By Cathy Eck
I’d recommend reading my earlier article on Dreams and Nightmares first.
Dreams, Visions, Nightmares, and Memories
In this post, I’ll walk you through a short example of finding the causal beliefs within your dreams, visions, nightmares, and memories. The example I’m using was a clear vision that I had about twenty years ago during a reflexology session. During that time, I was lost, depressed, my body ached all the time, and I was always exhausted — common symptoms for being trapped in another person’s illusion. I feared going to a doctor, so I went to healers. I needed and wanted someone to tell me how to let go. But I wasn’t finding anyone.
As the reflexologist pushed on my feet, I suddenly smelled something like sulfur. It was so strong that my eyes watered. I mentioned this to the reflexologist, and she said, “It must be a message for you. I don’t smell anything.” Then she said, “I’m pushing on your heart area now…might be something about love.” She told me to relax and see what popped into my mind, which was good advice.
I saw a young girl standing before a Nazi guard. The girl was wearing a cute, ruffled blue dress and patent leather shoes. Since my mom dressed me that way, I immediately identified with that character.
She was being led to the gas chamber. That was the smell. The little girl looked at the guard. She smiled at him and said, “I still love you.” I felt such peace and softness in my body; I felt unconditional love for this guard. The guard pushed her into the gas chamber, and she died. I was crying at this point — kind of wallowing in my sadness and victimhood.
She said I was releasing a past life, but I knew that I wasn’t letting go; I could see that my mind had already started to make conclusions about this vision like love isn’t enough. I could see that we both wanted to turn my vision into a reason why I was powerless to change my life. I was trying so hard to not allow that to happen. I kept searching for a way to free myself from the vision. But I didn’t know how to do that for many years.
This vision was produced from my mind based on where I was at that time. I eventually realized that the causal belief was that unconditional love was worthless currency on earth — it was not enough to make things right. That was truly how I felt about my life.
Looking from the eyes of the guard, I could see another huge causal belief. We have to obey authority — to do as we’re told. Then I flipped back to the character of the girl. I truly believed that authority was much more powerful than love. Of course, these are common beliefs in the illusion — beliefs we all need to let go to be free.
After I discovered how to let go of beliefs, I could see that the belief, “Love is not enough” isn’t true. I could see that the belief, “authority has more power than love” was also a lie. I could see that the whole damn vision was the product of my beliefs. Do you see why it’s not helpful to call it a past life? We don’t need to make it true. Our past experiences are just the effect of the beliefs we held in mind at that time; they might be real, but they aren’t true. When we live from truth, we won’t need to let go of beliefs anymore.
The vision showed me where my mind was at that time. It showed me the beliefs that kept me trapped in an illusion. To get free, I didn’t need to analyze the details or interpret symbols; it was all very straight forward.
Was I once this child killed in a Nazi concentration camp? Who knows? What’s key in that vision are the beliefs that would have caused me to be in such a situation. After clearing those beliefs, I allowed the vision to replay from my current mental state. I saw the girl look at the guard and say her words of love. I felt the same purity. He looked at her with a scowl and told her to go to the side of the gas chamber and wait for him. He was still an obedient authority, but it didn’t matter. I didn’t need to morph him into a saint. She had the power because she had the real love. I’d finally seen this vision from the perspective of the True Self.
Let me emphasize…I didn’t put love or positive thinking on top of my erroneous beliefs. I simply let the beliefs go… they’re false. The vision no longer bothered me; it existed like a dream…the illusion that it was.
The reflexologist helped me focus on my body; she triggered the place where the belief was stored. But her helpfulness ended when she saw the vision as a reason for the way things were. People often feel satisfied when they find the reason. Sadly, most people don’t realize they can let go. They sing “Let It Go” but don’t know how. We can’t help another let go of their beliefs until we let go ourselves.
When we take any memory, vision, nightmare, or dream and see the causal beliefs that created it, notice our emotional feedback, and let those beliefs go completely, we experience something amazing — freedom. The scene changes; we learn that without those beliefs, we could never have had those dreams, nor could we experience such a reality. I find that amazing. As we clean up our memories and nightmares in this way, we start to see a different world. We feel safe without needing everyone else to behave or let go. We realize that other people’s illusions would only affect their life if we didn’t believe them.