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I will create no more pain, no more suffering.

Now I know what the ego is and have learned to ignore its insanity by not following its stream of thought.

Now I know that attack—even mild forms such as reward and punishment—only causes more suffering and teaches only more violence.

Now I know that there is nothing and no one to be possessed in this world.  I let go and let all things be.

Now I know that giving and receiving is the same act.

Now I rest in the silence and stillness between all the stuff, all the events, all the noise.

Now I know that the thought system of love contains all knowing. All that is not love is error to be corrected through love.

Now I know that all the universe exists in this present moment—right where it has always been. Time is merely a way to measure the movement of matter and a practical way for humans to function.

Now I know that a stressful and fearful mind is what causes illness and disease.

Now I know that the great Tao, God, or whatever you want to call it, exists within the imperceptible spaciousness within us and throughout the universe.

Now I cannot know what is good or bad. There is a natural balance to things, there is a curriculum, and I need only respond to all of life with love.

Now I have awakened to experience heaven—the spacious dimension of peace that exists beyond human drama.

Now I am free. I will create no more pain and suffering. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.


If it were new, it wouldn’t be true.

That which is true is true now, has always been true, and will always be true. Any expression of truth, therefore, is only a reminder of what we already knew the moment we were born, and even before this life and after.

That which is new—for example an innovation, a work of art, a book, an idea—may point to or teach truth; but it cannot be truth or contain it.

All that is new and old takes shape in time and within the realm of form. Form changes, and that which is true does not change or else it is not true.  Truth is in the stillness beyond form and the eternity beyond time. It cannot be grasped, proven, or demonstrated; only known by accessing the spacious dimension of consciousness, spirit, love.

The stuff of this world may be interesting, thrilling, entertaining, or frightening—but none of it is real because it is fleeting, it changes, it is unstable. Know this and you are set free from fear so that you can fulfill your function. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.


The lonely ones are those who see no function in the world for them to fill. (A Course in Miracles)

You have a function, which makes you complete in a world where incompletion rules. Your purpose is given to you, and there is an individual life curriculum designed to nudge you toward the fulfillment of your unique function. To awaken is to know your function—and to know that it can only be fulfilled once you align with the thought system of perfect love.

While love is oneness and so is truth, your function is unique because your way of expressing truth is unique. To escape ego is not to lose your personality; rather, to reach your potential by freeing you of the confines of a world designed to limit and control your divine beauty.

You are a unique expression of consciousness—God made flesh. To deny your divinity is to adopt the thought system of ego and to join the army of the lost and disconnected—those who demonstrate all the errors that can only lead to loneliness.

Love is the only escape from loneliness. Your purpose is to love, and to teach love to all, in the unique way that only you are capable of. Your strength can only be through love. The way can only be love—the energy of life, the good with no opposite. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.


It is as it is. (Eckhart Tolle)

Something happens to you. Then the voice in your head judges the event as good or bad. You like it or can’t deal with it. It goes to your head or you seek escape. Your emotions take over and your head begins to spin with insane thoughts.

This is how your ego tricks you into believing that it is real, that the ego is your identity, that you must believe in it and obey it. When something happens that attacks your ego, you then consider it bad. When something boosts the ego, you then consider it good. As a result, your life is a roller-coaster of ups and downs (mostly downs). You believe you will be happy someday, when you have everything you desire. But the ego’s mantra is “seek but do not find.” No ego has ever attained lasting happiness.

By giving your ego control, you are assuring yourself of ongoing suffering and misery—which is only temporarily relieved by moments of escape inevitably bound to collapse. This is what the ego does. To find what you seek, it is necessary to escape the ego entirely. This is the only path toward happiness, true success, abundance, love and inner peace.

Instant and eternal happiness is found in inner freedom from external conditions. This is inner peace. Freedom from external conditions. Whatever happens in the world, whatever happens to you, it doesn’t touch you. You know who you truly are and you cannot be threatened. From this viewpoint, your life flows differently.

Now you accept, then act. Now you have made the present moment your friend and ally, not your enemy. Whatever is happening is happening. It is supposed to be happening because it is happening. You can learn to accept it without judgement or negative thoughts—which lead to fear and ego-dominance.

By escaping the ego, you are untouched and are living in a state of inner peace. Now, you can easily understand the reality of what is happening and react to it. Not because it matters all that much what the outcome is, but because the purpose of your life is to spread love, peace, and consciousness. By responding from this place, this is what you do as effortlessly as breathing. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

It is as it is.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


Perfect love casts out fear. (A Course in Miracles)

The opposite of love is fear. Fear is darkness, love is the light. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light.

