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If you are already spiritually awakened, then hope is a meaningless concept

The underlying belief which makes the postponement of joy possible is this: sacrifice is necessary now because lasting happiness will be yours someday. This, the world celebrates as hope. Let us look at hope.

If you are already spiritually awakened, then hope is a meaningless concept. What is hope for when salvation has already arrived? But continue to rely upon the ego and all you have is hope because, surely, what you want has yet to arrive.

Most people spend their whole life waiting, seeking, hoping but never reaching the destination of perfect and lasting joy. Years can go by in sacrifice, still decades more, and yet the reward for all this sacrifice never quite arrives. You can place the blame on yourself for not working hard enough, or you can blame the world for its unfairness, but the truth is elsewhere: you are seeking salvation in false idols—where it cannot be found.

Rather than looking honestly at this, you may continue to sacrifice feeling good now for a fantasy of the future. You may avoid love now for the purpose of finding true love. You may ignore spiritual teachings, meditation, and a healthy way of living because you are too busy becoming sick at the altar of the future. You may live dishonestly to preserve a relationship that is making you both miserable. You may read the news each day waiting for the world to be declared safe. You may put off doing what inspires you because it is impractical at the moment. Still you keep hoping that someday, somehow, all your dreams will come true and your life will be wonderful. How so?

A better future doesn’t exist, but a better present does. Patience isn’t a state of waiting; rather a superior way of being and doing. Love isn’t something you are working toward; it is there each moment you decide for it. Rest isn’t found in sleeping; rather, from waking. Joy is detached from external circumstance and is found in freedom.

What you have been hoping for can only be yours now and requires only a real decision for it.

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The ego wants to want more than it wants to have. (Eckhart Tolle)

The reason that the ego wants to want is that it cannot be happy. Why not? Because the mind cannot feel, only think. To realize and accept this would be to look at the ego honestly. If you do that, you will no longer want this parasite and you will leave it behind.

Like any creature, however, the ego does not want to die. Therefore, it must trick you into tolerating it by convincing you to seek happiness in the future. The voice in the head tells you that salvation is found in the future—after you achieve this, have that, if you are with a specific person, or if you have a particular experience. But if you actually do achieve or experience what the ego seeks, your happiness will not last for more than a moment and you will be left still wanting and chasing the next illusion.

Thoughts regularly cause us suffering, but joy is never found in thoughts. Joy, rather, is the natural experience of life when thoughts subside for a moment or when thoughts are aligned with the reality of life.

Thoughts directed at present moment awareness bring you an appreciation of beauty and a feeling of alertness and vibrance. The joy you experience here comes not from the thoughts; rather, from the experience of true reality beyond them.

Loving thoughts also bring joy because they are aligned with the source of joy and no longer block it. Honest thinking and expressing, unconditional acceptance of what is, thoughts of openness, creative thoughts, pursuit of creative endeavors—this is correct mind activity because your attention is placed upon the source of joy.

You will never “figure things out” in the mind; but if you can align the mind with divine truth, then there will be nothing to figure out or to want because joy is yours eternally.

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All this is robbery and chaos (Tao Te Ching)

“When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land, when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures, when the upper-class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn, all this is robbery and chaos.” -Tao Te Ching.

How can I judge any of my brothers and sisters when we are all abused and enslaved within a system of violence? None of us were asked whether we consent to the financial system, the taxes, the laws, the police, the prisons, the security checks, the threats, the mandatory schooling that teaches all the wrong lessons, the rules and controls that have become so pervasive that most of us have been driven to the dark state of fear.

We are born free and perfect. Then a legal name and number are forced upon us. Then gradually, a system designed to indoctrinate and enslave us is imposed upon us by threat. We never agreed with any of it. We must swear to oaths we did not write. Decisions are forced upon us that we did not make. Never were we given a real choice.

This is violence, injustice, slavery. Those of us who have found some degree of peace and sanity have done so against all odds. Most have been trained as thieves, we attack, we torture, we retreat to the temporary comfort of substances – yet still how can we judge any of our brothers and sisters?

We were all born into this unnecessarily cruel and violent system. We are all doing our best to cope, to survive, to find a bit of love and happiness nonetheless. Yet, understandably, most of us are lost.

Now the insanity and confusion is escalating, but it has already been present for a very long time. May this illegitimate system of lies, oppression and violence dissolve under the weight of its own wrongfulness.

May we finally respect each other as sacred souls who are free to love, free to express ourselves, free to create and serve, free to live without these constant threats. Until then, may we not lose sight of the sacred truth within.

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When you want only love, you will see nothing else. (A Course in Miracles)

Nothing but love is real. As tangible and solid as all else may seem, everything other than love will dissolve like any dream after waking.

