The Attitude Required For Inner Freedom



If I have to summarize the attitude which is required for coming to a place of true inner freedom, it would be – being fearless. The attitude of being fearless is not about the complete “absence” of fear (after all fear is one of the natural dimensions of thinking/mind) but about the openness to allow fear, understanding it to be a part of the reality of life. This capacity for being fearless is present in all of us, it’s an inherent part of our nature as life-energy, it’s just that a lot of us don’t make the choice to connect with this capacity. We would rather see ourselves from a victim-mindset, we would rather wallow in self-pity, we would rather indulge in doom stories, we would rather be meek, we would rather keep seeking external assurance, than make the choice to connect with the attitude of being fearless. There is a huge difference between trying to “think positive” and being fearless – it’s just that the vibe, of the attitude of being fearless, is deeply positive by itself, because this attitude makes you resistance-free.

When I understood that a state of true inner freedom is not possible if it’s dependent on an external factor, it became clear to me that I was not going to find inner freedom through “knowledge”, through spirituality, through understanding the laws/physics of life, through positive thinking, through manifesting a certain reality/desire or through any form of mind perception per se. This understanding allowed me to see through the delusion of seeking the state of inner freedom through an external pursuit. If my inner freedom was dependent on any external factor, like my understanding of life, then it would be on shaky grounds, because the truth is you can’t be “certain” about anything in life – you can have a knowing, but even then you can’t be fully certain about it, it’s only a knowing. So, I have a knowing about life, about its reality, but my inner freedom is not dependent on this knowing – even if all of this “knowing” were to be totally groundless and false, I would still have my inner freedom. In simple words, this state of inner freedom is simply the attitude of being open to anything, there are no conditions, it’s not about saying I will feel free “if” xyz is true, there are no ifs, there are no dependencies, it’s just an attitude of being totally open.

The attitude of being fearless, or being open, can be chosen at any point, irrespective of your level of awareness, irrespective of your understanding, irrespective of your situation. It’s simply a choice you make in your being. So why don’t people usually make this choice? It’s simply because of the tendency to think that I can only feel free once “xyz” happens or the tendency to give our power away to an external factor (as a means to find pseudo-security). The truth is it is not inner wholeness that will make you feel free, it’s your sense of inner freedom that brings you to wholeness – if you are waiting for the state of inner wholeness to happen, before you can feel free, it will just be an eternal waiting period.

The reason why I emphasize so much on the “state of allowing” is because it develops your attitude towards being fearless, towards being open – it’s very logical. Just look within and see if you are placing a condition on your sense of inner freedom; is there a subtle thought, in you, that I am waiting for xyz to happen before I can feel free? In my case, when I got this understanding about inner freedom, I was able to connect with being fearless in spite of overwhelming mental and emotional momentum of depression and fear that I was going through. Even now, with all the balance I have (after releasing the momentum), it’s my attitude of being fearless/open that gives me my sense of inner freedom not vice versa.

Inner freedom has nothing to do with trust

I remember getting a question about – “is not your trust in the well-being of life at the core of the freedom/confidence that you feel” – my answer was, no, my sense of inner freedom has nothing to do with any form of trust I have in life. In fact I have no real trust in life, it’s just that I’ve “observed” the way life works, and it scientifically is a force that works towards well-being, quite simply because it’s the very nature of life-energy to move towards balance every time there is an imbalance, it naturally moves towards harmony when there is disturbance, moving towards harmony is its natural movement. But I was able to make this unbiased observation only from a place of inner freedom, if I was trying to “think positive” I wouldn’t be able to make an unbiased observation. And even if it had turned out that life was a chaotic force, if it was an unintelligent and clueless energy, and its only purpose was suffering, even then it wouldn’t have affected my sense of inner freedom – it has nothing to do with trusting life or having faith. None of my beliefs, or understandings about life, is the reason for my sense of inner freedom – it’s totally independent of all of this. Inner freedom purely comes from the attitude of being fearless/open to “anything” happening – as soon as you impose even one condition, you lose your sense of inner freedom, you become hostage to that condition.

