Posts categorized "Happiness"

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? (Rumi)

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 may have already been offered freedom, but failed to experience it because you haven't walked through the door within.

Only if aligned with love are you 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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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

No trust in authority. The world is messed up. What can we do? How are we supposed to live?

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

People reject both Love and God because they incorrectly believe that both involve sacrifice

As A Course in Miracles explains, “You believe it is possible to be host to ego or hostage to God.” Indeed, religion has falsely taught us that salvation requires tremendous sacrifices that would rob us of fun and richness of experience in life. While religiosity can make life dull, spiritual awakening brings aliveness.

The story of Christ dying on the cross is not a story of sacrifice; rather, a story about fearlessly overcoming death as spirit-identity. No sacrifice is required to align with God because God is the force of life, itself. It is what we are, beyond the flesh. When you recognize your divine identity, you choose to let the false ego identity go because you simply recognize it as the source of problems. Is ending your problems in this life and beyond a sacrifice?

People misunderstand God as something external, far away, a sort of man in the sky whom we are supposed to fear. This idea of God is so ridiculous that most people, choosing to become agnostic or atheist, assume the world’s false identity of ego instead. The tragic error of ego is undone when we recognize God as the energy and force of life, itself, experienced by humans internally as the energy, feeling, and thought system of Love.

Of course, Love (capitalized because it is divine) is another badly misunderstood concept, for the simple reason that we are taught that it, too, requires sacrifice.   

“Sacrifice is so essential to your thought system that salvation apart from sacrifice means nothing to you. Your confusion of sacrifice and love is so profound that you cannot conceive of love without sacrifice. And it is this you must look upon; sacrifice is attack, not love.”
-A Course in Miracles

To Love fully, to spiritually awaken and to align with the divine thought system of Love, requires no sacrifice at all. Those who would make you sacrifice for love or for salvation are manipulating and exploiting you for very selfish reasons. To embrace this message is to free yourself, to end your suffering, to awaken to truth, reality, and joy. No sacrifice. No fear. Just love.

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Posted by Abscondo
This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

The world teaches fear to distract you from your power

Your power is love and it is what you are. This power can be forgotten, but it cannot be lost. Love is the only force that the world cannot resist, cannot contain, and cannot successfully war against. When your thinking and doing is loving, you channel unstoppable power and strength.

The ego would convince you to sacrifice perfect love to gain the world. But like everything the ego sets out to do, this cannot be done. There is nothing of any real value that can be gained from the world. All truth, beauty and value is consciousness infusing the world of form. To love is to bring about the feeling, the energy, the doing of consciousness.

You cannot sell your soul, but you can forget it–choosing instead a state of suffering, failure, anxiety and fear. This is the feeling of a forgotten soul begging to be remembered.

Remember what you are each day and know that it is infinitely more powerful than anything of this world. Unconditional love is so powerful that no one can stop you from practicing it. All authority lies in your truth.

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive. (Eckhart Tolle)

Complete identification with the mind (the belief that I am my thoughts) is the cause of failure, suffering and insanity.

Still today, most people make exhaustive efforts to blame other people and situations as the cause of suffering. The thinking goes, "If only this person would change, or if only I could find a way to accomplish this, then I could finally be happy.” This story appears to make sense when we are young, but as we pass through life something changes.

As we mature, we look back upon all the things that were supposed to make us happy. Much of what we wanted in our youth was eventually experienced or accomplished. But just as soon as we get what we want, we find the next problem. When we eventually recognize this pattern, most people surrender to despair and grumpiness. The other alternative is to find out how to simply observe thoughts, not take them too seriously, and mostly ignore the stories of the mind.

Through daily meditation and a spiritual practice, you can awaken to the fact that the voice in the head isn’t really you; rather, the conditioning of the world. This is the recognition of reality an the undoing of ego.

All that which is real is beyond the mind and can be best described as unconditional love. When we align with unconditional love, the mind functions optimally and the suffering ends. Awakened, you live in alignment with reality rather than in a state of resisting it. The scattered thoughts no longer cause emotional reactions. Now the sane, creative, productive mind has humbled itself to the vast realm of consciousness.

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If you want something, but fear it at all, you will not have it because you do not truly want it.

Have you ever hoped or prayed for something you so badly wanted, but at the same time you felt a little afraid about getting it? According to A Course in Miracles, fear is the reason that our hopes go unfulfilled and our prayers go unanswered.

How can we claim to so badly want something, yet at the same time fear it? If there is any fear associated with a wish, it cannot be wholly desired. To want something means to want it fully. That which is partially undesired is, in truth, not desired. A “yes” contains no “no”.

If there is any fear associated with an opportunity or accomplishment, then your “yes” contains a “no” and you aren’t ready for it. If there is any fear associated with a relationship, then your supposed certainty contains uncertainty and it is not something you want. If you claim to want your life to change, yet your commitment to change contains any resistance to change, then in truth you don’t want your life to change.

Is there anything you want so fully that there is no fear? If so, then my guess is that you already have it. Those are probably the dreams that have already been fulfilled and the prayers that have already been answered.

To manifest is to want fully and without any fear. If you want anything of real value this purely, then it is already yours. This is what is meant by abundance. Fear is lack. Furthermore, in the presence of love, fear does not even exist.

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

Have we reached the end of political ideology?

Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Progressivism, Capitalism; none of these political ideologies contain a real solution. These are all ideas which, in practice, have always led to abuse by centralized authorities imposing tyranny on the people.

