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Stop the Habit of Compulsive Thinking
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October 15, 2018 07:36 PM PDT
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Don't try to stop overthinking. When we fight the thought we want to stop, the brain constricts causing a shift back to the thinking to avoid the constriction. Stop trying. Stop not trying. This means just stop. When a thought about if you've really stopped well enough floats by, focus on a house you used to live in as a child or when younger. A senseless thought which has no interest for you is a good way to begin the silencing of your mind. Also understand that the compulsive thinking is on a subject or idea that you very likely cannot change right now. Probably can't change it at all because it's an illusion. Even if the thought is on death, it's not about death but it's on the word death that troubled you in the past and maybe has even recently. When we near the truth, the false self that sought problems or negativity or the uncontrollable cleverly sought the very idea or word that is controllable or else it wouldn't find it in hopes you'll either stop it or keep thinking you're the only one with it and it may never stop. Thoughts won't hurt you but how you used to perceive them will create the suffering. If you lost interest, let’s say, in death, what you'd lose interest in is time. BINGO. That is, in the scenario, really what the non problem you're disinterested in isn't. The ego likes worry because we've become accustomed to ironically feeling guilty for feeling happy. "Too good to be true. Won't last." That's the "little me.” Now comes indifference.

As you're awakening into the present, the thought forms become much easier to SEE because that's really what you're doing by being. Another thing to consider is this example. When you have bought a new car, you're excited to have it and want to drive, obviously. Let's say you bought a new or newer Infiniti G 37 coupe wearing a pretty golden color.

Notice within the next few days and within even this day as you drive around how many Infiniti vehicles you start seeing because you think they just weren't out there before. Can you imagine how many miracles and other invisible things that had been really visible that you didn’t see because you were looking for instead of seeing through. And you like seeing them because it validates that others also value the Infiniti as a fine automobile. Your awareness has both opened up and in an odd way narrowed and divided the playing field towards a very good thing for a fascinating reason. Intentionality and SEEING occurs when what is now important or of interest to you begins unconsciously at first seeing easily what you are wanting look at. I use this example because I have an Infiniti and like the make of car. Note that as human beings, we don't become very interested in something that we're not included in or able to relate to. When we are ALL included, there is increasing unity as when a tornado or the like hits our hometown. Something in common and it affects what we all have in common.

Now, to the meat of this. Back to the overthinking of death as the example. Regardless of our religious beliefs or non beliefs or perhaps they aren't beliefs but personal experiences. Society and particularly religion tells us what to look at but not how to see more than the what but also the understanding and insight that will, paradoxically, cease the thinking about what we were told or conditioned to look at.

Here's the key. Practice awareness. Be aware of occasions when you notice you are less aware when the intrusive thoughts float in. As you see that you are aware that you nodded off by habit, the habit must go because you've seen the habit and it can never lurk and lull you into that senseless but I understand:

"I am thinking about death and I feel down and is there something wrong but I can't stop is seems so I must accept it and be glad when that thought leaves for a bit while I'm distracted."

Distractions are the enemy and they begin as kids. We feel bored and then think we are bored but this isn't possible. Boredom is an abstract word we've made into a false reality. All misperceptions stem from our attaching to egoistic titles and positions and education degrees and roles as parents and brothers and political preference. Whenever you become offended, it is ALWAYS your 'little me' ego. ALWAYS.

"But I don't think I'm egoistic and full of myself."

Of course you don't because your very identity is the concocted persona you have created merely a self-image and idea of who you think you are. That's the illusionary False Self. It’s all in your head. Not really. It’s all in One head and everyone who is and was which still means is, IS in “I Am” consciousness and if you repeat, “I am consciousness,” than you’ll notice the “I Am” in everything. Not a bad self but just not the true self. What is a true self? You already kind of know the answer and that's the very true self who you are and have always been that has been conditioned like us all to fit in and be accepted by "doing to get identity." Read that a few times. Slow down. Haste makes waste and another thing I know you do that bugs your true self is occasionally you wonder why you're in a hurry and why a particular worry is a worry whatsoever. Comparing, competing and labeling all create overthinking. Good enough seeking and almost everyone feels not good enough. Why so? Watch my language. "Almost EVERYONE feels not good enough."

Kind of sounds like an airborne pathogen or flu that so many people have contracted that it just seems like a given that you will naturally get it.

