Traits of True Teachers of Liberty #4: Patience

Posted by Christian Prophet | 2/11/2015


The Spirit of Liberty speaks to us in a half-whispered voice: "If you patiently build it, they will come."

It's hard to say if our dear friends in the Free State Project are patient. Because they advertise themselves as an effort to encourage thousands of liberty loving people to immigrate to New Hampshire in the hopes of creating an intense focus of education and influence toward their goal: Liberty In Our Lifetime.

"Liberty In Our Lifetime" is an appealing mantra which can sound less like fantasy, maybe even realistic, to young people who have many years yet to live. In their minds it is a heroic goal which subconsciously engenders a sense of urgency similar to "A Worldwide Caliphate In Our Lifetime" for young Islamic radicals, or "A Utopian Dictatorship In Our Lifetime" for Liberal-Progressive Democrats. We all appreciate the motivation of: "Let's get it done ... now!"

Hearing this, many older men and women peacefully smile. Their lifetime has taught them it will be done when the universe is darn good and ready. They know impatience actually holds their goal off at arm's length, so to speak, and often creates serious problems. Impatience is a self-imposed bondage which these older and wiser folks do not experience. They feel free. Feeling free, they are extending freedom to the world.

This series of articles has repeatedly emphasized that every moment we are teaching what we are experiencing inside. To really teach freedom, we must be free. To the degree men and women are free inside themselves of ego bondage, they are teaching freedom to everyone.

"But how can a liberty lover be patient when every day brings more slavery to liberal-progressive Utopian fantasies and heightened threat from radical Islamic insanity?"

We are patient because we know the final result. We know liberty is our natural condition, and unnatural circumstances carry the seeds of their own destruction.

Men and women need political liberty to experience the fullness of life. They need to be free to follow the guidance of their spirit to their highest well-being. They need freedom to experience the consequences of their mistakes so their lessons become integrated deep inside themselves. Nothing is more sure than mankind's progress depending on liberty.

Likewise, nothing is more certain than liberty ultimately prevailing. The natural condition cannot be ignored forever. We can speed up the time it takes to build liberty by reconsidering all past habits, abandoning those which are actually self-sabotaging, and adopting wiser and more efficient strategies. But we cannot change the end result. The social expressions of the nature of mankind cannot fail to evolve to a mode of liberty.

Those who understand the certainty of the liberty outcome have no fear of liberal-progressive Utopians. Any such forced Utopian system is destined to self-destruct, as Ayn Rand showed in her novel Atlas Shrugged. Although the strategy John Galt used in Atlas Shrugged did indeed serve to speed up the downfall of the story's liberal-progressive rulers, when John is compared to his buddies Francisco d'Anconia and Ragnar Danneskjöld ... we see John lived in supreme patience.

Neither is there any fear of Islamic militants in one who is certain liberty will prevail. The worship of death is unnatural, so those Muslims who worship death merely defeat their own life. Life always prevails ... patience always prevails.

A man or woman who is free of the self-imprisoning ego device of impatience is a true teacher of liberty.

Our dear friends in the Free State Project ... do they feel the peace and joy and love and freedom of patience? Hopefully. Because a true teacher of liberty understands with his or her entire heart and soul that liberty is inevitable, and therefore any piece by piece steps taken in building liberty are experienced as the happy peace by peace steps of patience.





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #3 Good Will

Posted by Christian Prophet | 1/12/2015


This series of articles has shown that the primary foundation principle of the liberty movement is man's right to live life to the fullest, while an accompanying (but corollary) principle is letting others live life to the fullest. We even define a true teacher of liberty by his or her adherence to live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) But there is more. There are other secondary principles.

It is possible to let live in the sense of not forcing or defrauding my neighbor, while yet holding something against him in my mind. I may still be judging him negatively, attacking him in thought, holding a grievance against him. Psychologically, attack thoughts and holding grievances are a way of holding my neighbor in my mind as if in a jail without bail. I am not teaching freedom to the world.

Who could be set free while he imprisons anyone? A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner. He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him. The bars which limit him become the world in which the jailer lives, along with him. And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them. Therefore hold no-one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.
- Jesus Christ in his modern day revelation, A Course in Miracles

To really teach liberty to the world my mind must be free of attack thoughts, which means I must live with goodwill toward everyone. I must hope everyone finds the fullness of life. A true teacher of liberty is infused with goodwill toward others, because simply letting live in the physical sense (although a prerequisite) is not all that goes into my own living life to the fullest.

