How Religious Distortion Strips Us Of Our True Power


You Can't Worship two masters

Religion takes its beliefs and puts them at the top of the triangle. The truth then becomes evil, at the bottom of the triangle, because it opposes the religion’s rules or beliefs.

By Cathy Eck


Religious Distortion is Level Confusion on Steroids

Meetup groups are popular in San Diego.  I set up certain keywords (truth, humanitarian, free thinking) so that when a new meetup that matches my criteria is  born, I find out.  Yesterday I was notified of a new group focused on truth.  I looked at their description and thought I could have written it.  Then I looked at the keywords; they were a complete match to mine.  So I joined and entered my profile anxious to meet others of like mind.

I got an email from the founder.  She obviously shit her pants when she read my profile.  She explained that they were a Christian-oriented group, and their discussions were going to be centered around a DVD series that proved that Christianity was the only truth.  I kindly told her that I appreciated her honesty, but we were clearly on different pages.

False selves become like walls of steel through religious distortion.  Beliefs become the absolute truth.  Conviction, fear, and rewards convince others that their way is the only way.  Being a member of such a group is like a giant false self feeding frenzy.

This is a powerful example of level confusion.  The people with religious distortion don’t know it; they think they have the truth.  Level confusion is the guard to the prison cell of our false mind.  The key to unlocking it is the triangle process.


What About the Bible?

The argument always stems from the notion that the Bible is the word of God.  God doesn’t write; humans do.  But it is a useful book because the Bible contains initiation stories.  Initiation stories speak literal truth with absolute beauty, but they must be read from the perspective of unity.  If you read the same story from the perspective of good and evil (or right and wrong), the literal translation becomes biased and falls out of unity.

Those with religious distortion read from their bias and see literal words that confirm their perspective.  They don’t realize that they’d see a different, expanded view, that is win-win for all, if their bias was not topping their triangle.


The Triangle Process

The diagram above shows how level confusion affects religion.  Religions take truth and attach it to their belief system.  Their point of view now moves to the top of a false mental triangle.  Where does the truth go?  The truth (oneness, unconditional love, freedom, peace) must become part of duality at the bottom of the triangle, and it doesn’t get the good half.  In other words, to someone with religious distortion, truth is actually evil because it makes their bias wrong.

God took the same dive with the birth of religious distortion.  The false God (who was probably a King or Lord since he had human and not divine qualities) became the Grand Puba seated at the top of the triangle.  Where does the True God go?  To the bottom; he’s relabeled Lucifer or Satan because he rebels against Grand Puba false God.


Undoing the Religious Distortion

Putting any issue on the triangle undoes religious distortion (or any distortion).  I got the idea for the triangle process from studying Pythagoras.  He said that if you get two sides of any triangle right, the third will be evident.  Pythagoras was an initiate; I knew he wasn’t really talking math.  I was desperate for this tool.  Everyone thought their beliefs were right, but none of their beliefs fulfilled me.

Many people start letting go of beliefs with great joy; they begin to see life through the eyes of unconditional love.  They are shocked when a religious person is angry at them for not hating other groups of people or following a rule.  They fall into doubt and question themselves.

This is a normal initiation challenge.  The initiate must stand up for their True Self in their own mind.  It means you let go and honor the truth, knowing it is more powerful than any belief.  You might say something to the other or not.  Action is not the key.

The triangle process helps unveil the truth if our mind is cloudy.  The person who thinks their beliefs are true will back down just like the woman who wrote to me kindly exposing her meetup agenda.  Love and truth are the most powerful forces in the universe, and they were the initiate’s only weapons.  Initiates didn’t pack heat.


Religious Distortion and Jesus

Those with religious distortion don’t see that the very Jesus they worship despised the religions of his time because he was a humanitarian, an initiate, who lived from love, peace, and kindness.  He was an example to follow, not a savior to worship.  He recognized that Satan was a voice in his own mind; it wasn’t a being to fight.  He knew that God was in his heart and was indestructible.  He understood that he was powerful beyond measure when he lived from the True Self (Son of God) and powerless when he behaved as the Son of Man (crucifixion).  But we can always let go and resurrect ourselves.  Initiation is about following his lead.  When you apply the triangle process, you become clear that Jesus would not be a member of the religions he supposedly founded.

Jesus said that you can’t worship two masters.  He meant that you can’t have the false God and the True God in your mind at the same time because you’ll have religious distortion; you’ll be at the bottom of the triangle thinking you are at the top.  In my experience, when I put the True Self at the top; duality also lines up beautifully because there is no evil or opposite anymore.  Instead the opposites are harmonious like black and white or male and female.  It is a beautiful way to live.




Can We Identify a True Self by Appearance?

The initiate's body

By Cathy Eck


In a culture where good looks are like a get-out-of-jail free card, it is natural to wonder how letting go will impact our body.  Lester Levinson, an American who reached the state of freedom, said that people who once looked beautiful suddenly looked plastic and ugly ducklings became beautiful swans.  More and more, I have glimpses of what he was saying.


Edgar Cayce and the True Self

About twenty years ago, I was doing research in the library at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (Edgar Cayce’s Organization), which is said to be the second largest metaphysical library in the world, after the Vatican.

Edgar Cayce was called the sleeping prophet.  He could place himself into a hypnotic state and answer questions.  He did over 14,000 readings.  I became very interested in Cayce’s work since he did many readings on ancient Egypt providing useful clues for my initiation research.  Often, while flipping through his readings, I would uncover little Cayce tidbits that inspired me to dig deeper into my own mind.  This was one of them.

Cayce had a study group that he was very close to.  At one point, he gave a reading that the group found so beautiful that their eyes teared, their minds went silent, and they experienced what Cayce called attunement.  In the language of initiation, their True Self was revealed.  When that happened, Cayce said he saw who they really were, and the difference was so great that he had to go collect himself.  Obviously, his false self came back into control; his True Self wouldn’t have felt the need for collection.


George’s True Self Shines

Shortly after reading this, I was trying to deal with a client who was very angry with my programmer.  While I knew the problem wasn’t serious and could easily be fixed, the client didn’t see it that way.  I brought my programmer and my trainer on this particular job into my office, and we called the client.

