A COMMANDED LIFE IS NEVER FREE
On the eve of the leaders of our historical traditional religious authorities climbing Mount Sinai to re-write the ten commandments to suit a highly disputed climate change, as the Antarctic continues to grow in ice, is it not time that the totality of all of humanity begins to question the nature and value of being commanded?
We have accepted for such a long time that the original ten commandments came from God, the source of all of life creation. Handed to Moses, who carried them down from Mount Sinai to his people. These are apparently not sufficient anymore, like all else in our world, it seems this long told apparent divine intervention is in need of a reset.
I think all commandments are rather unnecessary to life. Particularly to a religious life. A command is given by an authority, the authority to the tablets of Moses may or may not have been God himself, we are not debating that here, but all must be questioned, no one alive today was present, and we can all easily see the deceptive nature of men who hold a self-driven agenda, which profits from standing in positions of authority over the lives of others. Commanding others.
The ten commandments, (the original ones), were seemingly noble in nature. A guidebook on how to live well, and how to bring into being a well-structured society of order and harmony, leading to balanced longevity and fair living for all men.
Did they work?
Several thousand years have passed, have the commandments in place for so long led to our world living in peace, love, relationship and harmony?
Is life today the greatest of inexplicable joys carried on a sweet fragrance of a bed of roses?
I question everything, and so I must question this, why do we need commanded to do anything at all? Why do we not naturally live in a manner which benefits us all, (for we are us all, and so only we can benefit from this), why do we not live to benefit, rather than rape the planet we stand on, our only shared home, the ground we grew from and fall back into on death? The environment we grew from and fall back into on physical death. Why do we seek always to compete against other and to profit from each others lives rather than share what we have and rest in the abundance of life in deep relationship, love and care for each other?
Why are we all so damned disorderly? Why have we no understanding of our lives or deaths? And why have we no love in our hearts?
‘God’, the creative energy of all of life, may or may not be be an appropriate guide to follow, one must first come to understand if it is God we meet and follow, the creative silence of this present moment, the emptiness, the mystery of this universe, the unknowable and unnamable, which gives birth to all things, or another's interpretation long standing. Are we following life, or are we following words? For life is a living thing, words are not, and so the two are markedly different.
But whatever the case, how many of us have ever come to any relationship at all, large or small, with the creative energy of this living universe which gives birth to all, not which 'gave' birth, for 'gave' belongs to the past, and life, love and beauty are living things, kissed only, by eternal death.
How many have ever come into any relationship with the sacred quality of life? have you? Fret not. For very few indeed ever have.
We know their names, we see nothing of what they saw.
Those who have seen and merged with the creative, we can witness, if we are more observant than accepting in nature, have been placed on pedestals and turned into an authority. And we, the poor suffering eternally non-understanding of our own life’s and deaths, (of that which we are), are ordered to obey, not what creation, (another word for God), commands of us, (perhaps creation commands nothing at all), but which others, the appointed bearers of wisdom, the self-appointed historical translators of the meaning of men’s lives, the watchers of souls, insist to be the case.
It is a strange phenomenon indeed, that we stand firmly opposed against political dictators in this world, as we must, but we willingly bow and prostate to dictators in the most important of all areas, the understanding of our lives and our deaths, for and by ourselves. This is the most likely etymological meaning of the word 'religion'. The gathering of all energy to investigate and come upon one’s own understanding of life and death, for and by oneself.
Belief, and commandment, fall well short of this gauge.
While the original ten commandments may, and need be questioned as to the authors true hand, there is no questioning here. The religious authorities of this day, are that hand. They have decided to rewrite the guidebook for all of humanity standing firm in stone tablets for thousands of years. And their authority is standing on the unsteady ground of a highly disputable assertion of climate change.
Tens of thousands of global scientists are disputing this claimed fact.
This is no divine hand. This is the hand of man.
I question the need for any acceptance of commandments coming from any man over my life, or yours or any others. I question the need for the following of any commandments ever. I question all and any authority. In every area of life. Political, Traditional, Religious, Medical. I question it all. For I see that authority demands conformity to that authority’s wishes, and I see that a life lived on such compliance, is not a free life.
And a life not free is a life hardly worth living.
However, I do feel that religion may be the ethereal elixir to resurrect the lives of humanity to the most holy of all places. To once again find ourselves in the garden of Eden, a welcome returned lost part of all of creation. Understanding of our natural place in life, having denied all further eating from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Are commandments not such knowledge of the good?
