Fear and Freedom

I think we really don't know what freedom is. We talk about it. We claim to experience it. But do we really know what it is? I've become aware of the fact that we can claim to be free when it is very obvious we are not. We might think we are free. We might feel like we are free. But we don't realize that we are in fact in some kind of bondage. We are not free, and we don't have the discernment to understand the insidious nature of our bondage, and we don't have the language to articulate this bondage.

Fear often blinds us. I've often said that fear is a gift to prevent us from harm. Fear is good sometimes. If I'm walking along a path in my wife's home state of Alabama and I see a snake a few feet away, my immediate reaction is to leap backwards. Fear can prevent physical harm in such situations. But I also think fear applies to our primitive reluctance to walk into freedom. We know, intuitively, the cost of such freedom. We know that it means leaving some comforts and securities behind. It means walking into a pathless land beyond theology, doctrine, rituals, tradition, norms and custom.

Which explains why we can be so wrapped up in our theologies, etc., and think and feel like we are free. It is because they provide a warm security against the truth of reality which seems brutal, cold and fearful to us. The truth is, the beauty of Truth and Love lies beyond our fears. It takes courage, insight and honesty to move into this place beyond fear.


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