To be really free, the human capacity has to engage in contrarian thinking—thinking that goes in the opposite direction of what might seem logical on the face of it. Instead of thinking that you have to claim your own freedom, you have to find a way to surrender your freedom to the eternal cosmic Being who you are. Instead of being driven by your personal will, your personal choice, your personal ambition, you have to surrender your will, your choice, and your ambition to the eternal cosmic Being who you are.
~ Becoming a Sun p. 206
The mini-chapter of my book, from which this paragraph was taken, addresses the source of freedom. At first, it seems counter-intuitive because it doesn’t come from trying to be free. It comes from becoming a disciple of oneself—but not just your human personality or psyche. It comes from being a disciple of the highest levels of your Being. It comes from being a disciple of the God Self that is within you and within all people.
Being a disciple involves the discipline of following a higher will and a higher direction for your life. It means that the person is obedient to that higher will and direction—with less and less freedom for the human psyche.
That’s the counter-intuitive part. And yet, that loss of freedom is what sets you free—you, the deeper truth of who you are.
A little mind-blowing, isn’t it? But liberating. This is freedom for the one I am.
Try it. That’s all I can say.
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.
You have nailed the difference between self-active thinking and creative thinking. Only the latter brings true freedom.
yes, surrendering is a totally different kind of freedom. counter-intuitive to logic but deeply innate. I recall the children’s book about the “Clingers” who held on to the seaweed for all their might under the sea … thinking that this would allow them to stay independent and free of all the other weeks. But the Clingers who learned to Let Go joined the gulf stream and became free in true sense and explored totally different horizons than the “clingers” who couldn’t let go. I am with you in knowing that freedom of true surrender. Love, Tom
Tried and true. It works beautifully. Thank you for your words of wisdom and liberation, David.