Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

A Return to Love

Monday, August 20th, 2018

I don’t think there’s been anyone in my immediate family who has been as hostile, petulant, judgmental, passive-aggressive or down right mean as I have. I used to be utterly obnoxious at times. I would lose control and behave like a crazy person. And here’s how it’s ALL good. Now, I have so much compassion for myself and others when they aren’t being their normal loving self.

A parent once shared with me a mean comment that she heard one of her children say to the other. The comment was definitely intended to attack and hurt the parent, understandably, wanted to know how to discipline the child. My first thought was, if your child is being mean, they need some extra love not discipline.

I know that when I was behaving like a deranged monster, it was just a cry for Love. I truly didn’t know what else to do. Honestly, I was doing the only thing that made sense to me.

Of course I understand why my loved ones got angry with me and wanted to punish me to teach me that my behavior was unacceptable. They love me and they wished for me to learn to behave in ways that were acceptable. They also didn’t want to live with a crazy, mean person. Who does?

I’m so grateful that my family never gave up on me or kicked me out. I’m SO grateful.

What I’ve learned is that Love heals.

Love is patient, Love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things.
Love never ends.
Corinthians 4-8

Love is unconditional. As Shakespeare said so beautifully “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, nor bends with the remover to remove. It is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.”

It might not be easy to love without conditions, but it’s definitely healing to everyone involved.

In this world, to be the happy learner, we absolutely must forgive everything. We must let all the beliefs go. We must surrender all of our interpretations and the meaning we’ve made of things. In other words, we must relinquish the hold we have on all that is false, all the stories we’ve made up and told.

Our mind IS the mind of God.
Whatever we hold in our mind will seem true to us whether it is true or not.

We cause trouble, and upset ourselves when we actively choose to believe that which isn’t true. Our happiness depends upon our willingness to value the truth above all else.

One thing many people do is they decide that people don’t love them or that we’re not lovable, or they’re not lovable. There’s such a strong tendency for people to make declarations that are limiting and just bring more sorrow, frustration, regret and resentment.

When we’re holding resentment it won’t end until we release the meaning we’ve made of things. That’s the only way out of that one. We can learn to relax our mind and have more patience. It is SO worth it.

We can accomplish so much with Love and nothing without it.

My practice of non-judment isn’t perfect yet, but one thing I know is to “love them anyway.”

Let’s remember to Love more fully and more consistently and let’s do it together!

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Remembering to Love
How to Choose Love Rather than Punishment & Self-medication
Thursday, August 23
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Pain

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

I’m at a Sat Nam Fest, which is a kundalini yoga festival. I’m here to learn and grow, to practice yoga and meditation, to be with friends and make new ones. I like to try new things. I’ve been doing kundalini yoga on and off for nearly 25 years. I really love it because it is a spiritual practice that combines exercises and that suits me so perfectly.

I took a class the other day with a very well-known teacher who began by saying that we all have pain in our lives. As a longtime yoga student, I know that pain can be a regular thing as I deepen in my practice.

As an A Course in Miracles student, I know that “pain is a wrong perspective,” as it says in lesson 190 which is “I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”

The teacher said that we all have pain in our lives, but it doesn’t have to be ongoing and constant, but many people believe that it is and will be, and I felt that was what he was saying. And yoga can help us to work at the level of the mind and also to feel better despite the pain.

I’m for a pain-free life, a life of learning through joy.

I experience a minor amount of physical pain, and rarely experience emotional or mental pain anymore – but they used to be pretty steady. This is what compels me to share what I’m discovering and learning about what’s possible for us.

I believe we can all be shining examples of joyful learners!

If you absolutely knew that Spirit could transform your perspective your pain and suffering to Peace and Prosperity, but it would take two to five years, depending upon your willingness, would you delay? What would you start to do differently?

When I had so much pain in my life, one of my constant thoughts was, that I had SO FAR TO GO. I wish I had known then, that I didn’t have ANYWHERE as far to go as I thought I did. I did the biggest part of my transformation in two years. TWO YEARS!! This is why my programs are in depth, and Masterful Living is a full year, with the ability to continue on for many years. So, we don’t give up and keep going!

Had I been able to comprehend how much faster I could reach a place of mostly Peace and happiness, I would have stopped delaying and gotten on with it decades sooner. I just didn’t know.

This is really a big part of why I write this daily shot of Spiritual Espresso each day, and why I record a new prayer each day, because we can get there so much faster than we think. Knowing this helps us get to the place of Peace faster!

ACIM also says that our willingness is all that’s required. What helped me to really increase my willingness was to start saying these affirmations:

I am willing to be all-in for Love.
I am doing it now.
God is working through me now.
Healing is happening now.
I accept and allow my healing with my whole heart.
Thank you Spirit for my healing!

I encourage you to work with these and to find your own! In the comments section below, please share any powerful affirmations that you’ve found that support your awakening to Love!

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Please join with a friend and let’s get our healing ON!

Ready to Make A Leap?
If you feel as though you’ve been playing small, but would like to share your gifts and talents you may be interested in some of the professional trainings I’m offering. If you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share from Spirit and inspire others check out what we’re up to.

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! We can even help you get CEU’s if that’s helpful.

In October, I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and also my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive – both are open to anyone, and many people like to combine them for maximum transformation.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: Pain and Sacrifice Disappear. You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Life More Enjoyable

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Many, MANY times I’ve had counseling clients or folks in my classes tell me that someone in their life has really difficult energy to be around and it brings them down to be with them. I used to feel the same way about some of the people in my life.

What I’ve learned over the years is that it was never those people’s energy that was my challenge. The real challenge was my thoughts about those people.

It turns out that my judgments about the people were what brought my energy down.

Now, while I do occasionally experience some people as challenging, or less enjoyable to be around – they don’t bring my energy down because I can hold them in the light no matter how they behave.

This is the gift of Peace that I’ve given myself and can share with others.

Consider someone that seems to bother you. Now, consider this a challenge from me to you – next time you’re with them, be super mindful of holding them in the Light of Love rather than judging them and see if they still bring you down.

This is something that you can practice and rehearse. In your mind’s eye, imagine being able to hold the peaceful mind no matter what.

Folks who seem to challenge us are actually helping us to be more loving. Let’s take the challenge and hold it with ease and grace.

Let’s be peacekeepers! Are you willing?

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats this month. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: From Stress to Peace. You can also get the transcript there. For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Cure for Early Morning Anxiety

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Sometimes the perfect thing arrives at the perfect time. I’m so grateful that my dear friend, author Corinne Zupko can show us exactly how to transform this anxiety and use it for our GOOD. What a blessing to share!

Corinne cracked the early morning anxiety code because she, like me, has completely dedicated herself to living A Course in Miracles. She consistently wakes up in a state of peace, instead of how she used to, which was in the throes of gripping early morning anxiety.

Having been a spiritual counselor for 18 years and a minister for 11, I’ve counseled so many folks who REALLY are coping with early morning anxiety – it’s much more common than you might think.

