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Life Purpose

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then we feel TRULY connected with Spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Madness

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Last week felt like a week of madness. Sometimes I talk about “spiritual weather” or energies that I’m feeling that seem to be affecting us all. I don’t pretend to be an expert on these matters, but I do find that people appreciate when I can share what I notice is going on.

Last week, on Sunday, I felt as though I really wished to completely retreat from the world. I went to Kundalini Yoga class. I did some work, had a meeting, I celebrated my brother’s birthday with family. but I really wasn’t up for much connection with others.

Monday was the day that Notre Dame caught on fire. I prayed about it, but didn’t wish to focus on it, as I had a lot of work to do that day, counseling, plus teaching, and I kept my focus.

That night I was awakened in the 3 o’clock hour to pray. I can tell when Spirit wakes me up to pray, it’s a different kind of waking in the middle of the night. I sometimes wake in that 3 o’clock hour and use the restroom, pray, and go immediately back to sleep for another couple of hours. Not on Monday.

I got up to pee, started praying, and began to notice a very intense, oppressive energy that seemed to be all over the planet affecting all humanity. I kept praying until about 7 a.m. and the whole time I felt that I was helping to lift off a dark energy. I can’t say I’ve felt anything just like that before. It felt like a battle.

Finally I decided, “Enough.” And I moved into my day.

Later that day I was talking with friends and discovered that as they were putting out the fire in Notre Dame, there were fires in two Buddhist temples in the United States. I later learned there was a fire at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is considered to be the third holiest site in Christianity. Perhaps there were more fires in religious sites and communities I’m not aware of.

On Wednesday, I told another friend about how strange the feeling was on Monday night, and she confirmed that it had woken her and several other of her friends around the world. It was a real happening.

Last week, I felt some of the energies that I used to feel when I was really freaking out in the ego muck and mire. I was grateful that, while they were intense, I could easily rise above them and not succumb.

For me that energy can feel very “wiry,” like I’ve had WAY, WAY, WAY too much caffeine, or there’s major fear, a major threat. There is no safety. Fear rules. That’s the best way I can describe it. It does feel like madness to me, and that’s the thing about the ego thought system – it is inherently mad. A tiny, mad idea blown up and writ large on our psyche.

My practice of prayer and mindfulness allows me to recognize these things, but not to give in. It can feel like a strong temptation to go with that intense energy – it used to feel very magnetic, pulling me into it’s whirlpool of madness.

I can remember one of the last times I felt it very strongly and it definitely felt like madness.

I’d like to know if you felt any of these – please share with me in the comments below.

What I’ve learned and demonstrated is that prayer is a powerful practice of lifting above the battleground. Choices we can’t even conceive of become available to us when we seek the Kingdom rather than trying to solve “the problem.”

We don’t have to pray for anything except Peace and Harmony. That is the perfect prayer. We pray to release the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow ourselves to be lifted and carried above the battleground.

Very important: and this cannot be over emphasized, resist the temptation to label, analyze, interpret, make meaning of what your experience is. That just keeps us in it. Spirit knows all about it. It’s an ego attachment to try to label and make meaning of things. It’s not helpful.

If we’re truly interested in knowing what things are for, we can open our mind and ask Spirit to make it plain.

Simply focus on releasing the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow Spirit to inform us. But even that isn’t necessary for us to be lifted and carried above the battleground. Our willingness is ALL that is required. It’s our willingness to let go of trying to understand that liberates our mind to actually know.

I’m so grateful for the power tool of prayer that is my foundation. Prayer got me through last week feeling better than ever. I am grateful!

Please share anything related in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you! Thank you!

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

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

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

 

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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

 

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Choosing Resurrection

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

It’s Easter morning, the sun is rising here in New Jersey, and I’m going to share a bit of my crucifixion journey with you.

I wasn’t nailed to a cross.
I wasn’t tortured by someone else.

The pain of it was that I was doing it to myself. I was torturing myself.

The primary way that I made life so hard and painful for myself was the way in which I chose to look at everything – which was completely under my control.

