Ultimate Fulfillment 28

by Christopher Lovejoy on October 19, 2014

They say that seeing is believing: “if I can’t see it, then I can’t believe it!” I know, I know, this is 3D paradigm thinking, but try to indulge me here for a moment.

Captured Gray on TableTake, for example, this image of a military man sitting behind a chamber that contains an exotic creature known simply as a Gray. Insiders say that a number of these creatures were found dead (and decaying) inside a crashed spacecraft at a site in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, and that one of them survived the crash (captured here in this photo?). These little critters have been reported by numerous alien abductees – or “experiencers”, as some prefer to call them – especially in the 1980s, when abduction activity seemed to peak. The image appears real enough, although skeptics would insist that this image is fake. When you think about it, though, anything can be doubted and questioned that doesn’t fit a particular worldview. Anything can be faked, hoaxed, confabulated: documents, photos, videos, testimony – even dead alien bodies with mad sculpting skills.

This image of a Gray could very well be authentic, but you would never know it, even if someone of high repute came forward and said that it was, but then, someone of high repute would always take the time and the care not to say that it was real unless it could be investigated thoroughly and professionally, which it couldn’t be if everyone connected to the event that produced this image was sworn to secrecy, and even those who broke this bond of secrecy would assume the risk of being ridiculed and having their names smeared (or worse). There could very well be all sorts of authentic evidence of aliens that is being dismissed or explained away by appeals to “well, this could have been …” or “well, no one with real authority has come forward and …”. Very convenient for pseudological, ideological skeptics with paymasters whose strings are being pulled by puppetmasters.

My point is this: we live in a world of pretense, where perception (deception?) is reality, but (thankfully) we also have access to something called presence. With this simple yet potent knowledge, we can approach presence and pretense is one of three ways: (1) we can aspire to be wholly present to experience, without any pretense, exposing those who would be pretentious (or not); (2) we can be present to pretense in experience, and remain unconsciously hypocritical about it, exposing those who would be pretentious while using pretense as a means to justify our ends; or (3) we can be wholly (lightly) pretentious in our experience, viewing everything and everyone as pretentious (and having a good laugh about it). Perhaps all three approaches have merit, depending on the circumstances (or situations) in which we find ourselves.

In supposing that these approaches have merit, we would do well to be careful of the consequences of using them indiscriminately, without adequate forethought. When it comes time to undergo a Life Review, all pretense is burned away, all pretentious behavior and conduct exposed, all consequences of said behavior and conduct explored and examined in view of one’s health and fitness as a conscious being of love and light. A loving presence is rewarded at the time of review, whereas pretense (unless it can be justified as serving presence) is either ignored or frowned upon (or worse, when it comes to dark pretense, involving evil manipulation for the sake of shameless exploitation).

In my view, pretense is a meaningful phenomenon, meaningful in the sense that is deserves adequate study in relation to presence, but before I approach this study on my own terms by teasing apart my version of the cosmic field of play into layers, where both presence and pretense figure prominently, I’d like to shed some light on the word “pretentious”, so as to avoid any confusion that might arise from the use of this term.

Most obviously, being pretentious is being ostentatious, using affectation to impress others, among other reasons, but what does it mean to use affectation to impress others?

Affectation is a social phenomenon with two facets, one internal and one external: (1) internally, being affective (not effective) involves projecting a studied display of feeling, real or fake (in either case, such display is never genuine); and (2) externally, being affective involves the use of artificial speech, writing, or behavior designed to curry favor or impress significant others (it can also be used to inflame public opinion or minimize interpersonal conflict).

I understand what it means to be affective because I myself have been affective in my relations with others, but in my experience, the most curious thing about this compromise is that I can never know if being affective is effective, either with those who are effective (without being affective) or with those who are affective (in spite of being effective). Any response I get to being affective might seem favorable, but until one undergoes a Life Review, who can honestly say that the response to any affectation was actually favorable?

Formally speaking, being pretentious is about (a) making claims to having a certain quality or status (“You’re simply mah-vah-lous, darling, simply mah-vah-lous”) or (b) making claims to gaining a certain quality or status (“I fully expect to be ____ after I ____”). In both cases, the egoic image (not to be confused with the regulating, moderating ego with no cross to bear or axe to grind!) is prominently featured, projected, and displayed, and in both cases, a creative, expansive capacity for making dubious claims is highly motivating for those who would be affective with their feelings or displays of feeling by way of artificial writing, speaking, behaving, or conducting.

