Liberating Ourselves: Attaining Personal Freedom to Release Creative Potential
Why do we bother to search? What is it that brings us to determine that our comfortable, more or less pleasant life is not adequate and that we need to look for something more?
We can stay distracted from this discomfort for a long time, but it doesn’t rid us of that lingering, nagging doubt about our lives. Digging deeper is the real cure. But how do we dig deeper?
This book is compiled from transcripts of interviews with Scott Teitsworth, a teacher of Indian philosophy for more than 30 years. Teitsworth shares examples of digging deeper—transformative ideas and insights into how we can have our own personal and peaceful revolution. When we have a peaceful revolution in own lives, it impacts everything around us and helps to bring about the peaceful revolution that we very desperately need on this planet. This process is the Yoga of Liberation.
The essence of yoga is trying to come to a balance between two sides, or the “two horns of a dilemma.” All of the problems that we face in life come as dual problems—good and bad, right and wrong, up and down. If we stick to one side or the other, then we lose our balance. Yoga is the process of using our intelligence to envision the entire situation and find the neutral balance point in the middle of it. This a very freeing, liberating insight—and the result is freedom.
It takes courage to relax our defense system and dig deeper. But if we don’t, we are doomed to a mediocre life and a life of conflict. But Scott’s message is encouraging and inspiring: “Know that freedom is possible. Choose it, allow it, enjoy it—and laugh a little!”
Some topics covered are:
• Freedom vs. non-attachment
• What is “well adjusted,” anyway?
• Can science and religion ever agree?
• Using our intelligence to free ourselves
• The Entertainment Trap
• Maintaining contact with our “inner guide”
Scott Teitsworth (AUTHOR) is a lifelong student of Indian philosophy and modern science in the lineage of Narayana Guru, under the tutelage of Nitya Chaitanya Yati, a disciple of Nataraja Guru. An editor of books written by these gurus, he and his wife host the Portland, Oregon branch of the Narayana Gurukula, where they have taught classes on the Bhagavad Gita and Indian philosophy for over 30 years. His specialty is interpreting the ancient myths in terms of modern psychology and neuroscience. He is also the author of Coming Back to Ourselves: Finding Authentic Direction in the Chaos of Being.
Scott had a breakthrough LSD trip at Stanford University in 1970 during the “Cambodia Spring” antiwar uprising, and within a few months had dropped out and found his lifelong teacher, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, who was presenting a class on the Bhagavad Gita in Portland, Oregon. A firefighting career supported his studies in Yoga and Vedanta, as well as his extensive editing work. Upon the death of his guru in 1999, Scott began teaching the Bhagavad Gita and soon after began compiling a detailed commentary on each of the 700 verses.
Also by Scott Teitsworth: