Archive for the ‘Challenges’ Category

Miraculous Healing Super Powers

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Anytime my identification with ego is challenged there’s an opportunity for me to have a healing and that’s what I’m interested it.

Let the challenges be gentle and let me see how helpful they are.

Right now, we all have an opportunity to contribute to world peace or to contribute to world upset. Our perspective, what we hold in our mind, and how walk in the world is affecting everyone.

When people are upset around us, we can take offense or we can answer the cry for Love.

When we extend compassion, we’re activating our miraculous healing super powers.

When we extend compassion, we’re fulfilling our purpose.

It’s not about whether people deserve our compassion.
If we don’t share the Love of Spirit, we atrophy and become malnourished.

When we can extend compassion, everyone wins.

When we cannot extend compassion, when we withhold the Love of God – we are the ones who miss out. This may be our one appointed time to be of service to a brother or a sister and we wouldn’t wish to miss it.

Life is delicate, and Love is strong.

We have super powers of miraculous healing and now is the time to use them!

The holidays are coming, and it’s an opportunity to put the past behind us and be the super hero of healing in our family. If this interests you, consider joining me on Saturday!

SATURDAY: Family Forgiveness – Free Workshop – come join me! Click here to get the details.

LAST CALL for Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive – starts on Sunday 

Are you interested in Spiritual Counseling or just developing your relationship skills?  You might be interested in my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive November 15 to 21st.  I’ll be doing this intensive training in-person (in New Hampshire where there’s very little virus) and, for the first time ever online – so you can join from anywhere.  If you’re curious, but not sure, book an exploratory call with a spiritual counselor to learn more.

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I’ve made a free video series about healing and spiritual awakening for those who are interested in signing up for the early bird waitlist of my year-long Masterful Living program. The series is all about Walking the Talk, & Living the Love and I’m enjoying making it! Click here to get access to the video series.

Don’t Miss Out! You can also sign up for the early bird waitlist of my Masterful Living program – Masterful Living is my year-long program that begins in January. If you’re interested in Walking the Talk and Living the Love with me next year, then I’d like you to know I’m doing something extra special this year to offer additional support for next year’s participants. If you think you might like to be a part of my year-long program, sign up for the early bird waitlist!

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Breathing and Healing

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

What I’ve really come to love about the spiritual approach to life is that every day, every hour every moment can be a part of our spiritual practice.  I used to feel this was a burden.  I couldn’t bring myself to pay attention ALL of the time – that was too much to ask of myself.  It felt so burdensome.

The burden was in the judgments I had against myself, not in the actual practices.  By releasing more and more judgments, I was able to make my spiritual practice more and more easeful and graceful and that has blessed my whole life.  Now, I can be grateful for each opportunity I can find to turn whatever I’m doing into spiritual practice.

One very beneficial way we can increase our vitality is through breathing consciously.

This is one of the things that my kundalini yoga practice has taught me.  If I sense myself getting tense, I turn to deep breathing.  This is something anyone who has the ability can do without cost at anytime.  

Here are the benefits of long, deep breathing:   

  • Long deep breathing relaxes and calms you due to its influence on the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Increases the flow of prana.
  • Reduces and prevents the build-up of toxins in the lungs by encouraging the clearing of the small air sacs (alveoli).
  • Stimulates the brain chemicals (endorphins) that help fight depression.
  • Brings the brain to a new level of alertness.
  • Pumps the spinal fluid to the brain, giving greater energy.
  • Stimulates the pituitary gland to secrete, thus enhancing the intuition.
  • Filling the lungs to capacity revitalizes and re-adjusts the magnetic field.
  • Cleanses the blood.
  • Regulates the body’s pH balance which affects the ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Energizes and increases vitality.
  • Aids in releasing blockages in meridian energy flow.
  • Activates and clears the nerve channels.
  • Aids in speeding up emotional and physical healing.
  • Aids in breaking subconscious habit patterns such as insecurities and fears.
  • Aids in fighting addictions.
  • Re-channels previous mental conditioning on pain so as to reduce or eliminate pain.
  • Gives the capacity to manage negativity and emotions, supporting clarity, cool­headedness, and patience.

That’s a LOT of benefits!!!

There are some healing techniques that you can use and you can read about them here.    You can also join my 40 Day Meditation Challenge – it’s a simple practice that many are finding so very helpful.  It’s free to join us Click here now to learn more.

I urge you to become a “breath expert.”

One thing I do almost every day is to practice long deep breathing white light meditation lying down in bed first thing in the morning.  I usually wake, go to the restroom, wash out my mouth (I use a tongue scraper) and go back and lie down for about 10 to 20 minutes of deep breathing while lying down using an abdominal breath.  

Breathing slowly and deeply I start by fully exhaling. Be sure to exhale fully and get that old stale air out, bring in that fresh new air.  It’s even better if you can step outside for a couple of minutes and do the long deep breathing.

Inhale filling first the belly, then expanding the chest, and lastly lifting the upper ribs and clavicle. The exhale is the reverse: first the upper deflates, then the middle, and finally the abdomen pulls in and up to fully exhale, as the belly pulls back toward the spine. 

While I’m practicing this deep breathing, I’m visualizing myself filled and surrounded with golden white Light and I make I AM statements of positive affirmation.

“I AM the purity of Love.”  Is a favorite.  “I AM the light of the world.”  “I am an eternal being of infinite Love.”  You can find the ones that resonate most for you.  

It’s a simple practice that starts each day with Self-Love and self-care and all those benefits in the list above!! WOWZER!

Some people cannot breathe deeply.  I’ve had friends who had major issues with their lungs and breathing deeply is not something they can easily do.  We can consciously send love and light to anyone having difficulty breathing while we’re breathing deeply and that becomes an added bonus in our spiritual practice.  We don’t have to think of anyone in particular.  Let all beings find ease and grace in their breath.

Have you practiced long deep breathing and know the benefits?  Are you participating in the 40 Day Meditation Challenge?  Please tell us about it and share in the comments below!  Let’s join together for our healing and inspire each other!  Thank you!

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Scorekeeping

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Yesterday I was talking about winning and losing and playing games. Today, let’s talk about scorekeeping.

There’s a thought pattern in the human experience that has to do with keeping score. It’s a pattern I’m ALL too familiar with as it caused me much grief.

The belief system that creates the attraction to keeping score is based upon consistently reinforcing that we are separate from each other. This thought is the root cause of ALL suffering.

We share one life because we have on Source, a Source from which perfection comes to us … As we were, so are we now and will forever be. ~ A Course In Miracles

One of the most powerful decisions I’ve made on my journey to spiritual sovereignty is the choice to stop playing small. In order to fulfill that, I had to stop keeping score. I decided that I wanted to fully EMBODY an understanding of the Oneness of all life. Some people talk about the Oneness without ever actually moving to that deeply life-changing commitment to LIVE IN the awareness of Oneness.

Knowing something intellectually and embodying it fully are two different things and they bear different fruits. I decided to taste the fruit of making EVERY choice from the awareness of perfect Oneness. That’s what brought forth my experience of being in a spiritual boot camp for my awakening awareness. (And that’s what I share in my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp class which starts Oct 12.)

Think about it: If we’re one with everyone, why would we keep score?

Who is there to keep score with if we’re one?

If I’m keeping score then I’m naturally going to project that onto God and think that God is like Santa Claus keeping track of who is naughty and nice and rewarding the good and punishing the bad.

When I live in that fantasy world of keeping score I will forever be fearful.

Keeping score is not fun.

It is a constant investing of my precious time and energy in judgment and watering the seeds of separation which can only bring me the fruit of limitation and fear.

I released the scorekeeper and replaced it with consistently remembering that all I receive comes from a Divine Source and all that I have to give I share with my brothers and sisters. I share everything because my source is unlimited. Who can I share with that isn’t part of my eternal God Self?

All is One and the score is Love ALL.

All that I receive I receive from the Beloved. All that I give I give to the Beloved.

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER: TOMORROW – My 7 Simple Steps to Interrupting Patterns of Fear FREE CLASS is ON – click to register for this free class now! I haven’t done this class in years and I’m excited to share it with you now.

If you’d like to have a major increase in your connection with Spirit and feeling PEACE of mind, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. We start Monday, October 12th.

Join me and you’ll be able to close out this year feeling like you had one of the best years ever! This is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you.
Book an exploratory call today!

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Bootcamp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and do the work to free their mind – and have fun doing it! Click here now to learn more.

