The Land of Cockayne*

Life is great, we are doing well, individually and as a species but yes, every so often it’s time for time out, a relaxing break by the beach, in the mountains, the wilderness or wherever our fancy takes us.

Out come the glossy brochures, up come the internet pages, we lend our ear to the tales of adventure, freedom and happiness from family members, colleagues and friends. Even complete strangers are drawn into our musings as we are eager to disseminate our excitement, anticipation and pride – hey, we can afford it and we have deserved it, right?

As we eagerly progress with the planning, another and much subtler note makes its presence felt and takes us down a well-known albeit uncomfortable path, into the chambers of a long distant but never forgotten ancientness and slowly it dawns on us…

There was a brochure once, a glossy and supremely convincing one and it promised life, physical life – a break from the sameness of magnificence, incorporeality and evermore vastness and expansion. And hey, why not give it a go?

An adventure trip into the realm of three-dimensionality promised that life was going to be fantastic, exciting, happy, stimulating and full of a never-ending myriad of twists and turns.

But first we needed to be kitted out and get rid of our tedious splendour, this fifth-dimensional suit of ours; it took a while as we experimented with different outfits – the array was big after all and the choices endless as we excitedly crafted, donned and experimented with the various possibilities, from centaurs, gnomes, griffins and goblins to gargoyles; from unicorns, manticores, minotaurs, nymphs and ogres to sirens, werewolves, zombies and mermaids.

Preparing for the trip into the Land of Cockayne* was just as exhilarating as the trip itself while we revelled and delighted in our creations. The excitement was palpable and the sales pitch evermore convincing. Happiness was assured, delight a daily offering, bliss the icing on the cake and milk and honey, biscuits and bread, ice cream and raspberry, white fudge and chocolate peanut butter, not to mention beer, wine and spirts as well as coffee, prescription medicine and recreational drugs plus entertainment galore were guaranteed.

Our movements became heavier and then heavy; we set ourselves apart from one another and discovered the glee of individuality and its many rewards – standing out, being special, asserting ourselves, making a point or several, stomping our feet. The possibilities were endless and still are, trillions of years down the track into the Land of Cockayne*.

Admittedly, there are some things that need bettering; there are wars, abuse, vilification, hatred and violence but hey, our trophy is the fact that we are free to do as we please – are we not?

Forget immortality, forget energetic responsibility, forget evolution of the true and only kind – we have skyscrapers, modern medicine, iPhones, banquets and entertainment galore. And who can argue with that?

Now, remind me – where are we going again?

Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder 'The Land of Cockaigne'
The Land of Cockaigne (Painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
For the inspiration, heartfelt thanks to Serge Benhayon, Esoteric Medicine, Vol II, The Expanded Understanding. Chapter 9, Pride and the preservation of pride. Part 2, To reject the energetic root cause leads to the creation of post-cause experts (unpublished at the time of writing, May 2019):

“We are free to do as we please, so declares the brochure that promotes human life. And this is not questioned. What is questioned is the fact that not all the cards are on the table for all to see. It may be that we are free to do as we please but that range of freedom may be different or at the very least otherwise considered if we knew how life truly operates, i.e. what actually causes life to occur. This is the point.”

By Gabriele Conrad, NSW, Australia

* The Land of Cockayne is also known as the Land of Cockaigne, Lotusland, Land of Milk and Honey and Schlaraffenland [in German].

Further Reading:
Countries in Comfort
Why we Should Not Hide in Comfort
A Philosopher’s Guide to Creation
The Better Life

59 thoughts on “The Land of Cockayne*

  1. Brilliant Gabrielle. To clearly realise that everything we have created here is a diversion, from who we truly are is what humanity desperately needs. Thankfully God is constantly sending us leaflets reminding us everyday. Talk about Direct Marketing!

  2. Free to do as we please? The body can prove that every detail of so called freedom has a cost that we are not willing to see or admit to, hence the need for all of the distractions and outcomes here stated. Thank you Gabriele

  3. We are inundated with “post cause experts” and those who choice to feel the energy that is causing life, so we can Truly-evolve, are growing in numbers exposing those so called experts.

  4. What is the difference of Pinocchio being enticed to go to the Island where anything that you desire, is given to you? But then the bill comes to pay for it with being turned into donkeys to toil away to pay for it? Free will, always has a price and an outcome from our choices.

  5. Even with the enormous mess that the world is in today we still cling to ‘The Land of Cockayne’ defiant and arrogantly denying the simple truth of how far we have wandered from our divine origins.

  6. Currently we are like the blind leading the blind up a dark ally and not feeling the energy they are so adapt at reading and being dismissive of the root cause and finding excuses because we can not see.

  7. We’re all staggering around drunk on prana, we’ve imbibed so much of the stuff that we’re all literally toxic. The only way to get clean is to change our fuel from prana to fire. It cleans out all and every one of our systems.

