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One of Don Miguel Ruiz’ 4 Agreements for life is this: don’t take anything personally.

After applying this principal to my life, I found out that other people’s thoughts or opinions have nothing to do with me and, therefore, no longer touch me in any real way.

Even if there is an opinion or judgment directed straight at me, I only consider it valid if I agree that it is true. If it is true, then what is there to get upset about? I can be honest and deal with it. If it is untrue, then there is also nothing to get upset about because I cannot be diminished by a perception that isn’t true.

Furthermore, I don’t need anyone’s blessing to state my truth, to experience my life the way that I do, to choose my own sexual or relationship preferences, tastes, or anything else. I do not require anyone to understand what it feels like to carry the burdens of a middle-aged white man, nor do I need them to agree with my politics, choice of profession, spirituality or anything else.

Nobody holds me back from being me, and the same is true for each of us. The Tao Te Ching says, “Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” (verse 9) 

If something that someone else says or does bothers you, then perhaps the real problem is that it bothers you. The solution is not found in the fight to change everyone else; rather, to go within, discover the true self, learn self-love, and embody all truth and freedom without asking anyone’s permission.

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Nothing is going to change until hearts are changed

Only love has the power to change hearts. Only changed hearts have the power to change minds. Only through this inner transformation can the good prevail.

It goes almost without saying that violence and aggression is entirely counterproductive. How foolish it would be, for example, if a population of people who are too often viewed as angry and violent would resort to anger and violence as a response to this very perception. Is police brutality not caused by this very perception? Would making this perception look real not undo all the historic gains in civil rights and ensure that racism and discrimination thrives?

Protests are also counterproductive because they don’t change hearts. They are aggressive, loud, standoffish, and they are set up as a confrontation of “us against them”. Now those who are attempting peaceful protest are vulnerable to the aggression of the oppressor, they get drawn into the violence, respond with more anger and violence, and come away badly defeated.

This approach hasn’t worked—obviously not, simply look at the state of the world. If it had ever worked, we would not be in this sorry state. Why doesn’t any of this work? Because all of this is only the response of ego. Ego fighting more ego. The cycle continues, the wars rage on, nobody is ever right, nobody ever wins, just escalating pain, anger, violence, and fear.

There is only one revolution and it is the consciousness revolution. It is the alignment with unconditional love, total forgiveness always, and the complete withdrawal of our attention from all the fear-based fiction of the world. None of it has any real power. What is real is consciousness, life itself, and in this recognition, we rise above all sin and error to align with our true, divine selves.

Love is the only solution to every problem. Those who have forgotten what perfect love is—those who act from any negative emotion—are experiencing hell on earth and they ultimately may not survive these apparent end times. The meek shall inherit the earth. 

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Abscondo Podcast #87: How to end racism, police brutality and oppression

Here's a controversial and unorthodox solution to solve the problem rather than continually escalating it with more attack and counterattack.

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While it may be dramatic and interesting, fighting fire with fire is no solution at all.

"Your function in this world is healing, and your function in heaven is creating." -A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles teaches that there are no exceptions to the message because the lack of exceptions is the message. The one, real, required course comes in many variations and combinations of words, traditions, and faiths; yet there is only one truth. How might the true perspective be applied to the current situation of police brutality, angry protests, riots, looting and worse?

All attack is of the ego. Therefore, there is no truth, legitimacy, or morality within it. It is a tragically misguided solution that will never change anything and will never communicate anything real. Pain and the anger as a response to injustice is perfectly understandable. Attack would appear to be justified under the logic of an eye for an eye—but all attack is error because there is no true power within it. It can lead to no real solution; rather, only more anger and counterattack.

The only solution to any problem is the loving response. Those who are angry at government officials should calmly, lovingly walk into police stations, courthouses, schools, and all the supposedly untouchable places of false power and simply talk to so-called authority. No shouting, no demanding, no violence. We can come together, simply walk through the door and ask for a meeting, a conversation. If refused, we can wait outside patiently, smiling. No chanting, no slogans, only good people waiting to have a loving conversation with brothers and sisters who have erred.