Some might ask, "But what if your neighbor thinks it's okay to rule your life as long as it is majority rule? Why would you want to wish the best for him?"

The answer is because what is best for him is not what he thinks in this case. He may be unaware that his ego-desire to rule is actually hurting him, not serving him. Wishing him the best means wishing him what is really good for him. In this circumstance, his true good is giving up his addiction to majority rule dictatorship (democracy).

Our goal in the liberty movement is to help people get in touch with their natural but possibly deeply buried desire for liberty. When we attack others or see them as unworthy of good, we are actually sabotaging the achievement of our goal. Only our goodwill frees others to let down their defenses and experience the freedom we would experience with them. Liberty thrives on goodwill.

"To teach liberty ... extend goodwill to all!"




To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."


We have seen that the cornerstone principle of true teachers of liberty is live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) Yet the two parts of this principle are not on the same level. Live is deeper and constitutes the reason for let live. A true teacher of liberty is primarily moved by a strong inner desire to live freely in the way the depths of his heart and soul guide him to live. And only because he is in touch with his desire to live as his free spirit wants him to live does he then feel an accompanying desire to let others live as so guided ... to let live.

"Let live" in a more complex society is also known as "political liberty." Our inner spirit (life force) is already free and guides us in any particular outer context to the maximum happiness possible under the circumstances. But our spirit wants for us political liberty because if freedom in society is at its greatest then our spirit can give guidance for the greatest creativity, the greatest lessons, the greatest fulfillment.

This desire to let live is felt at a deep heart and soul level because at this level we intuitively know we are all in this together, really all one in spirit. (Christians will recall the words of Jesus: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." --Matthew 25:40)

But in situations where there is a collision between the two parts of live and let live ... live takes precedence. If someone is shooting at him with a gun, a man in touch with his deepest desire adheres to the principle of live, and in this instance acts against the principle of let live. Philosophers might argue that let live is a corollary which only applies in a context of two or more, and it is the attacker who abandons the principle of let live.

Expanding this logically, because political dictatorship is an attack on one's freedom to live life to the fullest, a man in touch with his heart and soul does not let live when responding to political dictatorship. His heart and soul does not want dictatorship to live. Such a man may feel guided to speak for political liberty, teach political liberty, market political liberty, and in the United States maybe even run as a Libertarian Party or Republican Liberty Caucus candidate to gain leverage in influencing for political liberty. In other places or times he may even take up arms and fight for political liberty. In doing his part to end dictatorship he is being loyal to his deep desire to live life to the fullest.

By way of contrast, consider a liberal-progressive who is willing to be a dictator (or vote for a dictator) to achieve his Utopian ideals. His ideals seem to him and many others to be beneficial, so why is he willing to be a dictator? Because his agendas and schemes are intellectually derived, constructed in his brain, rather than heard from (or felt from) the depths of his heart and soul. They are goals based on spiritless brainy cleverness rather than on the infinite volcanic power of heart and soul, so he doesn't trust they can be achieved without dictatorship. He is afraid of what would happen if he totally let live. Feeling such fear, and the accompanying impulse to control others, he is not living life to the fullest. It is impossible to find a liberal-progressive who feels truly deeply fulfilled ... because there are none.

To a human being living among others, liberty is a deep natural desire. Those who have not used ego-intellectualism to block out, bury, and deny this natural desire feel its power in their heart and soul moving them. At one time in history it was called the "spirit of liberty" and recognized as infinitely more powerful that any possible intellectual justifications for dictatorship or for submitting to dictatorship.

To our heart and soul, life is the expression of our spirit not the movement of our physical body. So there may be severe conditions under which without freedom our spirit is so closed down that it's not even worth going through the motions of physical life. In the film "Braveheart," William Wallace rallies an entire army by putting them in touch with their heart and soul desire:

"Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"




To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #1 Trust

Posted by Christian Prophet | 11/03/2014


The first and foremost, bottom-line principle of true teachers of liberty is live and let live. (See Who Are the True Teachers of Liberty?) Now observe those who truly live and let live. Their most obvious fundamental characteristic is trust.

This is because it is impossible to fully, consistently live and let live without trust. Those who are not trusting tread through their days with vision obscured and steps made unsure by a cloud of fear. Those who trust stroll forward with head held high and a bounce in their step every moment as if trust is their bright sunlight. Those who are not trusting cannot help but feel the need to sometimes manipulate or control others. Those who trust can afford to simply laugh and let others be.