I going somewhere so be relaxed. You are okay here and now. No where you've ever been other than now. Are you willing to accept what is within and also outside of you as it is with no need to flee the most peacefully perfect living moment we ALL are aware of but not ALL see it. Can only see what you're taught to look for and this is changing even now because you are much more aware of the word and realness of awareness than you were 5 minutes ago. Time is seamless. The time is now and now the time is now and you can't run away from what you'd never run away from again ONCE you now see that's is the only place when all thoughts will fall away with practice dropping the patterns of the mind and your permission to allow peace to be who you are because the true you is peace. Happiness is your function.

Question. What if your perception of God or Buddha self, or Reality or whoever changed towards a neutral to nicely acceptable sensing into your heart space? How would changing your perception of God change everything about your life?

Once comparison starts becoming less interesting to you and it is not very interesting to the true you because the true self knows the absurdity of expending energy on people and situations outside of you because the true self has practiced letting go of what it sees as those old prickly and worrisome and obsessive thoughts that now do not control the "little me" because (and here's the good part) the true self is the good part of a very good God that bad religion in America didn't tell you to look for.

We don't see people as they are but as we are.

Perception.

"You're a fucking loser."

Didn't mean that and pardon the language. Note you have a choice here now. Now is that choice. The peaceful moment outside of time. The eternal NOW.

Let's pretend that you really know that you are not a loser and what the implications of knowing who you are when present dissolves labels and personal insults. An insult is meant by the person insulting you or I to be kind of personal. When people insult you, it is their concocted image and mental image that caught in an illusion that has found some absurd reason to insult you. But a paradigm shift has already begun to shift away from the false and easily wounded ego towards "What your face looked like before you were born." No name, no identity, no hobbies, no person, no needs and yet awareness is consciousness shared with ultimate consciousness and consciousness knows consciousness. You reading this now have this in common with me typing this now as far as you'll never know but by corollary and implication.

Imagine God as some being that isn't separated and distantly external of you. God or Perfect Love and the Perfect Accepter is the ultimate TRUE EVERYTHING. Here's what She's saying to you now:

"Because I am, you are. I'm especially fond of you."

The Prime Cause is always greater in every good and pure way than its created Effect. The intelligence and genius who is capable to speak you into Being, is Being herself. Separation is impossible. Only the thought that you've been separate from Perfect Love and Being has been the misperception as wrongly taught by a pastor or teenager at a youth camp or some joker with a lofty theological title. That's all the stuff that dies when we die but what cannot be shaken will remain -- The True Self.

The true self is like a white movie screen and regardless of how good or bad the images are that are projected onto it for 2 hours, when the show is over the projection stops and what is left is the True Self yet again forever. Forever means present time that isn't time because it is timeless. No time.

The true self is the I Am within you and don't imagine that this is arrogance for me to suggest this. I am not a me but I had to make it understandable, get it?

Jesus didn't die so that God would change his opinion about humanity (nothing to change); Jesus died so that humanity would change their not so pleasant yet very wrong opinions about God.

The bible and all religions have stuff that's strange. However, what's important is that likeness knows likeness. And all words are metaphorical at best. Point us to the reality and truth like a signpost. The pointing finger is not what we should be taught to look at. Won't get us anywhere or change our perception from the "little me" towards the "I Am and you are. I am always consciousness and aware that you haven't been consistently aware and as conscious as you are now. I am now. People malign my reality by projecting their opinions of I thinking bad of them onto other people and other people project how they feel I feel about them onto others and that's how it is exactly like those compulsive thoughts you once had. Regardless of how many times you think you've had the negative thoughts, every time the thoughts were present, the time was now for everyone whether alive in physical form or consciousness in another form. Even your scientists know that nothing ever dies but just changes forms. The number of atoms and molecules in the universe when it began expanding are the same number now because consciousness conscious or EVERYTHING cannot condemn or hate or dislike all unitive consciousnesses here and now because pure consciousness is present and no judgment is possible when present because as soon as present becomes past, it cannot become anything but present because past and future cannot be judged as static or as objective nouns. I am She who never changes yet who is always present. I am present and will not judge anything that I am not and Perfect Love sees perfect love even when the perfect love is hidden to those I created to be "you are and you are who you are and together I am who you are in Me and you are who I am in you." (Some mystic a long time ago now wrote that and I am especially fond of not only some mystic but every detail about every detail of everyone at One Present Living Moment and inasmuch as I am present and unchanging, I am aware of your consciousness changing and renewing towards one moment that contains all moments and what people do not understand is that I Am the Ability Able and presently transforming your mind preparing you for one love in one moment and sin is simply to miss the point and the point is as tiny as the tip of a needle and as broad as the eye of the universal eye. At present, it is impossible for you to grasp how big this Eye is because I Am the Eye and Everywhere. Stop worrying. You will know before knowing it. That's what I AM that I AM, you got it, mystery. No boredom here, NOW.

