first step to freedom
liberate from oppression
your journey starts here
Tonight marks the first night of Passover. Around the world, families and friends will gather around their tables to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, when the Jews were freed from slavery.
What is overlooked in the retelling is that the Exodus did not give the Jewish people their freedom.
Once out of Egypt, they faced a long journey through the wilderness of the desert. For 40 years they traveled in uncertainty, not knowing where they were headed or what would happen.
The Exodus was their liberation from physical oppression. They were no longer slaves, but they were not yet free.
They still carried the mindsets, beliefs, and identities of slaves. The conditioning that had been trained in them for 400 years was still in their bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits.
The Exodus was only the first step; a pre-requisite for eventual freedom.
There’s an important lesson here for us.
Each of us in our own way is a slave to something. Perhaps it’s a toxic job or relationship. Or a habit that we can’t seem to break.
The myth is that freedom can be instantaneous. One day you’re a slave to what oppresses you, the next day you’re free. This is a binary way of thinking.
Free or not free.
The truth is that freedom is on a spectrum. It’s a process. A journey.
The first step to getting freedom is to change your environment. Get out of the oppressive situation. Change your physical place. Move away.
Only when you are out of the place of oppression can you start the long road to true freedom.