Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category

Surviving Intense Times with Grace

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

What I am noticing is that the time of healing is getting increasingly intense for all of us.  People are melting down and flipping out.  

For those who are fully committed to being loving and compassionate, it does get easier and easier. Still, there’s not one of us that isn’t being energetically pushed to give up the habits, beliefs, and patterns that keep us playing small.

In my own experience, I noticed a pattern that repeated itself for many years until I finally broke out of it.

My pattern was this:

I would get triggered by something. Something would happen that felt like it was wrong and bad. It felt like a betrayal or a loss. I would start to ruminate on it, building my case like a lawyer gathering evidence for the dark side of my personality. I call it making “resentment stew.”

I would continue to stir that pot and eat from it, day after day, strengthening my case to argue about the unfairness, the blame, and my resentment. It was as though I was constantly arguing my case before God, looking for God to make me right and to make THINGS in my life right.

It took me A VERY LONG TIME – many, many years, to realize that the daily consumption of “resentment stew” was driving a whole sequence of things – it was part of a very intense pattern.

Here’s what I learned:

The making of the “resentment stew” would lower my vibration, which made me unable to see many good things that were available to me. I literally couldn’t see them or receive them because I wasn’t a vibrational match for them. Instead, I became a vibrational match for things I DID NOT want happening in my life.

My choice to ruminate on what I didn’t like and didn’t want just brought more of it into my life, because like attracts like.

Then I would find myself withdrawing into isolation and self-medication in order to drown out how I was feeling and, of course, lowered my vibration even more. It gained me even more time to ruminate on what I didn’t like and weave the web of attachment to upset.

There were times in that stuck place of self-medicating that I would literally think “This is all I have. This momentary distraction and fake pleasure of self-medication, the numbing of my mind and senses.” It was the only thing I was “enjoying.” I lost track of what real enjoyment, pleasure, and happiness were. My whole perspective got skewed and twisted.

I knew it was self-sabotage. I hated myself for it. I felt compelled and addicted. AND, because of focusing so much on resentment and revenge, I didn’t have the strength to lift myself out of it. My negativity made me weak. Like Superman and kryptonite – our resentments and judgments make us weak.

It is a dangerous and slippery slope.

It felt like I was caught in a whirlpool that was pulling me down, further and further. I wanted so much to live a spiritual life – to get God’s Seal of Approval and goodness, and it would seem further and further away.

The pull of the negative pattern was SO STRONG.

I remember thinking this thought “When I die from being stuck in this pattern, they should write on my gravestone – ‘She tried, she really tried, but she just couldn’t do it – the pull was too strong.'”

I couldn’t see the pattern until I was willing to take responsibility for it. I had to stop blaming others for how I felt and where I was in my experience. When I finally became honestly willing to commit to giving up my attack thoughts – the judgments and opinions, and all the attachments to the meaning I made of things, my interpretations and what I thought was right and wrong – that’s when things changed for me.

Because of my willingness to look for loving thoughts and to stop energizing the unloving thoughts, I learned that true gratitude raises my vibration very quickly. It was a relief to be grateful and raise my vibration! 

I learned to be grateful for everything and to practice it as part of my spiritual practice ALL DAY LONG. I began to trade the constant judging attack thoughts for being truly grateful, and that led me to see that I am the one who is responsible for everything in my life.

I learned that everything serves a good and holy purpose in my life – everything. And, I learned to accept that fact with gratitude, even when it didn’t make any sense for me. And I learned to ask for help from the I AM Presence – the Higher Holy Self.

I realized I was never upset for the reason I thought, and I was always upset when I didn’t take responsibility and didn’t choose gratitude. It was pretty simple, really. Phew! I started to see some light at the end of this birthing tunnel.

Gratitude raises us up so we can see and hear and feel and know more clearly the truth that sets us free.

The most challenging and torturous situations in my life became a Godsend. Literally. I couldn’t see that until I was willing to see it. (This is why I say: You gotta wanna.) The intensity of my challenges gave me the PRESSURE COOKER to be vigilant and change my mind 1000 times a day. 

I began to be grateful for everything, even when it felt like my heart was breaking and my mind was at war with itself. That pressure cooked me, and I began to live a miraculous life — because of my willingness.

In the last 19 years of counseling, teaching classes and workshops, and leading retreats, I’ve experienced a lot of miraculous healing and I’ve witnessed a lot of miraculous healing. My offerings are about doing the work – rolling up your spiritual sleeves and getting to it – in the community – with like-minded souls who also have some degree of willingness.

Together we wipe away the shame, reluctance, resistance, self-hatred, and the stains of all the mistakes of the past. A lot of the time it’s not easy. It requires attention and willingness. It rocks our world. And, it does bring a miraculous life – a life of miracles, unfolding Joy and Beauty. It’s a fact.

Sometimes the 3-D world of form seems so intense. I call it density, because that’s how it feels when we’re stuck in the muck and mire. What we don’t know is that the density becomes so intense to get us in order to squeeze us to finally make a decision to do things differently. It’s like the pressure that is put on a piece of coal to reveal the diamond that is possible. It’s like a birthing.

Birthing is never easy, never pretty. It’s always quite messy. There’s screaming and crying and pain.

We all have a diamond heart we’re giving birth to. We can discover it willingly and gratefully or with tremendous pressure, or we can give up and come back later. It’s up to us. It’s our choice. This world is about choice.

Rev. Michael Beckwith introduced me – spiritually – to the wonderful Christian Mystic, Dr. Howard Thurman whose writings have been an inspiration to me. I share this with you now as an offering of inspiration to remember you are true diamond heart nature:

The Moments of High Resolve

“Despite the dullness and barrenness of the days that pass, if I search with due diligence, I can always find a deposit left by some former radiance. But I had forgotten. At the time it was full-orbed, glorious, and resplendent. I was sure that I would never forget. In the moment of it’s fullness, I was sure that it would illumine my path for all the rest of my journey. I had forgotten how easy it is to forget.

