Saturday, November 30, 2013

Taking responsibility is essential to overcome challenging parts of our personalities and achieving authentic power.

From Spiritual Partnership
"Taking responsibility for your experiences means reminding yourself, whatever is happening, 'This is happening for a reason. I may not be able to see the reason now. My intention is to learn all that I can about myself. How can this experience help me heal the fear-based parts of my personality?' Taking responsibility for your experiences is the fundamental challenge to every frightened part of your personality, because none of those parts feel responsible for what they do. The angry parts, for example, are convinced that their anger is caused by others and justified. The jealous parts are convinced that their jealousy is caused by others and justified. The overwhelmed parts are convinced that their overwhelm is caused by circumstances and justified, and so on."

"When you take responsibility for all of your experiences, you put yourself in the very powerful position for being able to discover which of your choices created which of your experiences and therefore capable of re-creating them or not. Instead of assuming that others or circumstances create your experiences (this is how a victim sees the world), you assume that your choices create them (this is how a creator sees the world.)"

"Some frightened parts of your personality are so familiar that they seem to be 'who you are,' and the idea of changing them appears impossible because that would require changing your very essence. This is not accurate. Your essence would surprise you and fill you with joy and wonder without the distorted perception of the frightened parts of your personality. Taking responsibility for your experiences enables you to find and heal all of them."

Friday, November 29, 2013

Inspiration from Jesus to address the inequality of our time....

"The Gospels record that Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies of the Jewish nation to preach a new understanding of God's continuous presence with the community - the poor, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. The radical content of this message was illustrated when Jesus overturned the moneychangers' tables in the Temple, upsetting the status quo of the elite cult of corrupt priests - 'the shepherds who pasture themselves instead of the sheep.' (Ezek. 34, Jer. 23). The Jesus described in the Gospel stories is an antiestablishment hero, an incarnation of the spirit of wisdom, gentle and compassionate toward the poor and a champion of justice. It is this Jesus who is the role model for the life of the true Christian." - Margaret Starbird from her book "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013