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The new updated edition of Gorgeous for God: Awakening through A Course in Miracles is now available on Amazon! I’m so excited.
 
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Since the Search-Inside-This-Book Feature is not yet activated, I am putting the FIRST CHAPTER – the Forward to the New Edition – here in this message. ENJOY!!!!!!  I totally loved it when I received this Forward from Donna – the pure honesty of it. I laughed out loud in many places in absolute joy just to know that there is a solution and it works for anyone who has the willingness to surrender and have an open mind.
Forward to the New Edition by Donna Issac:
I was introduced to A Course in Miracles in 1999. After quickly
flipping through it, I was not interested–at all. It had that “God”
word in it. A lot. My business partner (we own a gym) had started
practicing the Course and had created a study group at the gym
which met for an hour each Sunday morning. After hearing her
talk about the Course and then watching her practice it, I became
intrigued. I was on my own path of practicing Buddhism, but still
experiencing much sadness and depression. I was also about to sell
my part of the gym and go to school in Boulder, Colorado to study
Structural Integration, and I was full of fear about the changes
beginning to take place in my life. I did go to the group and I did
begin to study A Course in Miracles but I did not complete the
lessons until 2003 and then I did them again in 2006. At that point
I believed that I had completed my studies with the Course and it
was time to “get on with my life”–which brings me to 2011 and
2012.
After five years of “getting on with my life” MY way, I found that I
and my life was a complete mess. I had become estranged from my
entire family including a niece who was much like a daughter to me.
My partner (we had met in the ACIM study group in 1999) with
whom I believed I shared a holy relationship with was asking–no,
demanding–that I move out of our home. Her entire family was
supporting and encouraging her 100%. I never felt so alone and
scared. I decided to dedicate one entire year with no distractions
to A Course in Miracles–doing the lessons exactly as they are
required. It was literally the only thing I had any faith in at all. Soon
after I started this journey my partner asked that we stay together
and both of us complete the Course as part of our journey as a
couple in a holy relationship. I still believed that God had brought
us together and we could turn it from special to holy with the help
of the Holy Spirit.
I first heard of Lisa Natoli when my partner mentioned a book that
she liked very much. She said that it really spoke to her in a way that
other ACIM related books did not. She talked about it constantly
and loved how down to earth and “real” it was. I asked her what the
title was and she said, “Gorgeous for God.” My first thought was,
“That’s a ridiculous title! It sounds like it’s probably more about
religion than the Course.” She started to read some of the passages
from the book to me and I liked what I heard. I especially liked the
parts where Lisa talks about drinking alcohol and smoking while
studying the Course (sounds familiar) and throwing the Course
away multiple times in frustration. I could definitely get on board
with that. At that time in my life, I much preferred the “My life is
going to shit” stories than the “Everything is awesome” version that
some spiritual books offer.
Right away I started to google Gorgeous for God and Lisa Natoli. I
found out that she offered a 40-day Online Program. I signed us
up! I thought it would make things so much easier as I was really
struggling with the Course. Lisa made it clear it was going to
require a commitment and that she was not going to do the work
for us–we would have to do it. She said she only worked with
people who said “Yes” to doing the work and being willing to
change because she found through years of working with people
that only the people who said “Yes” got results. We said Yes.
In the first email message, she said, “I’m not a counselor or a
therapist or a self-help teacher. We are not going to talk about your
problems and we are not going to fix your problems. I am going to
help you see you have no problems. The #1 goal I have in mind for
anyone who signs up for this program is to start relying on their
own inner Guide for answers. I am a temporary guide (40-days)
to show you how to start trusting in your own Guide who knows
you inside & out and who is with you always. Your Guide knows
everything about you: the greater Plan, the Big Picture and your
