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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.

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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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Reality ensures that nobody gets away with anything

Some people have been taught to believe that life is all about getting what you want. Theirs is a value system centered around one question: what benefits me?

So, they go through life trying to maximize what they get. In their work, they are less than honest and conceive of business models which are more about robbery than value creation. With enough dedication and sacrifice, they often achieve their hollow goals and amass a fortune.

The problem is, so much sacrifice on this path is needed that they lose themselves along the way. They play a false role all the time, which is exhausting and causes depression. Deep down, they also know that they are causing others to suffer—and for what purpose? After all, they are suffering too.

So, there is always this underlying, nagging feeling that they must atone, make things right, change everything. But they don’t; for this would be to lose everything they have sacrificed a lifetime for. The sad truth is that they have gained nothing at all and have sacrificed everything.

In relationships, they are so concerned with getting their way that they are willing to withhold honesty and truth, willing to manipulate others, willing to shame, blame, argue and attack. When their marriages fall apart, they continue to battle—doing whatever it takes to gain custody of the children and grab the money. The problem is, even when they get exactly what they want, they can never escape the nagging feeling that there are so many wrongs which must be made right.

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You can claim the victory you thought you wanted, but if you do so in a way that is less than perfectly honest and perfectly fair, you then must live with the feeling that you need to apologize and make things right. That is an impossible burden to live with day after day, so life becomes hell.

Now it is clear why the thought system of “what benefits me” is fundamentally flawed. True success—the kind that can be fully enjoyed—can come only from a life rooted in perfect honesty and fairness. You give your best to others, which naturally inspires them to give their best back. In business and art, you create true value and beauty and get paid for it. In relationships, you give perfect freedom, understanding, acceptance and you are generous in every way. You are loved for it.

This is the trajectory of increasing abundance—true success that cannot be taken away from you and involves no suffering at any point. It also involves no sacrifice because this kind of life is so much fun. You can sleep perfectly at night and are free of stress because you have a conscious as pure as the white, driven snow.

This is only possible through the thought system of perfect love rather than “what benefits me.” Come here with a pure, open heart and a healed, open mind.

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For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Matthew 16:26)

The idea of selling your soul means attempting to decide against what you know, deep down, is right—against what you would do or who you would be if you were free—for the purpose of worldly gains. The question is: are those gains of riches, status or power truly profits at all?

To deny or sacrifice your own reality for the world’s version of reality may at first seem to offer real benefits. But what benefit can be found in wealth, power or status when you are causing misery to yourself and others?

Misery to yourself comes in the utter sacrifice of your freedom and truth. You become an actor who is imprisoned within an unoriginal and unending role for life. Misery to others is caused by impoverishing them for your own benefit while teaching the false lessons of the world through your false image, words, and behavior.

There is no profit in this and, as A Course in Miracles states, “To invest without profit is surely to impoverish yourself.” The profit you do want is already yours as your birthright and requires no sacrifice of anything that is real about you. To the contrary, to sacrifice your truth, your love, your intuition, and your freedom for any purpose is to lose awareness of everything.

While all this is true, of course you still do want to enjoy the pleasures of this world. You do need money to more comfortably live within this violent system designed only to enslave us by teaching the false lessons of fear. The good news is that there is a way to thrive without selling your soul and it is to humbly serve others, to create real value in love, and to sell it in truth. Do this each day without losing awareness of the inner reality of your soul.

“You cannot sell your soul, but you can sell your awareness of it.” -A Course in Miracles

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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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Working together

I'm extending myself to help you overcome your biggest personal or professional challenge. No matter what it is, I'll serve you by showing you how it can be overcome through the power of unconditional love.

There are 4 areas of life where challenges arise:

1) Relationships—with a spouse, children, employees, bosses, customers, etc.,

2) Systems—generating more income through well-designed, self-sustaining systems that also free you,

3) Outreach—getting your message out to more people to form valuable new relationships,

4) Inner self—finding self-love, inner peace, perfect health, fulfillment and enjoyment of life.

