By Cathy Eck
People often write to me asking for help with physical problems. My body has been a huge challenge for me, mostly because the illusion is filled with beliefs about our bodies; and people in my life had rigid body beliefs and enormous trust in experts. I, on the other hand, found the things that people do to fix their bodies repulsive. I’ve had a lot to let go, and I’m not done. But I do know where I’m going. Here’s what I’ve learned.
The illusion is physically or effect oriented. We see something wrong in our bodies, and we go to an expert. We trust whatever they diagnose. We put their knowledge in our mind and hope it fixes our problem. We ignore the fact that experts see what they believe — projection.
We ignore our True Self’s wisdom and our own emotional discrimination that’s probably screaming at us. We’ve given false masters dominion over our body in so many ways, usually out of fear. Until we confront our fears, they lie under the surface waiting to trap us one day. We’re playing the health lottery; and the odds of winning are decreasing every day.
Fixing the effects of our false thinking causes slow mental degradation. We dive even deeper in the illusion every time we fix effects. We’ve given our money and power to someone else; we’ve put them in a false masculine role over us without realizing it. We’ll need them again because the cause isn’t really gone. Eventually, we’ll encounter a problem that no expert can solve. If we have no awareness of our True Self, that problem will kill us or severely deteriorate our quality of life. It’s insane that we call that normal.
When the illusion wins, we ALL lose because everyone has fueled beliefs. It gets harder for anyone to break free. It’s imperative that we stop feeding the illusion.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying to go cold turkey regarding fixing bodily effects. Sometimes we have to fix or minimize the effects to get rid of enough fear to let go. The best way to fix a bodily problem is to follow what we believe. But later, when things calm down, we should look for the cause and let it go.
Start with the easy stuff. Recently I saw a quiz on Facebook that said, “Are you toxic?” I knew what it would ask: How often do you work out? Do you drink? Smoke? How many servings of fruit and vegetables do you eat daily? Do you eat fast food? As I suspected, all the questions were physically oriented. State of mind was ignored completely.
Health is the illusion’s new religion. Athletes and models are our false Gods. We deem their bodies perfect and strive to look like them. Whatever makes them beautiful, we’ll buy and copy.
We’re hard wired to trust beautiful people. But we must make sure that we know what beautiful really looks like.
According to the Facebook quiz, everyone should feel guilty and buy cleanses and diet plans and hire personal trainers. When we’re told what to do, we’ll either rebel or blindly follow. Either way, we’re supporting the illusion. We’ll never find the top of the triangle. The false God is a marketing genius.
This is hard for many people to see. If they’ve fixed something with knowledge, a program, or practice, they don’t feel the discord of their own beliefs and knowledge anymore. They judge those who aren’t fixing their effects in the same way. They’ve projected out their definition of wrong on to those who eat wrong (in their opinion) or don’t work out. If they stop their practice, their projection will come right back to them. When we fix effects, we have to keep the belief in the fix alive.
If we get to our True Self perspective, we’ll eat and do what’s right for us. The ancient people said that the body was the effect of the mind. If we let go of all body beliefs, we’ll end up bodily wise and beautiful. However, I suspect that we’d not recognize such beauty today.
Let’s design this toxicity test from the ancient perspective: Do you love drama? Whine? Judge others or yourself? Do you criticize your body? Do you fix the effects of your body’s problems? Do you hold rigid food and exercise beliefs? Do you believe experts over your True Self? If so, you’re mentally toxic to yourself and others. You’re perpetuating the illusion of health and beauty.
Real transformation comes from the inside out. It’s slow; we go through an awkward stage that makes us constantly want to turn back. We find more beliefs than we can even imagine.
The mental test represents a perspective that heals the mind and the body; the physical test fixes only the body/effect. Jesus himself said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” (King James Matthew 15:11) I like to quote that when my Christian friends behave like food police — shuts them up in a hurry.
The mental win-win perspective is fair to everyone. The homeless person can practice letting go and be healthy, beautiful, and happy just like the rich person. Everyone can be uniquely beautiful.
Someone who wants to hold on to their false self won’t like the mental test. But it’s time for those who benefit from the illusion to lose their false power. Sadly, the people who say they love us and care for us are often the ones killing us with their rigid beliefs. As we muster the courage to challenge their beliefs, our body relaxes and heals. Our True Self stays in power; and we return to our natural state of health, joy, and beauty.