Archive for the ‘Love’ Category

Annoyance

Monday, October 15th, 2018

It used to be, that on a regular basis, I’d be around people that I found annoying. Some were slightly annoying and some were intensely annoying.

I used to think that the annoyance factor was their fault. Some people were intentionally annoying and some were unintentionally annoying. I’ve learned a lot about my own inner annoyance meter through the gift of being a spiritual counselor and teacher.

Some people actively press other people’s buttons. It’s a common thing that insecure people actively do their best to annoy and irritate others so that they’ll be rejected. Once rejected, in their own mind, they go from being just a loser to being RIGHT about being a loser.

Once they feel convinced they’re right, they don’t have to push so hard. Sometimes when we’re really nice and loving to someone who has a low self-image they can’t handle it and have to begin pushing to get you to reject them. And, if you can be pushed to being unloving and unkind, maybe you will be. This person is helping you to see how committed you are.

Other people seem annoying to us because they’re behaving in ways we don’t like about ourselves and some people seem annoying because they’re able to express things we have denied.

For instance, someone who feels really constricted might be intensely annoyed by someone who feels very free and demonstrates it. It’s the expression of Freedom that is threatening.

I’ve noticed that all of my upsets are of my own making and it’s better if I don’t blame anyone, including myself. 100% responsibility with zero blame.

What I notice is that hardly anyone annoys me, but sometimes I do feel frustrated in certain situations that are issues I’m working through.

It’s a relief not to be annoyed by other people anymore. I didn’t see that coming!

Spiritual practice brings so many benefits. It’s extraordinary. There are hidden benefits and amazing very noticeable benefits and I’d like to claim them all!

THIS MONTH! I’m getting ready to re-open my spiritual bootcamp class – Finding Freedom From Fear – stay tuned! If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, book a free exploratory call to learn more!

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Relationship With Spirit

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Consider this: Imagine that you’re single and you’d REALLY like to be in a committed intimate partnership with someone you adore and that you feel you’d be SO grateful to spend the rest of your life with. Let’s say that’s the deep desire of your heart.

You yearn for that clear connection with a soulmate.

And so, to get to that, you decide you’re going to read relationship books until you get there.

And you’re going to listen to relationship CD’s.
And you’ll watch videos on youtube.

But you’re not going to do anything towards actually meeting a potential mate, you’re just going to study up on it.

That seems pretty crazy, doesn’t it?

Yet, that’s precisely what many people have told me that they’ve done for most of their lives. They are learning about Spirit, but they don’t actually feel like they have an intimate relationship.

One of the most common things I hear from people in class with me is they are so grateful they stopped just studying spiritual books and started actually having an active practice and relationship with Spirit.

When you have a relationship with someone, a deep intimate relationship, you recognize their voice in a crowd. You know their vibration and you can feel them coming. That’s how it is with Spirit when we’re in a committed relationship.

Sometimes people are afraid that if they were in a committed relationship with Spirit, the demands would be too much. I used to feel that way, but consider what Jesus said according to the Gospel of Matthew:

Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

My yoke is easy – the commitment is easy.
My burden is Light – as in the Light that lighteth up every man, woman and child in this world.

That sounds pretty darn good to me!
And, I must share that I have found this to be the truth of it.

The deeper I go, the greater the commitment, the lighter I feel, the easier it is.

A relationship is a relationship.
Whether it’s with Spirit or your family.
Sometimes it feels like a roller coaster ride.
Whether you’re screaming or laughing depends on your perspective.

Connecting from the heart.
Sharing time together.
That’s what strengthens a relationship.
Honesty. Transparency. Compassion.

Every day offers an opportunity.

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Celebrate

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

I used to notice so many of my daily failures, and feel dejected and hopeless. I realized that a better strategy was to celebrate my victories.

I learned that there’s no extra charge in life to celebrate every little victory. Celebrate when you notice that you’re now able to be patient with the telemarketer. Celebrate that you’re able to be kind to the person who is belligerent. Celebrate when you realize you were compassionate with the person who seems to have no compassion. Celebrate when you make a higher choice.

I feel it’s so valuable for us to learn to celebrate when we make more loving choices. Our celebration is a recognition that we’re succeeding, and that’s encouraging. It starts a new pattern. It’s deeply healing.

I really like that victory pose with arms up in a “V” for victory. No longer am I the victim of the ego. I AM is victorious now!

I feel so grateful that we can change our minds, heal our hearts, reboot our relationships – forgiveness makes the most extraordinary healing possible, and we can celebrate our willingness to let the past go, as well as our ability to take no offense in the present moment.

Any day that we can celebrate, even a little bit more Love and kindness, is a day we’re able to have healing and be a benefit to others, and that is a day of victory! I am always victorious when I can be more loving.

The very fact that I really do have the ability to change my mind, no matter how tough things are, is a great thing to celebrate every single day!

Cheers to us! Yay, God!

Do you have anything to forgive?
Join me this weekend!

SATURDAY: Forgiveness Workshop – Free Online Video LIVE workshop
I’m offering a forgiveness workshop next weekend.
It’s Live on video, it’s online, and it’s my gift to everyone.

Come, join me and let’s do this work together — now.
It’s perfect timing.

It’s a 3-hour online video workshop.
Plan to show up.
Please block off the time in your calendar.

Plus – there’s follow up. We’ll have a shorter class the next day, and another one a few days later.

There’s no charge to you.
I’m offering it on a Love-offering basis.
Click here to learn more

Let’s step into our power in the most effective and expedient ways!

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Loving Acceptance

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Loving acceptance of WHAT IS does not make us weak – just the opposite. Our loving acceptance of what is can bring us Peace, but not if we hold in our mind that acceptance is somehow a “giving up”.

When we’re at Peace, we can feel, and hear, and recognize spiritual guidance and intuition. We can be truly helpful.

What is acceptance?

We accept that what is going on is happening.
We accept that what happened has happened.
We accept that things are as they are.

That’s what acceptance is.
It doesn’t mean we like it, and it doesn’t mean we approve.

First we accept, and then we can energize our intentions in order to bring a shift.

A Course in Miracles tells us,
“ … seek not to change the world,
but choose to change your mind about the world.”

For instance, let’s say your house just became flooded and, effectively, destroyed. Your workplace has also been destroyed, and so you no longer have a job, but you still have a family to feed and take care of. You might find this intensely upsetting. You might not like it at all. You might not wish to accept it. If you’re not able to accept what is happening, you’ll have a hard time moving to the place of healing. Acceptance comes first.

I’ve heard a number of people say things like “What will be, will be.” Que sera sera.

That goes against what I’ve learned about this world.
This world is a projection of our mind, gently planned by One Whose only purpose is our good.
It’s not happening TO us.
It’s happening BY us. We’re part of the group mind that’s bringing global changes about.

In this world, we make choices of how to think and feel about things, and our thoughts and beliefs become our experiences. Our beliefs are like a magnet in our mind that attracts the thoughts that we might choose to think. Our thoughts, then, become like molds that form our experiences. We can break the mold and have a new experience. We can choose a new thought. We can relinquish the beliefs that don’t serve, and energize the truth that sets us free.

“True learning is constant, and so vital in its power for change that a Son of God can recognize his power in one instant and change the world in the next. That is because, by changing his mind, he has changed the most powerful device that was ever given him for change.” ACIM T-7.V.7.

We are not victims of circumstance.
We can change our mind.
We can choose our thoughts.

Let’s recognize our power, rather than deny it.

It’s so valuable to us that we have the ability to change our mind, and that we have the ability to choose what we’ll energize. We can choose to serve God or ego.

What will be, will be — unless we change our mind about it.
Let’s choose to change our mind about the world.

Let’s take dominion over our minds, and continuously energize the highest and best for all and a world that works lovingly for everyone.

Let us not just stand back and become voyeurs in this world. We are the dreamers of this dream. Let’s not abdicate our “response-ability”. Let’s actively energize that more Peace, more Love and more Joy are happening now.

We pray to accept the things we cannot change, and to Love what is, even if we don’t like it.

Acceptance is a starting point to our empowerment!
Forgiveness is the thing that brings us to acceptance AND empowerment!

Do you have anything to forgive?
Join me this weekend!

SATURDAY: Forgiveness Workshop – Free Online Video LIVE workshop
I’m offering a forgiveness workshop next weekend.
It’s Live on video, it’s online, and it’s my gift to everyone.

Come, join me and let’s do this work together now.
It’s perfect timing.

It’s a 3-hour online video workshop.
Plan to show up.
Please block off the time in your calendar.

Plus – there’s follow up. We’ll have a shorter class the next day, and another one a few days later.

There’s no charge to you.
I’m offering it on a Love-offering basis.
Click here to learn more

Let’s step into our power in the most effective and expedient ways!

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Good Decision

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Relationships can be very challenging. Sometimes I struggle with knowing what’s the best thing to do. I’ve learned that, in these cases, it’s best for me not to do anything until I feel Spirit’s clear direction. It’s best to wait until that time. It’s worth waiting for. This, I know for certain.

When people speak unkindly, get angry easily, are belligerent, when they accuse, and blame, it can definitely feel as though there’s an attack.

So, then what happens?

ACIM says, that when we perceive we’ve been attacked, it’s really just an excuse to unleash our own attack. It says that we’re essentially lying in wait to jump on others and attack them, and we use any excuse we can find to justify our attack.

