Let Freedom Ring!
"Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you."
~ Viktor E. Frankl, Concentration Camp Survivor,
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This week, The Weekly Beet celebrates Independence Day with a Top Ten list! Mary Kent lets freedom ring, revealing why we all could use a bit of this power over our minds!
Can't stop thinking? Obsessing over the past? Worried over the uncontrollables? Tossing and turning thoughts in the middle of the night? Yep, I know it well, and it really is a serious case of the Mind Shackles. It's as if the peaceful mind that we are all designed to have becomes jailed by wild thoughts barring in and creating more doubt, worry, and fear than we could possibly ever imagine. But how do we break free from such a stronghold? We endlessly search for the keys for freedom, but dig ourselves deeper, as we continue to look in all the wrong places. We seek the sages, read the books, and attend the classes, but just can't seem to understand how to master and realize the peace they all seem to have so easily. Studies show that the average person thinks about twelve thousand thoughts per day, so that's about sixteen to eighteen hours of non-stop creation, contemplation, and, of course, fabrication. After all, that is the miraculous job of the mind! So, we are caught in a cycle of mind control that keeps us from what we already have within us: freedom!
Often, we find ourselves in situations not to our liking. We quickly make the mistake in blaming the outside world for all the answers as to 'Why is this happening to me?', instead of looking within at what thought in our mind could have possibly participated in the creation of the unhappy situation. After all, we think to ourselves, There's no way I could have possibly done this! And, herein lies the exact point where we have given away our freedom and been tricked by the mind! Maybe we're in an unhappy marriage or maybe it's a horrible boss. Whatever the situation is, we must recognize that the power to change and the freedom obtained from the situation lies no where else, but in the mind. Even though it may not feel like it, and trust me I have been disillusioned by this concept numerous times, there is nothing outside of us that can take away our life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is our divine birthright and you are blessed with everything inside that you need to free the mind from any thought created jail you may be currently experiencingwithout! All it takes is patience, forgiveness, acceptance, and a bit of self love. Remembering that we are the creators of our lives restores our power, removes victimization, and opens us up to receive the abundance and miracles that God has in store for us. If you learn anything today, may it be that the absolute most important thing to remember is, we create our experiences for our soul's growth, so, truly there is no wrong in what we choose. These are the keys that we all deserve and have ready at our disposal the moment we choose to see challenging situations as opportunities to be set free! All we have to do is remember! If I can do it, so can you!
Forget the wars outside ourselves! It's time to turn within and win the war our mind is waging against our heart. I've fought this battle for years and have finally gotten to a place of peace. It took years for us to create the mess we're in, but it can take no time to get ourselves out of it! Here are my Ten Steps to breaking the shackles of your mind:
- Train your brain. And, quit believing everything you hear in your mind! Choose to ONLY listen to the positive thoughts your mind has to say. If you believe the negative ones, then your mind is controlling you. Negative thoughts drain your life force energy so listen up! If you can't get a handle on your thoughts, try Bach's White Chestnut Flower Essence. It's amazing!
- Read The Power of Now to understand the amazing tricks the mind plays on us. This book is just a must in breaking free! You will learn how to spot the mind in action and learn some techniques to help you break free!
- Know there is nothing happening to you from the outside. This is important because it removes you from being a victim. Sure you may have a horrible
person in your presence, but you can CHOOSE not to react. By not reacting with thoughts or words, but acting in peace, love, and stillness, you will immediately diffuse any negative situation. Your mind will naturally fire off bullets of defensive words, but just know this is normal and with practice you'll learn to laugh at what your mind has on target.
- Read aloud inspirational quotes, scripture, and words of empowerment. By speaking out loud, your subconscious mind will begin to hear you and take you seriously! Thoughts must be changed in the subconscious. Read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. This book is an invaluable tool for reprogramming the mind.
- Whether it's Allah, Buddha, Jesus, or Mother Mary, find a higher power to give the conflicts of your mind to. Don't be stubborn, thinking you can do it all on your own. You are human and not mean to carry the burden of your humanness alone!
- Forgiveness is a tool necessary to learn in breaking free from your mind! It's a learned process, so don't think anyone is ever quick to forgive. Use Radical Forgiveness. This site contains amazing, free downloads to help you on your path to forgiveness.
- Focus on your breath. By putting all attention on your breath, the mind instantly fades away.
- Adopt a meditation practice. You don't have to sit cross-legged and chant Om to incorporate this. By meditation, I simply mean have some quiet time every day.
