Getting Rid of the Gurus in Your Mind

Imagine what would happen if people believed that they knew how the sun should shine better than the sun did.

Imagine what would happen if people believed they knew more about how the sun should shine than the sun did.

By Cathy Eck

 

I’ve gotta say this because I’m tired of seeing amazing people waste their life as seekers.  Seekers tend to seek and seek, but they don’t find because the answer isn’t out there.

Initiation is simply about finding your OWN True Self inside.  It’s simple in theory, but often people have accepted quite a compost heap of beliefs to dig through.

 

The False Self Computer

You can let go of all those voices in your mind.  It’s safe.  You won’t die or disappear.  You’ll love what you find underneath all that crap.

But don’t be fooled.  You don’t get anywhere by talking about letting go or saying you should let go.  You make progress when you let go.  To let go, you must realize that the voices are false.  It’s hard because we fear making our old authorities wrong.  Their words were presented as true; they weren’t up for discussion.  You must take back your power — power you never should have given to any other.

These teachers, preachers, and gurus know that you’ll store their words in your mind like a computer stores data.  In this way, they own your mind.  If lots of people believe the same thing, it becomes accepted as true.  People don’t expose it as untrue anymore; they’re afraid to.  It’s all about gathering numbers of followers, just like Twitter.  All religions started as cults; they cross over into religion at a certain level of members.

Gurus, priests, and even school teachers tell you what they know.  Then you memorize it.  Now you’re a computer.  You aren’t human anymore.  They tell you that what they’re saying is true.  “True” is a magic word to our minds.  If we label something true, our false mind will sacrifice our life to hold on to it.  To let go, you have to recognize that the belief is false — not bad or evil — just false.

When your mind is a computer, you shut off your feminine guidance (emotions).  If the teacher says it, it’s true.  You’ve lost your own discrimination.  You’re a puppet.  You repeat what you’ve learned and behave as if others need it too.

 

Never Too Late

Fortunately, it’s never too late.  Wanting freedom or truth sets you on the path back to your True Self.  Then you have to fight those old voices of authority.  They don’t go easy.  They’re like a song that won’t get out of our head.  The key is to realize that they’re FALSE.

I went though a seeking phase. Lots of teachers went from genius to goofball quickly.  It took me a long time to give up my belief that someone else had the answer.  I believed that I didn’t know the truth.  Of course, after I heard their truth, I was out lots of money; and I had more beliefs to let go.  They won; I lost.  The worst part was that I thought there was something wrong with me.  I couldn’t get it.  I didn’t question their words because they had a title, costume, or credentials.

 

Gurus or True Selves

Stand in your True Self’s perspective.  You’ve been around forever, and no one has listened to you.  You’ve had all the answers, knew how to avoid every problem, and loved unconditionally.  Now your false mind carts your ass into the next workshop or religious service and accepts more knowledge labeled truth.  How would you feel?  Isn’t that arrogant to think that another person’s beliefs are better than our own True Self?  It like saying fuck you to God.  When you get that, you’ll let those voices go more quickly.

Let me be clear.  Honest knowledge isn’t a problem.  I know my Photoshop instructor is sharing knowledge.  He doesn’t care if I switch programs tomorrow.  There’s no deception.  The deception occurs when someone gives you beliefs masked as the truth of life.  You’re supposed to obey them forever.  That’s deception!

Here’s what your True Self knows:  You’re spiritual, good, wise, free, loving and joyous.  You’ve always the truth inside of you.  All you can do is be your True Self or cover it up with other people’s beliefs.  Your True Self says, “I feel so connected to God when I surf, walk my dog, or cook pizza.”  Then the guru says, “Spiritual is only found in the space between the thoughts.  Be in the now.”  Or in the west, “Love your enemies unless they are gay, illegal aliens, or live in a country that has something we want.”  Their voices get stuck in our mind, and we spend our lives looking for the space between our thoughts, trying to be in the now, or trying to find the badness in the gay, illegal alien, or Arab.

