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J. Krishnamurti on How to Find True Freedom

J. Krishnamurti
Waking Times 

None of the agonies of suppression, nor the brutal discipline of conforming to a pattern, has led to truth. To come upon truth, the mind must be completely free, without a spot of distortion.

But first, let us ask ourselves if we really want to be free? When we talk of freedom are we talking about complete freedom or about freedom from some inconvenient or unpleasant or some undesirable thing? We would like to be free from painful and ugly memories and unhappy experiences but keep our pleasurable, satisfying ideologies, formulas and relationships. But to keep one without the other is impossible, for, as we have seen, pleasure is inseparable from pain.

So it is for each one of us to decide whether or not we want to be completely free. If we say we do, then we must understand the nature and structure of freedom.

Is it freedom when you are free from something – free from pain, free from some kind of anxiety? Or is freedom itself something entirely different?

Are You Really Free?

You can be free from jealousy, say, but isn’t that freedom a reaction and therefore not freedom at all? You can be free from dogma very easily, by analysing it, by kicking it out, but the motive for that freedom from dogma has its own reaction, because the desire to be free from a dogma may be that it is no longer fashionable or convenient. Or you can be free from nationalism because you believe in internationalism, or because you feel it is no longer economically necessary to cling to this silly nationalistic dogma, with its flag and all that rubbish. You can easily put that away. Or you may react against some spiritual or political leader who has promised you freedom as a result of discipline or revolt. But has such rationalism, such logical conclusion, anything to do with freedom?

If you say you are free from something, it is a reaction which will then become another reaction, which will bring about another conformity, another form of domination. In this way, you can have a chain of reactions and accept each reaction as freedom. But it is not freedom; it is merely a continuity of a modified past which the mind clings to.

The youth of today, like all youth, are in revolt against society and that is a good thing in itself, but revolt is not freedom because when you revolt, it is a reaction and that reaction sets up its own pattern. And you get caught in that pattern. You think it is something new, it is not; it is the old in a different mould. Any social or political revolt will inevitably revert to the good old bourgeois mentality.

Freedom is a State of Mind

Freedom comes only when you see and act, never through revolt. The seeing is the acting and such action is as instantaneous as when you see danger. Then there is no cerebration, no discussion or hesitation; the danger itself compels the act, and therefore, to see is to act and to be free.

Freedom is a state of mind – not freedom from something but a sense of freedom, a freedom to doubt and question everything and therefore so intense, active and vigorous that it throws away every form of dependence, slavery, conformity and acceptance. Such freedom implies being completely alone. But can the mind brought up in a culture so dependent on environment and its own tendencies ever find that freedom which is complete solitude, and in which there is no leadership, no tradition and no authority?

This solitude is an inward state of mind which is not dependent on any stimulus or any knowledge and is not the result of any experience or conclusion. Most of us, inwardly, are never alone. There is a difference between isolation; cutting oneself off, and aloneness, solitude. We all know what it is to be isolated – building a wall around oneself in order never to be hurt, never to be vulnerable, or cultivating detachment which is another form of agony, or living in some dreamy ivory tower of ideology. Aloneness is something quite different.

Living with Yourself as You Are

You are never alone because you are full of all the memories, all the conditioning, all the mutterings of yesterday; your mind is never clear of all the rubbish it has accumulated. To be alone you must die to the past. When you are alone, totally alone, not belonging to any family, any nation, any culture, any particular continent, there is that sense of being an outsider. The man who is completely alone in this way is innocent and it is this innocency that frees the mind from sorrow.

We carry about with us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that totally is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young – not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age – and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words.

In this solitude, you will begin to understand the necessity of living with yourself as you are, not as you think you should be or as you have been. See if you can look at yourself without any tremor, any false modesty, any fear, any justification or condemnation – just live with yourself as you actually are.

The Caring of Observation

It is only when you live with something intimately that you begin to understand it. But the moment you get used to it – get used to your own anxiety or envy or whatever it is – you are no longer living with it. If you live by a river, after a few days you do not hear the sound of the water any more, or if you have a picture in the room which you see every day you lose it after a week. It is the same with the mountains, the valleys, the trees – the same with your family, your husband, your wife. But to live with something like jealousy, envy or anxiety you must never get used to it, never accept it. You must care for it as you would care for a newly planted tree, protect it against the sun, against the storm. You must care for it, not condemn it or justify it. Therefore you begin to love it. When you care for it, you are beginning to love it. It is not that you love being envious or anxious, as so many people do, but rather that you care for watching.

