Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Eternal Hitchhiker

When we find ourselves living beneath the psychological and emotional footsteps of others, we clearly know we have acquired victim status.  And with this realization of powerlessness, we learn how to allow others to trample on us over and over again with little or no resistance from us.  This is the beginning of our victimization.

As self-anointed victims, individuals who believe we are powerless, we are willing to accept less from life as long as we believe its our duty to do so.  Some of us have  become psychologically disabled by the sheer weight of victim beliefs.  We are being pushed downward further and further away from the core of our power. We find it difficult to remove ourselves from beneath the weight of victim beliefs.

The arduous journey of living with illusions has crippled us.  We have become weaken, almost bedridden, to the point that we require psychological wheelchairs to travel.  The wheelchairs make us conspicuous as victims to others. Yet it's from our wheelchairs, crippled by our beliefs, that we must begin our journey to overcome victim beliefs.

On the journey, crowded with millions of others, we move forward beyond the stench from the decaying minds of victim consciousness. As we move slowly, cautiously, and aimlessly through the institutions lining the crowded road, searching for some magical potion to free us from our powerlessness, we do so with the beliefs we will find it from within the institutions. Yet unbeknown to us, we are searching for something that doesn't even exist.

There's a common tendency among people who feel powerless to begin our search for empowerment by searching for something that will give us a quick-fix. And since we are blinded by illusions of powerlessness, we are willing to follow anyone who tells us they know where the magic potion is located.  And because of the deep pain of victim consciousness, we stand by the road and try to hitchhike a ride with someone, anyone who we believe can take us to our freedom.

Similarly, as we hitchhike rides from unknown passersby, we join with others who are besieged by the same type of  illusions of victim consciousness that have rendered us powerless. The further we travel and the more rides we get, we continue to remain victimized by a growing sense of powerlessness.

Nevertheless, if we search deep within our consciousness, we will discover  the origins of our powerlessness.  We will clearly see that it began with our birth, which we had no control.  And we believe it ends with our death, which we also have no control.  It's these two events that cause us to embody our initial beliefs about powerlessness.

Meanwhile, it's the life we live between the two events that we must focus our attention. This is where we are now.  And from this position, whatever we may believe it is, we must work to live our lives with power, because there are many choices we can make that change the outcome of our lives.

One choice we all can make is to change how we think and live and seek enlightenment. Our births nor our death have nothing to do with the way we live while we are alive. This is the time for us to stop hitchhiking rides from others and begin walking and riding on the enlightenment road. There's a plentiful supply of light on the road for us to clearly see where we're going.

Meanwhile, to search for enlightenment during our journeys on this planet is the freedom found within each one of us.  WE can make choices for ourselves. And if we are awake, we can see even greater opportunities to express power into all our actions. This is our gift of life.

While we have little control of our birth and death, we do have control of how we live our lives.  We can choose to live as victims or as enlightened individuals.  We can act with power or remain powerless.  We can express love or hate, pain or suffering, peace or anger and many other things.  We can even kill someone or express kindness to him or her. We can express negativity or positivity.  We can do all sorts of things with our lives.

If we can do all sorts of things with our lives, then why do many of us choose to become victims?  Is there some type of inherent desire or thought implanted in us before we are born?  Do we enjoy living this way or is it because we believe it's what we were created to do? 
On the road to enlightenment, we use the self-discovery process to understand the power we have to live life more abundantly.  We know the differences between thinking of ourselves as victims versus thinking of ourselves with the potential to achieve enlightenment.

When we become aware of our power, we clearly know that our potential is not fully expressed in life until we understand the nature of the illusions responsible for our victimization.  To overcome beliefs of powerlessness, we must conquer the illusions we have created to rule over us.  This conquering of the mind process frees us to express our true nature of enlightenment.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Wandering Mind of Victim Consciousness

Today, more than at any other time in our lives, we are challenged by our actions and reactions to people and things.  Whether it's economic turmoil or personal fears of gloom and doom, we act or react to whatever we believe is threatening us. And without thinking very much about how or why we respond to things in a certain manner, we continue inexorably into the cesspool of victim consciousness.

Each time we make a decision to act, we use something to prompt us to do so. And unless we make a determined effort to participate in the self-discovery process of understanding the nature of victim beliefs, we remain trapped and controlled by thoughts we know very little about.  These are the runaway thoughts that create all the daunting challenges we are always responding to.

Why would we ever devote any time to understanding our thoughts?  For most of us, it's just not that important.  We act the way we do because it's the way we have always acted.  And we believe, at least some of us do, that we have been very successful acting in this manner. 

So, we opine to ourselves, there's no problem with our actions.  The problems are caused by the people -- politicians, supervisors, ministers, doctors, bankers, and so on -- we interact with. And by the things -- banks, corporations, credit card companies, government, the media, courts, and so on --we interact with.  They are responsible for our problems.  We are mainly the victims of powerful people and their institutions.

Similarly, the daunting challenges facing us are mere reflections of our belief system.  We think it and then it expresses itself into people and things. This process of creating is problematic for those who desire to change how we think and live. By embracing this type of process we become victims of our own illusions without fully recognizing what's happening to us.

Nevertheless, as we become more enshrined in our illusions, we become more restless with our creative process. We lose control of creativity and become spectators of our wandering thoughts traveling aimlessly through our minds creating more and more victim beliefs.  And it's our victim beliefs -- thoughts of being powerless when facing difficult problems -- that render us helpless in understanding the great power contained within our thoughts and the beliefs that create them. 

Regardless to the magnitude of the problems we face everyday, we are the ones with the power to understand their origins and do something about them.  By understanding our problems we understand the process we used to bring them into our lives. Then we know it's an illusory process victims use to live and act as victims all the time.

When we enter into the self-discovery phase of our journey, we take the time to examine the nature and cause of our problems. We perceive them for what they really are, not what we believe them to be. This opens us to clearly understand that the things we endow with power are actually nothing more than illusions manufactured in our minds. 

During moments of great despair, we use our beliefs to create and recreate perceptions of things (illusions) outside of us all the time.  We give life and power to these illusions greater than that which we give to ourselves.  It's a strange phenomenon, particularly for people with such great power not to use it to live life more abundantly.

Meanwhile, whenever we victimize ourselves, we victimize our thoughts.  We lose control of them and they wander hither and yonder doing whatever they desire.   The truth about who we are is found in our wandering thoughts. There's nothing else to us, but our thoughts and beliefs.  We can deny who we are, but we cannot deny the existence of our thoughts and who controls them.

The wandering mind can become our friend.  Since it's a part of us we must teach it how to live within our consciousness.  This is the love and understanding that draws us closer to enlightenment. This is what we do when we take the time to understand the true nature of our problems.