The world is not set in stone. At times we may feel weighed down from the patterns that we have created in our past. We may feel the pressure through experiencing fall back from expectations and assumptions that others have placed upon us. We must remember.

“We are connected to everything around us. We are the trees, the leaves, the flowers, the grasses, and every animal. We are the sky, the wind, fire, and water. We are dust from the stars and the moon. We are the sun. We are the grace of the Goddess and the strength of the God. We are the energy that flows through all things. We are interdependent. Walk with this knowledge daily and live knowing that you are everything. So know that everything is possible.”

 

OUR DEEPEST FEAR – Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

ON FREEDOM – Nelson Mandela
“I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”

ON OPPRESSION – Nelson Mandela
“A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle,and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor. At a point, one can only fight fire with fire”

ON SLAVERY – Nelson Mandela
“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

ON PERCEPTION – Genesis P-Orridge
“Change thee way to perceive and change all Memory. Brain and Neuro-Visual Matter are one, are the material of all that can be seen, was ever seen, will be seen, in every place & in every time, forever. Each brain is all realities, from mundane to omniscient. Infinite choices of reality are the gift of software to our children.”

 

LIVING THE EIGHTFOLD PATH

The eightfold path, often referred to as steps on a path, is not meant as a sequential learning process, but as eight aspects of life, all of which are to be integrated into every day life. Thus the environment is created to help us move closer to the Right path. It is at the heart of the middle way, which turns from extremes, and encourages us to seek the simple approach.

The eightfold path is Right Understanding, Right Intent, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. The meaning of Right has several aspects, and includes an ethical, and a balanced, or middle way. When things go “right”, we often experience a special feeling inside, or find ourselves picking up on cues from the universe — some may refer to this as messages from the higher self, which ultimately help the self confirm that one has made the right decision or action.

TRANSCENDENCE INTO EVERYDAY LIFE

These truths transcend dogmatic principles and moral codes found in other religions. Although there is a degree of correspondence across these belief structures, the interpretation of the code in each philosophy is different. We are not a religious group, but we do blend long-held philosophies that all humanity have the ability to agree upon.

The eightfold path is meant as a guideline, to be considered, to be contemplated, and to be taken on when, and only when each step is fully accepted as part of the life you seek. We take this foundation and apply it to all aspects of life — hoping to remove suffering and find a balance that is of neither extreme. The Way of Divine Liberation never asks for blind faith, it seeks to promote learning through a process of self-discovery, while teaching others self-acceptance, awareness and the tools to find their own way.

OUR TRUTH

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SORROW

Birth is sorrowful, growth is sorrowful, illness is sorrowful, and death is sorrowful. Sad it is to be joined with that which we do not like. Sadder still is the separation from that which we love, and painful is the craving for that which cannot be obtained.

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SUFFERING

The cause of suffering is lust. The world affects sensation and begets a craving thirst that clamors for immediate satisfaction. The illusion of self originates and manifests itself in a cleaving to things. To live for the enjoyment of self entangles us in the net of sorrows. Pleasures are the bait and the result is pain.

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CESSATION

One who conquers self will be free from lust. One no longer craves and the flame of desire finds no material to feed upon. Thus it will be extinguished. Happiness is the cessation of suffering.

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THE PATH

There is salvation for one whose self disappears before truth, whose will is bent on what one ought to do, whose sole desire is the performance of duty. One who is wise will enter this path and make an end to suffering.

EIGHTFOLD PATH

RIGHT UNDERSTANDING

The first step is Right Understanding or Right View. This is a significant step on the path as it relates to seeing the world and everything in it, as it really is, and not as one believes it to be, or wants it to be. Knowing reality is of very little value if one doesn't put it to use in their own life.

Just as a person may look to a map for guidance before making a journey. The act of preparation: gathering, reading, examining and studying the information, it is important, but there is only so much one can learn before the experience one attains from actually doing it. Experience allows us to plan and act based on the past, but we must always remember to allow for the unknown for it is this experience that leads us to Right Understanding.

RIGHT SPEECH

We tend to underestimate the power of the spoken word, and often regret words said in haste. Each of us has experienced the disappointment associated with harsh criticism, whether justified or not, and we also are likely to have felt good feelings when kind words have encouraged us.

