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Your Life Is The “How To”

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This is something that seems universal to spiritual seekers, and a question I hear almost constantly, people want to know “How?” How do I connect with God? How do I connect with my Higher Self? How do I induce mystical experiences? How do I escape my suffering? How can I end corruption? How do I become free? These questions all share the same root, “How do I get what I want?” and of course it's not just spiritual types asking this, but all of society. The How has become a kind of kind of common mantra, I wonder why...

Look at these two questions:
“How do I get what I want?”
“Why do I want this?”

With the first question, you're almost always going to be looking outwards. You're looking to the external world to provide not only an answer to your question, but also the object of your desire. And there's always those willing to offer you a How, though they usually have some personal stake in it as well. You want to fix society? Some politician has the answer! You want something expensive? The bank will give you a loan! You want to get everything you desire? The latest spiritual self-help book will show you how for only $19.95!

Now look at the other question, not the How, but the Why. Why do I want this? With this question you can't help but dig a little deeper. You're forced to look within, to become introspective and examine your motivations. The How was just on the surface, but with the Why you start to look underneath to where all the Hows come from.

“How do I get someone to like me?”
“Why do I need their approval?”

One of those questions really gets to the heart of the matter. In fact, when the Why gets an answer, the How many disappear altogether.

“How do I find happiness?”
“Why am I unhappy?”

The God Mind

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At the core of every Human Being I see a brilliant point of Light. This is where to Divine shines through, and how we can see ourselves reflected in Everything. It is the “I”, the One, not the ego, but the I (Eye) of Consciousness. The body and mind depend upon this Consciousness, but Consciousness requires neither the body nor the mind.

Now obviously, something has happened. If this is the core of every Human Being, why is it so hard to see? People sure do an excellent job of hiding this Brilliant Light, both from themselves and others, why is that?

The physical realm is very dense, very heavy. For energy to create the illusion of solid matter, it had to be slowed down enormously. It's difficult for a Higher Vibrational Energy to exist within a lower vibrational field, and your Eternal Consciousness started getting lower vibrational energies “stuck” to it.

Now, so long as there lower energies keep getting cleared out, there's no problem. Your Divine Self can enjoy the fruits of the material realm without forgetting Who You Really Are. There used to be common methods of clearing out that stagnant energy that everyone engaged in, and people understood how incredibly important that was. If the lower vibrational energy wasn't cleared out, you would get lost in it, and unfortunately that's exactly what happened.

You Are Responsible For How You Feel

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This is the difference between heaven and hell. Are you responsible for the way you feel or are external circumstances responsible? Are you a tree, with roots firmly planted in the ground, or a leaf blowing around whichever way the wind goes?

Most people behave as if they have no control over how they feel, as if life is something that just happens to them. Some believe control of your life is supposed to belong to this cosmic parental figure who divvies out rewards and punishments based upon personal merit. Determining the exact rhyme and reason can be confusing, it almost seems to happen at random, which leads people to believe that either “God works in mysterious ways” or to dismiss the whole idea of God and believe that life is happening largely by random chance. Either way it seems like life is outside of your control.

It's true too, life is ultimately outside of your control, though that's not to say you don't have enormous influence over how your life unfolds. More often than not, you helped to create the “bad luck” in your life. It's your choice to flow with Life or to fight with it, to struggle and resist. One way works far better than the other, but ultimately you don't have control over your life. That's not how the Universe works, and that's not how God works. It's through the Divine we each have within ourselves that we co-create our lives together. Your life isn't just you, it includes everyone and everything that's a part of your life, and it happens on a level of complexity that your mind can barely comprehend, much less control. While logic has it's place, life works much better when it's lived intuitively. Flow with Life instead of trying to exert rigid control over it.

The Value of Being Alone – When It Helps & When It Hurts

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I see a lot of talk in spiritual communities about how important it is to spend time alone, about how healing it is and how great it is for our Soul. While in many cases that's true, always wanting to be alone can hamper our growth as well. There's moments to be alone, and then there's moments to be together...