If a police officer commits an act of violence, or even of murder, the entire community might come knocking at his door to talk calmly. They should find him at work, in his car, or at the grocery store, and reach out to heal a brother who is ill and in need of love. Forgiveness followed by loving outreach to all those who have erred would heal the world and teach authority how we wish to be governed. By merely dropping ego, society would instantly change and would become a heaven on earth.

“The ego teaches that your function in this world is destruction, and that you have no function at all in heaven.”

The egoic response to ego is a tragic error.

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Your function is not little; and it is only by finding your function and fulfilling it that you can escape from littleness. (A Course in Miracles)

We have become little by accepting mental conditioning designed to create abundance for the few by domesticating the many. The real result is a system that has created suffering for all—even those who are supposed to be the beneficiaries.

To enforce this colossal error, what is imposed upon us is a heartless economic, legal, educational, and healthcare system doing deals and making policies that rob us of joy and cause us great stress and suffering.

We agree to systems that ruin lives, deplete resources and destroy the environment only so that the would-be beneficiaries must silently deal with the overwhelming burden of their own wrongdoing. These so-called elites are human beings, with real needs like the rest of us, but they have gone even further off course than we can imagine. Now their highly dysfunctional systems are only a reflection of their countless errors and overall insanity.

Absent of love, unfree to speak the truth or live it, conforming to the thoughtless normal of a shallow, uninspired society—the elite are the truly poor. In addition, they are no longer qualified to lead us. Now we must find ways to heal them.

This littleness we have known and our allegiance to this system is shed the moment we recognize the beautiful truth about who we are. None of this ever respected our worth. We messed up.

Now people of all economic classes, all races and nationalities, and all faiths are freeing ourselves from bondage so that we may invent alternate systems—systems of love and healing. This is happening now, and the new life starts here.

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The story of the marriage between Capitalism and Socialism

Once upon a time, there was a marriage between Capitalism and Socialism. Capitalism was sometimes distant, he was often unresponsive to her needs, and insensitive. Socialism loved him anyway because she knew that his role was important in their marriage, just as her nurturing ways were important to him.

While the relationship was never perfect, there was mutual admiration and respect. Like any normal marriage, the couple would argue at times; but they also created a beautiful life together, raised good children, and their marriage was recognized by all as a great success.

Over the years, however, resentment slowly began to build. Capitalism had become less responsive, more self-absorbed. Socialism grew more and more angry with him and began to believe he was the enemy. One day, the woman became ill with the flu. She wanted Capitalism to stay home, to stop everything to attend to her every need. At first, he resisted. He felt the need to take care of the finances, to hold everything together, and he figured she would be fine.

Socialism felt betrayed. Sick in bed, her mind began racing. Her fears started to become overwhelming. She was sure she would die unless he stopped everything. She forbade him to leave the house, demanded that her illness was the only thing real about life, and threatened to end their marriage if he insisted on going outside to take care of his responsibilities. Shocked, he felt he had no choice but to agree.

Now always at home together, the relationship became toxic. Now there was no respect, no understanding, no give and take, and they spent all their time fighting just as they let go of everything and went broke.

Eventually the relationship became so miserable that the couple divorced. Now Capitalism was no longer Capitalism, just as a divorced man is no longer a husband. Socialism was no longer Socialism; for she depended upon her union with him. A woman cannot be a wife without a husband.

Now that this marriage is over, we are divorced from these roles. Crisis is a time to heal by having a change of heart. The alternative is to stubbornly repeat the mistakes of the past and continue to fail.

To heal is to humble ourselves as we surrender to love, to being, to consciousness, to God—to become enlightened and willing to embrace the higher reality of truth. Only here are we free from the structures that caused this misery. Now that our roles no longer exist, we can create a beautiful new life that is honest and filled with joy.

