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Vision of Holiness

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Undoing Worry

Monday, April 6th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then we blame them for making us feel upset.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s the day to practice!

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Cultivating Peace

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust is the way to Peace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this is a struggle for you, consider getting support.

An option to help alleviate fear is to work with one of our spiritual counselors. When folks are in my certification program, they must do 111 sessions as part of their requirements and you can help them by booking a session now. All sessions with a counselor-in-training are offered on a donation basis. Click here to learn more now. You’ll have options to book with a certified counselor or one in training.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May you and your family feel blessed.

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Sanity In Times of Insanity

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

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

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

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

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

I’ve heard it all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feel Your Feelings

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

I had many years where I stuffed a lot of my feelings. Anger was the one feeling I felt most comfortable with.

It was a huge learning curve for me to allow myself to feel my feelings without trying to stuff them back down.

What was amazing for me was that once I began to really allow myself to have more than just anger and fleeting happiness, I began to feel true Joy, as well. Sometimes I’d feel so joyful I’d begin to cry.

I had to develop the courage to feel the sad feelings as well as the intensity of anger and not just annoyance, frustration, irritation, feeling offended and hurt. It was profoundly liberating.

Then I had to learn not to stew and soak and marinate in the feelings.

I had to learn the discipline and Self-care not to add fuel to the fire. Unfortunately, it took years of painfully stoking those fires of pain and falling into the fire pit of pain, again and again and AGAIN, before I finally learned that I didn’t have to do that.

Part of our spiritual growth of Self-Love is to learn to honor our feelings.

We do this through a process:

  • allow the feeling to come up for healing – don’t stuff them, or self-medicate them away
  • feel them but not soak in them
  • recognize the thoughts that are generating the feelings
  • let them pass on through – forgive ourselves for believing the false-beliefs that are generating the upsets

It’s so helpful to learn how to do this.

We can learn to have our mind be like the sky. Clouds will pass through and seem to block the sun, but the sun is still there. We don’t have to focus on the cloud but we can notice that it’s there. We can KNOW that the cloud isn’t permanent. It’s a temporary appearance, not built to last.

Right now, many people are getting triggered by many things that are occurring. Old wounds are coming up for healing and we can choose that healing and share the benefits with everyone. Healing is happening now.

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Stay Home, Be Safe, Be Helpful

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

One of the things I see happening is that many of us are having a common experience. All over the world, BILLIONS of people are staying at home, working from home or laid off from jobs, or home from school and we’re all making the best of it – or we’re working to get the services necessary for the people who’re staying at home.

I like to watch the late night comedy shows with hosts like Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee and Jimmy Fallon. They’re all working from home and their families are pitching in as camera crews and support. It’s sweet to watch them.

While David Geffen might be in a huge yacht in the ocean, most of us are having a totally different experience.

Rock stars, movie stars, and TV stars are all staying at home and they’re looking to see how they can be helpful. Being helpful is a really good way to pass the time. We can all be helpful in one way or another.

It’s our time to rise and shine.

Today is my Sacred Circle day and I feel that we value it even more in this time of staying home. Certainly those of us in Masterful Living are appreciating our connections and gatherings more. We’re adding extra sessions for us to gather and connect in this community and everyone is showing up, sharing the Love, and the gratitude is so palpable.

Right now, parents who aren’t usually at home all day with their little ones are discovering a whole new world in lockdown. Many are finding their worlds turned upside down.

Introverts like me are doing well. But people who like lots of connection are having to find it in new ways. See if you can find out who needs connection but doesn’t know how to reach out.

Some people are having trouble sleeping.
Some are having panic attacks.
Some are bored.
Some are having a lot more work to do.

Do you know who is experiencing what in your circle? Reach out, find out.

The main thing is that if we don’t have to leave home for work, we’re staying home and staying safe.

We’re being responsible. After all, the healthcare workers have enough to deal with already.

Even if you don’t feel you’ll be subject to the virus, let’s all pitch in to a new level of responsibility and caring for our brothers and sisters. I found this video to be helpful, inspiring, and informative. And let’s help others feel good about it, too.

It’s also important to remember to laugh.  A friend who is home with little ones sent me this meme and it made me laugh. I also posted it on my personal Facebook.

I think my favorites are the lecture series. Especially, “How to stop making unnecessary noise.”  Which part is your favorite? Do you have one to add?  Please share in the comments below!

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Pain is a Wrong Perspective

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

As A Course in Miracles tells us we don’t know what anything is for. We just don’t know and won’t know until we can see beyond time and space, and until then I hold in my mind that everything works together for our good even when we can’t make sense of it.

ACIM also tells us that pain is the wrong perspective.

Let’s look at things from a spiritual perspective and rise above the level of fear.

I now know a few people who have had the Coronavirus, or think they have. I know two people who tested positive. One, a middle-aged very fit man, was hospitalized for two weeks and is home and doing well.

Another one is an older woman and she and her friends, who are also older women, and her husband have tested positive, and they’ve had mild symptoms such as feeling tired, slight fever, loss of taste for a few days. Nothing more than that. It’s been no big deal for them, and they have all definitely tested positive for COVID-19.

I have another friend who thinks she’s had the virus and has been not feeling well, a cough, feeling tired, nothing extreme but not feeling well, and self-quarantined for a few weeks now.

I tell you all of this with the hopes that it will relieve you of some fears you may have. We’re going to be developing herd immunity to this virus the way we’ve developed herd immunity to the more common flu. It’s happening.

The Center for Disease Control is telling us that many people will be infected but feeling fine – and they are most likely to spread the virus because they’re not self-quarantining. This is why it’s so important to stay home and follow the guidelines.

AND it’s extremely important to remember that we are spiritual beings.
We become invulnerable by being loving and being of service to Love and Light.

We raise our vibration up with gratitude and with extending compassion.

The script is already written, and it’s complex and multi-layered.
This experience will bring benefit to all and we MUST hold that in our hearts, ESPECIALLY when it does not seem like that could ever be possible. That’s the most important time for us to not be deceived by appearances.

Right now, it’s easy to go on an angry and fearful rant about how some people have handled this pandemic. There is a list of reasons why people could be absolutely furious for what’s happened and not happened. It’s understandable.

AND that will not help us.
Only Love will lift us up above the challenge we’re in now.

The medical workers’ display of Love and courage is an inspiration to us.

If we don’t like things, we must contact our senators and representatives and make our feelings known. We can vote and we can take loving action to help people.

Taking loving action will help us right now.
Let’s keep our vibration high through prayer.

Let us pray that all the medical workers are supported, guided, and protected by Love.