part in it.
So I teach God-dependency, not Lisa-dependency, not
anything-outside-of-you dependency. You’ll start to learn to trust
God and your own guidance. Most people are not used to making
time to listen to that still small Voice encouraging Voice within
them. As you start to live in this way, you will know joy and peace.”
My spirit wanted these promises to be true more than anything, but
my ego was pissed, but I went forward with it anyways.
For 40 days, Lisa guided me with kindness and love through the
secrets and darkness I harbored inside that had kept me paralyzed
for years. Each step was difficult and challenging but transforming.
Each step was a miracle.
After completing the 40-day Program, I found out she was offering
a 5-Day Teachers of God retreat in Maine. I signed us up! I was
excited because the retreat would coincide with my completing the
365 lessons in the Course. Everything was going well. I was excited
thinking of the peaceful, relaxing week long holiday in Maine at
a beautiful location right on the ocean–until I checked my email
at a layover in an airport in Washington, DC. Lisa had emailed
the group to let us all know about one final detail of the trip. We
would all be sharing a bathroom and shower! That was all my ego
needed. In my mind I imagined 20 people lined up in the hallway
with a towel and a toothbrush waiting to get into one toilet and one
shower. I felt the heat rising and a roar in my head–my mind was
off and running. To add insult to injury, at the end of the message
Lisa wrote, “I guess it will be like summer camp all over again,
LOL.” I was definitely not LOL! My first thought was, “OH HELL
NO! I’m going home. I will turn right around in Portland, Maine
and get on the next flight to Memphis, Tennessee.”
I can’t remember exactly what I wrote to Lisa, but I tried to appear
calm. It was something along the lines of: Are there hotels nearby?
Lisa answered quickly–yes, some lovely hotels right on the ocean.
She even gave me a list! That response didn’t go over well with me
at all. I thought she would catch on to my anger and annoyance.
So, I tried again. I wrote, “I’m not coming. I’m turning around and
heading back home.” Lisa ALWAYS responds quickly to emails.
I waited and checked my email to see how she would respond to
that. Nothing. I checked again and again and again. No response. I
boarded my flight to Maine. In Portland I checked my email again
at baggage claim. Nothing. I wanted her to talk me out of it–at
least try and get me to stay. Nothing. Silence. I was stunned. Where
was the cheerleader coach I had come to know? To add insult to
injury, my partner had decided to stay. I was on my own and I was
pissed! I watched as my partner drove off in the rental car. For the
first time in the whole process of this journey I didn’t know what
to do. The best I could come up with is do nothing. I asked for
guidance. I decided to sit on my luggage outside the airport until
something happened–I didn’t know what, but I decided to sit for
the whole week if I had to. The weirdest thing happened. I became
peaceful. The minute I decided to stop creating fear and just wait
for guidance (no matter how long it took) things began to happen
rapidly. After about an hour, my partner drove right up to me
outside baggage claim as I sat on my luggage waiting. I got up, put
my things in the car and away we drove–as if we had planned it
this way all along. I had changed my mind. I had come to a state of
readiness to accept a miracle.
This would not have happened without Lisa’s guidance. From the
beginning of the 40-day Program that I started with her she led me
to trust my own inner Guide. She would respond to everything I
threw at her with patience, love, kindness and compassion. I never
felt judged. But when it was time for me to find the answer within
myself, she stepped back and let that happen. No matter what I
had decided to do that day, whether I had gone back home or not,
I know that Lisa would have been there cheering me on–saying,
“WOOOHOOO!! Good for you Donna! I LOVE YOU!”
Working with Lisa, reading everything she’s written and being with
her in person has been transformative because she simply stays true
to her one calling and one purpose–to help every person she meets
to know “You are love, you are perfect and all you need is within
you, already perfect.”
Her message is always the same–there’s no journey, there’s only an
awakening.
In gratitude,
Donna Isaac
January 2013
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Love and Kisses,
Lisa
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Lesson 365

