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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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There is no middle ground in any aspect of salvation. You accept it wholly or accept it not. (A Course in Miracles)

For this statement to make sense, it is necessary to consider what salvation is. What are we being saved from? In a word: ego.

Ego is belief in separation—that we are separate from God, separate from our brothers and sisters, and that our strength and happiness depend upon maintaining our separateness.

To achieve the ongoing reality of separation is impossible. We are not separate from the universe, nor from life, nor from all of reality. To believe so is to feel vulnerable and afraid. Afraid of attack, afraid of illness, afraid of poverty, afraid of death and more. This way of thinking leads to insane behaviors such as lying and manipulating others. Ego causes many to blindly trust institutions as a source of safety while remaining suspicious of their brothers and sisters.

Salvation is the undoing of your belief in separation and the humbling of yourself to reality. It is knowing that you are not your body and mind; rather, the observer. Consciousness. Love. Awareness, itself. This is your identity and it is beyond threat.

Now you recognize that what is real about all your brothers and sisters is also consciousness—this awareness that transcends all the empty space and matter in the universe. Either this is true, or separation is true. It cannot be both and there can be no confusion. When you have made your decision for salvation, then all the ego in the world has no real effect on you.

One path leads to peace, love, the recognition of beauty, creativity, abundance, and eternal life without fear. The other, to isolation, paralysis, suffering, and death. Love or fear? There is no middle ground here.

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What is the world except a little gap perceived to tear eternity apart, and break it into days and months and years? (A Course in Miracles)

“And what are you who live within the world except a picture of the Son of God in broken pieces, each concealed within a separate and uncertain bit of clay?”

What is this life, in relation to infinity and eternity? This gap, this dream, can only be taken so seriously when you forget the larger reality. When you think, think from the perspective of the whole universe.

There are universal laws. Here are two truths:

1) all matter (stuff) is changing and unstable.
2) all non-matter (nothingness or empty space) is eternal, still, beyond threat.

To seek stability, safety, and peace in the material world is impossible. How can stability be the goal in a dimension that is, by design, constantly changing?

When we believe our identity is our body, our mind, our possessions, our life situation, we face an unsolvable existential crisis. The crisis is this: we want to be eternal, safe, and without fear. We want to feel good all the time. We want to experience love, closeness, union. We chase it everywhere in the physical world, but never quite possess any of it because that’s not the source.

The needs that matter are all of the non-material realm. You cannot touch love, happiness, peace, or beauty. It is invisible, yet it is more real than anything real when experienced.

To spiritual awaken is to recognize your identity as consciousness rather than physical form. Now you live in the dimension where everything you need and want is right there—and it is beyond threat. This is the peace of God.

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Understanding the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, and the Great Reset

Fundamental change is a difficult process for everyone. This is a painful adjustment process. Still, the best approach is to want only the truth of any situation, accept it fully as the situation, and respond from there.

If you want to make sense of COVID-19 world events, meet a gentleman named Klaus Schwab.

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Do some quick research about what he has accomplished. Starting in 1971, he has been bringing together the world’s most powerful companies, governments, and non-profits to find ways to make the world a better place. This means creating a unified approach to tackling the problems of climate change, environmental destruction, and wealth inequality (to name a few).

Every January in Davos, Switzerland, a few thousand of the most powerful people—heads of the largest corporations, non-profits, and governments—come together to create a consensus on the direction of the world. You can watch the conference footage for yourself on YouTube, but their agenda—which has already been agreed to and is being executed—is called the Great Reset.

Klaus Schwab even published a book about it in June 2020 called “COVID-19: The Great Reset”. His organization, the World Economic Forum (which since 2019 is officially a part of the United Nations) even held a conference to explain the principles. I’ve purchased the book and will be getting fully up-to-speed in the coming days.

The basic idea behind the Great Reset is the full cooperation between governments, corporations, and NGO’s to implement a new world order through digital technologies—including pervasive surveillance, AI, 5G, apparently even human augmentation. These ideas were also presented in Klaus Schwab’s book “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” in 2016. The information is out there so I don’t need to explain it.

It is important to accept that the Great Reset has already been agreed to and set in motion. There is no going back to how life was before COVID. Essentially all the world’s most powerful institutions and leaders are busy executing on the plan. Trump and a lot of people are resisting, but this resistance will likely fail (at least in the short term).

The measures around COVID-19 are bankrupting every country, disrupting every industry, and this is part of the plan to reduce consumption and environmental destruction. The next part of the plan is to provide $10 – $11 trillion dollars in relief to create a new, green economy designed to achieve the well-intentioned goals of the UN / World Economic Forum. Even if Trump wins the election, or someone else tries to resist this, the world cannot go back to pre-COVID because the economic destruction has created the need for companies and governments to take loans (which always come with conditions).

Schwab talks a lot about how the world must now work, how businesses must now function, and he doesn’t mean it as pontification or nice advice. The system has thoroughly changed. If we want to thrive in the new economic reality—and if there is any chance for a smoother transition to a sustainable economy that we can live with—we will need to learn about what is happening and accept it on some level.

