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Trust & Faith

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

What if you didn’t know that the oak tree was in the acorn? What if you planted an avocado seed, and, as it began to grow toward the light you went stood over it every day and said, “What if it doesn’t become an avocado tree? What if it becomes a pine tree or a maple tree? What if it doesn’t bear the fruit I want? What if it doesn’t bear any fruit at all? What if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to and need it to? What if I’m wasting my time?”

Would that impact the tree’s growth and supply?
We know that it would.

From seed to tree, an avocado can take as long as 13 years before you’ll be making any guacamole or avocado toast. I’m absolutely certain that having a tree that provides fruit sooner and with more abundance is something we can influence with our mind. I know it because I’ve seen it – not specifically with avocados (I wish!), but with ALL of the living things in my life.

What if you put your trust and faith in fearful thoughts and, in early days of the avocado tree’s growth, you were to start telling the growing plant that it didn’t have what it took, it would never bear fruit, it was a hot mess and failure was almost certain? Would that plant ever become a tree? Unlikely.

Partly, it’s about faith. It’s also about vision.

We’re always placing our faith and trust in something. In each moment, we’re either placing our trust and faith in Spirit or the ego. WHERE we place our trust and faith determines the outcome, every time. We have the power of decision. We decide where to place our trust and faith. We decide.

It’s planting season and I’m up in Maine at our family’s summer home on Deer Isle, which we now rent our house in order to be able to afford to keep it in our family. I’m here for another week getting the gardens and flower pots ready. I’m enjoying doing the planting and preparation. It’s a lot of work. I’m thrilled to see that the new plants I put in last year and the year before are mostly prospering nicely.

Right now, on this island off the coast of Maine, the vines are just beginning to show some growth, the bushes are barely beginning to leaf as the days get warmer and the threat of frost recedes, but I know that these same plants will become glorious come summer.

I’m fairly new to gardening, rarely having had a home that was mine to garden in. I was always an apartment dweller. Now, each year I plant new things and I’m excited to see what unfolds. I pray throughout the winter for the nature spirits to nurture all the living things in the garden when the weather is so cold, the the winds blow so hard and the snow piles so high.

My Mom was the gardener in our family and when she became ill, there was no one to Love the garden like she did. She passed ten years ago and for the first eight years I didn’t do anything in the garden because my Dad was living here and then he remarried and it wasn’t mine to do. But two years ago My Dad and stepmom moved to Florida, and I took over the gardens and the plantings.

The first year I planted new things late in August. There was a sale at the nursery and I went BERSERK buying beautiful plants at 30% off. There was at least one who thought I was foolish and wasting my money because they would all die in the winter – it was too late to plant. I can see that. There’s a logic to that line of thinking. However, I’m not a logic based person – I’m a vision based person. I live by vision and that’s the way I do most everything.

Spirit has taught me that there is a highest and best in absolutely everything. If I choose, I can align with Spirit and have trust and faith that I’m being led, guided and provided to see, know and feel what is the highest and best in each moment.

I had a vision of these plants growing and flourishing. I had trust and faith that they would fulfill their destiny.

I love flowering things. When I lived in an apartment in Los Angeles I had palm trees and orchids Even though orchids bloom usually for only one to three months, I’ve routinely had orchids that were still flowering beautifully four and even five months later. Why? Because I love them. I tell them how beautiful they are. I let them know how much I appreciate them. I don’t take them for granted. I’m so grateful for their healing presence in my life.

Beauty is healing, it’s nourishing to the soul. Beauty inspires and uplifts. I LOVE being able to share Beauty with others so that we can all feel inspired and uplifted. It’s one of the reasons why I look for beautiful and fun photographs to share on my Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso blog each day.

Living by vision is an entirely different way of living then living by logic and reasoning and many people find that it’s not comfortable, and even insane. I find that many times when I feel guided to do something, people will ask me HOW it will ever happen and I don’t know how. That hasn’t been told to me yet. I only know that it WILL happen if I allow the how to be revealed and follow.

Ask
Listen
Follow

That’s the way that works for me.

Ask for the vision.
Listen or receive the vision.
Follow the guidance that comes.

It takes some getting used to. It’s a recalibration of the nervous system to learn to allow the how.

Many ask, but don’t listen.
Many ask and listen, but don’t follow.
I’ve tried it all ways and ask, listen and follow is the way that I grow to know.

The ego personality wants to know what everything is about all the time so it can plan for failure.

Living by vision is the opposite.
There is no possibility of failure.
Failure is a concept of the ego that is completely an illusion.
In Spirit there is no such thing as failure.
Failure does not exist.
Failure is a perception.
Failure is projection.
Trust is a precious investment.
Trust in the ego is an investment in learning through pain.
Trust in Spirit is an investment in learning through Joy.
We choose where to invest our attention and energy.

Because I felt so called to live a life of Love and I felt so far away from it, I had to ask Spirit to show me. There was no other way I could see for me to learn HOW. In that learning, I had to trust Spirit or experience my projections of failure. This is how I learned to listen and follow. I learned to hold the vision. I learned to ALLOW.

I so LOVE what Michael Beckwith said:
“When you believe more in what you don’t see,
than what you do see,
then you will see what you don’t see
and you won’t see what you do see.”

In other words:
When you place your faith in Spirit,
instead of in the world,
then you won’t see the world as you thought it was,
but you will see Spirit’s true reality.

It took me A LOT of practice.
I’m now SO grateful for every falling down I’ve ever had because it showed me how to get up.

Now, I know how to get up in all kinds of situations and circumstances and that’s what I share with others. I’m now SO GRATEFUL for every terrifying and painful moment because I learned something I can share with others and help prevent them from learning as I learned.

I am so grateful to know God more clearly with each passing moment, and I share that with others who are also having miraculous healing on all levels.

Now, working in the garden this past few days, I can see that the things that didn’t do very well that first year are going GANGBUSTERS this second year. Thrilling! Wonderful! Marvelous!

I’ve always loved the quote from Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, (which became the musical Hello Dolly!), he said,
“Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”

And that’s why I love to share. I also like to encourage older things to start growing again! Whether it’s people or plants. The old tired azalea’s I thought might have to be dug out are reviving! Some fertilizer and some attention is bringing great benefit – as always!

Here’s one of the flower beds from last year!

It’s so exciting to see the Spirit in anything or anyone that’s been held with vision flourish and prosper. That’s what I see happening with the spiritual counselors that I’m training. I’m seeing it unfold everywhere in this Power of Love Ministry. It’s God’s ministry and I serve the vision of it, which is for it to flourish and grow as a teaching ministry, teaching the teachers and teachers of teachers. God has a vision and it is my joy to hold that vision. I’m training others to do it too! Beautiful!

We are our own avocado trees.
We are our own orchids.
Our life IS God’s Garden.
Let’s hold the highest and best for everyone in the garden of Life!
Ask, listen, follow.

There’s a vision of perfection that’s unfolding for each of us.
We are ALL called to express it.
Willingness is all that’s required.
Spirit will provide the rest and the best to us just like it does to the avocado tree.

Trust and faith are always present in our heart and mind.
We choose WHERE to place our trust in faith – in Spirit or in our own perceptions and projections.
We choose to ALLOW the vision to lead us.

