It's taken a little longer than I had intended to get to this blog, but as they say "Better late than never"!!
Before you read this, I would highly recommend that you read my blog from a week or 2 back, entitle 'Who Are You'
If you read it when I wrote it, or are ignoring my advise to go back and read it... Let me give you the cliff notes version with a little extra commentary, so we can all get on the same page.
We're all here on earth... We are all the product of some higher power... We have a body which is somewhat limited... We have a soul which is infinite, both in terms of existence, but also in terms of potential.
We have the tools, rights and abilities to exercise complete control over ourselves. As some readers noted, which true, this last thing is extremely difficult.
To continue the saga, let's look at why this is difficult, and examine what in our civilization makes it so... This is a topic which can get a little philosophical, but well worth the increased mental exertion required to get it.
When my good friend walked me through these steps, he did so very slowly, and from my point of view in a very frustrating manner. His approach was to ask a question, and then let me figure out the answer. Interestingly enough, being told the answers does little if any good, however the process of trying to figure them out is what brings the real growth.
So here is question #1...
If we have this infinite potential, what methods are employed, and how is it that we appear to surrender control other people?
As you ponder that answer, I think back to a quote I heard by a philosopher of a few centuries back... Right now his name escapes me, but the essence of what he said was: "To find truth, you must be willing to question everything"
Some clues as you begin this journey... This is something that is present in every culture. While it is more apparent in some of the Islamic cultures, the most powerful way it is employed is likely in the US, and other Western States.
Feel free to write any comments as you think about this... I don't claim to have any or all of the answers, so hopefully this will be a source of growth for all of us... From what I have experienced though, the answer to this and subsequent questions will enable you with a freedom, the likes of which you have yet to experience.