Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

Spirit of Ego?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

So many times I’ve had the experience of getting an idea to do something and not knowing if it was ego or intuition. I’d struggle with it. Ultimately, it would come down to me choosing what I wanted most. That wasn’t always a good thing.

I’m often asked – “How can I tell if it’s ego or intuition?” We’d like to know so we can choose correctly – or so it seems. What I’ve witnessed and learned from is that many people say they’d like to have greater intuition, but they’ll reject the guidance if it doesn’t match their plan.

Yes, as long as we’re IDENTIFIED with the ego-personality, the separate selfish self, then we’ll be confused about whether or not what we think is guidance from Spirit really is guidance.

It’s painful not knowing. It’s intensely challenging sometimes.

What helps is if we’re willing to really follow Spirit’s guidance.

It also helps if we’re doing lots of forgiveness and we’re dropping our judgments because that allows us to hear, feel, see, and know more clearly what’s really going on. Our false beliefs, opinions, resentments, blame, and shame cloud our view.

Intuition is a still, small Voice that is so distinct,
it can be heard over the cacophony of the ego
because it’s a higher vibration,
not because it’s louder.
Be willing to listen and you shall hear.

Intuition is without judgment – that’s what gives it the smallness.

Intuition is pure Love – that’s what gives it the stillness.

Have you ever been able to recognize the still small “Voice” through the intensity of ego insanity? Have you been able to follow it? Did it bring you miracles? Please share in the comments section below! I’d love to know!

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Guilty

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

A Course in Miracles tells us that increasing a sense of guilt is what our special love relationships are all about. It tells us that our special love relationships are relationships that are actually backward. Instead of unconditional Love, there’s co-dependency, which is conditional love. This kind of relationship only increases our suffering, because we become so attached to the other person validating us.

In the special love relationship, we are attracted to the person who affirms our false identity. That’s not Love. It’s a poor substitute.

In our special relationships, we begin by being so glad and excited that someone is affirming our specialness, but we know that if someone’s not seeing our true identity they aren’t loving our True Self, only the false self. Deep down, we know it’s a poor arrangement.

If we don’t show our True Self how can someone ever really Love us?

If we present a false self in our relationships – one that we think is more likable than our True Self, and if we hide how we feel, so people don’t even know what’s going on with us, won’t we actually be preventing others from loving us?

The shift happens when we love ourselves.

In the false, fake, special relationship, our upset is a display to manipulate others into feeling guilty for having upset us.

Is it Love if we’re manipulating someone to do what we’d like?

Do you wish to be in a relationship with someone who blames their upset on you and then tries to make you feel guilty for it?

The way out of this pain is to take responsibility for our upsets. It helps to be able to be transparent about how we feel and to not blame anyone.

There’s such a great reward when we can let people Love us. It’s one of the reasons why we love dogs so much. We allow them to Love us, and it makes them so happy!

When we allow others to Love us there’s a healing that happens for everyone because Love is our healer!

Joining with others is part of why I love being a Spiritual Counselor and why I love training spiritual counselors and empowering them. (Please consider working with one of the Spiritual Counselors I’m training – you can book a session on a donation basis – look here: http://jenniferhadley.com/spiritual-counselors/)

When our relationships are ego-based, it’s probably a worthiness issue that generates the suffering inside those relationships. If you suspect that worthiness is your issue, then you might consider receiving my gift. My “Worthiness Workshop” this past weekend was such a hit that I’m offering it again this week. Register to get my worksheet and fill it out. I’ll let you know when the next workshop is!

There’s no cost, but you do have to register. Click here to register now.

Worthiness Workshop

This workshop is for people who are interested in making a change. When you register, I’ll send you a link to download the worksheet that you’ll need to set aside some time to fill out and bring to the workshop to be able to get the benefits. Let’s do this healing together and not put it off any longer!

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Gracious Receiver

Monday, September 30th, 2019

For years I blocked the flow of Prosperity in my life, and I didn’t even realize it. Some of my loved ones had labeled me as selfish, and so I began to think that was true. Many folks I met believed it was “better to give than to receive.” And so, I began to believe that it was BAD to receive. I began to notice that many people gave with strings attached. Sometimes those strings were simply expectations.

I couldn’t stand all those strings and expectations. I didn’t like believing that I was selfish. So, I began to strive to be independent and not need things from people. I became a hesitant receiver, and sometimes even a poor receiver.

People would try to give me help or assistance, gifts, and other things, and I would reject them, fearing the strings and expectations. I preferred not to owe anyone. I preferred to feel free. I didn’t know that I wasn’t free. I was in a box of unworthiness and didn’t even realize it.

I’d become a really poor receiver. I was a great giver and a poor receiver.

And then, I started to have really intense financial challenges and I had no idea how to get out of them. With the help of my Spiritual Practitioner, I began to work on praying to be receptive.

I began to reorient myself to be a good and gracious receiver.

I began to think of it this way: Everything I receive is from God and everything I give I give to God.

It doesn’t really matter who is giving or who is receiving – it’s all about being in the flow of the All-Good.

I learned to be able to give to anyone when I felt called and not do it from obligation. I learned to receive from anyone and not feel an attachment.

I began to experience more affluence, more Abundance and more Prosperity right away.

Are you a good receiver? Start to make an inquiry into your giving and receiving abilities. If you’re not feeling the flow, maybe you’re not willing to receive? Take a look and see what you find in your heart!

One way to increase receptivity was shared to me by a friend and it really works. Try this: start to dress up more and present yourself in a more attractive way (of course that’s subjective, but do what works for YOU), and then people will likely give you compliments. Another way is to be more helpful to people, and people naturally will say thank you.

Notice if you can easily receive the compliments and the appreciation. Do you feel tempted to push the praise away or minimize it? You can practice saying “thank you” to those who compliment you. I like to say, “Thank you, I feel great, too!” when someone compliments my appearance.

When someone appreciates what I’ve done, I can say “It’s my pleasure.”

Being a graceful receiver is a good skill to have.
It affirms our worthiness. And that’s helpful.

If you’d like to be more abundant, be a great receiver!
All blessings come from Spirit, no matter what form they take.

If you suspect that worthiness is your issue, then you might consider receiving my gift. My Worthiness Workshop this past weekend was such a hit that I’m offering it again this week. Register to get my worksheet and fill it out. I’ll let you know when the next workshop is!

There’s no cost, but you do have to register. Click here to register now.

Worthiness Workshop

This workshop is for people who are interested in making a change. When you register, I’ll send you a link to download the worksheet that you’ll need to set aside some time to fill out and bring to the workshop to be able to get the benefits. Let’s do this healing together and not put it off any longer!

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I’m A God Geek

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

I know I’m a “God Geek”. Folks in my classes like to laugh at me because I tell them the story about how, back in the 90’s when I was in classes at Agape and my first Prayer Partner, Liz Raci and her husband Paul — who was also in classes with me — would invite me over for a barbecue on Memorial Day and Labor Day, and I asked them if I could come over early.

I’d say, “How about if I come early and help set up, and we can talk about God before everyone arrives?”

Yup, that was me.

The honest to God reason that I became a Science of Mind Practitioner, a Spiritual Counselor, a Minister, and a teacher is so that I could be in this conversation with and about Spirit all of the time. Nothing is more interesting to me. I always find it interesting.

