To give and receive are one in truth – A Course in Miracles, lesson 108

Just waking up to another day in paradise.

Its the perfect time to reflect and get squeaky clean in my thinking patterns, in order to truly step into my power and live in the truth of who I am.  Trusting I am blessed, as a Child of God.  My creator is only love, and therefore, so am I.

Being a student of A Course in Miracles  (ACIM) has been a master blessing.  It brings me to the light daily, allowing me, encouraging me to give up my burdens, my fears, concerns and worry about life in its many facets, and instead, offers me eternal peace, direction in all my actions, and faith that I am and will be guided every step of the way.  As the Course teaches, “make no decision for yourself.”  Thus, we learn to trust what the Course refers to as, “the Holy Spirit” as the direct link back to our Creator, and thereby, the Truth.  The Course shares universal principles, however, it is not a religion nor does it have any doctrine, its a self study course in psychotherapy that dismantles the thought systems based in fear and re-aligns are minds to think vertically, via metaphysical truths, my favorite being, “Only Love is Real.”

In ACIM the author states, “my way is not difficult, but it is different.” and that has never been more true in my life.  Always being a bit  “different” and somehow residing in the general feeling most of my life that I was too “outside the box.”  I could never fit in to the social constructs that tend to permeate our culture…and thus, in cancer, that has run true as well.  When I was in the inquiry around how to approach my cancer diagnosis, a dear student,  said to me, “what is your inner teacher telling you to do?”  What is your guidance?”

My own words back at me.  I began to feel the tears pushing through, and knew immediately, my guidance was telling me to stay the course, have faith, and look for alternative ways to treat cancer.  To walk out of the fear, and into the Love.  That the loudest and most obviously well known way of treating cancer, was not the one for me.  I was afraid, and in a way feeling betrayed my inner Self – “why must I always be so different, why do I always choose difficult paths, why can’t I just go with the flow and do what others would have me do?”

Then I remembered, as I do each day, “My way is not difficult, but it is different.”   

So when I do see my mind taking me to, this is “difficult,” and “I’m all alone” and trust me, cancer is a full on journey with some serious capacity to challenge the mind, I tell myself to have faith, to know that the Universe has my back, that I am blessed and guided.   My fears are nothing, they have power to the extent that I give them energy.  Fear is the absence of Light, and in and of itself, is nothing – So I stay the Course, I look for miracles each day, and learn to accept them rather than deflect them.  I study and learn about cancer each day.

I mediate and pray, I eat the best I can, I take my supplements and added rick simpson oil,  and now have the rife machine to take my treatment to the next level.  Thank you to Lisa Taylor of her generosity of spirit.  Her story will break your heart, and I’ll share it another time.  But I want you to know about Royal Rife, an amazing doctor who demonstrated cancer could be attended to by light frequency, so I am attaching some information to this blog, and I know it is “controversial.”

Overall as humans, we don’t like to even think that the social constructs we have in place to “protect” us are unethical.  We want to think we are on the side of the angels all the time, as Americans and in our systems.  However, the way that the pharmaceutical companies have usurped power of the medical field is worthy of knowledge, particularly in the field of cancer.  In 70 years, there has been little change to the alopathical way of treating cancer, – surgery, radiation and chemo are the way, and everything else is for “quacks.”   The word ignorance is not a favorite among us, however, it simply means, to “ignore” what is true. To be unwilling to see things differently – another major theme in A Course of Miracles – our willingness to see another way.

 If we study the facts, we can begin to make choices that reflect who we are rather than who we “think” we are.  We can as Eleanor Rosevelt once say, “be the change we wish to see in the world.”  If I think I am a victim of cancer, I will be.  If I think cancer is a blessing and teaching me how to be healthy on a whole other level (heal – thy body)  – than that’s what it will be for me.  And thus here we are.

