Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

The Power of Holiness

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Let us realize the power of our holiness to undo ALL of our relationship problems – and so much more!

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest.  Through your holiness the power of God is made available.  And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.  

A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 38

Have you read that in Lesson 38 and forgotten it?  I must confess that I have, and I’m willing to remember it now.  I’m willing to hold onto it and apply it to everything – most especially all my relationships.

Let me never again say that there’s a problem that cannot be solved.  

In the past, I invested A LOT of energy in going over and over and OVER AGAIN the problems in my relationships.  When I look back, it’s amazing to me how much of my energy was invested in going around and around the same troubling loop.  

I was so focused on what was threatening and troubling me that I didn’t realize I was magnifying and multiplying it.  Sheesh!  No wonder I felt guilty and ashamed.  

I’ve learned to give ALL relationship issues to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.

Sometimes it seems as though people won’t call forth a healing in their relationships because they just wish to invest their energy in the drama.  Some people seem to need the drama to feel alive and don’t trust that fully being loving is a the kind of aliveness that’s really possible for them.

We can heal EVERYTHING.  Giving our problems to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing is so helpful because we don’t have to figure out how to have a healing, we just call it forth and stand strong in the assurance that it IS occurring.

Working with the Higher Holy Spirit Self, we can become a problem solver.

 Our holiness can take over.  

When we practice in this way we bring benefit to all beings.

When we have the strength to hold the vision of a healed relationship then we’re placing our faith in God to work it our and that’s a healing of our own doubt and limited beliefs.

Relationships are the best tool we have for healing our whole life.  Holiness is the best tool we have!  Let’s make the most of it and call forth a miraculous healing today, and then remember that we’ve given the problem to Spirit for healing and it’s not our problem anymore!

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

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Undoing the Blocks to Learning

Monday, August 24th, 2020

One of my favorite things I get to do is to support the people in this ministry who have become or are becoming spiritual counselors, teachers and prayer practitioners. It’s such a blessing to see people fully stepping up to be truly helpful.

Last week I got to have class with the Spiritual Counselors in my Certification program and, as always, it’s a beautiful reminder of how many wonderful people there are in my life, and how much we can be truly helpful.

Yesterday, in our WONDERFUL Sundays With Spirit online celebration of Spirit, I was sharing that I’ve had a spiritual counselor to support me for coming up on 25 years. This is an important part of my life because I am sharing so much with so many, it’s important that I have help to look at my own stuff.

I say: it takes a village to raise a Minister.
And it takes a village to raise all of us.
We all benefit from having a village to support us.
With loving people around us, we’ll realize that our judgments are preventing our happiness.

A Course in Miracles tells that we cannot judge and still hope to learn.

Our judgments actually block our learning.

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 you be open to insight when you’ve already made up your mind what everything is for?

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

This is so important to understand – it’s life changing.
Our unhappy experiences prove that we believe our false beliefs – the truth will set us free from repeating these unhappy experiences.

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

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 your 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 beliefs. And that’s an entirely different thing.

When we rid ourselves of our beliefs – we rid ourselves of the unpleasant experiences that our false beliefs generate. There’s no extra cost for doing this inner work, we can do it every day of our lives, and that’s what I’m most interested in – not playing small anymore, awakening to the Light.

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

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. I’ve certainly had to do that with many false beliefs – and the healing happened as soon as I was really willing to let it go.

If we do the releasing 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.

Now is the time for us to rise and shine and throw off these meaningless burdens of false beliefs!

Healing is easier than you might think. 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!

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

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The Call For Faith

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Last night in Masterful Living class we were talking about taking offense. When we take offense at what other people say and don’t say, or what they do or don’t do, we’re inflicting that upset, that violent energy of hurt and anger, upon ourselves. That’s not self-loving.  It’s not kind.  And it’s definitely not helpful.

In taking offense, we’ve placed our faith in our past interpretations and hurts, and we’re reinvesting in them.

One of the most important things I can share with anyone is this:

Let’s hold the faith for the people around you.

Let’s not give up on them.  Let’s not project onto them our old hurts.

On a regular basis, most people will have breakdowns and be rude and unkind.  The temptation for us is to take it all so personally and  become offended and upset too.  But that’s not helpful to them or us.

I used to take offense at everything – this always made me feel powerful – it gave me a way to transform my feelings of inadequacy by projecting them out onto others.

We live in a world where ALL upset is projection – it’s our interpretation that’s upsetting us – NOT what happened.  

Let’s place our faith in Spirit, in Love the healer, and not in our own opinions.

This passage from the Bible calls to me almost daily:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

It’s FAR more healing and self-loving to hold the space for people who are behaving out of right alignment, and hold that they will come back into alignment on their own, rather than to try and chase them into it, or badger them.  

When we’re going after people who’ve made errors of unkindness or blindness, and trying to get them to see, or harass them into apologizing, or taking responsibility, where is our focus?  Our focus is on the error, and making it real.  That just brings more of the same PLUS the upset.

ENOUGH!

I’ve learned 1000 times that holding the space for someone, seeing things as perfect, letting Spirit organize the healing, and affirming that it IS happening now, that’s the way.  It works.  It works SO beautifully, far beyond anything I could imagine.  Why would I do it any differently?

This is what I call the Divine Experiment – holding the high watch, holding the ideal, the healed relationship in my mind and nothing else – energizing the answered prayer and allowing it to unfold.  Placing it on the altar and leaving it there, so Spirit can do the healing.

It works, it works, it WORKS!  

