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If You Want to Keep Crying, Just Keep Identifying

Key Lesson: It's impossible to be identified with a negative state unless you have an unseen stake in the reason for its appearance.

As We Change, So Changes the Moment

What are we to do with what life brings to us -- that we are sure just isn't "right" -- especially when we can look out and see so many horrible things taking place on our planet? Getting stressed and struggling to correct the conditions seen as being at fault or to change the outcome of any past event is like arguing with an echo to make it see your point of view.

This is not to say that we should disregard negative conditions, only that things are the way they are in the moment in which we see them unfold. Let there be no doubt about this: negative reactions make nothing better. In fact, we serve to accelerate the unwanted effect of any condition that we resist because -- by our identification with it -- we unknowingly become a part of what we don't want!

No moment can be different than it is; whether we like it or not means nothing, and our distaste for it changes nothing in what takes place before us. However, what does mean something is what we allow to happen within us in that moment, because as we are changed -- by what we see about ourselves -- so changes the moment itself.

Not only are events unfolding as they must, but they also serve a higher purpose. Life itself, each of its "waves," is a kind of "window" through which we see what "is" -- including the reality of how our awareness interacts and transforms all that is becoming moment to moment.

It's what we do inwardly -- with what takes place outwardly -- that alone has the power to transform both of these worlds in a way that's truly positive for all. And when we are aware of this truth, and its vital relationship with all that is taking place, we begin to see how our true human responsibility and the higher purpose of this life are really one movement. It's why our interior work is so important, crucial really, to the enlightenment of human consciousness. Our world is transformed according to our ability to take part in it this way, just as we ourselves are transformed with the world as it reveals to us the truth of ourselves.

Everything that happens to us does so for the one purpose of revealing to us something of our present nature . . . and, in so doing, invites us to transcend who we have been. To know this is to see that everything in existence serves what is Good, leaving us free to choose to participate in life as it is.

This article is excerpted from The Essential Laws of Fearless Living (pages 139-140).

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