A Sneak peak at Silencing a Thousand Barking Dogs: Subterranean Soul Gold, Spinal Wine, and My Manna of Realization by Bryan Rice 3rd Edition (Illuminatus Press)




The Realization Matrix (TM) is a Spiritual Direction/Formation/ Healing Modality that was revealed to me through prayer and meditation. It is a system for Liberation, Illumination, Transformation, Introspection, Self-Healing, Developing “Witness Consciousness”, employing Radical Self-Honesty through “Total Allowance” and “Integration” of one’s shadow through a collective process of discernment. In the Presence of Absolute Love, an audience connected to the Unified Field, reached through pre-show meditation, creates a cooperative, calm healing presence, using a sacred space, a “matrix rebirthing womb” as a container for what is traditionally called Active Imagination, by Jungian Psycho-analysts and Spiritual Directors. There are two main goals of The Realization Matrix. The first two are, discerning and transmuting ‘spirits’ or ‘energies’, determining if they are light, dark, or admixed, rather “life-giving” and “consoling” or “life-depleting” in a manner of “desolation”, from Love (Reality) or from fear (unreality), from the God-Spark in us (King Soul) or the adversary, the accuser, the diabolical “King Ego” (a term used by Paramahansa Yoganananda, the great Hindu Yogi who brought Kriya Yoga to the West), or as Jeshua (Jesus) says in The Way of Mastery, “the sheep’s clothing of the ego (where underneath one is a ravenous wolf)..of persona…the mask….the self-image projected into the social world”. The great depth psychiatrist Carl Jung saw the ego and persona as being different aspects of the psyche. However, that is a discourse unto itself. What I am referring to, is a process of determining what is real and what is illusory, awakened aspects of the True Self or from ignorance, dreaming, and sleeping in the density of matter-bound tendencies. The third goal is most important. It is ‘entrainment’. Entrainment, for our purposes, speaks of uniting brain-wave patterns with heart-wave rhythms, creating an atmosphere of coherence and compassion in which the Releasing Individual, using the Archetype of Actor, is free to “release” and “free” automatic negative thoughts, or compulsive mental patterns, as well as repetitive thought “loops”.


All in all, I am speaking of bringing the past, any associated guilt, past ‘terror’, ‘hurt’, entrenched scripts/mental tape recordings and fragmented dramas that may have surfaced through growing in self-awareness, or any accompanying suffering that stems from judgment of one’s personal history, the “ashes” out of which one must arise that remain unhealed in the psyche to conscious awareness out from the subconscious. Then, through the safety of sacred space, acknowledging all that, and then being liberated from it through a collective process of blessing any residual memories that may be hindering conscious evolution for the individual, and ultimately forgiving them, and finally dissolving their ‘dark powers’, {that may have caused one’s mind-field to be possessed by the past, which A Course in Miracles teaches – never happened at all, anyway} into radiant light of the Christ Mind (Higher Self).



Releasing should always lead to Self-Awareness and progressive detachment from self-limiting beliefs and mis-perceptions that keep the Actor in bondage, negativity, obsessiveness, fixations, ruminations, mental turbulence, fanciful self-deluded neural reruns, the samskara-habit-pain-body and in self-defeating attitudes. Releasing clears the way for the Presence of the Pure Spirit of Oneness to emerge and for one to begin to create as the Way of Mastery, only “the good, the holy, and the beautiful.” The expectation is that all thoughts, emotions, and words in a Realization Matrix ritual will be “taken captive” and tested in the “laboratory” of discrimination and discernment an aspect of what is known to yogis as Jnana Yoga, Union via wisdom and non-dual Truth.



Through the progressive performance – this releasement ritual, an unveiling hopefully takes place for the Actor, while the group present, acting as the rebirthing womb and container for transformation, remains objective, open, prayerful, and receptive. This is not a clone of drama therapy. This is an effort involving Will power, energy and vibrational healing, and active listening for the voice of the Cosmic Vibratory Power, or the Holy Spirit current, to emerge in the sacred space, whether through the Actor, the Spiritual Director or Spiritual Counselor acting as a Healing Facilitator, or through an audience member, healing agent or the audience/healing matrix as a whole.