You can see this in relationships, where the whole deal of “trust” can become a means of fear-based thinking. The question is – why do want to base your sense of security on trusting someone, why not base it on your sense of freedom towards anything that happens on the outside? When you impose the weight of “trust” on someone/something, you are indirectly stating that your sense of security is dependent on your trust (with an unavoidable fear of being let down). You can also see the manipulative angle of saying things like “I trust you” as a means to control someone through the force of guilt of breaking your trust. There are many people who spend a lifetime of suffering under the influence of guilt for having failed someone’s trust. The truth is that no-one is “obliged” to be responsible for you sense of security, no-one is obliged to be responsible for your sense of hurt, if someone is being responsible towards you it’s a bonus stemming from their attitude, but they are not obliged to do so. People who keep getting hurt are the ones who have the attitude of making others responsible for their sense of security, happiness and esteem.

Fear is a very effective aspect to use as a control mechanism. You can easily control someone (who doesn’t have inner freedom) through manipulating their fears or insecurities. You can see how parents use the tool of fear to control the kids, and these kids grow up to use the same mechanism to manipulate others (and themselves), and we end up creating a world run by fear-based motivations. Even the teaching of “trust in life” (or some higher power) ends up making you a meek person, such teachings have the underpinnings of making your sense of freedom dependent on an external force – once you buy into the teaching of finding security through “trust” in an external force, you can then easily be manipulated through fear based teachings of being servile to this sense of external force. You can see an underlying vibe of “meekness” that’s present in this attitude of basing your security on trust.

Inner freedom brings flexibility in thinking

Without a space of inner freedom, your thinking will always border along the lines of “black and white”, simply because you are trying to seek security through your thinking, hence you want something solid to hold on to. A person who does not have inner freedom would always want a “concept” to hold on to, a technique to cling to or an understanding to put trust in. When your sense of security/freedom is dependent on your “thinking” you will end up becoming rigid in terms of wanting to hold on to a pattern of thinking instead of allowing the openness to evolve in your thinking as a part of your growth.

When you have inner freedom, it allows you to be open to the space of uncertainty, to the space of being wrong, to the space of knowing that you may not know everything (and don’t have to know everything), to the space of confusion, to the space of imperfection, to space of making mistakes. I allow myself to follow through on what feels “resonant” in my being, in my current awareness, I am not trying to hold on to a sense of “conviction” about anything – conviction leaves you no space for growth. When I write about certain understandings that I have about life, I am just sharing what resonates with me in my current level of awareness, it’s not a “conviction” neither do I want you to take it up as a belief; just see if it resonates for you, if it doesn’t just drop it. Give yourself the freedom to be flexible in your thinking. Flexibility is an inherent aspect present in anyone who has inner freedom. Rigidity, in thinking, is rooted in a lack of inner freedom.

Even when you think about your desires, or use the practice of “visualization”, allow yourself the freedom to be flexible with regards to the exact specifics of how you want the desire to manifest. This flexibility allows you to be more resistance-free towards incorporating insights, or inspirations, that can come from within, or from outside, as part of your “higher consciousness” (the intelligence of your life-stream or non-physical intelligence) giving you a better picture of the path that’s most suited for you under your current level of maturity and awareness. You can only have this flexibility when you are not basing your sense of security on the desire manifesting the way you specifically want it. Inner freedom allows you to let go of the vibe of “desperation” which is inherently resistive in nature.