Now I must tell you something about George, my programmer.  He was a super nerd.  His clothes didn’t match, he had gigantic glasses, and he only showed signs of emotion when he talked about his toy soldier collection.

I dialed the phone and held my breath ready to be attacked.   As the client said, “Hello,” George raised his hand toward me and whispered, “Cathy, I’ve got this handled.”  As George masterfully alleviated the client’s concern and turned him from a raging bull into a puppy dog, I watched my eyes do something crazy.  I saw George’s True Self, and he was outrageously handsome.  He completely morphed before my eyes.

As the call ended, George went back to super nerd.  I never told him what I saw.  But I now understood why we are so drawn to beauty.  Before the illusion was masterminded, beauty meant that you were pure and could be trusted.  But then the illusion introduced the notion that beauty on the inside meant ugly on the outside and vice versa.  Now we can’t tell a book by its cover, and we are often tricked by false beauty.


True Self Versus False Self

I’ve learned a lot about the True Self since that time in my life.  It never goes away; it just gets covered up with the false self (a huge complex of beliefs and memories).  So the potential to return to true beauty is as great as our potential to return to our True Self.

Once we accept beliefs, we begin to see proof of them.  Eventually, we relabel our beliefs as the truth, and the false self takes charge.  The false self views life as unsafe and beyond our control, so it creates an army to fight off the enemy or a camouflage of good to protect its body.

In order to free our True Self and its body temple, we have to eliminate the army or the camouflage.  But we aren’t going to do this if we can’t let go of our beliefs.  We fear that we’ll die if we don’t have our protection.  We don’t realize that our beliefs project out our enemies; so our persona is only fighting our own false self.  Our false mind tells us that we have nothing to gain by letting go and everything to lose.  Most people believe the false mind; and work toward perfection of their persona.  Some personas are almost perfect clones of the True Self.  We can only tell the difference because the True Self has no enemies to battle.

The ancient initiates were described as beautiful and eternally youthful people.  But it was not because they had great personas, good genes, fine plastic surgeons, or an incredible workout routine.  It was because they were completely pure in mind.  They didn’t have any beliefs so they didn’t need a persona.


Can We Return to the True Self Body?

Cayce told his group that it was possible, but unlikely, to perfect their bodies in this lifetime.  However, he provided another clue that supported the body as a Temple theory.  He said that spirit is our life force, mind builds on that life force, and the physical is merely the effect.  This matches what the initiates taught.  First, they avoided fixing effects.  Second, they let go of the beliefs in their mind.  They didn’t just let go of some of them; they let go of all of them.  Then they let their spirit shine through.  This is why people painted the initiates with a glow around their body and head and called them Gods.

My favorite story as a child was the ugly ducking; I hoped it was true and that one day I’d be a swan.  I didn’t understand the story back then, but I loved it.  And as my journey has progressed, I understand why.


Ugly Ducking


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Standing Up For Your True Self

The north star is your true Self.

By Cathy Eck


More Level Confusion

A topic came up in a recent mentoring session, and it is a real goldmine.  Understanding how to stand up for your True Self can take years off your journey. Before I unraveled this confusion in myself, I felt as if I were living in hell.  It is yet another tricky form of level confusion.


The True Self

Your True Self is the part of you that is true, unchangeable, and eternal.  It has no opposite.  When you are being your True Self, life flows; you feel on purpose and invincible.  If you’ve not been in this place for a long time because you’ve been on sabatical in the illusion, it shows up as a longing.  Some common words that describe this state are freedom (my favorite), peace, beauty, unconditional love, truth, wisdom, creativity, joy, and infinity.

Your True Self is not about what you do.  It is the part of us that must lead the way.  When I’m free, anything I do is joyful.  When my True Self isn’t leading the way, whatever I do is hard work.  Life from the True Self perspective is inspired.  There are no decisions, no shoulds, no practices, no techniques or tools necessary to get you going or make life work.

In the words of Lady Gaga, “You were born this way.”  This is your NORTH STAR.  If you look in the sky, the north star is constant, fixed.  It doesn’t move.  To the ancient stargazers, it was immortal because it didn’t come and go (birth and death) like the other characters in the sky.


The Illusion

The illusion is a world of opposites, and most of us are born to people who are already card carrying members of the illusion.  They are firmly entrenched in the false self.  They long for their True Self, but they view that longing as impossible to achieve;  if religious, they believe they’ll see their True Self when they die in heaven.

Your bouncing new True Self looks beautiful to them at birth when you are helpless and submissive, but as it starts to rub against their illusion, it slowly looks like something to be fixed.  So they start to teach you to fit in their perspective.  Some people adjust pretty well; others never adjust.

Those who adjust and even come to like the illusion (often because they believe they are winning) don’t want out.  Others see it as wrong to leave the illusion, like it is cheating at life.  Some feel that a good life on earth means hell after death.  Those are all lies that can be let go.

In the illusion, people follow dreams and desires too.  But those false desires have opposites.  For example, a young child loves getting attention; they become an actor.  Their desire is attention, and they get it.  But they can’t turn it off when they go to the grocery store.  They hate the paparazzi.  They miss having a peaceful life, the True Self.  Our True desires have no opposite, no downside.

False self desires are usually about fixing an insecurity or lack.  People desire money because they believe in lack.  They desire approval because they feel insignicant, bad or unworthy.  If you fix the cause, false desires disappear.


Standing Up For Your North Star

Once you know your True Self (North Star), you must stand up for it until you escape the illusion.  During that time, all the events and metaphorical personalities that convinced you that your True Self was impractical, out-of-this-world, problematic, bad, wrong, or just plain selfish will come out of hiding to pull you back.  You must face this personal apocalypse as you stand up for your True Self.

Most people use false self techniques and go to battle, but they never win.  They just wear out and die.  You stand up for your True Self by letting go of anything that another says or does that doesn’t feel good.  The others are only playing a role assigned by your false self so it can stay in power.  They are showing you the beliefs you still have in your mind that are blocking your True Self.  In truth, they are doing you a favor.

