Why You Don’t Want to Do Emotional Release Techniques

Being robotic is not human.

By Cathy Eck 

Beliefs don’t make you human; they make you a fucking robot.  Letting go of them makes you human.  But without emotions, you won’t know what to let go.

 

Pleeeaaase, Just Solve My Problems

When we are stuck in the illusion, we’re always looking for solutions to problems.  When someone comes along with something that appears to solve the problem at hand, we’ll try it.  We just want relief.

Most people think they want relief from their emotions, pain, or diseases.  They actually want relief from their beliefs.

Emotions are more taboo than ever.  Doctors blame emotions for diseases.  Religion blames emotions for non-believers’ inability to see their ridiculous logic (thank God).  Parents tell their kids not to emote; and husbands call their wives crazy for being emotional.  There is a giant conspiracy to rid the world of emotions.  Many medicate, meditate, or drink to create a facade of calmness while projecting their emotions out into the world.  They tell us that the world they see is real; it isn’t.  It is their illusion — the sum total of their beliefs.

Unless people free their mind of beliefs, they project an illusory world.  When we don’t know this, we think the illusion they see is real.  Then we believe them, and get stuck in their drama.  We all did this as children.  We entered the Land of Make Believe that our ancestors gave us.

 

Emotions Have a Purpose

People are naturally calm; emotions arise for two reasons.  Either we are thinking a belief that is not true, but we previously accepted as true; or we just believed a lie or belief from another.  Most of our emotions come from listening to people who don’t know their ass from a hole in the wall; but they are convincing, so we believe them.

To get rid of these dreaded emotions, techniques were invented.  You can now tap, clap, speak in tongues, breath, smash a pillow with a baseball bat, or fart three times while whistling Dixie to rid yourself of emotions.  It works more like hypnosis than true healing.  Often you get rid of one fear and a new one arises.  You get rid of the pain in your knee and your elbow hurts.  The cause is always a belief; and these techniques don’t address the belief.  They shoot the messenger.

Emotional release techniques are like covering up your car’s gas gauge so that you discover you’re out of gas when your car stops.  If we get rid of our emotions, we can no longer discriminate between true and false.

The techniques do sometimes work by accident.  Occasionally, while doing the technique, you think, “Now that was stupid, Why did I believe that?”  You see the causal thought, and you let go.  But you don’t need to tap or fart to get that result.

 

My Confession

For years, I did EFT, various forms of kinesiology, and the granddaddy of them all, the Sedona Method/Abundance Course.  People kept telling me that this would fix my emotions, but no one told me my emotions were fine.  I noticed that people who did these techniques were lifetime students.  They didn’t really get better, they just moved their problems around and projected them on to others.  They got spiritual, but not free.

After years of trying to get rid of my emotions, I went to a retreat where several people said they were free.  They looked like fucking robots.  They had gotten rid of their emotions and completely chased away their Goddess.  They weren’t human anymore.  That was the end of emotional release for me.  I now understood that the goal is not to get rid of our emotions; it is to use them the way God designed them.  That is what gets us free.

I was trying and trying to fix my emotions.  However, my emotions were doing exactly what they were designed to do.  I was married to someone with boatloads of beliefs; he spent his life convincing me to think like him.  When he spoke the beliefs, my emotions simply shouted, “Don’t listen to him.”  They were doing their job perfectly.  His emotions didn’t work because he’d chased away his Goddess decades earlier.  Consequently, he couldn’t discriminate.  I was simply a lie detector that was running constantly.

My hand was resting on a hot stove, and I kept thinking there was something wrong with me.  I could not see that picking up my hand was all I needed to do.  That is when I realized the bigger problem.  I wasn’t the only one with my hand on the stove, and I had to let others know that there is nothing wrong with their emotions either.  Our emotions go off because it is their job to signal beliefs.

 

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

We live in a world of lies and believers, they look wrong to a Goddess (or God).  Women would say during the election, I feel so emotional when I listen to Mitt Romney.  He was a belief machine — a robot.  But we were trained to obey authority, to not argue with elders, and never question those in power; we obey and elect people who really don’t deserve to clean our shoes.

We don’t have the right to ask the world to change, and we don’t have to.  We must know ourselves.  If our emotions scream, we listen to our Goddess, follow her, and take out the belief in our mind that caused our reaction.  We can stop believing lies we hear from others.  When we do this consistently, we contribute to a truthful world.  We respect the truthful people, and ignore the rest.  Liars quit lying when it doesn’t serve them.  The world is not in a battle of good and evil; it is in a battle of true and false.  When we honor the truth, it will set us all free.

 

Click here for the Esoteric Wisdom Behind Why People Lie.
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Thanksgiving Upside Down — A Heartfelt Dedication to Native Americans

Upside down Thanksgiving

Sometimes Upside Down is Really Right Side Up

 

A Heartfelt Dedication


By Cathy Eck

The ancient masters said,  “The beliefs of the masses are always 180 degrees from the truth.”  In other words, if everyone is doing it or believing it, it probably isn’t true.  When I read that, it hit a cord for two reasons.

As a teenager, I often went to church with friends because we were going out and church was on the way, or I’d just spent the night at their house and church was the next thing up on their family’s schedule.  It was clear to me that people became conditioned by the church experience.  It reminded me of magic.  If you know the secret behind the trick, you see exactly what the magician is doing.  If you aren’t privy to the secret, you fall into the mystic of the illusion; and it all looks quite amazing.

Since I wasn’t caught up in the magic and mystic of the church experience, I could always see the short little, funny looking wizard behind the robe.  I’d ask my friends, why they did certain rituals or ceremonies or said certain prayers, and their answer was consistent.  They said,

“I don’t know.”

Today, I would say “You don’t fucking know?  Really!!!!  You do something every week and you don’t fucking know what you are doing?”  

I have learned that when we are not told the reason for something, and it is odd or weird or ceremonial, it is because someone doesn’t want us to know the reason.  If we did know, we’d probably not do it.  But back then, I was polite and would say, “Oh, I’m sure there is a good reason.”  They’d smile and nod.  “You know God has his ways (giggle, giggle).”

So think about Thanksgiving.  Here is a little clip from the internet, and it pretty much matches what I learned in “his story” class in school.

The Pilgrims had a rough time when they first landed on Plymouth Rock. Finally, the friendly native Americans taught the European plunderers how to fish and plant corn. The harvest feast held by William Bradford and the gang was a way for the Pilgrims to thank the Indians for saving their lives. Thus, Thanksgiving.

It sounds so chipper and full of bullshit to me today.  Back in grade school, Thanksgiving was a day off, and I wasn’t going to knock a good thing.  But today, I love my work.  Today I don’t take classes that aren’t amazingly fun.  Today, I find myself walking around with the thought floating in my head, “I love my life.”  Somehow Thanksgiving now looks trite and superficial.  Thank you hardly seems enough.

What we don’t acknowledge in that little politically correct history-class story is the real ending.  Those Pilgrims and their buddies seemed to think that once they gave the natives a turkey and a quick prayer that they were complete and no longer had to remember their kindness and generosity.  So now it was totally acceptable to stuff them into reservations with land that had little water and grew great cactuses or turn them into casino owners.  Yes, Thanksgiving has really become a day of conditional love if you tell the whole story.

“Thanks,” as long as you are nice to me, but if you don’t do what I want or have something I need, then “No thanks.”  So we say our superficial thank you’s, make a turkey, watch some football, plan for Black Friday, and put up with our relatives or not.  And that is Thanksgiving.  It is smothered in conditional behavior.

