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Faith

Monday, February 27th, 2017

I’ve done a lot of traveling.  Last year, I pretty much went around the world twice.  When I travel on an airplane, I have confidence it will go fine even though I have no idea how it works. I am clueless about the workings of a plane. Fortunately, my not knowing doesn’t keep the plane from flying. I’m the passenger not the pilot. I don’t set the course, but I decide to go along for the ride.  I’ve chosen my destination.

Aviation employs principles I’ve never learned, but those who’ve studied it understand it completely and I put my faith and trust in them. Similarly, Spiritual Laws and principles work whether I grasp them or not. Spiritual Law operates in all areas of my life, 24/7. I can use these laws effectively if I comprehend them. I can set the destination, but not the course.  My Higher Holy Spirit Self sets the course.

Through my spiritual practice, I’ve come to know spiritual law and principle. I’ve come to see and know how my faith demonstrates in my life. Jesus, Buddha and Mother Theresa all studied spiritual principle and achieved mastery through living their practice.

The more I practice and apply spiritual law, the more it reveals itself to me and I can be the co-pilot with God. My ability to use spiritual principle in ways that are gratifying expands as I apply what I learn. There are no secrets here. My faith is the point in my being through which I am in league with the infinite. I need to actively engage my faith in order to see it demonstrate clearly and with mastery.

Ernest Holmes told us, “There will never be an end to God, nor to any of the attributes which are co-eternal and co-existent with God. If we are wise we shall cultivate a faith in these realities. This is not a difficult task, but a thrilling experience.”

Jesus told us that we could do even more than he did. He also told everyone he healed that it was their faith, and not his, that made them whole. This is the infinite possibility that’s available to all of us. In faith ALL things are possible.

Today, I engage my faith and use it to pilot my life experience. I study peace and love; I study the desire of my heart. I practice trusting more in what I can’t see than in what I can see. I look beyond the image of the angry rude person in my experiences and see that they are feeling frightened.  Anyone who is frightened has placed their faith in their own false beliefs. That person deserves my compassion, even if they’re attacking me.

When I look without judging, I can see their upset as a prayer request. When I look deeply, their prayer request answers my own desire to be more patient and more loving. This is my practice of stepping out on faith. The more I practice, the more solid it becomes. Now I can see and feel that we really are all One and I am in league with the infinite pilot of all life.

Faith is a light in the darkness.  No matter how dark it is, even the smallest light can banish the darkness and shift the energy.  We are the Light.  YOU are the Light.

I AM determined to see.  I AM willing to live by faith.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Unity Is More Than A Theory

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

When I was in ministerial school at the Holmes Institute it was a very intellectual program.  (Which is why the ministerial program we’re creating at Power of Love Ministry is deeply spiritual and transformational.)  We were required to take classes in quantum physics, and I can see the value of having that information, which could possibly lead to insight, but I didn’t personally find it healing.

Nonetheless, I do find it helpful that quantum physicists have scientifically proven that we are deeply connected to all of life.  There is a quantum field in which we live, move and have our being and even scientists recognize that.  There is not one of us who can remove ourselves from that profound interconnection and interdependency.  Unity is evidenced in theories such as “The Butterfly Effect” and “the 100th Monkey Syndrome.” The Holographic Field Theory is yet another theory of unity – isn’t it interesting that it’s just a theory?

For me, I most often experience this sense of unity in my prayer practice. I am aware in my being, in my body and spirit that the prayer I’m praying is active everywhere at the moment I’m praying it. I become keenly aware of living in a universe (not a biverse or a triverse) that is awake and alive to my every thought. It’s responding to me in every moment.

In the unity there is no space or time there is only now. My prayer doesn’t have to travel distance in time and space in order to arrive where it is needed. My prayer is placed in the unified field of energy in which we all live and move and have our being. Everywhere I go there is both visible and invisible evidence of the unity of all life. I have learned to cherish this connection, this interdependence. It is frequently offering me the most spectacular evidence of Divine Grace at work in my life.

Today I look for ways to see beyond outer differences in opinions, appearances, or goals. I look for the ways in which there is connection and synchronicity and I give thanks for the evidence of unity all around me. I commit myself to looking for the meeting point of underlying unity that exists in diversity and I receive that awareness of unity as a gift of expanding awareness. Today I lift my eyes to see divinity in the unity of all life showing up in MY life. As I am lifted, all are lifted.

How are you seeing and feeling the unity of life showing up int he quantum field of your experience?

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Grieving & Healing

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Experiencing what feels like a great loss of any kind, whether it’s a loved one, a job, or any type of identification can be extremely difficult.  And then, for some people, that can morph into a sense that their grief and suffering are what make them special. If the suffering goes on a while, it can be difficult to let go of. It becomes part of their new (false) identification.

Grief can be a very human experience of giving up an attachment.  In Spirit, we are eternally One, so there’s nothing to give up.  Releasing an attachment is deeply healing, but it can feel very sad and disorienting.

The grief itself can just be another expression of the attachment.  In a sense, attachments are false idols.  They can never make us happy.

We can lose a loved one, a job, a home, etc, and confront our attachment, release it and feel great Freedom, Peace, and Joy while still loving our loved one, our former job, our former home.  Giving up the attachment doesn’t mean giving up that which we love, it means giving up the attachment, and only the attachment.

When we become identified in our own mind as the one who suffers, the one who is without and in lack, then we begin to affirm it over and over again all day long. It’s insidious.  And it can happen REALLY fast.

One time, I had an experience of meeting two other women at an event. It was just before Mother’s Day and we quickly discovered that all three of our precious mothers had seemingly died of cancer. If we had wanted to, we could have formed a club – the dead cancer mom’s club or something like that.

I don’t identify as someone who has “lost” her Mom because I feel she’s with me in Spirit always. I’m one with her, so she can’t be gone from me even though I don’t see her anymore.  I feel her.

I don’t identify with being motherless because I don’t live in the past. I sometimes briefly recall the past, but not often – and when I do, I share from what I’ve learned in my experiences because that feels truly helpful and that’s my aspiration.

For myself, I’ve learned there’s absolutely no value to holding onto the past. I can let ALL of it go.

Living in the past, no matter how great it might have been, only makes for a limited experience of Love now.

I have found that offering any grief and suffering to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing has worked. Of course, it doesn’t work if you’re not actually willing. It can take a while to get to the point of real willingness. It’s worth it.

