September 19

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 19: “It was a long story, and the spirit which moved it was the spirit of man’s freedom. But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.” ― Ayn Rand

When I create a situation where I am beholding to you or you are beholding to me, we are in a slavery situation. That creates a mindset that is going to deprive one or both of us of freedom. We are not in a healthy give-and-take situation or relationship. And there will be resentment and bad feeling between us.

What I must do is be free of that. It means I do not believe you are any different from me. I owe you nothing and you owe me nothing. The idea, to begin with, that we are different in any way; either superior or inferior is a fear-based judgment, which is the hallmark of Ego every time.

If I see any  person as separate from me, I am not believing in Spirit. I am seeing in Ego. We are all one, and must remain in that place for us to be both human and me to live in the Spirit realm, rather than the Ego realm.

I gain freedom when I allow yours. If I cage you, even in my mind, and refuse to give you your humanity and freedom, I have taken you on as my burden. The repercussions of this kind of living are too many for me to ever be free. I will have to live a life where I am constantly looking for you and working to control your life, according to the judgments I have handed down.

This is the basis for ALL conflict. To believe that I have something that you are a threat to is to live in ever-lasting fear of you. And I must then work to control everything about you and your life. It becomes a huge task, and I will hate you, because your existence has imposed that burden upon me.

If I let you be, and let the Universe allow everything to be placed back into the hands of Creator and Creation, I become free. I have lost all my anger and resentment and owe no amends for the horrors of what I have done and believed. This is much bigger than just the personal amends I must make to remain happy, joyous and free. It is a SPIRITUAL principal that is so eloquently stated and described by Dr. Paul O. How can it apply to my family and not the rest of humanity? ALL HUMANITY.

As a wise man once stated, who had seen the horrors of fear and Ego at work on a global scale, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” I prefer freedom. I have no one to control and have no enemies or threats to anything that has to do with my life.

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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