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Sunday, August 30, 2009
It is what it is.... by David Icke
IT IS ...... WHAT IT IS......words of wisdom from David Icke
IT IS ...... WHAT IT IS
The David Icke Newsletter, August 30th 2009
Hello all ...
As we head into some seriously challenging times, I am getting ever more calm and relaxed. You would think it would be the opposite, but it's not. Five little words capture where I am coming from ... it is what it is.
I find myself saying this again and again recently and, simple though it may be, the phrase carries enormous power. It doesn't mean to give in and meekly acquiesce. I am not saying 'it is what is and so I won't try to change anything'. It just 'is what it is' in the Now from which we observe what is.
I am not simply playing with words here. This is going to be very important in the months and years ahead before this global control nonsense is sorted - as it will be.
Nothing freezes human awareness and action more than denial. This is expressed as 'change the subject, I don't want to talk about it'; 'you're crazy, they would never do that'; and 'I am going to find a way to lie to myself so I don't have to face the obvious'.
'It is what it is', by its very nature, does not do denial.
Cognitive dissonance is a major prison for human perception and an extreme example of denial. It is the state of stress and emotional unease that people feel when their beliefs are at odds with their experience or information before them. To remove this unease, either their beliefs have to change or they have to somehow explain away the experience or information that contradicts them.
Most people do the latter by lying to themselves. They respond to the cognitive dissonance by constructing ludicrous explanations for why their beliefs and the contradictory experience or information are not contradictory at all. 'We must go to war to have peace' is a classic.
Another example is how the Orwellian state is being introduced with the most extraordinary speed and coordination worldwide while so many people vehemently deny there is any conspiracy or common force behind it.
On one hand you have the incredible organisation and coordination and, on the other, the belief that it is not organised and coordinated. This is cognitive dissonance for you.
People need to delude themselves with complete nonsense to defend their belief system from challenge or to deny that something is happening that they would rather not be happening. Like a global fascist dictatorship.
The antidote to cognitive dissonance, or what Orwell called doublethink, is ... 'It is what it is'.
Once we are prepared to accept what we see before us without editing and censorship to protect ourselves - temporarily - from changing our view or facing what we don't like, cognitive dissonance cannot manifest.
This is crucial. Unless people are honest and open enough to accept what is happening, how can they possibly do anything about it? Like I say, 'it is what it is' does not mean giving in to a situation. It is the essential starting point to not giving in through denial and thus acquiescence.
If we don't face what is, the 'what is' doesn't change and goes on getting ever more extreme. How many people have died of a disease that could have been cured at an earlier stage, but they didn't want to face the possibility of what was wrong and so they did nothing about it?
'It is what it is' must go together with 'so let's deal with it' if anything is to change for the better, either in our individual lives or collectively. Without acknowledging the first part, you never do the second.
People stay in tired, loveless, even abusive relationships, because they don't want to face what is. I have heard women concoct the most amazing excuses for their partner knocking the crap out of them. 'It was my fault, I made him mad at me'.
No, he's a brutal bully. Face it. Get out of there. He is what he is. It is what it is.
If I have a rotting piece of pie on my plate I am not going to convince myself it is fresh out of the oven just to make me feel better. If I do, the pie will go on rotting and eventually stink the place out. Stick it in the bin and make another. We can do this once we accept what is.
There is another aspect to this, too. 'It is what it is' brings you into the Now, the only moment that exists, and allows you to escape the illusory past and future. Only by being in the Now can we affect anything. There is no time, only the perception of it, and so there is no past and future.
If we 'live' in the past and future, therefore, we are 'living' - perceiving - in a world that doesn't actually exist. It is just a belief-system. How can we change anything in that state and from that 'place'? We can't. We make ourselves impotent.
The phrase goes 'it is what it is', not 'it was what it was' or 'it will be what it will be'. It perceives from the 'is', the Now, and so gives us the power to change what is, because we are in the only moment when anything can be changed.
I understand why people find it hard to conceive that there is no past and future - been there - but it is so obvious. Where are we when we think of the past? In the Now. Where are we when we think of the future? In the Now. Where were our ancestors through what we call 'history'? In the Now. Where are those that we perceive to be our successors in the future? In the Now.
