Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

Cultivating Peace

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

I’m a very sound sleeper. I fall asleep so easily. I’m very blessed that way and I’m so grateful. For the last week I’ve noticed that I’m not falling asleep as easily or sleeping as soundly.

I can tell that even though I feel at Peace, the majority of people don’t, and, being an empath, I can feel what others are going through. I know many people in New York, some I’m talking with each day, and things are very intense there. I know others who are very worried about family members.

I saw that Maggie Haberman, longtime NY Times White House reporter, who apparently lives in Brooklyn said that the sirens were non-stop in Brooklyn. I can only imagine how intense that would be and I’d rather not.

I saw in the paper where EMT (emergency medical transportation) workers were overwhelmed and afraid.

When we trust more in our own abilities than we do in Spirit, then we’re always insecure and off-balance.

The only way to truly be at Peace is to place our full faith and trust in Spirit.

In each and every moment, we are placing our trust and faith somewhere in something. If we’re not placing it in Spirit, where are we placing it? This is one of the most basic aspects of our spiritual practice. This is why TRUST is the #1 characteristic of God’s Teachers.

It’s times like this that are calling us to place our trust and faith in Spirit.

The stress of trying to rely upon our own resources, and our own abilities is intense!

The pain of separation thinking is pushing us.
The vision of our holiness is pulling us.

Let us be more pulled by the vision than pushed by the pain.

This is Easter week, and Passover week too. This is the time for us to remember to Partner UP with our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

While so many of our brothers and sisters are essential workers to support the rest of us. And so many are risking their lives and going through a nightmare scenario in hospitals all over this world, let us hold down the spiritual fort for them and PRAY.

Let’s stand strong in our faith and KNOW that EVERYTHING works together for our good. Now, more than ever, for some of us, the pain is pushing us to hold the vision and not make any compromises.

One of the things I love about the A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers is Chapter 4’s Characteristics of God’s Teachers. Trust is #1, and #2 is honesty, which Jesus says means consistency.

He tells us, “Conflict is the inevitable result of self-deception, and self-deception is dishonesty.”

I find this so helpful. We do deceive ourselves, and frequently. We play these mind-games that keep us going around in circles. Now is the time for honesty.

Hear what ACIM is telling us: Honesty is the way OUT of conflict.

Trust is the way to Peace.

Consider this, if you’re in a relationship with someone who is deceptive, can you ever rest, relax and feel secure with them? No, of course not. So, the same thing applies to our relationship with our self. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Let’s cultivate an honest relationship with our own self.

Can we actually be heart-centered and open-hearted and be self-deceiving? It seems impossible to me.

Let’s stop playing games and deceiving ourselves, if only because it’s not loving, and not supportive of our awakening.

More than ever, our consciousness is needed to be a support to people who are freaking out, and people who are exhausted or experiencing intense trauma. We can be available to support them. Let’s be honest with ourselves and others and let’s be intent on learning to rely upon Spirit rather than our own abilities and devices.

In that same section on Honesty in the Manual for Teachers on Honesty, Jesus says, “There is no challenge to a teacher of God. Challenge implies doubt, and the trust on which God’s teachers rest secure makes doubt impossible. Therefore they can only succeed.”
Let’s recognize that we can only succeed if we’re willing to consistently trust Spirit. Isn’t that a great thing to PROVE?

Let’s PROVE Spirit works in our life.
Let’s live without inner conflict.
Let’s be truly helpful.

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Now more than ever it’s important to hold to our spiritual practices. And prayer is our POWER TOOL.

To be helpful is why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

Let’s pray on behalf of all the people who’ve lost their jobs and have a family to feed.

Let’s also remember all of the olympic athletes around the world who’ve worked SO HARD to qualify and now have to wait one more year. That’s intense too.

Think of all the weddings that are being postponed.
And the babies being born who won’t get to be held by their grandparents for a while.
Consider the folks who are unable to quarantine in detention camps.

Some people are complaining they’re bored.
Let’s see if we can help them find a way to be truly helpful for others.
There are people all over the world who would be thrilled to trade places.

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THIS EASTER SUNDAY I’m participating in an online service with Jon Mundy, David Fishman, Bill Free, Lisa Natoli and others. You can join us by registering here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJMpdO2opj8rrCm_R6rjNKu_wPoRGp8OyA

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

May you and your family feel blessed.

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Sanity In Times of Insanity

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Another day “living la vida loca”. Yesterday morning I went to the giant Whole Foods grocery store to shop for myself and my brother’s family. There was a line to get in when I got there at 8:30 a.m., mostly because a number of cashiers had called in sick and they didn’t want the lines to pay to get long, so they weren’t letting that many people into the store, even though it is a HUGE store.

When I got to the front of the line, I told the security guard that because I was wearing the face mask she couldn’t see that I was smiling at her. But she said she could tell by my eyes. She was wearing a mask, too, and I could tell she was smiling, also. It was a sweet moment. My mask is actually a head covering that I’m now using as a mask, because it’s the closest thing I have to a mask.

When I got to the cashier to check-out and pay for my groceries, I had such a deep sense of gratitude for her and all the others working in the store. I thanked the woman and said, “Thank you for being here so I could buy food for my family.” And I started to cry. I am so deeply touched and grateful for all the people who are making personal sacrifices so that some of us can have the basics, even if the basics include things like potato chips and yogurt.

I understand that some people are bored staying at home.
Some people are inconvenienced and annoyed by the quarantine.
Others aren’t abiding by it all.
Others think that wearing masks are stupid and unnecessary.

I’ve heard it all.

What I feel is immense gratitude.
I feel safe and protected.

I feel grateful that my family is safe and so are most of my friends.

I am SO grateful for the people who are working so hard to keep the rest of us alive and safe.

I am so aware that many are intensely challenged right now, and I’m praying more than ever that people can find Peace in the midst of this experience.

I know there are many thousands of people who are going through a very difficult time, so we need to extend them Love and compassion and do all that we can for them.

This is a time for all of us to pitch in.

I’ve got friends who’ve had their businesses shut down.
Friends who can’t work because they’re home sick.

They’re homeschooling their kids, so they can’t pick up extra work because they have to be home with their children. So, I’m sending them care packages of food and toys for the children to play with.

What can you do for folks to help them out in their time of need?

Have you got a sewing machine? Maybe you could make masks or you could pay for a seamstress in your town to do it.

