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  1. M
    Mike

    Coming from a Christian tradition, I am being reminded lately that anything I myself can do with what I perceive to be my wisdom and my talents would pale in comparison to what Christ could do with them if I could learn to abide and rest in Him. So reaffirming the place Our Father created for me in Him is my current best hope for responding to any current challenge.

    1 year ago
  2. k'Care-Reena

    HOW CAN I RESPOND TO A CURRENT CHALLENGE UTILIZING THE WISDOM AND ABILITIES OF MY “HIGHER SELF”?

    My higher self is a PEACEFUL SOLDIER.
    This is a perfect question for today (for me). I find myself on a journey of identifying unhealthy thinking patterns and cycles. I have been doing this for 1yr now and look forward to learning more and having more power over my emotions and thoughts. With that said I have noticed dominant coping mechanisms “of fleeing the sight” around families or when I am uncomfortable. I noticed this morning (day of) that I created plans to be away from my family purposely this week. In the cycle I focused on my desire to be in nature and neglected things that are important for me to face. If I desire to create peace and new healthy thought patterns I require to be at peace nor rush myself. I do not have to go anywhere. I am not a burden, I AM LOVED. & one step closer to my Higher self/ Peaceful Soldier.

    1 year ago
  3. Malag

    Usually by bringing what is happening into awareness. When I can see into the dark corners of my being I can be more compassionate.

    1 year ago
  4. d
    dcdeb

    Ask for help from others.

    1 year ago
  5. Mica

    If I Knew how to do it, I would be Doing it. Sigh. My ‘higher self’ keeps being dragged down my my excessively anxious self. But I keep trying –

    1 year ago
  6. Holly in Ohio

    The WISDOM of my higher self tells me to be proactive.

    “There are two kinds of worries in life. Ones that you can do nothing about, and ones that you can do something about. If you can’t do anything about it, there is no point in worrying. If you can do something about it, do it, and then there is also no point in worrying.” -Sorry I don’t know the author of this.

    The ABILITIES of my higher self allow me to be more today than I was yesterday by helping me to grow. I eventually figured out that my digestion challenge is at least partially because of chronic inflammation. My higher self is a well I can tap into, and keeps me on track with new daily habits to reduce inflammation. Very literally, my daily exercise helps me to be “more” today than I was yesterday. In my case there is the physical benefits of exercise and healthy food, but “more” does not have to be performance-based. More can be any growth or another day of experience, if we are aware and let it affect us positively. More is stepping into the shoes of our higher self, one day at a time. If I could fix my challenge or grow at a rate of just 1% improvement a day, how much improvement will I have in a year? What if instead of digestive health, this 1% improvement is spiritual peace, or compassion, or listening, or acceptance, or letting go of past hurts, or …. or anything?

    This is where my higher self can be my friend and companion for the journey.

    1 year ago
    1. Malag

      I like this. I’ve been a fan for some time of tiny changes incrementally over time. It has been a source of comfort to me.

      1 year ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        thank you, Malag

        1 year ago
  7. Katrina

    It depends on the situation. Does it require a quick/immediate response. Breathe, count to ten, ask questions, listen, say I need time to think or process (which I almost always do). If there is time, research, confer with others I trust, look at the big picture as well as the micro. Do no harm; Do good; Stay connected to God.

    1 year ago
  8. Patricia

    Sometimes my “higher self” is the one who is calm and non-anxious. In a current situation, I can help my spouse by being that non-anxious presence for him…

    1 year ago
  9. devy

    By taking a breath breathing in calm and breathing out letting go things that are stressful.. keeping calm keeps me focused on reality to make decisions based on my feelings rather than a knee jerk one.

    1 year ago
  10. Michele

    Always trust your gut:)

    1 year ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      Yes! And Thank You!!

      The “gut” (aka ‘Solar Plexus’ ) being the ‘Seat of the Subconsciousness’ which the ancient ones knew and used WELL. And even modern medical researchers are calling the “Second Brain” ( playing it safe in doing that …they don’t want to upset their ‘fixed idea’ colleagues that still insist that the brain is the ‘be all’ of human consciousness )

      1 year ago
  11. EJP

    In my new challenging role as caregiver I often stop, look around at the situation at hand and gather all of my strength, courage, wisdom and knowledge. Then I’m able to Go…move forward with the confidence of my inner self, my “higher” self. I’ve got this!

    1 year ago
  12. Ed Schulte

    “How can I respond to a current challenge utilizing the wisdom and abilities of my “higher self”?
    Long question……..short answer …..Being True to the ONE “Self”
    Humans have ONE “Self” ( always with a capital “S” ) . The “High/Low” ?concept? is a recent intellectual ) egoism ) habit which only confuses the truth of ‘Who we are Beyond name and form’……and even at time adds to the “current challenge”s!

    Self is Soul contained in a body and it has the same “wisdom and abilities” as it’s source ( God ) in every Quality …and potentially in Quantity…… if listened to with the heart…” the seat of the Christ Logos.

