Living In The World

Freedom to be what you areI woke up thinking about this very thing this morning, reflecting on a conversation that I had last evening with a good friend who has a teenage son. It is apparent to me, after several visits just what this child is suffering. It is in his eyes, his aura and his behaviour. The child is an open Ego, an open Spleen and an open G Center. The child is going to suffer incredibly with their self -esteem, needing to feel healthy and just who they are and how they fit into things. On top of it, the child is emotional and sensitive.

You put a child with that chemistry into a school system and you get a basket of complex emotions, thoughts, desires and identity searching. Once the child is in the group of the institution of school, he becomes a product of what he endures: teachers, friends, the general thought field, quality of food and how he is recognized and supported in the group.

This social shaping happens through out the childhood and teenage years. All of our children become a product of this conditioning and institutionalization, just as we have. You can seal the process of conditioning and homogenization through attending college. Once you have a ‘full’ education, you are reformed and can now serve the system.

If you are different, you will get into trouble for it. If you are different, you don’t serve the system. You are considered insane, a rebel or incorrigible, much like the character that Jim Morrison exemplifies in our memories and in his songs.

It’s obvious to me that he did what he could to remain true to his spirit and conviction for freedom of being. Through his ability to see so clearly how we become robots to a ‘role’, how we lose our keen sense to act out a program, hide or suppress or feelings or lie to hold an illusion, this makes us put on a mask.

I think about the condition of our planet. I casually watch the waste of food, paper, water and other resources. I can see that it is going to take a revolution on the individual level to make any real changes on our planet. And no one is going to see the whole picture as long as they are homogenized and reformed to serve an artificial life form: large corporations and greed and worshipping the almighty dollar.

I held a $5 bill in my hand this week and while holding it I pondered how I see so many people blindly living their lives to fit into a lifestyle that has nothing to do with really living, really sensing life, feeling a true sense of joy just from existence itself. I saw how that devotion and worship of what the dollar provides takes us away from the opportunity to live who we really are. There is so much pressure from this artificial world to play the game that has nothing to do with ‘flow’ or universal love. It’s an illusion that bites you hard when you step into its full embrace and become drunk and stupid.

I remember in a book I read about OSHO, the “Misunderstood Mystic”, he told about growing up and having the blessed chance to be free of the institution of school for his first seven years of his life. To be free from the constraints of a this delusional reality and to live your life radically different than from the rest is the greatest blessing one can have in this life. To be free from the illusion of money and it’s downfall for the soul, is a glorious initiation into ecstasy and out of the twisted chains of glamour.

Money can serve us and provide for us but the value system changes when you take on the conviction of being original and living outside of the system. Some of us get lucky and have a support system in place that allows us to just be and then there are some of us who live by the sword, break all the rules, belligerent to authority and defiant in our will to be exactly who we are. Money becomes so much less a concern or need. Magic takes over and rules and trumps the dollar; this is what I have found.

When we live fully, radically who we are, we draw what we need to sustain us and be free. The gods love it when you do that, the Earth loves it when you do that and the angels sing when they see a spirit fly high above the rest. There is no greater joy.

Be free in being you.


2014 Kashi Stone