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What Is Wisdom?: The Introduction to The Way of Liberation – At Home on Planet Earth


The universe is a place of constant change. Nothing ever stays the same. This is the Buddha’s Law of Impermanence.

To me, wisdom can be summed up in one simple statement.

Wisdom is the revelation that everything is connected.

Everything else is elaboration, but it is in the elaboration where it gets interesting. It is also in elaboration that most of find the message we seek to realize this revelation.

The first step is to get a sound footing in the absence of this realization. The absence of this realization is the belief that everything is separate. This is the religion of separation. It says that we are alone in this world. This religion says that we can understand through division.

This book is about moving from separation to unity.

This is an absolutely essential message if we are to save our species and the world which makes our lives possible.

When we believe in the religion of separation, then the one fundamental aspect of our existence is conflict. We got to look out for “number 1”. We are ceaselessly asking ourselves the question, “what’s in it for me?”. It’s me or him, my side must defeat his side, women are superior to men, gays are sick, my religion is the one true faith, my country is the best country, jobs must come before the planet, progress is essential, we must punish children, … all of this is the language of separation. I could have gone on for a thousand pages, but I trust you get the idea.

That’s the first step in wisdom. We simply see how the religion of separation conditions our life – even in this very moment. We see how we divide ourselves from others. We even see how we divide ourselves. We divide and divide and divide – because that is all we know.

For most of the human story of this small planet on the fringes of the Milky Way, people have seen themselves within the vast web of being that includes everything: the air, water, rock, plants, and animals. It was a complex web of trust that was understood in the most simple and direct way.

This is the Liberation Way. It is the Way of Return – it is the Way of what is true, testable and, most importantly healing … and eventually, even fun and joy.

You are that fun and joy right now, but your faith in the religion of separation separates you from that experience.

This is the Manual of Unity – that everything is within you and you are within everyone and everything.

Right now feel the truth of your immediate unity with this moment. This moment is you and you are it. And this moment is no different from any other moment. The atoms of your body are of infinite age. The blood that runs through your veins – that very same blood flowed through the bodies of dinosaurs. You are the rivers, valleys, mountains, and plains, and they are within you.

You can see and feel that right now. Go ahead give it a try. Just work with this moment.

Can you feel it?

This post if the first draft on the Introduction of my new book The Way of Liberation: At Home on Planet Earth. All future posts will be small sections of the book. I hope you like what you see here and if it ‘resonates’ with your experience or not, I would love to hear from you.

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Living Life When Your Thoughts Don't Matter (from my new book The Way of Liberation)


We are like a person treading water in a dangerous sea – always scrambling for a lifesaver to drift our way. Whether it be anxiety or depression (the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis of the human psychology), we become firmly attached to the belief is in an external condition that will, temporarily, free of us of our distress. Anytime this belief is prominent, and let’s be honest with ourselves – it is true for most of us, we will live our lives in fear and anxiety. When we live our life this way we will never have the opportunity to express our authentic self. This is the life of the invalidation triad. We are puppets of a heartless, all-powerful world. All the power resides outside of us and we are helpless.
It is to this very desperate, deeply conflict person that religion and patriotism extend their very “helpful” hands. In our moments of deepest vulnerability, they inform us that they will answer our questions, they will become our partners in this ever-threatening world. Thus we learn to take sides in this life. It’s either for us or against us. It’s survival of the fittest. To the most powerful go the riches and all the rest. Here is one of the sources of deep violence, hatred, and division. This is the answer for so many millions of us.

Contrast this relationship with that of the hunter/gatherer. Unlike those who are identified with fear and hopelessness, he is made alive by and through life. He is one with life, flowing with its infinite changes. He is life.

His trust relationship with this world is never severed. The power of life is shared with all, from the tiniest insects to the towering redwoods. He lives in the vast web of connection, as life. The apparent separation of all of life and his body is merely an artifact of sight. They are truly one and the same. The beating of his heart is the beating of life itself. He has no interest in life ‘working out for him’. The external elements of life do matter for him, because he is this very life in this moment.
What would it be like to live a life where, literally, nothing mattered? What would it be like to live life as life? What would your life be like if you saw the whole energy sucking hope that life give you a “break” ended right now?