It’s the least we can do. And it is SO POWERFUL!

Thank you for praying with me today!

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WE First, Not ME First

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Right now in our world it may seem that there’s a lot of sicknesses, a lot of illness, and that it’s increasing. I understand that this is how it looks if we look at it from the perspective of being a body. But we are NOT a body. And we never will be.

From a spiritual point of view, there’s a healing that is taking place. The healing is happening in our belief system, in our mind, and in our perspective.

If we look at what’s happening with the death and illness from Covid-19, we’ll see the only loss. When our loved ones lose their lives in this world it sure does seem like a loss, but there IS something greater occurring if we’re willing to see it – and we cannot see it if we believe we are a body.

Now is the time for us to remember that we’re not separate, we’re One with each other. A Course in Miracles calls this “accepting the Atonement.”
Miracles Principle #25 from the Text of ACIM is “Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.”

We have a spiritual obligation to be WILLING to see past separation and accept that it never was, nor could it be.

If we’re willing, our mind will be released from believing in separation.

Right now, there’s a powerful remedy to separation thinking that’s occurring in our human experience by means of this virus. Every day we get to clearly choose between fear and compassion. Those who are choosing fear are obvious because they are not choosing compassion. Those who are choosing compassion are obvious because they are not choosing fear.

Compassion is a loving understanding. Compassion is an expression of Love that heals.

Fear binds, Love liberates.

You can tell what you’re choosing by how you feel – tense or peaceful.

Interestingly, one way for us to best survive this virus is to separate but not to see ourselves as separate. We must keep our bodies separate, but we must unite in choosing to care so much about our brothers and sisters that we’re willing to do what it takes to keep the virus from killing the most vulnerable of us.

We must unite in order to “do the right thing.”

We must be of one mind in order to accomplish this healing with the greatest ease and grace.

We can succeed best by recognizing our connection with all beings. Fires, floods, plagues. These experiences are forcing us to recognize that we are interdependent and not independent.

We cannot survive by saying “me first.” We must say “WE first.”

It takes a great willingness to set aside the consciousness of separation we’ve all worked so hard to cultivate. And we can either choose to be pushed by the pain or pulled by the vision.

Most of us choose some of each. We’re here to be truly helpful and being TRULY helpful means helping people to see clearly the difference between choosing pain and choosing Joy. So, we must work with our minds to eliminate our attraction to painful choices.

If we’re willing the Higher Holy Spirit Self will heal our minds and that will enable us to see, know, and feel clearly the truth that liberates us from the perspective that is painful.

Today’s the perfect day to double down and deepen our commitment to know the truth that sets us free from fear and suffering. Today’s our kind of day!

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Fear Has No Power

Monday, March 30th, 2020

I’m self-quarantined in New Jersey for a couple of geeks now (just to be a good citizen), and so I’ve been watching New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, give his daily reports for the community. I’m very appreciative of them, especially because I have many beloved friends in New York.

Cuomo’s reports are filled with facts as well as inspiration. He also gives very practical advice, and even relationship advice. He advises that this is the time to reach out to people and let them know that you care and that you love them.

Yesterday, Cuomo shared that, in recent days, 76,000 medical professionals have volunteered to help serve New York’s citizenry in their time of need. 76,000! That’s extraordinary. That’s an outpouring! That’s our Spirit responding to the call.

Here’s my Facebook post from Saturday:

In New York, the bodies of the family’s loved ones are being stored in refrigerated trucks because there’s nothing anyone can do with the bodies at this point, while in other parts of the country people are still thinking this global pandemic is some kind of cruel hoax. New Yorker’s and others are stepping up to the challenge. People are finding their super-hero nature and accessing it to be of service to total strangers.

This is the time we were born for.

Many times, New Yorker’s are portrayed as uncaring city dwellers, but that’s not been my experience. I lived in Manhattan for 10 years, and I found New Yorker’s to be amazing and wonderful, for the most part. People who live in such close quarters have learned to have compassion, understanding, and appreciation for each other.

I’m so moved by the stories of the doctors and nurses on the front line of this pandemic. Their extraordinary compassion and caring, their tireless work and efforts, often at great risk to themselves, is nothing short of miraculous.

I have learned that the antidote to fear is always to open our hearts in Love and compassion.

Let us do just that and pray for the people who are putting their life on the line. Let us give thanks for them every day and bless their families who are must surely concerned for their safety.

And let us pray for the families of those who have left this world. Families that are taking their loved ones to the hospital never to see them again because it’s not safe for them to visit.

This is the time for us to pray and pray and pray some more. It will strengthen us and give us the vitality and resistance to being invulnerable to this challenge.

Now is the time for us to forget our differences and remember that we are one, whether we like it or not.

We ARE One and fear will never, ever conquer us.

Love is what we are and fear is NOTHING.


What do you have to say to the voice of fear? Please share in the comments below!

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Remembering to Laugh

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

I’m still sheltering in Peace here in New Jersey as the world is turning and returning in ever more astounding ways. Yesterday we had a family Zoom meeting that we definitely wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for this virus. My nephew, Alex, is at graduate school in Spain outside of Barcelona and we were celebrating his birthday. We all appreciated the opportunity to connect and say hello to each other across the country and in Europe.

Everywhere, people are realizing how much our connections matter.

Isn’t it interesting that this virus that is seeming to separate us in the physical realm is bringing us together in the heart realm? We’re realizing that our philosophical, political, and religious differences aren’t anywhere near as important as our Love for each other.

Every time I turn on the news, I hear stories of how complete strangers are risking their lives for each other and extending loving kindness.

In adversity, we’re remembering our humanity.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been focused on work and taking care of the needs of the ministry as well as my own self-care. My biggest adventure in the last two weeks was getting take-out food instead of cooking in. Bringing in take-out is now a whole new experience in this quarantine environment.

My nephew, Benjamin, who has a 3-D printer, is learning how to print personal protection devices such as masks to donate to hospitals. It’s something he can do while home alone and it’s helpful.

Speaking of helpful, f you haven’t seen this helpful video about how to keep safe when bringing in things from the outside world, you might find it helpful. It will also be helpful to pass it along.

I learned some things I didn’t realize.

I do believe that the script is already written, as it says in A Course in Miracles. I recognize that it’s a highly complex script, and my experience of it is continuously shifting based on the choices I’m making.

Making loving choices day in and day out, I feel confident that whatever transpires will be helpful to me and bring benefit to others as well.

As a result of my loving choices, I am unafraid of getting sick or contracting the virus. Yet I’m cautious. For me, the main thing is that I don’t wish to participate in the spread of it.

