The Captive Mind is a celebration and tribute to something that is part of what we all are: deceit and betrayal; quite simply - lies... or maybe you've never been involved in such an interaction? And when you realize that you have, can you now see that this is indeed a part of what we all are?
We have a collective Shadow regardless of whether we were dishonest, or are still holding on to the pain of being hurt, seemingly beyond repair and carrying this forward to interaction with previously uninvolved parties. Of course, it is also possible and perhaps likely that we have been dishonest with ourselves. We owe responsibility to our Inner Truth, in the Eye of the Beholder - this is where we may find the courage to change and since we are indeed all One, this at first unpleasant notion awaits Acceptance and Self Love which is a result of action and cannot really be taught in the traditional sense.
I use the words "celebration" and "tribute" for what could be perceived as dark subject matter because Shadow is cast by Light. Without one there cannot be the other and much effective Spiritual growth can be, and is often the result of emotional pain. Beneath our comfort level, for which you may choose your own word to represent the universal conception of human suffering; in those seemingly hopeless moments, awaits a Higher Conscious Self, for which you may also choose your own word to represent this universal conception of Love's Bliss. It is simply a matter of turning one's mind away from the noise and toward Presence, which collective experience indicates is where Serenity is.
It is frequent occurrence to wind up beneath our comfort level, even when we choose not to push beyond our edge, perhaps especially then, so taking Gratitude for what appear to be obstructions in our Path and the opportunity for learning and growth these provide is essential to living a Mindful existence. There is a basic choice, available at all times, to believe in bad "luck" or Kosmic Destiny... and Trust that everything is meant to be just as it is. There is nothing “real” outside our perception of reality and perception happens Now, in each and every passing moment. May you Be, and remain in that place.
The date chosen for release of this work is 3-1-13. The 13th day, and it also contains 3-1, 13 reversed at that! Often associated with betrayal and superstition. Let us set aside pre-conceptions of bad 'luck' surrounding the number 13:
“The Nahua people such as the Aztecs, Chichimecs and the Toltecs believed that the heavens were constructed and separated into 13 levels.”
Number that cleans and purifies.
The number 13 brings the test, the suffering and the death.
It symbolizes the death to the matter or to oneself and the birth to the spirit: the passage on a higher level of existence. In 13th psalm, it is written: "The fool has said in his heart, There is no God".
“The Number 13 is a Karmic Number. Number 13 is the number of upheaval, so that new ground can be broken. The number 13 has great power. If this power is used for selfish purposes, it will bring destruction of the self, and in turn, this will bring dis-ease and illnesses. Adapting to change gracefully will bring out the strength of the 13 vibration, and decrease any potential for the negative.”
The 13th letter of the English alphabet is M, which finds its roots in the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, “mem” (meaning mother), which was the ancient Phoenician word for water. The ancient Egyptian word for water was “moo.” M is the most sacred of all the letters, for it symbolizes water, where all life began. It is the root of the word “mother,” and relates to the evolutionary destiny of Africans, African-Americans, and all people of African descent who are ruled by the number 13.