This lesson is excerpted from Lightning Path Workbook Two: The Healing.

In the last chapter, we took a look at the problem of lying. There we learned how pervasive lying is and how the lies we tell ourselves and others are obstacles to authentic healing and connection. As we learned, lying is not something that is evil. Lying is not part of our character or something that is going to send us to burn in hell. Lying is something we do because it has been modelled to us, because it makes us safer, because it helps us avoid guilt and shame, and because it is sanctioned by our current economic system, because it helps prop up that system. However, just because lying does not make us evil does not mean it is something we should do. Over the long run, all the lying we do to ourselves and others diminishes us and contributes to disconnection, disjuncture, and dysfunction. This is not rocket science, and we should have realized this long ago; however, as we noted at the close of the last unit, the System depends on dysfunctional and diminished human beings to function properly, and so some people work against this realization. Some people encourage us to lie to each other, and ourselves. Until we, and by “we” I mean the human species, learn to see clearly the purveyors of falseness and untruth, we will be stuck in an endless loop of confusion, self-deception, and disconnection.

Of course, the question at this point is, how do we learn to identify the purveyors of falseness and untruth? That is not such an easy question to answer not only because we all participate in the falseness and untruth, but because we all participate in a web of ideas that not only encourages us to lie to ourselves and to others, but also encourages us to think and act in ways that make it harder to heal and connect. We call the web of ideas that teaches us ideas and actions that make it harder to heal and connect, Ideology. As you will come to see during the course of your LP study, ideology is powerful, pervasive, and can easily prevent us from healing and connecting.

If this sounds unreasonable, paranoid, or otherwise conspiratorial to you, consider the modern education system for a moment. The modern K12 education system is all about ideology. An article by Jean Anyon entitled “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” makes this quite clear.1 For her research article, Anyon visited and observed four different schools catering to four different social classes, the working-class, middle-class, professional-class, and executive-class. She found the teaching style and curriculum to be starkly different in each of these schools.

For example, in the working-class schools, she found the ideas and education geared towards turning pupils into factory/cubicle workers. In working-class schools, education focuses on learning ideas and behaviour that teach working-class children to follow the rules and engage in rote “assembly line” style tasks, with “very little decision-making or choice.”2 The assumption of working-class education is that the students are off to factory jobs or retail jobs with minimal need for decision-making ability and autonomy. This assumption is reflected in the basic training, which teaches students to follow the rules and cave to authority.

By contrast, the middle-class schools she observed taught middle-class ideas and skills, and shaped students into middle-class workers. Middle-class training revolved around middle-class things in middle-class jobs. Instead of rote memorization, children were encouraged to get the right answer with “some figuring, some choice, some decision making, critical thinking” but only “…within the ‘context’ that is given.” In other words, think inside the box and “fit in.” “As one teacher said, “Language arts is ‘simple grammar, what they need for everyday life.’… ‘They should learn to speak properly, to write business letters and thank-you letters…”3

Mind-numbing and soul-destroying might be the term for working-class and middle-class educational streams; but, things get better for you the higher up you go. Anyon speaks about what she calls affluent professional schools and executive elite schools. Affluent professional schools train the “creatives” and intellectuals of our society, the people who go on to produce money-making cultural (movies, news, arts, architecture, literature, and so on.) and scientific products. Affluent professional “…schooling is developing in these children skills necessary to become society’s successful artists, intellectuals, legal, scientific, and technical experts and other professionals.”4 Children in these schools are taught ideas and behaviours that encourage creative thinking, which will later be exploited in the System.

Finally, children in executive elite schools learn the skills they need to occupy society’s executive positions. In their upper-crust schools, they are taught self-control and to develop their own formulas. They are taught to strategize and theorize. They do not have to respond to a bell as lower class children do, and unlike children in the lower classes, their movements are not strictly monitored and controlled. As Anyon points out, “their schooling is helping them to develop the abilities necessary for ownership and control of physical capital and the means of production in society.”5 In other words, they are not being trained to be peons in factories or cubicles. They are being trained to take control, maintain control, and prop up the system.

