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God Is A Now Business

Monday, June 29th, 2020

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Let me not wander in the desert of the ego analysis. Let me not distract myself with studying Spirit with my intellect. It’s so common for people to try to approach Spirit with analysis. I did that. I thought I could learn about Spirit and then I’d know what it was about. God doesn’t work that way. In order for me to learn about Spirit I have to get out of my head and into my heart.

Studying God, didn’t help me to know God.

God is a now business. That’s what we were talking about in the Sundays With Spirit service yesterday.

Healing is a now business.

Love is a now business. We cannot love in the future. It’s got to be now. Science of the Mind can best be learned through the heart.

When I bring my attention fully into the present, into the now moment, then I can see that each and every moment contains a clear choice. The choice is always between Unity/Oneness/Love and separation. For a long time, I wasn’t able to see the choice as clearly as I do now. This clarity has made a difference in my life.

As I keep my commitment to being mindful of the ever-present choice for Love, it’s possible for me to choose love more often. As I am mindful of the choices I make, I am also mindful of their outcomes.

Now that I am more mindful, if I choose fear, anger or some other form of suffering I can see that it was my choice. Right there in that moment of awareness is another opportunity to choose Love and forgive myself by releasing any judgment I might have about myself for not choosing Love a moment ago. This is a living practice of Self-forgiveness.

I witness that love has an intelligence all of its own. This makes every moment of my life a work of art.

In their book EMBRACING THE BELOVED: Relationship as a Path of Awakening, Stephen & Ondrea Levine write, “Those who suppress the ego instead of just letting it recede into the heart make the same merciless error in judgment as those who, attempting to cure serious illness, believe they must ‘filter out all negative thoughts’ in order to be healed … They do not recognize that what leaves the ‘negative residue’ is not the thought, no matter how dark or fearful, but the negative reaction (holding), as opposed to the healing response (letting go), to that moment. That a ‘positive’ thought grasped is less healing than a ‘negative’ one met with mercy.

There’s so much benefit that comes from really knowing God.

That’s the path I’m on – true knowing that Is felt in the heart. I cannot be contented with information. A profound knowing is what I’m interested in.

Today I make a deepen my commitment to be mindful as part of my daily spiritual practice. I meet any dark and fearful thoughts with mercy. In this way my daily practice of being aware of self-forgiveness and self-compassion opportunities is healing and I share the benefit with all beings because I am one with them. My choice is a healing choice!

I trust Spirit to lead me away from intellect and into my heart. I put Spirit in charge.

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

You may not know it, but my father reads my blog, so I have to be careful of what I say. (Just kidding! He does read it, Hi, Dad. Happy Father’s Day! But I don’t feel I have to edit what I say.)

I’m fortunate that my parents got married and stayed together because they loved each other. They were together for 50 years before my mother passed in 2008.

I’m not a parent, but I have many friends and relatives who are and I see that all people learn the good, and less good from their parents.

What I know is that my father took the best of his father’s parenting style and he added to it to improve it. And I’m grateful.

My grandfather, Walter Thomas Hadley was born in 1905 and he saw a startling number of changes in his lifetime. When he was a boy, his father left him, his sisters and their mother to fend for themselves. They had to find their own way in tough times. My great grandmother took in laundry and my grandfather helped her with it, holding the washboard so they could earn what they needed to get by.

It used to be that children had to help their parents earn enough money just to buy food, and put the bare minimum of a roof over their head. We need to honor that. I honor my grandfather who worked so hard most of his life, to provide for his family.

Some of the stories my Grandpa told me have stayed in my mind, seared into my memory because they helped me to understand my grandfather who could often be quite brusque. I was the second grandchild, so I got the grandfather who would roll around on the floor with me and be completely cuddly and sweet. My younger cousins didn’t get to see that grandfather because by the time their was a pack of us he was more distant.

I remember my grandfather yelling it me because I wasn’t wearing shoes. They had this lush wall-to-wall carpeting which was quite a thing back in the early 60’s and it didn’t make any sense to me why I always had to wear shoes at my grandparents house. He’d bark at me “get your shoes on! You’ve got shoes, put them on!”

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that he told me that when he was a boy he didn’t have shoes. As a poor fatherless boy in the hills of Kentucky, shoes were a luxury, food was a necessity.

When Grandpa told me that he grew up without shoes, I finally could understand why he wanted me to wear shoes all the time. My ability to wear shoes helped to undo the shame and suffering he experienced as a boy, going to school without shoes even in winter.

My grandfather had a difficult childhood. Being hungry as a child, especially a growing boy in a house full of girls, with a mother who was frequently sick must have been so difficult. He once told me of being given the task of carrying the family’s only money, a solitary nickel, to the store to buy the basic supplies to make corn bread, was a terrifying errand. The entire walk to the store he feared losing that nickel, his family’s fortune, and the suffering that could cause.

What a heavy load for a small child.

At twelve years old my Grandpa quit school, and went off to work. He was “batchin’” it as he called it. A bachelor at 12. Competing with men for jobs so he could help support and feed his family back home.

My grandfather made his way in the world as a young man in the depression. He was 25 in 1930, venturing into marriage and fatherhood.

My Grandpa always appreciated everything he had. He never, ever took anything for granted and he taught the rest of us the same values. Eventually, my grandfather did quite well, through hard work, determination and a tremendous generosity. He volunteered to help others less fortunate and to make the future generations stronger so they could have the advantages he didn’t. He tithed to the church and other charities. He gave more than he got.

Grandpa met my grandmother, who was an educated woman, and she helped him by teaching him math and other basics that he needed to get along in business. They worked together at that at night, while raising four boys of their own, my father was the youngest.

Sometimes I wonder how my grandmother ever could have managed with four boys born within six years of each other. I can’t imagine the capacity that takes to really love and be kind, but she had it. She loved her four boys and she loved her husband. My grandfather could be tough, and grumpy and snap at us, but I never thought for one minute that he didn’t completely love and care for us.

I always knew that my family would go through hell for me if that was called for.

My father, Danny Wells Hadley, learned so much about commitment and providing from his parents. I knew that my father would take care of me no matter what. That knowing was the greatest gift he gave me.

Although we had our fights and disagreements, which could be epic, the Love was always there.

It was and is REAL.

Relationships require constant release of judgment and complaint in order to be happy ones. Holding onto resentments and regrets, guilt and shame, blame and hurt, destroy relationships. They’re like battery acid to our heart. And yet many people do feel they have to hold onto things to protect themselves from future hurts.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Only an open heart can ALLOW us to have a truly loving relationship now. The Love we’d like to share in our relationships is completely dependent upon our ability to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made.

Our self-compassion gives us the ability to have compassion for others.

Our compassion for others trains us to have compassion for ourselves.

I was a grudge holder in my younger years and so I caused myself a lot of suffering, and I spread that suffering out onto others.

I’m so grateful that my father never, ever gave up on me and that he loved me through it. And I did the same for him. Now, our relationship feels clean and clear to me. The past comes up, but there’s not pain in anymore. We’ve done the work to clear the past.

When we truly forgive, the cause of the pain is gone.
And that’s why I teach forgiveness.
I’ve learned from it.
Forgiveness isn’t taught in schools.
It’s taught in families.

