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Life Purpose

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then we feel TRULY connected with Spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sacrifice

Monday, April 15th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

All beliefs are false.

All beliefs are an interpretation.

All beliefs are limiting.

All beliefs perpetuate lack.

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

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

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

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

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Gotcha

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

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

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

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

Argh!!!

Here’s an example:

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

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

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME???

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

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

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

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

What’s really going on?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t feel worthy or capable.

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

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

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

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

Judgments and repeating the same upsets.

I don’t miss it at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opportunity

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

If you feel bothered by anything that’s happening in the political scene, your family, your workplace, your bank account or even your body, there’s an opportunity for you to have a healing and to be a healing presence. Any kind of upset is an opportunity to claim healing and share healing – or, we can choose to repeat the past and learn through suffering. It’s our choice, whether we realize it or not.

We can turn our challenges into healing opportunities. Bonus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enlightenment

Friday, April 12th, 2019

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

In my family, my grandparents were young during the depression. Then they went through WWII and the rationing, blackouts and other challenges. Lack and limitation became a way of life in many ways. Most of my grandparents grew up with either the threat of poverty and starvation or the ups and downs of financial solvency.

In my family, we’ve never felt comfortable with extravagance. It seems somehow shameful or wrong. I know this is a false belief.

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

The more I walk this path of awakening, the more clear I am that we don’t have to crucify ourselves, and we don’t have to live deprived of Joy and pleasure. Self-nurturing is part of my active spiritual practice. Self-care is required for my awakening and Ascension in the Light.

Self-Love is part of the program in attaining Enlightenment.

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

It is impossible to seek for pleasure through the body and not find pain.
~ A Course in Miracles

Have you had enough pain yet?

This doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy the physical. I Love doing yoga and working out, and enjoy delicious food, and sex, and a good massage, and all kinds of things in this world, but that’s different than seeking for pleasure. En-joying is different than pleasure seeking.

Joy is a natural experience when we’re living from our heart.

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

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

The crucifixion is over, if you choose it.

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

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Ascension

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

As we get closer to Passover and Easter, I think more of the life of the man, Jesus, who has been a teacher to so many. I am grateful for His living example of moving through betrayal, crucifixion and onto resurrection and Ascension.

It is the Ascension I’m interested in.
Many spiritual students don’t have the goal of Enlightenment, awakening, and Ascension. It seems too lofty. We think, “How could I, after all the mistakes I’ve made, after all the mean and unloving, foolish and hurtful things I’ve done, ever be good enough to attain Enlightenment? ME! Of all people!” We think it’s crazy or we think it’s hubris.

Actually, it’s neither crazy nor egotistical to think that we can attain Enlightenment after everything we’ve done in the past, it’s our destiny.

And this is the perfect time for us to claim it.

Jesus came to demonstrate the crucifixion, resurrection and Ascension. And He told us, “Even more shall you do.” Let’s do it! Let’s be it to see it!

The only message of the crucifixion is that you can overcome the cross. Until then you are free to crucify yourself as often as you choose. A Course In Miracles

I no longer have an interest in crucifying myself. I’d like to help others realize that the only cross we have to bear is our own attachments to thinking we’re not worthy of Love, our true identity. Let’s give up that cross and stand in the Light of Love that is our true nature.

Mother-Father God only has one child and it’s the Christ, and that is what we are. In order to realize it and “re-cognize” it, we must be willing to let go of our tainted view of ourselves. Now is the time.

This is the time of our resurrection to the glory of our Divinity remains undiminished, unbroken. It is the spark that can never go out.Our willingness to release the attachment to the false identity we’ve made and claim our one true identity is all that’s required. Spirit does all the rest. Are you willing to be willing now, or will you wait?

Today I AM willing to live as my true Self, my Higher Holy Spirit Self and demonstrate the Christ Light that is my true identity. How about you?

Please let me know in the comment section below!

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

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Trust Anyway

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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

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

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

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

It so often comes back to this from ACIM:

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

Trust is the means.
Are you willing?

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

I love this poem by Mother Theresa:

Do It Anyway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ending Repeating Patterns of Pain

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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White Tantric Yoga

Monday, April 8th, 2019

I shared, on Saturday, that I was going to do another day of intensive White Tantric Kundalini Yoga, and I reposted my Spiritual Espresso about the one I went to in Knoxville, Tennessee last September. This one in New York City had about three times the people, and was a beautiful experience.

White Tantric Yoga is an ancient group meditative practice that works on clearing out the deepest corridors of the subconscious mind.

“Since ancient times, humans have found that they have zillions of thoughts, billions of feelings, millions of emotions, thousands of desires, hundreds of fantasies, and multi-realities and personalities. Ultimately, our mind and thoughts rule and bog us down. We try every method available to get rid of this pressure, because it is eating us up inside. White Tantric Yoga® enables you to break through those subconscious blocks, so you can enjoy life…This is the path to personal freedom and awareness, and will bring more success to every area of your life.”
~ Yogi Bhajan

During the day, in intense experiences of physical exertion, there were times when I wished for it to be over and I was feeling challenged to continue. The temptation to look around and see what others were doing, to compare and to contrast, was strong. I knew that wouldn’t get me anything worth having, so I kept myself focused.

It is intense for anyone to hold hands with a partner, arms raised above your head and to raise your arms up and down for 62 minutes while chanting. Many people are challenged just to stare into their partners’eyes for an hour. There’s so much to learn when you’re going through these intense exercises with a partner. So much to let go of, so much to expand into.

I met Rob, sitting next to me, a man who had never done Kundalini yoga before, and who dove right into this intensive experience. It was difficult for him, it was difficult for all of us, and yet when we don’t mentally complain it’s always much easier. Guaranteed.

Complaining never makes anything better, it only intensifies the challenge by labeling it and making the pain seem more real.

I am so glad that I’m giving myself permission to do these challenging things in order to clear my mind of old patterns. I can feel the difference it’s making in me. I go with God, and so I feel lifted and carried even through the most difficult parts.

