There is an old saying, “free your mind and the rest will follow.” Some people understand that better than others. I once heard a story about a young man who could not afford to travel; instead, he read travel books from the library. Even though he could not physically go, he experienced other contraries through reading. This poem by Kahlil Gibran sums it up nicely.
A poem from Kahlil Gibran as used in the animated movie The Prophet
There are all kinds of cages for 7 years this house has been mine, the crime poetry. They think that I am their prisoner but I have flown away many times, right out that window high above the whole island
We are not prisoners of houses or our bodies not even of other people, we are spirits free as the wind
I have seen people throw themselves down and worship their own freedom like slave before a tyrant and praising him though he slays them.
I have seen the freest among them wear their freedom as a handcuff. And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when you when you no longer speak of freedom as a goal
How can you be free unless you break the chains you have fastened around yourself. In truth That which they call freedom is the strongest of these chains though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle your eyes.
And to become free what would you remove that is not a part of yourself. If it is a tyrant his throne was built within you? I f it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you. And if it is a fear you would drive away the root of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.
These things move within you as lights in the shadows a constant half embrace, You will be free indeed not when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief; but rather, when these things bind your life and yet you rise above them unbound.
I was not aware of the writings of Kahlil Gibran, before I saw this animated poem on television. It is both enlightening and inspiring. I hope that you can gain some inspiration from it as well. The poem is about the that the power lies within each of us. We are free to pursue our own hopes dreams and passions. Many of the obstacles that we encounter are only constructs of our mind. Exercise your freedom.
Even when the way seems impossible, there is always a way. Self development, and independent education coupled with persistence and deliberate action can open many doors. Learn always, and remember we are spirit only our own chains bind us.
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