Dean: We’ve been working on the last few Skype Tutorial sessions on tolerance of what is actually there: what is sensed in the inner and outer worlds by both the physical senses as well as by our inner, psychically-sensitive senses. We are basically looking at the issue of projection: where we unconsciously create a “reality”, and then act as though our creation is real. Also, we are looking at how others create a “reality” or thought-forms, and then invite (or insist) we join with them, in their creation. The act of psychic projection (of what we believe is true, or what we want to be true) is very human, and we all do it. The antidote to the downside of projection is to build up our tolerance to what we are trying to avoid seeing or feeling, and then to expand our options out: to reveal a new option, a different choice to the one being played out

Student: I’m becoming more aware, and noticing this process more and more, both when I do it myself, and when other people do it to me.

Dean: Most of us don’t know we can have this goal: to be freed from self-projections.  It means we have to change the way we perceive reality, and learn to relate to it, and to others, differently, in order to achieve the goal of moving past the power of any projection, whether that is my own projection, or the projection or a goal of another. We have to change ourselves. We have the ability to create, via this incredible upper chakra development that is built into our energy system, an authentic self not unconsciously restricted by our projections, or projections of others put upon us. We can become more free of the power of projections, and far more aligned with a greater reality. This is the insight of the pre-modern Shaman, and is what the Shaman is all about: his or her understanding that reality changes according to the person perceiving it. The Shaman has already realized we are “projection machines”, that we subjectively create or manufacture our inner worlds. The Shaman has awoken to the fact that people live in different worlds: lower worlds, middle worlds, upper worlds, heavens, and hells.

Student: Our facts are guided by our perceptions and our belief systems, and our experiences.

Dean: As long as we think we “know” the real truth, as long as we adhere to black/white thinking, we are lost in our own projection, in our own creation. Because the infant mind in all of us believes that he or she knows the way reality really is. Knowing gives us a sense of certainty, of being grounding in reality. But as long as we are rooted in black/white thinking it is all just a projection, it’s mostly a self-creation, or a creation of others we are asked to believe.

In the end, there is no real “truth”. But we think we know a truth, and then passionately defend it. When we confront this mechanism (of black/white or infant mind thinking, with projection and blame) it opens so many doors for us, as transformational energy healers. It has far-reaching implications for our personal and spiritual growth, as well as that of our clients. Because while we are battling out left wing vs right wing, my truth vs your truth, we are lost in an illusory fight. And our organic brain is designed to get stimulated, activated, and fueled by all polarities. Polarities come out of projections of any “reality”, out of our own creations, or those made up by others that we sign on for,  and which we come to repeat as though they are our own experience.

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Part of the functioning of the upper chakra system is to distill our life experiences, thereby awakening out of illusions or these projections of self, leaving us with the true essence of self. This is not a self-created or other-created self, but an authentic self, a radical departure from our “egoic” self, or our infant-mind self identity.

Student: How do you distill it out?

Dean: You are already doing it, by choosing personally to use your experiences in life in order to grow; for personal and spiritual growth, rather than where you merely accept the projections at face-value. Your ongoing studies in personal healing, in your own transformation, and in your studies in energy healing, this is all any of us can do. Work it through, chew on and digest our experience of “reality”, and see where we are lost in our own illusions or self-creations. Once we see what we are doing, we can then change what we are doing.

Student: It changes if I ask myself, “What is really true in this moment?” What is really true in this moment, and what have I made up about a situation?

Dean: That act of self reflection that you describe is what most of spiritual developmental practice is trying to build within us. This relates to the energy work of chakra self-cords, or our self-reflection through self-awareness, which helps us see (via our self-tracking skill) that which reveals) where I am lost in my projections, or in the projections of others. We come to see how we unconsciously participate in a creation, not an objective truth. All of us begin by creating a false sense of self out of the projections of others upon us (i.e., we unconsciously build an egoic self) , which is a mechanism, as well as being unconsciously being subject to the internalization of others projection(s upon us) which we then repeat back (to our self, and to others) as though that identity is authentically true. It’s probably not, if it is unexamined.

Student: I’m aware of how when we accuse others of something, it is usually we, ourselves, that are guilty.

Dean: Yes. you can also introduce mutuality into your conversations, in order to influence a change into them, away from automatic projections and towards authentic contact, rather than become entrenched in “You’re wrong, I’m right”. It’s harder for us as humans, to accept tolerance, or where sometimes we are both right, or not-so-right, or where we default towards acceptance of the other person’s worldview. Probably the bottom line, though is If there is no tolerance in a relationship, it’s a form of slavery.

Unless we are willing to deconstruct guilt, deconstruct blame, we can never move away from granting the projection machine in the upper chakras our full energy. Without awareness of the process there is no escape from “You’re wrong, I’m right”. Projections fuel the primal parts of the brain: danger/fear or pleasure/desire, in the reptilian brain within us, a brain structure that stimulates, but does not accurately perceive what is going on. The reptilian brain/amygdala  tends to choose the fear or pleasure response – a powerful stimulation – over any accurate perception of what is going on.

