But what you think you want to do is a function of your ego thinking-mind. And your ego thinking-mind is not free. It is captive to all of your learned experience, your thoughts. your conditioning, the messages of your culture, peer group, and family. Your ego thinking-mind in reality has a very small range of freedom as to what to do. It is programmed to act a certain way. So the freedom to do what you want to do is an illusion of freedom.
True freedom is being free of the intervention of your ego thinking-mind so that you are able to be open to receiving all that the present moment has to offer, to embrace the moment and find happiness in the moment, and feel grateful. Freedom is not being closed off to this reality by the anger, fear, and doubt that is the running patter of your ego thinking-mind.
How do you find this freedom? By being present, aware of the emptiness of all five skandhas, at one with all things, and experiencing all things directly ... with dispassion, free of labels, free of the intervention of your ego thinking-mind ... knowing that things are the way they are because it’s just the way it is, and thus your mind rests undisturbed.
For when your mind rests undisturbed nothing in the world offends, and when no thing can give offense all obstructions cease to be ... all doubt and confusion, fear and anxiety, anger and negativity, cease to be ... for things are things because of mind as mind is mind because of things. Both at source are emptiness. Then one is open to receiving all the present moment has to offer, embrace it, and find happiness in it and be grateful. Then one is free of craving.
While I have known this to be true for many years, it is only recently that I have been able to put this teaching into practice on a daily basis, almost 24/7, by focusing on the mantra, “thing are the way they are because it’s just the way it is.” It has changed my experience of every moment, every day. It has freed me.