Nothing is sweeter than freedom
            - freedom to live the type of life
    you have always longed for.

If ever you have felt stuck
or lost in a maze with no way out,
you should know that this is not the way
life is meant to be lived.
Survival is not living.

Set yourself free to relax into the unknown.
Let go of the fear that has held you back,
let go of the worry, anxiety, and pain.

When life doesn’t seem to go “your way,”
there is a reason.

Following the path of least resistance,
and practicing the law of least effort has not worked for you.
Although at times it can seem that everything is going to happen
the way it does, no matter what you do;
and that your life story was already written for you
before you got here
     
 - it is not so.

You write the story,
one page, one chapter at a time;
it was never written ahead of time.
You can revise or renew or transform the story
that is your life
– any time you choose to do so.

You
are the author – the only author;
and in the process the struggle against each moment lessens;
in this way, you open new chapters in which
you express your true happiness and experience joy.
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Acknowledgments:
Part 1 of the Freedom Trilogy from, "One! The Journey Home",
the eBook  by Klaas Tuinman MA,
©2007-17
[2] - from “The Rewards and Risks of Personal Freedom”
~Charlie Badenhop
* hir* = his/her
[3]
~Alison Willcocks
[4] -Set Yourself Free ~Edmund O'Neill  
[5] ~Voltaire
[6-7] ~Klaas Tuinman
[8] ~Dwight Eisenhower
[9] ~Joan Baez
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(Let Go)
                                      If you really want something,
                              set it free . . .
                      You cannot
set someone free . . .
                      they already
are free, but . . .
              if you love someone, let hir*
go free,
              no matter how difficult that may be.
      If s/he comes back,
      s/he was and always will be yours.
If s/he never returns,
s/he was never yours to begin with.
Regardless, Love hir* forever:
that is unconditional Love.

We do not possess anything in this world,
least of all other people.
At most, we only imagine that we do.
Our friends, our lovers, our spouses,
even our children are not ours;
they belong only to themselves.
Possessive and controlling friendships and relationships
can be as harmful as neglect.
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Set yourself free
from anything
that might hinder you
in becoming the person you want to be.

Free yourself
from the uncertainties
about your abilities
or the worth of your dreams,
from the fears
that you may not be able to achieve them
      or that they won't be what you wanted.

      Set yourself free
      from the past.
      The good things from yesterday
      are still yours in memory;
      the things you want to forget you will,
      for tomorrow is only a sunrise away.

      Free yourself
      from regret or guilt,
      (it isn’t easy to accept the consequences
      of that which causes regret)
      and promise to live this day
              as fully as you can.

              Set yourself free
              from the expectations of others,
              and never feel guilty or embarrassed
              if you do not live up to their standards.

              You are most important to yourself;
              live by what you feel
              is best and right for you.

              Others will come
              to respect your integrity
                      and honesty.

                      Set yourself free
                      to simply be yourself,
                      and you will soar higher
                              than you've ever dreamed.
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                      People are free
              at the moment they wish to be.
5

Chico made his initial break for freedom
on a late Monday afternoon in April.
When will you make yours?
You too can take a chance when the conditions are right,
knowing you too in your own way,
were built to fly.

If you don't set yourself free,
what will be the purpose of your life?
I would suggest that the quality of one's life
is dependant on feeling one's essence,
and living the design that is you.

If you are a fish,
your life needs to be all about swimming.

If you are a bird,
your life needs to be all about flying
and spreading your message
to all that you meet along the way.

What sense is there in being you,
if you don't really let yourself free
and express your heart?
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              You can’t do what you want,
      ‘till you know what you’re doing;
      and you can’t know what you’re doing,
      till you know who you are . . .

      You cannot change what happened,
but you can change the outcome.
Make amends where it is possible,
and fix what was broken;
change something.

Accept what cannot be changed.
Learn from the mistakes,
make different choices,
and proceed with life.
6

You have the freedom
to choose your actions,
you don't have the freedom to choose
the
consequences of your actions.
you have the right, and freedom, to swing your fist;
that right ends where my nose begins.
just as you have the right to speak your mind
and say what you want to say –
but that right too, stops where it viciously
hurts another person deliberately
just because you’re having a bad day,
      and are in a foul mood.  
7

Most modern freedom is at root fear.
It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules;
it is rather that we are too timid
to endure responsibilities.
8

You don't get to choose how you're going to die.
Or when.
But you can decide how you're going to live now.
9

      Fear is the mind killer;
the little death that brings total obliteration;
a jealous gate-keeper that wants you to stay put
in your make-believe prison.
It can't keep you in there, but only it knew that:
now you do, too.
Freedom Is Sweet:
Letting Go and Setting Yourself Free;
from the Freedom Trilogy: Part 1
Also see "Fear" and Let Go Of Fear
And Codependency
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From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017

Questions and comments welcomed.
What choice are you making?

Freedom and the Story of the Parrot:

One of the first things I noticed about my newly purchased parrot was that he
couldn't fly. Chico's wings had been clipped and he was stuck here on earth just like  
us humans. Once the weather turned nice I took Chico and sat him on a branch of a
tree in my backyard, hoping to make him happier. At first he seemed confused. He
walked back and forth on the branch looking like an agitated father pacing back and
forth in the maternity waiting room. I was incapable. I always wondered how he knew
such a thing.

One day, while sitting on his branch, Chico got way more agitated then he had been
when I first took him outside months ago. He was pacing back and forth and talking up
a storm. Then all of a sudden, he stopped pacing, let out a spine tingling scream, and
started madly flapping his wings for the first time ever.

About three seconds later, he lifted off from the branch like the space shuttle at
Cape Canaveral! I was amazed and shocked. Little did I know his feathers had been
growing back in, and just like a sly convict, Chico had been biding his time until the
moment was ripe for escape!

Chico made his break for freedom on a late Monday afternoon, and by late Monday
night I knew he was not coming home. Finally, on Tuesday evening Chico returned, but
stayed way out of reach. I talked to him and showed him some food, but to no avail.
Then I took his cage inside so he would not relate coming back to getting locked up
again.

Finally, I made him a firm promise that if he did come back I would let him out every
day the weather was nice. Shortly after making my solemn oath, he flew onto my
shoulder and I took him upstairs.

From that day on, whenever the weather was good I would let him out early and he
would fly around and be back before dark.

I realized that the quality of one's life
is much more important than the number of years one lives.
What sense is there in being a bird if you can't fly? 2