Many people have told me they do not like the word “illusion.” I have explored other words and found that the word illusion is really the best word for what I am attempting to describe. Yesterday I was looking at the word illusion again, and what came up in a search was a post in reddit.com/askphilosphy. Someone was sharing their opinion that anyone who is talking about the illusion of time needs to explain what they mean or they are just trying to sound smart. I can see what this person means. However, in my experience there is much we can do to notice that time is an illusion without any intellectual discourse at all. And that is through direct experience. We can, and do indeed have experiences that are beyond the illusion of time. I think everyone has had periods where they felt time passed much more quickly than they had anticipated, or much more slowly. We could say that that is a matter of perspective and not a demonstration of the time being an illusion. That may be, but the purpose of Unlimited Psychology is to assist us in shifting our focus. Acknowledging scientific discoveries that say that time is an illusion, and exploring that for ourselves is one example of this. Have you ever fallen asleep, then when you woke up thought it was the next morning? Most of us have experience this at least once and may have even got out of bed got dressed and may have even started to leave ,or even actually left our homes to go wherever it is that we had planned to go the next morning! These experiences are common. How about a time when you were just sure you were on time, but you were either completely late or very early? Most of us have had those experiences too. Then they are those that we just can’t comprehend, such as arriving 3 hours earlier than we were supposed to on a long road trip. Or making a deadline you just knew you weren’t going to make because your work just flowed out of you. It may have appeared that time was suspended ,or simply not operating at all. It is these experiences that assist us in seeing that we can allow ourselves to have experiences outside of time. We can take advantage of the fact that time is an illusion and simply allow that to be!
As I re-read the comments from the website I mentioned, I found myself sitting in a whirlwind of synchronicity about time being an illusion. What had triggered me to search the word illusion was the movie The Illusionist was on television. As I already said, I felt guided to once again simply explore why people were saying they did not “like that word.” I had not even been thinking about time! As time came up in my search of the word illusion, it almost immediately became a subject in the film that I had on in the background. Time seemed to be taking on a life of it’s own and speaking about it’s own illusory nature. Or more accurately I felt I was being shown that I do not need to be able to explain this with the mind because experience can demonstrate it much more effectively and effeortlessly. I felt like I was sitting in a mini vortex transcending space and time! These sorts of things happen to all of us more often that we notice. There are no “answers” here for us about what time is and how it appears to be locked into place, or at least none that satisfy the mind. But the exploration was clearly being supported as I sat in amazement of the synchronicity occurring. And that is the main premise of Unlimited Psychology. It began because I noticed the occasions when I did not listen to “my” intuition. Things did not go well at those times. But then I wondered if I could reach a point where I could listen to, or follow that guidance continuously. I wondered if it was possible to actually live this way as opposed to making “mistakes” or simply trying to “figure things out,” and feeling unfulfilled as a result. Even for smart people, the mind can only do so much. It can be amazing, but it isn’t capable of understanding or comprehending some of the most rewarding experiences in life. For instance why you might be guided to one place versus another, or what might be the reason that you prefer the smell of lavender versus lilac. Some of this is explainable through conditioning, but how about why you might feel guided to turn left when you intended to turn right? Sometimes these “feelings” are what I have experienced as true, or reliable guidance that the mind is not capable of grasping. And, they do tend to occur “outside of time.”
From another perspective I have begun to feel more and more shut down, limited and down right trapped since I began a to work a full time job. I have also noticed that this ”schedule” may also create, or allow for a focus dominated by time. I used to make a lot more money when I worked for myself and did not have to be anywhere at 8 am. So why am I doing this then? Maybe only because I feel lost in “not knowing” how to successfully launch this business. And I feel dragged down by debts that I would like to have paid off. There is another solution! Although it may not be what you thought you wanted, the solution I have found is to let go of wanting to know, to let go of wanting to understand, and to let go of wanting to control, or be controlled. This is one of the biggest benefits I have found with using a technique called The Sedona Method®. It transcends space and time and can assist us in letting go of tendencies and desires. When we identify with our tendencies and desires, when we think that is who and what we are, we limit ourselves. Referring to ourselves and/or thinking of ourselves as being locked into linear time tends to occur through memory (identification with the past) or our projections of what we think or anticipate is going to happen in the future. My experience with this technique is that when we let go of this identification, we find that we are already free. We already transcend space and time, and we already know what we need to know. It may take some practice, but this is not learning something new. It is very simply put unlearning illusions that we have been conditioned to believe in. I feel so fortunate to have found this technique! As I was developing Unlimited Psychology and seeing, or being shown the Life Addictions™ Course, I realized I may have come up with a clever philosophy, but no solution! Fortunately I discovered that task had already been accomplished so I had no need to attempt to develop a solution. The Sedona Method® addresses all illusion perfectly and shows us our true nature as we simply drop, or let go of our tendencies and desires and find that the freedom we have been searching for is already here, already now, already who and what we truly are!
