by Dale Allen
For those of us paying attention, the incremental removal of freedom has been obvious.
From my first 'pay packet' back in 1987, the little square brown envelope with palpable notes and coins inside, allowing the joy of spending anonymity, to the bank transfer salary payments years later, necessitating furtive trips to the cash 'machine' with the distinct feeling of being observed, of being visible to something unwholesome.
Here a little freedom was
Strangely or not, after gaining a phone, these events seemed to thin out, eventually disappearing altogether.
Maybe there was no direct correlation, but I had the feeling back then that the ease with which we could now communicate with each other somehow made meeting up redundant.
Fatal to whom, was always my question - I was still alive...!
I'm sure these experiences are familiar to many of us, but what do they really have to do with freedom?
This all depends on how we view our freedom...
To be autonomous in a world which can easily take over or make decisions for you, would be my own view, and close enough to a dictionary definition to make sense.
There's also an inner freedom, of course, which when developed can stand apart from experienced outer conditions.
This freedom is commonly described by saints, mystics and yogis, and is often aroused in captives:
But how does this inner
freedom relate to freedom in the outer world? Maybe a pertinent
question given the situation many of us now find ourselves in, and I
think a question many of us are presently exploring.
An elegant statement, but what to do with it?
With a little effort it can be known that,
The world is clearly not what it appears to be either...
The main thing is to know who we are. It's the you who can see all this, who can see the world events, who can see the body, the mind, and who can see the space in which it all occurs.
Another great 20th Century sage, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, once said in relation to knowing ones true nature,
So it seems inner freedom should be quite simple, as it only requires us to BE who we are by knowing what we are not.
It is, after all, that we are not ONLY the body.
I remember a wonderful Zen story about a disciple excitedly telling the master that he'd realized that he was awareness and nothing else was real, and the master struck him hard across the face and asked him,
Where can the separation be? The whole of manifestation is ultimate truth, not excluding one single thing!
So here is our battle ground, here is our task as points of consciousness in the great indivisible awareness:
Whether this world
collapses into tyrannical, technocratic hell, or whether humanity
can rise and embody freedom on this beautiful planet, we surely have
to be able to say that we didn't shirk our responsibility and that
we did all that we could!
We are free beings after all, and all it takes is to turn away fearlessly and head in another direction.
A while ago, after the initial shock, there was a new seriousness and gravity in all the faces I met.
Now, in many, this has become an attitude of waving off all the impending horrors with a determination to CREATE...!
Humanity IS rising, but we can't take our eye off the globalists ball as it's being kicked around.