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A Clear Vision

     …Knowledge is the first step towards freedom.  If freedom is the goal, one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is, “What forces exist that keep us from being as free as we can be?”  The answer to this question falls into one of two categories: internal and external forces.  Internal forces are your fears, desires, pride, envy, ego, attitudes, etc.  External forces would be the people, (friends, family, associates, government, strangers…) or circumstances in your life. 

     All internal forces related to emotion or thought are connected to the mind, the most powerful tool at your disposal.  Like any tool, it must be used to serve its purpose.  When used to the height of its abilities, it becomes sharp as a razor.  It’s only when the mind is strong that it can be used to control emotion and will, and thus achieve its goals with any kind of consistency.  When it is weak, it only tends to create turmoil.  Before a person can even dream of freedom, they must have a strong mind and an iron will.  In fact, these must be indomitable.  You must have a clear vision of yourself and the people and world around you—not as you want them to be, but as they are.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 16-17)

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The More Free a Person Is

     The best way to arrive at knowledge is through a process of questioning the people, ideas, and world around you, comparing any (or all) available data, eliminating any useless or untrue information, and ultimately (if possible) gaining first-hand experience of a subject.  Will power is needed to seek knowledge in the first place and to implement any useful knowledge once it is attained.  The best use of knowledge is to use it to help understand the nature of a thing (whatever object you decide upon) and to then use this knowledge to free yourself from anything that impedes your will.  (This works equally for both noble and sinister objectives.)  The level of freedom an individual attains correlates directly with the amount of will exerted and knowledge grasped, which then correlates with a person’s overall happiness in life.  The more free a person is, the happier they tend to be.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 16)

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Right Thinking

     …Right thinking is necessary to acquire happiness and freedom.  Therefore, knowledge is the key to understanding.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 16)

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Arthritis

     A drunk man who smelled like beer sat down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

     After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, “Say, Father, what causes arthritis?” “My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol and a contempt for your fellow man.” Well, I’ll be damned,” the drunk muttered, returning to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

     “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does”.

Source: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Spiritual_Humor.html

Think Outside the Box

     Think outside of the box, without boundaries.  Question every belief you’ve ever had, and any new ideas you encounter along the way.  Become a freethinker, and evaluate/re-evaluate what you know while putting every thought and idea through certain tests or filters.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 14)

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A New Perspective

     To free your mind you must be able to see yourself and the people and world around you without any ego, desires, or attachments.  It requires a new perspective on old ideas.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 14)

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