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Freedom Is A Choice

Updated on June 5, 2014

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Freedom of mind, allows the spirit to soar !

What is freedom exactly? Why are we so limited by fear? What is it that truly keeps us captivated? What is it that truly imprisons our spirit and our being?

I ponder these questions as they churn in my mind. I contemplate the human life existence, as an American citizen and a human being. I rummage through the attic in my mind as I search for clarity. I review the memories I treasure and I discard those that have decayed.

Freedom.... I examine the word and the meaning of FREEDOM :"The quality or state of being free; the absence of necessity, coercion or restraint in choice or action" (Merriam-Webster Online). I ask myself what this word means to me in my own definition and I would have to say that Freedom to me is based on, "Choice". A "Choice" to be free by means of my thoughts, my actions and deeds. Freedom to me is valued more than money, gold or pocessions. Freedom is like good health. When we take care of ourselves physically and mentally, we thrive in life. When we have freedom, of mind and spirit, we thrive in life as well. Freedom is a healthy state of mind, that we must give ourselves permission to possess.

We are each responsible for our own being. No one else makes choices for us without our permission. I invite you to give yourself permission to align yourself in the light of God, as you put down your shield and armor. Freedom is as easy as a choice. Freedom, in my opinion, is also based on Good and Bad. What I mean by this is that we are all conditioned to believe one way or another. We are all born with freedom, although, some may feel the need to abuse this freedom. Let me dig deeper to explain what I mean. If we are born with choice, and we are raised and conditioned to believe and think one way rather than another, we will tend to express ourselves in words and actions by how we have been conditioned. Lets take for example the child that grows up in an abusive home verses a loving home. The child grows to understand that their environment in which they have grown up in, is considered safe in their mind. Regardless of abuse or not. It is a conditioning. However, an innate belief system that we are in alignment with , guides us to know our truth. To understand Freedom, is to appreciate with gratitude the ability to make choices freely . To make choices that align with our higher good. To make choices that in turn honor and respect ourselves and those around us. We are each created in the image of God. His main ingredient in creating us is LOVE. Freedom is a gift we give ourselves by choice.


Fear..... I examine the word FEAR verses LIMITATION. What is it that I fear?, I ask myself. I ponder this word. What do you fear? Fear is defined differently for each person. Fear is; "A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain etc., the feeling or condition of being afraid." (dictionary.reference.com). As for my interpretation, fear is based on the limitations we create for ourselves, based on our conditioning and experiences. The boundaries that we set for ourselves are the limitations that we create for ourselves. Limitations are what mark our boundaries. We are each programmed and conditioned to be who we are. For each person, limitations and fear differ. There is truly no wrong or right fear. It is really based on life experiences. A big key word in the definition of fear is that it is an EMOTION. Emotions are conditioned beliefs. Emotions of any kind can be examined and altered by choice. I invite you to take a look at you and see where you have limitations and fears. Find understanding within yourself . For you are the only one that sets the limitations for you.

Captivation....defined as: " To influence and dominate by some special charm."(Merriam-Webster Online). What is it that influences you? Who influences you? I examine these questions myself. What is it that influences me? I answer this with a pure open heart, as I have to admit that respect, love and ambition is what influences me. I influence me. I am my greatest teacher, my bestest friend and my lifelong companion. I realize I am speaking in the third person. But truly, it is truth. Just like you will be with you for the rest of your life. Yes, we can get into the subject of religion and God, however this article is not focused on religion or God. God is and always will be in my heart and mind, yet for another article. As my focus is on understanding the human psyche and behaviors.

Getting back to captivation; in my opinion we program our belief systems by what we feed our heart and soul and mind . It is how we nurture ourselves. "We are what we eat", is how the saying goes and so it is.

I have read that our heart is stronger than our mind and that our heart truly knows our truce. Yet what we feed our mind with is what we base our understanding of existence on. There seems to be a silent battle at times, between the heart and the mind. When we are able to be in silence, we find our peace that exists with an open heart. The heart knows best ;0)

So what is it that truly imprisons our spirit? Is it the human body? Is it the heart or the mind? I ponder these questions. Possibly the answer is all of the above. Possibly to live a life of Freedom is truly based on our understanding of what freedom means to you and me. Possibly Freedom, when in alignment with our truce, is the greatest gift we give ourselves as we inspire those around us.

Written by LEGold


FREEDOM


Love the life you lead

There is no reason to beg and plead.

You are the writer,

The main character who plays the lead.


God is the boss

You are at no loss

When you trust in your source


Birds of a feather flock together

As you nurture your mind and spirit for better

Being responsible for whatever tether

Freedom is a choice of weather

Not a garment made of leather


Bonded by choice

No need to fear my dear

Freedom is your right

Speak up so all can hear!


Written by LEGold












Sounds of Freedom

"Let Freedom ring"

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Absolutely brilliant - you've nailed it. To be free from artificial restraints, the capacity to exercise a will that has been freed from those constraints, and the ability to express mind, body and Spirit free from the judgements of arbitrary authority certainly help to make that blessed state all the more real.To be unshackled from all forms of slavery to be able to serve with a happy heart, and to give, share, and enjoy all of the rights, and qualities associated with its membership certainly bolsters its timeless appeal.

      Clickety-click, and sharing!

      Pleased to make your acquaintance LEGold, and have a wonderful day;

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Lisa Eva Gold 3 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you kindly Romeo's Quill!

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this reflection. You hit on some important points.

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      Lisa Eva Gold 3 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you Mgatter99. Hope all is well, and I appreciate your feedback.

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      FitnezzJim 3 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      "I invite you to give yourself permission to align yourself in the light of God, as you put down your shield and armor." In the New Testament, there is a passage about shield and armour that I always think of, towards the end of Ephesians.

      You touched briefly on knowing for yourself what you value most, and knowing what your own goals are. Freedom is about being able to pursue those goals, while maintaining your own set of values, and consciously choosing when to compromise those values to reach your goal. Freedom is about being able to live to what matters most for you.

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      Lisa Eva Gold 3 years ago from South Florida

      Absolutely! Thank you for your comments and support: 0)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      St. Paul had quite a bit to say about freedom. It is our choice. I really enjoyed reading your hub - a great write.

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      Lisa Eva Gold 3 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you BlossomSB :0)

      Yes, I believe even as far back as biblical times, the soul has always been free. Our mind seems to think it has control, and our human nature tends to be intrigued by temptation. However, our hearts know best, when we align ourselves to our moral values and inspirational belief system and lean upon the good Lord.

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      David Charles 3 years ago from New York

      brilliant, fate is a compilation of freedom

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      Lisa Eva Gold 3 years ago from South Florida

      Thank you foemeno! Yes...Fate is the unseen that we believe in.

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