Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

When Healers Play Small

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Over the years, I’ve met a great many talented people who have exceptional talent in their chosen profession, and yet they still play small. Often they’re seeking outside themselves for a solution, while the solution cannot be found there.

The healing answer cannot be found outside because the cause of the issue is not outside. To find the answer, folks must learn to look within, and that’s the last place many people would like to look. This is a topic I know a lot about.

Playing small can be incredibly painful. And that’s why I talk about it so often.

People have told me that others don’t wish to hear about things like playing small. They’d like to hear about how to play big instead. I get it. And, I think it’s helpful to really look at the ways we’re playing small and getting tripped up.

We can take all the seminars we’d like on how to play big, but when our belief system doesn’t change, neither will the playing small.

I’m for healing the limiting beliefs so that we can actually let go of the past and live the life we’re designed to live.

If this topic interests you – check out my radio show this week!

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests, please click here now! This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

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Transforming Pain to Power

Monday, June 17th, 2019

A crucible is a container that’s used to heat metals and other materials that require a very high temperature in order to melt. Sometimes that’s what our life seems to be: a container for us to melt within.

I notice that many people, if not all of us, on this spiritual path go through a crucible experience. It really does seem as if no one is exempt from this crucible experience.

It also seems that it’s a great purification, if we choose that. If we don’t choose it, the crucible seems to come back for further opportunity to purify.

You may know Arthur Miller’s brilliant play The Crucible, (probably one of the best plays ever written by anyone anywhere) set in the time of the Salem witch hunts, is an allegory for what was happening with McCarthyism, the blacklists and the communist “witch hunt” of the 1950s.

Miller’s play is brilliant on every level and demonstrates what it’s like to be in the midst of a roiling boil of judgement, opinion, condemnation, fear, guilt, shame, blame and emotional overwhelm. A 1996 movie version starts Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder and Joan Allen – it’s worth watching, especially if you’ve never seen the play on stage.

As a Spiritual Counselor and teacher since 2000, in my observation of people, pretty much everyone goes through at least one major crucible experience where it feels like you’re being attacked from all sides. It seems like a punishment, but it’s actually come to help us.

We can take this experience as a nightmare that we’re trying to escape from or fix, but there’s another way to look at this hellish crucible in our lives that actually turns it into a golden, liberating experience for your heart and mind. It is a profound spiritual alchemy opportunity. It’s a path of liberation. And, it is for those who are more interested in living a life of Love than in looking good or being right.

To be able to rise above the experience of purification, we have to realize that the challenge is for the purpose of training our mind to focus on what we’d like, rather than what we don’t like. It’s a true challenge.

When we can stay focused in faith on what we’d like, then our life really does profoundly change, and forgiveness is the key to making this shift.

If you feel like you’re in a crucible, I invite you to practice gratitude for the purification and relax into willingness to let what doesn’t serve you go. It’s challenging, but when we can do this, the crucible may not need to be repeated! What a blessing that is.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests, please click here now! This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honoring My father

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

I’ve learned so much from my Father. Some of it I’ve had to unlearn, and some of it has been so helpful to me, beyond any measure. More than anything, I’ve learned about Love, devotion, dedication, commitment and the value of valuing these qualities.

When I was a teenager I had a chores and responsibilities in my family. One time I forgot to do wash the kitchen floor and my Father said “But you remembered to call your friends, didn’t you? You remembered what was important to you.” He was right.

My responsibilities in the family weren’t as important as my friends. To this day, my Father’s words help me to remember what is important is not always the thing that I most enjoy doing and that I always prefer to make a conscious choice. To this day, I am grateful for the lesson learned.

If I choose from what I’m “wanting,” then I’m always left wanting and never having because the wanting never ends. I prefer to be highly intentional with each choice. I AM training my mind to always see and choose the most loving choice.

This has helped me to develop a joyful attitude towards the things that support excellence in my life and in this way I deeply and truly honor my Father.

When I began a practice of daily prayer and meditation it felt like a chore. Very often I didn’t want to do it. My teachers said how much they loved to pray. I didn’t get it. For me it was a task, a burden. It was work to get myself to be still, to take the time. I wasn’t feeling the joy. I wasn’t really receiving the benefits. It was like when I was a teenager. Yes, I “wanted” a clean kitchen floor, a high consciousness, but I also wanted to put my attention elsewhere. If I had not been committed to seeing the higher choice for Love, I’d still be wanting, endlessly wanting.

I see this in so many spiritual seekers. They “want” to be more loving. And, again, wanting and having are two different things. The one who is wanting is not devoted to having and being. Wanting never ends. The one who awakens from the dream of separation is committed to seeking the Kingdom first. This becomes their joy, their devotion and their passion. Wanting is magical thinking. Wanting is thinking something is missing. Nothing’s missing. You must look where you can find it. And that requires devotion. True spiritual success is a living commitment to being loving, even when it’s deeply challenging.

Think of this – if the love of your life was “missing” would you be devoted to finding them? Or would you simply “want” to find them? Look in your heart for the answer. That’s where the love of YOUR life is waiting for YOU!

Ramakrishna taught us, “Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.” Over the years I’ve continued to pray, to meditate and, just like with my yoga practice, I’ve become stronger, more flexible. I’ve felt the cleansing effects of prayer and meditation. The healing has taken over my awareness. Now, I cannot imagine getting out of bed in the morning without praying. I cannot imagine not going back to prayer again and again throughout the day. My practice is the embrace of my Beloved, the One TRUE LOVE of my life. The One who never tires of me. The one who always loves me and offers me the very best without restriction.

Today I demonstrate what is important to me by my devotion, by my practice, by washing the kitchen floor, exercising, smiling, being kind and patient, keeping my appointment with my meditation chair, my prayer partner and my beloved. I show up! And in this way I honor my Father who brought me as well as the one who sent me. In countless small ways I devote myself to the daily practice of showing up with love and kindness. In this way I make a profound contribution to peace in the world, and I am grateful for every experience that brought me to this moment.

Today I’m so very grateful for my father, Danny Hadley. I’ve always felt his commitment to love, to being the best father he could be to me, to caring for me, protecting and providing for me. We’ve had very difficult times and we’ve had glorious times. We are having a journey of love together, and naturally it includes the peaks and valleys.

I know that with every passing year we’re both more interested in sharing with each other the very best of ourselves. The very best is our loving hearts, our kindness, our patience, and generosity. Year after year, we’re learning to be devoted to each other as father and daughter, to the best of our ability. This is cause for celebration.