Suffering IS optional – no matter what your experience has been in this world – you can let it go and willingness is ALL that’s required.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Resistance to Love

Friday, February 24th, 2017

One of the craziest ego blocks I know of is when we have resistance and reluctance to our own happiness and healing. And yet, at least for me, it used to come up ALL the time – every day, it was an issue.

It took me a long time, but I can say, I AM more interested in choosing Love than in playing ego games!

One of the things that helped me was to realize that the appearance of reluctance and resistance was actually EVIDENCE that I was healing. It was such an issue for me that I prayed for years to release all residence to Love. Through my deepening practice, I learned that it’s better not to even get into a push-pull with the reluctance. I’ve learned to say “I see you, and I know you are nothing. I choose Love.”

And this is why our spiritual practice is the key to our healing. Spiritual practice is where the rubber meets the road. A true spiritual practice is a living thing – 24/7. Spiritual practice keeps us tuned in to our true nature and identity. It refreshes us and helps us to stay strong in the face of opportunities to engage in crippling self-sabotage.

It’s amazing how often people will run away from the very healing that they most deeply desire. The resistance to the healing is so strong and it almost feels like the resistance is magnetic and unbeatable. One of the most helpful realizations I’ve had along this path of light is that self-sabotage is a form of resistance. It’s a reaction. It’s what we do when our spiritual growth is faster than we feel comfortable with.

The very moment that you feel the pull to self-sabotage – that’s the ideal time to choose love. The more you develop the habit of choosing love, the more the self-sabotage loses it’s juice. Why? The bottom line is that it has no power. It only has the appearance of power. And that appearance of power, that illusion of power is simply your belief in it. Withdraw your belief, disengage, and the resistance dissolves because it has to. It’s nothing unless you make it something.

Because spiritual practice is the thing that so many of us resist, I offer daily prayers and daily inspiration so we can be in practice together. Thank you for saying YES to LOVE and being in practice with me today!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Looking for Heaven

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Kingdom of Heaven is within. If you’re looking to find it somewhere outside of your own heart, then you will never, ever even catch a glimpse. Many people are still seeking outside of themselves, thinking that what they deeply want, need and desire is somewhere in the world. If they look long and hard enough, they might find it. If they work hard enough, they will be able to manifest it or attract it. If they are lucky, someone will give it to them. All of that seeking is illusion.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Holy Bible, Matthew 6:33

The Kingdom is within, to look elsewhere is to go on a fool’s errand. Deep down, we all know this. That’s why so many despair. They are afraid to look within and yet deep down they know that is the only way to find what they’re looking for.

Why would someone be afraid to look for the Kingdom in the one and only place it can be found? Well, if you’re thinking of yourself as not good enough, if you’re thinking that inside of you is something ugly and unworthy.

If you feel you are filled to the brim with guilt, blame and shame – then you probably won’t feel excited about looking within. Instead you will fear what you might find. Better not to look within and simply continue to seek in vain. The suffering of not finding is less than the suffering of discovering just how ugly your own heart is. This is the thought that keeps so many from discovering the amazing riches of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is pre-installed and fully equipped. You must have courage to look within. And you must have true humility. It takes true humility to be willing to venture, going forth in faith, to discover that the Kingdom is within your own heart. If you do not love yourself, or if you have the false-love of the ego, then you will not be willing to look within. Humility is required.

It’s highly valuable to be willing to realize that you are no better than and no less than anyone else. Just as there is not one facet of the diamond that is more worthy than another, all are worthy. All are lovable.

If you judge yourself as better than or less than you won’t feel worthy of your true identity and you’ll continue to seek outside yourself in vain. On the road to the Kingdom you will have an infinite number of opportunities to develop true humility. You can do this through the sweet practice of prayer and contemplation or you can go through the pain and suffering of humiliation. It’s up to you.

Will you cling to your opinion or will you simply be willing to accept that all are worthy.  You are worthy of your Divinity. Seek the Kingdom, which is within, and all else will be added unto you.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Great Willingness

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

“What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good?”  A Course in Miracles, Lesson 135, Paragraph 18.

That passage in ACIM Lesson 135 is a great comfort to me.  It’s been an important tool in my spiritual practice.  There have been times when I’ve had to use it like a flashlight to shine a light in my mind so that I could trust that whatever was going on in my life would ultimately be for my good and I’d know it.

It takes great willingness to accept this statement as true.  If you’re willing to accept this statement as a guiding statement, a comforting truth, then it can have a profound and miraculous effect in your life.  It IS done unto you as you believe.  Accept the good.  Trust in the Good.  Do not allow yourself to be swayed by perception.

The light IS within – it’s never out there in the world.  Look within – seek the Kingdom first, and all else WILL be added unto you, because it’s already been given and all it takes is your willingness to remember it.  The keys to remembering?

Sincerity
Willingness
Humility

None of these cost you any money.
You don’t have to have any time to acquire them.
You don’t have to climb a mountain or run a race.

If you don’t have willingness, perhaps you can find a willingness to be willing.  A little bit goes a long way!

These are your natural skills and talents if you’re willing to activate them.  Go for it! TODAY is my Sacred Circle day!  This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling.  Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, online, or in writing!  I love it!  We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work!  Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see!  4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question!  Join me live or get the download later.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats, we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Relationship Clarity

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

I love how it says in A Course in Miracles that, when we see one thing or one person differently, we’ll see everything differently.  We’re on a journey to let go of our projections so we can actually see with true VISION.

When we are willing to see things for their true purpose, it is the beginning of true sight.  Our relationships afford us the very best opportunity there is in this world to purify our mind.

I dedicate February to relationships on my weekly radio show.  And this whole month, I’m doing something different.  We’re still focusing on relationship healing and holy relationships, and this month, I’m taking live calls and written in questions to do one-on-one Q&A help, just like I do in my weekly Sacred Circle Spiritual Counseling calls.

Please share with friends, loved ones and at Facebook – to let people know they can come and ask their relationship questions – I’m only taking questions about relationships.

Here’s the link to either call or write in a relationship question today

http://iTeleseminar.com/94878093

The broadcast is LIVE at 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific, 4pm UK.

Please come join me live today and bring your questions!

RADIO SHOW TODAY:  On my radio show today, my topic is Relationship Clarity.  You can join in LIVE on my radio show this week and call in to ask me your specific questions about your relationships – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Androids. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes right now!  Transcripts are available here:  Living A Course in Miracles.  You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically.  On your phone, iPod, iPad, or computer.  Check it out! And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please help out and write a review so more people find the show? Thank you!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage so that we can live a much higher quality of life and be more available for LOVE.  It’s such a relief to let the negative patterns and resentments, the guilt, shame and blame go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Politics & Spirituality – Part 3

Monday, February 20th, 2017

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series.  You can start with Part 1 before reading this continuation.