Presently you are incapable of judging because the subject now is not 'God' the noun but Presence that is the present within you and where I Am, you are there also.

A parting gift for you to know well at another present moment.

"You'll know before you know it."

It'll make sense one day. The illusion is that there's ever been more than one.

Seamless... No need to try to keep up with the present unless you have in your mind that the present is a geographical location that your body got left at or went forward towards but you’re going to see you still have a head. What will one day happen (another way of saying it is happening or has happened) is that you will lose your head and mind and that’s how I am able to present you with present sense. Got to die intellectually to understand life simply.

Live Now, That's Reality - Anthony de Mello
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October 15, 2018 10:38 AM PDT
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A NEW mind, a new installation of software. It’s not about hell as a geographical location but rather as hell as a state of consciousness. Hell in the head caused by becoming unaware of useless and repetitive thoughts which create mental suffering. Unaware of being unaware. Deer in the headlights. Stuck in its own way. Parochialism. One trick pony. Attachments to illusion. iE, “Once I go on vacation, I’ll be happy.” The as soon as syndrome.

Change the seer, not the circumstances. The only way out is in. The traffic jam isn’t your problem. The sheer bliss of the present moment is the solution. Wondering why you must wait is your problem because you keep questioning what the joy of waiting produces. A jar of muddy water will clear up as the dirty debris naturally and effortlessly sinks to the bottom. Waiting for clarity is all that is needed. It’s not toilsome, difficult or disturbing. The clarity is worth the waiting as the waiting is how inner peace and joy results from understanding temporary mud in water is not the water. How to be is vastly more crucial than what to be. The being doesn’t diminish in value by being the being regardless of what it is doing. Get the being right and the doing takes care of itself.

When you find life, you'll lose the death ordeal
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October 14, 2018 11:14 PM PDT
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A child who has been conditioned by observing her parent forcibly (doesn’t matter to what degree) figuring out the outward world to create a pleasant inward world for her child, will unwittingly create tension and the sense that what is as it is isn’t okay. The neurotically programmed Westernised dualistic mind cannot perceive reality as it truly is but only as its monochrome labelling unconsciously stamps and sticks its narrow parochialism onto how it predictably sees people and things not as they are, but as it is (or isn’t). I say “it” because that’s an accurate representation of a disconnected objectifying mass of brain tissue that’s opposed to merging with anything it “analyses” to be beneath its preprogrammed explanations and conclusions. “A branch cut off from the vine can’t produce fruit.”

