Archive for the ‘Enlightenment’ Category

Being Kind

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

It’s very common for people who are in the middle of some difficulty to want us to be on their side. I can remember wanting to sway people to be on my side if I felt threatened by someone. I’d want to know that other people thought I was right and that they stood with me in the event of a battle.

I feel differently now, because I’m no longer interested in preparing for battle or going to war.

I’d rather we don’t take sides, and I don’t wish to encourage people to be on my side if there’s a disagreement. I don’t like feeling that I’m on a side and opposed to someone else.

I’ve learned that there’s a very large energetic cost to turning someone against another person, just as there’s a cost to labeling someone bad or wrong and fanning the flames of discontent and distrust. I’m not interested in going in that direction.

My interest is in choosing to be loving and supporting others and encouraging them to be loving. That’s where the most benefit comes from.

To turn my entire life in a new direction I simply began choosing more loving choices again and again throughout my day.

At first, they were small choices, very small. Like having patience waiting for a coffee in a store.

We can actively look for the opportunities to be kind, loving, patient, generous of heart and compassionate and turn away from the opportunity to be misleading, disgruntled, divisive and discouraging.

These small choices add up to a big change in how we live our lives. This I know. I am working it every day now for decades and I AM SO GRATEFUL that I can make positive loving choices all day long!

Let’s support each other and cheer each other on in our loving choices!

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Avoiding the Trickster

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Our spiritual practice makes a difference for every being on this planet. When so many are suffering and it can seem like we don’t know how we can really be effective in relieving the pain of others, it’s so important to know that our spiritual practice of prayer and meditation brings tremendous benefit.

Having talked with so many spiritual students over the years, I’m aware that it’s common for people to put off their spiritual practice in favor of getting small errands and chores done. To our ego-identified self, we get a sense of accomplishment when we can tick off something from our to do list. However, that sense of satisfaction, meaning and purpose is short-lived.

It’s a trickster.

What really brings lasting benefit is our practice of patience, kindness, gentleness, compassion, and generosity. When we can be mindful all day, we’re bringing benefit to all. When we can learn to be patient with situations we used to be upset by, we’re bringing benefit to all.

When we feel worried or concerned about people we can see them in good health, happy, enjoying life, and prospering instead of entertaining negative fantasies about them.

This spiritual practice does take practice.

We can do it every day all day and get very good at it, thus transforming our life and the lives of our brothers and sisters. It’s so worth it!

Thank you for practicing with me today!

Today, with our effective spiritual practice, we avoid the trickster and bring benefit to all!

In November: Are you interested in Spiritual Counseling or just developing your relationship skills? You might be interested in my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive from November 15 to 21st. If you have an interest, but you aren’t sure, you can book a FREE Exploratory Call with one of the Spiritual Counselors.  

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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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Spiritual Victory!

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

This year has been a focused year of spiritual growth and development for me.  I’ve been offering a lot of extra classes plus the Sunday’s with Spirit.  The more I serve, the happier and more fulfilled I feel.  

Happiness is conditional.  And nothing is more happy making than being of service to the light.  It’s a deep kind of happiness that really is more like Joy, which is unconditional.  

Joy comes from being in alignment with our own Higher Holy Spirit Self.

Can I tell you how glad and grateful I am that I’m even better at getting out of my own way?  I am beyond grateful any time I can choose Peace instead of needing to be right, more and more and MORE!  I’m not 100% at choosing Peace yet, but I’m getting closer, I can feel it, and I’m so grateful for that!

I feel victorious ANY time that I can choose to be compassionate instead of needing to be right, and work my will!  I celebrate my win!  

For me, it’s all about deciding that Peace is more important.

We learn there’s no value to being right all the time.  NO VALUE at all.  There’s extraordinary value in being compassionate.

The more that I love myself, and nurture myself, the more I am inclined to choose Peace instead of conflict.

All conflict in the world comes from thinking we’d like Peace, but then not choosing it.  

