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Eamonn: Dear Reader. I have been reflecting on a question for the last few days, and it is this. Can consciousness be quantified? John: The darndest of questions Eamonn. My 30-second response is this. To the degree that we – you – I – the reader – recognise that we are creating our reality in each moving moment via the gift of Thought and the product of that gift – our thinking – is to the exact same degree – we are awake, aware, conscious. My preferred word of those three is aware. To be aware of our state of… Read more »

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Peter le Breton

JOHN: I emailed the following letter to Dr Peter le Breton, a long time friend, as I did to others on ‘The Realm of Possibility” mailing list. His response, I found powerful and insightful. It seemed like it might be interesting material for this forum, albeit, long and maybe challenging. Peter kindly agreed to post it here on the Forum and gave me permission to respond within the context of his reply. Please enjoy this exchange between two friends, both of whom are committed to exploring the world of the common good (whatever that means to each of us and… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

Isn’t it amazing that we give away our power to an imagined higher authority and yet the higher authority is of our own making.

In reality, we are not servants to the higher authority, but are servants to our own creation, a creation made of our own thinking?

Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Eamonn: Can a person who unconsciously gives away his or her authority to take responsibility for their emotional well-being to a so-called ‘higher power’ ever be other than subservient to that higher power so long as he or she remains in that unconscious state of mind? John: We can imagine (think) that we have given away our authority to a ‘higher power’. From my experience, our belief that we have done so is based on our belief that we can, and that we have. Whatever we believe is an expression of our personal reality. That doesn’t mean that what we… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Eamonn: Dear Reader. I am curious and so ask this question: If two people, both with little or no awareness of the fact ‘that they think’ or of ‘the inside out nature’ of their separate realities meet and strike up a relationship and fall in love; do they fall in love with each other and their ‘true selves’ or do they fall in love with the ‘false self’, the mental image they have created about the other? John: The exploration of your question Eamonn deserves a very long response or better still a book. For this forum I trust that… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

A conversation between Eamonn and John Eamonn: I would like to talk a little bit about something I’m going to refer to as ‘the innocence of unconsciousness’. John: Each of us Eamonn, is innocently unconscious, to whatever degree we are, of what we are not conscious of. That is the conundrum each of us lives in. To the degree that we are aware of our life long accumulation (our conditioned mind) is to the same degree that we are conscious. We all have limitations – no exceptions, as I will demonstrate later with a little story, to our level of… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. This post is a further attempt to articulate what I wanted to say in my conversation below with John, but I beat around the bush a little and failed to make myself clear. This is a joint effort with John in cutting to the chase of what I meant. When a man, woman or child is traumatised by an event, and the trauma is carried on in their life via their thinking then that person can become a slave to their thinking. This conditioning of their memory results in what is often referred to as ‘scaring’. It is… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I’m suggesting that in our less aware – less conscious state of mind we are vulnerable to something I am going to refer to as self-traumatisation, and the more we traumatise ourselves the more pain we cause ourselves. John: Yes, Eamonn. Although I think that the words self-traumatisation can be too strong when it comes to most of the things that we tell ourselves and we get upset over. Some returned soldiers, for just one example, certainly do fall into that category with the condition called ‘post-traumatic-disorder’. And it’s important to remember that not all soldiers get traumatised… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear John. We will agree there is nothing but Thought with a capital T! John: I’m glad you emphasised the capital T. Our thinking (with a small t) is a product of Thought. As it would seem, is everything else. One might say that the universe is a product of Thought energy. Eamonn: Now, sometime in the future I am going to draw my last breath, and that is an end of Thought for the human being called Eamonn! John: Our death is the moment Thought, as expressed through our thinking, leaves us. The energy source has left and we… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Hi John. A simple question: Is it through inquiry and dialogue that we heal from our addictive states allowing us to reconnect with our true self or does it come down to the quality of the engagement in the act of inquiry? Maybe it’s both!! Kind regards Eamonn. John: It is both Eamonn but the ‘health of the helper’ is critical. The quality of the engagement is helped or hindered by the coach’s own psychological, philosophical and spiritual well being. If the helper is not healthy it is a case of the ‘blind leading the blind’ and the client potentially… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Let us agree for a moment, that addiction has its home base in seeking relief from the reality we are experiencing at each given moment. Then, would it not stand to reason that our understanding or equally our lack of understanding of how we create our reality is in equal measure to our addictive state. And would not that addictive state ease to the same degree that our understanding improves, ie seeing that we are creating our reality and thus our addictive state. All that said, when we believe we are our stories the stories seem so real,… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader – some questions and reflections: Eamonn: When we desire to understand how it is we create our reality our very desire to understand gets in the way of that understanding! John: Yes, Eamonn, quite correct. Gently and ongoingly holding an intention to understand how we function as humans will lead us to understand how we create reality. Holding intention rather than desire is the way forward. More on the distinction below. Eamonn: Can we ever be other than alienated from our true self when we do not understand the inside out nature of how we create our personal… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Nature is the direct reflection of life, with wisdom, but without the freedom of thought and free will, inherent in each human being – nature is accordingly sheer perfection in action, which is what the human being is, as well, but we have the ability to also be perfectly flawed, when we misunderstand what we are, how we function, and what life is.

