May my life be of use to You this year.
May my talents and intelligence
help heal the world.
May I remember how much I have
by remembering how much I have to give.
May I not be tempted by smaller things
but serve my larger mission of forgiveness and love.
Thus shall I be lifted, God,
and know joy this coming year and beyond.
Bless me and work through me
to bless the entire world.
The holidays are only holy if we make them so.
Otherwise, the assault of modernity — from crass consumerism to a 24-hour news cycle to the compulsivity of the wired world — wrecks whatever we have left of our nervous systems, making the true spiritual meaning of Christmas seem as distant as the furthest star. It’s only when we consciously carve out a space for the holy — in our heads, our hearts and our lifestyles — that the deeper mysteries of the season can reveal themselves.
The holidays are a time of spiritual preparation, if we allow them to be. We’re preparing for the birth of our possible selves, the event with which we have been psychologically pregnant all our lives. And the labor doesn’t happen in our fancy places; there is never “room in the Inn,” or room in the intellect, for the birth of our authentic selves. That happens in the manger of our most humble places, with lots of angels, i.e. Thoughts of God, all around.
Something happens in that quiet place, where we’re simply alone and listening to nothing but our hearts. It’s not loneliness, that aloneness. It’s rather the solitude of the soul, where we are grounded more deeply in our own internal depths. Then, having connected more deeply to God, we’re able to connect more deeply with each other. Our connection to the divine unlocks our connection to the universe.
According to the mystical tradition, Christ is born into the world through each of us. As we open our hearts, he is born into the world. As we choose to forgive, he is born into the world. As we rise to the occasion, he is born into the world. As we make our hearts true conduits for love, and our minds true conduits for higher thoughts, then absolutely a divine birth takes place. Who we’re capable of being emerges into the world, and weaknesses of the former self begin to fade. Thus are the spiritual mysteries of the universe, the constant process of dying to who we used to be as we actualize our divine potential. We make moment-by-moment decisions what kind of people to be — whether to be someone who blesses, or who blames; someone who obsesses about past and future, or who dwells fully in the present; someone who whines about problems, or who creates solutions. It’s always our choice what attitudinal ground to stand on: the emotional quicksand of negative thinking, or the airstrip of spiritual flight.
Such choices are made in every moment, consciously or unconsciously, throughout the year. But this is the season when we consider the possibility that we could achieve a higher state of consciousness, not just sometimes but all the time. We consider that there has been one — and the mystical tradition says there have also been others — who so embodied his own divine spark that he is now as an elder brother to us, assigned the task of helping the rest of us do the same. According to A Course in Miracles, he doesn’t have anything we don’t have; he simply doesn’t have anything else. He is in a state that is still potential in the rest of us. The image of Jesus has been so perverted, so twisted by institutions claiming to represent him. As it’s stated in the Course, “Some bitter idols have been made of him who came only to be brother to the world.” But beyond the mythmaking, doctrine and dogma, he is a magnificent spiritual force. And one doesn’t have to be Christian to appreciate that fact, or to fall on our knees with praise and thanks at the realization of its meaning. Jesus gives to Christmas its spiritual intensity, hidden behind the ego’s lure into all the wild and cacophonous sounds of the season. Beyond the nativity scenes, beyond the doctrinal hoopla, lies one important thing: the hope that we might yet become, while still on this earth, who we truly are. Then we, and the entire world, will know peace.
Like the 9/11 attacks on the United States, last Friday’s tragedy in Paris has changed the world. As on that awful day almost fourteen years ago, nothing will ever again be quite the same. But unlike on that day, we are far more aware now of what’s going on, who is behind the attacks, and what their ultimate intentions are.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. The mortal plane itself, in the words of Buddha as well as A Course in Miracles, is not what it appears to be; the three-dimensional realm is but a mere veil of illusion obscuring a truer truth behind it. But metaphysical principle is not meant to distract us from our mission of transforming the world; it’s a tool to guide and aid us in transforming the world. As spiritual seekers, our job is not to deny the horror of what happened in Paris this week, except in a positive sense: we are to deny its ultimate power before the love of God.
Spiritual seekers should not be infantilized, fuzzy-brained, naive observers merely standing on the sidelines with nothing to contribute but loving hashtags while the world community faces an unprecedented crisis. Quite the opposite, we should be major factors in healing the crisis. Understanding the spiritual dimensions of the problem, we can contribute to the spiritual dimensions of its solution. Given that any reasonable person can recognize the absolute inadequacy of purely rationalistic thinking to strategize a genuine solution to the problem of ISIL and the Islamist fundamentalist jihad, spiritual insight is not only essential – it is pivotal – to providing an answer to the problem.
