Emily Cady begins her wonderful book Lessons in Truth with a simple, direct and timeless challenge aimed at each of us as we awaken to our spiritual selves. She title’s the books first lesson, “Bondage or Liberty, Which?”
“Every man,” she writes, “believes himself to be in bondage to the flesh and to the things of the flesh. All suffering is the result of this belief.”
But if bondage means suffering, then how difficult can it be to choose liberty instead? It can, as we all know well, be very difficult indeed. Each of us is, in some way, attracted to the familiar pain of bondage, and fearful of the unknown possibilities of liberty.
We are like the crippled man by the Pool of Bethesda, who had been waiting for a healing for over thirty years. He was relatively comfortable in his affliction until Jesus challenged him to make a choice. “Do you want to be healed?” Jesus asked. And when the man indignantly insisted that of course he did, Jesus simply told him to get up and walk. And he did.
Whether our own suffering is expressing as illness, lack, fear or any negative mindset, the underlying truth is that we are choosing bondage. We are choosing to see ourselves, and treat ourselves, as limited physical beings.
Today I choose liberty. I affirm that I AM a spiritual being. I cannot be held in bondage against my will – and my will today is to perfectly express my Oneness with the Power that is God. I am whole and well and free. Thank you, God.