Love and best regards, Tony Wilmot

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

The greatest challenge facing the human race is that too many of us are in a state of hypnosis, mesmerised by the stories we live by – otherwise known as our unconscious state.

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader.

To live in the content of our stories is to be in slavery to our conditioned mind.

To explore the fact that we think and our ability to create our reality from what we think is to understand our mind and be free.

Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Readers. Do you think it is possible to inquire into ‘the actual’ from a place of ‘actuality’? What do I mean by ‘the actual’? Let’s look at global warming as a critically important example. Global warming is Life (with a capital L) unfolding. We experience that unfolding event from Thought (with a capital T) via our thinking (with a small t). Global warming is an ‘actual’ Life event. It is happening. And we can experience that event from two states of mind. One state is from our rigidly conditioned mind – a mind that may not take heed of… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear John. Will our state of mind, the one that causes us to be at variance with our true self (our kind, understanding, wise and common sense self) ever allow us to be other than subservient to our thinking? For the purpose of exploring that question, I am going to suggest that we, as in we ourselves, are an expression of Life with a capital L. Now a supplementary question for you and our readers: If it were not for Thought with a capital T, would I even be able to make that up? Now I am going to suggest… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Readers. The following is a conversation I am having with John. Dear John. You may or may not have been asked this question. Here goes: Have you ever stopped to consider yourself, really deep down, as being worthy of other people’s love? John’s reply. Excellent question Eamonn? Before answering, I’m very interested in what prompted you to ask me that? Please be honest? So now, to answer your question. I paused for a moment, searched within a little, and then I saw I did. I add that it is not always a universal experience I have, but quite specific… Read more »

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johnawood

POSSIBILITY IN BRIEF ‘For nothing worth proving can be proven, nor yet disproven …’ Alfred, Lord Tennyson • Possibility exists prior to anything and everything we believe to be ‘the truth of the matter’. • Possibility precedes our conditioned, self-created, rock-solid reality. It is a state of mind beyond what we had believed to be possible, reasonable or, at times, even rational. • Possibility exists beyond what we currently claim to be irrefutable scientific facts and evidence-based truths. • Possibility is always available whether we see it or not, and it exists (seemingly) independent of us. • Possibility’s profound depth… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

The Difference between Nature and the Human Being ————————————-——————————— We are each part of nature, but most of nature has not been given the same gifts as have been given to each human being – namely, FREE THOUGHT and a FREE WILL. This offers an appreciation of the DIFFERENCE between what we may observe about nature and what we may observe about ourselves, as all nature (including each human being) starts life, in exactly the same way, with the same clean slate, but nature remains unadulterated (unconditioned). This offers a tremendous opportunity for SELF-EDUCATION, along the lines of discussing the… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

These are also some further reflections on my experiences, of early yesterday morning (Sunday 8 November 2020): TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE   To give is to receive, is total freedom, but “to give to receive” is manipulation and self-interest – often at the expense of humankind.   Each one of us is 100% responsible for our state of mind – our attitude – each moment, moment to moment.   We can blame other people and/or circumstances, but that is just our sheer innocence, in operation.   When we discriminate, we are innocently looking for reasons, conditions, justifications, and the… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

