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Insanity is the pandemic

The so-called flu pandemic is really just a normal flu. In 2017, for example, 2.6 million people in the world died from pneumonia, which was caused by the flu. Something like a third of them were children. This happens every year and, tragic as every death is, this has always been considered normal.

In 2020, some small percentage of that number died from pneumonia caused by this particular strain of the flu. When all is said and done, this year's pneumonia deaths may be no worse than any other year. Yet we have gone mad, destroyed the economy, undone personal liberties, and become a global society of chaos and dysfunction.

It is just plain sad. So much insanity everywhere. Of course, it isn't just COVID. Our interaction in public, with businesses and other institutions, is false and dehumanizing. We are constantly treated as suspects. There is no respect or dignity in all of public life. For many, this rampant dysfunction has infected our personal lives.

If I could help it, I would never set foot in a store or any indoor public place ever again. The public indoors has become hell. I would opt out of all institutions, including the government. I would, instead, fill every moment, every dimension of my life with people who know what love is. There would be more of these people than I could count, and I would love them forever with my whole heart. Insanity could certainly not exist there.

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On this planet, normal equals insane. (Eckhart Tolle)

“What is it that lies at the root of this insanity? Complete identification with thought and emotion—that is to say, ego.”

What is insanity? A disease of the mind—the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems. An insane mind believes that it is you—and that it, and its’ thought systems, its’ beliefs, and its’ institutional affiliations comprise the highest and only authority.

Never mind that a person in the grip of ego is often depressed, gets mad, acts out, argues, attacks, and brings all kinds of toxic, negative energy into any situation. Never mind that there is always this stress, anxiety, frequent illness, poor health, and ongoing suffering on some level. Never mind that the thought systems, beliefs, and viewpoints frequently change. Never mind that the ego’s strategies always fail and freedom, love and happiness are always illusive.

Success is always just around the corner. Sacrifice more. Work harder. Do whatever it takes to get ahead. If only this would change, that would go away, this person would apologize…if only the entire world would be different from how it is…then I could finally be happy.

Yes, this is insanity. And it is completely normal in this world. There is a different way to live. It is the recognition of unconditional love as supreme (not your thoughts), the embrace of the present moment as all there is, and the acceptance of reality as reality. In other words, awakening.

The awakened mind is aligned with wisdom and truth. It is no longer dysfunctional or, when it occasionally is, then you (the real you, consciousness itself, the observer of the thoughts) can recognize the dysfunction and let it go.

So, the choice is this: you can either be normal or you can have lasting happiness. But you can’t have both. The way isn’t hard, but it is very different.

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What does A Course in Miracles say about present moment awareness?


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Everything shifts, moves around, and changes form...but nothing is ever lost and nothing more can be gained.

To simply recognize this is to live in perfect abundance in all areas of life, in perfect peace, in perfect joy.

Time is an illusion of the ego, as is getting, having, and losing.

Can we not learn to simply recognize reality and accept it, or must we imagine a reality that cannot be and then fear the idea of its non-existence?

Perfect love is the total recognition and acceptance of reality as reality.

Reality is all there is, and it is eternal. Let is join together here, in eternity, with perfect vision.

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How expectations harm relationships and families by blocking expressions of love

I spent the last few days living from a tent at a crowded campground in Slovakia. Perhaps nothing exposes people, families, and relationships more than living all together, out in the open.

Now back at my quiet apartment after a nap, my mind is still filled with so many images, colors, sounds. I remember all the energy, the drunken comments, the shallow laughter, the music and constant scurrying about, but what I don't remember seeing or hearing is a single expression of love.

Of course there was kindness; parents doing so much for their children, children obeying, families and friends coming together. But there were no spontaneous hugs, genuine and unexpected smiles of acceptance, or kisses.

I know that expressions of love are not all that important; love is something else. But when there are no expressions of love, I wonder whether something might be blocking love in those relationships. Surely these people love each other, right? So why can't it be said or expressed?

It seems to me that the problem is expectations. Spouses expect from their partners, parents from children, and so on. When we carry the weight of expectations, we become exhausted and resentful. Love gets blocked. We get bitter. Also, when we place our expectations on loved ones, we become disappointed when they fail to live up. Now begins the nagging, the name calling, the outbursts...all in an attempt to change the person. Now there is no possibility for love to be expressed.

Do not take on the expectations of others; rather, just do your best, as you feel inspired to. Do not expect anything from others; rather, allow them to experience the reality of their decisions and behaviors. Let go of all that pressure, because now there is no possibility of conflict. Dirty dishes or unwashed laundry? Perhaps at times. Maybe even a few hungry bellies. And whoever is bothered may even get inspired to do something about it.

