What is every day were Independence Day? America is described as the land of the free and the home of the brave but exactly how free are we? Many are held bondage simply by their own thoughts and have difficulty embodying the concept that nothing outside of us has any power over us. A point of reflection may be the life of the great African Nelson Mandela who spent many years incarcerated in an effort to end apartheid. While his body was in jail his mind remained at peace. Ironically at this moment it is reported he is on life support as his family fights to regain the corpses of his children that were dug from their graves and taken by a grandson. really?
The doctors urge the family to pull the plug and “end his suffering”. Perhaps his suffering ended long ago and his physical body is only creating suffering for the others.
What is freedom? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines freedom as, a: the quality or state of being free, the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action, b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another, independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care>, d : ease, facility .
Is it possible to fight and be free? For to fight is to engage in struggle and surrender has been deemed cowardice. Freedom is achieved when the struggle is over. Surrender and letting go may be the hardest things to do and yet they are usually synonymous with some type of fight, the greatest of which happens in mans’ mind. Freedom begins within and expresses outwardly. As Mandela lays in hospital room on life support perhaps he is oblivious to any suffering. Is that not the ultimate freedom? Thank you for teaching us that freedom can be a state of consciousness. We are as free as we think, or are we?
While apartheid supposedly has ended it leaves behind remnants that can need to be healed. Racism has evolved as much as technology and the scab may be getting picked at. The Travon Martin case is an open wound and the case of Paula Dean begs us to take a closer look within. On the surface everything is sweet as peach cobbler but open the cupboards and behind the cans of peas are we really living in a space of love and freedom, or are we half baked? In his speech to Labour’s Annual Conference in 2000 Nelson Mandela speaks about the shrinking of our Globe with advancement of communication and technology, and the necessity to “become the keepers of our brothers” in this Global World. Thank you Mandela!
Today I consciously choose to be free, letting go of any and all limiting thoughts and conditions. I am grateful for all that freedom God has provided and I love life. I hold a place of freedom abundance and love in my heart and mind for everyone I encounter as I do for myself.
The late Supreme Court Judge Louis Brandeis once said many years ago, “Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”
Happy Birthday America! God Bless us all…