If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. (Tao Te Ching)

The current state of the world is not allowing; rather, resistance. To resist this virus increases its effect.

How so? By dragging out the inevitable process which will occur no matter what we do, by allowing a strain of flu to completely take over our lives, by allowing fear to overshadow all that is beautiful about life.

If we would, instead, allow even illness to flourish, our boldness and wisdom would strengthen our immune systems. The entire world would know what it looks like to stare death in the face standing, with dignity, with a deep knowing of what it means to be human and be alive. This is true healing.

We are being asked to sacrifice so much for a seemingly noble cause of saving the vulnerable. Unfortunately, our good intentions are futile and powerless against truth, against nature. Sacrifice is impotent, and to believe otherwise is the root of the error.

True strength is never found in resistance; rather, in allowing things to be...allowing things to flourish. We have been dragging out sickness for a long time already. Now we are sacrificing our entire lives dragging this one out indefinitely. In the end, we are not getting rid of anything in this fight and the natural balance to things will eventually be restored. But without acceptance, it will take much, much longer.

In a state of resistance, this hell will continue indefinitely for those unwilling to awaken to eternal truth and wisdom. Conventional wisdom offers no path forward. Conventional wisdom is what got us into this sorry state. It is time for true, ancient, eternal wisdom. One of the pillars of true wisdom is the acceptance of what is.

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Hope and fear are two sides of the same coin

Either way, you end up suffering in the present moment, waiting for salvation in the future. 
 
Will the expected future event ever come? If it does, will it deliver what you expect? Has this worked in your life so far?
 
Love and present moment awareness deliver salvation in the only place it can be found: here and now. 
 
Accept, embrace, enjoy what is or do something now to change it.

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Today we lose faith in fear

Let’s talk about the fear and panic caused by imagining something terrible happening in the future. These days, how can we stop these thoughts?

The future you imagine is not real. Reality is too complex and your mind can’t understand all the variables. Besides, when the so-called future does come, it will still be the present moment. In that “future present moment”, will you still be crippled by fear of the future? As it is, yes.

Always clinging to past and future, the one dimension that the ego is utterly unaware of is the present moment. Yet this is the dimension where everything that happens is happening, always has been, and always will be.

Watch the people of the world continue to tragically create unbearable suffering in the present moment as an attempt to protect us from some imagined future. Observe the depth of insanity around us now and learn this lesson well. This, my brothers and sisters, is a monumental occasion. Nothing interesting is happening in the world right now but the death of ego.

The ego literally must die because there is no path forward for those who choose to keep fear alive. They are now paralyzed and will not survive. If you want to live, you must learn to transcend fear by transcending ego. The ego is fear. You cannot escape fear from within the thought system of fear.

The time has come for God’s thought system—the thought system of perfect love. If you want to live, then awaken to truth. Awaken to the creative force of life, itself. Only love can save you from fear. Learn to love yourself and then extend it.

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Abscondo Podcast #83: The real truth about pneumonia, coronavirus, and the actual numbers. Wake up people!

Each year, millions of people die from pneumonia. So far, 30,000 have died by developing pneumonia from this particular flu. What the hell is going on and what are we doing?

If I am censored by YouTube, you can listen to the podcast here:

Abscondo Podcast 83

 

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This is not another post about what you are supposed to think and how you are supposed to feel

Inspiring words are nice, but you can’t control your thoughts and you can’t force yourself to feel what you don’t. It is enough to simply observe your thoughts and to feel your feelings.

You can just observe your thoughts and emotions in a detached way, from the perspective of the observer—as consciousness itself. Simply looking at it is enough. When you feel fear, worry, tension, confusion—you can try to just notice it, smile at it, or shake your head at it. It isn’t real; rather, this is only the conditioned mind doing what it does. In this mad world, we all have these same horrible thoughts and feelings from time to time.

We don't need false positivity. It isn't helpful. Instead, we need the truth.

Recognize the truth in things. Accept it. See it for what it is. This is how we release all the toxicity that has been building up. It is a gradual process of undoing because there is so much that must be undone. Remove the idols, the errors, the illusions, the confusion—end the madness of the world by honestly looking at it.

The way isn’t easy, but it is the only way now. We can try to hide away for a little longer, but ultimately there is no other path forward but accepting truth and wanting honesty.

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Now is the time to start a meditation practice. It's easy to get started.

Meditation is the most direct way to quiet the mind and to diminish fear. By learning not to chase every thought, and by experiencing those few moments each day of no thought, you allow your body's immune system to strengthen and you allow natural healing to occur. 

An over-active mind makes you feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed by fearful thoughts. As we get older and life gets more complicated, this becomes the root cause of our problems. This is a state of being where, even in the middle of the night, you frequently panic the body and divert energy away from its normal functioning. Beyond this, a tortured mind is what drives us into addictions and out-of-control behavior; which, of course, exhausts us further and makes us more susceptible to disease.

