Day 19. Nelson Mandela reminds us of the journey of the soul

I’ve learnt a very valuable lesson. I thought we would finish off the Nelson Mandela life-lessons by Easter and start with something new, like Self-coaching.

So much more to explore

However, when I woke up this morning, I realized that there was so much more to explore, especially during this lockdown time. While reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela[i], it becomes clear that there is still so much to learn.

At the same time, it became evident that many readers joined in every day from all over the word. The greater part coming from the United States and the United Kingdom while readers from South Africa, Namibia, the Middle East and China are all connected. We also have readers of all ages with us.

The lesson I learnt is, irrespective of who we are, where we are or how old we are, we are all on this journey of the soul, together.  

This is also something Nelson Mandela reminds us of…

Nelson Mandela and the journey of the soul

Nelson Mandela wasn’t a religious man. He respected all religions but ignored dogmatic religions and their laws, rules and rights.

Madiba did however believe in a Greater Power, a Creator and in life after death. He believed in heaven and even imagined spending time after death with his ANC comrades in heaven.

He also believed in love and compassion, in forgiveness, in truth and reconciliation and he believed in equality for all.

Madiba also believed in the journey of the soul.

This inspiring poem ‘Invictus’ by William Henley, found scribbled on a note of paper in Madiba’s cell on Robben Island, explains the dark possibilities of the soul and how to overcome these challenges.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning’s of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Henley

And the journey of the soul continues…

To do list

Here are a few ideas to help you on this path:

  • Are you aware that we are all on a journey of the soul?
  • How does it feel to know that you are not in this alone?
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[i] Mandela, Nelson, R. (1994). Illustrated. The long walk to freedom. The            Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Little, Brown & Company: London.