Prove this to yourself and you’ll be so grateful and forever changed. Change your mind and the miracle is happening – let the miracles happen!  Now is the time for us to rise and shine!

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

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Trading Fear for Joy

Monday, August 10th, 2020

We frighten ourselves. We do. And we do it on purpose.

Some of us have trained ourselves to not rise above worry, anxiety, fear, sadness, or some other emotional state.

There can be many reasons for why we’re living this way.

To me, it doesn’t really matter why we’re being dysfunctional and living in fear or some other lower emotional state. I used to be fascinated with people’s psychological states and how they got there. I was so interested in people’s stories and tales of woe and how they had come to their conclusions that they weren’t good enough, or some other self-perception that was completely false.

Now, I can see that I was living from my intellect, always curious about other people’s patterns of “disinformation” about themselves so that I could be distracted from my own patterns. It’s not the case anymore.

Since Love is the healer, and only Love can heal whatever my issues are, analyzing how I got here isn’t helpful.

Only Love is helpful. I focus on how I can be loving to myself and others. It brings tremendous fruit! And fulfillment!

Are you analytical like me?
Do you feel safer living in your head than in your heart?

There’s a lot of us, and we can all be transformed by the Higher Holy Spirit Self. All we have to do is realize that our true heart’s desire is to live from the heart, ask the HHSS for support in living from the heart, and then follow the guidance until it feels easier and easier.

Before too long we will have changed our way of being in reaction and living in our intellect.

It brings such Joy and it puts an end to fear.

It’s so worth it. And our willingness is all that’s required.

Let’s be as willing as we can be to change our mind, be kind and remember to laugh. Our spiritual practice transforms the world!

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How I Overcame My Weakness

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I asked that the attachment be removed.

I was choosing Freedom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Lisa Natoli, Omiyomi Ibuemi, and more friends on zoom. Lisa Natoli is a dear friend and a great ACIM teacher and Omiyomi for about 20 years. We’re coming together to share our inspiration in many ways. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

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

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

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Saving Time by Tuning In

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

There’s something that I experience frequently that’s interesting to me. The more vigilant I become for releasing opinions and judgments the more I AM listening to my Higher Holy Spirit Self. I find that I take my time in answering questions. I am listening to guidance from the Higher Self more and more.

I’m also taking time to feel how I feel.

Many times, people will ask me what I’d like in a particular situation and I will pause to feel what it is that is the highest guidance. It takes a moment. Many times, while I’m taking even a brief pause, people will quickly say “hello? did you hear me?” and I say, “I’m just taking a moment to feel the answer.”

This especially happens to me on the phone. The one I’m speaking with can’t see me so they wonder if the call’s been dropped. This happens to me a few times a week. Many people aren’t used to having a conversation with someone who takes time to tune in before they respond.

I’ve learned that if I don’t wish to let the ego run my life, I must be willing to pause and listen.

I find that this simple spiritual practice of listening, truly listening to the Higher Holy Spirit Self has dramatically improved the quality of every day of my life.

It used to be I could feel myself “push away” the insight and the guidance because I’d have an idea of what I’d like and I didn’t like the guidance telling me another way is better. I’ve learned to laugh at myself about that one.

Why pray for guidance and then not follow it?
That’s insane.
And yet, I did it all the time.
And not so much anymore.

Life is vastly improved by cultivating the ability to deeply listen, listening with the inner ear. It does require a willingness to actually hear the answer. It also takes extra time, but like all spiritual practice, it actually saves time. Spiritual practice saves a LOT of time that used to be spent in making time-consuming errors. My spiritual practice saves time that used to be spent in being upset because I acted from the ego.

Being able to eliminate the causes of suffering is a way of loving myself. All Love is healing. All loving choices are liberating. All loving choices bring benefit to everyone, everywhere.

We help ourselves and everyone else when we take some time to tune in to the Higher Holy Spirit Self before we answer automatically from the ego!

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First Responder

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No judgments also mean no attachments.

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

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

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Walking the Talk

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Spirit is in the timing of everything. I am one of those people who believe that no one can die before their time. (And, I know there’s no actual death, just the passing of the body.)

I remember in 1997 when Princess Diana passed and Mother Theresa followed her within a week, that it seemed like there was divine timing. Both of those women were world-famous and they transcended their roles, to become beloved by people of many nationalities and religious beliefs.

Those two women both lived lives of service – very different lives, obviously, but both were of service to people around the world, and particularly those who were children and those who suffered with illness.

With their passing within a week of each other, and the whole world focusing so intensely on their lives, what happened was that there was a spotlight on living a service oriented life. I noticed that many people became ignited about how they could serve.

It was right before this time that there was announced the forming of an organization and an event called A Season for Nonviolence. A Season for Nonviolence was a 64-day campaign of events meant to commemorate the lives and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I volunteered right away and ended up becoming extremely involved in helping to manage hundreds of events.

I became the Volunteer Coordinator and started to give talks every week on the personal practice of nonviolence.

This was when I began to write my Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso that is this daily blog.

It’s interesting how we’re prepared for things to come. When I was in my 20’s, in the 1980’s I read Gandhi’s autobiography and was greatly inspired. Then in the 90’s I started to study the speeches and writings of MLK, also profoundly inspiring.

I didn’t know I was preparing to be able to teach about the practice of nonviolence.

I didn’t know that this was the beginning of my ministerial training, but it sure was.

In this crazy time in which we’re living – with so much upheaval and divisiveness, there’s also a tremendous amount of healing happening at the deepest levels of our consciousness and our society. And in the last 10 months we’ve had the passing of two the most inspiring leaders from Congress this country has ever seen, Elijah Cummings and John Lewis.

