Thursday, January 19, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Forty

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The present focus continues with the discussion of the factors which contribute to the Ultimate Sickness in order to understand all of the components which a viable treatment plan must include.

Using excerpts from the book INSTABILITY / INSANITY: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address the insane and de-stabilizing effects of parental modeling are being discussed: 

INSTABILITY / INSANITY: Assuming the Role of "The Parent" or "The Child," Part "A" 

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj said that science would someday advance far enough to support both technically and systematically - as well as logically - the teachings of non-duality. To that end, where science has advanced to that level and can be used to support the teachings of non-duality, they are shared here with seekers. 

Because most of what persons on the planet call their "problems" are actually rooted in personality - and because sages for thousands of years have known that and have thus invited seekers to be free of the subconscious motivating factors that come with personality - the same invitation is offered here, regularly. The more seekers understand about personality and how it functions (and how it "dys-functions") and how it robs them of choice by determining unconsciously their thoughts and words and deeds, the better the chance of ultimately becoming freed from such influence. 

In addition to the nine basic personality types (or ego-states, false identities, motivating roles, personas, etc.), the next discussion will include three more: "The Parent," "The Adult" and "The Child" (P-A-C). Why? 

Because the first two roles are major contributors to the instability and insanity which are now so widespread around the globe. While each of those roles is usually associated with a particular "age-range," they are not age-specific at all. For example, many who are child-aged are being forced to assume "The Parent" role in an effort to help a suffering parent, such as when "The Mother" or "The Wife" "loses" "The Husband" who was also "The Father." (The result of role-reversal in that scenario is that the child adopts the Type Two Personality of "The Helper," "The Rescuer," or "The Savior" and attracts only needy types or user types throughout the relative existence). 

Additional evidence that the P-A-C roles are not age-specific is the fact that most persons who are "adult-age" on this planet actually act as if they are children. Why? Recall that personality is formed by the age of six. Note that personality subconsciously determines thoughts and words and deeds. So any "adult-aged" person who has not become freed from the subconscious drive of personality will often behave as a six-year old. 

 Dr. Eric Berne studied the three ego-states of "The Parent," "The Adult" and "The Child" and developed a theory of personality around those three, seeing that all (non-Realized) persons - trapped as most are in those personas - will think, talk, and behave as one or the other of those ego-states (or as any of the three at any given time). 

As a theory of personality, he described how people are structured psychologically, using the P-A-C model to do so and allowing the model to help explain how persons function and express their personality via their thoughts and their words and their behaviors. 

[He actually revised Freud's teaching about the human psyche being composed of the id, the ego, and the superego and suggested that the three ego-states of P-A-C were largely shaped through childhood experiences, as are all personas / personalities.] 

Berne noted that unhealthy childhood experiences can lead to persons being pathologically fixated in "The Child" and / or "The Parent" ego-states, bringing discomfort or misery and suffering to an individual (and to those dealing with that individual). The psychological problems generated by assumption of "The Child" and / or "The Parent" roles can manifest in a variety of forms, including many types of personality disorders which can lead to full-blown mental illness. 

Berne considered how individuals interact with one another, and how the P-A-C ego-states affect each set of transactions. Unproductive or counterproductive transactions (relatively speaking) were considered to be signs of ego-state problems, as is the case with the non-duality teachings. Berne saw that virtually everyone has something problematic to deal with because of their assumption of a variety of ego-states, and he saw that assuming "The Child" or "The Parent" role was especially detrimental. Why? 

Those functioning in what he called "The Adult" mode or manner will observe, witness objectively, process, and will choose options that are rooted in reason and sanity; additionally, they are generally calm and are free of chaos and instability and drama and histrionics; they are logical; they are in touch with their feelings but are non-emotional and (again, relatively speaking) they are non-self-defeating and non-self-destructive. None of that is the case with those being driven by "The Child" or "The Parent." 

To see by contrast the traits of "The Child and or "The Parent" is to understand why those two types generate such instability and insanity and chaos. No matter their chronological age, persons driven subconsciously by "The Child" must talk and even dominate all conversations in order to continue to “exist”; must create noise, hating the silence; will want to be indulged and even spoiled; will try to manipulate; 

and will want to be taken care of, believing that they are entitled and - as a result - missing out on independence and total freedom because they create dependencies and co-dependencies with "A Caretaker" or "A Rescuer" Type, only to find out later what controlling persons those types are. 

Additionally, one assuming "The Child" role, even when adult-aged, will try to get as much as possible; will whine and complain; will internalize anger and depression; will hide by isolating, by avoiding truth, by not communicating openly; and will make statements instead of asking questions. 