In the early 1860s when "In God We Trust" was added to American coins, the original proposal was to add "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust," almost as if trust was important separate from belief in God. Of course the proposal came from spiritual people who claimed that the trust they referred to was trust in God. But the way it was originally proposed leads to deeper thought.

Whether one's trust is considered to be trust in God, or trust in the laws of nature, or trust in a deeper innate goodness in human beings which doesn't always show on the surface, or trust in angels, or trust in visitors from outer space ... it's trust. And liberty cannot be truly taught, in every respect, every moment of every day by those who lack trust.

True teachers of liberty have learned that the world is not governed by laws the world has made up. They recognize the world is governed by a power working in everyone and everything beneath surface appearances everywhere at all times. Being conscious of such a power (whether they give it a name or leave it nameless), they understand that everything is unfolding in some kind of perfect order. They can now trust.

True teachers of liberty see that in everything cycles are at work. "Here today, gone tomorrow" is not fearful to those who trust. Neither is any currently difficult situation, which they know will change soon enough. They understand that as a whole the human race is evolving, and even seeming steps backward are part of the process. They are at peace with change, knowing all change is helpful.

It is one kind of new vision to realize that if my most adamant "enemies" release resistance to me, they are working for me without knowing it. It is even a broader vision to see that ultimately everyone is working in my favor. Finally, it is a totally enlightened vision which sees that all things are working together for my good ... no matter how situations might look when judging by mere surface appearances. -- Course in Political Miracles, Lesson 24

The trust which permeates true teachers of liberty imbues them with a happy lightheartedness that is very attractive. People want to be around such teachers, listen to them, and absorb their ideas both consciously and subconsciously. No better teachers exist.

On a deeper level, perhaps it is trust itself that is so heroic and attractive. Perhaps it is trust itself that teaches liberty. Even so freedom zealots can do no better than to march forward with the motto:

"Confido! Libertas! Confido!"







To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Who Are The True Teachers of Liberty?

Posted by Christian Prophet | 10/05/2014


Who are the true teachers of liberty?

The answer is: anyone who makes a conscious and determined choice to live and let live. There are no other qualifications. We teach what we are. If our deeply felt goal is to live our lives in the way we prefer while not interfering with others living their lives as they so choose, we are teaching liberty. If we have no interest in imposing our values or schemes on others and no desire for others to force their beliefs and designs on us, we are teaching liberty.

Live and let live are "two sides of the same coin," so to speak. Once we have made the choice to be responsible for our own lives we cannot logically deny others the same possibility. Any attempt to do so would be a dishonest betrayal of our own value since we cannot with integrity see our interests in this respect as different from anyone else's. A choice to live life according to our own choosing while not in any way trying to limit the same opportunity of others makes us true teachers of liberty.

True teachers of liberty come from anywhere, from every political background or from a life of no political interest whatsoever. They are simply those who have felt their true innermost desire for peace, and awakened to the knowledge that live and let live is the necessary precondition of peace. They have discovered that by experiencing peace in their own dealings with others they teach mankind one of the crucial final lessons mankind is to learn: complete relinquishment of attack. True teachers of liberty do not attack others either in thought, word, or deed; nor through lawful or lawless agents. Thus they are the only teachers who teach peace to the world.

As the world learns to live and let live, fear of others is released everywhere; for who would fear others if mankind has learned not to attack? When fear is released, love rushes in to fill the vacuum; for fear is merely mankind's device for holding back the natural flow of love. Thus true teachers of liberty do not teach with fear, but teach only love.

The call of love and liberty is universal, within every man, woman, and child. It is everywhere a never ending beckoning to be heard by those who are ready and willing to hear. Someday everyone will answer, so a live and let live world is inevitable. Yet eons of time can drag on before that day. So true teachers of liberty ... teachers who truly experience peace and joy and love extending to all without exception ... are needed for mankind to make progress.

"Live and let live happens to be a very meaningful injunction. Twist reality in any way, and you are perceiving destructively. Reality was lost through usurpation, which in turn produced tyranny. I told you you were now restored to your former role in the Plan of Atonement. But you must still choose freely to devote your heritage to the greater Restoration. As long as a single slave remains to walk the earth, your release is not complete." -- Jesus Christ in his revelation for the 21st Century, A Course in Miracles.

Your decision to become a true teacher of liberty is your answer to the highest calling among mankind.



To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."