- Write down all your fears. This is a place to start when learning to break free from your mind. One by one face and embrace your fears and you will receive an abundance of peace.
- Finally and most importantly, know that everything that you need is already within you. It's hilarious when you start to understand that you ARE peace. And, you ARE love. And, you ARE freedom. So, really every key to freedom lies within. Stop looking outside yourself to replenish what can only be filled from within. In a bad relationship? Listen to your mind to hear if you're unworthy of receiving love. Don't have any money? Listen to your mind to know if you are running thoughts of not having enough or fears about losing your money. You'll get to the root of it all when you see what your mind has created to keep you from knowing that you already have it!
- ***I added an 11th. :) Place the focus and attention on YOU during whatever situation you have found yourself in. I am dead serious when I tell you this. FORGET the other person or the group of people that is behind the upset. They have their own journey to follow. Be gentle with yourself. You are fabulous just the way you are - right here and NOW. Even though you created a mess, it's ok. There's is nothing too big that you and God can't sort out! Accept this and let the mind's judgement of yourself go, pretty please. Thank you!
I recently experienced an unhappy situation in my life with a certain loved one from my past that literally forced me to break free of my mind! I now believe there are situations we put ourselves in soul-ly for no other reason than our own growth! I had had a falling out a year or so before with this person and things had ended quite abruptly. Because of the fall-out, it left me feeling ultra confused, without a sense of closure, as I really could never quite grasp what had truly happened. I carried a lot of sadness, as I was going through the mercury saga at the time, and the two experiences weighed down on me like a ton of bricks. But, as I began to move on, this person would re-surface along my path in the weirdest of places. The meetings were so odd, in fact, I could only conclude it was a 'sign', and as a result, it would tempt me to follow up with a text or a phone call, yet only to receive no answer or response on the other end. On about the fourth encounter, I had become slightly obsessed with wanting to know What on Earth was going on? I kept wondering how after all this time a person who had once claimed to love me could possibly be so unresponsiveness here and now. Of course, we had fallen out, but there was clearly something undeniably causing us to reconnect! Or, at least that's what I thought! I mean after all, God had put us across each other's path so many times that the synchronistic encounters had become ridiculous. The latest and most hilarious encounter had happened on my home turf at the health food store in the exact aisle where I was standing. The person just happened to be in town to get a Cliff bar! I mean how crafty can God be? The hope-er in me, again, took this encounter to mean we were meant to be friends again or at the very least we were being given an opportunity to communicate after our falling out. Isn't that what karma's all about? But, after every bump in, I would find myself no where near a resolution with the other person and annoyed with the continued encounters.
After the last encounter, luckily, something finally happened that really got me to STOP using my mind to question the situation and listen to my heart. After I received no response AGAIN from reaching out, I paused for a moment and burst out laughing, as the teaching started coming in loud and clear. I heard a part of me say - Haven't you learned your lesson already? I was so speechless because I really had not. I had been too busy questioning that I couldn't possibly have heard anything. I dug a bit and saw the potential of 'another plan' working on me. I started to see this was all happening because of something unresolved in myself that had nothing to do with the other person. It was easier to see than He's Just Not That Into You, yet for some reason, I couldn't get it. Why? Because my mind had refused to let me! The power people have over our hearts and minds is immense, but the power we allow our minds to have over ourselves is much bigger. And, just as I remembered that, that's when the unresponsive, controlling behavior of what the other person exhibited went dark. It was what my mind was doing to me that switched on. I had been stuck in bondage to a slew of repetitive, negative thoughts, and concocted illusions about who I 'thought' this person was and what I thought was meant to be. At this point, I was just fighting with myself. This person didn't exist anywhere except in my head and had appeared out of no where in these weird encounters only because I allowed traces of my past to cloud my present. Clearly, I hadn't let go of what had once happened and as a result the person kept appearing until I finally could. But, I didn't have a choice now. It was more unhappiness or freedom. As I opted for freedom, I saw the one-liners of 'ohh it's a sign' start to hilariously split at the seams and the unrequited ideas of reconnection slowly bust wide open. All I could do was die laughing, as my mind began to lose all of its power. I had literally been mind-programmed and convinced that unresponsive, silent, and cold behavior from someone was normal and that because we kept bumping into each other it actually meant something other than what it really did. I mean how bonded could I be? I couldn't even blame the guy because he was just simply being himself - cold, unresponsive, and not interested. But it was in my final choosing to rise above the annoyance of the situation and seeing how my reactions were creating this for myself - that's when my own personal freedom began ringing through. I had been a slave, stuck to false hopes, fantasies, and thoughts about this person returning as a good force in my life. And, hysterically, he did return, just not in the way that I had planned. He returned for me to see myself and what I had allowed my mind to give authority to, which was nothing more than my hoping to work out something from the past. It was clear that nothing about the other person in the encounter was holding me back from being free and happy, it was simply just me.
