Posts categorized "Personal Development"

This works better than Adderall & Ritalin

Users of Adderall and Ritalin claim that the drug takes them to a focused, Zen-like state. High-performers are tempted to use the drug to get an edge over the competition. But there is something that works even better to take you to that Zen-like state. This is the pure stuff. It is called Zen.

This works better than adderall  Ritalin

Not only does Zen come without side-effects, it offers the following benefits over both drugs and placebo:

  • The perfect combination of never-ending calmness, focus, and energy.
  • Improved ability to love others—which may cause increased health, happiness, and abundance.
  • Your work is focused only on what matters and problems get solved without effort. You are effortlessly able to channel a higher intelligence than your own.
  • Improved relationships with other people. Zero conflict and an endless state of calm.
  • Plenty of free time because your focus is effortless shifted to what matters most.
  • No burn-out, no sleepless nights, no fear, no coming down.

If you think this is an exaggeration, try it for yourself. It works on adults and kids too. When you begin to meditate, you will find that you can get more done when in a calm state. By remaining at the center of the wheel, you can solve problems because you aren’t afraid of your problems. Basically, you stop doing those stupid, emotional things that undermine your relationships and cause problems in your life.

Zen is just another word for transformation, enlightenment, salvation, consciousness, or awakening. As is written in the Tao Te Ching, “There are names but not nature in words.” In other words, there are different names for the same thing.

It doesn’t matter what you call it, but true Zen can’t be found in a drug or in therapy. It requires meditation, not medication. It doesn’t matter what kind of meditation you do—it can even be guided meditation (those recordings of a calm voice guiding you through it). Give meditation a few weeks. At first, you won’t know if it is working and you may not notice any changes. But, in time, your whole state of being changes—especially when combined with a daily learning practice. We will continue tomorrow and in the days after that.

Be still while you work

And keep full control

Over all.

-Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu

Image taken from the Netflix documentary that inspired this post called “Take Your Pills”

By Abscondo

Everything that comes from love is a miracle. (A Course in Miracles)

To imagine a loveless miracle is to misunderstand both miracles and love.

What do you imagine when you think of miracles? Perhaps physical healing? The miracle of life? Winning the lottery?

It would be impossible for a person to heal while in a state of fear. Love is the opposite of fear, the antidote to all suffering and the source of all healing. Child birth is only a miracle if the child is brought into a world where love and beauty is possible. And if a great fortune is given to a person who does not know self-love, that fortune will likely only fund self-destructive behavior and lead to misery.

Love is the source of all miracles, or as A Course in Miracles beautifully states:

The real miracle is the love that inspires them. Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.

Purification is the escape the ego. That is what we are learning here. We continue tomorrow.

Everything that comes from love is a miracle. A course in Miracles : Combined Volume

Paper art by Zuzana Jurekova

6. Love

By Abscondo

Thinking has become a disease. Have you found the off button? (Eckhart Tolle)

In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle explains, “Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continually attacks and punishes them, and drains them of vital energy.” That inner voice in your head is what Eckhart Tolle calls “the conditioned mind”. It is not really your thoughts; rather, it is made up of everything you have learned from the outside world. Don Miguel Ruiz refers to this same phenomenon as the “domestication of humans”. That voice isn’t you; it is your own worst enemy.

Eckhart explains further, “There is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought.” In other words, finding the off button for your mind is the only way to tap into true intelligence. If you fail to tap into this realm of intelligence, you will never know true success—unlimited abundance in health, happiness, love, and security.

That voice, what is also referred to as your ego, is the cause of suffering. It is what stands in your way. Most people believe that you cannot escape the ego, but it is rather easy and there are many ways to do it.

Eckhart recommends that you pay attention to the voice—especially the thoughts or worries you have on repeat. When they creep up, simply tell yourself:

That’s the voice, and I am the one listening to it. The thought loses its power over you. You are free.

If you do this even once and you are changed forever. This is the meaning of “I am”. This is the essence of true enlightenment, liberation, awakening. It is really that simple, and you are already starting to get it.

Thinking has become a disease. Have you found the off button?

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Photo by Brian Evans

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By Abscondo

Doing is knowing. (Osho)

The purpose of existing as a human being on this planet is to know through doing. By doing, we acquire knowledge. A person who has not experienced something simply does not know what that thing is.

If something excites you, do it. If there is something you think about all the time—something that intrigues you or even scares you—then that is something you must start doing now. Are you afraid? Fear prevents you from living fully by stopping you from doing.

Do you want to know what love is? Fall in love. Do you want to know what it feels like to perform on stage? Do it. Do you have some big idea that might change the world? Get started and do not look back. You may not succeed, but what matters is that you will come away with the knowledge of what that thing is (and is not).

Reading about something is not enough. Talking about, debating, and writing about something brings you no further to true knowledge. Do, become, experience whatever it is that excites you. 

Doing is knowing.

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within by Osho

More quotes from the book:

Only a blind man can easily describe the light.

The moment you enter love, you enter a different person. That is called rebirth.