This morning I experienced what I describe below: SEEING WHAT IS “Seeing what is”, or simply “being”, is a state of mind, a state of Possibility, as seen (experienced) and explained in the book, “Possibility … a state of mind.“ This book highlights the personal innocence we all live in. When our innocence is experienced for what it truly is, that enables/allows us to be “natural” – to be the pure energy – the energy that each of us “is”. In that state we are totally free, untainted by any outside influence – any personal thought or memory – just… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

I have been reflecting on the healing power of consciousness ,and I am off the notion that it’s greatest healing is… It allows us to have hope, but hope that is free from longing. Kind regards Eamonn Leonard

John A Wood
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John A Wood

With my mind occupied by belief, opinion, judgement, and knowledge, I do not see people as they are; I see them as I remember them to be. In seeing Possibility, we transform the relationships we have – beginning with the one we have with our self and consequently with all those we have with others (even the seemingly intractable ones). And perhaps the most wonderful of them all is our relationship with nature – the miraculous world we have been born into. Seeing Possibility is the superhighway down which we travel when manifesting any original idea seen in our mind’s… Read more »

John A Wood
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John A Wood

TO LOVE, AND TO BE LOVED. CAN A FINER INTENTION EXIST? Without good intention, our life stands for little. Our intentions enable us to deliver the promises we make to ourselves and to others. Intention represents our commitment to how we show up in the world. IT’S TIME TO AFFIRM OR REAFFIRM OUR INTENTION OF BEING A LOVING HUMAN. In this time of turbulence, it’s time to plant our flag of intention firmly in the ground. To take a stand for a loving world. A stand for the way we want to be, in relation to our fellow sentient beings… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

The essence of humanity for the observer is the seeing of innocence in oneself, and others, and in that seeing there is no opposite for the observer.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

To bath oneself in one’s own humanity is to be immune from anothers inhumanity.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

I would like to ponder a question … Can a mind that is anything other than rested or at ease ever experience our ‘seeing state’? First I would like to ponder what is our ‘seeing state’. Is it a gift? Is it our birthright? Is it our state of being? Is it our essence? Is it that we are? I’m going to suggest that it is all of the above and more. It is our very humanity. There is one thing we cannot do with our ‘seeing state’. And that is we cannot give it away. We may not always… Read more »

Miss Renee Predovic
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Miss Renee Predovic

Transition

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

I would like to talk a little bit about something I’m going to call the ‘seeing state’ – a state of mind we all have. This state dwells deep within each of us and at a much deeper level than the merely intellectual level. This state manifests in our reality in the form of inner realisations. Now, when the ‘seeing state’ comes to us in the form of these inner realisations it does not cause us any mental disturbance. We are in fact experiencing life through a clear lens, free from the contaminating effects of our conditioned mind – of… Read more »

Lauretta Koepp
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Lauretta Koepp

Integrated

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

What does it mean to observe oneself from (that) I think? Simply put it means to observe without judgement. It is about seeing our humanity from a place of humanity allowing us to accept our humanity without conditions. So can we begin to imagine what our experience of life might be like if we could live life from that place of understanding? Now i ask the question from that place of understanding are we up for exploring that it is our emotional reaction to our unfolding reality’s that determines the quality of our experience of life? How about allowing that… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

There is a question that I ask myself, and it is am I up for exploring that it is my emotional reaction to the stories i create around my unfolding realty that determines the quality of my experience of life.
And is the observer (me) up for observing the observed (me) from a place of actuality (ie) that i think so i might gain a deeper understanding of the question that i pose for myself resulting hopefully in i living a kinder more peaceful life.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Dorcas Schmeler
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Dorcas Schmeler

full-range

Cathryn Hermann
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Cathryn Hermann

Fantastic

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Our facility of mind allows us to experience our reality’s unfolding, moment by moment. That unfolding occurs in the form of thought that is Thought with a capital T. As our realities are unfolding we have a tendency to create stories about what is unfolding. These stories are in the realm of what we think. Now it is important to understand that we would not have what we think, (the gift of Thought), without using gift – that we think. Depending on our level of consciousness of the fact that we think, we may or may not get lost in… Read more »

Kaitlyn Wiegand Sr.
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Kaitlyn Wiegand Sr.

Facilitator

John A Wood
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John A Wood

WHAT WE KNOW IS OF LIMITED VALUE. IT IS WHAT WE DON’T KNOW THAT IS OF GREATER VALUE.