I’ve discovered that when there are challenges of any kind, it gives me an opportunity to work with my mind and to take out the trash. Like everybody else, I can see how quickly my mind goes to making meaning of things. The move to interpret, analyze, sift, sort and label every experience is the ego’s way of separating us from actually being present in the moment, and I’m using every opportunity to eliminate that habit.

I can honestly say that I am feeling a liberation from my spiritual practice of NOT making meaning of things!

I’ve learned to just stop in the middle of a thought and discard it completely.

I say to myself, “It doesn’t matter.”

My interpretation doesn’t matter.
Love matters.
Joy matters.

Interpreting every little experience DOES NOT MATTER and does not add value to my life. It is an investment in my unhappiness. When I am aligned with higher Wisdom and Love Intelligence, then I don’t need to interpret – I can have a direct experience and realize the power of Love in each moment – and that’s healing.

I feel blessed that Spirit is always leading me to my answered prayer. I truly Love being able to work with the mind in a healing way, while also strengthening my body and helping it to work better on all levels. When I’m working with the spinal flex exercises I can hear, in my mind, the words of Yogi Bhajan, “flexible spine, flexible mind.” I am so willing to be flexible in my mind and in my body.

Thank you Yogi Bhajan for bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West where I could find it!

You can read more about how White Tantric Yoga works and why it is such a powerful healing practice here: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/white-tantric-yoga/how-does-it-work

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

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Guilt

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Today is my mom’s birthday. She made her transition 11 years ago, and I’m celebrating her today. I’m so grateful that I have no sadness, no tears of regret, no unforgiveness of myself or my mom.

In so many ways, my mom was my greatest teacher, as I may have been for her, too.

My mom had a lot of issues with her mother and they informed our relationship in so many ways. My grandmother had a lot of issues with her mother, too.

My great-grandmother had three children and was married for life to an alcoholic who would sometimes be a great provider and sometimes not. He was unpredictable. He was a gambler. He would bring other women home and sleep with them in the house with his wife and children. He was completely disrespectful in his drunkenness.

My grandmother once told me that, at 13 years old, she sometimes had to take the car and go get him out of a bar. My grandmother was not even five feet tall as a grown woman. She said she could barely reach the pedals and also see over the steering wheel. She’d go into the bar where her father had been drinking and gambling, and she would have to ask the other men to give the money back so they could buy food. I can’t even imagine what that felt like for her.

My grandmother was the oldest. She had two little brothers and, quite frankly, I’m sure at 13 years old she was more of a force than my great-grandmother would ever have been – and that’s why she had to do it. They needed to eat.

Now, we can certainly judge my great-grandfather for being drunk, and gambling, and womanizing and all that, but he did somehow manage to support the family. The judgment won’t help us. It’s just what happened.

My great-grandmother, whom we all called Nana, passed away when I was about 10. When my grandmother got married, after my great-grandfather had passed, Nana came to live with my grandmother and my grandfather. Nana helped to raise my mother. My grandmother had frail health after my mother was born – my grandmother spent the last half of her pregnancy in the hospital, and my mother was a premature baby they never thought would live because she was born three months early. It was a miracle that both my grandmother and my mother survived the birth.

Nana was a great cook. Good old-fashioned southern cooking. Cakes, pies, muffins, biscuits, roasts, and ham and the whole nine yards. In my family, the legend grew up from my mother and grandmother that Nana was a practically a saint for all she put up with.

My mother’s father, my grandfather, died before I was born. He had extreme high blood pressure, and back then they couldn’t cure it and it took his life at 47. About a year before my parents married, my grandmother, whom I called Muz, at age 50 married a man who was 15 years younger, Frank, who stepped in and was my grandfather. Nana lived with them when I was growing up. Every time I visited Muz and Frank, Nana was my roommate, so we became pals.

Tragically, Frank also died at age 47, leaving my grandmother a widow once again. My Nana passed within a year of Frank. I was about 11 at the time.

It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s and 30’s that I began to really see what was going on in my family. Muz’s brother, my Uncle Stanley, had a “drinking problem” like his father did. Apparently both Nana and Muz thought Stanley’s wife, my precious Aunt Chris, ought to have been able to control him better. They blamed Chris for Stanley’s going downhill, and not being able to stop drinking and every other problem he had.

So my Nana and my Muz both judged Chris, and made her feel “less than,” because Stanley had an alcohol problem. Stanley had also been to battle in WWII and had seen horrific things that he could never even talk about, but somehow his PTSD was all my Aunt Chris’s fault. Hmmmmm.

Yet, Nana was a saint for having put up with my great-grandfather. Hmmmmm. No one blamed Nana for her husband’s shortcomings. Hmmmmm.

It wasn’t until Muz was making her transition, and until my Aunt Chris was at the end of her life, that I began to see everything from a new perspective.

I saw that Muz, as a little girl, couldn’t handle being angry with her mother for not doing better to protect them from her father’s drunkenness. She accepted that her mother didn’t have it in her to stand up to him. The best Nana could do was stick with her husband on behalf of her three small children. So, at age 13, Muz had to step in for her mother and become the parent, the strong one.

From the long view, I could see that Muz’s bullying nature, her mean and vicious side, was a result of having to deal with her personal terror as a child, facing those men in the bar and dealing with her father coming home drunk and having sex with another woman in their house, with her mother right there. I can imagine that it was quite a job having to bury all of that rage at her mother for allowing it.

After all, it would be pretty hard for Muz to be that angry at BOTH of her parents. She needed her mother’s love and nurturing. So, she had to bury her true feelings in order to survive.

Isn’t this what we all do?
And don’t the feelings always come out some other way?
Often, projected onto some innocent bystander?

When my mother was a child, Muz, her mother, would threaten her precious daughter. She’d tell my mother, “if you don’t do exactly as I tell you, I won’t love you anymore.”

Nana let her do that to my mother, just as she’d let her husband subject her children to his abuses.

Muz and Nana, my grandmother and great-grandmother, turned their self-hatred, their blame and their shame against my innocent Aunt Chris and made her the bad person because she couldn’t help Stanley get over his PTSD from the war and stop his drinking.

