Monday, September 12, 2011

Shaping Your Legacy

Shaping Your Legacy
By Cheryl Grace

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
~Jawaharlal Nehru

Many believe that it is one’s spirituality—a deep inner need— that drives us to do what seems impossible. Our imagination allows us to dream of better things and therefore guides our desire to reach our full potential. Destiny is often defined as a predetermined course of events that is governed on the belief that there is a fixed or natural order to one’s life path. In this view, destiny is seen as a sequence of events that is inevitable, predictable and unchangeable. With this view, there would be little or no consideration for the uniqueness of who you are today, right here, right now, and how you can create an amazing lasting legacy from the choices you make employing free will.
In one of the greatest debates of humanity, destiny is often used interchangeably with fate. Fate can imply that you have no choice in the course of events, as the outcome has been predetermined without the possibility of free will. At the very least it can signify that if you were born with blue eyes, this is your fate. At one time it was almost an accepted belief that every situation and encounter was governed by destiny. Over time, this definition was challenged by the consideration that all successes and failures are governed by the actions we take and that we are solely responsible for everything that happens in our life, good and bad.
In feng shui philosophy, all that happens in one’s life is a result of one’s own deeds. Your life is created by the choices you make, and your role is to bring blessings and tragedies into balance. Once you recognize your soul connection is linked to your life mission, your unwavering potential emits like a shining beacon of light.
Among the many core principles of feng shui is the understanding that, as way to be in harmony or in alliance with nature, there’s a difference between transformation and change. When we speak of change, it means viewing situations as “one way or the other”— similar to the action of flipping a light switch. Transformation, on the other hand, is a process that connects someone to his or her inner truth, providing clarity, direction, and a sense of purpose. Your inner thoughts are responsible for authorizing your outer actions. For change to be effective and lasting, it has to come “from the inside out.” One can choose excellent solutions to life’s challenges without being limited solely to “either-or” scenarios. Being in alignment with our inner senses moves us forward to our ultimate well-being.

An integral part of shaping your legacy is keeping an eye on your future by actively establishing your lasting legacy by not leaving it up to luck or “fate.” You have imminent control over your future and the manner you’ll be honored and remembered. At the very least, you can improve your reputation by contributing to the care of family members, friends, or charitable organizations through a will, trust, savings program, life insurance plans, or inheritance following your death. You don’t have to rely on becoming “famous” to be remembered for making a contribution. Simply raising well-adjusted and compassionate children, as an example, is a worthwhile and lasting legacy.
If you are clear about what matters most in terms of what you do for a living, but you don’t know where or how to proceed, you might pose a question in this way:

Question: “Can you connect me with any person, place, or experience that will help me achieve my goals?”

Then just listen. The answer may come instantly or with a little time. Your role is to be patient and observe.

Cheryl Grace is a professional Feng Shui consultant and nationally certified Interior Refiner. For more information on how a Feng Shui consultation can improve your life, contact Cheryl at (941) 400-3816 or visit Cheryl is also available speaking engagements and seminars.

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