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As I write this post I am in the midst of letting go of a layer of conditioning that has kept me bundled up in guilt, blame and shame. The belief that “it’s all my fault, it’s my responsibility.” “Beating yourself up” is another way to refer to this illusion, or at least a side effect of believing in it. These false beliefs may develop in childhood when we take on the burden of something that couldn’t possibly be our fault, but we try to fix things in our world in an attempt to feel better and make others in our lives feel better too. We may simply be unaware of the option to just be, to just let things be, and to just be ourselves. We might be vulnerable to this because of “past life” predisposition, or we may incorporate our parents inability to just be or let things be as they are, or other reasons. In essence, we take on a sense of responsibility for others and for things that just are not within our control. We could also call this codependence, but the illusion of responsibility can be even more toxic, convincing, all encompassing, invasive and downright debilitating! The good news is that we can live beyond it! Especially when we do not try to make it go away, paradoxically, the illusion of responsibility begins to loose its grip on us.
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In much the same way an alcoholic gets sober we can stop doing this to ourselves. We can simply notice what is going on and experience the truth, that we are much more than this layer of falsehoods. In my experience this can be a tough layer to release. If it wasn’t for my experience with the Sedona Method® I am not sure I would be seeing through this as much as I am. This is the best technique I have found that can take us beyond this illusion. (or any other illusion for that matter.) So I am incorporating this method in my courses and individual sessions. Although I am licensed as a psychotherapist, I am finding that using the Sedona Method (which is not a psychotherapy technique) takes us directly into the realm of Unlimited Psychology. Unlimited Psychology includes all of the Life Addictions™ Course, the 7 overarching illusions we tend to buy into, AND the boundless loving kindness toward ourselves and others, the intuition that is always there guiding us, and realms of consciousness beyond words. There are even realms of consciousness available to all of us that are beyond beliefs! These realms are always allowing for the ever-present force of being-ness that does not need us to believe it in order to exist. As much as this may sound esoteric, it presents us with the solution to the angst that arises when we believe in the illusion of responsibility. The experiences that I have had have led me to realize that this can be a core illusion to let go of on the path to living a lifestyle with a much higher quality of life. Another way to say this more simply is that we block our own quality of life unnecessarily by believing we are responsible for things we are not! In fact the whole concept of responsibility can be a trap when we believe in it as opposed to just taking care of ourselves, and the things that need to be addressed in life. As they say in 12 step groups, just “do what’s in front of you.” (On the flip side, the pressure of the illusion of responsibility can lead some people to avoid things that need to be addressed but that is a topic for another post!)
I began to see that letting go of beating myself up as I let go of this core layer of false beliefs, was simply part of the process. First I had to let go of beating myself up for beating myself up!! Haha Then things began to shift. This is a work in progress for me but it is loosening up more and more each day and each moment that I allow it to. I am finding an increase in energy and an overall feeling of well-being beginning to take over where an old worn out sense of responsibility used to exist. My focus is shifting to the peace that is available to all of us all of the time. This shift is possible for anyone who wishes to experience it and is available at all times despite any thoughts we may have to the contrary. This is the best news of all!!
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Transforming Self-Doubt can be central to other big and happy changes in how we view ourselves and the world. Sometimes it only takes a little shift in perspective to trigger a whole domino effect of change in our view of ourselves. I had one along time ago when I was in a destructive relationship. The man I was involved with said I was screaming at him. All of a sudden it dawned on me that I wasn’t screaming, or even raising my voice, but I was saying something he did not want to hear. I checked with people who were in the same house and they confirmed it. They hadn’t even heard me talking, let alone screaming. I was prepared to apologize! I learned more and more as time went on that self-doubt was not a necessary or helpful way to look at myself. Being willing to be wrong is easier, and much more effective than just doubting ourselves. A simple course correction is easy when we see we are wrong about something. Doubt is not required! Openness to something beyond being right or wrong is a healthier and much more effective approach to life! It also makes us feel freer to explore possibilities rather than clamp down on ourselves with doubt. This brings me to the title of this blog. Empowerment is natural! When we simply allow ourselves to be, there is no need for doubt and we can make a course correction if we need to based on learning new information, finding a great resource, finding a supportive and complementary mentor, etc. This can take some practice but as with most of what we teach at Unlimited Psychology (UP, LLC) these “new” perspectives are things that are already in place and always have been! Going with the flow does not require us to develop a habit of doubting ourselves, and going with the flow can be one of the most empowering things we can do for ourselves. We are going to explore this in more depth in our upcoming free webinar series. Stay tuned! When you sign up for our email list we will let you know when we are offering our webinar titled “How to Transform Self-Doubt and Learn to Trust Yourself Like Never Before!”
