On this Independence Day it is easy, all too easy, to remember all the ways in which our liberty is infringed upon by government and other authorities. Yet consider, for a moment, that Liberty, like Truth, exists Within. If a man or woman is unfree in his or her mind and spirit, then it doesn’t matter whether he or she is hypothetically free in the physical world. Likewise, if a man or woman is free in his or her mind and spirit, then he or she can be free even if incarcerated, confined, or crucified.
Free your spirit. Find your spirit. Realize that your spirit is not your mind, and the spirit is not nothing – it is very real. Those who cannot find their spirit are looking with their mind, and the mind is what is most constrained of all, most unfree. Find that you have a spirit, and then free it by feeding it love, peace, joy, passion, and above all Truth.
Truth in this sense is not a logical-mathematical-linguistic construct, where 1+1=2 is a true statement. Truth is a Way of Life; a moral principle; a spiritual reality that is either lived or not lived, experienced or not experienced.
Many have walked in Truth, and then fell out – and then found their way back again. Some of us do this regularly, on and off again of the Path. This is alright. This is natural. Nobody is a saint, not even the saints.
Find your own inner freedom, or you can never liberate anyone else. Yes, there are Powers and Principalities that have dominion over this world. Yes, there is great injustice that must be resisted and fought. But tend to your own garden first. Sweep the halls of your own inner temple, your own church which is Truth and Life. Wipe away, or transcend, the negativity of hellishness within, and then from that place of purity, let the kingdom of heaven shine outward however it shines outward for you. Each individual has their own methods. Each individual has their own path.
I know that I have the power to transform a beautiful, warm, sunny day into a nightmarish hell of fear, hatred, lust, greed, confusion and grief. I’ve done this. Many times. The outer world does not control the inner world. The inner, however, can transform or transcend the outer world in ways that can only be described as miraculous.
I have walked in Synchronicity City and heard the voice of the Universe, felt Her sweet caresses in every breeze, every sound, every sight and thought and feeling. Those of us who have experienced Life in this City know that they want to live there forever. The only way is through Truth which is Life.
As a friend of mine said; “Rest, brother.” He said this to me when I was battling and resisting and far from Truth and Life, and suddenly he messaged me out of the blue to tell me what I needed to hear to get me back on track. How did he know? Is this just coincidence? Just an accident of random chance?
There is no such thing as random chance. What humans call “random” merely means that it is, practically speaking, unpredictable. Yet if there were a Quantum Computer – one roughly the size and containing all the energy of the Universe, say – it could predict all possibilities. And so it does.
There are no mistakes. You who might be reading this aren’t reading this by accident. Though the puzzle pieces are many and it’s impossible from a human vantage to see or guess how they will fit together, they will and do. While physics has the Uncertainty Principle, this philosophy of faith is the Certainty Principle that paradoxically coexists and does not contradict known science whatsoever.
The mind, in its limitations which are artificial, does not like contradictions, and paradox results in cognitive dissonance which it seeks to resolve through belief systems. Those who are truly wise do not contest contradictions. To the wise mind, something can both be, and not be, at the same time. This gray, fuzzy area where traditional Newtonian models and rationalist materialist models are insufficient is where transcendence and non-duality is, and that is where Truth is, even though Truth is also in said Newtonian models as well.
Duality is not to be negated or ignored, but nor is it confining. In its limitations there is room for true creativity and growth and life. For many of us, the confines of our mind have been like a prison – and for many prisoners, the confinement refines and sharpens the soul and the body and the mind alike, despite the intentions of those who build prisons either for the mind or the body.
From duality we go to non-duality, from mere ascent we go to transcendence, from the negative we go to the positive and then to neither/both.
Be blessed and stay positive.