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"What makes most of us who we are, most of all, is not our minds and not our bodies and not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us." -- Joshua Prager
"... how we respond... " This is the essence of free will. No matter what has happened to us, we each have the free will to choose how to respond.
Joshua Prager chose to respond to having his neck broken in a car accident at age 19 by continuing to embrace life. He chose not to live life in a victim state, not to allow anger to consume him, and not to allow his disability to stop him from being successful. He also chose to give the gift of compassion to the man who broke his neck, even though the man never took responsibility for what he did.
Joshua Prager chose to respond, not from his mind or his body, but from his soul, which is love.
Do you know that who you are is love? Do you know that, beyond body and mind, you are love? Do you know that you are born in the image of God -- which is love? Do you know that, underneath all the programmed limiting beliefs of your ego-wounded self, you are love?
You are not your body. Your body is merely the house of your soul. You are not your mind. Your mind contains what you've learned in your journey on planet earth -- some of which is truth and much of which isn't. Your mind may be filled with many false beliefs -- especially about who you really are and who others really are. Your mind might believe that you are not good enough, that you are inadequate, unlovable or flawed. Your mind might be blinded to the truth that in your essence -- your true soul self -- you are love.
How would life be different for you if you knew that who you are is love?
Imagine for a moment that you know, without a shadow of doubt, that who you are is love. When you know this, it is likely that you will:
- Stop defending yourself or trying to prove yourself
- Stop trying to get others' approval
- Start loving yourself rather than rejecting and abandoning yourself
- Stop trying to get love and become devoted to sharing the love that you are
- Stop trying to control others into giving you what you want, and instead receive great joy in offering your love and compassion to others
- Stop doing what others tell you that you 'should' do, and instead 'follow your bliss' -- doing what brings you joy
Imagine what our world would be like if each of us knew we are love, and knew that in our essence we are all one -- all joined together by the love that we are. Imagine how life would be if we responded as the love that we are, rather than from our controlling ego-wounded self.
I am love, and I can choose each moment to respond from the love that I am. You are love and you can choose each moment to respond from the love that you are. Joshua Prager is love and he chose to respond from the love that he is, and that has made all the difference.
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