The Grand Illusions

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For a magician to fool his audience his deceit must go unseen, and to this end, he crafts an illusion to avert attention from reality. While the audience is entranced, the deceptive act is committed, and for the fool, reality then becomes inexplicably built upon on a lie. That is until the fool wakes up and recognizes the truth in the fact that he has been duped.

Maintaining the suspension of disbelief in the illusion, however, is often more comforting than acknowledging the magician’s secrets.

We live in a world of illusion. So many of the concerns that occupy the mind and the tasks that fill the calendar arise from planted impulses to become someone or something that we are not. This is no accident. As we are indoctrinated into this authoritarian-corporate-consumer culture that now dominates the human race, we are trained that certain aspects of our society are untouchable truths and that particular ways of being and behaving are preferred.

Psychopaths disempower people in this way. They blind us with never-ceasing barrages of suggestions and absolutes that are aimed at shattering self-confidence and confidence in the future.

People are taking the piss out of you every day. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

Advertising is just the tip of the iceberg. When we look further we see that the overall organization of life is centered around the pursuit of illusions and automatic obedience to institutions and ideas which are not at all what they seem. We are in a very real sense enslaved. Many call this somewhat intangible feeling of oppression ‘the matrix,’ a system of total control that invades the mind, programming individuals to pattern themselves in accordance with a mainstream conformist version of reality, no matter how wicked it gets.

The grandest of the illusions which keep us enslaved to the matrix, the ones that have so many of us still entranced, are outlined below for your consideration.

1. The Illusion of Law, Order, and Authority

For so many of us, following the law is considered a moral obligation, and many of us gladly do so even though corruption, scandal, and wickedness repeatedly demonstrate that the law is plenty flexible for those who have the muscle to bend it. Police brutality and police criminality are rampant in the US, the courts favor the wealthy, and we can longer even lead our lives privately thanks to the intrusion of state surveillance. And all the while the illegal and immoral Orwellian permanent war rages on in the background of life, murdering and destroying whole nations and cultures.

The social order is not what it seems, for it is entirely predicated on conformity, obedience, and acquiescence which are enforced by fear of violence. History teaches us again and again that the law is just as often as not used as an instrument of oppression, social control, and plunder, and any so-called authority in this regard is false, hypocritical, and unjust.

When the law itself does not follow the law, there is no law, there is no order, and there is no justice. The pomp and trappings of authority are merely concealments of the truth that the current world order is predicated on control, not consent.

2. The Illusion of Prosperity and Happiness

Adorning oneself in expensive clothes and trinkets, and amassing collections of material possessions that would be the envy of any 19th-century monarch has become a substitute for genuine prosperity. Maintaining the illusion of prosperity, though, is critical to our economy as it is, because its foundation is built on consumption, fraud, credit, and debt. The banking system itself has been engineered from the top down to create unlimited wealth for some while taxing the eternity out of the rest of us.

True prosperity is a vibrant environment and an abundance of health, happiness, love, and relationships. As more people come to perceive material goods as the form of self-identification in this culture, we slip farther and farther away from the experience of true prosperity.

3. The Illusion of Choice and Freedom

Read between the lines and look at the fine print, we are not free, not by any intelligent standard. Freedom is about having a choice, yet in today’s world, a choice has come to mean a selection between available options, always from within the confines of a corrupt legal and taxation system and within the boundaries of culturally accepted and enforced norms.

Just look no further than the phony institution of modern democracy to find a shining example of false choices appearing real. Two entrenched, corrupt, archaic political parties are paraded as the pride and hope of the nation, yet a third party and independent voices are intentionally blocked, ridiculed and plowed under.

The illusion of choice and freedom is a powerful oppressor because it fools us into accepting chains and short leashes as though they were the hallmarks of liberty.

Multiple choices is different than freedom, it is easy servitude.

4. The Illusion of Truth

Truth has become a touchy subject in our culture, and we’ve been programmed to believe that ‘the‘ truth comes from the demigods of media, celebrity, and government. If the TV declares something to be true, then we are heretics to believe otherwise.

