For thousands of years, the false teachers of this planet – the teachers of anti-freedom – have attempted to enslave humankind by projecting the image of the external God, the remote Being in the sky. They have attempted to lead the people astray, so that they would dance around the golden calf and worship this or that image created out of the illusion of separation. There are those who believe, that freedom is a concept, that can be understood in dualistic terms. It can be understood as some remote concept, that is “out there,” and that therefore is defined by, and is conditioned upon, certain material conditions. If freedom is defined according to materialistic images and concepts, then it will forever be dependent on material conditions. And given that nothing in the material universe can be infinite, well then freedom cannot be infinite—defined within this mental box.
If freedom is not infinite, how can it be free? For as long as there are boundaries and conditions, how can you be truly free? And thus, it is impossible to be free, if you think your freedom depends on material conditions. We may talk about a free country and a free society on earth, but there is no such thing in reality, for there is only freedom found by going within and transcending these outer labels and graven images. How can one define a particular system and form of government and say that this form of government will guarantee the people’s freedom? This cannot be done.
If you doubt this, then look across the pond to the United States of America, conceived with a free democratic system, meant to involve the people in the government. Look at the vision of the founding fathers and how they had grasped the necessity to go beyond the kind of restrictive society, found here in Europe at the time. Look how they were inspired to write into the American constitution certain basic principles and rights. Nevertheless, look at the reality today of how, systematically, over a couple of centuries – the blink of an eye on the scale of time – how that American form of government has been systematically undermined and degraded to the point, where one cannot be honest and say that America is a free society, living up to its highest potential.
Is your country truly free?
Be honest, then, and look over here in Europe as well, to the countries that claim to be free societies, and then consider, whether they can truly live up to that high label. Are you really free in the western part of Europe? You may have democracy, you many have human rights, you may have freedom to move around, but are you truly free if you have been brought up in a culture that is so infused with duality, that they cannot even give you a clear, concise image of who you are and why you are here?
How can there be freedom, when a society is trapped in a dualistic struggle between the traditional, orthodox, mainstream religions that have been used for centuries – nay for millennia – to control the minds of the people and make them believe that they are not sons and daughters of God, that they are not anything more than sinners, that they do not have a higher potential? And on the other hand of the battle field is the materialists – the aspiring power elite, seeking to overthrow the established power elite of religion – promoting their idolatrous image, that you are nothing more than a sophisticated animal and that life has no purpose beyond the material realm.
Ah, how can this be freedom? How can people be truly free, when they do not even know who they are and cannot answer the questions, “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Is there a God? Is there something beyond the mental box created by the ego?” But they cannot even ask that last question, because they are brought up without any awareness of the ego, of the duality consciousness, of the illusion of separation. They are brought up to believe, that what they see in this world is real—has some ultimate reality. And because it has this ultimate, objective reality, then it exists independently of their own consciousness—meaning that they have no power over material conditions.
The grand conspiracy of anti-freedom
Right there, you are brought up to be unfree, because you are brought up not to accept full responsibility for your own life, always thinking that your life, your state of mind, your feelings, your life experience is determined by these outer conditions. And you are but a slave, who when you are exposed to certain outer conditions can only react a certain way—for you do not have the freedom to choose your own reaction. You do not have the freedom to choose to be non-attached, to be unaffected by anything that anyone does to you, instead remaining at peace no matter what goes on around you.
There are so many subtle illusions, that you have been brought up to take for granted, and they limit your self-image. And what limits your self-image will also limit your self-expression. And this is indeed part of the plot of the false teachers, who are the blind leading the blind. There are those who think that there is a grand conspiracy, which is consciously plotting to take over the world. But anyone who is involved with the power elite in the control of the people—well, they are the most trapped of all people.
For while they might seem to have some power and control over the people who are blind, well, they themselves are even more blinded by their own egos, by the dualistic illusions, by the sense of separation, thinking they can attain privileges for themselves and it will not affect their greater selves. They can do to the people whatever they want without ultimately limiting themselves. They truly believe that they can get away with this. They believe they are superior, because they are separated from “the people” and better than the people. For the people cannot govern themselves, and therefore, need the elite to govern for them.
