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This is Freedom Essay 76
Anthony Clarke’s Transformation
In Freedom Essay 55 Tony Gowing described the all-effective, all-satisfying and completely wonderful Transformed Way of Living that solving the human condition makes possible for all humans. Today we are presenting a further personal affirmation from a WTM Member of the wonder of the transformed life.
This F. Essay features Anthony Clarke’s account of his transformation:
This video of Anthony’s affirmation (and affirmations from other WTM Members) can also be viewed at . The transcript of this video is provided below, and also appears in (alongside transcripts of the other affirmations).
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Before including the transcript of Anthony’s presentation, this box contains a summary by Jeremy Griffith of the transforming situation humans are in.
Now that the great goal of the whole human journey of conscious thought and enquiry has been achieved and we have found understanding of our conflicted and distressed human condition (see F. Essay 5), all the old retaliatory, defensive and insecure upset behaviours of anger, egocentricity and alienation that we had to employ to cope while we couldn’t defend ourselves with understanding are no longer needed. They are obsoleted, brought to an end. In fact, with this knowledge of the human condition now found, it would be an act of total irresponsibility, indeed madness, to continue down that old, insecure, defensive and destructive competitive, selfish and aggressive road. The truth is, there is nothing in the way now of every human taking up a magnificent, unburdened, human-condition-free, cooperative, selfless and loving transformed life!
Most significantly, this new Transformed Lifeforce State (TLS) and its way of living is fundamentally different to all the previous ways in which we abandoned our upset life and lived instead in accordance with more cooperative and selfless principles. As is described in F. Essay 29, there has been a progression of increasingly dishonest, deluded and dangerous ways of adopting a more cooperative and selfless way of living — from religion to socialism/communism to New Ageism to feminism to environmentalism to politically correct post-modernism. As was explained in that essay, what was increasingly dishonest, deluded and dangerous about all these movements was that they weren’t just promoted as ways of restraining upset, but as actual solutions to the psychologically upset state of our human condition. As the Adam Stork story in F. Essay 5 is finally able to make clear, we humans had to be prepared to suffer becoming upset angry, egocentric and alienated while we searched for knowledge, ultimately for self-knowledge, the redeeming, reconciling and rehabilitating understanding of our ‘good and evil’ conflicted human condition. Therefore, dogmatic insistence on cooperative and selfless behaviour oppressed the freedom we needed to continue the upsetting search for knowledge. And to claim that dogmatic compliance with cooperative and selfless behaviour was the solution to upset behaviour was pseudo idealistic because real idealism depended on continuing the upsetting search for knowledge until we found the rehabilitating understanding of the human condition. Understanding not dogma was the answer; it was our species’ goal and destiny. However, once that relieving understanding of the human condition was found, as it now has been, this situation fundamentally changes. Suddenly it’s no longer pseudo idealistic to insist on cooperative and selfless behaviour, because the upsetting battle to find understanding of ourselves has been won. So while all previous forms of abandoning our upset life were fundamentally irresponsible and pseudo idealistic, abandoning our upset life is now not only legitimate, it is the only way to live. (F. Essay 39 presents a significant discussion by Jeremy on the immense danger of left-wing dogma, and how the legitimate transformation that understanding of the human condition makes possible is the only way to save Western civilisation, indeed save humanity. The differences between the Transformed Way of Living and all other previous ways of abandoning our upset life are also fully described in chapters 9:5 and 9:6 of FREEDOM.)
YES, THE IMMENSE EXCITEMENT AND RELIEF OF BEING EFFECTIVELY FREE OF THE HUMAN CONDITION — the joy and happiness of being liberated from the burden of our insecurities, self-preoccupations and devious strategising; the awesome meaning and power of finally being genuinely aligned with the truth and actually participating in the magic true world; the wonderful empathy and equality of goodness and fellowship that understanding of the human condition now allows us to feel for our fellow humans; the freedom now to effectively focus on repairing the world; and, above all, the radiant aliveness from the optimism that comes with knowing our species’ march through hell has finally ended and that a human-condition-free new world is coming — CAN NOW TRANSFORM EVERY HUMAN AND THUS THE WORLD.
