The Rope Trick, Magic, and Illusion

Martin Pistorius, author of Ghost Boy
Martin Pistorius, author of Ghost Boy

By Cathy Eck


The Rope Illusion

Last week, my improv class was given an assignment.  Half of the people lined up, one behind the other, on one side of the room; the other half lined up facing the first group on the other side of the room.  We were told that we were going to have a tug of war, but we had no rope.  We had to imagine the rope.  We each grabbed the rope making sure that we were gripping it correctly.  When you have no rope, you become strangely conscious about how you hold your hands.

Then the battle started.  We were told to play to win.  My side started pulling very hard, and we moved backward pretty quickly.  We had to navigate one step on our side in order to move backward, which was a tricky maneuver with so many people standing so close to each other. It appeared that we were going to win with ease.  Then the guy at the end of the rope on the other team (Eugene) dove on the floor and dug his feet in.  His body wiggled like he was fighting for his life; he started moaning and groaning.  His team picked up his lead.  At that point, his team suddenly started groaning in unison; and our team lost our edge.  The rope was rapidly moving the other way; we were being pulled down the step like dominos.

Before we started, it seemed preposterous that someone would give in.  Wouldn’t we simply stretch the rope and refuse to cross the line.  Would a team captain actually give in and cross that imaginary line?  Well my team captain gave in.  He fell across that line.  We lost an imaginary tug of war.  I could see why.  When Eugene dove on the floor, it was clear that he had decided to win.  Our team didn’t care enough to pull a bigger stunt.

This was incredible for me to observe.  It was a miniature illusion with a definite beginning and ending.  We’re all playing imaginary games — mini illusions within a giant illusion.  The world around us is a set with props.  We take actions for no other reason than to make a stronger statement than words can offer.  We believe that our actions speak louder than our words.  We treat actions like words with the volume turned way up.

If we understand that we treat actions in this way, we can often see through the illusion more clearly.  Actions are often consistent with our beliefs even if our words are not.  For example, someone says they don’t believe in God; but when they get sick, they say a prayer.  They believe in God.  A person who watches everything they eat has a fear of getting fat or sick.  But we often treat their action as evidence that the person is free of food beliefs.  They aren’t.  They simply have the willpower to fix the effects of their beliefs.  Fixing the effects of our beliefs makes the beliefs stronger, not weaker, until one day we don’t have enough willpower to get what we want.  The corrective beliefs stop working, and that leads to our death.  Watching Eugene’s great dive in order to win an imaginary tug of war, I’d guess that when things get tough for him, he throws his whole body into his problem.  And it probably has worked in the past.


Wars of Will

In the feminine role, we often feel imprisoned by people with strong willpower — people who speak or take action with powerful conviction that they are right or good.  If they also have a role of authority, or a damn good costume, we become even more feminine to them.  We don’t see what’s really happening.  Our attention goes to them because they’ve pulled the bigger stunt; and we now ignore our own mind.  If we watched our mind, we’d see the thoughts in our mind that transfer our power to them.  But we don’t.  We’re so trained to give our attention and power to the masculine role.

Unless the leader is coming from the True Self and has very few beliefs (in which case we won’t mind being feminine to them), they probably have an insatiable desire for the object of their attention.  They’re willing to do whatever they believe it will take to win.  In other words, they know what they believe, and they follow such beliefs.  They are congruent in that their thoughts, match their words and actions.  That gives them power.  They’re playing to win.

We all get confused and start to think that a physical battle is actually taking place because we’ve been trained to view life that way.  If we’re in a feminine role that we don’t like, we share similar or same beliefs with the authority figure; or we wouldn’t be in the situation.  But we probably don’t want to do what’s required to win; we don’t like our beliefs.  We aren’t congruent.  Perhaps our conscious says the beliefs are wrong or harmful.  Or maybe it’s just too much hard work.  If we let go of the beliefs we share with the authority figures/winners, we’ll become congruent within.  Then we won’t lose to them anymore.  In fact, there will be no reason for us to be in their world anymore.

We aren’t battling with anyone else ever — that’s only how it looks in the illusion.  We’re all having a battle with our own false self.  And most of our false selves look pretty similar.  This is hard to see because we get our false selves from others; and often our relationships create false connections between us.  If we agree or rebel against a belief system, we’re holding that belief system in our mind.  Letting go doesn’t happen until we move into true and false.  We have to see the shared beliefs as false and powerless.