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

Here we are. The last lesson. Lesson 365. This concludes one year.

We did it!!!!!!!

Congratulations!

It is accomplished. The human idea of time and space is to continue to sequence: to start fresh in the new year 2010, to make changes, to make resolutions, to try to get it right this time, to do things better, to make improvements.

But it’s accomplished! You did it. We did it. Jesus did it for us.

It’s finished. There are no more need for lessons now.

This world was over a long time ago.

Gurdjieff says an interesting thing (in the 1920s). Someone was questioning him why some people seem to have no problem manifesting and with abundance while others continue to struggle. Sounds like the question people raise with “The Secret.” How come some people have miracles happening all the time while others can’t seem to make it anything at all happen.

For very simple reasons:

a. they don’t really want it
b. if they don’t use the power that it is given to them, then it is wasted and those that do want that power can now take it for themselves since it is not being used.

It’s like if you walk into a room and you see everyone slouched in a chair, confused, tired, bored, lonely … there is a lot of wasted energy in that room!! You can take it for yourself. When you do this you will become instantly vibrant and energized. I am sure you have been in situations like this where there are 1-2 individuals in a room that are filled with light and joy and happiness, overflowing with enthusiasm and energy while everyone else seems depressed. That’s because they know the secret! They are using all that wasted energy.

What energy you don’t use, others who want it are free to take it and use it for themselves. This is the reason there seems like there is only a handful of elite individuals who seem tapped into “The Secret”.

Being able to awaken and work consciously on oneself requires energy.

The best “resolution” is God Dependency – to become consciously happy, to become aware from now on that every single moment you have the power to choose the way you feel. It’s no secret.

A lot of people are “waiting” for something to happen, waiting for new energy to energize them, waiting for new things to occur, waiting to be happy, waiting for a miracle …. which is hilarious when know the truth because that love & energy is available for you to use right in this very second. You can just grab it and use it.

When you start bringing in new energies it disrupts old habits and this can be very fearful. Most people have a tendency to contract when this begins to occur and this will result in you feeling tired, angry, or frustrated. It’s energies being mixed up.

The awakened state stimulates energy, and starts shaking out old energy. This typically causes anxiety and discomfort and the tendency is always to try to restore balance by going back to the old habits, and familiar comfort zone.

But this is just delay. The energy then settles back down – like dust that settles when you stop kicking it around – and you will find yourself even more uncomfortable than before the whole process started.

But that’s old boring business – I cannot imagine delay interests anyone anymore. We know that cycle. It’s old and worn and boring and leads no where. There is work to do and we have been long delayed. This year shall begin in freedom and joy. :-)

Here’s Jesus of Nazareth talking to you:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

I love you.

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Lesson 364

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

I read something from Deepak Chopra’s book “The Third Jesus” that I would like to share with you:

“It’s impossible to quantify if you are on the spiritual path or how far along it you may be. But progress is always marked by transformation. The path isn’t about feeling better. It’s not about knowing who you are, or ending your suffering, or finding peace, or healing your deepest wounds. It’s about a transformation so profound that illusion is traded for reality. Jesus survives to this day as a force in the world because he embodied that truth completely. As we are headed for God-consciousness, our own transformation cannot stop halfway; we can’t settle for a better life or even the best life, for a glimpse of God, or even for God as a daily companion. The state of God-consciousness represents a leap in human development that you and I must be prepared to make personally. The middle of the path brings us to the leaping-off point. The end of the journey will look nothing like the world we took the leap from.”

“What will it feel like to finally arrive in God-consciousness? Anyone traveling the spiritual path will naturally ask this question. The middle of the journey isn’t the same as the destination.”

I repeat:

“The middle of the journey isn’t the same as the destination.”

“The mixture of old and new self must eventually resolve into a completely new self. Sin will no longer exist. God’s grace will be abundant, and his presence will guide our every action.”

That’s Deepak Chopra. Amazing, right?

So, if you feel that you are in the middle of the journey, still not quite there yet, all I can say is: Increase your efforts. Give more of yourself. Keep Going. Don’t give up. The middle of the journey is NOT the same as the destination. In one stroke of brilliant light, you will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. You will not get a continuation of small miracles and minor transformation (which is what the middle of the journey offers), but in one sudden motion, you will be entirely brand new. That’s the destination.