It’s why I write daily inspiration and offer my A Course in Miracles podcast, all the workshops and classes as a gift. I love it. It’s my Joy!

Yesterday, I offered my Worthiness Workshop and we had about 100 people who came live to work with me on this issue. It was exciting! (If you missed it, come today. Click to register now.)

I had an experience similar to what I have when I offer a retreat. Usually in the first 24 hours, a number of people will come to me privately and pull me aside and say, “Jennifer, I had no idea other people felt this way. I thought I was the only one. I mean, I REALLY believed I was the only one who felt this way.”

This is so important to me!

For years, I thought I was the only one who was so messed up.

As spiritual students, we are much MORE judgmental of ourselves than non-spiritual students. We have higher standards, and when we don’t meet them we feel even worse. We beat ourselves up even more for failing as a spiritual student.

I’d like to put an end to all of that in our community. Enough! It’s not helpful. Self-attack has got to go!

Self-attack and special relationships are the two best weapons of the ego to keep us from rising in Love. Enough!

Yesterday, most of the people who came to the workshop had invested themselves in doing my worksheet. That, plus our coming together, talking and sharing, helped people to make the decision to really put attention on this issue to change their lives. That was SO EXCITING!

As ACIM students, we know the power of decision. There’s no way we can fill out that worksheet, do my workshop, and still be in the dark about what our belief in unworthiness is costing us every day. This is so valuable!

We CAN have healing EVERY DAY if we’re willing. A little bit every day adds up to a lot!

Have you ever had a faucet that had a slow drip? Put a bucket under it and you’ll realize how fast a slow drip can fill up a bucket!

Here are some of the things that people said to me in the workshop yesterday after we did some of the work together:

“That was awesome!!!! Totally Divine!”

“So beautiful talking to the wonderful participants!”

“Very inspiring and miraculous!”

“I loved it!”

“Yay! inspiring to share in the healing and the miracle!”

Many of us made a decision to put this issue first in our life and stop avoiding it. People were inspired to take action.

WOW! This is what excites me more than ANYTHING. We only did a little bit of work together. This is the difference when we ACTUALLY DO THE WORK instead of just listening to a lecture or a podcast, or read it in a book.

Studying isn’t healing.
Doing the work is actually healing.

That’s what inspired me to offer this Worthiness Workshop in the first place! And I’m offering it again today. Even if you cannot join today – register to get my worksheet and fill it out. If you can come today, please see if you can fill out the worksheet before coming to the workshop.

There’s no cost, but you do have to register. Click here to register now.

Worthiness Workshop
TODAY, Sunday
September 29th
Los Angeles 1pm ♥ Chicago 3pm ♥ New York 4pm ♥ London 9pm
♥ Germany 10pm ♥ Sydney 6am (next day) ♥ Hong Kong 4am (next day)

This workshop is for people who are interested in making a change. When you register, I’ll send you a link to download the worksheet that you’ll need to set aside some time to fill out and bring to the workshop to be able to get the benefits.

I’m all in for YOU. Will you meet me and we’ll have some fun with our healing together?

Please invite a friend or two and do the worksheets together. Invite your ACIM Study Group and let’s do this together! You can also listen to the last two weeks of Conquering Unworthiness episodes of my podcast. Click here to listen now and get the transcripts too!

We enjoyed the work yesterday. It was exciting! Transformation is REALLY fun and it’s also a huge relief when we do it together. It’s such a relief to let go of the false identity and stand in the beauty of our true nature. We truly can be helpful and we can teach only Love. I’m going for it. Come join me!

If you see an announcement for this on my Facebook page, would you please SHARE it so more people find it?

Let’s make the most of every opportunity for our healing and awakening and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer my “Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice, and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation, and that’s beautiful to share!

We’re all on a journey of developing trust and faith,and there’s so much help for us in the invisible. We’re never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you.

We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds.

Together we’re answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

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Forgiving Our Self-Betrayal

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

As far as I can tell, we all have multiple things that we judge ourselves for, and that means that we must forgive ourselves in order to feel free of the trap of self-judgment and self-attack.

The things that we’ve done that we judge ourselves for can be seen as self-betrayal.

When we judge others and hold grievances against them, those two are, in essence, self-betrayal.

Any time we are unloving, it is a betrayal of our true Self, our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

Forgiveness is the way out.

Many people struggle for years, for decades, for the majority of their life for the simple reason that they aren’t courageous enough to look within and forgive their self-judgment and self-attack. This is where we can lead the way and demonstrate the power of forgiveness.

Today is the day for our healing.
Let’s no longer contribute to the idea that judging ourselves and each other is worth engaging in.
Let’s live our destiny and lead the way!

Have you had the experience of forgiving your self-betrayal?
Did it bring you miraculous results?
If so, please share your inspiration in the comments below!

If you’ve had enough of repeating painful patterns from the past – consider accepting my gift.  I’m offering a LIVE VIDEO 2.5-hour workshop intensive next Saturday with a replay on Sunday and it’s my gift to you.  There’s no cost, but you do have to register. Click here to register now.

Worthiness Workshop

Saturday or Sunday  September 28 or 29th
Los Angeles, 12pm ♥ Chicago, 2pm ♥ New York, 3pm ♥ London, 8pm ♥ Germany, 9pm ♥ Sydney, 5am (next day) ♥ Hong Kong, 3am (next day)  

This workshop is for people who are interested in making a change.  When you register, I’ll send you a worksheet that you’ll need to set aside some time to fill out and bring to the workshop to be able to get the benefits.    

I’m all in for YOU.  Will you meet me and we’ll have some fun with our healing together?

Please invite a friend or two and do the worksheets together.  Invite your ACIM Study Group and let’s do this together!  You can also listen to the two weeks of Conquering Unworthiness episodes of my podcast.  Click here to listen now and get the transcripts too!

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All Rise

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

I find that wherever there’s a pain-point in my life, in my mind, in my body, there is the place where I’m holding onto an attachment to something that’s not serving me anymore.  I don’t wish to learn through the pain anymore.  I’m committed to learning through Joy – and yet, I don’t always know HOW to do that.

Fortunately, I don’t have to research the HOW. My job is to ALLOW the Higher Holy Spirit Self to figure that out.  My job is entirely on focusing on my willingness to discard the painful patterns of the past and to step into the habit of making the most loving choice I can see.

My view of my life, and my ability to SEE and recognize with whatever faculty, (it sure doesn’t need to be my physical sight) whatever are the most loving choices available to me is up to my willingness.

This past Saturday, I took my sweet 13-year-old nephew, Mikey, to Manhattan for a day of adventures, and one of the things we did was to see the Broadway show To Kill A Mockingbird, based on the famous novel of the same name by Harper Lee.  In the first part of the play, there’s the monologue about the use of ALL RISE in the courtroom when the proceedings begin.  Scout, the young girl, tells us that this is what we must do in times of community service and matters such as this particular trial – we must rise to the best of ourselves, conduct ourselves and make our choices from our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

It’s so valuable to ALL of us to choose to LIVE this way, and not just on special occasions.  

We can live this way if we choose.

The more I’m able to live from my Higher Holy Spirit Self and conduct myself with Love and compassion, the more I LOVE my life and feel like I’m living life from my TRUE Self and not from reacting to circumstances.  It’s such a good feeling.  It also saves a HUGE amount of time, because I’m not having to clean up messes related to my reactions.