So can you – can you and I – live with what we actually are, knowing ourselves to be dull, envious, fearful, believing we have tremendous affection when we have not, getting easily hurt, easily flattered and bored? Can we live with all that, neither accepting it nor denying it, but just observing it without becoming morbid, depressed or elated?

If You Say, ‘I am Free’, Then You are Not Free

Now let us ask ourselves a further question. Is this freedom, this solitude, this coming into contact with the whole structure of what we are in ourselves – is it to become upon through time? That is, is freedom to be achieved through a gradual process? Obviously not, because as soon as you introduce time you are enslaving yourself more and more. You cannot become free gradually. It is not a matter of time.

The next question is, can you become conscious of that freedom? If you say, ‘I am free’, then you are not free. It is like a man saying, ‘I am happy‘. The moment he says, ‘I am happy’ he is living in a memory of something that has gone. Freedom can only come about naturally, not through wishing, wanting, longing. Nor will you find it by creating an image of what you think it is. To come upon it, the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness.

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Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

From the ancient Minotaur myth to Wes Ball’s Maze Runner … why are Labyrinths so powerful and comforting in confusing times?

For thousands of years, humans have been fascinated by mazes and Labyrinths: built them, told stories about them, created games and puzzles around them.

According to legend, the original Labyrinth was built by architect Daedalus and his son Icarusto to house the Minotaur, a creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

Earliest Labyrinths

The Labyrinth is one of the most famous sites in Greek mythology. For those who are unfamiliar, King Minos of Crete is said to have commanded the skillful craftsman Daedalus to build an elaborate maze to contain the half-man, half-bull monster called the Minotaur. When Minos’s son Androgeus was murdered by the Athenians, Minos forced them to send seven of their sons and seven of their daughters to be sacrificed to the Minotaur every nine years. Eventually, the hero Theseus volunteered to be one of the fourteen, with the result that he killed the Minotaur with the help of Minos’s daughter Ariadne. Since Theseus went on to become the King of Athens, the cultural supremacy of that city meant that his stories have remained some of the best-known of Greek culture as a whole.

Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

Minotaur Labyrinth

With that said, it is interesting to note that the Labyrinth was a popular symbol for the Cretans as well. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Cretans are known to have issued coins with the Labyrinth rendered in gorgeous detail. Curiously, while the earliest examples could be either unicursal or multicursal, these visual representations leaned towards the former more and more over time, with the result that multicursal versions didn’t make a return until hedge mazes managed to become popular in the Renaissance. Due to this, while “labyrinth” and “maze” tend to be used as synonyms for one another in conventional use, it is interesting to note that there are some specialists who define a “labyrinth” as being unicursal in nature and a “maze” as being multicursal in nature.

The path of spiritual enlightenment

In ancient cultures Labyrinths were crafted not to confused, but to send visitors on a spiritual journey.

Labyrinths are known as sacred gateways and have been found at the entrance of ancient sites around the world. Often located at the center of subtle ‘earth energies’ these temples enhance, balance, regenerate and confirm the unity with the cosmos. According to ancient beliefs the Labyrinth invites the intuition to come forth and it is kind of a meditative experience. It may symbolize a journey of self-discovery, a journey in to the center of the self and out again.

This is certainly evident in the mandalas of Tantric literature from India and, most notably, in the Rigveda (c. 1500 BCE) in which the various books progress along the same lines as a Labyrinth where one travels a spiritual path alone to eventually merge one’s inner journey with the outer world. Even Carl Jung, famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst  (1875-1961), saw the Labyrinth as a symbol of this reconciliation between the inner self and the external world.

Labyrinth. Ancient Symbol Of Spiritual Development

Meaning of the Labyrinth is to symbolize a path of spiritual enlightenment

The ancient practice of walking a Labyrinth

Although numerous theories suggest that prehistoric Labyrinths served as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances, the meaning of the Labyrinth changed to symbolize a path of spiritual enlightenment.

In the Middle Ages, walking a cathedral labyrinth was a substitute for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Not everyone could make the long and arduous journey to the Holy Land, so walking a Labyrinth in a church was a devotional activity. Labyrinths were incorporated into the architecture of many churches in Europe.

Walking meditatively through the twists and turns of the labyrinth may help a practitioner process his/her twists and turns in the Labyrinth of life. The Labyrinth can also provide the opportunity to examine goals, assess talents and abilities, make decisions, and evaluate progress, both personally and professionally.