End that person now and see what happens.

Try it out and see for yourself. Let’s say that I’m walking down a street and see someone grabs another person’s purse. What happens then? If it is at all reasonable, I would intervene and try to help!
You then ask, “well, if nothing mattered, why do anything?” That certainly sounds like a reasonable question, but is it true? When I say live your life as if nothing matters, what that means is that we stop believing the many voices in our mind that tell us what matters, those thoughts that generate and sustain the toxic fear that governs our everyday existence. Instead, when nothing matters, we live in the immediacy of the present moment. Thus, when I see the woman’s purse taken away from her, I intervene, if it is, at all, possible and try to help. If nothing else, I offer my assistance after the crime has taken place.

When we live life as if nothing matters, we are true to our own self and not to the mass of fear-based thoughts the circulate in our consciousness. We are, finally, true to ourselves.
We find the strength and loving power that lives in the core of our authentic being.

This is Liberation.

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Living Life When Your Thoughts Don’t Matter (from my new book The Way of Liberation)


We are like a person treading water in a dangerous sea – always scrambling for a lifesaver to drift our way. Whether it be anxiety or depression (the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis of the human psychology), we become firmly attached to the belief is in an external condition that will, temporarily, free of us of our distress. Anytime this belief is prominent, and let’s be honest with ourselves – it is true for most of us, we will live our lives in fear and anxiety. When we live our life this way we will never have the opportunity to express our authentic self. This is the life of the invalidation triad. We are puppets of a heartless, all-powerful world. All the power resides outside of us and we are helpless.
It is to this very desperate, deeply conflict person that religion and patriotism extend their very “helpful” hands. In our moments of deepest vulnerability, they inform us that they will answer our questions, they will become our partners in this ever-threatening world. Thus we learn to take sides in this life. It’s either for us or against us. It’s survival of the fittest. To the most powerful go the riches and all the rest. Here is one of the sources of deep violence, hatred, and division. This is the answer for so many millions of us.

Contrast this relationship with that of the hunter/gatherer. Unlike those who are identified with fear and hopelessness, he is made alive by and through life. He is one with life, flowing with its infinite changes. He is life.

His trust relationship with this world is never severed. The power of life is shared with all, from the tiniest insects to the towering redwoods. He lives in the vast web of connection, as life. The apparent separation of all of life and his body is merely an artifact of sight. They are truly one and the same. The beating of his heart is the beating of life itself. He has no interest in life ‘working out for him’. The external elements of life do matter for him, because he is this very life in this moment.
What would it be like to live a life where, literally, nothing mattered? What would it be like to live life as life? What would your life be like if you saw the whole energy sucking hope that life give you a “break” ended right now?

End that person now and see what happens.

Try it out and see for yourself. Let’s say that I’m walking down a street and see someone grabs another person’s purse. What happens then? If it is at all reasonable, I would intervene and try to help!
You then ask, “well, if nothing mattered, why do anything?” That certainly sounds like a reasonable question, but is it true? When I say live your life as if nothing matters, what that means is that we stop believing the many voices in our mind that tell us what matters, those thoughts that generate and sustain the toxic fear that governs our everyday existence. Instead, when nothing matters, we live in the immediacy of the present moment. Thus, when I see the woman’s purse taken away from her, I intervene, if it is, at all, possible and try to help. If nothing else, I offer my assistance after the crime has taken place.

When we live life as if nothing matters, we are true to our own self and not to the mass of fear-based thoughts the circulate in our consciousness. We are, finally, true to ourselves.
We find the strength and loving power that lives in the core of our authentic being.

This is Liberation.

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God: a Symbol of our Collective Powerlessness (From my new book: The Liberation Way: At Home on Planet Earth


Men of Faith (I just couldn't resist this picture)

When our sense of ourselves is incomplete we want a god to be there for us. This want is personal and strong.
When we embrace a moral code that condemns the behaviors of others as wrong, evil, sinful, we want “our” god to bring justice to these people, societies, and even countries in this life or the next. We thirst for justice and we see our god as the ultimate deliverer of justice.
When we depend on god to do our violence, our retribution, we will do innumerable horrors in his name. Because our god is not real, we know that unless we act in his name, nothing will happen. Our blood needs will go unfulfilled. If we truly relied on our god, this would be the very god we would cease asserting our belief in. Acts of horror are always done in the name of our invalidated identity. The vacuum of inner powerlessness gets filled with belief, faith, and hunger. Violence ensues and for a moment we celebrate the blood-letting. Then the shadows of anger, rootlessness, confusion, and powerlessness fall again, so the search for the enemies arises again in our quenchless souls. We lack the inner conviction to trust our world, we invent a god to take care of those we love and to punish those we hate.

