The philosophy of profound psychological freedom...
Phew that's a bit of a mouthful! Anyway...what does that even mean? Well the short answer is 'well..what do you think?'
We hear these terms thrown around.. 'thinking outside the box'...'having an open mind' and other such metaphors of what can be thought of as psychological freedom. Freedom is one of those ever seductive and profoundly subjective elements of the human experience. People die for freedom, they kill for freedom, and they make mountains of art all about freedom. Its about as sensitive and powerful topic as you can find, I'm my experience. So what is psychological freedom? How does it differ from regular freedom (if there is such a thing)? Well, freedom can mean unbound or unstuck, experiencing 'liberty'. Absolute freedom in the physical world is elusive...I can't fly unaided...so I cannot experience absolute physical freedom. But what of the freedom of thought? Ideas? Emotions? Indeed of consciousness itself?
I'd like to take a moment to note the definition of psychological... and I don't mean this:
Psychology - The Language of the Soul
It is not, I feel, common knowledge that the Greek word 'Psyche' actually means soul... and the suffix 'logical' comes from 'logos' (also Greek) meaning 'word, reason, or plan'. So to me, that means that 'psychological' actually refers to the words, reasons and plans of the soul... (By extension, we can unravel the words psycho-therapy, psycho-social, psycho-spiritual, psycho-somatic and so on and so forth...but I digress!)...We have, ladies and gentleman, all grown up in a world where the original meaning, of these profoundly important words, has been lost...nay DELIBERATELY obscured and commandeered to reflect the world view of the powers that be. Please note that I am not railing on psychologists, people are not their labels (see what I did there?), but I am prodding at the core of 'human psychological wisdom'... so to speak.
Lets look at the word philosophy! 'Philo' meaning love, and 'Sophy' meaning wisdom...Philosophy then is the love of wisdom, not the smarts, not cleverness, or the ability to explain away the truth, but rather that wonderful application of practical knowledge, intelligence grounded in experience.
I don't mind this definition of profound (also courtesy of google):
adjective: profound; comparative adjective: profounder; superlative adjective: profoundest
So by this definition:
'The philosophy of profound psychological freedom' is the 'love of the wisdom of expressing the heartfelt language of the story of the soul'
...so incredibly awesome!
Yes, the great analytical mind demands tribute. So what indeed? Well, it only takes a little inquiry to discover a deeper and potentially liberating set of concepts to work with. It might not be obvious, but we do have the opportunity to decide what words mean to us personally. Especially words that are about....well, us... I know there are 'experts' and whatnot...but sometimes things just need a bit of a shakeup, you know?
If we can somehow arrive at a relatively 'open mind' in this fashion, perhaps we might be moved to express something of ourselves. Why is that important? Well if that's not obvious, then let me assure you...it is fundamentally important to personal and community well-being (its so obvious I'm not even going to reference anything to prove it)...we need only the courage to risk it!
Perhaps this definition is a good stepping stone...a mere mental stimulus...hopefully empowering, y'knowmsayin?
Honoring the expressive resource is scary as hell, but the treasure is priceless, can't be taught (only encouraged), and is the root of authenticity.
YAY GO HUMANITY!
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