Being that tomorrow is a day of celebrating the Independence of the United States in 1776, it just seems fitting to spend a few moments thinking about Personal Independence. I looked up the original Declaration of Independence to get a clear reading of the message that I might find good to apply what goes on in my life today.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. . . That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
The Declaration then goes on to list at least 20 wrongs done by the British Government against the United States from which they were declaring independence.
Knowing there is a tyrant in my mind that often plays the role in my life that the British government played in 1776, I believe it is a good idea to visit at least once a year – actually, probably much more often – the destructive things I may be telling myself that I need to abolish so that I am claiming my unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, Happiness and Freedom more of the time.
A few things to remember: The Tyrant is brutal. Tyrannical thoughts are always fear based – and, they are never true. Here is a bit of the tyranny I find infiltrating my thoughts from time to time
< You don’t know enough
< You are “less than”
< You’re not enough
< You’re too much
< You should be more successful at your age
< Your life should be different than it is
< There isn’t enough – time, money etc.
< You aren’t loved
< You aren’t lovable
< You’re too old
There are more, but this is enough to make my point. You see — they are brutal.
You do know why I’m sharing this don’t you? I know I am not alone in having an inner tyrant telling me lies.
So on this day of Declaring our Freedom let’s do some claiming of what we are for.
I Claim that I Am All For
> Exerting my power over the inner tyrant and telling it to “shut up.”
> Knowing that I am the me that I was created to be
> Accepting and loving the me that I am
> Knowing I am loving and lovable
> Knowing and accepting I am enough
> I am choosing to get out of the way and to allow me to be all that I am
> Knowing I can do and be anything I really desire
> Looking in the mirror and seeing the beauty that is me
> Knowing I am good and lovable even when I make a mistake
In April I shared the ending of my book with you in my blog about freedom – and it just feels right since we’re talking about Independence and Freedom to share it with you again.
Free At Last
I, too, have a dream. I have a dream that one day my children and grandchildren, and all people on earth will never again be judged or condemned by themselves as unworthy or unacceptable, or not good enough. I have a dream of a world where all people love and accept themselves and each other, just as the Divine that held the thought that created them loves and accepts them. I dream of a world where there are no more puppets, and we are all free at last to live our lives with no strings attached.
Oh Lord, I have a dream.
Happy Independence Day!