What is this excluding mass of brain tissue reason is beneath it? Well, everything or nothing at all. It’s bent towards either narcissism which is insecurity camouflaged by yet another dualistic “clinical psychologist” whose job it is to contain, control and even condemn human objects via categorisation, or else cooperate with its self-deprecating decision as a human object that’s always subjected to its self-referential “social psychologist.” Both types of brain masses are monochromatic but to lesser degrees but both are, at this stage, unwilling and unpracticed in perceiving the possibility of the Divine as anything other than a separate being among other separated beings, objects. Once willing and soon able, both of these psychologists will begin to comprehend the impossibility of separation from Divinity inasmuch as God has ceased as merely a noun and began to be within them as a dynamic verb. It’s a slightly less neurotic brain mass that hasn’t fully been benumbed from still receiving cues from the heart space that remains marginally open in seeing a few colours other than monochrome. Jesus’s mother was human and His father (metaphorical) is Divine. Once divinity exposes their threefold willing vulnerability to become fleshy heart space within humanity, separation is a theological and even logical impossibility. Thus, the remaining conditioned mind off of the human can only forestall the unitive consciousness because it ‘thinks’ the heart and soul are metaphorical and absent meaning. Well, to whomever ‘thinks’ such, all words are necessarily metaphorical. No exceptions. Words, at best, can point us to an approximation as in “love is like,” or “she looks like Karen.” Likeness knows likeness. It seems as Christians and as merely just this shopworn label, we pride ourselves opportunely that we’re apart of the convenience of the technology boom UNLESS we oppose or even hate the millennials who like music that isn’t ‘like’ our music was. Read that sentence again because someone read it to respond rather than receive it as it is without judgment. Of course teenage music at present isn’t like our music (our kind of lumps us all in) was because what was isn’t what is. Kind of simple, isn’t it? My 80 year old dad still loves Elvis Presley’s music and even still tries to do the hip movements that were considered so pornographic way back in the 1950s. Has it ever occurred to you that you and I have never NOT been NOW? Seamlessly the eternal Now and this isn’t a New Age term. Hardly. It goes all the way back to even before the 1950s and the evil stupidity and vulgarity of my 80 year old dad’s depraved generation. Eternal Now was a term and is a term right now only because it became a term as penned by a third century mystic who was also a man from what I’ve heard. But the term, “Eternal Now” is a buzzword among many millennials and even my dad who dared to dance like Elvis has only recently began to embrace the reality and beauty of being here now. Where else can we be? Someone once said, “My favorite place to be is somewhere else.” We all do it because we’ve all done it but not all of us will continue to WHEN we are open to waking up. Have you ever noticed how many people but also many fewer people used to love that song, “Give Me That Old Time Religion?” There’s even a line in the tune that reads, “It’s good enough for me.” Oh my! Jesus attempted to allow those same “stuck in their own” way folks to clue into what “grace upon grace” and “Everyday brings NEW Mercies,” meant. Jesus said then and says now:

"And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, 'The old is good enough.'"

Sound familiar? I know it’s hard to kick the old paradigms. Paradigm is word that means “A societal pattern of something.” I read somewhere recently and I think it was either from a guy named Eckhart Tolle or the Bible, the following quote: “Be not conformed to the pattern of this world, but you be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Old time religion hates change, unlearning, learning something new and especially unlearning something that is old even if this old patterned thought or action is killing them. Even today, we don’t like change but we are always talking about, “Yes, I really need to change this about myself,” OR: “I need to read her newest book.”

Often you’ll hear, “Well, no I haven’t read that book by Eckhart Tolle because he’s a heretic because he’s not a Christian and he’s new age and God hates him.”

I’m not kidding. I have heard people say stuff like this. I have been one of them and breaking out into new mercies and a renewing mind is shining new light on old mental patterns that have dominated and nearly killed what I first thought, and the would do. Get that? Think before doing. Logical, ain’t it?

But, we prefer to change what we do or rather, never change what we’re doing in favor of trying to change what other people are doing and we argue with such people and debate them occasionally with the idea that we can argue them into changing their minds. Question. What does repentance mean? “The renewal of your mind.” OUCH! How can growing wheat grow fully with weeds within the wheat? Well, they can only grow if you don’t pull them up before harvest. Pull the weeds? Only choice? Jesus didn’t think so. He told a parable of a farmer who told his workers not to pull the weeds up and away from the wheat because they’d pull up a lot of good wheat if they did so. Instead, he told them to stop worrying about the weeds and let the weeds grow along with the wheat until the wheat was ready to harvest. What’s that have to do with me or you and the world here now? Well, whenever we immediately divide the field into “I like him,” or “I hate her,” we’re labeling or saying, “She’ll never change.” Rumor has it that a lot of people who hated Saul who persecuted the church way back in the old days, wound up loving him after he changed his mind and then his name to Paul. We’d like to change stuff too, right? No, not others, you and I. Well, if we have no desire to change, we’ve settled into our conclusions. Surround ourselves with our conclusions. Problem is, Pally the Parrot, they’re not our conclusions. You’ll change.

“Oh hell no! I ain’t never gonna change. I’m conservative. I was born that way and I’m staying that way.”

“Well, the Republican candidate for your state will take away social security and tax small businesses like yours over 70 percent if he’s voted in. The democratic candidate for your state is going to keep social security and reduce small business taxation down to 3 percent. That means that the 50,000 you paid in taxes last year will be around 2,000 this year if the democratic dude gets into office.”

“Ah hell! You can’t trust either Republicans or Democrats, can ya? I’m going to vote for the man, not the party line. Gotta change things up sometimes, ya hear me? I’m voting for the democratic old boy. Sounds like he’s wanting a change. We need that, ya know?”

