A friend of mine recently made this statement “If you truly want liberation, burn down your house.” She had this insight while she was attending a three-day silent retreat. How do you interpret this? When she said this to me, she meant literally and figuratively. Now, we can’t literally burn our house down, at least not legally. However, we can burn the house down that is built inside of us. I would say it is more of a mansion with a multitudinous amount of rooms. We can burn that mansion down. It can burn slowly or quickly.
What is the mansion?
Before we burn down the mansion, we must first see that there is a house that was manufactured within each of us. We must then understand what the mansion is made of. How are the walls and roof built? The walls and ceiling of the mansion are made through the conditioning we receive and absorb into our lives and what becomes established as our parameters of existence. In other words, what are the limitations and expectations we have for ourselves? Have you ever wondered why some succeed at certain things and others fail? At one time not too long ago it was the general belief that it was mostly a matter of genetics. Now those play a factor, but what you believe about yourself and your abilities determines more than your genetics and IQ. Some well-known individuals had dyslexia yet still achieved great things. Some famous dyslexic achievers were the first president of the United States George Washington and the five star General George Patton. Authors Agatha Christie and F. Scott Fitzgerald and scientists such as Albert Einstein and Ann Bancroft. Their belief in themselves was more significant than their disabilities. They burned down the houses of disbelief in themselves. They overcame their conditioning. There is a saying from Gautama Buddha that has always rung a bell for me. This is an example of someone who burned down the house within themselves.
“Through countless births in the cycle of existence I have run, not finding although seeking the builder of this house, and again and again I faced the suffering of new birth. Oh, housebuilder! Now you are seen. You shall not build a house again for me. All your beams are broken, the ridgepole is shattered. The mind has become freed from conditioning: the end of craving has been reached.”
Light The Match
Stop and reflect for a moment on the new technologies that have occurred in the past ten years. New advancements such as 3D printers, Crypto Currency, Airbnb, Uber, at home DNA testing, and Smartphones. How did these things come to be? People believed that they could exist. They burned down the houses of disbelief. What beliefs and conditioning are holding you back. What is keeping you from being free from your limitations? Light the match and burn down the house of conditioning. Burn down the house of constraints. Set yourself free from disbelief.