Many, many times in the past it’s been so challenging, but it’s not challenging like that anymore and we’re grateful for that. My devotion to Love itself has been my healer. I’m grateful that my father was always willing to see the best of me, even when it wasn’t readily apparent to others and even if it took him a minute. That is the gift that we can all give to each other. It’s certainly the best gift a father could ever give a daughter. Today I celebrate my father and I give thanks for him.

I give thanks that my Dad never taught me anything about God and that I got to find that on my own. I’ve never had to undo any false beliefs about the Divine. I particularly give thanks that he taught me to be able to laugh and play, to love good food and great friends, to enjoy music and nature and so much of life. He also helped me learn, above all, that I intend to never miss an opportunity to love again! Thanks, Dad! I love you so much.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests, please click here now! This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honesty

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Life is about remembering the Truth of who we are.  It’s about realizing the divinity of ALL life.  For most of us humans, this remembering feels like learning.  It feels like growth, change, and development.

Imagine the determination to develop that a single blade of grass has when it finds the strength to break through a cement sidewalk! We humans have within us that very same strength and power, plus much more!  

Is it possible to tap into my strength and power while complaining, criticizing and condemning?  No, of course not.

How often, instead of encouraging my own impulse to grow and develop, did I talk myself into remaining in the same familiar place? Thousands of times! 

How many times did I hold onto an outgrown opinion about myself or others?  Millions of times!

But no more!  Now, I’m interested in awakening to the Truth that sets me free, and that’s ALL I’m interested in.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position. That is why Emerson said that foolish consistency was the hobgoblin of little minds… “

And, in the Manual for Teachers of A Course in Miracles we’re told that Honesty is consistency and that is the #2 characteristic of God’s teachers.

I love that. This is the kind of consistency that is deeply healing. I aspire to be consistently loving. I’m not there yet, but I soon will be.

“Honesty does not apply only to what you say. The term actually means consistency. There is nothing you say that contradicts what you think or do; no thought opposes any other thought; no act belies your word; and no word lacks agreement with another. Such are the truly honest. At no level are they in conflict with themselves. Therefore it is impossible for them to be in conflict with anyone or anything.” ~ Manual for Teachers, Chapter 4

Each and every moment offers us the possibility of new development through learning and remembering. Today we can seize opportunity to listen to our inner voice and, like that determined blade of grass, break through the cement of our old thinking and outdated opinions. Yes!

God is for each of us, always with us! Believe it and we WILL see it. We CAN be truly masterful!

I AM a learner. I AM willing to access my potential and release the cement of old thinking right NOW!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcoming My Blessings

Friday, June 14th, 2019

I’ve learned that my life doesn’t go well when I don’t follow my guidance. Sometimes I don’t know what the guidance is for. Sometimes I don’t understand it, but I’ve learned that I don’t have to understand it – I follow, and all will be revealed.

That’s what trust is.

When I talk 1-on-1 with many of the folks in my classes, I hear that they’re a lot like me. Like attracts like — of course, we’re a lot alike! One of the things we have in common is resistance and reluctance. I’ve really dissolved a lot of that, but there’s still some left.

And I used to have MAJOR trust issues. Trust is also an issue for many people in class with me. The thing is, we’re all interested in having a deep trust and faith. We’re all interested in releasing all resistance and reluctance.

I’ve learned that the guidance is so precious. I can have a great faith because I’ve proved it to myself that things go better with Spirit. Leaving Spirit out is a recipe for repeating the pain of the past, and I am SO done with that.

I venture forward, knowing that when I follow my guidance there’s going to be some greatness, some magnificence, and some Beauty unfolding in my life, and that’s worth the effort.

I am grateful that I can even perceive guidance, and that’s why it’s so important for me to share with others what I’ve learned.

There are Infinite Blessings for all of us, and following guidance from Spirit is the way I know to welcome them.

I am grateful even before I know they have arrived, because I know the blessings are en route at all times. What a life!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Right & Wrong

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

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 has 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 then 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 omnipresent 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 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!

TODAY is my Sacred Circle day and I LOVE it! This is my monthly membership program that gives you a weekly call of group spiritual counseling with me. 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.

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

 

 

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Living As Light

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Yesterday, on my Radio Show, I was sharing about my journey from darkness to Light. I used to feel that life had a lot of darkness in it. The darkness can be so convincing! I really believed the darkness was real.

Now I can see more clearly. The darkness I thought I saw was the shadow cast by my own projections of “not enough” and “less than.”

I had so much negative thinking that most of my thinking was negative. I was so critical and judgmental – a habit I’m still actively healing every day, but now the appearances of shadows are the exception, not the rule.

Every day I can see how opinions cast a shadow and block the Light of my Being, which is always shining. Like the sun behind the clouds, our Light is ever-present and always available if we have the eyes to see it.

Cultivating the eyes to see the Light in every moment is my daily practice and it’s so worthwhile. It’s never a waste of time or energy.

Only the Light is real. Only the Light is meaningful.

A Course in Miracles tells us that we see a meaningless world, and that’s because the shadows have no meaning. They are only the evidence that the Light is there shining if we’re willing to see it.

Together we pray to be more willing to see the Light within and the Light in others, and recognize it as the One Light of all! Together we are healed and released from the belief in darkness!

Light Workers around the world are being called to step up and do what they’re designed to do – share the Light! It’s a beautiful calling, and we are ALL invited to answer it.

All are worthy. We don’t have to earn our calling. It’s freely given because it truly IS our real identity.

We are the Light! Now and forever.
We can share that Light or we can hide it.
That’s our free will choice.

Eventually, we’ll all shine the Light of Love and I rejoice to know that our lives contribute to the end of a belief in darkness. Yes!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

 

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Healers & Healing

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

When we’re living in accordance with spiritual principle, then we become a healing presence in this world. I’ve learned that, for sure.

Back in the 60s, Eldridge Cleaver said “You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” I’ve learned to apply that to myself and my thinking, and it’s been helpful.

If my thoughts are not part of my healing, then they are contributing to my unhappiness, and that’s my “problem.”

Contributing to my own unhappiness is no longer acceptable to me anymore.

A Course in Miracles tells me that I have no problems. It says, “All your problems have been solved.” If I walk around this world thinking I have problems, then I will experience them. The most basic way I can be a healer in this world is to stop energizing problems and start energizing the one and ONLY solution there is: being loving.

