Liberty is a sketchy ideal. It works in principle, but plain principle is not good enough. In fact, it never was. That is why we prefer to use the word ‘freedom’ when describing a state of feeling liberated. Liberty is a label for an illusory intangible – and what is the point of that? There is none. I find these days that there is no point in most things, but that is no reason to neglect them. It would be irresponsible to the future to leave any karma undone.
I believe each person has their own understanding of liberation. For some, being free from bitterness and hatred – irrespective of the reasons for which those two particular diseases have been fostered – is absolutely everything. For others, having found freedom from the excesses of unjustified oppression will be the be-all and end-all in their days. Yet others will experience freedom to simply be, although it would seem that that is some way from being a reality on this planet. There are still too many people lying to themselves about what they are to know that kind of independence.
The most sought after liberation – in my opinion – is that of absolute acceptance. That seems to be, asides from happiness, what the majority of humans need. When did it become a blasphemous pastime to tell someone they’re perfect as they are – no matter who they are? And who – in this age – dares call ANY other person ‘imperfect’? In 2015, perfect is imperfect. Refusing to accept that which has been presented to you without guile or guise and then attempting to subvert that truth makes you a prisoner of your own prejudice. That is a dangerous place to be.
As a citizen of planet Earth you have a birthright. Human rights, too. You should value both. They afford you a status loftier than a rock, for example. Your birthright is involved with your karma. If you do not believe in karma, that is perhaps foolish. Karma is an energy. A living force. It resonates at the same frequency that you do, hence your karma is always able to locate you.
Birthright – as a title – should include the following words in its explanation: safety, love, truth, understanding, choice. These are needs. I am not sure enough people on this planet have access to all of the above when they are born. Today’s birthright seems confused between wants and needs. A birthright is about needs. Only.
A person’s birthright makes itself manifest in a fairly forthright manner. It is the measure of your life thus far. What you have been doing since the day you were born is what determines your reward in the form of your birthright. If you are familiar with yourself, you will know who you are the minute you open your eyes. If you aren’t, you won’t.
There is no morality in slavery. You cannot expect to enslave another human being without finding yourself in due course on the über-cruel receiving end of slavery, yourself. That there are those who are enslaved in the 21st century should not surprise anybody. There are still those that believe that theirs’ is the right to control the life of another sentient being. Theirs’ is not the right – it is never the right thing to do – and this should matter to every person on this planet. It does not matter to a whole contingent of people inhabiting planet Earth and this fact would be laughable – because of the reciprosity of karma – if only the subject of slavery was not as distasteful as it is.
I do not doubt that every nation has been guilty at some stage of slavery in one shape or another. Whether it is the money-enslaved masses of the west and the would-be west, the trafficked girls from the east, the labouring children in factories and mines, the militant child soldiers from Africa or the political puppets that run this world, it should be recognised that this form of oppression is ongoing and it is unacceptable. People need to be free.
Enslavement is wrong. Simply wrong. There is no justification for it, whatsoever. It is not for one person or organisation to ‘own’ another’s life and direct their passage, their path. If you are a president, for instance, you should (want to) be able to act according to your own will in the best interests of your people. The people put you where you are for a good reason. Authority figures should not be coerced into action or non-action by their peers, their governing bodies. A presidential slave is a problem of the highest order because a spearhead is put in place to lead the way through confrontation, conflict and resolution. Should a spearhead be blunted by indecision and external influence, it loses its efficacy immediately. Mr Mandela was a spearhead, he was never a slave to his circumstance or anyone else’s. His example should really have changed the ways of this entire planet by now.
As far as hellfire goes, I would not lose too much sleep over the thought that your ‘sins’ in life are going to have landed you in a pit of fire for eternity. That isn’t what happens. In anycase, when you are dead, you do not feel. You could sit in a cauldron of boiling water all day. Your burning happens while you are living. That is what conscience is. That is also what dumb public opinion is. A branding. Should it be negative opinion that follows your happenings – and your management of those happenings – you will feel the burn. That burn is what you learn from. It is not often easy to be thankful to those who cause you to burn in this life, in fact it is most often the desire of those under fire to do some serious damage to the person or institution doing the burning. However. There is always the charitable process of instant forgiveness via the grace of God – if that way is for you. Or – you tolerate the burn and try to understand what is causing the friction in your days.
If you should find that it is you that is causing friction for yourself because you are being an arsehole in life – and again, both men and women qualify as arseholes – then you must accept the burn. You allocate to yourself your suffering. You will burn until you are made humble enough to realise that the way you think and the way you behave towards others does matter. You will burn until you adjust your attitude to include the understanding that everything you do in life is measured. Every single thing. If you are feeling friction because external prejudice is criticising you or your choices, you need to distance yourself from the idiots who practice that prejudice. Burning because you are gay, for instance, is unacceptable. Burning because you dare to follow your heart? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life. Who dares persecute a person who decides to follow what might appear to the masses to be an ‘unconventional’ path in their pursuit of purpose? Convention, as a norm, is a load of shit – and tradition is not much better. They both confine dreams, thinking. Tradition and convention are constructs. Reconstruct them.