It’s not about protecting yourself so much as protecting others. I’ve already had friends who were infected, but asymptomatic and didn’t know it, walking around infecting loved ones. We really do need to all behave as if we’re infected and asymptomatic, at least when we’re outside our home.

One funny note. When I was at the grocery store shopping, I was looking at my list and my brother’s list on my phone but my facial recognition software on my iPhone wouldn’t recognize me with the mask on, so I kept having to put in my password. I had to laugh about it!

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WE First, Not ME First

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Right now in our world it may seem that there’s a lot of sicknesses, a lot of illness, and that it’s increasing. I understand that this is how it looks if we look at it from the perspective of being a body. But we are NOT a body. And we never will be.

From a spiritual point of view, there’s a healing that is taking place. The healing is happening in our belief system, in our mind, and in our perspective.

If we look at what’s happening with the death and illness from Covid-19, we’ll see the only loss. When our loved ones lose their lives in this world it sure does seem like a loss, but there IS something greater occurring if we’re willing to see it – and we cannot see it if we believe we are a body.

Now is the time for us to remember that we’re not separate, we’re One with each other. A Course in Miracles calls this “accepting the Atonement.”
Miracles Principle #25 from the Text of ACIM is “Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.”

We have a spiritual obligation to be WILLING to see past separation and accept that it never was, nor could it be.

If we’re willing, our mind will be released from believing in separation.

Right now, there’s a powerful remedy to separation thinking that’s occurring in our human experience by means of this virus. Every day we get to clearly choose between fear and compassion. Those who are choosing fear are obvious because they are not choosing compassion. Those who are choosing compassion are obvious because they are not choosing fear.

Compassion is a loving understanding. Compassion is an expression of Love that heals.

Fear binds, Love liberates.

You can tell what you’re choosing by how you feel – tense or peaceful.

Interestingly, one way for us to best survive this virus is to separate but not to see ourselves as separate. We must keep our bodies separate, but we must unite in choosing to care so much about our brothers and sisters that we’re willing to do what it takes to keep the virus from killing the most vulnerable of us.

We must unite in order to “do the right thing.”

We must be of one mind in order to accomplish this healing with the greatest ease and grace.

We can succeed best by recognizing our connection with all beings. Fires, floods, plagues. These experiences are forcing us to recognize that we are interdependent and not independent.

We cannot survive by saying “me first.” We must say “WE first.”

It takes a great willingness to set aside the consciousness of separation we’ve all worked so hard to cultivate. And we can either choose to be pushed by the pain or pulled by the vision.

Most of us choose some of each. We’re here to be truly helpful and being TRULY helpful means helping people to see clearly the difference between choosing pain and choosing Joy. So, we must work with our minds to eliminate our attraction to painful choices.

If we’re willing the Higher Holy Spirit Self will heal our minds and that will enable us to see, know, and feel clearly the truth that liberates us from the perspective that is painful.

Today’s the perfect day to double down and deepen our commitment to know the truth that sets us free from fear and suffering. Today’s our kind of day!

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Fear Has No Power

Monday, March 30th, 2020

I’m self-quarantined in New Jersey for a couple of geeks now (just to be a good citizen), and so I’ve been watching New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, give his daily reports for the community. I’m very appreciative of them, especially because I have many beloved friends in New York.

Cuomo’s reports are filled with facts as well as inspiration. He also gives very practical advice, and even relationship advice. He advises that this is the time to reach out to people and let them know that you care and that you love them.

Yesterday, Cuomo shared that, in recent days, 76,000 medical professionals have volunteered to help serve New York’s citizenry in their time of need. 76,000! That’s extraordinary. That’s an outpouring! That’s our Spirit responding to the call.

Here’s my Facebook post from Saturday:

In New York, the bodies of the family’s loved ones are being stored in refrigerated trucks because there’s nothing anyone can do with the bodies at this point, while in other parts of the country people are still thinking this global pandemic is some kind of cruel hoax. New Yorker’s and others are stepping up to the challenge. People are finding their super-hero nature and accessing it to be of service to total strangers.

This is the time we were born for.

Many times, New Yorker’s are portrayed as uncaring city dwellers, but that’s not been my experience. I lived in Manhattan for 10 years, and I found New Yorker’s to be amazing and wonderful, for the most part. People who live in such close quarters have learned to have compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other.

I’m so moved by the stories of the doctors and nurses on the front line of this pandemic. Their extraordinary compassion and caring, their tireless work and efforts, often at great risk to themselves, is nothing short of miraculous.

I have learned that the antidote to fear is always to open our hearts in Love and compassion.

Let us do just that and pray for the people who are putting their life on the line. Let us give thanks for them every day and bless their families who are must surely concerned for their safety.

And let us pray for the families of those who have left this world. Families that are taking their loved ones to the hospital never to see them again because it’s not safe for them to visit.

This is the time for us to pray and pray and pray some more. It will strengthen us and give us the vitality and resistance to being invulnerable to this challenge.

Now is the time for us to forget our differences and remember that we are one, whether we like it or not.

We ARE One and fear will never, ever conquer us.

Love is what we are and fear is NOTHING.


What do you have to say to the voice of fear? Please share in the comments below!

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Remembering to Laugh

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

I’m still sheltering in Peace here in New Jersey as the world is turning and returning in ever more astounding ways. Yesterday we had a family Zoom meeting that we definitely wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for this virus. My nephew, Alex, is at graduate school in Spain outside of Barcelona and we were celebrating his birthday. We all appreciated the opportunity to connect and say hello to each other across the country and in Europe.

Everywhere, people are realizing how much our connections matter.

Isn’t it interesting that this virus that is seeming to separate us in the physical realm is bringing us together in the heart realm? We’re realizing that our philosophical, political, and religious differences aren’t anywhere near as important as our Love for each other.

Every time I turn on the news, I hear stories of how complete strangers are risking their lives for each other and extending loving kindness.

In adversity, we’re remembering our humanity.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been focused on work and taking care of the needs of the ministry as well as my own self-care. My biggest adventure in the last two weeks was getting take-out food instead of cooking in. Bringing in take-out is now a whole new experience in this quarantine environment.

My nephew, Benjamin, who has a 3-D printer, is learning how to print personal protection devices such as masks to donate to hospitals. It’s something he can do while home alone and it’s helpful.

