Nobody creates anything in YOUR experience other than you.
You. Are. Free.
Independence is an interesting word. Self-reliance: the ability to operate under one’s own power without needing anybody else, or without needing anything else. How many people can say that they actually can take care of themselves?
There’s a lot of talk about helping others, but the reality is, most people aren’t even in a position to help themselves. It’s not… It’s not that hard. Really, it’s a simple choice. It’s a decision to be responsible for yourself, a decision to be responsible for your own thoughts, to be responsible for your own feelings, to be responsible for your own actions.
If you’re not responsible for your thoughts, who is? If you’re not responsible for your own words and your own feelings, then who is? And certainly, if you’re not responsible for your own actions, well, who is? Self-reliance, independence, trusting oneself.
This is the foundation of freedom. Freedom of an individual. The freedom of a community. The freedom of a country. The freedom of this world, all comes down to the freedom of the individual and the choice of each individual. The choice of each individual to take total responsibility for their thoughts, their feelings, and their actions. And the most beautiful part of this simple philosophy is that when you get a couple of people together who have made this decision, when you put a couple of folks in the same room who have decided that they are 100% responsible for their own thinking, their own feelings, their own actions, their own results, that’s when something truly miraculous happens.
Now, there’s no more of this needing other people to be different so that you can be happy. You put a bunch of self-reliant, self-authorized individuals, people who have actually taken responsibility for their own happiness and don’t expect others to sacrifice their well-being just so that they could be happy.
You put a bunch of people like that in the same room, man, there is an electricity, there is a vibrancy, there is an energy that just crackles in the interspaces between those people. And if you’ve never experienced that before, well, maybe you’re experiencing it right now.
You are free, and there’s nobody that’s creating anything in your experience other than you. Yes, there may be situations and conditions there are occurring in your life right now. Might be a little bit less than ideal. You might be experiencing the after-effects of certain choices, yours, or others. But are you going to allow that to determine who you are? Are you going to allow your environment, your circumstances, to be the sum total of how you are described in this world? Self-reliance, independence, self-authorization.
This is the foundation of freedom. And the more that you practice these qualities of your character, the more that you embrace and engage in these, you begin to experience a very simple philosophy, a very simple truth. There’s nobody that creates anything in your experience other than you.
obody’s thinking your thoughts for you. Nobody’s speaking your words for you. Nobody’s feeling your feelings for you, and nobody’s taking your actions for you. And you know what, since no one’s thinking your thoughts or speaking your words or feeling your feelings or taking your actions, that means no one in this entire, beautiful planet, no one is creating in your experience.
You’re free. You are free, and you are so free that you can even choose slavery. You could choose mental slavery, emotional slavery, financial slavery. And you could also choose freedom. And every step along the way, it’s only you making choices, and you can choose to share that journey with other people who have also taken responsibility for their freedom.
That’s what I’m here for, to enjoy this life with other fellow travelers, people who have taken responsibility for their own freedom, so that together, we can see what this world really has to offer.