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Programmed Intentions

You can only do what you have been programmed to do, so unless you wake up to see what that is, the programming will remain in place and that will be the driving force behind your intentions…

Everything reached for is a coping mechanism that you have been programmed to use. And although using different things produces different outcomes, the core of all reaching is the same, it arises from the programmed lack created by your own mind. This programmed lack is what causes you to constantly need to reach for something, the lack isn’t real, but the programming makes you believe it is and the ensuing behavior manifest to fill this. The programming says, Hey you have lack and you need to reach for something to fill it. And according to how you been programmed that will be what you reach for; sit and ponder this for awhile.

Until this lack is understood and the programming is seen for what it truly is, suffering will remain because you will always need something to fulfill the arisen desire to fill the lack. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but when programmed lack is the driving force of existence, it will keep the mind in a constant state of agitation. This cannot be seen by a mind that’s programmed to lack, only a quiet mind state will be aware of this. The reason why anything is reached for is because there’s programming that makes you think there’s a need for the present moment to be different; this is the lie of the programming. You can only do what the programming in place allows. Unless you wake up to see what this programming is, it will remain in place and be the driving force behind your intentions…

Love Energy

The energy that unites and draws humanity together is the energy of love. When you’re in this space others will also be attracted to it as it’s the one place where there’s unity simply because of the energy of love…

It’s very important to be in harmony with love energy so people know there’s a place they can turn to. Many people read my articles and they expect them to be there. I don’t mind this because of what has been revealed to me; I’m grateful for this love energy. Everyone needs a place where they know they can go to withdraw from the unconscious world. It does matter where you go for this withdraw. If you go to a place that’s used as a distraction it may feel like you’ve withdrawn, but that won’t be the case. Even when you get lost in something menial the day will go by simply because time waits for no one. But if you’re spending the same day in the state of awareness you’ll be in harmony with love energy and people will turn to you.

Don’t be concerned with what others think about you, just be steadfast in what you know as love energy and let no one take that away. Being in harmony with love energy in a world that’s mostly not will allow others to also be united which is needed for any transformation to occur. The harmony that draws you to someone is the love energy that becomes a part of humanity. Life is an open experience and if you’re not learning from it, you most likely have your mind made up with what you think life is about; when you truly see these made up stories aren’t needed they fall away. This falling away allows love energy to arise. When you’re in this space others will also be attracted to it as it’s the one place where there’s harmony with all humanity and it’s simply because of the energy of love…

At One With Life

When you’re at one with life it’s because you’re at one with the present moment. When you’re not at one it’s because the Conditioned Mind nonsense is in play…

Spirituality isn’t magical, it’s everyone’s true essence. Being alive is being spiritual regardless. If there‘s awareness of this or not it doesn’t take away from the fact that your true nature is spiritual. Let’s take a practical approach to spirituality so the blocks to awareness can be narrowed down. Look at one of the most common realities of life, to me that would be everything that happens does so in the present moment. This is such a common reality of life, but it’s so hard to live in this moment. We hear it all the time, live in the now, all we have is now, be present, yet it is so hard to remain present.

The point of this is the mind will not stay at one with the present moment on its own, there will be a need to develop some discipline so it becomes the minds default way. It’s only because of the way the mind has been developed to begin with that not being at one occurs. And understand this, the mind will not become reconditioned on its own, it needs help. It’s in the reconditioning of a settled mind where one becomes aware of their spiritual nature. This is because when you remain at one in with the present moment you’re at one with the Universe. If there’s the development of awareness of what takes a person out of the present moment, it will be discovered what takes one out of harmony with life itself. When this is discovered the default setting of the mind will be of its true nature of the spirit because you’re at one with the only thing in place; the present moment…

Wanting Crutch

Wanting is like wishing your life away as it keeps you from experiencing the present moment. It’s used as a crutch because what’s occurring right now is always what’s here as opposed to wanting the present moment different…

