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Your outer journey may contain a million steps. Your inner journey only has one; the step you’re taking right now. (Eckhart Tolle)

“As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all of the other steps as well as the destination. This one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection.” -Eckhart Tolle

We do have an outer journey—a reason for being that shapes the way we are meant to serve others and create. But the outer journey is never more important than our inner journey. Nothing can be gained in the future which can be considered important enough to sacrifice the quality of your consciousness at this moment.

By focusing on this one step—becoming fully present in the now—your outer journey becomes an almost effortless extension of the inner journey. When you go within, you allow love and intuition to effortlessly guide every step. You remain calm, centered, maximally efficient because you waste no time and energy on drama and confusion.

Take the step of awakening from time now. Feel the inner body, align with love, make feeling good your priority. Now, from this state of Zen, take the million steps along the journey to fulfill your outer purpose.

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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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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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Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. (Eckhart Tolle)

The mind believes that by labeling something, you understand it. But as soon as something is labeled, the full reality is no longer seen.

By labeling someone as a role such as “colleague”, you attach all sorts of concepts and expectations to the person. Now you lose awareness of the depth of the person beyond the concept. The same is true when you label a flower, a tree, a situation or circumstance, or anything at all.

The egoic mind is racing with words, ideologies, thought systems and concepts to find order and meaning in the world. The mind tells you that, by doing so, you are seeking lasting happiness. This never works because lasting happiness is love, joy and beauty. This is experience from beyond the mind (not within it).

Human society is largely insane and lacking beauty because it has been made by minds who have lost awareness of the full reality present in this eternal moment. That which we most deeply want, on the level of the soul, lies present all around us in the gap between perception and thought. To access it, stay aware of the inner dimension, notice how you feel, and embrace beauty each moment in all of life—not as words and concepts but as an experience.

Now you are awakened and connected to the fullness and oneness of things. Rooted in truth, your sane mind can now be used to extend words, concepts and creations that will be infused with beauty and value which points others back to this awareness of the infinite reality beyond thought.

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The ego is destined to dissolve, and all its ossified structures—whether it be religious or other institutions, corporations or governments will disintegrate from within; no matter how deeply entrenched they appear to be. (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth)

The collapse of institutions is the collapse of ego. Why? Because ego is the rigid, unquestioning identification with ideologies and institutions. The more rigid a thought system or institution, the more brittle. The more brittle, the more vulnerable during times of crisis or dramatic change. Eckhart Tolle explains, “The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change, will collapse first.”

The collapse of ego is always from within because any attack from the outside would only strengthen it. Furthermore, it happens from within because the ego’s way of thinking and doing is what causes crisis to begin with. The virus is an illusion of ego, and its identification with a confused healthcare system. This began the fall of a house of cards. As they are put to the test by reality, the governments, corporations, and religions will be exposed as rather impotent and helpless. The ego is panicking, and yet nothing real is being destroyed because none of it was ever real to begin with.

“When faced with the realm of crisis, when the old way of interacting with the world and the realm of nature fail to work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life form or a species will either die or become extinct—or rise above the limitations of its conditions through an evolutionary leap.”

The leap forward is the awakening to consciousness, enlightenment, salvation. We will honor all the technological and learning advances that the human race has made in the past thousands of years, and we will carry it forward rather than going back, but we will also leave behind the cancer of ego as we create a new Earth, a new Eden for all the world to enjoy.

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For they were in bondage and he has delivered them. (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 27:16)

I recently met three truly kind-hearted, lovely young Mormon missionaries in my town. Prior to our meeting, I mentioned that I had already found salvation through a different path. The purpose of our meeting was that we might all strengthen our faith and not try to save anyone who has already been saved.

We met by the post office, then walked aimlessly for a while with our masks on (required by law in Slovakia). Eventually, we found our way to a park, sat down, removed our masks to reveal our smiles and enjoyed a wonderful conversation. We offered one another space to talk openly about our faith, our beliefs, and the meaning of life. By doing so, we became friends and I plan to meet them again very soon.

In these past months, I have also become close to other Christians (long lost friends from my hometown). What has surprised me is the level of openness and acceptance I have received, and of course have also given, though we came to spirituality by way of very different concepts and words.

When a true Christian speaks of Christ, they mean the same thing as when I use the word unconditional love. When I speak of ego, I mean the same thing as when they speak of the devil. When we decide to break free from specific words and concepts—when we are able to embrace one another in love and then attempt to use language and concepts to glimpse into the divine truth that transcends it—then it is entirely possible for all the awakened among us to connect in perfect union even if our paths and concepts differ.

Nothing could be more relevant to these times than the Mormon quote I shared. We have been put into bondage by centralized authority, only he can save us. By “he” is either meant God or a man who walks with God (I ask my Mormon friends to clarify), or it could mean the Holy Ghost, spirit, consciousness, the Tao, perfect love, our divine essence, and so many other words which all point to the inner dimension of divine truth.

It is only within this dimension that we may transcend bondage, only through spiritually awakening that we can break free from the chains—and when this freedom (the only true freedom) is shared with our brothers and sisters, only then are we saved and life can become heaven on earth.

