Cherokee grandpa taught me this lesson when I was seven. He took me to
a fishing hole and asked me to throw a rock into the pond. He asked me
what I saw, and I replied that I saw a splash. He asked me what else I
saw, and I said a circle of water and another circle and another
circle. He then told me that every person was responsible for the kind
of splash they made in the world and that the splash would touch many
other circles, creating a ripple effect. I sat there and watched the
water until he asked me to notice the muddy bank where we were sitting.
He pointed out that one of the circular waves made by my rock was
lapping at my feet, having found its way back to me. Then he told me
that we all need to be careful of the kinds of splashes we make in the
world, because the waves we create will always come back to us. If
those splashes were hurtful, we will not welcome them back, but if the
splash and the waves were made from goodness, we will be happy to see
them come home.
teachings of all major religions on our planet show us these same
truths. They ask us to be loving, to respect one another, and to become
influences for good. We can see the truth of these teachings when we
see that energy abundantly flows through a person who has not tied up
his or her life force with feelings of jealousy, envy, and the need for
revenge. By contrast, people pursuing a lawsuit, for example, feel like
they cannot get on with their lives while so much of their emotions,
time, and energy are tied up in a court battle. The same limiting
ineffectiveness occurs when we waste our energy on regretting the past,
fearing the future, or battling with negative thoughts or feelings.
These activities create a dam of stagnant energy inside of us that keeps
us from living life in a synchronistic and abundant manner.
the moment that we experience synchronistic joy in our lives, we are
put on notice that we must become aware of every thought, feeling, and
action that we put into the world, owning them all as our creations.
Accountability for all aspects of our lives is a tall order. The levels
of what we are willing to be accountable for continue to increase as we
grow, allowing us to be more aware. Forgiveness toward ourselves and
toward others is of paramount importance. If we cannot forgive others
and ourselves, letting go of the wounds encountered in the situations we
have experienced, we get stuck. When we refuse to forgive, we are
asking for a pop quiz. These pop quizzes can come in the form of life
situations that force us to look at our personal behaviors.
a sponge that is set in a dish of water until all the water is absorbed
into the sponge. The sponge cannot soak up any more moisture because
it is holding on to every drop it has absorbed. When we hold on to our
resentments and fears, our anger and bitterness, there is no room in our
life for other thoughts, experiences, or feelings. To the degree that
we do not release our negative feelings and hidden resentments, we are
effectively soaked in them. The creative force of life cannot flow
through us when we have dammed any part of it. This lessens our ability
to embrace new experiences. When we clutch our wounds, using them as
justifiable reasons for not moving forward, our life force is used to
fuel our avoidance mechanisms.
and the release of the past open the creative flow of life, supporting
all levels of mind, heart, body, emotion, and spirit. This energy flow
determines the state of our health, our desire to create and procreate,
our willingness to develop our gifts, and how we use or deny the life
force that we are given as human beings. . . . by choosing to let go of
the past, our fears, and our negative patterns or reactions to life, we
are suddenly funded with a resurgence of life force, which propels us
into a new found way of being and a very different way of understanding
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