Posts categorized "Love"

Acceptance

"This is the miracle: behind every condition, person, or situation that appears "bad" or "evil" lies concealed a deeper good. That deeper good reveals itself to you —both within and without — through inner acceptance of what is.”

Bringing a “yes” to everything does not mean letting people do whatever they want to do to you. Acceptance also does not mean backing down or bottling-up emotions.

Sometimes the loving response is a “no”. Accept even this. Sometimes an honest, open, even emotional reaction is required. Accept this too. Accept everything that is, even your own reactions and emotions as neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong.

Acceptance is a knowing that is beyond good or bad and not dependent upon any evaluation or outcome. Through unconditional acceptance, you live from intuition, you react in love, you perceive people and events without judgments, labels, or evaluations. 

There is no power in non-acceptance. Here there is only suffering and conflict. Acceptance takes us beyond the illusions of perception to consciousness—where everything of value originates and knowledge is complete. The power you have to change anything is activated when you bring a “yes” to what is.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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I love you for the truth in you. (A Course in Miracles)

Alone we want, we pray, we ask the universe, then we wait for an answer which never seems to come. A Course in Miracles tells us, “There are many answers you have already received but have not yet heard.” Today prayers are answered.

“You can no more pray for yourself alone than you can find joy for yourself alone.” You can ask of spirit only by giving to spirit. You can give to spirit only where you recognize spirit. Recognize that your brothers and sisters are sacred—one with you in spirit—and receive abundance.

See beyond the problematic egos to the truth of our one consciousness. Recognize spirit in everyone and recognize the source of all value. Give to that source and receive directly in proportion to what you give.

The only way to manifest is to give to spirit. When you do give to spirit, you can set a price according to your judgment of worth. You set the value on what you receive and price it according to the value that you give. To receive more, give more and set a higher price.

It is impossible to get much for little. That which is gotten without giving is not valued and is therefore not truly received. True giving is love. True receiving requires true giving. All abundance is, therefore, found in love.

“This is not going beyond yourself, but toward yourself.” We continue to connect in loving service to one another tomorrow and each day after that.

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“You cannot distort reality and know what it is—and if you do distort reality, you will experience anxiety, depression, and ultimately panic because you are trying to make yourself unreal.

When you feel these things, do not look beyond yourself for truth. For truth can only be within you.” A Course in Miracles

Anxiety, depression, panic—all forms of fear that emerge from any mind that believes it is separate. Separate from God, separate from other minds, separate from nature, separate from the universe. In truth, you are the oneness.

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All suffering, all problems, all struggles, all negative emotions flow from this one problem.

To undo this problem is to undo unnecessary suffering—ending your problems and returning you to your natural state of joy. This is awakening to consciousness, being, stillness. You are pure consciousness, observing this eternal present moment, feeling the joy of love. The confused, separated mind has been blocking this truth.

You have temporarily inherited a mind and body—which is unstable and will ultimately be taken from you. But you, as consciousness or spirit, are eternal truth. The body is a learning instrument for a mind that is service to spirit—which is you, which is love, which is a part of God. Faith is simply knowing this. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whatever is true is never lost.

Yesterday we discussed how loss can only be the loss of illusion. Truth is always beyond physical form. It cannot exist in the material realm because all matter is unstable.

The truth of your relationship with a loved one is this: what is real between you will never be lost. You may separate or divorce a spouse—yet your love for each other remains. Despite the mind’s failed attempts to “move on”, you remain connected in that love always. The mind has no power over love.

If you are afraid to express that love, perhaps because you are with jealous new partners, then that is an error that will cause you suffering. Better to lovingly express yourself fully about who and how you love. This teaches acceptance and creates the most beautiful relationships.

Maybe you lost your home due to financial struggles. While you may no longer hold to the key to that structure, the positive feelings you created while living in that place remain. You can carry those feelings to the next place, even if it may be smaller. You can celebrate the way you live, the way you do things, noticing beauty even in simplicity.