Inner freedom starts in your being

When you are inhabiting a physical body, you are accosted with the brain and the heart, as two centers of intelligence, along with your own thinking as a being, and the intelligence of your non-physical space (intelligence of your life-stream). It’s little wonder that there are several possibilities of conflicts, confusion and turmoil, given the presence of so many different “intelligences” spouting their views. The heart has a view, the brain has a view, your being has a view and the intelligence of your life-stream provides a view, and they may all feel totally out of sync. Ultimately, it’s you, as the being/soul, who has to take ownership as the captain of the ship. If you have no space of freedom, you will just feel pulled around by all these view-points without any sense of peace or control. The paradox is that a lot of people think of the “state of allowing” as some permanent letting go of control, when in truth it brings you to a place of real control because it brings you to a place of inner freedom. The state of allowing is not about allowing yourself to be pulled around by the mind (any aspect of mind, be it your brain, heart, being or life-stream) rather it’s about developing the openness to allow the mind without being “lost” in identification with the thinking, so you are not suppressing neither are you lost in identification (being at the mercy of any thought or emotion) – this is what develops the attitude of being fearless, of being open, of inner power. Once you have a space of inner freedom, you can then sync up the thinking of all these minds, and be a channel of balanced expression.

A lot of people misconstrue the point of “letting go” or “allowing” as a pointer towards losing your sense of ownership – in the sense of surrendering to some external force while losing your sense of self. In truth, the practice of allowing (or conscious letting go) is supposed to accomplish four objectives

1. Release the momentum of past accumulation of emotional energy (in your physical body and in your being), so that “emotional pressure” is no longer a factor influencing you

2. Release the mind momentum in your brain and in your being, so that patterns of conditioned thinking as well as patterns of imbalanced thinking (based on past unconsciousness) don’t influence your being

3. Develop your sense of inner power/freedom against emotional or mental influence of any form

4. Become “baggage free” so that you can live from the “wisdom” of the moment, through a balanced mind, instead of living from the pressure of accumulated emotions and thinking patterns.

As you can see, in all the four objective, the central point is that “you” are finding real freedom and thus real control – in none of the objectives is it hinted that you lose your sense of self or surrender to some external force. Even the intelligence of your life-stream is to be taken as a guidance which you “consider”, it’s not to be taken as a dictate which you simply have to follow. I get this question about – “should I blindly follow my intuition” – and the answer would be, no, don’t blindly follow anything. Wisdom is a product of a balanced mind, which requires your being to have an inner freedom to “consider” different aspects of thinking and incorporate a balanced view. The truth is that even the inner sense of guidance, coming from your life-stream, needs to be taken up with the wisdom, in awareness, considering the physical implications of it. History is an evidence of people who faced some brutal endings mostly because they followed their inner call blindly without incorporating aspects of physical wisdom – it’s a choice, but I don’t associate any nobility with following an inner guidance blindly without incorporating your own sense of wisdom based on your experience of physical life, based on the instincts of your brain and heart. As I said, I don’t blindly “trust” anything, even my intuition or inspiration, I base my decision on what really resonates with “me” based on my current level of awareness while incorporating all aspects of thinking and feeling, with a conscious openness to the consequences.

I get this question about – “how do I know if it’s my inner guidance” – the answer is, you can’t know, you can never know, and hence you can’t ever trust blindly. In fact, even if it was truly an inner guidance, it still doesn’t mean that you need to follow it blindly without incorporating your own wisdom based on your own awareness of physicality, unless you want to make a choice of surrendering your ownership, your responsibility to your body and your dependents. Your inner guidance, and inspiration, is useful as an “assistance” for your life, but it’s not about following anything blindly – you have to incorporate the thinking of your brain, your heart, your own awareness as a being, along with the inspirations/guidance, or intuitions, that come from within as a part of the intelligence of your life-stream. Your awareness, as a being, is all you have to depend on truly, and your sense of inner freedom is what really gives you the power to incorporate real wisdom in your life – any form of dependency, or blind trust, can cause you to surrender your wisdom.

