By Cathy Eck
Fear of Freedom
A long time ago, religion did a very clever thing. They associated freedom and reward with death. This confusion keeps many people from pursuing the path of initiation. Those who are on the path to freedom have to deal with the beliefs that were planted by those who don’t want freedom for everyone. These beliefs are often laced with enormous amounts of fear…making them look very true.
How We Get Tricked
Recently my dad sent me a very cute picture of a four-year old boy and his huge dog. A story followed that was designed to tug at our heart-strings (I just realize I have no fucking clue what a heart-string is). The dog had cancer, and the parents decided to put him down. After it was done, the vet got tears in his eyes. He said, “This is never easy. I hate doing it.” Now that’s a sign that he shouldn’t be doing it, but that isn’t the lesson in this story. Then the vet said, “I love animals. Why do they live such short lives?” The boy answered confidently. “My dog learned unconditional love; humans take a longer time to learn it.”
So did you get sucked in? Most reading this would immediately think “Oh, the wisdom of children.” The reality is, “Oh how quick they brainwash the children.” The statement sounds lovely, but it implies that once we learn unconditional love, we have no reason to be here. It implies that no living human is unconditionally loving. This is the world this child was being trained to see?
The example demonstrates how we get hooked into many illusory beliefs. I see these kind of heart-string quotes nearly every day on social media. The words sound nice; however, most people don’t think about what the quotes really mean.
I often ask the people who I mentor what scares them about freedom? Most think they’ll die. They’ve been trained that freedom and heaven are the same. Others say they’ll be poor and lonely. Some believe that freedom means they’ll be an outcast or homeless. My personal favorite is the one that says you don’t get rewarded until you die. This is very helpful to people who need slaves to do their heavy lifting so they can drink tea and eat bonbons all day. We can thank religion for most of these disempowering beliefs. Few people notice that the very people who tell them to delay gratification aren’t delaying their own gratification. There are a lot of Jesus-following churches that are very rich; but no one sees the irony in that.
Choose Your Mentors Wisely
You don’t want someone to mentor you who’s afraid of freedom. Years ago, I was desperate to find ways to get freedom from beliefs. I knew how to discriminate, but I didn’t yet know how to let go. I read about this new thing called Voice Mapping and decided to try it. At first, I did great or so I thought. Now, I suspect that it was more my belief that the machine would get rid of beliefs, along with my clear discrimination and a well-crafted brochure.
The operator was Mormon. We decided to take a break because I hit a road block. My mind just wouldn’t let go. She told me that she’d been thinking about her deceased husband during my session. “Hum,” I thought, “I wonder if this affected my ability to let go.”
I asked her what he died from. “He died quickly,” she said. “He figured out who he was — a gay man. He came out of the closet. He suddenly became unconditionally loving and wise. God didn’t need him on this planet anymore.”
“That is ridiculous,” I responded in an unkind tone of voice. “When we are unconditionally loving we can live fully, help others, and create, create, create. You are full of shit.” She smiled as she said, “He asked the Bishop why he felt so alive; and the Bishop said, his job on earth was done.” He died soon after that.
I realized why my mind wouldn’t let go. Her beliefs linked unconditional love with death.
I sometimes wonder if Gandhi, John Lennon, or Martin Luther King felt their love made them unnecessary on earth. Too often, the wrong people leave the planet. Is that why people say the good die young?
Here is the truth, and you know this in your heart. You don’t need me to say it, but I will anyway. Heaven is on earth. The truth was covered up with a political/religion-generated illusion. When we reach the state of freedom and unconditional love, we get wise. We see the illusion for what it is. We become enlightened. If we stayed on earth, we’ll expose the illusion. We’ll help to free others. Most people become very angry when they see the illusion. And I feel that anger is what often kills them.
We can’t fix the illusion or fight it. It’s hard not to become angry when we see the pain and suffering caused by those who say they care about us. But anger and fear don’t create change. They are the fuel of the illusion. They harm us.
We have to remember the illusion is false and keep letting go. We must remember the anger is saying that whatever we’re seeing in the illusion isn’t true. Emotions expose the illusion, which is why they’re labeled bad. If we keep letting go…if we keep staring poverty and sickness and harmful beliefs in the eye and declaring them untrue, then we are committing a sin in the eyes of religion…we’re heretics bringing heaven back to earth. We’re exposing their lies…freeing the world. That takes courage and unconditional love.
Sorry little boy. You’re cute as hell, but you’ve been brainwashed. The kryptonite of the illusion is unconditional love. The purpose of life is to become unconditionally loving to live, create, and be free — not die.