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For My Freedom

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

A Course in Miracles tells us that we’ve made up a story about ourselves and life and then we forgot to laugh at the fiction of it.  I’ve certainly made up stories about myself and others, convinced myself that they were true and then forgot to laugh, and instead decided to cry a river of tears for years.  Yes, I have done that.

ACIM says:  Pain is a wrong perspective.

Don’t I know it!  Sheesh!

What I’ve learned, and become EXTREMELY grateful for is recognizing that the truth really is the thing that liberates us from all pain and suffering.

If we’d like to FEEL free and find the spiritual quality of FREEDOM that already exists as part of our true nature we absolutely must give up reviewing and renewing our attachment to our interpretations of the past.  

It’s really the only way to return to Love and happiness.

I talk with many people who are disturbed by things in this world from their family relationships, their health, politics, finances, work and all manner of other upsets.  When people start praying for the truth to be revealed things shift.

When we value the truth, we learn that Love and truth are really synonymous.  They are the same.  We cannot have truth without Love and we cannot have Love without truth.  They go together.  

Over and over again, I’ve witnessed how effective it is to pray for the truth to be revealed and known to all.  Relationships have transformed.  Healing has happened.  And I see the healing occurring in the world as I keep my focus on the truth being revealed.  Faster and faster, that which is false falls away.  

It’s ALWAYS more helpful to pray for truth to be revealed then to attack those who deceive and who have their own personal versions of the truth that bolster their perspective.  

I pray for the truth to be revealed in my heart and mind every day.  For my Freedom.

Every day I pray for the truth to be revealed in ALL hearts and minds. For our Freedom.

Every day I pray for the truth to be revealed wherever people are valuing their story, their interpretation, their point of view and their agenda of manipulation, control and personal gain.

We are one.  Let us not pray ONLY for our own personal healing and those we love, let’s open ourselves to a greater understanding of the oneness and unity of all life.  Int his lies our healing and revealing of truth.

I really didn’t think I’d be able to get to the place I am now.  The main turning point for me was when I made the decision to focus on discovering the truth through my spiritual practice.  I became very willing to give up my attachments to the meaning I made of everything.  

Through true forgiveness I’ve found true Freedom.

I’ve learned to let go of the particular kind of suffering that comes from believing my own version of events and conversations.  I’ve learned that if it doesn’t make me feel happy and free then it is no true and I can release it to Spirit for healing.  I can ask for a greater awareness of truth and it will be revealed to me.  

I can be liberated from the pain caused by my own perspective.  

It seems like it can be really hard to change our minds – but it’s not, if we really would like to live in a different way and feel connected to Spirit.

For my Freedom, I decided to focus on release of attachments, and valuing the truth even if it was a wake-up call.  

I discovered the healing practices that became my Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp and my life began to change for the better – and it’s continued to this day.  In the first few years, I was amazed at how much better my life could get very quickly.  Now, I share that with others. 

My whole orientation changed and I began to achieve lasting success and the healing took hold in my heart and mind.  I no longer have ANY days where I feel like I’m sliding back.  That feeling is gone and I am forever grateful!

Where are you valuing that which isn’t actually true, and it’s just your interpretation?  Are you willing to give up your story to experience a greater awareness of God’s glory in your life?  

If you’d like to have a major increase in your choosing self-Love and kindness, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS, I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Boot camp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin MONDAY, July 6! With a BONUS CLASS on July 5th. This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

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No Comparison

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

When I lived in West Hollywood, I took yoga classes with models and movie stars. The competition for the title of “the most beautiful woman in the room” was intense. The more beautiful women there were, the more insecure women there were. It was a real learning for me.

In yoga class, it was easy to fall into comparing myself to others who were not only fitter than me, more attractive by cultural standards and more famous.

I haven’t ever been able to do a handstand. Many of the women in class with me could easily do handstands. I learned to say to myself “I can do that. Just not today.” It helped me to get over my comparisons.

One of the biggest points of pain we have is the suffering we experience caused by the habit of comparing ourselves to others. Only the ego compares. The heart knows we are united in Oneness.

When we’re comparing ourselves to others, more often than not we’re looking to come up short. We’re intending to find ourselves as failing. It’s an act of self-sabotage. It’s adding insult to injury. Can it possibly bring any benefit? No. None. It’s just a trick of the ego to help us feel more separate.

Comparison always leads to more suffering.

Whether we compare and think we’ve come out ahead or come out lacking, since there’s only one, either way we just feel more separate.

If I love my friend, would I encourage them to compare themselves to someone who seems better than them or more special? I would never say to a friend, “you’re not the best cook. I know a few other people I like better than you who are also much better cooks. You’re not so great. You’re just ok.”

Of course I wouldn’t say that to someone I cared about.
But people say things like that to themselves ALL THE TIME.

And it hurts!
It wears us down.

Comparison is judgment. All judgment is for the purpose of reinforcing separation. All belief in separation causes feelings of fear. Comparison is PURE separation thinking.

Let’s have an active practice of relating to others rather than comparing.

Let’s get into feeling the unity of all life.

Let’s watch our mind when it comes to comparing, attacking and needing or wanting to be better than someone else. The habit of comparing can be really sneaky, but since there’s no good that can come of it, just let it go every time you see it.

I find one of the best ways to let a negative thought pattern go is to make myself laugh about it. So, that’s why in my classes we say “compare and despair.” The rhyme helps us to be light-hearted and to remember to laugh. And let’s face it, it also reminds not to go down the road of despair!

There’s great healing that can come from our spiritual practice and it’s a benefit to all beings!

If you’d like to have a major increase in your choosing self-Love and kindness, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS, I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Boot camp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin MONDAY, July 6! With a BONUS CLASS on July 5th. This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

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Activating Your Abundance

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

In my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp class I talk about having an awareness of your spiritual budget.  I’ve found this really helpful to me in shifting my mind and experiencing more happiness.  It also has had an affect on my Abundance and Prosperity.

There was a time in my life when I was deficit spending in my finances and there was also a time I was deficit spending in terms of my happiness.  

What I realized was that the way to shift things, and to do it quickly, is to increase the positive and decreases the negative – work it from both sides.

Many people thing that the answer to debt is simply to earn more money or to cut expenses.  What I’ve definitely proven is that shifting my mind from a focus on lack and limitation to a focus on gratitude and Love was the most effective change for me to activate my Abundance.

I’ve learned that doing my forgiveness work, and really looking deeply at the root causes of my resentments and regrets, while doing the self-forgiveness healing work has FAR MORE to activate and increase the flow of Prosperity in my life than just earning more money or cutting expenses ever did.

I had the experience of running up a lot of debt and carrying it for a number of years – and then through my active spiritual practice I attracted opportunities to earn much more money and I quickly paid off much of my debt – only to have it return.  I found myself with even more debt. 

This taught me that the answer wasn’t in the world – I learned it for REAL and so that led to my gratitude.  I prayed for the answer and it came in the form of clarity, insight and divine guidance.  

I did the deep forgiveness work – starting with myself.

Then forgiving others, and THEN I was led out of the wilderness of my debt.

I had avoided looking within because I was afraid of what I’d see.  

I preferred to blame others for my problems.  

Through my practice of prayer I finally became willing to develop a greater spiritual maturity and I found myself truly desiring to forgive EVERYTHING.

I began to get on a roll and build some real momentum.  And that’s what my classes are about now.  I like creating a safe space, with lots of support, where those who are willing can work in group and develop the inner fortitude to do the deep healing work and build the momentum of growing from breakthrough to breakthrough and from glory to greater glory.

I feel so blessed now to support those who would like to do as I’ve done.  Together we dive deep and fly high – on an ever-increasing upward spiral of God’s omnipresent goodness.

I feel so blessed.

I know for a fact that self-forgiveness leads to all kinds of good, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relationship and financial healing – and so much more.  That’s why this work is never boring or tiresome.  It’s actually AMAZING because it’s always about returning to the unprecedented.

