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The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. (Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now)

Eckhart Tolle continues, “By ‘misuse’ I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the reality of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction—as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions such as ‘my’ or ‘our God’ is the only true God and ‘your God’ is false.”

Use of a misused word isn’t all that helpful. “Love” is another badly misused word and wonderful books have been written attempting to redefine it correctly. This has been the learning obstacle throughout history: people who don’t understand the essential truth behind a concept begin using and defining the word in a way that has nothing to do with the original meaning.

The truth is never found in a word or in a set of words arranged in some perfect order. Words are only symbols; sounds our vocal cords and mouths make. At best, words can point to the truth; but they never exactly are the truth. Therefore, it is helpful to approach knowing by exploring multiple teachings and traditions.

Atheists like to mock believers by laughing at the concept of their “man in the sky”. Yet, those who know God would also laugh at this concept. That’s not what we are talking about.

God is being, love, consciousness, freedom, the force of life, the Tao, source energy, truth, perfect knowing, power, oneness and the unobservable, eternal nothingness that surrounds all material form within and throughout the universe. There is only one God, which is being, and is beyond our mind’s ability to fully define, possess or grasp.

Through a practice of quieting the mind, remaining still and present, wanting only honesty and truth, and acting only in love, we can allow the source energy within to guide us. Whatever language is helpful to get us there makes no difference at all, but the most important thing we can do in life is to undo whatever is blocking us from this knowing. For those who are unwilling, the suffering gradually increases through life; until one day they do become willing and open.

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Separation from God is hell. (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback)

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I’m grateful that Aaron Rodgers is beginning to open up about his spirituality. He speaks for me and the millions of us (and growing) around the world who have found salvation outside the structures of organized religion.

May we all begin to respect, accept and to celebrate one another’s path to awakening whether it is inspired by an organized religion or not.

Check out the entire December 26th podcast he did with his girlfriend, Danica Patrick. There's much more than what is showin in this clip.

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Sin is where love is not. (A Course in Miracles)

The Biblical word “sin” originated from a Greek word ἁμαρτία, which means failure, being in error, missing the mark, especially in spear throwing.

An act done without love is sin. But many times, the same act done with love is sinless. Sin isn't so much about what a person does; rather, how it is done. What is in your heart? What are your intentions? Are you loving and serving your brothers and sisters or are you trying to harm, selfishly manipulate, and exploit?

Embrace love in everything you do, and you will no longer miss the mark. True love cannot and does not harm. It really is that simple. Learn what true love is, what it does, and simply choose to align with it. You can lovingly do whatever the truth of your love inspires!

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Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with an unwillingness to know. (A Course in Miracles)

To know, we need only become willing to learn and to apply the lesson.

Why are we unwilling to know? Because we fear the unknown. This obvious catch-22 exposes the ego’s insanity. By keeping fear real, we are afraid to know. By deciding not to know, we are also keeping fear real. Such an obvious problem is easily solvable.

Once again: it is because of fear that the unknown exists in your life; yet fear about something no longer exists the moment something becomes known. Would you rather know without fear, or not know with fear?

I know that the suffering in your life can end. The drama can cease. The lack can be replaced by abundance. Stress can be gone, as can illness. You can live your dreams and fantasies without sacrificing anything real. Your life can become fulfilling and meaningful. Your relationships can become free, yet eternal. I know the way. Do you want to know it?

The lesson is this: love unconditionally. Always be honest. Always be accepting. Want only truth. Have an open heart and open mind. Say yes. Try it. Talk about it. Research it. Explore it. Try different variations. Invent. Be brave and be willing.

The lesson is simple, but purification is required first. The world has conditioned us with a fundamentally flawed, insane thought system. Healing is the undoing of ego and the complete acceptance of the thought system of unconditional love.

Fear vanishes the moment the unknown becomes known; but will slowly eat away at those who are unwilling to know.

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This is how we heal

“Every healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed, because he does not know where to look for truth and, therefore, does not know the answer to the problem of healing.”

-A Course in Miracles

The attempt to take seriously, to understand, and to analyze all the details and intricacies of our illusions is not the path toward healing. The answer to the problem is not found within the problem; rather, beyond it.

To heal is merely to understand what is meant by illusion. It is to know what is real and unreal—what is false as opposed to truth—and to stop taking the unreal so seriously. But still, what exactly do I mean by “illusion”?

Anything that happens externally in our lives is ultimately unreal because it is impermanent. When something is perceived as bad or unfortunate, we might find comfort in the saying, “this, too, shall pass.” However, the same can be said about that which we perceive as good. Nothing lasts, and healing must last (or it isn’t healing).

All form is unstable and changing. All situations are fleeting. To take seriously and attempt to control that which cannot be possessed, contained or controlled is the cause of unbearable fear, stress and suffering. This is the cause of illness and what we are attempting to heal.

That which is not illusion is that which does not change—unconditional love and our ongoing conscious awareness. This is your identity, not your body or mind. There is something so mysterious about the force of life, itself. Consciousness arises from the nothingness to inhabit physical form for a time and then shift to other forms. But consciousness, itself, is of the nothingness and cannot be threatened or changed. It is one infinite field that fills the universe and everything in it.

A spiritual practice is an ongoing attempt to align your thinking in this way. You are not your mind; rather, the observer of your mind. You are consciousness, which is the feeling of and the doing of unconditional love. This is how we heal—how we become free from suffering by aligning with a higher truth so that we stop taking physical reality so seriously.