I love being able to pause and look for more loving choices and find them.  It’s exciting!  Spiritual practice is 24/7 when we’re truly willing.  Being willing is an active thing – it’s not passive at all.  When we’re actually willing we’re not waiting for opportunities to be loving and transcend and transmute the limited patterns of the past – we’re actively choosing those opportunities.  That’s what makes it so wonderful!

If you’ve had enough of repeating painful patterns from the past – consider accepting my gift.  I’m offering a LIVE VIDEO 2.5-hour workshop intensive next Saturday with a replay on Sunday and it’s my gift to you.  There’s no cost, but you do have to register. Click here to register now. 

Unworthiness Workshop
Saturday or Sunday September 28 or 29th
Los Angeles, 12pm ♥ Chicago, 2pm ♥ New York, 3pm ♥ London, 8pm ♥ Germany, 9pm ♥ Sydney, 5am (next day) ♥ Hong Kong, 3am (next day)  

This workshop is for people who are interested in making a change.  When you register, I’ll send you a worksheet that you’ll need to set aside some time to fill out and bring to the workshop to be able to get the benefits.

I’m all in for YOU.

Will you meet me and we’ll have some fun with our healing together?

Please invite a friend or two and do the worksheets together.  Invite your ACIM Study Group and let’s do this together!  You can also listen to the last two weeks of Conquering Unworthiness episodes of my podcast. Click here to listen now and get the transcripts, too!

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Momentum

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

I’m beyond grateful for my life and the opportunities that it brings me. Right now, I have the blessing of doing 1-on-1 appointments with the good folks in my Masterful Living Course, and it’s wonderful to hear about how much their lives are changing because they’re doing the work at the level of the mind – applying the teachings of ACIM and using the tools that I share with them.

They are doing the work and it’s paying off!

This is the 11th year I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside these courageous souls. Sometimes in the early part of the year, they’ll share with me how frightened they are. They each have their own issues and their own curriculum in life. Some folks have major health issues, some have chronic depression, some have marriages that are falling apart, some feel stuck in their job, some are afraid to make changes, some are estranged from their children, and some just feel worthless.

Each of them decides to work at the pace they can handle. Some go ALL-IN, and some slowly work up to doing a bit more and a bit more. Each has their own experience.

And those who are willing to REALLY FOCUS on investing their faith and energy into spiritual practice are now seeing extraordinary results.

Anyone who really dives into the work at the level of the mind usually sees substantial results pretty quickly. Those who stick to it with real willingness and developing faith are rewarded with shifting that unworthiness into a feeling of success and building momentum.

Building momentum is such a powerful feeling.

Many are afraid to go for it because they’ve crashed and burned in the past – but the thing is, Spirit cannot fail – so this isn’t the same as working some other program like a weight loss program or a college program or something external. This is all internal work.

I find it so exciting to be able to talk with these beautiful souls and share their Joy and celebration. Miracles are happening. Real people experiencing real miracles and proving it to themselves: Spirit works for us, is never against us, and when one is lifted, all rise!

They see their family members are also getting inspired and shifting. That’s a powerful demonstration of the One Mind, and when you see it actually happening in you and around you, and in the people you’re closest to or who are most important to you, then it’s a great help in the realization of the One Mind, one life.

If you knew you would succeed, what would you wish for the strength to go for?

Please tell us and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing and inspire each other! Thank you!

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Healing Practices – Breath

Friday, September 20th, 2019

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

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

One very beneficial way we can increase our vitality is through breathing consciously. This is one of the things that my kundalini yoga practice has taught me. If I sense myself getting tense, I turn to deep breathing. This is something anyone who has the ability can do without cost at anytime.

Here are the benefits of long, deep breathing:

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

That’s a LOT of benefits!!!

There are some healing techniques that you can use, and you can read about them here

I urge you to become a “breath expert.”

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

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

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

While I’m practicing this deep breathing, I’m visualizing myself filled and surrounded with golden white Light, and I make I AM statements of positive affirmation. “I AM the Purity of Love.” Is a favorite. “I AM the Light of the world.” “I am an eternal being of Infinite Love.” You can find the ones that resonate most for you.

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

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

Let all beings find ease and grace in their breath.

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

 

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Relationship Helper

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Haven’t we had enough of feeling like a failure? I sure have!

One of the greatest relationship helpers I know of is patience. A Course in Miracles, as well as other spiritual paths, tell us that relationship is the fastest path to our waking up. That’s because all relationships require us to release attachments to how we like things and how we don’t like things. Our loved ones teach us to have compassion. Without compassion, relationship is impossible.

I remember that, for much of my life, my biggest problem was my attachments to my opinions about what was good and what was not. I let my attachments to those opinions poison some really valuable relationships. It caused a HUGE amount of drama in my life. I caused myself great pain and suffering, and I inflicted it on others as well.

The way out of all that suffering was to forgive myself. I had to let go of my self-attack thoughts and replace them with self-compassion.

It’s a great relationship helper to realize that giving up the attachments will bring the Peace.

Being right about our opinions will bring no Peace. Being right brings the smallest temporary satisfaction, followed by more guilt – even if we don’t realize it.

We can help our relationships be more loving and more intimate by practicing giving up attachments to our opinions on the littlest things. In this way, we can make every day a victory day. Any little victory I can have over the ego personality is a great victory. I am grateful for each and every one of them. They add up!!

This is how we can undo feeling like a failure all day long! Truly, it works!

When we have a victory over our opinions and attachments, we are lessening the sense of unworthiness that can keep us investing time, energy, and money in all kinds of things that aren’t worthwhile. It’s a RELIEF!

It’s also a blessing that we CAN be successful each day if we choose to take the opportunities that are there for us. Each victory is one we share with all beings. All boats rise on this tide of Love!

Can you think of an attachment you gave up that improved your relationship? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing! Thank you!

 

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Conquering Unworthiness – Part 2

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Thank you to all of the people who have let me know how much they appreciated my podcast last week and the worksheet. You can still get that WORTHINESS worksheet if you’re interested.

It’s really worth doing if unworthiness is your issue.

Since unworthiness is not our natural state, and it’s completely predicated on false beliefs, we CAN have a healing and faster than we think. I encourage you to go for it and stop the struggle. Don’t let it go on for one more day.

My intention in my podcast last week and this week is to inspire you to actually do the work so you can bring on your healing breakthrough.

YOU are so worth it. WE ALL ARE!

What’s so cool is that when one person is lifted up we’re all lifted up. We CAN lift each other up. That’s what I see in my spiritual community at the Power of Love Ministry – we inspire each other to do the work.

When we INTEND that others will be inspired and healed BECAUSE we share the same mind, it’s powerful. A Course in Miracles teaches us to change our mind about the world in order to see things in the world change and it really does work.

Because I feel worthy, I’m inviting your healing prayers today.

I’ve got a cold that is moving on through! Thank you!

Do you ever feel defeated because you’re perpetuating your own unworthiness and you know it? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing! Thank you!

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It’s Breakthrough Time!

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Have you noticed the energy shifting all around you, as well as in you? I sure have. What I see is that the people who have a small amount of willingness are using that to create an opening in their heart and their mind to find an even greater willingness, and they are seeing real results from it.

And then there are the folks who are in the place of believing they aren’t worthy of the good in life, and that they’re so unworthy that they don’t believe the healing can happen for them.