According to A Course in Miracles, “there is no order of difficulty in miracles.” There is no worldly problem too big or too complicated for Spirit to solve, because the effects of love are maximal. While the problems of the world can be extremely complicated, the miracle represents a divine intercession from a thought system beyond our own, and is absolute in its power. Love takes precedence over the illusions of the world. Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
According to A Course in Miracles, “prayer is the medium of miracles.” In praying for a miracle, we are praying for a shift in our own thinking. Praying for a shift in consciousness, we are praying for breakthroughs that cannot be accomplished by the mortal mind alone. By placing the seemingly intractable situation of ISIL’s declared war against us in the hands of God, we are asking that our thoughts about the situation be guided from fear to love. Since the Law of Cause and Effect is the building block of the universe, as our thinking (cause) is shifted, then our experience (effect) will shift automatically. What is placed on the altar is then altered.
A Course in Miracles says that “miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.” The most powerful thing we can do as Americans right now is to purify our hearts. And that is not just words; it means taking a brutally honest look at ourselves. We cannot just bring light to the darkness; we must bring our darkness to the light. God Himself will not intercede between our thinking and its effects. There is no returning to God without atoning for our thoughts that were not of Him.
America, we have some atoning to do. We didn’t cause all of what’s happening now with ISIL, but our part in creating this disaster is enormous.
We can atone in our hearts for the part that our own country played, through deeply misguided foreign policy, in destabilizing the Middle East. We can atone in our hearts for the huge amount of suffering and death caused by attacking a country that had not attacked us, our own Security agencies having expressed doubts at the time about the veracity of claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We can atone for having so casually gone along with a thinly veiled propaganda campaign, waged by our own government and practically unquestioned by the American press, surrendering so easily to the war fever then taking hold of the American mind. On behalf of our country, we can atone for the sin of an astonishing arrogance, shallow thinking on almost all our parts about something as deeply serious as war, and our almost unquestioning assent to the use of violence against those who had done no violence to us.
God is merciful, but He is not mocked. Only in atoning for our errors are we released from their karmic consequence. Until then, there are no guns, no bombs, no worldly force whatsoever that can save us from the effects of our own thoughts and actions. Abraham Lincoln’s words in declaring a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer in 1864 reach across the ages to us today in 2015. Don’t let the old-fashioned language fool you.
“… It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
… We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
How can we ask God to save us from violence now, when we have countenanced so much of it done so irresponsibly in our name? The Invasion of Iraq unleashed a storm in the Middle East that has done inestimable damage. It has caused and continues to cause immeasurable suffering. It has maimed and killed thousands of our own brave servicemen, and maimed and killed thousands of more people from another part of the world. Until we understand this, allow ourselves to truly feel the horror of it and humbly ask for forgiveness, then there will be no miracle. For only when we re-align ourselves with God will miracles occur.
Recognizing this is hardly naïve. Quite the opposite: what’s naïve is to believe that anything less will change the deeper trajectory by which America is now reaping some horrible seeds that we ourselves have sowed.
Something else that’s naïve, however, is to doubt for a moment the murderous intent of those who have now declared war upon what they call the “infidels.” The infidels, according to them, are not only Western nations but also any Muslims who do not follow the dictates of Islam as they define them. In A Course in Miracles, it says that anger is not justified; but it does not say military action is not justified. Spiritual seekers are not inherently pacifists. Each and every one of us must decide for ourselves, according to the dictates of our own conscience, whether or not to support military action against ISIL, and if so, what. Yet until we have atoned in our hearts for our almost casual acquiescence to an immoral war, we will not be able to hear God’s guidance regarding whether or not war at this point is correct action or not. I do not believe it was immoral to stop Hitler; I believe it would have been immoral not to. But no one – no governmental leader, no general, and no politician — really knows what to do about ISIL now. Only God knows. And He will speak into our ears once we have spoken from our hearts, and preferably on our knees, to Him.
Please send Your angels to the city of Paris.
Pour forth Your love upon all her people.
Bless those who suffer and those who died.
Work miracles in Paris, dear God,
With ISIL having claimed responsibility for the attacks, the world has entered into a full state of global crisis. Nothing will ever again be the same for our generation.
The question before us now — as seekers, as global citizens, as lovers of the world — is not just what do we need to do, but who do we need to be in order to do it? We have before us a challenge that only the most evolved civilization can meet effectively, calling each of us to fast, to meditate, to pray, to do whatever it is we need to do to ready ourselves, to purify ourselves, and surrender ourselves fully to the task at hand.
Each of us will be assigned our part, how we ourselves can help uplift the energy and prepare the ground, heal broken hearts and work the miracles that will bring down the Light that disperses darkness. And darkness, in time, will be no more.
To our friends in France, to each other, and for the sake of our grandchildren not yet born, let us send our love and salute the God within us all.
