Free

1 (a): to cause to be free; (b): to relieve or rid of what restrains, confines, restricts, or embarrasses; (c): disentangle, clear
obsolete: banish

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Free (v): Old English freogan “to free, liberate, manumit,” also “to love, think of lovingly, honor;” also “to rid (of something),” from freo “not in bondage.”  The forking sense in the Germanic adjective is reflected in the verbs that grew from it in the daughter languages.  Compare Old Frisian fria “to make free;” Old Saxon friohan “to court, woo;”  German befreien “to free,” freien “to woo;” Old Norse frja “to love;” Gothic frijon to love.”

Source:  etymonline.com/

Wisdom

“Life calls the tune, we dance.” 

John Galsworthy (1867-1933, English author, poet, playwright, and recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932)

Bio Source:

: www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1932/galsworthy-bio.html

“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” 

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/albert-einstein-9285408

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” 

Mary Astell (1667-1731, English philosopher and major feminist writer)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/astell

“Change is not always a good thing. What I need is not change from one thing to another but transformation from who I am into who I was meant to become. Only when God's transforming power touches me can I begin to live the simpler, freer, fresher, more creative, more patient, more passionate, more sacrificial, riskier, rawer, more real, more love-driven life God intended for me all along. That transformation is what awaits all who dare to enter the story of God. As Paul wrote, 'Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think' (Romans 12:2)” 

Steven James (b. 1966, speaker and national bestselling author of more than three dozen books, including the critically acclaim "Bowers Files," a nine-part book series of psychological thrillers)

Bio Source:

www.stevenjames.net

Meditation

“Life calls the tune, we dance.”

John Galsworthy

 

What music is Life calling us to dance to?  Are we aware of the melodies, the lyrics, the different meters, and the multiple harmonies?  Are we aware that perhaps we may be sleepwalking or driving on auto-pilot?   Or that matter, do we even know that we have been invited to The Dance?  Or have we been bombarded by the noise of our individual dramas?

Until Life wakes us up most of us are unconscious of the tunes Life is playing for us.  What will become apparent, instead, is our increasingly levels of stagnation, where it’s about survival, limitations, and polarities.  When this happens, Life may poke us wake, rudely.

However, if we stay ahead in our visions, anticipating Life’s Songs that were personally written for us, we will then be able to cooperate, co-create, and dance with The Divine with utter joy, exuberance, and glee.

Let us choose freedom over enslavement, sojourners!  And let us choose freedom now!

Much Love, Tonya

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