We are reeled into a world right in the palm of our hands. Video games or faceless communication hooks us into “zones”. Our cell phone is entertainment and maybe even like a bible to some. It is as though in a matter of seconds we have been brainwashed---and perhaps even joined a cult. Yes, maybe you are not religious and what you do on your cell doesn't seem to preach or to hurt anyone directly but if you are more involved with your cell than other people maybe it is time to stop and reflect.
Look around have you noticed how caught up we are texting while walking, driving, eating...? We are either checking email messages, social media, or texting rather than being present to our current surroundings. It is like we go into another dimension that is not only seductive but also hard to get out of.
I believe our heart and soul always tries to nudge us to be present but our mind is seduced by the elusive or trivial. When I look around I see people of all ages entranced by their cell phones, tablets rather than engaged in conversation or an exchange with another human being. Seems like cell phones have become a tool of control as the Holy Bible has been used by Christian cults.
I was in a cult for a year and half. I learned quite a bit during that time. It is a worldwide “church,” non-extreme in its teachings but nevertheless met criteria for being a cult. It is a scam that continues to operate asking its members to tithe. As for the lessons of being in a cult there are several but I will share my top three.
First, it helped me to see how I was a prisoner of myself. My thoughts had me in bondage to my past which only kept me in pain in the present. Therefore, my own inner turmoil made it easy for me to fall prey to such a group.
This church of God teaches that only a few select or “chosen” have a future in heaven. While I never really believed that in my heart -I decided that just in case it were true I wanted to also save those around me. This church told us that no one knew when the world would end but intelligently hinted that 2012 was the year. Initially, it did not seem too hard to believe that when the news is negative and shines a light on disasters.
Overtime, my questioning self reemerged and began to truly ask why God would only choose a few rather than everyone for salvation. I did not have to wait until 2012 to know that it was all just a way of controlling its members.
Second, I learned I could listen to myself & trust again. My gut feelings said that something was not right. In doing that I came to realize that truly the answers are within and that God is always communicating if we are present in our heart. And if you don’t believe in God then you must trust yourself or who else can you trust if not yourself?
Third, the big picture for me was to see how brainwashed the world can be. From our food sources to technology it seems that there isn’t anything that has been left in its natural form or essence. Therefore, it is easy to be disconnected from our souls. So much around us is unnatural and pulls us away from our core. We are up late on our laptops, watching TV which does not send signals to our brain to wind down. Without good rest we behave in a ways that can be less than kind and humane. There was a time when people honored nature and there was a natural rhythm and flow to life.
And while we may have more longevity now - we are also self- destructing. We are poisoning our environment and expecting to re-create what God has already done so perfectly. It is madness. It is like we have lost our ability to think for ourselves and instead we opt to go into zones that have been set up to control us.
We don’t think our freedom has been taken because we enjoy these zones but something inside of us tells us - that this is not true freedom. Maybe at night in our sleep we reconnect with our soul but in the hectic pace of the day we return to the zones.
I know in the cult we were kept busy and tired sometimes to the point of exhaustion so that we could not think straight and did not question. It is a tactic that works. Isn’t this what many people working in corporate America experience? Few people truly work 40 hours a week. Many work overtime and complain of having no time for what really matters. We go to school and are told to go to college to become somebody. If you are fortunate you don’t take loans but if you do then you spend much of your life paying off school loans stuck at a job you are not crazy about. And even when you have a high paying job you have no time to enjoy your riches. It can be hard to recognize the brainwashing as it begins early in life and is longstanding.
I am glad I was able to recognize in a fairly short amount of time what my soul was patiently saying. There was so much judgement in the cult as there is in the world. There was talk of “love for others,” but it was mostly talk. I suppose this is yet another lesson I learned: judgments happen but love is beyond judgments. And we can feel judgments even when no word is spoken.
We have many opportunities to learn about love. Perhaps one of our lessons on a global scale is “respect for life,” beginning with ourselves. Every day we can either adopt new ways of being or let go of old ways that don’t serve us. We can trust that we are co-creators rather than thee creators. It seems to me however, that in order to create we are headed first toward destruction.
As I observe the world- I see that there are those in trance seduced by whatever the leaders of the cult (heartless profit seekers) say and those who see beyond that. And so just like in a cult there is an “us “ versus “them,” in our planet.
Seeing the reality of things requires us to trust ourselves and consider the intentions of those who have demonstrated their love or care for us in a consistent way in our life. This is not always easy as the cult can become a new family that replaces one we never had or one that brought us heartache or whom we didn’t understand or appreciate. It absolutely requires trusting ourselves before we choose to follow another or others.
In the end I was able to see the church I was a part of - as a scam and how they use cult tactics for their own profit. I didn’t share my suspicions with anyone inside the cult or outside of it- until I had done enough research on & offline and confirmed my gut feelings. It was a time of turning inward, listening to my hesitations and honoring those feelings.
Perhaps next time you are captivated by your gadgets you may consider pulling away and noticing what is happening around you & within you. Maybe it is time to go beyond the cult of corporations, government, church,..?