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For My Freedom

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

A Course in Miracles tells us that we’ve made up a story about ourselves and life and then we forgot to laugh at the fiction of it.  I’ve certainly made up stories about myself and others, convinced myself that they were true and then forgot to laugh, and instead decided to cry a river of tears for years.  Yes, I have done that.

ACIM says:  Pain is a wrong perspective.

Don’t I know it!  Sheesh!

What I’ve learned, and become EXTREMELY grateful for is recognizing that the truth really is the thing that liberates us from all pain and suffering.

If we’d like to FEEL free and find the spiritual quality of FREEDOM that already exists as part of our true nature we absolutely must give up reviewing and renewing our attachment to our interpretations of the past.  

It’s really the only way to return to Love and happiness.

I talk with many people who are disturbed by things in this world from their family relationships, their health, politics, finances, work and all manner of other upsets.  When people start praying for the truth to be revealed things shift.

When we value the truth, we learn that Love and truth are really synonymous.  They are the same.  We cannot have truth without Love and we cannot have Love without truth.  They go together.  

Over and over again, I’ve witnessed how effective it is to pray for the truth to be revealed and known to all.  Relationships have transformed.  Healing has happened.  And I see the healing occurring in the world as I keep my focus on the truth being revealed.  Faster and faster, that which is false falls away.  

It’s ALWAYS more helpful to pray for truth to be revealed then to attack those who deceive and who have their own personal versions of the truth that bolster their perspective.  

I pray for the truth to be revealed in my heart and mind every day.  For my Freedom.

Every day I pray for the truth to be revealed in ALL hearts and minds. For our Freedom.

Every day I pray for the truth to be revealed wherever people are valuing their story, their interpretation, their point of view and their agenda of manipulation, control and personal gain.

We are one.  Let us not pray ONLY for our own personal healing and those we love, let’s open ourselves to a greater understanding of the oneness and unity of all life.  Int his lies our healing and revealing of truth.

I really didn’t think I’d be able to get to the place I am now.  The main turning point for me was when I made the decision to focus on discovering the truth through my spiritual practice.  I became very willing to give up my attachments to the meaning I made of everything.  

Through true forgiveness I’ve found true Freedom.

I’ve learned to let go of the particular kind of suffering that comes from believing my own version of events and conversations.  I’ve learned that if it doesn’t make me feel happy and free then it is no true and I can release it to Spirit for healing.  I can ask for a greater awareness of truth and it will be revealed to me.  

I can be liberated from the pain caused by my own perspective.  

It seems like it can be really hard to change our minds – but it’s not, if we really would like to live in a different way and feel connected to Spirit.

For my Freedom, I decided to focus on release of attachments, and valuing the truth even if it was a wake-up call.  

I discovered the healing practices that became my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and my life began to change for the better – and it’s continued to this day.  In the first few years, I was amazed at how much better my life could get very quickly.  Now, I share that with others. 

My whole orientation changed and I began to achieve lasting success and the healing took hold in my heart and mind.  I no longer have ANY days where I feel like I’m sliding back.  That feeling is gone and I am forever grateful!

Where are you valuing that which isn’t actually true, and it’s just your interpretation?  Are you willing to give up your story to experience a greater awareness of God’s glory in your life?  

If you’d like to have a major increase in your choosing self-Love and kindness, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS, I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Boot camp 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!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin MONDAY, July 6! With a BONUS CLASS on July 5th. This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with 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!

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What This Time Is For

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Right now, there’s a lot of blame going around. I know all too well what it feels like to be upset with situations I didn’t like and deceive myself by blaming it on other people. I made them the bad guy. In truth, I was sent into that situation to improve it and make it better.

I’ve learned that if I don’t like the way something is, I don’t give up on it and walk away, I stay and do my best to make it better.

I hold the vision of God’s perfection in the situation. If the others won’t join me, and aren’t interested, then I can take my loving view somewhere else, but I still don’t give up.

I am here to be TRULY helpful. It’s true, humanity can seem like a hot mess, but it’s also the most gorgeous mosaic of exploration.

We’re the prodigal son, finding our way back home.

We are both the children AND we’re the parents in that story.

We get to welcome ourselves back home and to each other, because we are home for each other.

And that, to me, is beautiful. REALLY stunningly beautiful.

I wouldn’t miss this part of the journey for anything!
I wouldn’t wish to miss the part where we all come back to gather and remember our unity –
even though it’s not easy,
even though it’s really challenging.

I am willing to learn to LOVE completely, without conditions.
It’s a hell of a ride!
And I’m glad we’re in it together.
I’m glad we can’t do it alone.

Last weekend, I started my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat and I learned a lot. It was so clear that we’re all so alike. Many of us agreed that we have these beliefs:

  • I’m not good enough, something’s wrong with me, I’m unlovable, I’m bad, or some version of that PLUS
  • These spiritual things work for other people, but not for me
  • Why bother to do anything differently if it doesn’t work for me?

I felt trapped inside those thoughts for SO MANY YEARS.
We all have.
This is our common experience.

Like everyone else, I felt trapped inside my own personality. I felt like a mean, petty, dog barking endlessly. No matter what was going on, I always came back to that feeling of being trapped inside myself with no way out.
It was my determination to find some way to find a happier life that FINALLY brought me to a deeper spiritual practice – one that I wouldn’t quit and wouldn’t give up on.

It didn’t help me to intellectually know that I was free on a spiritual level.

I didn’t FEEL it.
And if we don’t FEEL free,
we won’t believe it.
We won’t FEEL free until we believe it –
and that’s the challenge!

That’s why I’m committed to PROVING God works in my life.

And since our minds are joined, when one can do it, all are lifted.

We can all FEEL the Freedom that is ours, by inheritance.

And then we can share it with others.
With our family.
Friends.
Workplace.

I determined that I would figure out how to do this Freedom work for myself and then share with others.

My problem was, deep down, I was certain it wouldn’t work for me.

HOW CRAZY IS THAT?

I was CERTAIN it wouldn’t work for me. And I decided to do it anyway?
I had to be WILLING to give up that sense of hopelessness and TRUST that Spirit could do something with my little bit of willingness.
I had such a strong belief that I’d be free WHEN … [fill in the blank].
I’d be free when … I could easily pay my bills.
I’d be free when … I had a better relationship, a better job, a better … whatever.

It’s SO easy to be convinced that freedom is conditional.
After all, that’s what the world teaches –
even though it’s not true.
The world teaches that all good things are conditional.
They come with a price tag.
A string attached.

In fact, nothing could be further from the Truth.
That which is real has already been given.
That’s what A Course in Miracles says:
Ask and it is given because it already has been given.

Freedom is a spiritual quality – infinite and eternal.
It’s ours already.

How could TRUE Freedom come with a price tag?

AND still, we can choose to block the experience of Freedom by our beliefs in lack, attack, limitation, and separation. In fact, we do it all day long. We can believe it’s impossible.

First, I had to be willing to get out of the cage of believing that my happiness was conditional. I just had to be willing.

THEN, I could become willing to actually begin to FEEL some Freedom. First, you have to actually feel free – and that’s where many people get stuck. I was stuck for a long time.

I was utterly convinced that my feeling free and happy were completely tied to what was happening in the world, in my life, in my home, in my family, in my finances, in my body, and in my job.

I had not a single clue HOW to get to the Freedom in my mind.

Reading spiritual books didn’t get me much closer.
In fact, it made me feel MORE like a failure.

I finally realized that all my studies could be a distraction from actually doing the real work of spiritual practice.

After all, I had all this information telling me that healing is at the level of the mind and yet my mind wasn’t healing.

Sound familiar?

I would read things that said, “When you heal the mind, the world of form, experience, relationships, finances, health and wealth WILL follow.”

And I’d think: Ok, I believe it. But HOW????????

Because I was praying all the time, the answer started to come to me.

I needed to stop asking the wrong questions, which were:
What’s wrong with me?
Why doesn’t it work for me?
Why can’t I get this?
What’s my problem?
How come this is easier for everyone else?
I’m I just fundamentally messed up?

And those are just some of the UN-helpful questions I was asking ALL DAY LONG. UGH!

As God would have it, because of the prayer I was constantly doing, I had a realization that I was asking the wrong question, and I wasn’t as willing as I thought I was.

Two things happened. First, I made a decision:

I decided to put all of my eggs in the God basket.

Once I did that I had another realization:

I started asking for results.

Ask and it is given. Pretty simple. Duh.

I started asking:
Show me how.
Tell me how.

Help me to see only the HOW and nothing else!

I started really entering into a RELATIONSHIP with Spirit.

I started to ask and listen. I had to learn HOW to listen.

Everything began to steadily and then rapidly change for me.
It felt completely miraculous.

I stopped feeling stuck and started gaining momentum because I was given a series of things to do and I did them.

It wasn’t a picnic, it wasn’t easy.
Spiritual practice requires us to do something different.

I had to DEMONSTRATE my willingness to heal my life by doing something that would actually make a difference.

Spirit didn’t say, “you go binge-watch the West Wing on Netflix, I’ve got this handled.”

It was NOT easy.

