Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

Activation

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

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

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

When this happens, I call it Energetic Weather.

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

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

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

I feel that more prayer is very helpful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Our time is now.

Activation!

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

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

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

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

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

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Means and Ends

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

One of the spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles that I work with almost every day is “the consistency of means and ends.

Almost every day I find myself examining this teaching as it plays out in my life.

In ACIM, we’re told, “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?’”

In other words, we SAY we’d like Joy, Love, Peace, Abundance, Harmony, Freedom and all of the spiritual qualities to be fully realized by us in our lives, and yet, we’re not willing to employ the means necessary to experience those spiritual qualities.

This teaching is simple. It really is.

We say we’re clear about the goal: awakening, Peace, Love, heaven on earth.

Spirit has given us the means.

It is the way out of our personal hell.

And yet, we resist.
We’re reluctant.
We hide.
We delay.
We make excuses.

Why?

Because the means is forgiveness.

And we do not want to forgive.

We say we don’t know-how, that we’ve tried, but when we look more deeply, we haven’t. We cling to our position and the meaning we made of what happened. We defend and justify.

The means to be restored to the fullness of Peace, Love, Joy, Freedom, Abundance, Harmony and more, is to let go of the blocks to Love that we hold in our heart. That’s true forgiveness.

We’d like to have great Love, but we’re not willing to let go of our resentments.
We’d like to have Prosperity, but we’re not willing to let go of our belief in lack and limitation.
We’d like to have Peace, but we’re not willing to let go of our attack thoughts against ourselves and others.
We’d like to have Freedom, but we’re not willing to let go of the guilt and making others feel guilty.

In our minds, we imagine punishing people and seeking revenge.

It’s like saying we’d like to stop feeling pain, but we won’t let go of the hot iron that is burning us.

Niccolò Machiavelli famously said, “the ends justify the means.” That was his opinion. He was a philosopher and statesman, a contemporary of DaVinci during the time of the Renaissance. He was an atheist and a cynic seemingly devoid of morals. He wrote many books including “The Art of War.” He believed that the means to the goal, no matter how cruel or vicious, were justified.

We could say he was ego personified.

In a sense, you could say that Machiavelli’s philosophy became acceptable because of his writing and the success he experienced in his lifetime. We see that kind of thing play out today. Someone who manages to become wealthy and famous is considered successful even if they lied and cheated to get to their “success.”

Those who wish to justify their means can do it with their ill-gotten gains – and still, whatever anyone takes or makes at the expense of the suffering of others, will never ever be worth it. It will never bring fulfillment or happiness. The best it can ever do is offer a temporary cessation of longing. People whose method of success is to bring harm to others, to steal, to lie and to cheat, will never, ever be able to be happy, but they won’t know that till they get there.

While they can believe that we’re better than others and they deserve more than others, they don’t. They never will. Their class, their position, their financial power and leverage, their talent and their beauty won’t ever make them happy because in their soul, they know that we’re one with each other. We all do.

Other voices have spoken up about ends and means, particularly in the last hundred years or so.

Wilhelm Reich, the radical psychoanalyst said,
“You think the end justifies the means, however vile.
I tell you: the end is the means by which you achieve it.
Today’s step is tomorrow’s life.
Great ends cannot be attained by base means.
You’ve proved that in all your social upheavals.
The meanness and inhumanity of the means make you
mean and inhuman and make the end unattainable.”

Perhaps the human race consciousness had grown enough in the five centuries between Machiavelli and Reich that it was now obvious, based on the experience humanity’s had of suffering at the unfeeling hands of blood thirsty egomaniacs, that ends can never justify the means.

Writer Aldous Huxley came along and said,
“the end cannot justify the means,
for the simple and obvious reason
that the means employed
determine the nature of the ends produced.”

Ayn Rand, another famous author, said,
“the end does not justify the means.
No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.”

Amen to that.

More recently Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“You can’t reach good ends through evil means,
because the means represent the seed
and the end represents the tree.”
And the “means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

Now, if you look at all those voices, speaking of different views of the same philosophy or theory, you can see which statement has the most heart in it. It’s King, letting us know that he seeks pure agape Love.

And because the revolution he led was of loving means, he was able to be profoundly successful and we can learn from this now.

If we needed any proof of theory – we have it.

We’re spiritual beings having a human experience. We cannot find Peace with unpeaceful means. We cannot have a war to bring Peace.

We get angry, we fall into despair, we blame others for our shortcomings. We withhold Love because we want Love. We do the darndest things because we’re upset and we lack perspective.

We let our emotions run away with us just because we feel like it and don’t love ourselves enough to honor our feelings and instead we stuff them and stuff them and medicate them and then we either explode or implode.

And still, the teaching that is so helpful to us, especially right now, TODAY, is that if we’d like to experience Peace, Prosperity, Wholeness, Freedom, Joy, Clarity, Harmony, Love and so much more, we must forgive the past.

This IS consistency of ends and means.

We must let go of our judgments.

Judgments are the mechanism by which separation from Spirit’s infinite goodness is brought into our experience.

The ends is in the means.

That will never change.

We can’t stuff our feelings and expect to feel better.
We can’t medicate our feelings and feel free.
We can’t focus on lack and limitation and feel expansive.
We can’t withhold Love to get Love.
We cannot hide our light under a bushel and hope for our dreams to be realized.
We cannot believe we’re unworthy, not good enough, wrong, bad, unlovable and live the life we desire.

Something’s gotta give.
And that something is the false beliefs, the painful patterns, the habits that keep us living blocked from our destiny.

We each have extraordinary gifts that the world can benefit from if we share them.

We each can help liberate our brothers and sisters from the prison in their minds when we release ourselves.

I made a decision to begin sharing because I was inspired and felt that I just had to share. I couldn’t be silent. I couldn’t hide. I had no platform. I had no audience. I just started sharing with the people I knew.

I gave from the overflow.
I didn’t need anything in return.
I was, and still am, so grateful just to be able to offer something that’s meaningful to me – and to connect.

I can remember driving four hours round trip to lead a workshop that only one person attended. And still, it felt worth it.

I used to give workshops at my friend’s house, in my own living room, any place I could find would work for me. I HAD to share because I was so full of gratitude for the inspiration I felt.

To achieve our goals of awakening awareness, living in Peace, and BEING a blessing in this world, we are required to learn that consistency of means and ends is necessary.

To have Peace, teach Peace. What does it mean to teach Peace? It really means to forgive. To stop judging, complaining and attacking.

We teach with every choice we make.

Learning NOT to judge is much easier than learning to judge. We’ve learned to judge and attack ourselves and others, and now we’re unlearning it. Let’s forgive of ourselves for all the ignorance, and all the ways we’ve chosen to NOT be helpful in this world. Let’s wipe that slate clean by giving ALL of our self-judgment to our Higher Holy Spirit for healing.

We forgive ourselves first, and then we can forgive others.

We’ve got work to do. Let’s forgive ourselves so we can focus on something productive.

And, forgiveness takes work too. Practicing non-judgment IS forgiveness. We have what it takes because we have infinite support in the invisible and we always will

Our willingness is required.
Our willingness is ALL that’s required.
If we can’t be willing, be willing to be willing – honestly, this does the trick, and if that’s not sufficient, let’s be willing to be willing to be willing! A tiny bit of willingness is still willingness.

Our goal is liberation.
What are liberating from? False beliefs.
Our own false beliefs can be released in a moment.
We don’t have to wait.
We can choose heaven today instead of hell.

