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Mean Intent

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Bobbi, my brother’s new puppy dog, Bobbi – just about 8 months old – ate my slipper yesterday.  Sigh.  I really liked that slipper and they don’t make them anymore.  Isn’t that how it goes sometimes?  

I have to say, it gave me a moment of feeling pissed.  All attachments cause suffering – that’s the teaching of Buddha.  

Of course, I was annoyed with myself for having taken it off in a place where she could get it.  Life!!  I could have been upset the rest of the day – but what good would that do?

There are times when we say we’d like the Peace of God, but, sometimes, we really don’t. Have you ever had someone cut you off in traffic and you wished they get caught by the police?  Have you ever had someone disappoint you and you wished them some kind of difficulty?

Okay, this may sound crazy to you, but I’ve known many people, including myself, who have, at times of stress, wished for bad things to happen.

I’ve even known people who’ve wished for “bad” things to happen to themselves so they could feel even more like a victim and get sympathy from others.  It’s that old pattern of wanting negative attention if there’s no positive attention available.  

Wishing for bad things to happen to someone else is more understandable for most people than wishing bad things to happen to themselves.

Wishing bad things on anyone is wishing for a punishment.

And that’s one of the key components of the ego thought system.

The ego thought system is one of sin and punishment.

When people don’t like what someone’s done, they jump on the punishment bandwagon.  People talk about punishment as a deterrent, but it really doesn’t work.

Punishment is for those who blame and shame.  

You may not realize it, because we often don’t wish to see it, but many people punish themselves and punish others as a way of trying to handle how vulnerable and powerless they feel.  There are many subtle ways that people punish themselves and others.  

Hoping something bad happens to themselves, people are often looking to get some kind of justification for feeling like a victim, or even to punish others.  When I was much younger, I definitely saw myself wishing for bad things to happen to me so that others would feel bad, that it was their fault.  

Some people try to hurt their loved ones by hurting themselves.  It’s definitely insane.  And that’s what the ego is, pure insanity.  

People feel unworthy of Love and sometimes they wish for something bad to happen to them so that people will have sympathy for them.  They feel it’s the only way they can get attention or kindness.  It never feels good, but, to some, it’s better than no attention all.

Wishing punishment on others only intensifies the guilt we feel, and then we feel we deserve to be punished.  It’s a destructive cycle we can break out of by being aware and practicing kindness.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness.  That really resonates with me.  I aspire to be kind always and I am getting closer every day.  When we’re forgiving ourselves and others, we’re practicing the ultimate kindness.  

Forgiveness leads to compassion, and that’s Love.  It’s liberating.

In our current political climate, I’ve heard people wishing for economic hard times because they believe then the current president wouldn’t be reelected.  I get that, but it’s not what I wish for.  I wish for Love and kindness to be valued.  I pray that truth is revealed and Love prevails.  I feel it happening and so I don’t even need to hope for good.  I know it is happening now.  

Healing is happening now.  

Truth is being revealed now.  

Love will prevail.  

Have you had a time when you wished for something bad to happen to someone or to yourself?  Have you forgiven yourself?  If not, there’s no time like the present!  Please share in the comments below!

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You won’t regret your choice, and you’ll only be so glad you did – at least that’s what I hear from the people who’ve done it.  

Get going.  Take action.  Be aggressive about working with your mind.  DO NOT DELAY.  If you’re waiting, if you’re not getting the results you’d like, what are you waiting for?

Don’t take my word for it, read the testimonials from those who have done this work with me.  They believed that nothing would work for them, and they were willing to do something different anyway.  Now, they’re not playing small anymore.  They’re not letting fear dictate their life.  They have a real and powerful connection with Spirit.

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Patience & Peace

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

When I’ve felt blasted by the storms of emotions and drama, whether it’s been of my own making or someone else’s, my spiritual practice of non-judgment and nonviolence is my rock.

It’s a haven of infinite patience and Love inside my own mind.

So often I see folks do things that make no sense. We lose perspective, and then we suffer and make crazy choices.

At times, folks are deliberately unkind; they’re selfish and hurtful. People respond without thinking and are rude. I’ve done so much of that in my life.

Some people are discouraging when they could be encouraging. My practice of non-judgment forces me to look at my motivations and intentions, and to consistently choose the most loving intention regardless of where my emotions are.

My spiritual practice of non-judgment is a practice infinite compassion. It is the daily practice of walking in Spirit. Just as that farm girl from Kansas put on the ruby slippers and remembered her personal power that could take her back home, my personal practice of nonviolence takes me back home to the spiritual truth of all life: I am One with all that is.

If I hate the one who hates, I’ve lost my power, I’m wearing their shoes and they can never fit. If I am rude to the one who is rude, I am living someone else’s pain. If I have no compassion for the one who has no compassion, I am spending my precious energy magnifying someone else’s hurt. Every moment I choose whose shoes I’ll stand in. Every moment I can choose anew and change the course of my life. When I make the highest choice I can reach for in the moment, I lift the world.

Mother Theresa taught us, “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway … Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.”

When I look at Mother Theresa’s life and the lives of Buddha, Jesus, St. Francis, Gandhi, King and Thich Nhat Hanh, I see the power in their moment-to-moment practice of choosing Love in much more difficult circumstances than I’ve ever faced. I choose to carry close to me this awareness of those who went before me. This is my ruby slipper practice. In every moment, I remember my intention to Love and I am that. How grateful I am that no matter where I am, no matter what is happening in and around me, I can have a ruby slipper moment and come home to my heart.

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False Identity

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

There have been times when I’ve been counseling someone who has the appearance of being “stuck” in their story – they appear to be repeating a tale of woe and victimhood. For some of us this story from the past can feel really thick and dense and sticky.

Very often when something disappointing or painful, something upsetting and terrifying happens to us, where we feel betrayed and abused, we can draw conclusions about our self-worth and our value. The ego mind loves to interpret and make meaning of things. The ego mind is like a meaning making machine – and it’s all false! In every case where the ego is making meaning and interpreting the events of our life, it’s a story – it’s not the truth.

