BELIEFS & OPINIONS

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CHAPTER 17

BELIEFS & OPINIONS

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beliefs:Dr.  Bruce  Lipton  began  his  scientific  career  as  a  cell  biologist.  He  received  his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before joining the Department of Anatomy  at  the  University  of  Wisconsin’s  School  of  Medicine  in  1973,  where  his research  on  muscular  dystrophy  focused  on  the  molecular  mechanisms  controlling  cell behavior.  In  1982,  Dr.  Lipton  began  examining  the  principles  of  quantum  physics  and how they might be integrated into his understanding of the cell’s information processing systems. In the process he discovered that the brain of a cell is not in the nucleus, which is what I was taught in school, but in the membrane – the outer surface, or “skin” of the cell. “His research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, between 1987 and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating through the membrane, controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, gave rise to one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of  epigenetics. Many subsequent papers by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas.”1 Epigenetics is  to  biology  what  quantum  physics  was  to  physics;  it  has  turned  our age-old understanding of biology upside down; or, as I’ve put it many times already, the opposite of what we have always believed is true. From  epigenetics, we now know our perception of the environment controls our DNA, not the other way around. Bruce  is  a  brilliant  man  and  a  good  friend.  Unfortunately,  he  still  believes  what’s “out there” – the human  body in particular  – is real;  but despite that, through his best- selling  book,  The  Biology  of  Belief,  and  his  live  seminars  called  The  Biology  of  Perception, he offers some very important insights into the effects of beliefs on our lives. “How we see life determines our behavior, and since perceptions can be wrong, it is  more accurate to say that beliefs control biology – what you believe creates your life.”2 The first example he offers is what is called the “placebo effect.”3 It is normally used as a medical term, meaning a patient is given something neutral – like a sugar pill – and yet it makes them feel better. There is no chemical reason in the placebo for it to have any effect at all on the body, but it does somehow. That “somehow” is  because  the  patient  believes  it  will,  and  nothing  else.  It  is  the  patient’s  belief  that changes their biology and their behavior. “Statistics reveal that one-third of all medical healings are the result of the placebo  effect.”4 But this “placebo effect” does not have to be limited to medicine or pills. In fact, it is in operation a lot of the time as we, the Players, believe something – anything – is good for us that is actually neutral, and yet it makes us feel better. This,  of  course,  is  true  for  all  homeopathic  remedies  as  well.  Homeopathy  is  still based on a belief that taking something from “out there” – “natural” though it might be – will have an effect “in here.”

The  other  side  of  the  coin,  and  not nearly  as well  known, is  the  “nocebo  effect 5.” This  is  when  a  patient  –  or  a  Player  –  believes  something,  anything,  that  is  actually neutral  is  harmful  to  them;  and  it  makes  them  feel  bad  or  worse,  when  in  fact  there’s nothing in the nocebo that can hurt them at all. “If  a  doctor  tells  you  that  you  have  a  disease,  or  the  doctor  tells  you  that  you’re  going to die, and you believe the doctor because he’s a ‘professional,’ the belief will give  you a disease or will cause you to die.”6 The  most  famous  “nocebo”  currently  may  be  HIV. According  to  Dr.  Kary Mullis, Nobel  Prize  winner  in  chemistry,  and  over  two-thousand  other  medical  and  scientific researchers,  health  care  professionals,  and  journalists7,  there  is  not  one  scientific  paper that  proves  HIV  causes  AIDS8.  Dr.  Peter  Duesberg,  a  member  of  the  United  States National  Academy  of  Sciences  and  professor  of  molecular  and  cell  biology  at  the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the world’s leading retrovirologists in the late  1970’s  and  early  80’s,  who  received  acclaim  early  in  his  career  for  research  on oncogenes and cancer. Dr. Duesberg says there’s nothing about HIV that can do damage to a human body, that HIV is a “harmless passenger virus.”9 According to the staff report of  a  U.S.  Congressional  Sub-Committee,  and  the  Office  of  Scientific  Integrity  of  the National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services, the man who first claimed that he discovered HIV and that HIV was the cause of AIDS was guilty of “scientific misconduct”,10 and his research was called “of dubious merit”11 and “really crazy.”12 In  fact,  HIV  fails every  traditional  and  accepted  scientific  test  to  be  called  the “cause” of AIDS13, and even the AIDS experts admit that more than half of those dying from  AIDS are dying  from organ  failure  – mostly  liver  failure  – as a  side effect  of the antiretroviral drugs they are encouraged to take, and not HIV14. But if someone believes what we’re being told by the mass media, that HIV causes AIDS and will result in death, then the stress caused by that belief is enough to destroy their  immune  system  and  give  them  AIDS,  and  they  will  die,  according  to  Dr.  Bruce Lipton. In  both  cases  –  the  placebo  and  the  nocebo  –  it  is  the  Player’s  belief  and  not  the actual experience that controls their perceptions and determines their behavior. “If  you  believe  that  something  will  be  good  for  you,  it  will  be  good;  and  if  you  believe that something is harmful, it will be bad.”15 Dr. Lipton stresses the fact that a lot of our beliefs are “learned” from other people, and those learned beliefs can actually override our natural perceptions and instincts. For example,  all  babies  know  how  to  swim  when  they  are  born.  But  as  they  grow  up  and watch the reaction on their parents’ faces whenever they get near water, the baby learns to be afraid of water; and then it needs to be taught how  not to fear water and to swim again at the proper age – when their parents are no longer afraid.16 Bruce  likens  our  perception  to  a  camera,  taking  snapshots  of  the  “physical  world” our  brain  has  projected  “out  there.”  But,  he  says,  our  beliefs  act  like  filters  on  that camera, filtering out certain frequencies and changing the picture that comes in; and he offers a very good example of this during his workshops when he puts one slide on the screen that makes no real sense…