Is a religious life something asserted by another, to be followed? Is it really so easy? In following, do I not forever stand in a shadow of overbearing authority and so deny meeting the potential of my own understanding of my own life and death, in the only way possible, through the arduous unceasing investigation of my own life and death, for and by myself?
Is this not a road leading to greater intelligence than mere acceptance of commands to diligently obey?
Religion may be the understanding of this cornerstone of any and all society, but religion surely, is not something to be given to any man by another. Is the flame from another’s candle, able to light your own or any others? If it were so, would Jesus not have changed the world by his very presence, in a much more considered manner, than how his self-decreed historical representatives have managed to accomplish to this day?
I am not attacking anyone. I hold a hand of deep questioning concern for the shared future of humanity. For that, which I am. And a sense of deep despair in my heart at what is happening to our lives. We are destroying all and pulling the sky to the ground. And we are doing this because we have lost relationship with the creative living energy of our lives. We live in the past, thought is memory. The creative lives in the present. Ever new, never old, a process of life and death in a constant lovers embrace. The past is dead to the creative flow of life. The two can never meet. The past must end for the present to be seen.
Traditional religion has been with us for thousands of year, and despite, (and perhaps because), of this long duration of passing time, mankind’s life is still one of great divisions, leading to great suffering. Traditional religion has not brought peace to this world, quite the opposite, in its insistence on ingraining historically divisive continually opposing conceptual views into the minds of our children, traditional religion, like divisive nationalism, has brought great divides and so never ending conflict to the lives of all men throughout all of time.
Division is the ground from which arises all conflict and war.
Not to mention the historical persecution of non-believers. The burning of so named heretics and the inquisition. Quite a history has that, which seeks our obedience to their newly written commandments.
That, which we ourselves have built.
All in the name of love, apparently. All, in the name of truth. The destruction of the lives of human beings, so that the very same lives destroyed may be saved.
But I am not here to cast stones, I truly am not. I see all as blameless. Acting on the dark shadows of ignorance which knowledge forever casts, but blameless. They know not what they do. They act in blindness, for their lives, like ours are non understanding of it's ways.
I am here to question the validity of accepting the authority of commandments given to my people, which is humanity, to my race, my family, my brothers and sisters by such a divisive and so conflicted hand. I am here to question if any security in life may be arrived at by following the dogmatic assertions of any other. In any area of life. Look, to this day.
This, is where we have been led to. Is 'leader and led' not itself showing us clearly, this pattern of life a builder of any house of joy?
I follow no commandments in life. I live life as I meet life, through the senses. Life, is a movement in learning. Any understanding I hold rests on a more solid ground than any command. Any understanding rests on a deep questioning and close observation of life itself. And so life itself, has become my greatest of teachers. And I, its most ardent of disciples.
In such a way, can any man not come to see truth? If not, can any man not stand in the shadows of his own darkness, and penetrate the true nature of his life's dark shadows?
Are both these not of the same nature? Does darkness when seen, not immediately bring light?
Truth, once seen, once glimpsed, is undeniable. And the same for every man, and so a unifying factor for humanity, where belief had only offered a brutal divide and a commanding hand. And to the awakened to their own vision, the false is apparent to see. And the false lives within myriad stated truths, and many truths are to be found in the living movements of countless lies.
What do we need in this troubled world, to bring our people, (humanity), together, to find true relationship, to bring into being a world of true harmony, not a word of ‘tolerance’, not a world of authority with its commandments, (which all indicate a divide from the outset), but a world of true peace, of everlasting harmony? Is love for all, the foundation of all relationship, eternally beyond our reach? Is love found through the conforming of one’s life to the commands of another?
Is love not possible for our race? If so, then must we not reach out for the impossible and forever forget the possible? Can love be found in a world of such divisions, aggressions, pain, sorrow, hurt, wars, violence, immorality and fear? Must these not all end before love can ever breathe its first breath? Will these end through an outer commanding by another that we live orderly? Or is order only possible when we have understood completely, the nature of all aspects of the disorder our lives are lived within, and come to find no value in continuing to live in this divisive deeply destructive way?