Where the decisive belief of the hunter was his alertness, his awakened nature to the world around him, we have turned that bedrock quality around and buried underneath our god. We don’t need to be alert. We don’t need to see. We can close our minds and leave it all to god. We make them the heavy, as we make ourselves light weights. We bury our lives in mindless television, hate and gossip mongering, in the cold, certain comfort of our brittle identities.
This is why most of us are wary of science. After all, the best science reflects the methods of the hunter. It keenly observes the universe and with its vast wealth of observations draws tentative conclusions about this miraculous universe. It is alive in its alertness. In its purest form, it is a true rebirth of the primordial hunter who watched the skies, smelled the seas, and knew every tree in his land. When we fail to explore the path of science, when we label it as “just another belief”, we posit a god to explain a complex universe and remain comfortable within our complacency.
Thus the desire for a god is wedded in profound unhappiness and a powerless submission to the interactive universe that we are a part. The need for a god is a reflection of our greater powerlessness. The power we lack is projected onto a projected and faith-based being.

Explore that powerlessness. If you find it in yourself, learn more about it. If we lack power at all, that lack can only be found in the personality we believe ourselves to be. Lack is a belief wedded to a projected persona. It is attached to the person we believe ourselves to be, but what we are not. That person is the other side of the god/me coin. He who observes is the hunter peeking through the all but opaque veils of the false-self.

For when we believe we lack power, we will, by necessity, project that lacked energy onto something external to ourselves. This explains why where lack is most acutely felt, there is the greatest propensity for self-righteous violence, as well as its opposite, the propensity for complete resignation; giving up. Resignation is a sign that we have both felt the anguish of close proximity to our Wound and we have our Fear-Selves have lost confidence in their personas. The collapse of the energetic Fear-Selves results in the creation of an exhausted, defeated Fear-Self. This weakened Fear-Self represents a step in the direction of liberation, but it is only a way-stop, alas it is a way stop that can last for generations. The resigned being manifests on both the individual and group levels.

The god belief systems, when they are personal and faith based must always result in a continuum of behaviors ranging from the ultra-violent to the pained acquiescence of utter resignation.
The pathway to resolving our struggle with powerlessness is found only in our personal and collective liberation.

How is that done? We take the first step in our liberation through seeing the process play out in our individual and group affiliated lives. We observe our propensity to be close our eyes to the truth that’s right in front of us. We observe how we rely on faith and second-hand knowledge passed down between people and generations without ever being held up to scrutiny. We observe our gullibility of collections of belief that people fear to questions because it’s in the bible or other “sacred” texts. We ask ourselves, as often as we can, “is this really true?”

When we move from faith to alert, open observation our hearts and minds open up to our very real lives. We are truly alive. If I am worried for the welfare of my children, then is it the most beneficial choice to place our need for safety and security in a belief that can never be tested or proven, or should we just work with our kids – open our hearts and minds to their concerns, not seek “final” answers, but just to engage in the process of connection. This is how we begin moving from the second-hand beliefs designed to keep us dead and obedient and migrate to living a vibrant, open, and creative life. We evolve from rigidity to flexibility. This is the yoga of the soul alive in this very moment.

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Greed


As Paul Krugman’s op-ed piece in today’s New York Times points out, Ireland had a true economic miracle, but over time this “miracle” gave way to a housing frenzy fed by the banks and speculative real estate developers. As the economy prospered they fed on this prosperity and worked together to create a massive housing bubble. When the bubble burst, the country was thrust into economic ruin and is now facing deep austerity prospects that will hurt everyone except the bankers who are international and comfortably insulated from assuming losses or any other form of responsibility for the social violence they have happily wrought. The situation in Ireland mirrors that of the United States and many other nations.

