I think a lot of people look at freedom as an external force. Looking for it like love, in the partner we choose, our career, or amount of wealth. I believe freedom lies in the mind; giving ourselves permission to be who we are without seeking acceptance from anyone or anything.
From birth, we are socialized to accept certain pretense as the norm and that this is the only acceptable path to follow. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Women should be yielding and demure, and men should be tough and take the lead.
Society sets us up like one of those learning toys for children where you are trained to put the round peg in the round hole and the square peg into the square hole; demonstrating that things, and people, are supposed to fit into the corresponding receptacle.
This mindset creates pain and confusion when we don’t fit into what the establishment has deemed as proper and correct. True “Freedom” of the mind is when we become strong enough to realize that one size does not fit all and that we must each follow our own path.
There’s also a responsibility that comes with this Freedom. As we honor our own spirit and truth we are also charged with honoring the spirit and truth of all.
Unfortunately, there are those who don’t want to live Freedom of the Mind because of this stipulation and the commitment it brings. Its moral obligation can mean speaking up when witnessing a wrong being done in the name of conformity or what society deems as “right”. This charge also means learning to live and let live.
In my observations, some shouting the loudest for their freedoms are often basing these demands on what they see in it for themselves but not necessarily how this “freedom” can impact or disenfranchise the lives of others.
Living Freedom of the Mind is at its core about living a life of love for oneself as well as for the lives of humanity. When we come from a place of compassion we care about the welfare of people we may not even know because we see ourselves as part of a whole as well as individuals.
I believe hate comes from self-loathing because if we truly love ourselves we could never hurt another or as the “Golden Rule” says: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Living Freedom of the Mind is not just for our own liberation, but for the liberation of us all!
Free your mind and the rest will follow.