Freedom Vs. Control

Electrons revolve around the brain. Concept of idea.Every time you give your power to decide your path or to be who you are away, you are disempowered.

Freedom struggles in the face of controlling paradigms because many lack a strong enough impulse to be autonomous.

It is as though much or our species lives in a traumatized state that seeks someone to fill in the blanks for us. Religion, government and other institutions have successfully stepped into the void for thousands of years to fill for us.

In our time modern times, mass media has ushered in an era of control through “cool”. People have learned that they are empowered by being like someone else, rather than finding the unique qualities and purposes that make them who they are.

It is not a cult of the like-minded and conditioned by centralized authority that leads to the Nirvana we seek. Some see this centralized control – often through government – as the only means for solving a nation’s or the planet’s problems. But I believe, it is a planet filled with autonomous, self-empowered individuals that choose to work together for the common good.

The former is our weak-minded, easy-way-out attempt to reach the same end. The latter must be our goal.

That is not to say we can operate in a selfish bubble. Nothing we do is without links and impacts on everything and everyone around us. A free empowered individual is one who creates bonds of choice and mutual benefit rather than being forced.

I think it is an innate mistrust in humanity driven by constant examples of reasons to doubt the motivations of those around us and our secret feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty that drive us to concede our potential to some outside authority that “knows better”.

The challenges are many in going from where we are now this state of empowered autonomy linked to a commitment to the common interest. There is probably not even agreement on what that human being looks like and some will deny it’s even possible. Some would surely use their increased empowerment for destructive ends, like a teenager experiencing the first taste of freedom. We shall not have that answer until we set its attainment as our priority. None of these can be a reason not begin down this enlightened road.

The how is uncertain and this is what frightens the powers that be on the planet. Because they have interests to protect. They have come to value order over any other virtue.

How can you begin? You can begin each and every day by being aware of who and how you give your power away. You can strive to use the power you do have judiciously, positively towards your interests, but not selfishly or abusively against others. You can mentor those in your sphere of influence to do the same.

You can begin to see that institutions are there to serve our needs and not the other way around. Understand that their authority and relevancy comes from the people they serve. You can pull yourself in the direction of freedom and autonomy one decision at at time, until any other approach seems foreign to you.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race.  He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com

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Freedom Affirmations and Original Quotes

Today’s Thought:

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

~Viktor E. Frankl

Freedom is such an important concept and has many connotations. In our modern world, we often think of freedom in terms of political freedom or religious freedom. There are still far too many examples in our world where these freedoms are deficient or non-existent.

Yet, there is an even more profound freedom. That is the freedom to think, to be free from mental and emotional conditioning, and the fully express the person you came here to be. These kinds of freedoms are the province of the mind, not the purview of the state or the church.

These affirmations and original quotes focus on all kinds of freedom.

Affirmations

  1. Today I am the person I came to the planet to be!
  2. My freedom to choose is my freedom to change.
  3. I cherish my freedom! My freedom is the fertile soil where I plant, nourish, and harvest my dreams.
  4. Freedom powers my success in life! I always nourish freedom in my environment!
  5.  I am a free human being empowered to reject tyranny and oppression in all its guises.
  6. I am a free human being empowered to share this Earth peacefully with all life forms that live here with me!
  7.  I am a free human being empowered to speak mind and follow a path of my choosing!
  8.  I am a free human being empowered to explore the meaning of my existence for me.
  9. I practice freedom of speech.  I grant myself the freedom to be speak and act authentically in every situation.
  10. I hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  11. My freedom flows not from government, religion, or other people. My freedom flows from the moment of my birth.
  12. My life and my thoughts are my responsibility. I refuse to cede them to any institution!
  13. I cherish my freedom! Freedom is the soil where I plant hopes and dreams. Today is planting day!
  14. Today I unchain my mind and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  15. The only cage I live in is the one I choose for myself. Today I set myself free!
  16. Today I assert my freedom of speech and that every human being on this planet!
  17. Today I assert my freedom of thought and that every human being on this planet!
  18. Today I assert my freedom of non-harmful action and that every human being on this planet!
  19. I refuse to infringe the rights of others and I expect the same in return.
  20. Today I release my self-imposed chains and walk consciously into the light of freedom.
  21. Wherever tyranny chains hearts, I am the loudest voice for freedom!
  22. Today I choose an open heart over a narrow mind.
  23.  I believe in a protected Earth and a free Humanity. I refuse to sacrifice either! My life is a catalyst for both!

