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Nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. (A Course in Miracles)

Everything about the world is built around a different assumption—that our worth must be earned. After we agree that our worth has been taken away, we then spend our lives driven mad by a nagging need to reclaim it.

From this one belief, our lives become a story, a game, a show, a war. We lie, we deceive, we attack, we show off, we use people—all to show that we are more important, worth more, successful. Ironically, these behaviors render us useless to other people.

Some get so carried away with this game of establishing worth that they are “above” cooking meals for themselves, cleaning their own homes, grooming their own bodies, or expressing their own original thoughts and perspectives. No, to become an “amazing person”, everything must be outsourced to someone lesser. Meals are ordered, help is hired, legs are waxed, feet are pedicured, and opinions come only from the corporate media. Doing or thinking anything yourself is seen as too common and unsophisticated—somehow diminishing your worth.

But what are you worth in this state? If you are so superior that you cannot do these things for yourself, how will you be capable of doing anything for others? Will a partner want to stay with you when you are unwilling to make him or her a sandwich, unwilling to clean the kitchen, unwilling to do a favor for fear of undermining your perceived worth? In this state, you are taking rather than giving and parenthood is out of the question.

This game of gaining worth is all about seeking approval from others. But others will never give you what you seek because they are playing the same game. Within this twisted thought system, to approve of or admire someone else would diminish a person’s worth. Nobody you know is willing to go there.

You can sacrifice so much, accomplish even more than anyone wants to hear, and in the end you will never feel worthy. You will compare your real self, your actual life situation, your real relationship, your actual bank account to the lies everyone else is projecting about these very things. You will never feel as though you have arrived. There will always be one more achievement, always one more problem that must be overcome, and you will never get there because there is this one assumption about establishing worth—which has become the foundation of your life—and it is utterly and exactly wrong.

According to A Course in Miracles, “Your worth is established by God.” You are perfect from birth and are exactly as you are meant to be. Your worth is not earned; rather, it is so absolute that it cannot be destroyed. You are life manifested, and you are divine—a spirit that is eternal beyond threat.

When you know your real value, your life is enjoyed very differently. You learn because you are interested. You create because that is what inspired minds do. You try things, you experience your wildest fantasies, you know people deeply and are unafraid (nobody can diminish you). You are self-sufficient. Beyond this, you take care of and serve everyone with joy.

Your worth need not be established; rather, it needs to be celebrated. Everything is already okay. Be here, now. Enjoy this moment. There is no destination. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it; although you may not see it at the time. (Eckhart Tolle)

The mind sees things in terms of good/bad, like/dislike, or love/hate. But to stop here is to miss the lesson. To miss the lesson is to deal with the same problem again and again.

Situations arise in our lives because an issue must be addressed. When something happens that feels negative, the purpose is to bring something important to your attention; and ultimately to strengthen you. Some challenges are given to us by the universe, others arise as an inevitable consequence of our errors—but each one of us does have a life curriculum that cannot be avoided.

In dealing with any challenge, the starting point is always acceptance. From there, the correct response is always to be loving and present. The purpose is spiritual growth, and life challenges are the best spiritual teachers. But resist spiritual growth and life becomes increasingly difficult. Learn the lesson, however, and move forward in peace and joy.

“There is only a higher good, which contains the bad.” -Eckhart Tolle

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Knowledge is power because it is certain, and certainty is strength. (A Course in Miracles)

“To know is to be certain. Uncertainty means that you do not know.”

The ego’s survival requires your confusion. To become certain about anything real would free you from the ego’s control. This is why the ego convinces you to believe that everything is relative—or that the only absolute truth is that there is no truth. It would even make you believe that those who are certain of anything are egocentric. Remember, the ego’s mantra is “seek but do not find”. Exactly wrong about everything, the ego is an endless state of glorified confusion fueled by fear.

Consider this. An unawakened person is one who is afraid to question anything. An awakening person is one who has begun to question everything. While an awakened person no longer has the need to question because knowledge has already been remembered.

