Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

Mirroring

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

One of the questions I frequently get is, whether or not a situation is a mirror or not. For instance, if someone treats me badly, is it a mirror? Well… it might be. But, it also might not be. And, there is a way to know clearly if your experience is mirroring something in your consciousness back to you, and it’s really good to be able to know whether it is or not so, you can deal with it appropriately.

It’s also very valuable to know that the mirror is always valuable. It’s not to hurt us or upset us. It’s to help us see what we haven’t been able to recognize in ourselves. And often, when we can see it in others, then we can have more compassion for it then when we see it in ourselves.

If we haven’t healed whatever the issue is, and it’s being mirrored back to us, there’s a great opportunity for expansion and healing. We can be grateful for the mirror and the trigger both! The mirror is helping us to bring the darkness to the Light for healing

Here’s how you tell if it’s a mirror of your unhealed stuff or not:

It’s your mirror if if upsets you.
If it upsets you, then there’s something to be transformed and healed, something to RE-cognize. Seize the opportunity. Invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self to heal it for you. Pushing it down or back or away will just delay your healing. We’ve delayed enough, and now’s our time to rise and shine.

If it doesn’t upset you, then it’s a cry for Love, a call for compassion, and you’re experiencing it in order to be truly helpful and a healing presence.

It’s not that complicated! And, it’s SO valuable to be able to recognize the mirror as an opportunity for healing and expansion. It’s a blessing when we realize what it’s for.

The thing that makes it SEEM complicated is our inner conflict.

We often say that we’d like to be a healing presence when, in fact, we sometimes like the idea better than the experience – especially when the experience is messy.

We get to decide how we walk in the world. What’s your way of walking today?

“Teach no one that he is what you would not want to be.

Your brother is the mirror in which you see the image of yourself as long as perception lasts.”

– A Course in Miracles, Text-7. VII. 3:8-9.

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The Path to Lasting Happiness

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

I used to have this aversion to wanting or wishing for something that I didn’t have, unless I could FEEL that there was a way to bring it into manifestation.

I had to ask myself if I was willing to live in the longing and the waiting. Back then, I wasn’t so sure it was possible for me to experience lasting happiness, so I didn’t want to try.

In a certain way, it was about not having an attachment to what I wanted. At the same time I wasn’t allowing myself to ALLOW it to unfold either. I was blocking the very thing I desired.

Since then, I’ve come to learn that this is extremely common. It’s also something that can be transformed pretty quickly.

Healing these hidden patterns of unworthiness that produce the thoughts of lack, attack, shame and guilt are just part of what I share in my yearlong Masterful Living Course. Clearing out these old false belief patterns is what we focus on in Masterful Living, which is why people have such extraordinary results.

Opening up the doors of our consciousness and letting the Light in is so amazing, healing and transformative. It brings forth unexpected miracles.

Every day brings forth beautiful revelations of perfect Love, if we ALLOW it.

Yesterday, I was traveling to Cancun, Mexico for the Annual Global HeartMath Conference. I wasn’t thinking, and I didn’t allow extra time for an international flight.

I got to the airport 1 hour before, and they told me I wouldn’t be able to check in, because I was too close to flight time. I let that be okay, and knew all was well. After about 10 minutes, they told me I could get on the flight and I was all set.

I made the flight, and when I got to the resort where the conference is, I decided to go for a swim and was greeted by a double rainbow and an ocean that was ready and waiting for me.

Would you be willing to be ON a path of happiness, without expectations of anything except miracles – and let go of any idea of what those miracles are? If so, then let’s go together!

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

My gift to you: I offered a Masterful Living Course 2019 preview class which is available on replay right now. Be a support to your family this year like never before! Grab my free class!

Family Forgiveness

Click here now to register and get the download so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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

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Success & Happiness

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

There’s success from the perspective of Spirit and success from the view of ego. I’ve had ego successes that were failures of Spirit. I got the thing I wanted, needed and was craving. And, for that brief moment, I was so happy.

I was happy because I had what I thought I wanted. What I had, I thought, would make me happy.

HOW WRONG I WAS. There, I said it! And, I learned from it. I made the same error so many times, I finally decided to learn from it.

I used to reject my blessings because I didn’t understand what true success was.

Can your relate? Of course you can! This is part of the human experience – but let’s not pass it on to the next generation. Let’s teach only Love and have a healing experience, starting NOW!

It’s never too late to be happy.

Spirit knows what will make us happy. Let’s put Spirit in charge.

Someday, it may be that no one will remember Madonna or Tom Cruise. Franklin Pierce was President of the United States of America for 4 years, and I’ll bet you cannot name one thing he did that is noteworthy or what was happening during his presidency.

If we define success by something outside of us, then we’re missing the opportunity to experience true and lasting success. What is success to you? What do you really value most?

Often, people define success as something achieved on the outside. Success in the world is what most people think of. In my yearlong Masterful Living Course we redefine what success means to us – and it means release from suffering, awakening awareness, feeling more free and more masterful day-by-day. We define success as permanent healing.

Success in the world is always illusory. Even if you build the tallest building, someone might decide to fly a plane into it and send it crashing to the ground, making of it a monument to hurt and anger.

Even if you win the Academy Award for Best Actor like Paul Muni or Paul Scofield for spectacularly brilliant performances (seriously, brilliant work) – people might completely forget you ever existed, and that your accomplishment ever happened. And would it make any difference if we did remember?

The only thing we can take with us from this human life is our awareness. What is your focus now? Are you placing your attention on something that has lasting value? If not, then is it a surprise that you don’t feel successful? It’s not rocket science. It’s actually so very simple. Love is the thing that brings fulfillment. We can Love OURSELVES and find that fulfillment.

What I love about the power of an effective spiritual practice is that you can immediately start to feel successful. With a very simple spiritual practice, you can change your life from messy to miraculous. Are you willing? Consider joining me in Masterful Living Course 2019. We’re going to rock our transformation next year, and we’re starting now!

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

REPLAY NOW AVAILABLE:

Family Forgiveness
Wednesday, November 7

 

Click here now to register and get the replay – I’ll share how to apply this to your family so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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Unity

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Spirit is always leading us to a greater expression of Unity, Love, connection, Oneness, even when it seems like we’re being led away.

