Archive for the ‘A Course in Miracles’ Category

Forgive & Be Free Retreat

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Love’s Freedom

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Yesterday, I had a wonderful class in Living A Course in Miracles with Cindy Lora-Renard.  Our topic was True Success – and that’s the topic of my Homework Class today.

One thing both Cindy and I are pretty clear about is that true success comes from our living in our loving hearts, eliminating ego attachments and freeing our minds.  It seems like in every class this week, we’ve talked about being truly helpful and referred to this beautiful passage from ACIM.   I call it the Purpose Prayer:

I am here to be truly helpful
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let him teach me to heal.   T-2.V.A.18.

This prayer feels so sweet to me. I appreciate our call to be “truly helpful.” When I contemplate what it means, I feel that being truly helpful is to extend Love and compassion. It’s releasing the habits of, “giving to get something back.”  It’s agreeing to be of service to the Light and listen to Spirit’s direction.  It’s choosing Love’s Freedom rather than ego’s limitations.

Being truly helpful is cultivating the willingness to live without judgment and to see with God’s eyes.

It’s a simple practice that brings us such great benefits – Peace, Joy, Freedom, and so much more. I invite you to begin to look for how you can be truly helpful in all your choices.  It’s a deep practice that reveals a great sense of purpose and fulfillment.  It’s simple, and yet it asks us to be truly present in each moment.  Practice, practice, practice. That’s what a great life of Love is.  It seems contrary to what we might think, but then living in our heart is often contrary to our old thoughts.

There’s such a great feeling of success when I can be loving now, where once I was so critical or complaining.  Having compassion instead of judgment is a blessed relief.  I don’t mind the practice anymore, I welcome it.  My heart grows stronger every day, and my mind is more free!  This is the Freedom that Love brings.  What a blessing!

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

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True Success

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe it would help to forgive yourself for the past?

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

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

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Spiritual Integrity

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Failure Is Not An Option

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Failure is impossible. It really is – it requires a shift of perspective in order to see it. We have to be WILLING to have the ears to hear, and the eyes to TRULY see it.

Consider this:  Can failure exist in the one Mind of God?
If there’s nothing working against Spirit, nothing opposing Spirit and all is One – how can failure actually exist?

Maybe what  looks to us like failure is actually our education.

What feels like failure is simply our playing small.

Hmmmmm.

Perhaps, what feels like failure is settling for a life of illusions. When no one is asking us to do that, but we do it anyway.  And we could have the KINGDOM, but we’d have to choose it, and we’re not.  So, it feels like failure, but it’s not failure, it’s simply the choice to learn through suffering and experience rather than remembering our divinity.

Actively choosing suffering feels upsetting.  It used to upset me tremendously.  The pain of the upset pushes us to be willing to choose LOVE, which is our healer.

Why invest one more moment in thinking the thoughts that cause your suffering when you can change your mind and choose your liberation?

A beautiful life of LOVE truly IS your destiny!

Trade THAT for all the investments in fantasy and make-believe.

Seek first the kingdom,
which is within,
and all else WILL be added unto you.

Invest in the Kingdom and retire from a life of suffering!

Act now and you can have it all! (You already have it, but until you value it, it seems like you don’t. That’s what feels like a failure – it’s a failure to recognize the truth that immediately sets you free.)

Love cannot fail.
You ARE Love – therefore, YOU cannot fail.
It’s just a question of how long will YOU take to remember that?

Give yourself a deadline!  And give Spirit the heavy lifting of figuring out how.  When we decide, Spirit shows us how.

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Gratitude Has Healing Power

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

I have found that an active practice of Gratitude is one of the most healing spiritual practices there is!  I use it every day to shift my mind and become more receptive to the good in life.  I’ve noticed that many people who are really suffering don’t have a gratitude practice.

In A Course in Miracles, there are so many references to the power of gratitude.  Again and again, we’re told that being grateful to our brother opens our mind to our salvation from pain and suffering.  And yet, so often, we still are more inclined to criticize and complain than to praise and give thanks for our fellow travelers on this planet.

Here’s a wonderful passage from ACIM that’s so clear about the power of gratitude:

“Your gratitude to your brother is the only gift I want.  I will bring it to God for you, knowing that to know your brother is to know God.  If you are grateful to your brother, you are grateful to God for what He created.  Through your gratitude you come to know your brother, and one moment of real recognition makes everyone your brother because each of them is of your Father.  T-4.VI.7.

I feel blessed by my practice of gratitude.  I look forward to sharing with you on the radio show today!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today, my topic is Gratitude Has Healing Power.

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

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Having A Spiritual Profession

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outliers

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

I’m a big fan of writer Malcolm Gladwell. And one of my favorite of his books is Outliers: The Story of Success. I highly recommend this book to all spiritual seekers and here’s why: In Outliers, Gladwell tells us how it is that some people can be so completely OFF THE CHARTS successful. Gladwell is an investigative reporter tackling the subject of what makes some people so much more successful than others, and some of the key things he discovers really struck me.

One of the main contributions to people’s success is that they have a really STRONG PASSION for their chosen field. They LOVE it. They would do it for free. And, in their passionate pursuit, in their hunger and thirst for engaging in whatever their passion is, they put in at least 10,000 hours of practice. At least TEN THOUSAND HOURS of practice.

What I realized when I first read Malcolm’s book is: I did that. In passionate search for understanding my Divinity and connecting clearly to the Oneness of all life and knowing God with my whole heart, I put in at least TEN THOUSAND HOURS of practice. In doing so, I reached a tipping point. In forgiving and forgiving and forgiving, and doing all of the spiritual practices that I’ve been guided to do (mostly by Spirit, but also by some teachers in the visible world as well), I finally cleared away enough of the blocks to have a clear connection and maintain it.

When I started this practice, I didn’t think I could get to where I am in this lifetime.  I didn’t think it was even remotely possible. I share this because I’d like to encourage YOU to aspire to something beyond what you even think is attainable. And I am here to support you if that’s what you’d like to do. That’s why I take time to write this blog and record the prayers every day. This is my passion!

What do you need to get to your tipping point?

It takes willingness.

