"There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means." - Ryan Holiday
Interestingly, I have been involved in a few discussions over the last couple of days regarding our ability to exhibit “bad” behavior. I put it in quotes because that in itself is a judgment. Let's face it, we humans are a complicated species. We like to think of ourselves as inherently good, but sometimes our actions suggest otherwise. From cutting in line at the grocery store to committing heinous crimes, we're capable of all kinds of “bad” behavior.
Picture this: You're walking down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly you see a freshly baked pizza sitting unattended on a park bench. Do you:
A) Walk away and resist temptation, knowing that stealing is wrong?
B) Take a slice and run, giggling like a maniac?
C) Pretend that you are the pizza delivery man and take the box to your car?
Let's be real, we've all been tempted by a delicious slice of pizza at some point in our lives. And while stealing is definitely not cool, sometimes the allure of warm, cheesy goodness is just too much to resist. You might giggle at the silliness of using a pizza as it doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but what if the “pizza” is a car, a hundred dollar bill or an expensive piece of jewelry? In all seriousness, our capacity for bad behavior is a reminder that we're not perfect angels all the time. Sometimes we mess up, say the wrong thing, or accidentally hit "reply all" on a work email when we meant to send a snarky comment to our BFF. We're human, and being human means making mistakes. It's all about how we learn and grow from those mistakes that truly matters. So let's not take ourselves too seriously. Embrace the imperfections and occasional “bad” behavior, and remember to always be kind to yourself and others. And if you happen to come across a stray pizza slice, just remember: sharing is caring (and less likely to get you in trouble).
Dear Angels, I wish we were all born with a user’s manual of how to deal with situations in life. Are we born with the inherent knowledge of what to do and what not do in situations, or is it all learned behavior from our upbringing? If we’ve never heard of the Ten Commandments and haven’t been taught that taking the “pizza” is wrong, is it still considered “bad” to do so?
Dear Ones, some aspects of morality are innate or biologically influenced. You are spirit inside that human vessel, and thus you emit an energy field that others can perceive. As you develop your spiritual gifts, especially intuition, you pick up on the energy another person is sending out from inside of themselves. You may find yourself drawn to the ones whose light is shining in a warm and loving way, yet shying away from those who seem to be uncaring about others. Your human brain has a miraculous ability to process emotions and make moral decisions, yet to be fully aware of how to interact in a caring and meaningful way requires socialization and cultural learning. Each of you have come into your life experience to learn and grow. Becoming involved in those activities that take you down a path which goes against your moral compass will not necessarily lead to a higher level of consciousness. That spiral downward is treacherous and many times is a one-way road. Those who have found the turnoff and go the scenic route are able to share their experiences as a testimony to inspire others. As the “pizza” tempts you, ask yourself if that is the choice you really want to make. We won’t snatch it out of your hands, but we will be there holding space as you decide your course of action.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to leave the pizza alone, unless it has pineapples on it – just kidding!
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. www.angelspeakers.com
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