Archive for the ‘Self-Esteem’ Category

Self-Doubt

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I have found it so helpful to contemplate what A Course in Miracles has to say about doubt.  It tells us that ALL doubt is self-doubt.  When we doubt others, when we doubt that God loves us, when we doubt that the healing is happening – it’s all self-doubt and therefore it can be healed.

If we doubt that God loves us, then we’re doubting our lovability.

And because we’re part of God, we’re doubting our own ability to Love and be loved.

One of the most insidious thoughts the ego has is doubt.  The ego sows seeds of doubt all over the place.  One of the most hurtful things we can do is to plant seeds of doubt in people’s minds.  It can be so destructive.  Doubt can ruin relationships and be the root cause of great misery.

There is a way to heal doubt and to undo the possibility of entering into our mind.  I’ll be discussing doubt today on my radio show.  You can join me live or listen later.

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is The End of Doubt.

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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Eliminating Lack and Limitation

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

It might not seem like it’s a direct connect to building healthy Self-esteem, but having compassion was key to my having a truly healthy sense of my Self-worth.

For a long time I thought I could lift myself up by tearing others down.  I lived in a world where “the best defense was a good offense” and I felt so insecure I worked both sides of that equation.  I was both defensive and on the offense ALL of the time.

It took me until I was about 36 years old to realize that while I had a lot of confidence, I was still deeply insecure.  I didn’t realize that the reason was that I was so lacking in compassion.

In my radio show this week on God’s Will for Us, I was sharing what we had talked about in Masterful Living this week about generosity.

For me, generosity is being kind and caring.  Generosity is extending Love and compassion.  It’s taking time to be helpful to someone else.  It’s being patient rather than impatient.  It’s being able to stay loving even when someone else is attacking you – that’s generosity of heart.

It’s generosity of spirit to be able to be kind when people are argumentative, aggressive, irritable and attacking.  Being generous of Spirit takes a real commitment to being truly helpful in this world.  Sometimes it takes a great willingness.

It’s kindness to yourself and to others to forgive those who won’t forgive you.  It’s generosity of heart to release the judgment you have against the judgers who would judge you.  We pray for those who would attack us so that all can be lifted out of the muck and mire of false beliefs.

The one who won’t forgive, and holds a grudge is trapped and suffering, extending compassion, and holding in your mind a vision of their rising above their hurt into the Light of Love is a tremendous act of generosity that brings benefit to all.

When we hate the racist, we join them in the mud.  Most people who are racists have been raised by racists who were raised by racists too.  The way to heal it is to have compassion.

Being generous, I feel better about myself, and then I have even more to share and my experience of Prosperity increases.  When we take the limits off of our mind, the Abundance flows.

I have found that my willingness to be generously compassionate, patient, kind and loving has had the benefit of not only increasing my healthy Self-esteem, it has had the effect of eliminating my sense of lack and limitation.  WOW!!

Are you ready to really do this?
You can put an end to the limits in your mind and in your life.
You can feel good about yourself all of the time.

There are so many benefits to following in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama who says, “kindness is my religion.”

Now is the time for us to make this turn in our heart and dedicate ourselves to being truly helpful.  I’m so glad we’re doing it together!

This is the third of a series on Building Healthy Self-Esteem.  You can start with part one by clicking here.  In the second part I shared about healing the shame I felt.

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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Healing the Shame

Monday, August 28th, 2017

I didn’t realize it, but I was preventing myself from having healthy self-esteem.  I was actively ignoring the warning signs from Spirit, and I was degrading my own sense of well-being and worthiness.  And to a large degree, I didn’t recognize the effects of the choices I was making.  In a sense, I was, “My own worst enemy.”

When I gave myself permission to attack others, to judge and criticize them, to blame and shame them, I didn’t realize it, but I was preventing myself from having healthy self-esteem.

Because we share the same mind, and we can’t really hide our thoughts from anyone.  It was as though I was covering myself with garbage and thinking no one would notice.

Things began to change for me when I realized what A Course in Miracles means when it says, “There are no private thoughts.”

Once, I was willing to actually accept that the One Mind is a fact, and that we all share and have access to the one and only Mind of God, I began to choose different thoughts.

I became aware that my every negative thought I had was a form of pollution I was sharing with all of life.  My personal negativity, even if it seemed as though I was keeping it to myself, was like toxic waste poured into the collective drinking supply.

Similarly, every loving thought brings a healing benefit to all.

When I saw even a glimpse of the power of my thought, I made the commitment to focus on changing my mind.

I set the goal of cultivating an awareness of my thoughts and beliefs.  I decided to be truly mindful.  It felt like a burden in the beginning.  It felt overwhelming to realize how focused on negativity I was.  I decided to actively replace the negativity with loving thoughts and actions.  But as I began to take out the trash from my mind and let Spirit heal it back to the root cause, there was less trash in my mind and I began to noticeably feel better about myself right away.

I saw that every time I chose a loving thought, I actually felt better about myself. That was tangible and it felt miraculous.  I was so grateful that I could start to feel that I was being truly helpful instead of feeling like I was a monster.

I decided to focus on being aware of shame thoughts so that I could eliminate them.  I was so grateful I could eliminate thinking that was designed to keep me feeling badly about myself.  I was ashamed of playing small and living in limitation.  Shame comes directly from believing limited thoughts that aren’t true.

You cannot feel ashamed unless you believe a lie.
Shame drags our Self-Esteem to the ground.

We’re taught to feel ashamed of our thoughts and our desires.  The idea is that if we’re ashamed, then we won’t act upon it – but we all know it’s not true.  Consider all of us who just hide what we’re thinking and feeling.

We’re taught to feel ashamed about how we look and how we feel.  We can change our minds about these things.  We can recognize that just because we have a thought doesn’t mean we are shame-full.

In my experience as a spiritual counselor for 17 years, many people have told me the things they’re most ashamed of and through the sharing of it, they’ve been able to relinquish the shame they felt.  Bringing things to the light is deeply healing, when it’s done with someone who can be 100% compassionate and loving – and we can give ourselves this gift of Love if there’s no person who can support us.

Shame has no value to our Spirit, which is ever expansive and unprecedented – only the ego values living in lack and limitation.  Being supportive and loving has value and keeps us in the flow of Love, which unites us with healing, Prosperity, and God’s Infinite Goodness.  The more loving we are, the less shame we feel, the more self-esteem we have.

