Energy determines how you live. If that energy is constantly focused towards self, one will be selfish. If you possess the whole world, but aren’t liberated from self, you’ll remain stuck in a self created bondage.
Being liberated from the bondage of self requires turning one’s energy away from self serving thoughts. When the mind gets stuck in these thoughts, for there to be liberation, the mind needs to become unstuck. What makes it get stuck is energy that’s mostly focused on satisfying self in some way. Focusing on the sensation of mind, body, and mental formations helps to alleviate the bondage of self. This is a direct path to how one becomes liberated from suffering. You can only be free when the focus is on what allows freedom, but it’s tricky because to master your self takes constant vigilance. It will be your directed focus that determines the extent of the liberation and that will be the determining factor in how your life is lived.
Liberation from suffering is not pain free, it’s learning to be with the pain that arises. You cannot hide from what’s happening, you can only focus on something that anchors you in the Now. To no longer have your focus on satisfying self is where the path of liberation leads to and how this is done is by simply not focusing on self and focusing on what will liberate you. The self is there and it has been given a name, it has so many other different labels attached to it, but it creates bondage because of the mere fact of the attachment it has to self. Liberation occurs when there’s an understanding of the lies of self, not in creating concepts or beliefs. Where your energy is focused determines how you live. If that energy is constantly focused towards self, you will be selfish. If you possess the whole world, but aren’t liberated from self, you’ll remain stuck in your self created bondage.