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Butterflies Are Free To Fly
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In the last chapter of the book, the author suggest that “toward the end of your time in the cocoon, you begin to see ripples in the Universal ocean, movement in the ‘Earth Environment’ template; and sometimes it’s fun to speculate – in a general sort of way – where those ripples might be heading. I’m seeing a couple ripples I want to focus on for a few minutes before I end this book, simply because I find some of this stuff fascinating.” “The first ripple I see is that the drama and conflict and pain and suffering and war and violence and hardship in the 'Earth Environment' template are actually increasing across the world, despite – or perhaps, as explained in Chapter Eighteen, in part as a result of – the resistance of more and more 'peaceworkers.' Some of the 'developed' countries haven’t been so hard hit yet, but they will be as the global economic system becomes more chaotic. It seems like every day the news is full of more deaths from war and violence, and from natural disasters as well. More people are out of work around the world, more barely living from hand to mouth, more losing their homes, more with no idea how they or their families will survive. More economies are failing, more governments are collapsing or being challenged, and more theories of everything are falling by the wayside. For me, however, this is not a 'bad' thing at all.” “Ripple #2, going in the opposite direction, is that there are also signs more and more Players are waking up from their dreamstate, or at least waking up within their dreamstate. Now the interesting question is: What if a large number of Players were to leave the movie theater; make their way through their cocoon; let go of their judgments, beliefs, opinions, and fears; and were able to perceive this new frequency range? What effect would that have on the 'Earth Environment' template in The Field – the one the Infinite I’s use when creating holographic experiences for their Players?”
24 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In Chapter 35, the author uses a lot of quotes from U.G. Krishnamurti (no relationship to J. Krishnamurti), as an example of the way other scouts talk about the transformation into a butterfly. For instance… “People call me an ‘enlightened man’ – I detest that term – they can’t find any other word to describe the way I am functioning. At the same time, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all. I say that because all my life I’ve searched and wanted to be an enlightened man, and I discovered that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all, and so the question whether a particular person is enlightened or not doesn’t arise. I don’t give a hoot for a sixth-century-BC Buddha, let alone all the other claimants we have in our midst. They are a bunch of exploiters, thriving on the gullibility of the people.” “The holy men are all phonies – they are telling me only what is there in the books. That I can read – ‘Do the same again and again’ – that I don’t want. Experiences I don’t want. They are trying to share an experience with me. I’m not interested in experience. As far as experience goes, for me there is no difference between the religious experience and the sex experience or any other experience; the religious experience is like any other experience. I am not interested in experiencing Brahman; I am not interested in experiencing reality; I am not interested in experiencing truth. They might help others; but they cannot help me. I’m not interested in doing more of the same; what I have done is enough.”
30 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In Chapter 33, the author explains why he cannot recommend the work of Robert Scheinfeld, even though he credits Scheinfeld with providing him with a lot of pieces of the puzzle. But, the author says, he met Scheinfeld on the road and killed him. In Chapter 34, the author uses extensive quotes from the Enlightenment Trilogy of Jed McKenna as an example of another scout who the author believes “– whoever he really was – was totally authentic. He had to have actually experienced what he was writing about or he couldn’t use those words and describe his condition so perfectly. I knew here was a man – another scout – who stood in full view of the Pacific Ocean; and he was expressing the very same thoughts and feelings I have come to know can only be thought and felt when one has reached this point along the journey.”