It takes a hunger and a thirst for BEING the Love in your life. You must be willing to recognize that YOU are the Love of your life. Underneath everything you think you are, but you’re actually not, is the Purity of God’s Love – true perfection.  Are you willing to let all belief in unworthiness go? If you are, all else will be added unto you. How cool is that?

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Refined Grace

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

I absolutely love elegance.  I feel so attracted to elegance, and I always have been.  There’s something about elegance that feels uplifting and inspiring.

You might not know that according to Webster’s Dictionary, elegance means refined grace. I love the idea of being one who walks in a space of refined grace. I’m interested in cultivating an elegant approach to life. I’m interested in being one who is always invoking Divine Grace to be my teacher and my healer, my constant companion.

There’s no extra charge to invoke grace at any moment of the day, and so, I choose to be elegant in my choices. Elegant choices means making my decisions based on the Wisdom I have learned during the journey; thus, far. This is in contrast to making choices from my opinions and judgments.

There is a an opportunity to allow refined grace to move through me in any given moment and I must be the one to activate it and call it forth in order to experience it. My intention is to release any habit of waiting for someone else to do what is mine to do in my own life. My commitment is to become alert to the opportunity to choose to be elegant and develop new habits.

Today, I decide to actively cultivate the choices that bring more Beauty, more Love, more honor, and more excellence. I can rarely be sure of the outcome of my choices, but at least, I can be sure of my intention. By choosing to consciously energize a high intention, I raise the vibration of my practice of nonviolence; and in so doing, I move the world in a direction of Peace and elegance. How wonderful!

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Are You A People Pleaser?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Are you a people pleaser?  Or maybe you know someone who is?

Sometimes, we do things to please people, and to make or keep them happy so that we can improve our relationships – and all it does is backfire on us.  Sheesh!

Why does people pleasing backfire on us?

Because it’s a form of manipulation.
People pleasing is actually what I call, “giving to get.”

Whenever we’re giving to get in our relationships then we’re trying to control and manipulate someone. Is that loving? I hope you said, “NO!”

Do you know anyone who is actively interested in finding a partner who would like to be controlled and manipulated in exchange for affection and care? Isn’t that complete and total co-dependency?

Giving to get blocks the flow of Love.
Giving to get is an illusion within the illusion – it’s an illusion of Love, but it’s not Love.
Can we experience real Love when we’re focused on creating an illusion of Love?  Not so much.

If you’ve been giving to get, and enegaging in manipulation, and you feel guilty and ashamed of it, there’s an immediate solution that’s deeply healing.  It’s called forgiveness.

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

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

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Listening With Love

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

As a seeker of truth, I am constantly listening to my own thoughts.  Throughout my days, I am frequently examining my choices and my motivations.  I’m holding my thoughts and my actions up to the Light, and looking for the old B.S. (Belief System).

Over the years of cultivating a practice of deep listening, I came to recognize how valuable my intention is.  If I hold an intention to be loving, then, I’m in a field of Love that’s potent.  It’s powerful.  It’s an active field of grace.  If I have no intention – it’s like opening yourself up to all manner of unwished-for possibilities.

Plus, I noticed that people felt my intention more than they heard my words or observed my actions.  My intentions are worth the energy it takes to be clear about them.

Every time I tried to camouflage my unloving intention with loving words, I was found out.  I could see it in the eyes of the person I was speaking with.  I could literally feel it in their energy.  They knew what I was doing even if they didn’t call me out for it.

Back then, I wasn’t always kind.  I’ve profoundly transformed my entire life by simply being willing to learn to be kind, patient, and compassionate with MYSELF.  And that’s taught me to be compassionate with others.

I learned how to listen deeply as a spiritual counselor.  I began to apply my deep listening skills to my own thoughts.  I noticed I was frequently being critical of myself for not being more loving.  And, of course, I also saw that in being self-critical about not being more loving, I was being even more unloving.  Ugh!

I could run, but I couldn’t hide. This is how I learned that the judger always feels judged, and the lover always feels loved.  I learned it the hard way – through painful experiences.  Now, I rejoice that I can learn more and more through simply remembering the truth that sets me free.

“We have what we seek.  It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us,” says Thomas Merton.  Seek and ye shall find.  Listen with ears to hear and you will hear.

Today, I take a deep breath and remember that my practice of deep listening is about being aware:  incredibly, wonderfully, lovingly aware.  It’s not about being critical.  It’s about being awake – without judgment.

I am listening to remember the truth and hold that awareness of truth for myself and others.  My strong intention to hear clearly means that judgments have no place in my listening process.  I can be discerning without judgment.

What’s the difference between discernment and judgment?  Love.  My loving intention has a force far greater than my words or my actions.  How do I maintain a loving intention?  Practice.  Surrender.

I listen with Love, and  Peace begins with me.

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Small Choices, Big Results

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Have you ever been consumed and distracted with running errands and doing chores, instead of expanding into Love, Beauty and Wisdom through spiritual practice?  I have!  I’ve chosen the ego satisfaction of getting things done instead of deepening my spiritual connection.

Sometimes we’d rather accomplish routine tasks in order to feel productive rather than simply be contemplative and commune with Spirit for 20 minutes. We’re avoiding that spiritual connection.  The ego is such a trickster. We can get everything done and orderly and have missed the whole point of experiencing more order and clarity.  Success is not about ego satisfaction and accomplishment.  It’s far more productive for us to choose Clarity, Joy and spiritual expansion.  It’s not about what we did – it’s about what we ARE.

Then too, some folks live in such a mess of disorder that they find it impossible to concentrate and are always off balance and playing catch up, arriving late and feeling distracted.  They spin around for those 20 minutes that they could have used to tune in and tune UP and experience more Freedom!  Been there and done that!

Right now, more than ever, there’s gold in the little moments of choosing Love.  The choice we make is either opening to Love or choosing separation – even in the little and insignificant choices. There’s the power and presence of God in each choice we make, if we look for it.  It’s SO worth making a series of seemingly small, loving choices.  In my experience, it’s life-changing.  It’s that drip, drip, drip that can fill our cup much quicker than we thought.

Making many small loving choices transforms our fearful life into a life full of Love.

I say, let’s go for the gold! Our HEART of gold that IS the Kingdom. Are you in? What say you?

