2 Reasons why your life might be challenging you!
While it not may to be the only two reasons, below are two reasons that your life may be challenging you.
That challenge may come through your job, boss, career, or it might be something personal like a relationship, or it may be a situation, circumstance, a doubt, a fear, a desire, a want, a need, a place, or thing – Challenges don’t differentiate.
1 – Cause & Effect
Man walks down the street and kicks a dog. He may not think twice about this action, even assuming himself to be master over the animal and free to do as he pleases in life.
Same day, next day, next week, or even a month down the line, this same man may experience something that directly challenges him in the same way that he challenged the dog. As a small example, someone or something will rebound the exact same energy and same amount upon him, yet totally unaware he will probably accept this as a normal part of life.
As life and reality is subjective – Only he will know his shortcomings, strengths and qualities. What he sends out to his Universe he receives back. Yet due to his limitations, it’s likely that when he kicked the dog, he was unaware that he’s just kicked himself, and soon it will rebound. It may not come in the form of a kick, yet it will come from the energy put into that kick.
For example: If he was thinking the dog should not be there, and ought not to be in his way, the pain and suffering is not in the kick, it stems from his negative thoughts. Yet in order to discover it’s source, we need to look for the deeper energy. That is, what was this man thinking and feeling before he kicked the dog? Maybe his thoughts were such that he felt more superior, or perhaps it was unvented anger, and it may just have been pride that triggered a reaction – only he will ever know. Yet we can be certain that kicking the dog was due to negative thinking.
While the kick has pain involved, it’s the energies beyond that kick, and beyond a physical action and reaction that convey the truth, and it is the truth that will set him free. Yet he will never know the true cause until he self-reflects and begins to connect the dots of his own life and reality.
There is a familiar saying, “there is no free lunch” which conveys the idea that it’s impossible to get something for nothing. The same way Karma conveys a cause and effect for everything. In other words, the man is free to kick the dog yet in doing so sends out an energy that he must receive back in equal amounts – Balance!
Buddhists call this Karma, and I’m not here to say it is, or it isn’t, just that when you begin to observe this in action, when you begin to watch your own and other people’s life and reality, you see cause and effect in operation. At first connecting the dots is slow, yet with lots of self-reflection, internal observation and practice, over time a realisation develops that as Newtons Laws suggest – For every action, there is indeed an equal and opposite reaction – That is life will always seek to rebalance itself.
It can be a tough call to think every negative you put out there, an equal negative will bounce back, yet vice versa, it’s a equally comforting call to think that when you experience positive thoughts, you attract a positive existence – As you pass through this life and reality, is this not what you’re searching for – Balance?
When we shift from thinking that life’s challenges, obstacles and problems exist because there’s something wrong, or that they are to be overcome, towards adopting an alternative perception/belief that challenges exist for one of two reasons; 1 – The law of cause and effect, 2 – Your Higher Power is showing you something, then a seamless communication begins to open between your mind and your inner-self.
2 – Your Higher Power is showing you something
It is often said that ignorance is bliss, and on many occasions I could easily agree with this. Yet there comes a point in time when a higher power breaks through and wants you to know exactly how stuff works.
There is a difference between life’s challenges, problems and obstacles that arise from cause and effect, to challenges, problems and obstacles sent from your higher power.
The first feels like life is hard-work, the latter becomes an inner knowing….. For example: Imagine you are a storm chaser. You’ve seen it all and you’ve experienced just about every storm, tornado and hurricane that’s ever existed.
Now imagine your chasing a tornado and the town about to experience it has never seen one – Naturally they are fearful,,,,,, fearing the unknown.
You arrive at the town “knowing” the tornado is on its way, it’s likely path, it’s destruction potentials, and most importantly, you know it will pass. You’re not so fearful.
When your higher power sends a life challenge, there will be a glimmer of inner-knowing pulsing to your conscious mind that whatever the challenge, problem, or obstacle being faced – it’s above and beyond normal cause and effect.
While cause and effect will play out (that’s standard laws and principles of the universe) – your higher power has something else for you.
Embedded within every one of life’s challenges is a “hidden treasure”. No matter how deep, bad, or unpleasant you think and feel your current challenge is, and no matter how personal, emotional, mental, or physical it gets. It’s your role, your job, your task to connect to, muster up and call forth all the power from within to raise that hidden treasure to your conscious mind.
Although it can happen in an instant, more often than not answers will begin to fill your mind afterwards (which can be frustrating) yet when you reflect back you will realise this was gentle. It can be a day, a week, sometimes a month, yet allow, allow, allow whatever your challenge, obstacle, or problem to just be there. Allow it to exist, allow it to be experienced (including all the nauseating, upsetting, unpleasant feelings that come with it) and know it will pass.
It will pass because like the storm chaser KNOWS the storm will pass, experience along with the experiences of many convey the same knowing. Challenges will pass, and they will pass because like clouds float across the summer sky, life is always flowing forward.
However, when we don’t know their meaning, challenges may easily overwhelm, yet like the storm chaser knows the tornado will come, do it’s thing and leave, just allow your challenge to be as this too will pass. Do your very best to detach from any negative thoughts and emotions, and while that’s easier said than done, just keep going and practice detachment. Yet do not expect anyone on the outside to understand your challenges, as the same challenge, problem, or obstacle can mean one thing to one, and another to another. While you may want to reach out, find comfort, share your experience, or seek answers. Exercise, develop and practice patience until the challenge has passed.
If the challenge was from your higher power – it’s meaning will soon flood your conscious mind. If not, or if you misunderstood it’s meaning, then it will come around for a second, third and how ever many times until “you get it”. When you get it, your higher power will know you’ve got it and move on. If it was from cause and effect, then you’ll have to work that out yourself – The barometer is to always check which resonates. Always self reflect with honesty asking your inner-self which does this present challenge relate to;
1 – Cause and effect.
2 – Your Higher Power is showing you something
Is it Cause & Effect?
Becoming aware of cause & effect means developing the awareness that whether good or bad, whatever shows up on the outside, it’s a direct reflection of the inside and your task is to find that link. Once that link is discovered and processed, then whatever the challenge, problem, or obstacle being faced will gradually fade away.
Over time a realisation will develop that all negatives such as anger, fear, doubt, criticism, blame, judgment and opinions show up and reflect back at you through all people, places and things. The same goes for positives. Confidence, motivation, self-esteem, health, peace and happiness also reflect back to you. My advice is to work on the negatives and polish the positives.
Is your higher power trying to show you something?
Your higher power operates more on carving and creating your character than it does intervening with everyday cause and effect.
Rarely will your higher power step in to sort out cause and effect, unless that is, you consciously action that forward. However, your higher powers role is to get you to your bigger picture, or if you prefer, bring that bigger picture to you.
Higher power works more with the energies of knowledge, wisdom and truth and it will use all it’s power to align you with that truth – Your truth!
Hope this helps