DoingIsKnowing

By Abscondo

Your thoughts don’t change the rain. (Michael Singer)

There is a voice inside your head and it sounds like your own. The voice is silent to others, but very real to you. It never stops talking to you; telling you what you should do, what you should have done, what will be, what should be, and what shouldn’t be. You hear it, right? Your voice is probably answering this question right now.

Normal people trust this voice, even as it argues both sides and changes its position as if blowing in the wind. Normal people believe that this voice is their true identity. It is not.

To meditate is to quiet or ignore that voice if even for a short time. The purpose of meditation is to discover and connect with your true identity. You are the silent observer of everything (including your own thoughts). To meditate is to connect with the now, accepting it exactly how it is, without analysis or judgment. It is to recognize that you are not your past story, your future plans, your fears, your guilt, or even your life situation. You are not even your body. You are spirit, soul, and life itself. You are already perfect and already complete, just as you are. You already have everything and nobody can stop you from accessing it because it is already inside you.

Normal people hold on to those crazy thoughts, even when sleepless at 3 a.m., because they believe it is possible to “do something” about this or “deal with” that. But your mind has far less control over things than you believe. You cannot change a situation that already is. You cannot fix another person’s problems. You can’t even fix your own. Billions of things are happening in the world right now and your thoughts don’t change much of anything.

This doesn’t mean that you are powerless. Remember, you already have everything inside you—and that includes infinite power. When you become present, conscious, and accepting of what is, only then can you align with that power. The right response is always the same: it is love. Let love guide you, not the voice.

Your thoughts don’t change the rain.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer.

Photo by Hendrik Wieduwilt.

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By Abscondo

With that fear of being punished and that fear of not getting the reward, we start pretending to be what we are not. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

To love someone is to remove all possibility of punishment and reward. The purpose of any punishment or reward is to trick a person into behaving in a specific way. It is a way of ignoring a person and considering only your ability to manipulate a behavior. Even if you may get the behavior, you will lose all possibility of truth and honesty in the relationship.

From childhood and through the rest of our lives, the world has domesticated us through the endless repetition of punishments and rewards. We are punished and rewarded by parents, teachers, the government, and in the workplace. To awaken is to undo what has been done do you by no longer agreeing with it. Do not respond to threats, punishments, or rewards. There is also no need to fight it. Just ignore it and be you.

To love yourself is to disagree with the process of your own domestication. To love another is to create space for freedom by removing all possibility of punishment and reward in the relationship. This is love. This is acceptance. This is freedom. This is bliss. This is your home.

Read The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

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By Abscondo

The past is gone; the future is not yet. Now am I freed from both. (Course in Miracles)

The past is lifeless. Less real than a photograph, as unchangeable as a stone. The future is less than a dream. Less vivid, less real even than the world you inhabit in sleep.    

Freedom is only found in this moment. This moment is where everything is and where everything has always been. See, hear, taste, touch, and sense everything. Feel your breath. Feel the stillness between breaths. Look even beyond the realm of the senses, to the silence of your perception. 

Here, where you are, where you always have been, is freedom. 

The past is goneThe future is not yet.Now am i freed from both.

A course in Miracles : Combined Volume

By Abscondo

Wild Wild Country (Netflix) documentary: about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested I should read Osho. Despite my deep familiarity with spiritual writings, somehow this is a name that had eluded me. I always follow book recommendations, so I immediately started to read Love, Freedom, Aloneness by Osho.  

What I love and admire about Osho's spiritual teachings is his brave willingness to challenge our beliefs on sexuality, marriage, and family. This is an area that is cautiously overlooked by teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, who error on the side of playing it safe. For his cleverness, humor, and honesty, the late Osho quickly became one of my favorite spiritual teachers. But I still didn't know much about him.

Then a few days ago, I noticed a new documentary series about him on Netflix called Wild Wild Country and dove right in. I won't go into any detail, so as not to play spoiler, but...wow.  This story of the 1980's Rajneesh Commune in Oregon certainly requires some thoughtful analysis by anyone who would follow Osho's teachings. If his teachings are filled with such wisdom, what went wrong in practice?

The answer is simple: centralization. Any idea or philosophy, if implemented in a centralized way, will fail. Absolute power corrupts. What went badly wrong in the case of the Rajneeshees is that they followed their guru, obeyed orders from the top, failed to question the system, and ultimately failed to look within. Consciousness is the very act of discovering your personal identity, which is by definition the source of freedom. True spirituality is the unchaining of your true essence from society, the recognition of yourself as spirit, a detachment from anything of the world, an escaping of mind-activity and of ego. Yet the Rajneesh commune allowed itself to become a cult that was based on the very opposite values: ego, arrogance, greed, violence, revenge, attachment, and belief in the external form. In practice, they were a disgrace. 

Centralized systems are vulnerable. Concentration of power leads to corruption. Osho and his inner-circle completely lost sight of the values and principles upon which the community was founded. After just a few years, the movement turned into a sick, violent cult and eventually imploded.

