stressful Thought or Emotion in Minutes
Ride the Wild Tiger of Change to Find Authentic Happiness, Fulfilling Flow, Higher Purpose, Wonderful Well-Being and Thrive Even in These Challenging Times
Spending a Fortune or Wasting More Time on Motivational Books, Seminars, Pills, Psychotherapy Bills, Hand Sanitiser or Anything Else...
If you're up for the challenge of Letting Go of Your Fear and Any Other Blocks to the Awareness of Love's Liberating Presence, radically Transforming Your Perception of everything and everyone (mostly yourself) and Your Life in the process, Watch This 14-minute Video in which I reflect on today's quote and talk more about this transformational journey that you could experience over the next 7 weeks by clicking or tapping anywhere on my photo below...
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Once you've watched the video, you can listen to (and download if you like it) the audio recording of a 10-minute mini-meditation that will help you get in touch with your Fearless Self and its Higher Purpose. This is one of the tools you'll get to help you during The Art of Letting Go Course, so it's really a sneak preview of the Course with some relaxing music and the soothing sounds of water flowing in the background to enhance its calming yet inspiring effect...
If this Breath Break touched something inside you and you feel like you need some help in Overcoming Your Fear, why not join me for The Art of Letting Go Masterclass happening this Thursday evening from 7 pm UK | 9 pm SA time if you'd like to find out more about the Art of Letting Go Course by clicking or tapping anywhere on the banner below...
I hope to connect with you on Thursday evening during the Masterclass. Until then, I wish you a day and week ahead in which you Fearlessly Ride the Wild Tiger of Change that's roaring around the planet right now...
Yours in Fearless Flow
The Letting Go Coach
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