Posts categorized "Authentic Life"

To have all, give all to all. (A Course in Miracles)

This statement makes no sense to the left-brain, logical mind. If you give away something, how can you have all of it?

But we’re not talking about “things”. Things have little value and are of no concern. We’re talking about having all. Having all implies something of real value, something true, beautiful, meaningful, eternal.

Even the lower mind can understand that when love, beauty or happiness is shared, it is not diminished. It becomes more real. It inspires greater happiness and love in the other. It is increased through sharing. Also, when your best creations are shared, you are rewarded. Creating real value for others is the source of abundance, wealth and prosperity.

To give all is to share that which is most valuable. Be truly helpful, be a light of love to all, create that which is useful, or that which inspires joy, happiness, and bliss.

True giving is the same as true receiving. To receive love, give love. To receive wealth, offer all your talents to all. This is the source of abundance. This is healing. This is happiness. True happiness and joy must be created through sharing. Sharing is the giving that happens between two who realize they are one.

Poverty and lack are rooted in an unwillingness to give. To have all, give all to all. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner. (Tao Te Ching)

A core human need is to be admired, loved, and respected. To fulfill this need, we seek approval by crafting an image of ourselves for others. This is a choice to become conditioned, trained, and controlled in exchange for a few occasional words of approval. But does it work? Is the experience of approval ever anything more than shallow? And what value does approval even have if we know, on some level, that we are not presenting our authentic selves?

Set yourself free from the social norms, the expectations, the normal ways of the world which you were taught. There is nothing you can do to be truly loved, admired, or respected. But there is something you can be: yourself.

When you are content to be simply yourself, and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

-Tao Te Ching, 8

Be the light that you are and not the false reflections. Choose the freedom of truth rather than the lies that lead to bondage. We continue tomorrow and day after that.

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Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there. (Eckhart Tolle)

“Or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. It’s a split that tears you apart inside.”

That terrible feeling of stress, frustration, and anxiety is your body telling you that something is wrong. You have forgotten that now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be.

To be stressed is to believe that you need a different set of external circumstances before you can be happy. But if you are seeking liberation in external form, you will continue to seek for a lifetime—experiencing only brief, temporary relief from the agony. You’ll feel split, torn apart, like something is dreadfully wrong.

“To create and live with such a split is insane. The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it any less insane.”

When you feel that you have no power, like you are adrift on a stormy sea—it can only be that you have forgotten what is real. Your faith is in external form, in idols, in the realm of the impermanent. This is an error and it can easily be corrected. You do have power in every situation. You can either leave the situation, do something about it, or fully surrender to it and let it be. Those are your options. Why stress?

You cannot be threatened by any external situation or condition imposed upon you. You are the source of power because you are the force of life. What is real about you cannot be threatened by anyone or anything. Remember this as you go deeply into the fear, the stress, the anxiety. Access the power of now, know that everything is happening for you not to you, and stress will dissolve. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quotes from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

 


Humans have just one superpower—the power to create.

“If we closely observe the activities of nature, we will find that there is only one process going on. And that process is one of continuous creation, of procreation, of creating new and different self-forms.” -Osho

We are life, and of course the same is true of us. We were given these minds and bodies for one purpose: the purpose of creating.

Let’s start with the sex drive. The need for sex is nothing other than the most basic urge to create. To resist sexual desire is to resist life. Why not accept and embrace it fully? How can we rise to the higher forms of creation if we cannot even embrace the most basic?

Moving beyond this most basic power, we have a superpower—creative powers far exceeding any known life form. We have hands to make things, minds to imagine what does not yet exist, and language powerful enough to make concepts felt and understood. We can write, speak, make music, develop technology, paint, draw, invent systems, entertain, inform…we are perfectly designed life forms and there’s almost nothing we can’t do.

