Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

Blessings

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

For a long time, I actively felt like I was being crucified. I felt like a martyr of some kind. In a sense, I was addicted to feeling like a victim – and I didn’t even know it. I was the one perpetuating it. I didn’t realize I was rejecting my blessings!

Who among us hasn’t had an experience where the appearance was that something devastating and destructive was happening, only to realize that we’ve been blessed by the experience?

I’ve twice been fired from jobs I wouldn’t have quit even though I didn’t like working with the people and their practices. I was selling myself short while praying for expansion, Clarity, and Freedom. My prayers were answered when I was “let go.” It took me a minute or a few months, but fortunately, EVENTUALLY I realized that I’d been blessed by being fired.

Think about it: If we believe anyone has done us wrong or that they have wounded us, then we’re probably holding it with a crucifixion belief. If we believe someone else has done something to us that we feel crucified about, then we’re keeping ourselves in the victim consciousness which prevents us from resurrecting and rising in Joy.
If we are actively feeling crucified by something that is happening in our body, our family, our relationships, or our workplace, then our thinking is perpetuating that experience and we’re blocking our healing, our resurrection, our Freedom.

Let’s give all the blocks to Love to Spirit for healing and allow ourselves to live happily ever after! We CAN actively accept and allow our blessings!

It might sound crazy, but receiving our blessings is actually a choice that we can make. I’ve made my choice. If you agree, please share in the comments below!

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day and I LOVE it! This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling with me. Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, on line or in writing! I love it! We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work! Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see! 4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question! Join me live or get the download later.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

It goes in cycles, and right now, I have such a strong desire for cleansing, clearing, Clarity, and Freedom from the past. I have been doing the Medical Medium Liver Cleanse for 12 days, and before that I was doing a modified version for about a month.

I can feel the release of toxins from the body, and I went through a heavier detox period where I woke up groggy and with a brain fog, but that didn’t last. I love doing a cleanse, because the body-mind connection becomes more visible. In the midst of a cleanse, I have more clarity. My intuition sharpens. I love that feeling. I feel lighter, and I can tell my vibration is higher.

I’m learning to listen to my body more and more attentively. This cleanse calls for me to eat these huge salads twice a day and I can barely eat one of them. There’s nothing I can do, I simply cannot eat anymore. It’s funny to me to be on a cleanse and to not be able to eat all of the food because I already feel so full.

I’m not going to force it, because that’s not my thing. I don’t wish to force myself to eat anything, because it wouldn’t be kind. And I’m not worried about not doing it right. I’m not under-eating, I’m just not able to eat two giant salads in a day and all the other food.

In this instance, Self-Love is taking good care of myself by not doing the healthy thing because it doesn’t feel right. I need to modify and I can feel good about it. I’m still within the guidelines. I don’t need to pressure myself to meet some standard that would require me to forcibly do something that might make me feel ill.

My work requires that I take good care of myself. Exercise, spiritual practice, healthy food, breaks, good sleep, and having fun are all part of having a healthy life. Sometimes it can be tempting to work all the time, because I do love the results that people have. But as the adage goes: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The use of the word “dull” in that statement refers to Jack’s life being dull, but it also means that his mind might be dull, too.

I love expressing Creativity, that amazing spiritual quality that is so completely Spirit’s nature. Everywhere we look there is such amazing creativity being expressed by the Infinite, and we can be in tune with it and let it flow through our life.

The more clear we are, mentally, emotionally and physically, the more we can be truly helpful as well as creative, present, awake and alive.

That’s why I’m doing this cleanse, and I’m clear that being kind to myself is an essential aspect to everything I do. Kindness is nourishing to the soul.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

You know the healing is REALLY happening in your mind when you no longer feel punished by the things occurring in your life. When you can take whatever comes in stride with grace.

Healing is happening when you’ve spun out your complaints, death threats, suicidal tendencies, despair, anger, hatred and depression to the point where it just doesn’t interest you anymore.

When we decide we’d like to get to that point of clarity, Spirit arranges for a lot of things to come up into our awareness for healing. It’s a purging and sometimes it feels like a hurricane, a tempest is brewing, and then it arrives full force.

When this happens, when it seems like life is melting down, PLEASE know this: it’s not a failure. It’s a crucible. Your life is melting down so you can be reborn. This is what happens in the Development of Trust, according to A Course in Miracles:
First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light? He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally. And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances. These changes are always helpful. When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.

It’s like when the caterpillar goes into the cocoon. It’s of it’s own making. Inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar melts. It liquefies, like in a crucible where the metal is melted so that the dross can be burned off, or so that the high temperature, pressure, heat, will bring an alchemy of change.

A meltdown is part of the healing process. Move through it and get to the other side with help from the invisible. Don’t go it alone. Call on Spirit to carry you, but be willing to go.

We all desire this change and we all have levels of resistance. Being in resistance isn’t being stuck. Give thanks that you’re not stagnant. Note where you are, without any judgment, and be willing to move to the next stage of your healing. Willingness is ALL that’s required, and we don’t have to understand ANY of it to be willing.

I encourage you to be sure not to miss my radio show today! Part 2 of my conversation with kironJ Gardner. I look forward to sharing it with you!

TODAY’S RADIO SHOW: my topic is Healing The Body With the Mind – Part 2. 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!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

I’m up in Vermont again this summer. I’ve been coming here since 2006 to be with my teacher, Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo and be in community with the Sunray Meditation Society folks that I’ve come to know and love. This year, I’m not camping. I have a lot of work, so I made it easier for me to be in a house not too far from the Peace Village where the teachings are.

We’re preparing for the Sunray Peace Village Elder’s Gathering, a 3-day event that starts on Friday. They’ve been doing it on the last weekend of July for 35 years, gathering elders from many nations – Native American and indigenous elders from other countries, as well. It’s a lot of fun! If you are in the area, please come by – or maybe make a drive! It’s gorgeous here.

One of the things I love about the Sunray community is its diversity — diversity of people and diversity in nature. With all the different kinds of trees and birds, and everywhere we look in nature, is this endless display of diversity, plus people from around the world. I love diversity, and I find it comforting. It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy these Elders Gatherings – everyone looks and sounds so different, but our hearts feel the same.

I love that the days are filled with SO MUCH gratitude to our Creator, for our life, for the good in our life, for the food, the weather, and the opportunity to be together.

It takes MANY people working many long days in order to pull this event off. (I would love to share pictures, but the best parts are not to be photographed, they’re to be experienced.) Some of us are doing things we’ve never done before, some of us are trying out our talents and gifts.

We’re almost always outside all day and I love that.

I love to see the wise Elders being respected and listened to. They have SO MUCH to share that’s helpful. I spent as much time as I could with my grandparents and I really enjoyed listening to them. To me, people are more interesting than movies, books or television. For me, there’s nothing more interesting than a good conversation that leads to a new understanding of the Beauty of life.

It’s powerful to see how affecting it is to us all, to be able to bask in the teachings of these ones and to remember the native ways of viewing the world.

I notice that I’ve become increasingly disinterested in movies, books and television unless they’re sharing truth and insight. Most stories aren’t interesting to me at all anymore. If I can’t feel the heart, it feels dull. I’d much rather have a great conversation with someone about their life and what they’re learning at any age!

Being able to speak, write, and teach in a way that touches hearts is a powerful and beautiful thing. It’s really great fun!

In this world of extraordinary diversity, who are the wise elders that you most admire and listen to? Please share in the comments section below!

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

“Little things mean a lot.” This is true for some, but not for others. Some people notice the little things and some do not. However, I’ve come to definitely know that the Infinite Love Intelligence that is guiding us all counts everything, every little thing.

Because all is One — one life, One mind — there is nothing against us, everything is for us, eternally. No matter how it may seem, nothing is ever against us.

Everything works together for good. There are no exceptions, except in the ego’s opinion. A Course In Miracles

Know that we’re not punished for our unloving choices, but we do feel the effect of them. We’re never punished, because that’s not the most effective way to teach anyone. Experiencing the consequences is different than being punished.