When we’re choosing to be loving, whether it’s toward ourselves or others, then we’re contributing to the healing of all the beliefs that have generated the sense that there’s a problem.

I don’t know what others need.
I don’t know what’s best for anyone.
BUT, I can know that Love solves all the problems in a meaningful way.

If we’re not solving the problem with Love, then we’re not actually healing it. We’re only creating a temporary diversion.

There’s so much we can do that’s truly helpful. And, being loving is ALL of it. Love never fails. I find that to be such a relief!

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

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

 

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Rest Comes From Waking

Monday, June 10th, 2019

I’ve had a weekend of unexpected travel challenges. I was flying from Raleigh, North Carolina via Dallas – Ft. Worth to Santa Barbara to share an end-of-year graduation party with my goddaughter and her family. I arrived in Dallas – Ft. Worth as scheduled around 6 p.m., and had a 1-hour layover before departing for Santa Barbara.

The plane to Santa Barbara was loaded. We taxied down the runway, then the pilot realized there was an issue with navigation, and so they headed back to the gate and deplaned everyone. Three or more hours later they cancelled the flight. They could re-book me in 2 days, but I’d have to either live at the airport or pay for my own hotel for two nights, because the problem with the navigation was solar flares, and that’s not their fault.

By the time I got re-booked, and rerouted through Los Angeles, et cetera, and got to my hotel, it was going on 2 a.m.

Now, my hotel turned out to be the kind of place that a “lady of the evening” might use for a client. It was interesting, to say the least. I thought, “Well, at least I can take a shower and have a nap before I go to the Dallas Love Field Airport at 5:30 a.m. I felt so uncomfortable in that room that I couldn’t really sleep, so I ended up doing lying-down prayers.

I find that when I make prayers for several hours in the night if I cannot sleep, I wake up feeling renewed, anyway.

One of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles is “Rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.”

And it’s SO true.

I thought I might have a nap on my three-hour flight to Los Angeles, but not so much. More prayers. And then once I got to L.A. I had to rent a car to drive to Santa Barbara to make my goddaughter’s graduation party. Phew! All went well.

And still, as I write this late Sunday night – the luggage didn’t arrive at the airport as it had been “guaranteed.” Sometime later it will be delivered to the house. At least I don’t have any prescriptions, and there’s nothing in my bags that I have to have. All is well.

All is well. There’s nothing to worry or be concerned about.
A trip that had been scheduled for about 6 hours door-to-door ended up taking about 19 hours, and the baggage arrival is uncertain, but all is still perfectly well.

I’ll get a good night’s sleep, as usual, the rest of the week, and one night without sleep really won’t affect me.

I used to get so anxious if I thought I might not get enough sleep, but now it doesn’t bother me at all. Not at all. Rest comes from waking, not from sleeping, and I’ve proven this, so there’s not one thing to stress about.
Plus, I know for a fact that being stressed will only make things seem “not good.”

ACIM lets me know that everything, everything, everything has been gently planned for my good, and why would I reject my good? I don’t do that anymore.

 

I’m so grateful I can continuously expand my awareness and enjoy life more, and share the benefits with all!

If there’s anything that has you stressed, would you be able to trade it for awakening awareness?

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

 

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Happiness

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Attaining happiness can feel elusive and complicated. Maintaining happiness can seem impossible, and that can be so intensely frustrating.  I’ve been asking Spirit to teach me about happiness, and I’ve been learning a lot.

It makes sense that happiness seems so difficult to attain and maintain.  After all, if we don’t know the TRUE cause of happiness, of course we’re going to look in all the wrong places and all the wrong faces to find it. Duh!

Fortunately, we can shift our habits and patterns of the past much faster than we realize.  We can learn to look for happiness where it can be found. And therein lies our Freedom, and also our Prosperity.

The causes of happiness and unhappiness are hidden in plain sight.  They stare us in the face all day every day, but we’re so used to them that we’re inured to them. We don’t see them at all.  It’s as if they don’t exist for us.  

Part of why we don’t see the causes of happiness is because we don’t actually know what we’re looking for.   When I was in my teens and twenties, I thought that happiness came from these things:

A good job
Money
Good boyfriend
Good apartment
Good friends
Good body

And then, of course, there were qualifiers for each of those.  For example, a good job has to have good pay, good opportunities for growth, prestige, fun, great co-workers.

When the causes of happiness are conditional, there are always qualifiers, and then the happiness can be snipped away in an instant the very moment those conditions change. 

We see these dramas played out 24/7 on the screen of life.  Over and over again in our day-to-day, we see happiness come and go because happiness is conditional.

I have found it EXTREMELY helpful to look at some of the aspects of the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes.  For instance, he talks about emotions as being different than feelings.  Emotions are temporary and the direct result of our thinking and beliefs, and feelings are more of a spiritual nature. Think of a feeling tone – a vibration vs an emotion.

Consider happiness as an emotion and Joy, with a capital J, being a feeling. But more importantly, I have come to recognize Joy as a spiritual quality that is omnipresent and available for us to express and reveal.  Spiritual qualities are always available to us – they are eternal expressions of the Divine Nature such as:

Love
Wisdom
Peace
Harmony
Freedom
Abundance

Emotions are the result of our thoughts which are magnetized into our awareness by our beliefs because like attracts like. Spiritual qualities are aspects of our Divine Nature.

Happiness is fleeting and conditional.

Joy is unconditional.

It’s not the precise teaching of ACIM,, but it feels aligned and has been very helpful to me.

Let’s do the math.
Love is not conditional.
As Shakespeare said so well, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”
If our happiness does not come from Love, then it is temporary, like the house built on sinking sands.

When my mother was so sick before she laid her body down and shuffled off the mortal coil, life was very intense, and the appearances could be the cause of much distress.  Yet, because there was so much Love being expressed, given and received, I felt this pervasive unconditional Joy despite all the gruesome appearances. 

And that helped me to really KNOW that happiness and Joy are different. 
Happiness is conditional, and therefore fleeting.
Joy is a by-product of living in alignment with Love.

Most people who experience fleeting bits of happiness don’t even realize that the main reason that they’re feeling happy is that they’ve bought the illusion that they have the thing that will make them happy and, in the having of it, they are no longer wanting.