These types will never really feel "okay," will be sad, will be uptight, will be conforming (at least outwardly when it suits them); will be withdrawn; will be defensive; will be insecure; and will be overly-serious and humorless. How much chaos and instability and insanity will all of that generate? How much fun are those types to be around? 

Next, those driven subconsciously by "The Parent" also must talk to “exist”; will talk down to others; will use sarcasm; will scold; will judge; will criticize; will try to control and bully and dominate; and will make statements instead of asking mature questions. Overall, therefore, these types will be hyper-critical, domineering, controlling, fault-finding, judgmental, sarcastic, blaming, and shaming. How much chaos and instability and insanity will all of that generate? How much fun are those types to be around? The alternative? 

Functioning in "an adult-like mode" that does not have to talk and that can enjoy the silence; that engages others from a mature level; that asks questions rather than constantly directing or manipulating others with statements; that speaks to others as equals; and, again, that is calm, free of chaos, free of instability, and free of drama and histrionics; 

that are logical; sane; stable; that are in touch with their feelings but are non-emotional and (again, relatively speaking) non-self-defeating and non-self-destructive; that are capable of loving / Loving unconditionally (as opposed to "The Parent" types who love conditionally and, thus, not at all; and as opposed to "The Child" types who love only self). 

How much chaos and instability and insanity will all of that generate? How much fun are those types to be around? 

Additionally, the P-A-C roles reinforce the other basic personality types and the other assumed personas that humans adopt, creating via personality even greater barriers and obstacles to Truth and freedom and peace and stability and sanity. That next. 

To be continued. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Thirty-Nine

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The proper treatment plan for the Ultimate Sickness cannot be formulated unless the causes are understood. 

For thousands of years, long before any religious or spiritual teachings were codified and recorded in supposedly "holy texts," dogma and precepts were passed along by word of mouth. And regarding those concepts which were being passed along by word of mouth and which were supposedly identifying the cause of humanity's problems, what was at their core? 

Duality. The duality of "good people" vs. "bad people." The duality of "a world 'here' populated with humans" vs. "a world 'there' which was populated with gods and goddesses" (or, after Abraham, with "God" who became the God of Judaism, the God of Christianity, and the God of Islam). 

The duality of reward vs. punishment for humans as determined by those other-worldly gods. And it is that desire for receiving rewards and avoiding punishment which led to the invention of gods and goddesses and God in the first place: 

Maharaj: "First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." 

Those foundational concepts became generally accepted, all around the globe and all without the benefit of any questioning. That blind faith acceptance continues to this day, so 97% of the humans on planet earth claim an affiliation with one religion or another - almost always the one that the parents of every child happened to be affiliated with at the time of the child's arrival. 

Millions more claim that they are "not religious but are spiritual instead," a claim often delivered with a considerable degree of pride to let others know that spiritual persons are higher on the dreamed up hierarchy of transcendence than mere religious persons. Yet all personalities (roles, identities, ego-states, selves, characters, personas, a Self, a Supreme Self, etc.) are a source of three of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness as identified by Maharaj: "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity"). 

Some trapped in the egotism which supports the belief in ego-states find the list of those symptoms offensive, but note: Maharaj did not say that the "non-realized" (which he defined as those trapped in and clinging to the "learned ignorance" which they were taught) were "ignorant, stupid, and insane people." 

If you are sick and the way that you are feeling and behaving is being controlled by a high fever which has rendered you bedridden, that does not mean that you are a fever. It is merely a symptom of your sickness. The same applies to the traits of the Ultimate Sickness which Maharaj identified. What is the proof of the presence of those traits? 

Some are aware that an uncle of mine was chief administrator of the mental hospital in Rusk, Texas for many decades. In addition to the many criminally-insane who were incarcerated there, others were hospitalized who had serious mental illnesses. 

One fellow there thought he was Napoleon reincarnate. Another thought he was President of the United States and that the opposition party has conspired to have him locked away so they could take over the government in spite of the fact that he "was actually the elected president." What is crazier than not knowing who you are and believing that you are someone or something that you are not? 

Yet that is the case with billions of persons all over the planet. People believe they are the job they have been hired to do. People believe that they can enter a religious edifice or an office of the Justice of the Peace as a single man and a single woman but can walk out thirty minutes later being "A Wife" and "A Husband." A short time afterwards, they can believe that they are "A Super Wife" or "A Super Husband." 

So, the Ultimate Sickness is marked by, among other symptoms, insanity. A lawyer would put it this way if explained in a legal brief: 

WHEREAS, persons who do not know who they are (or what they are) are certifiably insane;

and WHEREAS billions of persons think that they are something or someone that they are not; 

now THEREFORE, let it be ordained that billions of persons are insane 

and THEREFORE, are suffering from symptoms brought on by having had the Ultimate Sickness passed on to them. 

And what is that insanity about? 