So I feel obliged to offer a heartfelt thank you to the Native Americans.  When I was a little girl, I watched the crying Indian commercial, and I bet you did too.  I cried along with that Indian.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, the rivers were so polluted that the fish were dead.  The air left your white shirt black.  People were happy because they had work, and they could buy, buy, buy; but they didn’t seem to notice that breathing was becoming an obstacle.  As you drove along in cars, people opened their windows and dumped their trash on the side of the road.  Cigarette butts dropped wherever the smoker stood.  But the Indian just cried and prayed to Great Spirit for help.  They also were part of one very powerful television commercial.

I have to be honest.  I had no respect for my parent’s generation.  I remember thinking the native people respect their elders because their elders deserve respect.  We respect elders because they are elders.

As I got older, I started researching Native Americans; and I found something else that was remarkable about them.  They know why they do everything.  You might not agree with their logic, but they have logic.  They don’t celebrate something just because they were told to do it or because everyone does it.  They value their minds; and we can learn from them.  I do every day, and I thank them for that.

So I hope these beautiful Native American quotes turn your ordinary, conditional Thanksgiving upside down.

“ I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don’t want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die. ”

— Satanta

“ We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow! ”

— —Chief Joseph

“ People only think of Native Americans as “back in the day.” Every other culture is in the present. ”

— —Shakohwin Black Cloud, Lakota Muscokgee

“ Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within. ”

— —Willaru Huayta, Quecha

“ There is no greater honor than being under the guidance of the Great Spirit. ”

— —Nakota LaRance, Hopi/Assiniboine

 

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Which One of Us is the Idiot? Resolving Right and Wrong

The best books are those with no beliefs.  The empty book

The Bible is like an empty book. What we see inside is a reflection of our own mind.  If our mind is fixed on right and wrong, that is what we see within its pages.

By Cathy Eck 

 

How Do We Know If We Are the Idiot?

A Facebook post inspired this article.  It points to a mind trap that kept me stuck for years and still trips me up from time to time.  It is easily resolvable once you see the trick.

The post had a photo of a Bible; underneath it were the words:

“I believe everything this book says, and I don’t care if you call me an idiot.”  

Right and Wrong?

Another Face of Good and Evil

This Facebook post reflects the current stance of the Fundamentalist movements today.  They feel that their faith is being challenged by nonbelievers.  They are sure they are right; and everyone who doesn’t think as they do is wrong and abusive.  So many people are realizing that religion has simply not worked.  They are eliminating the middle man and doing their best to live from a place of love.  They label themselves spiritual rather than religious.

When we make that shift, the old status quo comes out spitting.  It is like the bully on the playground who hides the fact that he feels powerless.  The bully’s power rests in getting you to accept his powerlessness by convincing you that you are the bad guy, the misfit, the outcast.  The bully projects their imaginary opponent on to you and hopes you’ll accept their projection.

This is where we get tricked if we aren’t wise to their game.  You see, what this Facebook post really says is, “If you don’t believe as I believe, then you think I’m an idiot.”  She is talking to herself explaining her view of the world to us.

We won’t get sucked in to her perspective if we can see that this is all in her mind.  It has nothing to do with us.  She’s stuck in two minds, but she only identifies with one of those minds, the believer.  She is fighting an imaginary battle of right and wrong with an enemy that she has projected.  Her enemy thinks she’s an idiot.  It also keeps her stuck in her own illusion.

We clearly don’t want to enter her world.  So we have to avoid the temptation to give her what she wants, which is to label her an idiot or get angry at her projection.   If she gets us to go there, she’s got the power.  We prove her illusion right, and we won’t do very well in her world.

 

The Right and Wrong Power Game

This is a frequent power strategy in the illusion.  The winners of the illusion do this masterfully, and they rule the world.  The goal of the false self is to exalt itself within the illusion.  It believes that it is right, and you are wrong.  It is good and you’re evil.  If it can get you into the illusion in this way, it wins and you lose.  Guaranteed!

The first time I saw this was in a Catholic church.  The priest gave a sermon on judgment.  Since I didn’t perceive him as an authority, I could see that he was talking to himself.  The congregation that he pretended to talk to were just his own projection; the people he judged.  But everyone else saw him as an authority so they all believed what he said.  They saw themselves as judgmental and felt bad about themselves after the sermon.  He was reinforcing the belief that the church planted in them long ago, which was that they were sinners.  I didn’t have that planted belief; so he looked like the fraud that he was to me.

I wish I could say that I didn’t fall into the same trap in my life, but my own authorities did the same number on me.  This is how we all fall into the illusion.  But we can dig our way out when we resolve right and wrong within our own minds.

 

Resolving Right and Wrong

Last week I watched a PBS special on Abraham Lincoln.  They said that during the Civil War, Lincoln faced a deep dilemma.  He saw two opposing sides, and both thought that God wanted them to win.  Both saw the other as the evil enemy.  Who was right in God’s eyes?  He struggled and struggled with this moral issue.

This is the dilemma of the world right now.  We all seeing opposing forces everywhere and don’t know which is right and which is wrong.  When everyone looks good, who is telling the truth; who is lying?  Who is good and who is evil?  Who can we trust?  These are questions that have the potential to push us to freedom.

When I heard about this moment in Lincoln’s life, I resonated completely; and I knew how powerful that experience must have been for him.  When we have a moment where two opposing sides both sound plausible, we have our moment where the truth can shine through.  But we must recognize that both sides are false opponents fighting their own inner battles.  The truth has no opponent; you can’t find it in duality.

Lincoln had to step out of religion and politics and get to what mattered, which was freeing the slaves.  For me, freedom is always the key.  Every time this sort of situation comes in my life, my mind, I have to recognize that if I oppose their belief, I’m an idiot in equal measure.  I’m stuck in their right and wrong world.

But if I allow both sides to be wrong (including my side if I’m involved in the conflict), the truth rises right out of the darkness.  It is just like parting the Red Sea.  The conflict disappears and only the truth remains.

 

The triangle process is very helpful in deciphering the truth hidden under right and wrong.

There Are No Rules — Dropping Your Rulebook Part II

Empty Rulebook

The goal of initiation is an empty rulebook.  Unconditional love and the truth is all we need.

By Cathy Eck 

This is a continuation of Part I so you might want to read that first by clicking here.  

You now understand that rules and beliefs work together.  You recognize that anyone who either promotes a rule, makes a rule, or obeys a rule is not being their True Self.   Like me, you probably recognize that you have a pretty big rulebook to let go.

 

Getting Stuck Versus Gaining Freedom

We are born with no rules; as True Selves we would do nothing that was not win-win.  To get stuck in the illusion, we accept the concept of good and evil, right and wrong, or win and lose.  We accept that humans are imperfect or even bad.  Then we borrow beliefs and rules that support those premises and build our rulebook.

Our rulebook is a unique blend of our religion, our parental influence, our community, and our culture.  Our role and birth order in our family will make a difference in our book of rules.  Our choice of activities, dreams, and personality will all go into making our custom rulebook for life.  Since the rules often came loaded with fear, promises of punishment, or threats of hell, we keep that rulebook firmly in our mind like we are guarding a treasure chest.

The True Self operates based on true and false.  It accepts only the truth, and it lets go of that which is false.  Since all rules and beliefs are false, the goal of initiation is to get back to our True Self and drop our entire rulebook.  But you don’t have to drop them all right away.  Start with the ones that cause you the most problems.

