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3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2020

7 Steps to Take to Sanity


Daily Quotations from Kevin Everett FitzMaurice, M.S. (2020)

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.
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#Reflect #Know: 2020-04-04

1. You don’t know without reflecting knowing from another source.

2. You don’t do without reflecting the ability to do from another source.

3. You don’t exist without something to reflect.

4. You don’t experience except in the act of reflecting something else.

5. You don’t share or remember without reflecting something else.


#Host #Know: 2020-04-03

1. You don’t know without hosting knowing that is not yours.

2. You don’t do without hosting abilities that are not yours.

3. You don’t exist without hosting Energy that is not yours.

4. You don’t experience except in the act of hosting something that is not you.

5. You don’t share or remember without hosting something that is not you.


#Independent #Source: 2020-04-02

1. You are not an independent source of intelligence.

2. You are not an independent source of power.

3. You are not an independent source of life.

4. You are not an independent source of experience.

5. You are not an independent source of intuition, judgment, knowing, logic, reason, or understanding.


#Control #Good: 2020-04-01

1. Religion in control to make people good fails.

2. Ethics, reason, and science in control to make people good fails.

3. Government and social systems in control to make people good fail.

4. Methods, systems, and practices in control to make people good fail.

5. Will, determination, and personality in control to make people good fails.


#Important #Unimportant: 2020-03-31

1. If something is dangerous (physical or ego), then it becomes important and demands attention and control.

2. If something provides safety (physical or ego), then it becomes important and demands attention and control.

3. If something provides pain (physical or ego), then it becomes important and demands attention and control.

4. If something provides pleasure (physical or ego), then it becomes important and demands attention and control.

5. If something takes ahold of your identity, then it becomes important and demands attention and control.


#Oneness #Enlightenment: 2020-03-30

1. You are the host of oneness, not oneness.

2. You are the host of oneness, but it is not about you.

3. You are the host of oneness, not the creator of oneness.

4. You are the host of oneness, but not necessary to oneness.

5. You are the host of oneness; therefore, you can experience one Energy containing and supporting all.


#Contradiction #Inconsistency: 2020-03-29

1. There are no absolutes (expect this absolute).

2. All views are equal (except this superior view).

3. There is no truth only opinion (except this truth).

4. Everyone and everything must be tolerated (except those who don’t do this).

5. You are wrong for saying someone else is wrong (except me for saying you are wrong).


#Grow #Up: 2020-03-28

1. You need to show up to your life by daily opening up to the big picture.

2. You need to clean up your life by ending primitive and self-centered practices.

3. You need to grow up by taking responsibility for what you feel, think, and do.

4. You need to own up by taking responsibility for your habits, routines, learning, skill development, goals, and plans.

5. You need to wake up to your spiritual life, find and serve your highest goals, and practice service-work for your ideals and humanity.


#Levels #Insight: 2020-03-27

1. Spiritual insights come from Energy, not thinking.

2. Intuition insights come from Sensation, not thinking.

3. Feeling insights come from sensation matching and linking, not from emotionalism, romanticism, or sentimentality.

4. Experience insights come from pattern matching and linking, not from knowledge.

5. Reason insights come from analysis, comparing, experiment, and testing, not from knowing.


#Thought-Things #Sensations: 2020-03-26

1. Thought-things are regarded as experiences, not as thoughts.

2. Thought-things occur when the sensations of the thing named are attributed to the name.

3. Thought-things are regarded as the experience that they capture, compare, judge, label, measure, and name.

4. Thought-things pull in other experiences and relate them to themselves, which reinforces the thought-things and solidifies their hold over experience and reality.

5. Thought-things are not divided against themselves when in conflict, because thought-things only attack a thought-thing about a thought-thing, never any reality or substantiality.


#Hierarchy #Education: 2020-03-25

1. Power and control hierarchies do exist and give hierarchies a bad name.

2. Developmental hierarchies do exist and help us to understand how plants and animals grow.

3. Learning hierarchies do exist and help us to understand how and what to teach.

4. Competence hierarchies do exist and help us to understand who to put in what position in jobs and sports.

5. Health hierarchies do exist and help us to know which patients to treat first and what part of a person’s health to focus on first.

6. Those professors who are against hierarchies exist in and support their own hierarchies, e.g., the teaching hierarchy at a university exists with department heads above professors with emeritus, above professors with tenure, above professors, above assistant professors, above graduate teacher-assistants, above graduate students, above undergraduate teacher-assistants, above full-time undergraduate students, above part-time undergraduate students, and, depending on the institution, with more levels and a different ordering of the levels.


#Control #Inner-World: 2020-03-24

1. We cannot control sensations, feelings, images, or thoughts, but we can control our attitude about them.

2. We cannot control sensations, feelings, images, or thoughts, but we can choose to pay more or less attention to them.

3. We cannot control sensations, feelings, images, or thoughts, but we can control how important or unimportant we make them.

4. We cannot control sensations, feelings, images, or thoughts, but we can choose to feed and repeat them or to starve them out.

5. We cannot control sensations, feelings, images, or thoughts, but we can choose to identify with them, personalize them, detach from them, or follow them out (meditation).


#Sensations #Thinking: 2020-03-23

1. We try to convert experience into thinking; however, experience is only alive and real when it exists as sensations, not as thoughts.

2. We try to convert action, doing, and movement into thinking; however, action, doing, and movement are only alive and real when they exist as sensations, not as thoughts.

3. We try to convert emotions and feelings into thinking; however, emotions and feelings are only alive and real when they exist as sensations, not as thoughts.

4. We try to convert reality and truth into thinking; however, reality and truth are only alive and real when they exist as sensations, not as thoughts.

