Ten Commandments of Everyday Living 10
Do not watch TV as the default setting for free time – your mind is being controlled and your emotions manipulated.
practice of astrology will make one acutely aware of the effects of
conditioning because the natal chart is a blueprint of a life, which
reveals a person’s qualities and how those qualities are designed to
is an inner logic to a birth chart which discloses the purpose of a
lifetime and which may not accord with the ideas held at any one time
about what is spiritually useful. The purpose of a lifetime is set by an
evolutionary process which plays out over and above the culturally
conditioned ideas that may help us understand the process.
we do not express who we are it is because our sense of who we are which
creates the connection with our qualities has been overlaid with
inauthentic ideas which, in turn, lead to inauthentic expression.
inauthentic ideas do not come from family because the influence of the
biological family or the child’s caregivers is built into the design of
the life, expressing as it does a part of our own psyche which these
agents are offering back to us. They
do not come from the home environment in which we were raised because the
quality of this too is determined by the design of a life.
And when it comes to our relationships with others, who and what we
attract is in accordance with our emotional patterns.
So all these things which we consider shape our lives are simply
expressions of who we are, manifesting as the outer world.
They come from personal reality. Our time in incarnation is an
opportunity to live amongst the externalised expressions of who we are and
how we look at life, and come to liberating realisations about the world
in which we live and in which we experience so much pain and
forces which make us inauthentic come from influences that form part of
the cultural backdrop to the lives of all people living in a society.
They do not come from personal reality and, as such, are not
specific to us, although our relationship
with them is something over which we can take control. (This point was made in the previous article, Ten
Commandments 9.) These
influences are collective and they are expressions of mass consciousness.
consciousness is governed by the sign Cancer and can express itself in a
lunar way, in which case it will control the individual agents through
whom mass consciousness is working, locking them into established patterns
and making them suggestible to those things which the Moon needs:
instinctive and unconscious behaviour.
Or it can express itself in the way of Neptune (the planet veiled
by the Moon), in which case mass consciousness may be transformed into
transpersonal consciousness, and each agent given an opportunity to
experience a higher vibration.
television makes us part of a very large group of people all watching the
same thing and, as such, agents of mass consciousness.
TV viewing could be used to generate positivity and good will, and
there are examples of its Neptunian aspect (one thinks of the transmission
Aid), but this is not the trend in viewing. The trend is lunar, and we feel less and not more in control
of our lives and destinies in consequence.
and day we are presented with a reality which is the product of editing,
political agenda and collective agreement about what is ‘news’.
The TV set is made to relay to us scenes of violence, destruction,
and tales of human baseness. We
watch this and we tell ourselves that we live in an awful world. In the name of being informed, we take the toxicity into our
own lives and feel badly about them.
We allow this presentation - selective at best, intentionally
falsified in all likelihood - to rob us of the opportunity to look at life
through our own eyes. To
escape the pain and sense of helplessness this engenders we lose ourselves
in the mindless entertainment and the cult of celebrity that is also on
offer through our screens. This
fills us with false values and not only devours time but makes us
dissatisfied with our appearance, our lifestyles and our prospects.
of us suspect that TV sets are used to transmit subliminal messages which
cause fear and anxiety, but I cannot prove this and this is not the point
I want to make in this article. I
am concerned here with what TV viewing does, and that -for good or bad- is
to make us agents of mass consciousness which creates realities which can
then catch us up.
the trend is negative why put yourself through it?
What purpose does it serve? Are
you more informed or more despondent?
I have been writing this article I have recalled that when I was a child
the media was full of talk about the Cold War and about the consequences
of living in the shadow of the bomb.
The teenagers of my generation were offered this as an explanation
of our rebelliousness, dissatisfaction and existential angst.
concept of having a blighted youth appealed to my sense of drama and it
was a good excuse for bad behaviour.
But, in truth, it was not the bomb which created my existential
angst; that came from my relentless and often unprincipled pursuit of my
own interests in which I repeatedly demonstrated that my skill to handle
the experiences I attracted lagged some considerable way behind my
enthusiasm to bring them on. In
common with the rest of my generation I was distracted by the mores of the
time from reading the price tag attached to the hedonistic lifestyle and
carried on engaging with every kind of distraction and self-destructive
activity I could find. Quiet
and reflective by nature, I lived in a state of complete inauthenticity in
those years, goaded on by the prevailing ethic of permissiveness.
Perhaps that ethic did owe something to the threat of extinction
and so made some kind of indirect contribution, but it was not the bomb I
was thinking about in the 1970s, that is for sure; it was myself, first,
second and last. I stopped suffering not when the USSR became more Western
friendly but when I recognised and stopped doing the things that were
Beware the collective
excuse that strips us of our power to act and change our lives.
It may be very beguiling, plausible and convenient but, ultimately,
it is disempowering.
If I suffer now, this is
not the fault of GW, Blair or terrorists; rather it has everything to do
with my own choices and the relationship that I have to the things I
cannot change. And I would rather have it this way than disempower myself
by blaming someone else and taking on a reality that is not my own. Then
I have the choice and opportunity to organise and direct energy
consciously towards those whose lives are
being torn apart by the war in Iraq.
you keep the TV off this Christmas and live in your own reality you might
be able to pick up on the energies that comes through to Earth at this
time (and which are driven into retreat by the manic cheerfulness of
transmitted family entertainment at Christmas time).
If, with the TV off, you don’t like what you feel and see around
you, the chances are that you will still feel calmer and clearer and you
will know what resolutions to make come the New Year.