If you believe modern deceptions are huge, please think again. Throughout history, even greater lies were quietly inserted into our reality. So gently we never noticed. Most of us accepted the subtle revisions as truth. Until recently. Suddenly human awareness began to rise and explode. We started to question things. We are seeing ourselves as clearly powerful, sovereign, united, and free.
Now that our shared reality is turning strongly to the positive, I’d like to discuss five concepts that hang as heavy weights over humanity. Lies are false ideas that infuse our deepest beliefs and shared world view every day. The roots of shame, separation, racism, self-hatred, and ignorance are hidden here, deep in the subconscious. Since we are all part of the collective, these scars belong to everyone. Even if you have done no wrong – they are still yours.
Now is time to heal. This is truly the shift of the ages. We can heal our society by being aware of deceptions that block the true human spirit. How to do that? We start by opening the mind to observe unconscious negative thought forms we carry. We meditate, pray, offer sacrifices and charity. We can do penance, apologize, and offer retribution. I offer five affirmations below. This will take a few years, and we will clear the wrongs.
In the big picture, history repeats itself. Well, it’s coming around again. The good news is that our shared reality is changing every day. The collective human perspective is now a palpable unity. This energy force includes all of us, every race, creed, and culture across the Earth, and of course the planet Earth and Nature. Old mistaken beliefs from our history have caused immeasurable suffering. These purposeful deceptions, often made for the short term purpose to control, still pervade our language, education, governments, social interactions, and foundational beliefs.
Clearing our collective subconscious feels very uncomfortable, unsettling to most. Like layers of interconnected tectonic stones, we see our foundational common perspectives shift precariously. To me it feels as if they crack and reorganize while we sleep. In the morning everything is different. Yet, even in the face of lies, disputes, and violence, we continue to awaken to our true nature more every day. I’m confident that this time we will not repeat the old cycle.
“As an American in Bali, I see a vast difference in underlying beliefs between East and West. When I describe these five lies to Asians, they stare at me with horror and disbelief. They’re shocked that humans could ever hold these beliefs. We should be too.”
The following terrible lies powerfully separate humans from God, Nature, and Each Other. Our current discomfort of awakening just means that we are dissolving old deceptions. Staying on this path will bring us to higher levels of awareness. We can throw off old patterns of shame and powerlessness. As we dismantle subtle forms of control and division, we heal the deep roots of underlying false beliefs. We move forward into a Golden Age. We claim our God-given birthright as human beings.
The Five Biggest Lies in History:
- The Fall of Man. (Adam and Eve fell from grace, therefore mankind lives in shame for all eternity.)
- Original Sin. (We are born in sin and moral weakness, cursed by Adam and Eve’s fall.)
- Sex is Evil. (Instead of understanding this multi-dimensional power, we learn procreation is sinful and dirty.)
- You Only Live Once. (Jesus and Christians once believed in reincarnation. This has been denied)
- Doctrine of Discovery. (Gives permission to claim ownership of any non-Christian lands “for the church”.)
It’s time to remove the lies hidden in our deep foundational beliefs. They represent subconscious scars in our reality.
What are the original sources of these flawed concepts? And what prayers or affirmations can we use to heal effectively?
Lie #1 – The Fall of Man
The Fall of Man is a concept from Genesis 3 in the Bible Old Testament.
In this story, Adam and Eve committed a sin. They disobeyed God and fell from grace. They were expelled from Eden. As a result, all mankind lives in shame forever.
“The Fall of Man is one of the most cruel concepts in history. It has caused millions to believe they are separate from and cursed by God, to live in eternal shame and pain.”
We all know the story, interpreted widely and diversely. Adam and Eve disobeyed God when Satan, disguised as a snake tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. Eve gave Adam the fruit and they both ate. God became angry at their sin and banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden forever. After the Fall, every person in the world is born into a state of sin, and must be punished. God cursed mankind with hardship, pain and difficulty.
By eating the fruit they discovered the wisdom of Good and Evil; they became aware they were naked. But due to their transgression, Adam and Eve lose the opportunity for eternal life and ascendance into Heaven for all humanity for all time. Some say this sin of humanity can be healed by Jesus Christ, or through baptism. Further interpretations and embellishment of this flawed logic brings some to add even more misfortune on us:
- Humans are cursed and flawed by nature.
- Women are dirty, evil temptresses and cannot be trusted.
- Women are created second, from the body of Man. (although this is contradicted in Genesis 2)
- God commands women to serve man as secondary and subservient partner.
- Women are cursed in painful childbirth.
- Humans can know God only through the Holy Roman Church.
- God is cruel and to be feared. Even an innocent error eating the wrong fruit can lead to eternal damnation.
