Posts categorized "Happiness"

They have attempted to enslave me, yet I am free.
They have attempted to deceive me, yet I know the truth.
They have attempted to make me sick, yet I am perfectly healthy.
They have attempted to make me afraid, yet I am joyful.
They have attempted to make me angry, yet I forgive.
They have attempted to make me poor, yet I know abundance.
They have attempted to make me weal, yet I am strong.
They have attempted to make me ignorant, yet I know.
They have attempted to make me depressed, yet I am inspired.
They have attempted to make me blind, yet I see.

None of their attempts mean anything at all. An entire world has been built to achieve what cannot be achieved. Now unreality fades away.

All power and all reality is within you—the dimension that can never be conquered unless you agree to be conquered.

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Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with an unwillingness to know. (A Course in Miracles)

To know, we need only become willing to learn and to apply the lesson. Why are we unwilling to know? Because we fear the unknown. This obvious catch-22 exposes the ego’s insanity. By not finding out about something, we remain fearful. We don’t want to find out because we are afraid. This thought pattern is a cycle of fear and ignorance—neither of which a sane person would want.

Once again: it is because of fear that the unknown exists in your life; yet fear about something no longer exists the moment something becomes known. Would you rather know without fear, or not know with fear? Fear vanishes the moment the unknown becomes known; but will slowly eat away at those who are unwilling to know.

I know, from direct experience, that the suffering can end. The drama can cease. The lack can be replaced by abundance. Stress can be gone, as can illness. You can live your dreams and fantasies without sacrificing anything. Your life can become fulfilling and meaningful. Your relationships can become free, yet eternal.

The way is to love unconditionally. Always be honest. Always be accepting. Want only truth. Have an open heart and open mind. Say yes. Try it. Talk about it. Research it. Explore it. Try different variations. Invent. Be brave and be willing. Follow your intuition.

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By always choosing honesty, you allow reality to reveal itself to you as it is.

You have probably learned the world’s lesson that there is no truth, only shades of gray. Or you may think there are different kinds of truth—that there is universal truth, plain truth, and perhaps ugly truth. Some truths are considered good, appropriate, or acceptable; while others are meant to be hidden in shame. You may believe that you have your truths and I have mine; or that you would have to convince everyone of your truth for it to be considered true at all. So, you remain stuck in the mental game of argument and debate.

Truth can only be honesty. There are no orders of reality to honesty. There are no levels or different types. The truth about an error is no less truthful than the truth of love. Therefore, there is no need to judge or sort out the significance or importance of various truths. The truth about your life, your feelings, your desires, your needs, your experiences, or your fantasies are no less honest than the truths spoken by the Buddha, Lao Tzu or Jesus Christ.

All honesty is truth and can be honored equally. The philosophy of truth is simple: if you are telling the truth and you want only truth, then you are on the right path. You are allowing reality to reveal itself to you as it is.

Nobody can judge your path. There is nothing to argue or debate. There is no superior form of honesty; only honesty or dishonesty. You don’t need to discover the ultimate secrets of the universe right now, though you probably will. For now, you only need to be honest. So how do you choose honesty? By always being honest and calmly accepting the honesty of others.

–From my free eBook, The Switch.

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To desire wholly is to create (A Course in Miracles)

If there is anything you want to create which has not yet manifested in your life, it is because you do not desire it wholly. You may believe you want all sorts of things: a happy relationship, children, to achieve a goal, to create a work of art or a successful business. In truth, if there is anything you want that is not present, it can only be for a few reasons:

1) You do not want it wholly

If you wholly want a happy, healthy, perfect relationship, then you will have one. Any such relationship begins with loving yourself. Figure this out, and your relationships with others can only be perfect. As for children, if you wholly wanted children, you would have children with one simple act of creation. The same goes with achieving a goal or creating anything at all. If you wholly wanted it, then this is where you would focus work and attention. It would be so.

2) You are wanting something external rather than creating

You may want world peace, or for a loved one to change, or for the world to finally recognize your brilliance. The problem here is that what you desire is not a creative desire. You are giving attention to what is outside your control, while you only have control over your creations.

Hoping, praying, and waiting for something external to happen in the world or in your life is misdirected desire. So much of what appears real and significant in this life is entirely beyond our control.

The good news is that your perfect love, joy, health, and everything you most deeply want is entirely within your control. The way to achieve it is through your God-given, God-like power to create.  There is nothing external required for you to thrive within the realm that is already fully yours.

If something is beyond your control, then you can easily accept it. If you wholly desire something within your creative control, then create it. If you do not wholly desire it, then be honest with yourself about it and find a sense of peace there.

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You who withhold your unconditional love are literally denying heaven for yourself

You are not guilty, nor is anyone. We have errored at times; but error is never anything but acting without love.

The correction for lack of love is unconditional love. Only light undoes darkness and only love undoes sin. To love unconditionally is to forgive.

There is, therefore, no reason to ever withhold unconditional love. While the world would convince you otherwise, this love-starved world is clearly not heaven and does not understand the lesson.

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The truth can only be loving because only love is true

People are afraid of perfect honesty because we are afraid of getting hurt. This is shortsighted because, in the end, only perfect love can be the truth.

Honesty, however, is a process—an ongoing process, a thought system, a radically different way of life. Whenever two people begin to practice perfect honesty, at first it can hurt. But the only thing getting hurt is the ego.

