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How Dare You Marianne Williamson: From Meltdown to Peace

Moment to moment we choose and in those choices we manifest what happens next.

A typical Monday that was to quickly become one of the most significant Mondays of my life…

On my way to work, amidst the chaos of my divorce proceedings, I listened to Marianne Williamson speak.

She asked, “Who is that person in your life that you can’t deal with? That you hate?” She proceeded to make a promise. She said “I promise that if you pray for them for 30 days, one of two things will happen. Either you will change, or they will change. But something will absolutely change.”

What the heck? Was she crazy? No!! I won’t do it! Driving to work, I cried and cursed. I pounded the steering wheel. When I arrived, I got out of my car, still angry. I stomped my feet on the ground and screamed. Full on bloody murder, amazon wild woman scream. Then, like an angry 5-year-old, I went into my office, shut the door and buzzed the front desk explaining that I would be unavailable for clients.

I was having a meltdown.

How dare she say that! How dare she suggest such a thing. After so much hurt, how could I possibly pray for this person? She had no clue how this person had hurt me. I cried off and on most the day clinging to my story, my pain. I just lost it. I sat drenched in hurt, eyes swollen, and monster headache.
In that moment I felt the weight of being the victim, sitting in all my hate. I was so very very tired. What was I fighting for?? To hold onto this miserable story?


“Fine!” I thought, “I give!”

I resentfully angrily prayed. Every freaking day for 30 freaking days. Week one was awful. By week 3, I felt lighter and stronger. By week 4, I was actually sleeping better.
At 31 days, nothing he did or said would phase me. It was CRAZY. I was like a superhero who had just discovered a new power. By week 5, HE WAS DIFFERENT. No joke. I promise. He was softer to speak and more gentle in conversations.

This experience was life changing for me. I began to understand in those weeks how our emotions and belief can rewrite our story.

Moment to moment we choose and in those choices we manifest what happens next.

At the least, we can tailor our role in each experience as we are consciously curating and fine tuning our thoughts. Just remember, the details aren’t as important as the energy you radiant. If your intentions and your belief radiate love and forgiveness, you will find peace. I know that now. And more importantly, I know just how powerful we ALL are.

Thank you, Marianne Williamson.

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Jo Davis

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Nancy Romano
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Nancy Romano

I truly believe in the power of prayer. I am 68 y/o and it has “rescued” me and my well being many times throughout my life. By either praying for myself or the other person or situation, I have kept myself or or my sanity. Lots of times after a complete mental breakdown.
Sometimes it has involved praying for a long period of ti, sometimes for just a short period of time. But the prayer eventually tempered or completely cleared up the problem or at least the situation.
Thank you Bryant and Jenni foe all your wonderful articles!

Ashish
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Ashish

I believe prayer actually does work……

Kara
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Yes they do ! ❤️

Wong Lok
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Thanks a lot for this inspiring article. 🙂 Sharing love and awesomeness.

Lovely quote: “If your intentions and your belief radiate love and forgiveness, you will find peace.” – Jo Davis

Lalie Nieto
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Great article Jo Davis. I believe in the miraculous power of prayer. It can heal, resolve tough situations, pave the way for reconciliations, grant wishes or simply bring peace of mind. I guess the best way to pray is to leave the results to God; no need to put pressure on Him since it will only cause stress. Surrender to divine timing believing that answers will come at the right time not necessarily in the exact form that we have in mind. Thank you so much for sharing Bryant and Jenni.

Jiya
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Jiya

Thanks a lot for such an inspiring article. You are always so helpful . Thanks you so much.
Sharing love and happiness.

Sherryramlogan9
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Sherryramlogan9

Morning Jo and everyone here…it’s really good in life when others can tell us how we can change certain things…but it’s our call to follow, I know at times we simply shut out everyone…the only person who really loves and show us all the walk way is God…and I have reach such a tremendous height in peace…I am a Hindu and I will not give up my religion for nothing because this is what makes me the person I am today…yes I’m still struggling because I live paycheque to paycheque but god always have a plan for us…my love and faith lays in my prayers, we must be strong to over all obstacles and theirs always light at the end of the tunnel…

Kara
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Congratulations Jo!!! Great Article!!! ❤️

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

GOD BLESS YOU

Christie
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Christie

I’m glad I opened this article and read.I will try this so this hatred I have in me will subside.

jkahooja
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There’s no better medicine than prayer.

