We all need to declare our “independence” from time to time-be it from a person, place or thing. For some, it can be a matter of life and death: either literally or figuratively. May this “transposition” of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence be a guide in finding your way to the freedom you need.
Personal Freedom is a inherent right, not a privilege.
WHEN, in the Course of one’s Personal Life Journey, it becomes necessary for the Individual to dissolve the destructive bands which have connected them with someone, or something – either internally or externally – that does not support their well-being, and to assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent amount of Respect requires that they should publicly declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
WE hold these Truths to be Self-evident, that all Individuals are created Equal, that they are Endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.— That to secure these Rights, the capacity and inclination toward Self-actualization is instituted within the Individual, deriving their just powers from the consent of their Inner Nature, and Moral Compass— That whenever another individual or situation becomes Destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Individual to alter or to abolish it, and to institute Self Government in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. This is no light undertaking. Accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that the Wounded and Abused Individual is more disposed to Suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by Abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
BUT when a long train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object– to deny, or destroy, the Individual’s Right to Personal Freedom– evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off the relationship or situation, be it internal or external in nature, and to provide new Guards for their future security.— To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
[Jefferson used inductive reasoning to list all the injuries and injustices of Britain and King George. For the purpose of this “transpersonal” transposition, use this section to compose a list of injuries and injustices committed against you. This works well when focusing on an abuser such as a parent or spouse, etc. but, it also works well for the internal “abuser”: those aspects of ourselves that seek to “usurp” and “destroy ” our “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, creative endeavors, and personal freedom. Here are some of my favorite examples from Jefferson’s Declaration that beg for transposition;
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the
lives of our people.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
As you can see, these lend themselves well as a template to get you started. If you have not, I strongly suggest reading the Declaration of Independence. It is a doctrine that expresses both a macrocosmic right to freedom as well as a microcosmic treaty to personal freedom. But let us continue.]
IN every stage of these Oppressions, We have Petitioned for reconciliation in the most humble terms. Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. An individual whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to associate with us anymore. Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our ‘Loved Ones’ by association. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their Denial to extend an Unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Psychological Angst and need for Healing. We have appealed to their sense of Compassion and Magnanimity, and we have Compromised with them by the ties of our Common Interests to avoid proclaiming these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt the ‘Status Quo’. They too have been deaf to the voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, Acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
I, therefore, the Sole Representative of my Self, in appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do,
in the Name, and by Authority of a Higher Good, solemnly Publish and
Declare, that this Individual is, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent;
that I am Absolved from all Allegiance to the Injuring Party, and that all Connections, are and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free
and Independent Person, I have full Power to Protect myself, conclude Peace, contract my own Friends and Allies, establish lasting Success and Happiness, and to do all other Acts and Things which the Free Individual may of Right do.
AND for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, I mutually pledge my Self to the devotion of my Life, my Creative Endeavors, and my Personal Freedom.
(Thomas Jefferson, adapted and transposed by Joslyn Robinson)
What to do with this? Here are some options:
- Copy and paste this Transpersonal Declaration into a Word doc and re-make, or re-write, into your own personal Declaration of Independence.
- Read it out loud to yourself so you can hear yourself say the words.
- If appropriate, read it out loud to someone who truly supports and loves you, so they can hear your words.
- If appropriate, make copies and send to those who “should” read it ( and hear it).
- If you do not currently have the need or desire to compose your own Declaration, pass it forward to someone you know who just might.
Happy Forth of July, and may you achieve your own Personal Freedom!
Thanks for reading,
Here is a link to the Declaration of Independence which I encourage you to read in full:
Source: Jefferson, Thomas. The Declaration of Independence. 4 July, 1776, http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/