A Personal Declaration of Independence – Revisited

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Rumi

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Four years ago, just before Independence day, I spent some time looking at our country’s Declaration of Independence. I was amazed by the power of the Declaration. I believe each of us would be served by exploring, declaring and honoring our fundamental Truth, that in having clarity and commitment to our own integrity, all are served.

I share mine here, (as I did in a post in June, 2013), tracking the language of the founders of our nation.

The Declaration of My Independence:

When in the course of a person’s life, it becomes necessary for a person to dissolve all bands or cords which have connected him or her with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle him or her, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that each person should declare the causes which impel him or her to the separation.

I hold this truth to be self-evident: that all people are created equal, that each person is endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and Happiness. That to secure these rights, each person is personally empowered. That whenever a person experiences anything contrary or limiting to their own unique expression of Life Itself, it is that person’s right – and duty – to institute a new foundation, so as to effect that person’s Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate and experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of unfulfilling experiences shall ensue, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such ways and beliefs and manner of living and to provide otherwise for their future security and happiness.  To the extent that this has been my experience, and such is now the necessity which constrains me to alter my former way of being.  My history with my thus-far inner authority has not yielded the full expression that I believe is not only possible, but my birthright, as it is the birthright of every living being. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

I am not my past, my history, my culture. I am not my mother, or her expectations of me. I am not my father, or his expectations of me. I am not the person that my family once regarded me as or believed me to be. I am not limited by any person’s beliefs about, or expectations of, me. I have the right to choose.

I honor my ancestors and accept the gifts they offer but am not defined or limited by who they were (or were not), what they believed or what they saw possible for themselves.

I honor the God I grew up believing in and the traditions in which I participated and accept the gifts they offer but do not limit myself, my beliefs or my experience by what I was told was true. I open to the experience of the Divine and allow Life Itself to inform me.

I honor all individuals with whom I meet and interact. I maintain curiosity and respect for others and, in each interaction I choose to honor myself as I honor other, never betraying myself to put another’s needs as greater in importance to my own. From this place of honoring all, I serve – wholeheartedly.

I choose to participate fully in life. I choose to live sensually – allowing all of my senses to inform me. I choose – to the best of my ability – to live in the moment.

I grant myself the gift of compassion, for myself and for others.

It is with great conviction that I make these choices, this Declaration of Independence, for myself and for others, as and when I am able to support others in their own pursuit of independence.

I declare these truths especially for my children. I choose to see them as whole, independent and free.

I, therefore, appealing to God and Life Itself for the rectitude of my intentions do, in my Name and by my authority, solemnly publish and declare, that I am, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent. That I am Absolved from all Allegiance to any limiting thought, belief, relationship or experience and that all connection to such limitations are totally dissolved; and that as a Free and independent person, I have full Power to live in Peace, create healthy and loving relationships, and to do all other Acts and Things which each and every Individual may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, I pledge my Life, my Sacred Honor.

~ by Hilda Porro on July 4, 2017.

2 Responses to “A Personal Declaration of Independence – Revisited”

  1. Love this!

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