Archive for the ‘Love’ Category

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.

Spring Clearing Retreat NOW ON LIVESTREAM – click here for more details

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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!

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 and more!

Spring Clearing Retreat NOW ON LIVESTREAM – click here for more details

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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!

LIVE Video LOVE-stream starts 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 and more!

NOW ON LIVESTREAM – click here for more details

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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!

LIVE Video LOVE-stream starts 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 and more!

NOW ON LIVESTREAM – click here for more details

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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!

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

THIS WEEK: 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!

NOW ON LIVESTREAM – click here for more details

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

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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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And Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the longtime sun shine upon you, all Love surround you, and the pure Light within you guide your way on!

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.

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

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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.

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

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Golden

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Yesterday was National Golden Retriever day and in case you missed it, I’m here to remind you. My family has had two Goldens, and we just love them in our family. Max was the last “good boy” we had and he was a precious charmer.

When my mom was so ill, he was glued to her most of the time. When she could still walk, he wanted to be so close to her he’d go right along side her no matter how slow she walked. I knew he was supporting her energetically, and he was there to break her fall if she teetered.

When the doctor made a house call,or the hospice workers were in for a visit, they’d kick Max out of the room and shut the door. He’d put his nose in the crack of the door and whine until they let him in. He knew he was supposed to be in there for moral support!

I just love this video I saw today, and it reminds me so much of how precious Max is and how much I miss him. I dare you to watch this video only one time!

Please tell me which one of these precious pups is your favorite in the comments below! I think the one in the pink getting a bath is my favorite, but, gosh, it’s hard to choose!

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

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.

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

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Obedience

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

I’ve come to learn that being obedient to my guidance really works well for me. For so long I was a rebel and didn’t wish to do anything that someone told me. I would even rebel against my own higher intelligence, just so I could be defiant and be the boss of me. Well, that’s the crazy logic of the ego. It’s not logical. And, it’s also not fun.

So many people would like to have more fun, more Joy, more Love and laughter in their lives, but they’re too busy trying to figure out better managing and coping strategies, and that was me. When we operate on our own, thinking we have to do it all for ourselves, then life is much harder. But we’re the ones who’re making it that way, and we can change our minds.

I would pray for guidance and then reject it. It’s not that I did this from time to time. This was a daily occurrence for me. That’s how intense and strong my defiant rebellion was.

The very thought of putting my Higher Holy Spirit Self in charge was scary. As it is for most people. Sometimes, in a class or counseling session, I will suggest that people work with the affirmation “Thy will be done.” Most people cringe at the thought of it.

We don’t wish to put Spirit in charge because we fear it will mean the loss of everything we enjoy. The opposite is true. It means the loss of fear, worry and doubt – but you won’t know it until you choose it. It requires a leap of faith.

Why pray for Love, support and guidance and then continuously reject it? When we do that, it’s like proving that we’re not worthy of a good life. That’s the message that we’re sending ourselves when we refuse to actually accept the answered prayer.

It may seem odd that accepting the answered prayer, and following the guidance, would be what obedience is all about, but I’ve found that it is. It’s not that Spirit is ordering me around. Spirit isn’t separate from me. The guidance is from the Higher Holy Spirit SELF, not separate.

I’m being obedient to my own actual desire for happiness when I follow my intuition.

It takes courage and willingness to follow our guidance, but it really does lead to a much happier life and a life without fear.

Yesterday, I had a wonderful time talking with my dear friend, Lisa Natoli. Together we had a chat about healing live on Facebook, and you can watch the video right here:

We’re getting ready for our Spring Clearing Retreat next 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!

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.

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is The Attraction of Guilt. 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!

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

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Parents

Monday, March 11th, 2019

I talk with many parents, especially moms, who feel guilty if they take care of themselves. Parents often feel guilty for just wishing to take time away from their family.

It seems as though parents who are super committed to their family and their children still feel guilty if they take a few days for themselves – even when there’s another parent or grandparents to care for them.

Many parents feel they should do even more for their children, even when they’re doing a LOT. The idea of sacrifice comes up frequently.

Sacrifice, like crucifixion, is an ego concept that people often feel drawn to, but there’s no part of either that brings benefit to anyone. None. Nada. Nothing.

Yes, there are times when we feel compelled to choose to forgo something that’s important to us because taking care of a loved one is MORE important to us- but that’s not a sacrifice. It’s a choice.

We have a choice.

Sacrifice is a PERSPECTIVE. When we feel we’re making a painful choice, then it feels like a sacrifice. But that doesn’t mean that it is.

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

When we’re making a choice to give up something because we feel we HAVE to, then there’s the sense of sacrifice. But that’s not how this world REALLY works. Sacrifice is unnecessary.

