I can’t put my finger on it but I’ve been feeling a bit uneasy and out of sorts for a couple days. It’s like feeling an energetic earthquake rumbling under my feet. In the same way we can batten down the hatches and prepare physically I can work on staying calm and grounded to prepare for whatever comes next. Today’s Word is STORM
Often our biggest dragons are the ones that lurk inside us. Over the years I’ve discovered a number of tools for taming them.
There are a number of different ways to let our inner dragons go. However there 4 tools that have become my favorites over the years.
Conscious breathing has been my immediate go-to for over 3 decades because it is so immediate and effective for instant support. Breathing is something we can do anytime anywhere. As a matter of fact, not breathing is generally cause for alarm 😉 The way we breathe correlates with the way we live. Our inhale represents the ability to receive and take in energy. Our exhale conveys how we let go and release. A basic breathing exercise to start with is simply imagine you are breathing in calmness and ease with your inhale and then let go of any tension or worry as you exhale and relax your body more with each full breath. Keep breathing in calmness and peace and exhaling distress and distraction until all the concern has lifted. Once the stress has been fully released then imagine you are not only taking in calmness and peace but also sending it back out to the world around you.
Emotional Freedom Techniques
Discovering EFT more than a decade ago was a total game changer for me. EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques is also known as tapping is an amazingly effectively way to shift and release the stuff we no longer need to be carrying around. A sort of “emotional acupressure” EFT involves focusing on an issue you want to shift or let go of and tapping or putting light pressure on specific acupuncture points on your hands, head, face and torso. At first EFT can seem kind of awkward or weird especially the head and face tapping, but as you move through a few rounds and start to notice how changes in the way you feel it gets easier and easier. To learn more about EFT and the story of how I discovered it go here.
Flower essences are gentle remedies which work by shifting feelings, thoughts and physical energy in the body. In the same way that a stringed musical instrument can affect another to vibrate in the same tone, flower essences impart specific frequencies which correspond to various mental, emotional & spiritual issues. While essential oils and herbal medicines work with the actual biological/chemical constituents of a plant to stimulate healing, flower essences work through the energetic/vibrational level. Flower essences work on the principle that as living beings we are much more than our physical bodies. It recognizes that we have what could be regarded as mental, emotional and spiritual bodies which though unseen are just as vital for our health and wellbeing. These more subtle “energy bodies” respond to a plant’s energetic imprint which is transmitted through their flower essence. As every plant contains unique qualities they evoke particular shifts when someone consumes their essences. In a similar way that art or music can express meaning and inspiration through the conduit of sound or light, flower essences impart their messages through water. My top 3 remedies for empathic support at Bach’s Rescue Remedy and White Chestnut and FES Yarrow Environmental Solution.
Essential Oils are remarkably versatile. Not only do their scents evoke mental and emotional responses, they can also be used to address and heal a number of physical issues as well as used to cleanse, purify and sanitize our environment. One thing that is important to note, not all essential oil brands are created equal and even the term Therapeutic Grade is only as pure as the standards of the company that defines it. In general the oils you purchase at your local health food store or pharmacy are not as unadulterated as oils you can find from reputable companies online. After working with oils for over 30 years, I decided the quality of DoTerra Oils is a company I can support. To learn more about specific oils and to order your own high quality singles and blends please check out my DoTerra page. BTW My top 4 oils are Lavender (antiseptic, healing and relaxing), Lime (energizing, refreshing and purifying), Peppermint (energizing, digestive aid and analgesic) and On Guard (Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Sanitizing)
For many years now I have been following a folk tradition from the south that if you eat poor on New Year’s Day you will eat rich the rest of the year. Though hamhocks are not part of my recipe (most due to the fact that they are hard to track down around these here parts sometimes, so I tend to substitute bacon unless I am doing the vegetarian version) my Hoppin’ John follows close to the tradition with annual variations depending on my intention for the coming year.
2017 Hoppin’ John (Luck & Prosperity for ALL!)
It is suspected that the origins of this name comes from the Creole who call black-eyed peas, “Pigeon peas” but in a bastardized french, “poi pigeon”, pronounced “PWAH-PEE-ZJAHN”, is an easy leap to Hoppin’ John.
