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The phrase “Perspective: use it or lose it” at the start of the Messiah’s Handbook in Illusions by Richard Bach – is no accident. And really – that’s where it all goes wrong – losing perspective – and then all the errors are built – layer upon layer upon on all the previous ‘bad-code read-errors’ and very quickly your code is all screwed-up and corrupted by insidious societal algorithms (like monetised Amazon links) that – even as you try to find yourself and escape – you just churn up more ‘butter’ to feed the monster machine matrix. Flypaper.
The trick comes when you realise you actually need to unplug from the whole game. The best way I have found to get there – a simple starting place and a ‘short-path’ that just unlocks the questions is: It’s all a scam – all of it. The whole Third Dimension is a scam. Yes, we all know that 3D is a ‘jail for the soul’ but what if we can bend the bars – unlock the chains – see through the fake 3D stage sets?
The whole problem that we all face is that: we’re trapped in the matrix. So it naturally figures that to break free we have to disavow all three dimensions – as fake news. Fake spiritual news. A trick of the eye. A stage play. “There is no spoon”, The Matrix. (70 secs)
What people mostly try to do is ‘fight fire with fire’ – or ‘join them to beat them’ – or ‘buy into the game to have influence’. But no one realises that it’s not who wins or loses. Instead of fighting “the lie that has been pulled over our eyes to blind us from the truth”, Morpheus – it’s that you play the game at all. That’s where everyone goes wrong.
Think of the system as a huge energy vampire – so it makes no difference if you fight the ‘good’ fight or the ‘bad’ fight – it’s not about ‘feeding the good wolf or the bad wolf’ – stop feeding all wolves. All that matters to the system is that you make money from it and consume and catch flights and drive cars. It makes no difference what you are chasing in the Hamster wheel – if the wheel is going around then it’s feeding the machine monster.
There’s only one way to beat the system and that’s – to just walk away. Other people can make karmic choices to run around and around but the cessation of desire is what the Buddha taught and – just by definition – is the only path out of here.
Think of the 3rd dimension like a desert island – and it’s sooo lovely – and the palm trees are so inviting – it’s so easy to be seduced. But once you realise that the sense pleasures are just as fake as everything else you can start to practice actually releasing interest in and attachment to the whole perception and awareness of experiences.
As soon as you realise that you’re in a movie – it all suddenly becomes a movie. The stories are all made up. The emotions are just story-lines. The blood may as well be tomato sauce. Nothing is actually happening. It’s all – literally – in our minds projected on the screen of our belief. We are the star and the director and script writer.
But where to from there? Well, it’s a quick step to – “if it ain’t out there then the truth of it all must be inside!?” – and the process becomes obvious in a flash – to withdraw from the 3rd Dimension into ‘The Real’. You can practice this by forgetting yourself in service or in nature – or through mind-alterants or mantra or dance – or through meditation and creative visualisation.
Every moment in the here and now in any space and any time is the same gateway into eternity. You can poke your finger through any moment and find release. It’s so funny – people travelling the world to try and find this or that or find themselves or find truth – when the whole dimensional ‘surface’ of the globe – of the solar system or the galaxy – of the entire physical universe – is a projection into the lower three dimensions from deeper and higher and finer dimensions. It makes no difference if you are in Byron Bay or Istanbul – the same rules and paths and realisations apply and are offered – everywhere is the gateway moment. Focusing on the form side is like going to university to study philosophy and falling in love with the campus buildings. Well, Churchianity is a good example too.
All that the universe wants is for you to let go – to say “No” just as Neo did at the end of the first The Matrix movie with all the bullets heading for him. The whole reason 3D exists is for it to be denied. That’s the whole test of the whole 3D matrix. It’s the box that holds us to position ourselves in order to step-up. But if we simply say no instead of holding on for dear life – only then are we able to float away like a balloon into higher realms.
