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Rebuild, Renew, and Reenergize January 13, 2022

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We have the opportunity to begin anew, with a fresh start in our organizations, our families, and our world. With unrelenting changes in the past two years, we are being challenged to find new answers, forge new horizons, and create organizations that are desirable and retentive. The Great Resignation has not slowed down and finding and keeping dedicated employees is an increasing and ongoing goal. Putting people first is not only necessary, but also the path to rebuilding workplace cultures that are better, happier, more productive, and more successful for the long-term. Rebuilding and creating a desirable workplace culture requires thinking outside the “spreadsheet” and moving outside of the proverbial box. A renewal for 2022 demands a clear vision from a higher vantage point with leaders who are willing to change the outmoded models of leadership.

Healthcare, of all industries, has suffered immensely from the past two years of the pandemic. People on the front lines are exhausted and burned out. Everyone needs support and reenergizing. This necessary emotional support arises out of emotional intelligence and is one of the most important attributes needed to reenergize others. People who are respected, honored, and appreciated by both leaders and co-workers can more readily rise to the demands—whereas, people who feel criticized, blamed, or even ignored, can feel demoralized, burnt out, and hopeless.

Steps for Renewal

In this New Year, leaders can inspire employees and themselves to withstand and overcome upcoming challenges by committing to a clear vision which honors the spirit in all people. Leaders need to also recognize the contributions and seek feedback from everyone. Some possibilities for rebuilding, renewing, and reenergizing everyone in your organization include:

1. Be open to new ways and to new ideas.

As an individual, begin to let yourself be open to possibilities that you may have not considered before, or maybe resisted in the past. A closed mind is not usually recognized until we look at what we are blocking or resisting. Opening just a little can create a space where new ideas flow into our awareness. But as long as we are sure that the old way is working or is “just the way we have to do it” we shut off inspiration that could forge new paths. Practice noticing resistance in all your thinking, and you will start to see how being even a little bit open brings new people, new situations, and greater possibilities into your life. No matter how things look, there are always more options.

2. Listen to all points of view.

The best and most necessary changes and ideas come from people at the front lines and managers closest to the various issues and circumstances. Leaders who believe they must come up with the direction and answers are shooting themselves in the foot because their perspective is not in the details or actual processes. Listening to those who carryout and perform all the essential activities and services is the most important thing leaders can do. When you unleash the potential of employees’ contributions, solutions will be discovered, and the organization will expand. Commitment will grow and teamwork will increase. Better results will be attained from teamwork than actions based on top-down directives.

3. Allow yourself to be vulnerable.

Being vulnerable and unguarded can feel like a weakness. However, the effort to appear superior and invulnerable is an ego defense that blocks access and prevents people from speaking up, sharing, or telling you the truth. Being vulnerable is also the path to compassion. Throughout time, the leaders who changed the world, were strong in their vision and purpose, but they were willing to be vulnerable and humble. They could apologize, admit mistakes, receive criticism, and remain calm and forthright. Leaders with these traits are able to reenergize and inspire the people they are leading in their teams and throughout the organization.

4. Practice compassionate grace and empathy.

Healthcare is founded on compassion and taking care of those in need. The word compassion is in nearly every mission statement of every healthcare organization. And yet, I see so many leaders who forget to stop and feel empathy and compassion for the people with whom they work. Honoring the spirit in ourselves and others that is residing beneath our identities and roles is the key to building teamwork, energizing others, touching hearts, and rebuilding relationships with trust and compassion. Fear from many directions and sources permeates many workplace cultures, and having compassion and building trust opens communication, increases loyalty, and resolves workplaces problems and issues. When you are compassionate you illuminate the workplace and clear the shadows of fear and doubt.

5. Release grievances and practice forgiveness in the workplace, families, and friendships.

With all the turmoil in the world, we can’t solve everything at once. But we can, one by one, give up our resentments, our grudges, our victim thinking, and our self-righteousness and that will help heal the world. Recognize that when you are sure that you are 100% right and someone else is totally wrong—whether in the workplace, in government, in families, or anywhere–you are seeing only part of the picture. Self-righteousness is the result. We believe when we blame others it exonerates us. But the truth is, when we can forgive others, and stop blaming everyone else for issues, our workplaces, our families, our communities, and our world will be more peaceful.

Immediate Steps for Rebuilding and Renewing Relationships in 2022

  • Everyday choose one person to uplift with a positive message. Do it in person if you are at work or call someone and give them a positive message, a compliment, and/or encouragement.
  • Start each morning in the state of gratitude by acknowledging all the things that you do have, instead of lamenting your problems and the issues you see around you.
  • Practice compassionate grace for yourself. Remind yourself of your own good qualities and stop being self-effacing or hard on yourself.
  • Stop carrying the heavy cross and give up being the victim. You can be a joy and inspiration to others, but it starts with yourself.
  • Practice meditation or silent moments every day. The small amount of time spent in sincere reflection will multiply and amplify your clarity, joy, and peace beyond measure.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. -Rumi

Merry Christmas December 24, 2021

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May this Christmas season be a time of love, forgiveness, peace, and joy. Christmas can be a time of awakening to our true selves, our inner spiritual greatness. As we remember who we truly are, we automatically awaken others. Much like children on Christmas morning, who run to their sibling’s bedrooms and say, “Wake up! Wake up! It’s Christmas,” we can individually and collectively help others to awaken and remember who they are. As we take off our artificial masks, we will see our brothers and sisters standing there–our beloved fellow souls whom we had mistakenly identified as the enemy. When we extend love instead of judgment and fear, we can bring peace to the world! Merry Christmas!

