Pain

Pain is a wrong perspective.

When you experience pain, it is proof of self-deception and lies because pain disappears the moment it is seen in the correct perspective.

Pain is the false belief that God is cruel, hates you and sees you as a sinful being that deserves the ultimate revenge, death. Pain is the mistake of believing that you are abandoned by God. Pain is the fear of being alone because God is mad at you and wants to punish you.

If pain is real, then it means there is no God because vengeance, punishment and retaliation are not part of the LOVE that is God.

It is time to stop such insane beliefs.

Only your thoughts about yourself, other people, situations or the world cause you pain. Nothing external can cause you pain, only your interpretation, your way of seeing the external world causes you to suffer.

So it is you that has the power to interpret everything either as pain or joy.

What is joy? Joy is the recognition of this one truth, that everything is innocent love at its core. Everything else that appears to be painful is a false idea you have created in your head. Therefore you have ultimate power to dissolve the idea and once again see the innocent love all around you.

Think about this for a while. The world around you does nothing except represent the thoughts and ideas in your head. How you see the world around you will immediately change as you change your thoughts and choose the joy of God, the innocent love of everyone and everything as what you really want.

Choosing the joy of God means you stop condemning and judging everything including yourself and allow things to be still for a moment with no resistance to the pain that appears to be.  Soon everything including yourself will show you its truth, that all is joyful, innocent love.

And you will smile at your silly notions of pain that you believed just moments before.

Lay down your arms and come without defense to God, to the joy that waits for you behind every illusion of pain. This is forgiveness. Forgiving yourself for believing pain was the truth.

Drop all thoughts of danger and fear. Drop all judgment. Drop all blame and attack. Drop all these things that keep you from joy. This is forgiveness. Giving up what is false.

Then you will understand there is no pain and the joy of God will belong to you.

Pain is an illusion. Joy is reality.

Pain is sleeping. Joy is awakening.

Pain is lies. Joy is truth.

There is only one choice we ever have to make in life.

Between illusion or reality, pain or joy, fear or love, peace or conflict, hell or heaven.

You have already chosen one side many times over and what has it offered you?

Why not choose differently today and experience a new way of living?

with love,

1personresponsible

Happy Easter

Today is the day to remember that we are more than bodies. We are God’s energy emanating through physical form. Today is the day to remember there is no need for struggle in this world because the source of all we need is already within and flowing through us.

God is not outside of us but is the very light we are created with. We were never separate from God nor did we ever have to earn his favor.

It is hard to accept that we secretly enjoy the struggles of life as it gives us a purpose when we don’t understand why we are here. We can choose to surrender the struggle and face the fear of a life without mental hardship that we unknowingly created. It will take faith and trust to believe that a new purpose will arise for us. A purpose that is joyful. peaceful and complete.

The purpose is to be fully present to all of life. Fully present means without any resistance in the form of judgement; good or bad, right or wrong.

Be fully present with what is at this moment and allow the mysterious beauty of that to unfold before your very eyes.

Happy Easter.

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God is What We Come From, What We Are and What We Return To

“He’s gone” is what my son said about Mikey, our family cat. He didn’t  say he was dead when he called me at the office. In a trembling voice he said only, “he’s gone”. I grilled him on the phone. How? What happened? But he kept repeating “he’s gone”.

I rushed home. When I saw his lifeless little body wrapped in a towel, I knew why my son had said he’s gone. His body had been vacated. Standing there looking at him, the word dead didn’t fit. He just seemed gone.

Perhaps we instinctively know what animates our skin and bones is far beyond the body itself. Maybe we recognize there is a Presence in living things that’s not made up of matter. When the body stops functioning, it becomes obvious the body wasn’t the Presence but merely the holder of it.

Why don’t we see this when someone is alive? We relate to the body so much. Its gestures and its speech are what we interact with, what we think we love or hate. We never really get to know the Presence beneath all this, the silent energy that flows through them.  If we sit still long enough, we can recognize the same silent energy flows through us. This same Presence is in us and has nothing to do with our constantly changing body and mind.

Some people believe it’s too hard to comprehend the finality of death. They believe we create concepts about a Presence that lives on to rationalize the pain. I understand this. But I have a hard time believing the Presence that animated our cat and even my mother when she was alive, was nothing more than a perfect combustion of chemicals. Something started that fire that was their lives.

I believe that was God.