My grandparents did carry some resentments into their old age. In looking back, I see that their hurts were related to their own inability to forgive themselves, and projecting that out onto others, blaming others. It wasn’t a lot, but it was painful for them. And I learned from that too.

We’re all teachers.

The only thing there is to teach is Love because that is what we are.

We’re teaching each other to really love without conditions, without needing, wanting, carving, and to give fully without expectations. It can feel like a tall order until we get the hang of it.

That’s where forgiveness becomes our best tool.

I’m certain that my grandfather was taught selfless, giving Love by his mother, and someone taught it to her. My grandfather was able to see that quality and ability in my grandmother and it attracted him.

Together they taught it to my father and his brothers.

My father was attracted to my mother and she had that same ability and quality to truly be able to Love.

And they taught it to me.

And we all bring it out in each other.
It’s there.
The Love is there.
It’s always there.
And if we are willing we can enhance it in each other,
and not squelch it or bury it.

If we recognize that we’ve hurt another and caused them to diminish their Love Light, we can forgive ourselves first and they will naturally benefit because we’re one with each other.

This is the way of humanity.
We’re here to help each other.
To release all resentments.
To surrender the grudges.
To free ourselves and our ancestors
of all our choices born of fear that we’ve passed down.
We’re here to be truly helpful and remember our Heavenly Father in order to honor our earthly fathers.

I don’t have children, but if I did, I absolutely know they’d have to learn from my mistakes, and I’d have to forgive myself for my errors and shortcomings and be grateful for any bit of goodness and Love that I could pass on.

Today, I encourage you to forgive your father and yourself.
Release the judgments you’ve held against yourself.

And if you need any help with that come to our Sundays With Spirit.

TODAY, you can join me and my dear friends, Eisha Mason, Ray Davis, Carla Mahle and more friends on zoom. Eisha has been an inspiration to me for decades and I’m so glad we’ll get to be together on zoom today. This will be inspiring! We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register, unless you’ve already registered in the past.

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

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

Please pray with me! Prayer works! Joining together in prayer for our healing, for the active practice of joining with Spirit, and allowing my healing is precisely 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.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES. This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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

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

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Everything is Working for Us

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

There are times when it can seem like everything is against us. In truth, everything is for us even if it seems like it’s against us. We have to relax and be willing to relinquish our perspective to see what’s true.

Yesterday, we went into Mercury retrograde. This is a planetary movement that many view as troublesome, but is actually very supportive of our spiritual journey.

This is a time for us to be highly introspective and meditative.

Yes, we might find that technology issues are a problem, but isn’t that worth the spiritual benefits?

I long ago decided that Mercury retrograde works in my favor and not against me and I encourage you to do the same!

This is great time to deepen our commitment to our personal goals.

During this time of Covid-19, instead of looking to rush out to the restaurants reopening – why not take advantage of the planetary alignment with Solstice today and the new moon and eclipse tomorrow.

Everything is working for us, including the planetary alignments!

Here’s the opportunity: Focus within, stay off the screens and devices, sit in nature, and get deeply in touch with what’s most important to YOU.

You’ll never regret the time you invested in your spiritual practice!
Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life.

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Means and Ends

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

One of the spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles that I work with almost every day is “the consistency of means and ends.

Almost every day I find myself examining this teaching as it plays out in my life.

In ACIM, we’re told, “You recognize you want the goal. Are you not also willing to accept the means? If you are not, let us admit that you are inconsistent. A purpose is attained by means, and if you want a purpose you must be willing to want the means as well. How can one be sincere and say, ‘I want this above all else, and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it?’”

In other words, we SAY we’d like Joy, Love, Peace, Abundance, Harmony, Freedom and all of the spiritual qualities to be fully realized by us in our lives, and yet, we’re not willing to employ the means necessary to experience those spiritual qualities.

This teaching is simple. It really is.

We say we’re clear about the goal: awakening, Peace, Love, heaven on earth.

Spirit has given us the means.

It is the way out of our personal hell.

And yet, we resist.
We’re reluctant.
We hide.
We delay.
We make excuses.

Why?

Because the means is forgiveness.

And we do not want to forgive.

We say we don’t know-how, that we’ve tried, but when we look more deeply, we haven’t. We cling to our position and the meaning we made of what happened. We defend and justify.

The means to be restored to the fullness of Peace, Love, Joy, Freedom, Abundance, Harmony and more, is to let go of the blocks to Love that we hold in our heart. That’s true forgiveness.

We’d like to have great Love, but we’re not willing to let go of our resentments.
We’d like to have Prosperity, but we’re not willing to let go of our belief in lack and limitation.
We’d like to have Peace, but we’re not willing to let go of our attack thoughts against ourselves and others.
We’d like to have Freedom, but we’re not willing to let go of the guilt and making others feel guilty.

In our minds, we imagine punishing people and seeking revenge.

It’s like saying we’d like to stop feeling pain, but we won’t let go of the hot iron that is burning us.

Niccolò Machiavelli famously said, “the ends justify the means.” That was his opinion. He was a philosopher and statesman, a contemporary of DaVinci during the time of the Renaissance. He was an atheist and a cynic seemingly devoid of morals. He wrote many books including “The Art of War.” He believed that the means to the goal, no matter how cruel or vicious, were justified.

We could say he was ego personified.

In a sense, you could say that Machiavelli’s philosophy became acceptable because of his writing and the success he experienced in his lifetime. We see that kind of thing play out today. Someone who manages to become wealthy and famous is considered successful even if they lied and cheated to get to their “success.”

Those who wish to justify their means can do it with their ill-gotten gains – and still, whatever anyone takes or makes at the expense of the suffering of others, will never ever be worth it. It will never bring fulfillment or happiness. The best it can ever do is offer a temporary cessation of longing. People whose method of success is to bring harm to others, to steal, to lie and to cheat, will never, ever be able to be happy, but they won’t know that till they get there.

While they can believe that we’re better than others and they deserve more than others, they don’t. They never will. Their class, their position, their financial power and leverage, their talent and their beauty won’t ever make them happy because in their soul, they know that we’re one with each other. We all do.

Other voices have spoken up about ends and means, particularly in the last hundred years or so.

Wilhelm Reich, the radical psychoanalyst said,
“You think the end justifies the means, however vile.
I tell you: the end is the means by which you achieve it.
Today’s step is tomorrow’s life.
Great ends cannot be attained by base means.
You’ve proved that in all your social upheavals.
The meanness and inhumanity of the means make you
mean and inhuman and make the end unattainable.”

Perhaps the human race consciousness had grown enough in the five centuries between Machiavelli and Reich that it was now obvious, based on the experience humanity’s had of suffering at the unfeeling hands of blood thirsty egomaniacs, that ends can never justify the means.

Writer Aldous Huxley came along and said,
“the end cannot justify the means,
for the simple and obvious reason
that the means employed
determine the nature of the ends produced.”

Ayn Rand, another famous author, said,
“the end does not justify the means.
No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.”

Amen to that.

More recently Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“You can’t reach good ends through evil means,
because the means represent the seed
and the end represents the tree.”
And the “means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

Now, if you look at all those voices, speaking of different views of the same philosophy or theory, you can see which statement has the most heart in it. It’s King, letting us know that he seeks pure agape Love.

