How do I know this? God has endowed me with consciousness, free will, and the ability to reason. He allows me to choose how I want to feel. He permits me to choose how I want to live. How much suffering I want to allow is my choice, not His.
Why am I or anyone else, for that matter, suffering? The Bible tells us that God sent His only son to sacrifice for our sins. He bled on the cross in order to offer us forgiveness. So why do we continue to punish ourselves when we are already forgiven?
Free will entitles each of us to believe as we choose. It is our beliefs, mistaken beliefs, that clutter our minds. Faulty thinking is a result of taking on the beliefs, ideas, and messages from others. We observe and make judgments about what we are observing. We allow the world to color our perceptions, especially about who we are.
We're living in a time where information is invasive, ever present, and overwhelming. Sensationalized news, commercialism, rules, status, and stereotypes limit our ability to realize our true Self. We've forgotten that we come from Source. Deep down we know that we are Source energy. We want to create. We want to feel good. Sometimes it's easier to make excuses because we've convinced ourselves that this is just how life is. We've convinced ourselves that we don't have a choice.
No. We, you and I, do have choice. We do not have to accept anything that doesn't feel right or is not aligned with who we are. We are co-creators of our reality. God is waiting for us to realize our magnificence. He is rooting for us to believe in Him so that we may allow Him to reflect His image back to us.
God equipped us with physical senses to navigate the world, to appreciate all of the beauty He so kindly created. But the greatest gift He bequeathed upon us is intuition. Within each of us lies an inner knowing that is expansive and naturally evolving. But in order to expand and realize our magnificence, we must see how the little self or *ego *edges *God *out.
Ego is rambunctious and likes to entangle with the things of the world. Ego is fearful and doubting and causes us to think negatively and feel badly, if we allow it to take control. God wants us to recognize ego, to see how the pull of earthly density keeps us away from Him and out of touch with our true Self. If we can see this, we can regain control and find our way back home.
By spending time in quiet contemplation each morning and once again in the evening, we can create space for thinking positively -- to gain the necessary momentum for getting back aligned with Source.