In Part 1 of this 3 part series, I shared that in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had five special special relationships along her journey to Oz, including the “special hate relationship” with the Wicked Witch.  Along their journey to Oz, these relationships were transformed into what we might call Holy relationships.  In the process, Dorothy became transformed into a more mature, more loving person and a strong leader.

It’s possible to see Dorothy as another version of the Prodigal Son’s story, which is our story.

How is our journey, collectively and individually, represented, re-presented in The Wizard of Oz?  Can we find the similarities to our own life?

In The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow represents (re-presents) someone who is stuck and lacking in intelligence. It’s easy to see how a young girl like Dorothy could feel stupid, ignorant, or stuck some of the time.  And it’s fairly easy to see how that’s a projection of our own self-judgment some of the time too.   In the story, the Scarecrow re-presents an aspect of Dorothy that she’d been rejecting and judging.  He gives her the opportunity to look at her own beliefs and opinions, her judgments and thoughts and – as it says in A Course In Miracles, choose again.

When you look around your own world, can you see the person who re-presents your own self-judgments?  They’re actually a divine helper to you.  A Sacred Friend.

In my experience, the more someone seems to bother me, the more disowned the self-judgments and opinions are.  And here’s how this relates to politics.  In my daily Spiritual Espresso I wrote on November 9, 2016, called Be Unshakable, I shared that the election of Donald Trump had upset me because I had come to equate him with the men who had groped, grabbed and molested me.  It was as if those men who were so disrespectful and uncaring to me, and to women in general, had been elected as the leader of our great nation.  The idea of it upset me.  I had a belief that the President of the United States of America should be someone who can be great leader of the people.  I had to let that belief go.

In the days that followed, I was able to work with my mind to free myself of the old hurt and to see that Trump is a symbol of my whole experience and my healing.  I came to see him as one of my saviors.  By being willing to see him for the symbol of what he is in MY world, I can heal my own heart and mind.

Some spiritual students develop an aversion, which is a negative attachment, to people who behave in ways that they feel are unloving and unspiritual.  Any kind of aversion is an opportunity to have healing waiting to happen.  I know a lot about this because I used to get triggered by one aversion after another all day long.  I was a complainer and an attacker.  I took offense at almost everything.  Being upset was my negative high.  The ego feels so alive and powerful when it’s upset.

Aversions are a form of vengeance, they are an attack on God.

Perhaps the person or situation you think is upsetting you is simply a symbol, an archetype of something unhealed in your own mind that you’re rejecting rather than loving it free?  In which case, the symbol is there to help you.

As it says in A Course in Miracles, “This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain, and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:

I am responsible for what I see.
I chose the feelings I experience, and I decided
upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me
I asked for and received as I had asked.

Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.”

My shorthand for that teaching, that has helped me so much, is:

I AM responsible for what I see and everything is just as I wish it to be.

I’ve been a spiritual counselor for 17 years.  Consider how many times people have asked me to help them find happiness in relationship, career, financial stability, healing in the body.  And the real answer is:  take 100% responsbility, without any blame or judgment, for everything in your life.

That’s what works.  That’s what actually ends the suffering.

Be willing to recognize that everything in this world is symbolic.  Are you seeing things for what they really are re-presenting to you, or are you projecting your beliefs on them?

Can you feel that anything you’re holding against anyone, any judgment, or opinion, is really self-judgment?

Would you like to be relieved of the judgment forever?

Are you willing to take total responsibility?

Whenever we choose to judge rather than take responsibility it’s going to send us on a frightening and meaningless journey.

You decide how long your journey will be and how scary it will be based on your attack thoughts.  All attack is Self-Attack and all Love is Self-Love.

You are the decider.  You are the chooser.

What frightens us is:  2 powers

When we judge, we separate ourselves from our Godself and we now believe we are a separate power who has the power to attack, and immediately we become afraid because now we believe that there can be more than one power and those separate powers can attack.  If we can attack, then others can attack, and the world is no longer safe.  Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!

It’s easy to judge the people we see in the newspaper and on television, especially when we can see they’re doing the things that we think are so unspiritual:  lying, being disrespectful, promiscuous, stealing, hurting and oppressing others.  It’s so easy to judge all of that behavior.  However, our judgments only hurt us and they do not help anyone.

I do not know what anything is for, except that it’s for my learning and my healing and I am interested in learning and healing NOW.  I AM choosing Love now.

When we realize there’s only one power, one life, one mind, one Presence, then we’re safe again.  There’s nothing to attack us because there’s only pure Love of Spirit.  There’s nothing to defend against when we’re not thinking attacking thoughts.  “In our defenselessness our safety lies.”

If you’re not at Peace then you must have decided wrongly.  It’s time to choose again.  Give all the consequences of your wrong decision to the Holy Higher Spirit Self to undo.  Do this now, and keep doing it until you feel free.  This really works, but you won’t know it until you prove it to yourself.

Prove God works in your life.  This is different than studying and learning, this is living and practicing the truth.

Because we’re living in a holographic world of illusion and projection, the Higher Holy Spirit Self can EASILY undo all the consequences of our wrong decision if we allow it.  We must choose it.  That’s the ONLY way, there is no other way.

In fact, I Love that ACIM tells us, that our willingness is all that’s required and that it’s actually hubris to think that we can do more.  We cannot do more, so let’s stop thinking that we need do more.  Let’s be COMPLETELY willing to give up the crazy, stinking, thinking to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing and choose the most loving thoughts we can find in the moment.

Now is the time for us to awaken from the dream of separation to realize it really has been an adventure in the mind, and that we are where we always have been, at home in the Love of God.

And, on a personal note, I’m an activist.  Jesus was an activist.  Mary Magdalene was an activist.  The apostles were all activists.  Gandhi was an activist.  MLK was an activist.  I claim these people as my teachers.  My way of demonstrating activism is to practice nonviolence and non-judgment and to speak about the benefits of the active practice of both.  And, just as my teachers before me called out those who weren’t telling the truth, who were actively misleading people, I feel that’s worth doing when I can do it with LOVE.   And that’s where my spiritual practice is, every day.

I’m so grateful that I can realize that when I’m bothered by what I see, it’s time to take responsibility.  I must take responsibility before I take action or I’m only adding to my pain and I don’t wish to do that to myself anymore.  I am loving myself free of all lack, attack, limitation and separation thinking.  I can see now that Self-Love is the great healer of every problem in the world.