If you’d like to have a major increase in your experiences of direct knowing and miracles, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 6! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

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Direct Insight

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

I used to feel like there was an invisible glass ceiling (and walls) that I couldn’t get through in terms of my connection with Spirit. I felt that no matter what I did, no matter what I studied, no matter what my spiritual accomplishments were, I still had this feeling that I wasn’t really connected.

I felt confused and I felt frustrated.
I felt blocked.

At the very same time, I often observed that I was resisting following my intuition. I felt reluctant to do whatever I was feeling guided to do. Many times, I knew I’d be better off if I could follow that guidance, but I didn’t want to.

There were also many times when I actively would choose things that would lead me to feel guilty and ashamed.

These are all ways that I kept the cycles of separation going in my mind.

I felt separate from the spiritual connection and the true insight.

I wanted to receive divine downloads, but I didn’t feel worthy.

I had a major breakthrough when I made the commitment to put my full focus on being loving in every area of my life. That’s when I felt the invisible glass ceiling (and walls) begin to dissolve. I started to feel more connected.

The more connected with Spirit I felt, the more I desired to have more of that.

I feel very grateful that my desire to bust up the blocks to Love was met with real insights and guidance about how to move out of that feeling of stuckness that I’d had for so long.

There’s no substitute for direct knowing and insight.

When we know that we know that we know, it’s a great feeling of surety. Insecurity dissolves.

What’s required is a great willingness to trade our stories for the truth.

So much healing is available for us and we can receive profound levels of support – beyond what we can even imagine. We’re entitled to miracles. So much awaits our decision to Love, really LOVE.

If you’d like to have a major increase in your experiences of direct knowing and miracles, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 6! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

Come join us this Wednesday on Maria Felipe’s Live Your Happy TV! I’ll be sharing on the topic FREEDOM FROM FEAR. Now, when so many people are feeling intensely triggered, let’s eliminate the root causes of fear! Register HERE

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The “Dynamics” of the Ego

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Many people who are A Course in Miracles students like me have come to think of the ego as though it’s a being with it’s own volition.  We’re Dr. Jekyl and the ego is Mr. Hyde.  Only it’s not.  The ego, according to ACIM, is a thought system that is very layered, and dense and that has it’s own logic which is completely illogical.

The ego thought system is the mechanism by which our belief in separation is kept in place.  

Many of us think of the ego as the enemy, but it doesn’t make sense.  

The ego is a thought system that we have chosen to think “through” in the sense that it is something like a lens through which we’re viewing our experiences.  It colors our experiences when we view the world through it, but we don’t have to.

The ego is not a decision maker.  We are.

The ego is not the one who chooses.  We are.

The ego is not in charge.  We are.

The ego is not part of God.  We are.

We’ve trained ourselves to believe that we’re a small selfish self that is a victim of life’s circumstances and situations.  We’re not that.  That’s the ego thought system’s view and we’ve taught ourselves to believe it.

Because it’s not real, it’s false, we can abandon it and recover ourselves.

We think of the ego like an enemy because we feel caught up in it and deceived by it.

Well, that’s understandable.  So, if the ego SEEMS like the enemy, let’s understand it in order to undo it.  

Let’s learn about how the ego thought system can be quickly undone and we can awaken in this dream of separation.  That’s what I’m interested in.  I am so glad that we CAN undo these thoughts and beliefs, and that it doesn’t have to take forever.  We can learn to be the happy learner and we can demonstrate it so others can learn too!

To me, this is the most tremendous blessing!  We’re already as holy as holy can be AND we get to share!

If undoing that feeling of being trapped by the ego is a challenge, you might like my  Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles.  I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 6! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

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God Is A Now Business

Monday, June 29th, 2020

If you’re feeling ready to deepen your spiritual practice and connection with Spirit, but you’re not sure how to be more willing, practice true forgiveness, deepen your relationship with Spirit, relinquish the judgments, pray effectively, my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp maybe your answered prayer. We start 1 week from today! I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES.

Let me not wander in the desert of the ego analysis. Let me not distract myself with studying Spirit with my intellect. It’s so common for people to try to approach Spirit with analysis. I did that. I thought I could learn about Spirit and then I’d know what it was about. God doesn’t work that way. In order for me to learn about Spirit I have to get out of my head and into my heart.

Studying God, didn’t help me to know God.

God is a now business. That’s what we were talking about in the Sundays With Spirit service yesterday.

Healing is a now business.

Love is a now business. We cannot love in the future. It’s got to be now. Science of the Mind can best be learned through the heart.

When I bring my attention fully into the present, into the now moment, then I can see that each and every moment contains a clear choice. The choice is always between Unity/Oneness/Love and separation. For a long time, I wasn’t able to see the choice as clearly as I do now. This clarity has made a difference in my life.

As I keep my commitment to being mindful of the ever-present choice for Love, it’s possible for me to choose love more often. As I am mindful of the choices I make, I am also mindful of their outcomes.

Now that I am more mindful, if I choose fear, anger or some other form of suffering I can see that it was my choice. Right there in that moment of awareness is another opportunity to choose Love and forgive myself by releasing any judgment I might have about myself for not choosing Love a moment ago. This is a living practice of Self-forgiveness.

I witness that love has an intelligence all of its own. This makes every moment of my life a work of art.

In their book EMBRACING THE BELOVED: Relationship as a Path of Awakening, Stephen & Ondrea Levine write, “Those who suppress the ego instead of just letting it recede into the heart make the same merciless error in judgment as those who, attempting to cure serious illness, believe they must ‘filter out all negative thoughts’ in order to be healed … They do not recognize that what leaves the ‘negative residue’ is not the thought, no matter how dark or fearful, but the negative reaction (holding), as opposed to the healing response (letting go), to that moment. That a ‘positive’ thought grasped is less healing than a ‘negative’ one met with mercy.

There’s so much benefit that comes from really knowing God.

That’s the path I’m on – true knowing that Is felt in the heart. I cannot be contented with information. A profound knowing is what I’m interested in.

Today I make a deepen my commitment to be mindful as part of my daily spiritual practice. I meet any dark and fearful thoughts with mercy. In this way my daily practice of being aware of self-forgiveness and self-compassion opportunities is healing and I share the benefit with all beings because I am one with them. My choice is a healing choice!

I trust Spirit to lead me away from intellect and into my heart. I put Spirit in charge.

If trusting Spirit – and people – is a big challenge, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me!

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What This Time Is For

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Right now, there’s a lot of blame going around. I know all too well what it feels like to be upset with situations I didn’t like and deceive myself by blaming it on other people. I made them the bad guy. In truth, I was sent into that situation to improve it and make it better.

I’ve learned that if I don’t like the way something is, I don’t give up on it and walk away, I stay and do my best to make it better.

I hold the vision of God’s perfection in the situation. If the others won’t join me, and aren’t interested, then I can take my loving view somewhere else, but I still don’t give up.

I am here to be TRULY helpful. It’s true, humanity can seem like a hot mess, but it’s also the most gorgeous mosaic of exploration.

We’re the prodigal son, finding our way back home.

We are both the children AND we’re the parents in that story.

We get to welcome ourselves back home and to each other, because we are home for each other.

And that, to me, is beautiful. REALLY stunningly beautiful.

I wouldn’t miss this part of the journey for anything!
I wouldn’t wish to miss the part where we all come back to gather and remember our unity –
even though it’s not easy,
even though it’s really challenging.

I am willing to learn to LOVE completely, without conditions.
It’s a hell of a ride!
And I’m glad we’re in it together.
I’m glad we can’t do it alone.

Last weekend, I started my Stop Playing Small Online Retreat and I learned a lot. It was so clear that we’re all so alike. Many of us agreed that we have these beliefs:

  • I’m not good enough, something’s wrong with me, I’m unlovable, I’m bad, or some version of that PLUS
  • These spiritual things work for other people, but not for me
  • Why bother to do anything differently if it doesn’t work for me?

I felt trapped inside those thoughts for SO MANY YEARS.
We all have.
This is our common experience.

