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I Don’t Know What Anything Is For

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liberation: bring it!!!

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

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God, Inc.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Reluctance to Heal

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Abundance

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Catch the lack thoughts and replace them with Prosperity thoughts.

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

Use thoughts like these to replace them:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Resistance to Happiness

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Many people have resistance to being happy and don’t do anything about it. Just think — if we have a resistance to being happy while we’re also, simultaneously, pursuing the things that will make us happy, aren’t we like a cat chasing its tail? We’re going in circles without ever getting anywhere or accomplishing our goal.

Some folks have an actual fear of being happy and will work to avoid the possibility. They’ll even sabotage their happiness for fear of it. They have an aversion to the very vibration of happiness.

How could this be?

A Course in Miracles tells us that guilt is the underlying condition of the mind that keeps the belief in separation from God in place. When we feel guilty, we feel unworthy. When we feel unworthy of Love and goodness, we can also feel unworthy of happiness.

Many people don’t even realize that they have a fear of God. The fear of God is also fear of punishment – because people who fear God usually believe that God is a punisher. The guilty fear punishment, and so they fear God.

When people feel guilty and fear punishment, they will frequently develop self-sabotage to avoid happiness. They have a hidden belief that if they punish themselves, they can avoid God’s punishment, which would be worse. God’s punishment would be plague, famine, flood or something horrendous. So, instead, they just don’t allow themselves to experience happiness.

All of this resistance to happiness can be corrected, and we can open ourselves to true Joy. This is our spiritual imperative. We are designed to be joyful and to learn through Joy.

When we’re joyful, we are teaching others that they can be joyful, too. We’re giving them permission to be happy, too. This is a wonderful way to be truly helpful and bring benefit in this world.

Do you notice you have a resistance to happiness? Please let me know in the chat below!

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Fulfilling My Function

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Our function is to Love and be loved.  That’s pure and simple.  And for many of us, a lot of the time it’s not so easy.  It’s amazing how challenging it can be to simply do the thing we desire most:  Be the perfect givers and receivers of Love.  

Spiritual beings having a human experience often don’t feel worthy. It can sometimes be so challenging to simply give and receive Love.  And yet, that’s what we’re designed for!  

When we can fulfill our function, and extend Love and compassion to others, it feels so good!  Fulfilling our function feels great – so why the heck do we resist it?

The resistance can be such a habit.  Our energy flows in the same old-same old ways because that’s what we’re used to.  Choosing Love sometimes feels like the path of most resistance ,when it could be the path of least resistance.

A friend makes a choice that doesn’t feel loving, and so we decide to cut them out of our lives, to give them the cold shoulder, to withhold love from them.  It seems like we’re punishing them because we don’t trust them anymore.  What it really is, it’s a choice of separation.  It’s a choice to block the flow of Love rather than have a holy relationship.  

It’s not easy to stay open-hearted when we’re still focused on the unhealed hurts of the past.

I’ve learned that forgiveness is the way of ALL healing.
Forgiveness is nonjudgment.
I have to be willing to release the meaning I’ve made of things.

Today, can you think of someone you’re withholding Love, kindness, or compassion from?  Would you be willing to open up the flow, knowing that what we do to others will be done to us?

Once again, our healing comes down to our willingness.
Willingness takes me to the doorway of my loving heart.
Then I can choose again.
I choose Love and Love chooses me.
I choose a life of Love.

Love IS Prosperity, Abundance, Wholeness.  Love is ALL.

If you knew that recognizing your brother is worthy of Love will help you to undo your sense of unworthiness, would you extend compassion?

Are you willing?  Please let me know in the chat below!

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Dedication

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

This morning I’m contemplating dedication and devotion, and why it is that I have such a passion for this spiritual path and the work I’ve found with this ministry. It put me in mind of a conversation we had in Masterful Living class this week.

A Course in Miracles tells us that “all are called.” I know it’s true. And not everyone answers their call. Yet it’s valuable to understand that we all CAN answer the call in our unique way.

We all have a call to serve the Light through being loving.
The path of Love is the way, the truth and the life.

My profession as a teacher is to share what I’ve learned in a way that can be helpful to others. My profession as a minister is to teach, and also to comfort, to encourage, and to support others as they are going through the storms and changes of life.

It is a sacred honor to minister, and it has taught me a great compassion and willingness. I came to ministry because I wished to acquire these abilities, not because I already had them.

What we were discussing in class this week is that we can each serve the Light where we are. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing or where we’re living. There’s no question that we’ve been perfectly placed where we are. We must start where we are and then move from there. Let us have faith in the Divine Order of where we have landed in the moment.

My dedication comes from seeing the results of my choices.

