Freedom

We humans have a primary need for freedom.  However, here in this world freedom is an illusion along with everything else we think is real.

F.D.R famously articulated his “Four Freedoms” in an address to Congress on January 6, 1942 early in the third year of WWII; a month after Pearl Harbor.  Placed in the context of his whole speech his four Freedoms are a plea for basic human rights.

The first is freedom of speech and expression

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way

The third is freedom from want

The fourth is freedom from fear

FDR’s four “freedoms” are about experience in this world.  When we seem to be free here it is, like all worldly experience, temporary and fleeting.

Real freedom is experienced only in our true reality: Home with God in Heaven.  Only there are we truly free from our insane self-made existence here.  In Heaven we have no need of FDR’s four freedoms.

In Heaven there is no need for speech.

In Heaven we don’t need to worship God, because there we are part of God.

In Heaven we want for nothing, and there is no need for fear.

In the Text the word freedom appears dozens of times.  Each use makes it clear that freedom is unique to Heaven, and could be considered to be a synonym for Heaven.  “Freedom” first appears in T-I in Miracle Principle 26.

“Miracles represent freedom from fear. ‘Atoning’ means ‘undoing.’  The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles.”

Miracles free us from fear, and undo our belief in the separation.

Remember, in ACIM a Miracle is when we change our mind, not an event contrary to nature.  Here is the last reference to freedom in the Text.

“You will not want to hold in guilt your chosen enemies, nor keep in chains, to the illusion of a changing love, the ones you think are friends.”

“The innocent release in gratitude for their release.  And what they see upholds their freedom from imprisonment and death.”     [T-31.III. 6.6 +7.1-2]

We chain ourselves and our friends to our illusory separation with guilt and changing love.  When we release ourselves and our friends from guilt and changing love we can accept Heaven’s freedom “from imprisonment and death.”

Review VI to Part I of The Workbook for Students consists of 20 consecutive lessons (200-220) in which the following statement is repeated.

I am not a body.  I am free. For I am still as God created me. 

It is very important to consider carefully and include the short contemplative prayers which augment the statement. The prayers guide our minds away from our made up world back to Heaven.

In Lesson 200, “I am not a Body…” frames this prayer.

I trust my brothers, who are one with me.

No one but is my brother. I am blessed with oneness with the universe and God, my Father, one Creator of the whole that is my Self, forever One with me.

In Lesson 220 “I am Not a Body…” frames these words.

There is no peace except the peace of God.

Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this.  But let me follow Him Who leads me home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.                    [“who” in the above refers to the Holy Spirit]

Both prayers speak to the level of our true existence as part of God in heaven.  The prayers in the intervening Lessons, give us the means whereby to accept the Peace of God as it is in Heaven.

A daily helpful thought can be the repeated phrase along with one of the prayers.  Avoid the trap of thinking that “I am not a body…” refers to our body here in our separated existence.

In The Clarification of Terms we find this important sentence.

In this world the only remaining freedom is the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices.  [C.1.7] (my emphasis)

Our choice is  between either the ego or the Holy Spirit.  By choosing the Holy Spirit we find help to remember and accept Heaven where we are truly free.