Take Your Foot Off the Brake and Let Go

Foot on Gas, Foot on Brake

By Cathy Eck

 

Just Let Go

Lots of people are exposing lies in the world today.  They’re ripping the mask off of the illusion and exposing reality.  Because of these courageous people, even the most constipated of believers can at least see that “other” people’s beliefs aren’t the truth.  However, they cling to their own beliefs as right.

Consequently, people debate about beliefs, protest beliefs, and kill for their beliefs.  They complain about other people’s beliefs.  And worst of all, they fix the effects of beliefs.  What they don’t do…is let go of the damn beliefs.  Consequently, they’ve got one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake.

Conflict occurs when we talk and act without first letting go.  When we don’t let go first, our mind is fighting another person’s illusory reality within their reality.  They know their reality far better than we do.  It took me a long time to learn this lesson.  Hopefully, I can shortcut it for you.

Our reality is truth plus our beliefs.  If we’re living it, we believe it.  If we’re fighting it, protesting it, or fixing it, we believe it.  So why not let it go?  People hold on because they think their reality is true.  Unless it is perfect, it isn’t.

 

Tolerate or Fight

I grew up thinking that you could tolerate someone’s beliefs, nicely ignore them, or you could go to war with them.  Usually I took the tolerance route until I had children.  Then I couldn’t stand people imposing their beliefs on my children.  I became like a mama tiger.  But that got me into lots of conflict and caused me so much suffering.  I didn’t like fighting.  I wasn’t a great debater either.  I usually lost even if I was technically right.

Eventually, I figured out how to let go.  It was the elixir of life for me.  If someone was sharing a belief that I knew wasn’t true, I noticed the emotion erupting inside of me; instead of using that emotion to go to war, I used the emotion to recognize that what they were saying was false (their reality).  I’d remind myself that it lacked power in my life experience.  I didn’t judge the person; I just didn’t believe them.  Let me tell you, this takes practice.  But it’s worth the effort.

 

An Imaginary Scenario

Believer:  “Guns are my right under the Second Amendment!!! I won’t let anyone take them away!”

Free person notices that what believer said evoked emotion.  They don’t say anything; they just discriminate in their own mind.  Perhaps they think some silent words, “Well that doesn’t feel good.  It isn’t true.”  Notice what happens.  Free person is clearing their own mind (remaining their True Self); there’s no judgment of believer.  If anything, free person sees believer as confused, brainwashed, or afraid — but not bad.

Believer:  “I’m afraid they’ll take my guns.  There will be tyranny.”

Free person again feels emotions reminding them that what believer said was false.  If you could see the energy, you’d see the believer’s comments push his or her emotion toward the listener.  They aren’t feeling their own fear.  They want support for their belief to fuel it.  Free person lets go and returns to True-Self power.  They’re now inspired to speak:  “What are you afraid of?”

Believer:  “The government is evil; it will take my freedom!”

Free person sees their confusion now.  The believer thinks the government is causing his lack of freedom.  In truth, his beliefs are causing his lack of freedom.  The believer now has to feel his own fear.  Free person asks, “Are you sure that the government is evil?”

Believer:  “Yes, my preacher said so.”

Free person sees believer was brainwashed by authority.  The thought arises in free person that they can’t reach believer.  That thought came from their past; it’s a belief and feels bad.  They let go.  Inspired words come to bridge the gap,  “In my experience, people are good to me because I’m good to them.  Aren’t you good to others?”  Free person isn’t believer’s authority; the goal is only to relieve emotional tension.  Free person uses language that will calm the believer.

Believer:  “Yes, I am.”

Free person:  “I’d say you have nothing to worry about.  You’ll never need that gun anyway.”

 

Staying in Power

When we stay in our True-Self power through discrimination and letting go,  others can’t project their emotions on us or confuse us.  Fighting can’t happen when everyone owns their own emotions.  Emotions draw us inward to correct our OWN mind; they’re designed to make us powerless so we self-correct.

Anger and rage are emotions turned outward because we falsely believe that others caused our emotions.  They didn’t.  Our emotions are ALWAYS responding to our OWN thoughts about the other.

When we believe another, we do fall into their illusion; we accept their beliefs as our own.  We might have been conned to accept their beliefs, but we’re the ones holding on to them.

People think they must suppress (tolerate) or express (fight).  They’ve never learned to discriminate (let go).  When we get the warning from our emotions and let go, we stay in power.  Our True Self is nonjudgmental and unconditionally loving.  Unconditional love is the greatest power in the universe.

Sometimes, the believer stops talking or changes the subject.  Other times, they see their own flawed logic and correct their error.  Inspired words often come to the free person to bridge the gap.  People who are board-up-their-ass-rigid believers generally stay away from True Selves.  They think the True Self is evil because they see their own reflection in them.