Many people think wanting is something that’s needed, but it’s used strictly as a crutch by the Conditioned Mind and it keeps you from not understanding what it means to be in the present moment. It’s a direct cause of suffering as it makes you believe it’s something that’s needed by making you live life in the future. The Conditioned Mind does this by telling you the present moment isn’t good enough and it needs to be different. It projects a lie that things would be better if they were in some other way. And maybe on the surface they would be, but inward is where one derives the perception that makes life what it is; so it will either be a life of suffering or one of contentment. Even if what’s wanted is attainable, it won’t last, especially when it’s from the surface. Inward there is a slight better chance for it to have a lasting affect, but this is only if one is awake enough to see this.

Let’s say you’re diagnosed with some kind of illness, the only thing wanting does is it makes you wish the diagnosis was different, but it doesn’t change the fact of what is occurring right now. The illness remains regardless of what’s wanted. If you don’t want your life to be different and it’s accepted as it is, you will experience the peace of the present moment and this is regardless of what’s occurring. This is because right now is the only place of true existence so it’s important to see this. Not in the future, but right now because you don’t need right now to be different because it already exist…

Your Hurdle is You

The only hurdle to truly being free is yourself and until you face yourself freedom is something that will always seem to be in the need to overcome the next hurdle…

Consider life as water and emotions as a flood, if you’re on low ground you’ll be overcome by the flood waters (emotions) but if you’re on high ground the same flood waters will come, but the way you’re affected you will be much different. This is what happens when a person faces themselves, you’re naturally put on higher ground which builds up a defense against your emotional flood waters. Without facing yourself there will be no defense against the flood waters because you will be stuck on lower ground. On lower ground when the flood waters rise, some form of destruction will be the result and the severity of the flood (emotional attachment) determines the destruction.

The flood waters only affect what’s on lower ground, and this lower nature manifest as emotional attachments. The destructiveness of this attachment is determined by what is reached for, drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, food, politics, and so on. Not everything reached for is destructive, but some have much more destructive potential than others. If one doesn’t face themselves there won’t be awareness of either the destructive or the subtle things reached for. To me, the key is facing yourself because it puts you on higher ground so when the flood waters do come it has less of an effect on you. This is the value of facing and understanding yourself, it allows you to not be flooded emotionally by circumstances that occur. Although the flood waters will rise, because you’re on higher ground you aren’t affected like the person who’s stuck on lower ground and is reaching for a life preserver, in whatever form that may be…

Monkey Mind Energy

As long as there is seeking there will always be seeking and one will remain on the monkey mind path exerting all kinds of energy, but not really getting anywhere…

What keeps a person stuck on the monkey mind path of seeking is trying to manufacture peace, love, kindness, mindfulness, spirituality, and so on instead of aligning yourself with the present moment which allows these attributes to arise naturally. This is what keeps the monkey mind energy in place. The energy of this seeking is circular (like being on a treadmill) so it’s never going to produce anything that’s going to free you from the monkey mind. You may bounce to a seemingly different energy because it’s given a different label, but as long as you think you have to do something to manufacture a certain desired result, monkey mind energy will continue regardless of what it’s called and so you will remain on this path.

This seeking of desired results makes a person use an array of things, from sweets, drugs, alcohol, gambling, tv, success, sex, programs, another book, retreats, a path, meditation, and many other things. What these all have in common is they keep you attached to the monkey mind energy of seeking which is a byproduct of the Conditioned Mind. A true transformation of the spirit cannot be manufactured. This is because seeking energy is the exact energy that blocks the alignment which allows energy to transform. Only when you break free from the monkey mind can a transformation or shift occur. As long as there is seeking there will always be seeking and you will remain on the monkey mind path exerting all kinds of energy, but not really getting anywhere…

Open Mind Lessons

Many things in life can be a lesson if you have an open mind willing to allow it, but if there’s constant noise in the space between your ears, nothing will be seen as it truly is…

