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- Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
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There is no 'should', no 'ought', and no 'try'.
Those are just tormenting superstitious illusions--devilish phantoms--that represent some of the ways some people either (1) fail to fully and unconditionally accept what they cannot control, or (2) fail to take full accepting self-responsibility for what they do control with true honest spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline).
For those of us with grace and honest spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline), this life is like a lucid dream. It's so empowering. It makes you feel godly. But for those who do one of those two things I mentioned (e.g. for those who spend time trying and thus failing, or otherwise being dishonest with themselves or unaccepting of the truths they know somewhere in their heart be true), this life may be like a non-lucid nightmare. The phantoms that torment them aren't real, but they torment them none the less. Belief is a powerful thing: Imaginary roadblocks will really stop you, and imaginary devils will really torment you.
Even a literal god cannot protect you from a self-created hell of imaginary demons and the unpleasant horror of trying. In that way, you are the god of your dreams and nightmares, and lucidity is just realizing it. If you are spiritually tormented (i.e. lacking the true unwavering happiness that is inner peace), then it is you and your illusions that are doing the tormenting, and you can stop whenever you want.
If I had to define grace or gracefulness in only four words, it would be these four:
"To do without trying."
That is grace.
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"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."
I believe spiritual freedom (a.k.a. self-discipline) manifests as bravery, confidence, grace, honesty, love, and inner peace.
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