The Ability to Respond: A Message to Those Affected by the Fires

In my email box today I received a message from James Ray. I wanted to make note of something important that he said in regards to all the fires that are going on in Southern California...
"'s in the times of apparent challenge that we test who we really are. The Law of Attraction, which is so popular right now, states that you'll attract who and what you are into your life. This doesn't mean that we should blame ourselves for the fires raging like so many in the media have misinterpreted. Rather everything is your responsibility and nothing is your fault.

Please read that again.

If you dissect the word (response-ability), you find it really means "the ability to respond." How we choose our responses is what we'll continue to attract, create and become. To think that your life will be challenge free is illusion. Challenges are the way we test how much we have or have not developed our ability to respond.

I encourage you to take heart. Realize that in every challenge there is a gift. That's why in the esoteric traditions the Philosopher's Stone (another term for enlightenment) is always found in a pile of dung. Likewise, in Buddhism the thousand-petal lotus of enlightenment always grows from the muck and mire. Is there a metaphor here? Yes, there obviously is."
Fortunately, I've been spending the last week here at my parents' home in Central California. The area where I stay in San Diego hasn't been affected by the fires, but my thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their homes during this time.

I'm reminded of the time when I lived in the Philippines at Subic Bay Naval Base. The volcano, Mt. Pinatubo, had erupted and we had to evacuate the country. I remember packing a bag and taking a box of old photographs with me back here to the States where my brother and I stayed with friends. I think it was then that I realized that leaving behind all that "stuff" really didn't matter. What mattered most was that my family was safe...

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