This is how it happens. In stable economies banks are rather boring players on the economic stage. They exist to keep people’s money relatively safe and to lend money in a regulated manner to create and maintain prosperity. The rules of lending need to be regulated to protect all the savers who place their hard-earned cash to the banks in trust. Savers tend not to want to have their money played by a group of gamblers who game the table and stack everything in favor of themselves.

Thus the clever bankers used the nation’s prosperity to express their repressed greed. But here’s the important part. As they made themselves grotesquely rich, they used a very small part of their money to buy their government. Politicians come cheap and they are more than happy to become whores for the super-rich friends. Thus the financial sectors own the governments of the United States and Ireland and most other places that experienced a big housing bubble from which they made their trillions. Greed and wealth made them extremely powerful.

Because they are, in essence, the government itself, they enforce the laws in ways that can only favor them and hurt everyone else. They create the policy that keeps them perfectly secure from criminal or civil prosecution, that maintains gratuitously low tax rates for the ultra wealthy and makes sure that what was the middle class pays for their continued fiscal vulgarities through painful austerity measures that affect the super-rich not in the slightest.

In this way they create a two class society. The middle class is hollowed out and transformed into the upper Lower Class and the wealthy become much richer, even as the local economies collapse into penury. The ultra-rich will scream that we cannot afford large deficits in order to leverage their impact on creating the austerity measures that enable them to get a lot richer even in times of economic crisis and decline.

Thus the bankers and their friends in the healthcare and military industrial complexes get to run the whole show. And then they speak speak as if we’re all in this together. We aren’t.

The truth is, they treat everyone but their class as ignorant rubes. They keep the rubes entertained by the idiotic television shows that are everywhere and through fear that unless we follow the orders they demand of us, that things could get so much worse.

It’s time to see reality. This is all part of waking up to what is real. It’s time to see these people (and they are discrete individuals with names and addresses) as the blood-sucking parasites they truly are. It’s time to express our need for basic justice. We must cease listening to any politician owned by this class. It’s time we take to the streets. It’s time that we refuse to swallow their ceaseless lies.

The point is not to spread the wealth. The point is to live a life that is just and fair. This class is truly a cancer on the world. The time has come to re-invent civilization as something that can exist in harmony with all of our fellow human beings and the animals and plants that make this world a wonder in a very cold universe. That time has come and that time is NOW!

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President Rand Paul – Could He Be the Bizarro Obama?


"President" Rand Paul

A NOTE TO READERS:

No one reading this post should think for a nanosecond that I support Rand Paul or anyone else affiliated with the Tea Party or the Republican Party for president or even dog catcher (ok, maybe dog catcher). The point of this post is entirely ironic. America elected a Senator with two years of experience in that office (Obama) who campaigned as if he were a progressive. However, once he attained office, he has pursued a course that would have made George Bush proud.

In this post, I’m doing the opposite. I chose Rand Paul because he will have served two years in the Senate (like Obama) and has aspirations to be president. He has a youthful and is out of the Beltway, qualities that he also has in common with Obama. He’s also the kind of right-wing nut case that you’d least expect to carry forward a progressive policy agenda, just as Obama appeared to be just the person who really could enact change we could believe in.

But what if he was really the Bizarro Obama? The bizarro Obama (Rand) might look a little like this.

The Fantasy

In a stunning reversal, Rand Paul, after serving only two years as a US Senator from Kentucky, became the 45th President of the United States. He has become the capstone of the continuing sweep of Republicans into national office that began in 2010, as Americans became increasingly disenchanted with the inability of the Obama Administration to effect the kind of change his millions of supporters had expected of him.

Running on a platform called “Real Change for Real Americans”, President Paul shocked the country with his first order of business, the absolute end of all combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and the immediate return of all but essential personnel from that theater of war. Buoyed by the new Republican Majority in the Senate and committed to sweeping deficit reductions, Rand’s order was supported by majorities in both Houses of Congress. Even skeptical Democrats seemed inspired by the young President’s bold initiative.

