A declaration is a statement of purpose or a clear communication about an intention. Making a declaration at the beginning of a Journey helps me to clarify why I am actually doing this. It puts a framework into my mind and reminds me of the reasons I have for wanting to expand and extend my consciousness.
But a declaration is more powerful than merely setting up reasons why something is “good”. It’s the difference between wishing or hopeful wanting and making a clear decision to accomplish something.
When a smoker wants to quit smoking, s/he may wish/want it for a very long time before committing and taking action to do it. The process may involve listing all of the reasons that breathing smoke-free air all the time would be a benefit—things like health, energy, no more coughing, etc. But it can take a long time to actually commit to the action.
The declaration sets up the commitment, which sets up the action. Declarations are powerful. The Declaration of Independence begins with the infractions of rights perpetrated by the King of Great Britain—the reasons the colonies severed the political connection with Great Britain– and ends with the actions the new “Free and Independent States” claimed as a sovereign nation.
There are different phases people can go through, different “levels” if you will, people can work with a declaration. It’s a process; after all, the Declaration of Independence arose after years of often bloody disputes with the British Government, and many smokers “quit” several times before finally managing to quit smoking.
Not everyone has this level of commitment; many people have much more. Only the person making the declaration knows the level of commitment to its accomplishing, or knows what action they will actually take to make it happen.
I am pretty dedicated to this work, to this activity—I have spent a lot of my life evolving my desire and my consciousness. When I make a declaration and commitment, I dig deeply and find the most “intense” part of myself that calls to me about why I do this; from that place I make my dedication.
For people not ready to commit strongly, but feel a commitment nonetheless, just go as deeply as you can at this moment, at this time.
For people who are not quite ready to commit, but know there is something they want to learn and a shift they want to make within themselves, they can simply commit to commit. This does not mean to make a commitment to this Journey, to this shift in consciousness, to anything at all now; it means committing as strongly as possible to the fact of a future commitment. The momentum of “wanting to” will carry the consciousness to be able (at some point) to make a commitment. When I have been at this “phase” of not-being-ready to commit, I have written commitments that looks something like this:
I know I am not ready now. I know that this >learning device of whatever kind< is just way too much for me to handle right now, for whatever reason. I feel overwhelmed by it. But I see the value of this, and I know I want to be able to learn what this has to teach me. I want to move in the direction this leads; I want to grow enough that I can approach this without feeling overwhelmed. I commit to myself to continue learning—slowly and gently—in such a way to lead me to my highest learning.
Finally, for people who aren’t even ready to commit to commit, the very first step is being willing to find a way to grow enough to begin to want to make changes. The word “willing” is an amazing word where this is concerned, in my opinion. It does not say “I am going to”; it does not say “I will”; it is even different than “I want to”. This word gently settles the mind into a state of acceptance—for some future use. The mind does not have to do anything now except be willing, and if someone can commit to being willing, then that lays the foundation for committing to committing, which lays the foundation for the commitment itself.
I choose to live with purpose, in a manner consistent with my highest ideals.
I choose to continue to learn about highest ideals and their expression through me.
I choose to rise above small ideas (mine and/or other people’s) about who I am and what I can accomplish.
I choose to find my worth and my value within myself and to share my worth and value with the world.
Toward accomplishing my declaration, I commit to a daily practice of Guiding Thoughts (contemplation) and writing for 40 days, as described in Why A Journey of Purpose. I commit to opening my awareness, developing my understanding, and accepting (allowing) my Knowing of the Truth of my Self and my purpose. I commit to these actions and to turning inward with sincerity and earnestness to find the guidance that leads me gently on the path of my highest purpose.
I dedicate this Journey to all those finding their own highest purpose; to those with solid, deep commitment; to those willing to be willing to following their highest purpose; to those with only the faintest glimmer of awareness; and especially to those whose light is blocked completely. May we all come to Know the activity of infinite Love within us, that we may extend and share it through all our words, thoughts, and actions.