That makes a great deal of sense to me. I can really feel that pattern resonates with me, and I see it so clearly in my behavior for most of my life. But, I don’t want that anymore. I’m done with that way of being and behaving. Enough.

I have found this teaching extremely helpful.
I don’t wish to be delusional about my true motivations and lie to myself.

So, I’m left to contemplate–
When someone attacks me, as occasionally happens, how can I extend compassion? How can I take responsibility, with NO BLAME?

Often, I don’t seem to know. But, I’d like to, and so I Partner Up.

What’s REALLY important to me is to no longer try to make other people feel guilty by blaming them for how I feel.

Right now in the world, there’s a lot of intensity. The intensity of density. Some people are very upset, and I understand that. Blaming other people for how we feel is trying to make them feel guilty. It’s trying to shame them, and it’s pure projection. It’s like digging a hole, and deciding to jump in it.

I don’t wish to make people feel ashamed, anymore. I wish to lift us all up, so we can all see, and feel, and know, and sense more clearly, and it challenges me every single day.

My personality is challenged, because I’d like to resolve everything immediately.

Yet, there can be SO MUCH more learning if I’m patient, and let the Higher Holy Spirit Self teach me in the way that makes sense to me. And, that’s my preference.

I share so often about relationship because, as A Course in Miracles tells us, it’s our #1 tool for relief of suffering and remembering who we REALLY are. In order to see the truth of our wholeness and perfection, we learn to be loving, kind, generous, and patient in our relationships. That’s an incredible incentive.

If we don’t believe that awakening, Freedom and healing are possible, if we feel unworthy, bad, wrong, demented, and unlovable, will we even bother?

I believed it was impossible for me, for a VERY long time. The belief that it was impossible for me was so strong that I was constantly sabotaging myself. Finally, I decided to commit, and just go for it anyway because, even if I proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that awakening wasn’t possible for me, I’d rather live my life being as loving, kind, patient, and generous as I can, because I feel better that way.

That was the best decision I ever made.

From there, I decided I was going to learn to TRUST Love and trust Spirit. I made that my focus. And that’s how I figured out that trust is the key to everything. And, then I found ACIM, which told me trust is the #1 characteristic of a teacher of God, and I put my heart into it even more fully.

Working the Lessons works.
It’s not just reading them.
Reading and studying can be a time waster.
Life is our teacher, ACIM is a guide.

Relationships are our salvation, and forgiveness is the tool that allows us to experience our release from suffering. ACIM, Lesson #68:

“It is as sure that those who hold grievances will redefine God in their own image, as it is certain that God created them like Himself, and defined them as part of Him. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will suffer guilt, as it is certain that those who forgive will find peace. It is as sure that those who hold grievances will forget who they are, as it is certain that those who forgive will remember.

Would you not be willing to relinquish your grievances if you believed all this were so? Perhaps you do not think you can let your grievances go. That, however, is simply a matter of motivation. Today we will try to find out how you would feel without them. If you succeed, even by ever so little, there will never be a problem in motivation ever again.

It doesn’t get more clear than that.
What’s also clear is that we get to choose.

We can place our trust and faith in our perceptions, or in Spirit.
We’ll learn, no matter what we choose.
We can learn through pain or Joy.

In my classes, I challenge people to prove God, so they’ll know– REALLY know– the power of Love in their lives. And, it IS a challenge.

Resentment, regrets, blame, and guilt keep us from experiencing the healing power of Love in our life, our body, relationships, creativity, and so much more. And still, giving them up can be super challenging.

The world seems to be in upheaval now. It’s time for us to BE the Peace we’re intending to be. The holidays are coming, and we have an opportunity to be the loving member that we would like to be.

And that’s why I’m offering a forgiveness workshop next weekend.
It’s Live on video, it’s online, and it’s my gift to everyone.

Come join me, and let’s do this work together, now.
It’s perfect timing.

It’s a 3-hour online video workshop.
Plan to show up.
Please block off the time in your calendar.

Plus – there’s follow up. We’ll have a shorter class the next day, and another one a few days later.

There’s no charge to you.
I’m offering it on a Love-offering basis.
Click here to learn more

Let’s make some truly helpful decisions together, and bring benefit to all. That’s what we’re here for – to represent the One Who sent us.

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Speak Plainly

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Many times I am doing my best to be delicate, to not be too pushy or strong, and it comes out as though I’m being deliberately obtuse. I’m often too subtle, thinking that people can fill in all the missing parts and feel what I really mean. But they don’t, and they can’t, and it gets me into trouble.

For a long time now, I’ve been learning to speak plainly. Sometimes I feel my nature is to be too direct, and that it comes out as something sharp. I’m learning about balance.

We can be super successful at communicating if we can share how we feel without complaining, and without attacking, without judging. It takes a great willingness to have a healing, rather than to just blame.

As Thich That Hath says, “Blaming never helps.”

We blame when we’d like people to feel guilty.
What we’re really doing is taking our own self-blame and guilt and projecting it out onto others. It creates more drama and trauma, which is actually for the purpose of bringing our attention to it.

I used to perpetuate a lot of drama.
I realized that I did that because I felt so helpless.

I’m not helpless anymore, so I don’t need to be silent, and I don’t need to make a lot of drama. I can be clear and speak plainly without judgment, and help bring things to the Light of Love for healing.

It does take willingness.
I have that willingness now.

I encourage you to make a commitment to speak plainly, without judgment or blame, and with a strong intention to bring things to the light of Love for healing.

In this way, we can let the past go and experience a great healing. It’s beautiful. Let us be grateful!

I’m offering a 3 part Live Video Workshop.
Please block off the time on your calendar.

That’s right – we’re going to follow up together, so you’re not left doing this on your own, like in the past!

This is my gift to you – so please show up for yourself and join me.

There is no charge to you.
I’m offering it on a Love offering basis.

10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm London /
3am Sydney *(next day)

Click here to learn more

With true forgiveness, we can all have a different experience in our family and our workplace ~ as well as profound and lasting healing of our physical, mental, and emotional bodies.

To have real and lasting healing, it’s more than just saying “I forgive.” Let’s gain momentum and have some real healing together this year, and share the benefits with everyone in our lives.

Forgiveness is the path to having more Joy, Freedom and Prosperity

You can have permanent healing NOW!
End this year with tremendous healing.
Let’s go for it together!

Click here to join us

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I AM Blessed

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The more I choose Love, the more I see that I am ALWAYS blessed.

There’s never a break in the blessings, except when I choose to block the flow of Love in my own heart and mind.

I’m the one who decides if I’m blessed or not!

When I share the blessings with others, I’m doubly blessed.

It’s so clear to me now!

Yesterday, on my radio show, the topic was How Does Healing Happen? It was so inspiring to share the insights of ACIM on this topic.

Our natural state is perfect Wholeness, Peace, Joy, Wisdom, Clarity, Freedom, Prosperity, Purity, Harmony, Abundance, Beauty and more! These are the gifts that have already been given to us.

ACIM says, “Ask and it is given, because it already has been given.” Yes, it’s already been given, and we’ve put up the blocks in our mind.

Fortunately, we do not have to search for the blocks. We simply give them to Spirit for healing. The more we recognize that we can FEEL or SENSE a block and offer it up, the more healing we can have.

There’s no extra cost for healing 10 blocks a day or a 100.
Our willingness is the only requirement.

I just LOVE that it’s so easy.
I am now, finally, so grateful that I can decide whether I’d like to live in the Love or in the block pile.

Let’s join together each day and be more vigilant for our healing! Say “Yes!” in the comments if you are on board!

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.

It’s not too late to join me! Retreats start Tomorrow!
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.

I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year, and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!

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Non-judgment Day

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

I can remember so many years heading into the winter solstice, with the days getting consistently shorter. My birthday, the holidays, and the winter itself, would bring a certain kind of feeling similar to PTSD for what I’d experienced in the past.

I used to go into the holidays EXPECTING to be disappointed. I used to anticipate that I’d be revisiting the same painful hurts and memories as previous years.

I would look for the offenses and upsets that matched my experience in the past so, I could reinvigorate the painful meaning I’d made of things in the past. And then, I’d get to be right all over again.

Not happy, but right.

Can you relate?
I’ve found this is a common theme for people, and for those of us in the northern hemisphere it starts now. In the USA, we have Thanksgiving at the end of November, and this year it’s on my birthday. Thanksgiving is the biggest family holiday we have. The day before is always the biggest single travel day in the USA all year long.

So many triggers, so little time.

But, I have a different experience now.
First of all, it’s been years since there was pain and upsets at the holidays in my life.

I used to visit family, and after 3 days I’d start to feel sad and depressed.
What was wrong with me?
Why did I keep doing this to myself?
Why did I keep thinking that I could stay for a week, when I would start to feel depressed after just a few days?
Why did I keep repeating the same madness, expecting a new experience?

And on and on.

Here’s what changed everything for me: Taking responsibility.

As part of my deciding not to be focused on judging, complaining, constantly criticizing, and looking for problems, I began to start to look for ways to extend compassion and kindness.

When offense was taken, I committed to being the one who would go first and make amends.

I stopped taking everything personally, because I started to see all my attacks on others were more about me than about them.

And then, as my mind started becoming more kind and loving, I began to see that none of my attacks were about them, and ALL of them were about me.

