By Cathy Eck
Recently, I saw a show on the History Channel about Billionaires. They briefly addressed their mindset. They said they have serious God complexes, and they believe they’re doing God’s work even if they’re robbing others blind or killing them. They have a particular view of the world that they believe is true; and that view has them winning and most of us losing.
The show described this condition in several comical ways: “Billionaires see themselves as the anointed landlords of the earth. They see themselves as divinely appointed. The world would stop spinning on its axis if they failed to exist.”
The show explained that billionaires look philanthropic and generous, but they have a motive with every dollar they spend. Their charity is fixing what is wrong in their perspective of reality. In other words, they’re fixing their own projection to perfect their OWN illusion.
The show even admitted that billionaires don’t want us vermin around; they’re now looking into a plan to build an exclusive floating island so they won’t belong to any country, won’t pay taxes, and will (in their mind) have achieved ultimate freedom. But they’re living a lie; that’s not freedom.
Another illusory way to gain power and rule the world is to gain permanent followers for your perspective. Religions, cults, and gurus create power for their beliefs through followers. Luke Rhinehart wrote a book in the 70’s called “the Book of est.” It described the mindset of est founder and leader, Werner Erhard. Erhard borrowed ideas from eastern gurus and the infamous cult leader, L. Ron Hubbard.
“The est organization is not democratic (most American business organizations are not) but rather is authoritarian in the way that baffles many and antagonizes others. Warner Erhard expects staff members to be dedicated to serving est–which, because he and est are one and the same, mean serving him. Late in the fourth day of the training, the trainer explains that Werner is in essence a power source serving masses of people, and individual staff members supply Warner with additional power. The power flows up from graduates and staff, through Warner, out into the world. This is a perfectly reasonable way to explain the essentially Eastern phenomenon of a powerful being (usually a guru or spiritual teacher) attracting other powerful beings who nevertheless choose to channel their power through the leader” (Rhinehart, pg. 264-65).
This is the way of the false god. We’re so used to our reality being this way that we fall for the trick again and again.
Government authority uses a similar trick. We send our power up to them believing they’ll take care of us. People today are noticing that they aren’t doing a very good job of taking care of anyone but themselves.
Notice the flow of energy goes from the followers to the leaders. This screams false leader; he will assure you that he has your back. But the true leader operates from unconditional love; his/her energy flows like the sun to those below them in feminine roles. True leaders constantly examine their projections and correct their own minds. Lao Tzu said it best, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
The freedom that we gain from letting go is earned freedom; it’s real and indestructible. Just as it takes time and effort to become a billionaire or grow millions of followers, letting go takes time and effort. But here’s the difference. The billionaire and the cult leader must retain their superior masculine position. They must constantly lobby for top dog if they want their beliefs and rules to control everyone’s experience. They consciously or unconsciously realize that they have no power in the feminine role. They’ll do whatever it takes to stay in the masculine role — steal, kill, torture, silence. They’re doing the “false god’s” work.
Letting go moves us into the realm of the True Self, beyond roles, which is ultimately more powerful than any religious leader, guru, government official, or billionaire. We really do control our life because their beliefs aren’t in our mind anymore. We can’t experience what we don’t believe. The false gods aren’t our enemies; they’re powerless. They’re own false self is the vermin they want to eliminate.
If we don’t let go of their rules and beliefs in our mind, we’ll fall under their control. This is why we’ve had great men and women who took risks, but ended up in prison or dead. They believed they were fighting a real enemy instead of a cartoon. The movie, “Divergent,” has some great visuals of the power of knowing something isn’t true. Readers of my blog tend to recognize their “divergent” True Self, which the movie defines as a mind beyond control. Divergence requires persistent letting go. As we conquer this aspect of our false mind, we won’t fear stepping out and speaking the truth anymore.
When we understand true freedom, we understand why it’s worth pursuing, and why it’s completely fair. The wealthy person and the religious leader or guru are also bound by their own version of the false God. By letting go, we move beyond their false illusion into real freedom, a place with no boundaries — the realm of our True Selves.
The best indicator of true freedom is that people work together and harmonize. They don’t play status games. Everyone is unique, valuable, and worthy. In true freedom, people aren’t afraid of each other; they don’t harm others. They’re too busy creating. And while the billionaire and the guru do get to do what they want, they still fear the vermin outside the commune or mansion (their projections). Their freedom is an illusion.