Sunday, July 27, 2008

PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT, PART FOUR, THE CONCLUSION: How “self” Perpetuates Perception Mis-Management (or Mis-perception Management)

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F.: It should be obvious now why most persons are living out their (relative) lives in ways that exhibit total unmanageability:

Persons driven by perception managers to accumulate will not be able to manage their finances. Persons driven by their culture’s definitions and expectations about “love” will have inconsistent and even disappointing “relations.”

Persons living with the frustration of unmet desires or imagined fears, implanted by perception managers, will use external means to try to handle the internal angst that manifests; thus, they will be caught up in “The Primary Addiction on the Planet,” namely, the addiction to control.

Then, they will be caught up in “The Secondary Addiction of the Planet,” the addiction to power…which they want in order to be able to control. Because there is no such thing as control and because there is no such thing as either human or godly power, then out of frustration persons will become addicted to all sorts of other things in the relative existence, including:

alcohol and other drugs; shopping; sex; money; treatment for addictions; food; fad diets; nicotine; chaos; applause; cults; drama; dependency; "'spiritual" programs; co-dependency; medical issues and the accompanying attention garnered by being sick; notoriety; conflict; porn; relationships; care-taking; caretakers and protectors; love; bossing; reforming; religion; spirituality; “spiritual practices”; surgery; accumulation, including accumulating knowledge, accumulating wealth, accumulating clothes, accumulating sex partners, ad infinitum.

It should also be seen that even if persons no longer allow others to manage their perceptions, mis-perceptions can continue to manifest. They manifest even if beliefs are no longer being learned because a continuation of beliefs and concepts learned earlier will linger, and those beliefs and concepts will generate even more thoughts and words and deeds.

The process is much like a brake-less train that tops a hill: once forces conspire to drive the train over the top, then the train thereafter becomes a runaway on its own. Similarly, once persons have been made into fools, then foolishness will feed upon itself and will perpetuate itself. As a result, more nonsense will be generated on its own by the false beliefs and by false selves.

The forces that drive such continuation of perception mis-management (or mis-perception management), even if external perception managers are being ignored, are called “the mind” and “personality.”

Warped perceptions will continue to manifest when ego-states are driven by egotism, creating the perception among persons that they are special, different, deserving of more, not receiving due respect, not being taken care of in the way that they think they should be, and not getting everything they deserve and desire.

As a result, persons will become demanding, judgmental, and critical; then, they will use projection, trying to toss off onto “others” every relative fault that is their own.

Among the Realized, there is no desire to accumulate more. There are no others, no leaders, no beliefs, no distortions, no deceptions, no psychological warfare, no dreams, no masters, and no slaves. There are no dualistic criteria by which anything or anyone can be labeled “good” or “bad,” “right” or “wrong,” “moral” or “immoral,” “good enough for me” or “not good enough for me.”

It is understood that, as the Realized poet wrote, there is “no heaven above, no hell below, no countries, no religion, no possessions, and no greed”…just specks of consciousness “living for now as one”…as “not two.”

From that stance, wherefore warfare? Wherefore arrogance? Wherefore the belief in any “one” who needs or deserves more? Wherefore any “one” trying to manage “others” or any “one” being managed by “others”? Wherefore any ego-inspired righteous indignation?

Wherefore any hope for eternal continuity of body and mind and personality? (WHO thinks she/he would really even want to personally “last forever”?) Wherefore any fear of eternal damnation? Wherefore any national pride or international attacks? Wherefore accumulation? Wherefore any sense of “separation”?

Once Realized, it is peace—not warfare inspired by perception management—that marks the agenda-less, AS IF existence. Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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