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This is Transformation Affirmation 9
Jοhn Bіggs’s Transformation
Freedom Essays 57 & 58 featured biologist Jeremy Griffith rounding out the Freedom Essay series by re-emphasising how understanding the human condition finally allows the whole human race to be transformed from a horrible human condition-stricken existence to a fabulous life free of all the agony of that state.
What John Biggs will be describing today, and others will be describing throughout this Transformation Affirmation series, is their particular experience of the exhilaration and wonder of being transformed to a state free of the human condition.
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Before including the transcript of Jοhn’s presentation, this box contains a summary by Jeremy 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 Video/F. Essay 3), 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 35, 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. And as has been explained in great depth throughout F. Essays 14, 34, 35 & 36, 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 Video/F. Essay 3 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. (As mentioned, F. Essays 14, 34, 35 & 36 explain the immense danger of left-wing dogma, with F. Essays 14 & 36 in particular explaining 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!
The transcript of Jοhn Bіggs’s transformation
My name is Jοhn Bіggs and I’m a founding member of the WORLD TRANSFORMATION MOVEMENT (WTM).
As Professor Harry Prosen is quoted as saying in Section 1:3 [of Freedom Expanded: Book 2], this is an extraordinarily exciting moment in human history and it’s an honour and a privilege to be here supporting these ideas.
[The quote by Prof. Prosen that Jοhn is referring to is: ‘I have been a student of psychiatry for many years. What I have to tell you is that I have no doubt this biological explanation of Jeremy Griffith’s of the human condition is the holy grail of insight we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation of the human race. I cannot urge you strongly enough to listen to what Jeremy Griffith has to explain. My message is as simple as that. This is all so exciting; I’m quite overwhelmed to be here on Earth when these answers are finally found. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you.’]
The Introductory Videos on our WTM homepage deal with the most profound and confronting subject there is: that of the human condition—the issue of why humans are so selfish, angry, alienated and non-ideal [at the top of the homepage see Video/F. Essay 10 for a description of what exactly the human condition is, and Video/F. Essay 3 for the explanation of the human condition]. While I appreciate that this domain can seem exposing and daunting at first, in my experience it isn’t as difficult as it can initially appear. Jeremy’s explanation of the human condition is the dignifying and compassionate understanding of why we are the way we are. It explains that despite our deeply non-ideal state, we are fundamentally worthwhile and meaningful. We are on safe ground. So although it is a new experience for most of us to have the subject of the human condition discussed so openly and clearly, if you are patient and give yourself a little bit of time to take in the explanation, you will soon become familiar with it [see F. Essay 11: The difficulty of reading FREEDOM and the solution]. You will soon discover for yourself how much sense it makes and how much it resonates in each of us. Once you have some appreciation, you’ll be able to see how exciting a breakthrough it is and what an unbelievably good thing it is for the human race. What is in front of us now, both individually and collectively, is wonderful, brilliant and exciting beyond words. Humans have always sub-consciously known that one day, understanding of the human condition would be found—that somewhere, somehow, someone from a sheltered corner of the world would turn up who was able to explain and solve all the problems on Earth—and that the truth that emerged would be able to explain and thus heal all the suffering on the planet. [See F. Essay 50 about Australia’s role in producing this breakthrough understanding.]
A quote that I love, by the Jesuit priest and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, which was published in a book after his death, articulates this knowingness in us all: ‘the Truth has to appear only once … for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze’ (Let Me Explain, 1966; tr. Rene Hague & others, 1970, p.159 of 189, quoted in Section 2:3 of Freedom Expanded: Book 2). It’s extraordinarily prophetic because, not only does de Chardin admit that we are living in a state of denial, he anticipates the day that the Truth about humans would be revealed and that everything would be ‘ablaze’—that the knowledge which emerged would transform our world. The scale of the change that de Chardin anticipated is colossal, and this is what is actually now underway. A monumental paradigm shift has begun. [See F. Essay 15 about the transformation this breakthrough makes possible.]