On the” different path,”  I’ve been led to paradise,  I’ve been led to learn about detoxification, the importance of clean eating, and supporting my immunity to do its God given job.  I’m learning about the importance of a healthy relationship with finances and service in the world, and to surrender my mistakes in the past, to release the guilt, and embrace the learning happening in the present, and residing in the assurance of a future filled with Love, even through the hard times.  As Larry used to say, “You are stronger than you think you are.”

So greetings to each and every one of you, from sunny and warm Puerto Escondido. Oaxaca, Mexico.  After a yoga practice, a little swim, a bit of writing, and then off to coaching 3 clients today! WOO HOO! I will spend the afternoon with my precious children watching them swim in the ocean waves.  I will know that although my way is different, it is not difficult, in fact, it is the easiest journey of all, to follow Him who sent me, and to know that my only purpose, is to extend, the good, the holy and the beautiful.

“To everyone, I offer quietness.

To everyone, I offer peace of mind.

To everyone, I offer gentleness.” – ACIM Lesson 108 – “To give and receive are one in truth.”

Today, I send you my faith,  that all is in Divine Right Order, and trust you will feel the love I send you in the moment.

Namaste,

Marie

I am determined to see things differently. Lesson 21, A Course in Miracles

When I found out I had cancer, I experienced a shakedown of sorts.  My psyche was disoriented.

How could this happen? I practice Yoga, I eat organic (most of the time) and I’m pretty positive, right?

Wrong, actually.  I was living a toxic lifestyle on a physical level and emotional level; I knew it and didn’t listen.  I wasn’t willing to see. If I really looked hard, and was radically honest, I could see that there were major adjustments that needed to be made, so that I could really show up to my life and live my life’s purpose and potential.

I started to go inside, for real.  I started to search for errant thoughts (cells) that operate outside the natural state of things.

I’m of the Mind that only love is real, so anything unlike love needs to be weeded out, as its unnatural.  We could cut out the cancer, and radiate my breast, but bottom line, if I wanted to be cancer free, I had to be free of fear.  I had to take care and honor my body on another level.  I had to think right, all the time, and be committed to that process, to surrender my will (thoughts) for God’s will.  At least re-commit to that practice.

Marianne Williamson, in this video, speaks about living God’s Will.  If God is Love, and Will is Thought, to follow God’s Will, is to think like God, and only like God.  And God is Love, and, only Love is real.

A Course in Miracles is a curriculum that is for everyone, our only choice in the matter is when we take it. It is highly specialized and each of our journeys’ is specific.   It’s meant to teach us that our egos are unreal and made up based on our belief in separation, that when we accept atonement (at-one-ment with God) for ourselves, we contribute to the healing of the planet, that forgiveness is the key to happiness.  So instead of asking how this could happen, I started to allow myself to be guided so that I could heal the errant thoughts, that allowed cancer to manifest in my body in the first place.  To practice trusting that the energy that created me, had a solution for every problem that was heavy on my chest, literally.

When I went to Claudia, owner of our local health foods store and longtime mentor,and finally told her what was going on, she said to follow my heart, and to to trust my decision wholeheartedly.  That that would allow my choice to work for me.  I asked her if people really healed themselves of cancer, she said without hesitation, “Yes, I see it daily and have for over 40 years.”

Wow.  For me that was so new, I’d never heard of such a thing – I went to Spirit, can I do this?

The answer was, “No, but I can through You.”

And thus my journey began.  A tender space, of really nurturing myself, my inner child, and all her fears.  Listening for guidance, and being pro-active around what that guidance said, with words and energetically in my body.  Paying close attention to the signs.  Regardless of what my ego and the rest of the world thought about those decisions.  I decided to be fully committed to the journey of Love only, and on that path, there is only one voice, and it is kind and loving, all the time.

Co-creating with the most powerful entity in our universe, Love (or God) is a privilege and a Joy.  I am so grateful that I was diagnosed with Cancer, I am so empowered by this journey of healing, and know that my only purpose is to be open to love, to be a conduit for love, share only love and receive only love.  Anything unlike love, is an illusion, and simply needs healing.  And in healing, we are never alone.  We have mighty companions, legions in fact.  A little bit of willingness, A Course says, is all it takes.