I choose Love and Freedom for all.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Politics & Spirituality – Part 2

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series.  You can start with Part 1 before reading this continuation.

In Part 1 of this 3 part series, I shared that in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had five special special relationships along her journey to Oz, including the “special hate relationship” with the Wicked Witch.  These relationships  that were transformed into what we might call Holy relationships.

At the end of the story, when Dorothy wakes up from her dream, she realizes that those she’d been on the journey to Oz with were her loved ones from back home in a new disguise.  And, in their dream world identities, it’s easier for us to see these characters as archetypes and projections of Dorothy’s disowned selves.

In other words, if we take a step back, and look at everything in the story as a symbol, then we can see what things are for.  When we’re upset and emotional (like Dorothy and the other characters are sometimes) then we have a difficult time knowing what things are for.

A Course in Miracles tells us in Lesson #25 (one of my favorites because it’s so helpful) we’re told “I don’t know what anything is for.”

In The Wizard of Oz, it seems like the Wicked Witch of the West is the arch enemy.  It seems as if we know what she’s for – she represents evil and unloving people.  She re-presents the opportunity for us to choose again.  In Dorothy’s story, she’s the “bad guy,” but is she?  Maybe the force and pressure of the Wicked Witch is precisely what Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man must face in order to rise above theiri resistance and reluctance to look within and find their greatness?  Maybe the Wicked Witch is actually a helper in divine disguise.

Who is the “Wicked Witch” in your life?  Maybe they’re a blessing calling you to rise to your greatness?  Have you been cursing them?  Are they the enemy or are they your savior?

We’re told throughout ACIM these basics:

  • Everything works together for our good and there are NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Everything is helpful and valuable.
  • Nothing we think we see with the body’s eyes is real, or meaningful.  Only Love is real.

So, let’s take another, deeper look at Dorothy’s friends:  Remember that the Scarecrow, like any scarecrow, was originally designed to scare away crows in order to protect the crops.  To the crows, he’s the symbol or representation of a human being.  What do crows represent?  Black crows symbolize communication from the gods, divination of the future.  To the Hindus, crows are representative of the ancestors and they give them offerings of food.

So, the Scarecrow – who isn’t very smart because he doesn’t have a brain – represents (re-presents) someone who’s actually scaring away divine insight, Wisdom of the ancestors, divine guidance and direction.  What could be less wise than that?

However, with Dorothy’s Love and friendship the Scarecrow transforms and can now have a whole new life – he doesn’t have to live out his days stuck on a pole in a field – he’s free to follow the guidance he’s been scaring away.  That’s just like us.  When we stop “scaring away” communication from God, we begin to realize we have access to true Wisdom and insight.

The Cowardly Lion was intimidating when Dorothy first met him.  She meets him in the dark and creepy forest.  In a sense, he’s like the monster under the bed.  In the dark, roaring from a distance, he’s frightening.  Up close, he’s all ego bluff and bluster, picking a fight with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.  When the Lion goes after Toto, Dorothy unexpectedly has the courage to slap him, and that completely disarms the Lion who dissolves in tears.  She’s like the child who has the courage to turn on the light and look under the bed to see there’s nothing frightening there.

Look how quickly the Lion transforms from an aggressor to a cry baby scaredy cat.  He joins their journey and with Dorothy’s Love and support as well as the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, he’s able to shift into his heart and find courage.

Courage actually means strength of heart.  To me, someone who has courage is able to stay in their heart, have strength and taking loving action EVEN THOUGH they might feel quite frightened.  Because of their Love for each other, Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man are all willing to find the courage to take loving action when they feel afraid. Isn’t that just like us?  We inspire each other with our courage and willingness.  In this way we share the benefits with everyone.  When one is lifted all are lifted.

When Dorothy meets him, the Tin Man has been stuck for a year.  Think about it, there’s a pattern here – the Scarecrow was stuck on a pole when Dorothy first encounters him.  Similarly, the Lion felt he was stuck in the dark and creepy forest.

The Tin Man yearns to have a heart so he can be loving and open up his narrow world.  What he discovers on the journey to Oz is that he actually only need EXPRESS Love in order to recover his loving heart.  It’s his own natural capacity to Love and be loved that becomes awakened in him and restores him.  Isn’t that just like us?

It’s our capacity to be loving and express Love, and especially to SHARE and EXTEND Love that redeems and restores us as well as strengthens us – and everyone around us.  This is why I say “Love is the healer.”  Love is our natural state.  It is the ground of our being and when we’re loving we’re restored to our true identity.

We don’t need someone to empower us, we can empower ourselves through being loving.  In fact, there’s no other way to turn on Self-empowerment.  AND, while we don’t NEED someone else, isn’t it easier when we can join with others?  YES!

When we can join with others, have compassion for them, and Love them unconditionally then we’re undefeatable, and we’re able to find our way back home to our true reality.

Dorothy’s journey in The Wizard of Oz is an archetypal  journey, it’s the journey we’re all on.

In Part 1 of this series, I invited you to consider who are the Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, Good Witch, Bad Witch in your life?  If they feel like special relationships now, can you ask and allow the Holy Spirit to transform them into Holy Healing and Healed Relationships?

Many people have been telling me how deeply threatened and upset they feel by the new American President and the choices he and his staff have made since they came into office.  For some of us it’s frightening to consider that we’d have things we love like National Public Radio, PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts taken away while in order to fund building a wall of separation.  For some people, that’s really scary stuff.

If you are one who feels upset, (and really this can apply to ANYONE or anything you believe is upsetting you) what if you can look at them, even for just a moment, as a projection of some unhealed part of your own mind?

What is the message you’re sending to yourself?

Consider seeing ALL judgment as self-judgment and ALL Love as Self-Love.

I’ve really come to see that the only way out of all problems, difficulties, pain and suffering is through my own loving heart.  My ability to be loving is the only thing that transforms any situation to a healed one.

AND what about times when it seems like you’re co-dependent with someone in your life who is making unloving choices?  Is it loving to say nothing and let them dig themselves a hole and then find their own way out of it?  Is that actually Love?  What’s our responsibility to help our brothers and sisters to find their way out of the creepy forest and into the Light.

A Course in Miracles tells us that the way out of ALL suffering is taking full responsibility.  Are we willing to take full responsibility for the world we see without having ANY blame at all?  How do we do that?

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series. In Part 3, on Monday, I’ll address how we can take responsibility and simultaneously be at Peace with it.  More to come!  Thank you for journeying with me!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Politics & Spirituality – Part 1 of 3

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series.  Many of the dedicated spiritual students that I’ve talked with lately have really been struggling for the last six months because of their political and personal views and what they see transpiring in the world.