Nature provides lesson if you’re not all caught up in what’s going on between your ears. The other day I was watching a duck family sitting in a pond. They were all perfectly still, their heads tucked away. None of them were struggling with trying to be still, there was no guru duck leading a guided meditation, no chants, or mantras being recited. No duck had on headphones listening to meditative music or positive affirmations. They were all just sitting there in the quietness of the moment. I actually went closer to observe this further to allow my present moment awareness to be a part of theirs. I was experiencing the peace of their stillness and it was a serenity beyond words; the peace that passes all understanding. This peace only happens when there’s stillness to allow it, this is what the awareness of this blessed moment gave to me.

There was so much peace in this moment, nothing of the material world has ever blessed me like this; and I’ve had some beautiful things happen to me. I can see why this peace was being experienced, it was because of using the body to be anchored in the present moment; this allows the mind to be much more settled. I’ve seen ducks in this pond before, but it never had the affect on me as it did this time. Many things in life can provide lessons if the mind is open enough to allow it. But if there’s constant noise in the space between your ears, nature or anything else for that matter will not be seen as it truly is, and this includes the lessons being laid out before you…

Mind Desires

Although the desires of the world take on many forms, it’s the desire of the mind that makes one seek them. Desires can only subside in stillness because when the mind is still no one desires…

One aspect of the Conditioned Mind is how it’s constantly fulfilling desires. Even when we get down on ourselves, it’s a perverse form of a mind desire. The mind wants to keep desiring the pleasure and discards the unpleasant; it spends most of its time doing this. Whether it’s weaving in and out of traffic, only to catch a red light and have all the cars that you just passed pull up to the same light. Or doing something and asking yourself why you did it; the reason is strictly to fulfill some form of desire. That your own mind questions why you do what you do is how diabolical it is, but understand it’s only this way because of the way it’s been conditioned.

The desire seeking mind is not one which has our best interest at heart. The Conditioned Mind doesn’t really care about that; control is all it cares about. It makes you think fulfilling desires is a necessity. It’s when the mind starts to settle and it loses its hold on you, that’s when you’ll see the fallacy of this. True desire is in stillness not in things, but the desire of stillness is not what the world offers. Desires of the world are based in lies, the desire of stillness is based in truth. Most desires are of the world, this is what the world creates, but it cannot be stilled. It’s only in stillness that one is satisfied, not because it’s given something, but because in stillness a desire never materializes so there is nothing to fulfill…

Outer Perspective

If you can develop some awareness of inner stillness, the outer perspective will have less control as your mind agitations subside. And without these agitations you will never have a need to reach for anything outer…

If you’re always seeing life from the outer perspective of what the eyes see, those things will be judged accordingly and what’s going on beneath the outer will not be noticed. Although with an outer minded perspective life still goes on, but it’s very limited almost to the point of being delusional; I say this because it’s how I lived for forty nine years and it caused my life to be a constant struggle. The constant struggle was self created and controlled by the outer perspective, although this wasn’t understood at the time. An outer perspective life is one where there is constant needing which is caused by the mind agitations that aren’t seen. This is why someone will reach for anything without giving it much thought regardless if it’s beneficial or not. In that moment the Conditioned Mind deems it beneficial, but this is a big fat lie.

The outer perspective will only be noticed when the Conditioned Mind stops its incessant busyness. One will have to be able to just be for the busyness to subside; you will not see the essence of the forest from the trees if the mind is busy being focused on the trees. This outer perspective is strictly mind based. Hence the reason it’s not conducive to one’s well being is it’s unstable as there are so many things outer to see, one right after another. This is why the big fat lie is in the forefront of most lives and stillness takes a back seat. If you can develop some awareness of inner stillness, less and less the outer perspective will be in control because the mind agitations will subside. It will be at this point that the need to reach outside for something will be lessened; it’s probably the first time in your life that this has happened…