From being a human-condition oppressed and depressed alienated person, you and all other humans can now be TRANSFORMED into redeemed, liberated-from-the-human-condition, exhilarated, ecstatic, enthralled-with-existence, empowered, world-transforming LIFEFORCES. This exhilarated, ecstatic, enthralled-with-existence aspect is the ‘Life’ in ‘Lifeforce’, while the empowered, world-transforming aspect is the ‘force’ in ‘Lifeforce’, so LIFEFORCE covers both the personal benefit and the benefit to the world in one word. Such is the Transformed Lifeforce State or TLS!
F. Essay 17 explains how everyone’s lives can now be immediately transformed, while ‘The 4 key Transformation presentations’ on our website’s Transformation page provide a step-by-step description of the transformation process.
The transcript of Anthony Clarke’s transformation
My name is Anthony Clarke and I’m a Founding Member of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM).
I can remember a moment, one afternoon back in 1993, whilst I was living on the Gold Coast in Queensland [Australia]. I was sitting in my bedroom, listening to the radio, and there were two songs that stuck in my head. One song was by World Party, called Is it like Today?, and the other was by Spy vs. Spy, called Comes a Time. Both songs were reflecting on the less-than-ideal state of the world and how we personally adopted different ways of blocking it out. So I remember thinking about the world’s problems — about the human dilemma and thinking, ‘Someone will work it out. I don’t know when it will happen, but someone will work it out.’ Little did I know at the time that it had already been worked out! Two years later I heard about Jeremy Griffith and his ideas through the media and I was very curious. I read Beyond The Human Condition [Jeremy’s 1991 book] and it just blew me away because it answered so many of the questions that I had struggled to find answers to — as well as questions that I had not even thought of asking! The information made the world around me transparent and explainable. It was so profound, it made perfect sense, it dignified all humans and it gave hope for a real repair of ourselves and our planet [see F. Essay 5 for the explanation of the human condition].
So I made contact with the World Transformation Movement (WTM) and kept in touch, making the occasional weekend visit. I was quite excited that I had access to this world-changing information and initially tried getting others interested, but to no avail. I’m pretty sure looking back that at the time I was trying to get superficial reinforcement out of the fact that I had access to the information.
It didn’t take long before I came up against what we call the ‘Mexican Standoff’ in myself — where the information was making my old strategies to life look decidedly flawed [see F. Essay 18 for an explanation of the ‘Mexican Standoff’]. But, being stubborn, I persevered with them. Some of the strategies or causes that I’ve used throughout my adult life to make myself feel worthwhile were: trying to get wins out of playing sport and supporting sporting teams; gambling on horse-racing; trying to achieve personal financial freedom; getting into a lot of self-improvement courses; dabbling with alternative and new age feel-good philosophies; and, in general, trying to be the so-called ‘nice guy’.
Over those years I would often think of the possibility of becoming a member of the WTM, but I would always write it off thinking, ‘I’m just not made of the right stuff.’ So after many years of this I basically reached a point where I was disenchanted with where I was at. I was in a rut in many areas of my life — nothing was working out! After a weekend visit to the WTM in May 2006 I got excited again about where the project was heading and I decided the time was right to make the move to Sydney to become a member and be able to support the project more directly.
Now that I look back on those first two and a half years in Sydney, I see that I was still ruled by many of my old strategies and insecurities. I hadn’t made any real fundamental changes in terms of my priorities or my attitude. I remember being confused about the TRANSFORMED LIFEFORCE STATE that the people who were in it talked about. It all seemed very out of reach for me.
Things changed earlier this year though . We had two really good TRANSFORMATION meetings that left me buzzing. Also, I started to get back to regularly listening to some good WTM talks and reading Jeremy’s books and some of the old WTM Newsletters on my trips to and from work. So I was feeling much more connected, very positive and as if something was ticking away. I just knew that I had to listen again to a compilation of [WTM Member] John Biggs’s best talks [see F. Essay 64 for John Biggs’s Transformation affirmation]. I had listened to it once before, two years earlier, but it just went in one ear and out the other [see F. Essay 15 on the ‘deaf effect’]. I was probably too confronted by it back then. So, there I was on a bus on my way to work and I was able to zone out enough to focus on what was being said.
