How Our Challenges Teach and Change Us
“Let go of the oars. Everything you want is downstream.” Abraham Hicks
We can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way. And by this, I mean life. We can dig in and demand that life bend to our endless list of demands OR we can accept and surrender to the life that we have.
And by no means does that mean abdicating our highest good. We know when something is no longer a fit or when we need to go and do something new and break free. We just know. In Buddhism this is referred to as, the choiceless choice. And when something is meant to change or shift in some way, there is no further need for intellectualization or thought. At that point, we just do.
In the meantime, we’re all sitting in precisely the space and the place that we’re meant to reside. How do we know that? Because that’s where we are.
So…are you sick? Are you dealing with an illness or physical setback? Are you in a frustrating relationship? Are you not being heard? Honoured? Do you find your job boring or morally challenging? Do you live in a city or area that doesn’t exactly float your boat?
No matter what you’re dealing with, be there fully. Be there and live your life. Are you ill? Live your life as if this illness wasn’t a deterrent or a detractor. In other words, don’t be enslaved by what you perceive to be your handicap.
Because the truth is, your challenges are there to wake you up. They’re not handicaps at all. Quite the opposite. They were planned long ago as a means to shake off the low lying fruit.
This is why the great Masters speak of acceptance so much. Accept the circumstances of your life. Because here’s the ultimate spoiler: They’re here to take you to the next level of your evolution.
So to push them away or to see them as limiting, only keeps you stuck in them longer. Don’t you see? There are no mistakes here. How could there be?
We live in a world where the Intelligence some of us call God, the Divine, the Unified Field (it really doesn’t matter what name we give it) holds the planets in alignment; blooms the flowers every spring; puts them to sleep every fall; and holds us to this beautiful planet via gravity. I think it can also handle the details of our lives.
But we need to believe that in order to settle in and say, “Ahhh…okay…here we have an illness or a challenging relationship or a loss of some kind. And it’s okay. It’s all okay.” Can you imagine how different you would feel if you knew it was all okay?
Talk about the ultimate exhale.
Know that your life has a purpose. And everything in it (including the challenges) is also purposeful. See it through open and loving eyes. It changes everything.
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