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Hello there
I am trying to buy your possibility book. I have already bought the pdf but now I think the book is needed for close study. I am of an age, John.
However, when I go to amazon.com.au I find the only edition available is large print. is there a way around this?

thanks

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Dear Reader

When dropping all that we believe in, a student of Life emerges.

Our essence – kindness, understanding, wisdom, and common sense – emerges when willing to live in that unknown.

Warmly … John

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Tony Wilmot

Dear Reader

From my experiences, ‘seeing’ the source of my thoughts (i.e. ‘consciously’ being ‘aware’ that I think and that what I think is my reality) is material to ‘understanding’ myself, my world, and therefore, “the world”.

Kind regards, Tony

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. A couple of days ago I posted a question that I asked of myself. The question was! Can I ever be one with my soul! If I am to be forever to be the jailer of my mind? Now I have sence been reflecting on my question, and asking myself what might be significance of my understanding the question be in terms of I living a peaceful life. So now the question I posed for myself is this! Is there a possibility that the understanding of the question is in fact the answer to the question in the… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. I have been reflecting on something! and that is this! Can I ever be one with my soul ..if I am forever to be the jailer of my mind?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Just Observe and Listen: ********************* There are so many songs that we sing and love, but so often we fail to see (understand) the true meaning behind such songs – while the true universal meaning and understanding of Life, is within each of us, inherently from birth – for we are each perfect in mind, body and spirit – we each just need to recognise this fact (these facts) for what they truely “are” – pure Energy, just “be”ing, revealing and explaining itself to us, in every moment, moment to moment, until we are “ready” and “willing” to see and… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Life – be in it *********** Life is a universal understanding, which we each receive and experience NATURALLY as Thought from Consciousness (Awareness, Understanding), when we each just OBSERVE and LISTEN TO Life happening, as it unfolds IN EACH PRESENT MOMENT, UNCONDITIONALLY, MOMENT TO MOMENT. Our own Consciousness is our own highest level of understanding, but without continuing to experience further ongoing INSIGHTS, our Consciousness – our Understanding – is trapped in a fixed set of beliefs, opinions, judgements and the like. Like Life, Consciousness – houses our personal momentary natural level of understanding – is constantly changing, just like… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

John Lennon’s song of 1971, ************************ “IMAGINE”, (see words further below), is what life is all about – only there “is perfection” (heaven) within, and surrounding, each of us ALWAYS, as innately born. Only we humans undo that very perfection, when we each INNOCENTLY create any alternative, “man-made”, PERSONAL definition, meaning, understanding, belief, interpretation, etc (call it whatever you like), about what we each PERSONALLY think we are, how we function, and how life operates, which unfortunately causes all the apparent problems (confusion in our PERSONAL mind), but it is all just a figment of our INNOCENT “imagination”, which takes… Read more »

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Thank you, Eamonn To be subservient to one’s own thinking is to be lost in one’s conditioned mind – our beliefs, opinions, judgements and knowledge – everything we believe to be the truth of the matter – any matter. For simplicity’s sake, call that the realm of impossibility. To be free – to exercise our free will – to be free of subservience – is to understand that we are the thinker, and as such, we think into existence our reality – whatever that reality may be – including everything that is posted to this forum by me or anyone… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. This is something I have been reflecting on. To be subservient to one’s own thinking is to be subservient to one’s own will, is to be subservient to the thinking, and the will of others. So in the context of what I have written where does freedom dwell? and what do we need to understand about ourselves that would allow that freedom to manifest as emotional freedom (ie peace)?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

6:55 -7:55am, Thurs 18 Nov, 2021: ************************************ What is life ? Life is ecstatic when I am connected to my state of Possibility – there is no fear, no concern, nor need for security, as I am innately healthy and happy, and nothing needs doing. I so enjoy getting up early each morning, and just appreciate being alive – grateful, that I see my connectedness to everything and everyone – I am the Energy that I experience as Thought and Consciousness (Awareness) – nothing else is required – just this universally available feeling of connectedness and being “home” – in… Read more »

