When we look in the direction of what creates our experience, we are looking in the direction of freedom.
As human beings, we all have the innate capacity to think. And yet our thoughts and feelings come NOT from any external circumstances – not from our overbearing bosses, lazy colleagues, demanding clients, jealous lovers, nagging mothers, not even from our low bank accounts, leaking roofs, churning stomachs or aching bones.
A spiritual energy called the Principle of Thought generates our moment-to-moment thought stream, which was made aware to us through Consciousness. This whole system is powered by Mind (some might call this God/ Universe/ Source Energy).
Our thought stream/ experience/ perception of reality is being internally created, moment to moment, from the inside-out, by these Three Principles.
It’s like a fountain endlessly pouring forth, from the source upstream.
It’s a 100% inner, internal process, seamless and continuous, from the cradle to the grave.
When I look upstream in this direction, it opens up a vast, huge inner world of freedom. It’s like, oh my god, here is a whole underground world – inner dimensions – that I’ve never before seen.
In any given moment, no one can ever take away anyone else’s capacity to think. You can put someone in prison. You can take away all their possessions. You can ban them from traveling, writing, or even speaking their minds. But you cannot stop them from thinking their own thoughts. You can’t force people to think what you want them to think (even though it may look that way)!
For Thought is our divine, innate gift. Whatever we think in the moment can only ever come from this inner Principle of Thought and not from any external factor, even though it may look that way!
This reminds me of a couple of conversations I’ve had with a close friend who lives in Nepal, where the earthquakes two years ago had brought lots of damages.
Even in the midst of a huge earthquake, or legal entanglements, she still witnessed innate freedom in people… because what’s happening internally is not tied to what’s happening out there.
I’m starting to get a feel for it now, like a vast room with no ceiling or walls, a stream with no limits, that I can bounce around, frolic, luxuriate, swim and revel in.
It also reminds me of the famous Emily Dickinson’s poem:
I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
… Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Endless possibilities that is. In any given situation, no one and nothing outside of us (even our bodies!) can dictate how we think and feel. Even self-dictatorship in the form of ‘I must change my thinking!’ would not even work. No external influence can mess up these inner spiritual principles and their steady, moment-to-moment creations in our psyche. Talk about freedom. THAT!