Duped by Negativity!
November 12, 2019 & July 7, 2015
Please notice that this was first written in 2015, and now look at what is happening! We just can’t take it anymore.
What odd entities we humans are!
As you know, in political campaigns nothing works like negative campaigning! We all hate it, but it has been proven over and over again that that smarmy mess actually works on our psyche to dismiss or even fear the opposite candidate, even if the negative speaker made everything up, or is using baseless innuendo, and so on. Aren’t we seeing this already in the lead-up to the Republican primaries as one “candidate” tars all Mexicans with the blackest of brushes? And of course, his poll numbers are rising because somehow people seem to love to jump on the fear bandwagon with him. It is amazing how people seem to love to rally around negativity instead of building for the common good.
This is certainly a propaganda tactic that has worked from time immemorial. As you know, the Nazis were expert at propaganda. They even assigned a whole portion of their government to creating this ugly newsfeed to fuel their people’s fear that lead to their perverse “national” unity. As I understand it, Hitler actually didn’t have a whole lot against the Jews, but he needed to name an “out-group,” a group that the majority of Germans could fear, hate and malign with one voice, thus creating a unity based on a common intense fear and negativity. Negativity + fear = increased unity of the hate group. Hmmm.
And here is another interesting tidbit. Fear, such as fear of terrorist attacks, epidemics, results of natural disasters, etc. actually push humankind to give away our power to those that we somehow believe will protect us. For instance, in the aftermath of the Kobe, Japan earthquake a little under a century ago, the army took control of the country as individuals and other institutions gave away what little power they did have to the army. Now, do you remember what the army did with that power? They corralled the resources of Japan to do their best to take over the rest of the world, resulting in the ferocious battles of the Pacific in World War II!
And of course, if you listened carefully to the president before Obama, you heard how creatively fear was promulgated, and how power was grabbed from the populous—Patriot Act anybody? A direct result of giving over our power as we sought to create an effective response to terrorism.
Now, let’s bring all that down to the individual level.
It appears that we are actually hard-wired to tune into negativity and fear for the sake of self-preservation. That serves us in the most basic ways to point out any suspicion of danger so that we may protect ourselves and others—a really good thing, wouldn’t you agree?
The problem is that all negativity is not true! In fact, I suspect that most negativity and fear-making are not true. But in fact they are used, either consciously or subconsciously to discredit opponents, or to take power over others, or throw others under the bus so that the perpetrator can shine. Or perhaps they use it for entertainment, or maybe they just can’t control their emotions or old subconscious habits. Yikes! What amazingly destructive patterns we humans live!
I have found Yogi Bhajan’s and Gurucharan Singh’s book on “The Mind, Its’ Projections and Multiple Facets” to be so pertinent to this issue. Basically, Yogi Bhajan says that whatever comes through the Mind from Soul is Truth! This notion of pure Truth is something that can evade us if we have never had the very real experience of carefully listening to that “small, still Voice within,” and then testing out what you have heard by watching what happens when you follow it. The short, cozy, most economical messages that Soul gives each of us are really quite miraculous! And the Truth of those messages is always beyond reproach. I have always found them to totally Right On if I follow them, no matter how much I would rather fall into my own victim patterns rather than putting into action the untangling, freeing Truth that Soul simply and kindly whispers to me when I listen. (Learn to listen directly to Soul at www.SoulAnswer.com/soul.html).
So, the converse message that Yogi Bhajan gives in “The Mind” is that anything from the mind that is not from Soul is a lie! Imagine!
So, it seems to me that if we don’t train ourselves to humbly, carefully, consciously, courageously listen to Soul, we trap ourselves in repeated lies. Lies become the foundation of our lives. Yuck! But those lies are the heart of our unhappiness that we live day to day, and frankly we would love for somebody else to fix them for us. For instance, “I want someone to love me unconditionally, mostly because I can’t love myself.” “Other people should see how wonderful I am, so I will paint negative pictures of other people so that I will really shine in contrast.” “Because I want people to run to me for my wisdom, or to give me power, or to believe and respect me, or give me privileges and wealth, I will make them afraid (of going to hell, or being overtaken by a different ethnic group, etc.) so that my followers will run fast to me and nowhere else.”
Now you see, Dear One, that this habit of discernment of the Truth, of judiciously looking under the hood, of going deeper and deeper than that slap-knee emotional or mind reaction is a life-long, most highly sophisticated endeavor. But if you really put your mind to listening carefully to Soul, digging out half-baked unsubstantiated “truths”, while always discovering that most exquisite and elegant (simplicity + grace) Truth—that is from finding your car keys to learning and developing your purpose here on Earth, that is the True Essence of Life.
This “Truth Process” is how you constantly uncover and grow your Sat Nam, your True Identity in this nutty world! Isn’t that your greatest satisfaction and happiness?
Lots of Love,
Copyright: Siri-Gian Kaur Khalsa, www.SoulAnswer.com/leaders.html , 2019 & 2015.
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