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

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

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Live Your Purpose!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

I’ve had so many people ask me to help them figure out what their true life purpose is. I get it. Many feel bereft, and adrift, sad and lost without having a clear understanding about their purpose in life.  My own sense of purpose is so strong and clear – it guides me every day in the most wonderful ways.

If you’re wondering what your true life purpose is, look no further.  I am happy to tell you that I not only have a clue, I’m sure I’ve got it right.

I have come to see that because we’re all One, we all share the same purpose:

To love and to be loved.

Allowing others to love us is just as important as being loving.

A Course in Miracles tells us,  “God’s teachers appear to be many, for that is what is the world’s need. Yet being joined in one purpose, and one they share with God, how could they be separate from each other?”  M-12.2.

One life, One mind, One purpose.  It makes sense even to the ego.

In being Love and receiving love, we are fulfilling our purpose to BE the Light of the world.  Love IS the Light.

When we focus on being loving and allowing Love in, then our purpose is clear and we’re living it.  Once we settle into that, then, often specifics of actions to take will often be revealed.

I am a minister and a teacher in my career, my vocation.
I have a spiritual calling to do the work that I do.

My work is not my purpose.

My purpose is to love and be loved.  I can fulfill my purpose whether I’m working or not.  Isn’t that wonderful?  I rejoice in that!

I encourage you to try this purpose on for size and see how different your life is when you know your purpose and you live it.  Everything lights up with Love!

Do you feel called to be of service?

You might be interested in my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive this October, you can learn more about it by clicking here.

If you feel deeply unworthy of your calling, you might consider coming a few days early and also doing my Forgive & Be Free Retreat, and that’s why I have a discount for attending both.

I can give you an extended payment plan, if you need it.  If you’re willing to decide to do this work with me, I’ll do everything I can to support you in allowing it to unfold.

If the timing isn’t good for you now, I’ll probably offer an Intensive Training again in April of next year – AND you can still answer the call and make that decision now.

You are a gift to this world.
You are a treasure.
The Kingdom is pre-installed and only requires our willingness to activate!

Together we fulfill our purpose.

I love you and you receive it, and then both of our purposes are fulfilled.  When you love me also, then we have a full circle blessing!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today, my topic is Living Your Purpose.

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

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Living A Course in Miracles 13

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Today, we’re announcing the 13th of our Living A Course in Miracles series!  WOW!

I remember when I first got the idea for Living A Course in Miracles as a class series.  I was sitting in meditation when the whole concept, came to me as a fully orbed idea, placed in my awareness by the Infinite.  I could feel the power of it and I wished to be a part of it.

At the time, I had no idea how it could ever come into being, but I decided to start working on it and it became like a puzzle we were putting together one piece at a time.

The first time I  did the Living A Course in Miracles series, it cost me personally about $35,000 that I absolutely didn’t have.  I was in debt already and I decided to go even deeper into debt and follow my intuition.  It was a complete leap of faith for me.  I knew I was making the right decision.

As it turned out, because we were selling the downloads and CD’s back then, we were able to recoup all but about $5,000 through the sales.

Even bigger than the financial investment, the time and energy investment was extraordinary.  I had a few months where I worked tirelessly putting all the pieces together.  It took so much work to do the first Living A Course in Miracles series – I worked 60 hours a week for months.  So many late nights!

At the time, I said, it’s a good thing that when I said yes to Spirit’s idea, I had no idea how much work would be involved because had I even a clue, I would have hesitated and maybe even said no.  A lot of things are like that.

Spirit shows us the vision of something beautiful and that inspires us to make the leap.  If we knew ahead of time what we’d have to do and heal, and agree to in order to fulfill the vision, we might just say, “Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll play it safe.”

It was totally worth it. I’m grateful and glad I said yes!

Putting on Living A Course in Miracles is still a lot of work.  I’m truly grateful that now we can offer all the downloads of the classes, audio and transcript for free to people in over 100 countries!  We can do that because of all of the people who contribute to make it possible.  Thank you!

Today, we’re announcing a new series – all free for you!

Having A Spiritual Career

Taking Spirit to Work

I talked about the topic on my radio show last week.  I feel that Spirit is truly leading us and guiding us to live the Love more fully.  Now is the time for us to step up our game!

Please take a look at the wonderful offering we’ve prepared for you and accept it as our gift!

Please click here to learn more now!

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Truly Helpful

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

I aspire to be truly helpful in each and every moment.  Helpful to myself, first and foremost.  Helpful to my loved ones next.  My loved ones are not just my family and friends, but also everyone who participates in this Power of Love Ministry.  I pray for us all every day.  I pray for all humanity, the earth and all the kingdoms of the earth each day.  How could I leave anyone out?

This is a time of intense challenges.

Do you know anyone who hasn’t been experiencing intense challenges this year?  I do not.

This morning, I’m watching the progress of the hurricane Irma making its way north and praying for all who are affected.  This is what A Course in Miracles calls being truly helpful.

Each day in my own practice of prayer, I pray for all of us to let go of the past and all prejudices and misperceptions of any kind.  I pray for us all to see and know clearly, to feel clearly, the Love of Spirit in through and around us in each moment, at all times, in all situations, regardless of what is occurring.

Yesterday in my Spiritual Espresso, I wrote about holding the High Watch for our loved ones in Florida who are anticipating the hurricane.  And holding the High Watch is the most helpful thing we can do for our loved ones.

One of the most powerful spiritual practices I know is to follow this passage in A Course in Miracles, which tells us:

“You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way:

I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do,
    because He Who sent me will direct me.  
I am content to be wherever He wishes,
     knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.  T-2.V.A.18.

I call this the Purpose Prayer, because it tells us clearly what our purpose is.  Our purpose is ONLY as follows:

To be truly helpful, which is to represent Love (God).

So, as the storm is approaching, whether it’s a hurricane or cancer, whether it’s bankruptcy or fire, divorce or disaster, let us decide to fulfill our purpose.

How could we have a purpose to be truly helpful and represent, or re-present Love, if we didn’t have everything pre-installed?

The Kingdom is pre-installed.

We look within to find it.

We find the courage to look within and to realize that all the judgments we have about ourselves are worthless and have no place in our fulfilling our purpose.

We are willing to see beyond the judgments to the Kingdom that is eternally within us.

All that we need is within our willingness to seek the Kingdom first.