There is only the Now, everything else is illusion.
'It is what it is' deletes past and future and all that goes with it - the 'if onlys' and 'what ifs?'. People have their entire lives ruined by those four words - if only, what if?
My son Jaymie was not happy the other night when his football team lost a game. 'We should have won, if only we had done this or that'. True, but they didn't. There is only what 'is' - they lost the match. The final whistle has gone, the game is over, the outcome a done deal.
Entrapped by the 'past'
There is no point pouring over what could have been or should have been ... if only, if only, if only. We just have the Now - what is - and you either accept that and get on with your life, or you go on feeling regret and disappointment about something you cannot change.
The past can then hurl you into the future as you start focussing your attention on the next game and how you must win or play well in that one. This, too, can blight your life with anxiety and nervousness about the outcome long before you can do anything about it. Will we win or will we lose again? Hey, that will be two defeats in a row, oh no!
There is another way, the way of the Now. Accept what is - we lost - and learn from the lessons of the experience. Then get on with your life without any more 'if onlys'. Enjoy the Now without the party poopers of past and future.
After all, what's the alternative? Not enjoying the Now. It doesn't sound much like fun to me. I guess what I am saying here can be summed up by this famous 'prayer':
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
I would replace 'God' with Consciousness, but the theme is the same. Unless we accept the things we cannot change, or change immediately, we destroy our enjoyment of the Now. The phrase 'It is what it is and so let's deal with it' has many expressions. There is, for instance, 'It is what it is and let's do something about it'; and there is 'It is what it is and there's nothing I can do to change it at the moment, so I have to accept what is'. Both are dealing with the 'is' by using the 'wisdom to know the difference'.
Life does not always give us the perfect hand as I am sure you've noticed (well, perfect from our perspective, anyway). There are things we like and things we don't like and if we don't treat them both as twin impostors we are going to be bouncing emotionally between floor and ceiling and end up battered in the process. Never more so than in the months and years ahead as the crazies throw their final cards that are destined, eventually, to be trumped.
Worrying about what might happen and feeling frustrated at how it could have been allowed to happen will not help us to deal with what is happening. It is what it is.
We can no longer change how we got into this mess. Nor can we affect where this mess is taking us by focussing on some illusory 'what if?' 'future'. We can only change the Now and what is, not what has been or will be. The 'will be' can change only if we change the Now.
There is another question that comes from this. Why is this happening to us? Why are we in this reality when all this is going on? Why do things happen to you and not to me and to me and not to you? Why is your life as it is and other lives as they are?
Answer those questions and you change everything.
In the earliest weeks of my conscious journey 20 years ago, a psychic told me that 'they' had a message for me. It said:
'True love does not always give the receiver what it would like to receive, but it will always give that which is best for it. So welcome everything you receive whether you like it or not. Ponder on anything you do not like and see if you can see why it was necessary. Acceptance will then be very much easier.'
That is the key, acceptance. It is what it is. I emphasise again that this does not mean acquiescence to a situation, only knowing when you can change it and when you can't.
But back to the question. Why is your life as it is and others as they are? Can you see patterns of recurring experience in your life that mirror what is happening to you now? What is life telling you about yourself?
'Ponder on anything you do not like and see if you can see why it was necessary.'
I have learned from long and sometimes harsh experience that you can change your life by recognising what life is telling you. In effect, what one level of you is telling another level of you.
Once you acknowledge what your experience is saying, the experience disappears. The experience is not about punishment, it is about expanding awareness. Once the learning happens, there is no further need for the experience and so it dissolves into the ether.
Those who do not identify the 'why?' are destined to continue the same experience indefinitely until they do. Has he got it yet? No. Same again then, Bill.
Humanity as a whole is about to be offered an enormously challenging opportunity to identify the collective 'Why?' - why is this fascist imposition happening while we are here to experience it? The answer will not be the same for everyone, but it will for the vast majority.
When people have worked it out, the experience will be over, because it will no longer be necessary. The starting point is to ditch the denial. It is what it is and what we face we can replace.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream and not make dreams your master;
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build them up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-..and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
- Rudyard Kipling