Daily Inspiration: August 21. Seeing the ‘Positive’ in the ‘Negative’

How many times in our past has something “negative” happened to us, only to later on realize, through time and introspection, that the experience actually helped us become wiser and more compassionate human beings? If that “negative” event or experience assisted us in our growth, healing and awakening process, then was that “negative” event or experience ever really bad in the first place? Should we not be bowing in gratitude to our past-self for all the courage and determination it took to assist us in becoming who we are today? I know I am. I now know that when I look at my past or younger self, I am grateful for what he went through to assist him in becoming me, my present-self. Now, when I go through what he went through, instead of perceiving things in a “negative” light, I now simply smile, and appreciate the process of my growth. Now, when such a moment is presents itself, I simply place my trust in God, learn from it, offer gratitude for it, and in peace I move on. Think about how far you have come, how much you have grown. Now, instead of wasting your time judging your past and past-self, be grateful to yourself and everyone who has participated in your journey. By using this understanding we become more grateful and less judgmental of all those who are now in our life. We now simply see them as helping us in our growth, healing and awakening process. We have for so long judged our past-self for not being enough, not smart, wise, spiritual or courageous enough. How laughable are such thoughts now that we are awakening to the realization of all that our past-self has done for our present-self. Today, let us practice better recognizing the positive in the so-called negative. Let us let go of our past judgments, forgive ourself and others for our misperceptions, and release the past with gratitude, compassion and understanding.

Imagine, never again believing, buying into, nor spending any more of your time, focus and energy, on the ego’s false concept of negativity. Imagine, truly comprehending and appreciating how the combination of all of your life experiences have made you who you are today. Imagine, being truly grateful for all the wisdom you accumulated thanks in part to all your so-called ‘errors,’ ‘mistakes,’ ‘sins,’ ‘missteps,’ and ‘blunders.’ Imagine, being able to see every moment of your life, not through judgment’s eyes, as the ego would have you do, but as a gift of growth. Imagine, the forgiveness, compassion, appreciation and understanding, that you could now share with those from your past. Imagine, how much pain and suffering you could now release, let go, and no longer need to carry. All you need do is learn to trust what a blessing each and every moment of your life truly is, was, and will be. Think about how much more complete, whole, wise and knowledgable, you are today, thanks to your past-self. Think about all the hope and healing lessons and tools that your past-self has provided your present-self so that he or she can now share with others. Think about the peace of mind and joy you can now teach, and serve as an example of to others thanks to your past-self. Think about the blessings and gifts you now have because you have been able to take your negatives experiences and challenging times, and use them to help you grow and heal. For all this, let us offer our past and past-self our gratitude, not our judgment. 

Today, let us allow our present-self to practice being grateful to our past-self, for the wisdom and life experience it has provided us. Also, today if worry or despair tries to enter our mind, let us remember how much our future-self will be appreciative of our present-self efforts to dilute and diminish his or her delusions. Everything that our past-self went through and overcame, and everything our present-self is now going through and overcoming, is all in service to our Whole-Self. It is occurring so that our future-self will be able to show others how much they too can learn, heal and overcome. One who is at peace with their past, will be able to show those still chained and imprisoned to their past judgments, how they too can forgive, heal, let go and free themselves so that they too can return back to the state of peace. Understanding this, now as our present-self, every time that it looks back at our past, is highly appreciative, and honors our past-self. Equally so, our future-self is right now appreciating and honoring us. Our future-self knows that what our present-self is doing right now is going to help him or her in growing into a wiser and more compassionate person. Today, if you feel down, alone, negative, unloved or hopeless, remember all your past-self did for you, and all that your present-self is doing for your future-self. Today, choose to see life through God’s eyes, and see every step along your journey as sacred and good. See, even the so-called negative steps, as all having a higher purpose. When in doubt, remember that your path, every step along the way, is a sacred and perfect co-creation with God. Remember that each step of your path will and is being used to help you grow, heal and awaken. Remember that each step is here to help you reach your destination, that of becoming the loving and light filled being that you came here to be.

Today, if we are going through a seeming negative time, let us not continue further into the darkness, instead let us stop feeding that mindset with our time, focus and energy. Then let us repurpose  that time to recall how much our so-called past negative experiences have helped us grow, heal and mature. Once our present-self sees and understand the gifts that these so-called negative past experiences brought to us, it can also begin to comprehend how our current negative experience can and will also be used by God for good. Once we understand the true nature and gifts that every moment, even the so-called negative ones offer, what further need for judging self or others would we have? Now, when such a situation presents itself, we simply smile at the ego’s effort to take our peace away. Then, we place our trust in God, and by doing so once again become an example of and achieve, the state of peace.

I would love to read your thoughts on this post. How does it affect you? How do you think you can implement it in your life? Is there something else that we can add to this post to make it more helpful or complete? Is there something in your own life experience, any life strategy that you partake in, that relates to this post that you think others will find useful? Please be so kind as to share your thoughts with us, in the comment section below.

All glory to God.

Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, Laughter, and Light.

James Blanchard Cisneros

Author of the book “You Have Chosen to Remember”

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Comments (4)

How beautifully u wrote this message. Although I often think about all I have eperienced at the time, this reminded me that nothing I have gone through has been “a waste” but, rather, an opportunity for growth. Even the death of my son via a massave, drug overdose and the years before iit happened as I tried to help him by sending him to drug rehabs and giving him unconditional love has been a blessing. I “got through it” by knowing that what happened was planned – that he had fulfilled his mission for this lifetime – and that I cd understand others going through the same kind of experience as well as myself. I know that God has him on another assignment and I am forever in gratitude that I have grown in spirit because of my boy. Thank u for your compassion and all that u do. Lovings.

Thank you Louisa for your lovely comment about your journey and son.

May your life experience and peace of mind in regard to your journey, may it be shared with others, so that they too may find peace.

Peace. JBC

I hope this will help me. I feel discouraged and hopeless. I’m 54 years old. I don’t mean to engage in negativity or self-pity, but I have mental illness..a personality disorder. I have been in therapy my since I was 14, have read over 125 self help books..yet, I lack purpose in life, feel empty, lost and broken. I am on 4 antidepressants, 3 anxiety medications. I can’t make my relationships work, I lose friends quickly..so that I have given up. I am in Emotions Anonymous, but get ignored. I am a kind person, but I feel often get mistreated, rejected and abandoned by others. I can’t make my life work. I pray to God to take my life while I am asleep. I’m just tired of living unhappy every day and nothing works.

Thank you Tammi for your comment and for being a part of this community.

This might seem a little simplistic, but to begin with, try shifting your diet to a healthy Keto diet.

Simple sugars and process foods many times mess with our brain chemistry, so if you are able to keep your diet as high in healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, high in vegetables, and some organic animal protein, that may begin to shift your state of mind.

Then maybe begin to walk, jog or run for 30 minutes to an hr a day 3-4 times a week and do yoga(there is a lot of free 1 hr sessions on You Tube) 3 times a week on the other days, that would also help.

If this begins to help you out a bit, feel free to contact me and we can continue to twick your lifestyle.

Remember, every step, as small as it may appear to be in the right direction, makes a difference.

Peace. JBC

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