Sarah Deleon
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Sarah Deleon

I Wholeheartedly Believe In The Power Of Prayer! I Have Been Through So Much In My Life As We All Have, & The Only Constant In My Life Has Been GOD. HE Has Brought Me Out Of Darkness & Placed My Feet On Solid Ground!

LynnDailey
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I truly believe in the power of prayer as over the past few years I have seen breakthroughs, healings and miracles to impossible situations. This article was another eye opener for me to give what seems hopeless another try with prayer. I have prayed but perhaps not sincerely enough. I will choose to pray for 30 days for a particular person and situation. Thank you for writing and sharing this inspirational article.

StaceyCurran
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Thank you jo. Your story has lead me to think about doing the same as what you did. I’m going to pray for a length of time and see what happens. Because a presently I’m feeling so angry and hurt and so so sad. Much love xxx

patricia jackson
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patricia jackson

It does take a lot to forgive someone who hurt you so badly. my spiritual awakening really helped a great deal. I was able to accept God and believe that God is always with me and I carry the great faith I have in him. It first made me be able to forgive myself, because God did, and actually love myself because God does. It made me truly forgive the person who hurt me the most in every way. I had God in my life and really understood about the meaning of forgiveness. It truly started my path to healing that is when I knew I truly did forgive him. After I forgave him I could pray for him easily that he would find salvation and not just for himself but so he would not harm anyone else. I do not know if he will ever find it like I said I pray he does, but depending on the situation when you forgive someone and pray for them it does not mean you will ever have them back in your life. It is not easy but it is even harder to harbor anger and resentments, the true peace comes when you can forgive and pray for someone who has really hurt you. thank you for this wonderful article! I Wish everyone happiness and peace. God Bless You!

Jenifer North
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Jenifer North

Great article! I have prayed for people who have hurt me and it works! Choose to rise above and give love. Understand that we are stronger when we don’t take on the victim role. Love wins every time. Jo Davis #liftasisterup

Linda Gonzalez
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Linda Gonzalez

Prayers are so Amazing. They can take all the hate the hurt and the self pity. I went through similar divorce. I wish I would’ve known then what I know now. When I gave my life to Christ it changed me completely. Thank you for sharing testimonials are known to help out people who are lost and make your relationship with the Lord an Awesome relationship Amen

Lissa Hinshaw
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Love this article Jo! Sharing with <3

Suzan Muhialdeen
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Suzan Muhialdeen

I believe also in the power of prayer,it gives good feelings like serenity, peace of mind ,gratitude ,hope,patience,….,and could remove
from the mind any bad feelings or negative thoughts ,prayer is important anytime to the human in good or prosperity time to show his gratitude to the God for the blessings he or she has , and also in difficult time .in both cases he or she will be rewarded.

Maria Koszler
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I love this article JO. Prayer is what the SOUL craves for, peace and harmony. Your story will help so many people who are going through the end of a relationship. I shared this post because I know so many women who follow me and based on their comments need to pray for their significant other. Great job, so proud of you.

Lalie Nieto
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Hello Bryant and Jenni. Just a short note for the 2 of you. It’s a good thing I opened my laptop today. I was surprised that you sent me 2 articles on Messenger. Thank you though. As I said before I can no longer access my Messenger on my phone ( technical issues with FB) that’s why I have lots of unread messages. I only open the laptop when making posters or 1x a week. By the way, my purpose in writing this note is to
clarify things since I saw Bryant’s poster re: learning the wisdom of acceptance. I know you sometimes get confused with the messages on my posters creating misunderstanding. I am not trying to insinuate something. I also believe that it’s better to leave things as it is – surrender to divine timing/go with the flow. “Que sera sera whatever will be will be” Things have been tough for all of us and it’s necessary that we all get a rest. You don’t have to send me the articles on Messenger (unless you like it). Anyway, I can view them from my email. Good night, sweet dreams. Thank you so much for sharing. Mwah.

Don’t publish this pls.