In order to maintain order, the powers that be depend on our acquiescence to their version of the truth. While independent thinkers and journalists continually blow holes in the official versions of reality, the illusion of truth is so very powerful that it takes a serious personal upheaval to shun the cognitive dissonance needed to function in a society that openly chases false realities.

5. The Illusion of Time

They say that time is money, but this is a lie. Time is your life. Your life is an ever-evolving manifestation of the now. Looking beyond the five sense world, where we have been trained to move in accordance with the clock and the calendar, we find that the spirit is eternal and that each individual soul is part of this eternity.

The big deception here is the reinforcement of the idea that the present moment is of little to no value, that the past is something we cannot undo or ever forget, and that the future is intrinsically more important than both the past and the present. This carries our attention away from what is actually happening right now and directs it toward the future. Once completely focused on what is to come rather than what is, we are easy prey to advertisers and fear-pimps who muddy our vision of the future with every possible worry and concern imaginable.

We are happiest when life doesn’t box us in when spontaneity and randomness give us the chance to find out more about ourselves. Forfeiting the present moment in order to fantasize about the future is a trap. The immense, timeless moments of spiritual joy that are found in quiet meditation are proof that time is a construct of the mind of humankind, and not necessarily mandatory for the human experience.

If time is money, then life can be measured in dollars. When dollars are worthless, so is life. This is total deception, because life is, in truth, absolutely priceless.

6. The Illusion of Separateness

On a strategic level, the tactic of divide and conquer is the standard operating procedure for authoritarians and invading armies, but the illusion of separateness runs even deeper than this.

We are programmed to believe that as individuals we are in competition with everyone and everything around us, including our neighbors and even mother nature. Us vs. them to the extreme. This flatly denies the truth that life on this planet is infinitely interconnected. Without clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and a vibrant global sense of community we cannot survive here.

While the illusion of separateness comforts us by gratifying the ego and offering a sense of control, in reality, it only serves to enslave and isolate us.

Conclusion

The grand illusions mentioned here have been staged before us as a campaign to encourage blind acquiescence to the machinations of the matrix. In an attempt to dis-empower us, they demand our conformity and obedience, but we must not forget that all of this is merely an elaborate sales pitch. They can’t sell what we don’t care to buy.

Call Me a Rebel

Rebel, pirate, adventurous they call me. Because I have been in each corner of this planet, conquering, saving, stealing but for a good cause. Saving those who have been suffering from slavery, prosecution, cruelty and injustice. My mission is my life. My heart is wild and free like the wind, and it goes where the wind blows. Conquering untamed quests, healing broken hopes, assisting the weak so they can start a life of dignity, as it should be.
I don’t belong to any system or dogma. I only belong to myself. I only belong to my own dogma that believes in freedom, dignity, love, justice and compassion. This is my religion, this is my law. This is why I am being prosecuted and followed by a cruel and misunderstood society, where lies and injustice prevail, where people follow a system of materialism, greed and ego.
I have been told of an unconquered treasure in a volcano of fire at the end of the world, where not even the most daring soul would even approach. It is said, it is easy to conquer, but there is a price that must be paid for whoever gets it, the highest, the deepest price ever.
I want to be the one who accomplish such task, so I can be complete. My wild heart can’t contain the fire of adventure and risk on an unknown trip. The days are passing by and my ship is yarning for earth, and so is my person. Retrieval is not an option, giving up is not in my vocabulary. I have come from so far to find such treasure, drawing many waters from many places.
I can almost see the volcano, I am almost there. I can’t wait to discover what I was craving for a long time now. My heart is beating so fast because the emotions are calling my senses, telling me that the greatest event in my life is about to occur. What would it be? What kind of treasure no one has ever dare conquered and why? Today is that day, the one I have been waiting for my whole life.
I can’t believe what I see. It’s you! a goddess, an angel from heaven. You trigger my heart with only the look in your eyes, green like emeralds; your hair is black and shiny like clear night full of stars, your skin soft and light like white angel feathers, and your voice the sweetest I have ever heard in my entire life. Kiss me and melt my heart with yours so we can become one and embrace our souls for eternity.
But the price is high; I can not touch earth ever again unless I bring back your stolen soul. Until that day we won’t see each other again. That day when I find your soul again, the horizon will sparkle the shiniest light ever….and finally we can be together for eternity again my love. Without you I am helpless, without you my purpose for living is meaningless…..
Please wait for me here every night watching the sunset, near the golden beach, where you can see the sky and the sea become one like two lovers. Watch the horizon so when I find it you can be ready to receive me again. In exchange I give you my heart in a box, please keep it safe until I am back. Although my heart will always belong to you.
I will wait an eternity for you if necessary my love, here take my tears for what they will become your light when you need them in your quest, even in the darkest places.