There were many crucial points that John made but there were five that really hit home for me:
1. The quotes from A Species In Denial [Jeremy’s 2003 book] about the explanation of the extreme dysfunctionality of the resigned mind.
2. His [John’s] observation that, being resigned, we are basically mad, unable to think effectively.
3. The need for honesty is Step 1 of the TRANSFORMATION Process, which leads to making the decision to do what’s right!
4. We can trust in the information 100 percent.
5. For the TRANSFORMATION Process to work we need to keep it simple!
I decided to be brutally honest with myself about my own corrupted, selfish resigned state. It was time to get real! I had not yet fully bottomed out on the whole concept of Resignation, that, I am a resigned human [see F. Essay 41: ‘Resignation’]. I AM that tortured wretch on the front cover of A Species In Denial. It’s as though, before, I thought that Resignation was something that others had gone through, but not me. I had only been paying lip service to the whole subject. This was a key realisation and felt like a major roadblock had been removed.
I remember being on that bus, in my own little world, all the usual buildings flashing past, with visions of the Australian Anzac soldiers at Gallipoli (in Turkey during the First World War) in my head and I just literally felt like parts of me were being stripped away. It was a really pure and peaceful feeling! A few days later at a smaller group meeting I spoke more about my realisations and a lot more honesty flowed out. That was when I felt a wave of relief and joy. I remember lying in bed that night and just feeling lighter. I couldn’t sleep! All these different songs were going through my head. I remember thinking, ‘This really is simple, if I can do it anyone can. Who’s next?!’
This next stage that we are about to embark on is just so exciting and I know that I am so lucky to be involved. Time is of the essence, so I have no intention whatsoever of getting bogged down trying to analyse or unravel all the details and complexities and causes of my personal condition. As I look back on my life and on the distractions I have chosen, the things that have consumed a lot of my time, when I break them down they were just ways for me to try to block-out, to maintain a sense of self worth and to find some sort of happiness. What we have in our hands NOW is a real source of happiness!
Looking back, I feel like the TRANSFORMATION Process requires a change of heart. But it’s a personal thing and the change of heart has to be made willingly. The decision to make the change will be your best friend and you will never forget the day that you made it. The decision will be the rock that underpins the rest of your life. You will never stray far from it. It will be like the first rung on the ladder of the most meaningful of lives. You can now start afresh, unburdened, with a clarity of mind and purpose, to willingly go and serve humanity now and to participate in the most important project the world has ever seen!
I can tell the difference in my attitude now — it’s like chalk and cheese, where I can be doing some sort of task and I’m doing it willingly rather than doing it begrudgingly. It’s like flicking a switch.
I really think too that the confusion I had felt before, towards the TRANSFORMED STATE was simply procrastination in disguise. I’ve always been an expert at procrastination and what makes it easier to procrastinate is when you are unable to look at the big picture. And the big picture now is the true magnificence of what we have in our hands, namely supporting the information that has solved the human condition.
This is a true win-win situation. Everyone wins! This is a thousand times bigger than my old collection of reinforcements, strategies and empty causes. Now I really just want to live it. To be a part of the conduit generation which will pass on the understandings — intact — to the next generation, leading to a race of humans who will be totally unresigned. the UNIVERSAL BEINGS who are just around the corner. There WILL BE Peace on Earth!
The band U2 has an older song called Acrobat and part of the lyrics say ‘I’d join the movement, if there was one I could believe in…’. Well, this is it! The WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT!
Also, there is a more recent U2 song called Unknown Caller. Here’s part of it and for me it sums up part of what the TRANSFORMED STATE is all about: ‘Go, shout it out, rise up / Escape yourself, and gravity…Force quit and move to trash…Restart and re-boot yourself / You’re free to go /Shout for joy if you get the chance.’
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Watch Jeremy Griffith present the breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in F. Essay 5, or read . You can also read much more on the transformation made possible by the explanation of the human condition in , or .
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These essays were composed during 2017 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
Fiona Cullen-Ward & Brony FitzGerald at the Sydney WTM Centre.