Each political ideology has its own story about the bad guy. On the left, the thinking goes that we are exploited by greedy corporations. Their solution, however, is to use an iron fist to control business, stifle the economy, and unfairly tax those who have benefited by creating value. The left generates so much bureaucracy and friction that people are unable to work and do business in freedom.

On the right, the thinking goes that the problem is big government and immorality. In truth, corporations and religious institutions have historically corrupted government and, together, they have imposed an only slightly different form of tyranny on the population.

No matter the political ideology, the problem is that we, the people, have always been forced into compliance—and we have never consented to any of it. Centralized institutions have abused the population for far too long; distracting us by making us think it is about ideology when, in fact, it has always been the same few bloodlines behind the scenes controlling the whole system of oppression and exploitation.

Tyranny is the darkness that occurs when we allow institutions to ignore the liberty inherent in every human life. Through reward and punishment, their agenda is brutally imposed upon the people without our consent.

Yet we, has divine beings, were born free as life, itself. We are the property of no nation or institution. It is self-evident that we are our own authority, so long as we respect the personal liberty of our brothers and sisters.

If there are those who have become rich and powerful through wrongdoing, let a legitimate government seize their wealth (not tax it) and distribute it to the population. Let the financial system be fair, technology be used for good. Let all the world unite under an anti-authoritarian value system. Let abundance flourish. Let sanity be restored. Let freedom reign.

The revolution happens, in each of our lives, the moment we take back our own divine liberty and claim our own authority over all external forms of tyranny. This is the Great Awakening and it is here.

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

You can exchange guilt for innocence

Doesn’t everyone want to be free of pain? If so, why do we make choices that hurt us? We avoid being close to others. We make ourselves sick through poor diet and other bad habits. We beat up on ourselves and others. Why?

This is not a rhetorical question. There is a clear answer: guilt. We suffer when we believe we are guilty and have not learned to exchange guilt for innocence.

When people believe in their own guilt, you can see it in their eyes. They feel unworthy of love, freedom, health, and abundance. Believing that they have nothing good to offer, they withdraw and attack others to break relationships and create more separation.

Those who believe they are guilty also behave in ways that cause themselves to be attacked. Most people believe that attack can teach a lesson and can correct behavior. Imagine how misguided it is to attack the guilty, when teaching the exchange of guilt for innocence is what heals.

I know that every brother and sister is inherently good. Our love, our goodness, our light is the only thing real about any of us. As the force of life, itself, we are not only equal we are one. It is only our belief in guilt that drives all the thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors that ultimately cause pain and cloud our goodness.

The truth about you, about everyone, is the truth of perfect innocence. Forgive all guilt by simply recognizing it is as unreal. It is not what we are and nothing we need to carry. Whatever errors have been made, we can effortlessly correct them in the embrace of our innocent, good selves. Whatever we’ve done, whatever we want, whatever we need, we can correct it and obtain it by applying the thought system of unconditional love, total honesty, and freedom. This is the exchange of guilt for innocence, the end of pain, the beginning of ongoing joy.  

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When you are honest, everything about your life is real

To hide anything—however seemingly small or inconsequential it may seem—is to lay one more brick upon that castle in the sand. One lie demands others, and those others still, until we are trapped in a web of confusion with no way out other than crisis. The only way to avoid this sad reality is to always be honest.

The choice for perfect honesty starts by being honest with yourself. What do you really need? What excites you and inspires you? Who are you and what do you want to become? What do you want to experience? If you can be honest with yourself about everything, without consideration of what others may think, then you have awakened within to honesty. Most people never get this far.

Even being honest with yourself is not enough. If you repress or hide your honesty, you suffer from low energy and depression. Under the constant labor to create the image of a life that isn’t true, life becomes a job. Furthermore, to the extent that you withhold honesty, you are limited by others, controlled, repressed, and unfree.

It is very normal in this world to avoid all that is true and real because of fear. In a world of lies, the honest person feels like a total misfit. To fit in, we create a pretend version of reality while hiding what is real about ourselves. How many of us are there hiding, believing we are misfits? Probably the majority.

If we could learn to accept the truth about ourselves and one another, and if we could see that the judgments of others mean nothing, we could break the barriers of fear. We would step our from our isolation, come together, and live blissfully.

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.

Our tendency to trust authority is the crux of the problem

There is no “our side” which is good and another which is bad. It isn’t about my beliefs, my country, or my political party vs. yours because this way of thinking has gotten us into such a horrible mess.

As soon as we come to believe that “our side” is good, we put our faith in the inherently false identity of the group, movement, or institution while our real identity is elsewhere. When trust is misplaced, central authority invariably abuses our faith and harms everyone for their perceived benefit.

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When one movement becomes so abusive that we can no longer deny it, we flock to another. In time, that movement also becomes abusive, so we move to yet another. As time goes on, the cycle of abuse and corruption only worsens.

I do not believe in any ideology, science, religion, source of information, politician, country, movement, or institution. Everything in this world is a mess of confusion which only seems to take on the meaning that we give it.

Yet still, apart from all the sickness and confusion, there is a way of seeing that heals everything. When we go beyond mere faith to total alignment with perfect love, honesty, and freedom, we instantly transcend all the problems of the world. If something is loving, honest, and supports freedom, then it is right and good. If not, I will not give it any attention and will not comply. No exceptions.

In a world that is thusly healed, all power is withdrawn from external authority and is shifted within. Each person alive is a divine expression of the force of life, itself, and no external force of darkness will ever diminish our power—our identity as love, truth, and freedom.

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This is for the few who are willing to trade suffering and drama for healing and joy.