Lisa Natoli is a teacher, author, minister and healing practitioner who has been studying healing, change and transformation since 2000 when she dedicated her life to God and to the practice of A Course in Miracles. In her down-to-earth, practical, simple style, she takes seemingly difficult ideas (healing, awakening & transformation) and makes them easy-to-understand and do-able. She encourages people to train their minds through applying the ideas in A Course in Miracles directly in their own life to see lasting change and results – to notice what you are noticing, to correct error thoughts that cause sickness, pain and suffering and replace these thoughts, feelings, beliefs and emotions with the truth. She is passionate about helping people to heal themselves by knowing themselves. She is the creator of the 40-Day Program for Transformation and the co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Teachers of God Foundation.
My own words:
I love life. I love people. I love God. I love Jesus. I love A Course in Miracles.
I love everyone and everything because love is what I am and I know myself.
I accepted the truth of what I am and my life radically transformed.
I have devoted my life to healing, specifically teaching people to self-heal through mind-training, love, forgiveness and by taking 100% responsibility for your thoughts and feelings and changing these thoughts, attitudes, feelings, beliefs to the truth.
Healing = Wholeness = Holiness.
I teach and train people to stop hurting themselves – and to take 100 percent responsibility for everything that seems to happen to them. Once you know you are causing the sickness & situations in your life by your own decision, you can consciously make new decisions – and take the journey back to the recognition of your own wholeness.
My own awakening and healing happened in chunks. It didn’t happen spontaneously, automatically or out of nowhere. I had heard stories of instant awakening, people going into the light, having death experiences and coming back, seeing angels, hearing voices – and none of that happened for me. For years, I waited to “have an experience” and it didn’t happen.
So I realized that I had to go a different route: to consciously, actively, deliberately engage in my own awakening – to be part of the process. For me, it was through the mind-training of A Course in Miracles.
Over the years, big chunks of my fear-based thought system fell away. It didn’t happen all at once. First alcoholism and cigarette smoking dropped away. Then depression. Then sadness. Then the belief in limitation and my issues around money (or lack of). Then food addiction. Then doubt.
I’m the creator of The 40-Day Program for Transformation – an online free program available to anyone who is ready for a new beginning, which guides people through this watching and noticing.
I’m the author of Gorgeous for God, my personal story of awakening.
I have an online book study group and we are reading Byron Katie’s new beautiful book “A Mind At Home with Itself” in the month of October 2017.
I have devoted my life to love, healing, God and Jesus Christ (and I have zero religious upbringing – unless you count going to a Methodist church on Easter and Christmas a religious upbringing, because I sure don’t) – to being a light in the world.
“GOD’S MESSENGERS ARE JOYOUS AND THEIR JOY HEALS ALL SORROW AND DESPAIR.”
-A Course in Miracles
When you consistently acknowledge the light you are, all darkness and pain disappears.
Because this is the way awakening happened for me – through being consciously, deliberately and actively aware of the thoughts and feelings and choosing the truth instead – and because I have seen the dramatic changes in my life that come from watching my mind and by being 100 percent responsible for the thoughts and feelings, it’s what I teach, and it’s what I have devoted my life to. No one needs to suffer.
I have seen thousands of people’s lives transformed – through their own decision to be whole and a commitment to remember the truth.
Healing is very simple because it’s already accomplished. You’re already whole and perfect. So it’s very easy. It’s totally do-able, but it DOES requires dedication, devotion and a total commitment to stay awake to your own wholeness, to not let one thought of fear slip by your awareness.
All sickness, problems, suffering, pain and difficulties come from your thoughts, beliefs, grievances and old ideas about yourself and the world.
“Health is inner peace.” -A Course in Miracles
I invite people to watch their thoughts, feelings, words, emotions, beliefs and then take responsibility for the thoughts and experiences that seem to be happening. Then choose/decide to change your mind to a different perception.
At the age of 32, I was living in New York City and by all appearances “had it made”. I was working a great job in publishing, I had a beautiful apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, awesome friends, a regular paycheck, paid vacations, travel & road trips, 2 degrees, a 401K and all the other things we are told one should have to be happy and successful. But deep down, I was confused, fearful, unhappy and mostly bored. I was a functioning alcoholic, and everyone just thought I was a fun party girl. I wanted my life to have purpose & meaning. I wanted to feel alive, while at the same time wanting to be able to just, well, RELAX. My whole life up to that point was about striving, goal-seeking, working hard, getting through the day (so I could get home to my vodka/tonics) and holding the whole thing together, giving the appearance that “all is well. I’m fine.”
I wasn’t “fine”. I was tired. Everything felt overwhelming, like a life going nowhere fast.
