We Are the Body — Western Meditation

God in the stars

By Cathy Eck


Nobody or Body?

A popular saying among spiritual teachers is “You’re Not the Body.”  Since authoritative gurus/teachers say those words, people believe them.  If we aren’t our body, then we’re “nobody.”  Why do we even have a body?  Same thing goes for our senses.  The body and senses are the effect of our mind.  A True Self in a body with sharp, clear senses is as good as it gets.

Many people send their True Selves floating high above their body trying to get to the God in the sky.    Others long for the OBE (out-of-body experience).  People desire relief from the heaviness of the emotions they feel in their body.  When they exit their body, they no longer notice their emotions.  So they feel lighter.  Often they encounter the thought forms that constructed the illusion or words of truth that have been spoken within the context of the illusion.  They bring these beliefs back with them and create the next expensive workshop to success or enlightenment.  They think they’ve found the exit to truth, but they’ve been fooled.

Our truth is resting quietly below the illusion; the illusion is a construct made by human minds that veils our True Self.  We find our True Self by letting go of our false mind.  We find it in our mind — not out there somewhere.  But we have to know what is true and what is false — discrimination is key.

Floaters, as I like to call them, are highly suggestible.  As a former hypnotherapist, they make great hypnotic subjects.  When we’re hypnotized, we’ll accept anything authorities tell us.

Can you see the trick?  Magicians in powerful masculine roles of Lords and Priests have used hypnosis for thousands of years.  They got people to chase the light to a God in the sky, ignoring the True Self (discrimination system) within the body, so people didn’t notice they were being lied to.  It’s so amazingly clever that I almost have to admire them.


Who’s Speaking in my Mind?

Gurus keep disciples in a hypnotic state.  The disciple hears the guru’s beliefs as if they’re true.  Soon the disciples start thinking exactly like the guru.  

When my son was six, he took a martial arts class in something called Hwar Do.  The Korean teacher had an athletic, young AMERICAN woman for an assistant; she spoke with exactly the same Korean accent as her teacher.  It was like he was her mind.  It was creepy.

In my business life, I took the popular Landmark Education/EST training.  The seminar leaders spoke just like Werner Erhard.  Again, it was creepy.  They allowed their teacher to possess their mind.

Partners, lovers, and parents can also take over our mind.  Some wedding vows say “One mind, one heart.”  “Holy Marital Crap, Batman,” said Robin.

Lately, I’ve seen creepy kids on TV that speak or perform like little adults.  That’s not genius; it’s mind control.  They’re Mini-Me’s of their parents.  I love the ones that talk politics, like they were born knowing the American political system.

Religion produces the same result.  The preacher, wearing a costume that shouts authority, bores the living shit out of the congregation in a big room (that echoes) using routine, rituals, and repetition.  We stop discriminating, and our unmanned body absorbs their every word like a giant sponge.  Later when their words arise in our conscious mind, it’s our chance to let them go; but most people think the words are true and believe them again.  They hold on to those words.

Native practices use movement, chanting, or ceremony.  Vision quests and traditional meditation get us to float above our body.  Drugs do the same thing.  Letting go happens when we are in our body — feeling our emotions.

The false mind’s job is to remember.  It remembers anything until we tell it not to.  Words like, “That’s false.”  Or, “Wow, I don’t need to remember that anymore,” or my personal fav, “What the fuck was I thinking?” help us let go.  We’ve all had the experience of studying for a test and forgetting everything by the next day.  Our mind holds on to information that we need or that we consider true, but only as long as we think we need it.  Letting go is a declaration of falseness.


Western Meditation

One antidote for floating is what I call western meditation.  You can find the western meditation process link here.  There’s a PDF below.

In western meditation, you aren’t trying to relax or get specific results.  You’re doing what the Greeks called “Knowing Yourself” — knowing your mind.  You’re simply asking your mind to give you all its got right now.

When you tell your mind that your thoughts are false, you’ve given it permission to drop the answers to yesterday’s exam.  If emotion does arise as you do this, witness the emotion until it goes.  Beliefs and emotion go together.  If you’ve had a belief for a long time, there’s often lots of emotion attached.  Emotions always means the belief is false.

Initiation is about turning our body into a Temple for the Living God, a home for your own True Self — not a church.  When beliefs float us above our body or hypnotize us, no one is home.  We might get ideas, but we often can’t manifest those ideas in the world without lots of willpower.  Like a filmmaker, we want to bring our story to life.  If we can’t live our story, then “We don’t get no satisfaction,” (says Mick).

For most of the world, it takes too much willpower to create — people become apathetic.  They have too many beliefs to leap over.  They don’t even have the willpower to use their willpower.  In truth, the purpose of willpower is to will our mind to discriminate and let go.  Eventually, we won’t need willpower anymore.  Then our dreams are no longer in the clouds; they’re our normal reality.  We’re creators again.

Meditation for the Western Mind pdf

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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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.