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Freedom from Bondage

Reg Phillips

Author: Reg Phillips

Article:

I’ve been thinking of things that human beings are addicted to or conditioned to in their lives. Things like stress, worry, guilt, shame, drugs, alcohol, sex, body image, food, prescription pills, jealousy, anger or the need to be right. A lot more could be added I’m sure.

How can one be liberated from these shocking, hurtful conditions? I, personally, went through a lot of these life draining conditions. How did I work through the problems, to heal, to let go and to gain a sense of relief and freedom; to feel love, acceptance, happiness and a sense of peace? With a lot of courage, self love, forgiveness and soul searching.

You’ve heard the saying, "change your thinking, change your life”? That saying opened the door to freedom. I learned to shift my thinking and perceptions about myself and other people. Of course, I needed to also change my negative core beliefs, especially my belief about "God”, the word I use to identify the Supreme Being or Higher Power. I really believed that the Creator had an agenda and if I didn’t follow it, I was guilty and therefore punished.

I now know this isn’t the truth, for how could God punish what He created in His (Her) likeness and image? My beliefs about me being a sinner, being unworthy, deserving to suffer, having an imperfect body, being guilty and needing to feel shame, led me to believe I was worthless. Believing this craziness, I couldn’t experience happiness, peace, joy, abundance and a sense of freedom; I held myself in bondage with these insane beliefs.

None of these negative beliefs are true. I am not what I made myself out to be. I am not my behaviors, I am not my thinking, I am not my body; nor am I guilty. Working through my issues wasn’t easy but with perseverance I was able to let go and begin to understand who I really am.

I used a simple three-step method, called The Clearing Process, which helps one determine what is true and what is false for them. It can be challenging because of our wanting to be right. People go to jail or to war just to prove they are right. I don’t feel that anymore; what a blessing!

Being flexible and always having an open mind are good things to practice. Bend but don’t break. I am bound or freed by the way that I think. I choose to remember that love is a choice I make from moment to moment, to do everything with love, and never underestimate the value of my brother. In my brother I will find myself or lose myself.

Perceiving beyond myself, I see everything is about lessons; what am I to learn from this situation? How I react to something is more important then what is happening, and my choice strongly influences the outcome. My attitude determines my reaction. I choose a positive attitude, diminishing my stress level. I‘ve learned to relax; to go with the flow (I used to paddle up stream), and to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. I now use a sense of humor to lighten things up.

In the Lord’s Prayer, God is referred to as "Our Father.” He is not my Father, or your Father, but our Father. We are all His children; all one and all equal. God is expressing Himself though all of us.

Be gentle, be kind, be understanding, be forgiving, be loving, be generous, and just be who you really are.

Namaste!

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