Here are some common myths to bust free from:

1. Your will vs. God's will? When you are living as your Large Self, there is no difference in your will and God's will. Your will IS God's will. This also relates to...

2. God is some authority figure who tells you what to do or what is right. I hear a lot of people saying, "I'm supposed to do this or that mission on Earth" or "If it's meant to be, then I'll get to" or "I want to do God's will." You co-create with the Universe! You're not a pawn who is moved around the chessboard. God is not your "boss" or the big parent in the sky who says you can have the car keys, or not. You have free will, so use it. Decide what you want. God, your Large Self, the entire Universe, lines it up for you. Even if what you want is your small self's idea, you still can have it -- God isn't judgmental like humans. But when you're living as your Large Self you have more power, things come faster and easier, and the things you want will work out better for you and everyone else. Want! Ask! Create! Enjoy!

3. Humility is the mark of a true spiritual person. Not necessarily. You are a magnificent being. Express it, be it, know it, radiate it. Why hide your light? Where did that idea come from? Now, when the small self thinks it's God, it can cause you some trouble. But jettison this false humility thing. Forget what others think. That's an old-paradigm myth. Very often it's unworthiness in saint's clothing.

4. Heaven and Hell. Heaven and Hell are conveniently located right here on Earth, in your back yard. Choose which one you want to live in, and let go of anything that takes you somewhere else.

5. Being good. This is one of the biggest myths, that you get some kind of points for being "good" or "spiritual". Again, that is a human perspective that says you have something to achieve or earn. In God perspective, you're here to experience, you have free will, and you can do anything you want without judgment. Up in the higher vibrations, being your Large Self, you wouldn't hurt anyone anyway. But neither would you have to sacrifice for anyone. How about this? Live in the higher vibrations because it feels good and works better, not to earn imaginary points. High vibration is its own best reward.

6. Unworthiness. Spiritual people are too often the most plagued by unworthiness, probably due to centuries of conditioning by religions and leaders who didn't want people to know how powerful they were, and who wanted to be in control. It's hard to control magnificent, powerful, worthy beings.

7. You gotta deal with karma. Grace wipes all that out. Karma is contradictory to Grace. Karma and Hell only existed anyway due to man's feelings of unworthiness and guilt, which reside at the bottom of the Altimeter (explained in depth in the book). God doesn't chalk up your wrongs! Man does that to himself. Haven't you ever had a bad thought about someone, and instantly stubbed your toe? If you choose to believe in karma, good luck. You have millions of lifetimes to pay off and work out. See you in a few thousand years. You could be having a good time now.

8. You shouldn't be selfish. Every creature created by the Creator has built-in self interest, and this is a good thing. Some humans make that wrong, and label it ego. Most of the great art, music, innovations, institutions, charities, and inventions sprung from those with healthy egos. Those with no drive to express their genius were often relegated to obscurity, and so their genius was never recognized, nor benefited from.
We've been told doing what we want is selfish, and to sacrifice, and that somehow that works out. Master your mind and your small self, and put it to work for YOU, and humanity will just naturally be served.

When people tell me large corporations are bad and greedy, I ask them "How many jobs do they provide? How many paychecks do they pay out?" People could go start their own businesses if that was what they really wanted or were willing to do. But most choose to work for someone else who'll bear all the risk, and provide them structure and a steady income. Is that so wrong?

9. The meek shall inherit the Earth. I asked within about this. What I got was, "The non-resistant shall inherit the Earth," those who are minding their own business and not fighting or pushing against what others are doing. They will find Heaven on Earth. I promise you the less resistant you get (higher on the Instrument Panel), the more you'll feel like you do own the Earth, and really will be able to do what you've been hearing about: create your own reality.

10. The material world is bad or inferior to the spiritual world. Then what the heck are you doing here? Did you take a wrong turn at the 11th dimension? You came here to experience the delights of the senses and the slowed down energies of the physical -- to play and create here in this special environment of greater contrasts. To pretend you can die. To pretend you have limits so you can overcome them, and remember who you really are. To smell the scent of dry grass on a summer's day (as I did this morning). For the past 23 years, my intention has been Heaven On Earth. Not to get out of here. I came here on purpose!

