What shall we do now? We have little or no information or skills for living in the sunshine of the Source of All There Is. Our former ways of life had been acceptable for generations upon generations. Whole societies, industries and economies were created to support and maintain the illusions that our minds believed were true. Some movies were created to give us clues about the reality we were living in, but they got distorted too.
We learned well what is and is not acceptable to those who raised and taught us, and to the world around us. Many of us were denied the ability to discover and create our own life experiences and destinies in a way that was aligned and in integrity with our Spirit. We relied on what others told us. We believed what others said about us. But now the Sun is shining, melting the snow cover, revealing the beauty that we are.
As children, we rebelled, acquiesced, manipulated others, went into hiding, shut down our senses, withdrew, wrapped thick impenetrable armor around our hearts, and created various personalities to protect our true nature and identity from being maimed or exploited again. Some of us agreed to stay in protective custody. Some of us joined a gang of like-minded renegades who helped us feel safe, wanted and accepted in some tiny, distorted way. Some of us came to believe that we were powerless prisoners and slaves to convention and prevailing culture and so we adapted to that belief.
During our long time of societal and familial servitude and incarceration, some of us quietly went within to imagine what life would be like if we were free. Some of us wanted to discover and get clear about why we were in so much pain. Didn’t those in authority do their best to make things comfortable enough for us to survive? They convinced us that they had all the answers so we came to believe that all the answers were ‘out there’ somewhere. Those in authority set the rules about ‘reality’ and all we had to do was follow them. They would keep us alive. Just barely. Just enough to breathe but not enough to prosper. We believed this because this is what we saw or what were taught in order to survive out there. Yet, now that we have been released into the light, we are expected to be our own responsible authority, our own sovereign being who knows what to do and how to do it while still living in a complex made-up world. Now that the light is penetrating our consciousness and mind we are expected to already know how and when to do what’s right for ourselves and others, for the children, the animals, the planet.
So, how and where do we begin this new life of freedom?
I’ve come to understand that freedom is a state of mind that comes through trust in the inner guidance that is always there. It is difficult to be free in a culture that believes that money is the means to attain freedom. For example, a prevailing belief is that if you can buy whatever you want, whenever you want it, then that means you’re free. But I discovered that there’s more to it than that. It’s difficult to buck the system, a system that is kept in place by the beliefs of the majority of the masses who are still sleeping, or feigning sleep.
So how to feel inner freedom? The first thing we have to do is find out what is most important to us – things like having a peaceful mind, treating each other with respect, really listening to each other, being heard and accepted by others, saying what is true for us without holding back, showing tender mercies, freely expressing our creativity and intelligence, feeling joy and wonder again, and giving others and ourselves room to make mistakes and be who we are in any given moment.
Then we have to remember that emotional pain, shame, blame, denial, fear, avoidance, rationalizations, and the inability or unwillingness to truly see all of who you are and what you do, are atrocities - toward self and others - that blind the eyes, make the ears go deaf, numb the senses, manifest diseases, and sometimes terminate physical life, literally and figuratively.
Next we have to decide, we have to choose, we have to commit to Wake Up! We must allow ourselves to remember that who we truly are is a spark of the Light that is the Source of All There Is, in human embodiment. In order to get the most benefit from this Light that we are, we have to decide that we are going to get the most benefit from this Light. We have to choose to stay ever vigilant to the times when our loyalty to the formerly enslaved or incarcerated sleeping self and ego is operating. We have to commit to the practice of stopping the thought patterns and behaviors we don’t want and engaging in the thought patterns and behaviors we do want – those ones that reflect the qualities we wish everyone else would have or show toward us.
Yes, it is easier said than done. But we all have the ability and the strength to change ourselves when we really want to. And there are plenty of trained and experienced people available to help us in that process.
There are many of our fellow humans who are so immersed in the illusion that they simply can’t see – or don’t want to see - that they are operating from a broken, outmoded program. Most of our programs were inserted when we were children. However, as you Wake Up! if you find that you become annoyed or angry about someone’s behavior or way of being, you can trust that their behavior or way of being is something that you do too – either to others or to yourself.
I can hear the denials and ‘no sirs’ rising to the surface but keep in mind that your version may not look like their version. Let’s say you become triggered with anger or annoyance or hurt because you found out that someone you work with has said something nice about you to your face and something negative about you behind your back. If this hypocritical or “two-faced” behavior wasn’t in you too, you wouldn’t be so strongly triggered when someone else engages in it. Now you may not be doing it exactly the way they do it but you may be doing that behavior internally, to yourself – one face for the public and one face at home; or one face for your family members and one face for your best friend; or one face when you’re trying to attract or impress someone and one face when you’re not. In this example you are doing the same thing that the person at your job is doing but you can’t see how it operates in you, you can only see how it operates in others. And your Spiritual Compass, your innate sense of integrity, sets off an alarm to let you know that this is something that needs fixing inside of you. Get the idea, the picture, the drift, the message?
Like a lightening flash, the mind activates its previously programmed content as thoughts and talk inside the head. So the internal decisions, choices and commitments we make about how we want to live life in each moment have to be made and practiced consciously in each moment, whenever the opportunities arise. It is this practice that will reprogram the mind with new responses.
The mental or emotional objections, negations or denials that inevitably come up to interfere with our Wake Up! process must be stopped in the moment, dismissed with love, and replaced with the point of view or positive behavior or thought process you want to experience. Yes, it is easier said than done, but it is possible to do if we decide, choose and commit to the practice. So when you find yourself in a stream of thoughts or words of protest or poor me or indignation or worry or other negative do-loop, just stop it, dismiss it with love and replace it with what you wish it to be. Soon the new way of seeing the world and yourself will become your daily way of being.
If you have chosen to leave your life of pain and Wake Up! it will be the annoying people who will show you what you need to work on. That’s what your Light will do for you to help you find your True Self, your True Identity, your True Power as a Divine Being.