If you choose to believe the story the ego mind has made up, then it’s like you’ve taken it on and it becomes your prison. Literally, it can seem like you wear it like a garment. It will become to seem like it’s your identity. The false interpretation, the negative meaning becomes a false identity. It’s amazing how quickly you can lose sight of your true identity as a pure being of light and love and become convinced that you’re a completely false identity. People will stay in the story for decades.

Some people become so attached to the false identity, and so invested in it, that it completely deforms their whole life experience. You know this is happening when you are looking around your life every day gathering the evidence to support your story. If you’re gathering evidence to support why you are limited and in lack, then you’re convinced of the story.

The good news is that the Truth will ALWAYS set you free when you’re willing to believe it.

This is one of the reasons why I love stories of redemption. My own life has become a story of redemption and now I’m able to shine God’s Glory rather than continue to perpetuate the ego’s story.

The question to ask yourself is what will you choose to pour your precious life energy into:

Your story or Your Glory? Your history or your Freedom?

It’s time to choose.

Your glory is the glory of God and when you focus on choosing Love the glory of God naturally unfolds because Love is your true identity and it is always GLORIOUS!

If you choose the story and you feel the pain and restriction of the limitation and lack – choose again! Don’t look back – choose again! Onward and upward!

We’re waking up together and finding freedom in our hearts. I’m so grateful for this!

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Mindfulness

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

When I bring my attention fully into the present, into the now, then I can see that each and every moment contains a choice. The choice is always between love and something other than love. As I keep a commitment to being mindful it’s possible for me to choose love more often.

As I am mindful of the choices I make, I am also mindful of their outcomes. Now that I am more mindful, if I choose fear, anger or some other form of suffering I can see that it was my choice.

Right there in that moment of knowing that I made a choice, there’s another opportunity to choose love and forgive myself. I witness that love has an intelligence all of its own. This makes every moment of my life a work of art.

In their book EMBRACING THE BELOVED: Relationship as a Path of Awakening, Stephen & Ondrea Levine write, “Those who suppress the ego instead of just letting it recede into the heart make the same merciless error in judgment as those who, attempting to cure serious illness, believe they must ‘filter out all negative thoughts’ in order to be healed … They do not recognize that what leaves the ‘negative residue’ is not the thought, no matter how dark or fearful, but the negative reaction (holding), as opposed to the healing response (letting go), to that moment. That a ‘positive’ thought grasped is less healing than a ‘negative’ one met with mercy.”

Focusing on being able to respond rather than react as my spiritual practice changed my life and helped me heal my relationships.

I’ve made a commitment to be mindful as part of my daily spiritual practice. I may not always succeed, but when I do, I meet any dark and fearful thoughts with mercy.

In this way my daily practice is healing and I share the benefit with all beings because I am one with them. And that makes even the most challenging day a blessing to us all.

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The Love of Your Life

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Years ago I realized that there was a wonderful opportunity to shift my life in a way that would really bring more Love into my experience. I decided to BE the love of my life instead of looking outside myself to someone else.

The more I’ve lived AS the love of my life, I’ve found that it’s naturally easier for me to be more loving with others, and that brings more Love in my life.

Like attracts like.

When we love ourselves, if other people behave in ways that are unloving, it bothers us less and less. We can see their behavior as the cry for Love that it is and we can respond with compassion.

When we love ourselves, we can have more compassion for others, which means we can extend Love to them, rather than take things personally. That saves a HUGE amount of time, and energy that we formerly invested in being upset.

No longer investing in being upset is one of the great acts of Self-Love.

Compassion is loving understanding. Being able to respond with compassion brings more Love into our experience too. In this way, we are more and more in the flow of Love and staying there. There’s no need to leave. The habits of criticizing and attacking fall away and are replaced with genuine loving kindness and a lightness of being takes over.

No matter how entrenched we are in feeling alone, unlovable, unworthy, or bad, we can turn it around very quickly when we let Spirit show us how. This is one of the most valuable things we can learn and that’s why it’s a focus of my classes. We can easily be much more happy when we’re wiling to change our minds.

The power of decision is ours. We can decide to BE the love of our life and let Spirit show us how. With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, it’s perfect timing to make this powerful shift!

TODAY RADIO SHOW: February is relationship month on my radio show and today my topic is The Love of Your Life.

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Studying VS Learning

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

For years, I satisfied my ego by studying spiritual teachings and making small amounts of progress in the transformation of my life and the healing of my heart. I invested SO much time studying, without actually diving into do the deeper healing work.

Reading lots of books and listening to lots of audios is a great way to get the ego to feel like it’s doing a great job. However, I couldn’t settle for that. I had a deep desire to truly have a breakthrough and to KNOW GOD.

Reading books isn’t a way to know God. That’s pretty obvious, right? Yet, we do read books thinking it’s going to deepen us spiritually.

Gathering information can be interesting, but information doesn’t have the power to heal. Our healing is the release of the blocks to Love. Books can inspire us tremendously, but without application, it’s just a momentary high.

I have a number of books about spirituality that I LOVE, some I even take with me wherever I go, like A Course in Miracles. As much as I treasure the teachings in the books, without the practical application of them in my life, nothing in my life changes.

It’s my willingness to be in tune with the Infinite Spirit that shifts my awareness, heals my mind, opens my heart and changes things in my life for the better.

Studying teachings is wonderful, but unless it inspires us to actually do something different, to make a more loving choice, to see with new eyes, we’re not actually investing our time wisely.

Our willingness to hear more clearly, see more clearly, know more clearly and feel more clearly the opportunities to choose Love is the place for us to put our attention. When we do, it’s miraculous how much healing can happen so quickly. Decades of wandering in the desert are harvested instantly. We come home to our true identity in Spirit. These are the blessings that are ours to receive in each moment. Let us claim them, now.

Let us remember that we already KNOW the truth that sets us free!
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Guilt As A Motivator

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

One of the most painful things we do in our relationships is to lay guilt on people in order to motivate them. It’s so manipulative and it really sucks the Love right out of our relationships. I’ve done a few radio shows about this topic and one that you may find helpful is called Cultivating A Guiltless Mind.