In fact, what greater punishment could someone subject us to than having us experience what it’s like to be, even momentarily, out of the flow of Love? We do it to ourselves.

I can honestly say that I sometimes am not kind. I get frustrated and I’m irritable. I’m not frustrated with others, I’m frustrated by my own ineffectiveness and my challenges communicating. It’s true. And every time I course-correct with kindness, my heart is healed a bit more. Kindness has transformed my life. It is a living spiritual practice of Love.

I have known spiritual students who were extremely dedicated in their practices and study, but who were highly reactive and who were actually mean and attacking of other spiritual students and teachers. We’re all on a journey. Me, too. AND a dedication to being kind has helped me to change my heart.

Here are some reasons to make kindness important that have really worked for me:

  • You will immediately feel better about yourself when you’re kind to others.  
  • Offering kindness to others IS being kind to your own physical, emotional, and mental bodies and being.  It’s unkind to let yourself be agitated and inflame your emotional body.  
  • Being kind puts us in the flow of Love and immediately shifts the energy.  This makes us naturally grateful, and gratitude raises our vibration and makes us more receptive to good in all it’s forms, including intuition.
  • When we’re kind in the face of unkindness, we can shift the energy and turn the tide, and sometimes that wakes another person up from their dream of feeling separate and that life is a battle – we redeem them back into their loving heart as we expand our own.  WOW!
  • It inspires others.  People are looking for models of happiness.  Seeing you be kind lifts the hearts of others and ignites the Love in them.
  • People notice when others are kind and they learn from the specifics of what you do by your example.  It gives people ideas of how to live a more loving life.

Here are some ways to make kindness important so that you don’t forget.

Every choice we makes sends a karmic ripple throughout the Universe. Rather than fear that, which stokes the fire of feeling bad and wrong, we can make a conscious choice in each moment to add something that brings benefit.

One way to bring tremendous benefit is to be kind. Yup. Kindness is always a smart move.

There are times when it’s REALLY challenging for the personality to be kind. We resist it. We fight against it. Sometimes, it doesn’t even occur to us. But still, we CAN make kindness important, if we choose to.

Think of it this way: Imagine you decided you were now going to incorporate images of hearts and angels into your decor, your jewelry and clothing, and your whole life. You would start to look for those things. You’d think of stores that might carry those things. You’d make an effort to go and look there. If you were going to go to a museum, you might make a decision to go to the gift shop and spend a few minutes looking around in there for an item with a heart or an angel that you could bring home, when normally you might avoid the bookstore. That’s the idea.

Ask your Higher Holy Spirit Self to make new opportunities to extend kindness to flash like a neon sign in your heart and mind. Look for ways you can be more considerate.

DECIDE this is how you’re going to live now.
You’re morphing into the kindest version of yourself.

Before you go into a meeting, a party, or a conversation with other people, affirm that you’re bringing your Higher Holy Spirit Self, the Mighty I AM Presence of you to go before you to lead and guide you, to alert you to the opportunities to extend kindness.

Of course, it doesn’t work if you are trying to get validation or recognition. Giving to someone in order to get something from them is co-dependency and manipulation. Let’s not kid ourselves about that. Bottom line: giving to get isn’t kind.

Being kind comes from a generosity of heart. It’s not that it’s better to give than to receive. It’s not. Everything we receive, we receive from Spirit as It’s the only Source. If we don’t receive, we have nothing to share. Receiving is essential.

Giving and receiving without attachment is what we’re learning to practice.

Every year in our Masterful Living Community we share so many wonderful stories of transformation of the other people in our lives because they are practicing non-judgment and kindness. It’s a deep and challenging practice. It’s also powerfully healing at all levels.

Being kind is a basic spiritual practice that we can share with our family, our co-workers, and our community. It makes a much bigger difference than we can even know. I cannot tell you how many times people have told me how much they learned from seeing me be kind to someone who was being aggressively rude with me.

It doesn’t mean we’re a doormat. Not at all. Being kind doesn’t mean putting up with other people’s meanness. It means understanding that when others are mean and unkind, they are not in their right mind. We can go to Spirit ask how to answer their cry for Love.

A Course in Miracles tells us that our brothers and sisters are our greatest help in awakening from the dream of separation. They redeem us as we redeem them – if we’re willing.

Dream softly of your sinless brother, who unites with you in holy innocence. And from this dream the Lord of Heaven will Himself awaken His beloved Son. Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about instead of counting up the hurts he gave. Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. And do not brush aside his many gifts because he is not perfect in your dreams. He represents his Father, Whom you see as offering both life and death to you.

Brother, He gives but life. Yet what you see as gifts your brother offers represent the gifts you dream your Father gives to you. Let all your brother’s gifts be seen in light of charity and kindness offered you. And let no pain disturb your dream of deep appreciation for his gifts to you. ACIM T-27.VII.15 & 16

Practicing in this way, simple acts of kindness ripple through our lives spreading Love and gratitude and they definitely can improve our ability to be happy.

Kindness IS happy making.

Let’s make the most of every opportunity and remember to laugh when we forget. Every day I offer this “Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. We use technology to transcend time and space, and deepen our spiritual practice and connect with each other. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!

We’re all on a journey of relinquishing the blocks to Love, and there is so much help for us in the invisible. Kindness helped me to heal my life and my heart. We are never alone, we do it together. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together, we truly are answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

 

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Self-Empowerment Through Acceptance

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Acceptance of what is can bring us Peace, but not if we hold in our mind that acceptance is somehow a “giving up”.

We accept that what is going on is happening.
We accept that what happened, happened.
We accept that things are as they are.

And then, we energize our intentions in order to bring a shift.

A Course in Miracles tells us,
“ … seek not to change the world,
but choose to change your mind about the world.”

For instance, let’s say your house just became flooded and effectively destroyed. Your workplace has also been destroyed, and so you no longer have a job but you still have a family to feed and take care of. You might find this intensely upsetting. You might not like it at all. You might not wish to accept it. If you’re not able to accept what is happening, you’ll have a hard time moving to the place of healing. Acceptance comes first.

I’ve heard a number of people say things like “What will be, will be.” Que sera sera.

That goes against what I’ve learned about this world.
This world is a project of our mind, gently planned, by One Whose only purpose is our good.

In this world, we make choices of how to think and feel about things, and our thoughts and beliefs become our experiences. Our beliefs are like a magnet in our mind that attracts the thoughts that we might choose to think. Our thoughts than become like molds that form our experiences. We can break the mold and have a new experience. We can choose a new thought. We can relinquish the beliefs that don’t serve and energize the truth that sets us free.

“True learning is constant, and so vital in its power for change that a Son of God can recognize his power in one instant and change the world in the next. That is because, by changing his mind, he has changed the most powerful device that was ever given him for change. ACIM T-7.V.7.”

We are not victims of circumstance.
We can change our mind.
We can choose our thoughts.

It’s so valuable to us that we have the ability to change our mind, and that we have the ability to choose what we’ll energize. We can choose to serve God or ego.

What will be, will be unless we change our mind about it.
Let’s choose to change our mind about the world.

Let’s take dominion over our minds and continuously energize the highest and best for all and a world that works lovingly for everyone.

Let us not just stand back and become voyeurs in this world. We are the dreamers of this dream. Let’s not abdicate our “response-ability”. Let’s actively energize that more Peace, more Love and more Joy are happening now.

We pray to accept the things we cannot change and to Love what is, even if we don’t like it.

Acceptance is a starting point to our empowerment!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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

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Reluctance & Resistance

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

For what must have been about three years, I prayed every day to release the resistance and reluctance I felt. It bothered me so much that I was so often feeling my intuition guiding me in one direction, but I didn’t have the courage to choose it.

The resistance I felt showed up in so many ways. It was a constant battle with self-sabotage that felt like climbing up hill, and then rolling back down, and then starting up again, and rolling back down again.

