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Self-Imposed Imprisonment

Updated on June 18, 2011

"A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners of their own concepts and ideas. They can be slaves to their own selves." Maharaji

Does the above quote sound familiar to anyone? I write subjects based on my own life experience and my past. This one hit me hard because it is something I have been a victim of all my life. The awesome thing is that I no longer choose victimization. It’s a brain thing, a heart thing. It’s now become a conscious choice to break free from the imprisonment. It’s no longer an unconscious dwelling.

So many of us walk around in our lives with our eyes wide shut! We walk around in our heads, in our egos, which as you know from my past writings, stands for Edging-God-Out! We have concepts and ideas about people, about our lives, about who we are, about how the world works. Most of these concepts and ideas were taught to us by parents, loved ones, peer groups in school. Most of the time, we believe that because they were taught, they are the “Truth.” We believe that we have to live that truth. We think we have to hold onto it because it’s “all we know” or because if we let go of it, we will no longer be “true” to ourselves. We think we will be ridiculed or condemned or cast aside and disowned. That’s happened to me. That’s happened to many of us.

The real, honest to goodness Truth about letting go of concepts and ideas that keep us imprisoned is that when we do let go, only then are we able to be literally, deeply and significantly true to ourselves, to Who We Truly Are! As I have said before, truth is subjective. Each person’s beliefs and concepts and ideas are all individually defined based on their view and experience of the world around them. We get so wrapped up in our beliefs and concepts that we put blinders on to the rest of the options and choices the world offers. We believe the words spoken by parents, friends, peers and others who have no greater importance than we have within ourselves. They are no wiser, no more valuable, and no more precious than we are within our own innate individuality and greatness.

So many years spent believing in stereotypes has caused so many of us to fall short of our purpose, our burning desire to be someone greater than we have ever allowed ourselves to be! It takes a lot of soul-searching and a lot of time to heal from the imprisoning concepts and ideas but it’s worth it in the end. To diligently search to find out whom we are, what our purpose is and what benefit we bring to this world is all worth the effort. As I have stated before, there is not one single person on this earth that was put here without a purpose. Every single being that has ever lived has had a reason for being here. There is no other greater Truth than that except the one that says, “Love is the greatest gift of all.” Love is truly all there is and if you can start from that perspective, it makes it a way more edifying experience in the search for breaking free from self-imposed imprisonment!

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      Ruzica Kozul 6 years ago from Windsor, On, Canada

      “Love is the greatest gift of all.” Love is truly all there is..."- This is the truth, being aware of it or not! Great hub Lene Lynn, voted up.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Ruzica, thank you! I appreciate that very much! Thanks so much for reading! :)

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      It is amazing how the littlest gesture from another, can change a course of our day! I have been there too, behind the prison walls of my own mind. Protecting myself from others, so I thought? Insightful hub:)

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      heart4theword, but see, the whole point is that nobody can change the course of a day or hurt us unless we allow them to! We can choose to keep our empowement without giving it away to someone else. That is one of the biggest "rememberings" I have had to remember about Who I Truly Am! :) Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it! :)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I just had a very timely read here. It answers the many doubts I have about holding on to stereotype concepts because I was taught that these were the truth and hence were good. Ever since the time, I pronounced empowerment, I have been rediscovering myself. Yes, slowly, it amazes me that I can let go. I now realize through this hub, that I wallowed deep in long imprisonment. Now I enjoy my new-found life with less guilt. Your hub supports my new direction. I'm on a process of re-inventing myself with a joyful change. Thank you so much for this "breaking free" hub!

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 6 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      Lita, thank you SO much for your comments. I am so honored that my writings are making a difference to you! God bless you! I am proud of you for your new empowerment!

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      really well expressed, Lene Lynn. Thank you.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Kim, thank you, I appreciate that! :) Thanks for reading!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      i voted this hub up and beautiful. you have a wonderful way of demonstrating your beliefs and love for the world. wonderfully done, lene! i can't wait to read more. keep the positive attitude. :)

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Thank you, I appreciate that! It's taken me years to get rid of all the other messed up beliefs I had in order to get to the positive ones. I am hoping you have read more of my past articles...I never knew I had this much to say! :) Thanks so much for reading!

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      awhughes 6 years ago from Iowa, United States

      Lene Lynn, you sound about where I am in life, although you may have a few things figured out that I don't. My goal is to break free and begin to write as I know I should. I need to release my creativity, not only through writing, but through art. I am glad to have stumbled onto your hub. I need a boost of positive energy about now.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      awhughes, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I am just now at the point in my life where I am breaking through my barriers and I am FINALLY, FINALLY writing for a living (even though the pay is very small at the moment!) I am finally starting to see my dreams become manifest! It is an AMAZING feeling, it really is! You will do what is needed to get all your creativity released through writing and art, I believe in you! Much Light and many blessings to you!

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Lene Lynn, this is sound advise. It's like the Universe is sending me all these messages. Thanks for the message. It is so easy to stay stuck and blame others. I am encouraged to continue to find my passion.

      Rated up!

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      DynamicS, well thank you! I would like to share one thing I learned about blame a long time ago, if that's okay with you. There is no such thing as blame, it always goes by another name, such as: anger, fear, guilt,etc...and if you think about it, when you point your finger to blame someone else, there are always three fingers putting back at yourself. I never blame anyone for the traumas I have overcome in my life but it took me several years to learn to not blame! I am soooo very glad I have encouraged you to continue to find your passion. You will, I believe in your innate greatness and you will! :) Thanks for reading! :)

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      awhughes 6 years ago

      Lene Lynn, thanks for the positive feedback. I am finding it encouraging to read the hubs and comments of people who have overcome life's obstacles. I believe in myself, too... I just need to find a way to remember that at times. It helps to have that support from others, so thanks!

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      awhughes, you are more than welcome...everyday, just keep saying positive affirmations to yourself ABOUT yourself, it will become a habit after 21 days and you will be able to do your dream...just watch, it worked for me, you can do it! :)

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Thanks Lene Lynn for the follow and for this thoughtful and intuitive article. But even your stated belief that everyone has a purpose was taught to us and isn't necessarily true. I know that we all have a purpose which is beyond belief and our wildest dreams.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Sligobay, well thank you for the kind words and you know, nothing I ever say is necessarily true! I have come to understand that MOST Truth is subjective...not all Truth, but most! Thank you for reading and I appreciate the comments! :)

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      No worries - I'm a subjective truth believer myself. There are people dying at war every day for what they believe is true and their enemy is killing them for what they believe to be true. Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Truth and verity make great banner ads but often disappoint.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Sligo, you are welcome...and I totally agree with you! Take care!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 6 years ago from Biafra

      You make out the perfect world you desire from the world that exist in your life and free yourself from meltal instability,i enjoyed this hub because it tells of what i preach everyday "When one door is closed,many more are open"

      Voted up!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      A beautiful message that you share here... thanks

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      nighthag, you are most welcome! Thank you for the compliment! Blessings to you!

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