We don’t think to let go of the beliefs we have about those who appear to judge us or imprison us.  But we can; and when we completely let go of the beliefs we hold about the people in the masculine role in our lives or the beliefs we share with them, these people lose their false power over us.  Beliefs have only the power that we give them.  If we don’t give power to our enemy’s beliefs; they can’t harm us anymore.  They are no longer our enemy.  Win-lose has no power around win-win; that’s why people in win-lose consider the True Self to be the supreme enemy.


Locked In

I just finished reading an amazing book.  It’s called “Ghost Boy, the Miraculous Escape of a misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside his Own Body.”  It’s written by Martin Pistorius (pictured above) from South Africa.  Around twelve years old, Martin got very sick.  Experts had no idea what was wrong with him, and they now believe that he had something that doctors label, “Locked In Syndrome.”  That’s one hell of a label.  He ended up with no ability to control his body or communicate.  He was literally mentally locked inside of his body.  People assumed that he was a vegetable, and labeled him as such….another horrible label.  They thought he’d die soon.  But he didn’t die, and he wasn’t a vegetable.

After awhile, Martin became completely aware of everything going on around him.  He felt how people judged him.  He noticed that they treated him like an infant.  They played Barney on the television at his day care center.  He hated Barney because he was a teenager.  They moved him in rough ways because they thought he wasn’t feeling anything.  They abused him emotionally, mentally, physically, and sexually because they held him in their mind as a burden.  They didn’t check to see if his food or water was the right temperature.  They didn’t notice when he hated the food they gave him; they forced him to eat it even when he’d gag and vomit.  He realized that people had no ability to understand him; therefore, they treated him as if he didn’t matter.  This is the same phenomenon that allows people to kill or punish someone they’ve labeled an enemy.  And we learn this mentality from religion — it’s the knowledge of good and evil.

Martin remained “locked in” for years.  Then he slowly emerged from his cocoon.  He said the first thing he taught himself to do was tell time by the movement of light.  He felt some power in his ability to do that.

When he heard his mother say that she wanted him to die, he had to work hard to find compassion for her.  But he did.  He stepped into her shoes and understood her point of view.  But he didn’t accept her words as true.

Eventually a massage therapist started talking to him normally as if nothing was wrong; and he felt a sense of relief and power in that.  Martin described this woman in a very beautiful way.  He said that, unlike the other caregivers at the center, she seemed to truly love her work.  And most important, she didn’t see him as a worthless vegetable.   What he described was the perspective of a True Self, which sees value in everyone.  They see beyond the physical into the mental realm.

You can’t teach someone to be a True Self.  They are, or they aren’t.  Martin’s caregiver noticed that he responded to her words as she massaged him, and she recommended that he be tested.  They suddenly learned that inside this lifeless body was a bright, talented human being.  And now people began working to get him out.  More important, their FALSE illusion of him was proven wrong; so they stopped projecting on him.

Martin’s book makes more sense than almost anything I’ve ever read.  Once labeled, Martin become feminine to everyone.  Experts (authority figures) said he wasn’t in there.  No one checked to see if the experts were right.  That’s how it is in the illusion.  People don’t question the experts.  People ignore the feminine.

Martin was probably a sensitive child who mirrored the lack of awareness in his parents and authority figures.  Instead of fixing their mind in order to produce a better reflection, the authorities broke their mirror.   Martin tried and tried to muster up his will; but if we’re in the feminine role of the illusion, our willpower seems impotent.  But he did see that their assessments of him were false; and he slowly grew in power as he learned that he could trust his own perception.

Martin’s story is about perception, and how the perception of others in the illusion can imprison us.  It looks like a physical imprisonment, but it’s not.  Very few people are stuck in physical prisons; most are stuck in high security mental prisons.  The story also demonstrates how fixing the effects of a problem doesn’t do anything — it’s lose lose.  No one ever looked for the cause of Martin’s illness; they just went on fixing the effects.  Even as the story ended, Martin still could not speak without equipment and still can’t walk.  The problem is that no one has yet looked for the cause.  Maybe they never will.  But Martin is happy and has found love, which is what he wanted most.