If your question is – “how can I be sure of my decisions and my perspective, how do I know for sure what’s the right thing to do?” – again the answer is, you can’t ever be totally sure, you have to allow the space of uncertainty. You only have your current level of awareness, in your being, to base your decisions. You need to have the inner freedom to be okay with consequences instead of seeking “guaranteed” assurances. Always remember that growth is eternal, and there is no such thing called perfection – so allow yourself the freedom to explore, don’t seek certainties about everything. To feel certain is not a reality of life, anyone can see the aspect of uncertainty inherent to life’s movement. If you keep trying to be certain, you will feel stuck and confused, you will no longer have the independence to explore. You need to have freedom even from your inherent need for absolute security, without this freedom you will become too rigid in your movement.

I am as much on a path of growth and evolution in my awareness as anyone, and my sense of inner freedom simply allows me a smoother growth in my awareness because it’s unhindered by a resistance based “holding on”. There are surely some older posts, in this blog, where my understanding was not “well rounded” enough, and I do delete some old posts which don’t resonate with my current awareness. In case you find some contradiction, in the understanding of life, between my present posts and some older posts, take it to be a part of evolution in my own understanding based on my current level of awareness. One thing you can be sure of is that there is never a contradiction on what “inner freedom” really means, and the journey towards it, it’s only my understanding of life that can evolve – the state of inner freedom is independent of any of these understandings about life. The core pointer of this blog is always towards finding inner freedom above everything else.







61 Comments

  1. Alliswell

    Sen,
    I understand what you are saying, but it confuses me, as well. It seems like there is even more thinking involved. I understood the concept of trusting life and following your lifestream, but now it seems like over thinking and making things too complicated.
    How are you able to let go and be allowing in life, if it seems like all decisions require so many steps… When the concept was simple, it made sense to me, but now it seems like there are stipulations that make it more mind controlled. Trust life, but not too much because you can’t really trust life. Follow your passion, but be objective. Do not follow your heart or head. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Sen Post author

      Alliswell, basically the real pointer here is not about “thinking” or “making decisions”, but about the level of inner freedom that you possess as a person. You can notice how a slight change of perspective can cause confusion (and possibly fear) in your being which basically would imply that your sense of security was impinged on a certain notion/knowing/concept, and when its questioned you feel a sense of fear/instability coming up in your being – this would just be an indication of a lack of total inner freedom.

      I did not say that it’s not true that life-force is a stream of well-being, I’ve mentioned in this post that “scientifically” life-energy’s natural movement is always towards solution/balance/harmony. It’s just that I also mention that even if that was not the case, it wouldn’t affect my sense of inner freedom/wholeness because I have an openness towards anything that arises. You can yourself the same question – if you really have an openness towards anything that arises, or is your sense of wholeness dependent on a certain condition being true. This openness is an “attitude”, it is not linked to any understanding, it’s purely a choice of being, a real and available choice. When you lack inner freedom, you will always sense this lack in you, and it will be evident in the way you experience life – there will always be a fear-based motivation, a meekness and a sense of dependence. You might be able to observe this in yourself, and you will also see that though you mentioned that you felt comforted in the simple concept of “let go and allow life” you did not really feel a sense of total inner freedom and had a sense of dependency and meekness/fear irrespective of this understanding. The truth is that it’s not an understanding of life that brings “total” inner freedom, it’s simply a choice towards this attitude of being fearless and open.

      When you do have a real sense of inner freedom, you will not have this confusion about making decisions. In fact, it’s very easy to make decisions from a place of inner freedom. Right now you may feel confused about certain decisions when you try to “let go” (and keep thinking about whether its inner guidance or ego guidance or whatever) when your natural impulse could be to take action – and you may be trying to let go as a part of fear and as a part of not trusting your sense of wisdom. When you have inner freedom, you will know when to let go and when to follow up on an action, because you are not dependent on a “technique based” living. That’s the reason why it’s important to find inner freedom above anything else.