We know what happens when we place our trust in thoughts of lack, attack, limitation and separation. Let’s choose a different way. Let’s live a life of vision. Let’s ALLOW it to be revealed.

What I know is that by learning to live by God’s Vision, my whole life has healed and continues to be made new. This is what I hold for YOU!

BTW, I have done MANY episodes about trust and faith on my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly Radio Show and you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in.

I made a VIDEO a few years ago about Trust & Faith. You can see one of my orchids in the background!


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Coping

Friday, April 27th, 2018

In general, people don’t feel empowered to change their lives. Instead, they have a strategy of managing, coping and settling.

If managing and coping don’t work, they’ll decide to settle.

In 2010, I was participating in a group coaching call with a wonderful marketing expert, Chris Williams from Wide Awake Marketing. I was trying to learn some helpful marketing basics. Chris was helping us to practice our elevator speeches.

An elevator speech is a 20 second introduction that you could give to someone in the time it takes to go up a couple of floors in an elevator. There was a woman who said she was a life coach and her elevator speech was:

I help people with their problems by coming up with managing and coping strategies so they can have better relationships, more fulfilling careers and improve their health and well-being.

I immediately knew my elevator speech could be:

I help people find happiness. Together we solve their problems by healing the root causes, including identifying and eliminating their managing and coping strategies so they can actually enjoy their life and have fulfilling relationships and careers while improving their health and well-being.

I didn’t wish to make the life-coach wrong, but if you settle for learning managing and coping skills is like making an agreement that you can’t ever have the life you desire. You HAVE to settle in order to apply that approach.

I can’t advocate for settling, managing and coping. That’s a strategy for people who feel that solutions aren’t available to them. It’s a strategy for people who feel like they’re on their own and don’t have any tangible INTELLIGENT support.

I’ve learned that I ALWAYS have tangible intelligent support from Spirit, from my Higher Holy Spirit Self, because I’ve cultivated a relationship with my Higher Holy Spirit Self and so it’s always available to me – as long as I’m not harboring unforgiveness.

When I’m holding on to resentments and regrets, guilt, blame and shame, then I’m focused on my own beliefs and the story I’ve made up abou things. If I’m attached to that false perspective, is it even possible that I’d be interested in solving my problems?

If I’m thinking I’m so right about how wrong things are, is there any part of me that’s open to having a healing?

We think we have to manage, cope and settle when we don’t feel empowered.

When we don’t forgive, when we attack and hold grudges, when we complain and feel resentful, when we feel guilty, when all of these thoughts and feelings are swirling around our mind every day, we simply do not feel loving and kind, we don’t feel generous and compassionate to ourselves or others. And THAT is why we don’t feel empowered.

Love is our power. It is the power of Love in us that allows us to feel worthy of a good life rather than settling, managing and coping.

I invite you to consider where you might be managing and coping and where you have settled. If you’re willing to be more loving every day you’ll notice you feel empowered to make changes rather than continue to cope.

When we making more loving choices, our family makes more loving choices, our friends and our co-workers are inspired too. Being loving is inspiring and infectious. Now’s the time for for us to shine the Light of Love into every day!

STARTS MONDAY: My Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive is not just a professional training, it’s a deeply healing opportunity to let go of false beliefs. If you read the things people have said about how their lives change as a result, you will see that this is an opportunity for profound lasting personal healing.

If you’re willing, let’s do it together! Changing our lives and healing our minds is so much easier when we are the two or more gathered together for the same purpose. To this end, I’m offering another Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive starting on Monday.

We’re an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

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Spiritual Relationship

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

I’m in a co-creative relationship with Spirit and that’s a beautiful and powerful thing. It’s essential to my happiness and fulfillment that I am fully IN this relationship with the Divine. Saying that I’m in a relationship with Spirit isn’t just lip-service. I’m in a REAL relationship. It’s all day, every day. Everything counts. And yet, there’s no blame, no shame, no regret, no resentment, no score.

There was a time when I was not committed to the relationship, not by a long shot. I was playing a game of “hard to get” with God. I was keeping score in the most demented way

There’s an old and painful paradigm of thought about making deals with God. In that game, God is the sometimes loving, sometimes punishing parent. The relationship is co-dependent. “I’ll do this, if God does that.” And “I’m a lowly sinner, but as long as I grovel and repent, Daddy loves me.” There is no partnership, no co-creativity. It’s the original dysfunctional family!

It’s my intention to help dissolve that old paradigm through awakening to my Divinity. My Divine essence isn’t something to be experienced someday in the future – when I give up my ways as a sinner and get to Heaven, it’s here NOW – and forever.

I am aware that there’s purification taking place in my mind, but my very being is already pure and cannot be sullied.

I AM the One who decides to see Spirit, know it, live in it and share the benefit with all beings because I AM One with them. Right now, I have a response-ability to expand MY awareness to live in this fundamental Truth: I AM One with God, eternal and infinite.

“Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you … by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.” ~ A Course In Miracles

I AM responsible for my thoughts in the same way that I AM responsible for keeping my home clean and clear of clutter. I can see that I actually choose each and every one of my thoughts – over and over again.

My thoughts manifest as the circumstances of my life – not to punish me, not to reward me, but to teach me because that’s how I learn and grow to know that I AM One with the Beloved now and forever.

I AM is the Resurrection and the Life of the gifts of my Divinity. I am eternally One with the One!

Are you ready to Stop Playing Small? It’s not too late to sign up for my retreat that starts on Thursday, April 26. I’m planning a time of transformation for us!

You can combine the Stop Playing Small Retreat with the Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive and get a discount! Plus we have payment plans and early bird special is on now!

My Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive is not just a professional training, it’s a deeply healing opportunity to let go of false beliefs. If you read the things people have said about how their lives change as a result, you will see that this is an opportunity for profound lasting personal healing.

If you’re willing, let’s do it together! Changing our lives and healing our minds is so much easier when we are the two or more gathered together for the same purpose. To this end, I’m offering another Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in May and my Stop Playing Small retreat right before, at the end of this month.

I haven’t offered a Stop Playing Small Retreat in for a couple of years, so if this interests you, please join! We practice and learn Self-Love in Spiritual Community and it’s a powerful healing and life-changing experience. We can accomplish a lot in a short time when we come together focused on transformation.

We’re an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

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Miracle

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A miracle is when we shift our thinking from egotistical to spiritual.  A miracle is when we choose to dis-identify with the ego thought system and align with Spirit instead.

People think a miracle is when something shifts in the world of form that’s surprising.  Miracles are always surprising, but actually we shift at the level of the mind, at the level of the heart, and then things change at the level of form.

A Course in Miracles tells us:

“A miracle is a service.  
It is the maximal service you can render to another.  
It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself.  
You recognize your own and your neighbor’s worth simultaneously.”  T-1.I.18.

I’ve learned that being of service brings the greatest sense of fulfillment.  We can be deeply fulfilled and sustained every way in every day through being willing to be miracle-minded.

I invite you to consider where you’re experiencing something you wish would change.  Are you willing to be the one who calls forth a miracle?  Changing your mind about what’s possible, and energizing what you’d like instead of what you don’t like are part of being willing to experience the shift of mind that will bring forth a miraculous demonstration.

