Welcome to Earth.
Choose no more than 2:
- Nice body
- Nice face
- Nice heart
Welcome to Earth.
Choose no more than 2:
We entertain delusions regularly.
We get drunk or high, or just in a particular mood, and imagine ourselves as powerful, influential, great. Then we recall all we have learned from our family, and education. Then we get beaten down, and imagine ourselves as powerless. A familiar pattern.
We are taught to believe we have been having delusions. Let’s think about these delusions! – and carefully remember those who taught us that they were delusions.
Delusions of powerlessness are clearly a lower limit, an identifiable bottom for the trough of our self-limitation.
If we were to truly follow our delusions of powerlessness, we would shrink from the world and retract our natural influence. Wouldn’t we? Is there any doubt about the outcome? The answer is clear, even if we don’t investigate. We choose to be nothing … and we are nothing.
But our delusions of power are different. They have no limit. If we were to truly follow our higher self, our ‘delusions’ … and courageously forge ahead along the path suggested, we will achieve something great.
We can say what is nothing – what is failure, lack … desperation. But who can say what is the limit of our own possibility? Who can say what is the expected outcome of … risk.
Both extremes are there for each of us to pursue.
Do we need drugs to entertain our true power? Do we need to steep ourselves in the negativity of other’s messages, to explore our powerlessness?
By investigating both, we can understand that our path lies between the two impossible extremes.
And if we follow our delusions of power? What then? Are we punished by the world? – or rewarded? There is only one way to find out. The answer can only be found by investigation.
The consequence of powerlessness is easily predicted. Worthless. It is resignation. You want that? Take it – and its yours – for as long as you can bear it.
Power is adventurous, unpredictable, mysterious. Valuable. It is not earned. It is seized.
Which do you choose?
Sorry is a hard word to genuinely say, as is the phrase "I forgive you" – For a good reason. It causes the relinquishment of an attachment, to some degree. And that requires real work in the physical world, on an emotional level. It is often an uncomfortable or difficult experience – that is the nature of relinquishing attachments.
When we harm another in any way, an attachment is created between us, that matches our perception of the harm done. The perception may be unbalanced. The one perceiving the greater harm, puts more energy into the attachment – either by their feeling of hurt, or guilt. The energy that creates the attachment matches that required to break it.
The 4 ways to relinquish the attachment are: to say sorry, to forgive, to ask for forgiveness and to ask for an apology. Either can take the initiative in relinquishment – while being clear about the event that is referred to.
Using these phrases to manipulate, is a betrayal that leads to more harm. The attachment will persist and continue to influence the lives of both.
Feeling sorry or hurt, without saying something is a good way to suffer for a long time. It means that some part of you, a part that has a greater authority, doesnt want to relinquish the attachment. You could suffer in this way for years, when saying something could make you feel better in moments.
After being harmed by another, we often feel resentment, and desire revenge or reparation. Yet this leaves us in a state of suffering – we experience negative emotions. Combative cultures support this by stating that forgiveness should not be given unless earned – thereby generating the collective resentment that is required to remain combative – causing everyone to obtain reparations by coercion.
It is wise for us to alert the one who has done the harm to us, of the consequence of their actions. But it is unwise to depend on them to end our suffering, when we are able to do that for ourselves. There are many actions of harm that will never be apologized for, and we dont need to reduce our own happiness over this. We can take the initiative to forgive, for our own sake. To forgive is not to condone or exempt someone of their debt. To forgive is to make ourselves let go of what is doing harm to ourselves.
Should we endlessly suffer negative feelings in response to being harmed? To do so is to punish ourselves for the harm that was done to us, even if we had no control over that experience. Certainly that is not a sensible or just solution. The strategy that delivers us the greatest happiness is the sensible one – and that is a strategy of forgiveness.
Every single human is capable of betrayal in order to serve their interests. Betrayal is common. Life brings circumstances to all of us that may lead us into survival mode, where we may betray the trust of others, in order to retrieve what we perceive as our safety – rightly or wrongly.
Some of us go further. Rather than just protect our safety or the safety of those we love, we will also betray others to preserve our comfort zone or reputation. This leads to greater problems in the future. We show the others in our lives that we will betray them for trivial reasons, and we will lose their trust.
Even worse, there are some that intentionally betray for personal gain. These toxic people generally harm the lives of all who allow it. Those of us who have been systematically betrayed as children are susceptible to continuing betrayal as adults, even to subconsciously seek it out.
Our response to those who betray us is often to exclude them from our lives, more or less. We protect our own safety and comfort zones from the betrayal of trust. Protecting our comfort zone from betrayal is a legitimate action.
The amount of betrayal we tolerate can only be determined on a case by case basis. Perhaps we are too intolerant of betrayal and find ourselves without enough people in our lives.
Some relationships must be tested by betrayal before they can become strong. How each one deals with the betrayal controls the outcome of the test.