I used to feel so strongly that things work for others, but not for me, and so, “Why bother?” Can you relate?

I continued listening to audios, and reading books, and going to spiritual events without really committing to do the deep work. I continued feeling that the true healing and awakening I was after was elusive.

I didn’t realize that the reason it was elusive was because of my own resistance to make the commitment to doing the inner work necessary. It requires the willingness to overcome the fear to look within – and that fear is STRONG, but it has no power unless we give it power. It dissolves when we join together with others to look together. I love that about spiritual community.

I remember working with a counseling client who doubted the possibility of having real results. I said “If I could guarantee you that Fed-Ex would deliver your perfect healing on a day one year from now, would you accept it?”

She said she would receive it, yes.

I said, “Alright then, let’s work together in faith. Now, if you will take the stand that YOU know your healing will be delivered – even though you don’t know what it will look like – how would you like to focus your energy for the next year?”

You see, without faith she would spend the next year worrying and stressing about NOT HAVING the healing. But if she was willing to believe that the healing was guaranteed, she wouldn’t be worrying and stressing.

AND she wouldn’t be pushing the healing away. When we doubt, we are pushing the results we’d like away. And, deep down, it’s about our worthiness. That’s ALL it’s about. In ALL cases. All our doubt about Spirit is really self-doubt projected onto God.

We can’t be welcoming our good at the same time as we’re doubting it’s happening. Those are two opposing thoughts.

Just last weekend I did my Recovery From Sexual Abuse retreat, and it was one of the VERY BEST things I’ve ever done. Here’s why it was so great:

All of the participants were ALL-IN for their healing. They had GREAT willingness, even though they were anxious about doing the inner work.

They definitely had the fear to look within, but they were so willing to have a breakthrough.

These beautiful women in the photo above, Paula, Elizabeth, Kelly and Suzi, have SO MUCH COURAGE! They are to be applauded. They knew they were doing this inner work for everyone and not just themselves. They let go of so much and it was inspiring to be a part of it.

I wish there were some way I could inspire everyone to be willing to do the inner work and set themselves free. It’s the reason why I like to do the classes and retreats I do – working together it’s joyful and easier. Last weekend we had a lot of laughs, and everyone agreed that they had fun.

What is the healing that you would welcome and could welcome if you were willing to have faith and trust?

Faith and trust are the big issues we work on in my Finding Freedom From Fear boot camp. I’m going to offer it again in October, and if you’re interested in participating and would like to learn more please click here now to let me know.

LIVING the A Course in Miracles Lessons, walking the talk and living the Love, that’s where the healing is generated from. It ripples throughout our life and brings us the miraculous healing that seems so elusive. If you’d like to some inspiration, check out my podcast. I have have been told by many people that this episode has been very helpful to them: Hidden Ways We Avoid Healing – click here to listen and/or get the transcript. You can also search for any other topic you like.

Yes, it does take a great willingness to move through things quickly AND it’s so gratifying! We’re demonstrating the power of Love to heal our minds and our lives, and every problem we think we have. When we prove God works in our life, our faith is strong!

Let’s make the most of every opportunity for our healing and awakening, and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer “My Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. Please pray with me today. The Prayer for Today is for Bringing On A Breakthrough. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!

We’re all on a journey of developing trust and faith, and there’s so much help for us in the invisible. We’re never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds.

Together we’re answering our call to BE the Love.

YES!

Have you had a breakthrough in trust and faith lately? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Along the Extra Mile

Friday, September 13th, 2019

I’ve learned that praying for awakening is a really smart thing to do. Praying to let go of the past is a brilliant strategy for making life more peaceful. Praying for greater willingness to choose Love increases happiness TREMENDOUSLY.

Of course, if we aren’t willing to follow our guidance, then the answered prayer eludes us.

And then, we feel like Spirit isn’t there for us.

What’s really going on is, we’re not available because we think things need to be the way we think they should be – or we’re focused on our grievances.

Recently, I heard someone saying that they understood that “Pain is a wrong perspective” as A Course in Miracles says it is, but then what? What do we do when we’re in pain?

We recognize that the cause of the pain is not what we think it is. We’re never upset for the reason we think. That’s ACIM Lesson #5.

We can have the courage to realize we’re upset because we’re believing that God has left the building, and we’re on our own and separate. What we think we see as proof on the screen of life is actually our projection.

These teachings are just words until we’re willing to practice them.

Doing the actual practice is where the rubber meets the road, and we can actually get some traction.

As Wayne Dyer said (and I don’t know if he was first to say it) “It’s never crowded along the extra mile.” This is SO true. Lots of people will read books and listen to audios. That’s easy.

Doing the actual healing work is not easy. It’s not. It’s often intensely challenging, and that’s why the extra mile isn’t crowded.

Each one of us has to find the courage within ourselves to go from just talking about spirituality and collecting more information to actually having a spiritual practice that works. And that’s why I put my focus on the practice and supporting people in having an EFFECTIVE spiritual practice.

It’s so discouraging to be a spiritual student for years and years without much benefit. We’re capable of much more. Yet, it does take courage.

I’ve seen people with real courage having amazing results – blessing their families and their co-workers. That’s being TRULY helpful. It’s exciting. It’s a relief!

Do you have an effective spiritual practice? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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People Who Poke

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Sometimes folks who feel insecure will poke and poke others to agitate and get them to reject them. It’s classic. People who have abandonment issues will push others away. We do all these crazy things to prove that what we believe is true.

BUT it does NOT prove what we believe is true.
All it proves is that we believe it, and so we’re experiencing it.

If you REALLY look at it, what IS proved is that we’re powerful manifesters!

It can be really exhausting and tiresome to have someone you love pushing you away. However, once realize that it’s a cry for Love and they don’t really know what they’re doing, we can drop our judgments and love them.

Some people have a difficult time letting you love them.

It’s like that old Woody Allen joke “I’d never join a club that would allow me to become a member.”

They don’t trust and it doesn’t feel safe. They’re anticipating rejection, and so they will do their dance until you agree they aren’t worth it. They can be so insistent.

Life is filled with these experiences, and as long as we don’t judge it, we’ll continue to have less and less of them. We’re here to be truly helpful. The most helpful thing we can be is both compassionate AND having healthy boundaries.

Some people will begin to relax when they see you really do love them.

And some people aren’t ready to accept it. This is when we do our work in the invisible – our prayer practice and our forgiveness. It’s powerful and life-changing.

Have you had the experience I’m talking about? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing! Thank you!

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Conquering Unworthiness

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Okay, I won’t sugar coat it, undoing unworthiness takes some real work and attention. Sometimes people find it really super challenging, but it can definitely be undone faster than we think if we’re willing to put our attention on it and do the work.

There are two big challenges that keep people from doing the work successfully.

They’re putting in lots of effort but not making progress for these two reasons:

FIRST, they don’t believe that the work they do will make a difference.

SECOND, they are afraid to look within, and that’s a requirement for doing the work.

Most of us have to deal with both of these issues to have the healing. I certainly did.

We don’t believe that the work we do will make a difference because:

  • The work we’ve done in the past wasn’t actually inner work – it’s lots of reading books, listening to audios, going to classes and retreats, etc. where the work is discussed but not done. (And, BTW, this is why my Finding Freedom From Fear program is a bootcamp to do the work.)
  • We believe it works for others but not for us. We’re especially bad, wrong, dysfunctional, stupid, or whatever that core belief is.

