#19 Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

There was a period of years when I kept asking myself the question, ‘what is the responsibility of the one who gets free’. I find myself thinking about that again. Plato’s allegory briefly is this. A group of prisoners have been chained for their whole life time and this is the only life they know. In front of them is a wall. Behind them is a fire which casts shadows on the wall of everyday activity which passes on a bridge behind them. The prisoners think the sounds they hear come from the shadows crossing their view. This is their strongly held reality. At one point one of the prisoners is set free (there are different versions of this). Getting out of the cave requires courage and adjustment. The sun light is so bright that it is blinding at first. Persisting and gaining experience in the beauty of this world, the freed prisoner wants to bring the good news to those still in the cave. He goes back but is considered deranged and a danger to the group. They reject him and want him to leave. This he does. But he goes back periodically with the same outcome.

There is more to the story but for purposes of my question it is enough and loosely reflects my journey in this way. Years ago, in the 1970s rcovering from uterine cancer, I discovered holistic health and healing. I was literally driven to share what I was learning and experiencing. Some people were receptive but many rejected it all for various reasons. Even simple things like visualization and meditation sounded sacrilegious to them. Imagine that! The first private client to whom I talked about meditation never came back. She did not want to have anything to do with that “heathen stuff”. Those of you who have traveled with me know that, I never did stop sharing. I thought the one who gets out of the cave is responsible to keep going back. There did come a time when I became less intense; willing and available if anyone showed an interest but going back to the cave, not so much.

That brings me to the present. Since my major life threatening cancer and surgery two years ago (2013), I have been almost overwhelmed with information about the quantum field and quantum healing. I am immersed and almost compelled to keep delving further. In the process, much practical, helpful information comes my way. I truly know how way out it sounds to someone not accustomed to thinking along these lines. It is clear to me, through my own experience, how hard it is to go against the common mass conditioning and ways of seeing. I just can’t decide how many times to repeat what I have come to know. For example; unless one already has a  cardiac problem, Statins are very harmful, destructive; cholesterol is not the problem; it is inflammation that is the issue. Out comes more advertisement of recent information suggesting that practically everyone over a certain age should automatically be on Statins. Who benefits from this? Definitely not the people taking it. Even with good research, links available in previous blogs, it is frightening to go against what the doctor says. I know they mean well but are also caught in the web of misinformation. I understand that it takes about 10 years for research to reach its way into practice.

Having said all that, I conclude that I will continue to share via the blog and do my best to be less intense in talking to people. I just have to say, it is one of  my greatest challenges, to know with high level of certainty, of something which would bring relief for someone and then to find a way to share it which will not bring automatic rejection of the idea. I clearly will keep trying to find a way.

My answer then it seems is that, the one who gets out of the cave does not desert her companions.

What are your thoughts? I appreciate the emails, facebook responses, even phone calls I’ve been receiving. It would be so wonderful if you would share your thoughts after the blog. That way everyone could benefit from hearing each other. That way we each are reaching out to our companions on this journey.

In Light and Love, Hedi

6 thoughts on “#19 Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

  1. This is such a rich post, Hedi, and thank you for the reminder to share here on your blog. First, a side note. The cave story reminds me of a similar story about fish swimming around in a stagnant pond. Most of the fish are big and lazy. A small fish wonders what is beyond their pond, and swims through a grate out into a river and then into the sea. He meets many adventures and dangers but he survives and finds it all wonderful and thrilling. He remembers the other fish and swims back to tell them about it. They think he is deranged, and besides they are too fat to get through the grate – they would have to eat less and slim down. Does anybody know where this comes from?

    One thread of what you are saying, Hedi, is a social question – the dominance of money in our capitalistic world. There are enormous profits in prescription drugs, and they cause much harm. I have read that the third leading cause of death in the US is prescription drugs (behind cancer and heart disease) and another source indicating it may actually be the leading cause. There appears to be massive risks from GMO. I just heard from an email from a friend who has similar concerns about a new book “Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods” by Jeffrey Smith, the author of the earlier “Seeds of Deception”.