… and has the audience put on a pair of glasses he provides with green lenses and look at the picture. Here’s what they see… Then he has them trade the green lenses for glasses with red lenses and look at the same picture, and here’s what they see… (You can watch a very short (poor quality) video of this here.) In exactly the same way, Dr. Lipton concludes, our belief filters determine how we perceive our world and therefore how we react and respond to our experiences. “Life has everything in it, but you will only see what you have belief filters to see.”17 * * Take a quick look at this playing card…. It’s a red six of spades, right? Or did you see it as something else? There’s a classic psychology experiment18 where this red six of spades, along with other normal playing cards, is shown to a group of people who are writing down the cards they  see.  Many  people  cannot  see  a  red  six  of  spades  the  first  few  passes  through  the cards; some can never see it as a red six of spades, even when holding it in their hands. “The conclusion is that our beliefs can filter and affect what data comes in through  our senses. We  can end up seeing and hearing only what we believe.  The stronger the  belief system, the more powerful will be its ability to filter out data that contradicts those  beliefs. You were taught and you believe that  seeing is believing. It should be the other  way  around.  You  have  come  to  understand  that  metaphorically  speaking,  the  eye  is  a  camera  that  passively  collects  light  and  brings  it  in  to  record  photographs  of  what  is  actually out there, with no alteration of the sense data going on. What I am proposing is  that in actuality the reverse of that simple phrase is true: believing is seeing.  What I am  proposing  is  that  the  eye  is  a  camera  that  filters  out  most  of  the  electromagnetic  spectrum  to  only  record  visible  light,  and  that  the  camera  is  controlled  by  the  photographer who chooses consciously or unconsciously what to photograph.”19 In  this  case,  we  start  with  a  belief  that  a  red  six  of  spades  doesn’t  exist,  so  it’s difficult  to see it  for what it actually is; and for some  with very strong and controlling  belief systems, it’s virtually impossible. * * I deliberated long and hard about whether to include this next example, because it is so controversial; but it is also the most perfect example I can think of to illustrate how our beliefs affect what we perceive “out there” and prevent us from seeing “what is,” and how those beliefs can contribute to so much pain and suffering in our lives.