I promise you, you are SO not alone! That’s why I have to let you know about this upcoming FREE class that my friend, Corinne Zupko gave us the other day!

There were times I used to wake up in the morning feeling anxious for no apparent reason. Ugh. Can you relate?

Sometimes I’d wake up with a jolt of anxiety that would rip right through me – what a way to start the day! Can you relate?

Do you ever wake up with an overwhelming feeling of tightness in your chest? And you immediately reach for something to distract yourself from it? UGH!!!

When we wake up in this high state of fear, it can be really tempting to forget our spiritual practice and instead, find ways to push through the anxiety and numb it with caffeine and food and social media. After all, experiencing high anxiety can make something like a meditation practice feel excruciatingly painful.

Yet, here’s an opportunity to work WITH early morning anxiety and use it for GOOD. How? By allowing it to teach us and open our minds to a greater spiritual awareness that we didn’t know was there! Doesn’t that sound so much better?

In her free class – which you can still register for – Corrinne shared some very practical and FUN strategies that you can implement right away, so you too, can move through and heal early morning anxiety, and wake up feeling at peace, feeling happy, feeling so so good!

Your mornings can determine the kind of day you will have. Imagine the kind of day, the kind of LIFE you can have when you actually wake up in a state of peace and joy, instead of anxiety and fear? This isn’t some BS thing that won’t work for you – that’s the thing about truly LIVING A Course in Miracles.

I really love Corinne’s approach to this, because it is all about getting grounded in God and releasing unconscious guilt and fear. It’s the practical application of ACIM in such a helpful way!

In Corinne’s free class she offers all these great insights:

The #1 mistake people make when trying to deal with early morning anxiety
The best thing you can do every morning and night to set your mind up for peace and joy
How to identify your divine “Spiritual Dream Team” for rapid healing
How to make a “Grounding Board” (it’s like a vision board but solely focused on your “spiritual dream team” and the miracles they are waiting to give you)

Let me be clear here – Corinne is the REAL DEAL. She’s a friend. I hang out with her. I LOVE her and I know her to have really done the work, had the insights, and she’s here to share it with us as a gift.

Be prepared to take notes! The replay will be available but only if you register for the FREE class.

You’ve got nothing to lose but fear. Woo hoo! Let’s do this!

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We’re not meant to live in fear – which is why fear and anxiety are an alarm bell letting us know that we can course correct NOW!

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: Corinne Zupko–From Anxiety to Love . You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Cure for Abandonment Issues

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

All kinds of folks have abandonment issues that get triggered in all kinds of situations. Sometimes when they least expect it. It can be so distracting and derailing when it comes out of the blue.

There’s a sense that many people feel there’s nothing they can do about these abandonment fears. The best they can come up with is to manage and cope with it.

Managing and coping strategies are better than nothing, but I can’t settle for that when I’ve seen and experienced so much miraculous healing.

As a spiritual counselor, I’ve worked with folks who have sabotaged relationships because they had intense abandonment issues and they feel more comfortable pushing the person away than becoming REALLY close to someone and feeling afraid that now that person is going to abandon them.

It’s all part of a larger pattern of projecting onto God that “he” abandoned us. When we know, deep down, that we’re the ones that edged God out.

And, all of it can be healed! Yay! That’s what I’m going to share about on my radio show.

Have you ever sabotaged a relationship rather than risk getting closer and then having them abandon or reject you? Can you relate?

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is Cure For Abandonment Issues

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!

Coming up soon!
Jon Mundy and I are offering 3 new minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking see below for more info. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! We can even help you get CEU’s if that’s helpful.

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: When Feelings Are Helpful. You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Elders

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

I love being with wise elders. I’m at the Sunray Peace Village Elder’s Gathering in Vermont, a 3 day event that they’ve been doing for 34 years, gathering elders from many nations – Native American and indigenous elders from other countries as well. It’s a lot of fun!

One of the elders said today, our creator loves diversity. Just look at all the different kinds of trees, and birds and everywhere we look in nature is this endless display of diversity. I love diversity and I find it comforting. It’s one of the reasons why I love these Elders Gatherings – everyone looks and sounds so different, but the hearts feel the same.

I love that the days are filled with SO MUCH gratitude to our creator, for our life, for the good in our life, for the food, the weather, and the opportunity to be together.

It takes MANY people working many long days in order to pull this event off. (I would love to share pictures, but the best parts are not to be photographed, they’re to be experienced.) Some of us are doing things we’ve never done before, some of us are trying out our talents and gifts.

We’re almost always outside all day and I love that.

I love to see the wise Elders being respected and listened to. They have SO MUCH to share that’s helpful. I spent as much time as I could with my grandparents and I really enjoyed listening to them. To me, people are so much more interesting than movies, books or television. For me, there’s nothing more interesting than a good conversation that leads to a new understanding of the beauty of life.

It’s so powerful to see how affecting it is to us all to be able to bask in the teachings of these ones and to remember the native ways of viewing the world.

I notice that I’ve become increasingly disinterested in movies, books and television unless they’re sharing truth and insight. Most stories aren’t interesting to me at all anymore. If I can’t feel the heart, it feels dull.

Being able to speak, write and teach in a way that touches hearts is a powerful and beautiful thing. It’s really so much fun!

In this world of extraordinary diversity, who are the wise elders that you most admire and listen to?

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: Embodying Wisdom. You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

 

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No More Offense

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

I know I talk about this a lot, but it is one of the most important things I can ever share with anyone, and it’s this: Hold the faith for the people around you. Don’t give up on them.

I was talking about this in my Sacred Circle weekly call. On a regular basis I find that people around me will have breakdowns and be rude and unkind. The temptation would be to take it personally become offended and upset.

I used to take offense at everything – this always made me feel powerful – it gave me a way to transform my feelings of inadequacy by projecting them out onto others.

We live in a world where ALL upset is projection – it’s our interpretation that’s upsetting us – NOT what happened.

It’s FAR more healing and self-loving to hold the space for people who are behaving out of right alignment, and hold that they will come back into alignment on their own, rather than to try and chase them into it, or badger them.

When we’re going after people who’ve made errors of unkindness or blindness, and trying to get them to see, or harass them into apologizing, or taking responsibility, where is our focus? Our focus is on the error, and making it real. That just brings more of the same PLUS the upset.

ENOUGH!

I’ve learned 1000 times that holding the space for someone, seeing things as perfect, letting Spirit organize the healing, and affirming that it IS happening now, that’s the way. It works. It works SO beautifully, far beyond anything I could imagine. Why would I do it any differently?

This is what I call the Divine Experiment – holding the high watch, holding the ideal, the healed relationship in my mind and nothing else – energizing the answered prayer and allowing it to unfold. Placing it on the altar and leaving it there, so Spirit can do the healing.

It works, it works, it WORKS!

