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“Choosing to Be Free” is what is most needed by the youth of modern time. But, are the youth aware of their freedom? What exactly does the real freedom mean and how does being spiritual help us to be free?
Freedom is the most over-used and often miss-used term by youth. For them, freedom means to “do” whatever one wants to or to remain fully free from relationships and workload. But, do we really call this a state of freedom, in a real sense? We really need to look deeper in it to explore the true freedom.
Freedom is not something out-wards or in doing, freedom is the state of being or consciousness. To understand it fully, we need to dive deep into self and introspect that are we truly free? Freedom has nothing to do with “doing”. It is rather a state of being, a shift in our consciousness, not in outside situation. Very often, we heard today’s youth complaining about their work or job, so they often heard saying, “Quit the job, or we do not feel free or comfortable in a particular relationship, so let me get off this relation to feel free”. Is this a freedom or slavery to our own mind or outer influences that are dragging us and dictating our choices in our lives.
In contrary, true freedom is a state of being, where we feel free to think or feel whatever we want to, irrespective of outer situation or circumstance. My moods or feelings are not generated by something external, but I am the master or creator of my feelings and thoughts. It is the state when I feel free from all external influences, dependencies and emotional bondages, that’s when we experience the true freedom in our lives. Who really curb our freedom? Our bosses, spouses or parents….No one or nothing in the world can curb our freedom.
It is only “I” who restrict “my” own freedom, due to our fatal belief system and limited behavior patterns. Our freedom is not curbed by outer person or a difficult situation, but our limited reaction to those outer triggers, is what makes us feel that we are being trapped by this person or under so & so situation. We, actually carry with us, what is called as “portable prison” thinking or feeling imprisoned by this or that situation or person. We often become victims, whose remote control is in other’s hands and whenever others “press our buttons” we feel trapped and dependent. But, if we look closely, by being fully aware of our inner state of conscious, we’ll realize that we are free to choose what we want to and how we want to feel in a particular situation.
Next question arises that how to achieve that state of being, that unrestricted freedom? It comes with the attitude that, “I am responsible for everything I feel and experience. No body or nothing can curb my freedom or happiness. I am free.”
This happens when we have a strong and firm inner foundation and kind and polite outward attitude. But, unfortunately, we often see today’s youth in exactly the opposite state. They are hard and firm in their outer interactions and weak and helpless inside. The simplest way of becoming free is by being honest with the self. Honesty or truth, here holds a much deeper meaning, it means when I am fully aware of my every thought, attitude, vision and choosing it in that light of awareness.
The 5-easy steps to ensure our freedom in every situation are:
1.Acknowledge: Be aware of your feelings or mood swings by acknowledging them that they are there.
2. Accept: Taking full responsibility of those feelings or thoughts and not putting the finger outside.
3. Understand: This is the stage when I start using our wisdom through our intellect. We need to analyze and understand that why do I feel those emotions. What is the particular belief behind those emotions?
4.Transform: Now, once aware of our deep-rooted belief behind our emotions, we need to change and replace them with truth. Now, this is the stage where we need the power of spirituality or inner strength.
5.Apply: The final step is to apply the change into your practical life. Once, we start applying the truth into our daily practical life, we’ll start feelings that our outer dependency and influences has no more power on our inner state and we start to shift the power from outer to inner.
Now, it is my inner state that rules and dictates my outer world, and that is what is actual freedom, to “be” really free.