It was exhausting.
And I was determined not to let the resistance and reluctance win out.
That’s why I kept praying.
I had faith that my prayers would carry me through, and they did.

Now I can see that I learned so much and healed so much through my experience of resistance and reluctance.

Deep down, I felt unworthy of my calling. Now I know that doesn’t even make sense.

I used to think that being a minister meant that I would somehow always make the highest and best choices. Now I understand that I’m still learning, still remembering, and so sometimes I will stumble and fall, and that’s how I have learned to cultivate a great humility and a greater compassion. Both are necessary to my success as a minister.

When there’s reluctance to making the loving choices there’s a healing opportunity, and we can choose the healing instead of collapsing into reluctance.

The resistance is often about not wishing to give up playing small because it seems so safe. The ego thought is, “At least if I play, small I’m not going to impact many others with my unworthiness”

When I learned to actively live in a loving way, releasing the judgments and really walking the talk, the resistance and reluctance fell away. It dissolved. Miracle! We have a miracle in our heart/mind and then our life demonstrates it. YES!

If this is an issue for you, last year I did a radio show on the topic of Resistance & Reluctance that might be helpful. It’s time for us to shine our light and live the Love! Let’s rise & shine, baby!

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day and I LOVE it! This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling with me. Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, on line or in writing! I love it! We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work! Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see! 4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question! Join me live or get the download later.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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

 

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Full Moon Freedom

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

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

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

Now’s the time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full moon is a fun time to have a ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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Healing The Body With The Mind

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Can we actually heal the body with the mind? There’s lots of evidence to support that we can. But if so, then wouldn’t all spiritual students have healthy bodies?

A Course in Miracles tells us that ALL healing is at the level of the mind.

The Course tells us that we have to accept that sickness is a decision that we made and, like all decisions that don’t bring us happiness, we can change our mind.

Ah, doesn’t that sound so simple? So why does it seem so confoundingly complex? Is it because we don’t really wish to understand – except on an intellectual level?

Yes, it’s because we don’t wish to understand, and we don’t wish to let go of the meaning we’ve made of things. Sometimes we’re punishing ourselves and sometimes we’re offering others an opportunity to extend compassion.

We may not know what the challenge is for – but we can know that the healing is happening.

I know, and I do mean KNOW, that we can heal the body with the mind, because I’ve seen it, experienced it and that has proven it to me.

Our willingness to have the knowing and to have the healing is ALL that’s required.

There is no other requirement. And sometimes we just aren’t willing until there’s been a lot of pain and suffering.

And sometimes we can’t understand why it is the way it is – all we can understand is that we don’t like it and we wish it were different.

ACIM Workbook Lesson #25 “I do not know what anything is for” has helped me so much. It helps me to realize that I cannot yet see beyond time and space and perceive the cause of everything, and so until then, I can simply rest in “I do not know what anything is for” rather than judge it and think that I do.

To heal the mind about the body requires ONLY our willingness and we can work on that every day. Healing doesn’t take time. It takes willingness. That is all.

I invite you to check out my radio show today. My guest is Kironj Gardner, and she is going to share her story of amazing healing in the body with her willingness to heal at the level of the mind. You will not wish to miss this!!

TODAY’SRADIO SHOW:  my topic is “Healing The Body With the Mind.  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!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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Betrayal Burns

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Last week in my radio show I discussed “Forgiving When We’ve Been Betrayed and a number of people have told me how much they appreciated it. I used to really harbor grievances around what I perceived to be betrayals. This was a major issue for me, and it ate up a lot of my energy.

For whatever reason, my personality was a real grudge holder, and I’m so glad I don’t invest in that like I used to. Phew! What a relief.

Perhaps it’s because I lost so much of my precious time and energy holding onto resentments and grievances that I am so grateful to be able to practice the true forgiveness that I’ve learned. I feel blessed every day that I can share what I’ve learned help other people reclaim their lives and their precious energy.

One of the main things about betrayal is that when we invest in seeing ourselves as betrayed and keep it going, investing more and more energy, time, and attention in it, we’re also investing in seeing ourselves as victims.

Betrayal is so painful, in part, because it has us further investing in the false belief that we’re not worthy of Love, respect, kindness, care, et cetera. Think about that. Is that what we really wish to invest in? I don’t think so!

People who give to others in order to get something back, who are manipulative, often feel betrayed when others don’t respond the way they’re expected to. I know a lot about that, too.

I encourage you to look into your heart and see if you can discover where you might be holding these kinds of grievances and grudges, and be willing to forgive yourself for having invested your precious life force, your time, and energy into something that is actually like a Joy-sucking virus in your life.

We can forgive ourselves and then the betrayal is actually over. We can reclaim our life and move on.

Hanging out in betrayal makes people bitter and resentful. I tried it. I can report to you that it’s no way to live. Take it from a friend. No grievance is worth hanging onto – and self-forgiveness is the way out.

I am so grateful I learned the true forgiveness that continues to heal my mind, my heart, my relationships and my life.

Forgiveness rocks! I’m not energizing betrayal anymore! Enough!

If you’d like to get over it and can use some help – please check out my free forgiveness workshop: How To Get Over It! It’s great to do the workshop with a friend – and tomorrow is the FULL MOON! Perfect for releasing the grudges and harvesting the wisdom! Woo hoo!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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

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The Prodigal Daughter Returns

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

I used to feel like there was some kind of invisible lid on my life. Maybe you could call it a “spiritual glass ceiling”.

I felt that no matter what class I took or book I read, I was still not having the breakthrough and momentum that I so deeply desired. I began to feel quite discouraged. I thought it was me. I began to think that it was just more evidence that something was wrong with me. (Though, truth be told, I’d didn’t see a whole lot of people around me having amazing breakthroughs and healing.)

Sometimes I’d think that there was some mysterious, magical code that I must be missing. I mean, it had to be something like that, because I was putting so much time, money, and effort into my spiritual studies. I just wanted to find out what the code was and who had the key.

Well, it turns out that I had the code and I had the key. Sigh.

In a sense, it was like that moment when Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz, realizes that she had the power all along. The difference is, it didn’t happen for me all at once. It dawned on me slowly.

One thing I learned is that the truth is written in our heart. It’s already there, pre-installed, but we do have to decide to access it in order to experience it. The way we access it is through our willingness, our desire and expressions of Love.

I found the path that I was looking for in my own heart.
The path I was looking for was to loving myself.
I had to be willing to Love myself enough to release all the blocks to Love.

Dorothy’s journey is archetypal.
She’s very much a prodigal daughter.

Think about it:
She gets mad.
She runs away from home.
She gets lost in a foreign land.
She has a lot of adventures, but she really just wants to return home to the love of her family.
When she returns, she’s waking from a dream.

The dream of not having, lacking, wanting and searching ultimately leads us all back to our hearts. There’s nowhere else to go.

So, of course, I had to stop looking outside myself and come back into my heart. That’s the great journey. AND no matter where we are in the journey – we can drop what we’re distracted by and come back into our hearts RIGHT NOW. We don’t have to wait! FOR REAL.

That’s the thing about the ego – it’s always conditional. To the ego, everything is conditional. Everything has to be earned. The Spirit doesn’t work that way, because Spirit is a NOW system. LOVE is a NOW thing. Love ONLY exists in the now. Ego is always in the past or the future.

Our journey home to our heart is NOW. That’s the only time we can experience it is now.

That glass ceiling I was feeling, that resistance and reluctance – that stuckness – was simply the belief that I was lacking and that I didn’t have what it took.

We all have what it takes!

We’re all pure Spirit – how could we be lacking?

Your home has called to you since time began,
nor have you ever failed entirely to hear.
You heard, but knew not how to look, nor where.
And now you know. A Course in Miracles T-20.II.8.

Today’s the day to truly practice the Presence with gratitude and Self-Love. Today is our day to wake from the dream of endless limitations. We already have the power!