  2. GB

    And I’m back to square one! I quit! It’s too hard for my mind to comprehend all this stuff about life. It’s impossible for me to reach a place of inner freedom.It definitely is complicated.Life sucked before I gained access to these articles.I was happy and relieved to stumble upon your articles(old ones). Your articles gave me hope.Now my mind is super messed up due to the contradiction between the old and new articles. I think I’m not intelligent enough to understand your articles.Life sucks again. All the understanding I gained about life through your previous articles has gone down the drain. I’m very disappointed :(

    1. Sen Post author

      GB, this is the point that I am making in this post that if your sense of “happiness” (and thus freedom) is associated with a certain understanding/knowledge, you cannot be in a place of true inner freedom. The feeling of disappointment or confusion (or life sucks feeling) that you feel is simply an indication of a momentum of your mind which still has a strong hold on your being, in that it feels relieved when it can cling to a certain understanding and feels fearful the moment it feels a confusion – such a rigidity does not allow for deeper understanding, growth or evolution. If you can let go of identifying with this part of your mind that’s spewing thoughts of disappointment and allow yourself to sense if you can feel an inner freedom despite your mind’s confusion you will get an idea of what true inner freedom means. In truth, I’ve not said anything in this post that’s contradicting with my older posts, except that it builds on a deeper perspective on inner freedom. The simple pointer of this post is that true inner freedom is independent of holding on to an understanding – if you connect with the sense of being open, instead of identifying with the disappointment/fear/confusion in your mind, you will see a clarity emerging on its own.

    2. Rah

      This article just points to being even less dependent on any external source for inner freedom. Thats all.

    3. Alias

      GB, every morning life starts over. You are completely fresh, your mind is new. See it for yourself, the first few seconds before you open your eyes, there is no confusion, none, simply because there are no thoughts. Then thoughts start appearing from here and there, and like a fountain flood your mind. It is the “I” that is the center of confusion. Disappointment is the result of intense desire without a conclusion. The “I” desiring and explanation, a conclusion or freedom, but from what? From itself, from the “I”! Do you see the paradox? Questions simply create division, they merely divide things into two or even more portions. Where there are questions, the mind seeks for answers, conclusions, and every conclusion is an illusion. It is not real simply because the nature of our minds, our thoughts, our perception,does not have the capacity to comprehend the whole; it only perceives a part of the whole, a fragment, and this fragment is merely an approximation. Therefore any conclusion, any type of freedom that comes through a fixed point of view, is not freedom at all. Identifying with a particular idea, or result, is bound to create conflict in you.

      Perhaps you should read Sen’s articles again, then give it some time, some thought, and even then it requires a lot of patience to enter a state of mind that is free of confusion. And if I may say so, confusion will always be there, maybe even after 10 years of inner search. And the most exciting part is that after some time, it is confusion that reminds you that you are in the right track (right in a sense that you live, that you learn, that you are not static) . If you wake up one day thinking that you’ve reached enlightenment, that you have the answers to all the questions, then believe me… that is the most confused day of your life.

      Give it time, it will come slowly, it will come so slowly that one day the word “disappointment” is going to become “wisdom” without you being conscious about it.

    4. Kevin W.

      I really understand how you’re feeling, because I felt the same way just a few weeks back. This process definitely involves a lot of confusion and it definitely sucks sometimes. But the thing that I realized, especially after reading this post, was that I was dependent on an understanding that made sense to me in order to feel free. This post just points to the fact that true inner freedom is dependent on nothing. You don’t have to hold on to anything. You can be free in spite of your mind’s confusion. Like Sen said, inner freedom is something that we all are inherently capable of. When you let go of the things that you depend on for a sense of freedom, you actually find true freedom. That’s what Sen is saying. But I really understand how you’re feeling. I think if you read over this post a few times you will see what the true point of it was. This post actually gave me a lot of clarity once I understood it

  3. x

    So, does this mean life is not supporting well-being 100% sure?

    What I have understood is this: Life is always good, it sucks only when you are trying to control it with fear. Right?

    Can I still trust life?

