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October 2018

Your self does not need salvation, but your mind needs to learn what salvation is. (A Course in Miracles)

When the mind accepts what the self is, it immediately knows what salvation is. Salvation is the knowing that you are not your mind.

A sentence is comprised of parts. There is a subject, a predicate, and a verb. The subject has to do with identity – the “I”. If you imagine yourself as a sentence, then know that the subject is beyond the mind. The “I” is the observer, the pure consciousness, the awareness. Words, concepts, and doing does not apply here.

Now we move to the predicate, which tells something about the subject. This may include your traits, characteristics, passions or interests. Most people are confused because they believe the predicate is the subject. They think that their traits, life situation, or other characteristics is who they are. The predicate is mind-stuff and has nothing to do with identity.

Your identity is of the nothingness, the formless and eternal – but your mind is of the light. Light is the source of all life. No life can exist without the nourishment of light. Without life, there is no doing. The mind belongs to the stars, while your spirit identity is in the space.

But light was created from the nothingness. The stars, the source of light, are form. But the stars were born out of nothingness — so the nothingness is, therefore, supreme, divine, eternal, unchanging truth.

The egoic mind thinks that it is only a single ray of sun – cut off from the wholeness of light, separate from the universe. The spiritually awakened mind knows that it is one with the wholeness of light. It exists temporarily to function as part of a wholeness, to love, to serve, to inspire, to create beauty, to be a source of light and a reflection.

This truth is so simple and obvious; yet cannot be grasped by the thinking mind. Truth is known on the level of soul – on a level of infinite intelligence that is beyond the mind. But when the mind fully accepts that identity is elsewhere, it begins to serve its purpose. It functions optimally as the light. No more confusion. Complete knowledge. No unnecessary suffering. Just love, truth, beauty, and freedom. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The spark in you is part of a light that is so great that it will sweep you out of darkness forever. (A Course in Miracles)

While our identity is of spirit, to be made flesh is to become one with the light.

In the absence of light, there is only darkness. In the absence of light, there is no life.

Before the universe was brought to life, there was no light. With light came life. Life is consciousness coming into being through flesh — illuminated in, and nourished by light.

Life is consciousness doing. Without light, there is no doing. Light is the source if all doing, but our identity is not in the doing. Our being is the still consciousness, while our life is that consciousness doing through us in light.

Choose to turn away from light, to the darkness of fear, ego, ambition and you are choosing death. But open yourself to the light to make your life a stunningly beautiful celebration of consciousness illuminated.

“Out of your joy, you will create beauty.” -A Course in Miracles

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born.

“It is serene, empty, solitary, unchanging, infinite, eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao.”

-Tao Te Ching 25

That formless perfection is, always was, and always will be. This is God, consciousness, love, peace, and joy. This is the source of all life and the return destination after death.

This is nothingness — the realm that cannot be grasped, perceived, threatened or changed; which is why it is truth. Eternal, infinite truth.

Nothingness can be easily experienced by gazing into the night sky, by contemplating the empty space in a room, or simply by looking within. But this realm cannot be scientifically measured or studied. Scientists continue searching for “dark matter”, but fail to recognize that it exists everywhere as space, nothingness, the void. 99.999999% of the universe is this — the realm of everything that matters.

Matter, in a relative sense, doesn’t matter. In form there is chaos, change, decay, and confusion. We come into this world as spirit made flesh. Our spirit is eternal, our flesh temporary. To to remember our spirit identity is salvation, enlightenment, awakening.

Everything that matters most to each of us exists in this realm beyond our physical senses: love, health, wisdom, peace, excitement, and feeling good.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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He who stands on tip-toe, doesn’t stand firm.

He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far.

He who tries to shine dims his own light.

He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.

He who has power over others can’t empower himself.

He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures.

If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job then let go.

-          Tao Te Ching 24

 

True greatness is only possible in the absence of ambition. Ambition is clinging to a result. This is faith in form and chasing an idol, which is always illusive.