Here is where many people get caught.  You commit to total freedom, and suddenly your mother becomes a Christian Fundamentalist.  She wants you to get saved. Getting saved soothed her fear of hell, but it feels horrible to you.  That is all the proof you need that she acted from a false self belief.  But you say no, and she lays on the guilt.  Now you are confused.  You don’t want to hurt or disrespect your mother, but you don’t want to join her religion.  It may even appear that denying her request is imposing your beliefs on her.

Saying no upsets her because it exposes her belief in hell.  She soothed her belief with another belief; but now that you won’t honor her soothing belief, the causal belief is raw and in her face.  Some part of her knows that she hasn’t really fixed the problem, but she doesn’t know how to let go.  She wants to blame you for her emotions.  If you take the blame, you drown with her.  When two people are drowning, no one gets saved.  You must stand up for your True Self and allow her to join you or not.

You must recognize that hell is not true; it doesn’t feel good.  If you believe her or obey her, you’ll both lose.  If she lets go of her causal belief in hell, she’ll also be free.  The key is to notice which person offers the true win-win.  Fixing emotions is never a win.  Her religion adds beliefs to your mind; your freedom frees her mind.  Win-win is the perfect bridge to the True Self.  It is the key to standing up for our True Self.


All roads lead to the notion of good and evil, read more here.


Understanding Soft Labels and Hard Labels

Story explains our perception of the sun-moon-earth

By Cathy Eck


Soft Labels

In a previous post, I wrote about labels that I call soft labels.  I spoke of a dream where a mother labeled one twin happy and another twin sad.  The labels limited the twins’ life experience, but the mother wasn’t being malicious.

The mother probably didn’t realize that she was seeing two opposing aspects of her own personality reflected in her twins.  Our children take on labels and roles that often, as parents, we don’t recognize as our own projections.

Our True Self doesn’t have labels or roles.  However, our false self always sees children in a feminine role.  The masculine role asserts or gives; the feminine (or passive) role receives.   Since children have little or no power, they always play a feminine role.

Our mental programming and design came about through story; early stories related the feminine to the moon or the earth.  The sun was always the masculine God role giving light and warmth.  The feminine might be moon-like and reflect the sun’s light.  Or it could be earth-like and absorb the sun’s light.  These symbols were mental metaphors, not physical.  It is heavenly to be feminine and reflect the sun’s light and love.  But if a human sun asserts its beliefs or labels instead of love and light, its feminine will be like the moon and reflect those beliefs or be like the earth and absorb them.  She won’t be in heaven anymore.

The masculine isn’t pleased when his crap shows up in his feminine; so he blames her for dragging their asses out of heaven.  But it was the sun’s fall from love and light that caused the problem.  Beliefs are like fluorescent light compared to the sun.  They aren’t the real thing and produce minimal growth; but they can do the job of lighting the room.

As adults, we step into bigger roles.  A wife is still usually feminine to her husband.  An employee is feminine to the boss.  A slave is feminine to the master; and a patient is feminine to the doctor.  When we are in the feminine role, we hope that our sun is shining with pure white light.  But often they’re just a fluorescent bulb.


Hard Labels

Hard labels come from authorities with a desire for dominance.  They know the sun has power over the moon/earth; they use that power to project the negative part of the illusion on to the feminine.  This allows them to float above the illusion’s manure pile.

The person in the feminine role doesn’t detect the projection if they treat fluorescent light as if it’s sunlight.  They trust the authority (person in the masculine role) as if they are being directed by God.

As long as the feminine takes the projection and submits like a good slave, the authority is content.  But when the feminine tries to take back her power or reflects the projection, the masculine often slaps a hard label on them.

Imagine a slave who decides he deserves more food.  When he makes his case, the master says, “You’re selfish.  You think you deserve to eat like me.”  The master is the selfish one, but he projects selfishness on his feminine slave with conviction.  The slave believes the authority and backs off.  He’s been trained to do so.  This is one of the most sinister tricks of the false self.


The false self masculine uses labels to cause the person in the feminine position to believe that they are doing to them (masculine person) what the masculine person is actually doing to the feminine person.

Complex, confusing — welcome to the false self”s world.  So let’s look at another example.  The wife says she’s going for a walk alone.  The husband feels left out.  So he throws his baggage on her back.  He says, “You’re so demanding.”  Her feminine training kicks in and she starts to wonder, “Am I too demanding?”  In that moment of doubt, the aggressor has won; he’s created acceptance of his projected belief on his feminine target.

Another great example of label slamming was seen in the 2012 Presidential election.  The marketing pieces and debates were full of label slamming the opposition.  It’s a strategic power move to trick the opponent into accepting the slammed label and losing his power.

Once we believe a label, we become feminine to the labeler.  When we see the game, we don’t fall so easily.  When we learn to let go, the game no longer works.  This is how the feminine regains her freedom — ending slavery forever.


The New Leader

We need new leaders who don’t project labels into people’s minds, who help people let their labels go.  Imagine going to a doctor/healer who listens to your problem then helps you see the labels and beliefs that caused the problem.  I’ve done this many times; when a client is willing to let go of the cause, natural healing kicks in.  Imagine a lawyer that helps both parties let go of their causal beliefs resulting in true love and true justice.  Imagine a leader that sees problems in his company or nation and realizes that the problems are his own projection.  Big problems would disappear very quickly.  The problems on this planet only look big because leaders want power, and they have no power without problems.

This type of leader existed long ago.  I hope to bring this old way of leading back.  But we don’t have to wait for the big guys to step up to the plate.  We can start wherever we are.  Everyone has leadership roles even if they are very small, and we can transform our own sphere of influence — set an example.  We can share this information with others so that one day all leaders must lead the true way because the people will no longer take their projections.  The feminine will finally be free.


For leaders who want to learn how to step into these giant shoes…click here.

Why Labels Keep Us Stuck


By Cathy Eck


Labels Are Superglue for the Mind

Recently, I had a very revealing dream.  An old friend of mine, who has two adult real-life daughters, had conjoined twin toddlers.  The twins were joined in their legs as if they had one big connecting leg between them like conjoined mermaids.

