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 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…