Archive for the ‘Self-Esteem’ Category

Giving UP Control

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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

I used to be a “control freak.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spirit is always teaching us the better way!

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

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love. We’re doing it together!

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

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

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

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

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The Real Me

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Yesterday I was writing about how I came to be ALL IN for Spirit and this healing transformation. This morning I woke up thinking about it again. For so long I felt like I was bumping up against an invisible wall that wouldn’t let me make the kind of advancement in my spiritual growth that I KNEW was possible.

It wasn’t until I decided to go ALL IN for Spirit that I began to feel things really moving. Of course, I became so diligent for practicing non-judgment and for releasing the judgments of the past, and that’s what let the Love begin to flow. All judgments are a block to the flow of Love. I began to recognize that I was like a person who had become used to being dehydrated and only half alive

As the healing began to accelerate, what I began to feel was what I’ll call the REAL Jennifer.

I had always believed the real Jennifer was basically a bad person trying to compensate for her badness by being loving, compassionate and kind. I believed I was a fake because I had SO MANY unkind thoughts. Can you relate?

The thing that helped me the most was working with counseling clients and couples. Working individually with people, I learned so much. I had such a strong intention to see their Beauty and perfectionism that I was able to also see mine. I began to REALLY understand how the mind works and how the patterns begin and how they could be unwound and released forever.

It wasn’t until I was WILLING to see that everything, everything, EVERY THING worked together for my good that I could actually experience it. I had to be willing to follow the guidance I was getting in order to be led to what would truly be my answered prayer.

Letting go of the false beliefs about myself that were a false construct, like armor around my true Self, my Higher Holy Spirit Self, brought me to a place of actually loving being me. I really enjoy being myself,and I feel that I’ve finally let go of the idea that I’m bad. I am so grateful to see and know more clearly than ever that everyone and everything is perfect. And that includes YOU!

Thank you for being my Prayer Partner today!

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

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love. We’re doing it together!

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

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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ALL IN

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Today I’m getting ready to transfer hotels to the Boston Parker House for the ACIM Conference and my pre-conference workshop tomorrow. I’m so fired up to share this weekend I have to share with you now! I just can’t wait.

You already know that I struggled for decades trying to find the spiritual keys that would unlock the pain and suffering that I was dealing with, just like everybody else. I studied so many things to try and find the answer. I read so many books and listened to so many audios, and still it eluded me. And then, I saw the Light at the end of the ego’s tunnel of distractions and realized that there was a way to speed up this process of healing.

One of my favorite quotes from Ernest Holmes is about healing and the time it takes. I love this quote so much because it opened my mind to tremendous healing.

Holmes said, “The only time that it takes to have a healing is the time that it takes to have a realization.

It took me a while, but I finally had that light bulb moment that was a lighting bolt! I had a TRUE realization, and here it is:

I was utterly convinced that healing took time.
I believed that I had to earn my healing.
I felt I KNEW that I had to undo my negative karma piece by piece.

Because I believed it I was experiencing it, because that’s how this world works.

I believed healing took time, and so it was taking me decades to slog through it.
I believed that I had to earn my healing, so I was working to earn points by volunteering, by studying spiritual programs and developing my spiritual knowledge.
I believed that I had to undo my negative karma piece by piece, and so I was doing just that by making amends, changing my mind, letting things go, and practicing compassion.

And then I began to really focus on my willingness.
I started to give real attention to each healing opportunity that presented itself and I could change my mind, go the other way.

I started to be truly, deeply grateful for the challenges that came my way that were my opportunities to practice kindness, patience, generosity of the heart, and develop a great willingness. I began to feel a great strength building in my capacity to be loving no matter what.

And then, when I was in Ministerial School, I really GOT the teaching of “Seek first the kingdom of God, which is within, and ALL ELSE will be added unto you.” I realized that I was still looking outside myself A LOT.

I decided to go ALL IN for my own spiritual practice of forgiveness and non-judgment.

I was actively practicing forgiveness by surrendering the meaning I’d attached to things from the past. AND I was actively choosing to be loving as much as I possibly good and doing better and better with it every day.

Every day I was falling down so many times. The judgments were so constant and consuming, but I didn’t give up because I had made that decision to be ALL IN.

Think of it this way:
Let’s say that you decide to be an Olympic athlete and you start training. You’ve made the decision. You are going to do this. You have to do it ALL IN or it can’t be done. Right? You cannot train to be an Olympic athlete as a hobby. That’s not even a possibility. You MUST choose to put your total focus on it or you will fail. So, that’s what I did. Now, of course, my Olympic sport is actually being able to totally focus on LOVE. That’s my “sport.”

So my spiritual training is with my heart and mind congruence.
And it is still my training today.
I improve every day.

I have not had a day of no improvement in the more than 13 years since I started this.

I have succeeded every single day, even when I had days where my judgments were spilling out all over and I said and did unkind things.

Every day I have still made progress no matter how intense the day was. Why?

Because I am not doing this alone.
I am held by the almighty LOVE of GOD and I am PART OF GOD.
God cannot fail and neither can I.

The measure of my success is my willingness to place my trust in Love in each moment. I don’t look back. I go forward. When I make mistakes and say things that are less than kind. When I get upset or annoyed, I come back into my right mind, I breathe, I pause, and I choose again.

Spirit has shown me that when I practice non-judgment of myself and stay a neutral observer of my errors then I can remain in my heart and have compassion for my shortfalls. When I express self-compassion, then I am able to really raise my vibration to a high degree of Love and as ACIM says, “All expressions of Love are MAXIMAL.”

Love IS our healer.
It is the ONLY healer that actually SOLVES the illusion of a problem because it dissolves the illusion in our mind.

When I choose to be loving and kind with myself, and not judge myself for my errors, then there’s more Love being expressed in the world than if no error had occurred in the first place.

In this way, I learned turn ALL my errors into a benefit.

Catch this: There’s more Love being expressed in this world, in my heart, BECAUSE I made an error when I practice an active self-compassion instead of judgment. This makes every error a WIN!

I could never have seen or felt this or really comprehended the power of it until I went ALL IN for Love. Love is revealing it’s “secrets” to us when we’re willing to value them. This is how I discovered that Love is the ONLY healer.

It was during that time of my life right after I decided to go ALL IN that I began to get downloads of how to transform my heart and mind very quickly. And then I was led to A Course in Miracles, which further deepened and clarified my practice.

For me, it went this way: Because I became SO willing, I got the gift of ACIM so that I could have this validation from my teacher in the external world. It became the only book I needed, and yet I knew, that even if I lost it, it was written in my heart.

That time in my life became a very intense boot camp experience where the shame, the blame, the resentments and the regrets, the gnawing guilt all fell away. I began to remember my true identity and feel a whole new understanding of my Self. I began to be glad for my life and the opportunity to redeem myself and be of service to the Light. I became grateful for everything, even if it took me a minute or two.

Then, my teacher said to me, “Jennifer, you’ve found the road map that everyone is looking for. How did you find it?”

I said, “I can only say that it appeared in front of me, step-by-step of what to do and why. I found it because I was looking for it, and it was more important to me than anything else. I am ALL IN for this spiritual healing and awakening.”

