Do you remember who you are?
As we turn to July 4th and celebrate the declaration of freedom, I am reminded that political independence is necessarily founded upon a deeply held value of personal independence.
It is your birthright to be your unique self. By self, I mean you in all your aspects, inner and outer, full and strong and beautiful and wholly integrated.
This seems such a simple statement. Yet, we face all sorts of obstruction, much of it well meaning, that nevertheless suppresses our abilities to thrive in “full-selfness” and be and give from our individuality and our personal, matchless gifts. It can be rather difficult to relocate your own true being after a lifetime of others (including family, friends, teachers, cultural, religious, governmental and business institutions), and yourself, asserting what you should be, could be, ought to be, must be—and what you can’t be. One might say that we are taught to forget or deny our personal truth, each of us, of who we are.
Time to get it back! Declare your independence! Create your own life in your own style, born out of your own truth. Express your Self!
As we celebrate July Fourth, I am reminded of the power and will of the ordinary people who founded the United States. I have been thinking about what gave these Founders the vision, strength, belief, trust and commitment to create a nation.
I spent a day in Philadelphia earlier this week, and I had a chance to walk alone through the city. I was struck with the memory held in the bricks and mortar of Independence Hall, in the original cobblestones in the streets, in the wrought iron gates and the brick walls of the Old City. The stately old trees in the gardens around Independence Hall stand tall and still bear witness. There is a fine and palpable vibrational field in this area—quite distinct from the feel of the surrounding city.
And as I walked through it, I understood some more about independence.
The Founders were able to claim national independence because they each had a strong personal sense of independence. Each had a well-developed feeling of what is true and good, and had great will born of that clarity. In other words, our national sovereignty grew out of the personal sovereignty and faith and conviction of many individuals.
But independence is a collaborative undertaking. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams—each of these men understood that there is beyond each of us an unseen, objective force of great awareness, which supports us and which we can access in order to move forward in more noble and loving and successful ways, working together to make the world a better, more loving, more considerate, and healthier place.
The Founding Fathers were not only personally dedicated to the principles of freedom, but they also were working in collaboration with a passive force, a kind of over-soul of the emerging country, that provided auxiliary support, perhaps that added ingredient that enabled the Founders to do what would seem not possible—for example, to convince France to financially support this ragged team of struggling colonies against what was at that time the greatest military power in history, England.
You may ask: How can I find my own independence?
Independence is about finding your true expression. The pathway to personal sovereignty is a journey of rediscovering your self, a return to “home”, to your own “true north”, the you that is you, the voice you recognize as yours and the place where you feel comfort, peace, love, well-being and acceptance. Feel into your self, start to explore, trust the process, and trust you. See how you feel when you settle into stillness and make some time and space to go inward. Keeping a journal as you do this is very helpful.
Independence and integration go together. They are original collaborators! More on integration in another post.
Wishing you the light of your own independence.
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