Life By Spirit

When you live life by Spirit, you can have your cake and eat it too.

In the interest of being really transparent, I wanted to share a little bit about what it was like to put up my life coaching services on my blog and on social media.

I posted about them in the spirit of service. I want to help others the way I have been helped. I believe in A Course in Miracles, and I believe in the power of coaching. I believe that two people coming together can multiply the power of ACIM by 1000. I believe that you can get to a new experience—a shift in perception, aka a miracle—FASTER. 

But I was totally in a grasping place after I put up my services. I was in the place of wanting things to happen. I was trying to think of ways to MAKE things happen, so I could experience change NOW. Because I want my life to change. I want to start my own business, I want to do something that I feel deeply passionate about and believe in 100%. I want to wake up excited for my work. To get even more selfish, I want to make my own hours. I want a job where I can meet my sister for lunch at the drop of a hat. I want a job with no commute. I want to be able to work from anywhere. I want to have a job where I can still put my future kids on the school bus, or pick them up from school when they’re sick.
The wants go on and on.
But when I get tuned in and deeply honest, what I want more than any other those things is a life led by Spirit. Because Spirit has way better ideas for me, and when I hand my life over to Him, I know I’ll have way more fun. I know I still have this limited scope of what’s possible, and that He has an unlimited scope. I know that He will guide me to things WAY better than I can imagine. I know He’ll show me how to get there easily and effortlessly. I know He’ll keep me laughing along the way.
When I’m in charge? Things are hard. They’re scary. I’m all alone. I have to work really hard, and I have to prioritize my work above everything else so I can achieve. I’m have to stop relaxing, stop resting in God, stop having any sort of fun. Because, when I’m in charge, I’m not worthy of fun until I succeed. (And what “success” means somehow keeps changing—because once I achieve a goal, another always pops up. So I’m never worthy of celebration, of stopping, of resting, of having fun.)
When I’m in charge, my happiness depends on what others think, and now whether or not others will want to work with me. I give my power away completely, and either am really high because others like me, or really low because others don’t.
Does any of that sound like a good way to live?
Heck to the no.

So I offer it up again. I offer it up the way we can offer anything in our lives. Holy Spirit takes all the fear, angst, and worry out of it and leaves us only love. And in offering this to Him, I relax and forgive myself for clenching and holding tight.

Holy Spirit, I offer my career, my new life coaching practice, to You. I felt like I needed to control these things before, but now I remember that I don’t. I remember that when I hand my life over to You, You take care of it all—and way better than I could! I know I am perfectly safe and am perfectly guided in every moment. Thank You for Your love and guidance. Thank You for holding my hand on this journey. 

Use & customize this prayer for whatever you need to let go of this week. Use it whether you believe in it or not. Use it whether you think that there is nothing out there that wants to help you, use it even if there’s no way you could understand how it could help you.

None of this work is about belief. It’s all about the experience.

Afraid to hand something over?

Know that your desires are ok, and that Spirit completely understands. Though we may know intellectually that we’re not a body, our experience is that we are a body. And this body has wants and needs and dreams because it believes that it’s in this world. And there’s nothing wrong with that!! Spirit will use ANYTHING to help us awaken. So when we hand things over to Spirit, we get to both acknowledge our desires AND experience perfect peace. We get to have our cake and eat it too! 

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