I was a fault-finder. I was a chronic complainer. My trust and faith were in my own opinions, and my own ability to control and manipulate people with anger. And until I changed that, I was the perpetrator of my own crucifixion.

I expected to be let down by others.
I expected to be rejected.

Sometimes I would even hurry the process of disappointment and dejection so that I could just get past the inevitable.

Right now, I’m very blessed and I’m highly aware of it. We’re at a place in the Masterful Living Curriculum (my yearlong course) where I get to have 1-on-1 meetings with the folks in class. I get to know them better and learn about what’s most important to them. I really LOVE this opportunity to get to know people from all over the world who are on this personal healing journey together with me.

One of the most common things I hear from folks is that they have been in A Course in Miracles Study Groups and studying ACIM for years with little sense of really shifting their life and relieving their challenges. I can SO relate to that. For years they studied and took classes, went to retreats, meditated, and did all kinds of things without finding a whole lot of relief or a deepening connection with God.

They tell me that in just a short period of doing the work in our classes they are having more healing, more expansion, more connection with Spirit than in YEARS of study.

That’s exactly what happened for me.
I was still finding myself writhing in emotional pain for the mistakes I was making in my relationships and in life. I was constantly judging myself for not being good enough —

EVEN THOUGH I was studying spirituality ALL THE TIME.
The only conclusion I could come to was that “It must be me. Something’s wrong with ME.”
And there was my crucifixion.

Until, I decided to go for it.
To really LIVE it, for REAL.
To be ALL-IN.

And stop kidding myself.
For REAL.

Deep down, we know that spiritual growth and healing isn’t an intellectual process.
We really do KNOW it.

In our heart, we know that we’re hiding behind the study and the books.
Even though we WANT the changes, in our heart, we’re not willing to do what it takes,
… and we KNOW it.

We know that being half-baked, kind of-sort of “in” doesn’t heal our mind.

I was a student for so long – searching and trying and studying.
I was a really good student.
I was good at seeking, but not REALLY finding.

Now I feel more like a devotee or a disciple.
Devotion is a way of life. It’s a way of being.

And I get that it’s not for everyone.
But it has been my path of greatest happiness, fulfillment, Joy, and success in my relationships and in my contributions to life.

I’ll be honest, I avoided this shift of going ALL-IN because I thought I’d have to give up the things I enjoyed and the pleasures in life. I really didn’t want to give those up, because I felt like that’s all I had.

I have had more than one person tell me that they didn’t go ALL-IN because they didn’t want to give up one or more of these things:

  • Nightly ice cream
  • Glass or 2, or 3 of wine
  • Binge-watching TV
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Blaming someone for their problems

I had all of those. I did. I didn’t want to give up any of that, and more. Cigarettes.

I really truly used to feel that those “pleasures” were ALL that I had.
Those indulgences were all that was “for me”. Everything else was for someone else, and it was hard, and difficult, and confusing and NOT FUN.

Those “pleasures” were all that stood between me and total unhappiness.

As I write these words on Easter morning, I’m remembering what that crucifixion energy felt like for me.

My shift didn’t happen overnight or because I read a book.
My shift came through really LIVING the teachings of A Course in Miracles.
I began to apply it day by day.
I began to focus on the practical application, and I made that the focus of my life.

Now I can see that I made the RESURRECTION the focus of my life, instead of the crucifixion.

ACIM Lesson 190 tell us “Pain is a wrong perspective.”

I shifted my focus from looking at the past and reliving the crucifixion
– to living in the present, choosing resurrection.

All I’ve really had to give up is the causes of my suffering.
I gave them to Spirit for healing, and they have been healed.

I have challenges every day, but I don’t suffer.

And my own personal repeating patterns of crucifixion.

This weekend we’ve had Passover and Easter, as well as a full moon. It’s a time to take stock and, for me, it’s a time to choose resurrection.

I am releasing all vestiges of the crucifixion.
I am focused on resurrection.

I am choosing resurrection of the awareness of my true identity. This is my focus and my intent.

