What if you approached every situation in life (perceived good or bad) as if you had chosen it? As if you blueprinted it (long before the mind could comprehend) as a pathway to the betterment of the soul. In the Power of Now Eckhart Tolle says “accept whatever arises in this moment as if you had chosen it, and your whole life will be miraculously transformed.” Some of you going through the drudges of life might want to slap me right now but I think if you approach life this way you can have a freeing kind of peace. You can stop trying to analyze and label things as good and evil and just LIVE. You can live with a heart that is fully open to the ins and outs and ups and downs of life. You can cease giving all of your energy to going against things and people around you. Looking at life with this viewpoint will enable you to not actively participate in conflict, it can save you from the depths of despair you feel from loss and heartache and it can give you the peace you are searching for. It can also free you from looking for reasons to be offended all the time. You can also peacefully let go of past hurt and realize that it has brought to you all the lessons your soul has needed. Not to say you should let people treat you poorly, if you need to set boundaries set them, but feel grateful for those in your life that present to you an opportunity to learn something.
We are faced with choices every day and HOW we respond and react to that which lies in front of us is how we create the world around us. Everything. All of it. It’s there because we needed it. Something as seemingly superficial as hearing some hurtful gossip someone has said about you or as deep as getting devastating news about your health or the health of a loved one. Our life can be joyful or painful. It can be hard or it can be easy. Zukav talks in his book “The Seat of the Soul” (mentioned in my previous blog) about taking the vertical path. Every situation set before you is something your soul needs for its growth. Where the free will comes in is in the choices we have and the decisions we make when deciding how to approach all of life’s obstacles. He talks about ALWAYS taking the vertical path. The path of love. The path of peace. The path from your heart. The path that meets the need of your soul. Conflict, anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, negativity, victimizing (yourself and others)… sure you can approach any situation that way but the lesson will be so much harder. The path will be painfully more winding.
How DO we live from our soul? What the hell am I saying when I say to approach everything and everyone with love? I like to think of it like this. Like all of you, my children bring me IMMENSE joy. Even in the craziest, most tiring days, I look at them and just feel such gratitude. Even when things seem overwhelmingly hard, I am thankful. Not only because they remind me that I am living out my life’s purpose but I am also grateful for the ways in which they have taught me how to love. I feel from the depths of my soul that one reason we are given children is to show us how we should be loving everyone and everything. Much easier said than done I know, I KNOW, but it’s almost like a reminder of the love and the light of “home”. The love and the light we all have available to us deep within our soul. It’s a glimpse of how the soul is supposed to love all other souls. It may sound like a completely foreign and impossible task, but take that love you feel for your children (even if it is just a sliver) and try to approach everyone and everything with a glimpse of the light you feel for them. If you even attempt this you are half way there. Living from this part of you is living the life that will meet the needs of your soul. This is the way in which you can approach whatever unfolds before you.
If you are dealing with a health crisis, loss, a minor conflict, relationship or money troubles, hey maybe you are in the best times of your life and you feel like you are living out the dream (I’m happy for you by the way)…you chose it. It’s what you need right now at this particular point in this journey. And if it is particularly painful, the sooner you are able to fully accept and face it with love and learn the lessons needed, the sooner you can move on to the more joyful lessons along your journey.
I’ve had many people in my life ask me why I write these things or where they come from. Sometimes I just wake up and feel inspired out of nowhere from a force greater than myself (I usually think that means someone in my life needs to hear the message) and sometimes it’s because I’m going through something myself and I am the one that needs a little insight. I know that insight is locked away inside of me just like it’s locked away in ALL of us. I’ve always written (you know that reminds me I should probably start shredding some things from my younger days), it’s just that now I feel more of an urge to share whatever I am feeling with those around me. I hope if you are reading this it has triggered something inside of you that has made you want to live out your light and love with a more open heart. “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.” (my main squeeze, Wayne Dyer). Lets all do your part to make it a loving world, shall we? This is my small attempt to contribute to that.
The Enlightened Mama