This is the eve of Independence Day in the United States. It seems like a perfect time to pause and reflect on the meaning of freedom. Freedom is a word that has a lot of shades of meaning. Here are a couple of different perspectives on what it means to me.
Freedom on a community scale is also called liberty. This is characterized by the 2 Laws:
1. Do everything you have agreed to do. This is the basis for civil Law.
2. Do not encroach on other people or their property. This is the basis for civil and criminal law.
Freedom is the state where everyone – including the government- generally follows the 2 Laws. (Generally means that a system exists where those violating the laws are held accountable)
Tyranny is the state where the government ignores the 2 Laws
Chaos is the state where no one follows the 2 Laws.
History shows that the more liberty a society has (and there is no case of perfect freedom that I know of) peace, prosperity and a generally rising standard of living is the norm for that society.
How free is the United States by this criterea?
Thanks to Richard Maybury for teaching me the 2 Laws.
The 4 Agreements is a personal code of conduct that liberates the individual on every level. This is a set of agreements that you make with yourself:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
This gives you freedom from remembering your own lies.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
This gives you freedom from the opinions of others and the need to impress others
3. Don’t Make Assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
This gives you freedom from misunderstandings and false assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
This gives you freedom from your inner judge.
Thanks to Don Miguel Ruiz for sharing this wisdom with us!
May you find peace and independence this as we enter the year’s second half!
Next week, we will begin examining Abundance.