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I made up the prison in which I see myself. All I need do is recognize this and I am free. I have deluded myself into believing it is possible to imprison the Son of God. I was bitterly mistaken in this belief, which I no longer want. The Son of God must be forever free. He is as God created him, and not what I would make of him. He is where God would have him be, and not where I thought to hold him prisoner.

The secret of salvation is but this: That I am doing this unto myself. No matter what the form of the attack, this still is true. Whoever takes the role of enemy and of attacker, still is this the truth. Whatever seems to be the cause of any pain and suffering I feel, this is still true. For I would not react at all to figures in a dream I knew that I was dreaming. Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on me unless I failed to recognize it is my dream.

Time lasted but an instant in my mind, with no effect upon eternity. And so is all time past, and everything exactly as it was before the way to nothingness was made. The tiny tick of time in which the first mistake was made, and all of them within that one mistake, held also the Correction for that one, and all of them that came within the first. And in that tiny instant time was gone, for that was all it ever was. What God gave answer to is answered and is gone.

When I choose freedom I will experience only its results. My power is of God, and I will give it only to what God has given, to share with me. Nothing but this can touch me, for I see only this, sharing my power according to the Will of God. And thus my freedom is established and maintained. It is upheld through all temptation to imprison and to be imprisoned.

I seek a future different from the past. From new perception of the world there comes a future very different from the past. The future now is recognized as but extension of the present. Past mistakes can cast no shadows on it, so that fear has lost its idols and its images, and being formless, it has no effects. Death will not claim the future now, for life is now its goal, and all the needed means are happily provided. Who can grieve or suffer when the present has been freed, extending its security and peace into a quiet future filled with joy?

Father, I was mistaken in the past, and I choose to use the present to be free. Now do I leave the future in Your Hands, leaving behind my past mistakes, and sure that You will keep Your promise, and guide the future in my holy light.

I will pause and be still a little while, and see how far I rise above the world, when I release my mind from chains and let it seek the level where it finds itself at home. My mind will be grateful to be free a while. It knows where it belongs. When I free its wings it will fly in sureness and in joy to join its holy purpose. And I let it rest in its Creator, there to be restored to sanity, to freedom and to love.

I am under no laws but God's. Here is the perfect statement of my freedom. I am under no laws but God's. I am constantly tempted to make up other laws and give them power over me. I suffer only because of my belief in them. They have no real effect on me at all. I am perfectly free of the effects of all laws save God's. And His are the laws of freedom.