It’s not uncommon to believe that success comes from sacrifice and struggle or even pain and discomfort. Certainly, those sensations can be a part of the journey to freedom and independence. There’s another story, however, even older than the one about fighting in order to succeed. It’s a story older than humans and much older than the invention of warfare.
On July 4th, 1776 the American colonies declared their independence from Britain. For the next 5 years, they fought for their freedom from what they felt had been a tyrannical monarchy. And so they waged war, they went into battle, they shed blood, they killed, and they died in order to create their unique kind of freedom, their unique kind of independence. France and other Western nations soon followed.
So, when you experience your own inner tyrant with its barriers and obstacles to experiencing freedom and independence it’s completely natural to think that you must wage war, go into battle, shed blood, and kill or be killed in order to vanquish that which appears to be holding you back. There are plenty of messages in contemporary society that encourage you to do just that. Our fears must be conquered. Our weaknesses must be overcome. Our ‘bad’ habits must be vanquished.
Like literal warfare, this approach creates energy within you that’s corrosive and draining because it puts you at war with yourself. This is because the blocks you feel are almost entirely inside of you. Someone else can only create a barrier for you if there is somewhere within you that resonates with that energy. This is an approach that believes in ‘us against them.’ It’s an approach that believes in the ‘other.’ As a result, it’s divisive and diminishing. When you approach the idea of creating your personal freedom and independence from this place of fighting and conquering, there’s always collateral damage. In this kind of approach, something’s always lost.
The good news is, there’s a pathway to freedom and independence that doesn’t include all of the psychological bloodshed. It requires Awakening Your Inner Power. You can think of it this way, if you have a dim light bulb, smashing it with a hammer won’t make it brighter. Beaming more brightly comes from improving the energy source, enhancing the clarity of the glass, and strengthening the quality of the filament.
Going to war against yourself is like looking at a seed and thinking, ‘Man, what an ugly flower,’ and then, cutting it open with a knife with the intention of pulling the blossom out. Whatever might have bloomed would be damaged. The only way a seed succeeds in fulfilling its destiny is through nurturing, patience, proper food, water, light, and air, and healthy soil.