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For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Matthew 16:26)

The idea of selling your soul means attempting to decide against what you know, deep down, is right—against what you would do or who you would be if you were free—for the purpose of worldly gains. The question is: are those gains of riches, status or power truly profits at all?

To deny or sacrifice your own reality for the world’s version of reality may at first seem to offer real benefits. But what benefit can be found in wealth, power or status when you are causing misery to yourself and others?

Misery to yourself comes in the utter sacrifice of your freedom and truth. You become an actor who is imprisoned within an unoriginal and unending role for life. Misery to others is caused by impoverishing them for your own benefit while teaching the false lessons of the world through your false image, words, and behavior.

There is no profit in this and, as A Course in Miracles states, “To invest without profit is surely to impoverish yourself.” The profit you do want is already yours as your birthright and requires no sacrifice of anything that is real about you. To the contrary, to sacrifice your truth, your love, your intuition, and your freedom for any purpose is to lose awareness of everything.

While all this is true, of course you still do want to enjoy the pleasures of this world. You do need money to more comfortably live within this violent system designed only to enslave us by teaching the false lessons of fear. The good news is that there is a way to thrive without selling your soul and it is to humbly serve others, to create real value in love, and to sell it in truth. Do this each day without losing awareness of the inner reality of your soul.

“You cannot sell your soul, but you can sell your awareness of it.” -A Course in Miracles

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Better to walk in love than to fall in love

To fall in love is to believe that one special relationship can be your primary source of happiness—that the other person will be enough to complete you and to fulfil your every need as a man or woman. Even while almost everyone believes this, in practice it never quite works.

When two people fall in love, often the relationship starts to become a job. Your job is now to follow all the normal rules, to play a role, to do whatever it takes to make the other person happy, and to act as though any of this even works. Often, in a normal relationship, the price you must pay is the sacrifice of personal freedom, openness, and authenticity. You are expected to hide a huge dimension of your curiosity and deny the possibility of new experiences or growth beyond the relationship.

As wonderful as it is to spend your days together with that one special person, the price of falling is too high and the returns are too little. Better to walk in love than to fall.

By walking in love, I mean be who you are while practicing unconditional acceptance, total honesty and openness. It means loving yourself completely, telling the truth about everything, and then letting your perfect love flow to whoever reflects that love back to you most beautifully and purely. When another person also loves in this way and feels the same way about you, you have found a true treasure—a conscious, spiritually-alive love relationship. Such a relationship may or may not involve romance or sex and, whatever form this holy relationship may take, is never considered exclusive.

There is a different way to do relationships. This is the ongoing experience of love and passion that never fades, the uninterrupted flow of positive energy, the endless safety of mutual understanding and forgiveness, and the experience of transcending this world to awaken fully in perfect union. Relationship bliss isn’t found by falling; but, by walking together in love.

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The absence of desire

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness—darkness within darkness—the gateway to all understanding.
-Tao Te Ching

The absence of desire is the acceptance of reality as it is. Rather than wanting people or situations to be different, the desireless look upon the truth of what is with a sense of wonder and mystery which transcends rational thought. This way of seeing brings the instant and lasting experience of indescribable beauty and peace.

To desire is to look upon the world with the belief that situations or people ought to be different from how they are; and that salvation can only be found when these imagined manifestations of physical form occur. Furthermore, to desire is to believe you know what is good or bad and you have the power to make it so. Rather than noticing reality, you ignore it. You long for the future moment. Fight for it. Manipulate. Work harder. Sacrifice more. One day it will all come together and you will be happy. This is what Eckhart Tolle calls being here but wanting to be there.

Because mystery and manifestations are from the same source, the master has learned to live and to do without ever losing the sense of mystery. When we stop believing that happiness is found in an external situation, all of life becomes play. Absent of the desire to manipulate any particular outcome, our relationships are loving and free and our doing is pure, honest, gentle and beautiful.

All things arise from and ultimately return to the source, the darkness, is the nothingness—the eternal empty space that surrounds and pervades all the physical matter in the universe. This is the unmanifested, the one reality, God, the Tao.

Do not attempt to end desire by suppressing it; rather, by realizing that the entire concept is absurd. Look upon what is without judgment, enjoy all work and doing, accept whatever outcome while keeping the mystery alive.

“Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done.” -Lao Tzu

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True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It can’t be gained by interfering. (Tao Te Ching)

Despite conventional wisdom and all the world’s misguided lessons; alone, we don’t really have the power to “do something about” anything. Interference is the mind’s attempt to assert supremacy while, in truth, it has none. The separate “self” is an illusion of the mind that is utterly impotent because it just isn’t so. There is a greater wisdom beyond the mind.