The beginning of transformation for me, came in being willing to be aware of ALL my thoughts.  I began to replace the attack thoughts with thoughts that extended Love.  And lo and behold!  I began to self-medicate less and less, because I was more and more willing to be aware of my thoughts, because they were more and more loving.

I was building my self-esteem in two ways:

I was decreasing my shame by reducing my negativity.

The less negativity I had, the less interested I was in self-medicating;
The less self-medicating I did, the better I felt about myself.

Shame is a cycle.  I would get triggered with low self-esteem thoughts, and then I’d engage in self-medication (low self-esteem behavior), and that would give me something to feel ashamed about, and then I’d want to self-medicate to forget about how I felt.  The cycle would repeat and it felt like a whirlpool pulling me in.

Choosing loving thoughts, changes the direction of the whirlpool.  What I found, was that I began to spiral up and feeling better and better about myself, I was inspired and motivated to keep going and increasing my awareness.

I began to build on my success and I feel as though I climbed out of a very intense whirlpool.  I was more than willing – I had a great desire to change my life and I let Spirit show me the way.  It worked and it continues to work.  And this is precisely why I teach my classes the way that I do.  I know the benefit of doing this work and I know how hard it is to do it on my own.

Yesterday, I started this series on Building Healthy Self-Esteem, and this is part two.  You can read part one by clicking here.

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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Building Healthy Self-Esteem

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

People who are paying attention to how they feel and what they’re experiencing often realize that Self-Love and Self-Esteem are the root cause of most of their pain and suffering.  Yet, one of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do I really learn to love myself?”

Learning to love yourself is learning to liberate yourself from suffering.  I used to spend many thousands of dollars trying to fix myself, when all I really needed to do was have a dedicated spiritual practice that worked, and stick to it.  Once I found that practice that worked for me and I stuck to it, I naturally began to attract more and more opportunities for increasing the good and eliminating the pain, shame, and blame.

Some people have a dedicated spiritual practice but they don’t see much movement in their level of happiness.  So then, their spiritual practice leads them to conclude that something’s wrong with them.  They think, “If there wasn’t something wrong with them, their spiritual practice would work.”  It’s not that simple.  It’s not that simple at all.

In fact, I’ve seen people who spiral down into the depths of self-loathing and despair because of the way they approach their spiritual growth and practice.  It’s not unlike the religious person who takes the beautiful teachings of an avatar, such as Jesus, and then focuses on the Laws of Leviticus, forgetting that Jesus came to teach us non-judgment and forgiveness.

Healthy self-esteem is one of the greatest benefits of spiritual practice!  That’s why my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp and my Masterful Living Course are focused on building a strong spiritual practice that you LOVE.

The essence of Self-Love is kindness.  And kindness is a spiritual practice.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re being kind to yourself or to someone else, it will raise your self-esteem.

NOTE:  If you’re being kind in order to get something from someone, it won’t have the effect of raising your self-esteem.  In fact, it will have the opposite effect because your belief is that there’s something wrong with you and your goal of getting something from another, to validate yourself and feel better about yourself,  will actually backfire.  The goal of giving to get doesn’t ever bring the benefit desired.  It’s like quicksand that sucks you in and leaves you feeling trapped, stuck, hopeless, and helpless.

I’ve seen that many children who are raised with respect, nurturing, and true kindness are open, loving, and prosperous.  While I’ve seen that other children who are raised with shame, accusations, judgment, and punishment grow up with self-loathing and then project that onto others.  We’ve all experienced the latter.

We’re here to interrupt these patterns.  That’s why we asked to incarnate at this time and Peace begins with us.  Self-Love for all begins with us.  And it may begin with forgiving our parents as a way of setting everyone free.

The first step in actively raising our self-esteem is to set the goal of loving ourselves free of everything that’s false in our belief system.  What we do individually influences the whole because we share the same mind.  One person makes a HUGE difference in this world – no matter what you’re doing or where you live.  Even if you’re living in a cottage, in the woods, by yourself.

We set the goal of cultivating an awareness of divisive thinking so that we can eliminate it.  We eliminate thinking that’s designed to sort and separate by recognizing it has no value to our Spirit – only the ego values being separate.  We replace the thinking that’s designed to sort and separate with thoughts that are about recognizing that we’re one and we share the one mind.  It’s liberation to realize that there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Being loving has value and keeps us in the flow of Love, which unites us with healing, Prosperity, and God’s Infinite Goodness.

I used to put a label on everything and everyone.  My labels were judgments that I believed kept me separate and safe.  It took me a long time to realize that  my safety lies in my Oneness and union.  My safety is in my ability to be loving and kind.

Being loving and kind is like yoga for the heart and mind.  Being loving keeps us flexible.  Just as a body that isn’t flexible is more prone to injury and illness. So too with our mind.  Just as when we do physical yoga, we feel better about ourselves because we know we’re actively loving ourselves. Yoga for the heart and mind increases our self-esteem, too.

NOTE:  Some people (been there, done that) workout and even do yoga in an obsessive-compulsive way that is rigid and authoritarian – that’s not going to build your self-esteem, because it’s making choices from a place of lack and limitation.  Remember, we’re loving ourselves free of limiting thoughts.

When our mind is focused on lack and limitation, and looking for who is to be blamed and attacked for it, then our mind is rigid and fraught with illness.  After all, since we are One, and we share the same mind, doesn’t believing in separation feel like mental illness?  It does to me.

If we could recognize that attacking others is the fastest path to low self-esteem, would we still wish to engage in it?

I have found that the fastest path to feeling badly about myself is to attack one of my brothers or sisters.  Fortunately, whenever there’s a judgment, I can change my mind lickety-split.  I don’t have to stay in the place of pain just because I went there for a moment.

It’s like if you step on a splinter and it lodges in your foot, you don’t have to live with it the rest of your life.  You can pull it out.  You don’t have to let it become infected and then amputate your leg.  That’s what non-judgment is for, eliminating the splinters in our mind.

Tomorrow I’m going to share about one of the most helpful things I’ve learned about increasing my self-esteem.  I’m glad we’re doing this together.  Let’s put an end to suffering and model a life of Joy!  Let’s be victorious!

This is the first part of a series on Building Healthy Self-Esteem.  Part two is on Healing the Shame.  You can read part two by clicking here.