Imagine your physical self—your body and mind in this space and time—is like the inside of a wooden box sitting in the field on a sunny day. You have been taught your whole life that boxes should stay closed, so you are locked tight. It is dark inside. Nothing comes in and out. You are bored, hungry, thirsty, and afraid of what exists outside the familiar dark space.

You believe that there is a big world out there, filled with sunlight, fresh water, beautiful sights and sounds, and delicious food…but you cannot see it, feel it, hear it, taste it or drink it. It is all around you, abundant, but because you are closed it feels out of reach. You are in a state of lacking, and it is only because you have chosen darkness and locked out the light.

We have been taught, conditioned since a very young age, to stay in this darkness. We are told that, if we do what we are supposed to, one day we will be rewarded. That day never seems to come, and when it does we don’t know how to enjoy it from within the darkness.

To awaken is to just open the lid. The warm sunlight shines through and the darkness of fear melts away in an instant. Now you can see, hear, taste, and touch all of life and you realize that it is all here for you. There is nothing to fear because there is no lack of anything when you are open.

Fear arises from separation. Separation is the belief that you are on your own, incomplete, disconnected from the oneness of everything. In this state, you believe that there is something you need that you lack. You were taught separation—we all were. But it is unreal.

How can you be separate from others when we all share the same consciousness? When you find out that you are consciousness, which is the same thing as love, which is the same thing as freedom, which is the same thing as oneness, which is the same thing as abundance, which is the same thing as God—then you realize that you already have everything because you already are everything. Nothing in the physical realm of form matters anyway, and so there is nothing to fear. Unlock yourself, open the lid, and accept all that comes. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

“All aspects of fear are untrue. You made fear, and you believe in what you made. It is true for you because it was made by you.” -A Course in Miracles


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Say yes to life—and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you. (Eckhart Tolle)

What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and is always now?

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Your mind wants control over reality. The voice in your head tells you what is good or bad…what you hope will happen and what should be avoided. Most people believe that the voice in the head is rational, that it should be taken seriously. In truth, it is insane to trust in the mind because the mind doesn’t know what it wants and has no power to get it.

To trust your mind is to live in a state of confusion, struggle, and turmoil. You struggle to “make up your mind” about everything. You imagine what will make you happy in the future; then come the strategies for how to get it and the sacrifices that follow. Yet nothing ever goes according to plan. Every path you take leads to what you did not expect. You struggle to move in one direction, but life resists your plans and takes you in another. Even if you manage to get what you want, it doesn’t make you happy and you quickly change your mind about it.

People who are mind-dominated and purely rational are not happy. They are often unsure, paralyzed, stuck somewhere, lost, and ineffective. Lost in illusions of past and future, believing of what should be or should not be, the present moment is only an obstacle. Yet the present moment is the field where everything exists and everything happens. This, here and now, is where we need to be alive. Be the awakened one, and life immediately starts working for you.

Now your function is not to judge or to control reality; rather, merely to accept it without judgement or emotion. You have no power to shape reality; rather, your job is merely to accept it and respond to it. You don’t have to find your path, life gives you your path. Embrace it without the concepts of good or bad and then a full letting-go as the next moment unfolds. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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As long as there is this feeling of separation, love cannot be known. (Osho)

“Love is the experience of unity. Love is the ecstasy when the walls between two people crumble down, when two lives meet, when two lives unite.” – Osho

You want perfect love in your life, so allow the possibility of perfect love in your life. Simply drop your barriers to the other. How many couples resent each other, withhold truths from each other, keep thoughts and desires hidden? This is not love, this is life without freedom and it is worse than being alone.

Love is the unguarded unleashing of everything you are, combined with full acceptance of the other. The energy of love flows when two people create a space in which everything is possible and in which everything is accepted.

If you want boundaries in your relationships, then you do not want love. If there is anything about yourself that you are unwilling to share, then you are unwilling to experience the joy and bliss of love. If there is anything about your lover that you cannot accept, then you are saying “no thanks” to his or her love.

If you are afraid to trust, then you value aloneness over love. If you are closed off to the possibility of sex, you are refusing the seed of love and choosing the misery of separation over the bliss that is within reach. You don’t have to do anything with a person unless you are inspired with irresistible passion, but if you want love in your life then you do have to be open to the possibility of acting on passion.

