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Life Purpose

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

After being a Spiritual Counselor for 19 years and training others to be Spiritual Counselors for 5 years, I’ve learned that a lot of people have their life purpose staring them in the face and they don’t even see it.

Our life purpose isn’t a DOING, it’s a way of BEING. How could it be our purpose in life to DO something when doing things in this world is temporary?

Cultivating a way of being is something that adds value for eternity.

We often invest much of our life in trying to do things that are just avoiding cultivating the inner qualities of Love, compassion, Beauty, Wisdom, Harmony, Wholeness.

We can chase Prosperity, achieve wealth, all the while not understanding or feeling Prosperity.

Our life purpose is written in our soul, and when we tap into it, every part of our life starts to come alive with that purpose.

And then we feel TRULY connected with Spirit.

Can we live our purpose and be unloving, unkind, and lacking in compassion? I don’t think so.

If we’re not feeling connected with Spirit, it’s because we’re invested in the blocks to Love rather than in being loving. We can be more loving. I can be more loving and you can be more loving. It comes from the heart, not from the mind.

If this topic interests you, check out my radio show today! I have been living my purpose for many years now, and it’s the best feeling. I don’t feel worried or afraid and I’m enjoying my life. That’s the value of living my purpose.

It’s my spiritual practice that carried me to this place, and it’s not because I’m a professional spiritual teacher and counselor. I could just as easily still be working in the theatre, film, TV. Effective spiritual practice is HOW I changed my life.

Whatever your career path, whether your retired or not, you can still live your purpose. Our purpose is in the WAY we live our life, not what we’re doing.

Do you feel like you’re living your life purpose or still searching? Please share anything related in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you! Thank you!

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

Are you interested in joining me? I had so much miraculous healing in my family and in my heart that I had to share it with others. That’s why 11 years ago, I created a boot camp class called Family Freedom. The very first time I offered it, shortly after my mother’s passing in 2008, people also had amazing and miraculous healing. I realized that the curriculum was really all about applying the ACIM principles in a way that brought Freedom from fear, and so I’ve continued to work on this class and update it and now I call it Finding Freedom From Fear.

This class is so powerful and transformative that it’s also a requirement for my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program.

I haven’t offered this class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Madness

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Last week felt like a week of madness. Sometimes I talk about “spiritual weather” or energies that I’m feeling that seem to be affecting us all. I don’t pretend to be an expert on these matters, but I do find that people appreciate when I can share what I notice is going on.

Last week, on Sunday, I felt as though I really wished to completely retreat from the world. I went to Kundalini Yoga class. I did some work, had a meeting, I celebrated my brother’s birthday with family. but I really wasn’t up for much connection with others.

Monday was the day that Notre Dame caught on fire. I prayed about it, but didn’t wish to focus on it, as I had a lot of work to do that day, counseling, plus teaching, and I kept my focus.

That night I was awakened in the 3 o’clock hour to pray. I can tell when Spirit wakes me up to pray, it’s a different kind of waking in the middle of the night. I sometimes wake in that 3 o’clock hour and use the restroom, pray, and go immediately back to sleep for another couple of hours. Not on Monday.

I got up to pee, started praying, and began to notice a very intense, oppressive energy that seemed to be all over the planet affecting all humanity. I kept praying until about 7 a.m. and the whole time I felt that I was helping to lift off a dark energy. I can’t say I’ve felt anything just like that before. It felt like a battle.

Finally I decided, “Enough.” And I moved into my day.

Later that day I was talking with friends and discovered that as they were putting out the fire in Notre Dame, there were fires in two Buddhist temples in the United States. I later learned there was a fire at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is considered to be the third holiest site in Christianity. Perhaps there were more fires in religious sites and communities I’m not aware of.

On Wednesday, I told another friend about how strange the feeling was on Monday night, and she confirmed that it had woken her and several other of her friends around the world. It was a real happening.

Last week, I felt some of the energies that I used to feel when I was really freaking out in the ego muck and mire. I was grateful that, while they were intense, I could easily rise above them and not succumb.

For me that energy can feel very “wiry,” like I’ve had WAY, WAY, WAY too much caffeine, or there’s major fear, a major threat. There is no safety. Fear rules. That’s the best way I can describe it. It does feel like madness to me, and that’s the thing about the ego thought system – it is inherently mad. A tiny, mad idea blown up and writ large on our psyche.

My practice of prayer and mindfulness allows me to recognize these things, but not to give in. It can feel like a strong temptation to go with that intense energy – it used to feel very magnetic, pulling me into it’s whirlpool of madness.

I can remember one of the last times I felt it very strongly and it definitely felt like madness.

I’d like to know if you felt any of these – please share with me in the comments below.

What I’ve learned and demonstrated is that prayer is a powerful practice of lifting above the battleground. Choices we can’t even conceive of become available to us when we seek the Kingdom rather than trying to solve “the problem.”

We don’t have to pray for anything except Peace and Harmony. That is the perfect prayer. We pray to release the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow ourselves to be lifted and carried above the battleground.

Very important: and this cannot be over emphasized, resist the temptation to label, analyze, interpret, make meaning of what your experience is. That just keeps us in it. Spirit knows all about it. It’s an ego attachment to try to label and make meaning of things. It’s not helpful.

If we’re truly interested in knowing what things are for, we can open our mind and ask Spirit to make it plain.

Simply focus on releasing the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow Spirit to inform us. But even that isn’t necessary for us to be lifted and carried above the battleground. Our willingness is ALL that is required. It’s our willingness to let go of trying to understand that liberates our mind to actually know.

I’m so grateful for the power tool of prayer that is my foundation. Prayer got me through last week feeling better than ever. I am grateful!

Please share anything related in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you! Thank you!

Are you interested in joining me? I had so much miraculous healing in my family and in my heart that I had to share it with others. That’s why 11 years ago, I created a boot camp class called Family Freedom. The very first time I offered it, shortly after my mother’s passing in 2008, people also had amazing and miraculous healing. I realized that the curriculum was really all about applying the ACIM principles in a way that brought Freedom from fear, and so I’ve continued to work on this class and update it and now I call it Finding Freedom From Fear.

This class is so powerful and transformative that it’s also a requirement for my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program.

I haven’t offered this class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

 

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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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Choosing Resurrection

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

It’s Easter morning, the sun is rising here in New Jersey, and I’m going to share a bit of my crucifixion journey with you.

I wasn’t nailed to a cross.
I wasn’t tortured by someone else.

The pain of it was that I was doing it to myself. I was torturing myself.

The primary way that I made life so hard and painful for myself was the way in which I chose to look at everything – which was completely under my control.

I was a fault-finder. I was a chronic complainer. My trust and faith were in my own opinions, and my own ability to control and manipulate people with anger. And until I changed that, I was the perpetrator of my own crucifixion.

I expected to be let down by others.
I expected to be rejected.

Sometimes I would even hurry the process of disappointment and dejection so that I could just get past the inevitable.

Right now, I’m very blessed and I’m highly aware of it. We’re at a place in the Masterful Living Curriculum (my yearlong course) where I get to have 1-on-1 meetings with the folks in class. I get to know them better and learn about what’s most important to them. I really LOVE this opportunity to get to know people from all over the world who are on this personal healing journey together with me.

One of the most common things I hear from folks is that they have been in A Course in Miracles Study Groups and studying ACIM for years with little sense of really shifting their life and relieving their challenges. I can SO relate to that. For years they studied and took classes, went to retreats, meditated, and did all kinds of things without finding a whole lot of relief or a deepening connection with God.

They tell me that in just a short period of doing the work in our classes they are having more healing, more expansion, more connection with Spirit than in YEARS of study.

That’s exactly what happened for me.
I was still finding myself writhing in emotional pain for the mistakes I was making in my relationships and in life. I was constantly judging myself for not being good enough —

EVEN THOUGH I was studying spirituality ALL THE TIME.
The only conclusion I could come to was that “It must be me. Something’s wrong with ME.”
And there was my crucifixion.

Until, I decided to go for it.
To really LIVE it, for REAL.
To be ALL-IN.

And stop kidding myself.
For REAL.

Deep down, we know that spiritual growth and healing isn’t an intellectual process.
We really do KNOW it.

In our heart, we know that we’re hiding behind the study and the books.
Even though we WANT the changes, in our heart, we’re not willing to do what it takes,
… and we KNOW it.

We know that being half-baked, kind of-sort of “in” doesn’t heal our mind.

I was a student for so long – searching and trying and studying.
I was a really good student.
I was good at seeking, but not REALLY finding.

Now I feel more like a devotee or a disciple.
Devotion is a way of life. It’s a way of being.

