When I think of freedom, I think of the words in a Janis Joplin song, "Freedom is just another word, for nothing left to lose." It is true that once you lose everything, there is a sense of freedom, but I can only imagine that the feeling of freedom would only come, after the shock of all the loss had passed.
Freedom has many meanings and not all of them come in a rosy canister, tied in ribbon. For some freedom is being able to do anything they want to do, anytime they choose. To others, it is being free to voice their opinion without fear of execution. And to other's, it could mean the freedom to walk down the street without being accosted. What may surprise a lot of us is that freedom for some may even be, just free enough to eat fresh food and drink clean water.
So, what is freedom really? Is it just a phrase we use when we refer to being able to do anything? Is it being able to live life on our own terms regardless of the consequences? Or is it a state of being that allows us to live outside the box? Is it a label we put on something in order for us not to feel, controlled, hemmed in, or oppressed?
I believe it is all those things, yet none of those things. For me, true freedom comes when we are all free. Not just a few, or those who live in what is labeled a "free country." I can walk down the street today and ask 10 people how free they are feeling right now and get the same answer. Not free at all!
It is when each and everyone of us can be free to be who we are, right now, in this moment. It doesn't mean we will be the same in the next moment or the next. It isn't a state of being that last, because true freedom is being able to change, and to change often, without the need to be fixed into anything. We don't need to live in a "free country" because the world is free. Do you see?
Freedom will come to each of us when we allow others their freedom to be who they choose to be, right now. If someone chooses to be something that we may not like or agree with, so what. We are free to choose to stay or leave. That is the beauty of true freedom! We allow others to be what they are, when they are, because we are free to remove ourselves and be who we choose to be. We don't have the need to fix anyone or anything.
How long do you think it would take, if we all moved away from situations that made us sad, unhappy and fearful, before those who are acting that way find themselves alone in the middle of their negative world? I sense they would stop this behavior all by themselves!
When there isn't a box, or a prerequisite or even a particular protocol of what we believe others should be, then true freedom will be found and it will be found by all of us.
So, as the weekend passes and all the freedom celebrations end, how free are you feeling right now? Your answer will tell you a lot about yourself. It will also tell you a lot about what is needed to bring your life, as well as, this wonderful planet home. Long ago, my beloved Master guide told me that when earth reaches her new home, she would be called by a new name. Can you guess what that name will be? It will be; "Planet Earth; Freedom's Holy Star!"
Now, that is true freedom in a nut shell!
Just loving you along,
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