Freedom Fighters with Anel Hamersma
I discovered Anel on twitter, and I’m so glad I did! I quickly jumped over to her blog, In Your Bones, and was instantly drawn in by her story and her inspiring and soulful writing about freedom, personal development and spirituality. If you want to get to know Anel, head over to her site and read some of her latest posts. I promise you’ll leave packed with peace and inspiration. Oh, and did I mention that Anel is a Sangoma, a traditional African doctor?
In other words, Anel is a freedom fighter. That’s why I’m proud to be kicking off my Freedom Fighters Interview series her:
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On your website you talk about giving yourself space to prepare for a new chapter in your life. What is your dream right now?
Right now I’m living quite an ascetic life in the countryside of the Western Cape of South Africa. I’ve spent the past two years shifting the fundamental directors and paradigms of my life and at the moment it is manifesting in a “crumbling” of my old self.
A central part of my process have been to let go of the future and the past in order to focus strongly on what is happening inside of me and around me RIGHT NOW.
To do that it was essential to eliminate a large portion of “expectation” from my day-to-day existence: from myself and other people. The less expectation shows up, the more present I am able to become.
As it turns out, it seems I’m writing a book about freedom and empowerment. Once I let everything else go, I (ironically) managed to engage one of the goals I’ve always wanted to achieve.
How can people help you achieve this dream?
The easiest way to support me is to join me on my journey. To do that, simply sign up for my blog via my website.
You had to overcome a number of obstacles to find your calling. How have these experiences impacted your life?
It put me on a clear path of spiritual development. It re-shaped the core of who I am and what I’m about. It created a new container from which I operate my life. In many ways, it set me free.
What is the advice you would give to young people who have yet to discover the truth about who they are?
I don’t know that I have discovered the truth of who or what I am, but in my own life pursuing the truth of myself has filled me up in a way that nothing else could have.
My advice to young people would be to try and unhook from the voices outside of themselves at an early age. The more you play into what you believe the world expects of you, the longer it’s going to take you to discover and connect to yourself.
Don’t get locked into ideas, and things outside of yourself.
How did you discover your passions for lifestyle design and empowerment?
In 2009 I traveled the States solo for six months – an experience that completely changed the way that I think about the world and my life.
After I came back home I pined for the freedom of travel and subsequently hit the internet, cruising travel sites and blogs, and it was around that time that I seriously started investigating how I might create a life for myself where I could work from any place in the world.
I had read Tim Ferris’ “Four Hour Workweek” a couple of years before, hauled it back out again and seriously started poking around in it! Shortly afterwards I became conscious of the beautiful sound of the words “location independent” and made it my life mission to do just that.
You write a lot about freedom. What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom is a state of mind. It requires an enormous amount of letting go of ideas, paradigms and things. There is a great quote from the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand that sums it up perfectly:
“To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.”
How do you deal with dreams that are just not in the cards for you?
I had a big dream to start traveling again at the beginning of this year. It never happened. Instead the world took me on a completely different path. It became apparent that I had to spend some time pursuing my internal journey instead of the external journey.
Although we all have dreams, we don’t always know what is best for us. I still dream of going traveling again, and I have no doubt that I will. However, the more I am able to relinquish the idea that I (the personality) control my life, the more I am able to find joy and contentment.
If it’s not meant to be, it’s for good reason. Trust the world and your own process implicitly. Follow the breadcrumbs in the forest.
If you had all the money and time in the world, what would you do with it?
Pack my backpack and disappear for a couple of years! Travel is a great way of connecting with yourself, and I think that at the core that’s what we all crave: connection.
I’d also love to work with people like Deepak Chopra and John Demartini – to attend their workshops and see how they work with people one-on-one. I would love to visit all the holy sites in the world.
On my return to South Africa I would buy a farm in a rural area and set up a school for wilderness work; a place where people can come to do vision quests and initiation processes. That’s a big dream of mine.
Do you have any questions for Anel? Or thoughts about freedom and passion? Please share in the comments!
Are you a Freedom Fighter? Or do you know someone who is? Contact me if you want to be interviewed or know someone who does.