And yet, I see that there’s an upside to this virus experience. Many people are being forced to stay home with loved ones. It’s always a blessing when we can be together and connect – although it may not feel like it.

As we’ve come to realize, getting triggered emotionally can bring us enormous benefit, if we’re willing to recognize that it’s a cry for Love in our own heart. If we turn to the Higher Holy Spirit Self instead of self-medication, we’ll have healing and transformation.

I can feel how afraid some people are and how challenging it is. That’s why we’re offering more support for the folks in our classes right now, and I’m looking to offer more programs that can be helpful. If you’ve never subscribed to my podcast, you might look it up or go here to learn more – you can search for episodes about fear and that may help you to use spiritual practice to undo the root causes of fear so you’re life is changed forever.

Even this virus is for our good. And it’s so important that we claim that now, especially since whatever the good is, it’s coming with an unprecedented price. We have to trust it is worth it and be vigilant ONLY for Peace.

I feel the good that’s coming is the end of a belief in separation. I can feel that people are opening their hearts like never before. Let’s not judge this situation, let’s open our hearts to the healing it offers us.

Some days when I watch the news and hear the stories of what the medical teams are experiencing, I cannot help but weep for their courage and for the challenge they’re facing. Emotionally, it must be so difficult, especially to nurse patients whose families cannot attend them. Thousands are dying “alone.”

There must be an extraordinary good coming from this.
We must hold in our hearts that there is a great benefit for all.

It may be impossible to get a glimpse of in this moment,and so for now we must have faith whilst being so sweet and caring with ourselves. While we’re home alone, let’s take time each day to count our blessings and extend compassion to others. Let us cultivate these practices of the heart. Especially when we’re afraid.

Fear is the by-product of believing what’s not true and investing our attention in that which is false.

Another option for you to help alleviate fear is to work with one of our Spiritual Counselors. When folks are in my Certification Program they must do 111 sessions as part of their requirements and you can help them by booking a session now. All sessions with a counselor-in-training are offered on a donation basis. Click here to learn more now.

Now more than ever it’s important to hold to our spiritual practices.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember to laugh.



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Let us take to heart the clear insight and gift that Jesus is offering us in A Course in Miracles:
Miracles represent freedom from fear. “Atoning” means “undoing.” The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles.We shall overcome all forms of resistance to the Light. T-1.I.26.

We undo fear with our extending Love and compassion. In this way, we are the salvation of the world. We are the answer.

We pray for the truth to be revealed in our heart and in our mind and for Love to prevail on earth as it is in Heaven because we’re extending it.

We pray to remember to laugh and that everything works together for good.

What is your prayer request today? Please share in the comments below!

Please share in the comments below!

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SOULutions

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

I have dear friends who are committed to ordering food every day. They could cook all their meals, but they can afford to have food delivered so they’re doing it to support their local businesses and they’re spreading that business around. It’s a sweet way to stay connected, involved, and has good food, too!

Yesterday, I went for two, yes TWO, glorious walks in a nearby park and it was lovely. There were two signs that were tacked up on various trees and they are a contrast to each other as well as signs of the times.

The dove of peace artwork is a wonderful thing – like a sweet surprise that someone is sharing, and it makes me think I’d like to do something like that, too.

It’s such a great idea – and a great thing that kids can do and share!

This is a time for interesting and unusual, unexpected things.
We can make them ourselves or simply admire what others are doing.

One of the most important things for us all right now is to be helpful if at all possible. Calling and checking in on people, helping people who are feeling anxious, worried or alone.

We can get groceries for people, and maybe we can just have our groceries delivered – tipping the delivery person is a great way to be helpful.

I’m connecting with lots of people, staying close and organizing more support for the people who share in this ministry. We’re figuring it out. People are stepping up. We’re staying strong and we have moments of anxiety.

It’s valuable to remember that anxiety comes from our opinions and judgments, which are never helpful and always dispensable.

We can give them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for removal and healing.

In this way we clear space in the one mind for amazing healing SOULutions.

It’s true! When we take out the trash in our own awareness, clearing out the judgments and opinions, we bring benefits to everyone, including the people who are searching for a cure for the disease.

We seek to change our minds about the world by giving up our false impressions and false beliefs.

Today’s a great day to practice!

What are you doing to keep people’s spirits up and spread the Love?

Please share in the comments below!

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Helpful

Friday, March 27th, 2020

It’s not fair. I could say that, everyone would agree, but I don’t believe life is ever unfair. But it sometimes seems unfair. It seems unfair that just a couple of miles away from me my family has a puppy that I do not get to play with because I’m “quarantined.”

I was in California 12 days ago, and I’m quarantining myself for a minimum of two weeks just to be safe. It feels like the responsible thing to do, even though I feel fine and I’ve felt fine all year.

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping for the family, myself and my brother’s family. It turned out to be a bit epic. It took three hours and two stores, but I managed to get just about everything we needed.

I’m grateful for that, and I’m grateful to be able to be helpful.

My friend who was in the hospital with Coronavirus came home yesterday. I sent his family a tent and tunnel set-up for their little boys to play in to wear them out and give their parents some downtime, and it’s working.

I feel so helpful!

And I’m getting videos of the boys playing in the tent and tunnel gear.

Their joy is helpful to me!

I have a friend who hasn’t been feeling well and we don’t know what’s going on with her, but she’s making it through. Her neighbors have been doing her grocery shopping for her, and she was saying that she felt she ought to start getting her own groceries now that she’s feeling better and it’s been two weeks already.

I said, “Please let them keep getting your groceries for you, even if you can do it. You’re not 100% yet, and they’re sheltering in place so they probably feel SO much better being helpful to YOU. They have to go to the store anyway. Let them help you. You’re helping THEM by letting them help you.

We can help others by letting others help us. Almost everyone likes to be helpful. How are you being helpful? Please share and inspire us with your ideas! We’d love to hear them in the comments below! Thank you!

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Good News

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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

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

Bless and bless again!

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

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

This is so important to remember.

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

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

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

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

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Compassion Practice

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Practice, practice, practice.

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

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

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

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Transforming Terror to Peace

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Right now in the world, Covid-19, the Coronavirus, is raging in many places around the world. Countries are locking down. In some places, it’s illegal for people to be on the street with certain exceptions. There are all kinds of new rules and regulations coming into place. Some are to protect the populace and some are questionable invasions of citizen’s rights. Each country is different.

Some people are respecting the rules and warnings and some people are not.

We all have different ideas of what safety feels like, and we all have different trigger points of fear. As the U2 song says, “We’re one, but we’re not the same.” We’re not the same in our opinions and perceptions.

