Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

God’s Teachers

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accepting Divine Assistance

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just Say Yes!

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

With faith, all things are possible.

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

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

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

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

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

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Limitations

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Healing Choice

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Guilt

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

The shift happens when we love ourselves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feeling Our Freedom

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pushed By The Pain

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Plain and simple:  The things that bother me are the things that trigger a false belief.  When false beliefs are triggered, I’m more likely to look at them, feel them, and give them my awareness and attention.

Awareness and attention is how I can shine the Light of Love on the dark thoughts of lack and attack.

It might seem crazy to  be grateful for things that irritate us.  It doesn’t make sense to be thankful to people who push our buttons, does it?

Well, I’m grateful that my willingness has shown me that what irritates me and bothers me is actually extremely helpful to me, because it alerts me to where I believe something that’s false, and my upset is pushing me to let it go so I can experience more Peace.

It took me a very long time to realize that the things and people that seem to upset me the most are ways that Spirit has come to help me.  We can open our minds through being pushed by the pain.

When I can identify the things in my mind that are untrue and that cause my suffering, then I can place my loving attention on them and let my opinions go.  This is a daily practice.  It’s a moment by moment practice that is healing my mind.

It’s so tempting to say that other people are the cause of our suffering.

It’s so tempting to say that circumstances are the cause of our upset.

But no matter how strongly attached we are to the belief that our upset is caused by someone else – it’s not going to be true.

A Course in Miracles tells us that we’re never upset for the reason we think.

When we hold unloving thoughts, it upsets us.  It infuriates us.  It frightens us.  It worries us.  We can open ourselves to the healing of the Higher Holy Spirit Self and transcend the limiting beliefs of the past.

Let’s claim our healing today.  A powerful step is to be grateful that we can recognize an irritant as being a false belief rising into our awareness for healing.  Let’s choose our healing today and be that living example of Self-Love.

It’s too difficult and punishing to continue to manage and cope with being upset when we don’t have to.  Suffering is optional.

It may seem difficult to imagine that we can learn through remembering the truth instead of experience.  Instead of trying to understand it, let’s simply allow the Higher Holy Spirit Self to show us the way.

We are choosing to remember the truth today.
We are choosing to grow through Joy today.

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Courage

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Intending to be masterful through having a loving heart has challenged me to do things that I have thought I couldn’t do, and things that I didn’t seem to wish to do. For a long time, I was continuously challenged to find the courage to do the things that I had been unwilling to do in the past. I am breaking with precedent and creating the habit of having a strong, loving heart. That is the essence of courage.

It takes so much courage to love when you’ve been in the habit of attacking or running away.  I can remember how strongly pulled I was to fight and be right or simply run.

Because my personality was such a grudge holder, one thing that continuously challenged me was to forgive the judgments against people, (including my Self), that I’d held. My teacher and constant guide has been Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With his life and his words, King taught me that those who have been unkind to me will often cycle back into my life to ask for something. When they return, I can open my heart and be my true Self, or I can affirm my errors of the past. Where I used to hate these opportunities, now, I welcome them. Thank you, Spirit, for the opportunity to choose again!

Eleanor Roosevelt has urged, “You must do the things that you think you cannot do.” Courage is not an absence of fear, it is moving forward from the heart instead of the fear generated by the mind’s mis-interpretations.

Like my spiritual teachers before me, today, I light the fire of Love and compassion in my own heart. I cultivate the courage to be masterful and live a loving life dedicated to non-judgment and true forgiveness. I cultivate the strong heart of Love within.

Today, I set my intention to move the world in the direction of Peace through my loving choice and action. I AM willing to be courageous! And that’s what makes it a great day!

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Humility

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Perspective

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

I really like joining with other people and having what I call a Divine Dialogue.  Just this past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to be roommates with Regina Dawn-Akers.  We really enjoyed the opportunity to hangout and be together, and so we made the most of our time together.

I have conversations with so many people and, of course, in my classes and in my Sacred Circle.  When we can join together, it can often be SO helpful to get perspective.

I consistently find that many people who isolate and don’t have conversations with people who are practicing compassion and non-judgment, they often lose perspective.  One of the great opportunities we have in a dialogue is to get a new perspective.

Remember that A Course in Miracles tells us in Lesson 190 that “Pain is a wrong perspective.”  If you’re in pain, especially mentally and emotionally, it might be that you are viewing things from a wrong perspective.  In which case, being able to join with someone who has a higher perspective, more Clarity, less judgment, and more compassion.

