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Volume 6 Issue 6 ISSN# 1708-3265

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Release Brings Freedom
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett

"Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me", one of my favourite songs, tells it like it is. To eventually reach that peace we all strive for (well, most of us do), individuals must look within to find their personal inner peace. But, we can't give what we don't have. Truly, to give peace, we must have peace. Only by extending and sharing this inner peace, will we ever have world peace. When the numbers of these enlightened people reaches critical mass, peace will be within our grasp… finally.

So, what stands in the way of our inner peace? Core issues blocking access to our serenity within are warped emotions, thoughts, and beliefs which muddy up our perceptions, cause distress in our minds and relationships. All is not lost, though. As faulty irrational thinking is finally and thankfully released and replaced by logic and clarity of purpose we realize how simple it really is to take charge, move ever closer to the Light, and feel more tranquil than we have in the past. Here are a couple of good affirmations to use: "I am an independent thinker." "Love guides me as I make choices and changes in my thinking patterns."

Distorted Perceptions

With perception, of course, judgment is always necessary to some extent, however constant judgment can strain the psyche beyond belief, not to mention that judgment is virtually inexcusable. Judge not, for you but judge yourself. Perception is enormously subjective. All of us may see the snow falling, but it means different things to different people. One person's thought about it revolves around a party they hope to go to that evening while another person is worrying about how she's going to get snow tires on her tight budget. Each individual is responsible for what they see. It is only that person's perception of reality; that person's choice what their minds are allowed to focus on.

Distress in the Mind

An agitated mind is a mind at war with itself through misunderstandings and misconceptions. A good affirmation for a moment such as this is, "I can choose peace instead of this." Like it or not, there are bound to be conflicted circumstances occasionally. You can decide to get all twisted up in negativity such as defensiveness and guilt, or you can simply release it into the ether. Obviously, the latter is the choice which offers the best chance for peace in your heart. Decisions, choices and options are made by learning to listen to the preference for peace within us. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad. Again, the only and most momentous choice is between fear and love. Do you choose to live your life more peacefully with love? Or, has fear guided you toward a hate-filled, miserable existence?

If and when you find yourself emotionally overwrought, be kind to yourself. Step back from the situation, and allow yourself to thoroughly FEEL the emotion, whether in private or with a trusted friend. Then release it into the Universe as though it's a balloon, asking the opposite emotion to now enter your consciousness. Instead of lack, feel abundance, for example. Let the emotion, seen as a golden stream of consciousness, flow throughout your body, soothing, healing it. As the troublesome thoughts and feelings are released, you will experience peace. And you begin to feel it as you breathe slower and more deeply, your heart rate becomes less frantic, your jaw loosens as you stop clenching your teeth, and your back muscles begin to ease. Typical fight or flight symptoms. As this relaxation spreads thoughout your body, you realize you're not feeling so angry and bewildered anymore either. That's the clear thinking which can allow you to handle anything thrown at you.

Perplexing Relationships

Lack of inner peace. Feeling less than whole, incapable. Feeling powerless, like a victim. These emotions, thoughts and beliefs contaminate relationships, be it with a friend or family member. Instead of letting that happen, we need to ask ourselves some pointed questions. Do I still care for this person? Is having this person in my life a good thing? Am I really as worthless as I think I am? And, how did I come to believe that?

When John Edwards' recklessness threw caution to the wind, his wife worked through her pain and disillusionment. Though others were perplexed by her decision to stay with her husband, she boldly asked, "Why would I throw away thirty-plus good years for one indiscretion?" Rather than release him from their marital vows which he'd already broken, she asked for a renewed commitment.

Wise woman that she is, she knows the bond of love can be strengthened through a shared history. And that trust takes time to build.

Release can be a new beginning with an acknowledgement that life got off track somewhere, and realizing surrender is only accepting that "It is what it is."

That, dear ones, can be an excellent starting point. Acceptance of what is enables you to clarify where you are in your life and what to do about it. Learn to release the outcome and have an expectancy of the highest order, Divine Order. Let go and let God. Trust comes back in baby steps, trusting yourself, the God-Spirit, and others.

Let others be angels for you, helping you however they can. Whether you choose to make a complete break or attempt to mend what is broken, just know that it can be a fresh start. Listen to your heart. Listen to your intuition, to the Holy God-Spirit. By releasing old thoughts and behaviours, and forming new more sensible ones, you'll be amazed how free life will seem, how powerful you'll feel taking charge. Warp ten, utter chaos will transform to warp one, heavenly inner peace. The release of negativity, perhaps, might not come instantaneously, but be assured you will have taken a step in the right direction toward the serenity you seek. May the gracious and loving God-Spirit bless and keep you.

Cheryl, from Michigan, says, "Having had Multiple Sclerosis for almost thirty years, I've learned much about adapting and squeezing joy out of life. Therefore, I am a metaphysical minister who believes God is in everything, everywhere. And, the Sweet God-Spirit surely lives in my little Maya-puppy, who kept me connected with life after my youngest son was killed in a freak automobile accident ten years ago."

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