The Remedy for Conflict: LOVE April 6, 2021

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The Zags, the remarkable Gonzaga men’s basketball team, is moving into the Final Four in the NCAA championship tournament. As a Washingtonian, with Spokane as my hometown, I am excited for the Zags! I also keep reading and hearing about how happy, committed, and confident the players are during the games. These young men have described themselves as genuinely liking one another and sincerely supporting each other to win the games. They don’t let their egos get in the way, and instead, play to everyone’s strengths. The harmony and teamwork shown by the Zags can be an impressive example of what is needed in the workplace culture.

Conflict in the workplace, as well as families, communities, and the nation, blocks the teamwork and harmony we want in the workplace culture. Conflict and mental health issues are on the rise. Employee Assistance Programs are trying to meet the demands. But treating the symptoms is not changing the culture where the real problems exist. The responsibility for transforming workplace culture resides with leadership. Respect and true affinity for one another starts from enlightened leaders operating from universal love, the basic and powerful force that unites human beings.

We often use the word love indiscriminately: “I love my house, my new outfit, the movie I saw, the dinner I had, the new car I bought, or the places I have visited.” But we hesitate to use the same word about our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, or especially our enemies. Too often, we hold back love and refrain from expressing our affinity for others. And when someone disagrees with us or does something that we find unacceptable, we can actually feel hostile toward that one or that group of people. This resulting conflict of these contradictory views in the workplace is a toxic environment while, on a bigger scope, the outcome in the country is a divided nation. Conflict is seen, heard, and felt frequently. Blaming others is not the remedy. The antidote to conflict is the wisdom of universal love. The path to harmony is not in overcoming others, but conversely, in finding that we are more alike than we are different.

Examining conflict and our own part in creating the discord that blocks teamwork.

I suggest we ask ourselves the following questions and consider these possible viewpoints.

  1. Why do I identify so strongly with my beliefs?
    I am not my beliefs. My beliefs are just my thoughts and opinions that I believe to be true. I hold them often so tightly that if someone has an opposing view, I feel it as a threat to my very power and self-worth. But even this sense of attack on me is just another reaction based on my opinion.
  2. Why do I have to be right and feel superior to others?
    My need to be right and overcome others’ opinions only causes them to feel backed into a corner in which they feel must come out fighting. Our need to be right has escalated the conflict. They have a right to their opinion even if it differs from mine.
  3. Why do I make enemies, either at work and/or in our national politics?
    When I can see that I assign the role of enemy to anyone, any group, or circumstance that threatens my identity or sense of safety, then I can experience personal freedom. A perceived enemy is a mirror reflecting our inner fear. Blaming others weakens us.
  4. Can I slow down long enough to find clarity?
    The culture of being busy, dealing with constant information such as email, texts, the internet, social media, and the news has become overwhelming and has caused a frenetic society. Bringing mindfulness, calm, and presence to every situation is the path to clarity and resolution. It is also the only way we can align with the power of love.
  5. Can I face my greatest fear, weakness, doubt, or sense of unworthiness?
    Great leaders have the trait of introspection and personal responsibility. They have the humility to be wrong and to admit their shortcomings. This takes great courage and is contrary to what many think is required in strong leadership.

The culture starts at the top and enlightened leaders throughout history who have led successful organizations, movements, and countries, take full responsibility for losses—not blaming issues on scapegoats and fall guys. Leaders create wins but accept responsibility for losses.

The remedy of love and acceptance.

Love, in the truest universal sense, is the most powerful force in the universe. It shines on everyone and resides in all people. When in alignment with love, we are energized and empowered to make new discoveries and accomplish great feats. Love is not a weakness. On the contrary, love is the power that sustains all life. It is masterful and imaginative. Imagination stems from the wellspring of creativity – which is the source of genius itself. When we align with love, we align with the power to move mountains, the strength to stand in truth, and the gentleness to feel compassion for all living things.

How do we align with love?