Ultimately we WILL liberate.
Let’s actively choose it, work towards it and ALLOW it to be revealed.

Our liberation is tied to everyone else’s. Let’s not delay another day!

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

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

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

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

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

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Lovers and Fighters

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

I am a lover, not a fighter.
I used to be a fighter.
I fought with almost everyone every day.
I fought with myself.
I even fought with people in my dreams.

I learned what it is to fight all the time and how it eats away at you and ruins your life.

Being angry a lot is a habit.
I’m certain that on a physical, chemical level it’s also an addiction.
We get conditioned and it’s hard to stop.

Anger is always a cry for Love that is going unanswered, and unmet.

When you see an angry person know that there is only one problem, they feel cut off from the source of all Love in their heart.

When you feel angry, Love is the healer.

No one can cut us off from Love, we have to do that ourselves.
Many of us have made the decision that Love hurts.
We decide that Love is too hard.
It’s too painful.
It’s not worth it.

It’s really just that we need help finding our way back.

In my spiritual journey, I’ve come to recognize that the safest place for me is in my loving heart.

When my heart is wide open, I cannot be hurt.
When I carry a shield to protect me, I can be attacked, wounded, brought down. Every time.
When I carry a sword and shield I invite aggressors.

Those who consistently choose Love become invulnerable and that is the path spiritual students are on.

At first, this path was so unfamiliar to me. I didn’t trust it.

But like Richard Gere’s character in the movie Officer and A Gentleman, I had nowhere else to go.

I couldn’t go down that angry, bitter, hurt path one more day. There was nothing new to see, only more carnage, more disappointment, more suffering. My heart felt like a bombed-out wreck of a place.

I had to turn and go in the other direction, toward the light.

I’ve never once regretted my decision, although I’ve been challenged to my core again and again.

Although I’ve fallen flat on my face and failed thousands of times, I didn’t turn back. I did get distracted thousands of times, but I kept coming back.

Being consistently loving is discipline. It is what Michael Beckwith calls a blissapline. It takes great willingness and I cultivate that every day.

I’m a political person.
I’m an activist.
I’m an action taker.

I believe we can make the world a better place when we’re dedicated to being truly helpful for ALL and not just our own self-interest. If we’re not working for the good of all, whatever we’re building will surely crumble and fall. Especially now, in the time of instant karma.

There seem to be many currents in this rising tide right now.
There seem to be many factions and many agendas.
Who is trustworthy?
Who has the good of all at heart?
Who is not motivated by their own self-interest?

It can be difficult to discern.
It can feel impossible.

So, I turn to myself and decide:
I am for the good of all.
I am trustworthy.
I am one with all.

And, I know this: I am not a fighter. I am a lover.

When I was a child I became obsessed with Harriet Tubman. She was the most amazing person I’d ever heard of. A liberator, they called her Moses because she led her people out of the wilderness of slavery. I still think she’s the most extraordinary person I’ve ever known of. What a strong-hearted being. To go back into slave territory again and again. To make that hard journey, hunted by dogs and chased by angry men so much bigger than her with gone, in order to be able to offer Freedom to her brothers and sisters. Extraordinary.

In the early 1980’s I read Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography and fell in Love again. Another liberator who learned the power of Love, holding onto truth, satyagraha. He became profoundly inspired by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and the practice of nonviolence became the tool of liberation for the people of India.

Gandhi inspired Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who traveled to India to study and learn about nonviolent powerful liberation tool of the heart. As we all know, his work and the work of those who stood beside him changed our world forever.

Rev. King had a mentor. Rev. James Lawson was his mentor and the teacher of many who led the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He has been teaching people to lead nonviolent protests ever since then. He was my teacher for several years in the late ’90s. The training I received from him has been invaluable to me.

I’ve had extraordinary blessings in my life. And no blessing has been as great as the blessing of my own awareness and ability to change my mind. The greatest blessing I have is my willingness to turn away from darkness and to choose Love.

In the years since the 2016 presidential election, I’ve become politically active again. The rise of hate speech, hate crimes, and racist rhetoric is intolerable to me. I cannot bear it. I cannot be silent.

Racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and economic injustice, are built into our culture and systems at every level. There is hypnotism that has been perpetrated and we have gone along with it. The whole thing must break apart in order for us to rise.

And I will never, ever advocate for violence.
Violence does not solve anything and it never will.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only LOVE can do that.”
~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are Love. That is what we are.
It is always the perfect time for us to teach only Love,
because that is the truth of our being.
Everything else is false.

My way is to teach and practice an active loving.
I teach prayer.
I teach going to God for the healing.
I teach the end of separation thinking that is the foundation of all racism and inequality.
I teach unity of all life.

I am not a fighter. I am a lover.

In the last year, I was getting constant messaging from democratic political candidates, asking if I was willing to fight. I was on call lists because of my donations and my willingness to work for change.

Over and over again I got emails, texts, and calls, asking if I would fight for these causes I believed in.

My answer is and was NO. I will not fight for change.

Gandhi taught us so well that the ends are in the means.

If we think we can get to Peace and Harmony by means of fighting we’ve lost our minds.

I work for change.
I work for Peace and Harmony.
I don’t fight for them.

I’m a lover, not a fighter, in part, because I’ve seen that Love is the only thing that can bring permanent healing. Fighting won’t ever be able to do that and I’m interested in being truly productive. I’ve wasted enough of my life fighting and I just can’t do it anymore. It’s not helpful.

In my lifetime, I’ve seen the extraordinary results that nonviolent protest and revolution can bring. Just in recent years, we’ve seen the biggest peaceful protests in the history of the human race. Wow!

We can accomplish so much when we channel the upset in a productive way and work for the changes we’d like to see. It must start with our inner work of choosing to work FROM a loving heart.

If we feel enraged, we must do the inner work to heal that so we can be helpful to others.

Love is the power of King’s work and message that still lives today.
Love was the soul force that Gandhi taught us the power of.
Love is the reason that we still are so inspired by the teachings of Jesus.

We work from our heart with Love, in order to increase the flow of Love in our lives, and then we are profoundly productive, and the benefits are felt by all.

So much is possible when we are able to extend Love.

I know it’s not easy. I know that. I’m not living on a cloud somewhere in a magic castle with unicorns. (Although I’d like to have a vacation home there, for sure!)

Every day I work and speak intimately with people who are having the most profound challenges of their life. People who are stepping around bodies on their way home from work. People who are listening to sirens and helicopters all day. People who are ill or whose loved ones are ill. People who’ve lost loved ones to suicide, illness, accidents, and on and on.

And it’s all that experience with so many people, going through the very worst times of their entire lives, that has taught me that Love IS the way. There is no other way worth traveling.

This world is an amazing place.
I’ve hated it, I’ve loved it, I’ve felt tortured by it, I’ve felt confused by it.

It’s incredibly challenging and complex to be part of this human race on earth right now.

There are so many illusions, delusions, concepts, and perceptions that are all coming up for healing at once.

Our #1 priority is to choose Love.
That’s it.

Loving ourselves is #1.
When we love ourselves, then we have found the power within us to move the mountain outside us.

Each day, all day, we look for the most loving choices we can find and choose that. That’s our way. We teach ONLY Love, for that IS what we are. When we fall down or forget, we get up, we remember. We cultivate the willingness to be loving by forgiving ourselves for being unloving and we begin again, and again and again.

Most of us are playing small.
We shrink back from living our dreams.
We hesitate to go for it.
We play small in our relationships and in our workplace.
We avoid the challenges that will really stretch us.
We say we’d go for it if we had this or that but we don’t have it so we can’t go for it.
We make excuses.
Fear gets in the way.
We say we don’t have enough time, resources, whatever we believe we lack.

