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THOUGHTS

Your awareness of others will allow you to give yourself as a teacher, as a friend, as a guru.
Beyond the Edge of the World
The greatest teachers are those who can see the invisible, without going beyond, who are unable to escape from themselves. They are the people who can guide you, but never compel.
What about you? What are you going to do next? Are you going to sit in your normal life, or are you going to engage with the world, or are you going to slip into a conscious state of delusion, ignorance, unconsciousness? And if you do decide to go beyond the edge, how are you going to make it real? How are you going to wake up and offer yourself as a teacher, as a friend, as a guru?

The reality is you have to create your own reality. You must wake up each day, and ask yourself what you will do, how you will live. Because the truth is, no one is going to give you the answers. Each person you meet is going to have their own reality, which is not your reality. And your reality, which is not theirs. So, you must start by waking up and giving yourself to the world, to wake others up. To put your beliefs into action. Because reality is created by choice, awareness is created by choice, and awakening is created by choice.

You must start with yourself. With your awareness, your awareness of your own world. And your awareness of others - those around you and those who surround you. Your perception of each moment is far more powerful than the reality which surrounds you. Because you have the awareness, the awareness will force you to wake up every single moment - and your awareness of others will allow you to give yourself as a teacher, as a friend, as a guru.

You must begin by awakening your own consciousness. To wake up is to create awareness, to create awareness is to change reality. And reality is created by consciousness. You are born into consciousness. Your consciousness reflects the consciousness that surrounds you. You are an impression of that consciousness and have the potential to change it. And when you wake up every morning, you will be aware of that.

How can you live your life if you do not wake up every morning?

Will you wake up when you see that you are an illusion? Will you wake up as an awareness? Will you wake up in the illusion that creates you?

The greatest teachers are those who can see the invisible, without going beyond, who are unable to escape from themselves. They are the people who can guide you, but never compel.

When you are courageous enough to go beyond the edge of the world, you have met the greatest teacher of your life.

©2021 Alexander Manu

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THOUGHTS

How good it is, all of a sudden, to find that you're going to be exactly what you are!
The Game is Almost Over
The game of becoming is never ending. And in the midst of the greatest adventure of your life, it is okay to make time to rediscover yourself. There is no shortage of adventure. Remember that you have everything you need.
The treasure is upon you. The time that we spend playing as children has proven to be fruitful. The trick, it seems, is to find ways to enjoy the game of becoming while still growing in age.
How good it is, all of a sudden, to find that you're going to be exactly what you are!

Have you ever used fantasy to describe your current life? Do you fantasize about a better life, without really knowing how to achieve it? Or are you quite content with the things you have in this moment? Are you scared of what might come, or do you see yourself as a creator, but reluctant to follow through? Are you comfortable in the fact that the world as it is, is enough?

We have lived in a time where the experience of stepping out of one state of being to another has become increasingly popular. We are free to make mistakes, and happy to take on new challenges. We are free to be who we want to be. If you're not playing - don't even think about getting caught up with silly rules. If you're not playing, you are one of the millions who sits in front of their screen, unfulfilled and uninspired, while the world goes on without them.

It is easy to be reminded of this daily, however, what is also easy to overlook is the fact that you already have everything you need.

The game of becoming is never ending. And in the midst of the greatest adventure of your life, it is okay to make time to rediscover yourself. There is no shortage of adventure. Remember that you have everything you need.

Start where you are, and when the time is right, find yourself an audience.
In the game of life, there are no instructions.
There are only suggestions.

Play freely.



©2021 Alexander Manu

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THOUGHTS

The self is an illusion of the mind, a false and transitory set of sensations and perceptions that we have imposed on our psyche.
The Permanent Reality
The sensation of who you are is your only permanent reality. The rest is ego. What you see in the self you have created for others is your projection. The ego has no truth to speak of. It is the enemy.
The sensation of who you are has nothing to do with what others see in the self you have created for them. The sensation of who you are is your only permanent reality. The rest is ego. What you see in the self you have created for others is your projection. The ego has no truth to speak of. It is the enemy.