My happiness required me to become more and more willing to follow the guidance, the steps, the exercises, in order to have the healing.

What I did immediately, was I began to share what I was learning with others. I wrote it down and I thought about how I could share what was working for me in a way that would be helpful to others.

I’ll be honest, it’s been a lot of work for me. I keep working at making it easier for people. I keep asking Spirit to show me how to be MORE helpful, and to be more clear. So that people will get it and be really willing to let the pain go.

I do this every day. That’s my job. And I LOVE it.

I found the happiness that was there for me all along and I found Freedom and everything, everything, everything in my life has changed for the better.

There’s not one thing in my life that hasn’t improved.

And this is exactly why I’ve been inspired to share what has miraculously worked for me. I say miraculously because that’s what A Course in Miracles tells us – the miracles happen at the level of the mind FIRST and then we see the miraculous shift in our world.

Here are the basics of what I learned:
Be willing to TRUST.
Practice TRUE forgiveness.
Get into a RELATIONSHIP with Spirit.
Relinquish the judgments.
Pray and pray and pray some more.

These are the things that changed my life.

And now, I feel so ready and available for these massive changes that are happening in our hearts and minds all over the world.

It’s so clear to me that this time of quarantine is to give us an opportunity to go deeper, to focus on the work with more intent.

So many spiritual students tell themselves that if they had more time they’d deepen their spiritual practice, but then Spirit gives them that time, if they really mean it, and some people do deepen their spiritual practice, but most people don’t.

To me, this time right now is for our simultaneous preparing for what’s to come AND our awakening.
We are ushering in the golden age of enlightenment.
This IS what we’re doing.

It’s ALL HANDS ON DECK time.
And this is the part I wouldn’t miss.
This is what we’ve been preparing for our entire lives.
It’s GO time!

We can really do this. This is what we’re here for

If you’re feeling ready to deepen your spiritual practice and connection with Spirit, but you’re not sure how to be more willing, practice true forgiveness, deepen your relationship with Spirit, relinquish the judgments, pray effectively, my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp maybe your answered prayer. We start 1 week from today! I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES.

This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

However you spend the next three months, let’s have REAL and lasting transformation with a spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all.

This is the time we’ve been waiting for.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We’re here to be truly helpful, and we can all step up our game.

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! What an honor to walk alongside you.

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!

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Vicki Poppe and John Silvers, 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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Get Up, Stand Up!

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Bob Marley sang, “Get up, stand up, for your rights!” 

We all have a right to live freely, to love freely, to actively be creative freely.

 And the ego thought system is a tyrannical system that oppresses each one of us when, and only when, we agree to it.

We CAN set ourselves free.

We can hold the mountaintop view.

In this world, one of the common paths of our spiritual liberation is this:

First, we FEEL UPSET and oppressed to the point that we cannot take it anymore.  Our inner dam bursts.

Second, we DECIDE to do things differently.

Third, we ALLOW ourselves to hold a vision of the way we’d like it to be, including FEELING how it could be.

Fourth, we take ACTION in the direction of our dreams.

Where are YOU in this sequence?

We can make that second step, the DECISION step without having to explode in pain.  

Part of our self-care regimen is to listen to our guidance and follow it.  If we’re not doing that then we’re playing small and living a limited life, because only our Higher Holy Spirit Self holds the vision for our life.

It can seem impossible, but that’s just because we haven’t put Spirit in charge yet.  

Only ego can fail.

Spirit cannot fail.  

It takes courage to get up and stand up for your rights.  

It takes courage to hold a vision of the life you’d really like to live.

Many people are willing to work SO HARD for a life that feels like prison, but resist and procrastinate about living the life they most desire.  

Let’s stand up for our rights and let’s get up and stand up for the rights of our brothers and sisters.  

Everything IS for us, regardless of how it seems.  We CAN do this together.  Be willing to join with others.  “Be the two or more gathered in the name and the nature of Love,” and we will surely reach the promised land.

Your spiritual dreams and your goals bring benefit to everyone.  

Decide to do things differently even if you don’t know what it looks like.  

Hold that vision for yourself in a life of Peace, Love and Joy, even if you don’t know what it looks ike.

Take any action, no matter how small, in the direction of your dreams and remember:

Spirit cannot fail.

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Freedom Full Moon

Friday, June 5th, 2020

In case you didn’t notice things are very intense right now.  There are so many influences converging upon us:

Death, suicide and fear of death

Politics

Depression and anxiety

Financial pressure

People not working, unemployed

AND on top of all this, there is a real intensity for people to let go of the blocks to Love.  Our opinions, judgments, fears and worries are the blocks to Love.   Now IS the appointed time for releasing.

Today starts is a full moon.  Which is GREAT!  It’s great because full moon is a time of release and harvest.

Release that which no longer serves you and harvest the wisdom of your learning.

It’s also challenging because the moon has a STRONG effect on folks, bringing up the patterns that no longer serve us so they can be released.

It’s obvious that this last month since the May full moon has been ALL about releasing the patterns of divisiveness, separation and self-hatred projected outwards as well as inwards.  Full moon energy can support us in our release of the blocks to Love through self-forgiveness and then we can reap the learning from our experiences.

Now’s the time!

If you noticed this past month was SUPER intense, you were right!  If you noticed you were holding onto old pain patterns that were coming up for healing and the pain was pushing you, then please know nothing’s wrong with you – it’s the way things are when we’re actively praying for healing, but still resisting.

Instead of hanging onto all that stuff, we can look for ways to be helpful.  It’s a lot more rewarding, fun and fruitful to be of service to ourselves and others.

It’s very important for all of us to know now that acting out of resentment, playing mind games, pretending, and living in denial – we’ve all done so much of it, we’ve learned all we can.  So, until we let it go, it’s just going to get more and more difficult.  We let it go by forgiving ourselves for having invested so much energy in it in the first place.

Total surrender really is the way to go.  We’re all ultimately going to surrender every last opinion, judgment, regret, resentment, jealousy, hurt, worry, doubt, shame and blame eventually, so why not let it all go now?  Why wait?

We’re living in the time of instant karma.  We’ve asked for assistance to let go of all the things we hurt ourselves with.  The intensity of density that people are feeling is the constant reminder to choose heaven instead.  It might feel really hard, but it’s actually so simple – but it does require a leap of faith, and that’s not something the ego will ever agree to, so you align with Spirit, make the leap and remember to laugh.

Despite of how it looks and feels, everything is aligning for us to feel more supported, held and carried in our spiritual awakening. Of course, if you’re experiencing a lot of resistance and reluctance to shift and change, you may still be feeling an intense amount of pressure to give up what no longer serves.

What we don’t surrender with grace, sometimes gets taken from us.

To relieve the pressure, release the attachment to your perspective and your belief.

Whether we like it or not, there’s no way around it, now is the time for us to give up what doesn’t serve and to get with the awakening program. If we’re not actively, and gratefully, accepting it, it will feel like an energetic pressure, pushing and prodding us. Fortunately, the blocks to Love don’t help us, so we can immediately begin to feel so much tangible benefit when we release them to Spirit for lifting and shifting.

If you’re feeling called to release things in the world of form, remember, the main thing we have to do is release the attachment to people, places and things. Once we release the attachment then things can naturally align in the most loving way.

Late yesterday we had a full moon on top of a lunar eclipse. This is a powerful alignment that supports our goal of awakening. Enjoy the energy boosts and make plans to do extra spiritual practice today!

I thought I’d share with you a really simple and, for me, powerful and healing ceremony you can do on your own or with friends. Do it today or tomorrow while we’re still in this full moon energy, before mid-Sunday afternoon eastern time if possible.

Even though it’s late spring where I am, it’s the perfect time to do a full moon wisdom harvest.  Full moon represents the time to harvest the learning we’ve had and be grateful for it. We can always harvest the learning we’ve rejected any time of year.

Anything we’ve been holding in resentment, regret, hurt, blame or shame can be brought to a harvest of the learning through our willingness. It may seem crazy, but the mental/emotional shift that turns the tide of upset is to be grateful for things as they are. Our gratitude raises our vibration so that we can see, hear, feel and know more clearly the learning and benefit that’s encoded into every single thing in our lives.

Let this be a time of harvest!  When we’re actively harvesting the learning from our experiences then we don’t have to repeat them! It’s just like when we learn how to do anything, we don’t have to keep repeating it once you get it. When we keep having the same repeat experiences then it’s a sure sign we’re rejecting the learning and believing that the meaning we’ve made of things – our interpretations – are correct. 

If we’re still upset about something that happened, we’re not correct. The upset is the Divine Alarm Clock going off to let us know that our thinking is incorrect and can be corrected. It’s that old “would you rather be right or happy?” It’s your life, you choose.

Full moon is also for releasing what is no longer desired and what no longer serves. Release the blocks to Love to harvest the wisdom as more Love flows in your life.  To me this is about purification. It’s about celebrating that I can let go of the burdens, the negative patterns and suffering of the past.  

We can put an end to our own personal crucifixion and begin our resurrection!

Here’s the moon where I am, rising over the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Full moon is a fun time to have a ceremony, and we could use some FUN!  Just because it’s hell for some people right now, doesn’t mean we cannot have fun if we’re not in hell.

