You Decide What Events Mean

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"Whosoever may torment you, harass you, confound you, or upset you is a teacher.
Not because they're wise, but because you seek to become so.
Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe One day last week I pulled out my copy of Notes from the Universe and opened to a page.
This book contains gentle spiritual reminders that help bring clarity and focus.
The page I randomly selected contained the above message.
 I was struck by the timeliness of this lesson in light of the turmoil surrounding pending legislation in Congress.
 I've even recently caught myself being pulled into some of the drama.
Reading the above passage made me realize that this turmoil is an opportunity to grow spiritually.
  There is a key point we could all, perhaps, benefit from knowing.
The point is - "what you resist, persists".
In other words, when you resist someone or something you give attention to them or the situation.
And what you put your attention on expands.
When that focus or attention is potent energy directed as anger or frustration you actually end up getting more of what you don't want! As Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations with God) states: "Do not fight that which is opposite to your stated desire or preferred outcome.
Rather, relax into it.
Do not oppose, COMPOSE.
Even if you are not familiar with Walsch's books, most of us have heard a version of the passage in Matthew 5:39 where Jesus says the same thing: - "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
" Relaxing into opposition, as Walsh says, or turning the other cheek as Jesus stated, does not mean agreement.
Instead it's about pausing, contemplating and then coming from a point of grace.
If you are confronted with something you do not want then seek to become wise by choosing what you do want.
Choosing and transferring your intention to what you do want, rather then resisting what you don't want, brings about change and change is creation.
Rather than fight against whatever it is you don't want, become active in promoting and working for what you do want.
As Mother Teresa said: "I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations.
I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there.
You are faced with opposition everyday and you decide what meaning to give it.
You can either choose to see opposition as a way to grow spiritually or as an adversary to struggle against.
Your choice determines what you create in your life; what will you choose? Vicki Miller, CUCG, PCC Copyright September 2009
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