006 - Spiritual Mentorship Series - Stepping Into Your Courage with Michelle Wadleigh


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Rev. Michelle Wadleigh is the founding Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey, a New Thought and Metaphysical community dedicated to inspiring and empowering individuals to live a fully expressed life while developing a deep and profound relationship with God, and live a highly responsible life. She is a minister, speaker, author of three books, and a wonderful workshop and retreat facilitator. She currently serves at the highest level of international leadership for the Centers for Spiritual Living. She has also served for three years on the Diversity Commission, and a variety of Educational sub-committees.

Michelle is a powerful teacher and leader who helps to cultivate individuals to be conscious leaders.  Her focus is teaching others how to live full and potent lives grounded in high integrity and authenticity. Peace in our world begins first with our own healing because a healed and whole person will always be less likely to harm another. It is for this reason that Rev. Michelle is devoted to teaching wholeness and then inspiring others to act from that wholeness. In addition to her passion for Peace and developing conscious leaders she is a potent facilitator for transformation, working both in groups and individually.

She has dedicated much of her life to teaching tools for individuals to live in Peace, sponsoring Peace Vigils, and has created a new program encouraging regular citizens to be part of the Peace Movement in their own homes. Her peace salons were inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”  

In 2016, Michelle was honored with the Shirley Chisolm Aware, for clergy in the state of New Jersey. Rev. Michelle is one who cares, and cares enough to do more, to show up more, and to encourage others to show up and take a stand for high values like: peace, compassion, kindness, and integrity. 

Rev. Michelle is a dedicated wife, mother of three sons and a grandmother. She shows up for her family with equal commitment as she does for her spiritual community.


Conversation topics:

  • The humanity in spirituality - 2:18

  • An epidemic of spiritual bypass - 3:30

  • In order to embrace your full spirituality you have to be willing to embrace your humanity. - 4:50

  • Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water... - 6:35

  • A curious mind can not be a judgmental mind.  - 19:01

  • Common myths surrounding forgiveness. - 22:07

  • Do your inner journey healing work. Find your own innocence early on. Find someone who loves you for you. - 36:45

  • Remembering to play. 45:38


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"In order to embrace your full spirituality, you have to embrace your humanity."

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About Marie Kirkland

As a spiritual leader, speaker and coach, Marie shares her voice to inspire and empower people to lean into the life they dream about and take action to create it by living aligned and forward through practical spirituality.