Responsibility surely arises from clear perception. I cannot be responsible to that which I cannot see well. Responsibility arises from clear perception. Not, from being commanded how to perceive, or how to live responsibly. Perception is denied when I am commanded to obey the dictates of another. Perception is denied when I blindly follow any authority, including my own. For my own authority, is greatly what I have unquestioningly already accepted from another. And so all authority is of the same nature, the hand of another.
Too often and for far too long, my own inward authority, dictated by education and society, the inner birth place of my every life action, has been the words, beliefs and assertions I hold educated value living within, which have nothing to do with my own understanding arising from my own awakened perception, but are dependent on past acceptances of the words and assurances of others. Over countless years of unquestioned tradition.
Is it not time we begin to question?
And here, my life has come to find my security. In a house of division. In the dictates and assurances of others. And so I live a second hand life. A controlled life. A commanded life. A life lived in the shadows of another. And so a life, necessarily, void of any light of my own.
Responsibility, surely, is for and to the whole of life. Otherwise, where is responsibility? Perception, surely, is the outcome of the flame of awareness, and awareness, excludes nothing. Otherwise, where is awareness, if it lives it's life as a limited thing? Perception is the only flame capable to light our path in these dark days. And perception is born from awareness of all.
The re-editing of ten commandments, to be dictated and followed, appears to be missing the mark entirely. And I fear we have never achieved anything other than this, missing the mark entirely. And so we live as we have lived. Which we must, for our actions are led from our thinking, and our thinking is knowledge, born from memory. On the ground of the past. In the traditional words and beliefs and assurances of others. In dark shadows, we can find no light of our own.
To perceive, to be so completely aware that all comes to be seen, is to see things as they are, necessarily without choice, to see the whole of life. And when one sees the whole of life, one cannot help but act. And life itself, which is what is perceived, is the commanding energy of appropriate action. Action is always immediate here, and action is always responsible to what is perceived, for the truth of the matter is this, there has never been any time other than now, to act. And such action is without any self-interest or self-concern. To act responsibly is to act for the benefit of the whole of life.
This is freedom is it not? To live one’s life based on one’s own understanding. How can a man following the dictates of any other, ever claim to be free? Can a slave be free to love? To act from a crystal clear view of life, as it is. Where it is and is when it is. Here, and now. Where do I begin? Where else, other than where I am? When do I begin? When else, other than now?
Let what you see be the guide to your understanding of your own life. And if you see nothing, then stand in your blindness and penetrate that darkness which envelopes your life. Until the darkness clears, and you begin to see a glimmer of light.
It is not so important to bring to life any ideology of how life ‘should be’. This brings conflict to life, this brings reward and punishment and the establishing of all authority, for you are as you are, and when you introduce how you ‘should be’, you create a division in your heart, between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’. ‘What is’, is true in nature, perhaps not what you might desire to meet, ‘what should be’, is merely an accepted or self-asserted ideology.
It is of greatest relevance to see life as it is. For as it is, is as it is, and as it is, is the true nature of life. There is no other. Not as you think it is, a child of many accepted beliefs and worn out ideas, but how it actually is. Stay where you are, and look around. Be patient and interested. Observe and question. Awaken from your darkness to life. And if darkness is your life, then meet it well. Let it grow, flower and die. That the sun may begin to rise once more.
Are you standing in a world of absolute order? If not, then why not? Is the mind you live within, the world of inner thinking, thoughts, desires, fears, pleasures and pains, a place of deep established order and contentment? Do you rest your head in the comfort of eternal love and infinite peace? If not, why not? How will you answer such questions? Await for the assurances of an authority?
How did this inner complexity come into being? How did the outer competitively driven, aggressive, deeply selfish and uncaring nature of the outer structuring of our world arrive? These are the only homes we have for our lives, these inner and outer existences. We have no others. And if all is not well here, we would do well to question why. And all is not well, for both are in complete disorder.
Has this disorder arrived through a lack of being told what to do and how to live our lives? Or has it arrived because we have been told what to do and how to live our lives? Is there relationship between our inner and outer fields of existence? Does one necessitate the other?
How would you find out?
Listen to the words of others, or explore the issue by and for yourself?
One approach is to lead a second hand life, and to live in the dark shadows of another’s authority, and this, to now, has always been our way. Is it not time we become our own teachers and our own disciples and come to question the true meaning and purpose of our lives? Are our lives of so little value that we do not grant to them such importance? Are our lives of so little value that we eternally place them in the hands and direction commanded from others?
