Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

No Comparison

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

When I lived in West Hollywood, I took yoga classes with models and movie stars. The competition for the title of “the most beautiful woman in the room” was intense. The more beautiful women there were, the more insecure women there were. It was a real learning for me.

In yoga class, it was easy to fall into comparing myself to others who were not only fitter than me, more attractive by cultural standards and more famous.

I haven’t ever been able to do a handstand. Many of the women in class with me could easily do handstands. I learned to say to myself “I can do that. Just not today.” It helped me to get over my comparisons.

One of the biggest points of pain we have is the suffering we experience caused by the habit of comparing ourselves to others. Only the ego compares. The heart knows we are united in Oneness.

When we’re comparing ourselves to others, more often than not we’re looking to come up short. We’re intending to find ourselves as failing. It’s an act of self-sabotage. It’s adding insult to injury. Can it possibly bring any benefit? No. None. It’s just a trick of the ego to help us feel more separate.

Comparison always leads to more suffering.

Whether we compare and think we’ve come out ahead or come out lacking, since there’s only one, either way we just feel more separate.

If I love my friend, would I encourage them to compare themselves to someone who seems better than them or more special? I would never say to a friend, “you’re not the best cook. I know a few other people I like better than you who are also much better cooks. You’re not so great. You’re just ok.”

Of course I wouldn’t say that to someone I cared about.
But people say things like that to themselves ALL THE TIME.

And it hurts!
It wears us down.

Comparison is judgment. All judgment is for the purpose of reinforcing separation. All belief in separation causes feelings of fear. Comparison is PURE separation thinking.

Let’s have an active practice of relating to others rather than comparing.

Let’s get into feeling the unity of all life.

Let’s watch our mind when it comes to comparing, attacking and needing or wanting to be better than someone else. The habit of comparing can be really sneaky, but since there’s no good that can come of it, just let it go every time you see it.

I find one of the best ways to let a negative thought pattern go is to make myself laugh about it. So, that’s why in my classes we say “compare and despair.” The rhyme helps us to be light-hearted and to remember to laugh. And let’s face it, it also reminds not to go down the road of despair!

There’s great healing that can come from our spiritual practice and it’s a benefit to all beings!

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

PLUS, I’m recording all new classes.

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

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

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

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

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

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2 Steps Forward, No Steps Back

Friday, June 19th, 2020

I just got an email from a truly beautiful soul who gave me the same advice I’ve heard many times, and I am so grateful that people care enough to tell me something they think will help me.

The advice they gave me was to change the name of Stop Playing Small online retreat to Start Playing Big.

And I get it. I’ve been having this conversation with people for many years.

When I started taking lots of self-help and spiritual expansion programs everyone was doing programs called something like “Start Playing Big.” I took so many of them.

In fact, I just got an email today from a spiritual teacher who is very well known inviting me to a program called: Living a Masterful Life: Accessing Dynamic Insights and Peak States of Inspiration to Embrace the Next Stage.

And that sounds really good. It sounds like a wonderful program, but here’s the thing:

I’ve taken so many programs with names like that.

And for me, when I was feeling stuck,
and I knew I was playing small,
and I had taken 20 of those programs with names like that
and I was STILL playing small,
I absolutely KNEW that taking the 21st program about living a miraculous life wasn’t what I needed.

I KNEW that I was blocking that miraculous life and I needed help to bring on a breakthrough and get unstuck.

Part of my problem was that I did not believe, not at all, that I really had what it took to live a miraculous life.

I wanted to “start playing big” but I was not ready for that AT ALL.

I couldn’t have gone from playing small to playing big that fast.

Perhaps other people can do what I couldn’t do.
But I really didn’t know any of those people.

For me, getting unstuck from playing small was my first step.

I had to release the blocks to love before I could feel prepared for playing big.

AND there are a lot of people who have NO interest in playing big – whatever that means.

Most people don’t care about playing big – they just don’t wish to have one more day, one more month or year of playing small and living a limited life. And I get that.

I played small for a long time.
I couldn’t seem to get out of my own way.
I knew I was the one that was blocking my path.
And knowing that was painful.

I had excuses, but deep down, I knew what the truth was.
I was the problem.

What I didn’t know was how to get out of the way.

First came my willingness, and then it was revealed to me.
I got out of that quagmire that had held me in place so long.

Now, I don’t think about playing big or small.

We can take 2 steps forward and NO steps backward.

Now, I’m focused on simply sharing my gifts and talents in ways that are fulfilling for me and helpful to others. That’s what I do and I really enjoy it. Every day is a good day, and some days are really amazing.

If you know you’re playing small, then you know it’s not going to get any easier.

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

My Stop Playing Small Retreat was going to be in the UK this month, but now it’s being offered ONLINE, so all can join. This online retreat is for folks who are frustrated with feeling stuck and fearful. It’s designed for those who’d like to bring on a breakthrough so they can move forward with confidence toward their heart’s desire in any area of their life. Click here for details. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered.

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

How would you like a $500 discount?
Sign up for my Stop Playing Small online retreat and you’ll get $500 off of my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp!

Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! Let’s rock this summer with our spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life.

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Activation

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Phew! Another intense day yesterday. The energy is off the charts. Not everyone is feeling it, and it feels different to each of us. For instance, you might feel aches and pains in your body. You might feel agitated and easily upset.

I’ve been feeling it in my solar plexus chakra.

When this happens, I call it Energetic Weather.

One of the ways that I experience this kind of thing is it feels like there’s a lot more Light pouring into this dimension and it’s illuminating everything.

We become more aware of the good in people and also the less good and what we might call the ugly.
We become more aware of our own foibles and we can feel intensely triggered by what’s going on and our opinions about it.

To me, it’s a call to go deeper, to look within, and to look to Spirit.

I feel that more prayer is very helpful.

For the last decade it’s felt like we were birthing ourselves into a higher level of consciousness and now is the time for us to PUSH.

Just like in the birth of a human baby, there often comes a time when the mother must PUSH that baby out. It feels like we’re in that phase right now.

Rather than having us individually pushing, let’s stop resisting and let Spirit slide us to the next level of our growth and development.

In God all things are possible.
Let’s do our part, and let’s not forget that we can quantum leap!

Quantum leaping is shifting positions without traveling.
Let’s leap with out jumping. It’s much easier on the body.

Now is the time for us to focus on the inner journey so we can be anchored in Peace and be truly helpful in this global humanity shift.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Our time is now.

Activation!

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

My Stop Playing Small Retreat was going to be in the UK this month, but now it’s being offered ONLINE, so all can join. This online retreat is for folks who are frustrated with feeling stuck and fearful. It’s designed for those who’d like to bring on a breakthrough so they can move forward with confidence toward their heart’s desire in any area of their life. Click here for details. If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you right now, book an Exploratory Call with one of the spiritual counselors. The call is free and you’ll find benefit in addition to getting all your questions answered.