The miracle is in the mind.
When the mind shifts – the whole world changes.

“Seek not to change the world, but CHOOSE to change your mind about the world.”

People get tired of waiting for change – be an agent of positive change and you won’t be waiting anymore!

This week, I’m offering a class on Thursday (my gift to you) on the topic:  Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money.  It’s really about letting go of the patterns of lack and limitation.  It’s also an opportunity for me to share some of what I offer in my yearlong Masterful Living Course which starts on January 1st.

Would you like a spiritual mentor? Are you ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my yearlong Masterful Living Course 2018 then please click here to learn more now.  Registration closes January 11th.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.

FREE CLASS THURSDAY:  Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money is a preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – check it out and start making use of the tips and tools I share today in this free class.  Register now, come join me live and ask me your questions!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is Holy Spirit’s Rules for Decision.

You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android.  All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now!  Transcripts and more are available here:  LivingaCourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad, or computer.  Check it out!  And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? The more reviews, the more iTunes and Stitcher show it to people!  Thank you!

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Healing the Guilt

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

As a spiritual leader, I feel it’s important to be setting a shining example at all times.  In keeping with that, I’m pleased to let you know that as I write this, having just had a huge piece of pumpkin pie (homemade, of course) for breakfast, I am running on Pumpkin Power!

On Friday, I went to an early morning pilates class, which is my thing when I’m in New Jersey as I am now.  (I love pilates on the reformer.) The teacher of the pilates class made an assumption that most of us would be hungover and that we would all be ashamed of ourselves for over-eating and feeling guilty for having indulged.  She, therefore, intended to subject us to a rigorous workout so we could feel better about ourselves and release some of that shame and guilt by building up some merit by working out extra hard.

And so the ego says:

You cannot win in this system.
You cannot get ahead, because you are a sinner.
The best you can do is find a method for compensating for your sinful ways
– but at least you have that.
And you also have good reason to self-medicate,
because this stuff is CRA-ZEEEEE

And people just buy it because it’s so much a part of the mainstream.

I didn’t make a big deal out of it, but I did quietly mention that I didn’t overeat or feel hungover.

Sure, I had a full load of rich, delicious food, but I didn’t make myself uncomfortable by eating too much.

My nephews, Mikey and Alex, and I made pies.  Three of them:  Pumpkin, Pecan, and Dutch Apple.  And all of them were SO totally delicious, but I knew that if I ate anymore after that very filling turkey dinner, I’d be regretting it later, and out of Self-Love, I didn’t do that.

What I did, instead, was affirm that I could have pumpkin pie for breakfast and I did.  I had TWO pieces of pumpkin pie with whipped cream (homemade, so delicious, YUM!) on BOTH of them not long after pilates and I felt so good about it.  I had one big piece today, but no whipped cream, only because there wasn’t any left.  And I may have pumpkin pie again for breakfast tomorrow if there’s any left.

The best part of the pies was making them with Mikey and Alex,  and being able to spend hours in the kitchen with them hanging out, listening to David Bowie and Neil Young, two of my favorites, and just groovin’ with the goodness.

I’m really learning, on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis, how to make the choices I feel good about and simply walk in that energy of Love.  Love has all the power to heal our lives if we’re willing to stand in it.

I don’t need to argue with the pilates teacher and tell her she’s deluded about her assumptions and that it’s wrong to lay the guilt and the shame on us.  (BTW, she mentioned that she got up at 4 a.m. to eat pie.)  I knew it was projection.  I knew her strong INTENTION was to be helpful and supportive to us in feeling good about ourselves in the ways she knew how.  She had NO intention to further the belief in guilt, sin, shame, and suffering.

To be bothered by the pilates teacher’s remarks would be to make it all so real.  I would have done that in the past, and I would have upset myself, and I would have needed to be right about how wrong she was.  I would have needed to show her and teach her how wrong she was, and school her about what was right so she could be FREE of that ego insanity.

Now, I have learned, and most of the time, I remember, that LOVE is the healer, not my words.  My loving heart is the healer, not what I remember reading in a book.  Love is an active remembrance of our true identity

Every day, this world offers us more ways to practice and more opportunities to eat pie.  It’s such an amazing place to live!

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Increase Your Spiritual Success!

Friday, November 17th, 2017

One surefire way I know to increase your spiritual success is to make your spiritual practice something you do all day long in every moment of the day.  It’s tempting to tune out and go unconscious – to vegetate or simply unplug.  What are we unplugging from?  God?  Life?  The flow of Love?  The world of insanity?  Let’s be clear about it.

I can remember how excited I felt when I realized that every moment offers a healing opportunity.  I began to consciously choose to look for opportunities to practice patience, kindness, generosity, and stillness.  I began to look for my opportunities to smile at people, to say something kind and complimentary, and it was as if I discovered all these ways to give myself a sweet gift again and again, throughout the day.

I also began to stop myself from being rude, unkind, belligerent, and all the other kinds of attack I had in my bag of tricks.  It felt so good to replace being unkind with being helpful.  I felt so grateful that I could change so many things in my life so quickly!

My many spiritual success helped me to change my mind about myself.
I began to feel more and more worthy of Love and goodness.

I began to feel happier and more lighthearted.
I dropped the weight I felt in my heart.
I discovered the Light that was always there.

I started to have a secret smile.
I knew I was onto something.
I was feeling the Joy of being loving.

Each day affords us so many opportunities.
What’s even better is to have spiritual community and Prayer Partners to share it with.

That’s why I love to bring people together to experience more of our true identity, which is naturally loving and kind!  Spiritual success is ours now, we don’t have to wait!

Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is picking up!  We raised close to $1,000 yesterday. Thanks to generous donations from beautiful people!  We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000.  So far, we’ve raised close to $9,000 and we have only $16,000 to go.  If you haven’t made a contribution yet, please consider making one now to support our being able to offer more support to more people. Please click here now to make a contribution.

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Gary Renard’s New Book

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Gary Renard, the author of Disappearance of the Universe, has just come out with a new book.  I feel that Disappearance of the Universe is an extremely valuable book that really inspired me.  For many people, it’s a wonderful way to understand A Course in Miracles.

Gary’s books are provocative, informing, inspiring, and funny!

His latest book is The Lifetimes When Jesus and Buddha Knew Each Other.  I’ve only just started reading it, but I had to tell you about it!

Gary’s new book *explores six of the lifetimes in which Jesus and Buddha lived together, beginning in700 B.C.

If it calls to you, I encourage you to check it out – here’s a link to look at or purchase the book from Amazon.com.  Click now to see the book: The Lifetimes When Jesus and Buddha Knew Each Other: A History of Mighty Companions

We do tend to incarnate with the same people again and again.  Which is all the more reason to focus on healing our relationships and not taking the negativity into the next lifetime.

Since guilt is a major issue for people in their relating to others, we’re going to be looking at that today on my radio show.  I feel so strongly that the healing opportunities in our relationships are extraordinary now, and it’s the thing for us to focus on.  Please join me live or get the download!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today, my topic is Keeping Guilt From Ruining Our Relationships.

