Finding your purpose and passion at midlife

February 18th, 2018

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be part of an online summit called Midlife Mastery, featuring interviews with women about what it means to find your purpose and passion in midlife.

I love this topic because so many important and priceless changes have come about for me since midlife. This can be a deeply satisfying time of life, as long as you live according to your inner guidance, not the limiting messages of the world.

That’s why I want to share something I did that helped me immensely, and I think it will help you too. I did this years ago as a visualization, but you can do it as a writing exercise. The important thing is to create some quiet time and space where you won’t be interrupted.

Once you’re in that quiet space, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Now, on a piece of paper, list as many myths as you can—messages that limit who you are at midlife and what’s possible for you. For instance…

  • Women after 40 have as much chance of getting married as they have of being struck by lightning.
  • Women over 40 can fly under the radar because they’re no longer sexually attractive.
  • You’d be crazy to start a family after 40.
  • You’re too old to go back to school.
  • You’re too old to start a second career.
  • If you don’t have a nest egg by the time you’re 50, you’ll never be able to retire.
  • Once you hit 50, you’ll never be able to lose weight.

You get the idea. We absorb these messages from the world around us, but none of them has to be true for you. In fact, the photo here is from my wedding reception—when I was 44 years old. I got a master’s degree when I was 46, and all of my books have been published since I was in my mid forties, too.

I’m not saying this because I think I’m exceptional. I’m saying it because I’m just like you. We all have gifts and graces to share, adventures to explore, new goals to achieve.

So after you’ve listed as many myths as you can, cross out each one and replace it with a statement of what’s true for you. Let yourself daydream. What do you want to create in this generative stage of life?

Remember: There are no limits. No rules. And, by the way, no guilt about the past or worry about the future. Just pure intention and desire that comes from what you truly want, and who you truly are.

Write it down. Write it all down. This is your roadmap. Your blueprint. Your life. Love it, take good care of it, and most of all, enjoy every moment.

Midlife is not the end. It’s just the beginning. As a friend of mine says, “The best is yet to come.”




Free “A Course in Miracles” Event December 2

November 27th, 2017

Drake University in Des Moines hosts a program called The Comparison Project, which I think is one of the best things about this very fine university. The purpose is to introduce people to different faith and religious teachings so we can all learn from one another.

Each year they offer a lecture series and special events around a particular theme, and this year’s theme is Miracles.

As part of the series, we’re presenting a free half-day conference about A Course in Miracles at Drake December 2, and I really encourage you to attend. It’s free and open to the public, and it’ll give you several key teachings from the Course that you can put to use in your own life.

Here’s the info from The Comparison Project website, which gives all the details. It’ll be a great way to bring some Miracles into your holiday season, with opportunities to learn about creating peace and harmony in every part of your life. Hope to see you there!

12/2 Finding Peace through A Course in Miracles

Debra Landwehr Engle
Author of The Only Little Prayer You Need
With Randy Adams, Annabelle Nesbit and Dr. JoAnn Tully

Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. to noon (registration at 8:30)
Meredith Hall, Drake University

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) includes a text, workbook and manual that have been described as “spiritual psychotherapy.” Designed as a self-study course, the Course was first published in 1975, has been translated into more than two dozen languages and is studied worldwide.

While the Course uses Christian language, it is metaphysical and ecumenical in nature. It teaches that we have two minds: one based in fear and the other based in love. By consciously choosing love, we undo guilt and heal our relationships with ourselves and others.

This half-day conference will explore key teachings of the Course, including healing the mind and body, dealing with anger and attack, choosing love over fear and gaining a new perspective on life events by making small changes in your thinking.

The event will include an introduction to the Course, breakout sessions and a plenary Q&A with the conference leaders and ACIM students.

Debra Landwehr Engle has studied A Course in Miracles for more than 30 years. She is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need, which is based on Course principles and has been translated into four languages. Deb leads A Course in Miracles classes, workshops and study groups in person and online, and she offers one-on-one mentoring based on ACIM.

Randy Adams has studied A Course in Miracles since 1995. He owns his own accounting and tax preparation business and teaches classes to other tax preparers. Randy believes that sharing kindness and joy is a simple and effective way to extend the ACIM message.

Annabelle Nesbit is an ordained interfaith minister and student/teacher of A Course in Miracles. Twenty-five years ago, she began a committed meditation practice, which inspired a life of learning about and practicing spiritual philosophies. She shares the gifts of the Course through a weekly ACIM group.

Dr. JoAnn Tully, D.C., uses principles from A Course in Miracles to help her clients release negative thoughts, emotions and beliefs that are sabotaging their energy, health and life. She works with clients who have been struggling with chronic illness, unexplained or unresolved health issues, or who are dealing with everyday fatigue and overwhelm.

If you want to write a book that matters…

October 4th, 2017

Yesterday I spoke with a woman in Hawaii. She called because she’s reading The Only Little Prayer You Need, and she wanted to let me know how much she’s enjoying it.

That meant the world to me—not only because she took the time to call, but because it tells me that Spirit keeps spreading the book’s message wherever it’s supposed to go.

It’s like witnessing another light turning on. And that’s so important in a world that needs all the light it can get right now.

That’s what writing a book does. It reflects the light in you so you can share it with people you’ll never even meet.

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