Original Quotes by Ray Davis

  1. Freedom and conformity cannot live in the same heart. Freedom and conformity cannot dwell in the same mind.
  2. Freedom is purely and simply oxygen to anyone seeking self-development, self-improvement, a sense of achievement, success, or enlightenment.
  3. Free societies are built on disagreement, compromise, and tolerance. If anyone of these is denied, the society ceases to be free.
  4. Free speech only for those who agree with you is no free speech at all.
  5. The individual, not the state, is the source of creativity, inspiration, and vision.
  6. Free hearts and open minds the world over are saying, “Enough” to top-down tyranny.
  7. We have spent hundreds of years battling political tyranny and ignoring monetary tyranny. They are inextricably linked.
  8. The world needs bottom-up genius, not top-down tyranny.
  9. Freedom and conformity cannot live in the same heart Freedom and conformity cannot dwell in the same mind.
  10. Freedom and justice for those who agree with us is no substitute for freedom and justice for all.
  11. Freedom and tolerance go hand in hand. You can have neither so long as you reserve them only for yourself.
  12. Freedom is a dish always served with a side of uncertainty. To have the one, you must accept the other.
  13. Freedom is a tsunami ready to permanently drown the nightmares of tyranny and dogma.
  14. Freedom is a process of eroding top-down control in favor of bottom-up empowerment.
  15. Refuse to be who others have conditioned you to be. Reset your factory settings.
  16. Freedom is an historical process of eroding top-down control in favor of bottom-up empowerment.
  17. Tyranny is always waiting in the wings, ready to restore order to freedom’s messiness.
  18. Tyranny is like an addictive drug. You always need a little more.
  19. Freedom is like a sharp blade. The wise use it to cut themselves loose. The unwise use it to injure themselves.
  20. Freedom is not a gift granted by government. Freedom is a truth declared by nature.
  21. Freedom is not conceived in a bomb, nor preserved by a bullet. Freedom is a choice in the heart.
  22. Freedom is the gentle rain and the warm sunshine that allows my dreams to grow and flourish.
  23. Freedom is the simple, but evolved, principle of live and let live.
  24. Freedom is the soil where dreams go to grow.
  25. Freedom is the sweet smell of possibility in the morning and the impulse to pursue it.
  26. Freedom of speech doesn’t protect popular speech. Its popularity does that Free speech protects unpopular speech.
  27. Freedom of speech is risky, denying it exponentially more risky.
  28. Freedom of thought is the foundation of all other freedoms. Practice it regularly.
  29. Freedom persists only where populations are informed. Us and Them are tyranny’s two favorite constituencies.
  30. Freedom with insecurity is a quantum leap beyond security with no freedom.
  31. We cannot be conditioned, helpless, and dependent upon government and expect to be free.
  32. Us vs. Them always conditions away half your thought process and half your options, leaving your mind divided and conquered.
  33. A conditioned mind is a conquered mind.
  34. A people polarized is not a free people. It forces you to tie half your brain behind your back.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Thomas Jefferson, Freedom, and Slavery

Today’s Thought: I accept good ideas whatever their source. I reject bad ideas whatever their source.
 

I am writing just a quick blog today to address an important issue that came up relative to a tweet I posted on the 4th of July. The tweet was a quote of Thomas Jefferson from the American Declaration of Independence.

“All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This single sentence is one of the most memorable and powerful in the entire history of the struggle for human freedom. Several of my tweeps quickly pointed out that Jefferson was a slave owner when he wrote those words. That is an historical fact. He was a slave owner for many years after that. He did free his slaves upon his death; a fact that does not excuse the fact that he ever owned slaves. He was quite progressive for his time and place in that respect, but that is a very low bar.

