Today as we celebrate our political freedom, let us also pay homage to our spiritual liberties.
We have the freedom to empower ourselves and let go of energies that do not serve us. How about the freedom to feel well and to be happy? And there is the freedom to be healthy in body, mind and spirit. We are gifted spiritual independence to create all of these things.
The most important question in spiritual life is not: ‘Are you happy?’ but ‘Are you free?’ – Thomas Merton
Spiritual freedom is seeking God on your own terms and releasing any bonds that cause you to live in way that is not true to yourself, that is fear-based, restrictive or narrow minded. It’s the ability to think for yourself without guilt, to question everything, to see one’s greatness and not allow small minds to change our perspective. Being free is seeing the endless sea of possibilities as we journey towards seeking our life purpose.
Our sense of freedom and our commitment to liberation are connected to, and enhanced by, following our own path, and our ability to develop and maintain our own inner resilience. We follow our own spiritual journey, in part, to develop this: the ability to free ourselves and to strengthen ourselves. We put this practice into action every day.
We were are here to seek meaning and find answers as individuals. In that respect, spiritual freedom also means that you allow others the freedom to make their own choices, even if those choices seem foreign to you.
As Americans, we embody multiple layers of freedom. May you tap into all of those layers with gratitude today. here’s one of our favorite quotes on freedom, from author and activist Marianne Williamson:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Happy 4th of July to all! Let all of our freedoms ring!
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