Accepted Lies

There are many lies that are accepted which keeps you trapped to the lies. And if these accepted lies aren’t exposed at least to where this is realized, your life will mostly be lived as a lie…

Accepting your lies is what gets you in trouble. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side is one of these lies and until it’s seen that this grass also has to be mowed, you will continues to accept the lies. If you accept when certain things happen you’ll be set, you will be sadly mistaken even if those things come to pass. This is very hard to see and as one clings to the acceptance of needing life to be a certain way, the lies are reinforced. Case in point would be something as simple and seemingly innocent as playing the lottery. Here’s how this works. There’s the lie that makes you accept if life is a certain way you will have it made; it’s the answer to your so called prayers. So you buy a lottery ticket just because the jackpot is a hundred million dollars. This seems innocent, but make no mistake it isn’t.

There’s nothing wrong with money in and of itself, but whatever is accepted that makes a person think life would be better if this or that happens, it puts you in the chains to “I”. Granted a hundred million dollars would make life different, but different doesn’t mean it will necessarily be better. The moment one accepts that life needs to better, it means the present moment is wanted different. There are many lies that are accepted which keeps you trapped to the lies and if these aren’t exposed, life will mostly be lived as a lie. Money is only one lie, anything can be substituted for money. Don’t take my word on this, investigate this and see the lies you’re accepting. Or not and remain in bondage to the lies that you’re keeping in place by accepting them to be true…

Love in Every Heart

Love is the energy of the heart. When there’s an awakening expansion of it is inevitable. It will not be denied because it’s what’s in every heart. As the heart opens to oneness, oneness becomes the heart of humanity…

Just as the body has many parts that make up the whole so it is with humanity; as individuals we are many parts that make up the whole. What is done to one is done to all. We are a collective unit sharing one planet. Nobody does anything without affecting someone else. Hate and it affects everyone, but love and the energy generated is ten fold.

Compare some of the worlds most evil tyrants and the affect they had on the world as opposed to the ones who had nothing but love in their hearts. The comparison is not to single out individuals, but to put the emphasis on love versus hate. The hate is far reaching and it doesn’t stop because an individual is killed, but it does dissipate ever so slowly. With love it’s different; love expands even if the source is killed. A perfect example of this is the love of Jesus’s teachings; the message is stronger today than when it was written. The energy of the love that was in his heart is what lives on, it expands and generates more love. The nature of love, to expand, hate doesn’t do this. Not that it doesn’t grow, but when its source is taken away the energy generated doesn’t expand, it dissolves. People will hold onto its trace energy, but it becomes a pocket of hate that is isolated as opposed to love which expands because it’s in every heart…

Vigilance to Change

People don’t change because the vigilance to investigate why you do what you do isn’t given 100% of your focus; 50% focus doesn’t get it done…

The idea of doing what puts you in alignment with love is much different than actually putting it into action. It’s not because it isn’t how you truly want to be, there’s just so much conditioning against you that without constant vigilance it‘s difficult to sustain a connection to love for a substantial amount of time. We all have times when it’s easier for this than others, but we also have our times when we say screw it and self seek. Don’t be to hard on yourself, a lifetime of living one way will not change with a few sittings. The key is to remain focused on a practice that allows for the self seeking behavior to become less and less and for love to be more reflected in your actions.

Although love is natural, willingness is needed so there’s alignment with it. Sometimes it will seem like” what’s the use” but understand this is all part of the conditioning, the noise, the story, the unconsciousness, whatever you want to call it. Constant vigilance is a necessity if there’s to be change because the old behavior is so deeply ingrained to let go of its control on its own. Why people don’t change is because the vigilance to investigate why you do what you do isn’t given 100% of your focus. It‘s impossible to get more out of life than what you put into it. If you give 50% that’s what you’ll get and change will be minimum at best…

Silence Connection

Silence is where love connects the gap of our humanness. This connection comes from life itself, it’s not a doing or it would already be so. Silence is the connection to the true essence of life…

Silence is where life truly occurs. Silence is where love connects the gap with our humanness. Be with what is no matter what it is because it‘s what’s there or it wouldn’t be so. What’s there cannot be changed until it’s not there; accept life as it is. Don’t suppress it, let it flow. Any change needed will come from life itself, it’s not a doing or it would already be so. Sit in quiet, see who is sitting, who wants life different. When this self is no more that’s when life becomes different, with the difference being no longer will your humanness matter because love connects and takes over.