And because the revolution he led was of loving means, he was able to be profoundly successful and we can learn from this now.

If we needed any proof of theory – we have it.

We’re spiritual beings having a human experience. We cannot find Peace with unpeaceful means. We cannot have a war to bring Peace.

We get angry, we fall into despair, we blame others for our shortcomings. We withhold Love because we want Love. We do the darndest things because we’re upset and we lack perspective.

We let our emotions run away with us just because we feel like it and don’t love ourselves enough to honor our feelings and instead we stuff them and stuff them and medicate them and then we either explode or implode.

And still, the teaching that is so helpful to us, especially right now, TODAY, is that if we’d like to experience Peace, Prosperity, Wholeness, Freedom, Joy, Clarity, Harmony, Love and so much more, we must forgive the past.

This IS consistency of ends and means.

We must let go of our judgments.

Judgments are the mechanism by which separation from Spirit’s infinite goodness is brought into our experience.

The ends is in the means.

That will never change.

We can’t stuff our feelings and expect to feel better.
We can’t medicate our feelings and feel free.
We can’t focus on lack and limitation and feel expansive.
We can’t withhold Love to get Love.
We cannot hide our light under a bushel and hope for our dreams to be realized.
We cannot believe we’re unworthy, not good enough, wrong, bad, unlovable and live the life we desire.

Something’s gotta give.
And that something is the false beliefs, the painful patterns, the habits that keep us living blocked from our destiny.

We each have extraordinary gifts that the world can benefit from if we share them.

We each can help liberate our brothers and sisters from the prison in their minds when we release ourselves.

I made a decision to begin sharing because I was inspired and felt that I just had to share. I couldn’t be silent. I couldn’t hide. I had no platform. I had no audience. I just started sharing with the people I knew.

I gave from the overflow.
I didn’t need anything in return.
I was, and still am, so grateful just to be able to offer something that’s meaningful to me – and to connect.

I can remember driving four hours round trip to lead a workshop that only one person attended. And still, it felt worth it.

I used to give workshops at my friend’s house, in my own living room, any place I could find would work for me. I HAD to share because I was so full of gratitude for the inspiration I felt.

To achieve our goals of awakening awareness, living in Peace, and BEING a blessing in this world, we are required to learn that consistency of means and ends is necessary.

To have Peace, teach Peace. What does it mean to teach Peace? It really means to forgive. To stop judging, complaining and attacking.

We teach with every choice we make.

Learning NOT to judge is much easier than learning to judge. We’ve learned to judge and attack ourselves and others, and now we’re unlearning it. Let’s forgive of ourselves for all the ignorance, and all the ways we’ve chosen to NOT be helpful in this world. Let’s wipe that slate clean by giving ALL of our self-judgment to our Higher Holy Spirit for healing.

We forgive ourselves first, and then we can forgive others.

We’ve got work to do. Let’s forgive ourselves so we can focus on something productive.

And, forgiveness takes work too. Practicing non-judgment IS forgiveness. We have what it takes because we have infinite support in the invisible and we always will

Our willingness is required.
Our willingness is ALL that’s required.
If we can’t be willing, be willing to be willing – honestly, this does the trick, and if that’s not sufficient, let’s be willing to be willing to be willing! A tiny bit of willingness is still willingness.

Our goal is liberation.
What are liberating from? False beliefs.
Our own false beliefs can be released in a moment.
We don’t have to wait.
We can choose heaven today instead of hell.

Ultimately we WILL liberate.
Let’s actively choose it, work towards it and ALLOW it to be revealed.

Our liberation is tied to everyone else’s. Let’s not delay another day!

If you feel like you might be playing small and hiding your light under a bushel because of your beliefs about yourself, if you think maybe those beliefs are false and could be eliminated, and if you have a willingness to do some inner work to make a real and lasting change then please consider joining me and some other folks just like you who are SO DONE WITH PLAYING SMALL and ready to let those patterns go.

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Worry

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

When it feels like there’s no way, Spirit can still make a way.
When it feels like only failure is possible, Spirit can still succeed.
When it feels like all is lost, Spirit can show us what’s valuable.
In God, all things worth doing, having and being are always possible.

When we’re feeling hopeless and helpless, then we’ve left God out of the equation, and that’s the real reason that we feel so down and desperate. We can say we think that we feel despair because of what’s happening in the world, but our upset is really because we’re not allowing Spirit to lead us, guide us, and direct us. And we can change our mind. We can go the other way.

When we’re worried, we’re imagining that things won’t go well.

We’re imagining what we don’t want. It seems scary to put Spirit in charge and that’s precisely why we’re worried. It’s because our faith is in our own ability to discern the best, and make it happen, and we know we cannot do it, and so we are fearful.

We can’t control the world.
We can’t control our mind.
Surrender is the key.

When we’re willing to put Spirit in charge then everything changes.

It can seem that we don’t want change. It can feel as if change is a threat and a worry. We can fear change because we can’t control it, but the fact is that we can’t control anything, so let’s not fool ourselves anymore.

All we have to do is to look to the world – at some of the most “powerful” people in the world and see how they try so hard to control things and no matter how much “power and influence” they have, they still can’t control things to go their way.

In truth, there’s only one way, and that way is God’s way. Let’s all get off the pain train and jump on board the Love Train. Let’s not wait until the pain is squeezing us so hard we just wish we were dead.

Let’s simply put Spirit in charge and allow the miracles to unfold.

Let’s get out of the way. And let’s get on with it and do what we’re here to do – Love ourselves and each other.

“Wherever [the Holy Spirit] looks He sees Himself, and because He is united He offers the whole Kingdom always. This is the one message God gave to Him and for which He must speak, because that is what He is. The peace of God lies in that message, and so the peace of God lies in you. The great peace of the Kingdom shines in your mind forever, but it must shine outward to make you aware of it.” A Course in Miracles, T-6.II.12.

Let us decide to really live as though we knew this to be true:

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Therein lies the peace of God.

We are eternal.
We are real.
We are part of God.
God will not be destroyed.

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Humility

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Yesterday I made a long drive from Deer Isle, Maine, the island where my family has a home that my parents built. We rent it in order to be able to afford to keep it in the family. My brother, his wife and I are the caretakers of the house, the rentals, the whole shebang.

In the spring and the fall, I go up to work on the gardens. Any gardener knows that it is a lot of work that brings many benefits.

  • It’s a lot of exercises
  • There are many hours in the fresh air
  • You get to watch things grow and prosper
  • It teaches you humility

There are always things about the garden that are confounding. It doesn’t make sense that I can’t get the echinacea to grow. Why does the St. John’s wort keep spreading so aggressively? Why didn’t the elderberry do anything last year? This is the perfect spot for the hydrangea, why isn’t it prospering? I did exactly what the instructions were for the potentilla to flower last year, but hardly a flower. Why won’t it do what I’d like? How can I help it?

In the garden, it’s always interesting to experiment and try new things. Plants are like people. Some are fussy and brilliant, worth all the challenges that they bring. Some are somewhat dull, but reliable and always there for you. Some are hard to figure out and challenging to the core. It’s good to be able to remember to laugh and not take any of it personally.

Things that teach us humility are always a tremendous benefit.