Then she said, “You must share it with others who are looking and can’t find it. They need to hear your voice and see you in order to believe it’s real.”

I didn’t really wish to do that. I had gotten so comfortable mostly being reclusive, but I knew she was right, so I asked Spirit to show me the way, and that’s how my Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot camp with ACIM principles came into being.

What I discovered right away, with that first offering in 2008, is that doing this work in community is SO much easier. People in class were moving SO MUCH MORE QUICKLY than I ever did. In the group effort, with the group support, people found it easy to be willing. Things that took me months, and even years, took them only minutes or days. It blew me away.

Their relationships were healing so quickly! It was then that I began to really focus on creating programs where there is a community that connects so that people will fully engage as mighty companions.

A Course in Miracles tells us that JOINING together with others to see the wholeness and perfection in each other is the fastest path. It’s true. It’s SO MUCH easier to see someone else’s perfection than our own. Our brothers and sisters are our salvation when we’re willing to see them correctly and in a non-judgmental, loving spiritual community we practice it and laugh when we fall down. Not taking ourselves so seriously is a gift!

Everything in ACIM is true. If we’re looking for the answers, if we’re looking for the way out of suffering, it can only be found in having the realizations of truth that set us free from the delusions of lack, attack and limitation.

These realizations come naturally.
ACIM calls them miracles.
We are entitled to miracles.
We are entitled to realizations.
The only time it takes to have a healing is the time it takes to have a realization of truth.

Time has nothing to do with it – only willingness does.
Your willingness is ALL that’s required.

When I was in the UK at the ACIM Conference there last weekend, I gave my talk about being ALL IN to stop playing small and shared what TRUE willingness is and is not, and how to cultivate it. SO many people were coming up to me and telling me they were inspired to go ALL IN.

AND we must walk our talk. We can’t just say these things – we must actually DO IT.

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

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

I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! Don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love. We’re doing it together!

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

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

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

This is why every day I offer my “Shot of Spiritual Espresso”. I write spiritual inspiration and record a prayer for our healing. Prayer is a power tool for our liberation. Pray with me today. The Prayer for Today is for Being ALL IN for God. We use technology to transcend time and space and deepen our spiritual practice. Our spiritual practice is our path of liberation. And that’s beautiful to share!

I Love you and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in Spirit and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are answering our call to BE the Love. YES!

And if you’re at the Boston ACIM Conference, please give me a hug and let me know you’re ALL IN for Love!

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Increase Your Faith Even More!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

I’m just back from England and in the Boston area and excited for the ACIM Conference this weekend! More unfolding goodness for us to claim and embody! Woo-hoo! If you’ll be at the Conference, please make sure to say hi to me, have a meal, and connect someway. I love to be able to spend time together.

Last week when I did the radio broadcast on “Increase Your Faith” I had no idea it would be a Part 1. This is such a favorite topic of mine, and I’m excited to find out what Spirit brings today when I share “Increase Your Faith – Part 2.”

I’ve learned that the entire practice of A Course in Miracles depends upon the willingness to place our trust in Love rather than in our opinions and judgments. That one practice is what ACIM is ALL about.

When we are willing to place our trust in Love, then all of our wrong decisions are undone and all the consequences of the wrong decisions are undone, too. There’s such a healing that unfolds for us, and we can actually just allow it to be revealed in our heart and mind.

Our healing does require a great willingness to let go of the concept that we’re bad and unworthy. We have to TRULY be willing to let it go. And that’s often very intense because we’re so identified with the concept we hold about ourselves.

I work on this every day, and sometimes little bits fall away and sometimes big chunks. The more willing we are to be loving, the bigger the chunks are that dissolve and resolve back to the nothingness.

Every idea that there is something bad or wrong with us is false. Let’s agree to remember that we are perfectly designed BE the Light of the world. Let’s put this first and foremost in our awareness and make it more important than anything else, and Spirit will absolutely do all the rest. Today’s the day!

Finding Freedom From Fear REGISTRATION IS OPEN. Book your Goal Setting session now! 
I’m doing something different this year. I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! Don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love. We’re doing it together!

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

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

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

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

TODAY RADIO SHOW: my topic is Increase Your Faith – Part 2.
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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Celebrating True Freedom

Monday, May 20th, 2019

I’m flying back to the U.S. today and I feel on FIRE from the expansion of the ACIM Conference in England. What a blessing to be in person with so many people from Masterful Living and Finding Freedom. We’ve had such fun together. Just being together is absolutely healing. I look forward to joining with the folks in Boston next weekend at the ACIM Conference there!

I’m even more grateful for the opportunity to offer my Finding Freedom From Fear class again in just a couple of weeks!

I am celebrating true Freedom for us all!

I have a lot to share, so much insight and healing for me personally. WOW! It’s going to take me a minute to process and that’s part of why I didn’t send a Spiritual Espresso yesterday. Everything configured for me to just take a pass yesterday and it’s the first time I can think of in many years.

I feel deeply that I’ve made a huge internal leap in unwinding separation thinking and I’m so grateful. All spiritual students will ultimately realize that our belief that we’re separate from God is the only real problem we have – and it shows up as the essence or core belief that results in every other problem we think we have.

And yet, the ego persists in the thought patterns of separation showing up in our life every day. Separation seems alive and well when we label ourselves and others. When we judge, we’re choosing the pain of separation thinking. Separation shows up as thoughts of lack and attack. Separation shows up as worry, doubt, and fear.

The antidote is to appreciate the sameness rather than sorting, labeling, and separating. Celebrating the oneness of all life is heart and mind opening.

Thanks to my father, I found this wonderful video of a TV commercial from Denmark. I invite you to take a couple of sweet short minutes to open your heart to the beauty of oneness. This video is SO heart-opening and beautiful. Does it touch you? Bring tears? Does it inspire you to do something different? Let me know! Please leave a comment below.

Finding Freedom From Fear REGISTRATION IS OPEN.
I’m doing something different this year. I haven’t offered this class in 8 months – this is your chance, if you’d like to join me and GO FOR IT! Don’t put your healing and happiness off 1 more day. We will do the forgiveness work together in class.

My Finding Freedom From Fear Spiritual Boot Camp isn’t for everyone – it’s for those who are ready and willing to dive in and live the Love. We’re doing it together!

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

Goal Setting Group Session sign up now!

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

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

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

 

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Problems

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

I used to walk into every situation and start looking for what wasn’t right or good. I would look for the thing to complain about. In many ways, I was a chronic complainer.

It took me many, many years to see that if I affirm there’s a problem that needs fixing then I’m firmly anchored in the thought that the Divine has disappeared; God has left the building.  Fortunately, the only thing required for a healing is for me to see the situation rightly.  

As long as I see a problem it will seem very real to me. As long as I affirm that things aren’t right I won’t be able to see rightly.

The Infinite has no problems that elude Its problem-solving abilities, because there are no problems in Divine Mind. It is I who saw the problem, affirmed the problem, identified the problem and collected all the evidence to support the existence of my big, bad problem.

In each of these stages of problem identification, I would become increasingly convinced that the problem was real and threatening. It felt more and more like God had left the building, and I needed to solve this problem that was eating my life!

