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Mother's Day Healing

Mother’s Day Healing

May 10, 2020
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With my mother, Gayle Hadley. I’m celebrating her today.

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We all have many mothers. There’s our birth mother and then there can sometimes be several women who help raise us plus grandmothers and aunties who feel like mothers. I have friends who are very maternal and are almost like a surrogate mother to me.

There’s Mom and then the Divine Mother. Each Mother has a role to play.

Sometimes we get a really great mother and sometimes our mother seems to be lacking. I know for many years I felt that my dear mother felt like a mixed bag to me. It took me a long, long time, to realize how completely perfect she was – for me. For a long time, I was ungrateful, and now I’m wholly grateful.

For a long time, I blamed my mother for some of my “problems.” Now, I thank her for my opportunities. I’m so grateful for the teachings of A Course in Miracles which, through truly LIVING them, I’ve been able to transform my life, my perspective, and, most importantly, my heart. I also transformed my relationship with my mother.

When my mother received a terminal illness diagnosis and was told she had a few months to live, I made the heart commitment that we would have total healing in our relationship before she made her transition. I made it my top priority and I made it my total responsibility.

In self-help programs and in psychological therapy, I was told that I should only take 50% of the responsibility for the quality of my relationships. For me, it was a big shift to go from blaming the other person for ALL of my upset about taking 50% responsibility.

Through my spiritual practice, I came to realize that taking 100% responsibility with 0% blame is the way of healing. I did that with my Mom and I experienced complete healing and transformation of our relationship before she made her transition.

I’d felt so much hurt, resentment, and anger toward my mother, and a lot of it wasn’t even about her at all. It took me SO long to realize that I felt so GUILTY about being mean and unkind to mother, and I was projecting my guilt onto her and blaming her for that too – I didn’t even know it.

I will forever be grateful for the teachings of ACIM which helped me to have faith that the healing would happen.

Fortunately, we had all the time we needed. She lived three years after that original diagnosis and about 2.5 years in, I had a total clearing of all the upset from the past. Yes, it was a miraculous and instantaneous experience that was 48 years in the making.

It was my commitment that brought it forth. And my prayers were constant and powerful.

The healing was so complete and so profound it propelled me to be even more dedicated to my healing and to share with others.

Truly living A Course in Miracles has allowed me to hand over the resentment and regret that tortured me for decades. Making that shift from ungrateful to grateful in my relationship with my mother completely changed my life and my thinking. In a sense, it was the “making” of me.

In the Manual for Teachers, Chapter 4, Development of Trust, it says “It takes great learning to understand that ALL things events, encounters, and circumstances are helpful.” It’s a giant breakthrough in awareness when one is willing to discover the Truth of that statement.

In my classes I say, Prove God in your life. Prove what’s true about God and you’ll never regret it. When we’re intent on the truth, that which is false easily falls away.

I truly know that prayer has changed my life. A Course in Miracles tells us that prayer “is the medium of miracles.” Prayer is the divine soil in which we plant the deep desires of heart so they can bloom and grow to fruition.

In the ACIM booklet Song of Prayer, we’re told, “Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son at his creation.” Think about that! Prayer is the GREATEST gift we’ve been given and blessed by God. Wow!

Also, in that same section, Jesus tells us, “Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God.” Prayer is the way we can reach our creator and that IS the greatest blessing we can have – to be connected with God, our creator.

My experience of healing with my mother showed me the power of prayer in so many ways.

I don’t doubt the power of prayer any more at all, and that confidence has transformed my life.

My confidence in the power of prayer comes not from anything I am doing, it comes entirely from my knowing that God receives and responds to every prayer of the heart. We are always heard. And the prayer is always answered.

We may choose to reject the answered prayer, but it is always given. Perhaps not in the way we would wish for, but in the highest and best way. Many times, our prayer is for something specific that may not be for our highest and best.

We may pray for a relationship to stay together, when in fact, that would only cause stagnation. We don’t know what’s best for us. And even if we did, we may not choose it. We might reject it.

God is the Divine Mother, the Divine Father and ONLY intends the best for us, nothing else, ever. Our challenge is to accept it.

I finally learned to pray for truth to be revealed.
I pray to be receptive to the good.
I pray to let the causes of suffering go.
I pray to love without conditions.

If you’d like to give yourself a new relationship with your mother(s), you can. It’s easier than you think, but only if you’re truly willing to be loving – to be able to love without needing to get ANYTHING in return. Love is not a “give to get” experience, it’s your true nature revealed. Give the Higher Holy Spirit Self the heavy lifting – let Spirit undo all the consequences of your “wrong decisions” of the past.

I was so completely dedicated to my opinions and yet I was still able to learn that the truth really does set us free. Are we willing to be free? Or do we in some way still blame others for our circumstances? Do we deny the learning in order to hold onto the judgment and then force ourselves to repeat the lessons over and over? I did that so frequently.

Let us forgive the mistakes of the past and move forward with compassion for ourselves and others.

I’ve done a couple of episodes about mothers on my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly podcast and you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in – there are so many on relationship and forgiveness.

I made a VIDEO a few years ago about my Mother’s Day Makeover and you can click here to watch it now.

TODAY, you can join me, Rod Chelberg, Jody Eberling, and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with inspiration and music. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Lisa Natoli, Jon Mundy, and Maureen Muldoon.

You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Prayer is a power tool, and I am so grateful for having learned the power of it. Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it.

If you’re interested, Monday I’m starting my Prayer Power class again, also I’m going to offer my Stop Playing Small Retreat online. People have asked for these things and I’m pulling it together. Stay tuned!

I look forward to our Sunday gathering today. It means so much that we can join together and love on each other!

May you and your family feel blessed today and every day!

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