Really catch this, because it’s been life-changing for me:
For most people, a momentary cessation of wanting is perceived as happiness.
It’s the temporary belief that “I have what I want, and therefore I want for nothing” that seems to cause the happiness. But it’s actually the laying aside of wanting, the belief in having, that causes the happiness.

That’s how delusional we’ve become – the absence of needing, wanting and craving is perceived as actual happiness.

This might be tragic, but that’s a perception, too.

All things work together for good and there are no exceptions, except in the opinion of the ego.

When we perceive that the conditions for our happiness are not where we are, we are making exceptions.

A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 64 reminds us that our function is to BE the Light of the world.  It also makes it very plain and breaks it down:

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy.  That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable. There is no other way.  Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy. 

It comes down to our choice.
It always does.
We can cry victim, but our choices are the instruments of happiness.

Our function is to choose Love and live a life of Love.
That’s our purpose.
When we’re choosing Love, extending Love, willing to see only Love, and teach only Love, then we’re in perfect alignment and Joy is our natural state.
 
There is a spiritual practice that we can implement that will help us to break these very sticky habits.  You have to do it for it to work, you cannot just read about it.  It’s about being really, truly willing to consistently choose Love.
 
If you could listen to audios and read books in order to attain happiness, you’d already be there, right?  This healing, this transformation, it requires real effort. 
 
When we effort and it doesn’t go the way we think it should, we can draw the conclusion that healing doesn’t work for us – it works for others but not for us,and that’s simply not true. Don’t ever give up. Please trust me on that one. I’m so very grateful I didn’t give up.
 
I have two radio show episodes that I’ve done that may be helpful to you – one is called Resistance to Happiness and the other is called Reluctance to Heal.  Both are in the podcast for my radio show and both have been transcribed, so you can find every part of it here at LivingACourseinMiracles.com.
 
We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds.  Together we truly are answering our call to BE the Love.  YES!  I Love you, and I thank God for you.  
 
If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs.  PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests,  please click here now!  This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.  I’m developing a new offering and I’d like to know if you’re interested.
 
Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 
If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.
 
Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.
 
If you find my “Daily Spiritual Espresso” and “Prayer for Today” helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the “LIKE” button? Also, please like and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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Happiness

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Attaining happiness can feel elusive and complicated. Maintaining happiness can seem impossible, and that can be so intensely frustrating.  I’ve been asking Spirit to teach me about happiness, and I’ve been learning a lot.

It makes sense that happiness seems so difficult to attain and maintain.  After all, if we don’t know the TRUE cause of happiness, of course we’re going to look in all the wrong places and all the wrong faces to find it. Duh!

Fortunately, we can shift our habits and patterns of the past much faster than we realize.  We can learn to look for happiness where it can be found. And therein lies our Freedom, and also our Prosperity.

The causes of happiness and unhappiness are hidden in plain sight.  They stare us in the face all day every day, but we’re so used to them that we’re inured to them. We don’t see them at all.  It’s as if they don’t exist for us.  

Part of why we don’t see the causes of happiness is because we don’t actually know what we’re looking for.   When I was in my teens and twenties, I thought that happiness came from these things:

A good job
Money
Good boyfriend
Good apartment
Good friends
Good body

And then, of course, there were qualifiers for each of those.  For example, a good job has to have good pay, good opportunities for growth, prestige, fun, great co-workers.

When the causes of happiness are conditional, there are always qualifiers, and then the happiness can be snipped away in an instant the very moment those conditions change. 

We see these dramas played out 24/7 on the screen of life.  Over and over again in our day-to-day, we see happiness come and go because happiness is conditional.

I have found it EXTREMELY helpful to look at some of the aspects of the Science of Mind teachings of Ernest Holmes.  For instance, he talks about emotions as being different than feelings.  Emotions are temporary and the direct result of our thinking and beliefs, and feelings are more of a spiritual nature. Think of a feeling tone – a vibration vs an emotion.

Consider happiness as an emotion and Joy, with a capital J, being a feeling. But more importantly, I have come to recognize Joy as a spiritual quality that is omnipresent and available for us to express and reveal.  Spiritual qualities are always available to us – they are eternal expressions of the Divine Nature such as:

Love
Wisdom
Peace
Harmony
Freedom
Abundance

Emotions are the result of our thoughts which are magnetized into our awareness by our beliefs because like attracts like. Spiritual qualities are aspects of our Divine Nature.

Happiness is fleeting and conditional.

Joy is unconditional.

It’s not the precise teaching of ACIM,, but it feels aligned and has been very helpful to me.

Let’s do the math.
Love is not conditional.
As Shakespeare said so well, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”
If our happiness does not come from Love, then it is temporary, like the house built on sinking sands.

When my mother was so sick before she laid her body down and shuffled off the mortal coil, life was very intense, and the appearances could be the cause of much distress.  Yet, because there was so much Love being expressed, given and received, I felt this pervasive unconditional Joy despite all the gruesome appearances. 

And that helped me to really KNOW that happiness and Joy are different. 
Happiness is conditional, and therefore fleeting.
Joy is a by-product of living in alignment with Love.

Most people who experience fleeting bits of happiness don’t even realize that the main reason that they’re feeling happy is that they’ve bought the illusion that they have the thing that will make them happy and, in the having of it, they are no longer wanting.

Really catch this, because it’s been life-changing for me:
For most people, a momentary cessation of wanting is perceived as happiness.
It’s the temporary belief that “I have what I want, and therefore I want for nothing” that seems to cause the happiness. But it’s actually the laying aside of wanting, the belief in having, that causes the happiness.

That’s how delusional we’ve become – the absence of needing, wanting and craving is perceived as actual happiness.

This might be tragic, but that’s a perception, too.

All things work together for good and there are no exceptions, except in the opinion of the ego.

When we perceive that the conditions for our happiness are not where we are, we are making exceptions.

A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 64 reminds us that our function is to BE the Light of the world.  It also makes it very plain and breaks it down:

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy.  That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable. There is no other way.  Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy. 

It comes down to our choice.
It always does.
We can cry victim, but our choices are the instruments of happiness.

Our function is to choose Love and live a life of Love.
That’s our purpose.
When we’re choosing Love, extending Love, willing to see only Love, and teach only Love, then we’re in perfect alignment and Joy is our natural state.
 
There is a spiritual practice that we can implement that will help us to break these very sticky habits.  You have to do it for it to work, you cannot just read about it.  It’s about being really, truly willing to consistently choose Love.
 
