As human beings, we tend to find ourselves in difficult situations more often than we would like to. The moment we desire liberation and freedom is the same moment we become aware of our enslaved state.
Those few who realize the state of servitude, start to crave freedom from various emotions that stem from servitude such as traumas, drudges, complexes, depression, expectations, ideals, self-judgment and, most importantly, fear.
These feelings have a binding effect on us and they cause our soul to feel ashamed. We are imperfect beings, grounded by various laws and restrictions and, yet, we still intuitively know that we can achieve that much desired state of freedom.
What is this Freedom?
We all have freedom of thought, yet we are slave to our habits and patterns. We demand freedom of speech when we don’t even use our freedom of thought.
So, even when we all collectively desire freedom, we are not aware what we truly desire. Most people would refer to freedom as their ability to do whatever they want. But if everyone really did whatever they wanted, would it equate to freedom?
Would it result in anarchy, or chaos?
We all desire different things; when two people claim to desire freedom, they actually mean completely different things, because we all have a different idea of what we want and our benefit can, and will, impair or even destroy the life of another.
Deep down we all vaguely understand that when we claim to desire freedom, this freedom is somehow associated with the right path or the right thing – a route that collectively benefits all. But how do we know what is right?
Religions have tried to act as a moral compass, providing us with complete guidelines to live out life the right way, but they haven’t been very effective.
In reality, despite people talking about freedom, that is actually the last thing most of them truly want. What they actually want is to be licentious. The freedom we talk about is another form of enslavement, subjects of our own compulsions for situation and pleasure.
A huge number of people perceive freedom solely as liberation from oppressive external forces, such as political systems or fascist ideologies.
However, in reality, there are three types of individual freedoms:
- physiological freedom,
- psychological freedom, and
- spiritual freedom.
Our physiological or physical freedoms relate to our external existence.
Physical enslavement is when we find ourselves in chains and held behind bars.
Our psychological enslavement is something that most aren’t even aware of.
For example, at a young age, we are taught cultural ideologies of the dominant political, social, or religion narrative. It makes us reject everything else and, in some cases, breeds discontent and conflict, as we tend to perceive our beliefs as absolute truths.
Such self-induced delusions are one of the primary reasons for our lost of self-love and authenticity.
Nationalism is one of the many reasons why we feel allegiance to the countries we belong to. These countries narrate a narrative of freedom.
For example, the U.S. claims to be the leader of the free world. But the only thing it is referring to is the physical freedom, in the form of freedom of speech.
But when it comes to our spiritual freedom, the same nation encourages consumerism, a facet of society that binds us to materialistic goals and spiritually enslaving us without us even realizing.
Those few who have experienced spiritual freedom are free in thought and in soul, which is the only way to be completely authentic.
However, we tend to blame our governments, societies, religions, education systems, and parents, but in reality, we are our own limiting factors.
We need to become aware of our own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and decisions.
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This article was inspired by Anarchy To Ecstasy: What Is True Freedom?, which was written by Don Mateo Sol. He is the author and co-founder of popular spiritual website LonerWolf.com. As a shamanic practitioner, teacher and soul guide, Sol has helped to lead thousands of people throughout the world on their journeys of self-discovery, healing and wholeness. You can follow Sol’s work on Facebook.