Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

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."

Title:Illuminata: A Return to Prayer
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781573225205
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    Illuminata: A Return to Prayer Reviews

  • Madison

    Amazing!!!! Whenever I need something I just can't find anywhere else, I always reach for this book............

  • Gayle

    I was looking for a book of prayers and found this in the second hand book store. She has some beautiful prayers in here that say what your heart is saying when you do not have the words. She has dail...

  • Dawn

    This book has prayers for every kind of celebration. The divorce prayer and ceremony is one every person who is going through a divorce should read and do. There are prayers for the world, your enemie...

  • Suzanne Kittrell

    This is the second time through this book for me. I keep it on my bedstand because it is better than aspirin for what ails you. Very soothing and comforting any time of day but especially in the middl...

  • Sharon

    Beautiful prayers for many every day situations. The prayer for our children is wonderful. There are prayers for a new day, prayers for achievement at work, etc. Non denominational....

  • Erin

    I've thoroughly enjoyed this book of prayers and will continue choosing prayers here and there when I need to layer my perspective with renewed joy and gratitude. I like that the God Marianne prays to...

  • etherealfire

    I'm not sure why this didn't make my read list before as I read this book and ate it up in the mid nineties. A simple and beautiful call to prayer. As with practically every book listed in my "read" s...

  • Linda

    Love this book - keep it beside my nightstand....

  • Sandy Markley klieger

    I love this book! It has prayers for many situations. I especially love the morning and evening prayers. I keep them on my bedside table and read them often....

  • Margaret

    Liked it a lot. Read it quickly....