The point I want to make is that perfect (or near perfect) ideas often come from imperfect human beings. I will certainly agree that being a slave owner was pretty darn big flaw. Still, which of us is without flaws? If someone were to judge us based on our worst, how would we stand up? What hatreds, hypocrisies, and blind spots do we hold in our hearts?

Perhaps in 200 years (we can hope), our progeny will find it equally outrageous that we allowed financial institutions to crash economies with highly risky derivatives and then take people’s homes and life savings hostage to cover their bets. Yet, we have all stood by and accepted that virus has it has circled the planet for the past three years. I’m not comparing the two. I’m simply saying that (hopefully) as human society continues to advance, every age’s flaws will seem backward and deplorable. If they don’t, we haven’t grown.

Taken on the whole, Thomas Jefferson was a very intelligent, accomplished person who contributed and, frankly, continues to contribute to the American experience and to the global struggle for a free humanity. If he deserves demerit for being slaveholder, he deserves credit for that fact.

It is a great irony, even hypocrisy, that a man could write those words and hold other human beings in bondage simultaneously. I’d even call it an outrage. Yet, would I rather he had not written them? No. It’s important to remember that in 1776 slaves in America, while the most egregious example, were far from the only human beings not free on this planet or in this country. If you were white and didn’t own land, you were not a whole lot freer than the slaves and many whites came to this country as indentured servants to the wealthy. Further, those words, Jefferson’s words, have been the rallying cry in numerous freedom movements the world over since.

We cannot and we must not forget to see people like Thomas Jefferson as the whole, imperfect human being he was. Just as we would all expect others to see us.

I wish someone who didn’t own slaves had written those words. Because those words have led to freedom for a great many people. Ironically, that very hypocrisy between the new nation’s principles and its reality were precisely what led to the formation of abolition movements that came to fruition about 80 years hence.

Adolph Hitler was an evil man, but if he had come up with a cure for cancer, would we have rejected it because he came up with it? I would accept the cancer cure from Hitler and I accept the freedom-inspiring words from Jefferson. If I cannot excuse his slave holding, I can at least see the power of the words he wrote and the impetus they have had in creating freer people the world over.

Conversely, if Martin Luther King or Gandhi or my grandmother came up with a terrible idea, I must be free to reject it despite my respect for them. We will lock ourselves out of wonderful ideas or into terrible ones, if we evaluate them based on who wrote them or proposed them.

In my book, Jefferson should be remembered as a slaveholder and the man who penned some pretty powerful words that led to freedom for many. Irony? Sure. But as Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Stay inspired!

Ray

We Still Have a Dream – The Affirmation Spot for Monday January 18, 2010

Today’s Affirmation:

“I believe in the future of humanity. I believe our species’ most prosperous, peaceful, and enlightened times are ahead. I am living my life in a way that turns that belief into reality.”

Today I am recognizing the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. As has become tradition on this blog, I am doing so by posting the video of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963.

While Dr. King’s speech was aimed at the specific circumstances in The United States in the early 1960s, its message is timeless and transcendent. The speech’s contemporary appeal is attributable to universal message of hope for a better world and a better us. It dares each of to look into our hearts and measure ourselves according to a clear and powerful vision of what can be – what must become – on this planet.

I think its message is worthwhile to periodically watch, absorb, and share with those too young to remember those times and too young to yet understand our times.

It is a message that needs to be heard in Israel and Gaza, Pakistan and India, Iraq and Afghanistan, and, yes, in the halls of power in Washington, London, Moscow, Beijing, and at the UN in New York.

Nothing is more certain than that the people of this planet long and deserve to be free. They long to be free to pursue their goals, their dreams in their way.

In too many places, man’s inhumanity to man remains the rule of the day. Let us – all six billion of us – heed Dr. King’s wise words. Let us create a new dream where we learn live in peaceful disagreement and a spirit of sharing rather than in mutual disrespect, anger, and conflict . Let us create a world where we work together to bring about justice.

Then, we too, can say, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty. We’re fee at last.”


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Stay inspired!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

“2010 is my year! This is the year I break free. This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!”