While this change is very exciting, we have to take it steadily and adjust to it step by step. We all have a responsibility to manage this process, rather than allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by how new and confronting it is. If you think about it, how could you stop all the anger, all the greed, all the selfishness, all the indifference and all the superficiality on Earth if you didn’t have a very profound and thus confronting explanation of it? Soft-headed, politically correct, feel-good, superficial ideas aren’t going to make any real difference to the horror and suffering on the planet [see F. Essays 14, 34, 35 & 36 for an exposé of pseudo-idealistic movements]. As everybody knows, and you only have to read the newspaper any day of the week to realise, the world is in a terribly desperate, difficult situation [see F. Essay 55: Endgame for the human race]. It’s only profound, biological, first principle, compassionate, dignifying explanation of the human condition that can make any difference. And that is precisely what we now have. That is precisely what Jeremy’s explanation does and thank God that it does. [Of the four essays that expose pseudo idealism (14, 34, 35 & 36), see in particular F. Essay 36 for an explanation of how the transformation is completely different to pseudo idealistic ‘false starts’.]
I have been a founding member of the WTM, and before that a member of the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (FHA), for almost 20 years. In my experience, absorbing and adjusting to this information takes a while, but isn’t that difficult. While there is much that’s new, if you persevere with your investigation of it you will soon see the simplicity of it and realise how much this information resonates in you. You will soon experience for yourself how incredibly exciting this is. It’s not rocket science—it’s far from that. It’s just very profound honesty. It’s confronting but dignifying and compassionate honesty. The process of familiarising yourself with this information just takes some time and application. The ultimate fantastic result of digesting this information is the Transformed Lifeforce State—how we live with this naked but dignifying truth about humans—and it is all set out word perfectly by Jeremy in Section 2 [of Freedom Expanded: Book 2, or in chapter 9 of FREEDOM, or, in the most condensed form, in F. Essay 15]. All I have to add to what Jeremy has explained is my personal experience of living with this information.
The transformation process is about how you get from the state depicted in William Blake’s Cringing in Terror, which is the bottom image that appears on the front cover of A Species In Denial (pictured above left)—this person living with the horror of the human condition and being unable to confront it or explain it (that state is also depicted as the people living in the cave on the front covers of Freedom Expanded: Books 1 & 2)—out into the sunshine of the liberated or transformed position, the state depicted by Blake in Albion Arose, the top image on the cover of A Species In Denial, and the state depicted by the people in the sunshine on the covers of Freedom Expanded: Books 1 & 2. We are on our way to a world of magnificence, wonder, happiness and all the things we have ever wished for. [Again, you can read about the amazing transformation that is now possible in F. Essay 15.]
It is important to mention that the process of change that comes with digestion of these ideas takes time, because, if you immerse yourself in how mad and upset and embattled this person cringing in terror is, you can see that initially it’s going to be difficult for him to confront the fact that he or she is living in this embattled state of denial. It’s going to take some work to help this person in the Cringing in Terror position move across into the position depicted in Albion Arose. That’s what we’re talking about. It can be done safely because, although we are all incredibly hurt, embattled, egocentric, angry and insecure, the bottom line of this information is that we are all fundamentally good. Notwithstanding all the pain, all the hell, all the horror and all the suffering we have been through, humans, every last one of us, are all wonderfully good. It’s the understanding of our fundamental goodness that gives rise to The World In Sunshine that is ahead of us.
Jeremy’s drawing Humanity’s Journey To Enlightenment contexts this moment in time. This drawing spans about 5 million years in the development of the human condition in humanity’s life story. [Read the full story of humanity’s journey from ignorance to enlightenment in chapter 8 of FREEDOM.] Humanity’s ‘Childhood’ stage came after our arboreal heritage and we spent, as I understand it, some 3 million years in this ‘Childhood’ state—this Garden of Eden, our happy, innocent, wonderful past—that we now have a very strong instinctive memory of. With the dawn of the fully developed conscious mind some 2 million years ago, the human condition emerged. With that began the embattled horror of the ‘Adolescence’ stage, which humanity has been living in for the last 2 million years, an insecure state of not understanding our apparent inconsistency with the ideals, of not understanding the reason for our fundamental goodness. This is the essence of the Adam Stork story [that is presented in Video/F. Essay 3]: starting out with no knowledge; becoming embattled in the process of trying to find that knowledge; and becoming more and more and more upset the longer that journey goes on. Where we are now, is at the threshold of the ‘Adulthood’ part of that diagram. We are the little person sitting up on the hill—holding this long sought after understanding of the human condition in our hands—and trying to deal with the shock of the change. For 2 million years we have lived in a world where there hasn’t been any real understanding of the human condition and we are trying to adapt from having no understanding to being drenched in the magnificent, compassionate, dignifying truth about our condition. It’s this World In Sunshine on the right hand side that is now possible that’s so exciting. What we all want is to get the hell out of the state that the world’s currently in and get across into The World In Sunshine.
