(h/t to Crane-Station for recommending this short film by Joshua Weigel, who also directed the Butterfly Circus)
I remember reading about a person who voluntarily decided to experience visual blindness for 30 days. He cut a ping-pong ball in half, manufactured a pair of goggles, and wore them for the entire month.
That gave me an idea.
Why not do the same for a set of beliefs and witness how your personality and behavior change?
For example, I decided to assume that my spirit is immortal and voluntarily experiencing a finite existence in the physical dimension of space-time by inhabiting a form that consists of a physical body that comes with a mind and ego/personality.
I intentionally disconnected my sense of self from my mind and ego/personality and attached it to my spirit/soul.
The shadow is that part of the internal world of our consciousness we seek to hide from ourselves and others by pretending that it does not exist.
When we do that, it confronts us in the external world that we call reality.
This happens via projection of our internal consciousness as if onto a mirror, which is what we experience as our external reality.
Wetiko is a Native American word for something difficult to describe, a non-local mind parasite, or aspect of consciousness that not only imagines itself to be sighted, but imagines itself to be able to see better than anyone else. No one is immune and everyone has it.
Wetiko lives in the shadow and manifests in each person in an individual way.
Wetiko seizes you when you least expect it and when you have it, you do not recognize it as it slowly eats and kills your soul much like a tapeworm consumes vitality and eventually kills its host.
Look a Barack Obama. To you, as he is to each of us, he is a projection of what we hate about ourselves and fear to confront.
He is what he is and refuses to listen, but do not demonize and condemn him or Wetiko will just as surely consume you.
Enlightenment consists of becoming conscious of the shadow within by illuminating and observing it objectively from a detached perspective. Study it closely, my friend, and know its soft and barely whispered touch.
Wetiko is your addiction and conceals itself in your shadow like a cockroach.
Wetiko will consume your immortal soul, if you let it.
You cannot kill it without killing yourself, but you can speak its name and disempower it.
Use love and compassion to keep it at bay.
Illuminate your way to enlightenment by neutralizing Wetiko.
This is how you will transform the world, which is but a projection of your dream.
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