The absolute summation of knowledge is that there is no reality outside of you, only one inside. While we are uncomfortable with this insight, if we stay with it, it becomes our profound and defining wisdom. We discover that ego is a fiction of the mind that must be discarded before we can experience who we really are.

Remember: The self is an illusion of the mind, a false and transitory set of sensations and perceptions that we have imposed on our psyche.

This is your real body in constant motion, thinking thoughts and doing things in the hope of bringing more energy to this existence. You have been acting as if your very self is a separate entity that can do and create. All of you, the parts that function now in the light, are doing everything they can, to act and to think in the way that you need them to, and in an attempt to bring as much energy as they can into your life.

All these activities in the mind and the physical body, are attempts to play this elaborate game, yet there is nothing real you can do. The inner game is a desperate effort to preserve the illusions of the ego, which keeps you alive. There is an illusion of another world and another being, and you are living in that imaginary realm, but there is no other world and no other being. There is only your own mind and your own being, but these are illusions.

The cosmic game of inner conflict is played in order to keep the ego alive. This playing of games in order to experience reality will ultimately fail you, but you will be forced to play this wretched game to the end. So, what can you do?

You have received so much, more than you ever could have imagined. You've been given everything that you could ever need. Yet still, you fall victim to the shell of Ego. You are living from your full potential. All of your gifts have been given to you, yet you choose to remain without.

What then? Where do you go? How can you continue to exist? What could be worse?
You have absolutely no choice in the matter, for there is no time, space, nor reality.

The key to knowing who you are is to know who you are not. This is not so easy. To know who you are not is to recognize that there is no one who can ever see who you are in full. There is no beginning point on the search for your inner character. When we get this right, our lives are transformed. Stop sabotaging yourself.

You have made it.




©2021 Alexander Manu
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THOUGHTS

Past, present, future: these are just words. Consider this: time is just a method, a means for bringing things to their finality. A means for grasping where events and people begin and end.
Awakening the Soul
The body experiences itself in its own past, and every moment in the past only appears as a moment within that past and is therefore only temporary. But this form of temporary appearance is not "real" in any sense. The knowing that it is in its past, does not cause it to cease to exist in its present.

The reality of our lives lies hidden somewhere, underneath a blanket of appearances. If it were ever to reach out and tell us the truth, it would undoubtedly reveal that the present moment is the one - and only - moment that matters. Only here do we find true freedom and the true nature of things. Past, present, future: these are just words. Consider this: time is just a method, a means for bringing things to their finality. A means for grasping where events and people begin and end. To fully grasp our own temporary life, we must hold firm to the true, present reality, whatever it may be, moment by moment.It is with this realization that we can begin living without the general assumptions of "pastness" or "future-ness" of thought, a reasoning in which some events are distanced from other events, by the measure of what we call time.

Everything is just as it appears to be. If we hold to this awareness, then in the depths of our consciousness, we will see that our thoughts and actions are in truth, instantaneous and dynamic, responsive to every detail of our being. We become aware of how existence is a process - not a series of events. The concept of an "end" is illusion. We must transcend the laws of time by turning to our timeless being, to our essential existence, free from the limitations of each moment and place in which we exist. Only in this way can we achieve true freedom.

What we call "the present moment" does not necessarily exist in the same moment that we call it. All thoughts and feelings of the body do not exist in a present but are rather partial, of an experience in the past. They are potentialities in the past that we meditate upon—which are "present" only in an incomplete way.

The body experiences itself in its own past, and every moment in the past only appears as a moment within that past and is therefore only temporary. But this form of temporary appearance is not "real" in any sense.

The knowing that it is in its past, does not cause it to cease to exist in its present
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It is that moment, at the most crucial moment, where a human being is confronted with the true nature of its reality. When we arrive at this point where we stand by ourselves, and for what we are, our stance is not determined by the environment. It is determined by us.

We encounter our true nature,
and we immediately stop being confused. The moment of awakening is the mind's revolution. To understand the nature of our truth, we need to understand the nature of our own subjective field and what we perceive and call our reality: all the images which our mind creates to convince us of the illusion of external factors, of laws, of numbers, of souls, of the impressions of others upon our character, these images are not true. They are just images.