And I get that it’s not for everyone.
But it has been my path of greatest happiness, fulfillment, Joy, and success in my relationships and in my contributions to life.

I’ll be honest, I avoided this shift of going ALL-IN because I thought I’d have to give up the things I enjoyed and the pleasures in life. I really didn’t want to give those up, because I felt like that’s all I had.

I have had more than one person tell me that they didn’t go ALL-IN because they didn’t want to give up one or more of these things:

  • Nightly ice cream
  • Glass or 2, or 3 of wine
  • Binge-watching TV
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Blaming someone for their problems

I had all of those. I did. I didn’t want to give up any of that, and more. Cigarettes.

I really truly used to feel that those “pleasures” were ALL that I had.
Those indulgences were all that was “for me”. Everything else was for someone else, and it was hard, and difficult, and confusing and NOT FUN.

Those “pleasures” were all that stood between me and total unhappiness.

As I write these words on Easter morning, I’m remembering what that crucifixion energy felt like for me.

My shift didn’t happen overnight or because I read a book.
My shift came through really LIVING the teachings of A Course in Miracles.
I began to apply it day by day.
I began to focus on the practical application, and I made that the focus of my life.

Now I can see that I made the RESURRECTION the focus of my life, instead of the crucifixion.

ACIM Lesson 190 tell us “Pain is a wrong perspective.”

I shifted my focus from looking at the past and reliving the crucifixion
– to living in the present, choosing resurrection.

All I’ve really had to give up is the causes of my suffering.
I gave them to Spirit for healing, and they have been healed.

I have challenges every day, but I don’t suffer.

And my own personal repeating patterns of crucifixion.

This weekend we’ve had Passover and Easter, as well as a full moon. It’s a time to take stock and, for me, it’s a time to choose resurrection.

I am releasing all vestiges of the crucifixion.
I am focused on resurrection.

I am choosing resurrection of the awareness of my true identity. This is my focus and my intent.

IMPORTANT: I’m committed to releasing the habits of learning through the contrast of my experiences, and I am choosing to dedicate and devote myself to remembering the truth instead.

Experience is wonderful.
I’m not giving it up.
But that’s not how I prefer to learn anymore.
I’m willing to have direct insight and follow it.

I’m more clear than ever that we can remember the truth, rather than try to understand it through experiential learning, which takes time. And that’s what I share in my classes: How to become that active, happy learner rather than having to repeat the same painful patterns for years on end while our ego becomes so spiritual trying to learn what our Spirit already knows and the ego never will.

Through my practice of prayer, in the way ACIM teaches, I learned that what Earnest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, said is true: “The only time it takes to have a healing is the time that it takes to have a realization.” Our realization of our own Wholeness, Beauty and perfection is at hand. The time is now. It’s our belief that healing takes time that we must surrender. It’s a false construct that no longer serves us.

We are in the time of transfiguration and resurrection.
We can have a realization of Wholeness now.

Because we have believed healing takes time, it seemed to be so.
It’s not true. It’s a false concept. Time is nothing and it has no power.

There is one power: Love.
Love is our healer because Love is what we are.
When we remember to Love, we are healed of false perceptions.

Love IS a realization of the truth.
The truth is a revelation of Love.

I am already as holy as holy can be.
I cannot become any more holy.
My work is to remember this is true and stop forgetting.

ACIM says, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” T16:IV:6 We’re already there. We already have the golden ticket!

Our journey has been one of forgetting and remembering. That’s all. We forgot our true identity, our Wholeness, our Beauty and our Perfection. The way to remember it is to seek the Kingdom first. The Kingdom is within. It’s in our own heart. It’s already there.

ACIM tells us that our heart is the Altar of God, and that the barriers to Love are the false idols we have upon the altar. We must be willing to release our attachment to the false idols by letting go and giving them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. That’s all. That’s it.

And then, we’re sure to have everything added unto us. The full realization of our true identity will be revealed. It’s only hiding behind the crowd of false idols upon the altar of our heart.

The false idols are the grievances we hold. False idols are our attachments to what we think will make us happy. In Lesson 24, ACIM tells us, “In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy.” He’s unequivocal. There’s NO situation in which we know how to choose what will actually make us happy. In Lesson 25, he tells us this is because we “do not know what anything is for.”

Consider how emphatic he is. When we’re holding onto grievances, we don’t know what anything in our life is for, and we don’t have a single clue as to what would make us happy. That’s clear. That’s not hard to understand, unless we’re willing to sacrifice our happiness in order to hold onto our grievances. And for a long, long time, I was willing to make that sacrifice, but not anymore.

I finally realized that there’s no way I can let go of the pain of the past as long as I keep interpreting it the same way. I have to let go of the meaning I’ve made of things in order to stop blocking my happiness. It’s a decision I must make. No one else can do it for me.

In order for the pain of my self-made crucifixion to end, I had to change my perspective.

Over the course of the last 14 years or so, I’ve finally come to realize that I’d rather be happy. I’ve come to discover that I actually CAN be happy almost all of the time. I can be peaceful. Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have believed it was ever possible. Now I am living this way. It’s a miracle.

I am choosing the resurrection every day.
I’m letting go of the crucifixion every day.

And, I’m dedicating my life to supporting those who are interested in this too. I feel so blessed for the community we’re creating. Around me I see people cultivating a great willingness. I see many who are challenged and I see many who are rising above the challenges. We are doing it, and we’re doing it together.

Over and over again, I see the people around me letting go of their grievances and handing them to Spirit to heal. I see them moving into a greater and greater willingness, and I see their bodies healing, their relationships healing, their finances healing, their self-esteem healing. Everything in their lives is healing.

These people are healing so much faster than I did, 
Because they have so much more willingness than I did,
And each one’s willingness inspires another.

The more willing we are, the easier it is.
This I’ve proved, and others prove it around me every day.

Today I feel victorious, because I’m more willing than ever before.
Today I feel the resurrection is happening, and the crucifixion is fading from my mind.

I put myself and everyone else in my life upon the cross, and now we’re moving on.

I’m done with that FOREVER.

I Love you, and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in God and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are leaving the crucifixion behind and choosing our resurrection! Hallelujah!

Are you interested in joining me? I had so much miraculous healing in my family and in my heart that I had to share it with others. That’s why 11 years ago, I created a boot camp class called Family Freedom. The very first time I offered it, shortly after my mother’s passing in 2008, people also had amazing and miraculous healing. I realized that the curriculum was really all about applying the ACIM principles in a way that brought Freedom from fear, and so I’ve continued to work on this class and update it and now I call it Finding Freedom From Fear.

This class is so powerful and transformative that it’s also a requirement for my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program.

I haven’t offered this class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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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A Gift

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Gratitude is a gift. I’ve realized that there are so many blessings I receive every single day – even when it feels like a difficult day or a painful day, my day is still filled with blessings and gifts.

Gratitude is the gift I share with Spirit, with the angels and with all humanity.

When there’s a moment of fear or worry, panic, or wounding being able to authentically find the place of gratitude for something, for anything, we’re lifted and shifted.

Sometimes I realize I haven’t stepped into gratitude all day. I have days that are so busy, sometimes, and I can’t remember when I stopped just to be grateful. It’s never too late to be grateful. Sometimes I swear I can hear the angels dancing and singing when we’re grateful.

Being grateful is the gift we share with Spirit.
Gratitude multiplies the good.
Thanksgiving brings more to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an active spiritual practice, and I’m glad I’m able to be aware of it. I used to be such a complainer and now I am grateful to look for the good and be grateful for it.

Sometimes many things go wrong and yet, I can be grateful anyway. I am grateful for that too!

I’m grateful for all the difficulties I’ve had and being able to share the benefits I’ve learned with the folks I get to serve. Life really IS good. Gratitude helped me to find that good and share it with others.

What are you grateful for? Please share with me in the comments below!! Let’s celebrate together!

Taking out the mental and emotional trash is a key element to my Finding Freedom From Fear program. I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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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Full Moon Good Friday Passover

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Today is Good Friday, tomorrow begins Passover, Sunday is Easter and today we enter a POWERFUL full moon period. If you ask me, it couldn’t be a better time for a full moon. There’s a lot to release. The intensity of the energy all week has been formidable! Phew!

It seemed to me that this week has been ALL about releasing the patterns of crucifixion and suffering – and that’s what a full moon is about – harvesting and releasing. We release the blocks to Love through forgiveness and then we can harvest the Wisdom from our experiences.

Now’s the time!

If you noticed that this week 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.

Today we have a full moon on one of the most holy times of the year! 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 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.

Now is the 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!

Full moon is also 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 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!

