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Love is seeing that which is.

The reaction to loneliness is the desire for companionship. A companion is to be depended upon. This companion can be a person, a group, or an idea. Dependence creates a sense of comfort. In comfort, the mind is slack, lazy, inattentive. An inattentive mind has no vitality. The deadweight of life is the reliance on comfort.

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Narcissism necessarily leads to isolation. Narcissism is the worship of the self. The self takes many forms. It can be the body, the appearance, the intellect, the impression of oneself. It could also be something much bigger, such as a country, an organization, an ideology, a belief, a faith, and so on. The self identifies with something and worships that thing. This is narcissism. When the self worships a thing, that thing becomes valuable. Because of value, the thing becomes protected by the self. The process of protection is the process of challenge and response. One is then always protecting the thing in response to external challenges. Protection is in nature isolating, because protection means to push away, kill, or distance anything that challenges what it protects.

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Knowledge takes root in the mind. When a mind is burdened by knowledge, it becomes difficult to move freely. A pliable mind is a mind free of any burden. Such a mind is able to investigate anything without the weight of knowledge. Such a mind is able to let go of any prejudice and opinions, and therefore is able to apply itself to any situation. Such a mind flows like water, so it can take any shape, and committed to no shape. Such a mind is an empty mind, so that any knowledge can fill it, yet cannot be retained. Only an empty mind is a wise mind, because such a mind understands that no knowledge is eternal, and nothing is constant.

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Sex is not love. Sex has become satisfaction. In sex, if one is only seeking orgasm, or any other particular way of satisfaction through pain, obedience, control, and violence, love is not possible. The search for satisfaction in sex calls for cruelty and manipulation. Sex is used to tie each other down. It is used like a product in the market. Sex has become a mechanism for control and domination. This domination can be very direct or indirect. It could manifest in violent physical behavior of control, or subtle psychological influence, such as gaslighting and guilt-tripping.

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Good and evil are traditionally considered to be opposites. Good banishes evil. Evil battles good. This is the pattern in many religions, and also in our daily life. There is the evil of war, and also the good war which eliminates evil. There is the evil of murder, and also the good punishments which will stamp out the evil tendencies in the human psyche. This eternal battle is the pattern of human history, and it has not succeeded, because this very battle is what sustains evil. The battle is the evil.

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The conventional, everyday conception of time consists of the past, present, and future. This conception is itself timeless, meaning that it takes no time to arise. Yet, because the human mind is so conditioned by this conception of time, it mistakes time as an inherent quality of reality. Reality is inherently timeless. One could ask oneself, when does the past occur? It can only occur now, in the form of memories. When does the future occur? It can only occur now, in the form of projections. This is, in the logical sense, why the present contains all of time.

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What the mind cannot understand with its limited knowledge, it calls mystery. From ancient times, many so-called miracles happened, and such miracles have the effect of showing the mind its limitation. Whatever it thinks it understood, it did not. However, life is already mysterious. The knowledge of the mind pretends that it is not, because it believes that everything can be explained. Yet, the explanation is not the explained, so no explanation is ever absolutely valid. This is the limit of science, philosophy, spiritual cosmology, occult theories, and any such knowledge ever created by human beings. In reality, everything is mysterious, because they are in essence inexplicable. This is the unknowable nature of reality, which is apparent from moment to moment.

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Intuition is divided from knowing. The mind believes that intuition is a specific kind of knowing. In other words, intuition is believed to be a knowing without a cause. This is the error, as there is no cause, so all knowing is intuition. Cause exists only as a concept in the mind. In reality, there is no cause. By looking at a tree, one might derive a cause from it, such as the tree was planted by someone in a distant past. This entire thought stream is a process of conceptualization. The cause is conceptualized out of the seeing of the tree. In reality, there is only the seeing of the tree, and then the seeing of this conceptualization process. Nothing causes anything to happen.

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During one's life, there is the discontent for what is. This discontent might be temporarily satisfied by passing pleasures, like sex and entertainment. But it is nagging. It persists. So, one might suddenly see or finally face the fact that nothing material can satisfy this discontent. This discontent is much deeper, burning at a much more fundamental level. So, the search for the eternal begins and can begin in all earnest.

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In the spiritual or philosophical search for truth, enlightenment, love, or the sacred, there is always a sense of lack. That lack is taken personally. The person then thinks that the lack has something to do with itself. The lack is impersonal. The lack is simply an appearance taking place. It does not care whether the person is successful or unsuccessful in its search. The search is also impersonal. The search appears. It does not care whether the person is satisfied or unsatisfied. There is nothing else to it. The search for a cause, explanation, theory, or some symbol of truth are all appearing by itself. This is the causeless, which is creation. Creation happens not because of something else, because that would imply a creator. There is no creator, because a creator is always personal. In reality, nothing is personal. The creator takes on attributes of personal qualities because the creator is created by the person, as in the instances in mythologies across time and space. There is no creator, and creation simply is. Nothing is behind creation, and that is the mystery and omnipotence of creation. Everything is created in the instant.

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