It isn’t until we break free of the illusion (let go of the beliefs that keep us stuck in it) that we can see the truth.  Like Martin, we’re often aware that other people’s perceptions of us are wrong/false; and we feel trapped in our bodies unable to speak the truth and tell people who we are.  Like Martin, we notice the believers in the illusion outnumber us.  We notice that some people seem to win because they effortlessly follow the illusions’ dominant beliefs.  We wonder why we can’t just do that.

We weren’t meant to follow the illusion; our life is about breaking free.  We must work on our mind and find power in who we truly are in order to break free.  We must realize that their perception is false and, therefore, powerless in our world.  We must stop battling with the illusion and it’s players and realize that the enemy is our own false self.


How We Get Stuck in the Illusion

Hypnosis helps us to understand this phenomenon of getting stuck in the feminine role within the illusion.  Just like the rope in my classes’ tug of war, roles are simply a construct of the illusion.  If we imagine ourselves as a ball of energy, we give our energy or power to those in masculine roles.  We take power from those we consider inferior or feminine to us.  And this isn’t considered wrong in the illusion.  It’s how it works.

It’s only when we decide that we want freedom, when we will no longer take a masculine role and abuse others, that we desire to let go of roles all together.  We’re trained to see roles, but they aren’t real.  While studying hypnosis, I read a book called “Hypnotism and Mysticism of India” by Ormond McGill.  While hypnosis is relatively new in the west, it’s an old technique in the east and middle east where magic, mysticism, and hypnotism went together like conjoined triplets.

Magicians clearly understand the power of the masculine role, and they trust the innate desire of the feminine role to follow.  McGill helped me to understand how easily humans (in the feminine role) are fooled by people who take advantage of our natural ability to fill in gaps in logic in any situation in order to make sense of it.  We do this because we don’t want to see that the magician is a fake; we don’t want to see that our leaders are false.  If we did see this, we’d have to do something about it; and that is far too frightening for most.  It’s a fear or anger that arises in people as they start to see through the illusion.  Often it causes them to thwart their quest for freedom.  The illusion looks too damn powerful.  But it’s not.

False leaders have very strong willpower and the ability to project their ideas into the minds of the followers.  These magicians/gurus don’t use fear like the western religions; they embed their beliefs in their practices, teachings, and rituals.  They use projection to appear magic and powerful, like the “Wizard of Oz.”  Their power relies entirely on our inability to see the trick from the feminine role.

McGill explain a very popular Indian rope trick in great detail.  People fall for these types of tricks routinely.  The audience is certain that the magician is a spiritual master; they cannot fathom how the trick could be done with magic.  The author explains that maya, the eastern word for illusion, is created through suggestion combined with visualized and projected concentrated thought, which is projected by the magician on to the spectators.  In other words, the magician projects his will on the audience.  The spectators suspend their disbelief; and they think the trick is miraculous because the thoughts in their mind are thoughts they received from the magician/guru.  They are not their thoughts, but they don’t notice that because they don’t know their own mind.  This is why the key lesson of the initiates was to “know they Self;” in other words, know your own damn mind so you know when you have received thoughts that another has projected on you.

McGill also explained that telepathy is very common in the east; and eastern people are more sensitive to it than western people.  This is why people are so easily drawn into the beliefs of yogis and gurus.  As the eastern ideas have become more popular in the west, we find that westerners also get sucked into these people’s illusions.  If we don’t know how to discriminate, meditation and eastern practices make us more susceptible to telepathy.  Our conscious mind is not manning the fort.

In short, when we meditate or relax, we become more like we were as children when our minds were mostly in the alpha state.  And this is why we all got highly programmed as children to believe what our parents believed.  With gurus and spiritual teachers, it appears that the eastern-style meditation is for the relaxation of the participants.  It’s really for the benefit of the guru/teacher.  My friend actually got a guru to admit this.  This does not happen with the western style meditation that I write about on this blog.  In western meditation, we don’t float away.  We watch our thoughts, get to know our mind, discriminate, and let go.  We actually move more into our body as we do this process.

Sadly, McGill says that those who do this sort of hypnosis for magic are conjurers.  But then he believes that those who do it and sell spirituality are different.  I’d say the people he calls conjurers are more honest.  They’re actually admitting that what they do is a trick.  So the book starts to fall apart a few chapters in — at least for me.  I don’t recommend it.  He starts to explain eastern religious principles as the truth when he’s really just explaining mysticism or the occult…a close cousin to magic.  If you aren’t discriminating, he could convince you that these gurus really do have it going on.