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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Rising Above Passive-Aggressive Patterns

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Part 1 of 4 – Passive-Aggressive Pain
Part 2 of 4 – Eliminating Passive-Aggressive Pain
Part 3 of 4 – (You are here) Rising Above Passive-Aggressive Patterns
Part 4 of 4 – Love and Gratitude

This is a series that began a couple of days ago with my Spiritual Espresso on Passive-Aggressive Pain.  In part one, I shared about how I’ve come to recognize the pain that passive-aggressive behavior causes.  Yesterday, I shared about the first step to permanently  eliminating passive-aggressive pain.  Today, I’m going to share with you the second most important step in permanently eliminating this behavior.

The second step is developing a skill that has helped me in not just eliminating the pain, and transforming my relationships, but it’s had a major impact on raising my self-esteem.  Committing to employing the first step I discussed in yesterday’s Spiritual Espresso – which was about letting Spirit do the heavy lifting – and then acquiring this skill, has been life-changing for me.  It’s required my true attention and willingness.  It’s part of my daily spiritual practice.

I used to get triggered so often that I felt angry and defensive much of the time.  I would leap into passive-aggressive behavior so fast, I didn’t even notice the shift.  I was protecting myself from getting more hurt than I already was.  For me, it felt like life or death.  For me, my leap into passive-aggressive behavior was the only method I had for preventing my Spirit’s death.

I felt that if I didn’t control and manipulate everyone around me in order to protect myself that I’d just get run over all day long.  When I started this practice, being compassionate was something that losers would do.  I believed that it was a dog-eat-dog world, and smart people were willing to do what it takes to protect themselves and what was their’s.

I had reached a point where I was completely miserable, and I didn’t like myself or my life.  I hit rock bottom and that’s when I began to realize that it was because I was lacking compassion for everyone, including myself.  I began to cultivate the ability to have compassion for others and then I began to be able to have some for myself.

Long before I found A Course in Miracles, I discovered what Jesus meant when He tells us, “Your brothers and sisters are your salvation.”  I experienced it, so I understand it.  This is why I know the power of PROVING God in my life.  And that’s why I teach it in my classes.  It works when you work it.

The big challenge for me was staying in my loving heart when I felt threatened.  I had to learn what my loving heart felt like.  I had to really connect with that feeling and pay attention to when it was there and when I shut down.

Then I learned that if I reacted to someone, like a tiger protecting her cubs, I could do a 180° turn.  It wasn’t easy for me, but I learned that I could put my objective of being loving ahead of protecting myself and needing to be right.

What was key for me was that I had DECIDED that being loving was important to me.  I made it the highest priority.  In a sense, that meant that my ego was on board with the program rather than fighting my Spirit ALL of the time.

In the transformation, I discovered that I could rise above the ego.  I discovered that I had the power to align with Spirit and my goal of being loving, my decision to be loving, would take precedence.  That’s why Step #1 that I talked about in yesterday’s Spiritual Espresso was so vital to making this shift.

I’ve written before about fight-or-flight reactions.  I used to, mostly, go right into fight mode when I felt threatened.  My ego was like a red neck bar brawler who took no prisoners.  It was a valuable discovery for me to realize that there were two more options besides fight-or-flight – there’s freeze, and there’s also seeking nurturing.

First, I learned to freeze.  Now, I would call it a pause, but initially, it was a feeling of, “freeze before you lash out and hurt them.”  In the freeze/pause, I had time to remember what my priority was – being loving, being kind, being patient, being generous.

I decided that being able to be loving, kind, patient, and generous was a MAJOR VICTORY for Jennifer Hadley.  And, in truth, it was.  Spirit was helping me turn the ship around so my life could go in an entirely different direction.

Realizing that I could make different choices and that being loving, kind, patient and generous felt like a victory was the thing that gave me an incentive I truly valued.  I needed to feel victorious.  I needed to feel like a winner.

This shift gave my ego the opportunity to be a winner all day long.  I quickly began to notice the difference in how I felt and then being compassionate, kind, loving, generous, and patient became a no-brainer for my ego.

Feeling victorious felt good.

I started to feel TRULY empowered because I was living more and more from my heart.

I proved to myself that being loving wasn’t for losers.  It was the most intelligent strategy for living a great life – AND it was dissolving the knee-jerk passive-aggressive behaviors that I’d been engaging in my whole life.  Yay!

Tomorrow, I’ll share some more about putting this behavior behind us forever!

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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Overwhelmed

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

We all have challenges going on in our life that we’d rather not look at.  Many times, we choose to avoid looking at them because they’re overwhelming to us.  It’s not that we’re completely unwilling to examine what’s going on, we’re just overwhelmed.

Sometimes, it can feel that we simply don’t have the energy, the mental or emotional bandwidth, the time to look at something and so we just keep pushing it to the sideline.  What then begins to happen is that tension begins to build.

Some people have a habit of  denying, delaying and procrastinating until there’s so much tension they HAVE to do something.  Sometimes, we treat our life like one of those rubber-band airplanes that you wind up tighter and tighter until we have enough tension to fly.

What I’ve learned is that if I wait until there’s an intense pressure before I make a move, then I’m creating stress that may not be necessary.

We’re developing the spiritual maturity to address things directly and without delay.  It makes life easier, cleaner, neater and dramatically eases tension.

Being Self-loving is healing.  We often look outside ourselves for all kinds of healing solutions to physical, emotional, mental, financial, relationship and many other kinds of issues, but the solution is often to be kind and loving to ourselves.

When we’re Self-loving, then we naturally open to divinely inspired solutions to our challenges and we don’t have to have lots of simmering pots on the back burners.  We don’t have to create an unbearable tension in order to choose to fly. We can steadily and devotedly Love ourselves free of lack, attack, and limitation and then life gets a whole lot easier.  Spiritual solutions naturally present themselves.

Let’s make a commitment to making the Self-loving choices that make life more enjoyable and more successful.  Let’s decide that we can transcend overwhelm.  Instead of looking outside for solutions, let’s discover how problems dissolve when we live a life of Self-Love.

How do we do it?  We Partner UP and trust Spirit to lead us and guide us.  This is the way that works.  It’s far more nurturing then managing and coping.  It does require a willingness to trust – and that’s a skill that can be learned.

We’ll all get there eventually.  Why not start today?