None of this happened over night.
It was slow and gradual change, over years.

But the super cool thing is, that I realized every change I made rippled out to my family and friends. I could be the one who decided whether or not I was pissed off and hurt. The upset couldn’t happen without my agreement!

It was me. I was the one I had to forgive for having made my life into a portal to hell.

I studied spirituality for nearly 20 years, feeling that truth was an ever-illusive mystery that I just couldn’t get to. For me, truth was just beyond one more door that I was trying to pry open. I was looking outside myself for insight, thinking that an intellectual approach would bring me what I was looking for, because my intellect had always (or so I thought!) helped me in the past.

I’d figured out my problems in the past.
I could figure out how to get connected to Spirit.
I didn’t know that the intellect is a tool of the ego.

But, through my deep desire of the heart to truly know Spirit, and to truly break free of pain and suffering, I was led and guided. It was ONLY my willingness that helped me to see through the bushes and brambles of ego blocks and subterfuge.

I now LOVE this time of year, for a whole new set of reasons! Check this out:

From September into January, I get to have 1-on-1 appointments with all the folks who are in my year-long Masterful Living Course. When we talk early in the year, things are challenging. It’s not so easy. People are looking deeply into their patterns and habits to eliminate the causes of suffering. Some people experience it with a lot of Joy and Freedom, but not all. Some begin having many miracles all at once. But, that’s not true for everyone. Some folks find it super challenging, and they are heroic in their not giving up.

I’ve been having 1-on-1’s with the folks in this community for weeks now, and it’s such a pleasure. By now, most people are telling me their successes in how this year has been so life-changing for them. They’re telling me how differently they feel about themselves and their life. They tell me stories of marriages that are experiencing a rebirth of Love, and relationships with family that are getting better every day. They’re looking forward to doing the holidays differently.

And, because we have people who continue doing the work together with me and the community for years, I get to celebrate the long term AMAZING transformation of their lives, careers, families, finances and more.

When someone is absolutely convinced that they are unlovable,
and now they know it’s not true,
that changes every minute
of every day
of the rest of their lives –
and for those around them as well.

I love listening to someone share how they made a decision to do something differently in their workplace, because they just wanted to be nicer to the people in their lives. Over the course of a year, their shifts change the entire culture of their workplace. Then, their co-workers take home a different attitude, and they share that with their family. Their children take that with them to school, and then the other kids in their class take that home to their family, and that’s how the world changes.

ACIM says: Seek not to change the world, but to change your mind about the world.

It works!

That’s why I’m committed to proving it.

I absolutely LOVE the last third of the year. It’s four months of reaping the rewards and celebrating the benefits. They aren’t dark months, anymore. There’s nothing to fear, anymore. It’s win-win all the way!

Yesterday, I got this idea, and I’d like to share it with you and see what you think.

I feel guided to propose that this Power of Love community create a community newsletter or digital bulletin board where people share their challenges and their successes.

In Masterful Living, we hear the most AMAZING miracles and transformations on a regular basis, but we keep it pretty contained because we have strong confidentiality in order to support a sense of feeling really safe within the community.

If you’re not in class with me, would you like to hear what people are doing, and learn from them and their stories?

If you’re in class, would you be willing to share your experiences and stories?

In this day and age, we can make audios, videos, poems, collages and all kinds of ways to express our stories of healing and victory of Spirit. Fun!

No matter how it looks on the surface, and in the news, Love IS being revealed, and we can put more focus on celebrating that, especially now as we’re heading to the holidays.

What do you feel you’d like?

Retreats start next weekend! 
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair.  I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.

I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year.  It’s a small group.  We go deep.  Now’s the time to rise and shine.  Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace.  We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year.  It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together.  I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October.  You’re invited to our healing party!

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Choice

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

It’s the time of Instant Karma. There’s no doubt about that. If you watch the political news on a regular basis, you can see that people’s choices that are less than kind and compassionate come back to them pretty swiftly. People can still lie, cheat, steal and disrespect others, but the consequences come pretty quickly.

What is karma? As A Course in Miracles student, I’m aware that ACIM doesn’t discuss karma, although it does talk about reincarnation. Here’s my understanding of karma and, if you have a different one, please share in the comments section below.

I experience karma as the residue of the decisions I’ve made in the past. It can be my loving choices or my fearful choices. It’s all karma. I can feel that I made many negative, fearful, unloving, and unforgiving choices in my past– this life and prior lives– and those choices were all decisions.

My decisions from the past appeared to become my belief system. Beliefs are not true. They are the decisions I made about life. Truth is true, and it’s not a belief. Truth applies to everyone, and is not changeable based on circumstances. Truth is constant. That’s precisely why it’s liberating. Truth is an aspect of God’s Love and Grace.

My decisions that have come my belief system are, in a way, my negative karma – although I don’t actually believe in negative karma, because I do believe what ACIM says– all things work together for good, and there no exceptions, except in the opinion of the ego.

My unloving choices come back to me in a way that helps me to learn and choose Love, and I’m grateful for that. Karma is an amazing system that is built on a foundation of Love and grace. It is ALWAYS a blessing – let us receive it that way, and give up this idea of punishment.

God does not punish. Only the ego punishes.

I’m glad to be living in this time. Let all my karma come to me now in a way that is grace-filled and can lift me up to be more loving. I am willing to develop a pristine Clarity that allows me to see every speck of unloving choice, and to course correct myself on a moment-to-moment basis.

I intend and desire to be wholly truthful.
I’m not always completely kind, but I aspire to be.
I ask the Universe to help me to meet my aspiration.

In my experience of life, I have witnessed many hundreds of thousands of opportunities for me to make more loving choices that I’m inclined to make in that moment. I’ve experienced my lessons on a daily basis.

There are days when I felt like a burn victim standing naked in a windstorm, but those are LONG gone. Everything I’ve done, every difficult decision, has helped me to liberate from the haze and fog of my denial of truth. The years that the locusts chomped away on, and left barren, have been given back to me, and I’m enjoying them now.

I am now a happy learner. And, my goal is to simply know and remember the perfect truth of my being that is my liberation.

I’ve learned the Self-Love, that is in my ability to choose, to be compassionate with others. Without that, life is HARD. It’s bone-crushingly difficult, and instant karma is our experience now.

When I think of a judgmental thought, I experience it right away. I feel the energy shift– I stub my toe, I almost fall on the stairs. It used to be that I’d ding my car, I’d break something that was expensive to be replaced, I’d miss my deadline, I’d lose the discount, I’d have to write a letter of apology, or pay for the meal.

Out of Self-Love we can make all of our choices towards EVERYONE filled with kindness and compassion. Then, Spirit’s perfect Grace will flow in our life, and all the painful decisions we’ve made in the past will come back to us, gently, so that we can choose again.

Jesus said it this way: What you do to the least of them, you do to Me.

There is no “other” – we’re One.
What we do to ourselves, we do to Jesus.
What we do to the judger, we do to ourselves and to Jesus.
There’s no escape from the Oneness.

Right now, Judge Kavanaugh is experiencing the revisiting of what he has done to others. Whether he actually did what he’s accused of or not, I don’t know. I believe in people’s innocence. However, this person has made so many choices that were lacking in compassion – his record clearly shows that – and now he’s discovering the hubris of that. He’d like some compassion. I have plenty. And my compassion includes the prayer that Kavanaugh develops the goldmine of true humility, taking responsibility, apologizing and extending kindness. I wish for him what I aspire to myself.

Consider: His job involves the opportunity to punish people or help them. What did he choose, and why?

ACIM teaches us, “Idle wishes and grievances are partners or co-makers in picturing the world you see. The wishes of the ego gave rise to it, and the ego’s need for grievances, which are necessary to maintain it, peoples it with figures that seem to attack you and call for ‘righteous’ judgment. These figures become the middlemen the ego employs to traffic in grievances.” W-73.2.

Let’s not align with ego. Let’s align with something real– Love.

I hold this for myself and everyone, each and every day. Let’s mine that gold, and live with a heart of gold, each and every day! We are the Light, the golden Light of Love, and the darkness has NO POWER.

There is One power, and it is the Power of Love.

Retreats start next weekend!
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues, because of the deep healing work we do together.

I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year, and set ourselves up for the holidays, and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!

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Tell the Truth & Take Responsibility

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Here in the U.S. we’re witnessing a lot of drama with a current Supreme Court nomination. I pray the truth is revealed (whatever that is) and that Love prevails. I have faith in truth and in Love, and I let them lead and guide me every day.

When I was a teenager, in my 20’s and beyond, I would sometimes say and do things that I’d later regret and wish to bury forever. I’ve had all kinds of experiences that led me to be self-disgusted, and even afraid of my own emotions and outbursts.

I’ve had times when I got really drunk and couldn’t remember half of what I said, and what I did – although I’m 100% certain I never was molested, or attacked someone myself, while under the influence.

I used to have memories of things that would make me cringe. Self-forgiveness freed me from all of them.

Self-forgiveness gave me humility and common sense.

Self-forgiveness gave me the freedom to no longer beat myself up from the past.

Most people I know have strong regrets. Some people are tortured by them, and I pray they find self-forgiveness.

My life of mistakes, short comings, obnoxious and belligerent behavior and outbursts, and a million missed opportunities to extend Love, has taught me to take responsibility for my choices and actions– to learn from them and share what I learn.

