25 feb. 2012

***KNOW THYSELF***




TRANSCIPCIONES (en Inglés) (próximamente la traducción =))

"The Human heart cries out of help; the human soul implores us for deliverance; but we do not heed their cries, for we neither hear nor understand."
  - Khalil Gibran

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With people presenting solutions everywhere, be it through the political circus, spiritual leaders, to more progressive movements offering self sustainable solutions, many people seem to have a plan of how to 'fix the world', others say all is just as it is supposed to be and all we need to do is go with the flow, focus on love and light and everything will be good.

Visionary ideals are good and great to have, however, hopes based on ideals can shatter to nothingness if there is no foundation to build them on. The popular notion is that we must do, act, revolt, and it seems that most folks want just someone to tell them what to do so that they don't have to think so much on their own.

The question is, WHAT ARE WE REALLY ABLE TO DO IF WE DON'T EVEN KNOW OURSELVES? WHAT IS HUMANITY?

Yes we are ONE, but are we all truly the same inside, seeing, thinking, feeling the same way? Who's to say what is good for the world and what is not?

The issues the world faces, the destruction, greed, genocide, economic meltdown, cannot and will not be resolved until man faces himself and does the world to gain Self-Knowledge, beyond worship of the ego. Humanity is deeply conditioned through culture, society, religion, media, nationalism, education, government and all kinds of illusionary beliefs. Before we can offer any solutions we must become aware of this conditioning and do the work necessary to truly understand ourselves with our mechanical reactive behaviours, emotional addictions and our biases to automatically reject information that conflicts with our world view.

Honest self-work takes effort and courage as one will have to confront the social conditioning and programming as well as the lies one is telling oneself in order to fit in. If one is sincere with oneself, this process will lead inevitably to confront the lies in the world, and one starts to SEE the world more as it IS, not as one likes it or assumes it to be. This results in a rise of consciousness and awareness, moving from subjectivity to a more objective view, letting go of the false conditional self and embracing one's higher self based on Truth, knowledge and essentially LOVE, which is a higher state of being and not merely an emotional state. The more we see ourselves and world objectively, the wiser our choices become and our resulting actions will have lasting positive impact. This work is to be done within and without, for both are interconnected.

Much like when Neo woke up in the film 'The Matrix', the view is not necessarily pleasant once the illusions, buffers and programs have been dislodged.

ONLY TRUTH WILL SET US FREE. 

Once we can SEE, especially the 'unpleasant' aspects of our reality so many people like to ignore, we'll have a better understanding of what to DO.

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"Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it."
  - G.I. Gurdjieff

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The necessity to 'Know Thyself' has been transmitted through many wise men and ancient teachings throughout the world for thousands of years. However, the depth of these teachings and the required work to attain a higher state of consciousness has been distorted and watered down in the New Age arena and 'Conscious Movements' these days. Some of it even deliberate in order to steer people away from truth. Disinformation is used by the powers that be to infiltrate not only political parties and progressive organizations, but also the New Age movement.

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"What's next is the manipulation of spiritual values and tendencies. It is no accident that in the last few years we have seen a new religious though. The religion of acquiescence and passivity: trusting in the process; whatever happens is what needs to happen; everyone is right where they need to be; you don't resist; you acquiesce; to resist is to be negative, is to be fearful, is to be unconscious. A great prescription for convincing the natives to give over the keys to the kingdom, a very good, clever form of manipulation."
  - M.V. Summers

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Religion has been used to control society for ages. The New Age Movement with its many distorted teachings seems to become the new 'global religion', vectoring people into complacency and conformity with an oversimplified understanding of 'we're all one' or 'all you need is love'. Many people already believe that they are awake and aware, yet, the are merely dreaming to be awake. As a matter of fact, what we see nowadays in the New Age is similar to followers of dogmatic religions: blind belief, wishful thinking, emotional projections, and lack of critical thinking.