Let’s say you give up sleep to take care of your child.
Or you stay up all night helping them apply for student loans.
Or you work two jobs to put them through college.
You don’t have to do it, you choose to do it, because this is what’s important to you. That’s not actually a sacrifice.

If we think of these choices as sacrifice, it layers in more guilt for the children. We don’t want our loved ones to feel guilty – or do we?

Maybe it’s just family tradition?

It’s extremely valuable for the release of pain and suffering to consider everything that feels like a sacrifice.

I remember when my Mom was so ill and I was caring for her alongside my Dad. I could have said that it was a sacrifice to take care of her and to be a support to my Dad. I gave up many things in order to do that. But none of them was a sacrifice to me. I would have paid money to be able to be with them. I would have gladly given up more for the opportunity to be a support and to be by their side.

Would you like to turn your pain into gain?
For every sacrifice you think you’ve made, write it down.
Write these things down, make a list.
Look at the choices you had and why you chose what you did.

If the choice you made FELT like a sacrifice, then be willing to see that you actually were making the choice YOU desired. It may have felt like you had to and you didn’t have a choice, but that’s a trick of the ego. We often have choices, even when we think we don’t.

There are plenty of parents who don’t choose to work a second job so their kids can go to a special school. And there are plenty of parents who don’t lose sleep to help their children succeed. We may think it’s a given to do these things, but it’s not. It’s a choice.

Get the ego out of the conversation and be willing to see that you made the choice that felt best for YOU.

It’s so important, because if you believe there’s been a sacrifice, then your children may well feel guilty that they didn’t deserve your sacrifice. Then you’re perpetuating the painful perspective that is completely false and unnecessary.

Instead of thinking that it’s a sacrifice to work a second job, just think of it as what it is: a choice to work a second job instead of having time to do other things. In those moments, the parent feels that this is the best use of their time. That’s not a sacrifice. It’s a heart investment.

I would have been MISERABLE if I couldn’t have been able to help my parents at that time in their life. There was no sacrifice, although I did choose to “give up” things that I could have done during that time. I didn’t wish to do any other thing besides serve my parents as best I could and be with them at their side through the whole ordeal, as much as possible. That was my heart’s desire.

Let’s not delude ourselves into sacrifice anymore.
Let’s not perpetuate the guilt.

Make a list of all the sacrifices and turn them into choices.

If you’ve made people feel guilty for your supposed sacrifices, forgive yourself and let them know that you realized your error. In this way, you are sure to be truly helpful to others, and you will see yourself free in the process!

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

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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Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Yesterday I was blessed to have my dear friend, Lisa Natoli, as my guest on my radio show. Our topic was healing and the hour went by SO FAST. I have to say that I feel like my whole life revolves around this topic and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to heal that is available to all of us all the time. No more managing and coping!

This is a powerful time to open ourselves to the healing that is available to us. It’s never been so easy to let the past go and our willingness is all that’s required.

Yes, it can feel like peeling an onion – so many layers of burning and painful tears, but it doesn’t HAVE to be like that. We can throw the whole onion in the fire.

The week before, on the radio show, Corinne Zupko was my guest and we were talking about having the courage to heal. This is vital to understand because it’s something we can cultivate. Fear can be eliminated and Corinne’s beautiful work helping us to heal anxiety is a testimony to that. We don’t have to struggle with fear and anxiety, it can be dissolved and resolved back to the root cause, even if we don’t know what that root is. That is the miracle that is ours to receive.

And BTW, if you’re a radio show listener, last week’s audio was defective, so delete it from your podcast app and then download it again to get the “healed” version!

Jesus asked people if they were willing to heal. Without that willingness the healing doesn’t last – no matter what the issue is. We must be wiling to walk in the world in our wholeness and perfection and surrender everything in the mind that stands between us and our natural state.

There’s never a sacrifice, merely a surrender. Healing requires surrender of our false beliefs. We can begin now. It’s the perfect time. I surrender, I surrender, I surrender!

It takes courage to heal – and that’s why we can be so much more effective working together! Come to one of these healing events this month and we’ll go for it!

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.

Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details! And we have payment plans!

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Stubborn

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

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

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

Hmmmmm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sound familiar?

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

Sound familiar?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY: LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

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 planned. We have payment plans if you need them.

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!

Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details! And we have payment plans!

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Courage to Heal

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

In my Spiritual Espresso yesterday, I was talking about developing the courage to heal and I’ll be sharing with Corinne Zupko about this tomorrow on my radio show too. This topic is core to my life and being because I’ve been able to reclaim my life from fear and doubt.

It takes a strength of heart to be able to choose healing, because most of us are afraid to really go for it. Only a willingness from the heart to actually BE healed, not just to relieve the suffering and pain, but to walk in the healed state, will bring the strength needed.

It’s not that it takes so much, it takes so little, but that little bit of willingness to really be living in this world healed at the level of the mind is enough to call forth the transformation.