My friend asked me to help prepare them mentally for separation.  She told me that one was a happy twin; the other was a sad twin.  I could see their labels on their faces very clearly.  Then she left me alone with them.  I decided to forget her labels and just see each of them as who they truly were.  Each twin showed me its True Self; and both were joyous.  Then I experienced a strange sort of black out.  Suddenly, the two twins were sitting on two chairs, separated, and dangling their little legs.

I pointed out to the twins that they were now separated.  They smiled and said, “It won’t last when mom finds out.  She’ll connect us again.”  It made sense.  She had defined them as happy and sad twins — two halves of a whole.  They feared that her labels would unite them back into one screwed-up being.

I went to talk to the mother.  I told her that I had good news; the twins were separated.  I told her that she must drop her labels of happy and sad, or they’d go back together.  But she refused to do so.  She said, she had plans for surgery already.

The dream ended.  I woke up feeling like a failure.  I’d come so close to separating the twins, but I perceived the mother’s labels to have such power that I failed.  I focused my attention on the feeling of failure; it soon turned to waves of fear.  One after another incidents of being stuck in labels flooded into my memory for my discrimination and release.


We Love Our Labels

Labels come in many ways.  We acquire labels based on how we look or physical quirks or defects.  We get labeled based on what we do in our career.  There are also labels that we give ourselves as if, “I’ll label myself before you label me.”  There are labels that come from kidding around.  Some labels are pet names representing romance and union.  But no matter what the source, labels always limit us.


Dual Labels

My dream was pointing to a difficult label to shed unless you see through the illusion.  These are labels that have an opposite connected with another person.  One of the labels in the pair is good or right; the other is bad or wrong.  We see this dual labeling with  children, but also with partners, bosses, and friends.

When our label is half of a whole, letting go requires eliminating both halves.  We identify personally with half of the whole, and we see the other half in another person.  But both halves are stored in our own mind.

In my house, my parents had a skinny child and a chubby child.  My parents were sure that these labels were correct and unchangeable.  My skinny sister was delighted with her label; I wanted to be skinny too.  But it felt as if I needed to get my sister to gain weight to get what I wanted.  I was stuck in Label-Land on a perpetual merry-go-round.

Labels are stored in our mind the same way they were projected upon us.  Now in truth, my sister didn’t need to gain weight for me to lose it.  But my mind held it that way so that I could not lose weight.  I swear she looked skinnier every time I saw her, and I looked chubbier.  I was caught in label prison without any chance of parole.  I didn’t realize that I had the key to my jail cell.


The Lesson of Labels

My dream reminded me of dualistic pairs of labels in my past that felt out of my range of control.  I felt like I needed other people to drop their labels of me in order to change my reality.  I didn’t think I had the power of change within myself.

But I did.  In the dream, I just had to realize that neither happy nor sad are true; what is true is joy, which I saw in each twin individually creating change.  I also had to remember that my truth was more powerful than the mother’s false labels so that she couldn’t reverse the twin’s healing.  By letting go of both sides of the labels in our own minds, we change our reality.  In my experience, when we truly let go, the people who gave us the label forget about it.  You probably recognize this as the triangle process.

We weren’t born with labels, we acquire them.  Our job, sexual orientation, political view, religion, sports, culture, defects, and schools all become labels that define us.  That being said, we can use labels as tools so long as we remember that we are not our labels; and we can drop any labels that don’t work for us at any time.

When I spoke on cruise ships, I’d walk around and meet labels in bodies, and they were boring as hell even if they were someone famous or important.  But sometimes I’d meet a real person and we’d connect and talk and talk.  Days would pass and our conversation would continue along — picking up wherever we left off the day before.  Eventually, I’d realize that I didn’t even know the person’s name or what they did.  I just knew who they were, and I loved them.  You see, when labels disappear, what remains is just love.


Many labels spring from our personality, which is often mistaken for our True Self.  

When Love Doesn’t Seem to Be Enough

Martin Luther King Quote

By Cathy Eck


Love — A Powerful Force

A burning question erupted in my mind when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  My mother said he was good; so how was it possible to kill him?  In my mind, good, positive, truthful, free, and unconditionally loving were all the same.  I felt strongly that love was a force that kept one safe.  But no one agreed with me; and in time, I came to believe them.  I learned that human good is different from True-Self good, and human good (or obedience) is what authorities wanted from me.  People thought my question was too big to ask.  I suspect it was too right to ask.


Adam and Eve

We’re taught that after their dirty deed, Adam and Eve were cursed by God; the door to paradise was locked.  They got us stuck for eternity in the land of good and evil.  But was the gate locked by God or was it locked by beliefs?  Could we let the beliefs go, and unlock the gate?  Another one of those “too big” questions, perhaps?

We’ve been convinced that heaven’s gate was locked.  We were convinced that good and evil are equal players in a never-ending battle.   We were convinced that a good person can be killed by evil.  But are any of these beliefs true?  Or have we just been conned to support an illusion that benefits the few at the expense of the many?

We believed these ideas because we were taught them by authority as children.  We didn’t realize that whatever beliefs we accepted as true would slide quietly into our mind and hold us hostage within an illusory reality; we were never told that we could discriminate and let beliefs go or that our love would keep us safe.  Only the ancient initiates were given that little piece of truth, which is why the initiates looked like Gods compared to the rest of us mortals.


The Key

People who died by assassination, like Martin Luther King, were rebels who exposed and fought the elite rulers.  The elite rulers have been the winners of the illusion for thousands of years.  We follow their belief — beliefs that were stacked to favor the patriarchal elite, not the little guy.  The rebels wanted the people in power to change their minds and adopt equality-centered views.  But why would they?  They were winning.

The initiates knew how to take our power back even when we were in a lesser role.  They said that nothing can exist in our experience until we accept a belief that allows the experience into our mind.  If we remove the causal belief, we can’t be harmed.