Many spiritual writings talk about the breath of God as the force that gives us life. It could be that God is more than the giver of life but is the very Presence of life within us. Silently, God is living within all of us beneath our personalities, beliefs, memories and longings. God is with us all the time because God is this silent Presence.

We spend so much time looking for God, asking for his forgiveness, his charity, his praise. We look up to the sky or towards some symbol of God but we never think to look within ourselves. To sit quietly and let all the distractions of the outside world and the inner world of our mind settle down, to come back into contact with the Presence of God within.

If the Presence within is God, then we are never separate from God. Maybe we are asleep to God, blind or deaf to God but never apart. God is right here, right now within as the silent but powerful engine that moves us along.

Perhaps there are many levels to God and our world is just one level with people, animals, plants, the Earth, the Sun and all the universe having their current of God running through. God may not be that separate entity we were taught to believe in. Rather God is the very Presence we and everything else are made of. Only the costumes we wear are different but the Presence within is the same.

This would change our view of everything wouldn’t it? We might disagree with the outer shell but we could never really hate it because it was our same Presence at its core. It is this same silent Presence that lives and breathes each day regardless of the events we worry and argue so much about.

Then for some seemingly random and unknown reason, which may or may not be, the Presence decides to move on. Perhaps to join other parts of the Presence temporarily housed somewhere else. Or to move back to the original, pure and highest form of Presence for a rest before journeying out again.

If God is many levels and perhaps omnipresent, existing everywhere at once, then it becomes clear why what we call “life” seems to come and go. It could be that God is what we come from, what we are and what we return to. It’s all God coming and going, moving and reshaping, ever creating itself in new forms.

It’s kind of playful isn’t it? Like our cat Mikey was.

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When, What and Why to Forgive?

Forgiveness is something we can do at every moment and is actually the key to our happiness because it is our opportunity to live in this physical world as close to God, our true identity, as is humanly possible. When you are living as close to your authentic, true self, you are the most happiest, peaceful and joyful because you are free from all false pretenses that take so much effort to keep up.

Many people are skeptical to believe that God is their true identity as we have been trained to believe that God is something outside of us that we must obey in order to gain favor.

However, I define God as the all loving, all creative, all present energy that is the source of everything in this physical world and beyond including me. I also believe God has no allegiance to any religion or belief system because it is the larger energy that animates everything. In my understanding, God is removed and above any thought system humans have devised and at the same time God extends itself through each and every human on this planet and any possible being beyond in the universe.

It is not necessary to have an authority validate my beliefs as the proof is in the feeling of peace and safety that results from believing God is the core of who we all are.

Because of how I define God, forgiveness is something I do for myself as the antidote to all pain which stems from this one error; perceiving, defining and judging others or myself by our actions and words rather than by our God essence.

This mis-perception of what our true essence really is causes all suffering because if someone else is Godless- not sourced in God, then maybe I too am not sourced in God as well. This fear of potentially not being connected to God means we could be all floating in a vast wasteland of meaninglessness without a lifeline, left to our own devices to somehow create meaning out of chaos.

Our egos want us to believe that the chaos is true because then we will cling to our ego’s ideas and principles so strongly for safety. We will separate, divide and continue the chaos at all costs for fear of losing ourselves if the chaos were to suddenly morph into the order of God.

The ego asks, who are you if you are not defining yourself by fighting against something you are not?

God answers, you would be as I Am, whole and complete.

Forgiveness changes the viewpoint that the universe is chaos and says that only the mind identified with the ego is in chaos which is why it looks out on a world and only sees only chaos. After forgiveness you return to your true God identification which is outside of time and space as the ever-present, ever-loving, ever-constant, ever-sure and ever-steady energy beyond the perceived chaos.

Forgiveness is the understanding that we were delusional when we viewed the world and ourselves through the distorted lens of ego’s false self that says we are separate from each other, separate from the one God and that we must fight to keep this separate identity in order to survive.

Forgiveness acknowledges that events may happen, horrible events may come to pass, but it is how we look at these events, how we perceive them, how we interpret them and our decision to even judge them as something we don’t want, that is the seed for of all our suffering.

And with this self-responsibility comes our power to change our experience.

Forgiveness says we saw things incorrectly. Forgiveness says we looked at the mask that covered the truth and judged the mask to be the true instead of the truth. Forgiveness says we are willing to give up our ego and look beyond the false identity to see the real identity of ourselves as extensions of the Love of God.

