Chapter 9 – The Power of Universal Ideals
Excerpt from the book “Revealing the Power of Consciousness”, by Cláudia B. S. Pacheco:
Excerpt: (from The Origin of Illness, by Norberto Keppe, part 1, Chapter 15)
In order to succeed, one has to accept the success of others. In other words, just as the past must inevitably be a part of the present and even the future must be incorporated in the present, personal success depends entirely upon one’s acceptance of other people’s success. Everything we do is interrelated with the accomplishments of others.
Therefore, if we admire individuals who are capable and talented, we will automatically emulate them and in this way do even more than they have done. But if we envy them, we deny and destroy what they accomplished, hold ourselves back and keep ourselves from achieving success.
Our happiness and well-being depend upon the happiness and well-being of others. When theologians say that one must be charitable to please God, they are referring in the psychological sense to an attitude that is fundamental for happiness. Personal good only comes as a result of the good others enjoy.
Client: (crying) This year I tried really hard to do well in my work and now at the end of the year I’ve ruined everything with my attitude.
Analyst: Why are you sobbing?
Client: I don’t exactly know.
Analyst: It’s because you want to keep on behaving destructively and your co-workers won’t let you. You felt bad because you regretted having done good, so you found a way to ruin things. In fact, the reason most people accept the pathological behavior of their leaders is because these leaders openly do the harmful things that a large part of the population would like to do.
Client: I can’t seem to accept what’s good. When JFK Jr. died, I cried because it reminded me of all the people who are against the Kennedy family.
Analyst: What do you associate that family with?
Client: With the only rich family in the United States that’s good.
Analyst: In this case you identify with those who attack that family.
Client: Yes, I think so. In a way, I don’t think good things have a chance, especially in my country, the United States.
Analyst: You’re saying that you don’t give good things a chance to exist in your life. On the other hand, it is precisely this admiration you have for the Kennedy family that gives you equilibrium.
This is the great dilemma of envy, for one can clearly see the problem of envy in others but we are blind to the problem in ourselves.
CLAUDIA: Now this is an interesting chapter from this wonderful book. I can even imagine what some of the people on the call might be thinking now: How come Dr. Keppe can say these things about Kennedy’s rotten, corrupt family with all those scandals? How could Dr. Keppe consider the Kennedy family as symbolizing something good for the client? But what the client saw in Kennedy and Kennedy’s family was in fact not the corrupt, not the sick and unhealthy aspect of this family which is true and there, of course, as it is also in every family. But John and Robert Kennedy had very good ideals, ideals I might add that the world based itself on for many years. And not only Americans! They were like a torch of light with their ideals, and this is very appropriate for us today.
But you know what happens when people try to do something good, especially those who are more humble and less hypocritical. They will always have weaknesses as everyone does, but they have this other side too, the effort to do something good, the ideals. They want to do something for others, for humanity. And those who are envious look at them and say, “How could this be honest? How could he speak about these things if he is so rotten, if he is sick or has a lousy marriage or a mistress or this or that?”
This is what happens when a person tries to do something good – the society turns against him to extinguish and destroy the good he is trying to manifest. Society uses his problems and his weakness as excuses for this. And it’s so easy to use a person’s weakness to destroy the goodness that he is doing. This is absolutely what happened to Kennedy’s family.
But it goes deeper than this, too: their political opponents used the weaknesses of the fam- ily members to destroy not the family, but the ideals they rep- resented: democracy and social justice and freedom. The Ken- nedys really had this hope for the world, and they did beautiful work when they were alive because they represented the good that we have in ourselves; the good that we should not, never ever, destroy in ourselves if we want to do something.
When Kennedy was assassinated, I was an adolescent, and I really cried, as if I had lost a very close member of my family. So did thousands of young people in Brazil, and this is not for nothing, this is not an illusion.
People mourn deeply these great people – Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Lincoln – not for their illusions but because of what they had that was beautiful and real in them. And then what do the envious people do?
They take the defects and errors, which everybody has – especially people in power because they have more to do and so their mistakes will appear a lot more – and these envious people focus on the defects.
It’s easy to focus on the mistakes of people in power who are trying to do something good (and let me be clear that I’m not talking about the powerful people who are intent on adding to the war and corruption and problems in the world).
Whereas most people … well, when you go to cook your breakfast, the mistakes here don’t mean much, but if you are in the President’s seat, if you are running a country like the United States, and you make a mistake, this will mean something more serious than burning a waffle.
But what I’m saying is that if you have in yourself a light, a flame to do something really big for humanity, this is not megalomania, this is not arrogance. This is very humble, because you are dedicating your life and even putting your social acceptance, your life, at risk in order to give your life to a higher cause.