No blame.
No shame.

As Thich Nhat Hanh says, blaming never helps.

Everyone I know makes errors.

Life is a constant stream of tactical errors, missteps, freak-outs, meltdowns and mayhem. And yet, we can rise above the battleground with self-forgiveness. We can remember to laugh. We can remember to have compassion. We can set ourselves free with admitting the truth, and having the humility to take responsibility for our choices and their effects.

One thing that helps me is the last paragraph at the end of Chapter V, the text of A Course in Miracles – this one paragraph is a complete life-changer:

“Decision cannot be difficult. This is obvious, if you realize that you must already have decided not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise. Be very firm with yourself in this, and keep yourself fully aware that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there. Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation: I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace. I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise. I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace. I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him. I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.” T-5.VII.6.

Let’s give all the consequences to the Holy Spirit for healing, and move the heck on in gratitude for the gift of God’s unerring Grace! Are you willing?

Retreats start next weekend!
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.

I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!

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Relationship Hell

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Relationship hell? I’ve been there. I’ve explored it in many ways, traversing the downs and way-downs of it. When I was younger– as a child, a teenager and until about age 30– I would get so angry that I felt what I describe as a murderous rage.

I’d become so upset, so threatened, and so afraid of being hurt that all I could feel was fury and desperation. My upset was like a hurricane, searching for some way to calm down, but only picking up speed and becoming more and more dangerous. I would frighten myself, I’d be so upset.

I’d become so loud, and mean, and desperate, without any self-control, that I’d rage until I was too tired to continue. Reaching exhaustion was the only thing that would get me to stop. My family’s or boyfriend’s attempts to control me would only make me infuriated. It was awful.

Once exhausted, I would collapse into a puddle of my own despair. I’d be consumed by self-hatred and fear of myself. It was all proof that something was horribly, uncontrollably wrong with me. I was beyond hope– or so I was convinced.

I learned to accept that this was just who I was, what I was. I felt like a bad seed. I felt like there was some kind of demon in me, and that terrified me. That fear was so intense that I couldn’t handle any kind of criticism or teasing. I learned to be very focused on self-preservation.

What I can understand now, that I didn’t understand then, is that it was extremely important that I learn how to have no other authority. I needed to be my own authority. No one could boss me around or intimidate me. When I was younger, it meant that I was always in a fight with the people I was rebelling against.

Now, I can see that I wasn’t really a rebel at all. I was maintaining my sovereignty. When I finally reached the point where I could make Spirit the authority in my life, and really listen to that still, small Voice, I had the ability to walk in the world without being pulled this way and that by other people’s opinions. My mind was able to be strong and focused, following Spirit’s guidance.

Historically, if you look at many of the mystics, you can see that they appeared to be rebels, too. That wasn’t their intention. It just looked that way.

Unfortunately, I went through many seasons of relationship hell where I felt completely unlovable. I felt excruciatingly bad and wrong so much of the time – but that didn’t stop me from acting out. I was frequently mean and cruel in defense of my insecurities. Now, I have a great compassion for people who behave that way, and I can really help them to break out of it.

I learned to try to control everything around me, constantly monitoring, to keep from being manipulated and controlled by others. I learned to always be on the offense as my best form of defense. It was exhausting.

I was constantly cleaning up the messes I made in my relationships, or just walking away from them. Many bridges have been burned, and many have been blown up.

I don’t ever wish to go back again in my past. I don’t look back anymore. Instead, I continuously ask the Higher Holy Spirit Self to help me harvest all the Wisdom from my experiences.

What I learned is that I was constantly repeating my same upsets and errors because I was holding grudges. Holding grievances prevented me from learning from my experiences, because I always thought I knew what everything was for.

When I learned to forgive, to give up my meaning for everything, then I could discover what things were really for, and harvest the Wisdom they brought me. Eureka! It was a way out of hell!

The most amazing thing I’ve ever learned is that true forgiveness heals deeply. True forgiveness heals long-held mental and emotional patterns in a miraculous way.

A Course in Miracles promises us that the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of our wrong decisions, if we allow it. The thing is, most people feel so guilty, and believe that they should be punished, and so they won’t allow the consequences to be undone. Yet, no matter how long we’ve lived in that mindset, we can shift in an instant. We can get out of hell.

I’m so glad I figured out how to ALLOW all the consequences to be undone, and to rescue my relationships. I know this is a repetitive theme of mine, but I feel I absolutely have to keep sharing what is so precious to me – and that’s the realization that when we hold the highest and best for our relationships, that’s exactly what comes to pass.

I’ve been a spiritual counselor since 2000. That’s 18 years of counseling individuals and couples. I’ve been teaching classes and leading retreats for 21 years. In all this time, with all of these people, almost everyone I’ve ever worked with was experiencing some kind of relationship upset that was rocking them to their core.

ACIM tells us that relationships are the #1 tool we have to heal our mind and wake up. Let’s do exactly that, starting NOW.

Like me, many people have been so completely brought to their knees, or flat on their face in the manure, by their inability to maintain relationship harmony – and the meaning they make of it. This need not be.

Forgiveness is a miracle tool. It’s not magic. It’s miraculously healing, and that’s an entirely different thing from a temporary magic fix.

Miraculous healing lasts.
It’s permanent healing, because it’s at the level of the mind – not the level of the personality.

This isn’t behavior modification or anger management – it’s true and lasting healing.

This isn’t self-improvement, because we don’t need improvement – we only need to let go of that which is false.

Hey, I still get annoyed on a regular basis.
I don’t get angry like I used to AT ALL anymore.
I don’t ever go to the place of thinking that there’s something wrong with me.
That’s completely over.
And that’s what I am holding for everyone.

As a counselor, I’ve worked with people who’ve felt way beyond any kind of hope, and they have been transformed by the healing of their mind.

They had to be willing.
They had to ALLOW the healing to take place, to call it forth, accept it and receive it. It’s not magic. It takes real willingness. It’s not a passive thing. It’s active willingness.

We cannot hold onto complaints and expect miracles.
We cannot hold onto grievances and also energize the highest and best.
We have to choose which way to go.
We can learn through pain or we can learn through miracles and Joy.

The holidays are coming.
It’s a time when we can either re-energize the old hurts, disappointments, regrets, guilt, blame and shame – or, we can decide to be a healing presence in our relationships.

We can repeat the past, or we can call forth a renewal and restoration.
It’s our choice.

I’ve been teaching forgiveness for 18 years, and it’s been a great learning to me. I continue to be AMAZED at how forgiveness transforms EVERYTHING, including our physical pains.

In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do. That’s why I continue to offer these retreats.

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls this October. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive next month. You’re invited to our healing party!

In my year-long Masterful Living class, people tell me on a regular basis about their relationship healing and their physical healing, too.

I don’t consider myself a healer, but I do feel that I’m a healing presence. Where I once was utterly convinced that I was a really bad person, I now know that there are no bad people. We’re all good and beautiful people who can sometimes get convinced that we’re bad, and then act that way.

When someone feels unlovable, they don’t have much to lose, but what little they do have they can’t afford to lose. They will defend themselves through attacking. Think of a wounded dog that’s been so hurt it doesn’t trust anyone.

When we can’t trust ourselves to be loving or kind, even when it’s really important to keep from ruining our relationships, then we can feel completely unworthy of Love. We’re not, but that’s how we feel.

Forgiveness is the only thing I know of that heals back to the root cause of things. When we ALLOW the healing back to the root cause, whatever that might be, in this life or any other, then we’re free forever! That recalibrates our whole life.

Now is the time to make a commitment to forgive EVERYTHING and let our ability to fully give and receive Love be restored to us.

No matter what we’ve done, no matter what has been done to us, we can be restored at the level of the mind. From the mind, it will ripple into all of our relationships and experiences, even into every cell, fiber and function of our physical, and emotional bodies as well.

Let’s get active with the forgiveness.
Let’s become experts at it.
Let’s deeply commit to truly heal by allowing the Holy Spirit to undo all the consequences of our wrong decisions – even the ones we don’t recall. The Holy Spirit can heal it all.

In my classes, I invite people to PROVE that God works. That way they KNOW, they really know.

Doing this work now, we can have completely different experiences this holiday season. Let’s get out in front of this.

We don’t have to carry the past into the new year. We can put our attention on the things that cultivate joyful, happy learning and living.

Any healing we do for ourselves, we do for everyone. Let’s take the lead this Fall and get ALL of our forgiveness done.

Forgiveness is the #1 tool for awakening, for healing, for liberation. We can prove that forgiveness is liberating, and then we’re modeling it for everyone.

I’m choosing liberation. How about you?

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Relationship Weather

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Here in North America, autumn has just arrived. I love Fall, but I love all the other seasons too. I really don’t have a super strong preference anymore. All four seasons are so great.

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan (my parents met at the University of Michigan) and when I was 9, we moved to Rhode Island. Both of those places have HARD winters, but not as hard as Maine.

I lived for several years on Deer Isle, an island off the cost of Maine. But winters there are not as rough as on the mainland, and up north and inland.

The worst cold I’ve ever experienced was once, on Deer Isle, when it got to 20 below zero. That’s about -29 Celsius. Brrrrrrrrr, cold! At that temperature, it actually hurts. Your nose hairs freeze!

