Exposing the Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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.

 

Practical Alchemy

gold coins

By Cathy Eck

 

The Fall of Alchemy

Years ago, I became very fascinated with alchemy — the notion that something with low value could be transmuted into something with great value.  I loved the stories about turning water into wine or lead into gold, and I studied them intently tearing apart every number and ingredient for symbolic value.  I felt in my heart that it could be done, but how?  Were the stories literal or metaphorical?

I wasn’t interested in getting rich.  I hoped that alchemy was about finding our own human value in the world.  I wondered if there was a practical side to alchemy, something that we could all use to improve our lives.  I’d come to realize that the truth about anything has practical value and works for everyone.

 

Missing Ingredient

It was said that alchemists were generous with their instructions.  Some published literal recipes and others embedded alchemical secrets in stories.  But it was widely agreed that alchemists left out one ingredient from every recipe or story — keeping the secret from the average Joe.

I spent months in libraries looking for the missing ingredient.  At first, I thought that perhaps different alchemists left out different ingredients, and I could piece together different stories and recipes like a puzzle.  But that didn’t work.

Eventually, I realized that the missing ingredient wasn’t physical.  Like an optical illusion, the True Self perspective was the missing ingredient.  Nothing was missing if I read the story through true eyes.  But if I read it literally through false eyes, it appeared to be incomplete.  Damn, that was cool!

Just like mythology and religious stories, alchemical stories took the same Humpty-Dumpty fall.  People lost their True Self perspective (eyes to see and ears to hear), and you can’t understand ancient stories unless you read them from your True Self.  From the false self perspective, they appear incongruent and disjointed.  They seem to be missing something or to be badly translated.

 

Gold to God

If you look at the word Gold, it’s God with an L.  The L in Hebrew (Lamed) was the central letter of the alphabet and the tallest letter.  The tallest could be conceived as the most powerful, the king, who in the ancient world was the center and often treated like a God.  Gold relates to a physical God.

In Greek the true King was the Christós or Christ (annointed or initiated one).  But the True King wasn’t just one person or King.  He was the high initiate, the True Self in all of us, an inner King.  When this part of us Leads (is the center), then we live and behave from a completely different perspective than when our false self leads.

 

Practical Alchemy

In the ancient mystery schools, alchemy was about the transformation of the false self to the True Self.  The final transformation was turning the body from the mortal form into the Temple of Solomon.  (Sol – Om – On were three words for the sun — the triune nature of God).  The initiate’s body was to become a temple for the sun, the True inner King.  But remember, this wasn’t a stupid pagan belief.  The sun was the metaphor for the perfect masculine (yang) energy because it gave light and warmth unconditionally without asking anything in return.  The True King took all of his joy from giving and loving (not taking and spending).  The sun, of course, is golden in color so ancient kings surrounded themselves with gold.

We are all leaders or suns in some way.  If we are leaders of a family, company, or classroom, we can practice being more like the sun.  We can practice unconditional loving and giving.  That’s practical alchemy.

 

An Alchemical Project

But I love to use practical alchemy to grow while creating material things.  To do this, choose a project, preferably one that involves an idea, as well as a hands-on component  — something you really want to do and don’t yet think you can.  Painting a picture, making a perfect pie, growing a garden, building something, creating a business, or training a pet can all be alchemical projects.

What you must recognize is that you do know or have access to everything necessary to take this project to perfection.  Only beliefs stand in the way of your success.

First get a clear vision of the result you desire.  Follow any inspired actions throughout the process — remember inspired actions have no emotional component.  You aren’t willing the project into submission.  If you are inspired to take a class or read a book that’s fine, but don’t give your power to the teacher or author.  Just get the information that you need to move forward.  You’re putting the pieces of a puzzle together, not submitting to another’s way of thinking.  Notice any fear or self-doubt that arises, and let that go as you move along.  Continue to take any action you feel certain of.  If you keep letting go, the inspiration for the next step will keep you moving forward.  If your results aren’t perfect, you look for what beliefs you have that produced the less-than-perfect result.  Continue following inspiration and letting go.  Then take action again.  Keep repeating this until you get to the perfection you envisioned.

We all do projects all the time; we just don’t do them from the alchemist’s mindset.  The alchemist was comfortable with not knowing everything; he didn’t need a step-by-step recipe or outline.  As you let go of your beliefs and follow inspiration, you find that you know more than you thought.  You grow in True confidence.

 

The Wisdom of Alchemy

When the ancient alchemist used the process of creating and the results of his efforts as feedback, he purified his own mind — his mind of lead turned into a mind of gold, his True Self.  He became the center, the True King of his world.  He became One that would Lead with unconditional love and the pure spirit of giving.  He became a master of life.