If you could listen to audios and read books in order to attain happiness, you’d already be there, right?  This healing, this transformation, it requires real effort. 
 
When we effort and it doesn’t go the way we think it should, we can draw the conclusion that healing doesn’t work for us – it works for others but not for us,and that’s simply not true. Don’t ever give up. Please trust me on that one. I’m so very grateful I didn’t give up.
 
I have two radio show episodes that I’ve done that may be helpful to you – one is called Resistance to Happiness and the other is called Reluctance to Heal.  Both are in the podcast for my radio show and both have been transcribed, so you can find every part of it here at LivingACourseinMiracles.com.
 
We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds.  Together we truly are answering our call to BE the Love.  YES!  I Love you, and I thank God for you.  
 
If you’re a spiritual healer, counselor, or teacher, you might be interested in one of my professional programs.  PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE to fill out my latest survey of your interests,  please click here now!  This way I’ll be sure to keep you informed.  I’m developing a new offering and I’d like to know if you’re interested.
 
Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers 
If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer.  I am offering two trainings in October.  They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.
 
Right now there are SUPER Early Bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop, and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.
 
If you find my “Daily Spiritual Espresso” and “Prayer for Today” helpful, won’t you please share at Facebook and click the “LIKE” button? Also, please like and comment on posts at Facebook. This helps, as Facebook will let more people see it and become inspired, too! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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I AM Eternal

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Yay! Finding Freedom From Fear, my spiritual boot camp class started yesterday, and it is such a joy to activate into that beautiful program! One of the questions that came in our class last night was about time. It can sometimes seem like there’s not enough time to do everything that we have to do or would like to do.

I used to feel SO pressured by the thought that “There’s not enough time.” I finally decided to put my spiritual foot down and get rid of that issue. ENOUGH!

As spiritual students, most of us say that we believe that time is an illusion. We say we believe that we’re eternal. Well, since that IS true, let’s begin to at least act as though we believe it’s true.

I decided to stop arguing with time.
I decided to stop complaining about time.
I decided to be willing to KNOW that time is indeed an illusion and I AM eternal.

I began to have experiences of time that were unusual.

I had an experience where time seemed to stop so that I could complete a task. I was watching the clock, but the time wasn’t moving. Interesting.

I had an experience in traffic one day that should have been at least 2x as long as it actually was. A trip that was about 3 hours became 90 minutes and that wasn’t even possible, but it still happened.

What I was talking about in Finding Freedom From Fear today is that spiritual practice is a BIG time saver. The ego mindset is that spiritual practice is a time waster. The more we get into the flow of Love, the easier things are. Spiritual practice, when it’s effective, will reduce the experience of problems and generate ease and grace that is unbelievable to the ego identified person.

The invitation is to remember that we are all eternal, infinite and so are our relationships.

Let the healing expand and become our highest priority!

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

 

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Other People

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

When I’m out and about, a lot and meeting new people like I’ve been doing at the two A Course in Miracles conferences in England and Boston, sometimes there’s a funny conversation that arises.

It goes something like this:

“Jennifer, where do you live?”

“I am living wherever I am,” I say.

“Right, but where do you live? Where’s your home?”

“I don’t have a home.”

“Well, where’s your home base?”

“I don’t have a home base. I don’t have a home. I move around.”

“Okay, but where’s your stuff?”

“Why do you need to know where my stuff is?”

It almost always ends with people asking where my “stuff” is. They’re trying to wrap their mind about how I’m managing to live. So, then I tell them that some of my things are at my brother’s home in NJ, and some are at our family home in Maine, and some are in a storage facility in California, and some are in my car, and some of my things are in my suitcase and my purse. That about covers it.

People have a lot of questions about how I live and how long I’ve been living this way. This year I’ve spent time at my brother’s home, our family home in Maine, two different Airbnb’s in NJ, a hotel in NJ, hotel in the U.K., 2 hotels in the Boston area, and a few nights with friends in different places in New England, as well as the resort where we had the “Spring Healing Retreat” and probably some other places I’ve forgotten about.

Between now and the end of June I’ll be in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, California and Vermont.

People often have an envy for my lifestyle, and they say they’d love to travel all over, too, but I’ve been doing this for over three years now, and except for 11 months in Kauai and 4 months in the U.K., I’ve been moving around for 5 years and 3 months.

It’s not my preference to move around. I am a homebody. I’m actually a recluse, in many ways – and it’s an odd combination for me. I am a community builder AND a recluse.

While traveling isn’t my preference, I’d rather be in a house in the woods by the ocean or a lake –

I have learned the healing power of community.
I love spiritual practice in a group.

I used to dislike having to be with other people because I thought they were bothering me.

I used to think that other people’s energy was bringing me down. A lot of people believe this, and it’s actually bold-faced ego B.S. (belief system).

I decided to stop kidding myself.
And I’m inviting you to do the same.

Here’s the truth:
Other people don’t upset us and bother us.
It’s just not true.
Please stop believing that.

What Actually bothers us is OUR beliefs about other people.

And in order to move forward in our spiritual growth – we must forgive ourselves for deceiving ourselves about our upsets and what we blamed on others that wasn’t their fault.

Because when we choose to be unloving and lack compassion, we are causing our own upset.. We we answer the cry for Love with judgment and attack – we will be upset. That feeling of upset is an alarm going off in our Spirit, because we’re choosing to hurt ourselves when we are unloving to another. After all, we’re One with all of our brothers and sisters.

If you couldn’t feel the upset when you choose to be unloving, you’d be in deep trouble spiritually.

Over the years, many people, too many to count, have come to me because they’re desperate to get away from someone they love who is a chronic complainer, or has some other negative mental habit and their belief is that this other person is ruining their life.

I have worked with people who said they hated their spouses and felt their spouses were ruining their lives with their negativity.

What I’ve found, year after year (I’ve been offering Finding Freedom From Fear for 12 years and Masterful Living for 11 years) is that when people get into an active spiritual practice, things change.

For those who are willing to do the inner work of taking out the mental trash and emotional clutter, there’s a major breakthrough to a deeper connection with Spirit and an authentic and powerful commitment to spiritual practice develops.

People are deluded by ego thoughts that all of this inner work and growth is either impossible, it doesn’t last, or it won’t work for them. And that’s exactly how I felt, because I’d tried so many things that were intellectual and not actually helpful.