  1. Have an open mind.
    A closed mind can never learn anything new. It stops discovery, innovation, and creativity. Be open to others’ opinions and desires. Listen to others rather than offering your opinion first.
  2. Notice the constantly chattering mind and start to recognize you are not your thoughts.
    The mind is often on autopilot and is thinking all the time. You even argue with the thoughts in your mind. See them as habits of thinking and recognize that you don’t have to believe them.
  3. Notice the slightest irritations with others.
    Sometimes the smallest disagreements of different opinions can trigger us to want to be right and overcome the other person or group. Can you notice that the issue is not that important or might even be trivial and doesn’t really matter?
  4. Respect the right of others to have their own opinion.
    You will never change someone’s mind by blaming or saying they are wrong. Demonstrate your own beliefs through your actions, not your words. Be an example of love and practice compassion and forgiveness.
  5. Notice how often and what you are complaining about.
    The ego is constantly complaining about everything—the weather, the traffic, the news, the others, politics, or some irritable circumstance. This is the ego’s clever way to make you superior, the one who knows more, and the one who is always right. Try to notice and then stop complaining. Feel gratitude for all that is right rather than your perceptions of what is wrong.
  6. Never underestimate the ego’s ability to run the show.
    The ego is so crafty it will try to say things to you that will validate your faulty thinking. Your ego may play the role of the exalted one or the smartest one in the room. Or less easily recognized, the ego may be the self-righteous victim, the unfairly treated, or the underdog. These shadow personalities are barriers to your true birthright of joy, creativity, and peace. Your ego can justify anything. It takes great perseverance to not be tricked by your own ego.

Join me in Project Illumination, dedicated to bringing light and love, individually and collectively, to the workplace, to families, to communities, and the world. One by one, we can heal the dissension between human beings with kindness, honor, and respect for one another. We have the opportunity, as leaders, to create better cultures in the workplace and the world. Go Zags! First Published in Healthcare News.

Danna Beal, M.Ed., lives in the Seattle, WA area where she is an international speaker, author, retreat/workshop leader, and executive coach. She has spoken to thousands of businesses and conferences and has been on countless radio shows, podcasts, and webinars discussing “Enlightened Leadership” and “Workplace Culture” based on her book, “The Extraordinary Workplace: Replacing Fear with Trust and Compassion.” Her audiences and clients have included: Seattle Science Foundation–Spine Surgeons Grand Rounds, Swedish Hospital and Medical Groups, Kaiser Permanente Grand Rounds, Oakland, CA, AHRA, Orlando, FL, Federal Aviation Administration, Overlake Hospital Perioperative Conference, Radia, numerous physician practices and hospitals. Her website is www.dannabeal.com.

Christmas List: Give the Joy of Your Presence December 14, 2021

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Joy

We all desire finding just the perfect gift for each of our loved ones. Few things are as satisfying as seeing the face of a loved one light up when they open your present—especially a child. I am going to suggest that this year, in addition to the colorfully wrapped gifts, you also give everyone the best present—your “presence.” Nothing is more powerful than actually being attentive and completely present to everyone. Here are a few tips for being joyful and bringing joy into the lives of family, friends, and all whom you encounter:

  1. Give up complaining.

You cannot give others what you do not have yourself, and that includes joy. If you are constantly complaining it may have become an unconscious habit. Here are some things which you may routinely and automatically complain about: traffic, weather, customer service, other shoppers, clerks in the stores, family members, political foes, and other people in general. It takes a conscious effort to stop complaining. First, you must become aware that you are complaining, and secondly, take action to break the habit.

It helps to understand why people complain. The answer is they “get to be right.” Notice the sense of superiority you feel when you know more than others. Start paying close attention to the many times you are complaining to yourself. Signs you are complaining inwardly include impatience, irritation, frustration, rolling your eyes, smirking, sighing loudly, getting angry, and losing your temper. It takes acknowledging your inner complainer before you can begin to quiet the relentless voice. I challenge you to walk through a crowded store or mall and stop yourself every time you hear your inner voice criticizing others or complaining about the circumstances.

  1. Be an example of compassionate grace.

When we can accept our weaknesses, fears, imperfections, appearance, age, and other judgments about ourselves, we will find more peace and compassion for ourselves as well as others. When we are self-critical and judgmental, we will project the same sentiments to others. As we learn compassionate grace for ourselves, only then can we truly extend it to others. Give as you like to receive, and it starts with yourself.

  1. Listen more than you talk.

Are you someone who is unaware of the balance of conversations? If you are so anxious to talk about yourself that you are sucking up the airspace, then you are not focusing on others. You are putting your own needs ahead of giving others your undivided attention. Stop playing one upmanship and notice even the subtle attempts of the ego to be supreme. Being superior to others is not only off-putting, but it also actually alienates others rather than brings them closer. When you are busy trying to impress others, you don’t realize what a bad impression you make.

  1. Be a light and presence of love.

Look into the eyes of the people you know and those you encounter when you are out and about. If you are on the phone, put down your other devices and give full presence to the one whom you are talking. Practice being present every moment you get the chance. People will feel your focused attention on them. Conversely, if you are not present or are multi-tasking while on the phone, they will feel that lack of attention as well.

Love is immeasurable. Love eliminates no one and shines on everyone. Love spreads far and wide. It abandons no one. In its purest form, love removes all doubt. If love is the sunshine, then judgment is the cloud that obscures it. Love is the greatest gift of all.

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A Framework for Human Connections April 26, 2021

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Plans to create a new world through an evolutionary, planetary shift have been developing for thousands of years. The steps have included the emergence of a faction of people who would spiritually evolve and expose the underlying character of those who would attempt to control the entire world for their own personal power, wants and needs.

This faction of people has been quietly growing, building an understanding of the nature of human society; including its inner workings, networks, connections, and symbiotic interactions. These people have gone through great trials and tribulations to develop their insights and realizations. Growing in their own spiritual mastery has enabled them to understand and remove the underpinnings of the current structure that has actually held society together.