The truth is that we play small because we don’t really believe we can have a breakthrough. We feel unworthy and not good enough. We fear finding out that there’s something wrong with us and we don’t really have what it takes. We fear failure so we don’t try.

Every reason that we play small can be eliminated.
Every reason we play small is a false belief.

“Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world, but to change ourselves.” Mahatma Gandhi

Changing our minds is our greatest ability and response-ability.

I played small for a long time and it was so painful.
I developed habits of managing and coping with my discomfort.

And then I had those habits to deal with and eliminate and it became like pushing a boulder up a mountain.

I support spiritual students to undo those patterns of playing small so they can live the life of Love that they desire. So they can be truly helpful in all areas of their life. So they can fulfill their heart’s desires and their destiny.

It does require a willingness to LOVE OURSELVES.

The answer is within us and it’s not outside of us.

We don’t play small because of the world, we play small because of our beliefs about ourselves in relationship to the world.

Watching people’s lives expand and grow because they do this inner work and stop playing small is a great joy.

Thank you for being on this journey with me. It’s a wild ride. I wouldn’t wish to miss it and I wouldn’t wish to do it without YOU!

If you feel like you might be playing small because of your beliefs about yourself, if you think maybe those beliefs are false and could be eliminated, and if you have a willingness to do some inner work to make a real and lasting change then please consider joining me and some other folks just like you who are SO DONE WITH PLAYING SMALL.

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God Is Not A Racist

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

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

My tears were a sudden empathetic response to how it would feel, and how much energy it would take, to maintain those views.  I had this very strong feeling sense of how exhausting it would be to be racist.

Higher Holy Spirit Self said “God is not a racist.”   And I almost laughed.

The very idea that God could be racist is laughable.  Although there are many who would preach racism in the name of God.

It must take a HUGE amount of life-force energy to be so committed to the only problem we have in this world: a belief in separation from God showing up as any interest in separation such as racism.

And sometimes I can’t help but think we all hold racist views whether we recognize it or not.  We are all learning of the pain and suffering caused by attachment to separation beliefs – they are exhausting, and so very limiting.

There are false constructs, such as racism, sexism, agism, that people agree to.  The antidote is to value the truth and call for the truth to be revealed.

The truth is the same for all beings.

There are no personal versions of the truth.

Truth is constant and truth is healing.

My mantra has become:

May truth be revealed and Love prevail!

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

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

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

The truth is our liberator, let us call for the truth to be revealed in our heart and our mind and let it ripple out across the mind of all.  Let’s start a tsunami of healing by calling for the truth to be revealed.

May truth be revealed and Love prevail!

The truth isn’t that someone is right and someone else is wrong, the truth is that we are one and inseparable.

All joined in Love, this is the truth.

Let it be revealed.  Let it be. Let it be.  Let it be!

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Aligned with Spirit

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

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

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

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

We’re all seeking to get to a place within ourselves where we can experience any situation and be unmoved from our inner center of peace. When we can do that, then we can be of service to others. This is what it means to really walk the talk.

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

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

Herein lies the Peace that we seek.

The Peace we seek is seeking us.

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

And so it is with the practice of nonviolence. If we can but hold our own accuracy we can shift all of those around us. This has been proven by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha and countless others.

Today I seek to add my own name to the list of those who stand firm in their practice of nonviolence by living from our own inner accuracy.

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

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No Blame, No Upset

Friday, May 8th, 2020

It’s quite valuable for us to remember that when people are upset with us, it’s really NOT personal. It can SEEM so personal, but it’s not. It can be really confrontational, and difficult to remember that its not personal, but it’s SO worth it.

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 our judgment that upsets us – not what THEY are doing. It’s our interpretation. It’s the meaning we make of it that is bothering us.

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’m incorrect when I’m blaming others for my upset. Every time. No exceptions.

If I blame, I’m the victim.

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.

I’m so done with taking things personally!

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! Now is the time of our activation.

It’s time to wake up!

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Calm

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

One of the things I’ve noticed about many people is that we often get upset when people we care about are upset. Sometimes we get upset when anyone around or near us is upset. We can be like dominos.

Have you ever made someone you love to feel bad because you were upset with their being upset? It sounds crazy, but it’s very common. It’s as though we’re punishing them for upsetting us with their upset. Yikes!

When someone we love is upset, we can actually make them wrong or bad, guilty, or ashamed for being upset, just because we feel threatened and we don’t like it. That’s so intense! I know I used to do this. I didn’t mean to. I wasn’t awake enough to pay attention to what I was doing. I was like a ping pong ball jumping all over the place.

One of the first spiritual strengths I developed was the ability to take a breath and calm down.

Then, I could learn to be patient.

I still don’t do it perfectly, but I am perfecting my ability to keep calm respond with kindness no matter what.

It’s a great goal.

There’s always some success.
And there’s always room for improvement.

One of the great things we can learn to do is to keep calm in challenging situations.

It’s not about denying how we feel. For me, staying calm is about having trust and faith that everything works together for good and there are no exceptions. So, even someone being upset can be for everyone’s good if we’re willing to allow Spirit to show us how that can be.

Cultivating the skill of staying loving even when things are upsetting is a wonderful ability to have. It really is life-changing. It’s transformative because it’s loving and Love is transformative!

Pay attention next time someone you Love is upset – and see if you make them wrong or offer compassion. Then see how you do when someone you don’t Love is upset! Can you have just as much compassion?

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Not A Victim

Monday, May 4th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My shorthand for this became:

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

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

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

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

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

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Spiritual Connection

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

For so long, it was so easy for me to get completely turned around and confused. Even in quarantine our days can be a myriad of activities and interactions with people that seem overwhelming. Our feelings can be overwhelming too. Some of us are getting to have more quiet time and more spiritual connection, while others are finding it nearly impossible to have a minute to themselves.

Without some quiet, it can be challenging to recognize the still small voice. If we’re feeling overwhelmed, it can feel impossible to discern the difference between ego’s voice and Spirit’s inspiration. Without that clarity, it’s easy to go off in directions that we think are Spirit’s inspiration, but they’re just ego distractions and detours.

With all that’s going on in this world and in our lives, we can lose perspective on what’s important, and stay in a haze of meaningless activity for a very long time, just to avoid feeling our feelings.

What cuts through the haze is our spiritual practice.

A valuable spiritual practice is one that we can be consistent with, and that feels uplifting. I’ve learned that the best practice for me is one that I live ALL DAY LONG. It’s my walking the talk and living the Love all day long, to the best of my ability, that keeps me clear headed and grounded.

I used to have a focus on collecting spiritual information.

I thought if I knew more, it would help me to feel better and be happy. I never felt like I knew enough. I always felt that I was falling short.

In my pursuit of the “right” information, I read a lot of books and magazines and had lots of informative conversations. I was trying to pay attention to as many things in the world as I possibly could. It was tiring and I often felt that I wasn’t doing a good enough job. There was always so much information I didn’t have. I couldn’t easily quote Oscar Wilde or Helen Keller. There were always so many classics I still hadn’t read yet. I was driving more and more slowly on the information super highway of life, but not getting anywhere.

I was failing at collecting all the information I needed to have in case I was suddenly called to a dinner party with all the contributing writers for the New Yorker Magazine. I didn’t really read the New York Times thoroughly and I was caring about it less and less. I had a stack of spiritual books by my bed that was taller than my nightstand. All books I “should” read, but really didn’t want to.