 

Hard Working Sally’s Rulebook

Sally dreamed of being a fashion designer.  As a child, she and her best friend, Rachel, were constantly creating new fashions and playing dress-up.  Sally’s parents gave her some well-meaning advice.  They taught her that she would get her dream if she went to church every week, got perfect grades in school, went to college, and was deserving in God’s eyes.  They told her it would require very hard work.

Sally did her very best to follow the rulebook she was given, but all doors seemed to be closed; her dream was fast becoming impossible.  She decided that she must not be deserving.  She tried so hard to be good, she worked very hard, and she constantly wondered what she did wrong.

To add insult to injury, Rachel got a job with the top design firm in New York.  Rachel didn’t go to college, never went to church, was an average student, and slept around.  To Sally, this looked incredibly unfair.  She wanted to be happy for Rachel, but she just couldn’t.  Rachel didn’t fit Sally’s rulebook; and yet, she got what Sally wanted.

It is these seemingly unfair moments that cause us to examine our rulebook.  The purpose of these experiences is to show us that our rulebook isn’t true.  But often we can’t the obvious.  What Sally didn’t consider was that Rachel’s parents didn’t give her a rulebook.  They gave her unconditional love and told her she could have whatever she wanted from life.  Without a rulebook, Rachel’s True Self easily led her to success.

 

Dropping Sally’s Rulebook

If Sally wants to have her dream, she has to start chipping away at her own rulebook.  First she must recognize that her rulebook isn’t true.  It is just the rulebook that her parents gave her.

If a rule is true, it works for everyone; and it feels good.  Sally must also recognize that she wouldn’t have a dream that she can’t achieve.  She just has to remove enough rules so that the dream can be fulfilled.  The rules that got her deep into the illusory world limited her too much for her dream to manifest.

Rachel exposed Sally’s beliefs.  But often, a Sally will make a Rachel wrong instead of fixing their own mind.  Sally might decide that Rachel must have slept with someone to get the job.  That way, Sally can keep her rulebook intact; she can justify her own failure.  This rationalization would keep Sally stuck and continue to push her dream away.

To get free, Sally must recognize that going to church, working hard, and getting perfect grades are not requirements for success — they were false rules in her parent’s rulebook.  She will have to look at what she believes makes someone deserving.  She must look at success from new eyes.  As she lets go of more and more beliefs or rules, she will create an opening for her dream to come true.  When the opening is large enough, she’ll be a fashion designer.

 

You Didn’t Write the Rules;

But You Sure as Hell Believed Them

We’ve all been stuck in someone’s rulebook.  Often people feel overwhelming panic or fear at the thought that they have followed a book of lies; I sure did. It seriously rocks your world.  But acknowledgement is the first step toward freedom.  You can’t drop a rule that you believe to be true, good, or right.

The only reason you know another’s rulebook so well is that you were taught it, believed it, and then saw the proof.  We see what we believe.  The physical proof that you observed was the manifestation of the rulebook.  You accepted your authority’s rules because you were innocent and didn’t know how to discriminate between true and false; you trusted others.  Sadly, the others we trusted didn’t know they had a flawed rulebook.  You didn’t do anything wrong, you’re not being punished, and you are deserving.

Initiation reverses our rulebook and opens the gateway to fulfillment of our dreams.  When our rulebook is gone, the illusion disappears.  All that remains is the truth, which is an empty rulebook.

 

That was the appetizer, now here is the meal.

Love is Love and Sex is Sex

Stormy, the sex therapist

I realized the truth about sex from watching Stormy (above). When she didn’t want sex, she kicked the living shit out of the stallion; and she didn’t feel guilty after she did it.

By Cathy Eck

 

Love is Love and Sex is Sex

Many years ago, my friend Susan called me and said, “Hey Cathy.  Got some business for you.”

“What is it?” I asked.  One never knew what Susan was thinking.

“My friend wants a reading from you.”

“Reading?  Susan have you lost your mind?  Since when do I give readings?”

“When someone asks you to,”  she answered confidently.

“I can’t do readings.  Tell her no.”

“She’s willing to pay $300.”

“Okay, tell her yes.”

We talked for a bit, and Susan explained that her friend Bonnie found the friendly advice I gave to Susan helpful.  She wanted some for herself; but since we weren’t friends, she assumed she had to pay me.  So we renamed our interaction a consulting session and moved forward.

Bonnie came to my condo and plopped three Benjamins on the table.  Then she said, “I have one question.”

“Okay, lay it on me.”

“I’m in love with my farrier, but I’m married.  My farrier comes to do my horses’ shoes and I do him instead.  I don’t want to divorce my husband, and I don’t want to quit having sex with the farrier because it is sooooo good.”

I spoke what came to mind without judgment; after a short pause to check my emotions.  I answered:

Love is Love and Sex is Sex.  Don’t confuse them.

 

Bonnie looked at me with the most curious look.  Then she slapped a twenty dollar tip on the table, said “Thank you so much.”  She hugged me, and left.  Later Susan said that Bonnie told everyone about the amazing advice I gave her.

I was kind of dumbfounded by my own advice.  It took me awhile to really get it.  We usually link love and sex together.  Sex is often considered proof or a consequence of love.

But sex is only the effect of two possible desires:  Pleasure, in which case sex is no different from playing tennis or watching movies, and creation, which we don’t want very often.  Just ask Stormy the pony.

We make a huge mess of sex when we label it making love.  Sex is not love unless you bring love to it.  Sex is not spiritual unless you bring spirituality to it.  Contrary to the belief of many men, if you don’t get sex, you don’t die.  It’s not a need.  We don’t even need it very often to perpetuate the species.  If it became necessary, I’m sure our True Self would create a desire for it.

 

Rape and Adultery

Sex is mostly a want, an activity that can be fun.  It can also be horrible if the desire isn’t  mutual.  If rape is defined as nonconsensual sex, then rape is very normal; except we relabel it guilt or makeup sex.  In homes all over the world, one partner is manipulating the other to get them into the mood and fulfill their desire.  The moments when sex and love coexist are probably quite rare.

Then there are the religious zealots who judge gay sex when clergy themselves have been doing it for centuries.  If it sends you to hell, than hell is already full of Catholic priests.  Sex is just sex; and if we took all the baggage out of it, and only did it when it was win-win for everyone involved, life would be so simple.

What about adultery?  The Bible says adultery is bad, and people assume that it refers to sex outside of marriage.  But the Bible is a text for the mind, not the body.  Even Jesus said that adultery happens in the mind.

In the ancient world, the only real marriage was the alchemical marriage in our mind.  The alchemical marriage meant that your male mind and your female mind were in harmony.  If the male mind aspect didn’t listen to his feminine, and instead listened to someone outside of his own mind, he committed mental adultery.  In short, accepting another’s beliefs was adultery.  The very act of following religion is actually adultery according to the ancient masters because you’re not following your own True Self, your own inner God.

So while many consider sex outside of marriage taboo, others actually consider it normal especially if their True Self coaxes them into the experience.  Jealousy and possessiveness create relationship problems, not sex.  When sex leads to love, we fall in love; and falling is never pretty.  When unconditional love leads to sex; we don’t make much fuss about it.

 

Take the Taboo Out, and the Urge Disappears

One day, a young Hasidic Jew called me for mentoring.  He was the coolest kid; I just loved him.  He said, “I’m supposed to be so religious, and all I can think about is pornography.”  I didn’t judge him, I told him that he should look at it as art and enjoy it.

