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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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My love letter to the stranger on the street who asked me for money

Yes, I could have given you a little bit of money, but I promise you that this letter is far more valuable. The path you are on is not your way. If you can humble yourself to this message, which you were destined to receive, your problems will be gone.

Lack of money is not your real problem. Lack of love is. What you may have never realized is that love is not something that you get from another person. Love is found inside you. It is felt inside when you forgive yourself and remember that you are not guilty of anything.

Deep down, I know that no matter what you’ve done in the past, right now you are good. On the level of the soul—within that mysterious realm of life itself—we are all perfect and innocent.

At this point you may be asking what this has to do with your need for money. To this, I will ask a few questions. Is there anyone in your life who you cut off for any reason? Have you unconditionally accepted all the people you have known? What would happen in your life if, right now, you went back to each of them with love in your heart and made it right?

What does it mean to make relationships right? It means forgiving, accepting, and offering your best to them. You haven’t offered your best because you have been drowning in fear and guilt. Panicking and not knowing your value, you have been desperately taking rather than giving. Receiving is impossible without giving.

But what is the source of real wealth and abundance? You are its source. Nothing is more valuable than your ability to create, to serve, to do something valuable for other people. The more you do this, the more money they give you in return. To give is to receive. It is a cycle of abundance which you have broken by an unwillingness to give.

What if, rather than asking strangers for money, you asked them only if there is anything you can do for them. Explain that you are having a hard time right now, but don’t want to beg. You want to earn it. How long do you think you would remain poor if you did only this and meant it?

Your life journey is no different from mine. This hellish world has been cruel to us and unfair. We have failed, suffered, and faced crisis. Was this to teach us that we are victims? No. Your suffering was only to teach you this lesson. If you had not reached this low, you would not have received this message of truth and healing.

I’ve made all the mistakes that you have. But I eventually learned that life is a simple choice we didn’t know we had. You can either choose a life of fear or love. If one is real for you, the other cannot simultaneously exist. Is the past and future real, or is this moment real? Are you not perfectly good and lovable in this moment? Choose this truth, fearlessly live your love, and if you keep going in this direction you will have no problems.

You, my friend, will fix everything when you find the love inside you. Love is all that is real, and it is eternal. Learn what perfect love is, let everything else go, and learn to extend this love. There are many spiritual teachings that reinforce this message. Seek them out. Study and practice them daily. This is your awakening, a sacrifice of only what you do not want.

With unconditional love,

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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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The present is before time was… (A Course in Miracles)

“The present is before time was, and will be when time is no more.
In it are all things that are eternal, and they are one.”
-A Course in Miracles

The normal state of existence in this world is to overlook all that is eternal and here right now to focus on either the past (which is gone) or the future (which is unpredictable, temporary, and fleeting at best). This helps explains the world’s uninterrupted state of confusion.

Only that which is in the present is real. The past and future are not here and, therefore, do not literally exist. Time can seem real only when we bring memories, hopes, and fears to the present. This is the unobserved mind’s unfortunate habit of problem-making.

None of the stuff of this world—the external threats, attacks, manufactured fears, lies, promises, rewards, punishments—none of it is actually here in your present moment unless you choose to bring it into the present moment; thus giving it power, making it seem real, and choosing to live out of accord with the eternal reality.

The stuff of the mind can be interesting, but pay attention to your emotions, thought patterns, and decisions. If you are negatively influenced by the stuff of the mind, you are losing presence and attempting to replace reality with illusion.  

We are at our best when we are present; focusing all our attention on what is here, what is real, what is eternal. By letting thoughts of past and future drift away, we can fully love, create value and beauty, and we can relax and enjoy ourselves in safety and freedom. The mind still has thoughts, but those thoughts no longer control your emotions or behavior. You are able to distinguish present-moment reality from time-based fiction.

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It is the ego need for a strong identity that is leading many to insanity

Deeply craving recognition and specialness, we make an identity out of our mental positions and affiliations.

You may be liberal because you believe in compassion and social justice, but then you go along with politicians who cheat and violate human rights.  You can become so identified with a particular profession that you do terrible things. Maybe you see yourself as someone who attends social events, bars, clubs, restaurants—so you are willing to be injected with unknown, lethal substances to continue to do so. You may identify as a good, law-abiding citizen who trusts and obeys authority, who watches the news, while failing to see all the unconstitutional rules and endless stream of harmful lies.

When these external sources of identity are corrupted, people become insane. All that is required is to get politicians to scare us and take away freedom. Get businesses to discriminate. Introduce propaganda into sports. Corrupt the healthcare system to cause sickness and death. Limit free expression on social media. Steal an election from patriots. My point is this: if you are still holding onto an external identity of any kind, this stuff will drive you into deep confusion and total loss of common sense.

The restoration of sanity is the disidentification with all external form so that your identity literally becomes perfect love, truth, and freedom.

Now it is not your identity that will ever be your source of specialness or uniqueness (which has never worked anyway). Now your true grandeur will be all that you learn, experience, and create as your best, perfectly sane, healthy self—a unique genetic mutation on a unique journey. You already were special, but perhaps the best version of you has been obscured by a false sense of identity.  

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It's all theater

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Fake election. Fake President. Fake news. Fake pandemic. Fake laws. Fake money. Fake medicine. Fake history. Fake education. Fake religion. Fake authority. Fake friendships. Fake celebrities. Fake status. Fake love. Fake truth. We see it. We know it.

