Increasing interior freedom

For a while now I have been thinking about interior freedom. It has been on my mind since I was in a large auditorium in Santa Fe being addressed by Roshi Joan Halifax.

The quality of her presence pervaded the entire space. The peacefulness of her being was palpable. It occurred to me then, that the key just might be interior freedom.

More recently, reading some of Cynthia Bourgeault’s work I am finding the same compelling draw to something beyond that which I currently know. And again I find myself thinking of interior freedom.

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements suggests that one of element in the quest for personal freedom is to ‘be impeccable with your word’. This means:

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of the word in the direction of truth and love.

It is a powerful formula. One which will be challenging, daily.

My own particular challenge is to risk voicing what I need. Even today I found myself stumbling. I found myself struggling to articulate a need which I knew was unlikely to be burdensome in any significant way. But still, to speak a need in the midst of the living of this day was not easy.

For me then, I suppose I need to add an additional clause – something like ‘to dare to speak my own need.’

Not because I expect it to be met, but because I need to learn to own that truth.

6 thoughts on “Increasing interior freedom

  1. I agree with Claire. If we increase our own interior freedom, we will be able to be present to others with much greater intentionality and freedom. Thank you very much for sharing this.

  2. ‘Daring to speak your own need’ is a challenge. Maybe some people find it easy but I think many do not risk because it leaves us vulnerable. One author wrote that a characteristic of a potential leader is one who can speak (gently) when it contradicted the flow: whether this was offering an alternative opinion or witnessing to their faith. I suspect that ‘speaking of need’ also requires the same boldness. I’m a long way from that yet although God has been nudging me for a year.. but I drag my feet. I hope that others learn more quickly than me!

    • Dear Stephanie – I am always deeply encouraged to know that others are trying to overcome the same issues I face. Thanks for sharing!

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