- To become “like God” is dangerous and demented. Humans are forever separate from and less than divine.
I can accept the Holy Bible as a sacred document. I understand the story of Adam and Eve has been construed in myriad ways. Have we accepted a negative interpretation? Is Christianity a cruel religion? I do not think so. Sadly, to embellish the story or read into it such disparaging meaning above and beyond the actual words, has brought terrible sadness to the world.
Affirmation to heal the world: “I am a sacred human being born under the love and protection of the highest God, whose light I carry within me with love and honor. I hereby reject any idea that I am evil, cursed or somehow less than any human, any God, any organization, or force of Nature.”
Lie #2 – Original Sin
The Doctrine of Original Sin says we are born with moral weakness, cursed by the fall of Adam and Eve. Original Sin may have come from the Bible Romans 5:12 of the Apostle Paul. He says: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned”. Thus somehow are we led to believe that sin permeates all of humankind like a poison? Certainly, Original Sin is the ultimate weapon to separate humans from God, and discourage any effort to claim our true divinity.
“Original Sin is an unthinkable crime, one of the most depressing, repulsive and revolting concepts in existence. It is an insult to God and humankind alike.”
Roman theologian Saint Augustine (354-430 C.E.) further developed the doctrine of Original Sin. He believed people to be made in the image of God as distinct from animals. Human spiritual souls give possible access to truth and goodness when they freely adhere to grace, which can be restored in the world by Jesus Christ, whom he calls the “second Adam”. When mankind obeys God, we are granted immortality in Heaven. However if we are disobedient we will die a spiritual death of eternal separation from God, as in Hell. Infants are said to be born guilty, in solidarity with Adam, in great need of redemption. According to Augustine, the only way to safeguard children against the perils of sin was to baptize them.
Affirmation to heal the world: “I am a sacred human being born under the love and protection of the highest God, whose light I carry within me with love and honor. I hereby reject any idea that I am evil, cursed, or somehow less than any human, any God, any organization, or force of Nature.”
Lie #3 – Sex is Evil
The idea that Sex is Evil is common worldwide. The power and spiritual mystery of procreation confounds us all. So it is understandable that the subject causes confusion. Many of us were told that all sex is sinful and dirty. That might be effective for children, but it doesn’t work for aware adults. A repressive attitude keeps us from discovering our roots, blocks us from linking physical with spiritual realms, which is our birthright.
Saint Augustine has been a major force in Christianity’s denigration of sex as evil and the subjugation of women. He regarded human physicality and sexuality as evil and wrong. As a result, many Christian concepts of sexuality are fraught with deep subconscious layers of fear, shame, and judgment. How did this happen? Saint Augustine made a distinctly sexual interpretation of the Hebrew story Adam and Eve, far beyond the actual words of the Bible, where sex is not mentioned. From this he theorized that human embodiment and physical desire stem from Eve’s fall into sin. He associated Eve in particular with carnal lust, as the archetype of women. Due to her sin, Eve became subordinate to male authority, clearly the lesser partner in marriage, cursed in painful giving birth.
Augustine further interpreted from the scriptures that sin was passed biologically from Adam to all his descendants through the sex act itself, thus equating sexual desire with sin. I do not understand. How did Augustine reach this interpretation at a time when marital sex in Jewish society was considered honorable and good?
Sadly, I believe these are examples of religion painting itself into a corner calling sex totally evil. The Roman Church invented other rules regarding sexual activity that are difficult to imagine. They prescribed when one can and can’t have sex with your spouse, what days of the week, sacred holidays, sinful positions, thoughts about sex, oral, anal sex, and made specific confession requirements for sex with animals. Yes, they even spelled this out.
“Our sexuality is beyond definition, as joyful union, where the physical and spiritual meet.
Sexuality and morality are fertile topics in both East and West, with myriad practices, and solutions. In some traditions, priests, monks, and nuns are required to be celibate, a rule that sometimes works to promote spiritual development, and sometimes not. The challenges of living in a physical body are particularly apparent with respect to sex. In a world based on dualism, where physical is evil but spiritual is sacred, to stereotype these as bad and good is far too simplistic. As we discard the scars and shackles of control, I hope someday humans can discover the wisdom of conscious sex and joyful procreation.
Affirmation to heal the world: “I am a sacred human being born under the love and protection of the highest God, whose light I carry within me with love and honor. I consider my body a divine gift for me to have, to hold, and to enjoy for my entire lifetime. I understand sexuality is a powerful, sacred force of Nature, not to be engaged in thoughtlessly or ignorantly. I hereby accept my sexuality as natural and good. I hereby reject any idea that my physical nature is negative or evil.”
