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Make your work your yoga.

A common misconception about the spiritual path is that it is only attainable if we remove ourselves from “the real world”. The cliché is that consciousness is found in isolation, where we practice yoga and meditate in the mountaintops. That may work for some, but there is a different spiritual path that is far more accessible and practical—the spiritual practice of Karma Yoga.

Karma Yoga is selfless action and service. It means giving, doing and creating without calculation of what you get in return. Those who practice Karma Yoga (myself included) know that the value of what we give, do and create will probably be returned in some way—but that part doesn’t really matter. Our purpose, meaning, and happiness is found in the unconditional giving part.

In truth, giving and receiving are the same act. Creating something valuable, beautiful or useful will naturally result in financial abundance and other rewards—but that isn’t the goal. The goal is to focus only on the quality of doing within an ongoing, conscious state of presence.

Karma Yoga really means acting in love. You don’t need a different set of circumstances and you don’t need to remove yourself from this place and time. Your only opportunity to practice love exists right where you are, right now. This is where you are needed. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Love does pay the rent.

The Beatles said that all you need is love. Skeptics might respond that love doesn’t pay the rent. To that, I say hell yes it does!

Love isn’t something limited to a romantic relationship. We aren’t talking about holding hands and walking into the sunset (though that kind of love is nice too). We’re talking about love as a guiding force in everything you do.

At work, respond to challenges lovingly, patiently, and with care. Who do you think they will keep around longer? The selfish guy? Or the guy helping everyone to do better, lifting everyone’s mood with kindness and presence, solving every problem and handling every challenge without any stress, struggle or conflict? Love wins easily. There is no competition.

Nothing is more practical and effective as a guiding force than love. What is the alternative? Egoic manipulation, competition and attack? This will ultimately end relationships, isolate you, and remove opportunity from your life.

Love—the energy of service and creation—is the source of all value. Here you are unstoppable. Love is all you need, and it even pays the rent. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Honesty in a relationship is a natural result of unconditional acceptance.

Offer only unconditional acceptance and honesty in a relationship and experience perfect love. In love’s perfect union, you and your willing partner will reach the depths and the heights that are only possible in spirit. Nothing is more fun, exciting, inspiring and beautiful.

In the early stages, you may get too excited and try to push too far too fast. This may bring a challenge. If either of you end up feeling threatened, hurt, or jealous; then you are to both place even more faith in unconditional acceptance and honesty. Talk freely in the language of love, give your partner space to do the same, and you will move past whatever challenges you are going through.

But try to maintain rules and boundaries and you are deciding for something less than honesty and acceptance from your partner. Anything less than unconditional acceptance is something less than pure love. It is only through pure love that perfect honesty and unconditional acceptance in a relationship is possible. If you have offered this, then you have offered everything and have nothing to fear.

Your right to exist in a state of perfect love is no different from your right to breathe. It cannot be threatened by anyone—but you must have unconditional faith. Keep going, keep offering unconditional acceptance and honesty. If the current relationship ends because of your decision for perfect love, then nothing real is lost—only the cause of your misery. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Awaken to love and forget what you are not.

Awaken to love and discover that you are not vulnerable, not desperate, not lacking or in need of anything. You are not too much, not too little, not right and not wrong.

Forget what you are not. You are not an imperfect body, nor a bank account, nor a house or car, nor any of your possessions. On the deepest level, you are neither attractive nor ugly—because you are truth, and truth is beauty.

You are not depressed, not bored, not anxious and not tired. You are not lazy and not ambitious. You are not particularly talented or unique—yet perfectly capable of doing something that everyone will recognize as beautiful and perfect.

Awaken to love and forget what you are not. Here, there is nothing you need to do except choose love with 100% faith in every situation and circumstance. Choose love with your partner, with your kids, with your parents and family. Now watch your relationships heal. Choose love in your work and watch your earnings grow and stress dissolve.

Choose love, even when others are trying to teach you a lesson or diminish you in some way. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Today I go beyond faith.

You might recognize the truth in these teachings even in a mind that is conflicted. When you get further along, you may even start to believe. What comes next?

