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People Show Up To Challenge You To Be More Of Who You Truly Are

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You can be glad that people who show in your life challenge you and your beliefs. and actions,

What would you believe if you knew the people you perceive as arrogant, ignorant, unenlightened or basically evil, intentionally chose to play this role long before they incarnated on this planet? What would you believe if you knew that you were in on those people’s decision. In other words, you need them to remind you what your mission and purpose is this time around.

What if they agreed to shake things up to help you and the rest of the world to wake up from massive , a.k.a. Willful Ignorance?

What if it is all divinely guided for your highest good and betterment?

We are all teachers and students of one another. When someone does or says something that rankles your nerves, gets under your skin, you need to ask yourself the questions, “What can I learn from this?” "How will this help me?" 

Avoid being quick to judge a situation as bad or dangerous simply because it doesn’t feel good. Sometimes life isn’t all hearts and flowers with a bow.

Humans need to experience contrast in order to recognize what there is to experience and what one wants for oneself in the now and beyond.

You can be glad that people who show in your life challenge you and your beliefs and actions. We are mirrors for each other. When someone holds up the mirror it compels one to look at the experience from another perspective, to look at life more deeply and to take a stand for who you truly are. 

mirrors for each other. When someone holds up the mirror it compels one to look at the experience from another perspective, to look at life more deeply and to take a stand for who you truly are. During times of great upheaval, it is important to remember to do all things from the heart—compassion and understanding. It is only through love and compassion for all living beings, that you will come to a place of peace.

Be grateful that people show up in your life to challenge you to be more of who you truly are.

Through times of searching and integrity conflict, escaping is easy; holding onto one's convictions of integrity and spiritual truth is difficult.

Instead of giving up your convictions that, war  and violence is never the answer, we need to learn how to navigate in a new way. It is there-in the rough spots-that we learn how to deal with the resentments, the frustrations and the humiliations that come with life and work. It is there that we will find balance.

Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist teacher calls this, "The squeeze." She defines it as "a point where we are not able to take it or leave it, where we are caught between a rock and a hard place, caught with both the up-lift of our ideas and the rawness of what's happening in front of our eyes..." and, that, she says, "is a very fruitful place."

There are many wonderful opportunities in life and work to experience this "fruitfulness." As humans, we are often caught between that "rock and a hard place." And when caught, we want; to run; to retaliate; to reach for something to fill the emptiness; to have an affair; to bail out; to do whatever it takes to have the feeling of fullness and comfort again. When we are challenged this is precisely the time we need to hold on. When our fears tell us; to escape; to retaliate; to take the easy way out; we need to check with our integrity and spiritual compass. This is where security can be found-in the fruit of our commitment to a higher purpose.

Today more than ever before, we are witnessing a crises of consciousness over the validity of war and world issues versus the power of humility, integrity, understanding and diplomacy. Simultaneously those who are spiritual seekers ponder the purpose and mission of their immortal souls.

The experience of pondering and subsequently creating and maintaining a new paradigm for world peace is a monumental undertaking, however, it can be a wondrous opportunity to exercise and experience ourselves as the powerful spiritual beings we are. A paradigm shift teaches us about working with chaos and things turned upside down. The old paradigm needs to be examined and shifted before a new paradigm can evolve-this is the lesson we need most to learn. Doing the same thing over and over because that is what we have always done or because it seems expedient doesn't mean 'it is right.'