Every time someone or something outside of yourself tempts you to lower your own energy, consider your capacity to rise above anything that’s not based in love.
“The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light.” – S. Ajna
The comeback is more important than the setback.
There is nothing that can bring me down without my permission, because the power exists within me to rise above.
You will fall, but that’s more than okay, because you need the fall sometimes to rise higher and to take your faith to the next level, like an upward spiral. “Mistake” is just another name for experience. Failure is the surest way to success. The darkest night will always have its dawn, and the sun will always be there waiting for you to rise with it.
Like the burning sun, you too will shine your way into the world again. In fact, you might even realize that the light never even went out.
Don’t be subdued by misfortune, for one day when you look at this phase with 20/20 hindsight, you might recognize it for the gift that it came with: an opportunity to grow, to rise again, this time with more resolve and greater grace.
To quote Dr. Wayne Dyer, who had his own personal share of misfortune growing up (like an estranged father and a diagnosis of leukemia): “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself, or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow, or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
This is a world of duality, that’s for sure. There’s no such thing as darkness without light, nor a dawn without its night. There are times of peace, and there are times of war. We get triggered and hooked into dramas and traumas, yet there’s something in us that enables us to forge our own silver and gold whether we’re greeted with calamity or fortune.
Do not be tamed by what you fear, but choose to be led with love to another comeback.
Rise above the drama, suffering, negativity, misfortune, and separation.
No drama will leave its dirty footprints on my soul without me first accepting a position of victim.
There’s nothing wrong with being angry at someone or something for the way things were or are now, so long as we use that anger constructively and infuse it with an intention higher than revenge and victimization. I think Albert Einstein was onto something when we said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
When we rise above it all–drama, suffering, disease, separation–we’re given new visions for what’s possible for us, from this moment forward. We can pause before we react, knowing that how people treat us is their karma, and how we react is ours, to paraphrase Wayne Dyer’s words.
Viewing our blows from a higher plane, we can summon the courage to appreciate the gift that’s unfolding, knowing that it just looks like a mess right now. One day, possibly sooner than later, we’ll perform alchemy and transform a burden into a blessing.
As Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and peace activist, once said, “Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us…” With a world that’s so volatile and conditional, how could we expect it to supply us with the true riches of inner peace and joy? We won’t always get what we want, but those circumstances we face mustn’t be made the master of our inner world.
The miracle is not that we get what we want, but that we become free of its control.
The beauty is not found when we think we’re above (or below) anyone else, but when we find a way to be in this world but not of it. If we think that “rising above it” makes “us” above “them,” then we have misinterpreted our own power to be at peace. We do not walk tall by making others feel small.
Rising above the drama means rising above the desire to condemn others or our circumstances for the drama we think they’ve brought into our lives, and instead holding a space of love for them to evolve. Belittling others for their behavior, and scoffing at life’s perceived mistreatment, is just another way to remain engaged in the lingering pain of the situation.
When we find the light that’s higher than the darkness, we don’t shun the darkness; we bring some of that light into where we are. Becoming a vehicle for love, which doesn’t push and doesn’t condemn, opens up new avenues: healing can take place.
Be in the world, but not of it.
Rise above it all and choose a better way.
I lean into the power within me to rise above, and I choose a better way.
We set ourselves free from the drama when we choose not to partake in it. We rise above it all each time we remember who we really are–we’re more than bodies walking on the earth, more than disagreements and prejudices, even more than the mind itself. We’re more.
There’s something beyond the surface of whatever drama you’re facing, and that’s where you’re from.
Each time you contemplate your own divine origin, it becomes natural for you to see the light in others as a reflection of your own light. Drama simply fades, because it’s just a surface level distraction of the ego-driven thought system, and it’s not important. There’s a better way to live within yourself, a higher order of things, and all you need to do is listen to the way.
You don’t have to fight your thoughts, just acknowledge them and realize that by looking at them, you rise above them. If you were only your thoughts, you wouldn’t even know you were thinking! You don’t need to resist the negativity, just see it as a signal to walk another way, to take a higher road. Put distance between you and the suffering–take away what is not you–and the truth emerges.
Truly, you can even thank the drama for showing up because it’s ultimately offering you an opportunity to grow into who you really are, if that’s what you choose.
If you choose to see the growth potential, you can envision something different and better, and that’s what you can start moving towards.
Please share your thoughts, words of encouragement, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone to enkindle their inner power to rise above.
Operate at the frequency of joy, because there you’ll find the answer to all your problems.
Free watercolor texture by Lost and Taken; lettering by Aim Happy.