At the end of the day there is only one answer – you are a spiritual being. But does that really help you as you work to navigate this human experience? I think it does when you consider how you show up in the world. By that I mean what you cause or allow to be seen about you based on what you believe about yourself.
Are you men or women? Do you live in constant pain, a lot of pain, occasional pain, or no pain? Are you married, single, have children, or no children? What's your favorite food, favorite singer, where do you live, do you like where you live? These are the kinds of things we learn when we can have a cup of tea with someone else. Not always possible with this Internet forum, but we can exchange ideas, hopes and dreams. And I wonder if yours are anything like mine. That's how it started.
I was thinking about this question - Who are you? This email goes to hundreds of subscribers and I get responses from just a few, though some of those readers comment quite regularly. Thank you. I appreciate comments, good and critical, because each one helps me learn. Yet there are so many subscribers who don't respond at all and I wonder who you are and how do you show up in the world?
Do you believe that you are limited in your abilities and present yourself as limited? Or do you have an open mind willing to look at life in new ways? Do you challenge yourself or just go with the flow whether you like it or not? Are you an example for others pointing the way to new possibilities or do you shy away from any and all responsibility and growth?
Understanding who you are goes a long way to creating the life that you dream of whether you are in pain or not. You are a spiritual being having a human experience and your divine nature will never change. But your experience of situations that show up in your life can change. For example, when you are in physical pain and miserable about it everything in life seems miserable. You react negatively to the pain and to the people who are trying to help you, thus making the whole situation downright unbearable. It doesn't have to be that way.
You can choose to adopt a positive frame of mind no matter the circumstance and use humor to overcome difficulties. You can be the catalyst for change through your forgiveness, your willingness to see and feel love, and your ability to show gratitude.
And here's the kicker – if you don’t like what you see now, remember it’s the end result of previous actions. If you change your current beliefs and ways of showing up your future results will be quite different. It may seem the story is out of sequence but is it?
What’s your story?