37 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
Chapter 31 begins with the question: "You’ve been pretty hard on the ego throughout this book. Isn’t that a judgment in itself?" The author explains that "we have assigned the ego a lot of power during the first half of the Human Game, and we have rewarded it time and time again for the good job it has done, to the point that it seems to have taken on a life of its own. But we should not make the mistake of judging or blaming the ego, or view the transformation into a butterfly as an all-out war with the ego. After all, the ego is simply another piece of the hologram that isn’t real, but only looks and feels real; and it has played its part perfectly in our holographic experiences just like anything and anyone else we have encountered while playing the Human Game." In Chapter 32, the author tackles the very difficult question of Compassion. "This whole model seems to me a very selfish way to live. Where’s your heart? Where’s your compassion for the pain and suffering of others?" The author responds that the concept of Compassion, by definition, "belongs in the first half of the Human Game, inside the movie theater, and not in the second half. Why? What’s “wrong” with compassion? Nothing is “wrong.” That would be a judgment. But compassion as it is defined (and practiced) automatically leads a Player to judge the experiences of someone else as “bad” or “wrong,” to think they have the power to change that person’s reality, and to entertain the wish to do so; and none of that is possible or appropriate in the second half of the Human Game. It also inevitably leads the Player who’s trying to be compassionate into frustration, sadness, and sometimes even despair; or, in other words, it leads further into limitation and restriction."
27 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In the second part of Chapter 30 dealing with the question of Money, the author further explains why fads like “The Secret” and the “Law of Attraction” don’t work for most people most of the time, and end up making us feel even more deficient and defective when we fail to manifest what we want. “Despite what the ego would like us to believe – that we have the power to create a motorcycle, for example, or money, or a house, or anything because of something we, as a Player, did – this is one of those beliefs inside the movie theater that can only lead further into limitation. By design, it’s important the Player misassign the true source of its experiences in the first half or the illusion would be broken and the Game would be up.” Instead, the author suggests “It’s really pretty simple… if my Infinite I wants me to have an experience, it will give me all the money needed for that experience. If I, as the Player, think I want to have an experience, but my Infinite I disagrees with me, the money won’t be available no matter what I might try to make happen. You can’t get any simpler than that!” "There’s only one thing I can guarantee you, based on my own experience and the results of testing and challenging this model: Once you’ve processed your judgments, beliefs, opinions, and fears about money, your Infinite I will have a much easier job getting the money to you to follow your excitement; and you will grow to trust your Infinite I completely that it will provide all the money you need to have the experiences it wants."
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
Chapter 30, dealing with the question of Money, is divided into two episodes. In this first part, explaining that “I have an unlimited supply of money to have whatever holographic experience comes up for me in each moment; and so do you, although you don’t realize it yet. But I don’t ‘make money.’ No one makes money. We only think we do. That’s part of the illusion inside the movie theater.” He then goes into detail about all the false beliefs people have about money that determine how much and in what way they are able to accept money coming into their holograms. “They are all beliefs people have about money, ‘stories’ they make up to explain why they think they don’t have enough money, or can’t make more money, or in many ways feel like they are a victim of the ‘money game.’ Repeat: All of these beliefs are false in a holographic universe, which should be expected since they were all formed while inside the movie theater. So the first thing to understand about money is that it is created by your Infinite I, and if your Infinite I wants you to have any particular holographic experience, it will have to provide all the money you need to have that experience as well.”
40 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In Chapter 27, the author admits that he believed in past lives for about 50 years, but had to change that belief in light of the holographic universe model, since time does not actually exist and a “past” life is not possible. He explains about parallel universes and the Many-World Interpretation of quantum physics. In Chapter 28, the author looks at the questions of Karma and “Cause and Effect.” “In truth, the “law of cause and effect” is nothing more than a belief system, and, like space and time, is a function of the hologram and is therefore not real. Remember that “believing is seeing;” so if you believe in the “law of cause and effect,” you will see it in action all around you. But what if you don’t believe in the “law of cause and effect? A Course in Miracles says, ‘This is a course in cause and not effect.’” In Chapter 29, dealing with the question of “Trust,” the author suggests that “All trust begins with trusting your own Infinite I.”