If we can be convinced that it won’t work for us, we will believe it.
If we can be convinced that we’re especially dysfunctional and things “never” seem to work for us, then that’s where we’ll wind up.

I struggled with this a long time.
I spun my wheels, played small and stayed stuck.
It was painful.
And that’s why I must speak out and encourage others.

This is why it takes such courage to make a change and make a difference in our own lives. This is why ACIM warns us about the fear to look within. It can be a block to Love, and all blocks to Love are impediments to our healing – especially when we don’t understand it. (I did a radio show about this – click the link here to connect to that.)

I truly never imagined that I could experience the healing and transformation I experience now. I never imagined I could feel the Peace I experience now. And that’s why it’s so important to me to encourage others to be willing to dive in, even if you don’t believe.

I’ve been on fire all this Spring.
I really feel it’s so important that we not be distracted and put other things aside to focus on our liberation.

Spirit will always succeed, and we can put Spirit in charge of this.
If you knew you couldn’t fail – what would your spiritual goals be?
Would you put Spirit first?

FINDING FREEDOM starts next week!

I haven’t offered Finding Freedom From Fear, my Spiritual Boot Camp class with ACIM principles in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 Boot Camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs but anyone can take them.

Right now there are early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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

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Spiritual Friendships

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

I’ve had the same group of Prayer Partners for over 20 years and it’s a powerful thing to pray together on a weekly basis, year after year. We hold the Light for each other and we remind each other of the truth.

With my Prayer Partners I can be completely transparent and authentic and I don’t have to pretend. I know that they love me unconditionally, and that is wonderful.

When we get together in person it’s PURE fun and delight. We enjoy all the things that normal friends do AND we have spiritual practice together. It’s the best! Heaven and Earth join together.

The past two weekends I was at the ACIM Conferences in the U.K. and USA, and at both there were many Masterful Living folks who were telling me about their relationships with their Prayer Partners from classes. Years have gone by, and they’re still meeting regularly and praying together. How wonderful!

Many people long for the kind of spiritual connections and community that we have, and it’s more precious than we realize. Prayer partnerships and spiritual community are where we can practice having holy relationships. What a blessing!

The power of these relationships comes from our willingness to fully Love and accept each other.

I invite you to open yourself to the most intimate of spiritual friendships and let Spirit teach you to Love more deeply!

FINDING FREEDOM starts next week!

I haven’t offered Finding Freedom From Fear, my Spiritual Boot Camp class with ACIM principles in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! Don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs but anyone can take them.

Right now there are early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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

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Giving UP Control

Monday, May 27th, 2019

I recognize I’ve lost appreciation for how wonderful it is that so many things don’t bother me anymore. I used to be one of those traveling companions that needed things to be my way. I know I ruined times and trips because I was upset when we didn’t do it the way I wanted to do it.

I used to be a “control freak.”

I used to throw temper tantrums. I used to control and manipulate, and now I’m usually relieved if someone else takes charge. I’m not that fussy anymore about most things, but not all things.

It’s a huge load off to be able to be flexible and fluid. I didn’t understand that for the longest time. I couldn’t understand it intellectually, I had to experience it.

For me, I took the controlling and manipulating to extremes,and so I had to crash out with it. I had to hit a bottom where I could see so clearly that I was ruining my life and my relationships, and then I could find the Love in my heart that is my strength, and I could see the value in giving up that habit.

Now it doesn’t matter how long it took me to get there.
I’m just glad that I got there.

When I was trying to control everything, I wasn’t very good at receiving help because I needed to be in charge all the time. I thought I knew how to do everything best.

Now, so many years later, I’ve really learned the benefit of being vulnerable and getting the help of others. It sure wouldn’t work to be a spiritual teacher who wasn’t a good receiver. Plus, I have so many wonderful surprises and new adventures following the lead of other people!

So many blessings have come to me because I stopped trying to control everything. I’ve given UP the control – given it to my Higher Holy Spirit Self, and the more fully I do that, the happier I am and the easier my life is.

Spirit is always teaching us the better way!

I haven’t offered Finding Freedom From Fear, my Spiritual Boot Camp class with ACIM principles in 8 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 Boot Camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs but anyone can take them.

Right now there are early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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Sad and Lonely

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

It’s the last day of the A Course in Miracles conference in Boston, and we’ve been having a blast. What’s been particularly great for me is to hang out with so many Masterful Living and Finding Freedom folks, and many have been in community with me for years and their transformation is so obvious.

I’ve been sharing about being ALL IN and about true willingness. I’ve realized how many times people will say they are willing, but they actually aren’t. They’re just saying it. They are empty words. This was me, too.

Until I really decided to be ALL IN, there were a lot of empty words. That’s why so much self-forgiveness is required!

ALL IN means you’re willing to catch yourself when you are not walking your talk. That’s what it really means to me.

The more I became willing to catch myself NOT walking my talk and course-correct myself, the more I was demonstrating my willingness, and that really made a difference.

Yesterday a new friend who came to my workshop really had a desire to talk about why they were feeling stuck and not having the clarity, and the movement in their spiritual growth and practice, that they truly desired. Of course, you know that I felt the same way for a very long time.

I used to feel like there was an invisible wall between me and the clear insight that I believed was possible for me, if only I could find the magic key. I told my new friend that the breakthrough she was looking for would come with a rigorous practice of willingness in the form of releasing her attachment to her opinions and judgments, and practice of self-forgiveness – both things I’d discussed in the workshop.

And, you see, this is how it goes. It was the same for me too.

I had given her the keys and invited her to practice in the workshop. And yet, she was still looking for something else. The actual keys that turn the lock and open the door to the clear connection with Spirit were not enough for her.

People don’t believe me.
They hear the words I’m saying.
But it doesn’t resonate.
Because the willingness isn’t there.

I get it.
Fortunately, at dinner last night, there were a half dozen peeps who have been in class with me for more than a year, and who’ve done this inner work, and by their happy shiny faces and their clear insights you can tell they decided to have the willingness to learn.

They shared that these practices do work. And, they open the door to more practices that work and bring forth the release of the blocks to Love, the relationship healing, the body healing, the bad habits healing that we ALL desire so much.

It takes a great willingness.
People think they are willing just because they’re willing to stop being stuck, unhappy and in pain – but that’s really not the same.

The willingness to stop suffering is not the same as the willingness to release the attachments to the blocks to Love.

They’re two different things.
In fact, they’re two VERY different things.

