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The way isn't hard, but it is very different

Throughout my life, I have quietly watched a world where suffering and crisis is the normal way of life. Where people are physically in pain, made obese victims of corporate junk food advertisements, made confused by the narratives of TV and films, and have become detached from nature and common sense through a school system designed to domesticate rather than educate.

I have been made to feel alone as I silently listened to all the trivial, meaningless conversations and debates about nothing in a world where inspiration and beauty is crushed in friendship, family, and relationships. A world where “love” is understood as an abusive arrangement filled with expectations, threats, blame, argument, and shame.

I have survived world where jobs deplete and then dispose of us, where the news media lies about everything and covers the rest up, where big pharma offers the “help” of harmful drugs that only numb us and make us sicker, where churches ask us to sacrifice more but offer little help with salvation, where every aspect of society has been controlled by those whose intentions are to use us up rather than to nurture us.

I saw it, I rejected it, and I tried to find my own way. But the ways of my ego were no solution. Absent of any real wisdom, my brief moments of pleasure only caused so much suffering and crisis.

The purpose of suffering in our lives is to reveal errors of any path other than spiritual awakening. There are many different words and ways of explaining spiritual awakening, but when we decide that it is real, when we learn about the eternally true principles, and when we put it into practice fully, then the suffering and crisis of the world ends.

You do reach a state of ongoing joy, filled with beauty and pleasure, absent of pain, suffering, and crisis. You become the energy of love—within you, flowing from you, and filling your mind with its true thought system. You create so much value for others that your life is filled with abundance. You experience perfect health in life, and you embrace the eventual death of the body without fear.

It is possible to experience a life without fear, without ego, without confusion, without drama, without suffering, without problems—all of which is an unreal creation of an unhealed mind. The way isn’t hard, but it is very different. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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What are the basic elements of a perfect sexual relationship?

Sex is divine. Most people feel an irresistible urge for perfect sex. When we get sex right, nothing in life is more enjoyable. But such great power must be approached with respect and handled with wisdom. Otherwise, sex has the power to destroy.

When the following 3 conditions are met in your sexual relationships, then nobody gets hurt, no damage is done, and the relationship is as healthy and beneficial as it is enjoyable. Sex is good, right, and healthy when:

There is open and honest communication:

Too often, seduction involves deception. Maybe there is an implicit promise of forever—or at least of an ongoing monogamous relationship—when that is not the real intention of one or both parties. Others settle for a less than perfect sex life because they are afraid to talk about their likes, dislikes, or expectations in an attempt to please a partner.

The simple rule here is: whatever is on your mind, whatever you want, whatever you feel, you both need to share it. Open and honest communication requires a relationship based upon patience and acceptance—involving no judgement or attack. If you miss the mark of perfect honesty or perfect acceptance of the other person’s honesty, you can apologize, talk about the error, and try again.

It is important to mention that the openness and honestly does not only extent to the two people in the sexual relationship. Honesty also must extend to anyone else in your lives who may be legitimately impacted. Non-monogamy can work, but only if there is perfect honesty and openness in all your intimate relationships.  

There is compatibility:

If there is no physical attraction both ways—no genuine excitement or mild obsession when you think about or look at a person—there is no point to forming a sexual relationship at all. Furthermore, your likes and preferences should be compatible in bed and even with respect to your life situation. If there is no fit, accept the situation, move on, and allow the relationship to be whatever it is (or is not).

The relationship is loving:

Your job is not to judge whether the other person is loving; rather, for you to be loving in everything you feel, say, and do. We are talking about your relationship with a person who is willing to share everything with you, to bare themselves completely, to experience the ultimate vulnerability that can be shared between two people. Whether or not you both intend to stay together forever, such a relationship must be approached with the thought system and value system of love.

Perhaps no word is more misunderstood in this world than “love”. Perfect love is not something you get from another person. It is found within as you learn to love yourself. As you begin to discover love’s forgiveness, acceptance, patience, peace, and bliss, you are naturally more capable of extending it to others. As you do, you find that your relationships are wonderful, and nobody gets hurt.

Perfect love unlocks the other two elements. Without love, perfect honesty is impossible because it is often nasty. No one wants your judgements, manipulations, or attacks. Without love, there can also be no compatibility because you are not offering anything desirable.

When we stray from these three perfect conditions, the sex isn’t as good and there are negative consequences that are more severe than any pleasure we get from the sex. But if you can truly put these principles into practice, and even gently show your partners how to do the same, you can enjoy an ongoing sex life that is better than your wildest fantasies.

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Those who use nastiness, force, or attack to control your behavior must never be allowed to succeed in doing so

Have you noticed that society has become thoroughly nasty and violent? Probably since you were too young to remember, your behavior has been controlled by those who use attack against you. Of course you have tried your best to avoid being scolded, punished, or criticized. The sense of shame that comes along with it is a terrible feeling, isn’t it?