And so, we must respect these differences and have compassion for them.

As Thich Nhat Hanh, one of my teachers, has said, “Blaming never helps.”

A global pandemic is terrifying to a majority of people and we can respect how people feel while not giving in to the terror itself.

Terror, fear, comes from a perspective of wanting to control things that are not controllable.

Fear cannot arise unless attack is justified, and if it had a real foundation pardon would have none. The real world is achieved when you perceive the basis of forgiveness is quite real and fully justified.A Course in Miracles T-30.VI.3.

There will be more temptations to attack, to dispute, to make wrong than normal in this current climate of insecurity. Let’s not be tricked into believing our attack thoughts are correct. Let’s remember that “fear cannot arise unless attack is justified.” Anger and attack are so closely related, and neither is ever justifiable.

We can practice having an awareness of when we’re looking to justify our attack and our anger and lay those thoughts and beliefs on the altar. We invite the Higher Holy Spirit Self in to heal your mind about it. We will have healing as soon as we’re more willing than unwilling.

As soon as we’re more willing to let our belief go than we are willing to be righteous and right about it, the healing has happened.

Let’s go for that. More willingness.

Let’s focus on being willing to be HAPPY.

Right now, people are frightened and people are dying and people are grieving. Let’s not be petty about our grievances. I’d rather be kind to everyone now and be grateful they’re alive to annoy me.

I have a good friend who is in the hospital with this virus for 10 days now. No one can go and visit him. Lots of people are having their loved ones die in the hospital and they cannot be with them. So, if you’re finding yourself losing your patience with your loved ones, be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL they are there with you now. Raise yourself up by reaching for the Higher Holy Spirit Self. Don’t allow your vibration to fall down.

We’ll get through this and we have to do it together. LOVE is our healer. Not medicine, not food, not ventilators. LOVE.

How willing are you to practice radical patience right now? Please share in the comments below.

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Fear Antidote

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

My mother passed away 12 years ago, but I notice that I’m missing her during this crisis. I say this because if you’re feeling nostalgic or missing people, or feeling triggered back to when 9/11 occurred, that’s normal.

A lot of people are going to be triggered and have PTSD experiences now and we can be mindful of that.

Let’s take extra care with each other and be extra kind. And these are the kinds of stories I’m hearing from my friends. They’re talking about how their neighbors are checking in with them and helping each other. This is one of the benefits of a time like this.

There are also stories of race-baiting and fear-mongering.

There are stories of people endangering other people in order to flaunt their fearlessness. This is a time when we are going to see people who are doing things that seem crazy. That’s what fearful thinking does to people, it makes them behave in crazy ways.

The antidote to fear is compassion.

Compassion is both Love and understanding and that combination is deeply healing. It heals our hearts and it heals others as well.

“Make way for love, which you did not create, but which you can extend. On earth this means forgive your brother, that the darkness may be lifted from your mind. When the light has come to him through your forgiveness, he will not forget his savior, leaving him unsaved.” T-29.III.4.

We are the ones who are saved when we forgive. When we relinquish our judgments, we are the ones who are redeemed and restored. In this way, our brothers and sisters are our saviors always.

Choosing to be grateful for our saviors rather than despise them is what we can learn to do.

“Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.”

Extending compassion redeems us, it cleans out our heart, it refreshes our mind. When we have no judgments there’s nothing to forgive.
Let’s not bother with resentment anymore. Let’s not huff and puff and blow our house down. Let’s cultivate true humility and extend Love and compassion to those who haven’t appreciated us in the past.

Just think, if you had behaved poorly, unkindly, meanly, fearfully, would you wish for people to forgive you and extend compassion? Of course you would! To have, give all to all. Let’s see them with new eyes and be that truly helpful presence in this world.

Who can you extend compassion to today? Let’s get on it and make a difference!

Ridding the world of fear is a great goal!

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United

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

I’m sheltering in Peace here in New Jersey and I send you greetings of Love this Sunday morning.

There are a number of questions that I get frequently, over and over again for people who are deeply trying to understand how to live and apply these teaching of A Course in Miracles. The most common question I get is “how do I remember to practice.”

I get it. Things happen and we are forgetful.
We get triggered by something and we forget our intentions and aspirations.

One of the things I share about in my classes is that instead of limiting our spiritual practice to a certain amount of time in the morning, let’s make it all day every day. I was surprised at how quickly I could learn to do that even a little bit.

Make it a habit.

You probably learned to make brushing your teeth a habit.
You probably have a habit of what you drink first thing in the morning.

If you have a dog, you probably have a habit of letting the dog out to do its business.
If you have a cat, you have a habit of feeding that cat.

You learned those habits because they became important to you.
If that’s true, then you know you have what it takes to make something important enough to you to do it consistently.

You can make your spiritual practice as important or more important this way:

If you awake to an alarm – many do and many use their phone – set the phone alarm to a song that will remind you to think about practicing first thing.

Put a piece of paper on your pillow, so that you see it before you go to bed to remind you to think about practicing before you to go to bed and use this affirmation:

I am here only to be truly helpful.
Spirit, please show me in my dreams,
how to be truly helpful.
Angels, please wake me in the morning with the intention:
I am here only to be truly helpful.

You can click here to listen to the chant that James Twyman made for us on Youtube:

You can listen to it on your smart phone before you to to sleep.
You can listen to it when you wake up.
You can chant along as you let the dog out and feed the cat, and make your morning coffee, etc.

“You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way:
I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do,
because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes,
knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.”

A Course in Miracles T-2.V.A.18. 

Right now, our whole lives are calling for help, calling for assistance. It’s time for us to stop going it alone. We must remember the unity of all life and stand in that awareness. We’re one, not many.

On a very practical level, we all do better if we’re working together and getting help from each other. There’s an endless, infinite amount of help from the invisible. Let’s invite it in.

Each day, many times a day I ask Spirit to show me the way.
Let me see and know and feel and hear the truth more clearly.
My practice of gratitude lifts my awareness up to where I can perceive clearly.
This supports me in being truly helpful.

I also love music, and this is a song that has brought me to tears of gratitude more times than I can remember. You can find it on iTunes or wherever you get your music. My Soul Sings Out by Susan J. Paul

Here she is singing it live with friends on YouTube:

There are various versions of it and I recommend the original by Susan J. Paul who wrote the song. It’s not just the song, it’s her voice. She was sick with cancer for a long time, and there’s something healing in her voice.

Susan has passed away, but her Spirit is so fully in this song, you cannot help but feel the grace of God. I encourage you to sing along and make that decision to dedicate your life to being truly helpful.

