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MTP on Hiatus

A quick note to let you know, dear reader, that Moving Towards Peace is temporarily on hiatus due to a family emergency and my own state of inner catharsis and transformation. I'm still posting on Daily Remindr, so tune in there if you like what you see here. And if you haven't read my book, Know Thyself, now could be a good time. On iBooks here, PDF here.

I expect to return by 18 August. In the meantime, check out the archives. But, really, I feel the only post you (including me) need to hold on to now is the one below, Life is On My Side. Forget about the 7-day challenge, unless it resonates, but remember the concept.

All the pressure, ups and downs, turbulence and difficulty is fundamentally there to assist you. It's so hard to see in the moment, I know, but it's the truth and it does help to keep in mind to tame those charged reactions we go seeking support for.

With love,



CHALLENGE: Life is On My Side 


Life is on my side.

Whether or not we realize it, most of us believe the opposite. Our behavior reflects the belief. Fear. Protection. Masks. Pretense. Self-sabotage. Other sabotage. Competitiveness. Greed. Hoarding. Lack. Limitation. Etc.

We think we don't have the universe as a friend and partner in this thing called life. We think we're alone, we even think life is out to get us.

We forget that upsets and frustrations are the obstacles to get us back on the right path. We forget that life is on our side, trying to help us realize the deepest wish of our hearts. The more in your face and difficult the message is to hear, the more life is being a friend. How hard it is to realize this when we're going through it!

The more in your face and difficult the message is to hear, the more life is being a friend.

Here's the challenge. For the next 7 days, as an experiment, believe the opposite truth. Life is on my side. Even if it doesn't feel natural. Why not entertain the notion for just 7 days? What's the worst that could happen?

Here's some help. Download this jpg, print it out, paste it where you can see it for the next week... and see what happens. What we're talking about is hugging your difficulties, not pushing against them.

Leave a comment if you have a breakthrough or insight, or email me at cme(at)emjai(dot)org and I'll post some of the responses. I'm pretty sure others will benefit from hearing about your experience, this is something everybody grapples with in one form or another.


Confident and Comfortable?

Then watch out. Especially now.

It's a plateau state we knowingly or unknowingly strive for.

Are you feeling confident and secure with who you are? It's at these moments when the universe will play a pretty funny trick on us and pull the rug out from under our feet with "catastrophes" proportional to our level of Truth realization. The more ignorant, the louder the message. The more wise, more like a persistent mosquito.

Theatrically, it makes sense. You're feeling confident and comfortable, your guard is down, you think it's smooth sailing from here. Ha! There goes the rug. Here come an avalanch of questions, negative reactions, and the like.

Who am I?

This is a symbolic tornado meant to shake away old, no longer true concepts of your identity. Beautiful actually, but it doesn't feel that way when it hits.

It's an opportunity to begin anew. Let go of what wasn't really working but kind of was, and use your current level of awareness and knowledge to remake yourself for the next phase of evolution.

Don't get down on yourself. It's part of artistically growing up.

We don't really want to get confident and comfortable or think we have the answers. We want to get balanced instead.

Equanimity. Content with everything, content with nothing. Content when up, content when down. Content when together, content when alone. Content in love, content in grief.

This is the unaffected state, which means you have realized to some degree the dream and mirror-like nature of reality and are able to take whatever comes with respect.