Then, Peace, Freedom, Prosperity, Wholeness, and Harmony are re-cognized by us.  These spiritual qualities, and more, have always been within us.

As I watch the hurricane progress toward more of my loved ones, I could feel helpless, worried, and afraid.  I feel concerned, but I am doing what I know to be truly helpful.  I am re-presenting Love.  That I am willing and grateful to be able to do.  It makes a difference.  It calms the storms internally and adds to the Peace in the world.

Let’s commit ourselves to doing this daily in order to be truly helpful.

I AM truly helpful.
I AM fulfilling my purpose.
I AM grateful to practice being loving today, now.
I AM grateful to be grateful.

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High Watch

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Like many people, I woke up yesterday morning with an alert on my phone that an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City.  Like a lot of people, my first thought was, “What’s happening?  Disasters are breaking out all over.”

Things have been very intense for the past year, on many levels, and it seems to be intensifying.  This is why it’s so important for us to keep Peace in our minds and hold the high watch, a Divine Vision of Peace & Harmony.

I’m holding the high watch for loved ones in Florida as hurricane Irma is getting closer.  I have friends there, and my father and step mom are there, riding the storm out.

It’s a difficult situation.  Many Florida residents, like my dad, are elderly.  My dad is 80 now.  I can understand that for folks at that age, setting off to evacuate, in a long arduous caravan of cars for hundreds of miles and waiting in gas lines for hours, et cetera, would be more taxing than staying and going through the storm.  It’s not an easy situation.

For many years, I’ve trained myself not to worry.  Worry is the negative use of my imagination.  My mind is the Mind of God, and if I hold a worried, fearful and negative thought in my mind, I’m giving it my power and I don’t wish to do that anymore.  I choose to hold the high watch of loving thoughts.

So, while I do wish my folks had evacuated, they chose not to; and so now, it’s my job to know that all is well where they are and that everything that transpires if for the highest good of all.

I know that all who are affected by these multiple disasters, all over the world, are blessed by their experiences.  I hold firmly in my mind that all are blessed.

I may not understand how everything works together for the good of all, many times, it seems impossible to understand from our point of view, unable to see through all of time and space.

I do know Divine Grace is at work in all moments.

I absolutely know that the angels guide and protect us all of the time and when we ask for assistance we receive it, although it may not be in the way we think is best.

I have faith that we are profoundly loved by all of life, even by a hurricane, a flood, a fire, or an earthquake.  I open my mind to see beyond time and space and to see the blessings in each moment.

I once was very blessed, for a precious few minutes, to have the great gift of seeing beyond time and space into the eternal.  In those minutes, I knew completely and most assuredly that everything is perfect, and everything is beautiful and all is Love, all is loved.  It was so clear to me and so real to me, it changed me.  It only lasted for a few minutes, but it was crystal clear.

We’re training our minds only to choose the loving thoughts and to let all worry go.  We’re doing it.  It’s happening now.

We bless all beings on this sweet earth and know that all are loved equally and fully by our Creator.  Life loves us.  We keep our attention on that which we desire to know and to see and we let all worry fade into the nothingness from which it arose.

We hold the high watch. We pray for those who appear to be in harm’s way to be protected and blessed.  We pray for those who are suffering to be at Peace now.   We hold the perfect vision of Love in our hearts and in our minds.  We know that all are blessed, always.

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Acceptance

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Acceptance of what is can bring us Peace, but not if we hold in our mind that acceptance is somehow a giving up.

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

And then, we * energize our intentions in order to bring a shift.

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

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

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

That goes against what I’ve learned about this world.
This world is a project of our mind, gently planned, by One whose only purpose is our good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acceptance is a starting point to our empowerment!

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Full Moon Freedom

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Yesterday, we had a full moon.  Full moon is ALL about harvesting and releasing.  From what I can see, right now, in many parts of this world, people are releasing A LOT.  We’re releasing on all levels, physically, emotionally, and mentally – as well as, karmically.

If you’ve been noticing that you’ve been holding onto old stuff, it’s been coming up for healing, and the pain is pushing you, then please know it’s not that something’s wrong with you – it’s the way things are when we’re actively praying for healing, but still resisting.

Total surrender really is the way to go.  We’re all going to surrender every last opinion, judgment, regret, resentment, jealousy, hurt, worry, doubt, shame, and blame eventually, so why not let it all go now?

Instead of hanging onto all that stuff, we can look for ways to be helpful.  It’s a lot more rewarding, fun and fruitful to be of service to ourselves and others.

It’s very important for all of us to know now that acting out of resentment, playing mind games, pretending, and living in denial – we’ve all done so much of it, we’ve learned all we can.  So, until we let it go, it’s just going to get more and more difficult.

No kidding.  We’re living in the time of instant karma.  We’ve asked for assistance to let go of all the things we hurt ourselves with.  The intensity of density that people are feeling is the constant reminder to choose Heaven instead.  It might feel really hard, but it’s actually so simple – but it does require a leap of faith. And that’s not something the ego will ever agree to, so you align with Spirit, make the leap and remember to laugh.  Remember, we’re all going to surrender every last opinion, judgment, regret, resentment, jealousy, hurt, worry, doubt, shame, and blame eventually, so why not let it all go now? Why wait?

Everything is aligning for us to feel more supported, held and carried in our spiritual awakening.  Of course, if you’re experiencing a lot of resistance and reluctance to shift and change, you may still be feeling an intense amount of pressure to give up what no longer serves.  What we don’t surrender with grace, sometimes gets taken from us.

Whether we like it or not, there’s no way around it, now is the time for us to give up what doesn’t serve and to get with the awakening program.  If we’re not actively, gratefully accepting it, it will feel like pressure, pushing and prodding us.  Fortunately, the blocks to Love don’t help us, so we can immediately begin to feel so much tangible benefit when we release them to Spirit for lifting and shifting.
If you’re feeling called to release things in the world of form, remember, the main thing we have to do is release the attachment to people, places, and things.  Once we release the attachment then things can naturally align in the most loving way.

This full moon is a powerful alignment that supports our goal of awakening.  Enjoy the energy boosts and make plans to do extra spiritual practice today!

I thought I’d share with you a really simple and, for me, powerful and healing ceremony you can do on your own or with friends. Do it today or tomorrow while we’re still in this full moon energy.