Lie #4 – “You Only Live Once”
“You only live once”, we say in the West. But it wasn’t always that way. In Biblical times, and in the words of Jesus Christ, we find a clear belief in reincarnation. Recent polls show that 51 percent of the world and 25 percent of American Christians believe in reincarnation.
In Eastern cultures, rebirth is a cornerstone of society. The Bhagavad Gita says: “The Soul Never Dies.” A virtuous life leads to a positive rebirth in the next life. Over several lifetimes, one can complete all earthly lessons and finally end the cycle of death and rebirth to reach enlightenment, or permanent union with God. This was once the goal of all religion.
Roman theologian, Origen of Alexandria, in 250 CE wrote extensively about the pre-existence of the soul and reincarnation. He taught that the soul’s very source was God and that the soul traveled back to oneness with God via reincarnation. However, his teaching was outlawed in 545 AD when Roman Emperor Justinian declared Origen’s writings condemned and destroyed. He assembled the Second Council of Constantinople, to resolve several religious dilemmas by law, demanding all the church leaders sign the decree that anyone who asserts the “preexistence of souls” would be punished by death.
❞𝕴𝖋 𝖆𝖓𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖆𝖘𝖘𝖊𝖗𝖙𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖋𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖙𝖎𝖈 𝖕𝖗𝖊𝖊𝖝𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖓𝖈𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖘𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖘, 𝖜𝖍𝖎𝖈𝖍 𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖉𝖘 𝖙𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖙𝖗𝖔𝖚𝖘 𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖆 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖞 𝖗𝖊𝖙𝖚𝖗𝖓, 𝖑𝖊𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖒 𝖇𝖊 𝖆𝖓𝖆𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖒𝖆.❞
The Emperor’s only obstacle was the powerful Pope Vigilius at the time, who believed in rebirth and refused to sign the papal decree. Emperor Justinian call the Council to meet in Constantinople. He had Pope Vigilius arrested, convinced the other ecumenical leaders in the Pope’s absence that the papal decree was authentic, effectively forcing the Pope to swallow the decree against his will when he was released from jail. After the fateful meeting, as Pope Vigilius was traveling back home to Rome, he was killed under suspicious circumstances.
Early Bible manuscripts and the Gnostic Bible expressed a firm belief in rebirth. However during the 6th century and during the Inquisition these believers were wiped out by the Roman Catholic Church. For example, Giordano Bruno was a Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological theorist. Bruno believed in the vastness of human potential, and that salvation was not linked to one’s relationship with the church, but to one’s direct relationship with God.
The Roman Catholic Church rejected any belief in rebirth, which undermined the authority of the church. Sadly, during the 1600 CE Inquisition, Bruno was executed in Rome, burned at the stake for his heretical views on rebirth. The Bible has been cleansed of any passages that support it. Many other religious organizations through history have claimed to be sole conduit to God. This has led many believers to break away, to form a direct relationship with Spirit.
“Jesus and early Christians believed in reincarnation. Roman denial of rebirth has blocked human awareness of our greater cosmic destiny.”
A Gnostic fragment from the Secret Gospel of Mark was discovered in Nag Hammadi in 1945 describes Jesus performing secret initiation rites. Gnostic writings were described by Father Clement of Alexandria (150 AD – 211 AD), as “a more spiritual gospel for the use of those who were being perfected.” He said, “It even yet is most carefully guarded [by the church at Alexandria], being read only to those who are being initiated into the great mysteries.” Clement insists that Jesus revealed a secret teaching to those who were “capable of receiving it and being molded by it.” Devout Gnostics were spiritual critics of the Roman Church which they viewed as a popularization as a vulgarization of the true word of Christ. The Roman Catholic church stressed faith, while the Gnostic church stressed knowledge (gnosis). This secret knowledge taught the attainment of spiritual ascension.
Emperor Justinian declared that child baptism is essential to bring a new soul to God.
Now the idea that ‘you only live once’ is a foundation of modern society. The Roman authorities’ underlying motive of control is clear to us now. If common people realized they were forever children of God and part of God, they might no longer need an Emperor, or pay taxes, or obey the Holy Roman Church. If people were not baptized, then they would be “cut off from God and doomed to Hell.” The edict did the trick. The modern belief that “You only live once” is now fundamental to Western thought. I wonder – how does this impact our attitudes toward God, and our cosmic destiny?
Affirmation to heal the world: “I am a sacred human being born under the love and protection of the highest God, whose light I carry within me with love and honor. I open myself to discover the breadth and true nature of my destiny in this and other times. I hereby deny any attempt to obstruct my beliefs in my larger cosmic family.”
Lie #5 – Doctrine of Discovery
The Doctrine of Discovery allowed explorers to claim ownership of any non-Christian lands!