Let us sing for the thousands of people whose loved ones have passed.

Let us open our hearts and extend compassion to them and know that we are all one. They are not alone, those who cannot bury their dead or gather in mourning, they may seem to be alone, but they are not.

We sing for those in Iran, whose families seem to be being buried in mass graves so large you can see them from space. We sing for those who are dying at home because there are no hospital beds, and no nearby medical services.

We sing for the people in government and in medicine who are working so hard to serve, and we sing for those who are acting from personal greed and fear to open their hearts in compassion.

If we’re willing to be truly helpful,
Spirit will show us the way.

I have learned not to believe I know what’s best,
And to have no attachments to my plans.

Instead, I ask again and again and I am shown each day.
We have free will to say no, or yes.
It’s our choice, always.

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

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Do not give over to mind-wandering.
Use every tool you. have.

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

I may not understand what this virus is for on so many levels, but on a spiritual level it is working together for our good. It has to be. Somehow, someway, that is truth and our job is to know it. Not just believe it, but know it and affirm it every day. In this way, we can be truly helpful.

If you’ve been only half-answering the call to Love, now is the time to fully align with the divine.

We will get through this time and we will have more clarity than ever.
We’ll do it together.
It’s the only way.

At the Power of Love Ministry, folks in Masterful Living are going to be offering daily prayer times on Zoom and on facebook live. You can get notified if you’re following my page for Prayer for Today at facebook. And we’ll also send out an email with times.

Let us take to heart the clear guidance and gift that Jesus is offering us in A Course in Miracles:

I was a man who remembered spirit and its knowledge.
As a man I did not attempt to counteract error with knowledge,
but to correct error from the bottom up.
I demonstrated both the powerlessness of the body
and the power of the mind.
By uniting my will with that of my Creator,
I naturally remembered spirit and its real purpose.
I cannot unite your will with God’s for you,
but I can erase all misperceptions from your mind
if you will bring it under my guidance.

Only your misperceptions stand in your way.
Without them your choice is certain.
Sane perception induces sane choosing.
I cannot choose for you,
but I can help you make your own right choice.
“Many are called but few are chosen” should be,
“All are called but few choose to listen.”
Therefore, they do not choose right.
The “chosen ones” are merely those who choose right sooner.
Right minds can do this now,
and they will find rest unto their souls.
God knows you only in peace,
and this is your reality.”
T-3.IV.7.

We shall overcome all forms of resistance to the Light. We pray for the truth to be revealed in our heart and in our mind and for love to prevail on earth as it is in heaven. We are united!

We don’t have time to be afraid. It’s not a good use of time. Time can be used for healing our minds. We seek not to change the world, but to heal the world, by healing our minds so we can extend Love and eradicate fear.

In Spirit, there are no boundaries,
There are no countries.
There are no races,
We are united.

It’s time to get to work.
Everything we need is within us.
We will do it together – its the only way.
United we stand.
Divided we fail.

No more fighting. Just working.
Knowing the truth.
Living in Love.
Being truly helpful.

If you become upset by something,
Go back to your purpose:
“I AM HERE only to be truly helpful.”

We cannot fail, because Spirit cannot fail and we are pure Spirit.
United we stand. One in Spirit.
The Power of Love is awake and alive in our hearts and we have all we need to succeed.

All boats rise on this tide of Love.

As God would have it, I am leading an online retreat in a couple of weeks, this was planned months ago. The retreat is for people who are healing and recovering from sexual abuse. Click here to learn more now.

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Courage to Heal

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

One of the great privileges I have in my ministry is that I get to have 1-on-1 conversations with the brave souls who are in my yearlong Masterful Living Course. I’ve been talking with many of them lately and I am so inspired by their courage.

On the surface, it might not seem as though it takes much bravery to participate in a spiritual class, But anyone on the awakening path knows that there are times every day when we’re given the opportunity to make a loving choice and it doesn’t feel comfortable.

Together, we as a community, make a commitment to relinquish our judgments and opinions, our criticisms and complaints, in order to speak honestly and openly.

We give each other the space to say how we REALLY feel and share what we’re REALLY going through and not put some kind of glossy spiritual spin on it pretending to convince ourselves it’s all good when we don’t really believe it.

We’re choosing to keep it real with each other. And that’s what Love is. We’re practicing our holy relationships, intimate relationships, healing relationships with each other in a safe space without judgment so we can take the training wheels off in our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

In order for any of us to actually awaken to our true identity as perfect Love, we have to be willing to bravely look within … and take out the trash! It’s so life-changing when we can stop identifying with the trash thoughts we’ve collected and actually give them to Spirit for healing.

It takes courage to look above the battleground of our stinkin’ thinkin’ and hold a vision of Love for our lives.

One of the things I love so much about A Course in Miracles is that it tells us, “You want to be happy. You want peace. You do not have them now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. You are now learning how to tell them apart. And great indeed will be your reward. Your decision to see is all that vision requires. What you want is yours. Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth.” Lesson 20 I am determined to see.

It’s hard to believe that such a great reward comes from the decision to have a vision, yet the decision is required. I meet so many people who believe, often in secret, that they don’t have what it takes to be happy, successful, loving, and Joy-full. Their secret belief is running their life. They don’t even see that they can decide to have a different life.

Admitting it to ourselves is a big first step. It’s like being addicted to something. The first step in healing is to admit that you are feeling out of control and addicted. Admitting that your thoughts and behaviors are compulsive and you feel unable to stop yourself opens the door to the possibility of healing. Without that willingness to look at the shadow, we can stay stuck for a very long time.

A Course in Miracles tells us that it’s a mind-training system to help us recognize that where there’s a shadow, there’s something in our mind that’s blocking the Light and we can give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting. But if we won’t admit to ourselves that we’ve got this challenge, will we ever actually be available to the healing? Will we be stuck for lifetimes looking at the darkness instead of the Light?

We know we’re not open to healing when we blame anyone else for how we feel. We are a closed door, like a bank vault hiding a treasure, when we’re blaming and complaining. There’s no healing happening until we’re willing to take responsibility.

Taking responsibility for the way we feel, the mess we made, the things we did and said – 100% responsibility with 0% blame is often an act of bravery so potent that it will literally begin to transform our life onto a path of healing that is miraculous. I see it all the time.

Doing this healing together, side by side, is so much easier and that’s why I love when we can gather in a circle in any way, shape or form. Being the two or more who are gathered gives us the opportunity to realize we’re not the only ones who feel the way we do.

Realizing “I’m not the only one” is one of the major a-ha’s that people have in my classes and on my retreats. They start to realize that many people feel the way they do. And some of them are willing to go first to share, to heal, to change their minds.