I’m Not Religious

The intention of this post is to enlighten and spread awareness, not to offend. Fear of the unknown is the leading cause of separation and judgmental attitudes. However, reaching out and exploring the unknown in love may just suprise you in what you learn. Naturally, the intentional spiritual path you’ve chosen is indeed your choice — living by the Freewill Principle.

When we respect and honor each other, we live in harmony with a unified mindset

I’m Not Religious!

What amazes me is that some people will say that they are not religious, just spiritual, yet cling on to the traditions, dogmas or messenger from a particular religion. Not to pick on “Christians” ( since I once considered myself with that “label”), but saying you are spiritual, yet still believing that “Jesus” is your savior and that the Bible is the only true word of God – still follows the logic that you are a Christian, which is indeed a religion – thus religious. The same of course could be said for any follower of Agnosticism, Atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Muslim, Wiccan, etc .

These too are “labels” that have so many interpretations and boundaries

So exactly why do people not wish to be called or referred to as “religious” – most likely it’s because it comes with the connotation that you may be over zealous in defending what you hold to be your Truth, and will argue with others about what is true or not, without realizing that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs as well

The “my God” is the only true god syndrome has caused more anguish, killing, wars and arguments than any other subject – besides maybe politics. Speaking of which, let’s go back to the statements made by George W. Bush in 2003 – God told me to invade Iraq

See what religions do – the war for peace mentality, when in reality, this is simply a continuation of divide and conquer = for control

Most people do not truly understand that war is a highly profitable business and the winners are those who care nothing about anyone except for their own gain and control.

But you already know! Yet you don’t want to know the Truth, you want to know the truth as you understand it. This is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment. You think you already know the truth! You think you already understand how it is. So you agree with everything you see, hear or read that falls into that paradigm of your understanding, and reject everything which does not. And this you call learning. This you call being open minded.

Alas, you can never be open to anything new, so long as you are closed to everything save your own Truth

Let’s consider this approach — celebrating the differences in people while viewing everyone through the eyes of oneness nurtures powerful connections and creates a plane of existence where everyone is mutually supportive and respectful. When we replace this spirit of separateness with compassion, much of the friction in human relations will disappear. When we realize that we all are one, then there will be no impulse to jealousy and no room for conflict. There will be no inclination to like or dislike people; everyone will be regarded with the eyes of compassion and love.

~ Neale Donald Walsch

“Souls don’t have races or sexes or religions. They are beyond artificial divisions.

” ~ Brian Weiss

Intolerance of differences always exists in people who don’t know who they are, people who don’t have a strong sense of their own authentic self, the soul within.

Intolerance is rooted in fear

The basis for having a strong sense of self-esteem is to replace our unconscious idea of basic unworthiness with a conscious knowing of our fundamental inherent goodness.

As Matthew Fox states in “Original Blessing”, the notion of ‘original sin’ must be replaced with the truth of ‘original blessing’ Being in touch with our essential goodness, we can see the essential goodness in others as well

“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.

” ~ Paul Ferrini

So what is the answer? You instinctively already know. Yet, with years of programming, many have been conditioned and feel they must give their power away.

They need a savior or some messenger or religious icon that they can “hang their hat on”

Spirit – the life force exists in everything. It follows, then, that ANY path, any encounter is spiritual if we have the awareness to see it as such.

Going deeper, going higher, emptying, connecting, believing or disbelieving, bouncing off the bottom, experiencing the heights, in pain, in ecstasy

Too often, we search afar for our own purpose when it is IN our lives all the time, waiting for us to express it more openly. Bring greater awareness to each encounter and situation in life. Tune IN to what you are inspired to do, who you are inspired to be.