This framework that has lasted for thousands of years has been bound by the human connections and interactions. The actions and counter-actions, often based on fear, have provided the very structure of the ever-escalating human drama to an intensity never seen before. Those of you here now have come as part of the plan to unravel, dismantle, and remove the structure that has allowed society to exist but is no longer sustainable.

Human society has been gradually shifting due to the withdrawal of the support and commitment to the framework of connections. Like a honeycomb, whose cells are being deserted and abandoned, the structure of society is actually ready to collapse, even though it appears to be the same. This is happening because those giving it the support, energy, and life to operate, have left the honeycomb, so to speak. The drones have left the nest.

This hollow honeycomb structure is no longer viable and will deteriorate and dissolve into emptiness. Those few who believe it is real, will find out it will no longer function. It cannot operate because the human consciousness essential to this once central organizing structure has departed. This is not intended to cause fear but to actually provide relief from the intense, ever-building pressure.

If you are hearing this now, you are one of such people, who has come here to awaken and support others. You can assist others in the process of awakening and withdrawing from the current theme of attack and overcome, expressed as projection and blame, shame and persecution, and, most of all, greed and drive for power and validation at the expense of others. You are the ones who can arise in your spiritual power and bring clarity to such confusion and mayhem.

Throughout the history of the world, there has never been such dissension and disruption.  Eruptions and wars between people in different parts of the planet, between people from different faiths, beliefs, and differences of all kinds, have been on-going. But what you now have is a massive world shift in the world order, in which the structure will suddenly fail and no longer bear the weight and pressure of dissension being intensely played out.  The very framework of humanity will burst, creating a massive shift for a better world– not based on greed and individual power but grounded in cooperation, trust, and expansion for all people in a new world.

This once busy habitat, an interactive structure of a society, is now tired and divided. The societal structure has been abandoned by so many, and although it appears to be operating, it is about to fall apart, descending and dissolving into oblivion. The life energy that has kept it alive has shifted to a new vital world, through individual beings awakening and withdrawing from the old framework.  Its purpose will no longer be needed, although a few will be the last to give up on the lifeless structure, the empty shell of a former world.

Ego-driven leaders, fueled by artificial power, are at the pinnacle of the false structure. Although appearing real, the framework is actually fragile. It is comprised of intertwining layers designed by a few false giants of society. These artificial leaders have lost their footing and are desperately trying to retain it.  The structure is about to sink into the abyss of past civilizations that have collapsed throughout the ages of time.

This shift is ushering in a new and compassionate world, anchored in the power of Universal Love. Individuals will realize the joy and deep satisfaction of a peaceful world where people honor and respect one another and live in peace. This dazzling and miraculous evolution is the planetary shift heralded throughout time. Awaken, rejoice, and celebrate.  The awaited time is here now!Advertisementsabout:blankREPORT THIS AD

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Be Free from Fear and Guilt

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Blind ambition, greed, and hostility have reached a maximum level and are leading to sweeping changes that will change the world as you know it. Dramatic results are pending and are awaiting the participation of more people in alignment. Your path is to continue respect, honoring, and helping people in understanding and awakening to truth. Pledge allegiance to truth and compassion for it is your mission. You are each a witness and demonstration of the power of authenticity in relationships. Self-realization is the path to peace, love and joy. The result is freedom from fear.

Don’t allow the words or complaints of others to diminish your true, authentic power—the path you have been on your whole life. Give up false pretenses, see your own weaknesses with compassion and release yourself from fear and guilt.  Join the massive parade of leaders, not on the sidelines. but marching in front, on the road to freedom.

This is the time of reunification with your soul. Don’t shy away and/or doubt your role. That is false humility. Be strong. Be powerful. Each of you can Illuminate the path for others. That is why you are here!! See it, own it, honor it, and reclaim your right to do this powerful and awesome (in the truest sense) work that you came to accomplish.  Maximize your efforts through meditation and alignment. This is the culmination of all your beautiful steps, your joyful path of reclamation. Avail yourself of the strength of the divine power from which you emerged—a dimension beyond this place in time and space. This is a proclamation of your authentic power! Rise higher and contribute from the authority of the divine—not your small versions of yourselves, but from your holiest of selves, your true self, your inner spiritual greatness. Peace be with you.

Miracles, Love, and Laughter February 14, 2021

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Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to remind people that it is through the power of love—universal love– that we will heal relationships and unravel conflict in this world. Coincidentally, I was born on Valentine’s Day and it is my passion to share my insights and thoughts about how love can change the world if we will only let it! Choosing love is the answer for all decisions. Unfortunately, the ego has strategies to cover its neediness and these strategies block the very love everyone desires. The ego, in its goal to always be right cannot find humility, courage, or other worthy qualities stemming from love. Therefore, the ego cannot take a stand for truth or have the courage to be to be or do the right thing in difficult circumstances.