    1 year ago
  13. Mary Pat

    There are a few challenges right now in my life, and if I slow down a bit, breathe, and give myself some space, my response is better for everyone involved.
    Jack Kornfield has a meditation that I use occasionally where your higher self is another being and it works beautifully for me if I am stressed and can’t calm down. It works for me. When I have used it I find it is easier for me to connect to that part of myself and use the wisdom and abilities that are inside of the deepest part of me in a calm, loving way. Because that is the way I would like to respond…It’s called A Refuge In Difficult Times. Tara Brach also has some good ones that help me connect as well, but I have used A Refuge more…..

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Good morning. Where might we find these meditations, Mary Pat?

      1 year ago
      1. Mary Pat

        if you go to Jack Kornfield’s website(https://jackkornfield.com/meditations/) it’s called a refuge in difficult times. And there are others there that help at difficult times as well…you just kind of have to try them on…what works one time may not work another…..Tara Brach also has a website( https://www.tarabrach.com/), and of course, THIS website has all kinds of different tabs that help me. Hope you find what you need at the time you need it….

        1 year ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Thank you, Mary Pat. 🙂

          1 year ago
  14. sunnypatti48317

    The current challenge I am facing isn’t a big one, but still a challenge nonetheless. The wisdom I’ve gained helps me remain confident and grounded, while I trust that the process that led me to the challenge will also lead me THRU the challenge. What lies on the other side is not up to me, but being able to stay calm and soak in the process as I’m going thru it is a great example of my growth, and for that I am grateful.

    1 year ago
  15. Howie Geib

    It is a matter of focus which allows me to examine the challenge with intensity. This tends to reveal my choices of response in a way that I can see various potential outcomes in light of my values and how I intend to define myself through my behavior. It involves a deepening and requires an ability to gather oneself in crises and calmly formulate and execute a course of action. This is not natural for me. I am in such moments resisting instinctual desires of fight or flight, fear and anger. I find the best preparation in advance is the practice of recollection on a regular basis.

    “The Buddha called recollection “the only way.” Quite simply, recollection is remembering to establish the attention with full awareness on the present, on the here and now, so that you may reunite with reality and find your own true being.”– BHIKKHU MANGALO

    1 year ago
  16. Kevin

    That depends on the challenge at hand and how much of my higher self (whatever that’s supposed to mean!) will be needed. I bring me, “myself” into in to whatever I do or whatever situation may be at hand at any given moment. Whether it’s my higher self, or something else, is not mine to judge.

    1 year ago
  17. Christine

    Letting my Karel go was a very big challenge. Everything else, even my sore fingers aren’t challenges anymore. My higher self knows, “When one door closes, another opens.”

    1 year ago
  18. Dusty Su

    Well, that’s a timely question.

    I am renting a room from a very unpleasant man who makes me feel emotionally unsafe. I have promised to stay for four months, but tomorrow I have an appointment with a lovely lady who has a room to rent with her mother. She is close to my age and we have a lot of similarities. They seem a great family and we appear a perfect fit… But only a closer connection will tell if this is so.

    If I decide to move in with the mother, I will either have to ask them to wait a month of so or renege on my promise of staying where I am at present. I have never not kept a promise in my life regarding rentals. It was a verbal one. There are no contracts or bond so I am free to go. But that does not feel great.

    However, I live every day waiting for the next round of unpleasantness which comes in bullying tones or inappropriate conversation. There are times I shake like a leaf when I get a round of unexpected rubbish. I have to put in place boundaries a lot. While that is empowering that I do so, yet it’s very tiring too.

    I think my higher self would talk to me as if I was another woman telling me to be safe and to do with I can live with that includes my needs too. The women I am meeting tomorrow, both mom and daughter, work with abused women. I will discuss with them as well. My higher self, with her womanly compassionate wisdom, knows what is right for me and all parties concerned. I need to commune and then confer with the ladies tomorrow (if they are ones who deserve to hear my truth) because being unsafe is not a good thing.

    1 year ago
    1. KC

      Dusty Su, I have not seen you checking in yet today. Praying for your safety, and great ease as you transition to the best possible living situation for your well-being. I do hope that these two women offer a safe and healthy home for you – and if not, that it leads quickly to something even better for you. Warmly, KC

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Hi KC, I was concerned about not telling everyone, but it was too late last night. I’ll try to be the first one to answer so everyone can see when the next question comes out.

        The apartment inspection went well. The ladies were lovely. It’s a very simple quiet setting (great), but farther from beach and no birds in the morning (boohoo), but much safer emotionally for sure. More the dynamic as far as people matching goes. Just have to think how to get out of here. No car, but a friend will help. We are in lockdown, tight restrictions, so not an easy event. I don’t have much stuff, so good. My concern is that present landlord will explode and make it very unpleasant. And it will remain so until I can actually leave. I’m sitting with this and praying for clarity as to what steps are good. 🙏🛻🧭

        Thanks for concern and support. It’s been truly heart touching and so unexpected. 💓

        1 year ago
    2. Anna

      Follow your heart, dear Dusty Su, you already know what is the right choice.
      🌸. I wish you to be safe and to feel at home as soon as possible.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you Anna, that is what I will do with what is practical in lockdown settings as well. I actually don’t know what is the right choice between these two situations. I have to see it today. I’ll know better with an informed knowledge. SO let’s hope for wonderful outcomes, cheers…

        1 year ago
    3. Don Jones

      Safety and respect come first without question.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        They do for sure.