Stay Out of My Mind

I was very good at keeping others out of my mind until I meditated.  If something another said didn’t feel right, I just didn’t accept it.  It wasn’t a big deal, it was a natural way of being.  I had no idea what I was doing other than I watched my mind all the time.  I knew when a thought got into my mind that I didn’t like.  But over time, I lost that skill — I lost my gatekeeper.

I got into meditation to relieve stress from work.  I loved the calmness, but I was not letting go of the thoughts that arose.  I was focusing on my breath or something else.  I often went to group meditations without realizing that the leader was often expressing their beliefs while we were in the alpha state of mind.  Not good.

I was doing eastern meditation to quiet my mind, not free it.  At that time, I didn’t know freedom was possible.  But I was teaching my mind that I liked quiet.  And our false mind is very obedient.  So my unwanted thoughts became more unconscious.  They didn’t speak up because I wanted quiet.  Oh fuck!

I see this often with people I mentor.  If they have meditated in the past, they often find their mind just goes quiet; and they can’t find the causal belief.  They aren’t feeling any emotions when they should because they’ve trained themselves to be out of their body looking in.  That won’t get them free.

Since I had watched my mind so much, I could see that my thoughts were deteriorating as I meditated.  However, those thoughts were now showing up more in others as my projection.  This upset me; I was becoming like a guru.  I was seeing my beliefs in others.  While I didn’t want to cause my life to suck, I was even more upset about causing someone else’s life to suck.  I could now see that others used projection to win at the illusion.  I suddenly realized that I had the secret to success; and I couldn’t even use it in good conscious.

This was a sign that something was seriously wrong with eastern meditation; and I quit.  But much damage had been done to my mind.  I noticed that other people’s thoughts were now sucked into my mind much more easily.  It was as if my natural discrimination had been removed or fallen asleep.  I could see that thoughts that I’d dismissed earlier in life with ease now felt true.  I’d put another belief system in my mind and that belief system was highly tainted with psychological reversal.  I had to unravel what I’d put in to cause this problem.

When we begin to watch our mind in order to get free, we discover that we’re the thinker of very few of the thoughts that pass through our mind.  We’re shocked at what we find in there.  Then as we let go, and travel deeper and deeper into our subconscious mind, we’re amazed to find religious and social beliefs that we swore we did not have.  We don’t remember anyone telling us these beliefs directly.   But they feel true or at least powerful.  Many of those snuck into our mind because we all have the belief that if it happened to them, it could happen to us.  Others slip in when we want to fit in or be a good member of a group with strong beliefs.  Some beliefs get in because we feel we must accept them because we have a dictator for an authority figure.

Mentoring has taught me a lot on this subject.  I have mentored people of different races, different cultures, different social and financial status, and different ages; and they all find the same damn beliefs to let go.  They might say them in a slightly different way.  But the illusion is the illusion is the illusion.  Our differences are very minimal.  All religions cause a similar deterioration of our mind.  They are the root of all problems, suffering, disease, and death.  And yet, billions of people keep these belief systems alive because they think they will take them to God.  They are still treating their life as if they are having a real tug of war; when they don’t even have a rope in their hands.

The idea of getting into another person’s mind has become more mainstream in the west.  Things like NLP and hypnosis have become popular in recent times.  People buy tapes with subliminal messages on them to reprogram their mind.  They take meditation classes and adopt eastern practices.  It’s insanity.  We don’t think about what we’re doing.  People think that putting positive statements or the truth in someone’s mind is helpful.  But it isn’t.  As I’ve said many times.  That’s putting ice cream on top of shit and calling it a sundae.

When I worked as a hypnotherapist, people wanted me to put beliefs in their mind.  I could not do it; it just felt so wrong even if the beliefs were supposedly “good beliefs.”  So this caused me to find another way.  It was the beginning of my discovery of how to let go.  I first did it with people in hypnosis.  Then I dropped the hypnosis, and it still worked.

We don’t realize that we’re giving others power over our minds when we accept their teachings or practices.  We often don’t even question them until we are drowning or very sick.  And we rarely see them as the cause.  Our false self always blames the wrong thing.