All the important questions of the world are coming to us now, only now, because the moment is here. We discovered something in ourselves after these long months of fear, doubt, and isolation. This is the moment which gave us the clarity we needed. This is the instant that transforms us into our true self. Take it in.
Make it yours.










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THOUGHTS

The Awareness Mirror gives us a view into the timeless depths of our consciousness. It helps us see the truth about life as an inter-connected web through the interaction of our individual lives with the collective lives of others. As a mirror of our awareness, we can discover a great potential that has always been there.
The Awareness Mirror
To experience wholeness, we must be in touch with and consistent with who we really are. We must be in touch with the voice within, our true soul. We must find the courage to embrace wholeness.

Imagine you are looking in a mirror. Strangely, this mirror does not reflect your image, but instead, it absorbs it. What will it absorb about you? Will it show you your true nature and your potential? Will it show you, as you are now, for who you really are?

Our longing for wholeness is so natural because all of us long to know who we really are. But it is easier said than done. In this world, every day is full of lessons in self-deception. The ego wants to play and trick us into believing that we are separate, eternal, and that we can never become anything less than what we are now. Unfortunately, we are all deceiving ourselves.

In the age of 24-hour information, we can't seem to put ourselves into perspective. We are surrounded by all kinds of information that feeds the ego but fails to reveal the true self. At the heart of the human experience is a longing to be who we truly are – and this quest is always there, even in an era of information overload. To experience wholeness, we must be in touch with and consistent with who we really are. We must be in touch with the voice within, our true soul. We must find the courage to embrace wholeness.

Although we may come to realize many things about ourselves, we often find that our realization is quite different from what we expected or hoped for. We may go through life with a certain view of ourselves, but when we come to a turning point in our lives, it is as if someone has hit the fast forward button, and we see our life from a new perspective. In this new perspective, we are filled with the same knowing that one must have in order to become a master of the invisible ballet that is life itself.

Let me gift you a very powerful tool: The Awareness Mirror, which gives us an insight into the inner space of awareness. Each of you is given a copy of this mirror and asked to take it with you. If you take it with you, you'll no longer have to worry about being deceived or being fooled into believing that you are an object, and that you cannot become more than what you are now.

Along with this gift you are also given a very clear instruction: to never look through this mirror with your eyes, but rather, to look through it with your heart and to reflect the inner truth of your being. In other words, to embody your awareness.

By viewing your reflection in the Awareness Mirror, it is possible to feel your heart move into its true position. This is the place where it is always at rest – always in its place. You can't go to the place where your heart is not at rest, because it's not there. It's eternal, always in your heart.

Our goal, then, is to embody awareness. To embody our true selves. To become aware of ourselves and all that is around us in every moment. We need a tool that enables us to reflect our identity in an embodied way and to bring us into awareness. By looking in this mirror, we have access to an even greater level of knowledge and wisdom than ever before. We can look back and see what life is about. We can explore the depths of our being and let go of what is holding us back from living a life of authenticity.

The Awareness Mirror gives us a view into the timeless depths of our consciousness. It helps us see the truth about life as an inter-connected web through the interaction of our individual lives with the collective lives of others. As a mirror of our awareness, we can discover a great potential that has always been there. This is the realm of the spiritual world, a larger force that reaches into all things, a place where we will encounter things that are beyond words, and a world of presence that we may find confusing and even frightening.

Many people come to this approach, only to discover that there is so much to learn about themselves and the world that they simply forget about it and go back to living life as it is. But I hope that you will continue to use this tool. Through it, you can gain access to that deeper realm of consciousness and a world that is beyond the boundaries of physicality.

I also hope that it will be a source of great comfort, and the place where you can relax and begin to experience your own authentic relationship to the rest of the human family.







©2021 Alexander Manu
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THOUGHTS
Perception creates the self in your mind, and the self creates the reality you live in. If you want to transform your life, you need to create the perception of change.

