Steve Beckow: Clearing Our Social Vasanas – Part 1/2

Kathleen at Whidbey Island

Written by Steve Beckow, The Golden Age of Gaia, November 18, 2014 –

Back in January of 2012, Archangel Michael described for Kathleen her role in building the new world.  She’s allowed me to share excerpts from what was a pivotal reading in her life.

He told her she’d agreed, prior to coming here, to help society emerge from its collective illusions.

“Your purpose [in coming here] is the breaking down of illusions. Now, as you know, the human collective, the people of old Earth, have built up many, many false illusions, many paradigms that became so strong in their belief systems that they formulated into structures and institutions, practices and societies around them.

“These illusions are familiar to you, such as lack, limitation, death, destruction, disease, greed, lust, control, and power.  Your role both in your energy field and as a communicator has been to break down and help to eradicate those illusions of Old Earth.

“These illusions no longer serve humanity, Gaia or any beings throughout not only the planet but far beyond.” (1)

I’d like to look at an aspect of those collective illusions here.

Unworkable Social Reaction Patterns Based on Illusory Interpretations

The “structures and institutions, practices and societies” we create are socially sanctioned.   Far from allowing free speech, our society has worked to ensure the passing along or transmission of the sets of illusory ideas which maintain certain key institutions. Those who transgress or criticize them can open themselves to penalties ranging from ridicule to imprisonment.

To navigate this socially-sanctioned world of conditioned roles and order-maintaining institutions, we also learn, usually informally, a set of socially-recognizable reaction patterns – which I call social vasanas.

These may be taught or transmitted, through socialization or social conditioning, in school, in movies, music videos, TV dramas or street rituals.

Eric Berne called them Games People Play; Claude Steiner, Scripts People Live. Erving Goffman called them “performances.” (2)

Others have called them acts, rackets, numbers, patterns, and so on – the name doesn’t matter as much as agreement on what it is we’re pointing at.

A social vasana is, in essence, an unworkable social reaction pattern based on an illusory interpretation.

In the growth movement, much emphasis was placed on coming out of our social vasanas or rackets and behaving in “authentic” ways.

To call them “social vasanas” recognizes their origin in early attempts at socializing and working with others. To call them acts, numbers, rackets, etc., focuses on their intention to trick, hide, defend, triumph, etc.

Either way, they define some of the more dysfunctional ways we work with others whenever the issue is getting what we want in social circumstances.

These are the ways born of illusion that Archangel Michael was describing.  Coming out of illusion includes coming out of these.

Having passed through a critical mass of our personal vasanas, many of us are now considering working together. And as we turn to working in teams, up comes this new kind of hidden vasana.

If we’re to succeed – and we wouldn’t have come here if we weren’t intending to work together and succeed – I think we’ll have to clear the social type of vasana as well as the personal kind.

(Continued in Part 2.)


(1) Personal Reading between Kathleen Willis and Archangel Michael, through Linda Dillon, Jan. 21, 2012.

(2) See practically any book by Erving Goffman, from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life to Gender Advertising.

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