 

I Love Popeye

When I lived in Virginia, there were a few gurus nearby.  I watched as amazing people became disciples.  They slowly gave their power away until one day they were powerless thinking they were awakened.  They just walked around like Olive Oil in an episode where she was hypnotized to say, “I love Popeye, I love Popeye, I love Popeye.”  She didn’t love Popeye, she was hypnotized so that her mind repeated the same thing over and over.  She believed she loved Popeye, which wasn’t the same thing as just loving Popeye.  When I’d question these disciples, they’d glaze over and say, “He’s just pure love.”

So eastern or western, it’s built around the same false belief, which is the lie that someone else has the truth.  People brag about who they follow when they should be ashamed of it.  It means they consider their own True Self worthless.  I can assure you, if you start letting go of the beliefs you’ve accepted from gurus, teachers, preachers, and priests, you’ll find your True Self.  And that voice will be perfect, original, true, and YOURS.

 

Initiation: You Can’t Worship Two Masters

Find the kingdom of heaven

By Cathy Eck

 

Initiation was All About the Mind

People are surprised to learn that one of the best patterns of initiation is the story of Jesus.  No one knows for sure if Jesus was real or if he was simply the initiation poster child.  He’s not a big character in history books of his time.  No one has found his body and DNA tested it.  It’s highly possible that his story was just a model for those who wanted to find their way back to perfection.  It’s the perfect story for that purpose if you can see Jesus as an initiate — a man who is letting go of the illusions that he sees within the world.  This enables him to become a Son of God.

Real or not, Jesus said a lot of cool things because his words were truthful.  As an initiate, he understood the difference between true and false.  He didn’t waste words because he knew that words had creative power.

Sadly, Christianity has really distorted his message.  Christians are extremely disrespectful of his teachings.  They did to Jesus what has been done to everything else that fell out of Eden on this planet.  They made his life about physical events and what to do to be labeled good; they took his words out of context to prove themselves right.

Jesus never asked people to become clones of him or to worship him; he asked them to follow him on the path to truth.  When he said, “Follow me,” an initiate would know that he meant to follow his True Self.  He wouldn’t be so stupid as to ask you to follow his false self or play Simon Says.  He hated the religions of his time because they were about beliefs.  He simply wanted people to be their unconditionally loving and powerful True Selves.

He spoke as the True Self so that people would get comfortable listening to the truth.  Hopefully they’d recognize the same voice in themselves and others.  But people took his way of speaking to mean that he was the one and only Son of God.  He clearly told people that God was inside of them, and they could do what he could do.

 

You Can’t Worship Two Masters

When he said, “You can’t worship two masters,” he meant that you can’t be in two minds at the same time.  He could see that part of their mind knew the truth.  While another very strong part was fearfully (and blindly) obedient to the illusion.  They were mixing the two voices (or minds) together instead of seeing them as two different paths with two completely different destinations.  You’ll recognize this as level confusion.

Level confusion is our Achilles’ Heal on the initiate’s path.  The familiar false voices can be very loud.  The collective mind looks powerful.   The illusion survives by mixing true words with false beliefs creating massive inner and outer confusion.

To get out of the false illusion, we have to discriminate and drop our own false beliefs so that we’re left with the pure truth.  Since, you can’t accidentally let go of the truth, you can’t screw up by letting go.  But the false mind won’t tell you that.  It causes people to be afraid of letting beliefs go as if they might accidentally drop a kidney or an ear.

 

Letting the Old Master Go

People start reading my blog or come to me for support because they see the cracks in the illusion.  But they don’t know what to do about what they see.  If they share their observations, they appear to be crazy or anti-social.  The new master (their True Self) is calling them; but the old master is still screaming orders.  Jesus had this issue when he couldn’t do miracles in his hometown.  He had to let go of his own beliefs that his family could hold him back.  He had to move forward toward the truth and ignore the voices in his head from the past.

