Tuesday, June 2, 2009

#20 (14:15 – 14:40)

overcomingobstacles “Learn to allow others to work out their difficulties without feeling that you are the only one who can fix things. Your ego pushes you to fix things, while your higher Self wants you to experience peace and harmony. Choose the latter, allow your higher self to rule. Let other people work out some of the things and don’t have to be right all the time.”

This is a challenging one for many of us. We feel the need to intervene in other people’s lives all the time believing that we are ‘helping’ them. As Dr. Dyer says, this is just the ego allowing you to think that you can fix every situation. However, sometimes people are best left alone to overcome the situation themselves. How else would they learn and grow from the experience? Why else are we here on this planet? Friendly advice is one thing, but believing you know the solution to other people’s problems is another. Next time you feel the need to ‘fix’ a situation, choose to allow the other person to grow; see it as if you are robbing them of their own karmic evolution. Every moment of difficulty we experience is an opportunity for us to grow; so allow others to grow.

Think about all the difficult moments you had to go through in your life up until this point. In hindsight, you are able to see how those experiences changed you. These are the important life experiences that we all must go through that usually integrates into our consciousness and change our behavior. Yes, the journey is sometimes difficult, but the destination is usually worth every effort.

Many wonder why we are here on this planet; why the soul came into the body. This is a great explanation provided by Neale Donald Walsch. “The soul came into physicality in order that it might experience itself, express itself in the physical world as who it really is, thus to know itself in its own experience.” I thought this explained it so well, although it may seem confusing. There is really not much more to it. We think there is really a profound meaning to life, but it is amazing how simple an explanation there is to life. The challenge is knowledge of Self. Think about this a moment.

1 comment:

  1. Heard a story from a priest:
    Recently, I went to Washington, DC. I took two homies with me, Louis and Joe – big huge guys, been to prison, heavily tattooed. They’d never been to our nation’s capital. We gave a briefing to a bunch of Senatorial and Congressional types. The next day we toured DC and we went to the Washington Monument and we went to the Holocaust Museum, where we spent three hours. We met at 3 o’clock, after our tour, in the lobby, and we debriefed about this very emotional place – a very powerful experience. And, we noticed over here there was a desk, and behind the desk was an old man, maybe early 80’s. He was reading a book and there were two chairs in front of the desk, empty, inviting you to sit and talk with him because there was a sign in front of the desk that read, “Holocaust survivor.” And, Joe and I looked at each other and said, “What would we say to somebody who has suffered so much?” But, Louis is fearless. He said, I’m gunna go talk to him.” So, he sits down. The man’s name was Jacob.
    Louis shakes his hand and says, “So, what camp were you in?
    And, Jacob says, “Auschwitz.” He entered like a thirteen year old boy and he left the place, when the camp was liberated, when he was seventeen years old. Both parents killed there. Five sisters and brothers executed there. A niece and a nephew killed, right before his eyes. He was a worker, so he survived.
    And Louis listens. Then Louis pulls a card out of his pocket and he hands it to Jacob. “I work at Homeboys Industries. It’s the largest gang intervention program in the country. I hope you come and visit.”
    And Jacob looks at the card. And Louis says, “I’m 27 years old. I’ve spent eleven of those years locked up.”
    And Jacob gets a little dismissive of American prisons, “Your own room, a mattress, a pillow. I slept on boards. They’d pull you out of line if you spoke and they’d beat you right there.”
    And Louis listens. And he says, “Yeah, I was beat down many times at County Jail. Once they dragged me out of line. They beat me so badly, my head – I looked like the Elephant man. They threw me naked in a cell and I slept on a metal sheet.”
    And Jacob listens.
    This is when I stopped Louis. I said, “Louis, let me see if I got this right. You were comparing your experience to a Holocaust survivor?”
    And he was quick and clear and he said, “No, I wasn’t ‘comparing.’ There is no comparison between what he’s suffered and what I’ve gone through.” And then I watched, as he made an additional calculation in his head. And, his eyes filled up with tears. He said, “No, I wasn’t ‘competing’ with him. I was ‘connecting’ with him.”
    Exactly right. Suddenly, kinship so quickly.
    The measure of your compassion lies not in your service of those on the margins, but in your willingness to see yourselves in kinship with them, connected to them – to move beyond the service of the other, to a solidarity, where your heart is in the right place – and, now finally, to a place of kinship, where your feet are in the right place.
    Listen to your heart, and if you listen to your heart, it’ll bring you to your feet. People may say that what you are doing when you do this is indeed a waste of your time, but "In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste,’ there will be heard, again, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voices of those who sing.” (Prophet Isaiah)
    Make those voices heard. Listen to your heart. Allow it to bring you to your feet.