Depending on whether you plan to share this with many or simply a few adjust your ingredients accordingly. I’ll be bringing servings for all my people so I like to make a HUGE batch.
Ingredients: (organic when possible)
About 4 Lbs (dry) Black Eyed Peas (soaked overnite and drained)
2-3 T coconut oil or bacon fat
4 yellow onions (chopped)
head of celery (chopped) (not traditional but feeling it this year)
1 head garlic (minced)
Water (as needed)
10 bay leaves
2 T caraway seeds
Fresh Rosemary & Thyme (both optional if you have them)
1 t smoked salt
1 t sea salt
1 t cayenne pepper
1/4 c blackstrap molasses (optional)
3 lbs of brown rice (this year I am using a combo of different colored rices, including red rice, japonica black rice, short grain brown rice & wild rice)
12 cups water
Overnite Soak 4 lbs (or more if you have a lot of people to share this dish with or less) Black Eyed Peas
in the AM Drain and Rinse
Chop one large yellow onion per pound of peas and as much garlic as you desire (I use a whole head for 4 lbs of peas)
Chop head of celery
Using your oil or fat of choice (I like either bacon fat or coconut oil depending whether I am making it vegetarian or not) Saute onions in big skillet or heavy bottomed large pot (I used a 7.5 quart enameled cast iron french oven) on medium heat till transparent
Reduce heat add garlic
Add bay leaves (for energy), cayenne pepper (speeds luck and good fortune), caraway seeds (to fire up prosperity), fresh rosemary (for protection & a warm home), thyme (Protection and Cleansing & to Bring About an Increase in Money) and salt & pepper to taste
Add soaked and drained blackeyed peas stir to mix with onions & herbs
Add liquid (I used broth & water to almost cover: about 2 inches down from top) and 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses.
Cover and cook till peas are tender (add more salt to taste, black pepper and thyme optional)
In separate pot make rice to mix with peas
ratio of 1 cup brown rice / 2 cups water
Bring rice & water to boil, reduce to low and simmer for 45 mins or so with lid on tightly, check to see that water is cooked off, turn off heat and let sit covered
Collards for Cash
2-4 bunches collard greens
1 large yellow onion
salt to taste
olive oil, coconut oil or bacon fat (from the bacon you’ve cooked to crumble on top of the greens)
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
wash and trim bottom stems off collard leaves
with sharp knife cut leaves across horizontally into 1″ ribbons
chop onion well and saute with olive oil in large cast iron skillet till almost golden
simultaneously place cut collards in big pot with steamer basket to keep water from touching greens and steam till well wilted but still bright green
Transfer steamed greens into skillet saute and mix well with onions, add salt to taste and about 2T vinegar remove from heat when greens have reduced in size and look darker.(Optional) Crumble bacon pieces over the greens and stir them through
Serve in dish layer collards first, rice next, peas spooned over all of it, enjoy!
For me SHARING is a big part of this prosperity spell. I sincerely believe that we prosper best when all around us prosper too! As I cook I put all my gratitude & visions for the people I love and a THRIVING YEAR for ALL OF US!
So it’s the end of the growing season here in Maine which means the last of the summer squashes must be dispatched of. As these soft squashes are not inclined to freeze well alone, zucchinis are best preserved as frozen baked goods which will be a welcome reminder of warmer days when thawed come midwinter.
If you’ve spent much of any time with me you probably know I’m passionate about how good whole foods is one of our best medicines especially when it is gluten, grain and sugar free, the following is a recipe I’ve developed this season through trial and error compliments of my MEGA zucchini patch.
This batch makes a whopping 4 dozen average sized muffins (heaping 1/4 c scoop of batter each) which keep well either fresh or frozen.
Gluten Free/Grain Free/Sugar Free Zucchini Pecan Muffins
2 MASSIVELY HUGE Zucchinis shredded
1/2 C Coconut Oil
1/4 C Ghee
1&1/2 C Chia Seeds
1 large Cortland Apple cored & shredded
1 dozen Eggs
3/4 C Ghee melted
8 oz Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream)
3/4 C Ghee
1&1/2 C Erythritol (or other sweetener of your choice if using honey or agave increase coconut flour by 1/2 c)
1 t Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia
1lb Coconut Flour
1 T Xanthan Gum
2 t Baking Soda
1 t salt
2 T Cinnamon
1 T Nutmeg
4 C Pecans chopped
Sauté shredded zucchini in coconut oil & ghee (1/4 c) till soft & translucent.