So what do we do with this superpower? Here’s the thing: the mind is always creating and teaching. We have no choice. Even when you are completely uninspired; perhaps watching television, gossiping, or arguing—you are still creating. You may be creating negative stories in your mind, problems, or issues—but you are creating! Anything done in the egoic state is, of course, a miscreation. To remain in the ego is to fall beneath your calling and potential while creating misery for yourself and others.

To know spirit is to let your powers inspire you just as they inspire us all. You are extraordinary. Embrace your power to create and know what it is for. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Love can only be born out of emptiness. Only a void is capable of merging with another void.

To find love, we attempt to present our best selves. We make ourselves more attractive, seek a higher status, and show off. In so doing, we are seeking love in the realm of the ego—the realm of form.

But love is not of form. Love is invisible nothingness and emptiness. When you think of the universe, you realize that all the blackness, the “nothingness” of space is merged together as one. There are no walls separating nothingness. But the stars, the planets, the “things” that exist in the universe are alone and cannot be merged. Two forms cannot merge; but they can be connected by nothingness just as two people can be connected in love.

Love has nothing to do with the physical, the tangible, or the measurable. No photo can show it. No poem can fully explain it. No physical act can perfect it. Even as jealous couples foolishly try to hold onto it, love cannot be controlled or possessed because it is not a thing.

Seek love in the realm of form and you will never find it. To know love is to know spirit. When two souls merge in a space of no thought, no past, no future, no plans, no “I” and “you”—that is true love. Love is the transcendence of the ego and the remembrance of how to exist in spirit. This kind of love is as simple as breathing, yet still incredibly rare in this world because we have been taught something other.

If this is the love you desire, you must first love yourself. If you are trying to get love from another, you are seeking love where it does not exist—in the realm of form. Remember that you are the nothingness, which is eternal, unchanging, and cannot be threatened. This is the realm in which everything you seek exists. Here love is infinite, we are perfect and complete, and all jealousy and possessiveness erode because non-matter cannot be threatened. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Quote by From Sex to Super-Consciousness by Osho


Where can I find protection?

This persistent feeling of vulnerability is the consequence of separation. For the thousands of years since the fall—by this I mean the original separation, the rise of the ego and all of civilization that has followed—we have been driven mad by the dreadful fear that flows from what seems to be unavoidable impermanence and vulnerability.   

If there were a different way—a way to feel completely safe and protected—would we not choose it?

There is a choice and it is between the two opposing masters of ego and spirit. These separate thought systems and states of being cannot understand each other. By choosing one, the other is instantly thrown away. One brings peace and joy. The other brings chaos and disaster. What is the purpose of what you have chosen? What is it for?

The ego does seek protection in the form of safety, knowledge, abundance and love. But this the ego cannot deliver. True protection must be lasting and the realm of the ego is temporary, changing, and unstable. The only result of egoic doing is vulnerability, which may be the source of all fear and suffering.

Spirit is eternal and delivers permanent protection. Awaken to spirit and your soul is freed from fear because you are no longer vulnerable to anything of this world. You are aligned with true power and full knowledge, which comes to you in the energy of love. This is a light that never dims and cannot be threatened. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.    

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If you had a choice, would you choose suffering or joy? (Eckhart Tolle)

If you think about recent history, turn on the news, or even watch a popular movie, you instantly realize that the world is in a state of madness and insanity. It would seem perfectly natural to react with negative feelings such as fear and outrage. But, as Eckhart Tolle explains in The Power of Now, “Sanity is there underneath the madness. Healing and redemption are available right now.”

How can this be? We are taught to seek change by fighting the system or trying to change others. Experience tells us that this is impossible. Thus, we learn to give-up and give-in to suffering, despair, and complaint. Uninspired, we live as if we have no power and no influence.

Yet, “If you really knew deeply that everything is okay, which of course is true, then would you have those negative feelings in the first place?” Madness cannot be cured by negativity. Violence cannot be ended through attack. To heal ourselves is the only power we have; yet this is the only power great enough to heal the whole world. We need only access the power of now.

