Fighting, Manipulation, or Letting Go

Fighting-Manipulation-Letting Go

By Cathy Eck


Great Lessons in Simple Events

A few days ago, I faced a simple but meaningful challenge.  Returning to my condo, I noticed two Jehovah Witnesses reading the Bible to my neighbor.  They saw me, and I could almost hear them say, “There’s our next target.”

I went into my condo and started to think about what I might do with these two young men.  Certainly anything out of my mouth would rock their world.  But I really wanted to avoid their manipulation.

I actually have no problem with religion as part of the illusion.  I have a problem with people calling it the truth.  Everyone has the right to choose as much or as little religion, politics, and education as they want.  Sadly, without the ability to let go; these choices have always been permanent.  Once programmed, you couldn’t escape the false self’s grip.

I suspect the idea of selling religion with manipulation came from the notion that there’s power in numbers, which is the reality in the false world.  If you want your religion to be the One, you need followers.

I could hear the young men reading verse after verse.  So I thought, “What do I know about them?”  Ah, I know they are highly obedient.  So I put a sign on my door, “Do not disturb.”  They came up to the door and obediently walked away.  Problem solved, and conflict avoided.


The Art of Manipulation

There was more to let go because they did come to my door so I’m equally responsible.  I recognize a little, “Oh shit” pass through my mind as I saw my neighbor’s eyes meet mine in a plea for help.  I could have let that go, and yet it never occurred to me.  My True Self backed away because I needed to see the deeper issue.

I followed my feelings back to my former marriage.  My husband had rigid views of life that didn’t work for me.  He couldn’t see that his views were beliefs because they sounded true in his mind.

I realized that early in our marriage, he became as transparent to me as the Jehovah Witness boys; and I could have used manipulation to control him.  But I never did.  I had the winning card, but chose not to play it.  Manipulation requires grabbing the masculine role, and giving the opponent a taste of the feminine.  I’d watched other women do that.  When they didn’t manipulate, they got bitchy.   Those were the two options available in my memory; and I avoided both to the point of exhaustion.


Fighting Back or Manipulation

When the Jehovah Witnesses presented me with these familiar options, I could see clearly what I could not see earlier in life.  I was always trying to please my husband’s false mind and not rock his world.  But that meant I had to honor his beliefs, and honoring his beliefs degraded my life experience.

His beliefs worked fine in the illusion, because he didn’t acknowledge that his mind had power (his True Self was buried in beliefs); but I know my thoughts count.  If I listen to beliefs and act like I believe them, my body will be screaming with emotion for weeks.  If you step into the illusion, you need to have your game face on.


The Manipulation Game

The illusion was devised as a game.  Granted the rules were top-heavy, but it was still invented using gaming strategy.  If these young men were at my door, then I had the right to use my best gaming strategy, and I did without realizing it.  Likewise, my husband’s moral code and nice guy personality was simply his gaming strategy, and he fully deserved to be manipulated or bitched at.

I played games in business like a pro, but I didn’t want to game full-time.   I truly desired real love.  I knew deep in my heart that you don’t play games with those you love except for mutual entertainment.  I wanted my home to be a place where my True Self felt welcome, where unconditional love was the norm.  I didn’t want to live in a boxing ring playing match after match.  Gaming is fine, but it isn’t love.  The illusion is fine as long as you don’t confuse it with the truth.


This Old MAN

In order to gain a power advantage, ancient leaders would take a game and relabel it something else.  This is now considered normal, and people don’t even notice.  Sex, romance, and caretaking are all relabeled love; when they aren’t.  They are sex, romance, and caretaking.  Religions are relabeled spiritual, but spirituality is void of beliefs and religion is ripe with them.  Slavery for the MAN is relabeled virtuous hard work.  Killing for the MAN is relabeled patriotism and heroism.

We will never beat another at their own game if we think they are spiritual or loving or virtuous heroes.  We’ll submit effortlessly.  But if we take off the blinders and see that they’re asking us to play their game, we can play to win or deny the request.  We won’t feel guilt or shame for beating their asses.  Gaming is only fun when everyone has the same rules.

My Jehovah Witness experience was simple, harmless, and packed with insight.  In the true world, there are no games.  Living in this world requires us to undo our level confusion.  We can’t confuse the true world with the false one because the rules are 180 degrees apart.  If we keep them separate and know where we are in any moment, we can allow both worlds to coexist while keeping ourself safe and sane.  When we dip into the illusion, it’s time to play to win.  When we finish, we need to shake off the illusion and relax in peace and love.


The Good Shadow of Bad Pirates” was one of my most popular talks on the cruise ships, but maybe that was because Johnny Depp is so damn cute.  