I woke up this morning and checked the election results, and here’s what I feel for us here in the United States and around the world:

We’re still divided in what we value. There’s a strong appearance of sides and opposition. With the new shifts in the balance of power in the government, I sense that Spirit is forcing us to look at the pain of acting in a divisive way. It feels to me like we’re choosing to learn what comes from making anyone the enemy or the “bad guy”.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the President, a senator, a governor or a caravan. When we don’t recognize our brothers and sisters are One with us, we’re going to suffer, and it’s our own choice because it’s our decision to separate that causes the pain.

There is no “other”. There just isn’t.

We must change our view to have a new experience.
That’s what the Civil Rights movement taught us.
And yet, here we are, learning it again.

A Course in Miracles tells us so clearly, “Seek not to change the world, but to choose to change your mind about the world.” That’s our calling. That’s our Divine Destiny.

Let us be about our Divine Mother-Father’s business now.

Healing these hidden patterns of divisiveness and suffering are just part of what I share in my yearlong Masterful Living Course. Clearing out these old false belief patterns is what we focus on in Masterful Living, which is why people have such extraordinary results.

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

TODAY My gift to you: I’m offering a Masterful Living Course 2019 preview class this coming Wednesday.

Family Forgiveness
Wednesday, November 7

 

Click here now to register – this class is open to anyone, and I’ll share how to apply this to your family so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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

If you find my Daily Spiritual Espresso and Prayer for Today helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the LIKE button? Also, please “like” and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

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Getting Out From Under Guilt

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The worst thing you can possibly do is not vote in this election. Just kidding. I don’t wish to lay a guilt trip on anyone, but I do wish to share that, underneath all the anger and upset, it’s pretty exciting what’s happening in this election that culminates today.

Approximately 550 schoolteachers are running for local office.
People from all kinds of professions – not politicians – are running for office for the very first time.

They’re inspired to make a difference, and I admire their courage and tenacity!

These people are regular folks, like us, who are inspired to make their communities a better place! I am inspired to support them and help get out the vote.

Today I’ll be driving local college students to the polls so they can vote.

Who can you call or text to get out the vote?
You might not think it matters, but people really respond to encouragement from others, and it inspires them to vote, too!

Today, on my radio show I’m sharing about getting out from under guilt. In Masterful Living we’ve been really discovering all kinds of hidden guilt that’s like a background noise in our mind.

It helps to remember that the guilt isn’t actually real. It’s a manifestation of a belief that we’re bad and wrong for having left God’s perfect Love, and that we deserve to be punished. All guilt is a manifestation of this belief.

You’d be surprised at how much energy is being siphoned off by ego patterns that seem to be running in the background. Add them all up, and they are draining off people’s capacities to have healthy relationships, bodies, finances and much more.

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly people can transform their life through doing this work.

Consider this:

Imagine how much better you’d feel about every moment of every day if you could live the deep desire of your heart, and really see it come to manifestation. Now, consider how much better you’d feel about your life if you could eliminate your top couple of challenges. Alright, now, imagine that you could do both– manifest your deep desire AND eliminate some top challenges.

Just imagine how different you would feel about everything, how much more at Peace your body would feel. I’m really inviting you to feel it. Feel your vibration shift – it will make you more magnetic in attracting what’s needed for these shifts. Cultivate that feeling! It costs you nothing.

This is the kind of miraculous shift that we bring forth in Masterful Living. No matter where you are starting from, you can have miraculous results.

Real people.
Real miracles.
Real relief from guilt.

Healing these hidden patterns of lack, attack, shame and guilt are just part of what I share in my year-long Masterful Living Course. Clearing out these old false belief patterns is what we focus on in Masterful Living, which is why people have such extraordinary results.

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

My gift to you: I’m offering a Masterful Living Course 2019 preview class this coming Wednesday.

Family Forgiveness
Wednesday, November 7

Click here now to register – this class is open to anyone, and I’ll share how to apply this to your family, so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings such as Thanksgiving are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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

If you find my Daily Spiritual Espresso and Prayer for Today helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the LIKE button? Also, please “like” and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

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Healing the Hatred

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

I find it hard to understand hatred. In order to hold onto any kind of anger or condemnation, it requires a real commitment, and it’s also a sacrifice. In order to hold onto these attack thoughts, we must also be deeply committed to a life of either stagnation, torment or degradation.

No one can hold onto that intense negativity and not sacrifice their happiness and their Peace. And yet, I know that there have been times when I felt it was worth it, and I see that others do, too, although it’s definitely on it’s way out – despite what we see in the world.

In my spiritual practice, I find that all disturbances are caused by my judgments. As long as there is no judgment, there is Peace in my mind. And still, when so many are feeling distraught, my empathic nature comes in, and I relate. It feels so sad.

And yet, I have to say that I do believe what Jesus tells us in A Course in Miracles. I find His teachings helpful and comforting.

“I do not know what anything is for.” Lesson 25

“I’m never upset for the reason I think.” Lesson 5

“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?” Lesson 135

“It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful.” M-4.I.A.4.

“Fear arises from lack of love.
The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love.
Perfect love is the atonement.” T-2.VI.7.

How could it be that such insanity as what’s transpired at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, or the neglect of the good people in Puerto Rico could ever be for good?

I don’t claim to understand it, but here’s what I can feel: I can feel that there is a good that is coming out of it all, and I’m holding that in my mind.

I believe it’s possible that this massacre could lead to different gun laws and less murder.

I believe that exposure of the racism that is being revealed and brought to our attention is bringing forth a healing.

I hold in my mind that the good is being revealed now.
I hold in my mind that healing is happening now.
I hold in my heart that we are all one and that Peace begins with me, and this is the moment now.
I choose Love.
I choose Peace.

I invite you to join with me today and practice:

“Love holds no grievances.” Lesson 68

I’ve held onto grievances for many years, and I no longer wish to do that. Now is a time for committing to Peace with a deep devotion and being the message we’d like to see in the world.

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me next Wednesday:

FREE CLASS: Next week on Wednesday I’m offering a free LIVE VIDEO class – it’s a preview for Masterful Living Course 2019. The topic is Family Forgiveness – register now and let’s heal together!

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Spirit Is Progressive

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

When I was first studying the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes, I took great comfort in his teachings about Spirit’s progressive nature.

