''Dare to Claim the Sky''
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom - Albert Einstein
Freedom is understood as either having the ability to act or change without constraint or to possess the power and resources to fulfill one's purposes unhindered. Freedom - Wikipedia
Freedom has always had great importance for me - the freedom to live according to my values, to speak for peace and justice - the freedom to choose. Now, my need for freedom is just as great - greater even - the freedom to maintain a state of equilibrium - a high-vibrational state - the freedom to spend as much time and energy as possible on mission. And because of this, I am deeply saddened when I am confronted by some people's lack of freedom and confused by those who appear content to relinquish their freedom.
Not as simple as it sounds, freedom is a layered concept. One person's liberty might be another's burden. For many, relinquishing freedom is perhaps the easier option - the safer choice. Signing away freedom of choice means less decision fatigue. Surrendering freedom of action might mean acquiring freedom from responsibility. While for some, freedom is a beautiful garden full of wondrous possibilities, for others, freedom is a bleak and barren landscape - for it implies that one is free from the constraints of others, and therefore, alone and disconnected from the tribe. Perhaps this is a misconception, however. Perhaps it is our fear of disconnection rather than our choice of freedom that disconnects us.
Perhaps freedom is a state of mind - elevation from the structure of destructive mindsets - independence from attachment to desired outcomes. And are we free from attachment because we have true faith, or because, perhaps, we have truly lost our faith? Have we released attachment out of freedom or out of fear? And what will we do once we are free from the constricting states of the mind? Will we find ourselves in obligation instead? Is it easier to be in blissful ignorance of the need for self-development, and rather, preserve an existence that doesn't call for us to step out and stand out?
No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it ― Paulo Coelho
In this world, we have never been truly free. This will soon change, however, as the world will rise from the shackles that have held it in domination for centuries. For, beyond this world, this dimension, with its subjugation and fear, we are sovereign souls. As souls, the laws of the Universe guarantee our free will. To me, this demonstrates that free will is our natural state - our inheritance during every lifetime. We are meant to choose. We are not meant to be afraid of freedom. Freedom is the guidepost by which we must live our lives if we are to truly experience our mission here. If we surrender our freedom, we experience our lives only in part.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our mission is freedom - for ourselves and for the world. We are here to liberate humanity from tyranny and oppression, and we must begin by claiming our freedom - our right to choose, our right to speak, and our right to act in accordance with our true callings. Through our example, we will perpetuate freedom on this planet - freedom for all. Take a moment to reflect each time you feel yourself ready to renounce your freedom in accordance with others' desires. This may not serve them, but it will draw you from your mission. Live out your full expression and allow others to do the same. They will feel free and safe with you. They too will come to feel the exhilaration that freedom brings. Together, we will create a new and better world - a free world.
A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky
― Maya Angelou
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