And still, I don’t mind winter. I LOVE it. I love the snow, and even the cold. I love the change of seasons. After 22 years of living in Los Angeles, and experiencing mostly the same thing every day, it’s so wonderful to experience weather again.

I like weather on the outside, but not on the inside. Peace is never boring to me. Peace is where it’s at.

Sometimes, in our relationships, it can seem like we hit stormy weather. It can feel like a fire, a flood, an earthquake or an hurricane. Maybe you’ve felt a volcanic eruption. I certainly have!

When we go through the rough times, and we don’t hold it against each other, when we can have compassion and extend Love for what others are going through, then people can feel the REAL Love – they can feel that it’s not conditional, and that it’s genuine.

Sometimes, there’s a great benefit to going through a difficulty.

I’ve been through tough times in my very closest relationships and, because we have Love and compassion, we got through it, and then we’re even closer, even more connected, having gone through a rough patch. And, there’s no holding onto the past.

My favorite A Course in Miracles lesson is #68 Love holds no grievances.

When the relationship storms hit, we can rise to higher ground!

Love holds no grievances, nor do I.
Practicing forgiveness has helped me to heal my heart.

I have such gratitude for my relationship healing that I cannot begin to express it. My life is ENTIRELY different. I feel completely different from how I used to feel. That’s worth everything!

We can activate the grace of God.
Forgiveness is that great activator.

In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.

If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!

I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!

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Peace Lights

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

When I’ve felt blasted by the storms of emotions and drama, whether it’s been of my own making or someone else’s, my spiritual practice of non-judgment and nonviolence is my rock. It’s a haven of Infinite Patience and Love inside my own mind.

So often I see folks do things that make no sense. We lose perspective, and then we suffer and make crazy choices.

At times, folks are deliberately unkind; they’re selfish and hurtful. People respond without thinking, and are rude. I’ve done so much of that in my life.

Some people are discouraging when they could be encouraging. My practice of non-judgment forces me to look at my motivations and intentions, and to consistently choose the most loving intention, regardless of where my emotions are.

My spiritual practice of non-judgment is a practice of Infinite Compassion. It is the daily practice of walking in Spirit. Just as that farm girl from Kansas put on the ruby slippers and remembered her personal power that could take her back home, my personal practice of nonviolence takes me back home to the spiritual truth of all life: I AM One with All that is.

If I hate the one who hates, I’ve lost my power. I’m wearing their shoes, and they can never fit. If I am rude to the one who is rude, I am living someone else’s pain. If I have no compassion for the one who has no compassion, I am spending my precious energy magnifying someone else’s hurt. Every moment, I choose whose shoes I’ll stand in. Every moment, I can choose anew and change the course of my life. When I make the highest choice I can reach for in the moment, I lift the world.

Mother Theresa taught us, “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway… Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.”

When I look at Mother Theresa’s life and the lives of Buddha, Jesus, St. Francis, Gandhi, King and Thich Nhat Hanh, I see the power in their moment-to-moment practice of choosing Love in much more difficult circumstances than I’ve ever faced. I choose to carry, close to me, this awareness of those who went before me. This is my “ruby slipper practice”. In every moment, I remember my intention to Love and I am that. How grateful I am that, no matter where I am, no matter what is happening in and around me, I can have a “ruby slipper moment” and come home to my heart.

Today I’m participating in an event, Connect for Peace, in NYC with the Peace Lights Organization and I’m so grateful! If you’re in the city, check out the details and join us. I’d love to see you there!

Today, I walk in God’s Shoes. I see with God’s Eyes. I stand in the loving intention of those who went before me, and I AM that. Infinite Patience brings the Peace that takes me home.

Peace is our natural state. In order to experience the Peace that is our inheritance, we give up that which is blocking our Peace. In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do. If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!

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Intuition or Ego

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

So many times I’ve had the experience of getting an idea to do something and not knowing if it was ego or intuition. I’d struggle with it. Ultimately, it would come down to me choosing what I wanted most. That wasn’t always a good thing.

I’m often asked – “How can I tell if it’s ego or intuition?” We’d like to know, so we can choose correctly – or so it seems. What I’ve witnessed and learned from is that many people say they’d like to have greater intuition, but they’ll reject the guidance if it doesn’t match their plan.

Yes, as long as we’re IDENTIFIED with the ego personality, the separate selfish self, then we’ll be confused about whether or not what we think is guidance from Spirit really is guidance. It’s painful not knowing. It’s intensely challenging sometimes.

What helps is if we’re willing to really follow Spirit’s guidance. It also helps if we’re doing lots of forgiveness and we’re dropping our judgments because that allows us to hear, feel, see and know more clearly what’s really going on. Our false beliefs, opinions, resentments, blame and shame cloud our view.

Intuition is a still, small voice that is so distinct,
it can be heard over the cacophony of the ego
because it’s a higher vibration,
not because it’s louder.
Be willing to listen and you shall hear.

Intuition is without judgment – that’s what gives it the smallness.
Intuition is pure Love – that’s what gives it the stillness.

Have you ever been able to recognize the still, small “voice” through the intensity of ego insanity? Have you been able to follow it? Did it bring you miracles? Please share in the comments section below! I’d love to know!

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No More Negative Self-Talk

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

I used to go through periods where I judged myself to be the worst of the worst. One of the most painful things in my life was repeating the same relationship experiences. I’d have the same arguments with the same people, and I’d be left feeling hopeless and helpless to dig out of the hole I was in.

We all have our own particular ego vices and devices. When I was REALLY threatened, I’d find any kind of an attack thought to throw at people to let them know to stay away from me. I’d say unkind things and feel out of control. It was demoralizing.

My uncontrollable upset behavior was just the proof I needed to convince myself that I was a total loser and there was no cure for what I had. I’d feel so upset it would be like my whole being was on fire – it was. I was feeling the destructive burning of my attack thoughts. I was feeling the searing pain of my false beliefs being “proven” yet again.

I had a desperate need to be right ALL of the time, to mask my insecurities. I couldn’t handle any kind of judgment at all. When I’d start judging myself, I’d implode with desperation.

My life went on like that for decades.

This weekend I’m at another intensive yoga teacher training. It’s definitely kicking my butt. Many of these meditations with movements are held for 31 minutes or longer. The majority of them are difficult and some are extremely difficult. Some are mentally challenging, some are physically challenging and some are both.

My teacher has shared with people the Hawaiian forgiveness tool that I also share in my classes: Ho’oponopono. She has cards that have the Ho’oponopono prayer on it that she gives to each person so that they will remember to be kind to themselves when the meditations are so demanding and it seems impossible to do them as they’re intended.

In the midst of this experience, I am reminded that I have almost completely eliminated all negative self-talk. Whatever my experience is in the meditation, I am glad to be here and have the opportunity. There’s no self-judgment no matter how hard it is for me or how many times I seem to fail.

Negative self-talk is a rare thing for me these days.
I never thought that was possible for me.

Catch this: Because I now know it’s possible, I can help others believe it’s possible. They’re healing so much faster than me because they believe it’s possible for them. It took me decades to get to that place. Now, folks in my classes get there in a fraction of the time.

I thought I could improve my situation, but healing didn’t actually seem fully possible for me. I was too far gone. I was so obviously on the outside of “good.” That’s what I believed, and because I believed it I felt it was true and I saw evidence of it EVERYWHERE.

I know that forgiveness is the key to my transformation. Forgiveness is still the key today.

Forgiveness is a miracle in the mind.
All healing happens at the level of the mind.
Then the healing makes its way to the rest of our lives, showing up in form.
And miracles show up in form too!

We resist doing the forgiveness because it feels so intimidating to look at the intensity of our thoughts and feelings. I was SOOO reluctant to do that work. What I see for most of us is that we resist until it becomes so painful we can no longer stand it.

Pain is a great motivator.
And I don’t wish to be motivated by pain any more.

I’d rather be pulled by a vision of healing relationships and enjoying every situation and feeling secure and safe ALL of the time.

One of the main things I’ve realized is that unforgiveness, resentments and regrets, are major blocks to our healing, our abundance, our relationship transformation and our physical healing. Not only that, but unforgiveness blocks our intuition.

Without the ability to listen to our intuition, the ego is in charge.
Without the ability to be truly guided and inspired throughout our days, we tend to repeat the past.

As a spiritual counselor, I often talk with people who have reached a point of no longer being able to tolerate the pain. We wait until things get so bad we can’t stand it anymore and then we are finally willing to look for a solution.

I did the same thing.

Now, I’m grateful because I can really understand much of what people are going through and I can support them in breaking free of those painful patterns.

This is precisely why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me today and every day in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world.

Two things for you to know about if you’re interested in this level of healing and transformation:
I have my Forgive & Be Free retreat coming up the first weekend in October, and it’s followed by my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive.

If you have any interest in learning more about these programs, and discussing it with someone who has done them before, you can talk to one of the spiritual counselors, it’s no cost, and see if any of these programs are right for you right now. Click here to arrange for a consultation to get your questions answered.

There’s a whole lot of healing going on and I invite you to become a forgiveness expert – it’s SO worth it. Forgiveness is free and it’s the most beneficial tool we have!