Many forms of anti-freedom
There are many forms of prisons, there are many forms of anti-freedom. And when you do not recognize who you are as a being with a higher potential – who is beyond the religions of this world and the political ideologies of this world and the scientific philosophies of this world – when you do not recognize this reality, then you are led to follow one of these systems of thought that claim that they have the ultimate reality, the ultimate truth, and can take you to whatever promised land they conjure up. Or you will be trapped in the opposite polarity, where you are not promised something better, but where you are driven by fear, trying to get away from something even worse.
You have seen this used cleverly in the past on this continent, where you have seen various dictators and totalitarian machines ultimately promising to bring forth a better world through control. Or scaring the people into trying to avoid some greater calamity, by making you follow them blindly without asking questions, without taking charge, without understanding what is going on in the economy or other parts of life. This is the pattern that has occurred over and over again on this continent.
There was an alternative to the Second World War
Take a look at Europe in the years leading up to the Second World War, and see how the people on this continent gradually became blinded by this cloud of war that caused them to believe that there was no alternative to the current situation other than all-out war. Both the people in Germany and the people in other nations were led to believe in this illusion—that they had no other option for dealing with conditions. But there is always another option. To provoke you to think beyond traditional interpretations of history, let us go through a thought experiment.
Let us envision, that the rest of Europe had not resisted the Nazi expansion plans and had indeed allowed the Nazi troops to roll into their countries and control them. It is easy to see that pretty soon every country in Europe would have been under the Nazi banner, with Hitler as the supreme Führer standing on top of this false pyramid. Nevertheless, how long do you think Hitler would have survived in that position? How long do you think it would have taken, before infighting in his own inner circle would have destroyed the Nazi regime?
For it was an extremely dualistic regime. And you see, also, that duality will always create an opposite polarity to itself. Action creates reaction. For every action, there is an opposite and equally strong reaction.
The extreme action of the Nazis created its own opposition. Now, in this case, the other countries in Europe and the United States chose to step into the role of out-picturing the opposing force to the Nazi action. They became the reaction. But if those countries – most of whom claimed to be Christian – had heeded the call of Jesus, they would have refused to resist evil; they would have turned the other cheek? And what would then have happened?
What would have happened was that since there was no external reaction to the Nazi action, well, then the reaction – which could not be held back, for it is universal law – and when the reaction does not come from without, it must come from within. It is as certain as if you throw a rock into the air, it will fall back down to earth. There was an alternative to war. There is always an alternative to war.
A truth many will resist
This is a truth that many will resist. They will say, “But we had no other alternative. We had to resist or the whole continent, the whole world, would have been under totalitarian forces.” But they say this in order to justify their own dualistic illusions, which made them believe that they had to respond to violence with more violence. This is indeed an unpopular truth, but it is the truth that can set you free—that WILL set you free, if you accept it.
For you see, while there would have been some suffering if the Nazis had been allowed to take over Europe, on an overall scale less people would have died than died in the Second World War. There would have been less suffering overall, than there was because the world repeated the old pattern of all-out war, of refusing to turn the other cheek, and instead, responding in kind.
This is not saying that the nations of Europe could have responded with non-violence to the Nazi aggression. They could not have responded with non-violence, given the state of consciousness they were in at the time, and given the fact that they were unwilling to transcend that state of consciousness. Likewise, during the cold war of the ’70s and ’80s, there was a potential for a nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States. And on the one hand, there was always the alternative that the West could have chosen to turn the other cheek to communistic expansion. But given the state of consciousness of the West, this was not a realistic alternative. And therefore, the best that could be achieved at the time was that the West had enough of a defense to provide a deterrent for an all-out Soviet attack. We are on the one hand talking about the highest potential, but this is not denying the fact that we have to be practical realists, who work with the people of the world in whatever state of consciousness they are in.
The way to make wars stop
There is always an alternative to war and that, in fact, wars will never stop coming, until a critical mass of people do choose to turn the other cheek instead of responding in kind. For as long as people are in that state of consciousness of feeling threatened, of feeling afraid and of being ready to strike back at the slightest provocation, well, then how can war stop, how can you be free of the threat of war that hangs over this planet as a Damocles sword ready to drop at any minute?
