July 4th is the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the New World colonies from English rule. Now is a perfect time for us to declare our personal independence from the inner tyranny we all experience – or have experienced – from our disempowering beliefs, parental, cultural and religious conditioning, and our repressed emotions which still have a powerful effect on us even though we often deny them. I call this our “shadow” (the “storage room” in our unconscious minds where we’ve shoved those feelings and kept a tight “lid” on them for years, even decades) until we believe we’re safe enough to feel, express and release them. This “emotional density” is stealing our peace, power, love and joy, blocking us from creating and living the lives we long for with all our heart.
I encourage you to take that first courageous step to free yourself from the tyranny of those repressed shadow emotions. The first one is the hardest as we are breaking through the inner barriers we erected to protect us in our belief that we wouldn’t be able to “handle” them. Well, we couldn’t at such a young age so our bodies stepped in to protect us until such time as we could. I’ve learned that the most effective path to freedom from their destructive effects is to turn around and face them, knowing that the memories and emotions associated with them can no longer hurt us. They are “smoke and mirrors,” really – we already survived the events. In truth, our continued denial of them is hurting us more.
Believing we are limited in any way, that we are anything less than unique and beloved expressions of the Divine, God/dess or whatever name we choose, prevents us from knowing and expressing our most authentic and beautiful selves. I invite you to create a relationship with yourself unencumbered by these memories and emotions. Embrace the Light that you are at the deepest core of your being. Claim the freedom, love and joy that are your birthright – as they are for ALL of us.