By Cathy Eck
Lost on a desert island, I’d want my Apple computer (with a solar battery) and my Adobe Creative Suite. They’re more than just fun; these products offer wonderful simulations for understanding our creative minds.
Raster or Vector Graphics
The above photo demonstrates the difference between a raster and a vector image. The raster image (bitmap) is made up of dots or pixels. You can make a raster image smaller without losing quality, but you can’t make it bigger. The number of dots in the raster image are finite.
Vector graphics are made with geometric shapes, lines, and curves, which coincidentally were said to be “God’s tools.” When you change the size of a vector image, the quality remains perfect.
True and False Selves
The raster image made of finite dots is like the false mind (self) because it’s composed of beliefs. You can make beliefs smaller and more limited, but you can’t expand them.
Take the belief in disease. Once you believe in disease, you can limit your mind further with more diseases. But you can’t expand the notion of disease beyond itself. The only way to expand life in a world that includes disease is to create compensating beliefs such as medicine, life support, surgery, etc. Let disease go, and health is what remains.
Let’s do the same thing with religion. Once you accept a limiting perspective, such as “man was created 6000 years ago with a sinful nature,” you can’t expand it. In fact, you must throw out evidence to the contrary. You find fossils of dinosaurs that are older than 6000 years, but you can’t expand your finite raster perspective to include them. Religion fabricates compensating beliefs for its own beliefs of hell, a punishing God, and sin. But let religion go, and there is simply heaven.
Find any group who devises compensating beliefs, and you’re real close to the source limiting belief. You can expand a finite raster image by inserting more dots, but it’s an imperfect solution just like fixing the effects of beliefs with more beliefs.
The vector image, however, is like the True Self. Its geometric foundation can be expanded and contracted, and it remains perfect. It is a metaphor for the True God, Heaven, and our True Self. Our True Self is unlimited, and it can thrive in any situation. You can’t compromise or destroy it.
Black and White Vs. Color
Another graphic metaphor can be seen with color. The false self is color blind; it thinks in black and white. Everything is win-lose, right-wrong, and good-evil.
The True Self includes every color; colors are split in billions of different ways, making everyone a product of the same color palette but slightly unique and different. True Selves are NOT opposites attracting and repulsing each other; they’re a perfect symphony of colors constantly being mixed and remixed for creative purposes.
The number of people expressing themselves as colorful vector graphics appears small compared to the number of finite raster, color-blind minds (often in positions of authority). When people get in touch with their True Self, they feel outnumbered. But they aren’t. Whether we can see it or not, everyone has a colorful True Self. Our True Selves are all connected; our color doesn’t dull by lack of use. When we let go of raster image beliefs within our own mind, we shrink the false black-and-white world. We start to see the colorful True Vector World that was always there.
Our false raster minds were meant to be individual containers for creation. Beliefs weren’t meant to be shared except in co-creation. Beliefs were designed to be dropped when a creation was complete. As we let go of beliefs that no longer serve us, our mental containers become pure and clear again. We become virgin creators who create, then let go, always returning to a pure mind before creating again.
Lead the Way
I write this blog for leaders everywhere who do see life as a colorful, geometric vector graphic; and they have explained themselves to the boring raster images until they can’t explain anymore. They shrink to make black and white people comfortable. They feel embarrassed that they dream of a full-color world with no war, suffering, or poverty. They try not to piss off the black-and-white raster God and his worthless minions while shutting out the All-Colorful Vector God within. They limit their beauty, abundance, and freedom because they don’t feel welcome in a black-and white raster holographic illusion, and they fear judgment from the cartoon characters that call it home. It’s definitely time for this mental distortion to end.
Our colorful True Self will never be happy in the colorless raster world. War will never be acceptable to our vector Self, which sees no borders. Diets and food limitations will never change the weight or health of a vector True Self. Abundance can’t shrink small enough to get a raster image to not feel jealous.
At the same time, we don’t have to eliminate the raster images; we just have to recognize their limitations. They make good followers and can do small-minded jobs. They just aren’t meant to leaders regardless of their education or pedigree.
Always remember two things. The black-and-white raster beliefs generate emotions (feel bad) and are win-lose. That means they’re false; false has no power except what we give it. False doesn’t serve the world; it serves the winners. Let false go from your mind, and the illusion will slowly lose power. You’ll finally see it as simple raster images — entertaining to look at for a moment or useful for a single purpose. When we’re done with them, we send them to the trash bin. We don’t let them take up space on our hard drive.
It’s time to allow yourself to be the colorful vector image that you are — constantly changing shape and size without ever being diminished or compromised. That’s your True Self — that’s freedom.
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