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Abscondo Podcast #73: The 4 Areas of Life Where Problems Arise

It's the start of a new year and new decade, so let's look at the areas where we experience challenges and discuss how to overcome them. You can listen to the full podcast here:

Abscondo Podcast 73

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I accept all that is real and pay no attention to what is not.

A cornerstone to any true spiritual practice is the total acceptance of what is. But until you get the hang of this thought system, unconditional acceptance a is difficult concept to practice. The mind always thinks it knows what is good and what is bad.

How many times has it happened in your life that something which first seemed bad turned out to be a blessing? Maybe you lost a job only to find a more suitable career or start a business. It also happens that something which first seems good turns out to be a nightmare. Maybe you accepted the job you wanted, then regretted the decision later. We don’t know what is good or bad because reality is too interdependent and complex. This understanding ought to make unconditional acceptance easier, but there is yet another dimension to unpeel.

Consider the real and the unreal. It makes perfect sense to accept the reality of a relationship or of a situation. If two people don’t fit, or a life goal becomes impossible or life situation unavoidable, the reality should be accepted fully and embraced. It is happening and, because it is so, it cannot be argued with. But there are other things in life which are different still.

People sometimes ask me, “How can I accept something terrible, like a violent crime? Shouldn’t we fight back against injustice?” No, because much of what goes on in the world is unreal in the ultimate sense. The lies on the news, the lying politicians, the terrible deeds of thieves and criminals, the violence—our job isn’t to passively accept any of this because that sounds a bit like condoning it. We also can’t fight it because any form of attack only breeds more attack.

Instead, we can learn to ignore all that which is fundamentally in error and untrue. No lie or illusion requires your attention. To give any awareness to that which is unreal is to make it seem real. This is not helpful.

Do not accept or fight the tragic errors of the world. Ignore them. See past it all to the truth in yourself and in your brothers and sisters. See in forgiveness, respond in love. Live in such a way as to celebrate only that which is ultimately real as real.

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Denying heaven

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You are not guilty, nor is anyone. We have errored at times; but error is never anything but acting without love.

The correction for lack of love is unconditional love. Only light undoes darkness and only love undoes sin. To love unconditionally is to forgive and to heal. There is, therefore, no reason to ever withhold unconditional love.

While the world would convince you otherwise, this love-starved world is clearly not heaven and does not understand the lesson.

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Just by paying attention and having a desire, you flip on the switch of creation. (Deepak Chopra)

But if you “believe in limitations that are self-imposed, those limitations turn into reality”. We are limited only because we limit ourselves and we limit one another.

We limit ourselves and one another because we are unaware of the nature of reality. When we trust only the senses, we see the outside world as the ultimate reality and ourselves as a separate mind and body trying to survive it. Thus, it seems that life is happening to us and we have everything to fear. So, we struggle against and resist—only to live in a way that we do not enjoy until the dream of life invariably ends in death.

We are not here merely to cope and to survive; rather, we are the co-creators of reality. We are consciousness made form, interacting with consciousness made different form. We are awareness which is aware of and interacting with awareness. We are the process of creation creating creation. We are the one reality. The world is in us, not the other way around.

When we declare ourselves free, when we recognize our creative power and authority over ourselves, then our minds have the power to inspire limitless creation and our bodies have the ability to make it so.

Fear is limitation, while love is expansion. To limit yourself and others is a sickness that blocks life from doing what life is supposed to do. You can flip the switch of creation by always being honest, saying and doing what excites you, and offering the same unrestricted freedom to others.

Of course we’re not talking about doing harm. Harm is the product of fear and limitation. Let us not attack; rather, co-create together in openness and honesty. Let us love and trust. Let us speak freely and easily correct error wherever it may exist. Let us play and enjoy each moment as we unleash our potential. Let us see only the truth in you and in me.

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Thus it is said (Tao Te Ching)

The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest art seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

-Tao Te Ching

The end of confusion is the recognition of oneness and sameness where there was once perceived duality and contradiction. There is nothing to be judged, debated, or struggled against—only that which rests effortlessly in truth or that which is false and can be ignored.

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Working together

I know this sounds unusual, but I’d like to extend myself to help you overcome your biggest personal or professional challenge. No matter what it is, I know it can be overcome through the power of unconditional love.

There are 4 areas of life where challenges arise:

1) Relationships—with a spouse, children, employees, bosses, customers, etc.,
2) Systems—generating more income through well-designed, self-sustaining systems that also free you,
3) Outreach—getting your message out to more people to form valuable new relationships,
4) Inner self—finding self-love, inner peace, perfect health, fulfillment and enjoyment of life.