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

I rely upon my Prayer Partners to hold the high watch with me and to help me keep a loving perspective.  I am so grateful for all the people in my life who have a wholesome perspective and who help me to see correctly.  What a blessing!

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.

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Living A Legacy of Love

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa were three of the most influential people in the 20th century. They were influential not simply for their eloquence and their ideas, but for their actions. Each of them left behind the example of the choices that they made in every day of their life.

The people we admire most choose love over fear. They chose faith over despair. They chose to demonstrate rather than just percolate. The example they set by their loving and courageous choices is what influences billions of people.

Journalist Jane Pauley has said, “Kids learn more from example than anything you say. I’m convinced they learn very early not to hear anything you say, but watch what you do.”

I know this: everyone I meet in my life, everyone, is watching my example whether they realize it or not. My family, my friends, and even those whom I have not noticed, all are influenced by my example. When I react with patience in a frustrating situation, people around me take notice. When I have no patience, they notice. Love and fear are always noticed.

Let’s decide to leave a legacy of loving choices.  Let’s lead by examples of compassion and willingness.  Let’s choose patience, kindness and generosity every opportunity we can!

Today I set a loving example and behave as the person I aspire to be. Today I set the example of a person who takes action in ways that are consistently loving.  In this way, I move the world in a direction of Peace and that makes a profound difference to us all.

I AM grateful that I can contribute in ways that are truly helpful.  Even my simple thoughts of gratitude are a benefit to all!

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Stick to the Truth

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Warning:  You may find today’s Spiritual Espresso offensive.

Something that’s been very helpful to me is to look at the habit of labeling and calling people names.  One of the ways that I best learned about this is driving in traffic in Los Angeles.

One of my past pet peeves would invariably happen when the traffic was at a total standstill, (which it often was during rush hour when I was on my way home driving on the Sunset Strip), and I’d be stopped at a green light because there was no way to go forward and not “block the box.”  I’d be waiting for the people on the other side of the box to move forward so I wouldn’t get caught in the box if the light turned red.

So often, someone coming from the other direction would see me patiently waiting and decide that even though traffic was at a standstill, and I had the green light, they would turn right on their red light and cut in front of me.  There was a time when I had a label for people who would do that.  It’s a label that is basically the same as “butt hole.”  Twenty years ago, I would wish they’d get a ticket and “pay for what they did to me.”

As I began to be more spiritually evolved, I would label “those people,” as, “some kind of hole.”

As I moved further upward on the path, I learned to say this:  “That person has the appearance of being some kind of hole, but that’s not the truth of them.  They, like me, are the perfect Love of God made visible in my life to help me remember my true identity in Spirit.”

I look for the labels so that I can drop them and just stick to the truth.

Now, when people pull that past pet peeve move in traffic, I smile and bless them.

What a relief that I could change my mind!  What a blessing!

I invite you to look at your pet peeves and see if you can turn them into past pet peeves.  It’s SOOOO worth it!

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Turning Pain Into Gain

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

I used to get so triggered when I was traveling because I felt so vulnerable.  I became much more critical and irritable when I was traveling.  It would bring up all the ego defenses. Then what happens?  I pray to release all attachments.  So then, of course, Spirit has me on the road for years, traveling without a home.  Hmmmm.

I still feel challenges come up, but it’s a whole different experience because I know that things are coming up for me to address them with loving attention so I can have a healing.  In truth, I am grateful for anything that brings up hidden beliefs of lack and limitation.

If you’re EVER feeling really triggered, it doesn’t mean anything’s wrong with you. It means that it’s an opportunity for you to have a MAJOR breakthrough!

Let’s get those false beliefs up and out, I say!  I give them  UP to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.  We can heal the triggers permanently if we’re willing. It works! Practice, practice, practice.  It’s how we turn the pain of the past into the healing of the present.  We turn the pain into gain!

Are you willing to get really focused with bringing on your breakthrough?
Then, be grateful for your triggers and Partner UP!
Give the heavy lifting to the Holy Spirit!
Back away from trying to manage and cope – choose to surrender instead.

It’s a deep practice! That’s why it helps to pray often and to have Prayer Partners and support systems so you don’t fall off the track and into the muck and mire of opinions and judgments, complaints and criticisms.

So that we remember our true nature and our ultimate goal – that’s why I offer this prayer every day.  We are in that Divine Partnership and we are actively choosing our healing! Now! Today’s the day for our healing! Thank you, God!

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Self-Hatred & Terrorism

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Last night in Masterful Living class, we were talking about how we view terrorism and the massacres we’ve seen in our world recently.  These things are very challenging for most of us.

