By Julieanne Paige
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle. In ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle, we are presented with the above powerful statement. When we find ourselves in unsatisfactory situations, with an understanding of this statement, we can choose to welcome it as an opportunity for growth.
When a ‘bad situation’ arises we can choose either to resist or to yield to the situation. We know when we are resisting this opportunity for growth as we can feel it. It is an unsettling in the chest or confusion in the mind that denies us the opportunity to examine the situation without trying to defend our identity in some way. As we are aware, clear and efficient solutions cannot be found in a state of panic or emotional upheaval. There must be an element of yielding to the situation that allows us to deal with the situation appropriately. Yielding does not mean accepting a situation, but what it does mean is that you are accepting the experience that you are having in the present moment and in turn this choice assures you that the decision you will make is in alignment with the desired evolution of your consciousness or inner self.
These opportunities for growth cannot be recognized whilst focusing on the preservation of identity. It is necessary to stop and resolve the situation from the viewpoint of the ‘inner self’. Many spiritual teachers advise us that a situation is only good or bad because we have chosen to label it this way. If we choose to take a bad situation and relate it to the opportunity for growth, would this not now be a good situation?
Next time you are presented with a situation, in which you are unsure how to react, choose to deny your identities for a moment and listen for clarity. Maybe this is why we close our eyes when we are thinking in depth…we are really just asking for a moment to BE.
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