Stuck in Someone’s Illusion (Part II)

There is no death -- only timing differences.

There is no death — only timing differences!

By Cathy Eck

 

Cindy

When I was in grade school, Cindy moved into my town.  She was from the south and believed in voodoo.  No one wanted to be her friend.  But she had a cool horse, and I found her interesting; so we became friends.  One day, Cindy got mad at me because I said “No” to her.  She said the voodoo priestess, who lived across the street, made a doll in my image and was sticking pins in it.  Notice how nicely she projected the bad deed on her neighbor.  She went on and on about this and walked me past the house of the voodoo priestess.  Cindy said, “See the doll in the window. The priestess wants you to die.”

I got scared at first (a little sucked into her conviction about me dying), but then I realized that I didn’t really believe her.  I didn’t do anything wrong; and quite frankly, I didn’t see a doll in the window.  Eventually, she noticed that I wasn’t buying her bullshit — the game was over.

 

Pat

Fast forward forty years, and I’m friends with Pat.  Pat was born in Cuba, moved to Venezuela, then to Miami, and then at six was sent off to a strict Catholic boarding school in Spain.  As an adult, she became a Jehovah’s Witness and then landed in the New Age and became a healer.  On the surface she rebelled against it all; but unconsciously, she believed just about anyone.

Pat worked as a healer but was terrified of disease.  She constantly talked about diseases that she saw in her practice.  Over time, I began having all kinds of health fears myself; she triggered old fear in me that I got from my mother’s fear of disease.

One day, Pat told me that she had incurable cancer and had three months to live.  She started doing all kinds of alternative treatments and therapy; and I really felt that she knew there was no incurable disease.  But then she would talk to her family or doctor.  She would call me and say, “I’m stuck in their world.  They won’t stop telling me I’m dying; I feel powerless to heal myself.”

Eventually, they put her in the hospital kicking and screaming; she died in two days.  The last words she said to me were:  “Everyone thinks they’re doing good, but they’re killing me because they won’t change their stupid minds.”

Pat believed that she needed them to change their mind about her condition in order to live; she also believed that was impossible because they were sure they were right.

 

The Answer

I understood the feeling of being caught in someone’s illusion.  I’d been there.  People battle to get other people to drop their limiting beliefs, they hide from them, and they even die to get away from them.  I wanted to find the cause — the cure.

Cindy wasn’t an authority figure in my life.  Pat’s family and doctors were all people she held in the masculine role of authority.  Second, I recognized that Cindy was lying.  Once I saw that her words were false, they lost all power over me.  But in another country, where people believe in voodoo, Cindy could kill someone.

Cindy’s voodoo and Pat’s diagnosis look very different, but they weren’t.  They were both curses of sorts.  Oddly, around this time, I ended up in Haiti and confirmed my suspicians in a pleasant conversation with someone who had been cursed (you can read about that here.)

It all started to make sense.  The religious rules of the ancient false rulers, who claimed they were ordained by God, created mental slavery.  Consequently, a slave can’t get away from their master.  Abused women and children can’t leave their spouse.  Citizens under dictators can’t leave their country.  Patients can’t escape their doctor’s diagnosis.  This deranged belief system serves the elite, the winners who write history (his story), big profit-motivated businesses, and big government that does nothing but cause more problems.

Yes, this was about Pat, Cindy, and my beliefs; but it was much more ancient than I expected.  The so-called uncivilized victim of voodoo at least knows that he won’t heal unless the curse is removed.  But we modern prisoners will accept the curse as the absolute truth, without even questioning it, if it comes from an authority.  We were trained to do so.

 

The Cause

In my last post, I explained that in order to get people to follow a leader blindly to their suffering or death, the leader must create believers.  If a powerful leader  projects beliefs with authority, most people will believe them.  Once the people are believers, they’ll see evidence of those beliefs in the world, and their minds will relabel the beliefs as the TRUTH.

To get free from the false leader’s world, they must reverse the process by recognizing that the beliefs they share with the leader just aren’t true.  But they won’t do that because their reality keeps proving the belief to be true.  They get stuck in circular reasoning.

The mind let’s go once it recognizes that the belief is just a lie, an illusion.  The emotions we feel when we think the shared belief confirms that it isn’t true because truth always feels calm and peaceful.

Pat and I both knew that she wasn’t incurable.  We both knew that the cure was within.  We just ran out of time.  Or did we?

A few months after Pat left, my son was using my phone.  He said, “Mom why are you still calling Pat?”  I wasn’t, or so I thought.  But there was a call record (above).  I’d been calling the year 2027.  So I guess at the time of Pat’s death, 2027 was when we figured out that incurable is a lie and that we can free ourselves from someone else’s illusion by letting go of our belief in their lies.  Hopefully, that day is closer now.