Your answers are waiting for you to pay attention – every moment! Peace is truly found within

“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye” ~ Siddhārtha Gautama

Check out the articles I share in the Blog: Taking our Power Back, ~ask Self these questions ~ and Are YOU, your Name?

Continued blessings in your path to Self discovery!
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The Essence of Spirituality

 

The essence of spirituality is the search to know our true selves, to discover the real nature of consciousness. This quest has been the foundation of all the great spiritual teachings, and the goal of all the great mystics.

Throughout the history of humanity it has been said that the self we know — the individual ego — is a very limited form of identity. Ignorant of our true selves we derive a false sense of identity from what we have, or what we do — from our possessions, our role in the world, how others see us, etc. Because the world on which it is based is continually changing, this derived sense of identity is always under threat, and our attempts to maintain it are responsible for much of our “self-centered” behaviour.

Behind this identity is a deeper identity, what is often called the “true self”. This can be thought of as the essence of consciousness. Although our thoughts, feelings and personality may vary considerably, the essence of mind remains the same. We are each very diffferent people than we were twenty years ago, but still we feel the same sense of “I”. This sense of “I-ness” is the same for everyone, and in that respect is something universal that we all share.

When we discover this deeper sense of self we are freed from many of the fears that plague us unnecessarily. We discover a greater inner peace, an inner security that does not depend upon events or circumstances in the world around. As a result we become less self-centered, less needy of the other’s approval or recognition, less needy of collecting possessions and social status, and become happier, healthier and more loving people. In many spiritual teachings this is called “self-liberation” .

Most spiritual teachings also maintain that when one comes to know the true nature of consciousness, one also comes to know God. If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one’s own innermost essence is the search for God.

 

Truth is a Pathless Land

Man cannot come to it through any organisation, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of security – religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man’s pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence.

Thought is time. Thought is born of experience, of knowledge, which are inseparable from time. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past.

When man becomes aware of the movement of his own consciousness he will see the division between the thinker and the thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past . This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things which are not love – desire, pleasure – then love is, with its compassion and intelligence.”

The Trouble With Perceptions

 

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16: 7b 

  Last week, a wealthy, attractive celebrity met a tragic death. I don’t normally follow the personal lives of celebrities, but I found myself parked in front of my television a couple evenings last week, watching celebrity gossip shows speculate on the death of young actor Heath Ledger.

  Images of his dashing features and promising career brought me back to a conversation I was part of about a year ago. An acquaintance of mine mused, “Why are people like Brittany Spears so unhappy? They have no earthly excuse to be.”

  It’s human nature to look at snapshots of someone else’s life and conclude that they somehow have it better than we do. When I see a famous person like Heath Ledger meet an untimely death — and hear of the inner turmoil that haunted his final years on earth — I am forced to rethink my assumptions about others. Too many times I’ve allowed my perceptions of someone else’s happiness to create discontent in my own world. “God, why are you blessing them, and not me?”

  Not only is it tempting to make assumptions about those who’ve achieve worldly success,but I’ve caught myself and others making wrong assumptions about what it means to be a godly person, a “good Christian.” I hear fellow believers say they feel small or inadequate next to some perceived spiritual giant, or envy some gift or perceived virtue of another.

  I recently came across a reflection from a young woman that gave me a fresh perspective on those I perceive to be “perfect.” St. Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who lived in the late 19th century, was a model Christian very young in life. Yet, a few years before her own young death at 24, she reflected on how others perceived her in her autobiography Story of a Soul:

  “I cannot say that Jesus makes me walk the way of humiliation

exteriorly. He is content to humble me in the depths of my soul; in the eyes of creatures, I succeed in everything.”

  Therese expressed much discomfort in the compliments lavished on her because “I remember who I am.” She knew the intimate details of her faults even while others could not see them, and often felt the difference between her and the great Saints like Aquinas was as vast as a grain of sand at the foot of a mountain.

  St. Therese wasn’t alone in her discomfort of others’ perceptions.

Mother Teresa often tried to deflect attention because she knew she wasn’t really the true source of her “success.” Mother Teresa‘s personal letters, released last year, revealed her own private periods of darkness laced throughout her extraordinary life.