Hear me now. The work doesn’t work for us because we’re not really doing the work AND because we’re (sometimes secretly) holding onto our view of ourselves as dysfunctional because we made it. We’ve formed our identity around it and we’re not willing to let it go.

Doing the actual inner work is the way to dislodge the attachment to the false identity, and that will not come from discussing the work without doing it. Thinking about it is entertaining to the ego, but it doesn’t accomplish much.

Spirit CANNOT fail. We must put Spirit in charge to make the change. And we must roll up our spiritual sleeves, and do the work. If you’re not sure where to start, check out my podcast episode today. I’m sharing a link to a worksheet that will help you to undo the unworthiness IF YOU DO THE WORK.

Do you ever feel crazy because you’re perpetuating your own unworthiness and you know it? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing! Thank you!

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Our Biggest Challenges

Monday, September 9th, 2019

We often think our biggest challenges are OUT THERE.

If only things on the outside could be brought to a place of Wholeness or healing then everything would be bearable. Of course, it’s not true for everyone all the time, but it’s likely true for everyone some of the time.

It’s when we’ve got a lot of “if only” thoughts running compulsively in our mind.

If only I could make enough money.
If only I could pay off this debt.
If only that person loved me.
If only that person would stay or come back.
If only that person hadn’t died.
If only I could get rid of them.
If only they would understand me.
If only they would stop that.

And on and on and on. That was a head space I occupied for a very long time. I was looking to change the circumstances because I believed that my happiness depended on them.

Since really deciding to LIVE A Course in Miracles I’ve discovered a couple of really cool things.

#1 – When I’m in my right mind, the things “out there” don’t have to change for me to be happy. My happiness comes from my relationship to myself and to my Higher Holy Spirit Self. When that relationship is good, all of life is good. Even if I don’t particularly like some parts of it, they don’t bother me much.

#2 – When I stop seeing things as problems, they tend to get healed and transformed. I’m no longer compulsive thinking about what I don’t like, crying and moaning and complaining about what isn’t working, and instead I’m focusing on my relationship with Spirit and with my relationship with my Self – and so I’m focused on something wonderful expanding and filling my attention – everything else starts to miraculously heal, as well. It’s miraculous!

Right now and these past few days, I’m leading the “Recovery from Sexual Abuse” retreat and this is what I’m seeing. We’re healing our mind about the past and it’s FUN! It’s joyous! There are tears, but we’re getting them out and DONE. We’re discovering that we can MOVE ON when we finally actually address the deepest causes of the suffering. And doing it together is so beautiful. It’s truly one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had in my life.

I am so grateful that Spirit leads me and guides me and that I am willing to listen and follow.

I don’t do it perfectly all of the time, but when I am willing it brings benefit to all.

Are you still holding onto the pain of the past? Do you have an understanding of the reason or the resistance to let it go? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our healing! Thank you!

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Recovery From False Willingness

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

I’m writing this on Sunday morning in the midst of my “Recovery from Sexual Abuse Retreat”, and I’d just like to shout from the mountaintop how GRATEFUL I am that I listened to my guidance to lead this retreat. And since I’m literally in the mountains up above the clouds at this retreat center, it’s completely possible and appropriate! Here’s a picture of morning sunrise here.

The other day, in “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” my daily blog, I was sharing how I benefited from Partnering UP, asking for guidance, and listening to my intuition. I don’t always listen, and sometimes it’s really challenging to listen and follow. Sometimes I have to go against what feels logical to me and/or it seems like it will be too challenging, and more and more I am listening and following ANYWAY. I’m so grateful that I can learn anything at all.

This is the first time I’ve done a retreat on the topic of healing and recovering from sexual abuse. I’ve counseled many people on this issue over the past twenty years of my work as a counselor and minister, but this is the first retreat focused on this topic. I didn’t know how it would go. Prior to our start of the retreat, I wasn’t worried or concerned. I was very intent that there would be miraculous healing for all – and that we would have FUN.

I know it doesn’t make sense to have fun on a retreat focused on the most difficult and painful experiences in a person’s life, but I’ve done many forgiveness retreats and they are always fun. It’s such a relief to lay the burdens down and really, truly let them go.

Yes, this is intense work. Yes, there are tears, but there’s a LOT of laughter, too. When we let go of the causes of pain, the Joy that is our natural state begins to emerge more and more. It’s refreshing. We get our LIFE back when we do the deeper work.

In our classes, we’re doing some new things all the time. We have learned the truly MIRACULOUS power of forgiveness and we’re learned to use forgiveness tools to clear out the stuck energy and take back our power through using these forgiveness tools in community together. I offer to everyone my “How to Get Over It Workshop” which includes many of these tools.

We take it a step further by working in small groups who commit to doing 40 days, 90 days, 100 days of forgiveness letters, with Prayer Partners, and with our “Forgiveness Fridays”. A few people will dive in and they have SO MUCH HEALING they inspire others, and the whole group gathers momentum. Freedom emerges, Joy returns, and miracles keep coming.

I consistently hear people say, “I could never have done this without the group.”

What I’ve learned over the years is that many people are on a similar journey to my own. We say we’re willing to heal and we call ourselves spiritual students, but we’d much rather study and study and study than do the actual work. We’re afraid of doing the actual healing, clearing work. It’s almost like our willingness is in words only. It’s a false sense of willingness.

That was me for a VERY long time.

Because I was so focused on studying, without doing the REAL work, I was making a small amount of progress. It wasn’t as if NOTHING was happening. I was definitely getting results, but it wasn’t ENOUGH for me. I really believe the teachings of Jesus and that we can have profound miraculous healing. I blew my own hair back with how much healing and transformation I could have in just a couple of years of focused work.

It took me 20 YEARS to be WILLING to actually do the DEEP work and that took a WHOLE LOT more WILLINGNESS.

I had and have many Prayer Partners and wonderful friends who loved and supported me through my experience of healing then and now, but until I started this Power of Love Community, I didn’t meet other people who were as willing to really put their focus on developing a strong spiritual practice that truly brought forth the deep healing that’s possible.

And the great thing, the truly AMAZING thing is we can do a. POWERFUL spiritual practice ALL DAY LONG. Spiritual practice doesn’t take time, it saves time. I save so much time not being upset, and freaking out, and worrying, and managing and coping with the problems that manifest from fearful, worrisome, judgmental thought patterns.

I have PROVED this because I used to deal with problems all the time.
I used to be upset ALL the time – I really mean that!
I used to spend a HUGE amount of time managing and coping with my problems.

That’s why I bought this mug when I found it:

The less time, attention, and energy I invest in fearful worrying, the more time I have to receive my blessings and enjoy them, and the more time I have to be truly helpful with others – this is the way it works everyone.

It’s no surprise to me that every single person at this “Recovery From Sexual Abuse” retreat is very interested in helping others. Those who have been wounded deeply, who have walked through the mud and hid in the depths of hell, come out it wishing to help pull more people up to a place of miracle- mindedness. It’s always the case.

I’ve been teaching Finding Freedom from Fear for 12 years and Masterful Living for 11 years, and some people really roll up their spiritual sleeves and jump into doing the work and see miraculous results right away. Those results inspire them to keep going and going.

Some people do what they normally do, listen, read, hang out but don’t really apply until a crisis happens. And that’s okay. We’re all starting from different places.

