Posts categorized "Philosophy"

What if you looked within, and found that there is nothing wrong with you?

What if, within you, was the cure to all the problems of the world you think you see?
What if the truth about you is that you are pure love and perfectly lovable?
What if your intuition, your inner voice was the truth and the lessons of the world lies?
What if you looked within, and found the real source of love?
What if you found that you only mean well and are only good?
What if you looked within and found that you have the power to solve every problem?
What if you found that the real you is sinless?
What if you looked within and found nothing to feel guilty or ashamed of?
What if you realized that you are not to blame for the attacks, disappointment, and shaming others have projected upon you?
What if, by looking within, you found that the problem all along was the fear to truly look within?
What if you only looked within, in search of your pure love, your perfect honesty, your need for freedom?
What if, when you find it, you decide for this to become your only reality?
What if you then looked within your brother, your sister, everyone you see in the same way?

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Where fear wins, love loses

When you are afraid, you cannot love. You may say, “I love you, but I am afraid of…”. No matter how this sentence ends, the truth is that when you choose to obey your fears, you are deciding against love and making it impossible to be loved.

A grandparent may choose not to take a flight to visit family for fear of traveling. In such a case, the fear to fly is more important, more real than any supposed love for family. Love is being withheld and sacrificed to fear. On a first date, you might be afraid to speak your whole truth and just be yourself. Or you might be afraid of having your heart broken, so you hold back in your openness and trust. Once again, this is a choice for fear—which makes love impossible. Similarly, a true romance may be kept hidden for fear of judgment; but if this fear isn’t overcome, real love is impossible.

Nothing about this choice between love and fear is theoretical. There are no exceptions and there is no in-between. Where there is fear about anything in your life, there is not love. Fear is a choice for paralysis, stress, misery, sickness, death, and lack. It is an embrace of dishonesty, depression, and slavery. Love, on the other hand, is inspiration, creativity, energy, and the experience of joy, bliss, beauty, and abundance.

The battle in the world right now is between love and fear. This battle is being waged within the inner dimension of every person alive. In other words, it is merely a choice. Choose fear, you suffer as a slave. Choose love, you are free as spirit.

Healing is the undoing of fear through the recognition of its unreality. This is awakening, becoming spiritually conscious…salvation.

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The world you see must be denied

“You do not really want the world you see, for it has disappointed you since time began.” You cannot see the world and at the same time see the spiritual reality. There is a choice: one must be made real and the other denied. One contains everything you want, the other everything you do not want.

When you allow pollution to come into your awareness—whether it be the fear-mongering of the government, the corporate media, the deception of advertising, or negative ideas and conversations—you are pulled away from joy, which is your natural state of being. What you give your attention to must not pull you away from joy, from an underlying sense of ease, from the state where there is calm and peace within. When it does pull you away, you can stop, change course, do a meditation, take a nap, you can do something that makes you feel good and then start again. This is how real problems are solved and progress is made.

Anything done, said, or created when you don’t feel good is a miscreation. All the ugliness of this world was miscreated by people who were detached from the natural state of joy within. All that ugliness cannot be fought from a place of ugliness, but it can be ignored in bliss and left to die.

I do not give any attention or reality to error. I do not debate. I do not get outraged. I am not afraid—for this would make error seem real, to give it power it does not have, and to pull me away from joy. Spiritual vision looks within to recognize and embrace reality, and my reality is identical to yours if you will do the same. It is our choice for love.

Our lives are shaped by where we put our attention. Find the source of love within, where you remember perfectly well that you are innocent and complete. Feel your positive energy growing. Stay connected to this place in all your thinking and doing, ignoring all else. The reality of love, the only reality, is the only power, the energy of life itself, which contains everything you want within it.

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The past takes nothing away from the present moment, and the future will add nothing to it.

The only dimension where everything in the universe exists, and has ever existed, is in the present moment.

Consciousness / spirit is still, unchanging, and eternal within the dimension of non-matter. Because it is unchanging and beyond threat, it is real. It is permanent and true.

Then there is the dimension of matter (stuff), which is also here in the present and eternal—but it is always moving, shifting, and changing. This observable dimension of form is only meaningful to the extent that we give it meaning. By “we” I mean our true identity as spirit—not as bodies and confused minds but as the conscious observer of the mind and of everything.