The performance is not a spontaneous unloading of the subconscious. It is scripted, as mentioned through the process of Active Imagination and giving a voice to the subconscious realm. The Realization Matrix experience is pre-written, as subterranean, subconscious emotional charges connected to the written poems, monologues, songs, or dialogues are explored and examined with a qualified professional therapist, or a spiritual director who is trained or gifted in discernment of ‘spirit’ “voices” or “currents”/movements in the soul, first subjectively, in the eye’s of the Actor/Releaser and then objectively, through mutuality and progressive detachment. The “witness consciousness” or the “observing Presence” within the Actor/Releaser is cultivated and nurtured before ever performing/releasing it in the sacred space.



This is not a book on theory. This is one particular person’s journey from a revelatory awakening experience, which was followed by a dark period of affliction, mistaken perceptions, being caught in illusory imaginings, and out of possession by the subconscious and collective unconscious’ instinctual, idea-energy forces (Archetypes), pain-body samskara tendency-habit residue that flooded the consciousness, of this individual, which happens to a path of my subsequent path of recovery, discovery, and transcendence. These series of monologues, poems, and songs tell a story of an initial Bliss experience of having a direct realization of Divine Love, then the separation from that Oneness, torment, fragmentation, mis-perceptions, and a progressive transcendence of suffering, a recovery circuitry of energy that leads back to Edenic Oneness, or the natural state of Enlightenment, felt Oneness with “Presence” and “Pure Being” (Unified Field/Creative Matrix/Womb of Creation/Mind of God).



You’ve heard that it takes a whole village to raise a child. Well, in that same line of thinking it takes the collective Presence and encounter with an expansive consciousness, to create a threshold for the release of pain and the undoing of egoic entanglements, such as fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, and any harbored unloving thoughts. Some would choose to do this type of work one-on-one with a trusted guide (and can be), but doing this in a collective matrix environment allows powerful realizations to take place. The ultimate goal is healing the mind and purifying the emotions through awareness gained, as mentioned through objectivity in a safe setting where judgment and scrutiny is absent. Those who comprise the matrix womb should be carefully selected through discernment and prayer on the part of the Actor/Releaser, so that they will be free of self-consciousness to the fullest extent.


In no way, does this intervention claim to be a substitute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other psychotherapeutic interventions. But qualified Spiritual Directors, who, as mentioned are skilled in discerning ‘spirits’ (the “play” or “lila” of dark/light/admixed forces), and have a background/ foundation in developmental and abnormal psychology, or especially in Psychopathology, are suitable Facilitators. If a qualified priest or minister fills that role, then protective prayers and blessing can be further emphasized in what some could call a “Rite” or “Sacrament” or “Mystery”. Let’s not get attached to words. That is the whole point of “Releasement”. To disarm the “pain-body” (a name affiliated with the illumined teacher Eckart Tolle) of its “afflictive emotional charges” connected to words, by bringing it into the Presence in the Present Moment Awareness (by Observing the mental-emotional content or resulting behavior). Doing this not only ushers in detachment and self-observation, but a reverse and correction of thought distortion.


In the event that the performance/Releasement is halted due to needs of the Actor/Releaser that may arise and there is not sufficient time to complete the whole “script”, a unified effort should be made to seal the aura of the Actor/Releaser with healing light and Pure Loving, magnetic intentions. This is not psycho-magic. It is a Love-based metaphysical empowerment. The egoic script can be performed/Released in front of any size group or alone with a Spiritual Director, Spiritual Counselor, or Energetic/ Metaphysical Intuitive Healer. Remember, entrainment is always the goal, a re-calibration to Oneness, restoring total coherence to the heart, mind, body, and soul by “Transcending” or “Rising Above” the deep waters of the subconscious inner landscape into the higher, more evolved, more aware chakra energy vortices.


NOTE: Any critique of the performance/releasement will diminish the overall healing potential for the Actor/Releaser. Negative thoughts that arise during the “Rite,” should be immediately released and nullified by the person experiencing the influx of their ego/sense mind. The goal of this process is not to create a ‘masterpiece’, but rather “Realization”.