People have fought over beliefs since history began.  It hasn’t worked.  Others have been tolerating believers and missing out on life.  Neither is acceptable.  When we fight the beliefs of another, we’re driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake.  We get nowhere.  When we see beliefs as false, illusory, we travel full-speed ahead down the superhighway.

 

How Do You Know What is True?

Truth or lies

By Cathy Eck

 

What is True?

In a world where false selves have become near clones of True Selves, it’s hard to determine what is true.  Often a strongly opinionated false self stands in our way, and we feel that our True Self is powerless.  That’s a moment where letting go pays big dividends.

There are multiple ways to discriminate between true or false.  Did an idea really come from God (as people claimed) or did it simply come from a very convincing human mind a long time ago?  False beliefs tend to look true as time passes.  The initiate’s job is to discriminate clearly and unfailingly.

So here is a summary of four ways to tell what is true.  They aren’t always quick and easy.  Sometimes you have to work a process for a while to see through the illusion.  Those who are winning the illusion are usually masters at manipulating these tests of truth.

 

Truth has no opposite

The triangle process is invaluable in determining what is true.  But what happens when a false self sees us as their enemy?

They’ll lose their steam when you recognize that they’re only seeing their reflection in you.  True Selves are like pure mirrors, which is why we all got pulled into the illusion as children.

So let go by rejecting their projection (beliefs) as false within your own mind.  The KEY is to work on your mind and ignore the other’s.  Too often we waste our energy because we get caught up in convincing or fighting the other.  When your mind is clear, if you need to say something, it will be inspired and true.

 

How Does it Feel?

This is my personal favorite what is true test.  Our emotions always relate to our own thoughts unless someone is speaking at us; then they relate to what we are hearing.  If everyone only said things that they ran through the how-does-it-feel test, the world would change dramatically for the better.  But this test is tricky because some people have twisted emotions due to religious or cultural brainwashing, called psychological reversal.

Recently, I saw a revealing BBC documentary called “The Most Hated Family in America” about the Westboro Baptist Church.  Below is a segment on YouTube displaying psychological reversal on steroids; I’ll warn you it’s very hard to watch.

Notice how these church members are speaking hateful words while smiling.  Their mouths are running automatically as programmed.  Their emotions are projected out to a target; so they’re not feeling them.  They’re thinking about their false God smiling on them, not the pain they’re causing others.  In fact, they believe they’re helping others to see the truth and mend their evil ways.

Most of us have less offensive psychological reversals.  But we have them.  Psychological reversals keep us stuck in right and wrong, good and evil.  They’re the master trick of the false self because they negate our God-given emotional barometer.  Blame is nearly always involved in psychological reversals.

 

Is it Win-Win?

This was my first what is true discovery.  When I had my business, I decided one day, that I would rather go bankrupt than ever do anything again that wasn’t completely win-win.  I started thinking carefully about everything I did, and I realized that I was changing into someone I actually liked.  I slept better, my mind was calmer and quieter, and my body was relaxed.

But it’s a tricky test.  People will say, “I’m win-win.  They’ll win if they do it my way.”  That isn’t how it works.

Imagine that you are the king of the world, and you get to choose the diet of every person on earth; you choose vegan because research shows it is healthy so you assume it must be true.  Now, I want you to go to northern Alaska in winter and be vegan.  You see, regardless of how reasonable it sounds to you, it doesn’t work for everyone.  So it isn’t true; it is merely a personal choice.  But you won’t see that unless you expand your sphere of influence.  The best answer would be something like “I want people in my world to eat what they are inspired to eat and enjoy eating.”  That is win-win.

We lose our win-win perspective when we limit our sphere of influence.  We have to remember that our thoughts contribute or contaminate everyone in the world in some small way.

 

What is True Works for All Time

This will sound funny to people trying desperately to live in the present moment.  But the Truth works in the past, present, and future.

When I was in college, I lived in a co-ed dorm for a year.  I was in my room studying with the door open on a Saturday night.  A gang of about ten young boys came in my room, locked the door, and told me to strip for some gang sex.  I calmly looked at them and said in a very stern voice, “You are thinking about now, the present moment, and you can have fun with me.  But what about tomorrow when you are a criminal?  What about the rest of your life?  Do you want to be a criminal and ruin your life?”  They got up and walked out the door.  Criminals always live in the present fueled by a contaminated past.

The truth works for the past, present, and future.  All three timeframes become perfect when you see them through the authentic eyes of the True Self.  Staying in the present is about enlightenment.  Being in all time is about total freedom, which includes enlightenment.

These are the big four.  True thinking passes all the tests.  When you find the true perspective, the initiates would say that you’re thinking like the creator God.  I promise you that you’ll want more.  It is pure unconditional love, and it is within you.