With the bruised heart that all of us feel today, and all the love that flows from it,
David didn’t defeat Goliath by normal means; he defeated him by hitting him in the Third Eye. Goliath has one Achilles’ heel, and that is that he has no conscience. The only thing more powerful than hate gone viral is love gone viral, and that is what we must make happen now. The problem we face cannot be healed by normal allopathic means. This is not an operable cancer that we are dealing with; simply suppressing and eradicating symptoms will not be enough to heal the sickness. What we are dealing with is a cancer that has already metastasized, and we need an holistic, integrative approach to deal with it. Think of yourself, in your own life, as an immune cell in the body of humanity. Every thought you think, every prayer you pray, every time you meditate, think of yourself as pouring forth into the body politic the medicine that will heal the world.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. Their effects are maximal. They work within a quantum realm beyond the normal confines of time and space. They affect situations the rational mind cannot comprehend, affecting situations we will never know about. They represent a divine intercession from a thought system beyond our own, carrying with them the power to dissolve and dismantle that which is not love.
As I watched news of the events in Paris, I began to cry. I realized that while in the state of my despair, completely powerless before my tears, my heart felt softened and expanded somehow. I remembered the line “that every problem comes bearing its own solution.” Our global cry fest is leading us somewhere. It’s opening us up to who we need to be now.
How many of us have been fortunate enough to fall in love in Paris, and now it’s inviting us to fall in love again. It took the hit that would pierce all our hearts, so all of us would remember that love is all there is. In that remembrance lies our power to work miracles, and those miracles will save the world.
September 26, 2015
The second American Revolution has begun. This one didn’t start with bullets, thank God. There was and is no Lexington and Concord. This is a revolution of the mind. It has been stirring within the consciousness of Americans for years, as we’ve slowly awakened to the chronic and systematic dismantling of the democratic foundations without which we are no longer anything even approaching who we say we are. Revolutions are not easy. Old systems do not fold willingly, particularly when they control gargantuan amounts of wealth and power. But like empires of old — from the Romans to the Hapsburgs to the colonial British — even the largest do fall. And there is no question but that these are revolutionary times in America; the empire is already lumbering under the weight of its own false power. The question before us now is whether or not this shall be a peaceful revolution. For many people around the world and even to some extent at home, the empire is already a deliverer of much internal and external violence — from unwarranted invasions internationally to income inequality and mass incarceration at home.
No further evidence need be gathered. The decisive moment is here, and the future is ours to decide. In the words of John F Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Now, in our day, his line is best updated: those who do not commit fully to peaceful revolution make violent revolution inevitable, by surrendering our power to the forces of chaos and acquiescing to the demands of a cushy though now legally corrupt political establishment.
The run-up to the revolution is over; there is no further grace period during which we can afford the luxury of standing on the sidelines. This year — not next year or the year after that — each and every one of us is called upon to put aside the unimportant and get about the work at hand. We will save American democracy now, or it will fall into the dustbin of history. Empires always have the hubris to think they are indestructible, when in fact they are always unsustainable.
Politically, Bernie Sanders is the only Presidential candidate who articulates the foundational principles of the new revolution. We are at a point in our history where such a voice as his would arise, and where a voice such as his could gain the kind of momentum it has. It remains to be seen, however, whether we have arrived at a point where Americans are willing to do what it takes — repudiating the institutional forces that will oppose him with all its might — to send Sanders to the White House. Whether or not we do so will indicate whether or not we are prepared to wage the political revolution in the absence of which the most beautiful aspects of who we are as a nation will whither away and die.
The main obstructions to the second American Revolution, as well as to Sanders winning the Presidency, are not external but internal. They are the thoughts that anyone is inherently unelectable, the Establishment knows what it’s doing, you can’t beat the system, and it’s all sewn up so we may as well not even try. If we’re not careful, we will be defeated by our own failure of imagination. And as Americans, we should specialize in imagination. There was a time when George Washington would have been deemed unelectable, and George III would have been deemed unbeatable. The American mind has gotten soft in many ways, and it’s time to muscle up. When Thomas Paine said “we have it in our power to begin the world over again,” he got that right. We should listen to him now. Some of the greatest guides to the new American Revolution are the people who articulated the first one. They understood the concept that enough is enough. As their revolutionary heirs, so should we. Such are the times in which we live. The hour is at hand. Game on.
The spiritual journey is often a tough road, and some areas of life are more difficult than others. For some of us, the hard lessons are around forgiveness… for some of us, around love…for some of us, around work…for some of us, around health … and so forth. None of us escape the lessons that accompany our journey to enlightenment.
For me, my path as a woman trying to integrate the differing areas of life has been the hardest journey of all. As someone whose path was forged in many ways by the Women’s Movement of the 1970’s, I have felt to my core the empowerment of its message: that I could do anything that a man could do, and be anything that a man could be. That might seem self-evident now – but believe me, it wasn’t then! Like millions of other women, my life has been completely different than it would have been had that Movement never existed.