The Realization Matrix (TM) is a tool for Transcendence, allowing for personal and divine realizations (if indeed grace shows itself and the Divine pours out it’s Energy of Love), Liberation of Consciousness from entanglements, from separation, alienation, addictive, neurotic, obsessive, splinter (or “sub”) personality fragments/spirit-energies and all forms of affliction that lie buried beneath surface consciousness, underwater so to speak, or in what I like to call “Eden’s Basement”, the place where we shove, project, reject, repress, all our pain, humiliations, anger, hate, jealousy, fears, dreads, prejudices, and more. This kind of density and negativity is very gross and inert, and has a lot of weight to it. This is the shadow. We usually shut the door and lock it tight. With chains we think the Light of God won’t ever be able to break. The shadow is dense, but is an important part of consciousness alchemy, mind metamorphosis, deep insight into the false programs of happiness operating under the surface of waking consciousness, and a key to unlocking the door to let the “light” of intuition and introspection in to illuminate the treasured nuggets of gold that can be recycled for radiant self-knowledge and a more full, expansive glimpse of one’s Self.











A subject that hits close to home with me and my lineage is mental illness, specifically psychosis, mood disorders, and depression. I think about the generation I have grown up in and things are certainly a lot  different in psychiatric circles than they were back in the 1950s. Drug Therapy was new then and it led to a lot of breakthroughs in the clinical field of psychiatry. My father-in-law had worked at a Veteran’s Hospital in a psychiatric unit when he was 18. That was a long time ago. He talked first hand about things I have seen in movies and in books, like electro-shock therapy and even frontal lobe lobotomies. For the sake of those who I see suffer, I am thankful for the advances in therapies and the move away from state institutions for the primary care of those afflicted with mental illnesses.

Psychiatrists of the present are filling a role that priests of the past did in terms of dealing with dangerous, volatile, evil pathology. Possession by a demonic spirit, or a wayward spirit for that matter, to many is a medieval concept now. Much  more is known about mental health, behavior and emotional problems, and psychosis. Gerald May wrote a book that compared diagnoses from the DSM-IV, listing psychopathology and states of spiritual turmoil. The book I am referring to is Care of Mind, Care of Spirit. May is also the well-known author of the book The Dark Night of the Soul. Having worked in the mental health field as a crisis counselor, I have seen first hand what emotional disturbance looks like in a stress filled or fight or flight moment.

When I was dating my wife she took a class in Psychopathology. During that time she shared with me an article she had read about Catholic priests who refused pastoral care and exorcism to mentally ill patients. So, as I mentioned, the role of psychiatrists has evolved in according to May, psychiatrists are the modern day priesthood. So much has been learned about psychosis, the brain, psychology, behavior, abnormal psychology, and “the mind”, that have led to many advancements in the treatment of chronic and organic mental disorders. When I worked as a crisis counselor, what some would call emotional disturbance or escalation of afflictive emotions, appeared like evil entities who had entered the bodies of the patients I served.

A concept that has revolutionized my thinking about psychological suffering versus the issue of possession by a spirit, is a phrase coined by spiritual thinker, Eckhart Tolle. Tolle is an enlightened teacher not affiliated with any particular religion. What he called the pain-body, has inspired Catholic priest Richard Rohr in his talks about violent behavior and spirituality. Rohr specifically talks about the biblical notion of “driving out demons” and relates it to Tolle’s ideas about the pain-body.

The key to understanding pain, is to (if mentally able) check how aware you may or may not be in the present moment. Tolle’s best selling book The Power of Now, deals directly what I have mentioned about pain and its cumulative effect on the well-being of an individual. He says that emotional pain leaves behind a residue that gets lodged in your body and mind. When you include pain you experienced as a child, from intimate relationships, family dysfunction, patterns of rejection or abandonment (my emphasis), then there is an accumulated source of pain that exists as a negative energy field. As mentioned this occupies your body and mind. When looked at as an invisible “agent” or “energy field”, it can rightfully be called the pain-body.

