There are no degrees to truth. No sides. No opposites. No compromises.
If it is truth, it remains perfectly whole and real whether believed or disbelieved—stated or left unstated. Truth does not need our defense and is unaffected by debate.
The purpose of aligning with truth is not to make it so; rather, to purify ourselves so that the blissful light of reality can effortlessly shine through.
The attempt to compromise truth is an attempt to sacrifice the real for the unreal. This cannot be done, so the result can only be confusion.
So we continue, in truth, tomorrow and each day after that
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There are no degrees to truth. No sides. No opposites. No compromises.
The best spiritual teachings are those that, at first sight, appear to go too far. But it is only by attempting to go too far that we stand any chance of achieving even a healthy balance.
If the intention is to completely undo ego—you will merely be left with an ego that is no longer acting as your worst enemy.
If the intention is to practice unconditional love and total honesty—you will merely be left with relationships which are no longer abusive.
If the intention is to completely undo fear—you will merely find a way to sleep at night and to go about your day without any panic, destructive behavior or illness.
If the intention is to see all material form as unreal and meaningless—you will merely become mildly aware of the formless dimension of truth, God, love, and eternal peace within.
If the intention is to live fully in the present moment—you will merely bring about more enjoyment to yourself and others as you go about your day.
Modern spirituality isn’t about being perfect or believing in anything mystical. It isn’t about holding impossible standards or retreating from this world to the mountain-tops. It is about living fully in this world while freeing ourselves from the insanity.
While these teachings may seem lofty or impractical, these teachings are as practical as they are true. Follow love with all your heart and risk losing nothing while gaining everything that is otherwise lacking. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
The world cannot tell you who you are, nor can it make you happy. The external world doesn’t have that power. You do.
Everything we most deeply desire originates from within. Our deepest desires are beyond form: love, wholeness, fulfillment, health, freedom, happiness, fun, and so on. Our minds are always trying to figure out what, in the external world, will satisfy these inner desires. In so doing, the mind is leading you astray because it is confused about the source of those needs and desires.
The treasure that appears to be lacking is, in fact, constantly present in unlimited abundance within. It’s just that the conditioned, unobserved mind gets so wrapped up in the external world of form that we forget to look within.
The choice is simple: either 1) rely on the mind to seek but not to find or 2) go beyond the mind to the dimension of life within. Through a daily spiritual practice, the treasure is yours to enjoy. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
Non-resistance, non-judgment, and non-attachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living. (Eckhart Tolle)
We stop judging people, situations or events as good or bad. By conditioning the mind not to judge or label, we perceive the totality of what is rather than dwelling on the thought-form. Any consideration of good or bad leads to either attachment (to what is labeled as good) or resistance (toward what is labeled as bad). In truth, reality is far too complex for us to know what is good or bad—and external events are beyond our control anyway.
We refuse to become attached to that which is external and impermanent. We understand that love, lasting happiness, enjoyment and liberation originate internally—and so there is no reason to become attached to anything external.
We accept that whatever is happening this moment is simply what is happening. It cannot be argued with or avoided. Non-resistance recognizes that which is external to us as that which we cannot control—nor would we want to. Everything happening in our life is part of life’s perfect curriculum for us.
We do not know what is good or bad. There are too many variables. There is enormous wisdom and happiness found in the practice of simply accepting what is and doing our best without becoming attached to any particular result. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
There are the ideas that originate from fear (which are false), and then there are the ideas that originate from love (which are true). How so?
Fear is the emotion of ego—the mind’s excuse for insanity. No matter how sharp a fear-based idea may seem, it is ultimately of no value because it rests entirely upon misguided intentions.
The agenda behind fear-based ideas is salvation through external situations and forms. Even in those rare cases when such a goal is manifested, nothing of true or lasting value can originate from this source because nothing conceived in fear can inspire joy or eliminate suffering. No matter how much effort, skill and dedication, fear is ultimately a non-starter.
Love, on the other hand, is the energy of life. The gentle, yet powerful force of love within effortlessly guides us to give and to create that which has true and eternal value. Operate from this source and everything you do is an instant success. Why? Because, in a state of perfect love, you begin by achieving total success within. Now extend perfect love through everything you do and inspire the truth of salvation—that everything we most deeply desire can only come from within.
To operate from the source of love, it is first necessary to undo the mind’s egoic conditioning of this world. This requires meditation and a daily spiritual practice—even something as simple as reading these posts each day with an open heart and mind. This will teach you not to take the voice in the head so seriously.
Suffering and failure is caused by doubting that which is beyond doubt. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.
Consider this irony: fear often drives us to live recklessly. Fearful panic leads to bad decisions, altered perceptions, creative paralysis, abusive relationships and all sorts of harmful behaviors that should more appropriate be considered reasons to fear rather than responses to fear. Let’s fearlessly expose the insanity of fear.
Fear pretends to be necessary, pretends to be a rational response, yet the manifestations of fear are insane. We are miserable in isolation, yet afraid to trust and to fall in love? We worry about money, then distract ourselves by going shopping? We use drugs and alcohol (an actual threat to our wellbeing) to escape worried thoughts? We fear health problems, which stresses the body and causes illness?
Fear is the mind’s excuse for all sorts of insanity—its justification for all the decisions and behaviors that cause misery and suffering. Fear is the root of ego, the core emotion that feeds all other negative emotions—and it can be undone.
Fear is not necessary, nor is ego, nor is insanity. Perfect love is the only cure for this disease. We continue, in perfect love, tomorrow and each day after that.