Great thread OP. Understanding manipulation is step 1. Step 2 is the life-long process of quieting mind & reclaiming control of the mind/body
machine from ego wirings so it can learn to trust the ego-less observer.
While manipulation of the programs we operate from without knowing it is one thing to be aware of (the only thing for those just discovering this in
their own mirror/lenses), the next stage of human understanding is shedding all labels, judgments & beliefs in order to allow for a conscious deleting
of old programs, in some cases wiping the hard-drive (mind-emotion wirings), and re-programming consciously. The creation machine has been hijacked
by belief-manipulators who both wittingly & unwittingly program others (parents, society, culture). We pass down an ego-based teaching structure
where we should be teaching the understanding of emotional wiring, the thinking mind that thinks it runs things, and all of the inputs we face daily.
In this society I would argue that the human creation machine is under a 24/7 denial-of-service attack on all fronts. I've written a ton on this and
each day of learning & observation continues to confirm these things.
Yes, we can fear the fact there are manipulators, but as stated in the OP via pictures, you must be able to look at them without reaction. The
emotional reaction is the indicator on the car that tells you the oil pressure is too low, or whatever. It's an indicator to a wiring. Given the
chance, the observer can create a tiny space between stimulus and reaction and consciously choose an action or non-action. This power is so great
that it brings one to perfect presence and the ability to create and manifest their world. It arises out of presence and trusting and acceptance of
"what is". As the ego learns to trust this new-comer observer, it will over time begin to acquiesce to it as it finds it doesn't have the need to
expend so much energy on protecting programs and wirings.
This site is riddled with fear & loathing. Step back from it and realize that your thoughts & intents flesh out your world. As long as people
participate in the duality, they will continually feed it and allow it to continue. Those who find the peace of this path tend to check out. Most
have no understanding or willingness to confront their belief-based programming.
It's like using DOS 1.0. Then try to lay on the latest Linux. You can't. Crashes, hardware incompatibilities, etc. You have to understand that the
old programs and operating systems must be deleted. Only then can the new systems be installed and utilized. The old beliefs must be destroyed
before new programs of understanding can be accepted by the machine. The creation machine only wants to follow instructions. "I am fat" leads the
creation machine to do everything the universe will allow to fulfill this instruction. Layer it with, "I will diet and get thin." Often it will not
work, simply because the old operating system is still under the impression it is fat. This is why diets often whipsaw people into
binge/starve/binge/starve as the thinking mind can't figure out why the hell the machine isn't working right. The thinking mind needs to come out of
the equation until it can be used in it's most optimal function -- creating intent for the purpose of learning, experience & creation.
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