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

How would you like a $500 discount?
Sign up for my Stop Playing Small online retreat and you’ll get $500 off of my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp!

Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! Let’s rock this summer with our spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life.

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Aligned with Spirit

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Love is a spiritual practice. It is the basis of any true spiritual practice.

The practice of nonviolence is a practice of Love. In the daily practice of nonviolence our own inner accuracy is required. It can be surprisingly easy to be persuaded to adapt to another’s point of view.

Sometimes all it takes is the sound of a car horn blaring at us for discord to prevail and our entire practice to be momentarily lost. Fortunately, our practice can just as easily be lovingly resumed.

We’re all seeking to get to a 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. This is what it means to really walk the talk.

In order to be at Peace within ourselves and be a helpful presence, we must be willing to be loving and compassionate. Let’s be willing to be the fulcrum point of healing in any situation.

Let’s go first in making apologies.
Let’s go first in taking responsibility.

Herein lies the Peace that we seek.

The Peace we seek is seeking us.

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 nonviolence. 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 nonviolence by living from our own inner accuracy.

We are true to our Spirit and that is the alignment of accuracy.

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Healing the World

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Many are feeling a mix of emotions right now.  There’s so much intensity in the world.  SO MUCH!  We can’t ignore it and we cannot be swayed by it either.  Instead, I see it as a call for deeper spiritual practice.

When there’s a lot of upset in humanity, the weather intensifies.

The world of form is influenced by our emotions.  We know this.  We see it and we feel it.

There is something we can do that brings tremendous benefit and that is to meditate.  To pray, to deepen our spiritual practice.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce crime and unrest.  It’s real and it works.

Anyone who has studied the most basic quantum physics knows that the observer affects the outcome of the experiment.

We’re constantly observing our life, our community, our family, our workplace, our relationships and our experience and our thoughts about it make a difference.  This is no joke, this is our reality.

If we’d like to change the world, and, let’s face it, most of us would REALLY like to change the world, then the way for us to do it IS to change our mind about it.

When we look at situations that are disturbing, this is when we most need to practice and to know and remember the truth – that everything works together for the good of all even if we cannot understand it in the moment.

This is a practice for the strong hearted.

It’s challenging and it brings up all kinds of doubt.

When we can hold the truth in our mind then its more quickly revealed in our experience.  This is the gift we can give to our brothers and sisters.  It helps when we don’t give up and give in to popular opinion.  Our spiritual sovereignty is truly critical to the healing of the human race consciousness.

Today, instead of judging and going to worry, see if you can hold the “high watch” and know that we ARE going to the mountain top and we WILL be reaching the promised land that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us about.

Healing is happening.

It’s happening NOW.  This now.  Today.

In our hearts and minds.

It is done.

Amen.

Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with us.

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

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New Earth

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the dandelions are all but taking over.  I’ve never seen so many dandelions!  Yes, they’re a highly invasive weed, but they are SO beneficial for the bees!

Right now, we need to be super supportive of the bees – as life is very challenging for them these days and we need bees for our survival.  Planting in the garden in Maine and in Vermont, I like to plant things that are especially supportive of butterflies and bees.  They give us so much, let’s give back to them.

If you’re planting in the garden you can specifically ask for some plants that are most supportive to those wonderful pollinators, bees and butterflies and they will bring so much benefit to the garden.  Who doesn’t love to see butterflies in the garden?

It’s true that world pollution is much affected by our sheltering in place.  Just look at these pictures of the difference it’s made in New Delhi, India!

AND isn’t amazing that the increase in air quality affects the impact of the Covid-19 virus?

The less pollution, the healthier we are and the less susceptible to the virus.  Wow!

Plus, right now, the sun, around which we orbit, has gone into “solar minimum.”  Which means there’s far less solar activity right now, which is HUGELY supportive of our need to cool the planet down.

A Course in Miracles teaches us that our thoughts have an effect on the world.  So many people are very intent on reducing pollution, reducing global warming, and caring for the environment and this virus is actually helping with that.  It’s the silver lining in a very dark cloud.

Let’s use our mind very consciously and work together to affirm the good we’d like to see is occurring.  Together, let’s know that we’re calling forth the world we’d like to see.

The new heaven and the new earth can be our reality.

Let us make it so!

 

And let’s help the butterflies and the bees so they can help us!

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Focus on the Finish Line

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Imagine that you’re a long distance runner in a marathon race.

You’re running and running and it’s tiring.

Your muscles become depleted, weary and sore.

Your feet and back ache.

You may feel like giving up, because you’d like the pain to be over.

You just want to stop.

Maybe you complain about the scenery along the way.

Maybe you resent and judge the company you meet along the way.

Maybe it feels like you’re running through a valley of shadows and death.

And yet, you cannot actually stop until you cross the finish line.

The only option you have is to drag the race out.

You can fall to your knees and begin to crawl.

You can sit down and wallow in your misery.

If you choose you can make it more painful, more intense.

Or you can use your mind to rise above it and keep thine eye single.

You can use every part of your experience to refine your mind and strengthen your awareness of what’s true and what’s not.

You can rejoice to know the journey is coming to an end and your victory is certain.

You’re in the last bit now. You can pick up the pace, or you can slow down. It’s up to you.

You can complain that it’s not over yet and lengthen your experience of the journey, or you can rejoice that your victory is in sight.

The I AM offers us ALL the strength we need to make it to victory.

Ask and it is given!

I AM the strength, the courage, the power to move forward steadily through all experiences, whatever they may be, and remain joyous and uplifted, filled with Peace and Harmony at all times by the Glorious Presence which “I AM.” Victory is mine! Victory is mine! Victory is mine!

The basic decision of the miracle-minded
is not to wait on time any longer than is necessary.
Time can waste as well as be wasted.
A Course in Miracles

Are you willing to put the I AM Presence / Higher Holy Spirit Self in charge of your journey to carry you to the end?

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Prayer is Healing

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Prayer has helped me heal my life.

A Course in Miracles tells us that “prayer is the medium of miracles.” ACIM says, “Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God.” And “reaching” God, that connection, heals our mind, and transforms our lives.

I prayed so many times to simply be loving, to resist being mean and unkind. I truly was willing to let go of the past forever and I’ve been amazed at the miraculous healing transformation.

That’s why I teach prayer as foundational to everything that offer.

Prayer is often misunderstood, but ACIM is very clear, “Prayer is a stepping aside; a letting go, a quiet time of listening and loving. It should not be confused with supplication of any kind, because it is a way of remembering your holiness.”

You may not know this about me, but I was trained as a Science of Mind Practitioner at the Agape International Spiritual Center. I’ve been steeped in the New Thought teachings of affirmative prayer. Once I learned the power of prayer, no matter how low and desperate I felt, I kept praying.

Prayer works.