“That’s it?” he said.

“Yep that’s it.”  I knew that when something taboo becomes acceptable, it looses its attraction.  In his case, the results were very quick.  He called me back an hour later and said, “I don’t want to do it anymore.  It’s no longer fun.”  We both cracked up.  I simply tricked him into letting go of his judgment.

When Adam and Eve’s fall became about sex; and sex became evil and sinful, we all wanted more of it.  But when sex falls off its pedestal and just becomes sex, all the problems, compulsions, and suffering vanish.  Like everything else in life, it becomes what you make of it.  It becomes a creative tool in your life toolbox.

When this mental transformation occurs, our true unconditional love shines through.  Then we realize that all that sex stuff was a whole bunch of nothing.

 

On a related topic, learn about mental virginity here.

 

There Are No Rules Except Those You Believe

The Eagle Landing

The eagle has no rules to follow. It lives from its True Self, doing what it was meant to do.  It is perfect.

 By Cathy Eck

 

How to Succeed at Anything

Within the hypnotic win-lose illusion that most people think is reality, success happens in one of two ways.  Either we make our own rules and convince others to accept them or follow them, or we follow someone else’s rules.  Often our parents choose our rulebook for us.

The false mind is the keeper of rules.  It rewards us when we follow its rules,  and it punishes us when we don’t.  God (the True Self) has no rules.

Our false self punishes us when we disobey rules, not God.  If you are like most people, you do a damn good job of punishing yourself and anyone else that breaks the rules you believe to be right.

For most of my life, I looked for someone’s rules to follow.  I looked to every religion, every philosopher, and anyone with even a little authority.  Their rules were just not acceptable for me.  I wanted to live from my True Self, the place of no rules.

 

We Can Make Our Own Rules

We have the right to make our own rules, but we usually don’t because we’ve been convinced by authority that we must obey their rules.  The world began with no rules.  The illusion was created when leaders made up rules and wrapped them in fear of a false God that would curse, punish, and smite the disobedient.

These leaders were privileged people who knew the secrets of life; and they used those secrets to gain power over others, rather than empower others.  They knew that we make our own rules; and they also knew that if you instill fear, guilt, or shame in someone, they will follow your rules.

It is easy to follow your own rules — especially when they exalt you and diminish others.  Leaders still convince us that their rules are THE rules, and they benefit from that.  When someone sees through their selfish game, they label the wise seer a heretic, traitor, or evil because with no rules, they have no power over others.

 

Doesn’t “No Rules” Lead to Chaos?

People believe that without rules, the world would be chaos.  The opposite is true.  All rules come from a core belief that people are bad.  If we are bad, we need morals and rules to keep us in check.  So the false illusion is based on the premise that people are born bad.  Once you think you are bad, you either follow the rules to be good or you rebel against the rules and prove the authorities right.  Both contribute to sustaining the illusion.

If you follow someone’s rules or promote another’s rules, you’re living in their false illusion.  You’ve kicked out your True Self (and God) and put someone else in charge of your life.  Without our True Self connection, we feel unsafe and alone.

 

Rules are Beliefs

Rules are simply beliefs.  Beliefs are divided thoughts.  We need divided thought to create.  You can’t see these black words on a black page.  But beliefs are meant to be temporary.

Parents make ridiculous rules.  Many teachers should be in prison for their rules.  And don’t even get me started with clergy.  Business people start out with great visions, and pretty soon they have a bunch of rules.  The false mind loves rules; obedience is its modus operandi.  Obedience runs the military, causing millions to ignore their True Self and kill others.  The True Self, however, is like the eagle.  It follows a win-win vision.

I used to buy lots of diet books.  They all have the same format.  For the first two chapters, they convince you that their rules are right.  Eat bananas and coconut oil for two weeks and get a svelte figure.  So why don’t diets work?  We know that most people will gain the weight they lose back plus a few extra pounds as a bonus.  Diets don’t work because they are a commitment to follow someone else’s rules.  Your body is not fond of doing that because your body is hard-wired to your True Self.  Besides, the first three letters of diet are DIE.

I bought my last diet book when I realized that calories are a measure of heat.  If I eat too many calories I should get hot, not fat.  Since that day, I’ve let go of thousands of beliefs about food.  One day, I’ll just be my perfect weight.  I won’t have to DIE to get there.

 

A Life of No Rules

We have to realize that other people’s rules are for them to follow.  Most people don’t even follow their own rules.  They just want you to follow them.  If someone’s rules don’t bring you pleasure, let them go.

I will follow a win-win rule, like stopping at a traffic light.  It doesn’t play favorites.  Its purpose is organization.  I won’t follow win-lose rules that support elitism.  No one has the right to make rules for another that restrict their freedom and joy.

The most important rules to let go are those that cause us to feel shame, guilt, or fear when we disobey them.  When you let go of all the rules you’ve been following, you will find a wonderful secret.

Spoiler Alert!  When you become your True Self, you have the power to create win-lose rules and even get people to follow them.  But you won’t do it.  Only a false self makes and follows win-lose rules.  A false self wants power because it is powerless.  The True Self has unlimited power so it doesn’t need power.  The True Self is like the eagle. It does what it was designed to do, which is always perfect and always free because the eagle has no rules.

 

For Part II of this article, click here.

Why Some People Have a Right to Hate Columbus Day

Templar Cross

By Cathy Eck

 

The Eurocentric Story of Columbus

I really disliked history class when I was in school.  I didn’t understand why back then, but now it is obvious.  History is always one-side.  Usually the people who won, or at least perceived that they won, wrote history (or as I like to call it, his story).

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue….. (I don’t remember the rest)

 

I remember when my teacher told me about Columbus and how brave he was that he was willing to risk his life to see if he’d sail off the end of the world.  I was impressed because I wouldn’t do something so risky or perhaps so stupid.  And the truth is neither would Columbus.  Turns out he wasn’t the first person to come this way.  Pretty substantial proof now exists that a group of Jews came at least a couple hundred years earlier and some Scottish Knights Templar also beat Columbus to America.  Of course, renderings of Columbus’ own ships often show the Templar Cross on the sails.  Templars were known for being highly trained navigators due to their friend, Portuguese Prince Henry the Navigator.

My favorite story about the nameless people who discovered America first was told by the Hopi.  They said that when the first people came, they were really nice and kind.  They taught them things and found they shared many spiritual ideas in common.  These nice men taught them a secret handshake (which makes us think it was the Templars).

So when the Spaniards later came to America, the Hopi thought they were the same nice men since they had similar costumes.  The Hopi chiefs held out their hands waiting for the cool secret handshake, and the Spaniards put trinkets in their hands instead.  The Hopi knew these were not the same men, and they were in very big trouble.

 

You Can’t Discover Something You Never Saw

But of course, those Spaniards weren’t Columbus’ men.  Truth is that most people don’t realize that Columbus didn’t even put his big toe on the US of A.  He went to the Caribbean.  There he was greeted by some sweet kind, innocent people who thought that their God had returned.  We’ll talk more about that in a moment.

But Columbus wasn’t their God.  If you read Columbus’s journal it says something like:  “Boy these are some handsome, strong, youthful people.  They will make nice slaves.”  What a dick!  And he proceeded to make these beautiful innocent people into slaves killing millions of them and a whole bunch of imported African slaves while he was at it.