Every problem is built on the often hidden belief that God left the building. It can be very tricky to see that the fear that God is gone is the only problem. Since the Divine never goes on a vacation or hides Its Divinity, the whole problem I’m creating a library of evidence to support is, in truth, completely a fabrication of a fearful mind. It’s all based on the false premise of: “What if I were separate from God?”

Now, as good spiritual students, we can say that we know all that. We understand separation thinking is the real problem – but do we?

If we no longer believe we’re separate, but we persist in thinking we have problems, then we don’t actually KNOW what we say we believe – and there’s the rub.

Healing happens when I recognize every challenge has come to help me be more loving, more kind, more compassionate, more in line with my Divine Nature, more aware of the Unity of all life. End of story.

It’s so simple, and yet fear is pervasive unless I stand anchored in the truth of omnipresent Divinity. This is my job. This is my ONLY job. All else I give to the One Who has never left and can never leave.

In my surrender, I discover that my only prayer request is for the faith to know the Divine in every part of my life and always will be. The Holy Presence cannot leave the building, it IS the building and everything that surrounds it, everything it contains.

God cannot leave me, nor can I leave God. Phew! Problem solved!

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

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

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Feelings

Friday, May 10th, 2019

I studied the teachings of Ernest Holmes for many years in my training to become a Science of Mind Practitioner and Minister. One of the helpful things I took from Holmes’ teachings is the difference between feelings and emotions. It’s valuable for us to understand the difference between when we’re having an emotional response or reaction and when we’re experiencing a feeling.

I’ve had so much experience being an emotional drama queen – mostly being angry and argumentative. It was such a miserable way to live. I was the cause of my own unhappiness being critical and complaining constantly. It was as though I felt God had died and left me in charge of judging everything!

I became afraid of my emotions, and anger was the only one that felt safe to me. Anger is actually an emotional protective device. When I realized that I could learn to have trust and place my faith in Spirit, when I began to really practice BEING loving, that’s when my emotional life changed profoundly. I stopped having to stuff my emotional baggage and hide it.

I learned the power of feeling my emotions without stoking those fires, but simply learning to observe them without giving into them.

I have had so much healing through allowing myself to experience my emotions and letting them be expressed rather than holding them in to fester and ferment. Now it feels safer and safer for me to have my emotions and allow them to go through me. I can now easily realize that they’re not who I am.

I used to feel so intensely upset by things. Now, that is rare. It’s all because of my spiritual practice of nonjudgment and forgiveness. Nowadays I am MUCH more aware of feelings. I feel peaceful, harmonious, free, joyous. I experience much of my intuition as feelings, which are quite different from emotions.

For me, often the still, small Voice is a still small feeling. Feelings are often delicate, where emotions can be clunky and dramatic.

It’s been deeply healing for me to cultivate the feelings that I’d like to experience. We can cultivate Peace, Harmony, Joy and Freedom. We can cultivate the feeling of Abundance and Wholeness. These spiritual qualities have vibrational matches that we can feel, and we can cultivate them and attune to them. It just takes practice and willingness.

When you’re vibrating with the “frequency” of Love or Abundance, because like attracts like, you’ll be attracting more experiences of Love and Abundance into your life. It’s really not rocket science.

If you’re willing, Spirit will lead you and guide you. It’s your birthright. Go for it!

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

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

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In the Flow of Prosperity

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Very often, I notice that people are willing to work so very hard to earn money when they are feeling financially challenged, and they’ll keep working and working to earn more. Rather than focus any attention at all at eliminating the mental and emotional causes of lack and limitation, most people think that the answer is ONLY more money.

It took me a long time to see that having faith, placing my trust in Love (God) would open up my Prosperity.

The big shift came when I realized that since God is all that there is, EVERYTHING I receive, I receive from God. I had the shift in my awareness, and then came the shift in my life.

Recognizing that EVERYTHING I had or would have came from the unlimited Source (God) helped me to also understand that EVERYTHING I gave, I gave TO God.

There’s only one place to receive FROM and once place to give TO.

I realized that, since there’s just this One – I could stop keeping score. I could give wherever I felt called to give, and not have a thought that anyone owed me anything – including a thank you.

I also realized could receive without thinking that I owed anyone. No strings attached anymore. God has no strings, because God is not a manipulator.

God is unlimited and unprecedented Source and supply – I could, if I chose, learn to receive without limits. How cool is that?

You see, it’s all in the mind.
The flow starts in the mind and then shows up in your life.

Would you like to open up the flow? Here’s a simple tip for you:

If you have strings attached to ANYTHING then you’re not in the flow.

Thinking someone owes you a thank you, or recognition, or even any small amount of appreciation is “giving to get”.  Let it go and open up the flow.

Are there any people in your life that you think OWE you?
If you KNEW that your experiences of lack and limitation were tied to that thought, would you be willing to give it up?

Forgive the debtors and the trespassers in your life to open up the flow of Prosperity in your life. Forgiving yourself is the best place to begin. Self-forgiveness is the key.

You can get my FREE HOW TO GET OVER IT forgiveness workshop and give yourself the gift of unblocking the flow of Love and Prosperity in your life.

When we Love ourselves, we take action to make the most loving choices and that includes eliminating the thoughts that are the cause of our suffering. We can eliminate lack and limitation thinking. It’s much easier than working and working to earn more money that doesn’t do anything to change the underlying cause of our experience.

I’ve learned that I’d rather change my thinking than repeat my problems anymore. I’ve got more productive things to do with my time and energy! Now’s the time for us to rise and shine!

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

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Complaining

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

I was a chronic complainer. It was all part of my being super judgmental. Complaining and judging are often the very same thing. For a long time, I believed it was my civic and moral duty to judge and complain. I literally felt that if I didn’t judge and complain that the world would just degrade into a hot mess.

People ask me all the time how to deal with a chronic complainer that’s in their life. Many spiritual students develop an aversion to complaining. Once they realize the power of their thought and word, and have a clear understanding of how creative their thought and word are, spiritual students often become afraid of miscreating with their word, hence the aversion.

Now I have a new understanding and compassion for the chronic complainer that I used to be. Because of having compassion for myself, I am able to see more clearly what the complaining is about.

Complaints are actually evidence of a deep yearning for
excellence, Beauty and spiritual perfection.

Unfortunately, most complainers don’t know that’s the real reason for the judgments and complaints. They don’t realize that every time they judge and complain they’re actually pushing the thing they desire further and further away. By complaining, they’re giving their energy to the very thing they wish to end.

Complaining is like looking at a fire that’s burning you and pouring gasoline on it, when you really would prefer to stop the pain and put the fire out.

Complaining doesn’t help, except that if you complain enough and believe your complaints enough, you will create a situation that is so uncomfortable you might just be willing to change your mind about it and do something different. But is that really how you wish to live? I don’t think so.

One of the best deterrents to complaining I know is this:

Complaining makes you a crap magnet.
Gratitude makes you a Love Magnet.
You choose what you’d like to magnetize into your life!