27 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
In Chapter 24, the question is, “If we don’t share one big common hologram, how can you and I go out at night and see the same stars, or watch the same movie, or see the same people? How could someone else agree with me so much on what we call “reality” unless we were actually seeing the same thing?” To which the author suggests there is an “Earth Environment” template in The Field which Infinite Is use to create the holographic experiences for their Players. In Chapter 25, the author explains why the now-popular New-Age saying, “We Are All One,” cannot be true in a holographic universe, based on the most recent brain research. “There is even one philosophy that believes the idea “we are all one” is a kind of hypnotic implant that is finally coming to the surface to be seen as an error and cleared away.” In Chapter 26, the author suggests that an Infinite I might have more than one Player representing it in the Human Game. “Why not? An Infinite I is not limited to the number of Players it can have in the Human Game, even simultaneously. Perhaps your wife, or your husband, or your children, or your best friend, or your worst enemy, is another Player from the same Infinite I. Won’t we all be surprised to find out one day?!”
25 minutes | Jan 13, 2011
Part Three is a section with Questions and Answers. For example, to the question of whether or not we all live in one big, common hologram, the author suggests in Chapter 22 that "each individual human brain receives and translates its own separate hologram downloaded by its own Infinite I from The Field. This, of course, is inherent in the truth “you create your own reality,” if we would just pay attention to what those words really say and mean." In Chapter 23 the author deals with the question of "other people" who appear in our individaul holograms.... "I take the viewpoint that the “other people” I meet in my holographic experiences who play any kind of significant role in my life are Players in their own right, with their own self-consciousness, who have agreed to play a role and read a script for me and either reflect something I think or feel about myself, give me the gift of information or insight, or set something in motion to support me; and visa versa. In this way, we can give each other lots of gifts of experiences. In fact, each and every interaction between Players is a gift from one to the other, and back again, no matter how one or more Players might judge that experience and the other Player’s role in it."
24 minutes | Jan 10, 2011
In Chapter 21, the author talks about what it's like to become a butterfly... "Keep peeling away layers of an onion and what do you have when you get through? Nothing. It isn’t that you peel away the layers and finally get to the onion. You get to the no-onion. The same thing is true for the self. After peeling away all the layers of the ego, you get to… no-self. Jed [McKenna] says it takes about ten years to get used to living as a no-self, to get accustomed to being “awake from the dreamstate,” to operate without false knowledge and a false ego. I don’t know about that, because I assume he’s talking about living those ten years after emerging from his cocoon as a butterfly. First, I’m not certain it’s true he’s a butterfly; and secondly, I won’t know until I get there. I do know it is a very different way to live – a very wonderful and joyful and peaceful and exciting way to live – and even where I am now takes some getting used to." He also speculates on what might happen in the future, based on Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance... "Perhaps I’m simply one of the first generation of rats to find their way to the Pacific Ocean, and perhaps those who come after me will find it much easier and faster. But it means I’m just a rat like everyone else; and I don’t want to leave this book without paying tribute to all the rats who came before me and made my maze a little easier to navigate, and especially to all those other rats who died trying to find their way out of the water. Then, maybe, if Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance turns out to be correct, all the rats who come after me will escape ten times faster, without so many wrong turns, and this process will spread throughout the world until a critical mass is reached and all the rats turn into butterflies."
27 minutes | Jan 10, 2011
In Chapter 20, the author says, "Finally I have the opportunity to tell you how I feel standing where I am, looking at the Pacific Ocean, close to emerging from my cocoon as a butterfly." "In short, life is even more than I ever imagined it could be, and who I am now is who I only hoped I could be for many, many years; and I haven’t yet finished my transformation into a butterfly, so perhaps there is more to come. I know I have done my job well and fulfilled my purpose, because, most importantly, I now know who I am and my purpose for being here. I am a Player for my Infinite I, created by my Infinite I to represent it in the Human Game; and I am totally honored and privileged to be that and nothing more. I have given up trying to be something I’m not. I call it 'Serenity of Being' – that state of complete acceptance with total joy and appreciation for 'Who I Am.'"