Universal love is the source of everything and is the power that sustains all life. It can be counted on in all circumstances. It is internal and eternal and never wavers. You can be sure when you rely on love because it shines away all doubt, strengthens your resolve, and confirms your intentions. Love limits nothing and controls no one, so when you find yourself trying to control people or circumstances you can know you are in the world of the ego. When you feel despair, remember that love builds hope and faith, and fortifies your strength. Love provides comfort to you and others and has an endless supply. Why would we be stingy with love–our source and our strength?

In its purest form, love flourishes despite uncertainty and dissolves all fear. Love can move mountains and pave the way for a smooth journey. The amazing power of love abandons no one—not even your perceived enemies. It shines equally on everyone. Being both practical and masterful, it creates opportunities leading to fruition. Love does not shrink or cower in the face of obstacles. In fact, it clears all interference and amplifies all your efforts. Love is the very reason you exist. We need to envelop the world in love because love radiates peace and joy and that is what the world needs.

It is time to give up worries and concerns and recognize that they limit your power and energy. Learn to be patient with yourself and others. And come to know that love is enduring and can be counted on always. So, I suggest, be joyful and what you need will follow, not the other way around. The world believes you will be happy when you get what you need, but this is not true. When you align with love, your needs and desires will be met. Trust in that.

So where do you start? Families provide a golden opportunity because even in conflicted families there is a core of love–if you can unravel the layers. Loving people, even when they are different in some ways, can be an excellent practice for loving our fellow souls in all arenas on the planet. Start with your family and closest friends. Because, if we cannot heal our relationships with our family members and friends who we care about, how do we think we can heal communities, Congress, workplaces, or the world?

How do we do it? Challenge the little voice inside that tries to distract you and tries to make you feel separate from love and all others. Do not let it disturb your peace or allow it to perturb you. Any time you are irritated, it is coming from yourself, not another person. And when you are in sadness, irritation, or in confusion, you can listen to your inner authentic voice, coming from universal love, and not the selfish, conflicted ego. The inner voice, connected to universal love is so powerful, you can reach it at any time. You are never alone. It can be counted on to provide support and inner security in any situation or circumstance. Love is the source of peace and joy. The key is to be open and receptive, and trust that all you need will be given at every moment.

Be Steadfastly Awake January 6, 2021

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Do you want to remain awake or do you want to stay lost in your dramas? A true being, your deepest self, is trying to emerge–without the silly little dramas and without the clinging to fear and inadequacies of your egoic self. The false images and small representations of who you are, are creations of the mind. The true being is trying to emerge–not the simpering child who is sniveling and winding his way to grief and pain. Seemingly plausible reasons for despair and suffering do not make them true and actually deny your rightful heritage. Compelling stories of disappointment, dashed hopes, painful losses, and on-going anxieties are chances to review your life anew, but when nurtured and held onto, can be excuses for staying small and denying your true spiritual power. The rejection of your true self, your inner spiritual essence, in favor of your small self is tragic. After seeing and experiencing who you really are, and then turning away, is a decrease in your power and a decline on your own path to awakening to your rightful place in the world.

Be steadfastly awake. Stand up fearlessly. Your power is so great that with the smallest nod, it brings you gifts and meets all your needs. And yet, you turn back to the painful position of the downtrodden. This habitual path of the underdog can be released when you acknowledge and affirm your desire to do so.   Why would you choose the wings of a sparrow over the wings of an eagle?

We are here with you and you are strong and wise—the one who chose to be here. Your clarity and true vision are needed and we will uphold you in your path upward. Please trust in that. You will be given guidance as you need it, in an instant, and you will find the joy of contributing full heartedly. Allow yourself to feel the deepest source that you are—the calm, grounded powerful ones that you, too often, deny. Build your strength and rise to the occasion. You are the beneficiary, as well as all whom you encounter. Blend your voice with ours and recognize your true destiny.

Most people are just trying to enjoy a life of some sort, or a trying to avoid pain. Choose to be a creator—choose to be the source and power of your life—not just an object tossed around in a tumultuous sea of confusion and alternating points of view. Stand up! Be strong. Be eloquent. Do not deny your gifts in favor of the opinions of those less awakened and living in fear. That is their choice. Do not let their opinion be your standards for living. Let go, let go.

Overcoming the feeling that life is difficult

Demand the small voice to stop. The weight of the beliefs from the past and the opinions of the masses can feel like you are coming out of a deep bog—a heavy body of murky water. See the image of yourself rising out of the swamp of human dissension, after this long period of swimming in the muck. How can you help others if you are drowning with them? You are needed as part of the evolutionary shift in consciousness.

Do not return to the sad stories. Do not be distracted with small issues, artificial charades, and shams created by the ego. Take charge of your own thoughts and keep telling a new story! No more tears, no more tears, no more tears. You are self-sufficient. Bless this day as you move on to new adventures in the unknown. Bless this day for the life you have been given. The power position is yours when you choose spiritual mastery!

You are a child of God, dedicated to Project Illumination. Do not ever forget this and continue to move persistently forward. Your seeming losses are gifts to expose wounds that need healing. Don’t be sad. Allow them to heal with compassionate grace for yourself. The future holds so much joy. Trust in this guidance and be alert for more messages of truth and vindication from guilt and suffering. Bless you, dear ones, for taking this walk on the planet at this time. Realize that you can receive guidance at every moment!