“There was no intent to betray what seemed so sure at the time. My response was whole, clean, authentic. But little-by-little, there crept into my life the dust and grit of the journey. Details, lower-level demands, all kinds of crosscurrents – nothing momentous, nothing overwhelming, nothing flagrant – just wear and tear. If there had been some direct challenge, a clear-cut issue, I would have fought it to the end and beyond.

“In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.”

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve. ~ Dr. Howard Thurman

In this time of birthing, don’t give up. Keep fresh before you the moments of your high resolve. Call upon the Higher Holy Self to lead the way and bring the Light. Find like-minded souls to go through the journey with. Give yourself extra support, tenderness, and care. Begin to speak to yourself with words of Love, “Darling, you can do it, you ARE doing it. Sweetheart, you have what it takes. Everything is for you and nothing is against you. You already are perfect Love.”

Now is our time, now is your time. You DO have what it takes – it’s pre-installed and cannot be damaged or removed. The Kingdom is within, seek first the Kingdom and ALL else will be added unto you. A little gratitude and willingness will turn the tide today. It always does.

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

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

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

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Eliminating Failure

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

I used to have a fear of failure, and I see that many are stopped in living their deep heart’s desires because they fear their own failure. There is a surefire recipe to avoid failure and it works every time. You are the chef, and the main ingredient is God’s Love living through you and as you. We’re always free to choose “whom” we will serve – God or ego.

The first thing you start with is your goal. What would you like to accomplish? Let’s say your goal is to have a job you love that pays well. In your recipe, your goal represents the photo of the end result in the cookbook. Your goal is the mental picture.

The main ingredient is your desire to serve the Light.

That fire of desire ignites the heart and the Spirit responds.

Next is your Intention. Make sure your intention is anchored in how you will feel. For instance: “My intention is to feel prosperous and fulfilled in the work that I do.” Your intention must incorporate the spiritual change you intend to make in how you feel or you’ll never FEEL successful. Keep the Divine out and you have already failed.

A key ingredient for spiritual success is dedicating the benefits of your fulfilled intention to be shared with everyone because you’re One with them. Allow yourself to fully embrace the fact that as One is lifted, all are lifted. Here is your opportunity to INTEND to share the benefits of your expansion with all beings.

“My intention is to feel prosperous and fulfilled in the work that I do and share the benefits of my expansion with all beings because I AM One with them.”

Now you’ve brought the Divine into your heart and mind, and God will do the work as long as you stay true to your intention. All are fed by your willingness to multiply the loaves and fishes in your life and release the thought of separation forever.

Spirit cannot fail and neither will you.

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Getting Rid of Guilt

Friday, October 18th, 2019

A Course in Miracles tells us that keeping us feeling guilty is what our special Love relationships are all about. It tells us that our special Love relationships are relationships that are actually backward. Instead of unconditional Love there’s co-dependency, which is conditional Love. This kind of relationship only increases our suffering because we become so attached to the other person validating us.

In the special Love relationship, we are attracted to the person who affirms our false identity. That’s not Love. It’s a poor substitute.

In our special relationships, we begin by being so glad and excited that someone is affirming our specialness, but we know that if someone’s not seeing our true identity, they aren’t loving our true Self, only the false self. Deep down, we know it’s a poor arrangement.

If we don’t show our true Self, how can someone ever really love us?

If we present a false self in our relationships – one that we think is more likable than our true Self, and if we hide how we feel so people don’t even know what’s going on with us, won’t we actually be preventing others from loving us?

The shift happens when we love ourselves.

In the false, fake, special relationship, our upset is a display to manipulate others into feeling guilty for having upset us. Is it Love if we’re manipulating someone to do what we’d like?

Do you wish to be in a relationship with someone who blames their upset on you and then tries to make you feel guilty for it?

The way out of this pain is to take responsibility for our upsets. It helps to be able to be transparent about how we feel and to not blame anyone.

There’s such a great reward when we can let people Love us. It’s one of the reasons why we love dogs so much. We allow them to love us, and it makes them so happy!

When we allow others to love us, there’s a healing that happens for everyone because Love is our healer!

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Spiritual Fitness

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Cultivating the ability to GENUINELY be aware of our thoughts is to living a miraculous life what stretching and exercising are to have a healthy body. Many people satisfy themselves with reading about spirituality and listening to audios about spirituality. They don’t break a sweat. There’s no real exercise in it.

It’s like getting a gym membership, putting on your exercise outfit, going to the gym and watching everyone else workout while reading a book about what they’re doing and then listening to audio about what they did and how they did it. It’s “armchair spirituality”. We can have gain without pain, but we cannot grow without doing the inner work.

We all have a personal trainer in the Higher Holy Spirit Self, but we must be willing to do what the Trainer advises. And that Personal Trainer that we ALL have is always inviting us to be loving to ourselves, because we’re worthy of Love.

ALL are worthy.

Unworthiness is the most chronic illness that people have in this world. It attacks us mentally and emotionally – but only if we agree. It has no power if we don’t agree.

When we get triggered into feeling life is too hard and feel helpless and hopeless, that’s the time to put on our workout gear, Partner UP with our own Higher Holy Spirit Self and look at our stinking thinking.

When we get triggered, it’s important to realize that we’re being helped to release the thoughts that are being triggered. It’s time to change our minds and release our attachments to the thoughts that are upsetting us. If our thoughts are upsetting us, it’s because they aren’t true.

Anytime we believe something that’s false it upsets us, it’s our “Divine Alarm Clock” going off letting us know that it’s time for healing through that inner exercise of relinquishing the false, affirming the truth, and choosing Freedom.

I AM available for healing.

I AM grateful for every healing opportunity. I AM victorious!

Do you notice that you sometimes feel people are unworthy of Love? Do you see that pattern shifting and changing in your heart and mind? Please share in the comments section below! I’d love to know!

