By Cathy Eck
Getting freedom is about living life outside the box that others call truth or reality. Some people just accept the box, and they never give it another thought. They even seem to enjoy life in the box. But some of us don’t enjoy the box at all. We want out. So we try to physically remove ourselves from the box. That doesn’t get us to freedom.
Some move to the country and buy lots of land. They get off the grid, dump their phones and computers, and live with nature.
Others make lots of money. They believe, “Money buys freedom.” Their bank balance causes them to feel worthy. They can go anywhere anytime by boat, plane, or driver. They can buy drugs and plastic surgery to keep their mind calm and their body looking young. They can eat expensive foods prepared by world-class chefs and work out with the best trainers and equipment so they can restrict their body from revealing their beliefs without feeling the lack that us normal folks feel.
Then there are the ones that falsely set themselves aside religiously. They’re part of a group of chosen people. They’re going to heaven; we won’t be with them.
Others separate themselves from the status quo with education or knowledge. They become an expert.
We all want freedom from problems and people who want to control us. We hide from those that drive us crazy.
We try to get free by changing or upgrading things in our physical world or setting boundaries. But we aren’t really getting freedom that way; we’re only getting a little relief from the effects of our beliefs. Running away to an island doesn’t free us. Fixing effects will never get us freedom. But don’t get me wrong. Freedom isn’t about smiling from your prison cell either.
Most people want freedom, but they have a physical perspective so they try to get freedom by fixing their physical reality. Their physical reality is simply the effects of their beliefs. Until they eliminate their beliefs, freedom is impossible; life will prove that to them. The reclusive will be annoyed by a bear who becomes a constant nuisance. The rich person will find his money can’t buy him happiness. The religious will wait their whole life for their chosen moment, and it will never happen. The special diet and exercise will stop working one day. The educated will find that their knowledge is false. The crazy friends will come back in different bodies.
The Mental Perspective
True freedom is a perspective. Freedom comes from within. If our mind is free, our body and life will reflect that freedom. The outer world becomes the effect of our free inner world. When our mind becomes pure, we have no effects that need fixing anymore.
When we let go of our beliefs (our false self), we naturally move into the mental perspective. We can see both sides of duality from this perspective. So we want to have win-win interactions with others. We become truly enlightened and free as our True Self. Our false desires fade away. We become like we were initially, at birth.
What we try to fix in the physical perspective is probably our biggest trap. The one who runs away and hides in nature has a fear of people. Relationship beliefs will keep them stuck even if their only relationship is that bear.
The billionaire’s trap is money. For him or her to get free, they might have to lose it all. It’s too easy for them to fix effects with money. That’s why Jesus said that it was pretty damn hard for the rich person to get to heaven.
If we want to fix our body, then that’s our trap. We have to stop the madness and start letting go.
If knowledge is our trap, we’ll keep seeking more and more knowledge only to find it’s all worthless currency.
The religious and spiritual get impatient waiting for their savior to come or the comet to destroy the earth. They keep looking outside so they never discover their real savior inside. They believe prophets when they have the best prophet inside — their True Self. Shit, they’re the ones they are waiting for.
We can push away the entire world of people, but the crazies will still find us. We all want to hide from those we perceive as powerful. Let them come, but let go while you’re with them; you’ll diffuse their power. They’ll probably leave you alone after that. We ultimately have to recognize that the people with the most beliefs and emotions are actually powerless. When we get that, they can’t hurt us anymore. The one with the least beliefs has the most natural power; that’s why we were forced to submit as small children. Our parents felt powerless around us when we reflected their beliefs.
Freedom is a perspective change that happens from within once we discriminate using our emotions, let go of beliefs because they have an emotional warning that says they aren’t true, let go of listening to other’s knowledge, and let go of obeying or fearing false authority. Slowly, we find that our perspective shifts from the physical view of the world to the mental view of the world. We have the big picture. We see clearly, and we know what path or direction to go in any moment. We aren’t avoiding life; we’re really living life. We’re creative. We know everything we need to know. We live where we want to live, and other false selves don’t bother us. They’re probably afraid of us. We do what we want to do with whomever we want to do it with. The world even seems to support us in being who we are.
Oddly, we don’t feel special; we actually feel normal. We have power, but not power over others. We simply feel like our Self. We feel free.