People who win at duality are experts at planting causal beliefs in the minds of the people that they want to control.  Slavery is the goal of the illusion.  The ability to discriminate and let go is, in fact, the great equalizer.  But hardly anyone knows how.

Martin Luther King had a True-Self vision of freedom; but he was stuck in the same false world as we are.  He tried to change the illusion.  But we can’t change or defeat the illusion; we must let it go.  Then it slowly dissolves like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz who was doused with water.


The Way Out

Each belief we hold in mind gives some of our power to authority.  It sounds counter-intuitive, but our fear disappears as we let beliefs go.  Our safety improves as our fear disappears.  False power diminishes because the disempowering beliefs and fear that we let go boomerang right back to those who sowed the seeds in our mind.  This is true justice — redemption without revenge.

If an authority figure can’t project their fear on to others, events are pulled into their life that push them off their pedestal.  They lose their special charisma that people fall for.  The truly good win without a fight.  In fact, no one loses in this deal because those who lose their false power gain the truth that sets them free too.


Getting to Love

According to the initiates, we must cease judging, hating, and fighting; instead, we must free our own minds.  We must become someone who can’t be another’s projection screen.

The big questions are the ones that free our minds because they take us to the truth.  That is why it is frowned upon to ask them.  They dissolve the illusion.

In my experience, people often have a deep core belief that their love is not enough to keep them safe.   But that is just not true.  Ultimately the goal is just as Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”  He didn’t say that so we’d be nice; he said it so we’d be powerful and safe.

I didn’t want to love my enemies at first.  It felt like I was letting them off the hook.  But I realized that I enabled the authorities in my life by believing their lies.  I trusted them because I didn’t know how to discriminate between true and false as a child.  Now I do.  Now I can strip them of their false power by letting go and unconditionally loving them — not because they deserve my love but because it renders them powerless.  It is never too late to take back our power and live our perfect life.

I don’t know how long it takes to clean out our mind completely and reach total unconditional love because I’m not there yet.  But I do know that I’m safer when I let go.  I’m healthier and happier when I remember to let go.  I have less fear and more choices when I let go.  Most important, I have more unconditional love.  I carry the most powerful weapon of all in my holster as long as I remember to just let go.


Think you still need your beliefs, read this one.







When the True Self Answers Our Questions

La Jolla Waves

By Cathy Eck


Ask and You Shall Receive

Today I was watching the waves at La Jolla Cove.  There’s a large rock (above) that I really love; rarely are the waves tall enough to go over that rock.  Today was one of those rare days.  I watched the water pour over the rock creating mini waterfalls.  I decided to move closer to take a better photo.  But suddenly, the sea became still; and I didn’t get the photo I wanted.  I wondered why but didn’t long for an answer.  In the stillness, I felt my True Self answer my own question.  In my mind’s eye, I saw a small fault shifting far off the shore creating the tall waves.  That shift stopped, and the sea was now calm again.

In my experience, our True Self does answer our questions, but not with a loud roar.  It speaks quietly, often in pictures, accompanied by a calm, quiet feeling.  The condition of the sea reflected my mind perfectly in that moment, and I felt that incredible feeling of oneness.

People often wonder how ancient people knew which plants to eat, built amazing stone circles that aligned with the stars, or understood complex mathematics or geometry.  It makes perfect sense to me.  These things seem impossible if you buy the false history that humans came to earth as grunting cavemen.  Those same people see babies as helpless beings that know nothing – blank slates for them to scribble on.  People with that point of view also see life as unjust, chaotic, and painful.  It may be a widespread point of view, but it is false because it doesn’t work.  When you see things from the perspective  of the True Self, everything works, everything falls neatly into place.   You don’t have to shove the pieces of the puzzle together with poor logic.


The Macrocosm is the Microcosm

The ancient initiates said the microcosm is the macrocosm.  How we are as infants reflects how we were as infant people.  We were uncivilized and a bit awkward with our bodies, but we were not short on wisdom.  We thought more in pictures than words.  We knew the difference between true and false, and we followed our inner signals to stay safe in a world of infinite possibilities.  In time, our awkwardness disappeared, and we used our wisdom to make life easier.  The ancient mythology says that the more we got along, and the more we listened inside to our True Self, the easier life became.

But just like we teach babies instead of listen to them, authorities started to teach us.  We all do to others what was done to us.  People began to cover their True Self with a false self that other gave them.  The false self can repeat and follow directions like a computer or robot, but it doesn’t have compassion or creativity.  Today, false selves run the world.  We trust our bodies to them, and we give them our children to teach.  We worship people who can remember and repeat well or who have trained their body to perform a skill with ease but lack spirit and integrity.

Simple people of deep spirit are often overlooked and seen as lacking value.  Nothing could be further from the truth.


The False Self Is a Living Computer

The false self works like a computer.  I love my computer; it does the hard work for me.  It makes my words pretty on the screen.  But I won’t be letting it decide what I want for dinner tonight.  Although I’m sure there’s an app for that.

If I want to be a musician, I can take guitar lessons from another who shows me more quickly the tricks of the trade.  If I can read music well and produce the notes on my guitar, I’ve got a well-trained false self — a musical machine.  But if the guitar helps me to write my own music, I’ve allowed the True Self to lead.

We love when people create because we know that this is what life is all about.  However, too many people worship the music of others and never make their own.  They are trained to believe that greatness is rare or reserved for a chosen few.

When our True Self leads, we find the answers.  When we drop the false self’s beliefs, we open the gateway for the True Self to take over and lead.  We see that everything exists first in our mind; then it manifests in the world. As we remember that life works this way and is fair and just, life starts to take on a magical quality.


The Power of Our True Self

We all have the power to change the world simply by letting go.  When we understand the difference between the True Self and the false self, we can take thoughts as they come and do our best to let go of those that don’t support what we desire.  Even a little transformation is a contribution.

As we deprive our false self of power, we slowly see a different world.  It is a beautiful organic process that doesn’t harm anyone and doesn’t create new problems to fix.  We all have all the wisdom we need inside of our True Self — we just have to remember to listen to it.

