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Sunday, June 26, 2005


Chapter I

“The School of Life”

It was Fall again in the desert southwest; the air cool and crisp, a spark of static easily shocked the hand when touching metal. Galen glanced out at the majestic red rock setting from his new home in Sedona, Arizona. His dream home was a modest A-frame built of pine. Large windows stretched from floor to a high cathedral ceiling, allowing a panoramic view of this mystical place in the canyon. He could see Bell Rock in the distance, site of one of Sedona’s legendary power spots: a vortex of subtle energy swirling skyward. You couldn’t see the energy, but standing inside or even nearby one of these power spots gave a noticeable lift to body and spirits. This was the perfect place for a writer to practice the fine art, the energies were both creative and uplifting.

Two years had gone by since his amazing discovery and transformation on the mountain. He’d thought about his mentor Rufus often, and could even hear his voice sometimes, correcting and guiding. In fact he was almost sure it was Rufus who had inspired the book that was doing so well, providing a surprising source of income. Galen had become semi famous... as famous as most faceless writers could become in the public mind. But fame and its many trappings were not what he sought, though it came with the territory. At least he could walk about and not be noticed.

New talents were surfacing. Writing was one of its expressions. He’d always been creative but now the energy was free flowing and testing itself in new forms. Words and descriptions came to him seemingly out of the air with little effort. They almost wrote themselves. The book he had written was a fictional version of his transformation, an effort to convey a sense of the elusive Truth. The dark side, the illusions of life, were still winning though. As he watched from his elevated perspective, people were literally “lost in thought,” going through life hypnotized to the true reality that surrounded them. They needed to wake up! Only the truth could free them from their self-imposed prisons of thought, and a book was the only way to reach people and make a difference.

Galen’s personal life had also been transformed, thanks to the teachings. The once probable brain tumor and its symptoms were gone, cleared away by right thinking. It was like a gyroscope had been set in motion inside; it quickened his senses and gave an inner sense of stability. Few things could remain out of balance with such a stabilizing force inside. His mother had remarried and was living happily with her new husband, a man ten years younger than she. But that was alright; he was practical and kind, a good provider, and completely devoted to her. Now it didn’t matter what his real father thought or even threatened. Galen could see his grandfather, the old chief, whenever he liked.

Their first “physical” meeting was memorable. Galen had just got word that his book was going to be published, and with time to spare, he set out for the Reservation to discuss it with Grandfather. The chief was as Galen recalled him from their out-of-body visit. Tall and regal, skin smooth and bronze red, his eyes were ablaze with wisdom; his hair was long and white, kept by a braided headband.

The little house he lived in was ordinary. The white paint peeled in places and the roof was missing a few shingles. But inside, the feeling was cozy. A fireplace glowed with a single pine log. There was nothing like pine embers to take away the chill and sweeten the air.

They met and embraced, and talked of their first meeting at the oasis which was Grandfather’s sanctuary. That had been about a year ago. Unlike then, they now talked of trivial matters, physical things instead of lofty spiritual concepts. Galen told him all about his mother’s new husband and the fancy ranch they lived on just outside of Albuquerque. He told Grandfather about his move to Sedona and of the wonderful energies that swirled like dust devils through the canyon. Then he spoke about the book he had written.

At first the old chief listened with head bowed, nodding occasionally. He seemed interested but noncommittal. But then he raised his hand slightly, signaling for Galen to pause. Something was bothering him.

“I’m concerned,” he said, looking down, “about how the white man will receive such a heavy dose of Truth. He will fear it without knowing why, reject it, simply because it is bitter to his understanding. I’m not sure the time is right... And what of our tradition of silence?”

Galen related that the book had been “inspired,” almost like channeled material, and that Rufus himself had even hinted that he share the concepts with those who -- by Law of Attraction -- were ready to receive. The book seemed to flow naturally, he explained, in consequence to a higher plan. “Times were changing rapidly,” he said, “and the old traditions of silence had protected the truths until this very time could arrive.”

Grandfather nodded a reluctant agreement. Change was inevitable and ultimately the Truth was meant for everyone. Spiritual recovery belonged to all humanity ... though he was sure only a few would be receptive. Even so, his senses swayed to caution, and he told Galen so.

“Anyway,” Galen suggested, “my book will have to prove itself. If it catches on in the mass consciousness as a success in the marketplace, then we will know if the time is right.” He watched his grandfather squirm from foot to foot -- the idea was still uncomfortable to him. It was then that another of those subtle insights flashed into Galen’s receptive mind.

The Keeper had said that every man had his own truth; Rufus had hinted there were layers of truth, depending on the level of understanding. Grandfather was so much a part of the old ways, that even he in his lofty wisdom was stuck, temporarily at least, to one of those levels. There was resistance to change even among the enlightened!

This experience was yet another lesson from life about life. Galen had learned to be receptive, watchful of everything around him, because there were lessons in all people and experiences. Life itself was a school, forever teaching us about it and about ourselves.

He spent the night, then left the next morning for Sedona. He promised to keep the old chief informed about the book’s progress -- and of any new psychic adventures that might come his way. Grandfather predicted that another quest could be on the horizon.

That had been about a year ago, and so far no new spiritual experience had come to pass. This made him anxious; once you’ve had an authentic encounter in the spiritual realm nothing else was so important as to have another. Some writer had called it “divine anxiety,” and that was a good enough description.

He was out hiking one morning, enjoying the bubbling waters of Oak Creek below another vortex site called Cathedral Rock. The birds were singing and the air was heavy with earthy smells, it was a morning that could thrill a child to the wonders of nature. But that thought was a little premature. The wild screams of two young boys pierced the enchantment like the blade of a machete. Oh great, he thought, more tourists and their kids! He caught himself in judgment -- kids were just a bother, about as necessary as a toothache -- then he tried to reverse it with a positive thought.

They were getting closer, racing down the narrow streamside path yelping and screaming. When they appeared he saw two mischievous creatures, both under ten, waving sticks and swearing like sailors. They scampered by, nearly knocking him down, quite oblivious to anyone in their way. It was hard to keep a cheery thought, so he indulged himself by wondering at the kind of parents who could ignore such savage inclinations.

Close behind, the parents followed. They held hands and both wore starry-eyed smiles, they were in another world. Dressed in scrumpy camping clothes, Galen guessed they had an RV parked in the campsite about half a mile away. They saw Galen approaching. “Good morning,” they said with customary politeness. “Hope the boys didn’t disturb you,” the mother said, “they’re just wonderfully playful.”

Galen didn’t really express what he was thinking but said instead, “I guess they’re in their own world.” Greetings made, they engaged him in small talk. Are you from around here? Had any mystical encounters here? Seen any spirits or UFO’s? All were frequently asked questions by newcomers. The place (Sedona) had developed quite a reputation recently.

He answered their questions matter of factly, not wanting to open the door to his personal life. He’d found that people could be very intrusive, given the opportunity. It just wasn’t his nature to be chatty anyway.

The boys were returning. The noise level increased with their approach. “Mommy, Daddy,” they screamed, “an old Indian man scared us! He stood on the path and said, go back to your parents!”

The parents looked at Galen, mouths opened in astonishment. He told them that Indian spirits indeed wandered here, that the noise had likely disturbed them. The bewildered family took the hint and quietly retreated the way they had come. Peacefulness returned as the sounds of nature were predominant again.

Galen wondered at the meaning of this episode, an intrusion into the harmony he was enjoying ... there was a lesson here, meant for him, if only he could find it. ‘Levels of truth,’ he reminded himself, every event carried layer upon layer of truth, meant as a lesson to anyone it touched. It was like a multi-track tape recorder in a professional sound studio, where different layers of sound were combined. The finished version was whole and complete. Any event could be unraveled and analyzed by a good technician of Life.

First, there was the irritation with the kids. He had to admit to himself a forbidden truth, something considered abhorrent to usual adult attitudes: he didn’t like kids. Why all the fuss to fill a household with these noisy, messy, fussy little savages? Was it part of the madness of the mass mind? a ploy to keep people’s attention outside of themselves? If there was true joy in what parents professed as joy, why were their kids such a source of stress?

This was an area he had avoided exploring, but there was something important here. A lesson.

Life was a mirror, he had learned. It reflected back what was inside ... and most of that “inside” was hidden from conscious awareness. The people, places, events and circumstances you encounter in life are trying to teach you about yourself. Once, Rufus had told him: “What you like in others you like in yourself; but what you reject in others you reject in yourself. This was a truth that could be relied upon to uncover what you were hiding from yourself.”

What was it about kids that annoyed him so? Psychologists had warned that people were suppressing their “child within,” that unpleasant memories from childhood were buried deep inside, still festering and unresolved, sometimes causing ugly reactions to otherwise normal events… But no, this didn’t feel right. Not in his case.

What really bothered him about kids, was their noise. The constant chatter, the whining, the screaming and yelling. It tore at his insides like the blade of a dull knife. But why? Noise was in harmony, he reasoned, it was something sensed as being out of order ... discord. The Truth told him that this was a marker of spiritual development though, a sure sign of progress. When peace and harmony were valued above noise and distraction, the soul was settled on the proper path home.

So what he disliked about kids -- noise -- told him there was still discord of some sort hidden within his nature. The Law of Attraction had brought this experience to his attention to tell him about himself, to make him aware of something that needed exposure. But what? To the outer mind, the ego self, he was in complete control of life ... he had money and freedom, even great success by mortal standards. His life was effortless, no problems, no senseless obligations to family and friends. The Universe was his friend. It offered unconditional love and insight into the truth of its workings. But something was still missing...

He pondered for minutes and finally decided the answer would reveal itself in the right place and right time. There was still more unraveling to do with the preceding incident however, more layers of truth to expose to consciousness.

The two parents were typical of most people. They were cordial and well meaning, adoring of their kids, probably more focused on the needs and happiness of their children than of themselves. Society had brainwashed them to believe that their own lives were now less important than their kid’s. No sacrifice was too much, for the children came first. Why couldn’t people see the fallacy of this self-denying attitude -- the focus always turned away from self? It would perpetuate even in the children’s lives when they were adults. No one was ever centered in the place they needed to be: the inner, the now. They lived in a cocoon of false beliefs and values, asleep to the real world of life that flowed about them. This, he concluded, was why he avoided most people: they were asleep to themselves and provided little stimulation to one living an aware life in the here and now. But wasn’t this a judgment?

He was placing himself on a higher level than those he saw around him. If we were all one, as he truly believed, why judge anyone for being at a different level of understanding? Just as the children were on a different level of understanding from their parents, did they judge their kids for being less aware? Of course not. They felt a oneness with their offspring and understood that a child’s awareness, and understanding level, would grow as they grew. This was a lesson and an understanding he needed, to avoid the pitfalls of an ego-centered viewpoint. It was one that too many so-called spiritual people had fallen into before him.

There remained one last piece to the puzzle of this episode. The old Indian the boys had encountered on the path...

He heard leaves rustling and faint footsteps approaching from behind. He turned around, but saw nothing. A strong gust of wind blew past him sending a chill through his body. A vapor of shimmering light, some ten feet away, began to materialize into human form. As the form became distinct he recognized the familiar features of his friend and guide, Rufus. His heart beat wild, the long awaited spiritual adventure predicted by Grandfather had surely arrived.

“We meet again, my eager student. You have done well since then.” Rufus stood there with his familiar grin, eyes glistening with the light of immortal wisdom. He wore the full feathered headdress and animal hides of an early Indian chief. Now Galen knew him as both Rufus and the Keeper of the Cave of Secrets. “The wait was long, good friend. I have hoped for your return,” he said, nodding slowly to show respect for his mentor.

“Not so formal, my son. I am still the Rufus you knew before. But now your understanding of my nature has grown. We are all more than we appear.”

The episode on the trail was turning into far more than Galen expected. There were so many new questions that needed answers -- and old answers that needed new clarifications. The Truth was not a book of finished facts, but an ever growing entity with a life of its own. A guide who understood its nature was a necessity. One thing was certain though, the Truth had never turned away a sincere seeker, it had never once let anyone down, and at every new level of understanding: “When the student was ready, the master would appear.”

Chapter Two
“The Dark Twin”

Rufus came right to the point, “There is still more work to be done. Truth is beginning to blossom in the mass consciousness, the book is a grand device for stimulating awareness, but the greater work must be done within each individual self.” He looked straight into Galen’s eyes. “Even you need more work, son.” A smile moved across his lips. “You were receiving my ideas as you wrote your book, aware of my intrusion in your consciousness.” He knew that Galen had wondered about the source of this inspiration. “Very perceptive. However, the words and creative energy came from your own being, the work itself was your own creation.”

“It’s good to know we are always in contact,” Galen admitted, “I’m not very sure of my own conclusions sometimes.” He paused to think. “Like now, for instance. I’m confused.”

“That’s why I’m here,” Rufus said with a reassuring smile.

“There’s still something missing in my life.” His eyes looked down and he shook his head. “I have complete freedom, the ability to get anything I want, my life is problem free... Yet, I sense an irritating void inside.” He raised his head and looked at Rufus. “Today I learned there’s something inside of me that just doesn’t feel right. It’s like discord, an inner irritation that’s always there. It won’t let me alone. What is it really?”

“It’s a common menace, an age old phantom that haunts every human being regardless of how happy or successful he thinks he is,” Rufus began. “It is good that you sense this presence, it means you are ready for a leap to the next level of understanding. Always remember that each step upward gives you power over what is below. Like flying with the eagle, the higher you go the more you see and understand. Awareness is the key to all power.” He paused for emphasis then began again. “You have learned before that there are two sides to everything: a positive and negative, a right and wrong, a good and bad. Therefore each human being has a good side and a bad side: a good self and a bad self. On the physical level these opposites are a fact and cannot be avoided.

“But rather than call it a bad self, let’s call it the false self. This false self is in every human being, it is the phantom I mentioned. As all phantoms are, it is very cunning and deceptive. It works invisibly behind the scenes and is rarely noticed, even by the person it haunts. This is not a real being; it has no life of its own … but it makes you believe that without it you have no life either. Now listen carefully, you will not believe this at first: but your thoughts are not your own!” He looked deep into Galen’s eyes. “This is one of its deceptions. Your thoughts and the emotions they evoke come from the false self.”

Galen’s mouth opened wide in disbelief. He groaned and said, “What? You make it sound like we’re all possessed.”

“That’s probably a good way to look at it. You see, the truth is, everyone is under the spell of this cunning phantom that delights in making you think that you are it. That’s the void you sense inside, the something that feels out of place. It is discord itself, because it doesn’t match the harmony of the real you. All along it has conned you, by doing your thinking for you. You have so fully identified with its presence that you can’t tell the difference.”

“What do you mean by identified?”

“Ah!” he said boldly, “it’s a fine word, heard often, but little understood. Have you ever lost yourself to a character in a movie? so fully identified with his problems that you forgot about your own? That’s a simple example, but it happens like this in many ways every day of your life. Take the sports fan. They run around screaming they’re Number One, though they’ve had nothing to do with a win by their local team. They have glorified themselves by identifying with the team. How about a friend who comes to you, shy at first to share a problem. Within a minute, do you not feel that it’s your very own problem too? Do you not feel obligated to help solve it?

“That’s identification. It is to lose your own identity by placing it falsely in something else or someone else. And that is how the false self deceives you into thinking that you are it, and this has been happening all your life, so you just can’t tell the difference anymore.”

“You said that it thinks for me. How?”

“Identification again, and distraction,” said Rufus, making his point. “By keeping your mind occupied with noisy, senseless thoughts it keeps you distracted. This chattering monkey mind, as I like to call it, diverts your attention from one thought to another, from one reaction to another; it keeps your mind swimming in circles like a dog chasing its tail. It’s gone on like this for so long that you don’t realize something else is thinking for you. Very few people actually think for themselves; there are many who have never had an authentic thought of their own in a whole lifetime.”

Galen asked, “Where did it come from? I mean, how were we possessed in the first place?”

“It comes out of the past, like all ghosts do. Let’s be very practical. The Now is the only reality: it is all there is and it is all we have. The past exists only in memory, and that is where this phantom false self comes from. It possesses each person because it can, it is allowed to do so by the person himself. You recall that the subconscious is like a huge memory storehouse, it holds all your beliefs, your past memories, and experiences,” he paused, “and all the ideas you hold about yourself.” He looked up with a twinkle in his eye. “In other words it holds your identity -- you! But this you is not real, it is based on mental pic­tures of who you think you are, based on the past. The you that you identify with is only an illusion of mental pictures from the past. And because it is fed by the wellspring of lifeforce, and has taken lodging alongside all conditioned thoughts, it takes on a life of its own -- stealing from the real You.”

This revelation was shocking and Galen looked stunned. He gathered his thoughts and his voice turned monotone. “If I’m not the me of my past, then who or what could I possibly be?”

“That, my son, is the ultimate purpose of life: finding out who you really are! Life itself is on your side throughout this ordeal; it is your teacher. It tries to reveal to you the real you. All the negatives in life like pain and suffering, fear and guilt, any and all negative emotions, are trying to teach one thing: you are out of har­mony with the true and the real! These little jolts of reality try to wake us out of our psychic slumber, out of this spell of illusions. The trick is to switch your awareness on whenever you encounter a jolt. Don’t take it like a bolt of lightening then run and hide. Instead stand your ground and come awake. Be aware of the pain, exactly where it is and how it feels. Study it like a detective would study the clues in a mystery.

“Now listen closely. I’m going to reveal the secret of coming awake to Reality. It will break the spell of the phantom false self and put you back in touch with the real you. This secret has been used by the greatest shamans, mystics, and enlightened teachers of the past. Rightly used, it provides the only authentic means of spiritual recovery and true awakening.”

