Ask yourself if you’re living freely?
US readers will celebrate the 236th Independence Day of our country’s victory over British rule. As an African-American I always note the irony of how the Black citizens (both free and enslaved) who helped build this country have had to fight for full inclusion. It’s very telling about human vs. spiritual nature won out amongst the ruling elite in how some wanted to control others while claiming oppression. Yet, 8-10 generations later many Blacks have long forgotten the promise yet to be fulfilled.
On a more personal scale, when we discuss the concepts of independence, freedom and sovereignty we’re referring to personal autonomy. We have the right – and responsibility – to be our most authentic selves.
Many conflicts result from people faking the funk. Spending beyond their means. Pretending to be something they’re not. Burying lack of intellectual and social exploration into religious dogma. Narrow-minded thinking. Procrastination and fear.
Still more conflicts arise from external pressure that others impose on people to conform. Someone may want you to think and act the way they do. They may manipulate, distort or sabotage to try to control you. I’m sure many of us can relate to feeling pressure to do something that doesn’t resonate with our core sense of self.
Basically, you can’t just go along to get along. We need to trust our instincts, get back in touch with who we are/where our passion resides and draw strength from God/Universe. Some of us may be right on track. Some may benefit from a thorough review and renewal. It’s ok if you have steps to take. The point is to not feel as if you missed out on doing what you want that fills your life with joy. And taking it out on everyone else. Let go of whatever is holding you back to be everything you were meant to be.