Being a free spirit is an ESSENCE, not an external image or label.
Typically, a free spirit is depicted by pop-culture ideal and modelling, to be someone who doesn’t like to be tied down, who wants to run free, liberated from confines of family and society. Imagine all those famous derelicts, hippies, and brooding heartthrobs seen in TV, film, and social media.
Often the “free spirit” is just a stylish feel-good label with no real substance. It’s on par with dressing in gypsy soul boho clothes, adorning with exotic jewelry, and getting a big “free spirit” tattoo and posting about it everywhere — it looks nice superficially, but it’s not the real deal.
Sure, there are those who are brave enough to openly and externally go against big corporations, the oppressive modern lifestyle, and society at large. And yet, they remain enslaved by internal issues that makes them co-dependent for energy, with an almost parasitic existence. Is that truly freedom? Is that what defines a “free spirit”?
Freedom is not only external– it is also internal. Free-dom, or being free from domination, is just as much about our own minds as it is about the outer state of the world.
The free spirit is by nature a rebel who may appear eccentric, weird or otherworldly to society: It can be all things and thrive in all states — the nurturer and protector, the observer and the instigator, the gatherer and the fighter, the solitary one and the pack member. Not at all limited by one state of being.
Not everyone is born with the innate essence of a free spirit, as those who do are truly old souls. Let me share a quote by Edward Cayce:
“..you can recognize these very old Atlantean souls by their childlike quality, their naivete, their high level of emotional intensity and lack of worldly sophistication…such as the man, who sometimes acts so much like a little boy…and the woman, who sometimes acts so much like a little girl, for only those innocent ones- so old in soul yet so young of heart and appearance.. and behavior contain within themselves the alchemy for working miracles of healing the crippled.. returning sight to the blind!”
Say, you may perceive yourself to be a “free spirit”: a rebel and a non-conformist, an innovator and dreamer ,a truth-seeker with a strong BS detector who welcomes a challenge and uses the heart as a compass BUT STILL, your actions show otherwise. What you think and how you feel is dissonant. Why is that?
It is because there exists beliefs, habits, and traumas within YOU that are the source of your own suffering, and so you have to try your utmost to free yourself from them. You realize that in order to be fully free, you must be comfortable and at home within yourself. Being a free spirit will become less about traveling the external world as it will be about traversing, and mastering, the inner landscape.
To become a free spirit is a choice that arises from deep within you. When the pain of staying the same becomes more than the pain of growing, you will choose growth more than complacency.