Prove this to yourself and you’ll be so grateful and forever changed. Change your mind and the miracle is happening – let the miracles happen! Now is the time for us to rise and shine!

Jon Mundy and I are offering 3 new minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking see below for more info. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! We can even help you get CEU’s if that’s helpful.

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: Ken Wapnick. You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Peace In the Family

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

There are more and more people who are doing this healing work at the level of the mind and experiencing benefits that amaze them. Yes, it’s always astounding when people have physical healing as a result of the work we’re doing in the retreats and classes. It’s absolutely wonderful.

AND what is MUCH more powerful and miraculous to me is when families have healing because one person decides to do the practice. I’ve seen this in my own family.

My family used to think it was okay to pick on each other, make sarcastic belittling remarks, and just become cold and withholding of Love. That’s how things were in my family. It was normal. And still I felt that we had a very loving family. The Love was real and palpable, but there was a lot of dysfunctional behavior.

I don’t take credit for the changes we’ve had, but I know for a fact that things changed when I changed. We stopped the bickering and the unkind remarks. We stopped dumping on each other.

Here’s what changed:

First, I made the decision to love myself.

Out of learning to really love myself I realized that the absolute worst thing I can do to myself is to fight with my loved ones and withhold Love. That is the most painful thing I can inflict on myself, so I decided to find a better way and practice it.

Making the commitment to be loving opened up all the good in my life and allowed me to finally learn to love myself, and that was profoundly healing and transformational.

Second, I decided to stop trying to manage, control and manipulate things.

I realized that by trying to manage, control and manipulate things I was placing my trust and faith in my own opinions and judgements, which, I also realized in’t the way to experience the most Love and Light.

I had to be willing to stop managing, controlling and manipulating things before I could be willing to place my trust and faith in Love, in Spirit. I had to let go of my mental and emotional grip on things in order to be able to even consider having faith and trust in Spirit. This change taught me faith at the deepest levels and transformed my life.

Third, I made the commitment to share the benefits with everyone.

Adding this simple phrase “I share the benefits with everyone because I am one with them.” and repeating it many times a day in many prayers really turbo charged by ability to see, feel, know and recognize the unity of all life.

Jesus said, “what you do to the least of them, you do to me.”

In other words, we are one.
If we cannot recognize that what we do to the least of them
we do to ourselves,
maybe we can recognize that we do it to Jesus,
and if we love Jesus,
then don’t do it to them,
because when we do it to them,
we do it to Jesus,
we do it to all.
There is only one.

In an awareness of unity there are no problems and nothing to heal. The separation never occurred.

These are three critical shifts and changes that I made and they transformed EVERYTHING in my life. Nothing was left out of the transformation because the healing was at the level of the mind.

What’s wonderful is that I used to feel that it was so far out of reach for me to create a successful ministry, and yet I yearned to be able to have ministry as my life and my profession. It felt so far away from me and what I could accomplish – until I put Spirit in charge.

And now, that’s what I share with others so they can do it too.

I healed my own life (still healing, of course) and that’s what qualified me and empowered me to share with others. Not something I read in a book or heard someone say, but what I lived and shared. All are called to be a healing presence – and God will qualify us if we allow it.

There’s so much benefit that emerges when one person in a family decides to be that fulcrum point of healing – that point of change in their family. I’ve seen so many folks in Masterful Living and Finding Freedom classes profoundly shift the dynamics of their relationships. Principle works when we apply it. It’s so much easier to do when we support each other in spiritual community and do the work together.

More and more I see the people who are succeeding in healing their lives, families, relationships, finances and more are feeling a call to teaching, ministry and sharing like I have. Spirit is leading me to create a Minister & Teacher Program for people who feel called to really live and teach how to live a miraculous healing life and be truly helpful.

It was so challenging for me to get started and to overcome the obstacles in my own mind. I’d like to make it a WHOLE LOT easier for others to do.

Are you wishing to share your gifts and talents, but feel like you’ve been playing small?
Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share from Spirit and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! We can even help you get CEU’s if that’s helpful.

My Radio Show episode from this past week was about God In This World and it might be of interest to you. I’ve done a number of episodes of my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly Radio Show on the topic of relationship, healing, faith and being miracle minded. (FYI, you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in.)

If you haven’t taken my survey about your interests and you think you might be interested in our teacher trainings and spiritual counselor trainings, please click here now and take 30 seconds to answer my survey.

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

 

If you’d like to hear more on this topic from A Course in Miracles perspective, click here now to listen to or download my radio show episode: Peaceful Relationships Are Possible. You can also get the transcript there.

For a searchable list of all my radio show episodes click here to go to LivingACourseinMiracles.com/radio.

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Spirit Makes The Way

Friday, July 20th, 2018

When it feels like there’s no way, Spirit can still make a way.
When it feels like only failure is possible, Spirit can still succeed.
When it feels like all is lost, Spirit can show us what’s valuable.
In God, all things worth doing, having and being are always possible.

When we’re feeling hopeless and helpless, then we’ve left God out of the equation, and that’s the real reason that we feel so down and desperate. We can say we think that we feel despair because of what’s happening in the world, but our upset is really because we’re not allowing Spirit to lead us, guide us, and direct us. And we can change our mind. We can go the other way.

When we’re willing to put Spirit in charge then everything changes. It can seem that we don’t want change. It can feel as if change is a threat and a worry. We can fear change because we can’t control it, but the fact is that we can’t control anything, so let’s not fool ourselves anymore.

We can look to the world for examples – at some of the most “powerful” people in the world and see how they try so hard to control things and no matter how much “power and influence” they have, they still can’t control things to go their way.

In truth, there’s only one way, and that way is God’s way. Let’s all get off the pain train and jump on board the Love Train. Let’s not wait until the pain is squeezing us so hard we just wish we were dead. Let’s simply put Spirit in charge and allow the miracles to unfold. Let’s get out of the way. And let’s get on with it and do what we’re here to do – Love ourselves and each other.
“Wherever [the Holy Spirit] looks He sees Himself, and because He is united He offers the whole Kingdom always. This is the one message God gave to Him and for which He must speak, because that is what He is. The peace of God lies in that message, and so the peace of God lies in you. The great peace of the Kingdom shines in your mind forever, but it must shine outward to make you aware of it.A Course in Miracles, T-6.II.12.

Let’s join together to shine the light outward in order to see it more clearly!

Less than 1 Month Away!
Jon Mundy and I are offering 3 new minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking see below for more info. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness! We can even help you get CEU’s if that’s helpful.

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th – 3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd – 4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th – 3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please LIKE this post and share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Having Faith Until the End

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Sometimes it’s so tempting to give in to the mean thought or the attack thought. When we feel attacked, we feel our attack is justified.

So often, when I’ve felt attacked, I’ve wanted to walk away. I’ve wanted to say “the heck with them, I’ve had enough of this,” just because people seem very difficult to Love.