There are times when I used to feel like I was regressing. I was in the part of my healing experience where I was re-experiencing the old patterns in painful ways. I’d think that “Something is wrong with me,” and that I wasn’t really making progress. I’d get down on myself, and feel like a failure.

Those times of feeling like I was regressing would be so difficult. I’d be so filled with judgment about myself. My energy would just deflate, and I’d want to self-medicate to escape.

Ernest Holmes’ clarity about Spirit’s progressive nature really helped me to comprehend that, even though it felt like I was regressing, that it wasn’t even possible, because God’s very nature is progressive, and since I’m part of God, it’s my nature, too.

Sure, sometimes it feels like we’re taking steps backwards. But, here’s why: we’re reviewing the patterns of the past and the beliefs based on decisions we made in the past. We’re reviewing. Reviewing and re-evaluating something is often felt like experiencing it anew, but we’re actually not.

It can feel like we’re repeating the same exact things again and again, but we’re evaluating all aspects and learning from every morsel,

AND …

We can decide to let Spirit be the teacher instead of experience.

I found that when the temptation to judge myself, and then feel like I wasn’t making progress, or that I was backsliding, I had a way out if I wished to take it.

I could tell myself:
God’s nature is progressive, and so is mine.
I am rising in Love!

This spiritual practice helped me to move into gratitude and lift my vibration, so I could see, hear, feel and know, more clearly, that I AM fully progressive by my very nature.

Spirit is not regressive. It just doesn’t make sense.
Only the ego is regressive.
Spirit is inherently expanding into greater expressions, and so are we, whether we know it or not.

There are no steps backwards, anymore.
Only onwards and upwards, rising in Love!
WOO HOO!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers into feeling that we’ve regressed. Prepare yourself and join me next Wednesday:

FREE CLASS: Next week on Wednesday I’m offering a free LIVE VIDEO class – it’s a preview for Masterful Living Course 2019. The topic is Family Forgiveness – register now and let’s heal together!

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Greediness Be Gone!

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Last night was Halloween, and at my brother’s house we had hundreds of trick-or-treaters.  It’s a very popular neighborhood for trick-or-treating.  People actually come from other areas in carloads.  It’s as though a candy-eating army descends on the neighborhood.  It’s all orderly and friendly.  There’s no egging of houses.  No toilet paper.

Many of the houses in the neighborhood really go for it with decorations, and our family is at the top of that list.  My sister-in-law is a creative mastermind with costumes and decorations.  The house is decorated inside and out.  (see pics)

This is the second time that Mikey has been a wizard, and the costume was his concept, executed by him and his parents.  Debbie was up till 2 a.m. the night before.  And. you can’t quite tell in the daylight, but those potion bottles glow.

We probably gave away as many as 500 small candy bars. I went out in the ‘hood with my nephew, Mikey, his mom, Debbie, and other friends.  We were a pack of eight boys and three mom-types.

It was wonderful to see how polite the boys were. and how they waited for each other when there was a costume malfunction.  As the night wore on, they weren’t that interested in the candy. They had enough, but they were still out there having fun together!

Through the whole evening, back at the house, only a couple of kids grabbed more than one piece of candy.  Kids mostly said “Thank you” and “Happy Halloween!”

I feel so happy for all these kids, that they get to have such a nice experience.  This whole area has so many decorated houses.  New neighbors ran out of candy before the big wave even hit at 7 p.m.  I guess no one warned them the army was coming.

Although people aren’t as inventive with homemade costumes as they used to be, there’s still a lot of great costumes out there.  I noticed that Mikey’s friends were all mostly creative and homemade.  It takes one person to set the tone with strong assurance. and others will follow.

I’m not saying that it’s Mikey that sets the tone, but he’s the last of 4 kids. and nine years younger than his next sibling. so he’s seen the costume extravaganza of creativity that has been his family tradition.  It’s what his Dad and I did. too. when we were kids.  Mikey’s mom’s mother would sew costumes for her nine children. and also made them matching outfits year-round.  We like dressing up!

There can be a tendency for some to think of the kids that don’t have much in the way of costumes as being lazy. But I would bet they’d all much rather have an experience of creative expression and family fun, but they’re not the leaders in their family.

And for the kids who grab a handful when they’re asked to take one piece, they wouldn’t do it if they knew there was sufficiency.  If they knew they were loved, they wouldn’t need to grab, or hoard, or be rude.  We can blame them, judge them, and label them as wrong and bad, but that doesn’t help them.

Instead, we can bless them.  We can bless everyone who seems to be pushy, or a bully, or acting from a deep sense of lack.  Those that feel unlovable often act in a way that further escalates their experience, and demonstrates to them their false belief.  Let’s not give in to it, anymore.  Let’s teach them that we see them as worthy, as Love, and then we can all have a truly happy Halloween, each and every year.

There’s a sacred opportunity in each moment, if we’re willing to find it.  This is how we unlock the Joy in our life, and step away from a life of repetitive fear and despair.

Here is my sister-in-law, Debbie, as a “Mom Shark” and me as a “Violet Flame Queen.”

Last weekend, the family went to a Jaws themed party!

FREE CLASS:  Next Wednesday, I’m offering a free LIVE VIDEO class – it’s a preview for Masterful Living Course 2019.  The topic is Family Forgiveness – register now!

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Safety

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Life presents such wonderful learning opportunities. Sometimes we reject them, and sometimes we accept them. I’d like to accept them all with ease, grace, and willingness.

I had an interesting experience a couple of years ago. I was going to be driving from Maine to New Jersey, and I had a strong feeling that it wasn’t safe. I knew that I didn’t have to worry or wonder — I could take spiritual action. After all, I’d just taught 11 classes in the Living A Course in Miracles series all about taking spiritual action.

Prayer is a powerful spiritual action to take! So, of course, I called upon my Prayer Partners via Facebook to pray for me to have ease, grace and safety all the way. (Thank you for answering the call!)

In my own prayer practice, before getting in the car, I envisioned my journey as being safe, easy and graceful the entire way. In my mind’s eye, I saw a tunnel of royal blue light (the energy of Divine Will) tunnel filled with violet light (the energy of Freedom) and I saw myself driving through that tunnel safely to my destination.

