Imprisoned No More
By Emmett Fox
This is a story of a man who became a prisonerfor some misdeed that angered the King of his particularcountry. He was arrested and shut up in a dungeon beneath thecastle. A ferocious-looking jailer carrying a long key escortedthe man down a dark stairway. The door of the cell was opened,and the man was thrust into a dark hole. The door shut with abang, and there he was.
He lay in that dark dungeon for twenty years. Each day thejailer would come, the big door would be opened with a greatcreaking and groaning, a pitcher of water and a loaf of breadwould be thrust into the cell and the door closed again.
After twenty years the prisoner decided that he could not standit any longer. He wanted to die but he did not want to commitsuicide, so he decided that the next day when the jailer came hewould attack him. The jailer would then kill him in self-defense, and thus his misery would be at an end.
To prepare for the next day, he decided to examine the doorcarefully. When the prisoner went to the door, he caught thehandle and turned it. To his amazement the door opened, and uponinvestigation he found that there was no lock and never hadbeen. For those twenty years he had not been locked in …except in belief.
At any time during that period, he could have opened the doorand been free. He thought it was locked, but it was not. Hegroped along the corridor and felt his way upstairs. At the topof the stairs two soldiers were chatting, and they made noattempt to stop him. He crossed the great yard withoutattracting attention. The armed guard on the drawbridge at thegreat gate paid no attention to him, and he walked out a freeman.
He went home untouched and lived happily ever after. Herealized that he could have left at any time throughout thoselong years since his arrest if he had known enough, but he didnot. He was a captive, not of stone and iron, but of falsebelief. He was not locked in; he only thought he was imprisoned.
In may be safe to say that we all are prisoners, to someextent, of own making. We may find ourselves imprisoned byanger, resentment, remorse, or the belief that there are noother options for us in our lives and jobs — that we are lockedinto doing what we are currently doing.
What kind of prison might you be living in that you would liketo get out of? Remember, the prison is in our thoughts and thekey to our release is the desire to be freed from limitingthoughts.
>>>>> Affirmation of the Day <<<<<Just for today I am soft, open and receptive to life! I am leaving my inner prison of fear, doubt and worry…and entering a new life devoted to total freedom in this amazing Divine Existence!
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