Freedom is more than choice. It’s awareness of choice, but awareness of choice is not true, actualized freedom without vision. So what vision do you have for your freedom?
I will open with a question. What is status?
Current state of being.
Position relative to other similar objects.
Any other thoughts? How do we understand our status?
How others perceive us, their feedback.
Our senses? We have a variety of senses. The bigger portion of those senses come together as an experience we call emotion. Every emotion we experience has qualities we equate to tactile sensation, so we also call emotion, feeling. This is appropriate. Touch is the first sense we develop as our bodies mature, and though we quickly learn to ignore it usually, it continues to serve as the backdrop of all our other senses as well as our experience and education. How many people would you say are very much in touch with their feelings? Their sense of touch?
I don’t know that many people to be a judge.
Not well, only superficially.
Well, people in the yoga and mindfulness community are typically more in touch with this, though not all the time.
What is the first thing we do or rather want to do when we sustain an injury?
Stop it from hurting? Our hand goes to it, touch. Instinctively by touching or pressing, and they now understand how that works and why. It can work as long as the hurt isn’t going to be further aggravated by the contact.
My point is, they have discovered that everything about how the mind structures our senses and experience is metaphorical, even down to the point where if you ape or fake a metaphorical state, you will experience the corresponding sense of your state of being though we get things out of order, skew the context, often badly.
When someone is well grounded, we say they are in touch with reality. Even the phrase ‘well grounded’ suggests physical contact. We are all instinctively and subconsciously in touch with our environment, and from this feeling feedback we create a picture of our state of being. We even unconsciously respond to unexpected shifts in our environment because we experience them as changes of mood, shifting feelings, and altered state of being. We even add or subtract presences in our environment, be those people or things, in order to preserve or restore our sense of centre, preserve our orientation.
Yes, something changes and we feel something is off, not right.
Buddhists speak of a status they call bardo, transition. We normally block transitional states from occurring. Instinctively they disturb our feelings, always feel like loss, even if what we are transitioning into is something we greatly desire.
People speak of the mystical journey of death, the change of the spirit in the otherworld. In my experience, the difference between the spiritual state and what we call the physical state is nothing more than a matter of context. You experience the transition between lives all throughout your life.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.