Posts categorized "Revolution"

If you had a choice, would you choose suffering or joy? (Eckhart Tolle)

If you think about recent history, turn on the news, or even watch a popular movie, you instantly realize that the world is in a state of madness and insanity. It would seem perfectly natural to react with negative feelings such as fear and outrage. But, as Eckhart Tolle explains in The Power of Now, “Sanity is there underneath the madness. Healing and redemption are available right now.”

How can this be? We are taught to seek change by fighting the system or trying to change others. Experience tells us that this is impossible. Thus, we learn to give-up and give-in to suffering, despair, and complaint. Uninspired, we live as if we have no power and no influence.

Yet, “If you really knew deeply that everything is okay, which of course is true, then would you have those negative feelings in the first place?” Madness cannot be cured by negativity. Violence cannot be ended through attack. To heal ourselves is the only power we have; yet this is the only power great enough to heal the whole world. We need only access the power of now.

Now, look not at your life situation or the state of the world. Look only at your actual present moment in this time and place. Start with full acceptance of what is in your reality, here and now. Breathe. Are there any problems now? Learn to live from this place. If your present moment is not okay, you have three options: leave, change it, or accept it. Whatever the outcome of your decision, accept it. Have patience, follow your intuition, have faith.

Learn to live from a place beneath the insanity. Until then, nobody is going to take away your right to suffer. If this is what you want, you are free to suffer. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Is there joy, ease, or lightness in what I am doing? (Eckhart Tolle)

Yesterday we discussed the difference between making from the ego and creating from the depth of consciousness. As we go through our days, as we strive toward our goals and do what we do, how can we know whether we are creating or merely making?

Eckhart Tolle explains, “If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to change what you’re doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. ‘How’ is always more important than ‘what’. See if you can give more attention to the doing than to the result you want to achieve from it.”

Humanity is currently going through the greatest shift in ages—the shift from the fallen, mind-dominated state to an awakened state. To reach this state on an individual level is called salvation, atonement, enlightenment, awareness, and there are many other words used to describe the awakened state. But what happens when a critical mass of the population reaches this state together?

To reach this state on a massive scale is called the consciousness revolution—which is the only real revolution and humanity’s only chance of survival. Any revolution that involves attacking or trying to destroy a problem will fail to produce the desired result. The consciousness revolution attacks nothing. Through it, we quietly create a new Earth by simply forming honest and accepting relationships and then creating together in harmony from a place of joy, ease, and lightness. We live and create from a place of feeling good. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Your starting point is truth, and you must return to your beginning. (A Course in Miracles)

The return to knowledge involves the undoing of a thought system called separation—otherwise known as the fallen or egoic state of existence. You fear this undoing as though it is death, but in truth it is only the death of error and suffering.

In simple terms, belief in separation means that you believe you are separate from the universe, you have the power to create yourself, you can control what happens, and that you will find your own salvation by arranging the external world according to your liking.

This thought system is the normal state of human existence, but it doesn’t work and never has. Has it brought you lasting peace and happiness so far? Why, after so much time adhering to a system of thought that has failed you, do you cling to it ever more tightly?

Even if you do manage to get what you want, it isn’t going to be what you want. That’s why the fabulously rich and famous often end up depressed or suicidal. Seeking salvation in any external form is error. Getting what you want in this life brings a happiness that is momentary and fleeting like the high you get from a drug.

But the mind has tremendous power under any influence. Belief in separation has miscreated a world ruled by fear, judgement, violence, tragedy and terrible suffering. People and institutions do horrible things because we have become infected with an insane thought system. Do not fear this undoing—the remembrance of knowledge and the end of error.

Now we go back to before the thought system. You were born already perfect and complete, just as you still are now. You are perfect love and all your needs are provided for. You are simple joy, happiness, and pure inspiration. For a long time, you have been taught to sacrifice. Now you forgive yourself and everyone. Together, we undo error and we heal. We lose faith in all thought systems and we return to the oneness of knowledge at the source. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

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Perception must be straightened out before you can know anything. (A Course in Miracles)

Socrates once said that the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing. He was exactly wrong. This biased perception teaches us not to know, and then to pretend that we do know because we are rational and unbiased. This is dishonest and insane.

“True perception is the basis of knowing.” Knowing is possible, but only after ending confused perception.

A mind that does not know interprets. Interpretation cannot result in true perception or knowledge because it comes from the egoic mind. In the egoic state of changing opinions, false memories, selfish agendas, illusions of grandeur, and unrealistic hopes and dreams—knowledge and wisdom is unattainable. A confused, interpreting mind has no real power and cannot be scientific or rational (though it may falsely pretend to be so).

“You can see in many ways because perception involves interpretation.” This is the cause of conflict and the reason nobody seems to agree on anything.

Knowing is possible, but only through a spiritual awakening—a knowing of your true identity—an identification with your soul or essence. This transformation takes place within the realm of perception. In other words, “Spiritual sight is symbolic, and therefore not a device for knowing. It is a means of right perception.”

When you know who you are, when you know what ego is and how to escape it, when you are fully-aligned with oneness and begin to exist in the now—this is when the struggle of learning ends because knowing becomes effortless. You need only make up your mind in the realm of perception and all power, knowledge, and wisdom is yours. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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“You know when you have ceased to ask questions.”

Quotes taken from A Course in Miracles.


