From Whining to Heroic

MazeA longing for spiritual growth, for connection with something deeper, begins when we acknowledge that while we live in a physical world, there is a causal world we can’t see with our physical eyes. There are man-made laws to keep order, but there are also universal laws that apply to us, because we are souls of the invisible world who take on bodies in a material world. The universal laws are the laws of our Creator, designed to guide us–the ones who strayed–back Home.

Michael Brine has written here about the universal law of, “As we sow, so shall we reap,” explaining that if too much negativity is put out, by a person, a city, or a country, the scales tip and even innocent children are caught up in the ‘reaping.’ I think he’s right—it’s a good explanation that helped me to understand more about mass tragedies. The children lost to us may be souls who volunteered their young lives before they were born for human evolution.

The only way we can change what happens to us (the reaping) is to change what we think and do (the sowing), making way for growth. I’ve seen several stories about men who were deeply involved in street-gang life, violence, drug sales, keeping girls as prostitutes, and on and on, but who had an inner conversion and when they got out of prison, they began to work on behalf of young people in gangs. “Hear my story,” they say. “Let’s change your story before you become me.”

My story, or yours, may not be as dramatic, but the law still applies. In order to change our lives, we must change our thoughts and actions. Blaming others, feeling self-pity, desiring revenge—all of this has to go for us to be born anew into lives befitting our nature as souls.

One universal law that has been a tough one for me is the law of acceptance. We can’t control everything that happens to us—we can only control how we react to those things. Many years ago I was a partner at a small newspaper where we published an annual issue on people we called the ‘able-disabled.’ Some had been in crippling accidents and had lost the use of their arms or legs or both. One young woman lost all four limbs to gangrene. She was a torso in an electric wheelchair and had been fitted with artificial arms and metals clips for fingers that allowed her to work as a switchboard operator. She was filled with grace and acceptance and trust in God. I’ve made much progress in accepting the loss of an active life (related to illness), but I’m nowhere close to where this beautiful young woman was. I see her light and follow when I can.

We can fight what has happened to us for as long as we like. We can also accept, forgive and move on with what we do have, with what we can do. The gift of life and the opportunity to grow on Earth is priceless. Once we realize this, we begin the process of moving from whiner to the hero of our own story.

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