When I was in beautiful Australia last September we were talking about the fear of terrorism when loved ones, living in other countries, were living with what felt like a very real threat.  How do you work with it at the level of the mind to heal it.

A Course in Miracles says, “Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists.”

Many have been asking me how to hold the current political situation in America with Love when things feel so challenging.

Recently someone I Love told me they didn’t wish to have anything to do with me anymore because they found out I support a woman’s right to choose.  In their opinion, it meant I was judgmental and, essentially, not really walking my talk and so they were angry with me.

As a spiritual counsellor, I have been counselling people for years who were experiencing severe anger and anxiety because of their beliefs about politics, politicians and the world.

For many years, people have been asking me for advice about how to handle the intensity of their fear and upset regarding situations in the world.  They ask me what I do, and so I thought I’d share some things that could be helpful.

First, A Course in Miracles tells us right at the very beginning of the Text to “seek not to change the world, but to change our mind about the world.”  It tells us that to have complete Peace, and to see with Divine Vision, all we need do is to take responsibility for the world we see.  And that’s the path that works for me.

It’s 100% responsibility for the world I see.

0% blame for any of it.

ACIM begins teaching us right at the beginning of the Workbook that the world we think we see is symbolic.  Everything is symbolic of what we believe.   Yes, everything is a symbol we see with our mind.

In the gorgeous story The Wizard of Oz we find a similar kind of story to our own story, or script, as ACIM calls it.  Dorothy is the prodigal daughter.  Consider the very important details and plot points:

  1. 1. Dorothy gets upset because she thinks people don’t really love and understand her.  She mis-interprets what’s going on and she clings to her judgment/opinion and she decides to run away.  Her mis-interpretation is merely a projection of her own lack of Self-Love and insecurity.  Dorothy’s “decides” to escape to a new and different “reality.”  Like the prodigal son, she sets off on an adventure.  Isn’t that just like us?  We decide our interpretation is correct – even though it scares us.  Using our judgments, opinions, interpretations, we’re able to block our heart awareness.  With our heart awareness blocked, we interpret the symbols around us through the lens of our history and the meaning we’ve made of things in the past.  Therefore, “everything I see only has the meaning that I give it.”  And so we set off down a path of darkness, frightening ourselves at every turn.
  2. 2. A terrifying and life-threatening storm/tornado comes.  As soon as we set off down a road of trying to create our own alternative reality based on our interpretations, a terrifying storm enters our life.  It’s called separation.  We separate ourselves from the flow of Love.  And that’s exactly what Dorothy does.  She’s on her own, in a storm, without Love and she gets hit in the head.  In a sense, she loses her mind.
  3. 3. Dorothy now finds herself in a magical land and she only wants to get back home.  Again, isn’t this just like us, like the prodigal son/daughter?  At home there’s real Love, security and comfort.  Escaping to this alternative reality, things are unreliable and constantly shape-shifting.  Attack is constant.  Fear is sparked around every corner.
  4. 4. Along the way, Dorothy makes five special relationships.  Dorothy meets others along the way:  the Scarecrow who thinks he doesn’t have a brain (wisdom), the lion who thinks he doesn’t have courage (strength of heart) and the Tin Man who thinks he doesn’t have a heart (capacity to Love and be loved).  These three companions are actually projections of her own belief about herself.  Glenda the Good Witch is Dorothy’s kinder loving nature – her Higher Holy Spirit Self.  The Wicked Witch of the West is Dorothy’s ego that is so hurt and afraid it only knows how to destroy and punish to find power.  Each of these five are crucial parts of Dorothy’s identity.  She must Love the parts of herself that she judges in order to experience their highest expression and find her way home.  Just like the Lion must discover that he actually does have true courage, the Tin Man learns he does have a heart and great capacity to Love while the Scarecrow discovers he has the Wisdom to make loving choices even when he’s threatened.  Their experiences ARE Dorothy’s experiences because they share the same mind.   Dorothy must see all of this unfold in her outer world to recognize the reflection of her inner world, her true Self.  Notice that the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion are childlike and simple.  Dorothy, when she aligns with her own inner strength is able to be a parent to them even though she’s actually still a girl herself.  Her inner wisdom is naturally mature and wise, but when she’s judgmental, she can’t access that Wisdom, and then she’s immature and afraid.
  5. 5. After battling and dissolving the Wicked Witch Dorothy finds the way to go back home.  Since the Wicked Witch (ego) is out to kill Dorothy, she has to battle the Wicked Witch to get free and focus on what’s most important to her – going home.  She literally dissolves the Wicked Witch with a bucket of water.  What is water but a symbol of clear thought, and clarity?  To the interpreters of dreams, water symbolizes our intuition.  What is the thing that pushes Dorothy to stand up to the Witch and to throw that bucket of water upon her?  It’s the Love she has for her loved one. It’s the power of Love that gives her the courage and the insight.
  6. 6. Dorothy succeeds because of the Love she has for her companions.  The thing that gives her the strength to launch this battle with the Wicked Witch (ego) and get her power back is the Holy Relationships that she has with her “mighty companions.”  They’re “all for one and one for all.”  This loving alignment with her friends (who represent her disowned selves) is what brings her back into her right mind.  They’re relationships transform from special to holy as they learn to love, support and accept each other unconditionally with compassion.
  7. 7. Glenda points out that Dorothy had the power all along.  In order to go home, Dorothy has to realize that the kingdom is within.  The “mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz” who cannot rescue her, she must rescue herself.  The only thing that can take her home is going within, and desiring to be at home, where the True Love is.  That’s the decision that only she can make.  That’s the willingness that only she can find.
  8. 8. Dorothy awakes from the dream.   She discovers she’s already at home.  The prodigal daughter “returns” only to discover she didn’t go anywhere.  She never left.  It was all in her mind – a dream.
  9. 9. Dorothy realizes how much she is loved.   No one is holding anything against Dorothy because of the judgments she had before she ran away.  They’re all just glad she’s back. Everyone rejoices, no one is angry that Dorothy went off on an adventure to discover what it would be like to be separate.  No one is angry because they know it was just a dream.

Look around your life – who is the Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, Good Witch, Bad Witch in your life?  If they feel like special relationships now, can you ask and allow the Holy Spirit to transform them into Holy Healing and Healed Relationships?

If the politics of the world are upsetting you, and frightening you, are you willing to more clearly see that it’s not the world that is upsetting, it’s your thoughts about the world.

