Archive for the ‘Self-Esteem’ Category

Harvest the Learning

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. You can read Part 1 – Spiritual information before you read this, Part 2. In yesterday’s Spiritual Espresso, I was talking about getting caught by the ego, while trying to live a spiritual life studying other people’s work.

I was putting so much energy, time and money into spirituality, but I wasn’t feeling like my life was changing the way I thought it should, or believed it could. I recognized that the ‘should’ and the ‘could’ words were judgments, but that’s how I felt back then.

I believed that, if I read all these spiritual books by all these wonderful, celebrated spiritual authors that everybody loves, and if I went to all these lectures and these talks and took these workshops and did all these spiritual things, that I’d have so much spiritual information, I’d be healed, and my life would be terrific. I believed, or maybe I just hoped, everything I desired would come to me, because I had all this spiritual, healing information.

Well, I am here to say that it doesn’t work. There’s one thing that I’ve learned that actually does heal your mind and allow you to live from your heart. Living from your heart, it’s like you get the time back that you thought you’d wasted. There’s a wonderful teaching from the Bible, that when you’re born of the Spirit, when you come back into your heart and you’re reborn in the Spirit, then all the years that the locusts have eaten are given back to you. All the time that you think you wasted, it’s given back to you.

How is it given back to you? By virtue of moving into your heart, having self-compassion, loving yourself, forgiving yourself and everyone else, forgiving the debts and the debtors, the trespassers and the trespasses, then we can live in the moment. We can finally live the Love.

When we start to genuinely live the Love that we are, all that we’d blocked, all the learning that we’d blocked, we can now harvest. So, it really is like all the time we wasted is given back to us. The learning comes pouring in to our awareness and gratitude fills our heart because we realize now that none of it was a waste. Even when it seemed like we weren’t learning ANYTHING we were, in fact, learning something quite valuable. And sometimes there’s so much gratitude for being able to finally harvest he learning from the past, that we can only weep tears of thanksgiving.

More in Part 3 tomorrow!

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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Spiritual Information

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

This is part 1 of a 3 part series. There was a time in my life when I accumulated a lot of spiritual information thinking that it was going to expand my spiritual awareness. There was a large stack of spiritual books by my bed. Every time a spiritual teacher came to Los Angeles I would go to hear them speak and then buy their books (and get them autographed, of course).

But I didn’t read all those books and so they became more of a burden than a help. They were stacked up on my nightstand, and even beside my nightstand, taunting me, reminding me that I “should” be reading them. If I was a true spiritual student, I’d read all those darn books – or stop buying them. But I didn’t do either. I hung out in limbo land. I was damned by my ego for buying the books and damned by ego for not reading them.

When a friend called me an intellectual, it felt like a dirty name. I wanted to be somebody who lived from my heart! “Don’t tell me I’m just up in my head!” Obviously, I got triggered by it because I knew I was living up in my head and not from my heart, like I truly wished to be.

I was collecting all this spiritual information, thinking it was going to help me change. Of course, information couldn’t change me. I was identified with a small, selfish, separate, ego-self instead of my true identity, which is magnificent and beautiful and wise and wonderful. A book wasn’t going to change that. Only my own willingness to let the false beliefs go would bring a change. Spirit would bring the change if I was willing.

When we hold onto old beliefs, such as the belief that we can live in our minds and somehow have an amazing spiritual existence, we build our whole world around these beliefs. Then, we interpret everything through this belief system and what we experience proves what we believe. We’re living from our intellect, which is the ego, and the ego is a meaning-making machine. It interprets everything, and it interprets according to our belief system.

In a sense, we begin to believe that the ego is something that has a personality, that it’s a being with a mind of its own. But it isn’t. It’s so important we begin to understand that, if we believe in lack and limitation, we’re going to experience lack and limitation. It’s up to us to shift it, so that we can have a different experience.

One of the most wonderful things that Spirit helped me to see, that I’m forever grateful for, is this:

If I’m trying to understand something, no matter what it is, if I’m trying to figure it out, if I’m trying to understand it, if I’m trying to make sense of it, I’m in my ego. I’m in my intellect. I am not in my spirit.

I’m not aligned with Spirit if I’m trying to figure it out and make sense of it. Because everything that the ego doesn’t understand and doesn’t know, the Spirit knows.

If I’m willing to open up to Spirit, listen to Spirit, and be guided by Spirit, I will remember that I already know.

I remember the healing that comes when I’m willing to stand back from my beliefs, my interpretations and the meaning I made of everything, and instead say, as it says in A Course in Miracles, Lesson 25, “I do not know what anything is for.”

So, how do we make this shift from living up in our head, letting the intellect drive our choices to living from our heart and allowing Spirit to guide our choices? I’ll share more in Part Two tomorrow!

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Rushing

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Living in a world with emails, cell phones and overnight delivery people are expecting everything to be delivered immediately. This has created additional stresses in a culture that has lost many of its meditative and contemplative tasks. Most of us no longer do the kind of tasks that could be centering and calming such as long walks to the store or to work, churning butter, plowing fields, tending animals, hanging laundry on the line and ironing.

As part of my spiritual practice of nonviolence I learned the value of constantly monitoring my stress level. I pay particular attention to when I feel harried and rushed. One day as I was rushing to get somewhere I realized that my whole energetic I was creating within myself felt violent. I was trying to do too much, not leaving myself enough time to get somewhere, having to hurry–it all felt out of balance with my practice of nonviolence.

I take to heart the words of Shunryu Suzuki from ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND, he writes “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.” I love That!

We can learn to stay alert to moments when we’re feeling hurried, pressured or stressed. I look to see if I can find the calmness that can only come from within. I start with my breath.

I take a 20 second meditation break. With my hand on my heart, I meditate on gratitude for my breath for the entire 20 seconds. In less than a minute I have shifted, if even slightly. I’ve made it clear to myself that I value peace. I value my own self-care. One more breath of gratitude and now I can resume the activities in a new awareness.

THAT is being masterful!

Here is the deep well of my masterful practice. I know that my practice builds my inner peace and that each day I have the opportunity to move the world in a direction of peace through my nonviolent choice and actions. I am grateful to even see the possibility of being masterful!

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration now closes on the 15th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

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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Errors Happen

Friday, January 12th, 2018

In the ministry I have a policy that we all can feel comfortable when we make errors.  I make errors every day it seems.  I call them tactical errors.  This has really helped me to release any judgments against myself and others about the litany of errors that take place.

In an online ministry there are literally THOUSANDS of moving parts to be attended to.  It’s extraordinary how many little pieces are interdependent upon one another, and sometimes things fail and fall like dominoes.  I have two expressions that help me to stay at Peace:

That’s life.
Stuff happens.

We learn through trial and error.  That’s what we do.  In the human realm, there’s lots of opportunity to take offense and lose our Peace, but I’m not interested in that anymore.  I’ve learned that it’s not self-loving to take offense or be upset.  I’ve learned that I’m only upset because I am thinking incorrectly.  I’ve learned that I can give the CAUSES of the upset to Spirit for healing and it works.

The causes are a false belief.  Whether I know what it is or not, I can turn it over and be DONE with it.  I am so very grateful that I’ve proven that it works.

I still get upset sometimes, but usually not for long.  If the upset lasts a bit longer than I have found it’s always because I’ve got a should directed towards myself.  I can let that go.  Known or unknown – but it’s usually pretty obvious.

I realized just yesterday, because of a prompting from Spirit, that we made a real error insetting up the purchase options for Masterful Living 2018 and some people might like to register for Masterful Living, but they might need to break up the first payment and have a payment plan for the workbooks and we didn’t give them that option.  I’ve always given payment plans and partial scholarships.

I assumed that it was done as we’d always done it.  It was just an error.  We live and we learn.  That’s my life.  That’s your life.  To be upset by any of it is to punish ourselves.  And that’s why we get upset.  Because we feel people, including ourselves, deserve to be punished.

I particularly have had an issue with wanting to punish people for not doing what I wanted, whether they knew what it was or not.  I used to think that they should be able to read my mind.

It’s a strong ego tendency to want to make people feel guilty for their errors, rather than just accept them and move on.  Punishing NEVER helps.  Ever.  Love is the only healer.