Healing is always available to us. No matter how far down we think we’ve fallen, we’ve always got a way out if we choose it.

Healing is the one ability everyone can develop and must develop if he is to be healed. ~ A Course in Miracles

Today on my radio show, I’ll be talking with my dear, sweet and brilliant friend, Corinne Zupko who is so inspiring to me. Corinne is the author of From Anxiety to Love: A Radical New Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace

Courage is taking action from the heart not just overcoming fear.

Healing happens when we have courage because we’re not just looking to end our pain, we’re looking to make a gain!

This is a key point to understand. If all we’re looking to do is end our pain, that’s not the same as choosing to live a loving life. If all we’re looking to do is end our suffering, that’s really an ego goal. Our suffering is self-imposed, regardless of how it looks.

Healing happens when we forgive. We must forgive ourselves for imposing the suffering upon our selves. We must remember to laugh, but how?

The HOW is none of our business. We learn to ALLOW Spirit to make it so.

Will you ALLOW the healing that you desire? Your willingness is all that’s required.

LAST DAYS FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Ready for some healing? Early Bird special on NOW 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!

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

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There Is Only Light

Monday, February 25th, 2019

One of the most intense false beliefs people can develop is the belief that they are dark and evil. I’ve talked with many people who have come to believe that they are so bad, so wrong, so mean spirited and hard-hearted that they are fundamentally evil.

It’s just not true. Even if someone is focused on attack all of the time, they are still fundamentally good – but they’ve become focused on being unloving. The good news is that they can change their mind.

A Course in Miracles tells us, “You have been willing to bring the darkness to light, and this willingness has given strength to everyone who would remain in darkness. Those who would see will see.”

The darkness isn’t real. It will never last. We are all having a healing, and that healing is happening NOW!

It might not be easy to change our mind when we’re utterly convinced that we’re not good enough to live and Love, but if we’re willing to enlist others to help us then it’s much easier.

The journey from feeling focused on darkness to focusing on the Light is much faster and easier when we do it together.

What I’ve seen is that great healing happens faster when there is GREAT willingness.

We train ourselves to look at what isn’t harmonious and to bring it to the Light. We can make a new habit of bringing everything to the Light of our being for healing purposes. It takes great willingness, but it works.

Great willingness begins today!

LAST DAYS FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Ready for some healing? Early Bird special on NOW 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!

Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!And we have payment plans!

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My Cure for Doom and Gloom

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

One of the things we were talking about in my Sacred Circle and in Masterful Living this week is that we often resist the very thing we are desiring most.

Consider for a moment the things that you’d most like to see made manifest in your life, your body, your relationships, your finances, your career. Pick one thing that you’d really, REALLY like to see made manifest. Now, can you feel or see that there are some steps you’d need to take toward it that you simply resist doing.

For me, this was true for SO MANY years and that’s the thing that made me feel like a spiritual loser and a failure. I was studying and studying spirituality, but I was still SO AWARE of the blocks that were in my own heart. I kept coming up against my own sense of unwillingness to take the action I needed. I didn’t have the courage.

That for me was the absolute worst.
That awful sense of feeling paralyzed and unable to move forward.
It was as if my heart was wearing cement shoes.
I kept falling back into the swamp of my own self-judgment.
It felt icky and sticky and unconquerable.

I’m amazed I didn’t give up!

Now, I can see that courage is about choosing FROM Love.
Courage isn’t just overcoming fear.
Courage is finding the strength to make a higher choice.
And that can only come by choosing from Love.

I feel that, deep down in my awareness, behind all my fear thoughts, I just knew that there had to be a way out.

I also feel that I knew, deep down, or high up in my soul, that there was a method to this madness and that once I found my way out of the quagmire of ego madness, I would be able to share that with people and it would be worth whatever it took to get there.

A Course in Miracles, in lesson 158, tells us:
Time is a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic. Yet there is a plan behind appearances that does not change. The script is written.

My experience is that we can shift out of one version of the script into a higher one by making loving choices. Obviously, this is not something anyone can do for us. We must do that part for ourselves – spirit will do the rest.

It is our willingness that makes it possible to see and feel and sense and know the more loving choices that are available to us. Being grateful for the good we already are aware of raises our vibration so that our perception is more clear.

Gratitude for the good is an expression of Love
It multiplies the good and attracts more
– because like attracts like.

When I was overwhelmed and feeling paralyzed and stuck, knowing I was playing small and suffering from getting in my own way, and probably blaming others too rather than accepting responsibility – that was a really awful feeling of failure.

I found that prayer could lead me out of it.
And that’s why effective prayer is such an important part of what I share in my programs.

There’s so much that is possible when we can come together with others for the purpose of healing. I’m thinking of the amazing courage that it takes to choose healing. I never thought of my self as a brave or a courageous person. I was simply unwilling to be imprisoned by other people’s opinions me. I couldn’t bear it. I wouldn’t allow it. Maybe because I was already trapped by my own.