Individually, it’s a process that you have to work through. It’s not instant but, if you follow the logic, it’s not complicated. In fact it’s surprisingly simple. I would like to talk about what I see as the two fundamental aspects that you need to appreciate in order to be able to make the fundamental personal change that’s now possible.
Firstly, you need to recognise that what Jeremy has explained about the human condition is true. If it were not for the fact that virtually all adult humans live in a state of deep denial, that would be a straight forward matter. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for us as humans who live in denial—as depicted in Blake’s Cringing in Terror—to just fall back into our historical ways of coping. Because humans have historically been unable to explain their divisive state, we’re very insecure about any truth about our condition being raised. So when we see/hear the human condition being discussed, a lot of us, almost instinctively, recoil into thinking ‘that’s taking me back down to that dark corner [of Plato’s cave; see Video/F. Essay 11] and there are no answers to that problem and I don’t want to be criticised and condemned so I’m not going there’. Others become angry when they sense that they are being confronted with the truth about our condition and respond by ruthlessly attacking Jeremy, the WTM or the information. That’s also happened a lot over the last 20 years. [See F. Essay 56: Why there have been ferocious attacks on the WTM; and read about the persecution that Jeremy and the WTM have suffered for exposing the human condition at .]
But there is a third response, other than falling back into denial or becoming angry, and that is to try to develop some appreciation of this information. I accept at the outset, that people are entitled to be 100 percent sceptical about whether Jeremy has explained the human condition [see F. Essay 54: The accusation of hubris]. Like all new ideas, such as Copernicus’s idea (that the Earth was not the centre of the solar system) or Charles Darwin’s idea (that life developed through natural selection), there will initially be millions of people who can’t cope but there will also be many who can cope, who don’t want to stagnate in the old paradigm and who want to take the human journey forward. If you take the time to watch some of the Introductory Videos of Jeremy explaining the human condition, or if you read one of his books, you’ll soon appreciate for yourself just how true his explanation is. So I encourage you to do this and to persevere with it. If you watch the videos, it normally takes two or three viewings, perhaps a week or two apart, to get an appreciation of Jeremy’s ideas. The reason it takes time is because of what we in the WTM call the ‘deaf effect’. The ‘deaf effect’ arises because we humans live in denial of the human condition and have done so for millennia. When humans first hear the human condition being discussed so openly, we have an almost instinctive ability to block it out and not hear what is being said, as though we are ‘deaf’. It takes some effort to apply yourself sufficiently to hear and understand what Jeremy is saying, so I encourage you to listen to what is being said carefully and to persevere with it. [See Video/F. Essay 11 for an explanation of the ‘deaf effect’ and an introduction to the WTM Deaf Effect Course which has been designed to erode the ‘deaf effect’.]
In addition, I would just like to tell you something from the heart. What Jeremy has explained is the first principle biological explanation of the human condition. It’s not some superficial, left-wing, feel-good trip [again, see F. Essays 14, 34, 35 & 36 for an exposé of pseudo-idealistic movements]. It’s not some esoteric intellectual bullshit. It is not some contrived excuse for human divisiveness [F. Essay 14 includes an exposé of the excuse that we have ‘savage instincts’]. It is The Answer to the question of questions. It is The Truth about humans. This is IT. I am not saying that you should take my word for it. I am asking you to make the effort to verify that for yourself. If this is what it purports to be, it should make sense. There is a forum for feedback and questions on the WTM website. If you make a genuine endeavour to understand this you will soon see how true it is. That realisation is the first threshold.
The second issue then arises, which each one of us has to appreciate and accept. It is axiomatic—if you realise that Jeremy’s explanation is true then logically you should accept the second point but in my experience people don’t and I include myself in that. It is this: you must also realise and accept that you yourself are a victim of the human condition. It’s easy to see the human condition in others, in people around you, in people you work with or socialise with or in public figures. It’s easy to say of someone else, ‘that person seems to be suffering from the human condition’, ‘that person’s insecure’ or ‘that person’s particularly egocentric’. It’s much harder to see the human condition in yourself and to accept the fact that you are a victim of the human condition—that you are an insecure, selfish, egocentric, alienated mess.
