I Believe in Miracles!

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I have seen and witnessed more miracles this week than I can count.  When I use the word miracle, I’m talking about the kind described in A Course in Miracles, which defines a miracle as a shift in perception from a fearful way of looking at something to a loving way.  This happened many times during the Family Constellations I facilitated this weekend.  During both workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a theme emerged with participants who had been separated from their fathers for various reasons.  Some were angry, some were confused, and some were fearful.  It made my heart smile to see these participants become open to receiving a hug from the representative for their father by the end of their constellations.  I believe in miracles and the power of Family Constellations.

Recently, I learned that a dear friend has gotten caught up in an addiction.  I will admit I have had a few tearful and fearful moments thinking about this situation.  However, I have also had lots of prayerful moments by myself and with trusted friends who held the vision with me that my friend’s light still shown brightly under all those clouds.  This week a mutual friend shared with me that things were starting to turn around and that our friend was open to getting help.  I believe in miracles and the power of positive prayer.

Yesterday I experienced a miracle myself.  I started having fearful thoughts when my iPhone took a tumble and the screen went dark as I was rushing out the door to a meeting.  I tried to reset it and let it charge for a while during the meeting, but no luck.  My phone was unresponsive.  I chose to stay with loving thoughts as much as I could while driving to the Verizon store after the meeting.  When I explained my situation, they instructed me to take it to the Apple store.  As I waited to see someone at the Genius Bar, I kept repeating in my head my lesson for the day from A Course in Miracles.  “I trust my brothers, who are one with me.”  

With no phone to distract me, I kept repeating this mantra and thinking about what it meant to me.  There is no separation.  We are all one.  We all want to feel peaceful and happy.  No one at this store is out to get me.  Love is always on my side.  No matter what happens I will be okay.  I am not separate from my Source or anyone here at this store.  It’s all just a big Sea of Love.  I’m delighted to report my iPhone was still covered under warranty and they replaced it for free.  I believe in miracles and the power of practicing the Course!

If you’d like to see more miracles in your life, maybe it’s time to try Life Coaching or Family Constellations.  I base all of my coaching programs and constellations on the principles of A Course in Miracles, the teaching that has literally changed my life.  For more information, please visit my website or send me an email.  I’d be honored to help you shift your thoughts from fear to Love.  

Until next time remember, “Miracles are natural.  When they do not occur something has gone wrong.”  (Miracle Principle #6 from A Course in Miracles)

Have a miraculous week!

Messages from the Sky

Do you feel there is some sort of benevolent presence watching over you?  Regardless of what you may call it, I believe it’s there for all of us.  Some call it God or the Universe.  Some identify it as their guardian angel or a deceased loved one watching from above.  I happen to call this presence the voice of Love, or Holy Spirit, as A Course in Miracles describes it.  Sometimes this voice whispers to us, and sometimes it sings!

One evening last week I decided to take a break from my computer work to enjoy my favorite time at the beach.  The sun had less than an hour before it dipped below the horizon in the west.  The temperature was in the mid 70’s. There was a slight breeze.  The soothing sound of the surf washed away any cares I had.  The sky started painting a moving picture with a magnificent mixture of clouds and colors.  And then “they” started showing up.  Happy couples cuddling on blankets in the sand.  I can’t blame them for wanting to share this romantic, magical moment together.  And since it is a public beach, all are welcome, even cuddling couples.  

What was not welcome, however, was the voice of fear, my ego, telling me that there was something wrong with me because I was there alone.  Instead of enjoying that beautiful setting, I started imagining how much better it would be with someone special.  That led to other thoughts of things my ego would have me believe were missing from my life.  As the sky got darker, so did my spirits.  Luckily, I have been studying the Course long enough to know which voice was speaking in that moment. I could observe it, but it was still happening.  So I just watched the sky and my thoughts.

Then I did what anyone would do in that situation.  I went to my favorite Mexican Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, the Whole Enchilada, for a yummy tofu burrito.  They are so good!  I ordered my meal and sat down to send a few text messages while my burrito was being prepared.  That’s when I noticed the catchy tune playing in the restaurant.  I recognized the song but did not know the name, nor had I ever really listened to the lyrics before.  Thank goodness for the Shazam app!  When I opened the app on my iPhone, not only did it find the song, it started displaying the lyrics as they were being sung.  How cool is that?!

To say that the lyrics were exactly what I needed to hear in that moment would be an understatement.  It felt like Holy Spirit was singing directly to me in the dream, and my spirits and the corners of my mouth lifted immediately.  A wave of gratitude washed over me.  It may sound silly, but these little miracles help me to remember that this is merely a dream of separation.  In Truth, we are all one.  Nothing is ever missing, and only Love is real.  (Love and maybe burritos!)

