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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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This is the spiritual path. Whether we know it or not, we are all on it. 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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You move on more quickly when you bring a “yes” to the present moment. (Eckhart Tolle)

If the world doesn’t ever seem to give us what we want, it is because the world is not here to give us what we want. This is not the world’s function. The world of form is here to challenge us so that we go more deeply into the formless.

We cannot expect the world to give us what it cannot. None of our deepest needs can be satisfied by the world. Those longings, cravings, dreams and desires are there to pull us back to our true identity—the stillness, the nothingness, the formless dimension within. Satisfaction can only be found within.

Now we see the world differently. Rather than expecting it to give us something, we accept what it is. Now we stop resisting. We say yes to its challenges and begin to notice its simple beauty. Why say yes to the present moment? Because it is all we can ever have. The present moment is the only place where you can experience anything. This is where everything is, always was, and always will be. By resisting the present moment, we place our faith in the mind, which seeks happiness in external form—the realm of constant change where nothing can provide lasting satisfaction, peace or happiness.

Relative to the formless (the soul, spirit, consciousness), external form is meaningless. Nothing you seek can be found here. No solutions exist that do not flow from within. We continue to go within 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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The only true revolution is a consciousness revolution.

A revolution that does not involve an escape from the ego is no revolution at all.

What about protests and uprisings? Exciting, a cause of great conflict, but activism only validates the legitimacy of centralized authority and does nothing to undo a system of egoic domination.

How about a violent overthrow? Terrifying, leaves a vacuum of power, and falls short of changing the way people think and behave.

Elections? You mean the ones run by a system of centralized authority designed to control and exploit you?

New technology? Possibly. Does it lead to the destruction of ego? Harmonious union? True abundance through creation being unleashed on a massive scale? Alignment with perfect love?

The world is insane. The wars, the exploitation, the destruction of the environment, the poverty, the general rudeness, aggression and ugliness that has become normal human interaction. Do you think any of this would change with a different party in power?

The cancer of the world is ego—a belief in separation, an identification with form which is manifested in attack. The consciousness revolution is the undoing of ego and the decentralization of a society based on the values of love.

We are currently stuck for one reason: we believe centralized authority has authority. Tomorrow we look, beyond fear, at a new social structure that is beginning to take form: decentralization.    

The consciousness revolution is the only revolution that will lead to instant, lasting, fundamental change. It isn’t something we need to fight for—only look for within. It is a silent, peaceful shift and we do not need permission. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.


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Being faced with an impossible learning situation is the most depressing thing in the world. (A Course in Miracles)

“This is why the world, itself, is depressing. Whenever the reaction to learning is depression, it is because the true goal of the curriculum has been lost sight of.” -A Course in Miracles

Guided by the ego, you are guided into confusion and chaos. The result is fear and depression. Guided by spirit, you are guided into love. All joy, bliss, and peace flow instantly from love.

What is the goal of your learning? What is it for? If the lesson is sacrifice, know that none of your needs can be met through sacrifice. Give all you have, but not in sacrifice. Sacrifice, by its own definition, takes you further away from everything you want.

The ego gives you endless reasons to seek that which you do not want and do not enjoy. Authority has conditioned you to seek that which feels unnatural, uninspiring and depressing. This is, indeed, losing sight of the curriculum. Now healing has become your curriculum.

To heal is to restore the normal function of the mind and body. Ignore voices of authority—including your own mind chatter. Pay attention to the stillness, to the silent guidance emerging from your intuition and brought into your body through emotions.

Now the curriculum is to feel good—which is only possible by serving a new master: not the ego, but spirit. Another word for love. Another word for God. The Source. Consciousness. Essence. Now the mind effortlessly communicates in love, connects in oneness, and creates with the purpose of joy. Here all needs are met.

The mind cannot do anything alone—it needs the body. The body is healed when it is restored to its natural function—to serve a mind aligned with spirit. This is our only curriculum—our purpose in this life. Escape the ego to heal in love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.


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