Sheesh! These are the family emotional legacies that we inherit.

Muz really feared death. I wanted to help her in her last days. I was in my mid 30’s then. I had finally been able to see some of what was going on and why Muz could be so cruel. I knew that she feared death because she felt so guilty.

I talked with her gently about it. I said that maybe her mother, Nana, wasn’t a saint. Maybe Nana just did the best she could and that maybe, even as a child, Muz had more strength than her mother.

I certainly let Muz know that I didn’t hold anything against her, even though when I was a child she would say mean things to me to try to manipulate me to do what she wanted, just like she’d done with my mother.

On some level, my mother really hated her mother’s ego personality that was so cruel to her for her entire life. I could forgive my grandmother, because I had seen that same cruel wild, “cat trapped in a corner” hysterical viciousness in myself, too, many times to count. I was learning to love myself, which absolutely required me to forgive myself and to release the self-hatred born of my guilt, and that gave me compassion for my grandmother.

It wasn’t until recent years, after my own mother’s passing that I saw how — because I’d been so cruel to my mother and my own anger at my mother — was actually my own guilt about the way I’d treated her projected out onto her. I blamed her for letting me be mean to her, and I felt an intense strong debilitating guilt that I took out on her until I forgave myself.

It wasn’t until I started to truly LIVE A Course in Miracles and practice the teachings each day that I could forgive myself. And then, I began to see all the deeper threads of all these patterns, without judgment, and with gratitude for my sight. And that is what has compelled me to keep sharing with others the extraordinary and miraculous healing that we can all have, when we are willing to practice true forgiveness.

I haven’t had any children, but I’ve stopped this pattern in myself. When my mother and I were in her final days, I reached total self-forgiveness which enabled me to see that there was nothing to forgive my mother for. We were completely at Peace together, and in a place of unconditional Love and Joy together, and that was miraculous to me. It changed my perspective on everything in my life. My consciousness completely reoriented because of it.

I’ve shared a lot about my journey with my mother in the final years of her life, and how it was my mother who became the impetus for me to forgive EVERYTHING I’d ever held against anyone, including myself, so that I could fully Love her and myself with my whole heart.

This is the back-story of my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I’ve never shared this in writing until today. I share it only because everyone’s family has a backstory of pain and suffering. We all have resistance to healing the grudges and the complaints. We manage and cope with them instead of doing the actual healing.

There was so much that I couldn’t really see or comprehend UNTIL I did my own inner forgiveness work.

When I was growing up, I just thought Muz was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One minute she would be telling me I was the person she loved the most in all the world, and the next minute she’s telling me I’m the most selfish little girl in all the world.

Muz constantly tried to guilt or shame me into doing what she wanted, and then she’d turn around and shower me with Love and praise. It was intense. I learned to Love her as she was, and not to put up with her manipulations. She helped me become strong and independent of her intensity. She helped me find my inner strength and determination.

That inner strength I have is extremely valuable to me. Now I use it to be fiercely loving, no matter what, and to cut through the illusion and delusions of other people’s personalities and my own.

I feel it is my personal responsibility to forgive all of these things I have inherited from my mother’s family. I have turned them from the darkest anger, depression and insanity to my personal bed of roses. I give thanks for all of my ancestors and everything I inherited, because it has helped me to be strong, dedicated, and determined.

This work is mine to do. I don’t resent or regret it. I give thanks for it. I feel blessed by it. I could not have the strength of heart I now have without it. I am truly blessed!

I have felt compelled to let this ancestral tragedy and insanity end with me. I know that I absolutely have brought my family’s madness to the Light of Love. I feel the Freedom every minute of every day. I feel the liberation.

I proclaim: I AM a liberator!

My family, despite anything that happened in the past, has taught me to fully Love. I can fully Love now because of what I inherited. No mistakes have been made. All is well.

There comes a point when we absolutely MUST step into our role and purpose in this life. As Light Workers, we are compelled to do what is ours to do.

We cannot curse the darkness.
We must bring it to the Light.
This IS ours to do.

If we don’t do it, if we allow ourselves to complain even a little bit, we will feel despair and depression. This is the truth of it.

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

We have a purpose for our lives. We all share that same purpose, and it is to forgive ourselves so we can fully Love. There is no other greater purpose.

ACIM tells us that all forgiveness is self-forgiveness.
And that is what I learned and proved with my own life.

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

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

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

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Breakthrough

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

I’m so excited for this day! I’m doing it again! I’m going to a day-long Kundalini Yoga intensive. I did one last September, and it gave me a personal breakthrough I still feel to this day. It is taught that Kundalini energy is Christ energy. I’m very excited for today’s breakthrough, because it’s on a New Moon and I’m SO in for planting new seeds of my spiritual expansion and awakening to my Christ nature!

In case you missed my sharing from last September about my journey that day – I’m sharing it here again, and will report back with you tomorrow! Woo-hoo! Please pray for my miraculous breakthrough in Christ awareness! I will surely share that with you in consciousness!

From last September:
I’m writing this on Saturday night. I was genuinely concerned this morning, as I set out for my day, that this would be a day with a lot of pain, and perhaps it would be discouraging in some way. Maybe there could even be a bit of humiliation.

That’s why, this morning, as I was preparing for my day I made up my mind that whatever came, it would be for my highest good, and I would feel stronger and better for it.

You see, I’m writing to you from Knoxville, Tennessee where I was at an all day Kundalini yoga intensive that’s part of my Kundalini yoga teacher-training requirement. Yes, I’m studying to be a Kundalini yoga teacher, although I really have no intention to be teaching classes beyond what I offer on my retreats.

I’d heard that the training I was attending today would be very, very challenging. Friends who had done this intensive day didn’t really even wish to tell me about it, they just encouraged me to “trust in the process.” They told me “you can do it.”

I wasn’t THAT concerned until I got those text messages last night and this morning. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t do it until I got the message “You can do it.” Yikes!

So, yes, today was challenging.
At times, yes, it was painful.

We were holding postures for 31 minutes.
We did one exercise for 62 minutes straight.
Yes, it was intense.