Anyon’s article is quite old, but despite its age, the current education system is still very much class-based, so the basic ideas still apply even in today’s “modern” schools. Children are streamed into educational rubric’s designed to produce workers, middle managers, intellectuals and creatives, and executives, as required by our modern systems of production and accumulation. By the end of your twelve years of schooling, you are shaped in a specific mould and fit into one of these social class categories, whether you realize it, like it, or not. There is some room for social mobility, of course, at least in some societies; but that is limited. By and large, the class you are born into is the class in which will remain. That is because, by the time you graduate the System, your thinking is totally controlled by the limiting ideology fed to you during the sensitive and highly suggestible years of childhood and early adolescence. By the time you graduate your basic schooling, you fit like a cog into a machine.

If you get to this point and are bothered by this, good. We are talking about the systematic subversion of your full human potential in order to shape you into a form useful to the System. In this process, who you really are as a human and spiritual being, and whether or not you are happy, fulfilled, and connected, is totally irrelevant. All that matters is that you learn to fit in and accept your allotted place in the System.

Is this a good thing or bad thing? It is a mixed bag really. We acknowledge that the System, particular its capitalist variant, has created a powerful system of innovation and production that has brought incredible material wealth and scientific sophistication to the planet. On the other hand, in order to create a powerful system of production and accumulation, humans have had to be treated like things to be used as input into an economic machine. In order to fit you in, in order to ensure you are docile and compliant, and in order to ensure you accept the status quo, the System, through ideology, distorts your thinking, subverts your full human potential, and prevents connection. It prevents you from being who you really are, which is a powerful light of consciousness incarnated in a physical unit. This is most obvious in the case of working and middle class education, where creativity is stifled and submission, rote repetition, assembly line drudgery, and “in-the-box” thinking are taught, but it also occurs in professional and elite classes. In the elite class, for example, compassion and empathy are subverted to ensure managers can “do what it takes” to keep a business running, even if that means harming the planet and its people.6 This subversion of empathy throws members of the elite class out of alignment, causes intense guilt and shame (which must be suppressed somehow), and generally makes it harder for the individual to be fully connected. High or low, it just does not matter. As a consequence of a toxic socialization process that fits you into the system, as a consequence of the ideology which rules your thinking, you are damaged and diminished as a result.

Three Challenges

So, what are you going to do about it? If you want to heal the damage caused by this toxic socialization process, realize your full potential, and connect, you are going to have to clear your mind of ideology. Otherwise, ideology will limit your potential and your thinking, and undermine your ability to heal and connect. Clearing out ideology is not impossible to do, but it is challenging because ideology penetrates to the very core of you.

If you are going to be successful at removing ideology, there are three challenges in particular that you need to face. Challenge one, you have to understand what exactly ideology is and where it comes from. Challenge two, have to learn how to identify it. Challenge three, after you understand and identify, you have to work hard to remove it from your mind.

Challenge One: Understanding Ideology

The first challenge to removing ideology from your mental and emotional systems is to understand exactly what it is. To fully understand ideology, there are three things you have to know about it. One, you have to know what it is; two, you have to know where it comes from; three, you have to know how it gets in our head.

As for what ideology is, you already know that, but we can define it formally at this point. Ideology is a collection of ideas designed to shape, mould, diminish, and disconnect you so you can be inserted as a docile cog into the System in some needed productive role. This role can range from “wife” to worker bee, sweatshop slave to corporate CEO.

As for where ideology comes from, that is a bit more complicated. Ideology is taught to us primarily in our families and in our early school instruction, though it is developed and reinforced throughout your life by media, Hollywood, and such. In other words, Ideology itself is taught to us by parents, teachers, priests, writers, actors, directors, editors, and other Agents of Consciousness.7 Agents of consciousness are simply people whose job, whether they are aware of it or not, is to insert ideology into your brain. My mother, my grade school teachers in Catholic school, the priests I listened to in Church, George Lucas,8 Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, all taught me ideology, and as a consequence, are all agents of consciousness.

Of course, the agents of consciousness who propagate ideology are not the original sources of ideology. They simply repeat what they were taught as children and adolescents, or in their secretive temple-lodge meetings. The original sources of ideology are ancient and to be found in what Harold Ellens calls the Master Story.9 The Master Story is an ideological story, or rather a story template, developed by priests in the ancient Middle East specifically to manage and control the masses.10 We will come back to the master story and the ancient roots of ideology as we progress through the LP curriculum. For now, simply understand that ideology is taught to you by agents of consciousness who themselves learned it from other agents when they were children, all the way back to ancient times.

