Everything in moderation – how we fake being alright

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Everything in moderation – how we fake being alright

Everything in moderation is an often-used phrase of cunning deception spoken by those who want to shut down the stark truth of what is really going on. It is a sleight of hand used to suppress awareness and transparency.

The expression ‘Everything in moderation’ is attributed widely to many, from the ancient Greeks, to Benjamin Franklin, to Oscar Wilde. And that’s telling – moderation is a very subjective measure; one man’s moderation can be another’s excess.

We easily tout ‘everything in moderation’ as a philosophy of a good way to live and a key to happiness. It is however, a moveable target or feast (often); a term trotted out when someone is having something or doing something they inherently understand affects them, but prefer to ignore its impact . . .

  • That piece of food you know you don’t need but have anyway (it’s there and you’ve been offered it)
  • The dessert you know you don’t want but others are having one, so you do too
  • Watching those episodes of your favourite TV show even though you feel lost and dis-oriented afterwards

When it comes to what we ingest, moderation, without taking into account the true needs of our bodies, is a false measure. If moderation affects our bodies and dulls our awareness, how is it anything other than a lie we knowingly tell ourselves?

It’s a perfect justification for a sliding scale of abusing one’s body, for the indulgences that do not serve us, that dull us, and leave us less than who we are.

We knowingly deceive ourselves, absolving ourselves (it’s moderation you know!), all the while knowing deeply that in that specific moment we choose our moderation, allowing for a ‘get out of jail’ card – an excuse for a certain (indulgent and excessive) way of being.

But do we get away with it . . . and where is our responsibility?

We lie to ourselves; we lie to others.

Moderation ignores a crucial fact – truth.

The question always remains . . . is what we’re doing true?

The ultimate instrument of truth is our body, not our mind. Our bodies tell the truth of the moderation we tolerate and allow. The real kicker about moderation is that it makes things acceptable and feeds a lack of awareness of what is truly going on in our bodies and around us.

"Optimism – choosing not to feel what is really going on."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p 180

We know exactly what we are doing, and we know that doing so affects us and the quality of who we are, and what we are here to bring.

Moderation ‘kills us softly’: every time we do something which we know is not true, even in moderation, we’ve actively participated in our own numbing; we’ve reduced our awareness and become less than what we can be.

Moderation doesn’t ‘work’. It is an arrogant, measured form of the same excess we might abhor in others, and we choose not to see our moderation as the same (just less) – and it equally harms.

Yes we harm ourselves, it’s just about the degree to which we do it – more, or less.

The moderation mantra is like that water drip; it might take time but it still erodes the stone. Or a more extreme example – you can kill someone with drugs in two ways: an overdose, or drip-feed them arsenic over a long period of time. The end result is the same but the latter is less obvious.

The bottom line is if something harms, it harms . . . the measure (moderation) just determines the time it takes to affect us.

Moderation feeds the lies we tell ourselves, that we don’t know, and don’t feel exactly what we do to ourselves. We know what we do and ‘moderation’ can’t hide that we are choosing poison rather than the love we are. In moderation we choose harm over love. We dull who we are, and therefore we are less aware and transparent in how we are.

We tone ourselves down in polluting ourselves and all around. While everything is in moderation, we are less than who we naturally and truly are.

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