Ambition is of the ego; while greatness is of spirit. The ego waits for salvation in time, while spirit is already perfect. Ego seeks gratification through the validation of others, spirit is already complete on a level that is beyond validation.

All this talk of manifestation, will-power, self-discipline, goal-setting, and beating yourself up for not always achieving what you set out to achieve – let it go. True success only happens in the now. A successful life is only possible when you humble yourself to the force of Love. Choose to live and create in love and let all ambition go because you won’t need it.

Love, the energy of spirit that carries with it complete knowledge, is always the answer and needs no validation. In love, there is no ambition because there is nothing “more” to aspire to. We continue, in love, tomorrow and each day after that.

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Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses, and everything will fall into place.

The Tao is, of course, another word for the unmanifested, universal knowing, consciousness or God. To open yourself to the Tao is to humble yourself, to quiet the mind, to align with the light, to be love.

So many words, so many ways of describing the same thing. Let the words go. Look beyond the words, with a still mind, to what the words point to. Open yourself to the invisible realm of perfect knowing and complete stillness that is everywhere, even within. 

Say a prayer each day only that you might align perfectly with God, with the Tao, with Love, with consciousness, with knowing. Pray to the symbol of a church, or simply to a tree, none of it makes any difference. It is a prayer only for openness. A willingness to channel the Tao through you — to free yourself from the tragic limitations of the egoic mind.

Now that you are aligned with the source, set yourself free to naturally react to everything. No judgment. No control. No plans or strategies. No good or bad. No grasping. Just react to everything that happens from this place of peace and know that everything is ok. 

You have escaped the tragic limitations of the mind to effortlessly access a knowing that is infinite. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The world isn’t here to make you happy; rather, to make you conscious.

When problems arise, our minds tell us that they ought not be happening. When plans fail, we feel unjustly trapped within a life that we ought not have. When love relationships fail to deliver salvation, we feel as though we are with the wrong partner. Why don’t we ever seem to get a break?

If life isn’t easy, it is by design. The world is challenging so that we are pushed toward awakening. Our individual strategies fail because nothing we do alone can ever be rooted in ultimate truth. 

The failure, the suffering, it is there to push us further — to wake us up. If a little bit doesn’t work, we are given more. Continue to cling to ego and the suffering escalates even more.

Then comes your holy instant — your awakening to the eternal present moment, your acceptance of all that is, your decision to trade all fear for total love. Awakening to consciousness takes only a moment and, if you then establish a daily spiritual practice, you can live here forever.

The world shows us everything consciousness is not so that, through contrast, we can know what it is. Your purpose in this life is to allow consciousness to flow through you. 
Consciousness wants to come into this world through us — carrying with it the knowledge of God and the bliss of love.

Now any challenges that arise are not problems at all; rather, reminders to go even more deeply into consciousness. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Be willing to judge the ego’s thought system with perfect honesty.

If you are perfectly honest with yourself, you know exactly what you want. You want to be happy. You want to feel good and have fun. You want to love and be loved. You want positive new experiences. You want health, joy and peace.

If you are perfectly honest with yourself, you will admit that the thought system you have relied upon so far is not the thought system that will ever deliver anything you most deeply want. The rational mind spins out of control, always trying to figure something out or judge something as good or bad. The logical mind wants to know the name of everything and wants to be recognized as better than others. To rely on your stream of thoughts is exhausting, mad, and the cause of illness and suffering. All your bodily energy goes into this while you are blinded to all of reality. Here there is constant thinking but no knowing.

If you think that the mind can figure out how to get what you most deeply want, then no amount of self-help reading, life coaching or therapy will do you any good. Shut the ego down because the dimension you seek is beyond thought.

Like all “normal” and “civilized” people, you have been relying upon the rational mind as your compass since grade school. All the while, you have only fallen further away from everything you most deeply want. You have learned to sacrifice everything you want for the absurd idea that, through sacrifice, you will get it back at some point in the future. This is the insanity we are taught and, despite any evidence that it has ever worked, we are supposed to believe it?