Accepting false and dreamed up personalities, roles, identities, ego-states, characters, personas, selves, a Self, a Supreme Self, etc. as actual identities and / or something that is real (though it is not). 

At the core of the Sickness, therefore, is an inability to differentiate the true from the false, the real from the fake, the form from the substance, the image from the reflection, the copy from the original, the authentic from a counterfeit replica, and the factual from the fictional. 

Earlier, reference was made to the nonsensical beliefs about other worlds and gods and goddesses or a God which were passed down by word of mouth and which are still believed in by humans on a near-universal basis. 

Those beliefs have fostered hundreds of false identities among members of the clergy, among the laity, and among those playing the role of "The Super Religious One" and / or "The Spiritual Giant," so nowadays, billions of persons have been assigned roles or have assumed roles which are based in nothing more than ancient hand-me-down myths and superstitions ("lies") which they have unquestioningly accepted as identifiers of who they are. 

Millions and billions are so proud of what they think they are, based in their employment, hobbies, nationalities, race, sexual preference, etc., but nothing has generated a belief in as many false roles - and nothing has produced as much distortion and delusion and illusion and mental entrapment as spiritual egotism and religious arrogance. And nothing has created more obstacles than those to being freed from the insanity which accompanies the Ultimate Sickness. 

Any viable treatment plan for the Sickness must include a means by which persons are freed from all sense of personhood. For the plan to be effective, it must also be understood that the greatest obstacles to being restored to sanity are the spiritual egos and / or religious egos which are assigned early on by one's family or which are accumulated at the third of seven steps on the "path" where religious and spiritual roles are assumed and played. 

That role playing, which happens at one of the steps on the path which cannot be skipped, must nevertheless be transitioned if one is to be totally free of entrapment in ego-states and the egotism which supports those false identities. The effective treatment of the Ultimate Sickness requires that not only the supposedly "bad" identities must be forfeited but that the supposedly "good" identities must go, too. Why? Because they often lead to a greater sense of separation than any so-called "bad" roles. 

From what has been witnessed here for nearly seven decades, the guy who admits, "I'm a crook, and screw you if you don't like it" has been far less likely to cause relative harm and damage than the one who says, "I am a god-fearing Christian who loves you and who wants to help you and who wants to show you the right way to live." 

The former's honesty will lead you to be awake and aware and conscious of his agenda; the latter's comments have lulled millions into a sleep state of relative vulnerability.  

Maharaj: "Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end." 

Consider: the last time that unconditional happiness was experienced by most of the more than seven billion persons on the planet was during the Child Ignorance or Child No-Knowing State. 

Recently Andy Gugar, Jr. was holding the three-month old "grandson" called "Carson" on the same day I was holding the four-month-old "granddaughter" called "Ava." Later, we discussed the fact about what is right now vs. what is coming

Both children were at perfect peace because both were dry and fed and concept-free. End of story, for now, yet as Sam Cooke sang, "But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will." 

The reason Maharaj said that "There is no progress" and advised instead that seekers "should go back, reverse, to the source" is because of that: 

1. Before the change came, you were at perfect peace in your no-concept, non-dual, no-belief state as "a pre-programming, pre-conditioning child." 

2. Then came a change after having been infected with the Ultimate Sickness. 

3. The treatment must involve going back, going back to that original condition prior to manifestation or to that original condition post-manifestation but prior to programming, conditioning, etc. 

To fixate at the third of seven steps on "the path" is to be trapped in even more insanity than prior to beginning the "journey" because it is there that persons believe that they have arrived though they are not even at the midway point of the complete "journey"  to realization, to being totally free of the symptoms of the Sickness.

Maharaj said of those who have fixated at that third of seven steps and who mistakenly believe that they are fully enlightened: "They believe that they are standing in the full light of the noonday sun, but in fact they are still standing in the dull light of dawn." 

Again, a viable treatment for the Ultimate Sickness will bring to an end the belief in all personalities, roles, identities, ego-states, selves, characters, personas, Self, Supreme Self, etc. 

To be trapped in a "religious ego" or in a "spiritual ego" or in a "Super Seeker ego" (along with the egotism which they all bring to defend themselves, that is, to defend the illusion of their false selves) is to be trapped in the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness and is to be driven by its symptoms of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

All assigned and / or assumed personality identifications must go in order to be effectively treated for the Sickness. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Thirty-Eight

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The present focus of the series is on the other not-yet-discussed causes of the Sickness which help clarify other components of the treatment which are required. Using excerpts from the book INSTABILITY / INSANITY: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address, the insane and destabilizing effects of parental modeling are discussed: 

INSTABILITY / INSANITY: How Parental Modeling Is A Source 

How significant is "parental modeling" in a child's life? Earlier, the reason that personality forms early on in children - and what happens as a result - was explained: 

Personality forms early on as a result of familial dysfunctionalism. A child - trying to adapt and survive in an often threatening and / or senseless and / or insane environment - develops an ego ideal and a basic personality type (or several ego-states) in order to try to accommodate the people who seem to have her / his fate in their hands. As a result, a child - usually by the age of six - is being driven by a primary personality type that has been adopted subconsciously. With personality comes fears and desires and an inability to choose. Why? 

