Will Power or Willingness?

March 14, 2022

We can be victorious. Our willingness is all that’s required.

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One of the most challenging things for me to grasp, and for many spiritual students is that we’re not upset for the reason we think we are.  (Lesson 5 of A Course in Miracles.) 

For instance, if we’re upset because our loved ones aren’t behaving the way we think they should behave we’ll always be incorrect. We’ve been trained to blame our upset on others, but that doesn’t make it right. Blaming other is the habit of someone who fears taking responsibility for their choices.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we’re willing to look beyond the surface of our distress, we might discover that we’re actually upset because although we pretend to be committed to be unconditionally loving, we’ve given ourselves permission to judge our loved ones whenever we feel like it.

When we look a little bit deeper, we’ll discover that those judgments we’re holding against our loved ones – our opinions of what they should and shouldn’t be doing – are, by nature, thoughts of attack, with a violent energetic. 

There’s a huge gap between being unconditionally loving and giving ourselves permission to mentally attack whenever we feel like it. And deep down we know it. It’s blatant hypocrisy. And THAT is the actual cause of our upset.

Deep down, we’re upset because we’ve given yourself permission to be unkind, unloving and unjust. 

On a spiritual level, it’s a profound betrayal of Self. 

It’s also a form of terrorism. 

And we can pretend no one’s noticing, but there’s only ONE MIND, so there’s no where to hide. And we know it.

What is the cure? Forgiveness.

We forgive ourselves and become willing to replace the habit of judging with a commitment to compassion.

Compassion is Love and Love is the healer. When we heal the inner terrorist we heal terrorism in the world for All is One, all minds ARE joined. It’s so beautifully healing when we can be grateful we’re response-ABLE and exercise our ability to respond with Love.  What a blessing!

I am willing to choose Love.

Today I am victorious in Love!

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2 Responses to “Will Power or Willingness?”

  1. Lynda Hadley says:

    It’s actually empowering to accept that it is our own judgment about another’s actions that cause our distress. Compassion requires that we relinquish ALL judgment in favor of LOVE. There is no other way to fill our mind with the JOY of God.
    “Do Not Grieve, for the Joy of the Lord is Your Strength” Nehemiah 8:10

  2. Lynda Hadley says:

    It’s actually empowering to accept that it is our own judgment about another’s actions that causes our distress. Compassion requires that we relinquish ALL judgment in favor of LOVE. There is no other way to fill our mind with the JOY of God.
    “Do Not Grieve, for the Joy of the Lord is Your Strength” Nehemiah 8:10

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