The ego—with its faith in guilt, attack, specialness, superiority, and brutal selfishness—hurts like hell when it is exposed because looking at your own nastiness and ugliness is painful. When two people allow the ego to be fully exposed—when they accept it and look at it honestly—what they will ultimately see is something they do not want. Facing the truth is the undoing of ego.

All the things we are afraid to confront, the hidden thoughts and secrets we are slaves to—these are only unreal illusions. In the ultimate reality, everything the ego makes is nothing and, therefore, should not be valued or respected as something.

When two people keep going more deeply into honesty, what is ultimately revealed is perfect truth: which is and can only be unconditional love.

The path to salvation, awakening, enlightenment, unconditional love—whatever you want to call it—is and can only be the path of honesty. Honesty is the undoing of all the errors which block love.

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In a constant struggle to make real what is not real, and true what is not true, you find only suffering

Non-resistance, or acceptance of what is, simply means allowing what is real to be what is true. This realness includes not only the external reality of what happens, not only the thoughts and feelings of others, but also the truth about our own thoughts and feelings. We can let it all be as it is and flow as it does.

While this approach to life would seem obviously superior to the alternative, to the ego it is impossible. The ego is the struggle against reality and the foolish attempt to make true what is not true. Despite the ego’s best intentions, attempting to make illusion real can only lead to ongoing suffering followed by eventual crisis.

Non-resistance is not our diminishment; rather, a decision to come alive in joy. This is love, freedom, and everything we do want. The only requirement is the decision to be honest and to want only truth.

What we are talking about is only sanity – the acceptance of reality as real. Only because of the ego’s grip, sanity is elusive, and the world remains in suffering. 

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Unanswered prayers are unanswered requests for unreality. God will not make delusion real.

If you have ever prayed to God, you may have made some very specific and creative requests. Perhaps for some sort of outcome. Some success you believe is yours to be claimed. For the realization of something that would affirm your importance and give your life meaning. Maybe you asked for divine intervention related to a cause you see as most important. If these prayers have gone unanswered, it is because they are prayers of the ego—unreality, illusory, impossible in truth.

As A Course in Miracles teaches, “Any wish that stems from the ego is a wish for nothing, and to ask for it is not a request. It is merely a denial in the form of a request.” In other words, you are wrong about what you think you want. If God were to give you what you think you want, when you are wrong about what is yours to receive, He would not be God at all—only ego. It is the ego, and only the ego, that dreams up endless solutions, needs, and remedies that never quite bring eternal joy.

Ask God for what the ego wants and you are asking for nothing. But if you ask God for unconditional love, an open heart and mind, courage to speak and receive the truth, or the will to forgive—then it is yours instantly and effortlessly. Now you are asking for what you truly want, what is real. It is a prayer that has already been answered. It’s just that, all this while, your free will (your confused ego) has been denying it.

Everything happening in the world, in the story of your life, in the confused minds of those around you, is ego. Ego is a thought system that is foreign to God because it is nothing. The Holy Spirit does not get involved with the details of nothing. Learn to communicate with the divine in the language of everything and you will find that it is already yours.

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The goal is to become healthy, strong and happy. The rest is bullshit. (Wim Hof)

How much of your attention each day leaks into the bullshit category? How much of it is directed at what makes you healthy, strong and happy? I am sure we all can do better.

Notice the content you consume. How much of it is fear porn (e.g., the news)? Notice your low energy conversations (small talk, gossip). How much time do you dedicate to healthy practices such as meditation, eating right, exercising properly, learning something new, and sleeping well?

Russell Brand says, “Most people don’t believe it is possible to be happy.” Yes, we’ve been conditioned by a sick society to believe in hard work, sacrifice, and that relief is found in bad habits. Life then becomes a spiral of increased suffering.

Yet ongoing happiness is possible. This is your natural state of being—not in the future, but now. The way to get there now is to focus on what makes you healthy, strong and happy. Withdraw attention from the bullshit. Yes, drop out of society and cut all ties to the sick normal. Instead, seek and experiment with practices that make you healthy.

For nutrition and exercise, I highly recommend watching the videos put out by Dr. Sten Ekberg.

To become stronger (in addition to healthy practices), work toward becoming financially independent by breaking free from the employment model. Find a way to generate income from multiple sources so you’re not dependent upon one.

To be happy, learn what love is, open your heart and mind, practice unconditional acceptance, forgiveness, and honesty in your relationships. Allow yourself some adventure, some breaking the rules, just notice how it makes you feel and make corrections.

Ongoing happiness, or joy, is impossible without a spiritual practice. Read / listen to my work, A Course in Miracles, or Eckhart Tolle. Enjoy teachings from multiple sources, even different religions. The truth is the same but spoken many ways. Embrace that which resonates with your intuition. Follow it. Put it into practice.

You can’t change the world, but you can change yourself. And by changing yourself, you change the world.

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If you place any limits on truth, you will not have it

If you want perfect honesty, you will need to learn unconditional acceptance. Of course, no matter which path you choose (rules or acceptance), the truth will remain true regardless. Seen in this light, the choice for acceptance is quite clear.

Truth cannot be changed by your attempts to deny it or desire to change it. If there are rules or taboos—and particularly if there are threats of punishment along with it—truth has been forced into hiding and dishonesty is likely to emerge in any relationship.

Agreeing to any rule is, in effect, agreeing that you might eventually have to lie. Setting a rule or making anything taboo is asking the other person to lie. Do you value knowing or not knowing? If you value knowing, then don’t make knowing impossible by setting limits on truth.

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