My job, as an awakened person, is to guide you toward your own awakening. Until that occurs, I cannot tell you what to be certain about. Though I may try, it will not be heard, will not be believed, and will at best be questioned.

Knowledge is yours to acquire, and it is done by unlearning everything blocking you from what is real and true. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

“Knowledge is timeless, because certainty is not questionable.” -A Course in Miracles

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Only Heaven exists now

"Earth is being born again in new perspective. Night has gone, and we have come together in the light.

From here we give salvation to the world, for it is here salvation was received. The song of our rejoicing is the call to all the world that freedom is returned, that time is almost over, and God’s Son has but an instant more to wait until his Father is remembered, dreams are done, eternity has shined away the world, and only Heaven now exists at all."

-A Course in Miracles

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Loneliness is the suffering of our time. (Thich Nhat Hahn)

Until we learn to love completely and really communicate, there can be no relief from loneliness. No amount of shallow interactions and no new forms of technology will help. We can meetup, hangout, engage with social media—we can even get married and start a family—still many people feel misunderstood, not accepted, empty, isolated, and alone. All the while, we deeply crave true connection.

This is just how the ego likes it. Separation is the foundation of the ego’s belief system and a necessary requirement for keeping the ego firmly intact. The unease of loneliness provides a justification for suffering while driving us to look to the future for gratification and to hold onto past grievances. We loath ourselves for our inability to fit-in, we blame others by judging and labeling them as somehow wrong—all because of ego (which works the same way for everyone). Ego—the violently-imposed thought system of the world designed to enslave us—is an illness that feeds on our misery, asks for endless sacrifice, while falsely promising happiness someday.

If, by some fluke, we might experience only a tiny glimpse into the bliss of union, true intimacy, or unconditional love with no boundaries...only then do we forget about the past, care less about the future, and look past flaws in ourselves and in others. True union is possible, but only in the absence of ego.

Lasting, blissful union remains only a dream—or, at best, a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for most people. Unless you learn to escape the ego and find someone else who is also willing to unlearn the conditioning and domestication that has been done to us by the world. It is a simple decision, available at any moment we decide that the suffering is no longer acceptable. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Our real power is derived from our perfect love and honesty

 

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Pay no attention to the mind's judgements about people, situations or events. We don't know what is meant to happen, or what is good or bad. By conditioning the mind not to judge or label, we perceive the totality of what is rather than dwelling emotionally on the thought-form. Any consideration of good or bad leads to either attachment (to what is labeled as good) or resistance (toward what is labeled as bad). In truth, reality is far too complex for us to know what is good or bad. External events are beyond our control anyway.

Non-attachment:
We refuse to become attached to that which is external and impermanent. We understand that love, lasting happiness, enjoyment, and liberation originate internally. So there is little reason to become attached to anything external.

Non-resistance:
We accept that whatever is happening at this moment is what is simply happening. It cannot be argued with or avoided. Non-resistance recognizes that which is external to us as that which we cannot control; nor would we want to. Everything happening in our life is part of life’s perfect curriculum for us.

We do not know what is good or bad. There are too many variables. There is enormous wisdom and happiness found in the practice of simply accepting what is and doing our best without becoming attached to any particular result. Our real power is derived from our perfect love and honesty. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The world was made that problems could not be escaped. (A Course in Miracles)

The end of all the world’s roads is the same. “Their end is certain, for there is no choice among them. All of them will lead to death.” A Course in Miracles continues, “there is no choice where every end is sure.”

“Men have died on seeing this, because they saw no way except the pathways offered by the world. And learning they led nowhere, lost their hope. And yet this was the time they could have learned their greatest lesson. All must reach this point, and go beyond it.”

“No longer look for hope where there is none. Make fast your learning now.” “For from this lowest point will learning lead to heights of happiness, in which you see the purpose of the lesson shining clear, and perfectly within your learning grasp.” -All quotes from A Course in Miracles

It is perfectly right that we speak the truth, do what’s right in this world, and hope for happenings that alleviate suffering and bring justice. We can seek loving, beautiful relationships. We can achieve great things, raise wonderful families, and experience every adventure life has to offer. But none of this is salvation.