As to how ideology gets into your head, ideology itself is inserted into your brain via a process of indoctrination.11 Indoctrination is the process of teaching a person, or group of people, to accept a set of ideas, beliefs, mores, and values uncritically. The ideas themselves can be found in multiple mediums (bed-time stories, movies, church sermons, school instruction) and come from multiple sources (teachers, priests, parents, etc.). This teaching is accomplished through repetition (i.e., you are taught the same story multiple times, and in multiple different formats) and reinforcement (either positive or negative). You get a gold star or an A+ if you accurately absorb the ideology, and you are punished in some way if you do not.

You should know that anyone can be indoctrinated, if you repeat and reinforce the same idea enough times; however, children are the easiest targets because they automatically trust the adults in their life, and are thus totally open to accepting whatever the adults claim as truth.

To summarize, ideology is a collection of ideas designed to shape, mould, diminish, and disconnect you so you can be inserted into the System in some needed productive role. Ideology is inserted into your brain by Agents of Consciousness in a process of repetition and reinforcement known as indoctrination.

Challenge Two: Identifying Ideology

Now that you know what ideology is, the next challenge is how to identify it. Unfortunately, left or right, Christian or Muslim, Jew or Gentile, Capitalist or Communist, identifying ideology can be a challenge, and this for a few reasons.

Four reasons ideology is difficult to identify

The first reason that ideology can be difficult to identify is because indoctrination starts when you are very young. As a consequence, ideology becomes a deeply buried, taken-for-granted part of your being. Throughout your childhood, you are fed ideas and concepts, some of which are cultural or science-based, but many of which are ideological. Since your brain is undeveloped, you cannot distinguish between truth and ideology. Since you are genetically primed to model and trust adult “protectors,” you absorb the ideology fed to you without resistance. Since your sense self of self is undeveloped as a child, the ideology you absorb easily becomes part of your character structures. As a result of all this, the ideology you absorb during childhood is buried deep into your psyche and becomes part of your internalized structures of thinking.

The second reason that ideology can be difficult to identify is that ideology is “spun” in a way that makes it look positive and beneficial, when in fact it isn’t. For example, we know that all forms of violence (emotional, psychological, sexual, and physical) harm and diminish children.12 In particular, even something as common as spanking lowers the IQ of children.13 This diminishment, which gets worse the more you spank or assault, is functional for the System in the sense that diminished and disconnected young folk are less likely to complain if they have to work out their life in stultifying, soul-destroying jobs. However, you cannot say to parents, “hit your kids so they’ll accept sweatshop jobs and factory/cubicle life.” If you said that, few parents would listen. If you want people to hit their children, you have to “spin” the truth and make it look like something positive. For example, to get parents to hit their kids and diminish their own children so they can fit into factory/cubicle jobs, say “spare the rod spoil the child.” When you spin it like that, parents are more likely to do what you say.

Besides childhood indoctrination and spin, a third reason that ideology can be difficult to identify is because it is often disguised as sacred in some way. Sacred ideas are just ideas which have been made “special” in your mind. It is not hard to make an idea special, or sacred. The easiest way to make an idea sacred is through repetitive ceremony and ritual. An oft-repeated church service, an intense Satanic ritual, a stylized Masonic rite, even a daily repeated “pledge of allegiance” are all rituals that are designed to make whatever ideas are being presented “special” in your mind. It is not rocket science, and it is not hard to do. Any idea can be made sacred, even very silly ideas, if you attach enough ceremony and ritual to them. Once and idea is established as sacred in your mind, you are no longer free to question it, and in fact, you might defend it from those who do.

Finally, a fourth reason that ideology can be difficult to identify is because it is often presented as if it is traditional wisdom. Remember, ideology is a collection of ideas designed to shape, mould, diminish, and disconnect you so you can be inserted into the System in some needed productive role. Some of these ideas are passed on in family and cultural traditions. It might seem strange to think that our cherished cultural and family traditions contain ideology, but they do. There are quite a few areas where tradition is pulled in to obscure ideology and the harm it encourages. Everything from traditions on how to potty and bed train your kids, traditions on how you treat boys and girls, holiday traditions of emotional violence and threat14 (be a good boy, or else Santa won’t bring you a present), and so on, can encourage thoughts and actions, like spanking, shaming, yelling, preferential treatment, and neglect, which diminish and disconnect.

