Short and Sweet #161 – Now That I know better, I Do Better


Maya Angelou said, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Well yesterday, it struck me that this is not always true. In my life, I have countless examples of when I knew something was not for my highest good, yet that alone did not always stop me from doing it. We have all been in a position of doing something repeatedly even after we knew it was not good for us. Think about it, do you ever eat foods that you know are not good for you? Do you spend too much time on the internet or watching television?

Many would say that you just need more willpower. Well I would agree that willpower is sometimes a part of the process. However, willpower is not always enough by itself. Many different things can facilitate our ability to be able to stop doing a certain behavior. Having an addictive nature myself, I have found that there can be many things that need to come together to manifest a shift. I believe this is true for everyone, even if you do not think you have an additive nature.

For each person the solution may be different for healing or getting the desired results. However, I believe that an unbending intention is at the foundation of any successful healing or transformation. We are part of the creative energy of the universe and intention is a catalyst for manifesting. Now the result is not always the way we pictured it and sometimes it is completely different from what we expected, but it is always equal to, or greater than we could have imagined.

It is important for you to know that you will succeed in your quest if you stay connected to your intention. Certainly, you can revise it, but it must stay active, otherwise you will slip back into the old pattern, often falling deeper into it. What this means is that you will suffer more until you are aware enough to reestablish your intention again. Please do not beat yourself up when you fall off the path, just reconfirm your intention and keep moving. As I have said before, the Universe is conspiring in our favor, not against us. It is our birthright to rise above who we have become and to reconnect with who we really are, the True-Self. We are not the conditioned and fearful human being we think we are, but a fearless and beautiful spiritual being, capable of infinite possibilities.

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