Like everyone else, I felt trapped inside my own personality. I felt like a mean, petty, dog barking endlessly. No matter what was going on, I always came back to that feeling of being trapped inside myself with no way out.
It was my determination to find some way to find a happier life that FINALLY brought me to a deeper spiritual practice – one that I wouldn’t quit and wouldn’t give up on.

It didn’t help me to intellectually know that I was free on a spiritual level.

I didn’t FEEL it.
And if we don’t FEEL free,
we won’t believe it.
We won’t FEEL free until we believe it –
and that’s the challenge!

That’s why I’m committed to PROVING God works in my life.

And since our minds are joined, when one can do it, all are lifted.

We can all FEEL the Freedom that is ours, by inheritance.

And then we can share it with others.
With our family.
Friends.
Workplace.

I determined that I would figure out how to do this Freedom work for myself and then share with others.

My problem was, deep down, I was certain it wouldn’t work for me.

HOW CRAZY IS THAT?

I was CERTAIN it wouldn’t work for me. And I decided to do it anyway?
I had to be WILLING to give up that sense of hopelessness and TRUST that Spirit could do something with my little bit of willingness.
I had such a strong belief that I’d be free WHEN … [fill in the blank].
I’d be free when … I could easily pay my bills.
I’d be free when … I had a better relationship, a better job, a better … whatever.

It’s SO easy to be convinced that freedom is conditional.
After all, that’s what the world teaches –
even though it’s not true.
The world teaches that all good things are conditional.
They come with a price tag.
A string attached.

In fact, nothing could be further from the Truth.
That which is real has already been given.
That’s what A Course in Miracles says:
Ask and it is given because it already has been given.

Freedom is a spiritual quality – infinite and eternal.
It’s ours already.

How could TRUE Freedom come with a price tag?

AND still, we can choose to block the experience of Freedom by our beliefs in lack, attack, limitation, and separation. In fact, we do it all day long. We can believe it’s impossible.

First, I had to be willing to get out of the cage of believing that my happiness was conditional. I just had to be willing.

THEN, I could become willing to actually begin to FEEL some Freedom. First, you have to actually feel free – and that’s where many people get stuck. I was stuck for a long time.

I was utterly convinced that my feeling free and happy were completely tied to what was happening in the world, in my life, in my home, in my family, in my finances, in my body, and in my job.

I had not a single clue HOW to get to the Freedom in my mind.

Reading spiritual books didn’t get me much closer.
In fact, it made me feel MORE like a failure.

I finally realized that all my studies could be a distraction from actually doing the real work of spiritual practice.

After all, I had all this information telling me that healing is at the level of the mind and yet my mind wasn’t healing.

Sound familiar?

I would read things that said, “When you heal the mind, the world of form, experience, relationships, finances, health and wealth WILL follow.”

And I’d think: Ok, I believe it. But HOW????????

Because I was praying all the time, the answer started to come to me.

I needed to stop asking the wrong questions, which were:
What’s wrong with me?
Why doesn’t it work for me?
Why can’t I get this?
What’s my problem?
How come this is easier for everyone else?
I’m I just fundamentally messed up?

And those are just some of the UN-helpful questions I was asking ALL DAY LONG. UGH!

As God would have it, because of the prayer I was constantly doing, I had a realization that I was asking the wrong question, and I wasn’t as willing as I thought I was.

Two things happened. First, I made a decision:

I decided to put all of my eggs in the God basket.

Once I did that I had another realization:

I started asking for results.

Ask and it is given. Pretty simple. Duh.

I started asking:
Show me how.
Tell me how.

Help me to see only the HOW and nothing else!

I started really entering into a RELATIONSHIP with Spirit.

I started to ask and listen. I had to learn HOW to listen.

Everything began to steadily and then rapidly change for me.
It felt completely miraculous.

I stopped feeling stuck and started gaining momentum because I was given a series of things to do and I did them.

It wasn’t a picnic, it wasn’t easy.
Spiritual practice requires us to do something different.

I had to DEMONSTRATE my willingness to heal my life by doing something that would actually make a difference.

Spirit didn’t say, “you go binge-watch the West Wing on Netflix, I’ve got this handled.”

It was NOT easy.

My happiness required me to become more and more willing to follow the guidance, the steps, the exercises, in order to have the healing.

What I did immediately, was I began to share what I was learning with others. I wrote it down and I thought about how I could share what was working for me in a way that would be helpful to others.

I’ll be honest, it’s been a lot of work for me. I keep working at making it easier for people. I keep asking Spirit to show me how to be MORE helpful, and to be more clear. So that people will get it and be really willing to let the pain go.

I do this every day. That’s my job. And I LOVE it.

I found the happiness that was there for me all along and I found Freedom and everything, everything, everything in my life has changed for the better.

There’s not one thing in my life that hasn’t improved.

And this is exactly why I’ve been inspired to share what has miraculously worked for me. I say miraculously because that’s what A Course in Miracles tells us – the miracles happen at the level of the mind FIRST and then we see the miraculous shift in our world.

Here are the basics of what I learned:
Be willing to TRUST.
Practice TRUE forgiveness.
Get into a RELATIONSHIP with Spirit.
Relinquish the judgments.
Pray and pray and pray some more.

These are the things that changed my life.

And now, I feel so ready and available for these massive changes that are happening in our hearts and minds all over the world.

It’s so clear to me that this time of quarantine is to give us an opportunity to go deeper, to focus on the work with more intent.

So many spiritual students tell themselves that if they had more time they’d deepen their spiritual practice, but then Spirit gives them that time, if they really mean it, and some people do deepen their spiritual practice, but most people don’t.

To me, this time right now is for our simultaneous preparing for what’s to come AND our awakening.
We are ushering in the golden age of enlightenment.
This IS what we’re doing.

It’s ALL HANDS ON DECK time.
And this is the part I wouldn’t miss.
This is what we’ve been preparing for our entire lives.
It’s GO time!

We can really do this. This is what we’re here for

If you’re feeling ready to deepen your spiritual practice and connection with Spirit, but you’re not sure how to be more willing, practice true forgiveness, deepen your relationship with Spirit, relinquish the judgments, pray effectively, my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp maybe your answered prayer. We start 1 week from today! I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES.

This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

However you spend the next three months, let’s have REAL and lasting transformation with a spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all.

This is the time we’ve been waiting for.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We’re here to be truly helpful, and we can all step up our game.

Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me! What an honor to walk alongside you.

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

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

TODAY, you can join me and my friends, Vicki Poppe and John Silvers, and more friends on zoom. Vicki is always inspiring! And John’s music is so uplifting. We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register unless you’ve already registered in the past.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Lisa Natoli, Jon Mundy, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe and more. If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.

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

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Everyday Spiritual Practice

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

My life significantly improved when I decided to make my spiritual awakening my #1 priority. It was a shift in my thinking – and it shifted everything in my life for the better.

Some things in my life fell away and some new things were added. All of the changes were helpful.

EVERYTHING can be a part of our spiritual practice.

In this world, everything is a projection of our minds. It’s all part of our awakening experience. Every aspect of our life and every detail – from paying our bills, to doing dishes, to picking up the kids from school.

Even Facebook can be a part of our spiritual practice.

ALL that’s required is a willingness to see with Divine Eyes and to make healing the priority. The rest will be given to us. The Higher Holy Spirit Self will turn everything into a part of our spiritual practice if we ALLOW it. We don’t have to figure it out.

I’ve learned that living this way makes life SO much easier. It transforms EVERYTHING. Decide that this is what you’d like to do. For instance, let’s take a look at two intentions for doing a simple task like cutting the grass in the yard.

Intention #1 – we can mow the lawn in order to have the chore done and that’s all. If that’s our intention we might spend the whole time ruminating about what other people think of us.

Intention #2 – we can do that same chore as part of our spiritual practice. If working in the yard is part of our spiritual practice we can make it a mindfulness meditation and time to meditate in nature. We can dedicate ourselves to sharing the beauty and communing with Mother Earth.

We can bless as we are blessed.

Our intention will determine the benefits. There’s no extra charge to make even the most mundane chores part of our spiritual practice and there’s so much benefit.