When there’s a chronic complainer in your life, they are a gift to you to help you train your mind NOT to judge. Remember, like attracts like. The chronic complainer is there to teach you that Love is the healer, not judgment.

Be a healing presence. Make that commitment. That’s what your experience is for – to teach you and inspire you to be the healer you were born to be! Today’s the day!

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. (My next training will be in October.) 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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This October, I’ll be offering another Teacher Training for those who wish to learn How to Lead & Create A Workshop, including certification to teach my Forgive & Be Free Workshop. I’ll also be offering my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is part of my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program. Look for an announcement soon!

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Inheritance

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

A Course in Miracles helps us to heal our mind of insanity by cultivating sanity and by recognizing the insanity and seeing that we have choice.

“This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity. There is no area of your perception that it has not touched.”
Let’s just say, for a minute, that the entire world is insane, and that we, too, have lost our perspective (ACIM says pain is a wrong perspective) and we’ve fallen way down the rabbit hole. From deep inside the rabbit hole we decide, “I could choose Peace instead of this.”

It’s like the moment when the Prodigal Son, having wandered off into a far land, squandering his inheritance with high living and pursuit of pleasure, finds himself living on a pig farm and realizing that the pigs eat better than he does. In the lowness of that moment, the Prodigal Son realizes that he would have a better life as a servant in his father’s house. He decides to head home where, as we all know, he’s greeted with a wonderful welcome, open arms, celebration and Joy!

Although he “squandered” his inheritance, this is not an issue for his parents who are so grateful he has returned.

Our Mother-Father God’s Kingdom is Infinite Abundance, and no matter how much we have squandered, our return home is celebrated with Joy.

It’s that decision to return home, to be a servant in our Mother-Father God’s house that means so much. The Prodigal Son’s decision is the turning point in his journey. His decision is the thing that ends the madness and starts the journey home to happiness.

Now, when he returns, he knows that he is truly loved and accepted. There’s no condition to his parents’ Love. The Son has been on a journey and seen and experienced many things. He can now appreciate how wonderful it is at home and be content there.

As soon as we’re ready to head home, we can make that decision and the Higher Holy Spirit Self will do the rest. We can rest our mind in the Spirit and our life becomes so much easier. And that’s a return to sanity!

I’m heading home – I’m on my way. I’m glad we’re traveling together – your companionship makes the trip so much sweeter! Thank you!

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This October, I’ll be offering another Teacher Training for those who wish to learn How to Lead & Create A Workshop, including certification to teach my Forgive & Be Free Workshop. I’ll also be offering my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is part of my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program. Look for an announcement soon!

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Forward

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Things are changing super fast now. We are so blessed with the constant changing we see in the world. The ego/personality would like to latch onto things and keep them the same – or travel back in time. The ego thinks that “Things were better when ….” — fill in that blank.

I don’t wish to go back. Not a minute, not a day. There are many a choice I’ve made that I can see was not the most loving, not the most well thought out choice. There have been millions of choices where I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, if only.

I’ve trained myself to stop looking back, and I really don’t reminisce much at all. I evaluate how I can do things better, but I don’t ruminate on them. I don’t judge myself for my errors, but I do wish to learn from them. I can’t learn from my errors if I’m judging myself for having made them, this I know.

We can train ourselves to interrupt the patterns of drifting into the past and looking for mistakes. It’s really not helpful. It’s far more valuable to look for the opportunities that are right NOW and/or coming right up.

I’m at the point where I can see that there’s an underlying perfection. A Divine Order that’s inescapable. A Course in Miracles tells us that God’s Will is our will. There is no separate will. Only One life, One mind, One will. And, therefore, there’s noting to fear, because God’s Will is always for us.

God’s Will is our salvation.

Even if we have deep hidden fears that God is out to get us, we can rise above them and let them dissolve and resolve permanently by choosing to affirm that everything is for us and nothing is against us. I have found this to be very valuable.

When I’m surfing the changing and shifting energies and circumstances, I hold fast to God’s will in my mind and then I feel blessed, no matter what comes.

I’ve been willing to accept that even in the things I think I do not want and would like to avoid, there’s a blessing in there for me. All of life contains a blessing for me. Nothing is against me as long as I’m not against anyone or anything.

I’m for the loving expressions that bring change.

I seek not to change the world, but to change my mind about it.

I let Spirit do the heavy lifting.
And I rely upon the kindness of everyone I encounter to help me keep my balance!

Professional Trainings Are Coming!

This October, I’ll be offering another Teacher Training for those who wish to learn How to Lead & Create A Workshop, including certification to teach my Forgive & Be Free Workshop. I’ll also be offering my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive which is part of my Spiritual Counseling Certification Program. Look for an announcement soon!

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Let Go

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

People are always telling us to let go. They tell us to let go of the past. They tell us to”Let go and let God”. But do those people tell us HOW to let go? Usually they don’t.

Letting go can be SO hard. Myself, I have felt myself so attached to my thoughts about the past and the meaning I made of it that I didn’t feel like it was in ANY way possible for me to let go. I have felt like a roast turning on a spit, tortured by my obsessive thinking about the past.

When we are convinced that the past should have been different and that something was terribly wrong, we will often have a tendency to not accept what has been. We go over it and over it in our mind trying to analyze WHAT happened, WHY it happened, HOW it could’ve been different, and most importantly, who is to blame. We can’t even begin to let go until we have figured it out.

I have invested many precious years of my life in those mental obsessions.
I don’t do that anymore.

I broke the habit of that obsessive thinking about the past, the injustice, who to blame. I did it by learning to ACCEPT what has been and what is now. This doesn’t mean I’ve given up a vision of healing, or Wholeness. Just the opposite.

Instead of investing my precious time energy and attention into ruminating about the past, I can invest my energy into holding a vision of Wholeness and Freedom. I’m glad I’ve learned this. Holding this vision makes me feel successful and happy. And that’s a great feeling.

Holding a vision of goodness is powerful. I’m liberating from the burdens of my perceptions of the past. I cannot ruminate about the past while simultaneously visioning for a future of Wholeness. I have to choose one or the other, past or future, problem or possibility. I’ve learned which one is going to help me live the life I desire NOW.

Are you willing to let go of the meaning you made of the past so you can be happy now?

Can you be willing release the blame and the guilt in order to hold a vision of Love? Place your answer in the comments below and we can be willing together!

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Are you interested in joining me? 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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Life Purpose

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

After being a Spiritual Counselor for 19 years and training others to be Spiritual Counselors for 5 years, I’ve learned that a lot of people have their life purpose staring them in the face and they don’t even see it.

Our life purpose isn’t a DOING, it’s a way of BEING. How could it be our purpose in life to DO something when doing things in this world is temporary?

Cultivating a way of being is something that adds value for eternity.

We often invest much of our life in trying to do things that are just avoiding cultivating the inner qualities of Love, compassion, Beauty, Wisdom, Harmony, Wholeness.

We can chase Prosperity, achieve wealth, all the while not understanding or feeling Prosperity.

Our life purpose is written in our soul, and when we tap into it, every part of our life starts to come alive with that purpose.

And then we feel TRULY connected with Spirit.

Can we live our purpose and be unloving, unkind, and lacking in compassion? I don’t think so.

