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The Asylum

Recently I viewed a video of an interview between Russell Brand and David Icke which can be found at the bottom of the article . In the video, David Icke compares our reality to a ‘Lunatic Asylum’ . I have used this metaphor many times but watching the video, the analogy really hit home .

 

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The Lunatic Asylum is a very large hospital and at present, holds approximately 7 billion human inmates . The vast majority of the patients have no idea that they live in an asylum, as they have all been born into the hospital and believe there is nothing outside it . Very few ever question the situation and accept the strange customs of the hospital without thinking, as this is the way it’s always been .

The patients divide themselves into different groups which they call countries and they continually fight amongst themselves . A lot of the patients are bullies and they are always looking for fights with the weaker members of the asylum, for power and control . All the patients will eventually die but it is replenished with new inmates, as the patients reproduce .

The grounds of the asylum are actually very pleasant . It has breathtaking scenery with beautiful green fields, rivers and mountains and supplies an abundance of everything but the patients squabble amongst themselves and attempt to keep this abundance for themselves . Sometimes groups are not able to feed themselves because the greediest take what they can and won’t share it with the rest of the patients . And even though the grounds are beautiful, some of the inmates don’t care and poison them so they can get more .

 

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Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, USA

 

The asylum has Staff to look after the patients . As the patients can be a bit hyperactive, the staff have devised various techniques and games to drug the inmates to keep them under control . One of the most popular games is ‘Monopoly ‘ . In this game, the patients attempt to accumulate as many bits of paper, coin, shiny bits of metal and land as they can and the winners of the game are very proud of themselves and believe they are better than the other patients .

The staff also like to keep everyone busy and have invented a system called ‘Work’ where from a young age the patients go to different establishments within the hospital and are kept busy doing useless and repetitive tasks . And it is only when they are very old does the work stop . Another technique to keep everyone distracted are recreational films and television which the patients really like, and they are also used by the staff to tell the inmates what to do and think . The male patients enjoy physical sports such as running and playing games with balls and these games are shown a lot on the tele-visual screens, and everyone gets really excited about them . And the staff have arranged a competitive game for the female patients – “Who is the prettiest Princess ?” .

Actually, the staff are not staff but are in fact, patients who have taken control of the hospital and like to tell the other inmates what to do but have put on a white coat with a badge titled ‘Staff’ on the lapel, which makes them think they are really important . And the staff have convinced other patients to control the rest of the hospital with force and violence if they think it is necessary . But like the patients, the staff are unaware they are in a Lunatic Asylum but in the Boardroom of the hospital, the directors are fully aware of the situation but want to keep everyone within the asylum, for their own reasons, and ironically declare that patients who say the hospital is an asylum are ‘Mad’ .

 

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The Staff

 

But there is another facet to the Lunatic Asylum which the patients don’t know and that is, there are not a multitude of patients but in fact only one patient and the Asylum does not really exist . This patient is very scared and suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder and has retreated into a make believe world where he imagines that he is many separated individuals all alone in the world . He is, in fact a voluntary patient in his own hospital and out of fear has become institutionalised . Not a good prognosis for the patient .

But there can be a happy ending for the patient . The patient is not really mad at all you see, but is only dreaming of Madness in a nightmare of death, fear, scarcity, greed, hate and guilt . And even more encouragingly, the ‘Cure’ is surprisingly simple . All he has to do is let the nightmare go and wake up .

The alarm clock is ringing .

 

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Substitute

Everything we see in this world is just a ‘Substitute’ for the real thing .

 

 

From ‘A Course in Miracles’ :

The world you see is vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance . Each of your perceptions of “external reality” is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts . One can well ask if this can be called seeing . Is not fantasy a better word for such a process, and hallucination a more appropriate term for the result ?

You see the world that you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image maker . You cannot be saved from the world but you can escape its cause . This is what salvation means, for where is the world you see when its cause is gone ? Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now . Loveliness can light your images, and so transform them that you will love them, even though they were made of hate . For you will not be making them alone .

 

The Time Machine

We are always looking back in time .

From NASA :

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe.

The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. But it offers a peek back into a time when the universe was 3 percent of its present age of 13.7 billion years.The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, was observed 420 million years after the big bang, the theorized beginning of the universe. Its light has traveled 13.3 billion years to reach Earth.

 

 
And Jethro Tull with “Living in the Past” .
 

 
It’s ‘Time’ to leave the past behind and move into the ‘Present’ .
 

Hotel California

“You can check-out any time you like,
 But you can never leave!”

Hotel California – The Eagles

 

One of the Ego’s most cunning plans is to make us believe we have no choice . It tries to convince us there is only one way and there are no alternatives .

Many individuals feel trapped . This maybe work, marriage, the kids, addictions etc or even a metaphysical prison, and they feel imprisoned in the physical world from which they cannot escape, and look to Death to relieve their pain and suffering . There is always a choice and we are only trapped by our belief system .

“Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device” .

 

 

The physical world is an addiction . We have been caught in a Venus Fly Trap entranced by the smells and colours and only too late we realise the mistake we have made, but by then we are hooked . And we keep on coming back again and again in the vain hope that this time it may satisfy us but like all addictions, it only does for a short period and then we want more .

But Life is ‘All There Is’ and there can be no more than Life . The only alternative to Life is Death, but that doesn’t exist apart from in our imagination . However, the addiction does serve a purpose . It keeps us away from what the Ego fears most – our spiritual Self and hidden beneath all our fear, guilt and hate is our Self, safe from the storm that surrounds it .

There is always a choice and we make it every day of our lives . Do we choose to see the world through the eyes of the Ego or the eyes of our Self . Do we listen to the loud voice shrieking in our ears, barking out orders like a Regimental Sergeant Major or do we listen to the quiet calm voice which says ‘everything’s ok and always has been, and always will be’ .

We can leave “Hotel California” anytime we want . First, we have to know we can .
 

The Veil

From ‘A Course In Miracles’ :

The veil across the face of Christ, the fear of God and of salvation, and the love of guilt and death, they are all different names for just one error – that there is space between you and your brother, kept apart by an illusion of yourself that holds him off from you, and you away from him .


The sword of judgment is the weapon that you give to the illusion of yourself, that it may fight to keep the space that holds your bother unoccupied by love . Yet while you hold this sword, you must perceive the body as yourself, for you are bound to separation from the sight of him who holds the mirror to another view of what he is, and thus what you must be .

The saviour’s vision is as innocent of what your brother is as it is free of any judgment made upon yourself . It sees no past in anyone at all . And thus it serves a wholly open mind, unclouded by old concepts and prepared to look only on what the present holds . It cannot judge because it does not know .”