Taking out the mental and emotional trash is a key element to my Finding Freedom From Fear program. I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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 Don’t Know What Anything Is For

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

In each upsetting experience there is something for us to learn that helps us grow and become a wiser, more compassionate person. If we think things shouldn’t have happened, then we don’t forgive and we prevent ourselves from harvesting the learning encoded into our experiences. When we refuse to learn, we’re doomed to repeat the painful experiences until we become willing to release our judgments. At this point, we can learn from them.

This is the sweet release of Lesson 25, “I don’t know what anything is for.”

Until we release our limited and painful perspective from the vantage point of believing in separation, we cannot see in all directions of time and space and have the view and vision of the Holy Spirit. Until we can see with the vision of the Holy Spirit, we don’t know what anything is for. Isn’t it just arrogance to think that we do know, when so clearly we do not?

As long as we are deluded into thinking we know what things are for, and who is bad and who is good, who is right and who is wrong, we are not interested in the truth that sets us free. When we need to be right about our interpretations, then we are doomed to keep repeating the same errors again and again.

It’s so much easier to say “I don’t know what anything is for. It’s for my learning, and that’s what I’m interested in. The Holy Spirit will guide me and direct, and in the meantime, I can simply be grateful for my willingness to be free and to choose Freedom.”

I like it to be that simple. I’m willing to be okay with not knowing what anything is for.

I can actually be GRATEFUL that I don’t know what anything is for.

There’s Freedom in not thinking I know when I really have no Clarity and do not know.

Freedom is a beautiful thing.
Freedom is relief from the burden of having to figure everything out.
Freedom is relief from having to analyze things.
In Freedom, I can be available for a realization of truth,
… and that’s liberating!

Liberation: bring it!!!

Taking out the mental and emotional trash is a key element to my Finding Freedom From Fear program. I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Clearing

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

For some, it’s a time of Spring cleaning and clearing away the clutter amassed in the winter. When we’re cleaning out things that have been in storage, in a closet, or a garage or anywhere, we may have amassed a lot of things. There are a couple of approaches we can take. We can throw everything away and just clear the space, or we can go through things and decide what’s worth keeping and what’s no longer valuable.

When we take everything to the dump, there’s the possibility that we can throw out some things that are valuable to us and not even know it. When we go through things individually, there’s the possibility that we can trigger old attachments and beliefs. For both of these reasons, it’s so valuable to be clear about our intention before we begin.

If we take everything to the dump in one fell swoop, are we thinking that we can avoid pain and suffering by avoiding examining the past?

If we look through everything one by one, are we doing it because we’re fearful that we might throw out something that we need?

We can approach the taking out the trash in our mind with at least as much attention as we do with the clutter in our home. If we can begin with the intention to be focused on spiritual truth and be helpful to ourselves, we’re going to have a different experience than if we aren’t clear what our intention is.

Intention can be so helpful to us to keep us on track. It’s what we hold in our heart that unfolds.

When clearing out the past, are we in reaction and fearful?

Or, are we loving ourselves free of limited thinking from the past?

No one can decide our intention for us – this is our own inner work to do.
It’s valuable and it’s also life-changing.
No joke – NOW is the time of our resurrection!

As we’re speeding to Easter this week, on top of a full moon, it’s a great time to be intentional about releasing the past and taking out the trash in our mind, as well as our life.

Let’s be grateful as we take out the trash. With an attitude of gratitude we can do the decluttering mindfully by having a clear intention. And, let’s the heavy lifting to the Higher Holy Spirit Self! We don’t have to figure out how, we learn to allow!

Taking out the mental and emotional trash is a key element to my Finding Freedom From Fear program. I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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God, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

I have been sharing other teachers’ offerings for many years, and quite often. Over the years, I’ve had a number of people remark on how supportive I am of other spiritual teachers and helping people to know about them.

I understand that many people believe that there’s competition among spiritual teachers, and I’ve certainly experienced that a number of times, but I also know that it’s an illusion, and so I don’t need to give it any credence.

I have a passion for spiritual teachings that are true. My friends all know this about me. I’ve “outed” myself as a “God geek” so completely. Back in the day, I really did call up my friends and ask if we could get together and talk about God.

The reason that I teach so many classes, that I have a radio show, that I do all that I do, is because I LOVE to be in connection with others on the topic of living a life of Love. Discovering how to really, truly, authentically live a life of Love was really HARD for me. Now that I understand it, I would like to share it with everyone.

When I was in ministerial school, I had a realization that the greatest marketing principle for me to follow is: If I be lifted up, I draw all unto me. From that realization, I made the decision to focus on my own inner lifting. I also realized that, in effect, I am marketing giving up what is false and the efficacy of living by spiritual principle. I often say, “I work for God, Inc. and the benefits are great!”

I was so greatly relieved of any idea of competition when I read this in Chapter 2 of the ACIM Manual for Teachers:

“Certain pupils have been assigned to each of God’s teachers, and they will begin to look for him as soon as he has answered the Call.  They were chosen for him because the form of the universal curriculum that he will teach is best for them in view of their level of understanding.  His pupils have been waiting for him, for his coming is certain.  Again, it is only a matter of time.  Once he has chosen to fulfill his role, they are ready to fulfill theirs.  Time waits on his choice, but not on whom he will serve.  When he is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him.” 

Prior to reading that section in the Manual for Teachers, I simply figured that since there’s only one life, and One mind, how could that one life be in competition with itself in REALITY? It couldn’t.

I feel that one of my opportunities is to help people find the teacher who best speaks to them. I have no idea who that will be, and I’m so delighted when I can be a means of introduction. In this way, I can be truly helpful.

In this world, there are a gazillion ways we can see separation manifesting all around us. It’s not that separation is real, but when we believe it, we’ll see it again and again.

In reading that section in the Manual for Teachers, I was also greatly relieved to know that my focus could stay on fulfilling my function, and that those whom I could serve would find me. I could trust Spirit to take care of that and let Love lead me to my own inner work.

Today I have Jackie Lora Jones on my radio show, and we’re going to talk about A Course in Miracles and how we apply it in our lives. This will be Jackie’s third appearance on my radio show, and I always enjoy whenever we can connect, in person or on the radio. Blessings abound!

I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Sacrifice

Monday, April 15th, 2019

I used to pray for changes in my life that I wasn’t actually willing to accept, because my consciousness wasn’t there yet. It’s a pretty common thing with spiritual students, and it’s a form of self-sabotage.

When we pray for Abundance, but we’re still habitually believing and affirming that lack and limitation are “real,” then our mind is going to absolutely block the flow of Abundance in our life.

When we’re convinced that Abundance and Prosperity are something that comes to us from the world rather than the truth, which is that they are spiritual qualities that are omnipresent and omni-active, then we’re going to be looking for something to change in the world rather than in our mind. But that’s not how spiritual law works.

We can say we “know” that we must change our mind in order for the world to change, but if we’re still trying to change the world, then we don’t know it at all. The truth is just words that we can remember and quote, but the truth is not awake in our mind.

Until we live in a way that demonstrates we KNOW the truth we’re operating from our belief system, and we will continue to see the world demonstrating and affirming our beliefs rather than the truth.

All beliefs are false.

All beliefs are an interpretation.

All beliefs are limiting.

All beliefs perpetuate lack.

Truth is liberating, because it’s an expression of Love which helps us to remember that our true nature is also Love. When we choose to align with Love, then we’re aligning with Abundance and Prosperity.

When we’ve carefully constructed our life around our beliefs, it can seem like a sacrifice to give them up. Yet, to have Love is no sacrifice. Peace is no sacrifice. Love and Peace are everything.

We choose false beliefs or we choose truth. We decide for lack or for Abundance. We are the ones who choose. Therein lies our Peace of mind.

I haven’t offered my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Gotcha

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

I’ve been counseling individuals and couples for 19 years now. I’ve been leading retreats and classes for 21 years and during that time I’ve learned so much. Mostly I’ve learned a great compassion for myself and for how easy it is to fall down an ego rabbit hole.

I’ve seen myself fall into a trap that I carefully laid for myself and didn’t even realize it. Even as the trap snapped shut, I still didn’t realize I did it to myself. I would blame life. I would blame others. It was always someone else’s fault.

One of the biggest traps is to be working to get any kind of freedom and not realize that what’s really going on is more entrapment.

Argh!!!

Here’s an example:

You’re praying for a holy relationship.
You’re working so hard to improve your relationship.
You’re trying to open up avenues of communication.
You’re spending more time with them.
You’re doing things to help them.

And you’re not doing it right.
You’re being rejected.
Nothing you do is working.
You’re not appreciated.
The resentment is increasing.
The relationship is even more threatened.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME???

We repeat cycles like that in every area of our life.

In our finances –
We work harder and harder.
We earn more money.
We save more money.
We cut back on expenses.
We look for better investments.
We shop for better prices.
We cut coupons.

