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As for Maharaj, you will find here some of his early pointers for beginners but some of his later pointers that are for seekers father along the "path." During his last years, he said of I AM THAT: "That book and whatever was expounded at that time was only relevant for that period. I am speaking differently today" and am "emphasizing different aspects." What he offered later differed considerably from his earlier talks, making clear that the pointers in I AM THAT will take you to the midpoint of "the race" but that his final talks point the way to "the finish line."

F.:[Continued from yesterday]

The essence of liberation is freedom from personality
(and also from childhood programming)

This was shared yesterday: "By the age of six, one's primary personality type will be set and that personality type - along with a host of other personas that will be assigned or adopted - will drive thoughts and words and deeds for the remainder of the relative existence."

Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief (no, Advaitin seekers need not read the entire book) reports that

** most of the subconscious programming of every person on the planet takes place from birth to six years of age; that

** the habits and beliefs that form the subconscious mind are implanted by the age of six; and that

** the brain is operating in the delta and theta brain wave states during those early childhood years, making a person susceptible to programming and to accepting even the craziest concepts as truth.

There are four categories of brainwaves, ranging from the most active to the least active. To understand Lipton's pointer about programming (and also to understand the way that adults usually function in a less-than-awake-and-aware condition) note the parallels between Advaita's points regarding the sleep state, the waking state, and the awake state and the corresponding brain wave counterparts that parallel those states:

A. When the brain is aroused and actively engaged in mental activities, it generates beta waves. These beta waves are the fastest of the four different brain waves, their frequency ranging from 15 to 40 cycles a second. A person in active conversation would be in beta. A debater would be in high beta. A person making a speech, or a teacher, or a talk show host would all be in beta when they are engaged in their work.

B. The next brain wave category in order of frequency is alpha. Where beta represents arousal, alpha represents non-arousal. Alpha brain wave frequencies range from 9 to 14 cycles per second. A person who has completed a task and sits down to rest is often in an alpha state. A person who takes time out to reflect or meditate is usually in an alpha state. A person who takes a break from a conference and walks in the garden is often in an alpha state.

C. In the next state, the theta brain wave state, the frequency range is normally between 5 and 8 cycles a second. A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brain wave state. Persons who are driving on a freeway and suddenly discover that they cannot recall the last five miles are often in a theta state. ("The Vision" shared on this site came when leaving the next state discussed - the delta state - and waking only enough to be in the theta state, which is when visions often come).

D. The final brain wave state is delta. Here the brain waves are of the slowest frequency, typically around a range of 1.5 to 4 cycles per second. (They never go down to zero because that would mean that you were brain dead.) Deep, dreamless sleep would take you to this lowest frequency, typically, 2 to 3 cycles a second.

Lipton noted that the first six years of childhood are spent mainly in the delta state or in the theta state. In the theta state, persons are never fully awake and aware, so programming is accepted readily. Naively, lies are accepted as truth; distortions are accepted as facts; "spins" are taken to be reality. The same applies to adults because most of them are spending their entire days in the theta state.

Lipton suggests that the subconscious controls 95% of the mind's activity and that whatever adults are doing happens only about 5% of the time from the fully-awake beta state of consciousness.

In Advaitin terms, 95% of the time, persons are talking in their sleep, walking about in their sleep, driving in their sleep, expressing perceptions that are total "spins" and / or distortions, and fooling themselves and others. Is it any wonder that so much "relationship joy" and "relationship misery" dominates the chaotic and ever-fluctuating relative existence of the non-Realized all around the globe?

Lipton likens the subconscious to a tape recorder that does not respond to commands. When persons are performing, the tape player (i.e., the subconscious mind), is turned on; however, persons cannot stop or start the tape player. Whatever is in the tape player will play and will unconsciously control thoughts and words and actions.

In Advaitin terms, whatever was placed in the tape player (the mind) via programming, conditioning, acculturation and domestication will be played back and will control persons unless the unblocked consciousness interrupts that process.

As a result, persons may believe that they are choosing their thoughts and words and actions, but, in fact, all of those are being driven by the internal tapes ... tapes which they do not even know are there but are playing nevertheless and are controlling them.

