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December 2019

Love is felt only when you are open

When you are in love, your energy level goes through the roof. You don’t need to eat or sleep, you can live only from that amazing feeling of love. What most people don’t know is that the feeling of love is what happens whenever you are open. Open your mind and heart completely to experience the natural energy—the force of life—that comes from within.

To close is to experience low energy and depression. But the more you open, the more you soar. This is the way you unleash your energy, inspiration and enthusiasm. Dare to open. Dare to trust in your truth.

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Mark Manney Bio

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I’m Mark Manney, an American entrepreneur, writer, musician and digital nomad with a career in enterprise software sales. My Abscondo project is all about learning to enjoy life by loving unconditionally and telling the truth. This is a creative exploration of freedom that includes my books, podcast, mobile app, original music and much more.

The subject matter is about finding true fulfillment, perfect love, lasting happiness and life purpose. Nothing qualifies a person to speak on any of this other than a life lived for this purpose. Most of my life was spent seeking but not finding. In 2015, when my marriage ended in crisis, I was healed through a committed spiritual practice of unconditional love. My life and my relationships were transformed, and my life purpose shifted to helping others to heal as I have.

I was raised by loving, Christian parents in small-town Wisconsin. In high school, I fell in love with and then immediately married an exchange student from Slovakia. I attended the University of Colorado on a basketball scholarship—earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and an MBA in Technology Management. After university, my wife and I moved to Seattle where I held a few corporate jobs in enterprise software sales. Until age 30, the story of my life was rather typical. I followed the world’s lessons, did what was normal, and accomplished everything that is supposed to make us happy.

But I wasn’t happy conforming to the corporate world and to the rules and expectations of a normal marriage. For many years, I was deeply depressed. Rather than trying to numb the pain and cope with a life I did not want, eventually I made the radical decision to choose freedom. I convinced my wife to escape the corporate grind and we moved to Slovakia—her home, and a place I had fallen in love with.

In Europe, I explored my freedom fully. I worked according to my own schedule, travelled, and felt inspired to make music and write. I also took a forbidden leap into several intimate relationships with wonderful woman over the course of many years. I had always loved my wife (and still do) but had been unhappily monogamous with her. Despite many honest attempts to create a relationship that might fulfill both her needs and mine, she understandably remained inflexible and unwilling to find a true solution. After many years of frustration, I decided to try my own solution.

One night, a lover called me “Abscondo” and explained what the word means. To abscond is to leave a situation or go into hiding, taking only what you want while leaving the rest behind. Very perceptive of her, as this is how I had lived since absconding from Seattle to Slovakia. I adopted Abscondo as my creative moniker.

Trying to fit into a situation you don't isn't the way. Everyone has a right to freely be who they are. Attempting to explore freedom through deception (as I had done) is a tragic error. Lies always have a way of being revealed. That’s just how life works. You can make illusions seem real for a time, but eventually everything is exposed and crisis ensues. Even as I was experiencing what I needed to; by withholding honesty my life was in chaos and I was frequently ill. While I sought experiences and self-worth in relationships, I was often not loving in my deeds and made many fundamental errors.

Eventually, I found the courage to stand firm in loving openness about who I am. Whenever you tell the truth, that which is false in your life is removed. The end of a 22-year marriage is an extremely painful, ugly process. Even though we are loving co-parents to a wonderful little girl, my wife had had enough. She found someone more appropriate for her and forced me to move out.

Shortly thereafter, a friend suggested that I needed to learn to love myself. Rejecting my attempt to seduce her, she said that I had been seeking love from women when I needed to be looking within. She suggested I read Don Miguel Ruiz, which I humbly and immediately did. This is how I learned to love myself. Eventually, I began studying A Course in Miracles, Eckhart Tolle, the Tao Te Ching, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and many other spiritual writers. In a very short time, I had escaped my ego and had spiritually awakened.

My spiritual awakening was first a discovery of unconditional self-love and self-forgiveness, and then a practice of unconditional love that extends to all. At around this time, I wrote about what I had learned in my book Belove: How to End Pain by Escaping Your Ego.

I am now in a committed, open relationship based on unconditional love with an ego-less woman. We live together peacefully, in perfect honesty and unconditional acceptance. We have no rules, only the intention to love, to always forgive, and to always accept each other. We have found that, in this type of relationship, there is never anything to argue about. There is no jealousy or conflict even as we are both open about everything and free. Even as we go through the typical challenges of raising our young son, each day feels effortless, blissful, and happy.

She and I have found the perfect love and trust that people seek but never seem to find. The problem is that everybody is going about relationships in a way that makes true love and sustained happiness impossible. We try our best to share what we have found so that others may also heal. In 2018, I made the DIY documentary called Treetops to share the reality of one summer in our humble life. In 2019, I also wrote another non-fiction ebook called The Switch: How to Find Happiness and End Crisis by Telling the Truth (click for free download). 

