Posts categorized "Philosophy"

Life is not complicated. It is only a choice between two paths.

The first path is brutal and impossible—but the world has been conquered by those who would force it upon us. The second path offers everything—but is only accessible to those who would choose to look with total faith beyond the terrible noise and the brutal threats of our conquerors.

They will continue to control and attack, but we will always remain free to choose the second path at any moment. After all, we will never forget who we are. We just need to find the courage to be it.

While these two paths go by many names which all mean the same thing, the fundamental choice is between love and fear. Walk the path of love and the peace of God rests within you just as everything real, beautiful and true comes alive. But walk the path of fear to find no peace or safety at all just as you tragically fail to notice all that is real and alive.

You cannot walk two separate paths at the same time. You must make a total choice between sacrificing everything real for all that is false…or choosing all that is real while sacrificing nothing at all. While the choice is always open each moment, you must choose only one.

If you choose to still carry a little doubt, a little fear, a little ego, a little specialness that you would fight for, a little unwillingness to forgive, a little need to put up walls, or a little need to sometimes attack—then you are siding with your conquerors and choosing the path of fear and suffering that they have violently forced upon you. That is an understandable choice and there is nothing wrong with you. It is perfectly normal, but it is what it is.

But find the courage to choose the path of perfect love and make no sacrifice ever again. I walk with you, together as one, and we are perfectly complete. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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When there is no desire, all things are at peace. (Lao Tzu)

What are we supposed to do about our desire? Are we supposed to get rid of it, eliminate it within us, subdue it or perhaps even fight against it? No, this is impossible.

We said in the last lesson that if you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. What is desire but the wanting of something you have not yet not experienced? Therefore, by experiencing what you desire, the desire immediately fades. It changes from a fantasy or longing into something else—something real.

When we do what excites us, when we follow our passions, then desire is replaced with knowing. The frustration of wanting is replaced with the satisfaction of having experienced. Here all things are at peace.

So much of the insane behavior of this world is driven by a situation where we do not allow ourselves what we desire. We replace true desires with consumption or spiritual practices designed to deny ourselves. Yet the desire never fades and there is no peace. Better to do what excites you. Do it with love and do it fully. What you are left with is either something you want more of or not, but at least you can know that you have overcome desire.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Time does not really exist

Now is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be. Nothing has ever existed anywhere else aside from now. The entire universe is alive only now, in this present moment.

What we perceive as time is merely them movement of matter (physical form) within the now. The present moment is not static; rather, it is dynamic and changing. In this eternal present, there is room for both stillness and the movement of matter. Days are nothing more than the movement of our planet. Time is not linear. It doesn’t even exist.

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The past and the future exist only as thoughts in your mind—essentially dreams. Those things you saw, did, experienced, tasted, touched, felt—those are all things that happened now. It’s just that you’ve moved, things moved, matter changed, the form is now different. You remember how it was once arranged, and you call it the past. But it was all now.

Clock time is merely the coordination of events in the now. We set a time to things so that we can come together to meet each other in a coordinated way. We agree to meet for school at 8:00 a.m., we all agree on what 8:00 a.m. means, but 8:00 a.m. tomorrow isn’t real in a cosmic sense. It will still be now, it’s just that we’ve all agreed that there are other things we would like to do before meeting for school...that the planet needs to rotate a bit more first and we need to sleep.

The future is another word for plans. Plans are merely thoughts. Plans are only real to the extent that you are present, in the moment, when making them. But there is no actual future—only how you imagine things should be, could be, or might be arranged.

The past is a story that prevents you from being free in the present. Let it go. You are not limited by your past. There was no better you or better situation in the past, there will be no better you or better life in the future. Everything you are is now. You are perfect. You are complete. Everything real is already here, now and what is unreal doesn’t matter.

This, right now, is it. Don’t let your mind cast darkness over what is real. Be here fully. This is liberation. This is what we are here to learn. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

Time does not really exist.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment 


If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. (Lao Tzu)

When we resist an experience, desire for it only grows.

When we fight an impulse, it only strengthens.

When we interfere in the lives of others, they only become more determined.

When we say no to an opportunity, we become stuck.

To do is to know.

To allow is to teach.

Now we follow our intuition.

We do what excites us.

We allow others the same freedom.

We let things run their course.