Speaking of helpful, f you haven’t seen this helpful video about how to keep safe when bringing in things from the outside world, you might find it helpful. It will also be helpful to pass it along.

I learned some things I didn’t realize.

I do believe that the script is already written, as it says in A Course in Miracles. I recognize that it’s a highly complex script, and my experience of it is continuously shifting based on the choices I’m making.

Making loving choices day in and day out, I feel confident that whatever transpires will be helpful to me and bring benefit to others as well.

As a result of my loving choices, I am unafraid of getting sick or contracting the virus. Yet I’m cautious. For me, the main thing is that I don’t wish to participate in the spread of it.

And yet, I see that there’s an upside to this virus experience. Many people are being forced to stay home with loved ones. It’s always a blessing when we can be together and connect – although it may not feel like it.

As we’ve come to realize, getting triggered emotionally can bring us enormous benefit, if we’re willing to recognize that it’s a cry for Love in our own heart. If we turn to the Higher Holy Spirit Self instead of self-medication, we’ll have healing and transformation.

I can feel how afraid some people are and how challenging it is. That’s why we’re offering more support for the folks in our classes right now, and I’m looking to offer more programs that can be helpful. If you’ve never subscribed to my podcast, you might look it up or go here to learn more – you can search for episodes about fear and that may help you to use spiritual practice to undo the root causes of fear so you’re life is changed forever.

Even this virus is for our good. And it’s so important that we claim that now, especially since whatever the good is, it’s coming with an unprecedented price. We have to trust it is worth it and be vigilant ONLY for Peace.

I feel the good that’s coming is the end of a belief in separation. I can feel that people are opening their hearts like never before. Let’s not judge this situation, let’s open our hearts to the healing it offers us.

Some days when I watch the news and hear the stories of what the medical teams are experiencing, I cannot help but weep for their courage and for the challenge they’re facing. Emotionally, it must be so difficult, especially to nurse patients whose families cannot attend them. Thousands are dying “alone.”

There must be an extraordinary good coming from this.
We must hold in our hearts that there is a great benefit for all.

It may be impossible to get a glimpse of in this moment,and so for now we must have faith whilst being so sweet and caring with ourselves. While we’re home alone, let’s take time each day to count our blessings and extend compassion to others. Let us cultivate these practices of the heart. Especially when we’re afraid.

Fear is the by-product of believing what’s not true and investing our attention in that which is false.

Another option for you to help alleviate fear is to work with one of our Spiritual Counselors. When folks are in my Certification Program they must do 111 sessions as part of their requirements and you can help them by booking a session now. All sessions with a counselor-in-training are offered on a donation basis. Click here to learn more now.

Now more than ever it’s important to hold to our spiritual practices.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember to laugh.



To be helpful is why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

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Let us take to heart the clear insight and gift that Jesus is offering us in A Course in Miracles:
Miracles represent freedom from fear. “Atoning” means “undoing.” The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles.We shall overcome all forms of resistance to the Light. T-1.I.26.

We undo fear with our extending Love and compassion. In this way, we are the salvation of the world. We are the answer.

We pray for the truth to be revealed in our heart and in our mind and for Love to prevail on earth as it is in Heaven because we’re extending it.

We pray to remember to laugh and that everything works together for good.

What is your prayer request today? Please share in the comments below!

Please share in the comments below!

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SOULutions

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

I have dear friends who are committed to ordering food every day. They could cook all their meals, but they can afford to have food delivered so they’re doing it to support their local businesses and they’re spreading that business around. It’s a sweet way to stay connected, involved, and has good food, too!

Yesterday, I went for two, yes TWO, glorious walks in a nearby park and it was lovely. There were two signs that were tacked up on various trees and they are a contrast to each other as well as signs of the times.

The dove of peace artwork is a wonderful thing – like a sweet surprise that someone is sharing, and it makes me think I’d like to do something like that, too.

It’s such a great idea – and a great thing that kids can do and share!

This is a time for interesting and unusual, unexpected things.
We can make them ourselves or simply admire what others are doing.

One of the most important things for us all right now is to be helpful if at all possible. Calling and checking in on people, helping people who are feeling anxious, worried or alone.

We can get groceries for people, and maybe we can just have our groceries delivered – tipping the delivery person is a great way to be helpful.

I’m connecting with lots of people, staying close and organizing more support for the people who share in this ministry. We’re figuring it out. People are stepping up. We’re staying strong and we have moments of anxiety.

It’s valuable to remember that anxiety comes from our opinions and judgments, which are never helpful and always dispensable.

We can give them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for removal and healing.

In this way we clear space in the one mind for amazing healing SOULutions.

It’s true! When we take out the trash in our own awareness, clearing out the judgments and opinions, we bring benefits to everyone, including the people who are searching for a cure for the disease.

We seek to change our minds about the world by giving up our false impressions and false beliefs.

Today’s a great day to practice!

What are you doing to keep people’s spirits up and spread the Love?

Please share in the comments below!

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Helpful

Friday, March 27th, 2020

It’s not fair. I could say that, everyone would agree, but I don’t believe life is ever unfair. But it sometimes seems unfair. It seems unfair that just a couple of miles away from me my family has a puppy that I do not get to play with because I’m “quarantined.”

I was in California 12 days ago, and I’m quarantining myself for a minimum of two weeks just to be safe. It feels like the responsible thing to do, even though I feel fine and I’ve felt fine all year.

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping for the family, myself and my brother’s family. It turned out to be a bit epic. It took three hours and two stores, but I managed to get just about everything we needed.

I’m grateful for that, and I’m grateful to be able to be helpful.

My friend who was in the hospital with Coronavirus came home yesterday. I sent his family a tent and tunnel set-up for their little boys to play in to wear them out and give their parents some downtime, and it’s working.

I feel so helpful!

And I’m getting videos of the boys playing in the tent and tunnel gear.

Their joy is helpful to me!

I have a friend who hasn’t been feeling well and we don’t know what’s going on with her, but she’s making it through. Her neighbors have been doing her grocery shopping for her, and she was saying that she felt she ought to start getting her own groceries now that she’s feeling better and it’s been two weeks already.

I said, “Please let them keep getting your groceries for you, even if you can do it. You’re not 100% yet, and they’re sheltering in place so they probably feel SO much better being helpful to YOU. They have to go to the store anyway. Let them help you. You’re helping THEM by letting them help you.

