It turns out that the ego isn’t so cool after all

It feels like pride and boastfulness don’t have much of a place in the world anymore. The trendy clothes and the hair and makeup don’t do anything for you while wearing a face mask. The expensive cars represent only heavy financial burden now that we aren’t free to go anywhere. The impressive offices lay vacant while organizational status and influence are now only a mental construct or memory. The oh-so-sexy vacation destinations, the big sporting events, the expensive restaurants, concerts, shows—all the ego’s glory, just gone.

If we see that the ego isn’t cool now, it is only because it never has been. Behind all those external projections of fiction, the ego has always been scared, insecure, angry and miserable. Absent of its false grandiosity, the ego can now be recognized as very little, indeed.

So the time has come to let go of our littleness. The ego has now been exposed, and we clearly see that it has never offered us anything more than illusion and error. If the errors we make are always due to ego, the correction can only be to lay it aside for good.

The new cool is to be you. Know your identity as love, as perfect health, as accepting, forgiving and never attacking. If you can live here, in this holy, eternal present moment—and if you can make all your decisions from only within the thought system of love—then the confusion, pettiness, and littleness of the ego can be gone as well as the suffering. This requires only a decision for spiritual awakening and a daily practice of unlearning error so that you may move toward what you do want.

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Quotes from A Course in Miracles about the last judgement, second coming

"Do not fear the last judgment; but welcome it and do not wait. For the ego’s time is borrowed from your eternity. This is the second coming that was made for you, as the first was created. The second coming is merely the return of sense. Can this possibly be fearful?"

"What can be fearful but fantasy, and who turns to fantasy unless he despairs of finding satisfaction in reality? Yet it is certain that you will never find satisfaction in fantasy—so that your only hope is to change your mind about reality."

"Only if the decision that reality is fearful is wrong, can God be right; and I assure you that God is right. Be glad, then, that you have been wrong; but this is only because you did not know who you were. Had you known; you could no more have been wrong than God can."

"The symbols of fantasy are of the ego, and these you will find many. But do not look for meaning in them."

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To receive real answers, ask real questions.

“The ego does not know what a real question is,” states A Course in Miracles. It limits the range of questions and accepts only answers that make knowledge seem impossible. Of course, real answers are entirely possible—but never to the ego.

When the ego asks a question, the answer it wants is already contained within it. These are not questions at all; rather, attempts to either make particular illusions real or to attack anyone who refuses to do so. In this operating mode, the ego feeds and gets what it needs. Any real questions that might arise are called “rhetorical” in order to avoid real answers.

“Seek but do not find” is the ego’s dictum. Since real questions may lead to real answers, they are never asked. Deeper questions might expose the ego’s underlying insanity to you—the observer of your mind. The ego knows that if you but look upon it with any level of honesty and sincerity, you will not want it and it will be gone.

Spirit, in contrast, is perfectly capable of seeing truth as beautiful and joyful. Spirit is always willing to state the truth in peace and accept it without any resistance. Comfortable within its realm of eternal wisdom, spirit need make no judgment, does not attack, and asks for no validation. Argument and debate are utterly foreign to spirit, which is why spirit and ego cannot communicate at all.

Real, open-ended questions are as rare in this world as an open heart and an open mind. If this were to change, it would be a sure sign of a largescale spiritual awakening and true healing.

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The new age is already here for those who choose not to wait.

They say that we are supposed to wait this out, that one day this pandemic will be over, and everything is going to be better than ever. But is anything real ever found by waiting for the future? I don’t think that one day we’re just going to wake up, having changed nothing about the way we think and live, and be okay. The truth is that salvation is not found in time.

Time is the dimension where life grows old and dies. Decay takes time, the slide toward death takes time—and that time is shortened further by refusing to love, live fully, heal, and expand. The longer we wait in fear rather than choosing to come alive now, the worse the suffering and the effects of illness will become. Exactly when will the fear subside, and when will the world be safe again according to the fearful ego?

The new age is already here for those who choose not to wait. Others are lost in the web of illusions, the dramatic swings, the fearful cries, the loss of external freedoms, the panic and uncertainty. But we the awakened, we have already healed in this eternal present moment. Our lives are already rooted in truth. We already love fully. We already enjoy this moment. We continue to give and receive. Our hearts are open to unity and service. We feel good and want to spread the joy. We remain perfectly healthy and absent of fear. We experience life as abundant.

Nothing truly valuable or important can be found in time. Wait for it there and you miss the treasure where it is—right here, right now. Let the world be as it is for now, it will follow. Remember that we are life, itself. We are the light of the world, not subjects to the world. For healing to occur, we must go first in truth. There is nothing to wait for when everything real always exists only in the now.

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He dwells in reality, and lets all illusions go. (Tao Te Ching)

Let others follow every train of thought and chase every rainbow. They will never find the destination they seek.
 
Let the politicians seize more power, the media create more panic, the corporations trade more profit for misery, while the people claim their country is great.
 
Let the churches sell false salvation and the congregation feign faith. Let the schools undo wisdom and the students become sharp yet confused. Let the legal system create more worry and suffering while the people call it justice. Let the healthcare system cause more illness than wellness.
 
Let the lazy waste away and the governments try to help. Let the ignorant minds decay as the teachers and healers are laughed at. Let the criminals cheat and the police brutalize the wrong people.
 
After everything has been discussed, analyzed, disected and done, all will remain as it is. The pendallum always returns to its resting position. The waves always settle. The fire always burns out. 
 
Our interference never creates more than temporary illusions, pendullum swings, waves, fires. We are powerless against the one consciousness, the eternal reality which is beyond words and concepts. Strength, peace, joy, health, and salvation is found by allowing all things to be, without any fight or resistance, caring only about the deeper reality.
 

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Abscondo Podcast #84: Relationships in these times

How might our families and relationships start to change now?

 

Abscondo Podcast 84

 

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A Course in Miracles teachings on sickness, health, and the ego

I have lived according to the principles taught in A Course in Miracles for 4 years now. This book seems very strange at first, until you realize that all its teachings are true. How do I know every word is true? By literally applying the lessons to my life and observing what happens. 

On the topic of illness, the course teaches that "a sick body does not make any sense." Explaining further, "The ego has a profound investment in sickness. If you are sick, how can you object to the ego’s firm belief that you are not invulnerable?"

"Sickness is a way of demonstrating that you can be hurt. It is a witness to your frailty, your vulnerability, and your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for your need for its guidance. It dictates endless prescriptions for avoiding catastrophic outcomes. The Holy Spirit, perfectly aware of the same situation, does not bother to analyze it at all. If data are meaningless there is no point in analyzing them. The function of truth is to collect information that is true. Any way you handle error results in nothing. The more complicated the results become the harder it may be to recognize their nothingness, but it is not necessary to examine all possible outcomes (…) in order to judge them truly."

"The Holy Spirit teaches you to use your body only to reach your brothers, so He can teach His message through you. This will heal them and therefore heal you. Everything used in accordance with its function as the Holy Spirit sees it cannot be sick. Everything used otherwise is. Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be an image of your own perception of littleness."

"Health is seen as the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. Health is the beginning of the proper perspective on life under the guidance of the one Teacher Who knows what life is, being the Voice for Life Itself."

Sickness is of the ego and, like everything else of the ego, it is an illusion. Only our sick belief in it makes it seem real. Yes, I recognize that this lessons seems absurd on the surface, but if you choose to become a student of A Course in Miracles, you will undo all fear and sickness to know truth and rest in joy. 

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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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