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Yes, she is still confusing me. Here is the clip again:-
I have not managed to stay awake through the whole clip yet – nothing special in that, but as I was watching I caught a very disturbing image of her in my clock face. Disturbing enough to make me feel there is something wrong.
But what? I haven’t come to terms with that yet. The first thing that strikes me is that she suggests that she is solving the world’s problems. But she can only do this with the acceptance of the people – “free will” at some level but not conscious apparently. This might well mean something genuine to some people – Lightworkers?, but to me it brings concerns. My main concern is that of inducing apathy:-
“Hey Inelia will save me, I don’t have to do anything; and if it’s not Inelia then there are all these other aliens who will help. Man I want that help, this world sucks – pass the spliff.”
What is meant to happen is that we, individually, must try to take control of our own lives. The tentacles of the ruling elite – superrich – Rothschilds weave their way into every aspect of life, the dream they weave enslaving many throughout the world, waking from this is the duty of all yet the apathy of most. That waking cannot occur without making an effort even if the consequences of that effort are not always immediately obvious. Does Inelia encourage this individual responsibility? I have to say yes. Towards the end of the clip she speaks of fear, we individually must overcome the fear that is created by the elite’s tentacles. But the mind is lazy and will choose the free “Inelia will do it” ride.
She also seems to be promoting Gaia, I talk of ONE planet, shouldn’t I be happy? Here is a group meditation for enhancing Gaia’s energy:-
What is the effect of such meditations? Does it take energy away from the more difficult and perhaps more important individual journey? I don’t know, any thoughts?
So I am left confused. I met someone who believes that energy might be a way of defeating this super-rich. I don’t know but I tend to think not. Focussing on our own Paths, improving our own strength to be compassionate within our own communities – even using existing genuine democratic structures and communities (communes), isn’t that where our energy needs to go? People especially those who have used mind-expanding drugs perhaps see solutions elsewhere, but isn’t the real solution in the nitty-gritty where we have to learn to control our own selves hoping eventually to work towards no-self? Inelia feels like a shortcut that maybe would take longer because of abdication of responsibility; but I have to say …. maybe?
Tags: Anatta, Ascension, Corporatocracy, gurus
Well I am confused and already tired from answering emails but I want to explore this. In meditation little came up when I was thinking about it.
A friend asked me to look into Inelia Benz, I watched, fell asleep and woke up for a good bit near the end:-
I watched her again, and each time I watch it is intriguing but my position hasn’t changed. The bit I woke up for is still the best bit for me.
Following Tan Ajaan I tend to reject what I have to believe in, and Inelia is talking of much that requires belief – at least for me. I began to look further to find that Bill Ryan, the interviewer, is touting her for various trainings. They have a website Ascension 101, in which you can pay a $100 for training in Ascension. I met Ascension before with Openhands, and Chris Bourne made an interesting movie called “Five Gateways” – discussed here. I also had an interesting dialogue with him about sila – moral integrity, I think it is particularly important that any form of spirituality directed to the West has a strong moral component as western mores are extremely slack. But there was a lot in the Ascension movie I liked.
Then I watched “David Icke – was he right?”, (I have discussed him before):-
He was a pin-up sportscaster who suddenly appeared on tv talking “rubbish”. As in the Wogan interview featured in the channel 5 programme he was ridiculed, and sadly from the prog his family also suffered because of this ridicule. His books sold, I think, I remember him for the marketing of his “belief that he was God” and his belief in aliens; I also remember there were many Icke jokes. At no time did I see anything of his clear analysis of destruction on the planet by the financial elite.
To fully accept Inelia and David requires a belief in aliens, and I don’t like beliefs. Belief in aliens is worse. There is no reason to believe aliens don’t exist, there’s no reason to believe that aliens don’t have an impact on this planet, but there is no reason to believe it either – for most there is only belief. But blaming our troubles on aliens is not accepting that humanity is responsible for the appalling things that go on on this earth. The Rothschilds are responsible for much death and destruction as a consequence of their manipulations for profit (download this). Can human greed be responsible for so much death? Sadly I think so, it is not necessary to have aliens to be responsible for this.
