Darkness is lack of light, as sin is lack of love. (A Course in Miracles)
If you think that you need more time, you will get more time—and more pain. Time and pain are inseparable. (Eckhart Tolle)

When you have died this death, you realize that there is no death, and that there is nothing to fear. Only the ego dies. (Eckhart Tolle)

To spiritually awaken is to allow your ego to die. To only look at the ego, to honestly observe its insanity, is to kill it. The ego cannot survive in your conscious presence. It cannot survive your decision for perfect love. It cannot survive without the illusion of time—in the awareness of this eternal now. To learn to let thoughts go is to let the ego go. At some point, it becomes only a memory.

When the ego dies, you realize that your problems have vanished. Finally, your life begins to flow. There is this silent background of peace. Negative emotions don’t arise. Drama is no longer understandable. Fear only an occasional thought that has no ground to stand on. Your conscious presence, your perfect love, your awareness of this eternal now effortlessly dissolves ego wherever it tries to creep back into your life.

Yet at times, I must admit, there is a sort of loneliness to this peace. There is a desire for others to also leave their egos behind so that they may join you in this heaven—this dimension of inner spaciousness. You wait for their presence. You try to share this light. But ego remains caught up in the world’s dream of darkness—this mad search for treasure in special relationships, in riches, or in other momentary experiences or false symbols of happiness. Having died to this world, you calmly and unemotionally observe. You see the truth in others behind their otherness and, occasionally, there is that shared moment of attention—that union, that highest experience of being alive.

So this is the experience of awakening while continuing to live in this world. There is no death and nothing to fear. Nothing of any value will be lost. Within the peaceful silence of the eternal now, there is so much beauty. Within the thought system of perfect love, there is bliss and no room for doubt or confusion. Within the mere memory of ego, there is total forgiveness of all that is not love and means nothing. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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