If we’re not feeling connected with Spirit, it’s because we’re invested in the blocks to Love rather than in being loving. We can be more loving. I can be more loving and you can be more loving. It comes from the heart, not from the mind.

If this topic interests you, check out my radio show today! I have been living my purpose for many years now, and it’s the best feeling. I don’t feel worried or afraid and I’m enjoying my life. That’s the value of living my purpose.

It’s my spiritual practice that carried me to this place, and it’s not because I’m a professional spiritual teacher and counselor. I could just as easily still be working in the theatre, film, TV. Effective spiritual practice is HOW I changed my life.

Whatever your career path, whether your retired or not, you can still live your purpose. Our purpose is in the WAY we live our life, not what we’re doing.

Do you feel like you’re living your life purpose or still searching? Please share anything related in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you! Thank you!

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Are you interested in joining me? 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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Madness

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Last week felt like a week of madness. Sometimes I talk about “spiritual weather” or energies that I’m feeling that seem to be affecting us all. I don’t pretend to be an expert on these matters, but I do find that people appreciate when I can share what I notice is going on.

Last week, on Sunday, I felt as though I really wished to completely retreat from the world. I went to Kundalini Yoga class. I did some work, had a meeting, I celebrated my brother’s birthday with family. but I really wasn’t up for much connection with others.

Monday was the day that Notre Dame caught on fire. I prayed about it, but didn’t wish to focus on it, as I had a lot of work to do that day, counseling, plus teaching, and I kept my focus.

That night I was awakened in the 3 o’clock hour to pray. I can tell when Spirit wakes me up to pray, it’s a different kind of waking in the middle of the night. I sometimes wake in that 3 o’clock hour and use the restroom, pray, and go immediately back to sleep for another couple of hours. Not on Monday.

I got up to pee, started praying, and began to notice a very intense, oppressive energy that seemed to be all over the planet affecting all humanity. I kept praying until about 7 a.m. and the whole time I felt that I was helping to lift off a dark energy. I can’t say I’ve felt anything just like that before. It felt like a battle.

Finally I decided, “Enough.” And I moved into my day.

Later that day I was talking with friends and discovered that as they were putting out the fire in Notre Dame, there were fires in two Buddhist temples in the United States. I later learned there was a fire at Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is considered to be the third holiest site in Christianity. Perhaps there were more fires in religious sites and communities I’m not aware of.

On Wednesday, I told another friend about how strange the feeling was on Monday night, and she confirmed that it had woken her and several other of her friends around the world. It was a real happening.

Last week, I felt some of the energies that I used to feel when I was really freaking out in the ego muck and mire. I was grateful that, while they were intense, I could easily rise above them and not succumb.

For me that energy can feel very “wiry,” like I’ve had WAY, WAY, WAY too much caffeine, or there’s major fear, a major threat. There is no safety. Fear rules. That’s the best way I can describe it. It does feel like madness to me, and that’s the thing about the ego thought system – it is inherently mad. A tiny, mad idea blown up and writ large on our psyche.

My practice of prayer and mindfulness allows me to recognize these things, but not to give in. It can feel like a strong temptation to go with that intense energy – it used to feel very magnetic, pulling me into it’s whirlpool of madness.

I can remember one of the last times I felt it very strongly and it definitely felt like madness.

I’d like to know if you felt any of these – please share with me in the comments below.

What I’ve learned and demonstrated is that prayer is a powerful practice of lifting above the battleground. Choices we can’t even conceive of become available to us when we seek the Kingdom rather than trying to solve “the problem.”

We don’t have to pray for anything except Peace and Harmony. That is the perfect prayer. We pray to release the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow ourselves to be lifted and carried above the battleground.

Very important: and this cannot be over emphasized, resist the temptation to label, analyze, interpret, make meaning of what your experience is. That just keeps us in it. Spirit knows all about it. It’s an ego attachment to try to label and make meaning of things. It’s not helpful.

If we’re truly interested in knowing what things are for, we can open our mind and ask Spirit to make it plain.

Simply focus on releasing the blocks to Love, Peace and Harmony and allow Spirit to inform us. But even that isn’t necessary for us to be lifted and carried above the battleground. Our willingness is ALL that is required. It’s our willingness to let go of trying to understand that liberates our mind to actually know.

I’m so grateful for the power tool of prayer that is my foundation. Prayer got me through last week feeling better than ever. I am grateful!

Please share anything related in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you! Thank you!

Are you interested in joining me? 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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Choosing Resurrection

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

It’s Easter morning, the sun is rising here in New Jersey, and I’m going to share a bit of my crucifixion journey with you.

I wasn’t nailed to a cross.
I wasn’t tortured by someone else.

The pain of it was that I was doing it to myself. I was torturing myself.

The primary way that I made life so hard and painful for myself was the way in which I chose to look at everything – which was completely under my control.

I was a fault-finder. I was a chronic complainer. My trust and faith were in my own opinions, and my own ability to control and manipulate people with anger. And until I changed that, I was the perpetrator of my own crucifixion.

I expected to be let down by others.
I expected to be rejected.

Sometimes I would even hurry the process of disappointment and dejection so that I could just get past the inevitable.

Right now, I’m very blessed and I’m highly aware of it. We’re at a place in the Masterful Living Curriculum (my yearlong course) where I get to have 1-on-1 meetings with the folks in class. I get to know them better and learn about what’s most important to them. I really LOVE this opportunity to get to know people from all over the world who are on this personal healing journey together with me.

One of the most common things I hear from folks is that they have been in A Course in Miracles Study Groups and studying ACIM for years with little sense of really shifting their life and relieving their challenges. I can SO relate to that. For years they studied and took classes, went to retreats, meditated, and did all kinds of things without finding a whole lot of relief or a deepening connection with God.

They tell me that in just a short period of doing the work in our classes they are having more healing, more expansion, more connection with Spirit than in YEARS of study.

That’s exactly what happened for me.
I was still finding myself writhing in emotional pain for the mistakes I was making in my relationships and in life. I was constantly judging myself for not being good enough —

EVEN THOUGH I was studying spirituality ALL THE TIME.
The only conclusion I could come to was that “It must be me. Something’s wrong with ME.”
And there was my crucifixion.

Until, I decided to go for it.
To really LIVE it, for REAL.
To be ALL-IN.

And stop kidding myself.
For REAL.

Deep down, we know that spiritual growth and healing isn’t an intellectual process.
We really do KNOW it.

In our heart, we know that we’re hiding behind the study and the books.
Even though we WANT the changes, in our heart, we’re not willing to do what it takes,
… and we KNOW it.

We know that being half-baked, kind of-sort of “in” doesn’t heal our mind.

I was a student for so long – searching and trying and studying.
I was a really good student.
I was good at seeking, but not REALLY finding.

Now I feel more like a devotee or a disciple.
Devotion is a way of life. It’s a way of being.

And I get that it’s not for everyone.
But it has been my path of greatest happiness, fulfillment, Joy, and success in my relationships and in my contributions to life.

I’ll be honest, I avoided this shift of going ALL-IN because I thought I’d have to give up the things I enjoyed and the pleasures in life. I really didn’t want to give those up, because I felt like that’s all I had.

