FREEDOM – FREE WILL – THE WAY
Stone: Star Sapphire
The Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
The one always effective Key is to realize that
real freedom does not just mean to be free from the impositions
of others or from unfavorable circumstances
but to be INWARDLY free.
To be inwardly free we must let go of all our old habits, mental projections and attachments;
no longer crave so many superficial things, never
be upset by whatever may happen.
Yes, indeed this is not all that easy, but a shortcut is there: the Surrender to the Divine.
When we are doing only the Divine’s Will
immediately we become free.
To which extent are you doing the Divine’s Will?
a) Mère goes to the core of the issue:
When people tell me they feel as if in front of an ineluctable law,
“There is this and this, therefore that is inevitable,”
the answer is always the same:
IF YOU WANT IT SO!
You are the ones who decide it’s ineluctable!
Would YOU ever say that it is ineluctable?
We hope not!
Actually, even at the very beginning of the Path with favorable circumstances we can already go to some extent beyond our conditionings, usually but not only in meditation or contemplation:
it is enough to center ourselves and silence our mind to reach
a first measure of free will.
We are free the very moment
we wish to be.
But is wishing it always enough?
Because in most cases it is only A PART of us who wishes to be free,
while there are other parts of us which remain attached
to our customary old way of being
This is the work to be done.
The Ashtavarka Ghita also agrees:
If you think you are free, you are free.
If you think you are bound, you are bound. For the saying is true:
You are what you think.
Of course, we are what we think only on the surface of our being.
By constantly repeating, ‘I am free, I am free’,
a man verily becomes free.
By constantly repeating, ‘I am bound, I am bound’, he certainly \\becomes bound to worldliness.
What do you usually repeat to yourself?
How does it make you feel?
Ramana Maharshi points out that:
Only those without knowledge of the Source of destiny and free-will
dispute as to which of them prevails.
Those who know the Self as the one Source of destiny and free-will
are free from both. Will they again get entangled in them?
Will you again get entangled in them?
Don’t be deceived.
The Muslim Sufi Rumi agrees:
True freedom comes to those who have escaped
all questions of freewill and fate.
Krishnamurti has a warning:
Freedom can never come through discipline,
freedom is not a goal, an end to be achieved. Freedom is at the beginning,
not at the end, it is not to be found in some distant ideal.
Is freedom for you still a goal, an end to be achieved?
Why it is at the beginning and not at the end?
It is only the fresh, innocent mind that is free.
Freedom has nothing to do with age, it has nothing to do with experience; and it seems to me that
the very essence of freedom lies in understanding the whole mechanism
of habit, both conscious and unconscious.
b) Real freedom can only be experienced when all our thoughts,
feelings and actions are in harmony with our original nature,
which means knowing who we really are and letting go of our masks, of all our false identifications;
healing our mind of all its conditionings, the need of psychological security
through a religion, a family, a system of belief or another.
How can we live according to our original nature?
By surrendering to the Divine, of course.
Until we surrender to the Divine’s Will
we will remain bound.
His Will is our true freedom.
we are not separated from the Divine,
and He is our only reality.
As the Ashtavarka Ghita said,
By inner freedom one attains happiness, one reaches the Supreme,
by inner freedom one comes to absence of thought
and to the Ultimate State.
Vivekananda has a warning:
To say or to think that we are bound is dangerous – it is a mistake,
it is self-hypnotism.
As soon as you say, “I am bound,” “I am weak,” “I am helpless,”
woe unto you; you rivet one more chain upon yourself.
Do not say it, do not think it.
Are you sometimes saying it?
Are you thinking it?
Don’t be deceived.
Always tell yourself:
“I am free.” and don’t listen to your mind whenever it tries
to convince you otherwise.
Wu Hsin asked::
How does one free oneself, being caught between what has already happened and what must happen?
His answer is that:
When your being is expanded, externalized,
Not limited to the prison cell of
A body/mind seeming self, you are free.
All that is required is the freeing from the habitual patterns of thought that suggest what one is.
c) The real problem is that most people do not really want to be free,
although they believe it;
what they really want is mostly security, comforts,
pleasures, entertainments, etc.
Why are most of us still at the stage of “panem et circuses”?
What about you?
As already mentioned, according to Thich Nhat Hanh
Letting go gives us freedom,
and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart,
we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety,
or possessions – we cannot be free.
In his Talks Krishnamurti often said that
Freedom is neither a reaction nor a choice but pure observation
without direction, without fear of punishment and reward.
Freedom is without motive and is not at the end of the evolution of man but in the first step of his existence, and is found in the choice-less awareness of our daily existence and activity.
But how can we reach this “choice-less awareness”?He explains how:
Freedom comes with self-knowledge, when the mind goes above
and beyond the hindrances it has created for itself
through craving its own security.