Galen had been listening intently. It all made perfect sense. He was standing there, lost in thought to Rufus’s explanation of the false self...

All of a sudden a mental shift took him out of his body. He was looking down at Rufus, his feathered headdress and buckskins looking so out of place, and he saw himself too, tall and willowy, lengthy hair flowing in the light breeze. Frogs were croaking with content along the banks of the creek; birds were singing from the branches of the leafy water oaks. He could see and feel with total awareness all around him without turning his head or gaze. This was odd, he thought. It reminded him of the experience two years ago, when his conscious mind merged with the eagle. From that higher perspective he could see and understand everything below. But just as suddenly, like then, he came back to himself and was looking at Rufus through his own eyes. “Wow!” he said, “What was that?”

“An object lesson for what I’m about to describe,” said the gentle mentor, taking off his headdress. “Translated to your language, we call this process self-watching. Remember, awareness is the key to all power, and also part of your own true essence: the Aware Will. The real You is a bubble of awareness with its own free will, living in the sea of consciousness of the All-Consciousness: God! Awareness makes you conscious, while your will directed outwards gives you motion and activity. Will without awareness (without direction) is chaos. But that is another teaching in itself. The important thing to remember is that awareness is the most magical, the most priceless gem that could ever be obtained – it is the prime essence – but the least appreciated or understood. Because it is so much a part of you, it is rarely thought about or even felt. Once understood, however, it is a power and law unto itself.”

Galen saw the importance of this immediately and understood the power of his own budding awareness. He nodded his head in agreement.

“So self-watching uses the awareness of the real you, but as you will also discover it takes a fair amount of will-power too. There is a discipline involved and a continual need for self-reminding. It does not come easy at first but with continuous practice you will find the unclear and confused thinking of the false self gradually fading, along with the false self itself. This is the only way to rid yourself of this devious phantom and reclaim your own thoughts.”

“Great!” Galen said. “I’m ready to begin.”

Rufus pointed to fallen tree branch. “Take a seat there,” he instructed. “Close your eyes and clear your mind.” He waited as Galen got comfortable, then further instructed: “I mean really clear your mind! Try, try with all your might to keep your mind clear of any thoughts.” He smiled to himself, watching the inevitable struggle of the nearly impossible task.

Galen’s face would smooth as he relaxed a little, holding his mind still … then a wrinkled forehead told his difficulty in holding off intruding thoughts. He tried again and again, and finally opened his eyes. “I can’t do it,” he admitted. “I thought my powers of concentration were nearly perfected, but I see there’s still more work to do.”

Rufus smiled. “There’s a big difference. Concentrating on something is much more difficult than focusing on nothing. The false self can be entertained with doing something, but trying to keep it quiet is a whole different thing. Stillness and quiet are like death to its jittery, chatterbox nature. It will resist and intrude, one way and then another, until it finally breaks your will to be silent. And this exercise should be all the proof you need. If YOU were running your own mind, then wouldn’t it respond exactly as YOU intended?”

Chapter Three
“Self Watching"

The first signs of dusk were fast approaching. The two of them, or at least the one still visible, was looking quite out of place sitting alone in the woods. Rufus suggested they meet later at Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s better known power spots. {Most people who visit here can feel the powerful vortex energy spiraling skyward as they stand anywhere within the vicinity of this small mountain. It is regarded by locals and spiritual pilgrims alike as the portal to “extraterrestrial” energies.}

As Galen approached the power spot, the sun had fallen an hour before. The night air was cool and dry, and the stars above were like brilliant diamonds. The thin air and high altitude of Sedona made the stars seem especially close, and again that special feeling of “divine anxiety” was returning, making his heart race faster as he approached the first level of this impressive megalith.

To climb Bell Rock, one has to weave back and forth looking for just the right pathway among the crags and crevices that lead to higher and higher ground. The rare energies here are so buoyant however that you almost feel you’re floating instead of climbing.

Although it was dark, Galen could still see. Whether it was his second sight now activating or the light from the stars, everything seemed to glow in a subtle light. Even the occasional cactus bushes stood out with a light of their own.

Suddenly a much brighter light farther up the trail caught his attention. He looked up and could see an oval entrance of some sort, maybe a cave that was definitely not visible in the daylight. As he approached closer he could see clearly, it was a cave entrance, and it emitted the most wonderful scent of fresh earth and burning wood. An incense like he’d never smelled. Then to his delight Rufus appeared, his arms gesturing a welcome to enter.

“A tricky climb for a physical body, huh?” Rufus commented as Galen entered. He turned and led the way to a deeper part of the cave. The walk was eerie. Something about the energy here was quite ‘alien’ though exciting to Galen’s senses. They kept going deeper … Rufus was silent as usual as they traversed the curious passageway.

Finally they entered a rounded cavern. It was perfectly shaped, something like an upright egg, and smoothly formed. It seemed like the heat of the sun had somehow burst into this room, creating smooth glass-like walls. And like the Cave of Secrets in Albuquerque, it emitted a soft white light with no recognizable source. The buoyant energy here also reminded Galen of that wonderful place. He was about to soar from his body again when Rufus grasped his arm. “Ground yourself,” he cautioned.

Rufus made a sweeping motion with his hand and arm. The room changed suddenly. It was like a holographic image of an alien world, appearing out of thin air. Then he felt a rush of consciousness, a sure sign of traveling, and they were standing on a ledge overlooking a deep gorge. A hazy sun was overhead, shrouded by thick layers of multi-hued clouds. Pastel colors of charged ions changed the atmosphere overhead and made the air between him and Rufus seem alive with changing colors and shadows. It was magnificent!

“Wow, where are we!” asked Galen. His eyes were full and round, trying to soak up as much of the wonderment as possible.

“Call it another world, or another dimension -- in God’s glorious kingdom, does the name really matter?” He looked at his student and saw the smile fade to uncertainty. “If you must know,” he relented, “it’s the invisible world that surrounds the planet Venus. The Earth and Venus are linked together in a spiritual bond. Earth is ground; Venus is spirit. One is visible, and the other is invisible. The two parts make a whole. But this link is little known, and even less understood in the worlds of science and common knowledge. Most will not learn of this until their passing to the afterlife. But again, this is a lesson for another time.”

“So this is where we go when we die…”

“I didn’t say that specifically, but yes, some make it this far. A few go even farther. But the reason I brought you here was to let you feel the pureness of your spiritual Being -- without the encumbrance of your false Nature. You see, when you truly die and become a spiritual being again, the false self and all its habits, attitudes, desires, and conditionings are left behind. It’s like shedding a heavy and worn out suit of clothing. Stripped of this burden, your awareness becomes clear and pure, free of all self-punishment. You are no longer distracted by memories, or by heavy thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow. You live truly in the Now moment, born anew in a world of beauty and ecstatic energy.”

“Does this mean we lose all memories of our past life?” Galen asked.

“No it doesn’t. But memories are not as important here as they are on earth. Here, you use pure awareness as the basis of thought and action, instead of conditioned memory. Awareness lets you act on facts in the Now moment, while memories cause you to re-act by relying on previous conditioning. This is the true enlightened state that seekers seek while on earth. It can be sustained while earthbound, but only after specific training and continuous work. This specific training includes the “Self Watching” technique I spoke of earlier.”

Already the burden of the false self was being dissolved and Galen could feel its imposing heaviness lifting. It was an odd feeling. His mind was focused, instead of distracted by annoying thoughts, but his awareness seemed to expand to limitless proportions. It was like all his senses had become integrated into a single sense while expanding to any limits he chose to explore. For sure, awareness was quite a different sense than he’d ever imagined or expected.

Rufus guided him through several experiences that showed beyond all doubt that he was considerably more than a part of All That Is – in fact, at the core of his being HE WAS the ALL! The sensing of this was beyond all words and descriptions. It was a profound experience that lifted a mere human to the level of a God. So great was the impact, it would change his basic consciousness forever – at least until the veil of physical memory again shrouded the experience with confusion and feelings of limitation. It was the price he’d have to pay for being human again.

They returned to the earthy cave in Sedona and Rufus motioned that he take a seat in the sand; he then began instruction for the “Self Watching” technique. Galen felt the burden of his phantom intruder (the false self) again settling into consciousness, returning him to the normal human level.

“The only way to detach yourself from the false self,” Rufus began, “is by exercising the awareness of your true self. You must watch everything that goes on, both within yourself and outside of yourself. Be especially aware of your reactions to people and to the things that happen to you. Do nothing but watch, just as if it were happening to someone else. Your identification with the false self is so complete, that normally you don’t see yourself attaching to its emotional reactions. So don’t personalize. Don’t be carried away by what you observe.

“You judge nothing as good or bad, right or wrong, pleasurable or painful, favorable or unfavorable. Simply watch, as if you had no personal connection with whatever you observe.

Self-watching is passive detachment. You don’t try to change the things that you see – change happens by itself, inside, as you become aware – you interfere with nothing, without attitude, judgment, or comment. You simply look.

“It’s quite an experience to stand aside and watch a fear, an embarrassment, or any other punishing emotion pass right through you without personalizing it. Keep your awareness focused on the disturbance, give it some time to unravel, and watch it disintegrate right before your eyes. This is mental magic that gradually changes things, without effort, without having to do something. Do you see the difference?”

Galen nodded yes but somehow it seemed too easy. Surely you have to do something…

“I see the skeptic in your eyes,” Rufus said, clearly reading his student’s hesitancy. “Try to picture the awareness as a bright light that shines on the dark phantoms within. Left on their own to play their tricks in the dark, negative thoughts and negative emotions are free to punish you at will. But train the power of your attention – your focused awareness – upon each of them as they begin to torment, and watch them flee the light like a vampire caught in the headlights. They fear the light because it robs their power. Catch them enough times and they just wither away. So there’s really nothing to do but watch.

“And one more thing,” added Rufus. “By withholding judgment, refusing to label them as good or bad, you are able to detach yourself. It’s only by struggle and judgment that you bind yourself to these troubling vampires, granting them attachment to you. I want you to always remember this infallible Truth:

“The surest way to keep something in your life – is to fight it! You empower whatever you resist. Real magic happens when you suspend all judgment of good or bad, and detach with conscious awareness.”

“Yes,” said Galen, “I can see the wisdom in that … it’s like allowing.”

“Exactly. It is the essence of allowing and non-resistance. Do you see how easily these Truths blend together?”

Galen nodded in agreement. Rufus continued—“If you’ve followed along this far, and you understand what I’ve tried to relate with words, you now have the basis for understanding the secret…

“Behind all things you experience in life, there stands an Invisible Witness. It is a projection of the true self, always present, witnessing all that happens and witnessing your reactions to all that happens. It is really you, but the part of you that you’ve always ignored because you have been mis-identified with the false self. Our task is to detach from (discard) the false self, and reclaim the lost powers, abilities, and joys of the true self. To do this however we must re-identify with the Witness aspect within.

“To identify with the Witness is to capture the essence of Awareness. It sees all but judges nothing. It allows. This is a knack that will take time to cultivate because you’ve been conditioned to judge everything. From childhood to present you’ve been taught to classify all things as either good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair … black or white. By being on one side, you must do constant battle with its opposite. This has created an imbalance which is not natural. It’s part of the void you described earlier.

“The Witness remember is unconditioned, pure awareness; and it sometimes needs the assistance of its active ally, the will. You will need the will, not only to steer the awareness, but also to hold its focus on what you’re observing. In the beginning it will tend to wander, like the curiosity of a small child. Realize that this is only natural and not to be scorned. Simply lead it back and re-focus. This is much like meditation … however instead of sitting cross-legged, breathing slowly, concentrating on something (or nothing), you will be using the raw material of everyday circumstance to center yourself and wake up. We could call this a waking meditation. Keep in mind the objective: You want to detach from the illusory life of the false self, and re-identify with the real self and the real life you were meant to enjoy. To do this you must shake the semi-hypnosis of normal consciousness and re-awaken the aware state of real consciousness. The training of the Witness is key.”

{Do not assume this to be an idealistic philosophy that sounds good but does not work. This is a practical, workable process that changes simple observations into meaningful realizations -- and leads to higher and higher levels of awareness. It is progress you can see and feel. However, you must work with patience and perseverance. If you can convince yourself that this is the most important work in your life – that nothing, no matter what, will grant you more enduring rewards, you will then have the proper attitude to succeed. And besides, you are using the everyday material of your own life to progress. Imagine, your own life is your best teacher! Now that’s natural … it’s the way it was meant to be.}

Ron Voreis..the Invisible Witness

The Invisible Witness
The Invisible Witness

…A Modern Technology for Transformation and Enlightenment

by Ron Voreis ©1998


This is a workbook of lessons rather than a book of chapters. There are two lessons to a "unit" and each unit contains two related lessons that compliment each other. Although these concepts are considered ancient wisdom, the lessons are fashioned after the more current works of Vernon Howard; his system was furthered by best-selling author Guy Finley; and the present work is updated and simplified by me, your host and guide Ron Voreis. You may read about my near-death experience here. My "NDE" is considered unique when compared to others and was first published in an article in Fate Magazine, July1991.

* There is an "otherworld" connection to these teachings, as alluded to in our promotional materials. This deserves a brief explanation. Those who have read or are familiar with the stories of George Adamski, Howard Menger, Michael X, and Omnec Onec will understand my meaning. Some planets, even in our own solar system, host life on a slightly different level or dimension. This dimension is higher than ours and its people are more evolved than we are. Their technology, on occasion, allows them to "densify" and interact with us. This has been done numerous times in the past 10,000, or more, years of our history...

Their technology, on occasion, allows them to "densify" and interact with us. This has been done numerous times in the past 6000 thousand or more years of our history... Venus is our spiritual twin and the source of our yearnings for all things spiritual.

When you reach a certain level of awareness the world and the universe become a magical place. Things happen that would seem extraordinary to those less aware. Beautiful people walk up to you, look you in the eyes and send a tingle down your spine, they hand you a book, sometimes a simple written message, then disappear back into the crowd. No words need be spoken, but sometimes are. The information they leave and the impact of their presence leave a strong impression, and a profound influence. This may be in part telepathic.

All the materials you read here, in The Treasure Chest, bear the imprint of this divine influence..."In the whole world only a few people are awake, and they live in a state of total, constant amazement!"

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Enter the Realm of no sin, no karma, no wrong.


The true enlightened man lives a simple and carefree life, he is aware in a way not normally understood, and he’s practically invisible. He lives in a world almost opposite that of his fellow beings. Where others thrive on the company and compliments of the crowd, he trusts only the wellspring of higher thought and empowered feelings that flow from within him. While others strive to excel and succeed, to be someone, he alone knows the power and satisfaction of being no-one, of being invisible.

Do not misunderstand. This is not a philosophy for losers, but of real men and real women. It takes courage and discipline to lead a life out of step with the world at large. Anyone who’s tried to go it alone against the tide of simple peer pressure will recognize the difficulty involved. Those who persevere, however, will gain treasures beyond belief.

The common man has been tragically deceived. He’s been taught to misuse the very essence of his being: awareness. The focus of awareness has always been directed outward, on people, things, and events outside of self. The treasures of the outer world have been his only quest, but the paradox is, the kingdom has always been within!

I first came across the teachings of Vernon Howard almost twenty-five years ago. His book, Psycho-Pictography, seemed too practical and devoid of the "mystical" that so intrigued me then. Nevertheless, it struck a chord of truthfulness that I could never quite escape, and unknowingly I measured other teachers and philosophies by its practical standard.

After years of searching, trying, and discarding I was finally led back to Vernon Howard’s first book, and others that he left behind. His was a true, methodical, almost scientific approach to developing "awareness." I regard his teachings as probably the only true western approach for achieving spiritual enlightenment and transformation. For those who are weary of the empty promises of the outward path and are ready for the less glamorous but no less rewarding path inward, these lessons will be your introduction to a new and higher world – the lost Inner Kingdom. This technology was inspired by Vernon Howard but contains the imprints of my own unique experience and viewpoints. I do not apologize for this personal tangent – all truth teachings adopt individual viewpoints – I only ask that you test these principles as presented and prove to yourself their rightness of source, then modify them to your own unique taste.

Lesson One

The False Self

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Imagine a mechanical robot with an advanced electronic computer for a brain. As a mechanical being its movements are artificial, mere reflections of the smooth flowing patterns of human movement. Its brain, though an electronic marvel of sophisticated speed and memory storage capability, is still basically mechanical and artificial. This artificial man can only mimic the dynamic, fluid and spontaneous actions – both physical and mental -- of the real being who created it. Its life and expression are borrowed.

This artificial creation is very important to the understanding of who you are. Without realizing it you have created an artificial entity out of the stuff you are, given it a name, a whole personality, and sent it out to meet the world as your personal representative. I know this sounds bizarre and ridiculous ... but follow me along.

To fully understand this I have first to acquaint you with a psychological process that is so much a part of you, you don’t even realize you use it. It is something so familiar you never question its reality or function. This mysterious process is called "Identification."

Have you ever wondered why movies captivate us so? For hours we can sit transfixed, unaware of our normal lives, living the adventure, romance, or chain of events of a fictional character on the screen. For those who like reading, a novel serves the same purpose. But here, a mysterious process is at work that is unique to human beings -- no other animal or living thing can possibly relate to this ability to project outside of itself and become something totally different than it is.

