We Are Not Where We Are: Real Freedom
Edited and republished from Nov. 2009
I had an epiphany the other day. Something I thought I knew became suddenly and exceedingly clear, like I never really understood it before. It seems a simple thing and at the same time deeply complex.
I thought I “knew” this thing and I guess I did. I guess, though, I never believed it. And funny thing is, when I think I know something, it’s been my experience, I assume that I believe it. But in the subconscious is where true belief lives and there are way too many contrary barkings there telling me to think otherwise. Life can pile on one negative layer of presumption after another that we can barely see the morning sun for the fog.
I always remember Victor Frankl’s words that the one thing the Germans, while perpetuating the Holocaust during WWII, could never take away from any prisoner was their free will of thought–what was in their heart. The ones that understood this, believed it, got along much better than those that didn’t. I would have been in this latter group until most recently. Now, though, I understand that “we are not where we are.”
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, And we never even know we have the key.”
I’m Already Gone
It’s the idea of “freedom”; without the realization that I am free I cannot create, I cannot be true to who I am. It is reality that we are unique and separate from our place; it has always been true.