Yes, this actually happened in 1493. Incredible as it seems, the Doctrine of Discovery granted land rights to a European Christian nation that found a New World territory. Any area occupied by “unbelievers, heathens, pagans, and infidels” such as the Americas, was declared terra nullius (“nobody’s land”).
The document was the Papal Bull “Inter Caetera,” by Pope Alexander VI, which played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World. It supported Spain’s strategy to claim exclusive right to the lands discovered by Columbus the previous year. It gave Spain the exclusive right to own and trade in these areas. This effectively gave Spain a monopoly on the New World. It was declared that “the Catholic faith and the Christian religion must be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, so that the health of souls be cared for and barbarian nations be overthrown and brought to the true faith.” The Doctrine of Discovery became the basis of all European claims and slavery throughout the world.
“The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ gave Europe free permission to own land, resources, and slaves all over the world, in the name of the church.”
This was the root of countless mistaken beliefs that still persist, consciously or unconsciously:
- Racism: Dark skinned people are inferior.
- Racism: White people are superior, etc….
- Discrimination: Non-Christian are unholy, rejected by God.
- Establishment of the Western money system of exchange all over the world.
- European laws became world-wide.
- Native people had only a right of occupancy, which could be abolished at any time.
- The European State-Church owned everything, dividing the world wealth among themselves.
Affirmation to heal the world: “I am a sacred human being born under the love and protection of the highest God, whose light I carry within me with love and honor. I accept myself exactly as I am. I respect and honor all sentient beings in the universe. I acknowledge that I am neither superior or inferior to any of these. I hereby repudiate and reject any attempt to divide humankind by color, sexuality, ethnicity, wealth, homeland, habits, or physical qualities as stupid and evil. I honor all humanity’s desire to be free and happy.”
6. Conclusion: How to remove lies from our deep shared subconscious?
These five lies have a single common objective: To separate humans from union with God and Nature. Well, that’s probably the greatest crime you can commit. Should we be angry? Yes, I am angry. However, sadly, I am also responsible. It was my ancestors that did the crimes, and also my ancestors that suffered the crimes. I may have participated in crimes in past lives. Yes, I am angry – for a little while. We must let the anger pass. Then we use it to stimulate us to DO SOMETHING about the wrongs. We heal the scars in the collective awareness.
Beware the Double Standard!
Double-standards pervade our modern society – maybe triple and quadruple! We humans are multi-layered, multi-dimensional beings. We are both sacred and also deeply flawed, and our subconscious and conscious minds are often out of harmony with each other. That means we can hold several opposing subconscious views simultaneously. So I can dutifully hire all minority managers for my company and still deeply deny that any of my own heritage comes from those ethnicities. I can rape a young child today and tomorrow arrest someone for the same crime without blinking an eye. In Asia we see the caste system as a myth, then bow respectfully to a Brahman, and see an untouchable with distaste. In Italy a person may be viciously criticized for an extra-marital affair by the very people doing it every day. Ha Ha! Beware of double and triple standards we all hold.
To remove a lie from our deep shared subconscious, we first recognize its importance and how it affects us. Then we practice the opposite thought. The opposite of fear is love. We do acts of kindness, penance, sacrifice, and charity. We can use deep prayer and meditation. Yes, that’s it. These are the best techniques I know. We can clear everything in time. The more sincerely we all do it, the faster it will be gone.
Thanks for showing up!
- Saint Augustine’s Understanding of the Creation and Fall, https://www.jstor.org/stable/20556975?seq=1
- The Genesis of St. Augustine’s Idea of Original Sin, https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1507550.pdf
- The Original View of Original Sin, https://www.vision.org/the-original-view-of-original-sin-1140
- How St. Augustine Invented Sex, https://medium.com/genders-and-other-gendered-things/how-st-augustine-invented-sex-a932ce396cd9
- Weird Things That Early Christianity Regarded As Sexual Sins https://www.ranker.com/list/what-counted-as-early-christian-sins/genevieve-carlton?
- Critical Essays Augustine’s View of Sexuality, https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/s/st-augustines-confessions/critical-essays/augustines-view-of-sexuality
- The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493, https://ap.gilderlehrman.org/resource/doctrine-discovery-1493
- Doctrine of Discovery, https://upstanderproject.org/firstlight/doctrine
- Pope Arrested for Believing in Reincarnation, https://reluctant-messenger.com/reincarnation-pope.htm
- Three-Chapter Controversy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-Chapter_Controversy
- What Did Jesus Teach about Reincarnation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1U-cJVqPOU
- Reincarnation: The Missing Link In Christianity, 1997 by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
- Second Council of Constantinople, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Council_of_Constantinople
- The Cult of Lucifer, an amazing film directed by Sacha Stone.