When we’re ONLY willing to stop the repeating pain patterns, then where is our focus? It’s in the past and the pain patterns repeating.

When we’re willing to use even a simple spiritual practice to have a healing of the pain patterns, NOW then we’re in the present moment, because that’s the ONLY place where healing can happen – right now.

Everybody is willing to do something healing in the future – are you willing to do it now when there’s a choice between Love and fear right in front of you?

For me, when I was doing my own original version of this spiritual boot camp of healing, I had so many friends who were spiritual practitioners, ministers, and teachers and yet no one really wanted to go ALL IN with me.

And that’s what really shifted me into becoming a community builder.
If I have to do something challenging and difficult, I’d rather do it with a companion.

Yesterday, in the workshop I offered, almost everyone in the room said that they had a deep feeling of sadness and loneliness that they’d had most of their life.

Almost everyone said that they had always felt that they were different and they didn’t fit in.

I get it – me too!
What healed that was my willingness to really have an effective spiritual practice.
That’s what led me to go ALL IN.
Being ALL IN opened the doors in my heart and my mind.
And that’s what completely ended the sad and lonely feeling.
Gone. Healed.

And that’s what compels me to lead this community and create programs where we can join together to do this work and inspire each other.

There’s such a momentum that we can build when we come together and practice together.

You know what else is so cool?
When I started out doing this work and felt so alone, there were no tele-summits and no conference call programs I could join. As soon as they existed, I started using them and gathering like-minded folks.

And still, many folks would lurk in the background and not share.
And then ZOOM was invented, and we could see each other if we wished to.
Which has made a HUGE difference to this community of folks all over the world.

Now, we can have all kinds of connections.
A Course in Miracles tells us that our brothers and sisters are our salvation, and it’s true.

Sometimes it’s SUPER challenging to have a holy relationship with someone we actually experience in our day-to-day life, but we can learn to do it with a Mighty Companion who is doing the work alongside us.

That builds momentum.

The most painful thing I have experienced is distracting myself with the intellectual pursuit of Spirit.

Information isn’t healing.
Spiritual practice is healing.
An effective spiritual practice is liberating and happy-making.

I wish you could have been on the dance floor with us last night! We were dancing because we felt free.
Nothing to escape.
Only Love to celebrate.

That’s the feeling I wish for everyone.
It’s SO MUCH easier with the support of a like-minded community.
That’s why we seek each other out.

It takes courage and strength to relinquish the patterns of pain. We have become so identified with them that we don’t know who we are without them. When we do it together, it actually becomes fun.

That’s the power of joining.
That’s the miracle.

If you’re willing to be ALL IN, won’t you please join me in my Finding Freedom From Fear class that starts on June 6? If you’re willing, sign up NOW for a Goal Setting Group Session and get clarity. Are you actually willing to receive the support necessary for you to accelerate your spiritual healing and deepen your spiritual practice?

Of course, you don’t need me. You have it all within you, but it’s so much FUN to really do this together! It’s so liberating! I love it!

Finding Freedom from Fear is almost here! I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 Boot camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Ultimately we WILL choose to be ALL IN. That day WILL come, so why wait? Today IS the day!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career, then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive, which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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Allowing the Peace of God

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

I’m having an absolutely wonderful time at the Boston ACIM Conference and the best part is having time with people that I don’t usually get to be in person with. It’s especially great to be with Prayer Partners. Wonderful!

Life is filled with constant opportunities for healing, and I’m so grateful I can see what it’s for most of the time. I am grateful that I’m able to be grateful when most of them are occurring. I’d like to receive each and every one of my blessings as a healing opportunity.

I used to reject so many of my healing opportunities by labeling them as bad and wrong. I didn’t know how much healing I was avoiding!

For instance, I’ve just had a healing opportunity as I sit down to write this. I woke up and made a cup of lovely organic Earl Grey tea in my own giant coffee mug that I’d brought with me, and I went to my little refrigerator (which I had to order special and pay extra for) and everything was frozen, including my organic pasture-raised half-and-half for my tea.

The morning before, I’d noticed that the half-and-half was half frozen, and some of my organic raspberries and blackberries were on the edge, so I turned the fridge down from the middle setting to the lowest setting. You have to laugh that the fridge froze all the fruit, the half-and-half, the hummus, the vegetables even, on the lowest setting.

I paused.
What am I to do now, Spirit?
No attachment.
No upset.
I got guidance to go to the front desk and show them the frozen half-and-half and ask them what they do in situations like this.

They’re working it out. They’ll let me know, and I can talk with them later about it. Breakfast plans are modified. No raspberries, no blackberries, no cherries. Something else will be fine.

They brought me new half-and-half, but of course it’s not organic and not pasture-raised. That’s life.

I bless it all and I’m grateful for healing.

Maybe in a different version of my script I could have been super triggered by it all. If I believed that the contents of my fridge were my salvation, I might likely have felt very threatened. I certainly have had that kind of experience SO MANY times in the past. Now, I really would like to LOVE what is to the fullest in my heart.

The more I live this way, the more I LOVE this life.

If only I could have heard that message many years ago when I hated my life.

What a blessing that I didn’t have to make anyone wrong.

And here’s another thing. When I first arrived, the wonderful bellman, Steve, helped me get all of my things to my room – and there were a lot of them, because I knew I’d be camping here for 5 days. Plus I had 6 boxes of flyers, and bookmarks, and things to hand out that went into storage because there was no room in my tiny room. Steve ordered the fridge for me at 3 p.m., and at 9 p.m. it still hadn’t arrived. I called and checked on it, and it immediately came.

When I went to the front desk this morning to share what happened with the frozen foods, I had the thought to tell them that I’d had to wait over 6 hours to get the fridge in the first place. That’s exactly the kind of thing I used to do. It’s all part of buying into being a victim, and trying to make people feel guilty and trying to get sympathy. I really don’t wish to do that anymore.

I think the very best part of this story for me is that I saw the temptation to build the victim/sympathy story and I didn’t choose it. When I went to the front desk I was lighthearted and fine, even at 6:30 in the morning.

This course can, therefore, be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Therein lies the
peace of God.
from the introduction to A Course in Miracles

I have asked Spirit to help me to fully know and see this this is an illusion. I’m willing to see the truth of everything in this world – that it is like a video game perfectly designed for our healing, and no matter what we choose, or experience we are still safe at home and the only distance we’ve traveled is in our minds.

