Managing fear: The Dog, the Soul, and the Underworld

I posted “this” article last night. I was attempting to articulate fear. It was a rough article to write, I will be honest. It was very much like rummaging through the darkness, and with very little light. It makes sense, that darkness I experienced, because fear is what keeps things in the dark. So, when trying to look at it, I was confronted with a whole lot of resistance.  As a result, some of it didn’t coalesce very well together and, in the end, lacked the integrity I am used to feeling after writing.  So I removed it, and am re-forging it here. What an amazing insight to have, to see how wandering through the dark has great rewards if we persist.  Buried within the deepest places, are the greatest treasures. Don’t ever give up on anything that you feel you must seek. The darkness is a blessing. The darkness is where dreams are incubating, waiting to come to the surface. We are all born into the darkness for the light.

This article is no longer about fear. Instead, it is about what fear is hiding. Of course, I am not going to be specific about what fear is hiding – that would be impossible, as you can imagine.  However, we are, as a collective, hiding a lot of things, and these things are not personal in origin; although, they can become personal in manifestation, if that makes sense.  It is like this: God is one, and we are all one within God, but we are each manifestations, unique expressions of the divine in physical form.

Synthetic Ego Programming Model

I consider the ego to be a synthetic structure in the way we understand it today. In Plato’s day, there was no such thing as an ego. The synthetic ego very much like a tabular rasa or clean slate in its original condition. In simplistic terms, we enhance the ego as we grow, and we continue to cultivate whatever I believe “me” to be.  The people around us – also in their own ego, also do the same.  Society in general, is the collective ego as relationship and relating. The ego, by itself, couldn’t survive, without its connection, or plugging into the true self, which is the true “I AM”. However, the soul is, unlike the ego, infinite, and deathless, our true nature. The agenda of the ego-programmatic model is to eventually replace the soul entirely. This is has always been the aim of transhumanism and so-called science during the past few centuries.

But as it stands, the ego is still fueled by the soul energy, like a parasite in many ways. We all together have co-created the reality we witness, the buildings, the roads, the systems of government. We all together created it by doing nothing, or doing everything. The projections on the blank slate or canvas of ego are holographic or physical representations of others, of things, events circumstances. We focus consciousness on others, they appear in our life and/or dreams.  The night dreams take us deeper into other worlds, other possibilities, and deeper interactions with others, outside the limitations of the physical world. When we go into night dream, we are more able to encounter the things we hide on the surface (day dream) of our life.  We experience different aspects of our consciousness, the ones that are reaching to the surface for air, the ones that perhaps we are trying to hide just below that surface. Many people don’t remember their dreams. Many are repetitive or horrifying. Some seem meaningless. In today’s world, we are taught that dreams are “just dreams”, and are of not much value. This is completely contrary to antiquity, where dreams were messages sent from the divine through the spirit/soul.

Journey to the Underworld

Hercules approaches Cerberus, Guardian of the Underworld

But let’s go deeper. There is an area that is deeper than the day dream, and the night dreams where we interact. The deepest area is the underworld. The underworld is where the physical bodies cannot pass. In Greek mythology, Hades is this Underworld. Hades is the invisible realm – it is the place which is kept in the dark, as something invisible, and imperceptible to human beings. It is a place where the beings who live there have no physical bodies. If you travel there, you cannot remain there as a physical body, nor can you see with your physical senses. Only living heroes travel there. The founder of Athens, Theseus, once traveled there and was saved by Heracles. However his friend, Pirithous, who desired to physically mate with Persephone, wife of Hades, was left there forever, fixed to a rock. The lesson is that, if you travel to the underworld while still attached to the physical form/desires/wants, you will drag your soul down into oblivion. Instead of reaching the upper world, upper consciousness that is natural to the soul, it will be forever trapped in a physical prison – eternal life in hell. If you travel to the underworld, you cannot do so with your body and all of its attachments and needs. It will literally kill you. There are people who practice new age religions that do that. They attempt to leave their body in order to enter what they believe are higher dimensions. This is a very dangerous practice and will not end well. They carry their fear and their suffering with them, and so what they are doing is creating that fear ten-fold into the collective. I will leave that story for another article. There are beings and gods that do want to seduce people into doing this. The reasons are complex.