But like others also, I experienced a disconnection from my feminine self as I strove to actualize the masculine within me. Finding the complementary relationship between my inner and outer self has been a life-long effort. Many women have the psychic scars to show for the struggle, feeling that while we might have succeeded in some areas, we failed at others. I am living testimony to the fact that it can take many years to fit all the pieces together.
I know what it’s like to be so exhausted from work that you don’t have time or energy for a relationship. I know what it’s like to feel that the very things that make you successful at work can make you a failure with your own family. I know what it’s like to feel that there simply isn’t enough time in the day to do all of it well. And I know what it’s like to feel that while I could succeed at one thing, it seemed always to be at the expense of something else.
For me, the Holy Grail has been uniting within myself the spiritual seeker, worldly achiever, and woman who wants to love and be loved. Is it possible to joyfully connect to God, and to work, and to romantic love? I believe it is, but not without working through some very tough internal barriers often cultivated by our worldly thinking.
Whether you see your spiritual journey as the core of your romantic search, or rather see it as completely at odds with it; whether you don’t know how to attract love, you can attract it but can’t sustain it, or have failed so many times you don’t even want to make the effort anymore; whether the love-work-spirituality nexus is happy for you or leaves you in emotional shambles – the path to self-actualization can be exhausting
I invite you to join with me for THE APHRODITE TRAINING on October 23-25 in Los Angeles or via Livestream, as I share any wisdom I’ve gained as I’ve walked the path of womanhood through the vicissitudes of life and love. Together, let’s climb the sacred mountain to where you know that you can have it all because you are willing to be it all.
Please join me for a FREE LIVE INTRODUCTORY CALL on Tuesday, September 8, to hear more about THE APHRODITE TRAINING [SIGN UP HERE]. With two weeks left before the Early Bird pricing ends, I want you to have a very clear sense of what the week-end will offer and how it might serve you on your path.
Let’s forge a new wave of holistic feminism in which all of who we are, not just some of who we are, is permitted to rise and shine its light on the world. I look forward to working with you in cultivating your most glorious self.
With love for all of us,
There’s a wall that keeps millions of women from experiencing the fullness of joy and creativity we most long for. This wall is not made of external varieties of oppression, but rather of internal varieties of fear. At THE APHRODITE TRAINING on October 23-25, 2015, we’re going to blow a hole in that wall. And we will all be blessed because of it.
We will deeply dive into the mysteries, the blockages, and the glory of our divine feminine selves. Together we will integrate the too often scattered pieces of our lives, bringing together our work and play and professional and romantic and physical desires into a garden of beauty within and without. I look forward to the ways we will discover spiritual gold, the true self, too often trapped buried beneath the falseness of our worldly confusion.
On top of all that we will have fun, too!
This excerpt is from my book A Woman’s Worth:
When a woman has owned her passionate nature, allowing love to flood her heart, her thoughts grow wild and fierce and beautiful. Her juices flow. Her heart expands. She has thrown off crutch and compromise. She has glimpsed the enchanted kingdom, the vast and magical realms of the Goddess within her. Here, all things are transformed. And there is a purpose to this: that the world might be mothered back to a great and glorious state. When a woman conceives her true self, a miracle occurs and life around her begins again.
Please join me for a powerful seminar. You will walk away more prepared to receive the miracles that are everyone’s due.
Shortly after I started lecturing on A Course in Miracles in Los Angeles in1983, the AIDS crisis emerged full-blown. And Los Angeles was hit hard. It took a while for the medical community as well as organized religious institutions to be able to provide much comfort, and at that time a diagnosis of HIV meant almost certain death. It was a devastating period for everyone whose life was affected.
Many gay men came to my lectures at that time, eager to hear of a God who loved them no matter what… to learn about miracles… to join with others in working those miracles as they walked through a very dark valley in their lives. And out of our community arose not only prayers, but also action. One of those actions was the formation of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program to deliver nutritious food to those who are homebound. We did not just deliver food; we delivered food that was laced with love.
It has now been 25 years since Project Angel Food started, and having served 9 million meals already it continues its extraordinary legacy. Project Angel Food now serves 1,200 meals a day to people for whom this is often the only meal they will eat all day, while they themselves are going through life challenging illness and its accompanying hardships. I could not be prouder of how the organization has moved through time, guided lovingly year after year by those who have felt the call to continue its mission.
I’m very moved that at this year’s Angel Awards, Project Angel Food has chosen to celebrate its 25th anniversary by honoring me and others on our founding team. I hope you will join me in making this a magnificent celebration of what’s possible, contributing in whatever way you can to an organization that was born in love, and continues to extend love, in a way that touches individual lives every single day. It would mean the world to the organization, and it would mean the world to me.
I hope to see you there.
Many thanks and much love,
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