11. Misunderstanding what materialism is. Believing that money is scarce is buying into material limits -- even more than the rich person who believes money is just a tool and is no big deal. Being obsessed with money, even the lack of it, is materialism. The person who works too hard for too little, and has no time to be the magnificent being they are, makes money their God. Believing in your physical/material limitations is materialistic.

12. Be in the world but not of it? Live here on Earth to the fullest, but don't buy into the material illusions of limitations. Know that you are a magnificent creator. Even in the face of challenges, know who you are. You know for sure that there is no true danger in all the Universe when you get this, deep down.

13. Spiritual awaking means you give up the material world. (Good people cannot be rich.) To cut to the chase, first of all everything is spiritual. There is nothing that is not spiritual. Everything in creation is made of God energy. Money is spiritual. Dirt is spiritual. So stop throwing it all into two convenient boxes: spiritual and not spiritual. God doesn't care.

Related: "Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle." It can be tempting to put all of one's faith in the material when one has a lot of material stuff. One can become it's slave rather than it's master. Remember that your Large Self created all of it. Assign the power to your Large Self (God) rather than to the "stuff". The stuff is only stuff, and tools. Worship the Giver, not the gifts. Value the Giver, who is permanent, more than the gifts, which are not.

14. Spiritual teachers cannot be passionate about worldly things and worldly endeavors. There is this weird stereotype that spiritual teachers, if they're the real thing, do nothing else. They wear robes and meditate all day. Not so. I know one who has traveled the world and taught for decades who is soon retiring to raise bees. I LOVE living a regular mundane life, and teaching quietly from the ranch.

My first spiritual teacher in 1985 was amazing on every level. He still travels the world speaking, piloting his own jet, having earned his commercial license at age 13. (He said, "No one asked how old I was.") He sat with hippies and laughed as they did acid in the 60's, then showed them how to get high without it. Once he took apart an old Mercedes down to the last nut and bolt, cleaned the parts by hand, and put it back together again. He did computer animations for fun back when that was new, in the mid-eighties. He has a giant fire hose he uses for the Hindu Holi celebration. A raging fire swept his Malibu coast neighborhood, and he personally got out there and saved all the neighbors homes by soaking them with the fire hose. He writes, plays with his kids, adores his wife (a former flight attendant he met at age 16 back when he flew on airlines) and expresses his genius in many, many ways.

He was born enlightened; I wasn't, but he was my first inspiration, and I've followed his lead, and have always been multi-creative. Since The Presence woke up in me, it wants to express in so many more ways than spiritual teaching... from business, to inventing, to art, graphics, music, internet marketing genius, decorating, writing... the list is long and getting longer. And my gift is teaching how to have all this work in the physical world. There will soon be business courses on the site. My creativity and productivity is out of control. This website is a virtual world I've created, and it never stops.

I LOVE, adore, and relish mundane, everyday life. I love simple things like cooking, working on the computer, and being in nature. It's why I am here, not to try to ascend somewhere else or achieve something. There is eternity to be somewhere else.

I'm HERE....
LIVING....
NOW.

15. If someone said it in a book it's true. Part of the waking up game here on Earth is the hide and seek from yourself, including the red herrings and the dead ends. To see how effective a path is, look at the students. Popularity is not necessarily a good gauge. For some strange reason, many flock to paths and follow them for decades without achieving any degree of liberation, either emotionally, spiritually, mentally, or materially.

Esther Hicks, who has channeled Abraham for over 20 years now, has said, "There's never a crowd on the leading edge." Her work is just now breaking into the big time. People are ready for it, and for things like Divine Openings. For many years she spoke to small rooms of people, like I do now. Just about the time you see a very big crowd gather, it can be a pretty good indicator it's no longer the leading edge of spiritual enlightenment.

Myth 16. Once you get to spiritual awakening, you must quit your job and become a healer or teacher. Divine Openings seems to make people clear about what their true path is, and they either rekindle their passion for their current gig (they weren't there by accident) or find something they love that really suits them. Few of those who complete the 5 Day Silent Intensive end up getting guidance to be Divine Openings Givers. Most get who they really are, and find the most authentic way for their real gift to come through, whether in construction, sales, or as a school teacher.