While I no longer remember well how low I used to feel, I remember that I used to feel it. I don’t remember what it felt like to be so afraid because I was convinced of my false beliefs, but I remember that I felt it. I am reminded every time that I sit with someone who is struggling with fear, worry, anger, hurt, and all the emotions I was so challenged by.

I am so grateful that my life has changed.
I am so grateful that I have replaced fear with faith.
I am so grateful for finding Freedom in my own heart and mind.

My gratitude compels me to keep going and to share.

One of the great ways I share is simply by demonstrating my willingness to be loving, each and every day, whether anyone else is watching or not. Every day I could do better, and today I will. Every day is part of an upward trajectory.

Regardless of how others treat me, I can be loving.
Regardless of others worry and fear, I can be faithful.
I can have dominion over my thoughts.
I can cultivate my spiritual sovereignty.
I can follow my guidance even if every other person on the planet thinks I’m nuts.

I am grateful that we all have this call, and that we can all answer and serve the Light right where we are. It’s a perfect system!

If you’re willing to have the courage to heal – we’re going for it – come with us!

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Learning

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

A Course in Miracles tells that we cannot judge and still hope to learn. Our judgments actually block our learning.

It makes sense when you think about it. If we prefer to think we know what everything is for, are we open to any insights or learning? No, we’re not, because we think we already know whatever is worth knowing. How can you be open to insight when you’ve already made up your mind what everything is for?

Have you had the experience of repeating the same errors, the same unkindness, the same self-attack, again and again, like a hamster on a wheel? I have, and my experience seemed to “prove” to me that I wasn’t very smart, that I wasn’t really learning anything from all my spiritual studies. Nothing could be further from the truth.

My experience didn’t prove my beliefs were correct. Not at all.

In fact, my experience was simply proving to me that my beliefs are made manifest as my experience.

This is so important to understand – it’s life changing.
Our unhappy experiences prove that we believe our false beliefs – the truth will set us free from repeating these unhappy experiences.

In New Thought, we say, “Change your thinking, change your life.” And we talk about “false beliefs.”

It’s more helpful to realize that ALL beliefs are false and truth is true.
How do you know the difference between a belief and a truth?

All beliefs are conditional.
Truth is true for everyone, all the time.

Beliefs are constantly shifting and changing like the sinking sands.
Like God, Itself, Truth is unchanging – it’s the rock we can safely build our house upon.

I encourage us all to look around your life and see where you might have been misled into thinking that your experiences are proving your beliefs when, in fact, your experience is just proving the existence of your belief.

When we rid ourselves of the belief – we rid ourselves of the experience.

Many, many times I’ve spoken with people who felt helpless and hopeless in their relationships. When they become willing to change their minds and actually make the effort, they experience miracles. It really works!

How do we rid ourselves of the false beliefs?
It’s actually incredibly simple when we’re willing to make a change.
If we’re not willing to make a change, then we just keep revisiting the same painful lessons.
We cannot judge and hope to learn.

To release the false beliefs, opinions, and judgments we offer them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. We don’t have to figure out HOW to have a healing, we simply ALLOW.

Sometimes we might have to release, let go and let God, 1000 or more times if we have a strong attachment to a belief. But if we do it a few times a day, then we’re sure to let it go before too long – anything is better than struggling with the same painful belief for years and decades.

Now is the time for us to rise and shine, and throw off these meaningless burdens of false beliefs!

Healing is easier than you might think. Your willingness to Partner UP with the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting is the thing that works. I know, I’ve proved it, and I’ve worked with thousands who have done the same. Let’s be willing to have a healing NOW!

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

Let’s have some fun with our healing! Spring Clearing Healing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more!

Ready for some healing? If you’re tired of playing small, and feeling like your stuck of blocked, or your just ready to make a leap in consciousness consider joining me this month in one of the great events we have plannedWe have payment plans if you need them.

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Surrender

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Earlier this year, I was sharing that “surrender” was my word for the year. I’m enjoying how it’s going this year, holding this word in front of me more and more.

Of course, in the ego thought system, surrender is defeat. It’s a death to the ego, as there’s nothing worse in the ego thinking than defeat.

But this is not that kind of surrender.

I’m surrendering the things I don’t like and don’t want.
I’m surrendering the things I think I’d like to have.
And the things I’d like to be different.
I’m handing them UP and over to that Higher Holy Spirit Self.

We can surrender the struggle without giving up on our dreams.
In fact, when we’re struggling we’re not in the flow, so the best thing to do is to relax, take a breath, and let Spirit take over.

We don’t need to figure things out.
Insight can be given to us.
Miracles are a form of insight.
And, we are entitled to miracles.

