The Opposite To Freedom is Captivity
The question is, “What are we being captivated by?”
The answer is thoughts – our thoughts and the thoughts of others. Thought underlies actions. Thoughts are preconceived ideas from the past, and these same ideas are projected into the future: it’s a continuum of preconceptions. We are captivated by preconceived programming – the origin of ‘programme’ is ‘before written’ – and are so accustomed to this that we become dependent upon it. We do not have an original thought. We have accepted this programming: ‘self’ is a programmed projection, and that is why we are suffering, ill at ease, dissatisfied, disappointed.
We can try to blame others, but it is we who accepted the appointment, the arrangement, the position we are in now. So, what to do? How do we get out of this captivity?
”Don’t give it another thought.”
Meditation is freedom from dependency and addiction!
First, we see what is happening in the mind. Then we don’t give it another thought. Thoughts will arise by themselves due to karma. If we react to a past thought, we merely keep the programme running.
Thoughts are karmic products from the past: we note them but do not hold on to them. Now we are free … sort of. Until enlightenment – which means to be completely free from any agenda – we will have desires and aversions, but gradually they grow less. Freedom is fun because we don’t take anything seriously. enjoying every moment and letting it go, as there is the next moment.
“We may not have an original thought” … but we can put these thoughts together in an original way.