Today’s blog concludes the discussion on the recent government shutdown. Examining our government’s (senators, congressmen and President Obama are all culpable in this mess!) complete failure at the job WE hired them to do, we acknowledge that if we want things to change, first we have to change ourselves. Yesterday’s blog examined the beginning stages of HOW we might begin to change and today’s blog concludes that discussion with a process for healing the fears that keep us imprisoned within ourselves and therefore by the powerful and wealthy few.
Suspend Your Disbelief
As my friend, Ted Balser (watch Monday for his debut column on this site, Ted and His Friends – Midlife Advice for the Slow White Male) often observes, “In order to grow and change, we must first suspend our disbelief.” This is especially true of the personal development process that helps us to transcend our fears so that we are no longer imprisoned within and no longer able to be manipulated and controlled by the underdeveloped, so-called powerful outside of us. True power comes from within and it is in naming and claiming this power that we find true, authentic, freedom. While we may not be able to find scientific proof to verify the truths that will secure our personal power, thereby allowing us to transcend our fears, thousands of years of spiritual teachings (across traditions) and indigeneous cultural practices uphold the validity of these truths.
Finding Our Power
In my book, Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, I reveal, what I call, the seven core spiritual truths that we are invited to embrace in the process of ensuring our inner freedom and claiming our personal power, which when embraced, help us to transcend the seven core fears of the human condition (See yesterday’s blog for more on these fears). If we had grown up in a culture where sound, personal development practices had been cultivated since childhood, we might already hold these beliefs. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where human development only happens by accident…if at all, the result of which is collective arrested development (See Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin for more on this topic). Sadly, most of American culture (especially those in positions of perceived power) has not development emotionally, mentally, psychologically or spiritually past the age of 12. We do, however have the power to change this.
Transcending Fear through the Seven Spiritual Truths
Again, embracing these fears requires us to suspend our disbelief, thereby taking a leap of faith. In short, these truths cannot be measured through empirical studies, because in truth, these are truths that lay deep within us and have nothing to do with the outward circumstances of our lives. When we identify that a fear has arisen in us and then employ appropriate mindfulness based practices, the fear is transcended and we rest in the contentment of one of the following universal spiritual truths:
- There is enough. All of my need are being abundantly met.
- I am uniquely and creatively gifted to assist in making the world a better, more peaceful and more loving place.
- I can be my most authentic self and there is nothing outside of me that can prevent me from doing this.
- I am not only loved, but am the very nature of love itself.
- I am free to hear, listen and give expression to my truth.
- I know my truth and the path of my highest good and I will discover this in a time that is perfectly aligned with my own highest good.
- I am not alone.
When we rest in the knowledge of these truths, we experience love, contentment and joy and we are able to become our most authentic and inwardly powerful self. In transcending our fears, we are changing ourselves which then empowers us to facilitate change in our world.
Lauri Ann Lumby works with people one-on-one in cultivating the practices of Authentic Freedom which empowers people to transcend their fears and to find a life of meaning, purpose and fulfillment through which they help to support the betterment of the world. To explore Authentic Freedom mentoring for yourself, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 230-1313.