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A Course in Miracles echoes the Law of Attraction

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If you are attacked, it must be that you think attack thoughts, see attack as real, and maybe you have even attacked others first.

Attack comes in many forms beyond the obvious: reward and punishment, or making any attempt to control or manipulate others, being among them.

To impose your will upon another is to attack. If you think this is your right, your relationships will be hell. Why? Because your beliefs are mistaken and not aligned with reality. What appears to be happening to you is merely the inevitable consequence of a fundamental error.

Learn to see any attack as a cry for love, and respond accordingly to end all conflict.

If you are lonely, it must be that you are choosing to cut yourself off. Open your heart and mind to love in all forms, while continuing to cherish freedom, openness, and honesty. Loneliness will surely disappear.

If you are depressed or fearful, it must be that you believe the news media is real, that centralized institutions have legitimate power and authority, or that politicians are capable of doing anything to you.

You have complete authority over you, and there is nothing external to fear. But you must know your identity as consciousness, as love, not a body.

You are not helpless. You make happen what is happening to you. You can choose to end all your problems only by changing how you think and see...by placing all your faith in love.

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Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. (A Course in Miracles)

For post 605, I would like to share a long quote from A Course in Miracles.

“T-2 1.i.4. The blind become accustomed to their world by their adjustments to it. They think they know their way about in it. They learned it, not through joyous lessons, but through the stern necessity of limits they believe they could not overcome. And still believing this, they hold those lessons dear, and cling to them because they cannot see. They do not understand the lessons keep them blind. This they do not believe. And so they keep the world they learned to “see” in their imagination, believing that their choice is that or nothing. They hate the world they learned through pain. And everything they think is in it serves to remind them that they are incomplete and bitterly deprived.

T-2 1.i.5. Thus they define their life and where they live, adjusting to it as they think they must, afraid to lose the little that they have. And so it is with all who see the body as all they have and all their brothers have. They try to reach each other, and they fail, and fail again. And they adjust to loneliness, believing that to keep the body is to save the little that they have. Listen, and try to think if you remember what we will speak of now.”

There is another way—a life of true vision rather than illusion. It is, very simply, a life dedicated to loving thoughts each moment. Love is what gives meaning to everything. Where there is no love, there is no meaning. What is meaningless is chaos. Where we see chaos, suffering, destruction, and injustice, we are looking upon a hell that was made without loving thoughts.

Love is consciousness, itself, and is beyond thought. But the mind’s function is thought. A mind that has forgotten love—that has never learned its complete thought system and has, instead, adopted the thought system of a sick world—is a mind that is ill.

From that root illness flows the infinite varieties of illness. But a mind that has learned the thought system of love has attained complete wisdom and is perfectly healed. This is salvation, enlightenment, redemption, joy, and everything you do want.
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Science is not the whole truth

Science is the study of matter, i.e. “stuff”. It is only concerned with what is measurable and perceptible; looking upon what life is and what life does in a very narrow, mechanical way. But, because science is unwilling to consider the whole truth, its wisdom is incomplete and its conclusions often quite wrong.

For evidence, we need only look at the scientific approach to COVID-19. The scientific response makes no attempt to understand immunity or how it might be boosted with a non-pharmaceutical approach. Those who practice daily meditation, for example, have largely found that they are no longer susceptible to a flu like this or to any other illness. Yet science makes no attempt to understand this.

Science does not care to understand that only a sleep-deprived, physically exhausted, stressed-out person is susceptible to illness. It knows nothing about the effect love and friendship have on immunity and would never even care to look at this question.

Today’s so-called science goes no further than to tell us to stay home, stay 2 meters apart, and wear face masks indoors. We are expected to all agree to suspend everything that makes life worth living and wait for a scientific solution to a problem that could be solved with a spiritual one.

Science knows nothing about consciousness—which many have come to understand as supreme, the whole truth, complete wisdom, God. Why? Because consciousness is the stuff of non-matter and cannot be measured or observed. Yet this is the dimension where everything we care about lives: love, feeling good, inspiration, beauty, thought, creativity, perception, friendship—everything that makes life worthwhile, and everything we want, is beyond the realm of science. We are meant to pretend that what matters most doesn’t matter.