  Sometimes, the unseen crosses weigh us down more than any outward suffering ever could.There is so little we truly know about other souls — only that which others are willing to share with us. This is why the comparison game is such a sham. It creates a toxic cycle of private shame and envy that isolates individuals in a world

where we’re all trying to “measure up” to fabricated standards. Jim Hancock, author of Posers, Fakers and Wannabes, expressed the dangerous game of comparison like this:

“I judged what I knew about me by what I didn’t know about them.”

  Life, of course, does not have to end with each one of us locked in a private world of faults and failings. Even with their interior crosses, both St. Therese and Mother Teresa knew they did not have to live a life of disconnection, shame or envy. They knew true inner peace rested with the only One who is perfect and yet, with full knowledge of our faults, loves us unconditionally.

  Not only does God love us as we are, but He’s ready to use even our failings for incredible good — perhaps even greater good than had we been “perfect.” When we stop comparing and put energy towards building the most important relationship we’ll ever have, doors open to a life greater than we could have planned or achieved on our own.

  Intersecting Faith & Life: Americans are reportedly some of the loneliest people on the planet. Intimacy flourishes when we let our guards down and allow others to see who we really are, imperfections and all. Set aside a little time this week to strengthen a relationship with a friend or family member. Be open to talking about what’s really going on in each others’ lives so that you can build each other up in the faith.

Change Your Mind………For Good

 

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.—Philippians 4:8Recent studies by neuroscientists have shed great new light on the mind.  The human mind thinks up to 60,000 thoughts each day.  Most thinking is done on autopilot with the mind thinking the same habitual thoughts over and over again.  If it seems like you’re hashing out the same mental routine each day, there’s a good chance you are.

The brain protects its storehouse of information – be it good or bad.  Engrained habits are protected so the autopilot lifestyle can be maintained.  But when we’ve repeated a new thought or practiced a new behavior for about 90 days, it becomes part of the brain architecture; voila, we have new hardwiring!

The good news is that we CAN change the way we think.  After that, those new – and improved – redemptive thoughts become habit. A new lifestyle can become the new norm.  The Bible says we can challenge false thoughts by “taking every thought captive.”  By thinking on what is true we overcome low self-esteem, fear and doubt.   We can also have what the Bible calls “the mind of Christ.” Because those lies of low self-esteem, fear and doubt don’t exist in the mind of God, we can think “as if” we are healthy and whole and soon our bodies and spirits show new vitality.

This is a great day to call those stubborn false thoughts by name, write them down and then tear them down. Replace them with noble thoughts, admirable thoughts, thoughts of excellence and allow your new, bigger thought life to open the door to a grander world.

The Will of God

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

..The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you…

..The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you…

..The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you…

..”Everything happens for a purpose.
We may not see the wisdom of it all now
but trust and believe in the Lord
that everything is for the best.”

After This Manner, Therefore, Pray Ye

“After this manner, therefore, pray ye…”  Matthew 6:9-13

We cannot pray “OUR” if we have no room in our life for others and their needs.

We cannot pray “FATHER” if we do not demonstrate this relationship in our daily living.

We cannot pray “WHO ART IN HEAVEN” if all our interests and
pursuits are in earthly things.

We cannot pray “HALLOWED BE THY NAME” if we, who are called to bear His name, are not holy.

We cannot pray “THY KINGDOM COME” if we are unwilling to give up our own sovereignty and accept His righteous reign.

We cannot pray “THY WILL BE DONE” if we are unwilling or resentful of having Yahveh’s will in our life.

We cannot pray “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” unless we are truly ready to give ourselves to His service here and now.

We cannot pray “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD” without expending honest effort for it, or by ignoring the genuine needs of others.

We cannot pray “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” if we continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

We cannot pray “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION” if we deliberately choose to remain in a situation where we are likely to be tempted.

We cannot pray “DELIVER US FROM EVIL” if we are not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the ultimate weapon of prayer.

We cannot pray “THINE IS THE KINGDOM” if we do not give the kind of disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

We cannot pray “THINE IS THE POWER” if we fear what our neighbors may say or do.

We cannot pray “FOREVER” if we are too anxious about each
day’s events.

We cannot say “AMEN” unless we can honestly say “cost
what it may, this is my prayer.”