This is how we arrive at the truth.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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You cannot have an argument with a fully conscious person. (Eckhart Tolle)

Arguments arise when we identify with a mental position. Someone attacks that position, then we defend it as though we are fighting for our survival. The drama that ensues is only the ego fighting for its survival.

Pride is the belief that our mental positions are superior to others. A mental position can be about anything at all—beliefs, opinions, values, life stories, symbols of success or accomplishments—but the stuff of the mind can never be who you are. If you have identified with a mental position, and you feel frustrated or threatened when some contradicts it, this is only because you have attempted to build your foundation (your identity) upon unstable, hollow ground.

To be conscious is to awaken to the dimension beyond the mind. Here there is no way to claim superiority because specialness and difference does not exist. In the dimension of conscious awareness—a state of being in which you are able to calmly and unemotionally observe the mind while fully honoring the present moment—there is nothing to argue, nothing to defend, nothing to be offended about, and nothing that could possibly be threatened.

“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” -A Course in Miracles

If there is drama in your life, you are attempting to value and defend that which is unreal. But find out what is real and unreal, and you awaken to the good which has no opposite. From this perspective, you can look upon it all without judgment and with full acceptance.

“When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life.” -Eckhart Tolle

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Miracles are only a decision to heal.

Miracles are not difficult. They happen whenever we choose to heal ourselves and our relationships with love.

To resist miracles, on the other hand, is difficult. This is a stubborn choice for pain over joy, specialness over union, illness over health, death over life, and illusion over truth. You would not make this insane choice, but your ego would.

The ego is the confused voice in the head arguing for a world designed to exploit us. Through the forced repetition of twisted logic, at some point in our lives we all become conditioned, domesticated, enslaved.

Then one day, when the suffering becomes too much and some light shines through our cracks, we so easily awaken from the bad dream to become aware of consciousness.

But continue to obey the ego—that voice in the head that sounds like yours—and delay miracles; which are already yours in love.

We continue in perfect love tomorrow and each day after that.

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The special ones are all asleep; surrounded by a world of loveliness they do not see. (A Course in Miracles)

Specialness is an imaginary hell of our own creation, made up of everything we give value to that is not real.

To prove our specialness, we attempt to form an identity rooted in externalities such as our accomplishments, our possessions, our beliefs, our looks, characteristics, or other details having to do with our life situation. While some of this is mildly interesting, the truth of our identity cannot be found in these notions of specialness (nor can any lasting satisfaction or enjoyment).

Rather than seeing the clear truth of what is real, specialness would have us identify with made-up illusions about our lives and then fight to the point of exhaustion to make them so. This is a fool’s errand, because there is nothing that can be done to make illusion real. We can sacrifice, we can fight, we can ride the ups and downs, we can give it all striving for what we think is important—but it isn’t important because no real victory is found here.

What is truly wonderful about us—our real potential—flows from being. Access this by knowing that identity is in consciousness. No meaning is attached to external form which has none. If we have accomplished something, or if there are special talents or beautiful personality traits that others enjoy in us, it is because we have remained centered in the knowledge of identity.

Rooted in the oneness and sameness of being, we can enjoy all the loveliness the world has to offer. Life flows nicely without much effort. Things tend to work out. The pace accelerates because we no longer resist. We feel perfectly complete and success fills our lives not because we had to reach for it; rather, because it flows from within.

We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

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Abscondo Podcast #67: Giving and Receiving

You can listen to the full podcast here:

Abscondo Podcast 67

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Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other Podcast Channels. 


There’s no difference between giving and receiving.

Give fully in work to receive enough money. Give fully as a parent to receive the gift of wonderful children. Give fully in sex and romance to receive ecstasy. Give fully in kindness to receive kindness.

But giving is not enough. Now we learn to receive just as fully as we give.

By fully receiving each precious gift we are given by the people in our lives, we remove the false perception that there is any difference between giving and receiving. Without someone to receive, giving is impossible and nothing happens.

Giving and receiving are not two separate things. What we are describing is a single act that takes place between two people in the present moment. When two people become open and willing to engage fully in this act, then life can flourish, happiness can flow, energy and abundance is unleashed, and you become engaged in a virtuous cycle of value creation that expands the universe.

So now we remove all sense of sacrifice. We give fully—but only what we deeply desire to give. We receive fully—and feel no shame in enjoying the depths of each gift. This is enjoying life. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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