Sitting allows the mind to settle because the noise in the head subsides. It will settle on its own when there’s alignment with what is. Don’t think about who you are, be who you are. Your I Am needs nothing added to it to be, it’s our true essence; anything added is a story created. The more one lives by this added story the less silence there is and the less connection there is to our humanness. When our humanness becomes love based, we’re swallowed up beyond our created stories. Just be with whatever life offers. No second thoughts of why this or that is done, just be with it, don’t suppress it, let it flow. Sit often, don’t attach and the mind will settle, or not and it won’t. Either way life occurs, it’s just that in the silence of what’s there, love connects you to your humanness…

Spiritual Truth

Spiritual truth puts you in harmony with life. Understand though it’s not life that does anything to you, but if you don’t adhere to spiritual truth it will certainly seem like it does…

Spiritual truth is in place to put you in harmony with life and it’s also in place to offer protection against certain behavior. This truth when adhered to within its boundaries allow for life to be lived to the fullest. But the mind has to be open and free flowing for the adherence to this truth to take place. There’s heart truth that aligns to spiritual truth, but it’s often missed because the mind comes into play which blocks it from being as beneficial as it could be. The more you adhere to selfish behaviors, the less chance there is to be in harmony with spiritual truth. When things are used and abused to satisfy self, this blocks life from being truthful. The animal realm adheres to truth naturally and that’s why there’s perfect balance. Unfortunately the human conditioning relies too much on the intellect and not enough on spiritual truth.

Life will mostly be lived in one of two ways, acting in ways that allows alignment to spiritual truth or not. A quiet mind can see this to a degree and slowly stop doing the things that block spiritual truth from being adhered to. As long as you’re alive life will be lived, but in what way determines your actions and consequences. Cheat on your spouse and regardless if you get caught or not you’ll be out of harmony with the truth that’s in place. So take heed and understand life never does anything to you, but if you don’t adhere to its spiritual truth it will certainly seem like it does…

Treadmill Chase

The belief that the next thing attained will make you complete is what keeps you in the mode of the never ending treadmill chase. But it can stop if it’s realized you can get off the treadmill because you’re already complete…

There will be completeness when this happens next, the next fix, the next satisfaction, or the next whatever is used as the treadmill chase. What’s next goes on to infinity, it never ends until it’s realized there is no end and one will always be on the treadmill chasing that which is already here; who is the chaser and why all this chasing. Either there’s completeness now with the way things are or there isn’t. You may think chasing the next whatever will bring utopia, but it never ends because there’s nothing to truly attain that ends the treadmill chase. The Conditioned Mind will tell you different and that’s why there’s chasing, but what you really need to ask yourself is who is on the treadmill doing the chasing and why. The fictional character of self that’s been made up to think things need to be a certain way for completeness is just that, fictional and this is why there’s the never ending treadmill chase.

The self that makes up this nonsense that you’re incomplete is just a story of incompleteness; this is what keeps you on the treadmill. The dream of attaining a certain status, the next promotion, the trophy partner, the next book, the next, the next, the next, whatever keeps you in the never ending mode of the treadmill chase. A chase that will either end because this is realized or because life in this forms ends. The treadmill chase will end one day. How it ends will be determined by if you spend your entire life treadmill chasing after that which is already here or if you get off the treadmill because it’s realized you‘re already complete…

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