Many of our goals are contradictory and conflicting, and we don’t even realize it. We say we’d like to have Peace, but then we actively avoid it. Deep down we know it, and it’s disheartening. Let’s surrender all of these patterns for healing. That’s what I’m talking about.

If you knew that perfect Joy came through surrender, would it be more appealing?

Please let me know your answer in the comments section below!

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

Let’s have some fun with our healing! Spring Clearing Healing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more!

Ready for some healing? If you’re tired of playing small, and feeling like your stuck of blocked, or your just ready to make a leap in consciousness consider joining me this month in one of the great events we have plannedWe have payment plans if you need them.

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Receptive

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Being receptive to Abundance and Prosperity is a thing that we can learn and get good at. I feel it’s super important that spiritual students become excellent at receiving, so that we can lead this world into a time of infinite Prosperity and remembering our spiritual inheritance of unlimited good.

This past week in Masterful Living we were talking about some of the challenges spiritual students have. One is that we can think it’s better to give than to receive, and so we don’t get really good at receiving.

I used to really struggle with finances and it took me a long time to realize that everything we receive comes from Spirit, and since Spirit is all there is, everything we give and share goes to Spirit, as well. It’s the perfect circle of giving and receiving, and what interrupts it is hoarding or withholding.

If we’re hoarding and withholding, then we’re not in the flow of the Infinite. Instead, we’re trying to manage and control the Infinite giving and receiving that Spirit is always offering us – and that just messes things up.

If you’d like to experience more good, share more good.
If you’d like to have more Prosperity, be willing to pass it along and keep it going.
If you’d like to receive more inspiration and support, then be grateful for what you have.

We cannot control the Source of All Good – hoarding is trying to control.
Withholding is trying to control.
Trying to control just cuts us off from the flow.
That’s the opposite of Prosperity and Abundance.

Be a great giver AND a great receiver to bring your life into balance. It really works!

UPCOMING IN-PERSON EVENTS

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There Is Only Light

Monday, February 25th, 2019

One of the most intense false beliefs people can develop is the belief that they are dark and evil. I’ve talked with many people who have come to believe that they are so bad, so wrong, so mean spirited and hard-hearted that they are fundamentally evil.

It’s just not true. Even if someone is focused on attack all of the time, they are still fundamentally good – but they’ve become focused on being unloving. The good news is that they can change their mind.

A Course in Miracles tells us, “You have been willing to bring the darkness to light, and this willingness has given strength to everyone who would remain in darkness. Those who would see will see.”

The darkness isn’t real. It will never last. We are all having a healing, and that healing is happening NOW!

It might not be easy to change our mind when we’re utterly convinced that we’re not good enough to live and Love, but if we’re willing to enlist others to help us then it’s much easier.

The journey from feeling focused on darkness to focusing on the Light is much faster and easier when we do it together.

What I’ve seen is that great healing happens faster when there is GREAT willingness.

We train ourselves to look at what isn’t harmonious and to bring it to the Light. We can make a new habit of bringing everything to the Light of our being for healing purposes. It takes great willingness, but it works.

Great willingness begins today!

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Full Moon Healing

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Have you noticed that there’s been some super intense energy in the last few days? I noticed it most intensely Monday and Tuesday morning. This often happens around the time of the full moon! The moon just went full last night and that usually helps bring some relief.

Full moon is a time of healing through releasing what no longer serves. Full moon is also a time of harvest – harvesting the wisdom from our experiences and then releasing any and all attachments – that’s what a full moon healing ceremony is for!

What a time of healing this is! Let’s call forth an amazing healing and release all blocks to Love!

Many believe that extraordinary spiritual growth and expansion are impossible. I used to feel that way. The growth I desired felt so elusive. I just concluded that it was because there was something wrong with me that made it impossible for me.

What’s so cool is that even though I believed it couldn’t work for me, I was willing to shift. My willingness has brought tremendous healing.

So many of the people who begin the year in Masterful Living feel that the healing, expansion and life they desire is not possible for them. They have doubt that what they desire could ever be theirs.

At the end of every year, I talk with folks who, at the beginning of the year, were unbelievers – but not anymore!

Let me just tell you how grateful I feel that I have followed my guidance even when it was REALLY hard for me. I am so grateful and here’s why:

It’s because of hearing people’s stories of what changed for them in our Masterful Living community.

Imagine starting the year feeling that this is the year you’re going to file for divorce. It’s clear, the writing is on the wall in every room of your house. You and your spouse just aren’t compatible and there’s nothing you can do about it – you’ve tried everything you can think of.

But then, you decided to really live a simple spiritual practice. You decided to give the relationship to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing and you made the effort to leave it on the altar and begin to hold the vision for a holy relationship. And your relationship began to improve and heal and become something really beautiful. I see it happen every year to many people in our community.