We have the unique capability of identifying with things and people outside us. To identify with is to fully relate to (in empathy with) another; to suspend reality and embrace the symbolic. Almost unaware we experience illusion as reality. And too, Identification has so many different levels of expression, we don’t even notice the shift from one to another. For instance, consider the word "lemon." It is just a word like any other, but what happens when we think of a real lemon? The "word" becomes empowered with smell and taste and this excites a host of automatic, involuntary reactions in the body. The taste buds in the mouth become activated, saliva begins to flow, and certain gastric juices in the stomach begin to stir. What has happened? Simply another facet of this process called Identification. We experienced an illusion as reality.

This is where the trouble begins. The process is so common, happening without conscious realization, and shifting so frequently, we identify more with illusions than we do with what is real.

Consider how little time you spend in the actual Present. Most of the time you’re lost in thought -- either reliving the past through memory or anticipating the future by imagination. These unaware periods are other facets of Identification -- the mental movies we’re running of the past or the future are still illusions that we project ourselves into. But we’ve missed the reality which is always in the Present, the here and now. And we’ve missed the reality of who we are as well.

In his book, The Mystic Path To Cosmic Power, Vernon Howard says:

"Identification means that we mentally or emotionally lose ourselves in something inside or outside of ourselves. We become absorbed in a person, a place, our career, a hobby, our personal viewpoints... When we identify with our thoughts, we call it daydreaming... Identification also means to wrongly take something as being part of our essential selves. Take your name. That is only a label attached at birth. If you change your name, it would not make you any different. Take the physical body. That is merely a vehicle for living on earth. Your True Self does not consist of name, body, money, home, career, or your personal beliefs. You are something entirely different from these attachments."

Is the light coming on? Can you see how illusion has replaced reality? Can you imagine the "you" that you’ve always identified with, may not be the real you after all?

* The false self is a pretender with many faces, and its main task is to keep you occupied with false pursuits that extend its illusory life. It is a creature that craves sensation (any and all) and its only life is the one you give it.

* The false self has a mechanical, artificial nature. It stores and retrieves memories like a computer. Its reactions are mechanical, having been learned and conditioned by past experience. It responds to all circumstances from habit.

* It is the source of all doubt and anxiety, of all negative thoughts, of all negative emotions, of all pain. The negative voices you hear whispering from within are always coming from the false self.

* The false self is master of pretense and lies. It not only lies to others, but to itself as well. A master of disguise, it pretends to be anything to anyone. Its many voices continually change, disguising itself in myriad roles.

* It is always focused outward to the world of possessions, things and activities that enhance only its own self interests and flattered image. It seeks the constant approval of others to validate its slowly eroding façade.

* It is only focused in the past or the future. That’s why it keeps your mind running from the pleasures and self-flattering images of the past to the hopeful dreams of accomplishment in the future. It also torments you with the failures of the past, and the anxieties of the future.

Does this creature sound familiar? It should, because you know it intimately. It has stolen your real life and given you nothing but despair and uncertainty in return. Its hidden name is [Ego].

The following stories and illustrations will give you a sense of the false self and its activities. You will recognize the emerging true self as it tries to re-awaken from the confusion of its illusions.

One other note. Vernon Howard said stories and illustrations are used as tools to entice the mind to accept Truth teachings. Otherwise, the false self might cause us to forget. He called these stories "Psycho-Pictograms" because they had a way of lodging themselves in the subconscious, acting just below the surface and reminding us of the proper ways to respond to Reality. Philosophers and adepts from ages past have used the power pictures, planted by way of stories, to enhance their student’s memory and serve as subconscious guidelines. I do the same here, however using an updated term: Subliminal Pictograph.

The Trickster

There was once a smart old crow who lived by himself in a vast forest. Because of his devious and deceitful ways, he had long ago been banished from the crow community. The other animals in the forest knew him well and for the most part kept their distance when he was around. He had deceived many unsuspecting critters in the past with stories of his magical powers and promises of good fortune to those who carried out his wishes. But time and again his promises had failed and the only good fortune that came, came only to the crow, after taking advantage of the good will and hard work of others.

One day he came across a baby eaglet that had fallen from its nest, left abandoned. Always one to seize an opportunity, the old crow saw devious advantage in taking the orphan and raising it as his own.

The baby eagle soon forgot its majestic parent, and through a process of identification peculiar to birds, it imprinted itself to the identity of the crow. Thinking the crow was its parent, it mimicked the crow in every way. The eaglet tried and tried but always failed to please the crow, for the cunning trickster knew well the psychology of deceit; he had his own plans for the trusting infant.

As time went on the eaglet grew larger and stronger than his adopted parent. But by now the crow had shackled him with heavy mental chains -- chains that kept his budding strength in check while curbing a natural curiosity for the open spaces. Warnings to never venture beyond a certain boundary were strictly reinforced; to disobey was to be cursed. His criticism of the eaglet was unceasing … he was too big, too ugly, and too awkward. The crow also knew that an eagle needed meat to grow to its potential, so he kept his captive on a strict diet of grain. Corn grain was plentiful in an adjacent farmer’s field, so the little eagle became too fat to fly very high or very far…but he was still very strong.

Now the crow had a faithful servant to do his work, and do his bidding. The other critters in the forest had watched with alarm as the eagle grew, not knowing what evil intent the crow might have. But soon they would see...

The old crow was a creature who thrived on power and possessions, but he understood that other creatures were necessary to satisfy his needs. No one could be an island to himself, and no one could be a king by himself. Or so he believed. His plan then, was to rule the woodlands and keep for himself the treasures of his fellow creatures.

Cunningly he persuaded the eagle orphan to extend their territory by bullying the other critters … to abandon their homes, nests, and burrows, to leave behind their treasures and stockpiled goods … unless of course they agreed to work for the crow and build his kingdom.

The eagle had a gentle nature and he knew inside that what he was doing violated some innate law. It just didn’t feel right! But he was obligated to the crow, the only authority he’d ever known … and it was curious (if not satisfying) to see the power he had over others. His mere presence it seemed was enough to make other critters cower and feign his favor. So with reluctance he used his powers of persuasion, and when necessary direct force to evict others and expand the crow’s territory.

The territory grew and the kingdom made its profits. But reality has a way of resisting falseness and restoring the true. The little eagle became discouraged. Despite his position and power, he felt alone and out of place. He had somehow become separated from Nature, from the wholeness he’d felt part of as a youngster. He had become a bully and a liar … but his mentor the crow was finally praising him. He was doing the right thing and making them both rich. But if it was right, why did it feel so wrong?

The dawning of Awareness had come...

The small voice of reason within kept asking him that same question over and over again, each and every day. Each time he violated this (seeming unseen law) the inner voice made him aware and made him feel the disharmony of his act.

Awareness itself holds the power to change, to transform...

Each violation was swiftly followed by a reaction of Awareness. Ten times, twenty times, and more... until he could no longer tolerate the conflict within. Finally the little eagle made a momentous decision: he would leave the kingdom to escape the tyranny of his mentor, and leave behind the comforts of the only home he’d ever known.

The challenge of Awareness is to leave falseness behind...

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Subliminal Pictographs

The Great Illusionist

Harry Houdini was considered the greatest magician who ever lived. His illusions not only surprised and astounded his adoring public, but they aroused the most intense feelings of identification that common men could imagine. Each time he struggled with chains and defied death by fire, water or earth, those who watched experienced sympathetic agony. After long moments of tortured waiting ... came the relief of glorious escape. Symbolically his feats of escape lifted men to uncommon heights of freedom, then ultimate relief.

But Houdini by his own admission was never quite satisfied. The real "escape" he sought was always out of reach. The hunger to become ever bigger and better drove him to constantly re-invent himself, and his death defying acts, again and again. For all his fame, money, mystique and public adoration, Houdini never found the "ultimate peace that satisfies all hungers."

Houdini did not die in the water torture escape, as was widely believed, but of a ruptured appendix. One day he proudly challenged a young man to "give his best shot" to the stomach. Houdini fancied himself a man of steel … his boastful challenges were only a vain attempt to bolster a fleeting self image. But alas he had met his match, and the point where a man’s pride must meet the test of reality proved fatal.

Houdini, the man of steel, lingered for a week on his deathbed. During periods of lucidity, when only drugs relieved his agony, he became friends with the attending physician. He soon confided, "You know Doctor, before all this began I once considered becoming a doctor myself. What a fulfilling life it would have been -- relieving pain and suffering, curing sickness and making people whole again..."

"But Mr. Houdini," the doctor countered, "with all your success, fame and adoration, how could you possibly have fancied a different life?"

"Because what you do is real." He sighed and looked into the doctor’s eyes. "My whole life has been a fake!"

A Counterfeit Blessing

The cuckoo bird is a con artist, known as the parasite of the bird kingdom. Each spring when other birds have made their nests and laid their eggs, the mature cuckoo waits for an opportunity to deposit its eggs into the nest of another species. When the parents are away looking for food, the cuckoo secrets its own egg into the nest and flies away without care or regret. The unsuspecting parents return and never notice the new egg, and never question its authenticity. As they warm and care for the eggs, nothing seems unusual ... until the chicks are born. Then oddly one of the new arrivals is big, and uncommonly loud. Its needs and appetite far exceed that of the others and its constant pleas for food keep the parents in a busy frenzy. They rush through each day hypnotized by the cries of their false offspring. The cuckoo grows very fast in size and strength and soon it rids the nest of its weaker siblings. They’re simply nudged out and left for prey. The parents meanwhile expend all their energies and attention on the big, loud, complaining counterfeit. He grows bigger than his adopted parents -- and soon they become so exhausted they can no longer supply the needed nourishment. The cuckoo then reluctantly leaves the nest.

Lesson Two

The True Self

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The True Self is indescribable. Words and concepts and metaphors can only hint at its reality and possibilities. It is like the eye that looks out upon the world, but never sees itself. The real self can see and function in the world, but it cannot fully comprehend itself, other than to know it Is. And don’t confuse this with the "airy" and ambiguous descriptions of soul and higher self. It is you, here and now. It is not some future perfect being, barely connected with you as you know yourself to be. It may have soul and it may be the higher self, but whatever it is, it is your very life and being.

Perhaps the best definition of the real self would be, simply: aware will. It is a point of awareness and volition in a sea of consciousness. This definition at least describes its highest function, as we will show later.

Imagine a majestic lighthouse sitting on a point of land overlooking the ocean. The light-house itself is physical (like the physical body) but at the very top resides a magical property unlike anything physical: a bright light! The light itself has very unusual properties. Its speed is the fastest thing known to physical science; its particles can act either as individual units, or blend into huge waves or patterns (gestalts). The light from a lighthouse can be pointed in any direction … its beam focused to the narrow intensity of a laser, or diffused to a wide spectrum. Consciousness can be likened to light.

Though the lighthouse may be consumed by fog, rain, snow, storms, and high winds, the light travels out with no restraint -- unimpeded by the forces of nature or the ravages of time. The true self too is unaffected by the passing storms of our lives. Its nature is something quite apart from the things we experience, or the notions we entertain.

This is but one small piece of the puzzle of our true nature. To re-emphasize, words and concepts and metaphors only hint at the reality of this unknown part of ourselves.

However, a tried and true method handed down by philosophers and scientists of old may best serve our quest for this elusive self. It states: "To deduce the nature of something not known, eliminate all that it is not." Do you remember the multiple choice quiz from high school? You may not have known the correct answer to a question, but by eliminating all the choices you knew were wrong, you could logically assume that what was left was right. Then there was the true or false quiz. If you knew which was false … the other then was true.

Since the false self is false, let us begin there. By knowing the false, we can assume its opposite is probably true, or at least a closer approximation.

* If the false self is a pretender with many faces, the real self must be the true reflection of you. It is your most basic and indivisible aspect -- your essence or individual self.

* If the false self has a mechanical artificial nature, then the real self must be spontaneous, natural, and pure. Without the complexity of diverse parts it is essentially simple and uncomplicated.

* If the false self is the source of anxiety, doubt, and pain, of negative thought and emotion, then the real self must be a wellspring of calmness and contentment, of positive energy, a silent voice of encouragement within.

* If the false self is master of pretense and lies, then the real self is our connection to Truth, Reality, God.

* If the false self focuses attention and energy outward … if it needs the constant approval of others, then the real self is independent and whole, its reality is self contained (but connected with All That Is).

* If the false self is only focused in the past or the future, the real self resides in the Now.

These deductions at least give a clue to the information we’re seeking. A further unraveling by a method known as "detachment deduction" will get us even closer to an experiential awareness of our true self.

Let’s begin with the most intimate object we identify with: the physical body. Most people think the body is the whole self, that it contains all the person is: his personality and IQ, all beliefs, desires, habits and skills. They think that without the body there is no being. Of course those who are religious believe there is something more, but belief is not experience so they really do not know. But the body is, in reality, only a vehicle for the expression of the self. Like the automobile -- something we also identify with -- it is only a tool with a useful purpose.

Since we are using logic to unveil useful information, let me begin with a useful axiom: "Anything we attach ourselves to, by identification, is separate from our real self … it is either a useful tool, or an attached illusion."

Look at your hand. Will it to move as you wish. Can you see and feel that it is a mechanical expression (though wondrously so) of your conscious will? Choose any other part of the body. Does it not function likewise? Your entire body functions like a useful tool, under the guidance of a superior aspect: the conscious will.

We can deduce therefore that whatever the self may or may not be, it is not the body. The body is a tool, a vehicle -- not the operator.

Another useful axiom is: "Anything that changes can be considered a dimensional property and therefore not the true self." For the sake of simplicity we’ll call all things subject to the laws of change "dimensional," and conversely all things not subject to change "undimensional." The body in the above illustration changes daily and also by stages: from infant, to childhood, to teen, to adult, to senior. It is therefore dimensional.

* The true self resides outside of dimensions and can be considered undimensional essence; it has the stable (unchanging) characteristics of consistency and constancy.

The next (higher) aspect we identify with is feelings, the emotional nature. When you say, "I am happy" or "I am sad," you identify with the feelings of happiness or sadness. These (or any other) feelings are not you. They are simply useful functions of expression, or tools of expression if you like.

Can you not step back, like an observer or a witness, and simply behold your emotion as it rises ... then falls? As a detached observer you can see that you have identified with some-thing not you, and you can also see that feelings and emotions change. These exclude the emotions from being the real you.

We can deduce therefore that whatever the self may or may not be, it is not the emotions. The emotions are useful functions of expression -- not the being who expresses the emotion.

The next (higher) aspect we identify with is the mind, the mental nature. This includes our individual IQ and mental aptitudes, our thoughts and beliefs, even concepts about ourselves that make up our personalities. When you are seemingly lost in thought, can you see that you are identified with those thoughts, that they seem to be you? Can you see that the beliefs you hold are merely mental concepts, things inside that you’ve mis-identified as being you? These mental constructs (or any others) are not you. They are simply useful functions of mental expression, they give the means of separating things into understandable qualities. It is the nature of thought to separate and classify, but thought is not you.

Can you not step back, like an observer or a witness, and simply behold your thoughts as they come and go? As a detached observer, you can see that you’ve identified with something not you, and you can also see that thoughts and beliefs change. These exclude the mind from being the real you.

We can deduce therefore that whatever the self may or may not be, it is not thought, mind, or any of its constructs. Thought is a useful function, a tool for constructing and making sense of the world – but it is not the being who expresses it.

And now we cross a great divide, into a dimension much closer to the real self, but still not quite there. Most of what we have "detached" from so far would seem far enough for most people ... but if we would persist in our quest there is yet more to uncover. Here now is the realm of aware-will.

The will is an aspect of our true being, without it there would be no outer thrust or forward movement. All would be as calm as a sea, without life, movement or direction. The will is at the core of our being and of infinite importance to our life and well being. It is, even so, a tool of useful function and subject to the law of change. It is not our real being.

Can you not step back, like an observer or a witness, and behold the will as it functions to greater or lesser degree? As a detached observer, you can see that you’ve identified with something not you, and you can also see that it changes. These exclude the will from being the real you.

Awareness is an aspect of our true being, without it there would be no realization. All would be calm as a sea, without realization that it even exists. Awareness is at the very core of our being, and necessary to the realization that we are being. It is, even so, subject to change. The awareness can be focused like a laser or it can be radiated like the light of the sun.

Can you not step back, like an observer or a witness, and behold awareness as it functions through a spectrum: from focused to radiating? As a detached observer, you can see that it changes.

And so we can deduce, that whatever the real self may or may not be, it is not the will or the awareness. These are at the very core of its being, but are still only aspects of what it is.

To cross the next divide and go beyond the known dimensions, is to step into the realm of the real self. It is the true "unknown," a region of purity and constancy that can hardly be described or imagined. As the source of all manifested dimensions, it is itself unmanifest and undimensional. Physicists call this realm The Quantum Field. It is timeless and formless, pervading all space and time, it is the source of all power and energy in whatever form, it is the base stuff that connects All things as One thing. It is both intelligent and nurturing; it is constant and changeless.

In bringing it all back to a more personal level, how can we best relate to this mysterious, infinite, powerful aspect of who we are? The best we can do (in words at least) is to describe it as ultimate self consciousness, the ultimate witness of all we feel and experience. The Quantum is live, pure consciousness, and our own defining piece of this infinite substance is our own self consciousness. We’re a mere bubble in a sea of awareness. There is nothing more to say, except maybe, it is the "I Am."

Although we have detached from these useful functions and aspects of ourselves, this in no way diminishes their importance to our lives. They are as much a part of us as our "humanness" and cannot be denied their useful expression. Our purpose in this exercise was to arrive at an understanding of our real being, aside from that which changes and is considered part of the manifest "dimensional" universe.

Now you may ask, "Why do these tools or expressions of ourselves … the body, the mind, the emotions … sometimes get out of control and seem to act as though they have a will of their own? For example: physical illness, mental illness, runaway thoughts and emotions. In other words, why do these useful tools and functions turn against us?"