There are those who enjoy burning. And there are those who enjoy being on fire. Leave them be. It depends what you have been trying to achieve with your life as to how close you will have ventured to the flames and how long you will have exposed yourself to their heat. Fire is transformative, no matter how you look at it. The hotter your spot – and we all know what hot means – the more corrective your karma. That is such a simple concept to understand. Let karma play out the way it must. It has your best interests at heart.
And keep in mind that for a phoenix, fire is necessary for rebirth. For rising. In the same way the burn caused by your conscience is necessary. If you have no conscience, know that you are going nowhere.
Appreciation is different to gratitude. It’s warmer, deeper. And it’s more than just a feeling – it’s real goodwill at work. Gratitude is necessary for your spirit, your soul. You need to resonate with gratitude for your life because you have given it to yourself. Respect that. Keep in mind that no matter how untidy your life has been – and we have all had untidy patches – you have made your way to where you are successfully. Perhaps not unscathed, or intact, but successfully. Some of us take the long road, some of us take short-cuts. Whichever way you choose to live your life remember that you did not undertake its challenges lightly.
When faced with the choice of returning to meet your karma sooner or rather later – for we must all return at some point – you must know what you will decide to do. That is one question that will be asked of you when you end your days. Are you the fool – leaping immediately off every precipice into the unknown, or are you the more cautious sort, creeping along in life at a slow, steady never? Decide. Hare or the tortoise? Some of us are adrenalin junkies when it comes to living, we need to take it at pace and move, fluid, with it. Others will revisit their roles and stay fixed in situ. Which is better? Those that stay in their comfort zone will not reach their full potential. It is that simple. Respect yourself for putting yourself through what you have. There is a reason for it.
Life is your teacher. Your guru. Love is your guide. Your compass. Trust that. Know that you have a list of experiences written into your script that you must have, and will have. How you choose to execute these experiences is up to you. You can immerse yourself in the drama of each one, or you can detach yourself from the tangle. Both methods work. You will face the same obstacles time and again – they will just dress differently to keep you on your toes – until you review yourself differently. That is in your power. Practice it. You will do the same things, but with practice you will look at them from a different perspective each time. That way, you will find solution. Finding solution – creative solution – is a part of your life’s purpose.
How can the Chinese be as conscienceless as they are? Do they not respect the laws of Nature? I wonder how hard karma is going to hit that country, those people. They have bred and are busy growing a monster and the world stands by and watches, impassive. Or perhaps not impassive, but certainly not discouraging. How dare they still use rhino horn for whatever purpose they use it? How dare they? Why are they allowed to butcher and massacre and rape and pillage? In this day and age shouldn’t somebody – some watchdog, somewhere – be saying, ‘hey guys, can you climb another ladder on your way to world domination, please, this one is for HUMANKIND.’ I am generalising, naturally. However, the collective wears the label and the collective needs to do something about its reputation. How can you sell a live goldfish as a cheap keyring? How can you beat animals to death with a club? How can you skin animals alive and leave them in a slippery pile to die? I was reading about how they will peel skins from the living bodies of animals. Why visit that sort of pain on another breed when there is a choice? Their savagery leaves me breathless. I don’t care for their impressive heritage if it means they have evolved into cruel and senseless human beings. Or is it that the Chinese always were cruel? It is important to remember that the richness of their culture can readily be overlooked when you see how they conduct themselves around creatures. If god is a rhino, for instance, they are in serious trouble. If god is a Tibetan, China is in very serious trouble. Where is god, actually, when it comes to the Chinese? They are too busy feeding their peculiar cancer with the world’s resources to look for themselves. I think they should look AT themselves. I should like to know how they intend to save the state of their face when they weigh in on the scales of justice? I think they have a lot to answer for. I think they will be asked all the questions, in one way or another.
I wonder at the vanity of harnessing the Yangtze River. Do you know how powerful her force? Her flow? I think she does not like being dammed by man. In fact, I am quite certain of it.
I wish on eyelashes. I believe in the greater good. I trust karma to send our lessons. I think karma gives an excellent explanation of being. If you understand exactly what karma is, what it means. What you do in your now will affect your past. Therefore, it will affect your future. If the past changes, the future changes. You can bend your destiny. Karma is searching, like everything else. She searches for equilibrium. Trust that. Trust that you have a future past that is coming at you and trust that you can change it by modifying your present tense.
We are free to take whatever is given. Take lessons, and learn. That is our purpose.