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Freedom From Trauma

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

We can have the body, mind, Spirit and life that we desire, even after trauma.

As someone who has been a spiritual counselor to many people who have experienced extreme and intense trauma, I can understand what a struggle it can be when your life doesn’t look like the one you would like. It can seem impossible to rise above it.

I’ve had the great blessing to be able to support people who are the most courageous people I have ever known. People who feel completely broken and damaged by the things that have happened to them and the things that have been done to them have been able to recover, and find happiness as well as a sense of renewal.

It takes a real willingness to have the healing, but that is ALL that is required.

That’s why I was so thrilled when I heard from my friend Richa Badami that she was hosting an educational series on this very topic, to bring together the many powerful and profound ways we can approach this healing to truly create a life you love, even after trauma.

This POWERFUL series is called: Freedom From Trauma: Powerful & Profound Practices To Heal Trauma & Consciously Create The Body, Mind, Spirit You Truly Desire.

I’m so grateful to be a participant and I’ve reserved a seat for you to attend this event. I will be speaking tomorrow, Friday, September 25th and if you register now, you can get full access to the whole Freedom From Trauma Summit.

Click here now to register for the FREE Freedom from Trauma Summit

This summit is for you if you’ve been longing to feel free from what no longer serves you in your life and you’re tired of the repetitive thought patterns and behaviors of the past. This is for you if you feel stuck and are ready for your true, authentic self to shine. Healing is available NOW.

The beautiful Richa Badami is bringing over 40 experts from all over the world, including me, to share wisdom and teachings on the many ways you can heal from the abuse, pain and trauma of your past, whether as a child or adult.

Each speaker is sharing from a place of their own personal journey with vulnerability, demonstrating that no matter how trauma came into your life, there’s a way forward, and you can be free.

It has been an honor to participate in this loving global community that is committed to transformation. Please join us by reserving your seat here: Register for the FREE Freedom from Trauma Summit

The summit is just beginning! When you sign up, you will have access to early bonuses right away.

If there was ever a time to deeply look at life and do the inner work, it’s now. In this series you’ll learn tools that will help you triumph over trauma, so you can have the life you really want. Join me and the over 40 experts from all around the world, who are coming together in this free educational series: Freedom From Trauma – Powerful & Profound Practices To Heal Trauma & Consciously Create The Body, Mind, Spirit You Truly Desire.

Join us here – please click to register FREE Freedom from Trauma Summit

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LOVE Activist

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

I don’t know what anything is for. That’s Lesson 25 from the A Course in Miracles Workbook. I’ve said that to myself thousands of times and it has saved me.

I used to have opinions about everything.
I really did think I knew what everything was for, but I was mistaken.

It has been a great relief to me to realize that my opinions are actually incorrect.

I used to take offense so often. Even now, it’s tempting from time to time. And yet, I don’t wish to take offense ever again.

I’d rather follow the ACIM teachings and TRUST that everything works together for my good and there are no exceptions.

I’d rather trust that EVERYTHING has been GENTLY PLANNED by one whose only interest in my good.

If I’d like things to be different, I must think different thoughts.

It’s so tempting to label things as bad, not good. It’s SO TEMPTING! But it doesn’t help me.

In the comments below – please share the thing you’re tempted to label bad, that you’d like to hand over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.

Let’s Partner UP, hand it UP, and then do what needs doing – we’re not passive, we’re LOVE activists!

In Sunday’s blog on the Kirtan Kriya, I explained about my 40 Day Kirtan Kriya Challenge. I’m excited for us to build some group momentum and I do hope you’ll check it out and join us.

There’s no cost to join the challenge – this is just a gift from the Power of Love Ministry to you.

Click here to learn more about the Kirtan Kriya 40 Day Challenge!

It’s my joy to share this spiritual practice that supports us in so many ways. Let’s have fun with it together!

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Tik Tok

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

I have to laugh. Life is so silly sometimes.

Of course, I’ve known about the social media app Tik Tok for some time now, but I never had an inclination to check it out.

I use social media, but it’s not really on my radar that strongly. I’m more of a nature girl.

Then, I heard that TIK TOK would be banned for new users, but that “they” wouldn’t take it away if we already had it and already had an account.

So, over the weekend I decided to get the app and check it out. I got this strong intuition to take a look.

OMG, I have seen some really, REALLY funny and creative things and now I get it! I’ve seen SUCH creative things. I’m SO impressed.

There’s also a lot of vulgar, not fun or funny things, but I don’t seem to be seeing much of those.

I would likely not have bothered to look at Tik Tok if it weren’t possibly going to be banned.

Spirit, weirdly, directed me to something that I am enjoying but wouldn’t have thought I’d like. Go figure!

It’s good to check things out and try new things. Sometimes the ego mindset is to try everything and craves the pleasures of trying new things. Sometimes the ego mindset is to criticize all new things and reject them.

I suggested to a good friend of mine to try a vegan diet because it would give her more physical strength and ability to recover from her rigorous exercise routine. She scoffed. She said she was NEVER going to do that. But then she did some research and decided to try it. She’s very happy now with her vegan diet.

What have you opened your mind to that you never thought you’d be interested in? Please share in the comments below!

In Sunday’s blog on the Kirtan Kriya, I explained about my 40 Day Kirtan Kriya Challenge. I’m excited for us to build some group momentum and I do hope you’ll check it out and join us.

There’s no cost to join the challenge – this is just a gift from the Power of Love Ministry to you.

Click here to learn more about the Kirtan Kriya 40 Day Challenge!

It’s my joy to share this spiritual practice that supports us in so many ways. Let’s have fun with it together!

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Spiritual Discipline Brings Joy!

Monday, September 21st, 2020

I find that by following Spirit’s guidance I cannot fail. Spirit doesn’t fail and neither can I. That’s such a good feeling. It took me developing a great willingness and doing a LOT of forgiveness work to get to the peaceful place I live in now. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

In the Stop Playing Small retreat this weekend, we’ve been talking about how easy it is to decide to do the laundry instead of our spiritual practice. “Let me clean up the kitchen first, or run these errands.” In this, we’re all the same.

I have a friend who basically won’t take any phone calls or do anything on the computer until her basic spiritual practice is done. Even though she’s a dedicated practitioner she knows that if she delays her practice to the afternoon momentum is lost and she will be less dedicated, less devoted, less in synch.

I absolutely LOVE to get up at 5 am and begin with spiritual practice.

I love to build the momentum of doing that 40 days in a row without fail. Even if I worked till midnight. I keep my agreement with myself.

Folks who are in class with me learn that a commitment to a simple spiritual practice for a length of time like 21, 30, 40, 90 days or a year builds focus, mental strength, self-love, and self-esteem. We often look outside ourselves for these things, but they can only come from within.

Let’s not fool ourselves anymore.
Let’s be ALL IN for our connection with Spirit.

Doing it together is a wonderful way to build momentum. Many who are in my year-long Masterful Living Course have joined me in doing simple meditation practice. People have had such wonderful benefits that I decided to do a 40 Day Challenge and open it to everyone.

In yesterday’s blog on the Kirtan Kriya, I explained about my 40 Day Kirtan Kriya Challenge. I’m excited for us to build some group momentum and I do hope you’ll check it out and join us.

There’s no cost to join the challenge – this is just a gift from the Power of Love Ministry to you.

Click here to learn more about the Kirtan Kriya 40 Day Challenge!

It’s my joy to share this spiritual practice that supports us in so many ways.

Let’s have fun with it together!

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Kirtan Kriya 40-Day Challenge

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

You may know that I started doing yoga back in the ’90s. One of the types of yoga that I started to study was Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga is a spiritual practice of yoga exercises, mantra chanting, breathwork, and meditation as well as special hand positions called mudras.

A few years ago, I began to study Kundalini yoga to become a teacher of it so I could learn more for myself, and also to lead yoga classes when I do retreats. Now, I’m finding that it’s been wonderful to share in my classes and not just retreats!

Each Kundalini yoga class is made up of kriyas.

Kriyas are one or more exercises, which, when taken together will have the full effect of a chakra alignment and clearing, aura strengthening, working on the main body systems, and aligning body, mind and spirit, and many other benefits such as balancing the nervous system, clearing the lymph glands, strengthening and toning muscles, and so much more. So many benefits!

Some kriyas are extremely challenging, some are very simple. Some are profoundly powerful.