As we move forward in initiation, our old voices of fear interrogate us.  If I don’t honor the beliefs of my friends, they won’t like me.  If I don’t honor my family’s beliefs, they’ll banish me.  If I don’t honor the beliefs of the political system, I’ll look like a traitor.  If I really behave from my True Self, I won’t look humble.  If I don’t pretend that we have enemies and support the troops, I’ll look like I don’t care about my country.  If I don’t look sorry for those who have created a mess of their life, I’ll look rude or uncaring.  Most of what comes up is some form of, “I’ll look bad.”  The fear of looking bad can be very powerful.  We must remember that the True Self is good (with no opposite).

Jesus looked bad to those vested in the false self of his day; he didn’t fit in.  He sounded strange to the religious and political people.  He found it more comfortable to be with children than adults.  He was angry at the system, the status quo.  Nothing has changed.  If he appeared today, the very religion that was modeled after him would treat him like crap, if they even recognized him.

Often when we see the truth, we get scared and go right back to fitting in.  It’s too much to handle; it’s too scary to be different in this crazy world.  Welcome to the world of initiation.  It looks terrifying.

The false self (which includes religion) tells us that is it protecting us, when it’s really causing all of our problems and destroying our life.  The truth is that every time I’ve let go, I’ve found less fear and less risk in my life.  The false self becomes less powerful as you keep letting go.  Eventually, we crucify the whole thing.  Then we are truly reborn.

 

The deeper meaning of the Golden Rule is found in The Huna Golden Rule.

Human Dream, American Dream, or Elitism?

Elitism or American Dream

By Cathy Eck

 

American Dream

Recently, people were asked, “What is the American Dream? Was their still an American Dream?”

Most people said that if you work hard, you get rewarded.  Others said that it was about having a job — any job.  Some said it was not being homeless.  The answers to the question had a pretty low threshold.  As a child, I was taught to believe that America was the land of opportunity, where dreams could come true.  But the notion that America is the land of dreams doesn’t make sense.

We’re told to think that we need outer freedom in order to have inner freedom.  That’s backwards;  inner freedom produces outer freedom.

The American Dream (or the human dream) needs serious redefining. The entire dream mentality is covered with win-lose mental vomit.  Those who have succeeded in fulfilling their dreams in the past came to hold an elitist mentality.  They felt that their accomplishment took them out of the illusion.  They got an exemption from reaping the shit that their own beliefs had sown.  They convinced us that they could pass that exemption on to their children.  And they became quite accomplished at projecting their beliefs on to others since their power caused people to believe any old thing they said.

Thus wealth, fame, or royalty carried with it an unspoken exemption from the ordinary problems of life.  It buys false power, but it doesn’t buy true freedom, peace, or joy.  The only love they get is false love and blind worship.  Lady Di did us the favor of exposing the illusion that marrying a prince is happily ever after.  Sorry Cinderella — the physical prince isn’t the answer.

 

False Freedom

Within the illusion, everyone feels powerless; what we think we want is to be heard and to have our rules followed even if they are selfish and harm others.  We want our religion to be the one.  We want our country to be the biggest and best.  We want everyone to say, “You are the ONE.”

But that’s not freedom.  Even the most powerful in the illusion are always aware that they could fall like Humpty Dumpty at any moment.  Elitism only has the power that others give it.  Strip away those worshippers, fans, and faithful followers; and they lose it all in the blink of an eye.

That’s why it often looks like there’s an elite conspiracy.  The winners want to keep their beliefs in power because that’s all the power they have.  They fear exposure more than anything else in the world.  Exposure is death to the false self.  We’re their worst enemy when we see clearly that the emperor has no clothes.

Real freedom happens when you let go of the illusion.  As you stop feeding it, it loses power.  At first it loses power over you; but then you help others; and it loses power over them.  Eventually, it loses power over lots of people; and then what happens?

