A visitor to this blog who uses the handle “Pen Name” shared an anecdote in a comment I’d like to use as a springboard for discussion. She wrote how she once received a boatload of incredible insights that came one after another, she knew not from where. They seemed beautiful, and she wrote them down.
Taken together, they compiled, she thought, a book. Then she examined what she had written in light of her reasoning and experience, decided it was a load of crap, and destroyed the manuscript.
What do you make of that? Would you say she was unfairly letting her intellect rule her heart? Or should she be cheered for her action? Was obliterating the document a mark of courage and integrity or was it an act of self-judgmental foolishness?
Personally, I cheer for her. Here’s why. A lot of us are figuring out that we can’t trust people outside us for our answers. We’ve grown suspicious of gurus, religions, and spiritual teachers. We’ve come to believe that truth is within us, since we sense the divine there. We conclude that we only have to listen to our thoughts and feelings, and let those lead the way.
That conclusion demonstrates maturity, but I think it’s a conclusion that can be manipulated. Think about it. The off-world entities who stand behind religions, gurus, channels and most spiritual teachers, “guiding” with self-serving teachings that keep mankind ensnared – wouldn’t they be capable of speaking to you directly?
If you were one of the gods, concerned that the human race is waking up, that the sheep are about to jump the fence and be gone from your sheering farm forever, wouldn’t you make a crack at talking to the people who are starting to listen to themselves? Wouldn’t you psychically send some “insights” their way that might coax them back into the fold, thoughts that on the surface support their newer and wiser understanding?
I suspect no deity worth their salt would miss that opportunity, especially if the person they target has much influence on other people. The gods aren’t going to give up their One World agenda just because people are starting to listen within. They’ll position themselves to take advantage of the changed situation, to re-route the sheep and to quell the brewing rebellion.
Unless we take measures to psychically protect ourselves, there’s no way to tell at first flush if inspired thoughts are (a) our own intuition, (b) suggestions from helpful entities outside ourselves, or (c) deceptively wise insights from those who would like to get us back in the box. How can we tell which is happening?
First, we can take measures to protect the mind from unwanted outside influences. Second, we can examine our “visions” by the measuring stick of reason and what we know of the world. In other words, by the evidence and the way we’ve put it together so far.
When you add a piece to a board puzzle, you look at what you’ve already assembled and decide where to place the new piece in that context. The new piece may cause you to see that some of the pieces you’ve already placed are hooked together wrong. In that case, you backtrack, self-correct, and rearrange the puzzle in a way that reflects the information the new piece brought to you. On the other hand, the new piece may fit perfectly with what you’ve assembled, simply expanding your picture.
As long as we’re operating on a planet where manipulation is standard protocol, we should be alert to the possibility that the more we wake up, the greater the chance someone will personally target us for a detour. We need to evaluate our visions and ideas in light of the facts we’ve gathered and the way we’ve connected the dots so far. We can’t assume what we think is right because we feel it’s coming from a deep place.
That doesn’t mean allowing the inner critic to silence gut feelings or messages of the heart. It means listening to the intellect and letting it give healthy feedback. Relying too much on intellect and not paying due respect to instincts is as big a mistake as blindly trusting “intuitions.” Outside entities can ply us with intellectual objections that discount what we know on a deeper level, or they can woo us with false feelings. Letting heart and mind inform each other deflects outside interference and makes us come together as more integrated persons.
Challenging as it can be to examine ourselves like this, I think it’s part of the fun of the current adventure, and part of the skill set we need in making the shift from sucker to self-directed. In learning to walk the tightrope that leads to personal empowerment, we can’t give blind credence to either our feelings or intellect. Freedom depends on listening to both.
Alertness and questioning are key. It’s when the sheep start questioning their reality that they notice the walls of their pen and start to devise a plan for getting out. Fixating on any vision or idea and making that the template by which we evaluate everything else is myopic and self-defeating . We need to consistently question our assumptions, and review the puzzle as we piece it, always checking whether it still makes sense in light of new data.