Tricks and Traps of the Illusion

This topic exposes several big beliefs that we must understand if we are to escape the illusion.  Often as we tackle these beliefs, we feel overwhelmed with emotion.  It’s important to face the discomfort and witness the emotion until it’s all gone.  That can take a while.  If you still feel emotion around a belief, you still believe it.

While western religions tend to bully people into accepting their point of view, eastern religions sell their practices as healthy or good for our mind.   They slowly get into our psyche; and we start thinking as they do.  We’re like lobsters in a pot.

If we look at the east (until recently when the western mindset started to move east), we find lack of desire, extreme poverty, and lack of creativity.  Many who engage in the self-help or New Age/eastern movement complain of these symptoms.  They start wondering who they are and what they should do with their life.  They often turn to astrology; it makes sense, astrology was born in the east to tell people who they were.  But it defined their place in the illusion.  Our True Self doesn’t need to be defined.

These seekers start to feel overly sensitive — they believe they are feeling other people’s emotions.  They aren’t feeling other people’s emotions.  They’re believing everything that others say, and then they’re feeling the corresponding emotion for accepting that belief.  The confusion arises because they can’t imagine they believe such things.  They don’t remember accepting such beliefs.  But they’ve been going to healers, meditations, or yoga classes; and they made themselves too open.  Often they say things like “All is one.”  That’s true for the True Self, but deadly for the false self.  We don’t want to be one with other people’s false selves.  I refer to this as level confusion.

Freedom requires that we are the master of our mind.  But that means that our mind is free of ALL beliefs.  A free mind is a natural mind — the way our mind was before we accepted beliefs.  When most teachers talk of mental mastery, they talk of a highly-focused mind or a mind that’s able to control others or project on to others.  They talk of willpower and control.  They talk of taking actions that are congruent with widely-accepted beliefs.  People like Tony Robbins program their minds for success like they’re programming a computer.  That’s not mental mastery.

That’s conjuring and magic; that’s the occult.  That’s not freedom; it’s prison with walls that you can’t see.  But like the invisible rope, those walls have power.


So why do we do this?

Well, within reason, it can be very fun.  My rope experience in improv class was hilarious.  But we dropped the game when we were finished.  We disconnected.

On the other hand, people who belong to a religion or group of any sort all accept the same beliefs; and they’re expected to keep them.  They don’t drop the false connection they have with the group.  This is why it’s difficult for people to leave groups.  They share a false self connection that they don’t want to lose because our false self is lonely and incomplete.  The power of any belief system is dependent on numbers of believers.  So when one person leaves, it weakens the group; they try to pull them back.  People who leave often feel that they still must obey the rules of the group or they’ll be judged.  Or worse, many groups tell members that they’ll have bad fortune, get sick, or even die (or be killed or punished) if they leave.  This is all done to keep the illusion fed.

But let’s take this further.  Someone joins Weight Watchers to lose weight, and they do lose weight on the program.  But as soon as the program is complete, they start to put the weight back on.  You see, they accepted the belief that the way they ate with Weight Watchers causes weight loss.  They also accepted the opposite  of that — if they don’t eat that way, they’ll gain weight.  This is why these companies are so profitable.  They’re sure you’ll be back.  We really have to watch our mind to catch these sorts of traps.

Recently, I was working with someone who wanted to quit smoking.  I asked her to imagine the inhalation of the cigarette smoke, and she was calm and said it felt good.  She had no thought and no physical reaction.  I felt calm listening to her; she wasn’t bullshitting me.  Smoking was relaxing and enjoyable to her.  She had no bad thoughts about it.

So I said, “Where are the bad thoughts about smoking…the judgments?”  “Those come from others,” she replied, “My mom.”  When she thought being judged for smoking, she felt her lungs tighten and her breath shorten.  It wasn’t the smoking that caused her physical problems.  It was the judgment of non-smokers that was projected on her that caused her physical effects.  She felt feminine to non-smokers, who have become quite zealous in the last few decades about smoking being a dangerous thing.  They lock smokers in and project consequences on them.

Regarding smoking, she was like Martin from the “Ghost Boy” book.  She felt the power of a large numbers of believers imposed on her.  She felt she couldn’t escape their prison without becoming one of them.

We treat every subject like religion in the illusion.  There are rules that define good.  You obey those rules, and you get rewarded.  You disobey the group rules, and you get punished.  After being part of a group for awhile, you self regulate.  You will reward and punish yourself according to their rules until you let go of their rulebook from within your mind.