I was investing money in things that really didn’t matter to me, but I thought would make me better. For a long time, I didn’t realize that by collecting books and information to make me better, I was affirming that there was something wrong with me, so even if I did read all the books cover to cover and had the ability to write a paper about them, it was all just affirmation of my “not enoughness.”

No wonder I didn’t want to read those darn books!

Fortunately, I started to realize that all that information collecting was a distraction to me and not that helpful. I cancelled all magazines and newspapers. I stopped watching the news. Through a series of events with my then landlord, my cable was disconnected so there went my tv watching. I started to read only the books I had a passion for and I read them very slowly and carefully.

A bonus was that I stopped having conversations about information. I began to recognize that the best reason to have a conversation was for the purpose of relating to people: living the Love and walking the talk.

I realized I could focus mostly on talking about our lives and leave the information super highway behind. I found an exit, and took it and I’ve been very glad that I did.

Information just isn’t satisfying to me anymore.
I find that it can really clutter the mind.

The bottom line: Information isn’t healing.
Being loving is healing.
Forgiveness is healing.

Clearing out the judgments, the opinions, the grudgers and greivances, as well as my complaints and criticisms made me realize that I’d rather focus on experiencing and expressing Love, that’s much more interesting than anything else! PLUS, it gives me the added bonus of contributing to a clear mind!

My invitation to you is to look at where you’re collecting information that’s just not truly helpful or satisfying. Information isn’t healing and it can have the effect of confusing and cluttering one’s mind. The focus on collecting information is a distraction of the ego. The ego analyzes to try to learn what it needs to be safe. The Spirit knows that being loving is our safety. No information is needed for that.

You can ask yourself, who really wants to read the book, me or the ego? The Spirit already knows everything. I find that spending time with Spirit is far more expansive and deeply satisfying. It’s healing. It’s also less expensive!

We can actively choose transformation for our liberation in each moment by staying alert to when the ego is presenting a distraction. We can choose transformation for our liberation all day, every day and leave the past behind. Let’s step up our game and put the collection of information behind us.

Let’s clear the mental clutter and make room for spiritual insights!

Get rid of those books you really don’t feel like reading but feel you “should.” Give them away. You’ll feel great about that!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let Prosperity Flow

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Very often I notice that people are willing to work so very hard to earn money when they’re feeling financially challenged, and they’ll keep working and working to earn more. Rather than focus any attention at all at eliminating the mental and emotional causes of lack and limitation, most people think that the answer is ONLY more money.

It took me a long time to see that having faith, placing my trust in Love (God) would open up my prosperity. The big shift came when I realized that since God is all that there is, EVERYTHING I receive, I receive from God. I had the shift in my awareness and then came the shift in my life.

Recognizing that EVERYTHING I had or would have came from the unlimited source (God) helped me to also understand that EVERYTHING I gave, I gave TO God.

There’s only one place to receive FROM and once place to give TO.

I realized that, since there’s just this one – I could stop keeping score. I could give wherever I felt called to give and not have a thought that anyone owed me anything – including a thank you.

I also realized could receive without thinking that I owed anyone. No strings attached anymore. God has no strings because God is not a manipulator.

God is unlimited and unprecedented source and supply – I could, if I chose, learn to receive without limits. How cool is that?

The flow starts in the mind and then shows up in your life. Even when it doesn’t look like that’s how it is, that’s how it is.

Would you like to open up the flow? Here’s a simple tip for you:

If you have strings attached to ANYTHING then you’re not in the flow.

Thinking someone owes you a thank you, or recognition or even any small amount of appreciation is giving to get. Let it GO and open up the FLOW.

Are there any people in your life that you think OWE you? If you KNEW that your experiences of lack and limitation were tied to that thought, would you be willing to give it up?

We have to relinquish the blocks in order to be in the flow.

The blocks are our thoughts of lack, limitation and owing, debting. I know it seems crazy that we can just change our mind and our experience will change, but it does work. As crazy as it seems. It does actually bring results. It’s not easy. It’s simple, but it aint easy unless we’re willing.

Let’s give up all the blocks to being in the flow and live in the flow of infinite Abundance.

It is our destiny.

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Inviting Insight

Friday, May 1st, 2020

How much easier would my life be if I always took the time to stop and consider before I took action or spoke? How often have I pushed and pushed trying to impose my will on a situation? How often have I disregarded the people’s feelings, including my own, and all manner of warning signs in order to accomplish my goal and then realized how misguided I was?

How often have I thought I knew best when I really haven’t stopped to examine things from a higher perspective?

One thing I know for certain is that my mind can either be my greatest asset or my biggest liability depending on whether I’m thinking with my heart/Higher Holy Spirit Self or with the ego. Over-thinking and getting into the analytical mind, for me, is usually a form of self-sabotage. The ego runs the analytical mind.

The Spirit has no need to analyze, it has direct knowing.

We can invite direct spiritual insight into our awareness and liberate from the intellect.

We can think our way into a disconnect from our heart, or we can use the mind that is in our heart – our “heart intelligence” brings us a profound connection with Spirit. Sometimes we can be distracted by becoming so analytical that we’re thinking about our thinking without getting into our Heart/Spirit connection at all and not even realizing it. It’s perfectly normal – AND, it’s not acceptable anymore.

What I’ve learned is that connecting to the heart is the way to tap into Divine Intelligence.

When I’m tuned into Divine Intelligence I move well beyond my ability to simply process information and into the flow – the true Freedom of the Spirit.

Eric Butterworth says, “In the face of delays and obstacles it is well to think twice before you willfully seek to force a solution according to your predetermined plan. The closed door may indicate that the divine law of adjustment is pointing to another door through which you can go to meet your greater good.”

Today let us examine our life for any areas where we might be trying to impose our will through over-thinking and analyzing from an ego perspective.

Today let’s allow ourselves to invite higher insight to be heard through connecting with the Divine Wisdom of the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

In this way, thinking takes on a new level of consciousness and awareness. In this, we can feel a deep and profound connection to all of life and be grateful.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that our personal spiritual practice moves the entire world in a direction of peace easily and gracefully! Yes!

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Kind

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

I’m a sensitive person. Sometimes I’m so tuned into other people’s feelings that it’s too much for me. I’ve had to pay attention and learn not to get enmeshed with other people’s energy and feelings.

I’ve also learned that when I’m judging other people and their feelings and emotions, I’m just stirring the pot in a way that’s not helpful to anyone.

I’ve had MANY, MANY times when I started to have negative thoughts about people and realized that I was beginning to feel quite critical of them. When I wonder where all the negativity is coming from I’ve realized these aren’t even my thoughts!

I can tune into other people’s thoughts, especially if they’re feelings are also very strong, and I can lose track of what’s mine and what’s theirs. I’ve had to learn the discipline of realizing that while we share the same mind, it’s not helpful to become enmeshed with others.

For me, I always come back to my intention and what’s important to me.

What’s most important to me is to be loving.
I used to need to be right all the time.
It’s not so important anymore.
I’d rather be loving.

What good is being right, if I can’t be loving?

Like the song says: “War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

I still get triggered into old patterns of upset, but not like I used to. Now, every time there’s an upset, and I do mean EVERY time there’s an upset, I can use it for healing and transformation and that feels good to me.

I am grateful for every morsel of healing.

I ask that you join me in a vow, to the best of our ability, to not intentionally agitate people.

Let’s really make a commitment to being consistently kind.