Even if old age, physical decay or a disability limits the kinds of experiences you once enjoyed, you might experience that same sense of excitement in new interests such as writing, creating, reading, or otherwise exploring something new.  

Everything that matters is beyond the five senses: love, feelings, inspiration, excitement, human connection, fun. This is the realm of spirit. Align with spirit and live at the center of the wheel—where there is no real loss and you cannot be threatened. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Your sense of "I am" is your awareness of the now

I am is a recognition of being. It isn’t something that can be grasped or understood by the mind. The mind asks, “I am? What’s your point?”

Your mind has been trained by this world to believe that it is you and you are it. Therefore, anything outside the mind—anything imperceptible by the mind as a “thing” or “mind object” is considered uninteresting to you. Let us consider some of these “uninteresting” topics.

Becoming aware of being—either by going into the present moment, noticing your inner body, or channeling love—is not something the mind has any time for. Here there is not enough drama, nothing to debate or argue about, and nothing changes. I am is a knowing, a wisdom, a creative power and a perfect love that is beyond the mind’s comprehension.

It’s a good thing we are not our minds, because this belief dramatically limits us to a confused thought system of fear and suffering. In truth, the universe is made up of both “stuff” and “not stuff” (or empty space). 99.99999999% of the universe is empty space, and the same is true inside our bodies.

Even the concept of “nothing” is beyond the mind’s grasp. Try to think deeply about empty space and you will enter being, or the now. The mind is designed only to function on the level of matter—which is useful in this world but limiting.

The mind also cannot understand that time doesn’t exist—that everything happening is always happening in the now. Nothing has ever escaped the now. It is the only place where everything is, always has been, and always will be. Matter moves and changes form, but all movement is happening in the present.

The mind cannot understand eternity or infinity. The mind cannot answer what love is, what happiness and peace is, or where life originates. How exactly does life come from nothing and become something? What is life anyway?

The mind will never figure out what it was not designed to figure out. To master life, you must master love, freedom, health, wisdom, peace, creativity. No mind will ever figure out this realm. So we move more deeply into consciousness tomorrow and each day after that.

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Attack teaches nothing.

There is an impulse to attack when we feel wronged, or when we perceive someone’s behavior as unacceptable. Other times, we attack out of fear and desperation. We attack when our needs aren’t being met. The problem is that attack never works.

All attack flows from emotions that are caused by a lack of acceptance. Resistance of what is causes suffering within, which in turn causes a deep desire to end that suffering. When the situation gets bad enough, we resort to attack as though there are no other options.

Attack takes many forms. There are the more obvious kinds: punishing, yelling, physical abuse, or threats. But attack also includes the more passive-aggressive shutting so-called toxic people out of our lives, blaming, shaming, judging, and condemning.

Attack is justified as the way to make someone wrong. You feel it’s the only way to be heard. You feel desperate. You feel betrayed, violated, you want to teach a lesson.

In truth, whatever is going on probably isn’t about you at all. At least that’s not how the other party sees it. Other people are just trying to get their needs met. If yours aren’t being met, then skip the attack and have THAT conversation.

I’m not saying that we should passively accept everything that happens. Sometimes your needs aren’t being met, and it is okay to say so. But say so lovingly. Find a way so that everybody can get their needs met. Then there will be no conflict, there will be joy and greater abundance.

Demonstrate that you love others enough that you want their needs to be met. They will do the same in return. It’s called natural giving, which flows from that thing every human is made of: love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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We come into this world from the void—arriving as pure love, with the sole purpose of shining our light.

May those of us who were born long ago remember the pure love within. May those born just now never forget.

Born today, September 3rd, 2018—my son, Leonard Milan Manney.

A parent’s job is allegiance to the love of our children. Even as we help them adjust to this mad world, we can never let them forget what is real—the perfect love we are born as.

