Monday, September 4, 2017

Is the World Truly Wicked, or Have You Been Set Up? An Awakening

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Did the Serpent really corrupt the world...or was it religion?

"Trying to make people moral lays the groundwork for vice." Tao Te Ching

Take Levitical Law, Sharia Law, and the proclamations of Krishna, St. Paul, and the Buddha, make one big long list and then begin reading. You'll find that every single aspect of human life, both individually and collectively, is covered by some kind of moral injunction. With all that legalism, how can you expect not to break a rule now and then?

You can't even move from room to room without the Legal Eagle of religion and moral certitude breathing down your neck. How, then, can you ever be truly free?

Perhaps we shouldn't be. Maybe we should just resign ourselves to the idea that we are too corrupt and corruptible to be left to our own devices. After all, sin, karma, damnation, punishment from on high all lurk in the background, ready to bring us to our knees if we take one bit of delight in this life, in this experience. We must be despicable creatures, indeed.

What to do...

Again, the Tao Te Ching: "Open yourself first to Spirit, then trust your natural responses. Everything will fall into place."

Really? That's not what your priest, minister, rabbi, or imam will tell you. In fact, just the idea of trusting your natural responses puts you on the road to perdition (hell). So, what's next?

I like what Thom Cavalli in Alchemical Psychology (1992) writes: "If you are not master of your own mind, you will be a slave to the minds of others." Good call, Thom. Now what?

Ready? OK, this may come as a surprise and will fly in the face of all your moralist leanings:
  • Become FULLY self-centered. You will awaken to your robotic actions.
  • Meet your own needs first. You'll be in a better position to be of assistance when needed.*
  • Develop a very friendly relationship with yourself. Otherwise, you tend to become your own worst enemy.
Think that's easy? Ha! Not a chance. You're already fidgeting and seeing the Dark Side of it all. Well, stay the way you are, then. Be a door mat, or someone's pawn, or whatever role you've been playing up until now. Blame your childhood, or bad teachers, or whatever little traps you have allowed yourself to fall into.

But remember, the longer you are unhealthy in mind and spirit, the less you will be able to be a worthy player in this game of life. And you remain unhealthy as long as you allow others to pull your strings. Including your church, your family, your employer, all of them. (Yes, you can actually be your own boss even when you have a boss!)

Interestingly enough, the healthier you become in mind and spirit, the more valuable you are to your community. As St. Irenaeus said, "The glory of God is a human fully alive."

Freedom, then, is appreciating yourself fully. And as St. Augustine reminds us, "Decide to love and do as you will."

*During emergencies, airline flight attendants always tell you to put on your oxygen mask first. Then you can put them on your kids or older companions without choking!

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