Everything is here now. The concept of past is only a memory of how the changing physical dimension was once positioned or organized. Thoughts of the future are only wishes, fears, or predictions about how the physical dimension might one day be positioned or organized. Again, none of this has any meaning other than that which we give it.

This realization has the effect of undoing fear. If everything is here, what can we be afraid of losing and what are we waiting for to arrive? Furthermore, if our true identity is consciousness, which is beyond threat, then nothing in the dimension of form has any real power to threaten us anyway, but perhaps with a bit of temporary discomfort.

But through acceptance and forgiveness—the embrace of reality without judgment—even life’s temporary discomfort is transmuted. After the recognition of reality, we immediately see that all the suffering and crisis—all the drama of life—it was caused only by a misunderstanding of reality. Reality is only joy, love, perfect health, and eternal peace.

The past takes nothing away from the present moment. The future will add nothing to it.

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"Beyond the Body" by Abscondo | from A Course in Miracles 18 V1 | musical interpretation | ACIM

The power and clarity of this message from A Course in Miracles spoke to me recently during a daily reading. I immediately reached for my guitar and tried to interpret the message in song.

"Beyond the Body", is taken word for word from the first part of Chapter 18 in A Course in Miracles.

We are consciousness. There is nothing outside of this, as the one divine aliveness...the invisible force of life, itself...flows through everything. This temporary experience of human life on earth is for the purpose of consciousness learning, growing, expanding just as the life force must do.

We are not separate from God. Heaven is not elsewhere; rather, experienced within when aligned with perfect, unconditional love. Safe in the Oneness, for eternity, with nothing else to give or to receive because nothing else exists.

This is the Peace of God. If this passage can be fully understood, Salvation is yours.

T-18.VI.1. There is nothing outside you. 2 That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. 3 For God created only this, and He did not depart from it nor leave it separate from Himself. 4 The Kingdom of Heaven is the dwelling place of the Son of God, who left not his Father and dwells not apart from Him. 5 Heaven is not a place nor a condition. 6 It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.

T-18.VI.2. What could God give but knowledge of Himself? 2 What else is there to give? 3 The belief that you could give and get something else, something outside yourself, has cost you the awareness of Heaven and of your Identity. 

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Now feels so quiet, like everything is stuck

The march of time now stands still. The busyness of the world is losing itself in the stillness. Behind a seemingly familiar facade of smugness, the arguments and debates have actually ended. The carrots and sticks no longer command much of a reaction. Now it feels so quiet, like everything is stuck.

Now has come the end of the world as we knew it. A world that has already been gone for some time, despite our best attempts to make it real or to revive it. Now the old, insane logic is not understood. Frustrated and confused, most people now are very quiet and in hiding.

The ones still talking and living are the ones who have learned the mandatory lesson of letting it go. One by one, the others will follow; for they have nowhere else left to go. If not before, then after that single moment when the next world is born.

And as it emerges, we lose our faith in lies. We have money that is real and fair. We find time in our days for fun and beauty. No more wars. Toxicity everywhere is removed. The lessons of healing are provided. The technologies are introduced.

With the emergence of perfect love, total honesty, and respect for liberty and freedom; ego fades. Along with it that feeling of suffering, anxiety, and fear is forgotten.

More of us will open our hearts and minds. We will try things, experience life, and create. We will help and serve one another. We will trust. And as beautiful as the new world will be, we will know not to cling to it but to let it go when our time comes. For we will know that we have always been eternal consciousness, beyond threat, lacking nothing in any dimension.


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The ego cannot love

They say a perfect relationship does not exist. This is true for people who would choose ego over love. A perfect relationship is, very simply, one made between two people who have decided against ego and in favor of love.

The ego does not know what love is and possesses no qualities capable of responding to it. The ego response to perfect love is either to run from it or to distort it by turning it into what it understands. To greet love with a set of rules, expectations, judgments, and conditions is to decide against mutual bliss in favor of mutual suffering. This is what the world calls a normal, successful relationship. To justify this insanity, we are asked to believe that there is no alternative.