Jackie Dorman
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Shared! Love you girlfriend! Great Article! <3

Ofelia Dulko
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Ofelia Dulko

I love this Jo. It’s such a timely reminder for me, both personally and for the world. Thank you for sharing your experience and your wisdom.

Mimi Routh
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Mimi Routh

Thank you, Jo! I’ve been listening to Stuart Wilde for the same general advice — send them love! Pray for them! Be grateful! Discipline the ego! Divorce is a big one! Congratulations on your good work!

Vasudevan Bhattathir
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prayer has lot of effect on the person prying and it affects the surrounding atmosphere. I am prying in a room kept separately for this parpous only and we do not enter in that room except for spiritual practices now that room is have calming effect as soon as we enter peace settles down in the mind this is from my experience only
this a very good article and others may try it
thank you very much

Faiza naveed
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Faiza naveed

It will b awsome article … I feel mentaly relaxation after read this article thank u so much

femiayeni32
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Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. Can’t agree more on the powerful effect of prayers.

Kim Schweitzer
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Kim Schweitzer

Great article 🙂 it’s easy to pray for the people we love and much harder to pray for those we are angry with. Prayer changes our heart and others hearts too. God uses our prayers to change the anger into forgiveness.
🙏

Suma ram
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Suma ram

The above article is so very true, but in my life a different scenario. The immense of power of prayer and the above strength at the time of my crisis in life, faith and spiritually played a tremendous role And till today I am here because of prqyers. We are being heard and takes time for us to realise the power of prayers and what it can do to both sides.

Anna S Unique
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Yeah, been there and done that too! Thanks for sharing!

Jean
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Jo, excellent article. Just what is needed at a time when that “meltdown” overtakes you and you are feeling out of control. I have been there a time or two. But, yes, then a feeling of serenity and peace surround you, and you start to cool-down. You say it so well. Such a good writer and can express things so much better than me. Well written. Sharing with Love.

Robina fazal
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Thanks!Sweet Jo Davis 💖👑💐For Sharing a nice..meaning ful..article with your thoughts of wisdom..Yeah wht we manifest in our minds..in our thoughts can result in negative..or positive attitudes and behaviours.. Not always we think wrong…or their are thoughts and feelings ..that depicts the suffering and panics we faced..So in times of sadness..depression..worries we show negative behaviours or attitudes towards those who are causing panic for us..As much we focus on positive thoughts ..to cope up ourselves with ease by praying to God Almighty.. and ignore the pain and irritating behaviour or conditions.. by captivating ourselves in positive,constructive routines..and Soul..mind easing yoga ..exercises..Proper balances food intake.. prayers at times..captivation of mind and body in creative,healthy activities and hobbies in our free times..we will be as cool as cool..as a Morning fresh breeze..we can be calm..relaxed.can better resist the life’s tough and rough conditions…or any others mistreatment or bad notions with more relaxxx.. mood..and with confidence.. and yeah we do are responsible for where our faults are.. where we think more negative and show harsh behaviour to others..unless one sees his,her own faults..one can’t deal the negative people with soothing and courage..we need to think and act more positively to be happy..and healthy.. to lead a life fill of vigour and enthusiasùm…we can love and respect ourselves more..and we can be loving..caring compassionate toward all….Life is to make the most of our life.. and it’s only possible as much we utilize the essence of God’s Love for our own betterment and for all souls..to feel and to be Souls full of love..and compassion.. and love each other care each other..respect each other.. and truly be a human of divine love….Amen..💖👑💐

Barbara Vercruysse
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Love this story and love your insights!!! Very powerful!!!

Betty Mathis Rodriguez
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Betty Mathis Rodriguez

I definitely believe in prayer !!! Praying has definitely given me peace !! I always look to God for peace and comfort !!! So many times God has answered my prayers and given me peace when I need it !!! I really don’t know how anyone can live without putting their trust and Faith in God !!!! 🙏🙏🙏. Thank you Jesus for guiding me in the right direction and is always by my side every day and with me every minute of my day !!!! 🙏💜🙏💜🙏💜🙏

Uchenna Ilo
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Very powerful story. Forgiveness is the key to our redemption.

