A search for Freedom and a little slice of Heaven

Dear friends

I’d like to share with you my thoughts about freedom and how my journey led me to my own personal piece of heaven.

Freedom is the most important thing in the world to me. Every time I look inside to find my core values, what motivates me most, it is freedom.  I must have been a very difficult child, because I cannot handle being told what to do. I am an archetype rule breaker.  Not because I’m a rebel, just because I cannot handle illogical rules and restrictions.  (This may have a lot to do with growing up to ultra-orthodox parents.)

Today I want to write about our loss of freedom in society, and what I have done to regain mine.  In part 2 (tomorrow) I’ll give you a couple of ideas of where to start if you are thinking about finding your own freedom again.

Freedom lost

You have probably noticed that there are more and more laws passed every day. The government increasingly controls more areas of our lives.  It’s possible that some of my readers think that this is a good thing.  But I do not.

Many of my readers are in the health / wellness industry so I’ll give some relevant examples. Governments are increasingly controlling what you can and cannot do.  In Europe there are new laws controlling or restricting the sale of vitamins for example, with talk of doing this in Australia and USA as well.  The USA Federal Trade Commission has new laws preventing healers from publishing testimonials even if they have miracle results.  In Australia there are a series of current court cases in which healing practitioners are being prosecuted for claiming to cure disease – even though they did actually cure the disease and filled the court with happy clients.

In other words, governments are gaining more and more control of every area of our life. You no longer have the freedom to do your job as you’d like (without hurting anyone). You can’t even tell people about your great work.

And if you do manage to run a business despite all this control, do you think you get to keep your own profits? Of course not!  The government is there to take most of it. (I won’t go down this tangent today, but what we are seeing in the world is a massive theft of capital (your money) from the public to special interests in the finance and military sectors. The US bank bail-out is a classic example of this – public money going to private pockets. The Iraq war is a much bigger example of the same thing – the main reason for inventing WMDs was to put billions of dollars into private contractors associated with the government.)

Of course it’s much worse than this; I’m just looking for non-controversial (less conspiracy sounding) examples. What really gets me though is things like the suppression of alternative energy technology. The greenhouse effect could have ended years ago; we have the technology (I have seen it).  But our governments are so dependent on petrol/gasoline tax and revenues that it is actually ILLEGAL to drive your car using clean alternatives.

Our lives are increasingly controlled by the forces that were meant to represent and protect us.

Most of my family and friends are content to live their lives and remain pawns in this game. They prefer not to know what’s really going on in the world, and to their civil rights.

Freedom found

This is slightly more than an angry rant. Because you see, I did something about it.

In part 2 (tomorrow) I’ll share more about our new home, Vanuatu, and why we are so passionate about the freedom that can be created here.

For now – I’d love your comments. Assuming you live in one of the big pseudo-democracies (USA/Australia/UK/Western Europe), do you believe you are free?  How do you measure your freedom?  What steps can you take to gain freedom?

See you tomorrow for Part 2.

Simon

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10 Comments
March 1, 2011 in About Simon, Thoughts For the Day
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10 Responses

  1. Wow.
    I can see why there are no comments here. What do you say to that? Very difficult and challenging stuff you write here – for me, and I believe that if it’s that way for me, it must be even more so for many people.
    I don’t know much about what you write about. I know that wars have been fought, and empires are being built, on the oil industry. However, my way of combating the infringements on our freedoms that you write about has been to search for inner freedom – hence my commitment to Yoga (which is of course nothing less than a methodical quest for true spiritual liberation).
    Obviously you are talking about a different kind of freedom though – you are talking about economic, social, and political freedom.
    All I can say is that I look forward to learning more about this from you Simon, because I realize that inner freedom and outer freedom are not mutually exclusive, although historically they have been. I suppose I have always dreamt about experiencing both together, but as with most dreams, I never remembered it. Until now…
    I’m guessing you could suggest a book or two..? in the meantime I’ll follow this blog closely. Cheers!
    Love to you both.

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    Dmitry Yeschenko Reply:

    Ben, you wrote “I realize that inner freedom and outer freedom are not mutually exclusive, although historically they have been.” -
    Why did you decide that historically they have been?
    As for me look at all the yogins who practice at mountains etc. They understand this coonection between both freedoms and use it for they way. Only last centuries with growth of big cities people lost this understanding. But historically it was.