Because the personality controls all thoughts and words and deeds. Talk of "familial dysfunctionalism" usually inspires persons to recall "other families" that are indeed dysfunctional; egotism blocks any tendency to examine one's own family of origin or present family for evidence of dysfunctionalism. 

Yet the facts cannot be denied: if you have any personality traits, then your family of origin was dysfunctional; and if your child or children have personality traits, then your present family is dysfunctional. Personality cannot manifest in a dysfunctionalism-free vacuum. Research shows that - biological and / or genetic factors notwithstanding - parental modeling may play the most significant role in determining 

** whether children will show signs of being dysfunctional, unstable, moody, temperamental, and inconsistent 

as well as 

** whether personality disorders and even insanity will manifest. 

A parent can say repeatedly, "Do as I say, not as I do," but the children will do what their parents do, will behave as their parents behave, will believe what they parents believe, will think the way their parents think, and will eventually "become" their parent or parents. What the parent models for the child, the child will later model for the parent, and it is the latter that is so disturbing to a parent or parents who do not see what they have projected from themselves (from their false selves) onto their children. 

To understand the level of the impact of parental modeling on children, one can study a single disorder such as anxiety to see the effect: one family study that focused on children with anxiety disorders found, not surprisingly, that the children of parents with anxiety disorders develop higher rates of anxiety disorders than children of parents who do not model anxiety. 

Another study of parents with anxiety disorders found, not surprisingly, that their children suffered from higher rates of anxiety disorders than children in families where stability and calmness prevail. 

A third study considered the effects on children of parenting practices such as parental over-control vs. encouraging children to develop certain levels of independence; parental over-protection vs. allowing the children to develop a sense of confidence; over-reacting vs. avoiding drama and histrionics; parental emotional warmth vs. coldness; parental negativity vs. positivity; parental light-heartedness vs. being overly-serious; 

parental indulgence vs. requiring children to accept certain responsibilities in the home; parental over-concern with self vs. a balance of concern with the issues of importance to children; parental rejection vs. acceptance; parental criticism vs. positive reinforcement; and parenting styles (including hugging vs. not hugging, telling the child that he / she is loved vs. not expressing love regularly, and communicating with the child vs. being isolated and unavailable). 

The study proved that factors that may pose a risk for the development of child anxiety include parental over-control; over-protection; over-reacting; being histrionic and dramatic; being overly-serious; coldness; negativity; parental indulgence; parental over-concern with self; parental rejection; parental criticism; and parenting styles that evidence the traits mentioned earlier that are especially typical in cultures that share one particular ancestry in common, namely, being cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof. 

[Some have asked that the race of people who have been alluded to as the one that has created the coldest cultures be identified. The answer: do your own research, or, more to the point, study your own culture objectively and study yourself objectively to see if those traits above are pervasive in your culture and in yourself. If so, if you as a parent are modeling those traits, then research shows that you may expect those traits to manifest in your child / children, continuing the perpetuation of those traits via acculturation and conditioning and domestication and assuring that your children will develop a variety of disorders as a result.] 

Have the non-dual teachings been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and eliminating the drama and histrionics that are so pervasive in some homes? Absolutely. Can the teachings be said to be the only requirement for bringing about a more peaceful environment in every case? Of course not. Do "the realized" model something quite to the contrary of such parenting behaviors as over-control; over-reacting; excessive seriousness; coldness; negativity; indulgence; over-concern with self; rejection; criticism; and being cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof? Absolutely. 

The one that has realized knows the Oneness and knows Real Love, and being cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof are not compatible with either True Love or Wisdom or Realization. 

When this topic was discussed with one parent, he said, "I have subconsciously done all of the things you mention and been all of those ways you mentioned. Is it too late to help my child if I change now?" 

The reply: "What could be the harm in changing and seeing for yourself? What do you think the worst is that could happen if you stop focusing on being loved and if you instead understand Real Love and share It?" 

Those addicted to chaos will not find the company of "a Realized non-dualist" to be familiar or comfortable. "The Realized" will not model instability, insanity, moodiness, or being temperamental and inconsistent and unpredictable. 

Can you see how trying on a child's psyche such inconsistency and unpredictability must be? Can you see how trying on a relationship such inconsistency and unpredictability must be? Can you see how trying on your own psyche such inconsistency and unpredictability must be? 

