The Power of Small Choices

The real “playing field” is in the small, individual choices that we make. Your spiritual growth does not occur all at once. Healing the world does not occur all at once. Both are accomplished by making the choice in common moments to genuinely wield an intent that is operating from compassion and love rather than self-protection and fear.

Do not be distracted by the scope of healing that is required! Rather, bring your attention only to what you can do in any given moment and in any given choice, no matter how simple or mundane that moment or choice may be.

Every action we take is a choice. Every thought we buy into, even in the quiet of our minds, is a choice. Choices are constantly presented to us. Yet so very many choices are not optimally utilized because we frequently make “routine” choices that are based in self-service, the avoidance of pain, or fear.

When the spiritually minded individual begins to get a real look at the self, it can be overwhelming to discover how much of what one does is actually motivated by ego or fear. It is too easy to then take yet another fearful step and say, “how can I possibly make a difference in such vast imperfection?” We often make a similar statement when we feel bewildered by trying to make a difference in our vastly imperfect external world.

Take heart! Contrary to how it may appear on the surface, you actually do have great power! At this very moment you have at your disposal the full power of the mightiest and most fundamental tool in existence: your intent. Do not underestimate it! Do not make the physical mind’s mistake of believing that your non-physical intent itself is inconsequential. Indeed, by making a conscious effort to shift your intent in any given common moment towards compassion, openness, courage, humility, and love- even when you genuinely do so in the quiet of your own heart- you are already making a move toward external and internal healing! The power of such choices may not be visually immediately apparent, but do not let that deter you: all change first occurs in consciousness space, and then only subsequently does it appear in the manifested world of form.

So recognize today the power of even the very small and common choices that you make. And have the courage to face your own imperfections and the imperfections of our world with hope, for the common moment is always available to you to actualize real, lasting change!

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