The Law of Acceptance

The first spiritual law states “everything is as it should be.”

It’s not easy to embrace this law when your spouse just lied to you about your financial situation, cheated on you with your best friend, or is threatening you with divorce.  Nor is it easy to embrace this law when your heart is broken and you are in the most intense pain wishing to not have the experience you’re having and for your life to be different.

There’s an old Sufi story about a farmer and his son.  Have you heard it?  The farmer heads out to feed his animals and his prized horse is dead.  As soon as the village learned of this tragedy, they came to express their condolences.  The farmer heard the same message throughout the day:

“What a terrible thing to have happen to you.  This is the worst thing that could happen.”

The farmer repeated what became a mantra to the well wishers:

“Perhaps…. perhaps…”

The following week, while the farmer was working the land, his eldest son runs to tell him that he just captured a herd of wild horses.  This time the villagers were excited for the farmer and came to congratulate him on his good fortune.

“You are so lucky!  Look at the blessing that has been bestowed upon you.  An entire herd of horses!  You rock!”

Interestingly, the farmers reply was the same as before, “Perhaps…”  A few days later he sent his son to tame the wild horses.  In the process the farmer’s son was thrown to the ground and his leg was broken.

You know the villagers were pretty tight back then, so they all heard of the tragedy.  Once again the villagers came to check on the boy and to inform the farmer of what bad luck he was having.  The farmer’s reply once again was, “Perhaps… perhaps”

The farmer’s son was still bedridden several weeks later when the emperor sent his messengers to round up all the boys who could fight in a local battle.  Of course they passed the boy right on by when the messengers saw how injured he was.

A few weeks later, the neighbors, who lost their sons in the battle, again come by the farmer’s home and say, “You’re so lucky to have your son home with you.”  And do you know what the farmer said?  You’re right,  “Perhaps… perhaps.”

Acceptance:  It may be the last thing you want to do.

Usually, when we’re in the middle of a crisis, our first thought tends to be something like this:

  • It shouldn’t be like this.
  • Why is this happening to me?

The Law of Acceptance teaches us that our lives are always evolving whether we know it or not and invites us to remember that what may appear to be a tragedy, may be in reality leading us to the fulfillment of our dreams.  When you are living this law you will be heading toward a trusting relationship with the Divine.  You will trust on an intuitive level that the changes that are taking place in your life are ultimately for your highest good – even when you are hurting.  

The Law of Acceptance is the first step toward healing your broken heart.  As you embrace The Law of Acceptance, you will open yourself up to reinventing yourself and creating the life that you most desire.

RESOURCES: exercise, book, and a video.

  • Spiritual Divorce by Debbie Ford
  • The Right Questions by Debbie Ford
  • Byron Katie — Is it true?

In this powerful video, Byron Katie highlights a story about a woman who doesn’t even know what she wants.  After asking a few important questions, she discovers that she doesn’t even want her husband back.

Can you imagine the freedom you can have from discovering what you really want?

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