I have had more than one person tell me that they didn’t go ALL-IN because they didn’t want to give up one or more of these things:

  • Nightly ice cream
  • Glass or 2, or 3 of wine
  • Binge-watching TV
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Blaming someone for their problems

I had all of those. I did. I didn’t want to give up any of that, and more. Cigarettes.

I really truly used to feel that those “pleasures” were ALL that I had.
Those indulgences were all that was “for me”. Everything else was for someone else, and it was hard, and difficult, and confusing and NOT FUN.

Those “pleasures” were all that stood between me and total unhappiness.

As I write these words on Easter morning, I’m remembering what that crucifixion energy felt like for me.

My shift didn’t happen overnight or because I read a book.
My shift came through really LIVING the teachings of A Course in Miracles.
I began to apply it day by day.
I began to focus on the practical application, and I made that the focus of my life.

Now I can see that I made the RESURRECTION the focus of my life, instead of the crucifixion.

ACIM Lesson 190 tell us “Pain is a wrong perspective.”

I shifted my focus from looking at the past and reliving the crucifixion
– to living in the present, choosing resurrection.

All I’ve really had to give up is the causes of my suffering.
I gave them to Spirit for healing, and they have been healed.

I have challenges every day, but I don’t suffer.

And my own personal repeating patterns of crucifixion.

This weekend we’ve had Passover and Easter, as well as a full moon. It’s a time to take stock and, for me, it’s a time to choose resurrection.

I am releasing all vestiges of the crucifixion.
I am focused on resurrection.

I am choosing resurrection of the awareness of my true identity. This is my focus and my intent.

IMPORTANT: I’m committed to releasing the habits of learning through the contrast of my experiences, and I am choosing to dedicate and devote myself to remembering the truth instead.

Experience is wonderful.
I’m not giving it up.
But that’s not how I prefer to learn anymore.
I’m willing to have direct insight and follow it.

I’m more clear than ever that we can remember the truth, rather than try to understand it through experiential learning, which takes time. And that’s what I share in my classes: How to become that active, happy learner rather than having to repeat the same painful patterns for years on end while our ego becomes so spiritual trying to learn what our Spirit already knows and the ego never will.

Through my practice of prayer, in the way ACIM teaches, I learned that what Earnest Holmes, the founder of Science of Mind, said is true: “The only time it takes to have a healing is the time that it takes to have a realization.” Our realization of our own Wholeness, Beauty and perfection is at hand. The time is now. It’s our belief that healing takes time that we must surrender. It’s a false construct that no longer serves us.

We are in the time of transfiguration and resurrection.
We can have a realization of Wholeness now.

Because we have believed healing takes time, it seemed to be so.
It’s not true. It’s a false concept. Time is nothing and it has no power.

There is one power: Love.
Love is our healer because Love is what we are.
When we remember to Love, we are healed of false perceptions.

Love IS a realization of the truth.
The truth is a revelation of Love.

I am already as holy as holy can be.
I cannot become any more holy.
My work is to remember this is true and stop forgetting.

ACIM says, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” T16:IV:6 We’re already there. We already have the golden ticket!

Our journey has been one of forgetting and remembering. That’s all. We forgot our true identity, our Wholeness, our Beauty and our Perfection. The way to remember it is to seek the Kingdom first. The Kingdom is within. It’s in our own heart. It’s already there.

ACIM tells us that our heart is the Altar of God, and that the barriers to Love are the false idols we have upon the altar. We must be willing to release our attachment to the false idols by letting go and giving them to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing. That’s all. That’s it.

And then, we’re sure to have everything added unto us. The full realization of our true identity will be revealed. It’s only hiding behind the crowd of false idols upon the altar of our heart.

The false idols are the grievances we hold. False idols are our attachments to what we think will make us happy. In Lesson 24, ACIM tells us, “In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy.” He’s unequivocal. There’s NO situation in which we know how to choose what will actually make us happy. In Lesson 25, he tells us this is because we “do not know what anything is for.”

Consider how emphatic he is. When we’re holding onto grievances, we don’t know what anything in our life is for, and we don’t have a single clue as to what would make us happy. That’s clear. That’s not hard to understand, unless we’re willing to sacrifice our happiness in order to hold onto our grievances. And for a long, long time, I was willing to make that sacrifice, but not anymore.

I finally realized that there’s no way I can let go of the pain of the past as long as I keep interpreting it the same way. I have to let go of the meaning I’ve made of things in order to stop blocking my happiness. It’s a decision I must make. No one else can do it for me.

In order for the pain of my self-made crucifixion to end, I had to change my perspective.

Over the course of the last 14 years or so, I’ve finally come to realize that I’d rather be happy. I’ve come to discover that I actually CAN be happy almost all of the time. I can be peaceful. Twenty years ago I wouldn’t have believed it was ever possible. Now I am living this way. It’s a miracle.

I am choosing the resurrection every day.
I’m letting go of the crucifixion every day.

And, I’m dedicating my life to supporting those who are interested in this too. I feel so blessed for the community we’re creating. Around me I see people cultivating a great willingness. I see many who are challenged and I see many who are rising above the challenges. We are doing it, and we’re doing it together.

Over and over again, I see the people around me letting go of their grievances and handing them to Spirit to heal. I see them moving into a greater and greater willingness, and I see their bodies healing, their relationships healing, their finances healing, their self-esteem healing. Everything in their lives is healing.

These people are healing so much faster than I did, 
Because they have so much more willingness than I did,
And each one’s willingness inspires another.

The more willing we are, the easier it is.
This I’ve proved, and others prove it around me every day.

Today I feel victorious, because I’m more willing than ever before.
Today I feel the resurrection is happening, and the crucifixion is fading from my mind.

I put myself and everyone else in my life upon the cross, and now we’re moving on.

I’m done with that FOREVER.

I Love you, and I thank God for you. We bless each other with our willingness to rise in God and come back into our right minds. Together we truly are leaving the crucifixion behind and choosing our resurrection! Hallelujah!

Are you interested in joining me? 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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A Gift

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Gratitude is a gift. I’ve realized that there are so many blessings I receive every single day – even when it feels like a difficult day or a painful day, my day is still filled with blessings and gifts.

Gratitude is the gift I share with Spirit, with the angels and with all humanity.

When there’s a moment of fear or worry, panic, or wounding being able to authentically find the place of gratitude for something, for anything, we’re lifted and shifted.

Sometimes I realize I haven’t stepped into gratitude all day. I have days that are so busy, sometimes, and I can’t remember when I stopped just to be grateful. It’s never too late to be grateful. Sometimes I swear I can hear the angels dancing and singing when we’re grateful.

Being grateful is the gift we share with Spirit.
Gratitude multiplies the good.
Thanksgiving brings more to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an active spiritual practice, and I’m glad I’m able to be aware of it. I used to be such a complainer and now I am grateful to look for the good and be grateful for it.

Sometimes many things go wrong and yet, I can be grateful anyway. I am grateful for that too!

I’m grateful for all the difficulties I’ve had and being able to share the benefits I’ve learned with the folks I get to serve. Life really IS good. Gratitude helped me to find that good and share it with others.

