Thursday 25 January 2018

7 Ways to Personal Freedom & Spiritual Health.

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Get rid of what enslaves you. Find spiritual health and well-being by discovering personal freedom. Don't be defeated by your life circumstances. Here's how to change your life for good.

Inspired by Rabbi Karyn Kedar's new book, "Omer: A Counting

1. Decide
Moses asked, Who am. I that I should go? And God said, I will be with you. 
Exodus 3:11-12

Make a decision to begin the process of releasing your personal freedom.  Today is the day you start the rest of a new life. A life better and brighter than the life you lived yesterday. Be strong. Be sure. You're going to do this thing.

"So often, the problem is not the call but rather the response. The twin enemies, fatigue and fear, are ever-pervasive." ~Omer: A Counting

2. Discern
And Moses asked, What is his name? What shall I say? And God answered, I am the eternal God. So tell them that the Lord, whose name is “I Am,” has sent you. This is my name forever, and it is the name that people must use from now on.  
Exodus 3:13-14 

Recognize the right voice, the worthy voice among the many you hear in your head. Get rid of the clutter that pulls you in all direction. This is the day you know your own mind. This is the start of a new plan that will move you forward toward freedom.

"Not all that is said is useful, not all that is learned is helpful, and not all who call us 'friend' love us." ~Omer: A Counting

3. Choose
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you; life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life; that you and your children may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

You've narrowed it down. You've used discernment and you hear the one pure voice gently urging you toward the right choice. Own it. Make a conscious choice that the one thing that enslaves you will be the one thing to eliminate completely from your life

"Daily, moment by moment, life is a sequence of choices. We choose to act or not, to react or not. What we believe, how we feel, boredom, passion, and kindness don't merely happen to us, they are all choices we make."  ~Omer: A Counting

4. Hope
And God said, I will take you out of the misery of Egypt. 
Exodus 3:17

Get excited! There is hope for a future free from whatever it is that enslaves you. This thing that you are working on will surely be a thing of the past. Anticipate what lies ahead with no reservations.

"You believe with the strength of your character and with determination, you can mend what is broken." ~Omer: A Counting
5. Imagine
And God said, I will take you to a land flowing with milk and honey. 
Exodus 3:17

You need to see a grand and glorious vision of your life without that which drags you down. Close your eyes. Fire up your imagination and picture it: Look past your reality and define a new normal, one that makes you happy and free.   

"This is the secret to our power: To imagine! And then to create! To step out of the darkness that blinds us to possibility." ~Omer: A Counting

6. Courage
And Moses, afraid, pleaded, Please, O Lord I have never been a man of words... I am slow of speech and slow of tongue. And God simply said, Who gives man speech? What makes him dumb or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 
Exodus 4:10-11

It takes courage to face your darker side, and faith to do something about it. It's a natural progression to go from the decision to eliminate what enslaves you, to arrive at the point where you're actually ready to do something about it. God is with you along the way. You can't fail. Be strong, be brave, have courage.

"Such is the ironic fact of human nature: we protect our deficiencies and hide our inadequacies. But perhaps it should be the opposite. Perhaps we should protect our gifts, cherishing the good within us and reveal our doubts, asking for help and support. That would take courage." ~Omer: A Counting
7. Pray
Moses and Aaron said to Pharaoh; Let my people go that they may celebrate a festival for me in the Wilderness.
Exodus 5:1

Prayer is an expression of personal freedom. It's essential to spiritual health. You become more aware of what is necessary and what is not. You receive strength in prayer. You touch God in prayer. Be done with what enslaves you, and celebrate with prayer.  

"Have an active conversation with the invisible: doubt and argue, dream add beg, ask for help, ask for forgiveness, and offer gratitude. Shout at the heavens when you despair and raise your voice in song when you rejoice." ~Omer: A Counting

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