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Redemption is possible only by sharing it. (A Course in Miracles)

When you think back on your life, what are your most cherished memories? My guess is this: you most value the moments shared with other people. 

Learning to love yourself and enjoy yourself when you are alone is a required starting point; but solitude pales in comparison with sharing a beautiful moment, a truth, a feeling, or an experience with another person. Redemption is about extending the love that flows from within so that you make whole between people what once seemed separate. Whatever form it takes, shine your beauty freely to teach, inspire, and to change lives.

Getting yourself right; learning to forgive, to accept and love yourself...this is only the starting point! Yes, find presence, inner peace, moments of stillness and no thought; but do not stop there! Be free. Extend the truth about you as far and wide as you can, and if you do so from the depth of your truths then it will be perfectly recognized and accepted by all. Why? Because the depths of their truths are identical.

Live your wildest dreams, explore your passions, try new things, create something, and by all means take others along with you and inspire them to do the same. This is how your relationships become eternal, your life becomes infused with meaning and purpose, and how you live eternally through the redemption that is only possible through honest, open, accepting relationships.

There is nothing to wait for. You can go first. You are in full control here, which is a very beautiful thing. 

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Abscondo Podcast #74: What's real about a relationship is eternal

A conversation about relationships as it relates to life and death. You can listen to the full podcast here:

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By always choosing honesty, you allow reality to reveal itself to you as it is.

You have probably learned the world’s lesson that there is no truth, only shades of gray. Or you may think there are different kinds of truth—that there is universal truth, plain truth, and perhaps ugly truth. Some truths are considered good, appropriate, or acceptable; while others are meant to be hidden in shame. You may believe that you have your truths and I have mine; or that you would have to convince everyone of your truth for it to be considered true at all. So, you remain stuck in the mental game of argument and debate.

Truth can only be honesty. There are no orders of reality to honesty. There are no levels or different types. The truth about an error is no less truthful than the truth of love. Therefore, there is no need to judge or sort out the significance or importance of various truths. The truth about your life, your feelings, your desires, your needs, your experiences, or your fantasies are no less honest than the truths spoken by the Buddha, Lao Tzu or Jesus Christ.

All honesty is truth and can be honored equally. The philosophy of truth is simple: if you are telling the truth and you want only truth, then you are on the right path. You are allowing reality to reveal itself to you as it is.

Nobody can judge your path. There is nothing to argue or debate. There is no superior form of honesty; only honesty or dishonesty. You don’t need to discover the ultimate secrets of the universe right now, though you probably will. For now, you only need to be honest. So how do you choose honesty? By always being honest and calmly accepting the honesty of others. –From my free eBook, The Switch.

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If you want something, but fear it at all, you will not have it because you do not truly want it.

Have you ever hoped or prayed for something you so badly wanted, but at the same time you felt a little afraid about getting it? According to A Course in Miracles, fear is the reason that our hopes go unfulfilled and our prayers go unanswered.

How can we claim to so badly want something, yet at the same time fear it? If there is any fear associated with a wish, it cannot be wholly desired. T0 want something means to want it fully. That which is partially undesired is, in truth, not desired. A “yes” contains no “no”.

If there is any fear associated with an opportunity or accomplishment, then your “yes” contains a “no” and you aren’t ready for it. If there is any fear associated with a relationship, then your supposed certainty contains uncertainty and it is not something you want. If you claim to want your life to change, yet your commitment to change contains any resistance to change, then in truth you don’t want your life to change.

Is there anything you want so fully that there is no fear? If so, then my guess is that you already have it. Those are probably the dreams that have already been fulfilled and the prayers that have already been answered.

To manifest is to want fully and without any fear. If you want anything of real value this purely, then it is already yours. This is what is meant by abundance. Fear is lack. Furthermore, in the presence of love, fear does not even exist.

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Healing is a collaborative venture. (A Course in Miracles)

The most difficult thing to do in the world today is to convince a brother or sister to join with you at all. In a world overcome by the thought system of separation, the range of human interaction is between suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst.

Even when you open yourself to a brother or sister, when you are able to truly help and willing to trust fully, it is nearly impossible to convince anyone to even do as much as to respond. This collective retreat into isolation is the cause of our suffering and lack. We are leaving one another alone; and alone, we can accomplish very little. To overcome this littleness, we need only open our hearts and minds.

Imagine if we might decide for a world where we are open to one another, willing to at least explore all the ways we might serve one another. With each new day, we would find new ways to connect. Together, the whole would be so much greater than the sum of the parts. So much more business would transact, so much innovation, so much utter enjoyment as we would come to know one another. We would learn so much and receive all the help and support we need. Life would feel like play, not like this endless drudgery trying to hide our truths behind these walls where we cling to so much unnecessary sacrifice.

What joy have you found hiding behind these cold walls of separation? A Course in Miracles states, “Healing is the way in which the separation is overcome. Separation is overcome by union. It cannot be overcome by separating.”

My God, do we not see that we are all part the same one consciousness? The same things that matter most to me (love, health, feeling good, etc.) also matter the most to you. Everyone is getting so worked up over our differences—looking for reasons to retreat in fear and cowardice—but I’m not scared of our differences. I know all my brothers and sisters just as I know myself—and I stand with open arms ready to connect on the level where we are one.  I know your true worth, and this healing will unleash your utter perfection. What is there to be afraid of?

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