We can help others by letting others help us. Almost everyone likes to be helpful. How are you being helpful? Please share and inspire us with your ideas! We’d love to hear them in the comments below! Thank you!

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Good News

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

There is encouraging news mixed in with the tragic news. I’ll share the best news I’ve personally heard in a very long time. My friend Chris, who was taken to the emergency room two weeks ago with what they thought was a bad flu and who was diagnosed with pneumonia, and then later Covid-19, came home from the hospital after 14 days in quarantine. His husband and children are so HAPPY, as am I.

If you’re a person who prays, pray to know that all is well everywhere in this world. If you’re not a prayerful person, just bless everyone. That’s so beneficial to all!

Bless and bless again!

Sometimes, we might hesitate to bless someone we don’t like or feel should be punished. But if we think about it, when we bless those who seem to be generating hardship in our life, we’re helping them to have more clear insight about truth and Love and compassion and things that are helpful to all.

Bottom line: when we bless anyone, we bless everyone because all are connected.

This is so important to remember.

When we bless others, ESPECIALLY those who “despitefully use us” we are helping to undo the belief in separation. When we bless others, we bless ourselves because we’re One with them.

It’s never worth holding a grudge. Not for a single moment. The benefits of extending blessings and compassion are beyond our comprehension, and their are no benefits to holding a grudge.

When we can bless everyone we’re generating good news in our life every day. It will surely bring an increase of good news everywhere.

Let’s BE the blessing and share the blessing. It’s what we’re here for!

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Compassion Practice

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Today I drove over to the park to go for a long walk on a sunny day that was wonderful. Unfortunately, when I got back to my car my battery was dead. I just haven’t used my car enough while being quarantined at home (not sick, just being responsible) and so I had to call AAA and they came and jumped me. Life. I have compassion for myself for not realizing that I need to drive my car more. I have an old car with an old battery.

I had a nice little chat with the AAA fellow, and I’m grateful for any opportunity I can have to share a little kindness and connection with people. It’s such an intense time that we really can think of these exchanges as an opportunity to make the world a better place and spread some Love.

Let’s not take these exchanges lightly. They’re significant.

You never know when you might be talking with someone who is really terrified and going through something intense. Your kindness might really make a difference in their life. You’ll be so glad you made the most of that opportunity.

I did get to see some beautiful signs of Spring, including a surprisingly large turtle!





I’m so glad I can all still go for walks and practice social distancing.

One of the main things this virus is going to teach is that we need to practice kindness and responsibility – this will keep our vibration up and help us to heal our minds.

We’re all in a fast-track mind healing right now.
None of us can afford to lower our vibration.

Compassion is deeply healing and it can help us to transcend many things.

Practice, practice, practice.

I’ve learned to look at any place in my mind where I’ve been resistant to practicing compassion because I didn’t like something someone said or did.

Now I need to be more committed to my practice than ever, and I’m glad I can be. I’m so glad.

We can practice together and have tremendous healing. Yay, God!

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Transforming Terror to Peace

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Right now in the world, Covid-19, the Coronavirus, is raging in many places around the world. Countries are locking down. In some places, it’s illegal for people to be on the street with certain exceptions. There are all kinds of new rules and regulations coming into place. Some are to protect the populace and some are questionable invasions of citizen’s rights. Each country is different.

Some people are respecting the rules and warnings and some people are not.

We all have different ideas of what safety feels like, and we all have different trigger points of fear. As the U2 song says, “We’re one, but we’re not the same.” We’re not the same in our opinions and perceptions.

And so, we must respect these differences and have compassion for them.

As Thich Nhat Hanh, one of my teachers, has said, “Blaming never helps.”

A global pandemic is terrifying to a majority of people and we can respect how people feel while not giving in to the terror itself.

Terror, fear, comes from a perspective of wanting to control things that are not controllable.

Fear cannot arise unless attack is justified, and if it had a real foundation pardon would have none. The real world is achieved when you perceive the basis of forgiveness is quite real and fully justified.A Course in Miracles T-30.VI.3.

There will be more temptations to attack, to dispute, to make wrong than normal in this current climate of insecurity. Let’s not be tricked into believing our attack thoughts are correct. Let’s remember that “fear cannot arise unless attack is justified.” Anger and attack are so closely related, and neither is ever justifiable.

We can practice having an awareness of when we’re looking to justify our attack and our anger and lay those thoughts and beliefs on the altar. We invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self in to heal your mind about it. We will have healing as soon as we’re more willing than unwilling.

As soon as we’re more willing to let our belief go than we are willing to be righteous and right about it, the healing has happened.

Let’s go for that. More willingness.

Let’s focus on being willing to be HAPPY.

Right now, people are frightened and people are dying and people are grieving. Let’s not be petty about our grievances. I’d rather be kind to everyone now and be grateful they’re alive to annoy me.

I have a good friend who is in the hospital with this virus for 10 days now. No one can go and visit him. Lots of people are having their loved ones die in the hospital and they cannot be with them. So, if you’re finding yourself losing your patience with your loved ones, be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL they are there with you now. Raise yourself up by reaching for the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Don’t allow your vibration to fall down.

We’ll get through this and we have to do it together. LOVE is our healer. Not medicine, not food, not ventilators. LOVE.

How willing are you to practice radical patience right now? Please share in the comments below.

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Fear Antidote

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

My mother passed away 12 years ago, but I notice that I’m missing her during this crisis. I say this because if you’re feeling nostalgic or missing people, or feeling triggered back to when 9/11 occurred, that’s normal.

A lot of people are going to be triggered and have PTSD experiences now and we can be mindful of that.

Let’s take extra care with each other and be extra kind. And these are the kinds of stories I’m hearing from my friends. They’re talking about how their neighbors are checking in with them and helping each other. This is one of the benefits of a time like this.

There are also stories of race-baiting and fear-mongering.

There are stories of people endangering other people in order to flaunt their fearlessness. This is a time when we are going to see people who are doing things that seem crazy. That’s what fearful thinking does to people, it makes them behave in crazy ways.

The antidote to fear is compassion.

Compassion is both Love and understanding and that combination is deeply healing. It heals our hearts and it heals others as well.

“Make way for love, which you did not create, but which you can extend. On earth this means forgive your brother, that the darkness may be lifted from your mind. When the light has come to him through your forgiveness, he will not forget his savior, leaving him unsaved.” T-29.III.4.