And so, it seems that pretense is of two types: (1) putting on an invisible mask to be someone you’re not to impress those you hardly know or care about in the hopes of gaining a personal favor or social advantage; and (2) assuming, affirming, or asserting a claim to a certain desirable quality in a social situation through the use of dress, speech, behavior, or conduct so as to elevate your image or status in the eyes of those you perceive as relevant and significant.

And yet, this exposure to pretense barely scratches the surface that is pretense.

Pretense is pretending, involving a wide range of behavior and conduct with a wide variety of motives, all of it designed to minimize pain and maximize pleasure (or at least minimize the perception of pain and maximize the perception of pleasure). Certainly, I can pretend to be someone I’m not, without any pressing need to impress, but merely to explore and come alive to an ability to be someone I’m not. I can pretend to have something I don’t for reasons that have nothing to do with image and status and everything to do with protecting someone else’s interests. I can pretend to know something I don’t to fool others into trusting me with something else so that I can gain access to someone’s else’s knowledge or expertise. I can pretend to care so as to deceive someone into thinking I’m a good person, but only because I’m desperate to secure a basic need. Countless ways of being pretentious can be pressed into service, beyond putting on airs and graces for the sake of gaining or keeping a certain image or standing.

In this glaring light, it’s not too hard to see and hear that the world is full of pretense, that everyone has a claim to being pretentious to one extent or another, to one degree or another.

It might even be supposed that pretense is natural to being spiritual in human form, given how deep and dark the human condition goes with humanity’s seemingly abysmal failure to cope with the reality of fear and pain. If those at the top of the social, economic, political pyramid are darkly pretentious in getting and having their way with the rest of us, perhaps we would do well to bring more presence to pretense, more love and light to the deep, dark influence of archons, demons, and aliens above and beyond mere human unconscious projection.

In teasing apart the layers of my version of the cosmic field of play, I wish to do so while remaining wholly present to the teasing while being mindful of any pretense that creeps or slithers into view.

layer-1---presenceThe first, most basic layer is simply presence, which I view as proceeding from Presence. I touched on the nature of Presence in a recent post. In this representation of presence, the black rectangular border is a contrivance, serving only to provide contrast; in reality, presence is ubiquitous, with no limits on perception, cognition, or emotion except the ones we impose on ourselves (or others), which is why cultivating stillness in daily life is so valuable to having or gaining access to intuitive prompts or insights, to having or gaining access to inner guidance.

layer-2---pretenseThe second layer is the field proper, represented as a gray scale, signifying a graduated field of play with cosmic relevance and significance for the fates and destinies of those who would choose or have chosen to play with the contrast between presence and pretense. The yellow pillars on either side of this scale are there, not only for contrast, but to serve as a link and a bridge to the third layer to represent perceived personal relevance and significance for a life lived. Placement of the second layer on top of the first brings pretense into relationship with presence.

layer-3---egocentricityThe third layer adds a vital third dimension to the preceding two layers (presence and pretense). Because I view the ego as the nexus of personal control for a True Self, as central to cultivating a Self as Art, it only makes sense to give prominence to egocentricity, both in a negative sense with emphasis added to serve as a warning (i.e., egocentric) allied with dark pretense (having designs on another under false pretenses, for example) and in a positive sense (i.e., egocentric) allied with light pretense (make-believe for the fun of it, for example). In a recent post, I examined my use of the terms abandonment and entitlement, which imply and invoke two fundamental acts of the ego, respectively: “letting it be” and “making it so”. The emphases on these two terms (abandonment and entitlement) serve to highlight the positive, affirmative nature of abandonment and entitlement. Integration of the third layer with the first two layers brings the nature and conduct of the human ego into relationship with the influence of divine presence on light, gray, and dark pretense. This is especially important for dealing with dark forces operating consciously and deliberately under pretense.

At the present time, circa 2014 A.D., over seven billion human beings on planet earth (and counting) find themselves on this cosmic field of play, whether they’re aware of it or not. With further analysis, I expect this multi-layered, multi-dimensional field will find itself growing pregnant with promise and possibility. In posts to come, I expect to give birth to something quite interesting as I continue to structure my approach to realizing the ultimate in personal fulfillment.

Note: my evolving outline on the ultimate in personal fulfillment can now be found here, accessible from the nav menu under “Be Here Now”. I’ll be sure to inform readers of any updates.

Next: Ultimate Fulfillment 29

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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