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Refugees.

There is a changeless reality beneath our world of change.
In the world of change people run away from war and dictators.
Living in freedom is man's natural habitat. Refugees follow their nature, it's like the need for food when you're hungry. We need to be free!
Living in freedom is what's natural. It's a changeless reality, free of all pain and sorrow, free of man's inhumanity to man.
Freedom is our natural state.

Happiness is our natural state. We all want to be happy. It's a changeless reality.
The fact that we feel unfree or unhappy demonstrates the presence of a pre-existing state of freedom and happiness. If we did not have this free and happy state as our default, compared to what would we feel unfree?

"You are That." You are freedom and happiness. Not your name and form, they belong to the world of change which covers your true self. You are the one, eternal, pure, unchanging witness of everything.

How i understand it, when a Muslim refugee says "Insha'Allah" if they shall reach or not a new country to live, they connect to their pre-existing state of freedom, their Godness; they see themselves -there name and form- as secondary.
September 2015

refugees syria
"War in Syria." Ink and watercolor on paper. 2012
© Matthijs Warner 

    
    
 

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