As I write this we’re wrapping up my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I feel so blessed to be able to share what is the most valuable thing in my life – connection with Spirit.

For so long I really struggled with resistance and reluctance. I had a deep desire to be able to share spirituality as a minister, teacher and counselor, but I still had a deep sense of unworthiness that got in my way. Fortunately, I prayed A LOT and I found the way out of that unworthiness and now it is the foundation of what I share in all of my offerings. It’s the reason why I write daily inspiration and why I’ve been recording a new prayer and posting it each day for 11 years now.

Prayer works. Spiritual practice heals.

Spiritual practice is more than a few minutes a day, it’s how we live our life.
Spiritual practice is an active practice of non-judgment, which is what true forgiveness is.

And yet, so many times I would pray for healing, but then not allow it. I would block the healing insights, the inspiration of Love, the clear guidance. I’d block all that I’d prayed for with judgmental and unkind thoughts.

Many of us have a willingness for healing, but still, we don’t allow it. We pray to receive, and then don’t actually allow ourselves to receive because of that ancient guilt and unworthiness.

Our own Higher Holy Spirit Self will give us all the healing we need if we allow it, but instead we treasure our judgments and opinions and build little altars in our heart and mind to keep them right in front of us, gathering evidence to try to support the case that they are worthwhile.

I finally realized that I was blocking my answered prayer by ruminating on my hurts and keeping the blocks to Love alive in my heart. I was feeding the fire of my Self-destruction, but I didn’t know it.

I thought that if I could hold onto my resentments and never forget the past hurts that I’d somehow be protected from future hurts. I dedicated so much energy to trying to protect myself, never realizing that it was those active resentments and regrets that were hurting me now.

A Course in Miracles tells us that we have no actual problems. It’s just the incorrect perception of an imaginary problem. We believe we are no longer unified with our Creator and that’s why we think we have a problem, and because we think it, we feel it and because we feel it, we believe it and on and on. That’s why we believe in punishment. We punish ourselves and we punish others.

This intense sense of separation began with a tiny mad idea. It began with a crazy thought that wasn’t even true. What was that thought? I believe it was some version of “better than and less than.” Without the belief in better than and less than, separation thinking would have died out. If we didn’t like comparison so much it would have died out.

In my Masterful Living Course community we say, “compare and despair.”

Forgiveness is the way out of all of this. It’s the only way out and it works. Forgiveness has literally saved my life. Forgiveness is letting go of the meaning I made of things. It’s letting go of the belief in better than and less than. I prayed thousands of times to forgive everything and it continues to work.

I prayed to forgive everything in all directions of time and space.
I prayed to forgive what I could remember I’d been offended by and what I didn’t.

True forgiveness is developing the ability to really practice the ACIM lessons. Lesson 25 helped me so much. “I don’t know what anything is for.” If I’ve gotten so lost in the tiny mad idea of better than and less than that my perspective is completely off, how can I know what anything is for? If I’m upset, I must have decided wrongly.

A lot of people say they’d like to forgive, but they don’t actually mean it. What they really mean is, I’d like to be free of this pain AND hold onto my judgments about what happened. That’s not forgiveness. That’s a fantasy of forgiveness.

When I first began teaching forgiveness workshops, in fact, in the very first workshop I ever did back in 2000, I learned a lot from the people who attended. One of the primary reasons that people were coming to my workshops or to a counseling session with me was that they had forgiven, but they didn’t feel free. They hadn’t actually forgiven, but they’d said they had. If they had truly forgiven they would have felt free.

So often I heard stories from one wonderful person after another who told me that they’d forgiven, but they were still so bothered and upset about what happened. I heard things such as, “my father molested me when I was a child. I have forgiven him so many times. I really just want to move on, but it still bothers me and I can’t seem to get free. Why can’t I let go?”

In a very real sense, it doesn’t matter why.
Our Higher Holy Spirit Self knows precisely why. Let’s commune with the Higher Holy Spirit Self by the means of prayer and simply ask Spirit to lift the burden from us. That’s what Jesus tells us in ACIM. He asks that we stop trying to do everything ourselves and actually ALLOW the healing to happen.

I learned HOW to ALLOW the healing.

I’m very practical. I’ve had enough of BS. I really don’t wish to read a lot of books and gather more information. I’m truly focused on healing my mind and sharing with others helps me to “get it” more clearly. I love joining with others. I love being the two or more gathered in the name and the nature of Christ. I’m grateful technology allows us to do this.

WE ARE SO BLESSED!

With the technology we have we can transcend time and space to pray together and to join together. That’s why I love recording a new prayer every day and a new episode of my podcast each week. I love teaching classes on Zoom. It’s so wonderful to use technology to connect.

Some people are feeling intensely emotionally and mentally challenged right now and I’m being led to talk about these things in my podcast. You might be interested in my topic this past week: How to Have Peace Instead of Worry. You can listen to it now..

People have told me they got engaged to be married, or healed their relationships and they attributed it to their living A Course in Miracles. They said they’d really listened and applied what I shared in the many episodes of my podcast about relationship. It’s all about the application, the allowance, the living it. Listening isn’t healing. It’s the active practice of forgiveness that opens our heart to live the Love.

And that’s why TODAY, you can join me, kironJ Gardner and more friends on zoom. kironJ is such an inspiration and I’m so glad we’ll get to be together on zoom today. This will be powerful! We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with inspiration and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register, unless you’ve already registered in the past.

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

I’ve used prayer to heal my life, and it’s been nothing short of miraculous. If you’re interested, join my Prayer Power class – you can get started right now. For years, this has only been available to folks in Masterful Living, but under the circumstances we have in the world right now, I was guided to open it to anyone. Join us for this class, which is Part 1 of a four part series – and then carry on if you feel inspired!

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

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

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Choosing Miracles

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

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

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

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

Madness!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am saying YES to Freedom!

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

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

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

I am open and available for all manner of assistance.

I am willing.

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

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

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

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Cure for Worry

Monday, May 11th, 2020

The worried mind has invested in the idea that some thing other than God is happening and that other thing is working against them.

The worried person has come to believe they are on their own.
Spirit has left them.

Their faith is in their own ability to defend themselves against the world.
And they know they cannot do it.

It cannot be done, because the true attack, is coming from inside their own mind.

Nothing in the world will ever cause them to feel safe for more than a moment because the issue is not in the world, it’s in their perspective of the world.

This is very intense for the person.

The worried person does not make good decisions, helpful decisions or wise decisions, because they’re operating from false evidence appearing real. Worry = Fear. When our interpretations of the world are incorrect, it’s impossible to make good decisions.

Fear:

F undamental
E rror is
A voiding
R esponsibility

Rather than accept responsibility for how they feel and the poor decisions they’ve made and are making, the fearful person blames the fear on what’s occurring in the world – convinced that fear is based on situations and circumstances – which it fundamentally isn’t.

