STONE SIX CONTINUED
Be: Letting go of past hurts, disappointments, and abuses and letting go of future plans and expectations, I resolve to live in the present moment and simply be. Be present; be open; be available; be with Higher Self.
Instruction: Be open.
Experiences come and go, and we tend to label them pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad, exciting or boring, painful or joyful, rewarding or unrewarding, and so on. For the most part, we subconsciously do this labeling. What if we could open to the experience itself without having to draw conclusions? After all, many of the things we have labeled one way in the past have tended to transform over time until we view them differently. For example, while going though cancer treatments, a person might label the experience horrendous, painful, and useless. Years later, reflecting upon that time in their life, they might see the experience as eye-opening, life-changing, and although they might not want to go through something like that again, they can have an appreciation for the things they learned and the changes it brought into their life. Part of what Stone Six is suggesting is that we can have that experience of appreciation sooner. We don’t have to wait for everything to be all right again. If we can open to the experience and ask for wisdom, guidance, and understanding to accompany our requests for healing, we can find the nuggets of love, wisdom, and insight that are ours to unearth.
We might not be as concerned about the healing as we are about gaining appreciation for life and all that it entails — good or bad. Pain is a part of life, and we learn ways to cope with it. Change is also a part of life, and we would be wise to accept it and even embrace it. This can be done by living in the moment, by being present with whatever comes to us, and by connecting to The Divine to ask for wisdom, strength, courage, love, and Divine Presence. If we try to close ourselves off to what is happening in the present moment, we will find frustration, mental and emotional pain, and more questions than answers. “Opening” doesn’t mean we won’t have questions, but it makes us more available to receive answers, especially those we might not want to hear.
Today’s Assignment is to ask yourself if there is a situation in life that you have trouble coping with. Are you open to new ways of looking at the situation, or are you simply gutting it out? Sometimes staying strong is the right answer, but sometimes you might be better served if you examine other ways of working through the trials of life. Try to remain open to the experience, and ask the Universe to grant you different perspectives and different ways of approaching the problem in order to understand what is going on.
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