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Choosing Life & Liberty - Jennifer Hadley

Choosing Life & Liberty

July 4, 2015
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I was in prison for many years – imprisoned by my judgments and opinions. I was tortured by my own doubt and fear. In the prison of my own thought I saw no escape, although I dreamed of one. My days could only be half lived because, although I knew I wasn’t free, I didn’t know that it was something I had to choose.

Jesus told us that the truth will set us free. When I heard that from inside my prison cell it sounded wonderful. I could feel that it was true. Still, I didn’t know HOW to use the truth to set me free. It was a while before I even allowed myself to consider that I could be free. It took a while because I didn’t want to desire something I didn’t think I could have.

Eventually the pain of continuing to live imprisoned by my judgments became so great that I allowed myself to desire liberation. One day I woke up and I saw that I could actively choose freedom. I understood that I could deliberately choose whom I would serve that day. I could continue to suffer or I could choose to serve Love. In that moment I believed something different was possible. Emancipation was at hand.

A Course In Miracles teaches me that I cannot find light by analyzing darkness. I must choose the light. It says, “You have not made truth, but truth can still set you free.”

I remember my Independence Day clearly. I was sitting in a tent in the Andes mountains just before dawn. That morning, I awoke to the knowledge that I’d been living my life in the shadows. I’d been facing away from the light of my own being. Somehow walking into the darkness had become my path. In that early morning stillness I turned and faced the light in my own Spirit and took that first step toward it.

I decided to become as loving as it was possible for me to become. I didn’t dare imagine that I could ever arrive at a place of deep loving within this lifetime, but I didn’t mind that. To me, it was all about which direction I was moving towards and not when I would get there. I saw clearly my choice to focus on being loving NOW. It was my choice and no one else’s. I was not a victim of circumstance. I set my intention and in that moment I had the key that unlocked the door. That day was my day of Liberation.

Today I AM free to choose to serve love and to let love serve me. In this way my walk in the world is a walk of power and freedom that serves all.

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