“Yeah buddy. I know. Change is good. Not always but often times it is.”

“You’re right, Jimmy! Pastor shouted last Sunday that renewing our thinking can help us now and again.”

“Wow. That doesn’t sound like Pastor Perry, if ya know what I mean.”

“Yessir, I know what you mean, but he started in on that scripture after mentioning something about the governor election coming up in a few weeks. He said that a man sometimes has to go against what he knows is right in order to get what he knows is best for everyone.”

“Well I’ll be. He said that? He’s thinking about everyone now. That’s good. Oh, by the way. The democratic candidate is a young black fellow who is okay with same sex marriage.”

“Hmmm. Okay. I think I heard Pastor Perry shout that or say something about it but as my momma used to say, ‘Circumstance alter cases.’ I reckon it’s time to think about my retirement since I’m older than I was when I used to say I’d never vote democrat.”

“True. What’s age got to do with it, though, Jimmy? Never mind. No need to explain anything to me. To each his own.”

“Yessir. People will be people and labels don’t mean that much the more I stop thinking ‘bout it.”

“I’m sure they don’t, Jimmy.”

This “boiling” mind moving towards renewal can push back but cannot prevent Perfect Love banning all thoughts of possibly being separated from Incomprehensible Love (Father and Mother), Jesus who is now Christ, and the Holy Spirit. [SEE: Genesis 1:26] This dynamic relationship evidences diversity as inseparable from Divine Unity.

Perhaps God, in fact or maybe even in mercy, does not hate people some of us hate. “Surely not!” is our decry. God and hatred don’t appear to be possible. If the Father of lies is Satan, how will hating earthly fathers who were lied to by Satan as the source and then subsequently torturing these men made in the likeness of “US and OUR likeness” (Genesis 1:26) ever get to the root of Satan as evil submitted to by God to even exist? I’m sure even human beings consider pulling the roots of weeds to kill them because apparently Jesus’s parable of the enemy sewing weeds with the farmer’s wheat caused the farmer’s workers to demand immediate knee jerk results by prematurely pulling the immature weeds away from the wheat and thus risk wrongly killing the innocent. (Note: DNA tests that are now possible because of the evolution of technology have actually freed innocent men accused of murder and rape who had spent over 30 years in prison most frequently because of human prejudice. Jesus tells another parable relating to this when He tells of the father who goes to his first son and tells him to go work in the vineyard and this son says, “Yes, I will go.” The father then goes to his second son and tells him to work in the vineyard and he says, “No, I will not go.” But for the knee jerk merciless types, the story doesn’t end here and make retributive justice and punishment the summary judgment. Jesus says that while the first son said he would, he never went. And yet the second son many of the religious herd love hating said “No” he had a “change of mind” and later did go. Repentance equals “change of mind” not change in behaviour. It might lead to that by corollary and implications and only will when the mind is changing.

The pattern of three is incapable of opposition, arrogance and exclusivity. Only the binary computerised model of duality given as the number two (2) will fuss and fight in opposition against and in comparison to a nonexistent foe. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Imagine a state or even a country. It should be obvious but if not, let’s all be patient. “Love is patient.” With 30,000 denominations and this hardly unitive consciousness (if even conscious) still dividing daily, “Christianity” as a label and especially as an organisation doesn’t believe in love. “It’s easier to make non believers into Christians than to make Christians into Christians.” Martin Luther, John Calvin and other heady theologians and attorneys in both the Protestant camp and Catholic camp, “believed” belief systems were truth and would transform behaviours. Jesus actually placed the greatest emphasis on faith whenever He was about changing the minds and eyesight of unbelievers conditioned beliefs. “Your faith has healed you,” AND, “Why did you fear, you of little faith?” Jesus questioned and also accentuated people’s faith. Didn’t condemn and even the idea of belief being a heady intellectual task is shot down. “Even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.” Another translation says: “Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” (NLT)

Martin Luther actually stated, “No sin can condemn . . . save unbelief alone.”

