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Wresting Color From the Canvas: House Rule #22

Sep 29, 2017 01:01PM ● By Corey Starliper

  1. Earth is a school and daily life is our classroom

  2. Our teachers come in many forms

  3. We learn best through direct experience

  4. Failures are the stepping stones to success

  5. Lessons reappear until we learn them

  6. If we don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder

  7. Consequences teach better than concepts

  8. Only action brings ideas to life

  9. We can control efforts, not outcomes

  10. Timing is everything

  11. What goes around comes around

  12. Little things can make a big difference

  13. Play to your strengths

  14. To transform your life, change your expectations

  15. Judge with compassion

  16. Simplicity has power

  17. Life develops what it demands

  18. Every choice leads to wisdom

  19. God help those who help themselves

  20. We each have inner guidance

  21. Balancing the body is the first spiritual practice

  22. Life moves in cycles; all things change

This philosophy has Buddhist roots, in that one of the fundamental aspects of Buddhism is the understanding that nothing is permanent. Attachment and expectation are responsible for suffering. We only lose what we cling to. We cannot mourn something we had no stake in.

All things change. Consciousness is in a constant state of shapeshifting. Every moment that we experience is entirely different from the last.

This is a concept that makes people very uncomfortable. Humans and animals pass away, new humans and animals are born and replace their parents in the natural cycle. Our resistance to this very basic Law of the Universe calls forth within us a sense of urgency.

It also alerts our souls to an infinite supply of spiritual potential. Each and every moment that passes is another moment to which we can apply absolutely any emotion that we wish. It is a sparkling oasis in our otherwise barren desert of futility.

We cannot control the rain, but we can control our response to it!

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