Once we see that system at work, and we realize that it’s how the false mind works, we can start to use that wisdom to take down any subject within the context of our own mind.  Once we let go of other people’s beliefs in our mind, we start to hear our own voice more.  We start to discriminate between true and false.  We start moving down the road to freedom.

We’ve all accepted beliefs that make beliefs powerful.  These beliefs must go.  First of all, we’ve accepted the giant psychological reversal that says that beliefs that generate emotion are the truth.  Work on letting that go so you can see beliefs as beliefs.

There is another key psychological reversal that I want to encourage you to let go.  You’ll probably find a lot of emotion around this one unless you’ve really suppressed that emotion.  In order to get free, we must notice that we’re trained to feel guilty when we expose beliefs as false.  This renders us powerless to deflate the illusory bubble.

Oddly, we usually feel no emotion if we impose a belief on another, even though we are doing them incredible harm; we’re limiting their life.  We can see this in Martin’s story.  His caretakers were doing their job.  They didn’t feel guilty because they were following the orders of the experts.

When we suggest that another’s belief isn’t suitable for us or just plain fucking not true, the person might insinuate that we’re hurting them or being rude.  If we notice our emotional reaction to their accusation, we’ll realize that they aren’t speaking the truth.  Their words aren’t true because they’re generating emotion in both of us.  This psychological reversal acts like super glue in keeping the illusion in tact in our mind.  People seem to have a very hard time catching it.

When we reverse this BIG one, and know that we’re doing nothing wrong by exposing beliefs, we start to feel some real power inside.  We start to speak the words that cut through the garbage.  We stop accepting judgment for being ourselves or not having beliefs at all.  We stop hiding in the closet.  We speak and live what we know to be true.  Our actions line up with our beliefs; and we start living our life and fulfilling our desires.  We’re now the congruent ones.  We’re not just congruent with our beliefs, we’re congruent with our omnipotent True Self.


It’s All Magic

There’s a show on television that exposes magic tricks.  After, seeing how a trick is done, you’re no longer impressed.  And that’s a good thing.  Magic or illusion depends on our ability to see what we’re told to see, not what really is.  Living a free life is dependent on seeing what really is, not what we’re told to see.  And as we let go, what really is becomes better and better.

When we discriminate, let go, and free ourself, no one can trick us again.  Those illusionists will eventually be out of a job.  That’s their problem.  Magic just won’t work anymore as people learn to hear and see the truth…just like it was in the beginning before the fall.


Cathy Eck is a true pioneer always pushing the boundaries of thought and beliefs. Cathy is courageous about exposing the status quo. While her ideas might not be popular, they are effective, practical, and true. They create unity where division once existed. They create love where hate had reigned. They create joy where pain and sorrow were once normal. They are ideas worth considering and hopefully embracing.

This Post Has 25 Comments


    This article really shows me how careful I need to be with people generally. If I go to the grocery store and see someone who appears to be upset, or struggling or maybe they are projecting on someone like a manager at grocery might with their staff…It’s now a whole different ball game.I now see that people are just fighting their own projections.

    So instead of believing what I am seeing, I now let go and see what really is. It makes me see letting go as a diamond sword that cuts through illusion. Now I don’t see anyone as enemies. I noticed this part of this blog:

    “Magic just won’t work anymore as people learn to hear and see the truth…just like it was in the beginning before the fall.”

    The fall sounds like something that describes how a True Self got covered up by the false self. I will read this article next.

    1. Cathy

      That wasn’t the purpose of that article. It was to point out that all the crap from the east is exactly that…crap. Don’t read too much into it.

  2. Kelly Riddell

    This is such a helpful article. I go back to it every once in awhile, and keep finding more to let go. Thanks!

  3. steph

    Yes, this makes sense Cathy. Thank you

    1. Cathy

      Awesome Steph!

  4. steph

    You say the cause is in our own minds but you say people are putting thoughts and beliefs into our minds…which is it?

    1. Cathy

      It’s your own mind, but you didn’t make up most of your beliefs. You heard them from others, mostly; and you believed them because you trusted the other They don’t sneak in there like some people like to think; but when you hold another in the masculine role or believe them without discriminating, their thoughts get into your minds. Also, things like drugs and alcohol shut down our discrimination and cause us to just believe anything we hear. But if we were on our game, we’d only hear emotion when we thought a false thought. That’s the goal.

