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Using Beneficial Tools

If you use a screwdriver to hammer a nail into wood there will be a struggle. It’s not the tool causing the struggle, it’s because the most beneficial tool for the situation isn’t being used…

Life is lived with the tools you develop. When life changes sometimes the tools that are in place don’t work anymore so there is a need to develop tools that are more beneficial. The process of building a house takes many different tools. In each step of the process different tools are required. When you reach a certain step in the process, if you don’t possess the tool that are beneficial to what you are doing, you will need to acquire them. Since our life is a process it’s the same as building a house. At different parts of our life different tools are required if you are to remain in a peaceful state.

Most people don’t possess the beneficial tools that allow you to make adjustments so when the time comes to use certain tools to remain at peace it’s not in your coping with life toolbox and you use tools that aren’t really beneficial. This is why there’s a struggle with life because tools haven’t been developed that are beneficial to adjust to life situations; this is the only reason why there’s a struggle with life. Life can only be what it is, but your reactions which are caused by the tools you have in place aren’t always of the beneficial variety. If all you have is a screwdriver to hammer a nail into wood, there will be a struggle. It’s not the tool causing the struggle, it’s because the most beneficial tool for the situation isn’t being used. It’s imperative that beneficial tools are developed so when life does what it does which is change, you’ll be able to reach into you life coping toolbox and use the most beneficial tool that allows you to remain at peace…

Simply What’s There

Even though you are always present for your life, the present and past occur simultaneously so you can never not do what’s within you because it’s the only thing that’s there…

When you do what you do, understand it is because that’s what’s there, no other reason. This doesn’t absolve you from being accountable for doing something that isn’t conducive to love, but if love isn’t there then how may I ask do you think you’re going to love. For you to act in a manner conducive to love, it has to not only be within you, but it has to be set as your habitual conditioning for it to be the base of your life. You will only do what’s there until what’s there is replaced with something else, and until what’s there is replaced you will only be able to do what’s there; how can you not, it’s what’s there. You can never not do what’s within you because it is the only thing that’s there to do.

Don’t regret for a second what has been done in the past because it will be no different than what you do in the future. The behavior may be different, but you’re still only doing what’s there. That’s all you will ever be able to do so if you want what’s there to be more in line with love you will have to make love what’s within you. The point of this is to show that the past needs to remain in the past. Even though we are always present for our life, if you think about it the present and past are simultaneous. It will never change nor will the future change because regardless of all the beliefs and concepts that roll around in your head the bottom line is, you will only do what is within you because it’s the only thing that’s there…

Always Human

To understand the spiritual your humanness must be embraced because it’s in being human that you will understand the spirit. Embrace your feet of clay for they are the connection to your soul/heart…

For me the difficult part of grasping what it meant to live a spiritual life was I thought it was something that was mystical out there somewhere, but I have since found out to be spiritual I must first be in touch with being human. I’m a son, brother, uncle, husband, father, a worker amongst workers, a friend. I work for a living and am responsible to my employer. I own a home and I enjoy watching sports, playing golf, working out, and writing. In short what I am saying, to be spiritual I have to embrace all facets of being human including its imperfections; “To err is human”.

So many people think they’re going to find a way to transcend being human, but it’s not possible because your human form is base of your existence. You can’t be something that you’re not; being human isn’t to be ignored. To embrace it, it must be understood, to understand it, it must be embraced. The Buddha traveled around the countryside trying different types of meditation for six years learning the cause of why humans suffer. When all was said and done he said, “Before enlightenment chop wood carry water, after enlightenment chop wood carry water.” Wherever you go there you are so embrace whatever is here right now. Don’t push anything away, don’t pull anything in, simply embrace being human because therein lies your peace…

Experience the Ride

When you don’t love it’s as if you go against your own essence. Life isn’t something to endure, it’s to be experienced. If you’re going against your own essence, there’s no way you’ll see life as a ride…

To be with life exactly as it is means to see life as a ride not just something to endure or wish it was different. Sometimes that means there will be rainbows and sometimes it means there will be the passing of loved ones, both are just part of the same ride. To be alive is a blessing in itself, but it’s the realization of this that makes it a blessing. It cannot be a blessing if it isn’t realized. It is still a blessing, there just isn’t awareness of it.

Our manifestation in this form is temporary, the fact that we exist at all is truly a miracle. It will end one day, but by being with life as it is is the difference in being pulled along by it and waiting to reach some destination, or experiencing the ride and understanding there really isn’t a destination it’s all just one ride. To me unconditional love is the essence of our being and the reason we as a society are in the way that we are is because too many pick and choose who to love. Love is our essence yet we don’t love everyone so we go against our own essence. Mostly love is conditional in our society and no society will last with that as its base. Our life is all about the ride, and the more we love the more the ride will be experienced and be a blessing.

