Holding Pattern

Birds Freedom

The birds circled overhead, their holding pattern, a mirror of his current state of mind. Round and round went his thoughts. This wasn’t troubling him; it created no stress. He had, after all, been thinking about human drama. Ironically, what manifested from these circular thoughts, was this strange, yet calming, holding pattern.

As his mind was drawn back to the birds, he found himself wondering once again, what it must be like to be one. To be so free and independent. He knew the birds weren’t aware of their freedom; they weren’t able to compare their lives, with that of the other animals. In a way, this made their freedom, a little pointless. If you didn’t know how free you were what was the point? As this thought came to mind he was reminded of human drama. How humans kept themselves enslaved by it.

All the games and torment. The competitive fight for supremacy and power. Such wilfulness was both their success and their downfall. He wondered about the empty minds of the birds. He thought about how they’re purely driven by instinct alone. This instinct was what drove them to fight for territory, for their mating rights and the all rest of it, we, it would seem, are not so different.

For us humans there were options. We can choose to be involved with instinctive games or we can rise above them. He supposed it was the way the games satiated the instinctive mind that made them so addictive. It also had a lot to do with the level of awareness you had, and the control you could exert, over the self. When we see examples, of how adults exert this control over themselves, we learn it for ourselves.

Conscious Emotions

Those who have the most control over their emotions, seem to be the ones who have control, over most other aspects of their lives. To not be dictated to by our emotions seems to be the greatest asset anyone could have. We can see it in businessmen and women who’re able to compartmentalise. They’re able to separate business from personal.

Even though there’s this separation, there is a spillover. The control they have over their self in business affairs, spills into their personal lives, too. Life is not a succession of moving from one drama to another. It’s a succession, of moving from one stimulating and creative experience to another, that’s driven by something they’re in control of: Their minds.

The difference is they know how to think. They’ve been taught how to do this. They’ve been show the kind of results rational thinking can bring. They’ve been shown how awareness and control over the self can bring success. When a child is shown how to rationalise their thoughts and emotions, they grow to be in control, of their self.

If the birds were to ever evolve into having the kind of consciousness, we currently touch, what would they do with it? Would they become aware of their freedom? Or would they be like humans and decide to cut off their wings, to eventually revert; becoming lost in their instinctive drivings, once again? Would they still see value in their old ways of fighting for mating rights, territory, and power? Or would they embrace the freedom of their new found awareness? Would they soar above the treetops, just to watch; amused by the fighting animals, below. Would they rise in the thermals just to feel the pleasure of flight?

When will we?

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Independent Thinking Reality

Independent Thinkers

Those who consider themselves as independent thinkers are usually very proud of this. It’s seen as a very positive character trait. Surly then, it must follow, the more independent we are in our thinking, the better?

Within everything there exists a positive and a negative

Due to their nature, independent thinkers, can at times, feel a little isolated, however, and within reason, they do have the ability to remain comfortable in their own company. Provided they’re sufficiently entertained that is.

When we find a way to offset the negative we can use the positive with renewed purpose and direction

This is to say, when we recognise what holds us back, we’re free to exploit our talents to their utmost. For example, if an independent thinker were to spend too much time in the company of others, this would potentially hamper their development. To think independently we must be exactly that – independent of the thoughts and opinions of others.

So what we must learn is the importance of freedom from the crowd

The same follows for any of us. If we spend too much time in the company of dependent people, or need constant stimulation by other means, our thoughts and behaviours will be influenced by this. To a greater or lesser degree we’re all open to suggestion; you’d be surprised to learn by just how much. In order to stop distracting ourselves – and ultimately aiding those who wish to influence our thinking without our knowledge – we must be mindful and disciplined. Keeping our minds on track is important if we’re to succeed.

Being creative is the form of entertainment we must use to distract ourselves when alone 

We, at The Freedman College, recognise all of the above. We pride ourselves on the innovative and unique style to our workshops. What we teach has been brought about through listening to, and working with, hundreds of different people. People who’ve shown the creativity and tenacity to break from the crowd.

Independent Thinkers

Paradoxically, developing your independence, is actually for the benefit of everyone. To experience us – and the level of freedom our training can bring – you will need to complete your application form here. Want a beautiful life? Make the decision to be positively influenced with knowledge.