There was a long period in my life where I felt helpless and hopeless a lot of the time, but I couldn’t admit it to anyone. I buried it deep because I so firmly believed it was completely impossible to have healing. Fortunately, it felt so awful, I couldn’t take it anymore and I finally decided to stop depending on my own strength to heal and I invoked the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting. I made the decision to stop punishing myself and go for it.

Now, every day I connect with someone who is feeling deeply challenged and looking to find the courage to not give up and they’re reaching out to me. And almost every day I hear from someone who has found the courage to choose a new thought and they’re having miraculous healing. And we’re all One, all on the same journey.

If you’re like me and you’ve been a hoarder of complaints, opinions, judgments and criticism, along with a collection of resentments and regrets that you’re now ready to get rid of, stop thinking that you have to do it yourself because you really cannot do it that way. Give it to Spirit and be willing to have healing.

Your demonstration of willingness is an act of courage.

There’s no big or small about it. The tiniest bit of willingness is an act of courage.

Just saying “yes” to healing is an act of courage.

Be willing to tell Spirit each day “I AM willing to have a healing” and see what Spirit provides. Have the courage to accept and allow the healing. I’m consistently amazed at the active bravery of spiritual students who are willing to look within, face their perceptions, and release them to be healed!

Whenever you’re feeling upset in any way, it’s your golden opportunity to choose to heal. Have the courage to go for it – be willing to allow a pause before you choose. Your willingness lifts us all. All boats rise on this tide of Love.

Go for it! Let’s all learn HOW to ALLOW our healing.

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

Today we say a strong “YES!” to our healing. Even though we don’t know how, we do know we’re willing.

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Without Conditions

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

The greatest gift we can offer to anyone is to simply love them without conditions. I remember once a friend of mine said, “I love my brother unconditionally, but if he doesn’t stop … (whatever it was), I don’t want to have anything to do with him.” I get it. Sometimes we drive each other crazy.

That said, what I know is that when we can actively love folks we can truly have healing. It’s easy to get annoyed and frustrated with people. For many, it’s much more challenging to have patience and be kind. And yet, now that I’m living from my heart, it’s so much easier for me to be kind and caring. I feel better when I can extend patience and compassion. Why?

Because it puts me in the flow of Love.

We all know that complaining and criticizing, judging and attacking takes OUT of the flow of Love, but we can actually get back into the flow of Love really fast, but …

… we do have to choose it.

We have to be willing to choose it. Being willing to choose Love is what we’re built for. That’s why it feels so darn good!

When we start complaining we’re getting on the pain train – and that only has one destination – Margaritaville! (Or some other version of self-medication.) The pain train ride never ends up at a new destination, so why take that ride again?

There’s so much of life to enjoy, and the bulk of it is in our relationships with each other, with life and with nature. The more we contract and diminish the flow of Love, the less life there is in our life.

I’ve known many a person that has seemed to shrivel up into themselves because they feel it’s just too hard to keep their heart open.

Let’s face it: We aren’t keeping our hearts open if we’re judging and complaining. Let’s stop telling ourselves that we tried our best when we really didn’t.

Spirit can heal anything and everything because in the Infinite Mind of God, as it says in A Course in Miracles, nothing real can be threatened.

We learn to dissolve fear when we let our judgments go and learn to truly love without conditions.

It’s much easier than trying to love with conditions — which is impossible, by the way.

We can call upon Spirit to heal whatever needs to be healed and get out of the way. Love is the only healer that truly heals back to the root cause so we never experience it again. Let’s put the pedal to the metal and go for it!

We let Love lead us!

Love without conditions IS Freedom!

Who doesn’t wish to have more Freedom?

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Immune Booster

Friday, February 28th, 2020

With all talk of the Coronavirus, how about some information about how to boost our immune system with ease and grace?

I remember years ago having Marci Shimoff tell me in a Living A Course in Miracles class that HeartMath had done research about boosting your immune system with some simple techniques that many of us spiritual students already know about. And there were some interesting side notes.

In the study, subjects were asked to intentionally extend care and compassion for five minutes. Then, a few days later, they were asked to feel angry about something that bothered them and to trigger that upset.

In each case, after five minutes of either being loving or angry, they could see the results in the subjects’ immune systems.

The loving subjects had their immune system boosted immediately by an average of 41%.

After an hour they returned to normal, but then slowly increased over the next 6 hours. Wow!

Most surprisingly, the students who were angry got an 18% immune boost, but an hour later, their immune response had dropped to HALF what it was before they were angry – so a very significant repercussion. Six hours later, their immune system was still depressed.

Here’s another interesting fact. some of the subjects showed them a video of Mother Theresa and their immune system increased as much as 240% IMMEDIATELY.

So, what Marci told me back then is that a little bit of spiritual practice – 5 minutes of extending Love and compassion – will boost our immune system for six hours and getting angry and upset will depress our immune system for more than six hours.

I would bet, but I have to know what to prove it or confirm, that people who got angry and were able to fully release their judgment that was causing the anger, would see a different immune response.

Many people stew on their anger and that would, in my estimation, be the cause of the longer-term immune effects.

Be loving, be strong.
Focus on unloving, fearful thoughts, and you’ll literally weaken yourself.

I used to teach spin classes in Los Angeles and I told people that if it seemed really hard, think of someone you really Love with all your heart and no conditions and it will give you the strength to get through that tough part – and so will projecting Love and compassion to others.

Love is the Power.
Love is the healer.
Love is what we are!

Do you have something to share about this that can inspire us? Please share in the comments below!

If you like, you can read the HeartMath source material here.

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Asking For It?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

I’ve noticed that spiritual students are often reluctant to ask for what they’d REALLY like. It’s as though we’re past asking God for stuff, and so we don’t ask for anything.

There’s a difference between asking for something and begging for something.

When we’re begging and pleading, there’s the feeling of needing and wanting that is pure attachment and it’s an affirmation of feeling lack.

When we can ask for what we’d like, without attachment, it’s POWERFUL.

I’ve found that it’s been life-changing to learn this and apply it consistently day in and day out.

I’ve learned the value of asking for what I’d LIKE versus affirming a need or a want.

Last Thursday I went to the dance program of my nephew, Mikey, at his school. When I got back home, I realized that I’d lost an earring – one that’s a favorite of mine. They’re dragonflies, and they’re very pretty.

I was sad to have lost one, and I had done so much walking that evening I didn’t feel like retracing my steps or calling the auditorium. But I did have a desire to have my earring back.