In this dramatic era where ego is dying, those who wish to thrive in peace and abundance must learn to embrace all our brothers and sisters—those with faith and those still on their journey toward it—for healing to occur. See past the language and connect on the level of love. Unconditional love, God’s love, is the absolute truth. Allow others to align with it by using any spiritual teachings that resonate with them. To communicate on this level across faiths is far more powerful than limiting yourself to one particular Church or teaching, and a necessary step forward if the world is going to heal.

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Quotes from A Course in Miracles about the last judgement, second coming

"Do not fear the last judgment; but welcome it and do not wait. For the ego’s time is borrowed from your eternity. This is the second coming that was made for you, as the first was created. The second coming is merely the return of sense. Can this possibly be fearful?"

"What can be fearful but fantasy, and who turns to fantasy unless he despairs of finding satisfaction in reality? Yet it is certain that you will never find satisfaction in fantasy—so that your only hope is to change your mind about reality."

"Only if the decision that reality is fearful is wrong, can God be right; and I assure you that God is right. Be glad, then, that you have been wrong; but this is only because you did not know who you were. Had you known; you could no more have been wrong than God can."

"The symbols of fantasy are of the ego, and these you will find many. But do not look for meaning in them."

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A Course in Miracles teachings on sickness, health, and the ego

I have lived according to the principles taught in A Course in Miracles for 4 years now. This book seems very strange at first, until you realize that all its teachings are true. How do I know every word is true? By literally applying the lessons to my life and observing what happens. 

On the topic of illness, the course teaches that "a sick body does not make any sense." Explaining further, "The ego has a profound investment in sickness. If you are sick, how can you object to the ego’s firm belief that you are not invulnerable?"

"Sickness is a way of demonstrating that you can be hurt. It is a witness to your frailty, your vulnerability, and your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for your need for its guidance. It dictates endless prescriptions for avoiding catastrophic outcomes. The Holy Spirit, perfectly aware of the same situation, does not bother to analyze it at all. If data are meaningless there is no point in analyzing them. The function of truth is to collect information that is true. Any way you handle error results in nothing. The more complicated the results become the harder it may be to recognize their nothingness, but it is not necessary to examine all possible outcomes (…) in order to judge them truly."

"The Holy Spirit teaches you to use your body only to reach your brothers, so He can teach His message through you. This will heal them and therefore heal you. Everything used in accordance with its function as the Holy Spirit sees it cannot be sick. Everything used otherwise is. Do not allow the body to be a mirror of a split mind. Do not let it be an image of your own perception of littleness."

"Health is seen as the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly. Health is the beginning of the proper perspective on life under the guidance of the one Teacher Who knows what life is, being the Voice for Life Itself."

Sickness is of the ego and, like everything else of the ego, it is an illusion. Only our sick belief in it makes it seem real. Yes, I recognize that this lessons seems absurd on the surface, but if you choose to become a student of A Course in Miracles, you will undo all fear and sickness to know truth and rest in joy. 

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Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. (Tao Te Ching)

“Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.”

Security and abundance is not something external you are trying to get. It is the natural reality of someone who does good work and who has little attachment to the outcome. How so?

It is your usefulness that determines your security. If you serve a company or person well, you will always be rewarded. The more value you create in service, the more money you can ask for in return. It isn’t a question of chasing; rather, a question of creating value and serving.

A person chasing money and security is of the mindset that they should be paid a lot for very little. This person often stresses out, makes demands, complains about problems, plays the victim, and behaves selfishly. The ongoing concern with getting rather than giving leaves this person unwilling to serve anyone in any useful or valuable way.

You cannot do anything well in a state of panic. A selfish mind cannot serve. Stop chasing the result. Instead, you can meditate. Relax a bit. Slow down. Just do your work every day, then step back. If you keep going, keep getting better, and simply do your best, then the outcome is certain.

The Tao Te Ching is a book of seeming irony. To the mind, it seems that every piece of wisdom it offers goes against conventional wisdom. But to live it is to walk the path to serenity.

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Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive. (Eckhart Tolle)

Complete identification with the mind (the belief that I am my thoughts) is the cause of failure, suffering and insanity. A person in this state—convinced by the story of “me against the universe”—suffers from so much fear and panic.

Even still today, most people never look at or question their belief in separation. Instead, exhaustive effort is made to blame other people, limitations and situations for their suffering. “If only this person would change, or if only I could find a way to accomplish this, then I could finally be happy.” This way of thinking appears to make sense when we are young, but as we get older something else happens.

As you mature, you look back upon all the things that were supposed to make you happy and supposed to end your suffering. Much of it was eventually accomplished. But just as soon as it was, of course you found the next reason to suffer. At some point, you face a choice to either sink into despair or, far better, you learn to merely observe thought rather than trusting it.

The sane, creative, productive mind has learned to humble itself to the vast realm of consciousness. The mind isn’t you; rather, merely a useful tool to channel being into doing. Of itself, the mind has no real power, knowledge or truth.

That which is real is beyond the mind and can be best described as unconditional love. When this is known, the mind functions optimally and the suffering ends.

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