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Breaking Free

You might remember this quote from last week:

“A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners of their own concepts and ideas. They can be slaves to their own selves” – Maharaji

So how do we break out of a prison of our own making? Unfortunately there is not a simple formula. We must each do our own work and find our own way. But this is something I am familiar with. I spent years as a prisoner of my own concepts and ideas and a slave to my own self. So how did I break free?

1. First I had to realize that I was a spiritual and emotional prisoner. I also had to accept that old concepts, ideas and beliefs were no longer working for me.

2. Then I had to learn to release and let go of all that old stuff that was holding me captive.

3. Next I had to start walking forward. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes there were teeny tiny baby steps and lots of falls, but you have to start somewhere.

4. Now I keep on walking knowing there is no turning back. As tempting and inviting as that old life might sometimes seem, it is still a prison.

Don’t think from this nice little four point summary that it is easy.  It is not, but the key is in knowing that there is a way out.  You don’t have to remain a prisoner, continuing to go over and over the old stuff and afraid to move forward.  Dare to break free.

Letting Go to Move Forward

Don’t you love that life is full of second, third, fourth, fifth chances

New year light
New year light (Photo credit: fide)

and even more if we need them? The Universe seems to be continually encouraging us to get it right.

New Year’s Eve can be a time to let go of the things that have not served us well, or have held us back in the old year. Some traditions hold a “burning bowl” ceremony where everyone writes down one thing they are ready to let go of and then the individual pieces of paper are actually burned. There is a profound sense of release that takes place as the paper burns.

So what is holding you back this year?

I release and let go of the things that have held me back and move into the new year with love, peace and gratitude. And so it is. Thank you God.