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What's love got to do with... politics? Everything, she says. What we learned about the spiritual guru's political platform.
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If ever there’s been a group in need of a bit (well, a lot) of heart opening, it’s Congress. Enter spiritual giant, best-selling author, and A Course In Miracles devotee, Marianne Williamson, who’s running for the United States House of Representatives in California, with one central idea in mind: Create anew. Think humanitarianism, not profits; love, not hate; and cooperation, not bipartisan bickering.

We asked Williamson to give us a head’s up on her platform and politics before her New York City fundraiser at Town Hall on March 12, hosted by fellow wellness gurus Kris Carr and Marie Forleo. Think politics and spirituality don’t mix? Nothing could be further from the truth, Williamson says.

For those of us more interested in self-development than politics, what’s our role in this larger conversation? The truth is, people who are concerned with personal growth and transformation should be the last people sitting out the great social and political issues, because if you know what changes one heart then you have a clue as to what would change the world.

I love that idea. But what does that look like more concretely? You can’t just treat symptoms; you have to treat the disease—and the disease on an external level is this very sinister way that money controls our politics; it is the cancer underlying these other cancers; it is the issue underlying other issues. We are not adequately addressing climate change, because the oil and fuel companies dominate our policy; we are not adequately addressing problems regarding GMOs, herbicides, and pesticides, because chemical companies and big agricultural companies dominate our policies; we do not have universal healthcare, because pharmaceutical companies dominate our policy.

Right on! But you’re also all about love and spirituality. What do they have to do with politics? The spiritual impulse has never been separate from the great driving forces of American good, and has, in fact, been the foundation of every great social justice movement in our nation’s history. Spirituality is about the shift from fear to love—and love takes action. It is love that feeds a hungry child. It is love that leads us to walk justly. Love is not just an “is.” Love is a “does.” Love should be our bottom line in politics, as well as in everything else.

What’s the first thing that needs to change? Get money out of politics. We have developed a system of legalized corruption in the United States, in which those with money are accorded much more political influence than those who are without. And that is not democracy.

So how does this work? How do we use money differently? We have become a government by a few of the people and for a few of the people, and only [we] ourselves can reverse this trend. We have to decide at a fundamental level if this country belongs to its people or not. Humanitarian values—not economic values—should order our civilization. If they did, we would (among other things), have a more robust economy, more people would be educated and creating businesses—more people would be creative. Martin Luther King said, “Our life begins to end on the day you stop talking about the things that matter most.” We are all being called, now, to take our respective positions. —Jennifer Kass

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