President Rand also ordered an immediate strategic review of all American military bases abroad with a keen eye in reducing the massively bloated Defense budget saying, “That if we fail to take on the deeply embedded special interests that have been choking off our national capacity to invoke Real Change, we will, ultimately, fail as a nation.” As part of this order, President Paul, with the support of his Cabinet have targeted approximately 115 bases for closure by the end of 2013, noting that “We must streamline our military to meet the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world.”

In a sharp reversal with his Democratic predecessor, President Paul announced the creation of a massive jobs program called, A Return to Progress. Using a combination of innovative tax incentives and discretionary spending, A Return to Progress forges a new partnership with the country’s private sector. The new program will provide private and public jobs to approximately 7 million currently unemployed Americans. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the jobs program would over the next 5-7 years, “essentially pay for itself” by providing significantly larger tax revenues from the newly created jobs. The Program envisions an America that would be energy independent by creating enterprises that would nurture the growth of renewable energy sources and cutting edge green technology. Paul said that the United States would become the “go to” place for innovation in both sustainable energy production. Outside experts who have seen the plan anticipate that its implementation could reduce greenhouse gases by as much as 75% by 2025.

Continuing the President’s fiscal initiative for a Fair Tax Plan for his Great Nation project, President Paul has put into a place an entirely re-fitted and simplified tax plan that would dramatically shift America’s tax burden away from the middle class. He said, “We must make it possible for this country to get back onto its feet again and to do this we must realize that our strength lies in a vibrant middle class and we cannot achieve this objective unless we soberly examine the many weaknesses and disparities in our current approach to tax burden allotments. As a matter of fundamental fairness, taxes must be paid by those who can most easily afford them.” In keeping with his promise of sweeping tax cuts for nearly all Americans, President Paul announced the closing of hundreds of loopholes previously exploited by America’s richest 2% including the immediate ending of the hedge fund maximum tax rate of 15%. In addition, America’s wealthiest will be asked to contribute their “fare share” to make it possible for America to compete with the rising economic powers of China, India, and Brazil. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet each hailed the program with the words “It’s about time”.

Finally, as part of his Healthy America Program, President Paul successfully dismantled the hopelessly convoluted and widely condemmed “Obamacare” and instituted a National Single Payer Healthcare Program called Healthy America. This program is designed to compete with private insurers in an open marketplace. It will offer far less expensive plans focusing on Prevention, as well as Major Medical programs at ess cost to all Americas irrespective of their work status. America’s Federation of Private Health Insurance has called “foul play – we cannot conceivably compete with a national single-payer system. The president has “gamed” the system against us.” In response, the President coolly reminded them that he, like them, is a believer in a free and open market and that if they are unable to compete successfully with the public program, then the market has, indeed, spoken. Americans cheered the new health initiatives as a “way out” of the hopelessly convoluted and vulnerable plan put into place by the Democratic Administration of ex-President Obama.

In another issue that has troubled millions of Americans, President Paul has announced the immediate end of the so-called War on Drugs. Saying, “we have suffered enough”, President Paul submitted to Congress a plan for “peace in our country” by substituting a combination of jobs training and community-based treatment coupled with decriminalization of many previously illegal drugs. In addition, President Paul has urged Congress to make the recreational use of marijuana legal. With the hope of making this “admittedly radical” idea palatable to a dubious America, President Paul as called on the creation of an oversight office that would recognize reasonable parity with such products as beer and spirits as simply a part of how this country relaxes. Paul said, “we need to recognize that we cannot have peace in our beleaguered inner city communities and with our younger Americans until we come to realize that this War on Drugs has brought us way too much war and has torn apart far too many of our most vulnerable communities.” Senate Majority Leader Hatch promised to work with the President on the Peace initiative with the understanding that we cannot, as a nation, continue a war that we cannot conceivably win without sacrificing a whole generation of younger Americans. New York’s Al Sharpton chuckled breathlessly, “I don’t know about you, but this white guy from Kentucky is just ‘blowin’ me away.”

“This is just the beginning”, the President said. “We foresee a nation dedicated to real deficit reduction, realistic military spending, and a genuine national capacity to do what Americans do best, lead the world in innovation. For too long we squandered our energy in a financial sector that strangled our ability to compete in a starkly different 21st century world. In addition, we spent our national treasure on a military industrial complex based on the hopelessly outdated vision of a 1950s world. I promised Real Change for Real Americans and this is what we are accomplishing.”