If something doesn’t test true in any of these, you’re not at the truth yet.  Keep trying.  It’s worth it.

 

 

 

What are Your Real Gifts? It Might Surprise You.

Reverse the Curse

Is the person who made this sign a disobedient pain in the ass of society or an enlightened lover of truth?

By Cathy Eck

 

Real Gifts or Talents?

Most people confuse their real gifts with talents.  They are a good singer, writer, artist, golfer, or cook.  But those activities are not their real gifts.  Talents give us something fun to do, help us make money, or get us approval within the illusion.  But our real gifts are the qualities that get us out of the illusion.

 

The Truth About Passion  

There is a big follow-your-passion mania today.  Passion has become associated with doing what we love.  But people forget that the word passion has been strongly associated with the crucifixion of Jesus.  Often when people try to find or follow their passion, their life starts to look like a giant crucifixion.  Here’s why.

The crucifixion was called the passion because it was the last act before Jesus achieved freedom from the illusion.  In ancient times, some people remembered that we were born to be free.  They entered mystery schools to find the keys.  Those who succeeded were said to be twice born or resurrected beings.

The story of the crucifixion wasn’t about killing the Son of God because that isn’t possible; it was about the death of the false self, the ego.  Jesus’ story is a model initiation story; and all great initiation stories end in freedom.  The false self dies and the True Self wins the battle of good and evil.  Peace and freedom reign.

Sadly, the illusion contains the notion that Jesus died for our sins. It ignores the fact that the illusory world is still full of sin, which proves its error.  But the false self never sees that it’s the problem.  Jesus’ real gift was exposing the illusion, and it was turned into the curse of martyrdom.

 

What is our real gift?  

Our real gift frees our mind by exposing and eliminating our false self.  It is the inner strength that puts the winning odds on the side of our True Self.  It is the part of our mind that is absolutely loyal to the truth.

People hypnotized by the illusion will label our real gift a curse, a defect, or a character flaw because it won’t conform.  It won’t blindly obey even if you beat it, judge it, or imprison it.  It refuses to listen to stupid rules or accept rituals that don’t make sense.

So how do you find this gift?  Look to the people who have criticized you the most.  They have exposed your real gift by calling it a curse.

 

Look Inside a Painful Memory

When I was in third grade, my nasty ass teacher said to always answer her questions.  I raised my hand every time I knew an answer because she said to, and I was afraid of her.  One day, she called me a know-it-all.  I was horrified and embarrassed.  I didn’t even know what a know-it-all was.  I didn’t know what I did wrong.

Then I tested high on an IQ test, and my mother was horrified.  I’d never get a man if I knew more than men.  I was supposed to be nice and cute, not wise.  This issue showed up again and again in every aspect of my life except for my work where I was paid handsomely for my expertise, which was nothing more than my ability to know all the answers to big problems.

For four decades, I was sure this was my curse.  I believed that I was an arrogant know-it-all.  When I looked through true eyes, I saw people making problems, sickness, and suffering and then pretending they didn’t know the answer so they could be less than the doctor, lawyer, or clergy.  They needed a big-ass dose of know-it-all.  The people in my life believed that being dumb and submissive was nice or holy.  People seemed to want my expertise to fix their problems, not my wisdom to end their problems.  I became very jaded.

But it wasn’t their fault.  They were stuck in the false world.  They were taught that their know-it-allness was bad so they applied the same judgment to me.

 

Level Confusion

Everything in the true world is 180 degrees from the false world.  This is how we get lost and confused.  To the ancient ones, this was called level confusion.

Our gifts usually have a horrible label in the false world.  Some of those labels are disobedient, rebellious, overly emotional, or daydreamer.  More therapeutic labels include ADD, ADHD, autism, bi-polar, or Asperger’s syndrome.  Our gifts often show up in socially unacceptable ways — such as emotional men, someone who surfs all day and forgets to show up for work, or someone who refuses to serve their country in war.  The very thing that causes us to rebel against the status quo is often our real gifts that can set us free if we can peel off the judgment that clouds them.

Someone who surfs all day is a genius at going with the flow.  Someone who is a daydreamer is a visionary.  The ADHD person moves at a faster pace than those in the illusion.  The Asperger’s person can’t stand the false nice, sickening sweet, personality.  The one who hates war knows peace.  Each of these gifts labeled curses, like my know-it-all, expose beliefs and destroy the illusion if we can just express them.  By fearlessly expressing our real gifts, we set everyone free.

We have to use the key that we were given.  We have to stop hiding our real gift or feeling embarrassed by it.  We have to stop believing the judgments that others throw our way.  When we finally express our real gifts, our false self loses power very quickly because we’ve found our true passion, our true purpose, and our True Self.

 

For more on level confusion, click here.

 

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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.