Sometimes people work very hard to push us away. They feel unlovable. They feel unloved and wounded, and so they behave in all manner of ways to get us to quit on them.

On some level it can feel safer to be isolated, to be alone, to disconnect. I get that. I’ve certainly felt that way many, many times. I’ve retreated from the world.

We can retreat into self-medication with all kinds of things – even spiritual practice.

And yet, there’s nothing quite so thrilling or so gratifying as being able to hold the high watch for someone who seems to be trying to get us to quit on them – whether they know it or not.

Many times I’ve been faced with my own desire to have relationships be easier, and the desire to just stop talking with someone because that seem easier.

I’ve learned that the healthiest thing for me is to simply lay the entire relationship, and everything I think and feel about it, all control, and all desire, all fear and concern, all of it, onto the Holy Altar of God’s Love, as I call it.

I lay it in God’s “lap.” I say, “Spirit, you lead me, guide me and direct me, I’m your servant. I know not what to do, or not do, but you will show me and I will follow that. In the meantime, I will not be moved from this place of Love and surrender. There’s nothing for me to do, but know that it’s all going to work out in the end.”

And then, let me not be moved from this place of wisdom and compassion. It’s frequently challenging, but when you experience miracle after miracle, it gets much easier not to give up and collapse into despair, hurt, anger, resentment. It’s much more interesting and fun to stay strong and let Spirit do the heavy lifting of figuring out HOW to have a healing.

If you haven’t seen the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I highly recommend it and it has a wonderful saying in it that I find is a great attitude adjustment – here’s a short clip to enjoy:

 

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th
3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd
4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th
3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

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Replacing Doubt with Faith

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Doubt is more pervasive than we recognize.  Doubt manifests as the experience of lack, illness, depression, relationship challenges, career and creativity limitations and more.

Doubt is the cause and those are just some of it’s effects.

A Course in Miracles tells us that all doubt is self-doubt, but knowing that isn’t the same as eliminating it.

How many of us recognize that our challenges are really issues of doubt?
How many of us are willing, just willing, to recognize that the doubt is self-doubt?

If we’re willing to accept that our experiences of lack and limitation come from our self-doubt then we can be quite a few steps closer to having a healing. Isn’t that wonderful?

I’m so grateful that no matter what the appearance of the problem or difficulty is, it can be healed permanently by the Higher Holy Spirit Self if we allow it.

I frequently quote the end of Chapter V of the ACIM text where it says:

“… 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.”

When there’s doubt, we’ve decided wrongly.
When there’s lack, we’ve decided wrongly.
When there’s any kind of pain, we’ve decided wrongly.

Instead of trying to figure it out or analyze the decisions of the past, let’s just do what Jesus suggests to us – give it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self to undo ALL the consequences of any and all wrong decisions that we’ve ever made about anything at any time.

That feels really simple and easy to me.
Why would I struggle with doubt and pain when I can give ALL the consequences of any wrong decisions, projections, unloving choices, unkind choices, foolish choices, known or unknown, to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.

Jesus even tells us that we can’t undo it ourselves, so let’s have Spirit do it and be done with it.

All we need to do is be willing.

If we’re frequently complaining about lack and limitation, are we willing to let it go? No, we’re not.

If we’re constantly talking about our pain and suffering, are we willing to let it go and have it be transformed? No, probably not.

It’s tricky because suffering feels so sticky.

I’ve learned that it’s best for me not to give ANY energy to what I would like to stop experiencing. Let me give ALL my energy, attention and investment into that which I desire to experience more of.

I was in a conversation with some folks about doubt recently, and I realized that I don’t notice myself experiencing a lot of doubt anymore. It’s because I don’t rely upon my own ability to discern or decide like I used to. I really like the ACIM teaching about “you decide for me.”

I’ve learned it’s better for me if I let Spirit decide for me.

I strongly prefer to energize that the Higher Holy Spirit Self is arranging everything for my highest and best good. And if it’s for ANYONE’s highest and best good it must be for the highest and best for ALL because we’re one with each other.

No one can experience their highest good and have it be a bummer for me, unless I’m entertaining a false belief. I’m not interested in that anymore.

I’ve done a number of episodes of my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly Radio Show on the topic of doubt, but even more on faith. Recognizing doubt is helpful. Cultivating a deep faith is transformational. (FYI, you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in.)

Are you interested in stepping up your game and sharing your talents? Do you have self-doubt you’d like to transform so that you can share your gifts and inspire others?

Jon Mundy and I are offering minister & teacher training retreats in August. If you’d like to learn about these trainings in inspirational writing, teaching and speaking, click here for more information. These retreats are open to anyone who’d like to build their skills AND do some deep spiritual healing of patterns of unworthiness!

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment Plans.

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th
3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd
4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th
3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

If you haven’t taken my survey about your interests and you think you might be interested in our teacher trainings and spiritual counselor trainings, please click here now and take 30 seconds to answer my survey.

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

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

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David Bowie Is

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Yesterday I went with my family to see the David Bowie exhibit that’s at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s been touring for the last five years and is about to close. This is it’s final stop. I’m SO glad I was able to see it.

David Bowie made his transition in January 2016 and I wasn’t able to write about it at the time. I’m an ardent fan of Mr. Bowie’s work and I have a great admiration for him as an artist.

When I got to the end of the exhibit yesterday, I began to cry. I was so moved and so grateful for his life and work. His originality, authenticity and constant exploration and creativity were a comfort and a marvel to me in the most confusing and emotionally challenging times of my life.

Music was so much a part of my life and Bowie’s music was always inspiring to me. There are many artists with wonderful songs that I’ve already heard too many times, but no matter how many times I’ve heard any of Bowie’s songs, I don’t ever tire of them.

In a sense, Bowie reminds me of Vincent Van Gogh, another artist who has deeply inspired me. Both of these men had an inner inspiration to express the human condition, to share it and to see the beauty in things that others didn’t.

In a world where many are desperately trying to fit in and be like everyone else, while others are just as desperately trying to be original, some people are able to be themselves, sharing what they have to share and hoping that it might be of some interest or value to someone else, but not needing, or craving other people’s approval. They can do their work simply for the Joy of being able to express what they’re feeling.

I can’t think of another artist whose work I’ve enjoyed as much as I have Mr. Bowie’s. I feel so blessed that I got to share this time with him and watch him grow and unfold.

I remember back in the 90’s explaining to a 10 year old friend why Picasso’s work was so breathtaking and so important. It’s challenging to explain what it means to have someone’s perspective so completely influence the world that it’s hard to even remember what the world was like before.

Van Gogh, Duchamp, Warhol, Bowie, these artists help us to see and feel the beauty and the madness in the illusion. They help us to value our humanity, by touching our Spirit, making us laugh, surprising us, and by being able to share their views without pandering and without fear of our judgment. It’s a rare gift.

This is definitely a mad, mad, mad world, and it’s also insanely beautiful because of people like David bowie. We are blessed to have his work to enjoy and discover!

NEW – Teacher Trainings!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th
3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd
4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th
3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

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

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Peace Training

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

People often ask me what to do about the situations in the world that they don’t like and upset them. As you may know, A Course in Miracles tells us, “seek not to change the world, but to change our mind about the world.” ACIM is very clear how important it is that we not invest the energy of our thought and attention into things that we wish were different. Our response-ability is to hold the vision of perfect Peace and Love – and by vision, I really mean, to hold in our mind that Peace prevail on earth. That Love is all there is.

My prayer is that Peace prevail and also that truth prevail.

In a world where there is so much deceit and lying with intent to disrupt and disturb, we must hold that truth will prevail, and that Peace is our natural state.

I sometimes feel called to simply sit, pray, meditate and contemplate that Peace is here now. Perfection is here now. It’s not in the future. It’s now. Now is all there is. Let me BE the Peace.

Other times, I feel called to speak and share.

Sometimes, I feel called to go to a march, or a meeting and simply hold the vibration of Love and Peace.

Spirit is directing us, always guiding us. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have. ACIM tells us it is the medium of miracles.

Let us pray to KNOW the truth,
to BE the Peace and,
to extend the Perfect Love of God that we already are.

This is our training.
This is how we change our mind about the world.
This is how we reveal the new heaven and the new earth – NOW!

Last day for Early Bird Discounts on Teacher Trainings!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are a few days left for Early Bird Pricing & Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th
3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd
4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th
3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

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

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Liberation Day!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

I was in prison for many years – imprisoned by my own judgments and opinions. I was tortured by my own doubt and fear. In the prison of my own thought I saw no escape, although I dreamed of one. My days could only be half-lived because, although I knew I wasn’t free, I didn’t know that it was something I had to choose.

What’s amazing to me now, looking back, I can clearly see that I was the one who had decided that I wasn’t free. I was the one who had decided that others had done this to me. I was the one who decided that I was trapped. I was the one who decided I couldn’t find the way out.

I can see now that I had made a lot of decisions. I have to wonder why I thought being a victim was so attractive. I am so VERY grateful that I’ve learned the extraordinary value of taking responsibility. I am so grateful for my own capacity to let things that are hurting me GO! Bye-bye!
Jesus taught us that the truth will set us free. When I heard that from inside my prison cell it sounded wonderful. I could feel that it was true. Still, I didn’t know HOW to use the truth to set me free.

It was a while before I even allowed myself to consider that I could be free. It took a while because I didn’t want to desire something I didn’t think I could have. Eventually the pain of continuing to live imprisoned by my judgments became so great that I allowed myself to desire liberation.

Then, because I was finally TRULY interested in liberation, one day I woke up and realized that I could actively choose freedom. It was within my power to choose. I understood that I could deliberately choose whom I would serve that day. I could continue to suffer or I could choose to serve Love. In that moment I believed something different was possible. Emancipation was at hand.

A Course In Miracles teaches me that I cannot find light by analyzing darkness. I must choose the light. It says, “You have not made truth, but truth can still set you free.”

I remember my personal Independence Day clearly. I was sitting in a tent in the Andes mountains just before dawn. That morning, I awoke to the knowledge that I’d been living my life in the shadows. I’d been facing away from the light of my own being.

Somehow, deliberately walking into the darkness had become my path. In that early morning sunrise stillness, I consciously decided to turn and face the light in my own Spirit and I took that first step toward Freedom with my whole heart.

I started making some new decisions. I decided to become as loving as it was possible for me to become. I didn’t dare imagine that I could ever arrive at a place of being truly loving within this lifetime, but I didn’t mind that. I decided to head in that direction and focused on where I was going and not when I would arrive. I was Joy-full just to know that the direction I was heading in was a place I actually wished to be.

Immediately after making that decision to become as loving as I possibly could, I saw clearly my choice to focus on being loving NOW. It was my choice and no one else’s. I didn’t have to wait. I didn’t need anyone’s permission. I was not a victim of circumstance. I was completely free to follow my desire. I set my intention and in that moment I had the key that unlocked the door. That day was my day of the beginning of my Liberation – because I decided to choose it.

Deciding is so important. Only you can decide for yourself.

Today I am free to choose to serve love and to let love serve me. Love is the only power there is. By choosing Love my walk in the world is a walk of feeling powered and my ever-widening path of Freedom is something I can share with many. Thank you for sharing this Independence Day with me! May you and your loved ones always feel blessed!

Sacred Circle is on Friday this week!

Last days for Early Bird Discounts on Teacher Trainings!

Would you like to share your gifts and talents with more authenticity and confidence? Are you ready to stop playing small and stop waiting for the perfect moment to shine your light?

Three new trainings co-led by me and Jon Mundy. There are a few days left for Early Bird Pricing & Payment plans!

Training #1 – Inspirational Writing
Thursday August 16 to Sunday 19th
3 nights

Training #2 – Leading/Creating A Workshop –
Includes how to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop
Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd
4 nights

Training #3 – Inspired Speaking – Giving An Inspiring Talk
Thursday August 23 to Sunday 26th
3 nights

All three consecutive events will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale Arizona, right next to Phoenix. Click here for more info and registration!

Come for 1, 2 or 3 of these professional trainings. Power of Love Ministry is developing a ministerial/teacher training and these are part of the curriculum for that training.

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

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

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Fear Undone

Friday, June 15th, 2018

I can remember when I would have shock waves of fear that seemed to shoot through me like lightning waves. I’d have a thought that would produce a rush of adrenaline and an energetic shock that moved through me in a way that my heart would start racing instantly. The worst was late at night or first thing in the morning.

Once I had a mild panic attack that was a whole different kind of fear but felt almost foundational – like my very core was threatened.

If only someone could have told me then what I now know! And A Course in Miracles says it so well:

“All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception that you have the ability to usurp the power of God.” ACIM T-2.I.4.

I understand that it seems hard to believe that all fear comes from judging, and from thinking thoughts that are untrue. It can seem as though fear comes from what’s happening in the world. It can seem like there’s a monster out there that’s upsetting us, but all of the causes or fear are in our own mind.

Our opinions are what’s frightening us. When we affirm our judgments and opinions we’re affirming that we’re the ones who decide who is good and who is bad, who is right and who is wrong, and in doing so we become the usurpers. We’re usurping God. We become guilty of spiritual patricide. And that’s really scary.

We can train our mind to see beyond appearances and recognize only the truth, or we can continue to learn to live with fear and bend ourselves to it’s uncomfortable distortions of reality. I move that we love ourselves enough to stop frightening ourselves and live in Peace.

Consider if there’s someone in your life that you really love and adore – would you yell at them? Frighten them? Torture them? Manipulate them?

You wouldn’t do those things if you truly loved them. Those behaviors have nothing to do with Love. They are the distorted behaviors that fear brings.

What judgment do you have that could possibly be worth holding onto when you know that it will cause your own suffering? Think of all the things you’ve done to try to end your suffering that haven’t really worked.

Would you try the one thing that actually works?

Or do you feel that you can have your judgments and the fear you experience is unrelated?

I don’t think I could have believed giving up my opinions would relieve me of fear. I only know that it works because I have been giving up my judgments as part of my daily spiritual practice for more than a decade and as a result, I don’t have much fear. Most of the fear I experience these days is annoyance.

I can’t remember the last time I felt one of those shock waves of fear, but I can remember feeling joyous and grateful yesterday. I feel grateful and thankful even now as I write this.

I let God be God. I am part of God, and I don’t need to judge anything or anyone anymore. I’m not interested in being a usurper. I prefer to feel free and harmonious ALL of the time. I am intent on it. I am closer to my goal every day! And for this, I am so very grateful! I am loving myself free of lack, attack and limitation. It’s happening now.

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Self-Sabotage

Friday, June 8th, 2018

One of the side benefits of being a minister and a spiritual counselor is that I’ve talked with at least 1,000 people about their ways of self-sabotage and so I’ve learned a lot about the topic. Now, I can see the sabotage coming and so I don’t engage.

I used to feel as though my own self-sabotage was like some kind of monster from the deep that would grab a hold on my leg and pull me right down, under the surface so that I felt like I was drowning and there was nothing I could do.

I really hated that feeling of being pulled down, down, down by the ego. It felt so strong, I didn’t have the strength to resist. It felt easier to just let it drag me down and then try to make a come back later.

Now, I know that we can interrupt the patterns that drag us down. These fear patterns SEEM like they have so much power, but they really don’t. God has ALL the power and there is NO other power anywhere, ever, at any time.

A Course in Miracles tells us that we’re much too tolerant of mind-wandering. Our mind wanders to thoughts of separation, which frighten us, and we stay there, adding more and more to the story like adding to a house of cards until we collapse into some really blatant form of self-attack, like drinking an entire bottle of wine or some other self-wounding which leaves us feeling like a total loser.

And, of course, that’s frightening to us.
It’s also more evidence to the ego that we’re an idiot and cannot be trusted at all.

Fortunately, none of this really means anything. Only Love is meaningful. In that same section of ACIM that I just referred to, Jesus says to us:

“The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.” T-2.VI.4.

If we’d truly like to make sure our choices are in accord with Jesus, we can ask him to remind us to ask him. We can ask the angels to remind us too. All of heaven will absolutely support us if we’re willing to receive it.

Sometimes it seems to me that the most fundamental form of sabotage is convincing ourselves that we’re on our own when we never are and cannot be. It’s completely an illusion.

Let’s join together and decide that we will not be party to this insanity anymore! Enough!

Today, let’s have the courage to realize there is no monster under the bed, there is only the idea of one. It’s a shadow. We are the Light!

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

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

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Reflection

Wednesday, June 6th, 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? It could be, but it might not be, and it’s helpful to know the answer.

Fortunately, there’s 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 what you’re seeing in the world is a reflection of your inner perspective or not, so that you can deal with it appropriately and have the healing you aspire to.

It’s helpful to know that the mirror is always valuable. The reflection isn’t designed to hurt us or upset us even though it might seem like it does. The reflection is to help us see what we haven’t been able to recognize in ourselves.

“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

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 it, 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.

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!

The thing that makes it SEEM complicated is our experiences of inner conflict. Conflict comes when we say we’d like the Peace of God, but then we choose something else. When we’re consistent in our choosing Love, the cause of conflict fades.

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 in the world today?

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.

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

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

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Peace

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sorry

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Saying “I’m sorry” is commonly taken as an apology, but what is it really?

When someone says, “I’m sorry,” it generally means that they have regret. It often means they’d like to make amends in some way, usually by offering their regret and acknowledging that what they did or didn’t do was in some way less than ideal, or perhaps even a cause of suffering.

Commonly, when people say “I’m sorry,” they’re admitting to some kind of wrong-doing that they now regret. Although it could be something very slight.

I hear people say, “I’m sorry,” when the appearance is that they might possibly have gotten in your way as you’re both moving through a room. Folks say, “I’m sorry,” when they didn’t clearly hear you and are asking for you to repeat what you said.

“I’m sorry,” can be used to address an offense as big as murder or as small as getting in someone’s way on the way to the buffet or brushing against them in line at the airport.

It generally means, “I regret that, please excuse me.” It can be taken as a sign of manners and civility. Many times we’ve taken to replying as the Australians do, “no worries!” or “no problem.”

When there’s been what feels like a real offense, a deep wounding, I’m sorry can be very helpful in conveying a sense of regret, and honoring the person’s feelings. Of course, with the tone, we can say “I’m sorry,” with no regret and 100% sarcasm, so the words are really nothing.

What if, instead of saying “I’m sorry,” we could say:

I can see that I made an error. I made some unloving choices that I now regret. I’m sorry if you were hurt by what I said, or didn’t say, did, or didn’t do and I’d like to let you know that if I had it to do over, I would do this instead: ______. I’ve really learned something here, and I intend to not repeat this. I intend to let this experience lead me to higher more loving choices in the future.

Here are the ways I know to transmute the errors of the past:

  • Taking responsibility without ANY blame.
  • Having compassion for ourselves and others.

By actively engaging in these two steps, we move out of the past and stop repeating it. That’s a HUGE relief. When we stop repeating the past we feel better about ourselves. It’s a tremendously loving thing to do for ourselves.

Love is truly our healer. Let’s Love ourselves free of the patterns of the past and demonstrate true healing in our lives. We inspire others with our loving choices and that’s good for everyone!

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.

Applying ACIM to our everyday lives is a practice of ever increasing Joy. Applying even one principle of ACIM, with some little willingness, and some consistency will bring noticeable results. As they say, it works when you work it!

You can hear my conversation with Jon Mundy in our discussion of the practical application of applying the principles of ACIM from my radio show yesterday. Click here to get the download now.

TOMORROW: Join Jon Mundy for his 6 part class series – live on video – ask him your questions! Jon’s class starts tomorrow, May 3. Click here now to learn more about Practicing the Principles of ACIM with Jon Mundy.

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

If you find what I’m sharing is helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and Twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Security

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

If you feel insecure, there is a way to feeling more and more secure. Let me tell you how I found it.

I made a resolution to be more loving and I began to look for ways to implement my desire to have a more loving life.

I made a resolution to be more patient and I began to look for ways to implement my desire to have the capacity to be patient and to be unbotherable.

One of the keys to my being able to experience so much personal transformation is that I began to look for opportunities every day to practice. Like a kid who loves to draw is going to look for an opportunity to get in some drawing a few times a day.

I began to feel grateful that I could practice patience, loving kindness, and generosity of Spirit. It felt like a relief to me that I was FINALLY shifting my vibration. I began to feel excited that I could experience this new and higher frequency of energy because small shifts in my thinking.

I was so happy that I could look for more and more ways to apply this new way of looking at the world. My new way of being was agreeing with me and I liked that. I began to feel powerful not because I was intimidating people, but because I was aligning with my true nature.

I saw that being kind to others was being loving to myself. I started to have an authentic experience of oneness. I loved it! It was such a RELIEF to be loving.

I encourage you to become so excited about having the power to change your life that you start looking for all the little ways that you can be loving, kind, patient, and generous. Each one brings a greater and greater sense of security.

If you feel insecure, being loving is the cure. Try it and see! Give it your very best and go for it!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

If you find what I’m sharing is helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let’s other know? Thank you!

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Peace In This World

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

The ends is in the means. If we’d like to get where we’d like to go, we have to be sure that our desire matches our means to get there or otherwise we’re merely in fantasy.

I know A LOT about fantasy. I spent so much time in fantasy for years. I am so glad I decided to actually make changes and start living my dream rather than just wishing and hoping.
I’m always making either a constructive or destructive contribution to my life. It can be subtle and challenging to discern, but since I desire to make a positive contribution wherever possible, since I intend to be the bringer of Love and Light, I’m committed to paying attention to even the most subtle waves of energy I’m sending. My little willingness has become a commitment.

My willingness went from being a tiny flame to a full on fire. Yours can too.
How frequently do I think about whether or not my actions are constructive? All day long. That’s my willingness demonstrating in my active practice of awareness.

I can feel the difference between constructive and destructive immediately. All that’s required is for me to be awake in the moment. To be awake in the moment requires my willingness. I’m willing to be awake. I desire to be awake.

How many times have I tried to solve a problem without considering whether or not my solution was actually constructive or merely a band-aid? Millions.

Sometimes what I’ve done to make things better has been reactionary, borne of a fear of what might happen. Sometimes I’ve known that what I was doing was actually destructive and I’ve gone ahead and done it anyway in order to get a temporary feeling of resolution. This is what I see others doing all the time. We especially see it in politics.

People use violence as a quick way to attempt to end violence.

It never brings Peace, but they try it again anyway.

The ends is in the means. The way to change the violent world is through being peaceful ourselves. Hating the haters doesn’t help us.

I did an episode of my A Course in Miracles weekly Radio Show on Peace in This World that may be of interest.

In Trumpet of Conscience, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says, “Means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.”

A Course in Miracles tells us: “How can one be sincere and say, ‘I want this above all else, and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it?’ To obtain the goal the Holy Spirit indeed asks little. He asks no more to give the means as well. The means are second to the goal. And when you hesitate, it is because the purpose frightens you, and not the means.”

The bottom line is: if I have a problem and I try to solve it with anything other than Love, I will still have a problem. In other words, “what goes around, comes around.”

Many people resist the truth that every thought is a choice. They’d rather step back from taking responsibility for every thought they think. And yet, in taking that responsibility is the very power to change their lives. Many people feel powerless yet resist the one thing that will empower them. Responsibility. That’s where having a strong aspiration serves us. I desire to serve the Light with every choice I make. I am willing to take responsibility for every choice I make.

And this is why, I offer to support those who really wish to do the work and not just talk about it.

Today, in every area of my life, to the very best of my ability, I choose constructive means to bring about constructive ends, for the purpose of our collective awakening. In this way, every day, I can contribute to the liberation of all beings from the dream of separation and suffering. In this way, I can make every day a day of Beauty. In this way, I honor all beings.

Every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can fill out the form on the top right of this page to subscribe now, if you’re not already subscribed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Priming the Pump of Prosperity

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

As you probably know, the reason we have colored eggs at Easter is because the early Christians co-opted the pagan spring rituals and turned them into Easter symbols. Eggs are obviously a sign of fertility and that’s what spring is about. Fertility and prosperity go together.

While it’s not spring everywhere now, it is here in Germany where I am, and back in the United States where I spend the majority of my time. It’s a time of birds returning, nests being built and gardens getting ready to plant (in between snow storms?)

I love the cycles of life and I find it helpful to tune into them and go with the flow. Let’s plant the seeds of our prosperity! The best way I know to do that is to prepare the soil of our mind and make room for our prosperity to flow. How can the prosperity flow into a crowded space? It’s not possible.

Is your attention on being receptive to the good, or is it crowded with resentments and regrets? No matter how much people hear that forgiveness is going to help them open to prosperity, they still resist doing it. I get it. I resisted too.

Finally I decided, I am willing to have an easier life.
In fact, I’m willing to do what it takes to make life a WHOLE LOT easier.

That was my choice, and I don’t ever regret it.
I don’t regret that I invested a couple of years letting all the resentments and regrets go. I put my heart into it and it paid off abundantly. My entire life is 100,000 better than it was – and that’s just me trying to quantify that which is not quantifiable. Forgiveness works.

Here’s why forgiveness increases prosperity:

We share the same mind.
We all share that one mind.
Everyone on this earth knows, intuitively, whether or not you are:

open
receptive
willing
feeling self-worthy
feeling capable
available for good
tuned in
loving
helpful
compassionate
patient
kind
caring
generous
etc.

There are no private thoughts, no real secrets.
We all feel it all.
We cannot hide anything, not really.

Therefore, people who are truly prosperous, abundant, happy, harmonious and available for the flow of Love will be attracted to like-minded people. They will generally not even notice the grudge holders, the ones who are clinging to resentments and regrets, guilt, blame and shame.

Forgiveness is the ONLY way to clear out that trash in our heart and mind.
There is no other way.
Prosperity is available now, we don’t have to wait.

In the meantime, like continues to attract like.

Those who are withholding and keeping score attract like-minded people. I know I did. For sure. I changed my mind and the whole world around me changed and the way the world related to me changed when I changed how I related to the world.

If you know you’ve been avoiding doing forgiveness work, just know, that’s what the issue is. It’s not out side you. It’s right where you are.

If you’d like help with forgiveness, I have my free forgiveness workshop you can get it right now. So many have written to tell me it helped them to break free of the past.

You can click here now to get my How to Get Over It forgiveness workshop, it’s my gift. Please pay it forward and share it with your friends. In fact, I highly recommend you do the workshop with a friend or loved one and make a fun time of it!

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

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

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

If you find what I’m sharing is helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let’s other know? Thank you!

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Offended

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

I used to be the queen of taking offense. It’s so easy to be offended by things in life. For much of my life this was my habit. I would look for things to be offended by.

When I deepened my spiritual practice and committed myself to releasing all negativity and keep my focus on being loving and compassionate, I started to have many realizations that supported my intention to change my life.

There were two main things that I realized that were very helpful to me.

First, I realized that one of the reasons why I took offense so frequently was that it was deeply upsetting to me. In being upset, I would feel “alive.” The energy of being upset gives us the false sense of being energized and having a purpose, a reason for living. It’s a strange kind of “I’m upset, there for I am.”