The Great Awakening is not to be brought about by any political or military action. It is what happens when we learn this most important lesson…when we stop looking to the future…when we discover God’s love within…when we align with Love in all thinking and doing. This escaping of ego and embracing of reality is the lesson. You are complete, in love, in truth, in perfection, now—no matter external events.

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If you fail to see beyond appearances you are deceived. (A Course in Miracles)

“Reality is changeless”, states A Course in Miracles. “For everything you see will change, and yet you thought it real before, and now you think it real again. Reality is thus reduced to form, and capable of change. Reality is changeless. It is this that makes it real, and keeps it separate from all appearances. It must transcend all form to be itself. It cannot change.”

This is a concept of “reality” whereby what is real must be eternal and beyond threat. You are real, right? So am I. But what about us is real, if not the parts that change, grow old, and eventually die? The answer is expressed by many words, but it is this: consciousness, spirit, the soul, or awareness, itself.

To recognize yourself as consciousness is to realize that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. You are temporarily inhabiting a body and mind, but you are not a body and mind. This dimension, where we live now, provides the illusion that we are separate from the greater body of consciousness. What is this experience of life for? So that consciousness can do something and learn. What we each learn in life is experienced by, and absorbed into, the totality of consciousness.

Consciousness is always creating. It is the source. As consciousness, you were given a mind. The purpose of this mind is to create. Every thought is an act of creation—some beautiful and some ugly, but all creation. The purpose of the body is to provide feedback to the mind through feelings and emotions which result from what you create. Create something true—from the energy of love and inspiration—and feel good. Create something false—from the ego—and suffer.

To know reality in this way is to have awakened. There is nothing to fear because you, as consciousness, are beyond threat. There is no reason to suffer because you recognize the causes of suffering as miscreations of the mind. Knowledge is very simple, though confusion is very complex.

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What is required for true success?

"The unobserved mind isn’t as rational as you may believe. It makes panicked decisions all the time to avoid negative emotions." -quote from The Switch (free eBook)

Failure is caused by hiding from reality, not wanting to deal with it, wishful thinking, and other strategies of separation and avoidance. This is what the ego—or the unobserved mind—does.

Spiritual awakening is the beginning of true success. Aware of your thoughts and emotions from the perspective of consciousness (beyond the mind), now you can calmly, wisely, lovingly put your attention on what needs it and address any challenges.

When you destroy the ego and become aware of yourself as the energy and thought system of love, you recognize that you are safe in eternity. In this state, fear vanishes.

Now you can look at reality without the strong emotional reactions. You can calmly solve business problems, take calculated risks, work through financial strategies, and fix relationship problems.

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The laws that held you prisoner to pain and death must be forgotten. (A Course in Miracles)

The thought system of the ego is held together with rules that can only result in misery. One of the fundamental errors of ego is belief in salvation through sacrifice. With the principle of sacrifice in place, what else but pain, misery and death can follow? What is sacrifice, after all, but the exchange of what you do want for that which you do not?

The only justification for such an insane belief is that somehow, magically, in the future, you will have sacrificed enough and will be somehow rewarded with your treasure. Yet the treasure you seek is forever within you and was never lost (only sacrificed). Here there is a clear problem with cause and effect. If you look logically at this, your ego cannot survive.

There is a voice in the head that drives us mad with a narrative of fear and guilt. This is the ego. The voice is silent, yet still loud enough to fill the mind and body with enough negative emotions and suffering that we are driven to madness. The purpose of the ego is always your enslavement.

What is astounding is that this insane thought system is not yours at all. The voice in the head sounds like yours, but the ego’s thought system was relentlessly taught to you through endless repetition by those who have attempted to enslave you. The ego is the conditioned mind, and the conditioning was never meant to work in your advantage.

The Great Awakening is the recognition of this enslavement, the full withdrawal of attention and authority from those who never deserved it, the end of sacrifice, and the beginning of joy. This undoing is a slow, frustrating, painful process. But the time has come that we break free from the chains.

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