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Understanding the Feeling Effect

This is an advanced idea, but when it’s properly understood, you will never again be able to make yourself out to be weak, frail, sick or wanting without knowing how to heal it.

Firstly, to facilitate understanding, here’s a depiction of the order of things and terms being used here:

Self-Belief (concept of self extrapolated from the mistaken thought that you separated yourself from reality) ——->> Feeling Effect (visceral sensations that demonstrate the consequence of Self-Belief) ——->> Peripheral Effects (thought and thought forms projected outward from the Feeling Effect aka everything that can be perceived) ——->> Fixating on Peripheral Effects supports Self-Belief and the wheel goes round and round

The Feeling Effect is the first effect of Self-Belief. It’s a demonstration of the energy that’s presently being projected outward to make Peripheral Effects. This is very difficult to see as it seems to be the other way around – it seems that the Peripheral Effects are responsible for arousing the Feeling Effect.

Because of the seeming order of things, the conditioned habit is to deny the Feeling Effect and focus on giving reality to the Peripheral Effects as if they caused the Feeling Effect. Fixating on the Peripheral Effects is the habitual tendency and the device used to deny the Feeling Effect and support Self-Belief, which occurs by default.

Peripheral Effects have no meaning and their only function is to keep the mind distracted from attending to the Feeling Effect and thereby resolving Self-Belief.

It is only through embracing the Feeling Effect that Peripheral Effects lose power over the mind and Self-Belief gets healed.  Specifically, the mind can only learn that it’s a benefit and not a threat to release Self-Belief by going through the Feeling Effect.

For instance, feeling like one wants something (better health, more money, connection, freedom, etc) is caused by the Feeling Effect of Self-Belief, The habitual response is to fixate on the Peripheral Effect by agreeing with thoughts that seem to prove that something is really wanted, which supports Self-Belief.

In this way, the Feeling Effect gets resisted and time gets extended to accommodate more Peripheral Effects being made while protecting the Self-Belief.

Conversely, when the mind’s attention is consciously turned back toward the Feeling Effect, the underlying Self Belief gets resolved because it is not being supplied with the necessary energy in the form of thought projections that support it.

Accordingly, the Feeling Effect and Peripheral Effects are denied reality, happiness ensues, and time shortens.

Q: Why would anyone want to shorten time?

A: Because time is only necessary while there is allegiance to Self-Belief. Everyone really wants to return to timelessness, wherein there is no possibility of dreaming that life has an opposite.

Q: Without dreaming, isn’t there just nothingness, like a void.

A: No, that idea is based on fear of death and intentional forgetting of the world you thought you lost forever. The real world is an extension of eternal Life without an opposite and without conflict or the effects of time.

The Choice To Love

Your escape from this world depends on your acceptance of all “others” as your Savior. “Others” includes your body and projected mind (who you think you are).

There is truly no one other than yourself. The others that occur to you are only projections of mistaken self-belief.

Hating, attaching to them or fearing them makes the mistaken self-belief real for you, which ties you to this world. But loving them as yourself releases you.

How do you love all others as yourself? Watch how you seem to feel about them. That’s how the mistaken self-belief is making you feel about yourself.

The tendency is to hide from feeling the effects of mistaken self-belief by projecting those feeling effects onto others, but you can make another choice at any given moment.

The choice for your release from this dream of death takes a little bit of willingness to feel the effects of projecting for yourself.

How do you know when you’re projecting? There is a sense of irritation, uncomfort or pain, whether physical or emotional.

Any sense that denies joy is only upheld by your choice to project thought. It’s a conscious choice, although it’s common to consciously hide it from yourself as well.

Be mindful of your projecting and willing to feel it. Don’t try to stop projecting or argue with it, but turn your attention toward feeling, physical or emotional. Pinch yourself if you need to.

That’s all there is to it. Keep up with the practice and in time all of this will be undone and give way to what’s always been.

Heaven is Not a Dream

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I’ve heard several spiritual teachers attest to having entered Heaven, nirvana or eternal bliss whilst they still appear to be embodied.

But what they have really entered is a happier version of dreaming.

I get that these lovely people do believe they have found Heaven because happy dreaming stands in stark contrast to its opposite.

However, Heaven does not include the density that comes along with perceiving bodies and believing that they have made it to Heaven actually prevents them from taking it all the way by undoing the thought that causes bodies and the material world to occur at all.

Behind the idea of having entered Heaven whilst the body and world are still being made manifest is the secret belief in being unworthy of Heaven, and the secret wish to extend time and go through more cycles of birth and death.

Those who are drawn to such teachers also want to find Heaven whilst keeping the body sense because of their attraction to feeling unworthy of actual Heaven.

In fact, stopping at the happy dream and calling it Heaven is a call for punishment because happy dreaming eventually leads back to its opposite if the time spent in that phase is not used to undo the thought of separation.