When we gently let the reality of all situations be the guide, rather than expectations, we leave room in our hearts for love. If the word "love" is regularly spoken in families, if the gestures of love can be fully enjoyed, everything else will come together perfectly. Not from obligation or threat; rather, from the unlimited energy of free-flowing love.

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What are we supposed to do?

Everybody is telling everybody what they are supposed to care about and which outrageous event we are supposed to be shocked about. Everyone keeps asking us to “do something” about this or that.

Here is the problem I have: each day, there are billions of problems in the world that I would fix. I care, fully and profoundly, about every single cause and form of suffering. In this, I know that I am not alone. People are good. You care, we all care. But what are we supposed to do?

Is your cause racism? I agree, let’s end it. Now am I supposed to give the money I earned to a charitable bureaucracy to pay their staff, whose focus is mainly on taking more people’s money to do more of the same? How is that going to end racism? Maybe your cause is human trafficking? I agree, let’s end it. Is your solution to support a military invasion of a country, or what am I supposed to do about crimes committed by people who I don’t even know?

Every well-intentioned action has unintended consequences. If you are trying to raise awareness about any cause, then ask yourself, fundamentally, what do you want people to do? Talking about doing something isn’t doing something. Carrying guilt and shame about something you didn’t cause and can’t solve is harmful. What exactly is the purpose of bringing everyone’s attention to shocking, tragic events? To raise criminal penalties, which will cause more suffering? To convince us to vote differently—as if politicians have ever solved problems and cause no unintended harm? What are you trying to do by “raising awareness”?

If you want to do something that will fundamentally change the world, that will end the billions of problems and causes of suffering each day, then there is only one thing you can do. You can be love. You can bring your light into the world and you can heal. By doing so, you teach everyone the way. Those few whose torch you lit will do the same. Spouses, children, friends, neighbors, colleagues, strangers will be loved—which will undo the cause of all this violence, fear, error—the very source of all suffering, itself: ego.

But this will never happen if we continue to argue, to debate, to shame each other, to pull each other into the darkness, the despair, the anger, the injustice. The only way to transcend it is to align with love by placing all our attention there. I don’t want to hear about the billion problems. I know the world is lost in the ways of error. I want all my attention on the one solution: love.

Unconditional love is something we can do. Herein lies all the power—not in money, not in guilt and shame, not in debate, not in information, and not in battle. The world’s approach to solving any problem is ultimately impotent and has been since the dawn of time…which is why we are still in this mess. There is only one thing we have not tried. It is to just be love in all we see, all we are, all we feel, and all we do.  

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“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus Christ

“Jesus speaks of the inner 'I am'; the essence identity of every man and woman—every life form, in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. Some Christian mystics have called it the 'Christ within'. Buddhists call it your 'Buddha nature'. For Hindus, it is 'Atman', the indwelling God. When you are in touch with that dimension within yourself—and being in touch with it is your natural state, not some miraculous achievement—all your actions and relationships will reflect the oneness with all life that you sense deep within. This is love.” - Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual knowing transcends words, and the way this works is that different words start to mean the same thing. I understand the following words to all mean the same thing: love, life, I am, freedom, truth, consciousness, presence, spirit, soul, God, being, and many more words that are all one with the light—and are experienced as one joyful, peaceful state.

Then there are other words that all mean the same thing: the ego, the devil, fear, guilt, shame, sin, anger, pride, greed, destruction, sickness, suffering, death, and so many more words that are all different dimensions of darkness. These words are experienced as different things, as if you are stumbling around in the darkness, bruising yourself on different objects and feeling different pains—always lost and unable to find the way. This is what some people call “life”, but it isn’t life. It is confusion.

All the darkness can be undone by simply choosing only light. But make any of the concepts of confusion real, and the illusion will seem real to you.

“Laws, commandments, rules, and regulations are necessary for those who are cut off from who they are—the truth within. They prevent the worst excesses of the ego; and often they don’t even do that. 'Love, and do what you will,' said St. Augustine. Words cannot get much closer to the truth than that.”

“You are the truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time.”  All quotes from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Go within and trust. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Believe the past is real, and the future will be just like it

The past: a set of ideas about things that, in this present moment, are no longer true. The past and its stories exist only in our minds. As such, the past can be useful, but never real.

