We are living in a period of time when most people are experiencing challenge after challenge. The only constant is change and that is more apparent than ever both in our daily lives and our global systems.

The world is in a state of flux. And every time we turn around, it feels like we are faced with the rapids — rapid change, tumultuous situations.

So, learning how to navigate the rapids is essential sometimes just to maintain sanity. But we can all do much better than just survive. This time of expansion can be leveraged to achieve unprecedented personal growth.

You can use the rapids to carry you down the river quicker than previously possible.

What I am saying is that instead of bemoaning the chaos and confusion in your life and elsewhere, use this time of evolution to broaden your own understanding of yourself and existence. The current energies — this time period of exponential metamorphosis— can serve you in ways that you cannot even imagine.

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Think of it this way. If you are in a boat paddling downstream, you are not going to get where you’re going as quickly as if you are riding the rapids.

The rapids are clearly more challenging than a calm, flowing river — the journey is fast and full of boulders, detours, ups and downs — but if you know how to use the them to your advantage, you can raise the quality and content of your experience in a way that would take lifetimes in the past.

There is one truth you need when life is handing you lemons.

It all comes down to choice.

A common symptom of this time of change is the feeling of not having control of your experience.

The emotion is valid based upon the ongoing barrage of trials and tests we are all coping with on a daily basis.

And so there is a trick — which isn’t really a trick because it’s just based upon the structure of existence — that you will find very supportive in finding a new perspective and navigating the deluge of change.

You can never be out of control. You can never be any state of being unless you choose it.

The truth is that reality is structured in a way that you ALWAYS have control. Always. It’s impossible for you to be anything but in control. That’s the way that we all have set it up for ourselves.

That said, you can EXPERIENCE being out of control. You can experience many states of being:

  • Disempowerment
  • Victimhood
  • Perpetrator
  • Deep Sorrow
  • Unrelenting Anger
  • Confusion

All of these perspectives and experiences are possible. But that’s all they are, experiences.

You can just as easily choose other states of being:

  • Empowerment
  • Clarity
  • Forgiveness
  • Sovereignty
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Bliss

It’s merely just a shift in perspective and an expanded state of awareness. Despite appearances otherwise, it ultimately comes down to what you choose.

All that is required is building that muscle of choice. Because it is a muscle and the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes and the more power you have over your day to day experience.

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I AM Empowered. I AM Sovereign.

This is an example of what it looks like for me:

I am a creator. I am always in control. No matter what it feels like, I am always in control. This situation is somehow a reflection of my conscious or unconscious beliefs. Either way, this is my creation. And so, I have the power to choose how I experience it. The most empowering way to do that is to know that if it’s in my life, then it’s for my own growth. See it as a stepping stone for expansion, and so it will be.

This is an example of a technique that I use literally every day — and I reinforce it every moment of every day — because it requires practice. A great deal of it.

This shift in perspective, however, is what will allow you the gift of choice — to choose your beliefs, thoughts and emotions.

And when you have built this muscle of choice, YOU get to decide how to experience the rapids.

And that, well, is everything.

So, let go of feeling victimized and needing a savior. Use the rapids as a fast-track for expansion. Choose your reality rather than have it be chosen for you.

Embrace empowerment and sovereignty.

Be the creator. Because that is who you are. That’s who we are.

And so it is.

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