Everyone’s our teacher

July 24, 2013



This is such a hard concept to learn, but such a useful one.
The Divine sends us challenging people, difficult people, to help us learn, that’s what I think, anyway.
The real challenge is to be able to see the lesson.
Can you see the pain in someone who tries to hurt you?
Can you not play the victim and instead, have compassion for their suffering?
I know.  It’s a challenge. I know this only too well.
And yet, the Divine calls on us to access perfect compassion in those situations.
How many times have we wished someone “would change?”
They’re being their perfect selves–meaning exactly who they were meant to be
–and serving their perfect function in our life–
offering an opportunity to help us grow in wisdom.
In that context, they are already perfect.
But we want them to be who we want them to be.
Yes, I understand that, intellectually.
But emotionally? I’m still a work in progress.




3 comments on “Everyone’s our teacher
  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This is so true, but not easy to do (not me, anyway). I will keep trying, though.

  2. Susan Cooper says:

    I’m a ex teacher so this resonates with me. I agree with Helen. It is such a n easy thing to say but to put this into practice and do it every day… not so easy. However, the rewards are so worth it. 🙂

  3. This struck a chord with me…”see the pain in someone who tries to hurt you”. I did that recently. It was like being airlifted to look upon the situation and feel no personal stake in it anymore. I’m moving toward forgiveness, but I have at least reached compassion. When it happens, you can’t believe you didn’t free yourself sooner.

    We are encouraged not to be someone else to make someone else happy. Last week, on my newsfeed was posted: Don’t ask someone to be different to make you happy. Equally potent message.

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