Salvation is now.

“Healing cannot be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future.” A Course in Miracles

How exciting to realize that salvation is now. Today. This moment. You need only know what salvation is and then share it.

Salvation is a knowing that now is eternity. This ongoing present moment is the field where everything is and always was.

Problems defined by the mind hold no power over the now. What guilt is here now? What unforgivable sin? What impossible obstacle? There is nothing wrong here and there is nothing wrong with you.

If there are moments of fear, frustration, anger or other errors of unconsciousness, those errors are instantly undone the moment they are let go of. Let it be. Let go. Don’t chase thoughts. This is salvation.

Salvation is being conscious now. Nothing is easier or more practical. You are perfectly free to choose salvation today. We who are conscious now forgive all error and extend our hands, welcoming you into lasting joy and peace.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Like any entity, the ego’s goal is none other than self-preservation. To the ego, the present moment is nothing more than an annoyance, at best, and a threat, at worst. Under the ego’s influence, we hide from human connections, we stay home, we distract ourselves with meaningless entertainment – all to avoid the possibility that the present moment becomes real enough to threaten ego-dominance.

Of course we project dreams into the future, but these dreams are always limited by the boundaries we set for ourselves – boundaries made real by stories of the past.

It is only when fully in the present moment that we are completely free from ego. Learn to observe the now with the pure consciousness of a newborn baby. Let all thoughts go and awaken to all that is real – to the present moment, where everything is and always was. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Only your love is real.

To withhold love anywhere is to cling to our own illusions – creating a vacuum of darkness within where the light cannot penetrate. This belief in our own specialness, which pulls us toward separation, is the cause of unease and disease.

Offer total love and be healed completely. Love unconditionally, without limits or rules. This requires total vulnerability and the complete surrender of our imagined specialness.

Here we accept everything without judgment, we are open to whatever is, and we naturally give as much as we feel like giving (no less and no more). We are honest. We are free.

Total love is the end of all uncertainty and the end of all conflict. We are just as complete as when we were small children. The world has tried to enslave us by withholding love, but now we remember what we are. Awakened to love, the illusions have been shattered and the ego holds no power.

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Belief in guilt is belief in ego.

Do you still believe you are guilty, or that your brothers and sisters can be guilty? This one belief is keeping ego alive and, therefore, leading you into suffering and darkness.

Can guilt not be understood merely as error? Can error not be easily corrected? Is it not your function, as pure consciousness, to correct error in love?

Error naturally results in suffering and requires no further punishment. If it did not cause suffering, it would not be error. For what purpose, then, is the concept of guilt?

To make guilty is to hold onto the error, while to correct is to undo. The ego attempts to punish guilt by first making it real. To the ego, repentance is not correction; rather, admittance of guilt and willingness to, therefore, to worship ego.

The purpose of arbitrary rules, which are always reinforced through violent punishments and rewards, is to establish ego-dominance by making guilt real. Belief that guilt is possible is belief in the illusion that ego is real and love is false. We continue to undo this illusion tomorrow and each day after that.

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There is no road to travel on or time to travel through.

The mind-identified, egoic self believes that salvation is to be found somewhere down the road and in time. Just a little more sacrifice. Struggle just a bit longer. Pay your dues. Achieve this or that and you can finally be happy.

This is an illusion — a dream that will continue until death if you do not spiritually awaken while you are still alive.

Salvation cannot be found in time; for it is only possible in the present moment. The recognition of this truth comes not from the mind; rather, from the fullness of you — the conscious observer who is beyond thought. Your “I am” is the spirit-self who observes the world, who watches your thoughts, who shifts in and out of dreaming and waking.

To spiritually awaken is to realize your identity apart from the mind and body. The mind is merely your creative tool and the body is your learning instrument. Use the mind and body to serve your true self.

You are beyond physical form as complete knowledge and truth. You are perfect, with limitless potential. You need only shed the ego, align full with love, with the Tao, with God, with Universal Intelligence. These are just words which point to the same truth, which you already know because it is you. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The body reacts to every thought as though it were reality. (Eckhart Tolle)

“To the body, the worrisome, fearful thought means ‘I’m in danger’; and it responds accordingly even though you may be in a warm bed at night. The heart beats faster, muscles contract, breathing becomes rapid. But since the danger is only a mental fiction, the danger has no outlet.”

This negative, fearful energy is toxic and interferes with the harmonious functioning of the body. This unnecessary suffering is the cause of disease and illness.   

The ego is not just comprised of thoughts; rather, thoughts and emotions. Emotion is generated from thought, and the two combined can lead a person to become unaware of all else. This is the unconscious, mind-dominated state. Here you are powerless – lost in thoughts of past and future. You feel lousy, so you go even deeper into thought and emotion. Do this long enough and the body becomes ill – if only to say, “Hey, remember me? Take care of me.”