To ask the Caribbean people to celebrate Columbus Day is equivalent to asking the Jews to celebrate Hitler’s birthday.  And yet, American’s think there is something wrong with their attitude.

 

What Can We Learn from Columbus?

There are some things we can learn from the Columbus fiasco.  First, Columbus did this for his own benefit.  He got kudos from the queen, and he got to do what he wanted to do, which was explore the world on her bank account.  I can’t fault him for that.  But he wasn’t a brave little hero that proved the world was round.  Thousands of years earlier that issue had already been settled, and it is found in ancient writings.

Second, you can’t discover something that other people know exists.  The native Americans and Caribbean natives clearly knew this part of the world existed.  They were…um… living here.  You can say, I didn’t know these people existed and then I found them so I guess I was wrong, but you can’t say they didn’t exist.

But the real food for thought when it comes to Columbus is that all over the world, we hear of nasty ass people discovering innocent natives, and the natives thought that it was the return of their God.  This was the cause of the demise of the Aztecs.  Aborigines and native Hawaiians all fell to the same horrible fate; and of course, our native Americans tell the same story.  It seems the return of God idea is not an original Christian notion.

There are many who believe this widely told story is proof that aliens existed and left like the Terminator saying, “I’ll be back.”  Of course, Christians see their God as ascending into heaven with a promise to return.  But what if it is much simpler, and the return of God theme is metaphorical?  What if we are waiting for our own True Self to drop out of heaven?

Long ago, someone convinced us that God lives up in the clouds sitting on a golden throne.  We basically projected our True Self up and outside of us.  Jesus, in the role of Son of God said, “God ain’t up in them there clouds, guys.  He is inside of you.  The father is within.”   But people said, “Oh, Jesus is special because he’s got God in him.”  Even when Jesus said that we could do everything he could do, people still ignored him and kept looking up in the clouds.  So of course, they are waiting for something to drop down.  The only logical, sane conclusion is that their own True Self is what needs to drop down.

The reason we innocently fall for the antics of people with bad intentions is that we were convinced to project our own God up into the clouds.  Without our True Self (God within) to help us discriminate and keep us safe on our path, we will believe anything we are told, including brave little Columbus discovered America and was trying to prove the world wasn’t flat.

 

Here is another cute little shout out to my Caribbean friends from my cruising days.  

Armageddon or Freedom? You Get to Choose

Ephesus in Turkey

I took this picture at Ephesus on a beautiful day in November, 2011. Ephesus was the 1st church in the Book of Revelation. The test was the ability to discriminate between false prophets and the golden truth.

By Cathy Eck

 

Edgar Cayce and The Book of Revelation

It was Edgar Cayce’s readings on the Book of Revelation that first gave me the idea that Armageddon was the end of the illusion and not the end of the world.  He equated the seven churches to the seven major chakras in the body, and the lessons of the churches were the lessons that we had to learn to open our chakras and awaken.  That all made sense, but I tend to be more of a big picture person than a detail person.  I feel that if we get the big picture right, the details will fall nicely into place.

The big picture of the Bible is basically that Genesis, Chapter 1, is a metaphor for perfect creation as done by the True Self or True God.  The rest of the Old Testament was basically about the false self, the false gods, and their illusions.  Jesus’ story was an initiation story that demonstrated the way out of the illusion.  But the New Testament struggles to free us because the Old Testament holds on for dear life.  Eventually, the revelation (or awakening) occurs, and the illusion ends.

Fundamentalists see the Book of Revelation as the end of the world because they identify with the physical body and physical world.  They see the Bible as a guide for good behavior.  To the initiate, the Bible was a guide to the human mind.  It was a guide to proper thinking, not proper doing.

The art of story writing is a mental creation process no different than God creating the universe.  While the normal person turns experiences into stories to bore their friends and family, the writer invents stories in their mind and then pours them in to the world.  A good story is congruent and true; but it is not real.  It influences people’s lives who incorporate the story into their own reality.  But no one ever lives the story to the letter because they have their own mind, their own power of influence.  So good stories are true, but not real.  They affect the physical, rather than record it.  History (his story) is the art of story in reverse.

 

The Mayans Offer Clarity

The word maya means illusion.  The entire Mayan calendar spans 16.4 billion years and was divided into nine time periods.  Each period was twenty times shorter than the previous one, and they all end on the same day of December 21, 2012 (others say October 28, 2011), the end of the illusion.

During the third period, the idea of the family was born.  Humans no longer thought only about themselves.  Ideally, they would have made win-win choices that worked for themselves and their family.  But instead, people created family pride based on family values (think Hatfield and McCoys). They sacrificed for their family and defended their family to the death.

The next period was about the tribe.  The same logic applies.  The tribe was just a bigger group than the family.

In the cultural period, which began 102,000 years ago, people invented reasons for events.  The Gods did it, Eve did it, or you sinned.  Religion was born.  These reasons were all false because they were based on effects, not the mental cause, creating confusion and division.

The national period followed, then the planetary, and the galactic.  The goal was the universal state of being, where everything in the universe would become one again.  The mind was to become a pure reflection of spirit.  But people got stuck in the lower levels because pride divides.

 

Sacrifice 101

If you make the Mayan calendar or the Bible about the physical, then sacrifice means giving up your physical body for the continuation of what you hold dear.  But since the calendar was about mental evolution, one would sacrifice tribal beliefs for more expansive cultural beliefs, they would sacrifice religious and cultural beliefs for the benefit of the nation, and they would  sacrifice nationalism for the benefit of the planet.  Eventually, all limiting beliefs would be sacrificed, and we become one with the universe.  Biblical sacrifice is the same since the Bible is also mentally focused.

When people identify with their body, sacrifice is viewed as purely physical.  They hold on to their beliefs and secretly hope someone else will sacrifice their body for them.  When we identify with our mind, and correctly sacrifice our beliefs, the perfect physical result follows.  No humans are harmed in the experiment.

 

Death of the Illusion

From the mental level, Armageddon is not about the end of life on planet earth.  It is about the illusion dying and peace on earth returning. The Book of Revelation says that Satan (false self) will lose, and peace on earth will reign for a 1000 years.  The number one is symbolic of God and zeroes relate to eternity in a three-dimensional world.  This victory is not about ascending somewhere (religion always sends us the wrong way).  It is about the body becoming a perfect temple so spirit and mind can jointly descend into it.

Jesus was right when he said, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”  War only exists in the illusion.  As we let go, we lose our desire to compete or fight.

The goal of initiation was coded in the Bible and the Mayan Calendar.  Together they make sense and prove that a new beginning awaits us.  They both provided a universal context for conscious evolution ending in Armageddon (end of the illusion of good and evil).  Satan (the false self’s beliefs) is released and everyone wins back their freedom.  The spirit (True Self) is united with the body, and heaven returns to earth.

 

The Mayan calendar is an amazing blueprint for time and conscious expansion.  For more, click here.

Top Twelve Great Pieces of Shitty Advice

The Shitty Advisor of Venice Beach

If I had only paid $1 for all the shitty advice I’ve received in my life, I’d be very, very rich.  Sadly, I paid much more.

By Cathy Eck

 

The Shitty Advisor of Venice Beach

While walking on Venice Beach, I came across the shitty advisor.  Of course, I paid my dollar.  He explained how I could efficiently get eaten by a shark.  That was pretty shitty advice since I’m not interested in being eaten by a shark.

