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Illuminata Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage Hardcover – Deckle Edge, November 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1ST edition (November 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679435506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679435501
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prayer "...changes people at a cellular level, and with each one who changes, others are brought miraculously closer to enlightenment." Prayer thus can save the world. Marianne Williamson, celebrated author of A Return to Love, meditates on the nature of prayer and its collective power in this commentary, and offers actual prayers that address our hopes and struggles.

The first part of Illuminata expresses the inimitable Williamson conviction in the collective spiritual revolution at hand. "We seek to replace an old, oppressive order, not so much politically or socially, but within our minds where it lives and works," she writes with unbridled energy and urgency. Although her examples of individuals who exemplify this change can be daunting, still they offer vivid pictures of human courage and generosity. For instance, she cites the character played by Ben Kingsley in Schindler's List as exemplifying selfless acts of generosity in a tormented world. This suggests that her book is a kind of path through human spiritual evolution. Indeed, for Williamson, illumination is "...the spiritual tunnel through which the soul finds its way out of ego-bound darkness into mystical light."

We are reminded that the purpose of prayer is not to gain an object of desire, or relief from one's hounding problems, or even results that are particularly discernible. The purpose is to experience God. To that end, Williamson offers seven sections on prayers, making this a practical text as well as a spirited commentary. The reader will find a vast range of prayers--daily; celebratory; those that seek relief from depression and despair; prayers for ritual; and prayers that expand into the larger realm of social justice (such as "Amends to the Native American"), demonstrating Ms. Williamson's ongoing commitment to join the political and the spiritual.

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Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

More About the Author

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from A Return to Love, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." - is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

Marianne's other books include The Age of Miracles, Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, A Course in Weight Loss, and The Gift of Change. Her newest book, THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: On Work, Money and Miracles, was published in November 2012 by Harper Collins. For more information on Marianne, please visit www.marianne.com

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives by engaging such topics as anger, forgiveness, relationships, and intimacy. It is mixed with insight and little prayer that lift and guide you to a point of insight or illumination. Unique is the concept of "rites of passage". Our modern society has lost the acknowledgment of birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, death, and even divorce. This book deals with each of these passages in a way that heals and bonds us to those around us. It is a book for the next decade. It is a book to bring us back to ourselves
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on February 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
...then we all will see the world as heaven.
I don't necessarily consider myself deeply religious, but I find that I can't do without some kind of spirituality in my life. In my searching and my reaching I have come to the conclusion that one of our biggest errors is in thinking that the universe owes us something...something big, something tremendous and representing the greatest degree of wealth. In my opinion, in actuality, it is the other way around....we owe the universe a great deal and all we owe will take a lifetime or two to even consider repaying . It is because of all these debts that the world (and our 'personal accounts') is so messed up. There's no easy way to even the score so to speak because the way we live seems to award the biggest exploiters and we choose to carry about in a way that the exploiters will benefit, and we become just like the exploiters....and to our chagrin, even with riches, power and respect (even if they feel good, initially) we feel empty.
But...
We can try to honor the ways of the universe by the giving of some our services, our money, our time, our talent and our strenght without looking for any payment in return, and we can tap into the energy of the universe by prayer. Because the true ways of the universe is giving and loving and brilliant of light.
So, in Illuminata, Williamson begins with an eloquent and stirring 'fin de siecle with the moons and the love soldiers lining up' to take the world to a spiritual renaissance. My opinion about that is the world has always been on the brink of a spiritual upheaval and renewal, if you think about it. Williamson, though quite passionate and persuasive, brings nothing new to the table in her introductory chapter....but I am quite fond of her retelling of a tale often told.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
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This is a book in which the author is able to put into words the deepest feelings in the heart of the reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Larson on June 8, 2007
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This book is directly responsible for making the most positive changes in my life. I truly am in Marrianne's dept.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2014
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These prayers are so powerful, so truthful, and do divinely kinetic, I literally watched my life change rapidly once I started to say and mean the prayers in this book.

The number one secret prayer that CHANGES EVERYTHING is "God, use me that I might know the joy of being used by you."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Hehl on August 15, 2007
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Marianne Williamson's Illuminata has truly changed the way I think about prayer and its power. It is easy to read yet thought provoking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim in Seattle on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a work of Art! that can be used over and over and over again...
Blessings,
Kim
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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It was wonderful. Very easy to read, very honest. Applies to everyone, every situation...
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