Fear Not, Judge Not, Resist Not – Guidelines for Living Life, Part II
Yesterday, we started a three part series on three specific guidelines for living life. Of course, there are many more guidelines and success principles to consider, but these are pretty core for me, and I wanted to explore them with you. I would love your comments and thoughts as you read through these. We learn from each other, and none of us has all the answers – just the ones that resonate with us. We broaden and expand our minds, and grow spiritually as we connect with each other.
The first guideline is to Fear Not. What we learned here is that we are safe. Of course, life has its ups and downs, it crisis and tragedies. But, these are not insurmountable, and they exist in the material world. Our spirit is always safe – it is infinite. Once we understand that, we can begin to let our fear go. The second guideline is to Judge Not.
Here is a surprise: We are not the judges of the Universe, not the judges of others, and not even the judges of ourselves! REALLY! As you begin to be aware and intentional in your thought, stepping into your own power, and making meaningful decisions on your own behalf, you will make an astounding discovery. Other people are quite capable, and you can trust them with their own lives and decisions. You are not “the boss of them” or in any position of authority over others sufficient enough to judge them.
You still get to make choices for yourself because this is the only place where you have authority and power. Your choices are wrapped around whether you will participate with others or not, even when you don’t agree with them. Either way, the only thing you can judge is what is appropriate for you.
Now that we’ve got that concept out there, lets talk about judging yourself. In our culture, self-worth is measured by a strong ego, self-confidence, competitiveness, assertiveness, and ultimately by money, status and possessions – all examples of external accomplishment. Paradoxically, the world’s greatest wisdom traditions hold that a person’s worth doesn’t change depending on external success and its rewards. A person’s worth is based upon the value of a soul, which is infinite and unchanging. Because life is teeming with change, you must go deeper to find that part of yourself that does not change, the part that is constant. Once you have found it, nourish it, and begin to write your own story. This shift in consciousness allows you to live in a constantly changing world from the level of your soul.
So how does God, the Universal power, want us to grow, what direction does she want us to take, and who’s guidelines should we follow? The answer to that is none. You get to grow the way you want to, by following your own desires. The things that deeply interest you play the role of God; you feel an irresistible attraction to them. Whatever fascinates you is also trying to wake you up. We’ve all heard the saying “If you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter where you start.”
“An impulse of love, if followed wherever it leads, will become richer and more intense, and in the end it will reveal itself as divine. An impulse of gratitude will do the same thing, as will compassion, kindness, charity, faith, devotion, appreciation, art, and science. Wherever the human mind wants to expand, God, the Universal Source, will be waiting at the end of the line.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Start where you are, and follow your heart. Now that you have let fear go, you are free to take the risk to do and be who you really are.
What am I deeply interested in, and how might I bring those thoughts and ideas into physical reality?
Just for today, I will bask in the joy I find in exploring and discovering what attracts me.
Georgia Feiste, President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master and EFT practitioner. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find Georgia on her website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Georgia may also be reached at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.