Our own ideas keep us slave from feeling freedom. Not only freedom from a mind full of dependencies, but more important, free to behave and be as our inner calling in life expresses.
This is to be an artist in life. The canvas is your own life. The music is expressed in your own words spoken with intention, vitality, rhythm and timing. Your dance is in every breath, in every smile; by being grateful of the gift of life.
Dependency resides in our minds. A dependent mind is looking for security. It is looking for certainty in a world where nothing is stipulated, where anything and everything could happen. This is the life to be enjoyed by the courageous ones through a challenge; or by the innocent ones who just enjoy newness, for the sake of it.
A dependent mind is instilled in our values: The wife who rather suffers in the jail of her home than to face being alone. Her mind will create the beast of loneliness to scare her. The man who feels worthless without a certain paycheck amount. The teenager who feels pressured to do things as her “hang out” group desires. The nun who feels that her beliefs are exactly what God beliefs; and without those beliefs, she will be worthless.
Dependency on “our” religious group, the family, friends… even the state of the body. All of those self-imposed “jails” will bring suffering. In this exchange, we are willing to go through self-imposed penance for illusory security.
Look at any belief that you have. Look at any idea or preconception that you have. Look at any opinion that you defend and promote. All of those are golden jails. There is a “life sentence,” going on in our minds.
Have you ever wondered if you could look at the ocean with fresh eyes? That is, if we look at the ocean in front of us and that doesn’t move us or touches our heart, our inner being; we are not looking. We are not really seeing. We are truly blind.
We are just thinking while looking. Bringing back memories. Living in our head.
In that state of being it is impossible to look at something with fresh eyes, so it is never the “same ol’ thing.”
Without truly seeing, there is no exchange, no relationship. There is just emptiness for lack of meaning in our lives.
Emptiness is healthy when it is about the mind. Emptiness is pitiful when it is about the heart.
Dependencies are the chains to be free of by emptying our minds. This is the point where “true” Spirituality could begin.