Even if you are not a Christian, you probably know Jesus was crucified and died on a cross, to rise again from the dead three days later. Over the last 2000 years, many people have believed this and based their lives on it. Here is the scripture from the Holy Bible on which this belief is based. (Even if you know this story already, please read it again now.)… Luke 23:50 “And, behold, there was a man named Joseph…. 52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged [for] the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was  hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid…. 55  And  the  women  also,  which  came  with  him  from  Galilee,  followed  after,  and  beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices  and ointments; and rested the sabbath  day according to the commandment. 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto  the  sepulchre,  bringing  the  spices  which  they  had  prepared,  and  certain  others  with  them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4  And  it  came  to  pass,  as they  were much  perplexed  thereabout,  behold,  two  men  stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto  them, Why seek ye him that liveth among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in  Galilee, 7  saying,  The  Son  of  man  must  be  delivered  into  the  hands  of  sinful  men,  and  be  crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to  all the rest. 10 It was Mary Mag’dalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other  women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the  linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was  come to pass. 13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which  was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15  And  it  came  to  pass,  that,  while  they  communed  together  and  reasoned,  Jesus  himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have  one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18  And  the  one  of  them,  whose name was Cle’opas,  answering  said  unto  him, Art  thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass  there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus  of  Nazareth,  which  was  a  prophet  mighty  in  deed  and  word  before  God  and  all  the  people: 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death,  and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside  all this, today is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain  women also of our company made  us astonished,  which  were  early at the sepulchre; 23 and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a  vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even  so as the women had said: but him they saw not…. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though  he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the  day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it,  and brake, and gave to them. 31  And  their  eyes  were  opened,  and  they  knew  him;  and  he  vanished  out  of  their  sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked  with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven  gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them  in breaking of bread. 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto  them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your  hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit  hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have  ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.”20 * * But what if this were actually the account of a man who was taken down from his cross  after  just  three  hours,  still  alive,  moved  to  a  secret  hiding  place  where  he  was treated for the wounds on his hands and feet and head and side, survived, left three days

later  under his own steam,  and met  his disciples  on the road as he was walking out of Jerusalem. In  other  words,  I  want  to  ask  you  to  read  the  exact  same  Bible  passages  again, without the prior belief that Jesus died on the cross…. Luke 23:50 “And, behold, there was a man named Joseph…. 52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged [for] the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was  hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid…. 55  And  the  women  also,  which  came  with  him  from  Galilee,  followed  after,  and  beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices  and ointments; and rested the sabbath  day according to the commandment. 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto  the  sepulchre,  bringing  the  spices  which  they  had  prepared,  and  certain  others  with  them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4  And  it  came  to  pass,  as they  were much  perplexed  thereabout,  behold,  two  men  stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto  them, Why seek ye him that liveth among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in  Galilee, 7  saying,  The  Son  of  man  must  be  delivered  into  the  hands  of  sinful  men,  and  be  crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to  all the rest. 10 It was Mary Mag’dalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other  women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the  linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was  come to pass. 13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which  was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15  And  it  came  to  pass,  that,  while  they  communed  together  and  reasoned,  Jesus  himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have  one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18  And  the  one  of  them,  whose name was Cle’opas,  answering  said  unto  him, Art  thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass  there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus  of  Nazareth,  which  was  a  prophet  mighty  in  deed  and  word  before  God  and  all  the  people: 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death,  and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside  all this, today is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain  women also of our company made  us astonished,  which  were  early at the sepulchre; 23 and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a  vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even  so as the women had said: but him they saw not…. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though  he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the  day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it,  and brake, and gave to them. 31  And  their  eyes  were  opened,  and  they  knew  him;  and  he  vanished  out  of  their  sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked  with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven  gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them  in breaking of bread. 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto  them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your  hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit  hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have  ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.” * * “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye  see me  have.” I cannot  imagine  how that  could be any clearer. Jesus is saying he’s alive, that this was his actual physical body, not a spirit; and to prove it, he ate meat with them.