IMPORTANT: I’m committed to releasing the habits of learning through the contrast of my experiences, and I am choosing to dedicate and devote myself to remembering the truth instead.

Experience is wonderful.
I’m not giving it up.
But that’s not how I prefer to learn anymore.
I’m willing to have direct insight and follow it.

I’m more clear than ever that we can remember the truth, rather than try to understand it through experiential learning, which takes time. And that’s what I share in my classes: How to become that active, happy learner rather than having to repeat the same painful patterns for years on end while our ego becomes so spiritual trying to learn what our Spirit already knows and the ego never will.

Through my practice of prayer, in the way ACIM teaches, I learned that what Earnest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, said is true: “The only time it takes to have a healing is the time that it takes to have a realization.” Our realization of our own Wholeness, Beauty and perfection is at hand. The time is now. It’s our belief that healing takes time that we must surrender. It’s a false construct that no longer serves us.

We are in the time of transfiguration and resurrection.
We can have a realization of Wholeness now.

Because we have believed healing takes time, it seemed to be so.
It’s not true. It’s a false concept. Time is nothing and it has no power.

There is one power: Love.
Love is our healer because Love is what we are.
When we remember to Love, we are healed of false perceptions.

Love IS a realization of the truth.
The truth is a revelation of Love.

I am already as holy as holy can be.
I cannot become any more holy.
My work is to remember this is true and stop forgetting.

ACIM says, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” T16:IV:6 We’re already there. We already have the golden ticket!

Our journey has been one of forgetting and remembering. That’s all. We forgot our true identity, our Wholeness, our Beauty and our Perfection. The way to remember it is to seek the Kingdom first. The Kingdom is within. It’s in our own heart. It’s already there.

ACIM tells us that our heart is the Altar of God, and that the barriers to Love are the false idols we have upon the altar. We must be willing to release our attachment to the false idols by letting go and giving them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. That’s all. That’s it.

And then, we’re sure to have everything added unto us. The full realization of our true identity will be revealed. It’s only hiding behind the crowd of false idols upon the altar of our heart.

The false idols are the grievances we hold. False idols are our attachments to what we think will make us happy. In Lesson 24, ACIM tells us, “In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy.” He’s unequivocal. There’s NO situation in which we know how to choose what will actually make us happy. In Lesson 25, he tells us this is because we “do not know what anything is for.”

Consider how emphatic he is. When we’re holding onto grievances, we don’t know what anything in our life is for, and we don’t have a single clue as to what would make us happy. That’s clear. That’s not hard to understand, unless we’re willing to sacrifice our happiness in order to hold onto our grievances. And for a long, long time, I was willing to make that sacrifice, but not anymore.

I finally realized that there’s no way I can let go of the pain of the past as long as I keep interpreting it the same way. I have to let go of the meaning I’ve made of things in order to stop blocking my happiness. It’s a decision I must make. No one else can do it for me.

In order for the pain of my self-made crucifixion to end, I had to change my perspective.

Over the course of the last 14 years or so, I’ve finally come to realize that I’d rather be happy. I’ve come to discover that I actually CAN be happy almost all of the time. I can be peaceful. Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have believed it was ever possible. Now I am living this way. It’s a miracle.

I am choosing the resurrection every day.
I’m letting go of the crucifixion every day.

And, I’m dedicating my life to supporting those who are interested in this too. I feel so blessed for the community we’re creating. Around me I see people cultivating a great willingness. I see many who are challenged and I see many who are rising above the challenges. We are doing it, and we’re doing it together.

Over and over again, I see the people around me letting go of their grievances and handing them to Spirit to heal. I see them moving into a greater and greater willingness, and I see their bodies healing, their relationships healing, their finances healing, their self-esteem healing. Everything in their lives is healing.

These people are healing so much faster than I did, 
Because they have so much more willingness than I did,
And each one’s willingness inspires another.

The more willing we are, the easier it is.
This I’ve proved, and others prove it around me every day.

Today I feel victorious, because I’m more willing than ever before.
Today I feel the resurrection is happening, and the crucifixion is fading from my mind.