5. We try to convert sensing into thinking; however, sensing is only alive and real when it exists as energy perceiving sensations, not as thoughts.


#Desire #Expectation: 2020-03-22

1. Desire expects something that does not exist, or the desire does not exist.

2. Desire is painful because desire has a projected image in mind of what it wants and a reality in front of it that does not yet contain that projection.

3. Desire is painful because desire has a projected image in mind of what it wants, and often reality will not comply with desire causing a clash between the mind’s projection and what is eventually served-up.

4. Desire is easily understood as a form of expectation because desire projects something into the future that does not fit current reality, and that also often fails to meet future reality.

5. Desire is easily understood as a form of a demand, whether a mild demand that something should happen (I hope I get the job) or a strong demand that something must happen (a baby crying to be fed).


#Heaven #Agreement: 2020-03-21

1. To go to Heaven, no one has to like me.

2. To go to Heaven, no one has to agree with me.

3. To go to Heaven, no one has to feel, think, behave, or experience as I do.

4. To go to Heaven, no one has to respond to others or life in the same way that I do.

5. Whether you go to Heaven or not has nothing to do with me.


#Understanding #Capability: 2020-03-20

1. I have the gift of understanding in certain ways, not an independent ability or capability to understand.

2. I have access to the understanding of things in certain ways, not a biological ability or capability to understand in any way.

3. I enjoy and want experiences of understanding; however, my having an experience of understanding in no way proves that I caused that experience.

4. The cause of internal experiences comes from our ability to sense and host internal events; however, our ability to sense and host internal events in no way allows us to claim to have caused those internal events.

5. However you claim to understand things (abductively, abstractly, analogically, categorically, concretely, linearly, logically, mechanically, narratively, scientifically, verbally, visually), you do not, but you are habituated and wired to receive understanding in certain ways.


#Inner #Outer: 2020-03-19

1. What your inner world was or was not has no impact on what the outer world was or was not and vice versa.

2. What your inner world is or is not has no impact on what the outer world is or is not and vice versa.

3. What your inner world will be or will not be has no impact on what the outer world will be or will not be and vice versa.

4. What your inner world could be or could not be has no impact on what the outer world could be or could not be and vice versa.

5. What your inner world should be or should not be has no impact on what the outer world should be or should not be and vice versa.


#Narrative #Mystery: 2020-03-18

1. Mystery concerns finding out what a story is about.

2. Mystery considers some known information to be the beginning, middle, or end of a story with the other parts missing.

3. A narrative is a story about sensations that should include the manifestation, cause, effect, and denouement of the sensations.

4. A good narrative will answer: What caused the sensations first to arise? How did the sensations progress? How did the sensations end or become resolved?

5. The most common problem with any story is a focus on some sensations of the mental phenomena about the story over the sensations of the physical phenomena of the story when the story is about events in the physical world.


#Important #Sensations: 2020-03-17

1. Sensations are the basis of meaning and purpose [feelings are sensations about sensations].

2. Sensations are more important and taken more seriously than thoughts.

3. Sensations naturally persist longer in memory than any other psychological phenomena (sensing, images, naming, identifying, judging, thinking).

4. Sensations have a greater effect and impact than other psychological phenomena.

5. All psychological phenomena are eventually about sensations in order to claim intention and meaning.


#Emotion #Sensation: 2020-03-16

1. Emotions come from contact with sensations, not thoughts.

2. Emotions are fed and maintained by sensations, not thoughts.

3. Emotions are focused on and interested in sensations, not thoughts.

4. Emotions are recalled and remembered by sensations, not thoughts.

5. Emotions are chosen and selected by choosing and selecting sensations, not thoughts.


#Emotion #Thought: 2020-03-15

1. Thoughts do not cause emotions because the cause of emotions is sensations.

2. Thoughts do interact with and recall emotions by naming sensations.

3. Thoughts do feed and maintain emotions by reminding the emotions of sensations.

4. Thoughts do embellish and exaggerate emotions by naming sensations in extreme ways.

5. Thoughts do select things to have emotions about by highlighting sensations and making them important.


#Abstraction #Narrative: 2020-03-14

1. The best minds temper abstractions by testing abstractions against narratives.

2. The best minds temper narratives by testing narratives against abstractions.

3. Abstractions are proved by comparisons with other abstractions to see if they follow similar patterns: agreement, coherence, compatibility, congruity, consistency, correspondence, fit, harmony, integrity, logicality, orderliness, symmetrically, uniformity, unity, well-suited.

4. Narratives are proved by comparisons with other narratives to see if they follow similar patterns: agreement, coherence, compatibility, congruity, consistency, correspondence, fit, harmony, integrity, logicality, orderliness, symmetrically, uniformity, unity, well-suited.

5. Creativity involves the discovery of new patterns that were not known either abstractly or narratively.


#Self-Talk #Pushy: 2020-03-13

1. Treat your scolding self-talk as you would an Internet troll and stop arguing with it or trying to change it.

2. Treat your negative self-talk as you would a political zealot and stop arguing with it or trying to change it.

3. Treat your critical self-talk as you would a pushy salesperson and stop arguing with it or trying to change it.

4. Treat your derogatory self-talk as you would a hateful and irrational divorced spouse and stop arguing with it or trying to change it.

5. Treat your demanding self-talk as you would a child having a fit and tantrum to get what they want and stop arguing with it or trying to change it.


#Value #Behavior: 2020-03-12

1. How do your habits and routines honor and support your highest values?

2. How does your daily self-talk (chattering, ruminating, thinking) honor and support your highest values?

3. How does your free-, leisure-, and spare-time honor and support your highest values?

4. How does your time spent (daily, weekly, yearly) honor and support your highest values?

5. How might you motivate yourself to honor and support your highest values with more feelings, thoughts, actions, attitudes, habits, and routines?


