Friday, July 31, 2020

The Golden Nugget

Dearest Sir Jacob, I am SO excited to send this tithe today! I have been visualizing writing this exact letter to you for the past few months, and here I am, actually writing it! So yeah. . . THIS. SHIT. WORKS!

Allow me to explain! I told you a couple of weeks ago about how my husband was up for a new job (that would have been a big promotion). I had been doing my visualizing, prayer treatments, affirmations, all of the wonderful things you teach. He didn't get that job. There were a few moments where I was tempted to go into a story, but I kept gently getting back on the highlighted route.

I had also just re-listened to one of your excellent talks from a few years ago called "Palm Desert Prosperity". I picked it "randomly" from all of the MP3s of yours that I have in my Dropbox, and it was exactly what I needed (thank you, God Within!). In the talk, you tell a story of a woman who wanted a new/ better job, and you instructed her on how to visualize herself in a better position, but not to be attached to a specific outcome. The golden nugget from that talk was that, even if she didn't get the specific job she had wanted, to just TRUST IN DIVINE TIMING. Because the visualizing and the energy you are putting forth is never wasted; that miracle is coming your way no matter what. It may not come in the form you think, but it IS coming. So when my husband didn't get that job, I held onto this truth and decided to believe in it.

Sure enough, a few weeks later, he was offered a job/ promotion that actually puts us in a FAR better financial position than the other job would have! We are now in the process of moving to a new city, selling our home, and everything that comes with that. Throughout this whole process, I've decided to let God Within handle all the details; I am just doing what I said I would do each day and knowing that everything will unfold easy peasy and in the best way possible for us all! I am happy to sound like a broken record in telling you that I am ever so grateful for you, for your ministry, and for all that I have learned from you in the past few years.

You are awesome and I love the shit out of you! Thank you thank you thank you! May you be showered with love and blessings always!


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sharing the Love

Jacob - Yes, this is a love letter.

A letter to say how deeply, deeply moved and touched and grateful I am to have found you and to be your student. I find myself more and more these last few days and weeks, in AWE that you are alive and teaching and HERE NOW. I am having a hard time finding words to convey my sense of honor. 

Yesterday, I was jogging along the beach on this beautiful wooden boardwalk listening to your latest MP3 teaching and this blanket of holy appreciation for you washed over me intensely. An ages old familiar voice telling me that you are one of this world’s most powerful & holy teachers and most definitely not for the first time. 

I bow to you, my teacher. 
I am so beyond grateful and no human little words can express my appreciation or my love. 

Thank you, dear teacher 

I love you 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Letting Go Creates Magic

Happy tithing day/ Friday/ glorious summer, Sir Jacob! 

I am LOVING the classes so much lately. The situation in the muggle world has been such a blessing in disguise in terms of bringing me deeper into Principle. One of the things I love about what you teach is the SIMPLICITY of it. Simplicity is my jam these days, and it makes the process of peace readily available! I don't have to wait to cleanse my chakras, or get the right gemstones, or have the planets align. . . . I can just make a choice. I love that! I have found that my physical life is echoing that simplicity as well; as I pare down more and more spiritually, I have been letting go of so many physical things and simplifying my life in truly gratifying and uplifting ways. 

In the past couple of weeks, I have also uncovered some limiting beliefs and that has been fabulously healing. My husband had interviewed for a job that we both thought he was a shoo-in for. It would have been a huge step up financially, and it's something he's been working for for years. He didn't get the job, and I realized in that moment that I had made his job and his employer my source. Over the past week I have been letting go of all of those old stories and beliefs. . . . that I had to MAKE shit happen (in this case, I had to MAKE my husband get a better job somehow, as if with sheer force of will I could muscle it into being, and even as I write that I am seeing how ludicrous that is!). I am back on the highlighted route, affirming that GOD is my Source, appreciating the joyful blessings overflowing in my life, and instead of trying to make shit happen, seeing how easy I can let it get. This FEELS so much better! All of that willful manipulation is so stressful anyhow. I am so thankful for this opportunity to let go on an even deeper level. 

