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I heard it in her voice when I told her I had embarked upon the program. She didn't say it out loud but I knew what she was thinking:
"I've been doing A Course in Miracles and talking to you about it for 17 years. You find a program with the same stuff and NOW you're in love with it!?"
They say when the student is ready the teacher appears but Kristen has been my teacher for years!
I got the book years ago myself, went to some meetings and wrote some songs following a few of the teachings back in the early 90s. Reading the book from cover to cover was impossible for me. My dyslexic tendencies wouldn't let me go beyond the first paragraph of a new lesson if I didn't understand it. Needless to say, the second third and fourth paragraph helped illustrate the first, But the book seemed so verbose that I couldn't wrap my mind around it let alone get it into my heart.
But my sister was relentless. Loving me through my unwillingness and resistance, she shared with me just what I was ready for at any given moment. I learned from her to ask to see things differently. That one lesson allowed me to shift and change my whole cAnswer dance experience from traumatic to thrilling!
She taught me how to go within and ask Holy Spirit for guidance and answers to questions. I got really good at that but even better at listening to the directives from Spirit. How else could I have heard "Have fun with it all!" and "Sing your way through it. You have all the tools you need." I don't think I could've heard those life-affirming messages had I not had Kristen's guidance.
She tried to impress upon me that I am not my body, but being in a body that was suffering, that was a bit much to hear. I believed her ability to see that for me though, enabling me to heal more fully more quickly.
She taught me deeper meanings of "Oneness" and of the Christ Spirit within all beings. She lives the principles more than anyone I know and can catch herself when she's not.
When I found this 40-day journey within, thanks to Kristen, I was ready, Never a more transformational experience has occurred. I'm on Day 21 and we are NOT supposed to share yet but I just can't keep it to myself! Sorry, Lisa Natoli, but you just rock the Course so beautifully! I will post this on the proper Facebook page to "come clean" and to say out loud that I will never be the same!
Thank you, Kristen, for being my first teacher in so many things, but especially for loving me through A Course in Miracles!
New Thought Advocate and well-known musician and workshop facilitator, Lauren Lane Powell, discovered she had Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer in the prime of her life. She offers wisdom gained from a lifetime of learning to live in love.
"We met on www.blogtalkradio.com/ ggmradio, on my show Namaste Nutrition. Lauren,you are such a wonderful inspiration, and to this day remain one of my favorite radio guests. Your magic, ethereal beauty, and journey was such an inspiration to me and to my audience."
-- Host of radio show “Namaste Nutrition”
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