By Cathy Eck
Tricks and Traps in The Game
You just dug yourself out of a big false self trap after feeling emotions and listening to your false repeat crappy beliefs and criticism for days. Now you’re sailing again. You feel like your True SELF.
Then suddenly, you feel that all too familiar confusion. You feel emotion in your body again, maybe even panic or pain. Your mind is looking for reasons. Ah shit! You thought you’d finally made it out, and now you’re right back in the poop soup again.
I know it sucks. But in this moment, it won’t do any good to get frustrated, impatient, or angry. You just fell in to the illusion again, and you have to dig yourself out. There are seemingly endless tricks and traps on the way out of the illusion. You will meet and defeat them all. That’s initiation!
The True Self is patient. It’s immortal. Today, tomorrow, next year, next life…it’s all the same.
But try as I do to get people to just let go and get back to their True Self, they always want reasons for the big question: “Why did this happened to me?” Reasons take us outward; freedom requires going inward. However, giving our mind a logical reason can sometimes help forward movement. Letting go of the reasons you hear in your mind (like God is punishing you) always helps. Here are a few useful reasons that will keep you in the game.
Reasons The False Trapped Your Ass Again
2) You heard someone say something that sounded good, true, or positive (like a teacher, guru, preacher), and you accepted their positive statement without noticing the emotion that came with it. We’re trained to be in our mind, to be good students that take in what the teacher says without discriminating, and so we miss the invaluable signals our body senses give us. Besides, when we get truth from another, it’s no longer truth; it’s knowledge. Let other people’s truth go and find your own truth.
4) You just got competitive and choose sides or needed to win. Freedom is an individual game.
5) You presumed another couldn’t meet you at the True Self level, and so you became something acceptable to them. You united with the lowest common denominator — the one with the most rigid beliefs.
6) You feared the judgment or punishment of another. So you did what they told you to do.
8) You didn’t trust your quiet inspiration. Instead you followed expertise, social norms, or knowledge.
9) Your mind is saying, “Who are you to do this?” “This is too hard.” “Cathy is a dumb fuck with a big imagination.” “Cathy wants you to accept her belief system.” or “Emotions are bad; I don’t want to feel them.” I offer you one belief that you need to get free: “You can let all beliefs go. You don’t need them.” Everything I write supports that one belief because you need it to get free. When you’re free, you’ll drop that ONE belief because you won’t need it, and I won’t look like a dumb fuck with a big imagination anymore.
10) You saw someone else’s reality and thought, “This could happen to me.” You must remain an impartial voyeur of other people’s lives. If what they’re living brings up emotion, let go of your belief in that potential. Their beliefs are creating their reality. This is easier after you take responsibility for your own mind; you see that everything has a mental cause.
11) Someone said you hurt them or didn’t support them; and you believed them. Only the false self can be hurt; and only the false self needs support. If you need others to support you, you’re listening to your false self. Enjoy supporters if they come, but don’t need them. Let them go.
12) You have direction confusion. You read this blog because you want freedom — you want to be your True Self and live from win-win. It feels good when you think toward freedom and bad when you imprison yourself with beliefs. But a religious person wants to be good according to dogma. They feel good when obedient and bad when they disobey. Someone who wants to win will feel great when they win and like shit when they lose. We set the direction for our mind. We don’t have the right to set the direction for other’s minds. And they don’t have the right to set the direction for our mind.
14) You’re trying to figure out someone else’s mind instead of discriminating in your own. Their mind is their problem. Your mind is your problem.
It’s a Game
The collective illusion has gotten very tricky, especially since the addition of self-help and the New Age. Knowing the tricks makes it easier to win the game.
See your quest for freedom as a giant video game. You beat one level, and then you have to confront a more difficult level. At some point, you win the game; or you die. So what, you just start a new game. If you watch people play video games, this is their attitude. They feel good playing because that’s the attitude of our True Self. Life is a game — an individual sport. We enter into this big dangerous arena filled with beliefs (lies), and some of us figure out how to discriminate and beat the game. The prize is freedom, living as our True Self, and fulfillment of our desires (without anyone else having to lose). It’s a great game — worth playing.