This Key Unlocks the Door to a New Kind of Freedom
This Key Unlocks the Door to a New Kind of Freedom
  • Posted: May 25, 2004
  • 513 words
Key Lesson

Part 1

We spend so much of our time thinking and re-thinking about how to succeed with our personal escape plans that -- for these same dreams of a freedom to come -- it never has a chance to dawn on us that our True Nature cannot be made a prisoner of anything!

Part 2

When nothing seems to be going right, make your world a brighter place by remembering this simple truth: Whatever we resist, persists -- so the wise action to take toward any unwanted moment begins with welcoming what challenges us about it. To reach for this new understanding is the same as enjoying its powers, including the ease with which you can then go on to make whatever changes are still seen as being needful of your touch.

Summary

The next time you run into some familiar blockage or begin to feel unsuited to face some new and difficult personal challenge, don't do what you've always done before. Don't try to think your way around it. You no longer want a way around your troubles because what goes around, comes around! What you want is to grow beyond the level of that disturbance. And to do that, you must not act from it.

So don't allow yourself to be pulled down into any anxious concern or confusion over not knowing what to do about your present condition. What you really want is an insight into your situation, not a fight with it. The two have nothing in common. So make it clear to yourself once and for all: nothing that hounds you can help you.

Draw yourself back from your usual thinking. Quietly observe it race around looking for the shelter of a conclusion it can recognize. Have nothing to do with its frantic motion.

You've gone as far as you can go with what you know. Now it's time to know that, so that you can let what you know go, and let something unthinkable occur to you. Just relax.

Pressuring yourself to come up with a happy ending to a sad or shaky situation only goes to show you still believe that you can resolve these troubles. But if you could have, you would have by now. Besides, your lower nature wants you to confuse these feelings of pressure for being some kind of proof of personal progress. It's done its job well. After all these years you're afraid to live without this feeling of habitually prodding yourself, for fear that without it, you might get stuck! The solution here is to see that, in fact, you are stuck! This powerful insight releases you from the pressure of wanting anything from yourself.

Now you've done what you can do. You've prepared the stage, your own mind, for the arrival of a higher nature and a new kind of freedom. But learn to expect it in the unexpected. To paraphrase the New Testament: be ever watchful for you don't know when -- or how -- something higher will make itself known to you.

There may come a flash of insight, a clear glimpse into some self-created cause of your own continuing inner captivity. Or, perhaps, a sudden and sweet deep sense of wholeness will sweep through you, a quiet but profound intuition, wherein you know yourself, for that moment, to be one with all of that life pulsating around and within you.

However that Light breaks into the darkened room of self, consider each brief illumination as an appointed messenger, a heavenly herald sent in advance of a greater freedom to come. Learn to embrace each appearance, for regardless of what may be revealed -- to you or about you -- these insights are not unlike the sound of the shouts of liberation heard always just before the arrival of the liberating forces. A new freedom always follows. Now, follow it.

Excerpted From: Freedom From the Ties That Bind, pages 194-195.

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