Some Thoughts On Freedom

This morning I read the book, “Jonathon Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach. The Muse came to me, but I was tired, so I shrugged her off. Not before making a few notes about what I wanted to say. But the end result of this will be far rougher than if I had just put my nose to the grindstone and wrote this when the Muse was with me. I tell you this so you can avoid making the same mistake. If the Muse comes to you, drop whatever it is you are doing and oblige her. Give her whatever it is she wants, usually it is just a little of your time.

In this book Richard Bach, through his character Jonathon Livingston Seagull, says, ” The only law is that which leads to freedom.” Later in the book he says, “You have the freedom to be yourself, your True Self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way” and, “Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom.” Of course we would probably use the word Source or Universe instead of Great Gull.

In Anita Moorjani’s, “Dying To Be Me” the author tells us of how she learned that for us to find our purpose, to allow it to unfold, we must be ourselves. That this is in fact our essence, and being who we are is the same as being love. In other texts I have read by Wayne Dyer, Jane Roberts and Esther and Jerry Hicks, I am told that this is really the greatest act of love I can show another. That I am not doing myself or them any favors by not being myself. Anita Moorjani battled with this to such an extreme that it caused her body to develop cancer. She kept trying to please everyone, she didn’t want to hurt anyone, so she did not allow herself to be herself.

So the kind of freedom that I am talking about here is not freedom from anything other than limitation, which includes trying to be someone else. It is the freedom of being who we are, which is love. It is in this freedom of being ourselves, allowing our purpose to unfold, that we may, like Jonathon Livingston Seagull, seek perfection. But this perfection is not the kind of perfection we normally think about, anymore than the freedom I am talking about is the same freedom we normally think about. The perfection we normally think about is some final or ultimate state. That kind of perfection leads to stagnation.

The perfection I am talking about is a state of constant improvement. Not that we are imperfect or lacking in any way. But that we came here to do something. There is something in the world we love to do, and our drive for this perfection compels us to get better and better at it for as long as we have a physical existence. To do this even when others do not agree with us or approve of our actions. Jonathon Livingston Seagull loved to fly, and became an outcast because he believed there was more to life than a constant scrounging for food. He drove himself to get better and better at flying. That was his bliss, his joy. He spent his entire physical life at it and transitioned in the process of doing it.

It is the same for us. We came here for a certain life experience. By being ourselves, allowing our purpose to unfold, we will have the life experience we came here for. In living that life, doing whatever it is that compels us, draws us, drives us, whatever it is we love and are passionate about, we are driven to master it, to become it. What is it that you love doing so much you could see yourself spending the rest of your physical life doing it, until you master it, until you become it?

This freedom, this joy of doing what you love, this perfection, none of these are found in the chasing after them. They are all the natural results of simply being who we are, allowing our purpose to unfold. We find the freedom to be ourselves in that, we discover the joy of doing what we love in that, and we find perfection of that is a natural goal. We naturally want to excel at whatever it is we love to do, we naturally want to master it, and ultimately, become it.

This is not the freedom of rights, of being able to do whatever you want. It is not a freedom anyone has to bleed and die for, it is not the “freedom” found here in America. It requires no defense or offense. There is no resistance in this freedom, only openness and receptivity. Because who you are is love, so in the freedom of being yourself, you are also being love. Love is your True Nature. You will act out of love.

In the freedom to do whatever you want you are not being yourself, you are not being love, and as a result you will not act out of love. In fact, in the freedom to do whatever you want you are in denial of yourself. You are acting against your true nature, and you will find that this freedom is fool’s gold. It looks like the real thing, but you will find yourself trapped, a slave to the need to control or have power over others, or to control or have power over your circumstances, just so you can be happy. Your desires will drive you, not love. The only freedom you will ever find from this false freedom is when you choose to be yourself.

Only in the freedom of being yourself will you be truly free. Only in doing what you love will you be truly happy.

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