An icon scene from “The Great Escape”

I believe that freedom is the natural state of the soul. That beneath all of the social programming, systems, rules and input is a free being. I also believe that freedom is contextual to the individual. Some may view freedom as to be able to openly love who they love. Another may view freedom as not worrying about money. Another person may see freedom as the right to express.

For me, freedom is to be free as possible from any system, doctrine or ideology I did not choose. Of course, we need to have a functioning society but I want to operate from the edges of these restraints, not the middle. I take much of my inspiration on freedom from Jesus who organized his brief life around his mission. In doing so, he kept himself free as possible from adherence to rules, attachment to roles, people, situations — and lived simply, with a premium on mobility.

With that context, I present to you a manifesto on being free. A free human …

  • She doesn’t fill her days with busy-ness.
  • He doesn’t get his value from his income or possessions.
  • She doesn’t get her identity from roles or hierarchical status.
  • Doesn’t carry unnecessary burdens and restrictions- and sets things down that are no longer his to carry.
  • She has no shame in resting and renewing.
  • Isn’t afraid to leave a system that no longer serves her.
  • Doesn’t restrict or legislate the behaviors of others — especially those he disagrees with.
  • Puts energy into creating — flow, art, expression. And to learning and growing.
  • Creates healthy boundaries but not walls of separation.
  • Lives an undivided life as much as possible.
  • Seeks continual mastery over his mind and body.
  • Always maintains ownership over what she says yes or no to.
  • Always speaks the truth in the face of injustice or deceit.
  • Vigorously and directly defends the freedom of others that can not defend themselves.

What is your definition of freedom? How do you want to experience it in your life?

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