Blowing the Whistle, Chpt. 4: When Deepest, Cherished Beliefs Come Tumbling Down

This is the fourth chapter in an online book, “Blowing the Whistle on Enlightenment: Confessions of a New Age Heretic,” by Bronte Baxter.

A person determined to examine their programming and figure out the truth about the world is an adventurer. Like explorations in the physical world, those in mind or spirit can be laced with surprises and challenges, even dangers. But the person intent on truth is willing to face them, trusting in something within to show them the way.

I want to write today about that something. When cherished beliefs are assaulted by new knowledge, the foundations of our world take the hit. That means the foundations of our psyche itself, because that is where our deepest beliefs are structured, deep in subconscious mind. I don’t think a person can question and explore reality without feeling shaken, even shattered, from time to time, and I want to talk about how I personally deal with that. Because the ability to deal with that determines whether we move forward in our quest or turn tail and beat it back to base camp, trying to block out what we heard and saw in the forest.

How deep does the rabbit hole go? We still don’t know. Those of us who research the secrets of the elitist global agenda have not yet reached the end of it. I still get shaken from things I sometimes find. Here is how I deal with that experience.

I know I have a choice, whether to accept fear or whether to trust myself and the essential goodness in the universe. No one can harm me without my tacit permission, and I give that permission when I get into fear. Fear is a decision we make that we can’t take care of ourselves. Once we’ve decided that, it opens the door for harm to enter our lives. Subconscious permission counts as permission, and that’s why the manipulators of this dimension go to such lengths to secure ours.

Through religion, schooling, news and entertainment, we are programmed to accept ideas that take away our natural autonomy and empowerment. We’re taught that we are born into sin, or that we’re born into ignorance. We’re told we’re selfish and greedy, and that ego identification (cherishing our individuality) is the root of all suffering. We’re told we must forfeit freedoms so we can have safety and justice. We’re told the world is a dangerous place and only governments, rules and restrictions can protect us: the bigger they are, the better the protection.

The more we accept these ideas, the more fear takes over our subconscious minds in the form of deep-seated attitudes that tell us we can’t trust ourselves, and that we are little and powerless. By the time we are adults, our subconscious is in a pretty saturated state of self-doubt, which is why our conscious mind builds so many cathedrals to things outside ourselves that we trust to take care of us and explain the world to us. Spiritual teachers, religious leaders, charismatic politicians, celebrities – we let what they say determine what is real and what is right. Because we have no faith in our ability to know what is real and right for ourselves.

That’s unconscious fear, and that attitude is what our manipulators manipulate us through. If it weren’t there, they couldn’t touch us. It’s that subconscious acceptance of ourselves as lacking that keeps the door open to entities outside ourselves messing with us.

What’s the solution? I think, to really examine who we are. To really look at what we’re made of. At bottom, I find I’m a consciousness, a unique spiritual identity empowered with perception and creativity. I am unique and at the same time totally one with the wholeness of consciousness, the First Consciousness, in which all individual consciousness is structured and of which it is made.

Where is the lack? Where is the ignorance, selfishness, and greed that we have been told we are? Those lame concepts are only attitudes we have picked up about ourselves, not our inner reality. Before consciousness doubted itself, it was complete and perfect. That little thought, “but what if maybe I’m not?” was the seed thought that started all the chaos and suffering in the universe. It’s nothing but a wisp of fear, and it is unfounded. How can we be rightfully afraid when we are infinite, when our very consciousness is the stuff of creation, and a manager of creation?

The belief that fear is founded is the ultimate illusion. When we unseat that attitude from our subconscious, through thoughtful examination of who we really are, followed by emotional acceptance of that wonderful reality, there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. We have found a storehouse of power and goodness within ourselves, and that is our new home base. The place we go back to when life starts to overwhelm us again.

Life cannot be scary when you know what you are made of. You can relinquish your worship of middle-men who claim they will take you to God, or that they are God, once you know you are God as much as anybody else could ever be. You have direct access to the Source, because you’re a child of the Source and part of the Source. Dogmas and beliefs you previously fell for, you can let go of now. You’re equipped for the adventure of living, and nothing can deflect you from your consistent talent for self-referral. Your personhood, established in your Source, is the authority you run things by. Nothing outside can program you again.

When I start to feel shaken by what’s going on the world, or what I’m finding in my research, this is what I go back to that always sustains me. Manipulating entities can’t mess with me, because I don’t give them permission. If I fall into temporary self-doubt and fear, thereby opening the door to their return in the realm of my thoughts, I have only to remember what I am, and they are ousted. It’s easy, once I self-examine and remember. Then the power of the Source, its creativity and joy, flow into me again. While the thought demons sit on the sidelines wondering, “How the heck does she do that?”

