Commitment One: Freedom
|We are beginning to wrap ourselves
around the idea that there are many inner elements which have to be
functional, and in motion, before these powerful, demanding outer elements
can be installed. Otherwise, we are like a young lad who buys
himself a car (and signs on for huge monthly payments) without really
knowing how to drive. In fact, some of us barely know how to *walk*
some of these personal areas.
There are many inner commitments that must enacted before any external
joining can breathe and be successful. We all arrange them in different
order. And, indeed, the hierarchy of these elements may change according to
the life plan it supports.
One commitment of great importance is a dedication to FREEDOM at all levels
of society, and in all dimensions of our existence.
By this, I mean a true reverence for allowing life to be as it is, rather
than demanding it to be what our mind, or our experience, tells us it ought
to be. The one Commandment that is foundational in the Old Religion, and
the Druidic Code reads: "Harm no one, do what thou wilt."
In this one Law, the whole of the Mosaic Law (or any other law, for that
matter) is contained. It allows for free expression, in all aspects of
life.........and also begs for clear and unbridled reflection by our
immediate universe, once our statement has been made. There can be no such
thing as exercising MY freedom if another person's freedom is impinged or
negated. That is a violation of the prime directive, yes?
This dance is called "See Me/Show Me"...........and the administration of
the dance steps begins and ends with the edict: Harm No One.
What would be the nature of harm in the context of this one universal law?
Surely, it would be to prevent someone from doing what he or she wants to do,
mandating that they do or be what we want instead.
A commitment to freedom, at all levels, is automatically a commitment to
honesty. After all, once freedom is insured, why would one need to lie?
The need to distort our truth, and limit our freedom, in order to survive
goes all the way back to our childhood and the family system. In fact, it
goes back all the way to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember what
the core of the technique is? We withhold food (or other bodily necessities)
in order to curtail or limit the freedom of others in society.
There is much we will discuss about this during the continuing course of
this series. How we handle children and families in this world today is a
serious threat to the healthy continuation of both. At the core of this
issue is a basic lack of commitment to freedom..
Any "security" that is gained through loss of freedom is a commitment to
fear. Any nation that puts "national security" above personal freedom has
lost its power base. In saying this, I am not suggesting that our country
should suddenly lower its guard against all enemies (both real and
imagined) that we have amassed through the years. That would produce a
mental whiplash of grand proportion in the collective consciousness. And,
again, it would be an outer element that is changed before an inner condition has been corrected.
This is why politics is not the answer to what plagues the human condition.
Politics is like a horse trainer who seeks to bridle up and train our
collective energy so that it will function for the good of all. Inner
freedom is like a horse whisperer who spends many long hours sitting quietly
with our "animal" to discover what the burr is that is stuck under its tail.
Remember the famous line that Robert Redford spoke in the movie "Horse
Whisperer?" The female character says to him: "I hear you help people
with horse problems." He looks up and responds: "No, ma'am. I actually
help horses with people problems."
Before we can see clearly to take the mote out of our neighbor's eye, we
must remove the log that exists in our own. That takes lots of inner work,
and lots of personal freedom to be and do and watch and feel.
Harm no one, do what thou wilt. That's a tall order, and it takes guts to
carry it out. It means simultaneously giving up control and opening to the
good (the God) that longs to take us forward into our adventure.
What have you learned about freedom? What have you experienced when you
gave it to yourself or to someone else?
We must ask ourselves honestly............if someone doesn't want to give us
something, why would be still be manipulating for a way to get it anyway?
And if we really don't want to have, be, or do something in our lives....who
do we think we're really kidding when we force ourselves to create an
outward appearance that doesn't match our inward being?
Please do share. Your own, honest experience is very helpful in ways that
you may not realize. (But, of course, feel free to abstain too, in you so
choose!) Write me.
Copyright, 2001. Daniel Jacob. May be copied or shared for purposes of personal growth and/or research. Any reproduction for profit requires the written permission of Reconnections, Inc.
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