I’m present to the principle of Freedom today: without limitation, able to do and be in the way that naturally rises up intrinsically. Freedom isn't in a thing outside of you. It resides within you.
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I think back to when I first picked up a gun…not the Super Soakers we had in the 90s, but a real firearm with bullets.
Which was nuts, because I grew up as a pacifist Mennonite! No one I knew had a gun or wanted anything to do with a gun. The topic felt hot and off-limits; definitely wrong.
When something is hot, off-limits, and perceived as wrong it is often blanketed in FEAR.
The topic of firearms and guns were definitely cloaked in fear for me. I was quick to judge anyone that supported the NRA, had bumper stickers about 2nd Amendment rights, or carried, concealed or not. Those people were a way that I did not want to be associated with. I shook my head at stories about children setting off a loaded gun. So sad, yes, but more than concern for any injury caused were the heaps of judgment I easily dumped on the adults who allowed the scenario to even exist. Arguments about gun rights and mass shootings felt black and white to me: GUNS = BAD. So keep them as far from me as possible and, ideally, get rid of them altogether. Period.
Except...That doesn't actually get to the root of anything. It is like a bandaid on the stump of an appendage that got blown off. Bad analogy? Perhaps.
As long as we relate in the surface, we will stay in the surface. Without presence, knowledge and experience, it is very difficult to be anywhere other than the surface. Without presence, knowledge and experience, it is very difficult to be anywhere other than in fear and judgement.
While part of me wanted to keep guns away from me at all costs, another part knew that it was fear powering that push. That part knew FREEDOM was on the other side of FEAR.