The Great Awakening is the mass recognition of the illusions, lies, deceit everywhere it exists—and the simultaneous full embrace of truth. We are witnessing the death of ego and the dawn of a new world where dishonesty is inconceivable, freedom is complete, and perfect love is our only thought system.

Our oppressors have lost control. We have awakened to the divine reality—which is and always has been love, freedom, honesty, beauty, perfect health, inspiration, compassion, fairness, acceptance, consciousness, God (all words pointing to the one reality that has been obscured by fakeness and unrecognized in confusion).

The moment you know this message to be true is the moment that all the fakeness fades away for you and your real life begins. Many of us have been living in this state already for a long time. I never thought I would live to see this death of ego, end times, this awakening to reality, this mass recognition that there is no reason to continue playing the fake game, which is almost over.


I do not hate the people who are abusing us. I know that they are sick, unwell, and need healing.

The ones orchestrating this massive fraud on the world are so sick and confused that they believe people like you and me are no better than animals to be used, exploited, and thrown away without any consideration. They believe that enslaving us is what will make them happy.

Everything about their confused thought system is impossible. Human beings are not a crop to be exploited; rather, we are sacred, divine beings in perfect alignment with love, beauty, truth, and freedom. How frustrating it must be for them when the look at all the awakened, sane, loving, creative, beautiful people and realize that their entire belief system is incorrect.

And how miserable they must be in their isolated luxury. So unfree and controlled by it. It must feel so burdensome just to keep this all going. They need so many distractions and sources of stimulation just to bear the weight of it all. Nothing about their lives is real. What a truly sad state of existence it must be.

Then consider the countless sad, confused people following their orders—believing that something could be gained through blind obedience to the world’s insanity. Their belief in the whole corrupted system of exploitation is so unquestioned that—just to stay in school, to maintain a lousy job, to hold onto a bit of fame, to maintain status or even hope—they choose not to think freely, not to express their originality, not to do as they please, not to learn about everything, not to try new things. How tragic and sad.

The truth is, everything that the unwell are holding onto is what must be let go of for their happiness to become possible. The truly happy, joyful, blessed are the ones who know that freedom is what we are, truth is as essential as the air we breathe, and that everything we want is found only in love.

So, no, I do not hate those who self-identify as and act as my enemy. Since they have no power over me, they are not my enemy at all. I see that they are sick and confused. They are lost. I do not want revenge or even punishment. What I do want is healing. A recognition of reality. A letting go of these thought systems of sickness and all that it has made.


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Right now, you are not guilty of anything at all

The world teaches us that guilt is real and that we are all guilty. Yes, in the past, we all have made mistakes. But is the past here right now? Here, right now, in this moment, are we not perfectly innocent?

To believe that guilt is real, one would have to believe that each moment of your life you are supposed to carry the full burden of your past. You are meant to do the hard work of constantly being ashamed of yourself for what is not here. Ignoring present reality, you are meant to pay a price for memories. For this, you punish yourself and allow yourself to be punished. In truth, your guilt is only a story—a collection of thoughts, no longer true right now, that you choose to make real.

But if you can be still. If for one instant, you can let go of the past. If you look around you, noticing the colors, the textures, the sounds, the silence, and stillness behind it all. Can you clearly recognize that you are not guilty in this moment? That you are perfectly lovable? Right now, you are perfectly innocent and perfectly lovable. This is forgiveness. This is also reality.

In an instant you can heal from guilt. Then, you can love yourself. You can even extend that love at every opportunity. You can allow yourself to feel good. You can smile. You can let that burden of your past drift away. You can fix anything in your situation that needs fixing—not from a position of guilt and shame; rather, from the certainty of your perfect innocence.

If there is ever any insane behavior in the present moment, you can correct it. But to hold guilt over yourself or anyone is to condemn to death by creating an insanity in the mind that overshadows the beauty and perfection of the present moment. You cannot awaken, you cannot heal, you cannot love if you decide that guilt is real. I assure you it is not. You are perfectly innocent.

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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.


Use honesty, never attack

We attack because we believe it works and because we feel justified. We use words or actions meant to be harsh or hurtful to teach a lesson or change someone’s behavior.

Does attack ever work? In the short term, it can sometimes appear to. You may get the desired behavior from a friend, loved one, or subordinate. A child may comply. But, beneath the surface, you have only taught that you are violent. You have created fear and, because you are now feared, have ended trust and closeness in the relationship. You will lose influence over the situation because the real lesson will not be understood and, going forward, you will be avoided.

If you feel the need to try to correct someone, why not calmly, lovingly, honestly discuss your concern? Help a child understand their errors and likely consequences. Share your feelings with a friend or loved one. Help a subordinate understand the expectations of the relationship. If you are right about something, the loving and honest approach is the way to actually correct error.

Correction isn’t about causing someone to be afraid of you or the painful consequences you will impose. True change is only possible through a mutual understanding of reality. Speak truthfully to help others see the truth of the situation. Listen openly and with acceptance of others. In doing so, you both dissolve problems without conflict and teach that the loving response is always the correct response to any challenge.

The truth of any situation is found only in love and honesty. Attack wields literally no lasting power. Attack does not fix the problem; it is the problem. The loving response is always the correct response, and I assure you that, aligned with love, relationships are extremely easy.

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