consciousness

Let Yourself Lose “Hope”

People are looking forward to things getting better. To a better tomorrow. A better 2021. A day when a solution to our current pandemic arrives, or when we can leave home, or when we can feel safe again.  The mind is conditioned to see the present as something to overcome. 

We think that this is having “hope” but this is not true hope. This a mind with a habitually dysfunctional relationship to the present moment, whose hope is inseparable from its opposites of fear and despair. True hope can be found, it is here, and it can be experienced, but not by the mind.  It exists in the present moment, it exists in the inner safety and security found in the permanent amongst an impermanent physical world. There is an unshakeable hope that is born from recognizing the permanence of your consciousness that births the present moment for eternity.

What happens when every thing, all forms, have shown themselves to be unstable? What happens when we can’t pretend that salvation lies in some future moment? It is not necessary to build up the mind’s world, to tell the mind that everything will be alright, and that it just needs to distract itself until forms are once again acceptable to its desired version of reality.  We finally have a real shot at reality itself.  We have easy access to separating the permanent from the impermanent, and recognizing which is real.  We can actually find out who we truly are, that question we’ve always wanted to know, that our mind futilely attempts to answer for us by making up identities over and over again.  There is a permanent unshakeable safe place where nothing ever happens. There is reality that exists all by itself without your mind made story about it.  Enter the now. It is you.  You are not separate from it, it never ends, and when everything changes and looks different, you who are the present moment never ceases to be.

Allow the unacceptable future to force you into the now.  The satisfaction of the peace of knowing who you truly are will become so powerful that you will become rooted to yourself, and the imaginary future will never threaten you again.  Your hope will be beyond measure.  Because no matter what happens, nothing is happening to you.

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Inspiration

“Every setback means you’re one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass.” – Joel Osteen

Have you ever experienced an obstacle in your life?  Maybe things didn’t go according to plan?  I’m sure for the majority of humans the answer might sound something like, “duh,” or, “why are you even asking?” While accepting that challenges are a part of life is healthy, the old tried and true negative reaction can cause further difficulty.

This video has the power to make you shout for joy each time a setback presents itself.  Instead of feeling discouraged when situations don’t flow with ease, this simple wisdom can allow you to experience those instances from a completely different perspective.  I love this clip of Joel Osteen on Oprah’s Lifeclass.  It transcends religion, and mental constructs, reaching right to the heart of personhood.  Thanks Joel and Oprah!

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