By Cathy Eck
Years ago, I was giving a “No Labels, No Lies” presentation. A Fundamentalist Christian woman stood up and said, “It sounds like you’re doing the Christian Judgment Day and the Life Review while alive.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. But she was right. Initiation takes the lies (the false self) out of religion; it purifies it.
When people have near death experiences, they often say that they’re shown what it’s like to walk in the shoes of their enemy. They see and feel the hurt that they projected on others. They also describe a tremendous beauty and joy, which I suspect is the reward of their True Self’s unconditional love finally being returned to them by those that couldn’t or wouldn’t love them in their physical body.
Religion basically postpones what ancient people called initiation until you die. Initiation was all about being saved or reborn but not because of a ceremony.
No ceremony makes people compassionate or unconditionally loving, but initiation did. Of course, if everyone could heal their life, love their neighbor, and be free, they wouldn’t need religion, they wouldn’t need government, and they wouldn’t buy most of those stupid products that businesses sell.
In a Babylonian creation myth, there’s a line that says the Gods decided to invent humans so someone could worship them. Another lines says that they needed servants because they wanted constant leisure. The huge gap between the haves and the have nots would disappear very quickly if people did the Judgment Day Life Review while alive. False superiority would end.
We were trapped in the illusion by others, but we hold ourselves hostage. We can’t blame those who taught us to postpone freedom, gratification, and unconditional love if we can let their false teachings go. We postpone our return to Heaven on earth because don’t want to see and feel what we’ve done to others when we imposed our beliefs on them. Needing to be right about our beliefs keeps us in prison. Letting go sets us free.
No Judgment; No Blame
I’ve been going through this life review while alive process for years. While judgment and blame seem neverending in physical form, they vanish when you let your beliefs go. Anything you did wrong in the illusion was from a belief. Once you let the causal belief go, you realize it never really happened. Your mind returns to the Garden of Eden. You remember who you truly are — your True Self. You’re only letting go of the false self, and you don’t miss it at all. Why would you ever miss blame, guilt, shame, or judgment?
In truth, there’s no evil or wrong; what appeared to be evil or wrong was simply false. And, false has no power unless we give our power to false by labeling it true. You don’t miss your false relationships, false authority, stupid jobs, unpaid bills, diseases (even the ones you got payoffs for), or even the false Gods.
Initiation is different than the Judgment Day we’ve been sold by religion. Removing judgment is really about understanding. I once had someone in my life that sent hate my way for decades. I wasn’t mean back to them. So, I actually thought that I was complete with them. But I wasn’t. In initiation, I had to see what it was like to walk in their shoes and how and why they viewed me as they did. To understand someone means to stand under them. If we feel stuck under someone’s thumb, we probably haven’t tried to understand them. We’ve used our energy to rebel against them, get even with them, or get them to change. Not understanding others is a form of judgment. Understanding allows us to discriminate and unconditionally love at the same time.
Initiation and the Judgment Day aren’t about fixing right and wrong and good and evil; they’re about seeing through the illusion to true and false. Regardless of which side of the bottom of the triangle, we’re on, we’ve got clean up work to do.
I had to really understand how this person’s beliefs gave them their point of view. I had to gain true love and honest compassion for them. I had to bring my memories of them to true completion. I had to remember them before they gave hatred to me — true forgiving. Until then, I blocked my own freedom.
It feels weird to do this because it’s never discussed. True forgiving involves forgetting. We think this cleansing will occur at death; so we don’t attempt to do it in life. Consequently, we continue to need death, and we never really live. Ancient masters taught that death is an addiction because we don’t want to love our enemies unconditionally. We’d rather die.
Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, said that when we become our True Self (he used the word life), we don’t need death. Here is one of his many quotes on rejuvenation.
He hath shown the way; not by some mysterious fluid, not by some unusual vibration, but by the simple method of living that which is life itself. Think no evil; speak no evil; hear no evil. And as the truth flows as a stream of life through the mind in all its phases or aspects, and purifies same, so will it purify, revivify and rejuvenate the body (294-183).
When we let go of evil (beliefs), we start to live. Live is evil spelled backwards — a clue. This doesn’t mean to deny or suppress evil or thoughts of judgment. It means to let them ALL go. No one can possibly get free using that which is taught in religion because they hold the notion of evil as real while trying to rise above it. Initiation was about letting go of the entire notion of evil, because it’s false. When you do, what remains is the truth. Then you are free.