However, I kind of admired the guy; at least he was honest.  Yes, he gave me shitty advice that I didn’t need and would never need.  But he warned me that his advice was shitty; so we had a good laugh together.

He also didn’t give me confusing advice; in fact, his logic was perfect.  I suspect that if I followed his advice, I would get eaten by a shark.  He gave me what I paid for — worthless, shitty advice.  I got my money’s worth.  In fact, I got a bargain.

Over the course of my life, many well-meaning people have given me advice that was really shitty; but they believed their shitty advice was true.  Because they didn’t realize their advice was shitty, they expected me to follow it; and we missed out on the laugh.

 

Top Twelve Pieces of Truly Shitty Advice

So here are twelve pieces of truly shitty advice that I’ve received.  You’ve probably heard them too.  Have a laugh on me.  I won’t even charge you a dollar.

1)  If it feels bad, it’s true.  Imagine if tomorrow you walked into the doctor and he said, “You’re dying.”  Then you laughed and said, “You’re lying.”  What if you were so clear that when someone told you something that didn’t feel good, you didn’t believe them at all — not even a little.  Well then you would be truly free!

2) The Bible was written by God.  God doesn’t write; people do.  The Bible was written by people who would probably be called channels today.  Channels mix some truth with some lies because they are human; and if we aren’t watching closely, we don’t notice the lies.  The God of the Old Testament killed, cursed, smited (whatever that is), and caused people to get lost in the desert and drowned by floods.  If that is God, then I don’t want a damn thing to do with him.

2)  Get a good education; it makes you smarter.  Actually, it made me stupider, less wise.  Education causes us to blindly believe things that aren’t true.  It causes us to look outside for answers instead of inside.  Of course, it took me getting a Ph.D. to realize that.

3)  Emotions are bad.  Emotions are not bad; they are our greatest gift.  They’re labeled bad because emotions expose beliefs, lies.  We aren’t good followers or slaves if our emotional system of discrimination is working because we don’t believe liars.

4)  Love is finding our other half.   This one cost me dearly.  We don’t have another half to find because we are born whole.  The best we can do is co-create with another, but only if we don’t lose our True Self in the relationship because we think we are half.

5)  It was Eve’s fault.  You’ll have to wait for my book on this one.  Truth is, it was Adam’s fault.

6)  The truth hurts.  Nope!  The truth will set you free if you listen to it.

7)  They did the best that they could.  One could say that they (whoever they is) did the best they could given their beliefs.  But when we have beliefs, we never do our best.  In reality, this has become the coward’s way of saying, “They are too fucking brainwashed to change, and they make me want to vomit; but if I said that I’d look bad.”

8)  If you see it, believe it.  That is backwards.  In truth, if you believe it, eventually you will see it.

9)  It is only your imagination.  People love to tell me that my ideas of peace, freedom, and love with no opposite are imaginary.   Well, it turns out that when you let go, you discover that the people who think I’m living in la la land are actually the ones stuck in their imagination.  They believe a really negative imaginary vision that includes war, religious nut heads, bigotry, disease, and poverty; and they see what they believe.

10)  Life is complicated.  When I can’t tell if someone is telling the truth, I often look to see if what they’re saying is simple or complicated.  The illusion is so complex (like our tax system).  The truth is always simple.

11)  Others know what is best for us.  Nothing is better than the advice of our own True Self.  It never gives shitty advice.  Others, however, usually give shitty advice.  The more they charge, the shittier the advice.

12)  We need to learn the truth.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We have all the truth we could ever need waiting to speak its mind underneath all that shitty advice.

 

I Could Go On and On…

There’s lots of shitty advice out there.  Most of the shitty advisors charge a lot more than a $1.  Most people pay doctors, therapists, clergy, and lawyers small fortunes when they could let go of their beliefs (and problems) for free.

We are programmed to listen to shitty advice by the authorities that benefit by it.  “Follow the money.”  Keeping shitty advice alive might make people rich, but it won’t set them free.  If people really knew they could have freedom, they’d laugh at the shitty advice instead of believing it.

I rather like my Venice Beach shitty advisor.  I’ll probably go back to see him again the next time I’m in the area.  Meeting a man who admitted straight up that his advice was shitty was clearly worth a buck.

 

While we’re on the topic, here are my top ten biggest lies ever told.

 

 

 

 

Letting Go of The Need to Be Good

Vernon Howard, Mystic, Spiritual Teacher, of just sane.

Vernon Howard has been described as spiritual teacher, a modern mystic, and a guru. I think he was just sane.

By Cathy Eck

“Unawakened people are victims of their public virtues.  I don’t know anything more painful than trying to be ‘good.’ And I don’t know anything more to be avoided than ‘good’ people; they are so bad.”

“The Power of your Supermind,” by Vernon Howard (p. 151)

 

The Need to Be Good

Vernon Howard understood the philosophy of the ancient masters.  He was a tough teacher.  He would expose a person’s need to be good without hesitation or fear of criticism.  People were shocked when the same behavior that always got them approval was suddenly exposed by Vernon as evil.

I began to question the notion of goodness when I married into a family with a different culture and religion from my family of origin. Suddenly, what was good in my family was now labeled bad.  But Vernon set me straight.  I wasn’t bad; I was only bad in the false good eyes of those who judged me.  Goodness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

My family experience caused me to study world religions.  How could the definition of good vary so widely between cultures, religions, and nations?  The need to be good is nearly impossible to fulfill unless you happen to perfectly fit like a glove within your family, religion, and culture and you never venture out into the world.  But to me, that felt like prison.

 

The Root of the Need to be Good

Often people trap us in their false definition of goodness with guilt, shame, or fear.  People love power because it gives them the right to impose their beliefs on others.  We stay in their trap until we clearly realize that their definition of good is just plain false.  Those who label us bad steal our power until we take it back.  When we realize that their definition of good is a lie, and consequently has no power, we become free of their false authority and their false definition of good.

If  we believe them, we’ll do things we don’t want to do; or we’ll adopt a fake good personality that pleases them.  If we reach the boiling point, we’ll be bad just to prove them wrong.

 

The Bible Gave Cultural Rules

People who are blindly good can’t see their own cognitive dissonance.  For example, they insist that the Bible is the absolute word of God but then they join the military and go to war, neglecting that the Bible said, “Thou shall not kill.”  They are sure gay people are destined for hell.  But they accumulate vast sums of money and ignore the fact that Jesus said the rich have a hard time getting into heaven.  They are highly selective about what they honor within the Bible.

They are not really following the Bible, they are following someone’s flawed interpretation of the Bible, someone’s definition of good that they claim to have found in the Bible.  If people actually thought about their personal definition of good, they would discover that they blindly borrowed it from authority figures in their life.

The leaders in the Bible lived by their own cultural rules; and they expected others to blindly follow them without question.  Dictators, bullies, religious leaders, and people who intend to win at all cost do the same thing today.  They live in denial of their own inner evil because they expertly project it on to opponents and followers.  There is nothing worse than being around someone who is sure that their false notion of goodness is the right one, especially if you aren’t one of their group.  When two different false definitions of goodness meet, things can get pretty ugly.  

What is true goodness?  According to the ancient masters, true goodness starts in the mind.  One was not be considered good even if they did something good unless they did it with a pure heart.  Consequently, doing something out of guilt, shame, or fear did not make one good.  It made them fake.  The highest level of goodness was unconditional love for everyone; and sadly, religious people are often the worst at unconditional love because they don’t love those of other religions.

