*Living in Liberation
Welcome to day 17 of the 40 Day Spiritual Practice!
21 days – Science shows that it takes 21 days to break old habits and create new neuro-pathways.
40 days – The Universe and Spirit create in 40 day increments, re-birth. (Solar Year)
This program is a 40 day program where you pick one new thing you would like to create in your life. You will be doing this one thing consistently for 40 days. If you miss one day, you must begin again at day one.
The purpose of having a Spiritual Practice is to live in alignment with your truth….Liberation!
‘Living in Liberation’
Wars are fought in the name of liberation and freedom. History books are filled with the victory of such battles. We view liberation as something ‘out there’ in the world to be won. True liberation is within our souls. The ultimate triumph is within the temples of our head and the beating of our hearts. We are chained by our limited beliefs that trap us in prison for life. We are tortured by the belief systems instilled by culture dogma. We are slaves everyday to the voices in our head….Our own self judgement, our inner critic, the drill Sargent. We all have that rabbit inside of us that thinks, if we just get that dangling carrot, then our lives will be fulfilled…. It is called the ‘Rat Race.’ It is the biggest trap known to man….
You may be asking yourself, “What voice in my head?” That exact voice that just asked that question is the one I am talking about. You actually think that you are that voice. We are not the voices in our head, we are pure experience.
“Those who do not move,
do not notice their chains.”
In the book, ‘Journey of Awakening’ Ram Dass talks about liberation through meditation. “Here is where most people cannot escape. For they identify totally with their thoughts. They are unable to separate pure awareness from the thoughts that are objects. Meditation allows you to break this identification between awareness and the objects of awareness. Your awareness is different from both your thoughts and senses. Meditation frees your awareness.”
“A being whose awareness is totally free,
who does not cling to anything is liberated”
Life is a paradox, as are our desires. We desire to feel secure and, at the same time, we desire to feel liberated. Not everyone desires to go down the rabbit hole of spirituality, peeling back the layers of the onion and becoming completely naked to the world. Not everyone desires to have the deepest questions answered in this life time. Having said that, I am yet to meet a person that doesn’t feel a void. Every last person I have ever met is searching for something to fill them or give them a feeling they desire.
“Meditation changes your desires in the course of fulfilling them.”
– Ram Dass
One of the challenging processes of Spiritual liberation is letting go of the security of our identities and stable datum. Meaning, in order to be fully present and ‘be here now’ we must practice non-attachment to anything that is not eternal. Having a Daily Spiritual Practice allows us to develop such liberating habits through meditation and other modalities. When we are living in pure experience, without all the meaning, attachment and significance we are truly liberated.
We may never fully get ride of our ego, but we get to a point of liberation where we can use our ego instead of our ego using us. A friend of mine explained it brilliantly one time. “Imagine your ego is like a vehicle, like your car. You can open the door and get inside your car and use it to get anywhere you want. When you get are done using it, you can get out and close the door. You are not your car. You are not your ego. It is sitting in your drive way any time you want to use it. People have it that they are their ego. People think they can’t ever get out of their car, like they are trapped. Once you get this distinction, you are able to move through life in total liberation.”
What is it to be liberated?
Liberation – 1. The act of liberating or the state of being liberated. 2. The act or process of trying to achieve equal rights and status.
1. Listen to the Ram Dass youtube talk link below