As this global crisis plays out, we see that people in some countries have a much higher death rate than in others. The Chinese people, for the most part, know what meditation is, understand the benefits, and know how and when to apply it. Italians and Spanish, for the most part, do not. Notice the huge variation in death rates.

Anyone who has established an ongoing meditation practice has already experienced less illness, release from addictions and mad behavior, and an enhanced ability to fight disease. Now would be a very good time for everyone to go down the path of meditation.

You may find a meditation that works better for you than what I'm about to recommend, but this one has served me very well for 5 or 6 years. I love the meditations put out by Mary Maddux at Meditation Oasis.  They are all free from her podcast link. Find some topics that resonate with you. I like the ones with music (particularly "Let it Be" and "Accessing Intuition").

Any mediation is better than no meditation, but the more you do, the better. I recommend choosing a guided meditation that lasts for at least 15 minutes. Choose a few different ones you like and do them at least once but ideally twice a day.

Don't worry if you're not sure whether you're getting it or if it is helping, just keep doing it. Meditation changes in your life in a very gradual and subtle way. If you stay with it for a few weeks or months, you'll begin to notice seemingly small changes. By creating gaps in your stream of thoughts, you allow consciousness and presence into your state of being.

I believe that meditation is the foundation of spiritual awakening, and it is also one of the easiest and most enjoyable things you'll ever do.

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The ego offers no solution

Let us look with any level of honesty at the solutions to this crisis which are being offered. The ego has convinced us that our choice is either 1) to hide away and stop living until this virus goes away, or 2) go on with life and face death and a massive casualty count.

Option two is impossible to the ego because it is now paralyzed by fear and cowardice. But, while it isn’t widely recognized yet, option one is perhaps even more destructive to the ego because deadly disease is not going away. On top of this, everything the ego cares about (lifestyle, image, status, possessions, etc.) will be slowly lost if we are not brave enough to face life. So neither of these options offer anything resembling a solution—and yet no other solution is being offered.

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The ego has no solution and is cornered. It has no idea which would allow it to live on. Of course, this is nothing new to the ego because the ego’s dictum is “seek but do not find.” Altering between suspicion at best and viciousness at worst, the ego is always wrong, always confused, and always has been. It has not been able to solve poverty, nor create governments that provide freedom and liberty, nor address the impending climate crisis, nor create any kind of lasting happiness. It offers only fleeting pleasures and its ups are never as high as the downs that always follow. Avoid the truth and you will eventually face painful consequences and crisis.

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There is only one solution to this crisis. The ego must die so that we may live. This should be quite easy because the ego is the cause of all suffering, all illness, and everything we do not want. Cling to it and experience hell. Or simply choose to destroy your ego and awaken to a life of joy, love, and health. There is a good with no opposite and there is one solution for every problem. Do you want it?

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Abscondo Podcast #82: This is the rapture, the so-called "second-coming" of Jesus Christ, and this is how to survive the end-times.

We are witnessing the death of the ego. To understand the implications, everyone needs to understand the meaning behind the story of the rapture. Those who do not awaken will not survive.

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Why this is the rapture, the second-coming of Jesus Christ

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For a long time, the world has mistaken the pleasures of ego for happiness.  The ego has become so normal that most of us don't really know what it is.
 
They say that we will not go back to normal. This is true. Ego in this world is presently dying, and when it finally passes, we will never want it again.
 
What is happening now is what my dad always called the "second coming of Jesus Christ". He waited his entire life for this, but now I wonder whether he will recognize it.
 
What Christians call "the devil" also goes by the name of ego. The story goes that, for a long time, the world will be ruled entirely by a false prophet---a satan (collective ego). Then Christ will return and will rise up to save the believers.
 
Like all spiritual stories, this was meant to teach us a wisdom that is eternally true. The death of ego is inevitable because ego was always only an illusion. Illusions always get exposed. Christ---our divine identity within---will live on for those who have faith in the truth. Those who cling too tightly to illusion will not survive. The sooner we embrace the inevitable outcome, the less painful this will be.
 
I define and write about ego extensively in my work and teach the truth of our divinity. Follow the links. I will also be speaking and writing more on this in the coming days.
 
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Stay centered

Imagine yourself stuck to this wheel.

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To reach for or cling to anything in the external world, such as status or possessions, is to move from the center of the wheel further toward its edges. 

Now imagine the wheel in motion. The more you reach, the further out toward the edge you go. While the ride is still slow, you can still hang on. But as the wheel races faster and faster, you will be become sick from the ups and downs and flung about until you eventually are thrown off.

But stay at the center and you will remain calm and still. No matter how fast the wheel turns, you will remain safe and at peace. The world is spinning very fast right now. We need to find the center of the wheel.

These daily teachings will help you learn to enjoy life at the center of the wheel. It has nothing to do with discipline or will-power. There is nothing you would want that needs to be sacrificed. The way isn't hard, but it is very different.

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