#Thinking #Categories: 2020-03-11

When speaking about things, it is best to be aware of which of the “five categories of thinking about the nature of things” that you are addressing.

1. “What something was or was not” is a separate category and topic.

2. “What something is or is not” is a separate category and topic.

3. “What something will be or will not be” is a separate category and topic.

4. “What something could be or could not be” is a separate category and topic.

5. “What something should be or should not be” is a separate category and topic.


#Gratitude #Expectations: 2020-03-10

“Hope and pray for the best, but expect and plan for the worst.”

1. Expectations are the enemy of gratitude because you are not grateful for what you expect to get anyway.

2. Expectations are the enemy of serenity because you are not serene when things don’t turn out the way that you expect.

3. Expectations are the enemy of peace-of-mind because your mind is not peaceful when it does not get what it expects to get.

4. Expectations are the enemy of appreciation and thankfulness because you do not appreciate what you expect to get as a matter of course.

5. Expectations are the enemy of contentment because you will not be content with what happens unless it meets or exceeds your expectations.


#Self #Host: 2020-03-09

1. The self is a host, and a host cannot know, do, or be, because a host entertains, not controls or creates.

2. The body is a host, and a host cannot know, do, or be, because a host entertains, not controls or creates.

3. The self can experience emotional anguish, not know, do, or be emotional anguish.

4. The body can experience hunger, not know, do, or be hunger.

5. To claim to know anguish is not to recognize anguish, to claim to do anguish is to be unaware of anguish, to claim to be anguish is to deny the experience anguish.


#Communism #Socialism: 2020-03-08

1. Communism is an ideal form of society that requires ideal people to exist.

2. Socialism has no plan or understanding of how to create wealth; however, socialism does have plans to steal and spend wealth until it disappears.

3. The people who demand socialism do not want to be the common people at the bottom of a socialist state, because they want to be at the top of the hierarchy running it and having all the power and privileges that elitism provides.

4. The people who can make and live in an ideal socialist-society will not need a government telling them how to do it; however, those who cannot make and live in an ideal socialist-society will never make and live in it because some government tells them how they must do it.

5. It is right to want ideal societies, and it is right to work for social justice; however, you need more than verbal realities and to simply check your thinking against your thinking—you need to face realities such as the history of human nature and failed ideal societies and to test your thinking against experience to make it deal with reality in order to have a chance to succeed because you considered many real-life variables.


#Self #Pain: 2020-03-07

1. Who told you that you are your pain?

2. You are not your physical, emotional, or spiritual pain.

3. You are neither the internal adversary and critic nor the concept (puppet) or image (effigy) that is attacked.

4. You are not your sensations, experiences, failings, habits, judgments, memories, successes, thoughts, or feelings.

5. You are the host, not the hosted.


#Expectation #Unhappiness: 2020-03-06

“Hope and pray for the best, but expect and plan for the worst.”

1. Expectations are at the root of anxiety, worry, and fear.

2. Expectations are at the root of guilt, shame, and depression.

3. Expectations are at the root of whining, blaming, and damning.

4. Expectations are at the root of discontent, dissatisfaction, frustration, and unhappiness.

5. Expectations are at the root of the irrational demands focused on in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).


#Demands #Expectations: 2020-03-05

“Hope and pray for the best, but expect and plan for the worst.”

1. To better manage expectations, first separate your dreams and goals from your expectations.

2. Low expectations lead to gratitude and happiness, and high expectations lead to frustrations and irrational demands.

3. Thinking things are likely to fail defeats high expectations and protects dreams and goals from discouragement.

4. Expecting failure, and so problem-solving in advance (proactive measures), is more useful than expecting success because predicting failure helps you to overcome the inevitable setbacks that life often has in abundance.

5. A continued attitude of low-expectations can make for a productive and satisfying life instead of a life of regret and whining about conditions that comes from maintaining high expectations.


#Sympathy #Pride: 2020-03-04

1. Sympathy is stepping on others to raise yourself.

2. Sympathy is having feelings of superiority, not equality.

3. Feeling sympathy for someone involves looking down on them and up on yourself by comparing circumstances.

4. Assuming someone could be a superior human being, self-esteem (ego) uses sympathy by comparison to have feelings of superiority (pride).

5. Pride that you are not as unfortunate as some is a form of sympathy that uses false measurements of other people for feelings of high self-esteem.


#Empathy #Compassion: 2020-03-03

1. Empathy is feeling another person’s feelings as if they were your feelings.

2. Empathy does not mean you believe that you feel identical to what another person feels; it does mean that you relate to others as full persons and human beings equal to yourself.

3. Empathy understands that, given identical conditions, you would do what any other person has done because you are them (there is only one human race, one human nature).

4. When “Martians” look down on Earth, they do not see superior and inferior human beings, only human beings who think, feel, and behave in superior and inferior ways.

5. Yes, given natural abilities, capabilities, and talents that are impacted by education, nurturing, socialization, and other conditioning factors, human beings all appear different to other human beings; however, intrinsically, we are the same, and sane forms of government and religion honor the principle of universal equality.


#Punishment #Reward: 2020-03-02

1. The only punishment is that you get to continue to host the evil that you serve most.

2. The only punishment is serving the evil that you serve without any covering or pretense.

3. The only punishment is experiencing the recurring death, darkness, and disintegration of the evil that you serve.

4. The only reward is that you get to continue to host the good that you serve the most.

5. The only reward is experiencing the infinite life, light, and love of the good that you serve.


#Hate #Flesh: 2020-03-01

1. Hate your life as flesh, because you will never choose the good unless the good first chooses you.

2. Hate your life as flesh, because your flesh will lead you to suffer itself, and there is no greater suffering.

3. Hate your life as flesh, because you will always choose the vilest thing presented if left to your flesh nature.

4. Hate your life as flesh, because unless you are chosen to serve the good, you will serve flesh and your and others’ destruction.