It seems that so much personal shifting today comes through pain, suffering, war, or disease.  But it wasn’t meant to be that way.  Transformation was meant to be easy and elegant.  I was reminded of that today as I watched the effects of the earth shifting into a more comfortable position while I got to witness something rare and beautiful.


Here’s a short piece of the pyramids and doubt.



The Creative Process From the Inside Out

Beliefs fill the gap

Beliefs fill the gap between our mundane life and our desires.

By Cathy Eck


The Normal Creative Process

The normal creative process involves setting goals, deciding what actions to take for success, and finding the motivation to do what must be done.  Getting the goal, or the perks associated with the goal, is the purpose of creating in this way.

This process takes willpower, hard work, and dedication. Once our mind accepts that creating happens from the outside in, it requires that we continue to do so. It can become exhausting over time. We live in the future instead of the present.

Creating from the inside out is different. We still create a goal, intention, or desire, but the purpose of that desire is simply to set our direction – achievement of the goal is secondary. We focus our attention on the beliefs and thoughts that stand between our current reality and our desire. We clear the gap between them. Once we are congruent with our desire in mind, body, and spirit, it must manifest.


The Mind is Key

Most people have evolved in their thinking to recognize the importance of their mind. However, most have replaced physical hard work with mental hard work — visualize the dream, say those affirmations, believe and you will achieve. Willpower is still key, and more people fail than succeed.

True inside-out creating looks new, but it’s actually very old. It was the way that initiates created in ancient times. It was said that the initiates entered mystery schools as mortals and exited as Gods.

The initiates knew that problems had mental causes – beliefs created the gap between mundane reality and the desired result.  The initiate let go of his or her beliefs until the gap disappeared.

Schools of initiation made great leaders, with pure, loving minds that manifested anything they desired effortlessly. The initiate didn’t take action until it was effortless and inspired. The majority of their work was mental.

In the ancient mystery school, you weren’t permitted to convince others to believe or support you. You weren’t permitted to change your behaviors unless inspired. You weren’t permitted to request advice. You weren’t permitted to fix the effects of your beliefs. You weren’t even allowed to change your mind. You simply let go of your beliefs so completely that it was as if they had never existed. You were only allowed to ask for support in letting go. Your mentor, or initiator, helped you to discriminate until your mind became clear.


Why is this so powerful?

When you work toward fulfillment of desires in this way, you become completely inner directed. Instead of focusing on results, you observe and let go of the thoughts and feelings in your mind and body. You move out of the future into the present. You focus on your own life instead of others. Of course, the past has colored the present so the past does arise, but only so that it can be examined, reviewed, and let go. The initiate’s mind becomes a discrimination machine, separating the wheat from the chaff until only the truth remains. This was called finding the kingdom of heaven first so that anything could be made manifest.

If you do this process and your desire is not right for you, you’ll lose the desire. You won’t get it, and you won’t care. A true desire doesn’t disappear; it expects to be fulfilled. You can’t screw this process up, and you can’t harm others by letting go. That alone makes it a wonderful process.

Beliefs can be let go, but you can’t let go of the truth. In addition, the desires you fulfill this way will never have a backlash that you’ll have to deal with later on. The process is holistic and pure.

Our human challenge comes from sharing earth with others who have different desires and goals and allowing them to fulfill their dreams while traveling down our own lane. Eventually, we learn that we win when others win; that was the final lesson of initiation. The initiate realized that competition doesn’t work; joy is in cooperation and co-creation.


It’s Worth It

At first, this way of living creates a mental apocalypse. People are shocked when they begin to witness their minds. Their complex of beliefs, which the ancients called the false self, doesn’t go down easily; it has tricks and traps. Letting go can feel as if one is fighting the battle of Armageddon within.

But each small victory over the false self exposes more of the True Self. For some, the false self wins; and they get pulled into the outer-directed world once again. Others will remark. “I know I was born to do this; it just feels right.”

So it is a choice — a way of living that’s there for us when we choose it. You know you’re ready when you can’t find the motivation to create in the old ways anymore. You just can’t say one more affirmation, follow one more practice, or force yourself into action anymore.

For me, this way of living became so much more than creation. Creating from the inside out is completely win-win. Jealousy, fear, and anger go away. You become incredibly cooperative and find joy in others realizing their dreams. You find aspects of your life improving that had nothing to do with your goals. Health improves, problems cease to exist, and relationships become easier. You laugh more at life because it becomes much less serious.  In short order, you can’t imagine going back to the old way of creating.

In the ancient world, this divine way of life was only available to those who could leave their homes and families. But now, we can all choose the path of initiation and achieve mental and emotional freedom in this life.


Here’s an article about a local San Diego woman who did create from the inside out.

Sympathy, Empathy, or Compassion


By Cathy Eck



One day, my ex-husband was sharing childhood paperboy memories.  He talked about getting up early and usual paperboy stuff.  Then he got teary eyed and said, “There was one women who inspired me.  She didn’t have any money, but she had a big plum tree.  Often she didn’t pay me, but she shook her plum tree and let me keep whatever plums fell to the ground.”

By this time, I’m about ready to lose it because I can see where this is headed, but I took a deep breath and allowed him to continue.  My ex-husband was trained to believe that sympathy is kindness.  “She was so poor, Cathy, (sob, sob) that one time she didn’t have any wood for her fire so she went and got a railroad tie from the train tracks and carried it all the way up the hill by herself.  Can you imagine?”  The only thing I’m imagining is how fucking strong this woman is to get a railroad tie out of the tracks and carry it up a steep hill.

He was sure we’d weep together and wallow in sympathy for the old woman.  But I had no sympathy because the woman didn’t deserve it.

First of all, a newspaper is not a necessity for life.  If you don’t have the money to pay the lousy nickel (this was in the 60’s), you cancel the damn paper.  Second, I wondered how the railroad company felt about missing a highly important railroad tie.  I was appalled with the woman.   I was also appalled at my ex-husband’s lack of discrimination.  He truly couldn’t see that she was a great con artist.  She got a little kid to take a plum for a paper and was labeled inspiring in the process.  She got people to feel sorry for her instead of using her clearly enormous physical strength to earn a living.  I now call this the victimhood advantage; and some people play it like a harp.

