Getting Unstuck: The Monkey Trap


Child Playing on Monkey Bars, Karitane, Otago, South Island, New ZealandMORE than five-thousand years ago, Chinese doctors described hundreds of invisible energy meridians throughout the human body.

When these pathways were unblocked and revitalized, people quickly healed. This is the ancient system of healing we call acupuncture today, which uses special sterilized needles.

But many healers today are literally tapping into this natural energy  system of the body, without needles, using only their bare hands and fingers.

Using this new system ordinary people are learning to master all the “mental changes” in themselves, as taught by The Voice of the Silence, and report healing almost instantly.

They learn how to “harmless make” the stubborn thought and emotional issues that have plague them, often embedded in early childhood, causing numerous physical, emotional and psychological illnesses as adults.

The success of the technique is an object lesson in what Einstein meant when he famously wrote: “We can’t solve problems, by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Instead the old thought forms blocking the flow of natural energies in our system have to be cleared. As we free ourselves from old habits of thinking, we come to recognize our hand in the problems they cause.

In psychological terms it means assuming personal karmic self-responsibility, and there’s nothing in the universe, even atomic energy, more powerful than acceptance.

Getting Unstuck

It’s probably an understatement to say it’s difficult for most people to get to the root cause of difficult issues, especially if the causes were setup in a past life they cannot consciously now recall.

It is the forgotten events, limiting beliefs, and fixed emotional patterns that glue us to our fate as flypaper does a fly.

Negative Patterns

“We’ve all experienced challenging times, painful events and traumas during our lifetimes.  We’ve adopted negative beliefs and patterns,” says emotional freedom therapist Annie Siegel, “often learned from our parents and elders, that aren’t serving us.”

Monkey Stuck

Natives in the islands used to catch monkeys by cutting a hole in the top of a coconut, hollow it out, fill it with sweet beans, and tie it to the base of a tree. During the night, a monkey would approach the coconut shell, reach inside and grab a handful of sweet beans — then hold them tight in his fist.

With his hand rolled into a fist, he could not pull his hand back through the opening in the coconut, because he wouldn’t let go of the beans.

So in the morning, the monkey was still trapped there, and the natives only had to come by and pick him up.

Silence the Chatter

Sometimes we find ourselves trapped simply because we won’t let go of all our past grudges, resentments, bitterness, guilt over past mistakes. We hang on to unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others.

The truth is we all have sticky
obsessions that cling to us.

Greedy Mistakes

We blindly believe that certain familiar things will give us identity and provide lasting satisfaction. When we hold this belief, instead of remaining open, we can become enslaved like a monkey’s fist in a coconut:

Our work, our stuff, our money, our experiences, our hobbies, our relationships, our status,  our entertainment — our worldviews.

“Even though we feel overwhelmed with emotions, a part of us doesn’t want to create balance and get back to a place of feeling good about ourselves,” Annie writes, “we know we can be more than just our inner chatter.”

“Practicing the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) daily, neutralizes the relentless chatter [of what are called in Sanskrit the skandhas] and encourages empowering feelings — you can then create the changes needed to make your life work better for you and others.”

Army of Sensations

“Ere thou canst near the goal …  thou must have mastered all the mental changes in thy Self and slain the army of the thought sensations that, subtle and insidious, creep unasked within the Soul’s bright shrine.” 

The Voice of the Silence

Plato’s Cave

“If thou would’st not be slain by them, then must thou harmless make thy own creations, the children of thy thoughts,” Blavatsky writes in the Voice of the Silence:

“Thou hast to study the voidness of the seeming full, the fulness of the seeming void. O fearless Aspirant, look deep within the well of thine own heart, and answer. Knowest thou of Self the powers, O thou perceiver of external shadows?”

“If thou dost not—
then art thou lost.”

In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” Socrates begins by describing a cave inhabited by prisoners who have been chained and held immobile since childhood. “Not only are their arms and legs held in place

but their heads are bound facing a wall, where they can only see reflected shadows — illusions they must take for reality.”

The process of self-realization is gradual explains Theosophical writer W. Q. Judge in his paper The Subjective and the Objective, We are “learning to distinguish between the ‘I’ and the ‘not-I.’ We know of nothing more material or external than the physical, material, visible body — the world of matter, so called;

and here is the inner wall (reversing the figure from outward to inward) of the cave which Socrates describes in Plato’s dialogue.”

Subject and Object

(Lesson from the Cave of Plato
– Republic, Book 1
)

“The wall upon which fall the shadows supposed by the prisoners to be the only realities. Indeed, the ‘wall’ may be taken as merely the drop-curtain of the theatre, and the shadows themselves as representing the physical substance known to ourselves and our fellow prisoners.”

“The lightest breeze of passion or desire,” counsels The Voice of the Silence, “will stir the steady light upon the pure white walls of Soul. The smallest wave of longing or regret, the path that lies between thy Spirit and thy self, the highway of sensations —

… a thought as fleeting as the lightning flash will make thee thy three prizes forfeit — the prizes thou hast won.”

Gandhi’s few possessions

Travel Light

“That man possesses an immortal soul is the common belief of humanity,” wrote W. Q. Judge —”to this Theosophy adds that he is a soul.”

Remember who you are,
and travel light.

Soul & Destiny

  -William Q. Judge

(The Ocean of Theosophy
Excerpts – Chapter 1
)

“ALL nature is sentient … down to the smallest atom all is soul and spirit ever evolving under the rule of law which is inherent in the whole. The course of evolution is the drama of the soul and that nature exists for no other purpose than the soul’s experience.”

“The most intelligent being in the universe, man, has never been without a friend …

“but has a line of elder brothers who continually watch over the progress of the less progressed, preserve the knowledge gained through aeons of trial and experience, and continually seek for opportunities of drawing the developing intelligence of the race on this or other globes to consider the great truths concerning the destiny of the soul.

“These elder brothers also keep the knowledge they have gained of the laws of nature in all departments, and are ready when cyclic law permits to use it for the benefit of mankind.

“They have always existed as a body, all knowing each other, no matter in what part of the world they may be, and all working for the human race in many different ways.”

“In some periods they are well known to the people and move among ordinary men whenever the social organization, the virtue, and the development of the nations permit it. For if they were to come out openly and be heard of everywhere, they would be worshipped as gods by some and hunted as devils by others.

“In those periods when they do come out some of their number are rulers of men, some teachers, a few great philosophers, while others remain still unknown except to the most advanced of the body.”

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2 responses to “Getting Unstuck: The Monkey Trap

  1. Is there a “plane” or a “dimension” where the Elder Brothers dwell?

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