You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now!  Transcripts and more are available here:  LivingACourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad or computer.  Check it out!

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Help Us Shine the Light!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

We’ve embarked on a first-ever fundraising campaign to Help Shine the Light.
Our goal is to raise $50,000. to invest in growing the community and helping more people to apply these beautiful principles to their lives.

Here’s my exciting news!!

We have some generous folks who are inspired by our mission and have promised to match ALL contributions up to $25,000. if we can raise the money now.  WOW!
YOUR gift will be matched dollar for dollar if you give NOW.  With your help we can meet our goal of $50,000!  How cool is that?

Here’s the link to use now:

https://www.powerofloveministry.net/donate.html

The mission of Power of Love, a non-profit ministry, is to offer a loving community to folks, such as yourself, who yearn to get out of their heads and into their hearts.

Through the ministry’s classes, workshops, professional trainings and retreats, focused on forgiveness, building faith, affirmative prayer, relationship healing, spiritual counseling and compassion, we lead people from the intellectual study of spiritual principles into the moment-by-moment of living these principles and improving the quality of their lives.

We’ve proven that by joining together, having simple tools and practices that work, remembering to laugh and Love, the miracle actually happens.  We open our hearts and minds to Love’s Presence.  We begin to recall that our true identity is Love.  We begin to let Love lead us.

Sometimes, I wish I could tell you specifically about the people I connect with who tell me they were on the verge of killing themselves, but then “something” (Spirit) led them to listen to one of my prayers, or watch a video, or listen to a free class.  And from there, they began to have a Ray of Light, and then they took a class that we were offering at no cost, and then they started listening to the radio show, and then they started studying ACIM and – boom!  Now, they’re helping others.  This happens on a regular basis.

People who were on their own, feeling lost, confused, helpless, hopeless, depressed and ALONE, so alone, found a community of like-minded souls through our many ways of sharing at no cost.

Together, we can definitely improve our ability to offer support, and together, we can reach many more people who never even heard of ACIM.  After all, with what we’ve done so far, we’ve reached people in over 100 countries!
You’re a VITAL and IMPORTANT part of this movement to extend Love to our brothers and sisters, and you can help us provide more support to more people all over the world, so that they, like you, will be inspired to share and to Love.
Here’s what we’re investing in:  Many seek to find a life of Love and happiness, true spiritual connection.  Many invest years of seeking with the intellect, studying and reading, without finding a shift in their heart.  For some, it leads to discouragement and even hopelessness.  Folks can feel the miracle of Love calling them, but they feel unworthy.
Yet, with tangible support from a community of like-minded souls, people transform their lives, their relationships and even their workplaces because they feel inspired to truly live the teachings rather than study them.  Their living demonstration inspires everyone around them to be more kind, loving, and generous.

What will your investment allow us to achieve?

  • We can offer online A Course in Miracles study groups – yes!  We can build this!  Imagine what a difference that will make to people who have NO ONE to talk to about these teachings.
  • We can develop minister and teacher training courses to support more people around the world
  • We can improve the ministry website to help more people get easy access to our materials – we’re giving wonderful tools and classes away – let’s get them to more people!
  • We can share these gifts with more people from around the world in discovering the value of A Course in Miracles, affirmative prayer, spiritual practice, and forgiveness through these offerings.

If you had any thoughts at all about making a tax-deductible contribution this year – now’s the time, so we can receive the entire matching grant!

Would you please consider making a contribution to help us support more people around the world?

Your donation makes it possible to expand Power of Love Ministry to better serve those who have a strong inner calling to be of service too and live a deeper spiritual life. 

We wish to thank you in advance for being a part of this expansion.  Together, we support all who wish to be a healing presence in their life and in their community in order to make the world a more loving place for everyone.  Together, we are:

Creating Capacity to Transform More Lives

All boats rise on this tide of Love!

Thank you!

One more thing – If you see my posts on Facebook, it will really help to get the word out if you comment on them!  Thank you!

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Healing the Fear

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A friend of mine, who is a life coach, sent an e-mail out with a list of fears that people might like help with.  It’s a really good list.  On the list are so many fears that I used to have – fears that really used to bother me, upset me, and motivate me to do all kinds of things; some of them helpful, and some of them not.

The list of fears is:
1. Fear of Rejection – worried what others think of you
2. Fear of Success – not sure you can keep it up if you do make it big
3. Fear of Failure – it’s better not to try than fail
4. Fear of Intimacy – do you stop yourself from getting close?
5. Fear of Loneliness – eat, drink, binge watch Game of Thrones, repeat
6. Fear of Loss – can’t bare to love because one day they will leave
7. Fear of Change – you only feel safe when things stay exactly the same
8. Fear of Being Judged – what will they say if you do, wear, think like that
9. Fear of the Unknown – the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t
10. Fear of Not Being Good Enough – deep down you’re afraid this is really true…
What I know to be true is this:

Behavior modification is not the method for healing the root cause of any of these fears.

Love is the method for healing the root cause of ALL of these fears.  Self-Love is the fastest path to healing.

Love is what we are.  When we consciously choose to invoke the Higher Holy Spirit Self to help us remember our true identity, then we’re gently led to the ways in which we can release all attachment to the false identity.  When we release the blocks to Love, then Love is what is revealed, and our perfection is clearly visible.  Forgiveness is the way to release the blocks to Love.

In yesterday’s radio show, about the rewards of choosing Love, I shared this from A Course in Miracles:

“… the Holy Spirit is part of you … He is both God and you, as you are God and Him together.”  T-16.III.5.

There you have it.  Jesus is telling us that the Holy Spirit is part of us.  The Holy Spirit is both God and us, as we are God and the Holy Spirit together.

Oneness.  Unity.

Our willingness to accept it is all that’s required.  This is our healing.

The Holy Spirit, who is part of us, will do the heavy lifting of figuring out how we can release all fears.  We can relax and simply begin to choose Love and willingness.

The healing is happening now.
We don’t have to ask how.
Our only task is to stay focused on how we can extend Love.

And that’s why I do what I do, because I enjoy extending Love and sharing about it.  I love when we join together for our healing.  I LOVE IT!  It’s always amazing and always beautiful.

Joining with others speeds our sense of healing and strengthens our sense of Unity – that’s part of why I love being a spiritual counselor, and why I love training spiritual counselors and empowering them.  Please consider working with one of the spiritual counselors I’m training – you can book a session on a donation basis – look here:  http://jenniferhadley.com/spiritual-counselors/

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day!  This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling.  Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, online or in writing!  I love it!  We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work!  Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see!  4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question!  Join me live or get the download later.

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Rewards

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The ego often responds to a system of rewards and punishments.  The ego’s ideas of rewards are often quite skewed.  For the ego, sometimes seeing someone else fail can seem to be a reward just as someone else’s success can feel like a punishment.

The ego is backwards.  The ego lives in a world where things seem to be the opposite of what they truly are.  No wonder life can feel so confusing!*

When we make the commitment to Partner UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self then it is so much easier to discern what is true and what is false.  It’s so worth it.  Would you wish to invest your precious time and energy in what’s false when it only leads to feeling like a loss and a waste later?  No, of course not.

