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Posted 2003-01-31 9:33 AM (#1038)
Subject: an interview with Marianne Williamson re: Jesus

Location: The Kingdom of Heaven
What Marianne Williamson Believes About Jesus
A conversation between an itinerant writer and a spirituality guru. Subject?

By William J. Elliott

Spiritual pilgrim and psychotherapist Bill Elliott travelled the country in
a motor home, interviewing believers about what Jesus means to them. The
result is "A Place at the Table," a new book of 24 interviews with scholars, evangelists, and mystics. Among his most arresting conversations occurs with New Age guru Marianne Williamson, author of "A Return to Love," which is based on the teachings of "A Course in Miracles."

Who was/is Jesus?

Jesus was a human being who while on earth completely self-actualized and
fulfilled in all ways the potential glory that lies within us all. He became one with the Essence and Christ Spirit that is in all of us. In that sense, he is our evolutionary elder brother. He demonstrated our destiny. He displayed for all to see the destination of this journey that we are on. The only thing lacking in any situation is our own awareness of love, and Jesus realized and taught that.

Jesus is a personal symbol of the Holy Spirit. Having been totally healed
by the Holy Spirit, Jesus became one with him. Every thought, action, and
deed of Jesus was guided by the Holy Spirit instead of ego. He's not the
only face the Holy Spirit takes on - he is a face. To think about Jesus is
to think about and bring forth the perfect love inside us. Jesus actualized
the Christ mind, and was then given the power to help the rest of us reach
that place within ourselves.

He was sent down by God - as we all are. We are all extensions of the mind
of God. We all contain nuggets of glory. Recently, I was interviewed on a
television program about miracles and they talked about what constituted a
miracle. They said the birth of a child was not a miracle. A miracle they
asserted was this or that, and was an extraordinary occurrence, but the
birth of a child was not. My nine-year-old daughter was very bothered by
that statement, and for the right reasons. The issue here is not that a
miracle is something more extraordinary that the birth of a child. The issue here is that the birth of a child is a miracle - and that we are surrounded by the miraculous, but we don't have miracle-minded perception.

The point of Jesus' existence wasn't to lessen or diminish our appreciation
of each other, but to expand our appreciation of each other by reminding us
what lies within all of us, because Jesus was an example of the pinnacle of
human evolution.

Was Jesus the only Son of God?

Hogwash! First of all, I believe we are all Sons of God, and it is our
destiny to be as Jesus. He said whoever does what he has been doing "will do even greater things than these." The difference is he was a Son of God who fully remembered that he was a Son of God and he displayed that
understanding. Second, there is only one soul. To say there is "only one
begotten son" doesn't mean that someone else was it, and we're not. It means we're all it. There's only one of us here.

There are two issues here. One is what he taught, and few people of any
religion would deny that he taught very good things indeed. The other is
that, having taught them, he then became the teaching incarnate. He didn't
just teach the atonement, he became at-one-ment - in a Course in Miracles,
he says "I am the atonement. "In A Course in Miracles it says "that to say
the name 'Jesus' in any language is to be automatically reminded of the
relationship between the Father and the Son" because even his name "Jesus"
embodies reactions. The relationship between the father and the son is one
of shared power. So to even think the name "Jesus" is to be reminded of one's essential nature and one's essential power. The Course does not teach, nor do I believe, that the word "Jesus" is the only word that can remind us.

Jesus was Jewish to the Core. I recently heard a Christian woman say Jesus
was "no religion." That blew me away, that was such a blatant denial of
Jesus and also an invalidation of Judaism and Christianity. I feel that my
love and connection to Jesus us firmly rooted in my Judaism, but I'm fully
aware that her remark would be offensive to both Jews and Christians.

Regarding a Messiah, the Jews were looking for a political Savior - aren't
we still?! Jews were occupied by the Romans and had a very difficult time
two thousand years ago (as people still do). Today, we realize that a
healing of one's heart is the key to the healing of the world, and yet if
someone showed up in American politics today and said, "Instead of building
more nuclear bombs and spending billions of dollars more to destroy our
enemies, we're going to throw out the whole defense budget and make our
public policy that we love them!" That person would be laughed out of
politics. Yet that's what Jesus taught - love your enemies, i.e., love the
Romans. People don't buy that today, even though we live in a country that
calls itself Christian. It's considered preposterous and too radical.
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