Armageddon or Freedom? You Get to Choose

Ephesus in Turkey

I took this picture at Ephesus on a beautiful day in November, 2011. Ephesus was the 1st church in the Book of Revelation. The test was the ability to discriminate between false prophets and the golden truth.

By Cathy Eck


Edgar Cayce and The Book of Revelation

It was Edgar Cayce’s readings on the Book of Revelation that first gave me the idea that Armageddon was the end of the illusion and not the end of the world.  He equated the seven churches to the seven major chakras in the body, and the lessons of the churches were the lessons that we had to learn to open our chakras and awaken.  That all made sense, but I tend to be more of a big picture person than a detail person.  I feel that if we get the big picture right, the details will fall nicely into place.

The big picture of the Bible is basically that Genesis, Chapter 1, is a metaphor for perfect creation as done by the True Self or True God.  The rest of the Old Testament was basically about the false self, the false gods, and their illusions.  Jesus’ story was an initiation story that demonstrated the way out of the illusion.  But the New Testament struggles to free us because the Old Testament holds on for dear life.  Eventually, the revelation (or awakening) occurs, and the illusion ends.

Fundamentalists see the Book of Revelation as the end of the world because they identify with the physical body and physical world.  They see the Bible as a guide for good behavior.  To the initiate, the Bible was a guide to the human mind.  It was a guide to proper thinking, not proper doing.

The art of story writing is a mental creation process no different than God creating the universe.  While the normal person turns experiences into stories to bore their friends and family, the writer invents stories in their mind and then pours them in to the world.  A good story is congruent and true; but it is not real.  It influences people’s lives who incorporate the story into their own reality.  But no one ever lives the story to the letter because they have their own mind, their own power of influence.  So good stories are true, but not real.  They affect the physical, rather than record it.  History (his story) is the art of story in reverse.


The Mayans Offer Clarity

The word maya means illusion.  The entire Mayan calendar spans 16.4 billion years and was divided into nine time periods.  Each period was twenty times shorter than the previous one, and they all end on the same day of December 21, 2012 (others say October 28, 2011), the end of the illusion.

During the third period, the idea of the family was born.  Humans no longer thought only about themselves.  Ideally, they would have made win-win choices that worked for themselves and their family.  But instead, people created family pride based on family values (think Hatfield and McCoys). They sacrificed for their family and defended their family to the death.

The next period was about the tribe.  The same logic applies.  The tribe was just a bigger group than the family.

In the cultural period, which began 102,000 years ago, people invented reasons for events.  The Gods did it, Eve did it, or you sinned.  Religion was born.  These reasons were all false because they were based on effects, not the mental cause, creating confusion and division.

The national period followed, then the planetary, and the galactic.  The goal was the universal state of being, where everything in the universe would become one again.  The mind was to become a pure reflection of spirit.  But people got stuck in the lower levels because pride divides.


Sacrifice 101

If you make the Mayan calendar or the Bible about the physical, then sacrifice means giving up your physical body for the continuation of what you hold dear.  But since the calendar was about mental evolution, one would sacrifice tribal beliefs for more expansive cultural beliefs, they would sacrifice religious and cultural beliefs for the benefit of the nation, and they would  sacrifice nationalism for the benefit of the planet.  Eventually, all limiting beliefs would be sacrificed, and we become one with the universe.  Biblical sacrifice is the same since the Bible is also mentally focused.

When people identify with their body, sacrifice is viewed as purely physical.  They hold on to their beliefs and secretly hope someone else will sacrifice their body for them.  When we identify with our mind, and correctly sacrifice our beliefs, the perfect physical result follows.  No humans are harmed in the experiment.


Death of the Illusion

From the mental level, Armageddon is not about the end of life on planet earth.  It is about the illusion dying and peace on earth returning. The Book of Revelation says that Satan (false self) will lose, and peace on earth will reign for a 1000 years.  The number one is symbolic of God and zeroes relate to eternity in a three-dimensional world.  This victory is not about ascending somewhere (religion always sends us the wrong way).  It is about the body becoming a perfect temple so spirit and mind can jointly descend into it.

Jesus was right when he said, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”  War only exists in the illusion.  As we let go, we lose our desire to compete or fight.

The goal of initiation was coded in the Bible and the Mayan Calendar.  Together they make sense and prove that a new beginning awaits us.  They both provided a universal context for conscious evolution ending in Armageddon (end of the illusion of good and evil).  Satan (the false self’s beliefs) is released and everyone wins back their freedom.  The spirit (True Self) is united with the body, and heaven returns to earth.


The Mayan calendar is an amazing blueprint for time and conscious expansion.  For more, click here.