Liberation means freedom from belief.
1. Liberation From
The dominant belief of this civilization is lack, especially that we, as individuals, as we are, lack. Because the lack belief lies so deep in our psychological identities (since it is the first belief we were to ever learn in our lives) it is largely unseen. But it is its invisibility that gives it such immense power.
Because the lack belief is pervasive among individuals, it forms whole , societies, religions, and even countries. It creates this world based on lack.
The lack belief fuels the driving need for more. It tells us that as I am, I am not enough, my world is not enough, I can never have or be enough.
Because the lack belief causes so much suffering, it furthers all the behaviors and actions whose purpose it is to cover and hide suffering and thus complete the invisible shell of the underlying lack belief. So we drink, have affairs, go from relationship to relationship, pretend to be someone we’re not, and a host of other energy-sucking behaviors. We will do anything to escape the pain of lack.Identified as lack, we are both stuck to it and do everything in our power to escape it. It’s like running from our own shadow!
It is on account of the lack belief that we are forever seeking validation from others. If our friends, companions and mates fail to validate us, we drop them. We can see this need for validation in our own daily lives. We can also see it in the actions and words of our leaders and often in people who describe themselves as spiritual authorities (gurus).
The demand for validation was planted when we were invalidated by our parents, our schools, and the whole of our culture.
2. Liberation To
Authentic liberation means to come awake to the lack belief. This means to bring everything in our psychological identity, that has been carefully hidden from conscious view, to the light of clear seeing. This is the decisive purpose of what is often and unfortunately called ‘spiritual seeking’.
This is the first and certainly most important stage in the journey to the Authentic Self. It is something that is outlined and examined in great detail in my book, Liberation from the Lie.
Only seeing the lack belief does not, necessarily, mean liberation from it. Making that a goal would only be a more subtle and refined variant of the lack belief in action. Instead of seeking to kill the lack belief, all we are ever asked to do is to see it … see it in its smallest details as they form in our everyday lives. Seeing is both the medicine and the cure.
Once we are able to see the false as the false (as Krishnamurti was fond of saying), then, and only then, can we truly discover what we love.
From that point our lives are transformed. No longer do we operate from the unseen force of lack. Now we are able to act from the power of love.
When we were fully identified with lack we were separate and alone. Often we were haunted by the fear of loneliness and isolation. But when lack is seen in its vastness, we begin to see that we are connected to everything. We are everything and everything is us. This is the realization of awakening. We awaken from the dream of separation and into the truth of connection.
Guided by inspiration, as well as by our bodies, we do what we love, whether it is to be an artist, a scientist, or just a great friend. How we express our love is very much connected to our own physical, cultural, and social backgrounds. But the one thing that is true for all awakenings is that our lives have moved from the shadows to the light.
If you can see this great arrow that began its travels from lack and ended in the territories of love other revelations become clear. As amazing as it might sound, we can also begin to treasure the gifts of lack as well as love. Our hearts go out to others whose lack-based lives were our own. This is the life of connection.
We don’t transcend lack. That is an ugly fiction. Rather, we integrate lack into the far more expansive identity that naturally evolves as a result of this seeing.
This is liberation.
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