The ideology in our traditions can be quite harmful. The ideology in our traditions can also be quite difficult to spot and challenge. Indeed, these ideas can be particularly difficult to see and challenge because they are part of our cherished family and cultural identities and are often defended as such. Whether you are Italian, German, Bosnian, Chinese, or whatever, your traditions constitute your identity, and if you question and reject the ideology those traditions, it will feel like you are rejecting a part of your self. You will experience both internal and external resistance. Internally, you will feel like you are rejecting your identity, even soul. Externally, you might be scolded, shamed, and even ostracized for questioning and rejecting your traditions. It will be hard to argue and defend against this because you will be characterized as ungrateful, even dysfunctional, and told something to the effect of, “well, that is the way our family or culture has always done it.”

We call the ideologically rooted toxicity and violence that percolates down to us through our family and cultural traditions, Intergenerational Toxicity15to emphasize the primary source of this toxicity, which is family and cultural ideas and traditions passed on from generation to generation.

Toxicity passed on through the family can be particularly difficult to sort out and eliminate because of the way adopting an idea or behavioural pattern into a familial or cultural tradition normalizes that idea or behaviour. Normalizing toxicity and violence means making violence something natural and inevitable, and nothing does that better than making it part of a respected tradition. When we say things like “That is just the way humans are,” or “we are violent and aggressive apes,” or “we all have a “dark side inside,” or “That is just the way we have always done it,” or “That is the way it has always been in our family,” we are normalizing dysfunction and providing inter-generational justification and excuse.

To summarize what we have said so far, ideology is a collection of ideas designed to shape, mould, diminish, and disconnect you so you can be inserted into the System in some needed productive role. Ideology, which is rooted in ancient elite stories, is taught to you by parents, teachers, and other agents of socialization. Although ideology exists and is harmful, it is difficult to recognize as such because it is taught to us as children when we are uncritical and defenceless, because it is “spun” in a way that makes it look beneficial, because it is wrapped in a facade of sacredness, and because it is often disguised in family and cultural traditions.

You can understand why this all makes ideology so difficult to identify if you imagine that you have been stuck in a room that is filthy, dirty, and heavily polluted, from birth. When you are very young, you cannot see the filth in the room because it is your normal existence. You may be aware, but you do not understand what you are looking at, and you do not see why it is a problem. It has always been there and consequently, you do not question its existence. And besides, your parent(s) do not seem to be bothered by it at all. They do not mention it, they do not talk about it, and if you naively point it out, they just ignore you and point at something else to distract your attention from the filth.

However, as you grow, you gradually become more aware of the pollution, and more aware of its impact on you. You begin to recognize that it is making you sick, and you begin to see your parent(s) in a new way. Despite the fact they seem oblivious or consciously blind to the pollution, nevertheless, as your brain develops and your eyes open, you begin to see the filth is impacting them as well, sometimes in horrible ways. The pollution has undermined their health and made them weak and sick. At some point, you just cannot take it anymore, and you point out the mess, and what it is doing to you and to your parents. What happens then?

It is at the point where you finally question the toxicity and grime that surrounds you that the “fun” begins, because it is at that point that you find out the power of spin, the sacred facade, and intergenerational toxicity. In order to divert your attention from the grime in the room, your parents will spin, invoke “sacred truths,” and point to family and cultural traditions, all in order to dissemble, deny, justify, and dismiss your concerns regarding the family’s toxic ideas and behaviour. They will say the filth is good for you or that it builds strength and character. If violence is a tradition in your home, they might even lash out at you, physically, emotionally, and psychologically, in order to push you back down. If you press long and hard enough, if you challenge them to change and refuse to back down, they will put up a wall. They will say things like, “if you do not like it, get out of room.” Of course, the threat of banishment will probably terrify you, especially if you are young. What might be outside the room? And what if you do try and leave? If you actually do try to exit toxic traditions, if you do try and exit the room, expect heavy-duty emotional manipulation, guilt, and shame. emotional bullying, shunning, ridicule, and so on. Family members will try everything they can try in order to manipulate you into closing your eyes to the pollution, and staying in the toxic soup.

It really can be quite the show.

Four ways to identify ideology

At this point, it should be relatively clear that ideology is something you have to pay attention to and remove, because ideology contains thoughts that diminish and disconnect. If you want to heal, manifest your full potential, and connect with your true Self, you need to a) identify the ideas the diminish and disconnect you, and b) clear that ideology out.

