A few nights ago I tuned into the energetic vibration of former South African President, and freedom fighter, the late, beloved Nelson Mandela – known as Madiba which is ‘father’ in the language of the Xhosa clan (Mandela’s clan).
Like other freedom fighters of an impossible era, when apartheid and suppression were endemic across the ‘white’ world, in countries where colonisation had displaced Indigenous peoples, Madiba was one of the many lights that led the way…his brilliance transformational when you consider he was thrown into a jail for 27 years. Yet despite the bars, the loss of liberty, the cruelness, he had this to say when released: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
Of all the wonderful legacies Madiba left us when he passed at 95 years; his inspirational words which were a reflection of his inner journey to real freedom, one stands out at this time for me. It is: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
I reflected on why that particular phrase resonated with me, and it is this…
Life as we know it serves us restriction; it dishes up all manner of painful situations, health issues, family dysfunction and a host of loss from the death of loved ones, career and jobs…and even identity. The inevitability of our own transition from this life to the next is felt as, perhaps, the biggest, most unchangeable loss…if you don’t understand one truth. There are always…always possibilities no matter what the situation.
I have been inspired by Madiba from the time I first heard his incredible story of courage. He was, and is, inspirational. Always the human being…a man who admitted his mistakes…those mistakes did not diminish or tarnish his legacy. When I tuned into his energetic vibration; to his story, his time, his legacy, I found inspiration again and reinforcement that whatever comes our way, and while we might flounder until we come to terms with our inevitability, “it always seems impossible until its done”.
If you would like to listen to my reading – ‘Tuning into Nelson Mandela’s energetic vibration’, it’s below.