Posts categorized "Philosophy"

Where can I find protection?

This persistent feeling of vulnerability is the consequence of separation. For the thousands of years since the fall—by this I mean the original separation, the rise of the ego and all of civilization that has followed—we have been driven mad by the dreadful fear that flows from what seems to be unavoidable impermanence and vulnerability.   

If there were a different way—a way to feel completely safe and protected—would we not choose it? There is a choice and it is between the two opposing masters of ego and spirit. These separate thought systems and states of being cannot understand each other. By choosing one, the other is instantly thrown away. One brings peace and joy. The other brings chaos and disaster. What is the purpose of what you have chosen? What is it for?

The ego does seek protection in the form of safety, knowledge, abundance and love. But this the ego cannot deliver. True protection must be lasting and the realm of the ego is temporary, changing, and unstable. The only result of egoic doing is vulnerability, which may be the source of all fear and suffering.

Spirit is eternal and delivers permanent protection. Awaken to spirit and your soul is freed from fear because you are no longer vulnerable to anything of this world. You are aligned with true power and full knowledge, which comes to you in the energy of love. This is a light that never dims and cannot be threatened. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.    

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If you had a choice, would you choose suffering or joy? (Eckhart Tolle)

If you think about recent history, turn on the news, or even watch a popular movie, you instantly realize that the world is in a state of madness and insanity. It would seem perfectly natural to react with negative feelings such as fear and outrage. But, as Eckhart Tolle explains in The Power of Now, “Sanity is there underneath the madness. Healing and redemption are available right now.”

How can this be? We are taught to seek change by fighting the system or trying to change others. Experience tells us that this is impossible. Thus, we learn to give-up and give-in to suffering, despair, and complaint. Uninspired, we live as if we have no power and no influence.

Yet, “If you really knew deeply that everything is okay, which of course is true, then would you have those negative feelings in the first place?” Madness cannot be cured by negativity. Violence cannot be ended through attack. To heal ourselves is the only power we have; yet this is the only power great enough to heal the whole world. We need only access the power of now.

Now, look not at your life situation or the state of the world. Look only at your actual present moment in this time and place. Start with full acceptance of what is in your reality, here and now. Breathe. Are there any problems now? Learn to live from this place. If your present moment is not okay, you have three options: leave, change it, or accept it. Whatever the outcome of your decision, accept it. Have patience, follow your intuition, have faith.

Learn to live from a place beneath the insanity. Until then, nobody is going to take away your right to suffer. If this is what you want, you are free to suffer. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The ego judges only in terms of threat or non-threat to itself. (A Course in Miracles).

The basis of the ego’s insanity is its selfish dedication to self-preservation—even if this comes with great effort and pain. Any form of diminishment is a threat to the ego. Being wrong, insulted, perceived as inferior, not getting what it wants, or losing any contest may result in an embarrassing childlike tantrum. At some point, we’ve all been there. “What came over me?” you may ask days later. It was the ego merely doing what it does.

On a more serious level, loss of a job, a relationship, fame, physical beauty or wealth will likely result in a state of depression. In this state, the ego becomes so fearful and hopeless that a person may make the error of abusing drugs or alcohol to numb the pain or, in the most extreme cases, even suicide to attempt to end it.

There is only one way to end the pain and suffering caused by the ego. Ironically, the only escape is what the ego fears most—the death and destruction of it by the real you. This ultimate diminishment of the ego is the awakened consciousness flowing through you—brought with the simple realization that you are not your ego and that the ego need not be.

To live in the egoic state is normal in this world, but as A Course in Miracles states, this need not be. Where you look to find yourself is up to you. Let your ego kick and scream for a while as it dies this slow death, but all nightmares end when we awaken. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

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Love will enter immediate into any mind that truly wants it. (A Course in Miracles)

“But you must want it truly. This kind of wanting is wholly without the ego’s drive to get.”

To want love truly is simply to know what love is. Love is the life energy of your spirit, your soul. You’ve heard the phrase “God is love”? There’s no reason to use the word “God”. Through the centuries, egos have abused the word to the point that the word has almost lost its meaning. To understand the true meaning, simply turn the phrase around: Love is God. Love is the energy, the feeling of God. You do know the feeling of love; therefore, you know God.

Because you know what love is, you also know that it is inside of you. Because love is within your spirit, it is your true identity. To know this is to stop looking for love outside of yourself.

To experience perfect love, there is nothing you need to get from anyone. To remember this truth is to shift your life so fundamentally that other beautiful souls will show up and will be attracted to you. You will experience perfect love both alone and with others. Love wants to be shared. As soon as you find it within you, it will flow from you in the form of giving and creating. It will also attract other souls who are doing the same. This is relationship bliss.

There is no difference between love, God, and what you are. Know this and your knowledge is complete. This is everything: abundance, power, beauty, awakening, salvation, liberation, and consciousness.

You will not arrive at this truth through the perception of ego. Ego seeks but never finds. The ego’s goal is self-preservation, and truth is the death of the ego. It is impossible to change your life while remaining within the ego. The ego is the cause of all problems and it must be left behind completely if anything is going to change. If you are ever going to succeed at love and life, it is through spirit. You need only want it truly. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Salvation does not apply to spirit, which is not in danger and does not need to be salvaged. (A Course in Miracles)

A Course in Miracles states that “salvation is nothing more than right-mindedness.” Right-mindedness is a state of full knowledge, accessible only when you have gone beyond perception and interpretation.

This awakened state of salvation—also called rebirth, consciousness, or liberation—is blocked only by perception. Your perception is not allowing you to know that you are spirit. To realize that all perception is unnecessary and meaningless is to remove the block.

How is it possible to not perceive if you are living in this world? That is a reasonable question. Slow down. Let’s understand this.

Who is the “you” that is living in this world? Who is the observer of your mind? Who is witnessing the voice in your head? Who is the “you” that wants love and acceptance, wants to create, senses beauty, wants to feel good, and wants to be happy? There is a part of you that is the same as everyone else. That’s your soul, your spirit. That’s who you are, and it is beyond all perception.

The ego sees only differences, which are meaningless and don’t matter. Differences exist on the level of form, which is changing and unstable. Your mind’s ability to perceive will continue even after you have awakened—but because you know your true identity, perception won’t matter. It is only a practical tool in this life that is useful as long as you know that it doesn’t mean anything.

On the level of spirit, you are already complete in the oneness of knowledge and beauty. There is nothing you need to get or find because here nothing is missing. You need only remember what you are. 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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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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