We are the ones who are saved when we forgive. When we relinquish our judgments, we are the ones who are redeemed and restored. In this way, our brothers and sisters are our saviors always.

Choosing to be grateful for our saviors rather than despise them is what we can learn to do.

“Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.”

Extending compassion redeems us, it cleans out our heart, it refreshes our mind. When we have no judgments there’s nothing to forgive.
Let’s not bother with resentment anymore. Let’s not huff and puff and blow our house down. Let’s cultivate true humility and extend Love and compassion to those who haven’t appreciated us in the past.

Just think, if you had behaved poorly, unkindly, meanly, fearfully, would you wish for people to forgive you and extend compassion? Of course you would! To have, give all to all. Let’s see them with new eyes and be that truly helpful presence in this world.

Who can you extend compassion to today? Let’s get on it and make a difference!

Ridding the world of fear is a great goal!

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Inspired by a Virus

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Alright, all you poets! Now is a great time to inspire us with your insights! A Capuchin Franciscan Brother Richard Hendrick’s poem “Lockdown” went viral, and this St. Patrick’s Day we can see why.

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about the Coronavirus.

He shared his poem “Lockdown” in a Facebook post on Friday, March 13.

Lockdown

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

We’re standing for a rebirth of Love in our hearts.

We seek not to change the world but to change our minds about it, and to see that God has a plan that includes more Peace, more Love, and more Joy and we’re willing to allow it to be revealed in our hearts so we can share it with the world.

What has inspired you lately? Please share in the comments!

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Accepting the Unacceptable

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Not being able to accept what’s actually happening can be a very intense experience. When I knew my mother was not going to live much longer, I had to accept it. That was what was happening, and while I didn’t wish for her to leave this world, I couldn’t stop it. I had to accept it.

We all have had experiences where we very resistant to accepting something that felt unacceptable to us.

We rejected it on principle.

There are times when we are intensely challenged because we love someone who doesn’t want to have anything to do with us. Or, perhaps they care for us, but not in “that way” and so we have to accept how they feel.

There are many experiences in life that are intensely challenging to the ego that we can find so difficult to accept.

There’s power in accepting what is.

Even so, we don’t have to like what is. We just have to accept that “it is what it is.”

When we can accept what is without ascribing value to it, without making it wrong or right, bad, or good, then we’re moving into a place of holding things in our mind without judgment, which means we can learn how to see them objectively and correctly.

This is deeply healing.

When I cannot accept something, it becomes like a splinter in my mind, agitating and irritating.

Non-acceptance is like that sore tooth that you can’t stop running your tongue over to see if it still hurts. Acceptance brings relief, but when we don’t like something, we’d rather be in the pain of constantly rejecting it than move into the Peace that acceptance can bring.

Our ego attachment to being SO RIGHT about HOW WRONG something is can actually drain off years of our life spent invested in distress, irritation, resentment, regret, guilt, blame, and shame.

That’s no way to live.

Today on my podcast, I’m going to talk about accepting the unacceptable so that we can take our power back and use our time, attention, and energy more wisely. Let’s invest in something that actually brings us benefits!

I’m so grateful for this spiritual practice of A Course in Miracles! It brings me Peace every day even in the midst of great disturbances! Victory!

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Heroes of Healing

Monday, March 16th, 2020

One of the things I began to learn right away as a Spiritual Counselor was that I can actually help other people have miraculous healing. How? By seeing them correctly.

Whenever we’re willing to affirm the truth, witness truth, and celebrate truth, there is healing.

This is gratifying work. We can walk in the world as secret agent superheroes, blessing everyone we meet and bringing real benefit, if we choose.

Today, let us be heroes of healing.

Through our ability and capacity to extend Love, we become the healers that we were designed to be. That’s why Love feels so good to us. It’s our opportunity to be in alignment with the Divine, our own True Self.

We are designed to facilitate the healing of our own mind and that of our brothers and sisters.

A Course in Miracles tells us that all healing, whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, financial, etheric, spiritual or whatever, all healing is at the level of our thinking, the level of the mind.

All healing is essentially the release from fear. To undertake this you cannot be fearful of yourself. You do not understand healing because of your own fear.A Course in Miracles, T-2.IV.

It’s so wonderful that when we choose healing, the whole world is sharing in our healing.

Our choice is this powerful. Power-FULL.

Our choices make a difference to everyone, not just ourselves, they are potent and powerful.

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World View

Friday, March 13th, 2020

The way to recognize that you’re not seeing things correctly is to notice when you are upset. When we’re upset, it’s a healing opportunity. The upset is what I call our “Divine Alarm Clock” to let us know that we’ve got a skewed view. The skew of the view is why we’re upset. It’s never for the reason we think.

When our view is skewed, we can claim our healing opportunity gratefully and allow the healing and move on with grace and gratitude.

Now, that’s an option I like!

What I don’t like is feeling like it’s my job to be the police of the world.

When I first started to share more about A Course in Miracles around the world, I felt a number of people coming at me with their attacks. They wanted to prove I didn’t know what I was sharing about. They wanted to be right.

I was surprised at how many attacking and unloving comments I received. I realized that not everyone who studies ACIM aspires to really live the teachings and to be at Peace. And yet, the study of the Course will bring Peace, ultimately. Our willingness is ALL that’s required.

At first, when people were attacking me I thought it was pretty crazy, and it was. I prayed for those who were feeling compelled to attack.

My purpose was to facilitate a healing, and prayer is the medium of miracles.

I feel my prayers were answered because situations were transformed. To change the world, we work at the level of the mind that is in our heart.

In times when the intensity of density is immense, it’s time for us to rise to our calling and see things correctly.

All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego’s judgment.A Course in Miracles

Let’s not make any exceptions. Let’s choose to have a healing and use that upset to increase our awareness. It really works.

When we’re upset, there’s another way to see the world and we can find it. To see the better way, we must be willing to see beyond our projections. This is a skill we can cultivate. It’s what I’m training myself to do and showing others how to do.

A change of view is an inside job and it’s a great job to have!

Will you live in Peace? Or will you repeat the past?

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Shining the Light of Love

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Yesterday I flew from New Jersey to Los Angeles and I felt safe and secure the whole way. I travel with the angels. My BFF, Laurie, had asked that I be sure to take plenty of precautions regarding the Coronavirus, and so I did my best.

