Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? (Rumi)

Search for freedom externally and find only closed doors. It is true that there are endless obstacles to freedom in this world, and that's exactly the point. The doorway to freedom cannot be found externally because it is within.

What is freedom but the right to openly and honestly be yourself, to express yourself, to live your dreams and fantasies? Your soul wants to be set free. You want to feel unrestricted, unblocked, unshackled. Why? Because you want to be happy, to have fun, to love and be loved, to learn and to grow and to play. 

The door to all of this is only found within. To open it, open your mind and your heart to perfect love. To the mind, unconditional love is a thought system. To the heart, it is an energy and a state of being that is felt.  You do want freedom, but real and lasting freedom is only accessible when all your faith is in love. All that is not love can be let go of.

This is the only door to freedom: learn what perfect love is, learn to love yourself fully, then extend it freely and align your thoughts with only loving thoughts. Without first doing this, there is no person, situation, or circumstance in the world that could possibly offer you any sort of real or lasting freedom. You may have already been offered freedom, but failed to experience it because you haven't walked through the door within.

Only if aligned with love are you free. You are free to tell the truth, free to connect with other free people in love, free to explore, and if you embody only love you will render ineffective all the world's attempts to restrict your freedom. You are consciousness, which is another word for perfect love. You are eternal. You are beautiful. You are the light. You are free.

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All authority is within

When the government tries to help some, unhealthy dependencies are created. When it ignores others, victim identity takes hold. No external authority can do what we must do for ourselves.

The real authorities are not representatives of any government or institution. These so-called authorities are merely creators of challenges, perpetuators of misery, and obstacles to happiness and freedom. We must—upon our own authority—overcome these obstacles.

We are the authorities. We are divine beings connected through the one consciousness. Herein lies all truth, beauty and power. No matter the threats and limitations are thrusted upon us by systems of violence, nothing can take away our ability to think freely, to speak the truth, and to do as we choose so long as it is loving.

Love trumps false authority. Love sets us free. Perfect honesty trumps propaganda. Deep human connections are beyond external interference. Self-love is unstoppable. No authority lies in the external world. This is the dimension of problems and challenges; not power. All power is wholly alive within.

This message is literal, not theoretical. You want something to change in your life? Make it happen. Prosperity comes from serving and creating value for others. Safety comes from extending only love and never violence or attack. Happiness comes from disidentification from ego. Health comes from eliminating fear and stress. A true spiritual practice of purification and healing is required for any of this to become your reality.

No institution of external authority is going to do a damn thing to help you with anything. All authority to change anything lies within—but only by successfully transcending ego to identify as consciousness.

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No trust in authority. The world is messed up. What can we do? How are we supposed to live?

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People reject both Love and God because they incorrectly believe that both involve sacrifice

As A Course in Miracles explains, “You believe it is possible to be host to ego or hostage to God.” Indeed, religion has falsely taught us that salvation requires tremendous sacrifices that would rob us of fun and richness of experience in life. While religiosity can make life dull, spiritual awakening brings aliveness.

The story of Christ dying on the cross is not a story of sacrifice; rather, a story about fearlessly overcoming death as spirit-identity. No sacrifice is required to align with God because God is the force of life, itself. It is what we are, beyond the flesh. When you recognize your divine identity, you choose to let the false ego identity go because you simply recognize it as the source of problems. Is ending your problems in this life and beyond a sacrifice?

People misunderstand God as something external, far away, a sort of man in the sky whom we are supposed to fear. This idea of God is so ridiculous that most people, choosing to become agnostic or atheist, assume the world’s false identity of ego instead. The tragic error of ego is undone when we recognize God as the energy and force of life, itself, experienced by humans internally as the energy, feeling, and thought system of Love.

Of course, Love (capitalized because it is divine) is another badly misunderstood concept, for the simple reason that we are taught that it, too, requires sacrifice.   

“Sacrifice is so essential to your thought system that salvation apart from sacrifice means nothing to you. Your confusion of sacrifice and love is so profound that you cannot conceive of love without sacrifice. And it is this you must look upon; sacrifice is attack, not love.”
-A Course in Miracles

To Love fully, to spiritually awaken and to align with the divine thought system of Love, requires no sacrifice at all. Those who would make you sacrifice for love or for salvation are manipulating and exploiting you for very selfish reasons. To embrace this message is to free yourself, to end your suffering, to awaken to truth, reality, and joy. No sacrifice. No fear. Just love.

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The healthcare system is so sick and corrupted that I question the credibility of doctors and nurses

At our conception, we are created perfectly healthy. If at any point something goes wrong with our health, it is almost always because we are doing something wrong. Poor diet, lack of exercise, not enough sleep, addictions, lack of meditation, an over-active and fearful egoic mind—these are the causes of disease.

Meanwhile, we have a so-called “healthcare system” that cares nothing about the reality of health and sickness. It is a system built upon the intense indoctrination of doctors and nurses who are then corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry. Their primary focus is not to cure; rather, to prescribe expensive pills as a response to every problem and to perform expensive surgeries as a last resort.

Every pharmaceutical drug is a poison that causes harm (side-effects). Victims of the health care system—those who trust the doctor—often take a cocktail of pills daily with no end in sight for problems that would be naturally cured with healthy habits. These pills mess with our bodies in ways that are known and unknown, causing countless variations of dysfunction and illness within the body. While it has become so normal that we can’t even see it, healthcare professionals who manufacture, prescribe, and sell these pills are literally in the business of doing harm and killing.

I do see it, which is why I have not been to a doctor in decades. My health is self-taught, and I take full authority over my health-related decisions. I exercise daily to get oxygen into every cell. I do intermittent fasting each day so my body can fix any problems without the burden of constantly digesting food. I eat whole, natural food from every category (no processed food or sweeteners). I meditate each day and feel my body healing itself. Most importantly, through a spiritual practice I escaped the ego to end fear and negative emotion.

Upon my own authority as a free human being, I declare myself free from the sick and corrupted healthcare system which, in my view, has very little credibility. Instead, I will fearlessly trust nature and simply pay attention to how I feel as I do my best to make good decisions. Being perfectly healthy is natural. Don’t let a corrupted institution mess it up.

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Follow your feelings and let nature point the way

Nothing good comes from doing something when you don’t feel good. You may feel the need to get something done, but what is the quality of your doing?

If you are rushed, everything you do will be sloppy. If you are stressed, you will only generate more stress for yourself and others. If you are depressed, nothing you do will inspire anyone. There is no point to working on anything while in a negative state. You will create problems rather than solving them.

If you feel lousy, you must have gone off course. Step back. Take a nap. Do a meditation. Do nothing at all. Go for a walk. Do something that makes you feel good. When you feel good again, when you feel inspired, then calmly place your attention on whatever you feel inspired to do.

When a person who feels good does something, it generates more enjoyment. Conversations are uplifting, creative projects are beautiful, ventures are successful.

When people are grumpy, it is because they are tired, hungry or stressed. We all get down from time to time. When you do, don’t try to solve anything. Don’t try to figure anything out. Try not to think about anything serious and just rest. You’ll be back to your best self in no time.

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The world teaches fear to distract you from your power

Your power is love and it is what you are. This power can be forgotten, but it cannot be lost. Love is the only force that the world cannot resist, cannot contain, and cannot successfully war against. When your thinking and doing is loving, you channel unstoppable power and strength.

The ego would convince you to sacrifice perfect love to gain the world. But like everything the ego sets out to do, this cannot be done. There is nothing of any real value that can be gained from the world. All truth, beauty and value is consciousness infusing the world of form. To love is to bring about the feeling, the energy, the doing of consciousness.

You cannot sell your soul, but you can forget it–choosing instead a state of suffering, failure, anxiety and fear. This is the feeling of a forgotten soul begging to be remembered.

Remember what you are each day and know that it is infinitely more powerful than anything of this world. Unconditional love is so powerful that no one can stop you from practicing it. All authority lies in your truth.

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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.

Still today, most people make exhaustive efforts to blame other people and situations as the cause of suffering. The thinking goes, "If only this person would change, or if only I could find a way to accomplish this, then I could finally be happy.” This story appears to make sense when we are young, but as we pass through life something changes.

As we mature, we look back upon all the things that were supposed to make us happy. Much of what we wanted in our youth was eventually experienced or accomplished. But just as soon as we get what we want, we find the next problem. When we eventually recognize this pattern, most people surrender to despair and grumpiness. The other alternative is to find out how to simply observe thoughts, not take them too seriously, and mostly ignore the stories of the mind.

Through daily meditation and a spiritual practice, you can awaken to the fact that the voice in the head isn’t really you; rather, the conditioning of the world. This is the recognition of reality an the undoing of ego.

All that which is real is beyond the mind and can be best described as unconditional love. When we align with unconditional love, the mind functions optimally and the suffering ends. Awakened, you live in alignment with reality rather than in a state of resisting it. The scattered thoughts no longer cause emotional reactions. Now the sane, creative, productive mind has humbled itself to the vast realm of consciousness.

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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 real 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 explore multiple teachings and traditions which may point to the same truth while using different concepts.

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 without. There is only one God, though many words point to the same concept.

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 knowing.

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If you want something, but fear it at all, you will not have it because you do not truly want it.

Have you ever hoped or prayed for something you so badly wanted, but at the same time you felt a little afraid about getting it? According to A Course in Miracles, fear is the reason that our hopes go unfulfilled and our prayers go unanswered.

How can we claim to so badly want something, yet at the same time fear it? If there is any fear associated with a wish, it cannot be wholly desired. To want something means to want it fully. That which is partially undesired is, in truth, not desired. A “yes” contains no “no”.

If there is any fear associated with an opportunity or accomplishment, then your “yes” contains a “no” and you aren’t ready for it. If there is any fear associated with a relationship, then your supposed certainty contains uncertainty and it is not something you want. If you claim to want your life to change, yet your commitment to change contains any resistance to change, then in truth you don’t want your life to change.

Is there anything you want so fully that there is no fear? If so, then my guess is that you already have it. Those are probably the dreams that have already been fulfilled and the prayers that have already been answered.

To manifest is to want fully and without any fear. If you want anything of real value this purely, then it is already yours. This is what is meant by abundance. Fear is lack. Furthermore, in the presence of love, fear does not even exist.

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