: to free (someone or something) from being controlled by another person, group, etc.
: to give freedom or more freedom to (someone)
: to take or steal (something)




Liberate (v.): 1620s, from Latin liberatus, past participle of liberareset free,” from liberfree” (related to liberal). Meaning “to free an occupied territory from the enemy” (often used ironically) is from 1942.



“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919, Polish-born German revolutionary and agitator who played who played a key role in the founding of the Polish Social Democratic Party; also a political theoretician who received a doctorate in 1898 and who also developed a humanitarian theory of Marxism.)

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“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”

Assata Shakur (b. in 1947, aka Assata Olugbala Shakur, African-American activist, former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, convicted of several crimes, escaped prison, and has been exiled in Cuba since 1984; also the author of “Assata: An Autobiography”)

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“The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles.”

Swami Satchidananda (1914-2002, born as C.K. Ramaswamy Gounder, Indian religious leader, revered Yoga master, and founder of Integral Yoga)

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“Great praxis demands great piety.”

Sallie McFague (b. 1933, American feminist Christian theologian, best known for her analysis of how metaphor lies at the heart of how we may speak about God)

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“The emotional states are liberated inside water, we calm down emotionally, we become more sensitive, we are able to ‘touch’ deeper ourselves and other beings. Empathy is echoing back to us giving subtle vibrations from the realm of the senses. Find your water ~”

Grigoris Deoudis (writer, who has yet to write a book)

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“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, minister, humanitarian, and civil-rights activist, who had a seismic impact on race relations in the United)

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“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”

Paulo Freire (1921-1997, Brazilian educator, who was a leading advocate for critical pedagogy, the identification of issues to positive action for change and development; also best known for his influential work, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”)

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“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1962, American author, poet, philosopher, journalist, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian, a leading transcendentalist, best known for his book, “Walden,” and his essay, “Resistance to Civil Government”)

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“Great praxis demands great piety.” — Sallie McFague

Yes, great practice does warrant great devotion.  But, let’s not take the fun and joy out of it by getting too serious.   Spiritual practices should be about liberation and not about entrapment.   If a praxis feels like drudgery or a tortured obligation,  don’t do it.  Keep searching, as an Hopi Elder suggests, for your water and what Joseph Campbell called bliss.

That’s not to say that on some days your devotion to a beloved practice may feel a little laborious or boring at times.  That’s normal.  We can’t demand the same euphoric results every day.  We have to allow for subtle changes in energy fluctuations as a disciplines evolves.

As long as I have been doing meditation over the last 25 years I am amazed how different the energy feels.  It’s a different journey every day, and the majority of the time I am empowered whether I sit for 10 minutes or for 40 minutes to an hour.  But, there have been times in my sessions where I felt like I was moving in quick sand, rather than the usual psychedelic displays of fireworks or the volcanic eruptions of liquid gold.  I have learned to keep working through until I reach inspiration and creative freedom once more.

One of my other spiritual practices is walking every day.  I look forward to not only to being physical, but also feeling the elements and wisdom of Nature that always speaks to me in one way or another.  There’s usually not a day when I don’t want to walk.  But circumstances may curtail my ability to do so, like the weather, a physical ailment, tiredness, or an appointment.   So, on those days I improvise and do other exercises to tap into Source Energy.

The importance of any praxis is the liberation and grounding of our natural states of well-being.  Once, we have our inheritance of Grace firmly in place, life’s challenges and crises will no longer swallow us whole, but strengthen our resolve to be better people.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya


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