This event was my first big insight into the nature of sympathy, empathy, and compassion.  Sympathy isn’t natural.  It’s a learned behavior that is socially correct in the illusion.  If you want to get out of the illusion, you have to understand that compassion is the ticket out of Dodge.

When my ex-husband wasn’t paid for his paper, he felt emotion.  His emotion was saying: “Don’t believe her.”  A normal reaction would have been to stop delivering her a paper.  She simply couldn’t afford it.  But his trained reaction was that she was some sort of hero.  This is level confusion at its best.

When we feel sorry for another, we accept their illusory view, their beliefs, as true.  Our mind says that if it is true for them, it’s true for us.  Then we create the same crap in our life and say “I guess they were right.”  It keeps both people stuck.

Later in life, my ex-husband still created nice people who cheated him out of what he deserved, and he wondered why.  You can’t drive very far if you have one foot on the gas and one on the break.  Sympathy is like that.  You give attention to the problem while trying to solve it.

In the illusion, sympathy feels like attention and alleviates guilt.  When you lose interest in the illusion, you don’t want sympathy.  Sympathy suddenly feels like hate; and that is what it is when you take the wrapper off.  If you keep another stuck in their problem, do you love them or hate them?  When I screw up, I want people to remind me to let go, not people to reward the problem.  I want freedom from problems.



Empathy is useful inside and outside the illusion.  It’s a bridge between worlds.  Empathy is the ability to walk in another’s shoes and see if what you are about to do is win-win.  When we let go of our beliefs about sympathy, we naturally move up to empathy.  We can’t harm others (although we might burst their false bubble).  Sympathy happens after the problem occurs; it’s a reaction to the effect.  Empathy prevents problems from occurring; it affects the cause.  If everyone had empathy and operated from win-win, we’d have no conflicts and few, if any, problems.



Compassion is totally different from sympathy or empathy; it is what Jesus taught.  Compassion corrects the cause of any problem.  In compassion, you don’t believe anything that doesn’t feel good.  You know it’s false.  You are clear that what feels bad is false, even if it looks real.  You recognize that the person with the problem is caught in an illusory nightmare, and you let go of any belief in your mind that they can’t heal themselves or fix their problem.  You trust in their ability to return to their True Self, and you do as little as possible for them.  You realize that their True Self is powerful beyond measure and can handle this better than your false mind.

Compassion allows people to change, heal, and grow.  Empathy allows us to live together peacefully.  Sympathy keeps everyone stuck in codependency that is relabeled caring and love.

Now I know this is not an easy thing to grasp at first.  But when I’ve helped people to experience this shift, they feel the magic of release.  Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry, and sometimes they just sit in awe because they’ve had a glimpse of their True Self.  In true compassion, miracles happen.  I’ve seen diseases disappear, relationship problems mend, and people forget why they called me because they can’t remember their problem.  That is how I know they’ve found the truth and healed the cause.  We all fell into the illusion, and we learned to be socially sympathetic; but when we let sympathy go, we’re reborn as our True Selves with compassion.


Here’s my radio interview on the Victimhood Advantage if you want some dessert.

Judgment Versus Discrimination

Judgment vs. discrimination

Judgment keeps us stuck within the illusion;        discrimination frees us.


By Cathy Eck

What is Judgment?

There are certain parts of the illusion that are particularly sticky, and this is one of them.  I got stuck in this so many times, I looked like the tar baby.  Judgment is what pulls us in to the illusion and keeps us stuck.  Discrimination is what sets us free.  But they often look the same.  I would think I was judging when I was discriminating and vice versa.  It is a distinction ripe for level confusion.

I first became interested in judgment when I started going to church with my fiancé and his family.  One day, the priest gave a sermon on judgment.  When we left the church, everyone was judging everyone else.  “What in the hell happened in that church?” I wondered.

It was many years before I understood.  The priest saw his own judgment in the congregation (often called projection).  His position of authority allowed him to appear to tower above judgment.  The congregation accepted his projection as true.  Then they proved him right.  This is how we get beliefs from authorities.

This all started long ago when kings saw themselves above their minions, rendering them elite.  I once met an ex-priest who explained this seeming elevation.  He said that when he put on his white robe, he could feel his superior ego building.  He would stand different, talk different, and even think different while the robe covered his body.  This was what motivated him to leave the church; he didn’t like himself anymore.  He wasn’t comfortable being superior, and he could see that he was projecting his shadow on his congregation.  He had simply outgrown the illusion.

The ex-priest’s experience isn’t much different from Clark Kent putting on his superman suit and flying above the helpless townspeople.  The most honest of the bunch is the judge putting on his or her black robe — now they have the right to judge without having to judge the fact that they are judging.

Judgment stems from the notion of good and evil, right and wrong.  When we judge something, we believe one side of duality is right or good; the other side is bad or wrong.  Judgments fall at the bottom of the triangle.

In judgment, we hold both sides of any split within our mind.  We identify with one half; the other half we project on to someone who fits the bill.  Projection isn’t necessarily bad — it is a matter of degree.  You might not want to be a drag queen, but Ru Paul will gladly take what you don’t want and become more famous.  Projection isn’t much of a problem when it happens in that way because both people enjoy their role.  You could say that it is a fair trade.  But if you project that Ru Paul is evil because he is gay, he won’t appreciate your projection.  The difference is that drag queen was projected out of preference; evil was projected as a judgment.


Blind to Projection

People have become experts at covering up their judgmental projections with sweet masks.  Thus, the person receiving the projection often feels blindsided.  Fundamentalist preachers are famous for saying, “I like gays fine; it’s God that doesn’t like them.”  They project their judgment on God so they can look holy while casting judgment on another.  I suspect this is exactly how God fell from unconditionally loving to punishing and mean.  (Sorry gay friends, I just use this example because it’s the hot target now.)

If you’ve ever hung out with a teenage boy who farts and then pretends you did it, you get what I mean.  In my experience, the sweeter and gooder (can’t think of another word) the personality, the more likely they’re the one farting.


