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You can exchange guilt for innocence

Doesn’t everyone want to be free of pain? If so, why do we make choices that hurt us? We avoid being close to others. We make ourselves sick through poor diet and other bad habits. We beat up on ourselves and others. Why?

This is not a rhetorical question. There is a clear answer: guilt. We suffer when we believe we are guilty and have not learned to exchange guilt for innocence.

When people believe in their own guilt, you can see it in their eyes. They feel unworthy of love, freedom, health, and abundance. Believing that they have nothing good to offer, they withdraw and attack others to break relationships and create more separation.

Those who believe they are guilty also behave in ways that cause themselves to be attacked. Most people believe that attack can teach a lesson and can correct behavior. Imagine how misguided it is to attack the guilty, when teaching the exchange of guilt for innocence is what heals.

I know that every brother and sister is inherently good. Our love, our goodness, our light is the only thing real about any of us. As the force of life, itself, we are not only equal we are one. It is only our belief in guilt that drives all the thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors that ultimately cause pain and cloud our goodness.

The truth about you, about everyone, is the truth of perfect innocence. Forgive all guilt by simply recognizing it is as unreal. It is not what we are and nothing we need to carry. Whatever errors have been made, we can effortlessly correct them in the embrace of our innocent, good selves. Whatever we’ve done, whatever we want, whatever we need, we can correct it and obtain it by applying the thought system of unconditional love, total honesty, and freedom. This is the exchange of guilt for innocence, the end of pain, the beginning of ongoing joy.  

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When you are honest, everything about your life is real

To hide anything—however seemingly small or inconsequential it may seem—is to lay one more brick upon that castle in the sand. One lie demands others, and those others still, until we are trapped in a web of confusion with no way out other than crisis. The only way to avoid this sad reality is to always be honest.

The choice for perfect honesty starts by being honest with yourself. What do you really need? What excites you and inspires you? Who are you and what do you want to become? What do you want to experience? If you can be honest with yourself about everything, without consideration of what others may think, then you have awakened within to honesty. Most people never get this far.

Even being honest with yourself is not enough. If you repress or hide your honesty, you suffer from low energy and depression. Under the constant labor to create the image of a life that isn’t true, life becomes a job. Furthermore, to the extent that you withhold honesty, you are limited by others, controlled, repressed, and unfree.

It is very normal in this world to avoid all that is true and real because of fear. In a world of lies, the honest person feels like a total misfit. To fit in, we create a pretend version of reality while hiding what is real about ourselves. How many of us are there hiding, believing we are misfits? Probably the majority.

If we could learn to accept the truth about ourselves and one another, and if we could see that the judgments of others mean nothing, we could break the barriers of fear. We would step our from our isolation, come together, and live blissfully.

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The present is before time was… (A Course in Miracles)

“The present is before time was, and will be when time is no more.
In it are all things that are eternal, and they are one.”
-A Course in Miracles

The normal state of existence in this world is to overlook all that is eternal and here right now to focus on either the past (which is gone) or the future (which is unpredictable, temporary, and fleeting at best). This helps explains the world’s uninterrupted state of confusion.

Only that which is in the present is real. The past and future are not here and, therefore, do not literally exist. Time can seem real only when we bring memories, hopes, and fears to the present. This is the unobserved mind’s unfortunate habit of problem-making.

None of the stuff of this world—the external threats, attacks, manufactured fears, lies, promises, rewards, punishments—none of it is actually here in your present moment unless you choose to bring it into the present moment; thus giving it power, making it seem real, and choosing to live out of accord with the eternal reality.

The stuff of the mind can be interesting, but pay attention to your emotions, thought patterns, and decisions. If you are negatively influenced by the stuff of the mind, you are losing presence and attempting to replace reality with illusion.  

We are at our best when we are present; focusing all our attention on what is here, what is real, what is eternal. By letting thoughts of past and future drift away, we can fully love, create value and beauty, and we can relax and enjoy ourselves in safety and freedom. The mind still has thoughts, but those thoughts no longer control your emotions or behavior. You are able to distinguish present-moment reality from time-based fiction.

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Right now, you are not guilty of anything at all

The world teaches us that guilt is real and that we are all guilty. Yes, in the past, we all have made mistakes. But is the past here right now? Here, right now, in this moment, are we not perfectly innocent?

To believe that guilt is real, one would have to believe that each moment of your life you are supposed to carry the full burden of your past. You are meant to do the hard work of constantly being ashamed of yourself for what is not here. Ignoring present reality, you are meant to pay a price for memories. For this, you punish yourself and allow yourself to be punished. In truth, your guilt is only a story—a collection of thoughts, no longer true right now, that you choose to make real.

But if you can be still. If for one instant, you can let go of the past. If you look around you, noticing the colors, the textures, the sounds, the silence, and stillness behind it all. Can you clearly recognize that you are not guilty in this moment? That you are perfectly lovable? Right now, you are perfectly innocent and perfectly lovable. This is forgiveness. This is also reality.

In an instant you can heal from guilt. Then, you can love yourself. You can even extend that love at every opportunity. You can allow yourself to feel good. You can smile. You can let that burden of your past drift away. You can fix anything in your situation that needs fixing—not from a position of guilt and shame; rather, from the certainty of your perfect innocence.