There are kriyas that are a meditation as well as a set of exercises. The Kirtan (pronounced KEER-ton) kriya is one of the most potent of all Kundalini kriyas, PLUS it’s a meditation. And, it’s simple. You can easily do it in 11 minutes and you’ll find that it’s life-changing if you practice it daily.

Read on if you’d like to know more.

My first extensive experience of doing the Kirtan Kriya was when I was leading a retreat a year ago for the healing of sexual abuse. I had asked my Kundalini teacher trainer, master practitioner Hari Kaur Khalsa author of several books on Kundalini yoga and meditation, to suggest some kriyas and meditations that would help during the retreat.

I knew we’d be stirring up a lot of intense emotion and energy discussing the sexual abuse of the past, and I wished to make sure that everyone was able to stay balanced and harmonious. I also wished to make sure that everyone slept well at night.

As a group, we did the Kirtan Kriya each night for 31 minutes before bedtime. Everyone slept well, woke up feeling great, refreshed, renewed and ready to have another powerful day of healing. Perfect!

Then, at the Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive last fall, we did the Kirtan Kriya each night before bed. That initial morning, one of the participants said that this was the first time they’d woken up without worries in more than a decade. Wow! We both knew that it was the result of doing the Kirtan Kriya.

Many older people today are concerned about memory loss and Alzheimers. Well, there are actual studies that show Kirtan Kriya has real results and effects to reverse these issues.

It also helps with depression.

At a time when many people have intense anxiety and are getting frequently triggered by the things going on in the world we can use some simple tools that really work to help us rebalance, and connect with Spirit.

Kirtan Kriya is an excellent tool for many reasons.

To make it fun for us, I’ve created an entire resource page that shows you how to do the Kirtan Kriya, plus videos so you can do it along with me, and links to the scientific research.

I’m also inviting you to join me and others in a 40 Day Kirtan Kriya Challenge. Let’s make it fun together!

There’s no cost to join the challenge – this is just a gift from the Power of Love Ministry to you.

Click here to learn more about the Kirtan Kriya 40 Day Challenge!

It’s my joy to share this spiritual practice that supports us in so many ways.

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Tama Kieves, Christopher Barran and even more friends on zoom. We’re coming together to share our inspiration in many ways. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. 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 unless you’ve already registered in the past.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Jon Mundy, Lisa Natoli, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe, Frances Xu, Jimmy Twyman and more. If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.

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Major Decisions

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

I’ve learned the power of decision and I’ve come to apply that learning to my daily life. (BTW, I’ve also done several episodes of my podcast on this very topic – https://www.livingacourseinmiracles.com/episodes/holy-spirits-rules-for-decision/ )

When I look back at the major decisions in my life, I can see my most life-changing decisions had nothing to do with the circumstances of my life. They had to do with the deep desires of my heart – my soul’s longings.

Around the age of twenty-six, I began to meditate. Even though I was getting up at 5:30am, and falling asleep during my meditation, my intention was carrying me to a higher place of awareness.

Intention, when we truly hold it and energize it, is SO POWERFUL.

I remember making the decision that I was going to work toward being an enlightened being.

When I made that decision, I felt at least a hundred lifetimes away from that possibility.

Now, decades later, I’m choosing to experience it in this lifetime. I’m going for it. Each day, I hold that it is happening for me now.

That’s a big change in not so many years.

Part of what made that big change possible is my decision to make becoming a compassionate person a top priority for me.

At the time I made that decision, I mostly felt angry.

Life was a series of disappointments to me.
I didn’t feel I could trust people.
I had a deep sense of self-hatred that I hadn’t even recognized yet.
I didn’t know it then, but the self-hatred came from always feeling that I was failing at what I should be accomplishing.

I use to feel that I should be able to be more successful in the world. Yet, no amount of success in the world appeased that hunger. I hated that I couldn’t get over the hump and feel worthy. I also hated that I was angry and hostile so much of the time. The only rest was to tune out and that didn’t feel restorative.

My decision to focus on becoming compassion was to alleviate feeling angry and hostile so much of the time. And you know what? It REALLY helped me. I began to vibrate at a higher level and things began to get easier. I began to experience a spiraling up in my vibration and my thoughts became less hostile. I began to experience some real relief.

The power of decision is one that I share about frequently because it has been so life-changing for me.

The helpless and hopeless person isn’t willing to stick to their decisions. Their intentions are meaningless and that’s where the hopelessness comes from.

I encourage you to make a decision today about how you’d like to BE and how you’d like to FEEL in your life, and then stick to it.

It takes courage.
It takes heart.
And it makes all the difference in the world to you

-and to everyone your life touches.
Be the Love of your life.
Be the change.
Be it.

You are the decider.

I’m getting ready for my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat on September 18.

If you’d really like to do this healing work of letting go of complaints and the other things that stand in our way of happiness and Peace, consider joining me. You can change your entire life, your relationships, your experience, your finances, your body, your happiness and peace of mind. Consider this:

You will never regret your choice, and you’ll only be so glad you did – at least that’s what I hear from the people who have done it.

Get going. Take action. Be aggressive about working with your mind. DO NOT DELAY. If you’re waiting, if you’re not getting the results you’d like, what are you waiting for?

Don’t take my word for it, read the testimonials from those who have done this work with me. They believed that nothing would work for them, and they were willing to do something different anyway. Now, they’re not playing small anymore. They’re not letting fear dictate their life. They have a real and powerful connection with Spirit.

If you’re ready to make a change, and you’d like some REAL support to make a LASTING change, TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Online Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if either is right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered. Click here now to book an Exploratory Call with a Spiritual Counselor.

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Aversion to Fear

Friday, September 4th, 2020

I used to have an aversion to people who were anxious and nervous and worried. I felt as though they could possibly transmit their fear to me and that I’d catch it – and I didn’t want it. I would have a strong visceral reaction when people were nervous and scared around me. I really couldn’t stand it.

It had nothing to do with them, and everything to do with me.

I had no compassion, wisdom or understanding for my own fears.

It was my own fears that scared me – and I was triggered by the very slightest hint of another’s fears.

Of course, anyone who’s paying attention can tell who is afraid and who isn’t. The bully seems tough, but deep down, they are FAR more terrified than the person who appears nervous. The person who seems angry and pushy is acting from deep seated fear.

Now, I can see that the feeling of aversion to other people’s worry and fear was that I already had plenty of my own and I didn’t want to take on anymore. To me, feeling afraid was a failure. Back then, I’d rather have experienced many difficulties than let anyone know I felt fear.

Now, I can feel the fear, and hand it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and move on.

I’m not afraid of fear anymore.

I feel so grateful that I can ever be of assistance to someone who is feeling afraid or worried. If you meet someone who is anxious, I encourage you to do what you can to support them. Sometimes it’s best to simply pray silently and send a smile.

I remember a decade ago when I was on a silent Vipassana retreat for 10 days, and one of the women in my bunk house (there were 11 of us) was in her late 20’s. We weren’t supposed to look at other people. We were to keep our gaze inward and focused on our own awareness, but it was difficult not to notice this young woman was crying a lot. She was really processing a lot of guilt and shame, or so it seemed to me.

At one point, I looked at her when she was crying, and seeming to be quite miserable with herself, and I simply winked. I winked to let her know, “this too shall pass.” It was a small gesture, but I meant it with a great deal of Love and support. At the end of the ten days of silent meditation, she told me that it had meant a lot to her.

Spirit guides us.
All the time.

We get nudges to say or do something and sometimes it seems out of character or out of step, but I’ve learned to do it anyway.

I’d rather listen to Spirit and be in tune with that voice than listen to the ego and be in lockstep with its endless demands.

What is the intuitive nudge that you’ve been getting that you’re not listening to? Will you be willing to follow your intuition today?

I’m getting ready for my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat in just 2 weeks. If you’d really like to do this healing work of letting go of complaints and the other things that stand in our way of happiness and Peace, consider joining us. You can change your entire life, your relationships, your experience, your finances, your body, your happiness and peace of mind. Consider this:

You will never regret your choice, and you’ll only be so glad you did – at least that’s what I hear from the people who have done it.

Get going. Take action. Be aggressive about working with your mind. DO NOT DELAY. If you’re waiting, if you’re not getting the results you’d like, what are you waiting for?

Don’t take my word for it, read the testimonials from those who have done this work with me. They believed that nothing would work for them, and they were willing to do something different anyway. Now, they’re not playing small anymore. They’re not letting fear dictate their life. They have a real and powerful connection with Spirit.

