891 ABC News, Adelaide, Australia – Imagine being locked in prison, being beaten daily and suffering in inhumane conditions in a cell with 49 other people. Imagine coming out of this living hell after 13 years, being diagnosed with cancer but having found forgiveness, happiness, and even peace.
Reon Schutte, a former South African elite Special Forces solider, was captured in??1992 and imprisoned in the notoriously brutal Chikurubi prison in Zimbabwe. He was pardoned and released in 2004, and has since shared his incredible story of survival??to more than one million people around the world through speaking engagements and his book, “Set Yourself Free.”
While incarcerated,??Schutte subsisted on a half cup of rice and cabbage leaves a day, endured inhumane conditions and daily beatings ???and learned forgiveness, tolerance, acceptance of circumstances and the ability to reprogram his mind for ultimate freedom. The key,??Schutte says, is choice, “a powerful tool to which every human has access at every moment and that is our ticket to freedom, regardless of the situation. We may not be able to choose our circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond.”
When Schutte shares his life journey with audiences, he??holds listeners spellbound with his incredible story of survival and overcoming inconceivable odds. At the same time, he inspires his audience members to break out of the “personal prisons” they have created for themselves through fear, hate, anger, blame, lack of forgiveness, self-doubt and attachment to material possessions or status. In his??book,“Set Yourself Free,”??Schutte shares 10 Principles–lessons he learned the very hard way–and provides simple exercises to immediately put the Principles into practice.
The 10 Principles to Break Out of Your Personal Prison
- Love and Serve Others
- Accept Your Circumstances
- Choose your response
- Lead by Example
- Practice ???This is Sufficient???
- Understand There is no ???There???
- Stop WHYning!
- Exercise Your Power of Choice
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