Our willingness to stay focused on the truth, and discovering the truth brings tremendous rewards.  These are the natural rewards.  These are the rewards that really matter:  more Peace, more Love, more Joy.  And that’s just the start.

Let’s discover all the rewards of living in Spirit, and living inspired.  Let’s choose a path of healing.  This is the highest and best path and it’s the path with all the power – the power of Love!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today, my topic is Rewards.

You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android.  All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now!  Transcripts and more are available here:  LivingaCourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad, or computer.  Check it out!  Would you like text message reminders about the radio show?  Click here:  http://ACIMtexts.com And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? The more reviews, the more iTunes and Stitcher show it to people!  Thank you!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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No More Dread

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Have you ever woken up with a feeling of dread? A lot of people do. I certainly have, but I can’t remember the last time because it’s been so long. Would you like to eliminate that feeling of dread from your life? Of course you would! Are you willing to look at it and let it go?

Ask yourself: *Who is it that dreads? Is it me, my true Self, or the ego?

I already know the answer:
The ego.

What does the ego dread?

In my experience, the sense of dread comes from identifying with the ego, the small selfish, always inadequate, forever lacking self. I was believing that I was lacking something and couldn’t succeed.  Dread feels like it’s not going to be good, and you’re on your own, there’s no hope.

Why would I want to get out of bed if I knew I couldn’t succeed? If I’m already a failure even before my feet hit the floor, why bother?

That belief that I can’t succeed is like kryptonite to our inner spiritual super hero.

Here’s why I don’t have that feeling of dread anymore:

I have LOVE and I know it.  I’m so clear about it because it’s my very being.

Love always succeeds.
I AM Love and LOVE IS success.
Love overcomes all obstacles.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Corinthians 13:4-8

Dread is evidence of intense opinions/beliefs coming up for healing. It’s evidence of keeping a record of wrongs and being self-seeking.

If you don’t enjoy feeling dread, choose again. Partner UP! Then choose again.  You’ll be surprised at how a simple, steady spiritual practice of being loving cures the dreads.

Instead of focusing on eliminating dread. Let’s put our attention on cultivating Joy-full anticipation.  It’s always more effective to focus on what we’d like to develop rather than focusing on what we’d like to eliminate.

We’re letting the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the heavy lifting and we’re choosing to live a life that we can love.  Yes!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Releasing Attachments Today

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Yesterday, in Masterful Living, we were talking about letting go of attachments because we know that attachments keep us from living the life we truly desire.

Buddha taught us that all attachments cause suffering without exception.  We are done with suffering.   Although, we all remember when we thought that we had to manage and cope with suffering, we’ve come to recognize that suffering is optional.  Suffering is a choice.  And it’s not a choice we wish to make anymore.

The shift to an ever-increasing life of Peace comes through our consistent willingness to recognize the opportunity to give an attachment to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.  That’s what I call, “Giving the Holy Spirit the heavy lifting.”

I find that it’s extraordinary how much healing we can experience when we’re willing to pay attention to when we feel the hook of an attachment.  Attachments are really noticeable in the form of irritations, frustrations and upsets.  These spikes of emotion are an indicator that we have some attachment that is coming up for healing.

It’s astounding to me how much my life has changed through the release of attachments.  Incidents that used to really bother me don’t happen at all anymore.  Upsets that would drag me off track and take a lot of time and energy, leaving me feeling depleted, stupid, wrong, and bad don’t even happen anymore.

How cool is that????

I feel so grateful that I can increase my sense of expansion and connection with Spirit EVERY SINGLE DAY by releasing the attachments that come up for healing every day.  Instead of cursing them and feeling that I’m stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day, repeating the same old annoyances and difficulties, I have come to realize that each challenge is an opportunity to improve my life.  I love that!

Now is the time for us to get with the spiritual program of Love and Light that is calling us to a life of Peace and Joy!  I’m so glad we’re doing it together!

Joining with others is part of why I love being a spiritual counselor and why I love training spiritual counselors and empowering them.  Please consider working with one of the spiritual counselors I’m training – you can book a session on a donation basis – look here:  http://jenniferhadley.com/spiritual-counselors/

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day!  This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling.  Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, online, or in writing!  I love it!  We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work!  Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see!  4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question!  Join me live or get the download later.

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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God’s Teacher

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

When people ask me where to begin with A Course in Miracles, I suggest folks begin with the Manual for Teachers and also Gary Renard’s beautiful book, Disappearance of the Universe.

More and more I find myself connecting with people who feel a calling to be one of God’s Teachers and it’s a beautiful thing!  It’s also a challenging thing.

Declaring yourself to be a Teacher of God, a spiritual counselor, a minister, a healer or any of these professions will bring up lots of your STUFF.  That’s okay!  Let it come up for healing so we can get it up and out and GONE!

Let’s enter the stillness and answer the call of Spirit with our whole heart!  It takes courage and so we go together.  When we are willing, we discover the fullness of Love has already paved the way.

This week on my radio show I’m going to share some things I’ve learned about having the courage to answer the call to be a Teacher of God.  Check it out!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is God’s Teachers

You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now!  Transcripts and more are available here: LivingaCourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad or computer.  Check it out!  Would you like text message reminders about the radio show?  Click here:  http://ACIMtexts.com And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? The more reviews, the more iTunes and Stitcher show it to people!  Thank you!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!  

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Accepting Divine Assistance

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

I’m one of those people that believes that spiders and other insects are to be captured and released back to the wild.  When I find a spider in the house, I put a cup over it and then capture it and put it outside.

Sometimes, it can be tricky to capture an insect.  They can be fast and evasive.  Yesterday, there was a rather large spider in the living room and it didn’t wish to be caught, even though, it was ready to get outside again.  Rather than struggle with it, I asked the angels for help.  Before you know it, the spider presented itself again and was easy enough to catch and release.  Thank you, Angels!

One of the most common causes of difficulty in our lives is that folks struggle with going at it alone.  So often, people don’t believe there is Divine Assistance so they’re not open to receiving any and then they get their wish – to do it themselves.

I’ve realized there’s no benefit to doing it themselves.  None at all.  Suffering isn’t beneficial in anyway whatsoever.  Struggling on your own is, in fact, wasteful.  All of heaven will help us when we’re willing to choose Love and to be of service to the Light.

When we think we’re on our own, then life seems to be against us.  When we’re willing to recognize that we’ve got God and the angels to support us, then life is much easier.  

We do have to be willing to accept Divine Assistance in order to experience it.  Once we get the hang of it, life improves considerably!

Are you going at it alone?  Would you ask the angels to help you without telling them how to help you?

Please share your experiences and let me know your experiences of asking for assistance and receiving it.  

One thing to note is that some folks are attached to the idea that they are so unworthy that God has abandoned them and they’ll only allow more of that experience of feeling left out.  If you feel that’s your story, then please, give the story and all your belief in it to Spirit for healing.  Invite the angels to show you that you are loved and supported and they surely will.  Then, your challenge is to be receptive.

Let’s open to receive Divine Assistance now. We’re entitled to miracles and now is the time to experience them!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Just Say Yes!

