Wednesday, January 13, 2010

OVERCOMING A KEY OBSTACLE TO REALIZATION: BEING PROGRAMMED TO BELIEVE IN A PERSONAL SELF AND A PERSONAL GOD, Part Two

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

FROM A SITE VISITOR: Floyd Henderson, have not forgotten to contact you - been spending some time viewing the DVD’s (The Seven Step Journey to Reality) for the second time. It is interesting waking up to the understanding and the direction you’ve pointed me in for the last eighteen months. The block of the belief in a [literal, personal] Higher Power has me in silence, struggling with thirteen years of prayers and beliefs and a [“special book.”] I do want to continue with you. I am looking at the personas that caused the insane behaviors and am understanding “The Helper” - very clear today [that I was] seeking to be loved and to fix the broken. I can see how this has blocked [me from knowing] my True Self. Thanks

F.: [Continued from yesterday]

Over the past few months, five different men who have "tried it all" in twelve-step groups are now looking to the teachings of non-duality to see if they might find what they now admit is “still missing.” [For those who love their program, so it is. There is no agenda here that anyone should join anything, so there is no agenda here that anyone should not join anything either.]

The five have come to realize that their lives have deteriorated either into (1) a “Night-of-the-Living-Dead”-kind-of-near-catatonic state where they are walking about in a god-trance;

or into (2) a nightmare of discontentment that is resulting from their own dishonest charade and that of their fellows; or into (3) the nightmare of continuing to live in a personality-trance after having supposedly replaced their former “bad” ego-states with their new and improved “good” roles.

One admitted that his wife said recently: “Now that I’ve seen both options, I think I could tolerate the former jerk more than this boring, arrogant saint that has shown up. It’s about time to move on.”

Thus, this discussion. Whether the one trapped in the belief of a personal self and a personal god is in a twelve-step group, involved in organized religion, or is a member of some other “spiritual program,” the pointer again is this:

the third step on the seven-step “path” from identification with the false self to understanding the Absolute is a step where religious and / or spiritual role-playing happens. The step cannot be skipped; however, the step must be transitioned if Full Realization is to happen.

To that end, the reference above to being “blocked by the belief in a [literal, personal] Higher Power” is a monumental realization by one programmed with the dogma of organized religion and then further programmed by the same dogma disguised as “spirituality.”

It suggests that there might finally be a readiness to move on and complete the entire “journey.” Meanwhile, for those still clinging to their “program” (that is, to their new programming) there are some messages in their literature that can point them toward the “path.”

[Most will never read those messages since the members of that fellowship are not unlike their religious counterparts who repeat—without having actually read it—what they are told is in their special book, so below are some of the often-ignored passages that try to point them toward the understanding of non-duality.]

1. Cast aside ideas, emotions and attitudes, a.k.a., beliefs. (How clear that invitation is to abide in a no-concept state, free of the effects of emotional intoxication which is rooted in the acceptance of ego-states as identities)

2. With few exceptions, our members find that they have tapped into an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves. (“Conception” and “Power” aside, their invitation was to tap into the inner guru rather than some conceptualized “outer power” and to understand eventually that the founders of that program did not see the "Higher Power" as a literal, personal entity)

3. The suggestion that their religious members talk of “God-consciousness” implies that their spiritual members are tuned in to the pure consciousness / True Self / inner resource / inner guru.

As with religions, religion-based step groups inspire service and helping others. If one is not dominated by the Type Two Helper / Savior / Rescuer personality when they enter, they will soon be conditioned to internalize that type.

As with religion and religion-based programs, the practice is always to increase the influence of personality rather than to be led to freedom from having one’s thoughts and words and deeds driven by the subconscious motivator(s) of personality.

Difficult for Personality Type Two Helpers / Servers / Saviors (who are driven to talk in order to try to impress, a part of their quest to be “loved” by many) is finding the ability to remain in the silence—much less enjoy it. If Two’s do begin to discard the traits of that type, they often move into the quiet and begin to seek the Authentic Self.

The Authentic Self is found not in groups but in the quiet after pointers from a Realized teacher have been received and are then taken alone into the silence for consideration. More on group-inspired personality adoption tomorrow. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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