    1. Markus

      Life is always going to support your eternal being – that might at times contradict what is best for your physical self, though. Life sucking is only a perception. The Dalai Lama told a story about one of his brethren who was freed after 15 years of imprisonment and torture. Asked if he ever felt hopeless, he answered that there were days when he did not feel very compassionate and loving of those who beat him. That is what upset him, that he would stop feeling compassion for the men who hurt him daily. His situation sounded terrible, but he was balanced enough that it was just another experience – he was only bothered by how he reacted once in a while.

  4. pavlo

    Excellent post Sen. The pointer here seems to be to not always look for a black or white answer in either a thought or an emotion. Play around with it, don’t take it so seriously, don’t make it so important. Just see if it serves you or not, because life will always balance you out if you wait. Don’t be in such a hurry to accept or deny whatever comes up in your conscious awareness. Don’t be afraid, just be open, but don’t struggle with it, let it be. If it has an element of truth, that confirmation will come to you, but it won’t come by forcing a truth or conversely dont’ push something away out of fear. Don’t fear fear, allow and it will go.

  5. Jenny

    When I began studying spirituality, I read book after book, teacher after teacher, acquiring vast amounts of knowledge, getting a spiritual ‘hit’ each time, as Adya calls it, but I never truly got liberated by any of the knowledge I acquired. If anything, the more I learnt, the staunchly and obnoxiously I defended it, while privately I got more fearful of the fact that I was unable to translate any of that knowledge to the practicality of my life. In fact, some teachers say that the people who make the most progress are those who know nothing of spirituality beforehand for then they are open, without preconceived ideas/expectations. Its very hard to ‘fill a full cup’. It was only after 5 years, fed-up with it all, when I chucked out all my books, resigned myself to not knowing anything, emptied myself of most of the concepts I had clung so tightly to, that this blog showed up.

    This is a very important post, precisely because it is asking us to let go of holding on to all the pointers we have accumulated in previous posts as the way to true freedom.
    Correct me if I’m wrong Sen but what you are simply pointing towards is the choice of experiencing life openly, fearlessly, not because of how aligned we are with our life-stream, or the understandings that we have gained about life but in spite of them.

    Understanding the physics of life, regaining wholeness, releasing resistance etc, does not necessarily lead to an inner freedom. It is possible to clutch tightly to these understandings, getting shaken by another perspective that would challenge this. Furthermore, regaining wholeness by releasing resistance and acquiring an understanding about the physics of life is not necessarily a bliss-only trip that exempts one from making mistakes, nor can it force about an expression that is not aligned with the soul’s blue-print for growth (which ties in with the last post on Law of Attraction & Destiny).

    Inner freedom therefore must be independent of all this knowledge. Some teachers call it, ‘to stop arguing with what is’ and anyone who is in the process of releasing momentum can see that truly, freedom comes from allowing life to unfold precisely as it is and experiencing it as just that.

    If, as it is now apparent, life is constant motion, evolution, change, then holding on to any knowledge/understanding is simply inviting suffering back in. You mention Sen, in older posts, that what is true is never lost so whatever understanding/wisdom/balance we gain will remain within us, rising to meet us in life as occasion demands but only if we allow it by staying open to life as it is.

    So the being might awaken to awareness of itself, the mind might gain wisdom/logic about life, but life belongs to life (as you have so aptly put it in a previous post). Any illusion of control is just that. An illusion. Much easier to go with the flow than to argue with life.

    Could I wrap up this rather long comment with this: the mark of a great teacher is one who liberates as many of his/her students into fellow teachers as is possible. I was initially thrown by this post, until I read it again, taking my time. There is great wisdom in it.

    1. Markus

      Jenny, that book knowledge and absorbing teachings is useful, though. It seems to get the logical mind to open up to accepting new realities. Even if some minds can take it too far and block one’s growth for a while, it does open the door for some of us. Softens the resistance of the mind, that is to say.

  6. kate

    Am I correct to say that inner freedom is following the so called “pathless path”?Following the tao basically.
    Thanks for the insight into being fearless because it clarified a very important point for me.