Now, look not at your life situation or the state of the world. Look only at your actual present moment in this time and place. Start with full acceptance of what is in your reality, here and now. Breathe. Are there any problems now? Learn to live from this place. If your present moment is not okay, you have three options: leave, change it, or accept it. Whatever the outcome of your decision, accept it. Have patience, follow your intuition, have faith.

Learn to live from a place beneath the insanity. Until then, nobody is going to take away your right to suffer. If this is what you want, you are free to suffer. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The ego judges only in terms of threat or non-threat to itself. (A Course in Miracles).

The basis of the ego’s insanity is its selfish dedication to self-preservation—even if this comes with great effort and pain. Any form of diminishment is a threat to the ego. Being wrong, insulted, perceived as inferior, not getting what it wants, or losing any contest may result in an embarrassing childlike tantrum. At some point, we’ve all been there. “What came over me?” you may ask days later. It was the ego merely doing what it does.

On a more serious level, loss of a job, a relationship, fame, physical beauty or wealth will likely result in a state of depression. In this state, the ego becomes so fearful and hopeless that a person may make the error of abusing drugs or alcohol to numb the pain or, in the most extreme cases, even suicide to attempt to end it.

There is only one way to end the pain and suffering caused by the ego. Ironically, the only escape is what the ego fears most—the death and destruction of it by the real you. This ultimate diminishment of the ego is the awakened consciousness flowing through you—brought with the simple realization that you are not your ego and that the ego need not be.

To live in the egoic state is normal in this world, but as A Course in Miracles states, this need not be. Where you look to find yourself is up to you. Let your ego kick and scream for a while as it dies this slow death, but all nightmares end when we awaken. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

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Love will enter immediately into any mind that truly wants it. (A Course in Miracles)

“But you must want it truly. This kind of wanting is wholly without the ego’s drive to get.”

There is nothing you need to get from anyone to access perfect love. Yet, love does want to be shared. So, as soon as you find it within you, it will flow from you in the form of giving and creating. Access the love within and other beautiful souls will show up and will be attracted to you. Now you experience perfect love both alone and with others. This is the way of relationship bliss.

There is no difference between love, God, and what you are. Know this and your knowledge is complete. Herein lies everything—abundance, power, beauty, awakening, salvation, liberation, and consciousness.

You will not arrive at this truth through the perception of ego. Ego seeks but never finds. The ego’s goal is self-preservation and truth is the death of the ego. It is, therefore, impossible to change your life while remaining within the ego. The ego is the cause of all problems and it must be left behind completely if anything is going to change.

If you are ever going to succeed at love and life, it is by accessing a knowing and feeling that rests beyond the mind. You need only want this truly and it is yours now. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Salvation does not apply to spirit, which is not in danger and does not need to be salvaged. (A Course in Miracles)

A Course in Miracles states that “salvation is nothing more than right-mindedness.” Right-mindedness is a state of full knowledge, accessible only when you have gone beyond perception and interpretation.

This awakened state of salvation—also called rebirth, consciousness, or liberation—is blocked only by our perception not allowing us to recognize that we are spirit. To realize that all perception is unnecessary and meaningless is to remove the block.

How is it possible to not perceive? This is a reasonable question. Who is the “you” that is living in this world? Who is the observer of your mind? Who is witnessing the voice in your head? Who is the “you” that wants love and acceptance, wants to create, senses beauty, wants to feel good, and wants to be happy? There is a part of you that is the same as everyone else. That’s your soul, your spirit. It isn’t a “thing”, but it is who you are—and it is beyond perception.

The ego sees differences. Differences exist on the level of form, which is changing and unstable. The mind’s ability to perceive will continue even after spiritual awakening—but because you know your true identity, perception becomes nothing more than a practical tool to help you function on the physical plane.

On the level of spirit, you are already complete in the oneness of knowledge and beauty. There is nothing you need to get or find because here nothing is missing. You need only remember what you are. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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