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Just The Way I AM

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” —Frank Zappa

The dictionary defines open-minded as “willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced.” How many times in life do we think we are open-minded until something comes up in society to challenge that? Can we really stay unprejudiced as we consider facts and events that are happening? To be unprejudiced means we have no preconceived bias. It means we see everyone on an even playing field where all are equal in value. This has been a struggle since the beginning of humanity. We categorize and separate each other into groups and then begin to associate those who we meet with one or another of those groups. This age-old problem has been discussed by psychologists and scientists who in the end point to one “problem” or another (and usually conflicting) as the reason for judging each other. Psychologists will tell us that it is virtually impossible to change the basic way that people think. Being the optimist that I am, I disagree. I have a degree in psychology and I have studied human behavior for years.

Dear Angels, you tell us all the time that nothing is impossible and I trust that implicitly. I think it is an excuse that is overused to say “that’s just the way I am.” Give us some insight please.

Dear Ones, a newborn baby comes into the world holding no judgment, no fear, no bias; only love. There is total trust – until there is a reason not to trust. It is when the baby starts to interact with others and begins to put the puzzle together of how things work that the sorting process begins. The baby’s mind can be filled with bias or it can be filled with acceptance. Later on he/she will associate others based on those early teachings. That being said, each of you comes to your earthly experience with the ability to think and reason for yourself. You have spiritual gifts to help you in making decisions and interacting with others. There is no such thing as “it’s just the way I am” for any one of you as an excuse to behave a certain way. We encourage you, Dear Ones, to constantly examine your beliefs. Do they still work for you? Are they in true alignment with your Divine assignment? You can change at any given moment if you find the need to do so. Let that “just the way I am” be only love.

Dear Angels, thank you for the insight. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to approach every decision I make with an open mind and a heart filled with love.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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