  8. How can we claim to have evolved or even to be the so called most advanced species, when there is still so much unrest, war, rape and murder in our world? Have we really reached the pinnacle of our evolution to celebrate this by beating each other up, using domestic violence and having the level of depression and anxiety that is hitting the roof?

  9. In essence we have chosen to reduce who we are in the search for something interesting to do and got so consumed by it that we now take it as reality and champion the little trinkets that we have created. I am wondering if we are as intelligent as we are leading ourselves to believe.

  10. What has been written here clearly exposes the fact that we did not read the small print of the contract we signed long ago. And once you sign the contract it seems to me near on impossible to get out of it, as there are clause within clauses along with sub clauses too that have to be re-imprinted in order to get out of the jail we have created. The positivity of this is that we are going no where but round in circles until we all get to see the cards that are not on the table as they are the key to unlocking the jail. This is when we are ready to admit we have been fooled. That for the spirit that resides in all of us is mega huge and why it is taking so long to admit we were fooled by the glossy brochures.

  11. Brilliantly illustrated article Gabriele, about the state of humanity. In a conversation with a young man today, he lamented the fact that his girlfriend spends so much time buried in her iPhone, scrolling endlessly on Pinterest or other online sites. With our smart technology
    we are losing connection with ourselves and each other, getting more and more lost, until we start asking is there another way? This is a great question to start on a path back to who we are, who we truly are.

    1. Yes it is such an addiction and takes us away from connecting with each other. I have been that person who forgets to look up and see the relationship right in front of me, and instead consumed by the bright lights of my phone. The hooks are designed very effectively but it is always our choice to pick up the distraction in the first place.

  12. To me this says it all ‘What is questioned is the fact that not all the cards are on the table for all to see.’ That everything was not known however if we are open to truth everything can be known and as you share we cannot be exempt from energetic responsibility .. even if we ‘think’ we can be!

  13. The world is standing in front of us wildly waving its right hand and then tells you to not take eyes off of your still left hand. And where do we continue to look?

  14. If we were to use the analogy of society being a cocaine addict then the amount of cocaine that we are all needing to get high is steadily increasing. Nothing is enough anymore, we have an insatiable appetite for more. Faster, bigger, tastier, more tantalising, louder, more explicit, more abusive, more stimulatory, more, more, more. We’re no longer getting high on our usual drugs, we’re having to ingest more of everything in order to get the numbed out result that we’re all so desperately craving.

    1. We are burning the candle at both ends and then putting it in the oven to remove the wax quicker. And then, we have modern medicine to replace the wick and inject more wax to prolong the process until we are just a melted mess.

  15. I love how this analogy brings home to us the ridiculousness of the situation we have created, and continue to champion on so many different levels.

  16. Gabriele the painting that you’ve included feels very appropriate for where we’re at. It feels like we’re intoxicated by a consciousness. A consciousness that gives us an unlimited array of choice and emotion. A consciousness that never ever runs out of ‘the more, the different, the new’ to continually entice us and keep our eyes fixed firmly on the Horizon of Nowhere, Nowhere At All.

  17. Just what have or are we buying into with every choice we make? Each one is either an opportunity to stay in the life long holiday from truth or instead to return and live a deeper purpose which we all feel when we let go of attachment to life’s comforts and distractions.

  18. ‘There was a brochure once, a glossy and supremely convincing one and it promised life, physical life – a break from the sameness of magnificence, incorporeality and evermore vastness and expansion. And hey, why not give it a go?’ It has never made sense to me that we chose to give up and reject the all that we are from and yet I totally recognise the want to make creation work or make it better, since I have been and still am to a certain degree, very much caught up in it all. Learning to let go of my individuality and investment in self has still some way to go, but the return journey has begun.

  19. Gabriele, what a fantastic exposure of the holiday we all have taken from who we are and where we come from, to consider on this wider, grander scale the choice we made and how we considered we needed “a break from the sameness of magnificence, incorporeality and evermore vastness and expansion”, and we fell for it and we still do for here we are in the lesser we have chosen. And so to come back to consider there is so much more beyond what we know and see and as we allow ourselves to again see, to peel back the layers we begin to understand that the choices we have are not truly those we think we do, it’s to come back to that splendor, to the truth of who we are, or to continue playing in our playpen with our choices failing to see it’s in fact a cage.

  20. ‘Forget immortality, forget energetic responsibility, forget evolution of the true and only kind – we have skyscrapers, modern medicine, iPhones, banquets and entertainment galore. And who can argue with that?’ Except that so many of us can feel the emptiness of it all. Pushing it down and denying it doesn’t stop us from feeling it and at some point when we have dulled our senses enough or numbed ourselves enough we will have to admit that this isn’t it and will begin to look at immortality, energetic responsibility and evolution of the true and only kind as the only way to live.

    1. Just reading the words ‘ skyscrapers, modern medicine, iPhones, banquets and entertainment galore” brings a kind of heavy congestion into my body, whereas reading the words ‘immortality, energetic responsibility and evolution of the true and only kind ‘ brings a lightness and ease into my body. It really is our bodies that will lead us out of this mess.