5. Hate your life as flesh, because your flesh will lead you away from the good no matter how long you were associated with, taught by, and under the influence of the good.


#Source #Cause: 2020-02-29

1. You are the source of nothing, but you can be the host of everything.

2. You are the cause of nothing, but you can be the host of causal forces.

3. You are the creator of nothing, but you can be the host for many creations.

4. You are the meaning of nothing, but you can be the host for the meaning of life.

5. You are the purpose of nothing, but you can be the host for the purpose of life.


#Semantics #Understanding: 2020-02-28

Some semantic levels for understanding differentiation.

1. Words, ideas, or thoughts exist independently from other words, ideas, or thoughts as mental entities, objects, or things.

2. The meaning of words exists independently of the words: as other mental entities such as associations, definitions, indications, memories, or more words.

3. What the words point to, suggest, or are about exists independently of the words and their meaning: as other mental entities such as other words, things, or memories.

4. What is understood by the words exists independently of the words, their meaning, and what they are about: as other mental entities such as other words, things, or memories.

5. What is related to and associated with the understanding of the words exists independently of the words, their meaning, what they are about, and what is understood: as other mental entities such as other words, things, or memories.


#Nondoing #Non-Claiming: 2020-02-27

1. Humility requires nondoing (only reflecting).

2. Nondoing requires non-knowing (only hosting knowing).

3. Self-restraint (resting, returning) is the path to nondoing.

4. Nondoing is the path to non-being (not being something).

5. Nonding (Taoism) is non-claiming to know, do, or be anything.


#Story #Fantasy: 2020-02-26

To understand your self-stories as games, read “Games Ego Plays.”

1. Why do you have stories for your personality development when God does not accept any human personality?

2. Do only your mini or partial self-stories happen? Why do your long-term stories never come true?

3. Which of your stories actually happen? Is it true that since you are editing, appending, and rewriting your stories that they never happen?

4. Why do you bet your life on stories that have no basis in reality, little if any evidence, and no reason other than wishing to happen?

5. You are accommodating, adapting, adjusting, analyzing, arguing, avoiding, changing, comparing, controlling, copying, covering, denying, escaping, excusing, faking, fighting, hating, judging, pretending, promoting, and protesting your story, not living it.


#Self-Stories #Conscious: 2020-02-25

Why do you follow storytellers? To understand your self-stories as games, read “Games Ego Plays.”

1. Why must you be a story?

2. Why must you live in a story?

3. Why must your mindfulness be about self-stories?

4. Why must you devote your conscious life to self-stories?

5. Why must your emotions and drives be obsessed with self-stories?


#Storytellers #Scripts: 2020-02-24

To understand your self-stories as games, read “Games Ego Plays.”

1. Who are the storytellers of your life? Was it family, friends, school, church, government, organizational, or private reading?

2. When did you first question the storytellers of your life and demand changes in your scripts? How did that work out?

3. Have you ever analyzed, changed, constructed, deconstructed, discovered, examined, organized, processed, questioned, researched, and thought about the stories of your life?

4. Which of your storytellers decided how you would live your careers, community involvement, dreams, drives, friendships, homes, leisure time, meaning, politics, purpose, relationships, sexuality, social time, style of clothing, and other activities?

5. Who and what motivate censorship, checks for accuracy or integrity, promotion or publicity for select stories, rewrites, reviews, suggests script changes, and suppress or repress parts of stories?

#Talked #About: 2020-02-23

1. Never be concerned when others talk about you, because they are not talking about anyone who exists.

2. Never be concerned when others talk about you, because they are talking about the only people they know: themselves.

3. Never be concerned when others talk about you, because they are talking about ego concepts and images, not any person.

4. Never be concerned when others talk about you, because they are talking about imaginary stories that have never taken place and never will take place.

5. Never be concerned when others talk about you, because they are talking about categories, classifications, judgments, styles, and types of personalities, not persons or human beings.


#Postmodernism #Fails: 2020-02-22

1. Postmodernism fails itself by attacking logic with logic.

2. Postmodernism fails itself by attacking facts with facts.

3. Postmodernism fails itself by attacking reason with reason.

4. Postmodernism fails itself by attacking objectivity with objectivity.

5. Postmodernism fails itself by attacking subjectivity with subjectivity.


#5TP #Openminded: 2020-02-21

“Discovery Demands 5TP” teaches open-mindedness.

1. The Five Thinking Positions (5TP) teaches you how to open your mind at any time.

2. The Five Thinking Positions (5TP) teaches you how to choose to see multiple sides of an issue.

3. The Five Thinking Positions (5TP) teaches you how to have a diversity of thought whenever you want.

4. The Five Thinking Positions (5TP) teaches you how to get unstuck when you see no way out by offering five ways out.

5. The Five Thinking Positions (5TP) teaches you how to find many alternatives, choices, and options when you think there are none or only a few.


#Feeling #Steps: 2020-02-20

1. Stimuli (developments, events, happenings, incidents) get our attention.

2. We make contact with these stimuli and have feelings (sensations) about them.

3. We then think about these feelings and what they mean for our safety, story, and progress.

4. Based on what we think about these feelings, we then choose responses to the stimuli in order to increase or decrease them.

5. All of these steps are prompted by impulses that we are mostly unaware of because they are often energy-based, nonverbal, instinctive, and primordial rather than consciously intentional.