And if we fail, in that moment of realizing that we failed, let us immediately begin again by being kind to ourselves. That’s Self-Love. When we love ourselves, we’re being helpful to others.

Life is ultra intense for most folks right now. And yet for some it’s calm and peaceful. We’re each having our own unique experience.

Some people are at home by themselves and feeling very isolated and lonely. Others have too many people in their house for comfort and can’t get any space.

Whatever your experience, however it’s going for you, you are most probably sensitive to how many people are feeling upset and traumatized right now. We’re all one with each other, and with so many people grieving, feeling sad and frightened, it’s hard to imagine that there could be anyone on this planet that isn’t noticing a rise in feeling vulnerable and sensitive.

I had to stop watching the news, because even a little bit of listening to the health care workers would have me in tears. I would cry simply because I tuned into the level of intensity they’re experiencing and it’s overwhelming for them. I feel so much empathy and compassion for them I just start crying.

So, if you’re not aware you’re feeling some of that, you may be. In your neighborhood, your apartment building, your family, there are most likely people who are going through a VERY difficult time. Whether we realize it or not, we feel the energy of it.

And, many of us are also up-leveling.

That’s what I feel is happening for myself and for many of the people who are maintaining their spiritual practice now.

When it’s really a tough time, it’s tough because we’re not being loving to ourselves by partnering UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

Now is the time for us to focus on kindness.

Being kind to ourselves, and extending kindness to others is what’s going to help us get through this in a way that we’ll be better for it.

Being kind is a great way to be truly helpful.

Being kind feels like an expression of true Love – and, as Stevie Wonder sang in AS, “true Love asks for nothing.” We don’t need to get anything in return.

When we can be with someone who is upset, critical and attacking and respond with ACTUAL Love, then we’ve taken our power back and we are now helping them to do the same.

Someone who is attacking ANYONE is feeling powerless at the most basic level. Those who are tapped in to the ONLY power there is (Spirit) have no thought of attacking another, they’re only interested in being truly helpful.

Let’s turn to Spirit for our refuge so we can focus on being helpful.

Spirit has been guiding me to some powerful parts of A Course in Miracles in my podcast. This past week’s topic was Healing Hatred, and it was very powerful to look into the self-hatred and the ways we project it out onto others.

I just posted episode #444 of my radio show / podcast – and it seems hard to believe that many episodes since the first one with Gary Renard in 2011. I keep thinking I’ll run out of things to say about it, but it’s endlessly inspiring to me, for which I am SO grateful!

Speaking of gratitude, last Sunday we had our first Sundays With Spirit online Sunday Service and there was SUCH an outpouring of Love and gratitude afterward. How wonderful! We’re doin another service today.

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

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to last week’s service with Lisa Natoli and James Twyman.

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

Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it supportive.

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

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

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

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Eliminating the Pain Patterns

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Now, more than ever, it’s so important to break the patterns of painful relationships and take a stand for Love. When we’re loving with others, we’re having a healing.

It may seem insane, but when we can Love our brother, we are loving ourselves, because we’re one with them.

One of the pain patterns that many people have is a lot like a see-saw or a pendulum.

For instance, let’s say you have an experience with a loved one where they disappoint you. The first thought you might have is: “they’re bad, wrong, out of integrity, unloving, inexcusable” or some other complaint.

Then, the next thought we have is the pendulum swinging back when we think “I must be bad, wrong, unworthy, unlovable, inappropriate.” What goes around comes around with a slap in the head. Yikes!

First there’s an attack thought, then a lack thought and the mind bounces back and forth between them.

The belief in lack actually proceeds the attack thought, but sometimes we notice the attack thought first before the lack thought. We each have our own unique way of subscribing to this particularly pervasive pattern of dysfunction and suffering.

It doesn’t matter which thought came first.
If we believe in lack, then we’ll feel attacked.
We’ll feel unworthy.
If we feel attacked then we’re justified in attacking back.
If we attack others then we feel guilty and ashamed.
And so it goes, the hamster wheel of misery.

The only thing that matters is HOW TO GET OFF the painful train of thought – get off the pain train.

A willingness to listen to Divine Guidance is the key to getting off the pain train.

It makes the healing SO MUCH faster. It’s beautiful and miraculous how much healing we can have when we’re willing!

Do you feel like you’re not getting guidance about when to let go of the pain train? Judgments block our perception of inspiration, intuition and divine guidance. Interrupt the patterns of pain and you’ll have more clarity about your intuition.

It may take a little while, but it’s worth every effort you can put into it. Now more than ever, let us be at Peace!

Be willing to go first. Sing that great song by Vince Gill

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let us walk with each other
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my joyous vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me!

When there’s an argument in your home, decide to go first and offer the olive branch of Peace.

Enjoy and savor the moment where you let go of your grievance and choose perfect Love.

You are perfect. Perfect Love!

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The Strongest Hearts

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Peace to you, my friend! I’ve been in quarantine by myself now for over a month. I have much more work than normal offering extra support during this time and strengthening our community with additional offerings. I have no complaints.

In breaks, I like to catch up a bit while cooking and I watch youtube videos of the late-night hosts doing their shows from their homes. They have a lot of jokes about how they’ve seen everything on Netflix and are bored.

I get it. They’re used to commuting and having meetings all day long and getting dressed in hair and make-up, having rehearsals and all kinds of activities that they don’t have while doing the show from home.

Spiritual students who have the luxury to quarantine at home or who are forced to quarantine, have been laid off or fired due to the virus are having a different experience.

This is the time that we were born for and have been preparing for our entire lives. This is a time when we can do more spiritual practice and focus on being truly helpful in our community.

Now, more than ever, our brothers and sisters are turning to us for support.

It’s time for us to strengthen our hearts.

I was sharing in class yesterday that, at the beginning of this pandemic, I was watching an hour or so of news a day, while cooking and doing things around the house. I was learning about the whole virus situation, just like everyone else.

Now, I don’t feel a need to focus on virus news. I can read a few tweets, check the headlines in a few papers and that’ll do me.

My job is to be at Peace, and to know that, despite ALL appearances, everything is working together for our good. More people are becoming more compassionate than ever. They’re opening their hearts to those who are in service, and those who have lost loved ones.

Just think, each day in NYC, at 7pm, the entire city applauds their health care workers and those in service to help them get through this incredibly difficult time. I lived in New York for 10 years and people used to say that New Yorkers are tough, and they are. They are resilient. They are strong and they are also loving and appreciative.

The toughest people on earth are the ones with the biggest hearts. Or so it seems to me.

One of the things that helps us navigate this intensity is to be able to feel our feelings and let them pass on through. Rather than deny them or subvert them, we can learn to feel our feelings. That does take strength and courage. It also builds strength, courage and compassion that we can share with others.

When we have the capacity to honor our own feelings without drowning in them, then we can support others who are going through a tough time and not fear their emotional outbursts.

Many people are grieving now, and suddenly. There is the obvious grief for the loss of life, but many are grieving the loss of their lifestyle, their job, their plans for the future and a myriad of things that they’d thought would be theirs.

Think of the weddings delayed.
Think of the families with new babies that no one can come visit.

Having offered grief support to many people for decades, one thing I know is that many, MANY people don’t know how to handle grief, and they definitely aren’t very good at handling the grief of other people.

Many of the folks I’ve talked to have been intensely wounded by the thoughtless things people have said to them. People don’t have an intention to be unkind or disrespectful, they just don’t understand what the grieving person is going through.

