The first insight that will open the book of daily insights deals with freedom.
In Hebrew, the word freedom’s root means to search, therefore, freedom is not a goal to attain as a material possession would be but rather freedom is the product of painstaking search that incorporates both psychological wonderment….??? and external circumstances.
We believe that freedom means our ability to do anything we desire. Freedom, from that outlook, is nothing but a personal trap. We might move between one goal that we attained to another we wish to attain and another and another goal. The race after the alleged freedom turns into a grueling journey.
From classical literature we are familiar with Don Juan chasing after skirts… every woman becomes the next goal and in reality he conquers personal goals and channels himself according to desires that he sets.
Freedom is the cultivation of a relevant reaction to what happens. It is also mastery of the words we utter, awareness of inner feelings and the ability to nourish serenity. Freedom is everything we have reached with great effort while maintaining a continuous inner and outer dialogue.
Most of the time, serenity is a product of positive events and good times. When the wheel of chance turns and bad times appear a false sense of serenity disappears immediately while real serenity withstands all turbulence.
The cultivation of freedom is a daily exercise to restore serenity without any reliance on what’s happening around us.
The word REALITY in Hebrew means to find. Reality is not one dimensional. It will uncover it’s secrets to the one who wishes to explore it’s infinite complexity. On the other hand, it will reveal a veiled dimmed mirror to the one that interprets it according to his own personal views and wishes.
The one that lives in reality based only on his thoughts, wishes or fears and sees it according to a personal psychological screen is akin to a dream from which you either wake up or not.
On the other hand, freedom in the sense of cultivating and instilling serenity that is not dependant on anything, enables experiencing the world minute by minute as if moving on a wave that appears, froths, disappears only to allow for a new one to arrive.
Freedom, therefore, is the paradoxical ability of building a psychological space devoid of personal feelings and views thus allowing the experience of infinite shades of reality.
Instead of being solely self absorbed and cut off from the world and reality, one learns to restrain personal reactions, dreams, hopes, and thus gets reborn everyday to a new horizon.