At the core of this realisation that you suffer from the human condition is this concept of Resignation and what it means to be a resigned human that Jeremy has explained very, very clearly in all his books. Resignation is a psychological moment, a ‘dark night of the soul’, when humans change from believing in the cooperative, selfless, loving, happy state that humanity lived in for some 3 million years, to believing in the competitive, must-win, aggressive, angry, selfish state that resigned humans now live in. When you are born into the world you expect it to be as it was during humanity’s Childhood stage, full of love, happiness and honesty [see F. Essay 21 on the origins of our instinctive moral soul]. But you discover that it’s not. In fact, you discover that its extremely selfish, unhappy and dishonest as in the Adolescence stage. You discover the manifestations of the human condition in the world and in yourself. We all struggle when we’re young trying to reconcile our expectation of ideality with the reality around us and we find, almost without exception, that we can’t do it. As Jeremy explains, we are then faced with suicidal depression because we can’t explain our divisive condition. So to avoid that terrible depression, at about the age of 14 or 15, we resign, give up on the ideals and take up a competitive and selfish attitude to life. [Read more about Resignation in F. Essay 30.]
This drawing by Francisco de Goya, titled The sleep of reason brings forth monsters, is of the moment of Resignation. It is of someone trying to face down the human condition and being unable to do so—being hounded by these owls that represent all the misunderstandings that we might be bad—and without the explanation of why we are good being unable to cope. The monster is the implication that you are a worthless, evil human. There is a section on Resignation in each of Jeremy’s recent books. I just want to try to give people an appreciation of what it means to be resigned because it’s such an important concept and for me it’s been a bedrock of understanding that has allowed me to understand who I am and to move forward. The following are quotes about Resignation from [Jeremy’s 2003 book] A Species In Denial: ‘After only a few days it is almost impossible to get people who have become resigned to consider there is such a thing as a cooperative purpose to existence, or to consider humans were once instinctively orientated to living cooperatively. Resigned minds believe with a passion that humans were once brutish and aggressive ‘like other animals’. They will not allow themselves to believe that humans have an instinctive self or soul orientated to cooperative behaviour. And they believe with all their being that the meaning of life is to be competitive, and that succeeding in competition with other humans is the way to achieve a secure sense of self-worth. They actually believe that ‘winning is everything’, that success in the form of power, fame, fortune and glory is meaningful...Their mind in effect says ‘I am going to believe in, live off, and enjoy this new way of viewing the world; I simply do not care if it is false’ (p.236 printed edition/p.155 online version).
That is what humans take up when they resign. That is what the person in Goya’s The sleep of reason brings forth monsters does when he can’t confront the human condition in himself and in the world. They take up this resigned attitude to life. To quote A Species In Denial again: ‘In fact resigning to a life of denial meant accepting psychological death, the death of a person’s psyche or soul’ (p.257 printed edition/p.169 online version). Jeremy also quotes a poem written by a woman called Fiona Miller when she was about 13 or 14 years old: ‘Again, Fiona Miller’s amazing resignation poem described the extent of the psychological death that accompanied resignation: “Smiles will never bloom from your heart again, but be fake and you will speak fake words to fake people from your fake soul / What you do today you will do tomorrow and what you do tomorrow you will do for the rest of your life / From now on pressure, stress, pain and the past can never be forgotten / You have no heart or soul and there are no good memories / Your mind and thoughts rule your body that will hold all things inside it; bottled up, now impossible to be released / You are fake, you will be fake, you will be a supreme actor of happiness but never be happy”’ (p.257 printed edition/p.169 online version).
These are incredibly powerful quotes and I am using them to illustrate the state of madness that we all adopt when we become resigned. I want to immediately stress that this explanation of the human condition dignifies humans. There is a very good reason why we took up this artificial state. We took it up to avoid suicidal depression and we had to—it was actually the responsible thing to do—so we don’t need to be ashamed of how upset and embattled we are. In fact, we can be incredibly proud of the fact that we are resigned. The truth about the human condition is very paradoxical.
