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Old 09-12-2014, 05:29 PM   #148
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Originally Posted by doctorc View Post
I have listened to both Bashar and also Passio and find value in both, but the core of what they are saying seems to be incompatible. Who is right then?

Bashar says follow your highest excitement and all else falls into place. It is very solipsistic, but seems to work when applied. If we all do what brings us the greatest joy, then perhaps in that alignment we meet those whom we are supposed to meet and live the lives we are meant to live. So maybe not being in alignment with this, which could also be called fear, is where the worlds ills come from from, from people who are not following the path they are supposed to be on.

I also really like Mark Passio's work, his view is a more altruistic take and he says there are core truths or natural laws operating in our experience, the basic duality of love=freedom and fear=control. He feels we should be trying our best on an individual level to change the world and disseminate truth to wake people up. He says that much of the new age, which he would classify Bashar as, is a trick to get people to ignore the darkness and do nothing about it, as others have said. It makes sense logically, but in actual practice I am not so sure he is right.

My experience seems to indicate that by fighting against the perceived evil or injustice in the world, resisting it in other words, you actually give it attention and empower it and draw more of it into the world. Life is basically the result of our attention, both individually and collective. The way to solve a 'problem', in ones own life at least, is simply to stop giving it attention, and put your attention on the opposite. This goes to scale collectively as well. While I really agree with alot of what Passio says, in actually applying the two systems, I would have to side with the former as bringing the best results.
This book on the shadow has a lot of insight into how we project the shadow onto others by scapegoating.

“The Hebraic image of the scapegoat is connected with the ritual of atonement. This extremely ancient ritual involved two goats. Every year, on the Day of Atonement, one goat was dedicated to Yahweh and was killed as a sin-offering, so that its blood might cleanse and make sacred the sanctuary, tabernacle and altar. In Leviticus 16:16 we are told that the blood of this goat placated the angry god and atoned for the “uncleanness” of the people, “for their transgressions and for all their sins”. The goats’ remains were treated as unclean and were burned outside the boundaries of the community. The other goat was expelled from the community and was dedicated to Azazel, a chthonic god who was later considered to be a fallen angel. Over this goat’s head, the high priest confessed all the transgressions of the people, laying them to the goat’s charge. The living goat was then taken away and sent out into the wilderness. Leviticus 16:22 tells us, “And the goat will bear all their faults away with it to a desert place.” The blood of the sacrificed goat thus atones and purifies, while the wandering exiled goat removes the taint of guilt. As sin-bearer, it carries the confessed evils away from the community – or, in psychological terms, away from the collective consciousness. The “scape” in “scapegoat”, by the way, is a contraction of the word “escape”: the goat who escapes.”

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