The pain-body can be both dormant and active. For those in whom, it lies dormant, it can be triggered by any number of things. Whether active or dormant in a person, it particularly can be triggered by anything that resonates with a pain pattern of the past. When awakened from its dormant stage, even a thought or an innocent remark made by someone close to you can activate it.

Tolle says that some pain-bodies are “obnoxious”, but “relatively harmless”, while others are “vicious and destructive monsters”, “true demons“. Some are even physically violent any many more are emotionally violent. He goes on to say that some will attack people you surround yourself with and others may attack you, as its host. Then what happens is your thoughts and feelings which you have about your life then become “deeply negative”, and “self-destructive.” This is something to take serious, because illnesses and unplanned accidents can happen as a result of this. Even worse, certain pain-bodies can corrupt a person into committing suicide.

So, how do you recognize the pain body trying to take control of your being? Tolle advocates watching for unhappiness in one’s self. That sounds generic, but whatever form unhappiness takes, there are warning signs. Irritation. Impatience. A somber mood. A desire to hurt. Anger, rage, depression, or a need to have drama in one of your relationships. He says to recognize it the moment it awakens from its dormant state.

The pain-body’s desire is to “survive” and the only way it can do that is to get you to unconsciously identify with it. Once that happens, it can “rise up”, “take you over”, “become you”, and “live through you”. It needs to get its “food” through you and will try to feed on any experience that “resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness.”

When the pain-body has taken you over, what happens? Well, you want more pain. You become one of two things, a victim or a perpetrator. So, what drives the pain-body at this point? You/it wants to “inflict pain”, or you/it wants to “suffer pain”, or both. To continue to further describe its nature, the pain-body is the “dark shadow cast by the ego” and is afraid of the “light of your consciousness”. The pain-body has a fear. A fear of being found out. The reason it feels this way is because its entire survival depends on “your unconscious identification with it” and on your unconscious fear meeting the pain that lives in you face to face. Tolle stresses the importance of facing your pain, for if you don’t bring the light of your consciousness into the pain, “you will be forced to relive it again and again.”

The pain-body once understood in an objective way, may seem like a dangerous monster, something you can’t find the strength to look at because it is too hideous. Tolle, who understands this phenomena with great authority and tact, assures us in The Power of Now, that the pain-body is an insubstantial phantom, that cannot prevail against the power of “your presence”. A phantom? This sounds like a spirit? So, were those Catholic priests in the wrong or were they just not educated in the way Tolle is about such a reality.

Having come full circle with the description of the pain-body, a question was posed to Tolle, in the chapter titled “Consciousness: The Way Out of Pain” (from which I have been quoting. Someone wanted to know what happens to the pain-body when a person becomes conscious enough to break their identification with it. His response was such that, “unconsciousness creates it; consciousness transmutes it into itself.”  He went on to quote St. Paul, who he believed expressed “the universal principle beautifully”. St. Paul said, “Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.”

In tribute to Eckhart Tolle’s phenomenal teaching that explains the nature of “being possessed”, I will publicly agree with him. He says,”Just as you cannot fight the darkness, you cannot fight the pain-body. Trying to do so would create inner conflict and thus further pain.”

In conclusion, the substance of the pain-body is trapped life-energy that “has split off from one’s total energy field and has “temporarily become autonomous through the unnatural process of ‘mind identification’. ” What happens is it turns in against itself and becomes “anti-life”.  Tolle used the analogy of an animal chasing its tail to describe this. He goes on to talk about the calamities that occur when the ego identifies with the pain-body. I think we’ve all met those self-loathing, or super critical, explosive people.

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A subject that hits close to home with me and my lineage is mental illness, specifically psychosis, mood disorders, and depression. I think about the generation I have grown up in and things are certainly a lot  different in psychiatric circles than they were back in the 1950s. Drug Therapy was new then and it led to a lot of breakthroughs in the clinical field of psychiatry. My father-in-law had worked at a Veteran’s Hospital in a psychiatric unit when he was 18. That was a long time ago. He talked first hand about things I have seen in movies and in books, like electro-shock therapy and even frontal lobe lobotomies. For the sake of those who I see suffer, I am thankful for the advances in therapies and the move away from state institutions for the primary care of those afflicted with mental illnesses.

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