NOTE: precooking the squash really helps when using coconut flour, I had found that the raw zukes just didn’t soften or cook adequately mixed in the batter.
Let cool & blend in shredded apple & chia seeds (let sit for 15 minutes or more to absorb liquid)
Preheat Oven to 400°
Blend eggs, melted ghee, stevia, creme fraiche & Erythritol (or other sweetener of choice)
Sift dry ingredients together well (reserving pecans)
Mix egg mixture with zucchini mixture till well blended
Moving SWIFTLY stir in dry ingredients & mix evenly
Fold in pecans
Scoop into large paper baking cups in muffin tins, put into oven preheated to 400° & reduce temp to 350° bake 30-/+ minutes till cooked through (as ovens do vary PLEASE check at 20 minutes & every 5-10 thereafter for done ness).
NOTE: coconut flour usually tastes better the 2nd day and beyond as the flavors have a chance to marry and the moisture distributes evenly through the whole muffin.
the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay.”parity of incomes between rural workers and those in industrial occupations”
synonyms: equality, equivalence, uniformity, consistency, correspondence, congruity, levelness, unity, coequality “we strive for a parity of wages”
Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Parity. On one hand we have come so far from a time less than 100 years ago when a woman didn’t even have the right to vote much less have the power to run a company, launch a new business or make her own financial decisions.
Even in the 1960’s an unmarried woman was often refused a credit card and married women had to have their husbands co-sign for them! While we can find exceptions to these rules and badass pioneering women through out history, the majority lived by the constraints of these limitations. Just 80 years ago women were being encouraged to douche with Lysol (YES LYSOL!!!) to remain poised and fastidious. A woman’s role was narrowly defined as wife and mother and often women who could not fit into this box often ended up in mental hospitals, relegated to the status of “old maid” or living on the margins of conventional society.
In the last hundred years we have gained the right to vote, we have fought for & won power in the workplace, we have access to effective birth control, sex education and choice over our bodies. Fortunately awareness of domestic violence is ever increasing and there are safe houses for victims and their children to escape to. Women serve the highest political offices on this planet. Women own property separate from their husbands and we can choose to marry or remain single AND we can pursue divorce without having to prove anything is broken.
Slowly but surely we are redefining the narrow margins of feminine beauty and body types. Women of all sizes, colors and ages are gaining recognition and appreciation. We are openly discussing our sexuality and our gender identity. We can love who we love and as of June 27, 2015 just one day shy of exactly 46 years after the Stonewall riots we can marry whomever we love too. If you consider that the very last Magdalene Laundry didn’t close in Ireland till 1996 or read an article or watch even one program on the history of the suffrage movement, it is obvious we have traveled light years even from the days when Jackie Gleason was saying “to the moon Alice.” Yet simultaneously we still have a very long way to go. Even the official white house website acknowledges on average, full-time working women still only earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. The gap is narrowing but it still exists.
SO what does this have to do with healing? What does this have to do with creating a magnificent life? As women it is time we claim the prestige and resources we deserve. However we are still conditioned to put other people’s needs first, we are taught to be self effacing and we often lack the confidence to take on a project if we are not already masters in the field. Statistically women are less likely to risk becoming entrepreneurs than men and this is reflected in their greater self doubt and less inclination to take chances when they fail a first time.
Perfectionism, low self esteem, over giving and people pleasing are all factors that contribute to why as women we are often still lagging behind. While inequality is definitely a factor, we do have the power to change our part in all of this. Without a doubt all of this has it’s roots in a culture of global misogyny and patriarchal privilege where males and females have been conditioned to behave accordingly.
At this point though, the change is going to come from us ceasing to allow the gender prison to incarcerate us and standing up for ourselves. This starts as an inside job. It starts when we stop using our weight (or some other aspect of our appearance) as the harness that prevents us from believing we deserve to get what we truly desire. It starts when we can simply say thank you for a compliment without excusing it away or crediting someone else for why it was possible. It starts when we can clearly and precisely ask for what we need and want without apologizing or explaining. It starts when we can claim how far we have already come, promote the skills and brilliance we already possess and trust we can learn as we go when we say yes to something new.
