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Up Against Your Own Mind

Realize whatever controls you is your master; it doesn’t matter what it is. You aren’t up against evil forces or negative energy, the only thing you’re up against is your own mind…

What you’re truly up against in life is your own mind. When something is needed to alter your current state, it’s bondage. If you don’t find out why you need to alter your state, you’ll constantly need to substitute the things that you will use; you will just go from thing to thing. I’m not asking you to believe this, I am telling you from my own experience that this is the way it is; this is real. Lying to yourself is all part of the Conditioned Mind, even if it causes your own misery your mind will tell you to discount this.

We are all our own worse enemy. I know this as a fact and yet it is still a struggle at times because of the conditioning in place, but the freedom from the bondage of self is becoming more and more of a reality. This is known because there’s less and less need to alter my current state so there is more time spent in the moment of I Am. This takes much practice, more than most people are conscious to do, but if you really want freedom you have to have the ability to look in the mirror and understand you are looking at the only block to your freedom. It will be at that point that you can start breaking free from a self that has be leading you around like a puppet on a string. Facing yourself is the most difficult thing you will ever do because you have been conditioned not to face yourself. If you want to be free, start developing a plan to break free from yourself and change your Conditioned Mind Patterns. If not, simply enjoy the puppet show which you just so happen to have the starring role…

Everyone Reaches

Dependency is dependency regardless of what’s reached for. Some of the things reached for have less of an affect, but how you’re held in captivity to what’s reached for is all the same…

The only reason why a person reaches for anything is to change the way that they feel. If you are ok with who you are, not the story of who you are, but who you truly are, no reaching will ever be necessary. AGAIN: If you are ok with who you are, not the story of who you are, but who you truly are, no reaching will ever be necessary.

We are all addicts, we just use different things. Here are some of the things used: food, opinions, sugar, anger, alcohol, wanting life to be a certain way, drugs, sports, sports teams, gambling, success, money, careers, helping others, porn, sex, stealing, our children’s success, to do list, 12 step programs, seeking peace, the spiritual practice, working, not working, our health, politics, religion, and God. This is but a few of the things used, the list goes on and on. The point of this is to show how dependency is dependency regardless of what’s reached for. We’re all addicts, it’s just that some of the things reached for have a less of an affect than others, but the bondage that holds you prisoner to your Conditioned Mind is the same. If you ever want to be free of this it has to be understood. You can discount this, but you’ll never experience what it means to be totally free if you do…

Past Influences/Present Control

Past influences have so much control over the present and until this is understood and let go of, the past will continue to keep you in a state of an agitated existence…

Understanding living life as it is as opposed to a life you think you should have is the difference in being at peace or living in a state of an agitated existence. When you’re with what is here you’re with reality, not a mind made reality, but the reality of what simply is. When you’re not in the reality of what is you’re in a delusional state of what isn’t, which makes for very little if any true peace in your life.

Life is always as it is right now and that would mean being with reading this post. There is nothing else truly going on right now beyond that. There may be something going on between your ears, but it’s not happening right now so it’s s not the true reality of now. Your mind has been conditioned to think you have to create a life that you think is better than what’s occurring right now, that’s what keeps you from being with the life as it is.

To me all that matters is having found a something real to break free of the grip of those past influences. Bondage is bondage and the more you continue to be controlled by past influences and stay locked into the control of your Conditioned Mind, the deeper the bondage of not being with life as it is. Until you learn to let go of the control the past influences have over you it will be impossible to be free because you’ll remain under the spell of the Conditioned Mind…

A Heavenly Heart

Heaven is within, but we look for it with our eyes and it can only be seen through our heart. Only one master can be served and if it isn’t from the love in our heart, Heaven will remain a place not seen…

What’s in your heart will always rise to the top. You can’t fake it or pretend to be something that you’re not. You can fool people, but eventually they will catch on. It is written that Jesus said to the rich man if he wanted salvation he needed to give up his riches; they both knew he wouldn’t. Although the person was of wealth, the wealth that Jesus spoke of was of the heart, not of the world. Jesus knew the man’s heart and knew he wouldn’t follow him. He knew the man loved his wealth of the world and therefore he would be unable to follow his heart. To truly be free one has to love with all their heart, if it’s any other way, what is blocking this love will rise to the top.

You can’t have a heart that loves internally and loves the wealth of the world also; you can’t serve two masters. There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy as long as it’s used to demonstrate love. A heart of love can have the best of both worlds, but only if the one that’s served is the one of the heart. Wealth is not measured in material things, it’s measured by the love in your heart and how you love and treat others.