If you’re ready to make a change, and you’d like some REAL support to make a LASTING change, TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Online Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if either is right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered. Click here now to book an Exploratory Call with a Spiritual Counselor.

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Limitations

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

In our spiritual waking up journey there are times when it feels like we’re stuck in a quagmire. It can feel like a whirlpool that keeps us in the spin cycle. I’m very familiar with it. This pattern of recycling through the same patterns again and again is familiar to everyone.

What is SO HELPFUL to remember is that we don’t have to figure out how to get out of it in order to break free of it. We just have to be WILLING to get out of it in order to find the way out.

I’m talking about real, demonstrative willingness
-this is more than words.
This is an action and openness of the heart.
There’s quite a difference between a willingness that’s in words only,
and one that comes from our heart.

It’s as if there is a doorway, or a gateway, that’s ALWAYS available to us, but we can’t see it until we’re genuinely willing to surrender the attachment to playing small and living in lack and limitation.

It’s crazy – but I see so many people who don’t have a CLUE that they’re very intentional and deliberate about playing small and letting resistance and reluctance rule their choices.

I used to have this very same issue!

How do we unhook the attachment to playing small and living in lack and limitation? We unhook the cause of it.

That’s right. We unhook the root cause of the mental pattern that keeps you stuck in the spin cycle, in the whirlpool, in the quagmire.

What IS the root cause?

It’s simply these beliefs:

Someone is better than or less than we are.

If you’re a dedicated spiritual student then by now you know, at least on an intellectual level, that there is a unity of all life. If all is one, is it even possible for anyone to be better than or less than you? No. Of course not. That’s a fantasy. We’re one. We’re united.

Does it seem impossible to give up a belief in better than and less than?

If you believe it, then it will appear to be true for you and it will be the cause of your suffering, your sense of lack and limitation.

It’s just a belief and no matter how much you invest in it, it will never be true. No matter how little you invest in it, it will always cause suffering.

Call upon the angelic realm, the ascended masters, the ancestors, call upon the Company of Heaven that are always there to support you if you will allow yourself to be supported. Don’t ask for stuff in the material world. Ask for willingness, ask for the strength to see clearly, to choose Love.

The key is to surrender and be truly willing.

Surrender the heavy lifting of HOW to figure it out to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Let’s ALLOW our healing. Let’s make ourselves a welcome, ready and receptive place for it.

If we start to wonder how it’s going to happen, we can say to ourselves “How is not my problem. I choose to allow my healing. I don’t have to wonder how, I allow! I choose Love now.

As soon as we are truly, genuinely willing to give up the right to our attack thoughts, the light has come and we’ll begin to see the gateway, the way out of stuckness. It’s there, it’s always there. When we choose to block the light of Love in our awareness by cherishing our thoughts of lack and attack then we cannot see clearly.

Our WILLINGNESS to depend on a higher intelligence than the one that made us miserable, is ALL that is required.

We depend on our spirit, the great I AM. We’re listening and following. We’re obedient to Love’s impulse in our own heart. Love doesn’t need anything. Love is never manipulative or self-serving, ever. Love IS everything. Love doesn’t know lack and neither do we, not really.

The end of lack is when we’re fully willing to stop attacking and simply BE Love. THEN, the power of Love will operate in us and we’ll be able to clearly perceive the way out of the quagmire, we’ll see the gateway through to the other side and have the strength to choose it, and it won’t take much.

Attack thoughts weaken us in ALL ways.
Love strengthens us ALWAYS.

Love yourself first. You can do this:
Make a list of 100 ways to be kind and loving to yourself.
Make a list of 100 ways that you are unkind and unloving to yourself.
Replace the unkind with the kind in your daily choices. Choose Love.
Love strengthens you always.

You don’t have to make yourself stop doing the negative habits – that can be really hard. Instead, replace the unloving with loving and then you’re moving at the speed of light before you know it! Try it! It works!

Light workers around the world are being called to step up and do what they’re designed to do – share the light! Let’s do it together!

I’m getting ready for my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat in just 2 weeks. If you’d really like to do this healing work of letting go of complaints and the other things that stand in our way of happiness and Peace, consider joining us. You can change your entire life, your relationships, your experience, your finances, your body, your happiness and peace of mind. Consider this:

You will never regret your choice, and you’ll only be so glad you did – at least that’s what I hear from the people who have done it.

Get going. Take action. Be aggressive about working with your mind. DO NOT DELAY. If you’re waiting, if you’re not getting the results you’d like, what are you waiting for?

Don’t take my word for it, read the testimonials from those who have done this work with me. They believed that nothing would work for them, and they were willing to do something different anyway. Now, they’re not playing small anymore. They’re not letting fear dictate their life. They have a real and powerful connection with Spirit.

If you’re ready to make a change, and you’d like some REAL support to make a LASTING change, TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Online Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if either is right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered. Click here now to book an Exploratory Call with a Spiritual Counselor.

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How I Overcame My Weakness

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Today I’m joining Jon Mundy in his monthly program on A Course in Miracles. We’ll be sharing about the principles of ACIM – a favorite topic for both of us. The other morning, we had a talk about what we’d like to share today. It’s always great to talk with an ACIM friend and share what we love about The Course.

We were discussing the Characteristics of God’s Teachers as laid out in Chapter IV in the Manual for Teachers. I so often go back to those characteristics and what Jesus has to say about them. There are such simplicity and clarity in those ten characteristics. They truly are a guide for living. In some ways, we could say that they’re a summation of the entire workbook.

Over my many years of sharing ACIM with my beloved friends, I’ve come to see that many people read those Characteristics and feel like they understand them, more or less, and that’s all that’s needed. I don’t find many people who take them as a guide for better living or as a “prescription” for ego attachments.

AND YET, that’s precisely what these few pages are – a guide for better living and a prescription for how to heal what ails us.

In my classes – Finding Freedom, and Masterful Living, I suggest that folks read the first Characteristic section on “Development of Trust” once a day for a week and once a week after that. I find that section both unsettling and comforting at the same time.

We’re told that we’re going to have to give up all ego attachments, and if we don’t do it willingly, then Spirit will, essentially, take whatever we’re attached to from us (or show us how painful the attachment is in some other way).

We don’t have to give up the things we’re attached to, but we absolutely must give up the attachment or suffer. It’s kind of like this – if I know that I’m holding onto something sharp, that I have a strong attachment to, and it’s cutting me, which is painful and bloody, and leads to infection, possibly amputation and systemic breakdown, I can let go of MY ATTACHMENT to that sharp object and realize that it’s MY ATTACHMENT that’s causing the cutting, bleeding infection that is my suffering.

I may not need to give up the item, I may be able to find out how to hold onto it with no suffering, but I cannot find that way of holding it until I give up my attachment.

I can give up the attachment OR, I can keep suffering, but Spirit will likely find a way to rip that thing out of my hand anyway.

So, I’d rather give up the attachment of my own free will. I may get to keep the thing I have an attachment to if I can hold it without attachment.

Here’s an example: I used to have an attachment to kettle corn. Perhaps that sounds both familiar and strange at the same time, but I did have an attachment to it.

When I went to services at Agape every Sunday, singing in the choir for 11 years, and on Wednesday nights too, I’d walk through the parking lot to get into the building and there was a fellow selling fresh made kettle corn. You could smell it as you were walking towards the building.

I had an attachment to that kettle corn. I just loved it. It’s especially good freshly made, still a bit warm. Yum. I would get some once or twice a week. I felt it was a weakness. It felt addictive compulsive.

For years, I was in this attachment to the kettle corn. I called it kettle crack corn because it was like crack cocaine in a way.

I decided to hand over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self this “addiction” to the kettle crack corn. I put Spirit in charge.

I asked that the attachment be removed.

I was choosing Freedom.

Next thing I knew, it was a few months later and I realized I’d forgotten all about the kettle corn. I had been going to Agape for months without even thinking about the corn. I was free.

I surrendered my attachment to Spirit and Spirit took it from me.

I’ve been able to enjoy kettle corn since then, but it’s not craving and I don’t think about it even once per year. I can’t remember the last time I got some kettle corn. I’m just not interested in it anymore.

It was never about the kettle corn. Through self-forgiveness, I released the attachment to being addictive compulsive with anything. All that faded right out of my life, and now I help others to do the same thing.

I’ve learned that I have to live and apply these teachings, truly embodying them in order to have the healing. Reading and studying isn’t healing because healing doesn’t happen in the intellect, it happens in the mind that’s in our heart.

