Live True To You
Marion has been able to maintain, even grow her relationship with her mother since her mother’s death.
This is a very special interview, though you won’t know it unless you open your heart and listen from the heart. Marion hasn’t ever shared these special moments of her life publicly before; you are in a privileged position to be able to hear them.
If you listen with your heart, you’ll hear how Marion moved the grief she felt for the loss of her mother into an expanded, loving and real continuation of their relationship, just in a different way than it was before.
Marion’s father died when she was just four years old, she and her three sisters were raised by her mother in a small town in rural Queensland. Her mother taught her the foundations for happiness and kindness which I can attest to being the very essence of Marion still to this day.
"She helped us realise just how important love, strength and kindness are in the world. Nothing else mattered so long as you were kind and forgiving and shared a lot of love with people. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have anything else in the world, so long as you’ve got food in your tummy, a roof over your head and you’re kind to people, then you’ve got everything you need."
Although Marion doesn’t dwell on it during this conversation you can feel that the passing of her mother left a crevasse in her life. In the grief, Marion did what came naturally to her, to maintain her relationship with her mum.
"It’s so hard to explain, but I talk to mum regularly and I still do."
She didn’t know what talking to her mum would bring and she was beautifully, and lovingly surprised and delighted.
"It was just as though she had guided me to find that key."
You may also be able to feel that Marion’s mum is present during our conversation. Even though Marion and I were not in the same room during the conversation we could both feel the loving presence and consent of her beautiful mother.
"Whenever I have goosebumps I know that she’s near me and helping me, guiding me through."
Ultimately, by maintaining her relationship with her mum Marion was able to transmute grief into reassurance.
"I realised I would never be alone and that she’d always be with me."
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Although this episode is shorter than several of the previous episodes don’t be fooled into thinking its less valuable to your spiritual strength and growth. Essentially, through the telling of her story, Marion is showing you how to build spiritual strength in emotional sensitivity through relationship.
Let’s unpack that a little bit.
"Relationship is the invisible reality only expressed through form."
A Course Of Love: Dialogues, Day 14, verse 9, line 5.
Although Marion didn’t discuss this in great detail, she showed us that her sensitivity to her emotions let her know quickly that the grief she felt after her mum died was too painful to maintain. To quell the pain of the grief, Marion chose to focus lovingly on her mum and how wonderful her relationship with her mum felt.
Marion explained that focusing on the wonderful feelings and also talking with her mum every day is how she was able to allow her mum to continue helping her and guiding her even though she has passed. Doing both these things simultaneously is how she maintained her relationship with her mum.
Marion’s story exemplifies the spiritual principle that we can’t create love alone; love can only be experienced in relationship because love (or life force energy) is the potentiality of creation, without relationship love is both everything and nothing.
"The divineness of your being is most revealed in relationship."
A Course Of Love: Dialogues, Day 37, verse 31, line 1.
By talking regularly to her mum, whilst feeling the love they shared Marion is able to continue experiencing the love her mum has (and is, the divineness of her being), in her physical life experience. Marion is showing us that an unconditionally loving relationship lets beauty, synchronicity and love manifest in form, manifest in our physical life experience.
Marion is also showing us how letting go of conditions by simultaneously focusing our mind on and opening our heart to the feelings of our experiences that are (or have been) wonderful, beautiful and loving brings magical things into our life.
Let me just say, letting go of conditions is not what we normally do in our relationships…… This is why this podcast contains great messages for spiritual growth and strength even though it may be brief.