I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to take a break, and as long as I wasn’t concerned about injury I’d just keep going through any pain or strain.

I know that all healing is at the level of the mind, and that’s where the breakthroughs and miracles happen, too.

I support people in breakthroughs all the time. Today it was my turn.

When it got intense and I felt like stopping for even a minute, I relaxed my mind and my body while maintaining the exercise.

I called up on the angels to help us all – and to help all beings who were challenged in the moment.

I invoked the Violet Flame of Transformation over and over again.

And it WAS miraculous.
The pain dissolved.
I stayed strong.
Not only that, but I was doing all of these exercises with a partner and I was able to hold her up mentally so that she could accomplish them, too.

Honestly, it was AMAZING, and I don’t use that word lightly.
I was so grateful that it was SO MUCH easier than I ever thought it would be.

During the last 31-minute exercise, we were also singing the song “Every Heartbeat” over and over. Part of the lyrics for this love song is:

In me, with every beat of my heart, I feel the presence of You.
And in me, with every breath You impart, I’m in the rhythm with You.
In me, from the sounds that I hear, I play the music of You.
Within me, through Your words You are here, so I sing the glory of You.

At one point, I started to cry because I felt so aligned with the author of the song, Snatam Kaur, and her Love of God. So beautiful. So precious.

Click below to hear the song at YouTube:

What my experience today affirmed for me is the power of intention. When we hold an intention strongly, then it’s placed in the Mind of God and there’s no opposition, unless we entertain opposition.

Today, I made up my mind to travel through the challenges with the full support of the invisible field of Ascended Masters and Angels. I said “YES!” to meeting the challenge and rising above it. I felt lifted and carried. The pain left me as I called upon the angels. The concerns left me as I worked with the Violet Flame.

So much more is possible for us.
We must rise above the ego’s thinking.
Enough already. It’s time for us to live our destiny.

I feel so strongly that now is the time for us to really go for it, to pull out all the stops, and to be in shape mentally, physically, spiritually in preparation for our Awakening. This Awakening is thrilling. It’s easier than I ever thought and it’s a huge relief.

I love Kundalini yoga because it is a spiritual practice for awakening the mind and liberating the Spirit from the traps of the ego. It’s so much more than an exercise program, and I’d like to share it with you.

One of the teachers watching the room full of people who had traveled from all over for this day of intense effort said to me and my partner after the most challenging part, “That was amazing! You were amazing!”

I said that I was amazed, too, as I hadn’t been exercising that much in the last month or two. And she said, “It was the strength of your nervous system, not physical strength.” I do know that my spiritual practice and my yoga practice has greatly strengthened my nervous system, and that supports the undoing of the ego attachments in a very profound way. This I would like to share with those who are interested. Stay tuned.

There’s a whole lot of healing going on, and I invite you to follow your intuition wherever it leads you. Spirit may not always make sense at first, but having trust and faith we find our way to MUCH higher ground, and then we can extend a hand to others and we’re all living on higher ground! Yes!

If you’re interested in learning more about Kundalini yoga, please place a comment below and let me know!

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New Moon

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The beginning of the Spring is the perfect time to do a New Moon ceremony. New Moon represents the time to plant new seeds of our healing, awakening and spiritual expansion. We can draw a line in the cosmic sands and make a new beginning. We can stop looking back, because we’re not going that way.

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. From this place, we can set our intentions and plant seeds for the upcoming month to bring forth great benefit for ourselves and others.

Now is the time of new beginnings! When we’re actively intending to bring benefit, and to be truly helpful we’re shining our light in ways that are expansive. We’re worth the investment of our attention.

And after the crazy “energetic weather” we’ve been having in the last 10 days – this New Moon will probably bring some activation and some release!

New Moon is for increasing our willingness to let the past go, and to have new experiences of Love and Light.

New Moon is also a fun time to have a ceremony, especially the first new moon of the new season. It’s like a rebirthing.

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

I begin with gratitude, and then being clear about why I’m doing what I’m doing.

I appreciate starting with setting of intention.
I intend to affirm what I’m calling forth, what I’m willing to receive, what I’d like to experience more of, and what I’m willing to release. “Release and replace” is always a good plan.

Light a white candle
Have a glass of water beside you as you make your intentions and set your goals.

Focus on how you’d like to feel one month from now.
You can consecrate your space with offerings of smudge and prayer.

It’s powerful to write it all down. 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 – a fire puja is always lovely – offering prayers to the fire as well as any writing – offer 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 is.

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!

All of our prayers are blessed. What are the seeds you are planting in your heart? Please share what you are claiming in the comments section below!

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Patient

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Sometimes people get mad at me. Sometimes people don’t agree with me and become offended that I have a different belief or a different feeling than they do about something. I get it, and it’s alright with me.

It used to be that it would bother me when people didn’t like me or like what I shared. Now, I have learned that kindness and patience are my best tools when someone doesn’t like me.

There are times when people are upset when we don’t share the same preferences or beliefs, and I can tell that what’s upsetting to them is just the very fact that we disagree – no matter what it’s about. People feel threatened when others don’t agree with them. I used to blow up at that all the time.

Sometimes when I don’t share the same feeling, belief or preference, people assume that it means I’m judging their feeling, belief or preference as bad or wrong, when much of the time I haven’t even given it a thought at all.

Some of my very dearest friends and loved ones have had completely different political views than I have – but we have much the same values and we celebrate that. We simply see different means to the end. I don’t need to change them or change their mind. My happiness comes from loving and accepting them.

It can be threatening not to agree with the people you Love. And that difference can seem to cause a real schism. But it’s not the difference that causes the upset, it’s the thought about the difference. It’s the meaning we make of it. And that’s when Infinite Patience can be a real blessing.

A Course in Miracles tells us, “Your patience with your brother is your patience with yourself. Is not a child of God worth patience? I have shown you infinite patience because my will is that of our Father, from Whom I learned of infinite patience.”

When we have Infinite Patience, we’re demonstrating the Kingdom within. That’s why, as ACIM says, infinite patience produces immediate results. We immediately feel more peaceful when we practice Infinite Patience, and those are immediate, tangible and beneficial results.