Is This My Life?
It is indeed a good day, a good year, and a good life, when you simply realize that you are at the point where you only do what you want to do.
I want to start this thought posting with a quote from "The Ronin", by William Dale Jennings, one of my favourite books, and my introduction to Zen stories, and the philosophy of becoming through an existence of pure awareness.

As some of you know, I have read this book every year, twice, since 1985. That makes it 36 years. Some of you that know me well know this story as well, as I may have gifted this book to you, at one point or another on your journey.

The story is complicated, but the quote in question is simple: the old swordsman tells the young prince:

"Let me tell you something you will never understand: Even before I met them, your father was a fool and your mother a slut".

Just imagine someone says this to your face. This is how awakening feels like. Pure truth.

We must first rid ourselves of ignorance and apathy, and see things as they are, and if we can do that, we might then be able to discover a new world. The new world begins with a simple and direct question:

are you truly alive,
are you aware of the moment,
or have you become mired in fear,
obliviousness, and apathy?


I began this year of 2021 - like I assume most of you did, after a year of introspection imposed on you by a social and physical distancing disruption that came out of nowhere, but forcefully and impactfully so, exposing yourselves to your inner being, the "IT", the thing without the constructed self or ego, the naked YOU residing INSIDE of you - determined to question everything and seek answers.

I thus questioned my purposes, my views and my principles. I have spent the last few months asking, without fail, this same question every morning when I wake up:

"Is this my life?"

Is this the life I have always dreamed of?
Is this the life I could have?

By design or by luck, or through hard work and passion, the answer every single day was always YES!

I truly want this life, and I became this life - by design or by luck, or through hard work and passion - for which I have no excuses and no regrets.

In past times, I might have sought that the answer to this question might come from some of the influencers of my life - in no particular order, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Yukio Mishima, Mario Bellini, Kenji Ekuan, Dieter Rams, William Dale Jennings, LaoZi and Zhuang Zhou - and I would have given myself over to their wisdom and practice.

What I have found, to my surprise, is that the answers I am looking for are not there.

There is no better teacher than my own open mind, and my own open heart.

It is indeed a good day, a good year, and a good life, when you simply realize that you are at the point where you only do what you want to do.

The simple point of just being.

All great leaders, teachers, gurus, masters, have their own lists of reasons, but at the same time, they have no reasons. What they do is simply, and exactly, what they want to do. They become the person they are most interested in being. This means that they are great at what they do.

I found this Bill Maris (founder of Google Ventures) quote quite appropriate in illustrating this point: "those of us who know what we are doing, know what we are doing!"

Perception creates the self in your mind, and the self creates the reality you live in. If you want to transform your life, you need to create the perception of change. Or in a different phrasing: perception creates the self, and awareness creates reality. True perception is your realization of your real-life experience.
Perception is reliant on what you believe to be true.

Choose your beliefs wisely.





©2021 Alexander Manu
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THOUGHTS
The fear of contemplation is the fear of self-reflection. The fear of reaching the nature of one's mind and maybe not liking what one finds there. The fear of introspection. The fear of insight and self-examination.
The Fear of Contemplation and the Sense of Eternity: 20 Propositions
Contemplation is the activity of conceiving ideas about how we ought to live. Many philosophers have debated whether a life of pleasure or happiness is the best life for humans. It is possible to reconcile happiness with virtue; the goal of the good life can be both to live a life of pleasure and to live a life of righteousness.


"Sometimes I think we don't want to ask any real questions about who we are for fear of discovering there is some other reality than this one. What would this discovery make of how we have lived? How would our friends and colleagues react to what we know now or what we now know? What would we do with the new knowledge? If knowledge comes responsibility. Sometimes even when the cell door is flung open the prisoner chooses not to escape." [1]


001. The process of contemplation can be defined as that understanding of existence which takes one beyond the limitations of the mind and the narrow range of life experiences. This is to develop an understanding of existence beyond a definite context in which one lives in which nothing is permanent, everything changes. This is a very different understanding from the mental frame that forms modern society, and which has had a very profound effect on the human psyche. This is also a very different understanding of the nature of the Self and of reality.