One other aspect of concern when people are asked to believe, and that is mental proliferation or unwarranted imagination. If there is no belief and that we must experience then we have so much more control of our minds. We don’t have to believe all the rubbish in the media if we only accept what we know is true. Mind expansion is not necessarily a good thing. We grow up in a culture that represses the mind, it teaches us a dream of ignorance that we need to break through. Both Inelia and David talk about this. But is an ever-expanding mind a good thing? There is talk of oneness and experiencing this oneness, and by experiencing this oneness we can create so much. But if we are not centred and humble then can we be “not-self”? If our minds expand and yet in those minds we have ego, does that ego not expand as well? Does self not expand? Inelia teaches a mind expansion meditation:-
Is this not dangerous? I have done such meditation and it is exhilarating but it did nothing for “not-self”. The “bread and butter” stuff is needed. Maybe as well, maybe instead?
I apologise for saying this but David Icke could be called David Oik. His figure is not the shape of a healthy man, he guzzles beer, came from a football background, I suspect his morality, and he does not present the image of a spiritual man. He got angry with the police for not moving on – defending his liberties, his fame probably saved him from arrest; this anger was not spiritually endearing. He is simply one of the lads. Yet we are asked to accept that one of the lads can give prognostications about aliens. In the tv prog some of his forecasts came true, but aliens? Now you could say I am hung up on aliens, but how many people would dismiss what both have to say just because a belief in aliens is required? To be honest it makes no sense to me that David Icke was given this knowledge. But he was, and to be fair to him he has delivered this knowledge taking the knocks with it.
Both are matter-of-fact about their knowledge and both say “take it or leave it” – even when David was being ridiculed by Wogan in the tv prog. So where does all of this bring me? Simple, I don’t understand. I think of this as Kamma. It is the Kamma of Nature to decide what we do and it is up to us to follow. It is not my kamma to be David Icke, and I could imagine he would not want my life. Inelia believes it is her kamma to raise the level of the vibrations of the planet, and it is her understanding that she has effected change for the better. Her way of effecting change is not mine, but who is to say she is wrong? Kamma can say, I can’t.
The highest vibration is compassion. We can all be compassionate, no necessity for belief, no striving for the paranormal – compassion.
Tags: Adyashanti, Anatta, enquiry, gurus, meditation
The other morning I woke up full of kilesa, my mind, being full of this self-induced kilesa, started proliferating criticising Chogyam Trungpa, Bhagwan and the like – I had just watched the movie about Chogyam Trungpa (see comment). Strangely enough not during meditation I was able to sit back and see this for the mind proliferating. Being critical is important, but in what way?
This is part of “exploring the khandha sankhara” – the mental formation of criticism. So when is criticism not-self? The criticial faculty is there to discern the presence of self, help destroy the self help with the non-attachment of self. Self-criticism.
Does it have a role where I was using it – criticising others? This has been an arrogance that I have had to deal with, as an angry young man I was always too free with the criticism. I can remember horrendous discussions with a friend which always ended in my frustration and losing my temper. Seeing and telling, whether I was right or not, was not the order of the day but my arrogance persisted. Now when I meet him I shut up, I don’t say anything unless asked – and it works in a way we don’t argue and I am frustrated.
And this holding back counsel is an important reason for not proliferating with criticism. Why let your mind wander and criticise someone else? What good can it do? One can never be sure of being correct but even if you are where does it lead you if you can’t say? Frustration – dukkha. If someone is genuinely open to criticism – discerning self, you can maybe help but it is doubtful – they of course have their own critical faculty and if they wanted to use it they would.
I have an arrogance about my Path – someone once called me a “right f—er” when I was younger and being more openly criticial. This is another clear example of realising the Path and yet still being self. It reminds me of the hours I used to spend walking – coast paths etc. On these holidays I would leave the school behind and find somewhere just ot walk. To begin with my mind would be all over the place, criticising, proliferating, and then I would start proper walking, thumb and second finger touching, watching where I put my feet – a bit like walking meditation only I picked it up from Castaneda somewhere. My mind was walking – not proliferating, in Nature we follow our Path.