Recently, I have been reflecting on what freedom means to me personally, and two definitions come to mind. One of the most significant definitions of freedom for me is the ability to truly be my authentic self. I am so grateful that I have come to a point in my life where, after peeling back years of cultural conditioning, I feel that I am living in a way that supports who I really am. Another important expression of freedom to me is that I have been consciously remembering to release the burdens of my worries to the universe, asking my Divinity to help me with my cares, and this is a very liberating experience.

But, asking for help is in stark contrast to our cultural conditioning -- which is to be independent and be a self-made woman or man. America loves people who have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps. The less help they need along the way, the more admirable the path. This is very true in our individualistic society, where the smallest unit is the individual person.

By comparison though, many other societies are collectivist, where the smallest unit is the family. In cultures like these, people expect to be helped and help others in return. People in collectivist cultures are more group minded, and it's not a sign of weakness to need or ask for help.

So, for those of us who have been raised in an individualistic culture, we tend to think we need to solve everything on our own when we are troubled by fears, worries, and concerns. And that can lead to overwhelm and substance abuse, as we feel that we cannot resolve our problems alone.

How beautiful it is, then, to remember that we can call on the Universe, Source, God, Our Higher Power anytime to help us through difficult times. Connecting with this high vibrational energy is like rediscovering a treasure! When we call on our Divinity to help us, we are giving our worries to the Light, knowing and trusting in the most benevolent outcome. And I'm always amazed at how beautifully things turn out!

Letting go of the weight of our problems is incredibly freeing and can make us feel like we're rising up like a Phoenix.

© Erika Marie McClane 2022