If there is ever any insane behavior in the present moment, you can correct it. But to hold guilt over yourself or anyone is to condemn to death by creating an insanity in the mind that overshadows the beauty and perfection of the present moment. You cannot awaken, you cannot heal, you cannot love if you decide that guilt is real. I assure you it is not. You are perfectly innocent.

Right now  you are not guilty of anything at all.

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To the people in my life I was once closer to

Please know that what was real between us is still real. I remain wide open to you, and nothing real has changed.

While we have both changed, and the circumstances of our lives have too, nothing real between two people can be lost. In friendship, there is a shared treasure which is eternal and free from the changing forms, definitions, and perceptions of the world.

In all the friendships that meant so much to me along the way, I recognize that there was the good and the bad. We shared beautiful, inspiring feelings and intentions. That was the real part. Then there were the unhealthy parts—the selfishness, conflict, and so on. That is the part of me that died a while back. The part you might have valued, I assure you, is still very much alive.

Here I sit with a clear memory of the good, in a life of total honesty and freedom, and with unbreakable joy in my heart that longs to be shared.

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Free and joyful despite the headlines

The leftists are now afraid because of their impossible need to trust the untrustworthy. Traditional Christians and Conservatives are now also lost in fear...forgetting what is real and what is illusion. We are alright because of our perfect knowledge of love.

The ones so terribly fearful of the future, the jab, etc. are no different from the ones so fearful of the virus. Consumed by fear and lost in illusion, they are powerless. You and I are free from this, and our perfect love also protects the ones we love. The insanity of others is not even real.

The challenge now, I believe, is not to act, not to fight anything; rather, to remain in the present moment, aligned with unconditional love, absent of fear. We need to be free and joyful despite the headlines.

Withdraw attention from insanity. This is not burying your head in the sand; rather, just the opposite. These are not just nice words and wishful thinking. No, this is the only thing you can do. Spiritually awaken. If enough of us could claim the sanity of reality, the cabal would have no power.

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You who withhold your unconditional love are literally denying heaven for yourself

You are not guilty, nor is anyone. We have errored at times; but error is never anything but acting without love.

The correction for lack of love is unconditional love. Only light undoes darkness and only love undoes sin. To love unconditionally is to forgive.

There is, therefore, no reason to ever withhold unconditional love. While the world would convince you otherwise, this love-starved world is clearly not heaven and does not understand the lesson.

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The truth can only be loving because only love is true

People are afraid of perfect honesty because we are afraid of getting hurt. This is shortsighted because, in the end, only perfect love can be the truth.

Honesty, however, is a process—an ongoing process, a thought system, a radically different way of life. Whenever two people begin to practice perfect honesty, at first it can hurt. But the only thing getting hurt is the ego.

The ego—with its faith in guilt, attack, specialness, superiority, and brutal selfishness—hurts like hell when it is exposed because looking at your own nastiness and ugliness is painful. When two people allow the ego to be fully exposed—when they accept it and look at it honestly—what they will ultimately see is something they do not want. Facing the truth is the undoing of ego.

All the things we are afraid to confront, the hidden thoughts and secrets we are slaves to—these are only unreal illusions. In the ultimate reality, everything the ego makes is nothing and, therefore, should not be valued or respected as something.

When two people keep going more deeply into honesty, what is ultimately revealed is perfect truth: which is and can only be unconditional love.

The path to salvation, awakening, enlightenment, unconditional love—whatever you want to call it—is and can only be the path of honesty. Honesty is the undoing of all the errors which block love.

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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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The goal is to become healthy, strong and happy. The rest is bullshit. (Wim Hof)

How much of your attention each day leaks into the bullshit category? How much of it is directed at what makes you healthy, strong and happy? I am sure we all can do better.

Notice the content you consume. How much of it is fear porn (e.g., the news)? Notice your low energy conversations (small talk, gossip). How much time do you dedicate to healthy practices such as meditation, eating right, exercising properly, learning something new, and sleeping well?

Russell Brand says, “Most people don’t believe it is possible to be happy.” Yes, we’ve been conditioned by a sick society to believe in hard work, sacrifice, and that relief is found in bad habits. Life then becomes a spiral of increased suffering.

Yet ongoing happiness is possible. This is your natural state of being—not in the future, but now. The way to get there now is to focus on what makes you healthy, strong and happy. Withdraw attention from the bullshit. Yes, drop out of society and cut all ties to the sick normal. Instead, seek and experiment with practices that make you healthy.

For nutrition and exercise, I highly recommend watching the videos put out by Dr. Sten Ekberg.

To become stronger (in addition to healthy practices), work toward becoming financially independent by breaking free from the employment model. Find a way to generate income from multiple sources so you’re not dependent upon one.

To be happy, learn what love is, open your heart and mind, practice unconditional acceptance, forgiveness, and honesty in your relationships. Allow yourself some adventure, some breaking the rules, just notice how it makes you feel and make corrections.

Ongoing happiness, or joy, is impossible without a spiritual practice. Read / listen to my work, A Course in Miracles, or Eckhart Tolle. Enjoy teachings from multiple sources, even different religions. The truth is the same but spoken many ways. Embrace that which resonates with your intuition. Follow it. Put it into practice.

You can’t change the world, but you can change yourself. And by changing yourself, you change the world.

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