tears to triumph

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This is the first book I read written by the great inspirational author Marianne Williamson .. and I thank God I started with this one !
Who of us didn't experience pain and suffering
Well this book deals with the subject but in the context of actually using this through embracing it and surrendering it to God and then start the personal discovery and spiritual journey towards God towards ultimate love towards the real existences beyond our material world !
Rich with great meanings deep in it's exploration, this book will enrich and inspire the reader with a lot of insightful material on subjects including; spirituality, religion, pain, love, forgiveness, fear, depression, Buddha, Moses, Jesus .. and many others to end the book with an inspiring summarizing chapter which reminds us again and again that there is always hope, since God is always there who is ultimate love and with ultimate love there will always be light, happiness, enlightenment and triumph which resulted at the end of our journey starting with our tears and pain ..
I would like to thank the author for her inspiration and insights which would make the reader have a different view of life and it's meaning .. would love to read it again whenever I get the chance because it is worth it .. a recommendation to everybody !

Would like to share below some of the quotes I managed to note down while reading this wonderful book :

Tears to Triumph


From the preface:

Miracles aren't a quick fix, or an easy answer. But they activate a spiritual power divinely authorized to help you. God is here, even here, in the midst of your suffering. And as you reach out to Him, He will reach back.

Consider the possibility now that anything could happen. I'm not asking you to believe this, but only to consider that it might be true. Simply thinking this thought-that miracles are possible-does more to pave the way for your healing than you can imagine. It opens the door to a realm of infinite possibilities, regardless of what you have been through or what you are going through now.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


The pain you are going through is not what will determine your future; your future will be determined by who you are as you go through your pain.

We can expand the definition of who you are, as well as what the world is-and your life will begin to change

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


Your human self might be in hell right now, but your divine self is literally untouched by your suffering. And your divine self is who you are.

And as you do, you will see beyond them such magnificence-in yourself and in the world-that you will actually bless the journey of your suffering, for it led you to yourself and to the meaning of your life.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


Spiritual healing doesn't lie in denying your pain, but in feeling it fully and surrendering it to God. And then the miracles begin . . .

Spirituality is not some pale-pink, gauzy, psychologically unsophisticated understanding of the world. Rather, it represents the most profound elucidation of how the mind operates and how it filters our experience.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


And by a "natural remedy" for depression I do not mean herbs or homeopathic remedies; I mean the practical application of love and forgiveness as a medicine for the soul.

And the soul craves meaning the way the body craves oxygen. In the absence of a spiritual framework, we know the mechanics of life but stop short of understanding it.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


Every great religious and spiritual philosophy speaks to the issue of human suffering

The great religious figures and teachings of the world are God's gifts, a divine hand reaching down to touch the minds of those who are called to them. While the ego uses the outer aspects of these teachings to divide us-sometimes even as justification to destroy one another-their inner truths unite us by teaching us how to live with each other.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


We're not without hope; we just haven't been seeing it. We're not without power; we just haven't been claiming it. We're not without love; we just haven't been living it.

Seeing these things, our lives begin to change. Our minds are awakened. Miracles happen. And at last our hearts are glad.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, The Preface


I wanted to be fully available to the depths of my pain. Why Because I knew it had something to teach me. I knew that somehow, in some way, my suffering would lead to a blazing new dawn in my life-but only if I was willing to endure the deep, dark night preceding it.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, p.4


Where there is love, there is happiness. But where the bonds of love are broken, there is pain.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, p.6


Depression is an emotional fall, sometimes into a very deep, dark valley. That is true. Yet a life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into that valley; it is one in which, if and when we do fall, we've learned how to get ourselves out of it.

The pain of the world is the unbearable suffering of living outside the circle of our relationship to God, for outside that relationship we are separate from ourselves.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, p.7


Miracles are thoughts, and thoughts produce everything. Thought is the level of cause; the world as we know it is the level of effect. A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love, changing an effect in our lives by changing the thinking that caused it. Most of our suffering is due less to our circumstances than to our thoughts about them. In fact, the world is merely a projection of our thoughts. Everything we go through is filtered through either the mind of love or the mind of fear; love creates peace, and fear creates pain.

The pain we experience while living in this world should not be denied, of course, but it can be transcended. Miracle-minded thinking does not suppress our emotions; rather, it brings them up so we can place them on a path to true healing.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph, p.9


A spiritual perspective does not deny your pain, or any aspect of your human experience. It simply denies its power over you. It gives you the strength to endure when the tears are falling, and the power to invoke miracles that lie beyond.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.10


We can embrace a deeper truth: that we are spirits, not just bodies. That we are great and glorious beings on this earth with great and glorious missions, and having forgotten this, we have been cast into an outer kingdom of pain and despair. Our task, then, is to find a way back to this nobler vision of who we really are

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.11


Love is the Truth as God created us; when our thoughts are not loving, we are literally not being ourselves.

Enlightenment, which is infinite compassion, is the only true antidote to our suffering.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.12


A spiritual reinterpretation of events gives us miraculous authority-to command the winds, to part the waters, and to break all chains that bind us.

Seeing our lives through a spiritual lens is not a less sophisticated but a more sophisticated way of interpreting our experience.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.13


Few things are more revolutionary than finding true happiness in a suffering world.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.14


The search for wisdom is a search for how to live our lives more responsibly, both as individuals and as a species.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.16


Sometimes it's when we feel that all hope is lost that a better life begins to emerge. Our hearts crack open, and then our minds crack open. It's when the ego says, "It's all over," that God says, "Now we can begin."

