Bondage in P-B

emo055The myth of the Hebrew people held in bondage in Egypt is a perfect parable for the challenge humanity faces today and has always been confronted with. People then and now were lacking freedom and leading unsatisfactory lives, and today that is unlikely to change without a plan. As slaves to our false-self conditioning and unconscious of the reality of P-B we can entertain the possibility of a paradigm shift, an Exodus. Moses encouraged his people to leave Egypt by helping them realize the degree to which they were suffering under the yoke of the Pharaoh.

Moses’ plan was to lead his people out of Egypt under the direction of Yaweh. Simple Reality provides the equivalent of divine guidance, a map that matches the actual terrain and the route leading to emancipation. Having the motivation to undertake the journey, the confidence that they knew where they were and where they were going, the Hebrews began their Exodus.

Facing the Red Sea with the Pharaoh’s army in pursuit, a midrash, a rabbinical story, explains what happened. Nobody wanted to go into the sea until Nachshon walked into the water up to his nose. Nachshon trusted the voice of his intuition. It will be hard for us to trust the new Reality when we are so used to the old laws that have us believing that we will drown without the illusory support of our pearls, pleasure and power, our old security blanket that gave us comfort in the old anxiety-ridden story.

Our inner wisdom cannot direct our steps if we aren’t taking any. Once we begin to turn inward, become silent and focus on our breath, the sea of ignorance begins to part and we see the path that leads away from our old identity toward our True self. We begin to trust our intuition as we learn by experience that we can rely on it.

After crossing the Red Sea, the discipline acquired by wandering in the desert transformed the Hebrews from being slaves to being a united and self-reliant community. The Point of Power Practice involves making our lives a disciplined meditation transforming reactive habits into compassionate responses. By transforming our behavior into a conscious meditation we learn to live in the present moment. In doing so we have arrived at the banks of the Jordan River and the Holy Land is within sight. Our story, our identity and our behavior have been transformed by our Exodus and the suffering of slavery has been transcended. This is the meaning of the metaphorical journey of the Hebrews to the Promised Land.

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Find a much more in-depth discussion in books by Roy Charles Henry:
Where Am I?  The First Great Question Concerning the Nature of Reality.
Simple Reality: The Key to Serenity and Survival

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