What are you grateful for? Please share with me in the comments below!! Let’s celebrate together!

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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Clearing

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

For some, it’s a time of Spring cleaning and clearing away the clutter amassed in the winter. When we’re cleaning out things that have been in storage, in a closet, or a garage or anywhere, we may have amassed a lot of things. There are a couple of approaches we can take. We can throw everything away and just clear the space, or we can go through things and decide what’s worth keeping and what’s no longer valuable.

When we take everything to the dump, there’s the possibility that we can throw out some things that are valuable to us and not even know it. When we go through things individually, there’s the possibility that we can trigger old attachments and beliefs. For both of these reasons, it’s so valuable to be clear about our intention before we begin.

If we take everything to the dump in one fell swoop, are we thinking that we can avoid pain and suffering by avoiding examining the past?

If we look through everything one by one, are we doing it because we’re fearful that we might throw out something that we need?

We can approach the taking out the trash in our mind with at least as much attention as we do with the clutter in our home. If we can begin with the intention to be focused on spiritual truth and be helpful to ourselves, we’re going to have a different experience than if we aren’t clear what our intention is.

Intention can be so helpful to us to keep us on track. It’s what we hold in our heart that unfolds.

When clearing out the past, are we in reaction and fearful?

Or, are we loving ourselves free of limited thinking from the past?

No one can decide our intention for us – this is our own inner work to do.
It’s valuable and it’s also life-changing.
No joke – NOW is the time of our resurrection!

As we’re speeding to Easter this week, on top of a full moon, it’s a great time to be intentional about releasing the past and taking out the trash in our mind, as well as our life.

Let’s be grateful as we take out the trash. With an attitude of gratitude we can do the decluttering mindfully by having a clear intention. And, let’s the heavy lifting to the Higher Holy Spirit Self! We don’t have to figure out how, we learn to allow!

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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White Tantric Yoga

Monday, April 8th, 2019

I shared, on Saturday, that I was going to do another day of intensive White Tantric Kundalini Yoga, and I reposted my Spiritual Espresso about the one I went to in Knoxville, Tennessee last September. This one in New York City had about three times the people, and was a beautiful experience.

White Tantric Yoga is an ancient group meditative practice that works on clearing out the deepest corridors of the subconscious mind.

“Since ancient times, humans have found that they have zillions of thoughts, billions of feelings, millions of emotions, thousands of desires, hundreds of fantasies, and multi-realities and personalities. Ultimately, our mind and thoughts rule and bog us down. We try every method available to get rid of this pressure, because it is eating us up inside. White Tantric Yoga® enables you to break through those subconscious blocks, so you can enjoy life…This is the path to personal freedom and awareness, and will bring more success to every area of your life.”
~ Yogi Bhajan

During the day, in intense experiences of physical exertion, there were times when I wished for it to be over and I was feeling challenged to continue. The temptation to look around and see what others were doing, to compare and to contrast, was strong. I knew that wouldn’t get me anything worth having, so I kept myself focused.

It is intense for anyone to hold hands with a partner, arms raised above your head and to raise your arms up and down for 62 minutes while chanting. Many people are challenged just to stare into their partners’eyes for an hour. There’s so much to learn when you’re going through these intense exercises with a partner. So much to let go of, so much to expand into.

I met Rob, sitting next to me, a man who had never done Kundalini yoga before, and who dove right into this intensive experience. It was difficult for him, it was difficult for all of us, and yet when we don’t mentally complain it’s always much easier. Guaranteed.

Complaining never makes anything better, it only intensifies the challenge by labeling it and making the pain seem more real.

I am so glad that I’m giving myself permission to do these challenging things in order to clear my mind of old patterns. I can feel the difference it’s making in me. I go with God, and so I feel lifted and carried even through the most difficult parts.

I’ve discovered that when there are challenges of any kind, it gives me an opportunity to work with my mind and to take out the trash. Like everybody else, I can see how quickly my mind goes to making meaning of things. The move to interpret, analyze, sift, sort and label every experience is the ego’s way of separating us from actually being present in the moment, and I’m using every opportunity to eliminate that habit.

I can honestly say that I am feeling a liberation from my spiritual practice of NOT making meaning of things!

I’ve learned to just stop in the middle of a thought and discard it completely.

I say to myself, “It doesn’t matter.”

My interpretation doesn’t matter.
Love matters.
Joy matters.

Interpreting every little experience DOES NOT MATTER and does not add value to my life. It is an investment in my unhappiness. When I am aligned with higher Wisdom and Love Intelligence, then I don’t need to interpret – I can have a direct experience and realize the power of Love in each moment – and that’s healing.

I feel blessed that Spirit is always leading me to my answered prayer. I truly Love being able to work with the mind in a healing way, while also strengthening my body and helping it to work better on all levels. When I’m working with the spinal flex exercises I can hear, in my mind, the words of Yogi Bhajan, “flexible spine, flexible mind.” I am so willing to be flexible in my mind and in my body.

Thank you Yogi Bhajan for bringing Kundalini Yoga to the West where I could find it!

You can read more about how White Tantric Yoga works and why it is such a powerful healing practice here: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/white-tantric-yoga/how-does-it-work

Are you interested in this? I haven’t offered Finding Freedom from Fear in almost six months, and I’m thinking offering it soon. I’m considering doing something special next time I offer my class, 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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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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Energetic Weather

Friday, March 29th, 2019

In class yesterday, I asked people if they were feeling what I was feeling. It seems like it started on Monday. I’ll call it “energetic weather” for lack of a better term.

Sometimes I get a strong sense that there’s an energy that is affecting all of us. I don’t do any research about where it’s coming from. That’s really not important to me. What matters is how I handle it and how I use it for my benefit.

For instance, I noticed it on Monday coming back from the retreat. I was feeling SO uplifted by all the breakthroughs people had at our Spring Clearing Retreat. And I was also feeling physically tired from having done so much, but I realize that there was a feeling underneath that was not normal.

It felt to me like a tenderness, a vulnerability that wasn’t related to anything I was thinking or feeling. It got more intense on Tuesday, and really became strong on Wednesday. Less so on Thursday.

Having to deal with certain issues and decisions related to work felt almost overwhelming to me – very odd. I took a lot of breaks, extra prayer, yoga, walks in nature, baths every day, healthy eating – all to support myself with gentleness through whatever was going on.

There are certain times that this energetic weather comes in and I notice that it feels like something we’re all experiencing. Do you feel it, too, this week?

I do think it’s important not to just push through, but to be gentle with ourselves. We’re having a human experience, but we don’t have to be super-human.

I’ve been resting more and sleeping more. It feels good to self-nurture.

What have you been feeling?
How is it affecting you?
How are you handling it?
I feel it helps to know we’re not alone!
Please let me know in the comments section below!

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Guilty

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Recently I wrote a Spiritual Espresso about the attraction of guilt, and I did a radio show.  Guilt is very much a part of the human condition, because it is the underlying thing we’re all dealing with.  We feel guilty because we’ve basically told the Divine that we reject what It has made.  We feel unworthy of God’s Love, and this leads us to feeling guilty which we then project on the world, and it’s a quagmire of pain and shame.