Judgment Hides Inside

Judgment is a split between two polar opposites spiced with good and evil, right and wrong.  Projection of judgment feels freeing because it appears that the part of duality that we don’t want is gone.  But both halves of the split are still within our body-mind.  If the other doesn’t want to play their projected role anymore, our projection will fly right back to us.  Consequently, guilt and shame were invented as  powerful tools to keep said projection on the projectee.

A young child agrees to be the black sheep of the family.  They do the bad things and take the punishments.  Then they go off and find out they aren’t bad anymore.  In fact, they’re really good and kind.  When they return home, they no longer accept the projection, and all hell breaks loose.  The projections are like boomerangs smacking all the family members silly.  If the grown-up child is now clear and sees that they were just acting out the projections of their family members, they won’t take on that role again.



Discrimination is the opposite of judgment.  Where judgment focuses on right and wrong, good and bad, discrimination chooses between true and false.  Good and bad have equal power.  True has all power; false has none.  When we discriminate, we recognize that we didn’t fart.  We defuse the situation entirely within our own mind.  Fighting can’t happen when people discriminate.

We know we don’t judge when we sit in the priest’s congregation, so we don’t take on his projection.  We stay true to our Self.  We ignore his sermon or maybe realize that we can’t learn from someone who projects on us.  Our life shifts and moves when we discriminate until we end up exactly where we are meant to be.

Discrimination is about recognizing when something is true so you can enjoy it; it is about letting go of what is false so you never have to deal with it again.  Each time we discriminate, we take a step back toward our True Self; until eventually, we are free.


Meditation for the western mind explains a great exercise that I use for discrimination.



Goals, Resolutions, and Hard Work

Our True Self is Abundance, longevity, healthy, sucessful

What we desire is usually what others says we should want or have or our natural state of being covered by beliefs.

By Cathy Eck


Action is Not the Answer

The new year is when we set our goals and resolutions.  Many of those resolutions are things we think we should want or do according to other people’s standards.  Other resolutions are states of being that are completely natural for our True Self.  Our True Self was covered by beliefs causing us to think that we have to work hard to get the things that we already are.  We are taught to think positive, take recommended actions, get the right education, and kiss the right asses to get our resolutions.  We rarely succeed because deep inside, we know it is all a lie.


The Cause

We lost our perfect life when we started to accept the myths and stories that the storytellers originally invented for entertainment.  People started to manifest the drama in the stories because they believed the storytellers who said the stories were true.  The people created problems just like the characters in the stories.  Then they went to the storytellers and said “Why did this happen to me?”  The storytellers were honest but not truthful; they said, “The Gods did it.”

But who were the Gods?  They were the constellations in the sky that took on life simply because storytellers started to see them in clumps which they named and gave personalities, talents, and power.

If the God in the sky died because he was eaten by a bear, and you were subsequently eaten by a bear, the God did it.  The mythology about the God was the source of the drama; so by default the God was the source of the drama.  The storyteller conveyed the myth as the truth; and you, who got eaten by said bear, believed the storyteller which caused it to happen to you.

Nothing has changed much.  If you knew the full story and could read everyone’s mind, you’d see exactly why bad things happen to people.  You’d realize there are no victims.  You’d be able to accurately predict what anyone’s life would look like presuming they don’t let any beliefs go.  Rarely does someone let a belief go because they are taught early in life to accept beliefs as the truth.


Storytellers Everywhere

Today we have a lot more storytellers.  Of course, we have Hollywood, but we don’t really believe what they tell us.  We know their drama is fiction.  Doctors are storytellers, nutritionists and personal trainers are storytellers, lawyers are storytellers, teachers and parents are storytellers.  And those damn clergy are the biggest storytellers.  They all want us to believe that they are conveying the truth of the Gods.  We believe them, and then we have to do what they prescribe to treat the cause their God put in our minds.

It is a wonder that anyone ever accomplishes a resolution.  You want to lose twenty pounds so you go to the personal trainer and nutrition storytellers.  Talk to ten of each and you get ten different stories.  Storytellers always put their own spin on a story.  Now they tell you what to do; and you have zero motivation to do it.  You think you have no willpower.  Bullshit.

Everyone has willpower, but we don’t have willpower to get our goals, resolutions, and dreams by following someone else’s protocol.  And when we can’t do that, we believe that we must be a failure when we just don’t buy their story.  We want to find the way to our goals and resolutions that’s right for us, our truth, because that way will be fun and joyful.  That way won’t be hard work or painful.


Getting Your Resolutions

So how can we get our New Year’s resolutions the natural way?  Ask yourself these questions with complete honesty.  Notice how many of your answers are just things you’ve heard from others.  They might be reality for them, but they aren’t true for you unless you choose to believe them.  Remember one of the first beliefs we accept is that if it was true for them, it must be true for me.  Just get rid of that one and your life will improve dramatically.

1)  Why do I want to achieve these resolutions?

2)  What do I believe I have to do to get the resolutions?

3)  Do I want to do what I believe I have to do?  Why or why not?

4)  Can I recognize that what I don’t want to do isn’t true, even if an expert said it?

5)  If you’re convinced the expert is right, go on the internet and look for another expert that says exactly the opposite.  They both can’t be right.

6)  Can you stop believing experts?  Can you listen to your True Self and trust that what feels free and joyful might be the true solution for you?

7)  Who would be bothered if you didn’t do what they believe?

8)  Imagine that you don’t get the goal; what does that say about you?

9)  Imagine getting the goal; what does that say about you?

10)  What beliefs would you have to let go to get the goal without any effort or action at all?

11)  Is there anyone (including God) that you’re trying to impress or please?


Okay if you answer all that honestly and let go of the answers that feel bad, I guarantee that you won’t have to do nearly as much work (if any) to get your resolutions.  Lester Levinson called this the butt system.  He said, “You change your mind when you decide to get everything by sitting on your butt.”  He’s right.  Do your mental work first, then you will either get the resolution, or you’ll realize you didn’t even want it.


Coaches also like to tell you to be positive.  That isn’t the answer because your True Self is already positive.