Yesterday morning, I was thinking about it and I got still and said to the Universe: “I’d like to get my earring back. I really love that earring, and if I could have it back that would be great. I’d really appreciate it.”

I had no attachment to its returning to me but I did have a desire, and I’ve learned the power of desire.

Later in the day, I pulled out the camisole I’d worn under a shirt last Thursday and, lo and behold, my earring was attached to the camisole. Surprise!

Developing the ability to ask for what we’d like and remembering to do it is so helpful – in all of our relationships. We are entitled to miracles, so let’s allow them room in our life.

I get these simple lessons all of the time, and I’m grateful for each one that reminds me that the Universe is always listening and always responding, even when we think it’s not.

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Not Ashamed Anymore!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

I’m a fan of David Hawkins. I read his book Power vs Force back in the 90s. One thing I remember from it that struck me was his information about the Map of Consciousness and that the lowest thought we can have is one of shame.

Like most people, I had real issues with shame for a long time. In fact, when I would be feeling particularly clean and clear spiritually, that’s when I’d feel magnetically pulled to engage in some form of self-medication that would leave me feeling out of control and ashamed.

That was how I learned that self-sabotage is for the purpose of slowing our spiritual progress. It’s very effective. A good jolt of shame will shift everything in a New York minute.

Next thing we know, we’re on the hamster wheel of thinking, “I’m never going to get ahead.”

I’ve watched people slow their spiritual growth down to a snail’s pace and keep it that way for year after year, and self-medication is a perfect tool for that.

Shame doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of judgment. People can’t shame us. They can try, but it doesn’t work unless we agree.

We shame ourselves to keep playing small and punish ourselves.

Then we can collapse into thoughts like, “spiritual growth works for other people, but not for me. No matter what I do, I just can’t make progress. I always stumble and fall.”

It’s our self-judgment that keeps us playing small.
As long as we’re confining ourselves with our judgments, we don’t have to take any risks.

It’s the illusion of safety.

The pain of playing small drives us to more self-medication.
Then we feel ashamed again.
And our feelings feel awful.
So we self-medicate to diminish our feelings and drown them out.
We numb ourselves.
And then we feel ashamed.
We judge ourselves as losers.
And then we we self-medicate to diminish our feelings and drown them out.
We numb ourselves.
And the hamster wheel becomes where we live.

Shame is the lowest vibrational thought or feeling we can have.

And yet, there IS a way out.
It requires a willingness to become aware and conscious of our choices.
It requires taking responsibility for our feelings.

This can seem like heavy lifting.
And yet, it is much easier than we think to get out from under the pain of our habits.

I never thought I could get out from under the repeating patterns of shame and self-medication.
I used to feel like I had hit a glass ceiling in my spiritual studies.

I was reading and studying and learning CONSTANTLY, but my spiritual growth felt slow. I decided that it had to be me, I just was especially not good enough to make REAL progress and REAL relief. I felt like a fake. And that would drive me to self-medication. It was such a demoralizing cycle.

And that’s why I talk about it now.
It’s also why I’m offering my Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage and Self-Medication.

This is one of the biggest challenges that people have.
It causes illness and depression.
People feel hopeless because of it.

And all of that can dissolve.
It takes effort.
It’s not magic.
But it’s worth the effort, that’s for sure.

The key is Love.
Loving ourselves is how we heal.
It takes great self-compassion and that is best developed with company. We inspire each other.

Whatever you do, however you choose to heal and to rise-up, don’t allow yourself to wallow in self-pity, self-sabotage and self-medication. There IS a way UP and out.

I know that these tools for healing work, because I’m not ashamed anymore and I’m so grateful for that.

We put Spirit in charge, and Spirit won’t fail.
The only way we can fail is if we put our ego in charge.

When we do this healing work together, it can actually be fun. If you’d like to join me in my Challenge, jump right in! We will welcome you, we’re just getting started!

Living in shame is no way to live. We’re called to be of service. The greatest service we can offer is to show others how we are learning to heal. Our elder brother Jesus is always there one step ahead of us and so we’re never alone. We get one step ahead and we help the one right behind.

I am grateful for this path of healing that we’re on and our ability to develop a spiritual practice that actually heals! Onward and upward, together we rise in Love!

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Compassion Helps Healing

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Have you noticed that there’s all kinds of intensity going on in the world? It’s dramatic! For many of us, that means there’s a desire to tune out, and that means we get triggered, too. It’s a most powerful time to make some lasting changes.

It’s the perfect time to take stock and release what doesn’t serve and replace it with something that does. It’s not just the perfect time, it’s more like an imperative. We’re all being pressured to clean up our act.

In Spirit, we’re all One and, in many ways, as individuals we’re the same, too. I’ve noticed that I’m an entrepreneur, and sharing is my “thing.” I call spiritual entrepreneurs “Light-preneurs.” Day after day, I ask Spirit “What can I do to be more helpful?” I get answers every day. Much of the time it has to do with freeing my own heart and mind.

For so, so long I resisted following my guidance. I was so reluctant to take even the most basic steps I knew to do. And that’s why I focus almost my entire energy now on supporting people who feel stuck playing small, living in the shadow, NOT following their guidance, feeling sick, and tired and who have a deep yearning.

That was me: strong yearning, intense resistance.

It’s such a relief now to be able to really listen and follow. SUCH a relief! It’s like the difference between living in a small dirty and smoky room and living in the wide open spaces, the mountains covered with green and fields of flowers on a beautiful day.

As I write this, I can feel the sense-memory in my body, the feeling of tightness and despair. On a certain level, I so often felt like I was under siege but I didn’t realize it was coming from inside me.

One of the things that was a huge part of that feeling of reluctance and resistance, the playing small, was my battle with self-sabotage in the form of self-medication.

We all are aware of the sense of there being two selves — A Higher Holy Spirit Self and a lower, selfish, small self. I used to feel like they were in a constant battle. The easiest way for the small self to win was to decide to self-medicate.

When I’d self-medicate with food, alcohol, cigarettes, television, or talking on the phone excessively, it was as if I had made a decision to get on the PAIN TRAIN and ride it to the end – which was me falling into exhaustion, collapsing, or passing out from excess. It was as though I had to go all the way to actually hurting myself before I could stop.

Doing this thousands of times over the course of years, I learned a lot. It was a very extensive study of self-sabotage and self-medication. I was the lab rat.

For years it felt demoralizing. I did my self-medication mostly in private, alone and ashamed, because it didn’t feel very spiritual. I was judging myself intensely.

I felt ashamed that I didn’t have more discipline.