And then our taxes go up.
Or our septic tank needs to be replaced.
Or our refrigerator dies.
Or we need three root canals.

This is the cycle of ego entrapment that feels so punishing.
It feels like we’ll never get out of it.
It seems foolish to even bother anymore, because it seems like ego always wins.

What’s really going on?

That’s the question for us to ask Spirit.
What am I to do to find Freedom in my life?

Freedom has to exist first in our mind before it can show up in our lives.

I’ve worked with so many people who are trying to get Freedom in their heart and mind, and in their relationships and finances, but they’re mostly trying to change things in their life – in their external.

I get that.
I used to operate the same way.
I could no longer stand my recurring experiences and feelings of punishing failure.
I could practically hear the ego saying “Gotcha!” Along with an evil demoralizing laugh at my pathetic attempts to get free.

“All healing is at the level of the mind.” ~ A Course in Miracles

It took me repeating the same arguments with the same people and feeling the same sense of defeat a THOUSAND times before I was finally exhausted enough to look for a better way.

I studied the beautiful teachings of Ernest Holmes’ Science of the Mind for more than a decade before I finally made the commitment to focus entirely on changing my thoughts in order to have more Love, more Freedom, and more Light in my life, in my heart and in my mind.

I began to actually live the ACIM lessons and put my full FOCUS on the inward journey rather than the external. And that’s when I began to feel turbo charged, like a rocket.

I really wished that I could have others to walk alongside me and join me in my discovery of discipline and dedication, but almost no one I knew was actually that interested. Most of my spiritual posse, were only interested in being students – not being true practitioners – of spiritual principle and prayer.

To truly LIVE these A Course in Miracles teachings is a way of living.

I thought I’d have to give up so many things that I truly valued, needed and wanted.

I knew that I’d end up giving up all my crutches and my excuses.

I was afraid to stand strong in the Light of Love.

I didn’t feel worthy or capable.

But I decided to do it anyway.
I decided to have faith and trust, that Spirit would lead me.
Because I couldn’t stand trying to figure it out anymore.
I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.
I admitted my defeat.
I gave up trying to work my will
I gave up trying to understand God.
I surrendered.
I moved into the place of ALLOWING myself to learn from Love itself.

Not giving up was the hardest thing I ever did.
Being TRULY willing was the most difficult discipline I ever learned.

At that time, I just wanted to stop living in the shadows.
I just wanted to stop getting in my own way.
I really, really had a deep burning desire to FEEL what would happen if I put Spirit in charge FOR REAL.

Now, looking back to that time fourteen years ago – I can see that all I’ve given up that I used to treasure is this:

Judgments and repeating the same upsets.

I don’t miss it at all.

It was SO HARD FOR ME TO DO IT ON MY OWN.

I decided to follow Spirit’s guidance and create something so that people don’t have to do this on their own. So that we can do it as a group.

My life got so much better. I had so much miraculous healing in my family and in my heart that I had to share it with others. That’s why 11 years ago, I created a bootcamp class called Family Freedom. The very first time I offered it, shortly after my mother’s passing in 2008, people also had amazing and miraculous healing. I realized that the curriculum was really all about applying the ACIM principles in a way that brought freedom from fear and so I’ve continued to work on this class and update it and now I call it Finding Freedom From Fear.

This class is so powerful and transformative that it’s also a requirement for my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program.

I haven’t offered this class in six months, but I’m thinking of offering it soon. I’m thinking of doing something special next time I offer it so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

Are you interested in this? I haven’t offered Finding Freedom from Fear in almost six months, and I’m thinking offering it soon.  I’m considering doing something special next time I offer my class, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner.  If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Trust Anyway

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

On my radio show yesterday, where I was talking about Ending the Patterns of Pain, I was sharing how trust fits into the ending of our pain. Trust is a crucial part of our journey. It really is the foundation. That’s why A Course in Miracles calls it the #1 characteristic of the teachers of God.

Think of it this way: If you’d like to make a fresh start in life, you might need some capital. You might need some cash to invest in your new life. Trust IS that capital.

If we’re starting a new life, a new experience of healing, and revitalization, but we’re bring with us a truckload of debt in the form of old false beliefs, then how will we start that new life?

Through being willing to relinquish the habits that renew the patterns of pain, we are creating the opportunity to start that new life of Love and Joy.

It so often comes back to this from ACIM:

You recognize you want the goal.
Are you not also willing to accept the means?
If you are not, let us admit that you are inconsistent.
A purpose is attained by means,
and if you want a purpose you must be willing to want the means as well.
How can one be sincere and say,
“I want this above all else,
and yet I do not want to learn the means to get it?” T-20.VII.2.

Trust is the means.
Are you willing?

It’s perfectly understandable if you have doubt. Have trust anyway. This is the way to build your faith. Trust anyway.

I love this poem by Mother Theresa:

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, 
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

Yes, sometimes having trust in Love, trust in Spirit, is very difficult. Sometimes it is intensely challenging, and it is precisely at these moments that we can have our greatest healing.

Are you willing to feel the fear and trust anyway? If you truly are willing, in what area of your life will you do this? Declare your intention and your willingness in the comments below! I will hold it with you!

Are you interested in this? I haven’t offered Finding Freedom from Fear in almost six months, and I’m thinking offering it soon.  I’m considering doing something special next time I offer my class, so that people can do the class with a friend or family member as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner.  If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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Ending Repeating Patterns of Pain

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

For me, there was nothing so painful as the repeating patterns of pain. It was that horrible feeling of being in the same painful place AGAIN. I felt like I was on a hamster wheel of suffering that I just kept spinning around on.

It was so scary and frustrating to repeat the same arguments with the same people. It was frightening to have the same beliefs in my face, and feeling helpless to change them no matter what I did.

I really did feel like an utter failure even if I was “winning” an argument. I knew there was no real winning any argument, there was only the feeling of defeat every time I found myself triggered again.

And that’s why I feel so committed to supporting people who are really willing to not just end their pain, but live a life of real gain. We can be a beautiful blessing to our loved ones. We can bring benefit with our presence in their lives.

And it’s not because we know so much and are showing them the way. The real blessing is when we can simply love them without judgment.

We’ve learned all we can from pain. It pushes us to look for a better way and to ask for assistance. If we’re managing and coping on our own there’s not going to be a healing. We must PARTNER UP with Spirit to have that lasting healing.

The pain is pushing us to stop trying to do it on our own. Surrender, surrender, surrender.

Most of us go through a long period where we feel we cannot trust Spirit – but how would we know if we never REALLY have trusted?

Imagine the kind of relationship you would have with a loved one that you never trusted. How good can it ever be?

We can learn to trust Love itself, and let Love lead us to the higher ground of healing.

Learning to trust is usually a process and it’s one we can learn to enjoy. I have found it to be exciting and, at times, thrilling, always rewarding and definitely, most definitely, reassuring!

Our willingness to trust is all that’s required. Starting there, we can be a healing balm in a fitful world, and that’s a beautiful thing to share!

Do you feel ready to let the pain go? What keeps you from trusting Spirit? Please let me know in the comments below!

Are you interested in this? I haven’t offered Finding Freedom from Fear in almost six months, and I’m thinking offering it soon. I’m considering doing something special next time I offer my class so that people can do the class with a friend or family member, as there is definitely strength in joining with a partner. If you’d like to be on the waiting list so you can join me next time I offer it, you can go here to sign up for the waiting list and I’ll keep you posted.

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

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Stubborn

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

A Course in Miracles tells us that forgiveness is our function in this world, and that our entire life is for the purpose of forgiving the past so that we can experience total Freedom, Peace, Harmony, Joy, Prosperity, Wholeness, Creativity, Beauty, Wisdom and everything else our heart desires NOW, without waiting.

So, why do we often choose to hold a grudge, be resentful, and withhold Love to punish the ones we say we Love? Why delay our happiness, healing and Abundance?

Hmmmmm.

For myself, I can honestly say that I didn’t really understand HOW profoundly different my life could be if I practiced forgiveness all day long. I didn’t believe it. I didn’t trust. And, I didn’t understand what TRUE forgiveness was.

True forgiveness IS NOT saying “It’s okay.” How could some of the things that happen to us just be okay? It’s pretty hard to imagine.

True forgiveness IS releasing our attachment to the meaning we made of things. It’s our interpretations of what happened that cause our suffering.

Think about it: Let’s say something happens that feels upsetting. Once it’s over, it’s over, but the meaning we made of it, our interpretation, continues on and on and makes the original upset feel like it’s repeating every time we think about it. OMG, I was so stubborn.

I sometimes tell people I have a prosthetic nose because I cut my nose off so many times just to spite my face.