And our willingness is ALL that’s required.
I was willing.
I put Spirit in charge.
Spirit cannot fail.
And so I was successful.
I was successful the minute I decided to put Spirit in charge.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Lisa Natoli, Omiyomi Ibuemi, and more friends on zoom. Lisa Natoli is a dear friend and a great ACIM teacher and Omiyomi for about 20 years. We’re coming together to share our inspiration in many ways. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. 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 detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Lisa Natoli, Jon Mundy, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe, Frances Xu, Jimmy Twyman and more. If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.

I look forward to our gathering TODAY. It means so much that we can join together and celebrate Spirit together.

BTW If you’d like to get some inspiration, and also support this ministry, you can sign up for daily inspirational text messages. You can make a one-time donation for as little as $1 or set up a recurring donation to support this ministry as an active tither. These texts are such a blessing to me – I get them every day and I love them. They always seem to come with the perfect timing! Divine timing!

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First Responder

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

I am a first responder.
I AM is a first responder.

In my experience, in my relationships, in my community, I choose to be a first responder to the cry for Love.

We can be first responders, responding to the insanity of the world with a voice of Love and compassion.

We don’t have to MAKE anything happen – that’s not our job. Our response-ability is to hold the loving view, the right-minded view, and to be kind, loving and supportive.

Right now, although my spiritual practice is all day long, in many forms, the most important thing, as always, is to be kind and caring. Extending Love is the #1 thing for us to put our attention on each moment of each day.

When we’re extending Love, we’re being a healing presence.


And when we’re extending Love and compassion, we’re being truly helpful.
Which means we’re living our purpose.

If we wonder what our purpose is, it’s not complicated or hard to find: Be kind.

Sometimes being kind is the hardest thing in the world to do.
The more it stretches us, the more it’s worth the effort.

Let me be grateful for the pain of the strain to be kind in challenging circumstances as it reminds me how much gain there is for my soul.

We can remember too, how sometimes being kind seems just the opposite. I think of Elvis Costello’s song about being “cruel to be kind.” It’s a paradox sometimes.

There are times when it’s most helpful to point out to someone that they are fantasizing about something, and it’s not helpful to them.

There are times when someone is about to do something cruel and the kindest thing is to interrupt them.

Cultivating the ability to respond with kindness instead of judgment – that’s where I focus a good deal of my attention.

No judgments also mean no attachments.

It’s a rigorous practice, but when I do it with kindness it feels very nurturing – which it is.

Let’s be first responders, responding to every situation with Love, kindness and compassion. This way we absolutely KNOW we’re always in the right place at the right time, and we can feel the strength of that. What a blessing!

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We Can Rise

Monday, July 6th, 2020

In my Masterful Living Course it’s common for folks to share about how difficult things were in their relationships before they had the tools of transformation. For many who start with me in my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp, they make a shift and they never go back. For me, most of my relationships just keep getting better and stronger. It’s a continuous healing and spiraling up, but I haven’t always felt that way. Just the opposite.

I used to spend much of my time in relationships affirming what I did NOT want, and what I did NOT like and drawing painful conclusions that I’d just keep affirming again and again.

I used to regularly consider the idea of never speaking to any of them again. That idea was on a loop in my head for decades. How did I get it out? That’s what I focused on sharing in my classes now. It’s what I share about every week in my podcast.

As A Course in Miracles tells us, our relationships are the very best tool we have for transforming our mind.

It does take a great willingness.
And it so much easier to do it with a group of like-minded souls.

I used to crash and burn so often.
I used to give up so easily.

When I think about it, it’s so crazy that I had the discipline to hold on to a grudge for decades, but not to fee myself from the suffering it caused.

I’d say “I forgive” but I didn’t really mean it because I’d hold onto the judgment and keep energizing it. What I really was HOPING for was that if I said, I FORGIVE, the pain would stop.

Now, I’m SO GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL, GRATEFUL, for my experience! Why?

Because I went so low, I can rise so high!

Now, when others are telling me about their challenges, I can really use what I’ve learned to help others rise out of the hole of helplessness that I used to feel.

Yes, we can RISE out of the hole.


We don’t have to climb or dig.
We can rise.

With great willingness we can be lifted and carried.

It’s all about NOT going it alone anymore.
Suffering in semi-silence, and feeling alone was my thing.

I really didn’t know where to go or what to do in order to rise up. I had to figure it out. I had to rely on Spirit, it just took me a very long time to be willing.

This is a time of ancient patterns coming up to the surface with intensity and healing is happening in our hearts and miracles are demonstrating everywhere. This is the reason why we’re here at this time. To do our own inner work, to let the past go and bring benefit to all humanity.

We have what it takes!

Spirit cannot and does not fail.

We only fail when we go alone, furthering the belief in separation.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, we succeed when we’re co-workers with God.

That’s how we rise up and find the better way.
It’s always there for us when we’re willing to see with the eyes of Love.

Just yesterday, someone told me how my Finding Freedom From Fear class was the turning point for them in their relationships and in how they felt about themselves. If you’re ready for a turning point, please consider joining us!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp with ACIM Principles starts TODAY!

If you’d like support in doing this work of letting go of the past and being that impetus for healing in your family and in your workplace without getting discouraged and giving up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work.

I find that when we do the work together, we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

COME BACK! Have you already taken Finding Freedom from Fear Spiritual Bootcamp?
There’s a special offer to repeat right NOW – Join us before Thursday and it’s only $44 per month – join for two months and take advantage of all the new aspects of the class and get the support of the small group in the Freedom Circle!

If you have a yearning right now, to go deeper and fly higher, to open your heart and live the love like never before, come join me. My Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp with ACIM Principles may be your answered prayer.

Many people find that their life, their relationships, their health and wealth is profoundly changed because they deepen their spiritual practice in this class.

I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES.
This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!
Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

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New Earth

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the dandelions are all but taking over.  I’ve never seen so many dandelions!  Yes, they’re a highly invasive weed, but they are SO beneficial for the bees!

Right now, we need to be super supportive of the bees – as life is very challenging for them these days and we need bees for our survival.  Planting in the garden in Maine and in Vermont, I like to plant things that are especially supportive of butterflies and bees.  They give us so much, let’s give back to them.

If you’re planting in the garden you can specifically ask for some plants that are most supportive to those wonderful pollinators, bees and butterflies and they will bring so much benefit to the garden.  Who doesn’t love to see butterflies in the garden?

It’s true that world pollution is much affected by our sheltering in place.  Just look at these pictures of the difference it’s made in New Delhi, India!

AND isn’t amazing that the increase in air quality affects the impact of the Covid-19 virus?

The less pollution, the healthier we are and the less susceptible to the virus.  Wow!

Plus, right now, the sun, around which we orbit, has gone into “solar minimum.”  Which means there’s far less solar activity right now, which is HUGELY supportive of our need to cool the planet down.

A Course in Miracles teaches us that our thoughts have an effect on the world.  So many people are very intent on reducing pollution, reducing global warming, and caring for the environment and this virus is actually helping with that.  It’s the silver lining in a very dark cloud.

Let’s use our mind very consciously and work together to affirm the good we’d like to see is occurring.  Together, let’s know that we’re calling forth the world we’d like to see.

The new heaven and the new earth can be our reality.

Let us make it so!

 

And let’s help the butterflies and the bees so they can help us!

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Healing Relationship Fear Triggers

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

We’re in February now, and this is the month that I devote all the episodes of my podcast to relationships. My topic today is “Healing the Relationship Fear Triggers” and it’s such a good one! (By the way, you can easily search in the archive of my podcast for episodes on relationship – there are SO many.)

Getting triggered in relationship is normal, and it’s pretty constant for most people.

Each one of these triggers is a point where we could choose permanent and lasting healing – or we can repeat the same patterns and have more of the same experience.

When we get triggered, this is the time to choose again and choose something different. After all, we’re never upset for the reason we think and, in truth, we really don’t know what anything is for. These are the most helpful teachings of A Course in Miracles.

One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and share with others is the ability to be calm and have patience. This doesn’t mean denying how we feel. We can learn to feel our feelings without exploding and without dumping them all over people, AND without stuffing them.

Once I realized that each and every upset COULD be a point of healing if I ALLOWED it to be, I started to approach my life in an entirely different way. I made healing a priority. I made Peace, calm and patience a priority.