Project Illumination is not a small sideline — it is the purpose of your journey in this magnificent evolutionary planetary transformation! Join with the voices who are here to lead and to witness this time in history. Do not be deterred by appearances or seeming losses. All will be well as the unraveling continues, but ultimately, settles out. This necessary time is leading to the expansion of love, peace, and joy.

Trust in our loving guidance beside you. In this state, you can hear us clearly and follow our light of inspiration and divine words. Trust always that what we share with you benefits not only you, but all that you encounter. Share your messages freely and widely. Express with clarity, the path to freedom.

Aspire to new levels of contribution. Your powerful voices are needed. The crimes that are being committed in the name of peace, like poison, need to be diluted with an antidote. Corruption fueled by greed and fear has been underlying the social structure for centuries. Below the surface is a faction of individuals controlling the dialogues that are spurring hate. Badges of supremacy, claims of superiority, and accruements for those in power have tipped the balance to a level that is unsustainable. This has created mass inequality for people everywhere. The poverty exists because of the massive effort to keep people down and hopeless. The disruptions occurring now are a part of this enormous shift. It is your time. The world needs these messages in this time of havoc and fear. You are part of the enormous transformation occurring right now, even beyond what you can see or measure. Persevere with determination. Do not let heaviness, doubt, or thoughts of the past hold you back. Be unbridled, free, and relentlessness. You cannot exceed the possibilities–they are endless. There is no wrong direction — just step forward into the open, beautiful, future of the world.

Lessons I Learned from Bob Beale January 1, 2021

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My dear friend of thirty years, Bob Beale, died a few days ago. Some of you knew him as one of the early ACIM supporters, some of you knew of him as an amazing business consultant and author, and many of my close friends knew of him from me–because I spoke so often of his wise counsel. He was my mentor, my spiritual teacher, and beloved friend. He will be missed by his loving wife, son, and family, but also by many of us who were blessed with his friendship.

My heart is heavy as I write this, but I believe some of his wisdom could be helpful at the start of this New Year. Bob has guided me in the most difficult circumstances of my last thirty years. There were many times when I did not know how I was going to get through a crisis or a complicated situation. Here are just some of the lessons I learned from Bob:

  1. When anxiety and panic start to take over–stop, breathe, and become present.

When allowed, the ego will try to overwhelm us with horrifying stories that predict dreadful scenarios. These fears conjured up by the ego are not helpful and will increase the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness in a crisis. We can only deal effectively with each moment as it arises, if we are present and calm.

When my son broke his neck (C-2 vertebrae), he was in a precarious situation. It was a miracle he was not a quadriplegic due to the location and severity of the break. It was pure torture for me, sitting in hospital waiting rooms for days, while the surgeons decided whether to perform surgery or to drill a halo into his head. I had trouble even being supportive of my son because every time I looked at him, flat on his back, neck braced, and unable to move, I cried. Bob’s words soothed my fractured state of mind and helped me identify the “tormentor”— another term we coined for the ego.

  1. Allow others to help you when you are in need.

It is false pride to not allow the others the gift of helping you. He pointed out that we all feel good when we can help others, and we should not allow our ego to deprive family and friends of their desire to give us help and feel good.

During the time I was dealing with my son’s situation in Spokane, I was staying with my sisters. I needed emotional support and actual physical assistance in many things that needed to be done. My daughter, sisters, and brother took on so many things that needed to be handled, because they knew I was not thinking too clearly. But I feared I was being a burden to them and even felt guilty. Bob helped me see that they wanted to help and to graciously accept it. Many friends from all over helped that year and I am still so grateful. My son was able to heal without surgery—another miracle.

  1. Trust in your own inner guidance and spiritual connection to the Divine.

Bob was a man of incredible faith and spiritual wisdom. He was flown in from Denver as our consultant for the CPA firm where I was the marketing director. He led retreats and did one-on-one coaching for the partners and me. When he and I discovered that we were both students of A Course in Miracles, we developed a bond. His association with the early ACIM team and his long-term dedication to the philosophy was incredibly helpful for me. His faith in a divine guidance from God fortified my own trust in the Infinite. He helped me to open and rely on my own intuitive insights and personal guidance I received.

  1. Give up feeling responsible for others who must face their own consequences and journeys in life.

Bob has been my lifeline in many situations in which I was holding disguised guilt or hidden beliefs that were draining my own energy and peace of mind. Years ago, I was in a relationship with a man that lived with me and I knew it had run its course. And yet, it took me a year to finally ask him to move out because I was afraid of what would happen to him. Although he finally left at my request, months later I was still worrying how he was doing. Bob helped remind me that he was a grown man and would take care of himself. It was a waste of my energy and I was not responsible for him! It was such a relief to let go of that unnecessary burden.