We’re on a journey home, just like Dorothy.  Our landscape will shift and change when we change our mind about it.

This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. In Part 2, on Sunday, I’ll  share more about how to recognizes what the symbols we see in the world are for – and how they actually point us in the direction home.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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National Strike Day Tomorrow

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

I’ve talked with many people in the last few months who are upset with the political situation now and the executive orders coming out of the White House.  Many are asking me what to do with their upset, and I’ve been continuing to respond with the #1 thing for us all to do is to change our mind about the world.  That’s the thing that really heals.

Many are being tested to give up their judgments, but they are having a hard time.  I get it. Many are feeling helpless and afraid and not knowing what to do.

For years I studied the teachings of Gandhi and the nonviolent movement to let India rule itself and get the British out.  I’ve studied the nonviolent civil rights movement in the United States to end segregation and I participated as a child.

Nonviolent Action has transformed more nations that we realise.  It’s the same same tool that Jesus taught.  In fact, many don’t realise that Gandhi was profoundly inspired by Jesus and particularly the Sermon on the Mount.

I was fortunate to have as my teacher Rev. Dr. James Lawson who was also a mentor to Dr. King and many others in the nonviolent movement in the United States.  And that’s why I’m supporting the National Strike Day on February 17th.

The basic idea is this:  As a form of nonviolent protest – to take action for one day – don’t buy anything and don’t go to work, if at all possible.  You can always purchase what you need today or on Saturday if you plan ahead.  

It’s not a day off – it’s a day of working to bring benefit by being of service and speaking up.  It’s an opportunity to participate in democracy in action.  It’s an opportunity to pray and meditate for Peace and especially for our new President.  I pray that he learns the power of loving action.

Instead of working as you might normally do, call your senators and representatives and take action.  Get creative with it.  If you know you’ll be going to marches and protests, stay home and make some signs – invite some friends to come over and get creative with you – put a sign in the yard or in the window.

I remember the story of when I was a little girl, my parents put a sign in the window of their home that said, “Save the world from Richard Nixon.”

The neighbors put a sign in the window that said, “Save the world from people like the people next door.”

That’s democracy in action.  That’s nonviolent protest.

I feel one of the most important things for us is to remember what it says in A Course in Miracles – that how we got into this whole mess in the first place is that we entertained the “tiny mad idea” of being separate from each other and we “forgot to laugh.”  It’s important for us to laugh now.  And that’s why I really appreciate the late night comedians who help us to laugh at what’s happening – it helps keep me inspired to take loving, nonviolent action from the heart.

Here’s an article you might like to read:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monique-svazlian-cpcc-acc/theres-a-national-general_b_14729604.html

So, I won’t be sending a shot of daily espresso tomorrow, because I’m going to participate in the National Strike Day.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Loving the Beloved

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always, on my retreats, we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day!  This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling.  Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, on line or in writing!  I love it!  We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work!  Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see!  4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question!  Join me live or get the download later.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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

I think of February as relationship month.  And this whole month I’m doing something different on my radio show.  Each February I dedicate my radio show to relationship healing and holy relationships.  This month I’m going to take live calls and written in questions to do one-on-one Q&A help just like I do in my weekly Sacred Circle Spiritual Counseling calls.

Please share with friends, loved ones and at facebook – to let people know they can come and ask their relationship questions – I’m only taking questions about relationships.

Here’s the link to either call in or write in a relationship question today

http://iTeleseminar.com/94868706

The broadcast is LIVE at 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific, 4pm UK.

Please come join me live today and bring your questions!

RADIO SHOW TODAY:  On my radio show today my topic is Relationship Q&A.  You can join in LIVE on my radio show this week and call in to ask me your specific questions about your relationships – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Androids. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes right now!  Transcripts are available here:  Living A Course in Miracles. You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically.  On your phone, iPod, iPad or computer.  Check it out! And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please help out and write a review so more people find the show? Thank you!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

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Love Doesn’t Keep Score

Monday, February 13th, 2017

As we approach Valentine’s Day many of us are thinking about relationships.  Valentine’s Day in many ways can cause more strain on relationships because for some it becomes another way for the ego to play a game with us, and it usually has to do with keeping score.

Love doesn’t keep score.  It doesn’t know how.

Love is the all in all – how could there ever be a score that wasn’t complete Oneness all the time – only with a belief in limitation is there a way to keep score and think that there’s more or less.

Honestly, what’s the point in keeping score UNLESS  you really would like to feel more separate.  Isn’t the whole point of keeping score to see who has more points and then feel separate and upset about it?

Does anyone keep score in order to celebrate how much Love everyone around them is expressing?  No, the score keeping is a weapon of mass distraction that’s simply not helpful and usually ends up with someone feeling resentful and hurt.

If you’re a scorekeeper just give it up, because no good can come from it.

Love naturally gives and shares and doesn’t keep score.

Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is generous.

When we’re giving to get something in return, then we feel resentful and we’re in scorekeeper mode.

The way to stay in your heart is to be willing to put Love first and let Love win – for it surely will!

When we’re keeping score we’re co-dependent and that is a pattern that can be dissolved and resolved by our willingness.  Once again, our willingness is all that is required!

Take a step for Freedom and look around your life and see if you can find any place you’re keeping score and simply stop.  It does require you to TRUST Love.   It can take practice to break the habit of giving to get, but it’s SO worth it to have the flow of Love back in your life.

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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I AM Loved By the Universe!

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

I am constantly delighted by how God works in my life.  I frequently say that spiritual practice saves time, money, and energy, and it does.  There’s tangible proof every day.  And I have a wonderful example to share.

For a week or two, the DVD drive on my laptop hasn’t operating properly and on Tuesday, I got a strong feeling that it was time to call Apple and find out what to do about it.  The technician suggested that it might be a software issue and I should update to the latest operating system.

So, I backed everything up and did the update.  That didn’t fix my DVD player.  What it did was it slowed my laptop way down.  By Friday night, it was so slow it was really difficult to work.  Remember swapping floppies back in the old days, thirty years ago?  It was slow like that.

So, I called tech support and spent a couple of hours on the phone and there was no end in sight, so I decided to take the laptop to the Apple store.

At the store I had a great Genius bar rep who was so sweet and helpful.  It was a pleasure to spend time with her.  In the end, here is the good news:

My laptop was 8 days from the warranty protection plan expiring and if I hadn’t brought it in, I wouldn’t have realised it.

They’re replacing the DVD player under warranty.

They’re going to do an extra check of every component and part to make sure everything works well before that warranty expires.

