Fanaticism goes against nature’s quest for diversity

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Ascended Master Jesus through Kim Michaels, June 9, 2019. This dictation was given at a conference in Amsterdam, Holland.

I AM the Ascended Master Jesus Christ. My contribution to this conference is to continue on the idea of energy psychology, looking at the energy field with scientific instruments that could be developed. Now, you have an explanation problem in terms of fanaticism because if you look at history, you can see that in previous ages they had certain beliefs, such as the earth is flat and the center of the universe. At the time, they thought these beliefs were infallible, could never be expanded upon by a higher understanding. Therefore, they were fanatical, according to the basic definition of fanaticism we have given you.

You can also see from medieval Catholics that the way they conducted themselves, a very aggressive attempt to put down the first scientists, the Inquisition, the witch hunts, were clearly very, very fanatical acts. There is no way to look at these actions perpetrated by the Catholic church without admitting that this was an expression of fanaticism and the fanatical mindset. If you see that Muslim terrorists today are fanatics, then certainly you must say that medieval Catholics were fanatics, the Crusaders were fanatics, the Muslims who fought the Crusaders were fanatics, the Inquisitors were fanatics, those who rounded up witches and burned them at the stake were clearly fanatics. There is no way around this.

When you look at all of these fanatical beliefs that have been held in the past, when you look at them today, you can clearly see the inherent contradictions that are always there in fanatical beliefs. We have talked about cognitive dissonance, which is that you hold two viewpoints at the same time that are incompatible or contradictory, but you cannot see it. When you look back at these previous beliefs, you can clearly see that they had cognitive dissonance. You can clearly see that these viewpoints were incompatible or contradictory. Therefore, the question becomes: “Why couldn’t people see it at the time?” You may look today at Muslim fanatics and some of the viewpoints that they hold, and you, from your perspective, can see that they have certain viewpoints that are clearly contradictory. Therefore, you must ask yourself: “Why can’t they see it?”

The cause of cognitive dissonance

What you need to recognize here is that the human mind has, as we have said, a mental level, a mental aspect. This is not difficult for people in the world to recognize. You already know about the intellectual mind, intellectual thinking, logical, rational thinking, and therefore you know that the mind has a mental aspect. You need to realize here that this mental mind, this analytical mind, is actually very, very good at comparing things. Therefore, the analytical mind is very good at looking at different viewpoints, comparing them either to each other or to some kind of standard set up, and therefore the mind is very good at seeing that here are two viewpoints that are contradictory.

You have to acknowledge here that when people have this cognitive dissonance, when they hold two incompatible viewpoints, it is not because their minds are incapable of seeing the contradiction. Their analytical minds are perfectly capable of seeing the contradiction. You can look back at medieval Catholics, and you can think, as many modern people think, that they must have been less intelligent back then. But they were not, at least not in the sense that they were incapable of seeing contradictions. They were capable. Their minds were capable of seeing them. The same thing with Muslim fundamentalists today, or Christian fundamentalists, or materialist fundamentalists, or Marxist fundamentalists, or whatever you have. Their minds are fully capable of seeing the contradictions of their beliefs or the contradiction between what they claim to believe and their actions.

The reality is here that an aspect of fanaticism is the belief that the ends can justify the means. You have people who claim to believe in, for example, some religion, and let me just use the obvious example of the Christian religion where you must ask yourself: “How is it possible that Christians, on the one hand, proclaim to believe in a spiritual teacher who said: ‘Do unto others. Forgive your enemies. Love your enemies. Turn the other cheek;’ how is it possible for people to claim to be followers of such a spiritual leader and, at the same time, feel fully justified by God in killing other human beings? How is that possible?”

Is that not the essential cognitive dissonance you could possibly come up with on this planet: Those who claim to be following Jesus Christ but even think they are killing people in my name and thinking that I approve of this? Is there a greater example, a more drastic example, of cognitive dissonance? So how is it possible that people could do this? Surely, you cannot say that their minds were incapable of comparing the statements I made to their actions and seeing that there is no way that the example and the teachings I gave could be used to justify killing other people. Surely, their minds could do this. Then, you have the undeniable fact that this did happen, people did do this, and you must ask yourself why. Why was it that they had minds that were capable of seeing the contradiction, but they did not see it?

This is where you will go back to energy psychology. Surely, it is correct, as Astrea said, that in many cases people were pulled into these strong emotions of anger and hatred so that their conscious minds could not even really connect to the intellectual level. There is more to it than that, because what Astrea also said was that people’s emotional bodies were overwhelmed by an influx of energy, aggressive energy, from the collective emotional body. You could actually develop scientific instruments that would allow you to see, even in a graphic way (and illustrate in a graphic way) that there is also a collective mental body. You would be able to measure and see that people who are in the fanatical mindset, they have openings in their mental bodies to this collective mental body, and there is an influx of a very, very aggressive energy into these people’s mental bodies.