The worried mind looks to gather the evidence to support the theory that there is another power that’s more powerful than the Divine and they must defend themselves against it. They must fend for themselves.

The worried mind manages and copes with the problem of fear without ever solving the problem of fear.

The worried mind pours gasoline on the fire and then complains about the heat.

I’ve been there. We’ve ALL been there.
It’s part of our learning. It’s part of the curriculum.
We’re not fools. We’re not idiots. We’re not losers.

We’re learners.

What is the cure for the worried mind?

In my classes I say, Prove God in your life.

Prove God. Don’t just talk about it, read about it, think about it. PROVE GOD works in our lives.

There’s no substitute for knowing the truth. The truth is liberating.
When we prove it, we’ll know it forever, to our bones,
and that’s worth EVERYTHING.
that’s the END OF ALL FEAR.

Prove what’s true about God and you’ll never regret it.

When we’re intent on the truth, that which is false easily falls away.

For me, the spiritual practice that has been the most helpful is prayer.

I have witnessed prayer change my life, my relationships, my finances, my friendships, every aspect of my experience.

A Course in Miracles teaches us that prayer “is the medium of miracles.” Prayer is the divine soil in which we plant the deep desires of our heart so they bloom and grow to fruition.

AND it’s a real training to learn to make the prayer and leave it on the altar, and not take it back, not start trying to work our own will.

In the ACIM booklet Song of Prayer we’re told, “Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son at his creation.”

Think about that!

Prayer is THE GREATEST gift we’ve been given and blessed by God with.

Get it?

For me, learning to pray was my answered prayer. How cool is that?

Jesus tells us, “Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God.” Prayer is the way we can reach our creator and that IS the greatest blessing we can have – to be connected with God, our creator.

My confidence in the power of prayer comes not from anything I am doing, it comes entirely from my KNOWING that God receives and responds to every prayer of the heart because I’ve proven it.

We’re always heard. And the prayer is always answered.

We may choose to reject the answered prayer, but it’s always given.

Perhaps the prayer isn’t answered in the way we would wish for, but in the highest and best way that we’ll receive. Many times, our prayer is for something specific that may not be for our highest and best good. Many times, our prayer is for something that will actually get in the way of our happiness.

How crazy is that?
Again, we’re learners, learning from crazy choices.

We may pray for something that’s not for our highest good. Haven’t we all done that?
If we believe that a particular relationship, say, a marriage, staying together is definitely the answered prayer, or staying in a particular job, and we pray for that, aren’t we really praying for happiness? For Love? For healing and Prosperity? We just happen to think that the relationship with that particular person, or that special job represents all that we’d like, and so that’s why we want it.

Spirit knows the prayer of our heart – so perhaps that relationship will seem to end – so the true prayer can be truly answered with another person for whom we’re better suited can find us. Perhaps having three months of unemployment, while the perfect job for us lines up for us is actually the answered prayer.

We don’t actually know what’s best for us.
And even if we did,
we may not choose it.
We might reject it.
We’ve done it many times before.

I pray for truth to be revealed.
I pray for Love to prevail.
I pray to be receptive to the good.
I pray to let the causes of suffering go.
I pray to love without conditions.

If you’re interested, TODAY I’m starting my Prayer Power class, and soon I’ll be offering my Stop Playing Small Retreat online.

I would love to share with you the basics of what I’ve learned about HOW to pray effectively and use prayer as a power tool for changing our mind, our life, and to eliminate our blocks to Love.

If this is the right step for you right now, you will absolutely know it with your heart.

If you’d like to PROVE GOD with me, I will be so glad to stand with you, because I know that having the proof is the best medicine for a worried mind. Faith in God is the answer to all worries.

It may seem impossible, but that’s only for people who put their faith in their own perceptions.

Willingness is the requirement. A little or a lot. I’ll take whatever you’ve got.

Let’s do it together!

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Mother’s Day Healing

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

We all have many mothers. There’s our birth mother and then there can sometimes be several women who help raise us plus grandmothers and aunties who feel like mothers. I have friends who are very maternal and are almost like a surrogate mother to me.

There’s Mom and then the Divine Mother. Each Mother has a role to play.

Sometimes we get a really great mother and sometimes our mother seems to be lacking. I know for many years I felt that my dear mother felt like a mixed bag to me. It took me a long, long time, to realize how completely perfect she was – for me. For a long time, I was ungrateful, and now I’m wholly grateful.

For a long time, I blamed my mother for some of my “problems.” Now, I thank her for my opportunities. I’m so grateful for the teachings of A Course in Miracles which, through truly LIVING them, I’ve been able to transform my life, my perspective, and, most importantly, my heart. I also transformed my relationship with my mother.

When my mother received a terminal illness diagnosis and was told she had a few months to live, I made the heart commitment that we would have total healing in our relationship before she made her transition. I made it my top priority and I made it my total responsibility.

In self-help programs and in psychological therapy, I was told that I should only take 50% of the responsibility for the quality of my relationships. For me, it was a big shift to go from blaming the other person for ALL of my upset about taking 50% responsibility.

Through my spiritual practice, I came to realize that taking 100% responsibility with 0% blame is the way of healing. I did that with my Mom and I experienced complete healing and transformation of our relationship before she made her transition.

I’d felt so much hurt, resentment, and anger toward my mother, and a lot of it wasn’t even about her at all. It took me SO long to realize that I felt so GUILTY about being mean and unkind to mother, and I was projecting my guilt onto her and blaming her for that too – I didn’t even know it.

I will forever be grateful for the teachings of ACIM which helped me to have faith that the healing would happen.

Fortunately, we had all the time we needed. She lived three years after that original diagnosis and about 2.5 years in, I had a total clearing of all the upset from the past. Yes, it was a miraculous and instantaneous experience that was 48 years in the making.

It was my commitment that brought it forth. And my prayers were constant and powerful.

The healing was so complete and so profound it propelled me to be even more dedicated to my healing and to share with others.

Truly living A Course in Miracles has allowed me to hand over the resentment and regret that tortured me for decades. Making that shift from ungrateful to grateful in my relationship with my mother completely changed my life and my thinking. In a sense, it was the “making” of me.

In the Manual for Teachers, Chapter 4, Development of Trust, it says “It takes great learning to understand that ALL things events, encounters, and circumstances are helpful.” It’s a giant breakthrough in awareness when one is willing to discover the Truth of that statement.

In my classes I say, Prove God in your life. Prove what’s true about God and you’ll never regret it. When we’re intent on the truth, that which is false easily falls away.

I truly know that prayer has changed my life. A Course in Miracles tells us that prayer “is the medium of miracles.” Prayer is the divine soil in which we plant the deep desires of heart so they can bloom and grow to fruition.

In the ACIM booklet Song of Prayer, we’re told, “Prayer is the greatest gift with which God blessed His Son at his creation.” Think about that! Prayer is the GREATEST gift we’ve been given and blessed by God. Wow!