I am learning not to touch my face.
I am learning to open doors and things like that with my elbows and not use my hands.
I learned how to use my boarding pass on my phone.
I used Apple Pay to buy things in the airport.
I wore my faux leather gloves in the Lyft and in the airport.

I was surprised that very few people were wearing masks and I was the only one wearing gloves.

The mood was calm everywhere I went. The plane was about half full, which probably is not normal.

I feel safe because I fly in God Consciousness.

I trust that everything works together for my good.

If I had gotten an intuition not to go, it would have been from the still, small Voice, the Knower Who Knows, the Mighty I AM, and not the voice of ego/fear.

Let us walk in the world in service to the Light.

We let that alignment be our protection. We depend on Spirit and not on ego.

“The truly helpful are invulnerable, because they are not protecting their egos and so nothing can hurt them. “ A Course in Miracles

We are all called to serve the Light and those who do know how wonderful it is.

We are blessed and we are a blessing. The Joy that comes from truly serving Spirit, asking nothing in return, is unconditional.

Unconditional Joy is our inheritance and when we walk in the Light, serving the Light, living the Love, we are in alignment with it. There’s nothing to get, there’s only Love to share. We’re already it. We already have it. Joy comes from each opportunity we take to BE it.

We are the Light!

That’s what I was broadcasting as I traveled yesterday, and I was grateful for every moment of it. Thank you, God!

How will you serve the Light this day? Please share in the comments below!

 

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Twice Blessed

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

I’m traveling today. I am attending a conference in Los Angeles and I’ll be there for 5 days. I know that the news is full of stories about the coronavirus and I don’t feel worried or afraid. However, I can say that I prefer not to travel when there’s a lot of fear, because I am a sensitive person and I don’t personally like to be in an environment with lots of fearful people – at least, that’s the story my personality has about it.

In truth, I know that I am here only to be truly helpful. When there’s a lot of fear “out there,” then that’s the time for me to be available to support my brothers and sisters who feel worried and anxious. It’s the perfect time for me to travel and to help shift the vibration.

So often I used to blame other people for how I felt. I thought they were “doing it to me.” Now, I’m 100% clear that we do it to ourselves. And still, we can be truly, beautifully helpful by extending Love and compassion and supporting our brothers and sisters in shifting their stinking thinking.

That’s a gift that we get to receive as well as share.

I’m no longer interested in blaming others or circumstances for how I feel. I’ve learned that taking total responsibility for my feelings and eliminating the option to say “You make me feel” has been a great benefit to me.

A Course in Miracles tells us that taking that responsibility for our feelings is the way our of the hellish emotions we’ve brought upon ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s true. That’s why we must practice it in order to know.

To learn anything at all is a blessing and I feel so blessed by the teachings of ACIM.

They help me and inspire me to live the life I most desire – and they are useful to me each and every day. What a blessing!

I share this blessing with you and I feel twice as blessed!

Thank you for being my Prayer Partner today!

What is a thought that you’ve eliminated that you’re so grateful to have let go of? Please share in the comments below!

 

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Resistance

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

In this crazy world, it’s often the case that we have to give up our attachment to what we think will make us happy in order to find the Joy that is our natural spiritual state. Our pursuit of happiness can make us desperately unhappy.

That’s the path of most resistance.

As a Spiritual Counselor, I’ve worked with folks who feel trapped by their egos. A good is example would be someone who is struggling to pay a mortgage.

They’ve come to see their identity as being a home owner, and they’re identified with being the owner of that particular house, for whatever reasons.

They find themselves working two jobs to try to make ends meet and cover that monthly payment. They are terrified of defaulting on their mortgage, ruining their credit, going bankrupt, or “losing” the house.

So, they struggle like that for years, sacrificing their happiness for the idea they have of themselves as the owner of this house.

Then, life makes it untenable. Something shifts to force them to have to make a change. They have a health crisis. They get into a car accident and now they need a new car. They get fired or laid off.

Life conspires to force them to look deeply at their attachment, because they haven’t been willing to do it on their own.

They’ve sleep-walked into a life of managing and coping with the things that support and sustain their ego attachments to how they see themselves. They’ve settled for a half of a life in order to maintain some facade that supports their self-identity.

It’s the path of most resistance.

Haven’t we all done that in something, in a job, or a relationship? Of course we have.

The most loving thing Spirit can do is to help it all to collapse so we can come back to our right mind and stop managing and coping with the illusion.

Often, that shift that causes the person to finally sell the house, declare bankruptcy, ask for help or whatever it is that they’ve been avoiding that will actually bring a great relief. We’ve stopped resisting. Phew.

The house burns down and it’s no longer an issue. There’s a real Freedom in that. Once they get through the bankruptcy or the short-sale of the house, there’s a huge relief. They can now choose what they’d like instead of living in that managing and coping existence.

Spirit always gives us the option to choose the highest, easiest path for change, but we so often resist it. That’s part of the learning. It doesn’t mean we’re doing it wrong. We can become happy learners, but it does require us to give up the attachment to managing and coping.

Have you been managing, coping or settling with something in your life that Spirit has been making it more and more difficult for you to continue?

Ask for guidance, be willing to go the other way.

There’s a healing that can happen if we get out of the way and let Spirit guide us to the path of least resistance.

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Medium of Miracles

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

One of the things that get in the way of our living a highly functional spiritual life is that we can feel that we know what’s best. We get attached to what we think will make us happy, even though we’ve had so many experiences in our life that absolutely prove to us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we don’t know what will make us happy. It’s insane.

What about this? Instead of telling God what we want, what if we decided to just BE happy and let Spirit guide us there? What if we focused entirely on cultivating the willingness to follow the path of inspiration?

Following the path of inspiration does require us to LET GO of what we think will make us happy.

What I’ve come to understand is that what ACIM teaches about prayer is that our happiness actually comes from giving up what we think will make us happy and opening ourselves to being in the flow of Love, which truly is the only thing that is actually fulfilling and happy-making.

If our answered prayer is a thing, a condition, a circumstance, then it’s temporary, and because of that we’ll ultimately come to see that it cannot fulfill us. It can only temporarily make us feel full. There’s a big difference between feeling temporarily satiated and a sense of fulfillment.

Our answered prayer is actually a release of false identification and stepping into a realignment with our true identity. This is a shift that Spirit will figure out for us and we can be led and guided to it – if we’re willing to accept that the answered prayer is not in this world, it’s in our minds.

