Great question, June! I’m not sure if I have an ‘answer’. For me, it was a process of recognizing that my beliefs about the world around me, and about what was possible for myself, were false. I asked myself, “Why do I believe this is true?”.

Our reality is defined by what we accept. If we challenge and question what we’ve accepted — if we risk testing our assumptions about reality — then, and only then, will we discover new realities. Nobody made big discoveries by holding onto preconceived ideas.

Everyone will have different ways of achieving this “release”. For me, it took several years of financial struggle, followed by a global financial crisis that forced me into bankruptcy, and then a release of possessions that made me realize freedom didn’t require ‘getting rich’ but rather ‘letting go’.