In conclusion, THANK YOU for all you do. Thank you for the wisdom you share; I am so happy to be a part of your ministry and our wonderful merry group of mystics. This shit works, and this is what I'm focusing on; letting go of all the other stuff that never yielded any fruit anyway! I absolutely adore you, and am sending you so much love and blessings. Looking forward to the next symposium!!! 

Love and joy always, M.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sweet Prodigals and Backsliders

Ahh, over these 35 years of teaching I have seen a lot and learned and unlearned even more. 

One of the majors things I’ve learned is how simple this stuff really is. Simple, simple, simple. But as the Course tells us, “simplicity is very difficult for twisted minds.” Humans are funny that way.

I cannot possibly count the number of people who came limping in the door of the lectures, having exhausted “their way” of doing things and THIRSTY for the living water of Truth which I doled out in abundance.

Many many many times I watched the miracles happen as they PRACTICED the Principles. “Miracle” babies born, big inheritances coming through, finding big investments they didn’t even know they had, illnesses turned around, marriages healed, families restored, unemployed indebted couples both finding work and bonuses and advancement, the “mate is found,” houses sold at last, inner peace replacing decades of anxiety, joy replacing depression and on and on and on. Only to watch them drift off with weak excuses as they not very gradually go right back to where they were before and even worse as they decide now to “give to need” to “save the whales” or to their yoga sangha or to political causes instead of tithing, or to “save” for a future family catastrophe to come. 

God bless the prodigals and the backsliders. It’s just like someone who hires a personal trainer, gets super health and in-shape and then decides they are “okay” now and basically go right back to the old habits that take them to where they were before they started, plus 20 or 100 extra pounds and much deeper despair. It’s a cliche because it is so common. What is uncommon is doing what actually works. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Love Is The Thing

Hey Jacob,

Just want to let you know how much I appreciate you and your teaching.  Your message throughout the pan-epidemic the muggle world is experiencing has been invaluable to me.  Instead of getting caught up in all the fear, I have been able to focus on my health and growing my trust in Source.  As a result, my health has made a great improvement.  I have lost 15 pounds and dropped a dress size.  My energy is increasing and I have more clarity.  The better it gets the better it gets!  I appreciate all the extra talks you have given to support us and these have really made a difference for me.  I needed the extra positive messages and the reminders to be careful about the information I take in.  

During the stay at home period, I realized I had not read all your books. I only read five and so I ordered the remaining five and read them.  I am on my second reading of Starve a Bully, Feed a Champion.  I read some of it everyday at lunch to lift me up for the afternoon.  

I am so grateful to have found you!  I needed your unique message.  I was studying ACIM for years and was depressed.  I found your method of combining ACIM with new thought to be just what I needed.  I am now more joyful.  Laughter has returned to my life and I feel lighter.  I discovered you from an article your wrote for the Miracle Distribution Center, liked what you had to say, and was drawn to you by the mention of your Crabby Angels No Bullshit Guide to Peace, Joy and Prosperity.  How I needed your message and your irreverence!  My years of spiritual studies got me so caught up in being "spiritual" that I forgot my true nature which is being an unconventional thinker. Growing up I had a gift to make people laugh and not take things so seriously.  Yet, as the years wore on, I became a very serious person.  Now it is like I have come back to life again.  I am doing fun things and my sense of humor has come back.  

Thank you!!!!!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Fruitage Report

I also wanted to share a quick story with you. I started reading the Affirmative Prayer for Children from The Miracle Worker's Handbook to my younger kids each night after story time. I've been doing this faithfully for a few months now, and the other night, I started reading the prayer again, and my 6-year old daughter stopped me and recited the whole thing to me by memory! This week, in one of her online distance learning classes, the teacher asked her to share something with her class, and she recited the prayer to them! 

I love that it has just become a part of her consciousness like that, and it has inspired me to share more and more with my kids. I read each day from the Teen book to my older kids, but have also added the Affirmative Prayer for Teens to say with them each morning. Thank you for not only being a miracle in my life, but the lives of my children, too! 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Be Still

Well beloveds, it's a brand new month! For this body, it is the very last month of the 50's before it turns 60 on July 1, starting my best decade ever so far as my fabulous Louise taught me to KNOW. You know, Louise is the one exception in my life of teachers who stayed with Truth all the way through. Every one of my other living spiritual teachers at some point veered away from Truth and Principle, which is one of the main reasons I always teach from the dead authors. None of the living ones kept to the Path - they all got drawn back to the war path of darkness and fighting on one level or other. Every single one. No blame or shame - it's just the way of it. War is very attractive on a war planet.

