Beautiful Evidence


Smell Of Freedom
Smell Of Freedom

Whatever it may be that holds you captive is nothing compared to what wants to set you free. ~ @GuyFinley


#reverb10 day two’s prompt is from Leo Babauta at Zen Habits:
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?


Serendipity is always happening, just like Grace is always available…we just have to be open to receiving. Today’s reverb10 post is no exception. Yesterday, I came across the quote above by Guy Finley. It captivated me from the moment I saw it…it’s captivating because I know the truth of it. It is beautiful evidence of the creative power within each of us.

What wants to hold us captive is absolutely nothing compared to that which wants to set us free. And this has everything to do with writing…

For me, writing is a direct path to freedom. Dance is another. So is love-making. Play. Prayer.

We are meant to be free. We are free, except in our minds. It is only the mind, the conditioned mind, that holds me captive. And so it is in my writing. When I am not free in writing, it is because I listen to those small voices in my head that tell me all sorts of stories about everything but freedom.

I could try to eliminate the mind, the conditioning, the stories, but that would be a waste of my time, my energy, my life force. They aren’t going to go away.

It’s my choice which one I will feed…that which wants to hold me captive or that which wants to set me free.


Think of your own creative experiences. Consider the power of the force which yearns to be free. Consider the smallness of the voices that keep you captive. Consider that you might just be afraid of the power within you that longs to be free to move, to express, to voice, to sing, to love.

In Lisa‘s reverb10 post, Writer Love, she tells of how her “writer envy transformed itself into writer love” – beautiful evidence that “Whatever it may be that holds you captive is nothing compared to what wants to set you free.” And it will set you free, if you open to the Grace of it.


Smell of Freedom is by Gagilas on flickr under cc2.0

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10 Replies to “Beautiful Evidence”

  1. Thank you for sharing from such a powerful place. Your post and quote speak to my heart and supports my vision for 2011. To allow myself to be FREE!

    My quote – Being FREE to be who your are is true BLISS. To be free you must first free others of the judgements in your mind. Hold love, acceptance and compassion for others and YOU WILL BE FREE!

    I look forward to following you on this reverb journey.

  2. Whatever it may be that holds you captive is nothing compared to what wants to set you free. ~ @GuyFinley

    This quote makes me want to leap in joy. So deep and so full of truth. We can’t stop the river from taking its own course, sooner or later it breaks free! Thanks for sharing dear one this “power within you that longs to be free to move, to express, to voice, to sing, to love.”

    Absolutely stunning!

  3. A powerful Truth. It’s amazing how often we’ll render ourselves small for fear that wondrous simply wouldn’t be acceptable. Beautifully expressed Julie. Thank you …

  4. you always manage to serve up exactly what I need, and your words are music to my ears. I’m so happy that reverb10 is so huge this year, and that others will find you, the way I did last year. That quote from Guy is amazing! big love to you.

  5. The quote gave me shivers, Julia.

    I had the pleasure of listening to Iyanla Vanzant today and she spoke about us being “on assignment.” Her point that everything is our lives is calling us to live out our highest truths.

    I guess that at our essence, we are free. And every day we are gifted with opportunities to return “home.”

    Thank you for the reminder. And the writer love. 🙂

  6. if i could perhaps, practice even a sliver more of freedom each day, i truly belief satisfaction (from living a heart centric life) would increase exponentially. need more reminders like this one. thank you for writing & sharing! xoxo stephanie

  7. I am so happy for you!!..Your hubby looks like a good man that you deserve to have. Im sad that I coludn’t be there to share the experience with you. We have come a long way but I have always kept you in my heart as my bestfriend. Congrats chick!

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