By Cathy Eck
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Persona
A lot of people were really bothered by Ariel Castro — they should be. He represents the wolf in sheep’s clothing. This type of abuser is doing most of the damage in the world today. The wolf in sheep’s clothing is actually quite common and often has authority and power in the illusion.
The wolf in sheep’s clothing looks good on the outside, but he or she hides a dark shadow underneath their sweet, kind, often intelligent, persona. The wolf in sheep’s clothing keeps abusing sheep because people are afraid to expose the wolf. We’re taught that goodness is measured by what you do, what you say, and how you look. Those things can all be faked.
It’s not nice to question someone’s words or integrity, even when they give clues that we should. The wolf is often a very good clone of the True Self. However, the wolf has a shadow. The True Self casts no shadow.
Clever wolves know how to speak falsehood without showing emotion. Like news reporters, they can tell a horrible story with an absolute calm, controlled demeanor. It’s no wonder that people get so emotional watching the news. When the person in the masculine role (the reporter) doesn’t experience their own emotions, the listener (in the feminine role) does. This has been a trick of the power-hungry for thousands of years.
Others disguise their emotions as charisma. We treat their emotions as a sign of enthusiasm. But their emotions are really a sign that they’re showering us with their beliefs — not the truth.
People willingly give their power to these master manipulators. They trust them completely. They never expose them. And worst of all, when they feel emotional around these wolves in sheep’s clothing, they assume there’s something wrong with them. They don’t suspect the calm and nice (or charismatic) wolf in sheep’s clothing.
When people speak from truth, they cast no shadow. When people speak from falsehood, they always cast a shadow. Often you can’t see their shadow, but you can feel it.
We Believe Them Without Question
When these wolves in sheep’s clothing speak, we believe them. We ignore our emotions because these people generate constant emotion. We focus on their words or appearance, which are always socially correct. When we realize we’ve been blindsided, we wonder how we could have missed the clues.
We don’t realize that the problems that wolves share, the warnings they give us, and the hope, excitement, or terror they inspire in us isn’t real. They’re simply giving us a report of their OWN illusion. When we believe them, we get lost in their false world. And we’re never powerful in another person’s illusion.
We can see this playing out in the United States. An illusion of fear and terror took flight with the Bush administration (9/11). Recently, people have commented that Obama is sounding and acting more and more like Bush. He’s clearly stuck in Bush’s fear-based illusion. He thought he could fix it with hope and change. But hope and change are powerless in another person’s illusion.
The wolf in sheep’s clothing is everywhere. Leaders at all levels pass on their illusions because they believe them. We’re brainwashed to trust authority without question. No one fixes the cause (let’s go of the causal beliefs) because they believe the illusion that was passed down to them is true.
Responsibility is Key
We’ve all fallen into this trap. Most people live their whole life in their parent’s illusion. Most live in their country’s illusion and in the world’s illusion. People live in their religion’s illusion. No one is living THEIR life.
We try to fix our childhood or our country or world because we believe what we see. Fixing the illusion only makes it even more real and powerful. Fixing the effect of illusory beliefs is equal to not fixing anything at all.
When we stop fixing illusions and instead see the beliefs that we accepted or the false conclusions we made as our responsibility, we can expose and eliminate them. We can clearly see that it was all just an illusion. Neither a dream, illusion, nor a wolf in sheep’s clothing have any power once we realize that they’re false.
Obama is treating Bush’s illusion as if it’s true. He’s trying to fix it, and he can’t. No one can fix another person’s illusion, but we can see it as false. We can dissolve it with the truth.
A great leader isn’t someone who fixes illusory problems. A great leader is someone who sees the truth behind problems. A great leaders takes responsibility, finds the causal beliefs, and dissolves illusions. They don’t blame others. They discriminate between true and false. And they don’t project their OWN false beliefs or make their illusions our reality.
We need great leaders at all levels of life — parents, teachers, government, religion. We must stop believing leaders that are vested in religions, big business, or political parties. Their eyes are veiled with their illusions, and they can’t lead. Knowledge of the system doesn’t make one a leader; clear vision does. When people see problems as real, their vision is clouded. They can’t lead, even when their intentions are good.
Listening With Our Bodies
The wolf in sheep’s clothing will lose power when people start listening with their bodies and trusting their emotions to discriminate. The truth always sounds and feels good and calm.
Start listening to news, television advertisements, or political speeches with your body. Listen with your body even when talking to friends or family. You’ll see how much falsehood you’ve accepted. You’ll start to recognize the wolf in sheep’s clothing before they trap you.
When we discriminate and let go, we retain our power. The speaker’s emotions stay with them; they lose their false power naturally. No one can deceive a True Self. When people discriminate, the wolf in sheep’s clothing must take off their mask because the sheep won’t follow them anymore.