There  are  even  more  telling  phrases  in  the  other  Gospels.  In  Matthew, 21 for example… Matthew 28:5 “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I  know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is  risen  from the  dead;  and, behold,  he  goeth  before  you into  Galilee;  there  shall  ye  see  him.” …and… Matthew 28:10 “Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that  they  go  into  Galilee,  and  there  shall  they  see  me….16  Then  the  eleven  disciples  went  away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they  saw him, they worshipped him.” A resurrected body would not need to “go before” anyone else to any place. It would just appear there spontaneously. Nor would it need to tell anyone to go someplace to see it. The Gospel of Mark22 says…. Mark  15:43  “Joseph  of  Arimathaea,  an  honourable  counsellor,  which  also  waited  for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate,  and craved the body of  Jesus. 44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead.” The synonym for “marvel” is “wonder” – Pilate wondered how Jesus could be dead, because he had only been on the cross for three hours, and crucifixions normally would take a lot longer than that to kill someone. “The Romans used crucifixion as a prolonged, agonizing, humiliating death…. It is possible to survive crucifixion, if not prolonged, and there are records of people who did.”23 …and… Mark 16:1 “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother  of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” To  “anoint”  means  “to  smear  or  rub  with  oil  or  an  oily  substance,”24 which  even today is a common medical treatment for the wounds of a body that is still alive. …and… Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared  first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told  them that she had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had  heard  that  he  was  alive,  and  had  been  seen  of  her,  believed  not.  12  After  that  he  appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13  And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.” “And when they heard that he was alive”!! How can that be misunderstood? …and… Mark  16:14  “Afterward  he  appeared  unto  the  eleven  as  they  sat  at  meat,  and  upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them  which had seen him after he was risen.” And in the Gospel of John25… John  19:39  “And  there  came  also  Nicodemus,  which  at  the  first  came  to  Jesus  by  night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes.” Nicodemus  was “a wealthy and popular  holy man  reputed  to have had miraculous powers.”26

Myrrh  and  aloes  were  not  just  used  for  embalming,  but  as  medicine  for  wounds. Myrrh  is  currently  used  in  some  liniments  and  healing  salves  that  may  be  applied  to abrasions  and  other  minor  skin ailments.  In  alternative  medicine,  it  is  said  that  mixing myrrh  gum into  vinegar  increases  its  ability  to  relieve  pain.27 The  Greeks  and Romans used aloes to treat wounds,28 as we also do today. …and… John  20:6  “Then  cometh  Simon  Peter  following  him,  and  went  into  the  sepulchre,  and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with  the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.” The cloth around Jesus’ head where he had wounds from the thorny crown was in a different place than the rest – not likely if his body resurrected and left his “linen clothes”  lying there. …and, finally… John 20:19 “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the  doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and  stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said,  he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw  the Lord.” I need to add that it’s quite likely Jesus’ disciples really thought he had died on the cross, so I can understand their astonishment  to find out he didn’t. But even the Bible, when read without a prior belief, is quite clear that Jesus survived his crucifixion. For  2000  years,  Christianity  has  been  based  on  the  belief  Jesus  died  on  the  cross (many  say  “for  our  sins”)  and  rose  again  from  the  dead.  Think  of  the  impact  this  one belief  has  had  on  the  world,  and  on  many  of  us  personally.  Wars  have  been  fought, millions have died, and millions more have lived lives of guilt and shame based on this belief. But there is ample evidence this belief is not true,29 and even the Bible does not say it happened that way, unless you read the Gospels with that belief already in place; and then you still have to make some very big assumptions. (Remember Occam’s Razor, that the best answer is the one with the fewest assumptions.) So we start with a judgment that we are all, as human beings, innately defective (the Roman Catholic church calls it “original sin”); we form a belief – despite the evidence – that a Son of God has been resurrected from the dead in order to save us from our sinful nature; and we are of the opinion that anyone who doesn’t believe in Him cannot make it into Heaven. It makes for a very interesting game! * * Here’s another quick example of how this judgment-belief-opinion cycle happens…. Let’s say you judge prostitution to be “wrong,” for whatever reason. You then form a belief that the government should do something to stop it, and you hold the opinion that any man or woman who engages in prostitution is acting immorally. And let’s say your Infinite I creates an experience for you in your cocoon where you come face to face with this, such as your husband or wife or lover or son or daughter or good  friend  – someone  you  love  and  respect  and  admire  –  gets  arrested  on  charges  of prostitution, either soliciting or selling sex for money.

