September 25

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 25: “Man’s right to know, to learn, to inquire, to make bona fide errors, to investigate human emotions must, by all means, be safe, if the word “freedom” should ever be more than an empty political slogan.” ― Wilhelm Reich

There is no way for us to be free until we are rid of the Ego and the Self. Even in prison or a POW camp, there are those who understood the freedom they retained. The concept of freedom is not that we can do what we want. It is that we are free of the bondage of our mind determining what is and what is not going to make us happy.

We alone are the determination of our own happiness. Believing that we are going to have a better life when this or this or that happens is the perpetual prison of the human Ego and our thinking. It does not matter. You are only free when you claim your happiness, no matter who you are or where you are.

We can all believe what we will about politics and those so-called “freedoms” we embrace in our Western culture. But, the original dictates of the ruling forces in this country are all in place again, so I wonder what “freedom” we are celebrating.

You are the only person who can imprison your soul. That happens when we buy into the crap that goes on around us and believe it is all the truth. We can always learn, know, inquire, and make errors, and to investigate emotions. No matter where we are or the conditions under which we find ourselves.

Step 9 is the door to the freedom of having our past hanging over us and believing that what happened to us when we were children or teens, or young adults is still in charge of who we are and how our lives are lived.

I sit in meetings and want to scream when I hear this shit. So What???? It doesn’t explain anything, just gives you another scapegoat for being an asshole. Step 9 is where WE learn to take responsibility for our part in the shit we did. Clean it up, make it right. Payback what you stole from another person. Pay it forward when you can. Be a grown up, for once.

There is nothing that can be done to us that isn’t done for us. If you had a crappy early life, so did the majority of others in the world. Clean up the shit and get on with your living. We are tired of hearing you whine and complain.

We get free….FREE…of this crap or we stay stuck in it. There is no half-measure to this step. It ain’t an apology and it IS about change…change for the better. Changing YOU. Changing your attitude and your way of seeing things. You are on this journey, now get on it and quit trying to go back to what you had before. What is crazy is how we hang on to that shit like it was good or something. Wtf???

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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