Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014-11 - Abandon your usual ways of thinking...

Imagine for a moment you're driving home from work, and that you've had a pretty rough day. As you drive along, your eyes see the road before you, but your mind is in the past re-running all of the day's unpleasant events. Over and over again, you feel that painful stab of some thoughtless remark, or the embarrassment of that stupid comment you made without thinking. And with each mental replay of this scene, you go deeper and deeper into thought, desperately trying to find a way to escape what seems an intolerable situation.

But what you don't see happening to you is that the more you think, the more you sink! And the deeper you sink in thought, the less you're able to see what the rest of you is doing. Driving reckless, speeding, missing the exit you want - these are only a few of the foolish things that happen to you while driving under the influence of a stream of self-compromising, self-wrecking thoughts. Your life, is actually out of your hands. It belongs to your thinking, to the "me" mind. This undeveloped nature doesn't understand what it's doing as it struggles to find a way out from under the weight of its own unconscious actions.

What the "me" mind doesn't understand is that freedom is a state of being. But there's good reason for this lower nature's ignorance, as well as for its covert efforts to keep us asleep in a similar state. The "me" mind is out of business the moment we wake up to realize that free is what we are, each time we can catch ourselves about to build another prison out of thought. Our awakened awareness instantly cancels our captivity. And as our self-created bondage fades, so does our desperate need to escape! What the "me" mind doesn't want us to know is that we're already free.

~ Guy Finley excerpt from 'Freedom From the Ties that Bind'

"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."

~ Stephen Covey

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