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The Four Freedoms

As a tribute to the 4th of July celebration I would like to share my four freedoms to happiness. In addition to watching fireworks and eating bar-b-que, why not contemplate these four freedoms and find out if you are truly free.

1. The freedom to be me. As simplistic as this sounds, I believe this is the most important freedom we have as human beings. To know who we are and why we are here is the foundation of the human experience. Unfortunately, very few people experience this freedom. The reason for this is simple, it’s because we are conditioned to believe that in order for us to be free we must have “stuff”. Most people believe if they simply purchase a new car or new house and lots of material things then they will be free. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is, most people feel trapped and overwhelmed when they accomplish this. The lesson we all must learn is that it is impossible to feel free if you are burdened with debt and responsibility. So if you believe that money and material things will make you feel free then you are sadly mistaken.

The only way to experience authentic freedom is to engage in a journey of self-discovery that allows you to uncover any subconscious issues that may be keeping you from knowing who you really are. Once you discover your true self then you will be truly free.

2. The freedom from scarcity There is absolutely nothing wrong with accumulating wealth and having lots of money. The challenge is to recognize that it does not take money or material things to be truly happy and free. Having money allows you to enjoy life and definitely can alleviate some of the stress and discomforts of living, but abundance is really a state of mind. Freedom from scarcity means that you do not engage in “poverty” thinking and you know that you have the ability to create any level of wealth you choose. To experience this freedom you must understand the law of attraction that says what ever you focus your attention on you create in your reality. By focusing your attention on wealth you will be free from scarcity.

3. The freedom to connect with Spirit One of this country’s greatest freedoms is the freedom of religion. Unfortunately too many people are trapped by religion because they have not taken the time to come to their own truth and understanding about God. They accept religious teachings that may have been passed on for generations without questioning those beliefs. In order to be free, a person must ask themselves deeper questions and be open to the possibility that their old beliefs about God may no longer suit them. When a person listens to their own soul and expands their understanding about God, then they open the door to an expanded concept of God, which creates spiritual freedom. This is definitely the truth that will set you free.

4. The freedom to give back In order to truly be free, you must be willing to share your unique gifts and talents with the world. By sharing yourself with others, you give them the freedom to do the same. By encouraging and supporting others you lay the foundation for a more compassionate and caring society. It’s been said that what ever you give you also receive, so be sure to give of yourself so that you receive the gifts of others.

These are my four freedoms to happiness. If they resonate with you then share them with someone else. If they don’t, that’s all right too. Just make sure that you are being completely honest with yourself when you ask yourself the question, “Am I really free?”

So in the words of the document that gave America it’s freedom;

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

Did you notice that it said the “pursuit” of happiness? There are no guarantees that you will find it but I hope you do.

Good luck and live free!

©2009, Michael Taylor

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Michael Taylor is a dreamer, revolutionary, an entrepreneur, author (A New Conversatoin with Men), personal development coach and motivational speaker who has dedicated his life to empowering men (and women) to reach their full potential. He does not consider himself to be an expert or guru. He does consider himself to be extremely knowledgeable in the field of personal growth and development. The fact is, he is an ordinary guy that made a commitment to live an extraordinary life and he wants to challenge you to do the same. E-Mail or www.anewconversationwithmen.com

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