Think about that. The ego is nothing. It has no power. Yet, if we take offense and get upset, it’s as if we’re taking our life-force and pouring it into the ego. The ego seems so alive and powerful when we’re offended.

If we’re identified with the ego, we need to find life. The ego has no life of it’s own. Spirit has life, the ego doesn’t. Being upset is a false sense of life.

Recognizing that I was settling for a false sense of life, instead of real liveliness, I decided to quit taking offense and replace that habit with being loving and kind.

Secondly, when offended, we can feel powerful. When we’re offended, we feel SO right. When we’re taking offense, we’re the ones who are better than whoever we’re offended by.

When we don’t have a direct sense of personal power because we’re living from the only power there is, which is Love, then we may look for some false sense of power. In which case, power OVER others (which is an aspect of being offended) will be an acceptable compromise.

Recognizing that the feeling of power over others actually makes me feel icky, and energetically depressed because it’s a denial of unity and oneness, I decided to replace that habit of being righteously offended with being compassionate.

Realizing that being upset frequently isn’t self-loving, I replaced it with being self-nurturing and focusing on loving thoughts and prayer.

I’m so glad that I saw how self-destructive the habit of being offended is. I don’t wish to take offense anymore. There’s no benefit in it for me. I’m done with it.

I’d rather focus my attention on extending Love and being truly helpful. I’d rather focus on what makes me happy rather than being upset. It’s the Power of Love in my heart!

Changing our lives and healing our minds is so much easier in community. We are an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. To this end, I’m offering another Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in May and my Stop Playing Small retreat right before, at the end of April. (If you can’t make this Counseling Training in May, there will be one in October.) We practice and learn Self-Love in Spiritual Community and it’s a powerful healing experience. It’s a living, loving, beautiful expression of Spirit’s Love.

If you feel that you’ve been playing small in any way, I’d love to support you in breaking free of that. If you’re feeling called to do this work with me, please trust that and allow Spirit to provide what is needed so that you can answer the call you’re feeling. We can do this together!

We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

If you find what I’m sharing is helpful won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let’s other know? Thank you!

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Guidance

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Do you prefer information or insight? One thing I know about the ego is it’s always seeking to collect more information. Many spiritual students, myself included, can get hung up on collecting information. I’ve learned the hard way that information isn’t healing. Love is healing and only Love is healing. I’ve allowed myself to be so distracted by collecting information that, in the end, was completely useless to me.

It’s important to know what the motivation is – is the motivation to end your suffering? To feel better? To gain something? I’ve learned that none of those things can actually be accomplished by gathering information. There’s no amount of information that has ever been healing to me.

The ego is constantly in search of data to prove someone wrong or right and that is a completely useless pursuit. Spirit already knows everything. OUR Spirit already knows everything. That knowing is our access to True Wisdom. Accessing Divine Wisdom clears the clutter of our mind. Accessing Divine Wisdom is healing – and it’s always available to us!

Here’s the three step process that changes our life: Ask, Listen, Follow.

Ask for guidance.
“Listen” (or sense) the guidance.
Follow the guidance.

All the energy that I used to put into collecting spiritual information, I now invest in “ask, listen, follow” to support my becoming more awake, aware, patient and kind. This is what brings me benefit AND Joy!

Do you find yourself searching for information when you don’t even need it? Is it just a distraction that makes your ego feel “good.” Do you have stacks of books that you never bothered to read and that you feel if you did someday read them they would somehow help you be more spiritual? Don’t believe that line of thinking anymore!

Consider: has collecting information ever improved your life?

Instead of collecting information, get out there and be helpful.

I used to collect books and information, but not anymore – I’ve realized it just doesn’t serve me. It actually weighs me down. Lots of information can be like clutter in the mind. I’m interested in clearing my mind and by focusing on Love I’m able to do that! Phew!

When the ego is driving your spiritual practice it seems like information is helpful, that’s when it’s MOST helpful to put Spirit in charge! That’s what the miracle happens. Healing is ours, when we allow it.

Staying focused on healing and not being distracted by shiny objects is part of our spiritual practice and discipline.

Spirit will discipline our mind for us when we allow ourselves to become a true disciple of the truth.

Today is a really good day to start!

We practice and learn Self-Love in Spiritual Community and it’s a powerful healing experience. It’s a living, loving, beautiful expression of Spirit’s Love. We are an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. To this end, I’m offering another Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in May and my Stop Playing Small retreat right before, at the end of April. (If you can’t make this Counseling Training in May, there will be one in October.)

If you feel that you’ve been playing small in any way, I’d love to support you in breaking free of that. If you’re feeling called to do this work with me, please trust that and allow Spirit to provide what is needed so that you can answer the call you’re feeling. We can do this together!

TODAY RADIO SHOW: My topic is Gary Renard, Jesus & Buddha

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We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

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Healing & Peeling Off Layers of Hatred

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

I used to find that when I got annoyed with some inanimate object that wasn’t doing what I wished it to do, that I’d tell it, “I hate you.” I’d say “I hate you” to the drawer that wouldn’t close properly or the jar that wouldn’t open. It was a kind of automatic response.

At first, the “I hate you’s” were hidden. I’d just feel annoyed or frustrated or angry, but then, as I became more and more aware of my thoughts, I realized that I was thinking the thought “I hate you.” The more loving I became, the more the “I hate you’s” became obvious. What did I do shift it?

As soon as I’d “hear” myself say “I hate you,” I’d pause and take a breath. Then, waking up from sleepwalking and dropping into my heart, I’d say, “No, I don’t hate you. There’s no hatred here, only Peace and Love.” I found that it was essential to my well being not to allow the upset to go unchecked. I learned how valuable it is to shift it right away and to correct the error in my thinking.

Now, when the jar won’t open or the drawer doesn’t close I say, “I Love you.”

It might seem strange to say “I hate you” or “I Love you” to an inanimate object, but what I’m really doing is saying it to all of life. I’m saying it to my own mind.

Since there’s only one life, one Presence, one Spirit, if I say “I hate you,” in a very real sense, I’m saying it to everyone and everything. I’ve come to see that all hatred is self-hatred because there’s only one.

I have found that these seemingly small changes make a big difference in my life. It’s really worth paying attention to every thought we think. Our mind is the mind of God and the mind of God never sleeps. It’s always responding and creating our experience, our feelings, our life. The ONLY way to change our lives is to change our thinking.

At first, it seemed like such a burden to monitor my thoughts, but now I’m so clear that it’s a release and a relief. Every day I’m taking out more of the trash and giving it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Every day there’s more clarity and more Freedom. It’s worth the effort to do the clearing. I’m so grateful that I saw the value of being committed to making little changes every day.

Let all hatred be healed back to the root cause.

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If you feel that you’ve been playing small in any way, I’d love to support you in breaking free of that. If you’re feeling called to do this work with me, please trust that and allow Spirit to provide what is needed so that you can answer the call you’re feeling. We can do this together!

We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

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