Look at who loses if the guy sitting on top of the elite’s power pyramid loses the very illusion that holds him or her up.  They fall on thine ass.  Their lack of real power is exposed.  The elite have all the beliefs that you and I have.  They just top their manure with Haagen-Dazs.  As long as we give their “Your Special” beliefs power, they win.  When we stop, they lose everything that made them special.  And it might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

The reason we often resist giving up our beliefs that “they’re special” is because we’ve not yet let go of the hope that we might one day be special.  We must realize that we don’t want elite specialness because it has no true value.  Then it’s easy to let go.

 

Level Confusion

When one is an elitist, they view themselves above the trash heap of the world.  As we let go, something different happens.

Our level confusion comes undone.  At first, the illusion seems oppressive and huge.  But if we keep realizing it isn’t true, we see through the illusion.  We aren’t impressed by or afraid of false selves in power.   Our mind sees causes; and we heal the causes, not the effects.  We come into contact with those we can help, and we don’t come into contact with those we can’t help.  Life does the sorting, not our mind.

The elite no longer look powerful, strong, or brave; they look lost and powerless.  Men that used to look big and scary, look small and weak.  You can see who they’ve chosen to be.  It’s sad because you know they’re not that stupid mask, and you want to rip it off and love them.  But often, they’re afraid of losing their mask — it’s all they’ve got; and you look like an enemy if you expose them.  But if you don’t expose them, they’ll never get real freedom, joy, or love.

They aren’t evil at the core; they just don’t feel the emotions that their own thoughts are creating until you stop accepting them.  When you stand in your True Self, their false self is defeated.  They become (holy shit — I’m going to use the N word)  NORMAL.

We start by letting go of our beliefs (the ones they convinced us were true), and we become our True Selves — the place where we’re all equal and valuable.  When there is enough real people in the world, the pyramid of power will cave in and life will be fair again, borders will fall, and love will reign.

As people let go of the illusion, they get creative.  They aren’t trying to solve problems; they’re innovating something new.  They gather others of like mind or talent, and they make dreams come true.  That’s the human dream — to express our gifts and talents, to share them with the world, and to contribute in a way that’s win-win for everyone.  And that can happen anywhere — not just in America.

 

Are They Authentic or Just a Perfect Persona?

Manure Pile and beliefs

By Cathy Eck

 

Authentic or Bullshit

My dad sends me some really stupid emails — I tell him that all the time.  But he was a nuclear engineer; so he thinks that he’s making conversation when he forwards an email.  Besides it gives me things to write about.

He recently sent me a copy of a discussion between two people who were trying to decide who was more authentic, George W. Bush or Barack Obama.  That’s pretty much like trying to decide whether a dog or a cat is more insect like.  It’s a useless discussion with no potential resolution or benefit.  But it brings up an interesting point:  How do we know if someone is authentic?

The truth is that the biggest liars have become quite accomplished at looking authentic.  Clear communication, lack of emotion, and happiness are qualities of the True Self, but they’re also qualities of highly perfected personas.

On the other hand, while we’re purifying our mind, we often get highly emotional when someone says something false, causing us to look like the flawed one.  Eventually, we reach a place where we know that anything false is powerless so we don’t need our emotions to explode like atom bombs.  But it’s always that awkward phase in between that gets us in trouble.

It seems that this has been a common problem throughout time.  Even Plato discussed it in his discourses on the legendary lost continent of Atlantis.  He said that those in power had too much “mortal admixture.”  The masses couldn’t tell who was truthful from those who had selfish intentions.  This caused the destruction of the continent.  We’re in the very same place today.

 

Knowing a True Self

In truth, we can only know if we’re authentic.  That’s the best use of our time and energy.  When we know our mind, we know when someone else’s thoughts enter.  We feel our emotions more easily.  We can catch and deflect the projections that those poker-faced personalities send our way.   I’ve discovered that as I clean out my mind, it’s easier to discern if another is being authentic or just blowing some sweet-smelling smoke.  Of course, they don’t like being exposed, but we’ll save that for another post.