Now we see, hopefully, with greater clarity of perception and without removing the head of the body. Decapitation cuts off our feeble knowledge as it should. Christ is the head of “relationships” (church) and as we can surely see in the verse above Luther’s opinion, feelings aren’t facts and thinking belief systems save us isn’t knowledge until it becomes relationship experienced again and again through practicing silence and observing wrong thought patterns, not just by prattling on with “Lord, Lord.” And if the idea of belief Luther had was or is actually focused only on being sure at his belief merely says, “I believe in God and Jesus,” rather than sin as it is meant as “missing the point” and not behaviour modification and Pavlovian’s drooling dogs, missing the point is the signpost pointing to the moon and not a mad pastor’s index finger. Fear ain’t working. But maybe we are reluctantly and doubtfully still focusing on a red faced preacher’s furious index finger. It makes us feel holy for believing in our denomination, but let’s face it. Believing in God just doesn’t mean anything. Why? God as a belief system and noun in America is merely a static object and topic to talk about but never the living moment and active verb by whom we move and have our animation, our being. Why can’t we get that? And this is one hindrance for making the bible the word of God rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal new things into our quiet hearts. “In the beginning was the Word (Christ) and the Word (Christ) was with God and the Word was God. He (Christ) was with God in the beginning.” Christ is the Word, nothing else. Why is this so hard to grasp and yet so easy to demand are many words detained inside the bible? Because we’re still legalistic and afraid of relationships. PERIOD. Porn is like bad theology. It’s the imagination of a relationship without the risks of a real one.

They never “thought” their minds had anything to be and do with their behaviour because they were too busy focusing on other’s morality. But this isn’t even true. Lust is less likely to become a religion but the pride of the mind actually promotes not just religion but denomination (that doesn’t even sound right). This is becoming obvious with the reality that the mind and consciousness and especially love aren’t synonymous without the life force that is literally and inexplicably living the life we tend to see as ourselves as a separated personality. To be sure, we are each unique and also united by greater awareness of inseparably accepting consciousnesses. One Love, one consciousness. This is unquestionably what we ALL can agree on and regardless of whether or not we all do right now, this notion of “doing” will never trump the Trinitarian flow into dynamic unity. This idea about human beings having free will collapses once we see the difference between our highly limited and ephemeral capacity to choose between decisions and the actual eternal implications of being willingly free from self and for the love of the united others who aren’t other than but others with.

Hell and fervent literalism - Richard Rohr
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October 04, 2018 05:19 AM PDT
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Dante created hell more so than Jesus. We seem to like threats.

Falling Upwards (Waking Up 2nd Half of Life) Richard Rohr
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September 25, 2018 01:48 PM PDT
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I have no fear of losing you, for you aren't an object of my property, or anyone else's. I love you as you are, without attachment, without fears, without conditions, without egoism, trying not to absorb you. I love you freely because I love your freedom, as well as mine. You see persons and things not as they are but as you are. We were brought up to need people. For what? For acceptance, approval, appreciation, applause - for what they call success. Those are words that do not correspond to reality. They are conventions, things that are invented, but we don't realise that they don't correspond to reality. What is success? It is what one group decided is a good thing. Another group will decide the same thing is bad.

People mistakenly assume that their thinking is done by their head; it is actually done by the heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it. Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don't have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don't you experience it? Because you've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels! When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today. People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change. There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them. Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description. The Rose does not preen herself to catch my eye. She blooms because she blooms. A saint is a saint until he knows he is one. You are so proud of your intelligence," said the master. "You are like a condemned man, proud of the vastness of his prison cell. As one man said, "I got a pretty good education. It took me years to get over it." That's what spirituality is all about, you know: unlearning. Unlearning all the rubbish they taught you. Sinners often speak the truth. And saints have led people astray. Examine what is said, not the one who says it. The only way someone can be of help to you is in challenging your ideas. If you're ready to listen and if you're ready to be challenged, there's one thing that you can do, but no one can help you. What is this most important thing of all? It's called self-observation. Of what use is it to be tolerant of others if you are convinced that you are right and everyone who disagrees with you is wrong? That isn’t tolerance but condescension.

If what you seek is Truth, there is one thing you must have above all else. “I know. An overwhelming passion for it.”

“No. An unremitting readiness to admit you may be wrong.”

