The SoulFire of Nelson Mandela

Published on December 18, 2013

Nelson Mandela had it.

He had SoulFire.

It's hard to imagine any global figure who better embodied the quality we know as "SoulFire."

You know that I talk and write about SoulFire agents and encourage you to grow this part of yourself that can zoom a real estate business to greater heights and your personal life to unimagined peace.

But the death of the man they call "Mandiba" in South Africa caused me to pause and revel in the SoulFire that he took to an entirely different level.

Think about this and really put yourself in his shoes.

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Born in 1913, he spent the early years of his life suffering under the tyrannical environment of apartheid, a horrific social casting that did its best to strip him of any humanity or dignity. After all, he was a black South African and, under apartheid, held few -if any - basic human rights. He and his entire race, including all of his family and friends, were essentially held prisoner in specific areas designated for blacks only.

He grew up surrounded by barbed wire fences and showered by the hatred of his captors. It was the sort of treatment not seen by black Americans since the end of the Civil War and abolition of slavery. Astoundingly, this castration of a single race in South Africa continued until the 1990's. That's hard to fathom: The 1990's.

For awhile, anger at such injustice and pain did indeed boil within his soul and his militant disobedience eventually landed Mandela in prison for 27 years. For nearly three decades, he rotted in a jail cell, subject to even less freedom and more abuse than that which would have been lathered upon him in the Apartheid neighborhoods of Johannesburg.

 Then, somehow, through international opposition to both his incarceration and the systematic oppression of a people, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the sick entity known as Apartheid began to wither.

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But the miracle of the story was only just beginning.

Mandela emerged with peace and reconciliation in his heart.

If anyone ever had reason to be filled with hatred, anger, frustration, a sense of doom, and a desire for revenge in his heart, it was Nelson Mandela. But he wasn't.

Somehow, the miracle of SoulFire had lived on within him. It made no rational sense why it was there, but it was there.

He rose to the presidency of the country. In an environment where he could've demanded retribution, where he could have fanned the flames of hatred and led a newly-free group of citizens against the people who had oppressed them for so long...he didn't.

He strove for reconciliation and worked to build a new South Africa, a country where both white and black lived, worked, and grew together.

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I'm not sure how a man who easily could have been a massively negative force managed to find such a positive path instead.

But he did. And few people have ever displayed their SoulFire more brightly.

What about you?

Consider your current situation. Are you in a physical environment seemingly designed to snuff out the light that shines within you? Are you allowing others to determine your destiny and and to fill your mind with negative thoughts or emotions?

Or maybe you are living a "better than most" kind of life and you take your freedom and opportunities for granted.

What changes can you make in your life today to tap into that inner peace, that soulful place, that light we call SoulFire?

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