Forgiveness means seeing God at the core of everyone and everything, which takes the “sting” out of what at first, seemed painful on the surface. After that, there may be situations to change, requests to be made, actions to be taken but they are taken with the greater knowledge that at our essence, we are all the perfect Love of God already.

In this view, we are free to make changes in our lives and request help with what would assist us to be more comfortable without guilt or fear knowing we are all on our journey back to the truth that God is within each of us and is the loving source of all that is.

Forgiveness means to finally have the courage to look past what is false and see what is true for everyone; that the existence of each of us, including our perceived enemies, is the proof of the extending Love of God. Everything else is a temporary reality that is inconsequential compared to the absolute truth of what God’s reality is. This helps us deal with the pain of the temporary with more grace and confidence and less angst and strife.

To forgive means to finally be free of the confusion of what is real and what is not, to understand what is meaningful and what is not and to be clear about what suffering is and what it is not.

To forgive means to enjoy our identity and source with the timeless, changeless God and not with the fragile, temporary ego.

Knowing this, let us ask ourselves; could this be the perfect time to let go of who we think we are and allow forgiveness to show us who we really are?

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Want True Power?

All power comes from God. Anything not of God, has no power at all.

The ego believes the opposite and tries to constantly convince us that it has all the power.

Quite frankly, the ego is an imposter, an emperor without clothes, trying to pass itself off as The Real Thing or a well suited king.

The ego’s highest priority is to preserve its control and power by persuading us to believe we are separate beings with separate needs and wants. Further, it nags us to be constantly vigilant against others who may prevent us from satisfying these very same needs and wants. Separation from each other and God (which represents Love and Oneness) is a key objective for the ego.

There can be NO oneness where the ego is concerned because oneness means the end of separation, the end of its existence or its “death”; a complete dissolve into nothingness as the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy doused her with water.

To the ego, there is nothing that lies beyond.

In order to build a case for separateness to keep its image of itself alive, the ego analyzes everything to attack it and break it down into meaningless parts. Then it chooses bits and pieces from the deconstructed whole, puts it back together the way it wants to, forming its own version of the truth to fit its view of separation and outside threat…and we unknowingly believe our resulting perception is the “Truth” that we base our power or lack of power on.

A radically different view of where true power lies is this: God is the Truth and Truth is the sum of all parts with no bits or pieces left out. Another way we can look at the Truth is acceptance, meaning we accept everything is as it is (perhaps not condone everything) with no denial. We open our eyes to see the wholeness or the sum of all the parts with nothing excluded.

Acceptance, the view of wholeness as the whole Truth is the first step towards waking up to the presence of God within us. Nothing is denied. Nothing is hidden. What emerges then from total acceptance of everything, is the presence of God within us as our true identity, our higher self. This experience of our higher self within, which may have been overshadowed by the ego for so long, hardly feels comfortable to acknowledge at first.

However, soon our higher self is easy to follow with no strain at all for it is our natural state of awareness. It is only the distortions of the ego which make following our higher self seem like a fearful path.  Here is where a little bit of faith, trust and willingness to believe in our higher self works wonders. Initially, this is all it takes to loosen the ego’s power hungry grip upon our minds with its familiar fear based thinking.

The true God does not demand anything of us other than to acknowledge that our higher self exists and is our true identity. Once we become acquainted with our higher self, our path will feel safer and become more clear as God’s Will for us, the only true will there is in the universe. At this point, the ego has been revealed to be our impostor identity with absolutely no power at all. We might actually laugh at how fiercely we once believed in its “power” to guide and protect us.

This is the direction all of humanity is headed. Whether the realization happens now or in a million years depends on our effort. Any delay on our part is asking for more frustration in our lives today, with endless worldly pursuits that never lead to any lasting satisfaction, true joy or inner peace.

When we choose to embrace our higher self as our only true self, the person we really are ans we intended to be; we will know ourselves as manifestations of God in the here and now.

Finally we will understand and begin to experience:

All power comes from God. Anything not of God, has no power at all.

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Prisoner No More!

The peace we seek from anxiety, fear, anger, sadness or depression comes through our forgiveness. True forgiveness sees the absolute, perfect innocent inner core of every person, including ourselves, no matter what has happened, no matter what the “evil” or “ugly” appearances may be.

True forgiveness dissolves all grievances against others and ourselves. When all grievances are dissolved, so too are all the blocks to the Love and the Light that is God. What is then revealed and experienced next, is that the Love and the Light of God were always within us and within the other people; at one time held back by grievances but now rushing forth in freedom.