Also, in that same section, Jesus tells us, “Prayer is a way offered by the Holy Spirit to reach God.” Prayer is the way we can reach our creator and that IS the greatest blessing we can have – to be connected with God, our creator.

My experience of healing with my mother showed me the power of prayer in so many ways.

I don’t doubt the power of prayer any more at all, and that confidence has transformed my life.

My confidence in the power of prayer comes not from anything I am doing, it comes entirely from my knowing that God receives and responds to every prayer of the heart. We are always heard. And the prayer is always answered.

We may choose to reject the answered prayer, but it is always given. Perhaps not in the way we would wish for, but in the highest and best way. Many times, our prayer is for something specific that may not be for our highest and best.

We may pray for a relationship to stay together, when in fact, that would only cause stagnation. We don’t know what’s best for us. And even if we did, we may not choose it. We might reject it.

God is the Divine Mother, the Divine Father and ONLY intends the best for us, nothing else, ever. Our challenge is to accept it.

I finally learned to pray for truth to be revealed.
I pray to be receptive to the good.
I pray to let the causes of suffering go.
I pray to love without conditions.

If you’d like to give yourself a new relationship with your mother(s), you can. It’s easier than you think, but only if you’re truly willing to be loving – to be able to love without needing to get ANYTHING in return. Love is not a “give to get” experience, it’s your true nature revealed. Give the Higher Holy Spirit Self the heavy lifting – let Spirit undo all the consequences of your “wrong decisions” of the past.

I was so completely dedicated to my opinions and yet I was still able to learn that the truth really does set us free. Are we willing to be free? Or do we in some way still blame others for our circumstances? Do we deny the learning in order to hold onto the judgment and then force ourselves to repeat the lessons over and over? I did that so frequently.

Let us forgive the mistakes of the past and move forward with compassion for ourselves and others.

I’ve done a couple of episodes about mothers on my weekly A Course in Miracles weekly podcast and you can search through the archive for episodes on whatever topic you’re interested in – there are so many on relationship and forgiveness.

I made a VIDEO a few years ago about my Mother’s Day Makeover and you can click here to watch it now.

TODAY, you can join me, Rod Chelberg, Jody Eberling, and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with inspiration and music. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register.

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

You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Prayer is a power tool, and I am so grateful for having learned the power of it. Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it.

If you’re interested, Monday I’m starting my Prayer Power class again, also I’m going to offer my Stop Playing Small Retreat online. People have asked for these things and I’m pulling it together. Stay tuned!

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

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

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Healing Power of Prayer

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

I love how a prayer shifts things so powerfully and so quickly. I’m grateful that I have prayer as a tool to use whenever I feel the need. It used to be that I would get into a bad mood or feel upset by things and I would let it go on and ON without thinking of stopping to pray. Crazy!

I started recording this daily prayer back in 2007 – 13 years ago – WOW!

I began offering the daily prayer because each day I was getting many calls for prayer from friends and counseling clients. Sometimes people would tell me that they really wished they could call me for prayer when they’re freaking out in the middle of the night.

I decided to find a way to make it possible for us to pray together any time of day, every day and, voila, the Prayer for Today was born.

I’m truly grateful that the technology we have these days supports our spiritual practice in so many ways. I’m grateful that we can use it to be Prayer Partners each day.

Prayer shifts the energy, it shifts the mood, it reboots us.

It’s so valuable to remember that we don’t have to suffer, we can refresh with a prayer. Prayer allows us to change our mind and change the channel that we’re tuned into. So much of our healing comes from our willingness to interrupt the patterns of fear. A prayer does it so well and so quickly!

I’ve learned the power of prayer from many miraculous experiences. I encourage you to pray on your own and to pray often. We don’t have to suffer, there are no extra points for suffering.

Let’s open ourselves EVEN MORE to the healing power of prayer anytime anywhere!

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Not A Victim

Monday, May 4th, 2020

We are ALL healing the belief in victimhood. We can call it “victim consciousness” or whatever else makes sense, we can even call it low self-esteem. We all can have experiences that push our victim buttons.

Each and every time that victim button gets pushed, it means that we are being given an opportunity to heal.

It seems like the theme of this past week or so has been for people to rise up to own their magnificence and recognize the power of their mind. Just because we “know” that our thoughts are manifesting as our experience, doesn’t mean we still don’t blame other people for how we feel.

When we blame other people for how we feel, then we’re saying we are victims of this world, and we’re not.

Believing that we’re the victims, is another way to say that I don’t wish to take responsibility. I’d rather make someone else responsible for my experience.

And when we’re doing that, we’re actually further affirming that this world is real and not an illusion.

If we truly knew and believed that this world is an illusion, we wouldn’t ever blame others for how we feel. We wouldn’t. We’d stop it.

For me, it’s been so helpful and so life-changing and relationship-changing to ELIMINATE the need to punish anyone who has behaved in an unkind or unloving way. Instead of getting angry and upset and telling people how I don’t like what they’ve done and blaming them for how I feel, I’ve been practicing taking responsibility and extending compassion.

In making this shift, I’ve really had to retrain and relearn, but thanks to the Higher Holy Spirit Self, it’s been miraculous and easier than I could ever have imagined – of course, having a true willingness makes the difference.

I woke up this morning thinking about the Responsibility For Sight section in the A Course in Miracles Text, it begins like this, “This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you.”

I remember reading that for the first time and thinking, “WOW!! THANK YOU!”

It goes on to say, “Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:” And that was another OMG, Here it comes! And then, here is what we are to say:

“I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked. Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.” T-21.II.2.

My shorthand for this became:

I am responsible for what I see,
And everything is just as I wish it to be.

I’ve said that to myself thousands of times and it’s helped me to snap out of the delusion of the illusion an into the power of loving choices. That’s no small thing.

Let’s take total responsibility.
Let’s eliminate blame.
Let’s rise above the battlefield of victimhood.
Let’s be truly helpful by being truly healed.

We don’t have to be the walking wounded.
We are designed to be teachers of God.
This is what we signed up for.

Now is the time of our liberation!
This IS the time we we have waited for.
It’s here now. Let us rejoice, because the Light has come!

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Self-Nurturing

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

I notice that many spiritual students appear to have a false belief that deprivation is somehow more spiritual. I’m pretty sure that Buddha’s whole life taught us that the middle way is the faster path to awakening.

In my family, my grandparents were young in the depression. Then they went through WWII and lack and limitation became a way of life in many ways. In my family we really have never felt comfortable with extravagance. It seems somehow shameful or wrong. I know this is a false belief.

In my family, we’re hard workers. We enjoy working and we enjoy playing too. What I don’t see a lot of is self-nurturing. Yet, that’s something I’ve learned is essential to my awakening to my divinity.

