Is acceptance and forgiveness a form of weakness?

As Eckhart Tolle explains, “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within. Secondary reality without.”

What kinds of thoughts is your mind thinking? What do you feel? Direct your attention into the body. Is there any tension? Once you detect some unease, “See in what way you are avoiding, resisting, or denying life by denying the now.”

Are you resisting your job? Resenting a person who is close to you? Unable to forgive? Fear losing something you believe defines you? Unwilling to do what you are expected to do? Simply feel and accept the emotion. Is this an energy you would choose to have inside you? Maybe what you feel is justified or true, but nonetheless you are resisting what is. By resisting, you are creating negativity within yourself and harming yourself. You have a choice.

You are free, and liberation starts by looking inward, at your inner state. This can only be done with an intense awareness of the now. Liberate your inner world, then begin to change the situation on the outside. From presence, you begin to act in love and harmony. You speak your beautiful truth, you serve others wisely and effectively, you help, you listen. But you cannot do any of this while resisting what is.

Acceptance clears the path to liberation, which leads to inspiration, which leads to the possibility of real change. Acceptance is not a form of weakness, it is the source of power and strength. But even if you cannot change the outside, so what? “Nothing real can be threatened. When this is your state of being, how can you not succeed? You have succeeded already.” We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quotes taken from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle   

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You have never failed

Yesterday we realized how ego fails and spirit persists. Now with clear eyes, we see that failure is nothing more than a decision—a meaningless choice to throw your hands up in frustration and give up. Belief in failure is a decision for separation rather than unity. Today we undo decisions of failure.

If you believe you have failed, you’re not done yet. Go back. Inject spirit into problematic relationships and endeavors. Revive, reincarnate, resurrect those failures with consciousness. Creative action done from the place of consciousness cannot fail and will persist eternally. Just keep going.

How do we keep going to undo past failures? With unconditional, limitless love. With present-moment awareness. With meditation. We now recognize that the state of being is what matters, not the quantity of doing. We now connect with essence identity each day. We do and act from this place while remaining at the center of the wheel. If your doing feels fun, stress-free, and effortless, then you are creating from spirit. If not, stop doing anything and get to that place.

Why do we need to go back and undo past failures? Because through those problematic relationships, projects, and endeavors you have learned unique skills and abilities. Those experiences, which are unique to your mind and body, were given to you for a purpose. Escape the ego, surrender, and allow spirit to use your skills and abilities to serve all of humanity.

Maybe moving forward is as simple as going back to undo failure. This is healing. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Ego quits, while spirit persists

To play the ego game is to devote your life energy to a game that cannot be won. Ego is a fool’s game that will lead you into failure by design.

Ego is uncontrolled mind activity and perception. Constantly interpreting and reinterpreting, it’s arguments and strategies are never consistent. Never certain of the course or how to get there, the ego reacts with fear, confusion, paralysis, procrastination and inaction. Utterly clueless and useless, it still attempts to get what it wants through attack, image-projection, boastfulness and dishonesty.

Despite its inability to create anything of value, ego-driven doing always expects immediate results. When results are not immediate, others are blamed and the egoic person gives up.

Spirit is knowing. Anything created through spirit endures eternally. This includes not only creative pursuits, projects and business ventures—but also relationships. When a person awakens to spirit and lives from this place, all doing is directly connected to knowing.

Anything created in spirit is designed for the soul. On the level of the soul, we are eternally all the same. Spirit-based creating, therefore, is successful because it is embraced by everyone forever on the level of the soul—the only realm that matters.

Furthermore, spirit never gives up. Because it is love, it gives without conditions or expectations. Time is not real to spirit, so from here patience is limitless. Learn to live from spirit and you will never fail again. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.   

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Is there joy, ease, or lightness in what I am doing? (Eckhart Tolle)

Yesterday we discussed the difference between making from the ego and creating from the depth of consciousness. As we go through our days, as we strive toward our goals and do what we do, how can we know whether we are creating or merely making?

Eckhart Tolle explains, “If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to change what you’re doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. ‘How’ is always more important than ‘what’. See if you can give more attention to the doing than to the result you want to achieve from it.”

Humanity is currently going through the greatest shift in ages—the shift from the fallen, mind-dominated state to a state of consciousness. To reach this state on an individual level is called salvation, atonement, awakening, awareness, and there are many other words used to describe the state of consciousness. What happens when a critical mass of the population reaches this state together?

To reach this state on a massive scale is called the consciousness revolution—which is the only real revolution and humanity’s only chance of survival. Any revolution that involves attacking or trying to destroy a problem will fail to produce the desired result. The consciousness revolution attacks nothing. Through it, we quietly create a new Earth by simply creating together in harmony from a place of joy, ease, and lightness. We live and create from a place of feeling good. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Your real creations are as timeless as you are

The function of the mind is to make and to create; but making and creating are not the same.