I won't beat around the bush, I don't like big cities. From a mental perspective, they're great, the mind can stay very busy in the city. There's all sorts of entertainment, non-stop things to do, and great food to eat. Movies, music, and dancing are never far away, people are everywhere. There's only one thing missing: peace.

To me, visiting a city is like wading through thick psychic mud. All the chaos is people's mind, all their fears & desires, create this kind of discordant psychic noise. It's very draining to be in that energy, and people become very numb, very disconnected from each other. It seems like a contradiction, but you can be surrounded by thousands of people, while also being incredibly alone. There's even a term for it, “urban solitude”.

Having lived in this environment myself, I can understand the desire to want to be alone in your own personal space. Being alone in my room was one of the few opportunities I had to really experience a calm and peaceful environment, with the exception of being out in Nature. Everywhere else in the city was stressful, and the longer I stayed, the more stress built up. I always had to do a deep auric cleansing afterward.

Knowing Darkness, Being Light

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It's a well known fact to the dualistic mind that you can't have light without darkness. This is one of the fundamentals of duality, that if you have one thing, there must also be its opposite. It's something basic not only to religion, but science as well. It has become “common knowledge” and it's simply assumed to be true.

There is a Light without darkness. Though you can't know light without darkness, you can be Light without darkness. To understand this, you first need to see the difference between knowledge and Being. Knowledge requires the illusion of separation, without that there's no perspective. I have to be apart from something to define it, which creates relativity, and then I can begin to qualify things. The All can't know the All without the One, the individual, and this is the beginning of knowledge.

Your mind contains a reflection of your life on Earth and for the unaware, it can be indistinguishable from the real thing. When a person is dreaming, the dream seems very real, and most don't even realize they're dreaming until after waking up. Of course, for the person who's really questioned the nature of reality, the person who has raised their consciousness above the norm, they start to become aware of when they're dreaming and when they're not. Not only during the night, but during the day too.

Why Not Be Happy For No Reason?

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You know what joy is, you know what happiness feels like. Look within yourself, that feeling of happiness is already there. It may be a bit buried under all the thoughts and emotions you've been focusing upon lately, but happiness is there within everyone. Why not focus upon that feeling? You deserve it, everyone does, why not make it that simple?

If you're like most people, you've got a hundred reasons to be anxious, and you think these are all perfectly valid reasons too. If you didn't think they were valid, you wouldn't be anxious about the future, about money, health and relationships. “I don't have time to be happy, I've got bills and work and chores to do!” You bind your happiness to situations, events, things and desires, but the good news is, you don't have to. Happiness doesn't really work that way.

By your own choice, you put happiness into the future, and by your own choice, you can have happiness in the present moment. You don't have to let this all happen unconsciously, you don't have to let happiness depend upon situations that appear to be out of your control. Even if you're struggling to make ends meet, you have the power over how you react to that. Some of the happiest people have next to nothing, while some of the most miserable people have everything they could ever want. It's a choice, and it has very little to do with external situations.

Positively Negative

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I had an interesting experience not long ago with a friend who had gotten a bit offended by something I had written. I was accused of spreading negativity. I was told I was harming people and that I should always be positive like he was. It was all very condemning and aggressive, which was all very odd because that sort of energy isn't what I'd normally consider to be positive at all.

I had another friend who was always very "Love & Light". He would always leave positive, encouraging comments, and never said anything negative. Then one day things didn't work out with the woman he was in love with, and there was a transformation like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. His hope and love suddenly turned into anger and despair. It was like someone had flipped a switch, and all his light suddenly turned into darkness. He raged for a couple days, and then went right back to being "Love & Light", though he seemed a little wiser than before.

I also lived next to someone for a while who I had heard others describe as the most positive and spiritual person they knew. He did all the stereotypical spiritual things, yoga, chanting, all sorts of different practices and was a strict vegan too. He would go way out of his way to help people, and from all appearances, was about as positive a person as you can get. Then the cops took him away for child abuse...