One of the most intense things I’ve ever heard said to someone grieving was said to an 84 year old woman who had recently lost her husband of more than 60 years. After only a few months into her widowhood, some of her closest friends were telling her she had to “get over it.” I was shocked.

Of course, this woman’s friends didn’t wish to hurt her feelings or disrespect her. Not at all, they just wanted her to be happy again and move on.

When our loved ones pass away, we aren’t going to get over it.

And we’re not going to move on.

Those things aren’t ever going to happen.
They are unrealistic expectations.

When someone loses a child, a parent or a spouse, a dear friend, even a beloved dog, please don’t ever say anything about getting over it or moving on.

To the person who is grieving, it’s worse than saying to someone who just had both their arms amputated, “you have to get over it.” They’re not going to EVER get over it. What they WILL do is learn to live with it, but until that day comes, they’re going to grieve and that will include being in denial, being angry, and feeling like they wish they could just die too. These feelings are normal.

Even our most extreme feelings are often perfectly normal.

Please don’t tell people to get over it or move on.

And, when people tell YOU those things, just bless them. You may want to smack them or shake them, but they don’t know what they’re talking about. They are ignorant. Not stupid, just ignorant.

If they knew what they were talking about they would just be quiet, and say something like, “I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. This must be so hard for you. That is so rough. I don’t know how you can handle it.”

You really don’t need to say any more than that.

Sometimes it can be helpful to say, “I know you’ll get through this. It’s very intense, and I’m here to support you.” But no one really NEEDS to hear that.

Initially, it’s not a good idea to ask people how you can help them. I know that seems counter intuitive. But if they have to figure out how you can help them it just becomes more work for them. If you ask them how you can help, now they have one more thing to do. Now they have to help YOU.

Instead, just start helping.
That’s why people bring food.

Bring food that can be put in the freezer.
Cut their lawn.
Walk their dog.
Take out their trash, bring their cans to the curb, put them back.
Water the lawn.
Clean the kitchen.
Do the laundry.

Offer to wash their car, gas up their car, drive them places and don’t take no for an answer.

Do whatever you can do. Take care of their recycling.

Just do stuff. Everyone can use help. Especially now.

And let’s remember that our hearts, like our bones, can actually be stronger for having gone through the challenges.

We live to Love another day and with more compassion than ever.

I like to celebrate Spirit with friends and so this Sunday I’m starting live-stream Sunday services – open to all. Join me, Lisa Natoli, Jimmy Twyman and more friends. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together and if you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the details. All are welcome, there’s no charge.

Every day, part of my spiritual practice is to write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

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

Having trouble sleeping?

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

All of this is free.

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

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

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When We Feel Threatened

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

When we feel threatened, our faith and trust is in our own discernment as well as in our own ability to defend and protect ourselves. When that happens, our faith is misplaced.

We can dread feeling fear. We can dislike feeling fear. We can medicate or distract ourselves so that we don’t feel the fear, but that would be just another way of affirming that our perspective, and our opinions are correct when they are not.

If what we believed was actually true, we’d be at Peace.

The very fact that we’re experiencing fear is the indicator that we’re not in our right mind. When fear is felt, it’s like a “Divine Alarm Clock” going off to let us know that we are misperceiving. Fear is the indicator that we’re believing something that’s not true, it’s our wake-up call, and our reminder to choose truth.

Truth is our liberator. Fear is the indicator that we can have a healing, right now, in this moment of fear, we can choose liberation from our false beliefs, and from illusions and delusions, if we’re willing.

Fear is the pain pushing us to choose healing. We don’t have to figure out HOW to have a healing. Our job is simply to Partner UP with Spirit and call for that healing. Our job is to ALLOW.

If we don’t choose healing, another opportunity will come.

If we love ourselves we’ll choose healing now without delay.

We can learn through pain or through Joy. Love or fear. Peace or pain.

Self-Love or self-torture.

Will we let go of we judgments and beliefs in order to have a healing and be at Peace, or will we manage and cope with the fear? This is the choice we’re offered. Circumstances don’t determine how we feel, our perspective does. The truly loving choice always brings relief of fear.

Fear has no power. Love is the only power.

I choose Love. I choose liberation today.

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Resurrection & Transcendence

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

It’s Easter Sunday and today, as an A Course in Miracles student, I’m celebrating the resurrection in my own heart. I’m celebrating my willingness to allow the resurrection to be made manifest.

Believe in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has been accomplished in you. This is as true now as it will ever be, for the resurrection is the Will of God, which knows no time and no exceptions.” ACIM, T-11.VI.4.

Sometimes when I’m teaching or counseling I recommend to people to use this affirmation:

Thy will be done.
or
God’s will be done.
or
I AM perfect.

Most people will recoil and reject these affirmations, but I love them and encourage you to try them out. God’s will for us is perfect happiness. Let’s choose that.

God’s will for us is to recognize our perfection and reject all belief in separation. Let’s choose that.

Another one I frequently use is “I AM the resurrection and the life.

This is the perfect time for us to focus on choosing resurrection and make no exceptions.

Perhaps you’re having an experience like me. I’ve been quarantined, sheltering in Peace, for just about 4 weeks now. I have more to do than usual because I’m offering extra classes and organizing more opportunities for our community to connect and pray.

For us spiritual students, if we can, let us use this time to focus on what Jesus tells us in ACIM:

The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not by attack but by transcendence.

Let us transcend limiting beliefs because we’ve had enough. Truly, all we have to do is choose it, consistently. We don’t have to do it perfectly from this moment on.

All we have to do is choose transcendence more than repeating the past.

That’s it.

Even a little bit more of choosing transcendence over choosing the past and we will actually transcend.

So what does it meant to transcend?

I hold in my mind that it’s a kind of divine alchemy.

I’m so glad that Jesus tells us that we don’t have to figure it all out. All we have to do is be willing. Well, I am aware that I cannot be willing to transcend pain and suffering while simultaneously choosing it.

I cannot complain, attack, defend or hate and also choose transcendence.

So, I either choose to transcend or to be in pain. I’m the decider of what I will choose.

Many people say they would deepen their spiritual practice if they had more time. If you have “more time” because you’re working from home and not commuting, then use that time for spiritual practice and you’ll see the results, real results, in just a few days.

Transcendence is one of my favorite words, and one of my favorite things. We CAN transcend the ego through our willingness to let our ego attachments be healed.

To be helpful is why every day part of my spiritual practice is to write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share this daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

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

There are more than 400 episodes of my radio show on podcast. And some people listen to me as they fall asleep. I don’t take it personally when folks tell me I put them to sleep. I’m glad my voice can be soothing. You can subscribe to my podcast and have that as a resource.

You can subscribe to that, too.

All of this is free.

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Good Friday, Good Neighbor

Friday, April 10th, 2020

We’re all having similar and also very different experiences during this time of pandemic. Some are very worried and afraid, some are very sick, some are grieving (there are many things to grieve) and some are simply bored.

Some are delighted to have the time to focus on doing things at home, like cooking, cleaning, organizing, and gardening.

The greatest way we can be of service is to deepen our spiritual practice and to extend more Love, more Peace, and more compassion.

If you have more time now, devote it to being of service through spiritual practice and you will have the greatest impact on this virus and the fear some people feel.

Some teachers are busying figuring out how to teach on line without much support, while also home schooling their own children, and it’s just WAY too much. Especially when you add in cooking all meals for everyone at home all day.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife live in New York City and they have 5 children who all need to be on screens at the same time for school – and finding different parts of their apartment to do it. Could be challenging. They’ve been live-streaming from their dinner table. They’ve had FIVE weeks in quarantine now. Five weeks, five kids, in an apartment. Yikes!