Science, and the authoritarian structures that worship its largely obsolete wisdom, is now being reveal as utterly impotent and as oppressive and wrong about everything as the medieval church once was. Let us begin to see the whole truth—the spiritual dimension as well as the physical realm. This is the Consciousness Revolution.

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The ego has a very interesting relationship with the body

The ego's purpose for the body is only to serve itself. Some egos demand incomprehensible dedication to transform the body into a maximally attractive temple to itself.

The purpose behind the endless hours of painful workouts and dieting is not so much to attract lovers or enjoy sex--for that would demand openness and intimacy, which the ego cannot do. The purpose; rather, is only to prove superiority by being the most physically attractive.

The ego loves attention and lustful stares, only because each is seen as a testament to its grandiosity and a boost to its ugly need for pride.

Sometimes, particularly for men, the lustful or jealous stares don't come even if you are physically attractive. Now, to get that boost of pride, seduction is required. Here come the one night stands. Bodies must be conquered, false promises made, cruel games played, the more the better; not exactly for the joy of sex (though sex always feels good), rather, to win and prove superiority.

Most egos don't win at this game. There can only be one fittest body in any room. It then tries to adorn the body with more attractive clothes, it may buy expensive cars, possessions, and use countless other strategies to appear more attractive. But, at some point, we all lose at this game.

Some people give up early in life, some in marriage when the game is no longer allowed, others later on in old age. Now the defeated, victim ego uses the body to numb its pain. Now comes the food binges, the addictions, the total destruction and neglect of a body that has failed to serve its delusional purposes.

The ego is no friend to the body; rather, an exploiter that looks upon it and uses it lovelessly and in disgust. This is the root of sickness and disease.

An awakened person, one who has made the decision to escape the ego, truly loves the body, accepts it as it is, nurtures it, enjoys it, and offers the same loving attention and care to the bodies of loved ones. This person sees no competition, only beauty where it lies. This person is never ill, and looks very good even into old age. This is self-love.

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Life changes when you stop agreeing to everything that is harming you

They told you it is good and right to pay attention to the news, and you agreed, and so you do. With any luck, at some point in life, you realize that nothing they report is actually true...and is only designed to cause fear and suffering in you. But you agreed to it, so you continue to watch it anyway.

They told you that you have to get a job and work at least 40 hours per week. You agreed, and so that's what you do. With any luck, at some point, you realize that the money isn't enough, jobs are temporary, and they cause you exhaustion and misery. But you agreed to it, so you set the alarm each day and do it anyway.

They told you that you have to commit to lifelong monogamy as soon as you love a person. That sounded right, so you agreed, and so that's what you do and force your partner to do. At some point, you realize that this is a great source of suffering and you fail at it. But you agreed to it, so you suppress your feelings, maybe even lie, deceive or cheat until the relationship finally falls apart.

They told you that you have to fight, attack others, punish children, distrust strangers, sacrifice, go into debt, obey, comply...and you do because you agreed to it.

Life changes when you stop agreeing to everything that is harming you. Do not fight to change the demands of those who would control or exploit you; rather, simply disagree and live in truth. You are the authority of you, and this is perfectly natural and right.

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Insanity is the pandemic

The so-called flu pandemic is really just a normal flu. In 2017, for example, 2.6 million people in the world died from pneumonia. Something like a third of them were children. This happens every year and, tragic as every death is, this has always been considered normal.

In 2020, some small percentage of that number died from pneumonia caused by this particular strain of the flu. When all is said and done, this year's pneumonia deaths may be no worse than any other year. Yet we have gone mad, destroyed the economy, undone personal liberties, and become a global society of chaos and dysfunction.

It is just plain sad. So much insanity everywhere. Of course, it isn't just COVID. Our interaction in public, with businesses and other institutions, is false and dehumanizing. We are constantly treated as suspects. There is no respect or dignity in all of public life. For many, this rampant dysfunction has infected our personal lives.

