Babies cry when there is an unmet need. Grown-ups attack for the same reason.

Would you respond to a crying baby by shouting back, or by trying to understand the need and then fulfilling it? Likewise, the way to respond to any brother or sister in need is to look past the cry for help and focus attention on the level of needs.

Most people fear being verbally attacked or insulted, as though such a silly and embarrassing act means something real and carries some power. If you ever feel insulted by the words or actions of another person, that’s only your bruised ego. Let it be bruised and do not defend yourself; for the ego means nothing to begin with.

A mind-identified, spiritually unconscious person responds to attack by getting easily frustrated, angry, and wanting to hit back even harder. But an awakened person has permanently escaped the ego to embrace the thought system of unconditional love. Love is only concerned with giving, never feels slighted, and takes nothing personally. You are not your mind. You are love and, as love, you cannot be attacked or diminished.

Attack is always a misguided, tragic, desperate cry for love. Understand the real unfulfilled need beneath the attack, then respond with love, not violence. Whether or not you are able to ultimately fulfill the need; when a person sees that he cannot activate the madness of ego within you, he will immediately recognize his own insanity and will either walk away or shift the tone. Tempers settle, cool minds prevail, peace is restored.

Respond to any challenge only in love, seeing nothing the ego is or does as real.

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When you are honest, everything about your life is real.

Each time we choose to hide something—however seemingly small or inconsequential it may seem—we make the tragic decision to build a castle upon a foundation of sand. One hidden truth requires others, and those others still, until a web of lies and confusion eventually becomes overwhelming. This confusion is a shaky foundation that slowly causes any relationship or situation to collapse. In the end, no amount of effort can make illusions real.

The choice for perfect honesty starts by being honest with yourself. What do you need? What excites you and inspires you? Who are you and what do you want to become? What do you want to experience? If you can be honest with yourself about everything, without consideration of what others may think, then you have awakened within to honesty. Most people don’t even get this far.

But being perfectly honest also requires that you extend your truth to others. To hold back here is to spend so much energy trying to decide what to do or not and what to reveal or keep secret. Either way, you suffer. You know all that stuff about yourself that you just started to become honest about? Now if you repress it or hide it, you suffer.

To the extent that we withhold honesty, we are limited by others, controlled, repressed, and unfree. It is very normal in this world to sacrifice all that is true and real because of fear—as though something is wrong with us and we don’t fit in the world. This is the tragic game that everybody is playing. Through dishonesty, we are foolishly teaching a version of reality that isn’t real—and hiding what is real about ourselves to all those who are so thirsty for the truth and isolated in the false.

There is another way, and it can be put into practice now. When we find the self-love, the confidence, the faith and courage to first be honest with ourselves and then lovingly extend it without hesitation; then everything about our lives becomes real. Our lives can become a reflection of our wildest dreams, but only if we are perfectly honest all the time.

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Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive. (Eckhart Tolle)

Complete identification with the mind (the belief that I am my thoughts) is the cause of failure, suffering and insanity. A person in this state—convinced by the story of “me against the universe”—suffers from so much fear and panic.

Even still today, most people never look at or question their belief in separation. Instead, exhaustive effort is made to blame other people, limitations and situations for their suffering. “If only this person would change, or if only I could find a way to accomplish this, then I could finally be happy.” This way of thinking appears to make sense when we are young, but as we get older something else happens.

As you mature, you look back upon all the things that were supposed to make you happy and supposed to end your suffering. Much of it was eventually accomplished. But just as soon as it was, of course you found the next reason to suffer. At some point, you face a choice to either sink into despair or, far better, you learn to merely observe thought rather than trusting it.

The sane, creative, productive mind has learned to humble itself to the vast realm of consciousness. The mind isn’t you; rather, merely a useful tool to channel being into doing. Of itself, the mind has no real power, knowledge or truth.

That which is real is beyond the mind and can be best described as unconditional love. When this is known, the mind functions optimally and the suffering ends.

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The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. (Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now)

Eckhart Tolle continues, “By ‘misuse’ I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the reality of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction—as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions such as ‘my’ or ‘our God’ is the only true God and ‘your God’ is false.”

Use of a misused word isn’t all that helpful. “Love” is another badly misused word and wonderful books have been written attempting to redefine it correctly. This has been the learning obstacle throughout history: people who don’t understand the essential truth behind a concept begin using and defining the word in a way that has nothing to do with the original meaning.

The truth is never found in a word or in a set of words arranged in some perfect order. Words are only symbols; sounds our vocal cords and mouths make. At best, words can point to the truth; but they never exactly are the truth. Therefore, it is helpful to approach knowing by exploring multiple teachings and traditions.

Atheists like to mock believers by laughing at the concept of their “man in the sky”. Yet, those who know God would also laugh at this concept. That’s not what we are talking about.

God is being, love, consciousness, freedom, the force of life, the Tao, source energy, truth, perfect knowing, power, oneness and the unobservable, eternal nothingness that surrounds all material form within and throughout the universe. There is only one God, which is being, and is beyond our mind’s ability to fully define, possess or grasp.

Through a practice of quieting the mind, remaining still and present, wanting only honesty and truth, and acting only in love, we can allow the source energy within to guide us. Whatever language is helpful to get us there makes no difference at all, but the most important thing we can do in life is to undo whatever is blocking us from this knowing. For those who are unwilling, the suffering gradually increases through life; until one day they do become willing and open.

