The term "liberation" simply refers to being liberated from the consequences of personality assumption which include
(A) persons being driven by the hidden, subconscious agendas of false identities
(B) persons having every thought that is thought, every word that is spoken, and every action that is taken being determined and controlled by the agendas of assigned and / or assumed personalities which trap humans in the Ultimate Sickness.
And the control of their thoughts and words and actions happens without "non-realized" persons having even the slightest clue that such is exactly what is happening.
Talk about persons being asleep. Talk about delusion and distortion. Those among the "non-realized" masses believe that they are making conscious choices when - in actuality - it is subconscious, mental forces of their false identities which are determining everything involved with their relative existence.
Some ask why seekers are encouraged to complete the personality inventory test offered here and to then spend an hour going over the results with me. Why invest in understanding the nine personality types and the degree to which each is driving your thoughts and words and actions?
Psychotherapist Marie Lachney explains it this way: “You may as well learn all that you can about your primary personality type as well as the related types that influence you. For most people, it will determine everything they do and everything they feel during their entire lives. Only a small percentage will ever be liberated from the dominance of personality.”
If one is interested in non-duality, nothing is more significant that the effects of personality and being liberated from them. In that regard, the following is offered in the first chapter of the book
Being Trapped in Personality vs. Being Realized and Free
Personality is (1) that which generates personas and (2) that which allows things to be taken personally. A persona is an assumed social role or a character played by an actor, the term having been derived from the Latin word for “mask” or “character.” Personas are all of the false identities which persons think define “who they are.” In fact, they define everything that one is not.
“Taking anything personally” can only happen when a persona assumes a false identity and then assumes offense at the words or actions of another. When do personas take offense? When an assumed identity assumes that it is being threatened or having its desires interfered with. What conclusion can be drawn from knowing that?
All instances of feeling interfered with, threatened, fearful, desirous, hurt, miserable or in misery originate from assuming false identities and then wanting to defend or protect those false identities; therefore, to be free of feeling interfered with, threatened, fearful, desirous, hurt, miserable, in misery or defensive requires being free of personas . . . being free of the entrapment in personality.
Thousands of personas are assumed by persons: husband, lover, homeowner, employee, employer, wife, son, ad infinitum; however, as a result of genetics and environment and other factors, all persons develop one dominate persona while assuming scores of others. Often, that dominant persona is overlaid onto (or combined with) all other assumed roles.
Only nine primary personality types exist, and since persons become most driven by that type and most separated from authenticity by that type and most absorbed in “self” via that type, then the “journey” to liberation can begin with an effort to be rid of the influence of the dominate personality type. Then the secondary types and personas might be abandoned more easily.
Of course, relatively speaking, all individuals have certain attributes or physical traits which are considered to be “unique,” but unless people understand the way that a personality type or types dictate behavior, then they will never fully understand why they do the things they do and why they feel the way they feel. Nor can they understand why others do the things they do and why they feel the way they feel—which can be quite different from person to person—depending on personality type. Nor can they ever break free of personality's unconscious influences.
Early in life, we learned to feel safe (and to cope with unhealthy family situations and circumstances) by developing a strategy based on natural talents, genetics, and abilities.
Personality’s "Power" over Behavior and Feelings
People of the same type have the same basic motivations, the same basic liabilities and assets, and the same basic view of the world in some fundamentally similar ways. It’s almost “textbook” the way people demonstrate the exact traits of their type. It is amazing to see how infrequently people choose to do the things they do and how often they are predisposed to certain behavioral patterns. (When you add programming, conditioning, acculturation, etc. along with the effects of trauma to the mix, “free will” and “choice” become reduced to the level of theory.)
The Relative Benefits of Knowing and Understanding Your Type
This understanding can provide release, if not comfort, in knowing that millions of people who share your personality type use the same coping strategy as you and have done exactly what you did when faced with the same circumstances. But by understanding personality, millions have also been able to say, “Oh my gosh! So that’s why I do what I do!” and then they have become free of the overwhelming influence of personality which has unconsciously driven them.
At some level, “That’s totally insane” can give way to “That’s perfectly understandable, all things considered.” Blame and guilt and anger directed at self can end and a shift toward sanity can begin.
To be continued
Please enter into the silence of contemplation.
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