♦ Take the stance of the observer—the stance of the Soul—by learning to see your life unfold from a place of detachment. From that place you can practice dispassion, utilizing the mind to calm the emotions, and learn to discern true from false, and the real from the unreal. This practice will help you determine the best course of action in a stressful situation.
♦ Look for the lesson to be learned in any challenge confronting you. If the pain is emotional, manifesting as a conflict with another person, learn to willingly accept responsibility for your part, in the knowledge that life is being mirrored back to you from seeds sown in the past.
♦ Practice the Way of the Buddha and the Way of the Christ. Be “a little buddha” to the people in your life by practicing right understanding, right intention, right action, right living, and right speech. Practice the Way of the Christ by forgiving others and learning to express the inclusive love of the soul.
♦ Look for meaning in every event and circumstance—no matter how difficult. Practice “reading the book of life” by recognizing the symbolic nature of everything and everyone you encounter. All events, especially synchronicities, have hidden meanings that can shed light on your situation.
♦ Practice the Presence. Stay aligned with your higher Self, to the degree possible. Ask for higher guidance from your Soul and from Those who seek to guide your soul’s unfoldment from the inner planes. By learning to see “Spirit at work in the midst of things,” you'll come to realize that all that happens has a higher purpose of which the soul is aware.
♦ When crisis occurs, look for the opportunities— for openings and breakthroughs that can steer your life in a new direction. Take an attitude of positive expectancy and you will attract the guidance and resources needed for the next phase of your soul’s unfoldment.
♦ No matter how difficult things become, recognize that the best way to transcend personal suffering is to serve others. The true Self is connected to all Selves; we are literally one in spirit. When we serve others in this awareness, the light of the soul radiates outward and love flows in ways that heal ourselves and others.
♦ Take the long view and remember: "This too shall pass." Keep in mind that there is a divine plan unfolding in both our individual and collective lives. Though we may not see its purpose in the present moment, in due time we surely will.