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This is inspirational WTM Email 58
James McPhedran’s Transformation
In WTM Email 54 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 WTM Email features James McPhedran’s account of his transformation:
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Before including the transcript of James’ presentation, this box summarises 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, all the old retaliatory, defensive and insecure 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 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 described in WTM Email 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 email, 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 upset state of the human condition. As the Adam Stork story in WTM Email 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, understanding of the 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 relieving 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. (The differences between the Transformed Way of Living and all other previous ways of abandoning our upset life are 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.
The transcript of James McPhedran’s transformation
This is the edited transcript of an affirmation James’ gave during an online Transformation meeting with other WTM members in 2017.
“What I’ve been doing is writing down everything I can because what I’ve noticed is that when you’re first in this transformed state, you’ve got this taste of freedom but you’ve also got the ghosts of that old, completely owned insecure resigned state still in your head. So I think we’ll end up seeing this initial shift to the transformed way of living as a really valuable state in which you can just collate a huge amount of data on what’s actually going in your head. It’s like you’re walking along facing one direction your whole life and then you read Jeremy’s work and your head turns in another direction, and then over time it’s all about getting your body facing in that direction as well. So it’s just lining everything up — and once you do that you get that taste of freedom but you’ve still got the ghosts of the old world in your head… I can see Johnny Biggs laughing because it’s the most incredible thing. [You can view John’ transformation affirmation ] You can, for example, go through your everyday experiences and you can experience what it’s like now that you’re free of that insecure resigned thinking but you still have this very clear memory of what it was like when you were completely owned by it, and being free of it just makes it look absolutely, unbelievably absurd and ridiculous. And I think that is a very, very valuable tool because — I think it’s in the cave allegory where Plato talks about how this will become a field of study — how you get people out of the cave. [See WTM Email 32 for more about Plato’s cave allegory.] So that’s what we’re doing here, we’re collating all this information about what happens when you get people to actually move to this new ‘taste of freedom’ state.
For example, let’s consider the simple scenario of getting a cup of coffee. I’ve got it written down here so I’ll just refer to my other computer. Tony Miall mentioned part of the thought process that I’d talked to him about recently, but it’s much more pathetic and disturbed than even he could describe it! [You can view Tony’s transformation affirmation ] I’m sure you’ve been in this position before: I’m sitting at my desk at work and I’ve made the decision — I’ve decided to go downstairs for coffee. And what I really want everyone to focus on is the mental effort and the anguish and the somersaults and the crap you go through. Try and think about how this is one tiny microcosm of your day. Then imagine a whole day lived in this state. Imagine the accumulated effort, upset and angst, and that’s what you’re actually living in when you’re in the first bubble [referring to Jeremy’s drawing below of the stages of freeing yourself from a psychosis]. If you know what I’m saying, just nod, it’s the three pictures depicting when you’re completely owned by your resigned state, you’re partially free of it and then you’re fully free.
So this ’coffee scenario’ I’m about to give is the ghost of the ‘owned by the old resigned highway’ state compared with the ‘taste of freedom, liberated, transformed’ state. I might preface this by explaining this didn’t happen every time I used to get a coffee but I can absolutely say that all of this has happened at some time. So it’s not all in the one journey but it all happened at some point.
So you’re sitting at your desk deciding to go down for a coffee. First of all, you probably don’t even want coffee, you just want to do something to distract yourself so you ask around and see if someone wants to come with you as you don’t want to go downstairs alone because you’ll feel like a loser. However asking for company means that you run the risk of someone coming along who you don’t really want to talk to, but you ask anyway [laughter]. So already you’re tumbling around in a mess, but anyway, we’ll press on. I’m quite an introverted person (well I have been until now!), so I probably don’t want company, or maybe I want company from one person and not the other. It’s a complete mess but if no one comes along it actually hurts your feelings regardless of whether you want someone to come along or not [laughter].
Walking to the elevator you realise, now that you’re alone you can really check yourself out in the elevator mirrors because you’re a vain wanker! [laughter] And because I’m a guy, and this is the whole thought process you’re going through, this vanity has always troubled me so when I check myself out I pretend that I’m not really checking myself out which is probably worse than openly doing it! I want you to focus on the whole mess and the effort that’s going into this.
So you’re not even downstairs and you’re a disgrace. When you get down to the bottom of the elevator, I’m sure you’ve noticed this, when you see a new human being you haven’t seen before, when two people see each other for the first time they often have a momentary hopeful eye contact and that quickly retracts to a disappointed shift down. You see someone for the first time and human beings desperately want to connect but then you know you can’t truly connect so it’s just a disappointed shift downwards in your eyes and that happens a lot when elevator doors open. You see a lot of the human condition in elevators, think about the chat that goes on in elevators about the weather and how you’ve got to get your coffee because it’s your safety blanket, it’s all about people desperately wanting to connect but you can’t until you’re out of the ‘owned by the old highway’ bubble, it’s impossible.