So, here we are moving into the territory of the third eye: the amygdala, the upper energy centers.

Student: I can now track that I created stories led to emotional reactions about the stories, and that then became part of my being. The reactions within me were very real, but I would react to these emotions (about feelings about these made-up stories) as thought they were real.

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Dean: That’s great. Yes, there is a way out of this psycho-emotional projection machine in the upper chakras, but first we have to de-legitimize the projections and the feelings evoked by the stories, by the narrative. We have to deconstruct the narrative, to get to what is really going on.

Student: And the body itself, the physical body, has to change along with our change in perception about the “story”.

Dean: Yes, each organ is influenced by different feeling states, by different emotions, and by different chakras. These affect the cellular functioning of your body, as you know. All the cells of the body need to be changed, in order to hold the new experience: of authentic contact over emotional projection.

Student: I wonder how my liver is receiving the information? Some parts of my body I can feel, but other parts of my body are less alive. There are weak places in me, in my body. In other places there is a volcano of energy.

Dean: All the digestion and filtering of food, affects our states of self-awareness, and awareness of others, right?. That’s why the Yogis changed their diet, so they could affect or support cellular reality for their meditation practices.

Student: I feel one way when I drink green juice, and I feel another way when I eat carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter, I then feel differently, different inside myself.

Dean: Well, you and I were raised in a culture that approved of consuming, of feeding the fantasy of emotional entrainment. Consumption = personal power, we are told, but actually it leads to our enslavement, not to our spiritual freedom.

So, here we are moving into the territory of the third eye: the amygdala, the upper energy centers.

Student: I can now track that I created stories led to emotional reactions about the stories, and that then became part of my being. The reactions within me were very real, but I would react to these emotions (about feelings about these made-up stories) as thought they were real.

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Dean: That’s great. Yes, there is a way out of this psycho-emotional projection machine in the upper chakras, but first we have to de-legitimize the projections and the feelings evoked by the stories, by the narrative. We have to deconstruct the narrative, to get to what is really going on.

Student: And the body itself, the physical body, has to change along with our change in perception about the “story”.

Dean: Yes, each organ is influenced by different feeling states, by different emotions, and by different chakras. These affect the cellular functioning of your body, as you know. All the cells of the body need to be changed, in order to hold the new experience: of authentic contact over emotional projection.

Student: I wonder how my liver is receiving the information? Some parts of my body I can feel, but other parts of my body are less alive. There are weak places in me, in my body. In other places there is a volcano of energy.

Dean: All the digestion and filtering of food, affects our states of self-awareness, and awareness of others, right?. That’s why the Yogis changed their diet, so they could affect or support cellular reality for their meditation practices.

Student: I feel one way when I drink green juice, and I feel another way when I eat carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter, I then feel differently, different inside myself.

Dean: Well, you and I were raised in a culture that approved of consuming, of feeding the fantasy of emotional entrainment. Consumption = personal power, we are told, but actually it leads to our enslavement, not to our spiritual freedom.

Student: Right now I’m now thinking about one of my clients. He thinks about things, to gain health and lose weight, but he eats 7-11 convenience food as his main diet. He’s not ready for a dietary change, but he is starting to notice things do change when he eats better.

Dean: He is feeding his projections, feeding the emotional body that maintains his ill-health. He is killing his consciousness by accepting the (life style of) the Western convenience store. This is what we tend to do, until we decide not to do it. The same thing applies to watching TV. Corporately-run main-stream media keeps us entrained to what others want us to believe. TV alters our brainwaves, makes us hypnotically-receptive to the agendas of the main stream messages, such that we blithely accept the psycho-emotional projections of others. Hopefully, your client will be able to cross over from where he is now, and come to seeing how he is feeding his own cellular awareness with low-vibrational nourishment.

Student: Nourishment, and elimination? Taking it to the spiritual level, to consciously take in good food and then consciously eliminate what needs to go, that which is no longer of service to us.

Dean: Letting go of the past, releasing what is no longer serving, is the elimination cycle.

Student: There are so many ways my mind says but, but, but …

Dean: Yes, we all struggle with this, we are all raised in a consumer culture, not in one that values healthy elimination. Too much of the past reinforces the past. But you can help your client, and inspire him towards exploring another way. This is part of the function of the shaman, or healer: to offer people they help alternates, and to emotionally release the past.

Student; … and to offer blueprints to our clients, if they need one. When I work with him, I’m trying to hand it all back to him, to help him assess his own responsibility in changing, as well as looking at his options for change.

Dean: Yes, you get more results, as his energy healer, by reflecting back to him his personal power, or anything that supports a path towards autonomy on his part.

Student: Yes, that’s what I am doing with him.

Dean: It is always easier to see it for others, right? But ultimately, its a win-win; because you, I, the designated helpers, we are all learning it together. And by emphasizing being the non-authority, of always encouraging autonomy in the other, we support growth away from unconscious projection, away from giving away our autonomy, and towards self-authorship. Towards spiritual freedom.

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Dean Ramsden practices and teaches Relational Energy Therapy, which combines chakra and chakra cord energy healing with astral (emotional body) work.