The word emancipation has been used frequently over the past few days – and it should be. When we can celebrate together as One the freedom of all, we will then be socially emancipated. All groups of immigrants coming to America’s table of equality desired emancipation – Germans, Irish, Asian, Catholic, Muslim, etc. It’s an innate destiny to live our lives as designed and intended by a Higher Power. Our nation is unique in that we have historically welcomed any who wish to be a part of our melting pot culture. Lady liberty, standing in New York Harbor, shares these words:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
But, emancipation is more than the freedom granted by society. It is also personal and spiritual. That shameful habit that we have hidden within hoping no body would discover our little secret, that unlawful act we committed decades ago, that extra-marital affair with our best friend’s wife….all waiting for the grace of emancipation. It can happen only when, “we admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” STEP 5, TWELVE & TWELVE, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Getting honest is not a fun thing. It can be heart wrenching and difficult. The Big Book tells us to be fearless and thorough in our personal inventories. But, there is a light at the end of that dark tunnel. It is the freedom brought about by the emancipation of our souls. For some of us it is a return to foundational principles learned young, but then squandered during our addictions. Come to the table where equality dwells and find your freedom now.
“…..if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” JOHN 31-32
What are we willing to compromise for government protection or assistance? Perhaps another regulation or federal snoop is not too great a price to pay for those promised benefits – or is it? When should we stop giving away another little piece of our liberty?
No, I don’t have the answers, but the words of ancient wisdom would advise this:
"When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.
Act for the people's benefit;
trust them, leave them alone."
verse 75, the TAO
When fewer demands are placed upon me, I demand less of myself. I embrace a freedom (john 8:31-32) to commune with nature, watch my garden grow, read verses, write or
JUST DO NOTHING 😄
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.
Do we know what truth is? In today’s worldly rhetoric, truth has become a relative concept. Truth depends on circumstances, truth is shaped by one’s environment, truth can be bent to fit one’s personal ambitions. We are told that trusted news sources are untruthful and mankind is not inherently honest. Political views are castigated by those professing a different truth, spiritual bearing is challenged by sects who claim theirs is the only truth. So, the question is, “How do we know truth?”
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha
Must we search? Should we read scriptures? Do we need to find a spiritual guru? The Buddha says the sun and the moon cannot be hidden for long. We know this to be truth because, when we look at the heavens, there we see the sun and the moon. That fact is evident, it is obvious. The Buddha also says truth cannot be hidden. It is as evident and as visual as the sun and the moon.
In the tradition of Buddhism, a path is offered. It is called MAGGA, the eight-fold pathway to enlightenment:
- right understanding
- right thoughts
- right speech
- right action – nonviolence
- right livelihood – nonviolent
- right effort
- right mindfulness
- right concentration – meditation
We should note that none of the eight-fold path involves deeply secretive, spiritual practices to finding enlightenment or truth. It is totally a manner of lifestyle which we undertake to the best of our abilities.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
This directive set forth by Jesus of Nazareth is clearly specific. Know the teachings and lifestyle of the human manifestation of Christianity’s God, follow that example known as “the Way” as best as humanly possible, and we shall know the truth. Hallelujah! Truth is not relative to circumstances or environment. It cannot be manipulated or bent to one’s personal needs and desires. Truth is attainable by adherence to a lifestyle of love and compassion directed toward others, to ourselves, and to the Earth itself. It will be as evident as the sun and the moon in our skies.
“Watch out for false prophets. They will come to you in sheep’s clothing , but inwardly they are as ferocious wolves.”Matthew 7:15
It is our mission to share our truth. When attuned to the spiritual presence which defines each of us, we are able to share and communicate in a kindly manner the truth which has set us free. Jesus and the Buddha in us will always portray as non-violence in thought, word, and deed.