The Evolution of Projection and How We Escape Its Grip

alchemical marriage

By Cathy Eck 


Understanding Projection

Many people today feel as though they’re stuck in someone’s illusory projection.  They’re more aware of their thoughts, and their life doesn’t seem congruent with their thinking.  This was what set me on this path two decades ago.  We recognize that someone or something else is producing our reality — but who or what?

People attribute this phenomenon to God, aliens, or evil spirits.  But they’re wrong; you discover this as you let go.  The beliefs that keep our lives small and powerless come from other humans — our past and current authority figures — our trusted family and friends.

While a strong masculine mind can change intentions and beliefs and get results quickly.  One with a more receptive, feminine mind attempts the same change of mind without results.    This is why so many people needlessly suffer in the world today.  They’ve given their minds to gurus, friends, doctors, parents, and political, religious, or social leaders in exchange for false beliefs.  They don’t know how to escape.


The Mind’s Original Design

The first humans lived in paradise because the masculine and feminine within their own mind worked together as one unit.  The masculine aspect set intentions, created logical organization, and held memories or beliefs.  The feminine part received wisdom, ideas, and inspiration.  Each person’s mind was a separate container that worked like a well-oiled creation machine.

But then, life got more complex as humans became aware of others and wanted to co-create.  They formed tribes and groups; they chose leaders.  Roles were invented.  Men stepped into the masculine roles and women into the feminine.  Men set intentions, rules (or beliefs), and provided leadership.  Women received the wisdom and inspiration to fulfill those intentions.  Together they were a dynamic pair.

But later on, men started setting intentions that weren’t from their True Self (not win-win).  Men wanted power, which required other men to submit to them.  Men now played feminine roles, like slave or warrior.

The divine feminine couldn’t offer wisdom to the false masculine for the purpose of enslaving another or fighting a war.  Thus the wise, creative Goddess within became silent and was replaced by the emotional bitch or witch who wanted the masculine authorities to let go of their false desires, beliefs, and intentions.

Belief systems were created by false authorities to serve their selfish intentions.  When people in feminine roles rebelled or emoted their disapproval, they were branded heretics, traitors, or just plain evil.  In time, people came to see the illusion as the truth and paradise was sent into the clouds.

Emotions got in the way of false authority; so they became socially unacceptable.  People learned to suppress their emotions in order to survive.  The masculine got further and further out of control without the feminine to tame it.


Projection From the False Masculine

We’re designed to project our minds into the world for creative purposes.  But projection creates hell on earth when it comes from a false masculine.  The false masculine projects beliefs onto others and calls them right or true.  Fear, deception, reward and punishment, and manipulation are all ways of tricking people into submission so they will ignore the truth and obey a false ruler’s illusion.

Our innocent feminine mind is naturally trusting and receptive — it doesn’t expect someone to lie.  Humans trusted false authority out of innocence, goodness, and fear.  We started accepting beliefs that our inner Goddess never would have accepted.  These beliefs weren’t win-win, generated emotion, and didn’t inspire feminine creativity and wisdom.  Once accepted the beliefs got stuck in our minds since we didn’t know how to let them go.  We were trapped in someone else’s projected illusion.  Our thoughts became worthless.

We internalized false authority.  It often appears as a kindly good voice, our conscious, or a guardian spirit.  It can appear to be a calling.  But it’s the false masculine or Satan of the apocalypse; he exists in our mind until we let him go.  He’s the composite false voice of all the authority figures that we’ve believed in the past.  He tells us what to do, how to behave, and what is true.  Everything he says is a lie.  We know deep inside that he’s lying because when he speaks we feel the Goddess emote.  But we’re afraid to challenge him because we believe he has the power to harm us.  We fear he might be right.

He guards the gateway to our freedom.  It feels like we have no power over him, but that is the biggest lie of all.  He’s just a mental illusion that we project into our world.


Resurrecting the Goddess

The good-evil illusion has gone on for thousands of years because we silenced our inner Goddess.  When our Goddess emoted showing us that our God was false, we silenced her to please authorities.  Now we must resurrect her and allow her to lead us to freedom.  We must feel her emotional energy again.

We must get honest and take responsibility for the thoughts and beliefs in our minds — we did borrow them from others.  When the Goddess says that a belief is false, we must trust her and let the belief go.  We must let go of authorities and experts that we follow blindly.  We must stop making others superior to us and start trusting our own inspiration.

Eventually, we reclaim our minds, our power, and our lives — no one can project their beliefs on us ever again because our Goddess sees, hears, and feels right through them.  She signals us when we need to let go.

