At the heart of symbolism

The notion of freedom

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
(II Corinthians 3. 17)

The true freedom

Freedom characterizes the condition of the being having no constraints, the possibility to be or to act unbounded. Such a possibility can be manifested or not, i.e. actualized or potentialized.

The Principle at the source of the manifestation of beings and things is represented by the Being, the One, the Unity or God. Exempt of any constraint and symbol of the absolute Freedom, God manifests itself 1 in the multiplicity of beings akin to its nature and attributes as far as their possibilities allow it. Indeed, the share of freedom manifested within each individual can only be relative and a function of his degree of contact with the Unity.

Any being manifests himself through an indefinite multitude of states, firstly superior (spiritual), then intermediary (psychological) and at last inferior (physical). Throughout his life, he will be called to go up the flow of his manifestation. The more he remains in the physical states, the less free he is; the more independent he is, the closer he comes to the spiritual states. It follows that the being is led to go through three different levels of freedom:

  • The physical freedom: the being mostly liberates himself from physical servitude and arbitrary law in order to be free;
  • The psychical freedom: the being claims the right to be free to express himself and acquire laws (either directly or through the choice of representatives) destined to govern the beings' relationships;
  • The spiritual freedom: after having overcome the outer constraints, it is natural to free oneself from any inner constraint, conditioning that impede the way towards the true freedom, the peace of the spirit. Then, the being is his own law for there is no longer any distinction between his own will and the Will of Heaven.

The two first degrees of freedom mainly consist in the abolition of slavery and the claim of political and social freedom. In Europe, they were the prerogative of the 18th century, the Enlightenment. Conversely, the conquest of inner freedom has always been of any time for it only depends on the being himself.

While going up the manifestation flow to come closer to the original Unity, beings abandon terrestrial obscurity for celestial light. On the way, they can endow themselves with a more or less enlightened law code, more or less related to the laws governing the cosmic world. Does the goal of existence not consist in realizing the harmony of the being with the Cosmos and with himself ? And did Denis Diderot, the Enlightened philosopher, not say: “The nation code would be short if it strictly conformed to the nature one” ? To the outer nature of course, but especially to the inner nature of the being for that is where the true freedom lies.

However, the being cannot leave it at that. If he does nothing of this supreme freedom, he will sink into a state of utter confusion and sadness, feel an impression of incompletion. The full freedom acquires all its meaning only when it is used to do something. Not anything, but something creative. Any person has the ability to create something new, something beautiful. Nobody is born empty-handed, (“Beginner's luck”) 2. It is only up to us to open our hands, to create or discover something. To discover something about the world or ourselves and reach our full realization. Then, we will be invaded by a feeling of plenitude and, finally, become complete beings.

1 back Grammatically speaking, God is neither masculine nor feminine, only neutral for It is beyond any distinction, any dualistic view.

2 back It is a feature of any education system to allow children to discover their inner faculties. Let us note by passing that this aspect is particularly taken into account in the Scandinavian countries.