Parents are particularly susceptible. I talk with a lot of parents who feel guilty. Guilt almost seems to go with parenting, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, it would be so helpful to all humanity if more parents would not tolerate feeling guilty and would, instead, allow the guilt to be healed at the root cause – in our belief system.

Many parents believe that they should do more for their children. They feel guilty that they’re not doing enough. The answer is definitely NOT to do more. In fact, I sense that if parents who feel guilty that they’re not doing enough for their children started to do more, it would be too much, and then the children would feel guilty that their parents are doing so much.

Parents who feel guilty can transfer that feeling to their children because children model themselves after their parents, or in reaction to their parents.

All of this guilt really and truly can be healed by actively offering it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing – but the trick is, we have to actually make the offering every time we sense it until it’s gone.

So, the question is, do you feel you need guilt as a motivator? Many people do. Many people believe they would be come lazy and complacent if they didn’t have guilt as a pain to motivate them.

Let’s not live that way anymore. Let’s not model it for our youth anymore.

Are you willing to make an active practice of handing over and UP all feelings of guilt and all temptation to make yourself feel guilty? Will you give it to the Higher Holy Spirit Self?

What would you rather invest in instead of guilt?

Please let me 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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Don’t Take It Personally

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

It’s so valuable for us to remember that when people are upset with us, it’s really NOT personal. Think about it — when you feel upset because of what someone is doing, aren’t you actually upset because of how you are judging them? It’s your judgment that upsets you – not what they’re doing. It’s your interpretation. It’s the meaning you make of it that is bothering you.

When we’re upset, we’re viewing the perfection in the moment through the lens of the past. That’s why A Course in Miracles tells us “You’re never upset for the reason you think.”

When we don’t like what someone is doing or not doing, the tendency is to become take it personally, judge, and then feel upset, and then fearful. It’s the same old pattern repeating over and over. When it seems like we’re being attacked, the tendency is to defend by attacking, which just increases the turmoil.

I love that ACIM says, “The best defense, as always, is not to attack another’s position, but rather to protect the truth.”

I always know that I’m incorrect when I’m blaming others for my upset. I’m not interested in seeing myself as a victim any longer – enough of that! I’m interested in feeling empowered, loving and happy. I am willing to receive all challenges as a gift.

Now is the time for us to focus on HEALING these pain patterns. When the trigger happens, the healing opportunity is practically screaming at us. Let’s not delay another day!

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Intensity of Density

Monday, March 18th, 2019

In case you haven’t noticed, things are picking up speed and intensity. We’re living in the time of speed. What would take a generation to come to terms with, we’re doing in a year.

Right now, we can all bear witness to eruptions of all kinds in all directions. There are explosions of ferocious and deadly weather. Planes crashing. Massacres. Outbreaks of war. The patriarchy is being turned on its side and it’s shaking. Those who feel entitled to profit off of other people’s pain are being exposed. Hatred is coming to the surface, and those who cannot lead with Love attempt to divide and conquer.

It’s the intensity of density, the shaking and howling as we rise up to a higher vibration. Those who resist are not going quietly.

Are you in breakdown or breakthrough, or can you feel both happening?

Very often, there’s a breakdown before there’s a breakthrough. Sometime’s  it feels impossible to believe that everything works together for our good. At times it feels insane to even contemplate that everything in this world could possibly work together for our good.

Many times, when there are dramatic and intense acts of violence and destruction from nature or from people, it feels as though we’re living in a world that is completely insane.

When it feels insane, I focus on increasing my trust and faith that there is only God’s Will, and no other Will, no separate Will. I affirm that if I could see beyond time and space, I would know and see and feel the perfection that is being revealed.

God’s Will is perfect happiness for me. And I can suffer but from the belief there is another will apart from His. A Course in Miracles Lesson 116

As of now, in most cases, I do not know what anything is for (ACIM Lesson 25) and so I can either be terrified or I can place my trust in Love. I cannot handle being terrified, as it feels pointless, and placing my trust in Love has never, ever been pointless, so I go with what works for me.

I feel comfort and security in knowing that there is only one will at work in my life, and I can learn to trust it completely. I feel that is my mission. To fully trust and have faith that Spirit is fully good, and there is no ACTUAL opposition to that good, no matter how things appear.

Let us learn to rely upon grace. I certainly do. Grace is always available and present. Whether we ask for it or not, it’s activated. Like a Divine Insurance Plan.

Grace becomes inevitable instantly in those who have prepared a table where it can be gently laid and willingly received; an altar clean and holy for the gift.

Grace is acceptance of the Love of God within a world of seeming hate and fear. By grace alone the hate and fear are gone, for grace presents a state so opposite to everything the world contains, that those whose minds are lighted by the gift of grace can not believe the world of fear is real. A Course in Miracles Lesson 169

Our mission is to rise above the battlefield and see all is One. United, indivisible. Grace is Divine Justice at work in our lives. On this we can rely and never doubt, if we choose.

Let us know that there is Divine Will and grace at work in the lives of everyone who is having a breakdown right now. Something powerfully good is happening regardless of how it looks. Spirit is in charge. Spirit does not fail and will not fail. On this we depend. We don’t have to make the healing happen, we allow it. Our willingness is all that is required.

If you’re willing to have the courage to heal – we’re going for it – come with us! We have a couple of spots left.

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Manifesting, Life Purpose and Relationships

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

When I first started counseling people, many people were asking for help living their life purpose, healing their relationships, and manifesting the life they desired. These are three main topics that people have in life.

Being successful at living our life purpose, having great relationships and manifesting even the most basic necessities can all seem like a big mystery. We don’t wish to manifest our heart’s desire only to have it slip through our fingers. We’d like to have the consciousness to hold on to it!

Everything in our life is a demonstration of our beliefs. Many times beliefs are hidden, and even though we believe life is abundant, we’re not experiencing it. We can believe that God is Love, but we’re not experiencing it. This can be intensely frustrating.

We feel like a failure, and we know that’s not helpful. We label “not spiritual” and it makes us feel like a fake, adding insult to injury. It doesn’t have to stay that way.

When you think of manifesting, do you think of:

  • Home, Car, Vacations, or
  • Paying the bills, Groceries, Needs of your family, or
  • Life Purpose and Career, Relationships with a partner and friends

If your answer is ONE or ALL of the Above, then I’d like to share with you an event I’m participating in that’s completely free.

Join me speaking with my colleague, Melissa Lilly Nelson, on New Three University’s Manifesting, Life Purpose and Relationships online event. This is my second time doing an event with Melissa, and it may call to you where you are right now.

I agree with Melissa when she shares that “manifesting an abundant life purpose and Supportive Relationships is our birthright!.” It’s our nature to be in the flow of Love, Abundance, Wisdom, and to live our true purpose.

You’re Invited, Click Here to Join Us.

This event is not overwhelming, because the interviews are only 20 minutes each, give great advice, and it’s a small group of teachers so you won’t get a ton of e-mails. And, you can always unsubscribe when you feel complete, but it’s definitely worth giving each person a listen. Enjoy!

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

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.

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

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