Monday, May 16, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “MMM”

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What is this entire process about, in the end? Is this deal really about “things Noumenal”? Or is it totally about things Phenomenal? Maharaj, “Humanity’s pain is caused by the abysmal stupidity of mankind” Ergo, “I am only interested in ignorance and the freedom from ignorance.” 

Not “freedom from the cycles of bad karma and reincarnation”? No. Not “Freedom from all things relative”? No. Not freedom from not knowing “The True Self”? No. In the end, he urged seekers to abandon the search for the Self and their focus on things spiritual. 

Whether dealing with (1) sages who taught that the problem of humanity centers in false identifications, especially personality identifications or dealing with (2) practicing psychologists or (3) those certified to teach psychology or (4) “Stage Three” Maharaj who stopped using religion and spirituality to address humankind’s psychological / mind problems, there have long been both direct and indirect pointers regarding what psychologists call “The Dark Triad”; moreover, there is a “Lightening Triad” (that is, an unburdening “Light-and-Lightness-Bringing Triad" as well).

There are dozens and dozens of personality disorders which plague the minds - and, therefore, the entire relative existence of - humans. Of those, three have long been prevalent and make up "The Dark Triad": 

1. The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (a.k.a., “The God Complex Personality Disorder”); 

2. The Sociopathic Personality Disorder (a.k.a., “The Machiavellian Personality Disorder” or called here, “The Malignant Narcissism Personality Disorder”); and 

3. The Psychopathic Personality Disorder. 

It has been said of those suffering from those three disorders that they can often appear to one degree or another in the same individual because all three manifest most often in those who suffered abuse and trauma, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Structural Dissociation. Dissociation in one of the (totally-ineffective but nevertheless popular) coping mechanisms used by humans.

When children or adults experience abuse and trauma, most of them will never find an effective, properly-trained therapist or guide who can free them of the effects (by effective use of such techniques as EMDR, for example). Thus, sufferers will use things to try to dull the pain rather than address their real issues or they will retreat into groups where even more ego-states will be assumed, where the use of placebos and ineffective methods reigns, and where they can continue to deny or be blind to their real problems which led to their secondary problems. [Note that abuse precedes being abusive and that trauma precedes addiction. Failure to address the trauma means that addictions – or the adoption of substitute addictions – will continue.] 

The ego-states which manifest as a result of abuse and trauma (“The Narcissist,” “The Sociopath,” “The Psychopath,” “The Control Freak,” “The Abused One Who Becomes An Abuser,” etc.) become compartmentalized and dissociated from as a result of denial, such as when egotism inspires those who obviously had parents who were preoccupied or unavailable or inept or even abusive to proclaim,

“My parents really did a great job raising all of us” (the rest of the message being, “Just look at me and see how well I turned out as evidence”) or who say, “Well, okay, they might not have been perfect, but they did the best they could” (as if that is not also true of Hitler: he wanted to kill all of the Jews and the physically and mentally handicapped and all of the homosexual people in Europe, but he only got around the killing 12,000,000 before he was stopped. “E” for effort anyway.

[Hitler is an excellent historical example of a narcissistic sociopath and psychopath. In the U.S., a modern-day example is available: it is Donald Trump (originally named “Drumpf”) as well as his most avid supporters who are currently used as the most visible examples of narcissism at play. Per some diagnosticians, he and they are also modeling various degrees of sociopathic and pyschopathic characteristics as well. These types are the least likely to seek counseling or “a path to change.”]

Yet those are among the most visible and most extreme. Note that those with any of the disorders included in “The Dark Triad” list are not all “wide-eyed nuts” who can be easily spotted. Most will function in their cultures, can feign charm at times, and are usually never seen as the narcissists and sociopaths and psychopaths which they are, the masses for the most part having no understanding of those three types.

Narcissistic, sociopathic, and psychopathic serial killer Ted Bundy was often described as "personable" and "charming," yet persons will all three disorders will not necessarily become serial killers. They will, nevertheless, spread their misery in many other ways.

As for their not usually being detected, consider: last night, millions of spouses slept next to a person who has one, two or all three of the disorders. This morning, persons will report to their place of employment and deal with bosses and leaders and other high-level supervisors who have full-blown narcissism and sociopathy, and some of those people will also be psychopaths. This evening, millions of persons will go to meetings and will listen to narcissists and sociopaths and psychopaths claim that they have been healed and restored to sanity when in fact no such thing has happened. 

Why become aware of these types? To turn, if you fall into one or more of the categories; to be aware of what you are dealing with if you're around such types; and to stop believing all that you hear from these “Masters of the Con and the Lie.” Consider this point: “People scoring high on these traits are more likely to commit crimes, cause social distress, and create severe problems for an organization, especially if they are in a leadership position.” 

Moreover, the distress and problems they cause will not be compartmentalized: they will occur in families, in traffic, and at checkout counters in stores where they are made to wait while believing that they are entitled to special treatment. They spread the effects of their psychological sicknesses everywhere they go.

The result of the growing presence of the disorders known as “The Dark Triad” is an ever-increasing number of persons with these traits: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (a.k.a., “The God Complex Personality Disorder”) is marked in adults by some of the same traits which are typical of . . . six-year olds: 

selfish, bully others, self-centered, cruel, highly critical of others while being super-sensitive to criticism from others, highly competitive, overly-concerned with appearance, feel entitled, mean, negative, pessimistic, cynical, impulsive, stingy, higher-than-usual sex drive, use of attractive and / or famous people to try to enhance their own image, jealous, contemptuous, complain and gripe, little sense of humor, inflexible authoritarians, secretive, grandiose, excessively-prideful, limitlessly-egotistical, lack a mature conscience, and lack empathy. 

The belief of narcissists is that they are perfect and that everyone else needs to change and follow their lead. They are totally clueless about their own defects and shortcomings. Maharaj put it this way: “A man blind from birth knows not what darkness means.” Narcissists are unconscious of and unaware of and are in denial of their own faults but are highly attuned to the faults of others: 

Maharaj: “When we are not conscious, it appears to us as darkness.” Yet the narcissist does not see his or her own darkness. 

Maharaj understood that the task of "the realized teacher" is this: “to dispel the ignorance and darkness in the mind,” but the mind must first register the presence of ignorance and darkness before it will seek out one that can bring the light which ends ignorance and darkness. 

Few narcissists will ever understood the depth of their ignorance and darkness, so few will ever seek wisdom and light. The sages have long understood that those traits manifest when personality identifications / ego-states generate - as they always do - personality disorders and the use of ego-defense mechanisms which, in turn, produce persons who often end up in positions of leadership or control and who “commit crimes, cause social distress, and create severe problems.” 

Maharaj said that the call is for “a deep and fundamental shift from darkness to light, from inadvertence to awareness.” 

That call is seldom answered, the power of the hidden, subconscious agendas of multiple personalities being so forceful that false identities will control all thoughts and words and actions and will almost always guarantee the continuation of ignorance and darkness. 

So it is, but so it need not remain. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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