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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Worthy

Friday, July 21st, 2017

One of the most fundamental issues many of us are dealing with is a sense of unworthiness.  It’s the major challenge for the whole human race and we are healing it together.

When folks don’t feel worthy, it brings on a whole group of ways to address and deal with it.  When we actively love and appreciate ourselves, we help to undo the unworthiness.  When we behave responsibly, show up on time, care for our body, and speak kindly to ourselves, we’re healing our mind of unworthiness.

One of the questions many people ask me is, “how do I love myself?”  What I’ve learned is that having many simple ways to love ourselves brings a lot of benefit.

Some of the simple ways I’m loving to myself are:

  • Sitting outside and being in nature.  I enjoy it so much and it’s so refreshing.
  • Taking breaks from work and shifting the energy – to care for my body.
  • Staying well-hydrated, so my whole body functions well.
  • Having a “No Self-attack” Policy.  I don’t speak unkindly to myself under ANY conditions.
  • Having healthy food options available and not even buying the ones that aren’t good for me.
  • Being gentle with myself.
  • Getting plenty of sleep.
  • Daily spiritual practice.

Every time I’m gentle, kind and nurturing to myself I’m sending a message to every cell of my body, and every aspect of my mind, that I’m worthy of Love and kindness.  Over time, it heals the unworthiness.  It really works!

What are some of the ways that you take good care of yourself that you enjoy?

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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Harvest the Wisdom

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

I am grateful that we can receive tremendous, life-transforming benefit from applying 1 or 2 simple spiritual tools each day. A few minutes of clear intentional heart-centered choices each day will literally change your life. It sure has changed mine.

One awareness that has really activated my experience of Freedom is to move out of thinking that I’ve wasted any time. It’s so tempting to align with the ego and judge the use of time and energy in the past.  I find that it’s best not to look back except to celebrate how far we’ve come!   The other choice is to compare and despair.  That’s not helpful.

I’ve made millions of mistakes in my life. I make mistakes every day. I used to judge my mistakes, and now I realize that they are one way I learn.

I am a learner. I LIKE learning. I used to HATE making mistakes. I used to BERATE myself for making mistakes until I began a personal practice of nonviolence and then my commitment to living a nonviolent life led me to realize that berating myself for ANYTHING was subjecting myself to intense mental and emotional violence. That stopped me cold!

I prefer to harvest the Wisdom from my mistakes and I don’t mind making them, most of the time.

Right now, I’m preparing for a 5-day seminar with my beautiful teacher, Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo. I once heard her say, “Our painful experiences become compost in which the Seeds of Wisdom grow.”

Our Seeds of Wisdom are planted in all of us. I’ve realized that if I judge my errors, (or someone else’s), it takes longer for it to break down and become compost. Judgment makes it harder for the Wisdom seeds to grow.

Are there any errors that you’ve made that you’re still judging? Release the judgment so you can harvest the Wisdom!

I feel so uplifted from our recent Living A Course in Miracles series of 11 free classes. I got to share so much about the expansion into Wisdom that’s unfolding for all of us. Sharing is so sweet! – the replays, downloads and transcripts are all free and available to listen to right now.  I’ve had so many e-mails from people telling me that they are really shifting their thinking and feeling so inspired and uplifted! YES!  Perfect for a long holiday weekend!

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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Courage

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

I feel very blessed to participate with so many people who are cultivating the courage and strength of heart and mind to look within in order to make new and loving choices.  So often, I see people delay their awakening, healing, and expansion, as well as their happiness, because they are afraid of what they might see when they look within.

I’m consistently inspired by the brave people in my classes, and in my weekly Sacred Circle Spiritual Counseling call, who are willing to share their challenges, insights and willingness in order to have a breakthrough that changes their lives.

Just to be willing to have a breakthrough takes courage!

Small changes can, with continued practice, become life-changing.  Like the smallest shift in the trajectory of a rocket.  What might seem like the tiniest shift in this moment, can become a huge difference over the course of a year.

People who are willing to do even a small amount of spiritual practice are heroes.  People who are willing to hold a vision for a life without suffering are heroes.  People who are willing to cultivate an active compassion for themselves and the people in their lives are heroes.

It’s easy to attack, blame, and shame.  It’s cowardly to withhold Love and hide from challenges.  It’s easy to be cowardly, but the cost is simply too high.  Now is the time for us to rise and shine.

Our courage comes from our willingness to be “co-workers with God,” as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called it.  He’s one of my heroes, too.

We can be heroes together.  We can experience true Freedom and spiritual liberation.  We have what it takes.  We are doing this!

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

If you’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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Release from Sin

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Many people feel that they want at least a few things from Spirit.  They would like improvements in their life.  This is completely understandable.

What about desiring to be fully released from all belief in sin?

If you believed it were possible, would you ask the Higher Holy Spirit Self to release you from the belief that you have made mistakes and sinned?  Would you choose to remember you are already as holy as holy can be?  Would you go for the highest possibility of healing that you can have?

Many times, people are wishing and hoping for the things that they think will make them happy when, in reality, they have no idea what will make them happy.  They focus on what they think will make them happy as a way of not really looking at what will truly make them happy.

In my experience, the thing that makes me happy is cultivating the ability to be present to the presence of Love in my life and having no other Gods before Love.  Making Love the priority brings me Joy and it certainly brings a great group of very different choices – all of which bring me healing from a belief in sin, lack and limitation.

In a sense, we could say, that the greatest sin is to believe that we’re sinners, less than perfect, and we deserve to be punished.

When we can give up thinking that we are being punished or we will be punished, we can let go of the habit of keeping sin alive.  This benefits all.

We do our practice at the level of the mind and all beings are lifted this day!

RADIO SHOW TODAY:  On my radio show today my topic is Release from Sin. 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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Spiritual Courage

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

One of the great privileges I have in my ministry is that I get to have 1-on-1 conversations with the brave souls who are in my year-long Masterful Living Course.  I’ve been talking with many of them lately and I am so inspired by their courage.

On the surface, it might not seem as though it takes much bravery to participate in a spiritual class, but anyone on the awakening path knows that there are times, every day, when we’re given the opportunity to make a loving choice and it doesn’t feel comfortable.  Together, we, as a community, make a commitment to relinquish our judgments and opinions, our criticisms and complaints, in order to speak honestly and openly.