I  can  imagine  this  might  cause  you  some  discomfort,  severe  discomfort  if  it  were your husband or wife, I’m sure. So this is your chance to run Robert’s Process first, to take  the  “heat”  and  “discomfort”  and  “reality”  out  of  the  situation,  and  then  run  Jed’s spiritual  autolysis  to  discover  the  false  belief,  false  information,  and  layers  of  ego  that resulted from this judgment. Most of the  time  you  can  simply  follow  the  discomfort  – the  emotion  or pain, for example – to uncover the judgment. In this example it should be fairly easy to find the underlying  judgment,  that you  consider  prostitution  to  be “wrong,” and to  use  spiritual autolysis to ask, “Is that true?” But  sometimes  it’s  not  that  easy;  the  judgment  is  not  so  readily  available,  buried more deeply, hiding from your awareness. So instead you can follow the emotion to find the belief, and then follow the belief to find the judgment. Or, if the belief is also hard to get at, follow the emotion to find the opinion, then follow the opinion to find the belief, then follow the belief to find the judgment. You get the picture. Remember what Jed McKenna said… “All  attachments  to  the  dreamstate  are  made  of  energy.  That  energy  is  called  emotion. All emotions, positive and negative, are attachments.” …so  consider  every  emotion  you  have  that  is  less  than  total  joy,  excitement,  and enthusiasm  to  be  a  signpost  –  a  red  flag  –  leading  you  to  your  opinions,  beliefs,  and judgments. In fact, you can do this for any opinion or belief at any time, without needing your Infinite I to create a catalytic experience for you. If you hear yourself offering an opinion – any opinion – look for the belief that led you to that opinion, then look deeper for the judgment that led to the belief. Remember  that  all  judgments,  beliefs  and  opinions  were  formed  inside  the  movie theater and are based on incorrect premises; so they are all untrue. This may be difficult for some people to accept who have become very attached to their opinions with multiple layers of ego for each one, piled on top of each other. But it is  exactly  these  attachments,  and  letting  go  of  them,  that  are  the  point  of  this  whole process in the cocoon. * * “Okay,”  you  might  say,  “I  can  see  living  without  judgments;  I  can  even  imagine living without beliefs; but living without opinions? Isn’t that kind of… boring? Do you just accept anything and everything that is put in front of you in your hologram without question or discrimination?” Yes,  and  no.  Yes,  you  accept  anything  and  everything  that  is  put  in  front  of  you, since  your  Infinite  I created  “anything  and  everything”  for  you  it  wants  you  to experience,  down  to  the  smallest  detail.  It’s  true  I  no  longer  live  with  judgments  and beliefs  and  opinions,  except  those  occasional  times  when  one  might  pop  up  for  me  to identify and process. But, no, life is far from boring, and I do have my preferences. Jed  McKenna  started  off  Book  Two  of  his  Enlightenment  Trilogy saying,  “I  hate L.A.” I never could figure out whether Jed was expressing a judgmental opinion, or just using some literary license for effect. I don’t “hate” anything; but I “prefer” a lot of things.

