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I define happiness as the capacity to understand and to love. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

In happiness, there is no cause and effect—there is only the question of love or not love.

True understanding is impossible without love. Understanding flows from the decision to offer perfect love as our default thought system.

When we are not committed to perfect love, we fail to listen without judgment. When we fail to listen, we fail to understand. Without understanding, there is no openness because there is no unconditional acceptance.

Without love, there is no possibility for forgiveness. No true relationships. No helping each other to heal. No end to end our suffering.

This is why A Course in Miracles teaches, “Sin is where love is not.” When we fail to love, we miss the mark. Thankfully, we have established a daily spiritual practice to undo ego and unblock our perfect love within. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

I am listening without judgment

This is my 365th daily post. After a year of trying my best to pass on spiritual truths which have transformed my life, it occurs to me that there is something very important that has been missing. I haven’t always deeply listened to you.

The problem with social media is that there is no way to engage, one-to-one, in the act of listening. What I crave deeply, even more than writing and talking (if you can believe that), is to sit with you for hours, deeply engaged, just listening. Other than face-to-face in the real world or video calling, today’s technology makes no space for that.

Everybody is talking and nobody is sure whether anybody is listening. Likes are nice feedback, but in a way this is just another form of judgment (I like this but don’t agree with that). Rather than finding a way to be popular, I wish there were a way just to listen to each other without any judgment, evaluation, correction or mind-based feedback at all. We all want to feel heard and understood. This simple need is severely lacking in this world.

I do read your posts, just as I know you read mine. I cherish those few comments and interactions. If you could only see the expression on my face, you would know I am listening to you. But it occurs to me that you can’t see that. Nor can I in return.

Perhaps, after I had the chance to listen to you for a half hour, I might be able to offer some loving communication. More likely, just the act of listening would help. What is real to you is real. Your hopes, dreams, cravings, desires, frustrations, pains—whether “spiritually correct” or not—it is real.

We will continue tomorrow and each day after that, and I hope we might find a way not just to project but to also listen to each other lovingly and without judgment. What a world that would be. If you have any thoughts on this, I am listening.

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

The cure for suffering

What is the economy but an external projection of all the ways we try to escape suffering?

While media occupies our minds, the pharmaceuticals and other substances numb us. Then there’s the shopping and the restaurants. Let’s not forget about the real estate projects, the tourism, the psychiatry, the religion and so much more—all attempts to alleviate suffering through external form.

But nothing external provides any true or lasting relief to the suffering—only enjoyable, temporary distractions at best (but never quite the cure).

The problem is that these distractions are...well, distractions. Suffering is experienced within, and so the cure must also arise from our inner dimension. 

When we feel uneasy, lousy, fearful or frustrated, we must be brave enough to just be with ourselves and to fully feel it. Fully-present, we can then observe the link between our thoughts and emotions, or between our habits and our health. 
Challenges will always arise from the external world, but the solutions will always arise from within.

Authentic spirituality guides us more deeply within, to the source of the cure, to an awakening of love that flows from consciousness within. From the source within, we can enjoy life and we can become the solution.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

Loneliness is the suffering of our time. Even if we are surrounded by others, we can feel very alone. (Thich Nhat Hahn)

Until we learn to truly communicate, there is no relief from loneliness. No amount of social interaction and no new forms of technology make any difference. We can meetup, hangout, interact online, post and like all day long—and yet still something within feels empty, isolated and alone.

This is just how the ego likes it. Separation is the foundation of the ego’s belief system and a necessary requirement for keeping the ego firmly in-tact. The unease of loneliness drives us to look to the future for gratification and to hold onto grievances from the past. We hate ourselves for our inability to fit-in, we blame others by judging and labeling them as somehow wrong—all because the ego is not our friend. This disease depends upon our misery for its very survival.

But if we might only surrender to the bliss of union, true intimacy, unconditional love with no boundaries in our communication or anywhere else—in this state of nirvana we forget about the past, could care less about the future, and see no flaws in ourselves or in our soulmates. In true union, we become egoless.

Blissful union will remain elusive—almost a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for most people—until the consciousness revolution arrives and undoes this parasite, this anti-Christ that has overtaken humanity in just the course of a few thousand years. The good news is that, until then, the Kingdom of Heaven is always available to any two people who simply choose it. It is utterly remarkable to me…incomprehensible that this is so rare.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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You are beyond the stories, illusions, and dreams of the mind.

