True Freedom or Relative Freedom?

In America, we value freedom.  It is our highest ideal, and the founding principle of our Constitution, the basis of law for our country. Soldiers fight and die for freedom with their bodies, while civilians and lawmakers fight for freedom with their words.  Yet, with all of this emphasis and desire for freedom, do we actually know what it really is?

What we usually consider ‘freedom’ is not true freedom.  It is a limited type of freedom, a relative freedom.  It is limited because if you try and push your freedoms as far as they will go, you will soon find that there will be a limit to what you can do and say.  Some of these limits are formalized and written, while others are more social and unspoken.

Our freedom is relative because it only exists depending on certain circumstances and in certain situations.  For example, the freedom that someone may have at one point in time can easily be taken away at another time.  Wartime is a great example of this.  During times of war, many limitations are put on an individuals’ freedom. Also, throughout American history the rights of certain groups and sometimes of everyone have been limited or taken away altogether.   The Alien and Sedition acts, the internment of Japanese Americans, African-American slavery etc. Clearly, the relative freedoms we enjoy are not true freedom.

So what then, is true freedom them?  True freedom is not conditional, not relative, and is not limited.  It does not depend upon a particular form of government or living in a certain country.  It cannot be given by anyone, and therefore cannot be taken away by anyone.  True freedom is the freedom of liberation.  Liberation from our limited body, and from our conditioned mind which is contaminated with ignorance and delusions.

True freedom is an experience beyond this physical world. It is an experience of the absence of limitations. It is like pure spaciousness; an inner experience of peace. Since it does not depend on controlling external things, it can never be taken away. It does not need to be fought for, because no amount of fighting or killing will ever bring it about. All that is needed is the wish to be truly free, and the wisdom to recognize what true freedom really is. Once you have this wisdom, you will no longer seek relative freedom, and true freedom will be yours.

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The Path to Peace

“The Tao never does anything, yet through it all things are done.  If powerful men and women could center themselves in it, the whole world would be transformed, by itself, in its natural rhythms.  People would be content with their simple every day lives,  and harmony, and free of desire.  When there is no desire, all things are at peace.”

Tao te Ching verse 37

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

What a Miracle

What a miracle
Beautiful sunlight
Trees and grass
Air to breathe

How amazing we are living
On such an oasis
A paradise among the stars
And we don’t even realize…

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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This Time of Year

This time of year
The beginning of quiet
Feeling of change
Your colors are so vibrant
So varied
This gold is not coveted
But it is priceless
This is a beautiful, magical world
A presence is awakening
Look at the beauty when no one is looking
What a beautiful space for beauty

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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The Mysterious Feminine

The spirit that never dies
Is called the mysterious feminine.
Although she becomes the whole universe,
Her immaculate purity is never lost.
Although she assumes countless forms,
Her true identity remains intact.

The gateway to the mysterious female
Is called the root of creation.

Listen to her voice,
Hear it echo through creation.
Without fail, she reveals her presence.
Without fail, she brings us to our own perfection.
Although it is invisible, it endures;
It will never end.

Tao te Ching verse 6
Translation by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

How to Save the World

“When we understand the true nature of things, we will see that our world is like a dream, and that everything exists as a mere appearance to mind. We will realize that we can change our world simply by changing our mind, and that if we wish to be free from suffering, all we need to do is purify our mind. Having purified our own mind, we will then be in a position to fulfill our compassionate wish by showing others how to do the same.”

Transform Your Life pg 188
By Geshe Kelsang

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True Beauty

Your body is only an expression
Of the blissful radiance within
Your body is only a mask

But when the inner beauty is shining strongly
It pervades your entire body
Making it glorious and beautiful
Shining with the light from within

There is beauty in everyone
We are foolish
When we see the beauty
Only on the outside

Not recognizing
Where it really comes from

Your skin is glowing
When the inner beauty is shining

Your eyes are filled with light
And there are no imperfections

Inner beauty is profoundly peaceful
When you recognize it
In another
Or in yourself

Only beauty can recognize beauty
So when you see beauty in another
Trace the beauty back to its source

There you will find peace
In the recognition of your Self

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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