By Remez Sasson
A sense of inner freedom is one of the characteristics of spiritual awakening. This freedom has nothing to do with one’s circumstances, location, financial situation or any other external situation. It is an inner feeling, accompanied by a calm mind. Actually, one of the requirements for true spiritual awakening and for a sense of inner freedom is the ability to silence the mind at will.
The mind is never still. It always thinks, analyzes, comments, and conducts inner talks. It thinks according to past programming and education, and therefore, moves in a predetermined path. There is no freedom in this situation.
Freedom starts when you can rise above the mind’s activities, and this can happen when you can quiet the mind. To some extent, this situation happens during deep sleep, but the aim should be to experience this state when fully awake, while talking, eating, working, walking, and in every other situation.