All we must do is look where we can find – and that’s within.

We must return home to our heart to feel whole.

No matter how ugly you think it might be inside your heart, no matter how empty or depraved – that’s where the Kingdom is. The Kingdom is just underneath whatever rotten thing you think might be there. Look past the delusion of “less than” and “not enough” and you will see the Kingdom.

A Course in Miracles tells us we are God’s Treasure. Let’s live as if we knew it!

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

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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Don’t Give Up On Your Relationship

Monday, July 8th, 2019

When we give up on other people, we’re also giving up on ourselves. And yet, when people are so disappointing and difficult, it’s so tempting to walk away from them. Giving up, quitting, that’s the easy thing to do in the short run. In the long run, it will become a weight that’s not worth carrying.

So, what to do? I get this question a lot.

Consider this: We’re all one with each other. And, we’re all eternal. Therefore, it stands to reason that our relationships are eternal, as well. So while we can certainly SEEM to walk away and end a relationship in this lifetime, it’s only temporary.

Why settle for a temporary solution that will only make things more challenging in the future? Why build into your future a challenge you’ll have to deal with that will be fermenting the entire time between now and then?

How to deal with it in the present moment? Well, you don’t have to keep talking with the person. You don’t have to connect and relate with them in the visible world. Seek not to change another person, but to change your mind about them.

Very few people are really willing to hold the vision of the highest and best in their difficult relationships. It takes a lot more effort than it does to complain.

Complaining never helps. Complaining makes you a crap magnet. Compassion makes you a LOVE magnet. Which would you rather be?

Hold the vision of a healed relationship, and then let Spirit do the healing. Sometimes this can be REALLY challenging. And, it’s also a way to heal your mind.

If you give up on the relationship, you’re giving up on yourself.

Instead of giving up on the relationship, give the relationship UP to the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

Give up your needing, wanting, craving,s and aversions about the relationship. Give up all forms of attachment to the person and the way the relationship “should” be and you’ll have a healing in your heart – but you have to really mean it.

Be willing to hold a vision of healing without an attachment to how it looks.

Focus on how you’d like that relationship to feel – would you like it to feel loving, harmonious, playful, respectful, prosperous, beautiful and more? Hold the vision of that, cultivate that feeling, and give up how you think it should look.

It may take a great willingness, and it may take a while, but then it won’t come back and bite you on the behind, and that’s great! We have other things to do besides recovering from being bitten on the behind!

If you were freaking out or in a rough place, would you wish for SOMEONE to hold the high watch for you? Of course you would. Be that person now!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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Cure for Self-Doubt

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Each person walking this Earth has an inherent belief in their own weakness and deficiency – unless they have directly healed it. How do we heal it?

#1 stop affirming it.
#2 extend Love, express Love, be loving.

Almost everyone has self-doubt, and the majority of people, even those who seem to be strong and tough, even the biggest bully, has punishing self-doubt. For many, the self-doubt is so strong that it’s disabling, it’s crippling.

The self-doubt is a FULL STOP on people’s willingness to trust their heart.

Without the ability to trust our heart, there is no happiness.

It may seem strange to say, but one of the most SELF-destructive things we can do is to energize the self-doubt of others, and yet it happens all the time.

When people don’t trust themselves, and their own heart and ability to discern what’s true and not, then they won’t trust someone else. It’s so easy to encourage people’s doubt.

Folks in the Masterful Living community often tell me that trust is their major issue. ACIM tells us that trust is the #1 characteristic of God’s Teachers.

We can definitely learn to trust, and it’s worth EVERY bit of energy that we can put into it, because without trust there is no faith, and with faith all things are possible. This is why developing trust is such an important part of my curriculum.

Without faith, nothing of value is possible.
We can accomplish a lot, even with lots of fear, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.

We must learn to discern what is of value, and ONLY trust in Love will give us that. There is no other way.

When we aren’t building on a foundation of Love, we’re building on sinking sands.

We undermine our own sense of self-worth and “trust-ability” when we’re unloving. There are few things more unloving than to cast doubt into someone’s heart about themselves – or another.

Consider the times when you were plucking up the courage to follow your heart or your intuition and someone cast doubt, and you decided against it.

Consider a time when you barely had enough strength or willingness to follow your passion, and someone said the smallest thing, and that was all you needed to shut yourself down and back away from taking the next step where there might have been some encouragement.

People project their own self-doubt onto others all the time. I have done it, and I have had to forgive myself for being a detriment to others. Yes, back in the day, I thought I was telling people the truth, but I was only projecting my own self-doubt. There’s so much to forgive ourselves for.

When we foster self-doubt in others, it’s as if we’re pouring concrete on them. I remember a couple of years ago, I had the strong intuition to buy a certain stock. I don’t have much money to invest, so I was cautious. I spoke to someone I thought knew about these things, and they said that investing in stocks was tricky and risky. It sent a stab of doubt through me, and I didn’t do it.

If I had bought 1 share of this stock, I would have made close to $6,000 on just the one share. I trusted the doubts of the person I spoke to about it, rather than my intuition. And I learned from that. My learning became my benefit. My learning became my profit, and I’m glad that I can see it. The fact that I can see my benefit shows me that I didn’t block the learning with unforgiveness.

Because I didn’t judge myself for it, there was nothing to forgive, and I was free to learn from my choice. Now, I am even more dedicated to following my intuition, and I share that with others who can benefit from it. There is no loss. When we choose to love and encourage, and to operate from truth, from being generous of heart, every seeming loss is turned to a success.

The only failure is to not choose Love.
Yet, no matter how many times we failed to choose Love, we can start again now, reap the rewards, and share the benefits. That’s the story of my life.

So many close their hearts in order to protect themselves from being hurt.
This only widens the wound until it covers our whole life.

In our Masterful Living Community, we join together to write 40 self-forgiveness letters in 40 days and people experience so much healing that they keep going and do 60, 90, 100 days. They clear and clear and clear, and they get their courage back, they get their strength and happiness back, as a result. Fear dissolves. Not through some magic, but because the causes of fear are being eliminated.

We must forgive ourselves, and our happiness depends upon it.
Once we start that journey, we can reach out a hand to another,
and then they can reach out a hand.
I see it all the time.
It’s inspiring!

It’s so beautiful to watch someone who feels unqualified and insecure learn to pray, start with the self-forgiveness letters, practice praying out loud with a Prayer Partner and then develop into a small group Facilitator, praying with the group, encouraging others, and sharing their successes, miracles and testimonials as they watch their family and co-workers shift and change in the Light of their loving heart, being set free.

Before you know it, they’re following their heart and living their passion!
It doesn’t happen overnight, or even in a week, but with real heart investment over the course of a year, or two, or three, the tide completely turns.

Our happiness and Wholeness depend upon our self-forgiveness. People avoid it, because it feels like a daunting Pandora’s Box. I certainly felt that way. But if you’re willing, you will gain a momentum that is potent and powerful. It is the power of Love in you that begins to become the fuel that overcomes all resistance.

This is why ACIM tells us that forgiveness is the way out of any hell we’ve made. There is no other way.

Forgiveness is the cure for self-doubt.

There is no other way. No confidence in ourselves for all our gifts and talents, for our success in the world, will cure the self-doubt. Only releasing the causes of self-doubt will eliminate it. We can only do this through true forgiveness. And then, we can be truly helpful to others, too.

I offer a true forgiveness workshop with tools called How to Get Over It and it’s my gift to you, so you can finally let the past go and move on. I encourage you to make the most of it. Do it with a friend or loved one. With a friend, it’s easier to get the courage to do this inner work. Dedicate an evening or an afternoon to doing it together, and then reward yourself with a wonderful meal or some other fun thing. You can download this forgiveness workshop here and have your own forgiveness party!

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

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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

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It Is What It Is

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

One of the great things about all the traveling I’ve done in recent years is that I’m often in unfamiliar territory. Spirit sends me to far off locations to pray and bless, to live and learn. Everywhere I go, I notice that I’m walking a different way than before.