Their lives of great service to the nation and the people of these United States have been brought to our attention so that we can study, learn and be inspired.

At the funeral for Rep. Lewis, one of my favorite teachers spoke most eloquently and was galvanizing, as usual. Reverend James Lawson was a mentor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as well as to Rep. John Lewis. He was a teacher to me and I studied with him for about four years. He certainly was one of the most inspiring and energizing teachers I’ve had the great good fortune to study with.

Listening to Rev. Lawson speak at Lewis’ funeral had me weeping tears of gratitude that we have such great men living on the planet at the same time we’re here. They have helped me to have faith that the transformation I wish to see in this world is actually occurring. I weep with gratitude that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from these wise elders, and to benefit from their examples how to be an inspired leader.

I encourage you to listen to Rev. Lawson’s share at the funeral for Rep. Lewis. You can watch it here:

For my 40th birthday, my friend, Eisha Mason (who spoke at our Sundays With Spirit service on June 21, Father’s Day), gave me a copy of Rev. John Lewis’ memoir entitled: Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement.

The book, published in 1998, begins with a prologue, which I’ve never forgotten. It’s a powerful piece of writing that gives you a clue to what this great man’s mind is like. I share it with you now so that you too will be inspired to learn more:

“I want to begin this book with a little story. lt has nothing to do with a national stage, or historic figures, or monumental events. It’s a simple story a true story about a group of young children, a wood-frame house and a windstorm.

The children were my cousins: Roy Lee and Jinnie Boy, Naomi and Leslie and Willie Muriel-about a dozen of them, all told-along with my older sister Ora and my brothers Edward and Adolph. And me, John Robert.

I was four years old at the time, too young to understand there was a war going on over in Europe and out in the Pacific as well. The grownups called it a world war, but I had no idea what that meant. The only world I knew was the one I stepped out into each morning, a place of thick pine forests and white cotton fields and red day roads winding around my family’s house in our little corner of Pike County, Alabama.

We had just moved that spring onto some land my father had bought, the first land anyone in his family had ever owned-l0 acres of cotton and corn and peanut fields, along with an old but sturdy three-bedroom house, a large house for that part of the county, the biggest place for miles around. It had a well in the front yard, and pecan trees out back, and muscadine grapevines growing wild in the woods all around us-our woods.

My father bought the property from a local white businessman who lived in the nearby town of Troy. The total payment was $300. Cash. That was every penny my father had to his name, money he had earned the was almost everyone we knew made what money they could in those days-by tenant farming. My father was a sharecropper, planting, raising and picking the same crops that had been grown in that soil for hundreds of years by tribes like the Choctaws and the Chickasaws and the Creeks, Native Americans who were working this land long before the place was called Alabama, long before black or white men were anywhere to be seen in those parts.

Almost every neighbor we had in those woods was a sharecropper, and most of them were our relatives. Nearly every adult I knew was an aunt or an uncle, every child my first or second cousin. That included my uncle Rabbit and aunt Seneva and their children, who live about a half-mile or so up the road from us.

On this particular afternoon-it was a Saturday, I’m almost certain-about fifteen of us children were outside my aunt Seneva’s house, playing in her dirt yard. The sky began clouding over, the wind started picking up, lightning flashed far off in the distance, and suddenly I wasn’t thinking about playing anymore; I was terrified. I had already seen what lightning could do. I’d seen fields catch on fire after a hit to a haystack. I’d watched trees actually explode when a bolt of lightning struck them, the sap inside rising to an instant boil, the trunk swelling until it burst its bark. The sight of those strips of pine bark snaking through the air like ribbons was both fascinating and horrifying.

Lightning terrified me, and so did thunder. My mother used to gather us around her whenever we heard thunder and she’d tell us to hush, be still now because God was doing his work. That was what thunder was, my mother said. It was the sound of God doing his work.

But my mother wasn’t with us on this particular afternoon. Aunt Seneva was the only adult around, and as the sky blackened and the wind grew stronger, she herded us all inside.

Her house was not the biggest place around, and it seemed even smaller with so many children squeezed inside. Small and surprisingly quiet. All of the shouting and laughter that had been going on earlier, outside, had stopped. The wind was howling now, and the house was starting to shake. We were scared. Even Aunt Seneva was scared.

And then it got worse. Now the house was beginning to sway. The wood plank flooring beneath us began to bend. And then a corner of the room started lifting up.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. None of us could. This storm was actually pulling the house toward the sky. With us inside it.

That was when Aunt Seneva told us to clasp hands. Line up and hold hands, she said, and we did as we were told. Then she had us walk as a group toward the corner of the room that was rising. From the kitchen to the front of the house we walked, the wind screaming outside, sheets of rain beating on the tin roof. Then we walked back in the other direction, as another end of the house began to lift.

And so it went, back and forth, fifteen children walking with the wind, holding that trembling house down with the weight of our small bodies.

More than half a century has passed since that day, and it has struck me more than once over those many years that our society is not unlike the children in that house, rocked again and again by the winds of one storm or another, the walls around us seeming at times as if they might fly apart.

It seemed that way in the 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement when America itself felt as if it might burst at the seams-so much tension, so many storms. But the people of conscience never left the house. They never ran away. They stayed, they came together and they did the best they could, clasping hands and moving toward the corner of the house that was the weakest.