My commitment, as always, is only to speak the truth and to do so openly. I am a social entrepreneur who has already been basically living in alignment with the goals of the Great Reset (without intending to or knowing it). I share the values of saving the planet from destruction, ending injustice, and of greater inclusion (more opportunity for all and less wealth inequality). If the word’s most powerful people and institutions all agree, I trust they are doing their best to fix the obvious problems caused by free-market capitalism and corrupted democracy. The path we were on, as normal as it seemed, was an assured path to destruction and something had to be done.

While the Great Reset cause is noble, this is an extremely scary time because this experiment has never been tested. It is only a plan created by bureaucrats who have come up with a set of principles that are openly being forced upon the population without our prior knowledge or consent. It is an ideology that has been agreed to by the elite and has been implemented throughout the entire world.

I think there may be a huge gap in the plan—which is our spiritual wellbeing (i.e. “mental health”). As they continue to intentionally take down many aspects of the ego by taking away so much of what the ego enjoyed, a true thought system is needed to replace it. Humans are not just about economics. If the future is going to be one that we can live with, there will need to be an awakening to deeper truth and love—which will create joy and inner peace.

Also, constant surveillance has already been decided and is the reality. Now we will need to help those in charge to understand us, to learn about and accept the full range of who we “regular people” are as human beings. I am hopeful that they plan to allow what is real about us to flourish—that everyone involved hopefully understands our needs around intimacy, truth, and beauty. If this plan is going to succeed, they will need to allow our souls to be free even as a new economic order is imposed upon us. Otherwise, the result will be no different from that of Soviet Communism.
 
Going forward in life, my tone will not be one of resistance. This has already been done. Therefore, no judgment is needed. The deeper, universal reality works in such a way that it always has its own response to any experiment. Either something is in alignment with truth and reality, or it isn’t. Everything takes its natural course and, no matter what happens, that which is real about us is beyond threat.

So pontification about the future would be pointless. This is not easy for any of us, but maybe we can approach the new world order with an open heart and mind. I am making myself available—as exactly who I am—to take part in the new economy and to help shape a better world. I love every single person in the world and will do so in openness, truth, and honestly.

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How can a rational, educated person turn to spirituality?

I was raised Christian. For some time as a teenager, I was a true believer and reading the Bible or going to church brought me great comfort. But in college, I learned to place my faith in rationality and reason. I realized that the stories in the Bible cannot literally be true. I came to find religion silly and declared myself a proud agnostic.

For the next 22 years, my life as a non-believer was normal. There were constant peaks and valleys, good times and bad, but I played the game and accomplished almost everything that is supposed to make us happy.

Still, I lived in a constant state of stress, woke up frequently in the middle of the night with panicked thoughts, and suffered from pain and illness. I practiced deception and was needy in relationships. In business I was dishonest and, in friendship, I was always trying to prove superiority. Somehow nobody ever seemed to agree with me about how special I was—so I tried ever harder to conquer the world.

By age 40, my approach clearly wasn’t working. My life was falling apart, and my suffering was unbearable. Could I turn to the church for comfort? No. Not only did I not believe the stories, I utterly detest institutions and do not believe they offer salvation.

Then I started reading a book called A Course in Miracles. It isn’t a religion, but it does require its students to take a leap of faith. The author, Helen Schuckman, claims that Jesus appeared by her bedside and told her what to write. Obviously, I didn’t believe that to be literally true, but found the text fascinating and kept reading.

The thing is: every word in this book—which is about the same size as The Bible—is dripping with a wisdom and truth that is beyond question. There are no inconsistencies or holes—but you do need to suspend disbelief, to humble yourself, and to accept the use of words like “Jesus”, “God” and “Holy Spirit”. These are words I had strongly rejected for 22 years—and yet slowly I was beginning to embrace them.

If you truly go through it, A Course in Miracles offers assured salvation for anyone like me—someone who was raised Christian but has not been living the faith. It is not for everyone. If it is for you, you know.

I later found that there are also other paths that deliver spiritual awakening outside the structures of religion. For some, religion offers the community, the tradition, and the stories they need which often point to a higher truth. Others, like me, are turned off by conformity and ritual, and are suspicious about the worship of stories which are not exactly true. Yet we can agree, across faiths, that there is a higher truth!

For people like me, our path toward awakening is more of an inner journey, taken in freedom, guided by direct language—but we need the right guides or we will continue to be misled by our ego. 5 years later, I have been re-reading and writing about the book nearly every day. It always offers exactly what I need, and like any spiritually alive text, each time I read it I pick up something new. This is also the case with the works of Eckhart Tolle, the Tao Te Ching, and countless others.

Everything we care about: love, feeling good, health, fun—it is of the spiritual dimension. It cannot be seen or touched—it is formless. There is a spiritual dimension of truth and it is not of this world. It does not contradict rationality, it requires not that you believe in any crazy stories, but it does require a willingness to suspend disbelief and look at reality honestly.

This is what I write about and practice each day, and I wish you the same ongoing joy, freedom, and abundance in life that I have found—which is yours after spiritually awakening to consciousness and aligning with perfect love.

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