To which extent your mind craves security?
A French proverb rightly affirms that:
Love is the child of freedom.
According to Dr. Edwin Zappe, the ancient German goddess of love and marriage is called “Freia” (free). A really free person also loves his/her “enemy”.
Indeed Love is the way to freedom, and as Krishnamurti also always pointed out:
Love allows freedom; not only allows, but strengthens freedom.
And anything that destroys freedom is not love. It must be something else.
Love and freedom go together, they are two wings
of the same bird.
Why do Love and freedom go together?
d) Something that is usually ignored by most is that
freedom doesn’t consist, as most assume, in being allowed to do whatever we want but in something much more important,
in what we are able to NOT do:
in no longer being conditioned by all the influences from others
and from the culture in which we live.
What do you still “choose” because of external influences?
The way that Adorno put it is:
Freedom does not consist in choosing between black and white,
but in rejecting this prescribed choice.
Nelson Mandela adds that:
To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way
that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Is this always how you live?
If not, why not?
Freedom to do what one likes is really bondage, while being free to do what one must, what is right, is real freedom.
Vivekananda made a very important observation:
Freedom is inseparably connected
To be free one must be above the laws of nature. Law exists so long as
we are ignorant. When knowledge comes, then we find
that law is nothing and freedom is in ourselves.
How will you be above the laws of nature?
Nisargadatta Maharaj’s advice is:
Rebel against your slavery to your mind,
see your bonds as self-created and break the chains
of attachment and revulsion.
To be free in the world you must be free of the world. Otherwise your past decides for you and your future.
Between what had happened and what must happen you are caught. Call it destiny or karma, but never — freedom.
First return to your true being and then
act from the heart of love.
Keep in mind your goal of freedom, until it dawns on you that you are already
free, that freedom is not something in the distant future to be earned
with painful efforts, but perennially one’s own, to be used!
How will you use it?
e) The main point is that
freedom is a CONQUEST,
not a birthright.
To become free on all levels we must do a lot of work on ourselves, ascend to a higher level of awareness and all the various parts of our being,
which is only possible after we have dissolved
Thich Nhat Hanh agrees and has a warning:
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves.
It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware
of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.
Here he sounds just like Krishnamurti!
Follow Vivekananda’s advice:
Go on saying, “I am free.”
Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says,
“I am bound.” De-hypnotize the whole thing.
Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really understand that they are slaves of nature.
Marcus Aurelius has the right attitude:
My true self is free. It cannot be contained.
And so does Joss Whedon:
Take my love, take my land
take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
you can’t take the sky from me!
Why none can take the sky away from us?
because the real “sky”, the Divine,
is within us.
Unless you have already become free of all your conditionings, apart as a Positive Affirmation never say: “I am already free, or very close to it.”
But tell yourself:
More than anything else, I want to become free
from all my conditionings.
Or if you are already at that level tell yourself:
I am already free because my mind and heart are no longer
concerned or identified with anything else
but the Divine.
The Devil’s Advocate:
If someone you don’t know grabbed you by the arm and tried to drag you somewhere you would ask what he wants, and only then decide whether to follow him or not, or maybe even kick his ass.
But when my client or even just the forces of your life send you an impulse to do or say something you just obey and follow it without examining it first, don’t you?
Of course you do.
There is just about NOTHING that you can do to become free!
Attempting to will only bring you disappointment and frustration!
Until a certain level of the Path we can have no freedom al all,
the determinism is total – but there is something
deep in us which is always free.
Or rather, WHO?
Find it out.
Words of Power:
The only real freedom is to never have any
Freedom is now or never.
May I find my own freedom in YOU, always
and only in YOU!
“Freedom cannot be bestowed – it must be achieved.”
“There is no joy like the joy of freedom.”
“The truth will set you free.”
How will the Truth set you free?
“You wake up each day from the dream; but to be free, you must also
wake up from the waking state.” Mooji
“Listen while the ultimate mystical teaching is imparted: to reach the true path beyond doubt eyes still, without winking, at once
become absolutely free.” Lakshmanhoo
After reading the above advice, did you try to DO IT?
Or just kept reading on?
Just reading this text might not lead very far.
It needs to be PRACTICED.
“Place yourself in the same freedom
as the sky.” Nansen:
“Freedom does not come from outer circumstances but from inner liberation.
Find your soul, unite with it, let it govern your life
and you will be free.” Mère
From Vijay’s old journals: 1965 – Saanen, Switzerland
Krishnamurti told me that I had to become free from myself, from all my countless conditionings, not just from other people’s rules and regulations, and I tried to but keep miserably failing and can’t even begin to understand WHY!
