Do We Really Understand Freedom?

We all want to be free but do we really understand freedom? To understand freedom we need to differentiate between our soul and our ‘I’ and understand how these two can beneficially work together. This is what I describe in my book “I Connecting.”

These words of Krishnamurti reveal the truth about freedom.

“Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.” Jiddu Krisnamurti

How would this work? Let’s unpack it. What is a reaction?

In my book “I Connecting” I discuss reactions as activities in our soul.

“The activities of our soul life include; impressions, perceptions, images, thinking, reasoning, judgments, instincts, impulses, wishes, intentions, hates, loves, emotion, feeling, beauty, joy, pleasure, mindfulness, remembering, inner conflict and tension, anxiety, sadness, vulnerability and loss of control. When any of these things occur in our life they are happening in our soul regions.”

We all know that when we are in the grip of any of these soul activities we are not free. It is hard to be objective and we are swept away by the tide of feelings. The only way we can be objective and experience true freedom is when our I-being connects with our soul. We are not free if our soul is the sole influencer oscillating between choices of loving or hating someone or something and so on.

As Krishnamurti says, “Freedom is not a choice.” Our I-being is the interested observer; it is not disengaged nor is it blindly engaged. We observe that we might gravitate towards love or hate but we don’t go there. This is the “choiceless awareness” and this gives us freedom.

Painting by Marjoleine Bruin – Love and Hate

1 Response

  1. Janie

    This is the best definition of freedom that I have ever encountered. I realize that I can appreciate (understand) this definition only because I have actually experienced moments of such freedom. Years ago, I would not have understood this definition of freedom, never realized it, yet.

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