Thursday, April 11, 2024

For Marianne Williamson, One Season Passes and Another Begins

Earlier today author and activist Marianne Williamson joined the We the 66 podcast to discuss her experience as an “outsider” presidential candidate in the Democratic Party. It will probably be one of her last interviews as a candidate, as with Biden having secured the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination and the final state primaries taking place in the next few days, Marianne is winding down her campaign by visiting a number of those last states where she’s on the ballot.

As Marianne reminds us, “People can still vote for our agenda in every state left where I’m still on the ballot: New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Maryland, and DC. While those votes won’t win the nomination, they continue to impact the ethers and shine light on the fact that millions of people in America still wish to forge a better way.”

In her appearance this morning on We the 66 (a reference to the 66% of Americans who do not trust news media), Marianne shared her thoughts and insights on a range of topics, including why the Democratic Party establishment is so hostile towards her, how being a woman has made her candidacy more difficult, why her father took her to Vietnam when she was 12, and the biggest health issues facing Americans today.

We the 66’s 54-minute interview with Marianne is below. It’s followed by Marianne’s latest substack piece in which she reflects on both the ending of her campaign and what’s next for her.

“The universe is recalibrating itself in all of us, giving rise to new portals of possibility,” she writes. “If we’re alert, we see changes in both our circumstances and in ourselves. But there is a mystery to change and we should respect it. Sometimes we have to let go of what is no longer ours in order to receive what is calling to us now.”

One Season Passes and Another Begins
The Mystery of How Things Change

By Marianne Williamson

April 11, 2024

Tomorrow I go to New Mexico, then Oregon. I will end the trip with a talk in Baltimore and then finit! Politically, I will have said my piece. I’ll have done all that I can do this political season to suggest to the American people that there might be a better way.

Now for healing, grieving, processing, forgiving, and moving on to the next chapter of life. In May I have a book coming out, which I wrote two years ago and then asked my publisher to please delay publishing while I went off to run for President. Actually that was my request to them about the same book when I ran in 2020! Deep thanks to Harper San Francisco for their patience and understanding.

My last campaign event will be April 21st, and the book will be published on May 7. I do wish, as I’m sure they do as well, that we had a bit more time to transition from my political to my spiritual offerings. But such schedules work the way they work, so we have seventeen days to switch from one part of the brain to the other.

Maybe it’s my Gemini ascendant that’s responsible for the way I go back and forth between two different mental operating systems. In my mind they’re not contradictory, however. As Martin Luther King said, “The desegregation of the American South is the political externalization of the goal of the civil rights movement, but the ultimate goal is the establishment of the beloved community.” He was a movement leader and also a Baptist preacher, saying it was “time to inject a new dimension of love into human civilization.” He, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, urged inner as well as outer change. By both realms of life I am intrigued, and to both I’m equally devoted. We need horizontal change that transforms our politics and vertical change that transforms our souls.

The universe is recalibrating itself in all of us, giving rise to new portals of possibility. If we’re alert, we see changes in both our circumstances and in ourselves. But there is a mystery to change and we should respect it. Sometimes we have to let go of what is no longer ours in order to receive what is calling to us now.

The French philosopher Blaize Pascal said “all the world’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Only in silence can we hear the whispers of destiny. We receive the deeper answers in life when we take the time to ask deeper questions.

All of us would do well to ask ourselves such things as this . . .

What in your life is ending, and what is trying to begin? Are you seeing beyond appearances, to recognize the larger patterns at work in your life?

What needs to be laid down, and what needs to be embraced? What needs to be atoned for, and what needs to be forgiven?

What season of your life is passing away, and what season is preparing to dawn? Are you willing to see how deeply life is working through you, and stand in awe before forces so much greater than yourself?

There was such a mystical hush during the eclipse on Monday, reminding me of when our electronics are on the fritz and we turn everything off for a few seconds to let the system reset itself. Surely the world is trying to do that. We are trying to change. We are trying to renew ourselves. One season passes and another now begins.

Marianne Williamson
April 11, 2024

Thank you, Marianne! . . . Thank you for all you’ve done in running for president. I trust you made a difference . . . and will continue to make a difference; it’s just who you are. You certainly continue to inform and inspire me.

Through your presence, words, and actions on the campaign trail, you not only advanced a much-needed progressive agenda but also embodied the shift in consciousness that I believe the Sacred is calling all of humanity to manifest in and through our individual and communal actions.

It’s a shift that invites all to consciously choose love over and above fear. You remind us, Marianne, that when such a choice is realized in our politics as well as in our individual lives, we will bring to birth in our world an era of justice, peace and healing.

