Illuminata: A Return To Prayer

by Marianne Williamson

Riverhead | November 1, 1995 | Trade Paperback

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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."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.45 × 4.67 × 0.8 in

Published: November 1, 1995

Publisher: Riverhead

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1573225207

ISBN - 13: 9781573225205

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Illuminata: A Return To Prayer

Illuminata: A Return To Prayer

by Marianne Williamson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.45 × 4.67 × 0.8 in

Published: November 1, 1995

Publisher: Riverhead

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1573225207

ISBN - 13: 9781573225205

Table of Contents

A Way InIntroductionPart I: Thoughts1. Renaissance2. The Luminous Mind3. Mystical PowerPart II: Prayers1. Ladders to God2. Daily PrayersDaily Renewal: Prayer and MeditationMorning PrayerA New DayEvening Prayers3. Prayers for the SoulPrayers for New LifeHappinessPrayers for DepressionPrayer for the Higher SelfClearing Up the PastWashing Us CleanPrayer for FaithFilling the EmptinessGroup Prayer for God's Presence4. Prayers for the BodyGratitude for the BodyPrayers for HealingPrayer for a Partner's HealingAddictionsAgeDeathPrayer for a Peaceful DeathPrayer for the Dead5. Prayers for RelationshipsLoved OnesForgivenessAngerWhen We Have Been BetrayedFriendshipPrayer Between FriendsWhen Conflict HappensFalling in LoveRomancePrayer to Attract Great LoveIntimacyPrayers for CouplesFear of IntimacyResisting LoveThe Mystical ReconnectionSexSexual ViolationObsession and Addiction in LovePrayer for a Broken RelationshipPrayer for Our HomePrayer for Our ParentsPrayer for Our ChildrenPrayer for Myself6. Prayers for Work and CreativityWorkPrayer for AchievementPrayers for DeliveranceReleasing OutcomeTransforming FailurePrayer for New BeginningsMoney7. Prayers for the WorldThe WorldThe Healing of NationsAmends to the African-AmericanAmends to the Native AmericanHatred in AmericaHealing AmericaPrayer for AmericaAmends Between Men and WomenPrayer for the LeadersPrayer of the HealerPrayer for the Victim of ViolencePrayer for the PerpetratorPrayer for the EarthPrayer for the WorldPart III: Rites o
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From the Publisher

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."

About the Author

Marianne Williamson is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Illuminata, A Woman's Worth, and A Return to Love. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Currently, Marianne Williamson is the spiritual leader of The Church of Today, a Unity church in suburban Detroit.

From Our Editors

A beautiful volume of prayers and meditative writings by the acclaimed author of A Return to Love and A Woman's Worth. Prayer is practical, says Williamson, a way to create a sweeter, more abundant life for ourselves and the people for whom we care. "Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world". Lecture tour. (Prayer & Spirituality