Right now, when so much changing is going on – a ceremony can be something helpful to shift the energy and welcome the healing changes!  The full moon is now, so today or tomorrow, gather loved ones, friends and family to make it a Harvest & Release celebration!

I always begin with being clear about my intention and WHY I’m doing what I’m doing.

I appreciate starting with setting of intention.
I intend to release what doesn’t serve me and harvest the wisdom I’ve been blocking.

Light a white candle
Have a glass of water.
You can consecrate your space with offerings of smudge and prayer.

It’s powerful to write out what no longer serves and is being released. If you have friends with you, you may wish to share what you’ve written specifically or generally. No pressure on that. Make it a safe space.

It’s nice to have a fire to place the offerings of what you’ve written in – a fire puja is always lovely – offering prayers to the fire as well as any writing – release it all! You can do that in a backyard fire pit, fireplace or a burning bowl. I love that part!

Open your heart to what you’d like to call into your life. Set your intention for expansion and clarity, purity and joy – what you’d like to experience this season! I always focus on how I’d like to feel and am careful not to get attached to how things show up in form. Focus on what the feeling you’d like to have more of.

More prayer, chanting, dancing, having a meal – these are all wonderful. Dance to celebrate your willingness to have a healing! May your release be complete and your heart be cleared for lift-off in the Light!

Release the patterns of pain, the attachments to suffering, and feelings of victimhood – that’s a lot to celebrate!  Woo hoo!

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Self Image

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

One of the things that’s most emotionally upsetting to us is when our sense of ourselves is threatened. For instance, if we see ourselves as a good and loving person, and something happens that makes it seem as if others think of us as a bad and unloving person, we can really freak out about it.

If we see ourselves as hardworking and someone else sees as lazy it can be very upsetting.

It can also be upsetting, strange as it seems, when we see ourselves as bad and ugly and someone else sees us as good and beautiful.

We get so attached to the image of ourselves that we’ve made.

We don’t even realize that we’ve made a false self that we’re in the process of undoing. And that’s normal, that’s life in this world.

However, now we can focus on cultivating a healthy sense of who we are, and what our TRUE identity is. It’s actually an incredible relief to realize we’re not the bad and ugly person we thought we were.

AND it does take GREAT willingness to see and know the truth and to give up the attachment to the thing that we’ve created – the Frankenstein monster version of ourselves that we both idolize and despise.

It’s such a crazy dichotomy and living inside of it is crazy making – so that’s why being able to open our awareness, expand our view and see with clarity is such a a relief.

We can rise above our false ideas and beliefs.
We can let the past go.
We can live life as free beings.

And it starts with our willingness to actually experience true Freedom.

Consider this – where in your life COULD you choose Freedom, but you don’t, because it would require too much of you. Is it a job? A relationship? An addiction?

We do have to be willing in order to have a healing. That’s why I’ve got this as my topic on my radio show today!

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Legacy of Love

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Yesterday was a holiday here in the United States in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You might not know that this daily blog, my daily shot of spiritual espresso, originated with the writing I began in 1998 in conjunction with A Season for Nonviolence which honored the life and work of Dr. King.

At that time, I joined with many other people across the nation celebrating the work of King and also Gandhi. We were honoring their legacy and the teachings of nonviolence. I began to feel that I was walking and talking with them, and the field of energy, the angels and Ascended Masters who walked and talked with them.

It was a true Joy to honor their legacy of Love.

Both King and Gandhi were profoundly inspired by the teachings of Jesus, as am I. Both Gandhi and King inspired a revolution of civil rights within their country. Both men, their teachings and their lives continue to inspire me and many others who desire to live a life of service and recognize the power of Love to transform our hearts and minds as well as our world.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a hero of mine. I’ve loved listening to and reading Rev. Dr. King’s speeches. And I love reading them as well. They never fail to inspire and uplift. He had such a gift to move, inspire and motivate people to their better nature.

One of my favorite teachings of Rev. Dr. King is his “Loving Our Enemies” sermon. It’s so powerful and beautiful, and I’ve made it a part of both my Finding Freedom and Masterful Living curriculums. You can click here to read the sermon and you can listen to the sermon and read along with this video:

I believe you’ll find the speech is just as powerful now as it was then, and it speaks to our hearts just as clearly now as it did then. The same lessons apply to our life every day.

As King demonstrates for us so clearly, Love is the way, Love is the answer, Love is an act of service, Love is our redeemer.

Love is redemptive. Hate is always destructive to the one who hates. I’ve heard people say they hate certain people, some political figures, and I invite them to change their mind. Love heals, Love reveals, and Love redeems.

King said, “love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they’re mistreating you. Here’s the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don’t do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they’re mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies”

It’s a great reminder at a time when there feels like a lot of divisiveness. The time is always right to do what is loving. What’s loving is always what’s right.

The time is always right and RIPE for us to answer the call to Love, to forgive and to be of service. When we live in this way, from our heart, then our life is an inspiration to all. This is our destiny and our calling. All are called.

I invite you to listen to the speech, to savor it and apply King’s teaching to your life. You’ll find that if you do, your life will open up in ways you never imagined!

It’s not everyone who is willing to take a stand for Love. It’s not everyone who so values Love and understands the power of Love to heal and to redeem, that they’re willing to forgive, truly forgive, release all judgment and Love. But there are more of us. And, it is the Light within us that cannot be hidden.

We can all live to serve the Light within us. All are called to shine their Light. All are called to forgive. Every day offers us new opportunities to let the past go and to choose our Freedom.

A Course in Miracles tells us “To have, give all to all.”

To have Love, strength, courage and faith – give compassion, which is Love, which is ALL, to all. Having compassion for all is our divine opportunity to rise above our humanness and to transcend the limitations of a mundane life. All are called every day. We are called, every day. Let us answer the call every day and leave a legacy of Love.

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Power of the Will

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Many people wish for Peace of mind or a sense of relief. They’re yearning to feel free – free from everything they don’t like and feel imprisoned by.

Freedom is a spiritual quality that’s part of our Divine Essence. It’s already our nature to experience and express Freedom. We have it at the level of mind, and then it becomes our experience. Even a prisoner of war in a foreign jail can find the Freedom in his mind, because that’s where it’s located.

A Course in Miracles teaches us, “When you are sad, know this need not be . Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise.” T-4.IV.3.

When someone has a problem with obsessive compulsive behavior or avoidance, they’ll often use willpower to make a change. There’s a sense of loss and lack, and the willpower is used to get control of ourselves.

Willpower is part of a plan of behavior modification that can be a helpful start when we’re feeling out of control, but it doesn’t heal the root cause of the behavior. Willpower only intensifies the deep craving that is the root cause of the problem.

All healing is at the level of the mind – NOT at the level of behavior.

If Love isn’t part of the plan for healing there won’t be a healing, only a shift in behavior. That’s not enough.

If we don’t feel worthy of miraculous permanent healing, we might settle for willpower.

For true spiritual healing, we look to the mind for causation. There’s a false belief at the root cause of every issue. Most problems are an expression of belief in lack. How can willpower heal a belief in lack? It cannot.

The healing we’re looking for comes from opening to giving and receiving the Love that’s restorative and healing.

We resort to willpower when we feel spiritually weak. Willpower is a function of the personality, and is born of a sense of separation and lack. Willingness is the willingness to choose Love and to follow Spirit’s guidance.

Our willingness is ALL that’s required to have true and lasting transformation.

It seems so simple and, quite frankly, too easy. But neither is accurate.

When we’re craving, needing, and wanting to satisfy that compulsion, we’re feeling deprived. The real craving is for union with Spirit.

In that moment of craving, we don’t have a connection with Spirit that lets us know we’re fully loved and held in perfect Wholeness. That knowing of our perfection is missing from our awareness.

Our willingness to Partner UP will heal the illusion of lack.

Only the willingness to see the union of all life brings lasting healing of the splitting the mind.

Even a little bit of willingness is instantaneous joining with Spirit, and that’s where our true and lasting healing is – in remembering our union with God and making that our top priority

Let’s make a real change this year. Let’s get out of the prison in our mind and live joy-fully!

Masterful Living Course 2020 Registration closes TODAY, Monday, January 20 at midnight Pacific.

Now is the time to lay your foundation. There’s so much that we can call forth when we choose to live as though our mind really is the Mind of God. Make this year the year you go for it! Gather support, have a strong intention. You don’t need my help, but if you’d like it here’s how to begin:

Click here now to learn more about Masterful Living.

If Masterful Living is right for you, I trust you will know it when you read what I’ve written on my website.

Trust your intuition – it will not fail you.
If this feels like it MIGHT be the thing for you this year – follow through.

I would LOVE to have the opportunity to walk step-by-step with you this year if you’d like to join us!

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Vision of Freedom

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Let’s REALLY be the change we’d like to see in our family, in our neighborhood, in our work in our heart. For myself, the key has been to hold a vision of Love and to release all grievances and to put my attention on that – rather than trying to figure out what to do in the world of form.

