Real Life Illusion
Reader Comment: When people are feverishly trying to prove or disprove something we must ask ourselves if the thing they are trying to disprove threatens them.
Why must you ask this? People have many motives in trying to prove or disprove things. It can range from anywhere to playfulness, to dislike of ignorance, to making positive change, to teaching others, to desire to aggravate, etc. Many who feel threatened are more likely to hide their heads in the sand rather than expose themselves to conflict or ridicule.
Question: Why do you sometimes discuss non spiritual topics like global warming?
One of the most important things that I (and other teachers) have taught is the importance of overcoming illusion. The reason for this is that illusion must be overcome before a person can approach the third initiation and make a major step toward liberation.
Now when I speak generally about overcoming maya, glamour and illusion students of all political thought will cheer me on and accept the teaching as inspired and true.
But listening to principles described in general terms and agreeing with them in general is a much different animal than applying them in real life. When we seek to do this then the student will often say Whoa! This is not the path of learning I ordered. I want spiritual things. Let’s meditate or something.
The realization the student must acquire is that all the ingredients of life are spiritual and must be solved through the spiritual eyes of the soul.
One can only solve illusion by seeing the illusion in his life and around him in the world. If he does not see through such illusion his progression on the path has a great wall in front of it that must be dispelled before he can move forward.
One of the reasons I respect the writings of DK so much is that he identified many of the illusions of his day when other teachers ignored them, or in some cases embraced them. For instance, he identified the Nazi threat when it was young whereas many other spiritual teachers didn’t see it as a problem. On hindsight, how enlightened would he have looked if he had not done this?
Even so I would not look like much of a teacher a hundred years from now if I did not identify a few illusions surrounding us.
If the idea of global warming being an apocalyptic threat is not true then most of the world is buying into a great illusion, just as those in the days of Columbus bought into the illusion that the world was flat, even after Copernicus proved otherwise.
Many of the ingredients that cause global cooling and warming are natural and beyond our control, and there is much disagreement as to how much of our present warming is due to human activity vs natural process. Many governments funded climate scientists blame humans, whereas geologists point out the natural cycles and say we are due for another ice age soon and the extra CO2 in the atmosphere may actually protect us from feezing in the long run.
To become a disciple the student must learn to see through illusion, and many of these illusions that must be seen through are not particularly spiritual in the traditional sense.
I am thus presenting the great illusion that there is scientific proof that humans are mostly responsible for global warming as an example of one of the many illusions that must be seen with eyes of vision, seeking that which is true rather than that which we have been told.
The consensus of the world only sees the most obvious of truths – like there are 24 hours in a day, the universe is big, it’s wrong to steal, etc. But if you take the world’s consensus on anything where the truth is not 100 percent obvious then they will often be wrong.
For instance, here are some of the truths the authorities of the world proclaim which involve illusion and are not true at all.
- Food supplements are a waste of money.
- Throwing more money at our problems is the most important step in solving our problems.
- You only live once.
- You shouldn’t question something that is widely accepted.
- An authority on a subject can see always truth in his expertise better than those not accepted as authorities.
- Resources of prosperity are limited.
- Prescription drugs are necessary in most cases where they are prescribed.
- Humans are mostly responsible for global warming.
There is often much illusion in the things that are proclaimed by the world to be true. One of the principles of discovery is to take in that which the majority believe and then look in the opposite direction. In this opposite direction will be much truth. Many of the things I have presented over the years have been discovered in this manner.
The reader wants to know what the big deal about dispelling the illusion of global warming is about for “all the people who believe in it are trying to do is get us to spend less money on gasoline and electricity? How is my saving money on my electric bill and gas a problem?”
Ah, but you have just put your finger on one of the illusions involved including the false idea that the cost of electricity and gas will go down. The motive of many behind the global warming movement is much deeper than mere conservation, or reduction of CO2.
For one thing, those who oppose putting more CO2 in the atmosphere also fight tooth and nail against the two forms of energy that produce no CO2 and are responsible for its greatest reduction. They are hydroelectricity and nuclear power. This tells us that the motive of the movers and shakers is not what they say. If CO2 is creating the emergency that they claim then they would want to keep all the dams and build all the nuclear power plants we can.
Many of those involved are anti-free enterprise (and anti-freedom) and want to destroy our present system and replace it with one of their own. This is why many of them appear to be such hypocrites. Actually, many of them are not hypocrites because they do not believe that which they are trying to shove down our throats because they really have another agenda. If polluting the earth would help their real cause many would be pushing us in that direction.
Reader: I do agree many environmentalists are hypocrites. I live in Massachusetts and I can’t stand the many people trying to stop the Cape Cod Wind Project saying it will hurt their beach view. Also, where does J.J. get his information? I’m not trying to offend, I’m genuinely curious and I’d like to be able to check out these books myself.
I’m not sure what information you are referring to but if it is around global warming, I have referenced most of my data on it. The movie I mentioned on “YouTube” is a good one. Here is the link:
One of the best books I have read giving accurate information on global warming is:
“Unstoppable Global Warming, Every 1,500 Years,” by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery
On the Senate floor Wednesday March 21, 2007 Senator Inhofe asked Al Gore: “Are you willing to make a commitment here today by taking this pledge to consume no more energy for use in your residence than the average American household by one year from today?”
Senator Inhofe then presented Vice President Gore with the following “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge:
As a believer,:
* that human-caused global warming is a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue affecting our survival;
* that home energy use is a key component of overall energy use;
* that reducing my fossil fuel-based home energy usage will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions; and
* that leaders on moral issues should lead by example;
I pledge to consume no more energy for use in my residence than the average American household by March 21, 2008.”
Gore refused to take the pledge.
Senator Inhofe should have given Gore some slack and asked him to limit himself to five times the average household. I’m sure he would have still refused.
Question: Do you think that we should drill and drill and drill for more oil and line the pockets of oil companies with all the ‘profits’?
If businesses didn’t line their pockets with some profit, then civilization would come to a standstill. As I pointed out earlier big oil isn’t lining their pockets nearly as much as big medical, yet are seen as much bigger profiteers. We can’t expect any business to not have self-interest. One is not much more guilty than another in this age. I certainly try to make a reasonable profit in my business.
Question: Specifically, what ‘restrictive laws’ are you concerned about affecting parts of your life?
Laws that would restrict energy use to the extent that our economy could go into a depression – long gas lines, rationing, jail for rebels, etc. The possibilities are endless.
The reader then says that he believes that money can fix our problems and we need to vote with our dollars.
True, voting with our dollars helps. Change is slow though unless something wakes people up.
I hope to be an agent that will stimulate some change in the near future.
John Edwards, a strong advocate of laws to restrict energy use, owns a 28,000 square foot mansion. When asked what his power bill was, he said ‘a couple hundred a month.’
Yeah, right. He appears to join Al Gore who uses 20 times more energy than average in his home in just one of his locations.
March 22, 2007
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