(Continued from Part 1.)
Virginia Satyr used to say that it’s best to have three therapeutic approaches to any psychological challenge. One and you may hit a roadblock that you can’t get around. Two and the mind will forever make one approach right and the other wrong. Three and the mind can no longer play with the choices.
So here is a third therapeutic approach to vasanas: Tell the truth about the situation.
Telling the truth about anything draws on a unique property of the truth. I think God so designed life that telling the truth about any condition sets us free from it.
Jesus first made this prediction: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (1) He was referring to the fact that knowing the truth about who we are will liberate us from life and death. We would become “a pillar in the temple of my God, and [we] shall go no more out.” (2)
Let’s spend a moment on why the metaphysical truth liberates us from life and death and then a moment on why it provides a self-regulating, self-validating therapeutic approach.
Our purpose in life, according to what I was shown in a vision on February 13, 1987, (3) is to discover our true nature and identity because, every time each one of us does so in a moment of enlightenment, God meets God.
God is formless and all there is. Imagine yourself being formless and all there is (well, in fact you truly are!). How would you be able to meet and know yourself? There would be no mirror, no other, no words, no sights or sounds. You are all there is and formless. There is no way you can encounter yourself. You fill up the space. There is no room even for you to turn your head – and no head to turn.
And so God, in this version of events, created illusory life forms, finger puppets and we are they. And He/She/It tasked them with the work of growing up in consciousness until they knew themselves, knew their true or original nature in a moment of illumination or realization.
That true or original nature, stripped of illusion, is God.
Each finger puppet is thus destined to know it’s a part of the hand, a part of God. And when the truth is known in a moment of realization, that finger puppet says: “I am God.” And God meets God. Purpose for which life was created accomplished.
But life being constructed in this way has ramifications. Knowing the absolute truth rids us of and releases us from the unwanted condition of ignorance of our own true nature.
But it just so happens as well that knowing lesser truths rids us of lesser unwanted conditions. God having created the truth as being liberating, it can be used to liberate us from our unwanted conditions.
When we’re trapped in a vasana, which others have called a record, an engram, a piece of unfinished business or an incomplete issue, telling the truth about it can result in our being freed from that issue.
“Now that you mention it, I am angry with you. Here’s the truth of why: you wouldn’t give me what I wanted; you said something last night that hurt me; you make me beg for intimacy.” If we tell the truth, we may be freed from the immediate grip of the vasana.
That’s the operational benefit. And there is a greater existential benefit as well.
Because at the exact moment that we tell the truth, the deeper truth may also reveal itself briefly. Just as we tell the truth that we’re angry because we didn’t get what we wanted, at that exact moment, the deeper truth of the vasana may also flash across our mind. We may see the underlying incident, the earlier, similar incident, the incident from our long-buried past that lies at the heart of the vasana.
At which point if we switch over to the way of being with it which I described in Part 1, we may complete the vasana entirely and win the brass ring on the whole matter. Not only momentary release, but complete release.
If we’re really lucky, we may see an even greater truth than that. And the more we tell the truth, the better we get at the process.
Why do I say that telling the truth is self-regulating and self-validating? For this reason. Telling the truth sets us free from the tension stored in the body that has to do with that vasana. It causes release and relief of tension. We find ourselves relaxing and the relaxation is palpable. We may even say, “Whoa, what was that? I feel release. I must have discovered the truth about that circumstance.” The onset of release validates whether we’ve told the truth or not. No truth; no release. So it’s self-validating.
Moreover, if we want to reach the point of release, it’s self-regulating in that the way to reach that point is to keep telling what we think is the truth until we experience release. The process regulates itself. It needs no outside opinion to validate it and it runs without the need for any outside process.
The self-regulating, self-validating nature of this therapeutic approach makes it most valuable in handling a vasana.
There is no fooling ourselves using this approach. The truth will set us free and not-truth will not set us free. We have immediate feedback that cannot be fudged. So add telling the truth as a third approach to handling a vasana.
(1) John 8:32.
(2) Rev. 3:12.
(3) Described here: “It All Works Out in the Final Reel,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/16244-2/it-all-works-out-in-the-final-reel/