I’ve posted a couple of other concepts from Marianne Williamson’s book – The Law of Divine Compensation. One of my favorite sections is where she compares the story of Cinderella to how abundance is available – and right in front of us – if we can just allow ourselves to be open to it, rather than look through the lense of lack. The excerpt is below. I think it’s brilliant (And it helps me feel better about allowing my granddaughter to watch all the princess movies). 🙂
While reading Cinderella to my daughter when she was growing up, I was always struck by the deep wisdom that’s in the story. The Fairy Godmother didn’t order a new dress out of a catalog; she transformed Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown. The Fairy Godmother didn’t order a limo; she turned a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horsemen. Whatever Cinderella needed, the universe took care of it.
Cinderella’s purity of heart called forth the Fairy Godmother— that is, the spirit within— and the Fairy Godmother called forth everything she needed. The Fairy Godmother’s wand? True, loving thought. The light her wand casts onto things? True understanding. The magic she works? The miracles that result. The Fairy Godmother didn’t have to order a dress or call out for a car because the universe miraculously transformed existing material. That’s how the universe operates: whatever already is, is the platform for what could be. Cinderella, despite her circumstances as a servant, had the mind-set of the miraculous. And so miracles came to her.
In one video of the story, Cinderella becomes upset after her stepmother and stepsisters have gone to the ball. She’s on the driveway crying, when the Fairy Godmother finally appears. Cinderella exclaims, “Oh, Fairy Godmother, I thought you’d never get here!” to which the Fairy Godmother responds, “Oh, that’s not true, or I couldn’t have come.” How metaphysical is that!
Our souls are Cinderella, the ego is the wicked stepmother, and the Holy Spirit is our Fairy Godmother. Each of us has a “wicked stepmother,” i.e., ego mind, seeking to obstruct our good. And each of us has a “Fairy Godmother,” i.e., Holy Spirit, working miracles to fulfill our heart’s desire whenever our attitudes are pure.
According to A Course in Miracles, “Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.” There is only one category of impurity that keeps miracles at bay, and that is lovelessness. The Fairy Godmother didn’t appear to the stepmother or the ugly stepsisters, because their thoughts were mean. They had plenty of material resources, but they did not have love in their hearts. Thus all their plans came to naught.
PURITY OF HEART, then, is the miracle-worker’s greatest engine of wealth creation. There are three spiritual steps involved in the metaphysical transformation of lack into abundance: (1) be grateful for what you already have, (2) clean up whatever you need to clean up, and (3) allow yourself to want what you want. The three together are a powerful brew.
–Williamson, Marianne (2012-11-27). The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles.
So what does this have to do with emotional health? EVERYTHING! If we believe we are in a world of finite resources and have a negative attitude about the economy or the people and situations we encounter, then we’ll remain victims of our environment forever. But if we know that anything we need is at our fingertips, if we come from a positive, loving place in attitude and actions, then we can take personal responsibility for moving forward.