Moreover, there are those who see the Labyrinth as a huge concentration of power because of the way that the relevant paths are coiled round and round rather than running straight. Something that provides it with even more metaphysical weight. In any case, interested individuals have been known to use visual representations of the Labyrinth in various ways, with examples ranging from focusing upon its symbolic nature to pondering the path that runs through them over and over.

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The Third Dimension of Fire

Elva Thompson, Contributor
Waking Times

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” ~Ecclesiastes 1:9 

What a bizarre and seductive reality we live in. A chaotic world of speed where survival is on overdrive. A surreal place where it’s hard to tell truths from lies anymore. But…confusing and scary as it maybe, everything is cosmically in order. The Old Age ended on Dec 21st 2012 and there is a reset time while the new programme is installed for the next twenty six thousand years.

Spiritual science tells us that at the end of every Grand Cosmic Year all species on earth should evolve into a higher plane of consciousness, and this is known as the Shift of Ages. It would appear that the cosmic wifi has been hijacked.

The Hijacking of Humanity

Humanity’s ascension frequency has been hijacked by the owners of this 3D construct, and our spiritual connection with nature has been severed. Even our physical interaction with each other has been intercepted…interfaced with AI, and replaced by the digital reality of the internet and social media. The meteoric rise of cell phones towers, gwen towers, smart everything and 5G full spectrum dominance is no accident. It’s perfect timing for the controllers of the human farm. They don’t want us to evolve out of their fractal, dualistic reality so they block the incoming cosmic information with electro – magnetic smog. They want to exploit us…keep sucking on our energy…in the same way that we don’t want to give our wild life and farmed food animals any right to life.

As a result of our faulty thinking, we are being locked into an energetic electro-magnetic prison and ushered into a new age of slavery. To keep us in a closed mental loop, they have insinuated all kinds of distractions to occupy our attention, and keep us confused and fearful – religion, politics, staged terror events, pandemics etc…take your pick.

It is a time of doubt for many people.

So who is the spider that has trapped us in its sticky web of deceit and illusion?

The Hell Fire Club Re-Visited

“Hell is empty. All the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare

It’s no secret that a cabal of elite satanists control the world and all its governments. A bunch of hidden hands that operate like the mob. Their reality is one of excess, fabulous wealth and power, murder, bribery, blackmail, secret societies, occultism, paedophilia, satanism. In other words the Hell Fire Club of do what you want with total freedom to break any laws without recourse…. like past like present.

Controlling the Grid

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” ~Leviticus 17v:11

The elite have always used terror, black magic and blood sacrifice as a means of controlling the frequency of the earth’s icosahedral(water/emotional) grid. Their intent is to bathe all life on this plane in a fearful and violent energetic matrix that provides a medium for absolute control…a frequency where they can divide us and set us at each other’s throat. Our predictable responses to their constant negative media programming makes it easy for them to stoke the passions of our animalistic reptile mind, and keep us locked into the low frequency state of animal instinctive drive. To maintain this base level of awareness they need the energy of ‘terrified spiritual trauma’ produced by constant war, and the destruction of innocent young souls. This ‘blood trade’ could be the reason why millions of children go missing every year.

Spiritual Science

Spiritual science teaches that our reality is energetically maintained by the terror and torture of blood sacrifice. Blood infused with fear whether human or animal, bird, fish or reptile is the glue that holds this world together. The Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Luciferianism all advocate blood sacrifice because they are ‘agent provocateurs’ of the negative force that manages the karmic, spiritual revolving door of humanity..life after bloody life. ( see my article Life after Life)

The Karmic Wheel

“I lay no wood, Brahmin for fire on altars. Only within burneth the fire I kindle.” ~Buddha

In contrast to the blood letting religions, Buddhism teaches compassion. The Buddha was against killing all beings without exception. He understood that all life is but One Life – and that our cruelties to living beings creates the karma that keeps the re-incarnation cycle rolling with energetic debt. A resonance pattern of return that waits like a psychic sledgehammer to smack us in the head, and blocks us evolving to a higher plane of existence.

If all life is One Life who are the animals?

Concepts Contrary to Our Programming

One of my mentors, Sir George Trevelyan often talked about sacred sympathy, the ability to intensify our imaginative thinking – to stretch our minds and entertain concepts contrary to our programming….

Sir George maintained along with Rudolph Steiner and other mystics that man is the symphony of the One Life – the Archetype containing all other life forms. In Gen 1 v26 we are told that heaven and earth, and its creatures were the first to be created – man appeared last in creation after all his instinctual, physical and spiritual aspects had been assembled.

