Set Yourself Free
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Set Yourself FreeSpontaneous play is good for the soul.
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things…. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
— Leo F. Buscaglia
James: The ego thrives on predictability in every situation, while the Soul seeks spontaneity. How can you be more spontaneous in ways that challenge you? It’s easy to stick to a routine and avoid leaving your comfort zone, but what would happen, for example, if you overcame your fear of looking like a fool and sang a silly song as loud as you could on a busy street corner? Maybe it would open something new inside you—something that needs to wake up. Today is the day for risk taking because you’re never going to experience Oneness unless you let go of the ego’s fear of appearing foolish.
Anakha: Yes, and this practice creates a more unbound self, one who is free to be fully alive. We can be free because we’re supported. We can sense Oneness affirming Yes! Yes to life, yes to love, yes to this grand experiment, yes to play, and yes to the chances of looking like a fool for God’s sake! This is the Sacred Yes factor!
If we really think about it, we often realize how serious we’ve become. We’ve limited the ways in which we express ourselves. Yet when we experience Oneness, feeling it in our bodies and in our lives, we start to possess suppleness and an ability to respond moment to moment without deep contemplation. When we live within Oneness, we act in more natural, open, and even childlike ways, more in tune with curiosity, play, and fun.
I believe this is necessary medicine in our world today—especially for those of us who are spiritual practitioners and seekers. Bringing the levity of Oneness into our daily lives can help it truly blossom and bear fruit.
James: The greatest mystics were usually also known as “fools” for God. They weren’t bound by the ego’s constraints; rather, they entered the flow of life in spontaneous ways. As long as they were expressing their passion for Divinity and Oneness, it wasn’t important what other people thought.
If we can manifest that same passion, if we can find ways to live spontaneously, then we can be a powerful inspiration to those who are locked in their own minds and egos. Most people are afraid to reach out and stretch beyond their normal boundaries. These are the walls we’ve created in our minds…nowhere else. But the truth of who we are was created by the Divine, by God. It’s in choosing to live in that holy creation that this spontaneity flows and brings us into a deep state of Oneness.
Anakha: I love that. I’m reminded of one of the core teachings of Jesus: Be in the world but not of the world. We take this consciousness—this spontaneity of Oneness—into the world, and we inspire a whole new way of being. In many ways, we’re going against the grain, against the common views of society, when we’re truly connected to and following the spontaneity of Oneness.