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.
In a state of inner freedom, problems and difficulties do not necessarily disappear. They might be still there, but your attitude toward them changes. They don't burden you, as they did before, and therefore, you can more easily deal with them.
Someone, who has attained this sense of inner freedom, does not think or analyze this state. It becomes a natural state, just like breathing. You live it, and live in it. It is as if nothing ties you to anything. You are free from past programming, from what people think about you, and from any limiting thoughts and ideas.
With the sense of inner freedom, you are no longer tied to any manner of thinking, tradition, religion or nationality. Your mind is free to think, or to stay quiet, but with full awareness.
There is a deep sense of being alive and aware that goes together with the sense of inner freedom. There is also a sense of inner peace. The mind is not compelled to think all the time and to run from one thought to another.
This state is synonymous with inner peace, happiness and spiritual awakening.
Inner freedom and inner allow you to feel your oneness with the Cosmos, far beyond the limits of your individuality and body. It takes away the feelings of limitation, weakness, and fear.
How can you gain this state of freedom?
Concentration exercises are of great help.
Working on gaining inner peace.
Being guided by someone who lives in a state of inner freedom.
Developing emotional detachment is a great step.
The books, Peace of Mind in Daily Life and Emotional Detachment for a Better Life contain a lot of information, guidance, exercises, and instructions to aid you gain a state of inner freedom and peace, and walk the path toward spiritual awakening.