MEME A LITTLE MEME FOR ME Or Cultural Paradigms Deprive You of Your Superpowers

(by Pam Grout)

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore the age of five, pretty much everything we hear and experience is sucked up like a vacuum cleaner. Our brains, at that age, operate mainly in what scientists call theta waves. It’s similar to REM sleep or hypnosis and works beautifully for picking up language, family nuances, and other things useful for making our way in the physical world.
By relying on cataloged lessons from your family, your culture, and your past, you miss the teeming energy available in the atomic now. There is great substance within each present moment, just waiting to explode with goodness and magic and blessings. But by reapplying old, often inappropriate “cultural paradigms,” you miss the magic, you completely overlook all the life-empowering data that’s trying to stream to you from your inner, nonphysical self. This traps you in a web of defensive, limiting, old perception habits.
In fact, any time we’re not in the present moment, that old tape loop kicks in and old contractions and perceptual habits take over, infecting our thinking, our actions, and our beliefs. They’re also a son-of-a-bitch when attempting to be happy or manifest our dreams. My friend Jay calls them B.S.—belief systems full of that other kind of B.S. Unfortunately, these are the programs we use to explain, identify, and cope with our lives. They run most of the time even when we’re affirming and intending other things.[span3]Any time we’re not in the present moment, that old tape loop kicks in and old contractions and perceptual habits take over, infecting our thinking, our actions, and our beliefs.[/span3] Our B.S. is such a valued part of our identities that it never occurs to us to question it. We regard these beliefs as gods, fearing them, trusting them, and completely acquiescing to them, without a single word of protest. These accepted beliefs are what British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins calls “memes.” In short, memes are a concept that explains how ideas, behaviors, and styles spread from person to person within a culture. Like viruses, they self-replicate, mutate, and spread their mendacious tentacles throughout our lives.
Here are 12 of the most popular memes from Worldview 1.0, memes that you might as well, as long as you’re armed and actively fighting, take Beyoncé’s advice and “put a ring” on them. Since you’re already in a committed relationship with them anyway.
Each meme is followed by a Truth from Worldview 2.0, a Truth that is guaranteed to take the Mickey right out of your old beliefs.

1. MEME: The world is a menacing place. Our job is to put on our armor and work like hell to stay one step ahead of the terrorists, the supergerms, the dysfunctional stepmoms, and, of course, the zombies.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: There is nothing to fear. As A Course in Miracles repeatedly tells us, “We lay a heavy load upon ourselves with our insane beliefs that pain and sin [are] real. Pain is purposeless, without a cause and with no power to accomplish anything.”

2. MEME: Life happens to me. I’m an innocent bystander, a pitiless victim of circumstance, of weather, of disease, and, worse, my own dysfunctions. External events (those things from meme #1) constantly get in my face. The best I can do is learn to cope with these external events.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: Life emanates from me. I create the world with my thoughts, my beliefs, and my energetic frequency.

3. MEME: Events happen. Therefore, I feel bad. Most of our thoughts and feelings are programmed in by the culture in which we are raised. We are trained at a very early age what makes us happy, which feelings go with which events, and how our moods should play out. We are trained to experience unhappy emotions, to blame these feelings on outside events, and to cry and moan about the unfairness of it all.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: Without this training, joy is my natural state. As Esther Hicks, author and inspirational speaker, once asked, “How come we only erect statues to war heroes? Where’re the statues of surfer dudes?”

4. MEME: God is an entity outside of me. Lowly little ole me must appeal to his majesty’s benevolence and cross my fingers he’ll somehow find time for me, a doubtful proposition, being his hands are tied fighting world hunger.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: God is a state of being, a loving energy that flows through me, sustains me, and surrounds me with light. Although it’s impossible to define or put into words, this “Radiant X,” as poet Stephen Mitchell calls it, is the unnameable reality that causes everything to exist.

5. MEME: Our job is to judge between right and wrong, black and white. And like comedian Gilda Radner used to say, “It’s always something.”

WORLDVIEW 2.0: Our job is to create, not critique. We have no ability to judge anything, and as soon as we do, we block the field of infinite potentiality that wants to come forth through us.
Once we start “critiquing” we cease creating. By figuring things out, by labeling them, we restrict what we let into our awareness.

6. MEME: I think, therefore I am.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: What you think for the most part is irrelevant. Say what? Isn’t that defying the law of attraction? Not exactly. Your thoughts are like harmless ants marching across a picnic blanket. They come, they go, they quickly flow right through until . . . you decide to gather them up, stare at them, and transform them into your reality. It is our attention to our thoughts that pull them into our reality. We decide which thoughts to feed, which thoughts to empower. Once we put energy into any thought, it begins accumulating mass, forming into “material” events and things.

7. MEME: No pain, no gain. The necessity of pain and suffering is such a living mythology and so entwined in our culture that we blank it out like a refrigerator motor. In fact, if you believe Mel Gibson, whose movie The Passion of the Christ made horror movies look tame, it’s even holy to be in pain. We’ve become so accustomed to living in the “life sucks” paradigm that it never occurs to us that another reality, a happy reality, is possible. Pain, loneliness, and fear are the context within which we live our lives. The “life sucks” paradigm is really nothing but a bad habit, a rut we’ve been in since the first time our parents insisted we “act our age.” Looking for pain is nothing but a grossly irresponsible way of looking at the world.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: There is no reason to struggle. In fact, you don’t actually have to “work” at anything. Once you let go, surrender to the universal flow of life, higher forces will take over and handle the details. Once you take sorrow off the throne, as A Course in Miracles describes our outlook in Worldview 1.0, enlightenment is our naturally occurring, organic state of being.

8. MEME: It’s important to look at our faults, to name our problems and to strive to improve. Aka: Wipe that silly grin off your face. Life is no laughing matter.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: You already have everything you could ever want or need and the only reason you see faults and problems is because you continue to look for faults and problems. Life, in the new paradigm, is a game. And the fun is in the playing. Any time you get tired of the roller coaster, you can head on over to the Lazy River.

9. MEME: It’s me and you (and I’m not so sure about you) against the world. What in the heck are you thinking?

WORLDVIEW 2.0: The universe has your back and is constantly sending you blessings, gifts, signs, and guidance.

10. MEME: I have to do everything myself. Work, strive, keep on keeping on.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: The only thing you have to do is follow your joy. The universe will take care of everything else. Limitation and lack is a story we made up, no more real than the Easter Bunny.
Trying to force and manipulate reality is counterproductive in the new paradigm.

11. MEME: I have to change. I’m scared to change. It’s hard to change. Help!

WORLDVIEW 2.0: You can flip whatever you believe at any moment. In fact, the flip side (say lack vs. abundance) is already there. The only reason you don’t see it is you’re tuned into the frequency of lack.
It’s important to remember that just because a reality exists now it’s no more sturdy, infallible, or authoritative than any other reality. All physical realities are ephemeral and fluid. In Worldview 2.0, we understand that when we put our attention on one particular reality, it appears. And that when we simply withdraw our attention, it dissolves.

12. MEME: I have to try really hard to be good enough. Aka: All men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

WORLDVIEW 2.0: Your worthiness is not at stake. No 12 steps required. No obstacle courses or anything else getting in the way except the above-mentioned memes. Might as well sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight



Meet the Author: Pam Grout is the author of 15 books, including the New York Times bestseller E-Squared, three plays, a television series and two iPhone apps. She writes for People magazine, Cooking Light, The Huffington Post, and her travel blog, www.georgeclooneyslepthere.comwww.pamgrout.com





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