A couple of days ago, we posted about Freedom, one of the three primary tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path focuses on fostering.
In addition to what was posted earlier, if you look up “freedom” in Webster’s Dictionary, the definition states:
Freedom – the quality or state of being free: such as
- the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
- liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
- the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
- the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
- boldness of conception or execution
- the power or condition of acting without compulsion
The Oxford Dictionary references two philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jean Paul Sartre: “‘Freedom for Hegel is not freedom to do as we please; it consists in having a free mind.’; ‘For Sartre the necessity of freedom is paramount in his thinking.’”
FREEDOM, within the SMSD Path, is the letting go of constricting beliefs, the shedding of all our barriers and reservations, and the diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER. This is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment.
Let’s look at the importance of Autonomy.
Interestingly, there are not a lot of quotes about autonomy.
“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” ― Daniel H. Pink
“The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one’s own path, not that of the crowd.” ― Nicholas Tharcher, Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation
“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” ― Madeline L’Engle
“There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
According to the Webster Dictionary, autonomy is the quality or state of being self-governing especially, the right of self-government, or the self-directing freedom and especially moral independence. Oxford Dictionary, referencing Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, defines autonomy as the capacity of an agent to act in accordance with objective morality rather than under the influence of desires.
When a student embraces the Warrior’s Path, the journey must be approached as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. We must hold in our hearts the knowledge that there is only one true way or route to this shrine — COMMITMENT and DISCIPLINE. We take to the road with certainty and strong Will and Intent to reach the goal. As we proceed, however, other roads that seem to be more attractive, more enjoyable, more socially acceptable, more physically (economically) rewarding or merely easier or shorter will always appear. In our confusion, it may soon appear as though the other roads better match the superficial appearance of what we think the path “ought” to look like. Instead of following our “true” route to the “shrine”, we then find ourselves wandering in all directions with our energy scattered, racing after what entertains us at the moment and losing the possibility of reaching the shrine.
Embodying autonomy, our ability to be self-governing agents in, of and for our own lives, provides the strength and fortitude to follow our internal moral compass and to stand resolute rather than be influenced by the desires of others or even our own fleeting whims. We become leaders, positive image-makers, and sacred humans who are part of the solution.
By committing to walking the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home.
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