It may not seem like it, but humility is a lesson best learned through situations like gardening. The alternative is humiliation.

I think we’d all rather learn humility through experiencing frustrations in the garden or in the kitchen than in our workplace or our career.

And for me, I made a decision not to be humiliated again. I believe in making decisions and letting Spirit show me how it will happen.

I made a decision to stop playing small with a constant stream of humiliations that felt big and small. It was sickening to constantly feel fearful, ashamed, apprehensive, worried and devastated.

That was my cycle of humiliation. It literally felt sickening to me to keep cycling through those emotions.

Our third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, is mostly about our self-identity. It’s where we carry our view of ourselves. If that view is threatened, we can feel humiliated. If there’s a threat of humiliation we can feel afraid, or even angry.

When we have a healthy sense of ourselves we can remember to laugh and there’s no sense of shame, fear, or anger.

When there’s no self-judgment, there’s nothing anyone can do to trigger that self-judgment.

I remember one time I was planning a birthday party for a dear friend of mine, Steven Wilkinson. I’m not a cake maker. (I basically have 3 cakes that I make, blueberry, chocolate espresso or pound cake), but I asked him what kind of cake he’d like and he said angel food.

“You’ve got it!” I said, excited to make an angel food cake for the first time having no clue how it’s made.

Well, it turns out that homemade angel food cake is DELICIOUS and it’s made with 1.5 cups of egg whites that you have to beat to light fluffy angelness in order to accomplish the task.

I followed the instructions exactly and I came out with a very dense, heavy cake that is nothing like angel food. More like, lumberjack food. So, I went out got another dozen eggs, and started all over again.

The second time was a charm and a lesson in humility!

Bonus! It’s good to be able to remember to laugh.

I was able to serve both cakes at Steve’s birthday and we all had a good laugh about the lumberjack cake. It was still tasty, but it was the opposite of light and fluffy. I could laugh and share the cake disaster because, to me, it was just a cake. I had no stake in it. I don’t see myself as a cake baker, nor have I ever. It’s not my thing.

My identity was not wrapped up in my cake making abilities. So, I wasn’t humiliated. I could laugh at what occurred. That’s where I’d like to be with everything in my life. And that’s why I made the decision to hold that as my aspiration.

I’d like to be unbotherable, not because I’m denying how I feel, but because I’m healing ALL the triggers to upset.

Right now, in our world of new virus protocols showing up every day, it’s good to have the ability to be humble and to be fluid, unattached, and flexible. Many new triggers are arising and every time we find one, we can claim a healing. It’s extraordinary how much healing people are having in our community right now! Wow!

Kudos to you if you’ve been working the spiritual practices! You might also be interested in my topic in my podcast this past week. Choosing Consistent Happiness. You can listen to it now if you’d like that support and inspiration.

Yesterday as I was driving from Deer Isle to Vermont, from “way down east off the coast” to rural Vermont in the midst of the Green Mountains, I saw some beautiful sights. Yes, the scenery of the shore, lakes, mountains, and forests was stunning, but I also saw many beautiful sights of people.

One thing I saw, as it came to evening time, was people sitting out in their yards. Social distancing with a wide circle of lawn chairs, around campfires, fire pits, and bonfires. Some were standing and some were sitting with blankets over their lamps. Some were drinking beer and some were having mugs of coffee and tea.

I saw all kinds of gatherings along the back roads and rivers that I traveled.

People feel a strong need to gather. Many people everywhere are quarantined alone. It’s wearing on them and gatherings are critical. In my Masterful Living classes, I can feel how glad we are to come together. It’s such a breath of fresh air to see each other and share.

And that’s why TODAY, you can join me, David Hoffmeister, Svava Love, and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with inspiration and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register.

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

If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.

And please pray with me! Prayer works! Joining together in prayer for our healing, for the active practice of joining with Spirit, and allowing my healing is precisely 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. T

Prayer is a power tool, and I am so grateful for having learned the power of it!

If you’re interested, I’m starting my Prayer Power class and you can get started right now. For years, this has only been available to folks in Masterful Living, but under the circumstances, we have in the world right now, I was guided to open it to anyone.

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

Last fall, you might remember I planted 900 bulbs – yes, 900!!!! At the house in Maine and some of them are flowering right now – I took some pics to share with you. I will miss the rest of them, but the renters will enjoy them and that makes me happy!

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Choosing Miracles

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

We asked for it. We asked for healing. We asked to be relieved of our pain and suffering. I certainly have, thousands of times. And the way this world works, we can have all the healing we desire if we’re willing to give up the thoughts and beliefs that have brought forth that which we desire to have healed.

So, why is it, when we’re so interested in our healing, do we often cling to the same old thoughts and beliefs that created the pain and suffering in the first place?

It’s as if we’re burning ourselves with a hot poker and then complaining that it hurts, that the wounds aren’t healing, and they’re getting infected, but we STILL won’t stop poking ourselves with a hot poker!

Madness!

What I’ve learned is that it’s profoundly helpful and healing to say to the Higher Holy Spirit Self, the Company of Heaven, Jesus, the angels, Mother Mary, Buddha, Krishna, and the ancestors something like this:

“I’ve decided I’m done with this suffering.
I’m ready. I’m really willing this time.

I’m ready, willing and available for my healing, and I’m not just saying that because I’m done suffering.

I’d like to remember what heaven is and feel it in my heart.
I’m interested in being of service instead of complaining.
I’m willing to serve the light with my WHOLE life and not just when it’s convenient for me.

I’m willing to stop running and hiding and let myself be seen by God and to be fully loved.

Yes, I’m that ready, that willing and that available right now. This now.
Show me the way!

I’m not in charge anymore.
Spirit is in charge.

I am saying YES to Freedom!

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

And if or when I fall down, I will pick myself up with compassion.

When I forget to be compassionate,
I’ll notice the pain is back and start again with compassion.

I am open and available for all manner of assistance.

I am willing.

Help me to help myself and to be truly helpful in this world.

Today is the day, and I AM on my way!”

Say it loud, with feeling and then keep saying it and you’ll see what miracles will come!

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Judger Always Feels Judged

Friday, May 15th, 2020

I’ve realized that within minutes of judging someone I’ll have a judgment about myself.

Every judgment, every projection is like a boomerang that comes back and hits me in the head with force.

I’ve learned to be grateful for this because when I become aware of the judgment I can remember that it’s only going to lead to suffering. Having this awareness has helped me to stop playing small. In the past, I’ve played small by habitually judging and then being preoccupied with cleaning up the upset caused by the boomerang. Phew!

I’ve had so many judgments about myself. I’ve had to surrender each and every one of them in order to FEEL free. Fortunately, we can get so good at giving up the judgments and opinions that we find ourselves being less and less judgmental.

An important practice for our healing is simply to replace the judgments with compassion.

I can remember when I felt angry and bitter and I thought it was my job to take it out on everyone around me.

I didn’t know it at the time, but each judgment was helping me to dig a dark hole.

My experience of digging dark holes for myself has led me to have compassion for those who do what I did. They don’t know any better.

They are to be helped, with compassion, and not shunned or judged.

Yes, the person who judges will often feel judged by others.
It’s their own projection coming back at them like a boomerang that hits them in the head so they’ll wake up and realize there IS a better way.