How could we possibly make that kind of a change? Well it’s easier that you might think! In fact I’m finding its one of those things that is so easy it seems hard….What? We just get used to trying too hard that it takes an adjustment to just let things be easier is what I really mean. The truth is there is evidence all around us that shows us we can trust our intuition all the time!. Have you ever had a feeling and you listened and then realized you avoided, let’s say, a car accident? That is just one of the stories I’ve heard when asking people about this topic. And of course its one of the more obvious and easy to notice, but what about the more subtle things, like say when you forgot to get chill powder at the grocery store but then you open the cupboard and the very first thing you see right in front of you is chili powder!! That just happened to me the other day! But I did make a commitment some time ago to start looking for evidence of intuition at work. I had some experiences when I did NOT listen to my intuition and boy was that a bad idea! Sometimes those experiences can really show us that our intuition is correct though, so I am glad it happened a lot, or at least enough to get my attention. It led me to just keep testing it. Lately there have been some real miracles that seem to pop out of nowhere. I even started to think I was “making” things happen. hahah But now I have begun to see that I was just getting a little sign or a little feeling and when I follow it things happen that make life a little easier. In fact I’ve started to think its much easier to “go with the flow” when I make listening to my intuition a priority. Slowing down sure doesn’t hurt either. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? When we speed through life we miss an awful lot even if it feel like we are more productive.
The bottom line is this….The real illusion is that there is NO reason to doubt yourself. It’s backward conditioning, that’s all. I know it can feel so real, believe me, I’ve been there too, but it is NOT!!! I can say this with great confidence now. I don’t always feel confident, but I know its not real when I feel self-doubt.
Please give yourself a break and start looking for evidence of the support that exists within and around you all the time, part of which is in the form of intuition…
Hello and Welcome to our latest blog post! Although many of us do get caught in the the trap of self-doubt, or we get stuck in not so supportive states, we also have the capacity to embrace and live in a state of freedom even while we are still learning to adapt to life without doubting ourselves. Self-Doubt is a state that can mirror addiction. However the most important purpose of this work is to come to peace with our current level of development, not to make our states of mind “wrong.” The time has come for us to learn to accept where we are, even those things we find “unacceptable.” There are tremendous gifts in the areas we find “bad” or “negative” that we miss when we allow our consciousness to be locked into duality. These are parts of us we have decided that are “bad” and must be buried or hidden, or kept from the light. When we simply breath and allow what is to be, we open the door to miracles and find we can transform self-doubt. In fact it is one of my favorite realizations that we can actually trust ourselves to the same degree that we have self-doubt! I know this might sound weird but I’m finding it to be true more and more!! So click the purple button to download the 3 Tones of Empowerment and get the new year started by turning your perspective around to embrace your true nature!
No…Peace is Natural!