Some folks hangout for a while and get inspired by others, and then find the strength and courage to test the waters, experience a miracle, and then become evermore committed to doing the work.

I feel like I’ve done ALL of that in my journey.
We’re all alike in so many ways.
We all FEAR the very steps that will relieve our suffering. All of us.
And to be able to go with others is a blessing and a great help.

We’re all going to get back to Wholeness and happiness in the end. It’s really a matter of, are you interested in being happier and helpful sooner or later? We each get to decide for ourselves.

I encourage you to focus on doing the work, rather than just listening, reading, and talking about it. That’s where we can bring benefit and share with others. There’s no substitute for being able to actually clear out the past, the beliefs, the resistance and reluctance.

It’s a decision that we make to stop thinking about it and actually ENGAGE with the Higher Holy Spirit Self and focus on the inner work. That is the very best decision I have ever made. Now, I feel so grateful for my life every single day. I have very little fear, and I am focused on being loving and helpful. It’s a wonderful surprise every day.

LIVING the ACIM Lessons, walking the talk and living the Love, that’s where the healing is generated from. It ripples throughout our life and can bring us happiness each day. If you’d like to some inspiration, check out my podcast. I have a number of episodes about strengthening willingness – click here to get them now. You can also search for any other topic you like.

Yes, it does take a great willingness to move through things quickly, AND it’s so gratifying!

We’re demonstrating the power of Love to heal our minds and our lives, and every problem we think we have. When we prove God works in our life, our faith is strong!

Let’s make the most of every opportunity for our healing and awakening, and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer “My Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. Please pray with me today. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!

We’re all on a journey of developing trust, and there is so much help for us in the invisible. We are never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together we’re answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests, please click here now ! This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

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Ask and Listen

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Spirit is always live-streaming Divine Guidance to us 100% of the time. All around us, visible and invisible, are angelic and spiritual presences who are there to help us.

In my classes, I know that sometimes when I talk about angels people think “Oh, boy! Now, she’s talking about angels!” And yet, year after year, I continue to invite people to PROVE that the angels are there to help us. When we ask for help we will receive it, but we may not listen.

If we have faith and trust issues, we probably will not listen and we will completely miss the answered prayer. We’ve asked for it, but we’re not willing to receive it.

In my classes, I invite people to PROVE it so they can have direct, individual experiences that are surprising and helpful, and that they can FEEL are definitely spiritual support from the invisible field of Perfect Love.

Yesterday I was at Newark, NJ airport flying to Charlotte, NC in order to lead the retreat on Recovery from Sexual Abuse this weekend. I have the TSA Pre status, and it’s very helpful to me because I travel so much. I went to go through security and there was a very LONG line of people in TSA Pre. My thought was to go wait in that line, but the idea came to ask if that was best.

I had plenty of time before my flight. So, I asked, “Shall I get in this line now, or do something else?”

The answer came back – go back downstairs and sit down, and do something productive and come back in 20 minutes. I did that, and when I went back there was 1 person ahead of me. The line went from well over 100 to 1. I got some things done, and I had a story to share with you.

I’ve learned to do this all day long.

Ask and listen.

Ask and receive.

One of the key points here is that I trusted the guidance and followed it. It took me years to learn to do that. For so long, I asked and didn’t listen. Live and learn.

Live and learn.

I’m grateful now that I can use this simple practice and reply upon it to make my life more enjoyable and more graceful.

How about you? Do you have an example of asking and listening and experiencing something wonderful or even just beneficial? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Antidote for Worry

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Things have been very intense for the past year on many levels, and it seems to be intensifying. This is why it’s so important for us to keep Peace in our minds and hold the high watch, a Divine Vision of Peace and Harmony.

I’m holding the high watch for so many right now, and I’m sure you are, too — folks who are affected by the natural disasters and storms, the shootings, and all the other things that are going on.

Many of us have loved ones that are in really challenging situations. It’s tempting to start imagining negative scenarios. That’s what worry is. Ernest Holmes called it “The negative use of our imagination.”

For many years, I’ve trained myself not to worry.

My mind is the Mind of God, and if I hold a worried, fearful, and negative thought in my mind, I’m giving it my power and I don’t wish to do that anymore. I choose to hold the high watch of loving thoughts. I feel that it’s my responsibility to remember that all is well and not be swayed by appearances.

So, while I do wish my folks had evacuated, they chose not to, and so now it’s my job to know that all is well where they are and that everything that transpires is for the highest good of all.

I know that all who are affected by these multiple disasters, all over the world, are blessed by their experiences even when it doesn’t look like it. I hold firmly in my mind that all are blessed.

I may not understand how everything works together for the good of all. Many times it seems impossible to understand from our point of view, unable to see through all of time and space. We are challenged to cultivate faith and trust.

I do know Divine Grace is at work in all moments. That’s where my faith is.

I absolutely know that the angels guide and protect us all of the time, and when we ask for assistance we receive it, although it may not be in the way we think is best. We have to release our attachments to what we think is best. This can be super intense.

I have faith that we are profoundly loved by all of life, even by a hurricane, a flood, a fire or an earthquake. I open my mind to see beyond time and space and to see the blessings in each moment.

I once was very blessed, for a precious few minutes, to have the great gift of seeing beyond time and space into the eternal. In those minutes, I knew completely and most assuredly that everything is perfect and everything is beautiful and all is Love, all is loved, Always and all ways. It was so clear to me and so real to me it changed me. It only lasted for a few minutes, but it was crystal clear.

We’re training our minds only to choose the loving thoughts and to let all worry go. We’re doing it. It’s happening now.

We bless all beings on this sweet earth and know that all are loved equally and fully by our Creator. Life loves us. We keep our attention on that which we desire to know and to see, and we let all worry fade into the nothingness from which it arose.

We hold the high watch. We pray for those who appear to be in harm’s way to be protected and blessed. We pray for those who are suffering to be at Peace now. We hold the perfect vision of Love in our hearts and in our minds. We know that all are blessed, always.

What is your prayer request today? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Practice vs Study

Monday, August 26th, 2019

A Course in Miracles tells us that the only problem we have is that we believe we’re separate from Source, and since we’re not separate we actually have no problems. ALL of our problems have been solved. Yet, we have free will to think that we do have problems and to label things as problems.

I’ve really come to see that my biggest challenge is to stop labeling things as good, bad, right, wrong, better and worse. The ego thought system is one of separation. The best tool it has is to evaluate things in this way. However, what the ego values the Spirit does not, and vice versa.

Ego values being special. Spirit values awareness of Oneness, Unity and sameness.
Spirit values extending Love and compassion. Ego values punishing and criticizing.

They are opposing thought systems, which actually makes it SO much easier. However, many spiritual students, myself included, spiritualize the ego thought system.

I used to be so critical of spiritual teachers until I became one FOR REAL. I realized that the reason I was so critical of spiritual teachers is that it was old karma. For me, it was karma come up for healing. The karma was the guilt I felt for having been a religious teacher, leader, priest or whatever in a past life where I was out of integrity myself, or I had been wounded by religious leaders who were out of integrity. This realization helped me to have compassion for all spiritual leaders and teachers. I could stop criticizing them and start having compassion for them.

This extension of compassion is fundamental to the teachings of ACIM.

Practicing it is entirely different than reading it or talking about it.