I used to judge everything very intensely. My “hobby” was to compare and despair. Compare and complain was such a constant in my life and it frequently left me feeling bothered, annoyed, frustrated, irritated, angry and sullen. That’s no way to live! Everywhere I went, things were most often coming up short. I learned that the ego gets a satisfaction from labeling things – it’s all part of the big plan for total separation.

When we’re identified with Spirit, it’s natural to appreciate things just as they are. Everything offers a blessing to you when you’re aligned with Spirit. When we’re in tune with the Infinite, we recognize that all things are working together for good, and so whatever is going on is Divine Order revealing Itself.

It takes great learning and willingness to “love what is” as a spiritual practice.

Sometimes we have to love it without really liking it, but even that will shift and change with enough practice and willingness.

I encourage you to make “loving what is” part of your daily spiritual practice.

When you notice you really don’t like something – see if you can simply release the attachment to any preference, label and especially any need to have it be different. Making that a habit will improve your life in ways that you never imagined! And, it costs you nothing!

When you’re willing to change your mind, you open yourself to more Peace and more Prosperity. Those are great gifts to give yourself on a daily basis!
Forgive the debtors and the trespassers to open up the flow of Prosperity in your life. You can get my FREE How to Get Over It forgiveness workshop – it’s a great way to start releasing the blocks and opening up the flow of Abundance – won’t you please share with someone now and open the flow for yourself?

I highly encourage you to consider inviting a friend or loved one over and do the workshop together. It’s always easier and more fun to do it with a friend – and you can plan food and make a celebration of it!

Now is the perfect time to set yourself free with forgiveness!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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It Is What It Is

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

One of the great things about all the traveling I’ve done in recent years is that I’m often in unfamiliar territory. Spirit sends me to far off locations to pray and bless, to live and learn. Everywhere I go, I notice that I’m walking a different way than before.

I used to judge everything very intensely. My “hobby” was to compare and despair. Compare and complain was such a constant in my life and it frequently left me feeling bothered, annoyed, frustrated, irritated, angry and sullen. That’s no way to live! Everywhere I went, things were most often coming up short. I learned that the ego gets a satisfaction from labeling things – it’s all part of the big plan for total separation.

When we’re identified with Spirit, it’s natural to appreciate things just as they are. Everything offers a blessing to you when you’re aligned with Spirit. When we’re in tune with the Infinite, we recognize that all things are working together for good, and so whatever is going on is Divine Order revealing Itself.

It takes great learning and willingness to “love what is” as a spiritual practice.

Sometimes we have to love it without really liking it, but even that will shift and change with enough practice and willingness.

I encourage you to make “loving what is” part of your daily spiritual practice.

When you notice you really don’t like something – see if you can simply release the attachment to any preference, label and especially any need to have it be different. Making that a habit will improve your life in ways that you never imagined! And, it costs you nothing!

When you’re willing to change your mind, you open yourself to more Peace and more Prosperity. Those are great gifts to give yourself on a daily basis!
Forgive the debtors and the trespassers to open up the flow of Prosperity in your life. You can get my FREE How to Get Over It forgiveness workshop – it’s a great way to start releasing the blocks and opening up the flow of Abundance – won’t you please share with someone now and open the flow for yourself?

I highly encourage you to consider inviting a friend or loved one over and do the workshop together. It’s always easier and more fun to do it with a friend – and you can plan food and make a celebration of it!

Now is the perfect time to set yourself free with forgiveness!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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The Trap of Specialness

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Are you in a “specialness” trap and you don’t even know it? It’s easy to fall into. When we feel insecure and unworthy, it’s SUPER easy to fall into a “specialness” trap. It’s part of the ego’s endless patterns of giving in order to get.

When we need for people to think we’re special, then it’s because we’re trying to feel a hole marked “not good enough.”

Fortunately, no one can fill that hole for us. We have to do it ourselves. There’s no other way.

Sometimes we’ll give, and give, and GIVE, and we think it’s because we’re being loving and caring and helpful. But if we don’t feel appreciated for all that giving, then that’s how we know we’re giving in order to get something back in return.

Giving without any attachments or expectations is the kind of generosity of the heart that always multiplies the good and leads us to more Abundance and Prosperity. This is hard for someone to do if they feel that they’re in lack.

Unfortunately, “giving to get” just perpetuates the mindset of lack, which, of course, brings on more experiences of lack.

“Giving to get” always leads to failure. Even if we get what we think we want, we will know that we were manipulating someone to give it to us, and it won’t feel good.

This is why tithing is a Prosperity practice. When we tithe, we’re acknowledging that we’ve already been given. We’re giving thanks for what we already have. Gratitude multiplies the good.

When we need to feel special, we’re actually going to diminish our prosperity by giving in order to get that hit of specialness return.

When we need the special recognition, we’re actually affirming that we’re not good enough without it, and that is a demonstration of belief in lack, which just brings more lack.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can undo the lack and limitation thinking by practicing being generous of heart? Just think! By being generous of heart, we’re getting into the flow of Love, we’re undoing lack and limitation thinking, we’re affirming that we have, AND we’re undoing the patterns of specialness.

This is why being generous of heart is so healing and liberating. And, guess what? It costs nothing.

Being generous of heart costs nothing and brings so much good. I love it!

Have you found sweet and simple ways to be generous? Please share in the comments section below!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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

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I Choose Liberation!

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4th of July

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

My family moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where my parents met, to Barrington, RI when I was 9 years old. My dad had gotten a teaching position at Brown University. I didn’t like being far away from my grandparents and cousins, but I have to say I really fell in love with New England.

For the many people who read this “Daily Spiritual Espresso” who are not from the United States, you might not know that Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. It’s just 48 miles long and 37 miles wide, but it has a huge bay in the middle so it can take a while to drive from one side to the other. I venture the longest drive you could make in Rhode Island from end-to-end might be an hour.

Roger Williams founded the first permanent white/European settlement at Providence in 1636 on land purchased from the Narragansett Indians. Williams was forced to flee Massachusetts because of persecution. He established a policy of religious and political freedom in his new settlement. For you trivia buffs, the actual name of the state is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Another bit of trivia is that RI is the most catholic state in the Union. RI went from fleeing religious persecution of the protestants in Massachusetts to becoming mostly catholic because of all the immigrants. Rhode Island has just over a million people, and today 67% of them are still considering themselves catholic.

When I was growing up, the 4th of July holiday was a HUGE deal.

Rhode Island has the oldest Independence Day parade in the United States.

It started in 1785, more than 200 years ago! And when I was a kid, the whole day was one long festivity — getting to Bristol early enough to beat the unbearable traffic and get a good place along the parade route, then going to the beach for a swim and a picnic, going back home for a barbecue, and then back to Bristol in the evening for the fireworks. I love any day that is entirely spent out doors!

And, I love fireworks! Tonight I’ll be in Bristol, Vermont with friends, and we’ll go to the fireworks there. It’s not the same, but it’s still fun. Tomorrow there are parades and festivities, and Bristol has the biggest parade in the state of Vermont, even though it’s a tiny town.

In New England, patriotism is a real thing, and it feels old-fashioned to me.

When I was growing up, as a teenager, many of my friends were from the next town over. I met them through a job I had bussing tables at a restaurant in the next town over, the Wharf Tavern in Warren, RI. I didn’t work there long, but I made some great friends.

My friends were all first and second generation immigrants from Portugal, Poland, and Italy, as well as Canada. Their families were SO glad to be U.S. citizens. They learned the language. They contributed in mostly blue collar jobs, and sent their kids (my friends) to college so they could succeed in white collar jobs.

Rhode Island has fantastic Italian, Portuguese, and other “ethnic” foods, and I discovered the best of those foods at my friends family barbecues and dinner tables all summer long.

I had the best Greek food of my life in Rhode Island until I went to Greece. And still, I never had a doner kebab like I had in Rhode Island.