I also got the insight to call upon Ganesha, the Hindu God, who is the remover of obstacles. I’ve had AMAZING and MIRACULOUS experiences calling upon beloved Ganesha to assist me in removing obstacles. Obstacles are not as big as they appear in the mirror of life.

At first I saw Ganesha going before my car and clearing the path, but then I realized he would rather lift and fly my car safely all the way. That was a very valuable realization! Yes!

I had an easy and beautiful drive, except for one point when, for a few minutes, there was a very strange, strong and almost tornado-like storm that had dark clouds with reaching tendrils, lots of leaves whipping furiously in circles, and drenching rain – but it didn’t last long, and everyone around me was safe.

When there’s a worry, we don’t do nothing. We take spiritual action, and remember that all healing is at the level of the mind, including the removal of ALL obstacles.

Our mind IS the Mind of God, so why entertain something we don’t wish to happen? We pray to know the truth, and to have a path of ease and grace.

Now is the time for us to pray, and pray, and pray, and keep our mind staid on Love & Light, so that we can all safely fly over the battleground of life in the density of form to an awareness of our Divinity, and the Divinity of ALL life! Amen!

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Effects

Friday, October 26th, 2018

We have the power to change our lives,and to change other people’s lives, by being helpful to them. Over and over again in class, we talk about how profoundly healing it is to simply be loving with ourselves and each other.

It’s amazing how much power there can be in what seems like a small choice, to be kind or generous – or not. Sometimes we don’t wish to acknowledge how much power we have. As strange as it seems, it can feel as though having power is frightening.

It can seem like a small choice to be rude to someone, to withhold Love or kindness. It can seem like such a small choice to let someone go ahead of you, or to take a breath and be a little more patient. It can seem insignificant to choose to avoid smiling at someone, or to ignore someone, rather than acknowledge them as you pass on the street.

There is no “big” or “small” in God. There’s only a choice for Love or a choice for separation. There’s only the choice to recognize that Oneness is everything or to treat it as nothing.

So many choices each day seem so small. They seem insignificant. And yet, in Truth, not one of them is.

If I could choose again, for every “small choice” of separation that I’ve made, my life would be entirely and COMPLETELY different. I would have avoided SO MUCH suffering.

Spiritual practice is a living practice of choosing Love.
It is a discipline of Love.
It is a devotion to cultivating the awareness of Unity.
It is achieved, moment by moment, in the tiniest of choices.
I’m so glad I know this now.

This is why I am writing this – to remind myself that there’s nothing more important than extending Love from my heart to yours, affirming the Oneness. This is why I record a prayer each day – so we can experience the healing power of prayer together.

This week on my radio show, my topic was Healing the Habit of Feeling Dissatisfied and I could feel how impactful it was for people who haven’t even heard it yet. I often feel that. Time and space are an illusion, and our smallest choices ripple throughout the Universe.

Thank you for being my Prayer Partner today. YOU are my answered prayer! What a blessing to extend Love to each other, every day!

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Unshakeable & Unbotherable

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

I was so fearful – but not anymore! I used to get so flustered and so angry. It helped me discover that underneath anger is always fear.

I could easily be sarcastic and downright mean. My insecurities would show up as aggression and passive aggressiveness. I was a hot mess! The Peace I experience now is not 100%, but it’s MOST of the time, and that’s worth everything to me!

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned as a spiritual student is to hold the high watch for that which I desire, and not to give in to negativity. I’m not yet perfect at it, but I AM getting closer. I’m fired UP! I’m ready to GO for GOD!

It seems as though these are the times when things are being shaken up. When that happens, we must have an unshakeable Faith in God’s Goodness.

But I’m not shakeable now,
because I know the truth.
And the truth is:

Light will always prevail. ALWAYS.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
And fear is no-thing.
Fear is ONLY our Faith misplaced.

There is nothing to fear.
If you fear anything, then you’re giving it the energy to call it into being.
Don’t feed the darkness of your fear.
Don’t feed that wolf.

Let this be the time in our life that we decide to become SO FOCUSED on the Light that we cannot see anything else! Why delay that decision? Let the moment be now.

The darkness isn’t real.
Only Love is real.
Only Light is real.
Why focus on the shadow when it has no power, and it is not even real?

Let’s not give the darkness room in our mind or our heart.

Let’s not allow hate or despair.
Let’s learn to be “unbotherable”.
Not unfeeling, but holding a higher view above the battlefield.

If we need to take a moment to cry, to let our feelings be felt – that’s good. That’s helpful.

Our feelings point us in the direction of our beliefs.

Let’s remember, ALL feelings of upset are born of believing something that’s not actually true. Why entertain thoughts that aren’t true? Rather than invest in them, we let them die.

There might be two major political parties in the United States, but there aren’t two powers. There’s only ONE power and that power is Love. That’s why the name of this ministry is Power of Love Ministry.

One thing we know about the a bully is they like to stir things from the bottom. A bully likes to stir up the fear and hatred that people have. They like to feed the angry wolf. It makes them feel powerful.

And I know a lot about feeding the angry wolf, because I could be a bully. I used to feel like an angry, pushy, hurt, frightened person who was very defensive, and offensive, and attacking.

And what I learned was, it’s exhausting.
It’s also not fruitful.
And, it doesn’t foster growth.

And so, I know, absolutely, the bully can’t last. Bullies are always self-defeating in the end.
It has to shift and change, because it will just exhaust itself.

I serve the Light.
And I intend to keep serving the Light.
My life will only improve because I have more Clarity and more compassion every day.
I invite you, however you feel, about this coming U.S. election, to give yourself the time you need to feel your feelings, and sort them out, and then dedicate yourself to remembering the truth that is your Freedom and the Freedom of all people.

Today is the final day to register for my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Bootcamp class.

When we don’t have Peace, it’s because of our beliefs, attachments and thinking. We can change that. I know. I’ve changed SO MUCH of my beliefs and thinking. I’m not the person I once was.

I’ve changed SO MUCH that I really do feel at Peace, and I’m excited about what’s to come. I can feel the healing that is being brought forth. I feel it, and I am ready to bring it forth!

Let’s do it together and let truth be revealed!

Love can never fail – Love will prevail!

