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When we look back over our lives, we can many times see how one challenging incident may have lead us to exactly where we needed to be. We grew from the experience and was better prepared for the rest of our life that was to come.


I have moved and switched internet services, which has had me out of on-line communications for more than two weeks. In the move, I have downsized and reduced my worldly possessions by over 1/2. The process included a great deal of releasing items, which I had previously held to be “needed or desired” in my life. I could have looked at this with pain and anxiety over “letting go,” but chose to experience the relief as each item was released.

When we look back over our lives, we can many times see how one challenging incident may have lead us to exactly where we needed to be. We grew from the experience and was better prepared for the rest of our life that was to come.

Now here is an idea...what would it be like to stop in the middle of a “crummy” experience and ask, “What does this hold for me?” “What am I learning from this situation?”  “What am I being prepared for?” It would pull us through the trauma part of the ordeal more quickly, allowing us to free ourselves from the drama and move on to the next part of life. For it is the anger, depression, fear of a situation that holds us back from continuing on in the direction we are meant to travel.
 


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As I speak to friends, many have shared with me that they are experiencing this same push to release in different arenas of their lives. They are seeing it as an exhilarating, freeing experience.

This is part of the idea on which Feng Shui is based. The thought that our lives should flow like a river and when there are corners that have become stagnant or filled with unused items (or unhealthy thoughts), the flow cannot move freely. Which closets, which drawers, which parts of your life seems to collect clutter? And, at another level, which troubling thoughts repeat themselves in your mind?



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Many people wonder at the idea that this is a planet of free will, thinking they would never have chosen some of the incidents playing out in their lives. So where does the free will come in? What we get to choose is how we view that which is happening in our lives and in the lives of others. The choice appears to be: do we see ourselves as a victim that some arbitrary Universe throws challenges at, or can we see ourselves as part of some flow and step back from judging each occurrence as it happens?

When we step back from the judgment and just deal with each happening as it occurs, we no longer have to “color” it as right or wrong, as bad or good. We just are present and do the next thing that we are led to do.

 

Love and blessings,

Joann