They’re going to fedex it back to me.

Now, back in the old days when the ego ran my life, I would have been so angry and upset that any of the issues were happening and I can bet you that the Genius Bar goddess would not have shined her wonderful light on me and felt called to be so helpful.

I know that because there was nothing to forgive and I was enjoying being patient, for the most part, that everything worked together for my good,and I’ll have the benefit of my old laptop for a while longer.

And I can honestly see that because of my attitude, my Peace, that I really did save time, money, and energy.

That’s how life is.  It’s so worth it to have patience.  When I have patience, it is so easy to see how completely loved I am by the Universe!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing, and restoring retreat, March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always, on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real Clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Great Willingness

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Yesterday, I wrote about infinite patience. Cultivating infinite patience has been a powerful and life-changing spiritual practice for me. I’m not always successful, but I’ve become more successful every day.

How appropriate is it then that I had a day of my computer running extremely slow. All day long, I was waiting for my computer to catch up with me. I had at least 100 opportunities to cultivate a greater patience and a greater willingness.

The more the day went along, the slower my computer got. I finally got on the phone with tech support. After two hours of troubleshooting and having no change, no success, I finally said, with patience, I’m taking a break.

My computer is going to take a time out at the at the Genius Bar today. It’s old and maybe, it needs to be put out to pasture.

There really is a gift encoded into every moment if we are willing to accept it. that’s a wonderful thing. It’s not a burden. And it’s not torture. It’s an extraordinary opportunity. It’s Divine Grace. I’m so glad I don’t feel angry. I’m so grateful I feel peaceful.

Practice with me today, and rejoice at every opportunity to practice infinite patience. Together we rise in Love.

Cultivating more Freedom is what my Spring retreat is all about. It’s a little over one month from now. Come join me and let’s clear out some clutter from our heart and our mind together!

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing, and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!
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Infinite Patience

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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

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

There are times when people are upset when we don’t share the same preferences or beliefs and I can tell that what’s upsetting to them is just the very fact that we disagree – no matter what it’s about.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retreat with me!  I’m offering a deeply healing, renewing, and restoring retreat March 16 to 19 in New York.  As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage.  It’s such a relief to let it go!  If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join me!  Click here for details about my Masterful Living Retreat – the early bird discount is on now – this retreat is open to all – come and bring a friend!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Get Your Peace Back

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Do you blame your loss of Peace on others?  On the world?  On situations and circumstances?  I used to blame anyone and everyone for my loss of Peace.

Isn’t it crazy that we can blame others for our loss of Peace, and it still doesn’t bring our Peace back! Aaarrgh! If only we could abdicate responsibility for our feelings, blame others and somehow magically feel better! I’ve tried that SO MANY times and it never worked for me! Does it work for you?

I’d say “maybe next lifetime it’ll work,” but I prefer not to have another lifetime. I’d like to wake up NOW! How about you? Are you in?

I’ve tried so many egotistical ways to try to get my Peace back and none of them ever worked for me. Which is a darn good thing! If they worked, I’d be stuck in a misery of my own making – still feeling like I lived on a hamster wheel from hell.

I have to laugh at my craziness now. I’m grateful that I can laugh now. So grateful! I can’t believe how many times I made the same errors thinking that somehow it would go well for me. I was completely ego-deluded.

There’s hardly a day that goes by that I’m not tempted to trade my Peace for another thought. Now that I feel peaceful most of the time and I’m not willing to trade my Peace for anything. It’s just not worth it. I still must be vigilant, but it’s easy now.  I’m glad that I know that and I AM vigilant for Love. If I’m moving away from feeling Peaceful, I know that I’ve made an error and I can choose again. It’s obvious.  Choosing again is easy.  Thank you, God!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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The Power of Two or More

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Many desire to have spiritual expansion, to feel that deep and fulfilling connection with Spirit. Many yearn simply to be at Peace; and still there’s resistance and reluctance. Sometimes it seems endless and oppressive – but there’s a cure. It’s the willingness to look within to find the Kingdom of God where it is actually located.

There’s no substitute for doing the inner work. And because we resist it so much it’s a great relief to know that when we gather together, two or more, we can have extraordinary breakthroughs and healing. There’s power in joining!

I’ve had prayer partners for decades. I have my “spiritual posse,” that I can count on to join with me and remember the truth with me, and so I feel secure in the knowledge that I AM supported at a profound level. It’s spiritual security.

I encourage you to find a group, a prayer partner, a community, and commit to the highest level of healing that you’re willing to accept. Now is the time of great healing – let’s say YES and invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self to join us with like-minded souls for our healing!

This is why I LOVE retreats. We get so much ACCOMPLISHED in our healing. It’s beautiful to experience.

I’m announcing my Masterful Living Spring Retreat – the purpose is to really clear the mental and emotional clutter – and move forward SO MUCH LIGHTER! If you’d like to learn more check it out now: http://jenniferhadley.com/masterful-living-retreat-2017/

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day! This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling. Join my Sacred Circle and you can ask me any question you would like on the phone, online, or in writing! I love it! We have an awesome group of people who are doing the deep work! Try my Sacred Circle for a month and see! 4 spiritual counseling calls with me each month – ask me any question! Join me live or get the download later.

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!

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Something New

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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

Second, it’s Valentine’s month.  I think it of, “Relationship Month.”  And today, I’m doing something new on my radio show.  Each February, I *dedicate my radio show to relationship healing and holy relationships.  This month I’m going to take live calls and written in questions to do one-on-one Q&A help, just like I do in my weekly Sacred Circle Spiritual Counseling calls.

Please share with friends, loved ones, and at Facebook – to let people know they can come and ask their relationship questions – I’m only taking questions about relationships.

Here’s the link to either call in or write in a relationship question today

http://iTeleseminar.com/94576386

The broadcast is LIVE at 11am Eastern, 8am Pacific, 4pm UK.

Please come join me live today and bring your questions!

RADIO SHOW TODAY:  On my radio show today, my topic is Relationship Help!  You can join in LIVE on my radio show this week and call in to ask me your specific questions about your relationships – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes, or Stitcher for Androids. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes right now!  Transcripts are available here:  Living A Course in Miracles. You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically.  On your phone, iPod, iPad, or computer.  Check it out! And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? Thank you!

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

TODAY is the LAST DAY Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Tuesday, Feb 7 only!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017 then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Truth Is Our Liberation

Monday, February 6th, 2017

“All thought produces form at some level.” A Course in Miracles

Form = our experience, our feelings, and the circumstances of our lives

Our thoughts become our experience, at some level.