Most people will do anything to avoid nastiness, punishment, and attack—and this avoidance is exactly how we are controlled. The thought system of attack is used everywhere and all the time. Parents harshly criticize and punish, friends tease and mock, neighbors give dirty looks, and spouses and lovers play the never-ending and very ugly game of who is right and who is guilty. Then we turn on the TV and are threatened by the news. The government threatens violent punishments to implement arbitrary and ridiculous laws that we never agreed to. Even the very presence of the police and military represent a violent threat in an unjust, violent society.

Now, the new normal is a demand that we submit utterly and completely to insane, draconian rules—to cover our faces, to shut up about it or have our free speech taken away or worse. Attack is now far more common than decency or kindness. It has overtaken our lives and has imprisoned us.

The good news is that attack is a prison with no walls, constructed entirely of our own fears and perceptions. The reality of attack requires your judgment that it is real, that it is indeed to be feared, and that you are a guilty, wrong, disease-carrying sinner. The good news is that you, not the attackers, have the power to decide the reality of what you are.

You can decide to withdraw all attention from attack. Wherever it is used against you, you can ignore it and follow your heart. The peaceful, loving, and innocent are not the wrong doers. You are not a problem; rather, those who use attack are ill, they inflict great harm, and they need correction. They are miserable, live in a hell of their own creation, and attempt to trap you in it. But it is not your hell. You are free. You are life. You are truth. The hell of attack does not need to touch or control you.

The story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the story of overcoming persecution. This is exactly what I am speaking of here. You might enjoy meditating on it this Easter. We can undo the shackles of nastiness, violence, and punishment only when we stop letting it control us. Be you. Do what you know is right. Speak the truth. Do not ever let the attacks against you stop you. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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To undo the disastrous effects of tyranny, we need only awaken to being and recondition the mind to love

Tyranny: we have protested it, we have tried to ignore it, complained about it, and simply spoke the truth about it. Still nothing changes.

But there is something we have not tried yet: a Consciousness Revolution / Great Awakening. It is the only true and lasting revolution because it is the only loving one. If the problem is a system based on lies and fear, then the solution is a movement based on truth and love.

The only problem in this world is ego. To doubt this is to believe in the system. All centralized institutions are egoic in their functioning. To engage with them is to engage in ego. The battle cannot be fought on this level.

Each person who awakens becomes a revolutionary with all the power. We will not be manipulated because we are not fearful. Lies will not work because anything that is not true is easily ignored. We do not react to threat and intimidation because we are still and calm. We will ignore the institutions because we know what they are.

Truth and love emerge, the cycles of misery, depression, and addiction is broken. Triviality and meaningless consumption decreases.

Freedom is decentralized. Authority comes from within. The solutions come from us—but only when we escape our egos and ignore ego anywhere and everywhere it exists. Only our light can change the world—not through doing; rather, through being. Spread the word. Teach. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whenever anything negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it; although you may not see it at the time. (Eckhart Tolle)

The mind sees things in terms of good/bad, like/dislike, or love/hate. But to stop here is to miss the lesson. To miss the lesson is to deal with the same problem again and again.

Situations arise in our lives because an issue must be addressed. When something happens that feels negative, the purpose is to bring something important to your attention; and ultimately to strengthen you. Some challenges are given to us by the universe, others arise as an inevitable consequence of our errors—but each one of us does have a life curriculum that cannot be avoided.

In dealing with any challenge, the starting point is always acceptance. From there, the correct response is always to be loving and present. The purpose is spiritual growth, and life challenges are the best spiritual teachers. But resist spiritual growth and life becomes increasingly difficult. Learn the lesson, however, and move forward in peace and joy.

“There is only a higher good, which contains the bad.” -Eckhart Tolle

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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You were born free, perfectly complete, innocent, and beautiful. You remain so the moment you undo belief in separation

To believe in separation is to think of yourself as a lone individual, cut off from other people, apart from society, and even separate from nature. How exactly are you separate from life, from humanity, or from the world? Let us look at the sadness, absurdity, and unreality of this perspective.

Is the life force within you not the same as the life force within me? Do our senses not perceive in the same way and do we not want the same things? Do we not breathe the same air, coexist with all the same creatures, plants, viruses, and bacteria? Are we not affected by the same political decisions and corruption? Are our bodies not made of the same elements? Do we not eventually confront the same death? Is the full experience of reality not part of what it means to be you? Could you exist, by yourself, floating alone in outer space?

Are we all not dependent upon the abundance of the natural world for nutritious food and clean water? Do we not need each other’s unique expertise, skills, hard work and creativity to create things and get things done? Can our thoughts really be kept private? Can our lies become true? Can you truly gain by taking from or diminishing me, or would doing so cause you some unwanted stress and suffering?

The insanity now apparent in this world—the face masks, social distancing, blind obedience, withdrawal, dishonesty, fear, stress, greed, aggression, stupidity—it all comes from this massive, fundamental error…the ego’s belief in separation.