Life gives us an entire day every day to practice being loving, patient, kind and generous. My goal is to make the most of every opportunity and demonstrate that I know all are worthy of my Love.

The ones I disagree with are my sacred friends come to help me to see, know, and feel more clearly the loving presence of perfection in every moment. What a blessing!

I can judge or I can be loving, but I can’t be both. I choose to be loving more than I choose to be judgmental, and I aim higher every day.

How willing are you to be patient with other people’s opinions and preferences? Let me know in the comments below!

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Going for the Gold

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

I’ve learned the value of working towards “going for the gold” in the long view. I’ve learned to hold the vision that Spirit gives me for the changes that are possible, and then it’s my job to energize that vision and call it into being. In some spiritual teachings, it’s called “holding the form.”

For instance, many years ago, when Whole Foods first had a store in my neighborhood in Los Angeles, they had a lot of organic produce. It seemed REALLY expensive compared to what was available for non-organic produce at other stores. (FYI, I also shopped at Trader Joe’s, my favorite store to this day.)

Although the organic foods were much more expensive, I decided to purchase them, not just because I wish to eat organic foods without toxic pesticides. I wished to support the growth of that industry. I like to give financial support to people who are doing the work that I feel is most valuable and most supports the world I’d like to live in.

I realized that it might cost me $200 more per year to eat organic, but I felt that was the only way to support that industry and those farmers, and bring the cost down. Since then, the price of organic produce has gone WAY down. And it continues to go down as organic is more and more popular.

I knew that it took years for a farmer to be able to turn their farm to organic, and I was in it for the long run. Sometimes we invest in the big picture even though it seems like our little choices won’t add up to changing the big picture. In truth, it’s quite often that our little changes and efforts are the only thing that CAN change the long view.

The things we do today to value the environment for the future are so valuable.

I’m very excited about our future right now. I hold the long view that in 10 years’ time, in America we will have many more seats in congress and in local public offices held by women, and particularly women of color. Beautiful, brilliant women who truly care about children, housing, economics, and the welfare and well-being of the people in these United States.

I’m holding the long view, and it feels SO good to me. I’m loving it! Right now, I look at the news each day and I simply say “Wow! Who ever thought THAT would happen?” Things are changing, they’re blowing up, they’re falling down, and I have faith in the vision of Unity that we’re calling forth. I’m going for the gold, and that is investing wisely!

What are you holding for the long view of your life and your community?

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Moving On

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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

Each and every day, judgments and opinions come up that I see are blocking the flow of Love in my life. I was grateful that I FINALLY saw that I was looking outside myself for ways to open up the flow of good, while simultaneously blocking it, time after time.

It was my Homer Simpson moment – Doh!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s SO worth it to let these grievances go. We do it by handing them over to Spirit. It can help to have a “God Jar” on your altar where you can write these things down and physically place them in your “God Jar” and then let them go.

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

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

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

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

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Guilty

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Recently I wrote a Spiritual Espresso about the attraction of guilt, and I did a radio show.  Guilt is very much a part of the human condition, because it is the underlying thing we’re all dealing with.  We feel guilty because we’ve basically told the Divine that we reject what It has made.  We feel unworthy of God’s Love, and this leads us to feeling guilty which we then project on the world, and it’s a quagmire of pain and shame.

Parents are particularly susceptible. I talk with a lot of parents who feel guilty. Guilt almost seems to go with parenting, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, it would be so helpful to all humanity if more parents would not tolerate feeling guilty and would, instead, allow the guilt to be healed at the root cause – in our belief system.

Many parents believe that they should do more for their children. They feel guilty that they’re not doing enough. The answer is definitely NOT to do more. In fact, I sense that if parents who feel guilty that they’re not doing enough for their children started to do more, it would be too much, and then the children would feel guilty that their parents are doing so much.

Parents who feel guilty can transfer that feeling to their children because children model themselves after their parents, or in reaction to their parents.

All of this guilt really and truly can be healed by actively offering it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing – but the trick is, we have to actually make the offering every time we sense it until it’s gone.

So, the question is, do you feel you need guilt as a motivator? Many people do. Many people believe they would be come lazy and complacent if they didn’t have guilt as a pain to motivate them.

Let’s not live that way anymore. Let’s not model it for our youth anymore.

Are you willing to make an active practice of handing over and UP all feelings of guilt and all temptation to make yourself feel guilty? Will you give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self?

What would you rather invest in instead of guilt?

Please let me know in the comments section below!

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Resistance to Happiness

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Many people have resistance to being happy and don’t do anything about it. Just think — if we have a resistance to being happy while we’re also, simultaneously, pursuing the things that will make us happy, aren’t we like a cat chasing its tail? We’re going in circles without ever getting anywhere or accomplishing our goal.

Some folks have an actual fear of being happy and will work to avoid the possibility. They’ll even sabotage their happiness for fear of it. They have an aversion to the very vibration of happiness.

How could this be?

A Course in Miracles tells us that guilt is the underlying condition of the mind that keeps the belief in separation from God in place. When we feel guilty, we feel unworthy. When we feel unworthy of Love and goodness, we can also feel unworthy of happiness.

Many people don’t even realize that they have a fear of God. The fear of God is also fear of punishment – because people who fear God usually believe that God is a punisher. The guilty fear punishment, and so they fear God.

When people feel guilty and fear punishment, they will frequently develop self-sabotage to avoid happiness. They have a hidden belief that if they punish themselves, they can avoid God’s punishment, which would be worse. God’s punishment would be plague, famine, flood or something horrendous. So, instead, they just don’t allow themselves to experience happiness.

All of this resistance to happiness can be corrected, and we can open ourselves to true Joy. This is our spiritual imperative. We are designed to be joyful and to learn through Joy.

When we’re joyful, we are teaching others that they can be joyful, too. We’re giving them permission to be happy, too. This is a wonderful way to be truly helpful and bring benefit in this world.

Do you notice you have a resistance to happiness? Please let me know in the chat below!

