"A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners of their own concepts and ideas. They can be slaves to their own selves." Maharaji
Does the above quote sound familiar to anyone? I write subjects based on my own life experience and my past. This one hit me hard because it is something I have been a victim of all my life. The awesome thing is that I no longer choose victimization. It’s a brain thing, a heart thing. It’s now become a conscious choice to break free from the imprisonment. It’s no longer an unconscious dwelling.
So many of us walk around in our lives with our eyes wide shut! We walk around in our heads, in our egos, which as you know from my past writings, stands for Edging-God-Out! We have concepts and ideas about people, about our lives, about who we are, about how the world works. Most of these concepts and ideas were taught to us by parents, loved ones, peer groups in school. Most of the time, we believe that because they were taught, they are the “Truth.” We believe that we have to live that truth. We think we have to hold onto it because it’s “all we know” or because if we let go of it, we will no longer be “true” to ourselves. We think we will be ridiculed or condemned or cast aside and disowned. That’s happened to me. That’s happened to many of us.
The real, honest to goodness Truth about letting go of concepts and ideas that keep us imprisoned is that when we do let go, only then are we able to be literally, deeply and significantly true to ourselves, to Who We Truly Are! As I have said before, truth is subjective. Each person’s beliefs and concepts and ideas are all individually defined based on their view and experience of the world around them. We get so wrapped up in our beliefs and concepts that we put blinders on to the rest of the options and choices the world offers. We believe the words spoken by parents, friends, peers and others who have no greater importance than we have within ourselves. They are no wiser, no more valuable, and no more precious than we are within our own innate individuality and greatness.
So many years spent believing in stereotypes has caused so many of us to fall short of our purpose, our burning desire to be someone greater than we have ever allowed ourselves to be! It takes a lot of soul-searching and a lot of time to heal from the imprisoning concepts and ideas but it’s worth it in the end. To diligently search to find out whom we are, what our purpose is and what benefit we bring to this world is all worth the effort. As I have stated before, there is not one single person on this earth that was put here without a purpose. Every single being that has ever lived has had a reason for being here. There is no other greater Truth than that except the one that says, “Love is the greatest gift of all.” Love is truly all there is and if you can start from that perspective, it makes it a way more edifying experience in the search for breaking free from self-imposed imprisonment!