I also realized that this is true of our adult children. They have their own life lessons and journeys which are their choices. It is hard to let go sometimes but that is our mission. As The Prophet says about our children, “They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”

  1. Have the courage to look first within before casting blame.

Being personally responsible for our own circumstances is essential to our integrity but is sometimes hard to do. When a conflict arises with a co-worker, a family member, a partner/spouse, it is so easy to blame and project the problem onto the other—sometimes even making them the enemy. Being upset with someone else—when you feel the fight-or-flight reaction—is the very moment to look within and then to be willing to communicate openly, honestly, and with the goal of reconciliation.

I was in a conflict with someone I cared about and was feeling very self-righteous. With Bob’s guidance I was able to take down my ego’s wall of defense and see that I was blaming the other person for a situation and making them wrong. I was able to see the drama I was creating and say I was sorry. I have continued this practice of first looking within for years. When I choose the path of personal reflection and responsibility, even when it is difficult, I am the beneficiary.

  1. Do not let the opinions of others limit your belief in yourself.

Sometimes we are looking for validation from others and without it, we lose our confidence. I realized that I sometimes gave credence to the unexamined beliefs of others and began unconsciously limiting myself. I had some people in my life who did not understand the work I was doing or actually value me. I was letting the opinions of others get in the way of my own mission and passions. I felt doubt creep in, and I started to lose confidence in my own work! It was not easy, but Bob helped me honor myself and let go of relationships that were not supportive or were energy-draining. We all have the freedom to express ourselves, but sometimes we give it away in our own need to be validated.

  1. See the joy and even the humor in the drama of life. Do not take ourselves too seriously.

A Course in Miracles says the world will end in laughter. Bob helped me to see that some situations were darn right funny when observed from a higher perspective. We believe we are here to become restored to our true selves, our inner greatness. But sometimes the path is pretty bumpy. When we can see the antics of the ego, trying so hard to be an identity, somebody who is worthy of attention—often through the attainment of things, cars, houses, fame, money, power, and even other people– we will start to see the humor in real life drama. Who needs Netflix when life itself is a melodrama? Bob shared many other lessons which I will probably write about at a later date. I will be ever grateful for having his friendship and guidance. I believe he will now provide spiritual guidance for many of us from his angelic state. R.I.P., Bob. We will miss you.

Miracles, Love, and Laughter,

Danna Beal



Being a Leader of Strength and Humility December 13, 2020

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Mr. Gannon, the well-respected business manager of a radiology practice in my city, was my first boss. I was a young, new marketing director. He was a red-headed, Irish Catholic man with 13 children, a strong character, and a dry wit. When he hired me, he instructed me to use all my best marketing ideas and strategies to market the practice in that area. He assured me he would support me, even if I made a mistake. He inspired me to be innovative, creative, and passionate. With his reassurance, I exceeded my own expectations. I was literally unafraid. Because I knew he always had my back, I soared under his leadership.

One day I made a terrible gaffe. While waiting for a meeting to start with all the radiologists, I pointed out an error on a bill that I thought was a small but humorous mistake. I did not realize that the same computer error had gone out to thousands of patients. After the meeting, Mr. Gannon called me to his office and asked me why I would humiliate him in that way. I was mortified. I was heartbroken. I tried to explain, and he told me to just go back to my office. I spent the next few hours worrying that I had shamed him, lost his faith in me, and that I was a terrible person. At some point, I realized that I was worrying more about what he thought of me than I was about how he felt, which was a humbling breakthrough for me. So now I just waited and took responsibility for my ignorance.

Finally, I looked up and he was standing there. He asked me to go for a walk, a common practice when we discussed marketing ideas. But this time he astonished me when he asked me for forgiveness! He apologized for being an old, prideful man. He added that he knew I had not embarrassed him on purpose. It was at this moment that I realized what an extraordinary man he was. He had the respect of the doctors, the hospitals, and the employees for his vision, his business skills, and his communication abilities. But his strength and humility were at the core of this man. He was a model of the qualities of what I call an enlightened leader. I dedicated my book to him, and though he passed on, I believe he knows that his story has inspired thousands of others.

During critical times in our national and world history, everyone agrees that we need strong leaders. Healthcare is clearly one of the most directly hit industries, with healthcare employees on the front lines, literally risking their lives daily. The surge of those contracting the virus is causing increased pressure on leaders who manage people, procedures, and the constant changes required to deal with this contagious disease. There are no simple answers, which is exactly why we need strong leaders we can trust to move us forward as swiftly and safely as possible. The fatigue and stress felt by people everywhere is intensified in healthcare.

Who You Are as a Leader

Being a leader of strength and humility is the key to guiding your team through troubled waters. An inner core of strength, rooted in love and affinity for others, is essential in these uncertain times. The deep wisdom from an infinite source needed to lead is not accessible to an artificial or weak leader. Doubt and fear are the underpinnings of ego-driven leaders and these leaders flail and collapse in a real crisis.

Humility is a trait that comes from alignment with the deepest, true self. Arrogance and superiority are attempts to mask insecurity and inner emptiness. When you lead from an ego, fear-based position, you impede communication and damage relationships. People who are genuinely supported tend to rise to the occasion, exceed expectations, and extend a caring attitude to patients and other employees. The calm reassurance of leaders rooted in a BE LOVE model of leadership is empowering in turbulent times. Great leaders shine a light on those they lead, in contrast to ego-driven leaders, who seek the spotlight for themselves.