I put myself and everyone else in my life upon the cross, and now we’re moving on.

I’m done with that FOREVER.

I Love you, and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in God and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are leaving the crucifixion behind and choosing our resurrection! Hallelujah!

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

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

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

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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

 

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A Gift

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Gratitude is a gift. I’ve realized that there are so many blessings I receive every single day – even when it feels like a difficult day or a painful day, my day is still filled with blessings and gifts.

Gratitude is the gift I share with Spirit, with the angels and with all humanity.

When there’s a moment of fear or worry, panic, or wounding being able to authentically find the place of gratitude for something, for anything, we’re lifted and shifted.

Sometimes I realize I haven’t stepped into gratitude all day. I have days that are so busy, sometimes, and I can’t remember when I stopped just to be grateful. It’s never too late to be grateful. Sometimes I swear I can hear the angels dancing and singing when we’re grateful.

Being grateful is the gift we share with Spirit.
Gratitude multiplies the good.
Thanksgiving brings more to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an active spiritual practice, and I’m glad I’m able to be aware of it. I used to be such a complainer and now I am grateful to look for the good and be grateful for it.

Sometimes many things go wrong and yet, I can be grateful anyway. I am grateful for that too!

I’m grateful for all the difficulties I’ve had and being able to share the benefits I’ve learned with the folks I get to serve. Life really IS good. Gratitude helped me to find that good and share it with others.

What are you grateful for? Please share with me in the comments below!! Let’s celebrate together!

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

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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

 

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Full Moon Good Friday Passover

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Today is Good Friday, tomorrow begins Passover, Sunday is Easter and today we enter a POWERFUL full moon period. If you ask me, it couldn’t be a better time for a full moon. There’s a lot to release. The intensity of the energy all week has been formidable! Phew!

It seemed to me that this week has been ALL about releasing the patterns of crucifixion and suffering – and that’s what a full moon is about – harvesting and releasing. We release the blocks to Love through forgiveness and then we can harvest the Wisdom from our experiences.

Now’s the time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today we have a full moon on one of the most holy times of the year! This is a powerful alignment that supports our goal of awakening. Enjoy the energy boosts and make plans to do extra spiritual practice today!

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

Even though it’s Spring where I am, it’s the perfect time to do a full moon Wisdom harvest. Full moon represents the time to harvest the learning we’ve had and be grateful for it. We can always harvest the learning we’ve rejected any time of year.

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

Now is the time of Harvest! When we’re actively harvesting the learning from our experiences, then we don’t have to repeat them! It’s just like when we learn how to do anything, we don’t have to keep repeating it once you get it. When we keep having the same repeat experiences, then it’s a sure sign we’re rejecting the learning and believing that the meaning we’ve made of things – our interpretations – are correct. If we’re still upset about something that happened, we’re not correct. The upset is the “Divine Alarm Clock” going off to let us know that our thinking is incorrect and can be corrected. It’s that old “Would you rather be right or happy?” It’s your life, you choose.

Full moon is also for releasing what is no longer desired and what no longer serves. Release the blocks to Love to harvest the Wisdom as more Love flows in your life. To me, this is about purification. It’s about celebrating that I can let go of the burdens, the negative patterns and suffering of the past.

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

Full moon is also a fun time to have a ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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

 

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I Don’t Know What Anything Is For

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

In each upsetting experience there is something for us to learn that helps us grow and become a wiser, more compassionate person. If we think things shouldn’t have happened, then we don’t forgive and we prevent ourselves from harvesting the learning encoded into our experiences. When we refuse to learn, we’re doomed to repeat the painful experiences until we become willing to release our judgments. At this point, we can learn from them.

This is the sweet release of Lesson 25, “I don’t know what anything is for.”

Until we release our limited and painful perspective from the vantage point of believing in separation, we cannot see in all directions of time and space and have the view and vision of the Holy Spirit. Until we can see with the vision of the Holy Spirit, we don’t know what anything is for. Isn’t it just arrogance to think that we do know, when so clearly we do not?

