To live in freedom means to live free from “yourself.”
That “self” which is created through our beliefs and through the reactions of the “I” in the circumstances in life. When the “I” creates a trauma out of an experience, then an emotion appears, which will survive as part of the created personality no matter how many behavioral changes we may try to do, to “become better.”
When the “I” accepts a moral value as a way of living Life, that moral value becomes the walls around a personality to limit it, thus observation will only go that far.
Slavery of black people in the USA was legal in the 1800. That became the “moral standard.” It was “right” to have slaves back then. Now, a black person is the president of the USA. Never mind the 2000 year old teachings of Christ about all being brothers, and the “in God we trust” saying, there is always a “rational” way out when the “I” needs to survive.
I am not labeling things as “back then it was bad.” I am merely observing how “morality” changes in time as collective consciousness changes. I am not reacting as “ I ought to do something,” for that is the rational decision of an “I.”
Things will change. It has always been that way. Do we see that?
Therefore, observation requires a tremendous intelligence. It is not the intelligence of an intellectual, reciting second hand information from “experts.” The intelligence Ananda is referring to may be called sensibility of “what is.” That sensibility is void of judgment based on learned stuff, conditioning such as “my moral values,” and “my beliefs,” and my emotional reaction on things, my learned teachings, etc.
The above is not for the masses, the group, the people; for it will not be understood.
Sensibility does not require any action, it is merely the ability to open up, to diminish that “I” automatically without wanting to change it, it is acknowledging a different perspective of Life.
Some people call that to be “open minded,” but it has nothing to do with the mind, which is stuck in the known. It is to welcome the unknown.
If you read this and say to yourself: “From now on I will not believe in anything, I will not react to anything and I will not have moral values.”
That is the farce of the “I.”
What Ananda has been trying to explain, was made into another belief. Another interpretation.
Do you see that?
By defining, by giving borders to what is “good” or “bad,” we are merely interpreting what our consciousness is only able to grasp.
That has been the problem with every religion, no matter which religion.
Every follower of every religion is actually walking a step away from the experience of their founder, because that person can only interpret what his consciousness is able to grasp. That limitation becomes the new belief system for others to follow. It is truly paradoxical.
Don’t use your will power to change things. Just let it happen.
But… “I have to do something… I cannot let that happen!”
Then, do something.
However, any “doing” coming from thinking, from moral values, beliefs and emotions is merely the expression of that “I” which is not interested in the common good, but in his own interests: From playing righteous, to making money, to having power, influence, right into going to heaven.
“Rationalizing actions” is a sure way to a dishonest behavior.
Is that “bad”?
No. Neither “good nor bad.” However, it has consequences.
How do “I” do things then?
Do… Who is doing?
Be… Who is being?
At that point just sing:
Do be do be do… 🙂
By doing nothing doing, “you” get things done.