When I encounter new information that shakes my current paradigm and whispers I may need to let go of another belief, I take a deep breath and say, “I can survive that.” My beliefs are not who I am, they’re something I own. And I want to clear out any that don’t correctly match the nature of the universe. This puzzle-piecing business requires lots of paradigm revision. When that starts to feel scary, I focus again on who I am and re-experience that inner reality. Then I can handle anything.

Bronte Baxter

© Bronte Baxter 2008

Anyone may republish this article on another website as long as they include the copyright and a back link to this site.


  1. July 31, 2008 at 4:43 am

    > Through religion, schooling, news and entertainment, we are programmed
    > to accept ideas that take away our natural autonomy and empowerment.
    > We’re taught that we are born into sin, or that we’re born into ignorance.
    > We’re told we’re selfish and greedy, and that ego identification (cherishing
    > our individuality) is the root of all suffering.

    If we really want to take responsibility and control of our lives… is it fruitful to place blame on religion, schooling, entertainment etc that we received over our lives? Or would it be better to be focus on how we’re keeping our own minds, & our own behavior, moment-to-moment, just now?

    What we’re doing right now, both how we act and the thoughts we choose to hold… that’s the most extraordinarily powerful thing. It’s just a distraction to be so concerned with external things like religion, past schooling, etc.

  2. brontebaxter said,

    July 31, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I agree, Stuart, that how we choose to act and think right now is everything. I also think that to free our minds from unconscious programming is essential to understanding and exercising that kind of free choice. Until we see where we’ve given our power away, we can’t reclaim it and exercise it. I don’t believe we’re as far apart in our viewpoints as you seem to think.


  3. cultofthehuggingsaint said,

    August 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Fantastic article. So true. There is much inspiration to be found in your articles.

  4. David More said,

    September 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Bronte,
    What you say makes a lot of sense, I read you articles just at the right time.
    I have been into mantra stuff for a while and something just started to wake me up in the last few days when I started to get the message that I could just stand on my own vs being dependant on gurus or mantras and make choices that suited me vs ‘spiritual’ ones.
    Last night I had a dream where I saw a big, black, organic sort of space ship / pod floating outside the window of the office building I work in.
    It seemed to me to be sort of a power station or satellite designed to capture the energy of people. Amazing. I think I really wanted to know the truth of things. Thanks for your adventurous writings.
    I feel an sense of relief knowing that I be myself again.

  5. Tim K said,

    November 5, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Thank you for sharing Bronte, excellent insight, very well articulated !

  6. rodin said,

    December 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    belief is the enemy of truth

  7. Carole said,

    August 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    “We have found a store house of power and goodness within ourselves, and that is our new home base.”

    The words “power and goodness within ourselves” is so beautiful and liberating. It is so simple and so clean.

    “My beliefs are not who I am, they’re something I own.”

    I love this concept, it is so powerful. Thank you, Bronte

  8. Kushta said,

    September 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Bronte Said: “You can relinquish your worship of middle-men who claim they will take you to God, or that they are God, once you know you are God as much as anybody else could ever be. You have direct access to the Source, because you’re a child of the Source and part of the Source.”

    Indeed,I am a Son of God, infinitely superior to all that is insensate, and never will I surrender that freedom to another.

  9. Bob Pavlick said,

    November 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I certainly acknowledge that most institutional religions DO, in fact, give us poor self esteem and deplete our empowerment. But Bronte seems to include Buddhist thought in that grouping too and implies that even the teaching that “ego identification (cherishing our individuality) is harmful and the root of all suffering”, is also a false teaching, but I don’t see how that could be said. Isn’t it precisely ego and seeing everyone and everything else as “other” and expendable that drives the Illuminati and the New World Order? How can I say that I am God and acknowlege the Oneness of all life and consciousness if I cling to my ego and individuality,which is only a manifestation of my being in the world of form and matter and physical manifestation? It is my understanding that in the higher vibrations, there is no consciousness of individuality; there is only THE ONE.

    • brontebaxter said,

      November 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Bob, answering your question is the point of all the chapters of this book. A reader must really read and digest them all to understand the evidence that supports my answer. The short version of my answer, though, is this: the belief you’ve expressed here is an engineered belief that encourages people to abdicate personal responsibility and their power to move the world in a desired direction. When enough people abdicate the sacredness of their own personhood, the controllers can move in, unopposed. It’s sort of like putting the army to sleep, then moving in for the kill.