I got a report from a friend who is home with spouse and two little ones who are bouncing off the walls. When there are days of rain in a row and no one can go outside, it becomes too much for high-energy little ones in a smallish apartment. There are no breaks.

If you happen to be someone who is bored and has lots of time now, what can you do in your community or for your neighbors.

Maybe there’s a nurse in your neighborhood who could use some help with the groceries?

Maybe there’s a teacher who could use a casserole or two?

I’ve been weekly grocery run for my family. And I’m organizing more ways to support the folks in our classes, having many extra classes, and offing support to many people in my life by phone and zoom.

What other ideas do you have? What have you been doing that you can share? I’d love to hear from you!

Let’s get a list going and see what brilliant things people are doing or could do to be a help to those in need right now!

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Live Long and Prosper

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Today is Maundy Thursday. Also known as the day of the Last Supper. In case you don’t remember your Jesus history, the last supper was a Passover seder.

Since I have many friends gathering for their Passover seders on zoom this year, I thought I’d share a story about growing up Jewish that you may not know. I only learned about it myself this year.

It’s about Spock, the character on Star Trek as played by Leonard Nimoy, and how he came up with Spock’s hand greeting.

In the video below, Nimoy tells you in the video below how this now-famous greeting originated.

It’s a sweet and inspiring story. Something we can all use more of now! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Passover Peace

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

It’s interesting to be celebrating Passover and Easter in this time of quarantine with the coronavirus. I do know and feel to my core that we are coming to a resurrection and a rising up. We rise in God.

Let us know that ONLY that which is in our best interest will be our experience, and everything else will passover.

It’s valuable for us to rise up and see our experience right now from a much higher view. A higher frequency or octave, if you will.

I do not know what anything is for. A Course in Miracles, Lesson #25

In that lesson it says, “Everything is for your own best interests. That is what it is for; that is its purpose; that is what it means.”

It’s challenging to live in the awareness that everything is for our own best interest. It’s not possible for us to make sense of it from a limited perspective. We must rise up, above the battlefield to see that this is true.

This takes honest willingness

How can someone’s child dying possibly be in someone’s best interest? How could that ever make sense?

It can’t make sense to our personality, so we have to trust that Spirit knows and that’s a big leap for everyone. For EVERYONE this is challenging.

And that’s why those of us who have a great willingness to see, know and feel the truth, must recognize that we’re doing this on behalf of our brothers and sisters and we’re not on our own.

Those who are willing are being guided and led to use this time of quarantine wisely.

This is not a time to complain or to be bored or to be afraid.

This is a time to have great trust and faith. We can develop the faith of Moses.

We can be threatened by what the world offers, and we can learn to dwell in Peace and feel protection.

The truly helpful are invulnerable, because they are not protecting their egos and so nothing can hurt them. Their helpfulness is their praise of God, and He will return their praise of Him because they are like Him, and they can rejoice together. God goes out to them and through them, and there is great joy throughout the Kingdom. ACIM, T-4.VII.8.

Spirit is always reaching out to us, from the inside, and we’re designed to be truly helpful by extending Love.

This is what makes us invulnerable. Now is the time to practice. If not now, then when?

It’s essential that we use this time to practice, right now, this is what this time is for.

Irritation is a form of anger. It’s an attack on the world, however slight. Even the slightest irritation is still an indicator of a false belief. We can take that awareness of irritation and turn it into a healing that we share with all humanity and that brings a great benefit.

If we’re bored, we can become aware that we’re not extending Love.

Our vibration is low, and it’s time to pray and rise in God. The boredom will vanish in a moment. Boredom is an indicator that we’ve disconnected from our source and are feeling depleted. We can choose again.

For those who are quarantined at home, it is an opportunity to be a living demonstration with loved ones and neighbors. This will help others. What can you do to be truly helpful? What have you discovered in yourself that can be helpful to others? Please share in the comments below!

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Vision of Holiness

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

There’s a gift we’ve been given and it is the Holy Spirit’s vision of our holiness, and the holiness of all life. To see with his vision there’s only one requirement and it’s that we’re willing to see ONLY with this vision.

This means we must give up all of our attachments to see the world that we have made up. In other words, must relinquish our attachments, our mental and emotional attachments, to our opinions and judgments about the world and everything in it, and everything that’s not in the world too.

It’s a tall order, but it’s worth it and our willingness is all that’s required.

In this time of coronavirus, we can hold in our mind that something extraordinary, something magnificent, something truly inspiring is unfolding even though it may not FEEL like it.

If we’re willing to see it the vision of holiness will be given to us.

This is Easter week, it’s Holy Week. What better time to cultivate a vision of holiness? There is none. Now is the appointed and perfect time.

Let us ask to see our true reality with the Holy Spirit’s vision.

“The song of Easter is the glad refrain the Son of God was never crucified. Let us lift up our eyes together, not in fear but faith. And there will be no fear in us, for in our vision will be no illusions; only a pathway to the open door of Heaven, the home we share in quietness and where we live in gentleness and peace, as one together.” A Course in Miracles, T-20.II.8.

We cannot place our faith in Spirit while simultaneously holding onto a grievance or a grudge.

It’s time for us to really understand this basic fact.
Let us place onto the altar of God’s Love for us all grievances and grudges. There’s no greater gift we could give to Jesus this Easter, than to be willing to relinquish all of our grievances and grudges to him for healing. Let’s do it! Let’s be that generous! Let’s be that willing!

Let’s leave them on the altar and offer them up PERMANENTLY, never take them back and simply be grateful.

To be peace-full, to live a vision of holiness, to be happy, we must be willing to relinquish all grievances.

Today’s the perfect day to double down and deepen our commitment to relinquish all attack thoughts and live in Freedom. We’re cultivating a vision of holiness that raises us up and liberates our brothers and sisters too!

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Undoing Worry

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Many people are feeling anxious and worried right now. It’s understandable, AND it’s avoidable. Truly it is.

I feel it’s so valuable to cultivate the peaceful mind. It’s worth the effort it takes. Being worried is exhausting.

We can undo the worry if we’re willing to focus on our spiritual practice.

I’ve been connecting with a number of folks who are concerned about their family members and the choices their loved ones are making right now. People see their loved ones making choices that seem to place their life in danger. That can be super scary. It can trigger a worried mind.

What adds to that intensity is judging our loved ones too.

When our mind goes to what they’re doing “wrong” we start to feel upset.

And we also feel guilty (even if we don’t realize it) because we know that it’s not helpful to judge anyone.

And then we blame them for making us feel upset.

And then we feel more guilty (even if we don’t realize it), because it’s not their fault we’re upset.

And so the patterns go on and on – unless we interrupt them.

This is why I’m such a big proponent of realizing the upset is a warning signal, an alarm bell that lets us know that we’re making unloving choices and thinking unloving thoughts and we can change our mind, go the other way, if we choose.

Every day presents opportunities for us to have a healing. It’s extraordinary what a difference it makes when we commit to no longer justifying the upset and instead we decide to extend Love to everyone.

When we accept responsibility for our thoughts and feelings, we can actually realize there’s power in that.

Let’s diminish the worry and anxiety by extending Love, choosing again and doing the U-turn so that we can go the other way and choose compassion.

I’ve learned that keeping myself peaceful is super important AND it’s within my control. It does require a great willingness and a discipline, but it’s SO worth it.

Let’s not add to the worry in the world, let’s undo it.

Today’s the day to practice!