Year after year, I hear the beautiful and truly profound stories of people making the mental shifts that heal their life and relationships.

And the healing happens even though they don’t believe.

It’s life-changing.
When we experience these kinds of healing, then we’re changed forever.

I invite you to really go for it this coming year – focus on your willingness!

Cultivate a willingness to learn that the miracles will happen for you when you’re willing to practice and give Spirit a chance.

I have collected so many beautiful stories. Each one is a precious jewel.

It does take willingness. And that’s what spiritual community helps with. Together, we hold the light for each other so we don’t give up.

One time I spoke with someone who had decided to give up and drop out of class. She was so sure it couldn’t work for her that she was all set to withdraw.

And then she talked with someone in the community about it and changed her mind.

And now, she’s helping others to not give up, because where she was once constantly worried, she’s found peace. And she’s so grateful now she’s inspired to help others in achieving their goals with their spiritual practice. She was CONVINCED it couldn’t work for her, but it did.

We replace the old thought with the new thought and we’re on our way to a new experience of Peace and Harmony! It’s easier than you think to change everything in your mind and your life, if you’re willing.

Also – if you’re willing, come away with me for your healing!

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Divine Design

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Since this life is about the journey, not the destination, let’s stop making the journey unpleasant by judging ourselves and each other each and every step of the way. Instead, let’s become dedicated and devoted to living a journey of Love and celebration.

We’ve been given an incredible gift of exploration. We have the mandate to be like our Creator and call into being beautiful expressions of perfect Love, Wisdom, Creativity and more. Each and every day affords the extraordinary opportunity to begin again, and create something new and delightful.

We learn through contrast. That’s what this world is about. Some days we make a mess and other days we create exquisite beauty, and the thing that makes the difference is simply whether or not we’re choosing to be loving.

When we truly come from our loving heart, not needing or wanting anything, and express Love simply for the Joy of it, then we’re like our Creator and we’re being a helpful and healing presence in this world. Whatever we learn or remember or express, we share the benefits with everyone. When we choose to ignore Love or work against it, we bring everything and everyone with us there, too.

Glory is your inheritance, given you by your Creator that you might extend it. ~ A Course in Miracles

We can make of our life a rising tide on which all boats are lifted higher. This is our great opportunity. It can feel grandiose, but this is what we’re born for. It’s actually egotistical to think that we cannot do it.

Looking for the opportunities to extend Love throughout are day is actually super sweet and so simple. Healing happens with the power of Love operating through the grandmother who makes it clear to her family that they can always count on her to be compassionate. The whole world may not know it, but the whole world will feel it and be lifted by it.

Let’s Love like no one is keeping score, but everyone is feeling it. Now is the perfect time to begin.

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Spiritual Career

Monday, February 18th, 2019

In Masterful Living class this week I was sharing about the prayer I began praying back in the mid 90’s. I started to pray every day that my life would inspire people to get up out of the Lazy Boy Recliner, turn off the television and taking loving action in their lives. I would see in my mind’s eye and feel in my heart the effect of more and more people being loving in their relationships, in their community and all over the world.

I had no idea how it would manifest or what it would mean for me personally, but I knew with my whole heart that I wished to be able to inspire people to be more loving. I, myself, deeply desired to be more loving. I was actively working on opening my heart every day. Soon after that I began taking classes at the Agape International Center and then entered into the Prayer Practitioner training to be come a licensed spiritual counselor and then from there I went into ministerial school. It was nine years of classes by the time I graduated in 2006.

When I graduated from Prayer Practitioner training there really wasn’t any substantial professional support for me to begin my own practice or for clients to find me. When I graduated from ministerial school there was also no support for me to step into ministry. This actually worked out really well for me because it forced me to find my own way.

Finding my own way felt very difficult in the beginning, but the more I became dedicated and devoted to simply being loving, the more I was led and guided to what has become the Power of Love Ministry.

Part of what made it so difficult was that I had to everything. I didn’t have the money to hire someone to help me. At the beginning of this new career as a spiritual professional, I was working at other things in order to pay my bills and I couldn’t even begin to support myself with counseling and teaching.

I used to take all kinds of classes in marketing and try to learn as much as I could about how to get the word out about what I was doing. No matter how much I did, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough and I should be doing more. That didn’t change until I reached a point I call “the tipping point”.

When I got to my tipping point, my thoughts were more loving than unloving, and that’s when my life really began to shift and become much easier. AND, right before the tipping point, it was definitely VERY challenging. It felt like almost everything was becoming difficult. I was pushed to my limits, fortunately, and I FINALLY moved into surrender.

