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What is life? A few thought/insights. ******************************* Everything is possible – nothing is impossible, with WISDOM !! Thought and Consciousness (Awareness), our two energy-based (spiritual) gifts from birth, are constantly feeding us with universal, impersonal, healthy, wise thoughts, in the present moment, moment to moment, UNCONDITIONALLY, despite what we may innocently think to the contrary !! What we throw away down the sink and into the rubbish bin, would sustain all those people who die from malnutrition every moment of every day. Think again – this time with compassion, and for the common good – namely, BE KIND. Don’t get… Read more »

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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.
A few lines came through my pen that I thought might be worth sharing.

Dear old Pops
How the years have flown
and yet my pen in silence sleeps.
My thoughts of you
are clear and fond
and grateful too
but yet to harness
feelings in written words
my pen in silence sleeps.
Oh I remember cloudy days
and moods of thunder grey
but I let them go
for sunshines sake
and lighter days
and gentler moods.
All in all you did your best
you saw it through
no more to say.
My pen at ease in silence sleeps.

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Insight for the day:
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Life is perfect, natural, beautiful, supportive, healthy and evolving, as designed.

Kind regards, Tony

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

THERE IS ONLY REALLY ONE UNIVERSAL MEANING OF LIFE: A few early morning insights before playing golf at Kwinana, teeing off at 7am, Sunday 3 October 2021. There is only one real life – a life of permanent connection to energy – which reveals itself through our own personal wisdom, moment to moment, unconditionally, but only available when we are willing to just listen to and observe life happening, without innocently adding our own personal meaning to “what is” happening, naturally. It’s like we have been given the key to life, in the form of our own wisdom, but we… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Friday 1 October, 2021: My thoughts for the day, from bed, with my wife still snoring away, written in, and copied from my mobile notes. Some food for thought. A few of myninsights. Whenever we think personally, we are effectively resisting change, by resisting living from our true nature of freedom and not knowing, which is naturally inherent in life happening in the present moment, unconditionally, thereby innocently and collectively we human beings are resisting evolution. Said more clearly – just as we are personally resisting change, we are collectively resisting evolution, to our own personal and collective detriment !!… Read more »

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Graham Farrall

Hello John, Graham Farrall.
I like to thank you for helping and guiding me to a very good life.
Your help has taken me to great lengths. I’d Like to talk with you.
A lot has happened and are very grateful.
Please email me or phone on 04 58 79 74 78.
Thanks

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I have been reflecting on a couple of questions!
First one is! What do we need to understand, and accept about ourselves so we can live in closeness to our true nature?
Question two! Can closeness be defined other than in time and distance?
Question Three! What is not our true nature?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Can oneness in spirit ever be experienced by any person when that person is in a state of subservience to his or her desires?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. There is a question I ask myself, and it is. Does my way of being in life cast a shadow in which I get lost, or does it create a glow that lights my way?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I would like to stay with Epictetus for a while. In his quote he said (it is not what happens to us that matters, it is how we react to it that matters) I appreciate these are wise words, but a little vague so if I may be so bold I am going to try to put some meat on their bones. I am of the notion that the three most important words in the quote are (react to it) I am trying to sus this out for myself so I want to explore the word (it) first.… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader,

Wrestling with questions of meaning and of values can be unsettling. In doing so we push the boundaries of what it is we think we know.

It is only by pushing the boundaries that we will deepen our understanding of how it is we create our personal reality.

Pushing the boundaries of what we think we know insulates us against the dogma of believing we know, and believing what we think is the truth.

Kind regards, Eamonn

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Hi John. Postscript to the post below.

We are out of bondage to our stories – out of bondage to our reactions to our unfolding reality – we are in the realm of possibility.

We are in the world of understanding Epictetus: “It is not what happens to us that matters, but how we react to it that matters.”

Kind regards, Eamonn

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. A neutralist is a person who understands that there is nothing but space, and, via the faculty of Thought (with a capital T) that fills that space, providing meaning to what it is they create with their thinking (with a small t – the product of Thought). It is in understanding this that we recognise how we create our reality. With this understanding, we achieve the demise of the ego and the emergence of emotional maturity – kindness, understanding, wisdom and common sense – a reflection of our true self. Emotional wisdom equates to being a neutralist, and… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

We can never attain our human potential by mere intellectual endeavour.

