What does it mean to be Sovereign?

Written byFerial Puren

July 6, 2016

“People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions…These values shape their day-to-day actions and determine their short- and long-term priorities. They spend time listening to their inner voice, so they can drown out being too influenced by all the external ones. They are governed by a deep sense of self.” I made this statement because I have had the privilege of observing the lives of a few people whom in my opinion, are successful Humans. Now, I am…

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A few weeks ago I was delivering a talk on my favourite subject, What Makes You Come Alive. Today, as I spend moments contemplating and nurturing my inner world, I was reminded of a statement I made in the talk,
“People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions…These values shape their day-to-day actions and determine their short- and long-term priorities. They spend time listening to their inner voice, so they can drown out being too influenced by all the external ones. They are governed by a deep sense of self.” I made this statement because I have had the privilege of observing the lives a few people whom in my opinion, are successful Humans. Now, I am not talking about perfection. I mean that they exude a self-governance that makes them outstanding human beings. I too have been working to emulate this sovereignty.

So, what does it mean to be sovereign? Sovereignty can initially be a confusing concept and in reality, it is very simple. To be sovereign means to be an independent adult in interdependent relationships while still being 100% responsible and 100% accountable for everything in your life. Most people believe that they control their own destiny, yet we are generally mistaken. Practically speaking, we all have it within our power to achieve such control and influence but tend to give it away through free will choice in exchange for ‘benefits’ and ‘privileges’ from the state, corporations or other people.

A Sovereign man or woman has the will and ability to govern oneself and exercises it every day. Knowing who you are, is the key to unravelling the secret that holds us back from attaining true freedom. Because true freedom is when your inner world is so strong that it begins to shape your outer world into a life by design. He or she also recognises that with self-governance comes the duty to self-restrict activities should they harm ourselves or another and works diligently to ensure that he or she does not force their will upon another. This includes all the stakeholders in our ecosystem, like the animals and the natural world.

There is a good test to see if you are sovereign. Remember the definition of “slave” in the Oxford English Dictionary is “someone who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something”. Does that sound somewhat familiar? Well, to me, it immediately raises red flags in so many areas of my life. Like the fact that I have relinquished so much of my authority to so-called professionals, other voices, be it good or bad. We are mistaken when we think that it is only the ‘bad’ voices that affect us because the ‘good’ ones are equally threatening to our sovereignty. Why? Because Self-Governance is totally reliant on an inner world that is unaffected by public opinion. An inner world that remembers that our true home is being absolutely true to self and being who we choose to be despite the praisers or the naysayers. When we are true to self and live the life and passion that we choose, then, we live a life that is truly By Design. BUT it all starts with knowing who self truly is.

If you are still trying to figure this out then perhaps a little tool that I spent 18 months of my life and few thousand Pound developing could help, The What Makes You Come Alive Assessment.

It’s not a test, so there’s no right or wrong, good or bad.  It’s an assessment that explores how your soul chooses to bring it’s beauty, knowledge, insight and creativity to the human experience.  Our presupposition when creating this assessment was the belief that you were created with human progression, expansion of our understanding and transformation of being, essentially, you were created with human evolution in mind.

Your entire life has been designed to position you to bring an exclusive vantage point and thus a very unique solution to a specific human challenge. No one is, therefore, better suited to address this particular human challenge than you.  You might share physical and personality traits, experiences and even an educational tract with many others but there is no one exactly like you.  When you step up to embrace and fully respond to that which makes you come alive all of humanity as well as all of creation benefits and when you don’t, we all forfeit.

Every individual, every generation is afforded the opportunity to move us forward more rapidly and expedite our evolution to who and what we were originally designed to be. Unfortunately, many individuals and certain generations have failed us grossly. You see, no one is disposable, each of us matters on this journey we call life. We hold the keys to our own success or failure.  So, knowing this, Ignite Life, together with some really brilliant minds designed an assessment that will help you see your unique purpose map, like,

WHO do you need to impact,

WHY do you seek to impact,

HOW you choose to impact and finally,

WHAT unique characteristics within you drives your need to impact at all.

We believe that we are all creators and as such we all have an obligation to create responsibly and mindfully because our creations impact every aspect of life as we know it, our entire eco-system.  So our hope in you pursuing the idea of ‘What Makes You Come Alive’ is that you want to be a mindful creator, stepping up to positively impact human evolution by presenting all that you are to the betterment of humanity.

This assessment is a stepping stone to unravel your passions and purpose.  It is by no means an exact science and we know that this assessment cannot tell you your life purpose because you do the final analysis. You are a complex creation but the good news is that in the very fibre of your being has been embedded a blueprint to guide you through this extraordinary purpose that you crave and our assessment is just a little fuel on an already burning ember. Our aim is to ignite that which makes you come alive and set your life ablaze with possibility.

What do you value in life?  What chips you off and makes you angry and fills you with a passion to respond, create and challenge?  This is your PURPOSE in this life and that which makes you come alive…

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