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Fulfilling My Function

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Our function is to Love and be loved.  That’s pure and simple.  And for many of us, a lot of the time it’s not so easy.  It’s amazing how challenging it can be to simply do the thing we desire most:  Be the perfect givers and receivers of Love.  

Spiritual beings having a human experience often don’t feel worthy. It can sometimes be so challenging to simply give and receive Love.  And yet, that’s what we’re designed for!  

When we can fulfill our function, and extend Love and compassion to others, it feels so good!  Fulfilling our function feels great – so why the heck do we resist it?

The resistance can be such a habit.  Our energy flows in the same old-same old ways because that’s what we’re used to.  Choosing Love sometimes feels like the path of most resistance ,when it could be the path of least resistance.

A friend makes a choice that doesn’t feel loving, and so we decide to cut them out of our lives, to give them the cold shoulder, to withhold love from them.  It seems like we’re punishing them because we don’t trust them anymore.  What it really is, it’s a choice of separation.  It’s a choice to block the flow of Love rather than have a holy relationship.  

It’s not easy to stay open-hearted when we’re still focused on the unhealed hurts of the past.

I’ve learned that forgiveness is the way of ALL healing.
Forgiveness is nonjudgment.
I have to be willing to release the meaning I’ve made of things.

Today, can you think of someone you’re withholding Love, kindness, or compassion from?  Would you be willing to open up the flow, knowing that what we do to others will be done to us?

Once again, our healing comes down to our willingness.
Willingness takes me to the doorway of my loving heart.
Then I can choose again.
I choose Love and Love chooses me.
I choose a life of Love.

Love IS Prosperity, Abundance, Wholeness.  Love is ALL.

If you knew that recognizing your brother is worthy of Love will help you to undo your sense of unworthiness, would you extend compassion?

Are you willing?  Please let me know in the chat below!

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Don’t Take It Personally

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

It’s so valuable for us to remember that when people are upset with us, it’s really NOT personal. Think about it — when you feel upset because of what someone is doing, aren’t you actually upset because of how you are judging them? It’s your judgment that upsets you – not what they’re doing. It’s your interpretation. It’s the meaning you make of it that is bothering you.

When we’re upset, we’re viewing the perfection in the moment through the lens of the past. That’s why A Course in Miracles tells us “You’re never upset for the reason you think.”

When we don’t like what someone is doing or not doing, the tendency is to become take it personally, judge, and then feel upset, and then fearful. It’s the same old pattern repeating over and over. When it seems like we’re being attacked, the tendency is to defend by attacking, which just increases the turmoil.

I love that ACIM says, “The best defense, as always, is not to attack another’s position, but rather to protect the truth.”

I always know that I’m incorrect when I’m blaming others for my upset. I’m not interested in seeing myself as a victim any longer – enough of that! I’m interested in feeling empowered, loving and happy. I am willing to receive all challenges as a gift.

Now is the time for us to focus on HEALING these pain patterns. When the trigger happens, the healing opportunity is practically screaming at us. Let’s not delay another day!

LIVE Video LOVE-stream today: Let’s have some fun with our healing! Spring Clearing Healing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself.

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Spring Clearing

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Good God Almighty, I really do feel blessed. It’s such a blessing to be able to work with friends, and to be able to go to beautiful places and do the work that I love. It’s fun and it’s fulfilling.

I used to have a fantasy about having fun and fulfilling work, but I gave that up for holding a vision of healing. Each one of us who has the courage to do our own healing work shares the benefit with everyone.

Last night in our retreat, Lisa Natoli was asking if we were willing to be saviors. Each one of us that is willing to be the Light of the world is a savior.

It really made a difference in my life to know that each loving choice I made was bringing benefit to everyone and not just myself. It became this incentive for me to really focus my attention and get on with it.

Sometimes we can get into a trap of thinking “I’ll do it tomorrow” – but in truth, tomorrow doesn’t ever come. It’s always today that the healing opportunity is presenting itself.

Consider what healing opportunities you’ve been putting off until tomorrow. Spring is here. Winter is over here in the Northern Hemisphere, the seasons are changing. Let’s change, too.

What have you been putting off in terms of your healing, your happiness, your awakening? Be willing to make some supportive choices every day and you’ll see the change.

Put Spirit in charge, and you’ll always be glad you did!

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Love Is Streaming

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

As you may know, yesterday we began a healing retreat with my friends Jon Mundy, Lisa Natoli, and Corinne Zupko, and other friends old and new as participants. We’re having a lovely time. Healing is happening already.

Last night, just as we were starting, there was a power outage. We’re at a huge resort. Hundred of rooms. Suddenly, just as we’re starting our evening program, lights out!

The emergency lights came on. But they only lasted so long, and they ran out of power. Fortunately, the staff brought us some battery operated camping lanterns and we were able to carry on with very limited lighting.

We literally found the light in the dark!

It took some doing, but we even managed to carry on with our Live Video Love-stream for the home audience!

Instead of using the computer and items that we’d planned, we had to use our phones – one as a camera and one as a microphone. And the signal was strong enough and it held while we did the Love-stream. Amazing!

What I know about my life is this: the more I let go of judgment, the more I am undaunted by whatever life brings me.

I’ve learned to be grateful for what is and not complain.
I don’t do this perfectly – yet – but I aspire to.

Today, the folks who are joined with us at the retreat are making a fearless inventory of the things that block their ability to accept the healing, expansion, and life that they truly desire. This takes real courage.

Please hold us in prayer.

Corinne is going to share about transforming anxiety this morning and we’re going to have a whole lot of healing today!

Life without judgment is a life without fear.
Let’s prove it together!
There’s so much more healing to come!

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Transforming Self-Hatred

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Yesterday, I got guidance to change the topic of my radio show at the last minute and talk about my journey of transforming self-hatred and how it relates to the hatred we see erupting in the world today.

Now is an epic time for healing these patterns of the past, and I’m so grateful that I’m starting a healing retreat today with my friends Jon Mundy, Lisa Natoli and Corinne Zupko. I can really see how my intentions are becoming made manifest.