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 emphatic 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 in Las Vegas, or the neglect of the good people in Puerta 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

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Lessons of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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

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

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

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

Today, I choose the miracle in my mind!

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

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Activating Abundance

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prosperity Practice

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

What we appreciate appreciates, increases, and expands.  It multiplies.  Appreciation supports people in their growth and expansion, and yet, how often do I withhold our praise from ourselves and others? Being able to offer praise easily is a gift.

What we complain about also expand and grows in our awareness.  As we focus on lack, we experience more lack.  It lowers our vibration and then we’re less available to the  Divine Guidance and insight that would naturally lead us to Prosperity.

I know that I feel gifted every time someone has a genuine word of praise for me. When I give praise, I feel lifted in being able to find something that is inspiring me to praise it. When the person receives and accepts the praise well, they are lifted into an awareness of the truth of their brilliance, Beauty and worth, then I am twice blessed.

There are people walking around in the world who rarely receive a word of praise. They are encased in habitual thoughts of self-judgment, hurt, fear, doubt, and despair, and the world reflects it back to them.

My one word of praise can penetrate that hard shell of darkness the way the sun rising dispels the night. Praise has that kind of power. I can change my life and the life of everyone I meet by substituting criticism and judgment for praise.

Today, I am activating my Prosperity practice by looking to praise.  I’m replacing complaints with appreciation and compassion.

Praising becomes my new habit in place of judgment. I praise myself and I praise others. I praise our personal qualities, our achievements, and our helpful service. My gratitude for life grows.

My Prosperity practice increases my Prosperity and my sense of well-being.  The more I praise, the more I turn my focus from lack and limitation to increase and Abundance.

My Prosperity vibration moves the world in the direction of Love through my daily practice of Prosperity.

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Sweet Release

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

In each upsetting experience, there is something for us to learn that helps us grow and become a wiser, more compassionate person.  If we think things shouldn’t have happened then we don’t forgive, we prevent ourselves from harvesting the learning encoded into our experiences.  When we refuse to learn, we’re doomed to repeat the painful experiences until we become willing to release our judgments.  At this point, we can learn from them.
This is the sweet release of A Course in Miracles Lesson 25:

“I don’t know what anything is for.”

Until we release our limited and painful perspective from the vantage point of believing in separation, we cannot see in all directions of time and space, and have the view and vision of the Holy Spirit.  Until we can see with the vision of the Holy Spirit, we don’t know what anything is for.  Isn’t it just arrogance to think that we know when so clearly we do not?

As long as we are deluded into thinking we know what things are for, and who is bad and who is good, who is right and who is wrong, we are not interested in the truth that sets us free.  When we need to be right about our interpretations, then we are doomed to keep repeating the same errors again and again.

It’s so much easier to say, “I don’t know what anything is for.”  It’s for my learning, and that’s what I’m interested in.  The Holy Spirit will guide and direct me, and in the meantime, I can simply be grateful for my willingness to be free and to choose Freedom.

My Finding Freedom Bootcamp is about to begin for the last time this year.  In Finding Freedom, we’re devoted to clearing the way to hear intuition, insight, Divine Guidance, and inspiration more clearly than ever before.  It’s the VERY best gift we can give to ourselves.  And it requires that we give up the judgments that block our intuition.  This is the practice that allows us to expand into a life of perfect Love!

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Dissolving the Blocks to Success

Friday, September 29th, 2017

There are times when it feels like there are such intense blocks to our being successful in the world, in our relationships, in our well-being, in our heart, in our mind, and on and on and on.  For decades, I felt the blocks were unrelenting and irremovable.  I’m so glad I didn’t give up before the miracle.

And that’s why  I feel unstoppable now.  It’s why I feel compelled to share.  I’m willing to do whatever I can to support people who feel like I used to feel so they can feel what I feel now and go beyond.  I’m all in for this transformation and I know Spirit is with us, 100%.

Spirit is always new.  Every day offers us the opportunity to leave the past behind.  What many of us do instead, unwittingly, is drag the past with us and then it feels like we’re stuck in a rut that we cannot escape.  If we’re dragging the past hurt with us through choosing to revisit it in our mind, day in and day out – if that’s the thing we’re primarily interested in, then OF COURSE, we’re going to feel as though it’s inescapable.  We’re choosing to keep it close at hand.