Unguarded thoughts are insane. That voice in your head, if it were a roommate, is someone who you would have thrown out long ago. But, because the voice sound like yours, you think that everything it says is true. Even when your internal arguments and counter-arguments are all over the map and changing every day!  

Smile at the roommate in your head. Your thoughts do serve a purpose, but only when you make the decision to serve truth. To embrace the thought system of love is to activate a higher intelligence beyond rational thought. Answer the call of love to activate true knowing and to become everything you want. You were born perfect and need only undo ego to remember.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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All attack is self-attack. (A Course in Miracles)

If you attack, you must have forgotten what you are. You are actively choosing not to remember truth, which brings fear. So you attack as a reaction to fear. But fear is nothing more than a call back to truth. You respond as though reality is fearful only if you continue to disassociate from truth.

To experience the end of fear, the end of unnecessary pain and suffering, and the experience of joy, you need only remember the truth about what you are. What you are cannot attack and cannot cause harm in any form.

You are love and need only set yourself free to be what you are.

You can easily be love in all you do. You can effortlessly love everyone, starting with yourself. You need only make the decision for love.

Before you can decide for love, you need only remember what it is. Love is not something handed out to you by some beautiful woman or man. Love is within. There is enough love within you to love yourself completely, to extend it to your partner, to your children, and to everyone you know. There’s even enough love left over inside you that you can create in love – whether art, music, writing, building something, inventing something, cooking, whatever it may be. Love is the energy of creation. What is created from love will be successful.

Now that you have decided for love and know what it is, the next step is to forgive yourself and to accept yourself. This requires time alone. Alone, you remember that there’s nothing wrong with you, that even the things you’ve done in the past are not you. You remember that all the stories about your life which are not related to love are untrue. Only love is true, so let the rest go.

You don’t need someone else to love you, you need to love you. When you start to feel okay, fulfilled by the love flowing from within, then you will slowly be able to extend it to the world. Everything you do will remind others about the truth of love. Let everything that is not love be. Leave alone what is meaningless. It doesn’t matter. What matters is what you are: perfect love.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Delay of joy is needless

There is only one way to joy and peace — though it is called by many different names: awakening, enlightenment, atonement, being born again, becoming conscious, still, or present. 

This is the only way to love, to health, to true success, to God, to truth, and to freedom. These are only words. Words are form and cannot be truth. At best, words only point to truth. Stop grasping at words. Take the journey to that place these words are pointing to.

Take the journey inward, away from the conditioning of the world, away from the voice in your head that sounds like you but reflects only the confused lessons you have been taught. Delay this journey away from ego and you needlessly postpone joy.

Ego is faith in the world’s insanity. Knowledge of truth is only possible when you come to recognize the unreality of insanity from the perspective of consciousness. Become the still, silent observer of this moment. Accept everything you see, hear, think and feel. Let it stay or let it go. None of it means anything — especially not your thoughts.

The delay of joy ends when you recognize that you are the observer, not the person. The journey toward your true identity was effortless after all. You have arrived home. You have assumed a perspective, an identity that is perfect joy, eternal, and beyond threat. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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If you ask for something you claim to want, yet you are afraid of it, then you do not want it and will not receive it.

You may hope and pray for something you claim to want more than anything, but if you are afraid, then opportunities will be missed and the answers to your prayers ignored.

Nothing real can get through to a mind that is blocking reality with the impenetrable thickness of constant thinking.

If you truly want something, then ask for it in a state of complete openness and complete acceptance of what comes. Answers have already come and will come again. But in the state of panic, fear and resistance, nothing you claim to want can possibly reach you.

The ego thinks it knows what it wants and how to get it. In truth, the ego does not know what it wants and only understands how to make more suffering and misery.

There is an answer to your prayers and the answer is yes. You need only undo your identification with your constant stream of thoughts. Meditate every day. 

If you still think your thoughts are to be taken seriously, that there is still something valuable to be found in ego, then nothing you claim to want is possible.  

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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