And then another corner would lift, and we would go there.
And eventually, inevitably, the storm would settle, and the house would still stand. But we knew another storm would come, and we would have to do it all over again. And we did.
And we still do, all of us. You and I.

Children holding hands, walking with the wind. That’s America to me-not just the movement for civil rights but the endless struggle to respond with decency, dignity, and a sense of brotherhood to all the challenges that face us as a nation, as a whole.

That is the story, in essence, of my life, of the path to which I’ve been committed since I turned from a boy to a man, and to which I remain committed today. It is a path that extends beyond the issue of race alone, and beyond class as well. And gender. And age. And every other distinction that tends to separate us as human beings rather than bring us together.

That path involves nothing less than the pursuit of the most precious and pure concept I have ever known, an ideal I discovered as a young man and that has guided me like a beacon ever since, a concept called the Beloved Community.

Let me tell you how I came to understand that concept, how it ushered me into the heart of the most meaningful and monumental movement of this American century, and how it might steer us all where we deserve to go in the next.

Let me tell you about my life.”

From the Prologue to Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, by John Lewis

The two paragraphs I put in bold, above, are two I could have written about my own life, BECAUSE of my exposure to Dr. King, Rev. Lawson, Rep. Cummings, Rep. Lewis, Eisha Mason, and many more.

What I can say I’ve come to know, is that the greatest Joy there is in life, and the deepest sense of fulfillment there is, comes from knowing that I’m making the right use of my life, my energy, my time and attention.

We are birthing a new heaven and a new earth. We are preparing for it right now. All hands on deck. This IS what we’ve been preparing for.

This is the time for us to show up, stand up, and Partner UP, with the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

We have what we need within us.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: to help usher in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

We’ve got what it takes!

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Myron Jones, Jamie Lula, and more friends on zoom. Rev. Myron Jones is a Pathways of Light ACIM student and minister I’ve known for years. And Jamie Lula is a brilliant and beautiful musician I’ve been listening to for 25 years. We’re coming together to share our inspiration in many ways. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

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

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

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

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Beyond Hopeless & Helpless

Monday, July 27th, 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 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.

We can look to the world for examples – 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’s join together in prayer to shine the light outward in order to see it more clearly!

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My Cherokee Heritage

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

Here’s something you might not know about me: my Grandfather had a great great grandmother who was Cherokee. He was embarrassed by that, as people used to be, and he didn’t know a lot about her, so he didn’t ever speak of her that I knew of. Still, you could definitely see in my Grandfather’s face, that he had Native American heritage.

My father was proud of his great great great grandmother and so am I, although I don’t know anything about her. Like many people with Native American ancestors, we don’t know the story, it was kept hidden from us.

In 1997 I became acquainted with a wonderful Native American spiritual teacher through my attending services at the Agape International Spiritual Center. Her name is Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo and I’ve claimed her as my teacher since 2006. Venerable Dhyani is Chief of the Ywahoo lineage and part of the AniYunWiwa Tsalagi tribe which is also Cherokee.

Until 1978, it was against the laws of the United States for my Native American brothers and sisters to practice their religion. Did you know that? These Native American sacred teachings are profoundly mystical – there’s so much in them that it sometimes blows my mind. They are so layered and rich. They reverberate throughout my awareness opening me to new understandings that enrich my life and heal my heart. I feel so blessed to have been led to these great teachers.

Here is a quote from a recent class with Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo:

“Wisdom beings time and space, what does it mean? You have a heart awareness of your star nature, your luminous nature, and you also have the experience of the cloak woven of thought, word, and dreams that has become your life. Your life is a wonderful rainbow torus ring, so to speak, and around it are worlds arising, worlds quieting. Most importantly through the resonance of the heart, we see how we are connected and contributing to the appearances that arise.

The wise beings, whether we call them Adawees, or angelic beings, represent a quality of mind awareness that flows through each of us. There are times when the energy of exploration has been, say, cut off when people have fear and/or are distracted by the belief in ‘other’. Then there is the shadow that appears.

What is the shadow? The shadow is not recognizing all that we are. Also, it is the energy that chooses to be manifested, yet it is held in abeyance because it has not been transformed into its natural luminous state.

What is the transformation? The transformation, in a simple way begins with appreciation and acknowledgment of that seed of natural awareness within. That what we aspire to, the wisdom beings that we look towards, are also aspects of our own minds.”

From her We Are Not Alone: Exploring Our Interdependent & Multi-dimensional Nature Wisdom class

I have found that there’s no disagreement between the Native American wisdom and what I have learned from A Course in Miracles. Truth teachings may be articulated differently, but the truth is the truth. To be healthy and happy we must be compassionate, forgiving, and grateful.

I find I am blessed when I am honoring and valuing the elders.

I feel connected to the ancestors and the beauty of all that is, including Mother Earth, when I am listening to the elders.

In recent summers it’s been my privilege to be able to serve the elders at these gatherings and to help with their caretaking. I will miss that this summer, but I’m so grateful we can be together online!

I’ve come to appreciate the beauty and mystical nature of the Native American Elders teachings.

Traveling to Vermont, and the Sunray Peace Village, almost every summer since 2006, I’ve been able to attend many of the Native American Elder Gatherings and to receive the wisdom of many indigenous elders from many tribes.

I’ve also been able to participate in healing ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, Native American dances and spiritual practices that have been refreshing, nourishing and uplifting to me.

Because of the Covid-19 virus this year, for the first time the annual Native American Elder Gathering is being held online on Zoom. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who have wished to be able to attend these gatherings but didn’t have the ability to travel to participate.

