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I’m writing this on Sunday morning in the midst of my “Recovery from Sexual Abuse Retreat”, and I’d just like to shout from the mountaintop how GRATEFUL I am that I listened to my guidance to lead this retreat. And since I’m literally in the mountains up above the clouds at this retreat center, it’s completely possible and appropriate! Here’s a picture of morning sunrise here.
The other day, in “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” my daily blog, I was sharing how I benefited from Partnering UP, asking for guidance, and listening to my intuition. I don’t always listen, and sometimes it’s really challenging to listen and follow. Sometimes I have to go against what feels logical to me and/or it seems like it will be too challenging, and more and more I am listening and following ANYWAY. I’m so grateful that I can learn anything at all.
This is the first time I’ve done a retreat on the topic of healing and recovering from sexual abuse. I’ve counseled many people on this issue over the past twenty years of my work as a counselor and minister, but this is the first retreat focused on this topic. I didn’t know how it would go. Prior to our start of the retreat, I wasn’t worried or concerned. I was very intent that there would be miraculous healing for all – and that we would have FUN.
I know it doesn’t make sense to have fun on a retreat focused on the most difficult and painful experiences in a person’s life, but I’ve done many forgiveness retreats and they are always fun. It’s such a relief to lay the burdens down and really, truly let them go.
Yes, this is intense work. Yes, there are tears, but there’s a LOT of laughter, too. When we let go of the causes of pain, the Joy that is our natural state begins to emerge more and more. It’s refreshing. We get our LIFE back when we do the deeper work.
In our classes, we’re doing some new things all the time. We have learned the truly MIRACULOUS power of forgiveness and we’re learned to use forgiveness tools to clear out the stuck energy and take back our power through using these forgiveness tools in community together. I offer to everyone my “How to Get Over It Workshop” which includes many of these tools.
We take it a step further by working in small groups who commit to doing 40 days, 90 days, 100 days of forgiveness letters, with Prayer Partners, and with our “Forgiveness Fridays”. A few people will dive in and they have SO MUCH HEALING they inspire others, and the whole group gathers momentum. Freedom emerges, Joy returns, and miracles keep coming.
I consistently hear people say, “I could never have done this without the group.”
What I’ve learned over the years is that many people are on a similar journey to my own. We say we’re willing to heal and we call ourselves spiritual students, but we’d much rather study and study and study than do the actual work. We’re afraid of doing the actual healing, clearing work. It’s almost like our willingness is in words only. It’s a false sense of willingness.
That was me for a VERY long time.
Because I was so focused on studying, without doing the REAL work, I was making a small amount of progress. It wasn’t as if NOTHING was happening. I was definitely getting results, but it wasn’t ENOUGH for me. I really believe the teachings of Jesus and that we can have profound miraculous healing. I blew my own hair back with how much healing and transformation I could have in just a couple of years of focused work.
It took me 20 YEARS to be WILLING to actually do the DEEP work and that took a WHOLE LOT more WILLINGNESS.
I had and have many Prayer Partners and wonderful friends who loved and supported me through my experience of healing then and now, but until I started this Power of Love Community, I didn’t meet other people who were as willing to really put their focus on developing a strong spiritual practice that truly brought forth the deep healing that’s possible.
And the great thing, the truly AMAZING thing is we can do a. POWERFUL spiritual practice ALL DAY LONG. Spiritual practice doesn’t take time, it saves time. I save so much time not being upset, and freaking out, and worrying, and managing and coping with the problems that manifest from fearful, worrisome, judgmental thought patterns.
I have PROVED this because I used to deal with problems all the time.
I used to be upset ALL the time – I really mean that!
I used to spend a HUGE amount of time managing and coping with my problems.
That’s why I bought this mug when I found it:
The less time, attention, and energy I invest in fearful worrying, the more time I have to receive my blessings and enjoy them, and the more time I have to be truly helpful with others – this is the way it works everyone.
It’s no surprise to me that every single person at this “Recovery From Sexual Abuse” retreat is very interested in helping others. Those who have been wounded deeply, who have walked through the mud and hid in the depths of hell, come out it wishing to help pull more people up to a place of miracle- mindedness. It’s always the case.
I’ve been teaching Finding Freedom from Fear for 12 years and Masterful Living for 11 years, and some people really roll up their spiritual sleeves and jump into doing the work and see miraculous results right away. Those results inspire them to keep going and going.
Some people do what they normally do, listen, read, hang out but don’t really apply until a crisis happens. And that’s okay. We’re all starting from different places.
Some folks hangout for a while and get inspired by others, and then find the strength and courage to test the waters, experience a miracle, and then become evermore committed to doing the work.
I feel like I’ve done ALL of that in my journey.
We’re all alike in so many ways.
We all FEAR the very steps that will relieve our suffering. All of us.
And to be able to go with others is a blessing and a great help.
We’re all going to get back to Wholeness and happiness in the end. It’s really a matter of, are you interested in being happier and helpful sooner or later? We each get to decide for ourselves.
I encourage you to focus on doing the work, rather than just listening, reading, and talking about it. That’s where we can bring benefit and share with others. There’s no substitute for being able to actually clear out the past, the beliefs, the resistance and reluctance.
It’s a decision that we make to stop thinking about it and actually ENGAGE with the Higher Holy Spirit Self and focus on the inner work. That is the very best decision I have ever made. Now, I feel so grateful for my life every single day. I have very little fear, and I am focused on being loving and helpful. It’s a wonderful surprise every day.
LIVING the ACIM Lessons, walking the talk and living the Love, that’s where the healing is generated from. It ripples throughout our life and can bring us happiness each day. If you’d like to some inspiration, check out my podcast. I have a number of episodes about strengthening willingness – click here to get them now. You can also search for any other topic you like.
Yes, it does take a great willingness to move through things quickly, AND it’s so gratifying!
We’re demonstrating the power of Love to heal our minds and our lives, and every problem we think we have. When we prove God works in our life, our faith is strong!
Let’s make the most of every opportunity for our healing and awakening, and remember to laugh when we forget. 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. Please pray with me today. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!
We’re all on a journey of developing trust, and there is so much help for us in the invisible. We are never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together we’re answering our call to BE the Love. YES!
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