|3 Apr 2006 @ 13:35, by Enocia Joseph|
In a recent article called Old Habits are Dying Hard, Thank God!, I discussed what I believe stops us from being our real self on a permanent basis. I said we are too used to believing only in what we can see instead of believing in our real Self. Actually, that is not strictly true. Consider the following:
"Excuse me, do you believe in love?"
"Yes I do."
"How do you know love exists?"
"Because I know it does, I can feel it, it's real."
"But you can't see love, can you?"
"No, I can't see, feel or hear love in the human sense but I know it exists and I experience it as real."
"Aha, so you do believe in things you can't see!"
As you can see, we all do believe in happiness, joy, love, beauty, truth, peace and yet we can't see them. If we didn't believe in them we wouldn't be seeking to experience them. What stops us from focusing on what we believe is real? Why does it always seem so easy to focus on fear than experiencing love all the time?
For example, you know that if you put your hand in the fire you're going to get burnt, unless you're someone who can walk on fire without any effects. Let's say for argument's sake you're like most people who gets burnt by fire. Once you've experience it once, even twice, you soon learn not to put your hand in the fire. Similarly, if you know focusing on thoughts of fear makes you fearful, angry, and depressed, why would you continue to focus on what you don't want to experience? The mystics have said that you should just focus on your Real Self that is Love and you become that which you focus on. Is it as simple as changing one's habits by focusing only on ideas of love and peace? I practise focusing only on my real Self and yet I don't feel I am experiencing who I am 100%. Is there something else going on behind the scenes that is deliberately preventing me from being my true self on a permanent basis? I believe there is something that tests us.
Just as I was getting ready to leave this morning, my mother, who I live with at the moment, called me into the living room. She pointed out to me that I hoovered the carpet yesterday yet she could still see fluffy stuff and bits and pieces on the carpet. She believed I had dropped them on the carpet. Did I stand there arguing with her? No, I just picked the bits up and put them in the bin.
I believe the experience with my mother was a test, one of the many tests we go through. These tests are not to teach us how to love or be love, but their purpose is twofold.
First, to distract us from knowing and being who we really are. If I'd reacted to my mother's comments with irritation, I would have been disconnected from being the Love that I am. Instead, I remained true to myself.
Second, while we are distracted from being the Love that we are, someone benefits.
Who exactly sets us these tests? There is an invisible force behind the scenes that set up these tests. Many traditions have a name for this force. Christians call it the Devil. Don Juan refers to this force as the predator or "mud shadows." I'll let don Juan describe their real purpose.
[["You have arrived, by your effort alone, to what the shamans of ancient Mexico called the topic of topics," don Juan said. "I have been beating around the bush al this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico."
"Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you're describing don Juan?" I asked. "There must be a logical explanation."
"There is an explanation," don Juan replied, "which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, gallineros, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them." [...]
"I want to appeal to your analytical mind," don Juan said. "Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs, or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs, our ideas of good and evil, our social mores. They are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations and dreams of success and failure. They have given us covetousness, greed, and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary and egomaniacal."
"But how can they do this, don Juan?" I asked, somehow angered further by what he was saying. "Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?"
"No, they don't do it that way. That's idiotic!" don Juan said, smiling. "They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver - stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators gave us their mind, which becomes our mind. The predator's mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now." (The Active Side of Infinity, Carlos Castaneda, p. 219-220)]]
So what we call the ego has been created by this predator. The predator keeps us busy worrying about stuff, being angry, being fearful, trying to control others; and while we're busy worrying the predator gets his food. In the meantime, what you focus on you experience as your reality. You end up living in a world of competition, control, lack, disease and suffering, which creates more fear, leading to more food for the predator. And you end up not being the Love that you are.
In another perspective, the writer refers to the predator as a "collective of energies who believe they own [y]our world."
[["They have enticed or directed consciousness to give off a certain vibratory frequency by tricking your consciousness into thinking it has no control of itself. Consciousness that understands that it is self-generating can give off its own signal. When you don't know this, others can trick you into giving off certain signals.
"So they created boundaries for you and limitations by coming into your planets as masters, as teachers, as all kinds of individuals, and setting up concepts of beliefs, religions, political systems, revolutions, and influencing large masses of consciousness to behave and to vibrate, to give off a certain belief system or frequency." (The Pleiadians, New Cells, New Bodies, New Life!", p.174)]]
[["The genetic mind is the equivalent of a universal belief system that penetrates, to varying degrees, the human instrument of all entities. In some, it immobilizes their ability to think original thoughts and feel original feelings. In most, it entrains their belief system to harmonize with the accepted belief systems of the Hierarchy. In a few, it exerts no significant force nor has any bearing on the development of their personal belief system.
"There are those on terra-earth who are in training to be Sovereign Entities and are completely unaware of this training as well as their destiny. When they are able to become timeless and view the continuum of their lifestream, they will see the thread that has differentiated them as Sovereign Entities. They will understand how the hardships and supposed indifference of the universe were actually the catalysts for their emergence as designers of the new genetic mind.
"The genetic mind is different from the subconscious or universal mind as it is sometimes referred to in your psychology texts, in that the genetic mind has a peculiar focus on the accumulated beliefs of all the people on a planet from its most distant past to its present time. These accumulated beliefs are actually manipulations of the Hierarchy, which imprint on the genetic mind in order to cast the boundaries of what is acceptable to believe.
"So compelling is this manipulation and the boundaries that are imposed by the Hierarchy that virtually no one is aware of the manipulations of their beliefs. This is precisely why the WingMakers have interacted with your species from the very beginning. As culture bearers, we stretch your boundaries in the arena of science, art, and philosophy. We essentially expand the genetic mind’s "perimeter fence" and enable it to encompass a larger portion of the "land" known as Source Reality.
"If we were to tell you about the fundamental misconceptions of your genetic mind, you would not believe us. You would most definitely -- even your most accomplished spiritual leaders -- find us in contempt of much that you hold true and reasonable. You would feel fear in the face of our expression of Source Reality because it would be so clear to you how you have squandered your divine natures in favor of the entrapment of the genetic mind." Wingmakers]]
Aren't these "predators" clever? They manipulate us so they can either use the energy we emit as food, or for whatever they need it for. Thus, manipulation continues in all aspects of society, from our politicians to our education establishment, the media, scientists, religion, spiritual beliefs, our spirit guides and even channelled entities.
The bottom line is
Every time I worry, I am not being my real self; and feeding the predator.
Every time I react to something with anger or fear I am not being my real self; and feeding the predator.
I am only interested in being my real self all the time. The rest is nothing but bits of fluff on the carpet.
Only Love is real.
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