theaveragelifeofamanda asked: How do I become free?
It depends on what you take the “I” to be. Freedom in terms of the body and mind is transient. It depends on conditions and conditions are always subject to change. Not only that, but those freedoms do not necessarily equate with peace and happiness never-ending.
Therefore inquire as to the real nature of the freedom you seek. It is not a freedom of the body and mind but rather freedom from the body and mind. This does not mean obliterating the mind-body; instead, it means no longer using the mind-body as the sole means of determining what is real.
The body and mind are not sentient. They are inert. You are sentience itself. Your attention, which is to say your Awareness, is more real than anything upon which it shines. Before there is the notion of anything else, there first must be the attention there to know it. You shine on the mind-body and mistakenly take yourself to be what you shine upon.
The freedom you seek is the rectification of this confusion stemming from misperception. If you can discover what the “I” really is, then freedom is already there.
Eternal freedom is not attained nor found but rather recognized as being already the nature of your existence.
Again, if you try to seek that freedom in terms of body or mind, you will miss the ultimate point of that longing for liberation from bondage. Everyone has the urge to be free and yet we limit that understanding of freedom to temporary things and situations.
If you mistake freedom to be a state of the mind or body, then death will appear as something that threatens to take your freedom. Therefore until you are free from the illusion of birth and death, you are not truly free.
It may be difficult to understand this since we are most accustomed to perceiving and conceiving in terms of thoughts formed from words. Thus the practice of daily meditation is meant to reclaim alertness of attention from the fixation on mind.
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