Being Precedes Doing -- Anthony de Mello
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September 23, 2018 08:01 PM PDT
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Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don't have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don't you experience it? Because you've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!
~ Anthony de Mello

Stop changing Reality
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September 23, 2018 07:57 PM PDT
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Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don't have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don't you experience it? Because you've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!
~ Anthony de Mello

What we Resists, Persists. EXCELLENT
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September 23, 2018 07:53 PM PDT
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Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children, to whom the kingdom belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture. To acquire happiness you don't have to do anything, because happiness cannot be acquired. Does anybody know why? Because we have it already. How can you acquire what you already have? Then why don't you experience it? Because you've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings. Do you know where these things come from? From having identified with all kinds of labels!
~ Anthony de Mello

Listen Slowly - Summary of New Perspective
Clean
September 17, 2018 02:33 AM PDT
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While it's often fashionable to dwell upon what might have been, what's usually overlooked is that, really and truly, it couldn't have.

Because, invariably, any romanticized versions of how things "might have been," are based upon fictionalized versions of the past.

You see, most of the time when people think the present could have been different from it is, it's because they think the past was different than it was. Happily, the future can still be anything, when you surrender to the details (and who has to do what).

If we look closely at the evolution of religion over time, we see that there has been gradual growth toward the goal of union with God. Religions continue to change, “Transcending and including,” as Ken Wilber says, learning from old ways and opening to new. Christianity is no different from other religions in this regard. Over the next few weeks I will focus on people and communities within Christianity who were somehow transformed and “got it” at a mature level for their time in history.

Christianity first emerged not as a new religion, but as a reform and sect of Judaism within Judea and the Mediterranean. Wherever Paul, Peter, and other early missionaries traveled, they formed small communities of believers in “The Way,” a movement that emphasized Jesus’ teachings, death, and resurrection as the path to transformation. Gradually the movement grew and took on a life of its own, welcoming non-Jews as well as Jews, becoming more inclusive and grace-oriented, until it eventually called itself “catholic” or universal. By 80 CE, there were Christians as far away as India and France.

The “Early Church” period (the five hundred or so years following Jesus’ resurrection) was a time of dramatic change in culture, politics, and economy. All these changes affected the development of the fledgling religion, shaping liturgy, rituals, and theology. Historian Diana Butler Bass writes, “for all the complexity of primitive Christianity, a startling idea runs through early records of faith: Christianity seems to have succeeded because it transformed the lives of people in a chaotic world.” During this time, Christianity was not so much about doctrines or eternal salvation, but about how to live a better life here and now, within the “Reign of God.”

From the perspective of occupying Roman powers, the Christian sect was radical because it encouraged alternative behaviors that were both attractive to those at the bottom and threatening to the worldview of empire. Rather than acquiring wealth, this new sect shared possessions equally. Followers of The Way lived together with people of different ethnicities and social classes rather than following classist and cultural norms.
Early Christianity is largely unknown and of little interest to most Western Christians. The very things the early Christians emphasized—such as the prayer of quiet, the Trinity, divination, universal restoration, and the importance of practice—have been neglected, to our own detriment. With the schism between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches in 1054 CE, Christians, in effect, excommunicated one another. Every time the church divided, it also divided up Christ, and both sides of the divide were weaker as a result.
Through these meditations, I will try to reclaim some of the forgotten pieces of the Christian tradition for our wholeness and blessing, hopefully bringing us closer to what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God. Not knowing this early heritage will allow us to cling to superficial Christian distinctions that emerged much later, and largely as historical accidents.

How you perceive is how you receive - Listen
Clean
September 13, 2018 01:53 AM PDT
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Be before you become. What does this mean? Read it again dear one. BE.

When you are experiencing life you are not experiencing darkness. Never conclude the next hour, the minute, the next day.

Comparison is a destructive force when all you seek is survival.

Always something more. ASM.

No no no.

As Soon As Syndrome.

As Soon As __________, then I’ll be happy.

You know better, don’t you?

As Long As _________, then I’ll be happy.

You knew better before you were trained worse.

There is something within you seeking to be boundless.

Understand what is less, what you didn’t take the time because of cultural rushing. “And the rest shall BE added unto you.”

Don’t dismiss the ancient if you’ve yet to accept or see the truth is one morsel of it. What we judge we cannot understand. Do you know why most people judge ALL Christian teachings? Or why most people judge ALL Buddhist teachings? Or why most people judge ALL simple teachings?

Fear. We tend to be miserably comfortable with our conclusions. We’d rather conclude our misery than look inwardly for freedom.

http://awaken2now.live

The site is undergoing what I’m undergoing. Deconstruction and starting back at ONE. I know that I don’t know. There’s freedom in that. You haven’t reached your end my friend. Oh heavens no!

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