On July 4, 2000 – during a long 4th of July weekend – I stood in my living room in Brooklyn and called out to God. It was a Tuesday. I said: God. Here I am. If you’re here, I’m all yours. I want to work for you from now on.
I had no idea what I was saying or even if God was real, but after that my life did a 360 degree turn. I got fired from that great job in publishing 6 days later – on July 10, 2000 – and felt that “I’d been hired by God.” I had no idea what that meant, but I felt excited. I had no idea what I was going to do for money or how I was going to pay my rent or bills, but I felt that I was going to be okay. God just hired me! I didn’t know what that meant or what I was supposed to do, but I had an idea that I would be shown my next steps. A year later, I moved to Wisconsin to be with a Master Teacher at Endeavor Academy along with 250 others who felt a calling like me to leave their life behind. I was there almost 10 years and it was one of the best gifts I ever gave myself – to be with someone who was reflecting to me perfectly my own Christ nature. During that time I got married and 8 years later, we divorced. All I remember is happiness of that time. I was ordained as a minister. In 2010, I moved back to my home-state of New Hampshire and fell in love with a guy named Bill Free. We got married in 2013 and moved to Maine. That’s “my story” and it’s free of all emotional charge. That’s the beauty of transformation. It removes all the baggage and fear and negativity from your memories and from your stories and all you’re left with is love.
Since that moment on July 4, 2000, my dedication is: FATHER, I AM ALL YOURS.
I don’t have a plan except to “Listen, Follow and Trust.”
My life is devoted to healing and to God.
I made a commitment to DO A Course in Miracles (not just read it, but use, practice and apply the ideas). Suddenly I wanted to learn everything I possible could about Jesus, healing and transformation. I became very much fascinated in THE SCIENCE of healing: things that can be done with the same results, all the time. I started reading the bible – the New Testament – at 33. I tried reading the Old Testament, but just wasn’t interested. Instead I read metaphysical books about the bible and the metaphysics of the bible stories – and I got to the point where people began to think of me as an expert on the bible. That really makes laugh OUT LOUD – LOL – to be known as someone who is metaphysics expert on the bible – that is just so funny to me – but it’s true – I know bible stories and I know how they relate to our lives and I have a way of making them interesting and fascinating.
My teacher is Jesus, the guy who walked the earth 2000 years ago who is available to everyone, who is with you always … here and now. The mind that was in Christ Jesus is in you. Turn within and there he is, the Love you Are, just waiting for you to acknowledge “him” – this Presence and Power, which is what you are in truth.
I love Jesus. I everything about him. I love his boldness, his compassion, I love the simple way he lived his life, I love his generosity, his patience and his public love of God. I love his message and the directness of his teachings. Love God. Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.
Love. Give. Forgive.
My life turned around in every department – not immediately – but slowly over time. I know for certain that change for some people can happen immediately and automatically and all-at-once (I’ve seen it happen) but for me it was a slow process because apparently that’s the speed I needed to take it. The alcoholism disappeared first, back in 2001. I quit smoking cigarettes. I started to feel happy. Then I started to feel not so afraid, which led me to do bold things. I made decisions all over the map: to drop guilt, to drop blame, to overcome fear, to stop complaining and criticizing and attacking (myself and others). I realized that you can literally drop anything by a decision to do so.
I didn’t have any mystical experiences. I have led a very ordinary life. I didn’t hear voices. No near-death experience. No going into the light. No seeing angels. I’m not channeling Jesus. I’m not psychic. I don’t have special abilities. I just did what A Course in Miracles instructed me to do and my life transformed. I have dedicated my life to telling people about A Course in Miracles because I know no one needs to be sick or suffer.
I invite people to choose love, drop their stories, drop their grievances, let go of fear, release guilt, blame, criticism, complaining. When you do this, you become aware of love’s presence … and healing is automatic.
Healing occurs when you take 100% responsibility for everything that seems to happen to you. You take 100% responsibility for your thoughts. You have a willingness to see things differently, to look at your fear, judgment and doubt and actually do something about it.
You have a willingness to look at your own criticism, condemnation and lack of love. Most people have no idea how they are causing all their problems, sickness and difficulties. They don’t realize they are doing it to themselves.
Healing is a complete reversal of the way you think, the way you live, the way you treat yourself, the way you treat others, the way you show up.
“Sickness is isolation. Sickness is a retreat from others, and a shutting off of joining. It becomes a door that closes on a separate self, and keeps it isolated and alone.” -A Course in Miracles
As you let go of isolation, your belief in separation, you experience healing. Sickness is a retreat from others, from yourself and from God.
In the separated state, there is anger, resentment, self-hatred which is mostly unconscious. All healing is a willingness to go in a new direction (in your thinking), to love yourself, to let go of grievances, to love yourself and to love others.
Healing is accomplished as you change your mind about yourself.