Non-duality invites seekers to become fixed - fixed as the Absolute and fixed as the Nothingness beyond - in order to be free of (relatively speaking) those self-defeating and self-destructive traits. Advaita invites seekers to become stabilized and restored to sanity in order to break the pattern of the many previous generations that have passed down a debilitating legacy that includes being cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof and overly-serious and self-absorbed and self-destructive and destructive of others. 

When the Oneness is understood and when True Love makes clear that you are everything and everyone, then being cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof will naturally fade away. 

To be continued. 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Thirty-Seven

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The present focus of the series is on other not-previously-discussed causes of the Sickness, the understanding of which can help clarify the other elements which the Ultimate Medicine must included for effective treatment.

The key point is that psychic disintegration (a.k.a, "mental decay" or "decline" or "degeneration") happens when a person being driven by one particular personality type becomes stressed, leading to a shift from that type to the worst traits of another type. 

Consider when a Type Two Helper becomes stressed. The overriding agenda of the Type Two is to help others, but with a selfish motive: to make others love the Two in order to provide the love which the Two did not receive in childhood and now wants in limitless quantities throughout adulthood in order to compensate for the resulting sense of emptiness inside. 

Usually, the early childhood issue revolved around an absentee, unavailable father, out of the picture because of a death, divorce, or the fact that the man was present but "emotionally unavailable" as a result of an attachment disorder, a lack of empathy, an inability to love, an abusive nature which was passed down from his abusive parent(s), etc. 

The problem with the Type Two is the problem with all personality types: instability and unpredictability. Again, Yeshu'a / Jesus shared this after he was exposed to the non-dual teachings: "A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways." 

The lack of stability applies to all who have assumed multiple personalities as identities, and the instability in the Type Two involves using kindness to try to get love but shifting to meanness when that does not produce the results desired by that persona. And which of the nine basic personality types has the capacity to be the meanest? 

Those who have been exposed to the viciousness which can come from the mouth of an angry Type Three might choose that type for their answer, but typically, no types can approach the levels of viciousness which an angry Type Eight is capable of showing. The Type Eight at his or her worst functions as "The Challenger," "The Fighter," "The Abuser," "The Boss," "The Control Freak," or "The Asserter." When stressed and psychically unhealthy, the Eight can show up as "A Sociopath" or "A Psychopath." 

Type Eights might display at times in public the degree of charm which was shown by Type Eight mass murderer Ted Bundy, but if crossed, they will instantly shift into a "destroy mode" and use criticism, character assassination, intimidation, connections to get people fired or otherwise destroy them financially, or even resort to the use force to harm or kill. [The man who, at the time of this posting, is set to be the 45th president of the U.S. is a Type Eight.] 

So if stressed, the seemingly-kind Type Two can shift and function as a Type Eight who displays the Eight's worst traits, including being insensitive, domineering, uncaring, brutal, self-centered, aggressive, intimidating, hostile, violent, belligerent, hard-hitting, narcissistic, uncompromising and not giving a tinker's damn about who likes it or not. 

Talk about confusing to a child or spouse or friend when someone assumes a personality as an identity, becomes stressed, and then shows up as what looks to be the polar opposite of that other self. 

Such dual-mindedness will always guarantee instability. It's the same curse which sages for ages have warned about: the curse of personality assignment and assumption. 

Using excerpts from the book INSTABILITY / INSANITY: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address, the effects of "Psychic Disintegration" continues: 

INSTABILITY / INSANITY: Psychic Disintegration 

In May of 2017, it will have been 28 years ago that the sharing of some basic non-dual understandings began in earnest. The talks back then dealt especially with the effects of acculturation which must be transitioned if stability and sanity are to return and if coldness and detachment are to be replaced with kindness and warmth and an understanding of Real Love. 

[The two non-duality novels discussed below, "Necklace" and "Wars," were written to offer an awareness of acculturation's effects and to expose the primary sources of dualistic thinking - namely, organized religion, big government, and big business - as well as to provide some alternatives to their influence.] 

Along with the effects of acculturation, the effects of domestication, programming and conditioning were shared also during those days, and persons were invited to see the consequences and to take all of the necessary steps to un-do those non-productive influences. Those topics continue to be addressed in talks or writings to this day. 

Furthermore, for twenty-eight years, the ramifications of assuming personalities have been discussed and seekers have also been invited to take all of the necessary steps to cast off all false roles; all false personas; all false identities; and all false ego-states in order to be free, in order to avoid being driven blindly, in order to avoid being driven by unconscious motivators, in order to avoid being robbed of the ability to choose, and in order to be free of unwarranted fears and the frustration of unmet desires. 

Next, again, via this discussion of some of the other effects of personality assumption, that same invitation is extended and should appeal to all who would be stable. 