This is another quote from Jeremy’s book A Species In Denial about Resignation: ‘The fact is that resignation is a state of extremely prejudiced falseness and thus ‘futility’ when it comes to thinking effectively. It is not interested in the truth, rather it is interested in evading the truth…Given the extreme falseness of the resigned state, it is no wonder humans have been sensitive about being called liars. Every resigned adult has been lying, has been denying the truth about Integrative Meaning and many other critically important truths, including the fact of their own extreme alienation. The truth is, all resigned adults have been ‘lying through their teeth’; lying in the most extreme way while maintaining a broad smile of confident denial of these lies’ (p.284 printed edition/p.186 online version). There is also this quote from The Great Exodus ‘…the truth is that the levels of alienation in society now are such that pretty well all humans are but cardboard cut-outs of what they would be like free of the human condition’ (Jeremy Griffith, 2006, p.111).
You just can’t do any better than those quotes and they blow you away with how truthful they are, how profound they are, how confronting they are and how full of shit and upset and embattled humans are. But the converse of that is that we are wonderful. We are truly wonderful, glorious and courageous—as Jeremy said, human beings are the most courageous things that the Earth has ever seen. So the human condition is incredibly paradoxical. The reason I wanted to read these quotes is to try to help you to understand what it means to be a human who has had to go through Resignation. Because, if you bear with me, there’s an absolutely fantastic, all-your-dreams-come-true, answer to this problem.
To take up this solution we first need to face the reality of what is really going on inside ourselves. We need to deal with who we really are. With any problem in life, whether it’s at home, at work, at the football club, wherever, you first have to acknowledge that you have a problem before you can address it. If you don’t admit it, you can’t deal with it. The issue we need to admit, using the explanation of the human condition that Jeremy has set out for us, is to accept that we are victims of the human condition and that we are therefore resigned and self-centred. From the springboard of accepting that simple fact, there’s just so much joy and happiness and wonder and glory that is possible. When each of us resign, we quite necessarily take up strategies, depending on the circumstances of our particular upbringings, to try to get as much reinforcement that we each can. Except for the extremely rare, sound, unresigned prophets like Jeremy, Sir Laurens van der Post and Teilhard de Chardin and a very few others that you can read about in Freedom Expanded: Book 1, virtually everybody else, all adults, are resigned. Everybody ends up in this state of mad denial—it’s just a question of what sort of mad denial that we each get.
Our personalities, which are our expressions of our various upset states, come in all different shapes and sizes. But fundamentally, we are all embattled Adam Storks—desperately trying to get as much reinforcement for our self worth as we can. There are different strategies that resigned humans take up—trying to be the best sportsman or the smartest cookie or the best looking or the happiest person or the funniest or the most laid back, etc, etc—but at base everybody is simply trying to validate their self worth and fight back against the implication that we appear to be ‘bad’. Resigned humans are forever preoccupied trying to get as much artificial reinforcement as they can. I am not condemning that state because it has now been explained that there is a good reason for humans being so upset but that is what being resigned has been all about.
My background is truly irrelevant in the scheme of things but it’s as good an example as any for the purpose of this discussion. Because of the particular circumstances of my upbringing, I became what we describe in the WTM as a ‘power addict’. I had a particularly extreme desperation for power, fame, glory and fortune—like a big proportion of the men of my generation. While on the surface I try to give the impression of being a happy, relaxed good bloke—‘let’s have a few beers’, ‘let’s go down to the beach’—the truth is that psychologically I am actually like the characters depicted by Blake, Goya, Bacon or Steadman.
Beneath the surface, I am this intense, super competitive, winning-is-everything, angry, insecure maniac. These pictures, which are a compilation of ones that Jeremy used in his presentation, represent that part of us, of me. The hollow-eyed lizard in Ralph Steadman’s The Lizard Lounge drawing is of a ‘power addict’. These are true representations of what humans are—honest depictions of the human condition. I am not some centred, sound, secure, happy person. I am this extremely embattled, angry, hurt, alienated maniac. Realising that and accepting that is the springboard to changing it. Again, I stress that it’s not that I am trying to condemn anybody or to make us feel bad by highlighting such terribly confronting drawings of what it is to be human. I am highlighting them because we can now face our condition and through doing so, change our state of mind in a way which has never been possible before. That is what I am trying to help us appreciate.