But, that's just one of the alluding aspects of the mind and until we observe that part, the encounters from the past will keep coming! I knew I wouldn't stop bumping into this guy until I saw the light. And, the light started shining through the minute I realized the only thing I had to let go of was the past within me. Of course, as I turned within, I could see there was a major sign all in capital letters, all pointing to my ego, which I now hold responsible for keeping me stuck. Sure I had felt rejection. Sure I had felt sad. But, by learning the truth that the message was always within me, I was able to set myself free and move on by accepting the obvious. There was nothing this person could ever do or say that had the power to make me feel better than I could! And, the very fact he never responded was exactly what I needed to break the broken record playing in my mind, a part of me that was brought to the surface because of this experience. The face-to-face encounters had only continued because I couldn't get the teaching. Luckily, when I finally did, I could see that it wasn't just about acceptance, forgiveness, or 'he's just not that into me'. This message was about freedom. There was 'another plan' freeing me from something that didn't need to be re-experienced or worked out. So much for karma! It was and had already been long done. There was just a piece of my mind that had kept me thinking otherwise. I was now simply being given the opportunity to have freedom from my mind's deceit and lies, which now sound more like a current affair scandal than a silly spat with an old flame, that any excuse he had about why he didn't get the messages or why he couldn't respond was just not worth hearing. There wasn't anything more to learn from this person! My little snippet here is only the tip of the iceberg compared to what many people are going through at the moment. The experience teaches that our own personal freedom within holds far more importance than some person giving the repetitive, silent, mind game treatment or whatever treatment for that matter. Freedom from thinking and believing that our plan is better than 'another plan' is another part of the message. Forget the karma, toss what you think are the signs, and go inside and listen to what your heart is telling you about yourself and what you need do in order to let go. That is when the mind becomes free and we begin to see that there is something magical happening in our favor that we don't need to obsessively question or ask why. We must simply accept it as 'another plan' and know it as divine perfection pointed towards our soul's elevation. People, no matter how ugly or mean their actions seem, are here for a purpose and that is to teach us positive and powerful lessons about ourselves. We judge what they do as mean or hurtful as a way to keep us from moving on, but, in truth, if we choose to see the experience as helpful, there isn't anything mean or negative at all! There's major power in this understanding. All we have to do is choose to see it that way. The actions of my past 'friend' and those who have done hurtful and unacceptable things are and always will be absolutely, perfectly placed in your life, whether it's in the aisle of the health food store or across the living room from you, for my soul and your soul to learn and grow. This is a secret key needed for you to realize in order to break free! So, I dare you to let go of judging situations as bad or even good and just know God set it up that way! And, trust me, God will keep setting it up until you get the message that is perfectly designed to hold positive meaning for you. Don't waist your time in seeing it any other way than that. And, that's the unBEETable truth to your happiness!
So, this Independence Day, I'm celebrating freedom from my mind and freedom for you. No matter what difficulty you're facing, my advice is to look within your mind. See the situation only as a SIGN to use your mind differently. Be brave. Choose to rise above and see things from a different perspective. Let God show you the truth and, then, honestly, please let it all go. Your freedom is waiting for you. Now, go get it!
Your freedom is ringing! Don't miss the call. Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. MK is holding sparklers from Jim Casey's Fireworks. She is wearing top from Old Navy and necklace from Finleaf Gallery. Her mind is super clear thanks to alot of letting go and most recently to William Pena of Energies of Enlightement.
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My Healthy Mind Tip: "Freedom lies within the mind. Period. We will never be free until we slay the demons of the mind that tempt, trick, lie, and deceive us. Where do these 'unseen forces' come from? That's for you to learn and study within your mind. This is the greatest gift of freedom you can give yourself."
My Favorite Quote: "Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms."
~ Ephesians 6:10-12
My Favorite Book: Excuses Begone!
My Favorite Movie: Evil Under The Sun
My Favorite Guru: The Force
My Favorite Song: All Roads Lead To Home by Golden State
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