But, as a general rule, for those who are not dabbling in black arts disguised as new age spirituality, fear is a good thing that keeps us from the underworld before it is our time. Our time is either when we have reached a point of enlightenment or awareness, or when are body in this life is ready to die. Fear is the wild dog that guards specific portals that might lead us to gross the realms from the visible realm to the invisible. It is always a beautiful and sacred ceremony, and both are a form of death, whether in the form of mystery initiation, or funeral. Transitions, in human civilization, were always a time of honor an ceremony, not for our pleasure, but for the recognition that the passage from world to the next was a monumental achievement, like the labors of Hercules himself. The story of Hercules is the hero’s journey. Hercules was a mystic or seer. According to Diodorus Siculus, his twelve labors were his initiation into the Sacred Mysteries.  His journey would take him to the underworld and back again. His final task was to capture and return with Cerberus, the three headed dog, the fear of all fears. The gates or veils between the visible world and the invisible are collapsed.

The Soul Speak Through Nature

When we are in our physical consciousness, the day dream, we unable to see or perceive the reality of who we are. We think we are the body and the things attached to it, the needs, the work, the identity. But who we truly are is an eternal soul, as invisible as the underworld itself. The true self is not definable, but will, if not prevented by synthetic ego, express itself through all aspects of existence. This is why Shamans can retrieve messages, not only from the underworld, but from all God’s creations: animals, trees, insects, winds, the elements. Nature speaks in an invisible tongue, called light language, and it is an invisible language that cannot be written, but is transmitted through what is written, as an activation of sorts.  Ego, unfortunately, keeps us from hearing the light language – it only understands programming and programmatic concepts. It will only accept what it has already been programmed to “know”. The ego is actually already artificial intelligence!

But when we can dismantle or ignore the programming, we can begin to hear whispers. No longer do we feel cut off from the world, alone, or isolated, as if we were just particles of dust in the big bad universe. No, you start to experience your soul as permeating all things, as speaking through all things, because of its connection to all things. You are speaking through the dream, in the form of a tree, in the form of a blade of grass, in the form of lion, or a dragon. This is the essence of the spiritual companions that walk with you in these dreams. When you are in ego, you don’t notice. When you emerge, you witness your companions who have always walked with you, have always whispered to you, have always loved you.

When Can I See the Underworld?

So, when are ready to pass into the underworld? When is the awakening going to happen? It happens when you are ready. That is when it happens. You will know when that happens, because you will be guided as if you were blind, blind not because you cannot see with the eyes, but because you know that the eyes cannot guide you where you are going.  Consider this passage in Plato’s Phaedo:

So then would he be the one [the philosopher] could do this with the most purity , the one who could traverse each being through thought, employing no aspect of physical vision in that thought, nor dragging in any other kind of perception with the thinking, but by using pure thought unmixed and in itself, would attempt to hunt each of the beings as each is purely in itself, completely dissociated from the eyes and the ears and, so to speak, the entire body, since the body, whenever it tags along, only stirs up trouble and prevents the soul from possessing both truth and meditation whenever it communicates with it? Isn’t this the one [ the philosopher], Simmias, if there could be anyone else, who would be able to have a shot at being?

“It is extraordinary,” said Simmias, “how true this is, Socrates!” – Plato, Phaedo, 65b.

The physical form, and all attachments to it, prevent us from clear observation. In the dialogue, this observation is called phronesis, which is heart-based perception, or intuition.  It is not really possible to translate this word into English.  English identifies all things as being inside the thought and thinking. Just imagine a word for thinking, but instead of the mind, it applies to the heart-space, the soul-space. It is the work of the soul to see with phronesis. It is the source of wisdom, and so it is the activity that the philosopher, the lover of wisdom, seeks. This is why, in Sophocles Oedipus, Oedipus cannot see the truth until his eyes are removed. This is also why, no teacher or guru or anyone can make you see the truth about who you are, inside the invisible realm. They can only guide you in ways that work, and methods that are given to them for the sake of your guidance. There is no right way. There is no way that works for everyone. All roads lead back to your soul, but the roads of others will only lead to others.