Everything really does work together for our good – even though we often can’t see it until we’re willing to accept it, without exceptions.  Therein lies the rub!

I love that life has a path of gentle learning or ever-increasing harsher learning and we can decide how we’d like to do it.  It’s our choice.  I choose Love!

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration now closes on the 15th.  Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  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.

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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Faith or Fear

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Living by faith is a completely different experience than living by fear. The vibration is different, the feeling is different, the results are completely different.

When we live by faith we are the happy learner, with a vision of more Peace, more Joy and more Love pulling us into a greater experience of unity and Freedom. We’re pulled by the vision. It’s a powerful pull. We can allow it or resist it.

When we live by fear we learn through pain pushing us to make higher choices.

We choose how we learn. It might not seem like it, but we make thousands of choices every day – more than 10,000 choices at least!

There are only two kinds of choices in each moment: Oneness or separation. If you aspire to make the world a better place, choose Oneness. Train yourself to looking for the loving choice if you’d like to live a joyous life.

In order to choose Oneness consistently, you can train yourself to let go of cherishing the thoughts of lack and attack. Align with thoughts of Love, letting go of all judgments and learn to trust the Divine. This is the entire basis of my year-long Masterful Living Course and that’s why it’s one year. So we gain momentum and don’t give up.

It’s challenging. When you have proven yourself to be untrustworthy over and over and OVER again, how do you learn to trust God?

When God doesn’t deliver the goods, and act like the perfect delivery service, no matter how much you beg and suffer, you may be so angry and resentful that you refuse to trust – in order to punish God for being such a withholding God.

There’s hardly a one of us that hasn’t had these thoughts about God. We make stuff up and believe it to be true and then operate as though the lie is the truth.

Enough of that madness!

The greatest gift you can give to yourself is to be willing to practice choosing Love and Unity instead of attack and separation.

I dearly love this prayer from Joel Goldsmith:
Reveal Yourself, Father, show me Your will. Never again will I dishonor You by trying to tell You what I need and then attempt to coerce You into delivering it.

If you’re successful by even a little – there’ll be more light in your life AND everyone else’s. Your vibration will be lifted and you’ll begin to silently broadcast the message:

It can be done and I AM doing it. It is happening NOW!

There is that within you which knows how to do this. There’s no such thing as blind Faith. To live in trust is to SEE by Faith. Faith lights the way and the path is known and firm, even when it’s narrow. Walk the talk today and you will truly see.

I live by grace. I walk in faith. Love lights my way.

This is what we practice and demonstrate in my Masterful Living Course.

Right now is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

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 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration closes on the 11th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

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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Intuition

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Our unloving and unkind thoughts are blocks to Love. That’s pretty obvious. Nothing new there. However, because our intuitive guidance – our connection with our higher self is a live love-stream, when we allow our mind to entertain and energize the unkind thoughts. Then we’re blocking our intuition. It doesn’t matter whether the unloving thoughts directed at ourselves or others doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t even matter if the unkind thoughts are directed towards the television, or someone in a magazine, or someone in another car on the street.

Obviously, if we’re praying for guidance while simultaneously choosing the thoughts that block the guidance, we must be conflicted about actually receiving the guidance. And that’s an issue that I’m really focused on resolving in my classes. It’s such an important issue to me because of what I’ve experienced in my own life.

I used to pray for guidance and then block it a thousand different ways and then I’d feel that it was impossible for me to have any spiritual progress at all. It thought there was something wrong with me. There wasn’t ANYTHING wrong with me. It’s just that I had a habit of choosing the thoughts that blocked the guidance. I was standing in my own way and I didn’t even know it.

A Course in Miracles tells us that depression comes from feeling that we’re deprived of something we want, but only we can deprive ourselves of anything – and we do it by blocking the flow of Love. I proved that’s true!

I’ve been a spiritual counselor since 2000. And in that time I’ve worked with so many different people on unique issues. I’ve counseled people that had some challenges with chronic depression, suicidal thoughts, chronic fear and panic attacks, relationship nightmares, severe isolating, intense loneliness, chronic pain, hoarding, addiction, poverty and self-destructive behaviors.

Many of them felt like they had dug themselves into an impossible hole.

And you know what?

Every single one of these issues comes from lack of Self-Love – without exception.

Here’s why:
When we have habits and beliefs that take us out of the flow of Love then we go into managing, coping, settling, and living without.

Every problem I have EVER thought I had was because I was blocking the flow of Love in my life, my mind, and my heart.

Love is all there is.
Love is the healer of every problem and concern we think we have.

Everyone I’ve ever counseled has had active habits of being unloving to themselves that they didn’t even realize. Could you possibly have unloving habits that you’re not even aware of?

Do you long for a real connection with Spirit?

Do you feel like you have the same repetitive thoughts about your issues?

Do you feel cut off from your intuition?

Do you have the same arguments and upsets again and again?

Do you feel super critical a lot of the time?

Do you get financially ahead only to fall back again so quickly?

Do people constantly let you down?

Do you wonder how things could ever change?

I had all of these issues. And I reached a point where I just felt desperate, afraid, helpless, hopeless and …

… quite frankly, I felt like a spiritual loser.

These are ALL Self-Love issues. And that’s why the other day I did a free class. If you haven’t seen it – the link is right here below. If this is your issue, if you have a friend with this issue, I strongly encourage you to do the class together and discuss it! Also get the transcript and read and listen as you go. You’ll be glad you did. YOU are worth it!

FREE CLASS: Self-Love: 6 Simple Steps for Self-Healing. You attract more love when you love your Self. Would you like to have more Love in your life? This free class is available for downloading right now – click here now to register and receive my gift and get the replay/download!

Right now is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

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 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration closes on the 11th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

Download NOW: Unblock Your Flow of Time, Energy & Money is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to immediately start making use of the tips and tools I share in this free class. Start your new year with power!

Download NOW: Relationship Healing & Harmony is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to start healing your relationships using the tips and tools I share in this free class. Leave the relationship troubles in the past!

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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Self-Love

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

I’m sending out the daily Spiritual Espresso later than normal today because my day yesterday didn’t go anywhere how I thought it would. If you’re anywhere on the east coast of the United states you know that we have a major winter storm pounding us from Florida to Maine.

Tuesday I flew from Missouri where I had my New Year’s Reboot Retreat back to Maine where I’d left my car from our family Christmas celebrations at our home on Deer Isle, Maine. I drove back to the house late Tuesday and then learned about this storm coming. I realized that I was going to have to hastily close up the house and try to drive ahead of the storm to get to my brother’s house in New Jersey.

I had planned to drive through and arrive around 1am and then I stopped for coffee and I stopped for gas. There were lines to get gas and what would normally take 7 minutes to fill my tank took about 45 so I started to look at an ETA of 2am.

Around midnight, I decided to stop in Connecticut and stay at a hotel. It was about self-love. I knew I could push through, but I could feel it was more loving to stop and rest, even though I’d get stuck in the storm. Which, now, I am.

I feel so strongly, as a spiritual student, that I cannot just talk about spiritual matters and quote scripture. That isn’t fulfilling and it isn’t life-changing. Just having an intellectual understanding of how God works in my life was something I settled for until I realized that part of the cause of my misery was that I wasn’t actually applying – in a deep and healing way – what I was learning.

Once I realized that it was the practical application and the moment-by-moment choices I was making that could really heal my mind and open my heart, I got excited. I got excited because I finally realized the HOW of unwinding the great mystery.

For so long, I collected spiritual information and I felt confused because I had so much information and I was so clever, but I wasn’t healing my life. Finally, I got it. I started to make huge shifts very quickly and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since then.

And that’s part of why I’m offering my free class today on Self-Love!

FREE CLASS TODAY: Self-Love: 6 Simple Steps for Self-Healing. You attract more love when you love your Self. Would you like to have more Love in your life? This free class is happening today, Thursday, January 4th – click here now to register and receive my gift!

Right now, this week, is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

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 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration closes on the 11th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

Download NOW: Unblock Your Flow of Time, Energy & Money is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to immediately start making use of the tips and tools I share in this free class. Start your new year with power!