30 minutes | Jan 10, 2011
In Chapter 19, the author looks closely at fear, focusing especially on the fear of death and the fear of non-existence. "Are you living your life so if you died today, you would have no regrets, no sorrow, no remorse? Could you meet death today and welcome it with open arms? You will find yourself living exactly that way when you get a little further into your cocoon and start to let go of all the fears you are carrying. But I’m starting to sound like some other new-age philosophers, suggesting we need to let go of our fear of death; and that’s not really what I’m trying to say at all. I’m saying we need to stop resisting death and begin to meet it eye to eye, embrace it, bring it into our conscious awareness on a daily basis, and make it our constant companion. I’m suggesting we need to stop judging death as “wrong” or “bad” and life as “right” or “good,” to stop living in duality when it comes to life and death." "Since the beginning of recorded history until the present time, all religions, spiritual philosophies and belief systems (including the most recent New Age theories) have all had one thing in common: a solution for this fear of non-existence – the idea we are really an immortal soul which will continue to exist after our physical death. But is that true? Does that stand the test of spiritual autolysis? Is there any proof, any evidence we are really anything more than a temporary self-consciousness that will cease to exist when we die? Is the idea of a soul, and the immortality of that soul, simply our solution to the fear of non-existence, leading to more judgments, beliefs, and opinions? Is it possible “being an immortal soul” is just another layer of ego we need to let go of?"
30 minutes | Jan 10, 2011
"After more hours upon hours of spiritual autolysis, I wrote something else that is true: What you resist persists." In Chapter 18, the author examines the question of resistance and how the idea has been perverted inside the movie theater. "The truth is that all resistance is based on a judgment; or put the other way, resistance would not exist without a prior judgment. If you judge something to be “negative,” you resist it. So the solution is not to try to deny or ignore the “negative” thoughts and focus on the “positive ones,” but to eliminate the judgment altogether that is the source of the resistance."
46 minutes | Jan 7, 2011
In Chapter 17, the author discusses the effects that beliefs and opinions have on our world as a result of the judgments we make. He talks about Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, who says, “How we see life determines our behavior, and since perceptions can be wrong, it is more accurate to say that beliefs control biology – what you believe creates your life. Life has everything in it, but you will only see what you have belief filters to see.” The author uses a very controversial example of our belief in Jesus dying on the cross and the impact that has had on our lives, concluding that “even the Bible does not say it happened that way, unless you read the Gospels with that belief already in place; and then you still have to make some very big assumptions. So we start with a judgment that we are all, as human beings, innately defective (the Roman Catholic church calls it “original sin”); we form a belief – despite the evidence – that a Son of God has been resurrected from the dead in order to save us from our sinful nature; and we are of the opinion that anyone who doesn’t believe in Him cannot make it into Heaven. It makes for a very interesting game!”
36 minutes | Jan 7, 2011
In Chapter 16, the author suggests that “judgment” is the glue that keeps the first half of the Human Game going. “After hours upon hours of spiritual autolysis, I finally wrote something that is true: Judgment is the source of all pain and suffering. This might only be true for me, but I doubt it.” “All holographic experiences created by all Infinite I’s for all Players are completely neutral. It is only the Player’s judgmental reactions and responses to those experiences that cause the drama and conflict and pain and suffering.” “Letting go of judgment entirely is perhaps the most radical step any human being can take, which is why this book is subtitled, “A New & Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution.” It is also a most joyful way to live, for without judgment all experiences “out there” are seen as perfect and nothing needs to be changed, fixed, or improved.”