What will bring true and lasting order to our lives?
The ordering of others never has brought order, in all of recorded history and so to presume and hope it will, seems rather childish and a only a firm guarantee of continuing societal and individual decay.
We have been ordered in life by authority in every area of life over countless centuries and despite all of this ordering, (or perhaps, because of it), our lives have never been anything but lived in a state of continuing disorder.
Life is as life is.
There is no greater understanding than this. Life is so simple when you remove the divisive assertion of the so many others all clambering for their position of power. And those others, are also you.
If life is unsatisfactory to your heart this day, then you are the only one who can find your way from darkness into light.
No one can lead you there.
But I ask of you, (not command of you), for I, am no authority. I, am nothing to be followed. I am no one to be accepted. I am a road sign, of value only until the destination has been reached. Never seek to find light, if you find your life is one of darkness. Rather gaze with great interest and great care, into the eyes of the darkness you meet in your life. Understand the jewel of your non understanding.
If you seek to move towards 'bettering' any situation, if darkness is seeking light, then darkness is in a process of perpetual continuity. Darkness need end for light to shine. Darkness never ends through the act of seeking its opposite. This is only a continuity of darkness. Bettering any undesirable situation, is the continuity of that which needs to end. The mistake of our leaders this day, is the mistake of the lives of all of humanity.
So no stones.
Love is not found in a movement of improvement from fear and anger to love, love is found, when fear and anger end. Selfishness cannot be transitioned in time to empathy, empathy arrives, on the death of selfishness.
And love is never found by a confused mind, and we are all so deeply confused this day. For we live on the ground of the commandments of others. A confused mind moves from a ground of confusion, and so every action, is a continuity of the same. The only valid thing any confused mind can do, is to stop acting. Only when confused actions have ceased is the ending of confusion possible. This ending, is the birth of a new beginning.
And we are deeply confused people. And naturally so, for we stand on no ground of our own understanding of our lives and deaths, we stand on the ground of the commandments and assertions of others.
Love is never a bedfellow to fear, nor to guilt, anxiety, despair, jealousy, desire, pleasure or pain. All these need end, for love to be found. But seek never love. Love cannot be found through a positive act of seeking it out. In negation of what love is not, only, does love ever reveal its eternal fragrance.
Question and observe only. Look around, and look within. Be without choice in your awareness, and let the ending of all direction be your only direction. There is no road to travel to meet where you are. There is no passing of time to journey to when you are. And if love and understanding is not to be found here, then where else will it ever be found?
Like a phoenix arising from the ashes, the change this world and your life so desperately needs to find lies in the understanding of what you are, whatever you are and this is only ever possible by remaining with what you are and finding freedom to look at your life and this world as it is.
Both, may be eternally related.
And this awareness without choice may be the only catalyst to bring real change to both. A change in your life and so a change in this world. For you are part of this world, and when the part changes, it affect the nature of the whole. And change, demands the ending of what came before, not the continuity of it seeking future perfection, which is only a continuity of all corruption which needs to end.
Morality is found with the ending of immorality, not by seeking to become moral. Love is found, when that which denies love comes to an end. Relationship is found, when that which denies relationship, likewise, ends. And all divisions between us deny relationship, religious, wealth based, patriotism, political or ideological.
If understanding of your life and death is possible, (why not?), if the love found in direct relationship to meeting life as it is, here and now, can lead to the accurate vision of all, void of bias, prejudice and self-interest, then responsibility for all may be found. Our world meets its first beneficial revolution. Without blood, without stones.
Only here, in such transformation of the human mind and heart, will the understanding arise that there has never been a need to follow the commandments of another. Who we never have, in all long recorded history, ever found any success in following.
Responsible action comes from clear perception. And freedom to look is the first step to illuminate the light which guides such responsible action.
Let your commandments be these, and command them of yourself. To come to awaken your own intelligence that you live your life responsibly and cease to live divisively from another man. That you cease to value your own life as being of any greater value than any other. That responsible action may come into this world, now so corruptly incessantly driven by divisive self-interest. This all demands a cessation of how you live this day.
In death only, is found rebirth. Not in the continuity of the dead, seeking to better its festering state of decay.
Come to understand what it means to look at life without choice, that you might come to meet the greatest of all truths, life, as it is. Life met, without choice.
Here, and now. Where and when else?
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