What Does It Mean To Be Free?
by Brad Austen
Lately I've been enjoying some time away from computers and technology. I came to the realization that in one sense technology liberates us but at the same time also can enslave us. The enslavement is the time it takes out of our days, where we could be enjoying the sunshine or a sunset. I started to think about freedom and what it really means to be free.
I identified that as a human being on earth at this time, we have conditional freedom but in many cases not absolute freedom. Conditional freedom means that we usually have to invest our time and energy into something, such as a job, to be rewarded with money to then spend as we see fit. This is a give and take system.
Absolute freedom is the freedom that is not bound by conditions or expectations. We often associate this freedom with our childhood, when we were innocent and without a care in the world. However, as we grow into adulthood, this usually becomes a scarcer experience. Many people associate freedom with financial freedom, because most things cost money in this world. However, there is that saying 'the best things in life are free'. This got me pondering, what things do I enjoy that are free? Friendships and love are free. A walk outside, breathing the air, enjoying the sunshine and listening to the birds sing, are some examples.
Freedom is also a matter of perspective. Two people with the same circumstances can both have a different view on their personal freedom. One may feel a victim to circumstances or empowered by their circumstances. It can be easy to feel a victim in life, especially when things don't go to plan. However what we often forget or don't realize is that on a soul level we have chosen these experiences for our growth. Life doesn't always go to plan or turn out as we hoped.
I think it is important to evaluate your life from time to time and ask yourself, what will it take to feel free and happy? There are some things in life we cannot change, but we can always change our perspective. Life is pretty short to feel trapped or unhappy. Sometimes we need to take that first step and everything begins to fall into place. Spirit is always working with you for your highest good. Trust the process of life and things will become easier and more enjoyable and you will also feel more freedom in your life.
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