Saturday, July 14, 2018

Freedom


The driving force that has compelled all cultures at all times is the desire for freedom. How we understand this desire defines us all. Read histories from all cultures and you’ll find this force at work. Wars to subjugate others, for being set free and independent, to the shaping of religions (e.g., The Exodus)—It’s all there and continues to this day.

But one stem on this branch of freedom addresses the motherlode of all bondage: Bondage of the mind—The firm conviction that we are in bondage and slaves to desire. No other compulsion is more endemic and pernicious than this one. And until we awaken to our inherent freedom, we will never be free. Beneath the apparent trap, lies freedom and the two can never be apart.

So strong is the desire to escape the tyranny of consciousness, and the restrictive boundaries of perception—to unlock the prisons of thought in which we trap ourselves, all in hope to reveal a better version of who we are, that when all other forms of freedom are achieved we remain unsatisfied and feel the compulsion to move through a door of awakening to the bedrock nature of who and what we are.
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