What’s  the  difference?  It  can  be  very  subtle  and  tricky  at  times,  but  I’ll  try  to explain. An  opinion,  based  on  a  belief  and  judgment,  includes  resistance  to  the  opposite opinion. A preference has no resistance, but is merely an expression of choice. I prefer not to play Tic Tac Toe, unless I am engaged with a very young child. I find the  game  very boring  for  me,  since  it’s  unwinable  when playing  with  anyone  who  has even the slightest clue of what’s up. Now that I know a game like backgammon exists, I prefer to play it instead. I have no resistance to playing Tic Tac Toe, no judgment about it, no beliefs about it,  no opinions about it as a game.  I just prefer not to play it under most circumstances. Likewise, I prefer not to play the judgment game, the belief game, the opinion game, the  fear  game,  the  first  half  of  the  Human  Game  inside  the  movie  theater.  I  have  no resistance to playing any of it if the appropriate circumstances were to arise and it was clear  my  Infinite  I was  creating  that  for  my  experience  at  the  moment;  and  I  have  no judgment about it, no beliefs about it, no opinions about it other than how perfect a game it was at one stage of my metamorphosis, and how perfect it is for other people who still want to play it. But I also prefer not to spend a lot of time with people who are playing the first half of the Human Game. I enjoy living in a way that I’m not surrounded with the constant noise of other people’s drama and conflict. I prefer not to talk about Tic Tac Toe. I prefer  not  to  listen  to  Tic  Tac  Toe  players  who  spend  the  vast  majority  of  their  time  talking about the game, rehashing prior games they played,  accusing someone  of cheating in a game they seem to have lost, describing in detail how much of a victim they are when they lose, or even discussing new strategies of how to win a game that’s unwinable. But I don’t judge them. In fact, I totally support them to continue doing exactly what they’re doing; I just don’t find it at all interesting or fun to be part of that myself. I  prefer  silence  to  the  sound  of  motorcycle  engines.  I  prefer  not  to  drink  alcohol because of the way it makes me feel. I prefer to sail than motorboat. I prefer to eat protein and vegetables rather than carbohydrates. I prefer warm weather to cold, sun to snow, the beach  to the mountains, and less (or no) clothes to more.  I prefer watching  a movie  to small  talk,  a concert  to  a  cocktail  party,  a  solitary walk  listening  to good music  in  my earphones  to  a dinner party.  I prefer  diving  forty feet  deep in the ocean to walking on land. Those would be my choices if I could choose. But I will be wherever my  Infinite I wants me to be and experience whatever my  Infinite I wants me to experience with full joy and without hesitation or judgment or resistance, because I totally trust my Infinite I, and that is my job as its Player in the Human Game. I would caution especially those who are new to their cocoon to be very wary of this opinion-preference  thing. Judgments  are sometimes  hard  enough to spot  for processing without making it any harder; and it seems so easy to say, “I prefer not to be around that kind of person,” and think it’s a statement of preference when in fact it’s a statement of judgment. I found it a lot easier in the beginning to simply assume that any preference I wanted to  express  was  in  reality  an  opinion  based  on  a  judgment  and  belief,  and  process  it accordingly.  After  about  a  year,  when  I  was  more  comfortable  with  letting  go  of  my

judgments and beliefs and opinions – when I felt fairly secure I could spot when my ego was trying to slip something by on me – I allowed myself to have preferences again. But I remain very vigilant and still challenge my “preferences” on a regular basis to make sure I am not resisting anything, for resistance is the key.

FOOTNOTES 1. BruceLipton.com – Back to reading 2. Lipton, Bruce H. Intelligente Zellen – in German and English – Back to reading 3. Wikipedia – Placebo – Back to reading 4. Lipton, Bruce H. Id. – Back to reading 5. Wikipedia – Nocebo – Back to reading 6. Lipton, Bruce H. Id. – Back to reading 7. The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis – Back to reading 8. Kary Mullis video – Back to reading 9. Duesberg, P. HIV and AIDS, Science 260: 1705 – Back to reading 10. Hilts, Philip J. “Federal Inquiry Finds Misconduct by a Discoverer of The Aids Virus,” New York Times, December 31, 1992; Crewdson, John. Chicago Tribune, “In Gallo Case, Truth Termed a Casualty,” January 1, 1995 – Back to reading 11. Brink, Anthony, The Pope of AIDS – Back to reading 12. Culliton, B.J. “Inside the Gallo Probe,” Science 1990; 248:1494-1498 – Back to reading 13. Davis, Stephen, Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial  – Back to reading 14. Reisler, Ronald, et al. Grade 4 Events Are as Important as AIDS Events in the Era of HAART – Back to reading 15. Lipton, Bruce H. Id. – Back to reading 16. Ibid. – Back to reading 17. Ibid. – Back to reading 18. Bruner, Jerome S. and Postman, L. On the Perception of Incongruity: A  Paradigm  – Back to reading 19. author unknown, link now dead – Back to reading 20. The Holy Bible, King James Version. The Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapters 23 & 24 – Back to reading 21. The Holy Bible, King James Version. The Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 28  – Back to reading 22. The Holy Bible, King James Version. The Gospel according to St. Mark, Chapters 15 & 16 – Back to reading 23. Wikipedia – Crucifixion – Back to reading 24. Merriam-Webster Dictionary – anoint – Back to reading 25. The Holy Bible, King James Version. The Gospel according to St. John, Chapters 19 & 20 – Back to reading 26. Wikipedia – Nicodemus – Back to reading 27. Wikipedia – Myrrh – Back to reading 28. Wikipedia – Aloe – Back to reading 29. Baigent, Michael et al. Holy Blood, Holy Grail – Back to reading

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