‘I want to break free’
The famous rock star Freddie Mercury penned these words in one of Queen’s biggest hits. Freddie was revealing his soul’s inner anguish but sadly Christianity held no answers for him.
Is Christianity a religion of freedom or one of bondage?
Let me explain.
Desire is the key factor in our loss of freedom. Desire says, “I will not be happy until I get ——-!” When desire targets an object, an attachment or bond is formed that is extremely strong, in fact a subtle form of addiction.
An attachment can be understood as a psychological dependency on something or someone. It may even be a metaphysical belief that seeks an elusive state of happiness or wholeness, perhaps even God Himself.
Attachments can’t ultimately deliver what they promise to deliver, thus prompting a fresh search for a deeper and more potentially workable attachment. True freedom comes when we drop these imprisoning dependency attachments, painful as it can be.
Where does Christianity come into the picture?
In my experience, traveling through the traditional Christian paradigm can go one of two ways. After an exciting initial sense of freedom it can quickly become the major dependency and means of enslavement in our psyche or, more rarely, it can become the catalyst for the dropping of all attachments.
I believe that a true experience of Holy Breath is the Divine means of rewiring and freeing one’s sense of Self from the attachment game. Unfortunately, Christian faith is often presented as a commitment to a religious institution or, even more dangerously, to a religious leader/teacher/guru.
How often have you been asked, or indeed asked, ‘What Church are you attached to?’
A most telling question, one that reveals the subliminal attachment mentality of the enquirer.
Even one’s commitment to a pre determined orthodoxy can prove to be a prison for the psychologically dependent. Dogma insists on whole hearted devotion,presenting itself as the source of freedom, happiness and peace. It appears to the enthusiastic believer that Christ or God cannot be experienced apart from such a dogma. Such a belief is, in my experience, false.
Contrary to popular religious opinion, a so called ‘backslider’ from Christian orthodoxy may, in fact, have set out on the beginning of a journey towards genuine freedom, a freedom where Spirit fulfills its role as the authenticator of our psychic Self.
Mankind, I would suggest, isn’t split into Christian and non Christian camps. Instead, I believe the human family comprises those awakened souls walking in awareness and freedom and those sleepwalkers who, like automatons, stumble their way through earthly existence.
‘If the Son makes you free you will be free indeed’
Surprisingly, that precious and most needed gift of freedom, offered by the Nazarene, may lie outside our present Christian paradigm.