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Miraculous Life

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Doesn’t it sometimes seem like a miracle that we can change our minds and stop making a mess of our lives? For a long time I was so AMAZED at the transformation I was experiencing. I had no idea that it was possible for me to change my mind with so much ease and grace. Who knew?

We can all live a miraculous life.

We’re entitled to miracles – that’s what it says in A Course in Miracles. We naturally experience what feels like a miraculous flow of Love and support when we align with Love in our hearts and hold ourselves accountable. It can feel surprising and even shocking!

Once we really understand the power of our thinking, then we can actively choose to work in the invisible and be effective every day in being truly helpful. What a blessing it is to feel and know that you are truly helpful.

What does working in the invisible mean?

A Course in Miracles and all truth teachings tell us: ALL thought produces form at some level.

  • Form is our experience.
  • Form is what we see and feel and hear.
  • You will see it when you believe it.
  • It is done onto you as you believe, not as you wish.

We’ve all been studying this for so long that we think we know it. For so long, I had an INTELLECTUAL understanding but I didn’t take it down into my heart and live it and so, I didn’t actually KNOW it. I knew that I didn’t really know it, because every day I gave my self permission to choose unloving thoughts, words, and actions and I saw the mess that created.

For so long I labored in vain trying to MAKE things happen by working in the DENSITY of form, rather than working in the ease and grace of the invisible. I struggled and worked so hard with just enough success to keep me crawling along, but I wanted to FLY! And my intuition told me it was possible, but HOW?

I finally decided to do WHATEVER IT TOOK to live in a beautiful, masterful way and learn how to LIVE spiritual principles rather than just study them.

It might seem that you don’t have what it takes, but that, my friend, is just an opinion.

Spirit always has what it takes to be Its beautiful, powerful Self!

Seek first the Kingdom, which is within, and all else will be added unto us! Our little willingness is all that’s required – Let’s PROVE it and deepen our faith NOW. Wow!

Spiritual Community is a powerful healing experience. It’s a living, loving, beautiful expression of Spirit’s Love. We are an expanding global spiritual community of prayerful people willing to be co-workers with God. Yes!

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Blessed Always

Monday, October 14th, 2019

We can see that things are very intense in the world right now. There are outbursts all over the places of all kinds. And this IS the time that we’ve been preparing for. We are here to be truly helpful.

Things have been challenging and confrontational for the past year, on many levels, and it seems to be intensifying. This is why it’s so important for us to keep Peace in our minds and hold a higher view, a divine vision of Peace & Harmony.

Right now, I’m leading the Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive and we’re doing extra spiritual practice, lots of prayer and lots of healing work. People are noticing the difference even though there are also big challenges occurring. One of our beloved classmates suddenly passed away. One person has had the fires near their home while they’ve been gone. And there are always other challenges.

Yet, we notice that we are more peaceful.
We are harmonious.

Healing is happening.

For many years I’ve trained myself not to worry. Worry is the negative use of my imagination. My mind is the mind of God and if I hold a worried, fearful and negative thought in my mind, I’m giving it my power and I don’t wish to do that anymore. I choose to hold the highest and best for all with my loving thoughts.

I know that all who are affected by these multiple challenges, all over the world, are blessed by their experiences. I hold firmly in my mind that all are blessed.

I may not understand how everything works together for the good of all, many times it seems impossible to understand from our point of view, unable to see through all of time and space.

I do know divine grace is at work in all moments.

I absolutely know that the angels guide and protect us all of the time and when we ask for assistance we receive it, although it may not be in the way we think is best.

I have faith that we are profoundly loved by all of life, even by a hurricane, a flood, a fire or an earthquake. I open my mind to see beyond time and space and to see the blessings in each moment.

I once was very blessed, for a precious few minutes, to have the great gift of seeing beyond time and space into the eternal.

In those minutes I knew completely and most assuredly that everything is perfect, and everything is beautiful and all is Love, all are loved. It was so clear to me and so real to me it changed me. It only lasted for a few minutes, but it was crystal clear.

We’re training our minds only to choose loving thoughts and to let all worry go. We’re doing it. It’s happening now.

We bless all beings on this sweet earth and know that all are loved equally and fully by our Creator. Life loves us. We keep our attention on that which we desire to know and to see and we let all worry fade into the nothingness from which it arose.

We hold the high watch. We pray for those who appear to be in harm’s way to be protected and blessed. We pray for those who are suffering to be at Peace now. We hold the perfect vision of Love in our hearts and in our minds.

We know that all are blessed, always.

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Liberation from Limiting Thoughts

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

As I write this, I’m blessed to be in the midst of offering one of my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensives. It’s such powerful healing when we’re finally willing and ready to recognize that the only limitations we have are the ones that we agree to.

The only grievances we have are the ones that we agree to.

The only way someone can take advantage of us is if we agree to it.

The only way we can feel limited is if we AGREE to limitations.

When I first began to realize these things, it felt like a dead weight on top of me because I didn’t know HOW to release the limiting thoughts.

I was stopped by my belief that it couldn’t be done because I didn’t know how to do it.

I was stopped by my belief that I was on my own, and if I didn’t know how to do it, I had no resources and so I had to accept that it couldn’t be done.

Fortunately, I had that little bit of willingness that Jesus talks about in A Course in Miracles. My little bit of willingness kept me praying. My prayers to have healing were answered, in part, by my realization that I could Partner UP.

I realized that limitations are really only in my thinking, not in my true reality.

I decided that it didn’t matter HOW the healing happened, I was calling forth healing and I was accepting it. I gave the heavy lifting of figuring out the “how” to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. I knew I couldn’t see the solution as long as I was still thinking with the same thought system that created the “problem.”

I refuse to agree to false constructs that are limiting.
I am unlimited and I AM that I AM.
I AM one with THE One.

My willingness to call forth and accept help from “above” was the thing that opened the door to my miraculous healing. I’ve had SO MUCH miraculous healing since then, and I’ve shared it with others who are having miraculous healing and that’s what inspires me every single day.