I have been involved in the WTM for 20 years as I mentioned. I was very lucky because when I first became involved, Jeremy was speaking a lot at universities and other forums. I was fortunate enough to hear him talk on many occasions and I got a lot of exposure to him explaining his ideas. As a result, I became very familiar with this information and I soon realised that it was true. However, for the 15 years after that, although I was quite happy to talk about and promote the information, even to defend it at great lengths, I never really applied it to myself in a personal way. I just battled on with my own ‘Adam Stork’ strategy. I persisted with the strategy of the hollow-eyed lizard in Steadman’s The Lizard Lounge drawing. It was schizophrenic in a way: I was supporting an explanation as being the truth about humans but in my own life I wasn’t personally embracing it. I was still thinking that my strategy to life—one of chasing fame and fortune—was going to work. So I battled on with it, like humans do, for 15 years, despite knowing that this information was true and that my resigned competitive strategy to life was now redundant. [See F. Essay 33 for further discussion of this ‘Mexican Standoff’ and how to overcome it.]
And as I got older, like all humans do, I became more and more embattled and the human condition compounded and compounded in me. Underneath, I became more selfish, more egocentric, more angry and more insecure about my state. On the surface, I was working overtime trying to keep up a polite, happy, easy-going demeanour like everybody does but underneath the reality was that I was becoming more and more of an egomaniac. If you’re honest you can see the same essential development of upset in the people around you. As we get older, we each become more and more embattled. What I eventually came to accept is that once you’re resigned, that’s it. You are this mad, selfish, egocentric, massively embattled human. You can’t unresign, you can’t unscramble the egg, you can’t get back to and renegotiate that ‘dark night of the soul’ when you resigned (and frankly I don’t want to go anywhere near there). You are trapped in a state of false, circular logic because what you adopt when you resign is not true. It’s like being one of the masses in the movie The Matrix, walking around in a world that is completely false and contrived, but unable to see through it. Once you are resigned you are living with a self-perpetuating lie. It takes time to understand and appreciate the fact that you actually are no longer working from a truly sound, rational base—the honest base that the very few unresigned thinkers in the world operate from. So the real question you have to ask yourself once you accept that you are resigned is: What do you do about that resigned madness? Do you just keep living it out because it’s a highly established pattern? What do you do?
I continued living out my resigned strategy for a long time until one day almost four years ago now, I came across Tony Gowing (who is also a founding member of the WTM), when he had recently taken up the Transformed Lifeforce State [see Transformation Affirmation 7 for Tony’s affirmation]. I had known Tony for about a decade before then and he is a very talented individual but, like all of us, he too was usually completely preoccupied with his own situation. A remarkable change had come over him. Suddenly, he had this amazing freedom and relaxedness. The change is his mindset was stunning. Whereas, just a month or two earlier he had been battling through life like everyone else, all of a sudden Tony was talking—he was raving really—with excitement about the potential of living for this information rather than through his resigned strategy. After watching him go about his life for a few weeks, I thought to myself: ‘Well Jοhno why don’t you have a go at that? I mean, where you’re going and what you’ve been doing for 20 years of your life since you resigned, if you’re honest with yourself, isn’t getting any better.’ I thought ‘Well why don’t I just try doing what he’s doing?’ So I tried it.
Essentially, once you realise that this information is true and accept that you are resigned, you can very simply change your life by changing your strategy. You can effectively just ‘put down’ your old resigned strategy—you can metaphorically put all the psychosis and the pain of your life into a little box—and obtain all your meaning and purpose through supporting this information. You use the information as the true explanation of your self worth and you live in support of it. You simply let go your now redundant resigned strategy. That’s it! I know that sounds almost absurdly simple, but it works. In fact, it works brilliantly! It works because the information does what you were ultimately dedicated to achieving in your resigned Adam Stork state, that being to validate your self worth.
This is WTM member Genevieve Salter’s drawing that she drew more than ten years ago now, of the Transformed State [see Transformation Affirmation 14 for Genevieve’s affirmation]. The scale of the sun coming over the horizon gives you some insight into how wonderful life is in the Transformed State. It’s wonderful because it liberates you from that mad, crazy, intense, never-ending cycle of anger and insecurity that the human condition is. The Transformed State allows you to effectively leave behind the embattled state that Adam Stork lives in. It works because fundamentally what you take up when you resign is a lie. Through your resigned strategy you are trying to prove that you are worthwhile artificially—by scoring points or making money or whatever it is and, fundamentally, those things are not the true reason that humans are good. The true reasons that humans are good are explained by Jeremy in first principle biology in Freedom Expanded: Book 1, A Species In Denial or any of his books [see also Video/F. Essay 3 or chapter 1 of FREEDOM]. Our resigned strategies are now mad tangents that we no longer have to live out. Before this understanding was available, we had to take up and live through these artificial strategies. We don’t have to do that anymore. And the way that we get ourselves out of those mad resigned strategies is by living through our support of this information.