Heaven is only available here and now

It’s true that Heaven is only available here and now, but if anyone is able to perceive you as embodied in this dream world, your mind is still being projected in consciousness, which is way, way off from Heaven.

My invitation to you is don’t stop! Keep undoing the guilty thought upon which our bodies and this world are made manifest, no matter how happy your dreaming appears to become.

Because no matter how happy the dream that includes birth and death seems to be, it’s meaningless compared to the ecstatic joy of having your mind restored to actual Heaven.

For God so Loved the World…?

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The most popular verse in the Bible, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This verse also, is the verse people use most often to make themselves feel guilty.

Most people take this verse to mean that God gave his separate son, Jesus as a sacrificial lamb for the rest of us sinners. This is the interpretation that humans at the time naturally took to be the correct interpretation because they did not have “eyes to see” or “ears to hear.”

Perhaps if one comma was omitted, and one word was added, it would help people understand the meaning of this verse, like this

“For God so loved the world that he gave to his only begotten Son…”

Still, there are a couple of terms that need to be defined to help with understanding the mystical meaning of this verse.

Firstly “the world” is not the world we are dreaming and taking to be reality. If God loves a world where his only Son comes to die, that hardly makes God loving. It makes God vengeful and scary. What kind of father would give death to his son?

Truly, God gave his only Son the real world, which is like God and like the Son he created in his image.

The world God gave to his only Son does not include death, disease, conflict or anything else that speaks to vengeance.

The world we perceive is not created by God, but made up by a mind that’s confused about its own identity.

Second, “only begotten Son.” God has only one Son, so who the heck do you think you are? The idea that Jesus is a separate Son that God created apart from you and me is just an excuse to find yourself guilty and hold yourself out as an image in a dying world.

Because you secretly and mistakenly believe that you separated yourself from God, you have chosen again and again to uphold this world as the one God created, thus keeping you in ignorance of the world that God actually created for you, and which world is your true inheritance.

To undo this world of sin and death, and accept your true inheritance takes believing in the God of Love instead of the false god of fear.

Are you open to this reinterpretation now? If so, you have already changed course and your mind is set in the direction of Reality.

If not, no worries. You are still on the path to Reality. Your path just includes some more guilty meandering in dreams of dis-ease and death, until you change your mind.

What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is not something that you become, it’s who you already are beneath layers of confusion. The experience of enlightenment is sustained conscious awareness of a Truth that exists before the illusion, irrespective of circumstance within the illusion – which is basically the absence of self-belief.

You are not separate from enlightenment, but every belief you uphold about who you think you are is creating mental noise that keeps your experience chaotic, heavy and serious.

Because each individual accumulates unique life experiences which have led to their present point of view, we are unwittingly led into the belief that this accumulation of life experience is who we are. Believing that we are this limited, separate self has us in constant self-assessment and conclusion about whether our behavior and choices are right or wrong, good or bad, loveable or unlovable.

We make the same assessments and conclusions about other people as well, and this consists of about 99% of the mental chatter that plays in the mind.

In order to find relief from the insane mind, many of us look to the world for self-improvement. When we encounter people who insist that there’s something wrong about us and that their method can make us right, we feel hopeful or doubtful as to whether their method will change us.

This is missing the point that there is no right and wrong in the first place. In reality, employing any method from this premise just creates more mental noise – the antithesis to enlightenment.

This is not to say that employing methods to invite enlightenment are right or wrong – but that no method is significant. Every method is meant for creative play – not as a means to an end.

When we get ‘serious’ about meditation, yoga, chanting, spiritual study, or any method, we are adding content to ‘who we think we are’ and creating a mental image of a person on a path to enlightenment.

Notwithstanding these mental projections, we are always being led toward the experience of enlightenment through the circumstances of our lives. In this way, even if we are not actively pursuing enlightenment, our life experience is constantly leading toward that experience.

Specifically, we travel through stages, or a series of experiences, until our accumulated beliefs cause so much suffering that we become willing to give them up. This ‘waking up’ is enlightenment. It can happen all of a sudden or incrementally over time.

Because awakening happens in the gaps between habitual mental commentary, everyone is Gifted with life circumstances that trigger minor to extreme shock and/or confusion – whatever is necessary to create those gaps.  Said Gifts, are invitations to question who we think we are and to recognize the Truth that exists before belief.

Everything perceived is a message, and while no perception needs to be analyzed unless one finds it entertaining to do so, every perception can expose self-beliefs which we can choose to re-create or un-create in the present moment.

If one merely trades one belief for another, nothing has been resolved, but this is still along the path toward enlightenment. Eventually, circumstances will arise to help dissolve the newly formed belief; and when physical death comes, the beliefs still being held in awareness will be presented as reality in the next lifetime.

While methods are valuable to condition the mind into a preferred state of awareness, ultimately, stillness of mind (experience of nothingness) is enlightenment – which ‘happens’ when every belief (including every method) has become irrelevant.