I am grateful that miraculous healing isn’t for special people. Everyone is entitled to miracles. Miracles are natural. We don’t have to figure out how, we allow.

There are no REAL limitations.

I am calling forth a miracle for us every day. Thank you for praying with me and calling forth a miracle today!

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Feelings Are Helpful

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

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

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

How?

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

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

Our feelings are incredibly valuable.

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

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

Notice your feelings.

Stay alert to your feelings.

Your feelings indicate where your thinking is focused.

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

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

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

We’re in mind training.

It’s not easy.

It often doesn’t feel good.

It can feel excruciating at times.

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

If you’d like support in doing this work and in finding the inner courage to go for it and not give up, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work. I find that when we do the work together we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

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

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Growing Through Joy!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are choosing to remember the truth today.

We are choosing to grow through Joy today.

If you’d like support in doing this work of growing through Joy, please consider taking my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp and joining with other like-minded souls who are doing the same work. I find that when we do the work together we get there faster and we laugh a lot more. It’s so much easier when we peel the layers of painful patterns together. Easier, faster, more Love, more Light, more fun, that’s the way for me!

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

Last Chance for
Worthiness Workshop!
TODAY

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Self-Defense is Attack

Monday, October 7th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many of us have some version of this defensive habit.

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

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

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

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

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

Try it and see for yourself!

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

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

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Never Too Late

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Do you avoid people who seem stuck in their stories?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose healing for yourself and them right now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Clear the Fear

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A Course in Miracles teaches us that “There are no private thoughts.” This is the same as many other mystical teachings. This is exactly what I learned as a student of Ernest Holmes teachings in The Science of Mind.

There is but One Mind, and all of our minds are joined in that One Mind. We can’t possibly have a private thought when all of our minds are joined in the One Mind and yet, we still often find ourselves operating as though we can keep our thoughts hidden or secret. We can’t.

The incredibly good news is that we can CHANGE our mind and hold only loving and compassionate thoughts. When our mind is attuned to the loving thoughts and focused on that, then we will see the results in our life. I call it “working in the invisible.” It’s so much easier to work in the mind than to work in the world.

I call laboring in the world “pushing density” because it feels exhausting, whereas working in the mind, when we’re focused on Love, is exhilarating! It’s energizing!

You can always tell who is operating from Love and who isn’t. It’s obvious. Words aren’t necessary. We don’t need private thoughts. They are useless.

The more I choose the loving thought, the more I don’t care if everyone knows everything I’m thinking. And I’m not afraid of what other people think, because my thoughts are of Love. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s very simple too.

When our thoughts are unloving, that’s when we fear that other people will know what we’re thinking. The end of fear comes when we focus on being loving. When we’re fully committed to being loving, then there simply is nothing to fear.

It’s amazing to realize that allowing the good to flow in our lives is incredibly simple, and we complicate it and obscure it by choosing to believe the meaning we’ve made of things when we don’t have to. Thank God we can always choose again.

ACIM calls our heart the altar. Let’s clear off all the false idols that we’ve laid upon the altar of our heart and open to true Love now.

What are false idols?
Anything that we’ve made more important than our connection with Spirit.

It could be any one of your relationships or even your body.
It could be your job or your house.

If you’re feeling fearful at all and you really wish to be free of worry, fear, and anxiety, the answer is simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. Give the attack thoughts to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and open your heart to appreciating the good in your life. Count your blessings and it will shift your thinking.

We’re loving ourselves free of all fear and limitation!

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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Connection

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

We all have fear and anxiety about things. The cause of fear and anxiety is always some kind of insecurity. The insecurity, itself, is essentially because we believe we’re disconnected from our Source, pure loving Spirit.

The antidote is to reconnect. The disconnect is only in our minds. It is an illusion and delusion that has no basis in fact. The fact is that we are part of God, now and forever.

When you feel fear or anxiety about something – a job interview, a tax audit, a doctor’s appointment, or any other thing, reach for Spirit first.

If you’ve got a difficulty to deal with, put Spirit in charge and then listen.

Pray first.

Call the angels, Jesus, Mother Mary, Quan Yin and any other Being you think can help and support you.

Be willing to give to Spirit any and all attack thoughts you have. Give them UP for healing and let the healing happen.

After all, the reason that we feel upset is that you have this false belief. This situation in our life that’s triggering the false belief is sent to help us deal with the false belief by choosing to heal it, rather than affirming it. WE get to choose how we will handle it.

In our choosing, we can shift everything.

That’s why I have learned the benefit of looking to see the highest and best, most loving choice whenever I feel concerned.

When I’m willing to find a more loving choice, I do.

Choosing Love is healing.
Choosing Love is the cure for every concern.

We can only learn this through practice.
It’s the practice of connecting with Spirit that heals our mind and our life.

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

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

Worthiness Workshop

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

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I’m A God Geek

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

I know I’m a “God Geek”. Folks in my classes like to laugh at me because I tell them the story about how, back in the 90’s when I was in classes at Agape and my first Prayer Partner, Liz Raci and her husband Paul — who was also in classes with me — would invite me over for a barbecue on Memorial Day and Labor Day, and I asked them if I could come over early.

I’d say, “How about if I come early and help set up, and we can talk about God before everyone arrives?”

Yup, that was me.

The honest to God reason that I became a Science of Mind Practitioner, a Spiritual Counselor, a Minister, and a teacher is so that I could be in this conversation with and about Spirit all of the time. Nothing is more interesting to me. I always find it interesting.

It’s why I write daily inspiration and offer my A Course in Miracles podcast, all the workshops and classes as a gift. I love it. It’s my Joy!

Yesterday, I offered my Worthiness Workshop and we had about 100 people who came live to work with me on this issue. It was exciting! (If you missed it, come today. Click to register now.)

I had an experience similar to what I have when I offer a retreat. Usually in the first 24 hours, a number of people will come to me privately and pull me aside and say, “Jennifer, I had no idea other people felt this way. I thought I was the only one. I mean, I REALLY believed I was the only one who felt this way.”