Each and every time we think about that painful memory there’s a hidden purpose for ruminating on it. Even when it seems like we’re reliving the past over and over, there’s still a hidden purpose and that hidden purpose is … to give us the opportunity to forgive. So, it’s going to keep happening until we finally decide to forgive.

Once I realized that’s why the old memories keep repeating, I decided to start forgiving ASAP so I didn’t have to keep repeating and regurgitating the same unpleasant memories. Enough already! I have MUCH better things to do with my time and energy then be upset about the past again and again.

PLUS, one of the MOST healing things I have EVER learned in my entire life is that to NOT forgive is actually punishing myself. To forgive is to be loving and kind to myself. Being loving and kind to myself is what brings more Love into my life – A LOT more Love.

Why? Because when I’m loving to myself, everyone else will treat me with more Love and kindness. I will naturally magnetize and attract people into my life who are more loving and kind to me, too. Beautiful! Now, my whole life is changing.

True forgiveness is releasing the judgments and opinions about the past. That’s the only way to stop recycling the pain of the past – to be willing to release the meaning we made of what happened.

For me it’s been so helpful to use the ACIM teaching of “I don’t know what anything is for.” In truth, I really don’t know what anything is for, but I’d like to. I’d like to know the true meaning of things so that I can learn from them the first time and not repeat them.

When I think I already know what everything is for, then I’m not open to any learning. How can I be open to learning anything if I’ve already decided what everything is for?

When I don’t forgive, when I judge, then I keep repeating the past. There’s NO WAY OUT of my suffering until I’m willing to release the meaning I made of it. Forgiveness is my Freedom!

In my past, there were many times when I thought I wanted to forgive, but it felt like I couldn’t. When that was happening it was because I was so attached to the meaning I made of what happened. My interpretation was the only interpretation that I would accept.

I wanted my suffering to end while still clinging to my interpretation, my judgment, and my opinion, the meaning I made of it. And that meant that, deep down, I wasn’t willing to learn anything.

Sound familiar?

I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was why I kept repeating the same painful experiences.

Sound familiar?

My Higher Holy Spirit Self was showing me the same opportunity to release my attachment to the meaning I’d made of it, so I could learn the lesson and move on, but I wasn’t willing. I was committed to my judgments.

I had a lot of years suffering over the past and repeating the same experiences of alienating loved ones, decimating relationships, punishing my friends and generally creating a lot of pain in my life.

Learning to forgive has completely changed my life.
And that’s just what ACIM says it will do.
So, let’s get to it.

Learning not to judge so that there’s nothing to forgive has improved the quality of every day of the rest of my life.

I decided to forgive everything in my past, EVERYTHING, and that is the best decision I ever made. It repaired my relationships and it set us ALL free. That’s the best gift I can give my loved ones and this world.

It does require willingness and trust. I had to drop the attachment to the pain of the past to experience the Joy of Freedom now.

Today’s the day to begin, for our FREEDOM! Forgiveness is our power tool that busts up that stubborn stuck-ness!. The time is now!

TODAY: LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

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Truth

Friday, March 1st, 2019

If we study a spiritual teaching and learn everything about it to the point where we can teach it but we don’t fully live it, then we’re fooling ourselves. We don’t really know it if we’re not living it..

For years, that was me. I thought I knew the teachings because I knew the concepts and the words.

This is the error that many spiritual students like me, and even spiritual teachers, make: they believe an intellectual knowledge is the same thing as a spiritual knowing, and nothing could be further from the Truth.

No one who really knows the Truth would fail to live it.

For years, I had an intellectual understanding of the Law of Cause & Effect. I understood that my thoughts were made manifest in form. I thought I understood that form is my experience, my feelings, and my life. And yet, I still gave myself permission to pour my precious attention into energizing thoughts and beliefs that I ABSOLUTELY did NOT want to see made manifest. I still gave myself permission to think these thoughts, invest in them and share them with others. My tragic mistake was that I put more attention on trying to change the world than to change my thinking.

How could I give myself permission to energize negativity and then blame others for those results showing up in my life, in my emotions, and in my experience unless I didn’t really believe the Law of Cause & Effect?

Knowing a spiritual teaching intellectually, without living it, is like saying “I know how to put a man on the moon because I read about it in a book.”

Living a spiritual teaching and truly embodying it is landing your rocket on the moon and being able to show others how to do it, too. That’s how big the difference is!

The biggest error most spiritual students make is, they settle for a postcard of the moon when they can live the adventure themselves! I can’t settle for a picture of Peace. I AM willing to know, embody and live the Truth that sets me FREE! I AM willing to BE the Peace I’d like to see in the world – now!

I’m so interested in discovering the Kingdom within and living fully from that awareness of my true identity. I’m so glad we get to do this together!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ENDS TOMORROW

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Shame

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The lowest vibration we can sink to is one of shame. When we’re feeling ashamed we’re in complete denial of our divinity and that is as far as we get from being in touch with what’s true. It always helps me to remember two things when it comes to healing shame:

Number one, I cannot feel ashamed unless I’m in self-judgment. Since all judgments are false, I can let my attachment to that which isn’t true go. I can give it to Spirit for healing and I can be willing to focus on that which IS true.

Even if I feel ashamed because of someone else’s judgment, it’s only because I’ve agreed. I have the power to change my mind. I have the ability to allow Spirit to assist. I don’t ever have to go it alone!

Number two, what’s true, no matter what, is we are each having this human experience in order to be truly helpful by representing Spirit, the one who sent us. This is our holy purpose. There’s no way I can do that and be judging myself and shaming myself. It’s not possible for me to be helpful and be broadcasting a belief that there’s something wrong with me – I know, I tried and failed.

There are two pieces of really good news:

All shame is based on a false belief.
From shame, there’s no where to go but up.

Now, here’s what’s super important – forgive yourself for every single occasion when you tried to shame another person. We don’t realize it, but we often have hidden away all kinds of self-judgment related to trying to make other people feel ashamed or guilty. We can forgive ourselves and go forth and fulfill our holy purpose to be truly helpful.

Life is SO very good when we can see our way out of the hell we made. And we can help each other with our healing by releasing all resentment towards those who seemed to shame us or make us feel guilty. Instead, let them be our teachers. Let’s set them free from the prison of our minds and move on! Today’s the day for our sweet release!

FINAL DAYS FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

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More

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Have you ever yearned to have more? Have you ever thought that if you had more your problems would be over?

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

There’s no substitute for recognizing that I AM the Love of God and I AM that I AM. It is the greatest act of both strength and humility to recognize that the Christ lies within each one of us. Isn’t it extraordinary that we cannot recognize our own magnificence until we recognize that that same spark of Christ is in everyone?

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

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

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

Now is the time of our liberation, and Love is our liberator. Choosing Love reveals the Christ within. We don’t have to figure out how – our job is to be willing to allow and it will be made manifest.

Yes, of course there is more, much more, but it’s already with in us. We don’t have to GET it, we have to GIVE it. “To have, give all to all,” so says A Course in Miracles.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Early bird special on NOW Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our HOW TO CREATE & LEAD A WORKSHOP training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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A Life of Service

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a hero of mine. Back in the late 90’s 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.

Both of these men were profoundly inspired by the teachings of Jesus, and both of them 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.

I’ve loved listening to and reading Rev. Dr. King’s speeches. They never fail to inspire and uplift. He had such a gift!

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.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Stay tuned! A major announcement is coming about a healing retreat at the beginning of Spring. Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our HOW TO CREATE & LEAD A WORKSHOP training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20 – details coming shortly!

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Power of Decision

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Today on my Radio Show, my guest is Jon Mundy, and we’ll be talking about the Power of Decision. This is such a great topic for us at the beginning of the year. It’s a time for making impactful decisions that will set a trajectory of healing for the whole year.

One of the most powerful decisions I ever made was to take responsibility for my life, and for everything in it. A Course in Miracles has a section that’s a favorite of mine called, Responsibility for Sight. It says, right in that section, that taking responsibility for what we see and experience is the way to have Freedom, vision, happiness, and more.

It seems contradictory to believe that taking responsibility for everything could actually be liberating, but it is. Responsibility is different from blame. Blame has attitude, judgment, condemnation. Taking responsibility is about realizing that you are the dreamer of the dream. It’s about cultivating the ability to respond with LOVE. That’s a good skill to have! Being able to respond to everything with Love helps us to see that we are actually the dreamer of the dream. Love opens doors in our mind that have been closed a very long time.

“Response-ability” is more than I ever imagined it could be. I used to feel burdened by responsibility. Now I recognize that as a phase of spiritual immaturity. When I was convinced of my unworthiness i couldn’t bear to take responsibility for my choices and my decisions. I needed to be a “rebel.” Now, I see how valuable taking responsibility for everything that happens is. It’s a very powerful tool. So is keeping commitments and holding myself accountable – and it’s not easy. I don’t make it all of the time. And when I don’t, I get to practice compassion.