As a teacher and a spiritual counselor, I’ve talked with so many people who feel so pained by their loved ones trying to manipulate them by saying things that are designed to make them feel badly about their choices. I’ve talked with an equal number of people who don’t even realize that their manipulations using guilt are what’s poisoning their relationships.

This manipulation by guilt-tripping is so common, people don’t even realize that they do it. It’s so completely accepted in our world, that seems normal. It seems like it’s a “natural” part of our relationships.

Alienating people with guilt leaves us in a lonely, cold place. We can change that. There IS a better way.

One of the most extraordinary and wonderful benefits people have from actually doing the work that I recommend in my classes is that they have A LOT more Love in their lives. It takes real courage to look within and to make changes. It means being willing to travel into unknown territory and it often means being willing to be vulnerable.

Life without regret is so much more enjoyable. I know that for a fact.

I used to lay guilt trips on anyone and everyone. Manipulation was my constant activity. I thought I was clever for being able to be so manipulative. I’ve learned a lot and I’m not going back.

I encourage you to learn about the subtleties of “guilting” other people and to actively eliminate them from your way of relating to others. You’ll feel SO much better about yourself ALL of the time. It’s worth it!

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The Long View

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m holding the long view and it feels SO good to me. I’m loving it! Right now, I look in the news each day and I simply say “Wow! Who ever thought THAT would happen?” Things are changing, they’re blowing up, they’re falling down, and I have faith in the vision of unity in the long view.

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

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Regrets

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

I used to feel that I had SO MANY regrets that it was a heavy weight upon my heart. I created new regrets every day because I was so often making sarcastic and hurtful remarks to people around me. I used to intentionally say and do things to irritate and aggravate people. It was so unkind.

I used to feel compelled to be consistently agitating people around me. It was one way that I could feel that I had some power. I had the power to annoy people and to make them feel badly about themselves.

It’s surprisingly easy to poke people in a way that makes them feel worse about themselves. So many of us feel that we’re not good enough, something’s wrong with us, or unworthy that it’s extremely easy to poke them in a sensitive spot. That’s one way to control and manipulate people. It’s the way of the bully.

The bully is always attacking in order to compensate for feeling badly about themselves. Unfortunately, it just creates a more intense feeling of grasping at straws. It takes a huge amount of mental and emotional energy to maintain that behavior and it makes it difficult to accomplish much else. I know this so well.

Now, I live without regrets. Not only do I not attack people and engage in lots of sarcasm, I simply don’t wish to live in the past. The opportunity to give and receive Love is in the present moment and that’s where I feel refreshed and renewed.

If you have regrets, a consistent and dedicated practice of forgiveness will support you in releasing that habit. Self-forgiveness is the way of mastery! It’s amazing how much can be healed so quickly!

If you’d like help with that, get my free forgiveness workshop “How to Get Over It.” Invite a friend over and do the workshop together. Have fun with it!

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Healthy Boundaries

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Yesterday, on my radio show, I was talking about having healthy boundaries. This is a question I hear frequently, “what does healthy boundaries mean?”

Healthy boundaries means loving relationships that are respectful, honoring and not in any way co-dependent, manipulating, controlling or abusive. Understanding what healthy boundaries are is a big step towards having them.

It took me until I was in my 40’s before I realized that I didn’t know what healthy boundaries were. I had all kinds of co-dependency and dysfunction happening in my relationships.

I cleaned up my act, and Spirit led the way for me. Now, it’s easy to maintain healthy boundaries. I barely have to think about it.

This has made a HUGE difference in the quality of my life.

Having healthy boundaries improves the quality of your life and your relationships. It improves your health and well-being. This is a major issue for all of us.

If you think you might have boundary or co-dependency issues, this episode of my radio show might be helpful to you. Click here to check it now!

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Generosity

Monday, January 29th, 2018

When I was the spiritual leader of the spiritual community that is now called INSPIRE LA in Los Angeles, one of the things we made a big part of our mission was to connect with and honor the elders and their wisdom. This was so important to me. I deeply value the wisdom of the elders who have learned so much through their years of living life.

Not all elders are particularly wise, this we know, but regardless, they deserve our respect. It’s so worth taking the time to seek out and talk with the elders of the community.

One thing we discovered was that a local housing development for the elderly it was very common that, towards the end of the month, residents wouldn’t have any money left to buy food. Their social security checks would have run out in the last days of the month and they’d literally be without food. So, we decided to start having pot lucks at the end of the month (with LOTS of leftovers) to have a festive and fun experience, while also providing necessary food to help them get through that lean time.

I encourage you to look around your area, and see if you can find where there might be elderly people near you, who are living on their government checks, and who might be tightly budgeted and very much in need of some support come the end of the month.

I once visited a lightworker, who gave so much to their community and who was quite financially challenged. Part of how they made it through the month was because a neighbor brought them food each week – simple offerings of bread and cheese, maybe some fruit – to help them get through the lean times.

Invite Spirit to help you identify those people in your area for whom it would be absolutely be life-changing for you to bring them $20 worth of food a couple of times a month. Or perhaps there’s an older person in your neighborhood that finds it tremendously difficult to get out and go to the store when the weather is rough.

These are considered “old-fashioned” values, and I’m old-fashioned in so many ways.

Spirit will point the way for you if you’re interested and willing. It’s extraordinary what a difference you can make in someone’s life and you’ll be so glad you did!

And if you have children, bring them along and let them see what loving your neighbor REALLY means. This is the true generosity, it’s being generous of Spirit and extending Love in practical ways that profoundly improve the quality of people’s lives!

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Sleep Deprivation

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

People often tell me that they have issues with sleeping and it really bothers them. I used to have all kinds of issues with sleep deprivation. I used to start to panic if I thought I wasn’t going to get a good night’s sleep. I had this belief that if I didn’t get a good night’s sleep I’d get sick. Because I believed it, guess what? I experienced.

In the last dozen years or so, I’ve noticed that sometimes Spirit wakes me up in the middle of the night to pray and meditate for a couple of hours. I’ve learned to be obedient and get up and do what I feel called to.

