Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.
Apr. 1, 2011
Student: Where is freedom in commitment?
Michael: Mine or yours?
Student: Is there a difference?
Michael: Ah, very good. So where is there no freedom?
Student: When we think were winning?
Michael: No freedom in winning? Really? Freedom is at the core of all things. As such it is thingless or, we could just as easily say, it is the thingness of things. This means that its all freedom. Freedom is the essence of all, therefore its always here whether our minds perceive that were winning or losing.
Student: So even in commitment there is freedom.
Michael: Commitment, in the ultimate sense, is a vow to protect the sacred freedom that we all share.