 

 

Bridging the True and False Worlds by Letting Go

The Bridge

By Cathy Eck

 

The Bridge

To get from one side of the river to the other, we need a bridge. Likewise, to get from one side of perception to the other side, we need a bridge.  In any aspect of our lives, we can see the true world in the distance — no rules, no problems, no disease, creativity, joy, and freedom.  Then we have our current reality that was created by our beliefs.  When we get honest about where we are and where we know we belong, a bridge of pure thought appears.

Most people believe that crossing a bridge requires thinking of the destination or creating a plan.  They visualize, affirm, and effort hoping to drag their asses across the bridge.  They fight their current reality, created by their long-standing beliefs. Letting go of our beliefs seems counterintuitive because we think we have to create a thought bridge when we only have to reveal the bridge that already exists.

People step on bridges all the time.  Someone gets a great idea for the design of a new house. They step on the bridge.  Then they look at their bank account. They think about all the stuff they’d have to move.  They realize it will be difficult to find the beautiful piece of land that they saw in their vision.  So they step back down off the bridge and tell themselves to be happy with what they’ve got.

Normal thinking causes us to either turn away from true desires or to will them into submission with great effort.  If we want to get across the bridge effortlessly, we must learn the art of letting go.

 

Don’t Look Back

A great story about crossing the bridge to our True Self is Lot’s Wife leaving Sodom and Gomorrah.  She’s told by God to not look back.  This is good advice if you understand it.  She’s supposedly leaving her sin behind.  We usually associate sin with bad deeds; but in the ancient world sin meant wrong thinking or missing the mark.  Sinful or wrongful thinking causes you to miss your target destination.

Let’s return to our dream home example.  The dreamer sees the image of the home vividly in mind.  If it’s a True Self vision, it will feel great.  But they won’t be thinking about looking good or throwing wild parties to impress their friends.  They won’t feel excited; the vision will feel peaceful and right.

They step on the bridge to their new home.  Crossing the bridge isn’t about doing; the bridge is made of pure thought.  As they step on the bridge, thoughts arise from their false self that tempt them to look back or run back.  When those thoughts arise, they should feel very bad.  The emotions are telling them that their thoughts (or sin) are keeping them from crossing the bridge.  So they must let them go.

Our false self doesn’t want us letting go.  It tries to hold us back.  So it projects our beliefs on to others to confuse us and cause us to hold on.

So friends tell our dreamer that their home idea is too expensive.  The dreamer reads a special report on why people should never build a home exactly like the one they envisioned.  They think, “Oh my God, that is a sign,” and start to look back.  Fortunately they remember the art of letting go.  The next day the special report is exposed as fraudulent.  Their children hate the idea.  Do they turn back?  Their mother says the dream is a waste of money.  Do they turn back?

Trolls are appearing under their bridge and building a toll booth. Their false self is working overtime to pull them back.  They get a physical disease.  They lose their job.  This is what a true desire does; it forces us to let go of our beliefs because you enter the kingdom of the True Self naked — meaning no beliefs.

A true desire can’t be fulfilled with a vision board or a shit load of affirmations.  It requires a very sturdy pure thought bridge that is crossed by continuously letting go of the anchors (beliefs) that hold us in the false self’s illusory world.

This is why no one crosses the bridge to the True Self.  It’s the loneliest bridge on earth.  The minute we start that walk, the illusion within our own mind keeps trying to get us to look or turn back.  If we do, we turn to stone, meaning that we can’t reach our destination.  We stay stuck in the illusion.

 

The Game

A healthy way to stay on course is to see crossing the bridge as a game.  First, most games are not a matter of life and death so it lightens our perception.  Second, children love to play games.  Many childhood games are metaphors for getting lost and then finding our way — think “Hide and Seek” or “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.”  When we take crossing the bridge too seriously, it’s painful.  When we make it a matter of life or death, it’s horrific.

The people who want us to stay in the illusion appear to be our dreaded evil enemies.  In the ordinary human mind, difficult or angry people are seen as enemies or pains in the ass.  We fight them and oppose them.  We ignore them and manipulate them.  And we stay stuck in the illusion with them eternally — that is hell.  Remember good and evil are two sides of the same illusion.

If we see them as allies exposing our beliefs, we get across the bridge much faster.  In fact, they’re exactly what we need for success in crossing the bridge because they show we exactly what needs letting go.  They show us our sins, our beliefs.  When we see them as our reflection and refuse to break the mirror by letting go of what we see, our seeming enemies actually push us right across the bridge to freedom.

