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Saturday, September 1


To me the Ultimate Truth is simple and straight
forward. If you allow me to use the word 'God' for
the Ultimate Truth. God is all ... says it all!
Everything is God. You can find God in the humble
ant as well as the holiest of the holys. And nobody
and nothing is higher or lower.

Anything added is an unnecessary complication
and can be attributed to the mind and ego. In other
words superstition! All organized religions and
their ludicrous ways are just superstition,
business and politics.

All that religious and spiritual jargon [or
should I say 'mumbo-jumbo'?] that people like to
show off with is also a product of the ego/mind.
What cannot be described in plain English [or any
other language] is not worth knowing. It is used
simply to complicate things for a hidden agenda or
to cover up lack of understanding.

And no words at all are even better!



Dear God,

God sleeps;
God wakes up;
God identifies as me and you;
God is endarkened;
God is enlightened;
God is;
God is not;
God cries;
God laughs;
God thinks;
God lives;
God dies;
God talks to himself;

best wishes,




How do I renounce my ego?

1. We admitted that we were powerless over our
egos, that our lives had always been unmanageable.

(As long as we identify with ego, ego will
interpret our attempts to renounce it as killing
"ourselves"). To prevent its "death" ego will try
to convince us that it can "fix itself". Ego can
never "fix itself" to the point of being able to
produce love/sanity, because love does not come
from ego. Love must come from a source other than
the body, mind or personality.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than
ourselves could lead us to sanity.


3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
over to the care of God as we understood God.

(now we have to figure out what it is we are

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of
ourselves as ego- dominated creatures. (facing

we are working on attaining humility... a setting
aside of our arrogant lies:

a. that we know what we are doing b. that we are
satisfied with the way we are c. that we don't need
help from anyone.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another
human being the exact nature of our ego-dominated

6. Were entireley ready for God to replace our egos
as the director of our lives.

This step is the Main Event. If, after taking this
step, we do not have the undeniable experience of
the presence of God (the experience of the
liberation from ego-identity), it simply means that
we did not really take the step (we did not take it
with true humility, which means we did not
relinquish our egos... we need to go back and tell
more truth.

7. Humbly asked God to assume full control of our

8. Having had a spiritual awakening, we became
ready to make amends for our ego-dominated
behavior. Made a list of all persons we had harmed,
and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people whenever
possible except when to do so would injure them or

10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when
we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve
our conscious contact with God as we understood
God, praying only for God's will for us, and the
power to carry that out.

If we are not living in the experience of love, we
are not living in the experience of God, we are
living under ego-domination... It is just that

The responsibility which accompanies our awakening
is twofold:

1. to share our awakening with those who still
slumber in their pain

2. to never delude ourselves that we are in any way
superior to them.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result
of these steps, we tried to carry this message to
ego-dominated human beings, and to preactice these
principles in all our affairs.



"Excuse a humble novice here: What happened to
Mystery? How can you all go on debating through
your mentation, and scriptures, that which is by
definition unknowable to the conscious mind?"

The Mystery is supposed to unfold after
apperception: simply put, the mind-body will be
'adjusted' in such a way that everything perceived
is the Self, that there is nothing but the 'real
nature'. That 'adjustment' is the 'result' of

With the "proper" mindset, the 'adjustment'
could be called a 'journey' of love, light and


Paul wrote:
>This group was started a while ago, but never was promoted. If you'd
>like to join, click on the link below. It might be a good way to
>explore freedom. Its new, so we don't know how it will work here on
>the net.

>HumansAnonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their
>experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve
>their common problem and help others to recover from ego domination.

>The only requirement for membership is a desire to be free from ego

Free from such a desire, i could not possibly
join :) Apart from that, i had a good laugh,
wondering what could be dominated by 'ego'.

In a 'childhood proper' (awakened parents), the
child learns to put unconditional faith in the
parents. Doing that is a risk, a pet also takes, by
being vulnerable. Taking that risk could be called
'basic function' of Love and knowing that is
essential for both growing up as a harmonious human
being AND awakening. That is what unconditional
surrender is about.

From that perspective, 'chasing the baddy
called ego' is but the proverbial dog chasing its
tail. All systems and methods can only partially
repair the damage, done by 'wrong' (read loveless)
upbringing. Combine that with 'suppressive' methods
like forced celibacy and the picture will be clear.



What is a saint? A saint is someone who has
achieved a remote human possibility. It is
impossible to say what that possibility is. I think
it has something to do with the energy of love.
Contact with this energy results in the exercise of
a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A
saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the
world would have changed long ago. I do not think
that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself,
for there is something arrogant and warlike in the
notion of a man setting the universe in order. It
is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides
the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the
caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the
snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with
wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world
that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and
chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces
with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state
of the solid bloody landscape. His house is
dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the
world. He can love the shape of human beings, the
fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to
have among us such men, such balancing monsters of

- L. Cohen, Beautiful Losers (1966)



Gene Poole wrote:
> In hypnosis phenomena, imposed 'sleep' equals the disposal of the
'ego' as
> a viable factor of the psyche. It is this way in 'natural sleep',
but hypnosis
> requires 'trance' in which 'ego' is decommissioned.

It has not been my experience that ego is decommissioned in
a trance state.

Rather, it is more as if the ego agrees to simply 'sit back
and watch' allow the experience to unfold. However,
time and time again, I have found that the ego does re-assert
itself when it senses danger.

Twice while in a trance state, my ego has stepped in
and ended the session......once, while in a very deep
trance, when the hypnotist began 'sculpting' a very
sexually charged scenario.

As a hypnotherapist, I have witnessed this ego-assertion
many times in clients.....when the client is 'looking at'
hidden or denied aspects of the psyche. The ego knows
when "enough is enough", and the client may simply 'open
their eyes'... or, most usually, begin to shift about until the
trance is broken.

Gene Poole:
> If those requirements are met, the voice of the hypnotist literally
> the 'inner voice' of the hypnotized one.

It is much like that.

In a trance state the hypnotized one no longer makes a distinction
between oneself and the hypnotist. For those moments, they
are 'one'.....the hypnotist's voice becomes 'my' voice.....what
a hypnotist sees, 'I' see....what a hypnotist says, "I" am saying.

But a lot is written about hypnosis and if it is an evil
be avoided. And while I agree that abuses do, and have occurred,
the opportunitys for expanding awareness thru trance experience
is so great, I feel compelled to offer another perspective on
hypnosis and trance.

I was fortunate to be trained in what is referred to as
a 'client centered' approach to hypnotherapy....which
says that it is the client who has the answers and
solutions they seek....and it is the client....not the
therapist... who knows the 'way'. And that it is
simply the fascilitator's task to simply bring that
inner-knowing to the client's awareness.

The hardest part of my job was always
remembering to 'get out of the way'
of the clients not contaminate
it with my sense of what 'should' happen....and
not to try to 'figure things out'....but to simply
walk alongside them as one who
helps the experiencer to open 'notice'
what is unfolding for them to see.

Hypnotherapy was, for me, a training ground
to 'awakening' - it was a practice in abiding...
of dropping any and all self-referencing
thoughts.....and surrendering to whatever

I'm thinking of how many times people would
come to these sessions as atheists or agnostics,
and leave in a sense of awe.....seeing that there
is 'That' which is so much more than 'me'...more than.
my sense of 'me'.....

even if 'That' is known to them as simply the

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