We say we love our loved ones, but then we’re mean, manipulative, uncaring, or disrespectful.  Then, we feel guilty.  Then we feel bad.  Then we feel angry about feeling bad and guilty because we know we did it to ourselves.  And then we punish them for making us feel this way, which just triggers more guilt, because it’s not about them.  We did it to ourselves.  

It’s a cycle of punishment and acting out, and feeling guilty, bad, ashamed, resentful, regretful and on and on.  

We interrupt the pattern by choosing Peace.  Peace is our natural state, and we can remember it.  Life is loving us by triggering us so that we’ll get into the habit of choosing Peace and heal all the triggers.  

Every trigger is a golden opportunity to choose again and choose Peace.

We can learn to be grateful for the opportunity and in that choice is our healing and the world’s.  BONUS!

Can you share an example of choosing Peace that inspires you in the comments?

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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Human Tapestry

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Life is rich and beautiful when we’re willing to see it from the long view.

One way to view it is to see that we’re all working on a single tapestry.

It’s a tapestry of human life. Some of us are focused on weaving something exquisitely beautiful and it may look like the life of someone heroic like Harriet Tubman who risked her life and lived her life in service to others.

Another person may be someone who is dedicated only to their own pleasure, needs and wants. It takes all kinds to make this tapestry.

Some people, like many friends of mine, live their life dedicated to undoing the knots woven into the tapestry by their ancestors. It may look as though those knots came from their family and the way they were treated by their relatives. Maybe.

It could be that they were their ancestors in previous generations, reincarnated now, to undo the very nots they tied generations ago. It seems quite likely to me.

I’ve learned for myself, with help from A Course in Miracles, and my own willingness to value the truth. I’ve brought the patterns in with me and those who seem to have contributed to them, have only helped me to bring my attention so that I will get on with the work of untying the knots.

I don’t wish to waste another minute complaining about how things are. It doesn’t help, and in fact it becomes a magnetic attractor for more of the same.

There are no victims, even when it looks like there are victims.

We don’t know what’s really going on.

I’m absolutely certain that some souls volunteer to live a life in service being the challenging child of a person who wishes to learn compassion. This is the way of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva is the awakened being who chooses to continue the cycle of reincarnation in service until all are awakened.

I imagine that from the Bodhisattva’s perspective the entire tapestry is beautiful. Maybe it’s a mandala.

I wish to see the tapestry of life from that Bodhisattva perspective and see only the beauty.

When I see something I don’t like, let me not complain and lend it energy. Let me not invest one more drop of my precious life-energy into that which is not untying the knots or refining the beauty.

As the inspired Christian mystic, Howard Thurman, would say, let me “keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve” so that there is nothing more appealing or attractive to energize in this moment or any other.

The way for me to achieve my goal of being able to see from a clear view is to quit complaining.

Complaining has been such a strong habit for me.

There were times when I thought, and I do really mean this, that it was the purpose of my life.

Now, I can feel clearly that the purpose was to untie the knot of complaining as a habit.

Today, let me untie the knots and bring more beauty with each choice I make.

How do you choose to see the tapestry of life today?

Can you see the knots that it is your life purpose to untie?
If you wish, please share in the comments and I will hold it with you in prayer.

Together we will surely succeed!
Spirit will carry us there since we are so willing!

I’m getting ready for my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat next month. 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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I Love the Truth!

Friday, August 28th, 2020

I can handle the truth. I find it incredibly valuable.

I LOVE the Truth. I pray for the truth to be revealed every day in every way. The truth is healing and it’s liberating.

To value the truth is to value the very nature of our Creator’s constant and eternal Love which is the ultimate truth of our existence.

In truth all animosity dissolves.

I’m very blessed to be able to have a spiritual teacher who is truthful. Her name is Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo and she is a Cherokee Chief and a Buddhist. Her mind is very vast – meaning she sees way beyond time and space and helps me to see it too. I’m Cherokee by heritage and so I am grateful to connect to that stream of wisdom and learn my ancestor’s ways of spiritual expansion and awakening.