Now is the time for us to get with the spiritual program of Love and Light that is calling us to a life of Peace and Joy! I’m so glad we’re doing it together! If you’d like help with being “unbotherable” and unshakeable – check out my Finding Freedom From Fear bootcamp. The only thing that can shake us is fear – and fear is often a habit that can be replaced with Freedom. Doing it together is SO much easier than doing it on our own. Also, it’s more fun!

Clear steps in how to release attachments are some of the healing practices that are part of my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp. Doing these practices, my life began change for the better – and it’s continued to this day. This is what I’d like to share with anyone who is willing to do the work with me. Let’s do it now!

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The Promised Land

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

During this time of intense political upheaval, transformation, divisiveness, deceit, corruption, and manipulation, I’m so glad I can go back to my spiritual teacher and coach who inspires me to hold the high watch. The view from the mountaintop is ours to tune into.

This is an excerpt from his “Mountaintop” talk that he gave the night before he was assassinated. It deeply inspires me and rings in my mind.

If you’d like to listen to this part of the speech, you can click this link and fast forward to the last 15 minutes. Link to MLK Mountaintop Speech 

“Now, let me say as I move to my conclusion that we’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through. And when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there. Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together.

“Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness. One day a man came to Jesus, and he wanted to raise some questions about some vital matters of life. At points he wanted to trick Jesus, and show him that he knew a little more than Jesus knew and throw him off base….

“Now that question could have easily ended up in a philosophical and theological debate. But Jesus immediately pulled that question from mid-air, and placed it on a dangerous curve between Jerusalem and Jericho. And he talked about a certain man, who fell among thieves. You remember that a Levite and a priest passed by on the other side. They didn’t stop to help him. And finally a man of another race came by. He got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy. But he got down with him, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the ‘I’ into the ‘thou,’ and to be concerned about his brother.

“Now you know, we use our imagination a great deal to try to determine why the priest and the Levite didn’t stop. At times we say they were busy going to a church meeting, an ecclesiastical gathering, and they had to get on down to Jerusalem so they wouldn’t be late for their meeting. At other times we would speculate that there was a religious law that ‘One who was engaged in religious ceremonials was not to touch a human body twenty-four hours before the ceremony.’ And every now and then we begin to wonder whether maybe they were not going down to Jerusalem — or down to Jericho, rather to organize a ‘Jericho Road Improvement Association.’ That’s a possibility. Maybe they felt that it was better to deal with the problem from the causal root, rather than to get bogged down with an individual effect.

“But I’m going to tell you what my imagination tells me. It’s possible that those men were afraid. You see, the Jericho road is a dangerous road. I remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road, I said to my wife, ‘I can see why Jesus used this as the setting for his parable.’ It’s a winding, meandering road. It’s really conducive for ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles — or rather 1200 feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho, fifteen or twenty minutes later, you’re about 2200 feet below sea level. That’s a dangerous road. In the days of Jesus it came to be known as the ‘Bloody Pass.’ And you know, it’s possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it’s possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the priest asked — the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’

“That’s the question before you tonight. Not, ‘If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job? Not, ‘If I stop to help the sanitation workers what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?” The question is not, ‘If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?’ The question is, ‘If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?’ That’s the question.

“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.

“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you.

“You know, several years ago, I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented black woman came up. The only question I heard from her was, ‘Are you Martin Luther King?’ And I was looking down writing, and I said, ‘Yes.’ And the next minute I felt something beating on my chest. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman. I was rushed to Harlem Hospital. It was a dark Saturday afternoon. And that blade had gone through, and the X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery. And once that’s punctured, your drowned in your own blood — that’s the end of you.

“It came out in the New York Times the next morning, that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died. Well, about four days later, they allowed me, after the operation, after my chest had been opened, and the blade had been taken out, to move around in the wheel chair in the hospital. They allowed me to read some of the mail that came in, and from all over the states and the world, kind letters came in. I read a few, but one of them I will never forget. I had received one from the President and the Vice-President. I’ve forgotten what those telegrams said. I’d received a visit and a letter from the Governor of New York, but I’ve forgotten what that letter said. But there was another letter that came from a little girl, a young girl who was a student at the White Plains High School. And I looked at that letter, and I’ll never forget it. It said simply,

‘Dear Dr. King,

‘I am a ninth-grade student at the White Plains High School.’

“And she said,

‘While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I’m a white girl. I read in the paper of your misfortune, and of your suffering. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And I’m simply writing you to say that I’m so happy that you didn’t sneeze.”

“And I want to say tonight — I want to say tonight that I too am happy that I didn’t sneeze. Because if I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters. And I knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best in the American dream, and taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1961, when we decided to take a ride for freedom and ended segregation in inter-state travel.

“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been around here in 1962, when Negroes in Albany, Georgia, decided to straighten their backs up. And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent.

“If I had sneezed — If I had sneezed I wouldn’t have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama, aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill.

“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had.

“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been down in Selma, Alabama, to see the great Movement there.

“If I had sneezed, I wouldn’t have been in Memphis to see a community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.

“And they were telling me –. Now, it doesn’t matter, now. It really doesn’t matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us. The pilot said over the public address system, ‘We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with on the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we’ve had the plane protected and guarded all night.’

“And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

“And I don’t mind.

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

“And so I’m happy, tonight.

“I’m not worried about anything.

“I’m not fearing any man!

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!”

Let’s stand in this same awareness as we approach our days, our work, our tasks and our community. Let’s stand together on the mountaintop, and hold that high watch of seeing only Love prevail on Earth. May truth be revealed. May Love prevail. Always. Amen.

What say you? Will you stand with me?

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Attachments

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

You might be interested to know that one of the biggest causes of suffering people tell me about is their need to be right. I’m so familiar with that one!

That “need” to be right is a strong attachment – and the attachment isn’t what we might think it is. This is often a tricky one! We think that we need to be right about things, or that we ARE right about things, and that’s the thing that’s really got us bothered.

However, in most cases, the real issue is that we feel so WRONG that we need to be right or we’ll collapse into our wrongness. We can get so bent out of shape about the prospect of someone else making a wrong decision that we’ll make 50 “wrong” decisions while trying to convince others we’re right. It’s insanity, and it makes us miserable.

This is the nature of attachment.
We get attached to our perspective and our ideas, our concepts, our beliefs.