I feel compelled to tell you about it in case you are interested in sharing this experience with me. You can join online for the two days of teachings – next Friday and Saturday – for as little as $11.

If this calls to you, please join me and others from around the world – click here for more info:

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Jesse Brune-Horan, Roger Mock, and more friends on zoom. Jesse is a dear friend who is often hilarious as well as very poignant! And Jennifer’s music is so uplifting and healing. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Lisa Natoli, Jon Mundy, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe, Frances Xu 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.

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Doubt Out!

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

There’s a real difference between going with your intuition vs going with your heart.  At least I’ve come to realize there’s a difference for me.

When people talk about going with their heart, vs their head, I don’t think they’re talking about their intuition.  I think they’re talking about going with what they “want.”  

Here’s an example:  

Someone really wants to have a new car.  They’d like a new Leaf Electric Car.  That’s what they want.  Feeling how that feels – it feels very different from feeling inspired to get the Leaf car.  Or feeling led and guided.  And that’s SO different from feeling like “I’ve done the math, and looked at all the pros and cons and decided upon a Leaf.”

There’s the reasoned opinion of what is best.

Then there’s what someone actually feels like they want.

And then there’s the intuitive choice.

Each one of those three feels VERY different to me.

I’ve learned that the path of least resistance is the path of intuition and inspiration.

When I’m choosing from the place of wanting, needing, and craving there will be lots of doubt.

When I’m choosing from the place of analyzing the data, I will also doubt.

I don’t like to doubt myself or my decisions, so that’s why I’ve learned to go with trusting Spirit.

Well, then, you might say, how do you know that you’re getting intuition, inspiration and guidance from Spirit?  How can you trust that.

It’s a vibrational thing.

I feel the vibrational match of inspiration.

We can learn the difference between ego wanting and needing, vs Spirit guiding and leading.

Our willingness to know the difference and to be led and guided by Spirit when we really feel like we’d prefer something different, that’s the willingness I’m talking about.

Life can feel so tricky when we’re not relying up on Spirit’s inspiration and guidance.

I wouldn’t wish to go back to living with all that doubt.

It’s one of the reasons I teach the classes I do – so people can learn the secure life of Spirit – and get rid of the doubt.  

Let’s get the doubt out!

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Angels and A Course in Miracles

Sunday, July 12th, 2020

The more I travel along this road of awakening and ascension, the more support I feel from all directions, visible and invisible. I’ve been amazed at my experiences with beings of Love and Light on both sides of the veil.

The more I open my mind to Love and BE loving, the more Love I feel coming towards me.

A Course in Miracles has beautiful messages for us about the angels and the beings of Love & Light who are available to help us if we’ll receive it.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 183 has one of the clearest teachings on this and I find it so inspiring and helpful. It says:

“God’s Name cannot be heard without response,
nor said without an echo in the mind that calls you to remember.
Say His Name, and you invite the angels
to surround the ground on which you stand,
and sing to you as they spread out their wings
to keep you safe, and shelter you
from every worldly thought that would intrude upon your holiness.”

Ponder this for a moment and you will receive such love and support from it.

We cannot call God’s name without getting a response, and surely that response will be helpful to us – as well as comforting.

We are not alone and cannot be alone.
Although we can certainly pretend that we’re alone and choose to believe it and be terrified by it.

We can terrify ourselves with many things.
That’s always an option. Suffering is optional.

When we call upon Spirit, we’ll get an echo in our mind that calls us to remember. What is there to remember but our true identity? And that all of our problems have been solved.

We are already free!
We are already as holy as holy can be!

When we say Spirit’s name – which can be in any way that appeals to us – we are invoking our own remembrance that we are part of God. Therein lies the healing.

When we call upon Spirit, we invite the angels to surround the ground on which we stand.

It’s as though they form a circle around us, like a line of defense against the stinking thinking of the world.

I love that!

I encourage you test it out and see the benefits it brings.
Always do your own research so you KNOW that you know.

We can ignore angels, but they’re still there.

We can ask them for assistance and they’ll offer us the highest and best answers to our questions.

I love the part where Jesus tells us the angels will sing to us as they spread out their wings to keep us safe. I think of it as if they’re helping to protect us from our own unkind thoughts – sheltering us from every worldly thought that would intrude upon our holiness.

In numerous places in ACIM, Jesus tells us that the angels are there for us, hovering around us, nurturing our willingness to choose Light and Love instead of hate and hell.

Isn’t it just plain good sense to seek the angels help and support?
They’re on call 24/7.
They can’t intercede, but they can help.
They have the Wisdom we’re seeking.
They’ll help us find it within our own mind, where it’s been hidden all along.

I’ve learned that if I call, the angels answer.

It may not be the answer I’m looking for, but it will be the answer that leads me to the highest and best for me – if I’m willing.
I have to be willing to make the highest and best choice.

For instance, if I call for the angels to help me to not miss my plane, and the very highest and best thing for me is to miss the plane so I can sit next to someone in the airport who’s experiencing suicidal thoughts and close to taking their own life.

By sitting next to them, perhaps that alone could raise their vibration to a higher level of thinking.

Perhaps I’d strike up a conversation with that person that would be life-changing for them, because it gives them a new view, a new insight.

Then, missing my plane would allow me to be truly helpful in a profound way.

If I could see through all directions of time and space and clearly know what everything is for and see each and every opportunity in my script for what it truly is, Wouldn’t missing that plane be my heart’s desire? Wouldn’t I prefer to be truly helpful ALWAYS?

Yes, I would.
I would always wish for that.

