We constantly brag about how free we are . . .
"The Land of the Free" and all that.
But therapists know that many people,
maybe even most people,
Some of us are slaves to other people,
especially partners and employers.
Others are slaves to their own beliefs and desires. 1
Sometimes setting boundaries
can give you more freedom
than going anywhere you please.
We all desire the security of the solid tree trunk,
but the fruit is out on the limb.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
The timid soul asks,
"What do I stand to lose if I do it?"
rather than . . . "What do I stand to lose
if I don't do it?"
Real life is lived on the cutting edge.
Freedom and the Story of the Eagle:
Once a farmer found an abandoned eagle's nest
and in it was an egg still warm.
He took the egg back to his farm and laid it in the nest of one of his hens.
The egg hatched and the baby eagle grew up along with the other chickens.
It pecked about the farmyard, scrabbling for grain.
It spent its life within the yard and rarely looked up.
When it was very old,
one day it lifted up its head
and saw above it a wonderful sight
- an eagle soaring high above in the sky.
Looking at it,
the old creature sighed and said to itself,
"If only I'd been born an eagle". 2
Many people never think to look up
and see that there is no barrier.
All they see is what’s directly in front of them;
– and scrabble daily for their “grain”:
imprisoned by their own blindness.
Many people live most of their lives stuck in the same situation,
usually unhappy and too scared to try and change.
Because to change,
they would have to get out of their delusory comfort zone
and that makes them uncomfortable.
Their biggest self-deception is
that it’s easier to stay locked in place
and continue to be unhappy.
If you decide today to embrace change,
and go with the flow,
you will begin to see how beautiful and magical life really is.
It’s like taking off a mask that you’ve worn for so many years.
Step into the flow . . .
And let it take you where it may . . .
to places new, unknown, familiar, or perhaps full circle.
All the places are new chapters,
with some to be revised, edited or expunged.
It is not a passive settling for an old book,
but the joyous acceptance of a new one, with unfilled pages;
because you now know to your core,
how to tell what you have is good or not good . . .
in the new story that is your life.
And then, because you are fully opened to it,
the fullness of a long-dim reality becomes clear;
the reality that you are already free;
and have always been so.
There never was an owner, a keeper or controller.
You created your own bonds;
you imprisoned yourself. 3
You can do anything,
Don't look back,
There comes a time in our lives
when we must take flight
and try our own wings.
. . .for the greatest hazard in life
is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing
s/he may avoid certain forms of suffering and sorrow,
but s/he simply cannot learn,
love . . .
Chained by hir* certitudes,
s/he is a slave;
s/he has forfeited freedom. 4
And the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time. 5
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. 6
Freedom is a lot like air.
When it is around,
you hardly notice it.
Once taken from you,
you notice it instantly.
There is no such thing as a little freedom.
Either you are all free,
or you are not free. 7
The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion. 8
The secret of happiness
and the secret of freedom
is courage. 9
I have tried in my way to be free.
If I have been unkind,
I swear by this song
And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee. 10
There are those who, like the eagle either don't "know" they are free
already, or have difficulty in absorbing and acknowledging it. The are likely
have become co-dependent (or have a dependent-type makeup. Yet they
can exercise their free at any time. 11
Part 2 of the Freedom Trilogy from, "One! The Journey Home",
the eBook by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
 -Learning To Be Enslaved ~Tony Schirtzinger
* hir* = his/her
 -The Eagle ~Source: an adaptation from an Anthony de Mello story
 ~Klaas Tuinman
 -from True Freedom ~William Arthur Ward
 ~T. S. Elliot
 ~GK Chesterton
 ~Walter Cronkite
 ~Albert Camus
 -"Bird On A Wire" ~Leonard Cohen
 ~Klaas Tuinman
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