By Cathy Eck
When we’re a child, freedom is turning twenty-one. If we don’t love our work, freedom is retirement. When we’re unhappily married, freedom is divorce. If things get really bad, we’ll even think freedom is death. But freedom isn’t any of that.
In initiation, freedom was about the return to the True Self. It was called the second birth because we’re born a True Self, we fall, and then we strive to get back to the place we were initially. Initiation wasn’t a ceremony where a false authority labeled you SAVED! That’s actually a good joke because initiation was actually freedom from false authority.
The initiated one felt and honored their emotional warnings. They never fell into feminine roles below a false authority. In other words, they had the Holy Grail. Their mind represented the alchemical marriage because they’d united their masculine and feminine mind aspects. They’d passed through the Gateway to Gold. And Heaven had returned to earth for them.
People have spoken the truth in many ways. Once we understand one of them, we’ll eventually understand all of them. But they’ll all look mysterious until we get the right point-of-view. Illusions stay alive by making sure that we never get the true perspective of life. Finding our True Self requires constant letting go of the false contents of our mind until only our unique perspective of the truth remains.
How do we get off course? We follow another’s path instead of walking our own. Initiation is simple in theory, but so hard to do. We must let go of other people’s perspectives and expertise until all that’s left is our own.
It’s hard because since we were born, we were told to respect…never challenge…just follow other people’s beliefs, especially if they’re an authority or expert. If they’re a spiritual leader, we often find they have a tight hold on our mind. There are many paths to the truth, but there’s only one that works for each of us. No one else’s path will work for us.
Our path is marked with the things that we find most interesting. In this way, we’re self-motivated. Others can support us along our path, but they don’t define it.
People often want me to say that their teacher/guru is the ONE. But I won’t sell out on them. They have a path that’s far more perfect for them. It’s my job to support them in letting go of all the wrong paths from their past. I know that in the end, only one will remain. They won’t have to choose anymore. It will be perfect.
The false authority uses ancient, proven techniques to retain followers. But in their defense, they don’t realize they’re harming us. They’re also victims of the illusion.
- They speak some truth and some beliefs. When we find our truth, we will spice it up with some beliefs. But those beliefs are spice, not the meal. The spice is only right for us.
- They assume the masculine role, and we feel completely feminine to them. When we’re in a false feminine role, we feel like a powerless child who doesn’t have the right to go against whatever their authority says.
- They fix effects not causes.
- They focus on physical results instead of mental purity. They often tell us we need willpower.
- They think money, fame, or power give you freedom. In truth, freedom often brings us money, fame, and power, but freedom (truth) must come first.
- They tell us to “accept what is” when “what is” isn’t appealing because “what is” came from their beliefs.
- They tell us God gave them success, which implies that if we haven’t yet succeeded we’ve been overlooked by God.
- They say, “You can’t change the past.” Bullshit! When we let go of the causal belief in our mind, we change our memory of any past reality.
- They say, “Life is suffering.” Does that really feel good? It only feels good if you’re heartless and think you can rise above suffering (like the gurus/teachers/preachers that say it) while watching others swim in the the sewage of beliefs.
- They’re focused on looking good, not being truly good.
- They generate emotions in us like hope, excitement, pride, or tears of joy. All emotions mean that there’s false in our mind or in the speaker’s words. Often the false is implied. We must look under the words if we feel emotion. When we mislabel emotion as good, we’re toast. I had someone in my life that labeled lying good. He said he did so because “the truth hurts.” In his presence, my truthfulness was evil or hurtful. I’d feel bad because I wasn’t lying. WTF?
- They demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
- They abuse and take advantage of the feminine role instead of protecting it and lifting it up. Usually, they don’t understand roles or honor the role’s true purpose of giving and receiving.
- They deny that emotions have value so we’ll be embarrassed if we expose the fact that what they said doesn’t feel good.
- They believe their minds are right and don’t discriminate between true and false. They don’t go for win-win for all.
- They support and make money from beliefs that never feel good — false spiritual teachings, disease, injustice, borders, war, who’s right, who’s good, who’s superior, what happens after you die, or what will happen in the future. They take advantage of our insecurities.
- They believe the feminine role exists to serve the masculine role.
I could add to this list for days. These are some of the big ones.
Freedom doesn’t come in a weekend workshop. It mostly comes in small steps. We’re slowly changing our past every time we let go of even a small belief. We’re building true power — accepting our True Self back into our own true masculine role. Letting go of authorities by seeing the errors in their teachings creates big leaps. It’s the fastest way to the Gateway To Gold.