Vincenza Borer
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Vincenza Borer

Senior

Godfrey Baronie
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Godfrey Baronie

Please help me come to terms with the concept of Time. Any guidance, answers or comments are appreciated. When one is experiencing the present, everything simply exist and becomes alive. It simply “is”; The Realm of Possibility. There is no concept of the past or the future, only the experience of what is, right now. However, my thinking and my past experience knows that there is a physical/historical time line. I woke up this morning and I will go to sleep tonight. Albert Einstein, made it clear that time, or what we call time is malleable, depending on one’s perspective,… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Just a few lines that came to me the other day. The great enemy of the working man is fear; in fact, it is the enemy of all mankind. It robs a man of compassion of empathy of seeing another man’s life as being of equal value to his or her own – in short, it robs us of our humanity. It reduces us to a life of servitude; forever in bondage, prisoners locked in our own minds manifesting in a life driven by self-interest no matter at whose expense, and sadly always at our own expense. There can be… Read more »

Godfrey Baronie
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Godfrey Baronie

Having pondered the inputs on Saturday from members of the RoP workgroup my conclusion for now is that for me freedom is a state of conciousness/awareness where I am concious of the thinking I am having and I observe the thinking loosley and do not get attached, put a value to it and simply let the thinking manifest itself. I then choose the course of action/ behaviour I want to make and to the best of my knowledge that i have now, for the common good . It may not be to the liking of the person who is hearing… Read more »

Anthony Wilmot
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Anthony Wilmot

Dear John RE: Your “WHAT IS FREEDOM ?” article (see article under Homepage, “Articles & Videos”) A great article – yet again – which may well elicit some gold and diamonds, not their illicit versions – as it asks some very deep, honest and confronting questions – how incredibly overprotective we are of ourselves and others, before we wake up – but totally unnecessary when we have woken up – as we cannot ask for any more protection or support, than the absolute clarity and simplicity of understanding, that flows from seeing “what is” – there just is no doubt,… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Hi John.
A question. Can a country ever be free if the people who make up the population of that country remain in bondage to their thinking?
Put another way can I understand democracy if I am not democratic? and can I ever be democratic if I remain in bondage to my thinking?
Kind regards Eamonn.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

I think I am right in thinking that going on a journey of exploration is an adventure, and so it would seem to me that we as travellers on our journeys toward understanding how it is we create our reality’s are on a great adventure. Now I would imagine that going on such an adventure would spark imagination or curiosity, but of course the journey we are on is not an overland journey rather it is an internal journey, and can only be experienced from a place of internal seeing you might say seeing with the minds eye a place… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

The feeling state of consciousness is strange it cannot be named nor shared by the spoken word it’s like coronavirus it can only be caught, but unlike coronavirus it can only be caught if the recipient is willing.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Consciousness is like amputation it’s like you loose something you move to another place in yourself and all you can do is wait for others to follow, but there is no yearning of hope nor pain of loss.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Jennifer Nicholls
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Jennifer Nicholls

Hi Everyone, I found this post I wrote two years ago, and I thought I would share as I thought It quite surreal as it sounds like what John says about the upgrading process that happens within the Realm of Possibility here is what I wrote – Last night I was reading The Enlightened Gardner the chapter called ‘The Ego is an Illusion’. I realised that if there is no ego then there is no I who makes a choice, it’s just looks like it is. What is really happening is that as I’m having fresh thinking or an insight… Read more »

Brian Zec
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Brian Zec

I recently destroyed a relationship by saying things that did not fit into their model of the world.
Most of what I said was from my own conditioning/pain
How can I attempt to retrieve that relationship using the concept of possibility?
What exactly is possibility?

johnawood
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johnawood

Hello Eamonn Thank you for your recent posts. We are at the heart of the mater in ‘listening’ to another. I’ll share a few more thoughts. In ‘listening’ to another, it has everything to do with the other and nothing to do with the other. It has everything to do with us and nothing to do with us. ‘Listening’ is beyond the distortions of our accumulation – our beliefs, opinions, judgements and knowledge. When achieving that state of clarity in our ‘listening,’ we are in a state of Possibility. We are ‘listening’ to the heart of the matter – beyond… Read more »