If I could help it, I would never set foot in a store or any indoor public place ever again. The public indoors has become hell. I would opt out of all institutions, including the government. I would, instead, fill every moment, every dimension of my life with people who know what love is. There would be more of these people than I could count, and I would love them forever with my whole heart. Insanity could certainly not exist there.

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On this planet, normal equals insane. (Eckhart Tolle)

“What is it that lies at the root of this insanity? Complete identification with thought and emotion—that is to say, ego.”

What is insanity? A disease of the mind—the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems. An insane mind believes that it is you—and that it, and its’ thought systems, its’ beliefs, and its’ institutional affiliations comprise the highest and only authority.

Never mind that a person in the grip of ego is often depressed, gets mad, acts out, argues, attacks, and brings all kinds of toxic, negative energy into any situation. Never mind that there is always this stress, anxiety, frequent illness, poor health, and ongoing suffering on some level. Never mind that the thought systems, beliefs, and viewpoints frequently change. Never mind that the ego’s strategies always fail and freedom, love and happiness are always illusive.

Success is always just around the corner. Sacrifice more. Work harder. Do whatever it takes to get ahead. If only this would change, that would go away, this person would apologize…if only the entire world would be different from how it is…then I could finally be happy.

Yes, this is insanity. And it is completely normal in this world. There is a different way to live. It is the recognition of unconditional love as supreme (not your thoughts), the embrace of the present moment as all there is, and the acceptance of reality as reality. In other words, awakening.

The awakened mind is aligned with wisdom and truth. It is no longer dysfunctional or, when it occasionally is, then you (the real you, consciousness itself, the observer of the thoughts) can recognize the dysfunction and let it go.

So, the choice is this: you can either be normal or you can have lasting happiness. But you can’t have both. The way isn’t hard, but it is very different.

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What does A Course in Miracles say about present moment awareness?


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Everything shifts, moves around, and changes form...but nothing is ever lost and nothing more can be gained.

To simply recognize this is to live in perfect abundance in all areas of life, in perfect peace, in perfect joy.

Time is an illusion of the ego, as is getting, having, and losing.

Can we not learn to simply recognize reality and accept it, or must we imagine a reality that cannot be and then fear the idea of its non-existence?

Perfect love is the total recognition and acceptance of reality as reality.

Reality is all there is, and it is eternal. Let is join together here, in eternity, with perfect vision.

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How expectations harm relationships and families by blocking expressions of love

I spent the last few days living from a tent at a crowded campground in Slovakia. Perhaps nothing exposes people, families, and relationships more than living all together, out in the open.

Now back at my quiet apartment after a nap, my mind is still filled with so many images, colors, sounds. I remember all the energy, the drunken comments, the shallow laughter, the music and constant scurrying about, but what I don't remember seeing or hearing is a single expression of love.

Of course there was kindness; parents doing so much for their children, children obeying, families and friends coming together. But there were no spontaneous hugs, genuine and unexpected smiles of acceptance, or kisses.

I know that expressions of love are not all that important; love is something else. But when there are no expressions of love, I wonder whether something might be blocking love in those relationships. Surely these people love each other, right? So why can't it be said or expressed?

It seems to me that the problem is expectations. Spouses expect from their partners, parents from children, and so on. When we carry the weight of expectations, we become exhausted and resentful. Love gets blocked. We get bitter. Also, when we place our expectations on loved ones, we become disappointed when they fail to live up. Now begins the nagging, the name calling, the outbursts...all in an attempt to change the person. Now there is no possibility for love to be expressed.

Do not take on the expectations of others; rather, just do your best, as you feel inspired to. Do not expect anything from others; rather, allow them to experience the reality of their decisions and behaviors. Let go of all that pressure, because now there is no possibility of conflict. Dirty dishes or unwashed laundry? Perhaps at times. Maybe even a few hungry bellies. And whoever is bothered may even get inspired to do something about it.

When we gently let the reality of all situations be the guide, rather than expectations, we leave room in our hearts for love. If the word "love" is regularly spoken in families, if the gestures of love can be fully enjoyed, everything else will come together perfectly. Not from obligation or threat; rather, from the unlimited energy of free-flowing love.

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