I notice that if I get up fro a couple of hours in the middle of the night to pray, then go back to sleep around 4:30 for an hour or two, I wake up feeling just as rested as I would if I’d not gotten up. That’s how Spirit is.

The last couple of nights I’ve been waking up almost hourly to pray for a friend who is going through something very traumatic. I don’t feel the worse for wear in the morning or the next day, because the prayer is so restorative.

What’s exhausting about not sleeping well is worrying about it. Fretting is tiring.

If sleep is an issue for you, here are some things that might help you.

  • Get off your screens for at least 2 hours before bed.
  • Don’t drink a lot of liquid before bedtime.
  • Pray and meditate before bed. It’s really wonderful for your sleep time!
  • Call the healing angels to help you sleep well and wake up restored and refreshed.
  • You can always read some A Course in Miracles – reading out loud is wonderful – it recalibrate the vibration of your body, your room and everything around you.
  • Remember that ACIM says, “Rest comes from waking, not from sleeping.”

Give the fretting to the Higher Holy Spirit Self for healing and rest in the arms of the angels. Count your blessings. Be grateful. These are wonderful nighttime practices that are recalibrating and healing!

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GO Time!

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who was feeling resistance to following their guidance. I used to have that challenge and it was very intense for me.

I felt guided to write and to share in workshops and classes, but I felt so much reluctance. I could feel that the energy of my spiritual potential was being sublimated rather than expressed and it felt SO UNCOMFORTABLE.

People resist following their guidance because the don’t see how the resources necessary will arrive. I know, because I felt that way too. My ego wanted to know how it would all work out before I went down the path.

I’ve since learned that it’s best to just go. It’s best to just say yes.

What is needed will arrive when it’s needed.

Part of the purpose is for us to practice placing our trust in Spirit rather than the ego. Having trust in Spirit awakens our faith. That’s part of the purpose.

Now is the time for us to leap, and to learn to trust. NOW is GO time for the light workers of the world! Spirit doesn’t know how to fail. Place your faith fully in Spirit!

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Strength

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Sometimes it feels very sticky to let something go. The very idea of letting something go can feel like a wound. I remember feeling that way. I felt that it was a sign of strength to be a grudge holder. What I learned was that it doesn’t require strength to hold a grudge, it requires a willingness to endure suffering – and that is not even remotely what strength is.

Strength is when you have the willingness to open your heart and stand in a place, committed to being Loving, while the strong winds blow. Trees are such a good example of beautiful beings that have the ability to withstand the storms of life and still keep offering, with incredible generosity, food and shelter to all who come near. I love trees for their amazing givingness.

Here’s how I learned to let go, to forgive and to move on: I learned that it’s the most loving thing to do for ME. It improves the quality of MY life.

And I learned how to forgive – once I learned that, I started to share what I learned. There is a precise formula that works. It really, really works, and it’s totally free! It’s available to everyone.

Give to Spirit your interpretations of events, let them go to Spirit for healing.

If you’d like more help with this, check out my free workshop – it’s available for you right now. I encourage you to go for it! Invite a friend over and do it together!

Click here now to get my free HOW TO GET OVER IT forgiveness workshop. You don’t deserve to suffer so you can hold onto the hurt. Give it to Spirit for healing as an act of Self-Love! That’s what REAL strength is!

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High Resolve

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

In Masterful Living class yesterday we were sharing about our experiences of repeating the same lessons. It can be quite discouraging to go through similar experiences again and again. I know for myself repeating the same lessons made me feel like a total spiritual loser.

One thing that I often felt was that my promises to myself, my agreements with myself and my learning, would simply fade into the dark corners of my mind.

It was a great help and inspiration to me when I read the writing of Reverend Howard Thurman (1899-1991), a beautiful writer and considered one of the most inspiring of the Christian mystics in recent history. I share with you now a beautiful essay that inspires me year after year. I share it hoping that you too will draw inspiration and motivation from it as I do.

The Moments of High Resolve

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.

Despite the dullness and barrenness of the days that pass, if I search with due diligence, I can always find a deposit left by some former radiance. But I had forgotten. At the time it was full-orbed, glorious, and resplendent. I was sure that I would never forget. In the moment of its fullness, I was sure that it would illumine my path for all the rest of my journey. I had forgotten how easy it is to forget.

There was no intent to betray what seemed so sure at the time. My response was whole, clean, authentic. But little by little, there crept into my life the dust and grit of the journey. Details, lower-level demands, all kinds of cross currents — nothing momentous, nothing overwhelming, nothing flagrant — just wear and tear. If there had been some direct challenge –a clear-cut issue — I would have fought it to the end, and beyond.

In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading Presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.

From For The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman

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Behavior Modification

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

So many self-help programs focus on techniques that aren’t actually helpful. In fact, they leave us feeling more dejected and more hopeless than before we started. Self-help programs are often centered around the idea that there’s something wrong with us. That’s not helpful!

For many years I really worked at behavior modification. I focused on that because I didn’t really believe it was possible for me to change the underlying causes of my behaviors. I believed that at least if I could * change the behavior then I could feel somewhat better about myself. Only it didn’t really work. And it was a lot of effort to try and control myself.

I’ve been so impressed, year after year, watching people in my Masterful Living Course as they heal things at the root cause. I say “heal it to the root, to have new fruit!”

Some folks will encourage you to have coping strategies and ways of managing things. I’ve definitely come to see that it’s much easier and faster to go for healing the behavior by healing the mind that instigates it.

Having a coping strategy doesn’t shift the mind that holds a false belief.

I don’t honestly know how to heal things at the level of the mind, but I know how to call forth a healing, to accept it, to allow it and to receive it. Spirit takes care of the how, our job is to allow.

It takes courage to be willing to let the negative habits go, because when we do, we’re changing our identification. When we let go of the habits that keep us locked into a negative view of ourselves, then we start to see ourselves as we truly are – and that’s a big shift. It often shifts everything in our life, and it brings new experiences which can be a bit disorienting and challenging – certainly they are intimidating to the ego.

Fortunately, Spirit will guide us if we allow. There’s a way out of suffering and it’s ours for the asking!