Click to read what a California teacher did with Divine Openings after attending the 5 Day Silent Intensive. Her true calling is obviously to be a school teacher! Another grad gives Divine Facials, and the recipients get a Divine Opening as they get their yummy, nurturing facial.
There are so many ways to help and contribute, and if everyone were a healer, there'd be no one to build websites, create music, fix cars, teach our kids, or do accounting. Starving healers are in the wrong profession for the wrong reasons. Guidance can be interpreted in many ways, and "heal people" doesn't always mean "be a healer". By the way, your ability to hear and interpret guidance accurately increases if you do and stick to Divine Openings. Follow your passions rather than listening to others. I know psychics who tell everyone who comes to their table that they will become a healer or author, or that they're "supposed" to be this or that.

Myth 17. More Knowledge Is Better - There's a common myth that the more spiritual stuff you learn, books you read, seminars you take, and the more meditations you attend, the higher you'll go, and the more help you'll get. Sorry, folks, I actually find it to be the opposite. The people I see get the freest the fastest are those who come to me without any, or very little, previous metaphysical knowledge or training. Then when they "get it" they stop working on it, and go live life.

So often, people who have done it all are so saturated with stuff, mixing so much stuff, muddled with so much stuff, so conditioned to seek and never find, are the toughest to convince to let go and let it be incredibly simple. Thank God Divine Openings performs miracles! They know so much it's hard to move into this pure, direct place that Divine Openings can take you when you do let go.

Before I did my 21 days of blessed silence, communing only with Divine Presence within in India, speaking to no human, I had already made a powerful decision: to forget and let go of everything I knew. Deep within I knew that all that past stuff, bless it, had gotten me to "here", but no farther, so I needed to let go of it. I knew when I came home, anything I needed would still be there, but for sure, most of it, including boxes of books, ended up in the recycle bin. I needed that like a bird needs a hang glider.

That is one reason these spiritual myths are so clear since then. My greatest gift is the ability to let go and let The Divine do 99% of what I "do" (or don't do). I don't know how it works, and don't care to know. The people who know the most stuff are usually not the happiest, free-est and most powerful, in their work or in their own lives. They can't just touch you and give it to you, because they are in the way.

The greatest power,
whether you're wanting to free yourself or others,
is to get out of the way.

As I watch students' progress, the ones who keep on Hoovering up more stuff after Divine Openings don't do as well. That's like reversing their progress. You really don't need more knowledge, more techniques, and more stuff. That's a trick the small self uses to get you back into bondage. We keep getting automatic upgrades with Divine Openings, but there's no need to work at it or seek for it.

The mind is a powerful thing, and it is not your best friend until it's trained to be your servant. It needs to get out of the way.

I can work with anyone, and get them free and clear if they're willing to stop seeking and focus. I've watched people who were just healed disbelieve they're healed even though their body is obviously doing things they couldn't do before. The mind has a hard time with things that mess with it's neat little sense of reality Some people get disoriented when a lifelong issue is gone.

Myth 18. The Dilution Effect - Related to the above, mixing modalities, paths, books, and other perfectly good stuff with your Divine Openings is like taking a glass of fine aged wine.... and adding excellent brandy, expensive whiskey, top label gin, and premium beer to it.

Or like saying that one song playing is so beautiful, you'll just play three more songs at the same time.

It doesn't get better, it's a friggin' mess. The most confused and stuck people I ever work with are mixing modalities. Pick one thing that is working and STICK TO IT. If it's not working, drop it and do Divine Openings.

Myth 19. It takes a lifetime to "heal". I don't call anything "healing' unless you're physically sick. If you're not physically sick, you DO NOT NEED HEALING. You need to wake up. When you get enlightened, all the stuff you thought you had to 'heal' just isn't there anymore. And it doesn't take a lifetime. It can happen now if you do Divine Openings.

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Author's Bio: 

People have profound spiritual awakenings from being in spiritual teacher Lola Jones's presence. Hearing her speak, even on a recording, can cause deep transformation, spiritual awakening experiences, or even the full flowering into spiritual enlightenment, by Grace, and without work, practices, or austerities. Lives routinely transform within weeks or months, with no "working on themselves". The definition of Grace is that it does for you what you simply cannot do for yourself, when you let it in. Lola Jones can help you let in Grace, and give you actual experiences of it.