002. There are other reasons why one might shy away from the question of contemplation and simply move into "the life of the professional" without questioning. Every time I venture to discuss the subject of a contemplation, I am struck by how hard it is to find in modern culture any example - or permission - to imagine the self as in any way different than the self-created for our working life. It seems that we have no framework in which to comprehend life as a contemplative interval. The simple mention of a life of contemplation that does not involve work is copiously laughed at. It is as if labour and work are seen as the natural condition of the human being, and any mention of humans taking the time for deliberate contemplation is being seen as utopian.

003. Yet, it was thousands of years ago that Aristotle that said that the purpose of action is contemplation. In Book X[2], of The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle ultimately concludes that contemplation is the highest human activity. In discussing the various intellectual virtues, Aristotle extols wisdom as the highest, since it deals only with unchanging, universal truths and rests on a synthesis of scientific investigation and the intuitive understanding of the first principles of nature. The activity of wisdom is contemplation, so contemplation must be the highest activity of human life. We need not think of the good life as consisting of pleasure or honor, but as having a certain kind of joy or well-being. Humanity keeps forgetting its own early lessons and this s probably the unhealthiest characteristic of our civilization in the 21st century that we ignore, and many times repress, the reality of who truly are and where we come from.

004. The fear of contemplation is the fear of self-reflection. The fear of reaching the nature of one's mind and maybe not liking what one finds there. The fear of introspection. The fear of insight and self-examination. And this fear is also related to the fact that in most of our civilization contemplation has been a matter of private meditation on a religious subject. If you wanted to take a spiritual path, you had to learn how to contemplate the nature of your own being, and your own mind, and what that process was like. Or else you had to go somewhere else and find some other way to learn about it.

005. The fear of recognizing that, despite the long period of work on oneself, one has not gotten that far yet. The fear of finding that the needs and desires have not changed, but one's ideals, which one has invested so much of himself in, have not yet come to pass. The fear of finding that one has spent a lot of time on oneself, not on others. The fear of encountering something in the self that does not coincide with the ideal of the self, the ideal of what one wants to see and feel, not necessarily what is. The fear of discovery that what is still unreal, impossible. The fear of what this "uncertainty" might be.

006. Therefore, the fear of contemplation relates to the notion that a spiritual path must have its foundation in a connection between oneself and a higher power. The notion that contemplation is usually very intense and deeply inward-directed, but once again never ends in self-understanding, and self-understanding is what the whole process is about. So the fear of contemplation has nothing to do with the notion of finding meaning, and meaning can arise in the course of such a process without the fear of contemplation at all.

007. This fear of the unknown is the source of almost all the anxieties, insecurities, obsessions, and desires which I have discovered over the years, in my life of contemplation. Some of these fears I have just named, but the most powerful of them all is the awareness that we do not know what will happen, which results from the awareness of the transcendence of the present moment.

008. From this recognition comes the urge to "take charge" of the moment and make it "my own", as if one could go back to the moment before it ended and change it. This is the impetus that propels one toward the becoming of a Life.

009. This apprehension is connected to the idea that insight is a very risky business, and so one is not supposed to risk finding it, because then you are left in total darkness, in darkness beyond darkness. Contemplation is thus associated with the dread of entering that dark passage.

010. Societally, the fear of contemplation creates a superstructure of thinking and actions that propagate this idea that what we do - in the modern civilization, in our day-to-day existence - is trying to avoid anything that is considered a spiritual subject. We are not supposed to think about it, think about what we are doing here, think about our own existence, think about existence in general.

THE CONTEMPLATIVE INTERVAL

011. Contemplation is the activity of conceiving ideas about how we ought to live. Many philosophers have debated whether a life of pleasure or happiness is the best life for humans. It is possible to reconcile happiness with virtue; the goal of the good life can be both to live a life of pleasure and to live a life of righteousness.

012. The hallmark of the artist, the designer, the entrepreneur, or the visionary is action, the making of something tangible. Contemplation is indeed both supremely practical and elevating, not only because it leads one out of the endless loops of habit and convenience that form the basis of human behavior, but also because it provides the best means of escaping the isolation that isolation entails.

