Thursday, October 21, 2010

Public Enemy # 1

Humans as a whole have become accustomed to thinking of themselves as the top of the planetary food chain. In actuality, it is a small minority of humans who occupy this position. Their primary prey is other humans. They are the estimated 1 to 6 percent, formerly known as psychopaths. I say "formerly" because the designation "psychopath" was removed from the DSM III and from the WHO's list of recognised psychological disorders. They decided that there is no real difference between psychopathy and sociopathy, and so the former has been merged with the latter. If you use the term "psychopath" in the presence of educated people, especially doctors, they will almost always "correct" you. I find this removal suspicious considering the speed with which new (and far more questionable) mental disorders are being added to these same lists.

The real reason the term "psychopath" was dropped is blatant Orwellian thought control. If there is no name for something, it cannot be discussed. There is a difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. No one is born a sociopath. Sociopaths are made as a result of massive psychological trauma during childhood. They consequently display impaired empathy and have no bond with the collective. They are nearly always dysfunctional within society. The attitude of the psychiatric establishment is: If you can function within society, you are mentally healthy; if you can't, you're not. It doesn't seem to occur to them that society might not be mentally healthy. So depression is defined as an illness, rather than a sane response to a sick society, and psychopathy is not so defined.

A psychopath can be made, but a significant number of them are born that way. Studies done on the brains of psychopaths show a measurable and significant lack of structural integrity in the white matter bridge that connects the frontal lobes with the limbic system (emotional brain). What distinguishes a psychopath is a total absence of conscience. They are unable to experience empathy or remorse. In contrast to the sociopath, they are capable of functioning quite well within society. In some sectors, such as politics and business/finance, they have an enormous advantage over non-psychopaths. Among the CEOs of top transnational corporations the rate of psychopathy is 100%. Another trait that is common to all psychopaths is an insatiable hunger for power and control. The unfortunate result is that psychopaths now occupy the top positions in all power hierarchies. I repeat: psychopaths now occupy the top positions in all power hierarchies. If you doubt that this is so, please ask yourself this question: "Would I be richer/more powerful if I had no conscience?" Now think about the implications of your answer. It's really blindingly obvious once you know what you're looking at. We've been carefully conditioned not to see this.

How To Recognise A Psychopath

Psychopaths are very practiced at concealment. If you know what to look for though, you can recognise a psychopath. There are signs. I'll list them in their usual order of appearance, since it is important to spot these predators as early as possible to minimise the damage they can do.

1. The eyes:
It is possible to recognise a psychopath by their eyes. There is a sort of hollowness in them, which is occasionally replaced by a hard glittering when they are aroused by acquisitiveness, malice, or the chance to control others. Psychopaths are very good actors, so it's best not to rely entirely on this identifier, unless you know you can.

2. Seduction:
It is important to remember that psychopaths are notoriously charming and attractive to most people. This is partly because of their great skill in lying, and partly because of their aura of self-confidence. Psychopaths never doubt the rightness of their own aims and actions. The first technique a psychopath will use on his or her selected victim is to shower them with flattering attention. They will make you feel special and important. People frequently report this after having met prominent politicians. This feeling of specialness on the victim's part is invariably accompanied by the subconscious awareness that his/her own specialness depends on that of the psychopath. If you succumb to this, you will have just made your first investment in your future victimisation. This maneuver serves to prep you for the psychopath's next move...

3. Trespass, or the totalitarian tiptoe:
The next step will be some small undermining of your integrity. The psychopath will do something ethically unacceptable, either towards or in front of you, and you are meant to excuse it because, "It's only a little thing." Each time you do, it represents a further investment on your part. This technique will slowly escalate over time until you become so invested that you can no longer offer any resistance or reasonable objection, because you have made yourself complicit by each prior acceptance. You'll keep telling yourself that it won't get any worse, but it always does. The escalation will not stop until one of two things happen: you are used up and discarded, or you demand that it stop, and walk away from your investment.

4. Compulsive lying:
This trait is shared by both sociopaths and psychopaths. They lie continuously and often unnecessarily. They do it for entertainment as well as profit. They tell so many lies that they can't keep track of them all, so if you've known a psychopath for any length of time, you'll probably have caught them doing it. When they are caught, their response is to aggressively deny it and act offended. They will often succeed in making you feel guilty for having accused them.