And so as I prepare to enter this new decade, I am recommitting yet again to standing still and seeing the Salvation of the Lord in my life, whether anyone comes along or not. Poor Moses did not get to enter the Promised Land simply because he let the people irritate him til he got off his highlighted route, which made him too vibrationally different to ENTER. He lost his faith and focused on the people instead of God. Every time he turned his back for a minute the people would go into fear and fall under the spell of the world again. Around here that means turning to conspiracy theories, social activism (which is just anger and fear), tarot cards, psychics, digging up the past, studying the separation, activating victim consciousness, nursing grudges and wounds and hurt feelings, taking everything personally, arguing for limitations and about a zillion other things that go waaaaay off the highlighted route. As for me and my house, I am IN the Promised Land!

So many of the New Thought spiritual teachers end up like Judas, trying to force Jesus' hand into SOCIAL ACTIVISM and #resisting evil. He wanted Jesus to start a #jewishlivesmatter movement to liberate them. But Jesus told them all that their bondage was their Consciousness - to LOVE their oppressors if they wanted to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. This was of course rejected then as it is now. Judas thought if he turned Jesus over, He would finally FIGHT in order to DEFEND and save Himself. Just shows how little attention Judas was paying all along. He was a social justice warrior, not a Mystic. And we see how he ended up. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Cause and effect.

I watched all my spiritual teachers (except Louise) begin using GUILT to manipulate people into doing what THEY are now doing - using works of the flesh to fight instead of standing in Truth. In the end, it just proves they never really believed to begin with. It was all just wishing and hoping - which is why there is so little actual healing in New Thought anymore. They are mostly social services for lonely people who have no interest in letting go of their story. Which is why this Lodge is such an oasis in the desert. I lost hundreds of people in 2006 when I became the Boot Camp Sargent and made a mandatory reading list in order to attend classes/lectures. BEST thing I ever did. There were many many dead branches bearing ZERO fruit. SO boring. Darkness and fear are SO FUCKING BORING and have been done to death. 

That was followed by a few years of imploring people, "HELP ME HELP YOU!" And then the folly and depressing nature of THAT became clear to me. And NOW, Jesus is like a fabulous broken record which keeps saying to me, "Teach My Course" and "LET GO JACOB, LET IT ALL GO." And that is the fabulous magic of it all. When I stand still and follow Directions, miracles and magic follow. I don't make my plans - I follow The Plan as it is given me. I'm standing still and STUDYING the LIGHT now. I continue to rise above the battlefield higher and higher, which has a lot to do with further leaving social media. I unfollowed about 50 groups on Facebook alone over the past 48 hours and now have in my clickstream ONLY what is vibrating HIGH.

And so, THIS has actually been the best year of my life so far!! That may sound insane to the muggles who are sure that this decade already sucks ass and is a nightmare. But that is because they have no Foundation. The rains and storms come and they are washed away like the sand they built on. It's not luck or happenstance. It's a choice - as everything is. Choose carefully possums. It could be the best month of your life so far - or not. Remember, our hashtag around here is #thisshitworks

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Don't Fuck It Up!

My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9

And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with the wings of eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 40:31

Simplicity is very difficult for twisted minds.
Complexity is of the ego.
- A Course in Miracles

War is exciting, interesting and even sexy to the ego thought system. It loves nothing more than the belief there is an enemy, a conspiracy, something opposing Truth. And the opposite is also true - humans who are used to fighting may grow weary and bored with the “sameness” of a perfectly “normal” peaceful life with God. In fact, most people who move on from the Lodge don’t do so because things aren’t working but rather because they’re looking for something with more EXCITEMENT - something with conflict and enemies and confusion. After a few years of things gradually getting better and better and better, the ego longs for the old DRAMA and frankly, for A WAR TO FIGHT.

