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- Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 300 pages
- Dimensions: 117mm x 188mm x 25mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 November 1995
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1573225207
- ISBN 13: 9781573225205
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 17,912
Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children."Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."
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Marianne Williamson is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Illuminata, A Woman's Worth, and A Return to Love. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Currently, Marianne Williamson is the spiritual leader of The Church of Today, a Unity church in suburban Detroit.
Table of contents
A Way InIntroduction Part I: Thoughts 1. Renaissance 2. The Luminous Mind 3. Mystical Power Part II: Prayers 1. Ladders to God 2. Daily Prayers Daily Renewal: Prayer and Meditation Morning Prayer A New Day Evening Prayers 3. Prayers for the Soul Prayers for New Life Happiness Prayers for Depression Prayer for the Higher Self Clearing Up the Past Washing Us Clean Prayer for Faith Filling the Emptiness Group Prayer for God's Presence 4. Prayers for the Body Gratitude for the Body Prayers for Healing Prayer for a Partner's Healing Addictions Age Death Prayer for a Peaceful Death Prayer for the Dead 5. Prayers for Relationships Loved Ones Forgiveness Anger When We Have Been Betrayed Friendship Prayer Between Friends When Conflict Happens Falling in Love Romance Prayer to Attract Great Love Intimacy Prayers for Couples Fear of Intimacy Resisting Love The Mystical Reconnection Sex Sexual Violation Obsession and Addiction in Love Prayer for a Broken Relationship Prayer for Our Home Prayer for Our Parents Prayer for Our Children Prayer for Myself 6. Prayers for Work and Creativity Work Prayer for Achievement Prayers for Deliverance Releasing Outcome Transforming Failure Prayer for New Beginnings Money 7. Prayers for the World The World The Healing of Nations Amends to the African-American Amends to the Native American Hatred in America Healing America Prayer for America Amends Between Men and Women Prayer for the Leaders Prayer of the Healer Prayer for the Victim of Violence Prayer for the Perpetrator Prayer for the Earth Prayer for the World Part III: Rites of Passage 1. Ceremonies of Light 2. Blessing of the Newborn 3. Rite of Puberty: The Consecration of Adulthood 4. Ceremony of Marriage 5. Ceremony of the Elder: A Rite of Midlife 6. Ceremony of Divorce 7. Memorial Service Part IV: Hallelujah Rapture