The identifiers listed above, are not discrete stages. They all operate continuously. They just become noticeable in that order most of the time. Psychopaths normally employ seduction alternately with trespass, so you'll stay hooked longer. Lying is always present, but it usually takes a while to see it.

Psychopaths employ the same techniques at both the personal and collective levels. Many of our social institutions, such as government and the economy, are designed to facilitate and normalise psychopathic predation. It is practically impossible today to avoid complicity in it, however unwilling, and our collective investment is enormous. Take the monetary system as an example. In a world not designed by and for psychopaths, money (if it were used at all) would be for trade. Trade is exchanging something of value for something of equal value. But our economy doesn't work like that. Ours is based on the "profit motive". This is the deliberate intention and practice of unequal exchange. It is taking more than you give; stealing, in other words. In a profit system, it is not possible for everyone to receive fair value for their contributions. Not only that, but the system demands that more people will receive less, than will receive more. It is a system that benefits the very few at the expense of the very many, and carries it to insane extremes. And the few who benefit, the top predators, constantly tell us that it is right and good that they should take so much. They deserve it, you see, because they are so special. And you could be special too, if only you could do what they do, and be like them. It's your own fault and weakness if you're not prepared to "do what it takes".

It's all bullshit, but we pretend it isn't. We're afraid to face our complicity in it, and walk away from our investment. Thus far, the so-called middle class of the first world haven't wanted to face the fact that they've been had, just like the poor they've been manipulated to despise. They must know on some level that their prosperity is a sham, only made possible by the systematic abuse of the third world. Surely they know it would evaporate like dew if they ever had to pay a fair price for it. Now it's beginning to do just that. Good! Maybe they'll finally wake up and stop holding the bullies' coats for them. It hasn't always been this way and it doesn't have to be. The vast majority of us are not psychopaths and we are capable of behaving like responsible adults, and cooperating for our shared benefit. Is the realisation that we can't base a healthy society on the philosophy of "every man for himself" really so radical? Seems like common sense to me.

The psychopathic elite are always complaining about the "useless eaters" consuming more than they produce, and advocating their elimination. Perhaps we should indulge their wish, starting with those who consume the most compared to what they contribute, (which would be the psychopaths themselves). It wouldn't take long before there was more than enough to go around... Sorry, I was venting.

The first and most important thing we need to do is recognise them for what they are, and refuse to go along with their craziness any more. The psychiatric establishment claims that there is no reliable way of testing for psychopathy/sociopathy. Do you believe that? I don't. I think a reliable method of screening can be developed. What's more, I'll bet it already has been, and the elite use it as a recruiting tool. If they did have such a test, they couldn't tell us, because then we would demand screening for public officials and major decision makers. It would expose them.

We will have to stand up to them eventually, and sooner is better than later. Assuming that we can and do expose them, what then? I sure wouldn't fancy their chances if it were put to a vote. Personally, I don't think punishment is appropriate. They are mentally ill and brain-damaged, and can't help being the way they are. If it were up to me, I wouldn't want to see them mistreated. Still, they have to be prevented from doing further harm. I keep thinking of all the horror movies I've seen, where the villain gets knocked out by his intended victim, who then runs off without bothering to incapacitate the villain, who inevitably comes to and attacks again. That always pisses me off.

There is only one truly reliable defense against psychopathic predation, and that is impeccability, spiritual integrity. The difference between a psychopath and a non-psychopath isn't the absence of the psychopathic vibration in non-psychopaths. It is the presence in non-psychopaths of something that psychopaths lack. A psychopath can only manipulate you to the extent that you unconsciously harbour a matching vibration in your own self. That's why the mainstream media constantly encourages you to be fearful, uncaring, acquisitive, greedy, selfish, irresponsible and debased. The predator class needs us to be wannabe psychopaths. We have a choice. We possess what they do not: empathy and conscience. In these, we will find our strength and salvation, as soon as we learn to recognise their true value and importance. Please let it be soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Bliss Trap

A relative of my spouse recently sent him a book and video which she said was the most life-changing and important teaching she'd yet found. She claimed that, thanks to this material, she'd been living in non-duality for the last two years. I wondered how she'd managed to do that since duality is a precondition of manifestation. I admit my expectations were not high. This woman is your stereotypical new-ager, a bliss ninny. She's spent upwards of twenty years going from one Guru/seminar/workshop/retreat to the next, and each of them has been the ultimate revelation... for a time.

