The grip of the dragon is phrase I use to help me understand that there is a real battle going on. That battle is for your life, your future, and your soul. People go through each day oblivious to this battle and so it will consume them. The fire will ravage their homes, crops and any future that was once in their dreams. To have any chance at surviving such a battle one must first know that it is happening all around them. You cannot see the binds or chains that have a grip on you. Yet you feel them every day. There is something in your life that simply has a hold on you. You are not our own person. You are mere puppets being controlled by a sinister puppeteer. You don’t fully understand who you are, what your purpose is, or where you are going. All you know is that you don’t want to be in this place. A place that you feel defeated every day.
People talk about being free. Freedom to do what they want, to speak their minds and to pursue any dream they may have. For some it may feel like they have done just that, but they are not free. They will never be free. True freedom has a price. It was not paid for by your ancestors. Nelson Mandela said it best about true freedom:
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
― Nelson Mandela
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day."
To truly be free is not possible. One has to be free from the burden of binding up others in their path to freedom. I have experienced this in many ways. I have felt trapped in relationships, bound to promises, chained to habits, and controlled by fear, yet in my whole life I have never felt more helplessly imprisoned as I have while addicted to a drug. It has been during this time in my life that I realized the truth about myself, my family, my friends, and my God.
Knowing the truth has helped me deal honestly with life around me. It’s this struggle I have that has triggered a desire to express my experience to others. My hope is that my struggle can help others. I know it has helped me. Perhaps, it can help you too.
There are accepted traditions among people who struggle with addictions or personal issues that has control over some part of thier life. The general thought goes like this: Helping yourself will help others, helping others will help yourself. So if we reach out to help others we are helping ourselves. It is hard to think of ourselves as a helper when only yesterday we needed help. Society as a whole does not operate like this. If we fail in any way we need to prove to the rest of society that we are indeed cured before we can move on to the next phase of helping others. Yet in reality this thinking is detrimental to our well being. There may not be a cure per-se but we do get better as we continue on a path that heals us from the lies that bind us. Healing is an ongoing process.
As I did research in this area I found the evilness of the human heart, I realized just how much help I needed in myself. My own lack of understanding propelled me to search and struggle for something I new was out there. Maybe a cure maybe a key or possibly some sort of solution that has been missed all these years.
If the dragon has his free reigns on your life, you will never be free. Sorry no simple cure or solution. What I did find might surprise you. It has helped me as it will you. For all the things that have a grip on us, for all the lies we believe there is a simple solution. That solution is the truth. The truth is that the dragon that has a grip on us is "Sin". Until we deal with the sin in our life we will be bound in it's chains.
Its not my desire to say that your beliefs are not valid. I wish not to condemn anyone on there beliefs. But if your beliefs cause you to act a certain way than you are what you believe. There are people who will tell you that you can change your reality just by how you think. I am here to tell you that there is only one reality and that is the truth. We can certainly be a better person than what we believe we can be. But we cannot change reality just by thinking really hard.
What do you believe? Does your belief system hold you back or propel you forward. My challenge to you is not believe as I do, but to only believe the truth and see the world as it was meant to be. For if we know the truth than the truth will set us free.