      And of course, people do shut off their discrimination with any guru, which is what this post was reflecting. They let the guru populate their mind with thoughts which they then believe to be the truth. Then they are eventually thinking like that person. But they allowed it. And it is the believing of the thought in their mind that causes the emotion. If we hear something false but don’t believe it, it we don’t get an emotion about it. Often we even laugh. Hope that helps, Cathy

  5. Alan

    I have before felt strong guilt, and around that love and acceptance and after that there was a strong relief and lightness

  6. Alan

    Cathy the believe that came up for me is something bad is going to happen to me like get hurt or sick

    1. Cathy

      Yes that is a strong belief, very common. And it sounds like it is a helpful voice. Right? But it isn’t. The false self often pretends to be helpful and it never is. That belief came out of emotion so it isn’t true that you will get sick or hurt; those things are all part of the illusion. They are false. So you have to recognize that the belief isn’t the truth; it is a very common lie. It might try to fight with you. The key is to realize that the emotion is letting you now it is false. And you keep feeling emotions and see what comes up next and next. There will be thousands of beliefs; and they are all false. The average person thinks thousands of false thoughts a day. If they think one or two true thoughts they are probably doing quite well. Even their positive thoughts are often just their false self giving them some memorized quote or affirmation. Cathy

  7. Alan

    To see the Illusion

  8. Alan

    since I have been reading these blogs I am beginning to the illusion all over the place and more emotion is coming up, is this common with your fellow readers

    1. Cathy

      Yes it is common. You always saw it before, but didn’t notice it. You thought it was the truth. Also after reading this blog people start to be more savvy about watching their minds and bodies. They start to really notice their visceral reactions. One thing to remember is that we have to know what is the illusion so we don’t think it is real, and that is why I write this. But ultimately, we don’t want seeing the illusion to just become the reason for the way things are. We want to realize that what we see is false, powerless, and it no longer gets attention in our mind. There is a saying about the illusion that is something like at first it will just piss you off, but then if you allow, it will change you. That’s not exactly right, but it is pretty much how it works. What happens as you let go of the illusion is you see less and less illusion. Then one day, you see it only as a voyeur. It’s kind of all entertainment. You aren’t bothered by it because you know it is harmless. Cathy

  9. Alan

    Very helpful Cathy thank you

    1. Cathy

      You are so welcome. Cathy

  10. Alan

    thanks Cathy

    I have been really drawn to your blogs, they resonate deeply with me, I feel like I have been stuck in the feminine mostly, I have realized over the past few years I have been hurt a lot by taking on projections, or that’s what it seems and feels like, at this point I am feeling emotions such as fear grief guilt and terror very strongly. I guess letting go of beliefs is a good idea for me but I have to admit sometimes I don’t know what I am believing. I have also noticed around all the emotion and the super ego there is a voice of acceptance or a feeling of openness, like a voice saying it’s ok I love you. Any input on this? Thank you very much

    1. Cathy

      Most of the people who come to this site, and my other site, feel exactly the same way. The reason is that when we are strongly stuck in the feminine, the cause appears to be in the mind of the people we are pleasing or obeying. In truth, it is in our mind, but that is hard to see until you let go for awhile. The best place to start is described in this post, You have to use the strong emotions as a guide to take you to the beliefs. Then when you see the beliefs, you must remember that the strong emotions mean that the belief isn’t true. Many of these beliefs will look normal or collective, but they are still false. Most of what everyone thinks is completely false. I write a lot on these blogs because I know that understanding the illusion and knowing it was false and ultimately powerless helped me a lot. But you want to make sure you spend lots of time letting go, not just understanding the illusion. Understanding doesn’t give us relief. Letting go is what relieves our emotions. The more time you do it, the more results you will get. I still spend a couple hours each day letting go, and I still find more beliefs. But they mostly go quick; they look stupid. And most of the ones I find now are very old beliefs, from my earliest childhood.

      The voice of acceptance can be your True Self or it can be a trick voice or memorized voice. There is no way to tell except to let it go. If it sticks around it is true; if not, it was what I call a protector belief. It was keeping you from letting go. Hope that is helpful, Cathy

  11. Alan

    Cathy I was wondering how you fell about the popular western teacher eckhart tolle who to me seems to really expose the false.