013. Solitude, on the other hand, only allows recognition of others as aggregates and, conversely, accord allows a person to see the individual as such, no matter how much he or she sees all individuals as a single being. Solitude leads to merely what is common, and accord makes each individual unique. Solitude, as Aristotle says, "is loss of pleasure, the loss of that without which one's happiness is impossible." In contrast, recognition, on the contrary, "increases the pleasure and likewise increases the happiness of which it is the cause."

014. The mere mention of a life of contemplation clashes with the construction of the self as the "working individual" or the "professional self" which is after all just a creation of the Ego. How can one simultaneously envision a life of contemplation and a life of creative professional achievement? I suggest that one must be conscious of the contradiction as one moves between the two states of mind, specifically from "work" into the "life of contemplation". To do something, to know, requires that one starts from within and from the inward (inner) place to grasp what is beyond and not limited by the physical world. This is a step towards life, and not from the "life" of what is "experienced" or the "pursuit of life". An understanding of the word contemplation is thus a recognition that one does not move "through" or toward the inner, but from within the inner to discover the nature of existence.

015. With the awareness of the transcendence of the present moment, comes the awareness that one is "not there" anymore, and thus the awareness of a future that cannot be changed. The awareness of a transcendent future is an unsatisfactory awareness because it only carries a momentary immediacy, and one knows one is caught in a reality that is already being shaped. Because we are present as we are, there is no contradiction, no force which separates us from the truth. The Ego is wrong to create such illusions as the idea that the future is unknowable, or the idea that there is no transcendence of the mind or Ego.

PERCEPTION, PERSPECTIVE AND THE NATURE OF MIND

016. At the root of the apprehension toward contemplation is the anxiety of looking at your own beliefs, your own reasons, and you having to face the fact that they're probably not worthy or righteous ones. That if we take a serious look at our doubts and the reasons for our doubt, we may have to abandon them and may have to rethink who you are from the ground up, you may have to un-learn and re-educate yourself. Rethinking and reframing one's existence is part of the whole process of spiritual development.

017. What would we do if we understand the world from this new perspective? Everything we have made and thought all these years are just a road map leading us to the destination. In the end we will see that we can only manifest the material of the consciousness.

018. Not everything you know is material. There is a spiritual reality. The material is the tool. When you know that it is the tool and not some external reality, you feel the presence of something more. At the end of a journey, you stand there saying, I understand why I am here. What I know has changed my life. What we perceive is not material. It is a different plane of existence, and when we understand this, we will look at it with a new perspective.

019. The difficulty is that we are so busy trying to cope with the materiality of the mind that we forget what the true objective is. We are trying to take in and absorb as much as possible in order to get by. This belief comes from a learned behavior because the mind assumes certain things and that automatically implies that these things are real. If I talk, I think that I exist. If I am told about me, then I know that I exist. If somebody sees me then they think I exist. This means that they think that there is a self that exists. The mind is operating on the same assumption. This means that you have been conditioned to operate on a different level, and the ideas are accepted as true.

020. If you go too far in the direction of contemplation, into it, this is where there is no sense of time. There is no sense of place. There is only a sense of eternity.


[1] Songyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Harper Collins 1994 . p
[2] Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by David Ross. Oxford University Press. 2009. pp.183-203



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8
THOUGHTS
Your Ego is a manifestation of your self-imposed limitations. It is an illusion of what you want the other person to see you as, or what they perceive you to be.
The Dissolving Ego
For those of you who experience a feeling a separation between your conscious and your subconscious mind, and the appearance of two parts of yourself (the Ego and the Hidden Self), be clear about this: your Ego is not you. It is not a reflection of your true nature; it is an illusion. You are not the person that you think you are. .

First, let me attempt a definition: the Ego is our own thoughts about who we are. It is also the attached emotions and thoughts that we use to think of ourselves as "different" or better than others, or "good" or "bad" when compared to others. It is the sum of all illusory beliefs that we have about ourselves, that we project our wants and desires onto others, and that we hold onto as true, so we can make up our own reality. In the end, the question:
Who Are You?