The more I walk this path of awakening, the more clear I am that we don’t have to crucify ourselves, and we don’t have to live deprived of Joy and enjoyment.

Self-nurturing isn’t something we’ve all had lots of great models for.

So, we’re the ones who can learn to be those models.

Self-nuturing is healing and it’s life-sustaining.

There’s a difference between being nurturing with ourselves and indulging our ego.

Self-nurturing can be an important part of our spiritual practice each and every day!

For me, eating healthy food, getting outdoors, taking time to connect with loved ones, enjoying the foods I like the most, are simple nurturing things I do every day in addition to prayer, meditation and a good night’s sleep.

While some spiritual students have a deep aversion to pleasure, due to a fear of be coming addicted to pleasure, that doesn’t mean that pleasure is bad. Let’s just not make it a false idol. Let’s not pursue pleasure for the sake of pleasure because that really is a huge distraction and detour.

We can enjoy the pleasure of stopping to smell the roses and other uplifting pleasures.

The greatest Joy comes from knowing ourselves as God. Since we ARE the Presence of God in our own life, let’s nurture and cherish ourselves into our remembrance of that fact.

Now is the time to leave the aversions behind and to step into the present moment victorious and free! Self-nurturing is caring for the Christ within. That’s something we can all celebrate!

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Racism

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

I was listening to a news report about what appears to be efforts to have enforced racism in the United States and particularly a report of many things the President has done over the years that indicate he might be racist in his views. As the list, went on I suddenly started to cry which surprised me.

My tears were a sudden empathetic response to how it would feel, and how much energy it would take, to maintain those views. Higher Holy Spirit Self said “God is not a racist.” And I almost laughed. I remembered that everything I see on the screen of life, I have the power to know the truth about. That’s my job. I work for God, Inc.

The very idea that God could be racist is laughable.

It must take a HUGE amount of life-force energy to be ultra religious AND a racist.

There are false constructs, such as racism, sexism, agism, that people agree to.

The antidote is to value the truth and call for the truth to be revealed.

The truth is the same for all beings.
There are no personal versions of the truth.
Truth is constant and truth is healing.

As part of my spiritual practice, rather than be bothered or upset when people are actively perpetuating things that aren’t true, “false facts,” fake media, etc. I don’t put my energy into reacting to it because I cannot believe that it has any real power.

Instead, I call for the truth to be revealed. Heaven make it so!

ALL things work together for our good and there are no exceptions except in the opinion of the ego. This is the teaching of A Course in Miracles. This IS the teaching of Jesus, and I’m with Jesus.

He also said, what you do to the least of them, you do to me. What a beautiful way to teach the unity of all life!

The truth is our liberator, let us call for the truth to be revealed in our heart and our mind and let it ripple out across the mind of all.

Let’s start a tsunami of healing by calling for the truth to be revealed.

This is a mission of the heart.
Spirit will prevail.
Truth is being revealed.

The truth isn’t that someone is right and someone else is wrong, the truth is that we are one and inseparable. All joined in Love, this is the truth. The truth IS being revealed. We allow it and don’t declare that any other thing is occurring. We let it be revealed. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be!

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Self Image

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stress

Monday, April 27th, 2020

Many people are feeling stressed right now. Some are feeling SUPER stressed, and almost everyone is feeling some kind of tension, so here are some tips to help you eliminate stress.

This is something I talked about in our Sundays With Spirit yesterday:

Eliminate the idea that things are bad. Labeling things bad is really a judgment that just upsets us and doesn’t bring any benefit at all. None.

Labeling things bad will definitely IMMEDIATELY cause you to feel more stressed.

So what’s the benefit?

A Course in Miracles teaches us that everything works together for our good and there are no exceptions, so why label things bad?

We label things bad because that’s the ego-mind pattern for separation. The ego-mind is relentless in its labeling, sorting, and separating.

When we start labeling things bad, deep down, somewhere in our awareness, we know that we’re perpetuating separation thinking and we’re modeling the “benefits” of it for all to see.

It’s so common for spiritual students to label things bad. I was the most prolific labeler! And now, I can tell you that it made me miserable, but I didn’t realize that was the issue. I thought it was things OUTSIDE me that were upsetting me.

Whenever I choose to label things bad it’s going to bother me because there’s no love in labeling things bad.

ACIM Lesson #25: I do not know what ANYTHING is for.

If I don’t know what it’s for, how can I label it bad?

If everything works together for my good, how can I label bad unless I’d like to reject my good?

I’ve had enough of rejecting my good. Enough, I tell you!

So, if we’d REALLY like to reduce our stress, and we’re not just kidding ourselves, we’re going to have to stop labeling things bad.

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

May you have a less stressful day!

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Sweetness Amidst the Sorrow

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

I was self-quarantined for four weeks by myself and this week I’m at my brother’s house with the family. It’s definitely a different dynamic. There are five of us and we’re all in separate rooms most of the day and working or going to school online.

My brother’s family has a new puppy – Bobbi. She’s as cute as it’s possible for a puppy to be.

All the parks are closed here in Montclair, NJ and this whole area, maybe even the whole state, I’m not sure. Yet every day when the weather is nice there are so many people out walking on the street and lots of people are with dogs like we are. Bobbi the puppy wants to play with every dog she meets.

Spring is springing here in the most beautiful ways. And there are amazing and unexpected signs that lift our hearts. Like these rocks that are around where we can see them. Inspiring and so touching. I so completely LOVE that people are shining their spirit and thinking of others in the sweetest ways. I’m hoping to do some “rock messages” myself this weekend!

Our family has been taking family walks when the weather is good.

It’s amazing how many people are out on the streets walking. Yesterday we were out for a walk together and we saw a line of cars forming.

About 20 cars formed a line. Many were decorated with signs and balloons and streamers. They were celebrating the 50th birthday of someone in the neighborhood. They all gathered and then made a procession honking and yelling from their car as the birthday girl stood out on the lawn and received her birthday wishes.

The whole episode made me teary-eyed. I am so moved by how people are learning to shine their light in the time of COVID. It’s quite interesting.

I can feel so strongly the intensity in the world and the sadness that so many people are feeling right now. It’s important that we can focus on ways to lift each other up.

I asked my brother what was the most interesting thing that he’d cooked (he’s the main cook in his household) during the lockdown and he said “hamburger buns.” They wanted to have hamburgers and they didn’t have any buns so he baked some! He’s also been making potato chips.

Cooking for the family, now more than ever is a way to lift each other up and surprise each other.

The other day my niece made sushi!

We’re all branching out, and discovering new ways of doing things. I’ve started to do Sunday services online – it’s a lot of fun and a big hit! We’re calling it Sundays with Spirit.

This weekend you can join me, Jon Mundy, Renee Stahl, and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together and if you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge.

When we did the service last Sunday with Lisa Natoli (you can watch the replay if you register for this week), I asked who was sheltering at home all by themselves and about half of the 350 people said they were on their own. WOW!