The end of summer, where I am, is the perfect time to do a Full Moon Wisdom Harvest.  Full moon represents the time to harvest the learning we’ve had and be grateful for it.  We can also harvest the learning we’ve rejected.  Anything we’ve been holding in resentment, regret, hurt, blame, or shame can be brought to a harvest of the learning through our willingness.  It may seem crazy, but the mental/emotional shift that turns the tide of upset is to be grateful for things as they are.  Our gratitude raises our vibration so that we can see, hear, feel and know more clearly the learning and benefit that’s encoded into every single thing in our lives.

Now is the time of Harvest!  When we’re actively harvesting the learning from our experiences then we don’t have to repeat them!  It’s just like when we learn how to do anything, we don’t have to keep repeating it once you get it.  When we keep having the same repeat experiences then it’s a sure sign we’re rejecting the learning and believing that the meaning we’ve made of things – our interpretations – are correct.  If we’re still upset about something that happened, we’re not correct.  The upset is the Divine Alarm Clock going off to let us know that our thinking is incorrect and can be corrected.  It’s that old, “would you rather be right or happy?”  It’s your life, you choose.

Full moon is also for releasing what is no longer desired and what no longer serves. To me, it’s about purification. It’s about celebrating that I can let go of the burdens, the negative patterns and suffering of the past.

Full moon is also a fun time to have a ceremony.  

Right now, when so much changing is going on – a ceremony can be something helpful to shift the energy and welcome the healing changes!  Today or tomorrow, gather loved ones, friends and family to make it a Harvest & Release celebration!

I always begin with being clear about why I’m doing what I’m doing.

I appreciate starting with setting of intention.
I intend to release what doesn’t serve me.

Light a white candle
Have a glass of water.
You can consecrate your space with offerings of smudge and prayer.

It’s powerful to write out what no longer serves and is being released. If you have friends with you, you may wish to share what you’ve written specifically or generally.  No pressure on that.  Make it a safe space.

It’s nice to have a fire to place the offerings of what you’ve written in – a fire puja is always lovely – offering prayers to the fire as well as any writing – release it all! You can do that in a backyard fire pit, fireplace, or a burning bowl. I love that part!

Open your heart to what you’d like to call into your life. Set your intention for expansion and Clarity, Purity, and Joy – what you’d like to experience this season! I always focus on how I’d like to feel and am careful not to get attached to how things show up in form. Focus on what the feeling is.

More prayer, chanting, dancing, having a meal – these are all wonderful. Dance to celebrate your willingness to have a healing!  May your release be complete and your heart be cleared for lift-off!

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Self-Compassion

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

One of the most challenging things we can learn in our life is to turn the focus of our mind from what we don’t want and to focus on having that which we truly desire.  At least that’s been the most challenging thing for me to actually DO.  For many years, I started so many days praying and meditating to be a loving, peaceful presence in this world.  And then I would spend the rest of the day judging myself and my loved ones and anyone else who crossed my path.  At the end of the day, I would feel like a hopeless loser, anxious and afraid.  At night, I’d dream of arguing with my loved ones and endlessly seeking and never finding.

One of my recurring dreams was that I had an opportunity to do something really wonderful, something that I really, really wanted and would enjoy – often it was something like tickets to a Rolling Stones concert, which was a teenage passion of mine – and for some reason or another, I could never get there.

In the dream, I would realize I didn’t have film for my camera (pre-digital camera times), and I would decide to make a quick run to a nearby store and then never make it back to the concert.  No matter how hard I tried to get back to the concert, I’d be delayed and thwarted.  The longer my distraction took, the more desperate and distressed I would become to get back to the concert.  I’d feel panic because I was missing all the good parts!  I would wake up in the distress of seeking, but not finding.  I had that dream again and again.  It was the story of my life.

I now have eyes to see and a heart to know that the dream simply represented my spiritual life.  I was, every day, distracted in my spiritual walk.  I could talk it, but I didn’t walk it with a real dedication.  I was constantly distracted.  I stopped having that dream when I made the commitment to live the teachings all day long.

Of course, each and every day, I am aware of the places where I fall short of the mark, but I am aware of my choices more than ever.  I choose Love more than ever.  I judge less and less and less.  I’m firmly on the path and nothing can take me off it now.

In my learning, I felt like a toddler learning to walk who falls down many times a day.  Falling down a lot was part of the learning.  Being wobbly is part of the learning.  It’s not that I’m doing something wrong when I fall down.  I’m learning.

Because I was aware that I was learning something that was new to me, I decided to make the easier loving and have compassion for myself.  Compassion is loving understanding.  It became the foundation of my spiritual practice.

Love is the healer.  I’ve learned true self-compassion through my experience of stumbling, falling, and picking myself up.  Everyone sees me fall and stumble.  Everyone also sees that I am dedicated to learning to walk this talk of Love.  They see that I do not chastise myself or berate myself when I fall.  Sometimes I cry, sometimes I laugh, but I always get up with more compassion than I had before I fell.  And so, the Love grows in my heart, in my awareness, and I bless myself and everyone else, because I’m One with them.

And this is how I learn to walk my talk.  The more I learn, the more I can give up learning and simply remember the truth that sets us all free.  I am so grateful we walk together.  Together we remember we are One and we bless the world!

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Having A Spiritual Career

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Many of the people I talk with who’ve taken my Spiritual Counseling Intensive Training, or who are considering it, have told me the same thing:  they feel called.

They feel called to share their passion for spiritual growth and development.

And they feel called to go deeper.

Here’s something you might not know:

I had 2 years of classes just preparing to enter the training to become a Spiritual Practitioner at Agape;

I had 2 years of training to become a Practitioner (which is a spiritual counselor);

And then, I had 5 more years of training until I finished my ministerial studies.

I had 9 years of training – and none of that training included some of the most helpful components of the program I offer in my Intensive one-week training for counselors.

What I learned in those 9 years taught me a lot.  And, I learned EVEN MORE in the years after my Spiritual Practitioner training was done and I became a licensed counselor.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve talked with many ministers, spiritual teachers, yoga teachers, therapists, healing professionals, and teachers of all kinds.