Guidelines for Being a Leader of Strength and Humility

While there is no exact, linear path to great leadership–while working with leaders in a multitude of industries, studying, and writing about leadership–I found the following attributes in authentically empowered leaders:

  1. The ability to look within for fears, weaknesses, insecurities, misguided beliefs, and past mistakes
    When we cannot bear to look at our own perceived inadequacies and “sins”, we project them onto others. Projection and blame are rampant in the workplace. Resistance to seeing our own weaknesses, and the accompanying fear of exposure, can cause us to cover up our insecurities. A leader who owns his/her own shortcomings and failures has no need to blame others. An authentic but humble leader can say, “I’m wrong and I’m sorry.” Strong leaders take responsibility for themselves and their team in good times and bad. Humility is freedom from the need for admiration and external validation.
  2. Compassionate grace for ourselves and others
    Self-forgiveness is the result of giving yourself compassionate grace. With self-forgiveness, we no longer need to hide or fear exposure. We can also shine compassionate grace on others and relieve them of their fears and anxieties of being judged. The words, “I understand,” can be a demonstration of compassionate grace. We do not have to judge others or make enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” I believe Universal Love is the power that sustains all life and heals all misunderstandings.
  3. EmpathyEmpathy is the ability and sensitivity to feel or imagine the emotions someone else is experiencing. Lack of empathy is usually a result of being absorbed in your own image, your own story, or your own limited viewpoint. Being a good communicator requires the awareness of how your words might impact another and consciously trying to be clear and yet, “do no harm.” Being a leader means more than being intelligent, a good strategic thinker, or having a lot of experience in your field. As the Dalai Lama said, “Having a smart brain is not enough. We also need a warm heart.” Leading from the heart is now being validated by many of the best thought leaders in our time.
  4. Trust in the unknown
    We all like to exert control in our lives. It helps us feel safe, secure, and protected. We tend to like the status quo and most people fear the unknown. We currently are living in what appears to be a very formidable unknown. Deep wisdom is recognizing that the unknown can be a gateway for new possibilities and a doorway to faith in the human spirit. As we relinquish our need to control, we can relax, be more mindful, and align with our infinite, inner wisdom. During a crisis, authentically powerful leaders inspire hope, faith, and trust that there will be a better day.

Enjoy the divine adventure at this critical time in humanity November 17, 2020

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When you are quietly alert, the words easily flow from the Infinite source of deep wisdom. Your presence here signifies the divine presence within each of you.  This is a gift of undeniable proportion.

The power of the words cannot be underestimated or devalued unless you allow it. Your willingness to let go and forgo remuneration is recognized and you will be replenished. Progress is being made in the illustrious process. Enjoy the divine adventure at this critical time in humanity, the deliverance from the depth of corruption, pain, shame, and despicable behavior and intentions of many who would claim everything for themselves.

The power of the divine strength and energy of love cannot be diminished.  The mounting pressure is creating increased disruptions which are a result of the derelict of duties by those in charge. The exposure heightens the need for change, the need to embark on a new path, a new journey for the common goal of liberating humanity from the on-going suffering. It cannot be accomplished alone but will come about through united efforts of those who are awakening out of the shallow values of those who are not yet aware of the divine process.  The pessimism and fear will be lightened as true guidance is received and spread across the land.

The shallow path of those who are fighting to retain power will be changed swiftly, eradicating the dark power which has held such a strong grip for so long. Power on this planet is the manipulation and control of resources. Money is a symbol and exchange for the power that falsely elevate the stature of those who hold it.  This competition for power results in greed, lust, envy, and shame.

The FEMALE is strong and will provide the fearless answers that have been missing in the dialogue for decades and centuries.  This is the time for the rise of feminine power and wisdom. Proud moments lie ahead and all who survive this calamitous period of time will find new strength, freedom, and joy.  Powerful, sweeping changes are bringing about a new world. It may be hard to see and trust is essential.  Follow the guidance you receive and know that all is well despite the appearances.  It is all part of the divine plan unfolding at this momentous time. Breathe in the power and strength of the beautiful essence that you are and do not falter or fall into shallow stories that are not true.

The current political upheaval is a result of crashing waves of dissension—much like to oceans crashing into each other (in contrast to the parting of the seas.)The resulting fallout is clearing the field of hate and dissension—obliterating the components that have built up for so long, leading to cascading events and outcomes.

Calamitous times are shattering the here-to-for status quo—erupting in radiating waves, explosions of energy, dissipating the pressure and fading away. This process is like fireworks dispersing in the sky. This explosive time is clearing the way for a rapidly expanding consciousness, an evolutionary transformation, and an unfolding path to peace.

This is a joyous occasion from a higher perspective though traveling this path in the world of form is quite tumultuous. Have faith and trust that this is a divine and necessary process—Project Illumination. The source of love within each of you will carry you through this time. What a joyous time as one by one, people take down their fingers of blame and walls of protection. They will then recognize their brothers and sisters standing there, their beloved fellow souls, whom they had mistaken as the enemy.  This is a time of freedom and joy! Go forward with the strength and the power of Universal Love.

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