I had such a strong intention to leave the past behind and to experience deep healing. I am so grateful to be able to PROVE that God works in my life and the lives of others. I love being able to PROVE that these ACIM teachings are real and they work.

We resist living the life we most want to live because we feel unworthy, but all are worthy.

Who in your life do you see as being unworthy of happiness. Would you be willing to give that up in order to have happiness for yourself? You can’t deny someone else’s happiness and have your own. Life doesn’t work that way.

Let’s pray for everyone to be happy. True happiness comes from being loving. Let’s choose that now.

There’s so much more healing to come!

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Finding Happiness

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

In general, people don’t feel empowered to change their lives. Instead, they have a strategy of managing, coping and settling.

If managing and coping don’t work, they’ll decide to settle.

In 2010, I was participating in a group coaching call with a wonderful marketing expert, Chris Williams from Wide Awake Marketing. I was trying to learn some helpful marketing basics. Chris was helping us to practice our elevator speeches.

An elevator speech is a 20-second introduction that you could give to someone in the time it takes to go up a couple of floors in an elevator. There was a woman who said she was a life coach, and her elevator speech was:

I help people with their problems by coming up with managing and coping strategies so they can have better relationships, more fulfilling careers and improve their health and well-being.

I immediately knew my elevator speech could be:

I help people find happiness. Together we solve their problems by healing the root causes, including identifying and eliminating their managing and coping strategies so they can actually enjoy their life, and have fulfilling relationships and careers while improving their health and well-being.

I didn’t wish to make the life coach wrong, but if you settle for learning managing and coping skills is like making an agreement that you can’t ever have the life you desire. You HAVE to settle in order to apply that approach.

I can’t advocate for settling, managing and coping. That’s a strategy for people who feel that solutions aren’t available to them. It’s a strategy for people who feel like they’re on their own and don’t have any tangible INTELLIGENT support.

I’ve learned that I ALWAYS have tangible intelligent support from Spirit, from my Higher Holy Spirit Self, because I’ve cultivated a relationship with my Higher Holy Spirit Self, and so it’s always available to me – as long as I’m not harboring unforgiveness.

When I’m holding on to resentments and regrets, guilt, blame and shame, then I’m focused on my own beliefs and the story I’ve made up about things. If I’m attached to that false perspective, is it even possible that I’d be interested in actually solving my problems? Can happiness be possible?

If I’m thinking I’m so right about how wrong things are, is there any part of me that’s open to having a healing?

We think we have to manage, cope and settle when we don’t feel empowered. And then, happiness seems out of the question.

When we don’t forgive, when we attack and hold grudges, when we complain and feel resentful, when we feel guilty, when all of these thoughts and feelings are swirling around our mind every day, we simply do not feel loving and kind, we don’t feel generous and compassionate to ourselves or others. And THAT is why we don’t feel empowered.

Love is our power. It is the power of Love in us that allows us to feel worthy of a good life, rather than settling, managing and coping.

I invite you to consider where you might be managing and coping, and where you may have settled. Then, choose happiness. The first step is self-forgiveness. That’s the first act of Self-Love.

If you’re willing to be more loving every day, you’ll notice you feel empowered to make changes rather than continue to cope. It sounds really simple, which it is. It’s just a matter of whether or not we choose to focus on being more willing to be more loving every day.

When we’re making more loving choices, our family makes more loving choices, our friends and our co-workers are inspired, too. Being loving is inspiring and infectious. And if that doesn’t bring happiness, keep at it, because it surely will!

If you feel resistant, you may be resistant to happiness itself, and that’s what I’m going to share about on my radio show today.

Now’s the time for for us to shine the Light of Love into every day and share the happiness!

We’re getting ready for our Spring Clearing Retreat this week – it’s not too late to join us – and we still have payment plans!

If you’re willing to have the courage to heal – we’re going for it – come with us!

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Self-Love

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

One of the great temptations of many spiritual students is to be alone with Spirit. In my experience, most of us, once we have begun to clear enough of the clutter in our heart, we yearn for more of that time alone in the secret place of the Most High. We yearn for communion.

Once we actively let go of the mountains of self-judgment through an active practice of self-forgiveness, we then have a capacity to be alone with Spirit. And that’s a very wonderful and nurturing practice. It’s deeply healing.

Sometimes, though, we can be hiding from people because being with people is so challenging. I can see in my own journey that it looks as though it’s been a process, although I’m certain that healing is not a process. Awakening is not a process. I can see now that healing is a decision.

Here are some of the major steps in my experience of healing and awakening to truth:

Step #1 – I made a decision to Love myself.
This was a true commitment that I actively practiced.
That decision started the ball rolling.

Next, began to take spiritual classes that taught me to pay and have active prayer partnerships.

Next, I decided to give up my judgments and opinions about everything and look for the truth. I made a commitment to off-load all the judgments and live without them.

Next, I furthered this commitment by deciding to forgive everything in my past, from this life or any other, whether I could remember it or not.

I did all of this so that I could focus on being loving in the present moment, in the NOW, where the Love actually is.

Along the way, I naturally stopped thinking about the past.
I stopped fantasizing.
I started thinking of myself as a servant in service to Love and Light.
I started to spend a lot more time in spiritual connection and community with others.

Along the way, I naturally stopped thinking about the past, because to judge is to be reliving the past. The more I give up judgment, the less I think about the past.

I stopped fantasizing. I realized that fantasy is like a drug to escape the present moment. When I’m not awake and aware in the present moment, then I cannot experience Love. I’m preventing myself from being healed when I fantasize, because Love is the healer and there’s no Love present in fantasy – not even in Love fantasies.

I started thinking of myself as a servant in service to Love and Light. I started to ask how I could be of higher service. I started to look for service opportunities – not to GET Love, but to share it.

I started to spend a lot more time in spiritual connection and community with others. More Prayer Partners. More spiritual connection with people who were like-minded.

In relationships, there’s so much learning.
Our relationships demand that we look at the effects of our thoughts, choices and actions. Relationships are the mirror that reflects back to us, continually.

I realized that when the mirror is reflecting back our self-attack and self-judgment, of course we want to run from the mirror.

