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Set Yourself Free
by Owen K Waters
Back in the Middle Ages in Europe, the popular path towards
spirituality was to become a monk or a nun. Monasteries and convents
were well funded as their local populations were compelled by law to,
not only attend church on Sundays, but also to donate 10 percent of
their incomes to the church.
Monks and nuns took vows which relieved them of the distractions of
having to make a living. They took vows of poverty, chastity and
obedience. Freed from the distractions of laboring for pay or
supporting a family, they were able to pass many hours per day in
worship and contemplation. The obedience part of the vow was thrown in
for good measure because it suited those in charge.
The problem is that, once a vow is taken, it becomes stored in your
subconscious mind which, unlike your physical brain, lives on after
death and reincarnates with your spirit into each new life.
If you are struggling today with money issues, close relationships, or
you feel a lack of the initiative that could solve your problems, you
probably took a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience in a past life.
Such vows seemed like a good idea at the time but, because
reincarnation was banned from the teachings of the Bible, no one
realized what trouble this would cause in future lives.
Such vows were taken with no expiration date. There was no "until
death do us part" type of clause included, so these individuals'
subconscious minds faithfully recorded the vows as obligations which
would continue until further notice. Today, you might be struggling to
pay bills and wanting to create prosperity in your life to end the
struggle. But if you have a subconscious blockage that says, "Must not
have money" or "Money is bad," then the blockage will prevail and
you'll continue to struggle.
>From a neutral, detached point of view, it is obvious that money,
which is just another form of energy, can't actually be "bad" any more
than electricity is bad. Functionally, money is no more than the
currency of personal energy. It represents the work you've done and
your ability to pay for the work of others to supply your needs. If
you have a mental block about money, then perhaps it's time to stop
suffering and kick out the block!
While the poverty part of the vow will produce financial hardship, the
chastity part will make relationships unfulfilling. The obedience part
leads to a belief that people who have gained positions of authority
know best. This self-denying stance is no longer appropriate in
today's world, as these are the days when the Spiritual Age is
emerging. Today, we live in a self-empowered age which calls for
individual mastery of life, not the blind following of anyone who
claims to know best. They rarely do.
There is one expert in this world who knows what's really best for you
and you see that person every time you look in the mirror! Look into
the reflection of your eyes – the windows of the soul – and ask for
the eternal wisdom that lies within you to come forth. You already
know the answer to every personal challenge. Just give your conscious
mind permission to hear that inner wisdom.
Sooner or later, all obsolete vows need to be released in order to set
yourself free from the invisible chains of self-imposed limitation.
Any vows taken in past lives with no expiration date are typically
inappropriate in the way they affect later lives. The circumstances
that made a past life vow appropriate at the time no longer exist
because every life is a different adventure in a different setting.
In order to develop your own potential, you need to be free of
obsolete, past-life obligations. Only you can develop your potential.
No one else can do it for you. This life is your adventure and it is
your time to either grow to realize your true potential or to be
hobbled continually by blockages that slow everything down.
If you suspect that your subconscious mind may be harboring
inappropriate vows, you can release them quite simply by conscious
effort. Here's how to set yourself free with your own personal
Declaration of Independence:
Enter a quiet state and make this necessary and long-overdue statement:
"I now renounce and release all vows that I have taken which have
outlived their purposes and which now limit my potential for growth. I
reclaim my personal freedom and declare such vows renounced and
released as of now. I replace old vows with the knowing that I am
loved and that I am Love."
For best effect, repeat it two or more times, adding feeling and
meaning each time. Continue to revisit the statement until you feel
truly liberated and able to move forward to grow and naturally prosper
in these, the dawning days of The Spiritual Age.
This material was excerpted from Owen Waters' book, "Love, Light,
Laughter: The New Spirituality," which is available in paperback and
as a downloadable e-book.