Do you give yourself room to wiggle out of your commitments?
Are you challenged to be disciplined and do what’s best for you?
Do you allow yourself to break your agreements just because you feel like it?

If you answered yes to any of those, and see that on a regular basis you are inconsistent, then the chances are you will mostly feel insecure and off-balance and you may not know why.

Most people who give themselves permission to break their agreements feel that others are untrustworthy. Interesting, huh?

We never have very far to look for the source of our challenges.

If there’s anything about your life or your unhappiness that you’re blaming others for – it’s time for a healing. It’s time to snap out of it. It’s time to make a higher choice.

You deserve to invest yourself in living your very best life, rather than coping with the insecurities and off-balance feelings that result from your inconsistency.

The wiggle wobble woes are always the result of choosing to give yourself wiggle room, wobble in your commitments and blame your woes on others.

You have the ability to respond to yourself and others with love. Exercise this response-ability and you’ll be amazed at how fast your life gets GOOD!

Now, that’s a GREAT decision!

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

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Escaping the Prison of the Mind

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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 2019 Registration closes TODAY, Monday, January 14 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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The Key to Having More Time (Part 3 of 3)

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

As we all know, there’s the decision that we make and actually keep, and then there are the empty statements and promises that have no meaning except to keep us stuck in the ego.

When we keep our word and honor our decisions, we are tapping into our heart power.

I decided to really dedicate myself to being loving, and that changed my life. The decision was not just a wish or a hope, it was a commitment.

I had lots of lapses and transgressions, but I didn’t give up on my goal, because I had made a decision that I was going to live a life of Love.

As I said in Part 2 of this series, A Course in Miracles tells us that our success – in whatever area – is all about forgiving the meaning we’ve made of things in the past.

Everything that’s painful in our present represents some unloving decision we’ve made in the past. Our challenges “re-present” the false beliefs we’ve chosen in the past.

The decision point has come back again so we can choose again, and this time we can choose to heal our mind about it, and know the truth that is our Freedom.

Again, it’s about the decision. Our decisions are a point of power for us.

Let me tell you about a conversation I had with one of my dear friends.

I asked him, “What’s the one thing you can do now to improve the quality of your entire year?”

My friend knew the answer right away.

It was about tackling an issue he’d been avoiding. If he could do that, it would help him in his business (and his personal finances) in about 10 different ways.

His particular issue is something that we’ve talked about no less than 25 times in the last three years. It’s something that has really bothered him, and until I asked him that question – he didn’t realize how much this issue was disturbing his Peace.

When he saw that, and saw what a difference it would make to his ENTIRE YEAR, that was an mind-opener.

And, because he’s such a good friend and I’m a professional Spiritual Counselor, we talked a bit about what the core issue really is, and then I said, “Why don’t you just get that handled right away, so we don’t ever talk about it again, and you can free up all that energy to live how you’d really like to live?”

He immediately took action, and by the end of the day had hired someone to help him and had a plan to resolve the issue. Just like that.

That, my friend, is the power of decision.

We didn’t spend a lot of time trying to understand the issue, where it came from, and the root cause. He simply decided that it was a non-issue from now on. He was ready to have the healing. He was willing to take inspired action.

Whenever we’d talked about it in the last few years, my friend had said the issue was about time – he didn’t have enough time to focus on it and resolve it. Sometimes it was about money, and not wanting to pay to get it resolved by an expert. So, he was procrastinating.

Isn’t that what we do?

We drag our feet about taking the steps to do the things that will actually improve the quality of our lives, and we have all these excuses.

It’s all old B.S. (belief system).

All the delays and dysfunction of excuses are all related to the same thing. And, it’s not rocket science, but it SEEMS deeply rooted because we are identified with the dysfunction.

It can all change in an instant.

It’s an issue almost all of us are working with, but many of us aren’t working on it directly. And that’s why I offer the classes I do, so we can all become as willing as my friend and have our breakthroughs, and stop delaying our happiness.

This is why I have so much to share.

Because I’ve learned methods that work in supporting people to be willing and to have their breakthroughs, change their minds, have their healing, and put the painful patterns of the past behind them, so they’re not continuing to repeat year after year. With a little bit of support, my friend decided not to repeat the pattern that he’d been stuck in for years.

It’s so beautiful when I see someone make that decision to do something different, rather than continue managing and coping like they’ve been doing for years.

My friend’s decision will change not only his life, but also his family’s lives, in many ways. Because he’s taking better care of himself, his family will see and feel that, and they’ll learn from it, too. He will be more lighthearted all year next year because he’s made this choice out of Love for himself.

Because people keep repeating the past, instead of learning from their experiences, they begin to feel like they’re wasting their lives. And that’s a painful place to be in.

I used to feel like I didn’t have enough time, energy or money to live the life I desired. I felt really stuck in that mindset. AND I felt like it was happening to me.

Like my friend, I reached a point where I saw what I was doing, and I was willing to make a decision to re-prioritize my happiness and put my happiness at the top of the list.

So let me ask you, “What’s the one thing you can do now to improve the quality of your entire year next year?”

If you know what it is, do you have a plan to do it?

If you don’t know what it is, would you LIKE to have a plan to figure it out, and then actually do it, releasing all resistance and reluctance and having your breakthrough?

So many people think they’re not living the life they desire because they don’t have enough time, energy or money. And that thought is really limiting and, quite frankly, for most of us it’s overwhelming. And that’s the point.

The thought of lacking in all three areas: time, energy and money, is so debilitating that most people just don’t know what to do so, they just carry on managing and coping. We feel certain we’ll fail, so we don’t even try. It all just seems TOO BIG for us to handle.

But, it’s not true. Spirit doesn’t know anything about failure.

It’s about tapping into the power of Spirit, and that’s something I know a lot about.

I’d love to help you prove to yourself that you can tap into the power of Love to live a life that’s truly fulfilling.

I like to share step-by-step methods that have been proven to work. I’ve seen them work, even with people who are so reluctant that they’re convinced they’ll fail. Spirit is so powerful!

I know what it takes to help you get your breakthrough, and that’s what I offer in my year-long Masterful Living Course.

People often come into Masterful Living with a desire for more money, better relationships, a better connection to God, overcoming self-doubt, fear & worry.

They often believe they don’t have enough time, energy, or money to commit and do the work successfully but, time and time again, they are surprised to discover that they do have it. They experience miracles they NEVER thought could happen to them because they were willing.

They trusted the proven system and followed the steps of hundreds of people who have gone before them, got the loving support of a like-minded community and guidance from me, and the results were beyond what they thought was possible.

When I signed up for Masterful Living, my intention was to deepen my connection with God. I had no idea the transformation & support I would receive from the community & doing the work. My life is completely different! My relationship with my hubby has deepened, my career changed, & I feel I’m being a more loving presence in the world. What a blessing this year has been. Thank you God & thank you Rev. Jennifer! – Linda from PA

I was nervous, and frightened and really full of self-doubt whether or not I could even make it through a month of Masterful Living. But after doing Finding Freedom, I realized that I did not want to play small anymore. My year has been unfolding and miraculous. I have learned to turn self-medication to Self-Love. Although things are not perfect, I feel that I am supported, and I am so grateful for Jennifer. She helped me through those times of doubt. I thought, I’m not going to do this perfectly, I’m going to do such a bad job that I’m just going to fall out, or I’m not going to have time. There is No part of Masterful Living that says you’re doing a bad job. So, if you’re thinking, should I do it? It’s totally worth it. – Deb from California

Masterful Living truly transforms lives. If you’ve ever found a single class helpful, imagine what you could do in a year, supported by a loving community who won’t let you give up and will help you continue when you hit that point that has been stopping you from healing.

Wouldn’t that be a game-changer?

If it feels as though you can never heal it or get a breakthrough. I’m here to tell you that Spirit can do what we don’t feel we can do. I’ve done it and so have many of the people in Masterful Living.

No matter what your circumstance is, if you’re willing, you can get a breakthrough. Even if you think you don’t have the time, energy or money.

If you’ve been considering what to do as your next step in 2019, I highly encourage you to consider signing up for an Exploratory Call with one of the folks who have taken Masterful Living and who are able to talk with you and answer your questions.

The people who do the Exploratory Calls are in my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program, and so they’re counselors who can answer your questions in a meaningful way, and take time with you to look at whether or not Masterful Living with me in 2019 is right for you now. They are there to support you in making the best choices for yourself. They are there only to be truly helpful, and there’s no cost to you.