Who you really are, your TRUE being, is hidden deep within you. The Ego is just an appearance of that part of yourself that we need to come to terms with, to fully integrate it back into our true human nature. When you face the Ego and the layers upon layers of emotional baggage that comes with it, your true being will be forced to be revealed.

You are born a blank canvas of unlimited possibilities, just waiting to be unfolded. We never truly know what the future holds, just as there is never a moment in time where we can know everything there is to know about anything. However, you can always be certain that you are an infinite being, and the future does not have to be in the darkness. Because in the darkness there is no future. We are forced to live in the present, with all its complexities and limits. The present is not an obstacle. The present is where all our decisions take place, and what must take place for the future to exist. You are, in fact, the central element of the present moment.

The only thing that you need to look at is yourself, as the center of everything, and you will soon begin to realize your potential, or what I call the future you.

In this process of coming to terms with the layers of our emotional makeup, your essence becomes clear and can manifest itself on the outside. You can choose to accept and integrate that part of your being, or ignore it, allowing it to remain on the outside of you, causing an imbalance. Hiding who you really are, from you and from others. Separating the IT of you from the others around you.

For those of you who experience a feeling a separation between your conscious and your subconscious mind, and the appearance of two parts of yourself (the Ego and the Hidden Self), be clear about this: your Ego is not you. It is not a reflection of your true nature; it is an illusion. You are not the person that you think you are.

Your Ego is a manifestation of your self-imposed limitations. It is an illusion of what you want the other person to see you as, or what they perceive you to be. If you do not look in the mirror, look inside, you will never know who you really are. If you do not take the time to step back and reassess the way that you think, the way that you behave, and the way that you live your life, then you will never truly be true to yourself.

The Ego keeps many of us living in fear, allowing our judgments of others to run rampant through our mind and feelings. The Ego will judge you harshly and will convince you that this person or group is inferior to you.

You need to look inward to find your roots, your true human nature. You need to sit down and write all the judgments you have used when constructing your ego, all the loathing and doubts that have been created inside of you, by the self-inflicted feelings that the Ego has instilled. Once you have all of this written down, and once you realize that you were being completely un-truthful to yourself by creating these feelings and judgments of others, you will be able to start the process of restoration. You will be able to uncover your true nature and allow it to emerge through all the layers of your Ego. But be ready, because your only source of meaning is inside yourself, so you are in for a hell of a ride.

I read somewhere recently that the mind has two positions: looking out and looking in. The space inside and the space outside are one once you destroy the inner walls of the mind. In the outer world, we create and evaluate relationships; in the inner world, we create and evaluate ourselves. What is the greatest resource, the only resource we will ever have? Our resilience, our ability to shift perspective, to adapt and adjust to change.

We are taught to live inside this tiny box called the "Ego," which develops its self-identification through selective transferral of experience through a sort of a gateway system. It lets in only what serves it and not necessarily what serves your true being. The entire goal is to stop the brain from working properly. The Ego blinds us. Eventually, we lose our memories, and lose the capacity to retain new memories, so we come to believe everything, and anyone are true. The Ego can be formed, transformed, and modified, at will, by impressions of reality, and when this happens, we lose our ability to trust our intuitions, so we act based on the quantity and quality of the impressions we receive, rather than the integrity of those impressions.

Turn your mind inward by using the contemplation of the nature of little things: the use of the subtle mind in everyday life. Take the time to remove from your DNA the molecule that causes control over your thoughts to begin with. Only by facing the enemy of our souls we can we uncover and consciously counter the deeper system of control—the ego. What you are, what your beliefs are, is not what exists in the real word. The real you is here right now—you are practicing IT as you read these words — you are already one with the universe, working in concert with all systems.

We have always known where the sweet spot resides for all our actions. We may never hit that spot all the time, but we know where it is, and how to use it to renew and reset our "true being": the "IT" in all of us. That "IT" is the essence of our connection to one another because, ultimately, we are all eternally connected.


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