If you’re like any other person alive, you probably have a significant challenge or unfulfilled need in one of these areas. My question is: what is your biggest, most important, urgent need? It can be anything that feels real to you. Is there a price you would pay to completely overcome this challenge or reach this goal? Could we explore working together to accomplish this?

I’m not asking for your trust—that’s for you decide—but you already have mine. Feel free to tell me about any business or personal need or suggest a time to talk. We’ll then explore how we can overcome it from within the thought system of unconditional love. I’ll only engage with you if there is significant need, a good fit, and if I know it will succeed. Also, I would not accept payment until after a successful overcome.

Email me at mark.manney@abscondo.com or connect on FB or Instagram.

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To apologize is to acknowledge that an act was not loving

If everything you do and say is rooted in unconditional love, then you never have anything to apologize for.

Never apologize for failing to meet someone’s expectations or for how you make them feel. You have an eternal right to love, and to express love in the way that feels good to you.

You can love yourself and you can love others. In love you are free; but to miss the mark of unconditional love anywhere is to error. In these cases, an apology is an important part of the correction of error. Simply explain that you realize what happened and you are sorry. 

As soon as any lack of love has been acknowledged, and a true correction is made, then forgiveness should be automatic because the error has been reversed. At the very least, upon correction you can surely forgive yourself. If others don't agree, it is likely due to ego. Never apology for bruising an ego, only for acting in a way that isn't loving.

Honest, loving, open relationships are this easy.

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Produced by fear, the ego reproduces fear (A Course in Miracles)

"Mind always reproduces as it was produced." The world's lesson is fear; and everything the ego is and does is a reaction to this fear. Ego is a thought system that would appear to have been made very real in this world today. Yet, in eternity, the ego is entirely vulnerable and cannot be sustained. 

There is higher truth than fear, and it is love. The opposite of fear is love and, just as light dispels darkness, unconditional love dispels fear. Unlike fear, love is eternal and invulnerable. Perfect love is the energy of all creation. It is the feeling of the force of life, itself.

A Course in Miracles states, "Love is your power, which the ego must deny. It also must deny everything this power gives you, because it gives you everything. No one who has everything wants the ego." To access everything, a mind need only switch from the thought system of fear to love. This first requires a decision that you do want it, then a learning practice that undoes fear by exposing it as ultimately false.

This process is true spirituality. To awaken is to look past illusion, to discover your true identity as the observer of everything and not your thoughts, and to know that as spirit you are invulnerable and there is nothing to fear. When this leap of faith is taken and life becomes rooted in the truth of love, what one finds every time is that this is the superior way. Why? Because, by always choosing love, you become perfectly aligned with nature.

When the human mind aligns with the thought system of love, a person becomes one with the birds, the trees, the other animals and all of creation. Egoic fear is only a sickness that arose in humans a few thousand years ago. Today, there is no reason we can't cure it on a massive scale. This is a change that every single person has 100% power to make because it comes from within. This is true freedom, and there is no external authority or situation capable of blocking you from it. It is a simple decision and I would by honored and humbled if you might allow me to help show you the way.

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The truth can only be loving because only love is true

People are afraid of perfect honesty because we are afraid of getting hurt. This is shortsighted because, in the end, only perfect love can be the truth—and there is nothing about love not to love!

Honesty, however, is a process—an ongoing process, a thought system, a radically different way of life. Whenever two people begin practicing perfect honesty, at first it can hurt; but the only thing getting hurt is the ego.

The ego is built entirely upon a foundation of values and ways of thinking that always hurts everyone. The ego—with its faith in guilt, attack, specialness, superiority, and brutal selfishness—hurts like hell when it is exposed because it is nasty and ugly. The thing is; when two people allow the ego to be fully exposed, when they accept it and look at it honestly, what they see is something they do not want.

All these “truths” that we are so afraid of, the “secrets” we are slaves to—every single one of them are entirely unreal illusions. In the ultimate reality, everything the ego makes is nothing.

When two people keep going more and more deeply into honesty, what is ultimately revealed is perfect truth: which is and can only be unconditional love.

The path to salvation, awakening, enlightenment, unconditional love—whatever you want to call it—is and can only be the path of honesty, accessible in the absence of ego. Ultimately, honesty is the undoing of all the errors which block love.

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Love is felt only when you are open

When you are in love, your energy level goes through the roof. You don’t need to eat or sleep, you can live only from that amazing feeling of love. What most people don’t know is that the feeling of love is what happens whenever you are open. Open your mind and heart completely to experience the natural energy—the force of life—that comes from within.

To close is to experience low energy and depression. But the more you open, the more you soar. This is the way you unleash your energy, inspiration and enthusiasm. Dare to open. Dare to trust in your truth.

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