In starting the Power of Love Ministry, I basically had to do everything for myself. There was no one to really help me. I couldn’t afford to pay anyone. Fortunately, my father gifted me with a small amount of money to get some help learning about marketing so I could let people know about what I was doing with my classes and counseling. Just my dad’s loving support made a HUGE difference for me.

In 2014 I started training spiritual counselors, and my goal shifted slightly – I saw the opportunity to not just offer people professional training, but also to give them support to launch their business, increase their practice and even offer them jobs doing what they love.

Now we’re developing training programs for teachers, ministers and prayer practitioners. Folks who have been developing their skills in our classes are getting ready to teach their own classes and I’m more excited about that than teaching my own classes! Having been in class with folks for years, I’m very aware of how talented they are and how much they have to offer.

I’ve had to invest SO MUCH of my time and energy into administration, to create the platform to be able to support the teachers who are coming out to share their gifts now. I’m able to offer them what I didn’t have – the opportunity to focus on teaching and counseling instead of on the administrative side.

There are SO MANY wonderful people involved in this Power of Love Ministry, in our Masterful Living Community who are stepping up and learning facilitation, counseling, teaching and stepping into these leadership roles. It’s time for the light workers to rise and shine and they’re doing it! Together, we’re doing it.

Soon we’ll be offering a community newsletter so more people can know about the beautiful and miraculous transformation that so many are going through as they apply these beautiful principles in A Course in Miracles.

The other day I was having a video chat with my good friend, Lisa Natoli, and we were talking about everything from dying our hair, to my new home search, our upcoming Spring Clearing Healing Retreat (along with Jon Mundy & Corinne Zupko) and our ministries and classes. It was a typical feminine conversation all over the place, winding and circling around the depth and breadth of our lives, but not TOO deep because we only had an hour! LOL – we can talk for the whole day if given the chance, we enjoy each other’s company so much.

Lisa said that I needed to promote the professional development programs that we’re offering at the Power of Love Ministry and let more people know about them. I promise to do better with that. Especially, because now I’m so happy to be supporting people in leading my Forgive & Be Free Workshop. Forgiveness really is the way out of our suffering and it is SO fulfilling to help people figure that out and apply it in their lives. I’d like to be able train thousands of people to teach what true forgiveness is. I know we can do it!

We can create trainings and workshops that go into schools, corporations and communities as well as churches. Just imagine if we’d all been taught how to practice forgiveness when we were 6 or 7 years old, with a bit more training each year in school we’d have completely different lives. I know we can implement this if we’re willing – Spirit will provide the roadmap.

For years, when I shared my goals, people would say to me, “how’re you ever going to do that?” I’d say “I don’t know. That part hasn’t been given to me yet.” Spirit leads, we follow. That’s the way we do it. There is a roadmap and there’s a path that’s being laid out. Our willingness is all that’s required.

Right now, Finding Freedom from Fear and Masterful Living are the two foundations of the professional trainings we’re offering and there are additional modules as well. One of those additional modules is the Leading & Creating A Workshop training Jon Mundy and I are offering next month. The one we did last year was SO powerful, and I’m excited to go even deeper next month. (BTW, this program will not be offered again until sometime in 2020.)

If you have any interest at all in these programs – take my 1 minute survey to let me know so I can share more with you. Click here now to respond to this survey.

No matter where we are in our lives, no matter what we’re interested in, we can let Spirit be our guide. Our path is a path of Love, our journey is one of awakening to Love’s eternal presence. We cannot fail.

Early bird special on NOW  Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more!  Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop!  March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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Understanding

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

We have amazing inner resources.  I just read a story about a man who was attacked by a mountain lion while our for a run in Colorado.  He managed to actually kill the mountain lion and survive.  Amazing and extraordinary things can happen in our lives and we have inner resources to surmount the challenge.

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what A Course in Miracles means when it tells us in lesson 135 that everything has been GENTLY planned by one whose only purpose is our good. How could being attacked by a mountain lion while innocently out for a run, and having a battle to the death, be gently planned for someone’s good? That seems incredible. Meaning, it seems impossible to believe.

And that’s where faith comes in.  We have to be willing to accept this is the fact of our life.  As ACIM also tells us: all things work together for our good without exception.

To have peace, we must accept these truths EVEN THOUGH we don’t understand them.  This is the path of opening our mind to be ABLE to know the truth that liberates from thinking we can’t understand.

Understanding is not required for faith.
Faith reveals KNOWING which is entirely different from understanding and believing.

I put my faith in Love’s protection.

Let’s focus on being willing to know the truth and let the incredible be as it is. Our knowing of precisely why it would be for that mans good will come to us if we’re willing. I’d rather hold onto that, then constantly be chasing some kind of understanding.

