To be free
is to live each day in connection
with one’s dream.
To live in connection to one’s dream,
one must know oneself.
To know oneself is to know what is not oneself,
and this appreciation for the difference is made clear
in the daily interactions of serving others.
To know oneself one must also be able to hear one’s self for direction.
To hear oneself requires silence.
To achieve silence we must quiet our thoughts.
To be able to clear one’s mental noise
one must create a clear channel for the thoughts to go.
To create a clear channel one must align the conduit of mind and body.
To be able to align, one is first required to relax.
One can only relax when one trusts in the decision to do so
is integral to the small and large act of being human.
For one to truly trust one must tap into the ever-present love.
One must be able to recognize love as unending space of acceptance.
For one to feel love one must open to that space of acceptance.
For one to open one must believe.
For one to believe one must set an intention to want to open beyond what is already known.
For one to want anything there must be a sense of desire,
and from desire for something greater – is a root awareness of some lacking in other words: this awareness can cause grief.
Grief exists because something at one time was worthy of our praise,
so even if one only remembers being praised for coming into this world,
one is in the digestive motion of this polar reality.
There is enough grief to make a lifetime recipe of praise
through the act of living out your dream and growing in your desire
To really make something with that recipe,
one must know the nature of the ingredients by observing
and working with them daily.
Cultivating grief and praise for things coming and going in our lives
is made a daily practice through appreciating
the inherent nature of all things as impermanent;
making the peaceful acceptance of these transitions,
a practice of permanent principle.
Before cultivating that which gives rise to awareness of impermanence,
one must first recognize the function of grief and praise
for what it is in the small and grand scale of the human experience.
One can only recognize what one has experienced or can imagine.
To cultivate either experience or imagination
is to truly expand one’s experience beyond serving one’s own desire.
To expand, one must relate or associate what is known with a pattern,
leaving spaces for what is unknown to find its connection points in the weave.
For one to see patterns and leave room for that pattern to build,
one must recognize the integral function of the grid, (or discipline)
to the existence of the spaces in between the grid, (or freedom).
To recognize oneself in the rhythm of freedom and discipline
is to know the song of one’s limitations and capacities.
To know one’s limitations and capacities
one must use the tools of insight revealed in one’s everyday experience.
To have those tools revealed, one must build intuition.
To build intuition one must unite the inner and outer sense of ‘sight’.
To connect one’s inner and outer vision
one must remember how to be wakeful in dreams
and walk in waking life- living your dream.
To live one’s dream in waking life
is to be one’s unique version of being fully human; fully self accepting.
To be fully human, existing in the synchronous reality of all other beings
in their ebbing and flowing states of permanence,
is to be truly free.
When one is truly free, the voice of direction is ‘heard’
and answered with loving trust and gratitude.
Rest, child in this: you are already treading your path.
Find your direction through practices of peaceful inquiry within,
and gravitational action; just as rivers find seas by just being water.
-Allison Castley (2007)