I feel blessed now, my life has changed so much. I feel so completely different from how I used to feel. I’m so grateful that Spirit cannot possibly fail. When we work with Spirit, we can’t fail either! Universal Love is always for us, let’s practice today!
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Wrong Perspective

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

I saw in the news yesterday that some of the people who were in the path of storm didn’t evacuate and then had to be rescued. I can relate to that. I have been in denial many times in my life. I’ve ignored the signs. I’ve refused help, and then found myself in a rough situation. It’s painful.

A Course in Miracles tells us that pain is a wrong perspective. The painful perspective is always one where we’re feeling separate from Spirit and on our own, struggling to figure things out and to work our will.

One of the great gifts of my spiritual practice is that now I see, feel, and know that everything is working together for my good. I truly feel that Life itself is for me. Nothing is against me.

I write so often about not giving up and holding the high watch for others because IT WORKS! We must persevere and not give up when it comes to shifting our perspective.

It’s very easy to get inured to pain and suffering. As a spiritual counselor 18 years now, I’ve seen it again and again. That’s why spiritual healing and awakening is so miraculous! Spiritual practice is profoundly transformative and it picks up speed as we go along.

We are not a body.
We are pure Spirit.
Spirit is the ONLY power there is.

Where in your life are you experiencing ANY kind of pain that you’ve just gotten used to?

Forgive yourself for allowing that sleepwalking to occur.
Forgive yourself for letting it go on so long.
Then give the healing to the Holy Spirit and ALLOW the healing to happen.

We cannot allow the healing to happen while simultaneously be complaining, judging and criticizing. I know a lot about this!

I’ve learned the power of positive affirmations and letting Spirit show me the way.

As I hold the high watch for others and energize their healing and transformation, I witness my own healing happening. It’s never boring and always spectacular!

Forgiveness is the key to giving us the strength of mind to call forth and accept a better life. Forgive yourself for delaying, resisting or procrastinating and move into the healing zone.

Pain really is a perspective that’s wrong-minded and not necessary. Let’s open ourselves to ALL manner of support and transcend the belief in limitations. Let us not suffer anymore!

I focus on self-forgiveness in my life, my work and in everything – it’s so powerful and transformative. I truly believe it is the only way out of our difficulties. Would you like to experience some lasting transformation and start living a happier life? Join me at my Forgive & Be Free Retreat next month!

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Hurricane

Friday, September 14th, 2018

As the hurricane Florence is landing here in the U.S., my thoughts are with all the millions of people who will be affected. My prayers are with those who are frightened and who have lost power and whose property is even now being ravaged. God bless them.

I bless all those who provide service and care to those who have and been and will be touched by the storm.

For me, the storm, and all storms, are an expression of our collective thought and belief. The floods, the fires, the wind and rain, is all an outward manifestation of our own collective inner turmoil.

As we all know, our thoughts and beliefs become manifest in one form or another. Form is thought in the mental body, emotion in the emotional body, physical experience in the physical body, and it’s also the relationships, situations and circumstances of our life.

This is why self-forgiveness is the #1 tool we have to transform EVERYTHING.

There is much hidden guilt, shame and self-condemnation for the millions of unloving and unkind thoughts that we have perpetuated lifetime after lifetime.

I’m certain that our own self-forgiveness is the way out of every single challenge that we have, and it also changes the weather.

And this is why I focus on self-forgiveness in my life, my work and in everything – it’s so powerful and transformative. I truly believe it is the only way out of our difficulties. (Join me at my Forgive & Be Free Retreat next month.)

I witness that the storms last September and this September have significantly reduced as they hit they approached landfall. I understand that this is because of the effect the land has on the storm, but I also feel that everyone’s prayers and outpouring Love and compassion really do help reduce the storm alleviate the suffering caused by it.

One thing is not to dwell on the negative anticipation of the storm, and the negative effects of the storm. Our minds are so powerful, let us not dwell on that which we do not wish to see and experience. This way we can be truly helpful!

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Forgiveness & Miracles

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

I’ve been teaching forgiveness for 18 years and I cannot even count the number of times I’ve seen extraordinary miracles come as a result of someone FINALLY being willing to forgive.

A Course in Miracles tells us that a miracle is when we let go of the ego thought system and align with Love. That’s what brings the miracle experience in our lives – the change of thought.

Forgiveness is a change in our thinking. It’s letting go of that ego thought of attack and separation. Forgiveness is aligning with Love. Forgiveness brings miracles on all levels: mental, emotional, physical, etheric and even the basic circumstances of our lives.
The challenge for most people is getting to actual forgiveness, because just saying “I forgive” doesn’t mean much at all.

Some people aren’t willing to drop their attack thoughts. They feel they need them to protect themselves, but the truth is that their attack thoughts are attacking themselves. I’m an expert because I did it myself – for YEARS! And, I paid the price for it.
I’ve had many, many conversations with people who have told me that they said “I forgive them,” a hundred times, but they are still haunted, troubled and tortured by the past. And it’s even harder for people to forgive themselves …

… or so we think.

Fortunately, it’s not true.

I’ve asked many ACIM teachers “how do you help people to forgive?”

The response I frequently get is, “I tell them they have to let it go.”

If I walked into a room full of people who were spiritual students and asked them, “how many of you know how to let something go,” only a few would raise their hands. And they would likely just be pretending – (unless you’ve been in class with me, because then you definitely know.)

It’s not that getting over it is so hard, it’s just that we often cling to our wounds because we’re identified with being wounded. We often don’t actually want to get over it.

I had to ask myself: “Who will I be if I’m not wounded anymore?”

What would I do with all that energy I was pouring into holding onto the grievances and complaints?

The answer for me was, be helpful to others, live a happy life, stop repeating the same errors, feel inspired, and have fun!

People recognize that if they were to forgive and feel free then they’d have no good excuse for standing in their power and shining their light in this world.

A lot of people don’t forgive because they fear they’d be expected to rise to their divinity, share their gifts and talents and move into whole new levels of prosperity.

Prosperity is SO MUCH more than just financial abundance.

Prosperity is being in the flow of Love.

It’s getting a good night’s sleep and having a healthy digestive system.

It’s having harmonious relationships.

It’s standing in your power as a representative of the divine.

People don’t feel worthy and so they play small and they hold onto the resentments, regrets, guilt, blame and shame as a way of delaying being fully awake in this world.

I can see in my own life and in the lives of those who are doing this work of truly forgiving and truly letting the past go, they are seeing themselves rise and shine. They are stepping into their magnificence. They’re becoming unstoppable. They’re living more and more without fear. They’re having a whole lot more love in their lives. They’re moving out of resistance, reluctance and isolation.

One of the reasons that I share HOW to forgive in such a practical, understandable way is that it takes the mystery out of it so people keep doing it.

What I’ve learned is that people, left to their own devices, feel inadequate to dig deep and do this forgiveness work.

And so we delay, we resist.

We let our happiness be in the future.

Happiness in the future doesn’t exist.

And that’s why I offer my Forgive & Be Free Retreat. So far, I’ve been doing it once per year. What I see is that the people who come and do the work are much more likely to change their lives and start experiencing miraculous healing.

Of course, it’s much easier to do this forgiveness work as a group.

It’s just like this:

Who wants to go into a scary dark, abandoned building with a flashlight by themselves? No one!

BUT, would YOU be willing to go into that scary, dark abandoned building with a flashlight and with 20 friends who have bright lights, delicious food, laughter and a sense of humor – in order to live a miraculous life and not be afraid of the dark anymore?

Together we can balance the deep emotional clearing with a lot of laughter, pampering and fun. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish in just a few days – with people who have waited many years, and even decades for the “right moment.”

We must make the decision to choose our healing and to choose our liberation. In ACIM, we’re told again and again that we are the ones who must decide. We are the ones who make the choice. We don’t have to figure out HOW to have a healing, but we do have to choose to release the resistance and reluctance.

Miracles naturally flow from forgiveness.

Unforgiveness blocks our miraculous life.

Last year, Carolyn Khomyak came to my Forgive & Be Free Retreat feeling very intensely upset. Since then, her life, her work, her relationships have shifted tremendously. I’ve seen her miracles unfold. Here’s what she wrote to me a few weeks after she returned home:

“What a Retreat! I was living in such with such deep hurt and was not sure if I would be able to move past it. I lived there for about almost a year. When I left your retreat I felt catapulted into a feeling of lightness like I had moved on. I went home with an open heart. The other things that I learned I carry with me through my days and I continue to evolve. I want to thank you so much for the beautiful work that you do!

My intention was to rise to my higher power and transcend my hurts fully and become the strongest most beautiful version of my spirit for the benefit of my happiness and my ability as a woman to share this love, strength and forgiveness as a ripple effect to my family. Thank you for this experience that led me here and for the tools that continue to support my intention!” 

~ Carolyn

I’ve witnessed Carolyn’s willingness increase dramatically and the transformation in her heart, her mind and her life. It’s been beautiful to be a part of.

Forgiveness brings miracles, it’s liberating, it’s life-changing.

We have so much more to do with outlives then hold onto the upsets from the past.

Now’s the time!
Only you know if this is the right time for you to join with me and the others on my October Forgive & Be Free Retreat. Trust your inner guide.

Knowing how healing it is to do this work in October, before the holidays and before all the old holiday and end-of-the-year triggers start coming, before the family events, the memories of loss and betrayal, the dark days of the year – I offer this forgiveness opportunity in October and I’m inviting YOU to come join me. Payment plans are available!

When we do the forgiveness together it’s so much more fun, it’s easier and we get it DONE!