Think about running errands as a way to bless people all over town! Every chore you do in your home is a gift to Life itself. Why not make every moment a blessing? No extra charge to bless everything every moment of every day! That’s a day of continuous blessings!

There’s so much healing that’s available to us now. We really can give the Spirit the heavy lifting of taking from us all that doesn’t serve us. Willingness is what’s required.

It can be scary to put Spirit in charge of your life. It was for me, but then I realized what an improvement it was!

Let’s focus on a strong intention to put Spirit in charge all day, every day.

I encourage you to make your spiritual life your whole life, and awakening from illusions and delusions your priority.

You’ll be amazed at how much your life improves. Surrender needing to be in charge, until you realize that your Spirit is in charge and that’s who you REALLY are!

If trusting Spirit – and people – is your big challenge, you might like my  Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles.  I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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My Cry For Love

Friday, June 26th, 2020

I don’t think there’s been anyone in my immediate family who has been as hostile, petulant, judgmental, passive-aggressive or down right mean as I have.  I used to be utterly obnoxious at times.  I would lose control and behave like a crazy person.  And here’s how it’s ALL good.  Now, I have so much compassion for myself and others when they aren’t being their normal loving self.  

A parent once shared with me a mean comment that she heard one of her children say to the other.  The comment was definitely intended to attack and hurt and the parent, understandably, wanted to know how to discipline the child.  My first thought was, if your child is being mean, they need some extra love not discipline.  

I know that when I was behaving like a deranged monster, it was just a cry for Love.

I truly didn’t know what else to do.  Honestly, I was doing the only thing that made sense to me.  

Of course I understand why my loved ones got angry with me and wanted to punish me to teach me that my behavior was unacceptable.

They love me and they wished for me to learn to behave in ways that were acceptable.

They also didn’t want to live with a crazy, mean person.  Who does?

I’m so grateful that my family never gave up on me or kicked me out.  I’m SO grateful.  

What I’ve learned is that Love heals.

Love is patient, Love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things; endures all things.

Love never ends.

                                Corinthians 4-8

Love is unconditional.

As Shakespeare said so beautifully “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, nor bends with the remover to remove.  It is an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.”

It might not be easy to love without conditions, but it’s definitely healing to everyone involved.

In this world, to be the happy learner, we absolutely must forgive everything.  We must let all the beliefs go.  We must surrender all of our interpretations and the meaning we’ve made of things.  In other words, we must relinquish the hold we have on all that is false, all the stories we’ve made up and told.  

Our mind IS the mind of God.

Whatever we hold in our mind will seem true to us whether it is true or not.  

We cause trouble, and upset ourselves when we actively choose to believe that which isn’t true.  Our happiness depends upon our willingness to value the truth above all else.

One thing many people do is they decide that people don’t love them or that we’re not lovable, or they’re not lovable.   There’s such a strong tendency for people to make declarations that are limiting and just bring more sorrow, frustration, regret and resentment.  

When we’re holding resentment it won’t end until we release the meaning we’ve made of things.  That’s the only way out of that one.  We can learn to relax our mind and have more patience.  It is SO worth it. 

We can accomplish so much with Love and nothing without it.  

My practice of non-judment isn’t perfect yet, but one thing I know is to “love them anyway.”

Let’s remember to Love more fully and more consistently and let’s do it together!

If relationships are your big challenge, you might like my  Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles.  I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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Undoing Fear

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

I can remember when I would have shock waves of fear that seemed to shoot through me like lightning waves. I’d have a thought that would produce a rush of adrenaline and an energetic shock that moved through me in a way that my heart would start racing instantly. The worst was late at night or first thing in the morning.

Once I had a mild panic attack that was a whole different kind of fear but felt almost foundational – like my very core was threatened.

If only someone could have told me then what I now know! And A Course in Miracles says it so well:

“All fear is ultimately reducible to the basic misperception that you have the ability to usurp the power of God.” ACIM T-2.I.4.

I understand that it seems hard to believe that all fear comes from judging, and from thinking thoughts that are untrue.

It can seem as though fear comes from what’s happening in the world.

It can seem like there’s a monster out there that’s upsetting us, but all of the causes or fear are in our own mind.

Our opinions are what’s frightening us. When we affirm our judgments and opinions we’re affirming that we’re the ones who decide who is good and who is bad, who is right and who is wrong, and in doing so we become the usurpers. We’re usurping God. We become guilty of spiritual patricide. And that’s really scary.

We can train our mind to see beyond appearances and recognize only the truth, or we can continue to learn to live with fear and bend ourselves to it’s uncomfortable distortions of reality. I move that we love ourselves enough to stop frightening ourselves and live in Peace.

Consider if there’s someone in your life that you really love and adore – would you yell at them? Frighten them? Torture them? Manipulate them?

You wouldn’t do those things if you truly loved them. Those behaviors have nothing to do with Love. They are the distorted behaviors that fear brings.

What judgment do you have that could possibly be worth holding onto when you know that it will cause your own suffering? Think of all the things you’ve done to try to end your suffering that hasn’t really worked.

Would you try the one thing that actually works?

Or do you feel that you can have your judgments and the fear you experience is unrelated?

I don’t think I could have believed giving up my opinions would relieve me of fear. I only know that it works because I have been giving up my judgments as part of my daily spiritual practice for more than a decade and as a result, I don’t have much fear.

Most of the fear I experience these days is annoyance.

I can’t remember the last time I felt one of those shock waves of fear, but I can remember feeling joyous and grateful yesterday. I feel grateful and thankful even now as I write this.

I let God be God. I am part of God, and I don’t need to judge anything or anyone anymore. I’m not interested in being a usurper. I prefer to feel free and harmonious ALL of the time. I am intent on it. I am closer to my goal every day! And for this, I am so very grateful! I am loving myself free of lack, attack, and limitation. It’s happening now.

If you have been managing and coping with fear, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, spiritual boot camp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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Relentless Good

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

One of the big traps of the ego is deciding who is right and who is wrong. Often, we find that we’re the biggest culprits of them all.  The ego is the mindset of separation.  It’s job is to separate and it does that through the activity of sorting.  

Sorting out who is right and who is wrong is a major use of ego, time and energy.  We can spend huge amounts of our precious attention on determining who is right and who is wrong.  And, for a moment, the ego seems to feel fulfilled, empowered, justified, and important.  

Observing life, you can watch people all day long as they struggle to figure out who is right and who is wrong, to assign blame (and often shame) as well as responsibility.  It gives the ego a lot to do.

What many of us don’t notice is that all that judge, judge, judging leaves an energetic hangover that is painful.  The pain that leads us to tune out, disconnect, and hide.  And then we slowly begin to learn what a bad investment we made with our precious attention.  Labeling people isn’t helpful.

And then, sometimes, we just want to tune out.  

Since Love is all there is, aren’t we tuning out from Love?

Since Spirit is omni-present Love, aren’t we disconnecting from Love?

Since the Infinite One Mind is omni-active are we really thinking we can hide from our own mind?  

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  Psalm 139

Deciding who is right and wrong is predicated on the concept that I am the decider.  When I’m the decider it often means that I’m either thinking that God has left the building and now I’m in charge.  I’ve learned that I do NOT want to be in charge.  I’m not (yet) able to see through all directions of time and space and so I’m not able to discern what everything is for.

My Spirit knows it’s all working together for my relentless good.

I do not wish to replace the Higher Intelligence in my mind – I tried that and it didn’t go well for me.  I’d like to do everything I can to avoid falling back into that mindset.  I’ve worked very hard to realize that God’s plan is the best way for me to go.

The Higher Holy Spirit Self’s plan doesn’t include my judging people and deciding who is good and bad.

I can think I know what’s right and wrong in the moment.  I look for the loving choices and that feels right to me.  Unloving choices feel wrong to me.

People, are all good at their core.

Their essence is still perfect and pristine, regardless of their behavior.  Knowing that, I don’t need to label people with some story I’ve made up.  I’ll stick to focusing my attention on remembering the truth, which is that we’re all good and perfect.  

