Now We Are Free

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Now We Are Free

Lisa Gerrard singing in her own glossalalia, as used for the movie Gladiator.

In memory of my friend now gone, Saint  = Saint Elmo’s Fire,

a shiny black Tennessee Walker over 16 hands high.
As a child, I spent many hours on his back,
often without saddle or bridle,

and together we would fly like the wind.

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For short periods of time, telescopes, ships, aircraft, even spacecraft can navigate using their internal clocks and gyroscopes. But eventually they begin to stray from their intended course and must reconnect to the real external world to align with landmarks or a guidestar. 

Here are some ESO telescopes operated by friends in Chile using a laser guide:

People are just the opposite. When we repeatedly orient ourselves to external pressures of society - in demands from jobs, family, religions, nationalism, etc. - we begin to lose our way. It is when we return to our inner compass that we regain our course. 

The modern slang term is "centered." Everyone speaks of "being centered" because it reaches deep into our experience of our inner self. We all know our center is in there … somewhere. My non-theist concept of god starts with Quaker Thomas Kelly's "A Testament of Devotion”, where he said: 

"Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul,…"

Sounds like the Quakers', or Muslim or Jewish "Inner Light" or also the "still small voice" found in Judaism - or Jesus' "Kingdom of Heaven". As an atheist, I have to work through the terminology, but after a while, I understand - and agree.

Some call the inner compass god. To me it is the opposite - the escape from gods - the gods of money, of posture in society, of religion, nationalism, greed and violence. Society has created about 4,000 gods so far. I think we need fewer gods, not more. Zero is a good number. Gods are idols - all those things society and its institutions would impose from outside and sell to us with a little money, a little sex, some fancy things, a shiny car, a little praise. … each taking a little bite out of us - until our heart is completely gone. 

Jesus asked:             "What do you gain if you own the whole world but paid for it with your heart?
                                    What would you give to get your heart back?”

And Wordsworth said it too:
    "The world is too much with us; late and soon, 
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
    Little we see in Nature that is ours;
    We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!"

When we become inner directed, we can navigate more steadily through life's storms and society's bribes. Once we are centered, we feel balanced, and it becomes harder to throw us off balance. We are strong enough to stay on our own course. Once we have our own center, we can also recognize the center in others. Some find this recognition in the Eastern greeting Namasté, meaning I recognize the light within you.

It reminds me of when my father taught me to ride a bike and then a horse or first handed me the car keys and told me to drive. And so, trusting him, shaky at first, I began to pedal, and then I took the reins. And later I began to drive, cautiously. But then I set the course. The further I went, the steadier I became.
        And then one day I noticed that he was not guiding the bike any more - I was.

In life too, once we realize that we are free to guide ourselves,
Society no longer directs and channels us.
Now we are free.

HorseonBeach

Now we are free

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