I love this little exchange with Don Juan & Carlos Castaneda:

“You have never taken responsibility for being in this unfathomable world,” Don Juan said in an indicting tone. “Therefore, you were never an artist, and perhaps you’ll never be a hunter,” he said.
“This is my best, don Juan.”
“No. You don’t know what your best is.”
“I’m doing all I can.”
“You’re wrong again. You can do better. There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time.”
He paused and looked at me as if he was waiting for my reaction.
“You think you have plenty of time,” he repeated.
“Plenty of time for what, don Juan?”
“You think your life is going to last forever.”
“No, I don’t”

“Then, if you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change?” Don Juan asked.

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Lesson 363


This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

It is no accident that I am supposed to practice this lesson for 5 straight days in a row. It was designed this way – not because of laziness in the final stretch – but rather because this lesson needs to be reinforced so I learn it. Amazing.

Total God Dependency from this moment on.

THY WILL BE DONE.

I forget all my little plans for safety, and now I follow His Plan for all the rest of the days of my life, forever and forever. Certain this His direction gives me peace.

I belong to God. I have no life but His.

BE YOU IN CHARGE. FOR I WOULD FOLLOW YOU.
CERTAIN THAT YOUR DIRECTION GIVES ME PEACE.

yes, yes, yes!

These are the final lessons. We are in our final days.

“Our final lessons will be left as free of words as possible. We use them but at the beginning of our practicing, and only to remind us that we seek to go beyond them. Let us turn to Him Who leads the way, and makes our footsteps sure.”

I love this:

“For we would not return again to the belief in sin that made the world seem ugly and unsafe, attacking and destroying, dangerous in all ways, and treacherous beyond the hope of trust and the escape from pain.”

I love it.

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Lesson 362

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge.
For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

Yes.

Following God’s Plan is the ONLY THING that will give you consistent peace. It is the ONLY THING. Nothing else will give you peace. Nothing. You can try as many things as you like – new relationship, new job, more money, moving to a new location, changing your body, losing weight, changing your hair color, redecorating your house, taking a vacation – do as many things as you like. I’m telling you. Following Jesus will make you CONSISTENTLY happy.

It’s quite amazing.

If you are not consistently happy, then you must be following your own will.

Because when you follow God’s Will, you will be happy all the time.

Guaranteed.

No exceptions.

Don’t believe me?????? Try it. See for yourself.

I love you, my friend.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness.

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Lesson 361

Our final lessons!

Oh my God. We did it. There’s the finish line. One whole year. Ha!

This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

There is nothing left to do but share in the celebration.

From A Course in Miracles:

We are forgiven now. We are restored to sanity, in which we understand that anger is insane, attack is madness, and vengeance merely foolish fantasy.

His is the only way to find the peace that God has given us. It is His way that everyone must travel in the end, because it is this ending God Himself appointed. In the dream of time it seems to be a far off. And yet, in truth, it is already here; already serving us as gracious guidance in the way to go.

Let us together follow in the way that truth points out to us.

And let us be the leaders of our many brothers who are seeking the way, but find it not.

And to this purpose we dedicate our minds, directing all our thoughts to serve the function of salvation. Unto us the aim is given to forgive the world. It is the goal God has given us.

It is the goal God has given us.

God has given me a goal. To forgive the world.

It is His ending to the dream we seek, and not our own. For all that we forgive we will not fail to recognize as part of God Himself. And thus His memory is given back, completely and complete.

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Lesson 360

Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace be to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with your peace through us.

Father, it is Your peace that I would give, receiving it of You. I am Your Son, forever just as You created me, for the Great Rays remain forever still and undisturbed within me.

I read something interesting in Carlos Castaneda’s book “Journey’s to Ixtlan” that I would like to share with you.

Don Juan says that this moment may very well be your last moment. Your death is stalking you. He, your death, is standing behind you on your left side, within arm’s reach and you never know when he is going to tap you on the shoulder and take you. This is not to be feared because in truth there is no death. But here in time & space, no form lasts and death is your wisest companion and you should become best friends with him.

When you know your death is stalking you, then you will change.