The Principle of Mentalism

Hollywood has taken over the storytelling of humanity. Instead of the seers and prophets, and ancient oral traditions of antiquity and indigenous cultures, we have mass media and copies of mass media in all its forms.  Today, in the day dream, we believe the underworld is a fairy tale at worst, or some kind of metaphor at best. The truth is neither. The underworld is here and now, and its expression has been suppressed. Why? There has been a deliberate desire to keep you afraid of the invisible unseen realm. Our education attempts to conceal or shut all portals leading to your soul. The forms of entertainment want to entertain, which is to contain you. All modern entertainment is a form of physical entrapment in the day dream or night dreams that they wish. They do not want people taking the hero’s journey, and they do not encourage it. That is why all teachings and guidance has been buried and destroyed.  Death is considered a useless evil. The invisible non-existent. Your thoughts should agree with the society’s thoughts, and you should get your information from the media. The last thing they want is for you to understand that your thoughts are tools that create the world we live in. If you knew that, you would learn how to use the tool called mind. Instead, they want to use you as a way to create the world they want to create, and condone the things that they want to do.   This is why mass propaganda is so important. It is not only to control you. It is actually to use to create their world. This is very important to understand, because many people believe the lie that the elites or the cult want to control you. They do, but that is not the goal. What they want is to to use the power of your thoughts, because thought creates reality. In the underworld, when you are able to navigate the invisible world of thought, you can use this to create and direct the results in your life.  But, they don’t want you there, and want to use mind affect a certain result in their interests. When you watch violence, sex, and corruption on television, you are continuing to support that reality, simply by thinking it. Consumers of media become tools of this dark magic.

This idea, that the world is created from mind/thought, is the first of seven principles in the Kybalion. It reads:

This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that The All (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is Spirit, which in itself is Unknowable and Undefinable, but which may be considered and thought of as An Universal, Infinite, Living Mind. It also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of The All, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of The All, in which Mind we “live and move and have our being.” This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of the Universe, easily explains all of the varied mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and which, without such explanation, are non‑understandable and defy scientific treatment. An understanding of this great Hermetic Principle of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well‑being and advancement. The Hermetic Student is enabled to apply intelligently the great Mental Laws, instead of using them in a haphazard manner. With the Master‑Key in his possession, the student may unlock the many doors of the mental and psychic temple of knowledge, and enter the same freely and intelligently. This Principle explains the true nature of “Energy,” “Power,” and “Matter,” and why and how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. One of the old Hermetic Masters wrote, long ages ago: “He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” And these words are as true to‑day as at the time they were first The Seven Hermetic Principles 11 written. Without this Master‑Key, Mastery is impossible, and the student knocks in vain at the many doors of The Temple. – The Kybalion

 The Synthetic Fear

There are two kinds of fears. One kind of fear is natural. It is the kind of fear that is appropriate when a lion is chasing you, or when someone is trying to harm you.  Natural fear goes away, once the threat is no longer present. It is always temporary – and is usually a response that is prompting you to quickly act to get away from the threat.  These little fears are pretty rare, and they occur to protect our physical body from danger.  This kind of fear is always fear for physical harm. The body needs this kind of fear to protect itself since, after all, it is a relatively fragile thing in the face of dangers like lions and bears.

Synthetic fear however, the fear designed to – artificially – keep you from your journey into the underworld, which would allow you to achieve the mastery of mind. Synthetic fear is the dog that stands in the way to prevent you from true awakening, growth and expansion. As I said previously, there is a natural true dog, meant to keep you safe until you are ready. This is not that dog. This is a synthetic version of the dog used to manipulate humanity by not allowing them to practice the magic of thought, The strange thing about this synthetic fear is that it takes the energy of physical fear and transmutes into a mental state that persists and blocks all other possible thoughts. So, instead of your fear just erupting as needed in the physical world, it is being manipulated into the mind consciousness and programmed there as a persistent state.  Most human beings on the planet are kept in this constant state of low-grade fear. When needed, they can project that fear on the ego tabula rasa, and the fear energy which is a physical energy, can be consumed by the programmatic engine they wish to run. It is one of the primary causes of disease and disfunction on all levels, because when human beings are in a constant state of exaggerated fear, it takes a toll on their biological system. Some people would call this fear stress, or anxiety. It can show up in the form of depression, and obsessive-compulsive behavior as well.  In the end it is just a reformulation of fear, a redirecting of the physical energy into psychic form.

