7 Keys To Spiritual Freedom
“The price of freedom is simply choosing to be, liberation is in the mind” – Buddha
How does it feel to be free? What does freedom mean to you? How can you truly be free?
Freedom is essential to our human nature and a condition for happiness and well-being. Liberty and true happiness are paramount to moral living. Trapped in fear and abandoning freedom, we create our own prison. Whether living in bondage from the past, indulging in self-condemning thoughts or limiting self-imposed constraints and beliefs, we inhibit our capacity to be free and realize our true potential. When we are free from fear, we feel in control of ourselves and aspire to become the best we can be.
Spiritual freedom, natural freedom that does not have to be earned or sought-after, ultimately guides us toward optimum personal growth and self-discovery. A freedom mindset informs how we feel, think and respond to ourselves and the world around us. When we know what is right and true, we release struggle and move gracefully with the flow of life. Creating true happiness and liberty sustains moral freedom with rules of conduct to live in harmony and do what is right and good beyond selfish motives for pleasure and personal gain. In the context of interdependence, it gives us a greater sense of community where we contribute to and understand how our collective and individual decisions impact humanity.
Through the lens of spiritual freedom, we can change our outlook and perspective on life. Each one of us can seek inner freedom that liberates our spirit by abiding in truth and love. Spiritual freedom requires a deeper awareness and connection to the essence of our divine self. As quoted by Thich Nhat Hanh, “Freedom is not given to us by anyone, we have to cultivate it ourselves.” When we cultivate spiritual freedom, we become healthier, and happier and experience wholehearted connections with ourselves and others. The Seven Keys to Spiritual Freedom include: Freedom to be you, freedom of expression, freedom from emotional bondage, freedom of choice, freedom through connection, freedom through grace, and freedom through spiritual practice.
Freedom To Be You
“Freedom is being yourself without asking for permission” – Buddha
Freedom is taking the time to get to know and discover yourself. The centuries-old philosophical adage, “Know thyself” and the fundamental truth quoted from the Biblical scripture (John 8:32) “Know the truth and the truth will set you free”, both highlight the importance of living as a spiritual being inseparable from our divinity and higher aspiration of love. Owning the privilege to be who we truly are, the need for approval and acceptance based upon the faulty beliefs of unworthiness are disregarded. We reframe from comparing ourselves to others and fully embrace our entire being. Recognizing our strengths, imperfections and flaws are accepted without becoming slaves to them. Do what feels right and make yourself feel free. Rest upon the solid and eternal foundation of truth and let it take root in your life.
Freedom of Expression
“No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free” – Buddha
Speak your truth gently and courageously. Disarm fear by authentic self-expression. Through good and bad times, we experience a plethora of emotions. Creative avenues for healing, sharing experiences, and expressing feelings may include storytelling, poetry, singing, dancing, painting, and other art forms to release anxiety and tension. Looking at life from different vantage points can bring humor, laughter and joy that encourages and inspires others.
It is important to attend to our emotions and take the time to process our feelings in healthy ways. Be gentle with yourself as you move through life stages, phases, and transitions. Life is forward-moving. Be resilient and open to opportunities for spiritual growth, no matter how challenging. Acceptance and forgiveness of self and others release us from emotional bondage and helps us make peace with the past and with ourselves.
Freedom of Choice
“Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility in which we move with change” – Buddha
Each moment we are making choices on how we focus our attention. Be consciously aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions and take mindful pauses to shift and reset from those that are disempowering. Choose that which adds value to your life. As we let go of fear, we can make loving and healthy choices in the best interest of ourselves and others. Whether giving up a negative habit, detaching from a toxic relationship, or accepting what cannot be changed, we have free will and are responsible for our actions and decisions. Be resourceful and seek assistance and information from reliable sources that can inform sound decision-making. Know that there are options out of problem situations that can lead to a new perspective and positive outlook on life.
Freedom Through Connection
“You don’t meet people by accident. There’s always a reason. A lesson or a blessing” – Buddha
We grow and learn about ourselves within the context of relationships and connections with others. Whether a brief encounter or long-term relationship or a comfortable or uncomfortable interaction, these are opportunities for self-reflection, personal growth, and self-discovery. Our connections with others can change our lives. Many are suffering in despair and feel isolated and lonely. Our connection with others gives us a sense of community and add meaning to our lives. Reach out to others, volunteer, and take advantage of wholesome connections. You can learn something new, meet new people, and share your talents. Building healthy friendships and loving relationships begins with the relationship we have with ourselves.
Enlarging our sphere and connection with humanity requires us to step beyond our comfort zone and be open to more enriching life experiences. Being humble, respectful and honorable supports lifelong connections that impact our lives. Establish a code of conduct with the central them to do good and wish the best for all.
Freedom Through Grace
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most” – Buddha
Grace is the unseen power that lifts us out of the most dire and dreadful situations and circumstances. Reliance on divine support frees us from worry and solidifies our faith, trust and belief in a greater and higher power. The hand of grace is extended to guide, support, and uplift us during troubling times. Through grace we are assured of our divine connection and can move with ease through change. Bless each situation, and know that we can be better as a result of all we experience and encounter.
Freedom Through Spiritual Practice
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life” – Buddha
It is essential to establish a spiritual practice in our daily lives that sustains our overall well-being and helps us be present. This enriches your inner being and connects you with the true essence of your soul. Choose what resonates with your spirit, which may include: Yoga, meditation, prayer, nature walks, journaling, self-reflection, and/or gratitude practices.
Create positive affirmations and mantras. A simple affirmation such as, “I am free”, can be empowering. Some of these practices may not necessarily require set times. Be open to subtle revelations with intermittent insights during the day. Be mindful of the signs, synchronicities, and divine inspiration that will guide you on your way. Maintain a spiritual routine to enhance personal freedom and spiritual growth. Spiritual practice can help you achieve self-mastery, where you feel in control and live a peaceful, happy, and joyful life.
“Freedom begins with owning your flow” -Buddha
Cherish your life by adopting a freedom mindset. Flow with grace and ease. As the river flows over and beyond obstacles, so can we. Be who you truly are, release the chains of emotional bondage, express yourself fully, make healthy choices, and know that you have the gift of grace for divine support. Maintain and sustain a spiritual practice that will inspire you to live a life pleasing to yourself without harm to others, and gracefully guide you forward on your path. When we are free, we can realize our dreams, fulfill our potential, and contribute to the well-being of humanity.
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