When personal and spiritual development become a priority you start taking responsibility for everything that shows up in your life. And I do mean every thing.

So what does taking responsibility mean? It means understanding the connection between your dominant thoughts and emotions, how you show up, and the resulting manifestations in your day-to-day reality.

Like drops of water that ripple out from their center, eventually creating a wave, our thoughts and emotions also have a tremendous energetic impact on all of consciousness, whether we know it or not.

After a wonderfully relaxing, gentle 4-day Thanksgiving break, where I thoroughly enjoyed myself….eating, drinking, being merry, taking decadent naps each day, going to bed early and sleeping in, and in general just taking it easy I was poised for a continuation of ease and flow at the beginning of last week.

But ease and flow were not what happened. Like a Mac truck the week’s experiences laid me flat (face down in the mud) with tire treads running down both sides of my back.

I understand the Law of Attraction and work with it on a daily basis, so when weeks like I just had (or moments, or days) occur in my life I welcome the opportunity to slow down and notice: What are my dominant thoughts? What is going on inside? What am I feeling? How am I showing up in the world? How am I responsible for creating this?

Because we don’t want to take responsibility for everything that occurs in our lives, especially the shitty parts, we tend to blame everything and everyone external to us. The guy who pulled in front of us. The woman who stole our parking spot. The nasty cashier. The passive-aggressive co-worker.

Let’s break this whole responsibility thing down, shall we?
Responsibility = the ability to respond.

In this context I’m talking about ownership. Understanding that YOU are the creator of your experience. 100% all yours.

Does it mean you’re not good at manifesting if you have a terrible boss, a cranky co-worker, a horrific car accident, your car breaks down, or you get diagnosed with a life-altering illness? No.

It does mean that as a soul having a human experience your soul is setting up the exact, most perfect experiences you need in order to grow and evolve. It also means that you are responsible for your dominant thoughts and feelings, and how you show up in the world while having the experiences – good, bad and in between. Finally, it means that you can trust your soul knows what it’s doing.

If you have a rough day, week, month or year you don’t have to feel bad and think you’re not very good at manifesting the positive feel-good experiences you desire. You can feel great knowing your soul is doing everything it can to prepare you for some beautiful, amazing experiences just around the corner, and it believes you can handle the curve balls and sideswipes, because they are the exact, most perfect experiences your soul needs to grow.

Challenges help us grow. Discomfort helps us grow. Getting angry or losing our cool and doing some introspective self-reflection inspires us to change, to do better next time. And little by little, we do.

So instead of getting down on myself and beating myself up with negative self-talk like I used to do (ages ago), I acknowledge to myself that last week whipped my butt. I validate my experience. I feel tired. I feel spent. I feel like crawling into bed, turning off my phone, throwing my computer away so nobody can get upset with me for not emailing them back, and hibernate like a bear for the next several months.

And I remind myself that despite being equipped with finely honed intuition and a full arsenal of spiritual tools I don’t necessarily see the big picture that my soul sees. But I trust my soul. These challenging experiences happen for a reason. And, I trust myself. I continue to put one foot in front of the other, continue moving toward fulfilling my dreams and aspirations, and along the way take great care to manage my energy so that I show up for all of life’s experiences assuming full responsibility for the ripples of consciousness created by my thoughts and emotions.

This week I invite you to give yourself a break. Be gentle with yourself. Acknowledge that your soul sees the big picture, and it’s your job to show up for the day-to-day living of it by managing the energetic wake created by your thoughts, emotions & actions. Take great care of your Self. Acknowledge and validate the experiences that leave you feeling empty and drained. Despite the ugliness you may see in those experiences, celebrate the sublime beauty inherent in each one, knowing they’re all perfect vehicles for your soul to evolve and grow.

To your freedom,

“It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – J. W. Goethe

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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