Freedom: More than just a Word

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Freedom: More than just a Word

Imagine a ball game or a group of dancers.  The players run about with enthusiasm and the dancers are fully immersed in their art.  

They are free to explore the full range of the game or the dance, to stretch themselves to their greatest expression while allowing the same freedom to the rest of their team or troupe.

What may not be as obvious, especially if the game or dance is going well, is the order and balance behind the freedom to express.  That order: the rules, the training, the understanding of how the game or the dance works, is what allows for all of these individuals to express freely while allowing others to do the same. 

A “free-for-all”, on the other hand, would soon result in chaos and a lack of respect for the freedom of everyone else.

As scientists delve more deeply into the more subtle levels of creation, what they find is not chaos, but an exquisite order and co-ordination. 

Several scientists, Bruce Lipton for example, also point to the connection between our inner world, feelings, beliefs and thoughts, and both our immediate physical environment (our bodies) and our so-called “external” environment or hologram.

 

Connections

Understanding more of how all these connections work can give us, like the players or dancers, a greater freedom to co-create the type of environment that can both enrich our own lives and also fulfil the longing many of us have to make a real contribution to the well-being of those around us.

“Freedom” is, like so many words and concepts, something which means different things to different people.  However, just as with concepts such as “love” or “power”, it seems to me that the origins of true Freedom lie in the core nature of an empowered life.

They lie in the framework of the structures of creation, structures and laws which are not remote from us but which are intrinsic to our own nature (again, as suggested not only by many spiritual teachers, but also by countless inspiring scientists and teachers throughout the ages).

In a quest for true freedom, we have a choice between regarding ourselves as hapless victims of random events, with freedom being the ability to do whatever we like without limitations (a free-for-all).

Or we have the choice of seeing freedom as a natural by-product of  understanding  how energy works and thus including a greater mastery of the co-creation process.

 

Boundaries and Order

Loving teachers know that in order for their students to thrive, there must be a sense of order and discipline which provides a background for students to learn and explore. 

It is love which inspires such teachers to establish clear boundaries, systems of cause and effect, where students learn through experiencing the consequences of their actions and thus become freer to create and to fulfil their potential while allowing the same freedom and respect to others.

It can be helpful to look at our relationship with ourselves, our world and our personal empowerment in a similar way.   

Profound thinkers throughout the ages have come to the conclusion that at the core of creation is Love, and also that “order is heaven’s first law”, that somehow love and order (the laws of energy) go hand-in-hand, that the “order” is what allows the love at the heart of creation to express itself.

In this sense, then, we could think of  the laws of cause and effect as also being as the laws of divine love. For me, at least, this signifies that it is within the context of the laws of divine love or consequence to chosen action that we can come to a full realization of the nature of freedom.

For free will to exist, there must be the potential for this freedom to be expressed in ways which are not congruent with pure love, joy and power.

“If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all”  Jacob Hornberger

 

Consequence to action

The consequences of misuse of free will usually involve a curtailment of some of our natural birthright of joy and love or some thwarting of the experience of freedom.

In many cases, this curtailment will, of itself, be a powerful self-teaching tool where one learns that the most fulfilling use of freedom is to act in accordance with natural law. 

If we “catch ourselves” at this early stage of taking a kind of diversion from such natural laws,  it is not difficult to realize what kind of action leads to what kind of consequence.

Then, in re-honoring natural order, we choose it voluntarily, from the manifestation level as it were, and the seeming paradox of free will/divine will becomes the play of truly empowered divine free will.

 

If one is not capable of knowing the law and living within the rules of it, he is never capable of being a free man.”  John Locke
  

 

Thus,  the statement that “I am free” is of course true, but is strengthened by the understanding that “I am free to meet the consequences of my actions”, in other words to understand the whole game of creation.

 

Tangible arena

This environment is a great chance to move out of the realms of philosophical theorizing about the nature of free will right into the tangible arena of experience of consequence.  

I can choose to ignore this either by denying it or by blaming everything or everyone and therefore getting more deeply enmeshed in the victim-victimizer game.  Alternatively I can begin to look at my current life experience as an amazing school for freedom.

Maybe I can learn a huge amount about freedom by experiencing the seeming lack of it in my life experience.   What actions or thoughts of mine have led to a particular experience of lack of freedom?

In this way, the perceived experience of lack of freedom can in itself be a key to greater freedom, the freedom of knowing by experience what does or does not work in the realm of creation if I wish to have a fulfilling, joyous and truly free life.

 

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”  Stephen Covey

 

In this context, people or systems which manifest extremes of what could be perceived as “negative” behavior have a huge amount to teach me about what does not work; also, if they are in my hologram, they must be mirroring something back to me that I haven’t acknowledged in myself.  Observing the antics of blatant mis-use of free will and power in my environment or in my own being does not have to be fear-generating.

 

Empowerment

Greater empowerment, step by step, is a stepping-stone to greater freedom, and goes hand in hand with greater joy, love and fulfilment.

 

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves” Friedrich Nietzche

 

One Comment

  1. Hi Brad,
    Glad you enjoyed the blog!
    That is a reference to a line from a song by Kris Kristofferson:
    ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’
    Blessings, Rose.

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