I hardly use the words right and wrong anymore.  Mostly their helpful in describing how things feel.  Paying attention to how things feel is a great skill that I work on each day.  Labeling people isn’t helpful to me, only to the ego.  I don’t work for the ego anymore.

Is there anyone you’ve labeled wrong that you could let go?  You can still feel their actions are unloving, but do you need to label the person?  This is a very powerful and healing contemplation.  We can call the angels in to help us and be willing to see clearly the face of God in each one we meet, for our own Peace of mind.  It works!  Peace is worth it!

If you think you might be deceiving yourself, or managing and coping with fear, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, Spiritual Bootcamp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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Fear and Self-Deception

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Oh, my goodness! The fear that self-deception brings along with it is INTENSE!

Looking back, I can see that when I deceived myself about anything, I was contributing to my own sense of instability.

What do we deceive ourselves about?

Many times it’s about how people feel about us. We just can’t handle what we feel is really going on, so we look the other way.

I’ve done that.

I’ve let someone treat me poorly because I pretended not to notice.
I couldn’t handle the truth.

I’ve deceived myself about jobs I had, that I didn’t really feel good about. I pretended that I liked it more than I did, even to myself.

I’ve been upset with situations I didn’t like and deceived myself by blaming it on other people. I made them the bad guy. In truth, I was sent into that situation to improve it and make it better.

I’ve learned that if I don’t like the way something is, I don’t give up on it and walk away, I stay and do my best to make it better.

I hold the vision of God’s perfection in the situation. If the others won’t join me, and aren’t interested, then I can take my loving view somewhere else, but I still don’t give up.

I am here to be TRULY helpful. It’s true, humanity can seem like a hot mess, but it’s also the most gorgeous mosaic of exploration.

We’re the prodigal son, finding our way back home.

We are both the children AND we’re the parents in that story.

We have to welcome ourselves back home and each other. And that, to me, is beautiful. REALLY stunningly beautiful.

I wouldn’t miss this for anything!
I am willing to learn to LOVE completely, without conditions.
It’s a hell of a ride!

If you think you might be deceiving yourself, or managing and coping with fear, you might like my Finding Freedom From Fear, Spiritual Bootcamp class with ACIM principles. I haven’t offered this class in 9 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!

PLUS I’m recording all new classes.

If this is right for you right now, you’ll know it.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are willing to dive in and live the Love. Click here now to learn more.

We begin July 5! This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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Guilt

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

One reason children are so light and happy is that they don’t feel guilty – yet.

Many people use the threat of guilt as a motivator.  Some use guilt to keep them playing small and avoid taking risks.  I’ve certainly been guilty of both!

I’ve talked with many people who don’t fully enjoy their life because they feel it would be selfish and they’d feel guilty.

Many people even feel guilty just for taking care of themselves – as though good self-care somehow is putting themselves first, which is selfish.  Selfish is bad and wrong.  

The guilty mind punishes again and again.

Self punishment is a strong motivator for many people and it keeps them in a loop, like a hamster on a wheel, repeating a limited and unhappy existence.  It is our destiny to live a joyful life and A Course in Miracles is the mind-training to help us get there!

It’s interesting how many people believe they should feel guilty for taking care of themselves. One of the biggest challenges I see at work in many people’s minds is this belief that it’s better to give than to receive.  How could that be true when there is only one?  It’s insanity.  The only place to give to is Spirit and the only place to receive from is Spirit, how could giving be better than receiving?  It’s so important and valuable and healing and nourishing to be receptive to Spirit’s guidance and flow of Love.  Without that we wither and die, literally!

The ego thought system is diabolically opposed to itself!  

The ego believes that taking care of yourself is selfish, which is bad and wrong. The ego believes that we’re supposed to give and give and give and give in order to get the Love, approval, attention and affection that we want and need.  We end up believing that we have to give and give and give in order to earn Love, thereby reinforcing the idea that we’re separate from Love.  

The ego believes that others are selfish, bad and wrong if they don’t appreciate all that we’re giving to them. They should reciprocate by giving us everything that we need.  It’s all lunacy.  Time for a healing!

When we don’t take good care of ourselves, when we over-give and give in order to get something back, then we’re going to feel depleted and it’s not because someone made us or we did it for someone else.  Over-giving to depletion is a choice that is a form of self-sabotage and it’s time for us to let it go!  We over-give because we believe in lack.  Over-giving is an affirmation of lack.

Some spiritual students believe that suffering and martyrdom are somehow holy.  This has been taught for thousands of years.  

Suffering and martyrdom are the OPPOSITE of holy.  

Suffering and martyrdom are pure ego.  

It’s our responsibility to take good care of ourselves and keep our wellspring of energy, radiance and luminosity full.  

There are no extra points for running on empty.  

No one can maintain our radiance for us – this is ours to do.  If you feel guilty taking good care of yourself consider this:  If you live in service to the Light, then everything you do to make sure you are a brightly shining light brings benefit to all.  It’s not selfish to take good care of yourself, it’s another act of service to the Light!  

Eliminating these thought patterns is exactly what my Finding Freedom Spiritual Bootcamp class is all about.  This is where our Freedom is revealed.  Freedom is already our natural state underneath all of the punishing thoughts we’ve adopted.

Managing and coping with painful patterns isn’t healing and it’s not loving.

What can you do today to care for yourself with kindness?

One thing we can ALL do is give the guilt, known and unknown, recognized and unrecognized, to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing.  Let the suffering be OVER!  This is our time of Love & Freedom!

I haven’t offered Finding Freedom From Fear, my spiritual bootcamp class with ACIM principles in 9 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT!  I’m recording all new classes.

Please don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

My Finding Freedom From Fear spiritual bootcamp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love.  We’re doing it together!  Register now or  Click here now to book an exploratory call to learn more.

We begin July 5!  This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all.  Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life.  I thank you for being on the journey with me.

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors.  They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you.   Book an exploratory call today!

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

You may not know it, but my father reads my blog, so I have to be careful of what I say. (Just kidding! He does read it, Hi, Dad. Happy Father’s Day! But I don’t feel I have to edit what I say.)

I’m fortunate that my parents got married and stayed together because they loved each other. They were together for 50 years before my mother passed in 2008.

I’m not a parent, but I have many friends and relatives who are and I see that all people learn the good, and less good from their parents.

What I know is that my father took the best of his father’s parenting style and he added to it to improve it. And I’m grateful.

My grandfather, Walter Thomas Hadley was born in 1905 and he saw a startling number of changes in his lifetime. When he was a boy, his father left him, his sisters and their mother to fend for themselves. They had to find their own way in tough times. My great grandmother took in laundry and my grandfather helped her with it, holding the washboard so they could earn what they needed to get by.

It used to be that children had to help their parents earn enough money just to buy food, and put the bare minimum of a roof over their head. We need to honor that. I honor my grandfather who worked so hard most of his life, to provide for his family.

Some of the stories my Grandpa told me have stayed in my mind, seared into my memory because they helped me to understand my grandfather who could often be quite brusque. I was the second grandchild, so I got the grandfather who would roll around on the floor with me and be completely cuddly and sweet. My younger cousins didn’t get to see that grandfather because by the time their was a pack of us he was more distant.

I remember my grandfather yelling it me because I wasn’t wearing shoes. They had this lush wall-to-wall carpeting which was quite a thing back in the early 60’s and it didn’t make any sense to me why I always had to wear shoes at my grandparents house. He’d bark at me “get your shoes on! You’ve got shoes, put them on!”

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that he told me that when he was a boy he didn’t have shoes. As a poor fatherless boy in the hills of Kentucky, shoes were a luxury, food was a necessity.

When Grandpa told me that he grew up without shoes, I finally could understand why he wanted me to wear shoes all the time. My ability to wear shoes helped to undo the shame and suffering he experienced as a boy, going to school without shoes even in winter.

My grandfather had a difficult childhood. Being hungry as a child, especially a growing boy in a house full of girls, with a mother who was frequently sick must have been so difficult. He once told me of being given the task of carrying the family’s only money, a solitary nickel, to the store to buy the basic supplies to make corn bread, was a terrifying errand. The entire walk to the store he feared losing that nickel, his family’s fortune, and the suffering that could cause.