This path is not for everyone, but I’m so glad I found it, because it is definitely brought me Peace!

Speaking of mountain lions – last year Seth Meyers shared a story that was amazing. If you like – here it is on video – the story of a kickass grandma who was attacked by a bobcat.

Oh, and BTW, statistics are that barely a handful of people have been attacked and hurt by mountain lions in the last 100 years.

Early bird special on NOW Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our Leading & Creating A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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1 Goal

Friday, February 15th, 2019

There are many who are challenged with conversations right now because either they are upset and hurting or the people around them are upset and hurting. So much is getting stirred up right now that people are frightened and angry and taking it out on each other.

In A Course in Miracles it tells us so clearly, “The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.”

What does that mean? It means our one responsibility in our entire life is to accept that this world as an illusion and a projection and everything that we think we hate is a projection of self-hatred. Every upset is really self-upset projected outwards.

When we can have compassion for those who seem to bother us we are having Self-compassion and that is the way out of hell.

As people who Love the Light, we are here to be truly helpful and remember that everything in this world is an opportunity for us to Love ourselves free of any and all delusions and illusions and that is the one thing that everything is for. Let’s not make up stories about what things are for, let’s just accept what they are REALLY for and get on with it.

The time is now for waking up! Let’s give all the heavy lifting of figuring out HOW and learn to ALLOW the Higher Holy Spirit Self to guide us.

If we focus on our one goal, the Spirit WILL show us the way. The Light of Love within us WILL light the way! It’s much easier than we think. We can learn through joy rather than suffering! Now is OUR time!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Two in-person events next month Early bird special on NOW Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our HOW TO CREATE & LEAD A WORKSHOP training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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The Love of Your Life

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think of February as relationship month. Each February I dedicate my radio show to relationship healing and holy relationships. There are so many episodes on relationships, you can easily search and find one – click here to search now!

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Early bird special on NOW Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our HOW TO CREATE & LEAD A WORKSHOP training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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More

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Have you ever yearned to have more? Have you ever thought that if you had more your problems would be over?

In our human experience, we’ve seen so many people who seemed to have it all – great fame, physical beauty, tremendous wealth and creative talent and genius – and who have been beloved and admired by millions, and yet they have felt so completely worthless that they’ve killed themselves, thereby proving that “having it all” isn’t worth much.

There’s no substitute for recognizing that I AM the Love of God and I AM that I AM. It is the greatest act of both strength and humility to recognize that the Christ lies within each one of us. Isn’t it extraordinary that we cannot recognize our own magnificence until we recognize that that same spark of Christ is in everyone?

We all have the kingdom preinstalled. For each of us, EVERYTHING of value will be added unto us if we value the Kingdom above all else. Why wait? Why delay your having everything in order to temporarily have that which can never satisfy?

We are all on this path of purification. We’re purifying our minds of all opinions and judgments that distract us from recognizing the Kingdom is within. It’s the process of elimination that leads to illumination. It’s a spiritual cleaning – taking out the trash that has accumulated in our hearts and minds.

Our Freedom lies in recognizing that our brothers and sisters are the Christ come to meet us and bless is. Being able to behold the Christ in others is what clarifies our own mind. Simply this: We choose Love. Love is our healer.

Now is the time of our liberation, and Love is our liberator. Choosing Love reveals the Christ within. We don’t have to figure out how – our job is to be willing to allow and it will be made manifest.

Yes, of course there is more, much more, but it’s already with in us. We don’t have to GET it, we have to GIVE it. “To have, give all to all,” so says A Course in Miracles.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Early bird special on NOW Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our HOW TO CREATE & LEAD A WORKSHOP training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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Responsibility in Relationship

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Today on my radio show I’ll be sharing about responsibility in relationship. Being able to take responsibility for our feelings is the way out of most people’s experiences of relationship misery. It’s amazing how much gratitude we can have when realize we’ve been doing it to ourselves and we can stop!

Last night in Masterful Living, one of the things we were discussing was guilt. Many people feel guilty for a variety of reasons, and that guilt is like a wet, stinky blanket on their life and on their energy field. Let’s get rid of it!

Guilt is not really my thing. When I was a kid, my grandmother would often try to make me feel guilty in order to manipulate me, and I learned to throw that off. I developed a Teflon coating for guilt. It still comes up from time to time, and I’ve learned a lot about how to let guilt go.

The number one way to release the guilt is to not put guilt on anyone else. It’s like I say all the time:

the judger always feels judged
the attacker always feels attacked
the lover always feels beloved

Let’s add: the guilt-er always feels guilty (and secretly ashamed)

Which would you like to feel — Guilty or Beloved? You’re in charge of your choices, so why choose to feel guilty and ashamed when you could feel Beloved?

