Reaction or Creation
There are times when something suddenly happens that makes you sad or upset. You feel like you did not have a choice in that. There is always a choice. In the case of thoughts or events that seem to come out of no where, which is rarely the case, you have the choice to either react or respond to them. Reaction is what most people do most of the time. There is no right or wrong here, it how we were raised in this society. If you will take a moment after something occurs to breath deeply, so you can step back from the situation. Then from this new place you can make the conscious choice to respond instead of react. This gives way to creation as you bring something new into the world. In this way you really can and do change the world around you.
Reaction usually comes from old instincts, like fight or flight. We have been inadvertently trained by our parents, teachers and society to react a certain way in any given situation. In this way of living, reacting to the actions or words of other people, we give away our power of choice. When you react, no matter what the situation is, it will start a cycle of reaction in the world around you. He did this so I had no choice but to do this back, and then the other person will of course have to react as well. This carries over into all aspects of our life. Instead of choosing how to live our own lives, we are going with the flow of reaction to reaction. We get caught up in this way of life and do not realize that we have lost control of where our life is headed. This can bring some pretty random events into our daily life. It is no wonder so many feel that life is chaotic and there is no controlling it. This gives way to people believing that luck, good and bad, is what brings any situation into their lives.
The only way to break the cycle of reaction is by making a conscious choice to respond. When we learn to respond, we are becoming more conscious of the way we handle our lives, and this will bring positive change into our life. Most times a situation can seem much worse in the moment that it is happening than when we are able to look back on it with hind sight. So typically, if we are not ‘present’ in the present moment, we will over react to a situation and later we feel bad or guilty about it. Where as if we take the time to breath and be fully here, we can see the event for what it is and then respond to it in a much more appropriate way.
This is where creation comes in. We have now brought in new energy around this situation and how it was handled. Any person who witnesses this event take place and how you respond to it will come away with that new teaching and may start to replace their old programming of reaction. A curious thing I noticed in looking at the actual words reaction and creation, they are almost the same word, just move the ‘C’. So if you can change how you ‘see’ your reaction, you will end up with a new creation.