When you ask someone for their advice, you are asking them to give their opinion on what they think you should do. That’s a big responsibility for them. However, you have the option of considering whether or not you want to take their advice. In doing so, you’re exercising your free will.
But what if you act on the advice and then things don’t turn out as you thought they would? Are you going to blame them because you acted on their opinion? In the end, you are responsible for all your actions. Whether or not you asked for the advice, accepted it and acted on it are all aspects of your free will.
I was fortunate to learn the basics of this lesson early in life when, in secondary school, I learned that not everyone would readily accept advice. My girlfriends often asked me what they should do in a variety of situations, ranging from what they should wear to a dance, to how to complete a homework assignment, to how they should react to a prospective boyfriend. After doling out advice on many occasions, only to have it often fall on deaf ears, then have my friends return with regretful statements that they wished they had listened to me, I came up with a solution. Whenever my girlfriends asked for advice, I would tell them: “I can only offer you what I think you should do, because you have to realize it for yourself. Do you really want to hear what I have to say?” With that caveat, I felt so much better in spending my time giving an opinion.
During my work in spiritual/natural/quantum/distant healing, my clients are always asking for advice and I’m always ready with mysuggestions. Gladly, I learned early that advice is easily given, but not always easily taken. I respect that someone might only want an opinion and that, in the final analysis, they’re going to do whatever feels right for them. That’s their free will. In order to feel like they’re not breaking my free will when they ask for my advice, I always know what to say before giving it. I’ve learned to make positive suggestions and to allow them to be considered and accepted or rejected without judgment. I also remind my clients that they can ask their higher self for help in decision making.
Parents have a very fine line to cross between breaking free will and offering guidance to their children. Sometimes a parent will feel that their free will is being crushed when their child rejects their advice. A child whose free will is constantly broken will grow rebellious, but when their free will is respected, they are allowed to live in harmony.
It’s a good idea to consider that, whenever you allow someone else to break your free will or you break theirs, you’re impeding your own spiritual progress.
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