#Suffering #Optional: 2020-02-19

1. Mental suffering is optional because the world cannot choose it for you.

2. Mental suffering can make any form of suffering worse than it is and even to seem unbearable.

3. Mental suffering often blames and damns someone or something other than itself for the suffering it causes.

4. Mental suffering can make anything into suffering by choosing to view it as causing negative self-esteem (ego pain).

5. Mental suffering is used by many to claim victimhood and the right to punish and control others instead of their responsibility to punish and control mental suffering.


#Suffer #Mind: 2020-02-18

1. Most of what you have and will suffer from is your imagination.

2. More suffering is mental than physical, and the worst physical suffering is mental suffering about physical suffering.

3. Suffering is mainly about imagined ego concepts and images appearing ugly to others.

4. Suffering typically consists of tragic self-stories that never happened, are not happening now, and never will happen.

5. To overcome suffering, stop thinking about yourself, stop making up self-stories, and stop having ego concepts and images.


#Seek #Own: 2020-02-17

1. The supreme governing law of all physical, mental, social, and spiritual things is: all things seek their own.

2. All things must seek their absolute state of being whether negative, neutral, or positive.

3. If you want to seek goodness, then you must be led by goodness, not yourself.

4. If you want to seek God, then you must be led by God, not yourself.

5. Of your own accord, you must seek flesh because you are made of flesh; however, once you are born of Spirit, then you will naturally seek Spirit.


#Accept #Life: 2020-02-16

1. Acceptance is not love, approval, or an act of condoning something.

2. Acceptance is the acknowledgment that something exists the way in which it exists: “It is what it is.”

3. Acceptance of life is a neutral position that fosters contentment and understanding.

4. Life acceptance, in AA, is called living with life on life’s terms, not on your terms.

5. Acceptance allows living with life as it is, which is a path to living a sane and peaceful life.


#Politically #Incorrect: 2020-02-15

1. When you believe you are right, you might also believe others have no rights.

2. Are you going to judge the person as their politically-incorrect beliefs or just judge their beliefs?

3. How many people have you tried, judged, and damned for not holding modern or politically-correct beliefs?

4. Those who claim there needs to be tolerance for politically-correct beliefs are intolerant of politically-incorrect beliefs.

5. Are your beliefs and opinions just options among many diverse choices, or are they demands and divine commands for everyone?


#Opinion #Right: 2020-02-14

1. To form a belief or opinion, you chose to reject other beliefs and opinions; hence, every belief and opinion is closed-minded and intolerant of other beliefs and opinions.

2. Every belief and opinion is right, or it is not a belief or an opinion, and tolerance of other beliefs and opinions as possibly being right can only exist despite those you have chosen.

3. When you identify with your beliefs and opinions, you will defend them as you would defend your life and consider attacks upon them as attacks upon your existence.

4. In order to act with open-mindedness and tolerance, you cannot be centered in your beliefs or opinions because, by nature, beliefs and opinions cannot be open or tolerant.

5. In order to act with open-mindedness and tolerance of other beliefs and opinions, you must detach from your beliefs and opinions and take a dispassionate and objective stance.


#Aware #Being: 2020-02-13

1. Yes, a child is aware of their being/self; however, a child is not aware of their self as ego concepts and images nor is a child below the age of seven aware that they are aware.

2. No, an adult is not aware of their being/self; however, an adult is aware of their self as ego concepts and images and is aware that they think of themselves as things and thoughts.

3. Yes, an animal is aware of their being/living; however, an animal is not aware of being more than their body, an ego, or aware of being aware.

4. Yes, plants are aware of their being/living; however, plants are not aware of being more than a plant, an ego, or aware that they are aware.

5. Yes, human beings can be aware of their being and that their being has two places to live in—their physical vessel (body) or their internal vessel (host, soul, mind)—the movement between these two vessels allows humans to be aware that they are more than physical bodies and that they are aware.


#Scripts #Self-Stories: 2020-02-12

1. What are you trying to accomplish with your self-stories?

2. What are you trying to stop or hide with your self-stories?

3. What are you trying to gain or obtain with your self-stories?

4. Why are you devoting your energy, time, and life to your self-stories?

5. Why are your self-stories so vital that they demand your full attention; thereby, causing you to become unaware of your being, personhood, and self except as ego concepts and images?


#Progressive #Destructive: 2020-02-11

The Progressive and Globalist goal is to destroy society and replace it with government-corporations; thereby, making humans a commodity to be exploited.

1. Progressives and globalists must destroy ancestry, ancestors, tradition, history, and nationalism.

2. Progressives and globalists must destroy extended family, neighborhoods, communities, and townships.

3. Progressives and globalists must destroy femininity, masculinity, marriage, parenting, and family life.

4. Progressives and globalists must destroy meaning, philosophy, religion, spirituality, and truth.

5. Progressives and globalists use disintegration and fragmentation to destroy attachment to and dependence upon anything but the government and corporations.


#Deconstruct #Self-Stories: 2020-02-10

1. What drives your self-stories? Is it all about how you want or don’t want to appear to others?

2. What would you do with all of the energy and time that is wasted on imaginary self-stories?

3. What makes some self-stories memorable? Is it their appeal to ego and pride that makes them salient?

4. History and other people will never even know about, let alone remember, your self-stories because they are private fantasies and nothing more.

5. How many self-stories do, and will you remember, despite your regarding them as important and crucial at the time of their demanding center stage?


#Narrate #Conversation: 2020-02-09

1. Narrate the conversation to help all concerned gain awareness, overview, and perspective.

2. When you point out patterns and processes in a conversation, you give yourself and others the advantages of insight, perception, and understanding.