The answer is simple, and something you must make yourself aware of each time it happens. It is the false self. You have delegated control to the false aspect of yourself, allowing it to use these tools for its own purposes. If you can make yourself "aware" each time it happens, you will gradually break the "spell" of the false self and wrestle back the power you have unconsciously given away. The false self after all is just a tool itself, but because of our own mental laziness, it has become our master … instead of our servant.

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The little eagle was determined to leave behind the past and search out a more meaningful life ... whatever, or wherever that may be. At first, he thought of confronting the crow and then just leaving, but he knew the persuasiveness of his elder. So instead, he stole away into a starlit night while the trickster slept.

At first he felt dazed and confused. The trickster’s words, like old tapes, played relentless in his head. Fears welled to the surface. He came to the boundary of his previous world, the ring-pass-not, but another voice, softer and deeper within, urged him on in spite of the fear and confusion. Pressing through the invisible ring, a remarkable thing happened...

The fear and trembling faded away. A heavy weight within seemed to disintegrate. He felt a lightness and freedom like he’d never known. Now he could begin the quest without looking back.

Facing a fear with Awareness, dissolves it forever-...

For several days he wandered, searching for some clue that might unlock the secret of his past and provide the key to his quest. The forest was alive with sights and sounds that he had never encountered before, but he stayed alert and maintained his calm.

Then he heard something. Somewhere in the distance two birds chattered back and forth, one to the other. The sound was strange, a gobble-gobble-gobble, but nonetheless a birdlike sound. He followed it to a small clearing and there found two dark-feathered creatures with fanned tail plumage. These birds were unlike any he’d ever seen.

He approached slowly, being careful not to startle them, and asked if they might chat a while. They agreed in a friendly manner, and he began to explain himself. Soon they were friends.

The little eagle was invited to dinner. This would give him a chance to learn more about them and their customs. The others he met were also very friendly, chatting openly about themselves and their beliefs. Everyone seemed fond of the eagle and one thing led to another. Soon he was asked to stay. He secretly wondered if this was home, if these were his kin, and so he agreed.

The gobblers, as he called them, admired his strength. All the tedious, heavy-lifting jobs were saved for him alone. Although they were courteous, he could tell they regarded him as only a menial worker of somewhat lower status. They grew lazy, and he grew resentful. As before, he never seemed to quite fit in with the others. Always the odd one, he still felt alone and unappreciated for who he was inside. Besides, the constant chatter of these gobblers gave him a headache. So as before he stole away into the night. No good-bye, and no regrets.

Awareness of the false opens the way to the true...

Long days passed as he ventured deeper into the woods. The grain meal he was used to became nonexistent and soon he was forced to find other nourishment. The few berries, nuts, and acorns he managed to find were hardly satisfying … something inside urged a change, to find new foods.

He heard a rustling of leaves and the flapping of wings. Investigating, he found another strange bird devouring the remains of a rabbit. This bird was large and black, his beak looked sharp and lethal, it was ideal for tearing flesh. The bird seemed startled and defensive when the little eagle stepped out of the brush. "Don’t worry," the eagle assured, "I am no threat, and I certainly have no desire for your meal."

The new creature changed posture, straightening his legs and back. Now he was taller than the eagle, inspecting his adversary with a piercing glare. "Why should I believe that?" he challenged the newcomer, "This critter has the sweetest meat of any."

"I don’t eat flesh!" the eagle proclaimed, "What a strange food." He was shocked at the notion.

The bird relaxed and returned to the eagle’s eye level. "Well then, perhaps you should try it sometime. You seem a bit unusual for one of your kind."

"There are others like me?" he blurted, excited at the possibility. "I’ve been searching for my home, my kin. Could you tell me where they live?"

"Oh, I seldom see them. They fly higher and farther than the rest of us. I suspect they live in the high country, over the horizon."

"But I can’t fly very far," the eagle confided. "Only fifty yards at a time, at most, like the gobblers in the pine forest."

"Oh, I see," the vulture said with sympathy. "Perhaps it’s your diet. I know that eagles eat meat. Maybe if you tried it, you’d be able to fly like them."

"Eagles … is that what they’re called? is that what I am?"

The eagle and the vulture became friends. Soon the little eagle was able to eat meat … he filled out quickly and his wings developed full strength. And with a little help from the vulture, he also learned to fly high and far like real eagles do.

To fly was to be free. The potential had always been there, awaiting the right circumstances to be released. And as he looked down from thousands of feet in the sky, his eyes were new, he saw a realm like he’d never dreamed. The trees, the rivers, the creatures below, all existed for his enjoyment. A more lofty life, he could not imagine. This was what he was meant to find. He was content. In time, he found others like himself … and new adventures to share with those, who like him, had eyes to see.

Lesson Three

The Witness

By now you should have at least a "sense" of what you are, and what you are not. This does not mean that the false self is non-existent. It is still valid because you created it. But whatever you create, you can also uncreate. This requires an almost magical act however; it is a secret that only adepts have known and used.

There is something you must first understand. Evolution and the enlightenment of the human mind requires letting go of the old, not adding something new. We’re normally taught to go after and actively pursue what we desire. To seek out and acquire more. Self improvement, too, implies adding something to what we lack. This mind-set has led us down a road that can never lead to real, lasting contentment. No sooner do we achieve what we had sought, when another want or desire manifests and drives us to yet another desire. It seems we can never rest for long in the satisfaction of what we’ve achieved. The merry-go-round of life keeps turning … on and on we go, constantly in pursuit of that elusive something, but rarely enjoying.

This is how the theme of our website, The Treasure Chest, serves as a reminder of what we must do. The real treasures of life are revealed only as we empty ourselves of the useless baubles we’ve acquired. What are these baubles? They can be anything (physical, emotional, or mental) that weigh us down and hold us back. For example: that high priced car that flatters the ego but wastes the wallet; that relationship that seemed so good but now is so draining; the opinion or belief that seemed so right and gave us stability, now has so many holes that we’re constantly patching it up or trying to defend it. We refuse to part with these burdens because 1) they seem so familiar 2) we worked hard to get them, and 3) without them there would be a void. All of these reasons, I assure you, are only rationalizations of the false self. What we need to do is "detach" from these false treasures, accepting with awareness the uncomfortable void, then allowing the true (for you) to fill the void and take its place.

But to prove to you the validity of the above, just reflect on how good it feels to finally decide, then remove, what has been weighing you down. How good does it feel to clear the clutter of "stuff" from the garage or attic? How good does it feel to end a faulty relationship and move on? How good does it feel when you drop a frozen attitude like, "I have to do what others want, regardless of what I want, to keep their approval."

The Hot Air Balloon

Imagine a brightly colored hot air balloon sitting on the desert sand, alone and unattended. You’ve been lost in the desert for days; you’re thirsty and hungry and on the verge of collapse. You spot this bright colored sphere from a distance and wonder if it’s just a mirage. As you get closer your mind makes a hundred excuses for why it shouldn’t be there. But you press on. Finally arriving, your senses are filled with its undeniable reality and you feel the thrill of possible rescue… But no one is inside. You have no idea how to fly a balloon. Again your mind turns negative and warns you of the dangers of such a contraption. But you ignore its warnings and climb aboard. After minutes of exploring the contraption, an idea occurs to you. Just drop the useless sandbags. As you untie the heavy bags they drop to the ground and the balloon lifts off. The dreadful heat disappears as you go higher, leaving behind the desert and the dangers of its reality. Rescue is assured.

Spiritual enlightenment is more a matter of discard than attainment...

Now to reveal a secret process that has been used for ages to achieve true enlightenment. It is only one of a handful of real secrets you’ll ever need. Therefore keep it to yourself … keep it always in mind … and keep it growing with continued practice.

As you have learned, one of the purest aspects of our true nature is awareness. You have heard the term many times, but do you really know what it is? Simply -- it is life itself! Without awareness and sensation you’d only be a lump of clay, living perhaps, but not alive. Awareness can be focused, like the rays of the sun through a magnifying glass … we call this alertness or attention. It can also be diffuse and unfocused, like a candle radiating its light all around … we call this passive-awareness, or just being conscious. But who decides the degree of awareness brought to bear on any situation? You do. And how do you do that? By exercising your will. Again we see the close relationship between awareness and will. These are the basic ingredients, the essence, of You.

Awareness is passive; will is active. Like all things (that are really one thing) there is a positive side and a negative side. Negative does not mean bad, it’s just the polar opposite of positive, like a battery with positive and negative poles.

If you’ve followed along this far, and you understand what I’ve tried to relate with mere words, you now have the basis for understanding the secret…

Behind all things you experience in life is the Invisible Witness. It is a projection of the true self, always present, witnessing all that happens – and witnessing your reactions to all that happens. It is really you, but the part of you you’ve always ignored because you’ve been mis-identified with the false self. Our task is to detach from (discard) the false self, and reclaim the lost powers, abilities, and innate contentment of the true self. To do this however requires an almost magical process … which we call upon the Invisible Witness to help us achieve.

To identify with the Witness is to capture the essence of Awareness. It sees all but judges nothing. Remember this: It sees all, but judges nothing. This is a knack that will take some time to cultivate, because we’ve been conditioned to judge everything. From childhood to present we’ve been taught to classify all things as either good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair … black or white. By being on one side, we must do constant battle with its opposite. This has created an imbalance in our lives, which is not natural. But more on this later.

Let’s try an experiment to catch a glimpse of the Witness. Stop all thought, take a step back (away from yourself), and just observe. Where are you and what are you doing at this very moment? Watch yourself looking into the monitor, or reading this page. To use an old phrase: Can you not step back, like an observer or a witness, and simply behold yourself doing what you’re doing? Ask yourself this question: Where are you, and what are you doing?

Take a moment…

OK. Did you feel a different level of awareness? Did you capture the feeling of being fully centered in the moment?

Try it again…

As the Witness you play the part of a scientist, you observe with detachment what you are looking at. There is no judgment, only curiosity. What you see is not good or bad, it simply Is.

This is the attitude you want to cultivate. Try to catch the feeling of this non-judging witness, as many times in your day as you can. It will take time, so go easy on yourself … don’t even judge your progress. Understand, the way you normally experience everyday life is similar to a state of hypnosis. Your mind has been conditioned to see things from only one viewpoint, and that one viewpoint influences everything in your life. What we want to do is snap the spell of your hypnosis by "waking up" many times each day. With practice you will be able to hold that waking moment longer and longer. Then you will at least have an alternative viewpoint, and an alternative level of consciousness to work from. I cannot promise that you’ll be able to hold that state all day long; it’s not necessary. Since we live in this world, we must function in this world with its customary state of consciousness. Otherwise, we might seem strange to others. But also, there appears to be a frequency barrier of some sort that surrounds our earth and keeps the activity of our brains confined to certain parameters. Why it is, and who put it there, I cannot say. I only know that it resists the "waking state" that we want to achieve.

The Witness remember is unconditioned, pure awareness; and it sometimes needs the assistance of its active ally, the will. You will need the will, not only to steer the awareness, but also to hold its focus on what you’re observing. In the beginning it will tend to wander, like the curiosity of a small child. Realize that this is only natural and not to be scorned. Simply lead it back and re-focus. This is much like meditation, and in fact it probably is. However instead of sitting cross-legged, breathing slowly, concentrating on something, you will be using the raw material of everyday circumstance to center yourself and wake up. We might call this "waking meditation." Keep in mind the objective: We want to detach from the illusory life of the false self, and re-identify with our real self and the real life we were meant to enjoy. To do this we must shake the semi-hypnosis of normal consciousness and re-awaken the aware state of real consciousness. The training of the Witness is key.

Do not assume this is a pie-in-the-sky idealistic philosophy that sounds good but does not work. This is a practical, workable process that changes simple observations into meaningful realizations, and leads to higher and higher levels of awareness. It is progress you can see and feel. However, you must work with patience and perseverance. If you can convince yourself that this is the most important work in your life – that nothing, no matter what, will grant you more enduring rewards – you will then have the proper attitude to succeed. And besides, you are using the everyday material of your own life to progress. Imagine, your own life is your best teacher! Now that’s natural … that’s the way it was supposed to be.

Climbing the Mountain

This is a Vernon Howard story. During a battle of the Middle Ages, a king’s life was saved by an archer in the ranks. In gratitude, the king declared to the soldier, "Climb up the mountain trail for a period of six hours. All the land that is viewed from the top-most height shall be yours. The higher you ascend the more you possess."

The archer hiked upward, pausing at intervals to rest. At each halt, the king’s officers gazed across the countryside, making note of the most distant landmark. The higher the soldier climbed, the more territory the king’s men claimed for him. Finally, the soldier possessed a vast area of land with all its natural wealth.

Acting on the king’s promise, the soldier became more wealthy the higher he climbed. By steadily uplifting your own level of awareness, you too will be rich. You will attract advantages in more variety than you can imagine. Try to see that there are many different levels of awareness and understanding. Also see that the higher your awareness, the more you attract the genuinely good things of life.

There is one other characteristic of awareness that you should understand before we proceed. It is the ability of awareness to dissolve and remove unwanted conditions and circumstances. We might call this uncreating what we have no further use for. It is also used in conjunction with detachment and discard, the two properties we’ve been discussing thus far.

Let’s try another experiment. As you sit here reading, there is probably something in your body that’s signaling for attention. It can be anything, like mild anxiety, lingering anger with a friend or family member, a minor ache or pain, any annoyance. You’ve become quite adept at tuning out these minor irritations, leaving them to fester beneath consciousness, not knowing that left "unprocessed" they steal your energy, rob your health, and ultimately block your spiritual progress. To consciously treat these irritations is to "process" them. Here’s how:

Turn the force of your attention to one of these nagging signals. Suppose for instance you focus upon the anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach. You realize it has been there for quite awhile, days even, gnawing at your insides like a rat in an apple crate. But somehow you’ve managed to ignore or suppress it, for just as long. No longer! From now on you’re going to tune in to these annoyances and eliminate them one by one … as soon as they first occur. How? With awareness.

First, try to locate the exact place in your body where this annoyance is occurring. In our example, anxiety, it is probably in the pit of your stomach (although it could also be anywhere between the intestines and the heart). Now bring your full awareness to that area. Try to define the boundary or perimeter of discomfort. Use your imagination and color this area with a drab gray or a dull brown. If the area changes shape, follow it and color it again with your imagination. Just keep steady attention focused there. Also feel the feeling. Try to define it. Is it a dull discomfort? a throbbing or an aching pain? an empty void? Whatever the feeling, feel it fully. If your mind (or the false self) tries to distract you, bring your full attention back, again and again, if necessary. Soon you will notice the discomfort fading away. The annoyance has just been processed, and instead of merely treating the symptom you have taken a chunk out of the cause. Each time it presents itself to consciousness -- from now on – you will steer your full awareness there and bring your focus on it again. With time, you will eliminate the problem altogether. This is the power of awareness…

Lesson Four

Self Observation

The Witness, of course, is used for self observation. However, this process is much more involved than mere words like self observing can relate. You will have to question "why" to practically everything you previously did without question. The realm of self-honesty is pivotal here, so you must try to uncover why you do what you do. You will be surprised with the many rationalizations you use to give a good face to otherwise questionable activities. You will be annoyed at the many contradictions you have allowed to exist between your thoughts and your actions, between the facts and your beliefs. In short, you will be disappointed to find all the ways you have lied to yourself.

These are not to be used as judgment against yourself though. This is a whole new game. No longer will you judge yourself, and others, then fester inside. Instead you will observe without criticism what you do, then ask yourself why you did it. You want to investigate and uncover your intentions – your real intentions. And as you do this, I promise, your awareness will step in with its own magic and clear away the debris of all these self-contradictions. Then you will know the feeling of innocence again. And innocence is the state of being of your true self.

So let’s start with the process of self honesty. If you could step back and view yourself from the standpoint of the Witness, which you can, you would be amazed at all the crazy inconsistencies and contradictions you allow within yourself. Take any circumstance that comes into your life. They are all gifts, by the way, that you’ve attracted to teach you, about you. Suppose for example a friend comes to you and asks a favor. In your mind you have built a self-image of being the loyal and helpful friend, giving of yourself whenever asked, no matter the inconvenience to your own life. Now your friend, knowing this, can and frequently does take advantage of this weakness (but because of your upbringing and Christian faith, you think it’s a strength). The friend has a little boy and she needs you to baby sit for the evening. She has a date with a new suitor. Her little boy is quite precocious and always into some sort of mischief. You really hate to watch him, but of course you agree to. And you have a terrible evening. Your friend doesn’t make it back home that evening, she doesn’t even call, and you have to keep the little imp all night long. Next morning she shows up, apologizes, and goes her way with barely a thank you. "Oh well," you say to yourself, "God is watching and I know he’ll be impressed with my good deed."

Get a grip, Woman! First, there is no wise old white-haired bearded God sitting in Heaven, checking off merits and demerits with a pad and pencil. Of course today he probably uses a laptop computer. Second, how do you rationalize that anything good can come from a night of anxiety and inconvenience to you?

Now let’s suppose that her dawning awareness, after years of suffering, has forced her to a realization … she sees the futility of trying to please others. Then by coincidence, she reads something in a ladies magazine that brings it all home. It asks in so many words, "Would a rational person consciously hurt herself?" Her answer of course is no! So she reflects…

Her whole life, she finds, has been a repeating role … of subservience to others. Few times had she put her own needs and desires first; and few times had her good deeds ever benefited her. Was that rational? she asked. Had she been consciously hurting herself …with anxiety, inconvenience, and resentment? These negative emotions were punishment in themselves. So was it rational to put other people first?