When I first started to spend 1 on 1 time with her it was in service. I would pick her up and drive her to places, sometimes spending many hours in the car with her. As a good and respectful student, I didn’t bend her ear with my questions, and I didn’t make the time together a counseling session. We got to know each other and share about life.

One of the first times that we were going somewhere in the car just the two of us, I told her this:

Please always tell me the truth. If you ever see that I’m not thinking clear or not seeing clearly, feel free to point it out. I consider that the greatest act of Love and kindness. When people see I’m headed in a wrong direction and don’t say anything to me, I realize they are not the best of friends to me.

You cannot hurt my feelings except by withholding your feedback. As a spiritual leader, I depend upon everyone around me to help me be the very most aware, and loving being I can be. I fall down and make errors every day, that’s my learning, I don’t mind that. It’s when people could help me, but they don’t, that I learn not to trust them.

You cannot offend me. Be as direct as you can that will feel like the greatest blessing and the most loving expression you can offer me. Your feedback is always welcome!

I wished to have an honest, transparent and easy relationship with her. I intended to let her know that she could be “real” with me.

After all these years, what I notice is that Venerable is always, ALWAYS teaching me by her example of what she says, and what she DOES NOT say to me and others. That’s why she’s such a good teacher to me.

There are many times I will notice that I share things with people in a subtle way, but they aren’t picking it up. That’s okay. They aren’t open to it yet. No problem. There’s no rush to transform our consciousness.

Being a devotee of truth, I’m interested in honesty and transparency, but still, people don’t have to tell me everything they feel.

Truth is my teacher.

Let truth be the master of my life and my mind.

When I am less than truthful, I feel a little energy shift.
It’s as if there’s a little energetic breeze that hints at what the truth ACTUALLY is.
I make a note.
I self-correct.
It’s a gentle and loving guide that goes with me always.

A commitment to the truth does require a willingness to be honest with yourself.

When we deceive ourselves, others will mirror that back to us.
That’s no fun.
We then decide they’ve betrayed us, but have they?
Or are they helping us to see what’s hidden?

The truth can only help us.
Let’s value the truth and no longer be afraid of it.

This September, something amazing is going to happen and it’s called my Stop Playing Small Retreat – let’s get some real results and unblock the flow of Love in our lives. There’s a whole lot of healing going to happen!

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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Eliminating Victim Consciousness

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Some people are looking to feel hurt. They are actually hoping they’ll get wounded in their connections with people. I’ve been there. I actually have done that. I’ve entered into situations with people anticipating that I’d be disappointed, hurt and that I’d walk away feeling rejected. Many people, just like me, have an attraction to victimhood.

I find it deeply comforting that our true self, our Higher Holy Spirit Self, the Mighty I AM Presence of us cannot be hurt, and cannot be a victim.

I aspire to live in a way that I AM unhurt-able. I get closer every day.

To be unhurt-able not because I’ve put up some kind of wall or shield to protect me, but because I don’t ever take anything personally. Ponder this: we’re one with each other, all completely united and one, can we actually hurt each other, or are we making it up? Are we hurting ourselves? Or are we simply having experiences and choosing to take things as an offense?

What I absolutely know is that the safest emotional place for me to live in this world is with my heart so wide open that I can embrace everything and keep nothing out.

No judgments, no hurts. No expectations, no disappointments. And no victims, either.

It’s the hardening of the heart, the blocking and withholding of Love that causes pain, anger, upset, and hurt. It’s trying to avoid hurt that causes the pain. The pain comes from taking ourselves out of the flow of Love.

Feeling hurt is a choice I don’t intend to make anymore.

I’m interested in eliminating choosing to be hurt and offended, because being hurt is not a good use of my energy and I don’t enjoy it. I am much more interested in liberating from false beliefs and being of service.

