My Personal Manifesto:
I wrote my first life manifesto many years ago. While I was in bed, sicker than I care to even remember. I was hanging on to anything that was keeping me focused on life and healing. I was conditioning my brain and cells to grow free and healthy. I was literally full of shit, and almost completely numbed down by my subconscious programming. My whole life I had been walking towards this point of disaster, and only by treating my life like a warzone could I drag myself back up. At least that is what it felt like. I went through the Dark night of the soul.
The term goes back a very long time, always used to describe the collapse of the perceived meaning of life. The feeling of complete meaninglessness and loss of self. In the modern world, we might confuse this experience with what we call depression, but it is not. There is no meaning to anything, and everything feels meaningless. The dark night can be triggered by an event in your life. You might lose your job, someone close to you, or have in some way a life-altering experience. A severe trauma in any way can trigger a reason to embark on such a journey. It will feel like everything is collapsing. It is like we are shaken out of what we perceive as our reality, and the experience is changing our concept of life and the meaning that it has been given. There is an awakening happening. The one living the experience will most often not be aware of what he or she is going through. For me, it was profound. It was shredding me to pieces. I was being stripped of everything.
I became completely naked.
I was nothing.
I was NO thing!
This is the awakening to something deeper, a sense of real purpose, to true and real passion. It is like a death and a rebirth, where everything that was has now left, and new meanings, new concepts, and a new sense of existence arise. There is a death of the ego, yet nothing really dies except the ego’s own sense of self. A very painful death and the experience is that of death itself, even though nothing real died, and never will. It will feel like endless despair and darkness.
This is often a part of an awakening process, leaving us stronger and more true to ourselves than before. Once we have gone through the dark night of the soul, and have been “reborn”, we can see that what was let go of was the false sense of self. What dies was never real, but we were clinging to it as a part of the illusion of ego. I remember the time as being completely heartbreaking and mind scattering, yet it has been my most important learning experience as I see it.
From that point, I rebuilt my whole existence, my whole perception of who I was, where I came from and why I was here. My life manifesto helped me define my innermost solid beliefs and my own sacred truth. I have since then written several, on different areas of my life, and I want to share with you an example of what a simple 33 point life-value declaration can look like:
- I choose to be happy. I know is a choice.
- When I lead, I follow. I trust myself and my inner voice.
- I am able to change my thoughts, change my mind, and change my life.
- I am authentic. I allow myself to be true to myself and others.
- I forgive easily.
- My purpose is to inspire others to live their full potentials.
- What others think of me is none of my business.
- I breathe, live and talk health and prosperity.
- I am a creator in my life. I take responsibility and action towards my goals.
- Every day I strive to do better.
- I focus on the positive side of life and know that there is no failure, only learning.
- I treat my body like a temple. With love, respect and honor.
- I nourish my body with raw living food. I always have enough.
- I walk in nature and honor all of creation.
- I walk lightly on this earth by being conscious about the planet and its earthlings.
- I live in gratitude for all that is. Every day I count my blessings.
- Every opportunity that comes my way, is gratefully accepted and explored.
- I am tough, strong and disciplined.
- I never give up. I persevere until I reach my goals.
- I walk mindful through the day.
- I meditate every day.
- My finances are always I order, and I am provided for. I am abundant in every way.
- I spend time with people that uplift and strengthen me.
- I am confident in what I do. I am brave and diligent.
- I remain open to trying new things.
- I create and grow an honest and prosperous business.
- I value my time and other’s.
- My words are spoken from a place of truth. Is it kind, is it true, and is it necessary?
- I serve where I can, with joy and gratitude. Giving is one of life’s greatest gifts.
- My family is loving and supporting.
- I honor my gifts through pursuing them.
- My home is a sacred place. I keep it neat and clean.
- I honor God, Creation, truth and my life.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winne the Pooh
After writing your own manifesto, feel proud! Not many people do this, and actually, know what their values and core beliefs are. Play with it. Write a manifesto on single topics, like your health. What will it look like? Remember to write in present tense. Write it like a full description story. What do you see, how do you feel and what do you do? What does a typical day in your healthy life look like? How will you live according to your values? What good will you do, and how will you spend your time on this earth? This is you creating your life. The bullshit-free, amazingly mind-blowing, fantastic life. You are the captain, the driver, the boss, and the humble observer.
Read your declaration every day if you wish. It will nurture your soul. When the truth is spoken, your cells dance. Let it include all of your dreams, and as you read, you will believe even more. Your whole life will change in accordance with your wishes and statements. It is a mission statement, a living evolving document that you can change as you explore further. This is your owner’s manual, your self-appointed set of rules that will help you grow into your very best version of yourself. Make several copies of it. Keep it in your purse. Hang it in your office, and let it inspire you every day.
We can all contribute to making this world a better place, through striving to become the best version of ourselves. We can always do better, learn and grow. Together we are stronger, and our united truth is more powerful. When we say no to lies, we honor our lives.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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