|Delving into the Intangibles|
|“Of Human Bondage”|
Dutch philosopher Spinoza(1632-1677) wrote in his Ethics :
Spinoza achieved a keen insight into the nature of “bondage,”one of the negative Intangible Powers that deforms human beings and makes them feel stressed. It not only destroys a person, it steals freedom from others, restricts their actions, and eventually ruins them, since “bondage” is a power issuing from the ego.
If you are tied down, but still feel happy, either you are in love or some kind of pervert. The tether that holds lovers should be made from soft-on-the-skin, flexible silk. Otherwise it will bind the body and mind too tightly, and spoil the precious relationship.
free from parents or children, for example, is often difficult.
I remember a foreign professor of piano once commented that “Japanese should play the piano, with more originality ---their own piano---and not be tied down to the music score.” Don’t be tied down to the Tangible; open your heart to the Intangibles: that must be what the professor intended to say.
If you feel yourself being tied down, coming under a spell, recognize that is a kind of self-poisoning. It is you yourself who, binds your hands and feet, bundling yourself into a state of mind in which you struggle in agony. Things that restrict your freedom may include: a strongly opinionated mind, a preconceived idea, biased information, a fixed idea you have, or third-party evaluation you worry about.
We all have some of these to a greater or lesser extent. Many people take the following ideas to be self-evident: “women cannot be leaders” ; “quoted companies are safe” ; or “honesty doesn’t pay.” How can they be so sure, without experiencing the real world? They are under the spell of their own preconceptions and delusions. And a lot of people believe that “money talks.” We see so many people who are tied down by greed or fame. You must agree.
you at the mercy of a negative Intangible Power?
it off now, once and for all.