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Peace IS the Way

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

There are so many things in this world that are happening right now that are intense. Very intense. I’m thinking of the folks who are anticipating the hurricane, Florence. I’m thinking of the people who are very concerned about the election, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I’m thinking about the people who are concerned with personal issues for their family and themselves.

It’s a time where many things are challenging. And, there is a current of healing and transformation under all of it.

Frequently, I speak with people who are very concerned about all manner of things. People who are frightened and worried and feeling overwhelmed. It can be their personal health or it can be the political news.

This is one of the reasons why I write every day and pray every day. I pray many times a day and I’ve learned to trust prayer.

I pray that the truth be revealed and that Love prevails.
I pray that Love be revealed and truth prevail.

I place my faith in that prayer to bring the healing for all of us.

Even with a hurricane, truth and Love lift us up above the dangers of the storm.

Native Americans believe that the winds, and storms are a manifestation of our own inner turmoil. The antidote to the increasing floods, fires, storms and earthquakes is in our mind.

Let us not think that we can be angry at the customer service rep for the bank who seems to make it impossible for us to resolve the issue and that it doesn’t effect everything in this world. It does.

The butterfly effect is real.

To support all beings having a peaceful life, we must choose Peace.

There is no way TO Peace, Peace IS the way.

We don’t have to find the way to Peace. Spirit will carry us there if we’re willing.

If you were being held up at gun point, and terrified of being shot and killed, the antidote might be to see the attacker place the weapon on the ground.

We can do that in our own mind.
Give the Higher Holy Spirit Self the weapon, the attack thoughts and let Spirit neutralize the cause of your upset. It can be done if you ALLOW it.

This is the key!

Our attack thoughts are the weapons we can lay on the altar for healing. In the comments section below, please place a comment – what are you laying on the altar today? Let’s hold it in Love and prayer together!

Allow the healing.
Invoke the Spirit.
Call the angels for back up!

God has a plan to lift us all in Love, let’s allow it today.

Let’s walk in Peace today. Peace is the way we walk in God.

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Activator

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Yesterday I was sharing a simple bio of myself for a project I’m going to participate in where people won’t know me. In a few short sentences, I’d like to be able to communicate what’s most important for someone to know about me.

The #1 thing I’d wish for people to know about me is that I’m on a path of awakening and enlightenment. I am not seeking enlightenment, I’m finding it. They might seem arrogant to some, but to me it’s actually arrogance to think that I’m not. I clearly am.

There wasn’t room to write much in this bio, but I also wished to share that I’ve learned that true Joy comes from forgetting who I thought I was and learning what I really am, while being of service to the Light.

And probably the next most important thing to me is that I’ve truly learned the liberating power of forgiveness and I’ve dedicated myself to helping others to find their way to fully forgive for their Freedom.

I live as a spiritual activist and activator. It’s my very nature.

Those are the most important things.

Next, I think I’d like to say that I’ve learned how to be compassionate most of the time. I’ve learned that I’d rather be loving than be right, most of the time. I’ve learned that true humility is knowing that no one is better than me and no one is less than me because we’re all one, inseparable. The beauty is in the oneness. The wholeness is in the oneness.

When I travel, as I often do, people are frequently asking me where I’m from. I usually tell them where I just came from. They may ask me how long I lived there. That’s when I tell them that I don’t live there, I just came from there. For instance, if you asked me today where I came from, I’d say Knoxville, TN. If you asked me how long I lived there, I’d say “2 nights and one day.”

People often then ask me where my home is.
I tell them I don’t have a home.
Then they ask me where I’m based.
I say that I’m not based anywhere.
They ask me where my stuff is. I tell them I have stuff in several places.
Then I ask them, why do you want to know where my stuff is?

I get it. People are trying to find a reference point to relate to me. I get it.

I’d just prefer to relate to people on a higher level of connection then where my things are, and how long I’ve lived in a place. Those aren’t wrong or bad, they’re just not as interesting as what our aspirations are, and what we’ve learned about life that’s worth sharing.

Again, I live as a spiritual activist and activator. It’s my very nature.

Where I was born, where I’ve lived, what school I went to, those things are less interesting to me than what I know about prayer and how I learned it.

I used to hate this life, and now I love it. That’s much more important than where my stuff is.

Next time you’d like to find common ground with someone, see if you can think outside the box of human history in relating and find a spiritual connection.

Let’s have fun and start new conversations! Let me know what ideas you have! Let’s learn from each other – please share in the comments below!

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Painful Challenges

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

I’m writing this on Saturday night. I was genuinely concerned this morning, as I set out for my day, that this would be a day with a lot of pain and perhaps it would be discouraging in some way. Maybe there could even be a bit of humiliation.

That’s why, this morning, as I was preparing for my day, I made up my mind that whatever came, it would be for my highest good and I would feel stronger and better for it.

You see, I’m writing to you from Knoxville, Tennessee where I was at an all day kundalini yoga intensive that’s part of my kundalini yoga teacher training requirement. Yes, I’m studying to be a kundalini yoga teacher, although I really have no intention to be teaching classes beyond what I offer on my retreats.

I’d heard that the training I was attending today would be very, very challenging. Friends who had done this intensive day didn’t really even wish to tell me about it, they just encouraged me to “trust in the process.” They told me “you can do it.”

I wasn’t THAT concerned until I got those text messages last night and this morning. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it until I got the message “you can do it.” Yikes!

So, yes, today was challenging.
At times, yes, it was painful.

We were holding postures for 31 minutes.
We did one exercise for 62 minutes straight.
Yes, it was intense.

I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to take a break, and as long as I wasn’t concerned about injury, I’d just keep going through any pain or strain.

I know that all healing is at the level of the mind, and that’s where the breakthroughs and miracles happen too.

I support people in breakthroughs all the time. Today it was my turn.

When it got intense, and I felt like stopping for even a minute, I relaxed my mind, and my body, while maintaining the exercise.

I called up on the angels to help us all – and to help all beings who were challenged in the moment.

I invoked the Violet Flame of Transformation over and over again.

And it WAS miraculous.
The pain dissolved.
I stayed strong.
Not only that, but I was doing all of these exercises with a partner, and I was able to hold her up mentally so that she could accomplish them too.

Honestly, it was amazing.
I was so grateful that it was SO MUCH easier than I ever thought it would be.

During the last 31 minute exercise, we were also singing the song Every Heartbeat over and over. Part of the lyric for this love song is:

In me, with every beat of my heart, I feel the presence of You.
And in me, with every breath You impart, I’m in the rhythm with You.
In me, from the sounds that I hear, I play the music of You.
Within me, through Your words You are here, so I sing the glory of You.

At one point, I started to cry because I felt so aligned with the author of the song, Snatam Kaur and her Love of God. So beautiful. So precious.

Click below to hear the song at youtube.

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What my experience today affirmed for me is the power of intention. When we hold an intention strongly then it’s placed in the mind of God and there’s no opposition unless we entertain opposition.

Today, I made up my mind to travel through the challenges with the full support of the invisible field of Ascended Masters and Angels. I said YES to meeting the challenge and rising above it. I felt lifted and carried. The pain left me as I called upon the angels. The concerns left me as I worked with the Violet Flame.

So much more is possible for us.
We must rise above the ego’s thinking.
Enough already. It’s time for us to live our destiny.

I’m making a kundalini yoga class video to share with you and invite you to consider adding it to your spiritual practice.

I feel so strongly that now is the time for us to really go for it, to pull out all the stops, and to be in shape mentally, physically, spiritually, in preparation for our awakening. This awakening is thrilling. It’s easier than I ever thought and it’s a huge relief.

I love Kundalini yoga because it is a spiritual practice for awakening the mind and liberating the Spirit from the traps of the ego. It’s so much more than an exercise program and I’d like to share it with you.

One of the teachers watching the room full of people who had traveled from all over for this day of intense effort said to me and my partner after the most challenging part, “that was amazing! You were amazing!”

I said that I was amazed to, as I hadn’t been exercising that much in the last month or two. And she said, it was the strength of your nervous system, not physical strength. I do know that my spiritual practice and my yoga practice has greatly strengthened my nervous system and that supports the undoing of the ego attachments in a very profound way. This I would like to share with those who are interested. Stay tuned.

There’s a whole lot of healing going on and I invite you to follow your intuition wherever it leads you. Spirit may not always make sense at first, but having trust and faith we find our way to MUCH higher ground and then we can extend a hand to others and we’re all living on higher ground! Yes!

If you’re interested in learning more about kundalini yoga, please place a comment below and let me know!

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Intention

Friday, September 7th, 2018

I’ve heard people poo poo intention as a thing of any real value. They seemed to be convinced that intention wasn’t worthwhile. I have to say, the more I experience life on planet earth, the more I am convinced of the value of intention.

So often when people I talk with are not having the experience they’d like and I ask them what their intention is, they don’t have one or they have an intention that’s limiting and therefore generating their experience of limitation.

If you’d like to have a powerful, loving, intimate, nurturing relationship, intend it. Hold a strong intention to experience it. You do not need to have even 1 clue how it could ever occur, intend it. Hoping that things will improve is not very helpful. It’s better than being in despair, but it’s a far cry from a strong intention.

