Excerpt from Terry's new book -
coming early 2014
But We Forget
Why do we forget the simple truth that all our needs
are already met and nothing real can be threatened? Once we
become embroiled in the ego’s world, we lose sight of our
True nature of peace and joy and instead find ourselves full
of fear. Fear causes us to be continually on guard as we
desperately try to control our lives. This defensive and
fearful approach to our everyday lives can cause us to
recede into the tamasic state of being; where we
feel hopeless and unable to motivate ourselves to do
This debilitating fear dis-empowers us to
the point where we believe that we need permission from some
authority before we may do anything. Our spontaneous
childhood freedom has been usurped by the morbid opinions of
a frightened society. It obviously started with our
childhood conditioning, and now we are so indoctrinated that
we dare not do anything that is different or unique. If
others aren’t doing it, then how can we?
fashion – we tend to wear the same clothing as everyone
else; we are only happy if we are conforming to the masses.
We need to identify with some group, religion or sports team
in order to feel that we are somebody. We don the t-shirt
that boldly informs everyone to which gang we belong,
believing that there is strength in numbers. If there are
others like us, we don’t have to be so scared because we
will protect each other from the enemy.
We will even
go as far as getting ourselves tattooed in an attempt to
permanently belong. We are proud of the fact that we are
patriotic and will even die for our country, which, in fact,
doesn’t even belong to us. In most cases we stole it and
killed off the original inhabitants. We will find in our
history somewhere that the North took it from the South, the
East from the West or the whites from the blacks. The fact
that we identify with a certain gang polarizes everyone into
us and them.
When we see that we are still not
happy, we will blame them. Having done that, the only way to
feel safe is to go and wipe them out. Then we will be happy!
This insane belief that, in order to have peace, we have to
go to war assures that fear possesses us and that the ego
rules the world.
Well ‘bah’ to the sheep mentality
and being patriotic to a lost cause! We are complete and
whole within ourselves now and forever. Let’s proudly affirm
our uniqueness. Dare to be different and dare to be free.