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A Journey of Awakening
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Internal and External Power
Learned something interesting about myself that I like, and I suppose it sound egoic, but it is still the truth. I found that I cannot tolerate tv or movie programs that are violent. Even the commercials or movie trailers are difficult to watch. I simply have no interest in negative programs, and it seems that most are just that. Which leads me to some thoughts on power. I really like the explanation that Gary Zukov gives in his book, Seat of the Soul. He explains that there are two kinds of power, internal and external. The ego thrives on external power and is is represented by money, possessions, control, and so on. Internal power is true power, and it is simply your own higher self being in control, and finds no need for the trappings of the external. Sure, we still need food, shelter, etc., but we have no need for more than we actually will use. We don’t have the urge to get more, more, more! External power is temporary, and we will all pass on from this life at some time. If you have enough to eat, a home, something to do, then you have all you need. It is really quite simple.
Look at the world today (if you must) and what do you see? Conflict, turmoil, chaos, fighting, and ALL of it is due to the quest for power….external power. Power outside one’s self. Power over others. One of my biggest pet peeves is the way the news manipulates watchers. Sad. So many fall for it, and those are examples of external power. Whenever I talk about this to anyone I hear the same thing said, “I watch the news to see what is going on, that’s all.” In other words, they don’t get sucked into the morass of negativity the news trashes out. I know it makes it look like I am all above it and whatnot, and that is not my intention, these are just observations that I find relevant to my own situation. I cannot watch the news, I cannot watch violent programs, and I am bothered by 90% of the commercials I see. Why? Because the Spiritual awakening process provides us with other views of the world. Views we’ve not been aware off, or not much, anyway. One of the byproducts of awakening is you see through the crap, and often get very short-tempered about it. I even get angry at commercials for the way they are trying manipulate the watcher. Is nothing built on honesty anymore?
Ask yourself what you would do or feel if you suddenly lost communication with the outside world. No TV at all, no newspapers, no radio. You would still have your home, your car, your job, your family, the trees and yard outside, the sun, moon, stars, sunsets, sunrises, and so on. Just no news. Would you be uncomfortable? Probably for a while. You see, the television folks are smart, they advertise their news as “The News you need!” or a special report on “How to protect your family!” Always based on FEAR. The fear of this or that happening. If you didn’t see the news or read it would you have that fear (usually unjustified fear, by the way)? For example: someone got robbed ten blocks away in the city you live in. YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID! Time to move away! Get out of here while we can! Fear. Fear keeps the external power alive, keeps us from looking inside for authentic power, the power of the soul or higher self.
Ask yourself this, too: how many times have I, personally, been robbed, beaten, attacked, etc. etc. in my lifetime? Happens almost everyday if you listen to the news! You are always in mortal danger! Always! But Channel 6 Can Help! Bullshit. Fear mongering is the lowest form of external power acquisition, and the networks thrive on it. They’ve figured it out, and if you are focused on external power, as they are, you will fall for their approach.
About tv shows and movies. What is it with the explosions, car crashes, speeding cars, violence of ridiculous levels, and emotionless killings? Do people really want to see this all the time? Why? To make them feel better about themselves in some way? I don’t get it. Seems to engage the lowest levels of humanity, of our need for violence and fear. Same with the huge number of ultra-violent shoot-em-up video games. All about killing! What is it that attracts people to these so-called games? I may simply be old and out of touch, I don’t know, but I abhor these games. I realize that I should not judge, but at least for me they are not good.
I am finding the world more difficult to live in. There are many unknowns, many confusions, and too much angst. I want a quiet back yard and a soft breeze, and less external fear coming at me. And it does come from all around. We even create most of it ourselves, including me. Moving out of the path is my desire, and slowly there is a little headway. I’ve found that I can always say no. Simple. No, and move away.
Live in the moment we read all the time, and though difficult to change our way of thinking, it can be done. The past is gone, remember the lessons you learned, forgive yourself for any mistakes you feel you’ve made or wrongs done to anyone else, or to yourself. Forgive everything! Life is right now, the past no longer exists. Now, about the future: not here yet, won’t be here ever, so give it little thought. Sure you have to set things up for the future, like retirement funds, saving for college, that sort of thing, but that is far different from “living in the future” or for the future. Those who do are losing their real lives, the present moment. We don’t know if there is a future beyond this moment, and if there is and we are focused on it we miss the essence of life right now. So set up your savings accounts, your 401Ks and all of that, then forget them! Come back to what you are doing right now, this minute. Look at the richness of now. So much to see, feel, and live.
There are many ways the egoic, external power temptations come at us. But believe it or not, it is actually very simple as far as what they want to accomplish. Very simple: the ego and its attempts to accumulate external power are doing it for one reason, that is to keep you from going within. To distract you from seeking the authentic power of your soul that you find when you move away from fear, focus on the past or future, and into the light of your true soul self.
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