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Excerpted from Illuminata by Marianne Williamson. Copyright 1994 by Marianne Williamson. Excerpted by permission of Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us."

Marianne Williamson, Illuminata, Part 3

The opening of the heart is an awesome personal politic, providing us with an internal strength greater than any worldly power, As we receive God's love and impart it to others, we are given the power to repair the world. As we give up our collective enslavement to the dictates of Western materialism, we relinquish the increasingly primitive belief that the world outside remains unaffected by our thoughts. We have begun to recognize that our individual minds create our collective realities, and we are ready to take responsibility for the world by taking more seriously our individual contributions to it. Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

Some people think that things are no worse now than they have ever been, that all this talk of some millennial shift is nonsense, even dangerous. Perhaps this book is not for them. I am not trying to convince anyone of the reality of a global crisis; I am concerned, as are millions of others, with increasing consensus and hope among those who already believe that there is one.

This is the drama of our times: the climax of our historical epoch as we reach the conclusion of the twentieth century. Our planet, our species, our generation is shifting. And they are all the same shift. This is not a personal story, though everyone's personal life is affected and everyone's life affects the story. Like strands of DNA, all of us are coded with the history and possibilities of the species. Ours is a collective, generational drama, for our dramas at their core are all the same story. We all came from the angels and we have all fallen far. Now we are poised on the edge of a cliff As a group, we will fall, or as a group we will fly.

The 1990s are a power point in time, an opening in a revolving door that last passed this way in the 1960s. Now, as then, we have a limited time in which to jump in. The decade of the sixties was a societal peak experience, a red-letter era in our evolutionary journey. It was a premystical phase, foreshadowing current history. An entire generation of souls was marked for a lifetime by having experienced that period.

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