THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY
"...at this time more than any other we need to develop and hold fast to a stronger relationship with God so that liberty does not disappear, and so that we do not become complicit in allowing it to disappear, by thinking that there is no other way for us or for the world."
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There was a time in America when the forces of light were in the ascendant and the pursuit of liberty was on everyone’s lips just as it was in their hearts. This was the inspiration that gave rise to the founding of this country – an ideal of liberty within collective consciousness that had never before existed as possible, that now was not only deemed possible but necessary. The degree to which people everywhere believed in this idea, claimed it for their own, paid homage to it, and were willing to make extreme sacrifices for it, was the basis for the establishment of a new nation.
Contrast this to the tenor of the times today in which ‘liberty’ or ‘freedom’ are words that are bandied about in almost every political debate between right and left, in which those who are more ‘progressive’ are horrified at the way these words are used by conservative speakers, and in which those who are members of the political ‘right’ are horrified at the abuse of freedom that members of the ‘progressive left’ seem to fall victim to, including all the ways of immorality that those of the right disapprove of. In the midst of this situation, the true meaning of the idea of ‘liberty’ has gotten lost and its understanding has become submerged within a kind of hopelessness that no longer believes that real liberty is possible, that real decision-making over one’s own life and destiny are possible, because the forces at work on the national and global level are too powerful. They are too strong. And they make decisions for oneself that disregard what an individual conscience might otherwise wish.
This is true in relation to taking this country (and other countries) into war. It is true concerning involvement in climatological decisions or decisions affecting clean water or conservation lands. It is true regarding the ways in which scientific enterprises are being funded and in which branches of research receive support. Everywhere, today, decisions are being made that affect the public welfare but that take the actual decision-making authority out of the hands of the public. This is not ‘liberty’ to create one’s destiny. This is ‘power over’or‘authority over’, and it does not partake of the original meaning of citizen-freedom and independence to self-create one’s life that was part of the founding vision of this country.
The abuse of the ideal of liberty and the misrepresentation of the meaning of the word, ‘liberty’ is being used, today, in the service of promoting a public policy, both national and international, that guarantees to those in power greater power, and to those without power, less power. This is not problematic to those who feel in a self-righteous way that they are making the best decisions for everyone else. But it is greatly troublesome to those who feel deprived of the right to choose their destiny and to those who question involvement in foreign and domestic policies that involve great cost to human life.
The loss of the consciousness of ‘liberty’ is a great loss for this nation. It is a great loss for this world. It is as if people increasingly feel, despite currents that are also moving things in the opposite direction, that their lives and destinies are being controlled by forces beyond reach, and that the world is spinning increasingly out of control while all one can do is watch it happen. This is the sad state of heart and of consciousness that resides in the feelings of many today, and it is the erosion of true ‘liberty’ that has caused this.
The currents of light that are sweeping through individuals and through nations are also moving people toward desiring more of a voice in government. These currents are leading to the organic and natural process of evolution within many nations that will culminate in a call for participatory democracy, even where long-entrenched authoritarian regimes have been and are in place. They will continue to move people in the future as this call remains on the rise, accompanying the vibration of light that is moving through the consciousness of many. Yet, at the same time, the sense of hopelessness and the awareness of everpresent conflict, of everpresent war, and of the seeming everpresent desire to perpetuate an unwanted war, if we are speaking of Iraq, remains in the hearts of people and causes a cloud of vast proportions to cover the otherwise boundless hope of the evolution of the new onto the world stage. This cloud is perpetuated and fostered by energies of darkness that abound within the earth plane at this time. It is a cloud that many people feel as despair, hopelessness, or cynicism. And it is a cloud that interrupts the freedom of individuals to make new choices about how they want to live.
Within the Middle East, this cloud is also moving people toward greater conflict, greater mistrust of each other’s intentions, and toward a more violent confrontation between people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds – all in the service of creating disunity and preventing the emergence of true participatory democracies, indigenous to the land upon which they grew. This cloud is being reinforced by forces that would seek to prevent the expansion of the earth into light. For this reason, we see the rising current of rage and the provocation of outrage today. The two are linked. The ‘cartoon controversy’ was not consciously or intentionally designed to provoke rage and outrage, but it had that effect. It was part of the agenda of darkness. The explosion at the al-Askari shrine in Samarra was deliberately designed to create rage and outrage. The killing of senior diplomats within Lebanon, within Iraq, within Egypt, within Saudi Arabia, within Pakistan, within Palestine, within Israel – these terrorist events, taken together, are all intended to provoke rage and outrage. It is a sad statement about the effectiveness of darkness in using the intense emotions of people to perpetuate the justification for violence that we currently witness on the world stage. This movement has been on the rise in recent years, most recently in the tragedy and travesty committed against the al-Askari shrine.
In the long run the forces of darkness cannot be victorious, because being separated from the wholeness that is God they are not as strong as the forces of light. But in the interim, as the battle continues to be waged on the world stage, there are many tears being shed and much blood being spilled as emotions give rise to violence and violence gives rise to an increasing amount of death and the desire for the death of others.
It is necessary, at this time, to preserve the sanctity of our own inner dwelling place of light so that we, individually, do not get caught up in the outbreak of collective emotionality that is present on both sides of the political spectrum, and so that we remain capable of taking all conflicts to the next higher level of resolution which is to take them to the temple within. Here, we commune with God in order to find the right way to perceive, to act, and to live. Political views are the domain of forces that wish to influence the outcome of events from behind the scenes. Communion with God, with truth, with peace, and with love in one’s heart make one immune to these forces and also capable of discerning what is truly going on. Therefore, at this time more than any other, we need to develop and hold fast to a stronger relationship with God so that liberty does not disappear, and so that we do not become complicit in allowing it to disappear by thinking that there is no other way for us or for the world.
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