People who commit to living this way grow and change quickly. You can’t stay in one place for long when you approach life curiously and critically. Once you get how to be open and questioning at the same time, you’ve come a long way in honing your tightrope ability.
Part of learning is listening to the views of the people we tend to discount or get triggered by. Our critics have more to teach us perhaps than anyone else. They help us see trouble spots in our own perspective. Then we either change to accommodate the new input or grow firmer and clearer in our original understanding.
An example of this happened to me when I read Tal Brooke’s Riders of the Cosmic Circuit. Tal is a former guru worshipper turned Christian. Years ago when I read his book, I was still into the guru game, and reading his radically different viewpoint on “cosmic experiences” and “enlightenment” was like being sound asleep and getting a slap in the face. It turned my world view on its ear, offering a totally different set of explanations for experiences I had always thought could only add up to one thing. I didn’t wind up sharing Tal Brooke’s word view (I’m not a Christian), but reflecting on his research and insights was transformational, making me rethink all my “givens” and helping me arrive at the insights I have today.
A word about psychic protection. You don’t have to be a sitting duck for mind manipulators. We all have control over what enters our consciousness. Entities dwelling in invisible frequency ranges may try to influence us, and if we have a non-critical attitude, they can access our wavelength. The antidote for this is to send out a message to the psychic environment about what we’ll allow and what we won’t.
The rules for myself that I’ve decided on and “posted” are that friends and family who’ve left this life are welcome to send thoughts, feelings or support anytime they like. I also invite input from “entities in the unseen who work for the freedom and happiness of all beings.” To me, that phrase describes exactly who I’m happy to receive ideas and insights from. Anyone not in those two categories is not welcome to influence me.
You can put this out there by consciously (with focus) making a statement to the universe that includes what you will tolerate and what you won’t. It can go something like “I happily disconnect myself from all entities, energies and programs that may be or are feeding upon me.” (Substitute “willfully” or “consciously” for “happily,” or otherwise change the wording to suit you.)
Once you post your standards of communication to the universe, the universe is bound to respect them. How can you know that? Because if your permission weren’t a key factor in entities being able to manipulate you, they wouldn’t go to such lengths to secure that permission. They require you to give it, even if only on a subconscious level.
In TM, for instance, elaborate seduction is employed to get the new initiate to kneel before a picture of Guru Dev. (See Where Have All the Flower Children Gone? and The Hidden Agenda of Mantra Meditation.) The kneeling appears to be necessary to activate the mantra, and without it or some other form of self-subjugation, the mantra probably wouldn’t work. The subterfuge and seduction are necessary because the will of the person targeted is so important. If free will (permission) weren’t a key factor, the New World Order would have been fully operational centuries ago.
Just as giving permission is powerful, so is removing it. You remove your permission to be psychically manipulated by changing your intention and declaring it, with full focus on your words, which you speak in a firm and unequivocal statement. Those who’d like to lord it may still look for opportunities to slip past your psychological radar in moments of negativity. When thoughts turn dark, become aware of the shift as soon as possible and make a conscious choice to adjust your thinking. The sooner you get out of the doldrums, the less chance unwanted entities have of moving in and squatting on your psychological turf. When you’ve slipped into a mood, repeat your “do not tamper” manifesto out loud a few times until you feel genuine emotion and will behind the words. That restores the boundaries of your psychic protection.
These tips are based on my experience and those of several friends. We find this works in keeping us on a level emotional keel and keeping our heads screwed on straight. There’s no rigid formula. More dogma is the last thing anybody needs. If you find these ideas useful, adapt them however seems practical to you. Feel free to share what you know and experience in the comment section below. The sooner we discover that the big truths must include the life experience of all people, the sooner we’ll learn to listen to each other and benefit from the insights of the puzzle-solvers around us.
May we all have fun with the adventure.
© Bronte Baxter 2008