God Sues Catholic Church Over Defamation of Character

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The religious world was rocked recently when it was revealed that God himself filed a suit against the Catholic church accusing them of defamation of character. Other religions have expressed grave concerns over what this could mean for them, and what kind of precedent this will set. The Galactic Free Press has secured an inclusive interview with God on the subject:

Galactic Free Press (GFP): Thanks for joining us, and I guess our first question is, why? What's the motivation behind bringing this suit up against the Catholic church?

GOD: FOR FAR TOO LONG RELIGION HAS USED ME AS AN EXCUSE FOR VIOLENCE, HATRED, AND AS A TOOL FOR CONTROL. ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD AT ALL. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS, BUT MOST PEOPLE ONLY SEE IT IN OTHER RELIGIONS AND REFUSE TO SEE IT IN THEIR OWN RELIGION.

GFP: Yes, we've noticed how quick people are to blame their problems on everyone but themselves. What would you say to people who think the need religion?

GOD: I AM ALIVE WITHIN THE HEART OF EACH AND EVERY HUMAN BEING ON PLANET EARTH. VERY FEW TRULY UNDERSTAND THIS THOUGH, AND BECAUSE OF THAT IT'S BEEN VERY EASY FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS TO INSERT THEMSELVES BETWEEN MAN AND GOD. THEY CLAIM TO BE THE BRIDGE BETWEEN MAN AND GOD, BUT THEY DO FAR MORE TO SEPARATE HUMANS FROM GOD.

GFP: So why have religions?

Fear, Hatred And Anger Are Not Worth The Effort

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We've been taught to avoid negative emotions from a moral standpoint, that things like anger are wrong and that we shouldn't be that way. Some authority figure told us it was bad, and we held that thought in our minds. Well I have some more practical reasons for not engaging in negative emotions, things that aren't too hard to observe in your life.

Negative emotions are heavy, the more you carry around, the more drained you feel. Worrying about the future, thinking about how someone wronged you in the past, hating your job, the more you do these things, the more exhausted you become. When you engage in these thoughts, you make yourself miserable too. Pay close attention to what you're doing, what you're thinking, and especially pay close attention to how those two things make you feel. When you're thinking negatively about another person, does it lift you up or drag you down?

When you can really see what you're doing to yourself, you can start to see how you're willingly engaging in behavior that makes you suffer. At this point there's a bit of a blow to the ego because it means you've been... well... stupid. People don't want to think of themselves as stupid, so often when your own stupidity is painfully obvious, that's when you ignore it the most. Willingly making yourself suffer though, if that's not stupid I don't know what is.

Living In Two Worlds At Once

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We hear about the Divine Realms, where Everything Is One, where God Is All, and where your Being exists in joyful perfection. Then there's the world most people live in, where pain, suffering, separation, and conflict seem very real. Creating true balance in our lives means that we must bring the Divine Oneness into our "normal" world, but more often than not this seems like an impossibility. How can we be One when we appear to be separate?

One thing to understand is that our minds revolve around the paradigm of separation, and the whole perception of ourselves as separate entities is created by the mind. The separate mind cannot bridge the gap between Oneness and the illusion of separation, and all you're going to do is create cognitive dissonance trying to hold on to those two contradictory thoughts at the same time. Consciousness however, can embrace a paradox. Consciousness can exist peacefully with the Divine Mystery, which creates a sense of child-like wonder for all Life.

The Oneness That God Is cannot be understood logically. Thinking about Oneness is only a pale reflection of the Living Experience of Oneness. Oneness is not a concept because concepts come from a place of separation, the All is divided up to create individual concepts. Oneness, God, Love, the All, Source, those are all different labels for the Unknowable, and I don't think I need to explain the problems that arise with trying to know the Unknowable. Lucky for you, you don't have to know the Unknowable, you already ARE the Unknowable. You Are God, existing in divine perfection and Oneness with All That Is. You Are The One, You Are The All, and there exists no separation between the One and the All save for the illusions that you yourself put there in your unconsciousness.

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