Download NOW: Relationship Healing & Harmony is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to start healing your relationships using the tips and tools I share in this free class. Leave the relationship troubles in the past!

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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Answer

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

On this Christmas Eve, I am profoundly grateful. Where I once felt this life was impossible to enjoy and difficult to even withstand, I have come to a place where I can authentically say I absolutely L-O-V-E this life. I never imagined that would ever be possible for me. The shift came because of my spiritual practice.

I have come to see that my feelings of anger and near-constant outrage were a cry for Love. All my anger outbursts, snarky remarks and unkind comments were a plea for help from one who was drowning in fear.

Love was my answer.

Here’s the one realization that changed everything for me: I was willing to believe that there was no hatred, no hurt, no anger, and no fear that I had that couldn’t be met and healed by love, if I was willing to let Love rule my heart. I was willing to let Spirit guide me there.

Now, I have the absolute JOY of sharing with others.

In the past month I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of talking 1 on 1 with folks in Masterful Living this year. We do end of the year sessions where we meet one on one so I can learn about how they’re doing three times per year. For the most part, our conversations at this time of year are a harvest and a celebration.

Sometimes, when I hear the breakthroughs, shifts, changes, healing and transformation that they’ve gone through and the healing in their family, their body, their workplace, I cannot help but join them in tears of gratitude.

This is the power of Self-Love and compassion. Love is the answer.
Compassion is love for those who have temporarily lost touch with their Divine nature. When I live compassionately then I am a healing presence wherever I go and I KNOW it. I feel it. In our society we’re taught that it’s not easy to have compassion, but I am here to tell you that it is much easier to have compassion than it is to be filled with resentment. I know because I’ve hated those who were angry and cruel to me. I’ve hated myself for not doing better. I’ve worked with it for many, many years. In a sense, it is my life’s work.

The healing power of Love never ceases to amaze me and blow me away.

If you think that your situation is beyond hope, I can tell you that I’ve felt that way, and I have worked with so many others who have felt that way. It’s not the bottom. Giving up is the bottom.

Love never gives up on us. Let’s not give up on Love. Love is the answer.
Love is our healer. Compassion is loving understanding. And this is the place to take a stand in for the holidays. There’s a power in being completely committed to being compassionate during this time of celebrating the Christ.

Living compassionately requires a deep commitment. Every day, I’m still discovering the answer to the question “How do I BE the peace I’d like to see in the world and in my family, in my workplace?”

Over and over again, the answer comes when I am offered the opportunity to prove my commitment to peace by choosing compassion. Initially it was very challenging. There are still times when I have to be with myself for a moment before I can trade compassion for judgments, but that is more and more rare and I’m grateful.

For more than thirty years I’ve cultivated a practice of looking deeply into anger to find where I feel hurt. The answer to “How do I find compassion?” Arrives when I look at the one who has been hurtful and see where they too have been hurt and their anger is a cry for my compassion. Anyone’s anger is evidence of their feelings of hurt and fear.

I mustn’t look away. My own healing lies in my ability to see with eyes of Love and extend the heart of compassion. Since Love is the healer, I allow Love to do the heavy lifting. All I have to do is show up, be awake and not run away, judge or defend. It’s not easy, but Love leads and I follow the path of Love.

This deep practice requires my willingness and my attention. It requires vigilance. There is a deep sense of wholeness that accompanies increased my commitment to my practice of compassion. It reminds me that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose: to Love.

In my deepest heart aching challenges I’ve learned to ask: “what am I to do?” So often the answer is, “extend the Love, be compassionate. Be willing to understand with the heart.” I’ve also had to ask my self “Why ask the question if I’m unwilling to hear the answer?” It has take tremendous discipline for me to stay and not run. And now that discipline of Love is my strength. Love heals.

I used to have a practice of judgment and criticism. I was an expert and an authority on how to judge people. It was a very good place for me to start my practice of compassion. Today, when I look back I smile and think how profoundly I’ve changed. Who knew? The Higher Holy Spirit Self knew.

I’m so deeply grateful that I made a commitment to a daily practice of loving compassion – including Self-compassion. It’s the road less traveled, but all of the people I meet on the road are beautiful. I answer their call for help with love and they answer my call to find more ways to be compassionate.

Together we discover Love really is the ONLY answer that forever transforms and heals every aspect of our lives.

This is the kind of work we do in Masterful Living. It’s deeply healing to us individually and to the others around us, because we share the same mind.

Are you SO ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep transformation and the healing is happening in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018, then please click here to learn more now.

We’re starting on January 1st. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

FREE CLASSES FOR DOWNLOADING:

I have two free Masterful Living Preview classes:

Relationship Healing and Harmony

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Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money

Register now, and get the downloads now. It’s also an opportunity for me to share some of what I offer in my year-long Masterful Living Course which starts on January 1st. Registration closes on January 11th.

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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Travel in Style!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

I aspire to travel in the style of my teacher, Jesus. He was a great world traveler, spreading healing wherever he went. His style of travel was blessed.

I was sharing about an experience I had one early morning, while waiting for my turn at the LAX American Airlines Terminal Burger King at 5:30am. I watched the woman who filled the orders. She had an individual smile for each customer, asking them if they wanted juice or coffee with their value meal.

Each half-awake traveler was lovingly told where to find the napkins and the ketchup. Each was told to have a nice day with real sincerity. By the time it was my turn to receive her kindness I had to tell her how much I appreciated and admired her spirit. Her smile grew even brighter. I felt the depth of her heart.
For many people, having to be at work before 5am, dealing with the public, for what is hardly a living wage, would be crushing, but for this woman it seemed that she felt SHE was the one who was deeply blessed.

Every day this beautiful woman faces people who are flying around the world for any number of reasons. Some are flying to or from funerals, some are frightened of flying, others worried about their jobs, and their families. I saw that this woman recognized her opportunity to provide a personal and powerful blessing for each customer. We all have this opportunity regardless of our circumstances.

This angel at the Burger King seemed to have it all because she was giving so much to each one she met. With her every breath she teaches us that if we want more love we need to be the love we seek. I seek to walk in the world as a loving, giving presence wherever I am and with whomever I’m with, and with every passing day I find more joy in my walk. Still, I don’t know that I could do what this Angel does.

Many of us yearn for a deeper expression of life purpose, more loving relationships, more peace, more prosperity. People often think they have to go somewhere special or take a special class to be transformed. I hear the words “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Today I resolve to find my inner angel nature and to walk in it. I look for opportunities to share the light that I can find in myself this day. Angels don’t look for rewards or gratitude, the simple opportunity to be the giver IS the gift.

In every moment, we can be truly helpful. There’s always a divine opportunity to be a healing presence if we choose it.

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a new experience in the 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 2018, then please click here to learn more now.

We’re starting on January 1st. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. 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.

FREE CLASS FOR DOWNLOADING: Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money is a preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – check it out and start making use of the tips and tools I share in this free class.

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Unbelievable

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

So many of the people who begin the year in Masterful Living feel that the healing, expansion and life they desire is not possible for them. They are true unbelievers. I was talking with several of them yesterday. One year ago, they were unbelievers – but not anymore!

Let me just tell you how GrateFULL I feel that I have followed my guidance even when it was REALLY hard for me. I am so grateful and here’s why:

It’s because of days like yesterday, and all this week and all last week – day after day hearing people’s stories of what changed for them this year in our Masterful Living community.

Imagine starting the year feeling that this is the year you’re going to file for divorce. It’s clear, the writing is on the wall in every room of your house. You and your spouse just aren’t compatible and there’s nothing you can do about it – you’ve tried everything you can think of.

But then, you decided to really live a simple spiritual practice. You decided to give the relationship to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing and you made the effort to leave it on the altar and begin to hold the vision for a holy relationship.

Year after year, I hear the beautiful and truly profound stories of people making the mental shifts that heal their life and relationships.

And the healing happens even though they don’t believe.

It’s life-changing.

In Masterful Living people learn that the miracles will happen for them if they’re willing to practice and give God a chance.

I have collected so many beautiful stories. Each one is a precious jewel.

It does take willingness. And that’s what spiritual community helps with. Together, we hold the light for each other so we don’t give up.

Yesterday I spoke with someone who had decided to give up and drop out of class. She was so sure it couldn’t work for her that she was all set to withdraw.

