Reality Maps

System Busters

Break free from limiting systems: a guide for system busters.

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Systems support the growth of consciousness up to a point; thereafter, a more expansive system is needed for that growth to continue. A few courageous individuals will even put an end to systems altogether. In an ideal world, we would regularly substitute outdated systems for more appropriate ones, continually keeping the "software" up-to-date, or tailoring systems freedly according to the situation at hand.

In reality, however, we tenaciously hold on to outdated and outmoded systems, and in so doing we become entrapped by them — we become slaves to systems that once served us.

Why does this happen? We hold on to outdated systems because we become emotionally addicted to or identified with them — so that defending them becomes a matter of personal survival. And, as we identify more and more closely with our belief systems, we become less conscious of them as belief systems, and increasingly confuse them with reality. Our egos survive through our unawareness of them, and so when a system invariably ends up supporting the ego structure, it dons a cloak of invisibility to that particular individual, organization or nation. What defines us we lose sight of, which is why our ego structures are always rooted in our blind spots.

Systems provoke an emotional reaction in us to which we can become biologically and psychologically addicted. For example, many of the "freedom fighters" who want to break "the system" are actually addicted to the emotions of anger and hatred, and of course to the psychological addiction to having an enemy on which to project their psychological shadow and wage war against. In this way, freedom fighting reality maps end up as an integral part of the freedom fighters ego, making it extremely difficult to update the system software even with a successful revolution. In fact, there is so much invested, mostly unconscious, in maintaining the very system that is being fought against that, what on the surface looks like system busting, is actually covert system maintenance. This is why revolutionaries who succeed in overthrowing tyrannical systems usually become the new tyrants.

To break free we have to become conscious of aspects of our psychology that are covertly maintaining the system to which we are addicted; we need to divest our emotional attachment. And to do that we have to find the pay-off which is usually a form of self-validation. We then have to decide whether we are willing to sacrifice that pay-off — a pay-off that helps to maintain a familiar sense of self — for greater freedom and new vistas, or whether the security of a familiar conceptual self is just too attractive for us. Bear in mind that if we don't make make this decision consciously, we will just default to the unconscious drive towards greater perceived security because that is the psychological and energetic milieu of our society at this time.

As the main impediment to moving forward to greater freedom is our ego or sense of "I" entangled in the limiting system, it is here that we need to ultimately focus if we wish to break free. And that is why true freedom fighting is more personal than political. Until we ourselves are free from our concepts of self, until we break free from our little claustrophobic lives, society can never be free no matter how many revolutions we have.

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