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Minimalism

There is nothing that the soul can possess. Perhaps more interesting—there is nothing that even the body can possess. This pursuit of “getting” is a phantom and an impossibility from the start.

What can the body receive other than visions, sounds, food and water? The body is not designed to “have” anything because there is nowhere inside of us to put it or keep it. The body can receive only that which is experienced in the now. Sensory perception is the full extent of our capacity to get, receive, possess.

Life is sensory perception—a state of being, not having. Any illusion of having requires external protection of something that forever remains external to us. Property must be locked-up and is never entirely secure. Money must be stored somewhere, and its value is unstable. Status, success, physical appearances—all completely unstable and impermanent. We never possess a single thing—not even on the level of the body and not even for a day.

It is untrue that having more makes us happier. Everything we attempt to have requires some degree of effort, sacrifice or struggle. Large houses must be cleaned. Cars must be safely parked somewhere. New clothes must be stored. Gadgets unpackaged. Career or status requires great sacrifice.

Even “having children” or “having a spouse” can cause worry, struggle, and frustration if you believe that it is possible to “have” another person. This is jealousy. To end the feeling of jealousy, know only that having is impossible.

This pursuit of having, this chasing of an eternally-elusive phantom, is the root of our worldly frustration. Minimalism is not a sacrifice—it is the only possibility of happiness. Anything that exists in our life situation on the level of external form is only valuable to the extent that it enhances our state of being.

Go even deeper and realize that you are not body; rather soul. It is impossible for the body to possess—and you do not possess your body. We exist, together, in the eternal present moment on the level of the soul. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole lives waiting to start living. (Eckhart Tolle)

Maybe you believe you will be happy someday. You may be beautiful, young, single and free…yet somehow you are miserable because you are waiting to get married and have children. Someday you will have a beautiful family, plenty of money, maybe a great career. Then maybe you will put off living your dreams until after retirement. Always waiting for the future to start living.

Waiting means this: you want the future. You don’t want the present.

I know so many people who live this way. I want nothing more than to be present with these people, to experience bliss, to try something new, to laugh, to grow, to come alive. But they are out of reach—too busy planning for the future, hiding from the present, resisting what is, rejecting love, wealth and abundance now, where it exists.

Alright, I’ll be patient. I can wait for you another day, another month, another 10 years—but I suspect that despite your strong belief in the future, when I check back you will still be waiting. You will still be cut-off from the present, still unsatisfied, still unwilling to connect, to accept, to trust, to try, to let go of fear and to enter presence.

Hey, I’m right here, in the present moment. I see you, I get you, I know what you want. I might even know how to provide it or help you get it. But you are cutting of the possibility of everything you want by resisting and rejecting everything that is. You are dreaming, and dreams never come true until they are fully shared. This sharing must happen between us, in the present moment, the field where everything is, has always been, and always will be.

“Give up waiting as a state of mind. Snap out of it. Come into the present moment.” We continue, in this present moment, tomorrow and each day after that.

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Stop thinking and end your problems (Tao Te Ching)

Problems arise from the realm of perception—which is the need to judge, the impulse to evaluate good days and bad days or good news and bad news. But these mental evaluations don’t mean anything.

To label, judge, or evaluate reality is to place faith in the ego even as the ego does not know what it wants or how to get it. Sometimes you encounter a challenge which turns out later to be the best thing that could ever have happened. Take another example, you might celebrate getting a job you wanted. Then, months later, you realize that your boss or colleague is making your life miserable.

In truth, there is no way to know what is good or bad. There are too many variables, too many unknowns, too many factors that lie beyond the realm of perception. Most of us are lost in hopes and fears even as we are blind to what is. “Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self.” Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (13)  

The master learns not to evaluate reality. You are present. You accept everything that is happening as just something that is happening. You stop the mind from judging, complaining, or even celebrating. Just say yes to life and follow the signs. What is just is. This is being fully-conscious. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Spirit is now, while ego is delay.

Spirit offers everything you want. It is instantly accessible within you. It has the power to release you from suffering and to inspire others. But keep spirit to yourself and it won’t be strong enough to do much of anything.

Your soul wants to be free, it wants to be shared. The same can be said of your ideas, your creations, your love, your true beauty—all of which are of spirit. Spirit is strengthened by being shared, by being given away.

So why do we hold back? Why the delay? “Delay is of the ego because time is its concept. Both time and delay are meaningless in eternity.” A Course in Miracles

The purpose of our lives is to take this journey. Yet we delay by attempting to take a spiritual journey with the ego. Spirit is foreign to the ego and the ego is fearful. Smile at the ego. It is not so tough (or useful) after all.  

Spirit is now, while ego is delay. Know this and feel your energy shift already. Live in that energy and do what inspires you now or sink back into the discomfort zone of paralysis and delay. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Rest does not come from sleeping, but from waking. (A Course in Miracles).

“The world is very tired because it is the idea of weariness.” The idea of the world is that our purpose is to sacrifice, to tolerate maximum suffering and discomfort because of rewards and punishments.

Schools keep little children in frustrated obedience for too long. Employers keep us at work even longer and pay us as little as possible. Governments make strict laws and tax us to the highest level we can stand. Relationships and marriages come with too many demands and expectations in return for too little bliss. We are asked to sacrifice, always sacrifice, and we have come to believe in this manipulation, this theft of our lives. We even call this “the real world”.

All this sacrifice is making us so tired that sleep doesn’t even help. We live for weekends or brief holidays and, just as the dark clouds part and any inspiration appears, we are sent back into the sacrifice. In a way this is done to us, in a way we do it to ourselves. Fuck this.