If you even have the smallest twinge that Masterful Living could help you, do yourself a favor and book an Exploratory Call. If nothing else, you’ll get Clarity on your next step whether or not the answer is Masterful Living.

I’m here to support your healing and growth, and I’d love 2019 to be the year you finally feel free!

If this topic I’ve been sharing over the last couple of days speaks to you, and you’d like more support, consider watching my class, Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money. It’s available for instant download.

It will not only give you tips & tools that you can use immediately, it will give you a taste of what participating in yearlong Masterful Living Course would be like! Click here to get the download.

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Magical Solutions Don’t Solve the Problem

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

One of the most CRUSHING and punishing ego thoughts I used to have is that I had “wasted” my time, my energy, my money or my life.

I talk with a lot of spiritual students, and this thought of wasting our time and talent is SO common. It also activates a HUGE amount of guilt, and that also brings shame.

The concept of wasting time is a Molotov Cocktail of negativity.

Now, check this out:
One of the most distracting ego thoughts we have is that we don’t have enough time.

Ego is always in limitation, of course,
because ego is ONLY about separation from Source.
EVERY ego thought is of limitation and separation.
Lack and limitation is the only song the ego sings.

So, we find ourselves in this stinky sandwich.

We’re stuck between two STRONG beliefs – on one hand, we’ve wasted our gifts and talents (just like the Prodigal Son) AND on the other hand, we don’t have enough time, energy, money, and resources.

Stuck between these two intense beliefs is where most spiritual students spin around for a VERY long time, feeling confused and discouraged, managing and coping with their feelings.

I regularly talk with folks who’ve been in that spin cycle for 20 or more years.

And the crazy thing is, many of them are actually secretly convinced that it’s because there’s something wrong with them.

That they’re in this stuck place of intense confusion because they’re not good enough.

So, then what do they do? (… and BTW, I did it, too. That’s how I know so much about it!)

They start looking for a magical solution, rather than a miraculous one. Yup. Most of us go down that road.

What’s the difference between magic and miracle?

Magic is when you think the solution is in the world –

Example: I’m thinking I can heal my financial issues with more money instead of opening to the flow of Abundance and Prosperity.

When that’s my thinking, I’m convinced my problem is IN the world, and so the solution is IN the world.

But haven’t we all experienced (again and again and again) getting more money, only to have it slip through our fingers because our consciousness isn’t abundant and prosperous?

We all have our versions of this experience. It doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us – it just means we’re still thinking with the ego mindset of lack and limitation.

I’ve seen folks who’d been studying ACIM and New Thought teachings for many years, but never REALLY applying the teachings – even after decades – and they don’t even know it.

I’ve known spiritual teachers, who’ve been teaching for years, who don’t believe what they teach and are still looking for a magical solution to their “problems.”

They don’t know that they’re deluding themselves because their focus is on collecting more information. Collecting information makes them feel smarter and better. It’s like a big showy, glow-in-the-dark Band-Aid on their belief that they don’t have what it takes.

But collecting information isn’t healing – it’s just a big distraction.

They “know” these teachings backwards and forwards and can “quote scripture,” but there’s still a great sense of disconnect and lack. And, many times they can’t admit it because their ego is so identified with being the perfect spiritual student.

It’s kind of like this:
You feel sick, overweight, tired and physically unfit, and so you’re reading lots of books, listening to CD’s, watching videos, and talking with lots of people about how to get in shape and restore your well-being and vitality. You study for years, but you just don’t feel any better.

Hmmmm. Why isn’t it working? You know everything there is to know about so many different fitness programs, but your health hasn’t improved after decades of study. Get it?

Just like I did, these spiritual students keep their focus on trying to find some magical key, some kind of teaching that they can learn, some kind of code that breaks through the mystery – but the REAL key is hiding right there in front of them, and they don’t even see it.

Have you heard the stories about when the Europeans first showed up on the shores of the Americas in their tall ships, and the indigenous people couldn’t see them because they didn’t recognize them?

They didn’t recognize them, because they had no concept of them. Because they had no concept of ships like the Europeans had, they couldn’t see them.

And that’s what happens to us. We don’t have a concept of ourselves as healed, perfect, already whole and complete. It’s just an intellectual idea that we repeat without really KNOWING in our heart.

The keys to spiritual awakening are right there in front of us, but we’re looking beyond them for something with more razzle dazzle.

We can’t quite conceive of the healing that’s possible for us, no matter where we are in our journey. So, instead, we’re looking for some kind of magical solution that someone is going to GIVE us, rather than SHOW us.

It really boils down to feeling worthy and willing.

And, quite frankly, having a real desire to know the truth that sets us free is required. That desire is the fire that melts away the blocks to our miraculous healing and breakthrough.

With a little bit of sincere willingness, we can start to see what has been right in front of us all along – which is REALLY exciting – in fact, there’s nothing more exciting! It’s thrilling to discover that like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we have had the key all along. And that’s what I Love SO MUCH.

I love being able to join with other spiritual students who have that little bit of willingness.

Together we can stop looking for the solution in the world.

The answer becomes within reach – the mystery starts to be less mysterious.

And finally, the healing truly begins to happen at the mind, and we can see the ship in the harbor and we can sail it home!

It’s extraordinary, and even mind-blowing, how fast we can break down the blocks that we have clung to for many decades.

Spirit doesn’t fail – it doesn’t know how to fail.

When we know HOW to live a miraculous life, then our heart’s desire is not only possible, it’s within reach!

This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. In Part 2, tomorrow, I’ll share how I moved out of thinking the key was outside me to finding the key to the Kingdom within. It’s this discovery that profoundly changed my life – when I became willing to live a truly miraculous life.

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Claim Your Healing!

Monday, November 12th, 2018

If you feel bothered by anything that’s happening in your life, there’s an opportunity for you to both have a healing and be a healing presence. Any kind of upset is an opportunity to claim healing and share healing – or, we can choose to repeat the past and learn through suffering.

In the daily spiritual practice of nonviolence, our own inner accuracy is required. We’ve all been fooled by our own ego’s false identification with lack and limitation – convinced that we’re motivated by Spirit, when really we’re trying to manipulate someone or get something from them.

It can be surprisingly easy to be persuaded to adapt another person’s ego-perspective. Sometimes all it takes is the sound of a car horn blaring for us to lose our spiritual sovereignty and allow a sense of discord to overtake us. In a split-second, we can abdicate our entire spiritual practice and feel momentarily lost.

Fortunately, our practice can just as easily be lovingly resumed. It’s a choice. We cultivate the ability to choose Love. We develop the ability to accurately recognize Love guiding us and leading us, and not be fooled by the ego’s grasping, needing, wanting and craving.

In seeking the Kingdom first, we’re intending to get to the place within ourselves where we can experience any situation and be unmoved from our inner center of Peace. When we can do that, then we can be of service to others.

In THE PRINCIPLES OF HEALING, H.B. Jeffery writes, “… let us suppose that there is only one singer in a whole choir who has the proper note and key, and that all the rest are off key. If that one will keep to the true key and tempo, ignoring all the rest and singing correctly, they will all swing into the right way and soon be together with that one. This will happen, not because the true singer has given any attention to their lack of musical accuracy, but because he has kept his own accuracy, because he has maintained his knowledge and his expression of the principle of music.”

And so it is with the practice of Love. If we can but hold our own accuracy, we can shift all of those around us. This has been proven by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha and countless others. Today I seek to add my own name to the list of those who stand firm in their practice of Love by living from my own inner spiritual accuracy.

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with a rollback price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted.At no charge, you can also book an Exploratory Call to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program, and they can help you be clear if this is right for you right now.

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Spiritual Liberation

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

I remember when I was in high school, I had such a hard time with all the “stuff.” I didn’t like all the special cliques of the jocks, and the cool kids, and the cheerleaders, and the heads, and the greasers. All the separation bothered me. I felt like the system taught us to hate each other, and that wasn’t for me. I was exhausted from feeling angry and bitter most of the time.

One day, my English teacher, Mrs. Gross (her real name) gave us a test about Huckleberry Finn and there was a question at the end about our opinion. Mrs. Gross told me I got it wrong.

I asked, “How can my opinion be wrong?”
She said, “It just is.”

And, that enraged me. Gasoline on the fire already burning in my mind. I had to get out of that school.

Fortunately, my parents really helped me, and they got me into an alternative high school called School One in Providence, RI. It was a really big deal, letting me go to the big city for school five days a week. My parents were teachers, and they didn’t have money for fancy schools, and bus tickets, and things like that. They were already paying high property taxes to send me to a good public school, but they scrimped and sent me, and it made all the difference for me.