So what, right? This sounds unexciting and not quite true to the ego. Why? Because the ego hinges on the very belief that the mind is what you are. Teaching the opposite is highly unpopular because it offends the ego and even threatens its dominance over you.

So, the mind tells you to move on to other things—anything that teaches nothing, asks nothing of you, and makes no attempt at truth will do. I understand. I am aware that this is how it goes.

These teachings are highly unpopular, which confirms only that they are rooted in truth. Today’s world is completely ego-driven—so what is popular in this world is what is popular to the ego. Just one problem: the ego, and our unexamined adherence to its insanity, is the root of all problems in this world.

Make truth popular and it becomes a religion. Get the experts to agree and it becomes a business. But I’ll stick to truth, even if it is unanimously unpopular. We continue to awaken to the dimension beyond ego tomorrow and each day after that.    

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

Bring consciousness to the inner-body.

When we shift our awareness away from the mind and toward the inner-body, extraordinary physical changes occur. The immune system becomes strong enough to prevent illness. The aging process dramatically slows. We feel good, look good, and our bodies function optimally even into old age.

The normal process of aging, on the other hand, is to slowly become physically ill, overweight, old in appearance and grumpy. This is where the ego would lead you—no matter it’s false promises of future salvation.

The normal functioning of the ego will slowly destroy you by overwhelming you with fear and conflict. With age, the unobserved mind becomes increasingly tortured. While we are young, this isn’t much of a problem. But, in time, every normal person eventually succumbs to the damage done by the ego and must recognize the empty promises.

The ego generates so many tortured thoughts that are never released and are, instead, fed into the body to create negative emotions. Those negative emotions are then fed back into the mind, creating a negative feedback loop. Meanwhile, the ego continues to reach to the future for salvation, but of course this is impossible and so the destination never arrives. This is the normal path to old age and misery—a state which is easily preventable with an open mind.

The ego, of course, finds these words offensive and ridiculous. It demands proof. I, on the other hand, demand proof that the ego offers anything of value…that fear is anything but insanity…that any form of attack has ever resulted in love, peace, health, happiness, youthfulness, bliss or anything we most deeply desire.

There is superior way—the path of true wisdom. Simply decide to undo the ego and instantly undo unnecessary suffering. If you need evidence, try it for yourself. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

Truth need not compromise

There are no degrees to truth. No sides. No opposites. No compromises.

If it is truth, it remains perfectly whole and real whether believed or disbelieved—stated or left unstated. Truth does not need our defense and is unaffected by debate.

The purpose of aligning with truth is not to make it so; rather, to purify ourselves so that the blissful light of reality can effortlessly shine through.

The attempt to compromise truth is an attempt to sacrifice the real for the unreal. This cannot be done, so the result can only be confusion.

So we continue, in truth, tomorrow and each day after that

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.

It takes an extreme spiritual practice only to achieve a somewhat sane and balanced life.

The best spiritual teachings are those that, at first sight, appear to go too far. But it is only by attempting to go too far that we stand any chance of achieving even a healthy balance.

If the intention is to completely undo ego—you will merely be left with an ego that is no longer acting as your worst enemy.

If the intention is to practice unconditional love and total honesty—you will merely be left with relationships which are no longer abusive.

If the intention is to completely undo fear—you will merely find a way to sleep at night and to go about your day without any panic, destructive behavior or illness.

If the intention is to see all material form as unreal and meaningless—you will merely become mildly aware of the formless dimension of truth, God, love, and eternal peace within.

If the intention is to live fully in the present moment—you will merely bring about more enjoyment to yourself and others as you go about your day.

Modern spirituality isn’t about being perfect or believing in anything mystical. It isn’t about holding impossible standards or retreating from this world to the mountain-tops. It is about living fully in this world while freeing ourselves from the insanity.  

While these teachings may seem lofty or impractical, these teachings are as practical as they are true. Follow love with all your heart and risk losing nothing while gaining everything that is otherwise lacking. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.   

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The Switch is the eBook and Audiobook about using the power of honesty to enjoy life and avoid crisis.