The idea of making peace is anathema to ego. But WE are telling you that you can make peace with anything. You CAN co-exist with a virus, a physical symptom, a bump in your career, or anything else IF you want the peace of God more than you want drama and intrigue. The strange fact is, humans feel more ALIVE and ENGAGED by anxiety, stress and upset and therefore are ATTRACTED TO THEM. They find them INTERESTING. War, fighting and enemies INTEREST them.

No one is out to get you. No one is plotting against you. UNLESS YOU PUT THEM THERE in your own inner world, for YOU are the creator of your reality. It’s all vibrational/consciousness matching. When you are centered in Truth, there is no match and when you zig, they will zag and you cannot meet. No one abandons you unless YOU are invested in abandonment and have a story running in the background. There is no one out there - no enemy, no conspiracy, no war to fight or battle to win - no saints and no sinners. And most humans don’t fuck it up when it’s all a mess but rather when things have started to run smoothly. Remember, the Light came into the world and humans PREFERRED darkness.

Our sister Lynn Grabhorn is a perfect example of this tendency. After a lifetime of struggle she came upon the simple Truth and set herself FREE. She FINALLY had the life she’d been searching for - joy, peace, tremendous prosperity, acclaim, success in business. So, after a few years of that, she got bored and started searching for CONFLICT again - and you will always find what you are searching for. She dumped Truth and went from the joyous peace of, “Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting” to the horror of “DEAR GOD WHAT’S HAPPENING TO US?” which was full of fear and inter-planetary conspiracies and ended in disease and her body dying. Cause. Effect. Simple. 

And this is why ALL healing is the healing of the MIND - not of the immune system, or of the culture, or of the “system” or of anything that you believe is “out there” in the world. It’s so important to know that you are not creating what you WANT, you are creating what you are INTERESTED IN. You put it in your clickstream. YOU DID THAT. And you can change it at any moment. YOU get to choose. THIS is why you must be very specific about your appreciation and gratitude and very general about your “problems.” Whatever you give your attention to goes right into your clickstream and you get more and more and more of that very thing. Truth is so simple - only lies and drama are complex, so that you will continue to be INTERESTED in them without knowing that your very interest CAUSES lies and drama to increase in YOUR experience. Make good choices. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

There is Also A Spiritual Pandemic

I was not finished with "Fuck It February." So, before I had ever heard of a Corona Virus or the absurdity of hoarding toilet paper, I decided to extend it into March, calling it "Mellow The Fuck Out March." I called myself on any tendency to not trust in the universe, noticing any time I was not practicing Faith Over Fear or not allowing miracles to happen. I would simply say to myself, "Hey, mellow the fuck out!" It immediately put my ego in check, and I returned to a peaceful place. It even took away the tendency to be a "goody good" and worry over thinking a negative thought. I could simply mellow the fuck out, and choose again! Magic! During this entire pandemic, I chose to post humorous memes, photos of animals and nature. Some people chose to put holiday lights on their homes in March! Opera companies began streaming converts for free! Good is happening all around. As I continued to give daily gratitude. I sometimes feel like an awakened former member of a cult where everyone else has taken the Kool-Aid. But there are always opportunities to mellow the fuck out and choose a positive life. Yesterday, against all conventional wisdom, my guidance said at 5:00 pm to go into the grocery stores. I imagined my list of items, and trusted they would be there, despite past experience with empty shelves and Trader Joe's looking like a disaster hit, with people pushing and shoving. I got everything I needed, and thanked the grocery store workers, letting them know I was praying for them. After the second store with the same experience, I realized I had gotten everything on my list, plus my favorite kind of ice cream on sale! I think Jacob's Crabby Angels have been with me recently in this teaching and practice. Even as I learned that as a County Worker, I will be continuing to serve the public. There is a lot of fear behind the scenes as workers do not know what will happen. But I have learned to mellow the fuck out. Other coworkers now come to me to find the positive in situations. I let them know we all have each other. Once, Jacob said in a lecture "Opportunity only knocks once....every moment." There is always in the moment a choice to mellow out and choose again. Thank you beautiful community for your love and prayers.