We give each other the space to say how we REALLY feel and share what we’re REALLY going through and not put some kind of glossy spiritual spin on it pretending to convince ourselves it’s all good when we don’t really believe it.  We’re choosing to keep it real with each other.  And that’s what Love is.  We’re practicing our holy relationships, intimate relationships, healing relationships with each other in a safe space without judgment so we can take the training wheels off in our relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

In order for any of us to actually awaken to our true identity as perfect Love, we have to be willing to bravely look within … and take out the trash!  It’s so life-changing when we can stop identifying with the trash thoughts we’ve collected and actually give them to Spirit for healing.

It takes courage to look above the battleground of our stinkin’ thinkin’ and hold a vision of Love for our lives.

One of the things I love so much about A Course in Miracles is that it tells us, “You want to be happy. You want peace.  You do not have them now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear.  You are now learning how to tell them apart.  And great indeed will be your reward.  Your decision to see is all that vision requires.  What you want is yours.  Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth.”  Lesson 20,  I am determined to see.

It’s hard to believe that such a great reward comes from the decision to have vision, yet the decision is required. I meet so many people who believe, often in secret, that they don’t have what it takes to be happy, successful, loving, and Joy-full.  Their secret belief is running their life.  They don’t even see that they can decide to have a different life.

Admitting it to ourselves is a big first step.  It’s like with being addicted to something.  A first step in healing is to admit that you are feeling out of control and addicted.  Admitting that your thoughts and behaviors are compulsive and you feel unable to stop yourself, opens the door to the possibility of healing.  Without that willingness to look at the shadow, we can stay stuck for a very long time.

A Course in Miracles tells us that it’s a mind-training system to help us recognize that where there’s a shadow, there’s something in our mind that’s blocking the Light, and we can give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting.  But if we won’t admit to ourselves that we’ve got this challenge, will we ever actually be available to the healing?  Will we be stuck for lifetimes looking at the darkness instead of the Light?

We know we’re not open to healing when we blame anyone else for how we feel.  We are a closed door, like a bank vault hiding a treasure, when we’re blaming and complaining.  There’s no healing happening until we’re willing to take responsibility.  Taking responsibility for the way we feel, the mess we made, the things we did and said – 100% responsibility with 0% blame is often an act of bravery so potent that it will literally begin to transform our life onto a path of healing that is miraculous.  I see it all the time.

We just started a new group in my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp class and people are already realizing that they’re going to need to have some courage to do this work of miraculous healing.  Doing it together is so much easier and that’s why I love when we can gather in a circle in any way shape or form.  Being the two or more who are gathered gives us the opportunity to realize we’re not the only ones who feel the way we do.

Realizing, “I’m not the only one,” is one of the major “a-has,” that people have in my classes.  They start to realize that many people feel the way they do.  And some of them are willing to go first to share, to heal, to change their minds.

There was a long period in my life where I felt helpless and hopeless a lot of the time, but I couldn’t admit it to anyone.  I buried it deep because I so firmly believed it was completely impossible to have a healing.  Fortunately, it felt so awful, I couldn’t take it anymore and I finally decided to stop depending on my own strength to heal and I invoked the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting.  I made the decision to stop punishing myself and go for it.

Now, every day I connect with someone who is feeling deeply challenged and looking to find the courage to not give up and they’re reaching out to me.  And almost every day, I hear from someone who has found the courage to choose a new thought and they’re having a miraculous healing.  And we’re all One, all on the same journey.

If you’ve been a hoarder of complaints, opinions, judgments and criticisms, along with a collection of resentments and regrets that you’re now ready to get rid of, stop thinking that you have to do it yourself, because you really cannot do it that way.  Give it to Spirit and be willing to be willing to have a healing.

Your demonstration of willingness is an act of courage.  There’s no big or small about it.  The tiniest bit of willingness is an act of courage.  #IHavetheCouragetoGoForIt!

Just saying, “Yes,” to healing is an act of courage.  Be willing to tell Spirit each day, “I AM willing to have a healing,” and see what Spirit provides.  Have the courage to accept and allow the healing.  I’m consistently amazed at the active bravery of spiritual students who are willing to look within, face their perceptions and release them to be healed!

Whenever you’re feeling upset in anyway, it’s your golden opportunity to choose healing.  Have the courage to go for it – be willing to allow a pause before you choose.  Your willingness lifts us all.  All boats rise on this tide of Love.

This most recent Living A Course in Miracles series devoted to clearing the way to hear intuition, insight, Divine Guidance and inspiration more clearly than ever before.  It’s the VERY best gift we can give to ourselves.  And it requires that we give up the judgments that block our intuition.  This is the practice that allows us to expand into a life of perfect Love!

Living A Course in Miracles classes are completely free.  We have 11 free classes for you available now: Click here to listen & download now!

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Cultivating Spiritual Discipline

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

My grandfather was a salesman and he had a lot of sayings. One thing he said was, “there are three kinds of people: Workers, shirkers and jerkers.” Well, I never wanted to be a shirker or a jerker, so I became a worker. And still, there’s been plenty of times when I felt like a shirker. I have felt like I was INTENSELY reluctant and resistant to simply having that Divine Discipline that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about.

I have to say that it was my yearning to know God in my heart that gave me that Divine Discipline. As I dedicated myself to simply being more and more loving, I discovered a discipline that Michael Beckwith calls, “bliss-ipline.” That’s what I love to see break out in the folks who are willing to do the deep work with me.

Until you experience the deep well spring of gratitude that comes from FINALLY choosing to answer the call of Love in your heart, you can’t even imagine what it is. Truly, or at least, I sure couldn’t.  It’s the gift you give to yourself.

Have you ever felt like you’d always be stuck because you’re a slacker? That’s an awful feeling and I stewed around in that for years, so I know a lot about it.

What’s AWESOME in the true sense of the word is that feeling can disappear in a moment of willingness to know the truth that sets you FREE from that feeling.  I can recall crying with such gratitude that I had finally said, “Yes,” to my calling.  What a relief!  What such tears of Joy!

Willingness to cultivate a Divine Discipline is all it takes. Why? Because there is that within each one of us that is ALREADY masterful, whole, perfect and complete, and it’s our willingness that brings us to that opening. There is no other way. Willingness IS the way!

If you’d like my help with developing a Divine Discipline check out my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp Class designed to be like a rocket booster for your spiritual journey.

