Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Victim or Victor?
There is no room for victims.
If you're feeling like the spiritual equivalent of a 90 pound weakling while others throw copies of Dyer, Chopra, and Tolle in your face, then life will appear to be an endless string of crimes against you.
Life happens to you rather than for you.
In other words, life is either working for you, or it is working against you.
Sure, some events happen that seem like they are out of your control. They seem to come out of left field unexpectedly, and you suddenly find yourself in the position of fight, flight, or freeze. You can choose to let the events affect your life in the ways that you allow, or you can use them as a learning tools to improve your spiritual IQ.
Caroline Myss, an American author, says, "We are never being punished, only being taught. Everything is a teaching."
It's a matter of perspective.
We can choose to be victims, or we can choose to be victors.
As a victim, life happens to you in ways that kick you around like an abused dog chained to a tree. You live your life fearing what will happen, and you continuously growl at anything that comes your way. You blame everything and everyone else for your misfortune, and you feel that the Universe is punishing you.
As a victor, though, life happens as you make it happen. If flows effortlessly, and if obstacles come your way, you embrace them and turn them into learning experiences for your highest good. Rather than let life steamroll over you, you jump into the driver's seat and direct your course. You feel connected to the Universe in a loving and positive way. There is no blame, only gratitude.
Want to improve your spiritual IQ? See yourself as living victoriously. Take responsibility. Educate yourself. And give gratitude.
No more wimping around.
If you could invite one spiritual leader (alive or no longer on our physical plane) to your home for dinner, who would you invite?
Write down a list of questions you would ask this person.
After "speaking" with this person during dinner, how do you think he or she would answer your questions?
For the next week, emulate, as much as possible, this spiritual leader whose actions and attributes you admire.
Ask how s/he would act if faced with the situations in your daily life. Play the part. How would that spiritual leader respond to a situation that requires a decision, or to someone who feels confused and lost?
Research shows that an attitude change follows a behavior change. We do, then we feel. As you emulate your spiritual leader of choice, notice how it affects your interactions with others. More than likely, you will find them improving.
Read the introduction to 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to each post in this series.