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The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. (Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now)

Eckhart Tolle continues, “By ‘misuse’ I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the reality of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction—as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions such as ‘my’ or ‘our God’ is the only true God and ‘your God’ is false.”

Use of a misused word isn’t all that helpful. “Love” is another badly misused word and wonderful books have been written attempting to redefine it correctly. This has been the learning obstacle throughout history: people who don’t understand the essential truth behind a concept begin using and defining the word in a way that has nothing to do with the original meaning.

The truth is never found in a word or in a set of words arranged in some perfect order. Words are only symbols; sounds our vocal cords and mouths make. At best, words can point to the truth; but they never exactly are the truth. Therefore, it is helpful to approach knowing by exploring multiple teachings and traditions.

Atheists like to mock believers by laughing at the concept of their “man in the sky”. Yet, those who know God would also laugh at this concept. That’s not what we are talking about.

God is being, love, consciousness, freedom, the force of life, the Tao, source energy, truth, perfect knowing, power, oneness and the unobservable, eternal nothingness that surrounds all material form within and throughout the universe. There is only one God, which is being, and is beyond our mind’s ability to fully define, possess or grasp.

Through a practice of quieting the mind, remaining still and present, wanting only honesty and truth, and acting only in love, we can allow the source energy within to guide us. Whatever language is helpful to get us there makes no difference at all, but the most important thing we can do in life is to undo whatever is blocking us from this knowing. For those who are unwilling, the suffering gradually increases through life; until one day they do become willing and open.

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Separation from God is hell. (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback)

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I’m grateful that Aaron Rodgers is beginning to open up about his spirituality. He speaks for me and the millions of us (and growing) around the world who have found salvation outside the structures of organized religion.

May we all begin to respect, accept and to celebrate one another’s path to awakening whether it is inspired by an organized religion or not.

Check out the entire December 26th podcast he did with his girlfriend, Danica Patrick. There's much more than what is showin in this clip.

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This is how we heal

“Every healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed, because he does not know where to look for truth and, therefore, does not know the answer to the problem of healing.”

-A Course in Miracles

The attempt to take seriously, to understand, and to analyze all the details and intricacies of our illusions is not the path toward healing. The answer to the problem is not found within the problem; rather, beyond it.

To heal is merely to understand what is meant by illusion. It is to know what is real and unreal—what is false as opposed to truth—and to stop taking the unreal so seriously. But still, what exactly do I mean by “illusion”?

Anything that happens externally in our lives is ultimately unreal because it is impermanent. When something is perceived as bad or unfortunate, we might find comfort in the saying, “this, too, shall pass.” However, the same can be said about that which we perceive as good. Nothing lasts, and healing must last (or it isn’t healing).

All form is unstable and changing. All situations are fleeting. To take seriously and attempt to control that which cannot be possessed, contained or controlled is the cause of unbearable fear, stress and suffering. This is the cause of illness and what we are attempting to heal.

That which is not illusion is that which does not change—unconditional love and our ongoing conscious awareness. This is your identity, not your body or mind. There is something so mysterious about the force of life, itself. Consciousness arises from the nothingness to inhabit physical form for a time and then shift to other forms. But consciousness, itself, is of the nothingness and cannot be threatened or changed. It is one infinite field that fills the universe and everything in it.

A spiritual practice is an ongoing attempt to align your thinking in this way. You are not your mind; rather, the observer of your mind. You are consciousness, which is the feeling of and the doing of unconditional love. This is how we heal—how we become free from suffering by aligning with a higher truth so that we stop taking physical reality so seriously.

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Redemption is possible only by sharing it. (A Course in Miracles)

When you think back on your life, what are your most cherished memories? My guess is this: you most value the moments shared with other people. 

Learning to love yourself and enjoy yourself when you are alone is a required starting point; but solitude pales in comparison with sharing a beautiful moment, a truth, a feeling, or an experience with another person. Redemption is about extending the love that flows from within so that you make whole between people what once seemed separate. Whatever form it takes, shine your beauty freely to teach, inspire, and to change lives.

Getting yourself right; learning to forgive, to accept and love yourself...this is only the starting point! Yes, find presence, inner peace, moments of stillness and no thought; but do not stop there! Be free. Extend the truth about you as far and wide as you can, and if you do so from the depth of your truths then it will be perfectly recognized and accepted by all. Why? Because the depths of their truths are identical.

Live your wildest dreams, explore your passions, try new things, create something, and by all means take others along with you and inspire them to do the same. This is how your relationships become eternal, your life becomes infused with meaning and purpose, and how you live eternally through the redemption that is only possible through honest, open, accepting relationships.

There is nothing to wait for. You can go first. You are in full control here, which is a very beautiful thing. 

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Abscondo Podcast #74: What's real about a relationship is eternal

A conversation about relationships as it relates to life and death. You can listen to the full podcast here:

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Healing is a collaborative venture. (A Course in Miracles)

The most difficult thing to do in the world today is to convince a brother or sister to join with you at all. In a world overcome by the thought system of separation, the range of human interaction is between suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst.

