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  • Writer's pictureJill Brocklehurst

Liberate The World

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~ Nelson Mandela


This quote from Nelson Mandela encapsulates, for me, the essence of liberation, beginning with ourselves.


We yearn for safety, community, and some validation of our existence. Imagine for a moment an intricately woven tapestry. Snag and break just one thread, and the entire structure becomes compromised. 


This analogy became vividly real to me during a family vacation I recently organized at a ski resort log cabin. 


My family, spanning from coast to coast, had been looking forward to a time together  filled with winter sports, laughter, and bonding. However, all our good intentions were washed away when an unseasonal ‘atmospheric river’ arrived. It lasted three days, transforming pristine slopes into muddy streams, and dampening our spirits.


Despite these setbacks, we did find joy in indoor activities… yet, I couldn't quite shake off a deep sense of loss. My attachment to “what should have been" clouded the joy of what "was." This self-imposed suffering highlighted for me my larger struggle with attachment and expectation. 


Acknowledging life as a gift requires releasing the urge to control every outcome. The realization that I am not some kind of deity that is responsible for orchestrating every detail of my existence is my path to freedom.


In surrendering to the ‘present moment’ around my trip, I recognized the futility of grieving over perceived losses. After all, in the grand tapestry of Existence, every experience contributes to our collective wholeness, right?


Our shared experiences, whether joyous or challenging, are devoid of meaning until we assign meaning to them. Shifting to this perspective allows us to view life through a lens of neutrality, where events are no longer seen as ‘good or bad’. Instead, we are called to embrace life as it unfolds, guided by our intrinsic values and our faith.


There is great power in surrendering to the present moment and “what is”. Healing our personal traumas and stories of separation causes a ripple effect throughout humanity. The chain reactions from our internal transformations can heal disconnections, mend disagreements, and foster a greater global sense of unity.


Join me in embracing this sacred dance. Let's dissolve our ego selves into the void, and allow Love to guide us. Although that may be easier said than done, you'll know you've arrived when you find yourself shaking with anticipation. It is in this space that we discover Freedom, and it is from here that we will transform the world… knitting the frayed ends together, one person at a time.


ACTIVITIES for TRANSFORMATION


Journalling and Meditation


~ Each day, dedicate time to write about a specific attachment, expectation, or fear that you identify within yourself.


~ Reflect on how this attachment has shaped your experiences, emotions, and reactions.


~ Then, consciously explore ways to release this attachment; envisioning how letting go could open space for new perspectives, freedom, and opportunities for growth. 

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