3. Narrating a conversation can be as simple as pointing out the changes, movements, and shifts in attitudes, focus, intentions, tactics, and topics.

4. Narrating a conversation is taking a bird’s-eye, meta, objective, or outside view of the interactions and speaking to the style rather than to the content of the conversation.

5. Narrating a conversation is a skill that you can learn and practice to improve your communication, connection, and negotiation skills.


#Hierarchy #Self: 2020-02-08

The hierarchy of the self is heart, soul, and mind, with the heart being aware of energy, the soul being aware of sensations, and the mind being aware of thoughts.

1. You can be right-hearted and right-souled but wrong-minded and still do more good than bad.

2. You can be right-heated and right-minded but wrong-souled and still do more good than bad.

3. You can be right-souled and right-minded but wrong-hearted and still do more good than bad.

4. It is essential to align and integrate your heart, soul, and mind so that your efforts are not working at cross purposes; however, two out of three spells success.

5. One principle that helps integrate your heart, soul, and mind is the principle of integrity: being true to what you feel, experience, and think.


#Story #Self: 2020-02-07

1. You are not the stories about you.

2. The stories about you are about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, not you.

3. The stories about you do not make you good or bad, but they might interpret your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors as good or bad.

4. The stories about you might want to claim your personhood (identity), but you can maintain or regain detachment from any story about you.

5. The stories about you are not factual, rational, or based on all or a majority of the evidence; there is no reason to take such biased and subjective reports seriously or to consider them important.


#Feel #Better: 2020-02-06

1. Feeling better helps to motivate the counseling client to continue practicing new emotional and coping skills.

2. Getting better helps to motivate the counseling client to reinforce and commit to their new emotional and coping skills.

3. Staying better is the result of the counseling client making habits of their new emotional and coping skills.

4. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is the premier therapy for helping clients learn to make themselves feel, get, and stay better.

5. Medications and the paid-friend therapies are palliatives, not remedies, and certainly do not teach clients to be their own counselors and therapists.


#Feelings #Sensations: 2020-02-05

1. Feelings are sensations, not thoughts.

2. Thoughts feed and maintain feelings, not cause feelings.

3. Physical and mental (internal) contact with sensations causes feelings.

4. The majority of physical and mental (internal) feelings are neutral and mostly ignored.

5. You can have feelings about sensations of thoughts, and anything else that you can have sensations of or that exist as sensations such as feelings do (feelings about feelings).


#Perspective-taking #Viewpoint: 2020-02-04

“Discovery Demands 5TP” teaches perspective-taking.

1. The perspective-taking skill helps you to have more choices and options.

2. The perspective-taking skill provides a more inclusive style of thinking about thinking.

3. The perspective-taking skill helps you to recognize and understand other people’s perspectives.

4. The perspective-taking skill helps you exercise your mind in order to improve your general thinking skills.

5. The perspective-taking skill allows you to have a greater understanding of issues by training your mind to be open to different perspectives.


#Quiet #Mind: 2020-02-03

Exercises to quiet the mind.

1. Continually try to predict how raindrops will run down a windowpane.

2. Continually try to predict how some moving clouds will change and reform.

3. Continually try to predict the pattern of sounds that a babbling brook will make.

4. Continually try to predict how some ocean waves will crash and flow onto a beach.

5. Continually try to predict how a blowing wind will move the tops of trees in a forest or grove.


#Relationship #Thinking: 2020-02-02

Change your relationship to thinking.

1. I do not think, but I do host thinking.

2. I do not create thinking, but I do receive thinking.

3. I am not the story thinking is saying I am, and neither is thinking that fantasy.

4. I am not the subject of thinking, but thinking is the subject of itself pretending some is me, and some is not.

5. I am not having a conversation with thinking, but thinking is having a conversation with itself while claiming I am part of it.


#Alternative #Explanations: 2020-02-01

1. Alternative explanations need evidence and reasons to be given credibility.

2. Alternative explanations do not refute previous explanations but are sometimes situationally better.

3. To be taken seriously, stories and explanations need to be possible, plausible, probable, and planned by a knowable desire, need, or ideal.

4. An explanation being possibly wrong does not make it wrong, and if that explanation has a strong probability, then you are a fool to act as if it is wrong.

3. For an explanation to be the most probable, it needs to be the best and simplest fit for all of the available data and any history of related patterns.


#Artificial #Intelligence: 2020-01-31

1. There is no such thing as artificial intelligence because there are only human directions running human-designed programs.

2. Computers are without intelligence and only do what they are programmed to do; therefore, if computers appear stupid or smart, it is a reflection on their programming, not on the computers themselves.

3. No amount of mimicking intelligence will produce intelligence.

4. No amount of mimicking conscious actions will produce conscious actions.

5. No amount of switches (computer logic) or switching switches (computer operations) can ever be anything more than deaf, dumb, and blind switches mindlessly switching switches.


#Thinking #Claims: 2020-01-30

1. Thinking claims to know things, but knowing is invisible and nonverbal, not matter like thought.

2. Thinking claims to do things, but doing is invisible and nonverbal, not form like thought.

3. Thinking claims to be things, but things in the world are made from different forms of matter than human thinking.

4. Thinking wants to claim all for itself when its place is for naming, pointing, recalling, and tagging.

5. Thinking plays at God, causing disaster and failure in every area, including what and who you are.


#Words #Memes: 2020-01-29

1. Memes are not events.

2. Slogans are not realities.

3. Virtuous words are not virtues.

4. Vision statements are not polices and procedures.

5. Campaign slogans are not promises that will be kept.


#One God #One Self: 2020-01-28

1. There is only One God means that there is only One Self.

2. There is only One God means that there is only one story.

3. Humans are the image of the One Self, not a self of their own.

4. Humans exist to reflect the One Self, not their own self.

5. Humans exist to share the story of God, not their own story.


#Now #Discipline: 2020-01-27

1. If you don’t have the willpower to make the right sacrifices, then you will need more willpower to bear the wrong results.

