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We are what is sometimes call the "second coming" of Jesus Christ

Some are waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ—the man worshiped as spirit made flesh. But what can they possibly be waiting for?

Jesus was a man who recognized his formless soul as his eternal identity. Millions of us around the world have also recognized the same truth he taught. I believe that this collective awakening we are experiencing is the second coming and that the word “antichrist” or “devil” is just another word for ego. The “second coming” happens when the majority of people transcend ego and live in truth.

Eckhart Tolle writes, “If Christ were to return tomorrow in some externalized form, what could he or she possibly say to you other than this: I am the truth, divine presence, eternal life within you, here and now.”

I Am is the most powerful, profound religious or spiritual statement because it removes time and conditions—recognizing the eternal and formless as what is real. “I am” is awareness of the eternal soul within you here and now.

Eternity does not mean that time goes on forever. It means that time isn’t real—that only the now is. What humans call time is only the movement of form in the eternal present. All form is unstable, impermanent, ultimately meaningless and unreal. Now we sense that which is real—the realm where words and perception fall short.

In John 8:58, Jesus declared, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” We are the soul, the timeless essence. There is something invisible within us that is life, that makes us human, that connects us with all other forms of life and removes all differences. The energy of this realm is love. In love, you are divine, and you are eternal.

Today we can celebrate the second coming that is us.  

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Give up the ego and sacrifice nothing.

Even as the world today is entirely dominated by ego, most people don’t really know what it is. The ego disguises itself by convincing you that it is you and you are it. Only by looking at what the ego really is can you recognize that it is not you.

According to the ego’s self-serving thought system, you are nothing more than your fearful and selfish thoughts. Fear everyone and everything. Look out for yourself. Be normal, fit in, yet somehow show that you are special and unique. Fear the world’s institutions, which you believe have real power.

According to the ego, happiness will come in the future when you are successful, respected, rich, famous, and when you get all the people around you to do what they are supposed to do. Happiness requires that you withhold truth, manipulate, lie—do whatever it takes. Set goals. Reach toward your destination. Work harder. Fight for it. Stand up for yourself. The story of your past defines you. Trust only yourself, even as you continue to blow with the wind.

The ego is nothing more than an insane, desperate and confused mind racing—a tree without roots or a ship without a rudder. Most people don’t know that it is possible to let all of this go while sacrificing nothing. Sacrifice is only to be found in ego, not beyond it. This sacrifice causes many problems—physical suffering, illness, conflict, fear, exhaustion, depression and others. This is the body’s reaction to the ego’s insane, panicked thoughts.

The ego’s selfish drive to seek happiness at any cost is the cause of human misery, poverty, war and environmental disaster. This sick thought system would have us sacrifice other humans, the planet, our own health and anything or anyone that gets in the way of our thoughts. While they may pretend, no person has ever found true and lasting happiness this way. This is insanity and it is time for change.

Let go of ego and gain everything. You can enjoy life now, in the present moment, if you align with the awareness that you are consciousness, you are love, here, now. Here we are, right? Honor the present moment—where all the universe exists and always has—by being honest, open, and accepting. Without ego, it is easy to live here now and eternally.

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Unless you create, you are unfulfilled. (A Course in Miracles)

“The ego’s whole thought system blocks extension, and thus blocks your only function. It therefore blocks your joy, so that you perceive yourself as unfulfilled.”

Unfulfilled, now you are incorrectly instructed by the world that getting will fulfill you. You believe that happiness can be found in consumption. Buy. Have. Take.

This thought system requires a great deal of sacrifice: long hours at work or worse—borrow, beg or steal. Now you no longer have the time, energy, or inspiration to create. The sacrifices you have been told will save you become the cause of deep, persistent unfulfillment which is only relieved temporarily by meaningless distractions.

From the ego, we cannot create. Instead, we merely make from a place that is ambitious but uninspired, manipulative, calculative, and incapable of delivering much value.