Namaste friends.  Let’s keep it real, and only Love.

The Value of Your Soul

The Value of Your Soul

“See no one as a body. Greet him as the holy Son of God he is, acknowledging that he is one with you in holiness.” – A Course in Miracles

Each new year brings new beginnings, energy and ideas around what we want to accomplish.  This year,  I am grateful for  a surge of new ideas and inspiration on how to grow our international community around the practice of yoga, on and off the mat – as well as the big themes that I often  hear when new clients are looking to join: Time & Money.

We live in a culture that places high value on outward appearances. It seems so easy to spend money on our hair, our clothes, our skin. We decorate our bodies with tattoos and piercings and make-up.  Gyms and yoga studios’ memberships surge in January, exemplifying the value placed on getting in shape, physically. Most acknowledge these types of expenditures are money well spent and I agree, physical vitality and looking good feels good.

But, what about the inside? What about the soul? In yoga, we say to truly be in a state of wellness we must tend to the mind, body and  soul (or spirit).   We are fortunate to have organic foods, supplements, and other facets of healthy living at our fingertips; if we are willing, and so many of us are (myself included!), to pay the asking price.  So here we are, eating healthy, looking good, with expensive haircuts & super cool body art,  even $100+ yoga pants – yet why are so many of us still not at ease, at peace in our minds and hearts?  We can be having a perfectly enjoyable morning and then bam! one negative comment from a friend or stranger, shifts our energy from comfort to discomfort, from ease to dis-ease, from feeling “good” to feeling “bad.”.  We are so very tender emotionally.  How is it then,  that we can thicken our emotional skin? Beyond skincare products promising youth and radiance, how can we tap  into the timelessness of inner radiance, peace of mind and well-being that lies within each of us, waiting to be awakened?  

So much of my life’s journey up until now has been living in the question:   How do I stay centered  when it feels like the winds around me so easily seem to push me left and right?  How do I reside in the clarity and certainty of my true heart, of knowing who I am, regardless of the actions or words of another? And, am I attached to this feeling of being at the mercy of the world around me or am I willing to invest time, energy and money so that I may dwell internally in an unshakable place of wellness, peace of mind and certainty about who I am.  Am I willing to learn how to train my mind to value only loving thoughts?  My answer to what may be the most important question of the souls human journey, is for sure –  a mighty YES!

I hold the vision that the only answer, when we step out of fear and into our hearts, is a collective, resounding YES!  I believe we all want to live in a place of physical, mental and spiritual wholeness. I also believe it is our birthright.

Recently, a “Yoga on the Mat” client asked to meet with me about The It’s Yoga International Coaching program, “Yoga off the Mat.” During our initial complimentary session, I shared with him our coaching model, as well as some of the benefits of engaging in this life affirming process.  I shared that I have been committed to my own coaching mentorship for over 12 years. I also conveyed the progress, awareness, healing and transformation I have experienced as a direct result of my work with my life coach in sync with my Rocket® practice. Through my willingness to let go of my past thoughts and behaviors, in addition to a deep trust in my coach (Dorothy Divack), I can confidently say that  I am at peace most of the time,  that I feel certain of my purpose and aware of my connection to my Creator throughout my days and nights on planet Earth.  

I can also say with confidence that it is only through my financial investment and personal commitment that I have reaped these and many other benefits. Afterall, finances simply represent energy.   I would certainly invest the time and money all over again, and I  continue to invest in this blessed relationship with yoga on and off the mat on a day to day basis.   I see the value of this work for me and for so many others, my family, my clients, my students and my friends. This commitment to personal and spiritual growth is all that matters.  When i do the work here, all the other pieces fall into place.  Thus, I have come to see and live in the truth that Only Love is Real and I feel privileged and honored to share this truth with others.  