Collective Mental Empowerment Part II – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday June 25, 2009

Today’s affirmation is:

“Moment by moment, brick by brick, we are building a world full of things more important than our fears.”
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woman_eyes_closed_sun_rsOur world is an amazing place full of beauty and potential. Each of us is a miracle waiting to bloom into magnificence. The fear liberally spread in our lives reduces our enjoyment, causes us unhappiness and pain, and creates scenarios where we lash out at each other.

Collective Mental Empowerment Part I focused on the problem of disempowerment and fear-based messaging in our society. We discussed the disempowerment that occurs when we buy into that messaging from a place of fear rather than evaluating it from a reason-centered or love-centered focus.

Today’s article provides some practical ideas about how to reverse this trend in our individual and collective lives. Again, books could be written on this topic. I hope these tips will help you begin to re-empower yourself and help the people around you do the same.


What Can We Do?

raised_arms_horizonSo the question always is, “Great, you’ve identified the problem, but what can we do to change it?” There are really several very practical things that each of us can do to counter the negative messages around us, empower ourselves and each other, and limit the effectiveness of fear-centered messaging. If we do the following things, we will find the mental/spiritual mood on this planet lightening immediately and we will re-empower ourselves to live the lives we came here to live.

  • Become Aware of Disempowerment Techniques and Messages – look before you leap to support. Demand that leaders provide legitimate reasons for action and reject solutions based in fear. Every single time someone is trying to get you to think something or do something based on fear and in a hurry; question it carefully. Consciously deactivate your fear center and shift to a reasoning or love-centered evaluation of the situation. It makes sense to run the other way, if you encounter a black mamba. It doesn’t make sense to refuse to ever visit Africa because you might encounter one. Watch for solutions that throw the baby of freedom out in the bathwater of fear.
  • Examine Your Own Beliefs – examine your beliefs. Are they yours or second-hand? What are your ideological, spiritual, and political blind spots? How can they or how have they been used to get you to buy into things you know go against your conscience or better judgment? Do your religious convictions really demand you judge all others? Do your political convictions really go along with limiting the freedom and potential of those around you towards some end? A lot of this is unconscious and has been whipped into your through constant repetition and social reinforcement (they call that brainwashing in some circles). Expect resistance! You have believed many of these things for a long time and you may have a lot of “skin in the game”. Accept that this is going to happen and get through it.
  • Release Your “Yeah But…” – there is a tendency when awakening begins in this process to encounter some mental “yeah buts”. “Yeah but” the world is sometimes a dangerous place. “Yeah but” everyone is going along. “Yeah but” if I let my guard down. Your “yeah buts” stand as guards keeping you cycling in fear. What comes after your “yeah but” is an area for you to work on shifting your thinking.
  • Help Others Examine Their Beliefs – just as you may have been existing in a mental/spiritual fog on these topics, others are too. Once you are clearer on how mass manipulation works and on your own values (the ones that come from within you), you can help others do the same. Once you are alert to these fear-based parlor tricks, they will become easy to spot. Others may struggle to see them at first just like you did. Be ready for some resistance.
  • Become an Empowered Thinker – Once you realize that you have been living in a kind of mental Matrix where your beliefs and actions are orchestrated, you will want to begin replacing those thoughts with your true beliefs – the ones that flow from your legitimate religious convictions, political perspectives, and humanity. Affirmations, visualizations, focused prayer, meditation, and other techniques can help you strengthen your beliefs and reinforce them. I call this your own personal ad campaign. You are now in charge again of your own thoughts and beliefs. You regain the freedom to CHOOSE. You do it from a place of spiritual and mental freedom.
  • Surround Yourself with Empowered People and Messages – counter and replace the disempowering messages in your life by being around empowered people and bringing empowering messages into your life. Practice techniques like affirmations, visualization, meditation, and prayer that give you quiet time to think, evaluate, and recharge.
  • Recognize Your Destiny – you – and everyone around you – are here on this planet in this time and in this place for a reason. It is not to think other people’s thoughts and manifest other peoples’ visions of reality. It is to think your own thoughts and manifest your vision of reality in an environment of freedom and respect. Think about it. When was the last time the peoples of two countries, two religions, two anything really got up one morning and thought to themselves we need to go to war against “them”? I’d propose never. Some “leader” came along and activated the peoples’ fear-centers and “created” the need for war. War is a CHOICE not to have peace. Poverty is a CHOICE not to share the resources of the planet. Fear is a CHOICE that we have been convinced is more “realistic” than love.