The Realized know that Lipton's conclusions are accurate, that

** the subconscious mind controls everything that is thought and said and done and felt almost 95% of the time; that

** persons really have no clue about how the mind operates and what is stored therein, even as the non-Realized believe that they are choosing their thoughts and words and deeds; and that

** the fears and desires of personas - products of the dysfunctionalism which every child is exposed to early on - drive persons unconsciously; and that

** persons are moving throughout the day, not in the fully awake and aware beta state, but most often in the theta state.

What possible chance can there be for authenticity - for finding the Authentic Self - when those conditions exist?

The "stupidity" and "learned ignorance" and "insanity" and "lack of authenticity" among adults which Maharaj referenced were planted during the childhood when the theta state (the not-fully-awake-and-awake state) was typical.

During their teenager years, persons begin to see how totally insane are the thoughts and words and deeds of most of the adults around them; yet when teens try to rebel against the stupidity and ignorance and insanity and inauthenticity, they are usually squashed (the Type Four Rebel being the one possible exception that stubbornly fights on against the odds and against the nonsense).

The irony is that, once the light that tries to shine during the teen years is extinguished, then persons move back into the child's theta state and stay there throughout the day and throughout their adult existence.

They will be driven by the content of the subconscious mind (where all of their lies and concepts and beliefs and personalities are stored alongside all of the other fiction that that take to be fact). From there, they will walk about in a theta-like state ... thinking nonsense, believing nonsense, talking nonsense, and behaving in nonsensical ways.

That is how the Ultimate Sickness came to be, that is what the Ultimate Sickness looks like when manifested, and that is the Sickness that will control every aspect of the relative existence of the sick, sleepwalking, sleep-talking masses as they move about most often in a theta state of semi-consciousness.

From there, the theta-level sleepwalking masses will engage in years of relationship joys and relationship sufferings, ignoring their patterns which show that whatever gives one pleasure will eventually give one misery and that whatever gives one the greatest pleasure will eventually give one the greatest misery.

Maharaj spoke of the love-to-hate cycles that characterize most relationships which will more often than not evolve from the highest high that can exist to the lowest of low's that result in hate-inducing, relative disasters (all affirmed by statistics involving breakups, divorces, hurt, pain, misery, and relationship-related assaults and murders, ad infinitum).

All of the initial conclusions drawn during the "falling in love" stage will be driven by childhood desires and fears, will be reached during a theta state of near unconsciousness, and will be rooted (95% of time) in unconscious beliefs and concepts that typify a child's lack of awareness. The end result most often is misery and suffering unless Realization happens and allows persons to wake up enough to escape the clutches of those typical cycles.

Otherwise, relationships will continue to be formed from a near-sleep state wherein images are taken to be real and where whatever one is initially attracted to in persons will later be found to be their most unattractive traits of all.

As a result, one can claim at first that "so-and-so is such a generous provider" but later complain that "he thinks he owns me and can jealously control me and can demand that I be available at his beck and call just because he pays my bills, and on some level, I feel cheapened when I go along with the game"; claiming that

"she is so calm and serene and never overreacts" but later complaining that "she is so emotionally unavailable and so totally devoid of any ability to feel and so shutdown that she could not be any colder if she were living on an iceberg in the North Atlantic"; claiming that

"he loves me so much that he calls me all day long" later becomes "he is so possessive and so eaten up with his obsessive-compulsive disorder that he's driving me crazy - I can't get an hour of uninterrupted peace"; or

"he loves me so much that he wants to be with me all of the time," later complaining that "he is controlling and suffocating and childishly dependent and refuses to give me any space and wants to make me co-dependent with him"; claiming that

"he has such a wonderful work ethic" but then complaining later that "he's a workaholic who is never here for me or the children"; or that

"he is the sexiest man alive, a truly great lover" but complaining later, "he just uses me for his selfish pleasure and is a sex maniac and cheats on me constantly."

How - with such dualistic, unstable, ever-changing perceptions - could any authenticity and stability ever be found? They cannot. They will not.

Thus, the relative existence is a chain of Subject-Object connections and broken connections, the Oneness and True Love seldom being understood at all, much less sought. The result is a relative existence that is not unlike a chaotic, unstable, ever-fluctuating roller coaster ride, dominated by highs and lows but providing no lasting stability in between.

So it is, but so it need not be.

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


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