So, again, thank you!

Related Off-site Links:
One Season Passes and Another Begins – Marianne Williamson (Transform, April 11, 2024).
Marianne Williamson, Still in Democratic Presidential Bid, Says Campaign Isn’t About Winning: “There’s More Than the Horse Race” – Isabella Murray (ABC News, March 29, 2024).
Why I Keep Going – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 16, 2024).
In Hopes of a Future Harvest – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 13, 2024).
How Marianne Williamson’s Name Became the Placeholder for “Uncommitted” Protesters in Arizona – Alex Tabet (NBC News, March 19, 2024).
Primary Purpose and Power – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 12, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Surprises by Coming In Second in Multiple States, Leapfrogging Dean Phillips – Timothy H.J. Nerozzi (Fox News, March 6, 2024).
I Remain in the Race – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 6, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Returns to Presidential Race, Saying Biden Is Vulnerable Against Trump – Anders Hagstrom (Fox News, February 28, 2024).
Biden and Other Centrist Democrats Keep Bragging About the Economy. But Here’s the Problem – Perry Bacon Jr. (The Washington Post, February 20, 2024).

See also: Marianne 2024 Official Site | About | Issues | News | Events | Donate

For The Wild Reed’s coverage of Marianne Williamson’s 2024 presidential campaign, see the following chronologically-ordered posts:
Marianne 2024
Marianne Williamson Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign
Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
More Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
Ben Burgis: Quote of the Day – March 10, 2023
Despite the Undemocratic Antics of the DNC, Marianne Williamson Plans on “Winning the Nomination”
The Biblical Roots of “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Need”
Marianne Williamson on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton – 05/30/23
Marianne Williamson’s Economic Bill of Rights
Three Progressive Voices on the War in Ukraine
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – June 27, 2023
Marianne Williamson on The Issue Is with Elex Michaelson – 07/20/23
Voters, Not the DNC, Should Choose the Nominee
Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire
Marianne Williamson: “Repairing Our Hearts Is Essential to Repairing Our Country”
Marianne Williamson on Trump’s Day in Court
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 08/25/23
Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Joins NYC’s March to End Fossil Fuels
Marianne Williamson on Your World – 10/6/23
Marianne Williamson’s “Radical Idea” of Putting People First
Marianne Williamson: “We Need to Disrupt the Corrupt”
“We Are Surging”
“Let the People Decide”: Marianne Williamson on the DNC’s Efforts to Deny and Suppress the Democratic Process
Democratic Presidential Debate: Marianne Williamson and Dean Phillips – 1/8/24
The Democrats Challenging Biden
Bannering for Marianne
Campaigning for Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire – Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Marianne Williamson: “I Have Decided to Continue”
Marianne Williamson in Nevada – 2/4/24
Forever Grateful
What Marianne Williamson Learned from Running for President
Marianne Williamson: Playing It Big
Minnesotans Launch Super Tuesday Push for “Suspended But Not Ended” Candidate Marianne Williamson
A Welcome Return
This Super Tuesday, Don’t Be “Uncommitted” . . .
Super Tuesday in Minnesota
Marianne Williamson, the Cassandra of U.S. Politics, on the “True State of the Union”
Marianne Williamson in Arizona – 3/17/24
“This Is the Moment”
Marianne Williamson on Washington Journal (4/2/24) and The Letterhack (4/4/24)

See also:
Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
Marianne Williamson on the Current Condition of the U.S.
Marianne Williamson’s Politics of Love: The Rich Roll Interview
Now Here’s a Voice I’d Like to Hear Regularly on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking American Democracy
Marianne Williamson on the Tenth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
Marianne Williamson on How Centrist Democrats Abuse Voters with False Promises
“Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
Deep Gratitude
“A Beautiful Message, So Full of Greatness”
Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”


Percy said...

If Ms Williamson would like to promote and achieve concrete change, she could run for mayor of the municipality where she lives. Municipal government is where the most effective grass-roots change typically occurs in the USA, though GOP-dominated states are trying to restrict home rule in their municipalities.

Michael J. Bayly said...

Hi, Percy! . . . I address your suggestion in this previous post.



Percy said...


But my comment is specifically in the context that you more or less acknowledge in this post that she's not going to become president this round. Your response to my comment here is, in practical effect, that she's only qualified to be president but not qualified for other public office - or that such public office would be beneath her gift and talents - even if such other public office could be a position where she could much more likely be able to promote and achieve concrete change. That seems to be a blinkered vision and imagination. Does she not live in a place where there are plenty of poor and oppressed people who could benefit from her leadership?