As long as we are deluded into thinking we know what things are for, and who is bad and who is good, who is right and who is wrong, we are not interested in the truth that sets us free. When we need to be right about our interpretations, then we are doomed to keep repeating the same errors again and again.

It’s so much easier to say “I don’t know what anything is for. It’s for my learning, and that’s what I’m interested in. The Holy Spirit will guide me and direct, and in the meantime, I can simply be grateful for my willingness to be free and to choose Freedom.”

I like it to be that simple. I’m willing to be okay with not knowing what anything is for.

I can actually be GRATEFUL that I don’t know what anything is for.

There’s Freedom in not thinking I know when I really have no Clarity and do not know.

Freedom is a beautiful thing.
Freedom is relief from the burden of having to figure everything out.
Freedom is relief from having to analyze things.
In Freedom, I can be available for a realization of truth,
… and that’s liberating!

Liberation: bring it!!!

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

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Clearing

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

For some, it’s a time of Spring cleaning and clearing away the clutter amassed in the winter. When we’re cleaning out things that have been in storage, in a closet, or a garage or anywhere, we may have amassed a lot of things. There are a couple of approaches we can take. We can throw everything away and just clear the space, or we can go through things and decide what’s worth keeping and what’s no longer valuable.

When we take everything to the dump, there’s the possibility that we can throw out some things that are valuable to us and not even know it. When we go through things individually, there’s the possibility that we can trigger old attachments and beliefs. For both of these reasons, it’s so valuable to be clear about our intention before we begin.

If we take everything to the dump in one fell swoop, are we thinking that we can avoid pain and suffering by avoiding examining the past?

If we look through everything one by one, are we doing it because we’re fearful that we might throw out something that we need?

We can approach the taking out the trash in our mind with at least as much attention as we do with the clutter in our home. If we can begin with the intention to be focused on spiritual truth and be helpful to ourselves, we’re going to have a different experience than if we aren’t clear what our intention is.

Intention can be so helpful to us to keep us on track. It’s what we hold in our heart that unfolds.

When clearing out the past, are we in reaction and fearful?

Or, are we loving ourselves free of limited thinking from the past?

No one can decide our intention for us – this is our own inner work to do.
It’s valuable and it’s also life-changing.
No joke – NOW is the time of our resurrection!

As we’re speeding to Easter this week, on top of a full moon, it’s a great time to be intentional about releasing the past and taking out the trash in our mind, as well as our life.

Let’s be grateful as we take out the trash. With an attitude of gratitude we can do the decluttering mindfully by having a clear intention. And, let’s the heavy lifting to the Higher Holy Spirit Self! We don’t have to figure out how, we learn to allow!

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

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God, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

I have been sharing other teachers’ offerings for many years, and quite often. Over the years, I’ve had a number of people remark on how supportive I am of other spiritual teachers and helping people to know about them.

I understand that many people believe that there’s competition among spiritual teachers, and I’ve certainly experienced that a number of times, but I also know that it’s an illusion, and so I don’t need to give it any credence.

I have a passion for spiritual teachings that are true. My friends all know this about me. I’ve “outed” myself as a “God geek” so completely. Back in the day, I really did call up my friends and ask if we could get together and talk about God.

The reason that I teach so many classes, that I have a radio show, that I do all that I do, is because I LOVE to be in connection with others on the topic of living a life of Love. Discovering how to really, truly, authentically live a life of Love was really HARD for me. Now that I understand it, I would like to share it with everyone.

When I was in ministerial school, I had a realization that the greatest marketing principle for me to follow is: If I be lifted up, I draw all unto me. From that realization, I made the decision to focus on my own inner lifting. I also realized that, in effect, I am marketing giving up what is false and the efficacy of living by spiritual principle. I often say, “I work for God, Inc. and the benefits are great!”