    So health and economics/capitalism are linked. A huge concern I have is climate change. A recent survey by Pew Research found that worldwide people are most concerned about that issue, but in the US the concerns ranks near the bottom of 7 concerns that were surveyed (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/jul/17/climate-change-greatest-threat-global-population – an article in The Guardian that contains a link to the Pew report itself. This is troubling to me because the US is the biggest player in causing man-made climate change, and there is a lot of denial in this country. So politics also enters into the equation.

    What is the underlying problem. To me it is spiritual, and there needs to be fundamental change in people’s hearts and souls. But do we even have souls, or are we merely physical beings that disappears when the body dies? I recently read an interesting quote from an unexpected source. “The major problem of our time is decay in the belief in personal immortality.” This is from the author of “1984” and “Animal Planet”, George Orwell.

    An interesting thing is that cutting edge science is pointing more and more to the reality of spirit. When you talked about statins and heart disease I thought of the leading Dutch cardiologist Pim van Lommel. For decades he has been investigating near-death experiences, since he has encountered them frequently among patients suffering cardiac arrest. It has become clear that when heart stops and the brain is flatlined consciousness still exists – it does not owe its existence to the brain/body. He published a landmark prospective study in the British medical journal Lancet and is the author of the book “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near Death Experience”.

    Please do keep coming back into the cave, Hedi, and share your precious insights.

    Love and light,
    Bob

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    1. Bob, Great story about the fish. Hope I remember it to share.
      Your thoughts on the multilevel connections reflects my own thinking. And, yes about Spirit. Light and Love, Hedi

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  2. Hedi, you must never stop returning to the cave. It is difficult indeed to persist at giving information that brings on opportunity to awaken to a new level of consciousness AND a change of lifestyles that are rooted deeply in habitual behavior. It seems humanity by nature is actually addicted to particular systems that phantom the so-called easy life. As you have said many who dwell in the cave live in the illusion that what is being expressed in one’s daily life is all there is. Habit often creates a “brain groove” that becomes addictive behavior. It requires much effort and constant watchfulness to make a new groove so to speak. It matters little of this if we are called to share “new” information. One who becomes awakened and is called to plant new seeds of information must bravely do so. Where the seed falls is not one’s concern. I have noted that repeated info coming through various seed sowers actually grows as if planted for the first time. Thank you for your sharing dear one. Much love, Mir’iam

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    1. Mir’iam, Thanks for your encouragement. You are so generous in your own sharing on so many levels and always have been. So glad we are still around to do what we can. Love, Hedi

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  3. Hello Hedi, Thanks for this wonderful post, and thanks to others for their comments. I agree with much of what has been said. Heck, there are whole sub-disciplines of psychology devoted to figuring out how attitudes are beliefs are formed and can be changed. As we understand more, we learn that it is very hard to change others’ views. At the same time, industries with large financial stakes use the most sophisticated psychology techniques to persuade the public and the media that their ideas are best. David and Goliath at its best.

    I share Bob’s frustration with the publics’ views and reactions (or lack thereof) on climate change information and many other environmental issues related to sustaining earth’s resources. I use two thoughts to help me. One is thinking back to the movement for womens’ right to vote. Something that should be so obvious took ALL of early advocates’ lifetimes and more to accomplish. Susan B. Anthony went to her grave with women still not able to vote. Second, I think of George Fox’s admonition to William Penn, who asked him how long he could continue to wear his sword. Fox told him to “wear it as long as you can.” Each will come to realizations in their own time and way — way too slowly for many important things — but maybe accepting that truth and being faithful to what you know and continuing to advance it is all we can do.

    Thanks for such a thought provoking post.

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    1. Helene, I take to heart the two thoughts that help you. It reminds me of what I actually believe; to follow our guidance and do not be attached to outcomes. They may not be what we anticipate or they may take much longer than we imagined. For example,some policies and practices I initiated as a director of nursing at a small hospital in Upper Michigan in the 60’s, came to full fruition 20 years later. Long after I left. My successor, so happily told me that, finally my vision was fully implemented.

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