Let things be as they are, without interpretation.

The mind is always labeling and judging. Enjoyment is when we stop taking this seriously.

Letting things be requires practice. We meditate. We practice present-moment awareness. We choose to align ourselves with the energy and thought system of love. We remain open.

The mind still continues vying for attention. The thoughts never totally stop. But now you are aligned with being and the mind doesn’t have as much power over you.

This is how everything alive comes into your awareness, while everything deadening leaves it. This is awakening. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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All emotion comes from the loss of awareness of who you are beyond name and form. (Eckhart Tolle)

As Eckhart Tolle points out, “Observing our emotions is as important as observing our thoughts.” The mind can lie to you, but your emotions always tell the truth. Not the truth about who you are of course, just the truth about your present state of being.

Your natural state of being is love, bliss, inspiration, happiness and health. These are not emotions, this is the natural state that arises when you have discovered who you are beyond the ego. Emotions may seem as differentiated as sadness, longing, frustration, anxiety and anger. But if you look deeper, you see that all emotions emanate from the same place. There is only one emotion. While there is no perfect word to describe this core emotion, “fear” or simply “suffering” come close.

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The two basic states of being are love and fear. You fall away from love and into fear when your mind forgets your true identity. You forget that you are spirit, you are soul, you are consciousness, you are essence, you are love. These and many more words all describe the same thing. Whatever you may choose to call it, your true identity exists in the invisible realm where all truth exists. Why is truth invisible? Because only form is visible. Form is matter. Matter changes, and truth cannot change or else it isn’t truth. Therefore, form cannot be truth. Who you truly are is in the nothingness, the unobservable, the non-material.

To become the observer of your mind, the observer of your emotions, the observer of your waking state, observer of your dreams, the observer of this beautiful and often challenging physical realm is to realize that who you truly are is elsewhere. You are not your thoughts, nor your feelings, nor your body, nor your name, nor your car, nor your home, nor your family, nor your bank account, nor your fame or status. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these things, but nothing from the realm of form is going to make you happy for long because it is fleeting. One day it will be gone. Your physical form too will be gone. If you attempt to possess, to cling to what is temporary, you will inevitably experience that one terrible emotion. You will exist in a state of crisis. Your life will be difficult. You will act as an enemy to yourself and others. The gift of life will have been wasted and you will have made a terrible error. It is an error that can be corrected and that is what we are here to do.

We are spirit. We are one. We are all connected. It doesn’t matter how we describe this or what we call it because words mean nothing. They are only pointers to a deeper truth. Look beyond the words to the deeper truth within. Yes, you are a body. Yes, this physical realm of form is real in some sense. But beyond this, what is life itself? What is that invisible consciousness within you? Who is the silent observer within you that has always been there?

We continue tomorrow and the day after that.


Life is not complicated. It is only a choice between two paths.

The first path is brutal and impossible—but the world has been conquered by those who would force it upon us. The second path offers everything—but is only accessible to those who would choose to look with total faith beyond the terrible noise and the brutal threats of our conquerors.

They will continue to control and attack, but we will always remain free to choose the second path at any moment. After all, we will never forget who we are. We just need to find the courage to be it.

While these two paths go by many names which all mean the same thing, the fundamental choice is between love and fear. Walk the path of love and the peace of God rests within you just as everything real, beautiful and true comes alive. But walk the path of fear to find no peace or safety at all just as you tragically fail to notice all that is real and alive.

You cannot walk two separate paths at the same time. You must make a total choice between sacrificing everything real for all that is false…or choosing all that is real while sacrificing nothing at all. While the choice is always open each moment, you must choose only one.

If you choose to still carry a little doubt, a little fear, a little ego, a little specialness that you would fight for, a little unwillingness to forgive, a little need to put up walls, or a little need to sometimes attack—then you are siding with your conquerors and choosing the path of fear and suffering that they have violently forced upon you. That is an understandable choice and there is nothing wrong with you. It is perfectly normal, but it is what it is.

But find the courage to choose the path of perfect love and make no sacrifice ever again. I walk with you, together as one, and we are perfectly complete. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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When there is no desire, all things are at peace. (Lao Tzu)

What are we supposed to do about our desire? Are we supposed to get rid of it, eliminate it within us, subdue it or perhaps even fight against it? No, this is impossible.

We said in the last lesson that if you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. What is desire but the wanting of something you have not yet not experienced? Therefore, by experiencing what you desire, the desire immediately fades. It changes from a fantasy or longing into something else—something real.

When we do what excites us, when we follow our passions, then desire is replaced with knowing. The frustration of wanting is replaced with the satisfaction of having experienced. Here all things are at peace.

So much of the insane behavior of this world is driven by a situation where we do not allow ourselves what we desire. We replace true desires with consumption or spiritual practices designed to deny ourselves. Yet the desire never fades and there is no peace. Better to do what excites you. Do it with love and do it fully. What you are left with is either something you want more of or not, but at least you can know that you have overcome desire.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Time does not really exist

Now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be. Nothing has ever existed anywhere else aside from now. The entire universe is alive only now, in this present moment.