Columbus Day was a BIG holiday that included lots of Italian food and beer. Rhode Island has developed it’s own little culinary niche with foods like hot weenies, clam cakes (not at all like clam cakes in Maine), stuffed clams and quahogs (a large clam). Clams, clams, clams. Conch. And of course, Italian ice, Del’s was the best ever, and no one else’s compared. 4th of July required intense heat, desperate thirst, and a large Del’s, with real bits of lemon and zest in it. Not hard and frozen — soft and slushy, long before others were having slushy drinks. YUM!

A true patriot was here for freedom from oppression – religious, and political, and willing to fight for it. Many of my friends’ older brothers went to Viet Nam and Cambodia, and came home completely changed. Never to be the same. The happy carefree young men who came back were transformed, but not in a good way. The effects of that rippled through our community.

Families became conflicted about their patriotism after that terrible war and the reasons behind it. Immigrants often send their first generation sons into the military when they land in a new country. Immigrants worked hard to invest in the state, and then were devastated by the Savings and Loan debacle that was fostered by George W. Bush and friends.

Rhode Island’s families has such strong people who have been through so much as a people. They are rebuilding and blooming in many ways now. If you go to Rhode Island and get to Providence, go to Federal Hill to Caserta’s and have a Wimpy Skimpy for me! Best calzone EVER. Best spinach pie ever, too! YUM!

I’m not a xenophobe, but I’m a patriot. I believe in the principles of the founders. I believe that all people are created equal and entitled to certain unalienable rights. I don’t believe in winding back the clock to a time of segregation and discrimination. I believe in liberty and justice for all, and that we have the opportunity to welcome people from other countries.

My ancestors came from the Cherokee tribe and from European nations, and most recently from Ireland during the potato famine. When the Irish came, they were treated quite poorly and they were unwanted, similar to how some feel about the people taking refuge now.

I feel it’s our job to welcome each new wave of immigrants so they can help make America even more beautiful, and even more of a rainbow nation. We can make amends for the mentality that treated my ancestors so poorly and be a nation of global transformation through generosity rather than greed.

It takes a lot of effort to change our own hearts, but that is the only way to change the world. Sometimes sharing a meal with someone who has different food and customs, and getting to know their family and introducing yours to them, is the way the to make the world a better place.

In this world, food is a symbol of Love for many. Especially for immigrants. Food is a symbol of family, and home, and connection.

What are your holiday and family food favorites that you love to share? What are your plans for the 4th? Please comment in the comment section below!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

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

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

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The Purpose of A Course in Miracles

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

The purpose of A Course in Miracles is to train our minds. Just like reading a book cannot train our body, reading a book cannot train our minds. That doesn’t even seem logical.

Imagine reading Julia Child’s classic text “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and then thinking that you are now a French chef. That would be preposterous. It would be delusional.

That’s why people are continuously telling me they’ve studied A Course in Miracles for years with little change in their lives. Their ego is driving their spiritual growth, and not much is happening.

We think that we know the Course just because we can quote it, but that’s not the same as living it. I learned this the hard way. I studied for so long, and knew the spiritual principle without living it. And I wondered why I wasn’t making more progress.

I didn’t see what was so obvious – that living the Course from my heart was the thing that would change my life.

Collecting spiritual information is a huge distraction. Being a spiritual know-it-all will not win any points or bring any benefit.

Being loving, kind, generous of heart, patient and compassionate – that’s the ticket.

“The purpose of the Workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world.” From the A Course in Miracles Workbook Introduction

In Masterful Living Class last night, I was sharing that in this world, every day is “Opposite Day”. The ego is a thought system of illusions and delusions where nothing is what it seems. Spirit is the truth, it is Love, it is liberation.

Understanding the purpose of A Course in Miracles helps us to appreciate its value. That’s why I’m sharing about it on my radio show today!

TODAY’S RADIO SHOW: my topic is The Purpose of A Course in Miracles. 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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If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

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

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Extending Compassion

Monday, July 1st, 2019

I have written about this several times because it was such a “thing” for me and I’m so glad it’s not anymore. I used to have an aversion to people who were anxious and nervous and worried. I felt as though they could possibly transmit their fear to me and that I’d catch it – and I didn’t want it.

Of course, anyone who is paying attention can tell who is afraid and who isn’t. The bully seems tough, but deep down they are FAR more terrified than the person who appears nervous. The person who seems angry and pushy is acting from deep-seated fear.

Now, I can see that the feeling of aversion to other people’s worry and fear was that I already had plenty of my own and I didn’t want to take on anymore. To me, feeling afraid was a failure. Back then, I’d rather have experienced many difficulties than let anyone know I felt fear.

Now I can feel the fear and hand it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and move on. I’m not afraid of fear anymore.

I feel so grateful that I can ever be of assistance to someone who is feeling afraid or worried. If you meet someone who is anxious, I encourage you to do what you can to support them. Sometimes it’s best to simply pray silently and send a smile.

I remember ten years ago, when I was on a silent Vipassana retreat for 10 days, and one of the women in my bunk house (there were something like 11 of us) was in her late 20’s. We weren’t supposed to look at other people. We were to keep our gaze inward and focused on our own awareness, but it was difficult not to notice this young woman was crying a lot. She was really processing a lot of guilt and shame, or so it seemed to me.

At one point, I looked at her when she was crying and seeming to be quite miserable with herself, and I simply winked. I winked to let her know, “This too shall pass.” It was a small gesture, but I meant it with a great deal of Love and support. At the end of the ten days of silent meditation, she told me that it had meant a lot to her.

Spirit guides us.
All the time.

We get nudges to say or do something, and sometimes it seems out of character or out of step but I’ve learned to do it anyway.

I’d rather listen to Spirit and be in tune with that Voice than listen to the ego and be in lockstep with it’s endless demands.

What is the intuitive nudge that you’ve been getting that you’re not listening to? Will you be willing to follow your intuition today? It’s the perfect time to do something new! Tomorrow is the new moon!

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

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

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

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Learning to Be Truly Helpful

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

I’ve learned that it really does take a great willingness to have an effective spiritual practice and to follow the teachings of A Course in Miracles. Fortunately, the more I practiced, the more I truly wished to be even more willing and more available to choose Love and to be truly helpful with every choice I made.

I find I am not alone in this ever-increasing willingness and joy in willingness. In some ways it becomes a no-brainer. I see this with folks in class with me all the time. What happens that turbo charges our willingness is we start to prove that it works. Once we can begin to see that the changes are helpful. That the changes are desirable. That life is easier and better. Then we start to actually wish to give up the past and make the changes that are EVEN MORE HELPFUL.

Remember, in ACIM, Jesus tells us that ALL are chosen. We all have a call to be truly helpful, and to return home like the Prodigal Son. And, eventually we’ll all actually DECIDE to make that journey. We can speed it up, or we can slow it down.

Look, some folks are looking for an excuse to give up so they can just label themselves a failure and not have to make any changes. I remember feeling that way.

Some are making a last ditch effort, kind of, sort of, before just handing their precious life over to the ego instead of Spirit.

Some folks are looking for a way to be able to say some version of, “it’s just me. I’m bad. There’s something wrong with me. This stuff work for others, but not for me. I’m probably evil at my core and there’s just nothing to be done about it.”

One of the things that saved me from that fate – because it was definitely there in my script as an option, you betcha – is working 1 on 1 with a spiritual counselor.

Working with a spiritual counselor, who was trained to see the ego’s mental and emotional patterns that were running my life, helped me to be able to dissolve and resolve those patterns. I could not have done it on my own.

For me, my belief that I had a deep-seated, fundamental wrongness, and badness, was so strong and had been affirmed so often, that I really needed someone who could sit with me and say “t’aint so. False. Not true. Never will be true. Cannot be true. You are perfect Love and you have forgotten it. You’ve hidden it. You aren’t aware of it, but even so, that is what is actually true.”