To go even beyond belief is to spiritually awaken—to enter the kingdom of heaven, to know the peace of God, to become fully conscious. These words all mean the same thing—describing the purity of your soul when detached from ego. This is the real you—spirit that goes beyond faith and into being.

You cannot go beyond belief until you believe fully. To wholly believe means that chaos and consistency cannot coexist for long. They are mutually exclusive. Spirit becomes wholly real and ego dies.

“Unify the mind so that it can perceive without judgement.” This requires a daily practice of vigilance. Read, watch, or listen to something each morning that brings you into the realm of spirit. This is your defense against losing yourself in the dream of form and the conditioning of the world. Even the most wonderful book will have little long-term impact if you do not continue this practice daily.

Eventually, your spiritual practice becomes as effortless as true love. Love effortlessly extends outward simply because it cannot be contained. Being limitless, it does not stop. It creates forever, but not in time because your creation has always been. Eternity is yours now, tomorrow and each day after that.

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To gain, you must give, not bargain.

To bargain is to limit giving by being careful not to give more than is received. If mastered, perhaps a life of bargain is just enough to sustain us. But what would happen if, instead, you were to create for the world a gift far beyond the limitations of bargaining?

Think for a moment about history’s greatest inventors, the great novelists, the world-renowned musicians and beloved leaders. It is they who have manifested the technology and culture we know.

What separates these extraordinary creators from the rest of us is that they understood today’s lesson and lived it. If any of them had bargained upfront, their creations would have been insignificant. Instead, they unleashed something of such extraordinary value—something that produced such an overwhelming gain—that these individuals eventually became rich, famous, and beloved through generations.

The ego is always willing to strike a bargain, but nothing of real value can be gained through bargain. Bargaining means that there cannot be any increase in value, only an exchange of like for like.

Embrace your unlimited power to create. Just start somewhere and continue forever at a pace that feels right. The measure of what you create is not in time and cannot be negotiated upfront. Instead, it must be believed in fully, wholly without doubt, from the realm of spirit and love. Today we live from this place, where nothing can hold us back. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Break free

The word “freedom” scares some people, just like the word “God” turns off others. In truth, freedom means the same thing as consciousness, presence, enlightenment, and God. Freedom without atonement (another word), without inner peace, without awareness of your true self is impossible and means nothing. Today we look past the word and look more deeply at freedom.

If you are in a job where you are forced to be in a specific environment—where you must behave in a way that is inauthentic for 40 hours a week or more—it will be very difficult for you to experience a spiritual awakening. You need to be free to feel good, to meditate, to exercise, to go for a walk, to chase an idea, to start a new venture, to meet someone for a conversation, to read, write, or play music.

If you depend upon one employer for your income, you are not free. You are placing your faith not in your ability to create value through service and creation, not in the abundance of the universe that is possible if you are aligned with love, not in spirit, nor in yourself, nor in God. You have chosen to seek safety and protection from an employer, and for this you have sacrificed a great deal. This is a house without a foundation. Companies fail, they get acquired, and your job might be outsourced or automated. Your freedom is worth too much to exchange for this false sense of safety.

Work is always necessary, but the goal and purpose of work is maximum income in minimum time. Work is not about sitting in an office pretending, living in fear of losing your job. Employment is beneficial and useful for a time to help us gain skills. Beyond that, it becomes crippling. Peace, joy and happiness through enlightenment requires freedom.

You can take the first step toward breaking free by reading the “4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss. Learn to produce value in the way that you choose to, for the reasons you understand. Learn to serve many companies and many people. Earn income from multiple sources. The source of value and abundance in your life is the love within you. Love is giving, serving, creating. Learn to channel it wisely and earn maximum income.

Most of us find ourselves in a relationship or a job in which we are not entirely free. This is an essential part of life experience and a wonderful opportunity for growth. You can still find peace and joy by going to the present moment. But ultimately, we all dream of more—total abundance and the freedom to live in alignment with truth. This is what we are learning. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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To sacrifice is to destroy everything of value for no reason at all.

To sacrifice is to trade something you do want for something you don’t. Why? What’s the purpose? Here’s the literal definition of sacrifice: “To kill as an offering to God.” Would God ask us to kill? What about the biblical commandment “thou shall not kill”? So who is really asking us to sacrifice and why are we so willing?