I had such a strong belief that something was fundamentally wrong with me and that was the under current of everything in my life. It informed every choice and every decision. I was constantly in reaction to my own feelings of “something wrong with me.” It was the underlying cause of a near-constant anger.

I didn’t know then that the cause of the anger was that I was so identified with this false belief of my own unworthiness, my own wrongness. And, I didn’t know that I brought this belief with me into this life in order to heal it and demonstrate that this kind of healing is possible.

And because I didn’t know what was going on, and I was so convinced something was fundamentally wrong with me, I would settle for being comfortable in my discomfort. And that really further cemented the belief that I was doomed. I felt a deep sense of doom that I could barely even acknowledge, but it was pervasive and everything in life seemed to mirror it back to me.

I no longer feel that something is wrong with me.
I no longer feel doomed.
I no longer believe that something is fundamentally wrong with me or anyone else.
I am willing to see the Christ in all.

I am willing and I’m more and more successful every day.
And this is why I feel compelled to share.
This is SO MIRACULOUS to me.
I never imagined I could get out from under that doom and gloom!

The great gift of healing that unworthiness is that I no longer take things personally so there’s not much to get angry about it. I do have momentary lapses, but I don’t hang out there, I rise up. I lift my awareness with thoughts of gratitude and Love and I am healed into a higher awareness. I’m lifted and shifted by Love.

This is the practice that I now share in my classes. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish. The folks who come to the trainings, retreats and classes with me accomplish far more than I have – truly, they are amazing!

In fact, because the healing is so amazing and spectacular, so miraculous, I’ve asked our community to step up and create a community newsletter to share that these kinds of shifts and changes are possible.

We are entitled to miracles isn’t just a bumper sticker, it’s the truth.

There are so many truth sayings that we’ve become blasé about.
The truth can become a cliché that we don’t even notice.

I know for myself, I thought I believed that miracles were possible – just not for me.

Well, the thing about the truth is that it’s true for everyone.
That’s what makes it the truth.
Truth is eternally true for everyone, without exception, that’s what the truth is.
If it’s not true for everyone, then it’s not true.
We were talking about this in Sacred Circle this week too.

How I learned about the truth and about being miracle minded is that I started to measure what I was thinking and see if it was truth, or was it just a belief.

If it’s not true for everyone then it’s a belief.
What else could it be?
If it’s a belief, then it’s not true.
If it’s not true then what do I need it for?
Do the math – it’s not that complicated.

This approach really helped me.

I started doing everything I could to get some glimpse of truth.
I learned that the truth really does set us free.
Truth is our liberation.
Truth is already available to us – we don’t have to invent it, buy it or get it from somewhere else, it’s already ours!

Remember how I said that my belief that there was something wrong with me was underneath all that anger I had? I couldn’t see it until I was willing to look at the truth. The truth is we’re one with each other. Therefore, no one is unlovable, no one is fundamentally bad or wrong or not good. All are from the same source. That’s the truth. I had to be willing to accept that and stop investing in my false beliefs.

All beliefs are false.
Truth is true and it’s not a belief.

Are you ACTUALLY willing to give up your beliefs in favor of truth?
Are you?
Prove it!

Find a way to join with me or others and PROVE the truth in your life.
You will never regret it.

The truth is free.
It’s yours already!

The only thing to be healed is false belief.
When we focus on truth, when we become interested in truth, our interest in false beliefs dissolves and resolves because it’s all smoke and mirrors. There’s no substance to false beliefs. All that we’ve convinced ourselves us will fade into nothing if we let it. If we ALLOW Spirit to do the lifting and shifting.

Thank you for praying with me today. Prayer is so powerful. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. And that’s beautiful!

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And 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 next month in one of the great events we have planned. They’re on early bird special right now and we have payment plans.

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

LAST DAYS FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Ready for some healing? Early Bird special on NOW 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!

Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!And we have payment plans!

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Old Habits

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

For me, it was an old habit to hang onto the past and I did it in so many ways. One thing I used to do is cling to what I thought was supposed to happen. I’d hang onto how I thought it SHOULD be. I had very little flexibility.

It’s so obvious, but I didn’t realize that the more flexible I am the more I am able to bend with the shifts and changes that life is sending me. I was less flexible because I was so convinced I knew how it SHOULD be and anything else was not acceptable. I created so much hardship for myself.

It’s stressful when we keep looking at things and thinking it’s wrong, it’s not right. We don’t recognize how arrogant it can be to constantly think we know how things SHOULD be.

I found great relief in simply realizing that, since I cannot see through all directions of time and space, and I don’t know what things are for (most of the time), why judge anything at all? It doesn’t ever make me happy and it just blocks the flow of Love and healing.