They say that perfect love cannot last, but I assure you that it can and does—not only as a lifelong commitment of partnership, but as an ongoing feeling of perfect bliss. This, the holy relationship, demands of you what the ego cannot do. It is, therefore, only the ego that must be sacrificed…and this is no sacrifice at all because it is only the letting go of everything you do not want.

When you have purified yourself from ego, and the holy relationship is established, then you are accepted unconditionally, you are entirely free, and always open and honest about everything. Can you accept everything about who your partner is and even might do? Everything? If not, you are putting your faith somewhere other than in your love. Unconditional acceptance and total openness is the requirement for love, and is precisely what the ego cannot do.

When I speak of this type of relationship; people always respond, “That isn’t for me.” What this response means is, “I value my false identity as ego more than my true identity as love.” But nobody is going to take away your right to reject love and choose suffering. It is your choice.

Make the need for control real, make attack real, make any rules and conditions real and you instantly banish love at the sad altar of ego. This is the recipe for failure in love because…well…because the ego cannot love. 

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What is the ego?

Ego is the need to be right, to be better, to have more—to believe that my group, my neighborhood, my city, or my country is special, or that my God is the only path toward salvation. As it is impossible to successfully demonstrate or prove any of this, the path of ego is a fool’s errand that can only lead to conflict and frustration.

Ego is that voice in the head that is suspicious of people, that has you attack others to make a point, that tells you to demand and take what it thinks you need. The strategies of ego seem to make sense, but never solve any problem and never lead to lasting happiness.

Ego is fear and paralysis. Constantly up and down. Stressed. Tired. Depressed. Jealous and possessive in relationships. Unproductive and uncreative at work. No fun. Always thinking about past and future until one day time runs out.

Ego cares so much about what others think, about what might go wrong, about what shouldn’t have happened—that there is this tendency to pretend that the present moment doesn’t even exist. And so in this present moment—the only dimension where anything real exists and ever has existed—those in the grip of ego hide away from human contact, they obey tyrants, they cut off communication, they pretend that our souls are not one and that our minds are not always in communication.

This sad state is, by far, the most popular way humans exist on this planet. Then there are the very few of us (and growing in number) who have looked upon our egos and decided against it. As strange as it may sound, and as much as nobody seems to want to talk about it, an entirely different reality is possible now—but only through the full escape from ego. Ongoing joy, no drama, no real suffering, no conflict—it is only a decision away.

What would life be like without ego

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Healing is the recognition of the truth in things

Inspiring words are nice, but you can’t control your thoughts and you can’t force yourself to feel what you don’t. It is enough to simply observe your thoughts and to feel your feelings.

You can just observe your thoughts and emotions in a detached way, from the perspective of the observer—as consciousness itself. You are not your thoughts; rather, the one observing your mind. When you feel fear, worry, tension, confusion—you can try to just notice it, smile at it, or shake your head at it. None of it is real. This is only the conditioned, “educated” mind doing what it does.

In this mad world, we all have negative thoughts and feelings from time to time. False positivity is dishonest and unhelpful. No solution or progress is possible absent of honesty and truth.

Healing is the recognition of the truth in things. We can accept it and see it for what it is. This is a gradual process of undoing, and there is so much that must be undone. We can remove the errors, the illusions, the confusion—end the madness of all the world by honestly looking at it.

The way isn’t easy, but it is the only way now. We can try to resist for a little longer, but ultimately there is no path forward other than love. Love is impossible absent of honesty and truth, and inevitable with it.

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The master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision. (Tao Te Ching)

  "The master observes the world,
    but trusts his inner vision.
    He allows things to come and go.
    His heart is open as the sky."
                                    -Lao Tzu

It would be impossible to predict where things of this world will go. What any of it means is only the meaning we give it. That which is non-essential has no real meaning. 

What is essential? Perhaps feeling good? Giving and receiving love? Expressing yourself freely? None of this comes from the world. This exists within and flows from the inner dimension.

Becoming aware of that which is essential, that which is beyond the forces and situations of the world, is learning to see with inner vision.

This too shall pass. But in the now, we are eternally free to look within. May we do so with hearts as open as the sky. 

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