Tolerance for sacrifice is not the purpose of your life. Furthermore, you will never reach happiness through sacrifice (only more sacrifice). The only way to break free from this dreadful cycle is to remember your spiritual identity and simply begin to live in truth.

You are spirit, not the voice in your mind. Your first priority is to feel good now, not in the past or future. Love is everything, and through love comes perfect knowledge, freedom and abundance. You forgive yourself and others. You break free from this dreadful isolation, you stop competing, attacking, and being right. You connect, you accept others, you give, you create regardless of what anybody thinks. Now accept, without any judgment, the drastic changes coming your way. Now you have chosen the way of spirit and this requires no sacrifice. Rest in joy.

“You are the light of the world with me. Awaken and be glad.” We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quotes from A Course in Miracles

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To have all, give all to all. (A Course in Miracles)

This statement makes no sense to the left-brain, logical, egoic mind. If you give away something, how can you have all of it?

But we’re not talking about “things”. Things have little value and are of no concern. We’re talking about having all. Having all implies something of real value, something true, beautiful, meaningful, eternal.

Even the lower mind can understand that when love, beauty or happiness is shared, it is not diminished. It becomes more real, it inspires greater happiness and love in the other. It is increased. Also, when your best creations shared, you are rewarded. Creating real value for another is the source of abundance, wealth and prosperity.

Forget about the idea of giving away all your money or possessions. We’re talking about giving or sharing that which is most valuable. Be truly helpful, be a light of love to all, create that which is useful, or that which inspires joy, happiness, and bliss.

True giving is the same as true receiving. To receive love, give love. To receive wealth, offer all your talents to all. This is abundance. This is healing. This is happiness. True happiness and joy must be created through sharing. Sharing is the giving that happens between two who realize they are one.

All forms of poverty and lack are rooted in an unwillingness to give. To have all, give all to all. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. (Tao Te Ching)

A core human need is to be admired, loved and respected. Thus, we seek approval and grasp at what cannot be possessed.

This drive toward socially-acceptable normalcy is the drive to become false and to bury the truths of the soul. Thus we are conditioned, trained, controlled, domesticated by nothing more than a few occasional words of approval. Behind the cheap praise there is no love and no respect.

Set yourself free from the social norms, the expectations, the ways of the world you were taught. There is nothing you can do to be truly loved, admired, or respected. But there is something you can be: yourself.

When you are content to be simply yourself, and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, 8

Be the light that you are and not the false reflections. We continue tomorrow and day after that.

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How to cope with stress

Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. Or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It’s a split that tears you apart inside.

That terrible feeling of stress, frustration, and anxiety is your body telling you that something is wrong. You have forgotten that now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be. Most of all, you’ve stopped believing that you are freedom.

To be stressed is to believe that you need a different set of external circumstances before you can be happy. But if you are seeking liberation in external form, you will continue to seek for a lifetime—experiencing only brief, temporary relief from the agony. You’ll feel split, torn apart, like something is dreadfully wrong.

To create and live with such a split is insane. The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it any less insane.

When you feel that you have no power, like you are adrift on a stormy sea, this is the feeling of your soul screaming out for remembrance. The unease and sickness inside of you is a reminder that you have forgotten what is real. Your belief has shifted to external form, to ego, to the realm of the impermanent. You’ve forgotten that you have all the power—to leave the situation, to do something about it, or to fully surrender to it. Those are your options.

Remember that spirit cannot be threatened by any external situation or condition imposed upon you. You are the source of power because you are love and you are the energy of life. What is real about you cannot be threatened by anyone or anything. Remember this, go deeply into the fear, the stress, anxiety. Access the power of now and it will melt away. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quotes from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

 

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Love does not conquer all things, but it does set all things right. (A Course in Miracles)

To know love is to know that there is no need to conquer anything. What is there to conquer when you have already been given everything? In this way, it might be said that love conquers even the need to conquer.

Perfect love, like perfect knowledge, is instant, eternal, full and complete. Know any of it and you know its entirety. But try to grasp it or achieve it with the mind and remain wanting. To seek more of anything is to place your trust in the ego. Perfect abundance is yours, but it is accessible in a different way from what you have been taught. Go to this place—consciousness, presence, stillness, spirit, your essence identity—because perfect love, abundance, and freedom exists beyond all thought and form.

With the simple realization that it is enough just to be, then perfect knowledge, love, and creativity flows freely like a gushing stream that contains all the power of the universe. Try it and you will know. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Humans have just one superpower—the power to create.

“If we closely observe the activities of nature, we will find that there is only one process going on. And that process is one of continuous creation, of procreation, of creating new and different self-forms.” -Osho

We are life, and of course the same is true of us. We were given these minds and bodies for one purpose: the purpose of creating.

Let’s start with the sex drive. The need for sex is nothing other than the most basic urge to create. To resist sexual desire is to resist life. Why not accept and embrace it fully? How can we rise to the higher forms of creation if we cannot even embrace the most basic?

Moving beyond this most basic power, we have a superpower—creative powers far exceeding any known life form. We have hands to make things, minds to imagine what does not yet exist, and language powerful enough to make concepts felt and understood. We can write, speak, make music, develop technology, paint, draw, invent systems, entertain, inform…we are perfectly designed life forms and there’s almost nothing we can’t do.

So what do we do with this superpower? Here’s the thing: the mind is always creating and teaching. We have no choice. Even when you are completely uninspired; perhaps watching television, gossiping, or arguing—you are still creating. You may be creating negative stories in your mind, problems, or issues—but you are creating! Anything done in the egoic state is, of course, a miscreation. To remain in the ego is to fall beneath your calling and potential while creating misery for yourself and others.

To know spirit is to let your powers inspire you just as they inspire us all. You are extraordinary. Embrace your power to create and know what it is for. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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