Now, if we acknowledge that we are intellectual beings and that we are also human beings, and we are both simultaneously, what do we need to understand about ourselves that will allow us to reach our human potential.

Kind regards, Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Kindness of mind adds one great quality to people’s lives, it allows people the opportunity to shift from being in a state of reaction to their unfolding reality’s to one of being responsive to their unfolding reality’s. Thus allowing for the possibility of living a more peaceful life.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Do not all wars find their home base in a hardened heart? Knowing that, is not the solution easy?

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Can there any greater, more useful pursuit for us human beings than to live in the exploration of emotional literacy?

Can there be any greater waste of a life than to be lost in the malaise of emotional illiteracy?

Kind regards, Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Do we have a moral responsibility to conduct our lives in a manner that is not detrimental to children – children alive today, children who will not be born for another week, a month, a year, or a thousand years?

If you agree that the answer to that question is yes, the next question is: What do you and I need to understand about ourselves that will allow us to accept that responsibility and not see that responsibility as a burden?

I invite your thoughts?

Kind regards, Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

What do you think our experience of life is like when we have emotional illiteracy?

What then do we need to understand about how we humans function that allows us to explore emotional illiteracy, and how might that exploration impact our life?

I would appreciate your thoughts.

Kind regards, Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, this can be read as a sad post. On the contrary, its purpose is to point to where we find joy. It seems to me that the tragedy of the human condition is that we can live in a state of self-imposed exile from the joy of living life from a fullness of heart. We become entrapped (captivated) by our stories. And I make the point that the story’s content does not matter. Our story could be as noble as saving humankind, or it could be that humankind is beyond saving. Once any story gets the slightest grip… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader: Can a person be in gratitude and be lost in hopelessness at the same time? Can a person be in gratitude and be controlled by fear? Can a person experience anything other than an appreciation for life for life’s sake if they feel gratitude for their life? It seems that there is a one-to-one correlation between our state of unawareness that we think and being stuck in our state of impossibility – stuck in the accumulation of our stories that lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and in the most extreme cases, suicide. It also occurs to me… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Some years ago I read an article written by a well-known writer, it was a beautifully written article, but very sad and full of melancholy, and the writer seemed to be in great despair at the state of the world. I was struck by how our unawareness that we think can lead to such a sense of overwhelm in one’s life that one can lose all hope. These few lines came through my pen: O the yearning of the poets mind how life could be he cries he dreams his dreams in solitude and cry’s his tears in… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I was reflecting on the beauty of life, and these few lines came through my pen.

The awakening has begun
the dream time shows the way
light it fills the darkest hours
long tended shackles melt away
and o the peace of savoured life
a bursting heart of joy
a mind so kind it’s one with life
soothes all pain away.

Kind regards, Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

I would like to share with you a question that I have been reflecting on for a while, and the question is:

What defines the distinction between being indifferent in our thinking around a particular situation (or subject) as opposed to being neutral in our thinking around the same situation (or subject)?.

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

What defines the distinction in the language used as a means of communication that is spoken, written or read at an intellectual level as compared to the language used as a means of communication that is spoken, written or read at a deep emotional level?

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Can we, you and I, ever know peace if we do not discover Love – our True Self?

(Love in the sense of being the essence of LIFE and our True Self.)

It follows: can there be anything more contrary to peace on Earth than you and I failing to experience Love for our neighbour as our True Self?

Kind regards Eamonn.

johnawood
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johnawood

SEEING POSSIBILITY – A BLUEPRINT FOR LIVING There is an old phrase that goes like this: “The map is not the territory”. It’s often used when trying to distinguish between belief and reality. In other words, a map is not the actual terrain we traverse; at best, it’s only a detailed picture (or a representation) of it. Likewise, this article cannot convey the true experience of seeing Possibility. Therefore, this piece is not a story about Possibility. Instead, this post explains how life – seen through the lens of Possibility – can be much better for all of us! To… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. To observe oneself from a place of actuality is to observe without judgement. And to be without judgement is to be without division.