The world asks us to sacrifice so much of our time in school or work. In marriages and close relationships, we are also expected to sacrifice ourselves for the vague purpose of the other. We are told that parents must also sacrifice for the good of the child. We sacrifice for our country, for religion, and for nothing more than what the neighbors might think. Why? What is the reward? Does the reward ever come?

If you sacrifice in school, you get good grades. Congratulations, now you can go to graduate school and sacrifice even more. Sacrifice yourself at work and you may (or may not) get a promotion. Congratulations, now you have more responsibilities and can sacrifice even more. Sacrifice your needs to a spouse and what do you get? Well, the expectation that you will continue to sacrifice forever. Through sacrifice, we trade away everything in life we want in exchange for being asked to sacrifice more. This fear-based, blind willingness to prove something to others through sacrifice is making us hollow, empty, depressed and miserable.

Enough. Today we drop sacrifice altogether and awaken to a life rooted in love. This requires freedom. From the perspective of fearless freedom, we look past the noise and listen instead to the answers of intuition.

Now, we begin to serve on our own terms—from a place that feels good—a place of unlimited energy, inspiration and beauty. It is through love, not sacrifice, that we create abundance by taking care of family, customers, colleagues, and business partners. So if anything is to be sacrificed at all, today we sacrifice the idea of sacrifice. There is nothing of value to be found in sacrifice, only in love.

Anyone asking you to sacrifice wants to make you a slave. Rather than agreeing to the terms of slavery, just find the love within. Now give and serve on your terms—with no fear, no guilt, no shame. In the coming days, we begin a radical and dramatic shift away from sacrifice and we move deeply into love. Let’s continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Love is always the answer.

“Teach only love, and learn that love is yours, and you are love.” -A Course in Miracles

In love, the boundaries between giving and receiving are blurred. There are no questions to ask or solutions to work toward. There are no imperfections and nothing more to be desired. Teaching and learning are the same. Life is effortless. Love is spirit—making everything perfect and complete.

At some point in life, everyone has experienced perfect love. We all know what the spark of perfect love is, yet we have come to believe that perfect love is only temporary and fleeting.

If love fades, it is only when the ego takes over. Where is love in attack? In secrets kept? In judgements? In threats to impose conditions? Most marriages and relationships turn love into nothing more than a construct—an idea expressed in symbols of behavior rather than a state of existence that is felt. As the feeling fades, all that is left are the memories, the promises made, and the lifetime of duty and sacrifice ahead. In this, there is no love; and so love is not felt.

If you don’t already know it deeply, here is your mandatory lesson: love is inside you. Do not seek it elsewhere. Can you sit quietly in a room and find all the love you need within yourself? If not, start reading. Start with a book called “The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Continue on, perhaps with my book (free at abscondo.com), “Belove: How to End Pain by Escaping Your Ego” by me, Mark Manney. Here you will learn the difference between what the ego calls love and what Love truly is. You will also find quotes from many other must-read books.

Whatever you are going through, wherever you struggle, whatever doesn’t feel right in your life…no matter what it is, the answer is love. Find it within yourself and then extend it, live it, teach it. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Spirit is conflict-free

Spirit perceives only what is true in your mind, and connects with only what is true in other minds. While the ego projects to exclude and make separate, spirit extends to bring together as one.

Wherever spirit looks, it recognizes itself and sees no other. This is peace—existence without conflict. This is also love. Love is the coming together as one, which is why love can only be found in spirit. While the ego may speak of a love based on rules, expectations, and exclusion of others; this is not love at all. When the ego declares love, it just as easily justifies attack, manipulation, jealousy and possessiveness.    

You cannot engage in conflict apart from the ego. All conflict depends upon the idea that there is an “other” who is different and separate. Ego cares about those differences, it compares and competes, looks for flaws and judges sins. If you get pulled into any form of conflict, you are making your ego what is real and forgetting about spirit.

To see wholly in spirit is to live without suffering, in perfect love and abundance, and in the peace of God. After you have awakened to spirit, you can still interact with egos, still engage in the ways of the world—and you’ll do so more effectively than ever because now you see it as a game. Play the game of the world, but don’t take it seriously. Stay in the present moment, stay conscious, be love. You are eternal spirit. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

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