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.22

"Even our mistakes can lead us to a better place, once we surrender to what we obviously hadn't been surrendered to before. The issue is to become now who you weren't before so you can start again from a different place.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.23

Having entered the regions of our personal hopelessness, we find at last where true hope lies. We come to understand more clearly who we are and why we are on the earth. The light that can lead us out of suffering leads us into the arms of God.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.30


Difficult emotions are at times appropriate; they can be exactly what we need to experience in order to truly heal, grow, and get to the other side of our suffering with meaningful lessons learned.

Seen through a spiritual lens, depression is the inevitable result of seeing ourselves as separate from the rest of the universe. It is a crisis of the soul.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.35


An overexternalized worldview separates us from our souls, thus causing us to suffer; and only by reclaiming our souls can we end our suffering.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.42


Learning from our sadness can bear great fruit, and avoiding it can have hidden costs. Our choice is between feeling the sharp pains of self-discovery or enduring the dull ache of unconsciousness that will last for the rest of our lives. Suppressing our pain isn't ending our pain; it's simply displacing it.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.43


Spirituality reflects the most sophisticated mindset and the most powerful force available for the transformation of human suffering

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.46


Everyone is on a spiritual journey; most people just don't know it. Spirituality refers not to some theological dynamic outside ourselves, but to how we choose to use our minds. The spiritual path is the path of the heart; at every moment, we're either walking the path of love and creating happiness, or swerving from it and creating suffering. Every thought we think leads deeper into love or deeper into fear.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.47


By transitioning from faith in the power of our disasters to faith in the power of God to heal them, we release the power of miracles to work on our behalf.

We can't ask God for the "miracle" of things happening the way we want them to happen; the miracle is when we think about things the way God would have us think about them.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.49


Prayer is the conduit of miracles. It shifts the universe by shifting us

One thing the ego will never suggest is that love is always the answer, because love is the ego's dissolution and it knows it. It feeds on lovelessness for its survival, yet its survival is our destruction.

The ego views forgiveness as weakness and attack as strength. But love is not weakness; it is the power of God. The problem isn't whether or not love works miracles; the problem is how much we resist love.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.52


The journey of enlightenment is a journey to a transformed sense of self, a conversion to a different sense of who we are and what the world is for.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.56


To heal our depression, we must close the mental gap between that which is the ego's view of ourselves and others, and God's view of ourselves and others. This is the only salvation from sadness and pain.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.58


When healing physically, we need to be gentle with our bodies; when healing emotionally, we need to be gentle with our hearts.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.64


Grief over the normal losses of life should not be avoided, but accepted and embraced. It is a process-not an event-best served when we surrender to it fully.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.65


The crisis of modern society is that human beings too often feel spiritually homeless within it.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.71


Depression is a lack of passion. Passion emerges when we've placed ourselves in service to that which is good, true, and beautiful-something important, something bigger than ourselves.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.82


Without forgiveness, there is no love; and without love, there are no miracles.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.89


Since only love is real, only the love you were given and that which you gave others, was real in your past. Nothing else need be brought with you into the shining present.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.92


Forgiveness does not mean there are no boundaries, accountability, laws, or healthy standards of behavior. It means merely that there's a way for us to find peace in our hearts, regardless of someone else's behavior. And that itself is a miracle.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.94


The ego sees other people from a transactional perspective, looking for how others can serve our needs. The spirit sees other people from a relational perspective, seeking for ways that together we can serve love

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.111


There's no room for darkness in a house that is filled with light, and there's no room for fear in a mind that is filled with love.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.114


The key to fostering soulful relationships with others is fostering our primary relationship with God, for there, we're healed of the pieces of false self with which we so often sabotage our relationships.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.116


In the presence of mutual understanding, compassion, faith, and forgiveness, our wounds can be healed.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.119


Sometimes we have to be shaken out of our attachment to one world before we can recognize another.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.135


Too many people are sad about unimportant things, perhaps because they won't let themselves be sad about the larger tragedies of life

The rough times in our lives can lead us to feeling, among other things, greater gratitude for life when it goes well. Having lost things that were precious, we learn to be much happier with the things that remain.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.140


Enlightenment involves more than a collection of metaphysical data; it involves the actual practice, application, and embodiment of love. The purpose of religion is not just to tell stories, but to change our lives. And the religious experience is just that: an experience. Only when that experience is an opening to love does it truly have anything to do with God.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.142


The purpose of religion is to bind us back to our right minds, which is the mystical intelligence of the universe.

Enlightenment isn't a learning, but an unlearning.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.143


The goal of a spiritual life is the attainment of inner peace, achieved through the application of loving principles to our everyday concerns. These principles are invisible forces that, when applied, wield unlimited power to change our lives.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.147


Learning to be as honest and authentic as possible, yet taking responsibility for the heart space between ourselves and someone else, is essential to enlightenment.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.161


Great religious tales are reminders of things that do not change, that we might navigate more wisely those things that do.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.173


That is a message to all of us. We may be heartbroken, but it is programmed into the nature of the universe that whenever the ego has hurt us or whatever it would take from us, the story isn't over; it has just begun.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.175


When we truly embrace the realization that God has an answer to every problem, that the universe is wired for our deliverance, then we can trust that as long as we persevere, a way out of darkness will appear.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.176


The benefits of the journey are cumulative. We become different because of what we've been through. We become wiser, nobler, more humble, and more aware. We become more peaceful and more open to the miracles of life.

Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph,
p.208


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