Cathy
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Cathy

With Faith in God and prayer God never fails us and gives us what we need Always!!
Awesome Article and inspirational.

Ginadevera
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Ginadevera

Nothing is impossible for him if you believe in him.without him maybe I ‘m not in this world anymore.He’s only my weapon in times of trials reason why am still here.Giving me strength and hope not to worry everything,just only to put your trust in him.😘😘💙❤💖💟💞💓💜💛💚💗💘💝

Angeliki Anastasia
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Thank you Jo for your very inspirational article!!! When I pray I give Gratitude to God Almighty and I try to create intense light with candles!! Light is the foundation of attracting the Spiritual World!! When we observe the luminous light we loose ourselves in the enlightening moment!!! Our whole world becomes a glowing light that magnetizes our soul! The body feels like a feather and you begin to fly towards the end of the tunnel!! Be careful never go beyond the end because you will never return to Planet Earth!!! Also we become more spiritually attached when we give gratitude to many heavenly spirits! The more the merrier! Thank you Jo for your sooo educational, uplifting Article! 🙏🌹❤️⭐️🦋

Jo Franklin
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I am so grateful for this share ❤ What a wonderful written and expressive article! It immediately makes me think of situation that I feel I’ve dealt with and I think this would be the perfect way to close, move through and past that time in my life. Many blessings and much love to you sister 😘

Zenia Adiong
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Zenia Adiong

Prayer is the most beautiful thing to be close to God. I find peace when I ask help or In thanksgiving or anything. Praising Him every moment of our entire life!

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

PRAISE THE GOD IS OUR WORK,BLESSING IS GOD’S WILL

kev
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kev

I believe in prayer I was going through hell in my life.but God had a plan for me from no job and more.The lord put me in the right direction I can’t thanks God for the blessing I got.Thank you lord for everything stay bless keep faith in God.
Amen.

Albert Mitchell
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Albert Mitchell

I. believe in prayer the lord helped me. In my fight with cancer for 45 days I fought the fight and with his help we did it won the battle against cancer

Sheri
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Sheri

I have prayed for a long time. More so in these past nine months with a life changing experience. I had to get rid of my animals, I’m looking a home I didn’t want in the first place. I was manic , crying all the time, didn’t know what was going to happen. I started praying, it took months and one day I realized I was more at peace than ever. I have all my worries to God and thanked him for what I had. And yes I pray for people who work against me. I have no control over a lot of things that are going on in my life. God has brought me to them he will bring me through them. I have faith in him. He has gotten me this far , he will get me through the rest of it. Thank you God.

Crystal
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Crystal

Okay, I promise to pray for him- my husband. Unselfishly fully on whole heartedly as I so want our marriage to be second only to God, and for our way of communication to definitely improve. Instead of thinking of ME and my feelings- I WILL follow this. God has His plan lined up I so need a lighter heart so I may hear it and maybe this will lighten it!! Amen to Gods Amazings Powers!!!

Denise
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Denise

Prayer has been in my life since I left my x husband god and me have been so much closer 🌸 without him I could not have found the inner peace 😌 I have found once again. It helps me get through my day & deal with the positive and negative life changes and I always tell my kids & pray at night with my grandson even though he has no idea what it is lol ~* God is peace, he taught me how to love myself *~

Angeliki Anastasia
Member

I totally agree with you Beautiful Jo!!! I went through a divorce 21 years ago!!! One of the most saddest situations in my Life!! I screamed, I cursed, I even broke all my plates! I was sooo depressed!! Thank God I had my parents taking care of my children!! I was only lying in bed crying! I was committing suicide!! When I turned the tables around, I concentrated on the very loving times we shared together! Most importantly I realized that this Man gave me the greatest love of my life, my sooooo beautiful children!! I will thank him forever for being the Father of our son and daughter!! Thank you Jo you are a master Phycologist!! 🏆🏆🏆🙏🙏🙏❣️💕❤️⭐️💫🌟

Laurie Lankins Farley
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This is such a great reminder!

Janice Wayne
Member

Love the article Jo! It reinforces how we can change the direction of our thinking and how simple an act it is. You took action and gave yourself your life back. Bravo 👏🏻

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

THANK YOU JESUS