Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart.Bryant H. mcgill
Everything in life can be seen as a path to more freedom or it can be seen filled with more constrainments, depending on the perspective we choose to take as every experience is determined through our choices and through the lens of our own unique thought process. When we feel trapped by extraneous circumstances, we often forget that the true prison is that of the mind. what we ultimately want is simply liberation from ourselves as all it can take is limitations from oneself to experience limiting beliefs, thoughts, even experiences.
A few years back, I was in a deep state of loss, struggle and overwhelm as I was deeply experiencing bullying, I honestly thought there was no way out. I found myself in a extremely debilitating situation that turned into a draining place where I experienced severe depression and anxiety, I honestly thought there is no way out.
No matter how much I tried to disentangle myself from any of the situations, I simply could not break free. The protracted pain and suffering I experienced over the months took a major toll on my mental health and overall wellbeing. I was trapped in a predicament, deploring that my freedom had been taken away.
Through my journey, I have slowly realised I had viewed the situation from a distorted perspective. You see, reality is a mirror that reflects our inner state onto the external circumstances. By interpreting the situation as a form of constraint, I had in fact given my personal power to the particular situations, feeding it with my energy and allowing it to escalate. I finally said enough is enough so I decided I would view the situation as a path to freedom instead, no matter how counter-intuitive it seemed.
Upon deeper contemplation, I realised that the lessons that I learnt in standing up for myself in the experiences were indeed paths to ultimate freedom. The courage, wisdom and fortitude that I found within myself in learning to handle particular situations gave me a profound revelation about my true identity and values. I realised that I was infinitely wiser, more loving and more compassionate than I had ever known. Once I was able to embrace the experience and treat it as a gift instead of resisting it, things began to fall in place according to a divine order. I surrendered to the flow of life and allowed myself to be still as I watched the situations resolve on there own, gradually losing its power over my life.
From a broader perspective, physical life may seem like a form of constrainments at times and we often find ourselves lost in the pain that exists in this realm of duality. Yet, our temporary physical suffering is only a catalyst for greater spiritual liberation. As the poet David Whyte said, “The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong.” This world is here to teach us about the true meaning of freedom, which is the liberation from our limited egoic identities. No matter what trials and tribulations we may face, we can be assured that everything is ultimately a path to our eternal spiritual freedom. We must have faith on our journey! XO ELLE