Effective disinformation always contains a good amount of truth to lure the seeker in, but enough lies to steer the person away and keep them in a subjective tunnel vision. The same can be said about the many self-help gurus out there and many others who claim to know the way to happiness and abundance; they are here to 'help you help yourself', giving techniques of how to 'attract' and 'manifest' money, a fulfilling relationship, the perfect job, lover, and so on... while they make millions off the desperation of the people who seek happiness and a way out.

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"Man must have results, real results, in his inner and outer life. I do not mean the results which modern people strive after in their attempts at self-development. These are not results, but only rearrangements of psychic material, a process the Buddhists call 'samsara' and which our Holy Bible calss 'dust'."
  - Jacob Needleman

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When looking deeper into some of the self-help teachings, one can see that they mostly appeal to the ego, with its conditioned desires and buffers. They promote and push to follow desire without truly trying to understand where they come from to begin with. In a sense, what is sold today as spirituality and self-work is quite the opposite of what the classical esoteric traditions have passed down. It is more an escape, another buffer to stop seeing the world and oneself as it is. True self-work is not a walk in the park or about manifesting ones desires.

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"The goal of any esoteric work must be that of objectivity, first in our understanding of ourselves, and then, as our filters and programs are dislodged, of the world. A true esoteric teaching will, therefore, not only focus on 'Know Thyself', but will also provide knowledge about the reality or our reality. If one or the other of these aspects are missing from a teaching, then you can be certain that it is incomplete, and an incomplete teaching, even if through ignorance of the teacher, even if unconscious, is dangerous."
  -Henry See, from "Spiritual Predator: Prem Rawat AKA Maharaji-

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That is not to say that all prominent authors and teachers are misleading in purpose. They themselves can be duped and spread disinformation unknowingly, even if their intent is well meant. Most of them have more knowledge about marketing and selling themselves than understanding of spiritual work. It's not black and white, but lies are mixed with truth, so discernment is key. The truth about our world and humanity has been suppressed for thousands of years and it certainly won't be revealed on Oprah any time soon.

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"Many become popular because the speak and write with a reductionist style that brings the complex and disturbing down into formulas of what spiritual growth is supposedly all about. Dozens of such New Age authors could bring their work together into one large volume entitled, 'How To Become Aware of the Depths of Your Being Without Disturbing the Routine of Your Comfortable Lifestyle.”
   - Lew Paz, "Pushing Ultimates: FUndamentals of Authentic Self-Knowledge"

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"There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." 
  - Carl Gustav Jung

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The necessity to seek truth in one self and the world, and act upon it, has to come from oneself, no one can do it for another, and no one can push another to do it. Until man himself realises the precious times we live in. Free will is not really 'free' as long as man acts from his conditioned personality. People who don't know themselves will continue living in their self-inflicted prison, a prison without bars and walls, cherishing their leaders as 'saviours' like in a global Stockholm Syndrome, worshipping and defending the ones who keep them imprisoned. They become tools for the Matrix thinking that they are 'free', but they are merely reacting mechanically to external influences and accumulated conditioning.

NO CHANGE IS GOING TO HAPPEN BY SIMPLY FORWARDING THE NEWEST CONSPIRACY VIDEOS, QUESTIONABLE NEW AGE TEACHINGS, AND DUBIOUS CHANNEL MATERIAL, MEDITATING ON LOVE AND LIGHT, STRIVING FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS OR JUST PROTESTING WITH SOME BANNERS AND SLOGANS. YES! SOME OF IT CAN TRIGGER AND PLANT SEEDS OF AWARENESS, BUT ULTIMATELY, CHANGE HAPPENS ONLY IF WE CHANGE, AND SEPARATE LIES FROM TRUTH WITHIN AND WITHOUT. ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE THE WORLD AS IT IS, WITHOUT FILTERS OF DENIAL, WISHFUL THINKING, FALSE HOPES AND MIS-PERCEPTIONS BECAUSE OF OUR CORRUPTED STATE OF BEING. IN ORDER TO SEE THE TRUTH OF THE WORLD WE NEED TO SEE THE TRUTH IN OURSELVES AND STOP LYING TO OURSELVES. ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT TO 'DO' AND ACT UPON IT.

