The Freedom Trap – What You Don’t Know Could Enslave You

The universe in which we live is bi-polar. It has two sides. Electric current, for example, operates on positive and negative charges – two aspects of one energy stream. In fact, what is there in this creation that does not have its flip side? Coins are a great analogy of this bi-polar aspect of creation because they’re very familiar to us and we all use them as part of our monetary exchange system. Coins obviously have two sides: heads [obverse] and tails [reverse]. Freedom also has two sides. One we know about but what about its opposite side? What is the flip side of the freedom coin? Let’s take a look because not knowing what’s on the backside of freedom can actually enslave us… or worse.

Freedom is normally thought of as “license carte blanche.” In other words, the allowance of people to do whatever they please as long as city, state, federal and national laws are not broken. But what about spiritual laws? Seldom does man think of them. Yet, they trump human laws and are given almost no consideration in the exercising of freedom.

One aspect of this bi-polar world is the law of action and reaction or cause and effect. Illustrated very simply, if we throw a ball against a wall, the ball bounces back. The throwing is the action and the cause; the ball’s bouncing back is the reaction and the effect. This fundamental law of cause and effect, action and reaction, is also called karma. Those of a religious and spiritual mindset understand this as the law of sowing and reaping which every Saint and Mystic has taught and will continue to teach.

When we create an action, even if it’s a thought, the energy of that thought or action is placed onto the energetic Circle of Life. Eventually that energy circles back to encircle us with positive or negative results. It can either free us or enslave us. Garbage in, garbage out; health in, health out; hate in, hate out; love in, love out.

So here’s the rub – if we create actions that are in violation of spiritual laws, those actions circle back to us in the form of reactions. What goes around, comes around. Therefore, in consideration of karmic law, uncontrolled freedom is an immense liability and potential danger. Freedom should not be defined as “license carte blanche,” but action taken in consideration of consequence. “Cause and Consequence” is just another way of saying “cause and effect.” In reality there is no such thing as freedom defined as doing anything we want, especially in relation to spiritual laws, rules and regulations because every action has a consequence. In its proper definition, discipline and self-control are critical to freedom. As the famed mathematician, scientist and philosopher, Pythagoras, said: No man is free who cannot control himself. In other words, if we allow ourselves to get out of control, we will not be free, and could even become enslaved by our own uncontrolled and undisciplined actions.

For example, people are free to consume as much alcohol as they choose. There are civil laws against its intoxication, but what about the karmic affects that extend beyond civil laws, such as spiritual laws and health-oriented laws? Continued consumption of alcohol sans [without] discipline and restraint may well lead to alcohol addiction. A person may say to himself, “I’m free. I’ll drink as much as I want.” However, drinking too much will create potentially harmful, negative and destructive physical, mental, financial, emotional, familial and social conditions. The person who was at one time free to consume this freely available destructive and deadly poison now becomes enslaved by it with the potential of not just hurting himself or herself, but hurting, damaging, destroying and even killing others. All this because of an unenlightened understanding of freedom. Although this misuse of alcohol is only one example, it is easy to draw upon it to understand how an incomplete perception of freedom can, indeed, lead to slavery. We may be free to act, but we are not free in escaping the consequences of our actions. In effect, our actions bind us, and can potentially enslave us. How hard is it, for example, for an alcoholic to rid himself of the chains of his alcoholic enslavement, chains which were acquired under the guise of freedom of choice?

In summation, no one is truly free in the sense he or she can do whatever he or she wants to do. Why? Because every cause has a consequence; every action a reaction. Acting in too free a manner will ultimately lead to slavery of one kind or another. Therefore, discipline and self-control are obligatory when it comes to that beautiful ideal and state of being we call freedom. So what is it that we should know about freedom to prevent us from being enslaved?

Answer: the opposite side of freedom is slavery. We become enslaved when we do not exhibit enough wisdom to consider the consequences of our actions before we execute those actions or enough temperance when executing them to keep us balanced, secure and safe. To insure our own safety and well-being, as well as that of others, we must always consider the consequences of our actions before we execute them and then use discipline and restraint when we do execute them.

Copyright Richard Andrew King
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