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

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

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

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

How cool is that????

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

Now is the time for us to get with the spiritual program of Love and Light that is calling us to a life of Peace and Joy! I’m so glad we’re doing it together! If you’d like help with releasing attachments, come join me! I’ll be focused on that in class! Doing it together is SO much easier than doing it on our own. Also, it’s more fun!

Clear steps in how to release attachments are some of the healing practices that are part of my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp. Doing these practices, my life began change for the better – and it’s continued to this day. This is what I’d like to share with anyone who is willing to do the work with me. Let’s do it now!

Being able to forgive myself has been one of the best gifts to help me move on, and that’s why I am glad to offer this free Forgive & Be Free workshop to you this week! It’s my gift!

JOIN US THIS WEEK! Now is the time for us to be activated into walking the talk and living the Love, for real. Forgiveness, and particularly Self-forgiveness is the absolute key to clearing all those veils, and that’s why I’m offering free Forgiveness WorkshopsLIVE VIDEO ONLINE – right NOW, so we can do this work together and clear out the blocks to Love now. Click here to register for the my Forgive & Be Free Online Video Workshop today!

Free Forgive & Be Free Workshops are available this week – and Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Bootcamp class with ACIM Principles starts on Thursday!

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Pain

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

It might seem counter intuitive or it might seem just plain insane, but pain is helpful. I used to be a runner. I ran the New York Marathon in 1986 with my Dad. In preparing to run the marathon I did many long training runs – 10, 12, 15, 18 and even 20 mile runs to get ready for the big 26.

I learned that if I had some aches and pains before a run I wouldn’t take any kind of pain killer, because that’s how people injure themselves. If they’re numb to the pain then they don’t know when to stop, when to shift and change. It’s true for athletes and it’s true for everyone.

If we numb ourselves to the pain, the agitation and irritation, and all the other myriad of feelings and emotions then we’ll not be aware when to make a change.

I’ve learned this:
If I can feel it, Spirit can heal it – when I’m willing to let it go.

Pain often comes from blocking the flow of Love. Even if we’re intentionally blocking the flow of Love, don’t we wish to have a wake-up call in order to know when we’re hurting ourselves?

I used to deceive myself into thinking I could block the pain and still have the Joy, but I ultimately had to face the fact that it’s not possible. If I’m not willing to feel the emotions I don’t like, and the feelings that bother or confuse me, so I block them all, that’s not going to be the end of it.

I cannot selectively block the suffering, but allow the happy to spread like wildfire. If I shut part of my feelings down, I’m shutting them all down.

I’ve learned to be grateful that I get the emotions and feelings that signal when my thinking is sticking. I’m grateful that my feelings let me know when I’ve ridden the pain train to crazy town and it’s time for me to partner UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

When we realize how much healing is available to us we can learn to become grateful for the indicators that we’ve lost track of what’s REALLY going on and it’s time to partner UP.

I’ve learned not to be distracted or deterred by trying to figure out or understand the ego perceptions, the causes of upset and other ego escapades.

Bottom line: the ego will never understand what the spirit already knows.

Why mess around with trying to figure out WHY we’re having a problem when we can go direct to the problem that has been healed back to the root cause?

I’ve made so many trips to crazy town on the pain train and I don’t wish to make even one more. The things I learned that healed my life and led me to the happiness I have now are the gold and diamonds of my life. And that’s what I share in my classes.

These are the healing practices that became my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and my life began change for the better – and it’s continued to this day. This is what I’d like to share with anyone who is willing to do the work with me. Let’s do it now!

Being able to forgive myself has been one of the best gifts to help me move on and that’s why I am glad to offer this free Forgive & Be Free workshop to you! It’s my gift!

JOIN US THIS WEEK! Now is the time for us to be activated into walking the talk and living the Love for real. Forgiveness, and particularly Self-forgiveness is the absolute key to clearing all those veils. And that’s why I’m offering free Forgiveness Workshops online right now, so we can do this work together. Click here to register for the my Forgive & Be Free Online Video Workshop today!

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Habits

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

For me, the hardest thing to let go of was the thing I made. It was the image of myself as being less than lovable. It’s so crazy that in this world, the things we cling to the very most are the things that are:

A. Not true
B. Painful

How crazy is that?

Yet, I’ve seen there’s a method to the madness of it!

In A Course in Miracles, the Manual for Teachers it talks about the Development of Trust being a process we must all go through in order to release from suffering.

“First, they must go through what might be called ‘a period of undoing.’ This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light?”

If we don’t give up the things that we’re using to hurt ourselves, it may seem as thought they’re being taken away. Releasing attachment to the things that stand in the way of our happiness, may seem like the thing we’d want the most, but it’s not. And that’s why working together with other like-minded souls makes it so much easier to for us to see the wisdom of letting go of our attachments to false beliefs, false identities and the story we’re telling ourselves.

If we’re willing to give up the false idols and false images that we’ve grown so attached to, then there is a healing, a transformation and revelation that is not only liberating, it’s thrilling! The thrill comes from being willing to trade all that we’ve treasured for something of real value – the ability to see our perfection and the perfection of all.

It’s a question of motivation.

Many of us spend a very long time avoiding the release of the attachments and the pain builds and builds until the pain is so great we’re willing to do ANYTHING to make a change – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

After counseling people for 18 years, I’ve seen that many people have a habit of being unhappy and they are more comfortable in their unhappiness than they would be in doing something new.

Some people are afraid of being happy because they don’t trust it and I understand that. In order to be happy and stay happy (most of the time) we must give up being a victim, and that means giving up complaining and criticizing and taking offense.

Sometimes it’s our anger and upset that gives us a feeling of aliveness and power. It’s all false, of course it is, but if all we know is what’s false, then we’re going to cling to it. And that’s where a strong spiritual practice helps to break through the habit of playing small, self-attack and attachment to negative habits.

Sometimes negative pleasure is all we’ve got, so how can we give it up? Negative pleasure is the thing that seems pleasurable, but actually it puts us on the pain train with a one-way ticket.

Spiritual practice is the thing that releases us from all of this. Making a commitment to and EFFECTIVE spiritual practice is where many people fall short. Their belief is so strong that they’ll fail that they don’t even try.

Only the ego fails.
Spirit cannot fail – it’s not even possible.

