There is a parable, related by Anthony de Mello, in one of his books, which pretty nicely describes the situation, we are in:
“Somebody found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”
If we contemplate a bit the above parable, each of us may ask himself/herself the following question:
Who I am, an eagle or a chicken?
If you consider yourself as an eagle in the chook yard, and taking into account what I wrote about containers in one of my previous articles on this page, then, there could be a truth, which may set you free and the truth is:
STOP FOLLOWING OTHERS, AS YOU ARE BIGGER THAN THEM!!!
The truth can not set us free just by itself, as an information, if it is not recognised and understood, as such, on the level of our being and lived, as such. Here, I will try to explain it in a way that many others may understand it, so that it is not just me, seeing things. A “sacred” (archontic) source says a big truth: “The kingdom of God is within you”, implying that you have to follow the source, if you want to get there, and that is, where the catch is. You can not reach you kingdom by following anybody and anything. Even not if you are following yourself, if by yourself, you regard your personality with its name and surname.
“A real confusion for exterior man comes from the undeveloped state of his Personality. Save for rare exceptions, he knows nothing inside himself other than the Personality. This, by its contrast with his body, presents itself to him as his soul. Nevertheless, due to its hostile attitude towards the real ‘I’, the Personality is more closely linked to the body than to the true ‘I’. This soul-Personality is therefore perishable.
This explains the apparent contradiction in which we attribute immortality to the soul, yet speak as if it is in danger of perishing and the obligation on our part to care about its salvation. In fact, there is only one means of salvation for the soul-Personality: and that is its intimate junction— through the medium of the higher centres of consciousness—with the true, eternal and imperishable Soul which manifests itself in man under certain conditions.
By this fusion the soul-Personality, which has no light of its own, will shine with the light of the immortal Soul with which, from now on, it will become one. The strength of the real ‘I’ will then render the personal ‘I’—who has thus become identified with it, immortal. This is the meaning of the word Salvation.
– Waking Consciousness is the daytime consciousness of the Personality. Putting pathological cases aside, its scope and its amplitude develop with the cultural development of the individual: it is the subjective consciousness of ‘I’.
– Consciousness of the real’I’ is the consciousness of the Individuality, otherwise described as objective consciousness of the individual ‘I’.
Source: Mouravieff, Gnosis I
[In order to gain a better understanding of the personality, one may download the above book, in the “find” option put the word ‘personality’ and then read everything what was written around it.]
Our personality is the part of our being which keeps us in the chook yard and we can not get out, as long as, we identify ourselves with it. One may say, she is programmed to keep us there by identifying us with chooks and preventing us to realise our eagle’s nature. The personality is like a “foreign installation” or “the predator’s mind” (using Castaneda’s terminology), however, it is one part of our being and as such, we should use it as a tool for our interaction with this reality. Our being, or the Real I, is supposed to control our personality and not the other way around, as it is happening now, as we speak about it, here, in the chook yard.
Imagine that we are characters in a virtual reality game, called:
Individualization of the human being
…and, as long as we have not individualised ourselves (i.e. reached the consciousness of the – Real I), anybody and anything can do to us, whatever they like, as per the nature of their beings. So, they can manipulate us in whatever way they like and they will be pretty successful in that and many of us will suffer, while the suffering is not mandatory.
The overcoming the “archontic control” is not possible on the level of our personalities (identified with the chooks). The archons can control and manipulate the chooks, but they can not control and manipulate the eagles!
So, in order to wake up to our real eagle’s nature, we will have to get out of any ‘containers’, we are currently in; and to unload from us all “our” official, unofficial and personal beliefs, because the beliefs belong to the personality. First, we have to examine and recognise them, as such, as we tend to regard many of “our” beliefs as a knowledge, but beliefs are just beliefs and if something is the knowledge, then it will provide to us consistent results, whenever we apply it. Getting rid of beliefs and all our ‘sacred cows’ may be a long and painful procedure, because many of them are dear to us, i.e. to our personalities. There is only one belief which may be helpful, at the beginning, and it is the belief in ourselves, and later, it should turn into a – knowledge of ourselves.
It must be clear to us, that NOBODY can help us to individualize ourselves. There is no help, as any “help” could only be detrimental to us. You can not reach your being, your Real I, your eagle’s nature, by following somebody/something else. Are we able to see that most of the outside content, which we perceive, is designed so to get us to follow it!? Or, to condition us to stay in the following-mode!? (Even, most of the websites, offering us whatever content, have the “follow-button” for us!? This is not by chance!)
Somebody, who is in the ‘transitioning’ phase, from a chook into an eagle, may share his views and opinions with those who are interested, and some of it may be helpful for others, however, he/she would be aware that nobody can follow him/her. This is something which one can do only alone! Therefore, all those who are taking followers, as gods, priests, gurus, leaders, teachers etc. are not aware individuals or entities and that is why, we are BIGGER than them even if, till this moment, we were following anybody or anything. And, if in this moment we realize it, we will stop following. If we do not, then – just stay in the chook yard and enjoy the life and the fate of a chook!
After we stop following others and after we gain a sufficient awareness of our personalities and our being, then we will be able to know, which influences are coming from the being and which from the personality. The influences from the being will be coming as an inner knowing, related to the now and they will never be accompanied by a drive to do something, without an understanding of why should we be doing that. And, the good thing is, each of us will have to discern alone, his/her own being from his personality. After a while, we will be starting to act more and more out of the being, than out of the personality. And, in this way, we will be becoming more and more like the eagles, for this is what we really are.