So language, as we may now understand it, loses its restrictions. We see beyond the limitations of language and thus beyond our own self imposed restrictions.

An example of this would be the word responsibility, which is often experienced as a word meaning burden. But seen beyond our present limitations, the word responsibility can be understood as freedom from any burden.

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. A man or a woman has no greater responsibility to humanity than that of understanding themselves for it’s only when each individual lives from that self-understanding that mankind as a collective can ever reach its potential.
Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. What do I mean by saying to understand at a deep emotional level?

It is to understand from a place within ourselves where we are not affected emotionally by our thinking.

It is to understand from a place of no opposites. You could say from the actual.

It is to understand from the Realm of Possibility.

Or to be in the Realm of possibility.

Kind regards Eamonn

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am going to ask myself a rhetorical question: Do I consider myself worthy of love or of being loved?

I suggest that if I understand the question at a deep emotional level, then that deep understanding is the answer to the question.

Now, another question: If I do not understand the first question at a deep emotional level then do I understand what it is to be a loving human being?

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Neither woman nor man can ever truly, deeply, understand the meaning of the inside out nature of reality by reading about it until he or she reaches a level of awareness that allows him or her to understand that it is he or she that brings words and language to life.

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am of the notion that language, written or spoken, only understood by the reader or listener at the intellectual level will never be a clear signpost toward the internal peace of humankind. Only when language is written or spoken and understood by the writer or speaker at a deeper or more emotional level can such writing or speaking bring about emotional peace in another human. Now the two questions I have are: Does the emotional level of language belong to the language or to the person reading or speaking the language? Or, does it depend on the… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

The awareness that we think up our personal reality sets us on a journey, a journey that sees us casting aside our mental straight jackets and donning the garb of emotional wisdom.

Kind regards, Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, I want to talk about our emotional maturity. The maturity brought about by a deep understanding of the inside out nature of how we create our personal reality. I’ve been reflecting on this question all day and the question is this: Do I trust the POWER within? Do I have the willingness to leave myself alone – no checks nor balances – just accept myself, warts and all, and just get on with living? There is a danger that I will fall flat on my face, and I do so with monotonous regularity, but from each failure comes… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I’m attending a workshop, the workshop is about gaining an understanding of the inside out nature of how I create or recreate my personal reality. I’m sitting there desperately trying to get my head around this teaching. You could say my NEED to understand is consuming me. Now, what if my need is no more than my story? One that I’m lost in? What if my story is the structure of my life? A life that I have constructed? So, it looks to me that my structure sits between me and my understanding that my reality is an… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, Continuing from my last post I will try to come at what I want to say a little differently. Let’s put it this way, the structure of each person’s story may vary from person to person causing different reactions in different people and these reactions will cause different behaviours in different people. My point is this: A vast amount of we the people live, work and play, lost in the structure of our stories, constantly reinforcing the structure of our stories i.e. our lives. We, the people become consumed by the structure we create in our lives, innocently… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

While the content of each person’s story may vary from person to person the energy (Thought with a capital T) that allows us to create stories is identical for all people.

Now the question is: What do we need to understand about ourselves that would allow us to live in that understanding rather than in the content of our stories?”

There is another question that occurs to me and that is: Are we merely the content of our stories or are we the energy that allows us to create our stories in the first place?”

Kind regards, Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, When we inquire deeply into the realm of Possibility we will realize that there is only ‘oneness’. There is no opposite in the realm of Possibility, there is only the actual. So when we inquire from that place of understanding there is no tangible or intangible. We recognise the illusion of what we call difference. So the question is really how do we know when we are in the realm of Possibility? Another question is how do we know when we are inquiring from the realm of possibility? I am going to suggest that there is a seeing… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