Finding Freedom registration closes TOMORROW June 8 – Get support to stop playing small and live your calling.  Deepen your spiritual practice and accelerate your awakening by eliminating the pain patterns.  It’s easier than you think! People are joining my 7-week spiritual bootcamp class right now – you can, too! (Plus, you get 3 months to do the whole class with weekly calls to ask me any question you like!)

Finding Freedom – my spiritual bootcamp class – is about to begin – align with others who are ROCKING their healing right now! People are already experiencing amazing healing! It’s not too late to join us. If you need a payment plan, I’ve got one! Register now and make this the year that changes your entire life! Click here to learn more!

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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Self-Love with Benefits

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Yesterday was my Living A Course in Miracles class on Following Divine Guidance. It really turned out to be mostly about how to be aware of guidance and how to increase access to intuition.

One of the things that Spirit led me to  share quite a bit about was how it is that our our ability to perceive intuitive insight is so connected to our Self-Esteem.  I don’t think I’ve ever shared about opening to intuition in quite the same way before.  Personally, I found it very interesting, too!

Being able to listen to and follow Divine Insight, guidance, and intuition, is such a valuable skill to develop and we can’t really get the full benefit if we’re not willing to have Love and compassion for ourselves.

Fortunately, we can remember how to Love our selves fully and completely, and there are many benefits to doing so – therefore, lots of incentives!

The class I did yesterday, and all of the  Living A Course in Miracles Classes, are completely free.  We have 10 Classes already recorded and I have 1 more to go this Saturday!  Click here to listen now!

This Living A Course in Miracles series is devoted to clearing the way to hear intuition, insight, Divine Guidance, and inspiration more clearly than ever before.  It’s the VERY best gift we can give to ourselves.  And it requires that we give up the judgments that block our intuition.  This is the practice that allows us to expand into a life of perfect Love!

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Trusting Divine Guidance

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Preparing for today’s class in Living A Course in Miracles with Gary Renard, where we’ll be talking about being receptive to Divine Guidance, I’m aware that for some, trusting guidance is insane.    Only “facts” are trustworthy.

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?  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?

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. When it’s MOST helpful to put Spirit in-charge!

This Living A Course in Miracles series devoted to clearing the way to hear intuition, insight, Divine Guidance, and inspiration more clearly than ever before.  It’s the VERY best gift we can give to ourselves.  And it requires that we give up the judgments that block our intuition.  This is the practice that allows us to expand into a life of perfect Love!

TODAY:  Living A Course in Miracles classes are completely free.  We have 8 classes already recorded and 3 to go this week including today’s class with Gary Renard – our topic is Following Divine Guidance!   Click here to listen now!

TODAY is also 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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Choosing Surrender

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Surrender isn’t giving up.   At least, it’s not in the way that most of us think of.  Surrender, in it’s TRUE sense, is giving UP and over to the Higher Self.  Surrender is realizing that there’s a higher authority, a higher power than the ego that knows better and will organize everything in accordance with the highest and best if … and it’s a MAJOR if …. we allow it.

We have the power to allow ourselves to experience a life of profound Love and great Joy.  We also have the power to learn through illness, deprivation, depression, discouragement, and all forms of limitation.  This is our choice.

This world is all about our experiencing our choices and discovering through them. That’s what this journey is for.  That’s what we signed up for.

If we’re living as a victim or a martyr, then we’re going to suffer; and the antidote to suffering is surrender.

This is part of what I’ve been sharing in this week’s classes at Living A Course in Miracles.  People are letting me know that this series has been a great blessing to them.  We’re on fire with a desire to live a life of JOY!  Check it out and please share with friends!

TODAY:  Living A Course in Miracles classes are completely free and I  have one of my Homework classes TODAY!  Click here to learn more and register now!

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Visionary Feminine

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Do you ever feel restless … like you know you’re here for a reason, and you’d like more than anything, to contribute to the world with your gifts, but you just aren’t sure how to find and connect with your purpose? Or how to live it in a fulfilling AND abundant way?

You’re not alone. I’ve heard from so many people that this sense of restlessness and longing can be painful or even disturbing … yet, the overwhelm of life can keep you feeling stuck and frustrated.

The good news is that you can fulfill that desire; you can embrace that calling, to live an abundant, meaningful life, and bring benefit to others!

TODAY: Join me and my colleague, Sacred Purpose Coach Jennifer Riley, and more than 20 other female leaders and change makers (including me!), for the upcoming online master class series:

Visionary Feminine and Global Transformation

When you go to the link above and reserve your spot on the master class series, you’ll recognize that living an abundant, meaningful life of contribution IS possible—and it’s closer than you think.

During this innovative, transformative master class series, you’ll discover how to:

  • Find, connect with, expand, and ignite your soul purpose, so you experience greater fulfillment, Joy, and Freedom, every single day.
  • Create Prosperity for yourself … and expand that Prosperity to those around you, so you’re able to make the contribution about which you feel so passionate.
  • Use your unique gifts to create positive change in the world.
  • Unleash the power of the Feminine to heal yourself, humanity, and the planet.
  • And so much more!

You’ll also have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a global gathering of women to co-create a regenerative future for us all!

Here is a powerful secret: unleashing collective feminine power, and more specifically, connecting your unique gifts to what the world really needs, is the most effective way to deepen your fulfillment, create an abundant life, and live in contribution.

Jennifer is the perfect person to host this series because she’s experienced feeling depleted, frustrated, and unfulfilled, alongside that calling to help the world. She’s since devoted her life to awakening her feminine power and living her purpose, and to connecting those with her ability to give back to the world.

As a sacred purpose, wealth, and intuition acceleration coach, she now empowers women to ignite and live their fullest potential – so they can live their best, most fulfilled life, while making the contribution they are here to make in the world.

When you share them, you’re finally able to be happy, to truly feel Joy and deep gratitude, and to finally make an important, world-changing contribution.

So be sure to join us here, now, to reserve your spot:

Visionary Feminine and Global Transformation

I invite you to join us – a collaboration of change makers and visionaries committed to supporting you and the positive shift you’re here to create – and we hope to connect with you there!

AND BTW, Men are most welcome to register and check out my class – all free!