Learn to understand your heart and it will lead you to places that are not of this world. Heaven is within, but we look for it with our eyes and it can only be seen through the heart. Hold onto whatever you think will bring you to heaven, just don’t be surprised when what you are holding onto isn’t providing the haven you thought you had found. You cannot serve two masters and only one will allow you to be in heaven so make sure your choice is from the love deep within your heart…

Quiet Willingness

Just wanting to change something doesn’t work no matter how sincere you are unless it’s followed by actions to allow the change to take place. No transformation is complete until there’s a willingness that allows it…

The idea of doing what puts you in alignment with what’s beneficial to you is much different than actually putting it into action. It’s not because it isn’t how you want things to be, it’s just that there’s so much pulling against you that without constant awareness it will be difficult to sustain a connection to quietness 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 too hard on yourself though, a lifetime of living from “I” will not disappear with a few sittings. The key is to keep developing the discipline that allows for the self seeking behavior to become less and less.

This will occur naturally, you only need to be willing to sit. 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. Willingness is the key if there’s to be change because the old behavior is so deeply engrained to let go of its control without it. This is why most people don’t change because the dedication to investigate why you do what you do isn’t given 100% willingness. It’s impossible to get more out of life than you put into it; be 50% willing and that’s what you’ll get in return (maybe). The self serving mind is very subtle and you will never be free until you are willing to let go 100% so your actions are a benefit to all beings 100% of the time. No transformation can occur through a thought based idea, a complete transformation will only occur through a quiet willingness…

No True Uneasiness

The only time there’s an uneasiness with life is when it’s made so and it only happens when the Conditioned Mind is in control. The mind will settle when there’s awareness your uneasiness isn’t true…

Inner uneasiness is neither with life nor with people so who that leaves you with is yourself. This is who your uneasiness is always with. I’m not saying some of the things that happen in life are easy to accept, but the uneasiness is still within yourself. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like life is fair, that it shouldn’t be so difficult, but again this arisen uneasiness comes from within; it has nothing to do with anything outside of you. The labeled perception of how things are is what causes all uneasiness. Life is never uneasiness, what goes on between your ears is where your so called troubles are. There’s a need to allow the mind to be present so it can settle down and focus on what is actually occurring instead of your created uneasiness.

At times it can seem like it’s one thing after another, but it really isn’t, it’s just the Conditioned Mind running the show. One thing has nothing to do with the other unless it’s attached to; when this is understood discipline can be developed so this happens less and less. Your freedom is directly linked to how much control your conditioning has over you. If there was no conditioning there would be no control and there would be no uneasiness. For me this is what must be learned to head in the direction of freedom, a freedom that’s already there; the reason to learn this is to not allow the Conditioned Mind to block freedom from my view. The more your view is in the present moment, the more you’ll see because your view to freedom isn’t being blocked. So although it seems as though you are uneasy, the only reason for this is because you’re allowing it. It’s up to you to change the conditioning that blocks you from understanding you’re already free, but it has to be understood there really isn’t an uneasiness it’s only the Conditioned Mind that makes you believe there is…

Aligned With Life

To be a benefit to life you must have a beneficial existence, and to live a beneficial existence it will take an understanding of what it means to live a life that’s beneficial to all beings…

Spiritually is not magical. Many make it out to be something it isn’t; it’s simply a practical way to live. I know sometimes it can seem like spirituality is something beyond our human comprehension, but it’s a lot closer than you think; all you need is to look in the mirror. The bottom line is are you doing things that are beneficial to your life or not, and if you’re not, how can you do things that are a benefit so your life becomes more aligned with Divine Principles; there’s nothing more to it than that. When you do things that align with life you feel good and that’s the reason why. If you don’t feel good you have to look at what you’re doing.

The awareness of your conditioning allows for the ability to see what is truly a benefit to your life and what isn’t. Once you’re aware of this you can develop a practice of mindfulness to change what needs to be changed so most everything you do is a benefit to your life. The real blessing here is this, you not only act in ways that’s a benefit to you, but it’s also a benefit to others.

That’s when you’re truly in aligned with life when there is no other reason to exist except to be a benefit to all beings. Anything short of this and the benefits sought are probably self-serving. So the spiritual life is learning to do things that are a benefit to life, but not just your own. This is the base of all Divine Principles and when this becomes how and why you live your life, you will be truly living a life that’s beneficial to all who come in contact with you (including yourself). Life will never be more complete or more of a benefit when this is the way you live your life…