If you then want only more dreams, that is all you will see. Resisting this, chasing that, never finding anything real—life will then become a roller coaster of ups and downs, seemingly meaningless and hopeless.

You get in life exactly what you want. Love is real, and nothing beyond it is. Love appears wherever you place it, wherever you extend it—but only after you have found it within.

A Course in Miracles says, “The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world. You can decide to see it right.” Seeing it right is the choice for perfect love over fear. Perfect love always casts out fear and is the one condition for salvation.

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They say that people who place their own interests above the interests of others are selfish. But what are self-interests? For that matter, what is the self?

The concept of selfishness can only make sense to the ego. The spiritually awakened, those who have transcended ego, understand that the self is the divine essence, the soul, the spirit—formless consciousness itself. If conscious presence—awareness itself—is our true identity (our true self) beyond physical form, then our only wish is for everyone to perfectly align with the self.

To know thyself is to know that what is true in me is exactly the same as what is true in you. We all want to feel good, to be understood, to be free to express ourselves, to experience ongoing joy, beauty, safety, inspiration, to give of ourselves and to receive, and to exist in a way that is absent of negative emotions. To align with this true self is to effortlessly come together in perfect unity, in oneness, where we exist harmoniously. This is only attained when we know the nature of the true self and align with it.

The self is love, and our self-interests are what love feels like, what love is, and what love does. For love to flourish, what is required is an open heart and an open mind. The ability to love ourselves, and to extend that love to others, is true freedom. Therefore, anything that restricts this freedom is an error because it is against truth, beauty, and love.

But the sickness called ego seeks salvation through a battle to get more, to take from, to be better than others or more right. When the ego perceives someone else as winning this game (a game that it is also playing), it attempts to project “selfishness” onto the other; thus, making the other wrong through shame and guilt and its false sense of self, therefore, right and superior.

The result of projecting the ego’s concept of selfishness onto others is really only a strengthening of the ego’s false sense of self. If successful, the ego makes the other guilty and then attempts to claim the authority to manipulate, control, or punish. Therefore, the projection of so-called selfishness is, in itself, the ultimate act of selfishness because it is a manipulation that fails to honor and respect everyone’s dignity, free will, and ability for each of us to do what we came to this world to do.

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The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-8)

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It is said that we reap what we sow. If we are metaphorically planting seeds each day, maintaining the proper conditions, and waiting patiently for the harvest; then abundance will materialize seemingly on its own.

While everyone’s intentions are good, many cannot tell the good seed from the bad. They plant seeds of attack, negativity and oppression. Their harvest will surely come, but it will bear no fruit.

Others are in possession of good seed, but they may lazily scatter it on the path—which can only happen when little attention is paid to the task at hand. For them, there will also be no fruit.

Still others plant seeds in shallow soil. Here is lacking patience; rather, only a desire to get the fastest possible result. The planting and nurturing is not enjoyed as an end, detached from the outcome. At first, sprouts do shoot up and the results seem promising. However, because there is no root, the plants cannot survive and the fruits never materialize.

To plant seeds on good soil is to do the right thing while also paying attention to your inner state of being. Your joy, your love, your positive state is the richest of soils. As you go about your planting, pay attention to how you feel. Do not dwell on the goal or the outcome; rather, enjoy the ongoing present moment fully and notice the beauty in everything.

Your harvest does not require you to sacrifice feeling good; rather, it demands the opposite. Take your time, resting in the peace of God, absent of fear, aligned with the feeling and energy of unconditional love. When all your planting is of good seeds in fertile soul, your fruit will grow on its own and your abundance is inevitable. 

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If you cannot escape your reality, make your reality your escape.

The deal with consumerism was this: sacrifice doing what you want and being who you are in your real life and, in return, you get to enjoy countless forms of escape. Life was hard, but then there were the restaurants, the bars and clubs, the sporting events, the movie theaters, the theme parks, the travel to luxurious hotels, exotic beaches and so many other exciting escapes.

In truth, our so-called “real lives”—consisting of endless work, school, chores and responsibilities—were not exactly real; rather, only society’s creation. Of course, the escapes were not real either. Everything about consumer culture was an illusion and the only thing real about it is that we believed in it. There is a such thing as true reality, and it has not and cannot be threatened by anyone or anything.

Now that the external forms of escape are gone, sacrificing our true reality is no longer appealing. I have already found—after many years absconding normalcy and doing only what I want to—that when your real life is lived in truth, there is nothing to escape from. Even when all that fake stuff was available, I have enjoyed my existence each day even without it.