As we have seen, identifying and challenging ideology can be difficult. However, it can be done, and there are at least four ways to approach it. You can do it scientifically. You can look for it in your sacred ideas and stories. You can look closely at your spiritual and cultural traditions. Finally, you can pay attention to points of resistance that emerge when you try to discuss and challenge the ideology. We will take a look briefly at each of these in turn below. Note, however, that these strategies are not mutually exclusive. If you want to really get at the ideology buried in your brain, you should identify the most problematic ideologies first, and work towards removing them bit by bit. You should research and read on ideology, you should examine your cultural and spiritual traditions, and you should watch for resistance to ideological challenge. If you do a bit of all of this, you will gradually excise ideology.

The first approach to identifying ideology that we will look at is a scientific approach, and by that I mean through scholarship, reading, research, and critical analysis. To be sure, there is nothing novel in this; scholars, especially social scientists, have been searching out ideology for a very long time, and we have certainly found it in many places. Harold Ellens, for example, has discovered what he calls the “Master Story,”16 or what we’d call the old energy Creation Template. The old energy Creation Template, which has existed for centuries, but was perhaps first written down in the ancient Persian empire, in the Zoroastrian faith,17 consists of a set of spiritually flavoured ideological statements. These ideological statements, this template, is used as a framework by artists and agents of consciousness when they tell their stories. Artists and agents basically plagiarize the statements and use them as “formulas” in their own work.

What are these template ideas? It is complicated and we need more than a few words to lift the lid off. We will go into significant detail concerning these ideas in Lightning Path Workbook Four: Archetypal Study. For now, let’s just say these ideas revolve around notions of good and evil, hierarchy, deference to authority, exclusion (some are chosen, some are not), judgment, and punishment. For example, one common old energy creation template idea is the notion that there is a cosmic battle between good and evil going on. This cosmic battle is not just between humans on one side or the other of some moral or ethical rift; this idea is actual, God sanctioned violence that continues for all eternity, or until the “good guys” totally destroy the bad guys. You find this idea in church teachings, represented on the Masonic chessboard, and even in popular culture like Star Wars and Marvel movies.18

By now, the “spiritually flavoured ideological statements” are everywhere, in our religions and in almost all of the stories we are told. Thee ideas of good versus evil, hierarchy, deference to authority, judgment, and punishment find their way into police dramas, into Marvel movies, and into children and adult fairy tales, like Star Wars. They even find their way into the modern Tarot deck,19 where the template ideas were used to create, as one group of tarot scholars put it, the “…most successful propaganda campaign ever launched.”20  If you want to start identifying ideology in your brain, read about those ideas that scholars have identified as part of the creation template, and start looking for those ideas that support and promote these common ideological statements.

The second way to get at the ideology in your brain, in addition to looking at the scholarship of it, is to look for the ideas and things that you and the ones you are close to hold as sacred. Looking for the ideas you hold as sacred is a good place to start because, as already noted, ideology is often obscured behind a sacred facade. To be sure, sacred ideas can be hard to identify because they are often introduced in childhood and they come to be taken for granted as such. However, you can do it. There are a couple of ways to dig it all out.

Number one, pay attention to the rituals and ceremonies in your life and ask yourself about the ideas represented there. Look for the rituals you participated in as a child and an adult (e.g., going to church, etc.), and examine the ideas presented in these experiences. For example, I went to church every Sunday as a child and this ritual, i.e., sitting in pews and listening to a white-male priest explain to me brief excerpts from a book I was to consider sacred, presented, amongst other things, an ideology of submission and deference to authority. Through this weekly ritual I learned that God was a king in the sky and that priests where the fountain of “his” wisdom and as such, I should listen to them.

In addition to examining the scholarship and looking at the rituals you participate in, a third way you can identify ideology by looking at your answers to life’s [wiki]Big Questions[/wiki]. Big questions are the ultimate, existential questions of our being and our cosmology and include questions like “Who am I?”, “Where did I come from?”, “What is my purpose?”, “Why am I here?”, and so on. Answers to these questions are almost invariably ideological. Answers include things like “I”m an evolved ape and I’m here to survive.” “I’m a rejected soul and I’m here on this Earth to learn lessons.” “I’m one of the chosen ones and I’m here to manage and rule,” and so on. Once again, we’ll examine this sort of ideology in more detail in LP Workbook Four. In preparation for that work, for now, you can identify these ideas by simply asking yourself the big questions, and writing down your answers.

