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Last weekend on my way up to our family home on Deer Isle, I had the blessed opportunity to stop and stay a night with my dear friends, Lisa Natoli and Bill Free. We had hours and hours of conversation talking about our passion, which is our relationship with Spirit, A Course in Miracles, Jesus, answering the call, sharing and living a loving life. We three are so passionate and SO very grateful that we are able to living our calling. It is the greatest gift that we’ve given ourselves, but it wasn’t easy for any of us. Not a one.
Although answering the call and moving out of the darkness and confusion into the light was the hardest thing we’ve ever done, it would have been much harder to stay stuck. Fortunately, that became unbearable. It’s hard to say now, but perhaps we would have continued to endure, had it been possible.
It’s odd that we can feel like we’re doing our very best by studying these teachings for years. I did that. I studied for decades, and I did have a lot of growth during that time, but when I went from studying the teaching to really committing to living it, that’s when everything changed.
Like everyone else, I know when I made the commitment to be “ALL IN” for Love, all heck broke loose in my life. Every false belief that was driving my life came up into my awareness for healing. Every day became like an inner battle between good and evil, Love and ego. It was NOT fun. In many ways, it was actually sickening. I was being challenged to choose whom I would serve, Higher Holy Spirit Self or small selfish self. I was shifting identity and it was, at times, crazy making.
In each moment there was the temptation to give up. Here’s one of my favorite quotes on boldness and following inspiration:
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:’
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’”
from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition,1951 – by W.H. Murray
I enrolled in the Ernest Holmes Institute to become a Science of Mind Minister with the organization that is now called Centers for Spiritual Living. I was so excited to study mysticism and the deepest teachings of Ernest Holmes and other great mystics. I was so thrilled that I had finally made the commitment to becoming a minister, as I knew it was my calling.
Well, the joke was on me, because the classes were very intellectual. There was not one class in the entire curriculum on mysticism and not one class on the teachings on Ernest Holmes. It was not at all what I had hoped it would be. It was a curriculum designed to provide a professional training for a minister’s ego. It wasn’t what I was looking for and, at one point, I dropped out in protest. A few things changed, and I went back to complete and get my license. I’m so glad I did, because that was the thing that really propelled me away from that kind of spirituality.
I stopped putting the ego in charge of my spiritual growth.
Reading books isn’t healing.
Studying isn’t healing.
The greatest gift in REALLY doing this work (and not just reading about it) is that we can answer our call.
I feel truly helpful every day.
I don’t have days of feeling like a loser anymore.
I don’t ever feel like a fake anymore.
A Course in Miracles says it clearly:
I cannot choose for you, but I can help you make your own right choice. ‘Many are called but few are chosen” should be, “All are called but few choose to listen.” Therefore, they do not choose right. The “chosen ones” are merely those who choose right sooner. Right minds can do this now, and they will find rest unto their souls. T-3.IV.
I’m still liberating from ego attachments, but I see that I am making more progress every day and I celebrate that. It does get a WHOLE LOT easier, and for that I am profoundly grateful. I was willing to keep going no matter what, but I’m so glad I reached what I call the “tipping point” in my spiritual growth where I had taken enough trash out of my awareness that I could feel happy every day.
What’s so beautiful to me is that as others are doing this, they’re deciding to be teachers and counselors, too. That thrills me!
My calling is to support others in reaching the tipping point and answering their calling too – in whatever form it manifests. Spirituality is considered a growth industry! Of course it is! The great awakening is upon us!
Don’t believe the world that would convince you otherwise.
I affirm every day: May truth be revealed and Love prevail. AMEN!
When I hear how frustrated people are – because, in spiritual counseling, folks will actually say what they’re ACTUALLY feeling and thinking – that they have been studying for so long without having the breakthroughs they believe are possible, I know exactly how they feel. That was me. Like attracts like.
I was SO frustrated.
I felt like I kept bumping up against invisible walls.
I was looking for the light switch in the dark.
I felt like I was continuously failing – and yet, I was studying so much!!!
I didn’t know what the problem was. I thought it was just me, I was the problem. But no, it turns out that the ego was driving my spiritual growth. I didn’t know I’d put the ego in charge of my spirituality. No one told me or talked about it. I didn’t know – until one day when I finally decided to go ALL IN.
That’s why I focus on really LIVING these teachings. For me, it’s all about the practical application that I can use to live the Love and walk the talk in a way that feels harmonious and liberating. Freedom from ego thinking is my intention.
I consistently hear from people who tell me their version of “I was in an ACIM study group for 12 years, before I started your class and I’ve had more growth in 3 months working with your tools than in that entire 12 years.”
And then, what happens BLOWS ME AWAY – people begin to feel their calling rising in them. They start to see there IS a path for them to teach, to counsel, to write, to share and to speak up. And that path has a light on it they can now begin to see. It’s so beautiful! The liberation is ON!
I was sharing in one of the Masterful Living classes this week that the strongest archetype I carry in my energy field is that of the liberator. When I was a little girl, I became fascinated by Harriet Tubman. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was a hero in my family and in my heart. I naturally gravitated to reading the life and works of Gandhi. Jesus’ life fascinated me and I knew there was so much more than most people were being told.
Redemption stories are always my favorites. A Christmas Carol is my all-time fave.
In the spiritual tradition of A Course in Miracles I see us (you and me) as part of a lineage of liberators. As I said to Lisa and Bill last weekend, I would like to change the whole world by changing my mind about it and I see that happening. I feel it happening. There’s so much evidence every day. And that’s so fulfilling for me.
This is why every day I offer my “Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. Thank you for praying with me today. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!
I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in God and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are answering our call. YES!
Do you feel like you’re living your life in a way that you’re answering that inner call? If so, please tell me about it in the comments section below!
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