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Separation from God is hell. (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback)

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I’m grateful that Aaron Rodgers is beginning to open up about his spirituality. He speaks for me and the millions of us (and growing) around the world who have found salvation outside the structures of organized religion.

May we all begin to respect, accept and to celebrate one another’s path to awakening whether it is inspired by an organized religion or not.

Check out the entire December 26th podcast he did with his girlfriend, Danica Patrick. There's much more than what is showin in this clip.

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Sin is where love is not. (A Course in Miracles)

The Biblical word “sin” originated from a Greek word ἁμαρτία, which means failure, being in error, missing the mark, especially in spear throwing.

An act done without love is sin. But many times, the same act done with love is sinless. Sin isn't so much about what a person does; rather, how it is done. What is in your heart? What are your intentions? Are you loving and serving your brothers and sisters or are you trying to harm, selfishly manipulate, and exploit?

Embrace love in everything you do, and you will no longer miss the mark. True love cannot and does not harm. It really is that simple. Learn what true love is, what it does, and simply choose to align with it. You can lovingly do whatever the truth of your love inspires!

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Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with an unwillingness to know. (A Course in Miracles)

To know, we need only become willing to learn and to apply the lesson.

Why are we unwilling to know? Because we fear the unknown. This obvious catch-22 exposes the ego’s insanity. By keeping fear real, we are afraid to know. By deciding not to know, we are also keeping fear real. Such an obvious problem is easily solvable.

Once again: it is because of fear that the unknown exists in your life; yet fear about something no longer exists the moment something becomes known. Would you rather know without fear, or not know with fear?

I know that the suffering in your life can end. The drama can cease. The lack can be replaced by abundance. Stress can be gone, as can illness. You can live your dreams and fantasies without sacrificing anything real. Your life can become fulfilling and meaningful. Your relationships can become free, yet eternal. I know the way. Do you want to know it?

The lesson is this: love unconditionally. Always be honest. Always be accepting. Want only truth. Have an open heart and open mind. Say yes. Try it. Talk about it. Research it. Explore it. Try different variations. Invent. Be brave and be willing.

The lesson is simple, but purification is required first. The world has conditioned us with a fundamentally flawed, insane thought system. Healing is the undoing of ego and the complete acceptance of the thought system of unconditional love.

Fear vanishes the moment the unknown becomes known; but will slowly eat away at those who are unwilling to know.

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This is how we heal

“Every healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed, because he does not know where to look for truth and, therefore, does not know the answer to the problem of healing.”

-A Course in Miracles

The attempt to take seriously, to understand, and to analyze all the details and intricacies of our illusions is not the path toward healing. The answer to the problem is not found within the problem; rather, beyond it.

To heal is merely to understand what is meant by illusion. It is to know what is real and unreal—what is false as opposed to truth—and to stop taking the unreal so seriously. But still, what exactly do I mean by “illusion”?

Anything that happens externally in our lives is ultimately unreal because it is impermanent. When something is perceived as bad or unfortunate, we might find comfort in the saying, “this, too, shall pass.” However, the same can be said about that which we perceive as good. Nothing lasts, and healing must last (or it isn’t healing).

All form is unstable and changing. All situations are fleeting. To take seriously and attempt to control that which cannot be possessed, contained or controlled is the cause of unbearable fear, stress and suffering. This is the cause of illness and what we are attempting to heal.

That which is not illusion is that which does not change—unconditional love and our ongoing conscious awareness. This is your identity, not your body or mind. There is something so mysterious about the force of life, itself. Consciousness arises from the nothingness to inhabit physical form for a time and then shift to other forms. But consciousness, itself, is of the nothingness and cannot be threatened or changed. It is one infinite field that fills the universe and everything in it.

A spiritual practice is an ongoing attempt to align your thinking in this way. You are not your mind; rather, the observer of your mind. You are consciousness, which is the feeling of and the doing of unconditional love. This is how we heal—how we become free from suffering by aligning with a higher truth so that we stop taking physical reality so seriously.

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Redemption is possible only by sharing it. (A Course in Miracles)

When you think back on your life, what are your most cherished memories? My guess is this: you most value the moments shared with other people. 

Learning to love yourself and enjoy yourself when you are alone is a required starting point; but solitude pales in comparison with sharing a beautiful moment, a truth, a feeling, or an experience with another person. Redemption is about extending the love that flows from within so that you make whole between people what once seemed separate. Whatever form it takes, shine your beauty freely to teach, inspire, and to change lives.

Getting yourself right; learning to forgive, to accept and love yourself...this is only the starting point! Yes, find presence, inner peace, moments of stillness and no thought; but do not stop there! Be free. Extend the truth about you as far and wide as you can, and if you do so from the depth of your truths then it will be perfectly recognized and accepted by all. Why? Because the depths of their truths are identical.

Live your wildest dreams, explore your passions, try new things, create something, and by all means take others along with you and inspire them to do the same. This is how your relationships become eternal, your life becomes infused with meaning and purpose, and how you live eternally through the redemption that is only possible through honest, open, accepting relationships.

There is nothing to wait for. You can go first. You are in full control here, which is a very beautiful thing. 

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Abscondo Podcast #74: What's real about a relationship is eternal

A conversation about relationships as it relates to life and death. You can listen to the full podcast here:

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