What if every animal species is a specialised part of the human body? The ruminants: cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes etc, can be seen as the digestive system externalised. The lion seems to be the chest in specialised development, the rhythmic system of heart and lungs. The eagle, representing the bird kingdom is seen as a metamorphosis of head and larynx. Snakes could be viewed as the guts, and fishes as recognized in astrology are the feet. The crustacea floating in the sea are like the floating organs in the blood such as kidneys, and it is well-known that blood and sea water are chemically practically identical. One only has to look at the development of the human embryo to realise we share features with other creatures, such as tails and gill-like structures.

It may be because of the dualistic nature of our reality, ‘the parts’ (the creatures) that make up the archetypal design of man are projected outside of Self and viewed as separate. Man as the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and his bodily organs appear spread out through the living kingdoms of nature.

Rising Above Our Animal Nature

In the words of Sir George:

“Man is the symphony of the created world, and as such we need to rise above our animal qualities…qualities, which in their rightful place are noble and useful, but when manifesting in the human ego can be despicable. Scavenger hyena is an essential part of nature’s pattern, but he is not fitting if manifesting as a human faculty.” ~Operation Redemption

If we can imaginatively grasp the concept that animals are our greater body, we will realise that to become fully human we have to transmute and sublimate the (snake, wolf, rat, fox, etc) traits that exist within us.

Living Biological Computer Programme

The implications of this understanding are enormous and could well explain the suffering of human beings. If animals are aspects of self and we murder them by the billions every day, we are in reality attacking our own soul….heaping up a huge karmic debt that keeps us stuck in the re-incarnation cycle. Every time we intentionally hurt the creatures we are spiritually damaging ourselves, and when we eat their flesh we are cannibalizing our own essence.

Food for Thought

Years ago I watched a short video on you tube called Nature by Numbers. It was then I realised that all manifested life in this reality is based on fractal geometry: the Golden Rectangle, the Fibonacci spiral and phi , bodies equipped with programmed instructions and built-in desires that operate autonomously.

I have often pondered on the question…. If life is a biological computer programme what gives the living essence to the creatures and their ability to respond to love?

My conclusion is that the energy of our blocked multi dimensional awareness powers life in the natural world. This is the spiritual connection we feel with our pets, plants and nature as a whole. The illusion of separation is created by the dual nature of this dimension. There is only One Life and everything partakes of it…it is the power house of our Archetypal Idea…..

Until the next time we meet in digital reality stay aligned with life. Tread lightly on the earth and leave no foot print.

I recommend the video with the article. It gets to the point.

Here is the Nature by Numbers video:

About the Author

Elva Thompson was born in England in 1947 and moved to Rosebud Lakota reservation in 1987. She is the author of the Heartstar Series; Book One: The Key made of Air, and Book Two: The Gates to Pandemonia. Her other interests include organic gardening, ancient phonetic languages, sonic sound and their application in the healing arts. She is also a medical intuitive and teaches sonic re-patterning using sound, colour, and essential oils. Elva Thompson is on Amazon Author Central @ amazon.com/author/heartstar

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Is belief in alien life a whole new religion ?

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Belief in intelligent alien life is on the increase. 

In the United States, there are almost as many believers in intelligent alien life as there are believers in God.

Professor Diana Pasulka of the University of North Carolina has recently published a new book – American Cosmic – which delves in to the parallels between religion and belief in UFOs.

The notion that mankind is not alone in the universe she argues, is itself becoming more and more like a kind of religion – especially given that over 50 percent of Americans and more than 60 percent of young Americans believe in alien life, a figure very close to that of those who believe in God.

“One way we can make sense of this is by using a very old but functional definition of religion as simply the belief in nonhuman and supernatural intelligent beings that often descend from the sky,” Pasulka told Vox.com’s Sean Illing in a recent interview.

“There are many definitions of religion, but this one is pretty standard.”

One way in which belief in God and belief in alien life differs, she argues, is that the idea that we are not alone in the universe is something shared (and often promoted) by prominent scientists.

“Here we have people who are actual scientists, like Ellen Stofan, the former chief scientist at NASA, who are willing to go on TV and basically make announcements like, ‘We are going to find extraterrestrial life’,” said Pasulka.

“She says we’re going to find life, we’re going to find habitable planets and things like that.”

“So that gives this type of religiosity a far more powerful bite than the traditional religions, which are based on faith in things unseen and unprovable.”

Source: Vox.com 

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