So, that’s why this is our prayer.
We pray to be truly helpful,
to be led and guided to the highest and best choices,
and to have the willingness to actively and easily choose them.

And this is precisely what the angels would most like to help us with.

As I understand it, angels cannot intercede, but they are CONSTANTLY offering suggestions and our willingness to hear them makes it easier for us to hear them.

Back in 2012, I had the good fortune to interview someone who is an angel expert and her insights have been so inspiring to me. I encourage you to listen to that episode of my ACIM podcast – Live From Dublin, Ireland with Lorna Byrne. I hope it will inspire you too.

The angels ask that we ask. We can ask for advice and guidance. That’s really the best thing to ask for. We can ask for them to speak to us clearly in ways that we can understand. We can ask for help in letting go of things that cause our suffering and for help in allowing things that help us awaken from the dream of separation.

The angels are among us, always. Let’s honor them by letting them help us increase our willingness and make higher and better choices all day long.

A clear message I’ve been given by angels is to put them to work, by asking them for help.

No more unemployed angels!
Let’s give them something to do!

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Frances Xu, Jennifer Russell, and more friends on zoom. Frances is always inspiring! And Jennifer’s music is so uplifting and healing. 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.

BTW Once I even did an episode of my podcast about Angels & A Course in Miracles you can click here to check it out now.

ALSO, If you have a yearning right now, to go deeper and fly higher, to open your heart and live the love like never before, come join me. My Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp with ACIM Principles maybe your answered prayer. We’re just getting started and you can still join us. Have the courage to jump in!

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

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We Can Rise

Monday, July 6th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, we can RISE out of the hole.


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

With great willingness we can be lifted and carried.

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

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

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

We have what it takes!

Spirit cannot and does not fail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Confusion

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

For so long, it was so easy for me to get completely turned around and confused. Much of life was confusing to me.

Our days can be a myriad of events and interactions with people and our own mind that seem to pummel us. Information is constantly pouring in, overwhelming us and cluttering up our mind.

For decades I couldn’t tell the difference between ego’s voice and Spirit’s inspiration and I’d go off in directions that I thought were Spirit’s inspiration, but they were just ego distractions and detours. I put so much energy, time and money into things that were not helpful to my spiritual growth.

With all that’s going on in this world and in our lives, we can lose perspective on what’s important, and stay in a haze of meaningless activity for a very long time.

What cuts through the haze is our spiritual practice.

A valuable spiritual practice is one that we can be consistent with, and that feels uplifting. I’m clear that the best practice for me is one that I live ALL DAY LONG. It’s my walking the talk and living the Love all day long that keeps me clear headed.

I used to have a focus on collecting information. I thought if I knew more, it would help me to feel better and be happy.

In my pursuit of the “right” information, I read a lot of books and magazines and had lots of informative conversations. I was trying to pay attention to as many things in the world as I possibly could.

It was exhausting and depleting.

I often felt that I wasn’t doing a good enough job. There was always so much information I didn’t have. I couldn’t easily quote Oscar Wilde or Eckhart Tolle.

There were always so many classic novels and spiritual books I still hadn’t read yet. I was driving more and more slowly on the information super highway of life, but not getting anywhere.

I was failing at collecting all the information I needed to have in case I was suddenly called to a dinner party with all the contributing writers for the New Yorker Magazine. I didn’t really read the New York Times thoroughly and I was caring about it less and less.

I had a stack of spiritual books by my bed that was taller than my nightstand. All books I “should” read, but really didn’t want to.

I felt like those books were mocking me, letting me know that I was failing at being a good spiritual student.

I was investing money in things that really didn’t matter to me, but I thought would make me better. For a long time, I didn’t realize that by collecting books and information to make me better, I was affirming that there was something wrong with me, so even if I did read all the books cover to cover and had the ability to write a paper about them, it was all just affirmation of my “not enoughness.”

No wonder I didn’t want to read those darn books!
I had bought those books with my ego mind – and they were always reminding me that I was trying to run my spiritual practice with my ego. That’s what I saw so many of my friends doing.

I needed to stop putting the ego in charge of my spiritual practice.

Fortunately, I realized that all that information collecting was a distraction to me and not that helpful.

I cancelled all magazines and newspapers.
I stopped watching the news and ingesting any of it.

Through a series of events with my then landlord, my cable was disconnected so there went my tv watching. Spirit was helping me through my landlord.

I went on a spiritual mind fast.

I started to read ONLY the books I had a passion for and I read them very slowly and carefully.

A bonus was that I stopped having conversations about information. I began to recognize that the best reason to have a conversation was for the purpose of relating to people: living the Love and walking the talk.

I realized I could focus mostly on talking about our lives and leave the information super highway behind. I found an exit, and took it and I’ve been very glad that I did.

Information just isn’t satisfying to me anymore.
I find that it can really clutter the mind.

One of the best things I did was I packed up 14 shopping bags of those books that were mocking me and reminding me of my having put ego in charge of my connection with Spirit. I took them to the library and gave them away.

I felt like I could breathe again.

Bottom line: Information isn’t healing.
Being loving is healing.
Forgiveness is healing.

Clearing out the judgments, the opinions, the grudges and greivances, as well as my complaints and criticisms made me realize that I’d rather focus on experiencing and expressing Love, that’s much more interesting than anything else! PLUS, it gives me the added bonus of contributing to a clear mind!

I realized that I truly wanted the Peace of God.
Therefore, I had to be willing to learn the means to have it.
I had to stop putting it off and making it less important.

