The heavy chains that bind you are nothing, not real, and not there at all.

To feel burdened and unfree because of a life situation, a job, a relationship, or for any reason at all is to falsely perceive what is not there. It would be impossible for anyone to take away your perfect freedom if you did not first make an agreement that allowed them to do so.

Free will is a choice about whether to be free. This is a choice made by you and by you alone. Others may attempt to manipulate you – putting you in chains for their own perceived gain. But the decision to make the chains real is entirely up to you.

What prevents us from living freely? Only fear. We fear future consequence and we fear letting go of the familiar. Others have certainly conspired to make the fears real, but these thoughts and emotions can never be more real than we agree to make them.

Today, we look in truth and see that there are no chains. We are free, perfect, and complete – just as we have been since the day we were born. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity. (A Course in Miracles)

“The logic of the world is totally insane and leads to nothing.” -A Course in Miracles

The hardest lesson we will ever learn is also the most simple and obvious: the lesson is that truth is true. Contrary to this, the world teaches that nothing is not nothing. The world offers endless, violent lessons about how to value nothing so that it eventually becomes something.

Whenever we do chase idols of the world, we ultimately end in failure. The world then teaches that it is you who have failed, not that the goal was impossible to begin with.

Our goal is not to make the unreal real; rather, to align ourselves only with that which is real. That which is real does not depend upon popular opinion, nor perception, nor convention and norms. Truth is independent of centralized institutions and their false claims on morality and authority.

Use the world’s egoic, unconscious violence to push you further into consciousness. Let the world reveal what ego is so that you can first know it and then transcend it.

We are creating a new future by looking into our hearts, putting our faith in truth, and then extending it outward in freedom. Let the noises of insanity escalate. Go inside, where it is always perfectly peaceful and joyous – then extend it to your brothers and sisters without holding back. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Failure is impossible.

That which is done with the energy of pure love cannot fail. Love, the energy of God and of creation, is an unstoppable force.

All failure is a decision not to love fully and unconditionally – a decision to quit, to give-up, to retreat into fear.

Success requires only that you align with love, be love, do the good works that love would have you do, and never stop. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The war is between real and unreal powers. (A Course in Miracles)

“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” – A Course in Miracles

Wisdom is the knowing of what is real and what is unreal. Faith is the ability to concern oneself only with what is real.

That which is real, by definition, cannot be threatened, changed, or destroyed. It is beyond good and bad. It is permanent, eternal. Nothing from the realm of the physical meets this criterion because all form is unstable and constantly changing.

Our bodies change. Ideas change. Countries and cultures change. Movements change. This is the stuff of life – first growing and then dying, but always changing. Life is meant to be experienced, enjoyed, but life is not meant to be taken so seriously.

When we fight for something that is unstable, when we identify with it and cling to it, we are attempting to make truth of something that cannot be truth. It will slip away, leaving us in despair every time.

Success in life is knowing who you are and what is true. This requires that we go deeply within, to the source of love. The energy you feel in the inner body now, the love you can feel for yourself and all brothers and sisters now, the ability to observe everything within your field of awareness now, this is your identity – not the mind. Know thyself, so that you may come to know what some call “God”. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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It doesn’t matter who’s right and who’s wrong. The question is: who’s happy?

Everyone wants to feel good, yet most people believe that their identity is their mind. The problem is that the mind cannot feel, only think. Blind to this fact, the mind naively convinces you that feeling good is possible someday – after this problem is corrected, after this person finally changes, after you make enough money, after you accomplish your goals.

Meanwhile, you constantly argue and debate. You’re trying to “get there”. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, you continue to believe that being right or being better will make you happy. You think that accomplishing your goals or earning enough money will bring you love. But you are using thoughts to pursue that which is beyond thought. No amount of mind activity will bring you any closer to feeling happy. In fact, mind-domination takes you in the opposite direction.

If you have awakened spiritually, you have already discovered peace, joy, and happiness. If you have not, then you are not and cannot be happy. The spiritually-awakened among us are not interested in debating; rather, teaching that salvation is only possible with awareness of spirit and total commitment to perfect love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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I do trust people. I am not afraid to be hurt.

When a person is suspicious of people, afraid to trust, and afraid to be hurt, it is because of an earlier breakdown in the primordial relationships — perhaps a mother and father who did not provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment.

This person unconsciously holds a set of negative fundamental assumptions about life which were formed early. She is afraid to love, he is afraid of the future, and nothing beautiful can penetrate this wall of resistance.

Yet here we are, mostly surviving and thriving nonetheless. How many massive challenges have we overcome, despite giving less than our best? How much abundance have we turned away in resistance?

The truth is, the universe provides us with eternal abundance if we are only willing to reach beyond the limitations of thought and simply do our best at all times.

You are love. You are abundance. You are safety. You are beauty. This is true even if your primordial relationships were dominated by error.

Do not repeat the error. Offer unconditional love and acceptance to your romantic partners, your children, your family, your colleagues and to every precious soul you come into contact with. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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There is a vicious circle between spiritually-unaware thoughts and emotions.

A person unaware of spirit is person identified with the ego. This person’s mind is given free reign. Filled with fear, judgments, frustrations, hopes and dreams, a desire to be better than others, the egoic mind believes every thought is serious and more real than life, itself.

The body responds to out-of-control thought with tension. The heart and breath accelerate and this negative energy gets fed right back into the mind.

Now the person feels lousy, which negatively affects thinking further, which generates even more negative emotion, which often leads to addiction or other destructive behavior. This is why a person missing awareness of spirit becomes more insane and more miserable as the years pass.

The only way to break this cycle is to become fully aware of spirit (consciousness). Now the mind and the body serve truth. The mind is a beautiful creative tool and the body is a learning device — but only after you have awakened to spirit. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The purpose of atonement is to dispel illusions, not to establish them as real and then forgive them. (A Course in Miracles)

Spiritual awakening is not possible if the illusions of the world remain real for you. Salvation is, rather, a shift in perspective about the nature of reality itself.

If we judge someone as guilty, we are identifying that person with our own judgement about a past error. The error then becomes so real that the human being before us is reduced to a word: “jerk”, “liar”, “untrustworthy”.

Make such a judgment real and you will be unable to forgive. While you may talk of forgiveness and, on some level, you may think you are trying to get there, you cannot forgive as long as a guilty perception remains real to you.

When people say they are “trying to get to a place” to “be able to forgive”, all that they are saying is that they do not forgive. Sadly, this person is unwilling to look beyond error to see and accept a sacred soul. The past is a mental judgment and the future goal is an excuse to deny love.

Atonement is seeing love as real and anything not love as error to be corrected. Only love can correct error. Therefore, love is the only correct response to everything. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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