I don’t know anyone that hasn’t made mis-takes from the smallest to the “biggest,” – whatever BIG means. We are all learning how to BE more loving and kind. We learn THROUGH our mistakes. We are UN-learning to buy into the myriad of judgments its possible to have. This requires our constant attention.

Clearing our mind is the best possible use of our time.

I like to say “it’s good work if you can get it, and I’ve got plenty of it!”

Are you willing to forgive your past mistakes so that you can be free now? I AM! Let’s do it together!

Is there a mistake that you have forgiven that you can share in the comments? Inspire us!

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Spark of Christ

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

In our human experience we have seen so many people who seemed to have it all – great fame, physical beauty, tremendous wealth and creative talent and genius – and who have been beloved and admired by millions and yet they have felt so completely worthless that they’ve killed themselves, thereby proving that “having it all” isn’t worth much.

There’s no substitute for recognizing that I AM the Love of God and I AM that I AM.

It is the greatest act of both strength and humility to recognize that the Christ lies within each one of us.

Isn’t it extraordinary that we cannot recognize our own magnificence until we recognize that that same spark of Christ is in everyone?

We all have the kingdom pre-installed. For each of us, EVERYTHING of value will be added unto us if we value the kingdom above all else. Why wait? Why delay our having everything in order to temporarily have that which can never satisfy?

We are all on this path of purification. We’re purifying our minds of all opinions and judgments that distract us from recognizing the kingdom is within. It’s the process of elimination that leads to illumination. It’s a spiritual cleaning – taking out the trash that has accumulated in our hearts and minds.

I shall not fear, for the Hosts of Heaven are waiting upon me and the Law of the Universe is my Salvation.

~ Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

Our freedom lies in recognizing that our brothers and sisters are the Christ come to meet us and bless us. Being able to behold the Christ in others is what clarifies our own mind. Simply this: We choose Love. Love is our healer.
Now is the time of our liberation and Love is our liberator.

Choosing Love reveals the Christ within.

We don’t have to figure out how – be willing to allow and it will be made manifest!

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Calm

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

One of the things I’ve noticed about many people is that we often get upset when people we care about are upset. Sometimes we get upset when anyone around or near us is upset. We can be like dominos.

Have you ever made someone you love to feel bad because you were upset with their being upset? It sounds crazy, but it’s very common. It’s as though we’re punishing them for upsetting us with their upset. Yikes!

When someone we love is upset, we can actually make them wrong or bad, guilty, or ashamed for being upset, just because we feel threatened and we don’t like it. That’s so intense! I know I used to do this. I didn’t mean to. I wasn’t awake enough to pay attention to what I was doing. I was like a ping pong ball jumping all over the place.

One of the first spiritual strengths I developed was the ability to take a breath and calm down.

Then, I could learn to be patient.

I still don’t do it perfectly, but I am perfecting my ability to keep calm respond with kindness no matter what.

It’s a great goal.

There’s always some success.
And there’s always room for improvement.

One of the great things we can learn to do is to keep calm in challenging situations.

It’s not about denying how we feel. For me, staying calm is about having trust and faith that everything works together for good and there are no exceptions. So, even someone being upset can be for everyone’s good if we’re willing to allow Spirit to show us how that can be.

Cultivating the skill of staying loving even when things are upsetting is a wonderful ability to have. It really is life-changing. It’s transformative because it’s loving and Love is transformative!

Pay attention next time someone you Love is upset – and see if you make them wrong or offer compassion. Then see how you do when someone you don’t Love is upset! Can you have just as much compassion?

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Being of Service

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

We’ve been encouraged to “dance as though no one is watching.” What about being of service as though no one is watching?

One of the ways that we truly know we’re free is when we’re no longer watching to see what anyone else thinks of what we’re doing. We’re feeling free when we can go about our business, following our heart’s desire, and not looking over our shoulder. We become good listeners.

Clearly receiving inspiration and insight from our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

If we love what we do, and we enjoy it and feel good about it, is that enough? Or do we need someone else to acknowledge it? Of course I appreciate all the appreciation I receive, but it’s not why I feel moved to share.

I greatly enjoy sharing. I enjoy making these prayers every day and writing my Spiritual Espresso. That’s why I do it. I enjoy feeling the connection with everyone who participates. I also enjoy being helpful, and being of service. It feels like my “home space.”

Energetically, I feel the giving and receiving of Love every single day by offering the prayers and receiving the connection of others. It’s lovely.

I’m so glad Spirit inspired me to begin this as part of my spiritual practice.

When we serve each other, we serve the Light in ALL.

There was a time in my life when I would be of service, volunteer and do many other things to go out of my way to get noticed and appreciated. Phew! It was exhausting, because I was trying to fill an endless need.

It always sucked the joy out of things for me. Giving in order to get something in return affirms our sense of lack and so it increase the feeling of lack. No matter how well people respond to us and give back, if we’re giving in order to get, it only digs the hole of needing, wanting, and craving even deeper.

I see one of the challenges many spiritual seekers have, Ministers and practitioners – is that sometimes we’re giving service to get noticed. Giving to get is always going to lead to suffering. Even ministers like to feel that they’re special.

Some might say that ministers like to feel special MORE than most. I get it.

I am so not interested in specialness anymore. I really see it as a path of misery.

I’m not interested in suffering anymore! I love the way it feels when I give and share like no one is watching and it’s just because I feel inspired! Let’s all serve as though no one is watching.

That’s such a sweet Spirit connection to live in! To have, give all to all!

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Healing the Hatred

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Really and truly, all hatred that people feel towards others is self-hatred projected outwards. Please note how often, in this world, people seem to love each other so intensely and then they feel betrayed in some way and it flips to hatred.

That’s the essence of the special relationship in our lives. It’s like an malicious vermin, eating at us from the inside, devouring all chance of happiness.

Fortunately, we don’t have to have special relationships of any kind.

We don’t have to have special love relationships.

We don’t have to have special hate relationships.

We can have holy relationships.

The key is this: we give without needing anything in return.

To have a holy relationship we must be willing to stop all manipulation, all need to control. We must be willing to love because we love loving.

We love because it’s our nature.

We don’t need recognition or appreciation, because the opportunity to express our love and have it received is gift enough.

True love asks for nothing and is always satisfied.

Love is not an illusion. It is a fact. Where disillusionment is possible, there was not love but hate. For hate is an illusion, and what can change was never love.A Course in Miracles, T-16.IV.4.

This is the same as what Shakespeare wrote in his Sonnet 116, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, nor bends with the remover to remove. It is an ever-fixed mark and looks upon tempests and is not shaken.

I love that Sonnet. It is an ode to unconditional love and the steadfastness of it.

Love is not an illusion.

It is a fact.

If we can change our mind about someone and decide they are no longer worth loving then we must admit we never did love in the first place, because love is not love which changes when the conditions change.

Hatred, on the other hand, can instantaneously dissolve and resolve because it is 100% conditional. Hence, hatred can be healed. It can be fully and miraculously healed. And that is our Father-Mother God’s business, and so it is our business.

Our business is to fully love now and always and to release the idea of hate completely.

I don’t like to say something like “I hate being late.” I’d rather not speak of myself hating anything even when I intensely dislike it.

