Beginnings. . . Spirit
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key.
The whole Liberated Life Project is built on the assumption that freedom comes from the inside. No matter what the external circumstances of our life, we can work with our mind to find liberation… and that in turn affects what’s going on in our life circumstances.
This is why Spirit is the fundamental zone of liberation, and the one I’ll spend a good deal of energy writing about.
Some of the most profound examples of “liberated lives” come, in fact, from people who have been incarcerated. Take Nelson Mandela, for example, who was imprisoned for 27 years, following arrest for his involvement with an anti-apartheid militant resistance group in South Africa. During that time, his friend Desmond Tutu said, “Nelson Mandela evolved from an angry young man into someone who grew in magnanimity and in his understanding of the point of view of the other.” Mandela was able to break out of the prison of his own anger to step into a much greater version of himself. In the process, he helped to dissolve apartheid and create a new South Africa.
We have a lot to learn from these people. But we also have a lot to learn from ourselves. Remember how the beginning of Star Trek was, “Space, the final frontier”? Well, Gene Roddenberry didn’t get that quite right. The final frontier is really our own minds and hearts. We are capable of so much more than we think.
Spirit links all the other diverse categories in the Liberated Life Project together – Creativity, Relationships, Livelihood/Financial Liberation, and The World We Live In. I hope that the insights and practices shared here will be nourishment for your spirit as you live your own liberated life.