And then she talked with someone in the community about it and changed her mind.

And now, she’s helping others to not give up, because where she was once constantly worried, she’s found peace. And she’s so grateful now she’s inspired to help others in achieving their goals with their spiritual practice. She was CONVINCED it couldn’t work for her, but it did.

We replace the old thought with the new thought and we’re on our way to a new experience of Peace and Harmony! It’s easier than you think to change everything in your mind and your life, if you’re willing.

Consider joining me – we start in 15 days! Click here to learn more: Masterful Living 2018.

I have two free Masterful Living Preview classes:

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and

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It’s also an opportunity for me to share some of what I offer in my year-long Masterful Living Course which starts on January 1st. Register now, and get the downloads now.

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The Key To Having More Time

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Part 1: Magical Solutions Don’t Solve the Problem
Part 2: Letting Go of False Beliefs
Part 3: (You Are Here) The Key To Having More Time

This is Part 3 of a 3-part Series.

As we all know, there’s the decision that we make and actually keep and then there are the empty statements and promises that have no meaning except to keep us stuck in the ego.

When we keep our word, and honor our decisions we are tapping into Power.

I decided to really dedicate myself to being loving and that changed my life. The decision was not just a wish or a hope, it was a commitment.

I had lots of lapses and transgressions, but I didn’t give up on my goal because I had made a decision that I was going to live a life of Love.

As I said in Part 2 of this series, A Course in Miracles tells us that our success – in whatever area – is all about forgiving the meaning we’ve made of things in the past.

Everything that’s painful in our present represents some unloving decision we’ve made in the past. Our challenges re-present the false beliefs we’ve chosen in the past.

The decision point has come back again so we can choose again, and this time we can choose to heal our mind about it and know the truth that is our Freedom.

Again, it’s about the decision. Our decisions are a point of power for us.

Let me tell you about a conversation I had with one of my dear friends recently. We were talking about next year – which is only a couple of weeks away!

I asked him, “what’s the one thing you can do now to improve the quality of your entire year in 2018?”

My friend knew the answer right away.

It was about tackling an issue he’d been avoiding. If he could do that, it would help him in his business (and his personal finances) in about 10 different ways.

His particular issue is something that we’ve talked about no less than 25 times in the last three years. It’s something that has really bothered him, and until I asked him that question – he didn’t realize how much this issue was disturbing his Peace.

When he saw that, and saw what a difference it would make to his ENTIRE YEAR, that was an mind-opener.

And because he’s such a good friend and I’m a professional spiritual counselor, we talked a bit about what the core issue really is, and then I said, “why don’t you just get that handled right away. So, we don’t ever talk about it again, and you can free up all that energy to live how you’d really like to live.”

He immediately took action and by the end of the day had hired someone to help him and had a plan to resolve the issue. Just like that.

We didn’t spend a lot of time trying to understand the issue, where it came from, and the root cause. He simply decided that it was a non-issue from now on. He was ready to have the healing. He was willing to take inspired action.

Whenever we’d talked about it in the last few years, my friend had said the issue was about time – he didn’t have enough time to focus on it and resolve it. Sometimes it was about money, and not wanting to pay to get it resolved by an expert. So, he was procrastinating.

Isn’t that what we do?

We drag our feet about taking the steps to do the things that will actually improve the quality of our lives and we have all these excuses.

It’s all B.S. (belief system).

All the delays and dysfunction of excuses are all related to the same thing. And it’s not rocket science, but it IS deeply rooted.

It’s an issue almost all of us are working with, but many of us aren’t working on it directly. And that’s why I offer the classes I do, so we can all become as willing as my friend and have our breakthroughs and stop delaying our happiness.

This is why I have so much to share.

Because I’ve learned methods that work in supporting people to be willing and to have their breakthroughs, change their minds, have their healing, and put the painful patterns of the past behind them so they’re not continuing to repeat year after year. With a little bit of support my friend decided not to repeat the pattern that he’d been stuck in for years.

It’s so beautiful when I see someone make that decision to do something different rather than continue managing and coping like they’ve been doing for years.

My friend’s decision will change not only his life but also his family’s lives, in many ways. Because he’s taking better care of himself, his family will see and feel that and they’ll learn from it too. He will be more lighthearted all year next year because he’s made this choice out of Love for himself.

Because people keep repeating the past instead of learning from their experiences, they begin to feel like they’re wasting their lives. And that’s a painful place to be in.

I used to feel like I didn’t have enough time, energy or money to live the life I desired. I felt really stuck in that mindset. AND I felt like it was happening to me.

Like my friend, I reached a point where I saw what I was doing and I was willing to make a decision to re-prioritize my happiness and put my happiness at the top of the list.

So let me ask you, “what’s the one thing you can do now to improve the quality of your entire year next year?”

If you know what it is, do you have a plan to do it?

If you don’t know what it is, would you like to have a plan to figure it out and then actually do it, releasing all resistance and reluctance and having your breakthrough?

So many people think that they’re not living the life they desire because they don’t have enough time, energy or money. And that thought is really limiting and, quite frankly, for most of us, it’s overwhelming. And that’s the point.

The thought of lacking in all three areas: time, energy and money, is so debilitating that most people just don’t know what to do so they just carry on managing and coping. We feel certain we’ll fail so we don’t even try. It all just seems TOO BIG for us to handle.

But it’s not true. Spirit doesn’t know anything about failure.

It’s about tapping into the power of Spirit and that’s something I know a lot about.

I’d love to help you prove to yourself that you can tap into the Power of Love to live a life that’s truly fulfilling.

I like to share step-by-step methods that have been proven to work. I’ve seen them work even with people who are so reluctant that they’re convinced they’ll fail. Spirit is so powerful!

I know what it takes to have a breakthrough, and I know how to bring on a breakthrough and that’s what I’d like to share with you in my class this week Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money.

My class is my gift to you – please come and bring your questions.

Right now, when there’s so much to do AND a lot of emotional triggers happening, this is the time when we can easily forget all about ourselves. It’s a time when we can get so distracted that we don’t realize until February that we don’t have a plan for the new year, and we’re just repeating the past again.

In my class Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money I’m going to share with you some real tools and tips you can apply now to set you up for a great year next year.

And I’m also going to share about my year-long Masterful Living Course, so that you can follow through and make 2018 a breakthrough year for you!

Register here now for Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money.

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Letting Go Of False Beliefs

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Part 1: Magical Solutions Don’t Solve the Problem
Part 2: (You Are Here) Letting Go of False Beliefs
Part 3: The Key to Having More Time

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series.

In Part 1 of this series, I shared that on our path of awakening, the ego can send us on lengthy and exhausting detours to collect spiritual information.

We find ourselves believing that spiritual information will somehow precipitate our awakening, but all it does is distract us and cause a sense of false pride because we know so much.

In fact, if we’re collecting spiritual information (rather than actually having a healing), then it’s pretty clear that we do not know much – because information isn’t healing.

What IS healing?

Love.

Love is the only healer, precisely because Love is our nature and our Source.

Love is ALL. Love is the All in all.

When we align with Love we are remembering our divinity and that is what heals our mind of all belief in lack, limitation and separation. Love connects us back to the Infinite Source of All Good.

A Course in Miracles tells us “All healing is at the level of the mind.” In other words, whatever it is we’re trying to heal, whether it’s our body or our finances, our relationships or our career, regardless of how it looks in the world of form, all healing happens when we change our mind.

What does changing our mind really mean?

It means giving up the false beliefs, which are our interpretations, and trading them in for an awareness of the truth that liberates us.

False beliefs clutter our mind and obscure pure insight and wisdom. After all, what person is interested in wisdom when they cling to their opinions?

Have you ever paid off all your debts, had some extra cash, only to get back in debt and WORSE within a pretty short period of time?

Have you ever been in a difficult relationship that was really painful, only to finally escape and then find yourself in another similar relationship that’s even MORE painful?

Hey, most of us have done something like this MANY times. And it’s pretty easy to see that this can literally take YEARS of our time, energy and effort. Years spent in worry, doubt and upset. Right?

And doesn’t it seem like it’s happening TO us? Doesn’t it seem like we’re doing everything we can to have it be different?