Still living in Europe, for the past decade I’ve enjoyed running a sales agency that serves software companies around the world by making executive-level introductions which lead to new business for them. Inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek, I built the business in such a way that we deliver extraordinary value to clients even as I make a living by working only 5–15 hours per week.

In my free time, I recorded four albums under the name Abscondo (enjoy my original songs wherever you normally listen to music). I also wrote three books and post nearly every day on the blog and on Instagram (follow Abscondo). 

In 2019, I founded the I Am by Infobeing Foundation; the charitable non-profit behind the I Am by Infobeing mobile app. I Am brings union by connecting people based upon our wants and needs. The app also features a virtual currency called IAM, which can be used to purchase favors from other users. I Am by Infobeing is a decentralized community of conscious people coming together to unleash our human potential by freely connecting, doing things together, and even exchanging and storing value in this virtual economy. I Am is the culmination of a vision I had in 2001. I see success with this project as my biggest mission in life, though progress toward fulfillment of this radical, huge vision has been slow.

In the end, the primary meaning of life is something we can all do right now: we can forgive ourselves and one another. We can unconditionally love ourselves and one another. When we accomplish this, the result is always perfect and ongoing joy, bliss, and happiness. Unnecessary suffering can end, crisis can be averted, and life can instantly become a total success. The purpose isn’t external success; yet all external manifestations start from within by merely knowing that you are love. To align with love, it is necessary to undo the ego’s grip. This is the key to ultimate success and the lesson I will do my best to continue to teach for the remainder of my life.

The reason for my daily practice of creating and teaching is only this: I have a duty and calling to share what I have been fortunate to have found. The miracle is love and this is what I do my best to offer. I claim no credit for anything and in no way see myself as special or superior to any of my brothers and sisters. I offer what I create for free, in love, because to give is the same act as to receive. If you trust me as a friend and maybe a brother in love, then together I know we can walk the awakened path of unconditional love, total honesty, and presence. 

Click here for information about how we can work together directly!

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Love knows no confusion

To love is to love with perfect consistency toward everyone in every situation.

Where there is any doubt or conflict, love is unknown.

While relationships serve many different purposes and take many different forms; love, itself, does not vary.

Where there is an obsession about the particular form of a relationship, love is unknown.

There are endless opinions and preferences about love but, in each of them, love is unknown.

Throughout all the cultures and traditions of the world, love remains largely unknown. What people call love is not love.

When love is not known—and still there is no desire to humbly learn what it is—then no love will ever come from any relationship of any form.

The good news is that love can be known by anyone who so chooses.

After all the confusion is undone, then love is easily known without doubt, experienced in perfect consistency, present in all your relationships, and extended into eternity. I sincerely wish you perfect love and welcome any and all feedback.


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Anything done in love is creation

When we labor in love, we create works of beauty and meaning. When we love other people, we create strong relationships and we teach what love is. Whenever this is accomplished, a vast flow of creation extends from the relationship and beyond it.

Only through love do we decide to have children and to properly care for those children. By loving a child, we teach that child to extend love throughout his or her lifetime, to their children, to everyone they will love…and then all those people extend their love beyond that in turn.

Now let’s consider the result of doing anything in the absence of love. Acting without love, we destroy. A loveless childhood destroys a person. A loveless marriage does the same. Each loveless relationship is a decision for death and the cause of the world’s darkness and insanity. The world is suffering because of loveless doing.

A Course in Miracles states “Sin is where love is not.” The only error is lack of love, and the only correction to this error is perfect love. The lesson is so simple, but impossible to the ego. Ego destruction is the only cure.

Giving love is never a waste of time; rather, our sole purpose and only chance at joy. When we love – and in so doing teach others to love – we fulfill our God-like mission to extend creation infinitely. To love is to create. We need not concern ourselves with how grandiose any of our individual creations or accomplishments may be, we need only love and our life purpose is perfectly fulfilled.

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Honesty is entirely possible

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The fundamental error in life is our acceptance of shades of gray. We so easily compromise what never needed to be compromised. It is truth, above all else, which never needed to be compromised.

Any compromise of truth, honesty and openness is a decision for the ego. It is always a decision for darkness which is against love, against peace, against abundance, and against joy. You either believe you are safe in eternity or that you are alone and vulnerable (i.e. separation). You either believe that you are innocent or that you are a guilty sinner. This is ego.

Keeping any illusion real in your life is a decision for dishonesty. Trying to be more honest is not the same thing as being honest. Working toward it is not the same thing as doing it. Thinking about it is saying no.

If you believe you are love, and if you decide to live and act in true faith of unconditional love, then what is there to be dishonest about? You can be honest, and what will be lost will only be illusion.