I used to be angry much of the time.
Now, I feel peaceful most of the time – and I’m looking forward to the good that I absolutely know is unfolding. I like this so much better than “preparing for the worst.”

And I’m not a victim anymore.

Since I’m the one who decides how I will perceive something, I can take everything as an opportunity to extend Love or receive Love.

To have Love, give all Love to All. It’s simple. It’s not easy, but thank God it’s simple! At least it’s not confusing!

Doesn’t being open hearted and unhurt-able sound great? I’m pretty sure that’s our natural state. After all, we’re light beings. How do you damage light? You can’t. It’s not even possible, so I’ve decided to stop believing it’s possible. Instead, I’m calling forth miracles.

I’m going for it! How about you? Are you willing to open your heart so much that you’d be unhurt-able and give up feeling like a victim? We can do this!

We can rid ourselves of victim consciousness and share the benefits with everyone!

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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End to Misery

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Every day, more than ever, I’m feeling more and more people are going through a really hard time.

Some of them are people I know and Love, but most are people I don’t know, still, I can feel them.

I know you’re probably already doing this, but I feel compelled to remind everyone to reach out to the people who are on the fringes of your life.  Connect with those people you don’t usually call or hang out with, but you have their email or their phone number.  Just see if they’re okay.

Many people are not okay.  

I got the nudge to connect with someone I see only occasionally and the message I got back is that they’re miserable.  

I used to speak at Agape’s Sunday night service once a month.  I did that for about 10 years.  And what I often saw was quite a few people who had too much time on their own over the weekend.  

There are many folks who implode if they have too much time alone.  If you’re one of them, I encourage you to find a way to be of service in your community.  There’s a lot that people need help with now.  

Maybe you like to bake, and you could just bake cookies for everyone in the neighborhood.

Maybe you can just determine who among the people you know is having a tough time and let them know you care.

My prayer partners and I have been meeting on the phone each week for about 14 years.  When the pandemic started our 30 minute phone call once a week became a 1 hour zoom.  And now we get together twice a week.  We need the extra connection and we’re enjoying it.  It’s precious to us.

It’s true that some people choose to look at things with so much judgment and negativity that they make themselves miserable, and still, we can have compassion for them, pray and know that there is that within them that can transcend even this desperate misery.

Praying brings benefit to everyone.  I’m so glad you’re praying with me today!  Thank you!

TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if it’s 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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Relax, Don’t Do It

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Do you remember the song “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood? It was very popular in the mid-1980’s and at that time I was working in the music business with Billy Idol’s manager. Every now and then I sing that song – or at least part of the chorus – to the ego and it came up again recently.

When we’re worried about something, we’re making “negative use of our imagination.”

That’s how Ernest Holmes, the founder of Science of mind described it, and I feel it’s a helpful way to think of it.

When we’re holding in our mind the vision of what we do not want to come to pass, we’re actually investing in and energizing a future that we hope won’t happen. If we know the power of our thinking, we will stop that immediately.

In this world, people often invest huge amounts of time and attention into thinking about what they do not want to come to pass.

It’s actually a form of self-sabotage.

I can tell you story after story of people having very painful results from this practice of energizing what they don’t want. Their payoff is that they get to say “I knew it.”

I knew they’d fire me.
I knew they’d leave me.
I knew they’d reject me.
I knew they’d hurt me.
I knew they’d disappoint me.
I knew I’d fail.
I knew I’d make a fool of myself.
I knew it wouldn’t work.

And on and on.

So much suffering can be avoided when we break the habit of worry. It’s yet another habit that feeds into playing small, living in lack and believing in limitation. Ultimately, we’ll stop, and harvest the learning from our experiences, but I can say that people also have the option to stop doing it and to set themselves free.

When the temptation to imagine what you don’t want comes. Stop.

Don’t do it. Relax!

I’m for Freedom! Let’s do it together!

