A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever
By Diane Petrella, MSW
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, by New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson, is probably the only book you need to help you lose weight permanently. This brilliant book boldly speaks to the fundamental truth about weight loss: to release excess weight from your body you must release the toxic weight from your spirit. And Williamson, whose works are based on the concepts explained in A Course in Miracles, shows you how.
A Spiritual Solution
Williams’ spirituality is of the New Age kind, but this book would help almost anyone who believes in a higher power. I think it’s like an angel on your shoulder guiding you to weight-loss heaven. If you’re not oriented to spiritual matters, you may be put off by this book, but please give it a try. Williamson offers twenty-one spiritual lessons that will help you make the shift from merely changing your diet to changing your consciousness. You will finally release the weight from your body because you will learn how to release the weight from your mind.
This is not a diet book about what to eat and how to exercise. It’s not that Williamson doesn’t promote these, but she does so within the spirit of self-love. When you connect deeply with yourself, and listen to your inner wisdom, you naturally are guided to eating nourishing food and to feel inspired to move your body because it uplifts your spirit and it finally feels natural to do so. A Course in Weight Loss offers you this pathway to self-love.
Working Through Fear
Williamson refers to self-sabotaging beliefs and negative thinking as one’s “fear-mind”. The fear-mind holds onto those subconscious beliefs that relentlessly sabotage weight loss efforts. The best diet plan in the world can’t outsmart the fear-mind. That’s why so many programs fail. It’s not that the programs in and of themselves aren’t sound, but they are no match for a subconscious arsenal of self-sabotaging strategies designed to protect the fear-mind.
Williamson also addresses the subset of dieters who were damaged by childhood abuse and neglect. The effects of those experiences, especially sexual abuse, remain in one’s subconscious. Williamson asserts that what those dieters most fear is not that they won’t lose weight, but that they will become beautiful. Until one is healed from the emotional effects of earlier abuse, one cannot effectively lose weight because it unconsciously will not feel safe to do so. According to Williamson, what needs to be healed isn’t the diet, it’s the spirit.
A Course in Weight Loss offers spiritual lessons to help you emerge from the darkness of self-hatred and expand into the lightness of self-love. Powerful visualization and writing exercises accompany each lesson. An elegant process, these exercises are meant to be savored. Take your time. Trust this process. If you become impatient, recognize this as the fear-mind tempting you to give up with taunts of “it’s not working anyway.” Take the time necessary to release the fear that has burdened your heart for so long because with this comes the promise of releasing excess weight from your body forever.
What beliefs do you need to release from your mind so you can release weight from your body?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. Earlier in her career she co-founded the first child sexual abuse treatment program in the state of Rhode Island. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight loss and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane's Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lightly and learn spiritual insights and tips to release weight with ease. To contact Diane directly visit her website at www.dianepetrella.com.