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Living With a Rebel Within

On Sep 19, 2011 Ricky wrote:

I first read this after an exhausting week.  It is such a refreshing perspective.  And, for me, the language used and this perspective gave me a light heart.  For the rest of the weekend, I was struck by language and perspective.  It allowed me to look at political rhetoric and discourse as people responding to the rebel within…from the essay “While we're locked away in our dream, it sees the potential for freedom. So it provokes, arouses, prods and instigates until we're inspired to take action.”  I submit that everyone, even those who are ‘asleep’, are responding to the rebel within, and the responses take on very different and interesting looks.


During these past few years of active self study ‘svadhyaya’, I have focused on visualizing Purusha, Big S Self, the Divine within with reverence and deep respect.  However, at the same time, it has been difficult to reconcile this respectful stoicism with what I also know which is the dance of joy and freedom this revelation offers…a certain upwelling of rejoicing we can share with others…a sense of beauty and wonder and aliveness…


The rebel within me has been fully present for a long time.  To my way of reflection, I have referred to it as a red flag.  During my lifetime, this red flag has been hoisted by the rebel on numerous occasions, but by far the most significant is my inability to fully embrace the idea of heaven and hell as places where disconnected souls go…and how we are all condemned to sinful nature when we arrive here.  While the red flag is hoisted, I am immediately struck by how many ‘mentors’ dodge pointed questions about these things based on perspectives formed during the provoking, arousing, prodding, and instigation of the rebel in their own lives.  The red flag comes down each time uncertainty is replaced with grace and empathy, and connecting to the sense that we all have our own experiences, interpret them in our own way, and can move gently through our lives here.


Again, I love the perspective.  I watch teens struggle with this rebel, and what they know to be present within their experiences, and wrestle with this knowledge while attempting to fit into the click or crowd without being found out.  It is their pregnant silence I respond to when we delve into their exploration of the deeply rooted and insistent quiet voice within.  I have gained such a wonderful uplifting look at my own experience through reading this perspective.   


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