Your full truth, your ultimate fantasies, your loftiest dreams can become your reality even now—especially now—because now sacrifice is pointless, and the distractions of escape are unavailable. Everything about consumer culture was a silly distraction. All that faking was always pointless and never brought anyone to the fulfillment of what they were seeking.

So now you can give yourself permission to feel good all the time, to love fully and freely, to seek and celebrate true beauty, to do what excites you and to make your real life a beautiful dream, a legend, an experience of ongoing joy and bliss.

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The finding of God is a coming to oneself. (Aldous Huxley)

“The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one's own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to oneself.”
- Aldous Huxley

The path isn’t hard, but it is very different—different from the ways of the world, different from religion, different from joining a cause, and different from adhering to a set of rules or a moral code.

True salvation is not to be found in ritual nor in tradition. Happening silently within, it would seem utterly uneventful and unexciting. There is nothing to hold up and nothing to point to. No battles need to be won because no enemy needs to be defeated.

This finding of God might begin with a mere shift in perspective whereby you recognize your identity not as your thoughts; rather, as awareness of your thoughts. Or your salvation might be a change of heart whereby you recognize love as the light of truth and are no longer lost in lovelessness. You can also spiritually awaken by simply establishing an ongoing practice of present-moment awareness; thereby existing in such a way that the ego cannot survive. Yet another portal into enlightenment is a firm commitment to always tell the truth and want only truth. There are probably still more paths to enlightenment. None of them are difficult for you, but they are impossible to the ego.

Whichever the course, the result of awakening is freedom from suffering, an ongoing joy that does not depend upon circumstance, a total absence of fear (even of death), the experience of unconditional love as your ongoing reality, perfect union, acceptance and forgiveness in relationships, and an endless appreciation of beauty all around.

If this is not yet your current state of being, it can be. Nothing need be sacrificed to achieve this ultimate success. When you find yourself, everything you do not want will effortlessly fall away. Millions of us around the world can testify that this state of being is very real, and yours if you but only want it.

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Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself. (Tao Te Ching, 57)

However noble our intentions may be or how true our opinions may seem, the line is crossed the instant we try to impose our will upon another. Everyone already has limitless power, and it rests in our ability to think, to feel, to express ourselves fully and do as we please. If we happen to speak and live the truth, others will follow willingly and enthusiastically.

Oftentimes, however, we get frustrated when others fail to share our intentions or agree with our opinions. Rather than respecting those differences and honoring free will, we may then wish to impose our will and to control others. We may even adopt political ideologies which restrict personal liberty. So sure of our fixed plans and concepts, we may even justify or applaud heavy-handed politicians who brutally impose severe limits on freedom.

But harmony and balance is impossible so long as anyone is attempting to control anyone else. Now the world is blocked. Nothing is working quite right, and the reason is that so many fixed plans and concepts are being imposed upon people despite our God-given, inalienable right to exercise free will.

Everything that makes life worth living flows from truth, beauty and freedom. The argument against freedom is the opposite of wisdom. What we need, want and desire on the deepest level arises from the basic freedom to be who we are, unrestricted. Can we not allow one another the right to speak our truths and to live as we choose?

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The ego cannot love

They say a perfect relationship does not exist. This is true for people who would choose ego over love. A perfect relationship is, very simply, one made between two people who have decided against ego and in favor of love.

The ego does not know what love is and possesses no qualities capable of responding to it. The ego response to perfect love is either to run from it or to distort it by turning it into what it understands. To greet love with a set of rules, expectations, judgments and conditions is to decide against mutual bliss in favor of mutual suffering. This is what the world calls a normal, successful relationship. To justify this insanity, we are asked to believe that there is no alternative.

They say that perfect love cannot last, but I assure you that it can and does—not only as a lifelong commitment of partnership, but as an ongoing feeling of perfect bliss. This, the holy relationship, demands of you what the ego cannot do. It is, therefore, only the ego that must be sacrificed…and this is no sacrifice at all because it is only the letting go of everything you do not want.

When you have purified yourself from ego, and the holy relationship is established, then you are accepted unconditionally, you are entirely free, and always open and honest about everything. Can you accept everything about who your partner is and even might do? Everything? If not, you are putting your faith somewhere other than in your love. Unconditional acceptance and total openness is the requirement for love, and is precisely what the ego cannot do.

When I speak of this type of relationship; people always respond, “That isn’t for me.” What this response means is, “I value my false identity as ego more than my true identity as love.” But nobody is going to take away your right to reject love and choose suffering. It is your choice.

Make the need for control real, make attack real, make any rules and conditions real and you instantly banish love at the sad altar of ego. This is the recipe for failure in love because…well…because the ego cannot love. 

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