About a month ago, I received news that is a COMPLETE game changer. This news changes everything AND puts everything into question. This news impacts literally EVERY aspect of my life and to say it has caused a mild state of shock would be an understatement. It is during times like these that Authentic Freedom – the process I created which supports human transformation – comes most in handy and proves its effectiveness.
Each and every one of us has had these kinds of experiences – when the rug is pulled out from beneath us, when the ceiling caves in and when the universe, in one fell swoop, tosses us out of the nest of what we have known into what we cannot yet imagine.
The greatest temptation during these times of freefall is to make plans. Our mind, in search of something to hang on to, out of fear of the unknown, tries to make plans, or tries to become attached to potential and possible outcomes. As many have learned, when we make plans (or try to make plans), God laughs. I have witnessed the truth of this many times over in the past month as I have tried to plan my way out of and through this change. A possibility shows up, a potential, a promise, and I get excited about it, imagining all the possible ways in which this will support myself and my family and then POW, the Universe throws a wrench in the deal and the whole things falls apart. This is EXACTLY what happened this past Wednesday. Two universes collided and everything that I had planned and waged my future on completely collapsed.
Understanding the importance of grieving our losses, I have allowed myself time to grieve – to cry the ugliest cry, to tantrum, to rant and rave and wail. I reached out to my most trusted advisors for support and perspective and allowed myself to move through and to feel deep support. In this, I found my way through the debris to the place where I can be open to what truly needs to manifest, knowing that in every death is the promise of new life. I just don’t yet know what that new life might be.
I then created time and space away from all that might distract me from what I truly need to be doing at this time: SURRENDER. And in this surrendering, turning to what I know will guide me and support me in ALLOWING what it is that the Universe has in store for me – not a plan of my making, but one that comes directly from God and which is sure to be in my highest good, using my gifts in a way that is both fulfilling for me and in service to the betterment of the world. And what I know will guide and support me is the very process that I created for others, Authentic Freedom.
In this process, I maintain diligent attention to my spiritual practice and apply the principles of Authentic Freedom for identifying and moving through the fears that might otherwise prevent me from seeing and knowing God’s plan when it shows up. I will then use the process of Authentic Freedom to move me through any fears or inner resistance to God’s plan so that I can step into the freedom that God has in store for me (and for all of us when we are paying attention).
The irony is not lost on me that all of this has occurred in proximity to the Fourth of July – the time we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the journey that secured our liberty. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us be grateful for this external freedom while taking steps to secure the only freedom we will ever truly need – freedom from the inner fears, resistance and unhealed wounds that might otherwise stand in the way of a life of contentment and joy.
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