Belief in a future heaven creates a present hell. (Eckhart Tolle)

Living for the future, in any form, is a distortion of life. The religious seek heaven. The political ideologs seek utopia. Whenever a future goal or destination becomes so important that we become willing to sacrifice the present, all is lost. This is what is meant by “the ends do not justify the means”.

Any true vision, goal, or destination must be accessible immediately, in the present. That which is real is eternal and unchanging. If what you seek is beyond reach now, then it cannot be considered eternal and, therefore, is not real. You are sacrificing all that is real in pursuit of an illusion. This is a tragedy in any and every form.

When Jesus referred to the “Kingdom of Heaven”, he was not referring to a future destination in the sky. He was telling us about consciousness, the awakened state, enlightenment, which is accessible only now. Of course, the church has distorted this message by having us believe that this life is only meant as a preparation for death. Life is supposed to be hell. Death is supposed to be your reward. This has created the sickness of fear, obedience, and suffering in the lives of countless people over hundreds and hundreds of years.

Any state of being that is real is accessible now. Nothing external, nothing in the realm of form, is required first before you can enter the state of bliss, awareness, utopia, nirvana. Heaven is now. You are meant to go there now and to bring others along. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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"Belief in a future heave creates a present hell." The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Image by Bobica Alexandru  


I am love.

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All religions, belief systems, philosophies, economic systems, and lifestyles either teach love or the opposite; which is fear.

Love is truth, beauty, wisdom, health, abundance, happiness, and all that is in alignment with life.

Fear is suffering, sickness, insanity, lack, violence and all that is in alignment with death.

Any religion, belief system, philosophy, economic system, or relationship style that teaches fear is designed to enslave you. That which teaches love sets you free.

Love is the energy of life itself, accessible only in the present moment, in the state of unconditional acceptance. Anything that pulls you away from this place is false and can easily be ignored. You know this is true because you look within and know what you are. You are love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

 


You are innocent.

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The world tells us that evil is real. Religion tells us that we are all sinners. We are taught to fight evil in the world and to resist temptation within. This lesson—taught in the language of blame, shame, and guilt—is false.

What the world calls evil and what religion calls sin is, in truth, only error. The error is always the same—to act without love. The only correction to error is perfect love. The only way to teach love is to love.

The world has miscreated something called ego and we have believed that it is real. All forms of thought and belief lead directly to action, so we have judged, defended, prosecuted, and jailed just as we have also offended and been victimized. We have made an idol of the ego and this has been the justification for human drama and suffering. We have carried such a terrible burden. Now we let it go.

Now we remember that we are innocent. All the lessons we have been taught through attack are false. If we have errored, it is only because we have believed those false lessons and have acted without love. The eternal correction is to find self-love, which is easy now that you know you are innocent. Now when you see error in another, you will see it in truth. All error is a cry for love. To correct error, extend love. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

“Innocence is wisdom, because it is unaware of evil and evil does not exist. It is aware, however, of everything that is true.” -A Course in Miracles


The source of wealth and abundance

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Money is not the source of value. It is only a storage container of value. Money naturally flows to where value is being created. The giver of money naturally expects value back. The creator of value naturally expects to be paid the right price.

Ask this question frequently and you will never be poor; what can I do or create that is most valuable to the most people?

You don’t need to get rich or to raise capital before you can do what you were meant to do. It’s the other way around: first you follow your inspiration and create value for others, then the money flows to you. You are the source of value. Value is creation and service to others.

Do everything you can to offer real value to others. If you can serve or create something that is valuable to others, equal value will inevitably flow back to you in the form of money, fulfilling relationships, favors, new opportunities, recognition and admiration.

You must go first. Limitation is an illusion seen by those who refuse to go first. Sometimes it is enough just to explain what you are going to do and the funding will come up-front.

Others may error, they may rob and steal, but nobody gets away with anything. To acquire wealth through deceit or abuse of power is to attack. To attack is to create your own hell on earth.

You who love, serve and create are the truly rich. The wealth you enjoy is a beautiful reflection of the love you give. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.  

Image by Benjamin Forrest


Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. (A Course in Miracles)

Darkness is complicated. It feels heavy and exhausting. All forms of darkness flow from fear. Systems of authority control you through punishment and reward. Corporations exploit you by selling dangerous drugs, unhealthy food, and toxic media content. Spouses, parents, and friends judge you, shame you, blame you, and punish you. Schools make false promises and teach meaningless information. You are continually exploited just as you are attacked. Even as you give everything you have to hold onto a job, you never seem to have enough money.

Sometimes it feels as if you don’t belong in this world. You blame yourself for not fitting-in. You look around and believe that others are doing fine. They aren’t. Everybody is lying to each other because we are scared.

Light is easy. It feels effortless yet contains infinite energy. All forms of light flow from love. Love is a higher form of vision. It is a seeing of other souls and all existence beyond the level of form. It is a looking past the waves and knowing the depth of the ocean. It is an awareness that what is real cannot be changed or threatened. Nothing that is real about us can be lost or taken away from us. There is no lack of anything, therefore we are free to give everything. Giving and receiving is the basic functioning of life.

Darkness cannot be undone with the values and tactics of darkness. Only light can abolish darkness and it does so in an instant. Darkness only seems real in our lives because we believe in it. Now we put our faith in light and we no longer see the darkness. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. A Course in Miracles