An awakened person does not experience thought turning into emotions. We observe thoughts from the perspective of consciousness and do not take them seriously. The body is, therefore, freed from the need for an emotional response. For this reason, a conscious individual feels good and rarely experiences illness. Joy and peace become normal while everything happening in the present moment is the beautiful dance of life – which brings enjoyment as well as challenges – but none of it throws you off.

A conscious person is aware of the inner-body. We feel the sensation of life in the hands, the feet, and throughout the body. When we are feeling tired or not well, we meditate or relax. We then come back into doing from a place of feeling good. This is the only way beauty and value can be experienced and created. We continue in joy tomorrow and each day after that.

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Let yourself be.

Today, do only what you feel like doing. Focus purely on your state of being. Let anything you do flow from a place of enjoyment. If you don’t feel like doing it, don’t.

Your only priority today is to allow yourself to feel good. You may be surprised to find that you get more done, with greater ease, with no stress and in less time. You may also discover that, in this state of being, you are solving problems rather than creating them.

The mind makes judgements about what you are supposed to accomplish, and this often goes against intuition. Love is your most natural guiding force, and feeling good is your natural state of being. When the conditioned mind interferes, this effortless wisdom is often lost.

Whenever you do feel tired or uneasy, stop. Pay attention. This is your body telling you that you have gone off-course. Reset by meditating, or taking a short nap, or going for a walk, or just staring at the wall. Follow your feelings and let nature point the way.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Love and guilt cannot coexist, and to accept one is to deny the other. (A Course in Miracles)

There are many ways to access the awakened state of consciousness. A few spiritual practices include present moment awareness, love, and acceptance. Denial of guilt is another.

“Without guilt, the ego has no life.”

The unawakened state of being, which is considered normal, can be called the egoic state of consciousness. The ego needs guilt to exist. Without guilt, the ego cannot judge. Without judgment, there is no way to argue about who’s right or who’s better.

The ego game only works when we decide to play it…when we attempt to make love unreal and guilt real. This allows us to shapeshift into the ego roles of prosecutor, defender, judge, jailor, offender and victim. Without making guilt real, none of these roles are possible because determination of guilt is the objective of the ego game.

You cannot claim to love someone one moment and make them guilty the next. Love is all or nothing. Can we learn to express ourselves in love, to solve problems in love, to listen and see in love? Or do we choose the ongoing game of ego – the game where we tear each other down and nobody ever wins. We continue tomorrow and each day after that. 

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Break free from the religion of normal.

I said yesterday that the origin of all madness is trusting all thought. To understand what it would mean to trust every thought, consider the tragic example of a paranoid schizophrenic. A person suffering from this condition has no way of sorting out which thoughts are true and which thoughts are crazy.

People who are considered sane are those who pay attention to thoughts which are considered reasonable and ignore those that go too far. But what is the basis of this judgement? For most people, what is “normal” is considered sane and what is “not normal” is judged against. “Normal” has become the world’s morality – the world’s religion.

The problem is that “normal” is influenced by cultural forces. So those who believe in “normal” are significantly controlled by corporations, government, society, family and by the community.

People are constantly gossiping and listening to voices of authority – all just to figure out what this thing called “normal” is. Of course, there is no normal; only various groups who try to control you by defining it – all with conflicting messages and ideas. Here you end up only lost and confused.

There is a better way. Rather than trying to be normal, just try to be loving. Disregard all thoughts that are not loving because only love is sane. In love, you access all truth, all power, all wisdom and abundance. Have faith only in love, not in normal. Your spiritual practice is, therefore, only to find out what perfect love is. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Break free from the religion of normal.

I said yesterday that the origin of all madness is trusting all thought. To understand what it would mean to trust every thought, consider the tragic example of a paranoid schizophrenic. A person suffering from this condition has no way of sorting out which thoughts are true and which thoughts are crazy.

People who are considered sane are those who pay attention to thoughts which are considered reasonable and ignore those that go too far. But what is the basis of this judgement? For most people, what is “normal” is considered sane and what is “not normal” is judged against. “Normal” has become the world’s morality – the world’s religion.

The problem is that “normal” is influenced by cultural forces such as the media, school, social class and community. So those who believe in “normal” are significantly controlled by corporations, government, society, family and by the community.

People are constantly gossiping and listening to voices of authority – all just to figure out what this thing called “normal” is. Of course, there is no normal; only various groups who try to control you by defining it – all with conflicting messages and ideas. Here you end up only lost and confused.

There is a better way. Rather than trying to be normal, just try to be loving. Disregard all thoughts that are not loving because only love is sane. In love, you access all truth, all power, all wisdom and abundance. Have faith only in love, not in normal. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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