Everything of worth flows from the dimension of spirit. In spirit, you can easily create and extend truth, beauty and love. A total escape from ego is required to reach your creative potential, to fulfill your life purpose, and to experience lasting peace and happiness.

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Go more deeply into the now by going more deeply into the inner-body. (Eckhart Tolle)

Today’s lesson may seem unexciting to the mind, but to your state of being it is everything. To remain conscious of the inner body is to remain spiritually rooted. Like a strong tree with deep roots, “no matter what happens on the outside, nothing can shake you anymore.” To use another common metaphor; you remain at the center of the wheel. The spokes go around and around, but right at the center you are still.

With attention on the inner body, your consciousness no longer gets lost to the drama of the mind and to the chaos of the external world. You remain in peace, calm, content. You feel good even if waiting in line, or sitting in traffic, or dealing with a challenging situation.

Eckhart Tolle explains, “Do not give all your attention away to the mind or to the outer world.” If you can keep some attention on the inner body, you will experience “permanent connectedness with being.”

Furthermore, “There is infinitely more intelligence in being than in the mind.” The body is where you access the realm of inspiration and intuition. Go within to experience the energy of love. Here, you are guided by a higher intelligence. Here, you are fully-present and anchored in the now—in being.

Negative emotions only arise when your attention leaves the inner body. All negative emotions are rooted in fear. Perhaps this fear, this agony and discontent, is your soul screaming out for attention—calling you away from the thought-dominated state and back to inner body awareness. Go within—to where you can enjoy life right now and always.

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Men have learned to so easily back away from our truths

 

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Men have been convinced to hide our truths about our wants, needs, and desires. We withhold honesty all the time because we are told that our truths are somehow wrong.

This makes it impossible for us to enjoy life. Rather than openly being who we are, we choose to suppress it. When this fails, we lie, we cheat, we do whatever it takes to be who we truly are and to fulfill our real needs in secret.

The problem is that secrets and lies are always eventually exposed. Dishonesty is the cause of crisis, because crisis is exactly what happens when the truth exposes a lie.
 
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Transformation is through the body, not away from it. (Eckhart Tolle)

To place focus on the energy field within your body is to practice present moment awareness. Take a moment to feel the subtle energies and emotions deep within your body. Close your eyes and just feel it.

Perhaps after some time, you may become overwhelmed by the power of the energy you feel. With complete focus on the way your inner body feels, you were probably not thinking about the past or future. You were here, now.

The body is our learning device. Through it, we sense the world around us, we feel love, experience pleasure, we sense our state of health, our positive and negative emotions, and our energy levels. Our inner body is probably our greatest spiritual teacher.

Today, make peace with the body. Go into it. Become aware of it. Enjoy it. Have faith in what it is telling you. Keep moving toward an experience of inner peace, of perfect energy, and of perfect love.

By following your intuition and acting according to your inspiration, you will naturally align with truth—which is experienced as a state of continually feeling good and enjoying life all the time.

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“The fact is that no one has ever become enlightened through denying or fighting the body, or through an out-of-the-body experience.”

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When you realize there is no reward for all this sacrifice

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In early childhood, you probably felt good, you were happy, friendship was easy, love was everywhere, and there was nothing to be afraid of. Then you were taught to sacrifice all this so that you can work toward getting it back at some distant point in the future.

We have been conditioned into believing that we can get what we want someday by sacrificing what we want now—that we aren’t smart unless we get good grades, that we are not worthy of love unless we first become something or achieve something, that we are not beautiful unless we buy something we can’t afford.

It goes like this: just do what you are told, question nothing, strive not for freedom and keep telling yourself that happiness is just around the corner. Not there yet? Make a bigger sacrifice. Listen to some fast-talking guru. Have enough faith and it will come. Just work harder. Just a bit longer. You’ll be there soon. Still not there? Must be because you aren’t good enough.