Thus, to the discussion of "psychic disintegration" which can rob persons of stability and which can even lead to insanity. Mental health professionals define psychic disintegration as "the disorganization or disruption of mental processes" which can result in personality disorders and, in the more extreme cases, mental illness; or, "the disruption of the integration functions of the personality in mental illness." 

What triggers psychic disintegration? For one, stress. For two, a sense of separation. For three, judgmentalism and a sense of better-than-ment (so research has shown that those who have assumed the role of "A Super Religious Person" or "A Spiritual Giant" often exhibit the same signs of disintegration as one who is stressed). 

The disintegration being addressed here is rooted in personality / personalities. Personality forms early on as a result of familial dysfunctionalism. A child - trying to adapt and survive in an often threatening and / or senseless and / or insane environment - develops an ego ideal and a basic personality type (or several ego-states) in order to try to accommodate the people who seem to have her / his fate in their hands. 

As a result, a child - usually by the age of six - is being driven by a primary personality type that has been adopted subconsciously. With personality comes fears and desires and an inability to choose. Why? 

Because the personality controls all thoughts and words and deeds. Of course, all personality is rooted in duality because every personality type will have "good traits and bad traits" or "assets and liabilities." Non-duality moves the discussion beyond those limiting classifications. 

The "non-dual teacher" would have every seeker abandon all false ego-states as identities, removing that which drives persons blindly; that which generates fears and desires; and that which subconsciously controls thoughts and words and deeds, always to the detriment of the person, eventually. 

Some counselors, who are unaware that such an option is a possibility via the non-dual teachings, would prefer to assist their clients in "integrating." Fine, for a time. Their reasoning is that if persons are going to display the traits of a variety of the nine basic personality types, why not at least try to integrate - adopt and internalize - some of the better traits of other types? What might such integration look like? Here's an example: 

A Type One ("The Perfectionist") can be rigid and anal and overly-serious, embroiled in judging and trying to change others or reform "the world." If a One "grows psychically" (i.e., "integrates") then a One can "integrate" some of the more "positive" traits of the Seven and can relax, take it easy, have fun, enjoy the existence, and give up on trying to change "the world." In the case of "disintegration," persons regress into what is called dualistically, the "worst of the negative traits or liabilities" of another type and will display those traits. 

As noted earlier, a Type Two Helper can experience some of the triggers mentioned earlier and then disintegrate into "the worst of" a Type Eight. In the Two mode, the Helper appears to be loving and kind and giving (though that is not really about being altruistic but is about trying to gain love); if the Two disintegrates to the Type Eight, then the "negative traits" of an Eight will manifest, including, raging; being controlling; being insensitive; being domineering; being aggressive; being demanding; being arrogant; being combative; being possessive and jealous; being uncompromising; being hyper-critical; and even being violent. 

[NOTE: Recall the pointer from earlier, however: psychic disintegration cannot occur in the absence of personality / personalities, but it can be exacerbated by acculturation if a child is raised in a home where the parents are cold and unavailable, showing no affection or warmth.] 

In some cases where instability and certain degrees of insanity have been induced by psychic disintegration, the non-dual teachings can address this personality-based condition, depending on the degree to which disintegration has occurred. 

By guiding the seeker to a state where no personas are being assumed, then there will be no subconscious drivers or motivators. 

There will not be integration or disintegration. 

There will be the no-concept, no-belief, no-identity, non-dual reality, and that will result in . . . 

 . . . freedom from shifting between the traits of one personality type and another, 

 . . . freedom from shifting from the positive traits of one's type to the negative traits, and 

. . . freedom from disintegrating into the "worst" of another type (or types). 

To be continued. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, Treatment, Part Thirty-Six

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Presently, there are "superbugs" which are antibiotic-resistant. Such bacteria are resistant to most of the antibiotics which were used effectively in the past to treat them, making some commonplace infections difficult to treat. The overuse or misuse of antibiotics contributes to the formation of these superbugs. The same is now happening with the Ultimate Sickness. 

"SUPER" EGO-STATES 

There are "super ego-states" which are resistant to the Ultimate Medicine. The overuse and misuse of programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing and indoctrination for thousands of years has led to an unquestioning, blind faith acceptance of nonsense simply because it has been spread around so much the lie is believed to be truth and the abnormal has been normalized. 

As noted here many times, all that "A Spouse" needs to "exist" is a co-dependent partner willing to play the counterpart role needed to sustain that - and any - ego-state; however, once "The Spouse" upgrades himself or herself to the status of "The Super Spouse," then what is required for that ego-state to continue to seem real is "A Super Spouse." At that point, a divorce lawyer's phone number is stored in the memory of a phone's auto-dial function. The end of another marriage may not be near, but it is coming.

"THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA" BUT THE EGO-STATE WEARS CAMOUFLAGE 

Crazy has reached a whole new level not only of insanity but also of normalization as well as an ability to camouflage itself. Ego-states (false identities, roles, personalities, etc.) can now disguise themselves in ways that make them appear to be normal or even "wonderful." Who could challenge the parents who self-elevate their status by upgrading their facade from "The Parent" to "The Super Parent" (until the effects of the assumption of that role begin to show up in their overly-indulged children who become a blight to themselves and their society)?

THE USE OF EGO-DEFENSE MECHANISMS HAS REACHED THE STATE OF AN ART FORM 

The expression "bless you" after a sneeze dates back to the ignorant belief that a sneeze is the body's way of casting out demons and evil spirits, but casting them out - it was believed - did not destroy them. They were believed to immediately take up residence in the person nearest to the one sneezing. Thus. the one near the sneezer would say, "Bless you" because, heck, everyone knows that demons and evil forces cannot tolerate hearing a call for God's protective presence. 

Similarly, when an ego-state is assigned or assumed, very shortly after an army of ego-defense mechanisms become activated in order to protect that false identity. For example: 

An ego will use PROJECTION to relieve that personality of its liabilities by mentally casting them out and sending them to other nearby persons. A woman whose words and actions reveal the presence of The Borderline Personality Disorder, the Narcissist Personality Disorder, The Sociopathic Personality Disorder, and an Attachment Disorder, berates her husband to one and all for having "unstable, unpredictable feelings"; for "being arrogant"; for "ignoring social norms, never apologizing when he is wrong"; and for "not getting close enough to the children" (whom she has ignored from day one in both cases). 

Whether or not all that she says about her husband may be true, all of what she is identifying in him is certainly a part of her warped psyche. 

An ego can also use DENIAL to relieve that personality of its liabilities. When the fiancé of the sister of that same woman told her she was the most vain and delusional woman he'd ever met, the woman told her sister she could not marry that man, that he could never be accepted into their family. She totally denied the truth of what he told her and, in her reaction, exhibited exactly what he claimed.

VICTIMIZATION, BLAME, RATIONALIZATION, AND JUSTIFICATION are among the many other ego-defense mechanisms which minds use to shield the false identities stored therein, but the mechanism used most often to defend egos may be EGOTISM. 

THE "CATCH-22" WITH THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS TRYING TO BE RID OF EGO-STATES / FALSE IDENTITIES / ASSIGNED ASSUMED PERSONALITIES IS THIS: THERE MUST BE AN ABSENCE OF EGOTISM, BUT EGOTISM IS THE LAST THING THAT AN EGO-STATE IS WILLING TO GIVE UP 

People living in an apartment or flat or home have a front door entranceway with a lock on that door. How many want to give away the key and leave the door open at all times? Because the #1desire of the manifest consciousness is continuity, then most do not want to give up anything which gives them a sense of security and protection. The same applies with an ego-state. 

Next, to continue looking at the causes of the Ultimate Sickness in order to understand what is required to treat it effectively, in the book INSTABILITY / INSANITY: What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address  this is offered in a chapter entitled "Instability / Insanity: Psychic Disintegration and the Acculturation Connection."

It has been shown that the root of much that persons find problematic in their efforts to navigate the relative existence is this: their programmers and conditioners and domesticators and acculturators overlaid the relative on Reality. In that process, any chance to see Reality was foiled and a propensity to take "the not real" as the Real was established; the invitation here is to follow the process offered by the teacher and to reverse and un-do what those persons did to you. 

That can allow you - post-realization - to overlay reality upon the relative. This series is offering: 

1. a discussion of the potential physical, mental and emotional impediments to being stable and peaceful and 

2. a recognition of what the non-dual teachings can address, as well as what they cannot address, while 

3. offering for consideration information on some of the obstacles which block the seeing of Truth, which contribute to the Ultimate Sickness that has infected almost all persons on the planet, and which result in persons being unstable. 

That said, the next topic for discussion is: 

INSTABILITY / INSANITY INDUCED BY A FAILURE TO PSYCHICALLY INTEGRATE AND INSTEAD THE TENDENCY TO PSYCHICALLY DISINTEGRATE 

In some cases where instability and certain degrees of insanity have been induced by psychic disintegration, the Advaita teachings can address this personality-based condition, depending on the degree to which disintegration has occurred. Psychic disintegration cannot occur in the absence of personality / personalities, revealing why "realized teachers" for thousands of years have tried to lead their protégés beyond the debilitating effects of personality; yet in far too many cases observed here, such disintegration is not driven by personality alone. 

