Freedom to many means having the ability to do what you want when you want. For others freedom means getting out of a country where draconian laws limit what you can do. At the same time freedom might mean getting out prison. While these are true aspects of freedom there is another and it comes from the inside not the outside.  I am referring to being free of hate, resentment, anger, and fear.

Nelson Mandela was in prison for over two decades, yet inside his mind and heart he was free.  Being behind bars did not keep him from freeing himself of hate.  No he loved his people and never gave up hope or faith.   This inner belief made him free.

I dare to say there are millions of people that live freely but are actually are imprisoned by their minds and way of thinking.  Negative emotions and lack of love are invisible bars yet they are inescapable. In order to be truly free people must learn to love themselves and others. Only then can individuals experience life at its fullest and truly be free.

Our egos and pressure from society do their best to keep hate, anger, and fear active in our minds and in so doing keep us imprisoned. The key to real freedom is in everyone’s reach.  All they need to do is look within themselves and face their fears, anger, feelings of being separate and of hate. By acknowledging these traits they can be overcome and be replaced with love, surrender and forgiveness.

Love concurs all obstacles. Surrender does not mean giving up but realizing what was and what is….  Forgiving yourself and others for what has happened in your life is how you unlock the gates that hold you back.

I know this is easier said than done but the effort is worth it. If you feel like your not free invest the time in yourself and you will be rewarded.  There are ways to get help doing this.  I started by reading books written by Echart Tolle and Michael Bernard Beckwith. Then I checked out websites and blogs on spirituality, living in the now, and being present.  If I can do it, you can too.  So invest some time in yourself and become free.