Today I wrote an article about “Obstacles in Dreams” for the WellBeing Magazine blog. I then read an amazing post at Spirituality Without Borders about the poem, “Invictus” that helped sustain Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment. It made me reflect on the awesome human spirit, that through turning inwards we can discover resources we never knew we had, we can survive that which seems impossible. And yet the obstacles we face are so often not external jail cells or prison guards, but our own belief systems and feelings: our fears, our sense of inadequacy, of being undeserving, incapable or not destined for the life we secretly yearn and long for.
To overcome obstacles in our life, whether internal or external, we can use the power of our dreams and subconscious, of meditation and self reflection to release our spirits from the shackles that bind us and to live a life of true freedom.
Invictus – the poem
by William Earnest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.