This is an example of how awareness, when activated, can change your viewpoint. But there are still other issues that need to be addressed before lasting change, and a step to the next level of awareness can be realized.

As so often happens after a brief awakening, the means to higher revelations appear, almost magically…

Suppose she browses the Internet and finds "The Treasure Chest" you’re now reading. "That example sure sounds like me," she muses. She reads on, amused at the coincidence.

I have these comments for the lady in the preceding example: "Your first mistake was in trying to maintain a faulty self-image. The image of a loyal, helpful, giving friend, giving of herself till it hurts. OK, that’s an admirable image, a good Christian image, but wake up! Ask yourself: Have I really ever benefited from all my good deeds? Don’t rationalize now, and don’t mentally shift to "my good deeds will be rewarded eventually." Sure, you may have felt good for a few fleeting moments, but it never lasted. What we’re after here is a feeling of contentment that lasts always. Those fleeting moments of feeling good were enticements from the false self to keep you on the merry-go-round. Soon you’d be out looking for another fix. Someone else to help. It goes on and on. Look lady, once you go back to your true self, you’re led to heroic acts by inspiration alone, and everything feels good all the time."

But let’s return to self-image … it is a many faceted mirror of the false self. It reflects a different image [a mechanical image] to each situation and person it encounters. Remember that these [images] are conditioned, habitual responses learned and stored in memory from years of practice, mechanical therefore. But "image" is not real anyway. It’s only a complex thought that masquerades as you, from somewhere in your memory. It is not you. It is what you’ve identified with though. So from now on try to connect the words image and illusion. They are both the same.

Now let’s talk about the contradictions you allow, that share the same space within you. To be whole, to be true, there must be a continuity from Thought --> Feeling --> Word --> Deed. There is a natural order here, from the innermost to the outermost, and it must flow evenly. If there is just one contradiction to that even flow, from inside to outside, a blockage occurs and a suppression (suppressed expression) is added to the subconscious. All suppressions of like kind are stored in the same relative place, and they keep building. At some time they become powerful enough to manifest. The subconscious is indeed quite powerful, and eventually it will manifest a suppressed expression outward. This can take the form of an illness, as symptoms of pain or depression, or it (the subconscious) may directly attract an outside circumstance that forces you to deal with the subject of that particular suppression. Sooner or later Reality has a way of restoring the True, with lessons that are hard to ignore. You then have a choice: It can be done the easy way (by awareness and processing), or it can be done the hard way (if you keep resisting).

The lady in our example, after years of suffering the ill effects of her particular blockage, had finally had enough. She allowed the light of awareness to intervene and do its good work for her. But do you see the contradictions, from inner to outer, that she allowed in the first place? Whenever someone took advantage of her, her thought would say no! … her feelings would say no! … her words would say yes … and her actions were also yes. Do you see the self-contradiction taking place here? If you do, be on the lookout for it in yourself.

Self observation is the key. Be ready to detach from your normal consciousness and jump into the Witness. That simple act not only changes your level of awareness, it also provides a way to change a persistent problem.

The Iceberg

Imagine you’re on a boat and you’ve been weathering storms and high seas for months. Your home port is finally in sight. But blocking the entrance to the channel that will take you all the way home is a gigantic iceberg. Everyone knows that what you see of an iceberg on the surface is only one tenth of its mass. The rest is hidden below. How do you get around it?

You can’t get around it. It’s stuck in the channel and no one can get in, or out. The problem seems insurmountable and will take a supernormal effort to solve.

During your travels you met a stranger at sea. He had no water or food but offered to trade a strange contraption he’d found on a deserted island. He said it had magical powers. You felt sorry for the stranger and would have shared your food and water anyway, but he insisted you take the artifact in trade. Reluctantly you accepted the gift – it was a metal rod with a crystal on one end and a box-like array at the other – and you stowed it below.

An idea occurs. Maybe that strange artifact could help. After bringing it topside you take a closer look. You are simply mystified with what it is, and how it works … but you point it at the iceberg, hoping in imagination that it will somehow break up that huge chunk of ice. Whap!

The artifact discharges like a laser-gun and knocks the top off the iceberg. The berg rises to compensate and seems to grow more. Again you imagine a discharge. Whap! It blows more chunks off the berg. It rises again. Each discharge seems stronger and disintegrates larger and larger chunks of ice … until at last only a field of floating ice chips remain. The way home is clear.

Like that strange artifact, you too have an almost magical weapon stowed below awaiting your use. Your awareness, directed by will and imagination, will disintegrate those blockages you’ve ignored for so long. But now, instead of ignoring these, you will focus your awareness on them as soon as they appear. Bit by bit the whole blockage will be dissolved and you’ll have that much less "baggage" to haul around. But remember, to accomplish this magical act you must situate yourself outside your normal state of consciousness. You must identify with the Witness.

A good candidate for dissolution is pretense … pretending to be something you’re not or to know something you don’t. Don’t be discouraged when you finally face the truth of this pompous façade, because everyone you know is guilty too. Who doesn’t stretch the truth a little, or spin a story to embellish the facts? It’s a human condition, everyone does it, but the important thing is to be aware of yourself doing it. With a little practice, and the corrective action of awareness, you’ll understand the saying, "the truth will set you free."

I want you to understand something very important. All anxiety is based on the fear that someone will "find you out," see through the pretense of your false, egotistical self. All self-illusions must be protected, and the more you have to protect, the more anxiety you have to somehow cope with. Again, you must discard all useless baggage and just learn to be yourself. When you have nothing to protect, you have nothing to fear losing … then, only contentment remains. And one more thing. The real you is tens of times more attractive and powerful than any illusion the false self can dream up. Be yourself, that’s all.

Lesson Five

Non-doing, Allowing

In the last lesson you learned the ancient secret of self-observation via the Witness … in this lesson you will learn of its companion principle, Allowing. This is probably your key to the entire philosophy. Without it your progress may stagnate or grow only in spurts, but using it, you will change the world that you know.

Remember, everything you see or experience outside yourself is just a mirror that reflects the state of "being" inside. If your mind and emotions are peaceful, your world will reflect that peace. If however there is internal struggle, your world will reflect that self-same struggle and confusion back to you. In a sense, you are what you perceive outside yourself, and since no rational being would consciously harm himself/ herself, you must avoid resistance or struggle with what you see (what you are). First, you must pick up the signal the world is sending you – by being aware. Then, you have to do something … or rather [by allowing] not do something. You see, your tendency in the past has been to react in some way to what you see. Now that you’re coming awake, you see the futility in the never-ending negative spiral you create by being "reactionary." It seems that Martin Luther King was onto something quite powerful, after all.

Keep in mind, you want to approach this like a scientist. Watch things closely, but always with detached curiosity. This includes everything that’s happening outside, as well as everything that’s happening inside…in response to everything that happens outside. It’s all connected; one affects the other. If, however, you lose the scientist’s edge and you become identified with your observation (emotional or otherwise) you lose the advantage. Your involvement places you on the same level as the "happening" and you get lost in the storm of action and reaction.

This does not mean that your approach to life should be like Spock from Star Trek; his character denied all feelings, exercised only logic, and was detached from all human-like tendencies. "There should be balance in all things," as the Zen and Tao masters remind. There’s a time for watching, and a time for spontaneity (enjoying), but with both however, just "be aware."

Allowing is not just tolerating the things that annoy you. It may be that in the beginning, to gain a foothold, but what you’re striving for goes beyond mere tolerating. You want to achieve balance with the annoyance, and if you’re only tolerating its presence, your feelings toward it are still negative. By being aware of the negative reaction, each time it occurs, you are gradually "processing" or diluting its effect. In time you will have no reaction to that particular event, circumstance, or person, and you will be free of it … balanced.

This brings us to a discussion about Freedom, what it really is. In this country we live with the illusion of being free, of living in Freedom. After all, it is written in our Constitution and backed by our system of laws. But ask yourself, do you really have the unconditional freedom to be or do exactly what you want? Of course not. To live in a society, they tell us, you must waive certain freedoms and conform to the accepted "standards" so that all runs smoothly. First ask yourself, is all running smoothly? Second ask yourself, do you have any [real] power to make things different? Again, they tell us, by your vote you hold the power to change all things. Wake up! What real power is one vote out of 250 million? Practically nothing.

But, want to know a secret? There is a way to live in society and have unconditional freedom. It works like the alchemy of olden times if you give it a chance. It will actually elevate you above the storms, the anxieties, and the agonies of society.

It works like this: Change your "awareness level" above that of common society, and you also change your "life level." Your Awareness Level, after all, is the only thing you [really] have any control of. Nobody but you controls how you think and perceive, and how you react, but this little bit of power, seemingly contrary to logic, is all you need to accomplish astounding change!

Look around you. Take a good look into the faces of all those busy worker citizens. Do you see smiles and contentment? Are their eyes shiny with awareness? Are they really living in the Now? You must admit, they’re far from a state of self-liberty. They are like automatons, scurrying around, hypnotized by their fears and beliefs. They live on a common world, all are on the same limited Awareness Level. Is this anything like the fairy tale of liberty and freedom they believe they have?

If you can see this, you’re already one step in awareness above that level. Do you have the courage to go further and actually live from a different world than you see? This different world holds not only the promise of true freedom, but the actuality of a state called self-liberty. And the first step in attaining this self-liberty is to detach, with awareness, from all those annoyances in the external world. You do this by Allowing.

Each day, as you become more accepting of what Is -- without judgment, without criticism – you will elevate your Awareness Level and magically transform your world. It sounds simple, and it is, but there’s no greater force for change than the duality of awareness and allowing.

The secret of true happiness is to cultivate inner liberty

Are you aware that your mind is like a haunted house? The spirits of old memories fly through your mind uninvited; there are a hundred voices pulling you this way, pushing you that way, telling you what you should do, and what you shouldn’t; desires come and go, no sooner is one satisfied than another takes its place; emotions spring from nowhere, to move you somewhere; thoughts come out of the blue, few serve any worthwhile purpose. Is it any wonder you feel trapped like a prisoner, with no way out?

But there is a way out. And it starts from the very place that gives you so much agony.

Start thinking of real freedom as a state of "inner liberty." Being free, inside first. You have to take control of your own mind again. Would you allow unwelcome intruders to stay in your house and bother you day and night? Of course not, so get rid of them! Your mind is like your house, it’s where you live. But how do you reclaim what is yours? First, be watchful. Be very aware of each intruder as it enters your domain. Don’t fight with it, don’t argue with it, just watch … and soon it will leave.

Second, watch how you respond within, to what happens without. Don’t let the outside get inside too. Accept and acknowledge what Is, without mental or emotional resistance, and you glide through life with the Flow of life. Can you feel the truth of this? Take a moment and stretch your imagination a bit. See if you can feel how your life might change if your mind was peaceful. Instead of losing your head and over-reacting to some stressful situation, what would it be like to just watch and learn? … then take calm and appropriate action. Not only does this save a load of physical/ emotional wear and tear, it influences everything on the outside as well. With habit and consistency, this simple process will transform both you and your world. Don’t take my word for it, try it and see!

At first you’re bound to stumble and fall, and feel awkward. But each time you fail, you are at least aware of the failure, and that in itself is a step toward the desired change. Try to mentally relate your anger and over-reaction to a wild tiger that breaks loose every so often. Most of the time you are caught completely off guard when it springs from its cage, doing damage before you can gather your wits. But from now on you will watch with awareness. You will feel it stir with resentment before it springs … and each time you catch this tiger lunging out, you will have caught him in the act. And that, my friend, is how you tame the wild tiger!

There will be times, as you’re treading this new path to self-liberty, that you won’t know what to do – you won’t have a clue of how to act or what to do – you will be confused and feel totally awkward. So what do you do? Nothing.

When you don’t know how, step into the Now

It’s really OK to do nothing at all. Just step into the moment. Feel your confusion, feel your awkwardness, feel your not-knowing. Don’t try to think your way out as usual, but instead bear the discomfort of not knowing. Stand strong in that void, with only the Truth as your ally. And out of the void will come an answer. It won’t come from thinking …but from intuition … or, the Universe may surprise you with an action of its own. Again, don’t take my word for it. Try it!

We can call this the art of "not-doing." It seems totally contrary to all we’ve been taught, but a seed (from Truth itself) is contained in this art. It needs nurturing, it needs time to grow. But you won’t believe the magical fruit that blossoms, then manifests into your reality. Let’s look at some other examples of "not-doing."

Suppose that someone questions a fact or opinion you’ve recently expressed. Or worse, they call you a liar. You know what you would normally do – react! You would get angry, mount a defense of supporting evidence, rationalize, stretch the truth, and pull some poor unsuspecting bystander into the argument to support your view. Can you see the tiger lunging from its cage? Do you know the real identity of this tiger? It is called [Ego] the False self.

You know for yourself from past experience that: 1) this reaction caused you pain and stress; 2) it made you look foolish; 3) it did not prove or settle anything; and 4) it probably made for you an enemy who will taunt you further. So what was the point of all this? Who really benefited? The False self.

Now for contrast, let’s see how a spiritually evolving person might handle this. First, be aware of the tiger stirring, the resentment and anger building. Second, do-nothing, delay the urge to react with a face-saving defense. Third, enter the moment, say nothing, stand there in the void and feel the truth of all that’s passing through you. Fourth, if you do react, watch the effect it has on you and on others. Fifth, grow from the experience … and let it go!

Isn’t this a more mature and less stressful way of handling negativity? It works for negativity of all kinds. And the bonus is: your world changes as you change your mind.

The art of not-doing can also be extended to the way you live life. Consider how often you think through and pre-plan each segment of your day, right down to the tiniest detail. Rarely do you do anything before it is first considered, thought through, planned, and re-considered. Living this way – only by thought – you miss the wonder of a level of life that happens all by itself, unfolding naturally with ease and spontaneity. To experience this natural flow of life however, you must first trust that such a level actually exists … that animals, enlightened beings, even ET’s and angels, all function on this level without care or concern of what will happen next. They have complete trust that all of life is unfolding for the greatest good of all, and that no egocentric thought is required to sustain them. Imagine the freedom of living this way.

This doesn’t mean that thought is bad and has no place in this higher level life. Thought is a wonderful servant, but we have allowed it to become our master. When learning something new, thought is essential; when working with math to keep our lives and the budget balanced, thought is necessary; when using a recipe to cook a new dish, or just following a blueprint to build a new house, thought can serve us well. Used wisely it is a wonderful help, but when it constantly bothers us like a child with "what do we do next?" it becomes a tool of the False self, and its unending need for attention and stimulation.

When you’re in the Now, do-nothing but Allow

Try this experiment. Take just one day a week to try this. After several times you will likely find this practice most appealing, making you want to change your whole lifestyle to accommodate it. It goes like this:

First, firmly decide and affirm that you will allow this day to flow of its own accord, without any forethought or planning from you. You will take what you get … without judgment or criticism.

Second, you will step back from yourself and watch closely everything that happens. Be especially watchful of how the False self reacts to negativity, and how the body feels afterward. Also notice how the False self characteristically "chases its tail" with meaningless chatter and thought.

Third, notice a pattern or an intelligence behind all that happens. It’s almost as if you placed your life on auto-pilot and you’re amazed to find that it flies by itself, without your constant supervision and input. In fact all flows quite smoothly, probably better and with less effort than would have been, had you been meddling as usual.

Fourth, decide to ally yourself with only the truth on this day. In other words, you will stand strong in that void, honestly feeling all that passes through you. You will not try to defend yourself by word or thought. If you are confused, you will feel confused … if you are angry, you will feel your anger … if you are afraid, you will feel your fear … if you are embarrassed about what others might think for just standing in silence, feel the embarrassment.

Fifth, "stand in the Now and just Allow." If you feel the spontaneous urge to do something or go somewhere, follow through. By trusting your feelings you are being receptive (accepting and allowing). However, a warning: Trust nothing that feels like guilt or anxiety or mere restlessness. These spring only from the False self.

This is really a wonderful, free way to live your life. Test it and see for yourself.

Lesson Six

Higher Thought

OK, so what is the difference between ordinary thought and higher thought? Remember, ordinary thought originates with the False self. That is its source. This kind of thought is based on the memory of all stored experience, book learning, and the opinions of others that you’ve accepted as your own. It’s exactly like a computer: information in à information out. If the material put in is faulty, the material that comes out (your reactions) is faulty. You’ve heard the expression "trash in equals trash out." I submit to you that most of what’s been stored in that fabulous computer-brain of yours, has been faulty from the start. It’s not the computer’s fault, it is the fault of the operator, the False self. From [its] rather small viewpoint, it has selected material from its own small focus and called it fact; most of it was opinion though. So from your stand-point (the real you), can you see that you’ve been working with faulty material … and you’re practically programmed to fail?

Think of common thought as mechanical thought, because like a computer it only knows what it has stored in memory. In contrast, we have higher thought which is based on the all-encompassing viewpoint of Awareness. Common thought is egocentric and limited to the (stored) past, while higher thought considers the whole and is constantly updating itself with new information; it functions in the now as opposed to the past. The input of Awareness provides fact, not opinion, and it stimulates thought that is pure, not tainted.

Common thought, by its very nature, divides and separates. It classifies all things into polarities or opposites. This kind of thinking separates us from everything outside ourselves. From its polarized viewpoint, it constantly compares every thing and everybody. All things are judged as good or bad, right or wrong; all things are quantified as large or small, rich or poor; all people are classified as friend or enemy. Do you see that this kind of thinking always forces you to take sides? To be for something, you must be against something else. To be someone, you must compare yourself to someone else. To be right, there has to be someone who’s wrong. What happens when you take sides? You are forced to struggle against, to resist the opposite side. You already know this is useless. [You already know you’re just fighting yourself.] This spawns never ending argument and resistance, never a solution. The best that can be hoped for is to compromise (to tolerate), and this never really satisfies anyone or solves anything … instead, it leaves festering resentment boiling beneath the surface.