TODAY RADIO SHOW: On my radio show today my topic is Behavior Modification.

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Spiritual Maturity

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. You can start with Part 1 – Spiritual Information – before you read this.

It’s possible to become masterful at collecting information, even information from the best spiritual sources, powerful teachers and writers and still be closed off, angry and miserable.

I used to think, “I know these spiritual principles. I’m such a good student. I get A’s on everything.” That was my ego, enticing me to stay stuck in my intellect rather than moving into my heart. The ego is always trying to figure out what the Spirit already understands. It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors formed around wild goose chases and interminable rabbit holes.

Part of what was so time and energy consuming was my obsessively, compulsively thinking about how to figure things out. I was convinced that finding an intellectual spiritual method would help me heal. I thought if I read all these books, and listened to all these classes, and listened to lots of audios it would somehow heal my mind. But I’m here to say that it does not. I’ve done the research.

There’s a wonderful teaching from the Bible, that when you come back into your heart and you’re reborn in the Spirit, then all the years that the locusts have eaten are given back to you. All the time that you think you wasted, it’s given back to you.

How is it given back to us? Because now, by virtue of moving into your heart, having self-compassion, loving yourself, forgiving yourself and everyone else, forgiving the debts and the debtors, the trespassers and the trespasses, then we can live in the moment. We can live the Love, and all that we had blocked, all the learning that we had blocked, we can now harvest it. So, it really is like all the time we wasted is given back to us.

Every single moment offers us an opportunity to do this, to return to the beginning through forgiveness. Forgiveness is a spiritual practice that brings us to a place of being able to finally learn the lessons from our errors. Without forgiveness we must keep repeating the errors.

When we don’t forgive, it’s a kind of arrogance we’re adopting that says “I think I know what everything is for, and I’ve decided it’s not for my good.

These judgments prevent us from really understanding what things are for. Which prevents us from harvesting the learning from our experiences. Without any learning, we’re just repeating the same errors and feeling more and more foolish.

When we develop the spiritual maturity of being able to forgive, release the judgment and harvest the learning comes a sweet and great gratitude for the learning. That’s one of the things that is such a key component to my life, everything that I share, and the teaching in Masterful Living.

Together, as a community, we learn to live from the heart, being loving and forgiving. It heals our whole life, and it raises up our loved ones, our co-workers and our friends. Forgiveness as a spiritual practice is just one day at a time, one moment at a time, and one choice at a time. That’s the only way that there really is to do it.

It’s a living spiritual practice of being loving. We can’t get it from a book, but we can get it from listening to each other and hearing Spirit’s Voice in each other’s voice. We can get it from being Prayer Partners together, and helping each other to release the shame and the blame.

Together we cultivate our spiritual maturity through a practice of non-judgment, and harvesting the learning. It’s amazing, miraculous and it’s deeply healing!

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Harvest the Learning

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. You can read Part 1 – Spiritual information before you read this, Part 2. In yesterday’s Spiritual Espresso, I was talking about getting caught by the ego, while trying to live a spiritual life studying other people’s work.

I was putting so much energy, time and money into spirituality, but I wasn’t feeling like my life was changing the way I thought it should, or believed it could. I recognized that the ‘should’ and the ‘could’ words were judgments, but that’s how I felt back then.

I believed that, if I read all these spiritual books by all these wonderful, celebrated spiritual authors that everybody loves, and if I went to all these lectures and these talks and took these workshops and did all these spiritual things, that I’d have so much spiritual information, I’d be healed, and my life would be terrific. I believed, or maybe I just hoped, everything I desired would come to me, because I had all this spiritual, healing information.

Well, I am here to say that it doesn’t work. There’s one thing that I’ve learned that actually does heal your mind and allow you to live from your heart. Living from your heart, it’s like you get the time back that you thought you’d wasted. There’s a wonderful teaching from the Bible, that when you’re born of the Spirit, when you come back into your heart and you’re reborn in the Spirit, then all the years that the locusts have eaten are given back to you. All the time that you think you wasted, it’s given back to you.

How is it given back to you? By virtue of moving into your heart, having self-compassion, loving yourself, forgiving yourself and everyone else, forgiving the debts and the debtors, the trespassers and the trespasses, then we can live in the moment. We can finally live the Love.

When we start to genuinely live the Love that we are, all that we’d blocked, all the learning that we’d blocked, we can now harvest. So, it really is like all the time we wasted is given back to us. The learning comes pouring in to our awareness and gratitude fills our heart because we realize now that none of it was a waste. Even when it seemed like we weren’t learning ANYTHING we were, in fact, learning something quite valuable. And sometimes there’s so much gratitude for being able to finally harvest he learning from the past, that we can only weep tears of thanksgiving.

More in Part 3 tomorrow!

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Spiritual Information

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

This is part 1 of a 3 part series. There was a time in my life when I accumulated a lot of spiritual information thinking that it was going to expand my spiritual awareness. There was a large stack of spiritual books by my bed. Every time a spiritual teacher came to Los Angeles I would go to hear them speak and then buy their books (and get them autographed, of course).

But I didn’t read all those books and so they became more of a burden than a help. They were stacked up on my nightstand, and even beside my nightstand, taunting me, reminding me that I “should” be reading them. If I was a true spiritual student, I’d read all those darn books – or stop buying them. But I didn’t do either. I hung out in limbo land. I was damned by my ego for buying the books and damned by ego for not reading them.

When a friend called me an intellectual, it felt like a dirty name. I wanted to be somebody who lived from my heart! “Don’t tell me I’m just up in my head!” Obviously, I got triggered by it because I knew I was living up in my head and not from my heart, like I truly wished to be.

I was collecting all this spiritual information, thinking it was going to help me change. Of course, information couldn’t change me. I was identified with a small, selfish, separate, ego-self instead of my true identity, which is magnificent and beautiful and wise and wonderful. A book wasn’t going to change that. Only my own willingness to let the false beliefs go would bring a change. Spirit would bring the change if I was willing.