The name of this particular Guru du jour is Tony Parsons. If you haven't heard of him, you're not missing anything. He's a fake. I have a highly developed ability to see the presence of Spirit in a person's eyes. I can recognise a psychopath, and he is one. The video was of a talk he gave in Germany. He introduced himself by telling his listeners that he was going to give a talk about something he can't explain, and they can't understand. (Really? Why?) His big revolutionary secret was this: you don't exist; stuff just happens. It doesn't mean anything and all spiritual seeking is a big fat waste of time. I kid you not. Amazingly, the audience politely remained in their seats until the break. Very few returned afterwards. I wondered how anyone could take this stuff seriously. Then I realised that his talk was like a really long koan; it didn't make sense on any level, but the effort to understand would eventually cause one's rational mind to flee the scene, leading to an experience of no-mind or pure presence. The no-mind state is a bona fide peak experience. How ironic. If you were inclined to confuse peak experiences with their triggers, you'd probably think there was some truth in Tony Parson's teaching. This is dangerous stuff. Peak experiences can be valuable, but can also lead one down false paths if they come with wrong explanations attached.

Peak experiences don't last. They're meant to show you something true, but then you need to integrate them. To bridge the gap between here and there, you have to start here, not there. It's important to keep peak experiences in perspective. And it's hard to do that when they're so darn blissful. It's tempting to make them an end in themselves, but that is the spiritual equivalent of drug addiction. To illustrate, lets say you want to learn to cook something really delicious, like cinnamon buns. It would help you a lot if you knew what they were supposed to taste like. So you seek out some cinnamon buns, and eat some to find out. They taste wonderful, and you might easily forget about learning to make them, and instead sit there gorging yourself on the ones you were given to taste. But eventually, the pleasure would wear off, and you still wouldn't know how to make them.

It is futile to seek bliss for it's own sake. It is extremely common though, to confuse bliss-seeking with spirituality. That's how so many people, like my spouse's relative, end up on the new-age hamster-wheel, falling for one predatory bliss-peddler after another. Ignorance is bliss, but it isn't Truth. And Truth is the real aim of spirituality, not bliss. Truth isn't something you can buy or sell. It can't even be acquired directly, only revealed through the stripping away of the false. The search for Truth is an unlearning. The process of tearing down the veils of illusion is often painful. The false ego is very attached to it's lies. You have to be head over heels in love with Truth to do it. Seeking bliss as an end, is a trap.

Bliss-seeking isn't authentic spirituality. It's feel-good, pseudo-spirituality. It gives you a self-image to identify with. You'll learn how to walk and talk and dress like a "spiritual person", "light-worker", or whatever. There's also great, albeit expensive, entertainment value to be had. It's very exciting. You get to sit at the feet of famous vampires (oops, I mean Gurus) talk to "angels" and "aliens" and "ascended masters", and activate a seemingly infinite number of hitherto undiscovered chakras. Meanwhile, you will become more and more spaced out and ego-centric, and you will, frankly, give sincere seekers the creeps.

Here's a pearl for free: Anyone who offers to sell you spiritual truth is full of shit. There are no exceptions. Those who populate the new-age workshop/seminar circuit are either delusional or vilest predatory scum. Truth doesn't keep company with those who would slap a price tag on her. You're welcome.

Positive thinking is probably the most common type of bliss-seeking. One of the big new-age aphorisms is "you create your own reality". The statement is technically true but usually misunderstood. The source of the error is in the word "you". If you understand that the "you" referred to here is infinite awareness, the One, then it's true. If you think "you" means your ego, with all it's desires and conscious intentions, then it's not true. And thank god it's not. If your ego really could create your reality, you would not like the results. Your true Self, the One, is creating your reality in order to lead your personal expression to recognise Truth. It knows how best to accomplish this, and suffering is sometimes necessary. Your personal self can learn to align itself with that, or not. If you think you can create a perfect reality through relentless positivity, you're fooling yourself. If you're standing in the path of a moving train, it's going to hit you whether you're looking at it or not. Whatever appears in your reality, was put there by your Self for your benefit. It will take as many shapes as necessary until you see. Then your Self will show you something else.

The quest for Truth has no end. Truth is none other than the One in it's fullest expression. It is infinite, as the One is infinite. There are definite levels of increasing inclusiveness and integration along the way, though. Sometimes people level up and think they've reached the end, but they haven't because it doesn't exist. It is utterly, gloriously wonderful that this should be so. Is it not?