What is real freedom?
It all begins in a biblical story where there is an eved ivri, a kind of servant, a bondsman who is allowed to go free on the seventh year of his servitude, the seventh year if his captivity but for a few reasons he chooses not to go free and instead of becoming a free men, he chooses to stay a slave of sorts.
What the Bible says is that if he’s choosing to become a slave or to rather stay in this state of servitude, he has to go to the doorpost and his master will have to bang an awl, a kind of nail, into his ear so there’s going to be a hole in his ear, effectively having his ear pierced. This is a sign saying that look, he’s chosen not to become completely free.
There may well have been good reasons. Perhaps he got married while he was in captivity. Maybe it is a very comfortable setup. it is more comfortable than going out into the world and he just prefers the captivity, prefers that state of being. We often hear within the jail system about people who are let free from jail, re-offend and then go back into jail.
PERSONAL LIBERATION, TODAY?
So my other question is how does this relate to you and more importantly how can we use this to gain a sense of liberation, a sense of freedom? Here is the idea. I would suggest that every single one of us has this sense of an internal save who chooses not to go free and we make this choice every day. Let’s just put that idea on the shelf. We’re going to come back to it in a moment. Now I want to take you on a short journey.
Imagine for a second, if you will, imagine the sense of freedom that you get when you’re on holiday. Now I’ve just come back from a two-week vacation in Thailand. It was amazing, beautiful. I rented this beach hut in a beautiful island called Ko Pha Ngan in southern Thailand.
It was a simple, wooden beach hut and a balcony looking out onto this bay. There was a hammock. I swung on the hammock, lay there and meditated, looked out at the sea, contemplated life and really tried to become as unproductive as I could. At the end of these two weeks, there was a profound sense of internal relaxation.
But imagine the feeling—you must have had this at some point—where you’ve been away, perhaps a beach holiday, perhaps it was a stay-cation at home but something where you haven’t been productive for a while and you just feel that sense of internal release.
Let’s tune into this for a second. Let’s take three deep breaths. Inhale and just focus on relaxing inside. You can close your eyes if you want. Inhale and as you breathe out, just allowing tension to drop, and then inhale again and again allow the tension to release. Just tap into that sense of quiet within, the sense of peace within your body, right away through your throat, through your chest, through your stomach.
Now let’s contrast it. How about the feeling of stress, the feeling of I’ve got to be productive, I’ve got to finish these emails off, I’ve got to reply to these text messages, I’ve got to do what the boss wants, I’ve got to get a report to a client, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to help the kids, I’ve got to help my partner?
Now get into state. Just imagine for a second whatever your most stressful thing is, your most pressing deadline, focus on that deadline for a minute. Focus on it. Hold it. Make it really big. Make it really colorful. It is like reverse NLP. Get the picture really big in your mind. Now how is your breathing?
REMEMBER TO BREATHE
I’m going to suggest most likely you’ve stopped breathing. Certainly, I have. So just feel how your internal organs feel. How’s your stomach? How’s your chest? How are your lungs? How are your kidneys? Probably not so good. So take a deep breath in and release. Breathe in and release.
Here is a comment which is not so profound but we can use it in a profound way should be choose. We have the opportunity to have that sense of freedom every day. We don’t need to go to Thailand. We don’t need to go to a beach but we can have that sense of release. Again, I’m going to tune you back into it. Imagine you’ve just been on the beach for two weeks. Breathe in and exhale and just fully release your internal organs. Well, don’t release your bowels. Just relax. Breathe in and breathe out. So get to that status of relaxation.
Now we can maintain this every single day or we can choose the servitude. We can choose to stay stressed. We can choose to carry out our tasks with a sense of stress or we can carry them out with a relaxation point. I had a point of revelation earlier this week. I was on the top of the car park, the parking lot for Macy’s on west side of Los Angeles and I just suddenly got it. There was something that my teacher said a couple of years ago. We can maintain our everyday life, we can continue our everyday life in a sense of tension or we can do the same tasks with a sense of relaxation, a sense of inner freedom.
So it doesn’t matter if you’re responding to emails, if you’re dealing with kids who’ve got demands, if you’re dealing with a difficult boss or challenging clients. You can make a choice to be free or the choice to be a slave, the choice to be a free person or you can have your ear effectively nailed to the doorpost.
Here is the challenge. This is a challenge for the weekend. This is a challenge for the year. it is a challenge for the rest of your life. You have liberation in front of you. You have the choice for freedom. The place to start is with the breath, is internally. Tune in. Inhale and as you exhale, feel the sense of liberation within sight. We don’t need to be like the eved ivri, this biblical servant who chose to stay in a form of servitude. If you access this freedom and it is your at any point of the day, any minute, any hour, any day of the year, that’s when you can tap into your deep resources, allow divine energy to flow with you, really get in harmony with nature and bring your talents out into the world.
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