Marianne Williamson has garnered plenty of attention as the preferred California congressional candidate of Kim Kardashian and other shiny celebrity people. She's also pretty famous for her Oprah-endorsed, best-selling spiritual self-help manuals, which teach people how to harness the universe for their own good (A Course in Miracles) and for weight loss (A Course in Weight Loss), among other things.
She's been described as having a following "among those seeking a relationship with God that is not strictly tethered to Christianity." But, she tells The New York Times Magazine to clear up some misconceptions about what it means to be a spiritual psychotherapist with a political platform.
1. She’s not a self-help guru, but is cool with the term “thought leader.”
2. Nor is she a spiritual teacher, a spiritual leader, a spiritual sage, or a New Age guru.
3. In fact she has never called herself a spiritual guru.
4. Being called a spiritual leader is actually quite "creepy."
5. Despite several articles that report the opposite, Williamson doesn’t want to heal Washington. She tells The New York Times Magazine: “I would never, ever in my life say I want to go to Washington to heal the soul of Washington.” She would however, like to turn the political dialogue into “a conversation of the heart.”
6. She’s written several successful books that happen to be endorsed by both Oprah and my astrologist, but that doesn't ruin her political cred: “I’m an author. When you’ve written 10 books and have six on the New York Times best-seller list — and four have been No. 1 — I think you have a right to be a member of Congress," she says.
7. Lastly, Williamson says that she is "not a woo-woo silly person."
Lest you think her self-help empire puts her in the same category as Mary Carey for governor, remember: Perhaps YOU are the silly woo-woo if you "don’t have some understanding of some integrated holistic perspective on life," says Williamson.