One of the first precepts that are often taught to anyone learning to walk the ‘success’ path is that you need to learn to take responsibility for your life. This is a tricky subject so bear with me as I try to explain just what that really means.
There is a difference between taking responsibility and taking blame. It is not effective to blame ourselves or anyone else for anything that happens to us. While life does have certain patterns that can be explored and expected, there is also a seeming randomness that happens to us. I say seeming because if you look at the subject of being a powerful creator of your life with the quality of your thoughts, you will often see, if you are aware of your thoughts, that you have somewhere along the line actually created some of the things that happen in your life. Of course, things like the weather may not be under our control (although there is some speculation about that these days to the contrary), and we are certainly not immune to other people’s thoughts and actions impacting on us.
The one thing we do have control over however is how we react to the things that ‘happen to us’. You can either choose to see things as a tragedy, or something to fight against, or you can step back from the natural emotions of trying to blame some outside person or thing for what happened to you or others. Or you can take responsibility for your reaction and see what was really going on around you that you either did not, or chose not to see. You can look for the gift in the circumstances and find a better way to react.
We see this all the time in terrible, tragic events in the media where fear gets the better of people and they react with violence and the desire to control others. There are always stories if you choose to look for them in the quieter sources where people have risen above the tragedy and chosen to give love and help to others in the same situation. The human gift of compassion for others is one of the greatest gifts we bring to the world.
Our thinking drives all our feelings and actions, and by taking responsibility for what thoughts you are thinking and acting upon you take your first steps towards true emotional freedom.
So this week take some time, each day if you can, to look carefully and contemplate your thoughts. What will those thoughts create if you take them to their final end result? If you don’t want that result, what thoughts could you focus on that would bring you a result that you would prefer? Always look to the thought that makes you feel better. Your feelings will always tell you whether you are in touch with your Soul or not. If it feels good, you are getting the thumbs up from Spirit.