One of the most important and valuable things that I’ve learned is that those who wish to be a spiritual teacher of any kind, those who are committed to being truly helpful, will find that the active practice of counseling people, talking with them, and sitting with them, holding the space, holding the “high watch” of Love for them, will deepen their own understanding of God, the nature of the Universe, and the power of thought …

    … far beyond anything they ever could have learned any other way.

When sitting with clients, holding that space of Love, YOU will also have a healing.

When sitting with clients, even in a practice session, YOU will deepen your understanding of spiritual law and how it works in this world.  Which makes your life MUCH easier.

And this is WHY people feel so strongly called to do this work – because they are deeply healed in the process of doing it.

I’ve certainly seen this in myself.

Let me just tell you, I’ve worked with many ministers and healing practitioners, teachers, coaches and counselors who secretly, in many ways, didn’t like being around other people.

That’s right!  It’s true!

It sounds crazy, but it’s SO common.

I felt the same way.

When I went into the Practitioner Training at Agape, I had ZERO interest in counseling anyone, EVER.  The thought of sitting with people and listening to their problems made me want to turn away and walk away.  I had an aversion to the very idea of counseling people.

But I felt called.

I had an aversion to my calling!

I didn’t want to listen to people’s problems and complaints.
I didn’t even want to spend time with people who had problems.
and
I felt inadequate to help people with their challenges when I had so many issues myself!  Good Lord!  How could I help anyone when I was so messed up?

I didn’t know the answer to that question – but Spirit did – and THANK GOD I listened to Spirit.

What I’ve seen is that often the very best teachers and speakers are the ones who have had hundreds and thousands of one-on-one sessions with clients.

Have you ever listened to a spiritual teacher/speaker who was only recycling what they’d read in books and who really didn’t LIVE what they were talking about?  I have heard so many of them and I vowed not to be that.

Spirit teaches us through each moment of each session.  That’s the beauty of being the two or more who are gathered in the name and the nature of Love.

Michael Beckwith said to me, “God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies those who are called.”  I was willing to believe him.  He was right.  I saw it for myself and for those who have been participating in my program.  It’s miraculous.

Real people, real miracles.

We’re intended to live a miraculous life.
We’re designed to live a miraculous life.

Doing this work has been one of the reasons why I really understand A Course in Miracles and why it doesn’t feel cryptic or mysterious to me.  ACIM comes alive through the experience of sitting with clients.

For me, doing this work has profoundly taught me. The main thing I’ve learned is that it’s ALL pre-installed.  The Kingdom IS within.

We just have to be willing to answer the call and stop being reluctant and resistant.  Be willing to trust.  I know it’s not easy, believe me, I know so well it’s not easy.  Still, it is the one and only thing that will turn the tide.  You will be lifted and carried on that tide of Love if you ALLOW it.

Decide to do it.
Trust that you will be guided.
Allow it to unfold.

My strong intention is to support and inspire those who have the courage to answer the call.  I invite you to trust me and to be willing to know that the reluctance, the obstacles and the resistance will be undone and will fall away if you ALLOW it.

Earlier this year, someone in Masterful Living told me that they were going to come to my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive.  They said they didn’t know how they would ever be able to pay for it because things were so financially tight it was ridiculous.

But they were willing to hold a vision and to open their sense of worthiness.  They had the courage to be willing.  And guess what?  Someone actually offered to give them the gift and pay for, not just the Intensive, but also all the related travel expenses.  WOW!

A miracle is when we align with God in our mind.
We change our thinking and then, of course, our life changes.

It takes courage to hold a vision.
When you are holding a vision for your clients, you learn VERY WELL how to hold it for yourself, too.

Here’s how to HOLD a vision:

Decide to do it.
Trust that you will be guided.
Allow it to unfold.

The hardest part is to ALLOW it to unfold and not get in the way of Spirit.

And that’s where my support comes in – helping you to give up that resistance and reluctance, to hold the vision, to ALLOW what’s pre-installed to unfold and be revealed.

If you’re called, you know it.
If you’re willing to allow yourself to be led and guided, you will be.

Resisting, being reluctant, procrastinating, and delaying are painful.  I learned that lesson, too.  It was very painful for me.  I resisted for MANY years.

You’re the one who decides.
You’re the one you’re waiting for.

I can help you trust, and I can help you allow it to unfold, but you’re the one who decides.

Even if you have no idea HOW to let it unfold or what the next step is, please find the courage to have the willingness to decide to answer your call as fully as you can and then practice trust, practice allowing.

This is the way.  It works.  It starts with your decision.

If you’re interested in my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive this October, you can learn more about it by clicking here.

If you feel deeply unworthy of your calling, you might consider coming a few days early and also doing my Forgive & Be Free Retreat, and that’s why I have a discount for attending both.

I can give you an extended payment plan, if you need it.  If you’re willing to decide, I’ll do everything I can to support you in allowing it to unfold.

If the timing isn’t good for you now, I’ll probably offer an Intensive Training in the spring of next year – AND you can still answer the call and make that decision now.

You are a gift to this world.
You are a treasure.
The Kingdom is pre-installed and only requires our willingness to activate!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is Having A Spiritual Career.

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

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Love It or Leave It

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Yesterday, I spent the entire day cleaning our family home on Deer Isle, Maine.  I had some wonderful helpers, but it still took me all day.  This past week was a week with lots of laundry, cleaning, and gardening, taking care of things at the house before leaving so the renters could enjoy it.

Our family has loved this house my parents built 30 years ago.  We’ve had summer vacations every year since it was built, even before when my parents just had a trailer there.  In order for us to be able to afford to keep it, we rent it most of the summer.  And now we’re renting it for artist and writer retreats year round.  It’s the perfect place for that.

As I’m reviewing my day yesterday, where I was cleaning for about eight hours straight, and after many days of cleaning and organizing, what stands out to me is this:

I don’t like cleaning.  Some people do, but I don’t.  However, I do like having a really clean house.  And so, I did all of that cleaning, and I had no complaints, and no resentments.  I was grateful much of the time and I was happy.

It might not seem like much, but upon review, it’s miraculous!

It’s truly miraculous that I could have spent so many hours this past week cleaning and doing things I don’t enjoy and not be complaining.

I used to be a real whiner and complainer, I kid you not.  My mind was trained to be super critical ALL of the time.  My constant complaining was the cause of great suffering for me and it cost me several relationships.