Brian Zec
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Brian Zec

A random ramble Innocence – seeing the innocence of others, all of humanity My Definition of innocence for my lifetime has been: most children exhibit innocence that is a not knowing anything some adults sometimes display vulnerability, leave themselves open to being hurt. That is a sort of innocence but not quite at the level of children Next question that follows is, what basis do I accept that all adults are innocent? Without it being a thinking exercise I do understand I have made this all up I am at the precipice of making an alternative definition up. I feel… Read more »

Brian Zec
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Brian Zec

Hello Tony, As I am getting older I find myself querying the meaning of words that I once thought I understood. Can you expand on “We are energy” please?

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

What are we ? ************ We are each just ENERGY – neutral, wise ENERGY – playing the GAME of LIVING LIFE, MOMENT TO MOMENT, UNCONDITIONALLY – regardless of what just happened or happened any time before !! Our own personal thoughts, are the only things that take us away from our TRUE NATURE – from our PERFECTION, from our FREEDOM, and from our WISDOM, which can solve every problem, as problems are only thoughts that we have taken TOO SERIOUSLY (we have given them too much importance) !! That’s life – so simple. Enjoy the journey – the destination is… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

LIFE HAS MEANING (AS IS): ***************************** Life drives us, if we allow it to, and if we are willing to trust it, to do so – I experienced this as I was cleaning up this morning and making a cup of tea – there is literally no effort involved – when we don’t have to think our way through life, which is bloody draining, and very tiring, especially when it is largely wasting energy in creating illusions and problems in our head, each of which, we INNOCENTLY think we then need to deal with !! I am just an habitual… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

HOW DOES LIFE OPERATE ? ***************************** How can we each live well, without understanding how life operates, and how we function ? There needs to be an understanding of how life really operates, for each of us – FROM THE INSIDE OUT, UNCONDITIONALLY, IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, MOMENT TO MOMENT; rather than from the outside in, logically (based on our own human self-created logical thinking – namely, based on personal conditioning) – as more than 99% of people INNOCENTLY think it happens, the way they INNOCENTLY think !! This INNOCENCE (INNOCENT THINKING) is what we each need to wake up… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

WHY WORRY ? ************* When we worry (spending time trying to work out why things might be happening, or what needs to be done) we stop things happening naturally – namely, we INNOCENTLY stop things happening, as designed. However, even when we are “in our head” functioning in our own interests, and not naturally “functioning from the heart”, in the interests of the common good, and not in our own interests, alone, the feelings of dis-ease that we create, additionally, are pointing us to our wisdom, from which we receive feelings of ease, lightness, happiness, love, compassion and all the… Read more »

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Can a persons mind dwell in the notion of free will, and be at peace at the same time.
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Here is another question I have been reflecting on of late.
Can there be effort without resistance, and can there be grace where there is resistance?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Eamonn Leonard
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Eamonn Leonard

Dear Reader. Here is a question I have been reflecting on of late.
Does it require effort on the part of man to infuse his or her mind with grace?
Kind regards Eamonn Leonard.

Andrew
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Andrew

re: the conversation between John and Peter on memory . . . I had the thought that memory doesn’t exist in a dead-end alley and is not inert. It can’t help but be surrounded by, held in the consciousness of the one who remembers. Slave transporter John Newton repented his evil ways. He needed the memories to repent but he also needed the presence of a greater awareness and the humility to see that he was in error. That greater awareness is always there and all memory is nestled in it. The realm of possibility is always there but it’s… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

Another few thoughts for the day. Life is both conditional in actually getting things done, but otherwise unconditional, when just observing and listening to life, especially when receiving insights (impersonal thoughts). We are all just energy, in whatever way energy has been designed, and life is continuing to evolve, as we human beings start to understand how we can use our innate wisdom, for the greater good and common good, but not just for personal (selfish) gain. Together, we are all one (1) massive, wise, evolving universal energy, coming to grips with how incredibly and infinitely capable we each just… Read more »

Tony Wilmot
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Tony Wilmot

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 »

Eamonn Leonard
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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 »

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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 »

Graham Farrall
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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.