“Are You Free?” – This is a question I continuously ask myself.
It’s a soul searching question that is constantly evolving, constantly changing, and with age, it becomes ever more important.
As humans, we all desire freedom.
In fact, freedom may just be the #1 desire most people have, yet few truly know what it means or obtains it.
I’m not talking about freedom in just the academic sense…
I’m talking about real freedom that can only be experienced by the inner joy and peace it brings.
So I ask you, “Are YOU free?”
What is Freedom?
Freedom is one those things that will be defined differently, by different people, based on their age, life experiences, and by the nature of their expectations.
For instance, one person may define freedom by the rules and laws of the country that they reside in.
Another person in that same “free country” may define freedom in a much more specific manner that pertains to their own personal goals, likes and dislikes.
When I think about freedom, I examine it from 4 perspectives:
- Freedom of Mind
- Freedom of Body
- Freedom of Work
- Freedom of Finance
Let’s examine this closer…
Freedom of Mind
For me, freedom of the mind is probably the most important as it is really the core facilitator of the other 3 aspects of freedom.
Freedom of the mind involves your thoughts, intuition, and the actions that follow.
Your mind governs all things related to you, because of this it is ultra important that you protect what goes into it.
What do I mean?
From the time you wake up in the morning, to the time you go to sleep, people and circumstances are all vying for your mind.
- The News
- Family Members
These are all things that demand your attention, provoke your actions, and require your mind.
So the next question is, “Are your thoughts, really YOUR thoughts?”
Have you ever stopped to think about WHY you think a certain way on a particular subject?
Many times with some self-reflection, you will find that your thoughts are not really your thoughts, they are someone else’s.
A lot of times, the things we say and think are merely a regurgitation of what we have read, heard, or been told.
While communication, insight and the wisdom of others is important, we have to be careful with what we accept into our psyche.
Protecting your mind and authenticating your thoughts, is a delicate process that requires constant reflection, conscious awareness and diligence to be successful at it.
I find morning meditation is a great way to start the day.
Freedom of Body
Is your body free?
Let me ask you a question…
Are you able to travel freely, live freely (independent of any harmful addictions), and express yourself without restriction?
Do you know how to apply these different laws to your benefit?
These are some questions to ask yourself.
True freedom of the body starts in the mind by first gaining correct knowledge of yourself. It is only by learning about yourself that you can then began to understand the world you live in, and how the many different laws on earth either do or do not apply to you.
Additionally, you must learn and apply your own personal laws regarding:
- Foods you eat
- Health and Exercise
- Words you speak, etc.
As the ancient proverb inscribed on the temple at Luxor, in Egypt state:
Man Know Thyself
Freedom of the body is your God given right. Just remember, you must first learn about your rights and how to secure them to realize true freedom of the body.
There’s an old saying…
If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.
Think about it.
Freedom of Work
Let’s talk about joy.
Do you enjoy your work?
Are you excited every morning you wake up to go to work?
Are you happy and fulfilled with your day to day existence?
Freedom of work involves doing something constructive with your life that brings you daily happiness and fulfillment.
Personally, freedom of work has been an area I’ve been working towards for many years.
I have tried many different types of businesses, thinking I would enjoy it, only to find out there was something “missing” from either the happiness, fulfillment, or the money part of it.
Regarding work, there are 2 things I believe:
- Life is too precious to spend the majority doing work you hate just to be “financially successful”.
- We live in a system that teaches most of us to work for other people and not ourselves. (Get the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad).
Do you wish you could be doing something you love every day and get paid to do it?
Confucius once said…
Choose a job you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Finding that right balance of happiness, fulfillment, and pay in your work is what freedom of work is all about.
To find your perfect “Freedom of Work” may take some time, but don’t stop searching for it until you find it. Life is way too special to accept anything less.
Freedom of Finance
Are you financially free?
I define Freedom of Finance as having the ability to:
- Travel where you want, when you want
- Live in a home that suits all of your spiritual and physical needs
- Eat the best foods regardless of cost everyday
- Being able to make money even when you sleep (think automated sales systems and investments)
Financial freedom is the 4th version of freedom because it falls in line with successfully fulfilling the first 3 aspects of freedom.
Without freedom of mind, body, and work…financial freedom will not bring you a level joy that is long lasting.
As humans, we all have basic needs and desires, such as:
- Good Health, etc.
In my opinion, financial freedom makes everything else in your life even better.
Creating and feeling joy within yourself should always be your first goal. It is from this mental state you will be able to attract the wealth you desire.
Keep in mind, not everyone needs or desires a lot of money to be happy. In fact, for some financial wealth is an after-thought (and that’s perfectly ok).
For those who DO desire some form of wealth in this life’s experience, I encourage you to learn more about the law of attraction (Read, Think & Grow Rich), visualization, and the importance of daily meditation.
What To Do Next
Everyone of us desires freedom.
In order to create your version of freedom, start off by writing down the following in a notebook:
- What do you really want out of your life physically and emotionally?
- What do you want to accomplish and experience in this lifetime before you die?
- How would you feel if you did in fact accomplish these life goals?
List your goals out in a number list (eg. 1., 2., 3., etc.).
Next, take your lists and prioritize your life goals in order of importance.
Next, write down a plan on how you can begin working toward accomplishing each goal.
(Are there classes you want to take, people you can reach out to for help, books you should buy?)
This is the exact thing I recently did and I found it to be a very liberating process.
It’s amazing to actually visualize yourself doing all of the things you’ve always wanted to do but never really thought was possible.
I’ve found that a lot of times we put limitations on ourselves due to a lack of money, time, and what we think of as “our reality”.
Time is precious, start creating your list today.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
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