There are times that when I’m doing something I don’t like, I feel frustrated that there’s an impasse.  The thing breaks, the thing won’t open or close, the thing is thwarting me!  I feel a momentary annoyance, or even a flash of anger, at the thing that is not behaving as I wish.  And then I stop, and I take a breath and I remember that this thing has come to help me to remember that I can choose Peace instead of upset.  I am the one who chooses.  I am the decider and I decide for Peace because I love myself, and I am creating a magnificent life for myself.

If I cannot do it with Love, it’s best to leave it.

Truly, this is what I’ve learned.  If I’m continuing to do something and I’m stewing in my upset, escalating the agitation, that is intensely unloving and I don’t deserve that. I wouldn’t let someone else do it TO me so I won’t do it to myself.

Love it or leave it, I say.
Do it with Love and gratitude or let it go.
This is the way to learn and grow.
This is the way to remember my true identity IS Peace.

I can harvest the Wisdom from what I experienced because I don’t judge myself, and that’s what true forgiveness is, letting go of the judgments.  Without the judgment, I am able to learn from my experiences.  Judgment just keeps me repeating the past.

Every day, I am grateful that I can change my mind.  I celebrate my ability to change and let the past go!  Victory is mine!

There was a time when I thought the ego would always win, but that time has gone and is no more.  Victory is mine!

I invite you, today and every day, to never labor in vain.  When we’re laboring with agitation and frustration then we’re laboring in vain.  It’s only going to bring more suffering.  It’s healthier to take a step back, align with Spirit and be victorious.

If you do that once per day, with something you don’t like, your entire life will change.  Believe me, I know.  Try it and feel the difference, and then together, we can say:  Victory is ours!

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Undoing

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

One of the most beautiful aspects of A Course in Miracles is that it always lets us know that Spirit loves us and we are dearly cared for.  No matter what we do, or what we’ve done, we’ll never be punished.  “All things are lessons God would have me learn.”

I also love that ACIM tells us we can learn how to remember what we already know, what is eternal truth, the truth that sets us free, we don’t have to learn through experience.  Learning through remembering is Joy-full.  Learning through experience is usually painful.

When people ask me where to start with ACIM I have two suggestions for them:

I recommend starting with the Manual for Teachers and with Gary Renard’s excellent and inspiring book, Disappearance of the Universe.

One of the most helpful sections in all of ACIM is in the Manual for Teachers, Chapter 4 – the Characteristics of God’s Teachers.  The first one is Trust.  And the Section A. Development of Trust is one I recommend people read every day for a week, and then once a week after that.

Here’s how it begins:

“A. Development of Trust
First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.”  This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced.  It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light?  He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally.  And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances.  These changes are always helpful.  When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.”  M-4.I.A.3.

Do you notice the part where it says, “This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced.”  We can change that by being willing AND committed to remembering instead of learning.

When we’re clinging to the past, it makes the undoing painful.  How can the Higher Holy Spirit Self take from us the causes of our pain if we cling to them?  It’s not possible.  We have to be willing to let them go.

That’s why I find it so helpful to say, “I don’t know what anything is for.”  Why would I cling to something when I don’t know what it’s for?  If I think that this thing will bring me happiness, but the fear of losing it makes me frightened, wouldn’t it be incredibly helpful to be willing to let go of the meaning I’ve given it?

And then, people ask me, “How, Jennifer? How do I let go of the meaning I’ve given it?”

We don’t know the “how” of it, but we do know what to do.  We give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.  When we’re willing to release the attachment, it can be undone.  When we’re not willing, it can be undone.  Pretty simple.

When I’m not willing, it can feel like I’m being punished.  But God doesn’t punish.  It’s only that all attachments cause suffering.

How does the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the undoing in our mind?  How do the attachments get released once we’re willing?  I don’t remember and I don’t actually care that I don’t remember, as long as it works.  I give the Holy Spirit the heavy lifting and it works when I really mean it.  If I don’t really mean it, it doesn’t work.

I pray to be willing.  Every day, I pray to be more willing.  Let’s pray on it!

Affirmation:  I am willing to let go of all attachments.

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Invest in Multiplying the Good!

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

I’ve written the last few days of Spiritual Espresso on the topic of punishment.  The first one in this series, You Are Not Punished was about people who are suffering begin to mistakenly believe that God is punishing them.

I feel it’s extremely valuable for us to look into this concept of punishment as well as its application.  I have been an aggressive grudge holder who could be very punishing and I’ve learned a lot about how to ruin my life through punishment.  I don’t recommend it.

Instead, I recommend that we look deeply into the matter with the strong intention to rid the world of the belief in the value of punishment.  I mean that quite seriously.  Let’s aspire to take all humanity higher.

The energy that it takes to inflict punishment towards the Self or someone else is tremendous.  It requires a full denial of the Spirit.  And it produces an energetic hangover that is also a big energy drain to recover from.

I invite you to consider how much of the energy that you have to live a great life, have spiritual success, career momentum and Creativity, to be in intimate, healing and fulfilling relationships, to be joyful and have fun, you might be investing in punishing yourself or other people for a variety of reasons.  Wouldn’t you really rather be able to invest that energy in something you’d enjoy?

Wouldn’t you really rather take your investment out of a losing proposition and invest it in one that brings Abundance and Prosperity, multiplying the good?

It can seem SO difficult to break an entrenched pattern, but not to the Higher Holy Spirit Self.  To Spirit, it’s a piece of cake, because the pattern is false and nothing true supports it, therefore it’s nothing with no power.  God is the only power and when we invest our awareness and attention, our heart and our belief in it, then it appears to be something.  There’s only one power and that’s Love.  When we, who are Love, invest in something false, it appears to be real because we’re given it our power.

Let’s take our power back from punishing and invest it in praising, loving, and being generous of heart.  We can do this.  How do I know we can do it?  Because we’re designed for it.  This is what we’re intended for.  Of course, we can do what we’re designed for.

Let’s decide today is the day we withdraw the invest of time, energy and attention in valuing punishment and re-invest all of it in loving instead.  We can be spiritual heroes.  Today’s the day to have it our way!