Back to my client; he was very excited about the opportunity and potential to grow, and expressed interest in transforming several  aspects of his life. First and foremost, he identified feeling held back by a myriad of “insecurities,” and, secondarily, acknowledged that he wants very much to excel professionally.  Interestingly, what he also expressed was that, though confidence and success were paramount, he felt he could not rationalize the investments necessary to access these priorities.  He wanted the transformation, yet wasn’t yet ready to invest the two things that would give him this profound life change: Time & Money.  Another client shared with me her opinion recently, “Marie, you can’t be wealthy & healthy!”  Well, that’s what we are out there to demonstrate is untrue.  “Health is wealth,” as my friend Claudia likes to say, and health encompasses Spirit, Mind, Body – in that order.

Yoga – either on or off the mat – above all, tends to the  soul.  It may look initially like the practice, especially asana/postures,  is all about the body. One only needs to peruse  the beautiful bodies and movements of Instagrams yoga feeds to see this emphasis on the body as real..  After all, the transformation of the body is often the gateway to the deeper transformational aspects of yoga. It’s important to remember that what happens on the mat is practice for life. Can we breathe through the difficulties we face from moment to moment? Are we willing to stretch ourselves spiritually and emotionally, to apply what we have learned in our practice to our daily life? To invest in healing ourselves so that we may inspire those around us to heal themselves? Can we acknowledge and then dare to live in our full potential, thereby giving others permission and encouragement to do the same?

The  practice of  yoga is about awakening to the Truth of who you are, your highest potential, your birthright. We invest time and money in gyms, yoga studios, organic foods, skincare products, haircuts, clothing and the list goes on.  Yet, many of us are still apprehensive to value the inner work it takes to explore our inherent potential, to dare to breathe through the fear and learn to stand on our hands, off the mat, to extract all the juicy lessons from life’s experiences, to forgive ourselves and others to live an impassioned life, at peace, focused, living in compassion and manifesting our potential.  I feel incredibly grateful that I connected with my mentor 12 years ago, and that I trusted her to support my journey towards wholeness, that I was and continue to  be willing to invest in the It’s Yoga Centers and Center of Excellence trained coaches that have dedicated their lives to embodying and embracing and enlightened & empowered thought system.  It is with a grateful heart that I share the desire to support you on your journey to wholeness, to unlocking your hearts desires, and building the confidence to walk that path.

My Vision and the collective vision of all of us  at It’s Yoga International, is to support human beings in stepping into their potential and this happens when we unlock our hearts most sacred desires and discover the value of our precious unique soul.

We are all familiar with thought patterns such as.  “If I had more time (or money), I would do what I loved, or change this or that and then I would be happy and  healthy.”  Yoga invites us to shift to an acknowledgment of the truth, that we have the time and money for those things that we value, and that to value our soul is the single most important act of our lives.  The bottom line is that all we all want and deserve to  be at peace, and to be happy.  We all have what it takes to achieve this. Peace and happiness is a choice.  Are we willing to do the work that will allow us to welcome these divine gifts in all their radiant abundance, the gifts of our birthright? How and where will we invest our time and money  in 2018 to bring about real and lasting change?  If you are ready for this journey, know that it is my honor, and our function at It’s Yoga International – to support you both on and off the mat.

I want to acknowledge ALL of you for your willingness to be brave enough to create space to be the best version of yourself possible. It is truly a, calling, and an  inspiration or me to continue this transformational service of supporting personal and spiritual development.

Yoga, on and off the mat, connects us with our soul’s journey to the truth.  For our part, we must simply make the investments necessary and have faith – so that when we put in the time, energy, money, and peace of mind, unconditional love and happiness come knocking, we know how to open the door wide, and welcome the Light of our Souls’ true potential to shine in on us.

I am so looking forward to this upcoming year. I believe and hold the vision that this year will move humanity closer to our true nature, that one by one, we will choose to invest so that we may discover the value of our souls expression, on and off the mat, and from the inside out.

