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Celebrating the Path of Spiritual Freedom

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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!

If you liked this article, you will enjoy: “Cut the Cords: Freedom is Waiting”. 

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Quit Being So Cautious

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This holding back, its very heavy, isn’t it?

This not saying what you wanted to. This tip-toeing, this walking the line, this being so damn ‘agreeable.’  Each yes that is not truly in line with who you are is a slight shrinking of your soul, felt only a little each day, but over time, turns to a heavy slouch.

What if for just today, you practiced being light. Speaking your truth, standing tall with your feet growing roots into the earth, what if just for today you didn’t do or say anything out of alignment with your deepest inner knowing.

What if you didn’t care what others think. Or said. What if, for a moment you felt such intense love for yourself, just the way you are, that you could say No to someone with a smile, and know that everything is just perfect between you.

What if every Yes was not just to be agreeable, but was in response to something that shot you forward and upward because it was a little risk that scared you in a good way.

What are you so afraid of?

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle

 

 

 

 

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The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Pep Talk

Motivation can change the result of your day, by simply changing your attitude.  Coaches rely on pre-game pep talks to ignite drive in their players, and cheerleaders hold pep-rallys to get the crowd amped for the show.  Pre-battle speeches from movies such as Braveheart are ingrained in our minds because of their ambitious power.

Even our spiritual lives can use a good pep-rally here and there and Holstee is up for the challenge. They are a community inspired mindful living project and their manifesto has reached the far corners of the globe, for good reason, it will rock your inspire-dial.

May this video surge you with a surplus of spiritual inspiration to carry into the week ahead:

If you enjoyed this pep talk, you will also enjoy the inspirational speech, “How to Hack Life: Lessons from a 13-Year-Old”

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“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

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Cut the Cords – Freedom is Waiting

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Have you ever wondered why as a child your mom knew exactly what you were doing almost all the time, how she knew if something was wrong with you or if you were getting into trouble?  And often you were some place else, far from home.  Maybe she still has these instincts today?

Have you ever experienced being in a breakup and no matter how hard you tried it was nearly impossible to stay away from this person let alone stop thinking about this person?

Might you have met someone who seems so tethered to their land or home that they seldom ever leave the home or their town and if they do their belly gets tied in knots?  And, maybe you’ve experienced a gut wrenching difficulty in making a pivotal transition in your life where you even know the change is needed, yet day after day – year after year you end up remaining right where you are?

In all of these situations there may be an opportunity to cut the energetic cords with that person, place or entity.  In shamanism it is a common part of the work with self and community to be a guide and conduit.  Part of this is being able to cut the cords of our past and those that are binding and be fully ready to be in the present.  What we find is that these cords often keep us from being present and moving forward in life.

I personally have seen cords connected to people, to churches, to land, to homes, to plants, to animals, to beings who have already crossed over and to people one does not even know……just to name a few. Sometimes these cords are needed, for example, when a mother births a child. There is a time where that child is fully dependent on the mother for life and an energetic cord becomes a tool to keep track of where her child is and gauge how her child is doing.  In this example a cord may be needed for the first several years of this child’s life – but do we need to maintain this form of connection for one’s whole childhood or life?

So, now the questions are:

1. what are these cords?

2. how do you create them?

3. how do you cut them?

Energetic cords are tools that we use to connect with another, not unlike the way we use a rope to secure us to the side of a cliff when climbing.  In this example, we need that rope while we’re scaling the slate wall.  And after we have climbed that wall and are on stable ground, we normally take the rope off.  The funny thing is with energetic cords, we keep them connected long after they are seemingly needed.  It would be like us walking around with the rope still connected to us and the cliff.  Long after we’ve climbed out we can’t figure out why we remain bound to that place? Until we consciously untie the rope/cut the cord, we will remain knotted at some level to that being or thing we connected to.

To put it simply, cords are created most often by two participating parties.  One connects a cord to another and the other person receives that cord/connection.  This can be done consciously or unconsciously. Most often the participants have no idea how they connected and then they get so wrapped up in a tangled ball of yarn that the process of unraveling is so arduous that it seems seemingly impossible to unwind.

The other way of creating of cords is the way that we attach to a person, place or thing as if wanting to fulfill something inside of us.  In relationship, when we identify ourselves with that outer reflection, we become highly prone to energetically attaching to that subject.

Now to answer the final question – How do you cut those cords?   It’s is simple, yet seems quite difficult to put into regular practice………first, LET GO!  One must truly go into the depths of self to be willing to let go of whatever we have attached to. Once that choice is there, even if the other party does not have the same willingness, the cord can be permanently cut.  You can cut it by imagining your hand as a samurai sword and slicing through wherever the cords seem to be on you.  Another way is to have someone do it for you.  The key is having a clear willingness to sever the attachment.  The relationship may continue, but the cord is relinquished.

This is a grand step to living your Freedom.

Many blessings on your journey to wholeness.

Based in Los Angeles, Jason Frahm has been a healing practitioner for over eleven years.  He currently teaches yoga at one of Los Angeles’ leading yoga studios Exhale for Sacred Movement as well as The Ashram a world renowned destination retreat center. In addition to yoga, his private practice also includes shamanic wellness practices, chi-kung, meditation, bodywork influenced by tai-chi, and cranial sacral energy work.  He is a Glad.is Recommended Practitioner.

 

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