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Beauty can only be experienced or created in the absence of thought.

Daily meditation and awareness of consciousness creates gaps between thoughts. The larger these gaps become, the more capable we become of experiencing not only beauty, but love, positive energy, and inspiration.

What is beauty but total surrender to the present moment? Fully present, even a leafless tree in January becomes an object of great beauty. In this awakened state, all of life becomes art. Anything created from this state of being contains within it a beauty that is instantly recognizable to others who are perceiving with presence.

That which is created with the mind, however, may only occupy other minds or, at best, distract the mind from its worried thoughts by drawing one into an imagined reality. The mind creates that which is shallow and temporary while the heart’s creations are timeless.

The fundamental challenge of our time is to create gaps between thought. As Leonard Cohen once said, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Gaps of thought are the crack through which all joy, bliss, and beauty may enter and connect directly with your spirit. 

Over these past few months, I have been writing and recording music from this state of presence and am now releasing an album called Life Light. I find it beautiful and I hope you will too. 10 new tracks will be available everywhere in the coming days.

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My opinions do not matter, and my actions change nothing; therefore, I need do nothing.

If you are a racist, I accept you and love you without judgment. The reality of your thought system is likely causing you and others some suffering, but there is nothing I can to say or do about it that will make any difference.

If you are violently fighting racism, I also accept you and love you without judgment. The reality of your obsession might end up causing some suffering and disappointment for you, but that’s on you and there’s nothing I can do or say to change any of that either.

If you are still hiding behind a mask, afraid of germs or ill, I also accept and you love you without judgment. Your belief in illness and fear is likely causing you a lot of stress and suffering, but there is nothing I can say or do to change that either. You want sickness to be real, and so it is for you.

If you are a nationalist, a fascist, a capitalist, a communist, an atheist, an agnostic, a monk, a missionary, a fundamentalist or anything else—I also accept you and love you without judgment. Your beliefs either align with truth and bring joy and light, or they are of your own illusions and bring suffering and darkness. Either way, there is nothing I can say or do to change your beliefs. It is only you who must live within the thought systems of your choosing and the energy that invariably flows from it. Your opinions aren’t real to me nor anyone else, and so it is really just about you and your experience of life.

If you are an alcoholic, a drug addict, a criminal or anything else, I accept you and love you without judgement too. Your mistaken solutions to your own suffering carry their own tragic consequences. I don’t judge, and there’s nothing I can say or do that will change any of these habits.

If my unconditional love and acceptance of everyone somehow offends you, if you wish to “unfriend” me for it, I accept you and love you without judgment too. Your judgmental tendencies will likely lead to a more isolated existence for you, lower energy, and other forms of mind-based suffering—but there’s nothing I can say or do that will change this for you.

My opinions do not matter, and my actions change nothing; therefore, I need do nothing. Reality is the only authority, and it is only reality, itself, which we all must confront.

But if you are suffering in any way, I promise you that it is unnecessary. If you come to me for help, I offer unconditional love and extend it freely because love is the only solution to every problem and the answer to every question is found within it. What a tragic error it would be if I were to withhold love from anyone for any reason at all.

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Your outer journey may contain a million steps. Your inner journey only has one; the step you’re taking right now. (Eckhart Tolle)

“As you become more deeply aware of this one step, you realize that it already contains within itself all of the other steps as well as the destination. This one step then becomes transformed into an expression of perfection.” -Eckhart Tolle

We do have an outer journey—a reason for being that shapes the way we are meant to serve others and create. But the outer journey is never more important than our inner journey. Nothing can be gained in the future which can be considered important enough to sacrifice the quality of your consciousness at this moment.

By focusing on this one step—becoming fully present in the now—your outer journey becomes an almost effortless extension of the inner journey. When you go within, you allow love and intuition to effortlessly guide every step. You remain calm, centered, maximally efficient because you waste no time and energy on drama and confusion.

Take the step of awakening from time now. Feel the inner body, align with love, make feeling good your priority. Now, from this state of Zen, take the million steps along the journey to fulfill your outer purpose.

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The consciousness revolution is bring brought about through accelerating change

As the rate of change in this world constantly accelerates, the only way to cope is to allow everything happening to pass through you. This requires presence.