This is the miracle of true forgiveness. It releases us from being prisoners of our egos that want to blame and shame everyone including ourselves for all problems. True forgiveness  allows us to settle back peacefully into the truth of who we are, unlimited manifestations of the Love and Light of God with no real problems at all.

Forgiveness is the only real purpose we have underneath all the different roles we play in our lives; doctor, teacher, mother, father, lover, caregiver, advocate, activist, friend, employee, employer, etc.

Forgiveness simultaneously reveals to both the giver and the receiver, the Godliness inherent in every person and situation which releases us from the fear of everyone and everything.

(Godliness if correctly perceived would make us feel safe. Why would anyone need to fear the Godliness of anything which is an attribute of God, the loving creator of all that is? Unless, of course, we believe the false notion that God punishes, which would increase our fear….this false idea of a punitive God will be the subject of another blog!)

This experience of inherent Godliness is in direct opposition to the self created pain and suffering of the world which results from our grievances; our anger, our fear, our insecurity, our judgment, etc.

When we drop our grievances, EVEN FOR ONE MOMENT, by being aware of the innocent, God created core of each person including ourselves, peace will flood our entire being. We will instantly know that we have touched an eternal and everlasting truth that is the only real truth in this world.

Imagine functioning every day of our lives being aware of this truth? Imagine having this awareness permeate every conversation we have with another?

Our confidence would soar. Our hearts would easily embrace difficulty. Our vision to see solutions would be clear. As a result our joy and happiness would multiply because all our anxiety would decrease.

We would simply smile peacefully living each day with grace and appreciation for having glimpsed this truth; that at the inner level, all are safe as the Love and Light of God.

Nothing in this world can truly harm our inner core, it is only our egos that may be bruised, the very same egos that kept us chained to our grievances and blocked us from the Love and Light that now frees us into our peace.

Respectfully,

1personresponsible

Why Does God Test Us?

He doesn’t.

Many religious and spiritual paths teach that every hardship we encounter is a test given to us by God. If we pass the test, life gets easier because we receive more of his favor. If we fail… well don’t worry, we will get another chance to be tested to earn his favor.

This is a perfect example of the reverse thinking of the world.

God does not test us. He does not have to. Why would he want to test us? God is the most powerful, creative force in the universe and we are his loved creations. Every single one of us, no matter what our status here on Earth is a creation from God and completely loved by God. (yes, even the ones considered “evil” by the world, which I will write about next time)

What possible good could it serve God to test us? To prove that we, his loved creations, are worthy of him? Only an insecure God would desire that kind of affirmation, not the most powerful force in the universe. As payback for our sins or mistakes? Only a power-hungry God would demand that kind of humility, not a loving creator.

If you think of it, God or what ever name you like to use for the originator of all that is, would actually be acting in a manner less than what he is, if he had to resort to this kind of relationship with us.

Some would say, he does this out of love, to teach us lessons.

To that I would say no. God does not need to teach us anything. We already know everything because we come from him, are still part of him and are therefore connected to everything he is.

But what we are is ASLEEP to the truth of who we are. We are having a severe identity crises and don’t know who we are. Instead, we define and identify ourselves as finite bodies with limited life spans and limited abilities. We have forgotten at a very young age, through the conditioning of the world, that our real identity rests in God. We have forgotten that we are not the children of our parents; we are the children of an all-powerful, all creative, life affirming God and therefore lack nothing.

What God does do is look on the silliness of this world, which includes the dramas we create based on our fears such as abandonment, disappointment, insecurity, anger, victimhood, etc….and he patiently waits.

God can wait for eternity because he knows that he has already given us every thing we need and that everything is already here for our taking. All we need to do is wake up and see it.

We need to take the blinders off that WE CREATED not God, which block all the seeing of the answers right in front of us. The answers for joy, abundance and safety we can’t see because we are too busy defending, too busy holding on to and too busy legitimizing the very fears that are keeping us asleep and blocking our vision of God’s love and generosity for us.

No, God does not test us.

It is we that test ourselves. We do this by believing in our fears more than we believe in our identity as One with God. We do this over and over until we realize that the only reason we did this in the first place is because we forgot who we were and the glory that we came from. We are like sleeping kings and queens who are lost in the forest while the kingdom is calling for us to come back and take our royal place again.

We don’t have to do this any longer. God has always been and always will be waiting to give us everything we need and the peace we really want.

Let’s stop blocking God and trust that our pass/fail days are over.

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