  7. Yoshi

    Hi Sen,

    I read this latest blog you wrote. Very interesting material. I was able to get the parts of what you said about restrictive nature of things. And I think that has a lot to do with my suffering. And the conditioning we grow up as kids molded by our parents, society and the culture we live in has a lot to do with how people live their lives. I still have these out-pours of guilt, anger, regret, depression since I’ve become ill to the point where I am dependent on others.
    But not as intense as before. I found a better Dr. who uses both psychiatric and holistic methods for healing. He told me to write a poem about connecting to the source or universe.

    The Buddhist teachings have the concept of karma as a way of explaining all cause, condition and effect relationships. Some people live a fulfilling life, whereas others live a really difficult life. For those who suffer, the goal is to change their karma and their destiny of suffering into joy. And I think becoming fearless or becoming able to muster up courage to do what is scary or difficult helps one’s awareness grow and life becomes more fulfilling.

    I’ve practiced the Buddhist teaching for a while and I used to feel this incredible source or presence that the deities associated with the Buddhist teachings are helping me, most of the time without my knowing. But after I got sick, I lost the faith and belief… and my psychiatrist said that the Buddhist teaching didn’t work for me because the doubts and the negativity or restrictiveness I had about myself was much stronger, hence I became ill. When you harbor such negativity for a long time, it will eventually manifest in the body. For me, it is just a shame b/c it happens so early in my life.

    I know I could have done more with my life, but I can only do what I can now with what I got.

    Thanks for your posts. I think it helps a lot of your readers because it’s cutting edge and quite new. And I believe a lot of what you talk about could be incorporated into the Buddhist teachings because the Buddha said the nature of all things are constantly changing, and the Buddhist teachings were meant to adapt to its current time and continue to help others and relieve their suffering which leads to joy.

  8. Pavlo

    Indeed Jenny, there is a very special and important
    message in This article. Like you I had to re-read this
    post more than a few times to capture the essence of
    Sen’s message. This writing could well be one of the
    most important, if not THE most important articles
    in this entire blog.

  9. Alias

    Sen, very nicely put. I see confusion among some replies, which is marvelous, because there is movement.

    I don’t know if you can kindly allow me to mention that fear and though are best friends. One does not go without the other. In fact if one has the capacity to see very clearly, one will see that fear precedes every single thought. Most will reject this instantly, but in time it will become rather obvious. Has one noticed those moments where ones’ mind is totally absorbed in emptiness? Not when you are focusing on something, but rather when you are unconsciously aware of everything around you. There is no thought there. No fear, no anxiety, no looking for freedom, no need for looking at all. In such moments, when the “I” IS NOT, the division between pleasure and pain simply ends. It may last only for a few seconds, but it is an indication that such a state is possible. You’ll see children spending whole hours during their day in such a state (especially during boring class hours).

    Obviously the point is not to stop thinking, but rather to understand what a thought is made of. You know, the brain is just one organ, just like the heart, the lungs, the stomach. One can simply not expect it to provide the solutions to all one’s problems.

    To look for freedom, implies that you are a prisoner. One part of thought says, “I” want to be free, and another part of thought ask’s “how” or suggests a solution. But they are both the “I”, does one see the paradox? To “look for freedom”, inner or outer, one admits that he is in conflict, that he is imprisoned and that he must be free of it. How can the very mind that creates the prison cell, ever be free?

    Humans like fear as much as they like thinking. Has one noticed the increasing number of appalling splatter horror movies that come out every year? Millions of dollars are invested into producing pure garbage. Has one noticed the increasing amounts of money that go into military and defense? Trillions of US dollars per year (poverty would be solved globally…). Why? because of the fear of terrorism… and so a new form of fear is created, that of a nuclear blast from the the big guys. And so, fear breeds fear. People eat their lunch while looking at shocking, terrifying TV shows or news programs as if it is all quite normal. People also fear of loosing their jobs, their money, their property, their loved ones, their own lives, etc. But they don’t mind watching it on TV, or if it’s happening to their neighbor.