If you’d like to experience deeply fulfilling work, that’s creative and pays well, and that you enjoy and can use to bring benefit to all beings, intend it. Fully hold the intention that this is what you are doing and it’s happening now. Hoping things will change is not intentional.

If you’d like to experience healing in your physical body, please hold the intention to experience God’s grace and goodness vibrating through every cell, fiber and function, ever muscle and synapse, ever aspect of your being now and forever. That’s a strong intention. Hoping to feel better is not.

We are one with GOD, almighty Power and Presence, made in the image and likeness of, endowed with full access to the one mind. Let’s stop pretending that we’re lost in time and space. We are at the very center of God’s infinite goodness and we have an opportunity to express magnificence each moment. Let’s access that!

Let’s stand with strong intention to re-present our creator with Joy and share the benefits with all beings.

What is your intention?
Please let me know in the comments and I’ll hold it with you!

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Spiritual Community

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

People are having breakthroughs!
The ripple effect is everywhere to be seen!

Back in the mid-1980’s I had a realization, it came with a visual, which I don’t usually get, but in that moment I had a clear vision of myself as being a Light Being. I had a moment of clarity where I could really sense that I was moving in a direction of pure perfection.

At that time, I believed it would take a hundred lifetimes to accomplish the feat of returning to my perfect natural state as pure light, but I didn’t care. It was a turning point in my life. I started to make a priority of being kind, loving, and compassionate. I knew I had a long way to go, and I just wished to do the best I could do in this life time.

I began to shift and change, to lighten up at a pace much faster than I’d ever imagined possible. At the end of three years I’d increased my Light as far as I’d previously believed I could do in a whole life time. That was AMAZING to me.

While half of the time I feel as though I have to repeat the same lessons so many times that I seem to be mentally deficient. Other times I can get things pretty quickly and move through them with a lot of grace.

Life is so unpredictable!

What experience has taught me is to give it my best and not judge my progress or my effort. Imagine that you’re driving across all of Europe, it would be a much more difficult journey if you’re going the whole way focused on the rear view mirror. Much better to keep your focus on where you are and where you’re headed.

Just focus on where you’re headed.
Not in a fantasy of where you’d like to go, but where you’re actually intending to go this day, this week, this month. Have strong intention.

And be part of a team.

Yesterday I was blessed to be able to have a call with many who are in leadership with Power of Love Ministry. Things are growing in such a beautiful way and it’s powerful to see how much we are all growing into our true Higher Self expressions. I witness these beautiful souls shift and change and grow weekly.

This community is loving and strong.
It’s supportive and inspiring.
The leadership is IMPRESSIVE.
And all of that continues to increase with every passing year.

Never doubt the ripple effect of each loving choice that you make.

I witness so many people bring a loving revival to their families and their workplace because of the choices they make to be more their true selves.

For me, it’s been extraordinary to discover that where I once believed that my true self was evil, bad and wrong, and I needed to keep it hidden, now I absolutely KNOW that everyone’s true self is beautiful, loving and strong.

I spent so many years in despair thinking there was something wrong with me. Now, I can use what I learned during that time to help others that feel the way I did. And they can help others, and they can help others and together we are rising in Love. It’s a very beautiful thing to behold.

If you’re like me, and think you don’t have what it takes, then you may find that doing what I did is helpful. I took it one moment at a time, looking for the loving choices and making as many as I could. I simply kept my attention on where I was and where I was headed. My intention kept me aligned with Spirit even though I went off track at least 1,000 times per day.

Spirit cannot fail. Let’s put Spirit in charge to get to where we’d like to be!

WE START TODAY: So often, people tell me how my Finding Freedom From Fear class was the turning point for them in their relationships and in how they felt about themselves. They tell me that now their life is completely different. If you’re ready for a turning point, please consider joining me! Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp with ACIM Principles starts on Thursday!

If you’d like support in doing this work of letting go of the past and being that impetus for healing in your family and in your workplace without getting discouraged and giving up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work.

I find that when we do the work together we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

COME BACK! Have you already taken Finding Freedom from Fear Spiritual Bootcamp?
There’s a special offer to repeat right NOW – Join us before Thursday and it’s only $22 per month – join for two months and take advantage of all the new aspects of the class and get the support of the small group in the Freedom Circle!

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Rise

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

This week in Masterful Living people have been talking about how difficult things were in their relationships before they had the tools of transformation. I feel the same way! I’m just finishing up 10-day vacation with my family, and for me, the relationships just keep getting better and stronger. It’s a continuous healing and spiraling up, but I haven’t always felt that way. Just the opposite.

I used to spend much of my family vacation affirming what I did NOT want, and what I did NOT like and drawing painful conclusions that I’d just keep affirming again and again.

I used to regularly consider the idea of never speaking to any of them again. That idea was on a loop in my head for decades. How did I get it out? That’s what I focused on sharing in my classes now. It’s what I share about every week in my radio show.

As A Course in Miracles tells us, our relationships are the very best tool we have for transforming our mind.

It does take a great willingness.
And it so much easier to do it with a group of like-minded souls.

I used to crash and burn so often.
I used to give up so easily.

When I think about it, it’s so crazy that I had the discipline to hold on to a grudge for decades, but not to fee myself from the suffering it caused.

I’d say “I forgive” but I didn’t really mean it because I’d hold onto the judgment and keep energizing it. What I really was HOPING for was that if I said, I FORGIVE, the pain would stop.

Now, I’m SO GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL, for my experience! Why? Because I went so low, I can rise so high!

Now, when others are telling me about their challenges, I can really use what I’ve learned to help others rise out of the hole of helplessness that I used to feel.

Yes, we can RISE out of the hole, we don’t have to climb or dig, we can rise.

With great willingness we can be lifted and carried.

It’s all about NOT going it alone anymore.
Suffering in semi-silence, and feeling alone was my thing.

I really didn’t know where to go or what to do in order to rise up. I had to figure it out. I had to rely on Spirit, it just took me a very long time to be willing.

This is a time of ancient patterns coming up to the surface with intensity and healing is happening in our hearts and miracles are demonstrating every where. This is the reason why we’re here at this time. To do our own inner work, to let the past go and bring benefit to all humanity.

We have what it takes!
Spirit cannot and does not fail.
We only fail when we go alone, furthering the belief in separation.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, we succeed when we’re co-workers with God. That’s how we rise up and find the better way. It’s always there for us when we’re willing to see with the eyes of Love.

Just yesterday, someone told me how my Finding Freedom From Fear class was the turning point for them in their relationships and in how they felt about themselves. If you’re ready for a turning point, please consider joining me! Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp with ACIM Principles starts on Thursday!

If you’d like support in doing this work of letting go of the past and being that impetus for healing in your family and in your workplace without getting discouraged and giving up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work.

I find that when we do the work together we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

COME BACK! Have you already taken Finding Freedom from Fear Spiritual Bootcamp?
There’s a special offer to repeat right NOW – Join us before Thursday and it’s only $22 per month – join for two months and take advantage of all the new aspects of the class and get the support of the small group in the Freedom Circle!

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.

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Stand In the Open

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

So often I feel moved to write a Daily Spiritual Espresso that’s entitled Don’t Give Up, but then I think about half of my daily blogs would be called that. Maybe I could rename the Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso and call it Daily Reminder to Not Give UP! LOL.

The alternate title for today is Don’t Give Up, but Spirit showed me the title Stand In the Open instead.

You may have heard me say this:

The judger always feels judged.
The attacker always feels attacked.
The lover always feels beloved.

That’s been my life learning and it’s been a helpful reminder to me. I can choose my experience. I prefer to feel beloved ALL the time, and yet sometimes, I forget.

For decades I didn’t know that the judgment I felt and the attacks I felt could bother me or not bother me. It took me a good many years to realize that when I was self-loving other people’s attacks didn’t bother me. They became cries for Love that I could answer by extending compassion and kindness.

I am not always successful, but my batting average is getting better and better and I am grateful for that every day.

When I fail at being loving, my recovery time is getting shorter and shorter and I’m celebrating that every day.

VICTORY!
I AM VICTORIOUS!

I AM God victorious when I realize that someone else is trigged and I can do the opposite of what I would have done in the past. In the past I would have been so threatened that I’d have to poke the bear just to feel righteous that it was all them and not me. Ugh.

I AM God victorious when I feel the patterns of separation coming up for healing and I choose healing.

I am dedicating my life to this because I never thought I could be truly excellent at anything. God is excellent as me when I am willing to let the past go.

No matter how long and intense the past has been, I can let ALL of it go now. That is my redemption. I can offer it to myself and share it with others. In fact, that’s my goal. That’s my heart’s desire. That’s my passion.

I see everything in my life being continuously transformed through my choosing Freedom and finding that it was there all along – I could have chosen sooner, but that I’m choosing now is the miracle that I’m focused on.

I used to hide in the shadows with my little daggers of judgment and attack. I used to creep around people offering my complaints and criticisms.

Now, I can stand in the open, with humility and ask for support. I can ask for collaboration in healing. I can share what I’ve learned without thinking I’m superior. It’s a huge relief.

I can stand in the Light and simply feel free and that’s all because I didn’t give up.

Don’t give up!

If you’d like support in doing this work of letting go of the past and being that impetus for healing in your family and in your workplace without getting discouraged and giving up, please consider taking my Finding Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work.

I find that when we do the work together we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp with ACIM Principles starts on Thursday!

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is When Your Family Isn’t Spiritual.

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