Are You Learning to Listen?
There are no accidents, despite what you believe. There is only cause and effect, and when the cause is far away in time, the effect returns after you have forgotten it. But be sure that everything that befalls you, good or bad, is the result of some action in the past.
These mishaps are like an echo. If I shouted yesterday and the echo waited until today to come back, I might have forgotten all about it. Then how am I learning to prevent theses delayed reactions, if Iíve already forgotten about them? By being more alert.
Actions return to us over and over from different directions. So many kinds of cause and effect are working all around us that one must be very alert to see them. Nothing is random in the universe. Your past actions are not returning to punish you but to catch your attention. They are like clues.
You are not who you think you are. You live in many layers of reality. One of these we shall call spirit. Imagine that you do not know yourself as spirit but that your spirit knows you. What would be more natural than it should call to you? The clues that fall out of the sky are messages from spirit, but you must be alert to catch them.
Spirit is difficult to heed. If you are getting better and better at avoiding disaster, you are learning to listen.
Adapted from The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).