Whether it’s a rainbow or something tragic that happens, it’s just part of the ride. When you’re driving to a destination if you get a flat tire you don’t cancel the trip, it’s just part of the ride. Things happen that you don’t enjoy like a flat tire, but it’s just part of the ride. Change the tire and continue on and make the ride one of unconditional love. It’s better to experience the ride of life by loving more so than by being pulled along waiting to reach some destination. If you don’t love unconditionally and you pick and choose who you say you love, it’s not love. Our true essence is to love so when you don’t love you go against yourself, and when you go against yourself you don’t truly experience the ride of life, you just endure it…

Conditioned Thoughts Grip

Attach to what your thoughts tell you and your thoughts will control you. To be stuck in the conditioned grip of your thoughts is to be lost in a world where everything is seen as form…

Be in the world, but not of your thoughts. Understanding what it means to be controlled by conditioned thoughts is the only way you will ever break free from their conditioned grip. What is the conditioned grip? Think about this, is there anything in your life you have done that gnaws at your very being, something you regret either having done or having not done? A deep regret that stays with you and you can’t seem to let go of. Why do you think this is? It isn’t happening now, but yet there it is like it happened yesterday. These conditioned thoughts take on many forms, but the common link is although we use different stories to make up our life we hold onto them for “I” identification purposes. No matter what it is that our Conditioned Mind uses, it’s the same prison for everyone. We get locked into a conditioned grip which actually chokes the life out of us. Not physically, but by keeping us mentally locked in the prison of our thoughts that doesn’t allow us the freedom to experience how life truly is. It’s a prison that tells us our head knows better than our heart.

Never, never, never, hesitate for one second to listen to what your heart tells you. Your heart will never lead you astray; integrity comes from the heart. Never give into the worlds pressures, it only offers rewards of emptiness. That’s why most people aren’t satisfied, because they listen to what their thoughts tell them. They put all their eggs in one basket, the basket of the thought and no matter how full it gets, it’s always empty. We know a lot intellectually, from our head, but we don’t know very much when it comes to living from our heart, and until we understand this, we will be controlled by our conditioned thoughts and will remain in the prison of their conditioned grip…

Universal Truth Freedom

The more you understand the Universal Truth of yourself the more chance there is to break the chains of bondage. Without this truth a distraction is needed as a diversion that keeps you stuck in Conditioned Mind nonsense…

Know the truth and the truth will set you free. It’s not written that Jesus said be inspired and inspiration will set you free. When the Buddha started inquiring about the attachment to old age, sickness, and death, it was to find the Universal Truth of why there’s suffering in the world. It was not to inspire people by teaching them to think positive, it was to learn Universal Truth and teach it; in truth all will be revealed. These are two of the greatest teachers of Universal Truth to ever bless our world. They weren’t spiritual cheerleaders or projected little engines who could, they were teachers of truth. They inspired, but their inspiration manifested from understanding their own mind and then that’s what they taught. You cannot teach what isn’t known.

There is so much conditioned nonsense that goes on in our world and it is the lack of Universal Truth that is the cause. You cannot understand this if you are looking outside yourself for an answer. Universal Truth is not the truth of great mysteries solved, it’s the truth of why you do what you do. It’s not my desire to inspire others as much as it is to convey a message of truth to people through my writings, which are a tool to point to the place within your own heart that will lead you to Universal Truth; this is the truth that sets you free..

Caress Your Humanness

The spiritual dimension is one of equality, this is how you will know you have touched the spiritual. Caress your humanness and you will embrace the essence of spirituality and in the process you will be caressed by life…

To me and this is only my experience, to be of the spiritual dimension is to have feet of clay. To be grounded in the world because it’s where I Am, doesn’t mean you have to be ruled by it. My unity with humanity is my foundation, without it I would be of a delusional dimension; a dimension where I am above and everyone is below. The spiritual dimension is one of equality, that is how you will know you have touched the spiritual. To be spiritual is to be with the reality of life as it is; this is the reality that occurs in each moment. Time stands still in the spiritual dimension because in its reality time doesn’t truly exist. Life can only be lived one moment at a time because there isn’t a reality outside of this. There is the delusional dimension of the past and future, but they are only the made up stories in the head.

Even when there are disagreements with others, we are still in unity, but the transforming energy has caused us to think there is separation; this separation as is our disagreements are of the mind. In the spiritual dimension, there is only the heart and the heart can only unite. We do what we are conditioned to do, condition yourself to love and that’s what you will do and how you will view life. There isn’t any magic here, but there is a reality that life will always be the way it is. When this is grasped you will understand life is always as it is. In this dimension you’ll grasp a reality which goes beyond the made up nonsense of a Conditioned Mind. You will see that very few people live in the reality of this dimension as opposed to the delusional dimension of a Conditioned Mind. By understanding this you can caress your humanness by being with life as it is instead of a made up story that spirituality is this or that which is all in the head. Our manifestation is our humanness, our essence is spiritual. Caress your humanness and you will embrace the essence of spirituality and in the process you will be caressed by life…