True Religion is Never About Stories and Concepts
The truth about our world is so incredibly dark that most people don’t want to know about it. The truth about life is so incredibly simple that most people don’t want to know about it. Between these two veils we live out our comfortable delusions.
It seems almost inevitable now, looking back, that my life would eventually lead me to this moment, sitting here, writing this article. As a child, I was often accused of “taking things to the extreme.” Mediocrity was not for me. I didn’t know what reality was, exactly, but I knew that it existed beyond accepted spheres of limitation. Not that I thought of it in those terms, of course. I simply knew that I was being lied to, by everyone, and placed in situations that didn’t make any sense (such as school).
My father told me that I could ‘imagine’ myself out of any situation, implying that imagination was somehow superior to physical reality. And, for some reason, this simple notion completely blew my mind. This is the moment when I became an ‘extremist’, for I realised that my imagination had no limits whatsoever. My father hadn’t given me the keys to the universe, but he’d definitely given me something of equal value: knowledge that I already possessed the keys to the universe.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein.
I soon began to see people as living within “bubbles” of apparent knowledge, or belief, which represented their own personal sphere of limitation. And, from watching the evening news, I could clearly see how these mental divisions were tearing society apart. What I couldn’t figure out, however, was why intelligent people weren’t sitting around a table somewhere, with blank sheets of paper, “reimagining” a better way to live. Did other people not have any imagination, I wondered, or had they simply forgotten about it?
As I continued to explore and enjoy the freedom of my own imagination, I became acutely aware of the social pressures to conform. Applying a certain degree of logic, I could see why some rules and customs were reasonable, or in the interests of everyone. Most, however, were completely unreasonable. And a good portion of those were completely insane.
Whilst I don’t believe there was a word for it, at the time, I now realise that I had begun to “troll” the adults, by highlighting the absurdities of their precious society; which wasn’t even “their” society. In truth, they had simply accepted what had been handed down to them, as if life were some kind of relay race. It was a mistake that I, myself, resolved not to make.
The Mind is All
Despite having no interest in football, I used to occasionally watch a World Cup match, or half of one, if I had nothing better to do. In any case, I remember the conclusion of one particular match, which was very close. Immediately afterwards the broadcaster showed the reaction of fans in the stadium. After panning around for a bit, the camera settled on a five or six-year-old child, who was crying his eyes out, because his team had lost.
The kid had barely just arrived on the planet, but had already become identified with — and emotionally invested in — the concept of nationalism. It may seem harmless, in terms of a sporting event, but that very same identification — those very same emotions — are precisely what cause children to become soldiers. Or, at the very least, create adults who are willing to fight for ‘their country’, if called upon to do so.
What else do people accept, without question? Oh, just about everything, really. And this is why the world is a top-down exercise in perception management. Consider the word itself: Governmental. “Govern-mental,” otherwise known as mind control.
According to the esoteric teachings of Hermeticism, “Mind is all; the universe is mental.” Even mainstream science has come to accept this truth, at least in the sense of realising that so-called physical matter does not exist, as such. And from the perspective of quantum physics, of course, the observer does indeed have an effect upon outcomes. Is this starting to sound familiar?
Clearly, one way or another, our thoughts and beliefs don’t merely have an impact upon the world, they literally create the world. Words are essentially the programming language of the human brain. And, as the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” Certainly, it stands to reason that, if entire populations can be programmed with mere words, then those who are able to influence the masses would be able to create any kind of world they want. And they have done! It’s called patriarchy.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society… In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” — Edward Bernays
The current patriarchal system could not exist were it not for the creation of patriarchal religions. The invention of a male God is, in fact, the lie that all other lies are founded upon. Why is this particular lie so powerful? Actually, the lie itself has no power whatsoever. It’s a person’s belief in the lie that gives it power, because an individual is always the source of power, and not the words and concepts themselves.
