EVERYONE IS IN PRISON.
That’s kind of a bold statement, don’t you think? I think so too. That’s why I made it all caps and bolded the text.
If you didn’t simply dismiss the statement but were actually interested in finding out what I meant then you should be asking yourself a question right now.
“what do you mean ’Everyone is in Prison’”?
That’s a great question. I’m glad you asked.
On the day we are born a battle begins. The entirety of that combat revolves around ourselves. The moment we suck that first breath into our lungs we begin vying for attention. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, right? I mean, if we didn’t cry as babies than mom and dad wouldn’t know when to feed us. They would either feed us to often or not often enough.
So attention is not bad in and of itself.
The battle of attention isn’t the problem. It is the wounds we take during this war that cause the real damage. Those wounds come in a number of ways:
- we don’t get enough attention from our parents
- our parents or other authorities positively affirm everything we do giving us a false sense of security
- we are sexually abused
- verbally abused
- our peers are allowed to impose their wills on us in unhealthy amounts
That list is not definitive but merely a taste of the ammunition used against us to steal, kill and destroy our lives. The real tragedy isn’t that we are getting hit by these bullets but that with every impact we simply cover the wound over with a band aid instead of surgically removing the projectile.
What happens over time is devastating. We begin to form personality traits that aren’t natural to our real personhood. Basically, we become something that we were never born to be.
Can you relate?
I can. I know the season of my life when those wounds became to much for me to bare. I can see how I allowed myself to be changed into something different than what I had originally been “programmed” to become.
That’s right, programmed.
If you haven’t really dealt with the wounds of the past than the real you is sitting in a cell waiting to be let out.
Maybe you think you have dealt with those wounds because you are a “successful” college graduate with a track record of corporate wins or maybe you have said, “I forgive you (fill in the blank)” or maybe you went through some program like Dianetics or the Ramtha School of Enlightenment to get what you think you needed.
Real change, real freedom never comes when we are the dictators of choice. If you, or some other person, determines what you need to go through in order to get free then you will never really be free because no human being can open the door to the prisons that contain our souls.
There is a greater source, beyond the scope of human understanding, that can help you find the freedom you need but you have to be willing to lay aside your thoughts, opinions, religion, everything.
Can you do that? It seems a little bit like a catch 22. The reason why you are in this prison in the first place is because of the thoughts, opinions, religion and everything you have formed to make ‘you’ who you are today as a result of the attention wounds that you have received throughout your life. Now you are being told to put done the things that make you ‘you’ in order to become the real you.
It’s not really a catch but it is a crossroads. You have to decide what road you are going to take. Will you continue holding your soul in solitary confinement while masquerading about as some joker or will you allow the cross at this road to penetrate your heart, break the prison door and release your soul once and for all