But if that were actually true, would we be repeating the same experiences? No, of course not.

Here’s why this happens:

First, we have to understand that our painful experiences are the manifestation of our belief system.

We’re not being tortured or punished by them – just the opposite. Our difficult experiences are actually come to help us to transcend and transmute the limited beliefs that we’ve clung to from the past.

A Course in Miracles tells us that it’s all about forgiving the meaning we’ve made of things in the past. Everything that’s painful in our present represents some unloving decision we’ve made in the past.

Our challenges re-present the false beliefs we’ve chosen in the past. The decision point has come back again so we can choose to heal our mind about it and know the truth that is our Freedom.

If we start managing and coping with our problems, then we’re not going to heal the mind that manifested them. We’re laboring in vain when we’re trying to fix the problem.

When we’re laboring in vain we’re seeing the problem as “out there” and we’re trying to fix it out there instead of at the level of the mind.

Until we are willing to let go of the meaning we’ve made of things, our interpretations, our opinions and judgments, then we’re doomed to keep repeating them.

Eventually we’ll get tired of reliving the painful beliefs, investing our precious time, energy and money into the bottomless pit of managing and coping with our problems – and trying to fix the problem in the world.

Hard truth: The “problem” isn’t in the world.

The thing we see in the world is the symptom. Like a sneeze is a symptom of an irritant in your nose.

Your money, time, relationships, career and health challenges aren’t the result of things happening in the world. They’re symptoms of your belief system. That’s why you have to heal your mind to have a healing in your life.

Now, in Part 1 of this series, I said I’d share the key to having a breakthrough.

You can have an amazing speed-healing experience of your entire life, or you can have a slow one. It’s up to you, but the key is total willingness for total forgiveness.

A Course in Miracles tells us our “little willingness is all that’s required.”

Yes, “a little willingness” is the only requirement to move onto this path of healing. But in order to really get some traction you’ve got to get closer to total willingness.

Our ego says “total willingness?! Are you kidding me? That’s not even possible! I can’t do it. I’m done. Forget it!”

But total willingness is not the same as complete dedication and devotion.
It’s willingness.

We can be totally willing to have a healing, and willing to forgive even when we’re freaked out and have NO IDEA how it could ever happen.

Let’s face it, in every moment, we’re either willing to have a healing or we’re not willing. There are just the two choices.

If we’re really not willing (and sometimes we’re not) then let’s become very aware of it and at least be willing to be willing. Most of us can get to that place.

What I did, that worked so well for me, every day I affirmed:
“I AM forgiving everything in all directions of time and space.
I AM forgiving everything, known and unknown,
felt and not felt, recognized and unrecognized.
I AM forgiving it ALL.”

Then, of course, all day long, things would be shown to me so that I could see where I had made a decision, a choice, an interpretation of something in the past and now, in the present moment, I was being given the opportunity to choose again. And this time, I was willing to choose Love.

Look, it wasn’t easy to look at so many things from the past.
It wasn’t easy to see how intensely unloving and judgmental my mind really was.
That was hard for me.
But I was determined to “get ‘er done.”
I was determined to stop living like a prisoner in my own mind.

Real willingness is required. This isn’t just lip service. This is about really being willing in your heart. That’s what lasting healing REQUIRES. And there’s a way to get there.

There’s an important additional factor in being able to really do this and not just talk about it.

This additional factor is the thing that really turns that key in the lock. That’s what I’m gong to share about in the third part of this series.

But you know what, if you don’t have real willingness to forgive everything, it won’t work for you. You’ve got to have that genuine willingness first. You can’t have true and lasting healing with lip-service. You’ve got to put your heart into this. Your desire lights the fire of healing in your Spirit!

And that’s why I’m writing this now. Because I’ve felt totally discouraged. I’ve felt helpless and hopeless while repeating the same mistakes again and again, and having NO CLUE how to get out of the spin cycle.

I’ve spent years in that painful position, but I got myself out of it.

It’s a discouraging place to be, and it’s completely needless.

There IS a way out – and that’s why I’m offering a free class as a gift to you – so I can go into detail about HOW to unblock the flow of your time, energy and money.

Click here to register now!

And BTW, if you’re interested in my year-long Masterful Living Course, where we actually accomplish this kind of healing, I’ll be telling you about it in this free class.

I’ll be sharing Part 3 of this series on Monday.

In the meantime, please check out my upcoming free class: Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money.

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Magical Solutions Don’t Solve the Problem

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Part 1: (You Are Here) Magical Solutions Don’t Solve the Problem
Part 2: Letting Go of False Beliefs
Part 3: The Key to Having More Time

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series.

One of the most CRUSHING and punishing ego thoughts I used to have is that I had “wasted” my time, my energy, my money or my life.

I talk with a lot of spiritual students and this thought is SO common.

In fact, a lot of us, once we begin to REALLY understand that it’s our stinking thinking that has caused all the problems we have and that we’re not now, nor have we ever been, a victim, that’s when we can sometimes start to feel very judgmental of ourselves.

When we fall into self-judgment like that, it creates a spiraling down effect that is very painful. It often leads to self-medication, distraction and depression. For some, it can make them want to give up all together.

Now, check this out:
One of the most distracting ego thoughts we have is that we don’t have enough time.

Ego is always in limitation, of course,
because ego is ONLY about separation from Source.
EVERY ego thought is of limitation and separation.
Lack and limitation is the only song the ego sings.

So, we find ourselves in this stinky sandwich.

We’re stuck between two STRONG beliefs – on one hand, we’ve wasted our gifts and talents (just like the Prodigal Son) AND on the other hand, we don’t have enough time, energy, money, and resources.

Stuck between these two intense beliefs is where most spiritual students spin around for a VERY long time feeling confused and discouraged, managing and coping with their feelings.

I regularly talk with folks who’ve been in that spin cycle for 20 or more years.

And the crazy thing is, many of them, are actually secretly convinced that it’s because there’s something wrong with them.
That they’re in this stuck place of intense confusion because they’re not good enough.

So, then what do they do? (… and BTW, I did it too, that’s how I know so much about it!)

They start looking for a magical solution rather than a miraculous one. Yup. Most of us go down that road.

What’s the difference between magic and miracle?

Magic is when you think the solution is in the world –

Example: I’m thinking I can heal my financial issues with more money instead of opening to the flow of Abundance and Prosperity.

When that’s my thinking, I’m convinced my problem is IN the world, and so the solution is IN the world.

But haven’t we all experienced (again and again and again) getting more money only to have it slip through our fingers because our consciousness isn’t abundant and prosperous?

We all have our versions of this experience. It doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us – it just means we’re still thinking with the ego mind set of lack and limitation.

I’ve seen folks who’d been studying ACIM and New Thought teachings for many years, but never REALLY applying the teachings – even after decades – and they don’t even know it.

I’ve known spiritual teachers, who’ve been teaching for years, who don’t believe what they teach and are still looking for a magical solution to their “problems.”

They don’t know that they’re deluding themselves because their focus is on collecting more information. Collecting information makes them feel smarter and better. It’s like a big showy, glow-in-the-dark band-aid on their belief that they don’t have what it takes.

But collecting information isn’t healing – it’s just a big distraction.

They “know” these teachings backwards and forwards and can “quote scripture,” but there’s still a great sense of disconnect and lack. And many times they can’t admit it, because their ego is so identified with being the perfect spiritual student.

It’s kind of like this:
You feel sick, overweight, tired and physically unfit, and so you’re reading lots of books, listening to CD’s, watching videos, and talking with lots of people about how to get in shape and restore your well-being and vitality. You study for years, but you just don’t feel any better.

Hmmmm. Why isn’t it working? You know everything there is to know about so many different fitness programs, but your health hasn’t improved after decades of study. Get it?

Just like I did, these spiritual students keep their focus on trying to find some magical key, some kind of teaching that they can learn, some kind of code that breaks through the mystery – but the REAL key is hiding right there in front of them and they don’t even see it.

Have you heard the stories about when the Europeans first showed up on the shores of the Americas in their tall ships and the indigenous people couldn’t see them because they didn’t recognize them?

They didn’t recognize them because they had no concept of them. Because they had no concept of ships like the Europeans had, they couldn’t see them.