2. If you don’t have the maturity to take care of your health now, then you will need more maturity to live with ill health later.

3. If you don’t have the courage to take fleeting reasonable-risks, then you will need the courage to bear your continuing regrets.

4. If you don’t have the self-discipline to do your best work now, then you will need the self-discipline to fight and fix the sloppy work later.

5. If you don’t have the fortitude to stand up for your values now, then you will need the fortitude to put up with a disintegrating integrity and value system later.


#Choose #Sacrifice: 2020-01-26

1. If you don’t make the right sacrifices, then you won’t have the right results.

2. If you don’t make the right sacrifices for the right reasons, then you will be forced to make the wrong sacrifices for the wrong reasons.

3. The sacrifices that you make to do the right thing will never be as great as the sacrifices that you will make for avoiding doing the right thing.

4. When people complain about advantages, obstacles, opportunities, and life, they are complaining about their unwillingness to make the timely and necessary sacrifices to meet their goals.

5. Sacrifice is unavoidable; therefore, sacrifice for virtue, not your animal, low, or weak impulses.


#Yoga #Prayer: 2020-01-25

1. Quietly fall into your yoga poses.

2. Hold yoga poses until you relax into them.

3. Relax at the center of any stress from any yoga pose while trusting Energy to handle the stress without you.

4. Yoga becomes prayer when you surrender to God to guide your poses and manage your strain and stress.

5. Yoga poses are best done by not doing them or trying to do them; instead, you ask for them to be done through you.


#Thought-knowing #Blocking: 2020-01-24

Thought-knowings, thought-doings, and thought-beings are all forms of thought-things. Thought-things are thoughts that seek to play God and replace reality with thinking.

1. Whenever you have trouble finding something, look for the thought-knowing(s) that are blocking you, and stop relying on them.

2. Whenever you have trouble learning something, look for the thought-knowing(s) that are blocking you, and stop relying on them.

3. Whenever you have trouble remembering something, look for the thought-knowing(s) that are blocking you, and stop relying on them.

4. Whenever you have trouble producing words or finding the right word, look for the thought-knowing(s) that are blocking you, and stop relying on them.

5. Whenever you have trouble performing a skill that you have performed before, look for the thought-knowing(s) that are blocking you by stealing your time and energy, and stop relying on them.


#Buddhist #No-mind: 2020-01-23

How to think so that you have a Buddhist no-mind.

1. Think a great symphony.

2. Think the space and place that you are in.

3. Think what your body is sensing and feeling.

4. Think where you are and what you are doing.

5. Think the room and environment that you are sitting in.


#Think #No-mind: 2020-01-22

How to think so that you have a Buddhist no-mind.

1. Think the night sky.

2. Think the babbling brook.

3. Think the crashing waves.

4. Think the white-noise machine.

5. Think the movement of the clouds.


#Become #Serve: 2020-01-21

1. You become what you serve because you identify with it.

2. You become what you serve because you represent it.

3. You become what you serve because you are conditioned by it.

4. You become what you serve because you become the company that you keep.

5. You become what you serve because you become paired with what you continually associate with.


#Test #Results: 2020-01-20

What does this do for me? Where does this get me?

1. What does this attitude do for me now and in the long run?

2. What does feeling this way do for me now and in the long run?

3. What does this trying and failing do for me now and in the long run?

4. What does this whining, blaming, and damning do for me now and in the long run?

5. What does repeating the objectifying of others do for me now and in the long run?


#Complain #Realign: 2020-01-19

1. Complain about something that you do that is in the way of serving God.

2. Complain about something that you do that is in the way of coping and problem-solving.

3. Complain about something that you do that is in the way of your authentic and natural nature.

4. Complain about your whining, blaming, and damning because of the energy and time they steal and because they take your place and God’s place in you.

5. Complain about using appearing, attaching, avoiding, becoming, blaming, claiming, covering, damning, demanding, escaping, expecting, objectifying, obsessing, persecuting (punishing), regretting, trying, whining, and worrying instead of waiting on, returning to, and resting in God.


#Fortitude #Responsibility: 2020-01-18

How do you have fortitude (strength of mind and emotion)?

1. Take responsibility for your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

2. Take responsibility for your career, education, training, lifelong learning, and life.

3. Take responsibility for your diet, exercise, sleep, free-time, social time, and health.

4. Take responsibility for your beliefs, values, and virtues and how consistently you follow and practice them.

5. Draw a line-in-the-sand that you will not cross for the most important values and virtues in your life.


#Wait #Intelligence: 2020-01-17

1. There is no intelligence without waiting to receive.

2. There is no insight or intuition without waiting to receive.

3. There is no creativity that does not involve waiting to receive.

4. There is no exercise of ability, skill, or talent without waiting to receive.

5. There is no exercise of boldness, confidence, courage, or fortitude without waiting to receive.


#Negative #Energy: 2020-01-16

1. To increase your negative energy, increase your blaming others and life.

2. To increase your negative energy, increase your damning others and life.

3. To increase your negative energy, increase your whining about others and life.

4. To decrease your negative energy, unconditionally accept and forgive others and life.

5. To decrease your negative energy, accept personal responsibility for your emotions and life.


#Start #Dream: 2020-01-15

1. Before you can reap, you must plant.

2. Before you can plant, you must plow the land.

3. Before you can plow the land, you must buy the land.

4. Before you can buy the land, you must work to make money.

5. Start now to set the cycle and your dream going by putting your intentions into action.


#Light #Judgment: 2020-01-14

1. You can’t judge an apple just by looking at it, more testing is required.

2. You can’t judge honey just by looking at it, more experience is required.

3. You can’t judge just by appearance because good appearances often cover, hide, and protect evil.

4. You can’t judge just by the name of something because many things of various qualities and values can share the same name.