It is this energy that creates, not the turmoil you see in the emotional body, but it creates almost a veil, a fog, a wall, in the mind that people cannot see through, cannot see beyond. If you could see this, as of course we can see it and as of course intuitive people will be able to see it, then you would realize that this is actually the only explanation for this phenomenon of cognitive dissonance. People’s mental bodies, on an individual level, have been invaded by a very aggressive energy that creates a veil. In the simplest form you could say you have one belief on the right, you have another belief on the left, and there is a veil in between so that the person’s intellectual mind cannot see both beliefs at the same time.

The veil in the mental mind

It is almost like you could have the illustration that you had a curtain in the middle of this room, and you could not see out both sides of the windows at the same time. In order to see out one side, you would have to go around the curtain, and then you could not see the other side. That is what happens in people’s mental bodies. There is a veil that prevents them from seeing both viewpoints at the same time. Therefore, they cannot use the analytical mind to compare them and see the incompatibility. What people end up doing is that they switch back and forth. At some point, they can be on the one side of the veil, and now they see that: “Oh, Jesus was such a loving teacher, and he told us to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Then, very quickly some people can switch, go on the other side of the veil, and now they believe Jesus wants them to go out and kill all non-believers. This is what you actually saw in some of the Inquisitors, some of the Crusaders. You saw this kind of switch, and they did not realize that they were switching. They did not realize the incompatibility of their beliefs. This is what you will see in all fanatics around the world, especially when you have people that come to the point where they are willing to kill other human beings in order to further what they see as an epically important cause. They simply cannot see it.

This brings up a topic that is another explanation problem that society has. What you see that psychologists and philosophers are grappling with is that when you look at human history, and you look at some of these manifestations of wars and atrocities, you are wondering: “How is it possible that something like this could happen? How could people do these kind of things?” You have the statement that the road to hell is paved with good intentions because people have seen that the people who are committing atrocities, in most cases they feel justified in doing this, and they feel they are doing it for some greater cause.

Now, I would say that the road to hell is not paved with good intentions. It is paved with fanatical intentions. Because people have gone into this fanatical mindset where they cannot see that their intentions are not actually good, or they cannot see that perhaps their intentions are good, but their actions are not. They cannot see that maybe they actually have a correct view of what should ideally happen, but they do not have the correct view of how to accomplish it without killing other people.

Evil is not part of human nature

What this leads to is that many psychologists and philosophers have drawn the conclusion: We see throughout history how human beings have committed atrocities against each other. This means that this kind of evil and aggression is just part of human nature. It is simply human nature. Evil is a potential that lies latent in all people. Now, we run into the limitations of the materialist worldview because they cannot come any further in an explanation of this phenomenon. They can only claim that this is human nature.

This leads to other explanation problems. Because do you see in the animal kingdom this kind of evil, this kind of atrocity? Obviously, you do not. If this is human nature, and if humans are evolved from animals, where did evil come from in the human? It is obviously not a gradual evolution of something you see in animals so how did it suddenly pop up in human beings when it has never been there in any animal species? This is where so far we have attempted to give you explanations of fanaticism that we evaluate that people in the mainstream could actually come to accept within a relatively short period of time.

Now, we have sort of reached the limitations of that approach because, as I said, there is no way that people with the common worldview they have today can come to understand this. That is where, if you want to understand it, you need to go beyond and realize that evil as such is not part of human nature. It is something that people can be pulled into doing through the fanatical mindset and the cognitive dissonance where they do not see the incompatibility between their beliefs and their actions.

Therefore, we must make a very important conclusion here. You can see throughout history how many, many people have been pulled into fanatical actions, committing atrocities based on a fanatical mindset, but the vast majority of these people have not been evil. You may look at the Holocaust, and you may see it as the quintessential example of human evil. You may look at some of the German soldiers and even the leaders who committed these actions, and you may think, as many people have done, that these people must have been evil, but the reality is these people were not evil.

They had been pulled into the fanatical mindset. They could not see what they were doing. The commandant of Auschwitz lived close to the camp with his family. During the day, he would oversee this massive factory of death that killed thousands of children, but after a hard day of work, he would go home to his family and be the ideal family father, playing with his children. He could not see the incompatibility in killing children during the day and playing with his own children at night. He could not see that children are children, and that the ones in the camp were just as much children and just as much humans as his own.

He was not an evil man. You cannot come up with any standard or definition that made this man evil. He was simply blinded by fanaticism, blinded to an almost unbelievable degree, but nevertheless blinded by fanaticism. If you could just see the soul of many of these Nazi leaders, you would see that they are not evil. Today, many of them are full of regret of what they did and seeking to compensate for it or to raise themselves above it. They are not evil lifestreams.

The rest of this dictation, along with an invocation based on the dictation, is found in the book: Ending the Era of Fanaticism

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