Preserve Your Inner Freedom Some Rarely Explored Nuances – Viiveck Verma…


Spiritual and emotional freedom isn’t denying the truth—it’s realizing that the truth isn’t something to run from or be afraid of. -TK Coleman

The term “inner freedom” has been passionately and frequently mentioned in public discourse. It’s a term used a lot in mental health and self-help conversations, and most people emphasize the need to protect it. Still, little is said about the nuances and subtleties that go into making it happen. Because what does it mean to be free inside? How is inner freedom different from inner peace and why does it remain elusive? Above all, what can it actually do for us? These questions deserve investigation.

First of all, inner freedom has less to do with the immediate thought of freedom or with success and prosperity, but more with self-knowledge and thus self-acceptance. You are free as someone and that self-image needs to be nurtured and built over time with meticulous attention to yourself. Manfred FR Kets de Vries, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD in France, tells a story in an HBR article that lays out the very problem of where outer identities can be at odds with inner selves.

“Tina was at a crossroads. Her daughter had recently entered college and her husband had his own occupations. And although she once enjoyed banking, she now showed little interest in her work. She had been wondering for some time whether she should stop. But what would her colleagues and bosses think of her?

This stream of consciousness led Tina to deeper, more insightful questions. What if all of their decisions were a reaction to what others expected? She had always been her parents’ golden child – a brilliant student who married a man they approved and entered the same industry as her father and grandfather. Now, at the age of 45, she wondered, given the pressure her family had put on her, were those decisions really pseudo-decisions? And even more frightening, what other choices did she have at this point in her life?”

The above story clearly shows how outer freedom and success can prove epidermal in the lack of self-knowledge. There is no way to be free inside if we don’t know who we are inside. In many cases, even when self-acceptance occurs, it is difficult to embrace, making inner freedom impossible by default, as our actions in the absence of self-acceptance not only remove us from who we are, but keep us so bound that even our achievements don’t appear to be our own.

So, being free inside means knowing who you are, accepting yourself, and then working in directions that are acceptable to you. This is the easiest and most truthful way to put your inner freedom into practice and pave the way for several valuable things. This includes emotional resilience and versatility because when you are free inside and know you still have yourself driving you, mishaps and disasters can be overcome with a motivation of your own to pursue your own dreams.

This may lead to unconventional decisions, but in a situation where you stay true to yourself, they most certainly pay off, bringing you either success or inner joy, and ideally both together.

The story of Marc Bates, as told by Forbes, is a case in point. Formerly used to a hectic life as a member of the cabin crew of a well-known airline, Bates took up photography as a hobby to relax in his free time. Faced with a personal tragedy, he reconsidered his career and took a year off to spend more time photographing and also discovered the world of wedding photography. After some struggles, he decided to pursue a full-time career in this field and made the decision to start his own photography business. After a few tries he was successful and was voted Best British Wedding Photographer by the UK Wedding Awards in 2018 and 2020 and is now internationally renowned for his work.

Preserving your inner freedom, which can lead you to great places, is therefore an act of getting in touch with yourself and accepting what you want, and then acting on it. As long as your journey is yours and driven by your inner freedom, not only will you withstand the ups and downs that come your way, but your success will bring you much greater, self-affirming joy.

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