5. Judgment requires the intelligence to silently look deep and long into something until all that can be apprehended has been.


#Becoming #Claiming: 2020-01-13

1. You cannot manage to make yourself better or good.

2. Thinking cannot manage to make you better or good.

3. Trying and better habits cannot manage to make you better or good.

4. Methods, practices, rituals, systems, and techniques cannot manage to make you better or good.

5. The only way to become good is to die as flesh and be reborn as Spirit.


#Consciousness #Life: 2020-01-12

1. Consciousness is life.

2. Consciousness is awareness of contact.

3. Consciousness is energy aware of experience.

4. Consciousness is invisible and unknowable except by its effect.

5. Consciousness exists for the sake of consciousness.


#Conscious #Focus: 2020-01-11

1. To be more conscious, focus on one thing at a time.

2. To be more conscious, value your consciousness as your life.

3. To be more conscious, practice single-mindedness in all things.

4. To be more conscious, engage in absorbing activities and pursuits.

5. To be more conscious, follow out one thing at a time while not suppressing digressions and distractions.


#Thinking #Fails: 2020-01-10

1. First, I don’t know what to do.

2. Second, I try to do what I should and do the opposite.

3. Third, I feel guilty and stupid for making things worse and blame myself, others, life, or anything but my reliance on thinking.

4. I discover that when I depend on thinking to know, do, and be that error and failure are inevitable.

5. I practice turning away from faith in thinking to faith in Energy, and more things work out for the best.


#Trying #Nondoing: 2020-01-09

1. I have always failed to do.

2. Whatever I try to do, I fail to do.

3. I have failed at everything that I have tried to do.

4. I try to do what I should do and do the wrong thing.

5. All my successes have come when I was not trying to do anything.


#Anger #Attachment: 2020-01-08

1. Whining is weak anger.

2. Blaming is medium anger.

3. Damning is strong anger.

4. Demanding is extreme anger.

5. The above forms of anger (whining, blaming, damning, demanding) come from attaching to (identifying with) things and thoughts that are negative, which causes ego pain.


#Self-esteem #Ego: 2020-01-07

1. How many changes does your self-esteem go through when you apply for a job?

2. How many changes does your self-esteem go through when you clean your house or wash your laundry?

3. How many changes does your self-esteem go through when you learn a new productivity software program?

4. If your self-esteem is going through changes during many of your activities, does that mean that your self is also going through changes at the same time?

5. Since self-esteem is just a modern name for ego, isn’t true that when you talk about your self-esteem, you are not talking about your self but only about your psychological coverings, facades, games, masks, scripts, stories, and walls?


#Fear #Impulse: 2020-01-06

1. Promises are kept out of fear, not honor.

2. The lazy person fears work more than the lack of results from work.

3. The person who is always late is not afraid of being judged for being late.

4. The person who whines as conversation is not afraid of being judged as being critical and negative.

5. The person who damns and demonizes others is not afraid of being damned and demonized in turn for denying their human nature.


#Fear #Motivation: 2020-01-05

1. The fool does not fear words.

2. The sloth does not fear weakness.

3. The worrier does not fear their disturbance.

4. The procrastinator wrestles with fear and wins.

5. The criminal agrees with fear without following its advice.


#Disinterest #Persevere: 2020-01-04

1. When you stay disinterested in thought-knowings (thought-things) and their games of change and control that are never won, then they get neither your identity nor your energy to keep them going.

2. Recognize that your interest in thought-knowing comes from claims of knowing and the ego pride such bring.

3. When you persevere with keeping your identity with your host nature, then the noise of thought-knowing will dissipate.

4. Persevere in your restraint from moving away from your center into thought-things, and thought-knowings will fade away.

5. Thought-knowings and thought-things are two ways to identify the same error of having faith in thought as if thought were a god, spirit, or intelligence capable of more than labeling, marking, and naming.


#Victim #Payoff: 2020-01-03

1. People would rather have problems than give up knowing-better-than their problems.

2. People would rather remain victims than give up knowing-better-than their perpetrators.

3. People would rather fail than give up knowing-better-than their challenges, hindrances, and obstacles.

4. People would rather have marriage problems than give up knowing-better-than their marriage problems.

5. People would rather act self-defeatingly than give up knowing-better-than their blunders, errors, failures, miscalculations, mismanagements, mistakes, mistimings, and losses.


#Thinking-knowing #Failure: 2020-01-02

1. Nothing will lead you to act stupid better than thinking-knowing will.

2. Nothing will lead you to certain failure better than thinking-knowing will.

3. Nothing will lead to errors and mistakes better than thinking-knowing will.

4. Nothing will lead to a poor or a missed response better than thinking-knowing will.

5. Nothing will lead you to do the opposite of what you want to do better than thinking-knowing (a.k.a. thought-things) will.


#Beginnings #Resolve: 2020-01-01

1. How you begin a task reveals how you will end that task.

2. How you begin something informs others of your commitment and dedication to excellence.

3. How you begin things reveals your character, intentions, the likely results, and the final quality of your work.

4. How you begin reveals your approach and method and determines the outcome of your work; therefore, begin with care, and you will end with care.

5. How you begin reveals your approach and method and determines the outcome of your work; therefore, begin with fairness and humility, and you will end with fairness and humility.


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