Today in the US, we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the day when the US citizens declared their freedom from British rule. Of course things didn’t end there as the Revolutionary War had only just begun and continued to be fought until 1783. It took a little over 7 years for the US to actually gain its independence.
But, as we all know, the “war” for freedom continues. Here at Authentic Freedom, we are concerned about the any limitations to human freedom in our world, but more importantly, we acknowledge that TRUE FREEDOM can only be known from within. Authentic Freedom is defined here as a persistent and enduring sense of peace, contentment and joy that is INDEPENDENT of the external circumstances in our lives. This truth has remained self-evident throughout human history – women, men and children who have been able to find peace within themselves even in the face of some of the most dire experiences of the human condition. They found this peace by detaching from the externals and drawing their attention within…..deep within in their connection with Self (that which some call “God”).
My invitation for us today is three-fold:
1)To continue our work on cultivating inner freedom.
2) To read and reflect on the documents which set forth the ideas of freedom in our country and in the world.
3)To pray for all the people in our world who are suffering because of the infringements on their own personal freedom and dignity.