Imitation is Limitation

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It is often said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. When someone wants to emulate the dress, style or even behavior of another, it is a sure sign that on some level they want to be like that person. If the person being so “flattered” is a mentor or role model and is someone who demonstrates good qualities, then perhaps this can become a positive exercise for the emulator in that close observation may reveal more about who the person being mimicked really is. Of course, to seek to copy outer effects alone does not bring about an inner change in beliefs and consciousness, nor the truth of that person. Imitation can begin on an outer level and perhaps the emulator will observe and hone some part of themselves, all a rather tricky business if you ask me! They might “fake it till they make it”, depending on who they are trying to imitate and to what extent they may understand that person. The big “L” sign of being a learner turns Imitation into Limitation.

On the journey to Ascension, as Master Serapis Bey, Lord at the Temple of Ascension in Luxor, advises “Imitation is Limitation“. To engage in imitating another results in your limiting yourself. What is right for another may not be right for you at all and hence one must work from the inside of self from the heart to the outside, to go as one feels personally led. One must be true to self, your God Self that is, and discover all that the Divine has in store for you. Rationally speaking, there is no other place to go, especially when seeking your own Ascension. Also, when you put another on a pedestal there is usually some denial of self involved, i.e. the thinking that only “that” person can be that way — wrong!

As I see it, there are two major things to watch out for: i) that you may be living in an illusion, thinking that you are like someone when in fact you are not, and ii) that you may be giving your power away to that person as a result of not adequately valuing yourself. A Master Teacher, as many of us have experienced, will reflect back to you who you are, not who he or she thinks you should be. Such a Master will not want your power, will discourage such homage and will not tell you what to do. You must figure all that out for yourself. Sovereignty of self is the goal for Ascension.

Growing up many of us attended schools where a school uniform was de rigueur – this was true for me. This was intended to place an emphasis on lessons being taught and not on outward appearances and socio-economic identity. Uniforms generate uniformity and then character becomes the “stand-out”. While many rebel at such uniformity, in modern times the reverse can still be equally true. Peer groups and even gang members deliberately wear the same clothing to symbolize their affiliation and their perceived identity. This practice continues throughout life in groups, societies, universities, businesses, etc., and marketing ploys. With so many organizations vying for your time, energy and money via the internet, choosing wisely for yourself has become an art as well as a spiritual practice. Time spent aligning with Source is for me the best way to consistently remain centered and work through the onslaught of information, attention-grabers and time-wasters and to find what truly resonates with you.

As Apostle Paul (now Master Hilarion) said, “we see through a glass darkly”. In other words, we do not now see clearly, but at the end of time, we will. We may see puzzling reflections in a mirror, things are not always what they seem. God, however, sees us completely. May we learn to see ourselves through the I AM Presence with clarity and without judgment.