Monday, May 14, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Four

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VISITOR: I take from what you said today [received 13 May 2012] that only about 1/2 of 1% of Earth's seven billion people have "an accurate BS detector." I am starting to see why I've had so much trouble -- I've never been able to "wrap my head around" the point that I should question everything and see that it might all be nonsense (or "BS"). Some things? Sure. All things? No. But that is changing. Yesterday, I heard a woman say this to my wife: "

After three surgeries from three different doctors with three different explanations about why I have so much pain in my hands, I've become very angry with God at this point. All my life, He has intervened and brought me financial success and has answered my prayers for healing, but now it's not happening and I'm really furious with God right now. My priest said it's OK, that God is big enough to handle my anger until I get over it, but I don't want to get over it. I'm pissed."

And I questioned what I was hearing, like,
you've become very old - maybe your earlier prayers for healing weren't answered either -- maybe you just bounced back better from illness when you were young. Or maybe God did not make you wealthy (and make other people poor? I saw the duality!) Or maybe there were genetic factors that made you healthy and helped make you a success in business. Am I finally on the right track? Thanx for answering and thanx the site!

F.: You are only on "the right track" if you are following the step-wise process and taking the steps that must be completed in the exact, but reverse order, of the way that led to your believing everything rather than questioning everything.

First, to that woman. She can illustrate the relevance of several pointers shared often on this site over the last six-and-a-half-years or so:

1. pain is of the body;

2. misery and suffering are of the "mind";

3. the "mind" is the seat of duality and nonsense, the "home" of all personality / personalities, and the storehouse of the cumulative BS that has been dreamed up and passed down as "truth" and "fact" by ignorant and superstitious and magically-thinking persons for many millennia;

4. personalities all have desires and fears that inspire persons to want power and to desire control (which generate ignorance and chaos in the process of seeking power and control); and

5. all who are not Realized suffer from the Addictive Personality Disorder because they:

a. are trapped in personality;

b. are suffering from humanity's primary addiction (which is the addiction to control); and

c. are suffering from humanity's secondary addiction (which is the addiction to relative power as well as the addiction to a "Higher" or "Supernatural" Power, or Powers) in order to be able to control.

The one said to be "my closest friend" works as a professional counselor, and she explains to those types that the non-Realized either attach to an internal locus of control or to an external locus of control as a result of humanity's addictions to control and power / Power.

Some, for example ...

believe in an external locus of control ...

believe that there is Someone (some Power or multiple Powers / Gods "out there") who are in charge of everything that happens to each of the seven billion people on this planet every second of their existence ...

believe that their God or Gods and Goddesses will intervene upon request in behalf of those who are "good" ...

and

believe that their external Power or Powers determine whatever happens or does not happen every second of every day and night.

Those types believe that, because they live "the right way" for the most part, they can tap into a Super Power's power in order to give such persons power and control over relative events.

Some types, such as egomaniacs and bosses and bullies and narcissists, believe in

their own distorted version of an internal locus of control,

believe consciously or subconsciously that THEY are the power / The Power and

believe that they have within them the power to control everyone and everything.

Those types generate much of the chaos on the planet because they control big business, big government, big religion, big militaries, legislative bodies, etc. all around the globe.

Then there are the Realized that do, indeed, enjoy an internal locus ... but theirs is not an imaginary locus of control but is an internal locus of understanding, reason, rationality, logic, sensibility, sanity, and no-mind wisdom.

The Realized try to tap neither into imaginary external powers / Powers nor into internal delusions of power; instead, they tap into the inner guru.

That is, they tap into the "inner resource," to use Bill W.'s term from his essay Spiritual Experience: "With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves" (that is, "than their false selves").

Thus, millions around the globe who are members of the groups that have come about as a result of his program totally misunderstand that the "Higher Power of your own conception" that he and other founders spoke of was not an external locus of control but is an internal locus of understanding, reason, rationality, logic, sensibility, sanity, and no-mind wisdom.

By finally questioning the reality of an imaginary external locus of control as well as the imaginary internal locus of control-giving relative power, you may indeed be ready to enter onto "the right track" after all and then complete the precise steps to Realization in the precise order in which they must be completed.

More on this tomorrow.

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