Many people all over the planet have been robbed of their personal freedom: to talk, write, leave their country or just be themselves. Unfortunately, the first thing many of these people do when they are given their freedom back is to rob others of their freedom.
By supreme providence, the inhabitants of Earth have been given their full freedom, with their own responsibility to act, think and feel. When, over many incarnations, you have offended against this, it seems obvious that you would enter into incarnations where, among other things, your own country would deprive you of a part of this freedom.
There is a purpose in being deprived of your personal freedom. It is meant to leave deep marks in the subconscious of a human being. From the inner levels, we unfortunately see that the many sufferings do not leave as deep marks as one would expect.
How many of you who read this feel you understand the meaning of full freedom? What do you use your freedom for, when you are given it? Do you manage to use your freedom in this reasonably free country?
Freedom to the Children
In the capacity of spiritual teacher it is one thing to be asked to give advice and guidance – but quite another thing to interfere in other people’s private lives without being asked. This also applies to the relationship between parents and children.
The reason family life is crumbling is that parents have often wanted to dominate, tyrannise and possess their children. As you well know, nobody can own another living human being, and the kind of parents we are talking about here have done a great deal to destroy their children’s identities from a very young age. Think about the indoctrination children of religious fanatics are exposed to. Think about children of parents with fanatical political interests, children of power-seeking and very neurotic parents.
Do you know how many children are being abused physically, astrally, mentally and spiritually in this country, and yes, in the whole world, by so-called know-it-all or frustrated parents? It is more difficult for parents to give children the freedom to be themselves than it is for them to try to make their children into images of themselves.
Think about the children who face expectations to fulfill ambitions from their parents who feel they have wasted their own incarnations – the expectation that the children will make up for their parents’ insufficiency. How many children have been forced into an academic education when their emotional nature in reality makes it much more suitable for them to develop their artistic selves?
Many parents who walk the spiritual path believe that their children must be forced to walk the same path, that from when they are toddlers they must by all means possible learn mantras, meditation and much more in order to 'delight' the parents. No – the children first and foremost must learn to be human beings.
The new children being born now with fairly developed souls know what they are going to do in this life. They will work toward their goals by themselves, and it is of utmost importance that they are given full freedom to be themselves and to find their own rhythm, even if this is not consistent with their parents’ personal ambitions.
Only in a very few rare instances, where a master soul incarnates with the purpose of becoming a world teacher, is it the duty of the parents to lead the child towards this goal. This, however, should not be done with the parents imposing their ideas or wishes on the child, but rather by allowing the child to find God by him/herself when time is ripe. Such great souls will always fulfill the purpose of their incarnation, especially because at least one of the parents will know who this soul is.
Almost all spiritual training takes place from the inner levels, and thus all spiritual children will, from a very early age, be trained, even if their parents know nothing about it.
Just to avoid any misunderstandings: novice souls must go through discipline to learn to become human beings and be able to adhere to physical laws, but advanced souls have been through so much experience in former lives, that they now need the exact opposite – they must be able to find their own goals by themselves. If you force them, you will crush their initiative as well as the personality that soul needs to find its expression through.
The children of the New Age need to find their way by themselves. The children of the old age needed to be guided towards their way. Those children who are being forced by their spiritually inclined parents to sing mantras, study spiritual texts, and so on from an early age will most likely end up walking the opposite way. You do today’s children the greatest favour by allowing them to grow up in a spiritual environment without forcing them to behave like their parents. Those children who are being forced into a system or a sect will sooner or later rebel against it.
Give your children the freedom to decide for themselves when they want to meditate, sing mantras and read texts, because right until this very day nothing good has resulted from doing the opposite. For instance, I would never dream of forcing my children into any kind of spiritual practice as I know that just by being alive and living in a spiritual centre, these souls will walk the Path without anyone’s interference. Parents who force their children will crush their independent opinion, and no leaders will result from this, only sheep.
Look impersonally at your children; that way you will see the truth of what is right for those souls to do. Then guide them lovingly towards this goal by letting the children themselves decide.
If human beings managed to give their children this freedom, our Earth would be full of harmony and security, because it is cruel for a child to have to live up to the expectations of ambitious parents. Realise that it is cruel to close off early soul contact in a child, and then think about how many children today are allowed to be who they truly are.