This is so important to me!

For years, I thought I was the only one who was so messed up.

As spiritual students, we are much MORE judgmental of ourselves than non-spiritual students. We have higher standards, and when we don’t meet them we feel even worse. We beat ourselves up even more for failing as a spiritual student.

I’d like to put an end to all of that in our community. Enough! It’s not helpful. Self-attack has got to go!

Self-attack and special relationships are the two best weapons of the ego to keep us from rising in Love. Enough!

Yesterday, most of the people who came to the workshop had invested themselves in doing my worksheet. That, plus our coming together, talking and sharing, helped people to make the decision to really put attention on this issue to change their lives. That was SO EXCITING!

As ACIM students, we know the power of decision. There’s no way we can fill out that worksheet, do my workshop, and still be in the dark about what our belief in unworthiness is costing us every day. This is so valuable!

We CAN have healing EVERY DAY if we’re willing. A little bit every day adds up to a lot!

Have you ever had a faucet that had a slow drip? Put a bucket under it and you’ll realize how fast a slow drip can fill up a bucket!

Here are some of the things that people said to me in the workshop yesterday after we did some of the work together:

“That was awesome!!!! Totally Divine!”

“So beautiful talking to the wonderful participants!”

“Very inspiring and miraculous!”

“I loved it!”

“Yay! inspiring to share in the healing and the miracle!”

Many of us made a decision to put this issue first in our life and stop avoiding it. People were inspired to take action.

WOW! This is what excites me more than ANYTHING. We only did a little bit of work together. This is the difference when we ACTUALLY DO THE WORK instead of just listening to a lecture or a podcast, or read it in a book.

Studying isn’t healing.
Doing the work is actually healing.

That’s what inspired me to offer this Worthiness Workshop in the first place! And I’m offering it again today. Even if you cannot join today – register to get my worksheet and fill it out. If you can come today, please see if you can fill out the worksheet before coming to the workshop.

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

Worthiness Workshop
TODAY, Sunday
September 29th
Los Angeles 1pm ♥ Chicago 3pm ♥ New York 4pm ♥ London 9pm
♥ Germany 10pm ♥ Sydney 6am (next day) ♥ Hong Kong 4am (next day)

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

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

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

We enjoyed the work yesterday. It was exciting! Transformation is REALLY fun and it’s also a huge relief when we do it together. It’s such a relief to let go of the false identity and stand in the beauty of our true nature. We truly can be helpful and we can teach only Love. I’m going for it. Come join me!

If you see an announcement for this on my Facebook page, would you please SHARE it so more people find it?

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

We’re all on a journey of developing trust and faith,and there’s so much help for us in the invisible. We’re never alone. I Love you and I thank God for you.

We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds.

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

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Healing Practices – Breath

Friday, September 20th, 2019

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

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

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

Here are the benefits of long, deep breathing:

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

That’s a LOT of benefits!!!

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

I urge you to become a “breath expert.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let all beings find ease and grace in their breath.

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

 

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Activating the Flow of Good

Monday, September 16th, 2019

I have learned the power of asking for what you’d like. However, it only works well when we don’t have an attachment to what we’d like to experience.

When there’s an attachment, then there’s something to heal. It’s so helpful to remember that all attachments come in one of two flavors: cravings or aversions. Cravings are the things we believe we need, or want, or have to have. Aversions are the things that we hate, dislike, and can’t stand,

When we have an aversion, then we’re blocking the flow because we think we know what is needed. Our judgments block the flow of the All-Good.

Usually when we have a craving or an aversion, we feel moderate discomfort related to it and that lets us know that we can let something go and experience more Peace, more Freedom, more healing.

If you’d like to experience more Peace, more Love, more Joy or any other experience, even a specific one such as more time at the beach, ask for assistance from the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

We can fall into neglect of our relationship with Spirit. Many times we don’t connect with Spirit except when we feel really needy. Think about it: Imagine you had a relationship with someone who only contacts you when they feel really needy. Wouldn’t that feel like a dysfunctional relationship?

Being in the flow of giving and receiving is our natural state. When we’re consistently asking for guidance, insight, connection, and support from Spirit, then we’re in a flow of relationship and we’re declaring that we’re available for that connection, as well as worthy of the connection. That makes a HUGE difference in our experience.

If you feel like you’re disconnected from Spirit, start asking for insight, Clarity, Wisdom, and support. You’ll be amazed at how it starts to flow in immediately.

Spirit is live-streaming pure goodness and insight 24/7 and we can connect at any time.

Let’s connect for the sake of connecting, rather than just when we need something. Let’s improve the quality of the most important relationship we have!

Unforgiveness, hurt, resentments, blame, shame, and guilt all block the flow of insight and Clarity.

With clarity there’s Peace.

We can block our own experience of Peace in our mind, our relationships, and our body by holding onto unforgiveness. And that’s why I put so much focus on forgiveness. Every day we can feel more free!

Have you seen the practice of forgiveness open up the flow of good in your life? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Healing All Aversions

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

I used to have an aversion to people who seemed weak, timid or afraid. It would bring up my own fear of being weak. I didn’t know that’s why I had the aversion, but that’s how this mirroring thing works.

Do you have an aversion to people who act in a certain way?

I literally would feel this intense need to get away from people who were insecure. It was almost as if it were some kind of thing that I could catch – and that thought terrified me. Now, I’m aware that the reason it was so bothersome to me is that it was my own insecurities being reflected to me.

My insecurities were intolerable for me. I had so little self-compassion.

All of that began to change when I decided to focus on being compassionate for others. As I was able to extend Love to others, I could begin to have some Love for myself. A little bit of Love goes a long way.

This is why each act of loving kindness that we can extend to others opens our heart and helps us to be more available to the good in life. AND, I learned that the way to heal an aversion is to have compassion.

It works! Life is better without aversions.