We return to living from our True Self.  We now have a God-like masculine mind that thinks only thoughts that work for everyone; our Goddess is wise and creative once again.  We have come full circle and are born again.  This was called the alchemical marriage.  It is the key to paradise — the gateway to gold.



Ending the Fighting, Living from Win-Win

Change our mind Change the World

By Cathy Eck


Fighting Versus Win-Win

In the path of initiation, our mind unravels in three levels of reality.  The first level disappears when our personal reality shifts, and we are left with an understanding of who we are and where we fit in the world.  The second level involves our relationship to others, and the third involves our relationship to the world.  This second-level event in my life didn’t make any sense when it happened in the early 90’s, and it was profoundly embarrassing.  Now I look back and just smile.

Until 1997, I owned a technology business.  My company was hired by a nonprofit organization, run by several retired generals, to design and implement a new membership and accounting system.   I partnered with another company owned by my friend Barry, who happened to be Middle Eastern.  Barry and I completed many projects together; this would be easy for us.

Within a few weeks of implementation, Barry and I noticed some things that the generals didn’t consider.  We saw opportunities to improve their system by upgrading things and shifting the paper flow.  So we went to meet with the generals.  Barry explained the situation, but clearly their bias toward his nationality and accent started to kick in.  They got very angry with him.


The Feminine Speaks

I had no idea what came over me, but I started to cry.  This was not what a professional did.  I tried to mask the tears by pretending to rub my eyes, only causing mascara to smear on my face and make things worse.  One general looked at me and said, “Something wrong?” in a general-like voice.

I cut loose.  “We came here to tell you how we could make your system better.  We are offering to do more work for the same money, giving you more than you asked for.  All you can hear is that we want an extra week to do it.  You act like you’re fighting a war when we’re on the same fucking team.  I just don’t know if I can work with assholes like you.  Life works better when you don’t perceive everyone as the enemy to be defeated.  But how would you know that?”  I fully expected that they would fire me and ask for their deposit to be returned.  But I didn’t care.  Barry was my friend and partner; and I had his back.

The head general looked at the others and said, “She’s right.  We do approach everything in this stupid organization like we’re at war.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it too.  We can’t even recognize when someone is doing us a favor.”  He looked at me and said, “I’m so sorry; take as long as you need.”  We proceeded with the job and everything was perfect after that.

The next week, the general took me to lunch.  He said that he didn’t know how to thank me.  I had broken his military mindset; he felt human again.  He winked and said his wife adored the new man he’d become.  We remained friends until I moved away.  He sent me tons of business and became one of my biggest supporters.


The Power of Win-Win

What happened that day looked like pure magic.  But it’s boilerplate for how our emotions are designed to work.  When the generals started behaving from win-lose, I showed emotion.  They played the fallen masculine, and I played the feminine reflection.  When the general got the message and moved to win-win, the emotions stopped; and we easily came to a perfect resolution.

I didn’t consciously know what I was doing at the time; but some part of me did.  It is the template for the perfect male-female win-win relationship in the outer world and the perfect male-female mind relationship in the inner world (the alchemical marriage).


Emotions Lead to The Causal Belief

Once I accepted win-win as my new way of living, I discovered the power of emotions and how they could lead us to our beliefs.  I eventually learned how to let go of our beliefs and remain in win-win.

Not everyone was like my general friend.  Most people wanted to hold on to the fight and continue to go for the win.  But as I cleared more and more of my own win-lose mindset, they’d usually go fight with someone else.

After that day, giving in to win-lose interactions felt horrible.  The other person wanted win-win too, but they didn’t know it.  So even when they won our win-lose conflict, they fought more.  Win-lose is the root of all addictions and problems.  The more you chip away at the pile of bullshit that forms it, the less you want to play the games.


Tragedies are Caused by Win-Lose

People create tragedies just to experience win-win. The initiated said that we lose our power over nature and she screams when we forgot that we were born to cooperate.  As above, so below means that the world works the same way the mind works.  Win-win minds will one day manifest a win-win world.

Terrorism, shootings, bombings are all caused by win-lose belief systems perpetuated by religion and politics.  When something horrible happens, people stop competing and cooperate for the greater good.  But then life goes back to normal and they bring out the gloves.  The cycle perpetuates because the cause (the win-lose mindset) is never fixed.

I’m no longer interested in honoring those who ban together in a tragedy or fight well in a war.  They aren’t heroes; they are looking for relief from their suffering.

I’m interested in the man or woman who chooses win-win to avoid the tragedy, before they have something to gain, just like my general friend.  His medal of honor in Vietnam was worthless in his daily life.  He became a true hero when he quit fighting wars and found the magic of win-win.  He got the highest reward in life; he found his True Self.


