I have been thinking a lot lately. You may have noticed. Not that my mind often stops. It sleeps occasionally, though even my dreams are busy. Sometimes it goes into abeyance and I stand back and watch another me, one who knows something that I do not. A bigger me. Not, as my sons would gleefully tell you given my mere five foot that this is a difficult thing.
Many writers recount how their characters write the book and they, as authors, simply take down the words as dictation. I can verify this for I have felt it myself, learning to know and love my creations as they create themselves. All I do, as a writer, is set the scene and give them a form to inhabit. The rest they write for themselves and I tap away at the keyboard, watching and waiting to see how their story unfolds and frequently being taken by surprise.
It is a curious feeling and one that inevitably begs the question as to whether this is how the One feels, fondly watching us play out our stories upon the backdrop of life, waiting to see what we will do with the opportunities we are given. For they are opportunities, each and every challenge with which we are faced. Some of them are bigger than others, some pass almost unnoticed, but we meet them every day.
The big ones, those that affect our lives, inwardly or outwardly, are the ones we remember. They are the heartaches and grief, the fears and loss, even the joys. For they all carry choice as part of their gift. Even when we are faced with a seemingly choice-less situation, we still have the ability to decide how we react, how we learn, what we carry away from the moment.
I'm not even sure that the choices themselves matter. It is what impels them that counts. Too often we merely react, thinking we have chosen, when in fact we are the victim of our own conditioned responses and we stumble through life unconscious of the fact that we are not fully aware. But choice is a precious thing. We won’t always get it right… sometimes there is no right. We will inevitably make mistakes, and that is okay. We can learn from those too. Every single second presents us with the wonder that is choice. And each choice we make will change our world in a very real way.
Have you considered that we are the authors of our own reality based upon how we face each moment. We can change our worlds with a single thought, a shift in perception, a change of heart. We can hurt and cause pain by simply reacting in anger or frustration, or we can share joy and comfort, choosing to look beyond the surface of the moment to see what lies beneath.
When we do make these choices consciously, we do not do so with the mind alone.
There is a stream of thought that sees Manifest reality as the ultimate expression of the One, by whatever Name we call It. If this is so then we are not separated from the Divine, aspiring to be worthy of Its Love, but both we and the world in which we live are an inherent part of It.
We may choose for good or ill, each carry consequences and bring further choices, to Be or to react. But the simple fact that we have this gift is also an expression of the perfect design of the One. Made in awareness, our choices will reflect that and we can touch something finer within ourselves than we would normally see in our everyday lives. We do not do it often, but when we do, we Know.
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