 

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil, but It Sure Supports It

Abundance, Rich, Poor

Both Rich and Poor are Conditions of the False World.

By Cathy Eck

 

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people walking the path of initiation is how to make money and pay their bills while continuing to clear their mind.  Money is a big source of level confusion because the rules for abundance (our natural state of being) are 180 degrees from the rules for making money in the illusion.

If we apply the triangle process, we easily see that abundance is the truth.  Rich and poor are both at the bottom of the triangle — so both are false.  Jesus said the rich have a hard time getting into heaven.  He was saying that it’s easier to give up a poverty mentality since you have nothing to lose than a rich mentality where you think you have everything to lose.  But in truth, both rich and poor mindsets keep us from Heaven on Earth.

Religion made poverty virtuous by emphasizing that money is evil and the rich can’t get to heaven while downplaying the fact that poverty doesn’t get one to heaven either.  You get to heaven by being your abundant True Self.

 

Bridge Careers

As we make our way out of the illusion, we need a bridge career. Any job can be a bridge career.  It’s the perspective we hold — not what we do.  I work as a bridge mentor or coach.  I don’t give people action steps to success or have them set goals to achieve.  I don’t motivate them.  I support them in letting go of the beliefs that stand in their way.

If I were a healer or doctor, I’d stop medicating people and chopping them up without first helping them look into their minds and let go.  If I were a lawyer, I’d mediate issues and help people see the truth of their situation.  If I was a barista, I’d let go of every judgment I felt for customers, bosses, or fellow employees. If I were a laborer, I’d challenge my arising thoughts while I worked.  Entertainment, the arts, or feel-good services like massage make great bridge careers.

 

How To Charge Others?

Charging for services varies by individuals and changes as we let go, but there are certain beneficial guidelines.  In the illusion, people try to get more than they give.  In initiation, we reverse that.  In the illusion, people speak in level confusion.  They tell someone they’re healing them when they’re merely removing their latest symptoms.  We must be honest about what we’re providing.  In the illusion, we market; in initiation, we express our True Selves and allow people to choose what we offer.

We must stop charging to fix effects in people and start letting go of causes.  (Obviously, plumbers can’t ask the toilet to let go).  It’s very fair to charge for our services as we assist others to freedom.  After all, those who keep them stuck are charging mega-bucks.

 

Tithing

The original notion of tithing made sense.  People gave money to the truly wise ones because they wanted to be like them.  Money was like casting a vote — it set your direction in life.  You certainly didn’t tithe to someone selling beliefs.

People still vote with their money. However, few people realize that there’s another option beyond the illusion.  So they continue to feed the illusion with their spending choices.  As people stop funding the false institutions, they’ll come down quickly.  Money will go to those who live from the truth making the truth more valuable than beliefs.

Initiates don’t usually need much money.  Most initiates live elegantly (because they appreciate beauty and fine workmanship) and comfortably (because they aren’t martyrs), but simply (because they don’t have false desires).

 

Charity

Charity doesn’t exist outside the illusion.  It’s an insult to give to someone out of lack; you give only out of love or appreciation. The best gift we can give to another is to let go of the belief in our mind that they need charity.  Let go of the belief that another can suffer or can’t find their way.  Help them to see their beliefs and let go if they ask for help, but don’t feed their addictions to entitlement, false thinking, or poverty.  We want to help them fish for a lifetime, not feed them for a day.

When people can no longer solve their problems with money, they start letting go.  They have incentive to change their minds.

 

Abundance

Abundance is our natural state.  Many new thought teachers have preached about abundance creating a new breed of rich people suffering from extreme level confusion. Abundance became ice cream piled high on a dish of smelly manure. People talked about abundance while hiding or ignoring their beliefs in lack.  When we hide beliefs, we project them.

Rich people perpetuate poverty while looking philanthropic.  They give money to fix the effects of their own projections.  The sleaziest ones ask for donations so we’ll pay to fix their projections.  If they took responsibility for their projections and let go, poverty would end.

People who live in true abundance don’t wish for it, don’t affirm it into being, and don’t market it.  They just live it and enjoy it.

 

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

The root of all evil is the belief in good and evil.  The root of all evil is thinking or behaving in a way that supports good-evil, win-lose, rich-poor, dominance-submission, or right-wrong.  Blaming money takes our eyes off our beliefs and puts them on something that we currently use and need in our society.

In my vision of Heaven on Earth, I see a world of creative expression, where everyone is freely giving and receiving.  People give their gifts and talents and get what they need from others who are also freely giving their gifts and talents. That’s perfection.  But until we get there, money (as a medium of exchange) will do just fine.