My mother taught French. She traveled to France many times until she became fluent in French so she could be a better teacher, and because she loved studying languages . Once she was even mistaken as a Parisian by tourists! As far as the stereotype of French snobbery, I never once experienced it, EVER! Of course my mother taught me to ask if someone spoke English and we always tried to learn new words anywhere we traveled. When I think of the violence that occurred in Paris and the way that travel to France has enriched my life and my mothers life, I cringe at the fact that another attack has occurred, and even more so at the fact that it was in Paris, a place that is a pinnacle of cultural and intellectual development. As far as the question of violence being a part of human nature, I still say “no” adamantly! Why then do we see so much violence in the world? It is my perspective that for those of us that do not have a mental or character disorder it is not natural to be violent. (In fact it isn’t natural for most people with mental or character disorders to be violent either.) What brings about rage and hatred that some are willing to act upon? Part of it comes from an unspoken or unacknowledged disparity, or the space between who we truly are and how we are “expected” to live. Fundamentalist thinking can be a strong pull away from our true nature. Clearly for some people this means learning to hate and/or kill from the get go. This space between who we truly are and how we are conditioned to live does not have to be infiltrated or taken over by society or any collective ideas or conditioning about what is true, but it often is. Charles Tart, PhD talks about this in his book titled Waking Up. He identifies a phenomenon he calls a “conscensus trance” that we “cast our psychoenergetic vote” to be a part of. This all happens unconsciously. In other words there is unconscious conditioning that we consent to in some sort of numbness, apathy, or “trance.” I see this “conscensus trance” as made possible by the 7 overarching illusions or the Life Addictions™ Course. They are illusions that can create mental distortions and resulting chemical habits that we experience as so powerful we think they are real! They may lead us to believe that the way we think is “correct.” There are more people today starting to talk about other possibilities! Although we may not be the majority, many of us are looking at what it’s like to accept differences in others. Personally I am finding that it isn’t as threatening as I might have thought. As I have examined the 7 illusions I uncovered, and allowed my energy to shift in each of them I can see that I no longer feel any sort of threat when someone has a different opinion or perspective than me. However, most people have been conditioned to believe in this artificial “pressure cooker” created by believing distorted versions of the 7 illusions are real. These people may also be so strongly conditioned to see “an enemy” that they attack even those who are not the “enemy,” or they justify that innocent people are a threat. This is an example of distorted versions of the illusion of separation, the illusion of control and the illusion of truth. The time has come for us to see through our own beliefs and the power they hold. This energy is available for us to use in new and different ways. It may appear as though things are getting worse in the world when in fact we may be entering a new state we could call the beginnings of “Spiritual Sobriety”. I know it may sound too hard, but this can even include sending love and compassion to those who perpetrated the attacks in Paris, as well as any and all “terrorist” attacks. Of course we allow those who have been harmed and those who have lost loved ones their grief, shock, anger and rage at these occurrences. We hold them in love and compassion no matter where we are on the planet, or how we may feel about the attacks. Compassion has no limits. It can be sent remotely (and outrage can fuel compassion.) It is when we are not directly involved in these crises that we may be in a position to really help. We are in a position to send our compassion to all involved even those who “perpetrated” these atrocities. Anyone reading this who is unable to do this, that’s OK too. We must “start where we are” and cultivate compassion for ourselves first. We may feel saddened hurt, shocked, angry, or enraged ourselves. The key is to honor whatever it is we feel. We may feel our own losses or traumas re-triggered. If we see terrorism as an opportunity to deepen our own healing from our own losses and tragedies, we are doing the world a big favor whether or not we realize it. We can do some of the most good by simply accepting our feelings. In some cases this will mean radical Acceptance which can lead to radical forgiveness. This means we accept and forgive that which is unacceptable or unforgivable. This does not mean we think or believe it is OK to act in violent ways, but we own our outrage. We infiltrate the space between who we truly are and how we think we are supposed to live, by inserting something even more outrageous like radical, revolutionary compassion. This bridges the gap and fuses us with our true nature. We do this because we may be more able to do so when we are not directly hurt. Or, we can tap into the times when we were directly hurt, and in our knowingness and empathy, send compassion to those who are hurt. Even if we have no reference point for violence we can still send compassion even to those who have acted in violence. Because we can see, at least to some extent, how horrible that must feel to be willing to end someone’s life based on a belief that such action is justified. And even more important, we can see that the word belief means “absence of thought!” This means that the beliefs that led to the attacks are not “real.” Can you imagine how that must feel deep inside to know that you have perpetrated an act that ended people’s lives? I feel bad because I got mad at my dog, an innocent bystander in my life! Besides the promise of paradise, it is no wonder that suicide is part of the attacks because it decreases the possibility that awareness might enter at some later time which can fuel transformation of the beliefs that led to the attacks in the first place! People can, and do, even transform in prison! Epigenetics is showing us that the environment around us created by beliefs can either activate or deactivate the cell membrane in our DNA. A “terrorist” that lives to transform their beliefs is an asset to the collective because it increases the chances of others waking up from this type of belief system. However, there are also many young people in these cultures we tend to demonize who are also waking up from the get go and they are speaking up about not wanting to be engaging in violence. They are also not renouncing their religions, but they are renouncing the need for violence in order to stay true to their beliefs. This isn’t in the news enough….yet! But look for it on You tube or Social Media! It’s there. There are sane people everywhere in every culture! The time has come for us to connect and unite!! Please see our FB page and comment or post! Peace is Natural! These days it requires us to be radical revolutionaries to stand in peace because it is our true nature. There are enough of us with pacifist tendencies to counter, or transmute these unnatural acts of violence because that is the nature of consciousness. Once consciousness rises to encompass All That Is there is no stopping the this force. It has a physics of its own that is far more powerful than we realize!
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