You may be trying to make people feel guilty and, perhaps, not even be aware of it. When you’re upset, if you feel in ANY WAY that it’s someone else’s fault, and you tell them you’re upset – you’re probably, perhaps unconsciously, trying to blame them and make them feel guilty and ashamed. This will only cause you to feel guilty and ashamed – perhaps unconsciously. Next thing you know, you’re depressed and self-medicating. Yuck – the wet, stinky blanket of despair has landed, self-inflicted. Ugh.

If you believe that you have the power to make other people happy, to fix their lives, to rescue them or heal them, and you withhold Love from them, you probably will feel guilty because you might also be punishing them, consciously or unconsciously.

If you feel upset, and you feel it will help you to tell other people about it, make sure you don’t feel they’re responsible. If you do feel they’re responsible for your feelings, then take ownership of it like this:

“I’m feeling upset and I know it’s not you’re fault. It’s my crazy thinking. I’d like to talk it through with you, so that I can take total responsibility for my thoughts and feelings and heal this crazy thinking. Are you willing to help me talk it through?”

However, if you have a secret desire to blame them and shame them for “making you” feel upset, then don’t go talk with them – unless they’re really skilled at being able to recognize you’re exposing your crazy secret desire to blame and shame. Responsibility is the way out. Taking TOTAL ownership of our feelings is the only way to have a truly healing and productive conversation.

Remember, the ego loves to pick a fight, to blame and to shame and that will only leave you feeling guilty and ashamed. There’s just no benefit to trying to make others responsible for your upset. Heal that habit, and your life will become more loving, more prosperous and more harmonious! Woo-hoo!

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is “Responsibility In Relationship”. 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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Depression Dissolver

Monday, February 11th, 2019

I’m excited about today! First, let me say that it’s the very last day this year to enroll in my Masterful Living Course 2019 – registration is closing until next year.

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

At times it seems that the darkness can lead us to more sadness and more choices that fuel physical challenges. When we’re experiencing the dark days of winter, more time inside, we can consume more alcohol and sugar, and that can have an impact on how we feel physically, and also emotionally. Sometimes when self-medication intensifies, the combination leads to depression and hopelessness – it can be so intense.

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

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

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

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

“When you are sad, know this need not be. Depression comes from a sense of being deprived of something you want and do not have. Remember that you are deprived of nothing except by your own decisions, and then decide otherwise.” (ACIM, Chapter 14, Section IV, This Need Not Be – Paragraph 5)

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

It can seem that things are being taken from us.

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

Appearances are symbolic of our beliefs.

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

I AM that great I AM. I AM the Light. I AM the Love.

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

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

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

And if you’d like the support of a simple program that’s proven to work, and the company of some beautiful, committed, like-minded souls from all over the world, then don’t hesitate to join us in Masterful Living 2019click here to discover what awaits you!

Masterful Living Course 2019 last day to register!

Together, let’s give up all the time wasting and delaying tactics of the ego. Let’s roll up our spiritual sleeves and see what magnificence looks and feels like! Today’s the last day to join us!

If you’d like support to decide if this class is right for you right now, consider signing up for a free Exploratory Call. No pressure. No sales. You’ll connect with a Spiritual Counselor who has taken the course, and done the work, and can answer your specific questions. It’s totally free for you. Click here to sign up for an Exploratory Call.

Retreat with us! We’re offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 20 to 24. As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage. It’s such a relief to let it go! If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join us!

Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our How to Create & Lead A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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Promised Land

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

This life is about the journey, not the destination – we hear that all the time, but we still focus on the destination, and sometimes we even make the journey very unpleasant by judging ourselves every step of the way. Been there, done that.

We judge our experience on the journey when there’s no added benefit. After all, we learn through contrast — it’s a journey of contrast, peaks and valleys.

Think of Dr. King and his “Mountain Top” speech. King told us that, in his heart and mind, he had felt and seen the fulfillment of his dream. He declared it in his very last speech, one of my favorites. He said he knew he might not get to the promised land with us in form, but he had seen the coming glory and knew it was real.

On the eve of his assassination, he told us he knew he had played his part, as difficult and grueling as it was, and he was grateful. He was filled with gratitude at having played his part, and for being able to truly know the coming glory. That’s the way to live our life.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in despair, and then decide to move out of it. As we learn to grow towards the Light of our own being, we teach it, we demonstrate it, we share it. That’s a good and beautiful purpose, and I’m glad for it.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live in self-judgment, and then finally decide to Love ourselves and move forward in that discovery where the Love is that much more precious because we had to dig for it.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to blame others for our problems and live in resentment, and then finally decide to release the judgment, forgive ourselves for straying off course, and then discover all the Wisdom, all the healing, that was encoded into everything that we had labeled as a betrayal.