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  2. Hi Simon.
    After thinking a while about this post I realize one very important thing.
    I know how it is to live in a such “paradise”. I’ve got a year of practice in buddhist monastery in my life. And I know why I return back from it.
    May be availability of internet and skype for communication change this situation a bit, but not fully. It’s really easy to look on others suffers while sitting on the top of your ivory tower (i.e. monastery, paradise island, mountain house). But if you’d really like to help others you should be between them to feel what they feel, to breathe what they breathe, to understand them, not to separate from them. Anyway the separstion on island is illusion. You still live in this universe and still coonected to anything in it. So its a good idea to have such a place for rest, but I’m not sure that it’s really good idea to live there all of your life.
    Ayway things are changing, so I’m not persist on my position, but as for now I see it this way.

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    Renee Hawkins Reply:

    “But if you’d really like to help others you should be between them to feel what they feel, to breathe what they breathe, to understand them, not to separate from them”.
    You cannot get poor enough to help the poor. You cannot get sick enough to help the sick. You cannot get sad enough that your sadness will help the sad. Why do you have to be in the thick of it so to speak to be of service and value to the people? EVERYONE should be on a personal quest to find their version of “paradise”- whether it’s expressed as an inner or outer experience . It is then, when the individual has found their ‘peace’ of paradise, that the whole of humanity can move forward and bring the peace of paradise/heaven on earth right now.I am definitely more benefit to the individual and group consciousness when not plugged into pain of living/breathing other people’s separation consciousness.
    “So its a good idea to have such a place for rest, but I’m not sure that it’s really good idea to live there all of your life.” Of course it’s a good idea- I believe it’s a marvelous and essential idea to live in paradise for all of one’s life- why are we here in the first place if not to reach a personal and collective space of paradise? The purpose of life is not to live in pain and suffering just because everyone else is doing it. xxxx

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    Dmitry Yeschenko Reply:

    Renee, I understand your position. But You couldn’t be really happy while isolating (i.e. separating) yourself from other world. Even in paradise. And flee to paradise is not really perfect goal for life (as for me).
    You shouldn’t be poor, sick, sad… etc. to help somebody. But if you separate yourself from them (even on paradise island) it would be separation from yourself and “beautyful” road to hell.

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    Renee Hawkins Reply:

    Dmitry, I now get what you mean by paradise, as in an isolated island/pocket of earth with no inhabitants. I agree- our own growth and evolution are speeded up when in relationship to/with others. And to sit in isolation is to slow down our own growth on the physical/relational plane. To clarify, my idea of paradise is not in isolation, but rather it is outside of the overwhelming oppression and constriction of ways of living that suffocate freedom often found in highly populated cities,states, countries. So my beautiful and free place in paradise, just like Simon’s, has plenty of people I can help and who can help me. I just don’t have “modern” and “civilized” life coming down on me like a tonne of bricks- I can walk naked all around my home and property with no-one to see-and if my neighbors did catch a glimpse, they wouldn’t think twice of it anyway-now that’s freedom. xxxx

    Tom Jones Reply:

    Thank you Renee for settling an inner conflict/debate i’d been having about that!(ref your 11:05am comment)

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  3. Renee, I agree with your comments completely. But in a way I didn’t interpret Dmitry the way you did. That’s because I figured he knows me well enough to know that my island doesn’t isolate me.

    For one thing, there’s no shortage of people here who need healing. There are no real hospitals (by Western standards). Sexual abuse is a big problem in any tribal culture. I don’t see that I learn less, or contribute less, here in my paradise, than I would if I were freezing my unmentionables back in Melbourne.

    I can certainly understand what Dmitry is saying in relation to the Buddhist monastery. I can see how that separates you from the real world. But moving to Moscow Dmitry? that’s a bit “too real” for me! :-)

    blessings
    Simon

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    Dmitry Yeschenko Reply:

    You’ve got it!
    About Moscow – there are a lots of people in exUSSR who dream about life in Moscow. But not me. :)
    Her lives around 20 millions of people… and they are so aeparete and disconnected from each other… I never seen the same.
    Whrn we organize a workshop in Moscow – usually 70% of participants come from other cities. .

    So I think it’s a good lesson for me to find and create connectedness and clear space here. For now that’s my way. But I don’t want to live here forever… So who knows… may be one day we’ll be a neighbours ;)

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