What do you want to be free of?

In 1776 our founding fathers were seeking freedom from an oppressive external force: the political and spiritual imperialism of Britain. Through the years some of us may have sought freedom from external oppression, but many of our restraints are not any less oppressive in nature, but come from internal sources.

How is that, you ask? Well, I will use myself as an example. There was a time that unconsciously I believed I was unworthy of being treated with love and respect and as a result I was treated in that manner. It took repeated occurrences with the same effect that I began to recognize the lie I had been telling myself.

Feelings of unworthiness seem to be the root of many issues that I hear about today. As in my case, if we do not bring this first to our consciousness and secondly to retrain ourselves to think and act differently, we will live a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I was speaking with a friend of mine going through Shamanic training about an exercise or ritual she had participated in, and it reminded me of a variation that has been in use in many forms of spiritual practice. It is a practice that can be used in many ways to rid ourselves of the role we play in lying to ourselves or to be used to assist us in a more positive manifestation.

What I like to do is to turn the negative roles into positives to reinforce the power of words in our lives and to literally send these messages into the universe.


Here are steps to creating freedom of self oppression:

  1. Write a list of five to ten roles or descriptors about yourself and life that you can come up with (bad with money, un-loveable, sad, and impatient …) A variation of this can be a self portrait as you take on these old beliefs.
  2. Then write what is really true in the eyes of the universe (I handle money easily and effortlessly, everyone loves and embraces me, I am open to all the love and happiness the universe has in store for me …) A variation of this can be a self portrait as you take on the new beliefs.
  3. Cut these truths into strips of paper
  4. You are going to make a sacred fire; be it a candle, bonfire or something in between.Make sure you are safe and in a non-flammable location. Some ash may fly so be extra cautious and follow all precautions and regulations of your community.
  5. Before you start your fire do some meditating about the new roles and descriptors, breathing in fully as you make these statements aloud. To reinforce this you can look at your reflection in a mirror.

  6. Ask your spiritual guidance to assist you in cleansing from the negative old thoughts and beliefs and into these new ones through the ritual release into flame.
  7. As you release these feelings, once again read the new belief that you wrote on your papers, and burn each individually, breathing in deeply.
  8. To follow up you may want to do some journaling or make a mendala to represent your new self.

Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach who conducts presentations, seminars, workshops, teleclasses and other events that help people reconnect with their creative spirit and move into more joyful and productive lives. For products and services visit Teresa at www.makingartoflife.com. Sign up for a free quiz to gauge how much creative energy you have and other tips. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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