Dishonesty is a clinging to that which is unreal, which is the cause of suffering and crisis. How so? Because that which is unreal is not aligned with the truth of the universe. In time, the false is always corrected and the equilibrium is restored. It is this process of correction which we experience as suffering and crisis.

To tell the truth is to live at the center of the wheel. I call this place home.

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Miracles are expressions of love

Unconditional love is the miracle. Not magic, not illusion, not money, not possessions, not status — love is the miracle and anything we might call a miracle flows from it.

Miracles are the most natural expressions of life. When they don’t occur, something has gone wrong and purification is needed. May your Christmas be filled with miracles, and may these expressions of love each day become as ordinary as breathing.

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These days, everyone lies all the time

Sometimes they know they are lying, other times they believe the lies. But each time you believe their lies, you are creating confusion for yourself by sacrificing the truth for an illusion.

Building a life upon a foundation of illusion ultimately leads to suffering and crisis. This always requires dishonesty, which is always an error. Error always requires correction. If it didn’t require correction, it wouldn’t be an error. Cling to any error, and the natural process of correction is experienced as suffering. If ongoing suffering doesn’t inspire you to correct course, crisis ultimately will.

There is nothing you can do to make illusion real. Reality cannot be different from how it is. The struggle to make illusion real only brings you endless sacrifice, great effort, ongoing challenges, a lot of frustration and misery—and it will never succeed. Dishonesty and avoidance of truth is not the path toward happiness.

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In a constant struggle to make real what is not real, and true what is not true, you find only suffering.

Non-resistance, or acceptance of what is, simply means allowing what is real to be what is true. This realness includes not only the external reality of what happens, not only the thoughts and feelings of others, but also the truth about our own thoughts and feelings. We can let it all be as it is and flow as it does.

While this approach to life would seem obviously superior to the alternative, to the ego it is impossible. The ego is the struggle against reality and the foolish attempt to make true what is not true. Despite the ego’s best intentions, attempting to make illusion real can only lead to ongoing suffering followed by eventual crisis.

Non-resistance is not our diminishment; rather, a decision to come alive in joy. This is love, freedom, and everything we do want. The only requirement is the decision to be honest and to want only truth.

What we are talking about is only sanity – the acceptance of reality as real. Only because of the ego’s grip, sanity is elusive, and the world remains in suffering. 

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You are the force of life, itself.

You are not your body and not your mind; but the force of life itself. Knowing this, you live in alignment with life.

The body is limiting, and the mind can be rigid and insane. Believe that this is you and withdraw into fear just as you become self-centered – playing the petty game of comparing bodies, battling minds and accumulating more stuff. With the truth of life having been forgotten, you become very idle and unfulfilled on a meaningless and lonely road toward death.

But the force of life is free-flowing, creative, limitless, energy-giving and resilient. To awaken is to transcend mind and body – to become aware of yourself as life, itself.

With the recognition that your body and mind is just part of life doing what life does, fear vanishes. You are filled with excitement and joy. You find yourself effortlessly creating and playing. The competitive impulse fades and you find yourself serving and accepting others. Each day is experienced with an open heart and open mind. You are honest and you are love.

How wonderful and extraordinary is this force called life – this still, unobservable potentiality that has come into this world in so many beautiful forms. It is so good to be alive.

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There is nothing to fear because truth cannot be threatened.

How can a person live in joy and peace when the world is filled with so much injustice and suffering? Shouldn’t we do something about it?

It is clear, the world is mad – filled not only with unconscious, angry, grumpy, attacking people, but also with brutal dictators, violent police and soldiers, greedy businesspeople, corrupt politicians and worse.

It may seem to some that a person who exists in a state of consciousness is selfishly ignoring the real issues or failing to join the good fight. It isn’t so.

To express outrage or to fight something is to make it seem real. Unconsciousness is the problem, but when you try to fight unconsciousness, you quickly become unconscious yourself. Ego knows how to suck you in. Respond to ego and you begin playing the ego game – you adopt the same thought system.

Truth does not need your defense because it cannot be threatened to begin with. To speak it or embody it is enough. People can be enslaved, jailed or murdered and yet truth will not die. For thousands of years, brutal forces have battled truth. Yet it has not been destroyed. Nothing can threaten truth – not militaries, not spy agencies, not legal systems, not media nor presidential loudmouths. Gains in consciousness are never lost.

Despite the world’s attempts to pull us into insanity, today more people are conscious than ever before. We are beacons of love, forgiveness, tolerance, promoters of peace, artists, poets, and innovators. Almost everyone knows at least one spiritually awakened person. We are experiencing a massive, collective shift away from the darkness of unconsciousness that has dominated the planet for thousands of years.

If humans are to survive on this planet, it will require a consciousness revolution – a mainstreaming of joy and peace. This won't happen by fighting the ego; only by being loving. You don’t need permission and nothing can stop you.

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