Hypothetically, people worry about everyone being selfishly oriented. "If everyone did exactly what they want to do, what kind of world would this be?" And we say, a really, really good one. Because if everyone did what they wanted to do, everyone would feel free. And if you feel free, you feel empowered. And every negative emotion that exists—hear this—every negative emotion that exists is because there is some sense of loss of freedom somewhere in there.
Excerpted from the workshop in Syracuse, NY on Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
Jerry and Esther
One of the things i love most about our life is the amount of freedom we feel to be Who we Are, to Love what we Love, to Do what we want to Do...... and leave behind all those "have-tos" , "shoulds" and did i say "have tos?" You other shinny people know what *exactly* what I'm talking about!!!
K and I were reading a book today, and there was so much punitive language in it..... words such as "appropriate" and "consequences" used- not in a authentic way, but as a way of control. Of course in our lives there are times when x is appropriate, and y is not. But these things are discussed and processed together, and never are they decided arbitrarily. For example, I don't decide for her that a movie or a book is "inappropriate." I do know my daughter, and I know the kind of things she likes and doesn't like. But those are *her* choices, not a judgment I am imposing on her. And consequences? We don't have artificially imposed consequences here.... And although of course there are results from actions, they are not punitive results.... they are naturally occurring results/consequences.... (like, i left the ice cream out, and its melted. whoops. :X )
As I was reading that book, i was reminded how amazingly wonderful and Blessed we are to have a life that is so Expansive and Full of Freedom, so removed from constriction and control and squashing. So Limitless, in so many ways. :)
Hmmm Joy. How i love you! :)