I’d rather focus on Love and being loving.

As it has been said so wisely about so many things, I will now say about hatred and hating:

“Aint nobody got time for that.”

NOW is the time for Love!

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Lonely

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Yesterday’s Sunday with Spirit service was a hit! Thank you to all who attended and let me know that you enjoyed it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One of the things I asked the group about was to find out who was sheltering at home alone and we had a huge number of people who said yes to that. I’ve been home alone for a month and I’ve had so much extra work and extra classes as well as extra meetings that I have felt like I’m with people much of the time.

Lots of people are lonely in the best of times, but now there are lots of folks who are really challenged to manage by themselves. It’s one of the things we talked about yesterday.

Whether we’re living alone or not, it’s so valuable to always remember that we’re with Spirit.

In A Course in Miracles, Jesus reminds us that while we can feel alone and lonely, it’s not possible for us to actually BE alone. Only in our imagination can we be alone.

We FEEL alone when we separate ourselves from Spirit. That’s how it is.

As long as you perceive the body as your reality, so long will you perceive yourself as lonely and deprived.” T-15.XI.5.

It’s our choice. It may not seem like it, but it is our choice.

If you feel alone, invite Spirit to show you that your not.

Ask for a sign. Ask the angels to come and play with you. If we’re willing to be shown a new perspective, we will be.

Pain is a wrong perspective.

The angels love to show us something real, and something beautiful. They are SUCH good company!

Our willingness is ALL that’s required. Just that, and nothing else.

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Living in the Light of Truth

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

A Course in Miracles tells us that we cannot judge and still hope to learn. Our judgments actually block our learning. If we’re not learning then we’re doomed to keep suffering through the same experiences.

Right now, with so many of us self-quarantined or working under stressful conditions, it becomes even more apparent where we’re repeating the same painful experiences, and we can change that. Now.

If repeating the same painful experiences isn’t a motivation to give up judgement, I don’t know what is! Wowzer! It certainly has been a strong motivator for me.

It makes sense when you think about it. If we prefer to think we know what everything is for, are we open to any insights or learning?

No, we’re not, because we think we already know whatever is worth knowing. How can we be open to insight when we’ve already made up our mind what everything is for?

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve had the experience of repeating the same errors, the same unkindness, the same self-attack, again and again, like a hamster on a wheel. My repeating painful experiences seemed to “prove” to me that I wasn’t very smart, that I wasn’t really learning anything from all my spiritual studies.

I really did FEEL like a spiritual loser, yet nothing could be further from the truth.

My experience didn’t prove my beliefs were correct. Not at all.

In fact, my experience was simply proving to me that my beliefs are made manifest as my experience.

It is done unto me as I believe.

This was so important for me to understand – not intellectually, but in my heart, in my gut. It was life changing to really GET that.

Our unhappy experiences prove that we believe our false beliefs – the truth will set us free from repeating these unhappy experiences.

And forgiveness allows us to remember the truth.

In New Thought we say, “change your thinking, change your life.” And we talk about letting go of “false beliefs.”

Let’s be clear, and let’s not just talk.
Talking about healing isn’t the same as doing it.
Intending to be loving without following through is meaningless.

Talk is cheap.
REALLY working with your mind is rigorous. It’s relentless. It’s intense.

My willingness to really choose healing and not just talk about it came from my suffering.

My willingness to heal, opened my mind to where I was blocking the healing, not because I was a failure, but because I was failing to choose truth and Love and Light.

I’ve discovered that it’s more helpful to realize that ALL beliefs are false and truth is true.

How do you know the difference between a belief and a truth?

All beliefs are conditional.
Truth is true for everyone all the time.

Beliefs are constantly shifting and changing, like the sinking sands.
Like God itself, Truth is unchanging – it’s the rock we can safely build our house upon.

I encourage us all to look around our life and see where we might have been misled into thinking that our experiences are proving our beliefs, when, in fact, our experience is just proving the existence of our belief.

When we rid ourselves of the belief – we rid ourselves of the experience. Free at last!

Many, many times I’ve spoken with people who felt helpless and hopeless in their relationships. When they become willing to change their minds and actually make the effort, they experience miracles. It really works!

It’s so important to be willing to prove Spirit works because it does!

How do we rid ourselves of the false beliefs?
It’s actually incredibly simple, when we’re willing to make a change.
If we’re not willing to make a change then we just keep revisiting the same painful lessons.
We cannot judge and hope to learn.

To release the false beliefs, opinions and judgments we offer them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. We don’t have to figure out HOW to have a healing we simply ALLOW.

Sometimes we might have to release, let go and let God, 1000 or more times if we have a strong attachment to a belief. But if we do it a few times a day, then we’re sure to let it go before too long – ANYTHING is better than struggling with the same painful belief for years and decades and feeling like a failure most of the time.

NOW is the time for us to rise and shine and throw off these meaningless burdens of false beliefs! We have an important mission to be truly helpful to help all beings liberate from false beliefs. We are perfectly designed for this undoing.

NOW is the time for us to get to WORK.

I talk with so many light workers who have a strong desire to shine their light, and the main thing standing in their way is that they believe they’re not worthy because they haven’t completely healed their life yet.

People think they can’t be helpful to another because they’ve still got major challenges, but that’s not true. That’s a false belief. I’ve learned that Spirit will lead and guide to me those I can assist. My job is to be helpful, not to judge my worthiness or anyone else’s!

So many light workers are waiting for something magical to happen in order to feel qualified. We’re already pre-qualified. Why would Spirit direct someone to us that we’re not able to support? That would make God dysfunctional and that’s not even possible.

I’ve found that healing is usually MUCH easier than we might think if we’re willing to work at the level of the mind. No matter what the issue is, something miraculous can be revealed.

Our willingness to Partner UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting is the thing that works. I know, I’ve proved it and I’ve worked with thousands who have done the same. Let’s be willing to have a healing NOW!

I like to celebrate Spirit with friends and so this Sunday I’m starting live-stream Sunday services – open to all. Join me, Lisa Natoli, Jimmy Twyman and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together and if you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge.

Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to 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.

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

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Raising Our Vibration

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

I keep hearing from people who live alone that this quarantine time is really challenging. I can understand that. Especially if you’re not employed and working from home. And even more so if you’re health means that you feel it’s not safe for you to do things like go to the store, or go for a walk with a friend even with social distancing. I get it.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about this week, and talking about in classes, is the tendency we sometimes have to gravitate to the melancholy. I can remember when I used to like to listen to sad songs and feel sad, watch sad movies and think sad thoughts.

I used to like to feel sorry for myself and angry at the world.

I used to be a world-class complainer.

I could listen to sad songs for hours and sing along and listen to them all over again and sing along all over again, amplifying that low vibration and feeling so self-important at the same time.

For me, it was specialness.
My pain made me special.
Or so I thought.

A huge shift in my life happened when I began to focus on extending thoughts of Love and compassion to replace my focus on feeling like a victim, and the judgments I had about myself and others.

Eliminating judgments gave me a chance to focus on higher vibrational thoughts.

Now, when I hear one of those sad songs, without even thinking about it, I change the channel. I’m not a match for it anymore.

Happiness is a choice. It’s not a result of circumstances. It’s a result of choosing happiness.