When we hold onto old beliefs, such as the belief that we can live in our minds and somehow have an amazing spiritual existence, we build our whole world around these beliefs. Then, we interpret everything through this belief system and what we experience proves what we believe. We’re living from our intellect, which is the ego, and the ego is a meaning-making machine. It interprets everything, and it interprets according to our belief system.

In a sense, we begin to believe that the ego is something that has a personality, that it’s a being with a mind of its own. But it isn’t. It’s so important we begin to understand that, if we believe in lack and limitation, we’re going to experience lack and limitation. It’s up to us to shift it, so that we can have a different experience.

One of the most wonderful things that Spirit helped me to see, that I’m forever grateful for, is this:

If I’m trying to understand something, no matter what it is, if I’m trying to figure it out, if I’m trying to understand it, if I’m trying to make sense of it, I’m in my ego. I’m in my intellect. I am not in my spirit.

I’m not aligned with Spirit if I’m trying to figure it out and make sense of it. Because everything that the ego doesn’t understand and doesn’t know, the Spirit knows.

If I’m willing to open up to Spirit, listen to Spirit, and be guided by Spirit, I will remember that I already know.

I remember the healing that comes when I’m willing to stand back from my beliefs, my interpretations and the meaning I made of everything, and instead say, as it says in A Course in Miracles, Lesson 25, “I do not know what anything is for.”

So, how do we make this shift from living up in our head, letting the intellect drive our choices to living from our heart and allowing Spirit to guide our choices? I’ll share more in Part Two tomorrow!

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Rushing

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Living in a world with emails, cell phones and overnight delivery people are expecting everything to be delivered immediately. This has created additional stresses in a culture that has lost many of its meditative and contemplative tasks. Most of us no longer do the kind of tasks that could be centering and calming such as long walks to the store or to work, churning butter, plowing fields, tending animals, hanging laundry on the line and ironing.

As part of my spiritual practice of nonviolence I learned the value of constantly monitoring my stress level. I pay particular attention to when I feel harried and rushed. One day as I was rushing to get somewhere I realized that my whole energetic I was creating within myself felt violent. I was trying to do too much, not leaving myself enough time to get somewhere, having to hurry–it all felt out of balance with my practice of nonviolence.

I take to heart the words of Shunryu Suzuki from ZEN MIND, BEGINNER’S MIND, he writes “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.” I love That!

We can learn to stay alert to moments when we’re feeling hurried, pressured or stressed. I look to see if I can find the calmness that can only come from within. I start with my breath.

I take a 20 second meditation break. With my hand on my heart, I meditate on gratitude for my breath for the entire 20 seconds. In less than a minute I have shifted, if even slightly. I’ve made it clear to myself that I value peace. I value my own self-care. One more breath of gratitude and now I can resume the activities in a new awareness.

THAT is being masterful!

Here is the deep well of my masterful practice. I know that my practice builds my inner peace and that each day I have the opportunity to move the world in a direction of peace through my nonviolent choice and actions. I am grateful to even see the possibility of being masterful!

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration now closes on the 15th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my year-long Masterful Living Course a number of people have healed their depression, gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up. You can do it too.

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Faith or Fear

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Living by faith is a completely different experience than living by fear. The vibration is different, the feeling is different, the results are completely different.

When we live by faith we are the happy learner, with a vision of more Peace, more Joy and more Love pulling us into a greater experience of unity and Freedom. We’re pulled by the vision. It’s a powerful pull. We can allow it or resist it.

When we live by fear we learn through pain pushing us to make higher choices.

We choose how we learn. It might not seem like it, but we make thousands of choices every day – more than 10,000 choices at least!

There are only two kinds of choices in each moment: Oneness or separation. If you aspire to make the world a better place, choose Oneness. Train yourself to looking for the loving choice if you’d like to live a joyous life.

In order to choose Oneness consistently, you can train yourself to let go of cherishing the thoughts of lack and attack. Align with thoughts of Love, letting go of all judgments and learn to trust the Divine. This is the entire basis of my year-long Masterful Living Course and that’s why it’s one year. So we gain momentum and don’t give up.

It’s challenging. When you have proven yourself to be untrustworthy over and over and OVER again, how do you learn to trust God?

When God doesn’t deliver the goods, and act like the perfect delivery service, no matter how much you beg and suffer, you may be so angry and resentful that you refuse to trust – in order to punish God for being such a withholding God.

There’s hardly a one of us that hasn’t had these thoughts about God. We make stuff up and believe it to be true and then operate as though the lie is the truth.

Enough of that madness!

The greatest gift you can give to yourself is to be willing to practice choosing Love and Unity instead of attack and separation.

I dearly love this prayer from Joel Goldsmith:
Reveal Yourself, Father, show me Your will. Never again will I dishonor You by trying to tell You what I need and then attempt to coerce You into delivering it.

If you’re successful by even a little – there’ll be more light in your life AND everyone else’s. Your vibration will be lifted and you’ll begin to silently broadcast the message:

It can be done and I AM doing it. It is happening NOW!

There is that within you which knows how to do this. There’s no such thing as blind Faith. To live in trust is to SEE by Faith. Faith lights the way and the path is known and firm, even when it’s narrow. Walk the talk today and you will truly see.

I live by grace. I walk in faith. Love lights my way.

This is what we practice and demonstrate in my Masterful Living Course.

Right now is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a different experience in this new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration closes on the 11th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my year-long Masterful Living Course a number of people have healed their depression, gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up. You can do it too.

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Intuition

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Our unloving and unkind thoughts are blocks to Love. That’s pretty obvious. Nothing new there. However, because our intuitive guidance – our connection with our higher self is a live love-stream, when we allow our mind to entertain and energize the unkind thoughts. Then we’re blocking our intuition. It doesn’t matter whether the unloving thoughts directed at ourselves or others doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t even matter if the unkind thoughts are directed towards the television, or someone in a magazine, or someone in another car on the street.

Obviously, if we’re praying for guidance while simultaneously choosing the thoughts that block the guidance, we must be conflicted about actually receiving the guidance. And that’s an issue that I’m really focused on resolving in my classes. It’s such an important issue to me because of what I’ve experienced in my own life.