What a heavy load for a small child.

At twelve years old my Grandpa quit school, and went off to work. He was “batchin’” it as he called it. A bachelor at 12. Competing with men for jobs so he could help support and feed his family back home.

My grandfather made his way in the world as a young man in the depression. He was 25 in 1930, venturing into marriage and fatherhood.

My Grandpa always appreciated everything he had. He never, ever took anything for granted and he taught the rest of us the same values. Eventually, my grandfather did quite well, through hard work, determination and a tremendous generosity. He volunteered to help others less fortunate and to make the future generations stronger so they could have the advantages he didn’t. He tithed to the church and other charities. He gave more than he got.

Grandpa met my grandmother, who was an educated woman, and she helped him by teaching him math and other basics that he needed to get along in business. They worked together at that at night, while raising four boys of their own, my father was the youngest.

Sometimes I wonder how my grandmother ever could have managed with four boys born within six years of each other. I can’t imagine the capacity that takes to really love and be kind, but she had it. She loved her four boys and she loved her husband. My grandfather could be tough, and grumpy and snap at us, but I never thought for one minute that he didn’t completely love and care for us.

I always knew that my family would go through hell for me if that was called for.

My father, Danny Wells Hadley, learned so much about commitment and providing from his parents. I knew that my father would take care of me no matter what. That knowing was the greatest gift he gave me.

Although we had our fights and disagreements, which could be epic, the Love was always there.

It was and is REAL.

Relationships require constant release of judgment and complaint in order to be happy ones. Holding onto resentments and regrets, guilt and shame, blame and hurt, destroy relationships. They’re like battery acid to our heart. And yet many people do feel they have to hold onto things to protect themselves from future hurts.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Only an open heart can ALLOW us to have a truly loving relationship now. The Love we’d like to share in our relationships is completely dependent upon our ability to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made.

Our self-compassion gives us the ability to have compassion for others.

Our compassion for others trains us to have compassion for ourselves.

I was a grudge holder in my younger years and so I caused myself a lot of suffering, and I spread that suffering out onto others.

I’m so grateful that my father never, ever gave up on me and that he loved me through it. And I did the same for him. Now, our relationship feels clean and clear to me. The past comes up, but there’s not pain in anymore. We’ve done the work to clear the past.

When we truly forgive, the cause of the pain is gone.
And that’s why I teach forgiveness.
I’ve learned from it.
Forgiveness isn’t taught in schools.
It’s taught in families.

My grandparents did carry some resentments into their old age. In looking back, I see that their hurts were related to their own inability to forgive themselves, and projecting that out onto others, blaming others. It wasn’t a lot, but it was painful for them. And I learned from that too.

We’re all teachers.

The only thing there is to teach is Love because that is what we are.

We’re teaching each other to really love without conditions, without needing, wanting, carving, and to give fully without expectations. It can feel like a tall order until we get the hang of it.

That’s where forgiveness becomes our best tool.

I’m certain that my grandfather was taught selfless, giving Love by his mother, and someone taught it to her. My grandfather was able to see that quality and ability in my grandmother and it attracted him.

Together they taught it to my father and his brothers.

My father was attracted to my mother and she had that same ability and quality to truly be able to Love.

And they taught it to me.

And we all bring it out in each other.
It’s there.
The Love is there.
It’s always there.
And if we are willing we can enhance it in each other,
and not squelch it or bury it.

If we recognize that we’ve hurt another and caused them to diminish their Love Light, we can forgive ourselves first and they will naturally benefit because we’re one with each other.

This is the way of humanity.
We’re here to help each other.
To release all resentments.
To surrender the grudges.
To free ourselves and our ancestors
of all our choices born of fear that we’ve passed down.
We’re here to be truly helpful and remember our Heavenly Father in order to honor our earthly fathers.

I don’t have children, but if I did, I absolutely know they’d have to learn from my mistakes, and I’d have to forgive myself for my errors and shortcomings and be grateful for any bit of goodness and Love that I could pass on.

Today, I encourage you to forgive your father and yourself.
Release the judgments you’ve held against yourself.

And if you need any help with that come to our Sundays With Spirit.

TODAY, you can join me and my dear friends, Eisha Mason, Ray Davis, Carla Mahle and more friends on zoom. Eisha has been an inspiration to me for decades and I’m so glad we’ll get to be together on zoom today. This will be inspiring! We’ll have a spiritual celebration together with message and music – we call it Sundays With Spirit. Please invite your family! If you can’t join us, you can catch the replay! Because we’re going to be live on video, you’ll have to register to get the detail. All are welcome, there’s no charge, but you do have to register, unless you’ve already registered in the past.

When you register, you’ll also get easy access to past services with Lisa Natoli, Jon Mundy, David Hoffmeister, Maureen Muldoon, Corinne Zupko, Maria Felipe and more. If you’ve already registered for a previous Sunday – you don’t need to register again, you’ll get a reminder with the details automatically.

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

Please pray with me! Prayer works! Joining together in prayer for our healing, for the active practice of joining with Spirit, and allowing my healing is precisely why every day I write inspiration and record a prayer to go with it. You can join me in cultivating the willingness that raises us ALL up so we can be truly helpful in this world.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! I’m recording ALL NEW CLASSES. This is going to be SO good because I am ON FIRE!

Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefit and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life. I thank you for being on the journey with me.

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

Trust your intuition! If you’ve been thinking about doing my Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp for a while, but just haven’t been ready, consider booking an exploratory call with one of the spiritual counselors. They can answer all your questions and you’ll know what’s best for you. Book an exploratory call today!

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Everything is Working for Us

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

There are times when it can seem like everything is against us. In truth, everything is for us even if it seems like it’s against us. We have to relax and be willing to relinquish our perspective to see what’s true.

Yesterday, we went into Mercury retrograde. This is a planetary movement that many view as troublesome, but is actually very supportive of our spiritual journey.

This is a time for us to be highly introspective and meditative.

Yes, we might find that technology issues are a problem, but isn’t that worth the spiritual benefits?

I long ago decided that Mercury retrograde works in my favor and not against me and I encourage you to do the same!

This is great time to deepen our commitment to our personal goals.

During this time of Covid-19, instead of looking to rush out to the restaurants reopening – why not take advantage of the planetary alignment with Solstice today and the new moon and eclipse tomorrow.

Everything is working for us, including the planetary alignments!

Here’s the opportunity: Focus within, stay off the screens and devices, sit in nature, and get deeply in touch with what’s most important to YOU.

You’ll never regret the time you invested in your spiritual practice!
Finding Freedom From Fear Bootcamp starts on July 5! Let’s have REAL and lasting transformation this summer with a spiritual practice that brings benefits and healing for all. Now is the time for us to dive deep and eliminate the patterns of fear in our life.

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2 Steps Forward, No Steps Back

Friday, June 19th, 2020

I just got an email from a truly beautiful soul who gave me the same advice I’ve heard many times, and I am so grateful that people care enough to tell me something they think will help me.

The advice they gave me was to change the name of Stop Playing Small online retreat to Start Playing Big.

And I get it. I’ve been having this conversation with people for many years.

When I started taking lots of self-help and spiritual expansion programs everyone was doing programs called something like “Start Playing Big.” I took so many of them.

In fact, I just got an email today from a spiritual teacher who is very well known inviting me to a program called: Living a Masterful Life: Accessing Dynamic Insights and Peak States of Inspiration to Embrace the Next Stage.

And that sounds really good. It sounds like a wonderful program, but here’s the thing:

I’ve taken so many programs with names like that.

And for me, when I was feeling stuck,
and I knew I was playing small,
and I had taken 20 of those programs with names like that
and I was STILL playing small,
I absolutely KNEW that taking the 21st program about living a miraculous life wasn’t what I needed.

I KNEW that I was blocking that miraculous life and I needed help to bring on a breakthrough and get unstuck.

Part of my problem was that I did not believe, not at all, that I really had what it took to live a miraculous life.

I wanted to “start playing big” but I was not ready for that AT ALL.