Next time your mind drifts to attacking someone, or even yourself, see if you can remember this and extend some compassion to welcome more good in your life. It’s a powerful spiritual practice that we can take with us every moment of every day!

Have you seen the direct results of having a practice of extending Love and compassion? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Midnight Meditation

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The last few of days I’ve had so much work to do, plus a long travel day, that I’ve been going to bed at 2 and 2:30 a.m. It is what it is, and although it’s unusual and not my preference, sometimes that’s what feels necessary to get things done. All of the last few days have been very light on time to just relax and rest, or even just have a real lunch break.

I am grateful, SO GRATEFUL to be living my absolute dream career, answering my calling and working with the most wonderful people in the world. I’m so very blessed!

And with all the extra work, travel, etc., I maintain my spiritual practice of prayer and meditation. I was sharing in Masterful Living class yesterday that about 12:30 a.m. the night before I realized, “Oh! I still have my hour (or so) of spiritual practice to do!” So there I was, beginning my meditation at 1:30 a.m. and as I sat there, I had a big sweet smile on my face. The vibration was so sweet.

The Earth was so still, listening to crickets, everything was calm and the energy of the meditation was so restorative – much better than sleep. I loved it!

What I’ve learned is that meditation always improves my life.

It’s the thing I make a priority ,and it always feels like the BEST investment of my time and energy. I don’t ever feel that I’ve made the wrong decision when I invest in my healing.

I am so grateful for Jesus’ reminder in A Course in Miracles that “Rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.” When I’m this busy, there’s a temptation to wish to skip Self-care, and spiritual practice – of course, there is – but I’ve learned that is the way of the ego and not the way of Spirit, and I’m not interested in the way of the ego anymore.

I encourage you to have a spiritual practice that revives and restores you every day. Not one thing on this Earth will bring more benefit to those who suffer. Not one thing in life will bring more Joy than the Joy of knowing we are One with the Infinite. We are worth of the great Love that is our true identity!

The more we dedicate ourselves to Self-Love, Self-care and spiritual practice as the foundation of that, the more quickly we’ll have world Peace, and that’s a fact!

I’m curious, what is your spiritual practice? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Feeling Safe

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

I used to feel quite fearful about life – and it showed up as all my judgments and attack thoughts.

Yesterday I had a very long day of driving from Maine to New Jersey, and in the midst of it I ran into a fierce storm of heavy rain, thunder, and lightening with emergency tornado warnings blaring from my phone. It was a bit of a tricky situation made even trickier by a couple of factors.

First, I had a car packed to the brim with my things – and so, my sight lines were narrow on all sides.

Second, my air conditioning is not functioning properly and I have been traveling for months, so getting to a mechanic wasn’t easy AND I didn’t need it where I was in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, so it wasn’t a priority.

This last part was the bigger issue in this storm, because the warm air and humidity of the storm were giving me major fog in my windows and no way to clear it with my defrosters.

I had to pull off the road during the storm, and do it carefully, until I could safely move forward.

In situations like this – even though they’re challenging – I feel safe.

I have come to learn that the reason I feel safe is that I am coming from my loving heart.

I used to be entrenched in ego projections and attack thoughts, and I didn’t feel safe AT ALL.

I felt threats were EVERYWHERE. And that’s how I learned my safety lies in my defenselessness.

I vote that we teach this to our children and then they can teach it back to us!

It’s so amazing to me that we can change our minds about things and the situations and circumstances really do shift and change. This is why I’m so keen on actually DOING THE WORK and not just talking about it, or thinking about it, or listening to audios and reading books.

It’s our own personal work that makes a difference.

It’s quite miraculous! These are the benefits of being miracle-minded. I did a podcast episode about that and you might find it helpful. Click here to listen to Don’t Be Blind to Your Miracle . You can also get the transcript there too – all available at no cost. Enjoy!

Are you noticing that as you deepen your practice you feel safer and safer in this world? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Tapping into Power

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Some days it can seem like the world is against us. It an seem like everyone is picking on us and we can’t do anything right – but it’s not true. We can still LOVE perfectly. No one has control over that. We can love fully and completely and wholeheartedly, and no one can find fault with it because they cannot see it, touch it, taste it or feel it. It’s our gift from the heart and we can share it with whomever we choose.

I love this about LOVE.

When I choose Love, I am redeemed, restored, and inspired.
When I choose Love, I remember who I AM and I can forget about what others say and think.

I’m so grateful for the power of Love to prequalify even the worst day and turn it into a rebirth.

I AM Love and I AM lovable.

This is true for all of us – no matter what’s going on in our lives. We can be renewed and revitalized by Love.

This is what I’m thinking about as I prepare for the weekend’s retreat for the Recovery from Sexual Abuse. We get to choose. Now is our time for exercising our right to choose the life of Love that we’d like to lead.

None of us are victims of circumstances. We can rise above the battlefield and claim our rightful place in the perfect center of the heart and mind of our Infinite Creator.

I am grateful for every loving choice I make, and sometimes when it’s hard I can smile, knowing that I shall overcome and I am overcoming and I have overcome. I can smile knowing that Spirit is always for me and never against me, and upon this I can depend!

Making loving choices is the way to tap into the sources of all power! Today is our day for healing! Today is our day for loving!

Rock on!!

What do you do when things seem to be going rough? How do you pull yourself up out of it? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Wholly Helpful

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

One of the things we were discussing in Masterful Living last night was how to deal with the obsessive compulsive negative thinking. I have really had a journey with this experience.

I used to get into these loops of thinking where I was defending and attacking, explaining and convincing, and then back to attacking and defending. Running those negative thought patterns in an obsessive compulsive way always made me feel just awful about myself. It felt so completely out of my control, and I hated it.

Now, I am so grateful to know that those patterns were my opportunities to demonstrate my willingness to be loving and experience the Freedom being loving brings.

I’ve learned that if my thoughts are defensive and protective, then I’m actually looking for an excuse to attack. The ego thought system is one of opposites and it’s quite tricky. Fortunately, the thought system of Spirit is truth and truth liberates us from the ego’s traps.