In many cases, the deeper cause is that which is also being discussed here, namely, the negative effects of acculturation in those cultures where persons are more rigid and more distant and more aloof and more detached than in many other cultures (but do not know it). One eighteen-year-old male (who could as easily symbolize - and, in too many instances, could speak for - Everyman and Everywoman) described what he called his "psychic disintegration." 

As you read this teen's words, please consider what has already been revealed about acculturation in this series and consider the connection between acculturation and psychic disintegration. Consider especially the effects of acculturation as it is applied in some specific cultures that have been alluded to as the ones that are more prone to produce children (and therefore adults) who are cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof. 

As this teen bemoans the fact that his father is cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof, consider too that the same can as easily apply to mothers who were raised as children in those particularly cold and aloof cultures as well: 

My cheery facade has fallen apart. All I tried to do, every forced laugh, every painted smile has finally cracked me. I am lonely. And I want my father. Not a man who raises you financially. I want a father who will finally hold me and tell me I'm worthy. I can't even remember the last time I actually sat down and TALKED to my father. It's always a curt hello and goodbye. This terrible pain I carry inside tears at me every day. 

My fears, the secret fear that I am somehow inadequate. Unfit for love, even from a father. I've been withdrawing. Wait, scratch that. I HAVE withdrawn. I try my best to hide each tear shed from the world. But my pain is clearly written on my soul, a painful brand that sears with every breath, each new morning. I do my best to help others. But I'm helpless to help myself. Each day sees a little bit more of me dying. I prayed for an angel, full of goodness and light. But I forgot to pray that he would stay by my side, always. 

I'm just so tired. I have three houses. But no home. Home denotes / implies warmth and kindness, care and love. Who in my family actually sees me for who I am? I've tried. And in the end, I wind up shutting everyone out. No one sees the pain. 18 years I tried. Tried as hard as I could. But I can never feel safe. Not until my father hugs me and tells me, "You're my son. I love you no matter what happens." Does that make me ungrateful? To want reassurance of a fatherly love I can never feel, never see? To want normalcy in my twisted world? 

I've lost everything and everyone I've ever cared about. That has made me cold and uncaring. I want to stop hurting, stop yearning. Most importantly, I want to stop hoping. 

Can you relate to that teen? Can you fathers relate to that parent? Can you mothers relate to that parent? Obviously, there's plenty of money available in his family, so how clearly do this teen's confessions support the adage that "money cannot buy happiness"? Obviously the parent is wealthy, having the money to accumulate "three homes" and to "raise the son financially." 

Is the family now throwing money at the problems that have resulted in what an eighteen-year-old is calling his "psychic disintegration" rather than changing their modus operandi so that they can also throw love and affection his way? Counselors or therapists or psychiatrists can point out the disintegration, but this obviously intelligent teen already knows that the disintegration is there. 

Yet who can detect the root of the problem and address that, the root problem being acculturation? How many generations of cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof parents (with the main legacy to their children having been to make them into cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof children and, eventually, adults and parents in that same mold) were required in order for this teen's "emotionally-unavailable" parent(s) to create the environment in which that teen reached the point that, more than anything else - more than "ending his hurting" and more than "ending his yearning" - he wants "most importantly" to "stop hoping"? 

Tomorrow, a fuller explanation of psychic disintegration will be offered, but on the heels of the earlier discussions about the horrendous effects of the acculturation that persons are subjected to when raised in one of those especially cold and aloof cultures, it is to be seen that the roots of psychic disintegration can be connected directly to acculturation. 

And as sad as the teen writer above is, is it not as sad - or maybe even sadder, relatively speaking - that persons raised in those cultures normalize their traits and therefore seldom see how truly cold and uncaring and rigid and distant and excessively formal and remote and detached and aloof that they actually are? 

Is it not as sad - relatively speaking - that 

a. the Wisdom which can bring an understanding of the Oneness, and that 

b. the understanding of the Oneness which can bring an awareness of Real Love, is so rare? 

And if you did not cry when you read that teen's words, as happened here, is there something you need to see regarding what happened to you as a child and what has happened to you over the years since? 

Would you be willing to ask objectively, "What the hell did they do to me?" 

and 

"What am I allowing to continue to happen that needs to stop . . . right now?" 

It was not my responsibility that I went through in my childhood home much of what that teen has gone through in his home; however, it was my responsibility - relatively speaking - to see the effects, to address them, and to become available, to become caring, to know Love and to be able to feel It and share It, to hug my daughter every time she comes and goes, and to say "I love you" regularly while she is here. 

It only takes one generation to break the chain of generations of coldness and unavailability and an inability to love unconditionally and then to show affection and kindness and warmth - consistently - instead. 

The message to all from that teen should be clear: it is Real Love - not wealth - that is one of the key components in the compounded "Medicine" that can help address the Ultimate Sickness and that can bring happiness and peace and stability. 

To be continued. 

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