It is you that pervades this universe, and this universe exists in you. Your true nature is pure Consciousness. Don’t be small-minded. — Ashtavakra Gita (800-400BCE), India
The Ashtavakra Gita or the Song of Ashtavakra is an Advaita Vedanta scripture. Many teachers and mystics held it in high regard. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a respected mystic of 19th century India, held great respect for its teachings.
According to this ancient text, one is free once one realizes it. Dorothy, with her red shoes and yellow brick road, learned this when Glinda the Good Witch told her, “You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.” “Why didn’t you tell her?” Scarecrow asked. “Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”
Imagine you had your own pair of ruby slippers. What power would they give you? Are you free and just need to realize it?