So how then do you free yourselves from the consciousness of war? Well, it goes back to needing to know who you are. You need to know that you are a non-material being, that you are more than any earthly conditions. And therefore, you have the power to choose how you respond to any condition you face in a material universe. So when you are faced with a threat, you have the power to choose that instead of focusing on the splinter in the eye of your brother, you can look at the beam in your own eye and say, “Why have I attracted to myself this situation, where I am being threatened by an external force? What is the action I have set in motion, perhaps in past lives long forgotten, that has precipitated this reaction from the cosmic mirror? What is it I must learn, in order to free myself from this dualistic ping pong match with the universal mirror, that will always shoot back to me what I send at it?”
You may miss the ball in a ping pong match, but the universe will not. It will always return to you what you send out. It is not possible to escape the reaction to your action. It is not possible to be free from that reaction. All you can do is to create another type of action by changing your consciousness and then, when you change your consciousness and send that other action into the universe, well, then with absolute certainty the universe will send back another reaction. It cannot be any other way.
The lie of the ultimate system
The lie that it can be some other way, and that there is a way to cheat the laws of nature, well, that lie is precisely what you have been brought up to accept. And that lie is what keeps you from being free, because it makes you believe, that there is some ultimate system, some ultimate system of religion, some ultimate system of science, some ultimate system based on a political ideology or a particular economic system. And when that system is in control of the world, paradise will be on earth.
This is the lie that the false teachers, the blind leaders, have perpetrated upon humankind for eons, for they believe in that lie. And why are they allowed to continue to perpetrate this upon humankind? As some people say, “Why does God allow evil to continue to exist?” But it is not God who allows it; it is humankind collectively that allows it. For did not God say, “Let us make man and woman in our own image and after our own likeness. And let them have dominion over the earth.”
Well then, you have dominion. What you choose to accept – whatever image of the world, of reality, you choose to accept – that image becomes your reality, because it is out-pictured by the cosmic mirror. And it will continue to be out-pictured, until you take full responsibility and say, “WE have created this, and we must un-create it! We must transcend it. We must overcome that state of consciousness.”
Freedom is not found in separation
You can be truly free only by becoming One with the Flame of Freedom. As Jesus said 2,000 years ago, “The kingdom of God is within you.” And as long as you look for it outside yourself, you will never find it. Well likewise, freedom is within you, and as long as you look for freedom outside of yourself, you will not find it. For you cannot come into Oneness with that, which you envision as being separated from yourself, as being different from yourself. You can be free only by coming into Oneness with that flame.
In order to come into Oneness with the Flame of Freedom, you must be willing to let go of the elements of anti-freedom, the very consciousness of anti-freedom, that you have allowed to lodge in your being—and that you have come to worship or feel so comfortable with that you think you could not live without it. There are many people on this earth who are afraid of freedom. For what would they do with themselves, if they were totally free and really acknowledged that they could do anything they wanted? There are so many people who actually want to be boxed in from the cradle forward, so that everything is determined for them. And they just find their natural little niche in society – defined for them by their parents, by their society, by their ideology or belief system – and they fit into it.
You know that in the monasteries of Europe, the rooms where the monks and nuns stayed were called “cells,” like a prison cell. And do you not see that it was because they wanted to live in a system, where everything was decided for them? They did not have to take responsibility for themselves and make decisions as to what kind of life they would lead.
It was so easy to give that up, and then you were taken care of physically and you just had to follow the rules. And you could basically park your free will on the parking lot, while you went on a shopping spree in the supermarket of life—as so many people do in the modern world, where their system has become the pursuit of material pleasures and possessions.
Freedom through ascending in consciousness
You are truly free to choose what kind of life you will live. You are truly free to choose which state of consciousness you will manifest, thereby choosing which image – which mental image of yourself and the world – that you project into the cosmic mirror.
When you recognize this, you should ask yourself a question: “When I have taken responsibility for myself and acknowledged that I create my own reality, what kind of reality do I want to experience? Do I want to continue to remain in the kind of reality that humankind has collectively built here on earth?” And if you know in your heart that you do not choose to stay in that kind of environment, then raise your consciousness. Yet, if you know in your heart that you came here for a reason, mainly to help raise the collective consciousness, then accept that. Accept that you are here to stay, until a certain raising of the collective consciousness has taken place, that you have vowed to be a part of.