Now the challenge is that stepping into this kind of confidence and bold action doesn’t simply just happen because one day we merely decide we are ready for it to be this way. It takes effort. It takes self love. It takes persistence. We must dismantle old patterns of sabotage, self deprecation and people pleasing. We must release ancestral legacies of expectation about what and who a “good woman, wife and mother” should be. For all the days we got knocked down, all the moments we felt threatened simply for being female, all the experiences that hurt us and tried to “put us in our place” now is the time for all these memories to lose their power over us. Because today we have hit critical mass and for the sake of our entire planet, not just ourselves, we women must stand up and be given the resources, power & credit we deserve.
I wrote my first version of this post back in November of 2014. I was initially inspired to write it in response to something a friend wrote AND because I saw an article stating that America must be broke since Black Friday sales were down (determined by a mid-day poll of shoppers) by 11% from the previous year. It never even occurred to them that maybe, just maybe, we are choosing not to go out and buy crap on Black Friday just because we can, and that many people chose to boycott this years BF as a statement of protest to the way that needless consumerism and subsequent unsecured dept is affecting our country. The following is my expanded version.
With all the emphasis on BUYING and SPENDING that we Americans are inundated with during this season, I believe that media works to trigger subconscious feelings of lack and inadequacy. I think that our culture’s present concept of abundance and prosperity is manipulated and skewed by a corporate need for our participation in events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday which promotes the idea that our value as loved ones is equal to amount of money we spend on our friends and family. In light of all of this I offer this contemplation which I periodically reopen and examine…
Every so often I meditate on how much abundance most of us have access to practically by default by living in this part of the world during this time in the history of humanity. Unless you are currently living in Flint Michigan, most of us have access to running water and yet perhaps just as importantly we have efficient & safe sewage treatment and trash and recycling programs. Most of us have continuous access to electricity and central heating. We have access to antibiotics and other medicine when we are sick and easy availability of effective over the counter pain killers when we hurt. In addition, many of us can acquire nearly any herb, Essential Oil or supplement we could conceive of either at the local health food store or online with relative ease. With but a few keystrokes we can gain access to information and resources for wholistic health protocols when we want to explore alternatives or adjunctive approaches to allopathic treatment alone.
We have access to the Internet. f you are reading this here on my blog or FB this means that this is true for you too. We have nearly instant access to practically any book, song, movie or information our heart could desire. Never before in any other time on this planet has access to information been more readily & instantly available. Even thirty years ago, it took days for letters to travel from one state to another and the quickest way to deliver vital information was with a telegram. It was customary for things to take 4-8 weeks to arrive via mail order, and the only way we could access old information was by going into dusty basements or attics storing archives and looking it up on microfiche. Now we consider it inconvenient when we must wait more than 3 days for shipping, or for a webpage to take more than 5 seconds to download. We have network of safe and fairly well maintained roads that will take us from Portland to Portland and Fargo to Houston. We have an infrastructure in place to put out fires when they happen, to respond to all kinds of emergencies (both criminal and medical) while providing life saving assistance, to offer education to our children and to rebuild after nearly any kind of disaster strikes.
Two or three hundred years ago we could have been royalty in the wealthiest kingdom in the world and we’d still be sitting in a drafty room hoping for the fire to catch in the hearth while we sat on our chamber pot and then cracked the ice off the top of our wash basin to rinse our hands. If it was night time we’d be reading one of the few books we owned for the 20th time by candle light. Yet despite our royal status we might suffer from polio, syphilis or some other chronic illness that medicine, diet and lifestyle interventions can easily prevent now. A journey that might take us 1 hour to make in a car or perhaps an hour and 15 minutes on a public bus, would take 15 hours to make via horse and carriage along the unpaved roads of the time. Even as aristocracy we’d likely own but 1 or 2 pairs of shoes or boots, 1 cloak/coat, a few hats, 2 or maybe 3 full outfits of clothing. And lets not forget to mention the infrequency of bathing and access to abundant quantities of hot water.
So when you consider all this… I ask you “what is weath?” “Who is wealthy?” And so I offer the following affirmation: I acknowledge & appreciate the Abundance in my Life at this Very Moment.