The world will do what it does to our kids. Life is challenging. It can be no other way. We don’t need pile on. Our job is to unblock their potential to shine love onto a world in need. Give them permission for joy, for peace, teach them that love is what is real and there are no limits to its power.

May we keep our children safe and give them comfort while also setting them free to love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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There is nothing anyone can do that you can’t do.

We were all created with equal power to use our minds, our bodies, our one consciousness to create.

Since there is no superior human, we can stop playing the game of who’s right and who’s better.

We can appreciate the beauty of our uniqueness while we remain rooted in our sameness.

We can do our best each day to serve each other by creating value for each other through love. There is nothing anyone can do that you can’t do—but you can’t do it alone. Join together in union, so that we can each do our part.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Lay the ego aside, it will be gone. (A Course in Miracles)

The ego wants to run your life. You need only remain unaware that it exists. Continue to believe that you are your thoughts, your body, and your life situation. Believe that sickness and suffering are inevitable, that the ways you have been victimized and oppressed are inescapable, that permanent joy, love and peace are impossible.

Most people believe that some ego is natural and that it is impossible to completely escape the ego. I have found that it is possible, and fully desirable, to abolish this parasite called the ego. Simply look at it. Watch it. Observe. Know what it is and what it does. When you do this, you will no longer want it. You will lay it aside. It will be gone.

If you are not ready to do this, you can put these teachings aside for some time. Suffer a bit more. Come back when you want perfect love, joy, happiness, freedom and abundance. Perhaps you still believe that there is something of value to be offered by the ego. Has its guidance brought lasting happiness so far? Has it ever delivered to you what it promises? You are free to choose a different thought system.

The ego seeks salvation in external forms such as wealth, moving to a new place, or sensual pleasures. But even if you get what you believe will make you happy, it doesn’t work for long. There is a momentary high, followed by depression, then you move on to the next thing. The ego seeks but cannot find. Rid yourself of this parasite.

Lay the ego aside to live at the center of the wheel. Go into the present moment. What problem do you have at this moment? Who is the “I” observing the thoughts in your mind? Now feel the energy in your inner body. Can you love yourself from within? Notice the silence, the stillness, and the beauty surrounding you at all times.

When you are ready, lay the ego aside. It will be gone. We continue tomorrow and each day after that. 154

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Love, as a continuous state, is as-yet very rare. As rare as conscious human beings. (Eckhart Tolle)

Romantic relationships, on one level, are extremely satisfying. You are in love. You feel alive. Your existence feels meaningful. You feel complete when you are together. The feeling is so intense that it becomes addictive. From a deep sense of neediness comes the fear of abandonment. This clinging is the cause of the negative side of the relationship.

Most romantic relationships oscillate between the positive and the negative every few days, weeks or months. The negative manifests as “possessiveness, jealousy, control, withdrawal and unspoken resentment, the need to be right, insensitivity and self-absorption, emotional demands and manipulation, the urge to argue, criticize, judge, blame or attack, anger, rage and physical violence.” -Power of Now

“Was it love in the first place, or just an addictive grasping and clinging?”

The romantic love relationship seems to offer relief from the suffering of this life. But without a deeper spiritual awakening, it doesn’t work for long. The positive turns to negative and back again. The relationship spirals downward because so much damage is being done. The ego cannot forgive, so the relationship eventually collapses under its own weight. In time, you come to believe that the other person is not relief from suffering; rather, the cause of it. The feeling is mutual. You can stay together and suffer or leave. Neither option offers much hope.

There is another way. You can end the cycle now. You will not find salvation in the current relationship nor the next one, but you can find it only in the present moment. Rather than trying to be in-love, simply be love.

Let go of the past, the expectations, and the clinging. Free yourself and your partner from the rules and demands. Love yourself and your partner unconditionally. Practice total honesty, communicating only in the language of love. This is love as a continuous state, where there is no negative and positive—just love. This is easy to do, but impossible within the ego. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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