President Paul is anticipated to introduce dramatic new legislation in many other essential areas, such as:

  • Americans for America – a program designed to bring justice and fairness to all American communities by addressing the immense income disparities that have brought about the bane of two Americas. Rand has commited the country’s jobs and revenue programs to bring about a country with a vigorous middle class, as the Founders intended. One where income inequalities are productively addressed to restore harmony where there was discord and equal opportunity, where there was scarcely opportunity at all. Paul has noted, “It’s not class warfare when it just makes sense for all Americans.”
  • Two giant energy initiatives called: New England Runs on Wind and Bright Ideas for a Solar West highlight the President’s drive for real energy independence. Under the President’s Energy Independence Now! program, he said, “We can wait no longer. Our nation will be reduced to energy enslavement unless we can produce clean and renewable energy within our own borders for the benefit of all Americans.” Energy Independence Now! plans to reduce oil and gas imports by up to 50% by 2020.
  • Every Child Matters – a new educational program that will substantially improve educational opportunity for those kids who need it most. “Until we recognize the inherently unfair playing field caused by our outdated reliance on property taxes to fund public education, far too many of our best and brightest children will be left in the rubbish heap of poverty and inequity.” This plan will restore a balance in educational resources between rural, suburban, and urban school districts. In addition, the plan intends to use cutting edge research in academic achievement to inspire a new generation of teachers to bring about a real revolution in our nation’s schools.

In other words, I fantasize about an authentic bizarro Obama.

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How to Be Insecure


Isn’t insecurity something we do really well? Who among is isn’t insecure anytime there is some perceived threat to his sense of self? We can imagine a universe of threats that keep us worried, uptight, and wakeful at night.

But what are we insecure about? What is it that we believe is threatened?

Let’s say I believe in a heaven and a hell. Then I will be insecure that the way I’m living my life might result in an eternity in hell. The same beliefs that created heaven and hell in the first place, we’ll tell us how to live a life where we can avoid hell and gain, instead, an eternity in heaven. As a result we become Christians or Muslims or Hindus. We follow the rules as they were set down centuries ago. We abandon our Authentic Self and become an imitator. Because I really am a sinner and I really crave sex, booze, sloth, and all the rest, I learn to distrust my Authentic Being and become a good little Muslim or good little Christian or good little Hindu.

But we can never be sure we’re good enough. We are haunted by the fear that we’re not getting it exactly right. We know, down deep, that our inner devil just needs to be expressed. Or, maybe we are so secure in being right, that we lord our superiority over all the sinners and ne’er do wells that fill our world. We become superior beings, smug in our self-righteousness.

But then we risk the sin of pride and we’re back where we started, just another miserable sinner, full with our self-contempt and misery.

Or if I am a pious jew, then I must obey a mere 613 commandments. Of course, from the very start it’s hopeless. I am condemned to be the failure that I know in my heart I am. And if I dutifully manage to stay kosher, well then I can feel superior to all those other jews that eat bacon with their eggs in the morning. We can learn to really resent each other with our competing beliefs.

If I believe that abortion is wrong, then I am enabled to feel different than those people who support it. I can feel superior or I can feel sorry for those horrible people who believe that women have a right to abortion. But then I hear about someone who gets knocked up by her father and suddenly I don’t know what I believe – but I gotta believe in something!

Actually you don’t.

Or, if I believe that life is sacred then I will be racked by guilt anytime I eat a hamburger or a tuna sandwich. If I choose to be a vegetarian out of the conviction of my superior beliefs, then I can feel good when I eat my plate of brown rice. But then I attend a talk given by an eminent Buddhist lama from Tibet (as I did) who asks his audience if they feel good about eating their plates of brown rice and when they wag their heads in confident agreement, he bitterly informs them of the tens of thousands of sentient beings who die in each and every rice harvest.

So we’re back where we started. Stricken by the knowledge of our inherent inadequacy.

Let’s go back to our original question. What is it, exactly, that experiences insecurity? Is this “thing” real? Or are we just defending phantoms – fantasies? If we can understand this question, really understand it, then insecurity become a problem that no longer haunts our existence.