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Turning Failure into Success

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I have always loved the story about Thomas Edison and his discovery of the perfect filament for the light bulb. After trying many thousands of things that didn’t work, someone asked him if he didn’t feel like a failure and he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The failure is in not harvesting the learning from your experiences and having to repeat them again and again, because in your judgment, there is no value in your experience. Perhaps you think it SHOULD have been different. That SHOULD stands between you and your harvesting the learning from your experience.

If you’re not willing to learn from your experience, it’s a very long and difficult road to surrender.

If you’re trying to work your will in this world and have it be your way, then what a beautiful thing it is to realize that the way it is right now, is the result of your thinking. If you don’t like how it is, then realize that it’s not YOUR way.

Your way is the way of Love. That’s the true path of your life.

If your way feels like searing torture and disappointment, then perhaps you’ve forgotten who you really are. Perhaps you’re thinking that it SHOULD be different.

SHOULD = FAILURE to communicate Love

And the only real failure is not realizing that yet. Your little willingness is all that’s required. You will get there eventually. That’s guaranteed.

It’s only a matter of pressure – how much pressure will it take for you to become willing?

Edison also understood willingness. He said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Never give up on Love. Love will never give up on you!

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Your Success Is At Hand!

Monday, March 20th, 2017

I used to have a fear of failure and I see that many are stopped in living their deep heart’s 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 “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 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 spiritual 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.

I’m offering a FREE CLASS on Wednesday of this week and you can register right now!

Eliminating Your Patterns of PAIN
Getting Free From the Past (At Last!)
Weds, March 22
FREE Class
Click here to Register NOW!

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Be Your Self

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

In practicing nonviolence, I learn to put aside the ways of behaving that other people have taught me and developed a willingness to stand in the moment now and experience it with greater and greater awareness. I no longer invest huge amounts of my energy into taking offense at things that have nothing to do with me.

Every day, I am discovering more Clarity about my true nature in order to live and act from that inner knowing of my Spirit. One thing I truly have in common with everyone on the planet is that no two of us are alike. We are all unique and we all have something to offer, that is precious medicine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson advised us, “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him … Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare?“

Today, I recognize the value my life has – the preciousness of this human experience and the opportunity to be myself, to love myself, and to share freely. I notice my behavior, my reactions and actions, and ask myself if they come from my authentic self. The more I express who I truly am, the more vibrant the whole world is. I practice loving by appreciating my uniqueness and the uniqueness of everyone I meet.  We are all One, and we are all unique. Each a precious gift. Together we form the tapestry of Love.

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.

Early Bird expires tomorrow – Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats, we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount EXPIRES TOMORROW – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Looking for Heaven

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Kingdom of Heaven is within. If you’re looking to find it somewhere outside of your own heart, then you will never, ever even catch a glimpse. Many people are still seeking outside of themselves, thinking that what they deeply want, need and desire is somewhere in the world. If they look long and hard enough, they might find it. If they work hard enough, they will be able to manifest it or attract it. If they are lucky, someone will give it to them. All of that seeking is illusion.

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

The Kingdom is within, to look elsewhere is to go on a fool’s errand. Deep down, we all know this. That’s why so many despair. They are afraid to look within and yet deep down they know that is the only way to find what they’re looking for.

Why would someone be afraid to look for the Kingdom in the one and only place it can be found? Well, if you’re thinking of yourself as not good enough, if you’re thinking that inside of you is something ugly and unworthy.

If you feel you are filled to the brim with guilt, blame and shame – then you probably won’t feel excited about looking within. Instead you will fear what you might find. Better not to look within and simply continue to seek in vain. The suffering of not finding is less than the suffering of discovering just how ugly your own heart is. This is the thought that keeps so many from discovering the amazing riches of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is pre-installed and fully equipped. You must have courage to look within. And you must have true humility. It takes true humility to be willing to venture, going forth in faith, to discover that the Kingdom is within your own heart. If you do not love yourself, or if you have the false-love of the ego, then you will not be willing to look within. Humility is required.

It’s highly valuable to be willing to realize that you are no better than and no less than anyone else. Just as there is not one facet of the diamond that is more worthy than another, all are worthy. All are lovable.

If you judge yourself as better than or less than you won’t feel worthy of your true identity and you’ll continue to seek outside yourself in vain. On the road to the Kingdom you will have an infinite number of opportunities to develop true humility. You can do this through the sweet practice of prayer and contemplation or you can go through the pain and suffering of humiliation. It’s up to you.

Will you cling to your opinion or will you simply be willing to accept that all are worthy.  You are worthy of your Divinity. Seek the Kingdom, which is within, and all else will be added unto you.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Great Willingness

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?”  A Course in Miracles, Lesson 135, Paragraph 18.

That passage in ACIM Lesson 135 is a great comfort to me.  It’s been an important tool in my spiritual practice.  There have been times when I’ve had to use it like a flashlight to shine a light in my mind so that I could trust that whatever was going on in my life would ultimately be for my good and I’d know it.

It takes great willingness to accept this statement as true.  If you’re willing to accept this statement as a guiding statement, a comforting truth, then it can have a profound and miraculous effect in your life.  It IS done unto you as you believe.  Accept the good.  Trust in the Good.  Do not allow yourself to be swayed by perception.

The light IS within – it’s never out there in the world.  Look within – seek the Kingdom first, and all else WILL be added unto you, because it’s already been given and all it takes is your willingness to remember it.  The keys to remembering?

Sincerity
Willingness
Humility

None of these cost you any money.
You don’t have to have any time to acquire them.
You don’t have to climb a mountain or run a race.

If you don’t have willingness, perhaps you can find a willingness to be willing.  A little bit goes a long way!

These are your natural skills and talents if you’re willing to activate them.  Go for it! 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.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats, we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Infinite Patience

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Sometimes, people get mad at me.  Sometimes, people don’t agree with me and become offended that I have a different belief or a different feeling about something than they do.  I get it.

It used to be that it would bother me when people didn’t like me or like what I shared.  Now, I have learned that kindness and patience are my best tools when someone doesn’t like me.

There are times when people are upset when we don’t share the same preferences or beliefs and I can tell that what’s upsetting to them is just the very fact that we disagree – no matter what it’s about.

Sometimes when I don’t share the same feeling, belief, or preference, people assume that it means I’m judging their feeling, belief, or preference is bad or wrong, when much of the time, I haven’t even given it a thought at all.

