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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?


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?


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.

How We Sabotage Ourselves Through Pride

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As with just about everything else, people have interpreted pride into both positive and negative aspects. It's easy to see the self-destructiveness of the negative aspects of pride, especially within other people. How pride leads to arrogance, an enormous ego, and thinking you're better than others. But then there's the "positive" aspect of pride, feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments. On the surface it may seem like this sort of pride is helpful. I have achieved something, so I allow myself to feel proud of my accomplishments. This kind of thinking is encouraged by our society, it's very common.

Realize that this is just as much a recipe for misery as the negative meaning of pride. It's linking your happiness and your self-worth to your accomplishments. If you really want happiness in your life, don't put restrictions on your happiness. Don't tie your happiness to accomplishments. Life isn't always going to meet your expectations, not all you endeavors are going to be successful. If you tie your self-worth to your success, what will you do when you're not successful? Do you see the problems you set up for yourself through pride?

You've got things backwards, you think some major accomplishment or achievement is going to lead to self-worth. It's supposed to transform you into someone you can be happy with. That's part of the lie of pride. I say it's backwards because your accomplishments will be all the more grand if they begin from a place of self-worth and happiness. That's part of the "secret" to success, starting out from a solid foundation.

How Your Mind Manipulates You

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Think of the stereotypical spoiled child, what happens when they don't get what they want? They scream and cry and generally make things very difficult for their parents until their parents cave in. It's a form of manipulation, they hold peace and quiet hostage until they get their way. If their desires aren't fulfilled, they're going to make everyone else miserable too. Of course, you can't blame the child too much, because in most cases the parents were foolish enough to start rewarding this type of behavior.

Your mind is that spoiled child, even if you don't behave that way outwardly. Your mind holds your happiness hostage and demands that its desires be fulfilled if you want any of that happiness. Your mind throws hissy fits just as obnoxious as any child when it doesn't get what it wants, but for the most part these stay hidden within so you can at least keep up the appearance of maturity.

When you fail to get what you desire, you suffer for it. Even though Peace is inherent to your Being, your mind screams and rants and repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats... Every time you cave in to the demands of the mind, you strengthen these patterns too. Your Perfect Consciousness is still there, it just becomes obscured by all the mind's chaos. Surrounded by illusion, Peace seems like something far away, while confusion, anxiety and suffering almost seem normal.

It's usually in early childhood that the desires of the mind eclipse the Joy of Being. Your life is no longer about Living, you become consumed by desire.  Your happiness becomes a carrot on a stick that's controlled by the mind, and even though every once in a while you get a little nibble, your mind can create new desires a thousand times faster than you can fulfill them.


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