And that’s what happens to us. We don’t have a concept of ourselves as healed, perfect, already whole and complete. It’s just an intellectual idea that we repeat without really knowing.

The keys to spiritual awakening are right there in front of us, but we’re looking beyond them for something with more razzle dazzle. We can’t quite conceive of the healing that’s possible for us, no matter where we are in our journey. So, instead, we’re looking for some kind of magical solution that someone is going to GIVE us, rather than SHOW us.

It really boils down to feeling worthy and willing.

And, quite frankly, having a real desire to know the Truth that sets us free is required. The desire is the fire that melts away the blocks to our miraculous healing and breakthrough.

With a little bit of sincere willingness, we can start to see what has been right in front of us all along – which is REALLY exciting – in fact, there’s nothing more exciting! It’s thrilling to discover that like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we have had the key all along. And that’s what I Love SO MUCH.

I love being able to join with other spiritual students who have that little bit of willingness.

Together we can stop looking for the solution in the world.

The answer becomes within reach – the mystery starts to be less mysterious.

And finally the healing truly begins to happen at the mind and we can see the ship in the harbor and we can sail it home!

It’s extraordinary, and even mind-blowing, how fast we can break down the blocks that we have clung to for many decades.

Spirit doesn’t fail – it doesn’t know how to fail.

When we know HOW to live a miraculous life, then our heart’s desire is not only possible, it’s within reach!

This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. In Part 2, tomorrow, I’ll share how I moved out of thinking the key was outside me to finding the key to the kingdom within. It’s this discovery that profoundly changed my life – when I became willing to live a truly miraculous life.

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Depression

Friday, December 8th, 2017

This time of year that can be a lot of talk about sadness and depression. Old hurts are coming up to be healed. It’s not fun, but it’s still of great benefit to us. Let’s make the most of each healing opportunity that comes our way so that we don’t have to repeat them again.

Some people live in places where it gets quite dark by the winter solstice, and the light starts to return. That darkness can seem to lead to more sadness. It’s an external invitation to turn inward and find the Light inside – where it’s always been and always will be.

In this late autumn time, let’s harvest the Wisdom from our challenging experiences and release the pain of the past. Release that which no longer serves. One thing that I had to release – and I’m so glad I did – is that I was really into the “specialness” of my moods, attitudes, and drama. I felt so special because I felt so misunderstood. It was a reason for existing – or so I thought!

“When you are sad, know this need not be. Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise.” (A Course in Miracles, Chapter 14, Section IV, This Need Not Be – Paragraph 5)

It can seem that the world has got us into that state of lack and limitation.
It can seem that things are being taken from us.
It can seem that what we want we do not have, cannot have, and will never have.

Appearances are all symbolic of our beliefs, and our past.
Let us heal the mind that believes in lack by identifying with our spiritual identity – which lacks in nothing – it IS that inner Light. Our true identity’s very nature is unlimited good. Let’s identify with our expansive Self, the I AM that I AM rather than the small selfish self that is only an illusion.

I AM that great I AM. I AM the Light. I AM the Love.

If you’re feeling depressed, and feeling far from being Light and Love, know that it is your willingness to choose another thought that is your healer – count your blessings – Love and gratitude is the spiritual practice that heals. Call upon the Mighty I AM Presence to show you the way and just be willing to be willing to see that you truly are already as Holy as Holy can be.

In my yearlong 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, and sometimes, a decade or more. I believe you can, too.

Healing habits that are the cause of depression and fear is a major part of what my Masterful Living Course is all about. My 2018 Course begins January 1st! (Registration closes January 11.) There’s such a Joy that breaks out when people are practicing releasing the shame and the fear together and encouraging each other.

Year after year, I’m impressed by how much healing is possible when we’re willing to let the Higher Holy Spirit Self be in-charge of HOW the healing happens. Our job is to ALLOW the healing. Our job is to call it forth, receive and accept it. Let’s get to it!

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Patience & Faithfulness

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Perhaps you’re like me and you’ve felt impatient and eager for your spiritual growth to really take off. In the past, I SO often wanted progress to come in leaps and bounds. I was usually in a hurry to move forward and away from where I thought I was. Now, I know where I am in my unfolding awakening is precisely where the richness of life is. The richness always used to appear richer where I was headed.

Now, I know so much more about how to activate the healing and expansion that I desire. I am so very grateful for every bit of insight and healing that I experience.

Vincent Van Gogh is, quite possibly, my all-time favorite painter. Vincent had studied for the priesthood and had a profound desire to know God fully. I absolutely loved reading the letters he wrote to his brother, Theo. Vincent understood the nature of creative progress, he wrote, “To make progress is a kind of miner’s work; it doesn’t advance as quickly as one would like, and as others expect, but as one stands before such a task, the basic necessities are patience and faithfulness. In fact, I do not think much about the difficulties, because if one thought of them too much one would get stunned or disturbed.” What words of Wisdom! His dedication and devotion to his personal progress is so clear in that statement and I bless him and love him as my teacher.

When I thought as a newbie thought then, I imagined that progress came in the leap to my next “a-ha” moment. I set my intention to be masterful. Masters understand that true progress comes when we learn how to incorporate the leap into our life. It is in learning how to embody the leap that I grow, not in the leap itself. Aspiring to be masterful, I witness that my progress is in absorbing into my daily practice what I’ve learned during the last leap. In this way, the path to mastery is a staircase of leaps and embodiment.

Think of Vincent, laboring diligently to express the passion that he felt for life, color, paint, and without much encouragement, little appreciation, he stayed true to his course. He has inspired millions and is considered by many to be the greatest artist ever to have lived.

With every error I’ve made, I’ve learned something valuable that is part of my progression into mastery and I’m grateful for the learning that supports my growth. Although I frequently make mistakes, my walk is one of continual progression, and for that, I am very grateful. In my ever-expanding conscious awareness, I share the benefits of my learning with all beings, and so every mistake and every bit of progress moves the entire world in the direction of Peace. For this awareness, I am so very, deeply and humbly grateful.

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Letting Go of Lack

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

I really struggled with lack for a very long time. Like a lot of people who were born at the end of the baby boomer generation, my parents who were raised by people who lived through WWI and the Great Depression and were deeply affected by it.

I remember my grandfather telling me that when he was a child he helped his mother with her work. She took in laundry to help feed my grandfather and his sisters because his father had deserted them and they struggled to make ends meet. At times his mother was sick and it was very hard for them. He grew up mostly not having any shoes. Shoes were a luxury for them in the hills of Kentucky. You can imagine how deeply that affected him.

I recall my grandfather telling me that one day his mother sent him to the store to get a some cornmeal and some flour and some salt. She gave him a nickel to make the purchase. It was all the money that the family had. One nickel. And he was so afraid that he would lose it and his mother and sisters would starve because of him.

I cannot even imagine what growing up in that, but with his mother’s Love and his own giant heart, he left, school and the family at age 12 to go out on his own to earn money for the family. My nephew Mikey just turned 12 last month. It’s amazing to think of how strong and resilient my precious Grandfather, Walter Thomas Hadley was.

When I was a child he was a bit gruff at times. I remember being about 6 years old and running around his house barefoot. He and my grandmother had wonderful wall to wall carpeting which was luxurious and I loved that they had such a big house to play in with my cousins.

I remember my grandfather yelled at me because I didn’t have any shoes on and it frightened me a bit. Why was he yelling at me to put on my shoes? The house is warm and the floor has carpeting and we’re in the house? Why do have to put on shoes? What did I do wrong? It didn’t make sense to my little girl mind.

I found out later that it upset him to see his barefoot granddaughter running around because, unlike his six year old self, I had shoes. We could afford shoes. I should wear my shoes. Children who don’t have shoes go barefoot, but children who do have shoes wear them. My bare feet were an affront to the decades of his laboring to provide for his family and see that we have enough.

My grandfather was what they call “a Self-made man.” He was successful in business as a salesman because he understood how dear people’s money was to them. He also was a dedicated tither. He and my grandmother gave so much money to charity they were frequently audited by the IRS for suspicion that they weren’t telling the truth about how much they gave. They had to go down to the IRS with a box of cancelled checks to prove they’d really given that percentage of their income away to charity.