Some of my very dearest friends and loved ones have had completely different political views than I have – but we have much the same values, and we celebrate that.  We simply see different means to the end.  I don’t need to change them or change their mind.  My happiness comes from loving and accepting them.

It can be threatening not to agree with the people you Love.  And that difference can seem to cause a real schism, but it’s not the difference that causes the upset, it’s the thought about the difference. It’s the meaning we make of it.  And that’s when infinite patience can be a real blessing.

A Course in Miracles tells us, “Your patience with your brother is your patience with yourself.  Is not a child of God worth patience?  I have shown you infinite patience because my will is that of our Father, from Whom I learned of infinite patience.”

When we have infinite patience we’re demonstrating the Kingdom within.  That’s why, as ACIM says, infinite patience produces immediate results.  We immediately feel more peaceful when we practice infinite patience, and those are immediate, tangible and beneficial results.

Life gives us an entire day every day to practice being loving, patient, kind and generous.  My goal is to make the most of every opportunity and demonstrate that I know all are worthy of my Love.

The ones I disagree with are my sacred friends come to help me to see, know and feel more clearly the loving presence of perfection in every moment.  What a blessing!

I can judge or I can be loving, but I can’t be both.  I choose to be loving more than I choose to be judgmental and I aim higher every day.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing, and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Self-Doubt Is OVER

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

When I think about it now I realize that self-doubt is insanity.  It’s plain crazy!  Self-doubt is when the ego mind says:

“You don’t have what it takes”

Spirit ALWAYS has what it takes to do whatever it would like to do. ALWAYS. When we’re aligned with ego we’ll be filled with doubt, BECAUSE the ego can only accomplish that which is not worth accomplishing. THEREFORE, it is naturally filled with doubt.

What the ego can accomplish is only of this world, and has no lasting value.
What the ego can accomplish is only that which can lead to your suffering.
The value of suffering is that it PUSHES us to wake up and choose Spirit.

That’s about all the ego really has for us at this point. Motivation to stop suffering.

What does that motivation really come from? Increased suffering!

Is that any way to live?

Unfortunately, yes, it is, and I have lived that way and it absolutely got me to the point where I said

“I have had ENOUGH. I AM choosing GOD!”

Phew!

Who knew that in this world one of the best things that could ever happen is that my suffering would become intolerable and I would totally give up and surrender my life to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and then be grateful for everything I’ve experienced?  What a wild ride!

I’m so glad to learn that Spirit never fails.

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Feb 7 only!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego.  Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like!  You have until Feb 7 to decide!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017 then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

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Confidence in the True Self

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Many think they are suffering from low self-esteem.  They seek to gain self-confidence in order to feel better about themselves. They must ask: What is the “self” that I am seeking to place confidence in?

Low self-esteem is really when we identify with the false self.  The ego.  We’re going for placing our trust and confidence in the Higher Holy Spirit Self – our true Self.  Herein lies our access to a miraculous life.

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a beautiful book that is one of my all time favorites: Peace Is Every Step. In there he writes, “The mind of love brings peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others. If love is in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.”

Let’s bring about a lot of miracles this year!

I’ve learned that the fastest path to true self-esteem and confidence has been to recognize that I AM One with the One. I AM part of that stream of Divine Love Intelligence that is already perfect, whole and complete. That is the origin of my Self-esteem and confidence.

The nature of the lack of Self-confidence comes from choosing to energize thoughts of separation from the Oneness. It comes from placing our confidence in the ego, the small, selfish separate self.

Separation thoughts are the thoughts of judgment, whether they are directed towards myself or others. Any lack of feeling good about myself came from being unwilling to place my trust in the Divine. If you do not trust God, you will never feel good about yourself. If you do not Love your Higher Holy Spirit Self and seek to know it AS yourself, you will never know your true identity and you will always suffer from lack of self-esteem. That pain will never end.

True Self-confidence and self-esteem cannot come from the size of our paycheck, the beauty of our features, or anything else in this world. When we place our trust and confidence in God, in our God Self, then we can remember our true identity. Placing your trust in the Divine rather than your little self, you discover that you of yourself can do nothing worth doing. ALL self-worth comes from discovering this.

When you remember your Divinity and the Divinity of all life, then you can see and know and feel that ALL is worthy. When you are willing to know that ALL are worthy, then you will absolutely know that are worthy, too.

I AM willing to know that all are worthy. I place my trust in the Divine and remember that I AM worthy of God’s Love.

Are you willing to do something different to have your best year ever? Let’s do it together!

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The Homestretch

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Imagine that you’re a long distance runner in a marathon race.

You’re running and running and it’s tiring.
Your muscles become depleted, weary and sore.
Your feet and back ache.
You may feel like giving up, because you’d like the pain to be over.
You just want to stop.
Maybe you complain about the scenery along the way.
Maybe you resent and judge the company you meet along the way.
Maybe it feels like you’re running through a valley of shadows and death.
And yet, you cannot actually stop until you cross the finish line.

The only option you have is to drag the race out.
You can fall to your knees and begin to crawl.
You can sit down and wallow in your misery.
If you choose you can make it more painful, more intense.
Or you can use your mind to rise above it and keep thine eye single.
You can use every part of your experience to refine your mind and strengthen your awareness of what’s true and what’s not.
You can rejoice to know the journey is coming to an end and your victory is certain.
We’re in the homestretch now.
You can complain that it’s not over yet and lengthen your experience of the journey, or you can rejoice that your victory is in sight.
The I AM offers us ALL the strength we need to make it to victory.  Ask and it is given!
I AM the strength, the courage, the power to move forward steadily through all experiences, whatever they may be, and remain joyous and uplifted, filled with Peace and Harmony at all times by the Glorious Presence which “I AM.”  Victory is mine!  Victory is mine!  Victory is mine!

The basic decision of the miracle-minded
is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary.
Time can waste as well as be wasted.
A Course in Miracles

Are you willing to put the I AM Presence / Higher Holy Spirit Self in-charge of your journey now?

Today is the last day to register for Masterful Living Course 2017!  

In my year-long Masterful Living Course, a number of people have healed their depression, gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years.  They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up.  You can do it, too.

So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.  Do you have a program that’s been proven to work?  Do you have a community that will support you when you feel challenged so you don’t give up?

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a different experience in this new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017, then please click here to learn more now.

Masterful Living registration closes TODAY, January 9th.  Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

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