I have become increasingly aware of a breed of so-called business coaches who market entirely based on “Make 6 Figures NOW!” It seems that more and more frequently society is being encouraged to define success by how much money we gross. These days hitting 6 FIGURES seems to be a benchmark for how far we’ve gotten as entrepreneurs. In the same way that a particular number on the scale does not mean the same thing for every human body, nor can reaching a goal weight ever make us feel whole and complete if we base our worthiness by x number of pounds, I’m not convinced that 6 figures simply for the sake of 6 figures is really all that and a bag of chips. SO I want to offer a few observations and pose a few questions regarding this phenomenon.
- Location, Location, Location: money is relative and where we live makes a significant difference in our expenses and cost of living and how much bang we get for our buck. A person grossing 100K in Manhattan or Hawaii is going to have a very different experience than someone grossing 100K in Mississippi. This is going to make a huge difference in the quality of life. Therefore basing your goals on an arbitrary number because it is trending on the latest blogs and social media pages can not serve you as much as understanding your needs and basing your financial goals accordingly.
- What do you really want? According to Forbes the sweet spot for happiness is somewhere between 50-75k depending on needs. The thing is that businesses that generate more money also need an exponentially greater infrastructure of systems (and staff) to support them. There is a significant difference between what it takes to run a business which grosses between 50-100K annually, a business that grosses 250K and a business that is hitting 7 figures and beyond. Is managing the responsibilities and magnitude of a high 6 or 7 figure business what you want to do with your life? The question you need to ask yourself is “WHY?” Why do I want to gross X figures? What important things would I be able to achieve with that income that I can not achieve already?
- What is your vision for your ideal business? What kind of impact do you truly want to make in the world? If you get really honest with yourself how much exposure do you actually want? Do you have dreams of being the next Oprah, being the darling of Ted Talks or the latest YouTube Sensation? Do you want to create an empire with an international following and a life filled with traveling to events and speaking opportunities where you are supported by a staff of people who also depend on your business to thrive? How far do you want to take it? What is the point really? AND How hard do you really want to work for it?
I actually believe that how you feel right now is far more important than whether you hit 6 or 7 figures this year. Quality of daily life, health, happiness and contentment is true prosperity. If you are stressed out and worried about whether you are reaching your financial goals while you are missing out on connecting with loved ones, you have no time for fun and instead you are always focusing on what you hope to achieve some time in the future, you are missing out on the only thing we really have which is being HERE NOW!
Prosperity starts in the moment, not some day far off in the future. Wealth is far easier to manifest when you really know the purpose you need it for. Instead of regarding a specific number as your goal, you might consider it a benefit of a healthy money mindset.
So I leave you with some questions to ponder…
- Why do I want more wealth?
- What impact will money afford me that I do not have today?
- What is the message and mission I want to share with my world?
- Knowing what actually matters to me, what action can I take today to make greater impact right now?
I hope that by asking you these questions I have offered you a few possibilities today. You are clearer about the reasons you’d want more money and what you would do with it. Hopefully you have realized that you already have a lot of what you want today. You recognize ways you can achieve greater impact with the causes that matter to you and you can do something about it at your current income level. You can let yourself off the hook that some arbitrary number is the most valid evidence of success and instead base your wins by how you feel, how you spend each moment and how much influence you have on the things that matter to you.
You may wonder what food and recipe sharing has to do with bringing more prosperity and mastery into your life. Well in my personal experience what we eat on a daily basis is at the very core of sustained wellbeing both physically and emotionally. I believe that good food is the root of all other wealth. When we eat real food that feels abundant, tastes delicious and makes us feel great in our body and spirit we lay and reinforce a solid foundation for all other aspects of a magnificent life.
Ghee is one of those golden elixirs of life that just makes the universe spin a little more smoothly on its axis. Considered a sacred food in Ayurvedic and Yogic cultures, ghee is believed to contain healing properties and is regarded as the distillation of the purest essence of India’s most Sacred Cow. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) as well as lauric acid and butyric acid are but a few of the MANY nutritional components which offer health benefits in ghee.
Also known as clarified butter in the western world, ghee is a very versatile fat which can be used for cooking at substantially higher temperatures than regular butter because all of the easy to burn milk solids have been evaporated and strained out. In the process of clarification, any lactose or casein are removed so ghee is often tolerated by people with dairy allergies or sensitivities and can usually be safely included in a leaky gut healing protocol like the GAPS Diet or the Autoimmune Paleo Diet.
