We’re Not Followers or Seekers; But Leaders Don’t Want Us To Know

Leaders and followers

By Cathy Eck

 

The “One”

Followers and seekers of truth often write to me to ask me to confirm that their guru, teacher, preacher, or motivational speaker is the “One.”  I get lots of videos and book suggestions.  You only have to watch five minutes or read the first chapter to find the beliefs.  False leaders usually have good intentions.  They truly believe they’re helping others, but they create confusion in their followers because they don’t understand the True and false self (the term soul combined the two), they’re confused by masculine and feminine roles, or they’re still stuck in some version of good and evil.  They’re trying to fix the illusion (false self), not let it go.

I don’t like receiving those emails because I can’t give the writer the answer that they want to hear.  Invariably their guru/teacher/preacher is a very strong voice in their mind.  Often they fear letting that voice go.

I suspect they hope that I can resolve the dissonance in their mind.  I can’t, and I know that.  In fact, I can only make their dissonance worse.   If they want freedom, I’ll point them in the right direction.  If they want to prove their false leader is right, they’ll try to get me to follow him or her.

The unacknowledged desire of all false selves is to be more powerful than the True Self so it will submit.  As we listen to our past leaders’ voices within, we’ll find that motive; if we let that false-self motive go, our True Self can discriminate again.  Every false leader gives beliefs to their followers; beliefs are only knowledge, not wisdom.

The journey of initiation requires only one belief — you can let all beliefs go by knowing they’re false.  You’ll then discover everything else in your own perfect way.

 

Leaders and Followers

Following is natural only because we’re born helpless.  We have no choice but to assume the feminine role as a child.

Followers are playing a false feminine role; the other side of the bottom of the triangle is the leader.  Our false mind tricks us by taking the false leader and putting them at the top of the triangle, replacing our True Self.  Followers only need one core belief to keep them stuck in their role — that they don’t have the answers they need — the answer is outside of them; someone else has it.  This causes them to run to experts of all kinds, but the most insidious is the spiritual expert.  We’re born spiritual.  We don’t need to learn spirituality or the truth.  We only need to learn practical knowledge for an earthly skill — like how to type or read.

Followers’ or seekers’ lives turn into mysteries that can’t be solved.   The True Self, what they’re searching for, doesn’t have a role in the illusion.  At best, they can find a clone of a True Self.  People do project their True Self on leaders and teachers; false ones take it and run with it.  They don’t like to give it back; this can make letting go hard.  I don’t like when someone attempts to project their True Self on me; I feel like they’re trying to get me to validate their false self.  Once projected, the True Self becomes false — it’s actually annoying.  I’m only serving a small leadership role in the illusion as the tour guide.  I know the holes and dangerous beasts lurking in the bushes.  Nothing I offer is spiritual — but it’s really practical.

What we’re looking for in another (guru/teacher) or an object (Holy Grail/Ark of the Covenant) or a place (Shambala/ Atlantis) is our seemingly lost True Self.   We come to think this mystery is our life purpose — we all love a good story.  But our True Self gets anxious; it came here to create, not play “Hide and Go Seek.”

Leaders and teachers who tell followers what to think are everywhere.  We project our healing power on to healers and doctors.  Some people talk to aliens, angels, or ancestors to get what sounds like truth.  Some go to psychics or astrologers.   Some go on vision quests or long journeys.  Some join cults or brotherhoods.  And some use the old standby, religion.  A huge New Age business has developed around the sale of crystals and other “spiritual” paraphenalia.  Drugs are the gateway for many that appear to provide a glimpse of the True Self.  Sex addictions exist because the human orgasm stops the mind temporarily.  Practices are said to get us to God.  We’re looking for anything that rings true; and when we hear even a few true words or feel a moment of peace, we hold on to that person or thing.  This only makes it more difficult for us to find the real truth we so desperately desire.  We fear letting the false teacher or thing go because we believe it’s all we have.  But, it’s just our false self bullshitting us again.

 

Atlantis

Jesus warned people of false teachers, but the words that really spoke to me were Plato’s words from “Critias” about the destruction of Atlantis. My clarifications are in brackets. “…But when the divine portion [of man’s mind] began to fade away, and became diluted too often and too much with the mortal admixture [the ingredients of the false self], and the human nature got the upper hand, they then [leaders], being unable to bear their fortune [too big for their own britches], behaved unseemly; and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness [those fucking believers again], they [false leaders] appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power.”  His words still apply today; nothing much has changed.  As you let go, you can see the false power — the ice cream coating melts.  All that’s left is a big pile of manure.

 

Getting Rid of the Gurus in Your Mind

Imagine what would happen if people believed that they knew how the sun should shine better than the sun did.

Imagine what would happen if people believed they knew more about how the sun should shine than the sun did.