Good learning environments mean SO MUCH.
You can have the best program in the world, but some teachers don’t really understand HOW to teach, because they don’t understand HOW learning happens.

At School One, I really began to LEARN.

At the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, I began to learn even more in my studies to be come a Science of Mind Prayer Practitioner and Minister. In that time, I met and studied with Paul Scheele, who taught me how to learn how to learn. Yes, that’s right:

Learning HOW to learn HOW to learn.

I was blessed to study, for several years, with my hero, Rev. James Lawson, the Methodist Minister and Harvard Professor who mentored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who trained many of the nonviolent demonstrators.

I’ve learned the power of being able to focus my mind on the loving objective and keep it there. I’ve been able to use that ability in prayer, as a Prayer Practitioner and Spiritual Counselor, as well as generally, in life and relationships.

This has been able to shift my perception of life a way that has been profoundly healing for me and for others. The ability to focus on Love, and block out all the ego insanity, has helped me to be able to bring forth the vision for my life and this ministry.

It wasn’t easy to learn this, but I had such a desire to change my life and to live at a higher vibration – and, most important to me, to be of service.

When I was in high school, I remember saying to one of my teachers that I felt greatly conflicted because, at that time, I was interested in becoming a manager of rock and roll bands, and working in the music business. I felt guilty, because I felt I should be more like my parents, who were social and political activists helping to make the world a better place for the disenfranchised. My teacher said that people need the arts, too. Which, they do.

Now I can see that, while each step in my life led me to the perfect next step of my learning how to learn, I was absolutely led back to this place in my heart for being of service. That is where the Joy comes through so strongly.

Part of my Science of Mind Practitioner training from the teachings of Ernest Holmes included being able to focus my mind on the highest and best, and to pray with absolute Clarity. I learned to call it: “Holding the High Watch.” Others call it “holding space.”

I think of it as standing on the mountaintop consciousness of those who went before me, like Dr. King, Rev. Lawson, Ernest Holmes, Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, the Fillmore’s, and so many more.

If you knew, I mean REALLY KNEW, that holding the high watch, holding that pure pristine view of the situation that’s bothering you, would absolutely turn what looks like — a big fat mess — into a beautiful experience of great benefit, would you cultivate the patience to do it?

Would you learn to work with your mind, like someone getting in shape for a marathon?

Would you be willing to see the good in everything?

That’s what it takes.

Spiritual practice is the means of lasting healing.
Spiritual practice saves time and money.
Spiritual practice is liberating.

I love A Course in Miracles because it is a mind-training program, and because it is a self-study course with the best Teachers ever: Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

I prayed and prayed for more than a decade that my life would be useful, and that my journey would be helpful.

And you know what? I also had a desire to live a JOYOUS life. So many religious teachings have taught us that happiness is sinful and suffering is redemptive, but it’s NOT TRUE. I had a great desire to prove that Joy was possible, even for “a wretch like me.”

Studying ACIM was not what I was into.
I had already proven ,with nine years of study to become a Prayer Practitioner and a Minister, that information collecting and intellect are ego distractions for a true spiritual student.

By the time I came to ACIM as a Practitioner and Minister, I was done with study and collecting information.

I had a burning desire to fully LIVE the teachings beyond anything I could even comprehend.

I came to understand that being a living demonstration was the most helpful thing I could offer to my brothers and sisters, and I yearned for that communion and community.

Little by little, I began to be led and guided to my goal. Through a practical application of ACIM that was being given to me intuitively, I began to unwind the ego attachments that had run my life.

I never thought I would be able to be where I am now, and that’s precisely why it’s so great to be able to support others in going there. That’s what my Masterful Living Course 2019 is all about.

We have a powerful and supportive group of folks from all over the world in our Masterful Living Community. Many have been participating for a six years or more, because the spiritual liberation continues for all of us.

Inspiration for spiritual liberation – that’s what we’re focused on.

Join me in my daily Prayer for Today – today’s prayer is for Spiritual Liberation. You can click and listen now. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice.

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

Learning how to learn has been such a blessing to me!  It shifted everything into a much happier place, and I will be forever grateful!  And that’s part of why I love to share!

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Success & Happiness

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

There’s success from the perspective of Spirit and success from the view of ego. I’ve had ego successes that were failures of Spirit. I got the thing I wanted, needed and was craving. And, for that brief moment, I was so happy.

I was happy because I had what I thought I wanted. What I had, I thought, would make me happy.

HOW WRONG I WAS. There, I said it! And, I learned from it. I made the same error so many times, I finally decided to learn from it.

I used to reject my blessings because I didn’t understand what true success was.

Can your relate? Of course you can! This is part of the human experience – but let’s not pass it on to the next generation. Let’s teach only Love and have a healing experience, starting NOW!

It’s never too late to be happy.

Spirit knows what will make us happy. Let’s put Spirit in charge.

Someday, it may be that no one will remember Madonna or Tom Cruise. Franklin Pierce was President of the United States of America for 4 years, and I’ll bet you cannot name one thing he did that is noteworthy or what was happening during his presidency.

If we define success by something outside of us, then we’re missing the opportunity to experience true and lasting success. What is success to you? What do you really value most?

Often, people define success as something achieved on the outside. Success in the world is what most people think of. In my yearlong Masterful Living Course we redefine what success means to us – and it means release from suffering, awakening awareness, feeling more free and more masterful day-by-day. We define success as permanent healing.

Success in the world is always illusory. Even if you build the tallest building, someone might decide to fly a plane into it and send it crashing to the ground, making of it a monument to hurt and anger.

Even if you win the Academy Award for Best Actor like Paul Muni or Paul Scofield for spectacularly brilliant performances (seriously, brilliant work) – people might completely forget you ever existed, and that your accomplishment ever happened. And would it make any difference if we did remember?

The only thing we can take with us from this human life is our awareness. What is your focus now? Are you placing your attention on something that has lasting value? If not, then is it a surprise that you don’t feel successful? It’s not rocket science. It’s actually so very simple. Love is the thing that brings fulfillment. We can Love OURSELVES and find that fulfillment.

What I love about the power of an effective spiritual practice is that you can immediately start to feel successful. With a very simple spiritual practice, you can change your life from messy to miraculous. Are you willing? Consider joining me in Masterful Living Course 2019. We’re going to rock our transformation next year, and we’re starting now!

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

REPLAY NOW AVAILABLE:

Family Forgiveness
Wednesday, November 7

 

Click here now to register and get the replay – I’ll share how to apply this to your family so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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Awaken to Love

Friday, November 9th, 2018

I feel honored to have been asked to participate in an A Course in Miracles online conference with 100 speakers, and that includes just about every ACIM teacher you’ve ever heard of including Gary & Cindy Renard, Jon Mundy, Lisa Natoli, Marianne Williamson and a whole bunch more.
We begin this Sunday, November 11 and I’ll be speaking on that day at 8pm Eastern.

Los Angeles 5:00pm ♥ Chicago 7:00pm ♥ New York 8:00pm ♥
London 1:00 am  (next day) ♥ Germany 2:00 am (next day) ♥
Sydney 12:00 pm (next day) ♥ Hong Kong 9:00 am (next day) ♥

This online conference has no cost, it’s our gift to you, and so I invite you to go and grab your spot now.
Awaken to Love – A Global Celebration” with nearly 100 speakers, in several languages, and thousands of participants, offers daily live events, a 24/7 lounge where you can meet others, and much more…

If you’d like to celebrate our awakening, if you’d like to meet like-minded spirits,
if you wish to join with others and share the celebration of awakening to Love, please join us and join me on Sunday. I’ll be sharing some tips for Forgiveness – the topic of the season!

One of the conference’s mottos is:

We cannot go home alone – so let’s celebrate going together!

I love the energy and enthusiasm of the organizer, Armin Rott, and I believe you will too!

Plus, one of our BELOVED Masterful Living Course members from Germany, Barbara Fromm, is one of the teachers! Yay, Barbara!

Masterful Living Course 2019 is open NOW with an early-bird price to inspire you to commit now and not get distracted. And, you can also book a consultation to speak with one of the Spiritual Counselors who has already done the program.

REPLAY NOW AVAILABLE:

Family Forgiveness
Wednesday, November 7

 

Click here now to register and get the replay – I’ll share how to apply this to your family so that you can experience miraculous healing in your family this year, and then start 2019 with a whole new readiness to make it the best year ever.

If you have a friend who struggles with doubt, or who feels their family is falling apart, won’t you please let them know they, too, can receive this gift of my Family Forgiveness class on Wednesday? Struggling alone is what the ego convinces us to do!

Family gatherings, such as Thanksgiving, are often triggers of grievances. Prepare yourself to BE the Peace in your relationships, and join me on Wednesday. Register now and let’s heal together!

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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