The truth IS that we are ALL fundamentally good – even if we’ve never demonstrated it. And because THAT is the TRUTH, one person holding and knowing the truth with you and for you is more powerful than a life time of believing a lie. That’s how powerful truth is.

Love is truth.
Love knows no opposition, because any appearance of opposition is false. It aint so.

I began to find out just how powerful this is when I became a spiritual counselor as a licensed Prayer Practitioner in the Agape community in Los Angeles. I was so committed to helping my clients see the truth that I was seeing. It was an honor and a privilege to hold the truth and know it with them and for them.

And that’s why I began to train Spiritual Counselors for certification. I have an aspiration to support people who would like to have a profession in spirituality as counselors, teachers, and prayer practitioners as well as ministers.

At the Power of Love Ministry, the Spiritual Counseling Certification Program is going strong. And I’m so pleased to announce that we are certifying two new counselors. Woo hoo!

I’d like to introduce you to Angela Potts-Mang’andah who has been very involved in the Ministry for six years now. I’ve watched her shift and transform her life and her thinking and to help hundreds of others as well. Angela is a powerful counselor, facilitator and an extremely helpful leader in our Community Care Team facilitating many classes, with myself, Jon Mundy, Corinne Zupko and on her own in support of the participants in our classes.

“It is my joy and passion to be of service to the light. I feel very fortunate to have found A Course in Miracles as a 25-year-old. Upon seeking support in reading and applying the principles, I found Jennifer Hadley. The past four years as a Masterful Living student have helped me to heal past hurt and guilt, and to use the power of my mind to create a life of inspiration, passion, abundance, joy, love, and adventure. I am an educator by profession, and I have had the pleasure of traveling and working for more than five years in Malawi, Zambia and Indonesia. I am fascinated by God’s amazing world, and I thrive on adapting to new environments and connecting with people. This passion has led me to the field of Spiritual Counseling and education, where I can bring together my skills and inner heart’s desire to truly live the meaning of my name “Angela,” which is Latin for “heavenly messenger.” The message is that you are perfect, whole and complete and you have a purpose and place in the great awakening. I am here to hold a sacred space for you. Thank you for your willingness.” Please contact Angela at: angela@jenniferhadley.com

I’d also like to introduce you to Lana Cagle who has been in class with me for five years, and for several years has been a Facilitator for our Mastery Circle program as well as facilitating small groups in the Finding Freedom From Fear program. She is a much loved and valued member of our community.

“Lana Cagle has been in Rev. Jennifer Hadley’s Masterful Living course since 2014. She is a Co-Facilitator in the Masterful Living Sacred Circle Program 2017. Lana recently retired from Civil Service and is now interested in being of service to the Highest Truth and Compassion. Lana has a passion for studying A Course in Miracles and the Metaphysics of ACIM. She’s interested in loving herself free and helping others to do the same. She desires to assist others in re-cognizing their worthiness and deservedness of unconditional love. Lana is performing miracles through doing this work and would like to share this mindset with everyone. She is dedicated to her awakening awareness and has a passion for supporting others who are on this same path.” Please contact Lana at https://powerofloveministry.net/lana/

In order to be certified, these powerful Spiritual Counselors have had to do at least 111 practice sessions with evaluations and they’ve done far more than that. Plus, they have a substantial list of other requirements that have brought them to a place of great willingness and great knowing of Spirit. They are experienced. I invite you to consider working with them if you’d like to deepen your spiritual practice of truly living A Course in Miracles.

Congratulations to Lana & Angela! Let’s give them a round of applause!

If you think you might be interested in learning more about spiritual counseling and our program at Power of Love Ministry you can reply to this email and we’ll set up a time for one of the counselors to answer your questions. You can also email here at admin@jenniferhadley.com

I encourage you to consider work with them and to see if they can support your journey. When you connect with them, you’ll know. Your intuition will guide you.

I’m offering my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive this October and it’s open to everyone – it’s also part of my Certification Program. This is one of my VERY favorite things to offer as it brings SO MUCH healing. There are many who are called to be more helpful and this training is a great way to improve communication skills and deepen intuition among other things. It’s a great way to release fear, hesitation and doubt.

Folks who have been therapists, doctors, teachers, coaches, ministers, dads, moms, and grandparents for decades, have all found that it was very helpful to them in all kinds of ways professionally and personally.

It takes a village to raise anyone. And certainly, it takes a village to raise this minister. I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

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

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I AM A Blessing

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

On a recent plane ride, before we took, off a baby started to cry. The cry escalated into that really intense cry of absolute desperation and the mother was trying to calm him. We were on a very crowded plane full of weary travelers, and we were just waiting for take-off.

The baby continued to scream/cry and I was praying, calling for the angels to surround and help the mother and child. I used to be one who would complain that my peace was being disturbed and think, “When is that baby going to stop? For God’s sake, make it stop!”

That’s because I used to feel more separate, and so other people were affecting me and I had no responsibility. I was a victim of the world I saw.

Now, I feel an active participant, and I can be a blessing to those around me. I was praying and holding the highest when a man a couple of rows in front found a lollipop in his things and handed it to the mother. So quickly, that baby had the lollipop and there was no more crying the whole flight. Bliss.

I started to think that we could all carry lollipops. Certainly the flight attendants would do well to have them on hand. In case of emergency, offer a lolly.

We can all be a blessing or a curse in each moment, depending on our choices.

I used to be a curse so much of the time, it’s a real joy to realize I can always be a blessing if I’d like to be.

I’m choosing Heaven today.
I’m choosing to be a blessing today.

Let’s be prepared for emergencies by being prepared to be a blessing anytime, anywhere!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

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

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Ganesha

Friday, June 28th, 2019

I’ve had some exceptional experiences calling upon the Hindu God, Ganesha, for help. He is represented as elephant, and he is the remover of obstacles.

Ganesha often hangs out with Lakshmi, who is the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity. They are a mighty pair.

Some A Course in Miracles students might think that it’s strange or wrong to go to a Hindu God for help rather than the Holy Spirit, but we all have our roles in this world. Everyone likes to be helpful.

Around the same time that I came to pick up A Course in Miracles is the very same time that I began to have connections with the Ascended Masters. Ganesha is part of that group of Beings who are here to help us.

“There are those who have reached God directly, retaining no trace of worldly limits and remembering their own Identity perfectly. These might be called the Teachers of teachers because, although they are no longer visible, their image can yet be called upon. And they will appear when and where it is helpful for them to do so. To those to whom such appearances would be frightening, they give their ideas. No one can call on them in vain. Nor is there anyone of whom they are unaware. All needs are known to them, and all mistakes are recognized and overlooked by them. The time will come when this is understood. And meanwhile, they give all their gifts to the teachers of God who look to them for help, asking all things in their name and in no other.” M-26.2.

This past spring when I went up to Maine to get the gardens ready at our house on Deer Isle (which we rent most of the year), I had a big project with re-seeding parts of the lawn. I had a plan to bring in new topsoil, lay down seed, lime, fertilizer and then hay on top. This plan also required me watering 2 times a day, and it was still a bit early for planting in Maine.

Most people don’t do much planting before Memorial Day, because there’s still a good chance of frost. But I was going to the U.K. and Boston for the ACIM Conferences there the last two weeks of May, and then the house was rented from the beginning of June straight through. So, I only had the first 17 days of May to get it done. “Let’s get ‘er done,” I said!

On top of my short time frame, the big job and the weather, I also had an obstacle of water. We were having major problems with the well and/or plumbing system, and it seemed like there wasn’t much water, which meant watering the lawn twice per day would be a real challenge. My brother warned me that it would be a big waste of money to try to redo the lawn and I shouldn’t attempt it. He surely seemed to be correct.

Well, despite all appearances, my intuition was super clear to go for it. “Go, go, go and don’t waste time thinking about it.” Plus, my friend, Suzi, had given me a BEAUTIFUL Ganesha statue, so I put Ganesha on the wall above the garden and asked him to oversee everything and overcome the appearance of any obstacle. You can see him here in a recent photo on the edge of the wall. He is the small grey statue.