TAKE ACTION! If you’re interested in either my Stop Playing Small Retreat or Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Bootcamp, but you aren’t sure if it’s 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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Perceptions Sometimes Aren’t Helpful

Friday, August 7th, 2020

It’s interesting to notice what we notice.
It can be fascinating to view how we view.

In New Jersey they don’t have self-serve gas, the attendant pumps the gas for you. In Maine, at some stations there’s no self-serve and I when I learned about that I realized that I could help contribute to someone having a job by choosing the stations where there’s no self-serve. I might cost a small amount more, but it gives someone a job. Since I don’t particularly enjoy pumping gas, that completely works for me.

I used to return the shopping carts, to the store, but then I realized that there’s no need to return them it’s easier for me not to, and by not returning it, I’m giving a person employment. I can receive the support of not having to return the cart.

In small towns, grocery baggers will sometimes ask if I’d like help taking my groceries to the car, wouldn’t they also like to help by taking the cart and putting it away?

Do you feel guilty if you don’t return the cart where they’d like you to?

What’s interesting is the meaning we make of things.

Our perspective generates our perception, but many times we really don’t know what anything is for.

Once when I was at a Wednesday night service at Agape with a friend. As the collection basket was being passed, my friend saw someone pass the basket without putting anything in it and she turned to me and said, “that bothers me so much, how can they pass the basket without putting anything in it?”

I said to her, “I do that all the time. I write one tithe check per month to make it easier for myself. I’m here at service twice eight times a week or more, but I only write one check. So, I don’t put anything in the collection most of the time.”

My friend was taken aback. After a moment she said, “I never thought about that. That makes sense.”

Whenever we judge, we’re taking ourselves out of the flow of Love and we’re usually creating some kind of personal, emotional and mental distress.

If we don’t correct our thoughts, then we start feel the upset in our physical body. Our life is so much easier if we simply focus on being loving.

We’re designed to be peaceful, harmonious and prosperous and our misperceptions trigger a feeling of upset so we can realize that it’s time to course correct.

It’s a great system to remind us that Love is our true identity and Peace is our natural state. Let’s remember what’s real.

What perception is operating in your mind, triggering guilt? Please share in the comments and help us realize where we can all make a change! Thank you in advance!

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Our Gifts and Talents

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

If you don’t use your gifts and talents you might not actually lose them – but you will definitely be missing extraordinary opportunities to be an authentic, inspiring and healing presence in the world.

One of the most satisfying things I’ve ever experienced in this world is when I’m sharing my natural gifts and talents in ways that are uplifting and inspiring for others.

 I have a gift for sharing.  I’ve taken my natural talent and honed it with skill.  

When I get to teach a class, lead a retreat, or a Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive, it feels like the sweetest spot to me.  I don’t feel as though the truths that I share are mine, or that I in anyway the author of them.  They are available to everyone and I’m interested in sharing them.  I love, love, LOVE sharing these spiritual principles.

We all have an interesting and unique relationship to our possessions, including our gifts and talents.

In THE PATHWAY OF ROSES, the great mystic, Christian D. Larson wrote, 

“Every individual is entitled to all the riches of the spiritual kingdom, and in addition, to the possession of as many things … as he can possibly appreciate and use in the enrichment of all the realms of his own entire existence. But before he can secure all these things, he must cause his personal nature and his spiritual nature to live together as one … the first essential is to make the best use possible of everything that we may possess now.”

What Larson describes there, is what I feel I experience when I’m sharing spiritual truths.

Today let’s be willing to use what we have, and share it.  So many people want more, but they don’t appreciate and make use of what they have.  

Let’s be willing to look at ourselves from a Divine perspective.  Would we be willing to give to someone more riches and rewards if they didn’t appreciate and make use of the ones we had already given them?  Wouldn’t that be a waste? 

It’s worth asking, “what God given gifts and talents have I got that I’m hoarding?”  

You can get real with yourself and get ready to rock.  

Now is the time of our liberation!  Let’s go!