It does take a real willingness, and it does take courage to break from the habits of the past. We have knee-jerk reactions because we haven’t healed the underlying beliefs.

Our work isn’t behavior modification. Let’s not settle for that. We’re going for a healing of the root cause, whatever it is, so that we can be completely free of the triggers forever.

If we settle for behavior modification, we’re giving up on the profound healing that’s available to us. When we settle, we’re not in that Partnership with the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

When we feel connected to Spirit, then we can have the courage to heal. We can put Spirit in charge.

I used to get SO triggered and I’d say the meanest things.
I used to shut people out and punish them for triggering me.
I used to attack people and then feel ashamed.

These patterns are THICK, they are intense – AND they can dissolve and resolve so easily when we trust Spirit to heal them.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. We can have healing in all of the consequences of our wrong decisions, and the wrong decisions of others. It’s a great investment of our trust and faith. When we really trust, we have real results.

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To Them That Have

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

“To them that have, even more shall be given.
To them that have not, even what they have shall be taken away.”
Matthew 13:12

Jesus spoke in parables, in stories, to help those around Him understand the deeper meanings of His teachings and how they applied to their lives. When we can see it in our own life, it makes more sense. That’s why I like writing this “Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” each day. It’s part of my own spiritual practice of understanding my life experiences.

This teaching of Jesus about the “haves” and the “have-nots” has been quite valuable to me.

I’ve come to view it this way:

Those that have a consciousness of Love and compassion, of giving and sharing, to them even more shall be given. Those who freely give (key emphasis on FREELY) will be supported at all times.

Those who have not a consciousness of Love and compassion, of giving and sharing, to them even even what they have will be taken away.

I think of the times when it felt like I had nothing, when there was no money in my wallet or my bank account, and all I had was debt, or when I felt emotionally bereft and lacking in value as a person – in those times, I still had something to share if only a smile and a bit of comfort.

To one who has nothing, a smile and a bit of comfort are great riches. Truly.

There is nothing worse than feeling down and out AND alone.

And that’s part of why I started offering these writings more than 20 years ago.

Every day, we can support each other, and bring illumination. No matter how down we feel, someone somewhere feels worse than we do and has less than we do.

We can pray for that person who is struggling even if we don’t know their name. I pray for them and I pray for you, and I invite you to pray for all of us. We all rise on this tide of Love. Now is the perfect time to pray.

When we pray, we are declaring to the Universe that we have the consciousness of Love, compassion and sharing. Prayer is the most powerful technology there is. Let’s ignite in prayer together!

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Not Ashamed Anymore!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

I’m a fan of David Hawkins. I read his book Power vs Force back in the 90s. One thing I remember from it that struck me was his information about the Map of Consciousness and that the lowest thought we can have is one of shame.

Like most people, I had real issues with shame for a long time. In fact, when I would be feeling particularly clean and clear spiritually, that’s when I’d feel magnetically pulled to engage in some form of self-medication that would leave me feeling out of control and ashamed.

That was how I learned that self-sabotage is for the purpose of slowing our spiritual progress. It’s very effective. A good jolt of shame will shift everything in a New York minute.

Next thing we know, we’re on the hamster wheel of thinking, “I’m never going to get ahead.”

I’ve watched people slow their spiritual growth down to a snail’s pace and keep it that way for year after year, and self-medication is a perfect tool for that.

Shame doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of judgment. People can’t shame us. They can try, but it doesn’t work unless we agree.

We shame ourselves to keep playing small and punish ourselves.

Then we can collapse into thoughts like, “spiritual growth works for other people, but not for me. No matter what I do, I just can’t make progress. I always stumble and fall.”

It’s our self-judgment that keeps us playing small.
As long as we’re confining ourselves with our judgments, we don’t have to take any risks.

It’s the illusion of safety.

The pain of playing small drives us to more self-medication.
Then we feel ashamed again.
And our feelings feel awful.
So we self-medicate to diminish our feelings and drown them out.
We numb ourselves.
And then we feel ashamed.
We judge ourselves as losers.
And then we we self-medicate to diminish our feelings and drown them out.
We numb ourselves.
And the hamster wheel becomes where we live.

Shame is the lowest vibrational thought or feeling we can have.

And yet, there IS a way out.
It requires a willingness to become aware and conscious of our choices.
It requires taking responsibility for our feelings.

This can seem like heavy lifting.
And yet, it is much easier than we think to get out from under the pain of our habits.

I never thought I could get out from under the repeating patterns of shame and self-medication.
I used to feel like I had hit a glass ceiling in my spiritual studies.

I was reading and studying and learning CONSTANTLY, but my spiritual growth felt slow. I decided that it had to be me, I just was especially not good enough to make REAL progress and REAL relief. I felt like a fake. And that would drive me to self-medication. It was such a demoralizing cycle.

And that’s why I talk about it now.
It’s also why I’m offering my Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage and Self-Medication.

This is one of the biggest challenges that people have.
It causes illness and depression.
People feel hopeless because of it.

And all of that can dissolve.
It takes effort.
It’s not magic.
But it’s worth the effort, that’s for sure.

The key is Love.
Loving ourselves is how we heal.
It takes great self-compassion and that is best developed with company. We inspire each other.

Whatever you do, however you choose to heal and to rise-up, don’t allow yourself to wallow in self-pity, self-sabotage and self-medication. There IS a way UP and out.

I know that these tools for healing work, because I’m not ashamed anymore and I’m so grateful for that.

We put Spirit in charge, and Spirit won’t fail.
The only way we can fail is if we put our ego in charge.

When we do this healing work together, it can actually be fun. If you’d like to join me in my Challenge, jump right in! We will welcome you, we’re just getting started!

Living in shame is no way to live. We’re called to be of service. The greatest service we can offer is to show others how we are learning to heal. Our elder brother Jesus is always there one step ahead of us and so we’re never alone. We get one step ahead and we help the one right behind.

I am grateful for this path of healing that we’re on and our ability to develop a spiritual practice that actually heals! Onward and upward, together we rise in Love!

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Compassion Helps Healing

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Have you noticed that there’s all kinds of intensity going on in the world? It’s dramatic! For many of us, that means there’s a desire to tune out, and that means we get triggered, too. It’s a most powerful time to make some lasting changes.

It’s the perfect time to take stock and release what doesn’t serve and replace it with something that does. It’s not just the perfect time, it’s more like an imperative. We’re all being pressured to clean up our act.

In Spirit, we’re all One and, in many ways, as individuals we’re the same, too. I’ve noticed that I’m an entrepreneur, and sharing is my “thing.” I call spiritual entrepreneurs “Light-preneurs.” Day after day, I ask Spirit “What can I do to be more helpful?” I get answers every day. Much of the time it has to do with freeing my own heart and mind.

For so, so long I resisted following my guidance. I was so reluctant to take even the most basic steps I knew to do. And that’s why I focus almost my entire energy now on supporting people who feel stuck playing small, living in the shadow, NOT following their guidance, feeling sick, and tired and who have a deep yearning.

That was me: strong yearning, intense resistance.

It’s such a relief now to be able to really listen and follow. SUCH a relief! It’s like the difference between living in a small dirty and smoky room and living in the wide open spaces, the mountains covered with green and fields of flowers on a beautiful day.

As I write this, I can feel the sense-memory in my body, the feeling of tightness and despair. On a certain level, I so often felt like I was under siege but I didn’t realize it was coming from inside me.

One of the things that was a huge part of that feeling of reluctance and resistance, the playing small, was my battle with self-sabotage in the form of self-medication.

We all are aware of the sense of there being two selves — A Higher Holy Spirit Self and a lower, selfish, small self. I used to feel like they were in a constant battle. The easiest way for the small self to win was to decide to self-medicate.

When I’d self-medicate with food, alcohol, cigarettes, television, or talking on the phone excessively, it was as if I had made a decision to get on the PAIN TRAIN and ride it to the end – which was me falling into exhaustion, collapsing, or passing out from excess. It was as though I had to go all the way to actually hurting myself before I could stop.

Doing this thousands of times over the course of years, I learned a lot. It was a very extensive study of self-sabotage and self-medication. I was the lab rat.

For years it felt demoralizing. I did my self-medication mostly in private, alone and ashamed, because it didn’t feel very spiritual. I was judging myself intensely.

I felt ashamed that I didn’t have more discipline.

When I did have more discipline, I’d choose to self-medicate with over-working, exercising or volunteering. I didn’t feel ashamed when I went that route, but it still was still choosing to play small and live in a stuck place, resisting my natural spiritual growth.