When a situation calls for your response, then respond according to your intuition. But if something is beyond your ability to change, then simply state your truth and let it be. Allow freedom for others to experience life and to grow. Allow challenges to teach lessons that need to be taught. Allow consciousness to learn through situations and events. Let things go their own way.

We don’t know what’s good or bad. These are judgments of the mind and reality is far too complex. Let every situation unfold, accept it as it is—grateful for the knowledge that it must happen for the simple reason that it is happening. If it shouldn’t be happening, then it wouldn’t be happening. This is true mastery, which is your strongest position for success and the only way to experience the peace of God.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” -The Serenity Prayer

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To perceive in sickness the appeal to health is to recognize in hatred the call for love. (A Course in Miracles)

The miracle is love because only love can heal. Whenever our state of being becomes anything other than perfect health and perfect love, it is because our minds have been distracted and have forgotten what is real. Then comes fear, then stress, then insanity.

To look upon the truth is to see yourself as part of the wholeness of spirit and as part of the harmless perfection that is pure love. All else is a nightmare of illusion.

“Little child, you are hiding your head under the cover of the heavy blankets you have laid upon yourself. You are hiding your nightmares in the darkness of your own false certainty and refusing to open your eyes and look at them.”

“Take off the covers and look at what you are afraid of. Only the anticipation will frighten you; for the reality of nothingness cannot be frightening. Let us not delay this, for your dream of hatred will not leave you without help—and help is here.” -A Course in Miracles

Look upon yourself after first walking through that inner doorway to freedom. See the nature of life, the eternity and vastness of the universe, marvel about the perfect balance of things, notice yourself as a ray of consciousness that has never parted from the one consciousness. You are here in this form only so that consciousness can play and learn. Here fear is forgotten, as is hatred, as is sickness, stress and all the other illusions you wish to leave behind.

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Do not fight against the body; for, in doing so, you are fighting against your own reality.” (Eckhart Tolle)

"Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the truth; for it is nowhere else to be found but within your body."

Yesterday, I said that the doorway to freedom is within. This idea is expressed similarly by Eckhart Tolle, who says that the inner body is the doorway into being. Freedom and being are, of course, different words pointing to the same thing.

A fundamental error in our search for spiritual salvation is the denial of the body. Not only spiritual seekers, but the vast majority of people in this mind-dominated world constantly attempt to ignore or to in some way escape from the body. At work we are only a mind, detached from the body. In conversation we are a mind filled with a constant stream of thought—always pushing forward without a pause to feel our inner state of being.

Though we try to ignore it, the truth is we feel tired and lousy all the time. We eat food that makes us feel sick, then we attempt to escape from this lousy, uneasy state of being through drugs and alcohol. It is no wonder that people are grumpy, insane at times, and so far away from all those positive feelings we seek. “A little longer, just get through this, work harder, sacrifice more,” says the mind. But that beautiful state of being we are working toward is never found. The mind has no solution because the answer is not within the mind and it is not in the future. Salvation is now and it is within the inner body.

Daily meditation—even a simple practice of guided meditation—puts us back in touch with the inner body. We learn to pay some attention to the vast energy field—the spaciousness within. Through a more complete daily spiritual practice, we then learn to go through our days without ever losing awareness of the inner body and how we feel. Even at work or in conversations, we learn to remain rooted in the truth about our state of being. Now we prefer different kinds of experiences and different kinds of relationships which honor truth, beauty and positive vibes as primary.

Get in touch with the inner body. If it doesn’t feel great, try exercise, intermittent fasting, sleeping, accept all those emotions even if it is uncomfortable. Feel your love for yourself emerging. Feel the energy. Feel how this vast energy field within is entirely safe from threat. Here is freedom. Here is happiness and enjoyment. Intuition flows from here and its guidance is far superior to that of the mind. This is transformation. You’ve found it. Keep going.

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The prison door is wide open if you know where to look.


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Search for freedom externally and find only closed doors. It is true that there are endless obstacles to freedom in this world, and that's exactly the point. The doorway to freedom cannot be found externally because it is within.

What is freedom but the right to openly and honestly be yourself, to express yourself, to live your dreams and fantasies? Your soul wants to be set free. You want to feel unrestricted, unblocked, unshackled. Why? Because you want to be happy, to have fun, to love and be loved, to learn and to grow and to play. 

The door to all of this is only found within. To open it, open your mind and your heart to perfect love. To the mind, unconditional love is a thought system. To the heart, it is an energy and a state of being that is felt.  You do want freedom, but real and lasting freedom is only accessible when all your faith is in love. All that is not love can be let go of.