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"What will bring peace is inward transformation, which will lead to outward action. Inward transformation is not isolation, is not withdrawal from outward action. On the contrary, there can be right action only when there is right thinking and there is no right thinking when there is no self-knowledge. Without knowing yourself, there is no peace.   

An Ideal is merely an escape, an avoidance of what is, a contradiction of what is. An ideal prevents direct action upon what is.  

To have peace, we will have to love; we will have to begin not to live an ideal life but to see things as they are and act upon them, transform them. 

As long as each one of us is seeking psychological security, the physiological security we need; food, clothing and shelter, is destroyed.  

Some of you will nod your head and say, 'I agree', and go outside and exactly the same as you have been doing for the last ten or twenty years. Your agreement is merely verbal and HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE, FOR THE WORLD'S MISERIES AND WARS ARE NOT GOING TO BE STOPPED BY YOUR CASUAL ASSENT. They will be only stopped when you realize the danger, when you realize YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, WHEN YOU DO NOT LEAVE IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE.

IF YOU REALIZE THE SUFFERING, IF YOU SEE THE URGENCY OF IMMEDIATE ACTION AND DO NOT POSTPONE, THEN YOU WILL TRANSFORM YOURSELF."
   - Jiddu Krishnamurti.

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During this time of transition there IS an wakening happening, no doubt. However, we're also in the Age of Deception and if people don't know themselves, the will mistake reality for illusion and illusion for reality. The term 'awakening' needs to be carefully looked at, because people can 'awaken' to merely another form of illusion and dream of waking up while still being asleep. On the other hand, Self-work can also easily turn into a narcissistic activity, if one is too absorbed with oneself or has no network that can give objective feedback and mirroring.

The solutions presented by various 'Conscious Movements' these days and other people who have good intentions are not bad themselves, however, by leaving out the necessary deeper self-work that is needed to truly 'be the change', nothing will change fundamentally and so many of those solutions become just castles in the air.

It is also the prerequisite to seek truth in the world, for one's perception needs to be clear in order to discern lies from truth. Honest self-work goes hand in hand with looking at global issues that seem to be ignored by many self-proclaimed 'conscious' people who want a better world. Be it 9/11, Zionism, Psychopathy and Ponerology, the UFO Phenomena, and many other secrets present and past.

There is still much we have to come to terms with before any form of 'Golden Age' is going to manifest.

Suppression of knowledge is the name of the game. There are traps and dead-ends on the path towards awakening and there are forces that do their best to keep humanity asleep. It is no coincidence that much of this crucial esoteric knowledge has been filtered out and is hard to come by in today's Spiritual Conscious and New Age Movements.

KNOWLEDGE PROTECTS; IGNORANCE ENDANGERS.

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"Try for a moment to accept the idea that you are not what you believe yourself to be, that you overestimate yourself, in fact that you lie to yourself. That you always lie to yourself every moment, all day, all your life. That this lying rules you to such an extent that you cannot control it any more.  

You are the prey of lying. You lie, everywhere. Your relation with others- lies. The upbringing you give, the conventions- lies. Your teaching- lies. Your theories, your art- lies. Your social life, your family life- lies. And what you think of yourself- lies also.  

But you never stop yourself in what you are doing or in what you are saying because you believe in yourself. You must stop inwardly and observe. Observe without preconceptions, accepting for a time this idea of lying. And if you observe in this way, paying with yourself, without self-pity, giving up all your supposed riches for a moment of reality, perhaps you will suddenly see something you have never before seen in yourself until this day.  

You will see that you are different from what you think you are. You will see that you are two. One who is not, but takes place and plays the role of the other. And one who is, yet so weak, so insubstantial, that he no sooner appears than he immediately disappears. He cannot endure lies. The least lie makes him faint away. He does not struggle, he does not resist, he is defeated in advance.  Learn to look until you have seen the difference between your two natures, until you have seen the lies, the deception in yourself. When you have seen your two natures, that day, in yourself, the truth will be born."  
  -from "The First Iniciation" by Jeanne de Salzmann