BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“As you proceed in your spiritual growth, you will eventually reach the point where you come to understand a simple but powerful truth about forgiveness – that in order to forgive, you must have first assigned blame. Once you do accept that at some level you do attract (or create) everything that you experience in your life, there is no longer any need to forgive anyone.

Reaching this level of awareness takes time, of course, for some nasty things can happen to you that you certainly would not have consciously chosen. Yet…the real reason you experience negative “surprises” in your life is that you are not always conscious of the signals (i.e., thoughts, feelings) you are sending out into the world. If you are unable to accept this premise, then understand that whenever you blame, you only weaken yourself. Why? Because you put yourself into a position where both your feelings and your state-of-mind are always at the mercy of someone else’s behavior.

It is therefore far better to accept complete responsibility for your life, and acknowledge that whatever circumstances you encounter contain within them a valuable lesson that you most definitely need to learn.”
                       Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”

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