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Living Free

July 2010 metroSPIRIT: The Soul's Journey

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What does freedom mean to you? For some it may mean freedom of speech or freedom of religion; for others it might mean a day without responsibilities, or being free of debt. However, there exists another freedom that most people don’t think of, one that cannot be granted to us by another being or found in an outside source – and that’s the freedom that lies in our inner experience.

 


 

In this context, living free means being liberated to be who we are. It is where we are allowed to feel our feelings, follow our dreams, and step forward into our destiny. When we walk in this freedom, we are living from a place of authenticity -giving ourselves permission to live in our own way and, therefore, honoring our uniqueness.

We know there are places in the world where certain freedoms are taken away or not allowed. The kind of freedom we’re talking about here cannot be taken from us, but we often choose to give it away. We frequently oppress our own spirit and keep ourselves bound in ways that limit our Soul’s expression.

We give away our freedom when we:

  • Live by other people’s opinions rather than our own.
  • Live in resentment of past hurts.
  • Go on autopilot
  • Blame others for situations in our life
  • Are controlled by addictions of any kind.
  • Believe that we alone know the truth or the right way or,
  • Allow others to tell us what’s right
  • Believe we are responsible for others’ happiness
  • Say “yes” because we don’t believe we have the right to say “no”
  • Continue to look at our lives through the same old lens, believing there’s nothing more
  • Are controlled by our fears
  • Deny our own Divinity

Do any of those sound familiar? Most of us visit some, or all, of these places often.

When we were growing up, we learned rules from parents, teachers, the church and others in authority. Sometimes it was in a loving way; other times, not so much. But we often accepted what we were told because we had no frame of reference for what worked and what didn’t. During this time, we more than likely followed the rules to get along with others and be accepted. As we grew up, the rules started to change, the parameters of our world began to expand, and we started doing things “our own way”.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.

While we may feel as if we’ve outgrown the rules of childhood, we may still be holding on to old rules and conditioning, which makes our world a smaller place than it actually is. This also makes our view of ourselves very limited.
There is a part of our unconscious that holds on to these patterns and beliefs; this is what shapes our lives. It sets boundaries on what we allow ourselves to do. When we decide we want to move beyond these boundaries, we often experience fear as we start moving outside of our “life fence.” As a result, we may decide it’s not safe to go there, or “not possible for me”, and stay inside. The gate is unlocked, but we’re not allowing ourselves to open it.

It’s helpful to come to an awareness of who is making the rules for you now. Who decides what you’re allowed to do? Who decides how you take care of yourself? Who creates the reality of your life? Are you living free or living in oppression?

We are living free when we:

  • Give ourselves permission to be who we are
  • Live fully present in each moment
  • Love and accept all parts of ourselves
  • Bring innocence and curiosity to our lives
  • Ask questions that bring a greater awareness, such as:
    • What else is possible for me here?
    • What do I want instead?”
    • What decision is for my highest good?
  • Are able to let go of all that no longer serves us
  • Look at life through the eyes of our Soul and see that everything is perfect
Ask yourself, “What does living free mean to me? How am I bringing that into my life? What stops me?”

I’ve included one of my favorite poems.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson

Let’s all let our Light shine today.

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