It’s not possible to choose sad songs and angry tv shows while also extending compassion and Love.

We must choose one or the other.

If we’re watching things on television that bring us down and leave us feeling depleted, it’s time to turn off the TV and see what we can do to be helpful.

If we tell Spirit we’d rather be helpful, Spirit will lead, guide and direct us.

Our willingness is required.

I love that John Krasinski decided to start making these SOME GOOD NEWS videos and publishing them, just because he could. Here’s the first one for you to enjoy!

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The Strongest Hearts

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Peace to you, my friend! I’ve been in quarantine by myself now for over a month. I have much more work than normal offering extra support during this time and strengthening our community with additional offerings. I have no complaints.

In breaks, I like to catch up a bit while cooking and I watch youtube videos of the late-night hosts doing their shows from their homes. They have a lot of jokes about how they’ve seen everything on Netflix and are bored.

I get it. They’re used to commuting and having meetings all day long and getting dressed in hair and make-up, having rehearsals and all kinds of activities that they don’t have while doing the show from home.

Spiritual students who have the luxury to quarantine at home or who are forced to quarantine, have been laid off or fired due to the virus are having a different experience.

This is the time that we were born for and have been preparing for our entire lives. This is a time when we can do more spiritual practice and focus on being truly helpful in our community.

Now, more than ever, our brothers and sisters are turning to us for support.

It’s time for us to strengthen our hearts.

I was sharing in class yesterday that, at the beginning of this pandemic, I was watching an hour or so of news a day, while cooking and doing things around the house. I was learning about the whole virus situation, just like everyone else.

Now, I don’t feel a need to focus on virus news. I can read a few tweets, check the headlines in a few papers and that’ll do me.

My job is to be at Peace, and to know that, despite ALL appearances, everything is working together for our good. More people are becoming more compassionate than ever. They’re opening their hearts to those who are in service, and those who have lost loved ones.

Just think, each day in NYC, at 7pm, the entire city applauds their health care workers and those in service to help them get through this incredibly difficult time. I lived in New York for 10 years and people used to say that New Yorkers are tough, and they are. They are resilient. They are strong and they are also loving and appreciative.

The toughest people on earth are the ones with the biggest hearts. Or so it seems to me.

One of the things that helps us navigate this intensity is to be able to feel our feelings and let them pass on through. Rather than deny them or subvert them, we can learn to feel our feelings. That does take strength and courage. It also builds strength, courage and compassion that we can share with others.

When we have the capacity to honor our own feelings without drowning in them, then we can support others who are going through a tough time and not fear their emotional outbursts.

Many people are grieving now, and suddenly. There is the obvious grief for the loss of life, but many are grieving the loss of their lifestyle, their job, their plans for the future and a myriad of things that they’d thought would be theirs.

Think of the weddings delayed.
Think of the families with new babies that no one can come visit.

Having offered grief support to many people for decades, one thing I know is that many, MANY people don’t know how to handle grief, and they definitely aren’t very good at handling the grief of other people.

Many of the folks I’ve talked to have been intensely wounded by the thoughtless things people have said to them. People don’t have an intention to be unkind or disrespectful, they just don’t understand what the grieving person is going through.

One of the most intense things I’ve ever heard said to someone grieving was said to an 84 year old woman who had recently lost her husband of more than 60 years. After only a few months into her widowhood, some of her closest friends were telling her she had to “get over it.” I was shocked.

Of course, this woman’s friends didn’t wish to hurt her feelings or disrespect her. Not at all, they just wanted her to be happy again and move on.

When our loved ones pass away, we aren’t going to get over it.

And we’re not going to move on.

Those things aren’t ever going to happen.
They are unrealistic expectations.

When someone loses a child, a parent or a spouse, a dear friend, even a beloved dog, please don’t ever say anything about getting over it or moving on.

To the person who is grieving, it’s worse than saying to someone who just had both their arms amputated, “you have to get over it.” They’re not going to EVER get over it. What they WILL do is learn to live with it, but until that day comes, they’re going to grieve and that will include being in denial, being angry, and feeling like they wish they could just die too. These feelings are normal.

Even our most extreme feelings are often perfectly normal.

Please don’t tell people to get over it or move on.

And, when people tell YOU those things, just bless them. You may want to smack them or shake them, but they don’t know what they’re talking about. They are ignorant. Not stupid, just ignorant.

If they knew what they were talking about they would just be quiet, and say something like, “I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. This must be so hard for you. That is so rough. I don’t know how you can handle it.”

You really don’t need to say any more than that.

Sometimes it can be helpful to say, “I know you’ll get through this. It’s very intense, and I’m here to support you.” But no one really NEEDS to hear that.

Initially, it’s not a good idea to ask people how you can help them. I know that seems counter intuitive. But if they have to figure out how you can help them it just becomes more work for them. If you ask them how you can help, now they have one more thing to do. Now they have to help YOU.

Instead, just start helping.
That’s why people bring food.

Bring food that can be put in the freezer.
Cut their lawn.
Walk their dog.
Take out their trash, bring their cans to the curb, put them back.
Water the lawn.
Clean the kitchen.
Do the laundry.

Offer to wash their car, gas up their car, drive them places and don’t take no for an answer.

Do whatever you can do. Take care of their recycling.

Just do stuff. Everyone can use help. Especially now.

And let’s remember that our hearts, like our bones, can actually be stronger for having gone through the challenges.

We live to Love another day and with more compassion than ever.

I like to celebrate Spirit with friends and so this Sunday I’m starting live-stream Sunday services – open to all. Join me, Lisa Natoli, Jimmy Twyman and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together and if you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge.

Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to 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.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

You can also get the podcast of my daily prayers and/or find them at YouTube.

Having trouble sleeping?

There are more than 444 episodes of my radio show on podcast. And some people listen to me as they fall asleep. I don’t take it personally when folks tell me I put them to sleep. I’m glad my voice can be soothing. You can subscribe to my podcast and have that as a resource. Maybe I can help you fall asleep.

All of this is free.

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

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

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Getting Ahead

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting inspiration forwarded to me from people all day long. One of the things I really love came from my friend Renee Stahl forwarded me something forwarded to her. This is a note passed along by a preschool director. I’d love to attribute it to the person who wrote it, but I don’t know who that was as it’s been forwarded a few times.

I feel this message is a beautiful reminder for all of us.

“Schools have been out for weeks and if they go back May 4, they would be out for over seven weeks. If they cancel the rest of the school year, students would miss 2.5 months of education.

Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this.

Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education…

But what if…

What if instead of falling “behind”, this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this?

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing?

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet?

What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home?

What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? Economic education that is so lacking in the US.

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home.

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?

What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff.

What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?

What if they are, in reality, AHEAD?”

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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When We Feel Threatened

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

When we feel threatened, our faith and trust is in our own discernment as well as in our own ability to defend and protect ourselves. When that happens, our faith is misplaced.

We can dread feeling fear. We can dislike feeling fear. We can medicate or distract ourselves so that we don’t feel the fear, but that would be just another way of affirming that our perspective, and our opinions are correct when they are not.

If what we believed was actually true, we’d be at Peace.