I used to wonder if we all signed some sort of pact a few thousand years ago that said, “I won’t expose your false self if you don’t expose mine.”  Then I realized that a pact isn’t necessary.  When we hold lots of beliefs in our mind, we don’t catch the lies of others until it’s far too late because we can’t distinguish our thoughts from their thoughts.  That’s why the first exercise I give to people I mentor is to start watching their own mind 24/7.

People, who benefit from the illusion, support social skills where we focus on and care what others think instead of what we think.  That way we become gullible targets for those wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Our false selves have been highly trained to look at what people do.  We see a person hug a baby, and we think they’re nice.  Someone gives a vet a job, and they’re good.  But Charles Manson could hug a baby; he could also give a vet a job.  People who do things for show aren’t stupid; they know what to do to get the biggest bang for their buck.  They know how to work the collective mind.

Our false selves need validation.  The two people having the discussion, in my dad’s forwarded email, each thought that their favorite politician was authentic because they sounded like them.  False selves are insecure; they seek constant support.  That’s why our false self love to gossip or judge others.  A common enemy feels like power and mutual support.  The false self has to constantly support its position of rightness, or it will realize that it’s wrong.

 

What’s the lesson?

We must remember the reason that we have emotions.  They’re not to determine good and evil or right and wrong people.  They’re to decide if the particular belief or thought, which is our point of focus right now, is true or false.  Our emotions are actually highly impersonal — they are simply very good lie detectors.

If someone says, “All dogs of Republicans should have blue hair and Democratic dogs should have pink hair,”  we notice how their statement feels.  If it feels bad, it simply means don’t believe them.  It doesn’t mean color-coded dogs are bad or wrong for the believer; it means they aren’t right for us.  Our True Self is giving the thumbs down to their statement.  That’s all.

Somewhere along the way, most of us fell for the trap that we aren’t being nice if we expose someone’s belief as a belief.  We’re bad if we don’t support their false self.  In truth, we’re truly good (with no hidden opposite) only when we don’t support false selves.  Being nice to false selves keeps the illusion running.  Our false self should embarrass us, not get us approval.  We were designed by our cosmic designer to discriminate; we were given emotions to keep our minds pure.

When we realize that beliefs have NO power of their own, we easily ignore them.  We don’t fear beliefs of others, nor do we condone them.  Whether the person is authentic or not doesn’t matter that much.  We stop judging false selves when we see them as powerless; we just ignore them or correct them.  Life gets much easier.

The key to living an authentic life is to drop our own false self.  Then we can live in the world, among the most crazy false selves, and not fall into their trap.  We can even play in their world for a bit, and then exit when we’ve had enough.  In short, we no longer need to worry about whether someone else is authentic, because we’ve got our own authentic best friends with us all the time — our True Self and our emotional lie detector.

 

Fire, Passion, and Desire

Calaveras Big Tree National Park

By Cathy Eck

 

Calaveras Big Trees National Park

I recently took a day trip to Calaveras Big Trees National park in California.  The park is home to some of the remaining giant sequoias — the world’s largest trees.  These trees are so amazing.  When you’re underneath them, you feel the same calmness that you feel from a wise elder.  The largest sequoia is 275 feet tall and 36.5 feet in diameter.  The oldest tree lived for 3200 years.

The most enlightening fact that I learned about the Big Trees was that they need exposure to fire at certain times in their life cycle in order to thrive.  Before humans arrived, fires were started, mostly by lightning; those fires might burn uninterrupted for months at a time.  The first people to arrive in this area, over 12,000 years ago, understood this cycle; they adapted to it.  They realized that the fire improved their own food supply, gave them better materials, and opened travel routes.  But modern humans build permanent houses; we obviously don’t want our houses destroyed.  So we put out the fires the giant trees need to survive.

These long-living trees aren’t harmed by the fire.  The fire burns out the competition for water and sunlight.  Without the fire, the forests become unhealthy and overcrowded.  The forest rangers are now looking for ways to create small controlled fires.  In this way, they can keep the trees alive and not destroy the nearby houses and other buildings.

