Day 217: Freedom Within Structure Part 1 - McDonald's Realities
"Freedom is not license, and does not mean no structure. It simply means flexibility, that one can move from one structure to another easily – from no-structure to structure, from structure to no-structure. If your freedom is afraid of being in a structure, then it is not freedom at all.
"Just try to understand this, and the split will disappear. It is not there in your being, but just in your mind, just an idea. Drop the idea and enjoy freedom, and sometimes discipline.
"Discipline has its own beauty, it is not all slavery. And freedom has its own dangers and is not all beautiful. A real person is always capable of infinite discipline and infinite freedom – he is not a slave or an addict to anything."
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to connect the word Freedom with an idea / picture / fantasy of what I believe to be a 'higher dimension filled with love and bliss', that I see in my mind, in which I am no longer subject to the rules, laws, structures of this physical reality, and to accept and allow myself to believe that this 'higher dimension of love and bliss' actually is real and that I am really 'seeing it / experiencing it' -- instead of seeing and realizing that, all I've done is take snapshots of what is here as the physical reality and photoshop it with my imagination - morphing it / warping it / changing the colors and vibrancy, erasing the nasty parts, the painful parts, the abusive parts, the horrific parts, the parts like the money system and debt and bills and paychecks and health care, and poverty, and disease and war -- all the parts of the structure of this reality that I experience as limiting or unfair or as a struggle -- creating an alternate version of reality that includes only the bright / pretty colors and lights, and in which I see myself flying / floating around free from all my current responsibilities within my life as it actually exists within the structured economic system I live in within this physical reality
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not see and realize that my entire vision / experience of a 'higher dimension of love and bliss', is an alternate reality that only exists in my own mind as the result of how I've used ideas, beliefs, definitions to structure it - where, it didn't exist until I was finished building it in my mind and that - this building process took place breath by breath using my Physical Body's information processing ability - I used the Physical to give life to the pictures in my mind -- while I was busy building and structuring my idea of a higher dimension and what I'll experience in it, I was Breathing, I was eating, I was drinking -- if I had stopped breathing, or stopped eating or drinking, I would have died before I was finished building my alternate reality in my imagination! Before I finished building / structuring how the 5th dimension looks and how I'll experience it...
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to believe that the energy / experience of the 'higher dimension' I see in my mind, is independent / 'free' from and of the physical reality, instead of seeing and realizing that I am experiencing this energy through the structured sensory system of my physical body within this physical reality -- that my physical body is facilitating my energy experience -- not the other way around
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to accept such a limited definition of Freedom as to experience some nice feelings connected with pictures in my mind / imagination, which are dependent on me to believe / trust that what I have structured in my imagination, will actually 'come true' at some point -- which is exactly the same as for instance suicide bombers believing that when they die they will go to heaven and have sex with hundreds of virgins or whatever -- it's no different, they structured that experience / picture of that alternate reality in their imagination in exactly the same way as one structures the love and light / higher dimension alternate reality in one's imagination ---- strange how we're obviously so caught up in our imagination that we miss such simple common sense points of awareness of seeing how the mind works and how -- though the pictures might be different and the ideas might be different - the principle / structure of one's Actions is still the same --- we are separating ourselves from each other through our own individual 'preferred' realities in our imagination -- obviously causing a problem due to the fact that no one then wants to take responsibility for our SHARED reality which is the Earth, because we're too busy wanting 'my own' reality to 'come true'
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that creating a pretty picture in my imagination and believing it's going to come true, is not Freedom -- because if I was Free I would not need to escape into my imagination, I would be able to Discipline myself to Direct THIS reality to become a place worth living in, a place where there exist no abuse / pain / suffering / fear anywhere, and that within this, creating pretty picture / energy experiences is actually just the Consumerism / McDonald's Mentality we're programmed with from birth because --- it's easier / quicker to use your imagination to make yourself feel good / convince yourself that 'I'm lovin' it!', than to develop actual physical solutions to direct this physical reality to a point where the structures of Humanity actually support Life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize and see that Energy and Imagination is just like Fast Food, just like McDonald's where - at McDonald's you buy the Happy meal because it tastes good because it's got Sugar and Salt -- all those nice Crystals -- and it comes wrapped in bright colors and while you're eating it - You're Lovin' It!' --- and, then you finish your meal and the happiness wears off as you go back to work or paying your bills or whatever you're doing, and you're looking forward to the next Happy Meal. While you're eating that Happy Meal -- nothing and no one else really exists does it? Just that nice, happy experience of tasty goodness -- just 'I'm Lovin' It'!
It's the same with Spirituality where the message is - don't worry about how it works, don't worry about what other people are experiencing, you are free from responsibility! You are free to use your imagination in whatever way you want, so that you can find your point of 'I'm Lovin' It!' - Find the belief, the picture, the story that you can Eat Up and Feel Happy!
Osho said: "A real person is always capable of infinite discipline and infinite freedom – he is not a slave or an addict to anything."
So the question is, is Spirituality supporting Life by helping develop a new Humanity that has the Self-Freedom and Discipline to Care for all Life on Earth? Or is Spirituality helping the Profit Makers in this world within Capitalism, by helping to develop and perpetuate a Humanity that is Addicted, Enslaved to a Happy-Meal mentality?