One Blood

One Blood

One Blood

When I was 14 my family went to Jamaica.  I loved it – the culture, the beautiful people, the weather…

One day in the market – I came across these necklaces that had the statement “One Blood” on the pendant.  All different sizes, colors, they were everywhere!  I asked one of the men selling them, what does that mean, One Blood?

He took my hand, and wrapped his around it, and said with a brilliant and bright smile, “One Blood.”

The truth to that statement still brings chills to my spine.  One Blood.  One family, one race…. just One.  

Today is what would be Larry Schultz’s 68th birthday here on Planet Earth.  As I go about my day, the memories of celebrating his birthday’s together are with me.  I feel held by the IYI Rocket® trainers that have shared messages and pictures in our It’s Yoga International WhatsApp group knowing that legacy continues through them – it truly warms my  heart.  It reminds me that each day with the ups and downs, the challenges of operating an international business, of preserving Larry’s gifts to the world, of growing as a woman, a mother, and a wife, as a human being – that we are One Blood.  The ones who have left are simply in the other room, still One with us, In Love.

So, Happy Birthday Larry.  We are still here sharing the Love, like you inspired, taught and trusted us to  – and we carry the torch forward to future generations as we grow It’s Yoga, The Rocket, as we share the trainings, and as we contribute to the awakening of humanity to our Divine reality, we are One Blood.

With Love and Namaste,

Marie

I am my breath.

I am my breath.

The Yoga room in San Francisco was really big. We used to call it Yankee Stadium for yogi’s.  

It smelled like insence, sweat, and chilled foggy air.  The ceilings were very high, and there were seven sky lights that lit the room with well, a shade of gray, if you will.  It’s Yoga was a haven in the concrete jungle South of Market.

During my training, I remember the classes being full and fun.  People waltzed through the doors at 4:20 each day – and I couldn’t understand how that was, doesn’t anyone work in San Francisco?

One class, I vividly remember this quote come from Larry’s mouth:

 

“You’re not your car, you’re not your job, your not your body, you are your breath.”

 

I am my breath?  What does that mean?  

Those early days of transformation were intense for me, I questioned everything, I looked for inconsistencies, and was trying to intellectualize everything I was learning. My ego was fighting for its life, and I was beginning to wonder why on earth I was listening to the “inner critic” in the first place.  Surely, all this San Francisco talk is all hippie stuff, but something inside was really triggered, there was a flutter in my heart center that invited me to be open to the possibility, that maybe just maybe, there was truth in all this.

I am my breath.  I am Spirit.  I am the air, I am the unseen and the untouched, I am that which keeps me alive.  I am that which is the intelligence that makes my heart beat without my asking it too.  I didn’t make myself, and the Creator and the created are the same.  So I must be that too, right?

And if that’s the case, then what about what I am “not.”  If I’m not my car, my job or my body, then that must mean when I identify as those things, or have attachment around those things, I am not what I truly am.

I am my breath.

Another pause.

Gosh, most of my days and nights I spend time not then, as I am not, with my awareness focused on my body – what it looks like, feels like, what is happening in my “job” and I guess to a certain extent, my car too!  Where am I going today?

Larry loved to say that there was no where to go, nothing to do, and no one to be.  Just relax and breathe, and go with the flow. 

I used to get so confused by that!  I have lots of places to go, lots to do, and everyone to be.  Relax and breathe? Go with the flow?

Yes, surrender, Marie.  You will gain control when you let go, when you are guided, and allow Spirit (your breath) to lead the way.  When you learn to listen to your inner teacher.

I used to sit in that room pretty much every morning, day and evening.  If I want to, I can go there right now in my mind, and even smell that smell of It’s Yoga.  

I am my breath.

 So friends, if I am my breath, you are too.  Notice when you are holding it, when you bend down to get something and you’re holding your breath, when you pick up the phone, and hold your breath, when you have to make a decision, and you hold your breath.

Then listen to the sound of your inner voice say, “BREATHE”  Take a full one.  Pause right there and then, and know, you are not that which you are holding your breath about, you are not your car, your job or your body.  Slow down a moment, and realize, You, are your breath.  

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