When I did have more discipline, I’d choose to self-medicate with over-working, exercising or volunteering. I didn’t feel ashamed when I went that route, but it still was still choosing to play small and live in a stuck place, resisting my natural spiritual growth.

The purpose of self-sabotage and self-medication is to slow down our spiritual growth and awakening. It does a really good job, but let’s not be fooled by it anymore.

Making a decision to do something different is the way out of the hell that is a habit of self-medication. I know this, because that’s where I started.

I decided to stop self-medicating sooooooo many times without success. It didn’t work for me. I just felt more and more and MORE like a failure!

What FINALLY worked for me was to decide to focus on simply making a little bit more loving choices. I decided to actually look at what was going on inside me without judging it, with compassion and kindness. That changed things for me.

Why? Because Love is compassion and understanding.

And Love is ALWAYS healing. Actual Love is always healing. It helps return us to our natural state of mind, which is already perfect.

Love is our healer.
I AM choosing Love.

And that’s why I am offering this gift of this Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage – in order to look at what is really going on with ourselves, self-medication, self-sabotage and our spiritual growth and development. It’s my gift to you. Please come and participate – it’s the perfect time for us to ride that new moon solar eclipse energy into lasting change.

I’ll be inviting you to do some daily inner work with me – and it’s no cost to join us for the first 2 days, because I don’t wish to have anything get in the way of you activating your willingness to stop playing small and deciding to let Love be the healer. Let’s let the Higher Holy Spirit Self do the heavy lifting of figuring out HOW the healing will happen. Let’s ALLOW the healing.

Be in it to win it and we’ll do it together! A tiny bit of willingness is all that’s required.

There’s no charge to participate – we start tomorrow, and if it calls to you, please join us and bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

STARTS TODAY: There’s no charge to participate for this weekend – we start TODAY. if it calls to you, please bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

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Fantasy Leaves A Hangover

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Tomorrow’s a big day! I’m starting my Challenge to End My Self-Sabotage. There’s no charge to participate in the offerings on Saturday and Sunday, and we’re going to focus on self-medication. Please come join me!

One MAJOR form of self-sabotage that’s very common and easy to hide is spending a lot of time in fantasy – something I know a lot about. Not only was this an issue for me, it’s been an issue for many folks in my classes.

Fantasy is a form of self-medication.

People don’t talk much about fantasy as self-medication, but it would be helpful if they did. I thought I’d share about the differences between vision and fantasy. There’s a profound difference between vision and fantasy. I love A Course in Miracles teachings, because they are so helpful. One thing they make clear is that the hero in the fantasy is always the body. If, in your fantasy of having a fabulous career, you envision yourself as a body receiving praise, money, adoration, etc. then you can be sure that’s a fantasy.

In my experience, a vision of sharing my gifts and talents is more focused on how I feel and not at all on what it LOOKS like. In the vision of my success, I feel in the flow of Love. I’m sharing. It’s not about me getting. I’m receiving Divine Guidance and inspiration, and I’m flowing that out into the world through sharing.

Understanding the difference between vision and fantasy is very valuable. One is a valuable tool and the other is a form of self-medication. Vision is a very different energetic than fantasy. Fantasy is a drug for the ego. Vision is a beautiful Divine Insight.

Fantasy leaves us in a hangover of lack. Vision lifts us up into communion with Spirit and a willingness to receive insight and Clarity. What do you prefer? Expansion or addiction? Fantasy is often an addiction.

If you feel like you’re addicted to fantasy, give it all to the Higher Holy Spirit Self and open your mind to what is truly possible – the very HIGHEST spiritual vision. When you align with that vision, only good can come to you!

All things work together for your good.

You’ll be truly amazed at how much better a life of vision feels than making more time for fantasy.

Give up fantasy and you’ll realize what a drain it’s been!

STARTS TOMORROW: There’s no charge to participate for this weekend – we start SATURDAY. If it calls to you, please bring a friend who has this issue! We’re choosing healing TOGETHER!

End My Self-Sabotage
6-Day Challenge

Starts Saturday, February 1

Get The Motivation & Support to Free Yourself
From Self-Medication So You Can Live The Life You Desire!

My gift to you – no cost – come join me!

Click now:
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Eliminating Playing Small

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

We continue to be in a time of great intensity. It’s absolutely clear to me that the intensity is going to continue. The pressure we’re all feeling is the pressure that produces the diamond.

We’re returning to our natural pristine state of awareness, and that requires that we become willing to “make a fearless moral inventory,” as they say in 12-Step programs. Not many people are up for that.

The pressure we feel is to support us in letting go of attachments, cravings, aversions, and addictive compulsive tendencies. If we cling to playing small, it’s going to be painful. In other words, to let go of self-sabotaging habits.

Let us not play small anymore.

A Course in Miracles warns us about the fear to look within. “The Holy Spirit will never teach you that you are sinful. Errors He will correct, but this makes no one fearful. You are indeed afraid to look within and see the sin you think is there.”

We play small because we’re convinced we’re sinners and unworthy of our magnificence. We self-medicate to hide from our feelings of shame, guilt and inadequacy. And yet, we are not sinners. We are far from inadequate. We are the Light.

Let us look within to see what is real. Let us look within with kind eyes and compassion.

We are lifted and carried when we ALLOW Spirit to take the load of our self-judgment off of us. Let’s not attach our minds to thinking it’s hard or difficult or dense. It feels quite intense at times, but there are NO levels of difficulty in healing in the illusion.

We stay focused on expanding into living as our true Self, teaching only Love. Eliminating the self-sabotage and recovering all the energy we’ve invested in the habits of playing small enables us to make huge leaps forward. I see it every year in Masterful Living. Real people, real miracles.

Staying firmly on track with a vision of Love and healing requires the fire of DESIRE. It’s the fire of desire that burns away our complacency and despair, the hopelessness and ambivalence. It’s the fire of desire that burns away the attachments to playing small.

If this feels true to you, come join me in my End My Self-Sabotage Challenge this weekend. Spirit will do ALL the work of our awakening if we allow it. Our job is to call it forth and ALLOW it.

We don’t have to figure out HOW. Simply, allow. Don’t give up, give it UP!

Let’s focus on what we’d like rather than how to make it happen. Let’s ALLOW Spirit to do it FOR us.

One life, One Love, One Will.
God’s Will IS our will, for we are One with our Creator.

God’s Will be done in our hearts and minds, on Earth as it is in Heaven!

In my free class End My Self-Sabotage Challenge, we’re cultivating the ability to Love ourselves free of all resistance to living a life of Love, and we’re willing to look at no longer playing small. We’re cultivating the willingness to rise and shine and break out of our cocoons.

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