I am a spiritual activist. I work at the level of the mind. Like my teachers: Jesus, Gandhi, King, and St. Francis, I take inspired action, but I start with prayer, with partnering UP, with releasing the judgments and opinions that could cloud my vision.

Holding a vision for a peaceful world is no joke, it’s a life’s purpose.

There’s so much power in holding a vision. Just think how many billions of people on this plan know these words, who said them, why, and what it meant to the entire world:

“I have a dream …”

King had a vision.

It’s the vision of Freedom ringing through our hearts, our minds, our nation, and the world.

Freedom from tyranny, injustice, and prejudice.

The Freedom to fully Love and accept our brothers and sisters.

When we’re trying to change the world through working only in the visible we will tire easily and accomplish much less than those who take inspired action.

Inspired action comes from our loving heart holding a vision of the highest and best for all.

Now is the time for us to fully commit to doing what we came here for – hold the highest and best for EVERYONE.

Release all patterns of lack and attack and stand in the Light of Love.

This is our purpose.

Being truly helpful starts in the mind and ripples outward. Our time is now!

Together we discover Love really is the ONLY answer that forever transforms and heals every aspect of our lives.

This is the kind of work we do in Masterful Living. It’s deeply healing to us individually and to the others around us because we share the same mind.

Are you SO ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep transformation and the healing is happening in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my yearlong Masterful Living Course 2020, then please click here to learn more now.

Bonus classes start on January 1st. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my yearlong Masterful Living Course, a number of people have healed their depression gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance and they didn’t give up. You can do it, too.

All through the holidays, we get to choose Heaven or hell with each choice we make. If you find the holidays difficult, if you struggle with old family patterns, if you’re feeling you’d like to really have a breakthrough then you might find my F* Me Here Come the Holidays free class helpful. (The F is for forgiveness.)

You can sign up now for this free class offering this week.

If you’d like to have a powerful, healing and transformative spiritual practice that TRULY helps you to undo the past, release attachments and dissolve the patterns of pain, consider joining me in Masterful Living Course 2020. We’ve got a lot to offer!

Follow your intuition – let yourself be guided by Spirit to join us or not.

Are you unsure about whether my yearlong Masterful Living 2020 is right for you right now? You can book an Exploratory Call with one of the Spiritual Counselors and let them answer all your questions. Click here now to book an Exploratory Call. If you’re going to join us next year in the Masterful Living Course 2020, I encourage you to register early. Make the commitment to yourself NOW and you’ll have so much to look forward to – including tremendous healing and transformation! Give yourself this gift and you’ll be amazed at how your connection with Spirit will bloom!

FREE CLASSES THIS WEEK: GOT FORGIVENESS?

How about a free forgiveness workshop?
If you missed my class Forgive Me, Here Come the Holidays? We’re doing free LIVE replays coming up in the next week. This is my gift to you, come and join us!

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Turning Away From Darkness

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Let’s face it if we’re labeling, blaming, attacking, and judging, we’re just not interested in healing. There’s no way for us to be interested in complaining and loving at the same time. We have to choose one or the other. We can’t have both.

We can’t choose the darkness and the Light at the same time. We have to turn in one direction or the other.

It’s a decision we can make. And for many people choosing Light means choosing the unfamiliar. Many would rather choose the familiar darkness than the unfamiliar Light.

We can hide in the darkness, but we cannot hide in the Light. Get it?

Here’s something to think about:
Why would you want to hide?

Really think about it.

Why do you want to hide?
What are you really afraid of what would be seen in the Light?

These are worth thinking about.

I do know so many who feel safer hiding in the darkness and I get it.

That’s why trust is such a core issue for ALL of us. Learning to trust and have faith is something we can do if we’re willing.

To gain that willingness, we have to be willing to stop hiding in the dark. Yes, it’s challenging. Everything worth having is challenging and it’s a different kind of challenging than the challenge of being unhappy.

It’s just that sitting alone in the darkness or feeling alone in the darkness is familiar.

If we rely upon Spirit to guide us, the Light will become familiar.
It’s one step at a time. One choice at a time.
The first step is we choose to be free.

Are you interested in getting to the root cause of all your problems?
If that sounds good to you, come join us! Undoing Unworthiness starts today!

Let’s have fun lightening our load and learning through Joy!

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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Forgiveness Relieves Suffering

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Forgiveness relieves suffering of every kind. There is no form that suffering can take that cannot be relieved by the act of choosing forgiveness.

The challenge is that there is so much confusion about forgiveness, what it is and how it works. It’s much simpler than we think.

Forgiveness is simply this – releasing the opinions, judgments, and meaning we’ve made of things.

We think we’re upset because someone did something we don’t like, but that’s the illusion. It’s a pure delusion. And buying into that illusion IS suffering.

For much of my life, I blamed others for all of my upsets and problems. I projected it all out onto other people and situations. I thought that would relieve my suffering.

Little did I know, it only magnified and multiplied my pain.

The real cause of our upset is the decision to attack our brothers and sisters, rather than to fulfill our purpose, which is to bless them and to receive as we have given.

When we choose the thoughts that attack and condemn, we will suffer. If we didn’t suffer as a result, there would be no alarm, no warning. We’d fall down the rabbit hole and keep going with no way to recognize our error.

Right now, in this holy instant, we can drop all of the blocks to Love and recognize the truth in this beautiful passage from A Course in Miracles which I’ve laid out like a poem.

How can you who are so holy suffer?
All your past except its beauty is gone,
and nothing is left but a blessing.
I have saved all your kindnesses
and every loving thought you ever had.
I have purified them of the errors that hid their light,
and kept them for you in their own perfect radiance.
They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt.
They came from the Holy Spirit within you,
and we know what God creates is eternal.
You can indeed depart in peace because
I have loved you as I loved myself.
You go with my blessing and for my blessing.
Hold it and share it, that it may always be ours.
I place the peace of God in your heart
and in your hands, to hold and share.
The heart is pure to hold it,
and the hands are strong to give it.
We cannot lose.
My judgment is as strong as the wisdom of God,
in Whose Heart and Hands we have our being.
His quiet children are His blessed Sons.
The Thoughts of God are with you.

~ A Course in Miracles, T-5.IV.8.

We are perfect Love and we are perfectly loved. All that remains is for us to accept it. This is the true Self-forgiveness. Every moment we have this opportunity to let the past go by releasing the meaning we made of it and by releasing the idea that what occurred in the past has defined us.

Our experiences do not define us.
Our choices do not define us.
Our Unity with God defines us. Nothing else can.

We’ve made meaning of our life, and being that is false. We project it onto others and think they are the problem. There is no problem. ALL of our problems have been solved. Yet if we hold the idea we have problems, we are sure to experience them. And then we look for someone to blame.

This is what we can forgive ourselves for and MOVE ON.

Forgiveness is the path of Joy, awakening, and Prosperity.

This I know.

And that is why I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free class, in 3 parts, starting tomorrow. Let’s do this sacred work joyfully, and JoyFULLY together!

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My Own Worst Enemy

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

I can see now how often I made my life hard, difficult, painful, and uncomfortable. I did it to myself, but I thought other people were doing it to me. I thought it was life happening to me.

One of the main ways that I made myself uncomfortable was that I would try to plan how I thought my life and my day should go. Planning gives the ego a sense of security. Making plans and feeling that we have to stick to them is how we separate ourselves from the flow of Love. It’s the opposite of trust and faith.

Now, most of us would say planning is essential for our lives — for having jobs, for going on vacation, for attending school, etc. However, I had A LOT of pain and suffering because I would become so attached to the plans I made. If I didn’t follow the plans I made, I would start to feel anxious and upset. If someone interrupted my plans or thwarted my plans, I would become agitated and angry.

For the ego, a change in plans is a loss. It’s a cause for fear, anger, upset, and worry.

A Course in Miracles tells us that “A healed mind does not plan.

When we first look at that, most of us think – “How can that possibly work? If I don’t plan, how do I live my life?”

To look at it more clearly, we could say “A healed mind does not feel obsessed with sticking to the plan.”

A healed mind has no attachment to the plan and can go with the flow of Love!

Obviously, as someone who is leading a ministry, offering year-long classes, planning global summits and retreats, I make A LOT of plans! What I’ve learned is that my Peace is in going with the flow of Love when things are shifting and changing, as they often are.

I’m in the Catskills area right now, leading my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive. The other night, I went to bed with a particular plan for my morning the next day. In the morning, things changed and it was clear there was a different flow for me that would feel more supportive to what I was doing that day. It was a change of plan.

Years ago, I would have been angry and upset if I had changed my plans. I would have felt I’d failed because I failed to keep my plan.

When I was younger, I was very rigid with myself. I realized that I had an “inner Nazi” who was always driving me to be “better” and be “more productive.”

I was my own worst enemy. Beating myself up for my errors.

It took me a VERY long time to realize that the only thing that is truly productive is to be loving. Being loving is the only meaningful accomplishment.

Being loving is the only thing that’s truly helpful.

Why? Because whenever we’re being loving, then we’re being a healing presence in our lives and it ripples out to everyone.

My fear of not sticking to the plan and of non-accomplishment was really about my not feeling worthy of Love. I used to believe that my accomplishments and my rigid adherence to my plans would somehow prove that I was good enough and worthy of my own “seal of approval.”

