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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %TRULY ENJOY LIBERATION FREEDOM FROM FEAR PRISON+940727 %ADDICTION CODEPENDENCY COLLUSION DISHONESTY SIN+940727 %ALIENATION EXCOMMUNICATION REJECTION CONDEMNATION+940727 %JUDGMENTALISM LEGALISM ARROGANCE SELF RIGHTEOUS+940727 %COMPULSIVE FIXATION OBJECTIVITY CONTROL OTHERS 940727 To truly enjoy freedom we need to understand: 1. What we need to be liberated from, 2. The nature of liberation, 3. Other people's role in such liberation, and 4. Our role in such liberation. Consider each of the above in turn: 1. There are many manifestations of enslavement, imprisonment and reduction of our freedom---pointed to by words such as: COMPULSIONS FIXATIONS ADDICTIONS FEARS ANXIETY CODEPENDENCY IGNORANCE CONFUSION COLLUSIONS ARROGANCE PREJUDICE DECEPTIONS CONTROLLERS DICTATORS MANAGERS WAR TERRORISTS CRIMINALS ALIENATION SIN ESTRANGEMENT ASSUMPTIONS BELIEFS CONVICTIONS ORGANIZATIONS REPRESSIONS SUPPRESSIONS MANIPULATIONS TECHNOCRATS IMBALANCE The list could be made longer to include words suggestive of subtle variations on the above. Some of what we need to be liberated from may be pointed to only by combinations of words such as those above. While it is important to have insight into what we need to be liberated from; it is not enough. We also need to have some insight into what is involved in becoming and in continuing to be liberated. Liberation is not and cannot be totally under the control of others or of ourself, although assumptions to such an effect or some combination of such assumptions are often made. True liberation involves gifts from others gratefully accepted by ourselves in liberating ways. Liberation is usually not exclusively: A do-it-yourself job. Done to us without any involvement by us. A technical achievement by anybody. A once-in-a-lifetime event. 3. Other people are often involved in occasions of true liberation, but not fully in control thereof. Other people may not be intentional in how they help to liberate us, but they may be intentional. Usually, Love is involved in true liberations and the process of liberation is characterized by high levels of honesty, vulnerability and security. 4. To be truly liberated we must truly want to be liberated. So long as we are comfortable in our dishonest prisons we are not likely to welcome or accept liberation. We often slam the doors of our prisons shut/locked upon ourselves inside our prisons---for we often fear liberation from our collusions, addictions and supportive codependent relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================