Monday, March 16, 2020

In the Sacred Cave of Silence

With love in you, you have no need except to extend it.
- A Course in Miracles

We have been preparing you for exactly this time for several years now. Each of Our books have been bricks in the foundation which is built on the Rock. As you know when your House is built on the Rock, the winds and storms still come, but you are safe inside weathering it all as you finally focus your attention away from meaningless things and listen, listen, listen. 

This is a metaphor but a VERY powerful and accurate one at this time. It is always metaphorical, but it may also be literal for many humans right now. This Sacred Cave of Silence and the House are WITHIN YOU always, though largely ignored or disbelieved as a sweet fantasy. But it is much more real than the world you see with your physical eyes. 

This is a huge shifting of Dimensions. We had Brother Jacob talk a lot about this in 2012 when many were waiting once again for the “world to end” in cataclysm. We had him let you know that these were VIBRATIONAL realities and a splitting of realities. You register whichever world you are vibrating in alignment with - most have chosen the world of attack, war, fighting, duality, opposition, politics, and division. But an ever-growing number have been doing their best to choose the Higher Frequency Plane of PEACE, JOY and DIVINE LOVE. Eight of your Earth years have made the gap between worlds greater and greater - but it is NEVER too late to change worlds. That goes BOTH ways.

Brother Jacob’s great affection for the Italians has only intensified as he sees them choosing to uplift and soothe one another in the midst of this great challenge. They are choosing to EXTEND their love by creating JOY, so you must understand the Sacred Cave is not a place of loneliness or separation at all. And if you look rightly, you will see many other countries doing similar things, including great kindness, philanthropy and sharing. In the lower vibration world/dimension you will see finger-pointing, blame, attack, fear, hoarding, fighting, vilifying and increasing the separation. The Silence We are talking about does not necessarily mean “no noise” - it is the silencing of the ego’s fearful shrieking.

You may remember that We told Jacob early this month that he needed to SHRED ALL PLANS for the next 8 weeks at least. We spent the past 6 months redesigning his entire life and the way he has done things for decades exactly for THIS time and as you know he had no idea why or what was going on. But he followed his Marching Orders remembering “trust would settle every problem now.”

IF you know God ONLY as your Source, your house is built on the Rock. Just the same, it may be very tempting to take the ego’s detour into fear at times. Be vigilant for the Kingdom and not for the illusion. As you know, We’ve been telling Jacob for many months to stop wasting his time making plans, plans, plans. This is NOT a time for human planning unless you want endless frustration, stress and suffering. This is a time for listening and receiving Peace and Inspiration. It is a time for focusing on LOVE and on extending it. It is not a time for taking any kind of scores. It is not a time for holding on, but of letting go. It is a time for PLAY and for focusing on what IS important in life instead of focusing on GETTING SOMEWHERE, DOING SHIT, ACHIEVING STUFF, MAKING PLANS, RUNNING AROUND, MAKING SHIT HAPPEN. That is OVER. It’s time for a real shift. Surrender, surrender, surrender to God’s Grace and Peace. This too shall pass, but YOU are in charge of your Consciousness while it passes. You can be in fear and resistance or in peace and gratitude. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Miracles Masterclass Manifestations

Hi Jacob!
I can't even say how much your work and lectures have helped me over the years. I love your way if sharing spiritual truth and I hear you more than I hear any other teacher. You're no bullshit way of teaching and your willingness to share truth regardless of what the culture dictates continually inspires me. You are AMAZING!! I'm going to be practicing "when he comes we welcome; when he goes we do not pursue" this week and I can't even emphasize enough how timely and relevant your Saturday YouTube video was for me. 

I've been single for over 8 years and had very little desire or willingness to be open to the possibility of a relationship but over the last year or so I've realized I, more anything else, want to experience a relationship with another human being. At the beginning of the Miracles Masterclass I set the intention to know and experience a relationship with a man. And by following the suggestions you've provided and listening to your lectures, I met someone. And today's my birthday and today is also his birthday. And we are going hiking together. This will be the first time we've actually been one on one. So, the "when he comes, we welcome; when he leaves, we do not pursue" is so relevant to the energy and consciousness I'm embodying today. I've read your "prayer before a date" and I'm ready to see what the universe has aligned for me. 

I love you Jacob! You are so full of truth and light and I'm grateful Faith Holland introduced me to you a decade ago. 