Let us be grateful that we can play our part in learning what it feels like to live a loveless life of manipulating and controlling others, and finally realize that only giving without attachment brings Love and happiness.

Let us be willing to catch the vision of our future glory and hold it in our hearts now with a deep and abiding gratitude, allowing it to manifest as our very life.

Let us enjoy the journey together and drop all judgment, all criticism and all blame, so we can truly live the intended glory of our life now. NOW. Now is the time for us to DECIDE we’re done with playing small and living in lack and limitation. Now is the time for us to choose to move towards the Light in a dedicated and devoted way.

I’m a huge proponent of becoming dedicated and devoted.

It sometimes seems as though we don’t have what it takes, because we’ve left a long trail of broken promises that we’ve made to ourselves. I know A LOT about that.

No matter what the past has been, we can start again in this moment, and the key to our success will ALWAYS be allowing Spirit to do the heavy lifting of figuring out how the healing will happen.

We don’t have to figure out HOW.
Our one job is to ALLOW.

Spirit knows the way. Life IS Love and Love knows the way. There is that within us that knows, and we can ALLOW ourselves to be led.

Dedication to Love, not to rules and limitation.
Devotion to being kind, generous of heart, patient, and helpful has transformed my life, because it has kept my attention on Love.

I used to be angry most of the time.
I felt bitter and resentful much of the time.

I would look for things to be upset about in order to release some of the steam that was building up inside me. I’d blast it out all over people for any reason, whatsoever. I didn’t think about others. I was only hurting and needing to explode.

I felt entitled to hijack the conversation, the day, the event, the dinner, or whatever was going on. I’d hijack it with my desperation and my upset.

Ultimately, I realized, I hate myself for doing that and I have to learn to stop.

I became very determined to learn patience, kindness and generosity of heart, and to practice it NO MATTER WHAT. It wasn’t easy for me. It was extremely challenging and yet, just like when you challenge your physical body to strengthen through working out really hard, you can train your mind to be stronger and more fit.

And that’s what A Course in Miracles is.
It’s a mind training system that works.
When we apply it.

Learning to apply it was challenging only because my willingness to be loving was so much weaker than my need to be right about everything. That need to be right came from weakness. Every time I acted it out, I felt even more weak. What strengthened me was choosing to be loving.

And that’s why I offer the classes I offer now – because when we do it together, it’s SO much easier.

I decided to have 1 goal – and that goal was to simply be loving.

Let’s pray to let Spirit lead us and guide us! We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. And that’s beautiful!

If this topic of beginning again interests you, on January 1st, I did a radio show on The Holy Instant & Special Rebirth & Renewal  that you may find helpful. Also on my radio show, I turn my focus to relationships for the whole month of February. I’ve been doing this for years, and so I’ll be starting that on Tuesday. If this is a topic that particularly interests you, I encourage you to go and check out the A Course in Miracles Radio show archive. You can also get the two podcasts for all of the episodes. It’s all available for downloading, including transcripts. And now, we’re also posting the radio show episodes at YouTube for viewing with captioning at my YouTube channel. If you subscribe, you’ll be notified when new videos are added.

Spirit is always for us and never against us, and we can learn to rely upon that and, when we do, we feel carried and lifted to much higher ground. Like, MLK, we can start to see and feel the promised land, and recognize that it is within us. It has been there all along!

Masterful Living 2019 registration is open again for 2 days. It closes tomorrow, Monday, February 11. If you’d like support to decide if this class is right for you right now, consider signing up for a free Exploratory Call. No pressure. No sales. You’ll connect with a Spiritual Counselor who has taken the course, and done the work, and can answer your specific questions. It’s totally free for you. Click here to sign up for an Exploratory Call.

Let me know what you’re interested in – please take my latest survey – it’s only about 1 minute of your time or less!

Retreat with us! We’re offering a deeply healing, renewing and restoring retreat March 20 to 24. As always on my retreats we’ll have a lot of fun while we’re doing a lot of deep cleansing and clearing of old emotional and mental baggage. It’s such a relief to let it go! If you’d like to start your spring with real clarity and healing, come join us!

Spring Clearing Retreat March 20 to 24 – with Lisa Natoli, Corinne Zupko, Jon Mundy, myself and more! Plus, Jon Mundy and I are offering our How to Create & Lead A Workshop training which includes certification to lead my Forgive & Be Free Workshop! March 14 to 20. Register for both and receive an additional discount. Click now for details!

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