The existence of Freedom
Freedom, it is said can only exist within certain ‘bounds and limitations’.(1)
But what does this mean?
Surely, freedom… is, exactly that. Freedom must be an absolute… isn’t it?
Or is it..
Freedom, if we focus on it, has within it the opposite, which is not being free.
That is, if we are identified with freedom to the exclusion of non-freedom. Therefore, if we are trying to be free and running away from something we trying to be free of, then we will create, through resistance,(2) the very non-freedom which we are trying to escape from.
Thus, freedom, in this situation can only can exist when we are in a state, where there is a situation being free from a state of not being free. Thus, no freedom at all.
What is the solution?
We must maintain a countenance of the willingness of being free or not free with the same degree of impartiality, whilst, simultaneously seeking to free ourselves of any restrictions. ie Desire vs Desirelessness.
The Buddhists, whom, in my opinion only half understand the emptiness perspective seek freedom as emptiness. They are free because they focus on nothing, and even the concept of being free is simply discarded. But how is this true freedom. Emptiness is merely an escape from being full, or non-empty.
In other words, the Buddhists are simply focusing on one side of a duality and have not taken the position of universal responsibility of all things being encompassed.
Thus, freedom can only exist within certain confines and limitations of duality, but beyond thought, freedom most certainly exists to the degree we are able to encompass the dualities of life; ie being free vs not being free, emptiness vs non-emptiness.
Are we in a situation where we will always be forever learning? Perhaps, yes. But we can do so within the concept of ever expanding parameters of freedom, not from a position of perpetuating one small bubble of perceived freedom where we never progress.
Encompass the concept of being free, or not, with the same degree of impartiality.
Wagin Protocol – 14 July 2017
(1) John Whitman Ray
(2) Resistance is where is focus on something and the do not want the other side, so we exclude it. ie we want to be loved, but do not want to be not loved. The problem is, that in our minds the resistance is what we focus on and create the thing we which do not want. Take this example explained further – I want to be loved, but because I acknowledge that I am not being loved I try to create something to solve the problem of not being loved. I focus on not being loved as the underlying pattern. No matter how much I focus on being loved I keep creating it’s opposite. That is until I can be willing to be both with the same degree of impartiality.