Happy Independence Day!
Sumner County is appropriately spook free tonight, as per Chinese custom. Unfortunately, about the time I decided everyone was done for the night and got the food put out for the cats, the neighbors on the other side of the cemetery began shooting the loudest fireworks yet. They put on a good, brave front but even Arlo gave up after eating a good deal of his food. Black cat was the first to head back to the house, followed by Kuma. Like I said, Arlo was last. It was as if he was saying, "I don't care. I got my food."
I ended up bringing the most of the food to the porch. Black Cat was happier with that idea.
I was going to use question #2 in chapter one of The Circle Within but I think I will use the day to write about sovereignty.
sovereignty: * supreme power or authority,
* The authority of a state to govern itself or another state
synonyms: autonomy, independence, freedom, self rule
* A self governing state
freedom: The power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
independence: Not influenced or controlled by other in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself
Many times, it seems that sovereignty and freedom are used interchangeably and in some situations, I don't believe there is a problem in that. Is there a difference when it comes to our path and religion?
Freedom is something we have from the beginning - we have the freedom to choose. Do we stay with our birth religion; seek out another path or do away with spirituality altogether? We are also free to do as we please once that decision is made, whether it is to show up for appearances, or to dive into the lessons the path has to offer.
Sovereignty, on the other hand, is earned. We have very little sovereignty when we begin. Some people are happy not gaining much more sovereignty and simply going along with the masses. Others have a need - a drive - to go deeper, to make the connections and create a wide ranging base of knowledge to stand on as a foundation. With this foundation, they can build on their ability to decide for themselves what is right - their ability to govern themselves instead of going with the masses.
It seems to me that sovereignty is the harder road, involving a great deal of hard work and not much room for slacking off. In the end, however, it seems to also be the much more satisfying way to go.