: liberation from slavery or restraint or the power of another : INDEPENDENCE
: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
: Ease, Facility
: the quality of being frank, open or out or outspoken
: boldness of conception or execution
Freedom (n.): Old English freodom “power of self-determination, state of free will; emancipation from slavery, deliverance.” Meaning “exemption from arbitrary or despotic control, civil liberty” is from late 14c. Meaning “possession of particular privileges” is from 1570s.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
Gloria Steinem (b. 1934, age 81, American feminist, writer, journalist, and feminist organizer)
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison (b. Chloe Anthony Wofford in 1931, age 84, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known novels)
“I do not wish them women to have power over men; but over themselves.”
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, Anglo-Irish writer, philosopher, and feminist)
“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author, known as the “father of existentialist.”)
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, lawyer, anti-war activisit, primary leader of India’s independence movement, and architect of the world’s non-violent civil disobedience.)
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
Ralph Ellison (1914-1994, American novelist, literary critic, scholar, and writer; best known for this novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953)
“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”
Jose Marti (1853-1895, José Julián Martí y Pérez, poet, is a Cuban national hero, referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence,” and considered the “Father of Modernism” in Latin American literature.)
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer, often called the “the dean of science fiction writers”)
“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
Noam Chomsky (b. 1928, age 86, American linguist, cognitive scientist, philosopher, logician, political commentator, social just activist, and “anarcho-syndicalist” advocate)
“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”
Carl Sagan (1934-1996, American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences)
The musician, artist, and producer Pharrell Williams released a song this year called, “Freedom.” It’s another great song we have yet to catch up to. Download the song, video, and the lyrics. It’s very important to read and digest, almost like unraveling a great poem.
I believe that song is a meditation on our awakening. Not only are we emerging from the caves of our collective hibernation, we are releasing ourselves from our man-/woman-made imprisonments.
Once we fully liberate ourselves we will have more access to our capabilities as conscious co-creators and authentic heart-minded beings. We must first purge, purify, and peel back the layers of the masks we hide ourselves behind, which are only blocking us from our true essence.
So, the questions we may want to ask ourselves are: When do we feel free? When and in whose company are we our most authentic selves, free from judgment and most able to be joyful and happy? Do we feel free alone in our company? If not, how can we save ourselves?
Freedom is about recognizing and letting go of those relationships that may be toxic to our well-being. That’s tough sometimes to reconcile, because those relationships, especially in the beginning, may have been enjoyable and life affirming.
It’s not until we are forced to face a dilemma will we fully understand why we needed to let go of a relationship. Somehow it turned the corner and that connection became painful, and we became comfortable in feeling uneasy and misaligned. We are human beings, after all, great adapters and survivors. But, we are no longer living in that 3D world. We chose to be limitless and to pursue lives of purpose, love, joy, and passion.
Our higher selves, our hearts and bodies know what’s good for us, and we may for a time trick our minds in pretending otherwise. But eventually our bodies, after a series of warnings, will wake us up and to let us know we are on the appropriate path.
Please listen. Don’t ignore the signs to endure unnecessary suffering. We must trust in our intuition and instincts. When we do the Universe will effortlessly map out and illuminate the paths we can take towards freedom, self-mastery, and self-determination.
In the meantime, let us we ebb and flow with Life’s divine nourishing waves that clear, cleanse, and free us from all that may have enslaved us along the way.
In Freedom and Solidarity, Tonya