Of course, the approval was only momentary and not permanent.

Love is permanent. Love is eternal and echoes throughout the universe.

Ego accomplishment is actually nothing in the view of the Spirit.

I finally realized that, while I believed I was upset because I wasn’t sticking to the ego’s plan for my day and for getting approval, I was ACTUALLY upset because I was allowing myself to believe that accomplishment was something that could improve my stature in the “Eyes of God.”

A Course in Miracles tells us, “I’m never upset for the reason I think.

When I’m upset, it’s always because I’m choosing to believe an opinion that isn’t true. Believing that I have to earn approval from God or from the ego will always bring upset.

Love is our healer because Love is our true identity.
Love is our DEFAULT SETTING.

Love doesn’t judge and Love doesn’t need approval. Only the ego judges and the ego doesn’t stop judging. It’s always offering the “carrot” of approval, the enticement of “being good enough,” but it dissolves like a mirage the moment we think we’re there. Tricky ego.

I’m so grateful to know that a major key to Peace is not being attached to plans. I AM learning to live in the flow of Love and, for me, that is the place of great safety and security. I love it and am grateful for this learning.

This awareness of non-attachment to plans is one of the most helpful and loving practices I’ve ever found. It blesses me every day, and it makes life so much easier for everyone I come in contact with because I’m not involving them in my upset.

Because of this simple practice of awareness of non-attachment, we can experience much greater Love in our lives and that’s healing so many other false beliefs and patterns of separation. We can live joy-FULLY.
Ka-ching!

The healing ripples out through all of our relationships and I AM grateful to live in gratitude for our ever-increasing awareness! WOO HOO!

We are so blessed at every moment. Daily, I ask the angels to surround and enfold me and help me to recognize my healing opportunities to release attachments and be a truly helpful and loving presence. Daily, I AM lifted into the Light and Love that I most deeply desire to know and share.

Blessings abound!

LAST CALL till next spring: If you’d like to do this work in a class with me, my Finding Freedom class just started and if you’d like to jump in, jump NOW. This is the perfect time for us to do this relationship healing work as the holidays are approaching. We can make such a difference in our own life and in our family. I see it every year at this time, since 2008 when I first started offering this class.

Every day I offer “My Shot of Spiritual Espresso.” I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation, and that’s beautiful to share!

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

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Life Purpose

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Many times people ask me to help them uncover their life purpose. I get it. People don’t feel successful in their life until they tap into living their life purpose. What I’ve realized is that our life purpose really isn’t about DOING anything. Only the ego wants to do lots of things in order to get recognition. The Spirit, our Higher Holy Spirit Self, knows that the whole reason for our existence is to express and reveal ourselves as Love.

Once you know your life purpose, life gets a whole lot better – if you’re willing to actually fulfill it. Here’s what I know about discovering your life purpose:

Being loving is your purpose in this world.

It’s my purpose, too.
It’s everyone’s life purpose!

Releasing the blocks to Love and healing the patterns of negative beliefs is our purpose, and being loving is the way we do that.

It’s so simple, many people aren’t satisfied with it because their ego can’t accept it. It doesn’t seem special enough. After all, anyone can do it.

When I began to accept my purpose for living as forgiving and being loving, then I began to tap into my highest potential and things really began to change. I AM so grateful I could see and accept my life purpose.

When you decide to really succeed at living your life purpose of being loving, then everything else will fall into place and you’ll find that each day offers remarkable fulfillment. When we choose to BE the Light and live the Light, then we cannot fail. The Light never fails.

We’re all blessed, so blessed, and when we’re being loving we know it.

You can live your life purpose!

LAST CALL UNTIL NEXT SPRING! If you’d like support in doing this work and in finding the inner courage to go for it and not give up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp 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!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp with ACIM Principles starts TODAY! I won’t be offering it again for about 6 months.

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Feelings Are Helpful

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

It’s intense right now for a lot of people. We see it in the news and we can feel it in the day-to-day. Things that don’t work anymore are falling apart so that there can be more Peace, Love, and Joy in our lives. When we’re not willing to let go of dysfunction, it starts to implode or explode in order to keep us from stagnating.

Sometimes the intensity of the unhealed patterns in our mind shows up as a surge of fear first thing in the morning or the last thing at night. It feels to me that there’s a real collective shift that’s going on – I’d venture to say we can all feel it. For those of us who are willing to wake up and be focused on being a truly helpful and loving presence in the world, we can really make a difference right now.

How?

Strengthen your commitment to not ruminating on what you don’t like and what you don’t want. Right now, resist giving any energy to what feels upsetting – but don’t deny or repress your feelings, unless you’d like to keep the drama and the trauma continues.

It’s not easy sometimes, but it’s SO valuable to simply be present with yourself.

Our feelings are incredibly valuable.

They help us to realize what’s true and what’s false.

“Pain is a wrong perspective.” A Course in Miracles, Lesson 190

Notice your feelings.

Stay alert to your feelings.

Your feelings indicate where your thinking is focused.

If you don’t feel peaceful, notice what you’re thinking about and hand it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. There’s truly no value and only difficulty when we try to go it alone. You can stop managing and coping with it and simply open your mind to the most loving choice. It will become clear to you, trust Spirit to show it to you.

It WILL be revealed to you and that will bring you new insight, new support, plus relief. Learning to trust Spirit leads to a deep and healing faith. The practice of trusting Spirit and trusting Love to be the best choice is SO worth it!

A Course in Miracles tells us that “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing.”

We’re in mind training.

It’s not easy.

It often doesn’t feel good.

It can feel excruciating at times.

Our Willingness to choose Love is the only pathway to higher ground and, fortunately, it ALWAYS leads us to higher ground. There really isn’t another choice, is there?

If you’d like support in doing this work and in finding the inner courage to go for it and not give up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp 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!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp with ACIM Principles starts TODAY! I won’t be offering it again for about 6 months.

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Growing Through Joy!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Plain and simple: The things that bother me are the things that trigger a false belief. When false beliefs are triggered, I’m more likely to look at them, feel them, and give them my awareness and attention.

Awareness and attention are how I can shine the Light of Love on the dark thoughts of lack and attack.

It might seem crazy to be grateful for things that irritate us. It doesn’t make sense to be thankful to people who push our buttons, does it?

Well, I’m grateful that my willingness has shown me that what irritates me and bothers me is actually extremely helpful to me because it alerts me to where I believe something that’s false and my upset is pushing me to let it go so I can experience more Peace.

It took me a very long time to realize that the things and people that seem to upset me the most are ways that Spirit has come to help me. We can open our minds through being pushed by the pain.

When I can identify the things in my mind that are untrue and that cause my suffering, then I can place my loving attention on them and let my opinions go. This is a daily practice. It’s a moment by moment practice that is healing my mind.

It’s so tempting to say that other people are the cause of our suffering.

It’s so tempting to say that circumstances are the cause of our upset.

But no matter how strongly attached we are to the belief that our upset is caused by someone else – it’s not going to be true.

A Course in Miracles tells us that we’re never upset for the reason we think.

When we hold unloving thoughts it upsets us. It infuriates us. It frightens us. It worries us. We can open ourselves to the healing of the Higher Holy Spirit Self and transcend the limiting beliefs of the past.

Let’s claim our healing today. A powerful step is to be grateful that we can recognize an irritant as being a false belief rising into our awareness for healing. Let’s choose our healing today and be that living example of Self-Love.

It’s too difficult and punishing to continue to manage and cope with being upset when we don’t have to. Suffering is optional.

It may seem difficult to imagine that we can learn by remembering the truth instead of experience. Instead of trying to understand it, let’s simply allow the Higher Holy Spirit Self to show us the way.

We are choosing to remember the truth today.

We are choosing to grow through Joy today.

If you’d like support in doing this work of growing through Joy, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp 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!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp with ACIM Principles starts TOMORROW! I won’t be offering it again for about 6 months.

Last Chance for
Worthiness Workshop!
TODAY

When we don’t feel connected to Spirit and supported by Spirit, or even when we fear god, it’s most likely a result of feeling unworthy. If you suspect that worthiness is your issue, then you might consider receiving my gift. My Worthiness Workshop this past weekend was such a hit, that I’m offering it again this week. Register to get my worksheet and fill it out. I’ll let you know when the next workshop is!

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Complaining Is A Habit We Can Quit

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

We’re all working on a single tapestry. It’s a tapestry of human life. Some of us are focused on weaving something exquisitely beautiful and may look like the life of someone like John McCain, who (whether you agree with his politics or not) was able to survive being imprisoned and go on to lead a happy and productive life in service to others.

Another person may be like the man I met in Cambodia two years ago who was part of a food collective in his town, where the whole town was working to recover from war, prosper, and raise their children well with more education than they had.

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

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

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

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

We don’t know what’s really going on.

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

I imagine that, from the Bodhisattva’s perspective, the entire tapestry is beautiful.

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

I had to realize that complaining only muddies up my life and my view of life.

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

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

The way to achieve my goal is to quit complaining.

Complaining has been such a strong habit for me.