Notice that everything we’ve talked about in this post is a belief. I believe in heaven and hell. I believe I am a jew. I believe in the sacredness of life. Each of these is a belief. But these beliefs, in themselves, are really quite harmless.

They are an overlay to a much bigger belief; the belief that this self that I label with the pronoun me is real. This me is not a belief. And because we believe it is real, then the beliefs it holds to be true are also real.

Okay – now let’s step back for a moment and take a deep breath.

We know that the earth revolves around the sun, even though our senses would seem to indicate that it’s really the sun that revolves around the earth as it rises in the morning and sets in the evening. But we know that that isn’t true. It’s an apparition of the senses. And because we know it isn’t true, then the belief no longer has the power to hold us in its trance.

The same applies to the precious self (“me lovely precious”). This self is a belief. But this is something that needs to be seen directly. That is why the question, who am I, is so key.

Yes we ARE, but we are not the belief in this body and mind based me. This body/mind, this cluster of beliefs with beliefs about its past and beliefs about its future, and its judgments and identities – all of it is just a belief.

The believer of the beliefs keeps the illusion alive.

But the only belief who’s seeing through assures our liberation in this very moment is the core belief. And this core belief will always relate to the concept and sensation of lack. And lack is always inadequacy and because it’s linked to inadequacy it needs a whole mass of other beliefs to make it real, to give it substance. We lack. We are empty. In our emptiness we are agonizingly vulnerable. So Lack creates a Bible and a Koran and a Bhagavad Gita – these books are full of rules designed to cover over the underlying Lack. These books have just enough connection with authentic being to give them staying power, but they are founded on a fiction and it’s a toxic fiction because it sustains a belief in what isn’t real. It sustains the belief in what keeps us mired in insecurity and misery.

Religious zealots are simply those people so wrapped up in their holy books that they are entirely disembodied phantasms. Their misery is so gut wrenchingly great that they MUST have these books to keep them safe from the terrifying torment that hides just under the surface.

And because inadequacy feels shitty, we engineer a whole plethora of beliefs that are designed to make us feel superior or just give us some sense of substance. So we spout nonsense about the sacredness of life as a belief without looking further. We are married to a belief rather than to the far more variegated textures happening in this very moment. Because we are identified with lack, we will consistently substitute our unexamined thought (beliefs) for reality.

You are not any belief, but as long as you’re identified with beliefs you won’t understand that statement – as long as you need beliefs to make you feel real, you won’t understand this statement.

Waking up means waking up to the only truth in the universe – the only thing that isn’t a belief. Every single thought is a belief. The thought of the sun isn’t the sun. The thought of hunger is not hunger. They are closer to the truth of beingness than far more far-fetched beliefs like heaven and hell, but they are still unreal.

This is why these posts are so important. You are not a belief.

So let’s return to our primary theme; insecurity. Everything we are insecure about is an illusion. They are just beliefs about beliefs. And the core belief is the false-self – that enduring cluster of thoughts linked so closely with lack and inadequacy. They are ways of avoiding the misery of lack and identification with inadequacy.

Beliefs are strategies designed to deal with lack. Lack creates its own immensely powerful slumber. It is hidden under a hundred self-protecting beliefs. So why waste another day supporting beliefs that are no different from a wall designed to keep you safe from illusions? No matter how high and strong your wall is, it can never protect you from illusions. Those fears – those beliefs, will overcome any defense. Misery and hopelessness can’t be kept away forever.

Those walls we construct around ourselves, around our group identities, around our perceived gender, around our countries, they are all prisons and we are both the prisoners and their wardens. The higher and stronger our psyche builds these walls the harder it will be to escape our own self-made prison.

How vast are the constructs of belief? They are vast indeed. We will do anything to protect us from the descent into lack.

That is the path we must take if we ever want to be really free. Lack is the primal echo of an ancient Wound and it created the false-self. It is a story drawn from experience, retained by the hardened and fearful heart – but it’s just not true. It’s a belief – a belief system and you are not that.

There is a way out*, but it takes commitment to the truth. It takes the courage of a warrior. It takes the insight of a philosopher.

It takes only you.

*There are many good books out there and many wonderful teachers and friends out there, but I can only speak from my own direct experience.

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