Independence: Freedom to Live Heart and Freedom from Ego Oppression!
(Mike DePung — Post II.150–17)
I want to preface my short post tonight with a few balancing thoughts, and I will mention them again at the end. The thoughts? We all act according to the contraries of Ego and Heart, either of which works on our mind and soul, thoughts and emotions. They power the way we interpret, filter, act, and react to life — the way we live it. Heart-energy does not necessarily make life easier; it does, however, help us to experience, feel, and know achievement, joy, significance, freedom, and happiness — much more so than the limited, isolating work of Ego.
On this Independence Day in America, I feel it’s important to recognize Heart-energy invested by the founders of this nation. If you have read any of my posts, you know I do not condone rabid nationalism, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. The documents and corporate spirit, zeitgeist, that attended the inhabitants of those thirteen colonies was a product of many people awakening to their Heart-energy, and that was NOT just “founding fathers.” I am quite sure of that.
And this brings me to my prefacing thoughts. Yes, white, elite males ran things, wrote the documents, and all of that. Yes, cultural limits were placed on women, Native Americans, and the enslaved Africans. All of that was Ego-energy. However, I do not dismiss the Heart-energy that operated to form a nation which can today countenance and champion not only the widest, most diverse population in the world, but also it was so conceived (those words just slipped out!) that it could handle, if it wanted to, evolving into global relationships on the scale of forming a true global community — not belonging to only America. Even though Ego-limitations existed in colonial America, without souls who awakened to Heart in large numbers, the current ability to legally and morally include minorities in all of the promised possibilities that are Heart-possibilities would not exist. This country would not exist today.
You know, Heart possibilities as outlined in these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these , Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers form the consent of the governed…” (Miller and Parrish 143). For the governed to give consent, means the ideas, the drive, the concerns must originate with them — not be told what we need to know and choose between options. We need to be the ones giving the options.
And in those years, months, and weeks leading to the Declaration of Independence, that is exactly what happened. One instance among many came from the people of Virginia.Thomas Jefferson in his notes on the debate for independence in the Second Continental Congress made it clear that representatives were doing the bidding of their constituents: “That some of them had expressly forbidden their delegates to consent to such a declaration…” (Miller and Parrish 130). To what was the Heart-energy lending focus? Freedom, one of the most basic drives of a human being, because Heart-energy drives us to that, to be free to live core Self and our own created Purpose — which is embodied in those “certain unalienable rights.”
The desire for freedom to live Self permeated not only the zeitgeist of the colonies but also the numerous resolutions and declarations which expressed this spirit. On May 15, 1776, one of Jefferson’s colleagues, George Mason of Virginia, wrote and presented to the assembly of Virginians the “Declaration of Rights,” which directly influenced the Declaration of Independence and ultimately the Bill of Rights over a decade later.
I apologize, but it is really late, and I don’t want to short shrift the thoughts about this. I will make a few final points here during these last few minutes of July 4, 2017.
The colonists had been yearning for freedom to live Heart-truth, whether they knew that term or not. Yes, the cultural and societal Ego worked to oppress some, and individual Ego in turn influenced negative treatment of others in a long-established egoic pattern of men in control. In Europe and America, white male landowners had become the elite rule-makers, and they were, in effect, oppressors of women, Native Americans, enslaved Africans. Yet they, too, longed for a freedom that somehow — Heart and Spirit energy — embraced all of those oppressed, for without the freedom to live Self and Purpose, we are, indeed, oppressed.
It all began with this desire for freedom to live Heart, expressed in those historic documents. At times, when people begin awakening to a desire to express Self in freedom, they are lead to a need to gain freedom from those forces, whether a nation or our own Ego-energized lives, that would hold us back. Hence, a major revolution occurs.
Blessings in your revolution to be free from Ego hindrances as you live your Heart-freedom!
(Work Cited: Miller, Joel J. and Parrish, Kristen, eds. The Patriot’s Reference. Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2014. Print.)