Topic: Spiritual Freedom
Group: Woods Cross TeaM
I am ABRAHAM. Greetings. I am in understanding that you each had a full week of spiritual learning. I must say that to view your interaction together was touching and inspiring. We receive such great hope when we witness our mortal brothers and sisters at work for the betterment of the whole. You are learning the true meaning of spiritual liberty with one another. How blessed are we that Father should give us each other to learn greater truths with.
There are some individuals who see spiritual liberty as chaos, possibly dangerous, as if anything goes, but with the lessons on integrity we find spiritual liberty to be a natural outworking of evolution. Liberty taken to extremes of course verges on possible default, but the law of spiritual liberty tells us the more we understand about it the more we receive. Spiritual liberty is not license to self-assertion or the doing of self-will, but the open communion with God that broadens your view and encourages you Paradiseward.
On the other hand, those bound by traditional religious values see spiritual liberty as an excuse to carry forth self-willed notions. Many believe the universe to be harsh and only out to limit who they really are. Many find that they are imprisoned by their understanding, their cultural upbringing, their bad luck, and really this is true for them. They are always in fear of lacking one thing or another. They can always find some worry to dwell on. They awake each morning with a feeling of dread and unwanted obligation. How you feel upon meeting the new day is a good measure of your level of spiritual liberty.
Of course, you each have obligations, but those who self-imprison have nothing else but obligations. There is not peace or joy. There is not the enthusiasm or intrigue of daily adventure. They look to God as a jailer who will see to their just deserts. Those imprisoned in their narrow cell do not realize the door is unlocked. The more integrity you have the more spiritual liberty you will receive. The less ego you exert the more spiritual gifts you will receive. This is not a heavenly bribe, but just a natural outworking of the universe.
My friends, there is great joy to be had in spiritual liberty. Father having given us the power to make our own decisions holds so much value. You understand what it is like to be without choices or liberty to see, grow and act as you see fit. Father bestows upon us personal power that we might eventually grow to know and find Him. He does not limit our choices or imprison us with rules, but trusts us to evolve as we will.
To have no choices or liberty is confining and stagnating the soul. To constantly be imprisoned by worry after worry is slowing spiritual progress. To feel the freedom of making your own decisions is giving the soul permission to search, learn and grow as it will. When you are using spiritual liberty you feel not your mistakes to be so crushing, so embarrassing and you need not be so hard on your growing soul.
Spiritual liberty is extending that mortal vision to capturing a broadened divine view. The joy from this, my friends, is not to be described adequately. Only by experience can you know the real joy of this freedom and in the joy you look forward to the day's adventures. You seek not out every negative thing. You look for Father's daily works, Father's fingerprints. Life is not so much a test of endurance but a challenge to be savored.
We often think of the Sons of self-love and pity them for their narrowness of vision. They had liberty beyond their own understanding, but they chose the way of self. Their downfall was their limited patience and their need to always be first and to never be caught short or looking foolish. They could not release the self so that they could become more. The tighter they grasped onto themselves the more they really decreased in all ways.
There will be times of confusion for the planet as a whole concerning spiritual freedom, and you will each have opportunity to temper the confusion with wisdom, common sense. You will have the option of seeing your duties as a burden or a challenge. You can crawl through the lowly trenches of the mortal life or you can rise above and walk tall where the view is clear and the horizon is broadened, yes.
This week, my friends, journal upon rising to greet the new day--how do you feel? Are you immediately focused on the days obligations? Do you wake and greet Father with anticipation of the day's adventures? Are you filled with dread of the new day or excited to participate in it? Ponder your own self-imprisonment. How would you otherwise feel if you had no worries? What would it feel like to have no daily goals but just spend the day being in each moment and acting from a standpoint of spiritual liberty? Journal about what self-assertion means to you and how you can learn to relax and receive more peace from learning patience.