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These will serve as guidelines for regaining emotional, social, financial & spiritual freedom.
Personal Freedom means liberty from the restrictions of social oppression & the tragic self-oppression that is fear. Freed, we have the ability to express who we truly are and pursue what we deeply desire without restrictions set by others.
Ironically, we are loosing our freedom because of abundance. We are being caged by our vices.
Personal Freedom does not mean the release of responsibility, it also does not necessarily mean the absence of struggle. Some might hope that “freedom” means we can give up or release responsibilities from our lives, but nothing could be further from the truth. The thinking goes, “If I am free, shouldn’t I be free from all responsibilities?”
We must be conscious and responsible for our beliefs and behaviours if we are ever to be free.
Avoidance may be the best short-term strategy to avoid pain and conflict, but it is also the best long-term strategy to ensure suffering.
In any given moment we can play a combination of vital roles:
No matter the role we should never detach from our daily lives. We must choose to live in reality.
Only then we can live a purposeful life and be free. If you want to live a life of purpose you need to be spending your time on your own adventure.
We spend more time checking our stats than our souls.
The demands of the whimsically needy or the terminally ill-prepared are not our issue. Their lives are NOT our responsibility. This idea is freeing:
I am not in charge or responsible for the wrecks others have created in their lives and I don't need to save everyone in my life.
We all host a 3 serpent head demon which makes us miserable:
We are able to beat the demon back with
We must believe that we can bend reality to our own preferences, crafting the lives we desire through disciplined learning. And we must ACT.
The issue is we have been conditioned to believe the opposite. Instead of bold action we have to be cautious and follow the rules. Instead of ambition we are thought to ask for permission. Instead of being proud about our success, be ashamed of it.
These assumptions come from an unenlightened mind blinded by scarcity and jealousy. However, progress is good. And we should be proud of our success.
A great tidal wave of cynicism & pessimism has washed ashore and drowned the dreams of our people. The emotional energy of the world is flatlining. We risk turning into a culture of slow-moving, low-aiming, negativity-spewing brats and blamers.
We will swim away from whirlpool of negativity & rekindle the magic of life. We will act like happy children again & again:
Let this become our practice, our mastery, and our art.
In our darkest hours we compromise on who we are, what we believe in and we act against what we know to be true. Most of these breaks are small in scale but they compound.
We should commit to the 6 practices of integrity:
These emotions are usually when we compromise: impatience, disappointment, desperation, aggression, hurt, loyalty & power.
Integrity is learning to feel hurt but not integrate its darkness into our soul or cast it onto another.
When loyalty is chosen over truth, corruption is always near.
Love is our origin & our final destination. But we stop giving it or receiving it because we were hurt & we don't feel safe doing it.
Hurt has nothing to do with love, and love is unaffiliated with and unaffected by pain.
We no doubt live in a noisy, numb, narcissistic age. The talents and attentions of the majority are not invested in personal mastery and social responsibility but squandered on games, voyeurism, and base sensationalism.
As leaders, we will ask for more from those around us. Let us demand:
We are not supposed to miss this moment. Awareness is humanity’s best weapon against time. So let us always remember our capacities to be gifted time benders.
To slow down the moment, we must heighten our senses. To feel something more, we must either take more in, or more deeply sense that which is already here.
We can train our awareness with a practice called 2 (heart) beats longer:
Do not breathe so quickly. Take in air for two beats longer. Do not scan the room. Sense the room by gazing into each shadow and corner for two beats longer. Do not merely glance at her. Look into her eyes and hold them for two beats longer.
In time the practice becomes stronger and, over time, more automatic. This is how you slow down time.
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