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Spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson announces a run for Congress


Can the spiritual teacher bring enlightenment to Washington?
(Photo: Facebook/Marianne Williamson)
“Politics shouldn’t be the least heart-filled thing we do; it should be the most heart-filled,” says candidate Williamson. (Photo: Facebook/Marianne Williamson)

Celebrity spiritual teacher and prolific author Marianne Williamson, best known for her teachings based on A Course in Miracles (and, you know, that quote), announced this week that she’s embarking on a totally new journey: a run for Congress.

Williamson, who began dipping her toes into the political realm with her Sister Giant conference last year, is running as an Independent to represent California’s District 33, which includes a bevy of swank towns like Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Malibu.

Williamson hasn’t outlined her stance on specific hot-button issues like immigration or health care on her website yet. Instead, she’s sticking to philosophical arguments that focus on the need for change in Washington. An example from her site:

From child poverty to mass incarceration to the corruption of our food supply to more enlightened peace-building measures – and, most particularly, to our need to counter the assault on our democracy through gerrymandering and the undue influence of money on our politics – I bring a new set of priorities and new energy with which to express them.

So could a little new-age enlightenment help Congress actually act like adults and get things done? While it’s doubtful they’ll start applying compassion and love to legislation negotiations, it certainly couldn’t hurt.  —Lisa Elaine Held