It’s our thoughts that produce our feelings. When you believe something that’s not true, you don’t feel peaceful. Our feelings let us know that what we’re thinking isn’t true. Truth sets us free.

Truth is our liberation because Truth is what we are.
LOVE is the only healer – it’s the perfect true thought!
Love is what we are.

When we choose to believe something that’s not true, it upsets us. The more convinced of the lie we are, the more likely we are to be upset. Often, the upset is unbearable, and so rather than choosing Truth, we choose self-medication in order to escape the suffering caused by our choice to believe that which is not actually true.

It’s amazing to me that we’ve all got that inner Divine Alarm Clock pre-installed – to help us know whenever we’re choosing to believe that which isn’t actually true, such as: I’m not good enough.

It’s a great thing to realize that every little upset and every big one is that Divine Alarm Clock going off to let us know that we can choose again and choose the Truth that sets us free!

Why would you wish to choose again if it meant you could have Peace?

People would pay so much money to have Peace, but how willing are they to choose Love and compassion, to be patient and kind?

There’s such a Freedom that comes from being disciplined for Love and by Love.  It doesn’t seem like it at the outset, but the effort is so worth it!

When we tell ourselves it’s hard to change, we’re really affirming that we’re separate.  When we give Spirit the heavy lifting, there is no hard.  Let’s give all the heavy lifting to Spirit and choose Freedom right now!

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Tuesday, Feb 7 only!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego.  Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like!  You have until Tuesday, Feb 7 to decide!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017, then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Dissolving Depression

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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

At times it seems that the darkness can appear to lead to more sadness and then to depression and hopelessness – it can be so intense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can seem that things are being taken from us.

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

Appearances are symbolic of our beliefs.

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

I AM that great I AM. I AM the light. I AM the Love.

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

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

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

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Tuesday, Feb 7 only!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego.  Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like!  You have until Tuesday, Feb 7 to decide!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017 then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know? Thank you!  

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Get Unstuck! Speaker Series Invite

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Today, I get to share something beautiful that’s also a gift for you.  I was recently invited to share in a speaker series with my friend, Denise Barry.

I have something for you that will help you to become aware of those invisible blocks that are holding you back from living the life you desire.

I’ve recently been invited to speak at the Get Unstuck…Breakthrough the Illusion & Set Yourself FREE virtual speaker series. This dynamic speaker series features many of the world’s leading experts (including me) on how to get to the root of your block, end the struggle and get into alignment with your heart’s desires. It is already shaping up to be the life changing event of the year!

This is a video series – and I’m sharing on Forgiveness, of course, one of my favorite topics!

Here are a few of the topics the other speakers will be covering:

  • Money/Finances/Manifest Faster
  • Weight
  • Love/Relationships
  • Purpose & Direction
  • Excuses
  • Anxiety
  • Accelerate your results
  • Raise your Financial Vibration
  • And much, much more…

And I get to share an exclusive invitation to register for the speaker series… for FREE!

All you have to do is register here:

denisebarry.ca/speaker-series-registration-page

Following that link will allow you to reserve your ‘seat’ for the Get Unstuck…Breakthrough the Illusion & Set Yourself FREE – 2017 Online Event!

And it will cost you absolutely nothing.  My session is airing tomorrow!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Self-Doubt Is OVER

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

When I think about it now I realize that self-doubt is insanity.  It’s plain crazy!  Self-doubt is when the ego mind says:

“You don’t have what it takes”

Spirit ALWAYS has what it takes to do whatever it would like to do. ALWAYS. When we’re aligned with ego we’ll be filled with doubt, BECAUSE the ego can only accomplish that which is not worth accomplishing. THEREFORE, it is naturally filled with doubt.

What the ego can accomplish is only of this world, and has no lasting value.
What the ego can accomplish is only that which can lead to your suffering.
The value of suffering is that it PUSHES us to wake up and choose Spirit.

That’s about all the ego really has for us at this point. Motivation to stop suffering.

What does that motivation really come from? Increased suffering!

Is that any way to live?

Unfortunately, yes, it is, and I have lived that way and it absolutely got me to the point where I said

“I have had ENOUGH. I AM choosing GOD!”

Phew!

Who knew that in this world one of the best things that could ever happen is that my suffering would become intolerable and I would totally give up and surrender my life to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and then be grateful for everything I’ve experienced?  What a wild ride!

I’m so glad to learn that Spirit never fails.

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Feb 7 only!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego.  Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like!  You have until Feb 7 to decide!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017 then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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Spiritual Forgetfulness

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

One of the most beautiful testimonials anyone has ever given me about their healing experience in my year-long Masterful Living Course was that before they took the class they felt like they were having “aha!” moments of insight, but they couldn’t hang on to them.  They’d fade away.

I remember feeling that way. I remember it well. I used to wonder if there was something wrong with me. I wondered if that happened to other people too. Was it just me? Was I a spiritual loser? Why couldn’t I hang onto my insights?

When we’re on the edge of waking up, but not ACTIVELY choosing it, we may not actually wish to hang onto our aha’s and insights.  I now know that the spiritual forgetfulness happens when we aren’t really willing.

When we truly value our aha’s we get to keep them.  The waiting is over.  I know for myself, I’m not pushing spirit’s insights away like I used to. I’m so grateful for that awareness. I feel that things are building for me in very tangible ways and that’s a blessing I’m giving myself.
We often think that someone else has the key, but that’s not the case.

It’s our willingness that’s the key. Always.

For me, it’s the willingness to cultivate a pristine awareness – taking out the trash and tossing the junk away. Clearing the clutter. Making room for those aha’s and insights. Welcome home!!

Each year in my year-long Masterful Living Course people demonstrate how much benefit a little bit of willingness consistently cultivated can bring. Year after year people tell me they are amazed at their results. They are literally amazed at how much their life and their feeling about themselves can change in just one year. It’s miraculous. It’s not magical – they do the work to get the results.

I know this, when it comes to spiritual practice, If we’re successful by even a little – there’ll be more light in our lives and everyone else’s. Your vibration will be lifted and you’ll begin to silently broadcast the message: “it can be done and I AM doing it.”

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2017 – click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2017 registration reopened until Feb 7 only!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego.  Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like!  You have until Feb 7 to decide!

We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2017 then please click here to learn more now.

Register now and if it’s not for you, you can always cancel – no obligation.  If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it.  Trust your intuition!

If you’re finding what I’m sharing to be helpful, won’t you please share at facebook and twitter to let others know?  Thank you!

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