So is there a way out? Is there another way to think? You bet there is! It’s above the polarities, it rests on balance, and it is never wrong. This third way of thinking is called Higher Thought … Aware Thought … Now Thought. All of these describe it to some measure, but with practice and application it becomes a kind of non-thinking, a Knowing. If you trust what you know, then there’s no reason to think. And that is the state of awareness we’re seeking.

Let’s use an example. Suppose you go on a camping trip into the deep woods. You have taken three days worth of food and supplies. After hiking a whole day you set up camp, store your food, and pitch a tent. The stars are bright, and you’re blissfully tired, you fall into a deep sleep. In the morning you wake to find your camp has been rummaged and all your food has been stolen. Footprints nearby reveal the culprit, a bear. Do you panic, or do you enjoy the unexpected predicament? After all, that’s what you came to the deep woods for anyway: an adventure to learn more about yourself, and a test of sorts, to prove the validity of these "truth teachings." You are hungry and you have no food. What to do? You noticed during the trek in, that the woods were full of wild nuts and berries. Some were poisonous, some were not. You wander through various patches of berries, picking and eating, enjoying the sweet fruits, with no care whether or not you’ve chosen the right ones. Why? Because you have experience in these woods and already know the edible berries. So, is there a choice to make? No. No person would consciously harm himself. Because you know which ones to eat, there is no thought, there is no choice.

The difference between truth and non-truth is a lot like those wild berries. After a little exposure to the truth, it is easily recognized and its taste is eagerly sought. At this elevated stage of recognition there is no choice to make, therefore no thought required. Pick the berries, eat the fruit, enjoy the taste … and you’re contented.

Higher thought is about wholeness. It does not divide and separate like its lower sibling. You see, right now you consist of divisions. Everything outside you is classified and quantified, named and labeled, judged right or wrong. Everything inside you is also partitioned similarly. You have a body, as opposed to spirit … you have a mind, as opposed to emotion … you have the conscious mind, opposed to subconscious mind … you have loving emotions versus hateful, angry emotions. In your life you have success and failure, friends and enemies, health and sickness, rightness and wrongness. With all these opposites struggling for recognition and dominance, is it any wonder that you’re confused and disoriented?

But the good news is, there’s a whole other way to live. It’s as close as your breath, and as easy to take control of. It’s as simple as changing your mind! It requires intent, first. Then practice, second. Your whole purpose is to change the way you think. And remember, you have an ally, a magic genie standing next to you, willing to serve. It’s the Invisible Witness, the aware-will. It is already whole, it is already free, it lives in the realm of higher thought and is always now present. This is the real you. Detach from the False self and assume your natural identity.

This talk about wholeness, and being one with everything, scares a lot of people. They assume that if they shed the Ego they also shed their identity. Well, you do shed the lower identity -- the one that’s false. But you re-gain the natural part of you that was lost. On the level of the True self [your spirit or soul] you retain your individuality. All your learning and growing, all your experience and talents from past lives remain your own, these provide the imprint of your very own unique character. This is your individuality, it is based on real experience, and your experience is shared with the Whole. But mere identity is a collection of labels, habits, beliefs, and attitudes; all are mere self-pictures, and all are false. They are false because they are only self-serving pictures and they disregard the Whole. When you become whole again, you are at peace, you are content…

Imagine what real wholeness is like. The little problems of day to day life fade into smaller perspective, they have no power to move you or to touch you. In real time, in the Now, you are already complete, perfect. The goals and strivings have resolved themselves (either in your favor or against), you have learned from their lessons and are at peace with the outcomes. The battles are over, the outcomes determined, and nothing from the past can touch you. The present is where you live but it is not static, unmoving … in fact every moment changes of itself, it blossoms into the new and unexpected.

See yourself in a world of fulfilled perfection. Imagine that all your desires and goals have been met. You are the exact ideal of everything you ever wished yourself to be. And yet, because all things must continue to grow and change, there is the tiniest impulse for something new … new needs, new desires arise. But because you live in perfection, and the flow of life continues, all needs and desires are instantly satisfied. You never have to reach for anything!

You and Life are One. Unlike the old way, where there is you and a life (outside you) that must be shaped, managed, controlled … now you are one with the flow of life and there is no separation. You are life, life is you, there is no need to struggle or control. There is no fear because there’s nothing to fear. You do not fear, because you have no fear of yourself. Isn’t wholeness great!

This world exists, and it’s as close as a change in attitude.

Lesson Seven

The Golden Path

As we mentioned in the introduction there are a lot of paths to the aware, enlightened state we seek, but basically we can classify them in two categories. One can be referred to as the "masculine" or active way; the other can be called the "feminine" or passive way. These are two sides of the same coin, each relies on the other to exist … though neither would admit such.

The left-hand path, or masculine way, takes an active hands-on approach to living life and developing awareness. All the "create your own reality" philosophies, and "learn by doing" concepts [even Science] fall into this category. Alchemy, magic, witchcraft, some forms of meditation and yoga, are all esoteric examples of the masculine approach. The will and imagination are all-powerful; the empowered self is a basic requirement.

The right-hand path, or feminine way, is passive and receptive. Fate and Destiny are accepted as the basic truth, everything has been pre-arranged, and an all-knowing God supervises the whole of creation without question or criticism. Christianity and the teachings of Mohammed are prime examples of this subjugative approach. God alone is all-powerful; trust and faith are strict requirements.

The Golden path is an integration of the right and left-hand paths, it holds the balance between these two polarities. This is the road less traveled, the golden mean, the Way that incurs no karmic debt. This is also the realm of the Witness, and the Third Way of thought. Life itself is all-powerful, the truest teacher … and Truth is the only requirement.

Those who tread the Golden path use their very own lives as both the classroom and the teacher. No experience, whether positive or negative, is wasted. This path alone is above the plane of polarities, therefore all happenings, conditions, and experiences benefit the seeker. Imagine living life in the moment, welcoming whatever comes as a gift of spirit, knowing there is nothing to fear because you are one with life. This makes an unshakable foundation for the development of inner liberty and the experience of wholeness.

Can you see the continuity between the Golden path and everything we’ve been speaking about so far? In fact, that is the test of the truth. If it is indeed truth, it will blend with or mix and match with any other aspect of truth. There are no discordant facts, no contrary explanations, no inconsistencies. You could lift out any paragraph -- or any chapter – and set it alongside any other paragraph or chapter, and you would find a seamless match. If it is all part of the same whole, the same truth, there can be no discontinuity. Again, try it.

What is a path? It’s a way of life … a way to view life, and a way to experience life. Unfortunately, in our culture, we haven’t been presented many path choices to follow. The only ones we have been given (have inherited) are those that lead left or right. Science is a left brain, left hand path; Christianity is a right-brain, right hand path. Have we ever been encouraged to walk the middle way, straight ahead? Hardly.

Some people wonder, why tread a spiritual path at all? Is there any practical benefit for my day-to-day life? Of course there is. As emphasized before, the inner (spiritual) life relates to and drives the outer (circumstantial) life. If there is peace and harmony inside, there will be peace and harmony outside. I don’t recommend it as a way of getting rich, which is an ego trap anyway … the more money you have the more responsibility and headaches. But if a comfortable, secure, and peaceful life appeals to you this is definitely the way to go. You walk through life with ease and contentment, everything seems to magically fall into place without planning or forethought, circumstances and opportunities seem to come to you -- things you never dreamed of before as being satisfying. And best of all you are learning and growing at a rapid pace, with lessons specifically tailored to your individuality. Isn’t this a much more sane and practical approach to life than what you’re used to?

There are several common fallacies we grow up with, that are never challenged and rarely thought through. We need to look at these through the light of awareness, before treading the Golden path.

The first is success. We grow up with the idea that the purpose of life is to become a success. To be a success we must be rich, or famous, or stand out in some significant way. We must be someone! To be someone we must fight and struggle, plot and plan, compete to the very end. It’s like we’re all in a game that we have to play, whether we want to play or not. The rules are fuzzy. Some people have a moral code, a list of rights and wrongs that they try to abide by, but more often than not these people don’t win the big prizes. The big winners, it seems, have no rules. They compete with cut-throat efficiency and anything goes. Their practiced smiles project an image of satisfaction and achievement … look at me, they silently mock. But if you could look deep into the core of his being, you’d see something very different. This person – and you can bet the house on it – is festering inside with fear and agony. He is driven, antagonized, and abused by something inside that will never give him a moment’s peace … if he had sold his soul to the devil it would feel the same. What is this devil that drives him? It’s a false image, i.e. the false self, the Ego.

It is painful to live from illusory pictures of who we are, instead of from reality. A man who pictures himself as a money-making genius will be upset by anything that contradicts that self pleasing picture. If business becomes slow, as it will at times, it disrupts his pretentious self-image and causes internal distress. He worries what his friends will think, he worries if he can maintain the high style of living for his family. You see, the wider the gap between self illusion and reality, the greater the pain. Reality is trying to teach him something about himself, hence the pain. But, in his mind, the "game" of making money gives him excitement and temporary pleasure -- false sensations, both. He is hooked on a drug sensation (emotional and hormonal) that becomes harder and harder to satisfy.

In the Game of Life there are winners and losers. If we call the person above a winner, is the loser any better off? Of course not. The loser is tortured by his own devils … self-contempt, agony, and fear. And he is just as hooked on false sensations as the winner is. How much mileage in sympathy does he get from the "poor me" syndrome? This person wouldn’t admit it but he gets a perverse pleasure from suffering the image of a loser.

If neither the winner or the loser really win, is there any way out of the game? Is there another way to be a success? Yes. The middle way is the answer. The Golden path.

Imagine the "game of life" as a Football game. There are two teams, two opposing sides, each with its own plan (playbook) for winning the game. The players are very skillful at their individual tasks, and to them Football is the only way to live. Baseball or Basketball are whole other worlds … different games for different people.

So they’re all out on the field, butting heads, feeling the pain, but ignoring the pain for the sake of the Game. The tide flows first to one side, then to the other, back and forth, on and on, and no one knows for sure which side will win.

The "players" are all on the field. They represent the doers, the ground floor basic level of awareness. Surrounding the game field is a stadium full of fans. They are emotionally aligned with one side or the other. They are not the doers, but are strongly identified with a side of their own. As the tide flows in favor of one side or the other, they feel the excitement then the agony. The fans aren’t getting bloodied and dirty down on the field, in a sense they’re a little smarter and so they represent a little higher level of awareness.

Back another step are the TV viewers at home watching the game. They are not in the stadium, they are feeling no pain, and they are not feeling the immediacy of emotions of the fans in their seats. The TV viewers are also identified with one side or the other but with less intensity and a little less agony. They’re at a somewhat higher level of awareness … but they are still in the Game.

If this makes any sense to you, can you see the place where you are in the Game?

Is there any way to win this crazy game? Yes, and the solution is simple. Don’t play! Those who tread the Golden path have discovered, through their own awareness, that the only way to really win is to detach from useless human follies – like pride, vanity, and false ideas of success.

Let’s go back to the football analogy for a moment. Where does the spiritually aware person fit into all this? He or she just enjoys watching the game … they enjoy watching the people react to the game … they enjoy watching the players play the game. They can come or go to the stadium, watch it on TV or a VCR, leave before the end, and really have no concern about who wins or loses. By not being involved with the results, he/she/they are free! Do you see the simple, bare truth in this?

The definition of real success is finally revealed. It’s a simple matter to change your mind about success … then start doing the things that make for real lasting success – and this is something you can take with you! You can’t take your stuff with you when the Game is done.

Success is a matter of detachment, not accumulation…

Another common fallacy is the idea that we must always impress others. Somehow it has become deeply ingrained that if we don’t make a meaningful impression on others, we lose points in the big game. A lot of this ties into the previous fallacy that we must be successful. But aside from that, there are even deeper reasons for wanting to impress … and all of these spring from fear.

We fear being alone, and we’ll do anything it takes to maintain a friendship, a relationship, a partnership, or whatever. And if we lose all that, all the positive forms of companionship, we will revert to the negative just to attract some form of attention from others. Getting in trouble, showing off, being obnoxious are all forms of negative attention. Do you see how the fear of being alone drives us to do anything we have to, to stay out of its void? {The cure for being lonesome, remember, is to be aware of the void it creates, feel the feeling, and let it pass.}

You may want things from other people: sex, money, compliments, approval, the pride of being seen with him or her. The list goes on, but what always remains is the craving need to have others validate our existence. This is insane … because you exist and have value regardless of what other people think. Let me tell you a truth you’ve probably never considered: You are chained to anyone you want something from. In other words, they control you. Conversely you can do, be, or say anything you want around someone you want nothing from. You are free. Think about it!

Watch how you feel when in the presence of someone you want something from. Then watch how you feel when in the presence of someone you want nothing from. In which case are you more at ease and natural – just being yourself?

So what is the remedy for trying to impress others? First remember, you are independent of all others … the Universe will support you (if you allow it) regardless of what you think you need from others. Next, notice how easily you let other people tell you how to feel. A sarcastic remark, a sour face, or a rolling of eyes will make you wonder what they’re thinking of you, and always make you feel bad. Why suffer their foolishness? Let it go… And finally, watch how unnatural you feel and act (putting on the fake face) when others approach. Ask yourself, "Why do I change?" "What do I want from this person that makes me act unnatural?" If you want a good example of how a spiritual person handles peer pressure and the influence of others, remember this: "What does the Eagle care, what the ground creatures think of him?" When you are real, there’s no need to be impressive … it comes with the territory.

Lesson Eight

(Dissolving the False Self)

This brings us to the most important part of our work. Self transformation is the process of detaching from the Ego or false self. To accomplish this feat and claim the prize you cannot "resist" the ego, you cannot "deny" the ego, and you cannot merely "wish" that it go away. The only thing you can do is process (integrate) it back into the wholeness of your Being. By simply eliminating its source of power, you essentially dissolve it back into essence.

Right up to this very point in your life you have identified with the False self. It has been the only You that you have known. Now you can see another option. You have a transitional self that is a master Alchemist, an ally, and a friend. It alone has the power to dissolve the Ego and deliver you back to your True being.

The Invisible Witness is your ticket home. Like the Ego, it is not your real Self. It is a projection of your real essence though, a useful tool or vehicle, and since it’s nature is balanced awareness, it is closer by far to the real You. If you will step into this aspect of yourself, you will be closer to home than ever before. That’s what transformation is all about.

The power of the Witness to transform, is in the present. You’ve heard this expression before: "The power is in the present." But do you really grasp the meaning of this?

You can understand now that memory of the past and imagination of the future are pure illusions. The only place they’re happening is in your head! But Now is the only place that is anchored to reality; what happens in the Now is what is happening in reality. What happens in reality is Truth (fact). When you are "lost in thought" of the past, or the future, you are in fact still in the Now – but lost in an illusion. Is that clear?

People say the Past has a power over them … others say the Future holds the power. Don’t you see that both these concepts are wrong? The Past is a collection of stored memories that draw their power through You (in the present). The Future is an imagined projection, based on stored memories, that draw their power through You (in the present). So where is the power? Where it always was: in the Present! The real You resides in the Now.

If you would only live your life in the present, as a child lives and plays in the present, you would re-discover the wonder and amazement of real life -- and the abundant power available to all who play there. And there is more than enough power for everyone. Would you think the sun shines more for some people than others? It shines in abundance for everyone who’s outside.

In this lesson we want to focus on Transformation, and I want to give you the most powerful techniques to help you accomplish the ultimate transformation: dissolution of the False self.

* The first two techniques have to do with Time Awareness, or moment awareness. You now realize the importance of the Present moment, you realize it is the source of all power, and you realize that the longer you can stay "aligned" with the moment, the more you will transform yourself and your world. Therefore your first assignment is to be conscious of as many moments of your day as you possibly can. You may only succeed a few times at first, then more and more, as you become more skillful. Each moment of conscious awareness will be like a single pearl. Your job is to string together as many pearls as you can, then you will have an unbroken string – and a new awareness!!

To do this, first remind yourself to step into the Witness. Observe where you are and what you are doing. Do not criticize or judge your actions, merely observe. As a special signal to remind yourself , use this: BECOME CONSCIOUS whenever you feel UPSET, ANGRY, or NERVOUS. Then ask yourself, "Where am I, and what am I doing (or thinking)?"

That’s all you have to do at first. But realize, you are observing the False self. Only the False self feels hurt! Remember your purpose: you are ‘taming the tiger’ of the mind and dissolving the Ego self. We might call the above technique, "stringing the black pearl necklace." And guys, if this is uncomfortable for you, think of it as a "shaman’s string of power beads."

Next technique: "stringing the white pearl necklace." After a little practice with the previous technique, maybe after a week or so, add this one too. We are still practicing moment awareness. But with this aspect of the technique, we want to become aware of the moments that we deliberately choose. This is a kind of "waking meditation."

During parts of your day become deliberately conscious of the moment. Step into the Witness awareness and just observe. Where are you? What are you doing? Catch yourself in a spontaneous setting, just doing what you do. Again, do not judge your actions as good or bad. Observe. The most mundane moments are probably the best … like making the bed, tending the garden, talking on the phone, driving the car. Choose the routine parts of your day that usually go by unnoticed. After you become proficient at waking up to the routine parts of your day, also include moments that are playful and joyous, active or serene. All these are "white pearl" moments you want to string together.