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Flowing With Spirit

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Yesterday, in our Sundays With Spirit service, in the healing meditation I was sharing about trusting Spirit and using the metaphor of God’s Love as a river that flows. We can flow with the river or we can fight it.

We can cling to the rocks and buffeted about or we can trust the river and go for the ride.

Then, I remembered that someone had recently reminded me of this passage from Illusions by Richard Bach:

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all — young and old, rich and poor, good and evil — the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going.

I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”

The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!”

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!”

And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.

But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again, he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a savior.

The question is now, what rock are we clinging to?
Who are you looking to as our savior?

For myself, I’m letting go of rocks every day.

I feel it’s a big portion of my responsibility to choose Freedom.

Every choice I make for Freedom lifts us all and I know that. I don’t wish to be a bottom feeder or a rock clinger. I am interested in flowing in the river of Love. I don’t wish to drown there; I wish to flourish and thrive and demonstrate Spirit’s infinite Love and protection – how about you?

Please share in the comments below!

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Ascension Now

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Yesterday, in our Sundays with Spirit, our guest speaker, kironJ Gardner was sharing about her ascension practices.  I so loved hearing about her focus on ascension as it’s been my focus too now since about 2007.

Especially as a student of A Course in Miracles, I feel it’s so helpful for us to keep our attention on our goal of ending the belief in separation and remembering the truth of our spiritual identity.

In my classes we focus on our aspiration, intention and goals.  My aspiration is to live as the Christ Consciousness demonstrating Love, Compassion, Beauty, Affluence & Wisdom – that’s part of my ascension plan.  Just holding that aspiration since 2000 or so has been life-changing for me … and for the world.

When we hold an aspiration and energize it daily, our life begins to shift and change in order to manifest and demonstrate it – to bring it into our experience.  When one person holds an aspiration to rise in vibration and live in alignment with truth, ALL beings are raised up with them.  As I am lifted, all are life.

A Course in Miracles tells us, “seek not to change the world, but to change your mind about the world.” When I’m holding a high aspiration, it is a gift that I’m giving to everyone, because I’m one with everyone.

Some people prefer not to recognize the power and impact of their thought.  Some prefer to believe that they have a very small sphere of influence, but if we share the same mind with ALL, our aspiration is actively affecting everyone.  Some people believe that it doesn’t matter what they aspire to because these things don’t work for them.

It takes courage to hold a high aspiration and not feel unworthy.  That’s why years ago I decided to come out of the “spiritual closet” and let people know that I am aspiring to attain enlightenment.  I’m not shirking my spiritual responsibility, and I’m not thinking the goal is to high for me to attain.

Instead of focusing on what my ego thinks is impossible, I’m focusing on what God KNOWS is happening.

I AM awakening.

I AM attaining enlightenment.  I am discovering the Christ has been hidden in my mind all along.

Because I AM willing to know that I AM worthy, I am broadcasting that vibration throughout the Universe and it’s having a healing effect.  I AM willing to be a lighthouse, broadcasting the clear light of truth, even though, each and every day, I fall down and find myself momentarily thinking negative thoughts.  I don’t dwell on that.  I turn it UP and over to Spirit.

I AM willing to be the change I wish to see in the world.  It’s happening NOW!  In other words, it’s ON!

I’ve used prayer to heal my life, and it’s been nothing short of miraculous.  If you’re interested, join my Prayer Power class – you can get started right now.  For years, this has only been available to folks in Masterful Living, but under the circumstances we have in the world right now, I was guided to open it to anyone.  Join us for this class, which is Part 1 of a four part series – and then carry on if you feel inspired!

Also, my Stop Playing Small Retreat was going to be in UK next month, but now it’s being offered online, so all can join.  This online retreat is for folks who are frustrated with feeling stuck and fearful.  It’s designed for those who’d like to bring on a breakthrough so they can move forward with confidence toward their heart’s desire in any area of their life.

