One first becomes a sovereign individual. Each to self.
Next, one takes the responsibility of maintaining sovereignty in
interactions with others.
Lastly, one begins addressing only the sovereign portion of others in
themselves, with the understanding that all sovereign souls do the same..
It is how sovereign souls recognize each other.
Independence is not telling someone else what to do. It is setting ones own
standards. Those who *get it* can be recognized by the fact that they do
*not* tell others what to do, yet also make no apologies for their *own*
actions. A Sovereign soul understands the principle of sovereignty. They
also unreservedly do not accept attempts by others to interfere in their
There is a subtlety required to understand the difference between telling
someone what to do (or what is perceived as 'wrong' with them based on ones
own perspective, of course) and making it clear to someone that interference
in ones own sovereignty will not be tolerated (assuming there is enough
respect for the individual to warrant attempt at explanation in the first
Those who are not sovereign souls themselves, will fall into the trap of
telling others what to do and informing them of their (perceived) faults.
Sovereign souls, on the other hand, leave others to their mistakes (unless
interference is requested), but expect full acknowledgment of their
independent state and will accept nothing less.
(Those who are on their way to sovereignty, well, they are probably all over
the place) : )
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