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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Leduc Catlin

Bringing Ourselves to Bear -- And Taking the Freedom Pledge

George Bernard Shaw

I want to go back.

Back before I was asked to be the spokesperson for the National Citizens Inquiry.

Back before the Freedom Convoy.

Back before I started writing for Gather Your Wits.

In the before times, I had been a lifestyle television producer, a reporter, and a TV host.

I’d directed a couple of short films, begun a stage and screen acting career, and written and performed a one-woman show before collapsing with chronic fatigue.

After 13 years of illness, I was well enough to try to revive my acting career and moved back to Toronto.

It was April 2020.

Timing is everything.

As my industry shut down and I continued what had for me been 7 years of lockdown, I read and watched and learned.

All those years of daily health research had paid off in terms of restoring my health, but also gave me skills in discernment and resiliency around forced isolation.

I had developed a spiritual muscle in solitude.

I had learned how to find cutting edge health science.

And, after decades of writing for other people, I had found my own voice.

Combining my newly acquired strengths, I started a Covid blog with the tagline, “Spiritual principles, Scientific evidence, Health freedom.”

My goal was and is to empower people, and to build bridges.

Bridges between science and spirituality, left and right, those who see the falseness of the mainstream media messaging and those who don’t yet know they’ve been lied to.

By the end of 2021, I was, like so many other Canadians, feeling bruised by punishing policies that defied previous perceptions of Canada as a tolerant and accepting country where freedom of choice was not only valued but staunchly defended.

And then the truckers came.

Though I was denied the ability to travel, I found someone with a car to drive me to Ottawa.

As it did for so many, the Freedom Convoy changed my life.

I never went home again, but instead continued travelling and writing about the many issues intertwined with Covid and the mandates.

I spent my time between Ontario and Quebec, learning about First Nations, food sovereignty, and the many complex connections of control behind the Covid-19 narrative.

By the end of 2022, having been on the road for nearly a year of intense learning, I did a 10-day Vipassana silent retreat.

I was able to still my mind and collect my thoughts.

What became clear to me was that it was time to raise the bar.

It was time to bring all my skills to bear.

What has become clear since then is that we are all being called to raise the bar.

To use whatever strengths and resources we have to stand up and take responsibility for creating the world in which we want to live.

In these unprecedented, uncertain times, we are being called to rise up and be our greatest selves.

That is the opportunity of this moment in history.

That is the opportunity of the National Citizens Inquiry — to come together as ordinary Canadians, to share our stories, to restore and express our compassion for the victims of destructive policies, and to hold those responsible to account.

Each of us needs to look inward and find the untapped resources within ourselves.

How do we do this?

In the beginning was the Word.

Giving our word is the starting point for creating our reality.

We do this without knowing how, surrendering to our higher Self, and cultivating trust.

We all have greatness within us.

We can all access that higher Self who knows itself as a mighty one, a Godspark with the power to create.

It is the power of the word that has me so inspired by the Freedom Pledge created by Dr. Chris Shaw, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of British Columbia.

I invite you to print it, read it aloud, and sign it.

Post it somewhere where you can see it every day.

Share it with people in your life.

And if you’re bold, share it publicly.

You can download a colour version here 👇

Freedom Pledge PDF
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...or a simple black and white version here 👇

Freedom Pledge B&W PDF
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It’s time for all of us to stand and create together.

In the words of the Hopi elders, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

* This blog is based on an article written for Freedom Corp Newsletter. Please support this new media outlet by subscribing HERE.


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