The moment we begin to recognise that we are the creators of our moment to moment reality we find our true selves.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader, I am of the notion that when we come across something that we grasp at an intellectual level, but cannot grasp at an emotional level, we may call that something intangible. An example of an intangible might be: “My reality is an inside-out experience rather than an outside-in experience.” Simple enough. It rolls off the tongue easily. But understanding what that means at an emotional level, at the level where our lives are a clear reflection of having that understanding, is another matter. So allowing that we use language, which is tangible and an aspect of our conditioned… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. The question that I think might be useful to be asked, which I did not ask in my last post, is a question that is at the very heart of my attempt to write. My question is: Do we, as human beings, want to live peaceful lives without division (within ourselves) or do we want to continue in conflict (within ourselves) as we have for thousands of years? I say (within ourselves) because all conflict starts, unbeknown to us, quiet innocently within each of us individually in our state of unawareness of the inside out nature of how… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I am of the notion that to have a deep and meaningful inquiry we must become ‘grounded in actuality’. What do I mean by ‘grounded in actuality’? Simply put, we need to live with a deep understanding of the inside out nature of the reality that we create. We need to gain insight into the actuality of our personally created experience of life and how we live our life. To gain an understanding of what it means to be grounded in actuality, or at least move our awareness in that direction we must be willing to explore our… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

My last posting of questions to John was triggered by Dr Peter le Breton’s inspiring writing when he writes of Dr David Bohm.

Bohm’s heroism is not the popular image of heroism as macho triumph overcoming impossible odds.

Bohm is heroic because he embodied the gentler strength but indomitable power that comes from his willingness to surrender to that which he must do if he is true to himself and live an undivided life.

I would appreciate it, Peter, if you would talk a bit about living an undivided life.

Kind regards, Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Eamonn here posing the following questions: If we are in a state of resistance can we be anything other than feel divided? What is it that we are in resistance to? What is it that we are divided from? If we let go of resistance are we whole? What defines us as being whole or undivided? John: Eamonn, thank you for more good grist for the mill of our Forum. Feeling divided, separated, isolated, disconnected are each a symptom of being lost in our conditioned mind – our state of impossibility. Each of those four words reflects our… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

The Beauty of Life ******************* The human being is so innocent that as soon as we open our mouth to talk and say something, or give an opinion, we have put meaning into what we have said, but that meaning is always only a personal meaning – it only has true or universal meaning and/or benefit, when it is said naturally, with an open heart, with love, kindness, and compassion, from a state of gratitude – from a state of Possibility – which is not directly controllable by any human being, only indirectly controllable through experiencing freedom and understanding, in… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. When we become aware that we think, the shackles that have bound us to our stories begin to break down, resulting in our freedom from extreme emotional reactions to our unfolding, every changing, personal reality. The recognition ‘that we think’ comes from a deeper place within each of us, beyond our ‘conditioned mind’. Call it ‘original Thought – with a capital T. Call it what you like. It’s our place of freedom. It’s our true home. And with this seeing comes a kindness; a kindness without intent, in other words, it is kindness without an agenda. Unconditional kindness… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Last week I had a package delivered to my door. And what a package it turned out to be. It was John Wood’s new book. I have been reading it and reflecting on it line by line since. This is not a book to be raced through. This is a book to be read slowly – to be reflected on deeply. In doing so, we might read from the same place of understanding that John has written this book. I am not sure if I really appreciate how privileged I am to be alive at this point in… Read more »

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johnawood

Dear Reader, There are some interesting posts on our forum that you might find of value and even feel inclined to contribute your thoughts. If you would like a response add that request. You will also see, if you visit the forum, that Eamonn Leonard (a strong supporter of the forum) and I have been exploring Thought and Consciousness and how our state of Possibility or impossibility pervades our daily experience. Dr. Peter le Breton and I have also started an intriguing conversation. As you will see, rather than a string of replies I have, with the consent of the… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

EAMONN: John, for the past week or so I have been pondering on ‘awareness that we think’, and how that awareness might affect our ambitions. I am talking about ambition in terms of dreams or hopes we might have. Would the individual that had an awareness that they were thinking up their reality help them to be more rational in their ambitions, resulting in a greater sense of appreciation seeing our ambitions or dreams come to pass. Also, John, do you think an ‘awareness that we think’ might result in us being less despondent if all our dreams didn’t come… Read more »