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.