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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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Faith and vision and belief are meaningful only before the state of certainty is reached. (A Course in Miracles)

“In Heaven they are unknown. Yet Heaven is reached through them.”

These teachings are simple and are ultimately about just one thing: establishing complete certainty about love. This—the entering of heaven now, the awakening from the world’s dream of hell in this life and for eternity—cannot be achieved without first taking a leap of faith and trusting an inspired vision.

It is only through faith, vision, and belief that perfect love can be applied and put to the test in reality. Only when love is practiced completely, in every situation, can the truth about love be proven. This is how certainty is reached, and then there is no sliding back into confusion.

Establish faith, see the vision, and believe that perfect healing, total success, joy and salvation are possible. This is an inner journey that requires no sacrifice at all; rather, that you stop holding back your goodness, your truth, your passion, your freedom, your beauty.

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Erotic love is not love

In The Art of Loving, Erich Fromm writes “One can often find two people “in love” with each other who feel no love for anybody else. Their love is, in fact, an egotism a deux; they are two people who identify themselves with each other, and who solve the problem of separateness by enlarging the single individual into two. They have the experience of overcoming aloneness, yet, since they are separated from the rest of mankind, they remain separated from each other and alienated from themselves; their experience of union is an illusion.”

The word “love” is so badly misunderstood because this, what Erich Fromm calls “erotic love”, is the only meaning most people attach to the word. But, in the truest sense, erotic love isn’t love. It is like a drug, or a wild thrill that can be triggered by any intense feeling between two people who find each other physically attractive.

If this encompasses the full extent of one’s understanding of love, the experience of erotic love will be just as short and fleeting as it is intense. Eventually, the blissful feelings begin to fade, and there arises a desire to move on to the next relationship, as though it will be different the next time.

Erotic love is one of the greatest thrills of life, a celebration of being alive, and is almost surely the most fun an adult can have. But it is not the source of love, it is not salvation, and clearly not the path toward lasting happiness.

To achieve lasting joy and the end of suffering, we need what I call perfect, or unconditional love. Erich Fromm breaks this down into self-love, brotherly love, motherly and fatherly love, and the love of God—which are all forms of real love that are experienced from beyond the ego.

Only a person who first comes to know love can experience erotic love in a way that is entirely different—even opposite from—the way romantic relationships and marriages are typically experienced. To the awakened person (one who fully knows what love is), the erotic relationship is joyful play and just as fun as ever; but there is no pressure to make it more than it is. This is true love, or what A Course in Miracles calls the holy relationship.     

 

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The life review and the near-death experience

In Mark Gober’s extensively researched book, An End to Upside Down Thinking, he examines thousands of personal accounts of near-death experiences (when a person’s body and brain is physically dead for a short time and then brought back to life). One of his fascinating findings is the regular reporting of what is called a “life review.”

As reported by one individual, “Every second from birth until death you will see and feel, and you will experience your emotions and others that you hurt, and feel their pain and emotions. What this is for is so you can see what kind of person you were and how you treated others from another vantage point.”

This is all experienced in an instant—a total picture of the truth of your life and that of everyone who you affected. Others even reported seeing truths that their spouses or loved ones kept hidden. Think about that.

Another individual who experienced this explains, “Not only did I perceive everything from my own viewpoint, but I also knew the thoughts of everyone involved in the event, as if I had their thoughts within me. This meant that I perceived not only what I had done or thought, but even in what way it had influenced others.”

Read this breakthrough book yourself and come to your own conclusions about the nature of consciousness, but ask yourself this: if, at the moment of death, everything true about our lives is revealed to us in an instant—if this is part of the process that determines what happens to us when we die—and if everyone we love will go through the same process when they die—do we want to lie to anyone we love? Do we want to harm anyone and be forced to confront the effects in our dying moment? Do we want anyone we love to have to deal with what we have kept hidden in their dying moment?

The near-death experience and the life review teach us to choose unconditional love now and always, while we are alive. We can always be honest and open about everything. We can always be accepting and forgiving so that others can do the same.

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A Course in Miracles echoes the Law of Attraction

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If you are attacked, it must be that you think attack thoughts, see attack as real, and maybe you have even attacked others first.

Attack comes in many forms beyond the obvious: reward and punishment, or making any attempt to control or manipulate others, being among them.

To impose your will upon another is to attack. If you think this is your right, your relationships will be hell. Why? Because your beliefs are mistaken and not aligned with reality. What appears to be happening to you is merely the inevitable consequence of a fundamental error.

Learn to see any attack as a cry for love, and respond accordingly to end all conflict.

If you are lonely, it must be that you are choosing to cut yourself off. Open your heart and mind to love in all forms, while continuing to cherish freedom, openness, and honesty. Loneliness will surely disappear.

If you are depressed or fearful, it must be that you believe the news media is real, that centralized institutions have legitimate power and authority, or that politicians are capable of doing anything to you.

You have complete authority over you, and there is nothing external to fear. But you must know your identity as consciousness, as love, not a body.

You are not helpless. You make happen what is happening to you. You can choose to end all your problems only by changing how you think and see...by placing all your faith in love.

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Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. (A Course in Miracles)

For post 605, I would like to share a long quote from A Course in Miracles.

“T-2 1.i.4. The blind become accustomed to their world by their adjustments to it. They think they know their way about in it. They learned it, not through joyous lessons, but through the stern necessity of limits they believe they could not overcome. And still believing this, they hold those lessons dear, and cling to them because they cannot see. They do not understand the lessons keep them blind. This they do not believe. And so they keep the world they learned to “see” in their imagination, believing that their choice is that or nothing. They hate the world they learned through pain. And everything they think is in it serves to remind them that they are incomplete and bitterly deprived.

T-2 1.i.5. Thus they define their life and where they live, adjusting to it as they think they must, afraid to lose the little that they have. And so it is with all who see the body as all they have and all their brothers have. They try to reach each other, and they fail, and fail again. And they adjust to loneliness, believing that to keep the body is to save the little that they have. Listen, and try to think if you remember what we will speak of now.”

There is another way—a life of true vision rather than illusion. It is, very simply, a life dedicated to loving thoughts each moment. Love is what gives meaning to everything. Where there is no love, there is no meaning. What is meaningless is chaos. Where we see chaos, suffering, destruction, and injustice, we are looking upon a hell that was made without loving thoughts.

Love is consciousness, itself, and is beyond thought. But the mind’s function is thought. A mind that has forgotten love—that has never learned its complete thought system and has, instead, adopted the thought system of a sick world—is a mind that is ill.

From that root illness flows the infinite varieties of illness. But a mind that has learned the thought system of love has attained complete wisdom and is perfectly healed. This is salvation, enlightenment, redemption, joy, and everything you do want.
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