This post was originally intended for July 4th, but obviously I didn’t finish it in time. 🙂 Since I’m pondering choice and freedom, it seems like a good time to share this post.
There are many popular definitions for freedom which involve doing what we want when we want it.
This kind of freedom is worshiped in our country and popular culture. Our media promote freedom as the pursuit of every desire that pops into our brain. And guess what pops in our brain if we feed ourselves the SAD (standard American diet) of junk food, pop magazines, mainstream news, TV, and media? Mostly fear, greed, consumption and chasing externals. What I call junk mind, that feeds off consumerism and selfishness, treating both people and the earth as commodities to use at will.
Yes, pursuing our dreams and goals is the essence of freedom. The danger is in chasing externals as the path to freedom.
If you’ve done any personal growth work, then you recognize the error of this approach. No amount of achieving your personal desires will ever result in lasting happiness or freedom. You will actually become a slave to endless consumption, goal setting and achievement. Not that goals and achievement are bad, but they are not freedom.
Many people on the path of personal growth aspire to time and financial freedom, thinking then they will be happy and free to follow their dreams. Yes, time and money are nice, but not required for true freedom. We can be free regardless of our circumstances.
To me, exercising conscious choice is true freedom.
True freedom, like true happiness, is an inside job. We must embrace our inner riches and powers to find freedom. Freedom comes with the realization that we are boundless love waiting for expression. Freedom comes from conscious choice used for love, to move beyond the perceived limits of our current circumstances. By trusting and acting on the power of choice, we embody freedom. Freedom becomes the ability to choose our responses to life; to love and thrive regardless of circumstances.
For me, this kind of freedom is the biggest, baddest personal development goal. Freedom from fear, the past, limits and attachments. Choosing to love unconditionally, regardless of circumstance or outcome, embodies the essence of true freedom. Choose love to find lasting freedom.