The purpose of self-sabotage and self-medication is to slow down our spiritual growth and awakening. It does a really good job, but let’s not be fooled by it anymore.

Making a decision to do something different is the way out of the hell that is a habit of self-medication. I know this, because that’s where I started.

I decided to stop self-medicating sooooooo many times without success. It didn’t work for me. I just felt more and more and MORE like a failure!

What FINALLY worked for me was to decide to focus on simply making a little bit more loving choices. I decided to actually look at what was going on inside me without judging it, with compassion and kindness. That changed things for me.

Why? Because Love is compassion and understanding.

And Love is ALWAYS healing. Actual Love is always healing. It helps return us to our natural state of mind, which is already perfect.

Love is our healer.
I AM choosing Love.

And that’s why I am offering this gift of this Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage – in order to look at what is really going on with ourselves, self-medication, self-sabotage and our spiritual growth and development. It’s my gift to you. Please come and participate – it’s the perfect time for us to ride that new moon solar eclipse energy into lasting change.

I’ll be inviting you to do some daily inner work with me – and it’s no cost to join us for the first 2 days, because I don’t wish to have anything get in the way of you activating your willingness to stop playing small and deciding to let Love be the healer. Let’s let the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the heavy lifting of figuring out HOW the healing will happen. Let’s ALLOW the healing.

Be in it to win it and we’ll do it together! A tiny bit of willingness is all that’s required.

There’s no charge to participate – we start tomorrow, and if it calls to you, please join us and bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

STARTS TODAY: There’s no charge to participate for this weekend – we start TODAY. if it calls to you, please bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

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6-Day Challenge
Starts TODAY, Saturday, February 1

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From self-medication so You Can Live The Life You Desire!

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Fantasy Leaves A Hangover

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Tomorrow’s a big day! I’m starting my Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage. There’s no charge to participate in the offerings on Saturday and Sunday, and we’re going to focus on self-medication. Please come join me!

One MAJOR form of self-sabotage that’s very common and easy to hide is spending a lot of time in fantasy – something I know a lot about. Not only was this an issue for me, it’s been an issue for many folks in my classes.

Fantasy is a form of self-medication.

People don’t talk much about fantasy as self-medication, but it would be helpful if they did. I thought I’d share about the differences between vision and fantasy. There’s a profound difference between vision and fantasy. I love A Course in Miracles teachings, because they are so helpful. One thing they make clear is that the hero in the fantasy is always the body. If, in your fantasy of having a fabulous career, you envision yourself as a body receiving praise, money, adoration, etc. then you can be sure that’s a fantasy.

In my experience, a vision of sharing my gifts and talents is more focused on how I feel and not at all on what it LOOKS like. In the vision of my success, I feel in the flow of Love. I’m sharing. It’s not about me getting. I’m receiving Divine Guidance and inspiration, and I’m flowing that out into the world through sharing.

Understanding the difference between vision and fantasy is very valuable. One is a valuable tool and the other is a form of self-medication. Vision is a very different energetic than fantasy. Fantasy is a drug for the ego. Vision is a beautiful Divine Insight.

Fantasy leaves us in a hangover of lack. Vision lifts us up into communion with Spirit and a willingness to receive insight and Clarity. What do you prefer? Expansion or addiction? Fantasy is often an addiction.

If you feel like you’re addicted to fantasy, give it all to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and open your mind to what is truly possible – the very HIGHEST spiritual vision. When you align with that vision, only good can come to you!

All things work together for your good.

You’ll be truly amazed at how much better a life of vision feels than making more time for fantasy.

Give up fantasy and you’ll realize what a drain it’s been!

STARTS TOMORROW: There’s no charge to participate for this weekend – we start SATURDAY. If it calls to you, please bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

End My Self-Sabotage
6-Day Challenge

Starts Saturday, February 1

Get The Motivation & Support to Free Yourself
From Self-Medication So You Can Live The Life You Desire!

My gift to you – no cost – come join me!

Click now:
I’m in! SIGN ME UP!

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Eliminating Playing Small

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

We continue to be in a time of great intensity. It’s absolutely clear to me that the intensity is going to continue. The pressure we’re all feeling is the pressure that produces the diamond.

We’re returning to our natural pristine state of awareness, and that requires that we become willing to “make a fearless moral inventory,” as they say in 12-Step programs. Not many people are up for that.

The pressure we feel is to support us in letting go of attachments, cravings, aversions, and addictive compulsive tendencies. If we cling to playing small, it’s going to be painful. In other words, to let go of self-sabotaging habits.

Let us not play small anymore.

A Course in Miracles warns us about the fear to look within. “The Holy Spirit will never teach you that you are sinful. Errors He will correct, but this makes no one fearful. You are indeed afraid to look within and see the sin you think is there.”

We play small because we’re convinced we’re sinners and unworthy of our magnificence. We self-medicate to hide from our feelings of shame, guilt and inadequacy. And yet, we are not sinners. We are far from inadequate. We are the Light.

Let us look within to see what is real. Let us look within with kind eyes and compassion.

We are lifted and carried when we ALLOW Spirit to take the load of our self-judgment off of us. Let’s not attach our minds to thinking it’s hard or difficult or dense. It feels quite intense at times, but there are NO levels of difficulty in healing in the illusion.

We stay focused on expanding into living as our true Self, teaching only Love. Eliminating the self-sabotage and recovering all the energy we’ve invested in the habits of playing small enables us to make huge leaps forward. I see it every year in Masterful Living. Real people, real miracles.

Staying firmly on track with a vision of Love and healing requires the fire of DESIRE. It’s the fire of desire that burns away our complacency and despair, the hopelessness and ambivalence. It’s the fire of desire that burns away the attachments to playing small.

If this feels true to you, come join me in my End My Self-Sabotage Challenge this weekend. Spirit will do ALL the work of our awakening if we allow it. Our job is to call it forth and ALLOW it.

We don’t have to figure out HOW. Simply, allow. Don’t give up, give it UP!

Let’s focus on what we’d like rather than how to make it happen. Let’s ALLOW Spirit to do it FOR us.

One life, One Love, One Will.
God’s Will IS our will, for we are One with our Creator.

God’s Will be done in our hearts and minds, on Earth as it is in Heaven!

In my free class End My Self-Sabotage Challenge, we’re cultivating the ability to Love ourselves free of all resistance to living a life of Love, and we’re willing to look at no longer playing small. We’re cultivating the willingness to rise and shine and break out of our cocoons.

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Resisting What We Desire Most

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Our challenges are always designed to help us. ALWAYS. As it says in A Course in Miracles, “Everything works together for good and there are no exceptions except in the opinion of the ego.”

If we’re resisting our challenges, we’re resisting the growth.

One of the ways we sabotage ourselves is by thinking that things are happening to hurt us or punish us.

Another way we sabotage ourselves is by trying to manipulate and control ourselves and others.

The challenges that rock us to our core are there to help us grow spiritually, and the resistance we feel is resistance to that growth.

We’re resisting the very thing we desire most.

Why? Because what we most desire REQUIRES us to surrender, and we’re just not into that.

We’d rather play small and live a painful and limited life than face the specter of making a growth leap, EVEN THOUGH we yearn for the growth.

We’d like to embody the challenge and change, but we’d rather not have change. It’s a paradox. We can’t have the growth without the change. We’d like to grow without changing.

It’s like the acorn that would like to become an oak tree, but doesn’t wish to change. To the acorn, the idea of being buried in the dark soil, splitting open, and completely transforming is so threatening to its identity as a seed. Yet, it’s a seed that must become a tree to fulfill its destiny.

We’re like the caterpillar that must completely surrender and dissolve its form in order to become the butterfly.

In Masterful Living, we’re working on recognizing that our challenges contain the activation for the growth we most desire. We’re working on releasing the temptation to keep sabotaging ourselves by playing small and living in lack and limitation. It takes courage. And that’s what we’re cultivating – the strong heart to make the change.
The more intense the challenge, the greater the victory over the small self.

When Spirit is in charge, victory is assured! Never give up!

In my free class End My Self-Sabotage Challenge, we’re cultivating the ability to Love ourselves free of all resistance to living a life of Love and we’re willing to look at no longer playing small. We’re cultivating the willingness to rise and shine and break out of our cocoons.