It’s a new habit to be open and flexible. The more flexible my mind is, the more open my heart is and the more available I am to the good.

We can not be rigid and judging AND also be open and receptive to good. These things don’t go together. We have to choose one or the other.

New habits can seem hard to make, but it’s about releasing the old habit and replacing it with the new one. Release and replace.

The new habit is so much more enjoyable and carries a much higher vibration of Love and Light and so it immediately becomes more enjoyable and that’s a sweet incentive.

It’s so hard to understand sometimes, but it’s true: Our willingness is ALL that’s required. Let’s go for it. New habits for a new life of Love! Yes! Are you in?

Ready for some healing? Early Bird special on NOW 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!

Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details! And we have payment plans!

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Tears of Gratitude

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

For a long time, I didn’t cry. I won’t say that I couldn’t cry, but just that I didn’t cry. Well, alright, that’s not entirely accurate. The only things that made me well up with tears were movies and stories about people being able to find their own redemption.

For instance, Norma Rae, when she stands on the table with the “union” sign, I cry like a baby every time. Her standing up to the oppressor is such an act of courage and in a sense, redemption, that it touches me deeply.

I also cry when I see a marching band. I just love a parade. They get me every time. It’s the moving in unison. It’s the joining together for the purpose of making something beautiful. It touches my heart.

When I sang in the Agape International Choir, I used to cry while we sang all the time. I wasn’t the only one. I could look down the row and see others singing their heart out with tears running down their cheeks. We were singing our prayers of gratitude and rising up to Spirit. It was a beautiful and healing experience.

Many times, I knew that I was crying to release the stored sadness from a time when I thought I’d never get to the place of healing where I was in that moment. I am so grateful, SO VERY grateful, for the healing I’ve experienced, and that is why I must keep sharing that so much healing is possible for each of us.

If we’re willing and we choose it, healing is ours.

Ready for some healing? Early Bird special on NOW 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!

Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details! And we have payment plans!

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Upset

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

When life hands us major storms of drama and trauma, it’s also a time for extreme and extraordinary healing. There truly is a tremendous benefit to being able to consciously go through experiences of intense overwhelm and distress. I’m not saying that it’s easy, because it isn’t. However, being able to look at our greatest upsets from a higher perspective allows us to move through it with less pain and suffering.

It’s actually a profound act of Self-Love to be willing, just willing, to stop interpreting everything that’s going on and to put a pause on thinking we know what the meaning of everything is.

When things in our life become super challenging, when the rug is pulled out from under us, it’s life-threatening to the ego. It can be helpful to remember that the ego identification is all about being identified as a being that is inside of structure, such as relationship, career, financial status, home, body, health, etc. If these structures are threatened, then the ego is threatened to such a degree that it feels as though our life is at stake, and sometimes it leads us to wish that we could die.

What’s really happening is the Spirit is breaking through the false shell of the ego/personality attachments. A Course in Miracles tells us that it need not be painful, but it usually is. It’s painful because when we’re identified with the relationships, career, financial status, etc. we don’t know who we are or how to be without them. It’s terrifying because without those things we feel worthless, and we can feel intensely disoriented.

Probably the most intense example is when a loved one dies suddenly. This is usually a huge shock. We ask, “Who am I without this person?” I remember feeling that when my Mom passed. I literally asked myself “Who am I now?”

For me, I had become identified as my mother’s caregiver, and now that role was gone. I had been her caregiver 24/7, along with my father, and that was our entire focus. Without that focus, who was I?

We become identified with the roles we play, and if they are no longer valuable or necessary it’s an intense shift for the ego. This happens with people when their animal companions make their transitions and it’s very challenging, especially because people without animal companions don’t understand. A bond with an animal can be FAR stronger than with a person because the Love is unconditional. The relationship is near perfect.

When we get fired, it can be a big shock. When our legs no longer work they way they used to, it’s a big challenge to the ego. When the beautiful woman is no longer beautiful in her own eyes, it’s a challenge. It’s like the ground beneath our feet is shaking and we’re not prepared for it.

When these challenges occur, as they do in everyone’s life, we can learn to breathe and turn to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. The most valuable thing is to be able to turn the mind away from meaning making and to reach for the truth.

The truth is that our true identity is perfect and always complete. Other people, jobs, beauty, money, houses, these things do not complete us. We are already complete.

When the question is “Who am I now?” The answer is: Pure Spirit.

Being able to turn away from interpreting events that rock our world is a great act of Self-Love that helps us to tune into our true identity as perfect and pure Spirit. This then becomes a time of great healing. We must let go of ego attachments and see what’s really true. It’s not fun, but it’s powerfully productive for our spiritual growth.