We are living in a time when the rate of technological and social change is increasing. Each day, we might communicate with hundreds of people using advancing technologies and tools. Our tastes and opinions are also evolving because media information and advertising is getting better at reaching us through multiple touchpoints.

In his book “Waking Up in Time”, Peter Russell suggests that, as the rate of change accelerates, there will come a time when humans can no longer continue to cling to the external. The material world will become even more obviously impermanent and unstable. To survive, we will become more centered in the present moment.

In an increasingly chaotic state, the only way to find inner calm, joy, bliss and inspiration is to become so present that everything is let go of as soon as it passes through your field of awareness. In your work, your relationships, and in everything you do; become so present that you no longer imagine the future or hold onto the past. You then begin to interact with the world as it is, in real-time, where your capabilities are optimized while you remain in peace.

Let the world go its own way as you open your heart, open your mind, and stay present. As accelerating change in the material world brings us to a tipping-point, the majority of humans awaken. This is what is called the Consciousness Revolution.

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All insanity lies in fear

Spirit is love. Ego is fear. Fear is the opposite of love. Fear can only enter where love is not…and the only cure for fear is perfect love.

Fear is only possible when we forget what we are. We are consciousness, which has been temporarily given a mind and body only as instruments to navigate this world. When we become overwhelmed by fear, it is only because we forget what we are. To forget our identity is to become lost.

Through a daily spiritual practice, we can abolish fear simply by reminding ourselves what is true. To remember what is true requires little effort, but regular focus must be directed toward recognizing and then letting go of the world’s insane ideas.

Relative to who we are, the world of form is ultimately unreal because it is always changing. A lost mind thinks that only that which is observable, measurable, tangible is real—and then tries to create stability on the level of form (where it cannot exist). If we believe we are a mind, or a body, then fear overwhelms us just as soon as we recognize the reality of impermanence, and ultimately of death.

We are not our minds and bodies; rather, silent observers who perceive through minds and bodies—but who do so from the realm of the imperceptible. As consciousness itself, we are life itself and we breathe all truth and meaning into the mind, the body, and into the world of form.

To align with the energy of consciousness, of life itself, is to wholeheartedly embrace the perfect thought system and the joyful feeling of unconditional love each moment. If there is any fear in us, more healing is required.

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Nothing is going to change until hearts are changed

Only love has the power to change hearts. Only changed hearts have the power to change minds. Only through this inner transformation can the good prevail.

It goes almost without saying that violence and aggression is entirely counterproductive. How foolish it would be, for example, if a population of people who are too often viewed as angry and violent would resort to anger and violence as a response to this very perception. Is police brutality not caused by this very perception? Would making this perception look real not undo all the historic gains in civil rights and ensure that racism and discrimination thrives?

Protests are also counterproductive because they don’t change hearts. They are aggressive, loud, standoffish, and they are set up as a confrontation of “us against them”. Now those who are attempting peaceful protest are vulnerable to the aggression of the oppressor, they get drawn into the violence, respond with more anger and violence, and come away badly defeated.

This approach hasn’t worked—obviously not, simply look at the state of the world. If it had ever worked, we would not be in this sorry state. Why doesn’t any of this work? Because all of this is only the response of ego. Ego fighting more ego. The cycle continues, the wars rage on, nobody is ever right, nobody ever wins, just escalating pain, anger, violence, and fear.

There is only one revolution and it is the consciousness revolution. It is the alignment with unconditional love, total forgiveness always, and the complete withdrawal of our attention from all the fear-based fiction of the world. None of it has any real power. What is real is consciousness, life itself, and in this recognition, we rise above all sin and error to align with our true, divine selves.

Love is the only solution to every problem. Those who have forgotten what perfect love is—those who act from any negative emotion—are experiencing hell on earth and they ultimately may not survive these apparent end times. The meek shall inherit the earth. 

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Abscondo Podcast #87: How to end racism, police brutality and oppression

Here's a controversial and unorthodox solution to solve the problem rather than continually escalating it with more attack and counterattack.

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While it may be dramatic and interesting, fighting fire with fire is no solution at all.

