Being Without Attachment


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Being Without Attachment

Our sense of identity arises through both joy and fear based factors (which are expressed through we do and don’t like). In this, we tend to see our attachments as being either positive or negative—usually with attachments to things considered positive being seen as good and things deemed negative being seen as bad. For example, attachment to alcohol is seen as bad, but attachment to your spouse or children is seen as good.

Another common way of perceiving this is through the idea that attachment through a feeling of love is positive, and attachment through a feeling of possessiveness is negative (so if your attachment causes you to become jealous and controlling then it is seen as bad). See in this how we typically experience attachments in a polarized way, where they are seen as being either blessings or curses with no—or very few—shades in between.

The reason for this polarization is because attachments carry an emotional charge because they always represent a belief in a state of inequality, tension, and lacking—rather than balance, harmony, and wholeness. All attachment is therefore fear-based. Your attachments are relatively easy to identify and work with because—although they are states of feelingthey tend to be clearly (and sometimes dramatically) represented at the level of belief.

For example, if you ask yourself questions about what would happen if you no longer had access to whatever it is you are attached to, you will quickly start revealing the limiting beliefs you are holding about that attachment. What these beliefs will reveal are the ways in which you believe you will be personally diminished by the loss of what you are attached to (which typically centers around the idea that your happiness, security, and well-being will be threatened). This is because we believe that what we are attached to is somehow necessary or fundamental to what we are (meaning that without it we are missing something vital we need to operate successfully). This belief reflects a lack of sovereignty, which is the knowing that you are complete / have everything you need.

To know yourself as a sovereign being is to be without attachment. And that is to feel as if you are flying, because without the weight of fear, that is what consciousness does.

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