Encouragement: Freedom from and Freedom to
(Mike DePung — Post II.98–17)
The need to be free causes people to fight vigorously and, sometimes, to the death. At other times, the struggle to gain freedom from one form of oppression, repression, or enslavement has created movements and heroes. In fact, the desire to be free from some form of tyranny or another comprises many important eras and events in history, especially revolutions.
As with any other quality or characteristic of human beings, either Heart or Ego influences the way we respond to any given condition. One operating system or the other will energize our minds, emotions, and actions, and Ego can be damned sneaky, creating the appearance of a noble effort only to further enslave: witness Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution.
Heart, though, knows we are a package deal; consequently, the first freedom anyone must gain before championing any other is that freedom from Ego influence and energy. Then, we are free to follow Heart, to process and respond to life based on personal truth, the general one being we are eternal Spirit, the specific one being we are eternal Spirit in our unique form with our unique personalities.
These two basic aspects of freedom played out through our internal dynamics of Ego and Heart represent any other external freedom struggles experienced in life, whether individual or corporate. Freedom has these two qualities: freedom from and freedom to. Freedom from Ego domination sets us free from being subject to public opinion, norms, and expectations. Then, we are free to create our Purpose and live it without regard for anyone else’s assumptions or presumptions.
Without a sense and knowledge of core Self, we will buy into those Ego designs of those who have willingly surrendered their own freedom to Ego. They appear to be getting what they want and to be successful and wealthy and powerful — if one uses Ego definitions of those things. They are also egoic oppressors, enslaving others in a variety of ways: threats to the welfare of others, direct brutality, sweet bribes and deals, noble leadership that really involves emotional blackmail — any of a thousand ways.
When it comes to episodes of history, Ego is almost always the operative force. Ego doesn’t allow great advancements. I think of the Dark and Middle Ages and the ego hierarchical structures that marked societies the world over. When change came, it came through individuals who realized their intrinsic power and value and pursued their passion and purpose, qualities that marked the Renaissance. Ego is always at play in us and in even great works to some extent, but so is Heart on the other side, even if one or the other is only whispering warnings.
However, once one is free from Ego and consequently everyone else’s expectations, they can create greatness, the greatness of their Purpose. Albert Einstein recognized the necessity for minds and souls to work in freedom from oppression and slavery: “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” Inspiration generates from being free to work our Heart-purpose. Others see it and benefit from it.
The great sci-fi novelist Robert Heinlein understood this. He said, “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” He lived to Heart and that gave him freedom, just as it will for us. If anyone lives Heart-truth, no other law is required.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be dealing with this more tomorrow. In the meantime, speak to your Heart and get a sense of the power of freedom that is yours. Then, if injustices, slavery, oppression, or repression of any kind exists in your experience, you are equipped to deal with it.
Blessings, you wild and free souls.