The Wisdom of Taking Action
In conversation, Marianne Williamson sparks a mix of intrigue and inspiration, often honing in on such deeper questions as: how do we become our best selves? The longtime activist, former 2020 presidential hopeful and bestselling author of A Return To Love and A Politics of Love, joins leaders in business, mindfulness and social change at this year’s Wisdom 2.0. Founded by Esalen faculty Soren Gordhamer, the annual conference addresses how we can establish connection through technology in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being. Esalen faculty Byron Katie, Jack Kornfield, Dan Siegel and Russ Hudson, among others, are featured speakers at the event on March 5-8 in San Francisco. We caught up with Marianne, who spoke at Esalen during its 50th anniversary celebration in 2012, to discuss Esalen’s influence on her, Wisdom 2.0 and much more.
Today Show Spotlights Esalen Faculty
Partly shot at Esalen, The Today Show recently aired an interview with faculty Emily and Amelia Nagoski on the timely subject of burnout. This compelling segment also features insights from seminarians who attended the sisters’ fall workshop at Esalen. We’re delighted to see the positive ripple effects of their work in the world.
Loving What Is and Doing ‘The Work’
Byron Katie created The Work, a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches us to identify and question the thoughts that can cause suffering, as an opportunity to sink into our vast inner world, notice what we discover there and emerge from it with insights that create personal freedom. Byron’s best-selling books, Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True? and A Thousand Names for Joy offer guideposts for powerful shifts that allow the mind to return to its awakened, peaceful and creative nature. Recently she returned to Esalen for her 15th year of teaching Loving What Is.
Esalen News: What excites you most about working with others?
Katie: Just realizing that everyone has equal ability to do The Work. If you ask somebody their name and they answer the question, they can do this work of inquiry. I become excited when I watch people fall into the magic—the response within them that matches the question. I don’t ever get tired of watching people drop into what matters.