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what does it mean to be free?

ramblings of a mad man

original text in spanish: link

Being free is a state of being. It’s this unconscious capacity to be where we find it toughest to be: inside ourselves. Being free is about acknowledging, in every moment, in every place, that there’s a decision that can be made inside one, whose consequences are one’s mental state—the approach through which one confronts life. Being free means having no fictitious limits built by the mind. It’s having the tangible, lucid capacity to fully surrender to what’s occurring right here, right now, in this place. To be free is to have the ability to encounter oneself. To recognize oneself. To open up. To carve a path. To find oneself on the path. To recognize oneself on that path. To confront the path. And to transform into the path. I am free to the extent that I transform into the path. I am free to the extent that I embrace that path. I am free insofar as every moment becomes a vehicle for recognizing myself on the path, for exploring myself on the path, for manifesting myself on the path, to see that I am also that path. The path I seek to tread... it’s already within me. I already am it. That path, I am it already, it’s within me, and to the extent that I develop the conscious capacity to embrace everything that comes from recognizing that what is within me is a gift... I can progress. I can believe. I can manifest. I can be here, now, and feel free. To be free is to advance towards understanding, towards manifestation, towards encounter. Towards space. Towards recognition. Towards the embrace. Towards that tender, warm embrace that leads me to rest. That helps me understand that I already have everything. That everything is already here. And that the only thing left is to have it here, in me. To be free is to recognize myself as what I am. As what I have. As what brings me joy. As what embraces me. I realize all of this, I embrace it, and I am free insofar as I rest in the understanding of responsibility. I am free when I take responsibility for my decisions. I am free when I take responsibility for what I bring. For what I am. For how it affects me. And how it affects all those around me. I am free to the extent that I recognize the immense gift that is life, and to the extent that I am here, now, recognizing that it is a gift to see the flags waving in the wind. That it is a gift to hear my baby cry because he wants his bottle. I am free when I recognize that the bird that squawks is also me. I am free when I recognize that there lies a beauty. An encounter. A being. A walking. I am free when I recognize that walk. I am free when I embrace that walk. I am free when I participate in that walk, and see it here. In front of me. I have it in front of me. I am free when I am in front of myself and I say: life is a gift. Everything I have is a gift. Everything that embraces me, that constitutes me. Everything I have. Everything that is. Everything that warms me. Everything that is retained. Everything that exists. I am free because I recognize it. Thank you.

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