There are different kinds of betrayal. Theres betrayal in the heat of the moment that is later regretted. There is betrayal caused by a lack of care or concern. Theres betrayal caused by greed and other fears of lack. It’s a skill to judge the intention and appropriate response to each case. One who doesn’t show remorse when confronted with their act of betrayal, is not likely to avoid future betrayal.
Perhaps we are too tolerant of betrayal and we find ourselves keeping toxic people in our lives – those that willingly harm us for their own gain. Its best to find a middle ground, where we have enough people in our lives and none are toxic.
Something vitally important struck me about the story in the 4 gospels included in the bible (of 20 gospels mentioned historically).
Jesus knowingly went to his death. He allowed the establishment to kill him. He knew exactly what they were going to do and when it was going to happen. And he made sure he was there for it. He went to their seat of power and submitted his body to them.
Jesus – the one who could expel demons – who could walk on water – who could manipulate atomic matter with his will – who was even able to transfer some of his power to some of his disciples so that they could also heal the sick and drive out demons – the one with all that power.
The one who cold do all these things, then allowed the establishment to kill his body.
For what purpose?
The bible describes what happened, but doesn’t explain it.
I propose that this unusual death of a body was a “spiritual rocket launch”. An assist that would not have been possible if it was delayed too long – it must be solicited and received in a short time. An assist that enabled the crossing of a difficult threshold: the return to existence in the spirit realm, after an earthly mission of many lives.
In this context, the expelling of demons and healing the sick takes on a new meaning. It is an announcement to the most powerful demons in the physical world – those that control the bodies and minds of those in the establishment – that here is a spirit so powerful that it can expel demons and can even share some of that power with other humans so they can expel demons. Those demons of the establishment knew what was happening and what this meant – a threat to their power and existence.
Yet the evil demons of the establishment, in their ignorance of reality and enchantment with their great power in the physical world, were set up. Used as subjects by one that was far greater. They were purposefully threatened so that they would take action to defend themselves – thereby killing the body of Jesus and completing that final step of the earthly mission, a step that could not be completed by Jesus without the help of powerful demons. Jesus could have caused anyone to kill his body, but that would not have worked. Only very powerful demons could provide the boost required for the successful return to the spirit realm.
In the bible, the description seems to say that the establishment humans were irrationally upset with Jesus for being so popular, or for disrespecting them, for threatening their control over their subjects. This neither makes sense nor is it the reality of the situation. It was establishment demons against Jesus great spirit.
Perhaps those demons even today control part of the human establishment, and still feel anger and hate toward Jesus for insulting them and using their “great” power as merely steps on a stairway to heaven.
Our body gives us feedback on the conflicts in our mind, by reveling discomfort and illness on a physical level.
As we heal conflicts in our mind, we observe the healing of corresponding illness in our body. We understand that the illness was caused by our mind.
We begin to look for conflicts in our mind as a cause of the illness in our body. We consider signs (observable by others) and symptoms (not externally noticeable) and interpret them in terms of mind conflict. We can also meditate – in the traditional, investigative sense – on the physical outcomes, and follow them back to the mind conflict that causes them.
But, physical signs and symptoms don’t always have a direct cause in mind conflict.
There are some obvious examples, such as injuries from physical accidents. It’s easy for us to identify the direct cause as physical. The direct cause is obviously not mind conflict – yet mind conflict may have caused or contributed to the accident – such as in rage, or uncharacteristic carelessness.
There are more subtle causes and effects. In the blog title I refer to my example. Chemicals in some polyester and cotton product additives, can give me a sore spine. I wake up in discomfort, and also drowsiness. Yet, 5 minutes after getting up, the symptoms are gone. The direct cause of my symptoms is physical, immunological – a kind of allergy. Mind conflict may be a cause of my immunological reaction, but this is indirect – and currently, unresolved speculation.
I partly identified the chemical cause by systematic removal and reintroduction of different fabric items, one at a time, until I could identify the kind of fabric that cause my reaction. It’s a time consuming process.
The cause of physical signs and symptoms is not always directly by mind conflict. Sometimes it is obviously a mind or a physical cause. Sometimes it is unclear, and investigation is required to identify the cause. We may only determine the cause after observing that the physical manifestation quickly disappears after some mind healing work is done.
I see a survivor as one that begins the process of healing themselves from a traumatic experience, and doesn’t pass on what was done to them. It is a state of mind that is different from the victim.
Once one has escaped the abusive environment, they can become a survivor – if they make the decision to acknowlege that damage has been done to them, and then make the effort to repair themselves.
A survivor is strong enough to overcome what happened and begin the process of removing those things that are not part of their true self. If they observe part of their mind following a path toward abusive behavior, they confront it and try to heal it.
A survivor understands that no-one is so tough that they cannot be traumatized and damaged – and that the damage can be healed.