The ego is something we make and is then the source of all making. Having first been made by you, it is no wonder that it is so valued by you. From the ego, it is possible to make only that which is unstable, meaningless, impermanent, uninspired, unoriginal—that which has no real value. To attempt to create from the ego—from the realm of perception and interpretation—is to project image, to attempt to get rather than to give, to miscreate.

To create is something entirely different. Creation is channeled from spirit, from love, from the source of true knowledge. Any creation is instantly recognized as beautiful, meaningful, helpful and true. Creation transmits energy that inspires. It brings greater consciousness and love into the world. Gains in consciousness cannot be undone and are never lost. Creation is that which endures eternally. Even as it may shift form, it may be reinterpreted, it may spread through derivative creations, the light brought into the world through creation cannot be dimmed.

“Spirit is beyond humility, because it recognizes its radiance and gladly sheds its light everywhere.” A Course in Miracles

Creation is the light of spirit. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.     

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Normal is insane

You feel it, don’t you? When you try to conform to the expectations of society, when you care about the opinions and judgments of others. You don’t feel well. Your energy sinks. You want to leave the situation. You need space to be alone.

You tell yourself to try harder, to get it together, but you feel like a misfit. You hide your truth, you lie, you pretend, and all because you are afraid. Guess what? This is normal. Normal is insane.

Stress. Conflict. Competition. Status. Possessions. Crime. War. Corruption of institutions. Nasty comments from friends. Snobbery. Complaining. Gossiping. Judgements. All normal, all insane.

There is a different way and a new normal emerging. It is being lived by an increasing number of people around the world. You can’t identify us by our fashion or tastes. We don’t belong to any particular age group, religion, or profession. We are difficult to spot unless you are looking for smiling faces, unexpected loving gestures, eyes that radiate depth and beauty from the soul, health and youthfulness even in old age. We are mostly calm, peaceful, quiet and still.

We’re learning not to preach, but if you ask us real questions, the answers will be channeled from the source of love and knowledge. We will show you the books, the meditation, the yoga, the relationship practices, the way of living that truly transcends the suffering that has been life on earth for a long time now.

The only thing special about us is that we know we are not special at all. We know that we are no different from you in all the ways that matter. We are equal, harmonious, accepting of everything, and we are quietly creating a new Earth just by being what we all are. The new normal is your true identity, your essence, your consciousness, the observer of the mind, the soul. We will meet you here. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Forget about your life situation for a while and pay attention to your life. (Eckhart Tolle)

What’s the difference? Your life situation exists in time. It is mind stuff. Your life is now and is everything real.

When you narrow your awareness to just this moment, this space you are in, this room, this view—you find that here problems do not exist. Notice your breath. The way it feels to touch something. Notice the sounds around you, the textures, the colors. Recognize that there is nothing you are lacking in this moment and there is no challenge you cannot easily respond to. You feel your energy increase, your mood changes, and the light of inspiration begins to shine through. Now your energy has shifted toward life and away from mind activity.

Problems begin when you slip away from this state of presence. When you think about your life situation, what should have happened, what you hope will happen, what you want or what you need to do about this or that—then your focus shifts to thoughts, random mind activity, which causes anxiety and suffering. None of this stuff is real for anyone but you. It is only your dream. You are awake, but in truth sleepwalking. It is possible to awaken and begin to live fully in the only realm that is real: the now.

How? Simply notice every time your focus shifts to the past or future. Bring it back to the now. If you are driving to work, notice the trees or the bird flying by. Don’t hold onto it, just notice the continuous moment. If you are coming out of the elevator and walking to your desk, notice each step, each sound. If you are talking with a friend or colleague, pay attention to each gesture, each word. Even if you are discussing mind stuff, being present means seeing the essence of the person now—which is beyond the words, beyond the arguments, plans, worries and frustrations.

Awaken to the now. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Egos can clash in any situation, but spirit cannot clash at all. (A Course in Miracles)

“Spirit cannot perceive, and ego cannot know.”

Two people coming together in spirit cannot clash. In the absence of ego, they experience perfect and lasting love, union and oneness. However, it is impossible for a spiritual person to co-exist harmoniously with a person in the egoic state.

Two egos can find a way to communicate because they share the same thought system of separation. Two egos always clash through competition and debate. They generate all sorts of dysfunction, but a relationship between two egos is considered normal in this world.

But when spirit clashes with ego, a dramatic and explosive dynamic is created. Here, either true teaching must occur, or the ego must protect itself by seeking total separation. There can be no ongoing, functional relationship between a spirit and an ego. Teaching must occur, or the relationship must end.

Spirit cannot be taught. It already knows. Ego must be taught, but it cannot know. Knowing therefore requires a full release from the egoic state. This is awakening—the only process of correction and undoing of error. When a person is identified with ego, this painful but necessary process is perceived as attack.

A true teacher of spirit is willing to endure this process. We are patient and we know that the lessons must be repeated until they are learned. A healer does not collect followers; rather, ultimately wishes to heal and then become obsolete.  

You are spirit. Spirit is eternal, unchangeable and perfect. We accept and love everyone unconditionally. We forgive even before the error has occurred. When there is error, we correct even if the process is ugly. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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