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13 Responses to “Freedom!”

  1. on 31 Mar 2018 at 10:22 am Betty

    Thanks for your post Carol. It inspires me to dive into The Bhagavad Gita.

  2. on 31 Mar 2018 at 10:19 am Betty

    Carol: I once was hospitalized in the same unit with a very depressed woman who was there because she had requested shock therapy. I found the idea of shock therapy repulsive. She told me she had been driving and had an accident and something happened to her daughter that was in the car with her. Not sure she ever shared what. But she said she had the shock therapy because it made her “forget.” Another tie-in with thoughts and depression and how thought and memory takes us away from the peace of the present moment.

  3. on 30 Mar 2018 at 3:05 pm Russ

    Are you suggesting that I stop Carol? How can I get to heaven if I don’t build the stairs :) Thank you for such a beautiful reminder of the simplicity of seeing and knowing.

  4. on 30 Mar 2018 at 12:12 pm Diane

    Love your post today Carol. So true!

  5. on 30 Mar 2018 at 6:25 am ceejaypea

    At one point in the Gita Arjuna asks Krishna to show him all his manifestations so that he may truly know his Lord. Krishna cautions Arjuna against this, but Arjuna insists. Of course, when Krishna does as he asks, Arjuna is overwhelmed, frightened, and shocked. His lesson was at least partially of the freedom in accepting and seeing as we are able rather than the grasping and greedy desire to know as much as possible. My understanding from this is that our divinity (while human) is revealed through our devotion not through omniscience. Namaste.

  6. on 13 Mar 2018 at 6:54 am ceejaypea

    I was not surprised when I read in an article in the Washington Post yesterday of a woman who had had intractable depression (unresponsive to treatment) which "disappeared" when she had a minor stroke. A part of her brain involved in 'thinking' had had the stroke which had interrupted her negative and repetitive ruminations. Just saying . . . Namaste.

  7. on 10 Mar 2018 at 8:58 am Lori

    Past stories had me believing that KNOWING brought safety. If I just knew the answers, I could prepare – I would know what to expect. Wow…look at that statement full of control and expectations, full of past experiences and future stories…not present at all. All the energy spent on thought, worry and searching, trying to find answers among unlimited possibilities. Scattering energy and limiting those possibilities in the process. It was exhausting. Still is when I get caught in such a heavy and restricting belief. Working with this one.

  8. on 28 Feb 2018 at 8:15 am ceejaypea

    ‘I don’t know’ is pervasive . . . the essence of freedom. Any agitation I experience, even that of others, is always the result of one of us attempting to ‘explain’ something. I once believed that something was being ‘taken’ from me by avoiding expressing my “individual knowledge”. However it has become clear that actually ‘I don’t know’ is the basis of our divinity, and is our true nature. This has been difficult for me because I thought I knew a lot of interesting, trivial and useless stuff that needed to be disseminated! Namaste.

  9. on 23 Feb 2018 at 6:19 pm Russ

    Like Betty, it is a sweet release when I finally stop feeling the need to know and just stop.

    Like Carol I cannot truly see something without it being jaded, unless or until I honestly see it as new. Most especially life!

  10. on 22 Feb 2018 at 3:42 pm Diane

    To not know IS the space between two thoughts and IS true freedoms and is the precursor to creativity. It is the birth canal of creativity.

  11. on 22 Feb 2018 at 9:43 am sasanijjs

    To know seems to follow a story of self. The more I do this practice the deeper I go into “I have no clue what I am doing.” Mind attempts to know by creating stories of grandeur or slips into a state of panic. In my experience ,freedom always lies in that space where there is nothing to analyze, judge, or fit into a story. Without a story there is nothing to know but the “feel” of home. That is freedom

  12. on 21 Feb 2018 at 8:04 pm Betty

    When I have put myself into agony trying to decide how things need to happen it is instant freedom when I am realize the way out is to welcome I don’t know. The weight falls away and reveals peace. I can fly again.

  13. on 21 Feb 2018 at 7:05 am ceejaypea

    Freedom is having no preconceived ideas and being open and accepting of all experience. . . I try to catch myself prejudging or excluding, and try to practice seeing the world as new, people as new, life as new. Doubt and uncertainty have long been my allies. Namaste.

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