True freedom has to do with the human spirit — it is the freedom to be who we really are.
We all say we want freedom. But how do we get it, do we have it now, who stops us from being free? We blame the government, we blame the weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God. Who really stops us from being free? We stop ourselves. What does it really mean to be free? Sometimes we get married and we say that we lose our freedom, then we get divorced and we are still not free. What stops us? Why can’t we be ourselves and allow ourselves to live with a sense of freedom?
We have memories of long ago, when we used to be free and we loved being free, but we have forgotten what freedom really means.
If we see a child who is two or three, perhaps four years old, we find a free human. Why is this human free? Because this human does whatever he or she wants to do. The human is completely wild. Just like a flower, a tree, or an animal that has not been domesticated — wild! And if we observe humans who are two years old, we find that most of the time these humans have a big smile on their face and they’re having fun. They are exploring the world. They are not afraid to play. They are afraid when they are hurt, when they are hungry, when some of their needs are not met, but they don’t worry about the past, don’t care about the future, and only live in the present moment.
Let’s give it another try, own our freedom, living in it now.
From Chapter Six of the best seller, FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz – The Toltec Path to Freedom.