Messages from Great Teachers and Thinkers

We can make other choices, but only from a place of empowerment where we operate from a higher awareness and dismiss those who constantly want us cowering in fear. There have been great teachers and people who have been teaching us from a love-centered perspective for centuries. Humanity reveres these teachers, but ignore them when the rubber meets the road. Listen again. They are talking about empowered people living from their center of love rather than fear, anger, or hatred.

Jesus said:

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” He went even further. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Peter (at another time) got some clarification.

“Then came Peter to him, and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I say not until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.'”

There was no fine print, legal disclaimers, or ‘yeah but’ scenarios. There is no “Well, the President or the Prime Minister have to have all the options on the table.” There is no room for some supreme council to order us to hate our neighbor and war with them because they don’t agree with us. Jesus is clearly saying that we must love even our enemies and be a well of continuous forgiveness.

Buddha said:

“What we are is the result of what we have thought.”

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here;–but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.”

What is Buddha telling us here? He is saying that all the reasons we’re given (or come up with ourselves) to justify our fear, our anger, our hatred are just excuses. As long as we are focused on how we have been wronged, we will never take the steps necessary to make it right in our world.

He continues by pointing out that only by shifting to a love-centered approach can we know peace – personal and global. He’s also talking about growth. He recognizes that the first paragraph describes much of humanity. He is calling on human beings to aspire to the second paragraph.

Mahatma Gandhi said:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

We are happy, Gandhi posits when our thoughts, words, and actions are in harmony. Can they be in harmony when we are encased in a constant state of fear and crisis? I would argue that our happiness depends on us harmonizing our thoughts, words, and actions from a place of love rather than fear.

“Fear,” Gandhi said, “Is not a disease of the body. Fear kills the soul.” He encouraged us when he said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”

Gandhi admitted the path is not easy when he said:

“I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for the better, is the British Empire. My second enemy, the Indian people, is far more difficult. But my most formidable opponent is a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi. With him, I seem to have very little influence.”

Gandhi points out that we are our own biggest obstacle – us. We know we want a different, better world (or life), but change is so hard. Our willpower fades in and out. We must stick with it and not give up. We must transform our thinking to a new level.

Albert Einstein said:

Einstein is known to history as the genius scientist, but he was quite the visionary and rebel against the status quo. He encouraged creative, “out of the box” thinking and abhorred those who simply “go along”.

“He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”

He encourage curiosity and questioning:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its ow reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

” I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Finally, Einstein tells us that we must transform the way we think to have the better world we all seek.

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”

In his 1933 inauguration speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Today we have leaders and a media that seem bent on spreading the fear thoroughly and constantly. Whether they do it on purpose or whether they are just caught up in the same misguided ideas about who we are what we are doing here; I can’t say for sure.

What I do know is that when we live from a place of fear our horizons are sharply limited. Sadly, many do not even realize they are caught in this fear-based matrix that constantly pushes them to make decisions without engaging reason and love – the two most powerful centers of our being.

For our world to change, we must change. For us to change, we must empower ourselves and our thinking. We must never grant government, leaders, the media, or other institutions the power to short circuit our innate wisdom and intelligence. We must demand the freedom to express ourselves, to grow and change, and decide our own destinies.

Certainly, we cannot do this in a vacuum without taking into consideration the other people and creatures that share this planet and this destiny with us. However, we will get to a place where the human majority naturally takes that approach to life more quickly if we have an informed, empowered, and free populace rather than one that lives in constant fear of other people and the world around them.

I absolutely invite your comments and participation on this blog. I’d like to know how you think we can achieve these goals.

Stay inspired!

Ray