I’ve stood by many a person as they walk through this intensity of density and seen the quantum leap of growth that they can embody and then share with those around them. This is a profound aspect of our journey, and the way to appreciate it is to accept what is and remember to reach for the truth. The truth is always our liberator, and valuing it is an act of Love for our Creator and ourselves!

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Divine Design

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Since this life is about the journey, not the destination, let’s stop making the journey unpleasant by judging ourselves and each other each and every step of the way. Instead, let’s become dedicated and devoted to living a journey of Love and celebration.

We’ve been given an incredible gift of exploration. We have the mandate to be like our Creator and call into being beautiful expressions of perfect Love, Wisdom, Creativity and more. Each and every day affords the extraordinary opportunity to begin again, and create something new and delightful.

We learn through contrast. That’s what this world is about. Some days we make a mess and other days we create exquisite beauty, and the thing that makes the difference is simply whether or not we’re choosing to be loving.

When we truly come from our loving heart, not needing or wanting anything, and express Love simply for the Joy of it, then we’re like our Creator and we’re being a helpful and healing presence in this world. Whatever we learn or remember or express, we share the benefits with everyone. When we choose to ignore Love or work against it, we bring everything and everyone with us there, too.

Glory is your inheritance, given you by your Creator that you might extend it. ~ A Course in Miracles

We can make of our life a rising tide on which all boats are lifted higher. This is our great opportunity. It can feel grandiose, but this is what we’re born for. It’s actually egotistical to think that we cannot do it.

Looking for the opportunities to extend Love throughout are day is actually super sweet and so simple. Healing happens with the power of Love operating through the grandmother who makes it clear to her family that they can always count on her to be compassionate. The whole world may not know it, but the whole world will feel it and be lifted by it.

Let’s Love like no one is keeping score, but everyone is feeling it. Now is the perfect time to begin.

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

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

We have amazing inner resources.  I just read a story about a man who was attacked by a mountain lion while our for a run in Colorado.  He managed to actually kill the mountain lion and survive.  Amazing and extraordinary things can happen in our lives and we have inner resources to surmount the challenge.

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what A Course in Miracles means when it tells us in lesson 135 that everything has been GENTLY planned by one whose only purpose is our good. How could being attacked by a mountain lion while innocently out for a run, and having a battle to the death, be gently planned for someone’s good? That seems incredible. Meaning, it seems impossible to believe.

And that’s where faith comes in.  We have to be willing to accept this is the fact of our life.  As ACIM also tells us: all things work together for our good without exception.

To have peace, we must accept these truths EVEN THOUGH we don’t understand them.  This is the path of opening our mind to be ABLE to know the truth that liberates from thinking we can’t understand.

Understanding is not required for faith.
Faith reveals KNOWING which is entirely different from understanding and believing.

I put my faith in Love’s protection.

Let’s focus on being willing to know the truth and let the incredible be as it is. Our knowing of precisely why it would be for that mans good will come to us if we’re willing. I’d rather hold onto that, then constantly be chasing some kind of understanding.

This path is not for everyone, but I’m so glad I found it, because it is definitely brought me Peace!

Speaking of mountain lions – last year Seth Meyers shared a story that was amazing. If you like – here it is on video – the story of a kickass grandma who was attacked by a bobcat.

Oh, and BTW, statistics are that barely a handful of people have been attacked and hurt by mountain lions in the last 100 years.

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

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1 Goal

Friday, February 15th, 2019

There are many who are challenged with conversations right now because either they are upset and hurting or the people around them are upset and hurting. So much is getting stirred up right now that people are frightened and angry and taking it out on each other.

In A Course in Miracles it tells us so clearly, “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.”

What does that mean? It means our one responsibility in our entire life is to accept that this world as an illusion and a projection and everything that we think we hate is a projection of self-hatred. Every upset is really self-upset projected outwards.

When we can have compassion for those who seem to bother us we are having Self-compassion and that is the way out of hell.

As people who Love the Light, we are here to be truly helpful and remember that everything in this world is an opportunity for us to Love ourselves free of any and all delusions and illusions and that is the one thing that everything is for. Let’s not make up stories about what things are for, let’s just accept what they are REALLY for and get on with it.

The time is now for waking up! Let’s give all the heavy lifting of figuring out HOW and learn to ALLOW the Higher Holy Spirit Self to guide us.

If we focus on our one goal, the Spirit WILL show us the way. The Light of Love within us WILL light the way! It’s much easier than we think. We can learn through joy rather than suffering! Now is OUR time!

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

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The Love of Your Life

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

This Valentine’s Day, how about deciding to BE the Love of your life?

Many years ago, during the month of February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I sat for hours in contemplative meditation about Love. It came to me so clearly that my primary relationship is with the Infinite Presence. My beloved is THE Beloved, regardless of what other relationships I might have.