What we perceive as time is merely them movement of matter (physical form) within the now. The present moment is not static; rather, it is dynamic and changing. In this eternal present, there is room for both stillness and the movement of matter. Days are nothing more than the movement of our planet. Time is not linear. It doesn’t even exist.

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The past and the future exist only as thoughts in your mind—essentially dreams. Those things you saw, did, experienced, tasted, touched, felt—those are all things that happened now. It’s just that you’ve moved, things moved, matter changed, the form is now different. You remember how it was once arranged, and you call it the past. But it was all now.

Clock time is merely the coordination of events in the now. We set a time to things so that we can come together to meet each other in a coordinated way. We agree to meet for school at 8:00 a.m., we all agree on what 8:00 a.m. means, but 8:00 a.m. tomorrow isn’t real in a cosmic sense. It will still be now, it’s just that we’ve all agreed that there are other things we would like to do before meeting for school...that the planet needs to rotate a bit more first and we need to sleep.

The future is another word for plans. Plans are merely thoughts. Plans are only real to the extent that you are present, in the moment, when making them. But there is no actual future—only how you imagine things should be, could be, or might be arranged.

The past is a story that prevents you from being free in the present. Let it go. You are not limited by your past. There was no better you or better situation in the past, there will be no better you or better life in the future. Everything you are is now. You are perfect. You are complete. Everything real is already here, now and what is unreal doesn’t matter.

This, right now, is it. Don’t let your mind cast darkness over what is real. Be here fully. This is liberation. This is what we are here to learn. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Time does not really exist.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment 


If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. (Lao Tzu)

When we resist an experience, desire for it only grows.

When we fight an impulse, it only strengthens.

When we interfere in the lives of others, they only become more determined.

When we say no to an opportunity, we become stuck.

To do is to know.

To allow is to teach.

Now we follow our intuition.

We do what excites us.

We allow others the same freedom.

We let things run their course.

This is how we arrive at the truth.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Be impeccable with your word. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Your word—your ability to express ideas using language—is the most powerful tool you possess. How often do properly use this power to say what you mean? Being impeccable with your word has nothing to do with holding back; rather, always stating your truth with care and integrity.

Too often, we hold back from expressing our truths because we are trying to fit-in. Worse yet, we try to make a point indirectly by shaming, blaming, playing victim, judging others and then hoping the other will learn what we are trying to teach. Instead of just saying what we mean, we play games, we say we don’t care when we do, we go along to get along. Worst of all, we lie.

Your words are so important, yet the impact of what you say is often difficult to see. If you tell a child that he has no musical talent, the child barely reacts at first. But, if he agrees with you, those words change him forever. You may have said something without much thought, but he will carry this for life. We have to choose our words carefully, mean exactly what we say, and always be honest.  

It isnt the number of likes

It is said that truth hurts, but this isn’t exactly so. If your truth is loving and carefully explained, you can usually avoid upsetting anyone. Even if your truths do hurt someone’s feelings, you are not responsible. It’s on the other person to practice acceptance. It isn’t your job to protect others from their own negative reactions—that’s on them. Be you and accept everything that comes.

Truth doesn’t hurt; dishonesty does. When you lie, you create an enormous gap of separation between you and the other. You feel alone, you withdraw, you pull back. This distance between people is the cause of so much agony. Truth does the opposite. Truth dissolves barriers, bringing people together by allowing them to be themselves. Truth and honesty provide the space needed in a relationship to discuss real topics, to work through things, to influence each other, to grow.

Be real. Say what you mean; but learn to do so from a loving place that is beyond the ego. That’s what we’re going to learn together. We will continue tomorrow, and each day after that.

Be impeccable with your word.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

 


You cannot have an argument with a fully conscious person. (Eckhart Tolle)

Arguments arise when we identify with a mental position. Someone attacks that position, then we defend it as though we are fighting for our survival. The drama that ensues is only the ego fighting for its survival.

Pride is the belief that our mental positions are superior to others. A mental position can be about anything at all—beliefs, opinions, values, life stories, symbols of success or accomplishments—but the stuff of the mind can never be who you are. If you have identified with a mental position, and you feel frustrated or threatened when some contradicts it, this is only because you have attempted to build your foundation (your identity) upon unstable, hollow ground.

To be conscious is to awaken to the dimension beyond the mind. Here there is no way to claim superiority because specialness and difference does not exist. In the dimension of conscious awareness—a state of being in which you are able to calmly and unemotionally observe the mind while fully honoring the present moment—there is nothing to argue, nothing to defend, nothing to be offended about, and nothing that could possibly be threatened.

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

If there is drama in your life, you are attempting to value and defend that which is unreal. But find out what is real and unreal, and you awaken to the good which has no opposite. From this perspective, you can look upon it all without judgment and with full acceptance.

“When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life.” -Eckhart Tolle

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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