The very fact that we’re experiencing fear is the indicator that we’re not in our right mind. When fear is felt, it’s like a “Divine Alarm Clock” going off to let us know that we are misperceiving. Fear is the indicator that we’re believing something that’s not true, it’s our wake-up call, and our reminder to choose truth.

Truth is our liberator. Fear is the indicator that we can have a healing, right now, in this moment of fear, we can choose liberation from our false beliefs, and from illusions and delusions, if we’re willing.

Fear is the pain pushing us to choose healing. We don’t have to figure out HOW to have a healing. Our job is simply to Partner UP with Spirit and call for that healing. Our job is to ALLOW.

If we don’t choose healing, another opportunity will come.

If we love ourselves we’ll choose healing now without delay.

We can learn through pain or through Joy. Love or fear. Peace or pain.

Self-Love or self-torture.

Will we let go of we judgments and beliefs in order to have a healing and be at Peace, or will we manage and cope with the fear? This is the choice we’re offered. Circumstances don’t determine how we feel, our perspective does. The truly loving choice always brings relief of fear.

Fear has no power. Love is the only power.

I choose Love. I choose liberation today.

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Spiritual Progress

Monday, April 13th, 2020

One of the most valuable things I’ve learned on this spiritual path is how to breathe and stay calm. I used to be very hot-headed. I used to go from zero to sixty in anger and annoyance and it really kept me spinning around in repeating the same lessons.

It took me quite a while to realize that I was repeatedly being offered an opportunity to transcend and transmute my mental patterns (karma) and I was failing. Instead, I was digging in deeper and responding with more upset and intensity. I wasn’t learning, I wasn’t growing, I was (temporarily) stuck in a mud puddle of my own making.

I didn’t realize that the constantly repeating experience, my own personal Groundhog Day, was a blessing only intended for my good.

It was SUCH a great lesson to finally get the power of being kind, patient, present and calm NO MATTER WHAT. Now, I rarely become upset, and when I do, I recognize that I have the option to make that U-turn, go the other way, and calm down.

Out of Self-Love, I’ve learned to do just that.

I can say now, that being patient is a profoundly powerful spiritual practice available to all.

It may not be easy sometimes, but that’s only because we don’t realize the benefit of it. If we knew, we’d be so happy to make the winning choice.

Being calm no matter what is to stay open and receptive to blessings.

To be angry and upset and vengeful is to feel completely cut off from the blessings.

Which will YOU choose next time you’re upset?

We can boost our spiritual progress or we can delay it.

It’s our choice. It’s always our choice.

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Resurrection & Transcendence

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

It’s Easter Sunday and today, as an A Course in Miracles student, I’m celebrating the resurrection in my own heart. I’m celebrating my willingness to allow the resurrection to be made manifest.

Believe in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has been accomplished in you. This is as true now as it will ever be, for the resurrection is the Will of God, which knows no time and no exceptions.” ACIM, T-11.VI.4.

Sometimes when I’m teaching or counseling I recommend to people to use this affirmation:

Thy will be done.
or
God’s will be done.
or
I AM perfect.

Most people will recoil and reject these affirmations, but I love them and encourage you to try them out. God’s will for us is perfect happiness. Let’s choose that.

God’s will for us is to recognize our perfection and reject all belief in separation. Let’s choose that.

Another one I frequently use is “I AM the resurrection and the life.

This is the perfect time for us to focus on choosing resurrection and make no exceptions.

Perhaps you’re having an experience like me. I’ve been quarantined, sheltering in Peace, for just about 4 weeks now. I have more to do than usual because I’m offering extra classes and organizing more opportunities for our community to connect and pray.

For us spiritual students, if we can, let us use this time to focus on what Jesus tells us in ACIM:

The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not by attack but by transcendence.

Let us transcend limiting beliefs because we’ve had enough. Truly, all we have to do is choose it, consistently. We don’t have to do it perfectly from this moment on.

All we have to do is choose transcendence more than repeating the past.

That’s it.

Even a little bit more of choosing transcendence over choosing the past and we will actually transcend.

So what does it meant to transcend?

I hold in my mind that it’s a kind of divine alchemy.

I’m so glad that Jesus tells us that we don’t have to figure it all out. All we have to do is be willing. Well, I am aware that I cannot be willing to transcend pain and suffering while simultaneously choosing it.

I cannot complain, attack, defend or hate and also choose transcendence.

So, I either choose to transcend or to be in pain. I’m the decider of what I will choose.

Many people say they would deepen their spiritual practice if they had more time. If you have “more time” because you’re working from home and not commuting, then use that time for spiritual practice and you’ll see the results, real results, in just a few days.

Transcendence is one of my favorite words, and one of my favorite things. We CAN transcend the ego through our willingness to let our ego attachments be healed.

To be helpful is why every day part of my spiritual practice is to 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 this daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

You can also get the podcast of my daily prayers
and/or find them at YouTube.

There are more than 400 episodes of my radio show on podcast. And some people listen to me as they fall asleep. I don’t take it personally when folks tell me I put them to sleep. I’m glad my voice can be soothing. You can subscribe to my podcast and have that as a resource.

You can subscribe to that, too.

All of this is free.

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Good Friday, Good Neighbor

Friday, April 10th, 2020

We’re all having similar and also very different experiences during this time of pandemic. Some are very worried and afraid, some are very sick, some are grieving (there are many things to grieve) and some are simply bored.

Some are delighted to have the time to focus on doing things at home, like cooking, cleaning, organizing, and gardening.

The greatest way we can be of service is to deepen our spiritual practice and to extend more Love, more Peace, and more compassion.

If you have more time now, devote it to being of service through spiritual practice and you will have the greatest impact on this virus and the fear some people feel.

Some teachers are busying figuring out how to teach on line without much support, while also home schooling their own children, and it’s just WAY too much. Especially when you add in cooking all meals for everyone at home all day.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife live in New York City and they have 5 children who all need to be on screens at the same time for school – and finding different parts of their apartment to do it. Could be challenging. They’ve been live-streaming from their dinner table. They’ve had FIVE weeks in quarantine now. Five weeks, five kids, in an apartment. Yikes!

I got a report from a friend who is home with spouse and two little ones who are bouncing off the walls. When there are days of rain in a row and no one can go outside, it becomes too much for high-energy little ones in a smallish apartment. There are no breaks.

If you happen to be someone who is bored and has lots of time now, what can you do in your community or for your neighbors.

Maybe there’s a nurse in your neighborhood who could use some help with the groceries?

Maybe there’s a teacher who could use a casserole or two?

I’ve been weekly grocery run for my family. And I’m organizing more ways to support the folks in our classes, having many extra classes, and offing support to many people in my life by phone and zoom.

What other ideas do you have? What have you been doing that you can share? I’d love to hear from you!

Let’s get a list going and see what brilliant things people are doing or could do to be a help to those in need right now!

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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.

If this is a struggle for you, consider getting support.

An option 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. You’ll have options to book with a certified counselor or one in training.

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.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

You can also get the podcast of my daily prayers
and/or find them at YouTube.
There are more than 400 episodes of my radio show on podcast. And some people listen to me as they fall asleep. I don’t take it personally when folks tell me I put them to sleep. I’m glad my voice can be soothing. You can subscribe to my podcast and have that as a resource.
You can subscribe to that, too.
All of this is free.

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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