Top Twelve Great Pieces of Shitty Advice

The Shitty Advisor of Venice Beach

If I had only paid $1 for all the shitty advice I’ve received in my life, I’d be very, very rich.  Sadly, I paid much more.

By Cathy Eck

 

The Shitty Advisor of Venice Beach

While walking on Venice Beach, I came across the shitty advisor.  Of course, I paid my dollar.  He explained how I could efficiently get eaten by a shark.  That was pretty shitty advice since I’m not interested in being eaten by a shark.

However, I kind of admired the guy; at least he was honest.  Yes, he gave me shitty advice that I didn’t need and would never need.  But he warned me that his advice was shitty; so we had a good laugh together.

He also didn’t give me confusing advice; in fact, his logic was perfect.  I suspect that if I followed his advice, I would get eaten by a shark.  He gave me what I paid for — worthless, shitty advice.  I got my money’s worth.  In fact, I got a bargain.

Over the course of my life, many well-meaning people have given me advice that was really shitty; but they believed their shitty advice was true.  Because they didn’t realize their advice was shitty, they expected me to follow it; and we missed out on the laugh.

 

Top Twelve Pieces of Truly Shitty Advice

So here are twelve pieces of truly shitty advice that I’ve received.  You’ve probably heard them too.  Have a laugh on me.  I won’t even charge you a dollar.

1)  If it feels bad, it’s true.  Imagine if tomorrow you walked into the doctor and he said, “You’re dying.”  Then you laughed and said, “You’re lying.”  What if you were so clear that when someone told you something that didn’t feel good, you didn’t believe them at all — not even a little.  Well then you would be truly free!

2) The Bible was written by God.  God doesn’t write; people do.  The Bible was written by people who would probably be called channels today.  Channels mix some truth with some lies because they are human; and if we aren’t watching closely, we don’t notice the lies.  The God of the Old Testament killed, cursed, smited (whatever that is), and caused people to get lost in the desert and drowned by floods.  If that is God, then I don’t want a damn thing to do with him.

2)  Get a good education; it makes you smarter.  Actually, it made me stupider, less wise.  Education causes us to blindly believe things that aren’t true.  It causes us to look outside for answers instead of inside.  Of course, it took me getting a Ph.D. to realize that.

3)  Emotions are bad.  Emotions are not bad; they are our greatest gift.  They’re labeled bad because emotions expose beliefs, lies.  We aren’t good followers or slaves if our emotional system of discrimination is working because we don’t believe liars.

4)  Love is finding our other half.   This one cost me dearly.  We don’t have another half to find because we are born whole.  The best we can do is co-create with another, but only if we don’t lose our True Self in the relationship because we think we are half.

5)  It was Eve’s fault.  You’ll have to wait for my book on this one.  Truth is, it was Adam’s fault.

6)  The truth hurts.  Nope!  The truth will set you free if you listen to it.

7)  They did the best that they could.  One could say that they (whoever they is) did the best they could given their beliefs.  But when we have beliefs, we never do our best.  In reality, this has become the coward’s way of saying, “They are too fucking brainwashed to change, and they make me want to vomit; but if I said that I’d look bad.”

8)  If you see it, believe it.  That is backwards.  In truth, if you believe it, eventually you will see it.

9)  It is only your imagination.  People love to tell me that my ideas of peace, freedom, and love with no opposite are imaginary.   Well, it turns out that when you let go, you discover that the people who think I’m living in la la land are actually the ones stuck in their imagination.  They believe a really negative imaginary vision that includes war, religious nut heads, bigotry, disease, and poverty; and they see what they believe.

10)  Life is complicated.  When I can’t tell if someone is telling the truth, I often look to see if what they’re saying is simple or complicated.  The illusion is so complex (like our tax system).  The truth is always simple.

11)  Others know what is best for us.  Nothing is better than the advice of our own True Self.  It never gives shitty advice.  Others, however, usually give shitty advice.  The more they charge, the shittier the advice.

12)  We need to learn the truth.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We have all the truth we could ever need waiting to speak its mind underneath all that shitty advice.

 

I Could Go On and On…

There’s lots of shitty advice out there.  Most of the shitty advisors charge a lot more than a $1.  Most people pay doctors, therapists, clergy, and lawyers small fortunes when they could let go of their beliefs (and problems) for free.

We are programmed to listen to shitty advice by the authorities that benefit by it.  “Follow the money.”  Keeping shitty advice alive might make people rich, but it won’t set them free.  If people really knew they could have freedom, they’d laugh at the shitty advice instead of believing it.

I rather like my Venice Beach shitty advisor.  I’ll probably go back to see him again the next time I’m in the area.  Meeting a man who admitted straight up that his advice was shitty was clearly worth a buck.

 

While we’re on the topic, here are my top ten biggest lies ever told.