Mental Slavery Is What’s Keeping You In Bondage


Slavery starts in the mind. I know many people get anxious and emotional when the topic of ‘slavery’ comes up especially in America. One thing I remember when watching the movie ’12 Years A Slave’ (a great movie, by the way) was that the slave owners intended to ‘break’ the spirit of the people they were enslaving. That is how they succeeded for so many years.

They did this through constant reinforcements that communicated to the slaves that ‘they were nothing’ and that ‘they were less than human’ and that they were indispensable, not worthy of basic human rights and dignity. They fed them lies having them believe that they were inferior when in fact they were equal and indeed in most situations of higher moral character then the slave owners themselves.

I like 12 Years A Slave. It reminded me of history and reminded me of today as well. See in the movie, anytime a person enslaved would show a sign of self-respect, confidence or rebuke the negative conditions set upon them, they were beaten, punished by being separated from loved ones or worse, made to be an example and put to death.

While nothing can compare to the violent conditions of the slavery that took place in the 1700’s and 1800’s in America and around the world, I can see similarities between the two – one of which is bondage. To be enslaved means to be under someone elses’ control either mentally, physically or both. You are in bondage.

I don’t know your situation but we all have some type of burden we are carrying. Burdens are a form of bondage. Maybe you lost your job, had been suffering with ongoing health issues with nowhere to turn. Maybe you fell victim to drinking, drug abuse, gambling, promiscuity, etc. Maybe you are grieving from the loss of a loved one or a divorce or break-up with someone you deeply loved and that is burdening your spirit. Maybe you have been around negative friends and people all of your life who starved you with lies and negativity about yourself. Whatever the situation, whatever the burden that is keeping you enslaved – it’s time to release and unlock the chains of mental bondage.  It’s time to break free!

How to Overcome Bondage

So how do you get out of bondage and unloose the chains of self-doubt and negativity in your life? Simple. You must identify all of the things that are getting you down – these are the things that are keeping you mentally enslaved. You can start doing this by creating a list. Create a list of all of the things that preventing you from soaring like an eagle and from being your best.

It may take some time to create this list. Give yourself at least 15-20 minutes to thoughtfully develop your list.

Once you have created the list you can now see all of the things in your life that are keeping you in bondage. Better yet you can now see all of the great things that you have the POWER to change.

Now go through the list and order them based on importance. This can be based on feeling and energy. For example which items cause you to shut down or drain you the most. For example if it’s your body and weight that is controlling what you do, where you go, what career opportunities you pursue then clearly that is one of the first items you should attack.

Lastly, put together a nice plan of action to overcome that bondage.

Now that you have created your list, prioritized the list based on impact and importance in your life and lastly created a list of actions  to overcome each item on the list – you are ready for the next big step – which is simply re-affirming all the great things about yourself. 

I encourage you to write three great things about yourself affirming your greatness and place it on a sticky note or on your white board or make it a screen saver on your computer. Put it in your car. Put it everywhere that is visible to you and say these affirmations three times daily for at least 30 days and then repeat with a set of new affirmations. See if that makes a difference in your thinking about YOU and the value you bring to the table. It is making a big difference for me.

I referenced 12 Years A Slave because the bottom-line in that movie is that the slave owner tried to break the spirit of this ‘free man’ and impose upon him a slavery mindset so that he could control him. I feel like mentally sometimes we battle with the same thing — buying into the ‘worlds’ thoughts about who and what we should be or do instead of subscribing to God’s view on us – which is that we are all wonderfully made in His image.

The real deal is that no one on this earth is BETTER than you and everyone has issues. We all have the power to do great things in this life and most importantly we have the POWER to change the course of our life but this all starts with proactively looking at ‘what’s wrong’  so that we can fix it. We must believe in our selves and never let others break our cherished spirit or mind.  As the song goes ‘Free your mind and the rest will follow…’ I pray that your mind will always be free from mental slavery … and that any and all bondage in your life be removed, unloosed and set free as well.

As always please share your thoughts with me on this topic in the comments section below.

Thank you and God bless!

 

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