When we talk about love and fear existing on opposite sides of the vibrational spectrum of consciousness, we can say that these opposite states of being manifest themselves in many different ways in our society. One of the more evident ways love and fear have been expressed in our world, especially in the past two years, is through freedom and control.
If love is the absence of fear, and fear is the absence of love, we can also observe that the notion of freedom is the by-product of thinking and acting from a place of love. The famous adage, “if you love something, set it free” rings very true. Genuine love does not seek to control; its impetus is to liberate. Loving someone means recognising and respecting their sovereignty, and celebrating the beauty of their individuality. It means engaging with all aspects of their complete self without wanting to manipulate them into an acceptable box of your own making. It means trusting them with the responsibility that they know what’s best for them and allowing them the autonomy to self-direct their lives, even if you hold contrasting views or if it may lead to mistakes.
Control, on the other hand, stems from fear. Fear of death, fear of survival, fear of the other. All these fears, programmed into us from a young age, can drive humans to behave in unthinkable ways towards each other and support causes and policies that go contrary to the divine spark residing in each and every one of us. Restricting freedom for a false sense of security is an inherently flawed concept. In practice, it doesn’t play out well because beyond the conditioning and expectations of society, we’re all born to be free. This misguided thinking becomes even more dangerous when it’s applied to select minority groups without any basis in logic and facts, as history shows.
For the living, birth and death are certain, but what happens in between is entirely up to us. Security might feel good, but it’s illusory. No one is making it out of this life alive, in the bodily sense. Control through fear was always the tool of choice for the powerful to subdue humanity and coerce them into doing their bidding. The path of our individual lives and the collective is constantly shaped by the choices we make from love, or fear. As Jim Carrey says: “choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart”.
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