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I’m A Happy Camper

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

These are challenging times. There’s no doubt about it. For those of us with a spiritual practice, it’s a constant call to be more dedicated and more devoted. I see that happening in our community.

I’m a happy camper today because I have so many wonderful announcements. Earlier this year we, at the Power of Love Ministry, decided to create a community newsletter and we sent the first issue yesterday. If you missed it, you can view it in your browser here: Community Newsletter.

I’ve learned that it really does take a great willingness to have an effective spiritual practice and to follow the teachings of A Course in Miracles. Fortunately, the more I practiced, the more I truly wished to be even more willing and more available to choose Love and to be truly helpful with every choice I made.

I find I am not alone in this ever-increasing willingness and joy in willingness.

In some ways, it becomes a no-brainer. I see this with folks in class with me all the time. What happens that turbocharges our willingness is we start to prove that it works. Once we can begin to see that, the changes are helpful, that the changes are desirable, that life is easier and better, then we start to actually wish to give up the past and make the changes that are EVEN MORE HELPFUL.

Remember, in ACIM, Jesus tells us that ALL are chosen. We all have a call to be truly helpful and to return home, like the Prodigal Son. And, eventually, we’ll all actually DECIDE to make that journey. We can speed it up or we can slow it down.

I’m also excited because we’re consistently doing a much better job of serving our community. In September, I held my first retreat on the topic of “Recovery from Sexual Abuse” and it was a HUGE success, in that those who attended had profound healing and they’re now offering a support group for folks in Masterful Living and Finding Freedom classes. They’re going gangbusters, and we’re looking to have another retreat as early as late January.

Those who do the deep forgiveness work, like these beautiful folks who are rising above their wounding of the past, are inspired and compelled to help others. Their Joy is infectious! Just think: they went from feeling betrayed and wounded to feeling joyous and inspired!

Forgiveness continues to be my teacher. I am consistently amazed at how profound the healing power of forgiveness is. And that’s why I’m getting ready to offer a free class on forgiveness NEXT SUNDAY, November 10, and I’m calling it Forgive Me. Here Come The Holidays! Register now and we’ll send you the details – also, please do share with friends – it’s my gift to you!

 

I feel it’s so important and helpful to do extra forgiveness clearing and healing BEFORE the holidays, so that we can end the year beautifully and feel launched into our best year ever. Please join me in this free class! I’m so inspired to do this healing work!

I’m also very inspired because I just had my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive and my “Teacher Training” intensive – and they were both so much fun and so fulfilling. How cool is it that as people are entering our Spiritual Counseling Certification Program others are completing it?

At the Power of Love Ministry, the Spiritual Counseling Certification Program is going strong. And I’m so pleased to announce that we are certifying two new counselors. Woo hoo!

I’d like to introduce you to Phil Rego, who has been participating in the ministry for a number of years now. I’ve watched her shift and transform her life and her thinking and expand her coaching business. Phil is an inspiring counselor who is doing beautiful work

I love to help people discover who they truly are and to live with a sense of joy and wonder as they claim the future they want for themselves. After nearly two decades of helping people deal with difficulty as a social worker, I became a leadership coach who helps people transform themselves and their lives. Our journey is to find our source of light and illuminate ourselves, our greatness, and our unique calling. In studying with Jennifer it became clear to me that love is a healer and we must love ourselves first. With that, I focus on helping people discover and love who they truly are. When we tune in and turn up the divine light shining deep within us, we release our hurts, troubles, doubts, and fears. I would love the opportunity to help you uncover and shine your light. Please contact Phil at: philorego@hotmail.com

 

I’d also like to introduce you to Rieko Yamanaka who has been in our Masterful Living community for three years, and for several years has been a Facilitator for our Mastery Circle program, as well as facilitating small groups in the Finding Freedom From Fear program. She is a much loved and valued member of our community. She’s taking a break from counseling right now.

My goal is that all the graduates of our program will feel confident and qualified to do the work that they LOVE. And they do!