On that fine Valentine’s Day gone by, as I continued my sittins in contemplative meditation about the nature of Love, what I came to feel was that the Beloved Loves me with an Infinite Capacity to Love. My Beloved loves me through everyone and everything, that’s how much my Beloved loves me. What I awoke to is that I want to be THAT Lover’s lover.

I choose to say with strength and Clarity that I AM devoted to the Lover who loves with no beginning and no end. The Beloved holds nothing against me and cannot do enough for me. Everywhere I go, there my Lover is, rejoicing in me, making my way joyous.

Miraculously, with this realization of being adored by the Divine, I’ve been able to walk (more and more every day), with the sense that the Beloved is with me always. This soulful realization has led me to be more loving, more kind to everyone I meet – knowing that they are an aspect of my Beloved, the source of all Love. This realization has led me to be more receptive to the good that my Beloved is always trying to express for me and around me. This is where the devotion is for me. My Beloved cannot help but give to me, and I am receptive to it or it passes me by.

Because I feel so well loved, it is easier for me to be more patient, kind, generous, and more like my Beloved. I have finally learned how to walk in the awareness that I give only to my Beloved and it is only my Beloved who gives to me – no matter what it looks like or who is standing in front of me. Always, it is my Beloved. I am in Love with The One who invented Love, and The One who invented Love is in Love with me ~ and ever shall it be so.

Since All is One, I know that you, too, are the Beloved of the Beloved – and ever shall it be so!

I think of February as relationship month. Each February I dedicate my radio show to relationship healing and holy relationships. There are so many episodes on relationships, you can easily search and find one – click here to search now!

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More

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Depression Dissolver

Monday, February 11th, 2019

I’m excited about today! First, let me say that it’s the very last day this year to enroll in my Masterful Living Course 2019 – registration is closing until next year.

This time of year there can be a lot of talk about sadness and depression. Old hurts are coming up to be healed. Some people live in places where it gets quite dark in winter. When it’s cold and dark it can be really tough for some.

At times it seems that the darkness can lead us to more sadness and more choices that fuel physical challenges. When we’re experiencing the dark days of winter, more time inside, we can consume more alcohol and sugar, and that can have an impact on how we feel physically, and also emotionally. Sometimes when self-medication intensifies, the combination leads to depression and hopelessness – it can be so intense.

The dark time of year is also an external invitation to turn inward and find the Light there – where it has always been.

One thing that can become apparent is the gravitation to moodiness. Sometimes the intensity of emotional swings can make some people feel alive, strange as it seems. There’s a sense of “specialness” in feeling so badly. While I never have had depression, I could go into a sense of sadness for long periods when I was younger. I was really into the “specialness” of my moods, attitudes and drama. I felt so special because I felt so misunderstood. It was a reason for existing – or so I thought!

On top of that, when we find ourselves feeling sad and depressed, it can begin to feel like your caught in quicksand. It can feel like an energetic whirlpool pulling you down, down, down, with no bottom in sight.

I feel grateful for the beautiful clarity of A Course in Miracles – it’s not always easy to hear this, but I have experienced it to be true:

“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.” (ACIM, Chapter 14, Section IV, This Need Not Be – Paragraph 5)

It can seem that the world has got us into that state of lack and limitation.

It can seem that things are being taken from us.

It can seem that what we want we do not have, cannot have, and will never have.

Appearances are symbolic of our beliefs.

Let us heal the mind that believes in lack by identifying with our spiritual identity – which lacks in nothing – it IS that inner Light.

I AM that great I AM. I AM the Light. I AM the Love.

We must have the courage to look within and discover the Kingdom is within, and not the ugliness and despair we think is all that’s there. That’s just not true. The Light within WILL win!

Year after year in my Masterful Living Course I witness as people heal chronic depression. Some have suffered for more than a decade and have lasting healing after just a few months. The healing happens when we’re willing to change our mind. And truly, if we’re willing, the Spirit WILL do the heavy lifting.

If you’re feeling depressed, feeling far from being Light and Love, know that it is your willingness to choose another thought that is your healer – count your blessings – Love and gratitude is the spiritual practice that heals.

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2019click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2019 last day to register!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego. Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like! Today’s the last day to join us!

If you’d like support to decide if this class is right for you right now, consider signing up for a free Exploratory Call. No pressure. No sales. You’ll connect with a Spiritual Counselor who has taken the course, and done the work, and can answer your specific questions. It’s totally free for you. Click here to sign up for an Exploratory Call.

Retreat with us! We’re offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 20 to 24. As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage. It’s such a relief to let it go! If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join us!

Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our How to Create & Lead A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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Promised Land

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

This life is about the journey, not the destination – we hear that all the time, but we still focus on the destination, and sometimes we even make the journey very unpleasant by judging ourselves every step of the way. Been there, done that.

We judge our experience on the journey when there’s no added benefit. After all, we learn through contrast — it’s a journey of contrast, peaks and valleys.