If it feels like something is missing from your life, and burritos don’t seem to help, why not try Life Coaching or Family Constellations?  Both are excellent tools to bring you back to the awareness of Love’s presence.  That’s why it brings me great joy to offer both.  For more information please visit my website.  Also, feel free to recommend this blog to anyone whom you feel would enjoy my stories.  I love sharing them!  

And for those wondering what song was playing that night, click HERE to find out!

Until next time, keep your eyes and ears open for those messages…

Follow Your Heart

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Well, that old inspiration, obligation, desperation lesson came up again this week.  Forgive me if you’ve heard this before, but since I’m learning it again it feels right to share it again.  I’m happy to report I did much better with it this time.  One of the producers of the movie “The Leap” shared this breakdown many years ago during a post film Q & A session I attended at Unity on the Bay.  He observed that we always make choices from one of three places: Inspiration, Obligation, or Desperation.  None of them are wrong.  The invitation is to notice where you are coming from and notice the results of your choices from each place.

This Saturday I was encouraged to attend a fundraising event at one of the centers where I facilitate workshops.  I was also invited to go to a concert with one of my best friends whom I have not seen in over a month.  For many reasons, including the fact that I have already donated about 5 hours of my time and graphic design skills in support of the fundraiser, my heart just isn’t into going to that event.  My heart definitely is saying yes to spending time with my spiritual brother!  So that is what I am going to do.

Yes, I could make the choice to attend the fundraiser, but is that really the energy I want to bring there?  I might be able to put on a happy face, but everyone there will feel on some level that I do not want to be there.  I learned this many times when my mother was still alive.  We always had fun when I was inspired to spend time with her. However, if my visit was out of obligation then she felt it, I felt it, and it usually ended up being an unpleasant experience for us both.  That’s certainly not the result I want this Saturday evening.

Now I know you might be thinking there are times when we have to do things we don’t want to do.  Yes.  For example, I was not thrilled to do my income taxes this year because it involved breaking down income and expenses into my two separate businesses.  But instead of forcing myself to do them at a designated time, I waited for inspiration.  One Saturday afternoon I just felt like, “Yes, I can tackle that paperwork today.”  And I did.  It wasn’t as bad as I anticipated and I believe it was because on that day I was inspired to do them.  I would also like to note that I was inspired to donate that time in support of the fundraiser, so the end product came out very well.  I’m just not inspired to be there for the actual event.  And that’s okay.  My heart is happy with my decision.

Maybe you’re feeling inspired to let go of something you have been carrying for a long time.  Or maybe you’ve been doing things out of obligation or desperation for so long it feels like those are your only two choices.  If you are at the point where you know something has to change, why not give Family Constellations or Life Coaching a try?  Both are great ways to take a step back and look at things from a fresh perspective.  I am always inspired when I have the opportunity to do both so please visit my website for more information.  

Until next time, may all your decisions be inspired ones!

The Two Wolves

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In my opinion Disney hit another home run with the movie “Tomorrowland.”  It has plenty of action and great visual effects for the eyes, but more importantly, it has a beautiful message for the heart and mind.  Just like “Frozen” and “Maleficent” from the previous two years, this movie tells a fantastic tale full of twists and turns while demonstrating the importance of choosing love over fear.  The theme is not subtle in this movie.  Towards the beginning of the film, to my surprise and delight, one of the main characters shares the Native American fable of “The Two Wolves.”  It goes like this:

An elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson, 

“My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.  One is Evil.  It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego.  The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

I first heard this story during the summer of 2008.  A Cherokee elder named Mom Feather shared it at a Native American ceremony I had the privilege to attend in South Carolina.  At the time I had been studying A Course in Miracles for about a year and a half.  This story blew me away because it captures the essence of The Course in just a few sentences.  It taught me that Truth rings loud and clear no matter what the spiritual tradition. 

It also rings loud and clear in these movies, which is why they strike a chord with audiences.  I encourage you to see all three of these films if you haven’t already.  The message is an important one, and to know that it is getting out there to the masses, and especially to children, makes my heart smile.  The last few minutes of “Tomorrowland” made it smile really really big!  Keep dreaming of a bright future despite what you may see on the news.

If you are having a hard time choosing love over fear even after seeing these movies, then maybe it’s time to try Family Constellations or Life Coaching.  Both are excellent tools to help shift your perspective.  I base all sessions on the principles outlined in A Course in Miracles.  For more information please visit my website or contact me directly.  I would be happy to answer any questions you have about the Course or these Disney movies!

Until next time, be mindful of which wolf you are feeding.