Freedom of Choice
We have the freedom to choose how we engage in the world, even if our world is very small and mean. We can choose to believe, think, act from a place of either FEAR or LOVE.
Merriam-Webster defines freedom as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. In other words, we get to decide, we have a choice. Freedom is not given. Freedom is not earned. Freedom is a state of mind. Freedom is ours just because we choose it.
Of course, if we do not have physical freedom — if we are locked in a cage in Texas (or any number of prisons in the US), if our children were taken and put into boarding schools of a different culture, or if we and our children were sold on the auction block — it makes it a bit more difficult to have a free state of mind.
Nevertheless, we have a choice. We have the freedom to choose how we engage in the world, even if our world is very small and mean. We can choose to believe, think, act from a place of either FEAR or LOVE.
The vast number of human emotions have recently been distilled down into 27 categories[ States of Emotions]. Many spiritual teachers claim we can reduce them yet again into two basic emotions: Fear and Love. To explain a bit further, when we are angry there is often fear at the base of that. For example, we might be angry that people with a different culture are moving in. Beneath the anger, is fear. We might be afraid because we don’t understand their culture or language. We fear their differences. We might fear that things will change because someone new is in the neighborhood.
Similarly, when we experience sadness, such as when someone close to us dies, underneath this sadness is fear. We might be afraid of being alone, of having to navigate new territory without our loved one. It feels as if part of us is gone and this scares us.
As with fear there are many levels of love as well. Much of what we do, we do out of love at some level. I might love ice cream, so I eat it. You might love your way of life so much that you would be willing to kill for it. The abuser loves control so much, they are willing to have someone else suffer to get that control.
When we come from the purest form of love we can experience true freedom: the freedom to express ourselves in our most authentic and true way because we love ourselves enough to do that. Expressing love without having any expectations that the love will be returned, that we will get loyalty, that we will have influence over another…that is true freedom. The freedom to choose fear or LOVE. The choice is yours.
I can feel the Love…Let me hear your Freedom Ring!!
With Adventure and Healing — Shirley