Is end of war possible?  I think so.




Michelangelo’s Secret and the Power of the Feminine

God in the Brain painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Few people notice that Michelangelo placed God (as well as a woman and children) inside the right half of a brain. He was trying to tell us something important.

By Cathy Eck


Michelangelo’s Secret

When the story of Adam and Eve became widely accepted as true, the Adams of the world rose to a place of false superiority, as if incapable of making an error; and the Eves got blamed for the problems that the Adams manifested.

Adam demonstrated a very good trick, how to fake innocence and blame the feminine.  And so it has been.  The Adams blame, and the Eves accept the blame stripping away the power of the feminine for men and women.  This is the curse of humanity that we perpetuate by repeating the same pattern of thinking over and over.

This fall story plays out every day in homes, schools, offices, and political arenas.  The person who claims authority (the masculine Adam role) in any relationship usually claims innocence, while the one in the feminine Eve role feels they did something wrong that they can’t take back.


Michelangelo’s God in a Brain

The fall story must have weighed heavy on Michelangelo’s mind.  Being a gay artist, he lived as an outcast in society.  Outcasts don’t have authority; they live their lives in the feminine Eve role.

Michelangelo’s only power was in his gift.  No one questioned him when it came to sculpting or his fresco (even though he didn’t know how to fresco when he accepted the Sistine Chapel commission).  Michelangelo painted an obscure message on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  He painted God in the right half of a brain.

Within each of us, we have a masculine mind aspect and a feminine mind aspect.  Michelangelo’s right brain is a metaphor for being in the right or feminine mind.  Women mostly project out their masculine mind aspect, and most men do the opposite by projecting their feminine.  But a gay man would be more comfortable in the mind of the feminine.

Ultimately, our masculine and feminine are designed to work together as equals, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  When we are in our True Self power, our masculine and feminine aspects always agree, are in balance, and are not projected outward without our awareness.  In the ancient world, this was called the alchemical marriage.  It was the goal of initiation.

When we have this inner congruence, God or our True Self is our male aspect, our inner authority; and our creative feminine rests in the comfort and safety of this true authority.  Expression of our gifts is effortless because we are whole.


Michelangelo Knew the Power of the Feminine

Michelangelo was part of a largely gay artist community in Florence during the Renaissance along with Leonardo and Raphael (the other Ninja Turtles).  They studied in secret, performed illegal human dissections, and hid the truth of life in their work for us to find.  They clearly didn’t fit the mold of the Catholic church, and they knew that fighting the church would cost them their life.

They took commissions from the church, but then left messages all over the Vatican for us to discover with delight today.  They could do this because their gifts were so powerful that they became the authority when they did their work, and no one was the wiser.

God in a big old right brain is one of the gems that Michelangelo left.  Secret society symbolism looked like interesting art to the masses and even the religious elite; but to the brotherhood, it spoke volumes.

Secret societies and ancient schools of initiation taught the power of the feminine.  Isis resurrected the Egyptian King Osiris.  Babylonians worshipped Ishtar.  Ancient Greeks worshipped Athena, and the Knights Templar placed black Madonnas in churches.  Even the Holy Grail is a feminine cup.

There were always powerful creative men who understood this, and they hid the power of the feminine message in everything from watermarks to stained glass windows.  The religious and political elite, however, needed to keep the power of the feminine under wraps because anyone who reclaims that power can’t be lied to.


The Power of the Feminine and God

Michelangelo put the power of the feminine with God because the initiates knew that the feminine within didn’t fall.  The feminine is receptive; it can’t fall unless the male aspect falls and takes it down with it.  Our inner male holds beliefs; and when we cover our unconditionally loving God (True Self) within with beliefs, our feminine gets a little bitchy.  She struggles to express her creativity.

Michelangelo exposed the power of the feminine (women and children) by placing them with God in the right side of the brain.  Creating is about living in the image and likeness of the Creator God.  Adam was left alone barely able to reach God’s finger.  He represents the intellectual male mind, filled with beliefs, who blames his emotional Eve mind for his problems or sins.

Michelangelo died feeling like a failed man.  I think about that often.  The power and glory of his art was a brilliant light, but it was in the closet.  He could not be open about the love of his life, who he painted into The Judgment fresco; and more important, he could not be open about the truth of life that he hid in his art.  He lived quietly in the background while those that lied ruled the world.  If I could have a word with Michelangelo, I would want to let him know that he was perfect, that he has been a true role model for me, and that his message has been received.


If you are still hungry for more Michelangelo, here is a tribute post to him.