When we choose loving kindness with no ulterior motive we are being truly helpful and then we’re divinely protected.

The truly helpful are invulnerable, because they are not protecting their egos and so nothing can hurt them. Their helpfulness is their praise of God, and He will return their praise of Him because they are like Him, and they can rejoice together. God goes out to them and through them, and there is great joy throughout the Kingdom. Every mind that is changed adds to this joy with its individual willingness to share in it. The truly helpful are God’s miracle workers, whom I direct until we are all united in the joy of the Kingdom. I will direct you to wherever you can be truly helpful, and to whoever can follow my guidance through you.” A Course in Miracles, T-4.VII.8.

We can interrupt the patterns of negative thinking with a simple affirmation such as “Love holds no grievances,” from lesson 68 in the ACIM Workbook. I’ve learned that having that simple affirmation, or one like it, becomes the pattern interrupter that helps me retrain my mind to stay focused on my God thoughts and choices.

Healing is happening for all of us and we can accelerate it using tools like this!

Simple, but not always easy! Still, it actually works. And it brings benefit for all.

What do you use to interrupt the patterns of obsessive compulsive negative thinking? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Guilt

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

I’m writing this on Sunday morning, and here in the US we’ve got the Labor Day holiday weekend. I’ve been with family all week at our home on Deer Isle off the coast of Maine and some are leaving today. There’s a flurry of activity in the house as some are packing to leave and some are packing for a day trip to a nearby island. When family gets together, I always get to see if I still have any buttons that can be pushed. I discover any hooks I haven’t yet unhooked.

Lately I’ve been aware that there appear to be two ego patterns that are the most insidious, but I also know we can relinquish them to the healing of the Higher Holy Spirit Self, and that working together with spiritual friends it’s much, MUCH easier. Together, we can remember to laugh.

One habit is that of pushing the button of guilt and the other is the button of shame, which is so tied to the belief that we’re fundamentally bad.

These buttons gets pushed so easily because they’re the biggest ones we have. So often, we don’t even know that we’re doing it.

It can be so casually done: “While you were out having fun with your friends, I worked on getting the house cleaned for the party.” Someone can say that casually, with the idea that they’re just stating the facts, not trying to trigger anyone’s guilt. But if it’s the facts and it has no purpose to trigger, why say it at all? Why not just say: “Did you have fun with your friends?”

Families and work colleagues have such strong habits of button-pushing that people don’t even realize it’s there. I did it this week myself. Example:

We had such a full house this past week that I slept on the porch on a blow-up bed. I love the outdoors and sleeping outdoors, so it was no sacrifice for me. I can look up and see the stars and hear the birds at first light. I absolutely LOVE it.

It does get down into the mid 50’s sometimes at this time of year, so I like to have a sleeping bag under me and one over me as insulation, in addition to blankets, etc. I had organized my bedding that way, but then in the middle of the night I got up to go to the bathroom and I was a little cold, so I was going to reorganize the blankets because I wasn’t feeling the insulation on top with the sleeping bag. I took everything apart, but couldn’t find the top sleeping bag. I concluded my brother had taken it to use with my nephew, who was sleeping on an air mattress in the house.

The next morning, my bro asked me how it was and I said, “It was great, but a little cold,” and I explained what happened. It triggered his unconscious guilt and he felt bad. I was totally okay with the whole setup. I had gone right back to sleep after sorting out what happened. Yet, I could see that I had made a tactical error in telling my brother. I really knew my error when I overheard him telling someone the story later, and that he’d felt bad about it. I said, immediately, that it was no biggie – I was hardly affected, went right back to sleep. All is well, but I know that I triggered his unconscious guilt and I had to look at whether or not I did it on purpose. I concluded that I had. We did that little ego guilt dance together.

And that’s where my spiritual practice comes in.

I got to practice forgiving myself – in other words, not judging myself for having been unconscious to the effect my words would have on my brother.

I also called upon the Higher Holy Spirit Self to “undo all the consequences of my wrong decision” to say something to my brother.

You see, it wasn’t necessary to say anything to my brother. I really can see that I only did it because I was “secretly” annoyed that he took the sleeping bag without telling me. I made him responsible for how I felt, and that triggered his unconscious guilt.

This is PRECISELY how we push people away and cause our relationships to deteriorate.

When we have special relationships, they deteriorate so easily because they’re not actually founded and grounded in Love. Holy relationships are built out of taking responsibility for our missteps and errors, and acknowledging that no one else is responsible for our feelings or our choices. This is what cultivates spiritual maturity, to have holy relationships that are unconditionally loving.

A Course in Miracles tells us that when we ask the Holy Spirit to make our relationships holy “The temptation of the ego becomes extremely intense with this shift in goals.” Jesus warns us that the majority of people will break off the relationship rather than see it through to holy. Most would rather have the special relationship. The holy relationship requires REAL fortitude and GREAT willingness and it is worth EVERY bit that we go through because our mind IS healed in the process.

Ego belief is that we’re fundamentally bad. Spirit knows we’re fundamentally and ONLY good.

Ego belief is the unconscious guilt that we’re bad and should be punished.

Spirit knows that this world is a dream in which we’ve done nothing wrong, and that punishment never heals anything, it only wounds.

When we’re convinced we’re fundamentally bad, we’re actually going to seek out situations and relationships that confirm our belief. The answer is our spiritual practice.

I’m all about the practical application of spiritual teachings, because that is the thing that has worked so well for me to liberate from the relentless cycles of fear, pain, hurt, anger, revenge, worry, doubt, jealousy, helplessness and hopelessness.

I learned the power of working with other like-minded souls when I was studying to become a Science of Mind Practitioner and Minister. Several of us formed a prayer circle back in 1997, and we’re still praying together every week for 22 years. We’re “besties” and we’ve watched each other learn, grow, and transform. We never have any discord within our group. We’re completely unconditionally loving and supportive. And, we tell each other the truth, we just don’t add any judgments or guilt inducers.