      There is no contradiction between our being one at our core and our being beautiful and important expressions of the Infinite in our form as individuals. It is only as individuals that we have power to make change or improvement in the world. Abdicating that power, which comes of judging individuality as “an illusion,” “ignorance,” or a petty “limitation,” we are passive sleepers, forever soaking in the pristine ground state of creation (soaking in the Infinite) instead of expressing that state into relative life, enriching life thereby, and actually God’s original beautiful dream for the world.

      There is a Vedic story about creation. It says God made the world because He was lonely and wanted company. God found the bliss of his own ground state to be boring after a while, and that’s why He created. He wanted action, expression, and fun. He wanted a myriad of individuals, in a myriad of life forms. Yet all the “spiritual” people today are being programmed and brainwashed by their teachers to believe that the world has no validity, that all that matters is collapsing the world and ourselves back into the unformed Infinite. That’s a slap in the face of the Creator and an insult to and perversion of the original divine intent, which was to express itself into the beauty of relative life.

      It is not that the perpetrators cause suffering and want to dominate because they don’t know that at our root we all are one. It’s that they don’t emotionally empathize with the feelings of other individuals. It is one of the lies of the New Age movement and Eastern religion, which are controlled by the same power elite who control every other aspect of society, that ego or individuality is the problem that needs eradicated for there to be world peace.

      We had best run the other way as fast as possible, because once they have convinced humanity of this insane dogmas, the snare will fall around us, and we will be prisoners of One world, One religion, One global fascist government, One global army to keep the people in line, and no way to escape the tyrants’ absolute control. Freedom is in individuality, in uniqueness, in originality, in personal will, in creating, and in having a choice. All of that must be destroyed for them to turn us into a race of smiling, obedient, “enlightened” automatons. They start by poisoning our minds with just the kind of reasoning you have repeated here.


  10. Bob Pavlick said,

    November 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you, Bronte, for your reply. And I do agree that all institutional religion IS “engineered”. I guess I felt that Vendanta and meditation were different though because they were not based on a book, but simply told you to go into your own self to test the methods in the laboratory of your own soul or center and NOT to rely on a book or another person. But you seem to feel that even the Hindu teachers are part of the problem. But if not only govt., but religion and spiritual paths are all part of this Illuminati conspiracy, then who can we trust? How can we even trust “Truth” people since they too could just be double agents of the Illuminati ????? The last time I heard the word “truth” used excessively was 40 years ago when I was entrapped by Jehovah’s Witnesses in their cult..

    I guess I am just asking in all sincerity: Who can I trust and how can I be sure? And how can I join any movement that claims to be fighting against the Illuminati when they could very well BE the Illuminati?


    • brontebaxter said,

      November 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm


      If you read my other articles here (specifically, the articles designated as chapters in my “Blowing the Whistle on Enlightenment” book), you’d already know my answers to these questions. It’s not that I “feel” that even the Hindu teachers are part of the problem: I provide evidence. I can’t do the reading for you, and I can’t try to sum up a book in a couple of paragraphs. If you’re really interested, you’ll have to study this website and get the facts for yourself.

      How do you know who to “trust,” you ask. Don’t rely on trust. Rely on your personal investigation. Find out what people are actually teaching and promoting, and question it in terms of your own knowledge, reasoning, and experience. Where does where they are leading lead: to more dependence on others for our answers, security, and sustenance, or to more independence and freedom for the individual?

      A perfect example of going about this backwards is asking me, an author you haven’t studied whose ideas you don’t really know, who you should trust, instead of investigating to find out exactly what I say, examining its value in terms of your own understanding and experience, then deciding whether my words have value for you or not, and then examining other thought leaders in the same discriminating way. If I told you to “trust so-and-so,” would you blindly follow me, a writer who you don’t even know if you can agree with, and make that person or movement the thing you throw your allegiance behind?

      We each have to take personal responsibility for finding truth, for finding our own answers, and we have to question and examine everything we hear and read instead of searching for something or someone to believe in, trust in, and feel safe and cozy with. Believe in the truth, not in some individual. Make truth your goal, not some teacher or movement you can join. The reason we’ve been hung out to dry as a people is largely because of our herdlike mentality, our need and desire to be led. Getting over this is one of the first things we have to do to get the world back on course. No one will do it for us.


  11. Bob Pavlick said,

    November 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Just to give you an example of what I said above in the last paragraph: I recently viewed videos by Jordan Maxwell, who claims to be anti-Illuminati and I witnessed many parts of his videos where he outright lied about scriptures and teachings, both religious and astrological to make his points. Now why would he do that????? As soon as I heard the lies, he lost all credibility in my eyes.

