To me, your questions (OP) request something that cannot be done: freeing you; that is, one is not capable of "freeing" another.
You ask "What do you think about these two paths?" I ask, why does it matter what we think?
Are you going to free us from our suffering (which would certainly exist if we were to perceive the problem which you perceive)? Are you going to
reason, through Q&A, why our responses are correct, and thus helping you to pick out the path which you must take?
What will that path lead you to? Your freedom [from suffering]?
In case you think the latter scenario is possible, would that then imply that we are
able to free you?
We can only point you to a certain direction, hopefully that direction is truly the way to go to free yourself. Then that would mean, the one who is
suggesting you take that path already knows that such path is freedom. How would they know? Are they free-have they gone through that path to verify?
It would seem that they are free (or at least they want us to believe this), if they have tasked their self with pointing you to your freedom. You can
only trust that they really do know the way, and that your path will lead you to the same freedom that they have obtained...
What does the path have to include?
First of all, feeling enslaved has to do with you enslaving yourself.
Or are we your captors, and is it so that only we are able to free you?
So who is your captor, yourself or us? If you are the only one enslaving yourself, why leave the matter of your freedom to somebody else who would not
have the "key", the very key you withhold from yourself?
One person here said,"this is your experience, your reality and your 'approach' to existence."
To have an approach is to not see "existence" for what It is.
To have an "'approach' to existence", whatever it is, will not ever free you. You create the approach, therefore you are the one who has enslaved
yourself because you are living in the existence/reality/experience that are aware of. If you are seeing suffering, that is your world, and you may
even incorporate an "approach" to that too.
It is You, the Moment is You. Awareness of "the moment" is awareness of your Self. To see or consider the numerous other approaches to yourself or the
moment (even seeing "moment" and "you" as two different things) is to be enslaved. This is my approach, which inevitably "enslaves" me also. I will
attempt to explain how it is so that one would be enslaved.
To be identified as being other than that which Is (the Moment/Now), is to cause suffering, for That Which Is exists not interacting with the world of
suffering which we are "unfortunately" tasked with doing. When "That Which Is" does interact with this approach we have set up, it is known as ..."me"
or any person individually. Not interacting with this world (by being aware of the Self) is like composing everything for every individual and every
iota of matter, which may one day evolve to Be the Moment, in harmony. For we see "the moment" in a distorted manner, when its True Form, undistorted,
is All Things.
Therefore to Be is to aid all.
We are living in the world we are seeing, the so called "approach"; though, who can say that the world is the Moment, when they have not even defined
the latter, yet defined the former with all sorts of problems and biases of individual significance? This is what separates us. The Moment is You, The
Creator, The Creation, The One, Unity, Love, etc., it is all You - what You really Are.
I find it is not a good idea for me to tell you what separates, as it would be best for you figure out what would be responsible for that which you
feel as suffering, if that is what you feel you must do; I would not want to suggest you do 1 certain thing, and thereby change the course of your
actions. What I say is as much founded as those thoughts which enter your mind and exit it. My words may not always be correct; use them however you
may at your discernment.
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