”What is believed to be true is true, or becomes true, within limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended.” — John C. Lilly
The Psychological Effects of Patriarchal Religion
Belief in a male God immediately begins to divorce a woman from her natural divinity, her wholeness, as a reflection of Source, and creates the perception that masculine energy is somehow “superior” or naturally dominant; that men belong in positions of power.
Men, of course, aren’t going to argue with this perception, and gladly accept the power and control that society offers them, whether they are religious or not. What they fail to realise, however, particularly if they are ‘believers’, is that patriarchy has a negative effect upon the way they view women. For women are no longer seen as the true face of the Divine, as they once were, and all that goes with that recognition. They may even be viewed as somehow inferior to men, whether in a spiritual or secular sense.
Additionally, a patriarchal religion prevents men from loving “God” in the way that they were naturally designed to. That is to say, it prevents men from being “in love” with the Divine, and from realising that sexuality is an expression of their spiritual devotion. Of course, they still love women, often to the point of worshipping them, but they don’t quite understand why. They believe their love is purely physical.
Patriarchal religion was unquestionably the perfect tool to divorce people from the living Truth and persuade them to invest their time and energy in divisive stories and concepts.
Gender, by contrast, is not a story that one has to believe in. And the love we feel for the opposite sex is not a story either; we are not doing it because we have been commanded to by our religion. In a similar way, the natural world is not a story or a concept. We don’t have to believe in rocks or flowers or grass.
Paradise is all around us, in terms of the natural world, and our potential to live peacefully and joyfully within it. Through our identification with words, however, we have been cleverly manipulated to create for ourselves a living hell. And this diabolical overlay continues for no other reason than our collective failure to see that we have been programmed since birth to maintain it.
Liberating Love from Mental Constructs
Jesus wasn’t a radical or an extremist. But that is certainly how he was perceived, by a society that neither knew the Truth, nor cared to know. And really, nothing much has changed, in that regard. He spoke of loving one’s neighbour as oneself because he knew that one’s neighbour is oneself; “one’s Self.” That is to say, the appearance of separation is precisely that: an appearance, or illusion.
How are we seemingly separated? Through our identification with words and concepts. It certainly isn’t our incredible uniqueness that separates us. Somebody who is a naturally talented musician, for example, and who prefers chocolate ice-cream to vanilla, is not “separated” from somebody who is a naturally talented artist, and who doesn’t like ice-cream at all. Even if they are living on opposite sides of the planet, they are not “separated” and have no reason to see each other as potential enemies.
However, if these two individuals “identified” with the land mass upon which they were living, or with any number of social constructs, in terms of politics and religion, then suddenly they may indeed see each other as separate, and as potential enemies. This is how “group-think” begins. This is how wars begin.
What this article is pointing to, therefore, whilst seemingly radical or extreme, is actually nothing of the kind. For I am simply highlighting that which is already here. There is no necessity to believe in anything, or to learn anything new. In fact, in order to move closer to Truth, one must, in the words of Yoda, “unlearn what you have learned.” That is to say, cease identifying with one’s social conditioning. Everything a person needs to know is already innate. It’s not “out there,” in books of words. Although words can often help to liberate the mind, in the sense that, “it takes a thorn to remove a thorn.”
How might we recognise a “liberated” individual? By the incredible love they have for others. For love is who we are, and all that we are. In terms of gender: The feminine naturally recognises the masculine as part of herself. And the masculine recognises the feminine as the Source of his life, of which he is a part. Seemingly two, but ultimately One. This is liberation.
Needless to say, Jesus wasn’t somebody who had been liberated. He was born free, as we all are. The difference is that he refused to “accept the program,” and rejected any notion of limitation. We all have the power to do this, whether we realise it or not.
What is the Truth? Truth is what remains when all thoughts and concepts and stories have been let go of. For there is nothing “out there.” The Divine is all that exists, and She lives within us, and through us, as the energy dynamic we call gender. Spirituality is alive, and not separate from the apparently physical world.
Does saying this make me an extremist? It may seem that way, from the perspective of someone living within the present social construct. But then, the present social construct is extreme, from the perspective of someone living in a state of love.