If we had more Kennedys in the world, like John Kennedy, with all his corruption and weakness for women and Marilyn Monroe or whatever lovers he might have had, well, he did such good work in his time that he lifted America with his ideals. When he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,” this was fit for every world citizen, not only Americans. So his loss was a huge loss.
And it is very interesting for us to consider today because I think you are in such a turning point in America, and we are in the world, that if we don’t go back to these values, to these universal, absolute values – not just in words but in practice – if we don’t go back to them, it will be the end. It will be the end.
H.J.: I notice, Dr. Claudia, that all these nice people we’re talking about were given a very ignominious end by very envious people. They didn’t quite make it to the end of their lives. It shows that all the other things that people tried to do to discredit them while they were alive didn’t work, but the envy remained so strong that they felt they had to take these beautiful people out of existence. It’s a terrible thing.
K.M.: I remember that song, Abraham Martin and John, the good they die young. And it makes me wonder, where are those people now?
CLAUDIA: They’re in us! They’re in us! And we have to wake up and see this, and see that Abraham and Martin and John and other idealists are in us.
We have to imitate them, we have to put these ideals into practice and live them, these beautiful eternal, transcendental, universal values. Now isn’t that a legacy? And these people we’re talking about were brave and courageous enough to bring them into the open.
Now, I’m not saying we need to have a revolution, I’m not saying this. I’m advocating the opposite actually for I do not share the military ideals. My philosophy is another one – to have the ideals of justice and democracy and true freedom, well this is something that no citizen in the world should forget that they have in themselves.
J.R.: This is so beautiful, Claudia. In one of our textbooks for English students, we have a speech of Martin Luther King that we use for teaching: “I have a dream.” It’s unbelievable. We read the script and then play it for the students.
You know, you cannot believe the feeling in the room when that man is speaking. And I always say to the students, “What is it about this? What’s powerful about this? What strikes you?” They say all sorts of things. But at the end, it comes down to something simple: King is saying something that is completely true, has always been true, will always be true.
There’s nothing mundane about it. It’s not about fixing this government program or embarking on that initiative. It’s about universal ideals. “Justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” These are words that are completely truthful today and will be through eternity.
CLAUDIA: And we have these universal principals and values inside of us. They’re genetic even. Psychogenetic.
M.M.: Incredible. They’re in our genes. Isn’t that something? So it is our responsibility individually to have this re-kindled and re-awakened in us, and not let it be drowned by our pathology. It’s so easy to forget this and get overwhelmed by our pathology and our mundane problems. But this is very inspiring this morning, to see the need to do something great.
CLAUDIA: It’s our only chance to be happy, actually. And what are all our mundane problems? They are so insignificant in front of this huge wonder and beauty of what we can do and accomplish. When we deny this, when we find ourselves saying, “OK, so this is beautiful, but it’s a dream, an illusion. It’ll never happen.”
Or we say, “Oh, let someone else do this, I’m such a small person and I can do so little. I have to make a living, if I don’t pay my bills, who will do it, etc.,” well, this is all bullshit. I’m sorry to say that. But it is. This is our envy showing itself. Envy denies this possibility, envy diminishes everything.
H.J.: We were talking earlier about Dr. Keppe saying envious people can’t appreciate anything good in others, that they can’t enjoy the accomplishments of others, and that people who are more well adjusted readily accept the good in other people and their accomplishments. I strongly agree with that.
CLAUDIA: And with this comes the understanding that all of us have to be firmer in our convictions and not become insecure or weak when people, even very close family members, start to question the validity of our ideals.
These ideals are so important for your balance and health and for everything that is happening in your life. This can even support your family, this inner flame that we are recognizing through Dr. Keppe’s work. Dr. Keppe is lighting up these flames in our inner selves, which have always been there, like the pilot light on the stove.
These little small flames have been burning, but once in awhile something comes along that causes them to burst into large flames. This is what happens with Trilogy, and those who are ready to accept this can be very influential in society. Any of us who are willing to do this will be very needed. So pay attention and don’t let other people diminish your ideals.
You may ask, where are those leaders today? We are leaders, each one of us in our fields, with our friends and relationships. We don’t need to become presidents to do this. We are very influential, especially when we speak about truthful things.
Don’t forget what you have learned here – resonance works mostly with essential energy. It’s much more powerful when it’s a truthful idea than a lie or a delusion.
The change that is coming will be a universal change, meaning all countries will go through this change. But it’s not a miracle. We have inner work to do, and if we don’t do this, if we say, “No, I just have to take care of my little problems first – my family, my stomach, whatever,” well, we must not do this. If we don’t have ideals and if we don’t live up to them, we will never become better in the smaller things. That is a psychological reality.