Practicing extending compassion to those I would criticize became the healing of my self-judgment. It became my practice of self-forgiveness. It is one of the most helpful things I’ve ever discovered. Now I look for ways to extend more compassion, and with it comes the Peace of God.

I still find there are times when I’d like to be right, and I know when it is immediately, because I feel a sense of discord. And that discord is so precious to me, because it alerts me to an opportunity to heal my mind. I’ve trained myself to make the most of those moments, and to Partner UP and call for a healing rather than argue to be right or think that something is wrong.

If I’m upset, the ONLY thing that’s wrong is my stinking thinking. Phew! I don’t have to change the world to be happy! I am SO GRATEFUL!

I’ve got a Facebook page called A Course in MiraclesACIM Angels – and I’d like to invite you to LIKE and FOLLOW my page and share your thoughts and comments about what I’m posting there. Let’s have more conversations about these precious healing opportunities to practice and LIVE A Course in Miracles!

Do you practice having gratitude when you’re upset? Have you noticed the difference it makes? Please share in the comments below!

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Courage to Grow

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

I’ve come to realize that the most important thing I can do with my life is to clear my mind of all the false beliefs. It used to feel so daunting. I believed I couldn’t do it. The task seemed overwhelmingly difficult, and I didn’t feel that I had what it took. Now, I can tell you that the reason I believed that was because I thought I had to do it myself. I believed I was on my own.

I didn’t know that the Higher Holy Spirit Self would do the heavy lifting if I was at least willing.

We were talking about this in class this week and in my podcast episode. Many times, people resist the healing that they MOST DESIRE because it would require them to shift their sense of self-identity.

When someone is identified with being a victim, then stepping into empowerment feels scary. When we’re trying to lose our false identity and step into our power, it can be disorienting.

I remember many years ago in meditation the question came up, “Who will I be without my judgments and opinions? Will I still be recognizable as Jennifer?” It was the moment when I decided I’d rather go through the challenge of learning to live in new territory, without the usual touchstones that give a sense of comfort, than to continue on playing small and living in lack and limitation. It was a bold choice, but I just couldn’t understand to continue on feeling that I wasn’t living my best life.

I’ve learned to feel comfortable with not having the seeming security of knowing how things will go. I’m moving from place to place for years now. Sometimes I’m in a place for a month or two and sometimes it’s less than a week. Some places are familiar and others aren’t. Sometimes I know people there and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I can find the tea I like and sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I can find the thing I need and sometimes I can’t.

And, more often than not, for some weird reason, most of the bathroom showers seem to have the same issue: the difference between scalding hot and not hot enough is a micro adjustment. What’s up with that? Why does it have to be like that? And while we’re at it, why can’t the people who make cup holders in cars talk with the people who make the cups? Is that so difficult? Is it rocket science? I don’t think either of these things is so complicated that we can’t get it done! C’mon people!

I’m constantly learning to let go of attachments to things being the way I’d like. It’s been amazingly healing. I’ll just take a cold shower. I’ll get a different cup.

Just this week, I’m staying at an Airbnb. I had to find a place near to where I’m taking this week-long sacred chanting program (check out my blog from yesterday, Sound Current Ecstasy). I needed to find a place that was close to where the event was being held but that would also give me privacy and internet access to work and teach at night. There wasn’t much to choose from.

I found a great place where I’d have a big space of my own and a private bath in a huge house. I usually like to have the whole place to myself or stay in a hotel, but I wanted a kitchen, so I decided to try this Airbnb that had great reviews. The only thing is, I didn’t realize the private bath was downstairs and on the other side of the house from where my area is. It doesn’t feel that private. I have to walk through the office, the living room, kitchen and dining area to get to the bathroom.

In the past, a situation like this would have bothered me, but now I’m just going with the flow. It is what it is, and apparently this is perfect for me right now because it’s what is happening. I’m shifting my identification from being someone who needs privacy. Apparently I don’t need that much privacy. Who knew? Certainly not me. Spirit knew.

I never expected or even believed that I could feel comfortable in many of the situations I find myself in, but I do and I’m grateful. I’m comfortable, because no matter where I go or where I am, I am there with Spirit and I’m never alone.

I have to be willing to let go of my identifications to have the healing I desire.

Here’s why: it’s the attachments in the form of identification that are the cause of all our suffering.

People who are sick pray to be healed, but sometimes, they’re actually not ready to identify as a healed and healthy person. There’s too much they’d have to give up. And sometimes, there’s too much they’d have to take on.

For instance, someone who had life-threatening liver issues came to me for support. They had a lot of healing in their liver of a couple of years and then they came back and shared with me that their family relationships had improved tremendously and they were much happier. Still, the liver issues were persisting and they wanted to know if I thought they could completely heal.

I asked them, “Would you continue to work on your family issues with as much dedication if you weren’t motivated by the threat of dying?” They said “No, probably not.”

I said, “Is it possible you need the motivation of being ill to keep yourself working on your spiritual and relationship growth?”

The answer was, “Yes, I can see that now. Thank you.”

That person “needed” the motivation of the illness to keep them working on their stuff. Nothing wrong with that, but now they’re conscious of it.

Another time, someone with a life-threatening alcohol addiction came to me for help. They wanted to know if I believed they could heal. I did.

I said, “However, once you get sober your friends and family are no longer going to let you off the hook for things because you’re a drunk. You’re going to have to take responsibility for your choices like sober people do. You might not like that. Are you willing to be held accountable for your actions and decisions?”

Long pause. “I need to think about that,” they said.

Yup. We really must think about these things. The person who is struggling with a long time issue of any kind may not want the results they think they want. And I know that sounds insane when someone is severely depressed or in pain, but I’ve seen it many times.

Some people in a miserable marriage don’t shift it because they don’t believe happiness is possible. They’d rather be miserable together than risk being miserable alone – so the chance to be happy alone or with someone else doesn’t come into the picture.

My invitation to myself, and to all of us, is to look deeply at what we’d like to have, live and be. And then, make a list of the new responsibilities and challenges that you’d have to be willing to accept and work with if that change were to occur. Take a long deep look – not kidding yourself or living in fantasy, and decide to go for it or to get help with it.

I’m a big fan of getting help with it. I get help from the Higher Holy Spirit Self and I get help from all kinds of practical resources, including people who are better at things than I am and who can tell me what’s what.

I’ve worked with a lot of people who have suffered tremendously. It takes courage and great willingness to give up the false identity of victim. Sometimes the closer we get the harder it seems. If we think it’s just too hard and we don’t have what it takes, then we haven’t put Spirit in charge. I like to help people turn it over to Spirit and break out of their limited thinking. It was really challenging for me to do it myself, and now that’s why I’m so committed to sharing with others.

The folks in our community are amazing and miraculous and they inspire me every single day!

Real people. Real miracles.

Practicing the ACIM lessons, walking the talk and living the Love, that’s where the healing is generated from. It ripples throughout our life and can bring us happiness each day. If you’d like to some inspiration, check out my podcast episode: Laws of Healing. It’s all about cultivating the willingness to REALLY heal.

Yes, it does take a great willingness to move through things quickly, but it’s so gratifying!

I’m interested in having continuous breakthroughs in healing. I hardly take any days off from my work because I love it so much. And I don’t ever take a day off from spiritual practice. I never tire of the expansion and the constant up-leveling that Spirit supplies.

