Loving Oneness Now
Real Freedom is the Freedom with which God endows all His Children when He first creates each one as an individuated Being like Himself within His Own Mind-as-Such. As fully Conscious Spiritual Mind-Beings within Him we, as totally Loving Beings, can do whatever we wish because Loving acts never harm anyone or anything.
However, when we use that infinite Freedom to volitionally separate our Minds from God's Mind by falling into a dissociated dream state within His Mind, that Freedom of action is also limited by the dream (not by God)--limited to the content of the dream-world in which we imagine we are living.
If, as dissociated ego-beings, we had that full unlimited Freedom to do whatever we liked on this Earth by sheer Will, we would have destroyed everyone and everything on the Earth long, long ago because our dark, murderous killing aspect is hardly Loving. Even with our current limitation to physical action and the use of weapons (including the hands which hold them), we kill thousands of people around the planet every day. And that does not include the ones (many of them children) we all kill through neglect or starvation.
When we eventually Awaken from the ego's dissociated dreaming and rediscover our Real Loving Minds--the Minds God gave us--we will once again be Truly Free to do whatever we like through instant Creation/manifestation just like God, Who created us in His Image, identical to Himself. To understand this statement we have to realize that the physical universe of Substance is only the lowest layer of Mind, and that our Father's House (Mind-as-Such) has many dimensions! All Avatars and other Beings who are Awake in God's Mind can easily manipulate Substance in a manner we would describe as miraculous. They are Free to do so because they are only Loving.
However, there is a Law of God that says we cannot violate another Being's Free Will with our Free Will, and this Law holds throughout the Universe of Universe in all its dimensions, including our dissociated dream-world. Therefore, although this is very difficult to believe, everyone here on Earth has agreed to and voluntarily accepted each and every event which happens to them no matter how wonderful, sad or gruesome it may be. Of course, this choice is rarely consciously known to us once we are here in a body. Mostly, our amnesia about Consciousness is an ego-ploy to avoid facing the Truth, because if we realized the Truth our egos would instantly implode and disappear. If you understand the Meaning of this paragraph you are already more than halfway Home.
WHAT IS THE EGO'S IDEA OF FREEDOM?
The ego's idea of "freedom" is actually one of limitation, selfishness, competition, and manipulation. It is the idea of ego-freedom frequently referred to, usually grandiosely by politicians, the legal fraternity, constitutionalists and philosophers who rarely understand the implications of unlimited ego-freedom; still less do these good people understand the meaning of Real Freedom as an Attribute of God and Awakened Being who ONLY Love.
Those who advocate ego-freedom with minimal legal and political restrictions do not seem to realize what the consequences are when ego's are set loose to do whatever they like. Here are just a few of those consequences, but as you read them please realize that each is a discrete activity or behavior and that because a person or group does one of them (e.g., take from others) does NOT mean that person or group will necessarily do one or more of the other activities or behaviors. In fact, those concerned usually see their ego-freedom activities as not only legitimate, but praiseworthy. I have used the plural pronoun "we" but we also do many of the following ego-activities as individuals:
Here are some A Course in Miracles quotations which may interest you (emphasis added). They may help you Awaken to your Ultimate FREEDOM through the At-one-ment process described in ACIM:
Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time. Such is the strength of God. Such are His gifts. (Workbook-pI.42.2:3-6)
What could you not accept, if you but knew that everything that happens, all events, past, present and to come, are gently planned by One Whose only purpose is your good? Perhaps you have misunderstood His plan, for He would never offer pain to you. But your defenses did not let you see His loving blessing shine in every step you ever took. While you made plans for death, He led you gently to eternal life. (Workbook-pI.135.18:all)
Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay, when for an instant Truth arises in your own deluded mind, and all your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are you sick, that Truth may go away and threaten your [ego's] establishments no more. (Workbook-pI.136.7:all)
It is impossible that anything should come to me [as a human] unbidden by myself. Even in this world, it is I who rule my destiny. What happens is what I desire. What does not occur is what I do not want to happen. This must I accept. For thus am I led past this [ego-] world to my [Real] creations, children of my will, in Heaven where my holy Self abides with them and Him [God as Mind-as-Such] Who has created me. (Workbook-pII.253.1:all)
It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful. (Manual for Teachers-4.I.A.4:5)
Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it, you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see. (Workbook-pI.32.1:all)
When I see the world as a place of Freedom, I realize that it reflects the Laws of God instead of the rules I [as ego] made up for it [my ego-world] to obey. I will understand that Peace, not war, abides in it. And I will perceive that Peace also abides in the hearts of all who share this place [of Loving Freedom] with me. (W-#93/95-pI.rI.57.4:all)
Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright © 2007 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD