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Learn about the origin of the thinking style of fear and attack,
how it is a manifestation of the belief in separation and
how it leads to limited experience in life

 

 

Introduction

In the Intro to Part 3, I stated that our illusions of limitation are a natural consequence of having come into physical form.  But we are not meant to remain mired in the muck of illusion.  All of the combined illusions of man's separation since the beginning of time form what is often referred to as mass consciousness.  It is the dense energy of fear and limitation, what I refer to as the muck. We shouldn't complain about the muck; it's just part of the range of thought, providing us choices and opportunities to come to better know ourselves.  We should, however, try to recognize the muck for what it is, since most of our problems arise from the fact that we are unaware of its effects upon our experience.

I would like you to see how everything that we consider to be part of life-the conflicts and struggles and distresses--are simply one version of how it can be. It's like being in a funhouse with distorted mirrors and perspectives and scary images. If we were raised in such a giant funhouse (where it was our whole world), we would adapt and think that is the way life is. Well, this life where we see limitation and powerlessness is really no different.  It's an illusion. Immersed in the muck energy, it just feels like that's the way life is.  The illusion of mass conscious thinking is held together with cords of ideology, dogma and conventional thinking.  The problem with these kinds of beliefs is that they bring with them not just an assertion that they are right, but a "certitude" that they are.  When we are certain that it's one way, we cut ourselves off from all other possibilities.

 

Importance of being aware of harmful beliefs

There are two perspectives, inner and outer. Respectively, there are thoughts of love (inner) and thoughts of fear (outer); truth (inner), illusion (outer); our divine god-self (inner), our false self--personality, self of the world (outer). Our life is totally construed according to which of these perspectives we focus upon or "come from".  Each represents an approach to living and being.  Are we going to live according to truth (our higher selves) and thereby live powerfully unlimited creative lives or according to our separated selves, in bondage, limited by our worldly reality)?  In this part, we are examining the realities of living from the latter perspective and the manifestations of limitation and attack that stem from the fear thoughts inherent to it.

If we are perfect expressions of God, we often wonder why it is that we seem to not experience a life we imagine would be consistent with that reality.  Why do we continue to swim in the mucky energy of limited thinking?  It seems we're not making a connection between the idealism of our teachings and our real world experience.  It's as though we're saying that our teachings are "up there" and my day to day real life is down here.  There's a gap.  It seems to be that we don't step out of the muck long enough to look objectively at what we're in.  If we did, we'd be more inclined to rise out of it and begin living differently, ceasing to fight against the things outside.  What follows is an effort to bridge that gap.

 

Nature Of Fear Energy

The muck exists.  It's just a natural outgrowth of diversity of thought.  It is the humdrum mix of limited beliefs of mass consciousness routinely repeating, over and over. They are urging us, judging us, tempting us and pressuring us to feel unworthy, guilty, angry, outraged, jealous, resentful and defeated.  And as we buy into it, we become mired, living the same old routine experiences that result.  For the most part, the muck is fear energy, the opposite of love.  It is the outer stuff of the world.  If it were love, we would experience it as light, joy, magnetic power.  When we stay in the muck however, we are concerned with others, always sticking our noses into their business, judging them, worrying about what they're doing or thinking, worrying about how we stack up compared to them, wondering if we are acceptable to them, agonizing about how they've hurt us.  Our egos convince us that this is life, the only way it can be. But that's not true; we don't have to buy into any of it.

We forget that we are eternal beings, part of the whole of Universal Subconscious, individualized into this physical expression in order that the whole may experience itself.  That experiencing can only occur through comparison to what it is not.  Mass consciousness, with its range of thoughts of fear, attack and limitation, provides the contrast and the opportunities to learn and evolve toward thoughts of love.  When we indulge in fear thoughts (an error), the effect is undesirable experience. We are supposed to learn from that (like touching a hot flame) and pull away toward better thoughts.  But erroneously thinking the muck is just the way life is, we participate, playing its silly and often nasty games.  As bad as it feels, we choose it over love.  We actually get vicarious thrills from the attack games (directed toward ourselves as well as others) and become addicted to the dramas, yet never really experiencing any peace of mind or joy.  It's as though we're hypnotized.  The tragic part of this is that by participating, we deny ourselves the opportunity to experience the magnificent life that a powerful aware expression of God should experience.

