10 Illusions that Bind One to the Lower Self
From the forthcoming book, Waking and Remembering (A Journey Toward
Self-Transcendence): In order to “wake up” from the dream
within the dream and remember your underlying essence,
it is imperative that you first remember who you are not, i.e. you are
not your personality, experiences or conditioning. You are the observer.
That part of you that is of immortal essence, your “higher self”
... you are a soul of unlimited potentiality. You are limited only by
your own fears. All Limitations Are Self-Induced. When you begin to “remember”
this (All learning is remembering: Socrates) you will begin the process
of waking from your cultural trance(s) and begin living in the 8th day
... in the very presence of God. But first we must begin the process of
stripping some of the illusions that keep one asleep and bound to the
lower, carnal self -- the self of fear and limitations.
Here are the ten most prevalent illusions that bind one to the unawakened
Fear can come in numerous
guises, most notably fear of the unknown and fear of change. Once either
or both attack or are allowed to manifest in one’s life, the individual’s
spiritual progression is nullified. They will not only stop growing but
also stop trying. Petrified, they simply give up their quest for higher
truths; unable or unwilling to move on. The interesting thing is that
FEAR is merely an acronym for FANTASY EXPERIENCES APPEARING REAL. Fear
has never had any authentic power inherent in it except
that which the recipient, i.e. our imaginations, gives to it.
2. Doubt and Skepticism
These two saboteurs
can absolutely stymie and quell their positive counterparts of Optimism
and Faith. If left to fester, Doubt and Skepticism will successfully end
one’s spiritual spark of enthusiasm and inspiration. 90% of one’s
journey is in the mind … the battleground where faith and doubt
confront one another. Be prepared to meet your Shadow; ... and please
remember, it is ONLY a shadow with no substance other than what you, yourself,
to Rule or Ritual
chooses, either on a conscious or unconscious level, to succumb to the
various cultural and consensus trances (we will be discussing these
in detail later), to become an “automaton”
merely acting out conditioned, habitualized responses, at that moment
the person begins to separate from his true self, i.e. his underlying
fall into habit is to begin to cease to be.”
-Miguel De Unamuno
undoubtedly the most pervasive illusion of this present
age. It has been postulated that the average male has some sort of sexual
thoughts going on almost continually; predominantly this one desire
fuels most of his waking hours. Thoughts of “getting it,”
how he’s going to “get it,” what he’s going
to do once he “gets it,” go up and down like a frenzied
elevator from his reptilian brain to his gonads, back to his brain again.
Until he can successfully overcome these urges - in large part supplied
to him as post-hypnotic suggestions by a manipulative media (sex sales)
- until he can grow beyond his base instincts, his own carnality will
be his preeminent directive, further removing him from his essence.
If one really looks
at one’s anger toward another, whether that anger is thought to
be justified or not, e.g. a retaliatory response to a slight or wrong,
actual or perceived, one must ultimately conclude that at the moment
of retaliation one has denigrated oneself to the exact same level of
the initial attacker. Anger and malfeasance have no place in the Soul’s
continuing evolution. Period.
“To be angry is to revenge the faults of others upon ourselves.”
6. Cravings no.1 (for
a rich, material existence)
spoke of the simple fact that one could not serve two masters at that
same time (Mt. 6:24). When an individual chooses ego over essence
- which is what all ten illusions deal with - he or she is likely to
be possessed by their possessions; desiring more, always more, of the
no. 2 (for
one of the cleverest of the ten illusions. In this one, the individual
recognizes something lacking in their inner being and, while wise enough
not to fill the void with superfluity or dross, will tend to mask real
essence with varying ego-disguises poorly emulating essence e.g. self-righteousness,
religious pomposity and “virtuous” condemnation of others.
They usually cloak themselves in religious affectation.
“Having a form of Godliness but denying the power.” (1st
This is one of the
more overt characteristics of the ego-persona. Closely tied to vanity.
Said always to precede a fall.
In my book I discuss
the various “child-like” characteristics of our essence;
among them, curiosity, creativity, spontaneity and love. Characteristics
of the ego-persona are always “childish.” Impatience is
another affectation of the ego’s selfishness, a part of its need
for instant gratification.
Although this illusion
attempts to cloak itself in a benign persona, it is not. From the heart
of ignorance spring the vast majority of life’s ills, i.e. anger
hatred, vindictiveness, et al.
“Ignorant people do not seek after wisdom. For herein lies the
evil of ignorance: that those who are neither good nor wise are nonetheless
satisfied with themselves; they have no desire for that which they feel
no want.” -Plato
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