 

The Need to Be Good

Socially good people do the right things because they are programmed to, not because they want to.  As Vernon said, there is a lot of badness under that kind of good.  When we need to be good; we are avoiding our shadow.  But that shadow or badness is not who we are.

We were born good; and we had to learn to believe that we were bad from some false authority.  That is why we can let the belief (or lie) go that we are bad making it easier to let go of our false goodness.

To remember our true goodness, we have to clear our mind.  Vernon was right.  Trying to be good is very painful, and it isn’t necessary.  What needs to go are all the beliefs that sit below the need to be good.  We only need to be good if we think that we are bad; and therein lies the flawed belief.  The need to be good is like a rock that people rarely turn over when letting go.

The need to be good covers our deepest fears.  The need to be good keeps us from letting go or hearing the truth of life.  The need to be good strips us of the joy of being ourselves and the delight of having authentic relationships.  We only need to realize that when we let the need to be good go, we don’t become bad.  In fact, we lose our false badness, and we become truly good, authentic, and spiritually alive.

 

More on this topic from on the Dark Side of Positive Thinking.

Letting Your True Self Shine Through in Whatever You Do

Michelangelo's self portrait and journal of him painting.

Michelangelo joked in his journal about the discomfort of standing with his ass out and his head back to paint.

By Cathy Eck

My Michelangelo Obsession Confession

In the summer of 2010, I left a life I knew for 33 years and traveled cross-country to start over.  In late October 2010, my friend sent me Rob Brezsny’s Free Will astrology reading from the local paper for the week of my birthday.  It struck home because my biggest concern at the time was:  Do I return to accounting where I’m accepted and unchallenged, or do continue my research where I’m unknown and considered a bit crazy?

“Michelangelo didn’t think of himself as primarily a painter. Sculpture was his first love. Yet in 1508 he was coaxed into painting prodigious frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. As he worked for four years, covering 12,000 square feet with sublime images, he sometimes complained and felt resentful. The project took him away from two large sculptures he would have preferred to be working on. He feared his enemies had convinced the Pope to give him this task in order to demonstrate how mediocre his painting was. But today his work in the Sistine Chapel is regarded as a masterpiece. I suspect that in 2011 you may face a version of Michelangelo’s dilemma, Scorpio: being offered a job you don’t consider your forte. It’s quite possible, however, that accepting this “diversion” will yield interesting results.”                                                       

Thus began my obsession with Michelangelo, which culminated in a magnificent trip to the Vatican to see his work first hand.  I felt a sort of bonding of wounds with Michelangelo.  I, too, had a constant feeling that people wanted something from me other than the gift that I was born to give.  I was familiar with the emotion of resentment that arises when we try to squeeze our True Self into a very small box.  I, too, wondered if some evil force was conspiring to keep me from being my True Self.

I was Successful to Everyone But Me

When I was a CPA, people often told me that I was born to do that work.  I easily rose up the ladder of success.  Even when I did something wrong, people ignored it.  I was deemed flawless.  Then I became an entrepreneur and expert in systems design.  Once again, people listened to anything I said without question.  I was flown all over the world.  People gave me money for doing nothing.

But inside, I was like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel.  Yes, I had prestigious clients.  I was viewed as an expert, and no one questioned my authority.  But something felt off to me because I still believed that I had to package my gift in an acceptable false self wrapper.

Michelangelo, God Mooning the Pope

Michelangelo’s God was clearly mooning the viewer (Pope) after creating the sun. But no one seemed the wiser. I guess they assumed he was flying so fast his robe slipped off.

Michelangelo’s True Self Speaks

Michelangelo’s fresco of God creating the sun and shooting the moon to earth was said to be directly over the place where the Pope stood.  Michelangelo knew that the teachings of religion were false, but he saw himself as powerless to change them.  He was silent in words, but he could not contain the truth in his art because it was his gift.

Yet no one complained about that frame.  They made up their own acceptable explanation because they presumed that Michelangelo thought like them.  False selves do that.  Their mind somehow translated his insult into something acceptable.  As obvious as it is to us that the Pope was being mooned by God, even the Pope didn’t see it because he didn’t have the eyes to see.

Michelangelo’s wisdom began to speak to people during renovation work.  They were standing in Michelangelo’s shoes on similar scaffolding, and suddenly they saw the ceiling from his eyes.  They laughed because the ceiling was a virtual comic book.  For hundreds of years, no one had noticed his jokes.  They were implanted during a time when they would have been unacceptable, and they were finally seen at a time when they are the perfect message for the new age of awakening.

Our True Self Shines Through the Cracks

Often when we clear something significant from our mind, we feel naked, alone, and afraid.  We see a completely different world than the masses.  As Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”  It is that stage of being pissed off that often causes people to turn back.  To move on, we have to express ourselves within the trappings of society.  Michelangelo did that by expressing his truth on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel right under the eyes of the pope.

I was in the business world when I realized that initiation can’t be avoided.  Thousands of years ago, initiation took place in temples.  Initiates were hidden from the real world and trained by powerful initiators.  That doesn’t exist anymore.

Initiation now takes place in the real world, in real jobs, and real relationships.  Our tests are about being our True Self among friends, relatives, and bosses.  Initiation is about putting your stamp on something even when you are given strict rules or told that you must obey.  The goal of the initiate is to learn the power of our True Self and to realize that our True Self can’t be dimmed.  It will shine through the smallest of cracks.

Michelangelo took the commission of painting the Sistine Chapel because he needed the money, but he painted it his way.  I’m sure there were moments when he wondered if his rebellion would be noticed putting his life in jeopardy.  But it wasn’t.   In fact, his message remained pure in the most impure of locations.  Today, people finally have the eyes to see the true wisdom of Michelangelo; I hope he is happy.

More on Michelangelo

Seven Mayan Prophecies

We design our own fortune

What appears to come from without comes from within.  We have the ability and the right to change our minds and make the prophets wrong.

By Cathy Eck

THE SEVEN MAYAN PROPHECIES


What you Don’t Know About Prophecy

While I don’t know the source of these prophecies, they are consistent with the tone of the Mayan philosophy and the prophecies of other ancient elders.  They are certainly good advice.

People often worry about prophecies.  But Edgar Cayce, also known as the sleeping prophet, was very clear that prophecies are merely a warning.  They are not an exact foretelling.  If we are wise, we’ll use the prophecies as motivation for change.  They are harmful if they create fear with no transformation.

People mistook Biblical prophecies for the truth, and they made no effort to change.  People still don’t learn from Biblical prophecies; they simply wait for them to happen.

In short, being a prophet is the worst job in the world because it is important that we learn from the prophecies and prove the prophet wrong.  Prophecy is not a job for people who want approval or need to be right.

 

Time Without Time

The first of the Mayan prophecies talks about a time without time.” It is said that starting in 1999, the human being has to choose to change their attitude and open their mind to integrate everything.  We have to see ourselves as part of the human race, a citizen of the world.  Time is a mechanism of control.  When we live beyond time, we take back our power.

Humanity will enter the great room of mirrors; consequently, we will meet ourselves on every corner and in every relationship.  That which we have hidden under a mask will be exposed.

Materialism will be left behind and will give way to liberation from suffering.  This is good news since we will come to be evaluated based on our character and our love, not our bank balance.

