“Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.”
— Lao Tzu
It doesn’t take much to trigger a negative emotion does it?
I look around me and see so many things that needn’t have existed simply because one person’s perception of another was inaccurate. Sometimes, we really do see what we want to see. Whether positive or negative. If you are focused on drama, then drama is what you will draw to yourself. When you look at others around you, and you are steeped in the middle of toxicity, you will not see what is; rather you will see, in that moment, what you desire to create, whether negative or positive.
When we see someone acting out in anger or frustration, it is far more healing to understand, and know internally, that person has had something go wrong in his or her day. When we react to negativity without clarity of perception or compassion, what we are saying to the universe is “this is the energy I am drawing to me, so give me more.” When we hurt another, we cannot understand what we do to that person, either on a spiritual level or an emotional level. And when we are hurt by others, it takes a toll on us even when we deny the truth of that hurt.
So as Iyanla Vanzant always says, (and here is the real truth of it all) “I am not my sister’s keeper. I am my sister. “