"Your function in this world is healing, and your function in heaven is creating." -A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles teaches that there are no exceptions to the message because the lack of exceptions is the message. The one, real, required course comes in many variations and combinations of words, traditions, and faiths; yet there is only one truth. How might the true perspective be applied to the current situation of police brutality, angry protests, riots, looting and worse?

All attack is of the ego. Therefore, there is no truth, legitimacy, or morality within it. It is a tragically misguided solution that will never change anything and will never communicate anything real. Pain and the anger as a response to injustice is perfectly understandable. Attack would appear to be justified under the logic of an eye for an eye—but all attack is error because there is no true power within it. It can lead to no real solution; rather, only more anger and counterattack.

The only solution to any problem is the loving response. Those who are angry at government officials should calmly, lovingly walk into police stations, courthouses, schools, and all the supposedly untouchable places of false power and simply talk to so-called authority. No shouting, no demanding, no violence. We can come together, simply walk through the door and ask for a meeting, a conversation. If refused, we can wait outside patiently, smiling. No chanting, no slogans, only good people waiting to have a loving conversation with brothers and sisters who have erred.

If a police officer commits an act of violence, or even of murder, the entire community might come knocking at his door to talk calmly. They should find him at work, in his car, or at the grocery store, and reach out to heal a brother who is ill and in need of love. Forgiveness followed by loving outreach to all those who have erred would heal the world and teach authority how we wish to be governed. By merely dropping ego, society would instantly change and would become a heaven on earth.

“The ego teaches that your function in this world is destruction, and that you have no function at all in heaven.”

The egoic response to ego is a tragic error.

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You cannot love an ego, nor love from the ego

Minds cannot feel and minds cannot experience love. A person who is not in love is a person who is dominated by the mind. Love is only experienced from the heart, not from the mind.

The ego, utterly incapable of love, is perfectly capable of finding reasons not to love. Rather than seeking blissful union, what the ego does instead is to reject, judge, and attack the other—always pushing real love away only to fantasize about it in the future.

Simply observe the severity of this delusion honestly and you instantly undo the ego’s grip on you. If you are stuck and confused about the most important aspects of life, it is only because of the ego. What most people don’t know is that the ego can be completely undone.

Just as a spiritually unconscious person cannot experience love, it is also very difficult for others to fall in love with them. Why? Falling in love is a union of two hearts, two souls. This requires an open mind and an open heart. A mind-dominated person is closed and never allows the language of the heart to enter into the relationship. Here there can be no spiritual “soulmate” connection because the mind blocks all possibility.

The mind cannot love a heart and a heart cannot love a mind. Love is heart-to-heart. If you want love, you must destroy the ego.

Love is what happens when two people live from the heart and learn to perceive each other on this level. Love is a decision of the heart, and decisions of the heart are never confused; rather, they are final, eternal, and unconditional. That’s what love is.


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Released from the past, I carry no grievances

To keep the past real is to carry a heavy load. As we go through life, we experience many challenges, we see unimaginable injustice, and we blame others for our suffering just as we hold ourselves guilty for so much.

To hold a grievance is to cling to painful memories. The more they accumulate, the more challenging it becomes for your mind to carry. At some point, non-forgiveness becomes the mind’s full-time job, robbing you of joy because endless attention and energy is diverted toward the telling of so many painful and inter-connected stories.

The mind convinces us that replaying grievances, understanding them, dissecting them, and making them real or fighting back is the way out from this hell. You feel as though you cannot just let it go; otherwise nothing will be resolved, and everyone will be let off the hook. In truth, the only one on the hook here is the one doing the carrying.

Error brings its own punishment, or it wouldn’t be error. The punishment always comes in the form of ongoing suffering and ultimately crisis. Isn’t it also an error to hold guilt over someone who has fixed the problem or is no longer causing it? By doing so, isn’t the non-forgiveness causing the problem now rather than the errors of the past?

If someone attacks or makes us suffer in some way, it is enough to respond naturally. We can point it out or even explain the problem lovingly. We can express ourselves fully, going into the emotions if needed, then we can let it go completely. We can forgive immediately and move on.

The past is not real because it is not here. To hold onto the past is to pull ourselves away from all that is here: life itself, in this eternal present moment. What problem is there here, now? Now we can move through life as guiltless as children because the baggage has been put aside.

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