I know that many people are beginning to feel a bit buggy after all this time alone. And that’s one of the reasons that our Power of Love Ministry is getting ready to start live-streaming our prayer sessions on Facebook. We are developing a powerful prayer ministry during this time and we’re getting ready to share it beyond just our community.

Prayer is a power tool beyond what we can even imagine, but it’s not the begging, beseeching prayers that most people are familiar with, that’s not the power tool I’m talking about.

I’m a Science of Mind trained RScP Practitioner for 20 years. My license is from the Agape International Spiritual Center. I learned to pray in a way that is truly healing and I am so grateful for the power of prayer in my life. I’ve experienced profound and miraculous healing through prayer.

Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. I’ve been doing that for about 13 years. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world.

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

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

This week my topic in the podcast is Healing Hatred. Many people have self-hatred they project outwards. Some turn it inwards. I really loved this week’s episode – I always learn and grow through listening to what Spirit has me share. We can have SO MUCH healing in our minds – it blows me away again and again! I used to feel intense hatred at times and I still feel bursts of anger that are intense. I’m so grateful for the healing I’ve had and I am calling forth EVEN MORE!

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

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

Here’s my nephew Mikey having morning snuggles with his new puppy. Two cuties who make the world a better place. So sweet!

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Unblock the Flow of Love

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

It can be hard to imagine that changing one habit could transform your whole life, but I’m definitely living proof that it’s true. For me, the one habit that I changed that shifted my whole life was letting go of the habit of judging. I have had to really work at it. And I still work at it every day.

Each and every day, judgments and opinions come up that I see are blocking the flow of Love in my life.

I was grateful that I FINALLY saw that I was looking outside myself for ways to open up the flow of good, while simultaneously blocking it time after time.

It was my Homer Simpson moment – Doh!!

Rather than berate myself for not realizing what I didn’t realize, I was willing to just be grateful that I did finally realize my error and move on.

You see, I’ve been a very dedicate grudge holder in my life and so being able to move on is a MAJOR healing for me. Now, I can move on quite quickly and I’m SO, SO grateful for that. I invested so much of my precious life-energy in holding onto grievances. This is why Lesson #68 in the ACIM workbook is so valuable to me: Love holds no grievances.

When I think of Lesson 68 I say: Love holds no grievances, nor do I.

Can you think of something you did in the past that you now realize was an error in thinking and that you still berate yourself for?

If so, how much of your energy do you you feel that you’ve invested in that?

Would you be willing to forgive yourself, drop the judgment and move on?

It’s SO worth it to let these grievances go.

We do it by handing them over to Spirit.

It can help to have a God Jar on your altar where you can write these things down and physically place them in your God Jar and then let them go.

If you don’t have a God Jar or God Box on your altar, it’s easy enough to find something that will serve. If you don’t have an altar, that’s easy to.

Take a nice cloth, cover a table or a shelf, add a white candle, maybe a picture of a beloved teacher like Jesus or a statue of an angel, add your God Jar and you’re good to go.

Finding simple rituals to release the grievances and rely upon Spirit has changed my life and my feelings about myself and my life. I encourage you to go for it!

If you’ve been doing this already, let us know your results in the chat below! Thank you!

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Healing the Hatred

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

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

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

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

We don’t have to have special love relationships.

We don’t have to have special hate relationships.

We can have holy relationships.

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

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

We love because it’s our nature.

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

True love asks for nothing and is always satisfied.

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

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

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

Love is not an illusion.

It is a fact.

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

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

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

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

I’d rather focus on Love and being loving.

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

“Aint nobody got time for that.”

NOW is the time for Love!

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Feel Your Feelings

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

I had many years where I stuffed a lot of my feelings. Anger was the one feeling I felt most comfortable with.

It was a huge learning curve for me to allow myself to feel my feelings without trying to stuff them back down.

What was amazing for me was that once I began to really allow myself to have more than just anger and fleeting happiness, I began to feel true Joy, as well. Sometimes I’d feel so joyful I’d begin to cry.

I had to develop the courage to feel the sad feelings as well as the intensity of anger and not just annoyance, frustration, irritation, feeling offended and hurt. It was profoundly liberating.

Then I had to learn not to stew and soak and marinate in the feelings.

I had to learn the discipline and Self-care not to add fuel to the fire. Unfortunately, it took years of painfully stoking those fires of pain and falling into the fire pit of pain, again and again and AGAIN, before I finally learned that I didn’t have to do that.

Part of our spiritual growth of Self-Love is to learn to honor our feelings.

We do this through a process:

  • allow the feeling to come up for healing – don’t stuff them, or self-medicate them away
  • feel them but not soak in them
  • recognize the thoughts that are generating the feelings
  • let them pass on through – forgive ourselves for believing the false-beliefs that are generating the upsets

It’s so helpful to learn how to do this.

We can learn to have our mind be like the sky. Clouds will pass through and seem to block the sun, but the sun is still there. We don’t have to focus on the cloud but we can notice that it’s there. We can KNOW that the cloud isn’t permanent. It’s a temporary appearance, not built to last.

Right now, many people are getting triggered by many things that are occurring. Old wounds are coming up for healing and we can choose that healing and share the benefits with everyone. Healing is happening now.

 

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Good News

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

There is encouraging news mixed in with the tragic news. I’ll share the best news I’ve personally heard in a very long time. My friend Chris, who was taken to the emergency room two weeks ago with what they thought was a bad flu and who was diagnosed with pneumonia, and then later Covid-19, came home from the hospital after 14 days in quarantine. His husband and children are so HAPPY, as am I.

If you’re a person who prays, pray to know that all is well everywhere in this world. If you’re not a prayerful person, just bless everyone. That’s so beneficial to all!

Bless and bless again!

Sometimes, we might hesitate to bless someone we don’t like or feel should be punished. But if we think about it, when we bless those who seem to be generating hardship in our life, we’re helping them to have more clear insight about truth and Love and compassion and things that are helpful to all.

Bottom line: when we bless anyone, we bless everyone because all are connected.

This is so important to remember.

When we bless others, ESPECIALLY those who “despitefully use us” we are helping to undo the belief in separation. When we bless others, we bless ourselves because we’re One with them.

It’s never worth holding a grudge. Not for a single moment. The benefits of extending blessings and compassion are beyond our comprehension, and their are no benefits to holding a grudge.

When we can bless everyone we’re generating good news in our life every day. It will surely bring an increase of good news everywhere.

Let’s BE the blessing and share the blessing. It’s what we’re here for!

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Compassion Practice

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Today I drove over to the park to go for a long walk on a sunny day that was wonderful. Unfortunately, when I got back to my car my battery was dead. I just haven’t used my car enough while being quarantined at home (not sick, just being responsible) and so I had to call AAA and they came and jumped me. Life. I have compassion for myself for not realizing that I need to drive my car more. I have an old car with an old battery.