Masks, the most impotent yet oppressive symbol of our time, do not work because they attempt to solve the problem of illness through separation. Belief in separation is illness and real separation is impossible. Let us spiritually awaken, leaving behind the mask forever as the final, tragic symbol of the mistaken thought system of separation.

Know that truth, reality, and wisdom are the opposite of separation.
Open your heart and mind because to maintain boundaries is to believe in separation.
Go outside, embrace the germs, maybe get dirty and wash your hands later. Your immune system is perfectly capable of keeping you healthy and that will never change.
Tell the truth always and about everything because lies are always exposed.
Serve people. Create value for them. That is how your life means something and how you create material abundance. They’ll need you, take care of you, and pay you.
Do not be afraid to love people forever. Do not be afraid to have children. Soulmates add to your life and never detract or diminish.

To forgive is to undo separation, to accept the reality of oneness, and to humble yourself to nature and to the divine. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.    

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We work with being, but non-being is what we use. (Tao Te Ching, 11)

“We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable.
We work with being, but non-being is what we use.”
-Tao Te Ching, 11

In this verse, the dimension of “being” is meant as the physical realm, matter, or stuff. This material realm of being only matters to the extent that it allows us to use (or enjoy?) the non-material.

Everything we care most about is non-being—which can also be called invisible, non-matter, nothing, or spiritual.

The dimension of non-being—love, enjoyment, good health, comfort, inspiration, excitement, bliss, beauty—none of this is visible, yet we work with being only so that we may experience this. The value of something material depends entirely upon its relationship to the non-material.

A warm home, a refrigerator filled with good food, money in the bank—these things are only important if it provides time and space to focus our love and attention on our families, if we can focus attention on spiritual growth and creation, if we might be set free to become who we are.

We continue to explore the dimension of emptiness, non-being, the force of life itself, spirit, consciousness, love (all these words point to the same thing) tomorrow and each day after that.

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Knowledge is power because it is certain, and certainty is strength. (A Course in Miracles)

“To know is to be certain. Uncertainty means that you do not know.”

The ego’s survival requires your confusion. To become certain about anything real would free you from the ego’s control. This is why the ego convinces you to believe that everything is relative—or that the only absolute truth is that there is no truth. It would even make you believe that those who are certain of anything are egocentric. Remember, the ego’s mantra is “seek but do not find”. Exactly wrong about everything, the ego is an endless state of glorified confusion fueled by fear.

Consider this. An unawakened person is one who is afraid to question anything. An awakening person is one who has begun to question everything. While an awakened person no longer has the need to question because knowledge has already been remembered.

My job, as an awakened person, is to guide you toward your own awakening. Until that occurs, I cannot tell you what to be certain about. Though I may try, it will not be heard, will not be believed, and will at best be questioned.

Knowledge is yours to acquire, and it is done by unlearning everything blocking you from what is real and true. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

“Knowledge is timeless, because certainty is not questionable.” -A Course in Miracles

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Change can only happen in the mind

It is easy to pretend that your thoughts don’t have power. The truth is your thoughts are the most powerful force in the world.

Imagine, even if external circumstances (or perceived causes of problems) were to completely change, an unhealed mind would continue generating problems (symptoms). You can even treat those symptoms, but if the mind is not changed, more of the same symptoms will continue to arise from the same behaviors.

Notice how your mind never stops creating, even in sleep. Aside from during brief moments of meditation, the mind essentially never shuts off. Constantly interpreting everything, creating meaning, and telling you what to do. So change your mind, and everything you say and do changes with it. Everything you see is also understood differently.

But how, you may ask, can I know when my mind is working for me or working against me? If this is true, then what is right-mindedness? The answer is very simple, completely true, and there is no exception. If you have any fear (otherwise called stress, anxiety, or worry), then you are actively creating problems and nothing can change for the better. Notice also that, if there is fear, then you must be lacking love.

Healing (the Atonement) can only happen when you make up your mind to put all faith in love. Fear is the plague. The illusion of sickness in this world today is created by people consumed with fear and acting out those perceptions. The manifestation of physical sickness is caused by the same—a mind filled with fear rather than unconditional love.

But you don’t fully believe in the cure, which is why nothing will change yet. Your mind is so powerful that the solution is impossible if you do not change it.

To put full faith in love is to change your thoughts, to heal your mind, to fully awaken. It is salvation—a state in which your mind is aligned with the perfection, completeness, and safety of the soul / spirit / consciousness.

This shift away from the illusion of fear and toward the reality of unconditional love is the only path toward real change. To believe anything else is a choice to seek but never find. But to chose love is to find immediately, to enter heaven now, in this life, in this moment. The choice is yours. Yes, you have that much power. Total power over it all. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Understanding Love vs. Hate and Hope vs. Fear (March 17th, 2021 | Abscondo Podcast #101)

Getting to a good place requires that we understand the true meaning of love, hate, hope and fear.

You can also listen to the audio only version of the podcast here: 

Abscondo Podcast 101

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