Freedom is something we are all searching for in one way or another. In the world today (circa 2018) individuals cannot call themselves free from economic and political constraints or the demands of just surviving. As LRH states below “The only thing that can trap a thetan is his attention.” Those of you who have audited others and yourselves will know how real this is!
TV, radio, newspapers, advertising, the job ………….. The list goes on and on; are all designed to fix our attention. (From Wikipedia : Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.) We have a huge advantage over the average person as we can see what is occurring and do something about it so as not to become effect and have our attention hypnotically fixed.
You don’t realise how bad off this society is until, “You’re actually leading any person who is not Clear, then, out of a morass of entrapment, not out of a mass of ignorance. And he’s trapped to the degree that his ideas are fixed….
“Exteriorization, even the state of OT, depends upon bringing about greater states of freedom, not greater states of wisdom. This is an important difference, because the wisdom will take place anyway. But by concentrating on the wisdom you are all too prone to fall over into the idea of the implanted stable datum. But if you think in terms of freeing his attention, you then lead to freeing the being.
“The only thing that can trap a thetan is his attention. That is all that can trap a being — stone walls do not, definitely.
“You have a situation here where an individual is totally untrappable: completely and utterly untrappable by anyone except himself. What traps a being is his unwillingness to confront things which are not interesting to him, or to back out of situations in which he has lost interest, or to move off and go his way but still, somehow or another, be responsible for where he was….
“Well, we are studying, now, how does an individual fix his attention and then substitute for himself or for thinkingness or for something else, some inanimate postulate? …
“How has he trapped himself?
“He says, ‘this is an unawareness area which is going to handle these confusions.”
LRH, Saint Hill Service Facsimile Handling, 18 Sept 1963, from Academy Lectures Level IV transcripts pages 120-121
We all have the Tech available to us to understand and apply. It is important we do this ourselves and assist, where we can, those who are trying.
“And you don’t have to go to heaven or to hell if you don’t want to. You can be entirely free to go anywhere. And you can be immortal and yet have your body, your family, your friends.
“We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality – factually, honestly.
“You are a spirit. You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”
LRH, “The Golden Dawn”, 1954, Issue 1-0A, 1954, page 272 Tech Vol II.
“There are those who would tell you that only a fiend would set you free, and that freedom leads at best into the darkest hells, and there are those to inform you that freedom is for you and not for them, but there are also men of kind heart who know how precious is the cup and drink of wide, unbounded ways. Who is to say whether man will benefit at all from this knowledge hardly won? You are the only one who can say.
“Observation, application, experience and test will tell you if the trek has been made and the answer found. For this is the science of knowing how to know. It is a science which does not include within it cold and musty data, data to be thrust down the throat without examination and acceptance. This is the track of knowing how to know. Travel it and see.”
LRH, The Creation of Human Ability , page 248
Here are some interesting definitions we came across on the subject of freedom. (Not from LRH). It is a subject that commands much attention these days …….. But seems to be fighting a losing battle!
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM is the absence of restraint on our ability to think and act for ourselves. There is freedom of and freedom from. Being free from government oppression and regulation has only one meaning, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, and it automatically carries with it INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Individual rights refer to the liberties of each individual to pursue life and goals without interference from other individuals or the government. Examples of individual rights include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as stated in the United States Declaration of Independence.