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Life is always about liberation from fear and the freedom that Love brings. The most essential key to being liberated and feeling free is to take a strong stand for love. I cannot do that while simultaneously holding judgment against myself and others. True liberation requires that I make every effort to be free of resentment and regret. If I intend to demonstrate and experience liberty I must drop all negative thinking. I must be willing to begin with myself again and again, moment by moment no matter what transpired a moment ago.
“The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself. Not with a leather whip, or with sticks or twigs, not with a blackjack or a billyclub, but with the fine whip of her own tongue & the subtle beating of her mind against her mind.” These are the opening lines of a poem by the great American poet Erica Jong. The words ring with such truth. I’ve felt that kind of slavery. I’ve lived in that bondage. Revealing Spirit in me and as me is my great liberator.
The freedom I feel now comes from my commitment to living without judgment to the best of my ability in each moment. In this, I am made new, in this I am born again and again each day. This is the walk of self-liberation. Every day I fall down and get up again. Folks see me fall and wince. They see me get back up and we smile because everyone falls. No need to judge the judger.
There have been NO days (yet!) where I am completely free of judging myself and others, but that doesn’t keep me from my commitment. My commitment is to my highest possibility and I have made it for eternity. My responsibility is to all of Life, for I know that as I am lifted all are lifted in the Oneness of all Life. I will surely get where I am going and there is no race to win. In the mind of the infinite I am already there if I can but see it and accept it. From where I stand now, I can see it AND accept it – for myself and for others. I am so grateful. It’s not been easy and yet I did not give up. In this way I move the world in a direction of peace each and every day.
The truth is alive in me and I am free. I stand for love now and always
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