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 be very difficult indeed. It is a fear of liberty that leads to events like last week’s tragedies in Paris. We may be anxious about our own freedom, or angry about someone else’s. we can all recognize – whether past or present – a personal fear 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, for myself and all others. I affirm that I AM a perfectg spiritual being sharing a human experience with other, equally perfect, spirits. I cannot be held in bondage against my will – and my will today is to perfectly express my spiritual identity as the Christ. I am whole and well and free.