Deepening my spiritual practice pulled me out of the repeating confusion.

I rarely feel that confusion anymore.
I don’t doubt myself anymore.
I rarely feel more than a momentary since of worry or fear, and it’s usually about something mundane.

That’s a HUGE relief.
Spiritual practice did that for me.
Books never could.

My invitation to you is to look at where you’re collecting information and it’s not truly helpful or satisfying. Maybe you feel like you’re not REALLY learning anything that improves your life.

Information has no power to heal.
Healing happens when we release the blocks to Love.

Information can have the effect of confusing and cluttering one’s mind.
My focus on collecting information was a distraction of the ego.
And it left me feeling more helpless and hopeless.
I had convinced myself I was a good little spiritual student collecting all that information.

The ego analyzes to try to learn what it needs to be safe.
The Spirit knows that being loving is our safety.
No information is needed for that.

The Spirit already knows everything.

It’s within us.
You can ask yourself, who really wants to read the book, me or the ego?
I find that spending time with Spirit is far more expansive and deeply satisfying.
It’s healing. It’s also less expensive!

Now, I mostly read the same books over and over again.

I’m not saying this is the only way to do it.
But, if you have any sense that you’ve put the ego in charge of your spiritual practice, now might be the time to go the other way.

We are at a choice point in humanity right now.

We’re either lifting things up, or making it harder for those who are.

Humanity is moving into what I call the Golden Age of Enlightenment.
The more of us that are fully on board, the better.

We CAN actively choose transformation for our liberation in each moment by staying alert to when the ego is presenting a distration.

We CAN choose transformation for our liberation all day, every day and leave the past behind.

Let’s step up our game and put the collection of information behind us.
Let’s clear the mental clutter and make room for spiritual insights!
Now is the time for this.

A Course in Miracles is written in our heart.

One day of actually LIVING it is worth a thousand days of studying it.
Reading the lessons isn’t living them.
We can do BOTH.

Put Spirit in charge of your spiritual practice and you’ll be amazed where it will take you!

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

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

We start tomorrow and there’s a bonus class today!

I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES.
This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

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

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Freedom Cartwright, Donna Marie Cary, and more friends on zoom. Vicki is always inspiring! And John’s music is so uplifting. 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.

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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.

My Stop Playing Small Retreat was going to be in the UK this 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. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered.

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Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! Let’s rock this summer with our 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.

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Airport Angel

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Since the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year, and today is predicted to be unusually higher amounts of travelers, AND we’ve got major storms across the U.S., I’m sharing my favorite “Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” that I’ve written and it’s about traveling.

Waiting my turn at the LAX American Airlines Terminal Burger King at 5:30 one morning I watched the woman who filled the orders. She had an authentic smile for each customer, asking them if they wanted juice or coffee with their value meal. Each half-awake traveler was lovingly told where to find the napkins and the ketchup. Each was told to have a nice day with real sincerity. By the time it was my turn to receive her kindness, I had to tell her how much I appreciated and admired her spirit. Her smile grew even brighter. I felt the depth of her heart.

For many people, having to be at work before 5 a.m., dealing with the public for what is hardly a living wage. would be crushing. But for this woman, it seemed that she felt SHE was the one who was deeply blessed. Every day she faces people who are flying around the world for any number of reasons. Some are flying to or from funerals, some are frightened of flying, others worried about their jobs and their families. I saw that this woman recognized her opportunity to provide a personal and powerful blessing for each customer. We all have this opportunity with each person we meet, regardless of our circumstances.

This woman at the Burger King seemed to have it all because she was giving so much to each one she met.

With her every breath she teaches us that if we want more Love we need to be the Love we seek.

I intend to walk in the world as a loving, giving presence wherever I am and with whomever I’m with, and with every passing day I find more Joy in my walk. Still, I don’t know that I could do what this angel does. I know many people who yearn for a deeper expression of life purpose, more loving relationships, more Peace, more Prosperity. People often think they have to go somewhere special or take a special class to be transformed. I hear the words “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Today I resolve to find my inner angel nature and to walk in it.

I look for opportunities to share the Light that I can find in myself this day.

Angels don’t look for rewards or gratitude. The simple opportunity to be the giver IS the gift.

Today I am willing to be the Love in my life!

Please let me know your thoughts! And have a blessed trip if you’re traveling, and enjoy being cozy if you’re not traveling! I’m cooking and having time with my dearest soul sisters and Prayer Partners of 22 years. We’re so glad to be together. There’s much to be thankful for!

34 Days to January 1st – I share what I learned that shifted me out of my habits of spinning around in the same repeating upsets in my Masterful Living Course 2020. Registration is open NOW. I encourage you to commit now so that you have that to look forward to. At no charge, you can also book an Exploratory Call to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program and they can help you be clear if this is right for you right now.

Click here now to book a free Exploratory Call about Masterful Living 2020.

NEW Class in December: Undoing Unworthiness! Stop Self-Attack NOW! A belief in unworthiness and a habit of self-attack undermines your happiness every moment of every day.

With the work we’ll do in this class, you can end your year feeling spiritually successful and start your new year ready to have the best year ever. This is the perfect time to do this. Click here now to learn more.

A 3-part live video online class to support you in having a breakthrough and learning the REAL benefits of life when you feel worthy of Love, Abundance, and ALL the good life has to offer.

What could be more important than your happiness?

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Forgiving Our Self-Betrayal

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

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

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

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

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

Forgiveness is the way out.

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

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

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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

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

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

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All Rise

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

We can live this way if we choose.