When we put our faith in Spirit we’re strong and we cannot go wrong.

We’re always putting our faith in something.
We can choose ego or Spirit.
Placing my faith in Spirit is the thing that brought me Peace.

At first, it did seem like a period of undoing, and it was. It was a period of undoing all the attachments I had to doing things the ego way.

I wasn’t sure I would happier trusting Spirit, but I was willing to try. That willingness got me through the difficulties. It raised me up and kept me headed in a higher direction.

I am so grateful for realizing I’d been placing my faith in my own opinion and that I could change my mind. This realization was a great blessing and a gift! I finally quit making myself unhappy! Phew!

Do you see where you’re placing your faith and trust in your own beliefs and perceptions rather than in Love, in Spirit, in truth? Being aware of this is a great opportunity to go the other way and make a new choice.

Let’s allow the Higher Holy Spirit Self to undo all attachments we have to the habits of unhappiness and discover our true identity and live from that place!

If you’d like support for that I’m offering a forgiveness workshop to support anyone who is willing to do the work with me. You can register now, my gift to all, click now to join me: Forgive & Be Free LIVE ONLINE video forgiveness workshop. All are welcome!

When any one of us has more happiness, we are all lifted!

When I made my spiritual life and practice the most important part of my life things really began to change quickly. Making that commitment was the one thing I did that changed my life for the better. I shifted into using healing practices that became my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and I stopped making myself miserable.

My whole orientation changed and I began to achieve lasting success and the healing took hold in my heart and mind. I no longer have any days where I feel like I’m sliding back. That feeling is gone and I am forever grateful!

Being able to forgive myself helped me to move on and that’s why I am glad to offer this free Forgive & Be Free workshop to you today! It’s my gift!

JOIN US! Now is the time for us to be activated into walking the talk and living the Love for real. Forgiveness, and particularly Self-forgiveness is the absolute key to clearing all those veils. And that’s why I’m offering free Forgiveness Workshops online right now, so we can do this work together. Click here to register for the my Forgive & Be Free Online Video Workshop today!

Won’t you please share with others? We can all use some support in our forgiveness!

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Support

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Love is intelligent. It is a Divine Intelligence that is so perfectly brilliant, it is inconceivable how beautiful and miraculous it always is. And this is what we are.

Spirit’s unfailing Wisdom is always available to us. We can tap into it. We must ask for it.

Why must we ask to receive what we already are?

Because we’ve rejected it so many times.

We’re not asking Spirit to give us back what was taken. We’re asking for the veils we’ve placed in our own awareness that prevent us from seeing, knowing, feeling and believing the truth, to be removed. Ask and it is given.

Ask for assistance and it is given.

There is no lack of support.
No lack of supply.
There’s a lack of demand.

When we feel unworthy, we don’t ask.
The way to break that spell is to ask for what is ours – access to our own Higher Wisdom.

I’ve learned that asking for support in general– to see and recognize the highest and best, most loving choices, is the most effective path.

Let us demand of Spirit, let us ask for that return to our natural state– that pristine awareness of our own holiness, the holiness is there, unbroken. Let us recognize it today.

Forgiveness, and particularly Self-forgiveness, is the absolute key to clearing all those veils, and that’s why I’m offering free Forgiveness Workshops online right now, so we can do this work together. If you missed the workshop last weekend – please register now, and I’ll let you know about the next one: click here to register for the next Forgive & Be Free Online Video Workshop.

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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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Grace & Gratitude for Healing

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Have you ever felt buried under an avalanche of your own sense of complete unworthiness? I have. It’s a really intense, painful, almost burning feeling.

Our self-judgment can be so intense that it’s crippling. We believe the hype. We are convinced of the meaning we’ve made of everything, and yet, it really can lift away so quickly.

Here, in North Carolina, at the Forgiveness retreat, and now at the Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive, I feel so blessed, because I get to see people let go of the past and the meaning they made of it that has been hurting them so much.

Just because we’ve been carrying a dysfunctional self-image for most of our life doesn’t mean that we cannot let go of it fairly quickly, and with Grace.

The very nature of Grace is that we can have instantaneous, pervasive and profound healing. We’re all worthy of it. What’s required is our willingness to let go of the identification we have with the past.

We must be willing to see our perfection and Beauty. It’s there, in all of us, hiding behind our self-judgment and self-attack thoughts.

The path of graceful healing is one of self-forgiveness.

I am so grateful that Grace is our inheritance. It’s given, equally, to us all!

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

TOMORROW: Forgiveness Workshop – Free Online Video LIVE workshop
I’m offering a forgiveness workshop this 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 an EPIC 3-hour online video workshop
Plan to show up.
Plan to participate.
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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Forgiveness and Healing

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

It takes tremendous courage to let go of the judgments and opinions that we’ve built our identity on. Often, there is great resistance. There was a time when Spirit asked me to contemplate this: Who am I without my grievances? Am I still me if I let the judgments go?

Today I fly to North Carolina to lead my Forgive & Be Free retreat. These are always deeply healing experiences for all of us. In fact, I’m often surprised at extraordinary life changes forgiveness brings. Forgiveness and Freedom: you can’t have one without the other.

Without forgiveness our Freedom is hidden from us. It’s there, but we won’t be able to recognize it and fully KNOW it.

Yesterday, in my Sacred Circle, I was sharing about how completely unthinkable it was for me to even imagine the life that I live now. Things that would set me off on a tear of anger and hurt, tirades of shame and blame, are now not even an issue for me. They still make me pause. But, really truly, I pause to pray, and bless, and give thanks for the healing that’s happening.

I now am absolutely clear that anything that is an upset is an opportunity for healing, and I wish to maximize each healing opportunity to the very best of my ability in that moment. I have good days and better days now, but no bad days, and for that I am truly thankful.

This feeling I have now was not even DREAMT of. Where once I would let things fester and stew, and I’d feed the flames of my anger, now it’s over in minutes. And, instead of it being a 10-alarm fire, it’s a .5-alarm fire. I don’t wish for death anymore.

Yesterday, I went to see the movie My Neighbor Totoro with my brother and nephew, Mikey. This was only my second time seeing it. The first time was about 22 years ago. It’s still a gorgeous movie, and I highly recommend it. Such a great movie to see with little ones, and right now it’s celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.

