What are slogans? Rallying cries. Pick-me-ups. Encouragers. Thought trainers. Brain washers.
I created my own (or so I thought at the time) during rough high school years. Not into victimhood, I decided that:
Everything happens for a reason.
I may not know the reason, but g.o.d. does, and perhaps one day I would know, too. It took the sting of victimhood away.
Everything turns out for the best.
All I had to do was find my mistake, learn from it so I never had to repeat it, and violá —> silver lining.
Later, from new age-y sources, I learned to offer up:
May the Highest good be done for all.
And, simply trust it would. My prayer was my intent, after all, and surely g.o.d. would know, so it was surrendering to his will…a good thing…right?
So…where’s the problem?
Ummm…just how passive can we possibly be??? Each and every one sounds nice, even lovely…but each is powerless. There is no sovereignty present. We have just actively given it away.
Grabbing a dash of discernment, let’s begin with the first slogan.
Everything happens for a reason. Yes. It does. It’s called physics. Cause and effect. Action and reaction.
A scientific principle has been co-opted into spiritual use and twisted.
Bottom line: Everything happens. Period. Change is the only constant. And it’s neutral. Neutral until we interpret it within our own construct.
The ‘reason’, then, becomes how we apply our interpretation of what happened from our perspective. and, let’s be honest…one that’s susceptible to change from moment to moment as new information about the event arrives.
Next is close cousin, Everything turns out for the best.
We want that level of comfort, don’t we…to have that assurance in our hip pocket as we live this crazy life? But what a flippin’ obnoxious thing to say to someone in deep anguish. And when applied to atrocities, it lacks any depth of compassion, separating the believers from the questioners and the doubters.
Question is: Who decides? Who decides what the best actually is?
Oh oh oh, teacher, I know I know…it’s g.o.d.! It’s our Higher Self! It’s our angels, our disincarnate spiritual advisors, our newspaper delivery guy, right??? No??? Our fortune cookie? Our horoscope? Our … who, then?
How about we turn this pup around from passive to active. Again, Things Happen. Period. What happens next is w h a t . w e . m a k e . i t ! If we make lemonade out of lemons, then does it not become we, ourselves, who determine the best? I’m not talking base ego here…I’m talking our fundamental core selves. We are a resilient lot. Take credit where it’s due for choosing actions that lead to best outcomes!
Here again, it is up to us to interpret. Out of difficulties, or even tragedy, many individuals commit to alleviating the suffering of others. They aren’t waiting for some other being to decide for them. They are active in expressing their sovereignty. Won’t it be nice to soon hear people saying, “I turned this thing around, and made the best of it!” ?
Finally, we have, May the Highest good be done for all.
Very similiar to the previous. Who, exactly, are we relinquishing our sovereignty to? Who gets to decide? Plus, we assume the Highest good means all things are 100% good for 100% all. But that isn’t what it means.
The Highest good may entail bad along the way…possibly including large doses of pain and suffering. Taking an easy example, let’s say the highest good for a deeply unhealthy person is to be healthy. Wishing their highest good says nothing about how that is to come about. We assume it is an encouraging and uplifting and relatively smooth route. But, that’s an assumption. We leave that decision to…who actually knows? Just as easily, and sometimes more expediently, something sudden transpires flipping this person’s life upside down, triggering a health crisis that wakes them up. Same end result. But which would you rather have another choose for you?
I cannot begin to sufficiently express how done I am with ‘highest good’. I exchanged it for kindest good several years ago. As a sovereign being, I require kindness and it’s all I’ll wish for any other, too.
Let’s retire these outworn new age-y slogans, shall we? What others can you think of where passivity is the active ingredient?
And, what new slogans shall we make from actively exercising our sovereignty? Got any to share?
Go…take back your sovereign power today and regain even just this much more freedom :-)
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