No Prisons In This World

Personal Freedom In The Present Is The Only Constant

Sculpture by Monica Ursina Jäger

There is no one controlling you. There is no mass prison system of the mind; no sinister old white men holding dominion over the unsuspecting masses. Those of us who are living such a diminished existence, living as fear-filled media sheep, helping to fill the wallets of old white men, are choosing that realm of experience for personal reasons. That is the level of experience their consciousness is presently able to assimilate, and there is nothing inherently wrong or right about it. When these zombified media sheep are ready, they will see their lives as a “prison,” or a box, or whatever, and then through a series of personally symbolic events, they will step outside of it into a greater realm of experience. They will rise up in anger against their irresponsible employers, or leave their unhealthy relationships, or start going to school…

The fact that this greater realm of experience will eventually show itself to be just another “prison” to the future mind makes it no less valid as a platform of learning. All experience is inherently growthful; even the stubborn refusal to grow holds within itself powerful life lessons.

You create the prisons. You create the containers within which you have your experience, and you create your experience.

Those who point and loudly denounce the evil government officials and the corporate CEOs as holding unfair bondage over the populace are only imprisoning themselves. They are afraid to face their personal lives honestly, in the present moment (the only place where positive action is possible), and they project their resulting paralysis on invisible men of authority.

To be sure, awareness of the hard truths about this world is important… Bearing witness to the horrors of factory farming, for instance, can help bring about powerful decisions in the present, resolutions to eat more healthfully, which in turn can show the people around you a more healthy way to live.

When denouncing the present evils of this world, ask yourself if such thoughts are spurring you on into empowering actions in the present, and have the courage to discover when you’re only projecting your personal responsibility for growth onto others.

Howl was born in the wastes north of Hithlum, where only beasts and witches dare roam. He was raised by two old hags, Tabby and Wiles, who had an unhealthy fascination towards the literary arts. Howl now resides in a well-furnished cave off South Rim Trail, complete with an old iBook and Wi-Fi.