I substitute ghee for nearly all of my butter uses including sautéing, baking and in my morning cup of blessed bulletproof coffee.
It is especially important to note that butter derived from pastured cows who graze on grass is considered far superior to the more common butter coming from grain fed cattle. Fortunately Irish Kerrygold pastured butter is readily available in many conventional grocery stores and is available for around $2.99 for 8 oz at the Trader Joes here in Portland ME. If you’ve ever purchased commercial ghee you’ll know that it generally run between $.60 & 1.80 an ounce depending on brand, quantity and shipping costs, so at 37¢ homemade ghee is quite a deal.
Now perhaps like me you have attempted to make a batch of ghee on your stovetop only to have it go from almost perfect to suddenly burned to a bitter unusable waste of a pound or more of butter, maybe you’ve also tried baking it in the oven and yielded only slightly better results. WELL if you too have suffered the heartache of ruined ghee, grieve no more! I offer you foolproof and crazy easy to make slowcooker ghee!
get 2-4 lbs of the best pasture fed dairy butter you can get your hands on. Note since you are going to slow cook it, raw unpasteurized is not really crucial.
Unwrap & place butter in a 4-6 quart sized slow cooker and LEAVE the cover OFF.
Set your cooker on the low setting and walk away.
In a few hours your butter will be melted and the milk solids will have separated from the fat, and it will look like white curdled milk floating through the whole crock. The butter will still smell like ordinary melted butter. It still has a way to go.
Depending on your slow cooker it may take 8-12 hours to reach perfection.
When your ghee is ready the browned milk solids will have sunk to the bottom and floated up to the top into gorgeous toasted “curds” which can be enjoyed if casein is not a problem for you. The ghee will have a distinctive sweet & nutty caramel scent which imparts a deliciousness to any dish you add it to.
Pour the ghee into a bowl through a sieve to remove most of the solids and then decant into clean ceramic canisters or glass jars using either a tighter mesh strainer or a funnel with cheesecloth or paper towel to get the minute particles out. Stored in a dark cabinet or refrigerated homemade ghee is stable for long periods of time and even kept at room temperature for up to three months as long as you keep it out of prolonged light.
WORRY: I inherited this from my ancestors. Like a delicate porcelain teacup with a little chip on its worn gilded rim and a hairline crack down the side, it has been carefully passed from mother to daughter like a precious relic with the vow that we must all protect and cherish it. I took this for granted. It never occurred to me that worrying was a choice. SO In reflecting on my life recently, I have been realizing just how anxious and fearful I felt through my entire childhood. I had an ancestral agreement with worry which taught me how crucial and virtuous being in a state of constant worry is. I learned as a very little girl that worry is equal to caring, worry can not be stopped or prevented. Worry is necessary and not worrying means you have less regard or concern for others than if you do. This idea of selfless worry and imagining the worst possible outcome was foundational to my view of the world as a child and young adult.
I remember the first time someone told me to “let it go”. I was completely baffled as to how to do it. I did not have the first clue about how to surrender my fear and anxiety and stop worrying. I had been raised to value worry and to believe it was inevitable and the concept that I could simply choose to put it down was inconceivable for me. As a result I white knuckled my way through a few decades of my adult life before I really started to grasp there was an alternative. I have spent nearly 30 years dismantling my fear, anxiety and worry and learning to question the legitimacy of my stress and concerns. Even though I have been on a path of personal healing and recovery since I quit smoking cigarettes on January 4, 1986, a significant turning point for me came when I discovered EFT and then started working consistently with this technique. Miraculously, this has resulted in permanent relief and irrevocable mindset shifts for me! I have come a really long way from the family legacy of worry and I would say at this point my default is now surrender and open-mindedness over worry and projection of worst possible outcomes. I am profoundly grateful for these shifts because I move through life with greater calmness, ease and energy. I choose to honor the delicate relic of my ancestral worry. I recognize it as the only option for countless generations of women who have come before me. Today I leave it carefully placed on a remote shelf with a handful of rosebuds in the cup to soften their fear. I move forward on behalf of all of us free from these shackles.