Lama Ole Nydahl (the only Westerner to ever be admitted to the Tibetan Buddhist lineage) said to me once – sitting out the back at my house in Willoughby when I was recording him in my studio there – he said “Enlightenment is like a cool glass on a warm day… it just condenses”. You don’t actually do anything – and he added “all you have to do is be a cool glass”. He’s very cool.
Self-realisation and Nirvana aren’t places you ‘get to’ – they are our natural state that we have moved from – the natural resting state behind all phenomena. It’s right there – behind the facade of the three dimensions – which are like wearing a paper bag over your soul-head – you won’t suffocate but you won’t get anywhere unless you cut some holes – and all you have to do to be free is take off the bag. It’s not such a big deal. It’s not meant to be this hard. Earth is really just a kindergarten space – the Milky Way is a play school. But we take it for real. “A glittering toy no Star-Child could resist“, ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Even Jesus said – “these and greater deeds shall ye do”. He’s basically on the cross saying “guys – this is not that difficult… I know you think this whole resurrection thing and going to my Father is so big and cool that you have to create a religion around it… but seriously… get real… this whole thing is an illusion – including your body.”
It’s like a stage – with a spiral staircase – that leads up to the next scene – and most people have fallen in love with acting and the lower stage – and those who have discovered the staircase covet ‘the way’ and the steps – and have erected monuments to the staircase – and blocked up the path with their artefacts and bodies and rituals. When all that is actually required is to drop your part and stop acting in this plane and climb the stairs and leave the lower stages behind.
That act alone puts wings on your heels – god-speed. Jack and the beanstalk. It’s not an act of gallantry – to climb into higher realms – it’s an act of ‘stupidity’ to want to stay. It’s the attachment that keeps us here. The ‘palm trees’. The desire for re-becoming – as the Buddhists put it. To not be plugged-in and trapped only requires that you let go of your grasp. Souls naturally float higher – home… tied on with string. Or the creatures who cling to the bottom of the crystal stream in the opening of Illusions. For clinging is their way. All that it takes is to let go and be carried higher by the flow.
Before you can answer the core questions – or even know how to ask them – or where to find them – you have to understand why you are here. Context. Because if you think it has anything remotely to do with money and houses and business and so-called civilisation then you really are literally living in The Matrix. The primary realisation of being in Samsara is really about the ending of the hold of the delusion of Samsara. We are here to claim and live our spiritual truth. We’re here to develop our skills enough to be able to say “no”.
It doesn’t matter how long you meditate for or how many gurus you see or courses you do or counsellors you see or yoga classes you attend. If you are still planning to expand your company and buy a few investment properties and you have some great new product development ideas that should double profits in two years and you are so clever for buying a Tesla and for saving double your Super – then all the good stuff you do means nothing. It’s all just ways of keeping you in the system. Remember – the system doesn’t care what side you are on – as long as you are ‘churning butter’.
There are some initial steps you can take like “Turn-on… Tune-in… Drop-out“, Timothy Leary.
“Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. “Tune in” meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. “Drop out” suggested an active, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. “Drop Out” meant self-reliance, a discovery of one’s singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean “Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity“.
That’s a reeeeeally good starting place. Do whatever you are motivated to do to unplug – just walk away. Think: monk. The way a monk or Sadhu lives is no accident. It’s not a matter of going to see a monk or a guru or go on a retreat or choose ‘Green Power’ for your electricity supplier or low-lead fuel – we all should be monks – living like monks. We all need to renunciate. We all need to withdraw. It is the way we live that is causing the problems – but who is willing to stop?
As monks then the place we withdraw into is soul-choice. Pure consciousness. That’s our natural default state – get closer to it anyhow – once we let go of grasping. It is only by not grasping that we can flow and float. And grow.
Not by growing out into the third dimension but instead expanding up and through and identifying with higher and finer vibratory fields while simplifying our lives in duality. Higher is our natural state. That’s what we’re here to practice and find in the here and now.
That – is Nirvana.