People who know themselves have the power and magnetism of confidence. This charisma draws others seeking self-knowing. Why? Because an enlightened person cannot be enslaved or imprisoned.
The enlightened [person] is the greatest stranger in the world; [s]he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization confines [her], no community, no society, no nation.
Osho, The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself, Chapter 9.
The Rebel—archetype for an enlightened person—has broken free from societal conditioning and opinions to live in accordance with her own true nature. The Rebel challenges us to be courageous, to take responsibility and to live our truth. This rebellion is conscious and thoughtful.
But what about the other type of rebellion, the kind that might have emerged in our youth and acted without consciousness or conscience? My poem, Spontaneous Rebel, describes the darker side of my rebellion.
I put aside the spontaneous rebel
that voice within warring against intuition
wanting only to react as impulse.
Is that why I allow her in?
Or, is it the impatience of immediate gratification
with which I compensate my weary warrior?
This is childish not child-like.
Absent of innocence and filled with the need of greed,
I play Russian Roulette with acts of self-destruction.
Although I love the Truth Teller,
I feel less than kindly with this truth.
And tho’ my dear one assures me,
“You don’t attract bad karma,”
I carry the guilt of a Catholic nun.
The burden often outweighs the act of rebellion.
Have your released your inner Rebel? If so, which rebel are you expressing in your life—your Ideal Rebel self or your Shadow Rebel self? And finally, what inner truths are you not living by?