Experiences like the one I’ve just had are such gentle teachers. No one has died, only organic raspberries have been frozen. Only LOVE is real and all of my Love is intact. No longer frozen! I am thawing out!

Everything works together for my personal and perfectly timed good and there are NO EXCEPTIONS. So glad to finally be seeing the end of making exceptions!

Where are you making exceptions and still labeling things bad or wrong?
Are you willing to see without exceptions?
Are you willing to practice today?

Finding Freedom from Fear is almost here!

I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 Boot Camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6th. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Ultimately we WILL choose to be ALL-IN. That day WILL come, so why wait? Today IS the day!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers

If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing, and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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Awakening Is Happening

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Awakening seems like a process. It can be like the process the caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. The caterpillar has to go in retreat and completely liquify, surrender, dissolve all structure in order to emerge as the butterfly. WOW.

For many of us, it’s less dramatic. Instead, it seems like peeling the layers of an onion and it really makes us cry. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE onions. I love them raw, and I love them caramelized, and love them in and on just about everything. However, I didn’t always love this process of peeling the layers of judgment the ego identification has layered on. In fact, at times it has felt like a pure living hell.

Right now, there’s so much assistance from the Angelic and Ascended Master realms and it’s available to all of us. It’s not just for a few special people. All we have to do is ask for assistance.

I’ve realized that this journey of awakening is about shifting from identifying with the body and the ego/personality to identifying with the Higher Holy Spirit Self, the I AM that I AM, my unlimited, unprecedented, pristine, Light-Being Self. I believe we can make the shift much more rapidly if we engage in four ways:

1. Focus on shifting that identification – look to see where you are identified all throughout your day. If you feel peaceful, then you’re identified AND ENGAGED with the Higher Self. If you’re upset, you’re identified with the body and the ego.

2. Partner UP! Often. Ask for Divine Support and assistance in seeing, knowing, feeling, and hearing clearly. Be receptive to the support. You are entitled to miracles.

3. Love is your healer, therefore look for as many ways to be loving as you can find. Love never asks for ANYTHING in return, including appreciation or recognition.

4. Be grateful for everything just as it is because the Divine Order is at work at all times. If you can’t see it, go back to step 2.

Through this basic application of spiritual practice ALL throughout your day, you will shift your identification and then you will be awake and feel free!

Finding Freedom from Fear is almost here!

I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 Boot camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts on June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Ultimately we WILL choose to be ALL IN. That day WILL come, so why wait? Today IS the day!

Professional Trainings for Teachers, Counselors & Ministers If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER early bird specials on my “How to Lead & Create A Workshop” training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

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Nature

Monday, May 13th, 2019

I was gardening and trimming the branches on an overgrown bush in the yard at my family’s home on Deer Isle, Maine. I heard something moving inside the bush and thought it might be a small animal, and then I saw a bird fly away. I knew immediately there must be a nest and I stopped trimming. I looked inside the middle of the bush and saw this tiny nest, which could easily fit in my hand.

Each of these precious eggs is about the size of a dime. The nest could easily have fit in my hand.

Nature comes in so many forms, and some of them are challenging. I see  deer in the yard and I also see that they’ve eaten a lot of the things I’ve planted in the garden. They eat the buds off the flowering trees. They have stripped bare some of the flowering bushes.

Recently, I saw a raccoon ambling through the yard. There’s a lot of nature here, and some of it can seem destructive at times. Have you ever seen what raccoons can do to your trash? What about floods and fires and hurricanes?

And still, I don’t find fault with any of them. They’re just doing what they naturally do. Animals look for food and eat the best thing they can find. I can relate!

While I don’t find fault with the animals, I still feel it’s my responsibility to honor and cherish nature.

When I lived in England, I captured and released several spiders a day. Sometimes as many as ten a day!

The earth is an amazing treasure. We’re so blessed to live on such a beautiful planet. Our ability to live here and enjoy all the beautiful aspects of this life here is a great demonstration of Prosperity. I feel SO grateful and so blessed.

The other day this was the sunrise:

These photos are not retouched. This is the beauty of Mother Nature here on Deer Isle. The beauty is breathtaking – it’s healing! It feeds my soul.

Prosperity isn’t just wealth and Abundance, it’s also Beauty and Harmony and so much more. Prosperity is being able to have a good life, a sense of well-being, a good night’s sleep, healthy digestion and elimination, clear thinking. I cannot imagine that it would be possible to FEEL prosperous and not honor mother earth.

My sense is that those who don’t appreciate the Earth, and all she gives us, will feel less than prosperous, because they’re not grateful for what they have. Gratitude multiplies the good through acknowledging it.

Being in nature, I feel restored. I feel grateful. I can feel and see the blessings all around me. God is so very good, and we are blessed.

Finding Freedom From Fear REGISTRATION IS OPEN. 
I’m doing something different this year. I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! 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 boot camp 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!

1st Step is to sign up for a Goal Setting Group Session – these are a gift to you to help you see if you’re actually ready and willing to do this work. There’s no charge – sign up for one now. Finding Freedom From Fear starts June 6. Find out if it’s right for you now with a Goal Setting Group Session.

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

Professional Trainings – SUPER Early Bird Special until May 22nd If you think you might like to explore a spiritual career then check out some of my programs like Finding Freedom From Fear and the trainings I offer. I am offering two trainings in October. They are each deeply healing and they are both part of larger professional programs, but anyone can take them.

Right now there are SUPER early bird specials on my How to Lead & Create A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free workshop and then there’s my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is a great program for anyone interested in becoming a better listener, cultivating compassion or intuition.

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

 

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I Don’t Know What Anything Is For

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liberation: bring it!!!

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

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

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God, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Freedom From Fear waiting list sign up

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is Jackie Lora Jones – All Peace No Pieces. You can listen in LIVE on my radio show – click here for details – or you can click here to get the download later at iTunes or Stitcher for Android. All the previous episodes are free at iTunes & Stitcher right now! Transcripts and more are available here: LivingaCourseinMiracles.com You can subscribe to the podcast and get the show every week automatically on your phone, iPod, iPad or computer. Check it out! And if you enjoy the radio show, will you please write a review so more people find the show? The more reviews, the more iTunes and Stitcher show it to people! Thank you!

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Guilt

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I proclaim: I AM a liberator!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Breakthrough

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to hear the song at YouTube:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patient

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Going for the Gold

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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