I couldn’t have gone from playing small to playing big that fast.

Perhaps other people can do what I couldn’t do.
But I really didn’t know any of those people.

For me, getting unstuck from playing small was my first step.

I had to release the blocks to love before I could feel prepared for playing big.

AND there are a lot of people who have NO interest in playing big – whatever that means.

Most people don’t care about playing big – they just don’t wish to have one more day, one more month or year of playing small and living a limited life. And I get that.

I played small for a long time.
I couldn’t seem to get out of my own way.
I knew I was the one that was blocking my path.
And knowing that was painful.

I had excuses, but deep down, I knew what the truth was.
I was the problem.

What I didn’t know was how to get out of the way.

First came my willingness, and then it was revealed to me.
I got out of that quagmire that had held me in place so long.

Now, I don’t think about playing big or small.

We can take 2 steps forward and NO steps backward.

Now, I’m focused on simply sharing my gifts and talents in ways that are fulfilling for me and helpful to others. That’s what I do and I really enjoy it. Every day is a good day, and some days are really amazing.

If you know you’re playing small, then you know it’s not going to get any easier.

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

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

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

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

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

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Activation

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

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

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

When this happens, I call it Energetic Weather.

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

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

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

I feel that more prayer is very helpful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Our time is now.

Activation!

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

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

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

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

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

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Self-Nourishing Spiritual Practice

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Phew!  Yesterday was an INTENSE day for a lot of people.  I felt the intensity from the moment I first woke up.  And, I have a Fitbit, so I also track my sleep and normally I have close to 4 hours of deep sleep and I had half that.  There’s so much intensity in the human experience right now it’s important that we take good care of ourselves.

One thing I’ve found very helpful is salt water baths.  Get a regular box of salt, I do prefer sea salt, you can usually get one for $2 at the grocery store – you don’t need a fancy kind.  Pour at least half of it in your bath water and soak in it.  The saltwater helps to reset your electrical system.  You will feel better.  

Another way to do it is get into the bath, pour some salt in your hand and rub it on your wet skin.  It will be the perfect exfoliant and will give you an extra benefit.  

I have found that it is so helpful to consider my self-care as part of my spiritual practice.  

I take good care of my hands, my feet, my skin, and that nurturing is part of my spiritual practice of self-care.

For an extra dollar or two (not more than that) I can get the organic lotion.  

I buy mostly organic shampoo, lotion and soap and it doesn’t cost me much more than regular things – perhaps $20 in a year.

I’m worth it.

I’ve discovered that having a break from the business, sitting outside, listening to the birds, not being on my phone or computer, being with Mother Nature – that’s self-loving and a spiritual practice.

Opening the windows and getting fresh air in the room.  This shifts the energy and support me and other living beings.

I have plants that give off lots of oxygen in the rooms I spend the most time in.  And part of my spiritual practice is to connect with them, acknowledge them and appreciate them.  They love it and anyone can tell because they’re so vibrant.

Taking time to really look at the trees, the sky, the people in our life, the food that we’re eating give us an opportunity to take in the Beauty that life is offering us ALL the time.

I remember hearing Dr. David Hawkins sharing that exposing little children to Beauty was one of the most nourishing things we can do for them.  Well, the same is true for adults.

When people don’t love themselves they can fall into ruts of living in a deprived state.  

Even people with very few resources can be nourished and uplifted with Beauty.  Look around yourself, do you live in a deprived way?  Is your world warm and inviting?  Is it welcoming to people and Spirit?    

What are some of the ways you self-care and self-nourish that are part of your daily spiritual practice?  Please share in the comments below!

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

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

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

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

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

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What is Justice?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

What is justice?

This is the title of Chapter 19 in the Manual for Teachers of A Course in Miracles.

And the answer is: whatever you’d like it to be.

Just kidding. That would be crazy! But that IS how the ego thought system works.

I live in the United States where the “justice” system doesn’t always have ANYTHING to do with justice. If we look at what has happened to our prisons in this country in the last couple of decades it is so clear to anyone who is paying attention that our prisons have become big businesses that incarcerate men of color and profits white men. These are facts.

That’s not justice. It’s legalized insanity.

We, you and I are here ONLY to be truly helpful.
We are here to represent the one who sent us.
We are here to re-present the one who sent us.

Can we do that and remain silent?

In his beautiful work, Letter From the Birmingham Jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words that touched me deeply and profoundly and I think of them often:

“I received a letter this morning from a white brother in Texas which said, “All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but is it possible that you are in too great of a religious hurry? It has taken Christianity almost 2000 years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.”

All that is said here grows out of a tragic misconception of time. It is the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively.

I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be coworkers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”

He wrote those words from jail after his arrest at a nonviolent demonstration. They ring in my heart. I cannot let them go. They have been motivating me since I first read them in 1997.

We cannot wait on time.
Time has no volition, no intention, it is no-thing.
We cannot wait.

Time is not our friend or our enemy.

Let us use our time constructively.

Let us be truly helpful each and every day of our lives.

We work for God, Inc. and now is our time.

We have been training for this our entire lives.

Follow your HEART and you cannot fail! Spirit never fails. Spirit works through our loving heart!

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

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

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

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

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

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Aretha Franklin, my favorite female singer of all time had a huge hit with the song R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Otis Redding.  Their combined talent is off the charts.  And you just know that if Aretha were still alive we’d be hearing her sing Respect every where we went right now   

This song is a huge hit for so many reasons.  Yes, there’s Otis Redding’s words and music.  Yes, there’s Aretha’s powerhouse voice.  But there’s more.

Asking for respect in a relationship is liberation.  

Respect is a liberation song.  

AND it was released in 1967, during the civil rights movement.

AND the women’s liberation movement.

Talk about perfect timing!!

Respect is particularly powerful because you can tell the song is written by a man.  It has a man’s sensibility.  But coming at the time of women’s lib, it became a liberation song for ALL women, and particularly for women of color.

In 1967 she was 25 years old.  It was a bold move on her part to sing such a song and she had the voice to be that bold.  THANK YOU, GOD!

I wish we could hear Aretha singing live to us now.  Her voice can calm the stormy seas AND it can also move us to rise up into our loving hearts.  

And she would remind us of our personal power because that’s what the purity of her voice does.

Now is the time for us to truly respect each other.

We can respect our differences and agree to disagree with those who seem to have a difference of perspective, while respectfully working towards our goals of unity and nonviolent transformation.

We must respect ourselves, honor our body temple and our heart temple, now more than ever because our full attention is needed to hold the vision of unity and world peace.

“R.E.S.P.E.C.T. find out what it means to me.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. take of T.C.B.”

T.C.B. = Taking care of business.  We, as spiritual leaders, because that’s what we are, we must take care of T.C.B. because our business is God’s business.  We work for God, Inc. now and that’s where we can keep our focus whether we’re with our family, on our job, or at a political demonstration.  

We are here to represent the one who sent us.  That’s our business now.  Let’s focus.

Please share in the comments below how you’re helping to move the world in the direction of Peace?  What inspired actions are you taking?

You can see Aretha lip synch to the original version of RESPECT in the movie Blues Brothers and it’s worth it.  SO GOOD!

BTW – my second favorite female singer of all time – who is such a close second that she probably is breathing down Aretha’s neck is Dinah Washington.    “Ask me how do I feel … if I were a bell I’d be ringing.”  It just doesn’t get any better than that! It’s the WAY that she sings it.  Good gosh almighty!  The quality of their voices is just unbelievable.  What a gift to be able to hear them.  If you ever wonder what good this world is, listen to them sing!

Would you like some support to bring on a breakthrough?  

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

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

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

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

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

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Means and Ends

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

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

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

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

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

This teaching is simple. It really is.

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

Spirit has given us the means.

It is the way out of our personal hell.

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

Why?

Because the means is forgiveness.

And we do not want to forgive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We could say he was ego personified.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen to that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This IS consistency of ends and means.

We must let go of our judgments.

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

The ends is in the means.

