In taking our exploration a step deeper, I acknowledge my debt to sociologist Erving Goffman.
Implicit in talking about our conditioning is seeing our life as a dramatic, theatrical, or staged performance.
The aim of our performance is to create a favorable impression in the minds and hearts of others. We use our words, thoughts, feelings, actions, postures, gestures and even spacing to create that impression.
We use clothes, make-up, hair-dos, tattoos, cars, money, sex, and anything else we can think of to contribute to it.
Once the impression has been set, once someone has swallowed the bait, so to speak, we engage in self-serving actions designed to get us what we want from those who’ve accepted our invitation to travel together for a time.
Well, I do. I don’t know about you.
The scripted nature of our behavior (or, rather, performance) is known to sociologists and psychologists, linguists and anthropologists. But the understanding of it hasn’t necessarily worked its way down to the general public. But if we’re to purify ourselves in preparation for Ascension, then our impression management, constructed self, and scripted behavior have to go.
Let’s take a peek at them.
We create ourselves being the star of our own theatrical performance. We have an audience and colleagues. The audience sees us on the front stage and our colleagues see us on the back. There are rules governing performances in both regions.
The audience has what we want and our colleagues assist us in mounting a performance that gets us what we want.
We hone our lines until we have an operational approach that works to influence the audience and bring us what we want. The lines and gestures that don’t work, we throw away until we have our performance exactly where we want it.
The sum of our working lines on a particular subject is a script. Our words, our actions, even our feelings, are scripted.
Maintenance of our impression is constantly required. If we sold ourselves as fit, we may feel a strong urge to remain fit; curvaceous, then curvaceous; smart, then smart. Our impression needs to be maintained. For some of us, it’s a matter of survival.
Within our script lie not only our lines, but also the stage directions for actions carried out on the front and back stages. The determine how we feel we should look, what we think we should do, the dramatic gestures we might use, the intonation and emphasis in our words. Everything is laid down and then polished over time.
There’s no aliveness in this. Having spent some time in the higher realms – just a visit, nothing more – I now see the importance of doing everything we can to cleanse or purify ourselves and that surely includes breaking out of the shell that the staged behavior that flows from our conditioning represents.
And yet pulling out of staged behavior is harder than cracking an egg without breaking the yolk or catching pillow down in the air.
But if we want bliss – ahead of the launch date – it’s my belief that purify we must.