Let’s make the most of every opportunity for our healing and awakening, and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer “My Shot of Spiritual Espresso.” I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. Please pray with me today. The Prayer for Today is for Having the Courage to Grow. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice, and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation, and that’s beautiful to share!

We’re all on a journey of developing trust, and there is so much help for us in the invisible. We are never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

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Let me know what you’d like to have the courage to heal and I’ll pray for you! Please share in the comments below!

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Sound Current Ecstasy

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

I’m at this kundalini yoga chanting week long intensive called Shabad Guru with Snatam Kaur. There are about 40 of us singing with Snatam and the other musicians. Hours and hours of chanting the same Shabad (sacred chant) each day with a different chant each day.

“Shabad” means sound, “Guru” means teacher or knowledge that transforms you. The simplest meaning of Shabad Guru is a special sound that is a teacher. You can read more about Shabad Guru by clicking this link.

As each day passes, the energy in the sound current that we’re riding together becomes higher and higher in it’s vibration.

People sometimes can’t help but start to cry because they’re so grateful, so deeply touched. I feel the healing happening in all of us. The vibration is so pure and beautiful.

We’re healing on all levels.

The scriptures we’re singing are all ancient texts by or about the original gurus in the Kundalini lineage. I’m amazed that I’m not exhausted from spending 10 hours a day (or more) at the ashram, working on all the breaks, and then working until midnight each night, but I just feel more and more elevated each day.

I wish words could actually convey how beautiful this experience is for us.

I was a member of the Agape Choir for 11 years. That was an amazing experience that often brought me to tears. Singing for and with the congregation, vibrating with those musical prayers, I would look down the row sometimes and notice we were all crying – all of us with tears running down our face as we sang with our whole hearts. It was one of the most wonderful parts of my life and deeply healing.

I spoke with Snatam and asked if she’d ever done a Shabad Guru program for teens. She hadn’t. I shared with her that I had such a strong feeling that doing a program for teens who are going through a difficult time, or people in recovery from something really difficult, could be life-changing for participants.

This song really doesn’t begin to touch the experience we’re having, but it’s a beautiful and transcendent. I encourage you to listen, close your eyes, breathe deeply and hear the voice of the Beloved speaking to you through the lyric, and music.

By the way, sat nam means “truth is my identity.” A powerful affirmation!

Let me know what you feel about this music and the idea of healing through sound current! Please share in the comments below!

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Rest Comes From Waking

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

One of my favorite A Course in Miracles quotes is “Rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.” I’m certainly proving it this week. I’m participating in a weeklong program of sacred chanting with Snatam Kaur and it goes from 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m. each day – I still have my full time job, teaching, writing and running the ministry, so I’ve been going to bed about 12:30 a.m. and getting up at 5:30. Not quite enough sleep for this girl.

Yet, because of the hours and hours of sacred chanting, I’m feeling great, a little tired, but not exhausted at all. I feel inspired and energized!

That’s the thing about spiritual practice – it has SO MANY benefits.

  • Spiritual practice saves time by averting forgiveness lessons.
  • Spiritual practice opens us to more efficient and effective uses of our time.
  • Spiritual practice aligns us with our answered prayer. and that brings ease and grace to our life.
  • Spiritual practice undoes the false beliefs that cause so much suffering.
  • Spiritual practice heals us on a cellular level.

And those are just a few of the things that come to mind immediately.

So why don’t we invest more in spiritual practice and less in the things we think will make us happy?

What do you feel about this? Please tell me about it in the comments below!

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Ultimate Escape Room

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Last night in our Masterful Living class the topic of escape rooms came up. I realized that the ego thought system, this life on earth as an ego identified person is the ULTIMATE escape room experience. In case you don’t know, an escape room is a live­‐action team­‐based game where players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. It sounds like fun when you know it’s a game.

However, when it’s our life and we feel we’re not making any progress, then it’s just frustrating.

Sometimes it feels like we’re trapped in cycles of the same repeating patterns – and we are. It’s our decisions about ourselves, life, relationship, God, etc. coming up again and again for healing. It can feel demoralizing to have the same arguments and upsets. I remember it all too well and I am so glad that the teachings of A Course in Miracles work!

The number one tool that we have to escape the traps of the ego is forgiveness.

This is why I feel it’s so important that we focus on forgiveness. It’s the reason why I’m teaching people to teach forgiveness and I’m certifying them to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop. (You can learn about my teacher training & certification by clicking here.)

It’s hard to believe that forgiveness can really bring the benefits that it does. It’s hard to believe because people think forgiveness is something other than what it ACTUALLY is.

Forgiveness isn’t saying that what happened is okay.
Forgiveness is releasing the judgments we made about things.

Releasing the judgments has been the most challenging thing I’ve EVER done in my entire life, and that’s why I like to give people tools that really work so they can feel successful and experience tremendous healing. It really works when you work it!

Here’s a tip for letting the judgments go – it doesn’t matter if they’re about you or someone else – give them to Spirit for healing. Give them away, give them UP. Move out of managing and coping and call for a healing. Ask the angels for the maximum healing support. Don’t tell them what to do or how to do it, just ask for help. They know what to do. We just need to be willing.

I noticed just yesterday how a certain situation I’m in was filled with things that would have been intense triggers for me, and yet, I seem to be unbothered. What would have been unacceptable and bothersome is now completely acceptable – and I know that it’s not that the situation has changed, but that I’ve changed my mind about it.

If you’re studying ACIM and not experiencing miracles of healing, then maybe you’re not actually giving your problems and concerns to Spirit for healing – maybe you’re trying to figure it out on your own. Stop it, for God’s sake!

Let’s all escape the ultimate escape room. Let’s love ourselves free of all forms of suffering. Today’s the day!

Have you had a forgiveness miracle? Please tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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Making Spiritual Progress

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

My spiritual practice is a priority for me. It’s a priority because I’ve PROVEN that it brings results. A spiritual practice saves time, energy and money. I prove it every day. I see the folks in classes with me prove it every day, too.

The thing that I’ve proven is that spiritual practice eliminates the obstacles, worries, doubts, and fears in the mind that become manifest as problems that take time, energy, and money to resolve.

Spiritual practice is INCREDIBLY efficient at dissolving problems and concerns.

Spiritual practice actually gets out in front of the problems before they occur.

This inspires me so much! And it’s so much fun to see other people apply the same principles and get their own exceptional results.

Learning to have trust and faith is worth it for so many reasons. It makes life easier, more abundant and prosperous, more fun, and more grace-filled.

A spiritual practice without faith is kind of like a washing machine without water.

You can’t get much accomplished.

We’re going for more than just a happy dream, we’re going for awakening and being a living demonstration of the power of Love. For that, we must practice and become strong practitioners. Everything we need IS inside of us. It’s what we yearn for.

This is the reason I like to share simple tips and tools that actually bring HUGE life-changing results. I’m a magnet for them because I’m looking for them. I like to have it be easy.

Today and every day, Spirit goes before me, behind me and with me to make the way clear. I have a powerful partnership with the Higher Holy Spirit Self and we are getting things DONE!

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Peace Instead of This

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Can I just tell you how glad and grateful I am? I am so grateful that I can choose Peace instead of needing to be right, more and more and MORE! I’m not 100% yet, but I’m getting closer and I’m so grateful!

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

It’s really 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.

Can you share an example of choosing Peace that inspires you?

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