You might see freedom as a way of living life, a goal, an outcome, an entitlement, patriotism, or even impossible.
Freedom happens on different fronts: financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, in relationships, at work, while traveling, when alone. You have different levels of freedom in different areas of your life.
Depending on where you are right now in your life, you may feel free, or not. Guidelines for your level of freedom might be laid out for you by others in your group and your culture. Depending on whether you are male or female, young, old, married or single, straight or gay, educated, wealthy or not – your level of freedom changes, at least according to the prevailing wisdom around you. This is where judgment comes into play, and once judgement enters the picture, freedom diminishes.
Freedom can manifest in your life in many different ways.
Freedom, and how you see yourself in relation to it, comes out of your consciousness, your awareness. Freedom is not anarchy. You may feel entrapped by any number of situations in your life; whether you have any control over them is another thing to consider. Move away from anything or anyone who appears to keep you from feeling free, and your view changes. If you move the energy out of you, ie: let go of any energy that you’ve allowed to keep you enslaved, you gain freedom. It’s not about those out there doing it to you, it’s how you decide to have your own space regardless.
If you decide to free yourself from where you’ve allowed yourself to become enslaved, don’t blame others. Every challenge you’ve faced has only helped you to get stronger, to learn more about yourself, to move deeper into your own spirit. Once freed, you will have a new view of life and yourself. It isn’t anyone else’s responsibility to do this for you, though others can certainly help. We all help free each other through our words, acts, and creations, through sharing, a kind hello. Still, it is up to each one to do the actual work. If you want to gain freedom for yourself, you can.
The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head. – Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Join me this Sunday, August 7, for a 60 minute guided teleseminar meditation on ‘The Energy of Freedom’. Learn more about and register for this or any future Sunday Meditation Teleseminars at the following link: The Sunday Meditation Teleseminar.
©Kris Cahill 2011