A continuation of “Slavery.”

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

Carl Jung

Redemption is both a global and personal act.

Why would we merit redemption if we do not even know ourselves?

The purpose of life is to leave no stone unturned within ourselves; to find each lie, each flaw that has wormed its way into the foundation of our beings, and to eradicate it with the light of truth. To turn our inner darkness into light.

If we can’t even begin to do that within ourselves, how can we hope for this to occur on a global level?

We must peer into every crevice of our own being; pull back each rock to expose the worms. We must face ourselves fully and completely, gain self-awareness on a transcendent level, and set to work destroying all the lies that have found their way into our thoughts.

We must uncover ourselves, reveal the darkness within, face it, fight it, and win. With God, we are victorious over the dark; with God, we are always on the winning side. We must face the darkness with confidence, assured that God is with us. We must face it with as much fearlessness as we can muster.

For only then can we merit salvation. Only then can we reach, or hope to reach, a personal salvation from our own evil, even if it is on a minor scale. And from there, we can enable the world at large to gain salvation. By showing the world its own face, by showing each man his own self, we will be that much closer to salvation.

God can’t truly work with us if we continue to lie to ourselves. As long as we continue to live in chains, enslaved to our false personas, we can never truly grasp the concept of salvation and the need for it. We will always struggle with the false self, but as long as we actively deny reality, we are opening the door for more deceit, a poison that seeps into the rest of our lives with ease.

And, after facing oneself, how does one break free of chains? How does one’s will become redeemed, saved, absolved?

By acknowledging God as Lord, by choosing to love Him, and by pledging to live out that truth in all your ways.

Hear O Israel: The Lord is our God; the Lord is one.

And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your means. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be upon your heart. And you shall teach them to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk on the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for ornaments between your eyes. And you shall inscribe them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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