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Arun Gandhi’s Parenting Lesson

Friday, September 1st, 2017

One of my favorite parenting stories of all time is one that I heard Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, tell about 20 years ago.  I think of this story often as it is such a beautiful example of loving parenting and taking responsibility rather than attacking, blaming and punishing.

In yesterday’s Spiritual Espresso, I shared about ending the need to punish anyone for anything.  Today, I’d like to share with you this beautiful story from Arun Gandhi, which I found published on the web.

How My Father Taught Me Non-Violence by Arun Gandhi

“I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies.

One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance. Since I was going to town, my mother gave me a list of groceries she needed and, since I had all day in town, my father ask me to take care of several pending chores, such as getting the car serviced. When I dropped my father off that morning, he said, ‘I will meet you here at 5:00 p.m., and we will go home together.’

After hurriedly completing my chores, I went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double-feature that I forgot the time. It was 5:30 before I remembered. By the time I ran to the garage and got the car and hurried to where my father was waiting for me, it was almost 6:00. He anxiously asked me, ‘Why were you late?’ I was so ashamed of telling him I was watching a John Wayne western movie that I said, ‘The car wasn’t ready, so I had to wait,’ not realizing that he had already called the garage. When he caught me in the lie, he said: ‘There’s something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn’t give you the confidence to tell me the truth. In order to figure out where I went wrong with you, I’m going to walk home 18 miles and think about it.’

So, dressed in his suit and dress shoes, he began to walk home in the dark on mostly unpaved, unlit roads. I couldn’t leave him, so for five-and-a-half hours I drove behind him, watching my father go through this agony for a stupid lie that I uttered.I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again. I often think about that episode and wonder, if he had punished me the way we punish our children, whether I would have learned a lesson at all. I don’t think so. I would have suffered the punishment and gone on doing the same thing. But this single non-violent action was so powerful that it is still as if it happened yesterday. That is the power of non-violence.”

I’ve studied non-violence for many years.  The best way to describe it is, “Non-violence is the practice of Love.”  It takes courage to Love and to be loving.  This story shows Arun’s father had the strength and courage to stay in his heart, take responsibility, and not to blame Arun, punish him, shame him, or make him feel guilty.  That’s incredibly loving.  This is the Love that I aspire to express and demonstrate every moment of every day of my life.

On a side note, Arun’s Grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, greatly admired Jesus and His teaching in the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus taught forgiveness through Love, and so did Gandhi.  Both men helped to transform our understanding of Love, compassion and forgiveness, and taught us how to live a life of great Love, far beyond anything we’d previously imagined.  They both taught non-violence as a way of life and have been my great teachers.

Here’s the link to the story where I found it, which is printed in its entirety here.

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You Are Not Punished

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

My message to those who suffer is that you are not being punished.  God is not punishing you.  Punishment is an egotistical idea that only leads to more suffering.  We, as Light Workers, must call for the end of punishment.  That might seem like a radical idea, but I can tell you, I’ve seen with my own eyes, and felt with my own heart, the difference it makes when someone corrects me with Love versus when someone corrects me with anger and attack.

Take a moment now, bring to mind someone that you dearly love, someone that you hold as so completely precious that you’d never, ever wish to hurt them.

Now consider, what if they did something to you personally that was an attack?  What if this precious, dear, beloved being that you cherish broke something you held as a treasure?  What if they lashed out at you and said hateful things to you?  What if they hurt themselves just to attack you and get back at you?

Those are the things that we do to Spirit.
We break the earth, Mother Nature, the water and the air – God’s precious treasures – we trash them.
We lash out and say hateful things to ourselves and to others.
We hurt ourselves to attack our parents, people who care about us, and Spirit.
And still, we are God’s beloved, precious being, everyone of us.  Even Hitler.  Even the pedophile.  Even every member of ISIS.

We do so much that Spirit could be offended by – but God doesn’t punish us, ever.  Spirit does everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, in this world to show us the way to Love.  Like attracts like in this world so that we can see the vibrational ramifications of our choices and learn in that way.  It’s not punishment.

God has given us the power to bring things into manifestation all day, every day, with our thoughts and beliefs.  God doesn’t punish us if we choose attack – but we’ll surely discover what attack feels like because every attack thought cannot be felt by others and not also be felt by us.  We are One.

Because we’re One, we’ll ALWAYS feel the ramifications of EVERY choice that we make.  The point is to help us so we don’t go down the rabbit hole of blowing up everyone and everything.  Some people learn compassion through pain and suffering – I certainly did.

We can interrupt these patterns of lack and attack.
In fact, that’s our mission.

Like many around the world, I’ve been watching the devastation that’s occurring as a result of hurricane Harvey.  When I tune in even a little bit, I start to weep as I sense the devastation people are feeling.  I’m not judging what’s going on, I am an empathetic person and I cannot help it.  I feel how intense things are for the people in that area right now.  With ISIS, with brutal dictators torturing their people, with starving people, torture and abuse, there are many places around the world where things are even more intense.

The ego temptation is to wonder if those people are being punished.

People who experience this kind of ravaging, whether it’s a flood, famine, fire, pestilence, or a car accident, a precious child’s crib death, cancer, a stillborn baby, a beloved dog hit by a car – people will often ask themselves if they’re being punished.  The answer is no.  Unequivocally, NO.  That is not God’s Way.

Divine Grace is omni-active and present.
To see it, BE it.

Be God’s agent of Grace in this world – that’s your mission.

In this world, I’ve seen a process of elimination that brings my illumination.

Today, let’s give up the idea of punishment and let that be the gift we give to our brother’s and sisters.

Look within your own heart – is there anyone you would punish?
Do you feel it’s better to learn through punishment?
Is that your personal preference?
Or would you like to remember through Joy?

Let’s give up learning through pain.

Let’s remember that we can remember everything there is to know – it’s already pre-installed.  Let’s recover our natural Joy and be Joy-full.

You can have punishment or Joy, but you cannot have both.
What will YOU choose this day?

Here’s a video that lifted me SO MUCH – the perfect example of how rewarding someone influences their behavior and can bring more Joy!  Let’s all begin to see how we can praise and give thanks for people’s loving choices, and thereby encourage them to continue BEING that vibration in this world.

BTW – it works with ourselves.  I do that with myself each day – I give myself, God and the angels, praise and appreciation for my own loving choices and the guidance I receive!

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