Have you ever wondered why there
are times when nothing goes right?
The teachings of Ernest Holmes
and other New Thought metaphysicians teach us that nothing happens to us
that doesn’t happen through us. Unfortunately, if we leave ourselves
there our misfortunes can become a huge self-blame game.
When I was mugged, robbed, and
shot in the face I couldn’t figure out what I might have done to deserve that.
The truth is I didn’t deserve it. No one deserves to go through that
kind of pain, suffering, and loss. But why did it happen?
Think about this first: Do we really want to understand tragic
events that happen? A former teacher of mine was asked how to understand the
actions of Hitler. Her answer was that she didn’t want to understand it. “To
understand that,” she explained, “I might discover I’m capable of it.”
Are you sure you want
an explanation? Do you really want to know why the innocent suffer? I think not.
You are far better off with the question than with an answer. … If this
ultimate question were answered, then we would be able to make peace with the
suffering of innocents. And that is unthinkable.
What I did discover about
the incident I talk about above didn’t happen until years later. I finally
admitted to myself why I was in the place and at the time I found myself when
the attack occurred. If I would have followed my usual schedule, I would have
been safely home and asleep by that time. Instead, I chose to be somewhere else
earlier in the evening. It was somewhere I had no business being, doing
something I knew was not in my best interests.
Did God punish me for my actions
earlier in the evening? No. Did I set myself up to lose by breaking my own
rules and not listening to my intuition? I believe I did. I do not judge
whether or not that applies to you; that is for you, and you alone, to
But I live my life taking full
responsibility for the outcomes in my life. The universal law of cause and
effect does not play favorites, nor does it have a secondary backup system if we
unconsciously set ourselves up to lose.
The laws only says, “Yes.” True,
it may take a while for that “Yes” to appear in our life, but any time lag has
more to do with us focusing on the problem instead of the solution. This
impartial force brings about our focus, whether we judge that good or bad.
I’ll admit there are times when I
long for the days I believed in a benevolent supreme being who had a plan for
me, a force that would ensure my success, only my success, and protect me from
an evil in which I no longer believe. Those times of doubt are few and far
between nowadays, lasting a brief few moments, and not a way of life.
Instead, I prefer to revel in the
truth that I am the one responsible for my life and the outcomes. Like piloting
a ship or jet aircraft, the process requires constant vigilance and many course
corrections throughout our lives. When you and I follow the rules that go along
with universal law, we are ultimately guaranteed success.