One definition of an awakened person is someone who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within his or her own heart.

Yet is there ever a minute when, consciously or unconsciously, you are not aware of or attuned to the reactions of others, marching to the beat of their drum?

When you are ignored or disapproved of, you experience a loneliness so unbearable that you crawl back to people and beg for the comforting drug called support and encouragement, reassurance.

To live with people in this state involves a never-ending tension. “Hell is other people,” said Sartre. How true.

When you are in this state of dependency, you always have to be on your best behavior; you can never let your hair down; you’ve got to live up to expectations.

Want to get off that treadmill? Want to wake up? Want freedom? Here it is:

Drop your false ideas. See through people. If you see through yourself, you will see through everyone.

Then you will be free. Then you will be able to love everyone.