Freedom means to leave everything as it is.
Freedom is what awakening is all about. It is the realisation that the unthinkable is entirely possible and at that even within reach. It is right there, here in front of us – complete and indestructible Freedom for everybody.
The only question is are we up to recognise it – and live it.
In my own story, I think I have been a freedom junkie from the day I was born (or so I have been told). I was known as the one who wanted it differently and I wanted it my way. Freedom meant to me to be independent, self-sufficient and unbound by anything or anyone. The pursuit of this personal freedom is the “theme” of my life, it is in my nature, I never wanted anything else and I lived it to my best ability.
And then there comes the day one does realise that this kind of freedom comes at a price: enormous struggle
What I mean is not so much the effort of achieving the things that are the basis of that kind of material and personal freedom. What I mean is getting so attached to the idea of “I am free”, that this fixation conditions a tremendous and largely unconscious effort to control everything on the inside or outside that seems to threaten this make-believe identity of being free.
I am telling this story because in some ways I am an extreme. I have been able to achieve pretty much everything I put my mind on and I created a life full of surprises and success. A really good life, designed according to my own taste and ability, lived as an adventure with the satisfaction of achievements. I never really missed anything I did not have or could not get, in fact it did not even occur to me that I actually did miss something.
What I missed was the consequence of making conscious choices. It is really not possible to give preference for one over the other, as there is an equivalent inherent in everything. All I knew was breaking out from constraint, so I simply did not understand how to yield. If there is strength, there is weakness and one is inherent in the other. In fact, one is the other.
This is the deeper meaning of “no effort” – it means to allow for the equivalent of each choice to be in our life, as opposed to struggle against it. To yield and break free are a pair. They are polarity like yin and yang, male and female, love and freedom – and they are actually the same thing.
And this is what we are there to discover. There is no polarity – love and freedom are just two expressions of the same.
No choice necessary, no struggle or effort, just acceptance that there is no need to control or suppress or deny.
Just leave everything as it is, is simply a change in perspective.