"The Trail of the Mysteries
(Excerpt from The Wisdom of Solomon
compiled by Grace de Rond)
. . . Every experience in your life is structured for the purpose of
learning a lesson. If you met each experience with that in mindno matter how fearful
the experience, no matter how realistic the threat, no matter how well constructed the
lessonremembering that it is only theater, you would not be afraid. You would meet
each challenge with curiosity and confidence, knowing that it has been carefully prepared
especially for you.
If you remembered that the challenge before you in any given moment has been structured by
a loving inner teacher who has put it together as an excellent piece of theaterjust
to test your awareness, to see if you would be afraid or if you would remember the bigger
scope of thingsyou would not be afraid, would you?
If you are willing to be conscious, if you are willing to be consciously, deliberately
enrolled in this school of lessons called Life, you can face each of these experiences
alongside this inner friend and
All you need to do is draw aside the curtain and be who you really are, which simply
means, admit what you are doing while you are doing it and be responsible for doing it on
purpose. Take responsibility for being who you are, and admit that you are doing whatever
you are doing because you choose to do it, because you want to produce the effect that it
is producing. I am who I am, doing what I am doing, because it is my choice.
Give up any pretense that the way you feel in this moment is caused by someone or by some
condition of life. Give up all the excuses and reasons why you are where you
areexcept the one: I am here because I want to be doing what I am doing. I am
solely responsible for my actions and
where I am in life. I am doing it, it is not being done to me, and I take responsibility
for it. This requires that you become deliberately conscious. You can still play the
same role, do all the same things, be in the same place, but do it on purpose. Drop the
act that anyone or anything else in life is responsible.
If you are willing to wish for what you have instead of trying to have what you wish for,
you are ready to take responsibility for being alive. Too often, at any given moment, life
is either acceptable or unacceptable. If it is unacceptable, you are wishing that things
were different, or that you had things you do not have. You are concerned about your
security, your survival, your health. You are wishing that people would treat you
differently. You are wishing that God would treat you differently. You are wishing that
you were more intelligent, wealthier, more beautiful, thinner, more spiritual, able to
change the world, able to escape the world. You are not willing to accept life as it is
because you believe certain things are unjustified. They are not balanced or merciful.
There is something wrong with the world. There is something wrong with God.
Otherwise, why would there be all this starvation? Disease? Crime? Poverty? War?
Your dissatisfaction with the world has affected your experience. As you approached
the sacred altar before entering this lifetime, you were already out of balance with what
you would encounter on Earth. This planet is the ultimate altar to God. You approached
this experience. You created for yourself the equipment that you would need. And you
stepped into this body and into this earth.
In order to be in harmony with the altar that you serve, you must stop wishing that it
were different. You must look at life and say of God and of all that he created, In
this place, in this moment, all is right with me and my God. I give to all people on Earth
the right to be exactly as they are. I am willing to accept life exactly as it is, without
wishing that it were different. I am willing to be in harmony with the source of it, for
to suggest that there should be a difference in what is suggests that I am dissatisfied
with, and out of sorts with, its creator who is my creator. I accept life just as it is.
At the same time, I accept my personal responsibility to encourage, to uplift, to create
and to recreate harmony where I see the needbut without wishing things were
different. I cannot be powerful in this world while wishing things were different.
You must first accept things as they are. Then, you can change what they are into what
they can be. But this can only be done without condemning what they are or what they have
been. The secret of alchemy is to take what is and lead it a step further in its own
development. In this way, you are in harmony with your God while you increase his
creation. You are a co- creator with Godyou have limitless power when you are in
absolute harmony with that which has eternal duration. . . .
© Paul Solomon Foundation 1994