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From Old English, the word Freedom means:

  • the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

  • the state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily.

  • the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.

  • unrestricted use of something.

I ran away today, only for an hour, but it is unlike me to leave without carefully telling folks where I am going and when I will return. I was testing the concept of freedom and felt especially light and open. Actually, Irene and I joined a few local women at the Allen ranch down the valley from Sahale for a glass of wine and time out from the busyness of the day.

Journey in Freedom is the key title of our Human Relations Laboratory this year, chosen by the Lab Leadership. The purpose of growth is to expand energetically, live in peace and happiness without blocks and barriers, and choose to be ourselves without adaptation to the expectations of others. The Lab provides a culture that encourages freedom with respect for each individual while strengthening self-responsibility.

Sommer Harris, a young woman who is individuating age-appropriately, wrote an essay on how she is understanding new glimpses of freedom. Mike also writes about freedom from too muchness. An article by Brene' Brown titled Own our history. Change the story. Is included. An old, repetitive story line limit freedom. And as we prepare for the 4th of July, pay more attention to all the freedoms in your life.

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