Even when you open yourself to a brother or sister, when you are able to truly help and willing to trust fully, it is nearly impossible to convince anyone to even do as much as to respond. This collective retreat into isolation is the cause of our suffering and lack. We are leaving one another alone; and alone, we can accomplish very little. To overcome this littleness, we need only open our hearts and minds.

Imagine if we might decide for a world where we are open to one another, willing to at least explore all the ways we might serve one another. With each new day, we would find new ways to connect. Together, the whole would be so much greater than the sum of the parts. So much more business would transact, so much innovation, so much utter enjoyment as we would come to know one another. We would learn so much and receive all the help and support we need. Life would feel like play, not like this endless drudgery trying to hide our truths behind these walls where we cling to so much unnecessary sacrifice.

What joy have you found hiding behind these cold walls of separation? A Course in Miracles states, “Healing is the way in which the separation is overcome. Separation is overcome by union. It cannot be overcome by separating.”

My God, do we not see that we are all part the same one consciousness? The same things that matter most to me (love, health, feeling good, etc.) also matter the most to you. Everyone is getting so worked up over our differences—looking for reasons to retreat in fear and cowardice—but I’m not scared of our differences. I know all my brothers and sisters just as I know myself—and I stand with open arms ready to connect on the level where we are one.  I know your true worth, and this healing will unleash your utter perfection. What is there to be afraid of?

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Abscondo Podcast #73: The 4 Areas of Life Where Problems Arise

It's the start of a new year and new decade, so let's look at the areas where we experience challenges and discuss how to overcome them. You can listen to the full podcast here:

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I accept all that is real and pay no attention to what is not.

A cornerstone to any true spiritual practice is the total acceptance of what is. But until you get the hang of this thought system, unconditional acceptance a is difficult concept to practice. The mind always thinks it knows what is good and what is bad.

How many times has it happened in your life that something which first seemed bad turned out to be a blessing? Maybe you lost a job only to find a more suitable career or start a business. It also happens that something which first seems good turns out to be a nightmare. Maybe you accepted the job you wanted, then regretted the decision later. We don’t know what is good or bad because reality is too interdependent and complex. This understanding ought to make unconditional acceptance easier, but there is yet another dimension to unpeel.

Consider the real and the unreal. It makes perfect sense to accept the reality of a relationship or of a situation. If two people don’t fit, or a life goal becomes impossible or life situation unavoidable, the reality should be accepted fully and embraced. It is happening and, because it is so, it cannot be argued with. But there are other things in life which are different still.

People sometimes ask me, “How can I accept something terrible, like a violent crime? Shouldn’t we fight back against injustice?” No, because much of what goes on in the world is unreal in the ultimate sense. The lies on the news, the lying politicians, the terrible deeds of thieves and criminals, the violence—our job isn’t to passively accept any of this because that sounds a bit like condoning it. We also can’t fight it because any form of attack only breeds more attack.

Instead, we can learn to ignore all that which is fundamentally in error and untrue. No lie or illusion requires your attention. To give any awareness to that which is unreal is to make it seem real. This is not helpful.

Do not accept or fight the tragic errors of the world. Ignore them. See past it all to the truth in yourself and in your brothers and sisters. See in forgiveness, respond in love. Live in such a way as to celebrate only that which is ultimately real as real.

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Denying heaven

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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 and to heal. 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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Just by paying attention and having a desire, you flip on the switch of creation. (Deepak Chopra)

But if you “believe in limitations that are self-imposed, those limitations turn into reality”. We are limited only because we limit ourselves and we limit one another.

We limit ourselves and one another because we are unaware of the nature of reality. When we trust only the senses, we see the outside world as the ultimate reality and ourselves as a separate mind and body trying to survive it. Thus, it seems that life is happening to us and we have everything to fear. So, we struggle against and resist—only to live in a way that we do not enjoy until the dream of life invariably ends in death.

We are not here merely to cope and to survive; rather, we are the co-creators of reality. We are consciousness made form, interacting with consciousness made different form. We are awareness which is aware of and interacting with awareness. We are the process of creation creating creation. We are the one reality. The world is in us, not the other way around.

When we declare ourselves free, when we recognize our creative power and authority over ourselves, then our minds have the power to inspire limitless creation and our bodies have the ability to make it so.

Fear is limitation, while love is expansion. To limit yourself and others is a sickness that blocks life from doing what life is supposed to do. You can flip the switch of creation by always being honest, saying and doing what excites you, and offering the same unrestricted freedom to others.

Of course we’re not talking about doing harm. Harm is the product of fear and limitation. Let us not attack; rather, co-create together in openness and honesty. Let us love and trust. Let us speak freely and easily correct error wherever it may exist. Let us play and enjoy each moment as we unleash our potential. Let us see only the truth in you and in me.

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