What’s Your Why?
Ever since I came home crying from school as a seven year old on my first day of school in Miami – when I was forced to pledge my allegiance to the American flag – freedom has been a dominant theme in my life. Truth and rebellion are also right up there!
I’ve never liked being told what to do or how to do it, and I hate the idea that anyone has dominion over me or anyone else for that matter.
Decades later freedom is still the reason I do everything I do. For myself and for others. It’s all about freedom.
But there are many layers to freedom.
Freedom is so much more than being able to do what you want – when, where and how you want to do it.
True freedom also means having unmitigated access to the truth. How else can we make fully conscious and informed choices about what we eat, who we vote for, where we give put our money to, how we educate our children?
Freedom is also a matter of perspective. I’m always conscious of how free I feel in Asia. When you can jump on the back of a motorbike taxi without wearing a helmet. And not be asked for ID everywhere you go. Where you’ll almost never get asked you about your job or what school you went to.
On the other hand how can you feel truly really free in a country where the people working in your hotel and waiting on your table will never know the freedom of traveling outside their own borders?
I don’t think I’ll ever feel really free as long as there are other people who don’t have the same freedom as me.
Which is why the driving force in my life is to see the whole world free. Free from poverty, from war, from slavery, from disease, from pain, from stress and anxiety, from corruption, from corporate domination, from lack of equality, from fear of oppression… I could go on.
Creating a business that I could run from anywhere in the world is a major part of my personal freedom. But it’s only part of the equation for me.
My reason for learning meditation many years ago was prompted by an overwhelming desire for the ultimate kind of freedom there is. Freedom from the mind, the ego.
I’m not there yet and I don’t pretend to be, but I’m definitely free from much of the self judgment and other negative stuff I used to inflict upon myself. And that’s made it much easier to follow my heart, rather than a path laid out by society.
Years later my desire to teach meditation, to study counselling and learn other tools, came from wanting to share what I’d been able to learn with others. I believe that most of what keeps us from feeling free is in our minds.
Ultimately my passion for freedom comes from my conviction that we’re in the midst of a shift in consciousness that will allow everyone to attain this ultimate kind of freedom.
Mental freedom is where it’s really at. You can slave all your life trying to make money to be free, but as long as we’re at the mercy of conditioned thoughts and behaviours and limited beliefs, we’re never really free. Without letting go your fear you’ll never have the freedom to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
It’s been said that when enough people reach this level of freedom, it’ll be like a domino effect. Hundredth monkey syndrome. Our self imposed chains will fall away on a collective scale. When that happens nobody will want to keep anyone enslaved or hide the truth.
It’s up to each of us to work on freeing ourselves. Keep donating money to charities that liberate others. Don’t stop marching and voting for freedom. Keep working at finding a way to live life on your terms. But most importantly find a way to free yourself from the worry and anxiety and other conditioned mental states that are blocking your true freedom.