I love the movie Hidden Figures. It is such an inspiring success story of overcoming adversity, racial and gender discrimination, and other limitations. The women in this movie are courageous, intelligent, persistent, confident and poised. Each of them overcomes boundaries individually and collectively, and the audience rejoices in their victory.
Stories such as these are empowering because they show what we are capable of. These women face down demons of discouragement and fear. And through their persistent effort they make a significant difference with marked achievement. We are all capable of throwing of material fetters. The world is constantly imposing on us “you can’t”. These “voices” may come from within or without. But if we begin with knowing who we are as the spiritual children of God, and listen to God’s voice, we will go up higher.
Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.1
We want to strive to begin with God and what God is seeing and knowing about us each day. We can’t get any higher than that, so why not start with this beautiful view! God, Spirit, is infinite, intelligent, perfect being and consciousness. Spirit created us in the image and likeness of Spirit, God. So what does that tell us about who we are? Talented, beautiful, graceful, meaningful — capable of being conscious of what God is conscious of right now. We reflect the qualities of our Creator. God is communicating Himself in tender, compassionate ways. When we listen to that voice, we go up higher. We discern our true spiritual nature and, in turn, we are freed from material impositions and limitations. When we reason from this good premise, we get good results.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2
We all want to be free, and we can be by freeing ourselves from material fetters. It’s the Holy Spirit that comes to our thought to reveal to us who and what we really are. It’s like waking up to the truth that has been there all along. Just like when explorers realized the Earth wasn’t flat, everyone’s perception had to change. The Holy Spirit wakes us up to the infinite, spiritual nature of reality and our perception changes. We grow and expand out of the material limits and express more of God’s divine nature. This is way we give glory to God!
Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.3