This is how I learned to say to myself, “I’m not interested in that anymore.  I’m interested in Love.  I am profoundly interested in the good that this new moment offers me.  I am a creature of Love and Light, and that is ALL I’m interested in.”  Using that phrase to turn away from the past, sometimes HUNDREDS of times a day, gave me a fresh start in each moment.  I finally became TRULY interested in the opportunity to rise above the battlefield and choose Love that is always available to us.  I became focused on living AS Love.  I became devoted to being a loving presence in my own life.  I became so disinterested in the past.  I decided to learn to live beyond precedent.

I am so grateful for my life now.  Where I felt limitation, now I feel the Joy of being in the flow of the ALL-GOOD.  It’s a miracle to me and I’m so happy to share the miracle with you!

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Faith and Trust

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Compare and Despair

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

One of the biggest points of pain we have is the suffering folks experience caused by the habit of comparing themselves to others. Only the ego compares. The heart knows we are united in Oneness.

There’s no point in comparing. None. It’s just a trick of the ego to help you feel more separate.  Comparison always leads to suffering. Whether you compare and think you’ve come out ahead or come out lacking, since there’s only One, either way you just feel more separate.

Would your loving heart encourage someone you loved to compare themselves to someone who seems better than them or more special?  Would you ever say to your friend, “You’re not the best cook.  I know a few other people I like better than you who  are also much better cooks.  You’re not so great.  You’re just okay.”  I doubt you’d say anything remotely like that to another human being, but people say these things to themselves!

Comparison is judgment. All judgment is for the purpose of reinforcing separation.  All belief in separation causes feelings of fear.   Let’s have an active practice of relating to others and feeling the Unity of all life.

Watch your mind when it comes to comparing, attacking, and needing or wanting to be better than someone else.  The habit of comparing can be really sneaky, but since there’s no good that can come of it, just let it go every time you see it.

I find one of the best ways to let a negative thought pattern go is to make myself laugh about it.  So, that’s why in Masterful Living we say, “compare and despair.”  The rhyme helps us to be lighthearted and to remember to laugh.  And let’s face it, it also reminds us not to go down the road of despair!

There’s great healing that can come from our spiritual practice and it’s a benefit to all beings!

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Forgive & Be Free Retreat

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

I don’t think I’ve ever been more aware of the power of Forgiveness.  In my life, I’ve seen the beautiful miracles that forgiveness brings, not just for me and my family, but for my counseling clients and people in my classes:

Healed bodies
Healed relationships
Healed finances
Healed careers
Healed self-esteem

Are any of those  benefits something you’d like to experience?
Are you willing to forgive?

I made a video sharing some of things I’d like you to know about the events I have coming up in October.  You may not wish to join me this year for my Forgive & Be Free Retreat or my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive – but maybe next year!

These events are so healing and bring so much benefit – I’d like you to know more about them!  There may be some things you’d be surprised to learn!

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True Success

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

I used to have a fear of failure and I see that many are stopped in living their heart’s deep desires because they fear their own failure. There is a surefire recipe to avoid failure and it works every time. You are the chef and the main ingredient is God’s Love living through you and as you.  We’re always free to choose as to “whom” we will serve – God or ego.

The first thing you start with is your Goal. What would you like to accomplish? Let’s say, your goal is to have a job you love that pays well. In your recipe, your goal represents the photo of the end result in the cookbook. Your goal is the mental picture.

The main ingredient is your desire to serve the Light.  That’s spiritual success. Spiritual success is true success.

That fire of desire ignites the heart, and the Spirit responds.  Next is your Intention. Make sure your intention is anchored in how you will feel. For instance: My intention is to feel prosperous and fulfilled in the work that I do. Your intention must incorporate the spiritual change you intend to make in how you feel, or you’ll never FEEL successful. Keep the Divine out and you have already failed.

A key ingredient for true success is dedicating the benefits of your fulfilled intention to be shared with everyone, because you’re One with them. Allow yourself to fully embrace the fact that as one is lifted, all are lifted. Here is your opportunity to INTEND to share the benefits of your expansion with all beings.

My intention is to feel prosperous and fulfilled in the work that I do and share the benefits of my expansion with all beings, because I AM One with them.

Now, you’ve brought the Divine into your heart and mind, and God will do the work as long as you stay true to your intention. All are fed by your willingness to multiply the loaves and fishes in your life, and release the thought of separation forever. Spirit cannot fail, and neither will you.  You are born to succeed!

Maybe it would help to forgive yourself for the past?

If you’d like help with self-forgiveness, sign up for my How to Get Over It free workshop.  It’s available for you to download or listen to online right now.  Did I mention that it’s free?

Real Love is about being Real. There’s no manipulation needed. It’s a deep practice.  It’s profoundly transformational and healing. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be so grateful you decided to get REAL!

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Spiritual Integrity

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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