We are not in this world.
We are Infinite Eternal Spirit.

When our mind is changed/healed,
that’s a miracle,
and that’s what changes the world.

ACIM says, “Seek not to change the world, but to change your mind about the world.”

Prayer is a means for changing our minds.

It is the medium of miracles.

Prayer is an active demonstration of our willingness to be in the flow of Love rather than directing the flow of Love.

Combine that with the willingness to ACCEPT the answered prayer, HOWEVER it may arrive, and then our mind is no longer rejecting our divinity – we’re in alignment with the Divine.

It’s extraordinary how simple the most helpful tools can be. Prayer is a powerful tool to help us accelerate the healing of our minds.

Prayer has changed my life and improved the quality of every day.

I say pray, and pray often. Let us all live a life of prayer without ceasing.

We can be kind to develop humility or we can be humiliated. Which do you prefer? Please share in the comments below!

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Genius

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

I’ve come to learn that we’re all brilliant. Every single one of us. We each have an inner genius, and we can express that genius in our own unique ways.

Maybe someone else might not think that one person’s ability to make other people feel at home is genius, but we don’t all have to agree.

Spirit has designed us all with an inner talent and ability that is remarkable.

What I’ve noticed is that I’ve gone from being someone who is smart and clever and able to figure out lots of things to one who is getting better and better at listening. I’m getting good at listening, and that’s very fulfilling.

Because of my listening to Spirit, I catch things that are amazing, brilliant and beautiful.

I follow them and implement them. I test these ideas and explore them.

These brilliant ideas that Spirit gives me are not mine and they’re not beyond me. They are Spirit’s insights landing in my awareness because I’m ready to receive them.

My increasing receptivity can make me seem brilliant or like a genius, but that’s the thing – we all have it, but we don’t all ALLOW it.

I don’t take credit for the genius that comes through, but I sure do appreciate it.

It’s marvelous!

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Guilty

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

According to A Course in Miracles, the cause of all our suffering, including the belief in separation, comes from unconscious guilt.

But what does the unconscious guilt come from, you ask?

It comes from perpetuating the thoughts of “otherness.”

These are thoughts of “us” and “them”, of “better than” and “less than”. I don’t know where the first thought of otherness came from, or why it was so attractive, but I do know that it’s been a wild and wooly ride ever since!

The ego thought system is like a virus in the mind. It has no power of its own, but as Stevie Wonder’s great song “Superstition” says, when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.

We believe in separation but we don’t understand it, and it is the cause of much suffering.

There are so many thoughts of separation showing up all around us every day that sometimes we barely recognize them. That we’ve become inured to them is reason enough that some would feel guilty. That we perpetuate them is another reason to feel guilty.

Unconscious guilt = fear.

Worry is an expression of fear.

Occasionally, someone who doesn’t know me well will say something like, “Should we be worried about … ?” or “Are you worried about …?”

I find that their worry is often a surprise to me. It’s not something that I would worry about. Plus, I’ve found that worrying works against me and isn’t helpful to me, so I mostly choose to disengage from it if I find it enters my mind.

Now, it’s not that I have no worries at all. I can tell when I feel irritated by something that there’s a fearful thought, perhaps a worry, that’s being brought to the surface for healing.

Worry is an effect.
Fear is an effect.

It comes from valuing the thoughts of separation rather than rooting them out – that’s what causes the “unconscious guilt.”

I’ve always felt the guilt that accompanies attack thoughts.

Am I the only one?
I don’t think so – I think the guilt is fairly conscious for a lot of us, we’ve just learned to drown it out or deny it.

Fortunately, the Higher Holy Spirit Self will undo all the consequences of our wrong decision if we allow it. And that’s a priceless benefit that we can all take advantage of at no extra charge! Let’s relieve ourselves of ALL unconscious guilt by handing it over to the HHSS for healing!

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Your Story or Your Glory

Monday, February 24th, 2020

There are have been times when I’ve been counseling someone who has the appearance of being “stuck” in their story – they appear to be repeating a tale of woe and victimhood. For some of us, this story from the past can feel really thick and dense and sticky.

Very often, when something disappointing or painful, something upsetting and terrifying happens to us where we feel betrayed and abused, we can draw conclusions about our self-worth and our value. The ego mind loves to interpret and make meaning of things. The ego mind is like a meaning-making machine – and it’s all false! In every case where the ego is making meaning and interpreting the events of our life, it’s a story – it’s not the truth.

If you choose to believe the story the ego mind has made up, then it’s like you’ve taken it on and it becomes your prison. Literally, it can seem like you wear it like a garment. It will become to seem like it’s your identity. The false interpretation, the negative meaning, becomes a false identity. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose sight of your true identity as a pure being of Light and Love, and become convinced that you’re a completely false identity. People will stay in the story for decades.

Some people become so attached to the false identity and so invested in it that it completely deforms their whole life experience. You know this is happening when you are looking around your life every day gathering the evidence to support your story. If you’re gathering evidence to support why you are limited and in lack, then you’re convinced of the story.

The good news is that the Truth will ALWAYS set you free when you’re willing to believe it.

This is one of the reasons why I love stories of redemption.

My own life has become a story of redemption, and now I’m able to shine God’s Glory rather than continue to perpetuate the ego’s story.

The question to ask yourself is, what will you choose to pour your precious life energy into:

Your story or Your Glory?

Your history or your Freedom?

It’s time to choose.

Your glory is the Glory of God, and when you focus on choosing Love the glory of God naturally unfolds, because Love is your true identity and it is always GLORIOUS!

If you choose the story and you feel the pain and restriction of the limitation and lack – choose again! Don’t look back – choose again! Onward and upward!

In the comments below, I invite you to share a way that you over-give that you might be willing to let go of so that Spirit can flow in more fully! Thank you!

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Walking in God’s Shoes

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

There’s tremendous power in being able to stay calm no matter what. Not a denial of our feelings, but mastery.

When I feel blasted by the storms of emotions and drama, whether it’s of my own making or someone else’s, my spiritual practice of non-judgment and nonviolence is my rock.

It’s a haven of Infinite Patience and Love inside my own mind.

So often I see folks do things that make no sense except that people are suffering and they’ve lost perspective. People are deliberately unkind; they’re selfish and hurtful. People respond without thinking and are rude. People are discouraging when they could be encouraging. My practice of nonviolence forces me to look at my motivations and intentions, and to consistently choose the most loving intention regardless of where my emotions are. 