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Today is the last day of our Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive and I am so grateful that I said yes to following my guidance.  I am so grateful that even though, when I first decided to start offering counseling training, I didn’t know how it would unfold, I did it anyway because I felt guided.

It used to be that following my guidance took a lot of courage, because I had to trust that I could listen and follow well enough to not let anyone down.  Now, that’s not a concern anymore.

I’ve learned to trust that all will go well and my trust is now a faith and a knowing that all will go well even if it doesn’t go the way I thought it would go.  If it doesn’t go the way I thought it would go, it’s because our good is in a different direction than I initially thought, and that’s okay.

Sometimes, we would say, ‘no,’ if we knew where Spirit was leading us and so God gives us a bait and switch.  We think that we’re going to do something for one reason and then it turns out that we’ve been sent to do a totally different thing.  If we’re attached to our original plan then there’s a problem, but if we’re willing to go with the flow, we discover new expansion, miracles, and breakthroughs.

Saying, “Yes,” to Spirit takes courage when we don’t have faith.

Practicing saying, “Yes,” builds our trust and uncovers our faith.

With faith, all things are possible.

What have you been resisting because you don’t trust?

Would you be willing to say, “Yes,” now and let the trust appear?

We learn to say, “Yes,” and to allow and then Spirit shows us how.

Listening to people share over the last few days, and share how much they love the Spiritual Counseling Intensive and how much healing they’ve had and even that they wish they could stay longer and keep going, one week is not enough, that just fills my heart because it reaffirms the benefits of saying, “Yes,” even when you have no clue HOW it could ever unfold.

Spirit knows the way and we’ll find it when we’re truly willing!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!  

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Limitations

Friday, October 20th, 2017

As I write this, I’m blessed to be in the midst of offering one of my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensives.  It’s such a powerful healing when we’re finally willing and ready to recognize that the only limitations we have are the ones that we agree to.

The only grievances we have are the ones that we agree to.

The only way someone can take advantage of us is if we agree to it.

The only way we can feel limited is *if we agree to limitations.

When I first began to realize these things, it felt like a dead weight on top of me because I didn’t know HOW to release the limiting thoughts.

I was stopped by my belief that it couldn’t be done because I didn’t know how to do it.

I was stopped by my belief that I was on my own, and if I didn’t know how to do it, I had no resources and so I had to accept that it couldn’t be done.

Fortunately, I had that little bit of willingness that Jesus talks about in A Course in Miracles.  My little bit of willingness kept me praying.  My prayers to have a healing were answered, in part, by my realization that I could Partner UP.  I realized that limitations are really only in my thinking, not in my true reality.

I decided that it didn’t matter HOW the healing happened, I was calling forth a healing and I was accepting it.  I gave the heavy lifting of figuring out the “how” to the Higher Holy Spirit Self.  I knew I couldn’t see the solution as long as I was still thinking with the same thought system that created the “problem.”

My willingness to call forth and accept help from “above” was the thing that opened the door to my miraculous healing.  I’ve had SO MUCH miraculous healing since then and I’ve shared it with others who are having miraculous healing and that’s what inspires me every single day.

I am grateful that miraculous healing isn’t for special people.  Everyone is entitled to miracles.  Miracles are natural.  We don’t have to figure out how, we allow.  There are no REAL limitations.

I am calling forth a miracle for us every day.  Thank you for praying with me and calling forth a miracle today!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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A Healing Choice

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Simple practices bring tremendous healing, and much more quickly than we might imagine.  When I bring my attention fully into the present, into the now moment, then I can see that each and every moment contains a clear choice. The choice is always between Unity/Oneness/Love and separation. For a long time I wasn’t able to see the choice as clearly as I do now. This clarity has made a difference in my life.  As I keep my commitment to being mindful of the ever-present choice for Love, it’s possible for me to choose love more often. As I am mindful of the choices I make, I am also mindful of their outcomes.

Now that I am more mindful, if I choose fear, anger or some other form of suffering I can see that it was my choice. Right there in that moment of awareness is another opportunity to choose Love and forgive myself by releasing any judgment I might have about myself for not choosing Love a moment ago.  This is a living practice of Self-forgiveness.  It has been profoundly healing for me.  It’s helped me to realize all my mistakes can bring me great benefit when I practice Self-Love in the form of Self-forgiveness.

I witness that love has an intelligence all of its own. This makes every moment of my life a work of art.

In their book EMBRACING THE BELOVED: Relationship as a Path of Awakening, Stephen & Ondrea Levine write, “Those who suppress the ego instead of just letting it recede into the heart make the same merciless error in judgment as those who, attempting to cure serious illness, believe they must ‘filter out all negative thoughts’ in order to be healed … They do not recognize that what leaves the ‘negative residue’ is not the thought, no matter how dark or fearful, but the negative reaction (holding), as opposed to the healing response (letting go), to that moment. That a ‘positive’ thought grasped is less healing than a ‘negative’ one met with mercy.”

Today I make a deepen my commitment to be mindful as part of my daily spiritual practice. I meet any dark and fearful thoughts with mercy. In this way my daily practice of being aware of self-forgiveness and self-compassion opportunities is healing and I share the benefit with all beings because I am one with them. My choice is a healing choice!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!  

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Guilt

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A Course in Miracles tells us that increasing a sense of guilt is what our special Love relationships are all about.  It tells us that our special Love relationships are relationships that are actually backwards.  Instead of unconditional Love there’s co-dependency, which is conditional Love.  This kind of relationship only increases our suffering because we become so attached to the other person validating us.

In the special Love relationship we are attracted to the person who affirms our false identity.  That’s not Love.  It’s a poor substitute.

In our special relationships we begin by being so glad and excited that someone is affirming our specialness, but we know that if someone’s not seeing our true identity they aren’t loving our true self, only the false self.  Deep down we know it’s a poor arrangement.

If we don’t show our true self how can someone ever really love us?

If we present a false self in our relationships – one that we think is more likable than our true self, and if we hide how we feel, so people don’t ever know what’s going on with us, won’t we actually be preventing others from loving us?

The shift happens when we love ourselves.

I was sharing about this in my radio show yesterday:  In the false, fake, special relationship, our upset is a display to manipulate others into feeling guilty for having upset us.  Is it Love if we’re manipulating someone to do what we’d like?

Do you wish to be in a relationship with someone who blames their upset on you and then tries to make you feel guilty for it?

The way out of this pain is to take responsibility for our upsets.  It helps to be able to be transparent about how we feel and to not blame anyone.

There’s such a great reward when we can let people Love us.  It’s one of the reasons why we love dogs so much.  We allow them to love us, and it makes them so happy!

When we allow others to love us there’s a healing that happens for everyone because Love is our healer!

Joining with others is part of why I love being a spiritual counselor and why I love training spiritual counselors and empowering them.  (Please consider working with one of the spiritual counselors I’m training – you can book a session on a donation basis – look here:  http://jenniferhadley.com/spiritual-counselors/)

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day!  This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling.  Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, on line or in writing!  I love it!  We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work!  Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see!  4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question!  Join me live or get the download later.

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Feeling Our Freedom

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

It can seem as though our feelings will overwhelm us and that we could actually die from feeling our feelings when there’s a lot of hurt, anger, fear, and pain. And sometimes, people do seem to get stuck in a feeling.