I had a nice little chat with the AAA fellow, and I’m grateful for any opportunity I can have to share a little kindness and connection with people. It’s such an intense time that we really can think of these exchanges as an opportunity to make the world a better place and spread some Love.

Let’s not take these exchanges lightly. They’re significant.

You never know when you might be talking with someone who is really terrified and going through something intense. Your kindness might really make a difference in their life. You’ll be so glad you made the most of that opportunity.

I did get to see some beautiful signs of Spring, including a surprisingly large turtle!





I’m so glad I can all still go for walks and practice social distancing.

One of the main things this virus is going to teach is that we need to practice kindness and responsibility – this will keep our vibration up and help us to heal our minds.

We’re all in a fast-track mind healing right now.
None of us can afford to lower our vibration.

Compassion is deeply healing and it can help us to transcend many things.

Practice, practice, practice.

I’ve learned to look at any place in my mind where I’ve been resistant to practicing compassion because I didn’t like something someone said or did.

Now I need to be more committed to my practice than ever, and I’m glad I can be. I’m so glad.

We can practice together and have tremendous healing. Yay, God!

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Transforming Terror to Peace

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Right now in the world, Covid-19, the Coronavirus, is raging in many places around the world. Countries are locking down. In some places, it’s illegal for people to be on the street with certain exceptions. There are all kinds of new rules and regulations coming into place. Some are to protect the populace and some are questionable invasions of citizen’s rights. Each country is different.

Some people are respecting the rules and warnings and some people are not.

We all have different ideas of what safety feels like, and we all have different trigger points of fear. As the U2 song says, “We’re one, but we’re not the same.” We’re not the same in our opinions and perceptions.

And so, we must respect these differences and have compassion for them.

As Thich Nhat Hanh, one of my teachers, has said, “Blaming never helps.”

A global pandemic is terrifying to a majority of people and we can respect how people feel while not giving in to the terror itself.

Terror, fear, comes from a perspective of wanting to control things that are not controllable.

Fear cannot arise unless attack is justified, and if it had a real foundation pardon would have none. The real world is achieved when you perceive the basis of forgiveness is quite real and fully justified.A Course in Miracles T-30.VI.3.

There will be more temptations to attack, to dispute, to make wrong than normal in this current climate of insecurity. Let’s not be tricked into believing our attack thoughts are correct. Let’s remember that “fear cannot arise unless attack is justified.” Anger and attack are so closely related, and neither is ever justifiable.

We can practice having an awareness of when we’re looking to justify our attack and our anger and lay those thoughts and beliefs on the altar. We invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self in to heal your mind about it. We will have healing as soon as we’re more willing than unwilling.

As soon as we’re more willing to let our belief go than we are willing to be righteous and right about it, the healing has happened.

Let’s go for that. More willingness.

Let’s focus on being willing to be HAPPY.

Right now, people are frightened and people are dying and people are grieving. Let’s not be petty about our grievances. I’d rather be kind to everyone now and be grateful they’re alive to annoy me.

I have a good friend who is in the hospital with this virus for 10 days now. No one can go and visit him. Lots of people are having their loved ones die in the hospital and they cannot be with them. So, if you’re finding yourself losing your patience with your loved ones, be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL they are there with you now. Raise yourself up by reaching for the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Don’t allow your vibration to fall down.

We’ll get through this and we have to do it together. LOVE is our healer. Not medicine, not food, not ventilators. LOVE.

How willing are you to practice radical patience right now? Please share in the comments below.

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Sheltering in Peace

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

I returned to New Jersey from Los Angeles this past Monday and I’ve been sheltering in place ever since. Even though my family is just a few miles away, I haven’t been to see them and I won’t go to see them because I don’t have a way to be tested for Covid-19. It’s entirely possible that I’ve been exposed while traveling, and it could possibly incubate for weeks without me having a clue. I’d rather be safe.

As an A Course in Miracles student, I know this: my script has already been written. Your script has already been written. All the possibilities for our lives are written into our script the way that all the possibilities are written into a video game script. We cannot change that script, but it’s vast. As with a video game, no one knows how we’ll play it.

In each and every moment we have the opportunity to choose Love.

The more we choose loving thoughts and actions, the more we open up the higher, more loving and harmonious aspects of our script AND the more we open up to new and sometimes intense challenges to help us increase and awaken our awareness even more.

The more we choose fearful thoughts and choices, the more we open up opportunities to learn through pain and suffering.

We can choose to learn through pain or Joy.

It’s our free-will choice.
We get to decide.

Mostly I choose to learn through Joy, but not always. I’m more consistent and I’m grateful for that.

I am choosing not to be afraid, and I’m also choosing to be responsible and not reckless. The protocols are quickly changing in this world, at least for now, and I am staying home, isolated in the physical realm by myself, but I have so many people I’m interacting with on Zoom and on the phone that I am feeling very connected with people. I’m actually talking with friends more often right now because it’s more important right now. What are you doing more of right now, besides praying?

I know that people are feeling worried and afraid, and so I’m working on things we can do to support people where they are.

I don’t feel worried and afraid, because I absolutely know that if I were to get sick that it would be in my script and it would be for my highest and best.

Being sick would present a series of forgiveness lessons that would be greatly beneficial, even if I didn’t like them.

I’m truly interested in the maximum growth opportunity, even though I must confess I don’t always choose it. Sometimes I shrink back and choose to avoid. Some days I feel stronger than others. Some days I have more dedication than others.

What I’m grateful to see is that every day I’m making more and more loving choices and that I am constantly feeling more free of ego thoughts, control, and manipulation. I rarely get bothered or upset, and when I do it’s usually quite fleeting.

If you feel something coming toward you in your script that you don’t like, make a change in your thinking. Call upon the Higher Holy Spirit Self and rise UP in your awareness by making as many loving choices as you possibly can. Don’t let it just come toward you and run you over – Partner UP and get help. Our mind is the Mind of God – we aren’t victims!

I’m looking at how we can offer my Finding Freedom From Fear Boot Camp sometime soon for those who are feeling really challenged by fear right now. If you’re feeling afraid, consider listening to my free podcast, A Course in Miracles. Consider subscribing, and you can search for topics that will support you at this time. There’s about 440 episodes, plenty of choices!

You can also subscribe to the Podcast of my Prayer for Today and you’ll have hundred of prayers to choose from – one for every occasion. Prayer works.

People tell me often that they fall asleep listening to me, and I’m not offended. I have the intention that my voice is soothing and inspiring, so if it soothes you to sleep that’s a good thing.

I’ve been thinking of making a recording of me whispering positive thoughts that someone could listen to as they fall asleep – would that interest you? I’m looking to be helpful. If that would be helpful, or any other thing you think I could offer, please suggest it in the comments below or email it to me at admin@jenniferhadley.com

Thank you!

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