One of the best parts of my experience as the leader of my Masterful Living  Course is that I get to have 1-on-1 meetings with the folks in the classes. It’s so nice to be able to get to spend that time together. There’s such a flow of sacred shared spiritual connection.
One of the conversations that frequently comes up with us is looking at the resistance and reluctance we feel. So often, we are in real agony and pain because we know what to do, but we don’t do it. I lived in that space for years and years.
Knowing the power of prayer for healing, I prayed very often, and for a very long time, to let go of the resistance and reluctance I felt. I was resisting the very thing I desired.
I see it all the time! People who would REALLY like to be in loving relationship with others are still resisting doing the forgiveness work.
People whose finances are super challenging are still resisting doing the forgiveness work.
I remember when I first started out as a spiritual counselor, 18 years ago, that I had clients who would come for counseling who were experiencing intense physical pain, as well as emotional and mental distress. Things were REALLY intense for them.
I regularly work with people who are harboring all kinds of negative thinking, who are emotionally depressed and/or anxious, and intensely worried, with very low self-esteem – and, on top of that, they have major physical and financial issues.
I’ve worked with so many folks who are struggling in every area, and they ask me for guidance. I share with them the specific things they can do, which always  includes doing the forgiveness that I detail very specifically. You can get my FREE How to Get Over It  workshop if you’d like to do some of that forgiveness) And yet, they will come back an entire year later, not having done any of it, and now things are much worse!
I’ll give them the same “homework” and they will even come back 6 months later, and things are worse, and they STILL have excuses of why they couldn’t do the homework. (BTW, this is not the majority of people, but it is what some people go through.) I can SO completely relate to them!
My resistance was so strong, too. And yet, I got through that ego barrier to healing and expansion. This is now the very foundation of what I share in my classes, and that’s why I prefer to do classes where we work together– doing the actual processes, discussing it, supporting each other, and not leaving folks on their own to do everything.
This is also why I do retreats. I do retreats for 2 kinds of people– those who are so committed that they really wish to have every opportunity to immerse themselves in the healing, and support themselves in Self-Love; and the other kind of person is someone who doesn’t wish to do a class, someone who feels they don’t have the energy  to sustain a class, and would like to have the concentrated breakthrough.
Sometimes I’m on the fence about doing retreats. I love doing them, but it’s a lot of time, energy and effort on my part. And, I have to fit them around my class schedule, so it’s a very FULL work period for me.
But then, people will tell me how they took that healing at the retreat, brought it home and expanded it. They change their lives so much, and so quickly, that I feel compelled to do them.
What I’ve learned about my work is that, it’s always best to follow Spirit. Of course, I have my own “personal” ideas of what is best, and what I’d prefer, but I’ve learned to note them and not follow them.
This is all part of my journey of taking my free will and aligning it with Divine Will. A Course in Miracles tells us that there’s only One Will.
ACIM says, “The Holy Spirit must work through you to teach you He is in you. This is an intermediary step toward the knowledge that you are in God because you are part of Him. The miracles the Holy Spirit inspires can have no order of difficulty, because every part of creation is of one order.”
One of the ways that I experience the Holy Spirit is through feeling what the higher vibrational choice is. It’s difficult to describe, because it’s a sense.
I’ll give it a try: Following the ego is like the feeling you have when you know it’s what you want, but it’s not what’s right. Following Spirit is like the feeling that you have when that key fits in the lock, turns and unlocks the door, and the door swings open to something good.
Forgiveness is a key that unlocks the door to something good. It also is the thing that stops the torment of something awful that you just don’t want any part of anymore.
ACIM says that in REALITY there’s only One Will, because there is no separation. When we align with Divine Will, we’re aligning with the highest and best, and that lifts us up above the fray.
To live above the fray, we must forgive. There is no other way.
Forgive to live.
Forgive to Love.
Forgive to rise above!
Have you felt that vibrational shift  that forgiveness brings? Let me know in the comments section below!
If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat  and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive  in October. You’re invited to our healing party!
I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year, and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!
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