My grandfather used to say “the money you give the church costs you nothing.” That was his tithing philosophy. At the end of their lives, my grandparents were multi-millionaires and I know it was because of their generosity.

And still, when I’d go to the store with my grandfather late in his life, even as a millionaire, he was looking for the early-bird special and the day-old bread, the 50% off on the dented cans, because he remembered very well the time when he literally didn’t have two nickels to rub together.

I feel honored, blessed and grateful to be part of the generation that’s undoing the pain and suffering our grandparents experienced in poverty and living through two world wars and the great depression.

As we undo the lack and limitation consciousness of so many before us we are setting all humanity free. For me, the most basic practice is to be aware of when I’m feeling fear based on lack. In that moment I can realize that I’m believing something that is false and I can give whatever it is, known or unknown, to Spirit for healing. We let the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the heavy lifting.

In truth, there is no lack or limitation in God. It’s not God’s nature. Spirit is unlimited, unprecedented, and continuous eternal abundance and prosperity. That’s our true nature.

Our willingness to let the past go is the thing that brings the change in the circumstances of our life. Let’s practice today and every day!

Thank you!

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Purpose

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Living with clear purpose and intention is life-changing. It really is, and it’s worth everything we can do to become clear in our heart and mind what our purpose is.

As a professional Spiritual Counselor since 2000, I’ve had so many people come to me and ask me to help them find their purpose. A Course in Miracles tells us: *

A journey without a purpose is still meaningless, and even when it is over it seems to make no sense.
T-19.IV.D.10.

Perhaps one of the causes of anxiety and fear for people is that they deeply fear that their life is meaningless. I believe we all begin our life with tremendous desire and intention to let go of false beliefs, to remember our true identity and to extend Love so we can awaken from the dream of separation and limitation.

What I’ve observed through my experiences is that we all have a shared purpose to extend Love. As ACIM says it, “to teach only love for that is what we are.

When we make the commitment to transform our lives to a life of true purpose, it can be GREATLY speeded by simultaneously focusing on two things:

Eliminate attack thoughts, which are the most self-destructive thing we can do with our mind.
Actively look for opportunities to extend Love and compassion to ourselves and others.

When we recognize that our true purpose is to Love and be loved, then we can align with it quickly and feel the Peace of mind that it brings. Our purpose isn’t hidden. We don’t have to climb a mountain or go on a long fast, or find the wise guru to discover our purpose. Our life purpose is hidden in plain sight. For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is a Joy to recognize. The guru is within!

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Celebration is upon us! We’re almost there! Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is almost there! We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000. Together we’ve raised $24,648 and we have only $352 to go and 3 days left!!! We’re doing it together! Thank you!

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Feelings

Friday, December 1st, 2017

It’s intense right now for a lot of people. We see it in the news and we can feel it in the day to day. Things that don’t work anymore are falling apart so that there can be more Peace, Love, and Joy in our lives. When we’re not willing to let go of dysfunction, it starts to implode or explode in order to keep us from stagnating.

Sometimes, the intensity of the unhealed patterns in our mind show up as a surge of fear first thing in the morning or the last thing at night. It feels to me that there’s a real collective shift that’s going on – I’d venture to say we can all feel it. For those of us who are willing to wake up and be focused on being a truly helpful and loving presence in the world, we can really make a difference right now.

How?

Strengthen your commitment to not ruminating on what you don’t like and what you don’t want. Right now, resist giving any energy to what feels upsetting – but don’t deny or repress your feelings unless you’d like to keep the drama and the trauma continuing.

It’s not easy sometimes, but it’s SO valuable to simply be present with yourself.
Our feelings are incredibly valuable.
They help us to realize what’s true and what’s false.
Pain is a wrong perspective.” A Course in Miracles, Lesson 190

Notice your feelings.
Stay alert to your feelings.
Your feelings indicate where your thinking is focused.

If you don’t feel peaceful, notice what you’re thinking about and hand it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. There’s truly no value and only difficulty when we try to go it alone. You can stop managing and coping with it and simply open your mind to the most loving choice. It will become clear to you, trust Spirit to show it to you.

It WILL be revealed to you and that will bring you new insight, new support, plus relief. Learning to trust Spirit leads to a deep and healing faith. The practice of trusting Spirit and trusting Love to be the best choice is SO worth it!

A Course in Miracles tells us that, “an untrained mind can accomplish nothing.

We’re in a mind training.
It’s not easy.
It often doesn’t feel good.
It can feel excruciating at times.

Our Willingness to choose Love is the only pathway to higher ground, and fortunately, it ALWAYS leads us to higher ground. There really isn’t another choice, is there?

Healing habits that are the cause of fear is a major part of what my Masterful Living Course is all about. My 2018 Course begins in just a few weeks! There’s such a Joy that breaks out when people are practicing releasing the shame and the fear together and encouraging each other.

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WOOHOO! We are SO VERY CLOSE! Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is almost there! We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000. Together we’ve raised $23,450 and we have only $1,550 to go and 4 days left!!! We’re doing it together! Thank you!

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Allowing Miracles

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

I love this time of year. It’s the busiest time for me, because there’s so much administration for me to do at the end of the year to prepare for the next year and complete the current year. I have one-on-one appointments with the wonderful folks in my yearlong Masterful Living Course at the end of the year, and it’s such a JOY to be able to connect with them and hear how they are one-on-one.

Of course, everyone has different experiences, each one has invested different amounts of time, energy, and attention, and experienced different results.

Most of the participants I speak with have beautiful stories to tell of how their family’s Thanksgiving this year was more loving than ever before. People tell me that their marriages have greatly shifted and become more loving, because they finally decided to stop judging their spouse so much.

People tell me beautiful stories of angels and miracles.
They’re amazed that these experiences are now happening to them.

Miracles are natural.

We truly can live a miraculous life – I know it, I’ve proved it. Just think, my profession is inviting people to live a miraculous life of Love.

Usually, at the beginning of the year, almost everyone who joins Masterful Living feels skeptical that they have what it takes to live a miraculous life, to be more loving, to make a change, to have a breakthrough or a healing.

As A Course in Miracles says:

“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.” T-1.I.3.

Since Love really is our natural state. When we let go of just some of the blocks to Love, the Love comes pouring out.

At the end of the year, people mostly tell me they’re happier and more confident, because they’re more willing to be loving and to leave the attack thoughts behind.

And sometimes, people tell me they’re in the thick of it because they’re finally willing to deal with some things they’ve put off for a very long time.

I hear all kinds of results. It’s such an honor and a privilege to get to know each person in Masterful Living and to share their journey with them.

I feel so blessed! I used to wonder how I’d ever really be able to help anyone when I was so much in need of help myself. Each one who participates in this Power of Love Ministry is my answered prayer.

There’s a lot for me to do right now, but I’m way too blessed to be stressed about it!

God is Good and I AM Grateful!

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MORE GOOD NEWS! We’re almost there! Woohoo! Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is so close! We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000. We’ve raised $22,536 and we have only $2,464 to go and 5 days left!!! We’re doing it together! Thank you!

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Abundant Blessings

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

I am grateful for the outpouring of Love and support I received on my birthday yesterday! I am so thankful for having you in my life and for all the expansion, awakening awareness, and Joy that is unfolding for all of us.

Thank you for being my Prayer Partner!

I can feel that there’s an extraordinary expansion, an UP-leveling that’s coming, and I’m so glad we’ll be experiencing it together! Watch this space for expressions of Joy and gratitude!

Every day, we’re experiencing the value of sharing and caring, and not giving up on Spirit IN us. I love it!

I was able to have most of my birthday yesterday sharing in my radio show, in 1-on-1 sessions with Masterful Living participants, in Masterful Living class, and in meetings, doing the work of ministry that I love SO much.

Some people were surprised or felt it was “too bad” that I “had” to work. I didn’t have to work, but I chose to because it’s a labor of Love that I love. I remember well the many years that I longed to be able to share and to minister and teach. I’m so grateful for the blessings that fill my life, and the people I get to share this path with.

I am so blessed and I know it! I give thanks to the Universe for leading me to this unfoldment of the power of Love.

