Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source!
Acceptance is a beautiful teaching with many different levels. It is the root and the foundation of many wisdom traditions including Buddhist compassion teachings, the ancient Hindu Law of Least Effort, and Christ Consciousness. But regardless of your orientation to these belief systems, you can find powerful, personal evolution by awakening the Sacred Power of Acceptance in your life. There are three core levels of acceptance, and we instantly shift every aspect of our being by:
Level 1. Accepting that this moment is perfect, pure, whole, and every moment that has led to this moment was exactly the way it was meant to be. This moment is the magnificent culmination of all of your life choices; every experience that has woven itself in, around, and through you; and every one of the 31 million seconds that have ticked by in just this year alone! It couldn’t be any other way.
Level 2. Accepting that you are a divine being who is sealed in this human body for the span of a lifetime and that you have made choices and decisions throughout your life from your highest level of consciousness at the time. Even though there are choices you may regret or torture yourself about, they are carved in stone and we must accept them, forgive ourselves, and make better choices in the future.
Level 3. Accepting others for who they are – not as we wish they would be. Allowing people’s differences, quirks, unique vibrations to just be and not necessarily fit into our box of how the world is supposed to be. Allowing others to be as they are.
When you awaken the Sacred Power of Acceptance, you finally recognize that wherever you are, every moment of the past is carved in stone and for you to evolve your life, improve your situation, or find deeper fulfillment you must own the present moment.
Level 2 is where so many of us get stuck. By nature, we are our own toughest critic; we know all the moments where we felt less-than, or were sloppy, lazy, or casual with our words or decisions. We know those times when we were unsure of which road to take and we guessed “wrong.” We know where we could have been better, or stronger, or wiser, or more patient, or more truthful, or more engaged. But in that moment, we didn’t know it. We didn’t have access to a crystal ball showing us consequences; or maybe we didn’t take the time to really explore the depth of our actions or choices.
So right now we have two very clear ways to live life. We can either:
- Beat ourselves up for not being clairvoyant and diminish the happiness in our lives by pointing a continuous finger of blame at ourselves; or
- Accept the past as a lesson – a profound preparation for all that is to come – so that we can make better choices and find deeper fulfillment in life.
Keep meditating and I’ll see you in the gap!!! Peace. -davidji
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