You will not find love because you look hot, have a huge bank account, or drive the perfect car. Projecting image will isolate you. You will become untouchable and, therefore, untouched on the level of the soul. Forget the makeup, put down the sunglasses, smile, say hi to someone, talk about your true feelings and drop the agenda. Give others the space to do the same. Love has now entered your life and it isn’t difficult. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Whatever is true is eternal and cannot change or be changed. (A Course in Miracles)

Absolute truth cannot be changed or threatened. Truth needs no defense.

If this statement is true, then it must be recognized that everything in the realm of matter, the world of the physical—even the earth, planets, and stars—are in a sense not absolute truth. Matter changes. What doesn’t change is nothingness. What is true is therefore nothing, invisible, imperceptible. Truth lies in nothingness. This is the essence of spirituality.

Everything you care most about is invisible: love, health, inspiration, how you feel, happiness. We chase after the material, yet what matters to us is non-material.

All the great spiritual traditions teach us not to become attached. The reason for this is quite simple: becoming attached to that which changes is a mistake. If your identity becomes attached to possessions, status, a relationship, or anything else having to do with the physical realm, then you are becoming fixed upon that which will change. This is what is referred to as “building your house upon sand” and it is the source of suffering.

You are the soul, the essence, the spirit which is of course invisible. Your true identity is connected with empty space between the planets and stars: the nothingness. Nothingness cannot be studied, described, or understood by the mind—but when you awaken you will become aware of this other realm, the realm in which you perfect, complete, and eternal. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Nobody gets away with anything


When we see that someone has done something wrong—perhaps something that harms others or violates us in some way—then the ego tells us that we need to get revenge. We demand justice. We want to make sure that the wrongdoer doesn’t get away with it. Response to wrong action, however, is unwise and unnecessary. Any sin carries its own immediate and certain punishment.

The original meaning of the word “sin” is “to miss the mark”. To sin is to act without love. The common error is the belief that your happiness and satisfaction come from the external (more money, more possessions, higher status, recognition). These errors often manifest as greed, attempting to take something from others, or attempting to control the behavior of others so that you can be happy. These errors miss the mark of love and carry intrinsic consequences.

Is there something that can be obtained in the external world that is more important than the inner state? Any attempt to manipulate the external world requires dishonesty. To live in untruth is imprisonment. You may attack or murder, but in doing so you will never escape the overwhelming guilt and fear that follows. If someone is willing to sacrifice their inner state of peace and joy, if he or she is willing to turn away from love and seek money, fame, status, or power at all costs, do you not realize that this person is already living in a sort of hell?

Nobody ever wakes up one day and says, “I’m sure glad I stole all that money and killed those people. Look how happy we are, dear, with our amazing lifestyle.” Not a chance, because nobody gets away with anything and cheaters never win. Foolish behavior brings its own immediate punishment in the form of stress, fear, misery, and isolation one’s own hell on earth.

Our job is not to punish others, nor to blame others, nor to shame others, nor or to get revenge. Our job is to accept what is, to lovingly attempt to correct error, and to forgive unconditionally. Anything done not from love is sin, and sin is nothing other than error. Error can be corrected and that is your job. The correction to error is not punishment; it is love. We must love those who have errored.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.     

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Belief in sin justifies attack; while attack reinforces belief in sin. All violence is born of these two illusions.

Attack seems like the right response only if you first believe that sin is real. For sin to be made real, it is necessary to believe that it is something other than error—that there are bad people who wish us harm and who understand only attack. So we attack to teach a lesson. But, by this logic, doesn’t our attack make us that bad person who also deserves attack?

Belief in sin and attack is the cause of all violence. The sane among us see not sin; rather error. The error is to act without love. We respond to all error with love. Attack has no place because it teaches nothing other than that sin is real and that violence is justified.

Oftentimes we are attacked, even by those who claim to love us. If we believe attack is ever justified, we must also believe that we have sinned—that we are guilty. This fills us with shame and self-loathing—making it seem as though our errors were sinful and deserving of attack. You might have made a mistake, but you are not guilty and attack is not justified.

Undo these two illusions and your life is renewed. Attack is never reasonable, nor effective, nor justified. Attack is an error. Sin is never anything other than error. The error is lack of love and the correction to lack of love is always perfect love. The thought system of perfect love is complete knowledge. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.