I used to pray for guidance and then block it a thousand different ways and then I’d feel that it was impossible for me to have any spiritual progress at all. It thought there was something wrong with me. There wasn’t ANYTHING wrong with me. It’s just that I had a habit of choosing the thoughts that blocked the guidance. I was standing in my own way and I didn’t even know it.

A Course in Miracles tells us that depression comes from feeling that we’re deprived of something we want, but only we can deprive ourselves of anything – and we do it by blocking the flow of Love. I proved that’s true!

I’ve been a spiritual counselor since 2000. And in that time I’ve worked with so many different people on unique issues. I’ve counseled people that had some challenges with chronic depression, suicidal thoughts, chronic fear and panic attacks, relationship nightmares, severe isolating, intense loneliness, chronic pain, hoarding, addiction, poverty and self-destructive behaviors.

Many of them felt like they had dug themselves into an impossible hole.

And you know what?

Every single one of these issues comes from lack of Self-Love – without exception.

Here’s why:
When we have habits and beliefs that take us out of the flow of Love then we go into managing, coping, settling, and living without.

Every problem I have EVER thought I had was because I was blocking the flow of Love in my life, my mind, and my heart.

Love is all there is.
Love is the healer of every problem and concern we think we have.

Everyone I’ve ever counseled has had active habits of being unloving to themselves that they didn’t even realize. Could you possibly have unloving habits that you’re not even aware of?

Do you long for a real connection with Spirit?

Do you feel like you have the same repetitive thoughts about your issues?

Do you feel cut off from your intuition?

Do you have the same arguments and upsets again and again?

Do you feel super critical a lot of the time?

Do you get financially ahead only to fall back again so quickly?

Do people constantly let you down?

Do you wonder how things could ever change?

I had all of these issues. And I reached a point where I just felt desperate, afraid, helpless, hopeless and …

… quite frankly, I felt like a spiritual loser.

These are ALL Self-Love issues. And that’s why the other day I did a free class. If you haven’t seen it – the link is right here below. If this is your issue, if you have a friend with this issue, I strongly encourage you to do the class together and discuss it! Also get the transcript and read and listen as you go. You’ll be glad you did. YOU are worth it!

FREE CLASS: Self-Love: 6 Simple Steps for Self-Healing. You attract more love when you love your Self. Would you like to have more Love in your life? This free class is available for downloading right now – click here now to register and receive my gift and get the replay/download!

Right now is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a different experience in this new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

I’m starting Masterful Living on January 15th – Registration closes on the 11th. Register now and you’ll get a free download of my New Year’s Reboot class and you can jump in and get started. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my year-long Masterful Living Course a number of people have healed their depression, gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up. You can do it too.

Download NOW: Unblock Your Flow of Time, Energy & Money is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to immediately start making use of the tips and tools I share in this free class. Start your new year with power!

Download NOW: Relationship Healing & Harmony is a free preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – download and listen now to start healing your relationships using the tips and tools I share in this free class. Leave the relationship troubles in the past!

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Self-Love

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

I’m sending out the daily Spiritual Espresso later than normal today because my day yesterday didn’t go anywhere how I thought it would. If you’re anywhere on the east coast of the United states you know that we have a major winter storm pounding us from Florida to Maine.

Tuesday I flew from Missouri where I had my New Year’s Reboot Retreat back to Maine where I’d left my car from our family Christmas celebrations at our home on Deer Isle, Maine. I drove back to the house late Tuesday and then learned about this storm coming. I realized that I was going to have to hastily close up the house and try to drive ahead of the storm to get to my brother’s house in New Jersey.

I had planned to drive through and arrive around 1am and then I stopped for coffee and I stopped for gas. There were lines to get gas and what would normally take 7 minutes to fill my tank took about 45 so I started to look at an ETA of 2am.

Around midnight, I decided to stop in Connecticut and stay at a hotel. It was about self-love. I knew I could push through, but I could feel it was more loving to stop and rest, even though I’d get stuck in the storm. Which, now, I am.

I feel so strongly, as a spiritual student, that I cannot just talk about spiritual matters and quote scripture. That isn’t fulfilling and it isn’t life-changing. Just having an intellectual understanding of how God works in my life was something I settled for until I realized that part of the cause of my misery was that I wasn’t actually applying – in a deep and healing way – what I was learning.

Once I realized that it was the practical application and the moment-by-moment choices I was making that could really heal my mind and open my heart, I got excited. I got excited because I finally realized the HOW of unwinding the great mystery.

For so long, I collected spiritual information and I felt confused because I had so much information and I was so clever, but I wasn’t healing my life. Finally, I got it. I started to make huge shifts very quickly and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since then.

And that’s part of why I’m offering my free class today on Self-Love!

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Right now, this week, is the time to place your attention on your intention for the year. I encourage you to consider my year-long Masterful Living Course – give yourself your best chance this year. So many people in my Masterful Living Course have breathtaking life changes that they never imagined were possible.

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a different experience in this new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018 then please click here to learn more now.

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Answer

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

On this Christmas Eve, I am profoundly grateful. Where I once felt this life was impossible to enjoy and difficult to even withstand, I have come to a place where I can authentically say I absolutely L-O-V-E this life. I never imagined that would ever be possible for me. The shift came because of my spiritual practice.

I have come to see that my feelings of anger and near-constant outrage were a cry for Love. All my anger outbursts, snarky remarks and unkind comments were a plea for help from one who was drowning in fear.

Love was my answer.

Here’s the one realization that changed everything for me: I was willing to believe that there was no hatred, no hurt, no anger, and no fear that I had that couldn’t be met and healed by love, if I was willing to let Love rule my heart. I was willing to let Spirit guide me there.

Now, I have the absolute JOY of sharing with others.

In the past month I’ve had the great honor and pleasure of talking 1 on 1 with folks in Masterful Living this year. We do end of the year sessions where we meet one on one so I can learn about how they’re doing three times per year. For the most part, our conversations at this time of year are a harvest and a celebration.