If you’re like any other person alive, you probably have a significant challenge or unfulfilled need in one of these areas. My question is: what is your biggest, most important, urgent need? It can be anything that feels real to you. Could we explore working together to accomplish this?

I’m not asking for your trust—that’s for you decide—but you already have mine. Feel free to tell me about any business or personal need or suggest a time to talk. We’ll then explore how we can overcome it from within the thought system of unconditional love. I’ll only engage with you if there is significant need, a good fit, and if I know it will succeed. 

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I love you for the truth in you. (A Course in Miracles)

“You can no more pray for yourself alone than you can find joy for yourself alone.” -A Course in Miracles

Alone, we may want, pray, or ask the universe for help. Then we wait for answers which never seem to come. A Course in Miracles tells us, “There are many answers you have already received but have not yet heard.” Today’s message is one of those answers and should be read carefully.

Miracles are your birth right. The way to manifest miracles is to give to spirit. To receive a little miracle, give a little. To receive a big miracle, give more. For your salvation, give all. But do not give to anyone’s ego, only to the truth in them—which we can call spirit.

To give to spirit is to ask of spirit. If the giving is pure, spirit always answers yes. How do we know whether we are giving to spirit? You can recognize spirit by seeing the same truth in others that also exists within you. When spirit has been recognized, then give to it what is real about you to it. By so doing, you will receive equally to what you give.

It is impossible to get much for little. That which is gotten without giving is not valued and is therefore not truly received. True giving can be called love. All abundance is found in love.

“This is not going beyond yourself, but toward yourself.” We continue to connect in loving oneness tomorrow and each day after that.

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To have all, give all to all. (A Course in Miracles)

This statement makes no sense to the left-brain, logical mind. If you give away something, how can you have all of it?

But we’re not talking about “things”. Things have little value and are of no concern. We’re talking about having all. Having all implies something of real value, something true, beautiful, meaningful, eternal.

Even the lower mind can understand that when love, beauty or happiness is shared, it is not diminished. It becomes more real. It inspires greater happiness and love in the other. It is increased through sharing. Also, when your best creations are shared, you are rewarded. Creating real value for others is the source of abundance, wealth and prosperity.

To give all is to share that which is most valuable. Be truly helpful, be a light of love to all, create that which is useful, or that which inspires joy, happiness, and bliss.

True giving is the same as true receiving. To receive love, give love. To receive wealth, offer all your talents to all. This is the source of abundance. This is healing. This is happiness. True happiness and joy must be created through sharing. Sharing is the giving that happens between two who realize they are one.

Poverty and lack are rooted in an unwillingness to give. To have all, give all to all. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. (A Course in Miracles)

Darkness is complicated. It feels heavy and exhausting. All forms of darkness flow from fear. Systems of authority control you through punishment and reward. Corporations exploit you by selling dangerous drugs, unhealthy food, and toxic media content. Spouses, parents, and friends judge you, shame you, blame you, and punish you. Schools make false promises and teach meaningless information. You are continually exploited just as you are attacked. Even as you give everything you have to hold onto a job, you never seem to have enough money.

Sometimes it feels as if you don’t belong in this world. You blame yourself for not fitting-in. You look around and believe that others are doing fine. They aren’t. Everybody is lying to each other because we are scared.

Light is easy. It feels effortless yet contains infinite energy. All forms of light flow from love. Love is a higher form of vision. It is a seeing of other souls and all existence beyond the level of form. It is a looking past the waves and knowing the depth of the ocean. It is an awareness that what is real cannot be changed or threatened. Nothing that is real about us can be lost or taken away from us. There is no lack of anything, therefore we are free to give everything. Giving and receiving is the basic functioning of life.

Darkness cannot be undone with the values and tactics of darkness. Only light can abolish darkness and it does so in an instant. Darkness only seems real in our lives because we believe in it. Now we put our faith in light and we no longer see the darkness. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. A Course in Miracles

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