We rise out of this morass by simply waking up and becoming objective observers.  It's not productive to oppose mass conscious thoughts. Opposition is just another way of participating in it.  Rather, through your observations, you can become more aware of options.  Then you can simply choose to focus upon more enlightened thoughts.  If you maintain focus upon what you want, you'll not draw into your experience the undesirable ideas within mass consciousness.  Quite simply, they will not be attracted to you.  Just a reminder-everything is energy and like attracts like.

 

Moving Toward Awareness

We don't increase awareness through avoidance.  Many so-called New Age teachings / teachers, conscious of the fundamental truth that we get what we give our attention to, seem to take an avoidance approach about the unpleasant expressions of fear.  This is understandable. But avoidance is as much a focus of attention.  We can't run from or push away that in our lives which we don't like.  We do much better by bringing all of this fear stuff out and laying it on the table where we can view it objectively.  Only through increasing awareness, does it lose its hold over us.  Seeing it for what it is, we will soon lose our taste for it-even become bored with it.  I'm talking about breaking our emotional involvement through awareness.  As an example, in my particular sport of choice--skydiving, we make ourselves aware of incidents that have led to problems (for others and / or ourselves) so that we might choose to make corrections in our own actions or equipment and to recognize situations should they occur to us. Then we turn our focus toward fun-not fear. We don't become emotionally attached to (fearful of) problems that have occurred.  Our awareness improves our experience.

One of the most fundamental metaphysical Principles is that of objective observation.  It is wise to begin now to observe your habitual thinking and the experiences your thinking brings. For example, one can't attack others as being wrong, rationalizing it as just personal opinion, and not expect to experience that attack energy coming back to him.  With the awareness that comes with objective observation, you will recognize that the "coming back" phenomenon is just part of how the universe works.  You can't just condemn others for doing things that your religion prohibits and say, "I'm just following God's will". God's will - God as Universal Subconscious Mind that is - is never about condemnation.  As we look at the sort of unsavory thinking that motivates attack, you may think of people to whom that applies and then feel anger or outrage.  The whole point is to realize that these reactions are part of our own conditioned tendency to attack back. Following the tendency is a choice that only harms us.  But awareness of the tendencies must precede if we are to rise above them.  So be warned, this is a very candid, even blunt description of the manifestations of fear energy.  If you wish to be the expression of Infinite Mind that you are, you must make a choice to move away from limited thinking.  And by the way, we should not blame ourselves or feel guilty that we have been lost in the muck. The fact that you are reading this is testament to the fact that you have decided to follow the light of truth and move from the illusion.

 

A Matter Of Certitude--Thinking Style Of Separation

The separated individual, entranced with the illusions of his ego feels insecure.  He seeks to relieve the resulting tension by closing out "other".  For example, let's say that someone is raised to believe or otherwise has come to believe certain things and he has a strong conviction that those beliefs are the only way (they could be political or religious beliefs). Then, in order to relieve the stress he experiences when he's confronted with ideas that conflict, he develops ruses to close them out.  He begins, consciously or not, to utilize faulty thinking patterns which are expressed in a variety of ways.  Psychology refers to these as defense or coping mechanisms.  The more strongly we hold beliefs, the more assertively we hold that we are right.  We protect ourselves from threats to our personal take on reality by attacking the opposing ideas. The ego always wants to protect its idea of who we are; opposing ideas have the potential for throwing that into question.

 

Being Right

We utilize the defense mechanisms to negate the feelings of vulnerability. For the separated individual, the compulsion to avoid ambiguity is powerful. He closes himself within the fortress of his perception of reality and of who he is, locking out inconsistent ideas.  The walls of the fortress are built with the insistence of his rightness, and, of equal importance, the wrongness of others.



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