Finally, you can also identify ideology by looking for triggers, resistance, and both internal and external resistance. External Resistance21 is resistance you receive from friends, families, and others who resist challenge and new ideas. For example, if you grew up in Catholic home and you start to challenge the idea that hitting your children is a good thing, you may get strong resistance and push back. Maybe you will be shamed and ridiculed. Maybe you will be told to go read the bible. In some cases, in families where interpersonal violence is the norm, you might even be physically harmed. If that happens, if, when you question or challenge an idea you are met with forms of resistance and push back, that is a good indication that you’re dealing with some sort of ideology. Make a note of those ideas or write those ideas down in your HC Journal.

In addition to external resistance, when you track an ideological statement, you may also experience Internal Resistance. Internal resistance occurs when you yourself question ideology, and when that questioning raises self-doubt, anxiety, fear, and even panic. If you question an ideological statement, for example, the notion that God is a white male patriarch king in heaven whom you must slavishly bow before and obey, you may experience self-doubt, anxiety, and even fear that you will go to hell for daring to think such blasphemy. It might not be as visceral and powerful as that, but when you uncover ideological ideas, you may experience forms of internal resistance. Pay attention and be aware of that because, like the presence of external resistance, internal resistance is a red flag that tells you

To summarize, ideology consists of ideas that diminish and disconnect you so you can be inserted into the System in some needed productive role. Ideology is inserted by Agents of Consciousness in a process of repetition and reinforcement known as indoctrination. Ideology has existed in template form for many thousands of years. The ideological template, the creation template, or the master story as Ellens calls it, is used to create new ideologically informed stories for each new generation. To identify ideology, a) read and research, b) examine your “sacred” cultural and spiritual traditions, c) look for those ideas that answer big questions, and d) pay attention to triggers, resistance, and push back. If you do that, you will take steps towards understanding and identifying the ideology that has been cooked into your brain.

Challenge Three: Clearing Ideology

At the point where you start to understand and identify the ideology that has penetrated your life, you are going to start to ask yourself, how do I remove it. On the one hand, that is not so hard. Once you understand ideology, once you have clearly identified it, removing it really just a question of thoughtful persistence. Think about the ideology, pay attention to it when it rises in your brain, and then replace it with a new idea. For example, when I was clearing out spiritual ideology, every time I recognized and felt the presence of judgment, I would recognize it was there, make a note of it, tell myself it was merely ideology, gently push it out of my awareness, and replace it with a different idea, usually one of inclusion and forgiveness.

It sounds simple enough, and at one level it is; but really, it was a challenge because the idea of judgment and exclusion came with fear, anxiety, and a host of other very negative ideas purposely inserted as part of the “master template.” Am I going to be excluded from reward and heaven? Am I going to be judged and punished severely in hell? In order to think about it and replace it, I had to accept I had the idea, and I had to think about it. But when I thought about it, I felt anxiety and deep fear.

My natural response was to avoid pain and anxiety, repress the idea itself, and try not to think about it. This, however, does not work. Trying to repress old energy ideas and ideology, especially during a powerful connection experience, heightens fear and anxiety. Trying to resist and repress can lead to a Nadir Experience22which, if powerful enough, can become what LSD researcher Stanislav Grof and his partner Christina called a Spiritual Emergency.23

To think about an old energy ideology long enough to replace it, and to avoid nadir experiences and spiritual emergencies, I had to overcome anxiety and fear so I could face the ideas and reject them as such. That was the hard part, overcoming the anxiety and fear. I had to take deep breaths and remain calm. I had to keep telling myself over and over again the new ideas of inclusion and forgiveness. I eventually succeeded in getting rid of the various ideological statements burned into my brain, but it took discipline, persistence, and several attempts. Each time the ideas came up, I would gently push them away. Each time I did that, the ideas got weaker and weaker. Eventually, they simply disappeared altogether and I was no longer bothered or influenced by them. It was a challenge, however. It took thoughtful persistence, courage, and discipline to face down and reprogram unpleasant ideologies.