Useful, in the sense that we carry what is real about the past with us. Past love, friendships, or creations are real depending upon their existence in the present. Positive habits and work we have done in the past may also be real in that they shape us now. Similarly, errors of the past can be real in the present to the extent that we have learned the lessons and made corrections.

What is real about the past is only that which is real and alive in the present. Therefore, only the present is real. If a relationship or situation from the past holds no relevance to the present, it can be forgotten. If a wrong of the past has been corrected in the present, it should be forgiven.

The question is always this: what is real now? The present is where healing can occur, where progress can be made, where joy can be experienced, where love can be shared, where creation can occur. If what you do now extends on and on—remaining as part of this eternal present moment—then it has become lasting, real, eternal in this holy instant (what the mind would incorrectly understand as a "future” separate from now).

A better future is then, really a better present moment. You remain in a positive state of being. All your doing, relating, and creating is flowing from joy and peace. You and the people around you want this, will reward you for it, and will ask for more. They will experience happiness and goodness with you. Do not wait for the future, create it now.

It is always a question of now. To live as though the past and future are more real than the now is to live in darkness. The ongoing now is the only field where everything exists, has always existed, and always will. To see this obvious reality is to awaken from the mind-based dream, to destroy the ego, to end illusion and confusion, and to embrace all that is real and true. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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The innocent see safety. (A Course in Miracles)

When we are completely innocent, we have nothing to fear. It is only where we have lied, attacked, or acted lovelessly that we are vulnerable to punishment, counter-attack, or abandonment.

The innocent are those who believe in their goodness and live their truth openly and unapologetically. Because we love ourselves, we love others. Because we love others, we willingly serve and create value. Because we serve and create value, we create financial and material abundance.

Safety is lack of fear. What is there to fear when punishment is not a real threat, when no secret can be revealed to hurt anyone...when, in the knowledge of our innocence, we know there is nothing to hide? True safety is the reality of innocence, and you are innocent in this present moment.

If you fear, you must believe you are guilty in the past and are allowing it to define your present. Come out from the dark. Tell the truth about the past, forgive yourself, and let it go. Deal with it lovingly in the present. If there is love in your life, you will be forgiven. If not, you will be released from bondage. You are now freed from guilt and it need never be real for you again.

You may have erred, but you must surely know you are innocent and good. Forgiveness means letting go of the error and making goodness real. The innocent then see safety and experience it as our ongoing state. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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True faith is faith in love

Take your problems, your fears, your worries and offer them to the infinite power of love. They can only exist for you if love is being blocked or withheld in any way.

You can use whatever language or ideas that work for you, but the goal is not an embrace or identification with any particular religion or belief system; those are only the tools and the practices, but true faith is faith in love.

People have been confused, but this is the end of confusion. People have been suffering, but this is the end of suffering. People have been oppressed, but this is perfect freedom. People have been alone, but this is union. People have been living in fear, but love dispels all fear just as light ends darkness.

May all the Christians, Mormons, Taoists, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Athiests, Agnostics, Mystics and every single one of us agree on the one and only thing that we already do agree on: love.

Love is the answer to every challenge, the solution to every problem, the energy and thought system of God, the whole truth, the way and the light. According to my favorite book, "Sin is where love is not." (A Course in Miracles).

Now I ask a question to anyone who wants to answer, and I will respond to your answer: what problem exists in your life that love cannot solve? Please tell me and I will show you how to offer it to love, to solve it completely, here and now.

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What is, just is

Each time we set out to change other people or do something about a situation, we fail. Worse yet, our interference starts a trail of unintended consequences and makes the situation worse.

So we should just do nothing, asks the mind? One might answer to the mind, you should do nothing if there are any negative emotions in me and if there is any unease or suffering. Loveless, ego-based doing is impotent, and it is far better to do nothing. Let things be as they are.

True power is in being, rather than doing. If you can be love, then love will effortlessly correct any error and cause no harm. Love is unconditional, meaning that the reality of a person or situation must first be accepted and embraced for love to exist.

Love without forgiveness and understanding is not love. Wanting to change someone or something is not love; rather, it is an act of resistance or withdrawal, which insanely attempts to go against truth, reality, or the free will of another.

State your loving truths, however and whenever you feel inspired, but make no consideration of the consequence because the true meaning or importance is not found in the realm of situations or consequences.

Unconditional love, joy, freedom, honesty, and openness—all words describing the same truth—this is the core of our being and the cornerstone of all true faith. Nothing outside of this has any importance and can be ignored for healing to occur. After all, healing is nothing other than coming to fully embrace the one truth that these words all point to. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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