So, I got to work. I had the soil brought in and laid down the seed, lime and fertilizer, covered it with hay and started to water as best I could. I should have watered MUCH more than I did. I could only water for about 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. That’s all I had water for.

We did get a number of rain days, thank you, Spirit! I prayed rain, you better believe it, and we got good rain. I had rain barrels and buckets under the gutter and was using that for other parts of the garden and for flushing toilets. I saved everything I could for the yard.

It took about two weeks, because the temperatures were cool and it wasn’t very sunny, but early on a Saturday morning I finally could see a fine fuzz of green poking up through the hay. YAY! I danced a jig in the yard and ran around in my bathrobe celebrating that it had worked!

This is what the yard looked like last spring:

And this is now:

I’ve had amazing experiences of support from Ganesha and other Divine Beings. I’ll write more about this tomorrow. I like to show tangible proof of things, and share experiences that inspire me to follow my intuition, ask for help from higher Beings who have more Clarity. And I like to prove the power of our mind to overcome the obstacles that seem to appear substantial.

I knew that Spirit could accomplish this goal. I felt it was mine to do. If it didn’t work, I would have learned something valuable, I’m sure. I could feel that my desire to have it done was not my ego. I just knew that it could be done and that the guidance was to do it now.

Beauty is extremely healing. People don’t realize how much Beauty and ugliness affect us. Nothing is more beautiful than nature. Nature in the form of beings, plants, animals and planets. All of it is SO beautiful.

Although I have been working on these gardens for several years now, and putting so much into it in memory of my precious Mother who loved them so much, I don’t spend much time there, and only get to see how things are when my surrogate gardener sends me pictures. Yet, I can feel the effect on the people who rent the house and the healing power of the Beauty that they feel. That’s a gift. I receive it fully and I rejoice. It’s one way that I can be truly helpful, and I appreciate it.

Thank you, Ganesha for your Love and support always so freely given. We dance together in the Light! And so, it is!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

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

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Temptation

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Sometimes we get what I call” energetic weather.” That’s what I call it when I notice that certain waves of feelings, emotions, energetics and experiences begin to feel like a pervasive “weather” pattern that we’re all feeling at the same time. I attribute it to a combination of things like solar flares, planetary alignments, triggering events, and other kinds of influences.

I’ve noticed that, among the many people around me through the Power of Love Ministry, there are times when lots of people are having breakdowns and breakthroughs. Often, a breakdown precedes a breakthrough.

Here are some other things I’ve noticed in the past, and I see them happening now too:

  • We had the summer solstice last Friday
  • We’ve been having drops in the stock market for the past week
  • There’s been the threat of war (or something like it) with Iran
  • The latest news about the children in the detention centers is shocking, to say the least

When there is intense news, like the threat of war, children intentionally made to suffer, and the reports of women being intentionally physically mistreated because they’re seeking abortion, these kinds of things can stir up A LOT of emotion in people. It’s understandable.

One of the reasons why I share this is because when things like this occur, we often tend to think there’s something wrong with us rather than, there’s something going on and we’re feeling affected by it. I share so that people might realize that there is some real intensity happening now, and most of us are feeling it. It’s not personal.

AND, it’s actually helpful. When we get triggered we can take it as a cue to call forth healing. NOW is the time for us to open to receive all the healing we can! It’s ours for the asking!

The thing for us to understand is that our spiritual practice can help us maintain our equilibrium which is, in itself, an offering to all humanity and the Earth as well as all the other beings who live here. It may not seem plausible, but I’ve come to see how divisiveness works in this world.

Some beings that are highly identified with the ego will actively try to drag other people down into their low vibration so that they can feel more powerful.

The Buddhists teach about the temptation of the Maras.

Maras are beings who will tempt you to lose your seat and to become upset because your view of life is distorted and not centered in Love.

Before Buddha became enlightened, when we was sitting under the Bodhi tree, Mara came to tempt him, and it was the overcoming of the temptations of Mara that strengthened Buddha and supported his realization of his true identity and Buddha nature. Mara helped Buddha become Buddha. And the same is true for us.

Thich Nhat Hanh, the great teacher who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has a beautiful teaching on Mara and the Buddha that I highly recommend.

We can be like Buddha.

When the strong winds and storms of the Mara are blowing fiercely, and the temptation is to fight, to retaliate, to defend and to be upset, that is when we can, instead of being blown off our seat, choose to strengthen our heart and find a new power. There is a power within our heart, and that is the power of Love, which is available to us all because it is our true identity.

When the temptation is to be upset, to be bothered, and we are so tempted that holding our seat is excruciating, that is the exact moment when we can make a quantum leap in our consciousness. We must learn to look for those moments and make the most of them.

Spiritual practice really does support us in being able to be much more grounded, centered, focused, and responsive rather than reactive.

AND, this is actually helpful. When we get triggered, we can take it as a cue to call forth healing. Now’s the time for us to open to receive all the healing we can! It’s ours for the asking!

I’ve learned not to take things personally when people blow up and have meltdowns, and that’s SO helpful in not creating more mess in my life. It used to be that when I got triggered I’d have to retaliate, protect, and defend. It was like digging a hole and then jumping in. Ugh.

The more we increase our spiritual practice and connection, the more we’re eliminating the blocks to Love, and the more energy we have to stay balanced in any storm. It’s gorgeous how strong and beautiful we are when we feel connected to Spirit.

This is SO worth practicing. Spiritual practice not only saves time, it makes life much more beautiful and precious. No amount of striving in the world can accomplish what we can accomplish through deepening our spiritual practice.

And let’s remember that ALL THINGS really do work together for our good. Even when it’s hard to believe.

Let’s decide that the Mara can strengthen us in demonstrating that Love is only power there is. When we demonstrate Love, all are lifted and we are actually healed. The fastest path of healing is one of choosing Love.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

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

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Generosity

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

We can practice a generosity of Spirit that uplifts us all.

We can be supportive to people who are not so supportive of us. We can have compassion for those who are trying to manipulate and control us. We can be clear and caring to folks who are being deceitful. We can turn the tables in a way that’s loving and inspiring.

We can give better than we get.

There are periods where I am traveling and the opportunity to tip the people who are supporting my travels comes up. I can tip the Skycaps and the porters, the waiters and waitresses, and the hotel maids and the cab drivers.

In restaurants, I tend to tip 20% unless something unusual is going on where I might tip more, or possibly less. My baseline is 20%. I tip the Lyft and Uber drivers 20%, too.

I used to give the Skycap $1 per bag that I checked. Then I decided to up it to $2 or $3 per bag. Then, $5 per bag. If a porter is really helpful, I’ll give them $20. I like to leave the maid $5 each day with a thank you note.

I really love the idea that at the cost of, maybe, $200 per year, I can give the kind of tip that feels honoring and supportive to the people I’m engaging with. I can be generous.

The more I share, the more I feel in the flow of Prosperity & Abundance.

A Course in Miracles tells us: “To Have, give All to All.”

To have Love, give Love to All.
To have Abundance, share Abundance with All.
To receive compassion, have compassion for All.

I remember, 20-some years ago, going on a date with a man who tipped the waiter just under 10% and the service had been good. I knew in that moment that this was a one-and-only date. I can be friends with people who are withholding, but it would be challenging to have them as a sweetheart.

That particular dinner was not expensive. Another couple of dollars and he could have tipped well. It’s that kind of limiting behavior I used to experience a lot of. I felt so much lack that I often was counting pennies and feeling parsimonious.

Now I feel in the flow of Love, and I can be generous from the heart because I’m giving from the overflow. I feel well loved and cared for, and am glad to be able to share. It’s one of the reasons why we have so many free offerings here at the Power of Love Ministry.

I challenge you to consider how you can be more generous and get into a greater experience of flow!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

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

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

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

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

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