    You know, “inner freedom” in the sense of a permanent state is the ultimate illusion. It is a trick of the mind, and if one has seen it once, then one knows of how capable the mind is on playing tricks. One finds freedom only if one is free already. As long as there is a thought process that questions “Am i free?” or “how do I get free?”, there will be no freedom at all.

    Freedom of any kind, implies the many, not the one. The “I” can never be free of itself. When the “I” becomes the many, when the focus moves from the “ego” to “others”, when one’s consciousness shifts from “thought and fear of oneself” to “wisdom and love for others”, then something new comes into being.

    That is what Sen is doing here, and it’s wonderful. Keep it up.

    1. Jenny

      Fear by itself is not a negative. It is a healthy and necessary aspect of the mind responsible for the fight or flight response that determines our reaction to a potentially harmful situation. It is the suppressed momentum of conditioned fear, coupled with a low awareness that gives rise to the kind of rampant fear mongering that is present today. I can honestly say that the more my awareness grows, through the release of mind momentum and more importantly the choice of what I choose to focus on, the less fear I experience about life in general. In fact, I used to be horribly afraid of horror movies and now a very pleasant side-effect of releasing the mind momentum is that I find that I can watch one and derive a good chuckle out of the absurdity of it all. I’m now rather fond of the Aliens and Predator franchises. I’ve watched them quite a few times in the last few months and each time, I notice a dissipation in the ‘night-time boogey-man’ syndrome I used to experience after watching any horror films. These films are somebody’s creative outlet and expression, equally as valid as Anna Karenina is poetic, each enjoyed by various audiences precisely because of their differences. What is garbage to one is genius to another.

      Terrorism is the result of the collective fear of ‘the other’. We fuel it on a personal level with the internal mind wars that we wage upon ourselves, which in turn fuels the global collective level. Terrorism will die when more and more people are willing to enlighten themselves about the physics of life, when we cease to fear the different expressions of life in various forms, when we gain understandings that give rise to truth, wisdom and by extension, love; when whole nations are willing to acknowledge that the cost at which their own comfort comes maybe at the expense of other perhaps lesser technologically advanced nations but who are no less worthy of the merits of a good life. Terrorism will die when we stop giving our individual powers away and acknowledge that we are all endowed with the capacity to comprehend the inherent well-being present in life, and that it is available to each and everyone of us regardless of creed, colour and which way you wear your trousers (or if any at all). We may not see it eradicated in our lifetime, nor even in a generation further up, but the work of this blog and others like it, is to liberate as many of us as is possible because we are part of the collective and therefore contribute greatly to it. Our light becomes another’s light and on and on…till more come to the light of awareness. The onus therefore is on all of us who find our way towards the light to first liberate ourselves, for how can we help the collective if we are, ourselves, embroiled in inner turmoil? To merely observe and express horror that such atrocities exist in the world does nothing to alleviate it.

      In the light of awareness, it is my experience that the quality of life I enjoy is directly proportional to my understanding of the physics of life. This is universal. Our programming, our values, our freedoms will change as our wisdom in the mechanics of life grows, as we move more in harmony with the well-being inherent in life, of which we are all a part.

      This blog is wonderfully simple, not at all intellectual and my guess is that this is the reason it resonates with so many of us. It comes down to this post. Freedom is indeed the pathless path (as referenced by Kate) of the peaceful warrior, who transcends the dark not by fighting for or against it, but by embracing it through wisdom, love, truth. Darkness cannot exist where there is light – pure physics. Light can brighten a dark room but darkness cannot swallow light, once it is turned on. And no, that is in no way suggestive….

  10. Alliswell

    Alias, Nice commentary. I have read and reread this post many times. I love the “wisdom and love for others” comparison in consciousness.

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