You Have The Power To Free Yourself
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.
– Alan Watts
We are all on a spiritual journey of unlearning the fears created by our past life, and learning to accept ourselves as who we really are. At some point in our life, probably multiple times, we let someone else tell us we were wrong to believe in the things we do. They abandoned us. They betrayed us. They ridiculed us. They said and did hateful things. They made us feel that we were not good enough, that we were stupid, a waste of space, not even useful garbage.
Whenever there is fear, there is opportunity. When there is great fear, there is great opportunity.
– Andy Stanley
It may be that we didn’t live up to the expectations of our family, or at school or work, or with our so called friends. So we became victims and were abused, bullied, and treated disrespectfully. Or it may be that they were so dysfunctional and unhappy that they didn’t know how else to treat us. And we let it happen. We believed them, we listened to them, and they shattered us. Then in an act of self preservation we gathered up all of the broken pieces of ourselves and put them deep inside a cage, so that no one could cause further destruction.
To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.
– Jack Kornfield
Next what happens is that our negative mind talk takes up where the others left off. It seeks to keep us inside of that cage, because it thinks by doing so we won’t be hurt again. We will be kept safe. But at some point that small child inside the cage starts making some noise. It wants to be free. It wants to come back into the light and start pursuing our dreams again. At some point you start becoming conscious of this desire that is building up inside your soul You have to start taking some risks. You come to know that you can change your life. That it is a possibility, and not as hard as our mind wants us to think it is.
Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections.
– Margaret Woodhouse
In order to trust in the dreams, we go on a spiritual pilgrimage. A spiritual journey of discovering a path to happiness. Of creating new paths of your own, breaking your own trail. Of making changes even though they terrify you. You discover doors to open that you never saw before. You set yourself free from those shackles. You used your key to unlock the cage you had locked yourself into. You know in your bones that you deserve to be free and happy.
Survival mode is supposed to be a phase that helps save your life. It is not meant to be how you live.
– Michele Rosenthal
With every choice, with every small change we go on a new heroes journey. We begin we discover the possibility of a new life. We stop being who we were and start uncovering who we are. Hope begins to find a home inside our souls again. We begin to love ourselves without boundaries. We open up to the possibility of being loved, and loving others without boundaries.
Hope is the magic elixir that energizes dreams, fuels possibilities, and lets you live beyond the limits of your historical thinking. It is not a promise that something you want will happen – it is an invitation to enjoy the possibility of what you want while you and life negotiate the eventual outcome. There is never a good reason not to hope!
– Michael Neill
This begins the life of taking second chances. It is the most powerful gift we can give ourselves. The opportunity to amplify our love. To see life from the place of our restored hope. To live a life of value, redeeming those qualities and values we abandoned. To be made whole again. To change the story of our life. To expand out past our comfort zone, the cage we imprisoned ourselves in, and begin living a life of potential and possibilities.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
– Alan Watts
We close the chapter in the story of being a victim. That might have been who we were when we lost our way. But now with our transformational compass firmly in our hands we are navigating our way to start living a life of purpose and meaning. We are climbing back up the mountain in our heroes journey, refined. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes we take flight. We are starting out on a new journey, a new sacred destination of fulfilling our destiny once again.
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist, because you’ll have already shut it out – you can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.
– Mae Jemison
When we look at our life with gratitude, even for the stuff that was devastating, it transforms it all into a gift. It bestows reverence on how God works with everything that happens and turns it into something valuable. It allows us to see the world through love, and creates these transcendent moments of awe that change us down into the DNA of our bodies. We experience the world in a different way. It becomes a daring adventure. We become the brave heroes exploring the new world. Yes, we will fall down. Yes, we will be hurt. Yes, we will find ourselves working to regain our vision. But now we know that we can choose our thoughts. That we can keep what brings us joy, peace, and happiness. That never again will we find ourselves having to imprison ourselves to save ourselves. That we can release the things that make us suffer, let them take flight and be free.
I wish for the same thing I’ve hoped for since the beginning. I wish for a life so brave, so unpredictable, so full of unexpected joys and unforgettable love that no box could possibly contain all my memories. Such a life won’t be perfect. It’ll be something better. It’ll be my own paradise.
– Patti Smith