Right Speech involves recognition of the truth, and also an awareness of the impact of idle gossip and of repeating rumors. Communicating thoughtfully helps to unite others, and can heal dissent. By resolving never to speak unkindly, or in anger, a spirit of consideration evolves which moves us closer to everyday compassionate living.

RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

If one's work has a lack of respect for life then it will be a barrier to progress on the spiritual path. Promote the principle of equality in all living beings, while having respect for all life, but do it out of love and kindness — We are one!

The Right Livelihood implies that one will undertake work that focuses on contributing to a community. Community is the people you reside with. All of us. Whether this is done on a global or local scale, the idea is to do this by serving others or by creating tools or applications that have purpose. Ideally, one that benefits a community, workplace, or, provides a service. Having daily responsibility and tasks remind us to do our part in the service of self and others. The bottom line is to give back and leave your mark.

RIGHT MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is somewhat trickier to grasp, and may involve change in thinking while being aware and focused in that moment. In doing so we are able to concentrate effectively. With the release from the bondage of past pains and future mind games, we experience a momentary sense of clarity and joy. We can then spend our time focusing on things that have greater value to self, others and in service to the world.

It allows us to be aware of the journey at that specific moment, and to be clear and undistracted in that moment. This way of living is not an attempt to exclude the world, in fact, quite the opposite. This practice is closely linked with and forms the basis of meditation. By being aware, we are able to see how old patterns and habits control us. In this awareness, we may see how fears of possible futures limit our present actions. Have you ever done anything where your mind is only with that activity? At that moment, you're mindful – integrate that awareness into everyday life.

RIGHT INTENT

The Right Intent shows us what life really is - what life's problems are composed of and urges us to decide what our heart wants. Right Intent must come from the heart and involves recognizing the equality of all life and compassion for all that life, beginning with yourself — with persistence and a passion for the journey.

Setting out to climb a high mountain means you must understand the lay of the land and the pitfalls, the other team members, and the equipment you need. This is similar to Right Understanding. But you will only climb that mountain if you really desire and have the passion for the climb. The mountain we climb here is our journey though life. This is Right Intent.

RIGHT ACTION

Right Action recognizes the need to take the ethical approach in life, to consider others and the world we live in. This includes not taking what is not given to us, and having respect for the agreements one makes both in private and in business.

Right Action also encompasses the five precepts: Do not to kill, steal, lie, abuse drugs or other intoxicants, or participate in sexual misconduct. This step on the path also includes a whole approach to the environment, with Right Action being taken whenever possible to safeguard the world for future generations.

RIGHT EFFORT

The Right Effort encourages cultivation of enthusiasm or arming the self with a positive attitude in a balanced way. Like the strings of a musical instrument, the amount of effort should not be too tense or too impatient, as well as not too slack or too laid back. The Right Effort should produce an attitude of steady and cheerful determination.

In order to produce the Right Effort, clear and honest thoughts should be welcomed, and feelings of jealousy and anger should be left behind. The Right Effort equates to positive thinking, followed by focused action. Many books have been written about the power of the positivity. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

RIGHT CONCENTRATION

The benefits of Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration are significant as they teach the mind to see things, not as we are conditioned to seeing them, but as they really are. At the same time, they also lead to calmness and peace with the world. Right concentration implies that we select worthy directions for the concentration of the mind. At deeper levels, no object or concept may be necessary for further development.

Once the mind is uncluttered, it may then be concentrated to achieve whatever is desired. The ability to turn the mind to focus on an object, or a concept such as loving compassion. This forms the next part of the meditation process. This process takes us closer to freedom from suffering. When one’s ability in this kind of meditation is developed, it has two principal benefits. It leads to mental and physical well-being and it turns the mind into an instrument capable of seeing things as they really are. It prepares the mind to attain wisdom.

EXPERIENCE REALITY

"My teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself. A thinking person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real moon." - Buddha

ON THE WAY TO THE GARDEN "A Soul must lose its attachment to humanity. A Mind must lose its attachment to salvation. A Brain must lose its attachment to body." In the retreat from matter, all realities are equal." – Genesis P-Orridge