    1. Cathy

      Hi Alan, This is always a tricky topic. Tolle says a lot of things much as I do, but he is mostly in the masculine role and he projects as masculine minded teachers do. The words of the truth exist within the illusion. And we listen to people who say them because they feel good to hear. Often they have kind of locked into the true words because of their strong desire for truth. So they do speak truthfully but they see true and false as opposites. False must become powerless rather than the opposite of truth. And it does as we let go. But many people who are eastern oriented let go of the emotions without letting go of the belief; then they just take the true side of the opposing pair of true and false. They take the exit out of the illusion and make it right and wrong within the illusion. This is the trick of the east. They see everything as an illusion, not just the second cause thinking. What causes you to be able to see this is to set your desire on Freedom, not Truth. We can know the truth but not be free. If we are free we also know the truth. Free is the more expansive desire. And that is why the gurus and teachers are so unappealing to me even when they say nice things. The truth is obvious; I want something much, much more than they do.

      This should not be the case at all, but sadly most of the time popular means that the person has found a nice comfy place in the illusion. I hope that changes one day soon.

      You can see what I’m saying in his book, “The New Earth” he talks about someone coming to him and he takes on the projection and then puts it on a man in a restaurant and the man goes crazy angry. He didn’t get that this is what people do in the illusion. If he was letting go, he would have seen the thought form in his mind and realized it was false. Then he would not have projected it on the other. For me that was a big red flag. If you let go, you won’t project your emotions on others. You will use those emotions to take you to the false thought. We all accept projections all the time like he did from the woman who came to him (until we really get completely free), but the question is do we believe what we’ve accepted is true. If we hold it as true, then we will unconsciously try to put it on another and erroneously call that spirituality or freedom. It’s a trap that is common.

      What I’ve discovered is that you can’t really trust your mind until you are coming from the feminine or no roles. Then you know you aren’t just channeling or being positive or avoiding your emotions. Enlightenment tends to be about separating yourself from the illusion in a superior masculine role. Initiation is about being right in the mix of the illusion and not believing it — no superior or inferior. So the two aren’t comparable. They are for different end results.

      But more important, you don’t want to put anyone else’s ideas in your mind. That is just knowledge. What I say is true for me but knowledge for anyone else. That is why I focus on ways that you can let go and the idea that you can let go more than what truth looks like. I want to provide the support for you to make the journey but not say so much that the false self memorizes it and turns you into a false teacher or guru. It is a tricky undertaking because the false mind loves knowledge. Hope that helps. Cathy

  12. Paul Loredo

    David Hawking’s levels of consciousness got me to buy his book…I laugh much more on your blogs..”holding the rope.”

    I recommend “The Planets” New West Symphony, March, 27, 28 or 29th.

    Committed to calmness, Paul Loredo

    1. Cathy

      Thanks Paul. I’m glad someone’s holding that rope. I assume “The Planets” is in LA. I’ll check it out; always love a reason to go to LA. Cathy

  13. Brian Marshall

    Hi Cathy,

    Best info ever. I found that if I stay in my own lane and just continue to let go. It really keeps me on the true side of things.

    I love all the self – Power you help me to see….


    1. Cathy

      Than you Brian. Cathy

  14. Phil Schumacher

    Eastern Meditation has really opened my mind to being all fucked up. I really do see my projections so often now…so much so that it actually feels that each time I talk, I’m just projecting. I can see this in wanting to teach or be my own guru.

    I think this is the way that I know I am starting to see my thoughts now – I just really want to stop the projections. It repulses me to know that I am limiting other people whenever they believe my crap. Did you notice that finding your way back to your natural “gatekeeper” was to catch the projections?

    1. Cathy

      Yes Phil,
      When I saw the projection, I realized that what I was seeing in them wasn’t true. I shut up and let go of what I saw. If I talked to them, they just got confused. I noticed the masculine tendency to blame. And I enjoyed the fact that letting go from the masculine role is easy if we are willing. We just have to admit that our judgment is false.

      In the case of Martin, his caretakers were projecting. All they had to do was acknowledge that they weren’t seeing something true. We owe that to others.

      I found it so easy to let go when I had authority that I was horrified when I was in a feminine role and didn’t get the same treatment. That’s why I write what I do. Cathy

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