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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.

"The meek shall inherit the earth because everyone else will have died on their swords."

Marianne Williamson, Illuminata, Part 2

From channeled entities claiming to hail from the Pleiades to fundamentalist Christians, from the prophecies of Nostradamus to visions of the Virgin Mary, from angels who whisper to a backwoods carpenter to scientific think tanks, come predictions of global shift, perhaps cataclysm, in the years ahead. Our own inner sense corroborates the evidence: It doesnít seem as though the future is going to be much like the past. It feels as though something is up, as though something significant and big is about to occur.

It feels, for one thing, as though something is fundamentally wrong. It isnít just the environment, just the wars, just the gangs or the violence or the drugs. It isnít just the lack of values or integrity or love. Something lurks. In Yeats's poem "The Second Coming," he describes a time in which the center cannot hold. Our center isnít holding. The center isnít there.

And yet, the deeper the despair that seems to creep around the edges of things, the brighter the light that seems to beckon from the center. It turns out that the center only seemed not to be there; it has merely been ignored. To those who look inward, it is bright indeed. Now, in growing intensity and yearning, the mind of humanity is seeking its Source.

The antidote to what is fundamentally wrong is the cultivation of what is fundamentally right. Should we choose to expand who we are on a fundamental level, new structures will replace the casualties of premillennial disintegration, and the next twenty years will usher in an age of light more dazzling than the world has known. The next twenty years will be the deciding factor, We need all our attention and all our focus to turn the species in the direction of survival.

Ultimately, the choice to love each other is the only choice for a survivable future. The meek shall inherit the earth because everyone else will have died on their swords. Every time we open our hearts, we create the space for a global alternative.

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