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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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To interpret error is to give it power, and having done this you will overlook truth. (A Course in Miracles)

Whenever anyone speaks or acts in a way that is absent of perfect love, an error is made. On the contrary, when a thought or action is loving, then error is impossible.

This philosophy of obvious truth makes error easy to spot; but when you do, just recognize it and hold back from further interpretation. To interpret any error is to believe that it has power. But that which is absent of love is also absent of power because it lacks the authority of truth and reality. If the error is always lack of love, then only perfect love can be its correction. The error, therefore, need not be dissected and understood in any depth.

A loveless act will not have power over you if you refuse to let it pull you away from perfect love. By choosing not to allow error to pull you off course, you honor the truth fully just as the loveless illusions of ego are easily exposed as unreal and impotent.

“Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help, regardless of the form it takes. Can anybody be justified in responding with anger to a brother’s plea for help?”

Love is the correct response to every situation, the solution to every challenge, the only thought system and energy capable of healing.

Some may ask why God allows suffering and injustice. In truth, it is only our lovelessness that is to blame. God is love; but how can love work when you decide against it and are pulled away from it? Choose love and allow God to heal and make perfect.

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Quotes from the Tao Te Ching on holding nothing back in life and on changing the world

“He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day's work.”
-Tao Te Ching, 50

This does not mean to exhaust yourself, to force things or to interfere; rather, just the opposite. Consider the text that comes just before this:

“The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold onto:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn't think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.”

To hold nothing back is, therefore, to flow through life with a heart and mind as open as the sky; instantly and fully accepting everything that comes and goes without resistance. This is the undoing of illusion, the settling toward truth, the experience of ongoing joy and the alignment with true strength.

“When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way.”
-Tao Te Ching, 48

We may believe that we have the power to change the world—and that it can be done through attacking evil, by not accepting that which feels wrong, by not forgiving the wrong-doers, by judging, by hiding our true selves and by conforming. This is weakness.

“Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done. The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.”
-Tao Te Ching, 29

The problem is not that people don't care enough to save the world; rather, the problem is that too many people are messing things up by believing they can.

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In the seeing of who you are not, the reality of who you are emerges by itself. (Eckhart Tolle)

When you think of “I”, what exactly are you referring to? Are you the name assigned to you by your parents? What significance is found in those letters and sounds?

Does “I” refer to your life situation or possessions? What happens when this changes? Are you no longer you?

Does “I” refer to your body, your looks, or your image? If so, what happens when you age—when every cell in your body is replaced by new cells every 7 to 10 years? Everything about your physicality will be different, so who is the “I” that remains?

Are you the voice in your head? Doesn’t this voice mostly repeat the words, expressions, and beliefs of your society? What percentage of your thoughts are original, and who creates your original thoughts?

Are you your memories or plans? Who then is the entity observing those memories and making those plans?

What remains after the recognition that “I” is none of these things?

You are consciousness itself; otherwise called the soul, spirit, or awareness. “I am” is beyond physical form. What is true, real, and therefore unchanging about you dwells in the realm of empty space. Your mind and body emerge from nothing in birth, you will return to it in death, and all through this dream of life, inside your cells, you are filled with empty space (99.999999999999%).

You are the incomprehensible mystery of life, pure being, perfect love, consciousness, spirit—and so am I. It is in this recognition of truth that we are one, just as everything is one. Form is not the ultimate reality; merely consciousness playing—a beautiful illusion which can be enjoyed by infusing it with the truth about who you are.

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This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity. (A Course in Miracles)

(This is a repost from over a year ago, with only a few words updated)
 
"The logic of the world is totally insane and leads to nothing.” -A Course in Miracles
 
The hardest lesson we will ever learn is also the most simple and obvious: the lesson is that truth is true. Contrary to this, the world teaches that nothing is not nothing.
 
The world offers endless, violent lessons about how to value nothing so that it eventually becomes something.
 
Whenever we do chase the idols of the world, we ultimately end in failure. Now both the idols of capitalism and socialism are failing because they have both become detached from reality.
 
Our goal is never to make the unreal real; rather, to align ourselves only with that which is real. That which is real does not depend upon popular opinion, nor perception, nor conventions and norms. Truth is independent of centralized institutions and their false claims on morality and authority.
 