I’m so pleased with our fundraising campaign success! We’re almost there!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who’s participated from all around the world. Your contributions mean so much to so many. I share all the wonderful expressions of gratitude that I receive with all who are supporting the Power of Love Ministry.

We are spiraling upward together!

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We’re almost there! Woohoo! Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is so close! We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000. So far we’ve raised $21,036 and we have only $3,964 to go!!! Yay, God!

We’re doing it! If we don’t raise the whole amount, we’ll forfeit the part we cannot match. If you haven’t made a contribution yet, and you’d like to, please consider making one today to support our being able to offer more support to more people. Your contribution is doubled when you give right now! Please click here now to make a contribution. Thank you!!!

THIS WEEK RADIO SHOW: On my radio show yesterday, my topic was Transforming Anger to Harmony

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!

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Not My Monkey

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Thanksgiving time brings up memories of my upsetting past family gatherings and the difficult times we went through just relating to each other and trying to be loving. There were so many times when I wanted to give up on everyone in my family and go off on my own.

That desire to give up and get out is so common. It was so strong in my mind. My go-to reaction so often was not fight OR flight – it was fight THEN flight … and often, I had the thought, “I’m never coming back here again.”

I just had to give myself the right to run away in order to keep from doing it. And, in my mind, I would often shut people out and be so petulant, like a child. Now, when people act that way around me, I can have a great compassion for them, even though I don’t like it.

I feel grateful that I’m feeling in my heart an ever-increasing spiritual maturity. I used to put SO MUCH pressure on myself to have a level of perfection in my daily activities that really was of no value at all. It just made me uncomfortable. When I didn’t meet the standard, I’d be so angry with myself and then I couldn’t stand that, so I’d project it out on to others and blame them for how I felt.

I’ve come to understand that blaming others for how I feel is a very slippery slope to unhappiness. Happiness comes from taking 100% responsibility for how I feel with ZERO blame. It’s a good habit to get into.

Yesterday, I was talking with my BFF, Laurie, and we were talking about how to mentally and emotionally deal with the craziness one observes in life. She said that she’d recently learned a phrase that was helpful to her: “Not my circus, not my monkey.” It really made me laugh.

It’s good to laugh rather than be angry. I’ve tried it both ways and I prefer to laugh. A Course in Miracles tells us the that every problem we have is because we forgot to laugh. Now, it’s time for us to remember to laugh.

Perhaps when life strikes you as crazy, and you feel the choice between anger and laughing at the absurdity of our attachments to our judgments and opinions, you can remember that it’s not your circus and it’s not your monkey.

We are perfect Love. Harmony is our natural state.

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Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Thanksgiving is a holiday here in the U.S., and it’s also a form of spiritual practice. Learning to be grateful, truly grateful, even for the most difficult and challenging parts of our lives is a powerful spiritual practice that busts up fearful and limited thinking.

In 1997, I was still new to meditation. I had been meditating only for about 11 years. I went to a Good Friday service at Agape in Los Angeles. It was a day of meditation and prayer offered in the sanctuary and people were coming and going all day. I drove over to Agape to steep myself in the Good Friday energy of healing with prayer and meditation at my spiritual community.

I took a seat in the darkened stillness of the Agape sanctuary and I turned within to meditate and connect with Spirit. A few minutes later, I could hear the slight sounds of someone coming in and sitting directly in front of me. After about 30 minutes or so, I opened my eyes to look around, have a stretch and I saw that my minister, Rev. Michael Beckwith, was the one sitting in front of me. I recognized him immediately as he had been my teacher for several years.

What I also noticed was that he was sleeping. He had his head leaned forward and the movement of his breath and his head were the clear signs of someone who was having a nap sitting up. And I rejoiced. I did an inner victory dance. I was so grateful.

I was so grateful because at that time I was finding it still so difficult to meditate and have a quiet mind. I was still falling asleep in meditation. I was still so distracted in the stillness. There was stillness in the room, but my mind was moving like the Indianapolis 500. Vroom, vroom, vroom!

I was so grateful because I believed this: If my teacher was sleeping in meditation at church, then I wasn’t so bad.

I was grateful because I felt that I wouldn’t always be at the place I was, and I was glad that I was beginning (after 10 years of meditating on and off) at the place of feeling that I couldn’t have a complete inhalation or exhalation without an intrusive thought.

I was grateful precisely because I was starting at the very bottom starting point and I knew that I wouldn’t stay there. I KNEW I would make progress. And I knew that someday I would teach meditation and I would be able to say, “When I started, I couldn’t take a breath without a thought. When I started meditating, my mind was like a barrel full of hungry monkeys.”

And I knew that when I would eventually teach meditation, and share about where I started from, people would relax and feel more comfortable because they were starting in the same place as me, and because I didn’t stay there, they might not either.

And that’s Thanksgiving without the turkey.

What if you flipped your opinion about yourself, or someone else, the way I did? Instead of feeling like a lost loser, or a failure, what if you celebrate the growth that’s unfolding and claim your spiritual destiny of awakening awareness?

Let’s keep our eye on the prize and know that wherever we are, we’re still headed in one and only one direction – awakening and enlightenment. Let’s focus on what’s unfolding rather than what has been. Let’s be thankful that we’re spiraling upward together.

Gratitude lifts our vibration and helps us to see, feel, hear, and know more clearly. That’s where we place our attention now and we’re grateful we can choose to be grateful!

Our Help Shine the Light fundraising campaign is unfolding! We have until December 4th – to claim our whole matching grant of $25,000. So far, we’ve raised just about $9,000 and we have only $16,000 to go. If we don’t raise the whole amount, we’ll forfeit the part we cannot match. If you haven’t made a contribution yet, please consider making one now to support our being able to offer more support to more people. Your contribution is doubled when you give right now! Please click here now to make a contribution. Thank you!

In case you missed it – grab my FREE CLASS: Would you like to feel successful in your relationships, too? Ready to stop and drop the same old patterns of upset? Would you like to remember to Partner UP and stop struggling in your relationships? Are you willing to stop playing small, and live your calling by healing your relationships? Are you willing to deepen your spiritual practice and accelerate your awakening by being a healing presence in your family? It’s easier than you think! Check out my free class – the download is available now! Relationship Healing & Harmony.

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Capacity

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

One of the things that I am most grateful for is my ever-growing capacity to handle my own emotions and other people’s emotions with grace and compassion.  There was a time when people were SO disappointing to me.  I used to feel so bothered by people – to the point where I was in a near constant state of agitation or disappointment.

I made a conscious decision to increase my capacity to have compassion for others which naturally increased my self-compassion.  Compassion is loving understanding which is an expression of Love.  Love is the healer of the mind that labors in vain.

For me, it has been so gratifying to be able to develop a capacity to have more compassion and to be more generous.  Being generous with kindness, compassion, and patience has naturally healed my self-esteem.

As A Course in Miracles teaches us, “to have, give all to all.”  When we have Love and extend it to others, we are lifted by the Love into a higher vibrational life of miracles.

One of the early steps for me was to consciously increase my ability to be patient.  Practicing patience really did help me to Love myself more.  Catch this:  I didn’t realize it, but allowing myself to be upset, worried, angry, ashamed, or blaming was inflaming my heart and mind.  It was generating destruction and suffering – and that simply wasn’t being kind to myself.

The more I learned to be compassionate with others, the more I had the ability to be compassionate with myself.  This was deeply healing to me.

Before, when I flew off the handle at every little thing, deep down, I felt like an idiot.  I judged myself intensely for being so intensely judgmental.  Ugh.  It was the part of my life that I lived on the hamster wheel of non-stop judging.

Fortunately, I did eventually learn from my pain and suffering.  I’m glad that part of my life is over and now I can share the benefits of my learning with everyone.

If handling emotions and emotional intensity are challenging to you, I encourage you to make the decision to have the goal to be unbotherable.  Decide that you will practice developing the capacity and imagining yourself already there.  Here’s where you can give the Spirit the heavy lifting.

Developing capacity to Love, to be patient and kind, improves the quality of every minute of your day.  It is completely worthwhile.  Spirit will guide and carry you, if you’d really like to.  Now is the time of our awakening.  We’re simply saying, “Yes,” and being willing.

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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.

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