By Cathy Eck

 

I’ve gotta say this because I’m tired of seeing amazing people waste their life as seekers.  Seekers tend to seek and seek, but they don’t find because the answer isn’t out there.

Initiation is simply about finding your OWN True Self inside.  It’s simple in theory, but often people have accepted quite a compost heap of beliefs to dig through.

 

The False Self Computer

You can let go of all those voices in your mind.  It’s safe.  You won’t die or disappear.  You’ll love what you find underneath all that crap.

But don’t be fooled.  You don’t get anywhere by talking about letting go or saying you should let go.  You make progress when you let go.  To let go, you must realize that the voices are false.  It’s hard because we fear making our old authorities wrong.  Their words were presented as true; they weren’t up for discussion.  You must take back your power — power you never should have given to any other.

These teachers, preachers, and gurus know that you’ll store their words in your mind like a computer stores data.  In this way, they own your mind.  If lots of people believe the same thing, it becomes accepted as true.  People don’t expose it as untrue anymore; they’re afraid to.  It’s all about gathering numbers of followers, just like Twitter.  All religions started as cults; they cross over into religion at a certain level of members.

Gurus, priests, and even school teachers tell you what they know.  Then you memorize it.  Now you’re a computer.  You aren’t human anymore.  They tell you that what they’re saying is true.  “True” is a magic word to our minds.  If we label something true, our false mind will sacrifice our life to hold on to it.  To let go, you have to recognize that the belief is false — not bad or evil — just false.

When your mind is a computer, you shut off your feminine guidance (emotions).  If the teacher says it, it’s true.  You’ve lost your own discrimination.  You’re a puppet.  You repeat what you’ve learned and behave as if others need it too.

 

Never Too Late

Fortunately, it’s never too late.  Wanting freedom or truth sets you on the path back to your True Self.  Then you have to fight those old voices of authority.  They don’t go easy.  They’re like a song that won’t get out of our head.  The key is to realize that they’re FALSE.

I went though a seeking phase. Lots of teachers went from genius to goofball quickly.  It took me a long time to give up my belief that someone else had the answer.  I believed that I didn’t know the truth.  Of course, after I heard their truth, I was out lots of money; and I had more beliefs to let go.  They won; I lost.  The worst part was that I thought there was something wrong with me.  I couldn’t get it.  I didn’t question their words because they had a title, costume, or credentials.

 

Gurus or True Selves

Stand in your True Self’s perspective.  You’ve been around forever, and no one has listened to you.  You’ve had all the answers, knew how to avoid every problem, and loved unconditionally.  Now your false mind carts your ass into the next workshop or religious service and accepts more knowledge labeled truth.  How would you feel?  Isn’t that arrogant to think that another person’s beliefs are better than our own True Self?  It like saying fuck you to God.  When you get that, you’ll let those voices go more quickly.

Let me be clear.  Honest knowledge isn’t a problem.  I know my Photoshop instructor is sharing knowledge.  He doesn’t care if I switch programs tomorrow.  There’s no deception.  The deception occurs when someone gives you beliefs masked as the truth of life.  You’re supposed to obey them forever.  That’s deception!

Here’s what your True Self knows:  You’re spiritual, good, wise, free, loving and joyous.  You’ve always the truth inside of you.  All you can do is be your True Self or cover it up with other people’s beliefs.  Your True Self says, “I feel so connected to God when I surf, walk my dog, or cook pizza.”  Then the guru says, “Spiritual is only found in the space between the thoughts.  Be in the now.”  Or in the west, “Love your enemies unless they are gay, illegal aliens, or live in a country that has something we want.”  Their voices get stuck in our mind, and we spend our lives looking for the space between our thoughts, trying to be in the now, or trying to find the badness in the gay, illegal alien, or Arab.

 

I Love Popeye

When I lived in Virginia, there were a few gurus nearby.  I watched as amazing people became disciples.  They slowly gave their power away until one day they were powerless thinking they were awakened.  They just walked around like Olive Oil in an episode where she was hypnotized to say, “I love Popeye, I love Popeye, I love Popeye.”  She didn’t love Popeye, she was hypnotized so that her mind repeated the same thing over and over.  She believed she loved Popeye, which wasn’t the same thing as just loving Popeye.  When I’d question these disciples, they’d glaze over and say, “He’s just pure love.”

So eastern or western, it’s built around the same false belief, which is the lie that someone else has the truth.  People brag about who they follow when they should be ashamed of it.  It means they consider their own True Self worthless.  I can assure you, if you start letting go of the beliefs you’ve accepted from gurus, teachers, preachers, and priests, you’ll find your True Self.  And that voice will be perfect, original, true, and YOURS.