I was so greatly relieved of any idea of competition when I read this in Chapter 2 of the ACIM Manual for Teachers:

“Certain pupils have been assigned to each of God’s teachers, and they will begin to look for him as soon as he has answered the Call.  They were chosen for him because the form of the universal curriculum that he will teach is best for them in view of their level of understanding.  His pupils have been waiting for him, for his coming is certain.  Again, it is only a matter of time.  Once he has chosen to fulfill his role, they are ready to fulfill theirs.  Time waits on his choice, but not on whom he will serve.  When he is ready to learn, the opportunities to teach will be provided for him.” 

Prior to reading that section in the Manual for Teachers, I simply figured that since there’s only one life, and One mind, how could that one life be in competition with itself in REALITY? It couldn’t.

I feel that one of my opportunities is to help people find the teacher who best speaks to them. I have no idea who that will be, and I’m so delighted when I can be a means of introduction. In this way, I can be truly helpful.

In this world, there are a gazillion ways we can see separation manifesting all around us. It’s not that separation is real, but when we believe it, we’ll see it again and again.

In reading that section in the Manual for Teachers, I was also greatly relieved to know that my focus could stay on fulfilling my function, and that those whom I could serve would find me. I could trust Spirit to take care of that and let Love lead me to my own inner work.

Today I have Jackie Lora Jones on my radio show, and we’re going to talk about A Course in Miracles and how we apply it in our lives. This will be Jackie’s third appearance on my radio show, and I always enjoy whenever we can connect, in person or on the radio. Blessings abound!

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

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Sacrifice

Monday, April 15th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

All beliefs are false.

All beliefs are an interpretation.

All beliefs are limiting.

All beliefs perpetuate lack.

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

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

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

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

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Gotcha

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

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

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

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

Argh!!!

Here’s an example:

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

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

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME???

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

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

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

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

What’s really going on?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t feel worthy or capable.

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

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

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

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

Judgments and repeating the same upsets.

I don’t miss it at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opportunity

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

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

We can turn our challenges into healing opportunities. Bonus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enlightenment

Friday, April 12th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you had enough pain yet?

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

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

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

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

The crucifixion is over, if you choose it.

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

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Ascension

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please let me know in the comment section below!

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Trust Anyway

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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

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

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

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

It so often comes back to this from ACIM:

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

Trust is the means.
Are you willing?

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

I love this poem by Mother Theresa:

Do It Anyway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ending Repeating Patterns of Pain

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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White Tantric Yoga

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I say to myself, “It doesn’t matter.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Guilt

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I proclaim: I AM a liberator!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Breakthrough

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to hear the song at YouTube:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Moon

Friday, April 5th, 2019

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

It may seem crazy, but the mental/emotional shift that turns the tide of upset is to be grateful for things as they are. Our gratitude raises our vibration so that we can see, hear, feel and know more clearly the learning and benefit that’s encoded into every single thing in our lives. From this place, we can set our intentions and plant seeds for the upcoming month to bring forth great benefit for ourselves and others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s powerful to write it all down. If you have friends with you, you may wish to share what you’ve written specifically or generally. No pressure on that. Make it a safe space.

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

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

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

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

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Patient

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Going for the Gold

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reluctance to Heal

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Have you ever felt a reluctance to actually accept and allow the healing that you desire? I have. It’s an odd feeling.

One of the things that I’ve noticed seems to be part of our human experience is the reluctance to accept the answered prayer.

Many times the answered prayer will require us to have a shift in our consciousness, and we’re reluctant to change our mind. We can become attached to our point of view, and it can feel less desirable to give up our opinion than to have a healing. And, yeah, that’s crazy.

Sometimes the answered prayer will require us to give up an attachment to a habit or a way of being in the world that we’re not prepared to give up, and just we just won’t do it right now. We’re reluctant.

Resistance and reluctance are also SO MUCH better than being totally stuck.

We can give thanks for where we are right now, and be willing to move into healing. Our willingness is all that’s required.

I pray to be more willing and my prayers are answered.

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Abundance

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Abundance and Prosperity are spiritual qualities that are part of our Divine Nature. We can always open to receive more and to share more.

I’ve come to feel that it’s very important for the Light Workers of the world to demonstrate our natural Prosperity and Abundance, and help turn around the consciousness of lack, attack, limitation, and separation that is so prevalent in the world.

