LA TIMES: Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm

Marianne was featured January 13th on the front page of the LA Times, click to read the full article

LA TIMES: Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm

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Author and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson speaks to supporters of her bid for the congressional seat held by Rep. Henry Waxman at the Source Spiritual Center in Venice in December. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

 

The friend of Oprah, best-selling author and charismatic spiritual leader is challenging Rep. Henry Waxman.

By Jean Merl

Jan. 13, 2014

It was a Thursday night, normally a slow time for churches and synagogues, but the sanctuary of The Source Spiritual Center in Venice was packed.

When a diminutive woman stepped to the front of the room, people paused in their scramble for a chair or purchase of a T-shirt and engulfed her in cheers and applause.

She called for a moment of silence. The audience stilled. She dedicated the evening ahead "to all that is good … to the fulfillment of love" in everyone.

"And so it is," concluded Marianne Williamson — friend of Oprah, associate of Hollywood elites, best-selling author and charismatic spiritual leader.

Williamson has spent three decades offering a path to inner peace for those who seek it. Now she's entering an arena in which inner — and outer — peace seems in particularly short supply: She's challenging Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) for the congressional seat he first won when Gerald Ford was president and the country was preparing to celebrate its bicentennial.


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