Maria Felipe is the author of Live Your Happy. A Cuban-American born in Miami, she is 5’9” with a towering personality to match.  After experiencing success as a model and actress, including hosting World Wrestling Federation TV shows, she felt called inward and studied to become a reverend at Pathways of Light, an accredited religious school inspired by A Course in Miracles. She leads monthly services in both Spanish and English at Unity Church in Burbank, CA.

All of us seek true happiness in our lives; but, it is the rare few that manage to find it. Maria Felipe, our guest on today’s show, guides us into how one can do just that. Maria believes that cultivating self-love and a feeling of abundance are KEY to finding true happiness. She delves into her life struggle of people pleasing and her general lack of self-love—factors that have contributed to her becoming intrinsically unhappy. Today, she discusses just how she managed to let go of her grievances, cultivate that self-love, and ultimately find that true sense of happiness. Tune-in to learn how your willingness to connect to the Holy Spirit and to your spirit within can help you live your happy.

  • Today’s guest is Maria Felipe
  • Her book Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within is based on A Course in Miracles
    • The books urges readers to live at MAX capacity; be responsible by not being a victim of the world that you see
    • Being FORGIVING, even when and if you do not want to, WILL make you feel better
  • Maria was suffering because she was dissatisfied with the state of her relationships and her career
    • In this world of duality, we are constantly looking for outside validation to be “complete”
    • Was even attending the Course of Miracles in a bid to find happiness
    • Her personal life went through major upheaval in 2009 when she went through a divorce; resorted to drinking and partying to cope up
    • Started to recognize that if she did not mend her ways, she was doomed to die
  • Decided to go to The Pathways of Light, a ministerial program to further her study on the Course of Miracles
    • Opted to go there not to become a teacher, speaker or instructor but to HEAL her mind
    • The Course of Miracles says, “All you need is a little bit of willingness for miracles to happen”; inherently willing, she finally warmed up to the program
  • Tried reading books and listening to CD’s in her self-help and desperation phase, but to no avail
    • Need to EMBODY the teachings and live them in your relationships with yourself and others
    • Realized the futility of looking for love outside of oneself
  • Tranced with the world and caught up in our egos, we have gotten comfortable with being unhappy
    • Being EASY and being HAPPY is the true normal; happiness, our function and inheritance is the true reality
    • BIG DEALS rob us off our inheritance, our happiness—in other words, when we make a big fuss over small issues or catastrophize certain events in our life that end up stealing our peace
    • Cultivate a mindset where you are happy regardless of the outcome; your happiness is not dependent on things outside of you
    • Remember, outside stuff does not define you; GOD does
  • Avoid falling in the ego trap where you think, “You could have, you should have or would have done it better”
  • Avoid being obsessed with your looks and being skinny just to people please or get something else from the outside world
    • Maria’s body is just a reflection of her thoughts
  • Your bank account and your job do not define you; you will not find abundance in your life via monetary gains
    • Your life is inherently abundant since you are God’s creation; you have everything and lack nothing
    • Our ego pushes us to achieve more and more in this consumption driven society
    • Maria beat 500 girls to land a job at World Wrestling Federation; while this job had all the trappings of success, Maria was the saddest she had been all her life
    • The only thing that you want to truly MANIFEST is what the holy spirit guides you to do; look to manifest more internal things rather than external things
  • “You want the holy spirit’s guidance because you want what is best for the soul growth. You want to wake up more and more to the love that you are”
  • Sometimes you need to GIVE up all desires to DISCOVER what is truly best for you
  • Stop and gain control over your wandering mind to truly CONNECT with your spirit
    • The Holy Spirit communicates with you through signs and symbols; it will meet you where you are at
    • Given the current state of society at large, Maria believes that you need BIG WILLINGNESS in order to truly connect with the Holy Spirit
  • Had been longing for a man’s love all her life; realized the futility of this when she realized that she was, in fact, longing for God’s love and that she had it all along
    • Upon realizing that all the conflict was within herself, and that she was holding herself back from the holy, the good and the beautiful, she finally became FREE
    • Is in a great relationship right now due to the self-love that she was able to cultivate
  • “Feeling your feelings” is extremely important for dealing with your emotional issues; don’t brush your feelings under a rug, respond to the nudge that the Holy Spirit is giving you
  • Check out the resources mentioned on the She Rises website
  • Visit her online at http://www.mariafelipe.org.

3 Key Points:

  1. Give up all your DESIRES to truly discover what is best for you.
  2. Important to “feel your feelings” and deal with your emotional issues; do not brush your feelings under a rug.
  3. STOP looking for happiness outside of you; the TRUTH is that you have everything and you lack nothing – cultivate a feeling of ABUNDANCE to be truly and intrinsically happy.

Resources Mentioned:

She Rises Podcast by Giovanna Capozza Maria Felipe
Live Your Happy
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