One way to actually do that is to start replacing the lack and limitation thoughts, the thoughts of attack and separation from good, with thoughts of Abundance and Prosperity. Now, I know that sounds very simple, but it is actually quite life-changing. I know this because I’ve done it, and experienced the benefits.

People often want to know what they can do to increase their Prosperity, but they often don’t follow through.

It’s a HUGE help to start making a list of lack thoughts. Draw attention to them. Become conscious of them. Make a list in a notebook or in the notes app in your phone. Write them down all throughout your day.

Catch the lack thoughts and replace them with Prosperity thoughts.

Commit to writing down the thoughts of lack and limitation for an entire week. Identify them so that you’re very aware of them. Then, begin to replace them with thoughts of Abundance and Prosperity.

Use thoughts like these to replace them:

God’s Nature is Abundance and so is mine.
I am in the flow of the All-Good all the time.
I claim my Prosperity and share the benefits with all.
I am willing to demonstrate my prosperous nature.
I am grateful for all that I have and all that is flowing to me.
I am receptive to the flow of infinite Abundance.
It is my nature to be prosperous.

Doing this catch and replace as part of my spiritual practice really lifted and shifted me.

Another thing that helped tremendously was using my forgiveness letter to forgive myself for all of the grievances I’d held against myself. We cannot hold grievances AND be in the flow of Abundance and Prosperity. Spirit just doesn’t allow it.

Even if you had lots of money and held lots of grievances, you wouldn’t enjoy the money and it would never be enough.

Happiness comes with forgiveness, and so does Prosperity and Abundance.

If you’ve already done this practice and seen the results, encourage someone else, and let us know in the comments section below!

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Problem

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Last year, in a class, I said, “If you’re trying to solve your problem with anything other than Love, you’ll still have a problem.” I was glad I heard myself say it. It’s stuck with me.

A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 80 says “Your only problem has been solved! Repeat this over and over to yourself today, with gratitude and conviction.” Yes, let’s actually live ACIM and repeat it over and over and over again with gratitude and conviction.

My only problem has been solved!

In our spiritual waking up journey, there are times when it feels like we’re stuck in a quagmire. It can feel like a whirlpool that keeps us in the spin cycle. I’m very familiar with it. It used to really bring me down, and I’m so glad that’s shifted for me. The practice of living ACIM really works, even if we don’t believe it.

This pattern of recycling through the same patterns again and again is familiar to everyone. What we can be willing to recognize is that we don’t have to figure out how to get out of it in order to break free of it. We just have to be willing to get out of it in order to be shown the way out.

My only problem HAS been solved.
Let me recognize and celebrate this in order to experience it.

It can seem as if there’s a doorway or a gateway that’s ALWAYS available to us, but we can’t see it until we’re genuinely willing to surrender the block to seeing it. That block is the attachment to playing small, and living in lack and limitation. The block is the block to Love that we fabricate and hold in our heart and mind.

How do we unhook the attachment to playing small and living in lack and limitation? We surrender TRYING to do it, and we ALLOW Spirit to unhook the cause of it.

We are required to be willing to allow the attachment go.

That’s right. Allow Spirit to unhook the root cause of the mental pattern that keeps you stuck in the spin cycle, in the whirlpool, in the quagmire. Ask for it to be done, and allow it to be done.

What IS the root cause?

It’s simply these beliefs:

Someone is better than or less than you.

If you’re a dedicated spiritual student, then by now you know, at least on an intellectual level, that there is a Unity of all life. If all is One, is it even possible for anyone to be better than or less than you? No. Of course not. That’s a fantasy. We’re One. We’re united.

Does it seem impossible to give up a belief in better than and less than?

If we believe it, then it will appear to be true for us, and it will be the cause of our suffering, our sense of lack and limitation. It’s just a belief, and no matter how much we invest in it, it will never be true. No matter how little we invest in it, it will always cause suffering.

We decide what we will experience.

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

It takes great willingness to do this.
We can find it, if we truly wish to.