I began to see that when other people are triggering me, and I think it’s because of their energy that I’m being brought low, I can realize that it’s not even possible.

Other people’s negativity doesn’t bring me down when I’m here to Love and teach only Love. In that case, their cry for Love lifts me up, because I can respond with Love.

Other people’s negativity only bothers me when I judge them for it. I had to learn how to discard my own negativity in order to be helpful. And that is how I proved that I will be healed as I let Spirit teach me to heal.

Through choosing to trust, I have proved that I don’t have to wonder worry what to say, where to go or what to do, because Spirit will direct and guide me.

I have discovered Peace through learning to live the teaching in what I call the My Purpose Prayer from A Course in Miracles:

I am here only to be truly helpful.

I am here to represent Him Who sent me.

I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do,

because He Who sent me will direct me.

I am content to be wherever He wishes,

knowing He goes there with me.

I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.

It’s challenging to believe that the life we’d really like to live can come from living this way, but it does. I see it over and over again with people in our classes.

I recognize that it’s challenging to believe that actually doing the work will bring the results that we’d like. That’s not the teaching of the world.

The teaching of the world is opposite to the teaching of Spirit. The world teaches us to look outside for the Kingdom, and Spirit tells us to look within.

ACIM tells us we’re afraid to look within because we judge ourselves as bad and unworthy.

It’s really way past time for us to still be hesitating to be the Light of the world because we don’t feel worthy. When we’re willing to be with others without judgment, we can easily see that all are worthy. It’s only our belief that some are not that keeps us from realizing that we, too, are worthy.

Gathering together with others is what my focus is. That’s why I don’t really do a lot of lecturing – I’d much rather be with others. That’s why I offer my weekly Sacred Circle, the Finding Freedom Boot Camp, Masterful Living yearlong course – all ways for us to gather together.

It’s why I stopped teaching my forgiveness workshop in person and started doing it online. It’s why I prefer to do retreats and trainings, rather than conferences.

I like to get into the work and do it together for maximum healing. In the Power of Love Ministry, we’re moving toward hosting more and more gatherings online, and maybe in person, offering opportunities for us to heal together.

One of the things that is the most wonderful for me is when I do retreats. There are always people who come up to me on the breaks and have so much excitement and tears of gratitude who tell me that they had long believed that “I was the only one.” There’s so much healing we can have when we join together.

I’d like to encourage you to find ways to join together and do the work with others as much as you can. Yes, you’ll have to get out of your comfort zone sometimes, and you’ll have to confront your own judgments – but is there really ANY comfort zone when we’re identified with the ego, with feeling bad and wrong?

In my experience, it’s much easier to look at what we perceive as darkness when we can go together and hold each others’ hands.

Linda Soto, one of our Spiritual Counselors, shared this wonderful quote with me in a conversation we were having about this the other day:

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”  ~Joseph Campbell

Our hearts are the cave we fear to enter, because we’ve stored so much regret, resentment, judgment, blame and shame in there. When I made the decision to learn to Love myself, I made a decision to enter that cave. I wish I could have had you with me then. We could have gone together – and that is why I now am such a fan of doing this really deep work – the work we resist, and put off, and fear – together. It’s just easier together. And, more fun.

“Yet you cannot make yourself unworthy because you are the treasure of God…” A Course in Miracles

Our Higher Holy Spirit Self will clear out the cave, if we are willing. We must be willing, and that means actually calling it forth, allowing it to happen. We must get out of the way and really say YES.

Today is the perfect day to say,m “Yes!” Let’s do it together!

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If you’re willing to have the courage to heal – we’re going for it – come with us! We have a couple of spots left.

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

Let’s have some fun with our healing! Spring Clearing Healing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more!

Ready for some healing? If you’re tired of playing small, and feeling like your stuck of blocked, or your just ready to make a leap in consciousness consider joining me this month in one of the great events we have plannedWe have payment plans if you need them.

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Happy Helper

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

In this world, even though we’re all one with each other and part of the same dynamic Love Intelligence, we still can’t make anyone happy – not really. Others cannot make us happy, either – although we often feel convinced that they can.

It’s very easy to get deluded into thinking someone or something outside of ourselves can make us happy, but happiness doesn’t really come until we give up that concept.

Nonetheless, we can SHARE happiness. Throughout our day we have the opportunity to be loving and supportive to others, and we can take the opportunity, out of the generosity and givingness of our heart and make the most of it. When we share happiness, it makes our own heart even lighter.

If we’re open to it and ask the Higher Holy Spirit Self, we’ll be guided to the ways we can share that will actually be helpful. I find that the very best ideas that come to me are always just that – ideas that come to me.

I recognize the difference between ideas that I have and ideas that are given to me by the Higher Holy Spirit Self. They have very different energetics. Learning to recognize the difference is quite helpful. It’s as if the Higher Mind’s ideas are more clean, clear, shiny and sparkly.

I like to ask for ideas of how to be helpful, rather than just figure them out. Whenever I ask for guidance, the quality of the idea is so much more enjoyable than the one I figured out.

Being willing and available to share happiness can be like a spiritual hobby. It’s a kind of spiritual gardening. In our spiritual garden we can pull the weeds and plant seeds of happiness.

It’s really very rewarding to plant seeds of future happiness for people without even letting them know what we’re doing or what we’ve done.

This is how Spirit operates – always planting seeds for our happiness.

And this is precisely why judging things as “not good” does not lead to happiness. The seeds have been planted, and the time for harvest is always now.

One of the primary ways to harvest is to share with others. As A Course in Miracles tells us: To have, give all to all.

To have Love, share Love.
To have happiness, share happiness.

Let’s put Spirit in charge and look for more ways to be generous of heart, and share our happiness to increase it.

If you’re willing to have the courage to heal – we’re going for it – come with us! We have a couple of spots left.

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

Let’s have some fun with our healing! Spring Clearing Healing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more!

Ready for some healing? If you’re tired of playing small, and feeling like your stuck of blocked, or your just ready to make a leap in consciousness consider joining me this month in one of the great events we have plannedWe have payment plans if you need them.

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