Have a beautiful and blessed day ❤


Friday, February 14, 2020

Garden Report!

Hello, wonderful Jacob!  Happy Valentine's Day, happy Friday, and happy tithing day!  I have been experiencing so much peace and joy and endless miracles already this year, and wanted to share that with you.  

First, I wanted to thank you so very much for the meditations at the beginning of each class.  Going into 2020, you have inspired me to go deeper than ever.  You have helped me to see that I have all the tools and the knowledge, and that the decision is mine.  I committed to meditating every day this year, and I have been using the meditations from the beginning of your classes each morning.  I wake up at 5:00 a.m. before the rest of the family gets up so that I can have my time to rest in God.  I have an amazing and extensive library of your classes and talks from the past few years saved to my Dropbox, and it occurred to me what a storehouse of spiritual riches that is.  I let intuition guide which class/ meditation I do each morning; sometimes I do the same one for a week or more, and sometimes I do a different one each day.  I look forward to this time so much, and it has made a huge difference in the amount of joy and peace I am experiencing throughout the day.  I sometimes do a second meditation later in the day or before I go to sleep, just because I love them so much and they WORK.  I feel this stuff seeping more and more into my subconscious as well as conscious mind, and it is having miraculous effects on my life.  I just wanted to thank you for including meditations with each class, and again, I feel so blessed and abundant to have all of these treasures that you have given me over the past few years!  Thank you!

The miracles have been unfolding in my life every day, and more and more I find I've moved into the consciousness of "of course that happened" instead of "OMG!!!!!  A MIRACLE!!!!!!".  I am so thankful for this flow, but there is a calm certainty about it that is becoming stronger and feels marvelously peaceful!  One specific miracle I've had this past week regards my son Alaric.  He is 11 months old now, and is still undergoing a lot of tests in preparation for his big open heart surgery.  There have been a lot of delays, and tests that needed to be redone, and I felt myself slipping into anxiety over "when is this surgery going to happen?  When will we know?  Why is this taking so long?"  I just kept doing the work; kept writing our Masterclass affirmations, kept meditating, kept doing prayer treatments, kept studying and reviewing notes from class, and so on.  This week, seemingly out of nowhere, I woke up one day and that thought of surgery came into my mind and it was immediately followed by the thought, "I am so thankful I don't have to worry or think about surgery TODAY!"  Peace washed over me.  I realized the miracle had been right there all along:  TODAY I get to just live life and not have to deal with our son's surgery.  Each day I can be grateful for what I have in front of me RIGHT NOW.  It was such a visceral demonstration of the Byron Katie "woman playing with her baby son on the floor" and that was it.  Everything else was just a story.  HOW FREEING!!!!  

This is just an example of the many miraculous moments that have been unfolding in my life.  Another one came about a couple of weeks ago after I finished rereading Edwene Gaines "The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity".  You had recommended we reread it at least once a year, and I got busy doing it right away!  I was amazed at how I was more open to the message and received it on a deeper level than when I had last read it.  I saw clearly how many limiting beliefs around money and prosperity have been healed, and I also uncovered some lingering ones that I am ready to let go of.  One of them was around tithing.  I thought I was tithing well as I do it regularly and I LOVE doing it, but after rereading the book I saw how I was still holding back and still had some fear surrounding tithing.  I have decided to fearlessly step up my tithing game, give even more, and let go of those last fearful thoughts surrounding abundance and prosperity.  The thing is, I HAVE the proof already!  I looked back on my life and saw clearly that I am ALWAYS taken care of.  I ALWAYS have what I need.  I can indeed afford to release those last financial fears, because I am ready to step into faith more fully than ever.

Okay, I could go on forever but I wanted to just give you some highlights of the amazing demonstrations flowing in my life right now!  I am more grateful than ever for you, for this ministry, and for leading us to go more deeply into peace and joy than ever before.  I am directing all of my tithing towards you, because no one has provided the spiritual food that you have, and no one has taught me as much as you have.  All of these miracles are happening because of what you have taught and inspired and called forth in me.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so very much for shining your light so brightly!
I am sending so much love and blessings to you always, and holding the high watch for you and the ministry every day!

Hugs, J.