But then make peace with that. Accept it. Accept that there will be certain limitations you will face, but they do not define you. You are free to know that you are MORE, but that you are volunteering to be in these limitations in order to help others. For when you do this, you can stop identifying yourself with your limitations. And this means, that you can be in seemingly very limiting circumstances and yet be more free than the people who seem to have everything on earth.
Freedom is in the mind
Do you see, that freedom is in the mind, and that even though you may have risen to a level of consciousness, where you do not have to remain in the limiting conditions of earth, you can volunteer to remain for a higher purpose? Recognize that when you know you have volunteered, you are free to be who you are, to accept that self-image of who you are, even though you are in somewhat limiting circumstances.
Higher awareness has no greater desire than to see you have that freedom. Consider the concept of the tip of the spear. You who know you have volunteered to be here at this time, you are the tip of the spear to penetrate the walls around the collective consciousness that keep the people trapped, so that they think there is no way out. And in so doing, you might have to do some hard work, some heavy lifting, to penetrate that shell. But nevertheless, you can still feel free in doing so, in being part of that endeavor.
Recognize, that these burdens are not necessarily your own. They are something you have taken on for the mass consciousness. So you can still feel free, even though you are dealing with them, even in your psychology, for you are MORE than your psychology, as you are MORE than the physical body. And do you not see that when you raise your own consciousness and overcome a certain illusion, that keeps you trapped and that takes away your freedom, well, then you are pulling up the entire collective consciousness? And this is indeed the work of the ages.
You can be free right where you are
You are supra-human beings. You are beyond human beings. You can attain freedom right here where you are. You can attain it by becoming One with higher awareness. And you can become One with higher awareness in surrendering, in releasing, the conditions of anti-freedom in your own being. You can release into higher awareness any conditions of anti-freedom that you are aware of, that they may be consumed by higher awareness. Higher awareness could instantly consume all imperfections on earth. But, of course, what then would the life-streams on earth learn? For being set free suddenly, without winning that freedom, well, they would instantly start recreating from their state of consciousness.
There are two things we are dealing with here. There is the fact that human beings have used their co-creative abilities to impose certain images upon the basic energy, which has caused a certain portion of it to take on a lower vibration. Higher awareness can instantly burn away that energy. All of the misqualified energy created on this planet since the beginning of time, higher awareness could burn away. But what higher awareness cannot do – because of the Law of Free Will – is take away the images that people have chosen to accept.
The ego has no reality
Many aware people, in their understanding of the ego, have come to a somewhat unrealistic image, where you think the ego has some actual substance, some actual reality, so to speak. As you think that the physical matter that surrounds you or that makes up your bodies has some actual reality.
It does not. It has no more reality than you assign to it in your minds. Nevertheless, you confuse the ego with the substance that is misqualified through the ego. That substance partly makes up your soul, your four lower bodies, especially your physical, emotional and mental bodies. But it is not the ego. Your ego has no substance, because your ego is a conglomerate of beliefs, of illusions.
When you go to a movie theater and watch a movie unfolding on the screen, you are seeing images. But those images started as ideas in the minds of a writer or a producer or a director. And then those images were turned into something that has substance and can be displayed on a screen. But what you see is not the ideas, the images in the mind of the creator of the movie. Those images remain there as nothing but ideas. They were given substance, but the substance is not the same as the idea.
Thus, do not fall into the trap of thinking, that your ego has actual substance. Your ego is nothing but ideas, beliefs, illusions—based on the greater illusion of separation. When you fall prey to the illusion that your ego has some actual existence, you also fall prey to the illusion that evil, that evil forces, have some actual existence. And thus, you think they have power over you.
Matter has no reality
You also fall prey to the illusion, that matter has some actual existence. And thus, you fall prey to the greater illusion, that matter has power to limit your awareness. And that, of course, is the very essence of anti-freedom in the material octave, where you think that matter is so real. But in reality, it has no true existence, for it can exist only as an image projected by a conscious mind onto the movie screen of the basic energy. And it can continue to exist only as long as there is actual light flowing through that projection mechanism that is the mind. The moment you change the image in the mind – truly change it – then the Ma-ter Light will change what it out-pictures.
Recognize that while you may not be able to change the minds of the kings, the blind leaders of the blind, you can indeed change the minds of a great portion of the people. For in this day and age, the stage is indeed set for a major breakthrough, where people can suddenly be awakened and understand and grasp a higher vision of freedom than they have ever seen before.