Tabby Biddle

October 23, 2013

Marianne Williamson announced her run for Congress at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA on October 20th, 2013. She is running for the U.S House of Representatives, California District 33. Photo courtesy of Marianne Williamson for Congress.

Marianne Williamson, beloved spiritual teacher and author of the bestselling “A Return to Love” and “Healing the Soul of America,” announced on Sunday in Los Angeles her run for the United States Congress. She’ll be running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 33rd District, a seat currently held by 74-year old Democrat Henry Waxman, one of the most longstanding members of Congress. (He has held the seat for 38 years.)

While Marianne has been a lifelong Democrat, she is running this race as an Independent. “I believe that a wave of independent candidates, all committed to a huge course-correction, is necessary to turn our ship around. I feel my campaign, and most importantly my win, can help inspire such a movement,” says Marianne.

Marianne is no stranger to the needs of Americans and to the needs of our political system. For 30 years, she has worked intimately with people in crisis. From her work as a spiritual advisor and meal provider to those living with HIV/AIDS, to providing non-medical support to those living with life-challenging illnesses, to being a teacher of A Course in Miracles for those suffering from addictions, Marianne has demonstrated a long history of willingness to go into the trenches and be of service to those in greatest need.

On the political front, Marianne co-founded The Peace Alliance, promoting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace, and she is on the Board of Directors of RESULTS, a citizens lobbying group working to create the political will to end hunger and poverty.

The problems of American politics are big. Our government has lost its ethical center; it has become commandeered by moneyed interests; and gender inequality remains huge. Rather than lead with a single legislative initiative, Marianne’s solution is big. It’s about leading with a heart consciousness and nurturing, what Martin Luther King, Jr. called, the beloved community. “Politics should not be the least heart-filled thing we do, it should be the most heart-filled thing we do,” said Marianne when she announced her candidacy to an excited full house at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.


Alanis Morissette performing live at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA. Alanis was the special musical guest at Marianne Williamson’s event to announce her candidacy for Congress. Photo Credit: Justin Higuchi.

Marianne’s major concern is that our American democracy is at risk. She worries that our government that is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people is being replaced by government of a few of the people, by a few of the people, for a few of the people. “It’s being dismantled in front of our eyes,” she says.

As a daughter of an immigration lawyer, Marianne saw firsthand what it meant to people who had made it out of countries of terrible tyranny and suppression to make a new life in the United States. It meant everything to them. Seeing this gave Marianne a deep appreciation for the value of our democracy, in human terms. “As citizens of the United States, we are stewards of this magnificent thing called democracy,” said Marianne to an inspired crowd of over 2,000 people at the Saban Theatre. She added later: “When America does what’s right, it’s such a light on this planet.”

As Marianne shared her story on Sunday, she recalled when she began work in the AIDS community. She said that at that time, close to 30 years ago, allopathic doctors would look at her and those who were talking about holistic medicine, and the psychological, emotional and spiritual elements for healing, and just kind of pat them on the head. In other words, they weren’t taken very seriously. Today you have Harvard University with symposiums on Integrative Medicine, and oncologists who are the first ones to tell you to go to a spiritual support group. “We need that same type of holistic paradigm to occur now in the United States Congress,” said Marianne.


Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and thought leader. Six of her 10 published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. “We don’t just need new policies, we need a new world view,” says Marianne.

Marianne acknowledges that what she has to say will upset the current mode of operation, and that early on in the campaign, she may be mocked and minimized. But she insists that despite this, she will continue to speak the truth of her heart. America needs a huge course correction, says Marianne. “There is something that is going on that is not okay.”

My experience of Marianne is that she will bring a healing energy in through the doors of Congress that will permeate the halls, offices and meeting spaces of Capitol Hill. By nature of who she is and what she stands for, Marianne will not only be serving her constituents in Southern California, she will be serving the greater good of American democracy.

Marianne has been considering this deepening of her mission over the last year. I first heard a hint of it last October at Sister Giant, an event Marianne founded to change the conversation in American politics and to encourage women to re-envision their political possibilities. “At a certain point, it’s not enough for us to be activists from the periphery,” said Marianne.

Looks like she took her own words to heart.

Marianne hopes that her campaign will give people who haven’t participated in a congressional campaign before – particularly those who have felt sidelined or cynical about the political process – the inspiration to renew their commitment to exercise their own citizenship.

“What needs to be done now can’t be done only from the sidelines; those of us who share the values of this campaign need to stand on them, run on them and win on them. This way we’ll reclaim our democracy and help save the world,” says Marianne.

That’s why Marianne Williamson, beloved spiritual teacher and activist, is running for the United States Congress.

To learn more about Marianne’s platform and how to join the campaign, please visit

Tabby Biddle is a women’s leadership expert and writer covering women’s rights, women’s political voice, and the empowerment of women and girls. Learn more at








 In my opinion, Marianne Williamson succeeds in recognizing—as few others can—the positive and negative aspects of life and how to bring them to the zero point of balance. She comprehends how to see the problem … understand the adverse impact it has in our world … and then, take physical action to create a solution that renders a better world for everyone. She knows that simply to focus on the positive does not correct the problem. For example: I might choose to take positive action for myself and eat only organic foods; BUT the problem still exists and is growing to a point where I may be unable to find or grow organic foods in the very near future.

 The New Age philosophical suggestion to focus only on the positive creates confusion for many. To focus on the positive does not mean to ignore the problem and allow it to fester. Focusing on the positive means to recognize the problem and seek positive solutions. Thus, demonstrating against Monsanto becomes a necessary step in creating an environment that provides only nutritious, unaltered foods. Monsanto cannot be permitted to take over our food supply, which is its clear intention.

 We have allowed our planet to disintegrate to the point of near extinction by paying no attention to the problems. Monsanto is simply one example. If allowed to patent all seeds—which it is attempting to do—humanity will have ONLY genetically modified food to eat.

 What are genetically modified foods? The internet is rampant with disinformation stating that GMOs are beneficial. Read the reasons listed for being more nutritious, then follow the money in seeking truth. Anytime humanity chooses to alter nature and the natural order of life, we destroy divine creation. Just look at our planet today … no further evidence is needed.

One article that does speak to the harmful impact on the human body of GMOs is:

Here’s a video about GMOs: 

 I celebrate when Marianne Williamson speaks at demonstrations because she has an outstanding ability to place the problem and its solution in a balanced perspective. Listen to her at the URL below.

Marianne’s book, Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices As Spiritual Citizens is excellent.

In this book, she reveals that the same principles we use to heal ourselves can be used to heal our planet.

 When we heal ourselves, we recognize our need for healing (i.e. the problem) and take positive action (i.e. the physical doing) to create the solution. In the same way, we can heal our planet.

 Positive thinking + positive physical action = positive solutions.

Postscript: One of the most lethal disinformation tactics used on those who are attempting to awaken the people to the truth of all that is happening on our planet is to label them as having a victim mentality.

 Once more, Monsanto offers the perfect example. At present, WE ARE VICTIMS OF MONSANTO’S ACTIONS … we are, often unknowingly, eating and suffering the consequences of genetically modified foods. To recognize this fact is not to adopt a victim mentality. Instead, it is to awaken to the truth of actions being perpetrated against the people on this planet and, hopefully, take action to bring about a positive solution.

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