26 minutes | Jan 6, 2011
In Chapter 15, the author discusses “detaching and desirelessness.” “The truth is there is nothing “wrong” with desires and no reason to resist them or try to live without them. We are free to desire anything and everything we want. Our desires make life interesting and exciting. The problem only starts when we become attached to having those desires fulfilled. In other words, you cannot be attached to realizing or achieving your desires, so that whether you realize or achieve your desires or not has no effect on your happiness or state of mind. It is not the desire that needs to be detached from; it’s the attachment to its fulfillment.” “Think of it this way… in order to become a butterfly, a caterpillar has to give up the attachment to its body, the feel of the earth as it crawled along, the leaves it enjoyed eating, the 4000 muscles it possessed, the hair it used as protection, and so on. But letting go of those attachments is well worth it when the end result is a butterfly with its bright colors, light body, wings to fly, and the magnificent taste of flower nectar. Being a caterpillar is a wonderful experience; being a butterfly is total freedom.”
30 minutes | Jan 6, 2011
In Chapter 14, the author discusses the process called “spiritual autolysis,” offered by Jed McKenna in his Enlightenment Trilogy, using extensive quotes from Jed’s three books. “Autolysis means self-digestion, and spiritual means, uh. Hell, I don’t really know. Let’s say it means that level of self which encompasses the mental, physical and emotional aspects; your royal I-ness. Put the two words together and you have a process through which you feed yourself, one piece at a time, into the purifying digestive fires…. It’s an unpleasant process…. basically like a Zen koan on steroids. All you really have to do is write the truth…. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yes, that’s all there is to it.”
34 minutes | Jan 6, 2011
In Chapter 13, the author discusses a “process” originally proposed by Robert Scheinfeld to use when a holographic experience causes a Player discomfort - “which includes mental discomfort as well as physical and emotional discomfort, all the way from a slight emotional reaction to intense pain and suffering. The easiest way to spot this is that you will wish something about your present hologram would change, because you don’t like some part (or all) of it very much.” “That’s what Robert’s Process is all about… recognizing we are immersed in an amazing 3D holographic movie in order to have an “inner experience” from the “outer experience,” that our Infinite I is writing and directing every scene of that movie down to the smallest detail, that there are actors playing their roles in our movies to which we are reacting and responding, that any discomfort we feel is based solely on our reactions and responses and the power we assigned “out there” to the movie, that the only power we have is to change our reactions and responses if we are not happy with them, and then express our appreciation to the writer, director, and actors who did their job so well to show us the true source of our discomfort and give us the opportunity to write a new ending for ourselves.”
30 minutes | Jan 6, 2011
In Chapter 12, the author suggests that the Human Game is divide into two halves, much like a rollercoaster has two parts - up the first hill and then down. He then goes into detail about the “rules” of each half and how they work. “According to this model, the first half of the Human Game was designed to experience limitation and restriction – in all shapes and sizes – and all these rules lead to that. So if you have been following the rules (and you literally could not do anything else), you have most likely experienced a great deal of limitation and restriction in your life. You just didn’t know why until now, because you weren’t supposed to.” “Basically, the second half the Human Game is the opposite of the first half. It’s about 'what is, now.' It’s about letting go of the fears that dominate your thoughts in the present and about the attachments to your 'self,' the layers of false identities, the personality construct called the ego you think is you. It’s about a war with Maya, the Goddess of Illusion, as Jed McKenna would say. It’s about finding out who you really are. It’s about discovering what is true. It’s about becoming a fully realized “no-self” with serenity of being."
33 minutes | Jan 6, 2011
In Chapter 11, we listen to a fictional conversation between two Infinite I's as they supposedly create the Human Game on Earth, offered by the author as a new model for how the universe works. "And it’s high time for a new model. The models of how the universe works we used inside the movie theater are no longer valid, all based on the wrong premise that the movies we are watching are real. With the recent results in quantum physics and other scientific experiments, we need to come up with a new model that conforms to our new understanding of the holographic universe." "This may sound incredible, and you might be laughing or thinking I’ve totally lost it. But is it any more incredible than all the other creation stories found in every one of the world’s religions? Is it any more theoretical than a “big bang” no one can find or explain? Is it any stranger than aliens from the Twelfth Planet genetically engineering homo sapiens by combining the DNA of apes with themselves, as our Sumerian forefathers apparently believed?"
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