I have already studied all that Gurdjeff said about it, which is resumed in his famous sentence “Man is a machine”; I can see with a hallucinating clarity that it applies to myself as well, but cannot find any way out of it and is really DRIVING ME CRAZY!
Well, most people already think that I am crazy, so what?
They may even be right.
These verses of Rumi touched me very deeply:
“Of their freedom, great sky circles birds make –
how did they ever learn it? They fall,
and while falling are granted wings.”
I feel that in these words there is a key to find my own freedom, but…how?
I have still to find my own wings…
From the Quest:
Vivekananda said that:
“If someone put a piece of burning charcoal on your head, you would think
of nothing else but to throw it off and stop the burning,
and so should be your struggle to become free.”
When this piece of charcoal was still in my mind it burned like hell!
From The Poems:
Ever immensely calm and still,
in the Truth freedom abides:
all our blind denials, hesitations, primal fears
and memories of pain in the human mind
such a nightmare engendered:
as to Freedom open you at last, to the Pure Land
guided will you be at last
where only conscious Immortality, joy
and boundless love abide…
Question/ko’han 1 and 2:
Freedom means being able to act without any
psychological compulsions at all:
Can you consistently do that?
Are you SURE?
Question/ko’han 3 and 4:
None can be free who is not yet
master of himself.
Are you the master of yourself?
If yes, to which extent?
How will you set yourself free, which Teacher, find out which version of the Path, which practice is best for you to do so?
Someone said that
Freedom does not abide in doing what we want
but in the act itself of perception.
According to Chuck Palahniuk,
Losing all hope is freedom. It’s only after we’ve lost everything
that we’re free to do anything.
Robert A. Heinlein has the last word and the right attitude, although being morally responsible is no guarantee of freedom:
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible
for everything I do.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable,
I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.
Do you find the rules surrounding you too tolerable?
Otherwise do you break them?
If not, why not?
1) Consider the main concerns, aspirations, and desires in your life.
– Look back at how they originated,
at the first time that you experienced them.
– Note how they had never been a real choice on your part
but originated from the influence of other people and your whole culture.
– Seeing this clearly
is the very first step in regaining your freedom.
– Then tell yourself:
I am ALREADY free of ALL MY PAST,
of all have ever been:
what my mind seemed to remember never really was and vanished when I realized it was merely a misperception. Whatever from the old prison may re-emerge I always say:
This is not myself and I no longer have anything
to do with it. I no longer allow ANYTHING
to take away my freedom.
2) Meditate on this passage of Eckhart Tolle:
The beginning of freedom is the realization that
you are not the thinker.
The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence.
You also realize that all the things that truly matter — beauty, love, creativity,
joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind.
You begin to awaken.
3) Meditate also on these words of Mère:
Freedom is to do only what the Supreme Consciousness
makes us do.
In every other case one is a slave, whether of the will of others, or of conventions, or of moral laws, or of vital impulses, or of mental fancies,
or, above all, of the desires of the EGO.
Once you draw yourself up out of the whirlpool and stand high above, you see you are free. Free from all compulsions, not only you are no longer a passive instrument, but you become an active agent. You are not only not bound by the consequences of your action, but you can even change the consequences…
This precisely is the aim of Yoga, to get out of the cycle
of Karma into a divine movement.
By Yoga you leave the mechanical round of Nature in which you are an ignorant slave, a helpless and miserable tool, and rise into another plane where you become a conscious participant and a dynamic agent in the working out of a Higher Destiny.
The only way of being truly free is to make your surrender to the Divine entire, without reservation, because then all that binds you, ties you down,
chains you, falls away naturally from you and has
no longer any importance.
1) This passage of W. E. Channing
I call that mind free…which calls no man master, which does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith, which opens itself to light whencesoever it may come,
which receives new truth as an angel from heaven.
I call that mind free, which sets no bounds to its love, which is not imprisoned
in itself or in a sect, which recognizes in all human beings
the image of God
and the rights of his children, which delights in virtue and sympathizes with suffering wherever they are seen, which conquers pride, anger, and sloth, and offers itself up a willing victim to the cause of mankind.
2) These words of Mooji:
You don’t have to gain Freedom,
you have to lose Bondage !
Because Freedom is already what
you Are ! It is already HERE !
It is not somewhere else !3) This insight of Einstein:
The development of science and of the creative activities of the spirit
in general requires still another kind of freedom, which
may be characterized as inward freedom.
It is this freedom of spirit which consists in the independence of thought from the restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices
as well as from non-philosophical routinizing and habit in general. This inward freedom is an infrequent gift of nature and a worthy objective for the individual.
The entity in us who can be free
already is, and all other parts of us
never will be: how could something
not even real ever be free?