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The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles Paperback – October 21, 2014
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For more than 30 years, Williamson, a student and teacher of the spiritual “discipline” called A Course in Miracles, has been distilling the guide’s dense texts for a general audience. Her seminal piece, A Return to Love (1992), remains a classic of spirituality writing, and in subsequent books, she has used parts of that original volume to show how the Course can be applied to such diverse problems as reshaping America and even losing weight. Here the task is to explain how the Course’s core principles—everything but love is an illusion, and letting go of fear and shifting one’s trust into a loving state produce miracles—apply to people who are broke and broken. Williamson’s easy, caring writing style makes almost anything seem possible, and here it is used to best advantage to rethink issues about why people continue to have doubts even under the best of financial conditions. The take here is that while today’s circumstances make it easy to believe in scarcity rather than abundance, in spirit there is never a lack of possibility. The rest of the book goes on to “prove” this is true and offer ways to incorporate more positive thinking into one’s life. Fans will appreciate this approach; unbelievers will scoff; but those in the middle, given Williamson’s gentle power of persuasion, might say, “It can’t hurt.” HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Most of Williamson’s books have been best-sellers, and she’s a familiar media face who knows how to attract an audience. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Author, activist, and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson is often considered one of the defining voices for a new generation of spiritual seekers.” (Spirituality and Health magazine)
“Williamson may be the most renowned spiritual activist and author teaching spiritual principles based on A Course in Miracles. This latest book… addresses the ways we attract miracles or deflect them… with a focus on the particular attitudes that will pave the way to material abundance.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Williamson focuses on what defines meaningful work and how our jobs can be an extension of our spirituality. As she teaches … the sense of endless possibility to reshape our lives unfolds.” (Huffington Post)
“The Law of Divine Compensation assures us that everything will be all right since the universe is set up to work for us. … We are challenged to believe that miracles do happen and what is lacking can become abundant.” (Spirituality and Practice)
“Williamson’s easy, caring writing style makes almost anything seem possible, and here it is used to best advantage.” (Booklist)
“If you have trouble allowing money to flow abundantly into your life, by all means, pick up a copy of Marianne Williamson’s new book The Law of Divine Compensation. … This wonderful book… will help you shift your perceptions around money, work, and wealth. (Law of Attraction magazine)
In The Law of Divine Compensation, the New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson provides a unique perspective on our financial condition,… revealing a path to abundance by way of a powerful spiritual principle called the Law of Divine Compensation. (Edge Magazine)
“Marianne conveys her principals in such a way that makes my brain simultaneously jolt to life with excitement and my soul sigh with deep, profound relief.” (Gaiam TV Blog)
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"Finance is just one of many areas where an increasingly obsolete, materially based worldview is proving to be inadequate to the challenges of the times in which we live," Williamson writes in the preface of her book. The author's message of God's unconditional love trumping worldly possessions resonated with me. I found myself underlying passages in page after page for future reference (the most words I've highlighted in any book I've read this year).
Williamson is not preaching to us from the mountain top. Similar to her writing style in other books, she is very vulnerable with her own struggles - this time in the financial realm. In "Divine Compensation" she tells a story of how she lost $10,000 early in her speaking career due to poor event planning. "Oh Daddy," she recalls telling her father, "It was such a bomb!" Williamson describes how this personal misfortune taught her a lesson. After consoling words from her father, she relates how she chose to think about this incident was the key to transforming it to positive experience. She could either see it "as proof of utter failure and doom or as an opportunity to forgive myself and attract a miracle." Williamson, in being open with her own shortcomings, gives the reader a sense of being counseled by a friend, rather than being lectured at by a "know it all" spiritual guru.
I wasn't expecting to read about the value of forgiveness in a book about work and money, but according to Williamson a forgiving spirit is essential in attracting our own good. "The universe knows if you were hurt and is already on the case to make right whatever wrong occurred," she writes. "Your anger, if it lingers, throws a wrench in the machine of the miraculous universe." In her view, "no deviation from love - on your part or anyone else's - can keep the universe from its divine intention that your life be one of fullness and joy."
I also liked the prayers Williamson included in the book. Prayers to transform the reader's consciousness. Can you relate to this one as I did?:
"Dear God, I feel myself falling into the hole of self-pity, self-obsession, and negativity.
I know I shouldn't think this way, but I'm afraid and I cannot stop. Please replace my thoughts with Yours, dear God. I am willing to see myself and all things differently. Please send me the miracle of new eyes and ears, that I might know my greater good. Amen."
I copied this and other prayers from the book and plan refer to them often during my own times of doubt and struggle.
"The Law of Divine Compensation" is the best book from Marianne Williamson I have ever read (and I have read a few, including her landmark work "Return To Love"). "You are not merely a being of the material world; you are a being of unlimited spirit," she writes. "And in spirit there is no lack. You are not lacking, just because your circumstances are." Williamson's message of God's love being our true source of fulfillment was a comfort to me, and I think it will be to you, too.
I was given a complementary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.