This is what we’re working on in my classes. It’s why people come on retreat with me again and again – because we’re not just talking about it, thinking about it, reading about it, and listening to classes, we’re rolling up our spiritual sleeves and partnering UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self to get it done!

Just today, I got another e-mail from someone in class who is having an amazing and miraculous healing at the level of the mind and seeing it demonstrate in their life in unexpected and beautiful ways. They’re working with Spirit and not against Spirit now, and that is making all the difference.

Willingness isn’t just something we say. Being willing MUST be demonstrated. Faith without works is dead. It’s nothing. The power is in our loving choices that are the active demonstration of our willingness.

My willingness wasn’t there with my brother initially, but it got ignited, and I do KNOW that all the consequences of my wrong decision are undone by Spirit because I’ve asked for it and accepted it. That’s my willingness.

We all make errors we can learn and heal from. Making errors is not the issue. Letting them stand without working with Spirit, that’s the issue.

The folks in our community are amazing and miraculous and they inspire me every single day!

Real people. Real miracles.

Practicing the ACIM Lessons, walking the talk and living the Love, that’s where the healing is generated from. It ripples throughout our life and can bring us happiness each day. If you’d like to some inspiration, check out my podcast. I have a number of episodes about healing the unconscious guilt – click here to get them now.  You can also search for any other topic you like.

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

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

We’re all on a journey of developing trust, and 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’re answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

Have you transformed a relationship from special to holy?  Please tell us about it and share in the comments below!  Thank you!

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Healing Through Acceptance

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

When my precious mother was so ill and we knew she didn’t have long to live, I had to accept it. I could accept it without liking it. I could hold that even though I didn’t like it, it was for the highest and best, otherwise it couldn’t be happening. Resistance to what was happening wouldn’t have helped any of us.

For me, at that time, acceptance opened up my mind to experience the grace in each moment.

Accepting 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!

Have you experienced the power of accepting things that are challenging? Please tell us about it and share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Blame is Exhausting

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A Course in Miracles makes it abundantly clear that our willingness is ALL that’s required. ACIM also tells us that taking responsibility for our choices, our feelings, thoughts and perceptions is the way out of suffering. These are the most basic tenants of ACIM.

This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies: I am responsible for what I see. I choose the feelings I experience, and I decide upon the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for, and receive as I have asked. Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear. A Course in Miracles T-21.II.2.

And yet, many people don’t realize that if we’re not taking responsibility, if we’re choosing to blame others, then we really have zero willingness.

Without the willingness to take responsibility there is no willingness.

The vast majority of people believe that others are responsible for their upset. It’s happening to them. They’re victims. The problem is the other person and what they are doing, not their thoughts about them. The belief is so entrenched in the human condition that for most people this is fact. It’s not perception, it’s the absolute truth. And our liberation depends on realizing how wrong this is.

Having a conversation with someone when they blame you for their upset is often pointless. It’s important to realize this and not dig in just because you’re right. I learned this the hard way. The hard way is pretty much the way I’ve learned many difficult, yet valuable, lessons. To learn anything is a blessing!

When someone is hell-bent on blaming you for their feelings, you really cannot argue with them. The fastest way out of that situation is to invoke the angels and the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Focus on your own holiness and expand it to include their holiness, which is the same as theirs. I’ve learned to acquiesce any need to be right. ACIM tells us that if we give it to Spirit and we really mean it, Spirit will take care of it.

If you can do it without judgment, sometimes it can be helpful to summarize like this: “I hear you’re upset and that what bothered you so much is what I did or didn’t do. I get it. I’m really sorry that bothered you so much. Thank you for telling me.” Sometimes it can really help to extend compassion – which is loving understanding.

When others are upset, we can have compassion. We don’t have to fix them, because they’re not broken. It’s not our job to change their mind, but it IS our job to love them and know the truth about them.

And still, some people have a habit of blaming. They really are 100% convinced that their anger and hurt are caused by someone else or by circumstances. This is how I lived for a very long time, so I can relate to it.

Now, when faced with someone who thinks that way, I call upon Spirit to transform the situation to the highest and best for all of us. The speed with which the healing happens is directly related to my willingness. I can practice being a truly helpful, healing presence and that feels good.

When we judge, we are trapped and limited.
When we practice responsibility, we are liberated.

I am so grateful for the healing we can have! Have you noticed that you’re more willing to take responsibility for your feelings and not blame others? Please share in the comments below! Thank you!

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Transform Hate to Love

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

WOWZER! What excellent proof of our thoughts becoming our experiences. A recent study by scholars from the University of North Texas has shown that “Counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226% increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally.”

Fortunately, Love is powerful and hate is not.

Love is everything and hate is nothing.

Love lifts us all and hate only pulls down those who subscribe. Those who are loving are invulnerable to the call of hatred.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.”

King understood the power of Love.

John F. Kennedy was demonstrating wise leadership when he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Let us hold in our hearts the teachings of A Course in Miracles: “Seek not to change the world but to change your mind about the world.”

Let the revolution begin in our mind and spread everywhere – after all, we share the same mind! The revolution is ON!

Each day offers us the perfect opportunity to take demonstrative loving action and transform the mind of those who are caught in a web of hate. Because we share the same mind, our loving and generous thoughts of compassion will help them to come back into their right mind. This is the power of Love.

As King said, said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Anyone and everyone can be a bringer of Light. It’s a decision we make. We are the Light, and therefor miracles are natural. Our awakening is inevitable. Let’s commit to supporting our brothers and sisters by seeing their innocence and knowing that there is that within them that only knows the power of Love. Our willingness to see them correctly helps them to be redeemed into their loving heart.

After all, this is what we would wish someone to do for us if we were lost in an attachment of hatred. Right?

How will you extend compassion and Love to those who have the appearance of hatred? Let’s be real and tangible here. Please share in the comments below. Thank you!

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