That will never change.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We teach with every choice we make.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Substitutes for Truth

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

It takes humility to admit I was wrong. I’ve been wrong so many times I can’t possibly remember and in the recognition of how many times I’ve had to admit I was wrong, came the humility.

Without humility, there can be no spiritual awakening, so I’m grateful for my humility even if it was hard-won.

Yes, I did find my humility through the route of humiliation – but your journey can be different.

Consider what it says in Chapter 10 of the Manual for Teachers of A Course in Miracles:

Judgment, like other devices by which the world of illusions is maintained,
is totally misunderstood by the world.
It is actually confused with wisdom,
and substitutes for truth.

From this we can learn:

The illusion of separation is maintained with judgment.
Judgment is misunderstood and confused with wisdom.
In other words, people’s opinions are misunderstood and mistaken for wisdom.

People substitute their opinions for the truth.

It’s not hard to see how this works in our experience of life.
We can turn away from this system by insisting upon the truth and not being satisfied with the illusion. The illusion will never satisfy for more than a moment.

Consider offering just one opinion to the Higher Holy Spirit Self today for healing. Just one and we’ve made progress. Every day let’s willingly offer up our judgments and bring forth the shared awareness of unity and unification.

We’ll always be glad we did it!

I like to support people who feel they may have been playing small because of their beliefs about themselves. I know this is a habit that can be undone and dissolved.

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If you think maybe those beliefs are false and could be eliminated, and if you have a willingness to do some inner work to make a real and lasting change then please consider joining me and some other folks just like you who are SO DONE WITH PLAYING SMALL and ready to let those patterns go.

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

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

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Get Up, Stand Up!

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Bob Marley sang, “Get up, stand up, for your rights!” 

We all have a right to live freely, to love freely, to actively be creative freely.

 And the ego thought system is a tyrannical system that oppresses each one of us when, and only when, we agree to it.

We CAN set ourselves free.

We can hold the mountaintop view.

In this world, one of the common paths of our spiritual liberation is this:

First, we FEEL UPSET and oppressed to the point that we cannot take it anymore.  Our inner dam bursts.

Second, we DECIDE to do things differently.

Third, we ALLOW ourselves to hold a vision of the way we’d like it to be, including FEELING how it could be.

Fourth, we take ACTION in the direction of our dreams.

Where are YOU in this sequence?

We can make that second step, the DECISION step without having to explode in pain.  

Part of our self-care regimen is to listen to our guidance and follow it.  If we’re not doing that then we’re playing small and living a limited life, because only our Higher Holy Spirit Self holds the vision for our life.

It can seem impossible, but that’s just because we haven’t put Spirit in charge yet.  

Only ego can fail.

Spirit cannot fail.  

It takes courage to get up and stand up for your rights.  

It takes courage to hold a vision of the life you’d really like to live.

Many people are willing to work SO HARD for a life that feels like prison, but resist and procrastinate about living the life they most desire.  

Let’s stand up for our rights and let’s get up and stand up for the rights of our brothers and sisters.  

Everything IS for us, regardless of how it seems.  We CAN do this together.  Be willing to join with others.  “Be the two or more gathered in the name and the nature of Love,” and we will surely reach the promised land.

Your spiritual dreams and your goals bring benefit to everyone.  

Decide to do things differently even if you don’t know what it looks like.  

Hold that vision for yourself in a life of Peace, Love and Joy, even if you don’t know what it looks ike.

Take any action, no matter how small, in the direction of your dreams and remember:

Spirit cannot fail.

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Mastering Self-Compassion

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

One of the most challenging things we can learn in our life is to turn the focus of our mind from what we don’t want and to focus on having that which we truly desire. At least that’s been the most challenging thing for me to actually DO. For many years, I started so many days praying and meditating to be a loving, peaceful presence in this world. And then I would spend the rest of the day judging myself and my loved ones and anyone else who crossed my path. At the end of the day, I would feel like a hopeless loser, anxious, and afraid. At night I’d dream of arguing with my loved ones and endlessly seeking and never finding.

One of my recurring dreams was that I had an opportunity to do something really wonderful, something that I really, really wanted and would enjoy – often it was something like tickets to a Rolling Stones concert which was a teenage passion of mine – and for some reason or another, I could never get there.

In the dream, I would realize I didn’t have a film for my camera (pre-digital camera times), and I would decide to make a quick run to a nearby store and then never make it back to the concert. No matter how hard I tried to get back to the concert, I’d be delayed and thwarted. The longer my distraction took the more desperate and distressed I would become to get back to the concert. I’d feel panic because I was missing all the good parts! I would wake up in the distress of seeking but not finding. I had that dream again and again. It was the story of my life.

I now have eyes to see and a heart to know that the dream simply represented my spiritual life. Every day I was allowing myself to be distracted in my spiritual walk. I could talk about it, but I didn’t walk it with real dedication. I was constantly distracted. I stopped having that dream when I made the commitment to live the teachings all day long.

I was playing small with my spirituality and my whole life.

Of course, each and every day I am aware of the places where I fall short of the mark, but I am aware of my choices more than ever.

I choose Love more than ever.

I judge less and less and less. I’m firmly on the path and nothing can take me off it now. I no longer backslide and that is such a relief!

In my learning, I felt like a toddler learning to walk who falls down many times a day. Falling down a lot was part of the learning. Being wobbly was part of the learning. It’s not that I was doing something wrong when I fell down. I was learning.

Because I was aware that I was learning something that was new to me, I decided to make the easier loving and have compassion for myself. Compassion is loving understanding. It became the foundation of my spiritual practice.

Love is the healer.

I’ve learned true self-compassion through my experience of stumbling, falling and picking myself up.

Everyone sees me fall and stumble. Everyone also sees that I am dedicated to learning to walk this talk of Love. They see that I do not chastise myself or berate myself when I fall.

I keep my sight on the goal, my eyes on the prize.
I’m not playing small anymore.

Sometimes I cry, sometimes I laugh, but I always get up with more compassion than I had before I fell. And so the Love grows in my heart, in my awareness, and I bless myself and everyone else because I’m one with them.

And this is how I learn to walk my talk. The more I learn, the more I can give up learning and simply remember the truth that sets us all free. I am so grateful we walk together. Together we remember we are one and we bless the world!

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Divine Conflict, Divine Timing

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Obviously, there’s no such thing as divine conflict, but it does seem that the conflict we’re experiencing now could be heaven sent because it’s propelling us to change our minds and change the world.

Have you ever had an extraordinary opportunity placed in front of you that was almost too good to be true?  I think that’s where we are now.  This point in the human unfoldment that is so potent that it literally is beyond comprehension.

There is such an extraordinary confluence of currents, and layers, and dynamics and opportunities right now that it is mind boggling that we could boil up to this in just a few short years.

It HAS to be divine timing.

What else could it be?

Day after day, I’m witnessing all these different threads play out, and I’m not even watching that closely because it is overwhelming to even try to keep up.  I am so impressed with how the Higher Holy Spirit Self is orchestrating things for each of us according to our willingness.

We do not wish to miss this.

I’m excited to do everything in my power to further this cause of the end of separation thinking.

Right now events in the world are so intense that it gives us that pressure that we need to turn the lump of coal into the diamond.

The pressure is the conflict that we see in the world.

I feel it’s our job to do everything we can to be loving and kind to ourselves and each other, deepen our spiritual practice and really go for it because that’s what this pressure is for.  

Imagine going through all of this and still having coal when we could have had diamonds!

“Conflict is the root of all evil, for being blind it does not see whom it attacks.  Yet it always attacks the Son of God, and the Son of God is you.” T-11.III.1.

Conflict is when we say we’d like the Peace God, but we’re not willing to turn away from conflict and be loving in our heart.

More than ever, we’ve got opportunity to practice, practice, practice.  That’s what this time is for:  Liberation.  It’s at hand if we’re willing to work for it.  

Surprisingly, many aren’t willing to work for it because they don’t believe it’s possible for them.  They’ll see it when they believe it.

Let’s not be the one who misses the boat, watches on the side line, or has some other reason.  

I’m so excited to call for the maximum change for each one of us. Are you willing also?

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