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

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

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

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

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

If you’d like support in doing this work of untying the knots, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp 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!

Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp with ACIM Principles starts on Thursday! I won’t be offering it again for about 6 months.

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Self-Defense is Attack

Monday, October 7th, 2019

One mental habit that takes up a LOT of time and energy is defending ourselves. Here’s an example from an experience I witnessed years ago:

Someone says: I wish there was coffee. I’d really love a cup right now.

Defender: You never said you were going to want coffee, so I didn’t prepare for that. If you had let me know you were going to want coffee I could have gotten it for you. All you had to do is let me know, but you never said anything about coffee, even though we talked about what we’d do today three times. You never once brought it up. So, I had no way of knowing. You never said anything to me about coffee.

Someone: Right, I get it. You didn’t make any mistakes. I never thought about it until right now. It was just a thought “It would be nice to have coffee now.” It’s not a big deal. I don’t need any coffee.

Defender: It’s not my fault there’s no coffee. You never mentioned that you might want coffee. I had no idea that you might want coffee. If I’d known, I could have prepared. I would have been happy to get you some coffee and have it ready for you if I’d known, but you never said anything.

Someone: It’s cool. Not a problem. You didn’t do anything wrong.

Defender: But if you’d just told me, you could have had what you wanted. I could have done that for you. I just had no way to know because you never said anything.

Someone: I get it. Can we please stop talking about this now?

Many of us have some version of this defensive habit.

It’s another way that we can recognize that we have a deep-seated belief that we’re bad, wrong, not enough, too much, unlovable, unworthy and it’s all a big hoax.

All of that mental gymnastics takes a lot of energy and it’s wearisome to everyone involved. How do we get out of the pattern?

Here’s what I did: I simply started to notice it and to notice that when I was defending myself I didn’t feel good. My Peace felt temporarily gone. I learned to stop mid-sentence and do a u-turn.

Instead of defending myself, I started to simply take 100% responsibility for everything that was happening and eliminate all blame.

I have found that taking 100% responsibility without any blame eases my pain, and that’s a worthwhile gain!

Try it and see for yourself!

Are you SO ready to give up the self-attack and self-defense patterns? True and lasting healing is available to us when we stop blocking the flow with regrets and resentments. If you’re interested in help with that, check out my Finding Freedom Spiritual Boot camp class which starts on Thursday, October 10.

Last Chance for Worthiness Workshop!
TODAY and Wednesday this week.

When we don’t feel connected to Spirit and supported by Spirit, or even when we fear God, it’s most likely a result of feeling unworthy. If you suspect that worthiness is your issue, then you might consider receiving my gift. My “Worthiness” Workshop this past weekend was such a hit that I’m offering it again this week. Register to get my worksheet and fill it out. I’ll let you know when the next workshop is!

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Never Too Late

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Do you avoid people who seem stuck in their stories?

One thing that I see happens to a lot of spiritual students, myself included, is we develop aversions to people who are doing the same things we fear doing – such as complaining, whining, using negative affirmations and appearing to be stuck in their story.

We’re so afraid of sliding back down that we have forgotten the way up.

The way UP is through compassion, cultivating our loving heart and extending Love.
That’s the ONLY way.

When someone appears to be stuck in their story, whining and complaining, it’s the perfect opportunity for US to have healing and share the benefits with everyone.

My recent workshops on worthiness have made it abundantly clear that almost everyone feels, at least somewhat, unlovable and unworthy in some ways. And many, if not most, feel inherently unworthy. It’s an epidemic.

When someone is stuck in their story and speaking like a victim, even if they appear to be a bully or super confident, they may trigger our own deep sense of unworthiness — hence the aversion.

Yet, their cry for Love is our opportunity to extend Love and to be truly helpful, truly healing.

The temptation is to get away or shut them down, or make them wrong for seeming to be stuck in their story. That’s just affirming that worthiness, Love, compassion, and kindness have to be earned. It perpetuates the false belief that we’re not worthy of Love.

If we’ve shut someone down in the past, we can pray for them and bless them now. It’s never too late.

Remember what A Course in Miracles tells us at the end of Chapter V in the Text:

The Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I let Him.

This is our healing opportunity.
Let’s take it right now.
Who can you think of that you made feel guilty, wrong or bad because of your reaction?
Bless them right now.

Choose healing for yourself and them right now.

For the longest time, I thought others were to blame for my unhappiness. When I wasn’t blaming others, I was thinking that it was because there was something wrong with me.

I felt unlovable because I’d been mean and unkind so many times.
I punished others anytime I felt threatened.
And that just affirmed how wrong I was.

Through diligent effort and great willingness, I’ve discovered that the only problem I had was that I was willing to put my opinions in between me and Spirit and between me and my fellow beings. The more I clear the way, the more I am clear that there really is no problem at all – only a belief in a problem.

Next time you feel upset, and you know it’s because of some opinion you have (about yourself or someone else) that you feel you just have to hold onto, consider this: Our opinions ALWAYS block the flow of good in our life.

We can trick ourselves into believing that we can hold a block to Love in our mind and it’s not REALLY going to make much difference. But I’ve had it proven to me, time and again, that this belief is completely false. Every opinion and every judgment is a block to Love.

Since Love is the only healer for any issue in our life, let’s get out of the way of the healing. It’s within our power when we Partner UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self!

I’m so much happier and have so much more Freedom, not because circumstances have changed in my life, but because I’m not blocking the flow of the All Good in my mind.

I’m more in the flow, not because of circumstances changing around me, but because I’m more receptive to the All Good because I am aware that I am worthy and all are worthy. I am willing and grateful to receive from many – I am open to others helping me, teaching me, sharing with me and going with me.

Next time someone really bothers you, ask yourself “Am I actually willing to block the flow of healing, Wholeness, Prosperity, Love, Beauty, Prosperity, Harmony and JOY in my life in order to hold onto this upset?

And if you are, sit yourself down and give yourself a hug until you change your mind!

Let’s all invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self into our mind so we can carry a different tune and a higher vibration.

If we’re willing, Spirit will work through us.
Because there is only One Mind and one life
— all boats rise with our loving heart!

Spirit moves through the open door of our hearts. Spirit pauses and patiently waits at the closed door. We choose how we’ll experience this day. If your heart has been closed all day and you find yourself brushing your teeth before bed – it’s the perfect time to open to Spirit and go higher before you retire.

In a world where time and space are an illusion,
it’s never too late to change our minds.
Only the ego needs to cling to the decisions of the past.

My ability to change my mind and change my tune is a strength. The more I relinquish the false beliefs and am willing to see myself and others in perfect Wholeness, the more Beauty, Love, Prosperity, Joy, and Freedom I feel.

Having proven it to myself, I’m inspired to go all the way to awakening, Ascension, and Enlightenment. Let’s go together!

If you’d like to do this work in a class with me, my Finding Freedom class starts on Thursday, October 10.

This is the perfect time for us to do this work, as the holidays are approaching.
We can make such a difference in our own lives and in our family.
I see it every year at this time since 2008 when I first started offering this class.

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

Every day I offer “My Shot of Spiritual Espresso.” I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation, and that’s beautiful to share!

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

So much healing is available to us when we stop blocking the flow with regrets and resentments. If you’re interested in help with that, check out my Finding Freedom Spiritual Boot camp class which starts on Thursday, October 10.

When we don’t feel connected to Spirit and supported by Spirit, or even when we fear God, it’s most likely a result of feeling unworthy. If you suspect that worthiness is your issue, then you might consider receiving my gift. My “Worthiness Workshop” this past weekend was such a hit, that I’m offering it again this week. Register to get my worksheet and fill it out. I’ll let you know when the next workshop is!

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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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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Amazing But True!

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Life astounds me sometimes! One of the things I’ve learned is that when things don’t go as planned, I’m not bothered by it UNLESS I judge it – and that is always my decision. I can choose the option.

The more I practice SELF-forgiveness, the less sticky the judgments are. And that is SO COOL!

When we judge, judge, judge we feel SO unworthy, unlikable, and bad. It’s a vicious circle.

We can extract ourselves by disconnecting from our judgments.

When I made the commitment to make this inner shift of consciousness to practicing true forgiveness and non-judgment. it was, at times, excruciating. I really found it DEEPLY challenging.

That shift of awareness to realize how much pain I was causing myself by choosing to judge was sudden, but then I had to implement the change. I remember how challenging it was for me and how much I judged myself for judging!

Judge, judge, judge!

What I’ve learned is that we judge ourselves so deeply and constantly that we don’t even realize it. It’s like a fish in the water doesn’t realize that the water is wet.

We’re swimming in the sea of judgments and don’t even realize that’s what they are.

When people start my Finding Freedom boot camp class and they begin to practice non-judgment, they are often amazed at how strong the habit of judging is. If they’re willing to put the tools to work they get leverage, and the attachment to the judgments begins to fall away and the Freedom is found – it was there all along, underneath our attack thoughts.

It’s such a relief to realize we CAN break free of the intensity of density. It’s so valuable and empowering to hold in mind that we CAN have a healing, and that we can put Spirit in charge of it. Spirit doesn’t know failure.