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Ending the Cycles of Self-Sabotage

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

When we’re looking to change our ways and get out of the patterns that are so sticky, addictive, compulsive, and intense, going cold turkey can be intensely challenging. It can also be incredibly helpful. The challenge is that we’re faced with our “stuff.” When we’re looking to shift and clear the pattern, it can be so helpful to take a break from feeding the pattern – and that will mean that our emotional attachments to the pattern will come up in our face – and that’s not easy.

The stuff of our upsets distracts from our goal.

It can be a form of self-sabotage.

When we avoid making changes, it’s sometimes because we don’t want to deal with the emotional intensity that change brings. We’d rather play small than face the challenge. It happens to us all, and in various areas of our lives.

What can be helpful is to realize that we have an inner strength that is FAR beyond our knowing – and many of us have rarely tapped into it. It’s ours for the asking. It comes from our Higher Holy Self. To access it, we must put the Higher Self in charge. It’s a surrender to the highest Wisdom within us. The Wisdom is not outside, it is our true nature.

Here’s a great way to access that power: I AM statements.

I AM is the name of our Higher Holy Self – We share the same Higher Holy Self with everyone – including all the great Ascended Masters. (Jesus, Buddha, Quan Yin, etc.) I AM statements invoke the higher Wisdom of the Holy Self to activate and take over – miracles come from this practice. Try it and see! Some simple I AM statements I use all the time with great effectiveness are:

I AM willing to have a healing now.
I AM is the only intelligence acting in my mind and body.
I AM the Purity of Love.

We often think that the body is addicted to things – addicted to sugar, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex, etc. The body isn’t really addicted, it’s the mind. So we heal the addiction in the mind – and the fastest way I know to do it is to give the healing to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Let Spirit do the healing.

My I AM Presence is healing, resolving and dissolving all attachments, cravings, addictive and compulsive tendencies back to the root cause so that I never experience them again. I AM willing to have a healing now. I AM grateful for my healing now.

The slippery slope is when we say, “I’m just going to have a cookie” and then a bit later we say “Well, that didn’t cause a problem, so I’m going to have a few more cookies.” And then later we say, “Well, I already blew it today, so I might as well have some cake and ice cream and then start again tomorrow.”

Of course there’s nothing wrong with having a cookie, because it’s not about the cookie. It’s about how quickly we give ourselves permission to venture into self-sabotage and that place of “I already blew it, so I might as well blow myself up entirely!”

Self-Love can interrupt the pattern of self-sabotage.

When we truly Love ourselves, we’re able to make decisions that are loving and supportive.

In my free class End My Self-Sabotage Challenge, we’re cultivating the ability to Love ourselves free of all addictive compulsive tendencies.

It’s great that we can shift the energy around our “slippery slope” experiences that provoke so much shame. Everyone has “stuff” they don’t feel good about. Healing the self-judgment helps eliminate more self-sabotage. The main thing is ALWAYS to choose Love rather than judgment, shame and blame.

When we have right motivation for doing anything it IS Self-loving. When we partner UP with the Higher Holy Self and ask the angels to support us, then there’s nothing we can’t do if we truly wish to.

Some people set out to do things and are actually intent on failing so they can say “You see, I don’t have what it takes. Things just don’t work for me.” They like the idea of being “special.”

Why settle for special?

Being magnificent is everyone’s natural state – your magnificence is SO much more worthwhile than being “special.”

It comes down to being mindful of motivation. At first, it seems that it’s tiring to be mindful all day long. That perspective is ego smoke and mirrors. Being mindful is a MUCH easier way to live. Being loving is SO much easier than not being loving – but not if you BELIEVE it’s harder. You will always experience your life in alignment with your beliefs. That’s why we use the spiritual practice of mindfulness to change the unhealthy beliefs.

Changing behavior doesn’t change your life — changing your mind will. Change your choices and the behavior will simply represent your thinking. When people change their behavior without changing their thinking, they usually revert or divert. They revert to the old behavior because the belief was never changed. Or, they divert the energy into some equally self-destructive behavior. It’s so helpful to remember that mindfulness is a healing and loving spiritual practice.

Spiritual practice SAVES time that would otherwise be spent in suffering.
Invest in spiritual practice rather than in suffering.

We can read all the spiritual teachings in the world, but if our spiritual practice is thin, our healing will be equally insubstantial. We are the ones who choose.

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Challenges Strengthen Me

Monday, January 27th, 2020

When I first learned to pray the Science of Mind way, I realized that if I attained the Christ awareness then ALL my prayers would be answered.

So I stopped praying for other things and began to focus on really living the Love.

Every day I pray to be more loving, more peaceful, to walk AS the Christ Consciousness. Every day, I pray to be in a place of healing in my own life and everyone I meet and touch. To my great Joy, my answered prayer unfolds before me each day.

I’ve come to recognize that the folks on my path who challenge me with their pain and suffering by acting with judgment instead of kindness, jealousy instead of joy, fear instead of faith, are the ones who give me the opportunity to strengthen my practice. They are my sacred and holy friends who hold the mirror before me and invite me to show my true Self. I’ve learned to be grateful to have the opportunity to see more clearly. I AM determined to see.

I am truly grateful that I can see the Divine Law at work in my life, and recognize the gift of my sacred friends. I’m not yet at a place where I can always be nonreactive. I’m not always 100% loving in my heart at the start. This is precisely why those who challenge me are my answered prayer.

They give me the holy opportunity to strengthen and deepen into the heart of Love, which is my true nature.

Anyone who attacks is momentarily not in their right mind. The gift we can give them is to know the truth about them.

We hold all appearances of lack of compassion with compassion, and Love will heal it all. This is grace.

I aspire to be a Bodhisattva, committed to the awakening of all beings, including anyone who attacks me. I AM committed to being wholly loving. Each day is filled with opportunities to fulfill my heart’s desire. If I miss one, I know another will come. I live by grace. I AM blessed by sacred friends.

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Transforming Challenges to Blessings

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

A lot of people are feeling extremely and consistently challenged right now – so if that’s you, just know you’re not the only one. Life IS intense for many people right now.
I remember there was a point in my spiritual unfoldment where it seemed like I was being challenged to my core. I felt that the challenges were coming in all directions.

My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
My spiritual community profoundly let me down.
My best friend cheated on me.
My sweetheart … oh, don’t even get me started on that one.

Anyway, there was more but that’s enough – it was an ego lollapalooza of betrayals, upsets and freak-outs.

It felt like the challenges were on all levels and in all areas of my life – except that I had my health.

Thank GOD for that!

I had the sense that I was being “tested.” I was being tested not in the way that an unkind teacher would prepare a grueling test in order to put you through the wringer, but rather I was being tested in the sense of being offered an opportunity to rise above all past precedent and break through to a new level of awareness, understanding, strength, and willingness.

That time of challenges was far from easy.

It did help that I could feel that it was a test of my mettle. It was the opportunity for me to focus on developing the Clarity that I so deeply desired. It was the required course for me to purify my heart and relinquish the habits of playing small.

It was both difficult and exhausting. It was also exactly what I needed to step more into my true identity as a spiritual being capable of great Love and compassion. I reached a tipping point, and I have noticed that I’ve not had any backsliding. Instead, it continues to unfold and expand which is wonderful.

Honestly, I don’t see one spiritual student who truly wishes to awaken from the painful dream of separation who doesn’t go through some very intense time of healing. It’s when the storm is raging so intensely and we’re really up against it that we can break through the most intense attachments to the mental patterns of the past. It’s actually a tremendous gift from the Higher Self.

If we’re willing to give up the attachments to the past, we can have a whole new future.

Check out the photo above. I was leading my Teacher Training, and we’d just finished doing kundalini yoga when I stepped out to take my picture in front of this painting of the angel wings. Somehow, this rainbow was captured in the photo. Is it in my aura? I don’t need to make sense of it, but it’s a beautiful reflection of the beauty of spiritual practice and the practicality of doing the INNER work to release attachments.

We all know that willingness is the key to transformation. Spiritual practice is EVERYTHING in your awakening. Willingness to be loving and to choose that loving connection over everything else is a spiritual practice.

Leverage your willingness to choose love and cultivate a belief that you can leave the past behind and release the future, also.

This gives you the experience of being present to the now, which is the only place your transformation can happen.

When you feel you’re being tested, be grateful. The tipping point is at hand. Let’s go for it and let resistance be the reminder that we ARE doing it and we’re not stuck anymore!

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. 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 expanding awareness, and there’s so much help for us in the invisible. We’re 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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