During the movie, I contemplated how much I Love this life and this planet. We’re so blessed, and it’s good to be able to really feel it. Forgiveness was the way to where I am now, and I am forever grateful I had the courage to turn down this road and stay on it!

That’s why I’m offering us all an EFFECTIVE way to PERMANENTLY shift things in your life and your family so that you can end this year, and go through the holidays, with a much happier experience.

I’m offering this gift to everyone and anyone who is willing to join me.

I’m offering a 3 part Live Video Workshop starting on Saturday, October 13th.
Please block off the time on your calendar.

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.

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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How Does Healing Happen?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Healing can be such a mystery. It sometimes looks as though healing happens because we take a medicine and that heals our body. But, is that really what happens? Sometimes it looks as though someone with the same body issue can take the same medicine and get sicker.

When we cannot see through all directions of time and space, then we don’t really know what’s going on. Until our mind is that vast, we often don’t know the cause of things.

Heck! I have been annoyed, hurt, frustrated, fearful, and even happy or sad, and not had any idea why I was feeling that in that moment. Life is extremely mysterious and healing and, like Love, is profoundly mysterious.

If we can accept that all healing is at the level of the mind, then we can really begin to move quickly in the direction of lasting healing. Whatever level the healing is desired: mental, emotional, spiritual, physical – the healing is going to happen at the level of the mind and ripple outward.

Today, on my radio show, I’m going to discuss this topic. It came by special request, and I’m happy to take requests. If you go here, you can fill out the form to request a topic. You can also search the archive of all the shows. LivingaCourseinMiracles.com/radio

The most important thing is to claim our healing. We give up all blocks to recognizing and remembering the truth. We ALLOW our healing.

Often, people have such a strong belief that healing isn’t possible. That’s how I felt. I was willing to put the Spirit in charge of my healing anyway.

If you have a block to healing, ask yourself –how would your life be different? What new responsibilities would you have if you were healed?

Be willing to see if you’re avoiding healing because you’re avoiding responsibility. It’s very common. Forgive yourself and move forward in Love! Let’s do this!

If you’re willing, please write a comment below!

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

Retreats start this Thursday!
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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Forgive

Monday, September 24th, 2018

One of the best parts of my experience as the leader of my Masterful Living Course is that I get to have 1-on-1 meetings with the folks in the classes. It’s so nice to be able to get to spend that time together. There’s such a flow of sacred shared spiritual connection.

One of the conversations that frequently comes up with us is looking at the resistance and reluctance we feel. So often, we are in real agony and pain because we know what to do, but we don’t do it. I lived in that space for years and years.

Knowing the power of prayer for healing, I prayed very often, and for a very long time, to let go of the resistance and reluctance I felt. I was resisting the very thing I desired.

I see it all the time! People who would REALLY like to be in loving relationship with others are still resisting doing the forgiveness work.

People whose finances are super challenging are still resisting doing the forgiveness work.

I remember when I first started out as a spiritual counselor, 18 years ago, that I had clients who would come for counseling who were experiencing intense physical pain, as well as emotional and mental distress. Things were REALLY intense for them.

I regularly work with people who are harboring all kinds of negative thinking, who are emotionally depressed and/or anxious, and intensely worried, with very low self-esteem – and, on top of that, they have major physical and financial issues.

I’ve worked with so many folks who are struggling in every area, and they ask me for guidance. I share with them the specific things they can do, which always includes doing the forgiveness that I detail very specifically. You can get my FREE How to Get Over It workshop if you’d like to do some of that forgiveness) And yet, they will come back an entire year later, not having done any of it, and now things are much worse!

I’ll give them the same “homework” and they will even come back 6 months later, and things are worse, and they STILL have excuses of why they couldn’t do the homework. (BTW, this is not the majority of people, but it is what some people go through.) I can SO completely relate to them!

My resistance was so strong, too. And yet, I got through that ego barrier to healing and expansion. This is now the very foundation of what I share in my classes, and that’s why I prefer to do classes where we work together– doing the actual processes, discussing it, supporting each other, and not leaving folks on their own to do everything.

This is also why I do retreats. I do retreats for 2 kinds of people– those who are so committed that they really wish to have every opportunity to immerse themselves in the healing, and support themselves in Self-Love; and the other kind of person is someone who doesn’t wish to do a class, someone who feels they don’t have the energy to sustain a class, and would like to have the concentrated breakthrough.

Sometimes I’m on the fence about doing retreats. I love doing them, but it’s a lot of time, energy and effort on my part. And, I have to fit them around my class schedule, so it’s a very FULL work period for me.

But then, people will tell me how they took that healing at the retreat, brought it home and expanded it. They change their lives so much, and so quickly, that I feel compelled to do them.

What I’ve learned about my work is that, it’s always best to follow Spirit. Of course, I have my own “personal” ideas of what is best, and what I’d prefer, but I’ve learned to note them and not follow them.

This is all part of my journey of taking my free will and aligning it with Divine Will. A Course in Miracles tells us that there’s only One Will.

ACIM says, “The Holy Spirit must work through you to teach you He is in you. This is an intermediary step toward the knowledge that you are in God because you are part of Him. The miracles the Holy Spirit inspires can have no order of difficulty, because every part of creation is of one order.”

One of the ways that I experience the Holy Spirit is through feeling what the higher vibrational choice is. It’s difficult to describe, because it’s a sense.

I’ll give it a try: Following the ego is like the feeling you have when you know it’s what you want, but it’s not what’s right. Following Spirit is like the feeling that you have when that key fits in the lock, turns and unlocks the door, and the door swings open to something good.

Forgiveness is a key that unlocks the door to something good. It also is the thing that stops the torment of something awful that you just don’t want any part of anymore.

ACIM says that in REALITY there’s only One Will, because there is no separation. When we align with Divine Will, we’re aligning with the highest and best, and that lifts us up above the fray.

To live above the fray, we must forgive. There is no other way.

Forgive to live.
Forgive to Love.
Forgive to rise above!

Have you felt that vibrational shift that forgiveness brings? Let me know in the comments section below!

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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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!

If you find my Daily Spiritual Espresso and Prayer for Today helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the LIKE button? Also, please like and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired too! Thank you!

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