        1 year ago
    4. Linda

      Please move! Trust that you don’t feel safe and act accordingly. And don’t feel you owe this person anything, including final rent. Your emotional and personal safety must come first.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, we’ll see how today goes. There is no final rent, so that’s not an issue, it’s rather my word, but I am over that after all these comments, ha. They helped a lot. Cheers, and to whatever my day brings, if not this place I am checking out, another on the way.

        1 year ago
    5. pkr

      Dusty Su, prayers for you.🙏 Please take care of You, honor You, protect You….🙏🙏🙏❤️

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Always…thank you!

        1 year ago
    6. O.Christina

      Wish you the strength to stay emotionally centered, dear Dusty Su and that the help you mention may lead to awareness of what to do /how to respond best to the given situation. Here for you also, dear friend.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you, very kind words Ose. I always appreciate when people believe I will ultimately do the right thing, works better than telling me to. I get there sooner or later… cheers for giving me that, dear friend.

        1 year ago
    7. Patricia

      I’m in your corner too, Dusty Su! Look at all of us, right here for you!

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks Patricia, really such an encouragement to get all these unexpected responses. Overwhelming actually, and of course, greatly appreciated. Cheers.

        1 year ago
    8. devy

      Prayers to you that things will work out..❤️

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks Devy, love prayers and believe they will be answered. Cheers…

        1 year ago
    9. Pilgrim

      Go, please, my friend. You are worthy!

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks Dear Pilgrim, I have never doubted I am worthy. We are all worthy of safety. I will go if it is the right place to go to. If not, I’ll seek another. But as I mentioned above, after everyone’s comments regarding the promise to be with this situation for four months, I now feel no obligation to keep that agreement. I realised the landlord broke his contract. The one job he had to do was to keep us the tenants safe. This was not honored. SO yes, I am worthy of protection under the roof of those I pay to be under. Cheers my friend.

        1 year ago
    10. Michele

      Leave one month sooner with no regrets.

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Cheers Michele…

        1 year ago
    11. Howie Geib

      What Kevin said…

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks Howie…

        1 year ago
    12. Kevin

      Dusty Su, I hope that you decide to get out of the apartment that you are in right now ASAP. Even aside from not having a contract and with no legal obligation to remain for four months, you obviously, are in constant emotional danger. In the US, if you had a contract, a judge would remove you from the contract if you had one upon hearing your words here. Good for you for knowing that your basic needs are not being met and you are moving to rectify that! My thoughts and my prayers are with you, my friend. (Do tell us the good news once you have moved!).

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Ooh, thank you…yes, I will and I do appreciate your prayers and concern. Yes, what you have said is what I would tell another woman if I was counseling her. The tough thing is we are all in lockdown, so this will take a bit of engineering to get free of this situation in a legit manner. But it is doable. Let’s see how the ladies and situation are tomorrow and if it is a go. Cheers.

        1 year ago
        1. Mary Pat

          Please let us know how it goes….we care.

          1 year ago
          1. Dusty Su

            Thanks Mary Pat…will do…

            1 year ago
        2. Kevin

          My fingers are crossed for a good, positive outcome that benefits you, Dusty Su! I know from your previous writings that you also have a powerful and present spirit about you, so are you sure to bring that also with you in your deliberations! Godspeed and blessings on your courage.

          1 year ago
          1. Dusty Su

            Thank you. I shall be aware of that… it is a good reminder. I will also remember to gird myself with a breastplate of righteousness.

            1 year ago
    13. Christine

      All the best and good luck to you Dusty Su, and I wish you safe haven. xx

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you, it’s my hope. For the time I am here in Australia, I want a bit of a break and to feel safe, serene, and gather strength. May it be so.

        1 year ago
        1. Mary Pat

          Dusty Su, we care. Please let us know how it turns out. There is nothing I can add to the advice that is here in people’s comments. All good advice….

          1 year ago
          1. Dusty Su

            For sure… thanks.

            1 year ago
          2. Holly in Ohio

            No one needs to put up with abuse. Period.

            1 year ago
  19. O.Christina

    Don´t know so far. The challenge(s) I am currently facing require to look deep inside and to face fear and being vulnerable, to let go of protective walls and to go with the flow of my heart in the mean time. If it will be possible to reply from there, all is fine. Am i? For the moment being, work in progress. May be something more arises, hopefully… Thank you for this question, dear friends of the Gratefulness-team.

    1 year ago

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