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Cultivating Peace

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

I’m a very sound sleeper. I fall asleep so easily. I’m very blessed that way and I’m so grateful. For the last week I’ve noticed that I’m not falling asleep as easily or sleeping as soundly.

I can tell that even though I feel at Peace, the majority of people don’t, and, being an empath, I can feel what others are going through. I know many people in New York, some I’m talking with each day, and things are very intense there. I know others who are very worried about family members.

I saw that Maggie Haberman, longtime NY Times White House reporter, who apparently lives in Brooklyn said that the sirens were non-stop in Brooklyn. I can only imagine how intense that would be and I’d rather not.

I saw in the paper where EMT (emergency medical transportation) workers were overwhelmed and afraid.

When we trust more in our own abilities than we do in Spirit, then we’re always insecure and off-balance.

The only way to truly be at Peace is to place our full faith and trust in Spirit.

In each and every moment, we are placing our trust and faith somewhere in something. If we’re not placing it in Spirit, where are we placing it? This is one of the most basic aspects of our spiritual practice. This is why TRUST is the #1 characteristic of God’s Teachers.

It’s times like this that are calling us to place our trust and faith in Spirit.

The stress of trying to rely upon our own resources, and our own abilities is intense!

The pain of separation thinking is pushing us.
The vision of our holiness is pulling us.

Let us be more pulled by the vision than pushed by the pain.

This is Easter week, and Passover week too. This is the time for us to remember to Partner UP with our Higher Holy Spirit Self.

While so many of our brothers and sisters are essential workers to support the rest of us. And so many are risking their lives and going through a nightmare scenario in hospitals all over this world, let us hold down the spiritual fort for them and PRAY.

Let’s stand strong in our faith and KNOW that EVERYTHING works together for our good. Now, more than ever, for some of us, the pain is pushing us to hold the vision and not make any compromises.

One of the things I love about the A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers is Chapter 4’s Characteristics of God’s Teachers. Trust is #1, and #2 is honesty, which Jesus says means consistency.

He tells us, “Conflict is the inevitable result of self-deception, and self-deception is dishonesty.”

I find this so helpful. We do deceive ourselves, and frequently. We play these mind-games that keep us going around in circles. Now is the time for honesty.

Hear what ACIM is telling us: Honesty is the way OUT of conflict.

Trust is the way to Peace.

Consider this, if you’re in a relationship with someone who is deceptive, can you ever rest, relax and feel secure with them? No, of course not. So, the same thing applies to our relationship with our self. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Let’s cultivate an honest relationship with our own self.

Can we actually be heart-centered and open-hearted and be self-deceiving? It seems impossible to me.

Let’s stop playing games and deceiving ourselves, if only because it’s not loving, and not supportive of our awakening.

More than ever, our consciousness is needed to be a support to people who are freaking out, and people who are exhausted or experiencing intense trauma. We can be available to support them. Let’s be honest with ourselves and others and let’s be intent on learning to rely upon Spirit rather than our own abilities and devices.

In that same section on Honesty in the Manual for Teachers on Honesty, Jesus says, “There is no challenge to a teacher of God. Challenge implies doubt, and the trust on which God’s teachers rest secure makes doubt impossible. Therefore they can only succeed.”
Let’s recognize that we can only succeed if we’re willing to consistently trust Spirit. Isn’t that a great thing to PROVE?

Let’s PROVE Spirit works in our life.
Let’s live without inner conflict.
Let’s be truly helpful.

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Now more than ever it’s important to hold to our spiritual practices. And prayer is our POWER TOOL.

To be helpful is why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world. Please share my daily prayer with anyone who would find it helpful.

Let’s pray on behalf of all the people who’ve lost their jobs and have a family to feed.

Let’s also remember all of the olympic athletes around the world who’ve worked SO HARD to qualify and now have to wait one more year. That’s intense too.

Think of all the weddings that are being postponed.
And the babies being born who won’t get to be held by their grandparents for a while.
Consider the folks who are unable to quarantine in detention camps.

Some people are complaining they’re bored.
Let’s see if we can help them find a way to be truly helpful for others.
There are people all over the world who would be thrilled to trade places.

If you’d like extra support, you can subscribe to “My Daily Shot of Spiritual Espresso” if you haven’t already.

You can also get the podcast of my daily prayers
and/or find them at YouTube.
There are more than 400 episodes of my radio show on podcast. And some people listen to me as they fall asleep. I don’t take it personally when folks tell me I put them to sleep. I’m glad my voice can be soothing. You can subscribe to my podcast and have that as a resource.
You can subscribe to that, too.
All of this is free.

THIS EASTER SUNDAY I’m participating in an online service with Jon Mundy, David Fishman, Bill Free, Lisa Natoli and others. You can join us by registering here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJMpdO2opj8rrCm_R6rjNKu_wPoRGp8OyA

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

May you and your family feel blessed.

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Sanity In Times of Insanity

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Another day “living la vida loca”. Yesterday morning I went to the giant Whole Foods grocery store to shop for myself and my brother’s family. There was a line to get in when I got there at 8:30 a.m., mostly because a number of cashiers had called in sick and they didn’t want the lines to pay to get long, so they weren’t letting that many people into the store, even though it is a HUGE store.

When I got to the front of the line, I told the security guard that because I was wearing the face mask she couldn’t see that I was smiling at her. But she said she could tell by my eyes. She was wearing a mask, too, and I could tell she was smiling, also. It was a sweet moment. My mask is actually a head covering that I’m now using as a mask, because it’s the closest thing I have to a mask.

When I got to the cashier to check-out and pay for my groceries, I had such a deep sense of gratitude for her and all the others working in the store. I thanked the woman and said, “Thank you for being here so I could buy food for my family.” And I started to cry. I am so deeply touched and grateful for all the people who are making personal sacrifices so that some of us can have the basics, even if the basics include things like potato chips and yogurt.

I understand that some people are bored staying at home.
Some people are inconvenienced and annoyed by the quarantine.
Others aren’t abiding by it all.
Others think that wearing masks are stupid and unnecessary.

I’ve heard it all.

What I feel is immense gratitude.
I feel safe and protected.

I feel grateful that my family is safe and so are most of my friends.

I am SO grateful for the people who are working so hard to keep the rest of us alive and safe.

I am so aware that many are intensely challenged right now, and I’m praying more than ever that people can find Peace in the midst of this experience.

I know there are many thousands of people who are going through a very difficult time, so we need to extend them Love and compassion and do all that we can for them.

This is a time for all of us to pitch in.

I’ve got friends who’ve had their businesses shut down.
Friends who can’t work because they’re home sick.

They’re homeschooling their kids, so they can’t pick up extra work because they have to be home with their children. So, I’m sending them care packages of food and toys for the children to play with.

What can you do for folks to help them out in their time of need?

Have you got a sewing machine? Maybe you could make masks or you could pay for a seamstress in your town to do it.

It’s not about protecting yourself so much as protecting others. I’ve already had friends who were infected, but asymptomatic and didn’t know it, walking around infecting loved ones. We really do need to all behave as if we’re infected and asymptomatic, at least when we’re outside our home.

One funny note. When I was at the grocery store shopping, I was looking at my list and my brother’s list on my phone but my facial recognition software on my iPhone wouldn’t recognize me with the mask on, so I kept having to put in my password. I had to laugh about it!

 

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Good News

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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

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

Bless and bless again!

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

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

This is so important to remember.

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

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

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

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

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Compassion Practice

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Practice, practice, practice.

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

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

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

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