Enough! At some point, when you realize that there is no reward for all this sacrifice, you have a choice. You can either blame yourself for not achieving the impossible, or you can correct the error by honestly looking at the lies that you have been convinced to believe.

Absent of the world’s sick illusions, you remember that everything you most deeply want is already yours because it comes from within. You know this is true because you already had everything when you were a very small child—before you sacrificed anything. It was never gone or out of reach, only forgotten. But now, you have the power to undo dishonest conditioning so that you can actually enjoy life.

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Stress helps nothing

Challenges come all the time and cannot be avoided. What we do have control over is our reaction. When people react to problems in frustration or anger, they create stress for themselves and others.

What purpose does this reaction serve? Has anything ever been taught or learned, or has any problem ever been solved through stress?

Even when nothing happens, we imagine a terrible thing that might happen. When we believe every thought is real, we worry all day and night. The heart starts beating in panic, we get exhausted, lose sleep, and ultimately develop illness—and all because of this thing called stress.

What is stress but another word for madness?

I used to believe that stress fired me up and gave me energy to get things done. Then I began meditating each day. I found out that you can get a lot more done in a calm, relaxed state. The peace, calm, and restfulness I feel after a 15-minute mediation puts me in a state where I can be very productive and effective for hours. Now I meditate to reset whenever I want to do something well, or even when I want to enjoy myself.

In a relaxed state, the quality of your work improves, you make better decisions without emotion, your relationships are more solid, and you don’t get tired as fast. Time efficiency isn’t the most critical success factor; your state of being is.

Stress serves no positive purpose. It is an insane reaction to belief in fear. It is also the cause of accidents, conflict, disease, exhaustion and failure. Let’s stop believing that stress is okay and then learn to overcome it so that we can enjoy life right now and always.

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A person who is afraid of love does not know what love is.

People say they are afraid of love because they might get hurt. All fear of love is identification with ego and allegiance to it. It is only the ego that fears love, and only to protect itself.

A person afraid of love does want someone nearby—a partner to control, manipulate, and use for practical purposes. This person wants to be able to argue, attack, correct, punish, blame, shame and make wrong. Apologies and occasional acts of kindness are offered as a last resort—used only so that you stay around for the cycle of more drama, more attack, more diminishment and more misery.

This is what the world calls love. When someone claims to be afraid to love you, the fear is only that you won’t forever play your assigned role in their tragic drama. This, the normal state of marriage, is the ego’s playground. Here, true love is resisted and not desired because it would be the destruction of ego. This is known as "resentment".

To know love is to know that it gives you everything. When you have everything, then something different would be less. Identified with love, ego becomes unnecessary and wholly undesirable. True love is the total undoing of ego.

Only after ego has been undone are you able to love. As they say, love yourself first—which is only possible after the escape from ego. Now you can connect with other beautiful spirits in love. Now there is nothing to be afraid of because, through love, you are already perfect and complete. Now you can actually enjoy life right now and always.

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Truth is the opposite of what the ego has learned.

This statement contains two words that are an immediate turn-off for most people: “truth” & “ego”. There are two reasons for this: 1) the ego is threatened when it becomes aware of itself, and 2) the ego wants to invent its own truths—which are always limited to that which is impermanent and therefore cannot be true.

The ego’s basic doctrine is, “Seek but do not find.” The ego deceives you by promising happiness, then leads you down a path in which only short-term pleasure or satisfaction is possible. Following ego, you are led away from the place of truth where you were already perfectly happy and complete—and into the chaos of constant sacrifice aimed at delivering only short-term highs followed by painful and depressing lows.

From a very young age, you have been taught there is no other way. The real truth has been called naïve, impossible—and you have been convinced that there is no alternative to what the ego calls “normal”. In a world dominated by ego, truth is always the opposite of normal.

The truth is that you do not need the ego. You need only tell the truth and want only truth. Here, your knowledge is complete and there is no confusion.

Now your life is aligned with reality. Your abilities are limitless, your happiness is constant, you are free, and your life is abundant. 

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