Sunday, May 18, 2014
A Time for Marianne?
Marianne Williamson is running as an independent for the Congressional seat being vacated by the retiring Henry Waxman. Pundits are having fun calling this the "Hollywood" seat, With "Arnold" and "Ronnie" still in our memories, I guess we can allow the pundits some snickers. But, make no mistake, there was nothing trivial about the great career of Henry Waxman.
I knew Marianne when I was connected to the "Human Potential Movement." It was the time of est, Esalon, "I'm OK You're OK", and in Chicago, Oasis, where I worked. Back then, Williamson was teaching the book "A Course in Miracles." Believe me, people were into it. As an aside,
Bill's college roommate and friend Tammy Cohen was attached to the book because her mother published it.
Some call Marianne a minister, others a guru, and still others a spiritual leader. I'm going to borrow from Howard Dean and call her the leader of the "Imagine" wing of politics. One of her 10 books (four of which were No. 1 best sellers) is "Imagine What America Could Be . . ."
Did you know that she has spearheaded the effort to establish a Department of Peace? Did you know that checking the box "spiritual but not religious" is an extremely popular thing to do?
I'm rooting for Marianne Williamson for Congress.