Here we are with another Friday upon us. Have you spotted any “unassuming gurus” this week? The only barrier to this is the unconscious assumption that there are none. You’re not unconsciously assuming that, are you? Merriam (below) offers a great question for all of us to notice.
Hi Mr. White
I don’t feel free to be me. I think there is more to me than I am letting out. Is that possible? Perhaps you can be my unassuming guru with this?
Thank you, Merriam
What makes a person free to be who he or she wants to be is the ability to see how unfree he or she presently is.
Now let’s look at that:
Steve is easily irritated. It seems a morning cannot go by without Steve getting agitated about something – the traffic’s too dense, the coffee’s too cold, the phone won’t stop ringing off the hook!
Lois is easily persuaded. It seems that whenever Lois offers her point of view, and someone comes along offering something different, Lois immediately agrees with the other point of view because of her deep need to be liked.
Ted is easily offended. You can’t sneeze while looking Ted’s way without him taking it personally. The simplest little things can have him feeling defensive.
What do Steve, Lois and Ted have in common? Not one of them is free. Their mechanical minds have them living reactively. And I can promise you that it shows if you look deep into their eyes – there is a vacancy; not vibrancy, not aliveness – yes, vacancy.
So, what makes a person free to be the joyful, creative, fully alive being that we all want to be? That’s easy. It begins with awareness. Only when you are willing to see what you don’t see – how unfree you have created yourself to be – can you begin to know what you don’t know about yourself. Knowing how you’re not free is the first step to freedom – “SWEET LIBERTY.”
Blessings to you Merriam, Rob
When you take the inner journey toward the light, you begin to notice those habits and tendencies that possess you. You are never free to be the superlatively creative and joyful being that you are here to be when you are possessed by habits and tendencies. Are you asking, “What’s this got to do with me?”
Blessings & love to all of you, Rob
PS Imagine sitting in a dark house looking out at a beautiful sunny day. It’s time to get up and get out there. Be aware! What habits and tendencies stop you?