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Video Interview on Nonduality and Christianity

Here is a 90-minute video interview that Gina had with Grace Bubeck as part of a free online retreat event on Easter Sunday. In this interview they explored the meeting ground between nonduality and Christianity and Jesus. Gina spoke about how Jesus is here today and active in the world, behind the scenes, through anyone who is devoted to him and teaching the Truth. The Truth is the truth of our inherent divinity and our capacity to express that in the world and thereby transform the world. Jesus was here to change the world and to show people that Christ consciousness is within everyone. Gina also discussed her personal relationship with Jesus and the role he played in her latest book Choice and Will. Other talks by Gina and other teachers are available on Grace's website at living-from-love.com

 

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Inspiration for Today

“Essence has an intention for this life, and it leads you to it in various ways. It doesn’t leave you without clues. It has many ways of showing you what its intentions are. One of the main ways is through opportunities. Where are the opportunities in your life? What is already easefully happening? What is happening? This is actually the biggest clue to what is being offered and allowed in this lifetime. If it is happening, then Essence is allowing it to happen. Even if it is not aligned with your life purpose, if it is happening, then it is serving some purpose, if not only to show you what doesn’t work for you.”

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Not Being Able to Commit

From Choosing Love: Moving from Ego to Essence in Relationships (formerly called Loving in the Moment)
 
The ego doesn't want to commit to anything—a place, a relationship, a career—because it believes that something better may be possible, and it's willing to forgo what is present for the possibility of something better that isn't present. Essence, on the other hand, is committed to whatever is. It doesn't commit into the future because all that exists is the present, so it commits itself to that. This is the essential difference between the ego and Essence: The ego dreams of something better in the midst of whatever is, while Essence simply enjoys and commits attention and love to whatever is. In fact, committing attention to anything that is present results in enjoyment. This is why the ego enjoys so little—it commits attention to what isn't present and to what it doesn't have, and suffers over that, rather than committing attention to whatever is. It loves its fantasies, dreams, and desires more than it loves reality.

To love, we have to fall in love with reality, with what's true right now, not with what might be true in the future or with what we want to be true in the future. Love happens in the present moment (like everything, really). That's why the ego doesn't know about love—because love is the experience of being in the present moment, and as soon as the ego experiences the present moment, it runs from it. Commitment takes a willingness to fall in love with reality, with the real partner who is in front of you, rather than seek something else, either actually or through fantasy. What you commit to is what's here right now. Who knows what will be here next? All you ever really have is what's here right now, so it makes sense to commit to that, to give your full attention, your love, to that.

Those who have difficulty committing to a relationship often have difficulty committing to other things as well because they have an underlying belief, or misunderstanding, that what's here isn't good enough and what's somewhere else is better. This is the ego's basic assumption about life: Whatever is happening now isn't it. It is somewhere else, with it being ultimate happiness and contentment. The ego assumes it is elsewhere, because the ego perceives whatever is happening as not good enough, and it concludes that must mean there's something else that will be good enough. It imagines one day it will find peace and happiness because life will finally line up correctly. Those who can't commit are waiting for life to line up, fall into place, and they're quite sure that what they imagine life will look like then won't look like whatever life looks like now.

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Slowing Down

SLOWING DOWN
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Slowing down is key to living a more heart-centered life, because shifting gears helps us shift our consciousness and become more present. In fact, it’s quite impossible to shift out of the ego without slowing down. We can’t be present and live as Presence and still rush around, glued to our cell phone while trying to do six other things at once. When you know Presence, you don’t even want to live like that, because you realize that you won’t stay present for long if you do.

The biggest stumbling block to slowing down is the perception that we won’t have enough time to do everything we need to do. But slowing down can actually leave us with more time, not less. Hurrying is counterproductive because it’s stressful. Stress creates emotions, and emotions are exhausting and take time to process or cope with. To deal with stress, we might stop at a bakery for a cupcake, call a friend to complain to, or go on a shopping spree. The ways we cope with stress take up time! Hurrying also makes us more prone to mistakes and accidents, and you know what those do to your plans. Besides, hurrying doesn’t feel good. So how is hurrying good?

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