Have you put Spirit in charge of your healing? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Let’s join together for our Freedom! Thank you!

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Full Moon Freedom

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Yesterday started the full moon, which is GREAT! It’s great because full moon is a time of release and harvest. Release that which no longer serves you and harvest the Wisdom of your learning.

It seemed to me that this last month since the June full moon has been ALL about releasing the patterns of divisiveness, separation and self-hatred. Full moon energy can support us in our release of the blocks to Love through self-forgiveness, and then we can reap the learning from our experiences.

Now’s the time!

If you noticed this past month was SUPER intense, you were right! If you noticed you were holding onto old pain patterns that were coming up for healing and the pain was pushing you, then please know it’s not that something’s wrong with you – it’s the way things are when we’re actively praying for healing, but still resisting.

Total surrender really is the way to go. We’re all going to surrender every last opinion, judgment, regret, resentment, jealousy, hurt, worry, doubt, shame and blame eventually, so why not let it all go now?

Instead of hanging onto all that stuff, we can look for ways to be helpful. It’s a lot more rewarding, fun and fruitful to be of service to ourselves and others.

It’s very important for all of us to know now that acting out of resentment, playing mind games, pretending, and living in denial – we’ve all done so much of it, we’ve learned all we can. So until we let it go, it’s just going to get more and more difficult.

No kidding. We’re living in the time of instant karma. We’ve asked for assistance to let go of all the things we hurt ourselves with. The intensity of density that people are feeling is the constant reminder to choose heaven instead. It might feel really hard, but it’s actually so simple – but it does require a leap of faith, and that’s not something the ego will ever agree to, so you align with Spirit, make the leap and remember to laugh. Remember, we’re all going to surrender every last opinion, judgment, regret, resentment, jealousy, hurt, worry, doubt, shame and blame eventually, so why not let it all go now? Why wait?

Everything is aligning for us to feel more supported, held and carried in our spiritual awakening. Of course, if you’re experiencing a lot of resistance and reluctance to shift and change, you may still be feeling an intense amount of pressure to give up what no longer serves. What we don’t surrender with grace sometimes gets taken from us.

To relieve the pressure, release the attachment to your perspective and your belief.

Whether we like it or not, there’s no way around it. Now is the time for us to give up what doesn’t serve and to get with the awakening program. If we’re not actively and gratefully accepting it, it will feel like an energetic pressure, pushing and prodding us. Fortunately, the blocks to Love don’t help us, so we can immediately begin to feel so much tangible benefit when we release them to Spirit for lifting and shifting.

If you’re feeling called to release things in the world of form, remember — the main thing we have to do is release the attachment to people, places and things. Once we release the attachment, then things can naturally align in the most loving way.

Late yesterday we had a full moon on top of a lunar eclipse. This is a powerful alignment that supports our goal of awakening. Enjoy the energy boosts and make plans to do extra spiritual practice today!

I thought I’d share with you a really simple and, for me, powerful and healing ceremony you can do on your own or with friends. Do it today or tomorrow while we’re still in this full moon energy.

Even though it’s early summer where I am, it’s the perfect time to do a full moon Wisdom harvest.

Full moon represents the time to harvest the learning we’ve had and be grateful for it.

We can always harvest the learning we’ve rejected any time of year.

Anything we’ve been holding in resentment, regret, hurt, blame or shame can be brought to a harvest of the learning through our willingness. It may seem crazy, but the mental/emotional shift that turns the tide of upset is to be grateful for things as they are. Our gratitude raises our vibration so that we can see, hear, feel, and know, more clearly, the learning and benefit that’s encoded into every single thing in our lives.

This can be a time of harvest! When we’re actively harvesting the learning from our experiences then we don’t have to repeat them! It’s just like when we learn how to do anything, we don’t have to keep repeating it once you get it. When we keep having the same repeat experiences, then it’s a sure sign we’re rejecting the learning and believing that the meaning we’ve made of things – our interpretations – are correct.

If we’re still upset about something that happened, we’re not correct. The upset is the Divine Alarm Clock going off to let us know that our thinking is incorrect and can be corrected. It’s that old “Would you rather be right or happy?” It’s your life, you choose.

Full moon is also for releasing what is no longer desired and what no longer serves.

Release the blocks to Love to harvest the Wisdom as more Love flows in your life. To me, this is about purification. It’s about celebrating that I can let go of the burdens, the negative patterns and suffering of the past.

We can put an end to our own personal crucifixion and begin our resurrection!

Here’s the moon where I am, rising over the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Full moon is a fun time to have a ceremony.

Right now, when so much changing is going on – a ceremony can be something helpful to shift the energy and welcome the healing changes! The full moon is now, so today or tomorrow, gather loved ones, friends and family to make it a Harvest & Release celebration!

I always begin with being clear about my intention and WHY I’m doing what I’m doing.

I appreciate starting with setting of intention.
I intend to release what doesn’t serve me and harvest the Wisdom I’ve been blocking.

Light a white candle
Have a glass of water.
You can consecrate your space with offerings of smudge and prayer.

It’s powerful to write out what no longer serves and is being released. If you have friends with you, you may wish to share what you’ve written specifically or generally. No pressure on that. Make it a safe space.

It’s nice to have a fire to place the offerings of what you’ve written in – a fire puja is always lovely – offering prayers to the fire as well as any writing – release it all! You can do that in a backyard fire pit, fireplace or a burning bowl. I love that part!

Open your heart to what you’d like to call into your life. Set your intention for expansion and clarity, purity and joy – what you’d like to experience this season! I always focus on how I’d like to feel and am careful not to get attached to how things show up in form. Focus on what the feeling you’d like to have more of.

More prayer, chanting, dancing, having a meal – these are all wonderful. Dance to celebrate your willingness to have a healing! May your release be complete and your heart be cleared for lift-off in the Light!

Release the patterns of pain, the attachments to suffering and feelings of victimhood – that’s a lot to celebrate! Woo-hoo!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out my two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now you can register for my “How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive, which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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I Choose Liberation!

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

I was in prison for many years – imprisoned by my own judgments and opinions. I was tortured by my own doubt and fear. In the prison of my own thought I saw no escape, although I dreamed of one. My days could only be half-lived, because although I knew I wasn’t free, I didn’t know that it was something I had to choose.

What’s amazing to me now, looking back, I can clearly see that I was the one who had decided that I wasn’t free. I was the one who had decided that others had done this to me. I was the one who decided that I was trapped. I was the one who decided I couldn’t find the way out.

I can see now that I had made a lot of decisions. I have to wonder why I thought being a victim was so attractive. I am so VERY grateful that I’ve learned the extraordinary value of taking responsibility. I am so grateful for my own capacity to let things that are hurting me GO! Bye-bye!
Jesus taught us that the truth will set us free. When I heard that from inside my prison cell, it sounded wonderful. I could feel that it was true. Still, I didn’t know HOW to use the truth to set me free.

It was a while before I even allowed myself to consider that I could be free. It took a while, because I didn’t want to desire something I didn’t think I could have.

Eventually the pain of continuing to live imprisoned by my judgments became so great that I allowed myself to desire liberation.

Then, because I was finally TRULY interested in liberation, one day I woke up and realized that I could actively choose Freedom. It was within my power to choose. I understood that I could deliberately choose whom I would serve that day. I could continue to suffer, or I could choose to serve Love. In that moment, I believed something different was possible. Emancipation was at hand.

A Course In Miracles teaches me that I cannot find light by analyzing darkness. I must choose the light. It says, “You have not made truth, but truth can still set you free.”

I remember my personal Independence Day clearly. I was sitting in a tent in the Andes mountains just before dawn. That morning, I awoke to the knowledge that I’d been living my life in the shadows. I’d been facing away from the Light of my own being.

Somehow, deliberately walking into the darkness had become my path. In that early morning sunrise stillness, I consciously decided to turn and face the Light in my own Spirit, and I took that first step toward Freedom with my whole heart.

I started making some new decisions. I decided to become as loving as it was possible for me to become. I didn’t dare imagine that I could ever arrive at a place of being truly loving within this lifetime, but I didn’t mind that. I decided to head in that direction, and focused on where I was going and not when I would arrive. I was “Joy-full” just to know that the direction I was heading in was a place I actually wished to be.

Immediately after making that decision to become as loving as I possibly could, I saw clearly my choice to focus on being loving NOW. It was my choice and no one else’s. I didn’t have to wait. I didn’t need anyone’s permission. I was not a victim of circumstance. I was completely free to follow my desire. I set my intention, and in that moment I had the key that unlocked the door. That day was my day of the beginning of my Liberation – because I decided to choose it.

Deciding is so important. Only you can decide for yourself.

Today I am free to choose to serve Love and to let Love serve me. Love is the only power there is. By choosing Love, my walk in the world is a walk of feeling powered, and my ever-widening path of Freedom is something I can share with many. Thank you for sharing this Independence Day with me! May you and your loved ones always feel blessed!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

If you find my “Daily Spiritual Espresso” and “Prayer for Today” helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the “LIKE” button? Also, please like and comment on posts on Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

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Irritation

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

I used to be irritated a lot of the time. I was constantly taking offense and feeling frustrated. I was 100% convinced that the world was doing it to me, and that it wasn’t my fault. I had a strong need to assign blame – that’s a cornerstone of the ego thought system – and I deflected the blame onto the world.