 

Fire as a Symbol

Fire has always been associated with the sun for obvious reasons.  Since the ancient people viewed the sun as the perfect metaphor for God, because it gave light, warmth, and was unconditional, fire came to represent God or pure divine energy.  Fire also symbolizes the energy of passion and desire.  And it’s equated with emotions that flow outward such as anger, hatred, jealousy, and rage.  Fire is yang and assertive in nature; it’s masculine energy.

If our desires comes from our True Self, our fire is in balance; we offer our best to others and the world.  On the other hand, if we’re passionate about achieving false desires and winning at the expense of others, our fire is burning out of control.

Likewise, when beliefs fill our mind that restrict our true desires or passion, our fire can’t burn.  We drown our fire with the water of emotion.

 

The Message of Fire and the Big Trees

If the giant sequoia does thrive and live a long life, they’re among others trees; but they stand alone, independent.  Likewise, codependence, and the emotions that go with trying to please others, often restricts our own growth.  Their weeds choke out our life force.

Too often, people feel responsible for another’s emotions.  The truth is that our emotions are the feminine reflection of our own masculine mind.  When we join another in sympathy, we usually strengthen their beliefs and drown with them.  We put out our fire trying to put out their fire.  In truth, they just might need a long-burning fire to destroy their weeds.

If we’re emotional or overly sensitive, it’s time to look very hard at our desires or trim back our beliefs.  Sadly, some religions and philosophies prescribe just the opposite.  They tell people to trim their desires and believe their beliefs.  In this way, they pour water on our fire.

 

Level Confusion

The metaphor of the giant sequoia trees is ripe for level confusion.  The typically physically-focused person would look at the sequoia’s need for fire and relate it to people.  They’d say, “Yes, this is a message that when population is too big, we suffocate each other.”  They’d take it as proof for the survival-of-the-fittest theory.  They’d suggest getting rid of the little people so the big ones can thrive.  They’d even condemn people for building permanent homes.

Symbolism is harmful and ineffective when it is interpreted at the purely physical level. It causes people to see others as the problem.  Then the problem can’t be solved.  Symbolism unites only when we apply it to our minds.

Symbols, just like emotions, always point inward.  They show us what to let go, not where to go or what to do.  For the trees to grow very old and very large, they need the support of fire.  If their life force (fire energy) is strong, they’re not consumed by the fire, they’re nourished by it.  Mythology often talks about disasters destroying people and places.  But it also talks about the connected ones (who had the fire of God within) and knew what was coming.  They either had the power to endure it or the foresight to move out of the way.  When we don’t have pure inner fire, we can’t endure the outer fire.  Our beliefs or weeds steal too much of our life force.

Fire is assertive.  When our fire is from the True Self, we’re a contribution to the earth.  We give more than we take.   Our unconditional True Self burns away the beliefs that keep people sick, suffering, or enslaved.  The giant sequoia isn’t suffering or sacrificing as it grows; it is just doing what comes naturally.  It’s inspired from within so nature removes what could harm it from without.

Weeds (or beliefs) take far more than they give.  They keep us from reaching our true potential.  Beliefs block our true fire, our real power.  Like the weeds, they take all the nutrients and give nothing back.  When they arise, with their powerful flood of emotion, we must face them, not fear them.  We must let them know that they are false, and they have no power.  Each time we do that, we are purified by the fire of truth and wisdom.  One day, we’re the tallest tree in the forest — not by force of will but by force of nature.

 

 

What is Initiation?

initiation

By Cathy Eck

 

Initiation Defined

I received a great question from a woman in my mentoring program.  She said there was an article in her local paper about a child being killed by initiation.  Since I use that word all the time, she wondered what they were talking about.

It’s for that very reason that I hesitated to use the word initiation for a long time in my writing.  Just like God, religion, and Humpty Dumpty all took a fall, so did initiation.  They all fell in basically the same way.  Our human perspective changed from spiritually oriented to physically oriented.  But I went back to using the word because initiation is a great word.  It simply means to go back to the beginning prior to man’s fall into the illusory perspective of good and evil.