In order to be certified, these powerful Spiritual Counselors have had to do at least 111 practice sessions with evaluations and they’ve done far more than that. Plus, they have a substantial list of other requirements that have brought them to a place of great willingness and great knowing of Spirit. They are experienced. I invite you to consider working with Phil if you’d like to deepen your spiritual practice of truly living A Course in Miracles.

Working with a Spiritual Counselor who was trained to see the ego’s mental and emotional patterns that were running my life helped me to be able to dissolve and resolve those patterns. I could not have done it on my own.

For me, my belief that I had a deep-seated, fundamental wrongness and badness was so strong, and had been affirmed so often, that I really needed someone who could sit with me and say “It ain’t so. False. Not true. Never will be true. It cannot be true. You are perfect Love and you have forgotten it. You’ve hidden it. You aren’t aware of it, but even so, that is what is actually true.”

The truth IS that we are ALL fundamentally good – even if we’ve never demonstrated it. And because THAT is the TRUTH, one person holding and knowing the truth with you and for you is more powerful than a lifetime of believing a lie. That’s how powerful truth is.

Love is truth.

Love knows no opposition, because any appearance of opposition is false. It ain’t so.

I began to find out just how powerful this is when I became a spiritual counselor as a licensed Prayer Practitioner in the Agape community in Los Angeles. I was so committed to helping my clients see the truth that I was seeing. It was an honor and a privilege to hold the truth and know it with them and for them.

And that’s why I began to train Spiritual Counselors for certification. I have an aspiration to support people who would like to have a profession in spirituality as counselors, teachers, and Prayer Practitioners as well as ministers.

Congratulations to Phil & Rieko! Let’s give them some applause!

 

If you think you might be interested in learning more about spiritual counseling and our program at Power of Love Ministry, you can reply to this e-mail and we’ll set up a time for one of the counselors to answer your questions.  You can also email us at admin@jenniferhadley.com 

I encourage you to consider work with one of the Spiritual Counselors who I’ve certified, or one that’s still in training, and see if they can support your journey.  They ALL have had amazing relationship healing with their families.  Click here to see the list of Spiritual Counselors.  

Folks who have been therapists, doctors, teachers, coaches, ministers, dads, moms, and grandparents for decades have all found that it was very helpful to them in all kinds of ways, professionally and personally.

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! It takes a village to raise anyone.  And certainly, it takes a village to raise this minister. 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 truly are answering our call to BE the Love.  YES!

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Attaining Enlightenment

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Happy Halloween to you! I’m up in Maine and missing out on the festivities, as it’s very quiet here on Deer Isle. I love Halloween and all the pageantry of it. I love arts and crafts, and it’s fun to be able to put your all into something creative that will only last for a little while.

I grew up making my own costumes and having a lot of fun with that, even though nothing ever turned out as great as I wished it would. That’s how life is sometimes, and we can still have a great time enjoying the journey.

I doubt that anyone’s life turns out the way they hope it will or think it will when they’re younger.

When I was in my teens and 20’s, I had a very different idea of what I thought would make me happy and of what I thought success is. Now I see success as being something completely different. My concept of success went from something in the world to something in my Spirit.

Yesterday in Masterful Living class, I was sharing about how it felt so bold for me to come out and tell the world via this daily blog that I was declaring my intention to attain Enlightenment.

I was glad to move beyond any concern of what anyone else would think of me.

I was glad to let go of listening to that voice that says “Who does she thinks she is?

I was glad to be able to answer that voice with “She is the one who is willing to KNOW she is God’s and she is already as holy as holy can be!” It’s been an important part of my path of liberation.

I feel it’s so important for us to declare our intentions to attain Enlightenment, and throw off the shackles of not good enough.

That’s why I’m planning a 3-part class to end unworthiness in our minds – so that we can declare our worthiness to attain Enlightenment and take our rightful place as the Light of the world.

How do you feel about declaring your intention to attain Enlightenment?

Please share it with us in the comments below!

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