An alternative to feeling our feelings is denial.  Another alternative is to deaden ourselves with self-medication.

Self-medication is for the purpose of helping us to avoid feeling our feelings. Self-medication is self-sabotage, which is for the purpose of slowing down our spiritual growth to a more manageable pace.

I can recall feeling sad and sorry for myself and keeping that going for a long time.

I can remember feeling angry and resentful and feeding that fire for a long time.

I’ve felt confused and frightened and struggled with that feeling for years.

Most of us have fallen into these traps of feelings – however, it’s not those feelings that put us in the black hole stuck in an unpleasant feeling – it’s our thoughts and beliefs.

First comes your belief.
Your beliefs magnetize into your awareness thoughts that are congruent with that belief.
When you start thinking those thoughts that are congruent with your belief, you’ll have a chance to really examine the belief and discover the pain and suffering it inevitably causes to believe it.

What’s the alternative?
Truth.
Truth is liberation from suffering.

When you don’t allow yourself to feel your feelings, you get stuck in the thoughts without getting enough insight and Clarity to move through it and see the lack of value in the thought.

Feel your feelings.
Discover what you’re actually thinking.
You’ll realize what it is you truly believe.
Trade it for the Truth.

Your Higher Holy Spirit Self knows the way out of suffering if you’re willing to follow. It requires giving up your. judgments, opinions, and habits of self-medicating. That is the cost of Freedom.

To have Freedom, we have to give up our suffering. Are you willing?

Who will we be if we suffered no more?  Do we need to suffer because we feel that it’s part of our identity?

How would we invest our precious energy if everything in our life felt good?

When we know the answer to these questions, we’re a lot closer to our Freedom!

Fortunately, when we’re willing, the means will appear.  When we’re willing to have courage to look within, the moment arrives.  Our feelings point the way to our awakening.  In truth, we’re so blessed.  Thank God we can learn to receive our blessings!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you! 

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Humility

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

What is the Kingdom of Heaven?  It’s knowing our true identity is perfect, and that we’re part of God, not separate.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within. If we’re looking to find it somewhere outside of our own heart, then we’re delaying finding it. Many people are still seeking outside of themselves, thinking that what they deeply want, need, and desire is somewhere in the world.  In my experience, we’ll all move past the needing, wanting, and craving of the world and into the place of the one and only desire to know the truth that is our liberation.

If we’re looking in the world for the answer, we may be deluded into thinking that if we look long and hard enough, we might find it. If we work hard enough, they will be able to manifest it or attract it. If we’re lucky, someone will give it to us. All of that seeking is illusion. The Kingdom is within, to look elsewhere is to go on a fool’s errand. Deep down, we all know this. That’s why so many despair. They are afraid to look within.  Let’s have the courage.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Why would someone be afraid to look for the Kingdom in the one and only place it can be found?  Well, if we’re thinking of ourselves as not good enough, if we’re thinking that inside of is is something ugly and unworthy, if we feel we’re filled to the brim with guilt, blame, and shame – then we probably won’t feel excited about looking within. Instead, we’ll fear what we might find, and we’ll avoid it.

In which case, we may feel it’s better not to look within and simply continue to seek in vain. This can convince us that the suffering of not finding is less than the suffering of discovering just how ugly our own heart is. This is the thought that keeps so many from discovering the fulfilling richness of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is pre-installed and fully equipped. We can find the courage to look within. And in the process, we can develop true humility. It takes true humility to be willing to venture, going forth in faith, to discover that the Kingdom is within our own heart. If we do not love ourselves, or if we have the false-love of the ego, then we’ll remain unwilling to look within.

For spiritual healing and awakening, humility is required. We must be willing to realize that we are no better than and no less than anyone else. Just as there isn’t one facet of the diamond that is more worthy than another, all are worthy. All are lovable.

If we judge ourselves as better than or less than, we’ll delay feeling worthy of our true identity and we’ll continue to seek outside ourselves in vain. On the road to the Kingdom, we have an infinite number of opportunities to develop true humility.  We can begin today, or we can delay.  Ultimately, we’ll decide for humility.

We can reach the Kingdom through the sweet practice of prayer and contemplation and develop true humility that way. Or we can go through the pain and suffering of humiliation to find our way to true humility. It’s up to us what we choose.

You are worthy of your divinity.  We all are worthy of our divinity.  In the willingness to accept this simple truth is our humility, which opens the door to the Kingdom of Heaven within.

Today, let’s seek the Kingdom, which is within, and all else will most definitely be added unto us.

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Lessons of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

One of the most helpful parts of A Course in Miracles is the lessons of the Holy Spirit and I’m finally going to share about that section today on my radio show.

While ACIM is so cryptic for so many, it really does have the BEST daily advice for us in letting go of pain and suffering.  We’re designed to experience miracles and to live a miraculous life.  I’d like to help everyone, including myself, to live a more miraculous life and to feel the power of Spirit in our day to day experience.  So much is possible for us.

Tomorrow is the start of my last Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp of the year – and I’m just thrilled with some of the extra support I’m going to be offering to bring on your breakthrough.

It’s hard to believe that your willingness is all that’s required until you actually prove it.  The lessons of the Holy Spirit are so helpful – let’s all get on board and ride these lessons of Love all the way home!

Today, I choose the miracle in my mind!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is Lessons of the Holy Spirit

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Activating Abundance

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

In my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp class, I talk about having an awareness of your spiritual budget.  I have found this really helpful to me in shifting my mind and experiencing more happiness.  It also has had an affect on my Abundance and Prosperity.

There was a time in my life when I was deficit spending in my finances and there was also a time I was deficit spending in terms of my happiness.

What I realized was that the way to shift things, and to do it quickly, is to increase the positive and decreass the negative – work it from both sides.

Many people think that the answer to debt is simply to earn more money or to cut expenses.  What I’ve definitely proven is that shifting my mind from a focus on lack and limitation to a focus on gratitude and Love was the most effective change for me to activate my Abundance.

I’ve learned that doing my forgiveness work, and really looking deeply at the root causes of my resentments and regrets, while doing the self-forgiveness healing work, has FAR MORE to activate and increase the flow of Prosperity in my life than just earning more money or cutting expenses ever did.

I had the experience of running up a lot of debt and carrying it for a number of years – and then through my active spiritual practice, I attracted opportunities to earn much more money and I quickly paid off much of my debt – only to have it return.  I found myself with even more debt.

This taught me that the answer wasn’t in the world – I learned it for REAL and so that led to my gratitude.  I prayed for the answer and it came in the form of Clarity, insight and Divine Guidance.  

I did the deep forgiveness work – starting with myself, then forgiving others, and then I was led out of the wilderness of my debt.

I had avoided looking within because I was afraid of what I’d see.  I preferred to blame others for my problems.  Through my practice of prayer, I finally became willing to develop a greater spiritual maturity and I found myself truly desiring to forgive EVERYTHING.

I began to get on a roll and build some real momentum.  And that’s what my classes are about now.  I like creating a safe space, with lots of support, where those who are willing can work in group and develop the inner fortitude to do the deep healing work and build the momentum of growing from breakthrough to breakthrough, and from glory to greater glory.