Think of Dr. King and his “Mountain Top” speech. King told us that, in his heart and mind, he had felt and seen the fulfillment of his dream. He declared it in his very last speech, one of my favorites. He said he knew he might not get to the promised land with us in form, but he had seen the coming glory and knew it was real.

On the eve of his assassination, he told us he knew he had played his part, as difficult and grueling as it was, and he was grateful. He was filled with gratitude at having played his part, and for being able to truly know the coming glory. That’s the way to live our life.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in despair, and then decide to move out of it. As we learn to grow towards the Light of our own being, we teach it, we demonstrate it, we share it. That’s a good and beautiful purpose, and I’m glad for it.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in self-judgment, and then finally decide to Love ourselves and move forward in that discovery where the Love is that much more precious because we had to dig for it.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to blame others for our problems and live in resentment, and then finally decide to release the judgment, forgive ourselves for straying off course, and then discover all the Wisdom, all the healing, that was encoded into everything that we had labeled as a betrayal.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live a loveless life of manipulating and controlling others, and finally realize that only giving without attachment brings Love and happiness.

Let us be willing to catch the vision of our future glory and hold it in our hearts now with a deep and abiding gratitude, allowing it to manifest as our very life.

Let us enjoy the journey together and drop all judgment, all criticism and all blame, so we can truly live the intended glory of our life now. NOW. Now is the time for us to DECIDE we’re done with playing small and living in lack and limitation. Now is the time for us to choose to move towards the Light in a dedicated and devoted way.

I’m a huge proponent of becoming dedicated and devoted.

It sometimes seems as though we don’t have what it takes, because we’ve left a long trail of broken promises that we’ve made to ourselves. I know A LOT about that.

No matter what the past has been, we can start again in this moment, and the key to our success will ALWAYS be allowing Spirit to do the heavy lifting of figuring out how the healing will happen.

We don’t have to figure out HOW.
Our one job is to ALLOW.

Spirit knows the way. Life IS Love and Love knows the way. There is that within us that knows, and we can ALLOW ourselves to be led.

Dedication to Love, not to rules and limitation.
Devotion to being kind, generous of heart, patient, and helpful has transformed my life, because it has kept my attention on Love.

I used to be angry most of the time.
I felt bitter and resentful much of the time.

I would look for things to be upset about in order to release some of the steam that was building up inside me. I’d blast it out all over people for any reason, whatsoever. I didn’t think about others. I was only hurting and needing to explode.

I felt entitled to hijack the conversation, the day, the event, the dinner, or whatever was going on. I’d hijack it with my desperation and my upset.

Ultimately, I realized, I hate myself for doing that and I have to learn to stop.

I became very determined to learn patience, kindness and generosity of heart, and to practice it NO MATTER WHAT. It wasn’t easy for me. It was extremely challenging and yet, just like when you challenge your physical body to strengthen through working out really hard, you can train your mind to be stronger and more fit.

And that’s what A Course in Miracles is.
It’s a mind training system that works.
When we apply it.

Learning to apply it was challenging only because my willingness to be loving was so much weaker than my need to be right about everything. That need to be right came from weakness. Every time I acted it out, I felt even more weak. What strengthened me was choosing to be loving.

And that’s why I offer the classes I offer now – because when we do it together, it’s SO much easier.

I decided to have 1 goal – and that goal was to simply be loving.

Let’s pray to let Spirit lead us and guide us! We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. And that’s beautiful!

If this topic of beginning again interests you, on January 1st, I did a radio show on The Holy Instant & Special Rebirth & Renewal  that you may find helpful. Also on my radio show, I turn my focus to relationships for the whole month of February. I’ve been doing this for years, and so I’ll be starting that on Tuesday. If this is a topic that particularly interests you, I encourage you to go and check out the A Course in Miracles Radio show archive. You can also get the two podcasts for all of the episodes. It’s all available for downloading, including transcripts. And now, we’re also posting the radio show episodes at YouTube for viewing with captioning at my YouTube channel. If you subscribe, you’ll be notified when new videos are added.

Spirit is always for us and never against us, and we can learn to rely upon that and, when we do, we feel carried and lifted to much higher ground. Like, MLK, we can start to see and feel the promised land, and recognize that it is within us. It has been there all along!

Masterful Living 2019 registration is open again for 2 days. It closes tomorrow, Monday, February 11. If you’d like support to decide if this class is right for you right now, consider signing up for a free Exploratory Call. No pressure. No sales. You’ll connect with a Spiritual Counselor who has taken the course, and done the work, and can answer your specific questions. It’s totally free for you. Click here to sign up for an Exploratory Call.

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Retreat with us! We’re offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 20 to 24. As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage. It’s such a relief to let it go! If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join us!

Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our How to Create & Lead A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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