So walking through the lobby you might be thinking about the fact that you’re alone so you look at your phone so that you have something to do, but then you think that will make it look worse because people will realise you’re alone. But something I’ve noticed is that even three years ago there was a little bit of a stigma about automatically going to your phone in a public situation because people knew it was socially unacceptable, but that’s actually gone now. Everyone’s just bang! — straight onto your phone. It’s an acceptable mechanism to use in the cave now.
Ordering your coffee you make a point of keeping eye contact with the girl who’s serving you because you don’t want to perv at her because you’re a nice guy, that’s part of your strategy!
On the way back you might see a guy that you know and you have a bullshit, ‘rah-rah’, ego-reinforcing conversation about nothing but this gives you a boost and you replay it in your head on the way back up in the lift. So despite all the insecurity that happened before that conversation — fishing around for someone to go with you because you didn’t want to feel like a loser, checking yourself out in the mirror etc — you’ve forgotten all that and now you’re focusing on the fact that you’ve had an ego-reinforcing, albeit bullshit, conversation because that makes you feel good about yourself. So you preoccupy yourself with that as you’re going back up in the lift, then you sit back down and that is your coffee journey when you’re still in your old resigned bubble.
I haven’t written down the coffee journey when you’re out of your bubble and you’ve got that taste of freedom but I guess it’s just getting up and going to get coffee and the thing you notice is that you’ve still got these ghosts in your head of the pathways that you used to run down, which is all rubbish. All that absolute crap that you used to engage in, you know it’s there, but you don’t listen to it anymore. So that’s where the relief comes in — you see what you used to do and you think about the mental effort and the anguish that you used to go through which you don’t have to anymore. Now when I get home from work and I’m reading bedtime books to my kids, it’s a joy, because I’ve got so much energy. You have so much more energy because you don’t have that rubbish going through your head.
So that is just one little transaction in the old insecure resigned world, getting that coffee, this is you tumbling around putting in all this effort and energy for absolutely nothing and all that preoccupation disappears now.
This new Transformed Lifeforce State is a product, and this product is now competing with the old had-to-resign-to-cope-with-the-human-condition product. So what we have is a massive, massive market disruption [a term referring to a rapid weakening of stock market performance due to external forces] because the transformation product is infinitely better than the old resigned product. The old product is just horrible, it’s a busted–arse horror of a product that everyone had to buy because we didn’t have the information that explains the human condition, but now that we have that information, we have a new product and that means there’s now a market and once this takes off the old world will be completely over and done.
Anyway, that’s me for now, I’ll dive back in to the discussion later.
James: Oh yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of talking! In terms of other things I’ve noticed since taking up the Transformed State, you’re actually starting to get to know yourself for the first time, it’s unbelievable. It really is unbelievable. You don’t have this abnormal condition that owns you anymore. It’s like you get your brain back. You honestly get your brain back, you can just sit there and think of nothing and you can actually be so delighted with the thought that nothing’s come into your head because previously this abnormal condition was constantly feeding things into your head: here’s this grievance; nurse this grievance; work through this particular issue; this particular person triggers this, this and this. I don’t know how many minutes that takes but say three or four minutes. Then something else comes in and the grievance process starts again. That’s all gone and now I can actually conjure up an image that would trigger a grievance, it’s there in my mind and then, it’s like on an iPad, I just swipe it to the right and boom, it doesn’t affect me anymore because I don’t need it, I don’t need the ego win out of going down that trail anymore because I’ve got something else now, I’ve got this soul support now. It’s just incredible. I was trying to think how to explain it better [James demonstrates with a small cardboard box in his hands]. You’re being held up by your resigned strategy in this hand and the information, which is your other hand, comes in and catches you, but your resigned strategy is hovering around and it doesn’t want to go away just yet but now you’ve got something else, the information, as a support. It’s incredible.
We’re almost there, we’re almost there. It’s all lined up ready to go. The table is set. Honestly thank you, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to all of you. Jeremy’s got this truth up but you guys rallied around it. The Transformed State is so unbelievably relieving and it is this product that will completely change the world and save it and you guys are spectacular for doing that. The courage that you’ve all shown is just phenomenal, it really is. Part of what I saw in that email chain [of correspondence between Jeremy and Franklin Mukakanga, founder of the WTM Zambian Centre] when I was in Sydney is that it would have taken an emotional cost on all of you, and realising that was part of my shift I think. Just seeing that you are real human beings who have got your own hurts, and you’ve got hurts because you’ve supported this thing. It is just phenomenal what it is and what you’ve done over all these years, it’s just phenomenal. I can’t… It really is incredible to experience it and it’s all because of Jeremy and you all, just coming together around it. It’s incredible. Thank you so much!”
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Watch Jeremy Griffith present the breakthrough redeeming explanation of the human condition in WTM Email 5, or read . And for much more on the transformation made possible by the explanation of the human condition, we recommend you read , or .
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These emails were composed during 2017 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
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