What does freedom mean to you? Here’s a few thoughts from others…
“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” Pope John Paul II
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F. Kennedy
“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ― Jim Morrison
“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” ― Bob Dylan
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” ― Ronald Reagan
Freedom is one of three tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path focuses on fostering. Embodying freedom requires the dedication of a warrior’s commitment to personal excellence and collective change. Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, this process involves taking the student far from the comfortable, familiar environment she/he is used to and exposing her/him to experiences that demand resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to find and establish the proper weapons/tools of success. These tools support balance in the five aspects of being human (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual).
Ironically, submitting oneself intentionally to the potential of frustration and stress is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment. Because the wandering Warrior must face new, strange and sometimes startling differences in daily living, all comfortable habits and ruts must be given up for more appropriate behavior to meet the new circumstances. Stepping into the unknown in this way provides opportunities for the warrior to see what is in front of them, to assess what resources (both inner and outer) are available, and to free-think a solution.
It is the shedding of all our barriers and reservations and diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER that is the Warrior’s goal during this quest. It is a time for letting go of constricting beliefs to gain FREEDOM. The Warrior’s Way is exactly what the name implies; a way of directing the days of our life to better produce the likelihood of encountering those experiences that will lead to the enlightenment sought.
By embracing the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home. We discover our Inner Heart.
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