The ‘trick’ to making this work is to internally let go of your old resigned strategy and take up supporting this information as the meaning and purpose of your life. It works because it’s the right thing to do, it’s the honest thing to do and it’s grounded in rationale. If you try to do what I did for a very long time after knowing that this information was true, which was to persist with my resigned strategy, you won’t succeed. No matter how talented you are. In fact, for the individuals involved, resigned strategies never worked. No matter how many tin cups you win, how much money you make you can’t prove that you are worthwhile that way. Thank God that old way is now redundant. Instead, we now need to let the truth in, to let go of the elaborate edifices of lies that we’ve built up around ourselves and in its place take up the true reason for our goodness and use it as our defence.
Once you make this commitment inside yourself, the excitement is indescribable! An incredible excitement and inspiration comes over you and in that moment you can see how the Transformed State works. You can see how it works in yourself and you can see how it will work in everybody else. You can see in that moment how the world can and will change. You can’t see it the moment before you make that decision but you can see it the moment after and it is inspiring beyond words. In that moment you are instantly Liberated from that endless day-in and day-out struggle to validate yourself. You don’t care about who you are, where you came from, how much shit that you have been through or how much pain and unhappiness you have suffered. That is all irrelevant. You are just ecstatic about being part of the Sunshine Army on the Sunshine Highway to the World in Sunshine—namely to a world of Freedom. You’re instantly freed from the psychological agony of your position. I know that is a huge claim to make but that is what happens when you let go of your resigned strategy and put your faith in and live through this information. (I should mention that I am not using the word ‘faith’ in its religious sense, because you can verify for yourself and thus know that this information is true. I am using ‘faith’ in the sense that you can put faith in the safety of a bridge that you use to walk across a chasm: if you can satisfy yourself that the bridge has been built properly and won’t collapse, then even though you haven’t built it yourself, you can trust in it.) You live through what this information can do for the world. The feeling of relief and freedom is incredible and then all you want to do thereafter is to get this information out into the world and to stop all the suffering on the planet. You can access an incredible, profound compassion for humans and for yourself. We can all be a part of this now. United and together at last!
Jeremy’s Humanity’s Situation drawing is about how the world is going to change. Over on one side is the existing cave-like dead existence that we currently live in and on the other side is the Sunshine Highway across this chasm of unconfrontable truths about humans. The importance of understanding Resignation is that it gives you a grip on the reality of why you are stuck over here and how you get out of it. It’s the realisation that you are a resigned person suffering from the human condition who is stuck over here that enables you to have this change of heart—that enables you to cross the bridge along the Sunshine Highway into the New World where everything is just wonderful. The relief and through-the-roof excitement that flows through your veins is incredible. Nothing can touch this. This information has a purity and a beauty that is out of this world. It is the sun rising from the deepest, darkest, coldest night that humans have ever known. As de Chardin foresaw, everything is ‘ablaze’. Prue Westbrook, one of the members of that the WTM, said the human body can’t cope with the levels of excitement that the Transformed State generates and that is probably true. [See Transformation Affirmation 1 for Prue’s affirmation.]
Other than being an embattled human, there are absolutely no other pre-requisites or qualifications needed to be part of this. For humans, from one end of the Earth to the other, it’s on for young and old now. It truly is. Anyone who wants to be part of this can be part of it. So get into it. It’s not difficult—all you have to do is get started, listen to what’s being said, follow the logic and take it step by step from there. It is beyond comprehension how much wonder and fun and excitement and happiness the human race has coming. We have a forum on our website for feedback and questions on this whole process and how to manage it so I encourage you to get into it.
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Watch Jeremy Griffith present the breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in Video/F. Essay 3, or read . You can also read much more on the transformation made possible by the explanation of the human condition in , or .
Discussion or comment on this Transformation Affirmation is welcomed—see below.
Please Note, if you are online you can read, print, download or listen to (as a podcast) any of the following Freedom Essays by clicking on them, or you can find them all at .
These essays were composed in 2017-2018 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
Fiona Cullen-Ward & Brony FitzGerald at the Sydney WTM Centre.