Why Freedom is so elusive?

Freedom, Inner joy, Peace, Contentment- we would have heard these but are they in our experience?

If we think closely, we all might have come face to face with them but what we may not know is how to summon them or how not to loose them, isn’t it?

Why do you think we can’t summon peace? Is it because we only look for it when we need it? In other words, we desire it but we do not do anything about it. Therefore, it only stays in our wish list and never realised.

We are so ruled by our subconscious that we barely realise the fact that we are nothing but creatures of habit. Habits are great to have as it automates our daily activities, freeing our mental energy, however, we all should be aware of the habits that makes us go in circles.

Also, if the habit lifecycle were to be understood then we may gain power over them and even be successful in changing the unwanted ones.

If the picture from the book ”the power of habit’ is to be believed then to achieve a reward you only need to change the routine when the Cue arises. But for spiritual practitioners our routine should be the same as our reward.

Meaning, we should get into the Routine of courting the Reward itself. If peace of mind is what we need then with the Cue our routine should be to at least imagine peace(which is not dependable on the world) then the reward would be the newly formed habit loop(recalling and experiencing peace would be way easier then).

Hope that makes sense… we just can’t be something without being in the company of that thing.

Like Master Oogway says, there are no accidents. We know that well, don’t we? Our head plays out only those that we entertain.

yuñjann evaṁ sadātmānaṁ yogī niyata-mānasaḥ
śhantiṁ nirvāṇa-paramāṁ mat-sansthām adhigachchhati// BG 6,15

Keeping the mind absorbed in Truth(Atman), the yogi attains nirvana(freedom) and abides in supreme peace(Atman’s qualities)

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Does Your Dream Include Your ‘True Self’?

In your dreams, are you thinking or talking or being your True self?

What I mean is that our mental habits during the day usually continue in our dreams too. So if our thoughts were around investigating the characteristics of our Self and practicing it in our lives then it should flow freely into our dreams.

Have you been experiencing that in your dreams? Some dreams are vivid and you remember every detail. So, do they include your true self-other than the one that the world knows you for?

We aren’t interpreting our dreams here but we are trying to understand if our subconscious really believes what we believe in.

But if our dreams don’t include our self then maybe we aren’t practicing the right way. If we think we are not the body or the mind but something more subtle and that which exists everywhere then we have to be impartial with the ones we have wrongly identified with-i.e the body or the mind.

Moreover, just thoughts around the Self wouldn’t make us dream about it but the feelings attached to those thoughts would do the magic. Our objective is not just to bring our true self into our dreams but to make a strong impression of that in our minds. For example, if you think you are the ‘space’ that fills the whole universe then just going around telling that ‘I am space’ would do no good. But when the characteristics of  ‘space’ (invisible, experienceable, indescribable, immovable, invincible, unthinkable etc.) play in your mind then do you see them as they play and do you identify with them is the question.

So, let us go back to our question, “are our thoughts on the ‘Self’ flowing freely into our dreams?”

Note: Btw, the idea is not to turn hysterical or to hallucinate 😉 Take it easy. Go slow. Trust that whatever you are seeking is also seeking you. Have patience.

All you have to do is to decide whether to stay a bhogi or to turn into a yogi. If you decide on the later then stay determined and it will take its course.

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