And yet, as Eckhart Tolle says, any advance in consciousness is never lost. Any gains remain with us and cannot be destroyed. This is certainly true in the case of Osho. Despite all the terrible things Osho and his followers were responsible for, his teachings live on. Sales of his books are thriving and the reason is simple: his words, even from back from the 1960's, are eternally true.

So, looking forward, how might we design a beautiful society based on these spiritual values? How do we set our souls free to love? How do we escape misery? How do we enter the kingdom of heaven in this life? There is an answer.

The time has come for something different: a consciousness revolution that is built not on centralized power; rather, decentralization. On a personal level, we need to absorb spiritual teachings to set us free. Then we can use technology to create our own, inter-dependent social networks. With today's technology, it no longer makes sense to line-up behind a guru or master. Yes, we can look to teachers for guidance...but then we must set our own course. We will connect with others on our own terms, for our own reasons, in ways that are personal and right for us. We no longer need to lose ourselves in the crowd to connect in oneness.

Decentralization sets us free to be the individuals we were born to be, just as we easily and elegantly connect with others who fit with us perfectly. We don't need to buy a piece of land, amass weapons for protection, or engage in silly rituals. We can exist together, in freedom, within and outside these institutions. We can transcend even as our real-world neighbors notice nothing. We will attract no scrutiny, will love all and make no enemies, we will battle with no entity, and we will fully dwell in a place of spiritual truth that cannot be threatened. When we go off course as individuals, our inter-dependent networks will correct us. Decentralization is self-correcting.

The time has come to live in a state of consciousness, abundance, and freedom...yet on our own terms. One such project is what we are doing with "I am" (www.infobeing.com).  Perhaps there are others like it.  This is the new consciousness revolution. Say goodbye to the sort of thing you see in this picture.  The new spiritual revolution is real; and therefore invisible.

Osho

By Abscondo

A choice to be free

There is one thing holding you back from freedom, and it is fear. More accurately, it is the belief that fear is justified.

You believe that you must conform to the demands of others. You think it inevitable that you are dependent upon a husband, a wife, a life partner, or a parent. You believe that to claim your freedom is to become vulnerable...to risk being left on your own, desperate, helpless, and lacking. This is the message of the world, and it is untrue. 

Freedom is the discovery of your true identity and a knowing of your invulnerability. I'm not talking about faith in your invulnerability; rather, a knowing that you are love, you are perfect, you already are everything and you already have everything. Freedom, therefore, requires a conscious awakening, an alignment with that which is real, a detachment from that which is material form and; thus, impermanent and unstable.

You are connected with people who say they love you or care about you...and, in return, they feel justified in controlling you. That isn't love or caring, it is slavery.

There is nothing wrong with you. You are already perfect. You are free to be what you are and to do what you want. The universe has already given you permission to exist in perfect peace and harmony, alone or with anyone you choose to be with, doing or saying whatever comes natural. If someone who you love is jealous or controlling, that is his ego and it is his problem. It is your job to teach him how to cure that jealousy, how to not become overwhelmed by it. If you continue to fear and respect his ego, you make his jealousy real. You enable him to suffer further. But if you love him, then lovingly tell him that you are free...just as he is...and then show him what love is.

Do not let a school tell you that you must get good grades or you will not have a successful life. Do not identity with a job or profession. You want to be successful, and a successful life requires a knowing of your true identity. Do not fear the loss of a friendship or a relationship. If you believe that you need someone else...that means you do not know your true identity. You do not believe in what you are and, therefore, have given away your freedom as though it is worth nothing. In truth, it is worth everything..

Without freedom, your life will never be successful. The universe cannot channel its abundance through you if you allow the egos around you to block the light. You cannot respond to your intuition if you hide it and allow others to attack it. You cannot find peace, love, or health if what you serve is ego. Your true nature is freedom, and this knowledge alone is powerful enough to destroy ego.

Only when you slip outside of ego, you can become free. Only in freedom can you begin to love. Now you will stop sneaking around, stop lying, stop fantasizing, and stop cheating. If you think dishonesty is a form of sensitivity, nothing could be further from the truth. You are, instead, serving an illusion that perpetuates ego-based ignorance and cruelty.

Claim your freedom and let go of all shame and guilt. Your life will be filled with energy. This energy, this love, is life's creative energy. It will flow from you to your partner, to your spouse, to your children, to your dog, and to everyone you come into contact with. Far from lacking; you have just become the source of abundance (rather than a shameful coward waiting for breadcrumbs to drop from the table). 

That fear you believe is real...it isn't real. That fear is the tool of those who are trying to control you. A slave cannot be slightly more free. If you allow yourself to be a little bit of a slave, then you are a slave. Freedom is honesty, it is a knowing of what you truly are, an awareness that there is nothing wrong with you. Be love. You are not your thoughts, you are the observer of thoughts. In life and even in death, your soul is eternal and invulnerable. This knowing is freedom.

Claim your freedom now, and refuse to slip back into fear. This requires a daily spiritual practice and meditation. Try it, and you will find out that there is nothing to fear.

Fear

By Abscondo