 

Answers Are Within

The second prophecy states that all answers are within. The behavior of all humanity will change rapidly.  Humans will either easily lose control of their emotions or will realize their inner peace.  If they die, it will be from their own fear.  In the language that I use on this website, we will either hold on and go deeper into the illusion, or we will let go and move toward greater freedom.

This prophecy indicates that the energy received from the center of the galaxy is increasing the frequency of the planet and human brain waves.  This is altering behavior and our way of thinking and feeling.  It is why people are so emotional these days.  Our beliefs are rising to the surface of our conscious mind.  This prophecy mentions two potential paths: one of compassion and love and another of fear and destruction. The path to follow will be chosen individually.

In a world that is speeding up, we don’t have time to search for every answer and contemplate our decisions.  We have to know what is right for us quickly and accurately.  That wisdom comes from within; knowing how to discriminate between true and false will become very important.

 

Climate Change

The third prophecy states that there will be a change in temperature producing climactic, geological, and social changes. This will be generated by man’s lack of conscience regarding the protection of the planet’s natural resources and by the sun’s natural cycles.  Don’t confuse this with the fear-based theory of global warming.  This is partly manmade and partly just a natural cycle.

The fourth of the Mayan prophecies points out that the anti-ecological conduct of man and the greater activity by the sun will cause a melting of ice in the poles. This will allow the earth to cleanse itself producing changes in the physical composition of the continents.

 

Fear-Based Systems

The fifth prophecy states that all systems based on fear will fail; man will transform to give way to a new harmonic reality.  This of course includes all religious and political organizations since they all have fear at the core.  This is very good news.

People will become spiritual as opposed to religious.  Religion has served its purpose; and it is no longer needed.  We must remember that only beliefs contain fear; and all beliefs are artificial lies.  The truth never generates fear.

Man will face himself, reorganize society, and continue down the path of evolution bringing him to understand creation.  This is why letting go is so important.   Each time we let go, a little more of the loving creator God force fills our mind and body.  The Mayans said that we would leave the old moral systems behind and start operating from the natural ethics of the True Self.

 

Comet Appearance

The sixth of the Mayan prophecies states that a comet will appear whose trajectory will endanger man. The Mayan culture considers comets to be agents of change that come to invoke the evolution of the collective conscience.

This is the most fear-inducing of the prophecies.  The question comes down to whether the prophecy is about physical transformation, which could be destructive, or a mental change.  My feeling is that if we make the mental change, the physical wake-up call won’t be necessary.  I’ve had many experiences where doom loomed nearby in my life experience; but when I got the message, the problem disappeared completely.

 

No Labels, No Lies, No Borders

The seventh of the Mayan prophecies said that from the year 1999 until 2012, the light emitted from the center of the galaxy would synchronize all living beings and create an internal transformation producing new realities. The Mayans mention that every person can change and break through its limitations with pure thought.  Pure thought comes naturally from the True Self, authenticity is the cure for humanity.

It is predicted that limits will disappear.  A new era of transparency and light will begin, and the lies will end forever.  What more could we ask for?  We will finally behave as creators in the image and likeness of God.

 

For more on the Mayan Calendar, here is a very detailed article. 

 

I Am Free to Be MySelf

By Cathy Eck

What you think and what you feel and what actually manifests is ALWAYS a match – no exception

The Secret

 

Our Thoughts Matter

This video was produced by the people who created the book and movie, “The Secret.”  It has been awhile since “The Secret” brought the idea out of the closet that our thoughts matter.  They said that they got their information from ancient sources, and they are correct.

The ancient masters did teach that one must always watch their mind.  The ancient Egyptian teacher Thoth (Greek Hermes) said “All is Mind.”  Simple words, but when you realize their importance, you start to examine your thoughts and beliefs (which are simply collections of thoughts) with care.  When someone became a master of watching their mind, they were called a watcher.  Their minds were said to be virgin, and nothing was beyond their power.

 

Thoughts of the True Self

The words that flash on the screen as the above video plays are all words that would naturally come from our True Self.  The movie teaches us to say these things as affirmations or corrections to our mind.  But that is what I call putting ice cream on top of manure.  The manure doesn’t go away; it is simply covered up.

The failing of “The Secret” teachings came from the fact that they didn’t teach people how to let go.  They just put more thoughts in people’s minds as if the new thoughts would dilute the old ones.  But the old thoughts go unconscious, and eventually they always manifest.  When they do, people lose faith in their ability to control their mind, and they fall even deeper into the illusion.

The ancient masters taught that we must let go of what mutes the True Self’s voice so that all that remains is true.  Only letting go frees us from a world of false beliefs.  You don’t have to put true thoughts in your mind because you were made in the image and likeness of God or truth. When you let go, you return to your True Self, and you are free.

 

Recognizing the Truth

The truth always feels good.  The truth is always win-win for everyone.  The truth is empowering, unconditionally loving, and harmonious.

Thoughts of war, disease, or problems are simply not true.  They always come with emotion attached; and that emotion is saying, “Don’t believe this thought.”  Sadly, most of us were brainwashed to believe thoughts that feel bad, and then we create what we believe.  Breaking that habit is a challenge.  But it is worth the effort.

 

I Am Free to Be MySelf

I love this video.  It reminds me of True Self’s words.  It pushes me harder to let go so that I can listen to thoughts like these all day.

But this video also gave me a very special gift in the form of a personal message.  As I watched it over and over many years ago, I noticed that I was unmoved by the people cliff jumping.  I wasn’t touched by the woman hugging the guy, the nature scenes, or even the hummingbird.  I felt the joy of the woman singing or the conductor leading his orchestra; but I was vicariously in their joy, not my own.

But then my piece of the video kicked in.  I was enthralled by the girl with the piercings and the black hat.  The words that flashed along with that image were, “I am free to be myself.”  Everything that follows that image stirred my True Self as if it was speaking directly to me.  It climaxed at the scene of the aborigines dancing, kicking up that beautiful red dirt; and the words that flashed on the screen were, “I am the perfection of life.”

Today when I watch the video after many years, the same piece still stirs my spirit.  Our True Self is consistent.  It still reminds me of my pure vision of life where I am truly free to be mySelf and so are you.

 

Clues Only Make Sense in Hindsight

At the time this video came out, I was spending fifteen or more hours each day studying ancient cultures and indigenous stories and beliefs.  I was desperate to find the final ingredients of the philosopher’s stone.  I noticed the feeling in my body while watching this video, but didn’t know how to read the subtle signals.  I wasn’t completely sure of the difference between the feeling of grace, unconditional love, or truth that I feel when my True Self is validated and my false self’s emotions ranging from shame and fear to excitement.  The video was speaking but I didn’t yet have the magic decoder.  So often life is speaking; but we don’t understand its messages, signs, and symbols.

 

An Invitation

As I’ve mentored people, I’ve often shown this video and asked them what picture and message stirs their True Self.  It is a different combination for everyone because what makes us unique is our reason for being.  Knowing their True Self in this more personal way makes watching the movie that much sweeter for me.  I get to think about each of them and their part in this giant earth screenplay.

Which image or combination of words resonate with your True Self?  You’ll know it because it just feels good; it pulls you in deeper than the rest of the video.  This video always seems to deliver.  I invite you to find your message.

If you feel like it, add a comment and share your message with us.  Then begin to allow that part of you to lead your life.  Let go of the thoughts and beliefs that don’t resonate with that True Being; and one day you will say, “I’m finally free to be mySelf.”

 

Some people spend their life developing a unique personality when their True Self is already perfect and unique.  Read about a study that proved that here.

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