Get help. Call upon the angelic realm, the Ascended Masters, the ancestors, call upon the Company of Heaven that are always there to support you, if you will allow yourself to be supported. Don’t ask for stuff in the material world. Ask for willingness, ask for the strength to see clearly, to choose Love.

The key is to surrender trying to manage and control it, and instead be truly willing.

Surrender the heavy lifting of HOW to figure it out to the Higher Holy Spirit Self.

ALLOW your healing.
Make yourself a welcome, ready and receptive place for it.

If you start to wonder how it’s going to happen, say to yourself,
“How is not my problem or concern.
I choose to allow my healing.
I choose Love now.”

As soon as we are truly, genuinely willing to give up the right to our attack thoughts the Light has come, and we begin to see the gateway, the way out of stuckness. It’s there, it’s always there.

When we choose to block the Light of Love in our awareness, by cherishing our thoughts of lack and attack, then we cannot see clearly.

Our willingness to depend on a higher intelligence than the one that made you miserable is all that is required.

We learn to rely upon Spirit, the great I AM. We listen and follow. We learn to be obedient to Love’s impulse in us. Love doesn’t need anything. Love is never manipulative or self-serving, ever. Love IS everything. Love doesn’t know lack. It’s easier than we think.

The end of lack is when we fully are willing to stop attacking and simply BE Love. THEN, the power of Love operates in us, and we are able to clearly perceive the way out of the quagmire.

Attack thoughts weaken us in ALL ways.
Love strengthens us ALWAYS.

We learn to Love our Self first.

Here’s a suggestion:
Make a list of 100 ways to be kind and loving to yourself.
Make a list of 100 ways that you are unkind and unloving to yourself.
Replace the unkind with the kind in your daily choices. Choose Love.
Love strengthens you always.

Are you willing?

You don’t have to make yourself stop doing doing the negative habits – that can be really hard. Instead, replace the unloving with loving and then you’re moving at the speed of light before you know it!

Try it! It works!
Why not go for it?

Suffering IS optional – no matter what your experience has been in this world.

Today, in every area of my life,
to the very best of my ability,
I choose constructive means to bring about constructive ends,
for the purpose of our collective awakening.
In this way, every day,
I can contribute to the liberation of all beings from the dream of separation and suffering.
In this way, I can make every day a good day.

How willing are you?

Please let me know in the comments section below!

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Sacrifice

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

One of the reasons why I have found the A Development of Trust section in the A Course in Miracles Manual for Teachers so helpful is that it helps us to understand that it’s no sacrifice to give up the things that are causing our suffering.

The more we travel down this road of healing the mind and opening the heart the easier it is to see what is valuable and what is not. The things, the relationships, the attitudes and the beliefs that are not helpful become less and less valuable and then it’s easy to set them aside.

We’re one with each other eternally, so we really cannot end our relationships. There is no sacrifice there. And it is definitely helpful and self-loving to spend less time with people when it triggers us to the point that we lose our spiritual sovereignty.

All of my relationships have shifted and changed. Those that were predicated on ego needing, wanting, craving and false beliefs fell away and those that have been transformed to holy are so enriching. Who wouldn’t wish for that?

Relationships without a lot of stress are possible. That’s the very nature of a holy relationship.

We can learn to be wise by giving up the thoughts and beliefs that cause us to act in ways that aren’t very loving. Being loving, from the heart, without conditions is always wise. It brings a steady stream of insight, Clarity, Wisdom, and right action. Who wouldn’t wish for that?

I don’t waste a lot of time on nonsense anymore. What a relief!

Giving up that which isn’t inspired by Love brings more Love. That build self-esteem, and self-confidence. Who wouldn’t wish for that?

There is no sacrifice in living in service to the Light. It’s just the opposite. Everything of value is given to us with ease and grace.

When we live a life of Love, true friends are always there, visible and invisible.

Let’s give up the idea of sacrifice and start surrendering that which doesn’t serve. Let’s lay it on the altar and start focusing on how we can extend Love and compassion!

Anything you’re ready to surrender today?

Please let me know in the comments section below!

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