The typical response to pain, fear and judgement is to close our heart. We go in to protection mode, self-preserving and ensuring any perceived threat is kept at bay. This happens when we believe the illusion that fear is real. When we think someone can hurt us or take something from us. We start making our love conditional again. We use our love as currency to value or de-value ourselves or another, rather than letting it flow freely.
—Connie Chapman (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
Freedom is not necessarily exciting; it’s just free.
Very peaceful and quiet, so very quiet.
Of course, it is also filled with joy and wonder, but it is not what you imagine.
It is much, much less.
Many mistake the intoxicating power of otherworldly charisma for enlightenment.
More often than not it is simply otherworldly, and not necessarily free or enlightened.
In order to be truly free, you must desire to know the truth more than you want to feel good.
Because if feeling good is your goal, then as soon as you feel better you will lose interest in what is true.
This does not mean that feeling good or experiencing love and bliss is a bad thing.
Given the choice, anyone would choose to feel bliss rather than sorrow.
It simply means that if this desire to feel good is stronger than the yearning to see, know, and experience Truth, then this desire will always be distorting the perception of what is Real, while corrupting one’s deepest integrity.
—Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)
The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.
—Steven Pressfield (via elige)