 Once people are in a state of low-grade fear, they are always on the lookout for something bad to happen. It is like they are constantly looking for that lion to appear every moment, because their biology is telling them that there is in fact a danger there. This mental state, that is highly manipulated, has people expect bad things to happen, and when the media delivers these bad things – which it does all day long – the mind is given its target. At that point, most remain still, frozen in fear, ready to do whatever they are told, or they take action either through violence, by means of words or deeds. They have also been trained to enjoy fear while watching shows like Games of Thrones. The entire mental life becomes saturated with violent images of sex, rape, and war.

As you can see, there is no possible mastery of mind in this state. In fact, many so called new age religions and spiritual pursuits will recommend that you remove your mind altogether. They will instead direct you to go to your heart. This teaching will never lead you into your power, and your soul. It does the opposite. The mind is for you to master, not abandon.

Moving Past Fear Programs

In Book II of the Republic of Plato, Socrates says that the best guardian of the imaginary best city is like a dog. Socrates of course was being a bit witty here. He was suggesting the dog we all know as Cerberus. The dog is the guardian, and knows what is good and bad based on his knowledge of good and bad. And, so, like any good dog, it keeps those who belong inside, and those who do not, outside. But remember, Cerberus is the divider between the worlds. He is the physical manifestation of fear. When you are programmed as the dog, as the fear-based being that they want you to be, you are always judging everything as good or bad as if those judgements are the result of scientific proof. It feels right, because it feels safe to do so. But there is no deep understanding of why those things are bad or good, except the understanding that has been implanted in the mind. There is no wisdom in programs or artificial intelligence. That is a great way to identify thoughts that are not born from within the soul – they simply have no roots, just like a fake plant has no roots. What need have they of roots?

Fear programming is tough, persistent, and resistant, like hard plastic. It is difficult to work with, if you are trying to communicate with the soul that is hidden behind it. Synthetic fear is always irrational. You cannot talk with it, convince it otherwise, or help it to shift out of itself.  The only way to move it is to distract it with pleasure. If you can do that, you can recover a part of yourself. When Dante and Virgil meet Cerberus in hell, Virgil had to feed it in order to be able to walk past it. This is why it is a waste of time to argue with anyone who is running on fear, whether that is in some social media group, or a physical meeting. There is just no persuading of programs and people running on fear programs.

“When Cerberus, that great worm, had seen us
His mouth he opened and his fangs were shown,
And then my leader with his folded palms
Took of the earth, and filling full his hand,
Into those hungry gullets flung it down.” – Inferno, Canto vi., 13 ff.

So with yourself, when you detect fear programs and want to remove them, you need to give them a bone, so to speak. You can, in fact, remove them completely, but first you want to at least move past them. When you move past them, you enter a portal to another world, and you will experience this as higher consciousness, as expansion, because what you have done is removed something that was in your way, like a gate or a giant rock. If you want to remove it permanently, you just tell the dog to go away! It will go, but you have to know that it will go. Remember, your thoughts are powerful in the realm of the underworld, and what you truly deeply believe will come to pass. If you do not have the conviction, the dog will stay. If you return into the fear program, it will continue to run, and you will have to walk through it again.

It is very important, in this world, in this life, to write down your dreams as best you can. What you are shown, even if it is an artificial programming, will give you insight into what programs you are running, how your energy is being siphoned, and what gifts they don’t want you to express. All of your gifts come from your soul, and phronesis is required into order to work with it. When you master the mental space, by clearing out the programming, you can make room for soul energy to communicate with you. This is the work I do, as I walk through the underworld, the invisible realm, and even as I type this I am walking, hoping that my words whisper even a little bit of truth from the places where no one can see, but where the whole world breathes.

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