Nonviolence is a practice of Infinite Compassion.

It is the daily practice of walking in God’s “Shoes”.

Just as that farm girl from Kansas put on the ruby slippers and remembered her personal power that could take her back home, my personal practice of nonviolence takes me back home to the spiritual truth of all life: I am One with all that is.

If I hate the one who hates, I’ve lost my power. I’m wearing their shoes and they can never fit. If I am rude to the one who is rude, I am living someone else’s pain. If I have no compassion for the one who has no compassion, I am spending my precious energy magnifying someone else’s hurt. Every moment I choose whose shoes I’ll stand in. Every moment I can choose anew and change the course of my life. When I make the highest choice I can reach for at the moment, I lift the world.

Mother Theresa taught us, “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway … Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.”

When I look at Mother Theresa’s life and the lives of Buddha, Jesus, St. Francis, Gandhi, King, and Thich Nhat Hanh, I see the power in their moment-to-moment practice of choosing Love in much more difficult circumstances than I’ve ever faced. I choose to carry close to me this awareness of those who went before me.

This is my ruby slipper practice. In every moment I remember my intention to love and I am that. How grateful I am that no matter where I am, no matter what is happening in and around me, I can have a ruby slipper moment and come home to my heart.

Today I walk in God’s “Shoes”. I see with God’s “Eyes”. I stand in the loving intention of those who went before me and I AM that.

Infinite Patience takes me home.

In the comments below, I invite you to share a way that you over-give that you might be willing to let go of so that Spirit can flow in more fully! Thank you!

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The Game Changer

Monday, February 17th, 2020

We have extraordinary inner resources. I have watched the documentary “The Game Changers” twice now. One of the people in the movie is a fellow who is “the strongest man in the world.” He’s earned that title because of his ability to carry a very heavy weight a certain distance. He cultivated this ability, because when he was a child something happened to his loved ones and he felt he wanted to be able to lift a car in order to be able to save someone if he had to. He not only cultivated the ability to do that, he’s done it. Flipping a car is not so hard for him. Amazing and extraordinary things can happen in our lives, and we have inner resources to surmount the challenge.

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what A Course in Miracles means when it tells us in Lesson 135 that everything has been GENTLY planned by One Whose only purpose is our good. How could being attacked by a mountain lion while innocently out for a run and having a battle to the death be gently planned for someone’s good? That seems incredible. Meaning, it seems impossible to believe.

And that’s where faith comes in.

We have to be willing to accept this is the fact of our life. As ACIM also tells us, all things work together for our good, without exception.

To have Peace, we must accept these truths EVEN THOUGH we don’t understand them.

This is the path of opening our mind, to be ABLE to know the truth that liberates from thinking we can’t understand.

Understanding is not required for faith.

Faith reveals KNOWING, which is entirely different from understanding and believing.

I put my faith in Love’s protection.

Let’s focus on being willing to know the truth and let the incredible be as it is. Our knowing of precisely why it would be for that man’s good will come to us if we’re willing. I’d rather hold onto that than constantly be chasing some kind of understanding.

This path is not for everyone, but I’m so glad I found it because it is definitely brought me Peace!

Development of trust is just about the #1 thing that people join my classes for. If you’re ready to really open yourself to a relationship with Spirit, consider joining us. Being able to feel connected to Spirit, to place your faith in Spirit, it is a true game-changer. Peace is the result!

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We Serve the Light

Monday, February 10th, 2020

This is what I’ve noticed: When we live our life to serve the Light, then we KNOW in each moment that we’re on track and all is well, regardless of what the appearances are.

Each day we choose what we will serve – God or mammon, Spirit or ego, Higher Holy Spirit Self or small, selfish self.

When we are living our life in service to the selfish self, we become annoyed, offended, manipulative and depressed.

When we live to serve the Light, we have insights, miracles, delightful surprises and ever-increasing faith.

We’re the ones who invented this illusory life separate from Spirit, and as long as we serve that dream we are making it impossible for us to be happy for more than a moment.

When we serve Spirit with our life, then we are fulfilling our destiny.

For the ego-identified person, it’s hard to imagine that putting Spirit in charge would mean we could have a happy life. The more I place Spirit in charge, the more Peace I have.

Putting Spirit in charge requires me to have trust in Spirit.
I’ve had to develop that trust.

And here’s how I did it:

In each and every moment, we’re placing our trust in either Love or our own perceptions and projections. I realized that putting my trust in my perceptions and projections was a HUGE mistake and was ruining my life. I decided to quit it the same way I quit smoking. One moment at a time. One decision at a time.

I was willing to really look at the many decisions I was making to rely upon my own interpretations of things and realize how much I was hurting myself.

I decided to put Spirit in charge.

It’s a journey.

I am on this road of development of trust every day.

Each and every day, I discover new ways that I’m not helping myself that I can correct and I rejoice to discover them.

I’m unlocking a joyful life. I’m traveling with like-minded souls. It’s a journey of discovery.

And this is precisely how we serve the Light.

Each in our own way, and yet together.

Doing this inner work on our own is really challenging. Most people don’t do it. But what I’ve learned from offering my Masterful Living Course these past 11 years is that doing it together, in community with like-minded souls, Spirit is in the midst of us and we become truly miracle-minded. Extraordinary healing happens in our community because of the level of support we offer each other. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

And that’s why I’m re-opening Masterful Living registration for 1 week only!

If you’re SO READY to make a change and don’t know quite how, if you have any inkling that TRULY living A Course in Miracles would heal your life, your relationships and your body, we may be the community for you. There’s so much support from like-minded folks all around the world. New friends await you. Prayer Partners. And a heck of a lot more.

Trust your intuition and book an Exploratory Call now to talk with a Spiritual Counselor – get all your questions answered so you can know if Masterful Living is the thing for you this year. Let this be the year your spiritual practice transforms your life in ways that you never thought possible.

FREE CLASSES – Enjoy them now:

Self-Love: A Gift You Give Yourself for Valentine’s Day – 2 FREE online classes Feb 13 and Feb 14 – come and invite a friend. Click here to register now.

Resisting growth is a form of self-sabotage. My End My Self-Sabotage Challenge is available now on replay. Enroll now, the first 2 days are free.

We’re developing 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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