 

Judgment: The Guru, The Fighter, and the Crazy Woman

Mike Tyson:  Undisputed Truth

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

 By Cathy Eck

 

A few months ago, I felt inspired to buy a ticket to Mike Tyson:  Undisputed Truth.  While it seemed like a strange thing for me to do, I knew it was going to be a good experience.  More on that in a moment…

 

The Guru

Last week, I watched a television interview with a popular American guru; I noticed that I felt strong emotion brewing within me as he spoke. What the guru said was very positive and loving.  His message was basically that God loves everyone unconditionally and everything is perfect.  Certainly, nothing he said was untrue at the Heaven on Earth level; however, he clearly was ignoring reality.  The interviewer even pointed that out; his level confusion was obvious to everyone but his followers.

I closed my eyes and focused my attention on my emotions while listening for the beliefs he silently projected on to his audience.  Nothing that entered my mind was true.  In fact, I was now utterly bored with him.  He said the same thing over and over; he was trying to convince himself that the world was perfect.  His words didn’t match his beliefs — in fact, they were exactly the opposite.

The positive thinking movement created the ice-cream-on-manure guru syndrome.  People learned to sound like their True Self by using repetitious patterns of positive thought and switching their thinking 180 degrees from reality.  They trained their minds to suppress negative thoughts.  It was a new twist on the good religious person suppressing thoughts of evil.  But anything suppressed (which means we believe it but don’t personally identify with it) gets projected out on to the world.  Most people don’t feel emotion related to their projections because they view themselves as separate from others.

 

The Fighter

It was one week later that I went to hear Mike Tyson.  He told his story with a photo presentation in full Mike Tyson color and graphic language.  He talked the way one talks on the streets and in the ring.  He shared how he felt when a neighborhood kid killed his beloved pet pigeon.  He shared his feelings about prison and the law; solitary confinement was often the place where he connected with his Self.  He told how sad he was that he had to bury his mother in a cardboard box; and how he later exhumed her body and placed her in the best casket with the biggest monument.  He told about his messy relationships with women and how Don King was his worst relationship nightmare of all.  He told it all; it was an insane life created by beliefs.  But he told it from the place of feeling and emotion; he let us into his inner world.  He never sounded like a victim; in fact, he accepted responsibility for it all.

He didn’t ask for our acceptance, forgiveness, or agreement; he didn’t tell us what to believe.  He simply told us what was true for him and how he felt about his life; he thanked us for listening.

I felt moved to shut my eyes and feel what was beneath Mike Tyson’s words; I felt nothing but quiet.  I simply heard his words.  Mike Tyson was speaking a congruent and whole message (no projection); he shared it from the place of raw feeling, not intellect.  It was his undisputed truth.  Even though it was a messy illusion filled with beliefs, he owned it fully as his illusion, his mistakes, and his own self-imposed suffering.

 

The Crazy Woman

Then Tyson spoke of his infamous biting of Evander Holyfield’s ear.  He said, “I don’t know why I did that. It seemed like a good idea at the time.”  The ear incident landed him in a psychiatric hospital.  He said there were people juggling boogers and pulling out their hair.  There was a woman with bowl-cut hair, big bifocals, and a cowl-neck sweater even though it was summer.  She twisted her head and looked at him in an odd way and asked him how he got there.  He explained what he had done.

Then he said something profound.  The woman looked at him without any judgment and said without emotion, “I see; you were in a fight.”  I don’t remember his words after that because the clarity that I felt in my body was so pure.  This woman completely understood him.  She saw him as a person who was in a fight without judging the act of fighting.  She simply heard him and connected with him as a fellow human being.  She wasn’t concerned about what he did in the past; she was concerned about how he felt now.

The purity he conveyed as he told that story was so far beyond the feeling I had listening to the guru.  Mike Tyson didn’t speak holy words, but he also didn’t project anything on his audience.  He fully owned his crazy mind and life.  He understood the perfection of the crazy woman in the cowl-neck sweater who didn’t judge him.

 

The Lesson

Based on what I knew of the guru and Tyson before they spoke, it’s natural that I would have trusted the guru and ignored my emotions while listening to him.  If I hadn’t gone inside and discriminated, I would have spent the rest of my day wondering why I felt unworthy and unloved.  I would have found myself judging others and wondering why.  I would have accepted the guru’s nonverbal beliefs without discrimination because of his authority.  This is what keeps us all stuck.  We listen to people’s words without engaging our emotions.

With Mike Tyson, I might have judged his past and missed the clarity and congruence of his message.  With the crazy woman with the cowl-neck sweater, I, like those who put her in the psychiatric hospital, might have judged her strange appearance and mannerisms and missed her authenticity and lack of judgment.  Without my emotions guiding me, I would have missed the undisputed truth.