    For example: he claims that the Egyptian god, Osiris came from Sirius, just because of the similarity in the names. But Osiris is only the Helenized form of the ancient Egyptian name, Ausar. Likewise, he claimed that the Flood Myth and Noah was derived from the flood season in Egypt which was called “archenoah” But there is absolutely no reference anywhere to the name or term “archenoah”. The flood season in Egypt was called akhet. He claims that Jesus being dead for 3 days is a metaphor for the sun dipping below the horizon from Dec 21-24, but Jesus didn’t die in December. He claimed that most of the Eastern religions like Judaism were lunar religions when he just got finished saying that they were all solar religions. So who are we to believe? Why would anyone deliberatly lie when presenting “facts” unless THEY have an agenda?

    • brontebaxter said,

      November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      There you go. Now that’s the kind of discriminating thinking I am talking about. Keep questioning like that, and you’ll uncover answers as you go. That’s how I came up with the information and insights in this blog. Nobody led me to them or taught them: I used my head, read and dialogued, thought things through, and didn’t accept what I heard on face value. The more I studied, using this approach, the more information I unearthed.


    • brontebaxter said,

      November 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Now there you go. That’s the kind of discriminating thinking I was talking about. Keep approaching information this way, and you’ll unearth more and more truth as you go.

  12. Terry said,

    January 9, 2012 at 3:26 am

    1/8/12 LOVE these articles. Concise to the point writing that hits my soul. The best definition of fear I have ever read..I feel empowered, like I peeked inside a hidden door in my soul that is a treasure trove of items I have never seen and want to learn about.

    Thank you, Terry

  13. lrm said,

    October 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

    ‘Your talent for self referral’ is one of the best lines I’ve read! love it.
    Also, another form of manipulation (i have not read all of your ‘chapters’, just several so far, so I don’t know what’s been mentioned), is the Hegelian dialect….create a problem, provide a solution.
    Jordan Maxwell and Icke, for starters, fall into this category, as well….
    they are providing the seeming solution, for the problem that was ‘created’ by the ‘illuminati’. The goal with this strategy is ‘divide and conquer’. When enough of ‘us’ organize around rebelling against ‘them’, well, you’ve got your new movement of sheeple, then, haven’t you? The New Age movement is another example of this. Rail against the ‘old religions’ [the fear based] and create the new one [compliant surrender-though i would argue that new age is also fear based, for sure! just more passive agressive about it. it’s very abusive in much of it’s language, actually, psychologically].
    when i read icke, maxwell, illuminati stuff in general, i experience physical fear; the same way i experience a kind of strange fog and disempowerment when ir ead some new age stuff/writings. Neither of those are good indicators on my ‘barometer of personal truth’, so i steer clear. Delve enough to get the info I need at the moment, or am interested in, and then get out.

    There’s no need for me to become a devotee of anyone’s information or research. There’s no loyalty required in order to investigate something or someone. And, this, I am finding, is very important for humanity: There’s no payoff in being loyal. I think humans have a subconscious belief, based on past experience, that being loyal will result in some sort of pay off-that this makes them ‘valuable’ to those who they have given their loyalty to. Sure, it’s based on survival mechanisms, or spiritual ‘saving’. It’s also biologically wired-the ‘clan mindset’, where one did need to rely on others to physically survive. This biology is still at work in us, and allegiance to a group is a hardwired belief and need mechansim.

    It’s more important that ever that individuals not give over to ‘surrender to divine will’, b/c doing so will ensure that they do not learn how the human body works, and how it interfaces with the individual spirit or spark.

  14. lrm said,

    October 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    oh, and of course the ‘divide’ aspect of this, is having the ‘old way’ or ‘mainstream’ or ‘conversatives’ at war with the new age or global thinkers or whomever….definitely keeps us all distracted, while at the same time keeping people focused on their new ‘guru’-whether that guru be global warming, anti illuminati, peak oil, the economy, new agers….

  15. prabhat said,

    August 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    hi bronte,
    I just remembered a poem of 15th century mystic Kabir

    prem gali ati sakri, ta mein do na samaye
    jab main tha tab hari nahin, jab hari main nahi

    the street of love is very narrow it cannot hold two people
    god was not there when I was and I was not there when he was


  16. Sean S said,

    October 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Such a wonderful article. Just what I needed to hear at this juncture in my life. Thank you so much, Bronte.

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