Divine energy nourishes you, heals you, and brings God into your mind and body. Enlightenment moves you, awakens your Soul, and firmly grounds you in all you do. Your energy creates your life experiences; your being is only love and light.
Sometimes in order to move past something, to let it go and make space for something new, there requires exposure—finding that thing, becoming aware of it, looking at it without judgement, but looking at it, recognizing it for what it is.
This is a Journey of Freedom. Why in the world do I need a Journey of Freedom? Seriously. I live in “the land of the free,” I work at a good job, I love my family and friends…there are a whole lot of people physically, mentally, financially, worse off than I am and yet here I am, writing about wanting freedom? What right do I have to want this? What is making me think I need a Journey of Freedom in the first place? Can’t I just be happy how I am, where I am?
I’ve been looking at this. What is this? Am I conflicted about whether I deserve Freedom? Do I think just because I am not “as bad off” as some people, I should not want more? What do I really hope to accomplish? What is Freedom?
As I think about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, I think they have it. Whatever it is…whatever “freedom” is…they have it. It’s that freedom that I want.
But what is it? They were slaves. By all accounts, they were not free. They were thrown into the lion’s den and the furnace, for praying after it had been outlawed and for not bowing down to an idol, respectively. That’s all it took to face death: praying and not bowing. Praying and bowing are such small things….why didn’t they just pray and bow instead of facing death? What were they thinking?
What were they thinking? What did they know that people today don’t know? How did they face such a challenge with more grace than people today do when someone makes them angry while driving? Why did they choose to? How did they have so much courage that they could confidently refuse to obey or bow? Or was it even courage?
The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau observed the human condition and wondered how a master, who was more enslaved than those he oversaw could, legitimately, be called “master”, just as the above stories from the Christian Bible are those of slaves, who while serving (earthly) masters were, in a sense, more free.
How do we get to that point of freedom? How do we get to freedom of spirit that allows us to approach any situation with love and faith and trust, despite the dominance or control of another?
The end and the means are the same. We get to a freedom of love, faith, and trust through love, faith, and trust.
Whether or not the book of Daniel is historically accurate and true does not impact the conveyance of confidence, courage, and freedom these stories impart to me. These men did what was right for them, for their religion, for God, facing bodily death as a result, but fully embracing it, choosing to do God’s will.