      1. The body really doesn’t lie – we only need pay attention to it. To trust it is incredibly empowering. When I have listened to my body it has never been wrong.

  21. I love the bigger picture this blog gives permission for us to see. When expressed in this way, life as we have accepted it simply doesn’t make sense, if it ever made sense at all..

    1. What we have mistakenly taken to be the ‘grandeur’ of life, i.e. the choice, the luxury, the unlimited array of experiences, the excitement, the pomp, the endless array of different details about this, that and the other are actually all one and the same thing, a walloping great lie. It’s all just different colours of the same thing and that one same thing is enticement away from God. There is not an ounce of true good in any of it, it’s all just a distraction conjured up with the intention of getting us to stay out in the wilderness of disconnection just a little bit longer.

  22. Having been one of the first who made that choice long ago has made me question my judgement ever since, but now it has been exposed, the journey back home is clear.

    1. Once the truth is revealed it becomes clear what we have aligned to. It is then simply a matter of continuing to make the choice to connect and to be aware.

  23. This is no land of Milk and Honey that’s for sure and anyone who thinks it is in my opinion sadly disillusioned and there’s the rub as we did not read the small print of the travel brochure and now we are being used as playthings by the unseen forces that sold us the land of ‘Milk and Honey’ ideology in the first place. We are all responsible for the mess we have created for ourselves, we spilt the milk so to say so lets not argue amongst ourselves who split it and who is responsible lets clear it up and get the hell out of here together.

  24. If the barriers are there but unseen we assume we are free to do as we please. But just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there. The mind is a perfect example, I can think of any fantasy I want to without limits. However, it feels like being trapped in a cinema with no freedom to be aware of the energy all around me.

  25. I sense a temptation of jealousy and comparison in the enticement to create an individual existence away from the magnificence of being part of the All.

  26. The truth of life revealed….are we actually given the full choices or has it been rigged to keep us distracted away from the truth?

    1. Rigged. And we’re the riggers, it’s our movements that set up the limited range of choices that we’re given. And it’s us that keep choosing to move in the same way over and over again. Repeat choose repeat, start again, repeat, choose, repeat……………..

  27. Year after year and life after life we continue our indulgence in the distractions. Distractions that abound so that we never ask ‘remind me, where are we going again?’….what is the true purpose of our existence?

  28. Wow Gabriele, this is a very poignant blog that highlights what we have chosen as a human species and makes every person squirm in their seat knowing that not one, I repeat, not one, of us is free of not having been part of this mess called creation.

    1. We’re all in it up to our eyeballs because the world only exists as it is because of each and every choice that each and every one of us has ever made. It’s as simple as that. No one is exempt, we’re all responsible. Time to turn our accusational fingers around and point them (lovingly) at ourselves. Did I have a hand in creating this mess that we’re all in? Too right I did. Am I now choosing to do something about it? Too right I am. How do I know that what I am now doing is having an effect? Because I am no longer living in the illusion that I am an individual in ‘my own right’, I know that I’m not, I know that I am a living portal through which energy pours and that my movements dictate the particular energy that will enter my body. I choose to move in a way that keeps me aligned to a consciousness that comes from and leads back to the truth.

      1. Alexis this is what is missing from our education
        “I know that I am a living portal through which energy pours and that my movements dictate the particular energy that will enter my body.”
        If we were taught this and that energy matters because which energy we chose dictates our alignment and the moves we make. We know this it’s not rocket science we can move for example in anger or not. If we move in anger everyone feels it and its negative effect. People have a tendency to steer clear of people who move/walk in anger so why move in this way? Deal with the anger by choosing a different energy.

      2. Ah but the thing is Mary if we move in niceness then it’s just as disharmonious as moving in anger but the problem with niceness is that we allow ourselves to be fooled by it, whereas we register anger as being far more disharmonious than niceness but it’s not. They both come from a consciousness that is not it.

  29. We are so lost that we don’t recognise it… and we accept and revel in the normality of that lost-ness.

    Thank heavens a man called Serge Benhayon pointed out the startling truth of what life is truly about… he has opened my eyes to just how far we have strayed from truth.

  30. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I love this analogy and very true it is, relevant today more than ever. We are seeking to obliterate ourselves on food, drink and entertainment all to avoid the truth that we are so vastly much more than this that it’s laughable to consider the state we have become – at least it would be laughable if it were not so ludicrous.

  31. I love this analogy and very true it is, relevant today more than ever. We are seeking to obliterate ourselves on food, drink and entertainment all to avoid the truth that we are so vastly much more than this that it’s laughable to consider the state we have become – at least it would be laughable if it were not so ludicrous.

  32. What a crack-up, if there was ever a clear history of our species and the commentators on this blog shall have fun exploring and appreciating the way life Truly-operates as we all have become post cause experts!!!.

    1. Post cause experts indeed – another qualification to keep us from what we really need to be doing and the whole reason we came here…

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