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

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

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

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

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

I’m all in for YOU.

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

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

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Momentum

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Building momentum is such a powerful feeling.

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

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

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

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

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

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Healing Practices – Breath

Friday, September 20th, 2019

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

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

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

Here are the benefits of long, deep breathing:

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

That’s a LOT of benefits!!!

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

I urge you to become a “breath expert.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let all beings find ease and grace in their breath.

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

 

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It’s Breakthrough Time!

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

She said she would receive it, yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YES!

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

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Coping

Friday, April 27th, 2018

In general, people don’t feel empowered to change their lives. Instead, they have a strategy of managing, coping and settling.

If managing and coping don’t work, they’ll decide to settle.

In 2010, I was participating in a group coaching call with a wonderful marketing expert, Chris Williams from Wide Awake Marketing. I was trying to learn some helpful marketing basics. Chris was helping us to practice our elevator speeches.

An elevator speech is a 20 second introduction that you could give to someone in the time it takes to go up a couple of floors in an elevator. There was a woman who said she was a life coach and her elevator speech was:

I help people with their problems by coming up with managing and coping strategies so they can have better relationships, more fulfilling careers and improve their health and well-being.

I immediately knew my elevator speech could be:

I help people find happiness. Together we solve their problems by healing the root causes, including identifying and eliminating their managing and coping strategies so they can actually enjoy their life and have fulfilling relationships and careers while improving their health and well-being.

I didn’t wish to make the life-coach wrong, but if you settle for learning managing and coping skills is like making an agreement that you can’t ever have the life you desire. You HAVE to settle in order to apply that approach.

I can’t advocate for settling, managing and coping. That’s a strategy for people who feel that solutions aren’t available to them. It’s a strategy for people who feel like they’re on their own and don’t have any tangible INTELLIGENT support.

I’ve learned that I ALWAYS have tangible intelligent support from Spirit, from my Higher Holy Spirit Self, because I’ve cultivated a relationship with my Higher Holy Spirit Self and so it’s always available to me – as long as I’m not harboring unforgiveness.

When I’m holding on to resentments and regrets, guilt, blame and shame, then I’m focused on my own beliefs and the story I’ve made up abou things. If I’m attached to that false perspective, is it even possible that I’d be interested in solving my problems?

If I’m thinking I’m so right about how wrong things are, is there any part of me that’s open to having a healing?

We think we have to manage, cope and settle when we don’t feel empowered.

When we don’t forgive, when we attack and hold grudges, when we complain and feel resentful, when we feel guilty, when all of these thoughts and feelings are swirling around our mind every day, we simply do not feel loving and kind, we don’t feel generous and compassionate to ourselves or others. And THAT is why we don’t feel empowered.

Love is our power. It is the power of Love in us that allows us to feel worthy of a good life rather than settling, managing and coping.

I invite you to consider where you might be managing and coping and where you have settled. If you’re willing to be more loving every day you’ll notice you feel empowered to make changes rather than continue to cope.

When we making more loving choices, our family makes more loving choices, our friends and our co-workers are inspired too. Being loving is inspiring and infectious. Now’s the time for for us to shine the Light of Love into every day!

STARTS MONDAY: My Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive is not just a professional training, it’s a deeply healing opportunity to let go of false beliefs. If you read the things people have said about how their lives change as a result, you will see that this is an opportunity for profound lasting personal healing.

If you’re willing, let’s do it together! Changing our lives and healing our minds is so much easier when we are the two or more gathered together for the same purpose. To this end, I’m offering another Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive starting on Monday.

We’re an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

If you find what I’m sharing helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Miracle

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A miracle is when we shift our thinking from egotistical to spiritual.  A miracle is when we choose to dis-identify with the ego thought system and align with Spirit instead.

People think a miracle is when something shifts in the world of form that’s surprising.  Miracles are always surprising, but actually we shift at the level of the mind, at the level of the heart, and then things change at the level of form.

A Course in Miracles tells us:

“A miracle is a service.  
It is the maximal service you can render to another.  
It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself.  
You recognize your own and your neighbor’s worth simultaneously.”  T-1.I.18.

I’ve learned that being of service brings the greatest sense of fulfillment.  We can be deeply fulfilled and sustained every way in every day through being willing to be miracle-minded.

I invite you to consider where you’re experiencing something you wish would change.  Are you willing to be the one who calls forth a miracle?  Changing your mind about what’s possible, and energizing what you’d like instead of what you don’t like are part of being willing to experience the shift of mind that will bring forth a miraculous demonstration.

The miracle is in the mind.
When the mind shifts – the whole world changes.

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

People get tired of waiting for change – be an agent of positive change and you won’t be waiting anymore!

This week, I’m offering a class on Thursday (my gift to you) on the topic:  Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money.  It’s really about letting go of the patterns of lack and limitation.  It’s also an opportunity for me to share some of what I offer in my yearlong Masterful Living Course which starts on January 1st.

Would you like a spiritual mentor? Are you ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my yearlong Masterful Living Course 2018 then please click here to learn more now.  Registration closes January 11th.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.

FREE CLASS THURSDAY:  Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money is a preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – check it out and start making use of the tips and tools I share today in this free class.  Register now, come join me live and ask me your questions!

TODAY RADIO SHOW:  On my radio show today my topic is Holy Spirit’s Rules for Decision.

You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android.  All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now!  Transcripts and more are available here:  LivingaCourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad, or computer.  Check it out!  And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? The more reviews, the more iTunes and Stitcher show it to people!  Thank you!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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