Take a moment and think it through. Keep it simple. What does being "free" mean to you? What is the opposite of that?
Notice, I am not asking, "Do you feel free?" Is your response to the question "Are you free?" really answering the question "Are you feeling free?" There's a big difference. The question, "Are you free?" is about how you identify with the 'being' of your essential nature. Is this nature--are you--free or not?
It's my choice to realize that I am free or not, just as it is your choice to realize your own freedom or not.
All it takes is discernment, and one thought, "I am free"; and then deciding to follow through on that thought over time.
I have a student who, after I explained this, exclaimed in some frustration, "But it can't be so simple!"
I think it is this simple.
It's as simple as making a fist through the conscious intention to make the hand tight, and then releasing the fist-squeeze by thinking/willing the hand's release.
To think "I am not free" is like making a fist/cage for our whole self (body/mind/soul), while to think "I am free" releases the whole of who we are.
The difference, perhaps, lies only in the imagined/believed simplicity of releasing a hand. We may think that creating/releasing a fist is simple because we can literally see the hand, and think of it as something small and isolated, but is it really? Isn't a hand as infinitely complex in its minute details as any other organism? And, isn't it just as connected to the rest of the body as any other part, or parts put together?
If we can make and a release a fist through a simple thought, we can do the same for the whole body.
What is not always a simple matter, though, is to set aside the belief that it isn't this simple for long enough to try it out and experience positive results!