This is the only door to freedom: learn what perfect love is, learn to love yourself fully, then extend it freely and align your thoughts with only loving thoughts. Without first doing this, there is no person, situation, or circumstance in the world that could possibly offer you any sort of real or lasting freedom. You already have been offered freedom, but you failed to experience it because you haven't walked through the door within.

Only in love, you are free. You are free to tell the truth, free to connect with other free people in love, free to explore, and if you embody only love you will render ineffective all the world's attempts to restrict your freedom. You are consciousness, which is another word for perfect love. You are eternal. You are beautiful. You are the light. You are free.

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Abscondo Podcast #75: Perfect love is the end of confusion

How can we know which of our thoughts are sane and which are crazy? Only loving thoughts are true. Now what do we mean loving thoughts? You can listen to the full podcast here:

Listen to the Abscondo Podcast wherever you normally find podcasts.

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Failure is for those who are unwilling to serve and to trust.

Through my business conversations every day, it is becoming clear that a profound shift is taking place in the global economy. To stay competitive, companies are starting to question the value of paying high salaries for in-house talent.

These days, even those who have “earned it” are no longer getting by on their status, background, reputation or talent alone. Expensive mortgages and car payments be damned, in such a competitive global economy every investment needs to be clearly tied to a return. It isn’t about you anymore and what you feel you deserve; now it’s all about the value you can create through true service to others. The question is: what exactly can you do to generate a 3x or 5x return for the person or company paying you?

This shift is significant for a few reasons. Firstly, loyalty to one employer is a thing of the past because your job is not going to last. To be successful today, you cannot rely on only one source of income. For any kind of stability, you need relationships and systems in place to generate income from multiple sources.

The need for multiple sources of income requires that you scale yourself up. To do this, you’ll need to outsource the supporting work and focus only on the areas where you are uniquely capable. How? Well, what are you uniquely qualified to do which provides the greatest benefit to another person or organization? Focus only on your core competency. Any of the other pieces required for a successful outcome or to scale needs to be outsourced to someone else.

Because we are increasingly interconnected and long-term loyalty is eroding, we need to learn to trust one another by default. Now there is no time for reference checks, long contract processes, and group decision-making. Things are moving so quickly that we need to trust our intuition in business relationships if anything is going to get done. Know what you need, define it precisely as a process that can’t fail, and find someone who is excited to fill that role for the pay you can afford.

At the end of the day, business is about systems not individuals. What is a business but a way to input $1,000 into a process so that $5,000 is returned? That process may include employees, outsourced vendors anywhere in the world, or it may even be automated. This is how every investor and private equity firm thinks, how every business owner thinks, and to be successful you will need to think in the same way. Invent a system that delivers a valuable product or service and sell it.

For any of this to work, you will need customers. This is one of the pieces you should outsource because running a successful sales or marketing campaign on your own is all-consuming and will leave you no time to do what you do best. Let someone else arrange the introductions, you create the relationships with prospects and customers after they do. Be willing to invest in the areas required to scale yourself up and to allow your systems to generate an ROI.

If you can do all this with an attitude of service, patience, acceptance of others, and trust as the default operating mode—then these new challenges will be the opportunity of a lifetime. No more sitting in the office in fear of losing your job. No more 8-5 office work. No limitations on your earnings potential or time. No more faking a role. You can be you, you can be free, and you can prosper without fear.

I’ve lived this way for 10 years and I assure you it is far superior to even the best job. If you find any of this relevant to what you’re going through, I’d be happy to talk even just to share some ideas.

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How can I really end my problems?

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The ego has an endless list of problems and issues it is apparently trying to solve. You’re working on it, doing your best, just give it some time. To the ego, salvation is always in time.

The problem is always rooted in the past or the imagined future, while the solution is always somewhere in the future. Pay no attention to the fact that the past and future are only collections of thoughts – not real in an absolute sense. This doesn’t seem to bother the ego because the ego is never really looking for a solution. Problems are its identity. The ego needs problems to be kept alive.

The ego does not want a solution to a problem; rather, it feeds off the existence of problems. The real solution to any real problem would be the end of the ego. Like any entity, the ego is primary concerned with its own survival. For this, it easily sacrifices your joy. Become aware of this trick and you immediately see that you have no need for the ego. Let the ego go. Nobody is going to miss it.

Salvation is always in the present moment. There has never been a moment that was not now. So, if anything is going to change, if any challenges are going to be resolved, it must happen now.

So how do you drop a hot potato? By dropping it. How do you stop yourself from destructive behavior? By stopping the behavior. End your problems now.

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