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The 4 Rules of Acceptance

Practicing acceptance for a journey towards complete consciousness

The 4 Rules of Acceptance
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The word acceptance in common parlance would mean passive state or inactive human psychology. However, the spiritual meaning on the contrary is a state of complete consciousness. As we become conscious of our life situation, we become aware of its significance in our lives. Such awareness traverses into an understanding, where we reason whether a particular situation can be altered for better, or is it something beyond our capacity to deal with. In the second case, through acceptance we gather the courage to move beyond the life situation and gain peace with or without it.

Our understanding that our body and mind is not our true essence, gives us courage to deal even with terminal illness. When we become powerful to separate the being that is much external from our mind, which is a temporary corporal reality, we can attain acceptance. Our issues many a time are created by our minds and if we accept the notoriety of our minds we become strong enough to question our irrational emotional state. 

Acceptance leads to forgiveness. As we accept that a particular remark by another individual is shaped by an unconscious mental state, we can derive our inner strength. Our inner soul is much stronger and no external remark can shake its stable and steady form. Our acceptance of such an understanding will lead to forgiveness as we realize that the individual has a lower level of consciousness and the remarks are merely symbolic of his/her instability and inner chaos. 

Life can become much simpler and joyful once we accept our mistakes and follies. There are certain decisions that we may regret in hindsight but such decisions were taken under due reasoning and logical conclusion. If we blame ourselves for the current state of personal crisis we are performing another blunder and it can become a vicious cycle of emotional crisis. It is much easier to forgive others for their mistakes and remarks but it’s a difficult task to forgive oneself. And as we delay the process of self-forgiveness we create a wall between our inner self and our emotional state. And as we create an amicable atmosphere for self-talk and forgive ourselves through our acceptance, we become free. 

Acceptance does not mean passivity. We need to alter our life situation, if it permits and our conscience agrees. We need to step aside and look at our life situation as an outsider to bring a valuable change or to realize whether our mind strategized our life situation in such a problematic fashion. Our strength lies in separating mind-body from the being to bring logical coherence. The task seems a bit difficult but with practice and self awareness we can simultaneously be the outsider providing unbiased explanations. When we realize that the life situation is beyond self-control we need acceptance. And once acceptance is achieved, peace flows in our entire body effortlessly. We become comfortable with ourselves and our situations realizing that we are much beyond and above such existential crisis. We reach a meditative state of bliss and peace. Our mind becomes still and heart rates harmoniously. 

Acceptance carries such power and energy. Acceptance to the reality that a significant relation is falling apart and one has done enough to mend it but beyond a critical point it becomes irreparable. Acceptance of that reality and letting your significant other free, gives peace and bliss. Such bliss is only possible when one is aware that he/she has moved beyond egoism and unconscious state of self-centered opinionated mind. Only when you accept your follies in the relationship and let the other person express their feelings can you be free from your own prisoned mind. Acceptance of the present situation and attaining complete awareness of your feelings while being empathetic to the other person is when you can understand your relations better. One needs to rise above egoism and an unconscious state where there is recurrent desire towards self-righteousness. 

Accept your feelings and other’s feelings. Accept your personal crisis as part of the journey. Accept your professional downfall to reach a better place. Accept the power of the universe and your essential role. Accept the signs given to you by the universe. Accept love and respect. Accept your emotional and mental turmoil. Accept your relationship issues. Accept your reality. 

Accept so as to bring positive change in your life and people around you. Your acceptance has the power to bring positivity in other people’s lives. 


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Pragya Tripathi

Pragya is a sociologist working on issues related to gender, masculinity, farmers crisis, medical health and media. She is an avid reader, a practitioner of spiritualism and meditation, traveler who praises beauty and culture, nature lover, and a believer in gratitude and acceptance, leading to a journey of positive surrender. She is a believer of following a personal religion that borrows ideas from around the world.

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