Sometimes, when I hear the breakthroughs, shifts, changes, healing and transformation that they’ve gone through and the healing in their family, their body, their workplace, I cannot help but join them in tears of gratitude.

This is the power of Self-Love and compassion. Love is the answer.
Compassion is love for those who have temporarily lost touch with their Divine nature. When I live compassionately then I am a healing presence wherever I go and I KNOW it. I feel it. In our society we’re taught that it’s not easy to have compassion, but I am here to tell you that it is much easier to have compassion than it is to be filled with resentment. I know because I’ve hated those who were angry and cruel to me. I’ve hated myself for not doing better. I’ve worked with it for many, many years. In a sense, it is my life’s work.

The healing power of Love never ceases to amaze me and blow me away.

If you think that your situation is beyond hope, I can tell you that I’ve felt that way, and I have worked with so many others who have felt that way. It’s not the bottom. Giving up is the bottom.

Love never gives up on us. Let’s not give up on Love. Love is the answer.
Love is our healer. Compassion is loving understanding. And this is the place to take a stand in for the holidays. There’s a power in being completely committed to being compassionate during this time of celebrating the Christ.

Living compassionately requires a deep commitment. Every day, I’m still discovering the answer to the question “How do I BE the peace I’d like to see in the world and in my family, in my workplace?”

Over and over again, the answer comes when I am offered the opportunity to prove my commitment to peace by choosing compassion. Initially it was very challenging. There are still times when I have to be with myself for a moment before I can trade compassion for judgments, but that is more and more rare and I’m grateful.

For more than thirty years I’ve cultivated a practice of looking deeply into anger to find where I feel hurt. The answer to “How do I find compassion?” Arrives when I look at the one who has been hurtful and see where they too have been hurt and their anger is a cry for my compassion. Anyone’s anger is evidence of their feelings of hurt and fear.

I mustn’t look away. My own healing lies in my ability to see with eyes of Love and extend the heart of compassion. Since Love is the healer, I allow Love to do the heavy lifting. All I have to do is show up, be awake and not run away, judge or defend. It’s not easy, but Love leads and I follow the path of Love.

This deep practice requires my willingness and my attention. It requires vigilance. There is a deep sense of wholeness that accompanies increased my commitment to my practice of compassion. It reminds me that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose: to Love.

In my deepest heart aching challenges I’ve learned to ask: “what am I to do?” So often the answer is, “extend the Love, be compassionate. Be willing to understand with the heart.” I’ve also had to ask my self “Why ask the question if I’m unwilling to hear the answer?” It has take tremendous discipline for me to stay and not run. And now that discipline of Love is my strength. Love heals.

I used to have a practice of judgment and criticism. I was an expert and an authority on how to judge people. It was a very good place for me to start my practice of compassion. Today, when I look back I smile and think how profoundly I’ve changed. Who knew? The Higher Holy Spirit Self knew.

I’m so deeply grateful that I made a commitment to a daily practice of loving compassion – including Self-compassion. It’s the road less traveled, but all of the people I meet on the road are beautiful. I answer their call for help with love and they answer my call to find more ways to be compassionate.

Together we discover Love really is the ONLY answer that forever transforms and heals every aspect of our lives.

This is the kind of work we do in Masterful Living. It’s deeply healing to us individually and to the others around us, because we share the same mind.

Are you SO ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep transformation and the healing is happening in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018, then please click here to learn more now.

We’re starting on January 1st. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my year-long Masterful Living Course, a number of people have healed their depression gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up. You can do it, too.

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Travel in Style!

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

I aspire to travel in the style of my teacher, Jesus. He was a great world traveler, spreading healing wherever he went. His style of travel was blessed.

I was sharing about an experience I had one early morning, while waiting for my turn at the LAX American Airlines Terminal Burger King at 5:30am. I watched the woman who filled the orders. She had an individual smile for each customer, asking them if they wanted juice or coffee with their value meal.

Each half-awake traveler was lovingly told where to find the napkins and the ketchup. Each was told to have a nice day with real sincerity. By the time it was my turn to receive her kindness I had to tell her how much I appreciated and admired her spirit. Her smile grew even brighter. I felt the depth of her heart.
For many people, having to be at work before 5am, dealing with the public, for what is hardly a living wage, would be crushing, but for this woman it seemed that she felt SHE was the one who was deeply blessed.

Every day this beautiful woman faces people who are flying around the world for any number of reasons. Some are flying to or from funerals, some are frightened of flying, others worried about their jobs, and their families. I saw that this woman recognized her opportunity to provide a personal and powerful blessing for each customer. We all have this opportunity regardless of our circumstances.

This angel at the Burger King seemed to have it all because she was giving so much to each one she met. With her every breath she teaches us that if we want more love we need to be the love we seek. I seek to walk in the world as a loving, giving presence wherever I am and with whomever I’m with, and with every passing day I find more joy in my walk. Still, I don’t know that I could do what this Angel does.

Many of us yearn for a deeper expression of life purpose, more loving relationships, more peace, more prosperity. People often think they have to go somewhere special or take a special class to be transformed. I hear the words “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Today I resolve to find my inner angel nature and to walk in it. I look for opportunities to share the light that I can find in myself this day. Angels don’t look for rewards or gratitude, the simple opportunity to be the giver IS the gift.

In every moment, we can be truly helpful. There’s always a divine opportunity to be a healing presence if we choose it.

Would you like a spiritual mentor who walks right beside you? Are you SO ready to have a new experience in the new year? We’re doing the deep work and the healing is revealing itself in our lives! If you’d like to join me in my year-long Masterful Living Course 2018, then please click here to learn more now.

We’re starting on January 1st. If you’re willing, I’m willing. If this is right for you, you WILL know it. In my year-long Masterful Living Course, a number of people have healed their depression gone off anti-depressants, let go of old hurts and sadness that has troubled them for many years. They have accomplished what they never believed they could do, because they gave themselves a chance, and they didn’t give up. You can do it, too.

FREE CLASS FOR DOWNLOADING: Unblock the Flow of Your Time, Energy & Money is a preview class for Masterful Living 2018 – check it out and start making use of the tips and tools I share in this free class.

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

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