Marianne Williamson on taking a moral inventory

Ray: You write about the importance in midlife of doing “the rigorous work of taking a fearless moral inventory”—about facing your pain and even facing places of self-loathing. Where do you begin that work? Marianne: Sometimes it’s late at night—it’s 3 o’clock in the morning—and for whatever reason, you can’t stop thinking about something you…

Marianne Williamson on How Our Lessons Are the Same

    Ray: As you talk to people around the country, what’s surprising you about what other people are and aren’t concerned about in themselves? Marianne: I wouldn’t say that anything is surprising me. It’s fundamental to the body of information and knowledge that I’ve dealt with my entire adult life that there’s really only…

Marianne Williamson on reaching middle age

Ray: Were you afraid of reaching middle age, Marianne, and have you truly released those fears? Marianne: My fiftieth birthday hit me hard. In the two or three months before that birthday, it was rough. I talked to people who had already turned fifty, and a few good friends said they had absolutely been through…

Marianne Williamson on Forgiveness

Ray: Marianne, what about the essential role of forgiveness in releasing the past? In The Age of Miracles, you write, “We can have a grievance or we can have a miracle, but we cannot have both.” But I think we sometimes forgive ourselves a little too quickly, before we’ve really dealt with something in a…

Marianne Williamson on death and happiness

Ray Hemachandra: Your mother died recently. How important is it for people at midlife to come to terms with the idea and reality of death? Marianne Williamson: It feels to me like the death of a parent is a kind of inoculation. You really do get, in a way that you’ve never viscerally gotten before,…

Marianne Williamson on the Fabulousness of the Human Winter

Ray: Marianne, as people already wrestling with midlife issues also face their parents dying, they encounter yet another transition: becoming the elders in their families and communities. Would you talk about taking on the role of elder? Marianne: We have all often heard the conversation about our society needing to treat its elders with greater…