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You Are Free

By on Oct 27, 2010

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. – Lewis B. Smedes

Our prisons are built one brick at a time. Each brick represents a painful moment, a damaging word, or a self-limiting belief. These prisons keep us from a life that is waiting; these prisons keep us from freedom.

However, your life sentence can be commuted whenever you are ready for a reprieve. All you have to do is say the words your heart longs to hear, “I am free.” And you will be free.

You don’t have to do anything else to secure your freedom. You were born free. Your soul is free to roam. This freedom allows you to experience the world on your terms. You are free to dream, to hope and to pursue whatever lives in your heart.

Freedom feels like taking a deep breath after swimming under water. Freedom feels like watching the sunrise after thinking the night would never end. Freedom feels like a gentle kiss after falling down.

Imagine what freedom would feel like right now.

Freedom from fear
Freedom from loneliness
Freedom from the addiction
Freedom from limitations
Freedom from anxiety
Freedom from criticism
Freedom from despair
Freedom from wearing the masks
Freedom from shame
Freedom from the past

Freedom to desire
Freedom to think what you please
Freedom to ask for what you want
Freedom to dance in the rain
Freedom to know what love really means
Freedom to trust
Freedom to feel amazing just the way you are
Freedom to smile
Freedom to find where safe is for you
Freedom to live anyway you choose
Freedom to forgive
Freedom to be forgiven
Freedom to love yourself a little more each day

Freedom doesn’t come with a price, but it does come with a promise. The promise is simple and it’s delivered to you with three simple, but life-changing words:


Acknowledge what‘s holding you back.
Acknowledge what needs to be changed.
Acknowledge the restlessness of wanting more.
Acknowledge the blessings in your life.
Acknowledge your strength.


Accept no matter the past, you can begin again.
Accept a plan has been created just for you.
Accept you are not perfect.
Accept goodness is meant for you, too.
Accept the beautiful you.


Allow your worthiness to be seen.
Allow good things to find you.
Allow your gifts to be shared.
Allow hope.
Allow love.

Freedom’s promise

Freedom’s promise is simple: Nothing has power over you without your permission.

You are free.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

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  • Keep feeling free Michelle – no matter what!

    Margaret – to me, forgiveness does not mean someone who has wronged you is allowed back in your life. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself so you no longer stay stuck in the past. You have the right to your boundaries.