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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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Abscondo Podcast #86: The Consciousness Revolution and the New Earth

As the world's insanity escalates and systems begin to fail, what is already emerging is the Consciousness Revolution. This is the only viable response to today's challenges, a total release of fiction and error, an awakening to a beautiful new world and a healing of ourselves and the planet. Enjoy the video podcast or find it wherever you normally listen to podcasts. 

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The Consciousness Revolution now emerges during this global collapse of Capitalism and Socialism

In 100 years, we have now learned that Communism does not work, nor does Fascism, nor does Capitalism, and nor does Socialism. The utter childishness and insanity we are seeing from the panicked media, the clueless governments, and the scared corporate heads can only mean that the world as we knew it is ending.

The social contract between the institutions and the people is broken. The promise of human rights and freedom is gone. The belief that our leaders and institutions are basically sane is incorrect. With the economy at a stand-still, capitalism will collapse. When that happens, socialist programs will also end because tax revenue dwindles. We, as individuals, must adjust to survive.

All ideologies fail because they cannot account for the complexity and totality of reality. External authority fails because authority is not external to us. Let us lose all faith in ideological thinking, in authorities to lead us, and in man-made systems of greed to save us.

As these end times play out, what is simultaneously emerging is the consciousness revolution — the massive spiritual awakening which reveals that truth is true, and that perfect love is truth. Everything about this world which is not loving is now to be corrected in love.

Upon our own authority, we will decide for no more fear. No more attack or violence. We will accept one another unconditionally and without judgment. In perfect love (which is the same thing as “God”), we are eternally safe, our life is abundant, eternal, and filled with joy.

Love is beyond ideology, beyond debate, it is the only true thought system. It is total and it is our salvation. With this simple shift toward truth, all the world’s problems will dissolve. I will be doing an in-depth Abscondo Podcast on this tomorrow.

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We can stop sacrificing everything for an empty promise that never quite materializes in a future that never quite arrives.

I believe we can do better than this old, obsolete system where we spend 20 years of our youth being forced to learn irrelevant lessons in school…where the next 40 years we are forced to work most our days in jobs we do not enjoy to pay debt and taxes for the privilege of that education, for the healthcare system uninterested in real healing, for the military that causes death and destruction around the world, for the prized pension so that (if we’re “lucky”) we get to spend our final 20 years idle and useless to anyone, hoping only that the healthcare system can extend the suffering just a bit longer. This is no life.

Call this capitalism or call it socialism, the differences are minor. It matters little whether we pay the government or corporations to be tortured in this way. The story is the same in every country in a world that lacks any real imagination, a world where our pop stars and celebrities never smile and somehow think that looking nauseous is cool, a world where nobody has the courage to tell the truth or the time to appreciate beauty, where people are afraid to open up or love because they “might get hurt”, where we are meant to spend an entire lifetime following rules that were set before we were born only to end up lost, confused, self-centered and irrelevant. Meanwhile, this entire system of misery and sacrifice is destroying the natural world—a cancer on God’s creation. I believe we can do better.

This nightmare existence which always felt so inevitable is now starting to crack, starting to crumble from within the thought-system of endless sacrifice and fear-based illogic. Now we can begin to look honestly at how badly off course we have gone in this past many decades. Yet the real truth is that, no matter what is going on in this insane world, each moment we have a choice to escape from this and to heal.

By withdrawing attention from this insane system, we can allow passion and intuition to guide a lifetime of true learning and creating. We can be valued and useful from the day we are born until the day we die. Our lives can mean something because we can tell the truth, we can reach our destiny and live up to our potential, we can spread our perfect love, we can heal ourselves and others. We can seek, celebrate, and create beauty. We can stop sacrificing everything for an empty promise that never quite materializes in a future that never quite arrives.

We can choose love, freedom, and truth instead of bondage. This can be done now, without any struggle or danger, without anyone having to agree or give us permission. No matter what happens in the external world, the life you want is the life you can have if you simply choose to be happy—and mean it enough to change.

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