Have you ever felt trapped in life?
Stuck in a job you hate, in a relationship that isn't working, or living in a place you'll rather not live? What do you do with these trapped feelings? How do you work at getting out of your trap?
Attachment is a trap. Attachment can have a great power over your life. Most people think of being attached to a material thing and never consider the emotional aspect of the attachment. If you desire to be a Free Spirit then you have to detach from the emotions of life.
Attachment to stuff!
We can become very attached to our stuff. Yet the stuff we carry, also carries the emotion attached to that stuff. If you had a friend in college that always made you laugh and they gave you a funny birthday card; understand, their Spirit is in the card. So, if you are going through old boxes twenty years later and discover that old birthday card you will laugh your ass off. That card will carry a thumbprint of their energy and you will experience the humor they transferred into your life. Your stuff carries emotion. Do you believe that? If you don't I will give you another example. Your husband has a nasty old football jersey that is 20yrs old. It's ripped, faded and has a locker room smell. It is the same jersey he wore when he threw the touchdown pass that won his team the State High School Football Championship. It's that jersey! Build a campfire in your back yard and invite him for a beer and a hot dog. Then throw the jersey on top of the flaming fire. I am not psychic; but, I bet you the farm he will flip! He won't consider the flames when he dives in to save it.
Our stuff carries emotions.
Our stuff is an excellent place to begin the detachment process. You've probably heard this spiritual exercise; yet it is well worth repeating. Go through your stuff and ask: Have I used this in the last six months? Will I use it in the next six months? What emotions does it carry? Do I need to get rid of this? If yes, then you must sell it, give it away, or burn it. I always burn stuff that carries negative emotions. Begin to clean out your closets! Louise Hay once said, "That when I clean out my closets, I am cleaning out the closets of my mind." If you keep skimming; keep throwing things out; keep getting rid of negative emotions; you will wake up one day and discover your power. I took this as far as getting rid of everything and only having the clothes on my back. It's was a wild experience I will share more about in detail one day. I'm not telling you to go to that extreme; but, I am telling you that you got to get rid of stuff.
Once the stuff is gone, so is the emotion.
Once you start this process then try these exercises to detach:
1. Don't get caught up in the workplace drama. Especially if you are trying to get the hell out of there. Just do you job and don't comment on things. Just observe and be neutral. Joining the drama sucks you into their reality.
2. Same thing with families and relationships. Especially controlling families and relationships. You have to detach and don't join in the drama.You might even have to move. Some people are better loved at a distance. If they cause you pain and drama then I suggest dropping them off at the great bus stop of life!
3. Ditch the News. Face it the news is designed to keep you in a constant state of fear. I choose not to watch it and I rarely watch TV. It will turn your mind to mush and keep you on a emotional roller coaster ride. Trust me, the News here in Florida will scare the living hell out of you. If you don't believe me then watch a few episodes of Cops. Florida rules on Cops. I quit watching the news and I now see Fl as a peaceful place.
What you are trying to do is detach from the emotions of life. The complexities of life can be bewildering. The worry, the fear, the crime, the control, the job, social pressures and every negative thing that the harshness of the physical plane throws in your face. Beyond the conflict is a realm of peace. The tragedy of man is not that he cannot find peace, it's that he seeks for it in the wrong places. The power of attachments lock him into the lie of the tribe. Detachment is not the end of things, it is the beginning of new life. Old things must pass away in order to discover the new.
Freedom is found in the choices we make and in selecting a higher form of thought. Don't buy into the emotion, buy into the promises of God.