I recently spoke with an acquaintance that knows about energy and understands that our emotions, thoughts and beliefs contribute completely to the experiences we are encountering. Yet, they simultaneously hold firmly to the idea that anytime they hit a rough patch in their life it means they must have had lessons to learn. I always listen quietly and respectfully to their explanations, until eventually shifting gears and changing the direction of our conversations. While I never knock anyone’s personal beliefs; we all have the ability to view our circumstances in anyway we choose, I can’t help but notice how disempowering this life lessons approach can be.
Obviously, this is a very personal thing. If it makes someone feel better (than where they just were, emotionally speaking) to chalk their recent experiences up to life lessons, then far be it from me to say it’s not a valid approach. However, if we always turn to that excuse every time things seem amiss, it’s tantamount to saying that something outside our own awareness is assigning tasks and obstacles to us because we refuse to “play ball.”
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