I was upset because of what was happening on the screen of my life, and I had no intention to take responsibility for how I felt or what was occurring in my life. Blame, blame, blame was my game.

Now I am keenly aware that giving up that habit of blaming, and cultivating the habit of taking responsibility, has freed my mind and my heart in so many ways. I would never have believed it if you’d told me things worked this way.

No one could have convinced me that giving up judging and blaming would bring me Peace.

I wouldn’t have ever accepted that the constant irritation I used to feel was emanating from my own judgments and my own world view, and not from the world at all.

It’s such a relief to feel comfortable and at ease most of the time.
It’s a tremendous asset to not be distracted by upset on a regular basis.

People are often remarking at how much I accomplish. First, I get a lot of help from an EXTRAORDINARY team of people. Second, I don’t waste time being upset or ruminating about the past. I practice true forgiveness, and so can you.

Doing the forgiveness work in community is so powerful. We inspire each other to keep going and reach new heights. It’s like climbing a spiral staircase together.

My life went from being confusing and a constant hassle to being a beautiful journey with beautiful people. I love it! Thank you for being my Prayer Partner today!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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Love Investment

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Just think how many previous life times we’ve all had where we were laboring almost every waking hour just to survive – hunting and harvesting food, preparing it, washing clothes by hand, doing EVERYTHING by hand, carrying water, focused almost entirely on the basic necessities of life. Consider how many of those lifetimes we wished for just a little more free time. If only we didn’t have to tend the sheep and pick the cotton, weave the fabric and whatever else was necessary in order to be able to make the clothes to wear on our back.

If only we didn’t have to wash all those clothes by hand and mend them time after time. If only we didn’t have to spend so much time preparing the soil to grow the food to sustain us and the animals we tended, in order that we could have food to prepare, cook and eat. If only we had some help with the dishes and the cleaning.

If only we didn’t have to sweep the floors once or twice a day and empty the ashes from the fireplace constantly, and chop and bring in the wood in order to enjoy that fire and keep from freezing to death. If only the soap we used wasn’t so harsh on our skin. If only there was some way to keep our teeth lasting longer. If only there was a machine to make the cappuccino!

If only there was some way we could be educated enough to read and write so that we could discover the sacred texts and write down the stories and thoughts that are always in our minds. If only we could communicate with our far away loved ones more often and feel connected. If only it didn’t take so long to walk to town to get the basic necessities and the news of the day.

For thousands of years, most of us were thinking these thoughts. How many lifetimes we were we enslaved in the mines, in the fields, in households and in all manner of situations where we longed for just the freedom to decide how we would invest our time for one day?

Now, we have all these modern conveniences. How many of us make our clothes from the cotton we grew or the sheep we raised? Not many.

How many of us still wash our clothes or our dishes mostly by hand?

Obviously, you know how to read or you wouldn’t be reading this. If you feel like staying up late reading, you probably can, without fear of running out of electricity or wasting your precious homemade candles or expensive oil.

Running to the store a mile a way to get some milk or bread takes about 10 minutes. If you’d like to call your friend or loved one thousands of miles away or even just on the other side of your home, you can do it instantly. With skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp, you can even do it at zero cost. AND you can see them!

What an amazing time we live in.

All the lifetimes we longed for freedom of religion and freedom of spiritual practice and almost everyone who is reading this has that freedom and knows it.

This year, let’s really live in appreciation that we’ve actually been able to manifest the ideal circumstances for our spiritual growth, practice and awakening. Every single one of us, no matter how busy we are, can always do less of the meaningless things and more of the meaningFULL things.

It’s really worth contemplating this: What will you invest more of your precious time and energy resources in this day, this week, this month, that can REALLY change your life? What are you actually willing to DO that’s different. Even 1 hour a week can make a huge difference! That would be 52 hours in a year!

Your whole life would really change with an investment in Spirit of just one hour per week of devotional practice and prayer.

We have the freedom to invest wisely – let’s do it!

How will you put Love first all through your day, each minute given to Love is an investment in Prosperity, Joy, Freedom, Wholeness and the all Good of God?

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

If you find my “Daily Spiritual Espresso” and “Prayer for Today” helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the “LIKE” button? Also, please like and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

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I AM Eternal

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Yay! Finding Freedom From Fear, my spiritual boot camp class started yesterday, and it is such a joy to activate into that beautiful program! One of the questions that came in our class last night was about time. It can sometimes seem like there’s not enough time to do everything that we have to do or would like to do.

I used to feel SO pressured by the thought that “There’s not enough time.” I finally decided to put my spiritual foot down and get rid of that issue. ENOUGH!

As spiritual students, most of us say that we believe that time is an illusion. We say we believe that we’re eternal. Well, since that IS true, let’s begin to at least act as though we believe it’s true.

I decided to stop arguing with time.
I decided to stop complaining about time.
I decided to be willing to KNOW that time is indeed an illusion and I AM eternal.

I began to have experiences of time that were unusual.

I had an experience where time seemed to stop so that I could complete a task. I was watching the clock, but the time wasn’t moving. Interesting.

I had an experience in traffic one day that should have been at least 2x as long as it actually was. A trip that was about 3 hours became 90 minutes and that wasn’t even possible, but it still happened.

What I was talking about in Finding Freedom From Fear today is that spiritual practice is a BIG time saver. The ego mindset is that spiritual practice is a time waster. The more we get into the flow of Love, the easier things are. Spiritual practice, when it’s effective, will reduce the experience of problems and generate ease and grace that is unbelievable to the ego identified person.

The invitation is to remember that we are all eternal, infinite and so are our relationships.

Let the healing expand and become our highest priority!

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The Guiltless Mind Does Not Suffer

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

One reason children are so light and happy is that they don’t feel guilty – yet. Many people use the threat of guilt as a motivator.  Some use guilt to keep them playing small and avoid taking risks.  I’ve certainly been guilty of both!

I’ve talked with many people who don’t fully enjoy their life because they feel it would be selfish and they’d feel guilty.  Many people even feel guilty just for taking care of themselves – as though good Self-care somehow is putting themselves first, which is selfish.  Selfish is bad and wrong.

The guilty mind punishes again and again.

Self-punishment is a strong motivator for many people. and it keeps them in a loop, like a hamster on a wheel, repeating a limited and unhappy existence. It is our destiny to live a joyful life, and A Course in Miracles is the mind-training to help us get there!

It’s interesting how many people believe they should feel guilty for taking care of themselves. One of the biggest challenges I see at work in many people’s minds is this belief that it’s better to give than to receive. How could that be true when there is only One? It’s insanity. The only place to give to is Spirit, and the only place to receive from is Spirit. How could giving be better than receiving? It’s so important, and valuable, and healing, and nourishing to be receptive to Spirit’s guidance and flow of Love. Without that, we wither and die, literally!

The ego thought system is diabolically opposed to itself!

The ego believes that taking care of yourself is selfish, which is bad and wrong. The ego believes that we’re supposed to give and give and give and give in order to get the Love, approval, attention and affection that we want and need. We end up believing that we have to give and give and give in order to earn Love, thereby reinforcing the idea that we’re separate from Love.

The ego believes that others are selfish, bad, and wrong if they don’t appreciate all that we’re giving to them. They should reciprocate by giving us everything that we need. It’s all lunacy. Time for a healing!

When we don’t take good care of ourselves, when we over-give and give in order to get something back, then we’re going to feel depleted and it’s not because someone made us or we did it for someone else. Over-giving to depletion is a choice that is a form of self-sabotage, and it’s time for us to let it go! We over-give because we believe in lack. Over-giving is an affirmation of lack.
Some spiritual students believe that suffering and martyrdom are somehow holy. This has been taught for thousands of years.

Suffering and martyrdom are the OPPOSITE of holy.
Suffering and martyrdom are pure ego.

It’s our responsibility to take good care of ourselves and keep our wellspring of energy, radiance and luminosity full.

There are no extra points for running on empty.

No one can maintain our radiance for us – this is ours to do. If you feel guilty taking good care of yourself consider this: If you live in service to the Light, then everything you do to make sure you are a brightly shining Light brings benefit to all. It’s not selfish to take good care of yourself, it’s another act of service to the Light!

Eliminating these thought patterns is exactly what my Finding Freedom Spiritual Boot Camp class is all about. This is where our Freedom is revealed. Freedom is already our natural state underneath all of the punishing thoughts we’ve adopted.

Managing and coping with painful patterns isn’t healing, and it’s not loving.

What can you do today to care for yourself with kindness?

One thing we can ALL do is give the guilt, known and unknown, recognized and unrecognized, to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. Let the suffering be OVER! This is our time of Love & Freedom!

FINDING FREEDOM FROM FEAR starts TOMORROW!
I haven’t offered Finding Freedom From Fear, my Spiritual Boot Camp class with ACIM principles in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! Don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love.  We’re doing it together!

Register now or  Click here now to book an exploratory call to learn more.

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