Sunday, January 17, 2010

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

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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.

F.: As the series nears its end, a review will begin with what some site visitors have shared:

** The block of the belief in a [literal, personal] Higher Power has me in silence, struggling with thirteen years of prayers and beliefs

** I am looking at the personas that caused the insane behaviors and am understanding

** thanx for the terms ‘god-trance’ and ‘personality-trance’ – those really resonated – made clear what state I’ve lived in almost all of my life

** …there is no ‘One’ in control of anything, it is all just happening

To avoid the “block,” the “god-trance,” the “personality-trance,” the “insane behaviors,” and the erroneous belief that there is someone or something "determining everything that happens" on the planet and using natural disasters to teach lessons or to mete out punishment, then all notions about personal beings and personal Supreme Beings must be abandoned.

When persons fixate at the third step of a seven-path “journey” to Full Realization and believe that their religious personas and / or spiritual personas are true identities, they will mistake ignorance for intelligence, certain that every happening on the planet can be traced to a single cause and that they unequivocally know the cause.

For most of the non-Realized, that single cause is erroneously believed to be either (a) the god of Abraham, worshiped by the members of the three dominant sky cults: Jews, Christians, and Muslims; or some will claim to be spiritual but not religious and believe that the single cause is (b) “a god or gods, but not the god worshiped by religious people”; or (c) some nebulous “will of the universe”; or

(d) “the cosmic laws” that determine—by some manner of extraterrestrial bookkeeping which supposedly tracks "good" and "bad" and karmic energy levels—whether a prize or a penalty is due to people and at various times brings about benefit or devastation in order to re-balance the “positive and negative energy” in the universe; or (e) “Satan” and “Satanists.”

All of those ignorance-based beliefs will inspire the adoption of religious or spiritual personas, and personas always generate and support a series of ideas and concepts and beliefs which are based in falsehoods; which boost the levels of accumulated ignorance on the planet; which reinforce the lies of duality and separate-ness; and which exalt magical thinking and blind faith while denigrating scientific proofs and actual facts.

Lost in that dream / nightmare of the planet and living life as an actor of the stage of “The Theater of the Lie,” then a man who has assumed the persona of “The Spiritual Giant” (but has not the slightest trace of hormonal discipline) can claim that there is a god who has used his sexual escapades to reward the man with job promotions and economic advancement (see yesterday’s post);

will allow another who has assumed the role of “The Wonderful Religious Woman” to continue to play that role even as she prayed at the altar of her church every day for a year that her god would kill her spouse (see again yesterday’s post);

that the Twin Towers in New York were knocked down on 9-11 because gods was angry about the proliferation of gays, liberated women and non-Christians in the U.S. (see Reverend Jerry Falwell); that the current suffering and misery in Haiti is a result of a pact made with Satan more than 200 years ago (see Reverend Pat Robertson);

that “if Allah has not wanted the towers knocked down on 9-11, then the men could not have succeeded in their mission” (see the Muslim cleric who made that claim); and that “Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans because of the negative karma of the people there” (see the Dalai Lama).

The proliferation of ignorance-based beliefs that are perpetuated by those assuming personal and religious and spiritual identities—beliefs that include a personal god or gods or some force behaving like a personal power—will lead to widespread attachment to nonsense, to misery and suffering, and to the continued assignment of high value to ignorance.

Such are the results of those trapped in “a god-trance” or in “a will-of-the-universe-trance” or in “a cosmic-force-that-causes-all-events-on-this-planet-trance.”

Tomorrow, the series conclusion will look specifically at (1) the personality-trance, at (2) the ways that the persona-trance / the personality-trance generates as much belief in nonsense as the god-trance, and at (3) the way that the personality-trance has caused the masses on planet earth to revert back into a state of attachment to myth and superstition and ignorance that has not been so widespread since the period that anthropologists refer to as "the caveman era."

Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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