I heard these words adamantly spoken by Carolyn Myss in her Ireland workshop in March, 2013. I've heard that advice many times before, but it hit home when Carolyn put it in the context of Archetypes. I used to get a sinking feeling after someone said something that hit a hot button and thought, "That hurt" (pure Victim Archetype). Then I grew a little and told myself to listen to "hot button" words and take what was useful and throw the rest away (Student Archetype kicking in!). Now I'm pretty well convinced that whatever negativity comes out of others' mouths has to be taken with a grain of salt; I don't take it personally (Saboteur Archetype helped me with this one). The only words and deeds i need to take personally are those coming from me. My responsibility is to speak the truth as i see it with as much kindness as possible without diluting the point. Everyone else has the same responsibility. Whether they take that seriously or not is not under my control. Now i get it, Carolyn! I wish you peace. Deb B.
I'm very happy to be blogging about my spiritual path. I've a long way to go but I've come a long way, too. Love to all, Deb B.