The Four-Step Basic Blueprint

This, then, for your reference, is the four-step basic blueprint for removing old energy ideology from your brain. First, identify it. Then, face it no matter what anxieties and fears it brings up. Finally, gently and persistently push it, i.e., the diminishing and disconnecting ideology, out of your mind. Finally, replace it with something uplifting and connecting.

We have to say, this four-step basic blueprint sounds simple enough to apply, and it is. It is also a strategy that works. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge to implement, not only because of the internal and external resistance you will face when you confront old energy ideological statements, but also because a) old energy ideology is complicated, confusing and deeply entwined in the individual and collective consciousness of this planet and b) it can be hard to identify alternative ideas that do not diminish and disconnect. If you identify the idea of judgment, for example, as an old energy archetype, what do you replace that idea with? You can figure it out on your own, but as noted, it is complicated, and sorting it out on your own can take a lot of time, and can be quite difficult to do, especially if you are dealing with anxiety and fear.

Thankfully, you do not have to figure it out on your own. As already noted, we deal quite extensively with old energy archetypes and ideology in Lightning Path Workbook Four: Archetypes. There we help you identify old energy archetypes and ideas and we offer you a replacement New Energy Creation Template, which we call the Triumph of Spirit Archetype System (TOSAS). In Lightning Path Workbook Four, we will teach you how to use the TOSAS system to replace old energy ideology so you sanitize your thinking and more efficiently heal and connect.

And that, finally, brings us to an end of this section on ideology. As we have learned, ideology consists of ideas that diminish and disconnect so you can be inserted into the System. Ideology is inserted by Agents of Consciousness in a process of indoctrination. To identify ideology, read and research, examine your cultural and spiritual traditions, look for those ideas that answer big questions, and pay attention to triggers, resistance, and push back. When you have identified ideology, get rid of it using cognitive psychological techniques to help you focus on and replace the ideological ideas. If you do that, you will take steps towards understanding, identifying, and replacing the diminishing, debilitating, and disconnecting ideology in your head with more suitable ideas that heal, empower, and connect.

Endnotes

1If you’re an LP student, you can read the full article here https://www.lightningpath.org/archetype-study/social-class-and-the-hidden-curriculum/

2Jean Anyon, “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work,” Journal of Education 162, no. 1 (1980).

3Ibid., 77–78.

4Ibid., 89.

5Ibid.

6Mike Sosteric, “The Red Pill or the Blue Pill: Endless Consumption or Sustainable Future?,” The Conversation, 2019, https://theconversation.com/the-red-pill-or-the-blue-pill-endless-consumption-or-sustainable-future-110473.

8On the ideology taught to us by George Lucas, see Mike Sosteric, “Star Wars Is a Religion That Primes Us for War and Violence,” The Conversation, 2018, https://theconversation.com/star-wars-is-a-religion-that-primes-us-for-war-and-violence-89443.

9J. Harold Ellens, “Introduction: The Destructive Power of Religion,” in The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, ed. J. Harold Ellens (Westport, CT: Praegar, 2001), 1–9.

10Mike Sosteric, “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour,” 2018, https://www.academia.edu/34504691.

12Sosteric, “Toxic Socialization.”

13“Children Who Are Spanked Have Lower IQs, New Research Finds,” ScienceDaily, accessed August 15, 2019, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090924231749.htm.

14The Italian/Slavik Krampus tradition has to be the worst of the worst of the worst.

16Ellens, “Introduction: The Destructive Power of Religion.”

17Sosteric, “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Science and Technology of Mass Human Behaviour.”

18Sosteric, “Star Wars Is a Religion That Primes Us for War and Violence.”

19Mike Sosteric, “A Sociology of Tarot,” Canadian Journal of Sociology 39, no. 3 (2014), https://www.academia.edu/25055505/.

20Ronald Decker, Thierry Depaulis, and Michael Dummett, A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1996), 27, https://amzn.to/2IZWeX4.

22A Nadir Experience is a negatively felt Connection Experience. Nadir experiences are unpleasant moments of stress, anxiety, anger, confusion, fear, paranoia, and even psychosis caused when Connection occurs, and the individual is unprepared, damaged, or embedded in a toxic milieu. A Nadir experience is the opposite of a Zenith Experience

See https://spiritwiki.lightningpath.org/index.php/Nadir_Experience

23Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crises (New York: Putnam, 1989), https://amzn.to/2KbTh6s; Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crises (Penguin, 1990), https://amzn.to/2UtkgP1.

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