 

Physical Perspective

The fallen perspective was born out of the imaginations of storytellers and astrologers who viewed the night sky as a theater.  Their night-time characters became templates or archetypes for our human minds.  Drama was interesting and entertaining; just as it is today.  The Hermetic theory said, “As above, so below.”  What was born out of the stars would eventually come to fill the minds of man.  Thus, we eventually had the same drama on earth as they imagined in the stars.  A little drama makes life interesting; too much makes it hell.

Eventually, the people who wanted all the power said, “I’m creating the play.  I’m the lead, and you guys are all walk-on slaves who worship and serve me.”  In order to obey someone outside of us, we had to shift our perspective.  We could no longer focus on our own mind and our own emotional guidance, we became focused on pleasing others and fulfilling their desires.  If we didn’t, we didn’t live long.

As the human drama became more top-heavy, and suffering and death became more common, some people said, “We’ve had enough.  We want to figure out how to get out of this man-made illusion.”  They discovered initiation — the way out.  They learned how to discriminate and how to return to a virgin mind.  And while it probably wasn’t their goal, they did become powerful.

The men who took the path of initiation became Jesus-like.  They were kind, compassionate, great healers and teachers, and miracle workers.  They no longer wore the blinders of the illusion.  They had potential beyond ordinary humans.  Thus, it was said that mortal men entered the chambers of initiation, and Gods exited.  Therefore, these men were called Sons of God.

 

Everyone Deserves This

The teachings of these true initiates were shared through story because they felt that everyone deserved to have the way out.  They decided that if one had the eyes and ears to see and hear (or the pure desire to be initiated), the stories would trigger them to come and ask for initiation.  Those who were not of pure mind wouldn’t understand what in the hell they were talking about.  Thus the teachings could stay pure.

The power-hungry leaders were obviously jealous of the raw power of the initiated ones.  They wanted the same power; and they presumed it was done through physical training (they couldn’t see beyond their physical perspective).  Thus, it seems that they invented their own schools of initiation.  They trained men to be brave and face their physical demons — like military training.  They also hijacked the true initiation stories and put their own physical, literal spin on them.

The false initiates created terrifying tests of power to prove their worth.  They killed off their emotions, and they studied magic and illusion so they could look God-like to the masses.

These false initiates were wolves in sheep’s clothing, but no one could tell.  The masses followed the wolves blindly to their own demise.  Not much has changed, really.

From the outside both sets of initiates looked unemotional and magical but their foundation was very different.  Jesus was referred to as a lamb, i.e., not a wolf, as a sign that he was from the group of true initiates.  But religion even messed with Jesus by focusing on his crucifixion and teaching people to do like Jesus rather than think like him.

There was a huge difference between the two groups.  The fake initiates talked about good and evil as if it were real; they had rules to make you good.  God was in the sky in heaven and hell was below.  These men saw themselves as good, right, and superior.  Sadly, they gave birth to modern religion.  So they still have power today over the masses.

The True initiates didn’t speak of heaven and hell or good and evil.  They spoke of God within.  They saw everyone as equal and divine.  What they could do, so could we once we knew how.

 

Remnants of Initiation

Today we still have remnants of these two different forms of initiation.  There are those who understand this is all an inner journey and a process of releasing what is false from their minds.  This sort of initiation can only help others; it never hurts them.

Then we have people who are still hungry for power.  They develop strong wills by training their mind instead of freeing their mind.  They do this to win over others, fulfill false desires, or to be seen as spiritual when they really aren’t.  In fact, these people tend to oppress their followers as they project their own belief in evil or wrongness on to them.

The strange notion of hazing, often found in fraternities or gangs, came from these false initiates.  It was all about proving you were worthy to be a member.  We should just ignore these groups.  They have no power unless we give them our power by fearing or obeying them.  If we stop teaching our children to be blindly obedient, they won’t want anything to do with those organizations.  And the organizations will die a nice quiet death.  True initiation will remain.