By carefully attending to the above dual-techniques you are gathering power and stabilizing your awareness within the Witness. Very powerful stuff here!

* The next transformation exercise deals with stopping thought. Have you ever had a problem or concern that your mind just won’t let go of? It seems no matter how hard you try to think of something else, this "invader" keeps coming back to drain your energy and steal your mental focus. It chases round and round in your mind (like a dog chasing its tail) then comes back again from a whole new direction or perspective. What a pest! What can you do to break the annoyance? And what does this have to do with transformation?

Answering the last question first, transformation is a process of mind clearing. As long as the false self has free reign to run your mental domain, you are still in a fog, still in a state of forced hypnosis. The "invader" is of course caused by our old nemesis, the false self. This is one of its tricks designed to steal your energy and keep you occupied in a useless pursuit. You must wrestle back the power and take charge of your own mind.

Now, what can you do to break this influence? Simply stop feeding it thought energy with your precious attention. Stop thinking! Take a five minute time out, find a quiet place, and make your mind an empty chalice. "Only an empty chalice can be filled." You will empty the contents of the old and refill it with the refreshing energies of clarity and purity. Unless you’ve spent long hours in practice of meditation, this may be somewhat difficult at first. When you first quiet the mind, other thoughts, other problems, other concerns may also try to intrude. Just be aware of them trying to distract you and refuse them admittance with absolute authority. Here is the secret:

Stop all thought. Maintain your intention to do so.
Turn your focus to feeling instead.

Become aware of the feeling of your body. Or the feeling of the subtle energy that courses through your body. Or just feel yourself breathing. Feel, don’t think! Become an empty vessel…

Within five minutes your mind will be settled, and it will be yours again!

* Continuing to the next transformation technique, we go back to the non-resistance concept. I dislike the use of this phrase because of its obvious origin, but "resist not evil" may help you gain a better grasp of this. In our work of transformation it is absolutely necessary that we adopt this attitude of non-struggle with the outside world. You have to the realize that your struggle with the exterior is a symbol and reflection of your struggle with annoying elements within. Also remember that the outer symbol you struggle with is a key to what you’re resisting or fighting within you.

Example. Suppose you struggle daily with other people. You find yourself criticizing their stupidity, their ego, and self-serving actions. You do this in silence, talking to yourself. (By the way who is suffering, who is hurting the most? You or them.) This is a very natural struggle to those on the spiritual path, starting to wake up. As you become more aware of the Truth, it becomes difficult to tolerate the pettiness and lack of rational thought in others. It’s OK if you see these things in others without criticism, as merely objective facts. But for the most part you are "projecting" your own internal struggle onto those around you. This is OK too if you realize you are "projecting" instead of observing. It’s all for learning. But what are you trying to tell yourself about yourself? Your struggle is with your own Ego. This is not the way to make it go away, because you empower what you resist.

What other things do you commonly struggle with? Fortune, fame, popularity? Time, business, success? Love, affection, romance? Old age, good looks, obsession with health? Take a close look at these common everyday concerns. I ask you, what do they all have in common? EGO.

The solution to all these problems, concerns, and struggles comes from a higher level. Do not resist. Step into the moment. Stop all thought. Trust. When you do this something magical happens because you entrust the ultimate solution to a level higher, one above ordinary thought. Whereas before, you only trusted what you yourself thought through, from your own conditioned mind. The higher solutions will come to you but you must be patient, and you must trust. This is a secret you can take to the bank!

Again, you may ask: "What has this to do with transformation?" Stop struggling with your False Self and you will see—

* Here’s a technique I found by accident – although there really are none – while practicing a form of "feel good" meditation. For that reason, we’ll call it the "feel good" technique. It will deliver you to a place of high intensity energy that by its very nature is transformative.

First – here’s a mental concept for you to understand. Be very clear on this: Conscious thinking is as different from Awareness as salt is from sugar. They are two totally different states. Since you identify yourself mostly with your thinking, you conclude that your thought and awareness are the same thing. They are not. Thought belongs to the lower self on the level of the material plane. Awareness however belongs to the higher self on levels above the material plane.

To be Aware in the true sense, all thought must stop. You "feel" yourself in the moment as you "sense" signals coming from both the external environment, and the inside as well. In other words you have a strong sense of your individual Being in the here and now, and at the same time you are attuned and sensitive to all that’s happening within and without. The pure state is hard to describe in words, but it’s a little like waking up in the night after a noise in the house disturbs your sleep, and listening so intently with all your senses focused for the slightest noise or out of place sound. Pure Awareness is that focused, but without the alarm and tension of the above example.

As with the thought stopping technique, set aside at least five minutes or more where you can be by yourself, undisturbed. Make your mind an empty chalice by stopping all thought. Just feel your Being in the moment with no thought whatever. Gradually you will notice a strong sense of yourself just Being. Be aware of everything, both inside and out. Now realize that in the truest, purist part of YOU there is a "sweet spot" as golfers and baseball batters refer to that rare place where the ball, the club, and the person become one. In every person there is a place that feels right, it feels balanced, it feels good. Without thinking, use your feeling sense to search out this one pure spot. When you attune to it there will be no doubt. It will feel like rapture, allurement, bliss, or sensuality. Keep the power of your full awareness there, and let it expand. Do remember to come back to this world!

* Another Transformation exercise comes to us from the Don Juan Teachings of Carlos Castenada. I’ve found it very effective at putting things in proper perspective, while keeping the immediacy of the moment a priority. It is called "making death an ally." It works like this: Imagine you have just found that you have less than a week to live. How will you live your last few days?

Most would be shocked and would withdraw into a shell to wait for the end to come, much the same as they do day to day already. These unfortunate ones are so shell-shocked with life anyway -- they toil through each day in a hypnotic slumber -- that little would change for them regardless. A few of these however, may finally get the point and emerge into the light.

Most of us though, the spiritual souls, would enter a state of near enlightenment. Knowing the end was really at hand, we would do a mental up-shift, quickly alter our lives, and change our perspectives. We suddenly know what our priorities are: what is most important and in what order. We become "clear" about ourselves and unburdened by useless cares and issues.

This is a useful exercise to practice when we find ourselves confused and overly burdened by the "artificial" demands of life. It shocks the petty (false) self out of the way so the light of reason can prevail. This is just another tool to pry us lose from the tyranny of an artificial viewpoint.

The lesson here is to live each day like it might be your last, because one day it will be.

* Now we come to one of the most practical and easy to accomplish techniques that I have found. It is easy to remember and easy to use in your everyday life, but at the same time it is a powerhouse of energy for change and transformation.

How many times a day do you find yourself literally butting heads with reality? For all but the spiritually-minded that’s exactly what the majority do. And that’s exactly why they are so exhausted by day’s end. Here are two little words that I want you to remember:

Acknowledge and Accept!

These can work magic if you’ll remember to apply them each time you feel stressed or are resisting something. Let me explain. When you encounter a resistance of any kind, first "acknowledge" that it is. (It is what it is, avoid labeling it as bad.) This sounds simple but you’d be surprised how many uncomfortable things you just ignore and suppress. The false self is very cunning at hiding our hurts, letting them build inside, until one day the festering manifests into a major problem. Don’t let this happen! Always see and acknowledge what hurts you and short-circuit the old suppression trick. Also by acknowledging a problem you ally yourself with Truth, with Reality. Remember to stand firm, feel the feelings, watch your reactions … you may be standing in a void, but remember, Truth is the strongest ally.

The second part of the formula is to "accept." Does this word sound familiar? It should, because this is a close relative of "allowing." By accepting "what is" you allow it to be, without condition or judgment. And this is where the magic of real transformation begins. By refusing to wrestle, resist, oppose, or deny – you become indifferent to its power to torment you.

Whatever you’re indifferent to has no power to affect you!

As an example, suppose you just found out that you’ve been passed by for a promotion that you were expecting. This would likely be a very stressful situation, something you would normally wrestle with, resist, and try to fix blame. Don’t do that! Remember you’re a spiritual person on the Golden Path and you refuse to act like everyone else would.

Acknowledge the fact: You didn’t get the job you expected, and you feel a temporary flare of anger. OK, no problem. It is what it is … I refuse to label it as ‘bad’ … and I refuse to hide the hurt. Sure, my ego has been bruised – but hey, whatever hurts the ego is good for the real me! This was a lesson I needed to learn, that’s why I attracted it. One for me, one less for ego.

You see? Just talk to yourself. Turn a lemon into lemonade. You win!

Now you can Accept what is. You allow it to be, without condition, without judgment, without excuse. Your indifference to its negative side has neutralized its power to further affect you. Advance three paces on the Golden Path. You have just "transformed" a host of old feelings that have haunted you for years. They were clustered together and called inferiority.

* And finally for this lesson, we will consider a subject that is near and dear to everyone. It is called physical rejuvenation, finding the fountain of youth within. You have heard the phrase, "Youth is wasted on the young." So true. They have all the vibrancy, energy, and enthusiasm but lack the wisdom to make the most of life. They take the gift of youth for granted. This is another paradox of physical life that seems totally backwards. But the solution to any physical paradox is found on the spiritual level.

You’ll remember that there is a natural order to things, a continuity. Things flow from inner to outer … from thought and imagination first, to action last … from consciousness first, to the physical level last. When you’re working with transformation, the same order must be followed. You have heard before that "youth is a state of mind." Well, it does start there. We have all known people who in their seventies and eighties still seemed spry, alert, and full of energy. We wondered if they had a secret. But no, I doubt that even they knew what kept them young. You see, they were too busy enjoying life to even be concerned. And that in itself is a secret of staying youthful – being indifferent to old age (unconcerned).

Those who fight and curse and struggle with approaching old age only hasten the process. The vanity of the false self is another of its own self-destructive mechanisms. Be aware of this. OK, you say, this is fine knowing how to not hasten the aging process. But is there a way to reverse the aging my body has already endured and win back that lean, supple, and vigorous body I once had? Thirty years ago I would have said, no.

Today we live in a time of great change. There is an acceleration of energies on the planet that have not occurred here since the last time human consciousness leaped to another level. Thirty to forty thousand years ago our ancestors, the Neanderthals, barely stood upright. They were ugly and hairy, big boned, barely conscious and severely retarded. But something happened, it still has our scientists stumped, something that brought about a glorious transformation of this ugly creature. Suddenly a new creature emerged from the old. It stood fully upright, was beautifully proportioned and hairless. But most amazing, it had a remarkable intelligence unlike anything to emerge from an earth species. This new man was called Cro-Magnon, and our scientists are still debating how this miracle in evolution could have possibly occurred in so short a time span. I believe a quickening of human consciousness is again rapidly approaching physical manifestation. We are about to evolve again into an even more amazing species – with a higher consciousness and body to match.

So you see why I believe that total rejuvenation of the mind and the body are now real possibilities. But not for everyone. There are those among us whose thinking and spiritual development is still retarded. Because they have done nothing to advance their essence, their consciousness, they will not be a part of this glorious species transformation. This is not an elitist belief but a statement of fact. Look around you, there will be precious few who will actually make this transition. Archeology has discovered that, back then, the two species had coexisted together for quite some time before the lesser species (Neanderthal) began to disappear. The same will occur in this time.

This information is a slight digression, so we’ll leave this subject for now and return to it in another lesson. What I want to stress is that we live in a test tube environment of unimagined possibilities, and transforming energies that we can use at will. Reverse aging is possible, but it first requires the belief of such. As always, it must follow the natural order from inner to outer. Altered DNA is also possible, with a multiple strand double-helix that will multiply our present capabilities by tenfold or more. What I anticipate is a multidimensional mind capable of multidimensional existence. Time will alter, at least our perception of it, and life will be as different for us as the difference now between a tree and us.

When will this happen? I don’t make predictions. I’ve seen too many failed ones already. But using the power of logic and my own inner guidance, I would guess that 2012 or 2013 might be a good bet. In the meantime, there is still plenty of work to do. If rejuvenation of your present physical body is a priority, then by all means "do what feels good."

The Merkaba meditation, which is included in full on this site, has the ability to store and condense, then supercharge our bodies with these new transformative energies. Physical rejuvenation is just one of the benefits of this remarkable meditation. You need only practice it once every three days for nominal benefits. If you are determined to transform the self, both mentally and physically, then the Merkaba meditation is the most useful tool available.

Lesson Nine

“Attached Temporary Entities”
(Further Unraveling the False Self)

To re-state the opening of our last lesson: Self transformation is the process of detaching from the Ego or False Self. To accomplish this feat and claim the prize you cannot “resist” the ego -- you cannot “deny” the ego -- and you cannot merely “wish” that it go away. The only thing you can do is process (integrate) it back into the wholeness of your Being. By simply eliminating its source of power, you essentially dissolve it back into essence.

I want to continue the work of the previous chapter by providing more information about the workings and structure of the false self, and provide a secret exclusive process. The more familiar we become with this devious and deceitful “attachment” to our minds, the better equipped we are to disable its structure and dissolve it back into nothingness.

For those of you who studied or might have read the early channeled works of Seth (The Seth Material, etc.) you will find this familiar. One part of the philosophy of Seth dealt with, what he called, “Aspects” of personality. These were seen as individual facets of a person’s whole personality; each had an identity exclusive of the other facets; and each had the ability to “take over” without being noticed. This is similar to the Multiple Personality syndrome we often hear about, but shockingly, common to all of us.

Each of these aspects had a dominate trait, like anger or timidity, aggressive or passive, outgoing or withdrawn, athletic or cerebral, (and even more basic traits like revenge, pride, deceit, or nurturing, compassionate, helpful, etc.) and so on… But the trait displayed at any one moment, defined the individual in that moment. Have you ever watched a friend change to someone completely different right before your eyes? Each aspect, as you can see, has its opposite -- and these opposites are constantly in conflict within the personality. The continual conflict inside makes the mind a battlefield of competing influences. And this is why people feel anxious or tense without really knowing why.

Seth hinted that these individual traits or temperaments were the dominant personality structure of one of that soul’s previous incarnations … that an Oversoul watched over these individual parts, supervising their ongoing growth, and was the repository for their separate histories and identities. This philosophy introduced some of our favorite concepts like: soul mates, group souls, and individual souls attached to a common Oversoul. In other words, you are not just one soul but part of a family of souls, like branches of a tree. Some souls were destined to venture forth and become independent Oversouls (like the Sovereign Entity, in WingMakers site).

But back to the individual personality structure--These separate aspects are like satellites revolving around a main body, the Mind, waiting for an appropriate opportunity or condition to call it forth into action. Example: Suppose you’re on the way to work in the morning, minding your own business, thinking about things to do at work. This is one aspect, by the way, doing the driving for you. It has been conditioned through many years of road experience to handle the driving responsibilities while another part of you plans the day. Now all of a sudden another driver races around you, gives you a finger sign, and cuts into your lane -- so close that you have to apply brakes and skid sideways. What happens to You?

You have an awful reaction and a sudden shift of personality. At the moment of reaction another aspect hops into the driver’s seat. You are swept away by emotions of anger and revenge. If you could step back and watch yourself (which is exactly what you should do) you would witness a crazy wildman or bitch laying on the horn, flipping naughty hand and arm gestures, and mouthing threatening words to the evil-doer ahead. Now, according to the degree of your anger, or the coming awake of your true self in that moment, the incident will either escalate or dissipate. This is an extreme example, of course, but one wherein you can readily identify with the dramatic shift. Other shifts however are more subtle and even less noticeable. But they do occur and it is your responsibility to catch them in the act. Each time you do, there’s a bit of a scorching (by the light of awareness) to this unmature aspect -- and a more general scorching to the False Self as a whole.

You can see that the false self, in its never ending tricks to deceive, is trying to imitate the reality of the spiritual plane. This is its own form of “disinformation” that’s so often effectively employed by government intelligence agencies: i.e., mix a little truth with a lot of fiction and somehow the whole farce is more easily accepted as fact. By establishing itself in your mind as an oversoul with many faces (aspects), it pretends to be the supreme authority of your own psychological world. Moreover, you unknowingly “identify” with its false life and each of its artificial personalities. The transition from one false aspect to another is so smooth and convincing, that you believe you are same whole person (the Singularity) with each switch. But you are not. The real You is lost in a fog of thought and emotion supplied by each false aspect. The irony is, it is all your own energy, freely given to help deceive yourself. In essence, you’re asleep at the wheel!

I’d like to give you a mental peg to help you remember what an aspect really is: ASPECT or ASPE(CT). Let’s break the word down into its basic parts:

A: Attached

S: Separate

P: Personality

E: Entity

C: Conditioned

T: Temporary

Guy Finley’s excellent book on this same subject, “The Intimate Enemy,” calls these troublesome aspects TPIC’s. This stands for Temporary Person In Charge. Their lives indeed are temporary and fading, lasting only as long as the condition or circumstance which called them forth persists … then another TPIC replaces it, responding to its own call from the external world. While a specific Temporary is in charge, running its own show, it has very little memory of the others it has replaced, nor of their specific intentions or desires. Each is an ego unto itself.

Here is where the internal conflict begins. Each of these temporary aspects seems to have an agenda of its own. As an example suppose you discover – either through the comment of another or by personal observation – that you’ve put on a few extra pounds and obviously it detracts from your ideal image. This circumstance (awareness of your overweight condition) signals the “ideal image aspect” to respond. An unperceived switch occurs and a sudden overwhelming desire invades your psychological atmosphere. You must lose weight! You look through the diet books, selecting one that might work; you consider a new exercise regimen; you look through magazines, considering a new wardrobe for the new you while admiring all those slender models. You promise yourself, “This time I’m going to devote all my energies to looking good, eating right, and feeling good about myself again!”