I feel so blessed now to support those who would like to do as I’ve done.  Together we dive deep and fly high – on an ever-increasing upward spiral of God’s omnipresent goodness.  I feel so blessed.

I know for a fact that forgiveness leads to all kinds of good, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and financial healing – and so much more.  That’s why this work is never boring or tiresome.  It’s actually AMAZING because it’s always about returning to the unprecedented.

So much healing is available to us when we stop blocking the flow with regrets and resentments.  The other day, I did a free class called Dissolving the Blocks to Success and you can get that free download right now.  It’s an intro to some of the principles in my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp class, which starts on Wednesday, October 4.

Together, we’re activating our Abundance – we’re going for it!

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Faith and Trust

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Peace in the world OUT THERE depends upon our choosing Peace in our heart right now. In order to succeed at choosing Peace we place our trust in the Divine. Trust is a demonstration of our willingness to put aside our painful past and create a new, loving experience right now, regardless of how it looks.

Trust in Love always leads us to faith in Spirit. Faith and willingness bring  miraculous demonstrations.  Miracles are “for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.”

No matter what religion you’ve been raised in, we’ve all been raised, in so many ways, NOT to trust, not to have faith. For most, our culture has raised us to be skeptical and suspicious.

How many times has each one of us felt betrayed? How often have the leaders of anything and everything asked for our trust and then betrayed it?

In this world, folks who do have faith and trust are sometimes considered naïve and foolish – stupid even.  I’ve certainly witnessed many times when people think that of me – even people who know me well and who’ve seen the miracles in my life transpire.

When you’ve felt betrayed, ask yourself, “In what did I place my trust and faith in?”

Did you place your trust in Spirit or ego? Faith and trust in the Divine is a completely different thing from faith and trust in people and corporations.  When someone is identified with ego, they’re not entirely trustworthy because ego never is.  We must place our faith and trust in the unseen in order to strengthen our mind and rise above the battle ground.

We must decide that we are profoundly interested in being faith-full. Remember, it is done unto us as we believe not as we hope. Invest yourself in faith through trusting in Spirit each day.  Faith is an investment in the Divine revealing itself in what’s happening now. Hope is a future possibility.

Look in your heart and find a place where there’s doubt.  Now, be willing to place your trust in Spirit’s ability to bring forth a healing.  Have trust to cultivate faith.  It works!   And Faith is worth all the effort!

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Spiritual Integrity

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

One of the secrets to a fulfilling life is to review daily exactly where my commitments lie. I speak not of appointments, but to principles, to the guiding purpose of my life. My primary commitment is to God, to Love itself. To be it and see it as the most important commitment in my life, day in and day out.  This commitment is part of my spiritual integrity.

Sometimes, people are committed to being kind and loving with others, but not themselves. I’m committed to taking good care of myself, but sometimes, I push myself too much and have to be reminded to be more attentive to my body’s needs for rest and Self-Love.  I don’t ever chastise myself about anything.  Self-care doesn’t include punishment as motivation.  This is part of my spiritual integrity.

Sometimes, I let my commitment to myself be forgotten in my commitment to being loving with others.  Sometimes, it feels more interesting to help others than to help myself.  I’m learning to be aware of my choices, their motivations, and how things feel.  Does it feel good to put my self on the back burner?  No, it doesn’t!  That’s why I have a commitment to self-care.

There are people who suffer from the interpretation they make of it when others don’t keep their commitments to them.  Often, it seems as though they haven’t made a commitment to themselves and their world is reflecting that. And that’s what hurts, that mirror of lack of self-care.  Here’s where having a strong sense of spiritual integrity helps us.  If we are able to see our reflection on the person who is our mirror, that helps.  It doesn’t make sense to blame the mirror for our upset.  Having this awareness, we can actually deal with the REAL issue and move through it more quickly.  That’s self-loving.

When I lived in Los Angeles, my apartment building got a new manager who said that if the owner asked her to do something that she felt was unkind to a tenant, she’d have to do it because that was her job. Her commitment was to the owner, rather than kindness.  Her commitment was to fear of losing her job.  Where’s the integrity in that?  It’s missing.  Working without integrity can feel like it’s robbing us of our dignity.  How many times a day do we see those kinds of choices in peoples’ commitments?  What’s the effect?

Do we get angry with people who forget to be kind or don’t value kindness and generosity?  What’s the thought behind that anger?  Might it be our own sense of unworthiness?  Who among us has not had this lapse in judgment? Shall we throw the first stone? Or will choose to have a commitment to compassion and maintain our spiritual integrity?

Sometimes, folks are committed to service, but their commitment collapses if they don’t feel like it when the time comes to perform the service. In a world where there are so many wonderful things to do, I choose to commit to doing less of them so that I have more time to just be wonderful unto myself and my loved ones.  I find it a challenging commitment to keep and I see the price I pay for not keeping my agreements. I need to keep my commitments because the quality of my life reflects the integrity of my commitments.

Today, I ask myself, what am I REALLY committed to? I make a list of my deep commitments and of the commitments that I waiver on. Without judging myself, I make a new commitment and put it in writing. Today, through my commitments, I align my life with my Spirit in the purest sense. In doing so, I profoundly move the world in a direction of integrity and the Peace that comes with it.

Spiritual integrity can be a loving compass, if I choose to practice with non-judgment.

We’re waking up together and I’m so grateful for that! If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Having A Spiritual Profession

Monday, September 18th, 2017

I’ve known so many people over the years who have had such a strong desire to earn a living sharing their passion for spirituality and some of them have actually followed their heart and done what they felt called to do, but many have not.  They’re playing small and they know it.  It hurts.

When I first started in Ministerial School, in our very first gathering, a weekend retreat, we were told that the majority of the people who were in our program would *probably never follow through and have a profession as a minister.

It made sense to me.  Feelings of unworthiness stop so many people, it’s crazy!  It is true insanity for any of us to believe that we’re unworthy of following our calling.  Honestly, it doesn’t actually make sense.

Think about it.  As an example, let’s imagine that you have the talent and the ability to be an amazing dancer.  What if you felt unworthy of dancing, so you just never did any dancing.  Or you only danced by yourself and never with other people.  You see what I mean?

We are already imbued with everything we need to live our calling, whatever it is.

Every profession can be a spiritual profession, if we look at it correctly.

Yesterday, I got a flat tire.  It was a bit of an ordeal, because I was out in the boondocks of Vermont, where cell reception is pretty iffy.  Eventually, I got together with the service guy, Marcus, from AAA, (automobile association) to put my spare tire on.  He did a great job, and he was my hero.

My experience wasn’t a powerful spiritual experience, but Marcus was great, and he was kind and helpful.  If he were a spiritual student, he could have brought that to our connection, and if I were feeling upset or challenged, it could have been a real help to me.

In other words, any profession can be a spiritual one if we approach it that way.

TODAY, I start a series of 11 free Living A Course in Miracles classes on Having A Spiritual Career and I’m excited to share with you!

If you haven’t already registered, please take a moment now so that you can get all these beautiful free classes with me, Cindy Lora Renard, David Fishman, Tama Kieves, and Maria Felipe.  What a blessing!

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