Allow the world’s egoic, unconscious insanity to push you further into consciousness. Let the world reveal what ego is so that you can first know it and then transcend it.
 
We are creating a new future by looking into our hearts, putting our faith in truth, and then extending it outward in freedom. Let the noises of insanity escalate. Go inside, where it is always perfectly peaceful and joyous – then extend it to your brothers and sisters without holding back.

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We can stop sacrificing everything for an empty promise that never quite materializes in a future that never quite arrives.

I believe we can do better than this old, obsolete system where we spend 20 years of our youth being forced to learn irrelevant lessons in school…where the next 40 years we are forced to work most our days in jobs we do not enjoy to pay debt and taxes for the privilege of that education, for the healthcare system uninterested in real healing, for the military that causes death and destruction around the world, for the prized pension so that (if we’re “lucky”) we get to spend our final 20 years idle and useless to anyone, hoping only that the healthcare system can extend the suffering just a bit longer. This is no life.

Call this capitalism or call it socialism, the differences are minor. It matters little whether we pay the government or corporations to be tortured in this way. The story is the same in every country in a world that lacks any real imagination, a world where our pop stars and celebrities never smile and somehow think that looking nauseous is cool, a world where nobody has the courage to tell the truth or the time to appreciate beauty, where people are afraid to open up or love because they “might get hurt”, where we are meant to spend an entire lifetime following rules that were set before we were born only to end up lost, confused, self-centered and irrelevant. Meanwhile, this entire system of misery and sacrifice is destroying the natural world—a cancer on God’s creation. I believe we can do better.

This nightmare existence which always felt so inevitable is now starting to crack, starting to crumble from within the thought-system of endless sacrifice and fear-based illogic. Now we can begin to look honestly at how badly off course we have gone in this past many decades. Yet the real truth is that, no matter what is going on in this insane world, each moment we have a choice to escape from this and to heal.

By withdrawing attention from this insane system, we can allow passion and intuition to guide a lifetime of true learning and creating. We can be valued and useful from the day we are born until the day we die. Our lives can mean something because we can tell the truth, we can reach our destiny and live up to our potential, we can spread our perfect love, we can heal ourselves and others. We can seek, celebrate, and create beauty. We can stop sacrificing everything for an empty promise that never quite materializes in a future that never quite arrives.

We can choose love, freedom, and truth instead of bondage. This can be done now, without any struggle or danger, without anyone having to agree or give us permission. No matter what happens in the external world, the life you want is the life you can have if you simply choose to be happy—and mean it enough to change.

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To heal is to dispel illusion

Wars between ideologies, attempts to prove superiority or holiness, the constant game of who’s right and who’s better, who’s guilty and who’s innocent, who’s the victim and who’s the oppressor—none of this means anything because it is only a war between separate illusions.

Right now, the insanity is self-evident as we look not just as those who would allow the idea of a flu to paralyze them with fear, but also those who have become obsessed with the 5G conspiracy. Others are going mad interpreting end-times literally by looking at the illusion of today’s government through the illusion of ancient religious texts.

Truth is not the stuff of thoughts, worries, mind-structures, arguments, or ideologies. This is the stuff of the world, the stuff of form. To seek truth and salvation here is a foolish attempt to build a castle upon a foundation of shifting sand.

Ultimate truth—reality—is found in the formless dimension. Here, we remember that love is beyond debate—always superior to the littleness of ego and always the solution to any problem.

As you awaken, do not disengage from the world. Wanting only truth requires that we tell the truth about things happening in the world and point out obvious errors. But do not teach that the errors matter much because no illusion can threaten reality. The purpose of looking at error is only to heal by dispelling illusion.

As illusion is banished from our awareness, we effortlessly embrace perfect love with our whole hearts. We embrace freedom as our natural state granted to us by our creator. We forgive everything and everyone as easily as breathing.

All which is not love is sin, and nothing real can be absent of love. Forget the terrifying dreams of form because they will lead to more confusion, insanity, fear, and suffering. Truth—which is awakening, which is healing, which is the force of life itself, which is salvation—is a choice which is always available to you each moment. Forgive yourself as you let go of the world’s illusions.

“Dreams will be impossible because you will want only truth.” -A Course in Miracles

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