Here is an exchange between Carlos Castaneda and Don Juan:

“You have never taken responsibility for being in this unfathomable world,” he said in an indicting tone. “Therefore, you were never an artist, and perhaps you’ll never be a hunter,” said Don Juan.
“This is my best, don Juan.”
“No. You don’t know what your best is.”
“I’m doing all I can.”
“You’re wrong again. You can do better. There is one simple thing wrong with you – you think you have plenty of time.”
He paused and looked at me as if he was waiting for my reaction.
“You think you have plenty of time,” he repeated.
“Plenty of time for what, don Juan?”
“You think your life is going to last forever.”
“No, I don’t”

“Then, if you don’t think your life is going to last forever, what are you waiting for? Why the hesitation to change?” Don Juan asked.
“Has it ever occurred to you, don Juan, that I may not want to change?”
“Yes, it has occurred to me. I did not want to change either, just like you. However, I didn’t like my life; I was tired of it, just like you. Now I don’t have enough of it.”
I vehemently asserted that his insistence about changing my life was frightening and arbitrary. I said that I really agreed with him at a certain level, but the mere fact that he was always the master that called the shots made the situation untenable for me.
“You don’t have time for this display, you fool,” he said in a severe tone. “This, whatever you’re doing now, may be just your last battle on earth. It may very well be your last battle. There is no power which could guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.”
“I know that,” I said with contained anger.
“No. You don’t. If you knew that you would be a hunter.”
I contended that I was aware of my impending death but it was useless to talk or think about it, since I could not do anything to avoid it. Don Juan laughed and said I was like a comedian going mechanically through a routine.
“If this were your last battle on earth, I would say that you are an idiot,” he said calmly. “You are wasting your last act on earth in some stupid mood.”
We were quiet for a moment. My thoughts ran rampant. He was right, of course.
“You have no time, my friend, no time. None of us have time,” he said.
“I agree, don Juan, but -”
“Don’t just agree with me,” he snapped. “You must instead of agreeing so easily, act upon it. Take the challenge. Change.”
“Just like that??”
“That’s right. The change I’m talking about never takes place by degrees: it happens suddenly. And you are not preparing yourself for that sudden act that will bring about a total change.”
I believed he was expressing a contradiction. I explained to him that if I were preparing myself to change I was certainly changing by degrees.”
“You haven’t changed at all,” he said. “That is why you believe you’re changing little by little. Yet, perhaps you will surprise yourself someday by changing suddenly and without a single warning. I know this is so, and thus I don’t lose sight of my interest in convincing you.”

And how is this like A Course in Miracles?

Because you cannot change in degrees to be the holy Son of God. You cannot change little by little. It either happens entirely OR not at all.

It happens suddenly and swiftly and in one moment. Because I know this is true, I don’t lose sight of my interest in convincing you.

I always thought I was changing bit by bit, until one day I changed entirely. BUT I WAS WRONG!! It didn’t happen in degrees. It happened suddenly, in one holy instant when I LET GOD BE GOD and all my old habits fell away and from that single moment on, I thought differently about everyone and everything.

TOTAL TRANSFER.

Brand new. Born again.

The change that is being offered by Jesus is not self-help. It is not gradual. You will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, absolutely, and forever. You will not be changed a little. You will be changed entirely or not at all.

This is the real Christmas gift given to you by God Himself.

If this complete reversal has not yet occurred for you, I ask you to please stop trying to change yourself a little, and “prepare yourself for the sudden act that will bring a total change.”

We’re coming up on New Years where everyone makes resolutions to change – which are, of course, band-aid solutions. They have never worked before. Why would they work this year? You can’t change a little, and you cannot change one aspect of your life.

Either you will be changed entirely or you are not changing at all.

How do you allow this change to occur? Let this be your very last moment. Know that your death is stalking you. This moment, this one right now, may very well be your last act on earth.

“There is no guarantee that you are going to live one more minute.”

I don’t know about you, but this makes me very happy. It makes me alive. With my death standing behind me at all times, I don’t waste my life in stupid emotions.

My impending death has brought me to life!

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