The phone rings. A friend is calling. She tells you there’s a new restaurant in the mall that everyone is raving about. “Come on,” she insists, “what else do you have to do today? I hear it’s a singles hangout too.” This circumstance calls forth another aspect – Fun Nancy. She could care less about how great she looks – she’s already convinced she is. The only things that occupy her mind are to eat, drink, flirt, and be happy. So off she goes to the mall. Nancy is in; Bertha is out. And so are Bertha’s firm intentions. *Ladies, this is intended only as a simple example that everyone can relate to. There are a LOT of guys with this problem too.

Here is a story from Guy Finley, found in his book, “The Intimate Enemy.” This concerns an incident he observed in a restaurant. “On this particular occasion, Guy noticed three men dining at a nearby table who were busy gossiping and bragging about themselves. One of the men, who did his best to monopolize the conversation, boasted about how well his life was going. When the waiter asked if he wanted to order a drink, he claimed self-righteously to his friends that he had overcome his drinking problem and did not drink anymore. After the meal was over, two of the men left, leaving behind the one who had been doing most of the talking. Within a few minutes a fourth man entered and joined the first, who now seemed to undergo a drastic change. This man, who only moments before had seemed so carefree, now proceeded to sadly relate some disturbing events from his past. And as he continued to talk over his difficulties, this same man who earlier that evening had proclaimed to the first group that he no longer drank, now ordered several drinks! It was as though he had no memory of who he had been only moments earlier. He had actually become a different person in the span of less than five minutes.

“Guy explained … None of us is a singular, whole person. Rather, each of us is a plurality, made up of many selves, but convinced we are a singularity. At any moment a different self can take the stage, and while it reigns it believes fully that it is the actual, complete person. But in fact, none of these selves is real. Each is no more than the creation of a temporary conjunction of conditions… From one minute to the next our values and desires can change, depending on which TPIC is in charge…

“As each of these secret selves tries to prove it’s permanent and real, it necessarily comes into conflict with other contradictory ones. Yet, each TPIC remains ignorant of the existence of the others. As a result, the division within our Self becomes deeper and gives rise to more unconscious discomfort.” End of Guy’s quotes.

You can see what you’re up against here; it seems the deck is fully loaded against you. Not only is there a False Self to keep in check and monitor, but there are many! I know you’re thinking the task seems insurmountable, so why bother. The good news is – you now have the upper hand because you’re aware of the False Self’s most cunning and deceitful trick. All those costume changes (to different personalities) are just a distraction to keep your mind occupied with different desires, and their associated thoughts and emotions. By knowing this, and by being aware each time a change to a different façade occurs, you accelerate the process of dissolution of the entire false structure. So don’t be further discouraged by the task ahead, be further encouraged.

There is one more point I’d like to make before closing this subject. You now have a reason to forgive all those people – family, friends, associates, enemies – who have wronged you in the past. It really wasn’t them! It was instead an artificial entity, making a temporary appearance, to respond to something that you did. And that’s all it was; just a response to a perceived threat, insult, or judgment, hastily made by one your own false aspects. Simple as that. Case closed. Let it go.

Lesson Ten
“The New World”

Our purpose thus far has been to expose that part of ourselves that always masquerades as our friend but in reality keeps us locked in a box of limitation and suffering. We still must accept responsibility for this, our own creation, and then let it go as simply and gracefully as we allowed it to enter. Only by non-resistance can we loose the bonds and let it dissolve back into the energy from whence it came.

Our focus has been negative. We have used our awareness to unclog the negativity within, it was necessary in order to bring the deadwood to the surface, but now we must shift to the positive. The positive focus is ultimately where we want to be … because it is natural. In this lesson I’m going to make reference to information from other sources, other perspectives that reinforce the concepts I want to weave together. So please be patient when I direct you to other URL’s for a quick read of an article or information pertinent to the idea I’m formulating. Simply go there, read that, and return. I think you’ll find this an interesting way to learn, sort of like a field trip.

In these lessons I’ve provided a blueprint for understanding yourself inside, and how that relates to what goes on outside. We call this The Golden Path because it forges a trail between the opposites in this world – good and bad, right and wrong – which has given you a new sense of balance and discernment. This “third way,” we’ve found, is simple and effective in returning control of our lives back to us. And it is natural. While other philosophies and self improvement concepts unknowingly support the process of separation of self from All That Is, this one instead integrates us back to our natural source.

The human species has ventured farther into separation than any other that ever existed. Our focus has been so intense that we even forgot we were connected to the whole. Other species (in the untold dimensions/realities of the multi-verse) never ventured this far, they always maintained their sense of connection with the ALL and that was their safety line to return whenever they wished. Not so with us. We cut the line, so to speak, and went where no others went before. We were part of a Grand Experiment to test the depths of separation, and others out there watched in amazement at our free-dive into the depths of the Unknown; they have even coined a phrase referring to us as, the “Masters of Limitation.” Having set the deep-dive record we can now turn around and return to our true homes in the higher dimensions – not as lesser beings, but heroes who explored the deepest part of God’s creation. We have forged ourselves into a mighty species that can never again know the fear of the Unknown. For this act, we have become eternally known as The Explorer Race.

I spoke of this concept of The Explorer Race in “An Eagle’s Gift” and how it was part of a grand plan that we all agreed to participate in. Although the experiment had a very positive purpose, it left us shackled with insecurities and guilt, emotional scars, that we’re presently trying to resolve each in our own way, while restoring our basic sense of “deservability.” I also relayed in that text the idea of a “frequency barrier” that had been forced upon us from an unknown external source. This effectively cut us off from our own “knowing” and stripped our bodies of higher DNA strands that our elegantly designed finer bodies utilized for godlike abilities. This apparently very negative circumstance seemed quite unfair and cruel, from a certain perspective, but there is always a reward for enduring evil. And our reward will be greater than the “trials” we have endured.

Now for our first field trip outside the site, please click on the URL below for a very informed article by David Icke. It discusses in-depth how and why the “frequency barrier” was placed around us. Return here (Secret Island) to continue at your convenience.

The frequency barrier has kept us in quarantine, locked in a box, for most of our existence. Higher beings from other realms consistently tried to send rescue packages in the form of philosophies, encouragement, and sometimes even new technology to stimulate an awakening of our awareness. Here and there a few of our numbers would respond and awaken but always they would be ridiculed and tormented for their eccentric beliefs and attitudes. Sometimes these higher beings would send volunteers on a rescue mission from their world to ours. These noble volunteers understood the severe limitations they were about to endure, and the total forgetting of their own godliness, but they ventured forth in love and service and became stranded themselves. These “wanderers” are once again awakening to their mission and helping mankind restore itself to the original (but now new) heritage of its birthright. It is also interesting to note that this “box” even extends into the afterlife.

The article makes reference to the Elohim – the probable progenitors of the human race. I believe they are also called the Lyrans in more contemporary writings. As you will find in other parts of this lesson, these very advanced beings are again taking an active role in our transformation and the “terra-forming” of our new world in the fourth dimension. But more about this later.

The transformation of the human species is now at hand and we’re living in an environment of change that few recognize. In other words, we have at our disposal new abilities -- and possibilities for change -- that were not available to us even five years ago. Most people are still stuck in the old reality, which they still create themselves, with no clue that the tools for accelerated change are available right now. The techniques and philosophy you’ve been learning on Secret Island are pivotal to this change in consciousness and will serve you well, but now I’d like to share with you a so-called “recipe for daily living” that encapsulates the whole process in a few easy to remember steps.

First remember that your own life is your best teacher. Have an abiding trust that it is all there for a purpose, and that everything comes into your life at exactly the right time. The circumstances and challenges you encounter are there for you alone to use for your own soul growth. If you don’t realize this simple fact, then everything in life seems to be just another stumbling block put there to annoy or defeat you. But if you “use” everything in your life to benefit your personal growth – instead of your physical-survival status – then the entire picture transforms and all of life is magically at your service. This change of interpretation within, changes all of what you perceive without. And this brings us to the next point—

Interpret everything with a positive meaning! This is far more than mere positive thinking. Any circumstance that presents itself to you is at first [neutral] -- it carries with it a positive side and a negative side. The “mind” then engages and makes a determination (interpretation) of its goodness or badness, i.e., it judges the circumstance as good or bad (for you). The circumstance by itself was at first neutral (try to see this) but then the mind steps in and “makes” it good or bad. At that very moment the circumstance becomes what it was assigned to be, and you experience the “effect” exactly as prophesized. There is a trick to this mental shift that separates it from its cousin, positive thinking. And it really works!

Get in the habit of reminding yourself, when you first recognize you’re about to judge an event or circumstance, to stop everything! Pull back, engage your higher mind (the Witness), and just allow. This will stop the lower mind’s interpretation and customary swift reaction.

Now you are in the moment, where all change is possible; you are in the moment, where you have a choice. Assign a positive meaning to the event, regardless of how it first looks on the surface. Believe me, there is always a positive side; you may or may not see it right away but after the storm has passed and you’ve given yourself a proper time-out it should become more apparent. But--don’t wait to see what the positive side is. Assign a positive meaning immediately! Here’s a list of some positive interpretations to help you along:


A Special Lesson: This circumstance is a special lesson just for me. It is showing me something about myself that I’ve resisted facing. I’ll face it now, and own it as my own creation. It is done.

A Contrast: This circumstance is the exact opposite of what I want, and who I want to be. It shows by contrast what I don’t want, thereby clearly defining what I do want. I am now more clear about this matter.

An Indicator of Progress: This circumstance is a definite indication of my progress. I’m doing something right here … this is my reinforcement.

Something surfacing for Clearing: This circumstance indicates that I’m holding on, blocking, or resisting something. It has come up – at this perfect timing – so that I can consciously let go of it, or process it out of myself.

A Reminder to Re-align: This circumstance is a timely reminder to re-align to what I do want, or what I prefer to be. I simply release the old, and align to the new.

You will come up with more of these on your own but these five are the basics. This process builds a momentum. The more positive meanings you assign to your personal situations, the more positive effects you will see manifesting in your life. It’s a natural expression of life: positive interpretation in, positive effect out. And it doesn’t take long for these positive effects to manifest. With consistent daily effort, you should see tangible results within a week.

One more point about the above. If you cannot quite bring yourself to a place of positive interpretation about an event, do the next best thing. Adopt a neutral attitude toward it. This is the same as “allowing” and by now you should know the effectiveness of that attitude.

The last part of our “recipe” is simply to, “Follow Your Bliss!” Other phrases that hold the same meaning are: “Follow Your Excitement,” “Do What Feels Good,” “Follow Your Heart.” All of these capture the attitude of living in the moment. If you’re feeling good about what you are doing, you are by definition centered in the NOW moment. And feeling good always means that you are aligned with your higher self (true self) in that particular moment. Most of my book “An Eagle’s Gift” is devoted to this very subject, so review that again for reinforcement of this attitude.

Now let’s take another trip outside the Secret Island site. Bashar and Elan are both extra-terrestrial hybrid entities (a combination of earth-human and zeta-gray) from a race called the “Essassani” situated just a little into our future. They have separate teachings, each from a slightly different perspective, but combined they form a unified philosophy I find quite useful and insightful. The following links go to an overall ‘synopsis’ of their teachings. Follow these to each of their individual websites containing the broader philosophies. Each have books and tapes available for further study, which I highly recommend for those of you so inclined; especially the book by Elan, “Your Power On A Plate,” and the book by Bashar, “Blueprint for Change.”



A key understanding in this pertains to our transformation to the fourth density, which is now in full swing. There is a splitting of the two worlds, the old world of 3D and the new one of 4D, and each of us must now make a decision -- which one will we choose?

Our transition into the fourth dimension, I believe, will be mostly an individual journey, although another probability also exists. That probability entails a lifting-out or separating from the mass, to be accomplished by means of higher technology (beam-ships or ufo’s if that is part of your inner preference). Most however will not wake up one morning having made an en-mass transition to this new world; they will simply slip into a new probable reality where things appear much the same, a continuity, but oddly they’ll find that the power of mind to create along the lines of preference will have shifted vastly. This is the prime characteristic of a fourth dimension reality – you create your reality anew from conscious intent, no longer at the mercy of fate, chance circumstance, or subconscious creative interference. Conscious awareness and conscious preference rule supreme here. Our true individuality shines through and we follow the path of least resistance as defined by our bliss. We leave behind us the sticky limitations of 3D and the endless confinements of compromise with others. There will be others here, to be sure, but all will be ‘birds of a feather’ of like mind and spirit. If this sounds like heaven on earth, it will be. Our bodies will take the form and reflect the beauty we most prefer; there will be natural feel-good health, and longevity into hundreds of years if we so prefer; the mind will be clear, knowing, and content. There will be day and night, sex and excitement, food, adventure, and lucid dreams. Godlike abilities will return to all. Things like bilocation, teleportation, dimensional travel, instant knowing, and what we now consider magical abilities will all be common place and serve our divine purposes. And we won’t have to ‘die’ to get there.

This new earth will be called Terra, a shining blue jewel in the universal ethers, a new and unique world never before seen or experienced. This is your heritage, my brothers and sisters. It awaits our awakening!

Many of you by now have seen the link we posted to the “Operation Terra” website. (Found in the Exploring Secret Island section, after clicking the flying eagle.) I was led to this site on advice of one of our members. His quote: “It's interesting that the book you recommend (Stalking the Wild Pendulum) is also recommended at another site I have recently discovered. After reading all of this site I've found some things which strongly resonate with the theme of Eagles Gift and Secret Island. For example:


The false self (ego). This site attempts to address where it came from.

The transformation of humans into their "true" state.

The allowing and accepting principles, basic to your philosophy.

The idea that you must save yourself … no savior needed!

Rooting out and processing fear.

The idea that something very unusual is soon to take place that will radically change and restore things.

The mass mind concept.

The Death's Door scenario (all go to what they have chosen).

Still his quotes: I found much of this to be compelling. However, I do have problems with some of the information presented at this site. This is ‘channeled’ information. The channeler has some strong Bible indoctrination in her background, although I think you would agree there is really no religious or Biblical flavor to the messages themselves. That's a relief to me. As soon as the Bible or religion become part of the message, I turn off. I have no interest in a Bible Jesus, or a book called the Bible. I studied them extensively and find them both to be lacking in truth. I've now read several of the Vernon Howard books and can say that he was ahead of his time. In any case, if you get a chance to look at this, I'd be interested in your thoughts.”

Back to my comments. After reading all the material on the Operation Terra Website I do feel that I can endorse most of what’s written there. It does describe in vivid detail a fourth density version of earth that I’ve always known was there, waiting for us. Regardless of the few ‘biblical’ attributions, undoubtedly caused by channel-bias, there seems to be a wealth of information there that just feels right. One thing concerns me though. I'm concerned it could delay further spiritual progress in those who fully embrace it. It may in fact encourage the very thing we're trying to dissolve/resolve: the EGO, in one of its subtle manifestations. I believe it gives an underlying (and false) impression that ‘those who have made it’ require little or no self-work, other than a mild regimen of breathing and meditating, for admittance to this "New World." This is incorrect, for self-work NEVER ceases in ALL of creation. So what I advise is, be aware of your ego being bolstered as you absorb this material. It could give one the feeling of spiritual pride (conceit), which is another form of ego gratification. Be aware of it, process it, and move on.

You will remember from the WingMakers philosophy that a grand plan was about to be orchestrated, something that had never been tried before. It had to do with combining or integrating the two existing ‘models’ of reality: the “Hierarchy model” and the “Sovereign Entity model.” With that, the best parts of each would be combined into a unified whole. It would constitute the birth of a completely new model of existence. When you read these messages from the proper perspective I believe that’s exactly what has been accomplished here, and much sooner than expected. The timing will be in three waves, starting almost immediately and proceeding through (what I believe) 2012 for the last and most significant wave.

But again, let me remind you all, you are each a sovereign being and personal choice is still a factor here. If you personally resonate with this material, if it feels “right” for YOU, then you will find (within this) the missing VISION you have sought for so long.
* Further comment on the Operation Terra site:
The messenger, Lyara, and I have a complete disconnect on the personality level. It seems she has issues with any website that espouses a personal philosophy of self-help, including ours. Her ego it seems hardens her insight in this area. Although everything we teach here (Treasure Chest & Secret Island) reinforces and adds to her "messages," she views it from a different spiritual level. Fortunately in this case the messenger is not the message! I endorse the messages but reserve further comment about the channel. Edgar Casey, one of the greatest channels ever, was a very opinionated and conservative Bible Christian on the personality level. His teachings, remedies, and predictions (while channeling) however have affected the entire world for the better.

With that said, let us proceed again with our field-trip to the Operation Terra website. Read as many of the “messages” (in order) as you feel comfortable with exploring. Return here again at the appropriate time. PS—Once again you’ll see reference to our progenitors, the Elohim. Make note.

Operation Terra messages:

Ego check. Do you feel a certain pride or superiority over others? This is the most common mistake, or trap, the Christians fall into. Let’s not do it.

Finally, our field trip/excursion would not be complete without a return visit to one my favorites – The WingMakers' site. This short and succinct philosophy is what really defines our future path. At least for those who value true freedom and individuality above all else. To become a sovereign entity is to become a true god. I believe this to be the real purpose envisioned for our new world (Terra). It will be a training ground and a playground for the next round of gods. Here you will separate from the womb of your own oversoul, to become a completely new and sovereign oversoul yourself!

WingMakers philosophy:

Note: This site has changed since your last visit. It much better organized, visually appealing, and Adobe Reader downloadable onsite or by CD. It also has some newly released materials. RV, Sept 2001

There’s nothing you need, and nothing your real self can use, from others…