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FENSKE: Exercise your right to enjoy life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness

Catherine Fenske
Free Press Health Columnist
Catherine Fenske
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“Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom and love within.” — Brandon Bays

As we continue this week of celebration of our nation’s independence, yesterday July 4th, with fireworks still going off each night and the feeling of freedom in the air, I encourage you to look at your own freedom.

The fireworks, parades, picnics, families getting together and the actual Fourth of July holiday are all symbols of our outer freedom. We are blessed to live in a country in which our Founding Fathers were inspired by the Laws of Nature and God and declared our freedom by writing the Declaration of Independence.

Most people don’t really think about inner freedom and what that means to them personally. Therefore, during this celebratory time when the energy of freedom beckons us, let’s look inward to our interior landscape and see what that personal freedom looks like. It more than likely will look different to each of us because of our own experiences, our beliefs and our expectations.

For me, inner freedom allows me to listen to my Higher Self. This is that still, quiet voice within that I can hear when I am paying attention. It is the voice that lights the way for me to feelings of gratitude, peace, love and forgiveness. It is being able to listen to and act on what I know deep down is best for me and not giving my power away to someone or something else. It is about making choices that serve me rather than enslave me.

In contrast, when I am not free, I am feeling enslaved by pain or feelings of resentment, anger, self-doubt, fear, jealousy or conflict of any sort. The heaviness of the chains of enslavement to these lower level energies is unbearable.

In the Declaration of Independence our Founding Fathers wrote, “… all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness —.”

I challenge you to write your own Declaration of Personal Independence. Declare to yourself what your rights are. Take some of the words of our Founding Fathers — “… That when any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness” — and rewrite to suit your own declaration.

For instance, this could be written — “That when any form of my Ego becomes destructive, it is the Right of my Higher Self to alter or integrate it and to institute new beliefs that will lay the foundation for my sense of well-being. I have the Right to enjoy Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. In fact, I have the Right to Happiness, always. I have the Right to have Freedom from the dominance of my ego and therefore can choose to follow my inner voice, my voice of wisdom…”

Open yourself up to the joy, genius, freedom and love within. Answer the call of your potential this week, the week of declaring independence. Be creative with your words of affirmation about your own personal freedom. And most importantly, have fun and celebrate your freedom!

Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or email at catherine@livewithintentioncoaching.com. Visit http://www.livewithintentioncoaching.com or her blog at http://fromblocked2bliss.wordpress.com.

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